Nursing

 

FAQ

Preparation and Admission

What steps do I need to take for acceptance into the BSN Program?

How many students are accepted into the nursing program?

What pre-requisite nursing courses are required?

May I take pre-requisite courses at another college?

Is an entrance exam such as HESI or TEAS required?

Why should I pursue a BSN rather than an ASN?

How long will it take to complete the BSN program?

I am already an RN; do you have an accelerated BSN program?

Where do I take the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course?

Which high school courses will help prepare me for the nursing program?

If I take Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit college courses in high school, which courses are the best to take?

I have taken nursing classes at another school. Will those courses transfer to St. Ambrose University?

I have been convicted of a felony. Can I still go to nursing school, attend clinical, get a nursing job, and obtain a nursing license?    

After Admission

Do I need to buy a nursing uniform?

Where do St. Ambrose students complete clinical experiences?

What are the compliance requirements for clinical experiences?

What grades are required during the nursing program?

Post-Graduation

What degree will I have when I graduate?

I am graduating from a nursing program this year. Can I take the NLCEX-RN® in a different state?

Can I work in multiple states as an RN?

Where are nurses employed?

What is the job outlook for Registered Nurses?


1. What steps do I need to take for acceptance into the BSN Program?

Please visit the following page: Sample Plan of Study & Suggested Courses and Preparation for Students

2. How many students are accepted into the nursing program?

  • Fall semester: 56 students admitted
  • Spring semester: 32 students admitted
  • There is no summer admission.

3. What pre-requisite nursing courses are required?

Please visit the following page: Sample Plan of Study & Suggested Courses and Preparation for Students

4. May I take pre-requisite courses at another college?

Yes; however, priority for admission is given to students who have completed 5 or more of the 9 pre-requisite courses at St. Ambrose University.

5. Is an entrance exam such as HESI or TEAS required?

No. The St. Ambrose University Nursing department does not require any formal entrance testing at this time.

6. Why should I pursue a BSN rather than an ASN?
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is 4-year degree that takes four years to complete and includes:

  • thorough coursework including leadership and community health
  • lays the foundation for graduate school if you choose to continue education
  • preferred by most employers today, some hospitals have policies to only hire BSN prepared nurses

An Associate of Science in Nursing degree (ASN) takes three years to complete because of the increased volume of undergraduate coursework. 

  • Laws may require additional formal education (BSN) for all RNs in the future.

7. How long will it take to complete the BSN program?

8. I am already an RN; do you have an accelerated BSN program?

Yes. This program is offered through the St. Ambrose RN-BSN program. Please contact 563-333-6300 for further information or click here for RN-BSN program information.

9. Where do I take the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course?

This can be taken at a local community college in any state. The course is not offered at St. Ambrose University.

 10. Which high school courses will help prepare me for the nursing program?

  • Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Math (algebra, statistics)
  • Psychology
  • English

11. If I take Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit college courses in high school, which courses are the best to take?

  • English Composition I & II (both must be taken) 
  • Communications (speech)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Click here to check St. Ambrose's Transfer Course Equivalency

12. I have taken nursing classes at another school. Will those courses transfer to St. Ambrose University?

Nursing courses will be evaluated by the Chair of the Nursing Department. Pre-requisite coursework will be evaluated by the registrar's office. In order to begin this process, please apply online to St. Ambrose University. Official college transcripts must be submitted.

13. I have been convicted of a felony. Can I still go to nursing school, attend clinical, get a nursing job, and obtain a nursing license?

Upon completion of the criminal background check, the nursing department submits any reported criminal record results - along with clarified information from the student - to the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services makes the determination if the student may or may not participate in clinical experiences. Even if the student is cleared to participate in clinical experiences, the Iowa Board of Nursing has the right to decline licensure.Criminal background checks are repeated prior to taking the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN®) and any offer of employment in a health care setting.

After Admission

14. Do I need to buy a nursing uniform?

Yes. Uniforms are required and purchased the first semester of your junior year. Uniforms can be purchased at the St. Ambrose University bookstore. Phone number 563-333-5751.

15. Where do St. Ambrose students complete clinical experiences?

A variety of inpatient and outpatient sites are used within Scott County, Iowa. Inpatient sites include Genesis East and West. Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies provide clinical experiences as well. Other community health experiences include community schools, and outpatient mental health sites.

16. What are the compliance requirements for clinical experiences*?

  • Current physical examination and health history
  • Certification and Licensure:
    BSN - Complete CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course & hold active status on state registry
    RN to BSN - active RN License
  • CPR Certification must be American Heart Association BLS Provider
  • Proof of health insurance coverage showing student's name
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Child & Dependent Abuse Background Check
  • Completion of Mandatory Reporter training for Children and Adults
    BSN - Physical Abuse & Compliance Training is done in class
    RN-BSN - Proof of Mandatory Reporter Training
  • Immunization Requirements:
    TB test (Quantiferon Gold blood test)
    Hepatitis B (series of 3)
    MMR (series of 3)
    TDaP (within past 10 years)
    Varicella immunization or titer
    Seasonal Influenza
    *Any student requesting an exemption from the above health requirements must submit a written waiver to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training:
      BSN - Training done in class
      RN-BSN - Submit documentation of completed OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • HIPAA Training
      BSN - Training done in class
      RN-BSN - Submit documentation confirming that you have completed HIPAA Training
  • The following forms must be downloaded, read and signed by BSN and RN-BSN students:
    Code of Conduct
    HIPAA Policy & Confidentiality Statement
    Student Disease Statement
    Student Consent Form
    Core Performance Policy

*CastleBranch is the service we use to assist in tracking student requirement documentation before and during student enrollment in the St. Ambrose Nursing Program. CastleBranch is a safe, secure website that provides background screening and immunization record management for our nursing students, but may also be used to store educational, professional, and personal information. All documentation is accessible to you anytime, even after you've graduated from the nursing program.

17. What grades are required during the nursing program?

Students must achieve a grade of C or above in ALL nursing courses and a minimum of 74% average on all course exams. A student who receives one unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower, or Withdraw) may repeat the course one time. A student who has two unsatisfactory attempts in nursing courses at any time during the program, in either the same course or in separate courses, will be dismissed from the nursing program.

Post-Graduation

18. What degree will I have when I graduate?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After completing this degree, you are eligible to take the Registered Nurse exam provided by the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). After successfully passing this exam, you are licensed as a nurse in the state of Iowa (or the state where you took the exam).

19. I am graduating from a nursing program this year. Can I take the NCLEX-RN® in a different state?

The NCLEX-RN® can be taken in any jurisdiction. However, graduates applying for a license who legally reside in a compact state can only apply to their home state board of nursing. This means that the applicant cannot apply for a compact license in a compact state other than the one in which he/she is declaring as their primary state of residence.

20. Can I work in multiple states as an RN?

Yes. An RN can be licensed in multiple states through the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

21. Where are nurses employed?

Nursing is a career with endless job opportunities that include places of employment such as: hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies, doctor's offices, specialty clinics, research facilities, public schools, state health departments, insurance companies, correctional facilities, call centers, pharmaceutical companies, military bases, law firms, colleges, and universities.

22. What is the job outlook for Registered Nurses?

The job outlook for nursing is projected to be excellent. Read more here.

For further information about the St. Ambrose University Nursing program, please contact our academic advisor/recruiter at 563.333.6082 or by email at nursing@sau.edu.