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Undergraduate Nursing

What is the curriculum for completing the nursing program?

Please review the information on the following link: 

Plan of Study: Fall 2012

What type of curriculum is offered: full time and/or part time, day and/or evening and weekend?

The Coppin State University, College of Health Professions [CHP], Helene Fuld School of Nursing [HFSON] program consists essentially of a full-time day curriculum. We are moving towards making our program more flexible and accessible for students, therefore, new course delivery options are being developed.

How many semesters is this nursing program and how long will it take you to complete the program?

In general, the program takes four semesters on a full-time basis from the time the student begins the nursing program on LEVEL III. Students transferring into the program with a degree(s) or existing academic college credits need to have their transcripts reviewed by the Coppin State University Office of Admissions to help determine any course exemption(s) and program length.

How many students are accepted to the nursing program each FALL semester?

Approximately 80 students are accepted to the Traditional BSN Program. Currently, there are no SPRING semester admissions.

What are the selection criteria for admission to the nursing program?

Admission to the CSU HFSON Program is granted to those applicants whose academic and personal qualifications indicate the potential for success. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.

Competitive cumulative grade point average (2.5 GPA or higher required)

Three (3) Recommendations

Competitive scores on the entrance exam [currently the Test of Essential Academic Skills – TEAS, version 5 (V)]

How is an applicant notified of their invitation to sit for the TEAS V Entrance Exam?

All applicants are notified of their acceptance to Coppin State University in writing from the Office of Admissions. The STAR Office in the CHP will send an invitation letter to the applicant inviting them to sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version V. The accepted and denied students will be notified by mail of their acceptance status to the nursing major.

If accepted to the nursing program, when does the nursing education component begin?

An important feature of this program is the clinical education and the fact that the nursing courses begins the first year of the program and it introduces students to the diversity of nursing roles from advocate to caregiver, with the clinical application for these roles in actual health care settings.

Is there a waiting list for admission and, if so, how long is it?

Yes. When the School of Nursing fills all of the spaces available for a particular Fall semester, those students would be eligible to apply for the following year provided they meet the criteria.

What is the faculty to student ratio?

The academic faculty to student ratio is usually no higher than 1:30, and the clinical faculty to student ratio is never more than 1:8. The CSU HFSON takes great pride in offering students smaller classes with plenty of personal attention.

What is the percentage of graduating students that pass the licensure exam?

The CSU HFSON Program generally has a licensure exam pass rate between 83 to 94 percent. Our graduates have consistently outperformed the graduates from other MD Schools of Nursing on the MD Board of Nursing RN Licensure Examination. In any case, whether in the 1st position or not, our students consistently score above the national average and are more than prepared for life as a professional nurse.

When does the "hands on" clinical education begin?

Student's first "hands on" nursing course will be NURS 323 NURSING CARE of the ADULT/OLDER ADULT, which is taken in the Junior year of the program LEVEL III.

Is this nursing program nationally accredited and is it approved by the State Board of Nursing?

The CSU HFSON is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program is also approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

What is the tuition for this nursing program?

Please review the current tuition information here.Additional lab fees may be required for some courses. All fees are subject to change. Please check Tuition, Fees and Course Expenses Sheet for up to date information.

Can a nursing instructor be contacted personally if there are questions concerning program courses?

Academic advisement is an extremely important aspect of planning university experiences and course work so that each student can best achieve his/her personal and career goals. In addition to the counseling during the admission's interview and the service provided during orientation and throughout the year by the Office of Admissions. Upon admission each nursing student is assigned an HFSON academic advisor who assists in course planning and is a source of information about their respective disciplines and areas of interest or experience. While it is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with academic regulations found in the Coppin State University Catalog and in other University publications, the academic advisor can provide background knowledge and assistance, with emphasis on the student's own decision making. The assigned academic advisor is also a faculty member with the College of Health Professions [CHP].

What type of scholarships and financial aid are available?

Grants, scholarships, college work study, loans, and loan assistance repayment programs are available to students. Coppin State University participates in federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. Many financial aid opportunities are available to nursing students as a direct result of the nursing shortage. There is also a Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) available to nursing students who have completed the FAFSA, provided we are awarded any funds to distribute.

For additional information on scholarships/aid for nursing students visit the following web sites:

CSU Financial Aid

MHEC for financial aid programs available in Maryland

FASFA To apply for federal financial aid

HRSA Scholarship

Additionally, for some great information about nursing in all its various forms, as well as, additional scholarship information, please also visit Discover Nursing.

What is the nursing program's philosophy and goals?

HFSON MISSION 

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing, hereinafter referred to as the School of Nursing, as an integral part of Coppin State University, is committed to the academic goals of the Parent Institution. Through its Program of Study and outreach service, the School of Nursing fosters the University's unique mission of focusing on empowering students, promoting healthy communities and strengthening relationships with local, national and global partners. Faculty are committed to providing resources needed to expand the margin of success of students. Faculty are committed to providing education that broadens the intellectual and scholarly pursuits of students. 

CORE VALUES 

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing has established Core Values which are integrated throughout the Program. The Core Values are: Nurturing, Holism, Excellence, Diversity, Scholarly Endeavors, Service and Collaboration.

Is job placement available?

Coppin State University's Career Services Center exists to assist students and alumni in obtaining full-time and part-time employment and in considering long-term career objectives. Placement services constitute an integral part of the student's program. This office provides resources for self assessment, career exploration and job placement and offers a full calendar of events, activities, and programs throughout the year. Services include employment referrals, workshops on career development, resume writing and job-hunting techniques. Also, nursing students are able to establish contacts and network as a result of working in the hospitals, nursing centers while completing clinical rotations.

Where will the clinical instruction take place?

In addition to our own state of the art Community Health Center located on the 1st floor of the Health and Human Services building, CSUHFSON has clinical agreements with several clinical agencies in and around the Baltimore/Washington region. Some are as follows: University of Maryland Medical Systems, Bon Secours Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland General Hospital,Holy Cross Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Total Health Care, University Specialty, Villa Saint Michael's, and Caton Manor. We are always seeking new agreements with other facilities to further enhance our students' learning opportunities.

If the applicant is a transfer student or already has a degree, what courses will this nursing program accept from my previous college education?

A student desiring transfer from another college and admittance to Coppin State University and the College of Health Professions [CHP] must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. The Office of Admissions is responsible for all transfer evaluations. Once the transfer evaluation is completed, the student will know exactly how their courses transferred, and how many of their courses transferred to Coppin. Courses offered for transfer credit must carry a "C" grade quality or better and meet the academic regimen offered at this University.

If you already have a bachelor's degree, you should review our Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan of Study. 

Is this nursing program up to date with leading technology and equipment?

Absolutely! The CSU HFSON has computer labs with the latest in interactive video, smart classrooms and CAI technology. We also have a skills lab & new clinical simulation laboratories, where the students are able to fine tune their nursing skills. Additionally, Coppin State University has a new, cutting edge of technology Distance Learning Lab. This Lab will allow our students to attend lectures literally anywhere in the United States and even the world, without ever leaving our campus. Our program is unique in that it is possible to begin the clinical component of nursing in the first year, provided applicants meet the established criteria to do so. This program meets the needs of both recent high school graduates and of returning adult learners. Our nursing education program continues to evolve to meet today's needs and tomorrow's challenges.