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Bachelor of Science in Nursing | Pre-Licensure  | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | Pre-Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Pre-Licensure 

Nurses are the backbone of health care, and there is an imminent need for more nurses at the bedside in all areas. Ottawa University endeavors to help meet this growing need for highly qualified, well trained, caring professionals to join the health care workforce by adding a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program to its existing portfolio of nursing programs, which includes the online RN-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degrees.

The Pre-licensure Nursing Program is designed for individuals seeking to become a registered nurse (RN). Upon completion on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

This program is offered on campus at Ottawa University Kansas City. This program requires attendance in person and cannot be completed online. 

Download the "Plan of Study" to see course sequence and program structure. 

Nursing Program Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts for all previous coursework (60 hours of credit)

  • Completion of the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum total score within the Proficient Range, 58.7% - 77.3%. Admission Test scores will be valid for one academic year (fall/spring cycle).

  • Successful completion of a criminal background check

  • Negative 12-panel Drug Screen

  • Two professional or academic letters of recommendation

  • Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing

  • Evidence of current immunizations (Completed Health Status Form)

  • OU Nursing Program Accountability Form

Download a BSN Pre-Licensure Program overview.

Nursing | Pre-Licensure is offered at the following locations.

  • Overland Park, Kansas

Nursing Pre-Licensure Education and Qualifications

The Nursing BSN Pre-Licensure program is designed for individuals seeking to become a registered nurse (RN). Upon completion on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Qualified students must hold US citizenship, either a high school diploma or a GED (general equivalency diploma), and successful completion of the program pre-requisite course credits, with a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). 

Nursing Pre-Licensure Prerequisite Courses (60 credit hours)

  • English Composition
  • Written Communication
  • Speech/Oral Communication
  • College or Intermediate Algebra
  • Biology
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Statistics for Healthcare
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology I w/ Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II w/ Lab
  • Microbiology w/ Lab
  • General Electives

Nursing Careers  

Earning a BSN degree will not only assist you with opening the door to your future career opportunities but may serve to satisfy your current employer’s organizational objectives, and ultimately the overall profession’s goals for obtaining a higher educated nursing work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average nursing salary for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree was $75,330 annually in May of 2020. This area is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030.

With the projected shortage of nurses in concert with the aging population, the demand for well-trained nurse educators and leaders is projected to continue to experience rapid growth.  National organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are advocating and supporting initiatives to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses at the patient’s bedside. This is being heard by many health care-related facilities, including hospital employers.

Careers in Nursing

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Perioperative Nurse (Surgical/OR Nurse)
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Travel Nurse
 
Semester Term Nursing Course Credits & Format
Semester 1 Term 1 NRSG 30001 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3 credits; Ground
    NRSG 32006 Human Pathophysiology 3 credits; Online
 
  Term 2 NRSG 32007 Health Assessment in Nursing Practice 3 credits; Hybrid
(online with some in-person requirements)
    NRSG 33000 Fundamentals I w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
Semester 2 Term 3 NRSG 33001 Fundamentals II w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
    NRSG 32010 Pharmacology 3 credits; Hybrid
(online with some on-site requirements)
  Term 4 NRSG 34000 Adult Health I w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
    NRSG 34100 Health Promotion/Population Health & Clinical 3 credits; Hybrid (online with some in-person requirements)
Semester 3 Term 5 NRSG 46003 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 credits; Online
 
    NRSG 44000 Adult Health II w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
  Term 6 NRSG 44001 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
    NRSG 44002 Maternal/Newborn Nursing w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
Semester 4 Term 7 NRSG 44003 Pediatric Nursing with Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
    NRSG 44100 Adult Health III w/ Lab & Clinical 4 credits; Ground
60 hours in onsite clinical
  Term 8 NRSG 46001 Leadership and Management 3 credits; Online
    NRSG 49100 Capstone w/ Lab & Clinical 6 credits; Ground
120 hours in onsite clinical
    Total Nursing Credits 60


Course Descriptions

Introduction to Professional Nursing | NRSG 3001 (3 credit hours)
Introduces the pre-licensure student to the art and science of professional nursing that integrates knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences. Competencies for entry level practice are explored. Historical perspectives of nursing are examined and correlated with current trends in practice. Fundamental professional communication, including writing skills, are further refined.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program

Human Pathophysiology |​ NRSG 32006 (3 credit hours)
Examines the basic pathophysiology of selected disease processes that may occur across the lifespan. Major pathophysiological concepts are explored using a body systems approach while emphasizing the application of this knowledge to the assessment, planning, and interventions for holistic, person-centered care.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Anatomy and Physiology; and Microbiology

Health Assessment in Nursing Practice | NRSG 32007 (3 credit hours) [hybrid format]
This course introduces the pre-licensure nursing student to the foundational skills required to perform a comprehensive physical health assessment across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the critical thinking skills required for obtaining an accurate collection and analysis of patient health information, as well as the development of fundamental physical assessment techniques as a basis for clinical judgment.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Pathophysiology

Pharmacology | ​NRSG 32010 (3 credit hours) [hybrid format]
This course is designed to develop theoretical knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the major classes of clinically important medications and their safe administration. For each therapeutic drug classification, the basic mechanism of drug actions, side effects, routes of administration, and common indications will be reviewed. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy are examined.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; and Pathophysiology

Fundamentals I w/Lab & Clinical | NRSG 33000 (4 credit hours)
This course introduces students to basic nursing concepts and skills, including the nursing process as a basis for developing clinical judgment. The four spheres of care - promotion of health and well-being/disease prevention; chronic disease care; regenerative or restorative care; and hospice/palliative/supportive care - are introduced. Theoretical knowledge is applied to skills laboratories and clinical experiences. Essential ethical, legal, and professional standards pertaining to quality, safety, asepsis, infection control, and documentation are emphasized throughout.  

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing

Fundamentals II w/Lab & Clinical | NRSG 33001 (4 credit hours)
This course is a continuation of Fundamentals I to build upon foundational nursing skills and concepts previously introduced. Students will apply evidence-based practice in the laboratory, simulation, and clinical care situations. There is an integration of lab and diagnostics tests as well as assessment skills to underpin care planning, intervention, and evaluation. The four spheres of care are expanded with a focus on health and well-being promotion/ disease prevention as well as an emphasis on the teaching/learning process in person-centered care. Legal and ethical aspects of safe, quality care is emphasized in all situations including medication administration, infection control, and documentation.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I w/Lab & Clinical

Adult Health I w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 34000 (4 credit hours)
This course applies the nursing process in providing person-centered care of adult and older adult patients. There is continued application of the four spheres of care with a focus on health promotion and well-being/disease prevention; chronic disease care; and regenerative or restorative care. Common health conditions are addressed with integration of pertinent lab and diagnostics testing to assist in safe, quality care. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development and application of clinical knowledge, clinical judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Evidence-based practice is emphasized during didactic as well as laboratory, simulation, and clinical learning experiences.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab

Health Promotion/Population Health | NRSG 34100 (4 credit hours) [hybrid format]
The concepts of community and public health management, health promotion, and disease prevention including the social determinants of health across the lifespan are explored. Health disparities of vulnerable population groups will be analyzed through epidemiologic approaches. Significance is placed on the nurse’s role as it pertains to disaster or public health emergencies. Health agencies, policy, global health issues, and mass casualty disasters are included. Levels of prevention, risk factors, and major determinants of health are investigated. Skills will be acquired in the areas of community assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation of population-based interventions. Laboratory, simulation, and clinical learning experiences are included.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab

Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice | ​NRSG 46003 (3 credit hours) [hybrid format]
Course serves as an introduction to nursing research and evidence-based practice and includes the relationship of theory, research and practice.  Focuses on guiding students to critically analyze scholarly endeavors for the best evidence to use in nursing practice. Differentiation of types of scholarly inquiry are examined including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that includes the levels of evidence. The process for selecting clinical questions to systematically explore as a basis for evidence-based practice is addressed. There is exploration of ethical and legal issues salient to nursing research.

Prerequisite: PSY 36000 Statistics for Social Sciences or equivalent statistics course.

Adult Health Nursing II w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 44000 (4 credit hours)
This course is a continuation of Adult Health Nursing I and builds upon acquired knowledge of the adult and older adult’s select developmental, acute, or chronic health concerns. Expanding the utilization of the nursing process with increasingly complex health care problems of this population group will be emphasized. The learner will continue to cultivate professional role development in critical thinking, clinical judgment, communication, and evidence-based interventions through experiential learning in laboratory, simulation, and clinical learning experiences.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Adult Health I w/Lab & Clinical                                                                                                                              

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing w/Lab & Clinical | NRSG 44001 ​(4 credit hours)
In this course, students apply theories and best evidence to provide compassionate, person-centered care across the lifespan among diverse populations experiencing psychiatric/mental health issues. Professional standards, ethical and legal parameters, safety, and quality outcome measures are priorities. There is an emphasis on individualized care that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of family, community, and the socio-cultural environment. Psychopharmacology, and supervised learning experiences in the laboratory and at cooperating clinical agencies are a required part of this course.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab; Adult Health I & II w/Lab & Clinical

Maternal /Newborn Nursing w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 44002 (4 credit hours)
This course provides a holistic approach to the biological, psychological, and sociological concepts of nursing care involving reproductive, maternal, and newborn health. Female reproductive anatomy and physiology are reviewed, with emphasis on the physiologic and pathophysiologic processes associated with pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Effective strategies utilizing critical thinking and clinical judgment in the application of risk assessment and interventions of professional nursing practice for childbearing women, their newborns, and their families will be explored. Legal and ethical issues and culturally sensitive care pertaining to the childbearing family will be evaluated. This course will provide opportunities for varied clinical experiential learning in women’s healthcare settings. Simulated laboratory experiences emphasize newborn and perinatal nursing care.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab; Adult Health I & II w/Lab & Clinical

Pediatric Nursing w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 44003 (4 credit hours)
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in person-centered care of pediatric and adolescent patients. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development, accident/injury prevention, quality improvement, safety, and care of acute and chronic pediatric disorders. Using the nursing process as a guide, the learner will integrate evidence-based knowledge and developmentally appropriate care in a family-centric approach to achieve positive healthcare outcomes in pediatric patients. Key concepts to be explored include developmentally appropriate anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, social determinants of health, and legal and ethical considerations unique to pediatrics, and their role in health assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention, and culturally and family sensitive care across the pediatric healthcare continuum of care.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab; Adult Health I & II w/Lab & Clinical

Adult Health Nursing III w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 44100 (4 credit hours)
In the last of a 3-part course series, students will have an opportunity to sharpen their clinical judgment and prioritization of care abilities, as well as their procedural skills while working with adult patients who have unstable, emergent, and/or critical illnesses. There is integration of the nursing process, technological and scientific knowledge, and time management with logic and critical thinking to potentiate optimal health outcomes for diverse adult patient populations. Interprofessional partnerships skills are further developed to establish mutual healthcare goals for diverse adults. Specific legal, ethical, and policy issues are explored.   Active learning strategies in didactic as well as simulated and clinical settings are employed.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment; Fundamentals I & II w/Lab; Adult Health I & II w/Lab & Clinical

Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice | NRSG 46001 (3 credit hours) [hybrid format]
In this course, students apply principles of leadership and management theories for effective evidence-based practice. Specific ethical and legal issues are addressed in addition to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in practice. Systems-based practice, interprofessional partnerships, quality and safety principles, information, and healthcare technologies, as well as financial and regulatory management, are explored. Today’s complex health care setting is the context for various approaches to change management as a nurse leader.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pre-licensure BSN Program; Introduction to Professional Nursing; Evidence-Based Practice/Research

Capstone w/Lab & Clinical | ​NRSG 49100 (6 credit hours)
The Capstone course is the final nursing clinical immersion experience for the pre-licensure nursing student which ensures readiness to enter practice and transition to the professional nurse practice role. This culminating nursing course provides (120) hours in a clinical setting with an assigned nurse preceptor under the supervision of the clinical faculty. Opportunities are provided for synthesis, integration, and application of knowledge and skill acquired in previous coursework and clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on demonstration of all BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes throughout the course including didactic, lab, and clinical experiences.

Prerequisite: Completion of all Pre-licensure BSN courses, Prior approval by Academic Advisor, Clinical Coordinator, and Director of Nursing Program

 

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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