Do I need a car?
You do not need a car for the first year, and probably not for the second year. When you are to attend the various clinicals and different sites around the area, you may need a car. In the past, a few students without cars were able to get rides with classmates in the same clinical site. That strategy requires good communication with the clinical instructor and classmates. If you do bring a vehicle, you must have motor vehicle insurance.
As a nursing student, what special or additional supplies/equipment will I need?
Stethoscopes will be needed for Health Assessment which you will complete during your sophomore year. Creighton University Student Nursing Association (CUSNA) does sell stethoscopes the semester before students are required to take Health Assessment to Creighton students at a discounted rate. For more information on purchasing a stethoscope in advance, please contact ShannonManfull@creighton.edu. You will purchase an approved lab coat and scrubs (uniforms) just before your junior year (for clinicals) -- you will be getting specific information about those items later.
What grades must I maintain in the School of Nursing?
Academic probation in the College of Nursing is a 2.20 GPA. At the end of the first year, Freshmen must earn at least a 1.75 GPA to progress to the sophomore year. You must receive a "C" grade or better in all nursing (those that begin with a NUR prefix) and nursing support courses (anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, and sociology). Any grade less than "C" is considered a failure in nursing courses. If you have questions on repeating courses, or the policies that apply to grades in the College of Nursing please speak with your Faculty Preceptor or with Dr. Cosimano, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
Do nursing courses need to be taken in a certain sequence?
Yes. The traditional nursing program requires students to build on courses in order to advance on to the next level. The nursing courses sequential in nature and are taken in the order identified. You will come into the program with no experience and will educate you progressively, dealing with more acute (sick) patients along the way. The nursing (NUR) courses and sciences remain in the semesters identified in your plan of study.
Why do health science students need more immunizations?
Health science students have a much greater chance than the general population of students to be exposed to serious illnesses and disease and, therefore, require more protection. In addition, the agencies that are used for clinical experiences require that all health sciences students have the required immunizations. If not, the student is not allowed into the facility because of concerns for patient safety. Specific questions about immunizations may be referred to Sue Weston, RN, at email@example.com.
How do I keep track of my immunizations?
Each of the health science schools, with the help of the Center for Health and Counseling, keep careful track of the immunization status and compliance with other agency requirements. Sarah Meisinger is the College of Nursing Compliance Officer. Students can view their immunizations status on their NEST. Feel free to contact her if you have questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who do I contact about financial aid and scholarships?
If you have questions about financial aid or scholarships please contact the Financial Aid office, (402) 280-2731. Additional scholarship opportunities may arise after your first semester through the College of Nursing; you will notified of such opportunities.
When do I start clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations begin in the fall of the junior year and continue through the senior year. A variety of settings are used which expose students to a broad array of health care problems and approaches. Clinical placement is determined by the College of Nursing. In the final semester of your senior year you will complete a senior preceptorship where you will work 30-40 hours per week while paired with a Bachelors-prepared nurse who has a minimum of 2 years experience. It is a wonderful learning experience for our senior students.
What if my Faculty Preceptor doesn't get in contact with me?
Please try to contact your Faculty Preceptor; all of the contact information was sent to you via a message in your official Creighton email. If you find you are within a week of your registration time, and you still have not had contact with your Faculty Preceptor, call feel free to call Shannon Manfull, (402) 280-2067.
What if all of the courses I need to take are closed?
One great benefit of the Core Curriculum is that it spans a few semesters, and gives you a lot of flexibility with scheduling. Even though you might prefer to take a certain course in your first semester, try to be open to other courses. If there are no open sections of a course that is highly recommended, you can try to add it as sections open up throughout the summer. Log in occasionally to the NEST and check the status of that closed course every now and then. Sometimes students drop courses and change their schedules, so some courses open up with a few slots available. If all else fails, you can also contact the department chair during Welcome Week to see if you can get an override into the course.
I want to study abroad. What should I do?
You will need to let your advisor know and schedule a time with Dr. Cosimano to plan accordingly. It is important to do this prior to registration of second semester classes. Now is a good time to start compiling information about how it is done, and where you would like to go. You can get more detailed information at the International Programs office, on the third floor of the Harper Center.
When do I find out about my roommate?
During the summer before your freshman year at Creighton, there are a lot of items to communicate to you. Your assigned residence hall and roommate are two of those items. If you have concerns about how these will be communicated, please contact the Admissions office.
What if I'm away when I'm scheduled to register?
Prospective Creighton students are active people, so it is not uncommon for a student to be away from a computer when registration time approaches. If you will be away, try to find a time as soon as possible after that time to register. You can register on a computer anywhere in the world! If you will be away for weeks, you might want to leave instructions for a parent or sibling to register for you. If they will register for you, they will need to know your NetID, your password, and your registration PIN!
Do you have any tips for building a good schedule?
Your Faculty Preceptor will have some tips and suggestions. Making a good schedule is like any other skill that develops over time, so don't worry too much if things seem complicated or awkward at the beginning. You can bet that every other new student also has the same feelings. Just do your best.
Can I change my RSP section time?
RSP sections are put together with a careful attention to balance. We try to balance the sections to provide a variety by gender, achievement level, and geographic area. Throughout the summer you will be working with your Faculty Preceptor who is also the instructor for your RSP course. When we change RSP sections for a student, we throw that section off-balance, and sometimes we are not able to get that balance back. So we are very hesitant to change RSP sections unless it is absolutely necessary.
What is Edge120 and why are some students assigned to take it?
EDGE 120 (Strategies for Academic Success) is a course designed to help a student achieve academic success at Creighton, with an emphasis of improving personal academic skills. EDGE120 is assigned as a condition of a student's admission to the University. If this is the case with you, you have been pre-assigned to a section of EDGE120 so that we can make the students in your course as diverse (in terms of gender, race, geographical area, etc.) as possible, and to even out class sizes for each section.
What is COM 152 and why are some students assigned to take it?
The Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) seeks to form a living and learning community of students. One of the facets of this program is a course with sections consisting only of FLP students. This year, the A, B, and C sections of COM 152 are reserved for FLP students only. If you are in the Freshman Leadership Program, you have been pre-registered for a section of this course.
What classes should I take my first semester?
The College of Nursing will pre-register you for BMS 111, CHM 111 and RSP 102. Most students include psychology and sociology in their first semester since it is a pre-requisite to progress into NUR 228. Remember your goal is to maintain 14-17 hours your first semester at Creighton. The best advice is to consult your Faculty Preceptor, who knows you, the curriculum, and other faculty members who can help.
Can I change my schedule after classes have started?
Yes, you can add a class through online registration during the first week of the semester. You may drop a course, too. If you drop a course during the first week of the semester, it will be removed from your transcript. You may also withdraw from a course until shortly after midterm (see the academic calendar for details). This will appear as a W (withdrawal) on your record.
How do I change my schedule?
If you need to make a change, first discuss the changes with your Faculty Preceptor, and consult the list of courses to make sure there is room in any course you wish to add. Changes can be made directly online. Just access the system like you did when you initially registered. Remember: you will need your Net ID and BLUE password.
The deadline for schedule changes (adds and drops) is one week after classes begin. Ordinarily, you will not be allowed to add any courses after that day. You can still withdraw from a course until shortly after midterms (see the academic calendar for details). Drops that occur after the first week of classes will be indicated by a "W" on your transcript.
When do I find out about my AP scores?
Creighton receives the AP scores in mid-July. They will be evaluated and the courses which you will receive credit for will be determined. You can check your NEST and see the Creighton courses for which you received credit. If you know your score, find out which credits you will be awarded at Advanced Placement.