The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a traditional nursing degree with an upper-division nursing major (junior-senior year) that prepares graduates for RN licensure and professional practice. Students enter the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) as pre-nursing students and apply for the upper-division nursing major core during sophomore year. There is no guarantee of admission into the nursing major core as more applicants apply than the 48 CAGS slots. Students complete pre-requisite courses online at CCU in CAGS or through transfer credit from other accredited institutions. The program is comprised of general education, behavioral and biological science pre-requisite coursework totaling 60 credit hours. The nursing major is comprised of theory (on-site classroom), laboratory (skills/simulation), and clinical components, and is offered in an alternate format for adults. Nursing courses are delivered in a blended format for greater flexibility. The nursing major in CAGSis offered over six semesters: students complete the nursing major in two calendar years.
The general education and biological science curriculum, grounded in biblical truth, is intended to provide a broad-based knowledge of the arts and sciences required for students to understand the complex world of healthcare and to be prepared for success in the nursing major courses. As is consistent with the University’s mission, there is an emphasis on spiritual formation leading to the integration of learning, faith, and practice as students provide compassionate care.
This practice discipline degree emphasizes clinical judgment, professionalism, moral leadership, evidence-based nursing practice, technology management, and interprofessional communication within healthcare delivery. Competency, character, and calling are fostered in an effort to prepare nurses to practice nursing as ministry. CCU challenges students to become exceptionally competent knowledgable nurse leaders who critically think to impact their world and transform healthcare through the uniqueness of Christ-inspired practice. Nursing at CCU is a scientific discipline and a sacred calling.
Admission Requirements to Nursing Major Core
During the fall semester, Pre-Nursing students may apply for admission to the BSN nursing major. CAGS students enter the BSN major once annually in April and all applications must be submitted by January 6. At the time of application, students must have completed all 21 biological science prerequisite credit hours and have no more than 9 general education (non-science) prerequisite credit hours remaining.
Admission to CAGS does not guarantee admission into the BSN Nursing Major Core.
Students must meet the following admission requirements:
- Have a cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have a cumulative GPA in science prerequisite courses of 3.0
- Receive a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses
- All science prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 5 years; retakes of CCU science courses are limited to one per course
- Not on probation and no behavioral issues or disqualifying offenses
- Successfully pass the ATI TEAS exam with the following proficiency levels: English - 66.7%, math - 71.9%, reading - 74.5%, science - 57.4%, and an overall TEAS score of 68%. These are established national benchmarks. The TEAS exam may be retaken multiple times at students’ expense.
- Successfully complete an interview with BSN Admissions Committee (spring semester prior to summer program start)
Upon admission students must:
- Successfully pass a background check
- Pass a drug screen
- Complete the Physical Exam Form
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires completion of the following 120 credit hours:
General Education, Behavioral Science, and Electives (39 credit hours)
Biological Sciences (21 credit hours)
Nursing Major Core: BSN (60 credit hours)