Chair: Dr. Teresa Newby DNP, RN
The nursing program at Crown College complements the college’s commitment to academic excellence by preparing highly qualified nursing professionals who practice Christian compassion and caring in a variety of global health care environments. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.) degree in nursing are academically prepared to enter the work force as a new graduate nurse. Program curriculum and teaching methodologies are structured within a 4-year education plan to meet the requirements for entry level practice. A liberal education based on the sciences and the arts as well as Christian studies establishes groundwork for students. They gain content needed for practice and develop appreciation of the views and values of others. Students within our program understand the value of community. There is a shared faith and focus on Christ that calls for an openness and understanding of peoples of all faiths including those who do not express a faith. It leads to a place where the mind, body, spirit, and emotions of the individual can be cared for holistically.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for registered nurses.
Entrance Requirements for the Department
The following are minimum threshold requirements to be considered for acceptance into the Crown College Nursing Department. Space may be limited, however; and not all qualified applicants are guaranteed departmental acceptance.
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 pending spring grades. GPA will be calculated based on all current/previous college-level coursework.
- Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C+ or higher, pending spring grades, and with no prerequisite course being taken more than twice.
- Complete standardized admission testing (Kaplan Admission test), administered through the Nursing Department, at or above the threshold determined by the Nursing Department.
- Be recommended for acceptance to the Nursing Department by one person outside the Nursing Department.
- Proof of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider through Red Cross or American Heart Association.
- Provide satisfactory results of background study initiated through the Department of Human Services (DHS). This data is shared with clinical agencies prior to the student beginning each clinical event.
- Demonstrate a level of personal health consistent with safe nursing practice as determined in a physical examination.
- Provide one of the following negative TB test results within the past 12 months:
- Two-step Mantoux if no prior Mantoux within past 12 months
- Single-step Mantoux along with proof of prior Mantoux within past 12 months
- Clear chest x-ray within past 5 years for those who have had a positive reading or have received the BCG vaccine
- Provide documentation for rubella, rubeola, Hepatitis B series, mumps, varicella, Tetanus and Pertussis (TdaP). May opt to provide proof of immunity via titer (blood draw).
- Comply with all policies and procedures of the most current editions of the Nursing Department Student Handbook and Crown College Catalog (including Christian Service).
Application materials and procedures are available through the Nursing Department early in the fall semester of the sophomore year. Applications are due later in the fall semester of the sophomore year. Contact the Nursing Department for exact dates.
Courses in the nursing program require students to spend substantial time in off-campus clinical settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and public health agencies. Students must furnish their own transportation to and from these clinical sites.
Students should be aware that Minnesota state law requires that health care facilities complete background checks on all employees (and students). The Nursing Department will complete background checks on an annual basis to maintain compliance with our clinical agencies. If an employee (or student) has been convicted of certain crimes, he/she may not be allowed to work in such facilities. All prospective students need to be aware of this law because a student convicted of these crimes may be unable to complete the clinical requirements of the Nursing Program and, consequently, may not be able to graduate from the program. Any questions should be addressed to: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Division of Licensing, Background Study Unit, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-3842.
Students are encouraged to maintain current health insurance. Information about health insurance is available through the Office of Human Resources.
Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes characterized by a commitment to the profession of nursing and consistent with Christian compassion and caring.
Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with individuals, families, populations, communities, and the interdisciplinary team across the health care continuum.
Integrate current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals, families, populations and communities regarding health promotion and illness prevention with the goal of decreasing healthcare disparities around the world.
Illustrate accountability for self and professional nursing practice to include continuous engagement in life-long learning.
Display accountability for legal, moral and ethical considerations consistent with biblical principles.
Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision-making in the provision of quality patient care, health team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
Utilize a Christian worldview to influence the health care system through organizational & regulatory processes.