Aug 06, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Helene Fuld School of Nursing


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Nursing is a complex field which requires knowledge of nursing and knowledge of the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences. Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice, which includes functioning as members of inter-professional health teams when providing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health care settings.

The Nursing Program was initially approved by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses in 1974 (currently known as the Maryland Board of Nursing). Generic graduates are eligible to take the registered nurse licensure examination of the state Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master's degree and post master's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Policies of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing are subject to change due to requirements of external accrediting agencies.

Our Mission: HFSON

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing is committed to providing exemplary education that broadens empowered nursing student's intellectual and scholarly pursuits while promoting healthy communities and strengthening relationships with local, national and global partners. Through its programs of study and outreach service, the School of Nursing fosters the University's mission and legacy of excellence in teaching, scholarship and community engagement.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Traditional, BSN and RN to BSN Nursing Program are prepared to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for safe, client- centered nursing practice.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.
  3. Demonstrates clinical judgment based on evidence based practice for individual, families and groups.
  4. Demonstrates proficiency in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality health care.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare policy and regulations to assist individuals, families and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health care needs.
  6. Collaborate with consumers, members of the health care team and others to improve the delivery of health care.
  7. Integrate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, families and groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and groups.
  8. Demonstrates professional, ethical, and legal responsibility for nursing practice. 
  9. Apply the nursing process to deliver and manage nursing
  10. care for culturally diverse individuals, families and groups across the life span in a variety of health settings. 
  11. Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing intervention to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups in varying health states.

Helene Fuld School of Nursing -Admission Policies

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) is

Admissions and Recruitment Policies and Criteria

The Helene Fuld School of Nursing admits students in the fall semester. The Helene Fuld School of Nursing recruits and admits its applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, or gender.

Applicants Without Previous College Experience

Applicants without previous college experience must meet the requirements for entrance into the University prior to admission to the HFSON Program.

Applicants Who Have Current or Prior Enrollment at Coppin in Another Major, or as Undeclared

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed any required developmental courses (depending on the point of transfer), and have a competitive cumulative grade point average of a minimum of 2.5. Traditional and RN to BSN or 2.8 for Accelerated Second Degree BSN.

The program involves instruction and clinical affiliations. The academic load varies depending on the student's experience, as well as previous instruction received. Each individual student will be evaluated independently to develop their course of study and where applicable, approved credits from other colleges and universities will be accepted. Other exceptions will be determined by the departmental Chairperson in collaboration with the Associate Dean and the Dean of the College of Health Professions.

Beginning fall 2012, students must have continuous enrollment described as consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring for students in Traditional and RN to BSN and 4 consecutive semesters for Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan

Grading

Refer to CSU Student Handbook for details on the Grading System for CSU. The grading scale (%) used for all HFSON courses is:

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 75 - 79
D 69 - 74
F 68 and below

The grade of "A" designates work of superior quality, "B"--work of good quality, "C"--work of satisfactory quality, grade "D" or below not satisfactory quality, but allowable for credit. The grade of "D" or below indicates failure (a final grade of "D" is not acceptable in HFSON courses and major support courses).

Requirements for Graduation

The curriculum sequence is planned to allow students the greatest chance for success and graduation within 4 years. As well it is sequenced to meet the needs of those students who have an Associate's degree and are seeking to complete their education and obtain a Baccalaureate within 2 years. To be recommended for graduation, the student must achieve satisfactory grades for all courses required in the Plan to Study.

Summary of potential student fees and expenses (Subject to change)

In addition to university fees, housing, textbooks and supplies, students in the Nursing and SAH should anticipate the following approximate expenses:

  1. Clothing: A dress code has been established for professional settings in conjunction with the professional practice sites.
  2. Transportation and Parking: Transportation to and from professional practice experiences, field trips and workshops must be arranged by the student. Costs for both transportation and parking are the student's responsibility. Students should consider coordinating their transportation.
  3. Meals (professional practice experiences, field trips and workshops): The costs of meals are the student's responsibility.
  4. Professional dues: Fees schedule to be determined- Payable to the Nursing Student Association. Student must provide a copy of proof of membership to the Chairperson by the end of the fall semester each year. A copy will be placed in the students file. Students must join by their Junior year in the program. Failure to do so may jeopardize the student's graduation from the program.
  5. Professional Liability Insurance: Included in tuition and fees.
  6. Criminal Background Check Fee (varies from $50.00 to $75.00): Payable to screening agency.
  7. Graduation related - $150
  8. Students are required to attend a local, state or national association committee meeting, workshop, annual meeting, business meeting and participate in a Service Learning Project. Student will be responsible for the student registration fee, if applicable. This cost can range from $50 - $65.
  9. Simulation Center Fee: $200 for each clinical course.
  10. Clinical Fee: $80 for each credit hour associated with a clinical course.

Admissions Policies

A student must be admitted to the university, have a competitive cumulative with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (Traditional Plan of Study) or 2.8 or above for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN or 2.5 for the RN to BSN plan of study; meet the criteria for admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing Undergraduate nursing program (Traditional, Accelerated Second Degree and RN to BSN). All students admitted to the program will be required to sign the Honor Code, Confidentiality, Release of Information form, and complete the Health Clearance, Background Check and Drug Screen.

Transfer Credits

Students applying to the Traditional and ASD plan of study are able to request for transferable non-nursing courses/prerequisite courses.

Under the Maryland Nursing Articulation Model, for RNs credits are awarded for transferable nursing and non-nursing courses at the college level. Vocational-technical and non- college general education courses do not transfer, subject to individual college policies. No more than half of the credits for a degree can be transfer credits.

"(New Maryland Articulation Agreement, 2003)"

Recruitment

Application for enrollment into the College of The Helene Fuld School of Nursing does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identify and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, handicap, veteran status, or national origin.

Applicants are advised that if they have been convicted of or have pled nolo contendere to a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, they may not be eligible for licensure as a professional nurse in Maryland.

Note to all applicants: Admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing is highly competitive. The criteria contained here is the minimum criteria.

Progression

Application for enrollment into the College of Health Professions

Satisfactory progress in the Nursing Program promotes and enhances retention and expansion of knowledge and skills. Therefore, once nursing courses are begun students are expected to progress each semester in accordance with the Plan of Study.

* The student must complete prerequisites of each course prior to enrolling in the next course. A grade of "C" (75% in nursing courses) 70% in science and major support courses or better must be achieved in every nursing and major supporting courses (refer to the Table titled Nursing Courses and Major Supporting Courses).

The student who does not achieve a grade of 75% or greater in a nursing course must pass the failed course in the next semester it is offered before enrolling in higher courses in the sequence. If the student does not successfully complete the failed course the next semester it is offered, the student will be dismissed from the Program.

Courses required in the Nursing Program may not be taken more than twice. Students must adhere to the sequence of courses as outlined in the Program of Study.

Dismissal Policies

A student shall be dismissed from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing for any of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to achieve a grade of "C" (75% in nursing 
  2. courses; 70% in science and major support courses) or better a nursing course or major support course. This includes withdrawing from a course, or failing the course on the second attempt. A student may enroll in courses in the major only two (2) times. Failure to maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 required in the Nursing Department for two (2) consecutive semesters.
  3. Failure to successfully complete the Pharmacology and Parenteral Therapies Competency Assessment requirement associated with a course offering within two (2) consecutive semesters. 
  4. Additional reasons for dismissal from the nursing department include but are not limited to:
    1. If a student is determined to be unsafe.
    2. Found to be under the influence of a prescribed medication that might impair the student's safe clinical performance; the use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs while in class or in clinical
    3. Has blatant breach of client, agency, University, HFSON and/or student- to- student confidentiality. An example of student-to- student confidentiality breach includes inappropriate release of student's health information.
    4. Action or lack of action that cause an adverse complication. Failure to follow agency, University, CHP, or HFSON policies.
    5. Academic dishonesty or a violation of the HFSON Honor Code.
    6. Unprofessional conduct (Refer to Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct)
    7. Failure to demonstrate in clinical practice setting the ability to be physically and mentally competent at all times to provide safe client care.
    8. An encumbered license for and license student.
    9. Inappropriate use of social media.
    10. A student who is considered impaired will be immediately dismissed from the premises. Impairment may be associated with excessive work hours, or health related reasons.
  1. A student shall be dismissed
  2. If matriculation extends beyond three (3) years of the initial enrollment in the department
  3. A Student who is dismissed from the CHP HFSON. A student who has been determined to have breached academic integrity shall be dismissed.

Any student, who is dissatisfied with a dismissal decision of the School of Nursing, has the right to follow the Academic Due Process Procedure of the University and the College of Health Professions. A student shall submit in writing the Student Concern Grievance to the Office of the Dean.

Traditional BSN Program

Students must be admitted to the university, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and pass the standardized Admission Test to be eligible for admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing Undergraduate nursing program (traditional). The Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee and Dean of Nursing review all applications to determine academic readiness for admission to the program. All students admitted to the program will be required to complete a Release of Information Form, Honor Code, Confidentiality Statement, Background Check and Drug Screen. The Helene Fuld School of Nursing does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, handicap, veteran status, or national origin.

Note: Applicants are advised that if they have been convicted of or have pled nolo contendere to a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, they may not be eligible for licensure as a professional nurse in Maryland.

Admissions Criteria

In order to be considered for admission to the plan, applicants must submit a completed application packet and:

  1. Receive admissions to the University prior to requesting admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing. Complete the application process as required by the University Office of Admissions.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (Traditional) or 2.8 ASD and RN to BSN or better on a 4.0 scale on all college or university courses completed prior to requesting admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing.
  3. Complete the application form for the Undergraduate Nursing Program (http://www.coppin.edu/UndergraduateNursing/Application.pdf) and all necessary documentation 
  4. Submit a letter of good standing if prior enrollment in a RN program 
  5. Successfully complete the pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" for the nursing major. Pre- requisite courses must be completed by July 15th prior to the Fall semester. 
  6. Achieve a passing score as determined by the faculty on the designated HFSON entrance examination. 
  7. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation on the form required by the Nursing Program. (These forms are ONLINE or in the HFSON Admission Packet.)
  8. If English is the student's second language, results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (new internet-based) must be provided, this includes those who are permanent residents of the U.S. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student has graduated from a U.S. high school with a minimum of two years' attendance or if the student is a citizen of a country where English is the native language. Applicants holding degrees from U.S. colleges and/or universities are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained from Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or the website - www.toefl.org.

In order to be admitted and assigned into the nursing clinical component, international students must provide documentation for one of the following categories: A) U.S.Citizenship,B) Permanent Residency, C) International Student with F1 Status, or D) Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure; or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government.

Procedure

  1. Computer skills: proficiency is expected in word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), presentation software (preferably Microsoft Powerpoint), spreadsheets (preferably Microsoft Excel), Internet use (such as search/browse, access specific web sites), email (including the ability to attach and send documents via e-mail and to retrieve documents from incoming emails), uploading/downloading documents and or attaching files to web enhanced courses management system (Blackboard), ability to access and navigate the official University web site, and the installation and maintenance of anti-virus and firewall software. If students are lacking in any of these skills, it is important that these skills be obtained through, for example, courses offered or via self-study through any of the free on-line tutorials that are available via web. Computer skills as suggested above by CSU Helene Fuld School of Nursing are defined as a demonstrated ability to use technology to access, manipulate, evaluate, use, and present information.
  2. Completion a Medical Terminology course is highly recommended.
  3. CPR Basic life support (BLS for Healthcare Professionals) and AED Training - Must be an American Heart Association Certification of CPR (adult, child, infant). The card must include date of expiration and must be valid for the academic year.
  4. Annual training in the principles of Confidentiality, HIPAA, OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Standard, and Joint Commission requirements prior to enrollment including training on Diversity and Restraints. Must provide certification of this training. An admitted student shall receive instructions on how to meet this requirement.
  5. Signed Honor Code, Confidentiality, Release of this Information and Photo/Video Consent. An admitted student shall receive instructions on how to meet this requirement
  6. Completion of background check and drug screening prior to enrollment and must use the company selected by the HFSON.
  7. Complete the following health requirements:
    1. Physical Examination with statement by physician or care provider verifying student is in good health and capable of maintaining the rigors of a nursing program. To obtain the physical examination from your personal provider, students must utilize the Coppin State University College of Health Professions Helene Fuld School of Nursing Community Health Center Physical Examination Form. The form must be stamped and dated by the care provider.
    2. PPD testing ---Initially. If positive, proof of Chest x-ray within a designated period.
    3. Titers for the following:
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Initially, immunizations or titers required. If date of birth in 1956 and MMR before then, will not need titers. Immunizations must have been received after 1980. If titers positive or documented proof of immunization, no further testing will be required.
  • Varicella
    1. Tetanus: Initially, documented proof. Immunizations required every 10 years.
    2. Hepatitis (which will include last date of immunization or statement of declination of vaccine): This will provide the School of Nursing with information on whether the student has had three-injection of hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.
    3. Influenza vaccine shall be required each October while enrolled in the program.
  1. Complete the application form for the Nursing Program and all necessary documentation.
  2. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation. (These forms are available in the Admission Packet and available online at www.coppin.edu).
  3. The Chair of the Nursing Admission, Retention and Progression Committee and the Dean of the College of Health Professions will review the records to determine applicant eligibility.
  4. Candidates will be invited to take the standardized Admission Test (may only be taken twice).
  5. The School of Nursing will review the applicant's Admission Test results.
  6. Applicants may not take the standardized Admission Test while enrolled in developmental courses
  7. The applicant will be notified of the decision regarding admission or denial to the Nursing Program.

Accelerated Second Degree Program

Procedure for applying

In order to be considered for admission to the plan, applicants must submit a completed application packet and:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate or master's degree in another discipline/major from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. If the college degree is earned from an institution of higher education outside of the United States, the applicant must contact the World Education Services (www.wes.org) and have a transcript evaluation completed and mailed to Coppin State University Office of Admissions and Registration http://www.coppin.edu/
  2. Receive admissions to the University prior to requesting admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing. Complete the application process as required by the University Office of Admissions. 
  3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale on all college or university courses completed prior to requesting admission to the Second Degree Plan.
  4. Complete the application form for the Undergraduate Nursing Program (www.coppin.edu/undergraduatenursingapplication.pdf) and all necessary documentation
  5. Submit a letter of good standing if prior enrollment in a RN program
  6. Successfully complete the pre-requisite courses* with a minimum grade of "C" for the nursing major. Pre- requisite courses will be completed by July 15th prior to the Fall semester.
  7. Achieve a passing score as determined by the faculty on the school of nursing entrance examination. 
  8. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation on the form required by the Nursing Program. (These forms are ONLINE or in the HFSON Admission Packet.)
  9. If English is the student's second language, results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (new internet-based) must be provided, this includes those who are permanent residents of the U.S. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student has graduated from a U.S. high school with a minimum of two years' attendance or if the student is a citizen of a country where English is the native language. Applicants holding degrees from U.S. colleges and/or universities are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained from Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or the website - www.toefl.org
  10. In order to be admitted and assigned into the ASD Plan nursing clinical component, international students must provide documentation for one of the following categories: A) U.S. Citizenship, B) Permanent Residency, C) International Student with F1 Status, or D) Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure; or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government.

Science Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology, and Chemistry for Health Professionals are required for admission. The science courses will be accepted in accordance with the University requirements. Required science courses must have been completed within ten (10) years prior to admission to the HFSON. For required science courses a grade of B or better is recommended.

Special note: The applicant is advised that an interview may be required for consideration into the program. All applicants will be notified of the decision regarding admission or denial to the Nursing Program.

  1. Transcripts: Request the Registrar of all colleges and/or other universities attended or currently attending, to send complete official transcripts, regardless of period of attendance. Photocopies or student copies are unacceptable.
  2. Science GPA -Review of course grade in Anatomy and Physiology I.
  3. Essay - Philosophy of Nursing and Professional Goals. Applicants must submit explanatory statements to include:
    1. A statement of your philosophy of nursing
    2. Reason for selecting Nursing as a career, including professional goals. Explain how the Bachelor of Science degree will assist in achieving your professional goals.
    3. Factors that prompted advancing one's education.
    4. Reasons for selecting Coppin State University as the higher education institution for completing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
    5. Discussion of long-term goals/plans.
    6. A brief summary of significant work experience, progressing from high school to college to current time period.
    7. A statement detailing how previous work and educational experiences relates to one's philosophy of nursing.
    8. Final statement is needed in light of the fact that the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan is very intense. Include a statement discussing how you will handle the demands of the academic program as well as outside responsibilities while enrolled in the Accelerated Second Degree BSN plan of study.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are expected using the designated forms. As the applicant, one must sign the forms in the appropriate space before submitting. One shall have college/university instructors or employers complete recommendation forms and return them as directed. Please do not seek recommendations from any individuals who does not know your academic abilities. Such recommendations could result in either a delay of the application or a rejection of the application.
  5. Completion of prerequisite courses (refer to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan of Study located in the section titled Course Descriptions and Plans of Study) Resume
  6. License 
  7. Entrance testing 
  8. Interview -
    An interview may be required as a component of the admissions process for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN plan of study.
  1. Acknowledgement Statement - The applicant shall sign an acknowledgement statement indicating that he/she is aware of the requirements of the plan of study.

Procedure Upon Admission

  1. Computer skills: proficiency is expected in word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), presentation software (preferably Microsoft PowerPoint), spreadsheets (preferably Microsoft Excel), Internet use (such as search/browse, access specific web sites), email (including the ability to attach and send documents via e- mail and to retrieve documents from incoming emails), uploading/downloading documents and or attaching files to web enhanced courses management system (Blackboard), ability to access and navigate the official
  2. University web site, and the installation and maintenance of anti-virus and firewall software. If students are lacking in any of these skills, it is important that these skills be obtained through, for example, courses offered or via self-study through any of the free on-line tutorials that are available via web. Computer skills as suggested above by CSU Helene Fuld School of Nursing are defined as a demonstrated ability to use technology to access, manipulate, evaluate, use, and present information.
  3. Completion a Medical Terminology course is highly recommended. CPR Basic life support (BLS for Healthcare Professionals) and AED Training - Must be an American Heart Association Certification of CPR (adult, child, infant). The card must include date of expiration and must be valid for the academic year.
  4. Annual training in the principles of Confidentiality, HIPAA, OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Standard, and Joint Commission requirements prior to enrollment including Diversity and Restraints. Must provide certification of this training. Instructions will be provided on how to meet this requirement.
  5. Signed Honor Code, Confidentiality, Release of this Information and Photo/Video Consent. An admitted student shall receive instructions on how to meet this requirement.
  6. Completion of background check and drug screening prior to enrollment and must use the company selected by the CHP HFSON.
  7. Complete the following health requirements:
    1. Physical Examination with statement by physician or care provider verifying student is in good health and capable of maintaining the rigors of a nursing program. To obtain the physical examination from your personal provider, students must utilize the
    2. Coppin State University College of Health Professions Helene Fuld School of Nursing Community Health Center Physical Examination Form. The form must be stamped and dated by the care provider.
    3. PPD testing ---Initially. If positive, proof of Chest x-ray within a designated period.
    4. Titers for the following:
      1. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Initially, immunizations or titers required. If date of birth in 1956 and MMR before then, will not need titers. Immunizations must have been received after 1980. If titers positive or documented proof of immunization, no further testing will be required.
      2. Varicella
    5. Tetanus: Initially, documented proof. Immunizations required every 10 years.
    6. Hepatitis (which will include last date of immunization or statement of declination of vaccine): This will provide the School of Nursing with information on whether you have had three-injection of hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.
    7. Influenza vaccine shall be required each October while enrolled in the program.

RN To BSN Program

Registered Nurse Applicant Criteria RN to BSN

Plan Procedure for Applying

In order to be considered for admission to the RN to BSN plan of study, applicants must submit a completed application packet and:

  1. Receive admission to the University prior to requesting admission to the College of Health Professions and the Helene Fuld School of Nursing.
  2. Complete the application process as required by the University Office of Admissions.
  3. Complete the application form for the Undergraduate Nursing Program (http://www.coppin.edu/UndergraduateNursing/Application.pdf) and all necessary documentation for the RN to BSN Plan of Study.
  4. Must hold a current unencumbered Registered Nurse License for the State of Maryland and/or Compact state licensure.
  5. Must be a graduate of an accredited Associate Degree (ADN) and/or Diploma Nursing Program.
  6. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale on all college or university courses completed prior to requesting admission to the RN to BSN Plan. Must submit transcripts from all schools attended.
  7. Submit a letter of good standing if prior enrollment in a BSN program.
  8. Successfully complete the pre-requisite courses*(refer to the RN to BSN Plan of Study located in the section titled Course Descriptions and Plans of Study) with a minimum grade of "C" for the nursing major.
  9. Submit a current resume.
  10. Submit an essay which addresses the student's philosophy of nursing and overall professional goals.
  11. Achieve satisfactory score on the designated School of nursing entrance examination.
  12. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation on the form required by the Nursing Program. (These forms are ONLINE or in the HFSON Admission Packet.)

The applicant should be advised that additional requirements of the program include:

  1. Maintenance of an unencumbered RN license prior to enrollment and while matriculating in the program.
  2. Computer skills: proficiency is expected in word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), presentation software (preferably Microsoft PowerPoint), spreadsheets (preferably Microsoft Excel), Internet use (such as search/browse, access specific web sites), email (including the ability to attach and send documents via e- mail and to retrieve documents from incoming emails), uploading/downloading documents and or attaching files, use of the web enhanced courses management system (Blackboard), ability to access and navigate the official University web site, and the installation and maintenance of anti-virus and firewall software. If students are lacking in any of these skills, it is important that these skills be obtained through, for example, courses offered or via self-study through any of the free on-line tutorials that are available via web. Computer skills as suggested above by CSU CHP Helene Fuld School of Nursing are defined as a demonstrated ability to use technology to access, manipulate, evaluate, use, and present information.
  3. Health clearance with statement by physician or care provider verifying student is in good health and capable of maintaining the rigors of a nursing program. To obtain the physical examination from your personal provider, students must utilize the Coppin State University Community Health Center's Physical Examination form. The form must be stamped and dated by the health care provider. 
  4. Complete the health requirements including PPD testing, Immunizations and titers. Additional requirements may be identified by the Community Health Center administration to be in compliance with the agency stipulations. 
  5. Completion of background check and urine drug screening once admitted and must use the company selected by the HFSON. 
  6. CPR Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Professionals) and AED Training. Must be an American Heart Association Certification of CPR (adult, child and infant). This card must include date of expiration. 
  7. Completion of the HFSON online training for HIPAA, OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens standard and Joint Commission requirements including Diversity and Restraints. Instructions will be provided on this requirement. 
  8. Signed Honor Code, Confidentiality, Release of this Information and Photo/Video Consent. An admitted student shall receive instructions on how to meet this requirement.
  9. NURS 217 - Health Assessment  will require two (2) additional hours per week of clinical time; NURS 430  will require six (6) hours per week of clinical time.

Application/Selection Process

Complete the application form included in the mailed packet of materials or use the Coppin website www.coppin.edu. An applicant may also write the Office of Admissions, Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216. The College of Health Professions Office of Student Affairs and Recruitment (STAR), may be contacted at (410) 951-3970. The application process includes the submission of the following: transcripts with evidence of completion of all pre-requisites, essay to include philosophy of nursing and professional goals, resume, letters of recommendation and satisfactory score on the entrance test.

Science Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology, and Chemistry for Health Professionals are required for admission. The science courses will be accepted in accordance with the University requirements. Required science courses must have been completed within ten (10) years prior to admission to the HFSON. For Science courses a grade of B or better is recommended.

Special note: The applicant is advised that an interview may be required for consideration into the program All applicants will be notified of the decision regarding admission or denial to the Nursing Program.

  1. Transcripts: Request the Registrar of all colleges and/or other universities attended or currently attending, to send complete official transcripts, regardless of period of attendance. Photocopies or student copies are unacceptable.
  2. Science GPA -Review of course grade in Anatomy and Physiology I.
  3. Essay - Philosophy of Nursing and Professional Goals. Applicants must submit explanatory statements to include:
    1. A statement of your philosophy of nursing
    2. Reason for selecting Nursing as a career, including professional goals. Explain how the Bachelor of Science degree will assist in achieving your professional goals.
    3. Factors that prompted advancing one's education.
    4. Reasons for selecting Coppin State University as the higher education institution for completing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
    5. Discussion of long-term goals/plans.
    6. A brief summary of significant work experience, progressing from high school to college to current time period.
    7. A statement detailing how previous work and educational experiences relates to one's philosophy of nursing.
    8. Final statement is needed in light of the fact that the RN to BSN Plan is very intensive. Include a statement discussing how you will handle the demands of the academic program as well as outside responsibilities while enrolled in the RN to BSN plan of study.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three Letters of Recommendation are expected using the designated forms. As the applicant, you must sign the forms in the appropriate space before submitting. You should have college/university instructors or employers complete recommendation forms and return them as directed. Please do not seek recommendations from any individuals who does not know your academic abilities. Such a decision could result in either a delay of your application of acceptance or a rejection of the application.
  5. Completion of prerequisite courses (refer to the Plan of Study)
  6. Resume
  7. License
  8. Entrance testing
  9. Interview - An interview may be required as a component of the admissions process for the RN to BSN plan of study.
  10. Acknowledgement Statement - The applicant shall sign an acknowledgement statement indicating that he/she is aware of the requirements of the plan of study.

Note for all applicants: Admission to Coppin State University is not considered automatic admission to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing

Information on fees for the Nursing Program is provided annually by the Helene Fuld School of Nursing to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036-1120.

Articulation Agreement

"A among all public nursing programs is in effect. Maryland statewide nursing education articulation agreement The goal of the Maryland statewide education articulation agreement is to minimize barriers to educational advancement for nurses, thereby encouraging nurses to reach the highest possible level of education. Well educated nurses are essential to providing Maryland citizens with the best possible nursing care."

RN to BSN Articulation Model:

No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 70 non-nursing credits, will be accepted from a community college. Nursing credits will not be transferred. However, Registered Nurses with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license articulating to the baccalaureate level are awarded a minimum of thirty (30) upper division nursing credits as advanced placement in the program.

Transfer Credits

Under the Maryland Nursing Articulation Model, for RNs credits are awarded for transferable nursing and non- nursingcourses at the college level. Vocational-technical and non-college general education courses do not transfer, subject to individual college policies. No more than half of the credits for a degree can be transfer credits. "(New Maryland Articulation Agreement, 2003)"

  

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