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Nursing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), accelerated program

Lipp, Susan M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
(804) 828-5171


Special requirements

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally accredited college or university can be considered for the accelerated bachelor’s program.

Students accepted to the accelerated B.S. program are admitted as sophomores and will have met the general education and admission requirements with the previous baccalaureate degree, with the exception of the following courses that must be completed prior to enrollment: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, developmental psychology and statistics. Minimum grade requirements apply.

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.

Degree requirements for Nursing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), accelerated program

Learning outcomes

Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating

  • Effective therapeutic nursing practice
  • Nursing judgment
  • A spirit of inquiry
  • Professional identity

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

The graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will:

  1. Diagnose actual and potential health problems based on a comprehensive and focused assessment of health and illness parameters, using developmentally, culturally and ethnically appropriate approaches.
  2. Plan and implement holistic, evidence-based, patient centered care to patients, families, communities, and populations across the health illness continuum, across the lifespan, and across settings.
  3. Carry out a systematic and ongoing evaluation of identified outcomes.
  4. Employ strategies to promote health and prevent disease in patients, families, communities and populations.
  5. Use nursing judgment as a basis for decision making.
  6. Create a safe care environment that results in high quality patient outcomes.
  7. Use psychomotor skills for efficient, safe, and compassionate delivery of patient care.
  8. Use written, verbal, non-verbal and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively and to measure, record, and retrieve healthcare data, implement the nursing process, and enhance nursing practice.
  9. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to plan, deliver, and evaluate nursing care within the context of quality and safety and considering human, fiscal, and material resources.
  10. Express own identity as a nurse by adhering to professional standards of ethical and legal conduct.
  11. Demonstrate beginning level leadership and management skills that reflect accountability, interpersonal effectiveness, and principles of ethical behavior and quality improvement.
  12. Articulate the value of pursuing lifelong learning and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.
  13. Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience and help patients, families, and communities continually progress toward fulfillment of human capacities.
  14. Develop an awareness of variables influencing nursing practice and delivery of health care including health care access, allocation of human, fiscal, and material resources, and health disparities.
General Education requirements (minimum 23 credits)  
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
Approved humanities/fine arts (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
Approved natural/physical sciences (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 4
Approved quantitative literacy (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 4
Admission requirements (minimum 34 credits)  
Anatomy 4
Microbiology 4
Nutrition (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
Physiology with laboratory 4
Developmental psychology 3
General sociology (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
Statistics 3
Second laboratory science (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 4
Electives (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 3
Electives at 300 level or higher (met with previous baccalaureate degree) 6
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
Total minimum requirement 123

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Commuting and community practice

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.



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