Q. How long will it take to complete the traditional Nursing program?
A. Students who satisfactorily complete coursework according to the curriculum plan can expect to complete the program in four years from the time of their first course. The program admits new students in the fall semester only.
Q. Is the Nursing program accredited?
A. Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) * and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Stevenson University has regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036-1120
Q. What are the criteria for admission to the Nursing major?
A. Visit the Admission Requirements for High School Graduates page to learn about the required academic criteria.
Q. When will I have my first clinical experience?
A. At SU, your first interaction with patients/clients will be in your 300 level clinical nursing courses.
Q. Where do I go for my clinical experiences?
A. Faculty-supervised clinical experiences are scheduled in many hospitals and health care facilities primarily in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Examples of hospitals where students have clinical experiences include Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital, GBMC, Franklin Square Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center. Examples of community health experiences include: Baltimore County Public Schools, various homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities. The student-faculty ratio in the clinical area is typically 8:1. This ratio varies, depending upon the nature of the clinical experience and patient acuity.
Q. What is the NCLEX–RN pass rate?
A. Upon graduation, students must take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in order to become a registered nurse and practice nursing. The passing rate varies from year to year. Information on NCLEX-RN pass rates is available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website (www.mbon.org). Information on the examination is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website (www.ncsbn.org).
Q. Who teaches the nursing courses and answers questions about my curriculum?
A. As a nursing student, you will have an academic advisor from the School of Sciences. All nursing courses are taught by qualified nurse educators. Both full-time and part-time nursing faculty are committed to providing quality learning experiences to help you learn to be a nurse.