School of Nursing and Kinesiology
Anderson University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing second-degree program is one of only 10 in the state of Indiana. Candidates who have already completed a bachelor’s degree can earn a BSN in 21 months from the same excellent faculty who prepare nurses in our traditional four-year program.
This full-time five-semester program requires 61 credit hours of nursing education. After completing all required prerequisites, the 14 credit hour clinical phase of the program will begin in May of each year. In the fall semester, the accelerated second-degree students will join the junior cohort of the traditional BSN program. Students should expect to attend class or participate in clinical activities five days a week. Courses are taught in a face-to-face format on campus, as well in designated clinical practicum sites. Simulation experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.
As Anderson University works to prepare graduates for lives of service to society, we are uniquely positioned to meet this growing need. The School of Nursing is dedicated to preparing nurses to personally thrive in a complex healthcare environment. The curriculum focuses on critical thinking as well as emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and professionalism.
*Applications for the May 2021 Cohort are now being accepted through December 31, 2020.
- Submission of a university application (does not apply to students currently enrolled at AU)
- Completion of a bachelor degree from an accredited and recognized college or university with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Two recommendations filled out through this form.
- Submission of a resume and an interview.
Prerequisite Courses: must be completed with a grade of C or above, prior to the clinical phase of the program.
- Anatomy/Physiology I
- Anatomy/ Physiology II
- General Psychology
- Development Psychology
- Intro to Chemistry
- Microbes & Disease
Nursing students apply their classroom learning in local hospitals:
- St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
- Community Hospital Anderson
Students may also gain experience in home healthcare, schools, and long-term care facilities as well as experience in regional hospitals such as Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield, Indiana, and Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Student Nurse Handbook [PDF]
The roles for the baccalaureate generalist nurse are derived from the discipline of nursing. The roles of the baccalaureate generalist include: provider of care, designer, manager, coordinator, and member of the profession. Nursing generalist practice includes both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).
Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates will:
- Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the liberal arts to provide safe, humanistic care as an advocate using the Anderson University School of Nursing conceptual model.
- Incorporate knowledge and skills in relational leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high-quality health care.
- Evaluate and utilize research findings to facilitate critical thinking, clinical reasoning and clinical judgment in Evidence-Based Practice.
- Utilize technologies to deliver high-quality care within a variety of systems.
- Articulate knowledge of policy, finance, and regulatory environments including local, state, national and global healthcare trends.
- Facilitate collaboration/communication within an interprofessional system to improve patient outcomes.
- Utilize the Anderson University School of Nursing conceptual model for health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population levels.
- Embrace the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, dignity, integrity, and social justice through professional nursing practice.
- Provide appropriate patient care across the lifespan in complex environments using a variety of resources.
- Design nursing care within a Christian framework by integrating the mission and philosophy of Anderson University and the School of Nursing into individual practice.
(Language utilizes American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice, 08) Revised 11/2009, Revised 8/2014, Revised 10/2018
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Professor Cox teaches Obstetrical and Pediatric nursing, focusing on family centered nursing care. She completed her BSN from Grand Canyon University and her MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of St. Francis. Previous undergraduate work includes a BA in Business Management from Warner Southern University. She has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Postpartum Care as well as supervisory and management roles in these units. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; Nu Upsilon and Upsilon Delta Chapters.
Prior to coming to Anderson University she taught courses in Pediatric Nursing, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Community Nursing, and Leadership in Nursing at Fortis College in Indianapolis.
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.A., Warner Southern College
B.S.N., Grand Canyon University
M.S.N., University of St. Francis
Nina Eaton is an assistant professor of nursing in the BSN pre-licensure program. She graduated with her BSN from Anderson University in 2009 and MSNEd from Anderson University in 2015. Nina’s clinical background is cardiac and intensive care at Hancock Regional Hospital. Before moving to full time teaching, Nina acted as charge nurse, nurse preceptor, and staff nurse. While full time at Hancock, Nina sat on the ethics committee, the unit counsel, and was nominated for the Daisy Award twice and recipient once. Nina is the faculty mentor for and member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She also holds certificates in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), & teaching certificates for both BLS & ACLS courses. In 2009, Nina went to Uganda with Tri-S, in 2014 studied Culturally Competent Care of the Islamic Patient & Family in Chicago, and in 2015 led a nursing Tri-S trip to Belize. Her research interests include critical thinking development in pre-licensure nursing students and persistence/completion of minority students in pre-licensure nursing.
Nina and her husband, Michael, live in Greenfield, Indiana with their “fur baby” Abby. Nina and Michael enjoy traveling and visiting family in Michigan as much as possible. One of Nina’s favorite bible verses is Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.
Nina Eaton has been at Anderson University since 2013.
Ext. 4379 (765) 641-4379
Assistant Professor of Nursing
M.S.N., Anderson University
B.S.N., Anderson University
Cortney Hofer is an assistant professor of nursing in the BSN pre-licensure program. She graduated with her BSN from Olivet Nazarene University in 2003 and her MSN in Nursing Administration from Anderson University in 2017. Cortney’s nursing experience includes intensive care, progressive care, and telemetry. Cortney has been with St. Vincent Anderson since 2003 where she has had the honor of serving in several roles within the ICU, chest pain observation unit, and Administration. Her roles have included charge nurse, nurse preceptor, Practice Facilitator, Co-Manager, Manager, and Administrative Director. She currently holds PRN positions in the ICU and as the Administrative Director. Cortney worked for Anderson University as an adjunct faculty member teaching sophomore and junior community health nursing and junior ICU clinical during the 2017-2018 school year.
Cortney holds certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR). She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Cortney is also a member of the Nursing Honor Guard, paying tribute to nurses who have dedicated their lives to helping people. The Nursing Honor Guard offers various options for visitation and funeral services in Madison County and surrounding areas.
Cortney and her husband, Mike, live in Lapel, Indiana with their two boys. They enjoy traveling, camping, boating, and spending time with their families.
Cortney Hofer has been at Anderson University since 2018.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
M.S.N., Anderson University