Feb 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN


Mission

Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and 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 Rockhurst University Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • 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 Rockhurst University Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences to meet residency requirement.

Pre-requisites for Upper Division Nursing Coursework

The first 60 credit hours of coursework, including all program pre-requisite courses, may be completed at accredited institution(s) of your choice. Students then complete 60 hours of nursing courses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rockhurst University Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

General Education Support Core Courses Minimum Credit Hours Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences Equivalent Credit Hours
Chemistry/Lab (3-4) CHEM 1050 Principles of Chemistry with Lab 4
College Algebra or Higher Level Mathematics (3) MATH 1650 College Algebra 3
English I (3) ENGL 1300 Written Communication for Health Professionals 3
English II (3) ENGL 1500 Professional Communication in Health 3
Ethics/Logic/Philosophy/Values (3) HUMS 1450 Medical Ethics:Decision Making Under Uncertainty 3
Human Anatomy/Lab  (3-4) BSCI 2250 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4
Human Physiology/Lab (3-4) BSCI 2350 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
Human Development/Developmental Psychology (3) PSYC 2250 Human Growth and Development 3
Introduction to Sociology/Cultural Anthropology (3) SOCI 1400 Medical Sociology 3
Microbiology/Lab (3-4) BSCI 2500 Microbiology with Lab 4
Nutrition (3) CHEM 2020 Nutrition for Health Professionals 3
Speech/Oral Communication (3) COMM 1100 Oral and Interpersonal Communication in Health 3
Statistics (3) MATH 2070 Biostatistics 3
Open Elective (major/nonmajor courses) (14-17) Open Electives 17
Total Credits Required (60)   60

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 enrollment into the College.

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

TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS: 120


NOTES


The BSN program has pre-requisite requirements requiring coursework to follow a specific order. A 1 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 Rockhurst’s Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing students must achieve an individual exam average of at least 75% in order to pass Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses. Students must also complete all course materials at 75% in order to pass Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses. In the event the exam average is below 75%, the earned exam average becomes the final Bachelor of Science in Nursing course grade.

Letter Grade % of Total Points Catalog Description of Undergraduate Letter Grade
A 92.00-100.00 Indicates high achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative.
A- 90.00-91.99 Indicates high achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative.
B+ 88.00-89.99 Denotes attainment well above the average.
B 82.00-87.99 Denotes attainment well above the average.
B- 80.00-81.99 Denotes attainment well above the average.
C+ 78.00-79.99 Denotes work of average attainment.
C 75.00-77.99 Denotes work of average attainment.
F 74.99 and below Denotes poor work, for which no credit will be given.

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

Please note that a dismissal from the nursing program does not mean a dismissal from Rockhurst University. Students may explore other options to continue their studies within the university.

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