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- Graduates report being able to easily secure employment after graduation.
- Graduates report high levels of satisfaction with the nursing major.
- Employers and alumni report satisfaction with their preparation for the nursing role.
- The curriculum reflects current trends in healthcare and nursing education including communication, clinical reasoning, leadership, scientific, and other professional skills that prepare the nurse for the future.
- Faculty have significant clinical and academic experience, a commitment to progressive nursing education, and a passion for facilitating student learning.
- Student give high ratings to the quality of teaching and courses in nursing.
- Athletes can continue to participate in sports while attending nursing classes.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Pre-Licensure Program
When do you admit students?
We admit pre-licensure students to the nursing program yearly. Students begin their first nursing course in the fall.
How many students do you admit annually?
We are currently authorized by the Missouri State Board of Nursing to admit up to 54 pre-licensure students per year.
What previous college-level work will meet requirements?
Science and ethics courses over 10 years old will not be accepted. Equivalent courses are determined through a transcript evaluation. This is initiated through application to Avila and review of official transcripts. Students who believe they have knowledge competencies that are not reflected on the transcript evaluation can choose to test for competency in some courses or may petition for further consideration of course equivalency based, for example, on substantiation of course content through course syllabi.
Where do students at Avila receive clinical experiences?
Nursing students participate in clinical courses throughout the nursing program. We offer health care learning experiences in a variety of settings.
What documentation is required to participate in clinical experiences?
Accepted students must:
- Provide immunization documentation and other Avila and clinical agency requirements prior to the beginning of and continuing throughout nursing clinical courses (these requirements are subject to change).
- Complete criminal disclosure information and background check.
- Complete and alcohol and drug screen.
- Hold current two-year certification through American Heart Association for Basic Life Support Health Care Professional.
- Provide proof of absence of active Tuberculosis (2-step TB screen or IGRA)
- Carry health insurance coverage while in the nursing major (a health insurance form must reflect company and coverage, be provided annually and be on file in the nursing office).
- Physical exam prior to beginning the program and as needed throughout the program.
What resources do you have to assist with my learning?
Avila provides Learning Services for students needing academic support. Career Services offers assistance in resume writing and interviewing skills. The Hooley-Bundschu Library & Learning Commons houses hundreds of videos, computer software and interactive videos to assist the nursing student in the learning process. The Nursing Education and Resource Center houses low, medium and high-fidelity simulators to provide practice opportunities in nursing interventions and clinical reasoning.
Do I need a car?
Students must be responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites. Students typically drive themselves or carpool with other students.