Husson University Nursing School Review
Husson University (HU) is a private institution in Bangor, a town of about 30,000 people. In addition to the main campus, there are education centers in Presque Isle and in South Portland. The University has 2800 students enrolled each semester.
The University began in 1898 as a school to educate students in teaching, commerce, and telegraphy. The school was granted the ability to Bachelor of Science degrees in 1953. The University converted a former dairy farm to a beautiful 208 acre campus in the 1960s, and has been located there ever since. Husson formally became a University in 2008.
The Nursing Program at Husson University is offered in partnership with Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMCC).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The BSN program is for students beginning their nursing career. This program is four years long if taken full time, and requires a minimum of 127 credit hours to graduate. Those that graduate will be eligible to take the state licensing exam to become Registered Nurses (RNs).
Students enter the BSN program in their first year in college. To apply, they must meet the entry requirements for Husson University. In addition, students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, a high school GPA of at least 3.0, and a physical exam and immunization records. They must also have taken four years of English, two years of math, chemistry and one other science class, and a social science class, all with a grade of at least C+. In addition, they will to submit their SAT or ACT scores, references, and a biography.
Admission preference is given to students who graduated in the upper half of their class, and who have a combined 1350 score or better on the SAT. Once in the program, students will be required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.7, and earn at least a C+ in all core nursing program courses.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Students with a BSN degree may apply to the MSN program. Students must also have a GPA of at least 3.0 from their BSN program, official college transcripts, GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, proof of immunizations, and proof of RN licensure. It is also required that students have at least one year of clinical nursing experience to apply, and it is recommended that they have more.
Students may choose from the following three specialty tracks for their MSN program:
- Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (APPN) – this two year program trains psychiatric nurses, and has clinical specialist concentrations in Child/Adolescent or Adult Psychiatric Mental Health. Graduates may take the ANCC certification exam.
- Family and Community Nurse Practitioner (FCNP) – graduates of this two year program are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification exam. Courses are offered Friday afternoon and evenings, and on the weekends, or as distance learning.
- Nursing Education (NE) – this program is designed to prepare students to become nursing faculty. It requires 40 hours of coursework to complete. Graduates that complete the two year teaching requirement are allowed to take the NLN Nurse Educator Licensing Exam. This program may also be taken through distance learning.
Students that already hold an MSN degree may pursue any of the above options as a post-master’s certificate.
Nurse Practitioner (NP) to MSN
Students who have a post-BSN NP certificate may take this program to earn their MSN degree. Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director to determine their course of study.
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Bangor, ME 04401