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Accelerated Second Degree BSN Students Plan Admissions Policies and Criteria

Admission Policies For Accelerated Second Degree BSN Nursing Students

Deadline Date for Applications for the Fall 2013 Term will be Friday, February 1, 2013.

The Coppin State University [CSU] College of Health Professions [CHP], Helene Fuld School of Nursing [HFSON] is offering this plan of the nursing curriculum in an accelerated form for the adult learner who is a motivated, career-minded student, holding a baccalaureate or graduate degree in another field from either a regionally or nationally accredited higher education institution. The Maryland Higher Education Commission [MHEC] Code of Maryland Regulations (13B.02.02) provides guidelines regarding requirements for second degree students and indicates that such students have met general education credits expectations.
See the following website: http://mhec.maryland.gov/higherEd/COMAR/COMAR_CH_02_Web.pdf.

Students enrolled in the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan receive a well structured educational experience which focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, informatics, health of families and populations, women’s health assessment, pharmacology, mental health nursing practice, and pathophysiology.

The HFSON will admit students in the fall semester only. Students must be admitted to the university prior to admission to the HFSON. To be considered for admission you must possess a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale in all college or university courses completed prior to seeking admission.

We currently utilize the Test of Essential Academic Skills [T.E.A.S.] version 5 [V] as our entrance examination. You must score a competitive score on the TEAS V to pass. The TEAS V is required of all Accelerated Second Degree BSN applicants for the FALL 2013 Term. All applicants that meet the minimum requirements are invited to take the TEAS, which is administered by the HFSON Office of Student Affairs & Retention [STAR].

Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan of Study

For a list of the Pre-Requisite Courses and the Nursing Courses, please review the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan of Study. The Pre-Requisite Courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year you wish to enter the accelerated nursing program. They include: ENGL 200+ level or Literature (elective) – 3 credits; BIOL 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I – 4 credits; BIOL 203 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II – 4 credits; CHEM 103 – Chemistry for Health Sciences – 4 credits; BIOL 308 – Microbiology 4 credits; SOCI 201 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 credits; PHIL 102 - Logic or PHIL 103 – Introduction to Philosophy – 3 credits; PSYC 201 – General Psychology – 3 credits; MATH 203 – Basic Statistics – 3 credits; PSYC 335 – Developmental Psychology – 3 credits; NURS 213 – Normal/Applied Nutrition [or if transferring in you may use a Basic Nutrition course] – 3 credits; must all be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester. These courses can all be taken at CSU or at a different institution and transferred in to Coppin State University. The PATHOPHYSIOLOGY course will be taught during either the Spring or the Summer 1 Term prior to the Fall Term of admission.

The School of Nursing admits applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, or gender.

Note: Applicants are advised that if they have a criminal history, they may be delayed or not granted licensure as a professional registered nurse by the state board of nursing.

Admissions Requirements

Procedure

  1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission to Coppin State University [CSU] http://legacy.coppin.edu/applyonline/.
  2. Identify Nursing as the major of choice on the Application for Undergraduate Admission Form. If admitted to the university, at this point you will be identified as a "PRE-NURSING" or "HEALTH PROFESSIONS – General" Student.
  3. Complete the online application form for the Undergraduate Nursing Program or the application form in the Admissions packet that you may have received and all necessary documentation.
  4. You must request two (2) sets of transcripts be sent from all previously attended Colleges / Universities. One copy is to be sent to the CSU Office of Admissions and the second copy to the CHP Office of Student Affairs and Retention [STAR]. If you have any foreign education, you must submit an evaluation of your foreign coursework by one of the following: World Education Service [WES] or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers [AACRAO].
  5. Complete the application process as required by the Office of Admissions.
  6. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation to the CHP STAR Office on the form required by the Undergraduate Nursing Program. (These forms are in the Admission Packet that you may have received or download online).
  7. You must submit a Personal/Goals Statement that indicates the following:
    • Reason for selecting Nursing as a career, including professional goals. Explain how the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan will assist in achieving your professional goals.
    • Factors that prompted a career change.
    • Reasons for selecting Coppin State University as the higher education institution for completing your Nursing Education.
    • Include a discussion of your long-term goals/plans.
    • Also include a brief summary of significant work experience, progressing from high school to college to the current time period.
    • Give details of how previous work and educational experiences relate to nursing.
    • Finally, in light of the intensity of this program, discuss how you will handle the demands of the academic program as well as outside responsibilities during the accelerated track program of study.
  8. Candidates will be invited and required to take the entrance exam based upon determination of the HFSON [the STAR Office will publish test dates] and are only eligible to take the entrance exam twice with us here at CSU. If you live outside of the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Regions, you may register to take the TEAS V through PSI on the Assessment Technologies Institute [ATI] website on the following link: http://www.atitesting.com/ati_next_gen/customecom/BrowseSessions.aspx?stf=11&stype=7.
    Reminder: you must be admitted to CSU before we can consider you for admission to the accelerated second degree BSN plan, so even if you’ve taken and passed the TEAS V exam, you must be admitted to the university first for consideration as a candidate!
  9. The applicant will be notified of their performance on the entrance exam immediately following the test.
  10. If the Admissions Committee finds you to be an eligible candidate, you will be invited for an interview. You must have a successful interview to be a competitive candidate.
  11. Applicants will be notified of their admission or denial status to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan.
  12. The School of Nursing will notify the Office of Undeclared Majors and Academic Advising of applicant’s admission or denial to the HFSON Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan.
  13. All admitted students will be required to complete a Release of Information Form (ROI).

Note: Admission to Coppin State University is not considered automatic admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing.

Note: For Transfer Students, the CSU Transfer Coordinator in the CSU Office of Records and Registration will make the "OFFICIAL" determination of courses that will be transferred to CSU and will send a copy of that report to your mailing address (a "D" is not acceptable for transfer credit for any Major Support courses listed on the Undergraduate Nursing Program of Study (Major Support Courses Document). Prior to application, please make an effort to communicate with the Office of Student Affairs and Retention [STAR] in the CHP to obtain an unofficial evaluation of your college level courses; this will assist with the determination of any outstanding coursework. The telephone number is (410) 951-3970.


Required Nursing Courses Sequence – The following required nursing courses must be taken according to sequence.

Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan of Study
Orientation one week before classes convene in August
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)
Session #1 (Fall I – 4th wk of August – 3rd wk October 7 ½ weeks) Credits
NURS 121 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice  2
NURS 210 Nursing Informatics  3
NURS 217 Health Assessment 2 credit hours Lecture and 1 credit hour for Lab (Lab – 4 hours/day, 1 days/week – 30 hours for 7.5 weeks)  3
NURS 220 Ethics in Nursing  3
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#1 Total Credits 11
Session #2 (Fall II – 4th wk October – December 7 ½ weeks)
NURS 323 Medical-Surgical Nursing (3 credit hours - Lecture, 3 credit hours -Clinical)  6
NURS 323 Clinical 2 days/week – 9 hours/day for 7 ½ weeks Total = 135 hrs (Clinical could be Thurs, Fri, or Fri & Sat, or Sat, & Sun)
NURS 310 Pharmacology  3
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#2 Total Credits 9
BREAK 4th week of December – 3rd week of January
Session #3 (Spring I - January – March 7 ½ weeks)
NURS 320 Maternity & Women’s Health (3 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)  5
NURS 320 Maternity & Women’s Health clinical 12hours x 2 days a week for 3 weeks and one 6 hrs day per week for 3 weeks Total = 90 hrs)  0
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#3 Total Credits 5
Session #4 (Spring II – 4th week of March – May 7 ½ weeks)
NURS 315 Nursing Research  3
NURS 321 Nursing of Children (3 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)  5
NURS 321 Nursing Care of Children (2 days/week – 6 hours/day 12 hrs/wk = 90 hours in 7 ½ weeks)  0
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#4 Total Credits 8
Session #5 (Summer I –May – July 6 weeks)
NURS 430 Community Nursing (2 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)  4
NURS 430 clinical 2 credit hours Clinical (2 days/week – 8 hours/day – 16hrs/wk for 5.5 weeks = Total 88 hrs for 5.5 weeks and 2 hrs of Simulation Lab. Total = 90 hrs)  0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#5 Total Credits 4
Session #6 (Summer II - July – August 6 weeks)
NURS 432 Mental Health Nursing (2 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)  4
NURS 432 Mental Health Nursing (2 days/week –8 hours/day – 16 hrs/wk for 5.5 weeks = 88 hrs for 5.5 weeks and 2 hrs. of Simulation Lab Total = 90 hrs).  0
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#6 Total Credits 4
Session #7 (Fall Semester – August– December [15 weeks])
NURS 411 Contemporary Issues in Nursing  2
NURS 421 Leadership in Nursing  3
NURS 480 Senior Practicum  3
NURS 424 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing (3 credit hours Lecture, 3 credit hours Clinical = 9 hours of clinical per week. Need 135 hrs of clinical for a 15 weeks semester)  6
NURS 424 clinical (1 day/week – 9 hours/day for 15 weeks Total = 135 hrs  0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)  0
Session#7 Total Credits 14
TOTAL CREDITS 55


Students who are not successful on the 2nd comprehensive examination are required to enroll in NURS 410 Scientific Principles in Nursing.


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