Houston Baptist University Catalog

School of Nursing and Allied Health


Undergraduate Programs
Challenge Program for LVN, RN, Generic Transfer, or Re-Entry



School of Nursing and Allied Health

The School of Nursing and Allied Health provides professional learning experiences in kinesiology and nursing.  The School’s mission contributes to the University’s mission by providing academic, spiritual, and professional excellence to prepare nurses and allied health professionals for professional service in the health care community.

 

Undergraduate Majors in Kinesiology

Kinesiology

The kinesiology curriculum is designed to introduce the student to basic understandings and skills in the areas of human movement and wellness. It fosters the total development of the individual: physically, mentally, and socially.  An undergraduate student may elect to major in Kinesiology: Specialization in Teacher Education (which leads to all-level teacher certification), Kinesiology: Specialization in Wellness Management (which does not lead to teacher certification), or Kinesiology: Athletic Training (which does not lead to teacher certification).  The degree plan for Kinesiology: Specialization in Teacher Education is located in this Catalog in the School of Education section

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Criteria for Admission:

  1. Unconditional acceptance to HBU via Enrollment Services.
  2. Completion of an athletic training internship program application with references, and interview with the athletic training staff.
  3. Acceptance to HBU Athletic Training Internship Program before filing a degree plan for KINE: Athletic Training.
  4. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for all high school and college work.
  5. Completion of all HBU Proficiencies: Writing, Math, Reading, and Computer.
  6. Contingent upon satisfactory grades, evaluation of technical standards and the interview outcomes, students will be offered an appointment in the Athletic Training Internship Program based on the number of available openings per year. Those students receiving notification of acceptance into the HBU Athletic Training Internship Program will then begin his/her three year Student Athletic Training Internships. Students not accepted into the program may re-apply the following year.

Clinical Practicum Prerequisites:

Documentation of the following requirements is mandatory before the student can begin clinical observation.

  1. Completion of blood borne pathogen training.
  2. HIPAA Training
  3. CPR/AED Certification
  4. Proof of immunizations (required to enter HBU by all students).  The hepatitis B (HBV) 3-shot series is a highly recommended immunization for health care settings. 

Selection of students for the athletic training internship program is limited; therefore, it is extremely competitive and the acceptance into the program is not guaranteed just by meeting minimum criteria. 

 

Undergraduate Program in Nursing

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

The Nursing faculty developed an innovative curriculum for the undergraduate nursing programs that are designed to prepare nurses who function well within the acute care setting and in specialty and community settings. The outcomes result from the inclusion of the Texas Board of Nursing (2010) Differentiated Entry Level Competencies, the number of clinical hours required, faculty supervision of clinical experiences, and limited observational experiences.  The nursing program is organized in a curriculum framework that addresses seven dimensions of health for promoting fullness in living. The logical sequencing of the curriculum includes:

  • Studies in a Christian Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.
  • Prerequisites for scientific and behavioral science foundations for the study of nursing: Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Statistics.
  • Development of basic knowledge, skills and values in nursing (Perspectives on the Health Care Delivery Systems, Health Assessment, Art & Science of Nursing).  The focus initially is broad and inclusive of communities, groups, families and the individual.
  • The focus becomes narrow with growth in understanding major concepts in nursing with application of this understanding to Individuals and Families in courses on Care of Individuals with acute, chronic, and critical illnesses, and Specialty Care which includes Care of Families with Mental Health Problems, Childbearing Families, and Families with Children. 
  • The BSN level is developed in a) community health, b) pathophysiology, and c) research.
  • Concurrently with studies in nursing, studies continue to develop in the core studies of Christianity (9 hours required for BSN). 
  • The liberal arts curriculum requires demonstration of competence in reading English, writing English, math, and functional use of computer technology.  The BSN students broaden their liberal arts core with studies in humanities, and fine arts.
  • The graduating courses broaden to care of groups of people and families.  The core Capstone course includes studies in Nursing Management and Health Care Administration.

The goal of the School of Nursing and Allied Health is to educate nurses to create health care delivery systems to meet the needs of individuals, families and groups in society. Health care focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as community-based care. The curriculum reflects this focus and includes opportunities for service-based learning. All courses required for the BSN degree are offered at HBU.

Applicants to the nursing program are to meet entrance requirements of Houston Baptist University and are to manifest positive qualities of health, character and personality with the potential to develop good professional character. Objective criteria (HESI Admission Assessment scores for grammar, reading comprehension, math, and anatomy & physiology; and grade point averages, science grade point average, completion of all pre-requisites towards the degree; and hours taken at HBU), are used to rank candidates for selection for entry into the program, depending on the number of eligible candidates and availability of faculty and clinical experiences. Standardized exams are given at checkpoints throughout the curriculum and a comprehensive exam is administered at the end of the undergraduate programs. The exams are used as measures of retention and competence to enhance students’ ability to take the RN licensure exam. Failure to demonstrate retention or competence on the specified exams requires remediation. Remedial study and retesting to demonstrate retention and competence may result in delays for graduation.

Houston Baptist University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a rigorous nursing curriculum that includes academic and clinical performance requirements. To be awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, the student must successfully complete both elements of the program. Students who receive a nursing degree from Houston Baptist University will have been exposed to the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the RN licensure exam and perform the clinical tasks typically expected of registered nurses. The Houston Baptist University School of Nursing and Allied Health does not guarantee that each person admitted to its nursing program will pass all elements of the program, or that those graduated from the program will be able to pass the licensure exam and/or secure employment as a nurse. Attaining these goals depends on the degree to which the student diligently applies him or herself to the studies, and on the economic forces influencing the health care industry. Neither of these factors is within the control of the Houston Baptist University School of Nursing and Allied Health.

The nursing programs are accredited by the following agencies:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN))
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Telephone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

Website: www.acenursing.org

Texas Board of Nursing,
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Telephone: (512) 305-7400
Website: www.bon.state.tx.us

 

NOTE:   RN licenses are issued by the Texas Board of Nursing, not the University. The Board of Nursing may refuse to admit a person to the R.N. licensure examination if the person has been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or to any individual with lack of fitness or good character to practice nursing by any reason of physical or mental illness, intemperate use of alcohol or drugs, or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct which is likely to deceive, defraud, or injure patients or the public. Under its procedures, the Board is required to conduct a background check of these areas.

An individual enrolled or planning to enroll in the nursing education program who has reason to believe he or she may be ineligible for the R.N. license, may petition the Texas Board of Nursing for a declaratory order as to the person’s eligibility. Neither the University nor its faculty can answer this question for a person. The Board of Nursing may be reached at: Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 305-7400 website: www.bon.state.tx.us.

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program prepares graduates to promote health and healing through direct care and management and coordination of care for individuals, families, groups, and communities. There is a core curriculum required of all undergraduate nursing students. The program prepares graduates to take the examination for Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure offered by the Texas Board of Nursing.

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Admission Procedures and Polices for the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, applicants are required to have:

  • Been accepted to HBU through the general undergraduate admission process.
  • Met the minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative, in Science, and HBU
  • Transcripts that reflect no more than two grades of "D" or "F" in the required science courses, or more than one grade of "D" or "F" in a nursing course (if more, not eligible for admission)
  • Attended the Nursing Information Session.
  • Completed the HESI entrance exam based on two (2) attempts only to achieve the 80% score on each sub-section (Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Math), and the Anatomy & Physiology sub-section (no minimum score required).
  • Completed all nursing prerequisite courses (see above) with grade of "C" or better.
  • Completed all HBU Proficiencies:  Writing, Math, Reading, and Computer.
  • Been selected for program entry through the candidate ranking process.
  • A clear criminal background check and no evidence of drug or alcohol use/abuse.

 

Progression in the Program

To progress to the nursing courses involving direct patient care, students are required to have:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • No grade less than a "C" in the nursing courses.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Math Proficiency Exam for Nurses.
  • Transcripts that reflect no more than two grades of "D" or "F" in the required science courses, or no more than one grade of D" or "F" in a nursing course.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the required competencies at the Novice Level, Advanced Beginner, and Graduating Level Curriculum Checkpoints by passing an examination, demonstrating safe practice and critical thinking while performing nursing skills, and providing a portfolio at Novice and Graduate levels.
  • A clear criminal background check and no evidence of drug or alcohol use/abuse.
  • Completed hospital orientation modules, including any specific orientation requirements for assigned clinical agency.
  • Current CPR for health care providers, including newborn, infant, pediatrics and adult, and AED training.
  • Updated required immunizations.
  • Updated annual tuberculosis screening.
  • A current statement of good health.

 

Graduation

Candidates eligible for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are required to:

  • Complete a minimum of 127 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree in nursing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Have earned the prescribed number of points in the Nursing Student Association and demonstrated competence as required for the curriculum checkpoints.
  • Apply to take the State Board Examination for RN licensure.
  • Complete all general requirements for graduation as outlined in the Catalog.

 

BSN Challenge Program For LVN, RN, Generic Transfer or Re-Entry Students

The challenge program for the Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Programs is designed to give LVNs, RNs, Generic Transfer (students from other BSN nursing programs in good standing), or returning students, a chance to document their knowledge base and nursing skills in specified courses of the BSN curriculum.

The Challenge Process

The challenge process evaluates the student’s knowledge base, skills, and clinical abilities to validate and document prior knowledge and competence in nursing. It is not designed to teach those students who have learning needs in those areas. 

Unsuccessful Challenge

  • Theory
    Students who do not score a minimum of 75% on the "challenge" exam will be required to enroll in the course.  The challenge will be considered a 1st nursing course failure.  If students do not have a grade of "C" or above after taking the course, then the student is no longer eligible to continue in the nursing program.
  • Clinical
    All other challenge activities (clinical evaluation, written care plans, research papers, and written assignments) must be completed at or above the 75% level as well. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have an unencumbered license to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Registered Nurse (RN) from the Texas Board of Nursing or be eligible to return to the nursing program at HBU or the school from which the student transferred.
  • Have a minimum of six (6) months of professional experience as a  LVN or RN; 
  • Have an advising session with the Dean or designated advisor. The requirements for the degree completion will be viewed at this advising session.
  • Give evidence of current CPR and AED training for health care provider, health insurance and completed physical exam within 3 months prior to entry or re-entry into the Nursing Program.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements for the BSN program as required for the degree.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and > 80% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Math and Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Demonstrate strength in science courses and potential for success in the BSN program. Students whose transcripts reflect more than two (2) grades of "D" or "F" in the required science courses or more than one (1) grade below a "C" in a nursing course are not eligible to be admitted or continue in the nursing program.
  • Pass with a grade of 90% or higher the Math for Nurses test offered by the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
  • Meet the Writing, Math, Reading, and Computer proficiency requirements for the University.
  • For the generic transfer and re-entry nursing students, successful completion of the background check process with the Board of Nursing is required.
  • All transfer and re-entry students must be admitted/re-admitted to the University and the BSN program. 
  • All transfer students are required to have letters of good standing from the deans/directors of all previously attended nursing programs submitted directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

 

Graduation Requirements
In addition to meeting the university and nursing program requirements for graduation, LVN, RN, generic transfer or re-entry student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the Graduating Level Curriculum checkpoints.
  • Attain the Nursing Student Association (NSA) required points.

 

Summary 
Students must be successful in both theory and clinical portions of the challenges to receive credit for the course.  Otherwise, the student will need to enroll in the course.

 

Preparation for the Challenge

  • Purchase textbooks and course materials for the course.
  • Obtain a course syllabus from the faculty.
  • Read the School of Nursing and Allied Health Student Handbook.  The challenge student is subject to all policies outlined in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Student Handbook.  The Student Handbook will be received during the new student orientation conducted for all entering students into the program. 

LVN to BSN

Challenge Process

The student will be:

  • Allowed to challenge NURS 3404 Care of Individuals I and NURS 3424 Care of Individuals II.
  • Evaluated on an individual basis for eligibility to challenge specialty courses. 

RN to BSN

The purpose of the RN to BSN (Advanced Standing) program is to allow a registered nurse in the state of Texas who is a graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program to attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) by building on previous knowledge, skills, and experiences. The philosophy, curriculum framework, objectives, and the progression and graduation requirements for the RN to BSN Program are the same as for the non-RN students in the BSN program.

 

RN Credits

To receive credit for courses required for the BSN curriculum the RN’s transcripts will be evaluated for course equivalencies. RNs may receive credit based on transcript and/or course syllabi evaluation and validation of prior knowledge through a challenge process and/or the HESI Exit Comprehensive Examination. The processes for validating prior knowledge of nursing are described below.

  • Graduates of accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing programs must meet eligibility requirements for the RN to BSN Program.
  • File a degree plan with the Registrar.
  • Take the HESI Comprehensive Examination prior to enrolling in nursing courses and attain a score of at least 900 on the exam. Upon passing the HESI Comprehensive Examination, the RN will receive credit for the following courses:
    • NURS 2222 Perspectives on the Health Care System – 2 semester hours
    • NURS 2323 Health Assessment – 3 semester hours
    • NURS 2404 Art and Science of Nursing  -- 4 semester hours
    • NURS 3404, 3424 Care of Individuals I and II – 8 semester hours
    • NURS 4414 Care of Families with Mental Health Problems – 4 semester hours
    • NURS 4434 Care of Childbearing Families – 4 semester hours
    • NURS 4444 Care of Families with Children – 4 semester hours
      Subtotal of hours credited 25 hours
       
  • If an RN does not achieve a score of 900 on the HESI Exit Comprehensive Exam, the scores of 900 or above on the Specialty Scales (Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, Psychiatric, and Geriatric Nursing), may be considered for credit for courses corresponding to the specialty tested. RNs will be required to enroll and complete courses for which no credit is awarded based on the HESI Exit Comprehensive Exam.
     
  • Rationale for the HESI Exit Exam Score
    The score of 900 on the HESI Exit Comprehensive Examination is consistent with the performance of generic BSN students who have successfully passed through the curriculum by attaining scores of 75% or above on exam averages and final exams, assignments and clinical performance criteria and thus have passed nursing courses with grades of "C" or above. BSN students must attain a score of 900 on the HESI Exit Comprehensive exam to be allowed to graduate from the program.

 

Summary of Credits

  • Credit hours awarded based on a challenge process 25 hours.
  • Prerequisite and General Education course requirements 70 hours.
  • BSN course requirements 21-25 hours.
  • Upper division hours taken 21-25 hours.
  • Total Hours required for the BSN degree 127 hours.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Submit a passing Graduating Level Curriculum Checkpoint portfolio.
  • Candidates for the BSN are expected to have earned a prescribed number of points in the Nursing Student Association (NSA).

 

Generic Transfer of Re-Entry Nursing

The challenge program is designed to give previous HBU nursing students or transfer students a chance to document their knowledge base and nursing skills in specified courses of the BSN curriculum.

HBU nursing students or transfer students will be allowed to challenge those nursing courses for which they have grades of "C" or above.

 

The Challenge Process

To be approved for the Challenge Program, the following steps need to be completed:

  1. Be admitted/re-admitted to the University and to the BSN program.
  2. Submit to the Dean the course descriptions and course syllabi for those courses to be challenged.
  3. Upon the Dean’s approval, the student may then proceed with the Challenge Program for each of the courses for which there is transcripted credit.

 

Graduation Requirements
In addition to meeting the university and nursing program requirements for graduation, the generic transfer or re-entry student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the curriculum checkpoints.
  • Attain the Nursing Student Association (NSA) required points.