Ursuline College Nursing Program Review

Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont founded Ursuline College (UC) in 1871 because she realized that women needed a proper form of higher learning. This is how the first women’s college came about in both Ohio and the United States, in general.

Ursuline College – The Breen School of Nursing

This program has been at Ursuline College ever since 1975. This program has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It has also been accredited and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degrees

BSN Program

To apply for this program, students will need to have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75, a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or a minimum SAT score of 1000, and a minimum grade of C+ in algebra I, biology and chemistry.

For students who already have college credit, they will need to have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a recommendation letter and proof of having been a former nursing student.

Accelerated/Second Degree BSN Program

This 15-month-long program exists for second-degree students who already have baccalaureate degrees and want to pursue one in nursing. It includes every course required for the regular BSN program, but can be finished in a shorter span of time.

To apply for this program, students will need to have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a minimum grade of C in every prerequisite course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the sciences within the last seven years. All prerequisite courses will need to be taken before the semester begins.

Graduates will get a BSN degree and will be able to take the National Certified Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nursing (RN).

RN – BSN Program

This program exists to suit any student’s personal and professional schedules by giving students the chance to take their courses online or as hybrid courses as needed. Students with prior learning can also earn a maximum of 39 credits.

To apply for this program, students will need to have a diploma and complete the entire application process. Registered nurses will generally need to complete 19 nursing hours and 30 hours of other courses.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs

Students who take this program will need to complete 26 hours of core courses. After that, they will have to choose a track or subspecialty that suits their educational needs. Their choices include Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care or Nursing Education. They can also take Post Master’s Certifications, if they wish.

To apply, students will need to submit their official transcripts and prove that they have completed a baccalaureate nursing program. Aside from that, they also need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, three recommendation letters, a valid Ohio RN license, and a minimum of a year’s experience working as an RN. If requested, they will need to complete an interview with a faculty member or program director, as well.

Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Program

ANPs provide independent or team care and they focus on disease prevention, health maintenance, patient education and counseling. This program takes 39 credit hours to complete.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

FNPs incorporate the coursework of ANPs and help students get ready to provide primary health care to people of every age. This program takes 43 credit hours to complete.

Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration

Palliative care provides therapies that are meant to support and comfort patients of different religions, beliefs, cultures, traditions and values who have fatal diseases. This program takes 24 credit hours to complete.

Nursing Education

This subspecialty exists for students who want to be an ANP or FNP. This program takes 39 credit hours to complete.

Post Master’s Certification

Any student who finishes an MSN track can get a post master’s certificate for their track of choice. To do this, they will simply need to take the associated courses and complete certain advanced core courses.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

This program is relatively new and opened in 2010. It exists for students who have an MSN and want to become leaders in the field through doctoral level education.

To apply for this program, students will need to have a valid resume, a valid RN license for Ohio, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. They will also need to submit any official transcripts and two recommendation letters.

Ursuline College
2550 Lander Road,
Pepper Pike, OH 44124