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SVSU Nursing Application & Notification

Applications for the Winter 2018 semester will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017 and will end on November 10, 2017.

NURSING APPLICANT
  PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION

Thank you for your interest in the BSN program in the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University.  Below you will find important information about the application process, please read each document carefully before starting the application.  The link to begin your application is at the bottom of this document. 

  • Please read the “Nursing Program Application Instructions” below carefully.
  • A list of items must be attached to the on-line application in pdf format.  Please make sure you have these items before you start the application.  If these are not attached to your application, we cannot process it. Please note some items are required only if you have taken courses at other colleges/universities.
  •  Be sure to complete the entire application packet. If your application is incomplete, we cannot process it. The entire application must be completed and submitted in one sitting. It cannot be saved to come back to later.

If you have questions regarding the nursing application or application process, please contact our Health & Human Services academic advisor, Steve Killey, at sskilley@svsu.edu or (989) 964-4517. Steve's office is located in H255 (second floor of the Health & Human Services building). 

If you have questions about your background check, immunizations or CPR certification please contact our Nursing Clinical Coordinators: Danielle Premo (dlpremo@svsu.edu or (989) 964-4172 or Danielle Trombley (ddtrombl@svsu.edu or (989) 964-2011.

Nursing Program Application Instructions

Dear SVSU Nursing Program Applicant:

In providing this application to you, the nursing faculty and I share your excitement about the possibility of you achieving the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Please be aware that you must apply and be admitted to SVSU before applying to the nursing program. The SVSU application is separate from the nursing program application and is available from SVSU’s Office of Admissions or http://www.svsu.edu/apply/undergraduate/.

Your nursing application, with its attachments, must be submitted with the online application before November 10, 2017.  Decisions about the Winter 2018 applications will be made in November 2017. Fall 2017 semester grades must be submitted to the Nursing Department by TBA to confirm successful completion of the courses via email to sskilley@svsu.edu. 

The selection process will include a review of your academic credentials overall GPA, math/science GPA of prerequisite nursing courses, and social sciences: General Psychology (PSYC 100), Introduction to Sociology (SOC 111), General Education Categories 9 - oral communication, and 10 -written communication courses. Eligible applicants will be notified via email to your SVSU email account and must complete a background check; instructions will be emailed to you.  If you have not yet completed English 111 and General Education Category 10 or their equivalents, you will be notified regarding completing a writing sample.  For your application to the nursing program to be reviewed, you must attach, in pdf format, the following documents with your application.  You can find these documents in the “My SVSU” portal on the SVSU website main page.  To make a pdf file, simply copy the information from "my SVSU" portal into a word document and "save as" a pdf.  For your degree audit, you will need to make the word document "landscape" before you paste the information into the word document. 

1.  Current class schedule, whether you are taking classes at SVSU or another institution. 

2.  A copy of your SVSU degree audit. 

3.  Transcript(s) (an unofficial copy is acceptable) from all colleges and/or universities ever attended, including a SVSU transcript. If you are a transfer student or have taken classes at another university, the SVSU Registrar must have an official transcript on file. 

4.  A copy of signed course petition form(s) if you have petitioned the Nursing Department Chair or the SVSU Registrar regarding a course.

       *All courses that have been petitioned through the Nursing Department Chair must be done prior to applying to the nursing program. Begin early because it may take up to 2 months to process.

       If you are transferring in Anatomy & Physiology to SVSU, the courses must be petition. Use this link to get a petition form:   http://www.svsu.edu/officeoftheregistrar/servicesforms/

       Any prerequisite course taken at another university that does not have a direct equivalent at SVSU must be petitioned through the nursing department chairperson. You can use the SVSU transfer guides to see how your course transfers to SVSU. http://www.svsu.edu/officeoftheregistrar/transferstudents/transferequivalencies/

       To petition a course: (1) Fill out petition form. (2) Include a course syllabus, if possible. If a syllabus is not available, include a course description from the University catalog where the course was completed. (3) Include a transcript showing you have completed the course, or will complete the course, with a passing grade. (4) Email to Dr. Karen Brown-Fackler at kmbrown4@svsu.edu (5) You will receive a copy of the petition in the US Postal Mail.

       If you have questions about petitions, contact Steve Killey at 989-964-4517 or sskilley@svsu.edu.


We will communicate with all nursing program applicants through your SVSU email account. Please be sure to check your SVSU email account frequently and make sure your mailbox is not full, as this is the only means of communication that will be used.

Best wishes as you pursue your academic goals at SVSU,

Dr. Karen Brown-Fackler, R.N. - Nursing Department Chair

 

Following is a list of requirements students must meet when they are admitted to the nursing program. Please read this carefully so that if you are admitted you will be able to comply with these requirements.

NURSING PROGRAM TECHNICAL STANDARDS

It is critical that all candidates for a nursing degree possess certain fundamental skills and abilities. A person qualified for the nursing program is one who has met SVSU’s academic standards and is able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to demonstrate on a regular basis the ability to perform the essential functions of a registered nurse and to provide safe and quality nursing care.

The list of core skills and abilities set forth below is designed to help students make an informed decision about whether to pursue a career in nursing.  The examples of necessary activities provided below are not exhaustive; individual clinical sites may have stricter requirements to which students practicing in that site must adhere.  Additional specific requirements and competencies of the nursing program (e.g., academic standards) are outlined in course syllabi and clinical performance tools. Before deciding whether to obtain a nursing degree, it is important that all students consider whether he or she will be able to perform the essential functions of nursing, with or without accommodations. All nursing students are required to meet the same standards.  SVSU fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate against students with disabilities.  If at any time you wish to discuss whether reasonable accommodations can be provided by SVSU, you should submit a written request for accommodation to SVSU Disability Services.  In order to allow Disability Services ample time to determine whether reasonable accommodations can be provided, whenever possible, the request should be submitted prior to entry into a course for which the student believes reasonable accommodations may be needed.

 

Core Skills

Standard

Examples of Necessary Activities

Communication

Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in oral and written form.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and client responses. Read and record documentation in the chart and online data sources, quickly and accurately in emergency situations.

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.

Move around in client rooms, work spaces and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures, lift 40 pounds and move patients from bed to wheelchair or stretcher.  Must be able to sit, stand, move and tolerate taxing workloads for up to12 hours at a time.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment, position clients, administer medications orally and by injection, use hospital equipment safely and manipulate life support devices.  Can apply pressure to stop bleeding.  Can perform palpation, percussion and auscultation.

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Hears monitor alarms, emergency signals, body sounds, cries for help. Can hear using a stethoscope and communicate over the telephone.

Visual

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

Observes client responses and recognizes subtle physical changes.  Can determine differences in colors and read information on patient charts, medications and equipment.  Can read gauges. Can see to administer treatments, discriminate colors for diagnostic purposes, observe changes in skin color and drainage on dressings and assess movements.

Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of skilled nursing activities.

Performs palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those activities related to therapeutic nursing interventions, e.g. insertion of a catheter or IV. Can assess temperature, shape, size and vibration. Some latex sensitivities can be accommodated, but allergies make it extremely hard, if not impossible, to place in clinical settings.

Mental

Coping ability sufficient for coping with death, anxiety, and multiple demands.

Comforts patients and families, keeps personal stress level in check and responds to multiple demands. Acts ethically and uses compassion. Completes all responsibilities, attendant to client care.  Adjusts to changing circumstances.

Cognitive

Reading comprehension, deductive, inductive reasoning and computation skills.

Calculates medication dosages, understands laboratory values, reads and understands physician orders.  Can exercise sound clinical judgment.

 

HEALTH & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING PROGRAM

If admitted to the nursing program, I understand I will meet the requirements listed below. I understand I will need to comply with these requirements in order to remain/progress in the nursing program.

Immunizations & CPR certifications are required by our clinical agencies when a student begins clinical courses (first semester of the nursing program).

 If you have questions about your background check, immunizations, CPR certification or other health requirements please contact our Nursing Clinical Coordinators Danielle Premo (dlpremo@svsu.edu; 989-964-4172) or Danielle Trombley (ddtrombl@svsu.edu; 989-964-2011). 


IMMUNIZATIONS

Please note that you will need documentation of injection or titers. If your immunizations are not current, up to 6 months may be required to obtain this documentation. The following is a list of required immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B (3 vaccine series)
  • Tuberculosis (T.B.) skin test (2-step process requiring 2 separate skin tests) and a chest X-ray if your skin test is positive for T.B.
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) (2 vaccines or titer) – a titer is a lab test (IgG).
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) (2 vaccines or titer)-If the titer is negative, the two vaccine series is required. Polio
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) (done within last 10 years)
  • Annual Flu Immunization

CPR

Certification: American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider Course) 

~ OR ~ 

American Red Cross - CPR for the Professional Rescuer/BLS 

You must maintain current certification throughout the program. 

Online courses/certification are not accepted. 

LATEX

Please note that the clinical agencies/laboratories we use cannot provide a latex-free environment so we may not be able to place students with latex allergies. We will ask for a statement from your health care provider, as well as possibly requiring a lab (blood) test if you have or develop a sensitivity to latex indicating that it is safe for you to continue in those environments.

BACKGROUND CHECK/FINGERPRINTING/DRUG TESTING

If you are an eligible candidate for nursing selection you will be notified about where to obtain a background check; outside or independent results are not acceptable.

If you are admitted to the nursing program, you will be notified about where to obtain a drug test and fingerprinting; outside or independent results are not acceptable.

TRANSPORTATION

Students are responsible for providing transportation to and from all courses and/or practicum learning experiences. Students must have reliable transportation to the clinical site at locations on multiple schedules during the day and night.

PHYSICAL EXAM

I understand I must have a physical exam completed if I am admitted to the program.

*please note that other requirements from clinical agencies may be requested.

Attach all documents BEFORE hitting the submit button.

***Notification***

Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via your SVSU email account whether your GPA is competitive based on the current applicant pool and with further instructions for completing the required background check. 

Students will be notified through their SVSU email account of application decisions. Email notifications of acceptance decisions will be sent the week after Thanksgiving break in fall semester and the end of May in winter semester.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please email nursing@svsu.edu