Lumberjacks make great nurses
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The nursing program at SFA’s DeWitt School of Nursing is an excellent option for students who wish to go directly into the field or pursue a master’s degree. We review applicants each fall and spring, selecting up to 80 highly qualified students per semester.
Our nursing students complete a rigorous combination of coursework and hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment that prepares them for successful and challenging careers. You’ll find our graduates working across the state and nation, at both outstanding rural hospitals and in major medical centers.
Hands-on experience. Real-world training.
As an SFA nursing student, you’ll have access to learning experiences that take you out of the classroom and into the real world. As a member of the nursing program, you’ll get out into the field and work alongside your professors in hospitals and clinics. Clinical rotations are conducted at local medical facilities where you won’t just watch others work – you’ll join them.
With the support and guidance of your professors, you’ll perform basic medical procedures like inserting IVs and even participate in realistic simulations that encompass simple to complex patients.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- apply knowledge of the physical, social and behavioral sciences in the provision of nursing care based on theory, research and evidence-based practice
- deliver nursing care within established legal and ethical parameters in collaboration with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team
- provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, communities and society as a whole while respecting individual and cultural diversity
- demonstrate effective leadership that fosters independent thinking, use of informatics and collaborative communication in the management of nursing care
- assume responsibility and accountability for quality improvement and delivery of safe and effective nursing care
- serve as an advocate for clients and for the profession of nursing
- and value continuing competence, growth and development in the profession of nursing.
Admission Requirements - pre-nursing program
SFA’s highly selective nursing program is divided into two components: pre-nursing and nursing. All incoming students are considered pre-nursing students. As a pre-nursing student, you’ll be required to complete all the core coursework and prerequisites needed to apply to the nursing program and you’ll need a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all science classes. All pre-nursing students interested in applying to the nursing program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills Admissions Assessment.
Once you complete at least three science courses and are in the last semester of prerequisites, you can apply to the nursing program.
Assigned pass/fail grades for spring or summer 2020?
In accordance with School of Nursing admission requirements, a letter grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses. If you were assigned pass/fail grades for the spring 2020 or summer 2020 semesters, you must provide a detailed explanation of the grading scale for the pass/fail system from the registrar’s office of that institution. A pass grade that includes letter grades below a C will not be accepted for admission into the nursing program. If the institution identified a pass grade as a C or above, all passing grades will be calculated at the value of a C for GPA determination.
How to Apply
Watch a step-by-step video led by academic advisor Chris Strong.
After completion of at least three science courses in the pre-nursing program, you must complete the following application steps:
- Complete application to NursingCAS
- Complete, official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges and SFA transcript to be submitted to NursingCAS
- Copies of accepted or denied petitions or petitions being submitted to be uploaded in NursingCAS
- Copy of nursing entrance test (Test of Essential Academic Skills, scheduled through the testing office) to be sent to the School of Nursing or uploaded to NursingCAS
- Student essay submitted to NursingCAS
- All science courses must be taken within the past seven years prior to admission to the nursing school.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Our nursing program provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, safe care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. From the beginning of the program and throughout the curriculum, excellence is a mainstay in the School of Nursing.
Once admitted to the School of Nursing, students will be required to completed 53 hours of nursing education courses, didactic and clinical, to fulfill degree requirements.
*See the Undergraduate Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements.