Major Areas of Study: NURSING
The Nursing program at Muskingum University combines the best of Muskingum's liberal arts and sciences with a structured nursing curriculum to build a comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) experience. Successful completion of the program will allow students to sit for the exam leading to the R.N. license. Our graduates will be prepared for professional careers and for entry into graduate programs.
The Department of Nursing reflects the mission of Muskingum University by providing quality nursing education which fosters critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth within the context of a caring community. Liberally educated nursing graduates are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe quality nursing care, to act as advocates for families, groups and communities and to manage twenty-first century changes in the health care system.
Admission to the BSN Program
Admission to the freshman year of nursing will be based on a completed application to Muskingum University and evidence of a strong high school college preparatory curriculum that includes biology, chemistry, and math through Algebra II. ACT or SAT examinations are also required as a part of the nursing admission process. Students' high school GPA and ACT or SAT examination results will also help determine admission to the nursing program.
Students who apply to the nursing program from high school and indicate they want to be considered for nursing on their application will be reviewed first for admission to the University. Once that admission decision is made, the Director of Admission, in conjunction with the Department of Nursing, will review the candidate for the nursing major. The successful candidate will receive an admission letter to the University and a second admission letter to the nursing major.
Jonathan Pickering ('16), a nursing major who plans to graduate in the spring (2016), came to Muskingum from Ashland, Ohio. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Jonathan was also drawn to the campus because of his contact with football and track and field coaches. In addition to being involved on campus – he is the Vice President of his fraternity, a member of the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) and a staff manager for Brewed Awakenings, a weekly campus coffeehouse – Jonathan is also a trained volunteer EMT and firefighter.
Jonathan chose nursing as his career because he felt it was a field that offered a lot of opportunities and professional challenges. He has seen how his nursing degree and EMT training complement each other: “Nursing basics is exactly what EMT-Basic skill and knowledge set is. Being a nursing student has definitely allowed me to become a more knowledgeable and proficient EMT. On the other hand being able to interact with patients in a variety of situations and being able to be autonomous with my interaction with my patients has allowed me to solidify my nursing basic skills and become much more comfortable with my interactions with patients and become confident in my abilities as a nursing student.”
Jonathan, who wants to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, said that “being pushed intellectually” during his first year of college was a good experience that helped him learn that “college is not easy and… I need to devote my time to studying and learning class material, because college is no walk in the park.”
Alyssa Lightcap ('15) recently sent this note of thanks to her MU faculty, reflecting on her experience at Muskingum:
By going through the nursing program at Muskingum, I not only learned what it took and meant to be a nurse, but I also gained so much more. The intimate class sizes allowed me to grow so close to not only my classmates but also my professors. We all became a family, growing the program and learning together. The professors were always willing to keep their doors open to answer any questions and they were constantly working hard and looking for ways to help guarantee our success. I also participated in the Nursing Student Organization where I was able to have a voice as a student and work alongside faculty, and other students like myself, to find ways to help our program reach new levels. The faculty put so much of their time and effort into working with us as students and our program to make it the best possible, and I can speak to their success. I graduated with honors in the spring, took and successfully passed my state boards on the first attempt in July, and accepted a full time position at a Magnet recognized hospital in Dayton, Ohio in August. I owe my career and success to Muskingum University's nursing program and am eternally grateful for those who helped me become the nurse I am today.
Thank you all so much for everything. Best wishes, Alyssa
(Above) MU Nursing students, Homecoming 2015
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Jennifer McCarty, Dept. Secretary