The curricula are divided into biological, social sciences, and humanities as a foundation for courses in the major, and nursing courses, which emphasize relationship-based care, reflective thinking, clinical decision making, and the application of evidence-based guidelines to develop quality and safe clinical skills. Clinical experiences are offered in area health facilities, community health agencies, and a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. The senior year culminates in a capstone practicum, NURS 721C Integrating Professional Nursing Practice Clinical, in which students apply curricular concepts in a precepted clinical experience. Candidates for the nursing degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying major requirements.
The nursing program faculty believe learning is a creative process wherein students are active participants in their education, growth, and development as professional nurses. Faculty members are facilitators and mentors to students within a supportive, scholarly environment.
Honors-in-major courses are offered to interested nursing students who have achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.75 in NURS courses and cumulative GPA of 3.4 at the end of the sophomore year in nursing. In addition to NURS 641 Translating Research for Practice, (must be taken at the honors level) students must successfully complete 8 additional credits of honors coursework drawn from the following courses:
|Care of the Adult with Acute Illness II|
|Clinical Judgment in Nursing|
|Contemporary Leadership within Health Care Systems|
Honors-in-major students must successfully complete:
|NURS 794||Special Topics (spring semester junior year)||1|
|NURS 797||Honors Thesis (fall semester senior year)||1|
|NURS 797||Honors Thesis (spring semester senior year)||4|
These self-directed learning experiences, related to the student's interests, are designed to help students acquire advanced knowledge and skills to undertake inquiry or scholarly projects. Students must submit a project description to a faculty adviser at the beginning of the senior year. Students present the results of this study at the Nursing Inquiry Day.
A grade of C or better in high school chemistry is required as well as biology or physics. The following prerequisite courses must be completed successfully prior to enrollment in NURS 500 Introduction to Professional Nursing:
|ENGL 401||First-Year Writing||4|
& BMS 508
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
|PSYC 401||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|BMS 501||Microbes in Human Disease 1||4|
A course in statistics must be completed prior to, or taken concurrent with, NURS 641 Translating Research for Practice.
Prerequisite courses require grades of C or better and only one prerequisite course may be repeated one time in order to progress. Most of the prerequisite courses also meet Discovery requirements. Major courses require a minimum grade of C. Nursing courses may not be repeated. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 must be maintained throughout the program.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical agencies, uniforms, professional equipment, health insurance coverage, yearly criminal background checks, drug and alcohol screening, fingerprinting, yearly health assessment, and select immunizations and titers. Students must maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the Healthcare Provider level. All clinical documents must be received by July 1st before the sophomore year, except flu vaccine, which is due by October 15th, and remain up to date until graduation. Clinical documents cannot expire during the academic year; documents that must be submitted yearly must be dated between May 1 and June 30. Students will be assessed a late fee if clinical documents are not received by the due date. Students will be dropped from nursing courses if documentation is not received by the first day of class. Additional costs associated with the program include, but are not limited to, simulation laboratory fees, fees associated with program requirements, and attendance at professional meetings.