Apr 11, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing, BSN - Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study


Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides quality education to a diverse student population through innovative curricula. Students are educated as nurse generalists to provide high quality, safe, and evidence-based practice to diverse populations in a variety of settings. The graduates are prepared for the role of the professional nurse which encompasses leadership, service, scholarship and lifelong learning.

Program Goals

  • Prepare the graduate for the role of the professional nurse.
  • Provide an environment of trust, student engagement, and academic support.
  • Provide high-quality nursing education.
  • Promote a culture of safety.
  • Integrate the students into clinical practice and transition the students into nursing culture.
  • Increase the diversity of the student population with an emphasis on cultural awareness.
  • Be a leader in NCLEX board pass rate for the region.
  • Provide population focused education to produce graduates that provide efficient, effective health care.
  • Create an innovative, cutting edge environment for nursing students in this fast changing field of health care.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will successfully graduate within their cohort time frame.
  • BSN students express satisfaction with the BSN program.
  • Students successfully pass NCLEX examination.
  • Students will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practice safe, effective, holistic and client/family-centered nursing with diverse individuals, families and populations.
  • Consistently demonstrate professionalism and leadership.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines and organizations to develop interventions and strategies that optimize client outcomes.
  • Synthesize multiple ways of knowing to inform practice, make clinical judgments and creatively transform knowledge to provide humanistic, quality client-centered care with tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • Use principles of quality improvement, evidence-based practice, health care policy, and cost effectiveness to enhance client outcomes, and participates in opportunities to engender change.

BSN Degree Requirements

  • Upon recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:
  • Completion of the 120 hours of the required program of study for the BSN degree.
  • Completion of the 60 semester hours of nursing coursework within four years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University.
  • A maximum of 64 transfer credits allowed.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.
  • BSN students must earn a minimum of 30 nursing credit hours from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University to meet residency requirements.

See Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences .

Prerequisites for Upper Division Nursing Coursework

All prerequiste courses must earn a minimum grade of C.

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited* institution are eligible for a waiver of the open elective requirements. Science courses must be taken no more than five years prior to admission into the BSN program.

* Institutions must be accredited by a nationally recognized higher education accrediting association. Rockhurst University reserves the right to reject course work from institutions not accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or other accrediting associations as determined by the Registrar’s Office. Such course work is not accepted for transfer or satisfaction of degree requirements at Rockhurst University.


Non Program Electives

  • Also required: Take an additional 11 credits in non-program electives, with a minimum grade of C.



The BSN program has prerequisite requirements requiring coursework to follow a specific order. A 2-credit hour Nursing elective course must also be taken prior to graduation. The Nursing elective must be an approved elective as listed in the academic course catalog and it must be taken through Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University.

If an undergraduate student has any combination of the following, they will be dismissed from the program.

  • Two course failures, or
  • Two course withdrawals, or
  • One course failure and one course withdrawal

If a student is dismissed, re-admission is not guaranteed. The student must apply for readmission to the program. If a student is readmitted, they may not fail or withdraw from any further courses including electives and is not eligible for a subsequent readmission.

See the Student Conduct Incident Policy for non-academic dismissal criteria.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study