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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N

Requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing degree

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, students must complete a minimum of 125 credits and meet the following requirements:

1. Complete the University general education requirements.

2. Complete all credits and courses as listed in the following plans of study or in the degree completion sequence for registered nurses.

4. Complete at least 32 credits in courses at or above the 300-level.

Plan of study for admission after the freshman year

 A part-time plan of study is available upon request.

Nursing Semester 6 – 14 credits

125 total credits


Total B.S.N.: 125 credits
* Courses used in the calculation of the pre-nursing grade point average.
** PSY 225 and BIO 307 may be taken prior to or during Nursing Semester 1 and 2.

Completion of MTH 061 with a minimum grade of 3.2 is required for admission to the School of Nursing. This requirement is waived for students who receive a score of 18 or higher on the mathematics portion of the American College Test (ACT). General education courses may be taken in any semester throughout the program. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic adviser for assistance in selecting general education courses that may be used to fulfill more than one degree requirement.

Plan of study for accelerated second-degree B.S.N.

Students who are admitted to the Accelerated Second Degree program will follow the Plan of Study shown below:

Clinical placements

Nursing students are placed in a variety of settings throughout their academic program. The School of Nursing provides students with a range of experiences with diverse populations, organizations and agencies. Cooperating agencies are located in both urban and suburban settings throughout metropolitan Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Each student is responsible for providing his or her own transportation for all clinical experiences.

Annual clinical requirements

The requirements listed below must be renewed annually and remain in effect throughout the academic year. By the published deadline each year, students in the nursing program must supply written validation of skin testing for tuberculosis and/or chest x-ray:

The following are required by clinical agencies where students are placed for clinical experience:

  1. Criminal background check.
  2. Urine drug screen.
  3. Documented completion of an approved CPR course.

Students are responsible for any costs associated with the requirements described above. Students accepted to the nursing program must submit proof of all the above requirements by the published deadline date (per program plan). All requirements must remain in effect throughout the academic year. Students who have not provided necessary documentation by the published deadline dates will not be allowed to enroll in clinical nursing courses. NOTE: Students must maintain their own health insurance for illness or injury. Clinical agencies are not required to provide free treatment for students and will bill individuals for use of their emergency or employee health services.

Bachelor of science in nursing completion sequence for registered nurses

The School of Nursing offers registered nurses an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The purposes, philosophy and outcome expectations for the B.S.N. program are the same for basic and registered nurse students. However, course objectives and teaching methodologies take into account the professional and life experiences of R.N. students.

Students who have satisfactorily completed a diploma or associate degree program in nursing and who possess a valid R.N. license may apply for admission to the B.S.N. program. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better is required for admission to the R.N.-B.S.N. degree completion sequence.

Registered nurses with a GPA below 2.50 may be admitted to the University under pre- R.N.-B.S.N. status and change to R.N.-B.S.N. status upon completion of a minimum of 12 credits (applicable to the nursing program) at Oakland University with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Registered nurses must complete all credits and/or courses in the degree program.

Completion may be achieved in the following manner:

1. Graduates from an accredited diploma program will be granted the equivalent of 32 nursing credits through a course competency process. This process includes:

  1. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination.
  2. Evidence of a valid RN license.
  3. Registration for competency credits.

2. Graduates from a regionally accredited associate degree nursing program may transfer a maximum of 13 nursing credits and 50 credits applied toward required non-nursing and general education categories.

In addition, a maximum of 19 nursing credits will be granted through a course competency process. This process includes:

  1. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination.
  2. Evidence of a valid RN license.
  3. Registration for competency credits.

*For students admitted to the R.N.-M.S.N. program NRS 355 and NRS 450 are replaced by

32 total credits

4. Nursing assessment skills must be validated before registering for NRS 474/475 using one of the following methods

  1. completion of a health assessment course equivalent to OU SON undergraduate health assessment course
  2. letter of verification from current (or most recent) supervisor validating assessment skills AND practice as an RN performing health assessment skills within the last three years

A unique plan of study is prepared for each student by an academic adviser in the School of Nursing to assure that all Oakland University degree requirements and major requirements are satisfied.

Core performance standards

All nursing students must demonstrate the following competencies during the entire academic program:

Competency standard

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.