2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Nursing, B.S.N.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a highly competitive program designed for students seeking a contemporary academic experience. The program is geared to students who are health-minded and hands-on, transforming their passion for helping others into valuable nursing skills and dynamic thinking strategies that impact the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. 

The BSN program is inspired by a "simple-to-complex" curriculum that educates students on the foundations of professional nursing, and then advances to coursework and clinical that include lab, simulation, preceptorships, and on-site health care and community experiences.

The BSN program focuses preparation for entry into practice with emphasis on preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.
The program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

The BSN is a selective, limited-access program. Freshmen are first admitted to Saint Leo University as an undergraduate nursing major, which requires a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and acknowledgement of background check requirements.

Once a Nursing major, students apply during their sophomore year for nursing-major courses in year three. To do so, students must submit an application the semester prior to the junior year. Requirements include a 3.3 or higher GPA, a benchmark score on the TEAS test (a standardized exam), and grades of B or higher on Anatomy and Physiology courses and College Algebra. Unconditional admission is granted when students have been selected for admission and all admission criteria and health and background check requirements and American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification have been successfully completed.


Program Grade and Progression Information:

Students are required to adhere to policies identified in the most current Nursing Student Handbook including those related to satisfactory course completion and program progression.   


Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

NOTE: University Explorations requirements specific to the Nursing program

The following courses must be completed as part of University Explorations sequence for the Nursing program: 

MAT-151 College Algebra in Foundations

PSY-161 Introduction to Psychology in Human Adventure

EDU-226 Human Growth and Development in Human Adventure

BIO-140 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I and II each with lab in Science in a Changing World

PHI-210 Thinking and Doing Ethics in the Philosophy requirement

Students in the Nursing program are not required to complete SLU 125 Choosing Wellness. 

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120

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