Bachelor of Science: Nursing
The Andrews University Department of Nursing offers two undergraduate programs, which are listed below.
Students just beginning their college education will enroll in the NCLEX preparatory program.
Students already holding an associate's degree and/or are already an RN will enroll in the BS Completion program for RNs. Both prepare students for a career in professional nursing, are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, and have full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). The programs focus on the provision of care and the promotion of health for individuals and families through classroom and laboratory experiences in a variety of settings. Strong and varied clinical experience is gained through hospital and community agencies and work with clients of diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups. Certain GPA requirements, training and medical requirements must be met for progression in both programs.
The baccalaureate program provides a complete spectrum of professional study, as well as a general education in the arts, humanities and sciences. The program can be completed in eight semesters of full-time study, with 65 nursing credits needed for completion. Through coursework and hands-on experience students are given the background needed to pass the NCLEX licensure examination. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue graduate studies.
Baccalaureate Completion Program for Registered Nurses
The baccalaureate completion program is for RNs already holding an associate's degree. It takes two years of full-time study to be awarded the BS in Nursing. The program consists of 34 credits of upper division nursing. The BS completion student is expected to identify health needs, assess health status, plan and implement suitable nursing interventions, utilize previously mastered concepts and skills to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and readjust plans as needed. Having established career goals and having refined their clinical competency, RNs can seek further education, which will strengthen their professional image, challenge their scholastic abilities, and prepare them for graduate school, if desired.
Admission requirements are as follows:
- RN license in the United States (no exceptions are granted to this policy).
- Minimum GPA of 3.00
- Minimum combined GPA for cognates of 3.00. A grade of C- is unacceptable for any cognate course.
Physical examination report that must include:
- Tuberculin skin test (chest X-ray if positive) and yearly thereafter.
- Proof of immunization or serum immunity for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and hepatitis B.
- Proof of either having had chickenpox (dates of disease or tested for varicella-zoster antibodies) or the immunization.
- Criminal background check.
- Fingerprinting: Please check with Nursing office (269-471-3311) for current recommended company (needed before starting program, if accepted)
- Drug Screening: Please check with Nursing office (269-471-3311) for current recommended company (needed prior to clinical rotation)
Applicants who fail to meet any of the above may be admitted only after committee consideration of the specific circumstances. Additional coursework may be required.
A 1-credit practicum meets for 60 clock hours, a 2-credit practicum course meets for 120 clock hours. Practicum hours are indicated in the bulletin description of the course (i.e., see NRSG216).
The Andrews University Department of Nursing offers a Post-MS Certificate in Nursing Education. The graduate programs prepare nurse educators to respond to the shortage of nurse educators in the country. Please connect with the department for information regarding the graduate program.