Nursing Program Overview

Care for the body while respecting the whole person

Men and women aren’t just bodies. They are bodies and souls, matter and spirit. And they are made in the image of God. That’s why medical care that sees and treats only the body is never enough. In some way, it always falls short.

Today, the medical world is plagued by this problem: Medical professionals reducing the human person to a body, a thing, and not providing the holistic care that patients and their families need. Even more problematic are dangerous medical practices that violate the fundamental dignity of the human person and work against health and healing, that work against life.

What the medical world needs now more than anything are medical professionals who excel in the healing arts, who know all that their science teaches, but who also understand the innate dignity each man and woman possesses. It needs highly skilled professionals committed to treating the whole person and who adhere to the highest ethical standards.

Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Nursing Program exists for no other reason than to meet those needs. Through the following program outcomes, you will be taught to:

  • Analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate holistic health-oriented care for clients across the lifespan and from various cultures.
  • Use ethical principles in a spirit of Christian maturity to guide nursing practice.
  • Apply nursing research and inquiry to nursing practice.
  • Integrate responsibility, accountability, leadership, and service in the role of the professional nurse.
  • Integrate a broad knowledge base to make sound decisions relative to nursing.
  • Utilize a variety of interpersonal and communication techniques in health-related situations.
Program Mission

The undergraduate Nursing Program provides for the preparation of professional nursing and leads to a bachelor of science in Nursing degree and eligibility to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing exam. The program aims to promote the development of professional nurse generalists through wholistic, goal-directed experiences in nursing education and nursing practice with the active participation of faculty and students in the fellowship of learning. Nursing is viewed as a wholistic approach to the process and practice of nursing as a healing ministry to meet the health needs of individuals, families, and groups in the community. This wholistic approach emphasizes the interrelationship of physical, social, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual well-being of persons from conception to death.

The Nursing Program provides a sound base of knowledge in the biological and social sciences. This strong academic foundation prepares the student to meet the challenge of professional nursing in today’s society. Clinical experience in medical, surgical, psychiatric, obstetrics, pediatrics, and community health are gained in a variety of health facilities in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The student is prepared for graduate study and the professional role by intensified senior-level courses in nursing research, leadership, and advanced medical/surgical nursing.

The Department of Nursing curriculum is organized around the following framework:
Critical Thinking: An approach to nursing practice which reflects analytical methods, including observation, reflection, experience, reasoning, inquiry, and Christian maturity.
Therapeutic Nursing Intervention: The ability to provide theory-based psychomotor and psychosocial nursing actions according to professional standards which are designed to optimize the health of individuals, families, and groups.
Communication: The goal-driven, culturally appropriate process using various methods to exchange information in nursing and health related situations.

Program Outcomes
  • Analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate holistic health oriented care for clients across the life span and from various cultures.
  • Use ethical principles in a spirit of Christian maturity to guide nursing practice.
  • Apply research and inquiry to nursing practice.
  • Integrate responsibility, accountability, leadership and service in the role of the professional nurse.
  • Utilize a variety of interpersonal and communication techniques in health related situations.
  • Integrate a broad knowledge base to make sound decisions elative to nursing.
Admissions Criteria

All students admitted to Franciscan University of Steubenville stating a preference for a major in Nursing are admitted according to the University admission criteria. These students are placed in pre-nursing and receive academic advising in the Department of Nursing. Students in pre-nursing will be an integral part of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus community.

Admission to pre-nursing does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Pre-nursing students must apply in writing to be admitted to the nursing program during the spring term freshman year at a time designated by the nursing department. Characteristics of academics (minimum QPA 2.5 and completion of required course work) and personal commitment to the nursing profession are considered as part of the admission process for the major. Those students wishing to transfer to the nursing major at the sophomore level from anther school must be admitted to Franciscan University. These applicants will be evaluated for admission by the same characteristics as students in pre-nursing at Franciscan University. Students applying to the nursing major will be notified in writing of their admission status prior to the beginning of the fall term of their sophomore year. Once students are admitted to the nursing major, they must maintain a 2.0 (C) or better in all nursing courses and in the required sciences. An overall QPA of 2.0 is required to remain in and to progress in the nursing major.

The Department of Nursing will admit as many qualified students as the faculty, resources, and facilities can reasonably serve without detriment to the quality of professional nursing education. All students admitted to the nursing major are assured of clinical placement in continuous semesters in order to complete the baccalaureate degree requirements.

Successful completion of the nursing program at Franciscan University and receipt of the degree no way ensures that a student will be granted a nursing license by individual state authorities. Each state has various requirements for licensing, including but not limited to, requiring licensing applicants to undergo a background check. Each student has the responsibility to ascertain the Registered Nurse licensing requirements of the state (s) to which he or she wishes to apply for a license.

Once a student is admitted to the nursing major, the student may expect to progress toward graduation in a timely manner when:

  1. The student follows the prescribed program.
  2. The student maintains a cumulative quality point average of 2.0.
  3. The student earns a C or above in all nursing courses and in required science courses.
  4. The student does not earn less than a C in two nursing courses.*
  5. The student adheres to the Department of Nursing professional standards and behavioral policy as outlined in the Department of Nursing policy manual and the University policies.
  6. The student meets Health and Legal Requirements for the Department of Nursing and for clinical placement.

*A student who earns less than a C in two nursing courses is subject to dismissal from the Nursing major even if a nursing course has been repeated in which a grade lower than a C originally was earned and a grade of C or better has replaced the original grade. Please see the Undergraduate Nursing Handbook for a full description of the policies and procedures of the nursing department, including how they pertain to admission to and progression through the nursing major.



Registered nurse applicants must be graduates of accredited schools of nursing and present evidence of current licensure to practice nursing. Credit is granted by transfer, according to the University transfer policy, from other accredited institutions of higher education for comparable courses completed with a grade of at least a C.
Registered nurse students follow the RN to BSN or RN to MSN articulation program as published by the Department of Nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurses should seek advice from Department of Nursing relative to their advanced standing.

Simulation Lab

Human patient simulators are among the most recent technological advances in instructional methodologies for nursing education. These interactive manikins are capable of realistic physiologic responses, including respirations, pulses, blood pressure, heart sounds, breath sounds, and seizures. Human patient simulators can be used to teach basic and advanced life saving skills, such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and rescue breathing. At Franciscan University, we use the latest Laerdal® human patient simulator technology in our Nursing Simulation Laboratory.

In the Franciscan University Nursing Program, simulation lab time is dedicated to learning important tasks in a low-stress, controlled environment. Students develop nursing skills through simulated case studies requiring assessment, critical thinking, medication administration, and communication. Simulation experiences allow for development and practice of skills across the lifespan. Students have the opportunity to provide nursing care for neonatal and obstetrical patients, pediatric patients, and critically ill adult patients. The simulation lab allows students to perform tasks that ordinarily might be too risky or too infrequent to be encountered on a daily basis. These exercises can reinforce material learned in the classroom and clinical, and provide a close-to-real-life experience that can be applied to future interactions with patients and other health care professionals.

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Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the post graduate APRN certificate program at Franciscan University all are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All comments to be directed to or to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 887-6791

Program Evaluation

The undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are evaluated through a number of indicators, including pass rates on licensure and certification exams, graduation rates, retention rates, and employment rates. Please see the following link for data on these program outcomes indicators.

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Undergraduate Nursing Faculty
Prof. Antinone

Prof. Richard Antinone

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Harris

Dr. Kevin J. Harris


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Professor Jacqueline Leonard

Prof. Jacqueline Leonard

Assistant Professor

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Professor Natalie Linn

Prof. Natalie Linn


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Dr. Loot

Prof. Brian Loot

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Recznik

Dr. Catherine Recznik

Associate Professor

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