Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Nursing Department

Faculty

Karla R. Adu, RN, MS, CNP

Carol Dorough, RN, MSN, EdD

Debra Garee, RN, MSN

Judy Gregg, RN, MS

Ashley S. Hanning, RN, MSN

Karen Higginbotham, RN, MSN

Esther J. Rudolph, RN, MSN

Teaching Assistants

Carlana Coogle, RN, BSN

Jennifer Leavell, RN, BSN

Sophie Ley, RN, BSN

Erin Ricker, RN, BSN

Nursing Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the nursing program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes. Graduates from the program will:

  • apply biblical principles to professional nursing practice;
  • seek to analyze objective and subjective data for scientific merit;
  • view each person as created in the image of God, therefore worthy of respect and dignity;
  • recognize the influence of the environment on the health of individuals and communities;
  • convey a Christian worldview of health as the ability to function in harmony with God, self, others and the environment;
  • deliver nursing care aimed at assisting persons and communities in their response to actual and potential health problems; and
  • affirm spiritual care as primary to the health of individuals and society.

Nursing Departmental Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure Program)

Required Nursing Courses

NUR2003 Professional Nursing Perspectives

3

NUR2021 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Practice

1

NUR2034 Fundamental Nursing Care: Promoting Healthy Aging

4

NUR3016 Comfort Care of Adults

6

NUR3033 Health Assessment

3

NUR3053 Principles of Pharmacology

3

NUR3074 Nursing Care of Pediatric Clients and their Families

4

NUR3094 Maternity and Women’s Health Nursing

4

NUR3112 Evidence-based Nursing Care

2

NUR3113 Concepts in Pathophysiology

3

NUR4014 Nursing Concepts in Community Health

4

NUR4034 Mental Health Nursing

4

NUR4052 Nursing Theory

2

NUR4098 Clinical Nurse Leadership

8

NUR4072 Entry to Professional Nursing Practice

2

NUR4112 Management Issues in Nursing Practice

2

Required Cognate Courses

PRN1002g Introduction to Health Promotion and Health Maintenance

2

BIO1054G General Zoology with Laboratory

4

BIO2034 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory

4

BIO2044 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory

4

BIO3004 Microbiology with Laboratory

4

BIO4003 Environmental Science for Nurses

3

CHE1014G Introduction to Chemistry with Laboratory*

4

CHE1024g Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry with Laboratory**

4

FCS2012G Contemporary Nutrition

2

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

PSY2013 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3

PSY3063 Abnormal Psychology

3

Total

98 Hours

The student with a major in nursing must complete the designated cognate courses in lieu of a minor.

*CHE1033G plus CHE1031G may be substituted for CHE1014G.

**CHE1043 plus CHE1041 may be substituted for CHE1024g.

Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Policies

The program policies listed below pertain to the class entering the nursing program in Fall 2013 and will follow that class through graduation in Spring 2016.

All Nursing Department program curricula, requirements, and policies are subject to change given the nature of the ongoing review process between MVNU and the Ohio Board of Nursing. However, the effective date of any changes to progression or completion policies will be with the next class accepted into the nursing program.

Admission Policies and Criteria

Admission to the nursing major occurs after the spring semester of the student's freshman year at MVNU. The competitive application procedure includes these prerequisites:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or greater at the end of the first year
  • Completion of a general zoology course with lab (BIO1054G), CHE1014G, CHE1024g, or equivalent, with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- is not acceptable) before entering the first clinical course

    Note: CHE1033G plus CHE1031G may substitute for CHE1014G, and CHE1043 plus CHE1041 may substitute for CHE1024g.

  • Completion of an entrance exam.
  • Documentation of all immunization requirements of clinical partners
  • Health exam conducted no earlier than 1 year prior to admission, and documented on form provided in application packet
  • Certification for American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course

At the beginning of Level I, nursing students must read, sign, and submit release forms located in the MVNU Nursing Department Student Handbook. Students must also complete the University's Sexual Harassment Prevention training before engaging in off-campus clinical experiences.

Acceptance to the nursing major is considered provisional pending a Federal and State Criminal Background check with no record that would prohibit participation in clinicals. The background check is arranged through the Department of Nursing in the fall semester Level I of the program. A $400 non-refundable nursing entrance fee is assessed and reflected in the billing statement when entering Level I nursing courses.

Prior to Participation in Clinicals:

  • negative drug screening test
  • criminal background check with no record that would prohibit participation in clinicals
  • mal-practice insurance
  • evidence of physical and mental ability to perform in the role of student nurse.
  • health exam conducted no earlier than 1 year prior to admission to the program, and documented on form provided in application packet

Participation in clinical courses also requires:

  • American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification
  • complete immunization record

Progression Policies

All nursing courses must be taken in the semester in which they are listed on the degree plan sheet in the applicable Nursing Handbook. Students cannot progress to the next clinical course within a block semester if they fail the first course in the block.

The organization of the nursing program is by three distinct levels. Students entering Level I typically have sophomore status at the University. In Level I, the students take their first nursing core courses, and begin clinical rotations. Level II students are usually University juniors. The typical senior year is Level III of the nursing program. A copy of the curriculum is available in the applicable MVNU Nursing Department Student Handbook. Students must meet specific criteria to progress from one level to another in the program, which are listed below

To progress from Level I to Level II nursing courses, students must:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better;
  • successfully complete all Level I nursing courses (grade of C or better); and
  • complete BIO2034, BIO2044, and BIO3004 (grade of C or better).

To progress from Level II to Level III nursing courses, students must:

  • maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better; and
  • successfully complete all Level I and Level II nursing courses (grade of C or better).

Course Completion Criteria

Students must satisfactorily complete each required nursing course. To pass each nursing course, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve an overall grade of at least a "C" in the course
  • Earn at least a 76% average on exams in the course
  • Achieve a satisfactory clinical evaluation (in clinical courses)
  • Pass all laboratory skills tests (in courses with a lab component)
  • In Level I and Level II, receive a passing score on dosage calculation exams (see dosage calculation exam section in the MVNU Nursing Department Student Handbook)
    • Percentages necessary to pass the dosage calculation exams are as follows:
      • Level I - 90%
      • Level II - 95%
  • During the final semester of the senior year, students must pass a comprehensive standardized exam at a level designated by the nursing department. Details regarding testing, remediation, and passing requirements are located in the syllabus of the course in which the test is given.

Failure to achieve any of these components will result in a grade of C- for the course, or the actual course grade, whichever is lower. If a student fails any part of a nursing course, the entire course, including laboratory and clinical components, must be retaken. Students needing to repeat a nursing course should refer to the readmission policy.

Cognate Courses

To meet cognate course requirements for nursing, cognates may only be repeated two times. This means a student may attempt to reach a grade of C or higher in cognate courses a maximum of three times.

Graduation Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing, nursing majors must complete a minimum of 130 semester hours (at least 30 semester hours must be taken at MVNU). In addition, the following requirements apply:

  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75
  • A grade of at least a C or better in all nursing courses (a grade of C- is not accepted)
  • Nursing majors must successfully complete all cognate courses listed in the catalog with a grade of C or better

Dismissal

Dismissal from the nursing Program will occur for any of the following reasons:

  • Failing any two nursing courses, or the same nursing course two times
  • Breaching the standards of conduct as published in the MVNU Catalog
  • Failing to practice within the appropriate scope of practice as set forth in division (B) of section 4720.01 and division (B)20 of section 4723.28 of the Revised Code for a registered nurse
  • Failing to act in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct in clinical courses as defined by the Ohio Administrative Code 4723-5-12

Readmission

If a student has not progressed according to the progression policy, and wishes to re-enter the nursing program, the student must complete a readmission packet to the nursing department. In addition, students in this situation will be readmitted under the requirements of the new level they are joining. Readmission will be on a space available basis.

If a student’s enrollment at MVNU is interrupted for one regular semester or more they must be accepted for readmission before registering for courses again (MVNU Catalog). Students must meet all requirements for readmission of both the University and Nursing Department. Students must meet the progression criteria and curriculum requirements for currently enrolled students. Students must petition in writing to the Nursing Academic Council for readmission. The Nursing Academic Council may vote to accept the student’s petition for readmission, deny readmission, or accept conditionally. The Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences will review the decision of the NAC and make a final determination. Students permitted to re-enter the program will be readmitted under policies of the new level they will be joining. Readmission will be on a space-available basis.

Health Professions Program

Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) profession requires a Bachelor's Degree. This degree includes didactic instruction in MLS (lecture and laboratory) and the health sciences and 16-19 semester hours of academic credit from experiences at a clinical laboratory site supervised by both MVNU faculty and laboratory employees serving as preceptors.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Laboratory courses and clinical courses include a lab fee.

Required Courses

MLS2014 Phlebotomy and Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

4

MLS4023 Clinical Immunology

3

MLS4034 Body Fluid and Urine Analysis

4

MLS4044 Hematology and Hemostasis

4

MLS4054 Clinical Chemistry

4

MLS4063 Immunohematology

3

MLS4075 Clinical Microbiology

5

MLS4081 Mycology, Parasitology and Virology

1

MLS4091 Laboratory Management, Professionalism and Ethics

1

MLS4112 Molecular Diagnosis

2

MLS4122 Medical Laboratory Science Capstone Seminar and Research Project

2

MLS5011 Clinical Laboratory Internship Orientation

1

MLS5029 Clinical Hematology Internship*

2-5

MLS5039 Medical Laboratory Science Blood Bank Internship*

2-5

MLS5049 Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Chemistry Internship*

2-5

MLS5059 Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Microbiology Internship*

2-5

MLS5069 Medical Laboratory Science Immunology and Infectious Diseases Internship*

2-5

Optional Internship

 

MLS5079 Medical Laboratory Science Special Procedures Internship

0-4

Required Cognates

BIO1054G General Zoology with Laboratory

4

BIO2001 Medical Terminology

1

BIO3004 Microbiology with Laboratory

4

BIO3034 Genetics with Laboratory

4

CHE1033 General Chemistry I

3

CHE1031 General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE1043 General Chemistry II

3

CHE1041 General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHE3024 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE3034 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE4014 Biochemistry I with Laboratory

4

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

Select from the following:

8-9

BIO3045 Comparative Anatomy with Laboratory and BIO3064 Vertebrate Physiology with Laboratory

 

or

 

BIO2034 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory and BIO2044 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory

 

 

 

Total

90-98 Hours

*Note: Internship Orientation plus Internships must total a minimum of 13 hours.

Medical Laboratory Science Program Policies

Admission Criteria: GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and completion of required cognate coursework.

Progression Policies: Students must maintain a score of 76% or higher in each MLS course. Students must fulfill pre-requisites for each course. Assignment to a clinical site is subject to availability and to the student successfully completing prerequisite coursework.

Graduation Requirements: Completion of all General Education coursework, successful completion of required cognate coursework with a grade of C- or better, and successful completion of required HSC and MLS coursework with a final score of 76% or better.