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BS in Nursing

The goal of the Quinnipiac undergraduate nursing program is to provide graduates with a broad and basic preparation for professional nursing practice. The undergraduate nursing curriculum fosters professional socialization for future roles and responsibilities within the profession. Graduates are prepared as generalists to provide evidence-based care.

The School of Nursing prepares nursing students for entry-level professional nursing practice as skilled providers of holistic care for families and individuals of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. Since nursing involves a wide range of responsibilities caring for patients across their life spans, the program utilizes a holistic framework throughout the curriculum.

Quinnipiac's bachelor's degree in nursing offers theoretical and clinical education as well as preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Quinnipiac's nursing program is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation.

Quinnipiac has forged strong affiliations with health care providers allowing students to experience diverse clinical settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, schools and community health centers. View a complete list of our clinical sites.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program are well prepared for graduate study in nursing and may apply to Quinnipiac's master of science in nursing program or doctor of nursing practice program as early as spring semester of senior year.

Accelerated baccalaureate nursing options are available for those interested in pursuing a second degree program. An online RN to BSN completion program is also available.

Transfer students are evaluated once annually in the spring for a fall semester start. Acceptance is based upon a minimum GPA of 3.0 and space availability.

Nursing students who have demonstrated excellence in academics are invited to join Tau Rho, Quinnipiac's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society.

For more information, contact undergraduate admissions at admissions@quinnipiac.edu.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Our bachelor's degree graduates demonstrate proficiencies in the following areas:

  1. Integration of liberal education for generalist nursing practice
  2. Basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety
  3. Scholarship for evidence-based practice
  4. Information management and application of patient care technology
  5. Health care policy, finance and regulatory environments
  6. Interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving health outcomes
  7. Clinical prevention and population health
  8. Professionalism and professional values
  9. Bachelor's degree generalist nursing practice

For more information, please contact:
Undergraduate admissions at admissions@quinnipiac.edu

Curriculum + Requirements

The undergraduate nursing curriculum, which integrates holism, fosters professional socialization for future roles and responsibilities within the profession. Graduates are prepared as generalists to provide evidence-based care. Bachelor’s degree nursing education prepares the graduate for entry into professional nursing practice and provides the foundation for graduate study. The undergraduate program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

First Year, Fall Semester
Course Title Credits
BIO 101/101L General Biology with lab (UC) 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition I (UC) 3
UC Fine Arts (UC) 3-4
or CHE 106/106L Chemical Principles with Biological Applications with lab
or MA 107* College Algebra
UC Social Science I 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 16-17
*MA 107 may be needed based on placement exam score
First Year, Spring Semester
BIO 102/102L General Biology and lab (UC) 4
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC Fine Arts 3-4
or CHE 106/106L Chemical Principles with Biological Applications with lab
MA 275 Biostatistics (UC Quantitative Literacy) 3
or MA 206 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (UC Quantitative literacy)
UC Social Science II 3
Total 16- 17
Second Year, Fall Semester
BIO 211/211L Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
BMS 213/213L Microbiology & Pathology with lab 3-4
or UC Fine Arts
UC UC Elective 3
UC Humanities I 3
or QU 201 The National Community
or UC Elective
Total 13-14
Second Year, Spring Semester
BIO 212/212L Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
UC Humanities II 3-4
or BMS 213/213L Microbiology & Pathology with lab
UC UC Elective 3
or QU 201 The National Community
Open Elective* 3
Total 13-14
*If MA 107 is taken, this fulfills open elective requirement.
Third Year, Fall Semester
NUR 300 Core Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 302 Nursing Science & Information Literacy 3
NUR 304 Health Promotion & Wellness 3
NUR 306 Health Assessment 3
NUR 307 Core Nursing Practicum 2
NUR 330L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab I 2
Total 16
Third Year, Spring Semester
NUR 322 Care of Women, Children & Families 4
NUR 323 Women, Children & Families Practicum 2
NUR 324 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs I 4
NUR 325 Adult Care Practicum I 2
NUR 326 Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapy I 2
NUR 340L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab II 2
Total 16
Fourth Year, Fall Semester
NUR 400 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
NUR 401 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum 2
NUR 408 Research & Evidence-based Nursing Practice 2
NUR 424 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs II 3
NUR 425 Adult Care Practicum II 2
NUR 426 Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapy II 2
NUR 430L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab III 2
Total 16
Fourth Year, Spring Semester
NUR 428 Community & Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 429 Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum 2
NUR 432 Contemporary Issues & Roles in Nursing 3
NUR 433 Capstone Practicum 2
NUR 434L Capstone Seminar Lab 1
NUR 440L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab IV 2
QU 301 Seminar on the Global Community 3
Total 16

Total Credits: 127

The curriculum for the professional component is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience. Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by examination. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent. Courses must be taken in the semester indicated unless prior approval is obtained from the student's academic adviser.

Progression Requirements
Preprofessional Progression Policy

  • 1. Students must complete all preprofessional component courses, including all sciences, by the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year prior to starting the professional component in the fall.
  • 2. Students who fail or withdraw from a course in the sophomore year and have a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 by the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year will not be approved to repeat the course toward progression in the nursing program.
  • 3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for progression. A student who does not meet these progression requirements will be required to transfer to another major.
  • 4. Freshman and sophomore students who cannot mathematically achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of their sophomore year will be advised to change their major.

Professional Progression Policy

  • 1. To progress and remain in good standing, junior and senior students must attain a semester GPA of 3.0 (B) and receive a grade of C or higher in each classroom and laboratory experience (73 or higher) and a Pass (P) in all clinical practica.
    • a. A student who received less than a C (73) in one nursing course (C-, D, F) is unable to progress to the next semester. This student will be given the opportunity to repeat the failed nursing course the next academic year.
    • b. A student who receives less than a C (73) in more than one nursing course (C-, D, F) will not be permitted to progress in the program and will be required to change his/her major out of nursing.
    • c. A student who receives a grade of Incomplete (I) in any nursing course (lecture, lab or practicum) must meet ALL course requirements for conversion to a letter grade or Pass (P) before the start of the subsequent semester. Failure to do so will require the student to withdraw from the nursing major.
  • 2. A student who earns grades of C or better in all nursing courses yet has less than a 3.0 semester GPA will be placed on academic probation and will receive an academic plan to progress in the nursing major. This student must achieve a 3.0 semester GPA by the end of the next semester. The student who does not meet these academic criteria will be required to change his/her major out of nursing.
  • 3. A student must have a 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA in the last semester of his/her senior year to meet the graduation requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing.
  • 4. A student who is performing at an unsatisfactory level either academically or clinically at the mid-semester point will be notified by the program chair. Written notification will be sent to the student via email. A student who is having difficulty with academic performance and needs help with study skills or test taking strategies will be advised to utilize the resources offered by the Learning Commons.
  • 5. At the end of each semester, course grades, semester and cumulative GPAs for each nursing student are reviewed by the program chair.

Appeal Process

  • 1. A student wishing to appeal a progression decision must write a letter to the chair of the undergraduate nursing program within one week of receiving notice of his/her inability to progress.
  • 2. Appeals will be considered by a Faculty Appeals Committee and results will be communicated in writing to the student.

Accelerated BSN Track for Second Degree Students
The accelerated BSN program is for individuals with a non-nursing undergraduate degree who wish to become a nurse. Accelerated BSN students begin in August and complete a traditional junior year curriculum in the nursing program and then an intensive senior summer session ending in August. The accelerated BSN must be pursued on a full-time basis and consists of one full calendar year. Learn more

Other Undergraduate Information

Advanced Standing/Placement
The Policy for Advanced Standing/Placement, as stated in this catalog on p. 17, applies to students seeking admission into the undergraduate nursing program. Advanced standing or placement is considered for entering freshmen who have completed college-level credit courses through a recognized college or university, achieved an acceptable score on an appropriate examination of: 1) the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board; 2) the International Baccalaureate; or 3) the College Level Examination Program.

Transfer Credit
Quinnipiac normally grants transfer credit for courses appropriate to the chosen curriculum, completed with a grade of C or better, at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Transfer Students from Other Colleges/Universities
Transfer students are evaluated once annually for the fall semester, and are accepted on a space available basis. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration. A transfer student’s catalog year and curriculum plan will be assigned based on their year of entry (sophomore or junior).

Eligibility for Licensure
Graduates are eligible for registered nurse licensure in Connecticut or other states upon satisfactory achievement of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN®). In Connecticut, the laws of the state limit the licensure eligibility for any person convicted of a felony (according to Public Act 11.242). A copy of the act is available for review in the nursing department. Clinical Requirements Students must arrange their own transportation to and from clinical agencies.

Transportation
Select learning experiences in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, schools and community health agencies begin with the first nursing course and continue throughout the program. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from clinical agencies.

CPR Certification
CPR Certification for the Health Care Provider must be obtained before enrolling in any nursing course and kept current through graduation from the program.

Health Requirements
The school has several additional health requirements in addition to those specified by the admissions office. Submission of documentation of a physical examination and PPD on the form supplied by the School of Nursing is required of all students upon admission to the pre-professional component and annually thereafter. If the student has a positive PPD or has previously received BCG vaccine, a chest X-ray is required. Documentation of hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver declining immunization), proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, and current tetanus booster is required upon admission to the professional component. Some clinical sites may have additional health or clinical requirements.

Background Check
A completed criminal background check is now required of each student in the School of Nursing. This has become necessary as many agencies now require that students have a background check before beginning clinical experiences. Quinnipiac University currently uses a third-party vendor to conduct background checks for students in all of our health professional programs. Since background checks vary, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students must obtain the background check from the Quinnipiac University vendor regardless of whether they have had additional checks at their place of employment. Further details about cost and procedures will be provided by the nursing school's clinical coordinators and the criminal background check policy is posted on the Nursing Student Community Blackboard website. Students who do not pass the background check may not be able to fully matriculate into the clinical portion of the program.

Technical Standards
Given that nursing is a practice discipline, there are certain performance expectations that must be met. To that end, the School of Nursing has developed a set of guidelines known as technical standards. They are intended to ensure the safety of the student and those who are entrusted to his/her care. The technical standards include: sensory, communication, motor, intellectual/conceptual abilities, and behavioral, social, and professional attributes.

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