The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares individuals for the role of the professional nurse. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for individuals, families, and communities in complex health care environments. The MSOE School of Nursing (SON) offers two curriculum tracks to earn a BSN: a traditional, full-time track and an accelerated second-degree track.
BS in Nursing Traditional Track (BSN)
The traditional full-time curriculum track is designed specifically for students who are earning their first college degree. Generally, these are students who have graduated from high school and are beginning their college education or students who have earned college credits at another university and are transferring those credits to MSOE. Students are accepted directly into the nursing major. Progression through the sequence of clinical courses is guaranteed to all students who maintain full-time status and continue to meet the academic progression criteria.
Students entering the traditional track from high school are accepted into the program starting freshman year and are guaranteed to graduate in four years if they start and stay on track. Students who transfer into the program enter the appropriate place in the curriculum sequence following a complete transfer evaluation. SON faculty advisors will work with part-time students to outline a sequence of courses that lead to degree completion.
BS in Nursing Accelerated Second-degree Track (BSN-ASD)
This track is designed specifically for the adult working professional who has already earned a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers. The BSN-ASD is a compressed, year-round curriculum designed to enable students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in approximately 18 months, assuming the student has met all of the prerequisites.
The placement rate for MSOE nursing graduates was 100% in 2014-15, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $51,884. MSOE nursing graduates are prepared to tackle some of the most challenging but rewarding positions out there—emergency, pediatrics and end-of-life.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health care services and the military.
In order to obtain licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, it is necessary to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Most graduate nurses take this exam within a few months following graduation. The MSOE-SON strives to assure students’ ability to deliver safe and effective nursing care and achieve success on the NCLEX licensure exam.
You may want to consider NU if you …
- Enjoy helping others and want to improve peoples’ lives
- Are able to work well in a team environment
- Possess strong written and oral communication skills
- Are able to prioritize and complete multiple, time-constrained requirements effectively
Student Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is expected to:
- Provides safe, effective compassionate nursing care based on clinical standards that take in to account the holistic needs of the client while progressing towards independent practice.
- Uses independent decision making to communicate critical thinking and reflective practice when applying the nursing process to individualize care for the client with complex needs.
- Incorporates effective communication and health education skills with clients and other members of the healthcare team to improve coordination of care and to minimize risk and error.
- Maintains a professional role; recognizes client as full partner when providing compassionate care; engages in lifelong learning and initiates change responsive to the needs of society.
- Uses health information technology to monitor and analyze outcomes; employs, selects and evaluates biomedical technologies to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care progressing towards independent practice.
- Provides leadership that values the ideas and contributions of others when coordinating care and collaborating with members of health care team to improve health care outcomes.
- Demonstrates commitment to improve practice by retrieving and synthesizing evidence from diverse sources of professional literature that support decisions to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care
Clinical Admission Requirements
Admission to the School of Nursing’s clinical courses is guaranteed to any applicant who has been granted admission to MSOE, continues to meet the School of Nursing progression criteria and has completed the following criteria:
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Policy: All students must present evidence of BLS certification by the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.
- Criminal Background Check: Students are required to complete a Background check, including Wisconsin Caregiver Disclosure, Wisconsin Department of Justice, and Federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) and General Service Administration (GSA) registries. There may be additional agency requirements. Students must not have been convicted of any crime that would substantially relate to the practice of nursing. All positive background checks and background disclosure forms are shared with clinical agencies. Each clinical agency reserves the right to determine if a student’s arrests or convictions are substantially related to the practice of nursing.
- Health Insurance: Students are required to maintain health insurance coverage while enrolled in nursing clinical courses.
- Health Requirements: Students admitted to the nursing program must provide a completed health assessment, from their primary care provider, evidence of required immunizations, annual TB skin tests, and annual flu vaccines.
- Urine Drug Screen: MSOE requires students to participate in drug screening as a condition of continued progression, and to comply with clinical agency requirements. A positive drug screen will result in academic dismissal from the nursing program
- The School of Nursing reserves the right to deny a student’s admission to a clinical course, or to limit or terminate his or her participation in a clinical course, if the student’s health status poses a significant risk to the health or safety of patients.
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Last updated October 13, 2016