May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing


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Dean: Judy Didion;  Executive Secretary: Julie Rank

Associate Dean: Carrie Buch;  Assistant to Associate Dean: Jill Asselin

Undergraduate Program Director: Kimberly Holka

Graduate Program Director: Meghan Harris

Interim Nurse Practitioner (NP) Track Director: Zorica Kauric-Klein

Forensic Nursing Track Director: Kelly Berishaj

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) Program Director: Anne Hranchook; DNP-NA Program Coordinator: Susan Davis

Post-Master’s DNP and PhD Program Coordinator: Laura Pittiglio; Post Master’s DNP and PhD Progam Coordinator; Kristen Damiano, PhD Program Coordinator

Director of Advising: Jason Pennington

Senior Academic Advisers: Patrina Carper, Sarah Mullin

Academic Advisers: Laura Christensen Saims, Katherine McMullen, Emily Stepanian-Bennett, April Thomas-Powell

Registrar Office Coordinator: Heidi Donnelly

Office Assistant III: Ben Craine

Director of Clinical Services: Sonya Gary

Clinical Services Coordinator: Kathryn Amejka

NP Coordinator: Steven Efthyvoulidis

Clinical Services Assistant: Maryann Szalka

Clinical Data and Procedure Specialist: Roxanne Knudson

Assistant Dean: Michele St Denis; Office Assistant III: Alicia Nott

Business Manager/Financial Analyst: Kenyettera Junior

Payroll Specialist: Cortney Tokarczyk

Director of Philanthropy: Jackie McIntosh

Event Planner: Kate Lionas

Faculty Secretary: Andrea Patton

Office Assistant III: Colleen Tomaszewski

Technical Support Coordinator: NingNing Zheng

Information Technical Specialist: Zachary Walters

Director of Nursing Laboratories: Diane Noack

Professors: Judy Didion, Karen Dunn, Suha Kridli

Associate Professors: Carrie Buch, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Claudia Grobbel, Margaret Harris, Zorica Kauric-Klein, Julie Kruse, Anne Mitchell, Gary Moore, Sarah Newton, Laura Pittiglio

Assistant Professors: Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Ellen Gajewski, Toni Glover, Mary Golinski, Deana Hays, Joanna Hernandez, Anne Hranchook, Cheryl Jusela, Kristen Munyan, Julia Paul, Patricia Cameron, Lan Yao

Special Instructors: Kelly Berishaj, Carolyn Tieppo, Kathleen Spencer, Stephanie Vallie

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Kimberly Holka, Lynda Poly-Droulard

Adjunct Instructors: Teresa Chahine, Nicole Clark, Margaret Kennedy, Carly Miller,Renee Mirovsky, Katie Mysen

Visiting Instructors: Cheniece Harris, Angelika Maly

Professors Emerita: Frances Jackson, Mary Mittelstaedt, Cheryl Riley-Doucet, Darlene Schott-Baer, Justine Speer, Diane Wilson, Carol Zenas

Maggie Allesee Endowed Professor in Gerontology: Karen Dunn

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital Foundation Endowed Professor: Toni Glover

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, MS, Counselor

Lynn Chiesa, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNO, Ascension Providence Southfield & Novi

Douglas Dascenzo, MSN, RN,CENP, CNO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Shukri David, M.D., FACC, Section Chief for the Division of Cardiology at  Ascension Providence Southfield & Novi

Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Dean, SON

Tamika Frimpong, Esq., VP & Assistant General Counsel, BorgWarner

Susan Grant, DNP, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Exec. VP & CNO, Beaumont Health

Debbie Guido-Allen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, COO,Beaumont Health-Royal Oak

Lisa Hahn, MS, RN, Chief Community Nursing Programs, Oakland County Health Division

Gregory Jamian, BA, President & CEO, AmeriCare Medical, Inc.

Shawn Levitt, BSN, MBA, MS, RN, FACHE, CPHQ, Senior Vice President and Market Chief Nursing Officer, Detroit Medical Center

Kathleen M. Ryan, RN, MHSA, Vice Chair West Region Board of Trustees for Ascension Michigan

Kyle Sasena, First VP, Chemical Bank

Charlene Shaya, COO, J&B Medical Supply Co., Inc.

Michelle Seid, RN, BSN, Volunteer

Eric Wallis, DNP, MSA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, President, Henry Ford West Bloomfield

Christine Zambricki, CRNA, MS, RN, FAAN, Consultant


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Oakland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Programs Offered

The SON offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) degree. 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 following are the BSN tracks available at Oakland University.

  • Basic-BSN track (pre-licensure)
  • Accelerated Second-Degree BSN track (pre-licensure)
  • BSN Degree Completion Sequence (RN-BSN, post-licensure)

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

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

The BSN curriculum is developed to meet professional standards in accordance with the mission and vision of Oakland University and the School of Nursing.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes (Student-Learning Outcomes)

  1. Apply concepts from the Arts and Sciences in the promotion of health and the management of simple to complex nursing care.
  2. Demonstrate use of the nursing process in clinical decision-making.
  3. Apply principles of patient safety and quality improvement in nursing practice.
  4. Apply principles of wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation, risk reduction, palliative and end-of-life care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  5. Demonstrate values-based, ethical professional behaviors that integrate caring, autonomy, integrity, social justice, respect for diversity and human dignity throughout the lifespan.
  6. Use best-evidence in nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate inter/intra-professional collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Demonstrate transformational leadership in nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  9. Use knowledge, processes, and skills from informatics to inform clinical decision making.
  10. Apply knowledge of health policy, economics, legal, and political principles to nursing practice.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.

School of Nursing Admission Mission

The OU SON seeks caring individuals who strive to meet the needs of a globally inclusive community and who will use their education to influence healthcare through practice, leadership, and scholarship.

Admission to the SON Undergraduate Program

All students pursuing admission to the SON undergraduate program must first gain admission to Oakland University.  For additional information on admission requirements for specific degree tracks, please see the Basic-BSN, the Accelerated-Second Degree, and the BSN Degree Completion Sequence sections below.

SON Direct Admission to the Basic-BSN Track (only for Oakland University applicants in their senior-year of high school)

Admission is competitive. Applicants who satisfy all of the requirements listed below will be considered for admission. However, completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of direct admission to the Basic-BSN track. 

SON Direct Admission Requirements:

  1. Students must have applied and been accepted to OU by no later than November 1st of the student’s senior year of high school; 
  2. Student’s must have earned a non-weighted high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher at the completion of their Junior year or following the sixth semester;
  3. SAT and ACT scores*
  4. Two semesters of high school Biology completed prior to the senior year with both semesters’ final course grades B or higher; and
  5. Two semesters of high school Chemistry completed prior to the senior year with both semesters’ final course grades B or higher.
  6. Supplemental materials may be required to be considered for direct admission to the Basic-BSN.

*Please note that SAT and ACT scores will not be required for the Fall 2021 admission cycle consistent with Oakland University’s test-optional policy. Please see the OU website for more information about this policy.

Progression in the SON as a Direct Admission Basic-BSN Student

Students admitted to the Basic-BSN track by direct admission are required to attend OU full-time. Direct admission students will take all of the Basic-BSN prerequisite courses during their first academic year, and are required to achieve a final course grade of B or higher in each course, and obtain a combined GPA of 3.2 or higher in five prerequisite courses (BIO 1200 , BIO 2006 , CHM 1040 , CHM 2010 , and PSY 1000 ) in order to progress in the Basic-BSN track. Students with AP or IB scores in any prerequisite course will be considered placed out of the course and will not have to complete the course in their first academic year.  Any direct admission student who does not meet the aforementioned requirements will forfeit their seat in the BSN program.

SON BSN Admission for Basic-BSN and Accelerated Second-Degree (ASD) Tracks 

Program Link: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Plan of Study   

Program Link: Accelerated Second-Degree BSN Track   

Admission is competitive. Applicants who satisfy all of the requirements listed below will be considered for admission. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission to the SON Basic-BSN or ASD tracks.

ASD applicants must also have a posted bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning prior to gaining admission to Oakland University as a second-degree student.

Basic-BSN and ASD Competitive Admission Requirements:

  1. Be an active OU student at the time of applying to the Basic-BSN or ASD tracks. 
  2. Have successfully completed BIO 1200 BIO 2006 CHM 1040 , CHM 2010 , and PSY 1000  with a final course grade of B or higher in each course and a combined GPA of 3.2 or higher in the five courses;
  3. Have successfully completed PHL 1100 , OR PHL 1000  OR PHL 1300  with a final course grade of B or higher;
  4. Have successfully completed WRT 1060  (not required for ASD).
  5. Have successfully completed MTH 0661  or an approved statistics course with a grade of B or higher. (The math requirement is waived for any student who receives an SAT Math score of 490 or higher, or an ACT Math score of 18 or higher, or who took an OU placement test and placed into MTH 0662  or a higher level math course).
  6. Be in good academic standing in the university. 
  7. Supplemental materials may be required to be considered for admission to the Basic-BSN and ASD tracks.

Any applicant who has been dismissed from a nursing program or has ever received two or more nursing course grades of B- or lower must first obtain approval from the SON to apply to the Basic-BSN and/or ASD tracks.

Transfer Credit

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. 

BSN Degree Completion Sequence (RN-BSN Track)

Program Link: BSN Degree Completion Sequence (RN-BSN) Track for Registered Nurses   

Additional information for RN to BSN Plan of Study on SON Website

The School of Nursing offers an RN-BSN track for registered nurses with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (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 unconditional admission to the RN-BSN track. Students seeking admission to the RN-BSN track must first apply to Oakland University through the OU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The School of Nursing will verify the applicant’s unrestricted RN license. Students admitted to the RN-BSN track will be required to meet all Oakland University general education requirements and should seek guidance regarding transcript evaluation and obtaining the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) through the School of Nursing Academic Advising office.

Applicants who have been dismissed from a BSN completion program or who have ever received two (or more) grades in nursing courses below B- must obtain SON permission to apply to the BSN Degree Completion Sequence (RN-BSN Track). For more information, contact SON Academic Advising.

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.

Academic Advising

All students admitted to the Basic-BSN and ASD tracks are required to attend a mandatory SON orientation run by the SON Academic Advising office.  Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their academic adviser to discuss academic issues and/or concerns.

Assessment Technology Institute (ATI)

The SON uses ATI Nursing Education for all pre-licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) students. ATI Nursing Education is designed to facilitate student academic success. ATI Nursing Education provides resources that, when used effectively by pre-licensure nursing students, help them to be successful in the nursing courses, and prepares them for the NCLEX-RN. Students will receive account and payment information for ATI Nursing Education as part of SON orientation and during NRS 2012. The ATI Nursing Education Learning System is mandatory for all students in the SON. Refer to the Undergraduate Student Handbook for chart outlines for the ATI Assessments that pre-licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) students are required to complete during the nursing curriculum. Additional resources are available on the ATI website, and SON faculty may assign their use.

ATI Comprehensive Predictor Assessment (CPA) is a SON graduation requirement. All pre-licensure students (Basic-BSN and ASD) take the CPA during the semester in which they are enrolled in NRS 4026 Nursing Capstone. Students must achieve a score of 89% or higher to satisfy the SON benchmark. Students not scoring 89% or higher on the first attempt will be given a second opportunity to demonstrate the SON benchmark on a retake of the CPA. The student will be responsible for paying the cost of the second CPA attempt. If the student does not demonstrate the SON benchmark on the second attempt, the student will be responsible to purchase the ATI Virtual Tutor for remediation and proof of readiness to take the NCLEX board examination. Students will be eligible to graduate at the end of the semester in which they complete the ATI Virtual Tutor. Students need to apply to graduate and adhere to the OU Office of the Registrar’s deadline dates.

Clinical Health Requirements for BSN Students

A student’s ability to start and/or remain in the Basic-BSN and ASD tracks is contingent upon successful completion of all of the SON clinical health requirements and their ability to satisfy the SON core performance standards. 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 and in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. In addition, a criminal background check and a urine drug screen are required for admission to the SON. A flagged criminal background check and/or drug screen may prevent admission to the SON website. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the SON clinical health requirements. Please note that clinical partners may require/request their own security-criminal history checks, urine drug screens, and health documentations in addition to SON clinical health requirements in order to participate in clinical experiences at their site. Students are required to comply with any additional requirements of any clinical or enrichment site(s). 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.

Clinical Placements

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.

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.  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.

Withdrawal from BSN Program

Students can withdraw from their respective BSN track for personal or academic reasons.  Students who wish to withdraw from their track must contact their SON academic adviser and submit a SON Withdrawal form.

Qualification for Registered Nurse Licensure (NCLEX-RN)

Certified graduates of the BSN program’s pre-licensure tracks (Basic-BSN and ASD) are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Registered Nurse licensure in Michigan 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).

Student Nursing Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) -Theta Psi Chapter at Large

The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Psi, was chartered in April 1986. After many years of chapter success, Oakland University and Rochester University partnered to charter the STTI Theta Psi Chapter at Large in the spring of 2019. Each year, eligible nursing students from both universities are invited to become members of this international nursing honor society. Candidates for membership are selected on the basis of 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 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 helps educate and inform the community about health issues that affect minorities.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - BSN Degree

Students in the SON must complete 125 credits and satisfy the following:

1. Complete all academic requirements identified in the SON plan of study.

2. Satisfy the general education requirements.

3. Complete at least 32 credits at or above the 3000-level.[CB1] 

 [CB1]Please add this information to the catalog.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.