DEGREE PROGRAMS
SECTION 7
 
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SCHOOL OF NURSING

Phyllis Horns, Dean, 133 Rivers Building
Lou Everett, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program, 131 Rivers Building
Alta Andrews, Chairperson, Department of Community Nursing Systems and Interim Chairperson,
Department of Parent-Child Nursing, 239 Rivers Building
Nancy Moss, Interim Chairperson, Department of Adult Health Nursing, 247 Rivers Building

CURRICULUM

The baccalaureate program in nursing educates students for professional nursing practice and is characterized by a combination of general education and nursing courses.  The focus of the nursing courses is on nursing theory and scientific principles applied to the care of healthy persons as well as to acute and chronic health problems of individuals, families, and groups.  Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, health departments, nursing homes, mental health centers, and other health-related community agencies.  Graduates are prepared for beginning positions in nursing with the potential for positions of leadership and graduate study.

All students–high school graduates, transfer students, diploma or associate-degree graduates in nursing–earn the bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).  The awarding of the BSN does not license one as a registered nurse.  A separate examination (NCLEX-RN) is administered by the board of nursing in the state in which the applicant wishes to be registered.  The School of Nursing will certify completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for licensure is the responsibility of each candidate.

Registered nurses seeking to obtain a BSN are offered an opportunity for educational mobility through the ReNew track option.  The curriculum track for RNs uses both traditional and nontraditional study methods.  Modifications in course offerings include flexible scheduling and sequencing (including on line options), special sections for RNs, and creative methods of meeting course objectives.  Registered nurse students meet course requirements by transfer, advanced placement, credit by exam, CLEP, and completion of courses by enrollment.

There is an RN to MSN track available for registered nurses who do not have a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  See the graduate catalog for admission requirements.

All students are required to demonstrate computer competency, which can be met by placement or enrollment in ASIP 2000.  This course will not meet graduation requirements.

The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; 212-363-5555) and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

ADMISSION

Freshmen may declare  an intent to enroll in nursing but are assigned to General College until officially admitted to the School of Nursing after filing an application for admission to the major and meeting eligibility requirements prior to enrollment in the first nursing courses.  Eligibility is based upon a minimum cumulative 2.2 GPA and a minimum grade of C in each required mathematics, biology, and chemistry course.  Admission to nursing courses is competitive and limited due to space availability and accrediting requirements.  Students desiring readmission after an absence of one or more semesters must secure approval from the university admissions office and the School of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.  Financial aid is available through scholarships and loans from government and private sources, work-study, and self-help programs.  Information is available from the university director of financial aid or the School of Nursing director of student services.

BS IN NURSING (BSN)

Minimum degree requirement is 127  s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education requirements (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.), including those listed below.
BIOL 2140, 2150. Human Physiology and Anatomy (3,3) (P: 1 CHEM course; P for 2150: BIOL 2140; C for 2140: BIOL 2141; C for 2150: BIOL 2151)
BIOL 2141, 2151. Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1,1) (P for 2151: BIOL 2141; C for 2141: BIOL 2140; C for 2151: BIOL 2150)
PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
Choose an approved 3 s.h. ethics course
42 s.h.
2.
Common Core.
BIOL 2110, 2111. Fundamentals of Microbiology (4,0) (F,S) (P: 4 s.h. in BIOL; 8 s.h. in CHEM)
CHEM 1120. Basic General, Organic, and Biochemistry I (4) (F,S) (GE:SC)
CHEM 1130. Basic General, Organic, and Biochemistry II (3) (F,S) (GE:SC) (P:CHEM 1120)
NUHM 2105. Nutrition (3) (F,S,SS)
NURS 3410. Concepts of Pathophysiology for Nursing  (3) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 3330 or consent of instructor)
NURS 3510. Nursing Research (3) (F,S,SS) (P: All required NURS courses below 3330 or consent of instructor; approved statistics course)
NURS 3520. Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: All required NURS courses below 3330 or consent of instructor)
NURS 4100. Health of the Older Adult (2) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 3500 or consent of instructor)
NURS 4150. Nursing Leadership (3) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below NURS 4000)
NURS 4210, 4211. Nursing Care of Populations and Communities (6) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 4200)
NURS 4500. Theory Capstone (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 4200; C: NURS 4210, 4211)
NURS 4511. Clinical Capstone (5) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 4200; C: NURS 4210, 4211, 4500)
An approved 3 s.h. statistics course
45 s.h.
3.
Specialization area (Choose one.).
Professional Nursing:
NURS 3020, 3021.  Health Assessment (3,0) (F,S) (P: Admission to the NURS major; BIOL 2110, 2111, 2150; CHEM 1120, 1130; MATH 1065 or 2127 (logic may not be substituted); NUHM 2105; PSYC 3206)
NURS 3040.  Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing  (2) (F,S) (P: Admission to the NURS major; BIOL 2110, 2111, 2150; CHEM 1120, 1130; MATH 1065 or 2127 (logic may not be substituted); NUHM 2105; PSYC 3206)
NURS 3200.  Introduction to Professional Nursing (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to the NURS major; BIOL 2110, 2111, 2150; CHEM 1120, 1130; MATH 1065 or 2127 (logic may not be substituted); NUHM 2105; PSYC 3206)
NURS 3210, 3211.  Nurse As Care Provider (6) (F,S) (C: NURS 3020, 3040, 3200, 3270)
NURS 3270, 3271.  Clinical Nursing Foundations I (2,0) (F,S) (C:  NURS 3200)
NURS 3330, 3331. Nursing Care of Families During the Childbearing Phase (5) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 3300; C: NURS 3370, 3410)
NURS 3340, 3341: Nursing Care of Children (5) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 3330; C:  NURS 3370, 3410)
NURS 3370, 3371. Clinical Nursing Foundations II  (2,0) (F,S) (P: All required NURS courses below 3330)
NURS 4010, 4011.  Nursing Care of Clients with Alterations in Mental Health (5) (F,S) (P: all required NURS courses below 3500)
NURS 4020, 4021.  Nursing Care of Adults (5) (F,S) (P: all required NURS courses below 3500)
Registered Nurse Students:
*NURS 3900. Concepts in Professional Nursing (4) (WI) (F,S) (P: RN status; completion of required sciences, general education, and cognate courses; consent of RN/BSN director; P/C: NURS 3060; C: NURS 3901)
*NURS 3901. Practicum in Concepts in Professional Nursing (2) (F,S) (P: RN status; completion of required sciences, general education, and cognate courses; consent of RN/BSN director; P/C: NURS 3060; C: NURS 3900)
*Upon successful completion (minimum grade of C) in NURS 3900, 3901, students meet the competencies listed above for professional nursing and receive placement credit for 32 hours of selected junior-level courses.
38 s.h.
4.
Electives to complete requirements for graduation  

REQUIREMENTS

The School of Nursing considers a grade of C as the minimum passing grade for required nursing courses.  Nursing students are required to earn a minimum course grade of C in all nursing courses.  Opportunity to repeat a nursing course is limited by the School of Nursing Progression Policies as printed in the current student handbook.

All students are required to have CPR certification, a TB skin test, Hepatitis B immunization, and to purchase liability insurance prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses.  Verification of TB skin test, CPR update and payment of insurance is required each year.  Group coverage at reduced rates is available.  Health insurance must be provided by the student.

Specific health requirements are stated in the School of Nursing Student Handbook.

A comprehensive examination for senior nursing students is required during the semester prior to the one in which the student expects to complete requirements for graduation.  A special fee is charged for this examination.

Credit for courses in the School of Nursing is determined by the following formula: one classroom/lecture hour per week equals 1 s.h. credit; two lab hours per week equals 1 s.h. credit; and three practicum hours per week equals 1 s.h. credit.


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