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Major Areas of Study: NURSING


Admission Procedure

To be reviewed for admission into the freshman year of nursing, simply list "nursing" major when asked about your academic interest on page one of the application (apply now). Your application will first be reviewed for admission to Muskingum University, and notified of the decision within a few weeks. The Director of Admission, in conjunction with the Department of Nursing, will then determine admission into the freshman year of nursing, and a second letter will inform you of that decision.

Admission to the Muskingum University Nursing Program involves a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials, therefore absolute cutoffs for grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores are not used.  Reasonable guidelines for high school students are a high school GPA of at least 3.0, along with ACT composite and ACT science scores of 21 or better (SAT V + M > 990).  The successful candidate will receive an admission letter to the University, and a second admission letter to the nursing major.

If accepted into nursing, you can secure your spot in the class by paying the tuition deposit ($200, payable at any time after admission decision, refundable until May 1). Admission into this group is an important first step toward satisfying the requirements to complete the BSN program in four years.

 

Curriculum

Sample First-Year Nursing Curriculum

Year

Course

Fall Semester

Credits

Course

Spring Semester

Credits

First

IDIS 100

First-Year Seminar

1

 

*BIOL 122

Anatomy/Physiology II

4

  *ENGL 121 Composition
3
  *CHEM 108 General, Biologic and Organic Chemistry
4
  *BIOL 121 Anatomy/Physiology I
4
  *PSYC 208 Lifespan Development
3
  *PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3
  COMM 200 Fundamentals of Speech
3
  SOCI 101 Sociological Perspective
3
     
  *NURS 125 Foundations in Nursing
2
     
    Total
16
  Total  
14

Progression to Sophomore Level Nursing

Progression from the freshman to sophomore year will occur when students complete the courses marked with an asterisk (*) with a grade of "C" or better, and have an overall documented 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

During spring semester of the freshman year, first-year Nursing students will apply to continue in the Nursing program for the second, third, and fourth years. Admission/Progression Applications are available directly from the Department of Nursing office (BSC 416). Progression is assured in the Nursing Program if the criteria established in the admission requirements are met. (Please see the information above.) Grades from fall semester courses and early assessment grades of spring semester courses will be considered for progression in the nursing program. The final decision will be based on transcripted completed work at the end of the spring semester. A letter of progression will be sent to each student who has applied to the sophomore level of nursing in May or June after completion of the freshman year.

*Sample 2nd, 3rd, 4th year curriculum for students progressing as nursing majors.

Year

Course

Fall Semester

Credits

 

Course

Spring Semester

Credits

Second

HSLC 231

Nutrition Across the Lifespan
3
  NURS 230 Pharmacology

3

  NURS 226 Health Assessment
3
  NURS 251

Introduction to Clinical Practice in Medical/Surgical Nursing

7
  NURS 227 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
4
  BIOL 312 Microbiology

4

  PSYCH 232 Behavioral Statistics
3
  (Gen Ed) Communicating in a Global/Digital Age

3

  BIOL 346 Pathophysiology
3
     

 

 

 

Total

16

   

Total

17

               
Third NURS 351 Clinical Practice in Medical-Surgical Nursing
7
  NURS 340 Nursing Research
3
  (Gen Ed) Artistic Understanding
3
  NURS 375 Nursing Care of Parents, Newborns and Children
8
  NURS 360 Mental Health and Family Nursing
4
  (Gen Ed) Religious Understanding
3
  BIOL 305 Human Genetics
3
 

(Gen Ed)

Western Traditions

3

 

 

Total

17

 

 

Total

17

               
Fourth NURS 430 Perspectives in Global Health and Nursing
3
  NURS 486 Nursing Leadership & Management 
3
  NURS 451 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Health Problems
7
  NURS 487 Nursing Senior Capstone: Preparation for Licensure and Practice
7
  NURS 460 Community Health Nursing
4
  PHIL 305 Biomedical Ethics
3
  HLSC or HLTH Health Science or Health & Fitness (upper-level course)
3
     

 

 

Total

17

 

 

Total

13

Notes:
1. A total of 127 semester hours are required to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

2. (Gen Ed) =General Education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum, Muskingum University's core curriculum required of all students to graduate.

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