Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Nursing Department


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 (Post Licensure Program for Registered Nurses)

The Nursing major includes an opportunity for registered nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science degree to prepare them for the challenges nurses face in the 21st century. Candidates for the RN degree completion program are registered nurses with a desire for expanded practice opportunities. The program offers a flexible schedule for working adults that allows them to complete the degree, in most cases, in as little as 18 months.

Required Nursing Courses

NUR3304 Gerontological Nursing


NUR3313 Evidence for Nursing Practice


NUR3323 Comprehensive Health Assessment


NUR3343 Transition to Professional Nursing


NUR3352 Nursing Informatics


NUR4303 Genomic Nursing


NUR4315 Community Health Perspectives


NUR4325 Nursing Leadership and Management


NUR4343 Healthcare Trends and Issues


NUR4353 Theoretical Perspectives for RNs


Required Cognate Courses

BIB3033 Foundations of a Biblical Worldview


BIO4033 Environmental Science for RN's


MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics



43 Hours

Post-Licensure Nursing Admission Requirements

  • Current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN) in the State of Ohio
  • Graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all previous college course work
  • American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification
  • Complete immunization record
  • Evidence of physical and mental ability to perform in the role of student nurse

Prior to Participation in Clinicals:

  • Negative drug screening test
  • Criminal background check with no record that would prohibit participation in practicum
  • Malpractice insurance

These items will be arranged through the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Post-Licensure Nursing Program Policies

Once admitted to the nursing program students must continue to follow the policies laid out in the Graduate and Professional section of this Catalog, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) Student Handbook. Students must meet the following minimum standards to remain in good standing in the nursing program:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all nursing courses ( a grade of C- is not accepted);
  • Students may not repeat any required cognate course more than two times, and may only repeat a required nursing course once;
  • Students are responsible for maintaining professional standards congruent with accepted nursing practice and the SNHS written guidelines

Post Licensure Graduation Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing (BS), nursing majors must:

  1. Complete a minimum 130 semester hours (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Complete at least 40 hours of upper division course work (3000 level or higher);
  3. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at MVNU;
  4. Complete all major requirements with a minimum grade of C (a C- is not sufficient) in the required nursing courses;
  5. Complete the GPS General Education Core (39 hours):
    • 15 credit hours in Arts and Humanities

      (Minimum of 3 credit hours in an English composition course with a research writing component; minimum of 3 credit hours in Bible/Theology)

    • 15 credit hours in Natural and Social Sciences, and Mathematics

      (Minimum of 3 credit hours in Mathematics; minimum of 3 credit hours in Social Science; and minimum of 3 credit hours in Natural Science with laboratory)

    • 9 credit hours in Liberal Arts electives
  6. Complete cognate requirements: MAT2063G, BIO4033, and BIB3033.