Programs offered in the School of Nursing for undergraduate students include:
- A four-year bachelor of science in nursing program.
- A bachelor of science in nursing program for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma and a current, unrestricted license.
These programs are registered by the New York State Education Department and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Clinical affiliation agreements exist with a majority of the health care institutions in Western New York. Additional information on graduate level programs is available in the D'Youville College Graduate and Professional Degree Programs Academic Catalog.
Please refer to the general Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for health, C.P.R., and malpractice insurance requirements. Students must register with CastleBranch for their document repository. Students must also read and acknowledge the Criminal History and Background Check policy.
Bachelor Of Science In Nursing — B.S.N.
This bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates for the NCLEX Professional Nursing Licensing Examination. A minimum of 121 credits are required for the BSN degree. The community-based curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for the 21st century. The clinical experience emphasizes evidence based practice and inter-professional collaboration. Clinical nursing courses begin in the second year while students are completing the prerequisite science courses and core liberal arts courses. The strong clinical preparation is acquired through a variety of clinical experiences.
|Major requirements in other academic areas||44|
|Liberal Arts and Science Electives||24|
Course Requirements for the Major
In the Specific Areas of Concentration
|NUR-110||Population Based Nursing||3|
|NUR-210||Health Assessment Across the Lifespan||4|
|NUR-210L||Health Assessment Lab||0|
|NUR-240||Fundamentals of Nursing||4|
|NUR-260||Nursing Care of the Older Adult Chronic Conditions||5|
|NUR-260L||Nursing Care Lab--Older Adult Chronic Conditions||0|
|NUR-280||Pathophysiology for Nursing||3|
|NUR-285||Pharmacology for Nursing Practice||3|
|NUR-360||Nursing Care of the Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions||7|
|NUR-360L||Nursing Care Lab--Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions||0|
|NUR-380||Evidence Based Practice||3|
|NUR-470||Concepts in Community and Mental Health Nursing Care||6|
|NUR-470L||Nursing Care Lab--Community and Mental Health||0|
|NUR-471||Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families||6|
|NUR-471L||Nursing Care Lab--Childbearing and Childrearing Families||0|
|NUR-480||Nursing Care of Patients With Complex Health Needs||6|
|NUR-480L||Nursing Care Lab--Patients With Complex Health Needs||0|
|NUR-485||Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety||3|
In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major
|BIO-107||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIO-107L||Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory||1|
|BIO-108||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIO-108L||Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1|
|CHE-114||Applied Chemistry for the Health Science||4|
|CHE-114L||Applied Chemistry for the Hlth Sci Lab||0|
|MAT-123||Introduction to Applied Statistics||4|
All School of Nursing undergraduate students will be held to the academic standards noted below regardless of the year the student entered their respective nursing program.
Final grades for required NUR courses in addition to courses required for the major completed at D'Youville or another academic institution will be considered when implementing these policies.
** These policies are currently under review and may be subject to change.
A. Grade and G.P.A. Requirements:
1. To be in good standing in the Traditional BSN and Online RN-BSN programs, students must: i. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
ii. Maintain a minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major as outlined in progression requirements.
2. A student who takes an incomplete grade in a prerequisite course to a required nursing course will not be permitted to begin that nursing course until the pre-requisite course is completed with a grade C or higher (C+, B-, B, B+, A-, A) earned. The policy regarding incomplete grades must be followed and can be accessed at: Incomplete Grades.
3. For any NUR course with a theory and lab/clinical component, both the theory component and the lab/clinical component must be repeated if a passing grade is not achieved for either theory (minimum grade of C) and/or lab/clinical(s) (minimum grade of S).
4. Traditional BSN Program A minimum average grade of 73% for course examinations is required prior to consideration of any other graded components of NUR courses. If a student’s cumulative exam average is less than 73% the letter grade for the course will be based on that exam average only. A student who does not satisfactorily complete the clinical component of any NUR course will receive a grade of F.
5. RN-BSN Program A minimum average grade of 73% is required for all coursework in NUR and any course required for the major. A student who does not satisfactorily complete the clinical component in a clinical course will receive a grade of F. 1. A minimum grade of C must be attained in any course required for the major. This includes BIO 107/L, BIO 108/L, CHE 114/L, BIO 208/L, PSY 203, MAT 123, and all required NUR courses.
2. Students who fail to obtain a minimum grade of C in a course required for the major
B. Progression Requirements:
2. Students who fail to obtain a minimum grade of C in a course required for the major will not be permitted to enroll in any course for which that course is a prerequisite, until the minimum C grade requirement for the pre-requisite course has been met.
3. Students are permitted to repeat a course required for the major only once. The procedures for repeating a course are explained in the College Catalog. www.dyc.edu/catalog/current/policies-procedures/repeating-course.aspx
4. RN-BSN Online Program Students accepted into the RN to BSN program requires all students to have been conferred an Associates or Diploma degree and to have an unencumbered RN license. Students admitted with a conditional acceptance who are eligible to take nursing boards must have an unencumbered RN license by the completion of the first semester. Students are asked to submit a final transcript with degree and degree conferral date to the admissions office along with a copy of their unencumbered RN license prior to academic advisement for the second semester of course work. Failure to submit the required documents will result in an inability to progress in the program.
C. Probationary Standing:
Students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and/or who earn a required course grade below C are placed on probation and are limited to 13 credits in the next semester in which they are registered.
D. Ineligibility to Progress in Program:
1. A student may remain on probation for no more than two successive semesters. Failure to meet standards after two successive semesters on probation will result in the inability to progress in the students’ respective undergraduate nursing program.
2. Students who have achieved less than a C in more than two courses required for the major will be deemed ineligible to continue in the program regardless of GPA.
3. Students who fail to achieve a minimum grade of C on a second attempt when repeating a course required for the major will be deemed ineligible to continue in the program.
4. Any student who is required in more than one instance to withdraw from a clinical course due to inability to demonstrate a required clinical competency will be deemed ineligible to continue in the program.
5. Students demonstrating inability to deliver safe patient care or unprofessional conduct at any time are subject to course failure and may be ineligible to continue in the program.
1. Students are eligible to apply for readmission after being deemed ineligible to continue, only if dismissed for continued probation. Such students can apply for readmission after one semester, provided they meet the criteria for a student in good standing with the college and provide for the Undergraduate Admissions, Progression, and Retention committee a plan of action for their success in the program.
2. Students who have been dismissed for unsafe practice or unprofessional conduct will not be eligible for re-admission.
3. Decisions regarding readmission are made by the Nursing Undergraduate Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee based on readmission policies and potential for academic success.
4. First-time in college freshman students may be eligible for re-admission following determination of ineligibility to progress if the following criteria are met:
- Student must have been determined to be ineligible to progress due to more than two grades below C in courses outside the NUR discipline, but required for the nursing major. This would include: BIO 107/L, BIO 108/L, CHE 114/L, BIO 208/L, PSY 203, or MAT 123. A student would not be eligible for readmission following determination to be ineligible to progress involving a grade below C in any nursing course (clinical or non-clinical).
- Eligible students may apply for readmission one calendar year (two semesters) after being deemed ineligible to continue in the program.
- Students must have successfully completed (at D’Youville or another institution from which D’Youville accepts transfer credit) at least three courses from outside the NUR discipline. This would include: BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L CHE-114 CHE-114L BIO-208 BIO-208L PSY-203 and MAT-123.
- If a student repeats any of these courses and fails to earn a minimum of C, they will not be readmitted even if they then passed the course in a future semester. A subsequent grade below C in any required NUR course at D’Youville or any other nursing program will disqualify the student from eligibility for readmission.
- Students also cannot have any other NUR course failures at D’Youville or from any other nursing program at any time.
- Minimum combined GPA for BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L CHE-114 CHE-114L BIO-208 BIO-208L PSY-203 and MAT-123 of 2.50.
- Student must submit two (2) letters of reference. Letters should address student’s potential for academic success.
- Student must submit an action plan outlining the strategies for success in the program.
- Students readmitted to the program are subject to the requirements in the School of Nursing Handbook that is in effect at the time of readmission.
5. Students reinstated following determination of ineligibility to progress will be on probation for one semester provided they maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Any grade below C in a course required for the major following re-admission will result in inability to continue in the program with no option for re-admission. Two successive semesters on probation following re-admission will result in the student being deemed ineligible to continue in the nursing program with no option for readmission.
Students enrolled in the nursing program are expected to exhibit professional behavior, demonstrating responsible and mature conduct in both the academic and clinical environments. Professional behavior expectations relate not only to face-to-face interactions, but to actions and interactions in the electronic/ online environment as well. Unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated. Regardless of previous grades earned, unprofessional conduct may result in failure in and/or dismissal from the course and/or program. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the course and/or the School of Nursing faculty. Policies specific to the School of Nursing regarding grading, progression, retention, dismissal and unprofessional conduct are available to students in the School of Nursing undergraduate student handbook.
NCLEX Exam Preparation
Pre-licensure students must complete all steps in conjunction with each of the required nursing courses in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. This includes, but is not limited to, all testing, remediation, workshops and self-study sessions. A testing fee will be charged to each student per semester.
Admission Requirements B.S.N. Program
At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.
First Time in College Freshman Requirements:
- Submitted application for admission
- Applications are free of charge and can be found on our Apply: Freshmen webpage.
- Official high school transcripts
- An overall weighted GPA minimum of 85% with successful completion of high school graduation requirements.
- Completion of three years of english, math, and science is required. Grades in these courses must each average above 85%.
- One year high school science courses in biology/living environment and chemistry.
Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):
- Standardized SAT/ACT test scores. Competitive SAT scores in the nursing program average above 1080, ACT scores average above a composite score of 21.
- Admissions essay
- Letters of recommendation (These may be required by your admissions counselor upon initial application review.)
Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:
- Submitted application for admission
- Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
- Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5
*Transfer students who have been dismissed from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission.
Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):
- Coursework relevant to major of interest
- Admissions essay
- Letters of recommendation
Associate Degree or Diploma Prepared Professionals:
Our online RN to BSN Program is designed for associate degree or diploma-prepared professionals seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
Please note: Students that are borderline academically and failing to meet all of the minimum Admissions Standards to the School of Nursing, may be reviewed by the Undergraduate School of Nursing Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee to determine acceptance into the program. All decisions of this committee are final.