Nursing, BSN

Phone: 216.368.8839
Beverly Capper, DNP, RNC-NIC, Program Director

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Program Overview

The BSN program emphasizes person-centered care while collaborating with members of interprofessional healthcare teams and a commitment of service to our community. Our students begin clinical experience in the first semester of their first year and complete their program with a 280-hour clinical preceptorship during senior year. Students graduate with over 1000 hours of clinical experience, which exceeds that of other nursing programs. In addition, students provide healthcare services to children and families-collectively amassing approximately 16,000 hours of service to local schools each year.

The student-learning environment includes traditional classrooms with active learning, world-class clinical facilities, community settings and the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation & Innovation (CNESI). Clinical experiences occur in Cleveland’s nationally and internationally renowned health care facilities including University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center System, and the Veterans Administration. Students also have extensive experience in community health departments, community centers, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The learning opportunities available to students are limitless. Students have the ability to participate in research projects with faculty. They have opportunities to explore health issues in the global arena and to study at national sites as part of their standard curriculum. 

Graduates have a foundation in the discipline of nursing, demonstrate leadership in clinical practice, use clinical inquiry to advance practice, become involved in research, quality improvement, and assume responsibility for their own professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates the ability to integrate principles of evidence-based practice and quality improvement to deliver safe patient-centered care.
  • Exhibits leadership skills to optimize health care outcomes, influence health policy and advance the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrates clinical reasoning that promotes a culture of quality and safety to individuals, families and populations.
  • Collaborates with interprofessional teams, fostering open communication and shared decision making to ensure safe, high quality and cost-effective care.
  • Integrates behaviors, values and the professional code that reflects the nursing profession.
  • Explains the benefits of utilizing health care information systems and technologies to promote safe, patient-centered care and support decision making.
  • Recognizes the individual as a full partner in coordinating care that promotes health and well-being based on respect of their preferences, values and needs.

Progression in the BSN Program

Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement in all required courses. To maintain satisfactory academic standing, students must attain a GPA of 2.000 or above by the end of their junior year and must obtain a C for all courses specifically required for the major in nursing. Students who receive two unsatisfactory grades (D or F) in nursing and/or natural and behavioral science courses may be subject to separation from the school of nursing.  See the Undergraduate Student Handbook for a description of the criteria for academic standing.

Students who receive a grade of Incomplete (I), given at the discretion of the instructor for the course, must complete course requirements by the eleventh week of the following semester or as outlined by the instructor of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of the circumstances preventing completion of all assigned work. In the absence of notification or adequate justification, the instructor may give the student a final grade that assumes a failing grade for the missing work. If a student fails to submit the work required for removing the Incomplete by the date established or by the eleventh week of the following semester, the instructor will give a failing grade (F). The grade will convert from I to F when the deadline for making up incomplete grades from a previous semester has passed.

Students who receive a grade below C for a nursing course or a science course that counts toward the major must register for that course the next semester that it is offered. Students receiving below a C in a course required in the nursing major, will not progress to the next nursing course until that course is repeated and grade of C or higher is obtained. If the student fails to meet the University's requirement for good academic standing, the student is placed on academic probation. If the GPA does not improve the next semester, the Academic Standing Board of the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education will review the student’s record to determine whether extenuating circumstances warrant an additional semester of probation or separation from the university.


All students starting the nursing program have a first year nursing advisor assigned to assure a smooth transition during their first year. Academic advisors work with nursing students each semester to assist in course registration and progression. 


This four-year baccalaureate program for high school graduates leads to a BSN degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). A sample study plan also demonstrates how a BSN student might schedule the required courses.

The FPB School of Nursing has the right to determine a student's readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass this examination. This examination is given by State Boards of Nursing, and satisfactory completion of this examination enables the graduate to practice as an RN in the state for which the examination was taken.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.