Contact: DARA WEGMAN-GEEDEY, Professor (Biology)
B.S., Mount Union; Ph.D., Delaware
Augustana's pre-nursing program is designed to prepare students for several types of nursing degree programs. Augustana graduates have been accepted into a variety of accelerated BSN programs, second-degree BSN programs, and direct-entry MSN programs, some of which feed into nurse practitioner programs. Acceptance into any post-baccalaureate nursing program is dependent upon under-graduate performance, clinical shadowing experience, letters of evaluation, interview results and successful completion of all entrance requirements.
While requirements vary among different schools, Augustana's pre-nursing program satisfies the general education and science prerequisites for nearly all nursing schools in the country. The program requirements include BIOL-200, BIOL-210, BIOL-255, BIOL-343, BIOL-362, BIOL-370; CHEM-121, CHEM--122, CHEM-123; PSYC-100, PSYC-216, PSYC-240; SOC-100 and one of RELG-326 or PHIL-203 or PHIL-205. Recommended supporting courses include ANTH-220, BIOL-263, CHEM-311, upper-level communication and composition courses, and additional social science coursework.
The Augustana nursing program is not a graduation major, so a departmental major must be completed if the student intends to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The choice of graduation major is not critical for acceptance by a school of nursing, but the majority of students matriculating in advanced nursing programs have a major in the biological sciences or psychology.
Augustana College has a unique BA/BSN Dual Degree articulation with Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Students may be accepted to the program during the spring of their first or sophomore year at Augustana and must then maintain a minimum grade-point average and complete all required coursework. Through this articulation, students are granted limited acceptance to Trinity to take a nursing skills course in early summer following their third year at Augustana. Following this nursing skills course, Dual Degree students will complete their Nursing Senior Inquiry project in a Trinity Health System clinical setting of their choice during late summer.
All Dual Degree students then return to Augustana for their senior year to complete the BA in biology and a minor in either anthropology, psychology, sociology or women and gender studies. During senior year, students may work as part-time CNAs or patient care technicians at local facilities which will provide them with additional clinical experience.
After graduation from Augustana, they are granted complete acceptance to Trinity and finish the remaining year of nursing school, graduating with a BSN degree and an RN license pending adequate performance on the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for RNs). The Augustana/Trinity College program (five years total) is not restricted to Illinois residents.
Students interested in nursing should confer with the advisor early in the first year of study.