Offered by the Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences and Physical Activities
Professors Biblehimer, Seigart Sheehe (chairperson)
Associate Professors Evans, Maisner, McGuire (assistant chairperson), Wright, K.
Assistant Professors Decker, Klesh, Materese, McEwan, Zaparzynski
Instructors Ferrito, Greer, Hanlon, Oakes, Vosburgh, Urban
Mansfield University’s Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences and Physical Activities offers a nursing program, accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, NYC, NY 10006 (800-669-9656), which blends the resources of a public university and a regional medical center. This combination leads to a program that is both academically and clinically strong. The curriculum provides a solid background in nursing as well as the liberal arts and sciences.
Students spend their first two years on the Mansfield campus taking courses in general education and nursing. The second two years are at the Sayre site where they engage in a wide range of clinical experiences at the Robert Packer Hospital. Students also have the opportunity to learn in community settings such as nursing homes, elementary and secondary schools, nursery schools, and outpatient clinics, in addition to traditional public health agencies.
The goals of the program are to provide students with the essentials skills necessary to develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, communication skills, therapeutic nursing skills which provide the basis for the development of a successful and professional nursing practitioner. This educational program prepares individuals for career opportunities in acute, chronic and community settings.
Policies and Procedures specific to the nursing major:
The Mansfield University nursing program endeavors to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act and with University Policies regarding students with disabilities. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified students with disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of our academic program in nursing. Students who are accepted into the program, and then discovered to be unable to perform these essential functions (with or without accommodation) may not be able to complete the program. Graduates who complete the program but are unable to perform certain competencies may experience significant roadblocks to, and in, the employment setting.
Admissions: Criteria for admission shall be the same as that for general admission to the University with these exceptions: Applicants must submit satisfactory reports of medical examination with specific immunizations prior to the opening of the school term, and have completed the following subjects in high school:
English, four (4) credits
History or Social Studies, three (3) credits
Lab sciences, two (2) credits (Biology and Chemistry required) (LPNs and RNs with integrated curricula may meet this requirement.)
Math, two (2) credits, one of which must be algebra
Minimum Academic Requirements: Students are subject to all university academic requirements. The following academic requirements apply only to continuance in the nursing program at the University.
- Required courses for the B.S. degree in Nursing (BSN) are not included in the University Pass/Fail policy.
- Students must be enrolled as a nursing major to enroll in NUR prefix courses.
- A grade of C or better must be achieved in all nursing (NUR) courses.
- An unsatisfactory grade in the clinical component of a nursing course will result in an F grade for the course.
- Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must be completed within seven years.
- Program Progression:
- A 2.7 cumulative GPA or better is required to enroll in sophomore, junior, and senior level nursing courses (NUR 2200-4499)
- If a first year student has not met nursing program standards by the end of the Spring term, he/she will be dropped from NUR prefix courses in which he/she has registered. All other students not meeting nursing standars will be dropped from nursing courses at the end of the semester during which he-she did not meet standards. When the student has met the nursing program requirements, he/she must contact the nursing program Academic Progression and Retention committee to see if a seat is available. The student can progress if a seat is available; seats will not be saved for a student who has dropped below nursing program standards. If more than 40 students meet the standards for progression to the junior level, students who have consistently met program standars will be given priority. Decisions are made on grade point averages.
- A grade of C (C) or better in CHM 1110, BSC 1121, BSC 1122, BSC 3271 (or equivalent courses) is required to progress in the nursing program.
- Only the top 40 students progress to the junior level on the Sayre campus.
- Program Academic Dismissal:
- Students who fail to achieve a C grade or better after taking a nursing (NUR) course for the second time will be automatically dismissed from the nursing program.
- Only one nursing (NUR) course may be repeated for the entire nursing program. If a student receives a C minus (C-) or below in a second nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program.
- Students must meet all clinical agency health requirements. These may include background checks, urine drug testing, and a respirator fit test. CPR certification, specific immunizations, malpractice insurance and health insurance are required. Students will be expected to cover the cost of these items.
- Program Health/Background Requirements
- Students must meet all clinical agency health and background check requirements. These may include specific background checks, urine drug testing, and a respirator fit test. CPR certification, specific immunizations, malpractice insurance and health insurance are required. Students will be expected to cover the cost of these items. If a student does not comply with any of these requirements, he/she will receive a failing grade in the clinical component of the course.
- Any new or existing health (or other) condition that may put the student, staff, faculty or patient in jeopardy must be reported to the nursing program faculty. Written documentation from a physician stating the student is safe to return to class and/or clinical must be submitted to the nursing program. If the nursing program faculty becomes aware that this policy has not been followed, program dismissal may result.
- Nursing Program Attendance Policy:
It is imperative that students attend clinical experiences so that they can meet course objectives. Make-up time is scheduled for each clinical course. If a student is absent from clinical experiences, there is no guarantee that he/she can meet course objectives. If excessive time is missed, he/she may be in danger of not being able to meet course objectives and may be asked to withdraw from the class.
Licensure Eligibility in Pennsylvania: Applicants to nursing education programs in Pennsylvania should be aware of certain restrictions on obtaining a nursing license. Pennsylvania Public Law No. 317, No. 69, known as the Professional Nursing Law, places the following limitation on licensure eligibility.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing may refuse, suspend or revoke any license in any case where the Board shall find that the applicant
- Has been convicted or has pleaded guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere or has been found guilty by a judge or jury of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, or has received probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition in the disposition of felony charges, in courts of this Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or county;
- Has committed fraud or deceit in securing his or her admission to the practice of nursing or to nursing school;
- Is unable to practice professional nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition or physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination, so long as such dependence shall continue
For a complete list of reasons why the Board may refuse a professional nursing license to an applicant, please see section 14 of the Professional Nursing Law, 63 P.S. § 224.
One hour of class equals one semester hour of credit. Three hours of clinical equals one semester hour of credit.
Registered nurses who enroll to complete a baccalaureate degree in Nursing are granted advanced standing based on university policies. RN students must complete 31 nursing credits at Mansfield University and meet all other university requirements to be eligible for graduation.