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
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.
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:
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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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