The BSN Program:
reflects an education grounded in the Hallmarks of Benedictine Education
is faithful to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
You’ll benefit from the Abbey’s Nursing major if you:
enjoy helping and serving others
enjoy learning about Biology and Anatomy
The Department of Nursing prepares and educates students to function as health care professionals by integrating the discipline of nursing with foundational knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences.
With a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue careers in:
The Abbey Difference
The Department of Nursing prepares and educates students to function as health care professionals by integrating the discipline of nursing with foundational knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences. In the spirit of St. Benedict, who orders that “care of the sick must rank above and before all else” (RB 36:1), this education is inspired and informed by the Benedictine Hallmarks, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. The principles of social justice and the social determinants of health for the whole person are integrated into the program. Consequently, graduates are prepared to provide, coordinate and evaluate patient care in the multiple social contexts in which health care is delivered.
Accepting Pre-Nursing Students for Fall 2020; Students meeting eligibility criteria would apply for the Fall 2022 inaugural Nursing Cohort.
Admission Requirements for Nursing Major:
Nursing program admission preference will be given to those students who are currently enrolled in Belmont Abbey College. If seats are available after the admission of current Belmont Abbey College students, then transfer students who have completed pre-nursing course requirements will be considered for admission into the nursing major.
Submit Application to the Nursing Major no later than February 15. The application will include a concise and professional response to the following questions (150 – 300 word count response per question):
Provide a reflection on the philosophy and ethics of the BAC nursing program.
Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and aptitude will contribute to your success in nursing school and career in nursing (community service, leadership experience, and healthcare experience).
Explain the academic challenges, successes, and/or obstacles in your life that have impacted your ability to achieve your goals.
Completion of Core Curriculum coursework by the end of Spring Semester preceding admission to the major is preferred.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (unweighted) from the most recent 30 credit hours or 3 semesters of coursework, whichever is greater. Cumulative GPA for admission into the nursing major includes transfer credit of required pre-nursing courses from other institutions.
The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C*, with no more than 2 attempts:
BI 108 – Anatomy & Physiology I
BI 110 – Anatomy & Physiology II
BI 200 – Microbiology
CH 103 – Principles of Chemistry
PC 201 – Introduction to Psychology
PC 301 – Developmental Psychology
PC 300 – Statistics for Psychology (statistics course GPA requirement will be in place beginning with pre-nursing class cohort entering Belmont Abbey College in the Fall of 2021)
*Transfer credits for courses taken at colleges and universities that are recognized as accrediting bodies by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned, are generally accepted.
Nursing program admission preference will be given to those students with the highest grades in the above prerequisites. All nursing prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of the nursing major courses.
Value-added Activities that will enhance Program Application:
Service-oriented activities (volunteer work, participation in school/community/organizational activities, demonstrated past leadership roles), or enrolled in the Belmont Abbey Honors College.
Work experience as a CNA/EMT/LPN, or other applicable healthcare experience (volunteer and/or paid), or active-duty military or veteran.
Any academic achievement awards
Program Course Requirements:
Freshman Year, Fall Semester
FS 101: First-Year Symposium
BI 108 & 108L: Anatomy & Physiology
RH 104: Rhetoric, Logic, Grammar, & Writing
PC 201: Introduction to Psychology
TH 105: Introduction to Scripture
Freshman Year, Spring Semester
BI 110 & 110L: Anatomy & Physiology
PC 300: Statistics for Psychology
PO 201: The American Constitution
PH 200W: Intro. to Philosophy
Fine Arts Core Requirement
Sophomore Year, Fall Semester
CH 103 & 103L: Principles of Chemistry
PC 301: Developmental Psychology
EN 211: Literary Classics
HI 101: Western Civilization I
TH 205: Intro. to Theology
PH 301: The Good Life (Ethics)
Sophomore Year, Spring Semester
TH 332: Catholic Bioethics
BI 200 & 200L: Microbiology
HI 102: Western Civilization II
EN 212: Literary Classics
SO 201: Principles of Sociology
Nursing Major Curriculum
Junior Year, Fall Semester
NU 101: Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
NU 205: Nursing Therapeutic Interventions
HC 204: Concepts of Pharmacology I/Pharmacokinetics
NU 201: Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice
Genetics & Genomics
Junior Year, Spring Semester
HC 201: Healthcare Informatics
NU 301: Nursing Care of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Conditions I
NU 306: Nursing Care of Persons with Psychiatric and Mental Health Conditions
NU 305: Nursing Care of the Aging Population
HC 302W: Research for Healthcare Practice
Senior Year, Fall Semester
NU 303: Nursing Care of the Family
HC 402: Concepts of Pharmacology II/Pharmacogenomics
NU 401: Nursing Care of the Adult with Acute and Chronic Conditions II
Senior Year, Spring Semester
NU 307: Population Health: Public, Community, and Global
HC 403: Leading in Complex Situations
NU 405: Transitions to Professional Practice I
Clinical Practicum Capstone
Overall institutional GPA 2.67 or higher
Completion of all required coursework with a grade of C in major courses.
Completion of all professional practice experience hours.