General Information
For Basic and LPN Students

Purpose of Undergraduate Nursing Program

The undergraduate nursing program is designed to prepare undergraduate professional nurse generalists who possess the foundation for graduate study and are capable of practicing in rural and various other settings. The undergraduate program is designed to accommodate the educational needs of basic and LPN students, and to encourage and facilitate the articulation of licensed nurses who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Curriculum Information

The curriculum in the undergraduate nursing program prepares students to receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Satisfactory completion of this program entitles students to submit applications to take the National Council Licensing Exam for licensure as a registered nurse.

The nursing program offers courses with theory and practicum components designed to accommodate the educational needs of students, and to encourage and facilitate the articulation of those who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Department of Nursing’s Computer Laboratory has a variety of mediated materials for independent study by students. In addition, the simulation center has a simulated hospital setting including exam rooms, computerized manikins, computerized charting, surgical scrub area, a nurses’ station and patient units.

The program of study is evaluated for its relevancy to practice. Changes in the pre-requisites and curriculum are on-going so you need to contact your advisor to remain current on program requirements.

Admission to the Nursing Program

Students are admitted to the Department of Nursing undergraduate nursing program on a semi-annual basis. Admission is competitive.

Application materials must be completed and returned to the Department of Nursing (DON) office by October 1 for admission in the spring semester and March 1 for admission in the fall semester. All students transferring courses from other colleges/universities must have an official transcript from each institution sent to the Department of Nursing before being considered for admission.

Advising

Faculty members in the Department of Nursing provide academic advising for persons who are considering a career in nursing.

Licensure in Kansas

Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN). Possible grounds for action may occur if you have been convicted of any felony or crimes against person that involves an illegal drug offense or a felony conviction for a crime against persons if the KSBN determines that you have not been rehabilitated sufficiently to warrant the public trust. All criminal history must be revealed to and will be evaluated by the KSBN before licensure is granted or denied. The KSBN may also stipulate other requirements before licensure is granted, such as social security information or background checks www.ksbn.org.

Admission Policies for the Undergraduate Nursing Program

*To request an application to the nursing program and the reference forms contact the Department of Nursing at (785) 628-4256.

Admission criteria:

  1. Department of Nursing DON application form submitted and on file prior to admission;
  2. Two to three references (DON forms) on file prior to admission;
  3. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale prior to admission;
  4. A grade of C or above in required prerequisite courses;
  5. Passing composite score of 69 or higher on the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) (Limit of two attempts);
  6. Hold current certification as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA);
  7.   Current American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers CPR certificate.
  8. For LPNs only, current state licensure. CNA is waived for LPNs. Prior to admission to the nursing program, the LPN student will take N294 Nursing Transition before admission to the program. Contact the Department of Nursing for more information.

Once admitted to the nursing program:

  1. Applicants who have been selected for admission into the program will receive an official letter of acceptance, which must be notarized and returned to the Department of Nursing in order to reserve a position in the program.
  2. Prior to beginning the practica component in the nursing courses, students must submit to a criminal background check through a Department of Nursing approved agency. They must also maintain nursing liability insurance and personal health insurance. Certification in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association (AHA) is required. An annual TB skin test, a yearly physical exam, and certain immunizations also are required.

Prior to admission to the nursing program, the LPN student will:

  1. Take Nursing Transition before admission to the program Contact the Department of Nursing for more information.

Progression Policies within the Undergraduate Nursing Program

  1. Throughout the nursing program, students must maintain current nursing liability insurance and personal health insurance. In addition, certification in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, an annual TB skin test, yearly physical exam and certain immunizations also are required.
  2. Throughout the nursing program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 with a “C” or better in each nursing course. Failure to do so may lead to academic probation or dismissal from the nursing program.
  3. Students found to be under the influence of habit-forming drugs and/or alcohol during the program of study may be subject to immediate dismissal from the Department of Nursing.
  4. LPNs complete the courses with junior and senior level content and practice, along with traditional students, using the same clinical laboratories and clinical supervision.

Contact Information

For further information on the Undergraduate Program contact Carolyn Insley, Coordinator of Undergraduate Nursing Program at e-mail address cinsley@fhsu.edu or call (785) 628-4525.

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