To provide the health care community with competent, compassionate individuals prepared through programs dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service, with an emphasis on rural populations.
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. Its 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. 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.
Additional clinical experiences, and completion of the General Education courses needed for a University Bachelor of Science/Nursing Degree. The program is designed to meet the needs of working nurses, offered either part time or full time, and features online nursing courses to further accommodate the busy schedules of working nurses.
Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)
The purpose of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is to give each student the necessary education to become a competent physical therapist assistant. This is achieved through professional education and training using sequential instruction, practical clinical experiences, and development of leadership skills. Emphasized throughout the student experience are problem solving skills, scientific inquiry, ethics, teamwork, and examination of the roles of the physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant and the boundaries between them. Also emphasized is development of professional behaviors that facilitate and enhance positive therapeutic relationships with patients, including respect and sensitivity for ethnic, cultural, and spiritual differences. Qualified clinical sites further support these ideas.
The PTA program faculty members believe learning is a life-long process that requires self-assessment of professional behaviors, clinical skill performance, and service to society. This requires active participation in an open, supportive environment. The faculty demonstrates the attitudes necessary to support individual learning styles, maximizing each student’s potential. Through the competency-based curriculum, the student is given the opportunity to learn the problem solving skills and professional behaviors necessary to become both a critical-thinking PTA and a contributing member of society.
Program outcomes within the College of Health Sciences are derived from the Finlandia University core competencies, known as the Finlandia Plan. Graduates of the College of Health Sciences are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet individual program outcomes.
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.
The six core competencies for the B.S.N. graduate are:
Communication: The Nursing graduate communicates effectively with persons through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and informational technologies.
Analytical and Critical Thinking: The Nursing graduate integrates mathematics, scientific knowledge, and research with nursing practice.
Personal Perspective: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability to meet personal needs as a mature, adaptable member within the nursing profession.
Creative Insight: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively in the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems, issues, truth claims, and ethical issues.
Global Perspective: The Nursing graduate understands and appreciates the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts within a global and multicultural society.
Concentration in Nursing: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability and commitment to practice nursing within the roles of provider and manager of care.
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program outcomes integrate Finlandia University’s Institutional Student Learning Outcomes and the performance criteria of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument.
Upon successful completion of the PTA program at Finlandia University, the PTA graduate will demonstrate the values and behaviors recognized by the APTA that most influence the PTA in providing safe, effective patient care as a member of the physical therapy team for the following:
PTA Concentration: Possesses the necessary entry-level technical skills to practice as a physical therapist assistant in a variety of practice settings that includes patient populations across the lifespan.
Creative Insight: Integrates knowledge of basic sciences and physical therapy (PT) theory to appropriately apply and modify selected PT procedures to diverse populations under the supervision of a physical therapist.
Communication: Communicates effectively with patients, supervisors, support personnel, and other health care team members using suitable verbal, non-verbal, and written skills. These skills will reflect:
Altruism, integrity, compassion and caring
The importance of PT/PTA collaboration in effective patient care delivery
Analytic and Critical Thinking: Incorporates sound clinical reasoning and problem solving to interpret the plan of care prescribed by the PT.
Personal Perspective: Possesses the necessary professional behaviors to practice as a physical therapist assistant in a variety of practice settings. These professional behaviors include the following:
Commitment to Learning/Use of Constructive Feedback
Stress Management/Effective Use of Time and Resources
Global Perspective: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and individual differences when delivering care to patients and acknowledges social responsibility as a healthcare provider.
Concentration in PTA: Succeeds in qualifying for licensure/certification/registration where required by state law.
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 degree program in nursing at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Program, Progression, and Clinical Practice Requirements
Nursing Department policies are presented in the B.S.N. Student Handbook, which is distributed to students upon entry into the Nursing major in the sophomore year. Students interested in progressing to the Nursing major must file an application of interest with the Nursing Department during February of the academic year preceding entry into the sophomore-level Nursing curriculum. Transfer students are urged to contact the Nursing Department for assistance. A limited number of eligible students are accepted into the Nursing major each fall. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of positions available, the faculty reserves the right to select the applicants based on academic qualifications and performance. The remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list and are encouraged to re-apply for admission into the Nursing major the following year. Enrollment numbers in the professional Nursing major are based on state regulations for student-to-faculty ratios in the clinical setting and the availability of cooperating health care agencies for clinical placement.
Program Requirements: In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to Finlandia University, students applying for entry into the sophomore year of the Nursing major must meet the following criteria:
Comply with the health requirements as outlined in the orientation packet distributed upon acceptance to the Nursing major.
Satisfactorily complete, or have reasonable expectations of completing, the freshman curriculum course requirements. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all pre-nursing coursework, with grades of “B-” or better in BIO 171 and BIO 172.
Achieve a pre-nursing cumulative GPA at Finlandia University of 2.85 or better, or receive a GPA of 2.85 or better in pre-nursing coursework at other colleges or universities. Required courses may be repeated only once to be eligible for admission to the Nursing major.
Upon admission to the Nursing major, students are expected to enroll in all Nursing courses in sequence.
Nursing students are expected to pass a criminal history check and a drug/substance use screening prior to starting the clinical rotations. Students with questions regarding the background screening process are encouraged to meet with their advisor.
Students who are denied admission to the Nursing major and wish to re-apply must file an application for re-entry prior to subsequent admission deadlines.
Students progressing to the Nursing major from pre-Nursing will receive an orientation packet in the semester prior to entry. This orientation packet includes information regarding the health requirements, a health history and physical form, immunization history form, uniform information, CPR requirements, and a list of important dates. Much of this information must be compiled and/or completed during the summer prior to starting in the Nursing major. Communications can be directed to the Nursing Office.
The course requirements of the B.S.N. major are rigorous and will require more time and commitment than many other areas of study. In addition to the academic coursework, a clinical component is integrated throughout the final three years of the curriculum. Attendance in both classes and clinical placements is mandatory. Each clinical nursing course requires a minimum of three hours of direct clinical experience per clinical semester credit hour per week; schedules will vary depending on the clinical assignment and/or clinical agency. Additional time is required for travel, clinical preparation, and study prior to and after clinical experiences. To graduate, students accepted into the Nursing major will complete three academic years and one required summer session, providing all courses are taken in sequence and satisfactorily completed.
Participation in the clinical setting requires the following:
Written documentation of a current criminal history check and drug/substance use screening prior to entry into the clinical nursing courses. Information regarding these requirements is provided during the sophomore orientation to the Nursing major.
Submission of the required health forms, including a recent physical examination completed by a licensed health care provider, documentation related to sensitivity or allergy to latex, and a current immunization record for tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), polio, varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunization for Hepatitis B is recommended; students who do not wish to comply must sign a waiver to decline and a Release of Responsibility form obtained from the Nursing Department.
Proof of varicella immunity is required. Students need to provide either proof of two (2) varicella immunizations or a positive titer.
Yearly documentation of a negative tuberculosis skin-test (2 step) or chest x-ray in accordance with clinical/CDC guidelines.
Evidence of current CPR training for the health care provider. Training must be renewed yearly.
Uniforms and attire that comply with the dress code as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook. Information regarding uniforms is also included in the B.S.N. Student Orientation Packet provided upon acceptance to the Nursing major (sophomore level).
Proof of health insurance is required for entry to the nursing major. Costs associated with health insurance are the responsibility of the student. Finlandia University and its affiliated health care agencies assume no responsibility for injuries or illnesses incurred while performing duties as a student-nurse.
Progression in the Nursing major is contingent on the successful completion of the following:
Students must earn the minimally accepted grade in each Nursing course as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook. Any student not meeting this requirement may not continue in the Nursing sequence and will be required to apply for re-entry the following year. Students are advised to meet with their advisors should this situation arise.
Theory and clinical components must be successfully completed for all clinical courses. Theory and clinical grades are not combined or averaged.
Courses completed with grades below the established requirements must be repeated to become eligible for re-entry into the Nursing major. Failed courses may be repeated only once.
Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all non-Nursing courses.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or above throughout the Nursing curriculum.
Students whose grades are below the required minimums at mid-term are expected to meet with the instructor, academic advisor, or Nursing Department Chair to discuss strategies for success.
Students must demonstrate professional behaviors and practices consistent with the Standards for Professional Practice as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook.
The instructional design of the RN-to-BSN curriculum is intended to meet the needs of the working, adult learner. Web-based, on-line instructional technologies are utilized in conjunction with a faculty-directed independent study plan to provide the flexibility needed for adult learner success. Students may complete the course requirements full-time or part-time. Full-time, the RN-to-BSN program can be completed in a minimum of four (4) full-time semesters. To receive the B.S.N. degree, program requirements must be completed within seven (7) years.
Degree Requirements: Concordant with the B.S.N. degree, students enrolled in the RN-to-BSN Completion program are required to earn a total of 124 credits, which are achieved through transfer credits, the submission of a professional portfolio, and course completion. To graduate, RN-to-BSN program students must provide evidence of successful completion of the following:
46 credits (to include three credits for one Religion or Finnish Studies elective, 18 credits within the Finlandia Core, of which at least six (6) credits are at the 300-400 academic level);
30 credits for previously acquired clinical coursework;
24 credits for portfolio work (NUR 299), to include proof of an active RN license to practice in the State of Michigan; and
24 credits of BSN coursework at the 300-400 academic level.
In keeping with university policies, students receiving the B.S.N. degree must complete 30 of the final 36 course credits at Finlandia University immediately prior to graduation (the awarding of the new degree), complete at least 30 credits at the 300-400 level at Finlandia University, and meet the General Education requirements as outlined in the Finlandia University academic catalog.
Consistent with B.S.N. program progression policies, RN-to-BSN program students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.85 throughout the program and receive the minimally accepted grade in each Nursing course. All non-nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
Entrance Requirements: Students eligible for admission to the RN-to-BSN Completion program must:
Be eligible for admission to the university;
Meet the requirements for the clinical component of the BSN program;
Have graduated from a state-approved nursing program;
Have successfully passed, or have a reasonable expectation of passing, the NCLEX-RN exam prior to entry into NUR 343Z (Transition to Professional Nursing);
Possess an active license to practice nursing as a registered nurse;
Be clear of any limitations to practice nursing;
Possess an active and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in a US state.
Have completed all General Education and pre- Nursing courses with a minimum grade of “C”;
Have attained and maintained a college GPA of 2.85 or above; and
Have completed the basic science and math requirements including eight (8) credits of anatomy and physiology, four (4) credits of microbiology, and four (4) credits of college algebra, or their equivalents with the required grade expectations.
Portfolio Requirements: Prior to the start of NUR 343Z (Transition to Professional Nursing), students will prepare a professional portfolio that contains the following documents. A committee comprising of Nursing faculty and the department chair will review each completed portfolio. Approved portfolios will appear on the transcript as NUR 299 (Experiential Portfolio), with 24 credits earned. A full description of the process and required documents will be mailed to students upon admission.
Letter of introduction addressed to faculty committee;
Proof of RN licensure (copy of state-issued license to practice as a registered nurse;
Copy of diploma granted by a State Board-approved diploma or associate degree nursing program;
Curriculum vitae-résumé reflecting work history and professional development;
Two(2) professional letters of reference;
Professional goal statement (see Nursing Department for details); and
Admission essay (see Nursing Department for details).
Progression Criteria: Once admitted into the technical component of the program, students must meet the following requirements to retain their position:
The student must maintain at least a “C” (2.0) in any individual course, but must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the required General Education course work. The student must have a minimum GPA of a 2.7 (“B-”) in the following courses: BIO 171 and BIO 172. If the requirements are not met, student GPAs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis each semester to determine if student status remains PTA, or reverts to pre-PTA. Required courses may be repeated only once.
Students must demonstrate professional behaviors and practices consistent with the Professional Behaviors Assessment as outlined in the PTA Student Handbook.
Participation in the clinical setting
In addition to academic course work, clinical education is a significant part of the physical therapist assistant’s education, helping the student apply the learned skills, professional behaviors, and academic knowledge to the practice of physical therapy. The Finlandia University PTA program has a strong clinical education component with an emphasis on rural health care experiences. During clinical education, PTA students complete 14 weeks of full-time clinical experience at three different clinical affiliation sites. Students are required to gain exposure to diverse physical therapy settings, diagnosis groups, and patient populations. To be eligible to participate in clinical education experiences, the student must submit the following:
Submit evidence of current training and certification in American Heart Association-BLS for Healthcare Providers.
Submit evidence of a recently completed physical examination by a physician indicating that the student has no limitations that would interfere with successfully performing PTA interventions required during the PTA program technical phase. The cost of the examination is the responsibility of the student.
Immunizations/Health Tests. The student is required to provide a current record of a negative tuberculosis skin test (2-step test). If a TB test is positive, a negative chest x-ray no older than twelve months is required. Also required is proof of immunization for rubella, rubeola (measles), mumps, and varicella (chicken pox). It is recommended that the student be immunized for Hepatitis B; however, in the event that the student does not want this immunization he/she must sign a Hepatitis B Immunization Information and Release from Responsibility form. Proof of receiving the influenza vaccine is required during flu season (September thru March). Forms are available in the PTA Department office. The cost of these tests is the responsibility of the student.
Health Insurance. During the technical phase of the PTA program, the student is required to provide evidence of basic health insurance. If a student does not have such insurance, the PTA program can recommend short-term policies and provide information from different vendors. The cost of this insurance is the responsibility of the student.
During the clinical education experiences of the “technical phase,” the student may be required to purchase a “lab” coat to be worn during the experience. The cost of one lab coat is approximately $30-$40 and is the student’s responsibility.
A clear criminal background check is required prior to clinical placement for all PTA students.