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2018-2019 Academic Catalog | Nursing (B.S.N.) – NHP

Nursing (B.S.N.)




Ms. Theresa Hudnall, Clinical Coordinator
Ms. Sarah Trippensee, Academic Advisor


Trinity’s Pre-Licensure BSN Program combines the academic structure and clinical preparation necessary for a career in nursing. Students focus initially on liberal arts courses that provide a framework for their chosen major in nursing. When pre-nursing students are in their final semester of completing prerequisite nursing courses, they are eligible to submit an application for formal acceptance into the nursing program. The rigorous academic coursework in the nursing program then lays the foundation for a progressive mastery of the knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and abilities required of a professional nurse. Students will have ample opportunities to experience firsthand the rewards of nursing in numerous closely supervised clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice as licensed registered nurses.

See Pre-Licensure BSN Curriculum Plan

Major Requirements

I. CAS General Education Requirements

Foundational Skills (24 credits)

  • Critical Reading (7 credits) CRS 101 and CRS 102
  • Written Communication (3 credits or waived by assessment placement) ENGL 107
  • Oral Communication (5 credits) NURS 360
  • Critical Reasoning (5 credits required) NURS 117
  • Quantitative Reasoning (4 credits) MATH 108 or higher

Knowledge and Inquiry (29 credits)

  • Social Sciences (complete 6 credits in 2 different disciplines)
    • Psychology PSYC 101
    • Sociology SOCY 100
  • Sciences and Mathematics (complete 7-8 credits, of which one course must be in laboratory science)
    • Biology BIOL 121
    • Chemistry CHEM 113
  • History, Arts, and Literature (9 credits) Complete one course in each discipline.
    • History: HIS 128, HIS 130, HIS 133, HIS 135
    • Fine Arts: FNAR 101, FNAR 102, FNAR 145, FNAR 205, FNAR 241FNAR 243, FNAR 247, FNAR 313, FNAR 315
    • Literature: ENGL 150, ENGL 220, ENGL 267, SPAN 213ENGL 370, ENGL 381
  • Foreign Language (6-8 credits)

Values and Belief (6 credits)

  • Religious Studies and Theology (3 credits) Any RST or THE course
  • Philosophy (3 credits) PHIL 251

Application: Turning Knowledge into Action (6 credits)

  • Civic Knowledge (3 credits) NURS 220
  • Leadership (3 credits) NURS 410

General Education Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

  • General Education Capstone Seminar (taken in junior year in the Nursing program): NURS 330

II. Additional Required Pre-Requisite Nursing Courses for Students Intending
to Declare a Nursing Major

  • BIOL 121 (4 credits) (this also fulfills General Education Knowledge and Inquiry)
  • BIOL 122 (4 credits)
  • BIOL 130 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 113 (4 credits) (this also fulfills General Education Knowledge and Inquiry)
  • HPNU 120 (1 credit)
  • HPNU 200 (3 credits)
  • HPNU 210 (3 credits)
  • MATH 110 (3 credits)

III. Nursing Specific Courses

  • NURS 117 (also fulfills General Education Foundational Skills Critical Reasoning)
  • NURS 222
  • NURS 215
  • SNHP 220 (also fulfills General Education Civic Knowledge)
  • NURS 330 (also fulfills General Education Capstone)
  • NURS 350
  • NURS 360
  • NURS 361
  • NURS 410
  • NURS 420
  • NURS 460
  • NURS 461
  • NURS 491
  • SNHP 405

Program Policies

I.   Acceptance into the Pre-Licensure BSN Nursing Program

A.  Acceptance Criteria:

Formal acceptance into the Nursing program requires the following at minimum:

  1. Successful completion of ALL required prerequisite nursing courses with a grade of "B-" or higher.
  2. Overall GPA of at least 3.0
  3. A science GPA of at least 2.75
  4. No more than one failure in a science course
  5. Satisfactory score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Pre-licensure BSN students should direct any questions about the process for formal acceptance into the Nursing program to their undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

B.  Application Process:

  1. Students should submit their application to their advisor early in the semester PRIOR to the semester of their projected acceptance date.
    1. Nursing program deadlines:
      1. Fall Semester: February 1
      2. Spring semester: October 1
  2. Students must include their application scores from the TEAS taken within 90 days of applying to the nursing program.  Students may take the TEAS up to three times.
  3. Students will be notified by the nursing program of the results of their application when the Nursing Admissions Committee has completed its review and evaluation of all submitted applications.
  4. Questions regarding the application process, acceptance criteria, or TEAS should be directed to the Nursing Program Office (202.885.9670) or to the student's undergraduate advisor.

II.    Health Requirements*

  • Current physical examination by a health care provider
  • Current immunizations
    • Tetanus/diphtheria (TD booster within 10 years)
    • MMR - (two vaccines or a positive titer)
    • Varicella - (Chicken pox) - (two vaccines or a positive titer)
    • Hepatitis (series of 3 vaccines given with a 6 month period.
    • PPD (Tuberculosis skin test given within the last 6 months with follow-up chest X-ray if the skin test result is positive.  A new skin TB test must be completed annually once a student is accepted into the nursing program.)
    • Influenza (Annual)
  • Current major medical health insurance

*NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences until all health requirements have been satisfied.

III.    Other Requirements

  • Criminal Background Check (the criminal background check is at the student's expense)
  • FBI Fingerprint
  • Drug Test (the drug screening test is at the student's expense)
  • BLS/CPR certification for the Health Care Provider (2-year card)
  • Clinical agencies may have additional health or safety requirements which students are required to meet prior to receiving access to the clinical placement site

NOTE:  No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences until all requirements have been satisfied.

IV.    Transfer Policy

Students transferring to Trinity in or after fall 2002 from another appropriately accredited institution of higher learning for a bachelor’s degree must earn a minimum of 45 of their final 60 credits through course work at Trinity, excluding credits for experiential learning.

V.    Grades in Major Courses

B.S.N. students must earn a minimum of "C+" as a final course grade in all nursing (NURS and SNHP) courses. A final grade below a C+ will require the student to repeat the course to successfully complete all requirements of the nursing curriculum plan. A final grade below a "C+" may impact a student's academic progression in the nursing program. Any grade involving a numerical fraction is NOT rounded up at the end of the semester in the final course grade.

A nursing student may fail or withdraw from no more than one nursing course (NURS or SNHP prefix). If a student fails or withdraws from a nursing course, the student may repeat the nursing course only once. Students may repeat no more than one nursing course. Failing or withdrawing from a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the nursing program.

VI.    Pass/No Pass

The pass/no pass grading option is not accepted in courses to be applied for the major.

VII.    Transportation

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Clinical placements may be located within a 50 mile radius of the University. Trinity’s free shuttle service connects the Main campus with the Brookland metro station.


Trinity’s B.S.N. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C.C.N.E.) and Conditional Accreditation by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing (D.C.B.O.N.).

Last On-Site Evaluation: Spring 2017.

Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

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