Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Finlandia University in Michigan

The Nursing program is designed to provide a balanced curriculum in nursing and liberal studies that will prepare graduates to function as effective members of the health care team.

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About Finlandia Nursing Program

The nursing program at Finlandia University’s mission is to prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness, and the practice of nursing. The B.S.N. program provides students with educational opportunities in a high-quality learning environment that leads to the preparation of competent, caring nursing professionals. The integration of learning with faith and values promotes the students’ intellectual growth and personal development.

Nursing students receive theory instruction in the classroom, skills instruction in the nursing skills lab, and clinical patient care experiences in a variety of acute care and community health care settings. Finlandia University’s Nursing Department works to provide a nurturing, caring community focused on connecting theory and practice to the service of human beings. An active, collaborative partnership among students, educators, and interdisciplinary health care professionals in the rural community is an integral part of the learning experience while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The broad theoretical base of knowledge and the high level of clinical competence provide Finlandia Nursing students a foundation for assuming the professional roles of leadership and practice in regional, national, and international health care settings. Nursing program graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and, upon passing, may practice as registered nurses.

Clubs & Organizations – Nursing

Student Nurse Association
The Student Nurse Association (SNA) at Finlandia University offers peer support and communication for nursing students, performs fundraising projects for class events, and participates in community outreach through volunteer activities. Annual election of officers is held in the spring. A student representative is elected to act as a spokesperson for student concerns. Affiliated with the Michigan Student Nurse Association (MSNA), nursing students are provided the opportunity to network with students across the state.

Study Abroad Opportunities – Nursing Program

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s in nursing.

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |


TEAS – Test of Essential Academic Skills
The TEAS Test is administered upon entry into the Nursing Major. This exam is used as an entry-level assessment measure designed to measure basic essential skills in the areas of reading, math, science, and English. The exam is administered during the orientation session students attend upon entry to the Nursing Major (sophomore year). Information gained from this exam is used to generate a baseline measure for the entering cohort and for individual students. The data is used to identify potential weaknesses in the curriculum and any potential learning needs for individual students. The cost of this exam is included in the Nursing Lab Fees paid by the students each semester.

ATI Testing
All students are required to participate in the computerized testing program for progression in the BSN program. Exams are administered upon completion of select courses and upon completion of the entire nursing curriculum. Certification to take the NCLEX-RN exam is granted upon successful completion of an exit exam) to be taken at the conclusion of the BSN program. Students who do not meet the established benchmark levels on the exit exam are to meet with their advisor or the Nursing Department Chair to devise a plan for remediation, which may include (but not necessarily limited to) additional testing or attendance at a national NCLEX review course. Certification to take the NCLEX-RN is then granted upon successful completion of remediation. Fees associated with the ATI Testing software are collected through the Campus Bookstore every semester throughout the Nursing Major.

ANA – American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by foster high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.

Nursing Accreditation

The Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, 611 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. 30670, Lansing, Mich. 48909, (517) 373-7484, approves the Finlandia University Nursing program. The baccalaureate Nursing program at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Initial Approval Received from the MI Board of Nursing: January 10, 2003. Program Accreditation Received from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): April 21, 2007; Renewed October 10, 2011; Next renewal date is October 2021.

Graduation/employment data – Nursing

Bureau of Labor Statistics for registered nurses.

Additional Links and Forms – Nursing Degrees

What you will learn

Nursing program competencies are derived from Finlandia University’s assessment plan (core competencies) and the competencies defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Program competencies serve as the exit outcomes for B.S.N. graduates and are leveled for each academic year within the Nursing major.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in nursing?

Graduates will be able to:

  • communicates effectively with persons through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and informational technologies.
  • integrates mathematics, scientific knowledge, and research with nursing practice.
  • demonstrates the ability to meet personal needs as a mature, adaptable member within the nursing profession.
  • demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively in the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems, issues, truth claims, and ethical issues.
  • understands and appreciates the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts within a global and multicultural society.
  • demonstrates the ability and commitment to practice nursing within the roles of provider and manager of care.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Pharmacology
    Introduction to the basic concepts of pharmacology and their relationships to health care. Focuses on the major drug classifications, principles of drug actions/interactions, application of specific drugs in the treatment of disease, normal and abnormal responses to drug therapy, dosage calculations, and appropriate nursing actions to achieve desired outcomes of drug therapy. The nurse’s role and responsibilities in clinical pharmacology are examined. Available fall semesters. Prerequisites: BIO 172 and CHM 145.
  • Nursing Theory
    Designed to enable the students to examine nursing from a historical as well as present day perspective. Examines the organizing framework of the nursing program philosophy and the concepts of nursing, person, environment, and health that underscore nursing’s metaparadigm. Nursing conceptual models and theories and their relationship to research and professional nursing practice are discussed. Available fall semesters. Prerequisites: ENG 104 and NUR 204.
  • Nursing Management/Leadership
    Synthesizes previously acquired theoretical and clinical foundation for application of the nursing process as it relates to management in professional nursing. Further development of entry-level leadership and management skills as provider of care and manager of clients with complex multidimensional health problems. Students refine their autonomy, accountability, collaboration, and caring communication in managing groups of clients in a variety of settings. Available fall semesters. Prerequisites: NUR 312, NUR 318, and NUR 400. Taken concurrently with NUR 404.

Career Opportunities

Case Management, Community Health, Critical Care, Emergency Departments, Home Health Care, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical, Occupational Health, Outpatient Clinics, Physicians’ Offices, Red Cross, Obstetrics, Oncology, Orthopedics, Outpatient Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatric/Mental Health Rehabilitation, Research, Schools, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Surgical, Teaching
Irina SergeyevaAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universityirina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu906-487-7354
Johnna TherrianNursing Department Chair
Associate Professor, Nursing
Finlandia Universityjohnna.therrian@finlandia.edu906-487-7306
Jan WoodbeckAdministrative Assistant, NursingFinlandia Universityjan.woodbeck@finlandia.edu906-487-7305
Lori Sullivan
Lori SullivanAssistant Chair, Nursing
Associate Professor, Nursing
RN-BSN Program Director
Finlandia Universitylori.sullivan@finlandia.edu906-487-7333
Mark MironAssociate Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitymark.miron@finlandia.edu906-487-7247
Paula RothAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia 487-7355
Ryan BessoloInstructor, Nursing Finlandia Universityryan.bessolo@finlandia.edu906-487-7357
Suzanne MironAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitysuzanne.miron@finlandia.edu906-487-7323
Theresa Rajala-HalseyAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitytheresa.rajalahalsey@finlandia.edu906-487-7332

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