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Nursing

Bring hope and healing into the lives of patients. Train for success in a variety of health care settings through advanced simulations, clinical experience and a holistic liberal arts education.

Take a holistic approach to patient care.

Care for the physical and spiritual needs of your patients. With Christ as the perspective for learning, our team of expert and caring faculty will challenge you to understand patient care through a multifaceted lens — focusing on cultural, psychological, developmental, physical and spiritual health assessments. Meanwhile, your study in the liberal arts will help you to build a strong foundation in communication, leadership and critical thinking.

Choose the path that’s right for you: we offer pre-licensure and post-licensure tracks. Pre-licensure students are just beginning their nursing journeys, while post-licensure students have already earned an associate degree in nursing.

Learning Options

The post-licensure track (RN-BSN) is also offered online.

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Program Stats

75 credit-hour pre-licensure track
35 credit-hour post-licensure track
50% of required clinical hours fulfilled on campus
Nursing student Jessica Khoury in simulation lab

Nursing Major: Jessica Khoury

As Jessica puts it, she transferred to SAU at the start of her sophomore year “with hopes, dreams and a little bit of desperation.” She was excited to study in SAU’s new nursing program, but she was also nervous about what her future at SAU would hold.

Now, Jessica sees that coming to SAU has been part of God’s plan for her life all along.

“SAU is a great place to learn, grow and be challenged academically and spiritually,” says Jessica. “I have met forever friends and had amazing opportunities here. It’s not so much about who SAU is — it’s about who God is and what he’s doing on this campus.”

Nursing student in clinical simulation lab

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Key Courses

Through a curriculum that covers the cultural, psychological, developmental, physical and spiritual sides of health and patient care, our nursing students learn to treat patients holistically. As a nursing student, you’ll likely take several of the following key courses:

Pre-Licensure Track

  • BIO 232 Microbiology for Nurses (3)
  • BIO 234 Pathophysiology for Nursing (3)
  • BIO 236 Pharmacology for Nursing (3)
  • BIO 262 Genetics for Nursing (3)
  • NUR 324 Community Health Theory/Clinical (4)
  • NUR 325 Medical Surgical Theory/Clinical I (6)
  • NUR 327 Mental Health Theory/Clinical (4)
  • NUR 424 Adult/Critical Care Theory/Clinical (6)
  • NUR 425 Nursing Leadership & Transition (5)
  • NUR 426 Evidence-Based Practice (4)

Post-Licensure Track

  • IDS 300 Biblical Perspectives (3)
  • NUR 318 Adult Development, Life Planning & Research Writing (3)
  • NUR 341 Patient Centered Care I (3)
  • NUR 344 Clinical Prevention/Population Health (3)
  • NUR 360 Information Management/Patient Care Technologies (3)
  • IDS 400 Values: Personal and Social (3)
  • NUR 422 Spiritual Dimension of Health Care (3)
  • NUR 434 Quality Leadership (3)
  • NUR 452 Evidence-Based Practice I (3)
  • NUR 494 Senior Nursing Project (2)

Find a complete list of nursing courses in the undergraduate catalog.

Careers

Once you receive your nursing degree, you’ll be equipped to immediately enter into a variety of careers in health care. You’ll also have the option of continuing your education through graduate school programs.

You may find yourself with one of the following titles after graduation:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Assurance or Improvement Coordinator
  • Case Management Nurse

On-Campus Opportunities

Nursing students are able to complete 50 percent of their required clinical hours in SAU’s brand new, state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab — right on campus!

The nursing program also offers students innovative research and clinical opportunities with multiple health care organizations in the region, including Henry Ford Allegiance Health and Hillsdale Hospital.

Faculty

At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As a nursing student, you’ll learn from the following experienced faculty members:

  • Emily McKee, MSN, RN — Assistant Professor of Nursing, Assistant Director of Simulation & Lead Clinical Faculty
  • Mindy Rice, DNP, MSN, RN — Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chair of Baccalaureate Pre-Licensure Nursing

Admissions Requirements

Pre-Licensure Track

Admission to SAU does not guarantee admission into the nursing program, although students are permitted to declare a nursing major upon acceptance to the university. Most nursing students formally apply to the nursing program during the spring semester, during BIO 234 Pathophysiology.

Students who wish to apply for admission the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure program should have a strong commitment to living a Christ-like lifestyle and a willingness to explore ways to use nursing as a ministry to transform this world and people’s lives for Christ. 

Admissions Criteria

Meeting the admissions criteria below does not ensure admission to the nursing program. The admission decision is considered and made final by the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.

Freshmen

  • 2.67 cumulative college GPA at the time of application
  • A minimum grade of “B-” in BIO 234, BIO 264, BIO 265 and CHE 142 

Transfer Students

  • 2.67 cumulative college GPA
  • 2.67 cumulative college GPA in sciences 

International Students 

  • ACT (24) or SAT (1100) (if student has access to these tests)
  • TOEFL score of 90 or higher (within two years) 

Students with a Previous Degree 

  • 2.5 cumulative college GPA in last 60 credit hours

Nursing Licensure

Students desiring nursing licensure are responsible for meeting all requirements of the State Board of Nursing of the state in which they will be practicing. Some states may allow nursing licensure to transfer. 

Post-Licensure Track

Program Requirements

  • An associate degree in nursing from an accredited school or a diploma from a National League for Nursing (NLN) accredited school
  • Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from state of employment (license must be kept current throughout the program)
  • At least one year of experience working as a registered nurse (preferred)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work (maintained throughout the program to graduate)
  • General education and nursing support course requirements must be met in addition to major course requirements.
  • Compliance with all institutional requirements prior to senior nursing project

Accreditation & Certification

SAU’s nursing program has been granted initial approval by the Michigan State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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