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Nursing

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Nursing is an interdisciplinary program grounded in the liberal arts. The major offers two options: a Pre-Licensure option and an RN Completion option. Pre-licensure students are undergraduates who do not have an RN license. RN Completion students are those who hold an associate's degree in nursing from a community college and a license to practice as a registered nurse. The integrated curriculum is designed to provide meaningful learning experiences for Pre-Licensure students and RN Completion students and to ensure that graduates possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude reflecting the standards of the State of New Hampshire Board of Nursing (BON) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program of study in nursing, with the identified course learning outcomes, expectations, and cumulative semester competencies, is designed to reflect the academic integrity expectations of all Keene State College programs while also achieving the requirements of state and national accreditation for our nursing graduates.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

(24-112 credits)

  • Pre-Licensure Student Option

    Allied Discipline Requirements:

    INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry
    BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
    INHLSC 175 Essentials of Nutrition Science
    HLSC 240 Microbiology for Health Professionals
    ISHLSC 285 Health in Society
    One course in a foreign language
    ISPSYC 312 Lifespan Psychology
    MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

    68 credits

    NURS 301 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits)
    NURS 302 Introduction to Patient-Centered Care
    NURS 303 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
    NURS 304 Clinical: Patient-Centered Care
    NURS 305 Evidence-Based Practice
    NURS 307 Clinical: Evidenced-Based Practice
    NURS 308 Medical Surgical Nursing - Acute Care
    NURS 311 Clinical Calculations
    NURS 312 Health Promotion and Assessment
    NURS 401 Collaborative Care of Populations
    NURS 402 Specialty Nursing Practice
    NURS 403 Clinical: Specialty Settings
    NURS 404 Nursing Leadership
    NURS 405 Nursing Research
    NURS 406 Clinical: Advanced Care (6 credits)
    NURS 407 Medical Surgical Nursing - Chronic Care
    NURS 408 NCLEX-RN Preparation and Review

  • RN Completion Option

    24 credits

    NURS 301 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits) 
    NURS 401 Collaborative Care of Populations
    NURS 403 Clinical: Specialty Settings (2 credits)
    NURS 404 Nursing Leadership
    NURS 405 Nursing Research
    MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

    Select one of the following:

    • II 333 Complementary Health Practices
    • NURS 310 Healthcare Informatics
  • ELECTIVES

    Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    120 credits

    FEES

    Additional expenses associated with the Nursing program include payment for immunizations, differential fees for clinical courses, travel expenses to and from off-campus clinical assignments, uniforms, professional memberships, and occasional conferences and workshops.

    ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION CRITERIA

    PRE-LICENSURE OPTION

    Because of the professional nature of nursing and its responsibility to the public, the Nursing program has established the following admissions, progression, and graduation standards for student selection and graduation.

    ADMITTED FRESHMEN - DECLARED NURSING MAJORS

    First-year students/freshmen are conditionally accepted to the College as pre-licensure Nursing majors and must complete a Declaration of Major form in Nursing at the time of First-Year Orientation.

    • Admission as a pre-licensure Nursing major does not guarantee progression into the nursing course sequence. Each cohort is limited to 32 students per year.

    Nursing students in the Nursing major are advised and assisted with program planning throughout the program of study.

    Progression within the Nursing major occurs when students begin the Nursing major course sequence in the fall of the junior year, with a maximum of 32 pre-licensure students in each cohort. Selection is based on overall GPA, Science GPA and earned score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

    Previously unlicensed nursing candidates are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) upon program completion of the Nursing major and graduation requirements.

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    Entering first-year students must meet minimum entry requirements of the college and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25. Conditional admission into the pre-licensure Nursing track does not guarantee progression into the nursing course sequence. At the end of the sophomore year, a maximum of 32 students are accepted for progression into the nursing course sequence.

    PROGRESSION CRITERIA

    • Attending a mandatory nursing orientation meeting in the spring of their sophomore year (the semester preceding progression into the Nursing course sequence).
    • Successful completion of the ISP and Allied Discipline requirements by the end of the sophomore year.
    • Successful completion of the nursing Basic Math Competency requirement. See Nursing Program Student Handbook at www.keene.edu/nursing.
    • A minimum overall GPA of 3.4.
    • A minimum course grade of 3.0 (B) and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in the following required science classes:
      • INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry
      • BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology I
      • BIO 232 Anatomy & Physiology II
      • HLSC 240 Microbiology for Health Professionals
    • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scoring at the "Proficient" level or above by Reading Day at the end of the sophomore spring semester.
    • Applicants can take the TEAS two (2) times in a calendar year with a minimum of 90 days between attempts. Applicants choosing to retake the TEAS must retest on all sections of the test. The results from only one test will be considered.
    • Note: Students who do not meet all established criteria may be considered on a case by case basis if space in the Nursing program is available.

    Additional expectations and responsibilities for students selected to progress into the nursing course sequence and fees.

    • Students must successfully complete the Nursing Medication Math Competency testing as one of the required components for earning a passing grade in NURS 304 Clinical: Patient Centered Care. The successful completion of NURS 304 with a minimum grade of B is required to continue progression in the program.
    • Students must earn a 3.0 (B) or higher in each required nursing course.
    • Students are responsible for the purchase of nursing apparel, professional memberships, ATI Nursing Education materials and expenses associated with required background checks prior to clinical placement.
    • A satisfactory background check which results in no findings that could compromise clinical placement eligibility.
    • Students must provide proof of immunization prior to clinical placement. Immunizations include: Tb, Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B series (HEPVAC). HEPVAC requires that the series start around the time of application submission to ensure the six-month series is entirely completed before clinical practice begins.
    • Students must provide proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers at the point of application and must maintain certification until after graduation.
    • Travel outside of the Keene area is required for clinical experiences, and students are responsible for their own transportation.
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the degree.

    NON-NURSING MAJORS (internal or external transfer students)

    Each cohort of Nursing majors is limited to a maximum of 32 students; a limited number of openings for transfer students may occur. Should openings be available, individual non-nursing major students may apply to become Nursing majors.

    Application to the Nursing major for Non-Nursing majors (internal transfers) and transfer students from other institutions (external transfers) typically occurs at the end of the sophomore year (the semester prior to when students begin the Nursing major course sequence during junior year), with a maximum of 32 pre-licensure students in each cohort.

    Previously licensed nursing candidates are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) upon successful completion of the Nursing major and graduation.

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    • Students transferring from other institutions must apply to the College and be accepted.
    • All interested students must contact the Nursing program director by email at nursing@keene.edu during the first week of the semester prior to potential progression to the Nursing course sequence in junior year. Candidate applications are not carried over year to year.
    • Successful completion of the ISP and Allied Discipline requirements by the end of the sophomore year.
    • Successful completion of the nursing Basic Math Competency requirement. See Nursing Program Student Handbook at www.keene.edu/nursing.
    • A minimum overall GPA of 3.4.
    • A minimum course grade of 3.0 (B) and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in the following required science classes:
      • INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry
      • BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology I
      • BIO 232 Anatomy & Physiology II
      • HLSC 240 Microbiology for Health Professionals
    • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scoring at the "Proficient" level or above by Reading Day at the end of the sophomore spring semester.
    • Applicants can take the TEAS two (2) times in a calendar year with a minimum of 90 days between attempts. Applicants choosing to retake the TEAS must retest on all sections of the test. The results from only one test will be considered.

    Selection to the Nursing major will be based on:

    • the availability of open seats, and
    • the applicant's cumulative GPA.

    In the event two or more students have the same cumulative GPA, the tie will be broken based on:

    • their cumulative GPAs in Science courses and/or
    • the discretion of the Director of Nursing.

    RN COMPLETION OPTION

    Because of the professional nature of nursing and its responsibility to the public, the Nursing program has established the following admissions, progression, and graduation standards for student selection and graduation.

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    • Registered Nurses who have completed an associate's degree in nursing with a licensure as a registered nurse (RN Completion students) must apply for admission to the college.
    • All applicants must have an unencumbered New Hampshire license as an R.N.

    PROGRESSION CRITERIA

    • For the RN Completion option, the courses listed under the option requirements must be completed at Keene State College.

    Additional expectations and responsibilities for program progression and fees.

    • Students must earn a 3.0 (B) or higher in each course designated as NURS course.
    • Students are responsible for the purchase of nursing apparel, professional memberships, ATI Nursing Education materials and expenses associated with required background checks prior to clinical placement.
    • A satisfactory background check which results in no findings that could compromise clinical placement eligibility.
    • Students must provide proof of immunization prior to clinical placement. Immunizations include: Tb, Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B series (HEPVAC). HEPVAC requires that the series start around the time of application submission to ensure the six-month series is entirely completed before clinical practice begins.
    • Students must provide proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers at the point of application and must maintain certification until after graduation.
    • Travel outside of the Keene area is required for clinical experiences, and students are responsible for their own transportation.
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the degree. Note: To earn a degree, students must complete at least 30 credits at Keene State College.