To be a nurse is to serve your patients, your community, and yourself through the joy of caring for those in need. It’s a higher calling that speaks to the spirit of service and commitment central to the mission of Mount Saint Mary’s University.
The Mount was the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the State of California and, since our founding in 1928, we have graduated thousands into the nursing profession. Why not you?
As a Mount student, you’ll be considered for admission to our three-year program after completing a set of prerequisites. We instruct based on the world-renowned Roy Adaptation Model of professional nursing care, where every person is treated as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being living in a complex world. Mount students understand the cultural, emotional and physical issues facing each patient, and provide them with care that is sensitive and respectful. We are proud that the Roy Model was developed by our former Nursing Chair, Sister Callista Roy, CSJ. Upon graduation, you will have received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. You’ll be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination, and qualify to earn a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.
Best of all, your education will include real-world experience working in Los Angeles-area hospitals as part of clinical rotations. You’ll engage with patients and medical professionals on a level you won’t find anywhere else.
We welcome your interest in the Mount’s BSN program. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.
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Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program (AccBSN)+-
he AccBSN program offers the BSN program to students already holding a Bachelor's Degree. The Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing (AccBSN) Program is the same curriculum design as the Baccalaureate Nursing Program (BSN), follows the stated philosophy, and students meet the terminal objectives as delineated for the Baccalaureate program. The program is within a one year (May to May) time frame and is a vigorous program of study. The Accelerated student completes a three semester course of study, beginning with the first Summer session, followed by a Fall semester, and ending with a final Spring semester. At the completion of the final semester, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure examination and to qualify for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate. The AccBSN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
To become licensed as a registered nurse, students must pass the NCLEX examination. The percentage of Mount Saint Mary’s University students who passed the exam the first time they took it can be found at: http://rn.ca.gov/education/passrates.shtml. The rates reported for BSN include students from the Accelerated BSN program.
Clinical Clearance - Requirements+-
All items must be submitted prior to the start of clinical in order to be cleared to begin. You are required to keep copies of all required documents and be prepared to show copies requested by your clinical instructor.
The following are required to be updated for each clinical rotation:
- Complete Physical Exam (must include complete blood count/Urinalysis/Vision Exam)
- PPD or Chest X-Ray if PPD is positive
- CPR Certification
- Malpractice Insurance
- First Aid (Senior Level Only)
- Driver License (Senior Level Only)
- Auto Insurance (Senior Level Only)
The following are required to be completed once
- Hepatitis B series (1, 2, & 3)
- Hepatitis B serum titer (Hepatitis B surface antibody positive)
- Rubella (record of immunization or positive serum titers)
- Rubeola (record of immunization or positive serum titers)
- Varicella Titer (record of immunization or positive serum titers)
- Tetanus (TD)
- Background Check
Students who have exceptions to any of the above are to contact the BSN coordinator of clinical clearance. Note: facilities may not accept students who have not completed all clinical requirements.
RN - to - BSN Program+-
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ADMISSION POLICY
ADN/DIPLOMA TO BSN-DAY PROGRAM
1. Licensure Requirement
Applicants must have completed a Registered Nurse program and be licensed to practice in the state of California.
2. Graduation Requirement
In order to become eligible to graduate with a BSN degree, a total of at least 127.5 semester units must be successfully completed. All courses required by the Department of Nursing must be completed with a grade point average of 2.0 (C). A minimum of 45 semester units must be designated as upper division course work. At least 30 of the last 39 semester units must be completed at MSMU.
3. Length of program
This is determined by the number of transferable units and successful completion of all the required course work. The student must complete all the nursing courses within five years from the date of admission into the Nursing Department.
4. Credit by Examination
Students may take challenge exams in general studies, prerequisites, and nursing courses. See College Catalog, "Credit by Exam."
5. Transfer Credit for General Studies and Prerequisite Courses
Credit for courses taken in other accredited colleges or universities is transferable provided that the transferred courses satisfy requirements at MSMU (see college catalog, "Advanced Standing").
- Associate in Arts degree students are awarded transfer credit for general studies course which are comparable to MSMU courses. A maximum of 70 units may be transferred from a community college.
- Diploma courses are not transferable unless completed through an accredited Junior or Senior College.
6. Credit for Nursing Courses
- When a student is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of California, credit for junior courses equivalent to MSMU lower division nursing courses are transferable. The courses must have been completed through an accredited junior or senior college to be accepted as transfer units.
- With a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form, up to 21 units of upper division credit is awarded for courses. These units are held in escrow until the student has completed 30 units of course work at MSMU. The 21 semester units of upper division units is awarded for the following equivalent course work:
- NUR168T - Integrative Theory and Practices (1.5)
- NUR 169T - Palliative Care (1.5)
- NUR 170T - Adaptation Nursing: Adult Medical Surgical II Theory: 2 units Practicum: 2.5 units
- NUR 170TP - Adaptation Nursing: Adult Medical Surgical II
- NUR 171T - Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Families and Women’s Health (Theory: 2 units Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 171TP - Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Families and Women's Health
- NUR 172T - Adaptation Nursing: Children and Families (Theory: 2 units Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 172TP - Adaptation Nursing: Children and Families
- NUR 173T - Adaptation Nursing: Mental Health (Theory: 2 units Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 173TP - Adaptation Nursing: Mental Health
In order to be eligible for review, applicants must:
- Demonstrate English competency by achievement of a score of 213 in he Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Applicable to foreign students only.
- Be accepted for admission by the College.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 for all transferable college work.
- Have a minimum of a “C” in all courses required for the nursing major. Required courses, for the nursing major may be repeated one time only.
- Must have taken the following science courses: Chemistry/Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology.
- Possess a valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license to practice in the state of California.
- Have completed a minimum of one year of clinical experience as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Department of Nursing will review and approve the quality of the clinical experience. This is waived for ADN graduates who have graduated within a year of admission to the BSN program.
- Have a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form. This form is to be completed by an immediate nursing supervisor. (ADN graduates who have graduated within a year of admission to the BSN program may have the form completed by a clinical instructor).
- Be available for an interview if necessary.
Admission to the Nursing Department
Before beginning the nursing courses, admitted students must:
- Complete all health requirements
- Have a current CPR certification American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider.
- Have a Fire Safety card (eight-hour course).
- Have a current RN/student malpractice insurance.
- Successful completion of Criminal Background as outlined in Clinical Policies (4.16).
- Applicants to the Nursing Program must be able to provide for adequate transportation to and from the campus as well as the various clinical facilities utilized. Senior year students are also required to have a current driver’s license and auto insurance.
- Applicants are advised to make suitable arrangements for dependent children, including alternative plans in case of a child’s illness, etc.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology (6-8 units)
- Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science (3 units)
- Microbiology with lab (4 units)
- Human Nutrition (3 units)
- Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
- General Psychology (3 units)
- English Written & Oral Communication (8 units)
- Moral values/Ethics (3 units)
- Developmental Psychology (3 units)
General Studies Requirements
In addition, a minimum of 4 of the following 8 general education courses must be completed as prerequisites. Students may carry one or two general studies courses each semester with the senior nursing courses.
Nursing Course Requirements
Prior to the beginning the senior level nursing courses, NUR 41 – Introduction to Roy Adaptation Model (4 units) must be taken with an achievement of a letter grade of “C” or better. This requirement will be waived for students who graduated within the last five years from a college/university using the Roy Adaptation Model.
- NUR 134 - Evidence-Based Practice
- NUR 184T - Adaptation Nursing: Leadership and Policy (Theory: 2 units /Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 184TP - Adaptation Nursing: Leadership and Policy
- NUR 185T - Adaptation Nursing: Gerontology (Theory: 2 units/ Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 185TP - Adaptation Nursing: Gerontology
- NUR186T - Adaptation Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice (Theory: 2 units/Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 186TP - Adaptation Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice
- NUR 187T - Adaptation Nursing: Community/Public Health (Theory: 2 units/ Practicum: 2.5 units)
- NUR 187TP - Adaptation Nursing: Community/Public Health
- NUR 188T - Adaptation Nursing: Advanced Health Assessment (Theory 1 unit, Skills/Practicum 1 Unit)
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program+-
BSN Students - Preparing for the World of Nursing
Welcome to Nursing! The Traditional BSN is a four-year baccalaureate program which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of the BSN nursing program are eligible for certification as public health nurses and for licensure as registered nurses.
The students in the program mirror the diversity of our Los Angeles community. Clinical nursing experiences are provided in collaboration with hospitals and agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Both acceptance to and continuation in the nursing major will be determined by the student's preparation and academic performance as assessed by the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.
The Traditional BSN offers the nursing student a balance of hands-on learning with sound theory. It’s an exciting time for nursing! Our nursing graduates have career options that simply didn't exist just a few short years ago. Vast new opportunities are opening up in the field of nursing. Today's graduates are finding fulfillment in such fast-expanding areas as home care, community health, other outpatient sites, long-term care, schools, nursing management as well as hospitals and ambulatory care settings.
High School Students: At the completion of your prerequisite courses at the Mount, you will be considered for entrance into the Tradition Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) Program. Admission into the TBSN Program is based upon your successful completion of required courses, cumulative grade point average, science and English curriculum grade point averages, score on the nursing entrance exam, essay, and demonstrated interest in the nursing profession. Please note that admission to the College does not constitute admission directly into the TBSN program.
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The Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to the California RN license. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.