University of Evansville Nursing School Review


The University of Evansville (UE), originally named Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute, was established in 1854. It is a relatively small school, with less than 3000 enrolled students (both graduate and undergraduate). Despite its size, it has a strong academic reputation and is well-known for its focus on study-abroad opportunities. UE has its own campus in Grantham, Britain, called Harlaxton College.

Students of all majors, including nursing students, can take advantage of the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom without delaying graduation. Through its Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, UE offers an undergraduate program in nursing, with two different tracks for incoming students with different education levels. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

While many schools have a separate admission process for the university and for the nursing programs, UE accepts students directly into its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. In order to be considered for admission to the BSN program, a student must be in the upper third of his high school class. If accepted, he begins the BSN program with nursing support classes and general education classes in his first year, transitioning into nursing courses and clinical rotations in the first semester of his sophomore year. In total, a student in the BSN program must earn at least 128 credits over the course of the four-year program sequence. In the fall of his senior year, he is eligible to study abroad at Harlaxton College. This is unusual, as nursing students at most colleges must study abroad in the summer (if at all) so that their course sequence is not interrupted. If he chooses to take advantage of this opportunity, he will gain first-hand experience of a national healthcare system by completing clinical rotations at local hospitals. After completing the BSN course sequence, he may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN

A Registered Nurse (RN) who has graduated from a diploma in nursing program or an associate degree nursing program can earn her BSN degree through the RN to BSN program. Like students on the traditional BSN track, she must have 128 credits in order to graduate. However, UE will award her thirty-three advanced placement credits for her previous nursing coursework, and three credits for pharmacology. Besides these credits, she can transfer in up to twenty-six credits toward UE’s general education requirements. To complete the RN to BSN program, she must complete thirty-three additional credits of nursing coursework (ten classes total), as well as at least thirty-five credits of general education courses. (If she doesn’t transfer in twenty-six credits of general education courses, she will need to take additional classes at UE in order to graduate.) The RN to BSN program is offered through UE’s Center for Adult Education, and the schedule of classes is designed to fit around a working RN’s schedule.

Contact:
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722

 
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