Lipp, Susan M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
Students accepted into the traditional B.S. program are admitted as sophomores. Completion of the following courses is required for enrollment as a sophomore: English composition I and II, introductory psychology, general sociology, laboratory science, anatomy and nutrition. Students may receive conditional admission with initial minimum grade requirements.
The University College provides programs in preparation for admission into health sciences programs. For detailed information on pre-nursing, see Preparation for the study of nursing in the UC section of this bulletin.
The School of Nursing offers the following curricula in the baccalaureate program: the traditional, the accelerated B.S. and the R.N.-B.S. completion. Successful completion of curricular requirements results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Note that the applicant is responsible for seeking advice from the School of Nursing on courses taken prior to admission.
Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
The graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will:
|Admission requirements (minimum 28 credits)|
|BIOL and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory (fulfills University Core: natural/physical sciences)|
|BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition||3|
|PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (fulfills University Core: social/behavioral sciences)||4|
|SOCY 101 General Sociology||3|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I (University Core requirement)||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II (University Core requirement)||3|
|Approved second laboratory science||4|
|University Core Education Curriculum (9 additional credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I (fulfilled through admission requirements)|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II (fulfilled through admission requirements)|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences (fulfilled through admission requirements)|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences (fulfilled through admission requirements)|
|Collateral requirements (11 credits)|
|BIOL and BIOZ 209 Medical Microbiology and Laboratory||4|
|PHIL 201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems (fulfills University Core: humanities/fine arts)|
|PHIS and PHIZ 206 Human Physiology and Laboratory||4|
|PSYC 304 Developmental Psychology||3|
|STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics or higher (fulfills University Core: quantitative literacy)|
|Major requirements (66 credits)|
|NURS 201 Concepts of Nursing||3|
|NURS 202 Technologies of Nursing Practice||4|
|NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 325 Nursing of Adults I||6|
|NURS 335 Nursing of Women||6|
|NURS 345 Nursing of Children||6|
|NURS 355 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing||5|
|NURS 365 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I||3|
|NURS 366 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II||3|
|NURS 371 Evidenced Based Practice||3|
|NURS 416 Community Health Nursing||5|
|NURS 425 Nursing of Adults II||6|
|NURS 471 Evidenced-based Practice in Nursing||2|
|NURS 478 Leadership and Management in Health Care: Theory and Application||6|
|NURS 496 Senior Synthesis (University Core Capstone)||5|
|Electives (9 credits)|
|Electives at 300 level or higher||6|
|Total minimum requirement||123|
Students are assigned to a variety of hospitals and health agencies. Occasionally, these assignments may include evening hours or weekends. Transportation is sometimes available to reach these assignments, but use of an automobile is often necessary, especially in community health nursing. Transportation costs vary widely each semester and may range from very little to more than $100. Students who anticipate need of financial assistance for transportation costs should apply to the Office of Financial Aid in advance.
Last update: 12/18/2013
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