May 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

(248) 370-4253 
Fax: (248) 364-8740



Dean: Judy Didion; Executive Secretary: Julie Rank

Associate Dean: Carrie Buch; Assistant to Associate Dean: Kelly Walsh

Undergraduate Program Director: Kristen Munyan

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Track Director: Carolyn Tieppo

Forensic Nursing Track Director: Kelly Berishaj

Clinical Nurse Leader Track Coordinator: Claudia Grobbbel

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 Program

Director of Advising: April Thomas-Powell

Senior Academic Advisers: Patrina Carper, Sarah Mullin

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

Registrar Office Coordinator: Ben Craine

Academic Advising Assistant: Debbie Rumley

Director of Clinical Services: Kathryn Amejka

Clinical Services Coordinator: TBD

Clinical Services Assistant: Paula McCulloch

Clinical Data and Procedure Specialist: Jill Asselin

Assistant Dean: Michele St Denis; Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Finance: Alicia Nott

Business Manager/Financial Analyst: Kenyettera Junior

Payroll Specialist: Cortney Tokarczyk

Director of Philanthropy: Jackie McIntosh

Event Coordinator: Kate Lionas

Faculty Secretary and Undergraduate Program Assistant: Morgan Jackson

Graduate Program Assistant: Colleen Tomaszewski

Ph.D. Program Assistant: Gina Giannosa

Information Technology Manager: NingNing Zheng

Information Technology Specialist: Faye Luman

Information Technology Support: Justin Ballard

Director of Nursing Laboratories: Diane Noack

Simulation Coordinator: Stephanie Vallie

Professors: Judy Didion, Karen Dunn, Suha Kridli

Associate Professors: Carrie Buch, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Toni Glover, Mary Golinski, Claudia Grobbel, Margaret Harris, Anne Hranchook, Zorica Kauric-Klein, Julie Kruse, Sarah Newton, Julia Paul, Laura Pittiglio

Assistant Professors: Rebecca Boni, Olga Ehrlich, Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Ellen Gajewski, Deana Hays, Cheryl Jusela, Erin Kennedy, Kristen Munyan, Patricia Cameron

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

Assistant Professor of Practice: Lynda Poly-Droulard

Instructors of Practice: Teresa Chahine, Nicole Clark, Raji George, Cheniece Harris, Patrick Kennedy, Margaret Kennedy, Carly Miller, Renee Mirovsky, Katie Mysen

Visiting Instructors: Malgorzata Baumann, Priscilla Garrett, Kelly Shakoor, Alisha Venters

Professors Emerita: Frances Jackson, Mary Mittelstaedt, Gary Moore, 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 and CNO, Trinity Health-Michigan

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

Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Dean, SON

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

Kyle Sasena, First VP, TCF 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.

  • Accelerated Second-Degree BSN track (pre-licensure)
  • Basic-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. Early college, middle college, or dual enrolled students admitted to Oakland University are not eligible for direct admission.

SON Direct Admission Requirements:

  1.  Students must have applied and been accepted to OU no later than November 1st of the student’s senior year of high school;
  2. Student’s must have earned a cumulative high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher at the time of application to Oakland University;
  3. At least one semester of high school Biology completed prior to the senior year with a final course grade of (B) or higher; and
  4. At least one semester of high school Chemistry completed prior to the senior year with a final course grade of (B) or higher.
  5. As part of the Holistic Admissions Process, supplemental materials may be required to be submitted in order to be considered for direct admission to the Basic-BSN Track (for example, an essay).
  6. (Currently Suspended) SAT and ACT scores:

An SAT composite score of 1160 or higher. The SAT score must include an English score of 580 or higher and a Math score of 580 or higher; OR
An ACT composite score of 24 or higher with no section score (Math, English, Reading, and Science) less than 24.

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 complete 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 

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 OR PHL 1320 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.
  8. 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.

Any applicant who has been dismissed from a nursing program or has ever received two or more nursing course grades below a (B-) 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)

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.

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.

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.