Curriculum

Basic Nursing Curriculum Pattern

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Admission into the Department of Nursing takes place at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore level. The Department of Nursing Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee adheres to current nursing departmental admission policies in making final decisions regarding student admission.

Admission Requirements
  1. Meet the general admission requirements of the university.
  2. Successfully complete the required university placement examinations or developmental courses in English, mathematics, and reading.
  3. Successfully complete the nursing entrance examinations for the nursing program.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applications will be rank ordered by GPA; applicants having the highest GPA will be given preference for admission. Only those prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better will be accepted.
  5. File a current report of a complete medical and dental examination; specified immunizations; a recent PPD test or chest x-ray; rubeola, rubella, and varicellar titer; tetanus booster within the last ten years; and hepatitis B screening for antigens and antibodies.
  6. Submit a letter of intent, nursing data form, and three letters of reference to the Department of Nursing. Have a personal interview with a nursing faculty advisor. Credentials will be reviewed by the Admissions, Progression, Retention, and Graduation Committee (APRG) for formal acceptance into the professional component of the program. (Applications and supporting documents from freshmen and transfer students must be received by November 1st to be considered for January admission into the professional component of the program. Registered Nurse (RN) students see RN to BSN Accelerated Pathway track. *LPN_BSN applications must be received by august 1st to be considered for fall admission.
  7. Prerequisite science courses required for admission may be repeated only once when a grade of D or F has been achieved: BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021, 2059, CHEM 1050. Science courses will only be accepted if taken within the past five years.
  8. Students entering the professional component must have completed the following prescribed courses: ENG 1270, 1280 ; PSYC 1100, 2000 ; BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021; 2059; CHEM 1050; MATH (Any math that meets CSU requirements); SOC 1250 ; HSC 2150, NURS 2190; PHIL 1030 and one 3-credit humanities course.
  9. Successfully complete NURS 0901 during the Fall semester preceding before
    admission to the program.

    Students are expected to: (1) assume responsibility for transportation in connection with clinical experiences and field trips; (2) carry malpractice and health insurance; and (3) pay laboratory fees which are included in clinical courses.
  10. Successfully complete the Nelson Denny test with a minimum score of 13.

Students must have a semester GPA and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above. Pre-requisite and co-requisite courses may be repeated only once when a grade of D or F has been achieved. Students are required to take standardized achievement tests as determined by the department. Students must successfully complete all nursing and co-requisite courses with a grade of C or better. The nursing curriculum must be completed within five years from date of entry into the professional nursing sequence.

The department reserves the right to terminate students' enrollment in the nursing program when their health, academic record, or nursing performance indicate that it would be inadvisable and/or unsafe for them to continue in the preparation for the practice of professional nursing. If at any time during the program a student exhibits behavior which the faculty regards as unethical (disruptive, dishonest, disrespectful, or involving alcohol or drug abuse), the student will be given a hearing by the Admission, Progression, Retention, and Graduation Committee and a recommendation will be made regarding retention or dismissal form the nursing program. All nursing majors must follow the policies, procedures, and curriculum in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook on admission, progression, retention, and graduation and adhere to all university policies including academic conduct (e.g., plagiarism).

Students applying to the professional sequence component must complete or transfer in the pre-professional courses. Credentials will be reviewed by the Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee for formal acceptance into the professional sequence. An onsite proctored essay is required for all applicants. Applications and supporting documents from regular and transfer students must be received by September30th in order to be considered for Spring admission into the professional sequence of the program. Students are selected according to ranking criteria. NURS 0910 is not a transferable course. ATI TEAS*** Standardized exam is Required for all nursing applicants.

***A fee is associated with this exam.


University Graduation Policy

All students must complete the following University requirements for graduation:

  1. Completion of all curriculum requirements as specified in the required program.
  2. Successful completion of University required placement examinations in math, English and reading.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of college level credit.
  4. Completion of the last thirty (30) semester hours at Chicago State University, including eighteen (18) hours in the field of nursing. Credit earned through proficiency examinations, with the exception of University proficiency examinations, and/or military training may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  5. Minimum overall cumulative Chicago State University grade point average of C (2.0) at the time of graduation.
  6. Successful completion of the examination on the state and federal constitution.


Nursing Requirements for Graduation

All students must achieve a satisfactory grade of C or better in each nursing course and co-requisite course. Nursing courses can be re-taken one time only. In addition, students must successfully pass all end-of-course examinations, and successfully pass the senior comprehensive exit with a score of 900 points examination in order to qualify for graduation.

In general, course-for-course credit for nursing courses completed in other schools who enter Chicago State University nursing program with RN licensure will receive 30 hours of nursing credits, with LPN licensure 15 hours of nursing credits, and students who are certified nursing assistants will receive up to 3 nursing credits, according to the Illinois Articulation Initiative. See Accelerated Pathway Component, following the course descriptions.

Adjustments in the basic nursing curriculum may occur from year to year. Upon admission to the major in nursing, each student will be provided a curriculum pattern indicating the courses for which s/he will be held responsible. Any student who drops/withdraws or leaves the nursing program for any reason and is re-admitted will have to meet the requirements of the current nursing curriculum. Any consideration for re-admission of the student is dependent upon space availability. The Department of nursing reserved the right to limit the number of student being re-admitted to the Nursing program.

 


Curriculum Pattern for the LPN-BSN (Program is currently suspended)

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Suspension of the LPN to BSN Program

Due to shortage of faculty, admission to the LPN-BSN track has been suspended immediately. Students currently enrolled in the LPN-BSN track are not affected by this development and they will complete their program as planned. LPN applicants can apply for admission through the Basic track and they will receive the 15 hours of nursing credits recognized under the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

Questions?

Contact:
Dr. Rosemary Ricks-Saulsby
Chair, Department of Nursing.
Tel: 773 995 3901

 


Curriculum Pattern for the RN-BSN
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Students with the registered nurse (RN) license can obtain a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree at Chicago State University. The RN-BSN track is designed to meet the educational needs of the RN as an adult learner, and builds on prior nursing knowledge and experiences. Consistent with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, RN students from state-approved nursing programs will receive 30 hours of nursing credits. For more information, please visit the College of Health Sciences website.

RN students receive 30 semester hours of credit, in accordance with the Illinois Articulation Initiative for the following courses:

Nursing 2300 Pharmacology 3
Nursing 3050 Fundamentals 3
Nursing 3250 Adult Health I 6
Nursing 4200 Mental Health 6
Nursing 3300 Nursing Care of Developing Family 3
Nursing 4000 Adult Health Nursing II 6
Nursing 4050 Nursing Care of Children/Adolescents 3

Chicago State University is a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Advance placement credit from any accredited college or university, that is listed on the official transcript of the institution, will be accepted for advanced credit at Chicago State University. . University placement examinations are waived for second baccalaureate degree students and students with Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.


Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the university, the RN student must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete undergraduate admission application into the university.
  • Remit the application fee.
  • Provide official transcript(s) from each college or university attended.
  • Satisfy general admission requirements of the university.
  • Obtain waiver for the university placement examinations or developmental courses in English, reading, and mathematics.
  • Complete prerequisite courses. (Only course passed with a grade of "C" or better will be accepted).
  • Submit a letter of intent, nursing data form, and three letters of reference to the Department of Nursing as part of NURS 3400 course requirements.
  • Candidates will have a personal interview with an advisor. Credentials will be reviewed by the Admissions, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APGR) Committee for formal acceptance into the RN-BSN track of the program. Applications and supporting documents from transfer students must be received in NURS 3400 to be considered for admission into the RN-BSN track of the program.
  • Students entering the RN-BSN track must complete or transfer in the following courses: ENG 1270, 1280; PSYC 1100, 2000; MATH Greater than 100; SOC 1250; BIOL 2020, 2021, 2059; CHEM 1050; HSC 2190; PHIL 1020 or 1030; and math (college level)
  • Courses not transferred may be taken concurrently with nursing courses. The program may be completed in four (4) semesters.

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must be aware of the following policies:

  • Prerequisite courses required for admission may be repeated only once when a grade of D or F has been earned.
  • Nursing courses completed in other schools of nursing are not automatically transferable to the nursing curriculum. The APRG Committee will determine course equivalency.
  • In conformity with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, students who enter the nursing program with RN licensure will receive 30 hours of nursing credits.
  • An updated evaluation of credit form must be submitted with the application packet.

 

Accreditation

The Department of Nursing is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Information regarding Chicago State University's Department of Nursing accreditation status may be obtained by contacting:

NLNAC
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (800) 669-1656 ext. 153
www.nlnac.org


Curriculum Pattern for the CNA-BSN

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Consistent with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, certified nurse assistants who have graduated from a state-approved nurse assistant course and have passed the Illinois Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation may receive up to three hours of credit in nursing. The Department of Nursing will award these three credits after admission into the professional sequence and these students will not have to take NURS 4150 – Special Topics in Nursing. Certified nursing assistants admitted under this pattern will subsequently follow the same curriculum pattern as basic
students.


BSN Curriculum Conceptual Framework: Caring

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The conceptual framework emanates from the philosophy and serves as the organizing structure for the curriculum. The central theme for this conceptual framework is the concept of caring. Caring is a universal phenomenon and is critical to growth, development, and a sense of wellness as described by nursing theorist Dr. Jean Watson. Caring is used to promote health and dignity across the life span. The expression, process, and patterns of caring may vary among cultures. However, it remains a driving force for self-actualization. Caring gives comprehensive meaning and order to persons' lives and helps to overcome separateness, achieve union, and transcends the routine. Caring implies viewing persons as unique, holistic, self-determining beings endowed with complementary stabilizing and actualizing tendencies. Stabilizing tendencies are responsible for maintaining the fluctuating internal and external environments within a range that is compatible with continuing existence. Stabilizing tendencies enable persons to strive for increasingly higher levels of well-being through the process of growth and development. Self-determination, expressed through individual choice, enables persons to maintain health and achieve increasingly higher levels of wellness. Human caring acknowledges the right to self-determination and choice inherent in the enduring values of human freedom and dignity that is both universal and individual. It is through their uniqueness that each individual, family, and community responds to changes in the internal and external environments in an attempt to maintain health and achieve higher levels of wellness.

The major elements of caring are knowing, patience, honesty, trust, humility, hope, and courage. Caring, as an interactional process requires that all persons in the caring relationship must know their own powers and limitations, as well as know the powers and limitations of others involved in the relationship. With knowing comes patience, the ability to demonstrate a nonjudgmental acceptance of the other person, and allowing others to grow at their own pace. Honesty among all persons in the caring relationship facilitates openness within the relationship and the ability to accept constructive criticism.

Trust, another crucial ingredient of a caring encompasses elements of knowing, patience, and honesty in that there must be the belief that all persons will grow in time, and that mistakes will be growth producing. Humility implies that caring is reciprocal and that both parties involved in the caring relationship will learn from each other. Through hope, both parties will support each other even through difficult times. Courage allows the caring parties to enter into the unknown of human behavior. Caring entails environmental, biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural influences within which the nurse operates.