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Policies & Requirements for Nursing at Finlandia University

Degree 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:

  1. Comply with the health requirements as outlined in the orientation packet distributed upon acceptance to the Nursing major.
  2. 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 MAT 140, BIO 171, and BIO172.
  3. 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.
  4. Upon admission to the Nursing major, students are expected to enroll in all Nursing courses in sequence.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Admission Policies*

Freshmen BSN students are enrolled as pre-nursing students and are eligible for entry into the Nursing major upon successful completion of the pre-nursing curriculum. Students may enter pre-nursing at any time. Entry into the Nursing major occurs in the fall semester of each academic year. Admission to the Nursing major is limited.

Eligibility requirements for entry into the pre-nursing freshman curriculum include the completion of one full year of high school courses in algebra, chemistry, and biology (and/or equivalents). High school science courses require completion with a minimum grade of “B-”, math placement in MAT 140 Intermediate Algebra is based on University requirements, and a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0-point scale is required. College-level course equivalents require a minimum grade of “C” or better with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology I and II and MAT 140 Intermediate Algebra which require a minimum grade of B- or better, and a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.85.

Admission to the pre-nursing curriculum does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. For information regarding progression from pre-nursing to the nursing major, please refer to the Nursing Program requirements located under the College of Health Sciences.

Transfer students who wish to directly enter the Nursing major must be in good academic standing with a minimum earned GPA of 2.85 on all work attempted, and must satisfy the Finlandia University pre-nursing curriculum. Transfer students enter on a space-available basis and should plan on at least three years to complete the Nursing major. Interested students are encouraged to review the suggested course sequence and detailed program requirements in this publication. Transfer students may direct inquiries to the Nursing Department.

Participation in the clinical setting requires the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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, 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.
  3. Proof of varicella immunity is required. Students need to provide either proof of two (2) varicella immunizations or a positive titer.
  4. Yearly documentation of a negative tuberculosis skin-test (2 step) or chest x-ray in accordance with clinical/CDC guidelines.
  5. Evidence of current CPR training for the health care provider. Training must be renewed yearly.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Theory and clinical components must be successfully completed for all clinical courses. Theory and clinical grades are not combined or averaged.
  3. 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.
  4. Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all non-Nursing courses.
  5. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or above throughout the Nursing curriculum.
  6. 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.
  7. Students must demonstrate professional behaviors and practices consistent with the Standards for Professional Practice as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook.

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