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The School of Nursing offers a 55-credit post-baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
Prerequisites for Admission
Admission to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program requires an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as well as a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in all college-level coursework and at least a 2.75 in all required science and math courses. Required science and math courses must have been taken within 5 years of admission to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program unless they were part of a degree earned within the past 5 years. A grade of “C” or better is necessary in each required science and math course.
Students are admitted to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program using a rolling admissions format. Eligible applicants successfully applying by January 15 are ensured consideration for admission. Any applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-availability basis. If space permits after the January 15 deadline, eligible applicants will be reviewed in a timely manner (typically notified of admission decision within one month of the School of Nursing receiving the completed application). Any applications received after June 15 will be considered for the following year’s program.
Admission to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program is competitive; even students who meet the minimum requirements may not be admitted. Because of enrollment limits in the major, the School of Nursing may deny admission to qualified students.
Candidates for admission are required to submit applications through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) as http://nursingcas.org/. Students must submit all official transcripts and reference information to NursingCAS directly.
In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree, applicants must have either completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses (or transfer equivalents) at the time of application:
Policies for Admission to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS in Nursing Program
The Nursing Admission Committee will review student records after applications are received. The Committee will admit the most qualified students based on cumulative GPA, science/math GPA, previous academic records, credits completed at Edgewood College, and the strength of supplemental admission criteria (faculty interviews/entrance exams/written statements).
All students who are admitted to the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program must have successfully completed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course, passed the certification examination, and hold a current CNA license before the start date of the program. Students must also hold CPR/AED certification, first aid certification, complete a Certified Background Check, and meet health requirements prior to beginning nursing courses.
Progression in the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS in Nursing Program
In order to progress in the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program, students must maintain an academic cumulative GPA of 2.5. A grade of “C” or better is required in each nursing course. A grade of “Pass” in each clinical course is required for progression into the next nursing course. If these requirements are not met, the student is not eligible to progress in the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites. See the Nursing Student Handbook for specific health requirements.
Edgewood College’s School of Nursing and all clinical agencies under contract to the School require that every student and faculty member have a background check completed by the Criminal Justice Department of Wisconsin. Background Information Disclosure forms must be completed by students before entry into the12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program. Students are responsible for notifying the School of Nursing of any criminal charges or convictions that occur while they are progressing through the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS program. Students who have been convicted of certain types of offenses may not be able to participate in clinical placements and therefore will not eligible to earn a degree in nursing. It is also possible that a student may not be eligible for licensure by the State of Wisconsin or another state licensing authority if certain types of criminal offenses are identified in the background check.
Random alcohol and drug checks may be done in clinical agencies at the discretion of faculty members throughout the duration of a student’s clinical experiences.
The School of Nursing participates in an assessment process that compares Edgewood College nursing students with other nursing students across the country using a standardized exam. The computerized examinations, completed at regular intervals throughout the curriculum, provide benchmarks for student performance in critical thinking, nursing process, and therapeutic communication. The results are useful in preparing students to take the national licensing examination after graduation. Student abilities in meeting other program objective are evaluated throughout the program of study.
Goals for the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate BS in Nursing Program
Upon completion of the program, graduates will:
- Integrate the liberal arts into the practice of nursing.
- Apply skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide high quality health care in a systems environment.
- Translate current evidence into the practice of nursing.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology.
- Integrate knowledge of health care policies, including financial and regulatory influences, on the health care system as they relate to quality care.
- Perform communication and collaboration skills consistent with professional standards when working in inter-professional settings to improve health services.
- Assimilate health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual and population level.
- Integrate professional standards or moral, ethical, and legal conduct in nursing practice.
- Formulate a personal professional practice model that addresses accountability, continuous professional engagement, and lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the care of patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments.