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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 



BSN PROGRAM MISSION

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is committed to the mission of a Land Grant university serving the people of Guam and the Western Pacific island communities.  The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is threefold:

  1. To offer professional nursing education to the culturally and academically diverse population of the region.  To realize this mission, the nursing program:  provides non-nurses, licensed nurses, and graduate nurses undergraduate studies in nursing; implements, evaluates, and refines the curriculum to produce culturally competent, caring nurses who think creatively and critically and meet national professional nursing standards.

  2. To increase the body of nursing knowledge through research and creative endeavors. To realize this mission, the nursing programs encourages faculty and students to participate in research, projects, programs, and advanced study; and conduct, and disseminate findings of research and health-related projects. 

  3. To serve culturally diverse people and health care providers of the region. To realize this mission, the nursing program offers continuing education and consultation locally and through distance technology; and provides leadership to raise standards, enhance health and well-being, and promote collegiality between providers.

NURSING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

There are two (2) entrance levels in the associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs: Pre-nursing  and  Nursing levels.  Any regularly enrolled University of Guam student may apply for acceptance to the nursing program. Application packets are available at the school’s administrative office (HS 100). Upon receipt of all nursing necessary documents, (AASC) reviews applications and notifies applicants by letter of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the nursing program.

Acceptance to Pre-Nursing Level. Students in the Pre-nursing (PRNU) major are those who have not yet completed prerequisite courses and English competency requirements (California Reading Test - CRT) for enrollment in NU202B. Pre-nursing students who are approaching the Nursing Level enrollment must submit a letter of request for admission to the Nursing (NURS) major.  The letter with accompanying academic information is submitted to the nursing AASC. Refer to the admission policy and procedures in the Nursing Program Manual. 

Admission to Nursing Level.  Students in the Nursing (NURS) major are those who have completed prerequisite courses and met admissions criteria including a GPA > 2.7 and are ready to enroll in NU202B and subsequent courses. Refer to the admission policy and procedures in the Nursing Program Manual for the admission criteria.  

Based on their preferences and past academic records, Second Degree students may be accepted into the BSN program tracks. Students with advanced medical degrees may request an evaluation for acceleration into the BSN program.   Refer to admission policies and procedures for second step BSN or second degree students in the Nursing Program Manual.

NURSING PROGRAM ADVISEMENT

The Nursing AASC (Admissions and Academic Standards Committee) appoints a faculty advisor to students accepted to the nursing program. The advisor is named in the letter of acceptance. Usually that relationship continues until the student graduates, withdraws, or changes majors within the University.  Students who are taking courses toward nursing as a major and have not been accepted to the program will be advised by a designated nursing faculty advisor.  Students should go the SNHS Administrative Office HS100 for information. 

Nursing students must meet with their advisor for clearance to register for future courses. They are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis throughout the semester. 

The BSN program has 2 tracks: Basic or Generic BSN and Second Step BSN.

GENERIC BSN (GBSN) TRACK

This nursing program is designed for students who wish to pursue a nursing degree.  It is a four-year professional nursing program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with eligibility to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Diploma (GED) equivalent or a practical nursing program, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or better.
  2. Completion of high school chemistry (one year), biology (one year), and algebra and geometry (one year).
  3. Admission to the University of Guam.
  4. Submission of transcripts for evaluation by the University registrar of all previous course work taken at other educational institutions (Unofficial college transcripts may be submitted to the Nursing Program for unofficial evaluation).
  5. Application to the nursing program.
  6. No misdemeanor or felony conviction. 

Required Support Courses for the Basic (Generic) BSN Program:  EN110, EN111, Math GE, MA151, BI124-124L, BI125-125L, BI225-225L, CH100-100L, CH101-101L, AN101/SO101, PY101, CO210, ED201, CF231 (Total 47 credits, 29 toward the 55 University GEs)

Required Nursing Courses:  NU200B, NU202B, NU203B, NU204B, NU205B, NU207B, NU214, NU302B, NU303B, NU304B, NU305B, NU308, NU309, NU310, NU403, NU412, NU415, NU416, NU418, NU419, NU420 (Total 63 credits)

Optional (elective) nursing courses: NU/AN/SO344, NU112, NU212, and Transition courses.

University GEs 55 Credits
Required Support Courses 18 (+29 of GEs)
Required Nursing Courses 63
Total
136

 

SECOND-STEP BSN (SSBSN) TRACK

The Second-Step track is designed for nurse graduates of diploma or associate degree programs. Its purpose is to expand the breadth and depth of basic nursing knowledge and promote leadership in community, mental health, school health and nursing research. The program is designed to meet the needs of the more mature, employed student. 

Admission to the Second-Step BSN Track:

Prior to admission to the Second Step BSN Program, the student must meet the following:

Prior to admission to the Second Step BSN Program, the student must meet the following:

  1. Be admitted to UOG
  2. Apply and be accepted at the pre-nursing level of the BSN Program.  (Refer to Admission Process - Generic BSN)
  3. Take the California Reading Test (CRT) and achieve a score of 12.0 or better.
  4. Provide evidence of completion of an ADN Program
  5. Provide a copy of current nursing license.
  6. Meet all pre-requisite course and GPA requirements of the BSN program.
  7. Disclosure of any misdemeanor conviction
  8. Misdemeanor convictions disclosed will be referred to AASC.
  9. No felony convictions
  10. Complete the admission procedure

Arrange with the Nursing Administrator or Faculty Advisor to take the National League of Nursing (NLN) Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) tests for 200 or 300 level nursing theoretical courses be considered for credit transfer from their ADN program.

Required Support Courses for the SSBSN track:  EN110, EN111, MA151, BI124-124L, BI125-125L, BI225-225L, CH100-100L, CH101-101L, AN101/SO101, PY101, CO210, CF231, ED201 (Total 44 credits, 26 toward the 55 University GEs)

Required Nursing Courses:  NU300S, NU306S, NU307S, NU308, NU309, NU310, NU324S, NU325S, NU403, NU412, NU415, NU416, NU418, NU419, NU420 (Total 51 credits)

Optional Nursing Courses: NU112, NU207, NU212, NU214, NU/AN/SO344

Special Projects: Transition courses.

University GEs 55 credits
Required Support Courses 18 (+26 of GEs)
Required Nursing Courses 51
Total
124

 

ACCEPTANCE OF CREDITS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Courses taken in other programs (nursing, medical, military medical, etc.) may be given University of Guam credit through examination.  The following exams may be used for credit: 

  • NU202:  Fundamentals of Nursing (NLN Basic Nursing)
  • NU207:  Pharmacology in Nursing (NLN Fundamentals of Drug Therapy)
  • NU302:  Adult Health Nursing (NLN Tests for Adult Health Nursing)
  • NU304: Family Health Nursing (NLN Test for Maternal Child Nursing)
  • Second Step Program Placement (NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE)

The student will request credit by exam by applying to the Nursing AASC. Course materials to support the application will be provided by the student.  Upon review of the materials and transcript, the decision whether to allow for credit by exam will be made by the AASC.  If a 75 percent or better is achieved, credit by examination for the theory course will be granted. Note: Successful completion of the NLN test and skills check off will constitute substitution for the equivalent nursing major course(s).

The acceptance of on-line or distance teaching courses is made by AASC in consultation with faculty.  Refer to the Nursing Program Manual or your faculty advisor for additional information.

Faculty Advisors

University of Guam

Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Office Location: Health Science Bldg., Rm. 119
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Associate Professor

Office Location: Health Science Bldg., Rm. 101
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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