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
In its initial years, the BSN program will limit the number of students admitted based on the capacity of its core classes and the number of clinical sites available. Like many other nursing programs, Muskingum's program will admit first-year students to a pre-nursing curriculum based on high school credentials and scores on the ACT or SAT examinations. In general, an applicant should have completed a strong college prep curriculum in high school, including biology, chemistry, and math through Algebra II to be considered for admission to nursing. Because the capacity of the pre-nursing program is limited, some students who are eligible for admission to the University may not be admitted to pre-nursing as first-year students. (For more on application and admission to the University, visit Applying for Admission.)
Chelsea Blamble graduated in May, 2014 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her primary reason for choosing Muskingum was the nursing program, and she was not disappointed.
In her own words prior to graduation: “My nursing experience has been amazing...the nursing program itself is like a family. My biggest class size right now in nursing is 23 and my smallest class size is 7. The program is definitely NOT easy, but it is possible. It is challenging, but it gets you ready to take the NCLEX [National Council Licensure Examination for nursing graduates]….
“Clinicals are my favorite part – I get so much hands-on experience. The nice thing about this nursing program is that your sophomore year, you start clinicals right away, and by the end of the year you are administering medications to patients! Last spring I had clinical at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. However, most of our clinicals are either in Zanesville or Cambridge. For me personally, I love the surgery setting. My favorite part is going into the OR and watching surgeries firsthand.”
Chelsea hopes to someday be a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthetist. She plans to work in critical care for a year or two and then move on to grad school.
Besides being dedicated to her studies, Chelsea was involved in Greek life (she is the president of her sorority) and was a violinist in the South Eastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra. She also coordinated Muskie Preview (the orientation for incoming freshmen) her junior year, was a campus tour guide for the Admission Office, and was involved with the Board of Trustees.
From the menu (upper right), choose any link to learn more about the Nursing program at Muskingum University. Please contact the Admission Office for more information, or the Nursing Department (below) for specific information. We appreciate your interest, and hope you can visit campus soon to learn and see even more!
Donna Keaton, Dept. Secretary