Welcome to Keene State College Nursing Program
This is an exciting time in the nursing profession!
The Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: leading Change, Advancing Health, in which the committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80% by 2020. Keene State College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree helping students gain a well-rounded education grounded in the liberal arts. Graduates from the Keene State College’s program are prepared for successful careers in the nursing field where they find employment in a variety of healthcare settings and begin rewarding, well-paid nursing careers.
The nursing curriculum helps students develop a portfolio of well-rounded academic and interpersonal skills. At Keene State College, freshman students are admitted as "pre-nursing" majors. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.25, "B" grades in math and science courses, and SAT Math score of 530 or ACT Math score of 22.
The first two years of the nursing curriculum, students develop a strong foundation in science, math and the liberal arts. At the end of the sophomore year, pre-nursing majors who meet the progression requirements become "pre-licensure" nursing majors. Progression requirements include "B" grade or higher in the four science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology), a science GPA of 3.25, an overall GPA of 3.4, successful completion of the nursing Basic Math Competency, and completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scoring at the "Proficient’ level.
In the junior year, pre-licensure nursing students begin clinical courses. Keene State College has a state of the art simulation laboratory where students learn nursing skills in a safe environment. After practicing skills in the laboratory, students engage in learning experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities like Cheshire Medical Center, Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, Brattleboro Retreat (psychiatric facility), Dartmouth Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, Home Care Services, local schools and clinics. The dedicated nursing faculty guide students through active learning experiences helping them develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing safe and effective care. The final semester, students transition to practice working with a RN preceptor in a capstone clinical practicum experience.
I invite you to explore the nursing curriculum, faculty profiles and program information available on-line and to contact me if you have any questions.
Once again, I welcome you to the Nursing Program and I wish you great success as you become the Nurse of the Future!
Patricia L. Shinn, Ph.D., RN
Director of Nursing