There are two tracks available for students wishing to pursue the BSN degree. The entry-level track is for new or transfer students entering YSU without a previous degree or diploma in nursing. These students complete admission requirements as a pre-nursing major before formal admission to the BSN program. The RN to BSN Completion Track is available for students who are currently licensed as registered nurses and are returning to YSU to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree. These students are admitted directly to the BSN program on an individual basis.
The entry-level BSN program consists of 127 total semester hours; 71 semester hours are in the nursing major and includes 90 on-campus lab hours and 960 clinical contact hours. Students are responsible for adhering to the prescribed BSN curriculum sequence including, but not limited to, course prerequisites and mandated sequencing of nursing courses. It is also the students’ responsibility to see that all graduation requirements for the BSN degree are satisfied. This program can be completed in eight semester hours if students average 14-17 hours per semester. After admission to the program, a grade of “C” or better is mandatory for all nursing courses and required non-nursing support courses. Only one nursing or one non-nursing support course (BIOL 1560/L Microbiology and FNUT 1551 Nutrition) may be repeated. A repeated course must be successfully completed with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” and all incompletes must be removed before progressing in the nursing curriculum. Grades of less than “C” in a second nursing or required non-nursing course results in permanent dismissal from the nursing program.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be granted to the student who has completed all the required baccalaureate nursing curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Admission to the University, meeting minimal program admission requirements, and completion of core pre-nursing courses does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to seek advisement on a regular basis from the pre-nursing advisor in the Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services.
The Department of Nursing reserves the right to remove a student from the program when that student’s performance in any nursing course is deemed unsafe as characterized by dangerous, inappropriate, irresponsible or unethical behavior. The department reserves the right to dismiss a student who for legal, academic, emotional, or physical reasons cannot be advised to continue in the program. Current TB testing, immunizations, CPR certification for Health Care Professionals, and criminal background checks are required of all nursing students. Students must adhere to a dress code which includes wearing a specific nurse’s uniform for nursing clinical courses.