- This traditional four-year program is intended for individuals without a bachelor’s degree and are not registered nurses. Other people who might consider this track are those with a bachelor’s degree who desire to move at a slower pace than the accelerated B.S.N. and licensed practical nurses who desire to become registered nurses.
- The B.S.N. curriculum is founded on theories and concepts of nursing, sciences and the liberal arts. The nursing process is integrated throughout the curriculum.
- Clinical experiences and simulation and are a fundamental part of the program of study, starting in the first semester and continuing throughout the program. Healthcare agencies and hospitals and in northern Kentucky, southern Indiana and Greater Cincinnati serve as clinical practice settings during both day and evening
- Graduates of the B.S.N. program employ communication, critical thinking, and technical skills to deliver care to families and individuals.
- The Northern Kentucky University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
About the school
- Northern Kentucky University is in northern Kentucky situated at Highland Heights, seven miles, southeast of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
- It is a public, co-educational university offering undergraduate and graduate programs.
- The present total enrollment at the university is over 15,000 students, served by about 2600 faculty and staff. It is the third largest university after the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.
- Northern Kentucky University started in 1948
Total estimated cost of attendance is approximately $ 34,656
Following are the minimum requirements for BSN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
Pre-major requirements: Incoming freshman students may declare pre-nursing as their major if they have a minimum ACT composite score of 20 or higher and no academic deficiencies. Transfer students with more than 24 credit hours must have a minimum GPA of 2.50. Transfer students with fewer than 24 earned credit hours must have a minimum GPA of 2.50, a minimum ACT composite score of 20 or higher and no academic deficiencies. Current NKU students seeking to change their major to pre-nursing must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor by calling 859-572-5895. Students majoring in pre-nursing will be helped by an academic advisor to develop an educational plan for nursing admission and progression. Students are allowed to maintain their pre-nursing status for only three semesters before applying to the B.S.N. program. If students do not meet the criteria for acceptance into the baccalaureate nursing program after three semesters, they will be encouraged to select another major to facilitate their timely graduation from NKU.
Pre-nursing students may enroll in courses that fulfill the prerequisite classes to apply to nursing and the support courses to progress into the nursing baccalaureate program, plus general education courses required for the bachelor’s degree in nursing. They may not take nursing classes until admitted to begin the program.
Admission requirements: Students who apply by January 15 are applying to begin nursing courses the following fall semester. Students who apply by August 15 are applying to begin nursing courses the following spring semester.
To be considered for the selective admission to the B.S.N. program all applicants must:
- Be admitted to NKU as a degree-seeking student with no academic deficiencies.
- Submit a separate application to the nursing program. The application is available in the nursing office in Albright Health Center 303. Mail or fax the completed application to the Department of Nursing. Applications to the nursing program may also be submitted online (http://healthprofessions.nku.edu/departments/nursing/undergrad/form.html). Applications to the nursing program are in addition to the university application.
- Have the following minimum grade requirements and eligibilities:
- A minimum grade of Cor higher in BIO 208/BIO 208L,
- A minimum grade of Cor higher in PSY 100,
- Be eligible to take CHE 115/CHE 115L,
- Be eligible to take STA 205– OR – STA 212,
- Earn grades in nursing support courses of Cor higher. Support courses include PSY 100, PSY 321 – OR –EDU 300, STA 205 – OR – STA 212, HIN 355, BIO 202/BIO 202L, BIO 126, BIO 208/BIO 208L, BIO 209/BIO 209L, CHE 115/CHE 115L – OR – CHE 120/CHE 120L and CHE 121/CHE 121L. Grades of C- are not accepted for prerequisites, co-requisites or nursing classes.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale or 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all previous college work for the last 30 credit hours, whichever is higher. GPAs for admission to the B.S.N. program will be calculated using NKU and transfer coursework.
- No more than one semester of science course failures in the required science courses for the program in the last four years (C-, D, and Fare considered failures) prior to entry into the program. This requirement applies to BIO 120/BIO 120L, BIO 121/BIO 121L, BIO 126, BIO 202/BIO 202L, BIO 208/BIO 208L, BIO 209/BIO 209L, BIO 302/BIO 302L, CHE 102, CHE 115/CHE 115L, CHE 120/CHE 120L, CHE 121/CHE 121L or equivalent transfer courses.
- Prerequisite science courses required for admission must be fewer than eight years old as of the first day of the semester in which the program begins.
- The ACT is required for those transfer applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours from an accredited institution. See pre-major requirements for details.
- Applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate an established level of English proficiency by taking the Internet-based TOEFL. See special admission requirements for details.
- If a student is accepted into the nursing program, he or she must have the following coursework completed with a grade of C or higher before beginning nursing classes:
- A personal interview may be requested by the nursing admission/readmission committee.
- All accepted students must pass a criminal background check before starting nursing classes.
Licensed practical nurses are eligible to apply to the B.S.N. program if they have graduated from a practical nursing program and passed the NCLEX-PN within the last four years or are actively employed as an LPN. If LPNs are accepted into the B.S.N. program, they must take an independent-study class with a nursing faculty member during their first semester in the nursing program. Upon successful completion of NRS 299, the following courses will be waived for LPNs: NRS 210L, NRS 215 and NRS 215P. The Evolve ® Curriculum Support fee will be assessed for LPNs for every semester. LPNs are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor prior to applying to the B.S.N. program.
Northern Kentucky University
Address: Nunn Drive | Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
Phone: (859) 572-5100