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Nursing Major

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will prepare students to use the nursing process and an inter-professional approach to provide patient centered health care across the lifespan and continuum of care for patients of diverse populations.

Students will gain values, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide compassionate, safe, quality patient care and learn how to be a Christian servant-leader within professional nursing practice. At the completion of the nursing program, students will be eligible to become a registered nurse through the state licensure examination.

In addition to the classroom, students participate in hands-on learning in the nursing applied learning laboratory and clinical settings. The nursing lab houses manikins, equipment, and materials needed to practice nursing skills in a safe learning environment.

Clinical practicum occurs in a variety of settings including: The Lutheran Home-Belle Plaine, Ecumen Pathstone Living, Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center, Mayo Hospital-Mankato, New Ulm Medical Center, Mankato Clinic, Children’s Health Care Center, St Peter Regional Treatment Center, Open Door Health Center, Ecumen Pathstone Home Care, Ecumen Adult Day Services, Blue Earth County, Waseca County, and an international immersion experience.

 

Potential Careers

Registered Nurse in a variety of areas:

  • acute care specialty areas (medical-surgical, burn, cardiac, emergency, critical, labor & delivery, oncology, orthopaedics, surgery)
  • home health
  • informatics
  • long-term care
  • mental health
  • occupational health
  • pain management
  • parish nursing
  • pediatrics
  • policy/advocacy
  • public health
  • transitional/rehabilitation care
  • and many more!

Meet the Faculty

These faculty members teach many of the courses that comprise the Nursing Major. For more information, see the Nursing Department.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Requirements

Please see the Program Requirements Disclaimer when planning your coursework.

Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will prepare students to use the nursing process and an inter-professional approach to provide patient centered health care across the lifespan and continuum of care for patients of diverse populations through the acquisition of values, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide compassionate, safe, quality patient care as a Christian servant-leader within the profession.

Belief Statement

Following Jesus’ commands, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, ESV) and “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12, ESV), students acquire a foundation for professional nursing practice grounded in a Christian worldview and servant leadership. The program curriculum also embraces concepts, assumptions, and propositions from Madeline Leininger’s Culture Care Theory and Joanne R. Duffy’s Quality Caring Model as the framework for providing patient centered health care.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing student will be able to do the following outcomes:

  1. Synthesize knowledge and evidence from the liberal arts and sciences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making in professional nursing practice.
  2. Acknowledge responsibility for self-directed lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional role development.
  3. Exhibit nursing leadership behaviors in the provision of holistic, relationship-centered patient care for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  4. Employ principles of quality improvement to enhance safe, quality health care delivery.
  5. Analyze and use research to inform nursing care practices and make clinical judgments.
  6. Utilize technology and informatics across the continuum of care to enhance outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  7. Evaluate the influence of political, social, and economic policies on health care systems and patient care services.
  8. Collaborate with patients, families, professional colleagues, and the community to promote health and wellness of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness of verbal and written communication in the achievement of health care outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  10. Synthesize nursing and public health theory and practice to provide appropriate health and wellness nursing care for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  11. Integrate a personal framework of faith, spirituality, and professional values within ethical and legal frameworks in nursing practice.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to assess and advocate for the spiritual and faith needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  13. Provide safe culturally congruent holistic nursing care for diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  14. Adapt to change within healthcare environments utilizing critical thinking and professional behaviors.

Entry into the Major

Application for admission to the nursing program is a separate process and in addition to being admitted to the College. Space is limited and not all qualified applicants are guaranteed admission.

Requirements for application to enter the nursing program:

A checklist of these requirements is available for download: Nursing Program Application Checklist (2019).

  1. Nursing Program Application (2019). Applications are accepted March 1–April 1 for admission to the fall cohort. Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed at the discretion of the program director.
  2. Sophomore standing eligibility (at least 28 credits) by end of semester of application.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all courses through fall of sophomore year; all courses taken through fall of sophomore year are GPA ranked for admission status.
  4. Minimum of “C” in pre-requisites (Must be completed or enrolled in at time of application):
  5. Minimum of “C” in support courses (Must be completed to graduate from nursing program):
  6. Repeating courses:
    • Required pre-requisite and support courses may be repeated only once (1).
    • No more than three (3) required pre-requisite and support courses may be repeated. All of the required pre-requisite and support courses thereafter must be at least a “C” to qualify for admission to or progression in the nursing program.
    • Failing a total of four (4) required pre-requisite and/or support courses will result in denial of admission to or dismissal from the nursing program.
    • All failed required courses will be counted towards the dismissal policy (e.g.. If first attempt is failed and the course is successfully repeated, the first attempt will be counted as one (1) failure for the dismissal policy).
    • Two (2) withdrawals (either withdrawal passing or withdrawal failing) from the same required pre-requisite, support, or nursing course will be considered as one (1) failure and will count towards the dismissal policy.
  7. At the time of application to the core nursing program, science credits, including transfer science credits and science credits taken at Bethany, cannot be older than six (6) years. This includes the following courses: BIOL101, BIOL151, CHEM107, CHEM113, BIOL221, BIOL222, and BIOL360. Students with science credits older than six (6) years will need to retake applicable science credits.
  8. Copy of unofficial transcript.
  9. Two (2) recommendations: Nursing Program Recommendation Form (2019).
  10. Complete and successfully pass a national criminal background check (and drug screen upon request. Castle Branch Program Application Directions (2019)
  11. Completion of the HESI® Admission Assessment Exam. (Exam arranged through nursing program.) HESI Admission Assessment Information (2019); HESI Admission Assessment Payment Form (2019)
  12. Director/faculty interview (upon request)

Acceptance/Rejection Information

Acceptance status letters will be mailed on or before May 1. Letters will be mailed to the address on the application unless otherwise indicated by applicant.

Preference for admission to the nursing major will be given to students with general education, pre-requisite, and support course credits earned at Bethany. Transfer students must meet the same requirements for admission. Bethany Lutheran College does not accept nursing credits on transfer.

Students not accepted for admission may be listed as an alternate per the Nursing Department Admissions Committee. Students on the alternate list may also reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year and will be considered in the next pool of applicants but will not be guaranteed admission.

Students not accepted for admission may reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. Students may reapply for admission two (2) times and must do so in consecutive years.

Students desiring to transfer into the nursing program, whether from another institution, or from a different major at Bethany Lutheran College, are to follow the regular admission process and requirements of the nursing program. Transfer students from another institution must be admitted to the college before applying for admission to the nursing program. Official transcripts from all other institutions must be submitted to the college Registrar.

Due to the traditional design of the curriculum, Bethany Lutheran College does not provide advanced standing to or accept core nursing credits on transfer from persons who currently hold licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Any person holding LPN licensure desiring admission to the nursing program must follow the regular admission process and requirements of the nursing program.

Requirements Upon Acceptance and Before Starting the Nursing Program

Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students must provide additional requirements for clinical placement. The following requirements are due by August 1:

  • Attend the mandatory nursing program orientation session (held in early May)
  • Documentation of certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant OR documentation of satisfactory completion of a nursing assistant course within six years preceding acceptance to the nursing program (separate fees; provide copy of certificate)
  • Current CPR/BLS for health care providers certification. CPR/BLS certification must be through American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or Military Training Network. (Must maintain throughout the entire nursing program. Provide copy of certificate/card.)
  • Health Clearance Form with proof of required immunizations.

General Education/Prerequisite Requirements

At the time of application to the core nursing program, science credits, including transfer science credits and science credits taken at Bethany, cannot be older than six (6) years. This includes the following courses: BIOL101, BIOL151, CHEM107, CHEM113, BIOL221, BIOL222, and BIOL360. Students with science credits older than six (6) years will need to retake applicable science credits.

*A grade of “C” or higher (per individual course scale) must be obtained in each of the prerequisite and support courses.

Core Requirements

Note: Enrollment in the nursing core courses requires formal acceptance into the nursing major. Students must pass the nursing core courses with a grade of “C+” or higher (per nursing grade scale).

Health Requirements

In addition to college health requirements, students must meet clinical requirements needed to participate in clinical practicum. This includes obtaining a physical examination and providing official documentation (clinic, hospital, health care provider, lab reports, or state immunization record) of required immunizations. The physical exam must be completed within twelve (12) months prior to starting the nursing program. Students must complete the Health Clearance Form and provide official documentation of:

  • MMR (measles/rubeola, mumps, rubella/German measles): Two (2) MMR vaccinations or positive titer of each. If titer is negative, documentation of 1 “booster” dose and a repeat titer is required. Those who have a positive titer after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who have a negative titer after the “booster” dose must receive 1 additional dose
  • Tetanus/Diptheria (Td) or Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (Tdap): Vaccination within past 10 years.
  • Pertussis: If did not receive Tdap, vaccination since age 6 years or positive pertussis titer
  • Polio: Four (4) vaccinations as a child or three (3) vaccinations as adult or positive polio titer for polio types 1 and 3 (polio type 2 titer is not required)
  • Varicella (Chicken pox): Two (2) vaccinations or positive varicella titer. If titer is negative, documentation of 1 “booster” dose and a repeat titer is required. Those who have a positive titer after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who have a negative titer after the “booster” dose must receive 1 additional dose.
  • Tuberculosis: Negative two-step TB skin test (Mantoux), or two negative consecutive annual tests, or QuantiFERON gold test or T-Spot titer test. If skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required with provider documentation of negative disease within 12 months of beginning nursing program. A one-step skin test must be completed annually and current while in the nursing program. Students who have a history of a positive TB skin test must complete an annual symptom screen instead of an annual TB skin test.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or Hepatitis A/B combo vaccination: Three (3) vaccinations. Documentation of the first of three doses is required prior to the start of clinical. Documentation of the entire series of three doses within six months of starting the Hepatitis B series is required. Positive anti-HBs titer is also acceptable. If anti-HBs titer is negative, documentation of 1 “booster” dose and a repeat test for anti-HBs 1–2 months later is required. Those who test positive for anti-HBs after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who test negative for anti-HBs after the “booster” dose must receive 2 additional doses to complete a second 3-dose series. ORComplete Hepatitis B vaccination declination form. Note: Some clinical sites may not allow participation in clinical experiences at their site without the Hepatitis B vaccination. The nursing program does not guarantee an alternative facility placement. If no clinical agency placement is available, you may be dismissed from the nursing program.
  • Influenza: Vaccine required annually by November 1 based on the availability of the vaccine. Documentation from a physician or provider, stating that the student is medically contraindicated (ex: allergic reaction) from receiving such vaccine, is the only exception. A note from a medical doctor, chiropractor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant will not be acceptable simply because the individual is against having the vaccine.
  • Medical health insurance coverage (self, through parents, Medical Assistance). Student insurance may be purchased from a variety of companies such as: Nurses Service Organization, Aetna, United Healthcare, and Cigna.

The following additional requirements are due prior to the Transcultural Nursing clinical experience as specified by faculty or the Director of Nursing. Additional vaccinations may be required depending upon travel arrangements.

  • Hepatitis A vaccination or Hepatitis A/B combo vaccination. Two (2) vaccinations. First dose should be before September 1 and second dose should be before March 1. Positive HAV total antibody test or HAV IgG titer is also acceptable.
  • Typhoid. One (1) vaccination before March 1 (either 1 injection or 4 doses of oral vaccine)
  • Passport. Students must have a current passport by March 1 of junior year. Passport must have at least 3 months remaining prior to expiration date.

Compliance tracking of the Health Clearance Form, required immunizations, CPR Certification, nursing assistant course or CNA, and medial health insurance coverage is completed online through Castle Branch. Please contact the Director of Nursing for specific procedures.

Program Fee

In addition to the college tuition and fees, students who are admitted to the nursing program will be assessed a program fee of $800 per semester. Nursing students incur many costs beyond tuition and textbooks. The use of a formal program fee will help evenly distribute the payment of costs over four semesters, provide for more consistent budgeting for the student, and will enhance the student’s ability to integrate the costs into their financial aid requests. The fee will pay for the following personal property and services:

  1. Official Uniforms (Scrub top x 2; Polo top; Pants or skirt x 2; Lab coat; Name badge)
  2. Nursing Practice Tools
  3. Nursing Skills Supply Lab Kit
  4. Malpractice/Liability Insurance
  5. Health Requirements Compliance Tracking
  6. MN Dept of Health and Human Services Background Study
  7. Clinical Placement
  8. Simulation Lab
  9. HESI® Exams
  10. Nursing Pin
  11. International Immersion Experience (*Note: Students who pay the semester fee but do not participate in the immersion experience due to academic reasons will be refunded the portion of the fee applied to the immersion experience. Students who participate in the immersion experience but do not progress in the nursing program will be billed for the remaining balance of their immersion experience expenses.)

Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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