Undergraduate Program Information: Nursing (BSN) Program

The end-of-program student learning outcomes state the graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will: 

  • incorporate knowledge from the humanities, arts, social, and natural sciences into nursing as a basis for decision making in the delivery of care, 
  • apply a variety of leadership concepts such as quality improvement, nursing skills, and decision making to provide, coordinate, and oversee safe, quality nursing care, 
  • apply evidence-based practice and participate in the evaluation of the most current research, 
  • assimilate data from relevant sources which include technology and patient information systems to plan and document care and adhere to the ethical standards related to data security and confidentiality, 
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of health care policy including financial and regulatory environments to manage resources and time to achieve patient and organizational outcomes, 
  • use effective communication and collaboration as a member of the interprofessional health care team to advocate for and provide high quality and safe patient care, 
  • promote health adaptation and disease prevention for individuals, families, groups, and communities, 
  • adhere to standards of professional practice and be accountable for his/her own actions and behaviors and provide culturally competent nursing care within legal, ethical, and regulatory bodies, 
  • be prepared to deliver safe, effective, and efficient nursing care to individuals, families, support systems, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan in today’s complex health care environment. 

A student must successfully complete a minimum of 122 credit hours to be eligible for graduation: 36 general education core credit hours, 2 institution specific credit hours, 18 collateral course credit hours, 6 elective hours, and 60 nursing credit hours. Graduates of the BSN Option are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-RN through the state Board of Nursing in their primary state of residence. The Board of Nursing has the right to deny licensure to practice nursing to individuals guilty of crime, unprofessional conduct, or incompetence. Direct any questions regarding eligibility to take the licensing examination to the Board of Nursing in the state in which the student resides. The specific rules related to eligibility for the for the Florida Board of Nursing may be found in Section 464.008 of the Florida Statutes. 

Please be aware that in certain academic programs requiring internship or placement, a criminal background check, and an additional chain of custody urine drug screen (in addition to the one required with the medical profile), may be required by affiliate agencies and organizations. If required, these tests would be at the student’s expense 

Nursing (BSN) Admission Requirements 

Students must first be admitted to the University before formally applying for admission to the Nursing (BSN) program. Admission to the University, however, does not guarantee admission to the Nursing (BSN) program. Admission to the program is competitive. Factors considered include: cumulative grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, grades/grade point average in required BSN Degree Core Curriculum courses, number of repeated courses and withdrawals, and grade improvement over time. 

The Nursing (BSN) program at LMU requires completion of general education courses as well as nursing courses. Students will submit transcripts for general education courses to LMU for review. Upon successful transfer and meeting all admissions criteria, the student will be considered for admission to the LMU Nursing (BSN) program. 

Admission criteria for the Nursing (BSN) Program include: 

  • Admission to Lincoln Memorial University. 
  • Formal application for admission to the CSON BSN Option Program. 
  • Satisfactory completion of general education and program course requirements (non-Bachelor’s degree holding transfer students may take LNCN 100 and CIVX 300 at any time during the nursing program, or prior to matriculation). All general education courses, with the exception of LNCN 100 and CIVX 300, must be transferred in from accredited institutions. 
  • Submission of official academic transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended. 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher for college-level general education courses. 
  • Completed medical profile form. 

Prior to beginning the BSN program the student must submit: 

  • A completed physical examination form. 
  • Evidence of a negative chain of custody urine drug screen and background check. 
  • Current negative two-step TST or blood assay for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis with a completed TB Risk Assessment form; Rubella, Rubeola & Mumps titer or documentation of 2 MMR vaccines; Varicella titer or immunization with Varicella vaccine; Flu immunization; COVID immunization, Hepatitis B immunization series; and proof of Tdap booster within the past 10 years. • Current CPR certification (must be Healthcare Provider and include adult, child and infant training). 
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage. 
  • Completed and signed Student Essential Functions Form. 

The Admissions Committee will review all applicants’ materials. Applicants will be considered based on admission criteria; admission is competitive. 

Any omission, false or misleading information on the application related to prior admission to a nursing school will preclude the student from being considered for admission or will result in the student being dismissed from the program. 

Transfer of Credit for the Nursing (BSN) Program 

Up to 60 credit hours of non-nursing coursework may be transferred into the Nursing (BSN) program from accredited institutions. All general education/collateral coursework, with the exception of LNCN 100 and CIVX 300, must be transferred in from another institution. All transferred coursework must carry a grade of “C” or better. Credit for Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and/or Microbiology (including labs for these courses) earned more than eight years ago must be approved by the BSN Program Chair. 

*Please note: A minimum of 25% of the program must be completed at LMU; therefore, the remaining 62 hours of institution-specific and NURS courses (which comprises over 50% of the program total) must be completed through the LMU Caylor School of Nursing. 

All transfer credit into the Nursing (BSN) program must be approved by both the BSN Program Chair, and the Dean of the Caylor School of Nursing. No nursing courses will be transferred into the Nursing (BSN) Program. 

Nursing (BSN) Progression & Readmission Requirements 

Attendance at a nursing orientation session prior to beginning the Nursing (BSN) Program is mandatory. Attendance is mandatory on the first day of all nursing courses. Any student who fails to attend the first day of class may forfeit their space in the program. 

Students must successfully complete both theoretical and clinical components of any course bearing the NURS prefix. This means to continue in the Nursing (BSN) program, students are required to earn a letter grade of “B” or better (which means a cumulative number score of 80% or better) in each NURS course and a satisfactory in the clinical component of the course. An unsatisfactory grade in clinical will result in an “F” for the NURS course. The student will not be allowed to remain in the NURS course for the remainder of the semester once an unsatisfactory grade is received in the clinical area. 

If a student earns below a grade of “B” in a NURS course or chooses to interrupt their NURS course sequence for any reason, a readmission application must be submitted to nursing. Readmission to the Nursing (BSN) program is NOT guaranteed. This means, the student cannot progress in the program until they are readmitted to said nursing course, remediate the previous semester med-surg course, and then successfully complete the failed nursing course. Students re-entering the nursing program for any reason may not have a lapse of more than 18 months. If a student is readmitted, it is with the understanding that they will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program if another grade below a “B” is earned in a NURS course. 

If two grades below a “B” are earned in NURS courses, whether in the same semester or different semesters, the 

student will not be eligible for admission, readmission, and/or progression in the Nursing (BSN) program. 

Any student with an Incomplete “I” in any nursing course(s) will not be allowed to enroll in subsequent nursing courses until the Incomplete “I” has been removed from the transcript. 

A comprehensive ATI exam will be administered in the last semester and must be passed in order to graduate. See appropriate syllabi for ATI course policy. 

Nursing (BSN) Grading Scale 

Students must earn a letter grade of “B” or 80% on exam averages for a course in order to be successful in that course. If the student does not achieve a “B” average or 80% on exam averages for the course, other coursework will not be considered. 

The LMU Grading System is based on a 4.0 scale. 

The grading scale for the Nursing (BSN) Program is as follows: 

A 90-100 4.00 quality points
B+ 87-89 3.33 quality points
B 80-86 3.00 quality points
C+ 77-79 2.33 quality points
C 70-76 2.00 quality points
D+ 67-69 1.33 quality points
D 60-66 1.00 quality points
F Below 60 0 quality points