Nursing Degree: Frequently Asked Questions
Looking to participate in the Nursing Program? Here are some frequently asked questions from interested students.
- What are the advantages of a direct-entry program?
- Why should I pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree?
- Why should I study nursing at Mount Union?
- Is Mount Union's Nursing Program accredited?
- How many clinical settings will I be exposed to during the program?
- What clinical locations are available?
- How do Mount Union’s clinical opportunities compare to other nursing programs in Northeast Ohio?
- What facilities and equipment will be available to nursing students?
- What are the requirements to gain entry to the program?
- What is a typical nursing class size?
- What types of jobs can I expect with a nursing degree?
- What are the required courses?
- How will a degree in nursing from Mount Union prepare me for the NCLEX-RN Board Exam?
- Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
- Who do I contact if I have questions about the nursing program?
What are the advantages of a direct-entry program?
Students are admitted directly into Mount Union’s nursing program as freshmen, giving them peace-of-mind that they will not be placed on a waiting list with no guarantee of entry into the program. They also will be more likely to engage and help their classmates with coursework and projects because they will not be competing against one another for the limited number of spots in the nursing program. In addition, nursing majors are immediately introduced to nursing coursework in their first year and are able to focus on a particular area of interest. Learn more about the advantages of Mount Union’s direct-entry nursing program.
Why should I pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree?
A BSN is one of the fastest growing careers for those seeking to practice nursing and recommended to become the entry-level degree for professional nurses, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Ohio could face nearly a 29% shortage in the nursing workforce by 2020 (Health policy Institute of Ohio), and 40% of Ohio’s practicing nurses are expected to leave the field within the next 20 years (Ohio State Senate’s Nursing Education Study Committee).
Why should I study nursing at Mount Union?
Mount Union’s direct-entry BSN program is a rigorous four-year degree program that focuses on a solid foundation of science and liberal arts and an in depth introduction to the nursing profession in the first year. Students will also benefit from small class and one-on-one attention from faculty members in Gallaher Hall, our new state-of-the-art health and medical sciences facility. In addition, students will have ample opportunities to experience hands-on learning and clinical opportunities. In fact, Mount Union students will complete roughly 20% more clinical hours than most nursing programs in Northeast Ohio. Learn more about Mount Union’s BSN Program.
Is Mount Union's Nursing Program accredited?
The University of Mount Union obtained approval/authorization to offer the BSN degree from the Ohio Board of Nursing, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and Ohio Board of Regents. In addition, Mount Union has developed its BSN program following the accreditation standards of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and standards of nursing education set by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). The University submitted an initial application for consideration for accreditation to the CCNE and plans to host an on-site visit by a CCNE accreditation team in fall 2015. The program expects to obtain CCNE accreditation during the 2016 Spring Semester before the inaugural class graduates. Learn more about the accreditation of Mount Union’s BSN Program.
How many clinical settings will I be exposed to during the program?
Students majoring in nursing at Mount Union will complete roughly 20% more clinical hours than most nursing programs in Northeast Ohio. In fact, students will complete approximately 1,100 clinical hours through rotations. Nursing students will begin clinical rotations and begin gaining hands-on experience in a variety of clinical specialty settings and clinical areas in their second year. Students will experience the role of nursing in various nursing areas including, but not limited to: medical-surgical, critical care, long-term care, nursing homes, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, labor and delivery and community health settings. In addition, a preceptorship in a nursing student’s final year will allow them to work with a professional nurse successfully transitioning them into their real-world nursing responsibilities. Learn more about Mount Union’s clinical rotations. Learn more about Mount Union’s clinical rotations.
What clinical locations are available?
Students will have the opportunity to rotate to various clinical agencies in the area. Mount Union has established clinical affiliation agreements with several of the surrounding agencies including, but not limited to: Affinity Medical Center, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Alliance City Health Department, Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Canterbury Villa of Alliance, Cleveland Clinic, Marlington Local Schools, Mercy Medical Center, Salem Hospital, Summa Health System and Union Hospital. Learn more about Mount Union’s clinical locations.
How do Mount Union’s clinical opportunities compare to other nursing programs in Northeast Ohio?
Students majoring in nursing at Mount Union will complete roughly 20% more clinical hours than most nursing programs in Northeast Ohio. In fact, students will complete approximately 1,100 clinical hours through rotations in medical-surgical, critical care, long-term care, nursing homes, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, labor and delivery and community health settings. In addition, a preceptorship in a nursing student’s final year will allow them to work with a professional nurse successfully transitioning them into their real-world nursing responsibilities. Learn more about Mount Union’s clinical rotations. Learn more about Mount Union’s clinical rotations.
What facilities and equipment will be available to nursing students?
The nursing program will be housed in Gallaher Hall, our new state-of-the-art health and medical sciences facility. The new building will include space for two nursing skills labs equipped with up-to-date equipment, modern classrooms, simulated intensive care unit, control room and exam prep room. The skills labs will include six beds, each with a hospital-like wall unit, interactive mannequins, IV pumps and other technology and equipment which will enable students to develop and master the nursing skillset required for quality patient care. The intensive care unit will include video equipment, monitors and a simulation mannequin that is monitored by faculty in the control room. Students will also have access to an electronic medical records system, allowing them to learn how to store and effectively read a patient’s comprehensive medical history. In addition, the classrooms will be designed to provide network ports for nursing degree student computer connections, an AV console and display screens. Learn more about Mount Union’s nursing facilities and equipment.
What are the requirements to gain entry to the program?
Priority consideration for admission into the nursing program begins at the following academic levels: Admission to the University of Mount Union AND A cumulative high school GPA of a B+ (3.3 on a scale of 4.0) AND An ACT composite score of 23 or higher AND Grades of “B” or higher in high school lab-based biology and chemistry coursework or a sub score of 24 or higher on the Science Reasoning Portion of the ACT. Admission to the direct-entry nursing program will be competitive, with notification being made to the upcoming fall semester’s enrollment on rolling basis until all available seats filled. Nursing candidates are encouraged to apply for admission as early as. Learn more about the admission process for Mount Union’s nursing program. Learn more about the admission process for Mount Union’s nursing program.
What is a typical nursing class size?
Mount Union welcomed its first class of 25 nursing students in fall 2013. In the future, the program will keep lecture class size roughly 25 students. Hear from Brett Fortune, a freshman nursing student of Wooster, OH.
What types of jobs can I expect with a nursing degree?
Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S., and employment in the nursing field is projected to increase 26% with 711,900 more nursing jobs needed by 2020, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. After graduation, registered nurses often have many choices of where to work such as general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of physicians, home healthcare services and nursing care facilities. Learn more about nursing careers.
What are the required courses?
Mount Union’s BSN curriculum consists of 130 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four academic years and follows the University’s 16-weeks semester for delivery of courses. Nursing majors will take courses such as Pharmacology, Human Nutrition, Pediatric Care Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice. Students will not only take nursing courses, but also courses in the natural and social sciences, humanities and liberal arts. Learn more about Mount Union’s nursing curriculum.
How will a degree in nursing from Mount Union prepare me for the NCLEX-RN Board Exam?
One of the main goals of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is to fully prepare you to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is the exam you will take after graduation to allow you to legally practice as a licensed registered nurse in a variety of healthcare agencies.
During your four years in the program, you will be led on the right path to becoming a licensed registered nurse. You will complete a rigorous and challenging set of courses taught by highly-qualified faculty members and experience hands-on learning. You will complete considerable clinical hours to obtain hands-on practicum experience and to give you ample opportunities to apply your classroom knowledge to practice.
As a Mount Union nursing student, you will be well prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam by experiencing online standardized testing and practice questions in addition to the regular tests administered by your faculty throughout the curriculum. These tests cover various content areas in nursing and gauge your competency in the nursing field. You also will take a comprehensive review course and exam at the end of the program to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN.
Mount Union’s rigorous nursing curriculum complemented with hands-on clinicals will fully prepare you to demonstrate that you have what it takes to meet the demands of our challenging and exciting healthcare profession as a registered nurse.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
You may contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the nursing program?
Complete the form on the nursing overview page.
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