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Dean: Judy Didion
Associate Dean: Gary Moore
Interim Associate Dean: Deana Hays
Office of the Dean: Patrina Carper, senior academic adviser; Kristen Cometto, development gift officer; Joann Denby, technical support coordinator; Sonya Gary, director of clinical services; Nicholas Hooper, interim director of advising; Amy Johnson, administrative project coordinator; Kenyettera Junior, business manager/financial analyst; Sarah Mullin, senior academic adviser; Paula Primeau, clinical placement coordinator; Teresa Rodges, executive director of continuing education; Michele St. Denis, assistant dean; Emily Stepanian-Bennett, academic adviser; April Thomas-Powell, academic adviser; Thomas Yoder, information technology specialist
Professors Emerita: Frances Jackson, Mary Mittelstaedt, Justine Speer, Diane Wilson, Carol Zenas
Professors: Suha Kridli, Barbara Penprase
Maggie Allesee Endowed Professor in Gerontology:
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Endowed Professor: Barbara Penprase
Associate Professors: Carrie Buch, Karen Dunn, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Claudia Grobbel, Margaret Harris, Anne Mitchell, Gary Moore, Sarah Newton, Laura Pittiglio
Assistant Professors: Margaret Glembocki, Mary Golinski, Joanna Hernandez, Anne Hranchook, Cheryl Jusela, Julia Paul, Patricia Petroulias, Lan Yao
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Lynda Poly-Droulard
Adjunct Instructors: Teresa Chahine, Nicole Clark, Ellen Gajewski, Deana Hays, Kimberly Holka, Margaret Kennedy, Colleen Meade Ripper, Renee Mirovsky, Katie Mysen
Visiting Instructors: Carly Miller
Special Instructors: Janith Beres, Kelly Berishaj, Carolyn Kollar-Tieppo, Kathleen Spencer, Stephanie Vallie
Director of Nursing Laboratories: Patricia Ketcham
Focus Hope: Cheniece Lyons
Board of Visitors
The School of Nursing (SON) Board of Visitors (BOV) is composed of community leaders from the greater Detroit area. The SON Dean consults with the BOV as needed, the BOV assists the SON with fundraising, and members of the BOV provide generous scholarships for students.
Members of the Board of Visitors are:
Maggie Allesee, Counselor
Maureen Bowman, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Beaumont Health System-Royal Oak
Robert Chiaravalli, ESQ, President, Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC
Shukri David, M.D., FACC, Section Chief for the Division of Cardiology at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers and Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center of Excellence at St. John Providence Health System
Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing
Kay Douglas, President & CEO, Douglas Marketing Group
Grace Fortuna, EdD., RN, CHES, FAAOHN, is Chief Clinical Officer of Kelly Healthcare Resources
Debbie Guido-Allen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer-Nursing Support Services,Beaumont Health System Troy
Adreena Harley, MSN, NE-BC,Volunteer
Karen Harris, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Gregory Jamian, BA, President & CEO,AmeriCare Medical, Incorporated
Chris Johnson, Associate Vice President of New Business and Consumer Solutions for Health Alliance Plan
Shawn Levitt, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ, Regional Chief Nurse Executive of the Detroit Medical Center
Ann McDonald-Upton, RN, FACHE, Administrator, Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Troy
Denise McLean, RN, MSN, Southfield Nursing Site Lead and Director of Critical Care Services at Providence Hospital in the St. John Providence Health System
Gary Moore, Ph.D.,RN, Interim Dean, Oakland University School of Nursing
Kathleen M. Ryan, RN, MHSA, is a member of the West Region Board of Trustees for St. John Providence Health System
Sandra Schmitt, RN, BSN, Manager, Nursing Development & Clinical Outreach, Beaumont Health
Michelle Seid, RN, BSN, became a Board of Visitors member in early 2011, and also participates in the School of Nursing Alumni Committee
Nancy Susick, RN, MSN, NE-BC, is Senior Vice President, Beaumont Health System, and President, Beaumont Health System-Troy
Kathleen Van Wagoner, MSN, RN, MSA, is a consultant with Creative Health Care Management
Christine Zambricki, RN, FAAN, is the Chief Executive Officer of America’s Blood Centers
Accreditation and Program Review
The Oakland University (OU) School of Nursing (SON) undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 and is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing. The BSN Degree Completion Sequence is fully accredited as an on line program by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
The School of Nursing offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The undergraduate program curriculum builds on a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities. Graduates of the undergraduate program pre-licensure tracks (Basic-BSN and Accelerated Second Degree BSN) are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The undergraduate program prepares students for graduate study in nursing.
School of Nursing Mission
The mission of the OU School of Nursing is to prepare transformational leaders committed to caring and using the best evidence in nursing practice, education and research to optimize the health of the public in a diverse ever-changing global society.
School of Nursing Vision Statement
The faculty and graduates of the OU School of Nursing will be recognized as transformational leaders, caring practitioners and scholars who optimize the health and well-being of a diverse global society.
Baccalaureate Program Curriculum Outcomes
The BSN Program Curriculum is based on professional forces; the vision, mission, and values of the faculty; prepares the graduate to practice in a diverse global society; and to:
- Apply concepts from the Arts and Sciences in the promotion of health and the management of simple to complex nursing care.
- Demonstrate use of the nursing process in clinical decision-making.
- Apply principles of patient safety and quality improvement in nursing practice.
- Apply principles of wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation, risk reduction, palliative and end-of-life care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
- Demonstrate values-based, ethical professional behaviors that integrate caring, autonomy, integrity, social justice, respect for diversity and human dignity throughout the lifespan.
- Use best-evidence in nursing practice.
- Demonstrate inter/intra-professional collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
- Demonstrate transformational leadership in nursing practice in a variety of settings.
- Use knowledge, processes, and skills from informatics to inform clinical decision-making.
- Apply knowledge of health policy, economics, legal, and political principles to nursing practice.
- Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree
Students in the SON must complete 125 credits and satisfy the following:
- Complete all academic requirements identified in the SON plan of study.
- Satisfy the General Education Requirements .
- Complete at least 32 credits at or above the 3000-level.
- Pre-licensure students (Basic-BSN and ASD) must successfully satisfy both the SON Medication Administration Examination and the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam (CPE) requirements to graduate from the SON. Pre-licensure students will take the ATI CPE in their final semester and must achieve the SON benchmark of 89% on the “Predicted Probability of Passing NCLEX-RN on the first attempt” to graduate. Pre-licensure students who do not achieve the SON benchmark on ATI CPE will be given remediation activities, re-tested with a different version of the examination, and will not graduate until they achieve the SON benchmark of 89% on the “Predicted Probability of Passing NCLEX-RN on the first attempt”. Re-testing will continue until each student achieves the SON benchmark of 89% on the “Predicted Probability” of Passing NCLEX-RN.
Admission to the Undergraduate Program
Admission to the undergraduate program occurs in one of four ways: (1) through direct admission to the Basic-BSN track during the student’s senior year of high school; (2) on a competitive basis to the Basic-BSN track following successful completion of the pre-requisite courses; (3) on a competitive basis to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN track following successful completion of the pre-requisite courses; and (4) as a registered nurse with an associated degree to the BSN degree completion sequence. Students admitted to the SON undergraduate program are expected to complete all required nursing courses at OU. Applicants with disabilities will be considered for admission to the SON undergraduate program on an individual basis related to their ability to satisfy the SON core performance standards.
School of Nursing Core Performance Standards
All students in the School of Nursing undergraduate program must be able to demonstrate the following competencies during the entire academic program:
Critical Thinking: Inductive/deductive reasoning sufficient for clinical judgment and decision making.
Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, spiritual and intellectual backgrounds.
Emotional Stability: Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from place to place and maneuver in small places.
Visual: Visual ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for assessment and implementation of care.
Health: Characteristics that would not compromise health and safety of clients.
For SON admission purposes, grades for courses taken at other academic institutions will be used to calculate a student’s pre-nursing GPA. Letter grades are converted as follows: A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0. Course grades that transfer in to OU do not appear on the OU transcript.
Direct admission to the basic-BSN track immediately following high school
Direct Admission to the SON undergraduate program Basic-BSN track is for high-achieving high school students. Direct Admission students are required to attend OU full-time. During their first year at OU, Direct Admission students take all of the Basic-BSN prerequisite courses.
High school seniors who wish to be eligible for the SON undergraduate program Basic-BSN track by Direct Admission must satisfy the following requirements:
- A high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher following the Junior year (after six academic semesters);
- An ACT English score of 24 or higher or SAT equivalent;
- An ACT Math score of 24 or higher or SAT equivalent;
- An ACT Reading score of 24 or higher;
- An ACT Science score of 24 or higher; OR SAT score of 1110 Critical Reading + Math and SAT score of 550 Writing; and
- At least two academic semesters of high school Biology and Chemistry completed prior to the senior year with a final course grade of B or higher.
- Apply for admission to OU by November 15th of their senior year of high school. The OU application is the application used by the SON to select students for Direct Admission.
Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the SON as a Basic-BSN Direct Admission student.
In order to retain your seat in the Direct Admit Basic-BSN track, students must meet the minimum grade requirements for admission to the School of Nursing and must earn a final course grade in NRS 2111 of 2.5 or higher. Any Direct Admission student who does not successfully complete all of the first year academic requirements will forfeit his/her seat. Students who forfeit their Direct Admission seat will need to re-apply to the SON Basic-BSN track on a competitive basis following successful completion of the Basic-BSN admission requirements.
Admission to the basic BSN track on a competitive basis following completion of the required pre-requisite courses
Students who wish to apply to the undergraduate program Basic BSN track on a competitive basis must first satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Complete BIO 1200 , BIO 1006 ; CHM 1040 , CHM 2010 , and PSY 1000 with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 for these five (5) courses.
- Complete one philosophy course (PHL 1100 , PHL 1000 , PHL 1300 , PHL 1070 , PHL 2200 , PHL 2210 , or PHL 2220 are recommended) with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- Complete WRT 1060 with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- Complete MTH 0661 with a minimum grade of 3.2. (The MTH requirement is waived for students who receive a score of 18 or higher on the mathematics subsection of the American College Test (ACT) or SAT equivalent, who have taken an Oakland University placement test and placed into MTH 062 or higher, or who successfully completed a higher MTH course with a final course grade of 2.0 or higher)
Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Basic-BSN track.
Applicants to the SON undergraduate program must be in good academic standing in the university. Additional consideration is given to applicants who complete five or more of the required pre-requisite courses (excluding MTH 0661 ) at Oakland University. For admission purposes, Basic-BSN pre-requisite courses that are satisfied by Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will count as courses taken at Oakland University. Please refer to the OU AP and IB policies for approved equivalents. Lastly, applicants who have been dismissed from a nursing program or who have ever received two (or more) grades in nursing courses below 2.5 must submit a statement of explanation that includes their current status as a nursing student at the other nursing program before they will be considered for admission to the SON Basic-BSN track.
Students admitted to the Basic-BSN track by competitive admission will follow the plan of study shown below:
Pre-nursing Semester 1 - 16 credits
Pre-nursing Semester 2 - 17 credits
Nursing Semester 1 - 17 credits
Nursing Semester 2 - 16 credits
Nursing Semester 3 - 15 credits
Nursing Semester 4 - 16 credits
Nursing Semester 5 - 14 credits
Nursing Semester 6 - 14 credits
125 total credits
*PSY 2250 may be taken prior to or during Nursing Semester 1.
**BIO 3520 may be taken prior to or during Nursing Semester 2.
General education courses may be taken in any semester throughout the nursing curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic adviser for assistance in selecting and scheduling general education courses. In some instances, students may select one course to fulfill more than one degree requirement.
Admission to the accelerated second-degree BSN track
Students who wish to apply to the undergraduate program Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) BSN track are first required to apply to OU as a pre-accelerated second degree student. Following admission to OU as a pre-accelerated second degree student, the following minimum requirements (items 1-3) must be satisfied before students may apply to the ASD track:
- Adhere to the Oakland University undergraduate admission requirements for a second degree student.
- Complete BIO 1200 , BIO 1006 ,CHM 1040 , CHM 2010 , and PSY 1000 with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.
- Complete one philosophy course (PHL 1100 , PHL 1000 , PHL 1300 , PHL 1070 , PHL 2200 , PHL 2210 , or PHL 2220 are recommended) with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- PSY 2250 and BIO 3520 with a grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt.
- NRS 2021 , NRS 2011 , and NRS 3041 with a grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt.
When students satisfy items 1-3, they may apply to the SON for admission to the ASD track. Applicants who have been dismissed from a nursing program or who have ever received two (or more) grades in nursing courses below 2.5 must submit a statement of explanation that includes their current status as a nursing student at the other nursing program before they will be considered for admission to the SON.
Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the accelerated second degree BSN track.
Students are conditionally admitted to the ASD track with full admission pending successful completion of items 4-5. Conditionally admitted pre-ASD students must attain a final course grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt in NRS 2021 , NRS 2011 , NRS 3041 , PSY 2250 and BIO 3520 . If the final course grade in any of these courses is less than 2.5, admission to the ASD track is forfeited, and the student is not eligible to re-apply to the SON ASD track. The student may apply to the SON Basic-BSN track on a competitive basis, but if admitted, he/she will enter the SON on probation.
Students admitted to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN track will follow the plan of study shown below:
50 total credits
Admission to the BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses
The School of Nursing offers a BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses with an Associate Degree (ADN) and who possess a valid and unrestricted RN license. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from the student’s ADN program is required for admission to the BSN degree completion sequence.
Undergraduate Program Policies and Procedures
Students admitted to the SON undergraduate program should consult the SON Undergraduate Program Student Handbook for information regarding program policies and procedures.
All newly admitted undergraduate students are required to attend a mandatory SON orientation. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their academic advisers to discuss academic issues and/or concerns.
Clinical Health Requirements for Pre-Licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) Students
A student’s ability to start and/or remain in the pre-licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) nursing curricula is contingent upon successful completion of all of the SON clinical health requirements. Newly admitted pre-licensure students who do not submit the required clinical health documentation by the published due date will forfeit their seat and will need to re-apply. Continuing students who do not submit the required clinical health documentation by the published due date will not be allowed to enroll in any clinical nursing courses and the corresponding didactic course(s), and their progression in the nursing curriculum may be delayed. The SON clinical health requirements are available on the SON website. In addition, a criminal background check and a urine drug screen are required for admission to the SON. A positive criminal background check and/or drug screen may prevent admission to the SON. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the SON clinical health requirements. Students are encouraged to maintain their own health insurance. Please note that payment for injury or illness that occurs while in the nursing program will be the responsibility of the student.
The SON provides students with a range of clinical experiences with diverse populations, organizations, and agencies. The SON’s clinical partners are located in urban and suburban settings throughout metropolitan Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Each student is responsible for providing his/her own transportation to all clinical experiences.
Student Nursing Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau International -Theta Psi Chapter (STTI)
The OU chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Psi, was chartered in April 1986. Each year SON students who are eligible are invited to become members of this international nursing honor society. Candidates for membership are selected on the basis of superior scholastic achievement.
Student Nurses Association of Oakland University (SNAOU)
Nursing students are eligible for and encouraged to become members of the SNAOU. This organization provides undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to interact with other nursing students, engage in professional nursing activities, and network with SON faculty and administrators.
Black Student Nurses Association (BSNA)
The purpose of this organization is to give SON undergraduate students an opportunity to promote unity among minorities and other students by providing a support network for pre-nursing and current nursing students. BSNA allows members to increase their professional networking skills and help educate and inform the community about health issues that affect minorities.
Leave of Absence
Students can request a leave of absence (LOA) in the SON for personal or academic reasons for a total of 12 months. Students who wish to take a LOA in the SON must meet with their SON academic adviser and submit a LOA and SON Return Waitlist form. A student’s return from a LOA is contingent upon availability of space. Students who return from LOA must comply with all SON policies in effect at the time they return and their clinical health requirements must be current with the SON.
Students can withdraw from the SON for personal or academic reasons. Students who wish to withdraw from the SON must contact their SON academic adviser and submit a SON Withdrawal form.
Qualification for Registered Nurse Licensure
Registered Nurse licensure is granted by the State of Michigan. Requirements for licensure include successful completion of a state-approved nursing educational program and satisfactory performance on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Licensure in one state entitles a qualified holder to seek licensure by endorsement in another state.
Schedule of Classes
Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.