2021-2022 University Catalog 
    May 28, 2022  
2021-2022 University Catalog

Nursing, B.S.N.


  • Diane Kondas, DNP, RN, CRNP, Program Director
  • Tara Phillips, MSN, RN
  • Carrie Slagle, MSN/ED, RN


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is a major that prepares college students for a career as a professional registered nurse. Nurse professionals are members of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, and community settings, and work with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and lifestyles to improve individual, community, and global population health. Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. 

The curriculum has been established incorporating the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (the Essentials), the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Practice, and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies.

The coursework will include clinical experiences. Clinical experiences are designed to help the graduates achieve the Essentials, develop proficient psychomotor skills and communication strategies required of a nurse, and to prepare students to care for a variety of patients across the lifespan and continuum of health care. Clinical experiences will advance from basic, fundamental skills to increasingly complex clinical learning opportunities. Students will experience a preceptorship type of clinical experience in their senior year that will allow them the opportunity to develop increasing autonomy and assume an assignment that is more realistic of the workload of a novice nurse.

Daniel J. Wukich School of Nursing Mission & Philosophy:

The Daniel J. Wukich School of Nursing is grounded in the Catholic tradition and the values of Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Our purpose is to prepare safe, competent professional nurses guided by ethics, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and practice standards.  Our graduates will work to transform the quality of healthcare in the world and demonstrate respect and compassion for every person.


Learning Objectives: Nursing 

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from the liberal arts, science, and nursing as a foundation for professional nursing practice within the context of a diverse global population.
  2. Demonstrate clinical judgment and psychomotor skills necessary to assume a leadership role in providing safe, high quality health care.
  3. Engage in the delivery of quality care that promotes health and human flourishing and addresses health disparities in vulnerable populations, locally and globally.
  4. Incorporate information technology into the delivery of nursing care. 
  5. Describe how economic trends, policies, and practices impact healthcare delivery.
  6. Communicate and collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team to effectively implement evidence-based and holistic family centered care.
  7. Practice patient-centered nursing care reflecting standards of autonomy, human dignity, ethical decision making, integrity, social justice, and respect.
  8. Evaluate research findings and adapt nursing care based on best evidence, sound clinical judgment, and interprofessional perspectives.
  9. Participate in the quality improvement process to improve the safety and quality of nursing care.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major. Additionally, students must minimally earn a B- in all nursing courses (SNU), and make required progress in the course of study maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester.  If the student’s GPA remains below 3.0 for a second semester, the student may be dismissed from the nursing program.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

To be considered for admission into the program students must:

  • Be accepted into Seton Hill University
  • Have a minimum SAT score (Critical Reading + Math) of 1060 or a minimum ACT composite score of 21
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Have a minimum science GPA of 3.2
  • A strong science background in biology, chemistry, advanced placement in sciences helpful but not required.

In addition, the high school academic course of study should include completion of the following courses:

  • 2 years of science with laboratory
  • 2 year of mathematics (should include algebra)

Transfer students applying to the nursing program must submit all of the following items:

  • Seton Hill application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities
  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (if below 24 university attempted credits)

To be considered for admission into the program transfer students must:

  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 3.0
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all science courses taken in college (student must show evidence of strength in science and mathematics courses)

Nursing program faculty will assess each transfer application and transcripts on an individual basis to determine acceptance on a space-available basis.


Nursing Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Total credits: 87