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    STTEP-UP Program

    The Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing and the Cleveland Foundation is launching a cohort-style program that provides academic, social and financial support for 15 pre-nursing students per academic year for two years. The target population for the STTEP-UP Program(Scholastic Tools & Teams for Educational Performance-Ursuline Pre-nursing Program)would be diverse students graduating from the CMSD and regional programs, who have expressed a desire to earn a degree in nursing but do not meet the academic requirements of full admittance to the BSN program. As a cohort these students will participate in a program that ensures a successful transition to the nursing program and ultimately the baccalaureate degree in nursing.

    Preferred Candidate Profile:
    A diverse background (that is, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Pacific Islander; male; non-traditional age; and low socioeconomic resources). Students from CMSD will be given priority enrollment.
    ACT composite scores of 15-21
    GPA of 2.25 and up
    Dedication to earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and pursuing a career in nursing

    Candidate Consideration Requirements:
    1. Complete application to Ursuline College including application, essay, test scores and transcript
    2. Contact Emily Smith, Assistant Director of Admission and Recruitment, at to declare your interest in the cohort

    April 28, 2017 – Program opportunity announced
    May 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Program commitment for previously admitted pre-nursing students
    May 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM - On-campus Informational Session
    * transportation to campus can be requested from 2 designated local RTA stops. You must complete the form in order to complete the transportation request. 
    June 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Completed application and materials deadline for new applicants
    June 21, 2017 – Decisions released
    July 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM – Program commitment for remaining applicants

    Once a student has submitted all required documents, a decision will be reached on their admission to Ursuline College and our Breen School of Nursing as well as their selection for the cohort. The opportunity to join the cohort will be extended to 15 applicants, with waitlist offers extended to additional students. While the deposit fee can be waived, the students’ decision to commit to the cohort is required by July 1, 2017 for new applicants.

    Program Highlights:
    The intention of the cohort is to successful transition pre-nursing student into the nursing program. Student will complete two mandatory summer intensives to prepare them for the upcoming year. Students will be compensated for their time during the summer intensives and will also provide consideration for transportation, books and testing fees. The first 10-day intensive will occur before the start of the Fall Semester (August 7- 18, 2017) and will culminate in a STNA exam for licensure during the Spring Semester. This will allow for employment during your academic career while helping you partner with healthcare institutions for future employment after graduation. The second 5-day intensive will occur before the start of Year 2. Once a student formally transitions into the Breen School of Nursing, they will complete the 3 year sequence to complete their BSN. While students will be eligible for traditional scholarships and financial aid, this program does not cover the cost of a student to complete their remaining nursing degree.

    The main components of the pre-nursing program will include: 
    • A dedicated nursing academic advisor
    • Two intensive seminars with a focus on academic preparedness and socialization to the profession
    • Professional nurse mentors who reflects the diversity of the student population
    • Academic tutors in nursing and sciences
    • Study skills moderator
    • Student transportation support
    • Student compensation for time ($400/week), meals, and transportation ($25/week per student) to attend a 10 day summer intensive 
    • Stipends for mentors
    • Free testing - early background checks ($80), Drug Testing ($60), CPR expenses ($40)
    • Textbook stipend per student per year involved in the success program ($300/year, approx. 30% of textbook cost)
    • Instructional Materials including Assessment Technologies, Inc. (ATI) (a $354 value covered during year 2)
    • Free State Tested Nurses Aid Course (STNA) and Test ($1,500)

    The cohort model for this program is designed to support the success of the members through:
    1. Participation in a two-week academic intensive course from August 7-18, 2017 where students will be introduced to successful life and academic skills and the professional nursing role.
    2. Providing funding for the required background check and drug testing all nursing students need prior to beginning classes.
    3. Providing a American Heart Association CPR course.
    4. Establishing weekly meetings with a nursing academic advisor.
    5. Connecting with the resources of the Academic Inspiration for Multi-Cultural Success (AIMS) program.
    6. Establishing regular academic sessions with Ursuline Resources for Success in Academics (URSA) according the directives of the academic advisor.
    7. Facilitating six meetings/lunches with successful BSN graduates of diverse cultural backgrounds who serve as mentors.
    8. Providing a State Tested Nurses Aid (STNA) program prior to beginning nursing classes to provide for a nursing-related, well-compensated employment upon completion.
    9. Offering a second academic intensive upon completion of pre-requisite nursing courses (anticipated in August 2018) where nursing faculty will introduce the student to support resources in nursing, provide a beginning medical terminology program and prepare the student for a full academic load of nursing courses and clinical rotations.
    10. Providing opportunities to interact with the broader Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing student body will be provided.
    In summary, this program is designed to create an environment for students from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly students from CMSD, who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the nursing program to achieve a successful transition to academic work at the collegiate level.


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