Department of Nursing

Chair: Sutton

Assistant Professor: Sutton

Instructors of Teaching: Niese, Whitcraft

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is granted for completion of a baccalaureate program in the Department of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) .

Baccalaureate Program:


The nursing program is committed to preparing graduates with a collaborative, innovative, and experiential focus in the practice of nursing, while serving society as healthcare leaders.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national autonomous accreditation agency that serves the public interest by assessing and identifying nursing programs that engage in effective educational practices. CCNE's contact information is • 655 K Street NW • Suite 750 • Washington DC 20001 / (202) 887-6791.

The Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) has granted full approval status for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. OBN's contact information is • 17 South High Street • Suite 660 • Columbus • Ohio 43215-3466 / (614) 466-3947 • FAX: (614) 466-0388.

Admission to the University:
Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must first apply to the University and be accepted into the University as a student with the admission status of direct admit into the Nursing Program, regular admit to UF, or transfer admit to UF.

Advanced placement and/or credit may not be earned through placement examination toward nursing course credit (i.e., designated NURS courses).

Direct Admit into the Nursing Program:
Students may apply to the Department of Nursing during their senior year of high school. High school seniors may receive the admission status of "direct admit" if the following criteria are met:
1. Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in high school;
2. Complete a minimum of 3 years of high school math, including algebra;
3. Complete a minimum of 3 years of high school science, including biology and chemistry;
4. Obtain a minimum ACT composite score of 23 or a comparable SAT.

Regular Admit to the UF:
Entrance into The University of Findlay requires an earned diploma from an accredited high school in a college preparatory course of study or a GED certificate. The faculty recommends four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of social studies (including one in history), two units of science, and two units of foreign language.

The following criteria are used as standards for freshman admission:
• High school grades and class rank;
• American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores;
• Academic Letter of Recommendation;
• Other indicators of academic and personal success (character, study habits, personality, etc.);
• International students entering The University of Findlay’s undergraduate program must submit a TOEFL score of at least 500. International students whose medium of instruction was in English at the secondary and/or post-secondary levels may apply for exemption from this requirement.

Transfer Admit to the UF:
All following criteria are considered as standards for transfer admission:
• Completed admission application.
• At least a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average from all previous post-secondary grades in courses which are not considered developmental in nature. A student under academic suspension or dismissal from another institution will not be admitted to The University of Findlay until eligible to return to the former institution.
• Good financial standing at most recently attended post-secondary institution. Good financial standing generally implies that the student has no outstanding balance at his/her previous post-secondary institution.
• Good social standing at most recently attended post-secondary institution. Good social standing generally implies that the student has not been suspended or dismissed from his/her previous post-secondary institution due to a non-academic disciplinary action.
• Other indicators of academic, personal, and/or professional success (high school grades, class rank, etc.).
• Transfer students may be required to submit course syllabi or descriptions for evaluation before previously earned credits are considered for transfer. Courses will be evaluated by the University’s Office of the Registrar. A minimum grade of “C” (“C-” is not acceptable) must be earned in order to receive credit for transfer courses.
• Students applying to the pre-licensure program of nursing may not transfer courses from other institutions to meet the requirements of nursing courses.

Upon admission to the University, students may declare the major of nursing and schedule courses to complete the nursing prerequisites. After admission to and enrollment in the University, students will need to be formally admitted to the Department of Nursing to take the first clinical nursing course which is scheduled for the spring semester of the second year of the nursing curriculum. All students (including transfer students) will be considered for admission into the Department of Nursing on a competitive basis.

Criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major:
Admission to the Department of Nursing is competitive with priority given to students admitted to Findlay with the status of “direct admit.” In addition, The University of Findlay students are given priority over transfer students. Students who meet the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Department of Nursing (DON) in the spring semester of the second year of the nursing curriculum:

1. Obtain a grade of “C” or higher in CHEM 111 and CHEM 111L, BIOL 222, BIOL 222L, BIOL 223, and BIOL 223L or BIOL 322, BIOL 322L, BIOL 323 and BIOL 323L, and HEPR 150 (“C-” is not acceptable). These courses must be taken within the previous five academic years to be considered for admission into the DON.
2. Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (admission is competitive).
3. Completion of Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing.
4. Evidence of current BLS certification for healthcare providers from an American Heart Association certification program (Red Cross certification is not acceptable).
5. Results of criminal background check meets the Ohio Board of Nursing requirements.
6. Documentation from a licensed primary care provider of a recent physical exam. Form is at the end of Student Nurse Handbook.
7. Documentation of current immunizations including Tetanus/Diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), Varicella (chickenpox- 2 vaccines), and/or titer required, Hepatitis B series, titer required, Mantoux Test, and Polio.
8. Drug Test (negative results).
9. If a student has been adjudicated by a probate court of being mentally ill or mentally incompetent, they must have been restored to competency prior to admission.

Any student who has exited the program after entry into the nursing major for any reason must petition the nursing faculty for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for readmission. Readmission is granted dependent upon space availability. All prerequisites for the major and requirements for the University must also be satisfied for readmission. A re-entry student who has been away from Findlay for more than two calendar years will be subject to the graduation requirements in effect at re-entry.