School of Nursing

CHARLOTTE PITTS, Dean

THE SCHOOL OF NURSING, established in 1979, offers a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The nursing curriculum is designed to prepare beginning professional nurse generalists who are capable of functioning as members of the health-care team in providing care for individuals and groups in diverse settings. The program also provides an educational base for advancement in formal study, research and practice. The facilities and resources of the University are used to provide a broad academic background in the humanities and sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become registered nurses.

A pre-professional program in Nursing Science is required of students seeking admission to the professional curriculum. The first two years of course work are designated as Pre-Nursing (NA). The Professional Program (NURS) requires seven quarters of study, including classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.

Curriculum in Pre-Nursing Science (NS)

LEVEL I

 First Quarter

 Second Quarter

 Third Quarter
 ENGL 0110 English Composition (5)  UNIV 0102 Political Econ. (3)  UNIV 0103 Indiv. in Society (3)
 UNIV 0101 Society & Culture (3)  HIST 0101 World Hist. (3)  HIST 0102 World Hist. (3)
 MATH 0160 Pre-Calc. & Trig. (5)  BIOL 0101 Prin. Biology (5)  CHEM 0102 Intro. Chem. & Lab (3)
 NURS 0101 Orient. to Nursing (2)  CHEM 0101 Intro. Chem.* (2)  ENGL 0112 English Composition (5)
   Core Fine Arts (3)  Elective (3)

LEVEL II
 ENGL 0220 Great Books I (5)  ENGL 0221 Great Books II (5)  NURS 0201 Statistics (5)
 HIST 0103 World Hist. (3)  ZYWL 0250 Hum. Anat. (5)  ZYWL 0251 Physiology (5)
 NUFS 0200 Nutr. & Health (3)  BYMB 0300 Gen. Microbiol. (5)  PHIL 0218 Ethics (5)
 BIOL 0103 Animal Biology (5)  Elective (3)  PSYC 0212 Lifespan Hum. Dev. (5)

TOTAL - 102 QUARTER HOURS

 

Curriculum in Professional Nursing (NURS)

LEVEL III

 First Quarter

 Second Quarter

 Third Quarter
 NURS 0302 Dim. of Prof. Nsg. (2)  NURS 0311 Nsg. Concepts II (12)  NURS 0313 Psy./Men. Hlth. Nsg. (7)
 NURS 0303 Health Assessment (4)  ZYWL 0441 Clin. Physiology (3)  NURS 0435 Info. Mgt. in Nsg. (3)
 NURS 0310 Nsg. Concepts I (8)  NURS 0395 Pharmacology (3)  NURS Elective (3)
 ZYWL 0440 Clin. Physiology (3)  

 or
   NURS 0312 Nsg. Concepts III (12)
 NURS Elective (3)

SUMMER QUARTER
 NURS 0312 Nsg. Concepts III (12)
 NURS 0495 Mgt. in Nursing (3)
  or
 NURS 0313 Psy./Mental Hlth. Nsg. (7)
 NURS 0435 Info. Mgt. in Nsg. (3)
 NURS 0495 Mgt. in Nsg. (3)

LEVEL IV
 NURS 0422 or 0460 (12)  NURS 0460 or 0422 (12)  NURS 0499 Senior Practicum (15)
 NURS 0432 Nsg. Research (3)  NURS Elective (3)  NURS 0450 Senior Seminar (3)

TOTAL - 213 QUARTER HOURS

* Students should take CHEM 0101 unless they have had high school chemistry and scored at least 25 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT. See adviser for study plan taking CHEM 0103.

 

Curriculum ­ Educational Advancement For Registered Nurses (EARN)

Summer Quarter

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter
 ZYWL 0441 Clinical Physiology II (3)  ZYWL 0440 Clinical Physiology I (3)  NURS 0423 Prev. in Comm. Sys. (3)
 NURS 0303 Health Assessment (4)  NURS 0421 Prim. Prev. Client/Fam. (3)  NURS 0423L Comm. Sys. Lab (3)
 NURS 0401 Trans. to Prof. Nursing (4)  NURS 0421L Prim. Prev. Lab (3)  NURS 0427 Rehab./Home Health (4)
 NURS 0401L Prof. Nursing Lab (2)  NURS 0425 Prim. Prev./Acute Care (4)  NURS 0427L Rehab./Home Hlth. Lab (5)
   NURS 0425L Acute Care Lab (5)  NURS 0436 Nur. Res. & Data Mgt. (3)

Spring Quarter
 NURS 0429 EARN Practicum (9)
 NURS 0497 Senior Seminar (3)
 NURS 0475 Ldsp./Mgt. & Info. Sys. (3)
 NURS 0475L Info. Systems Lab (1)

TOTAL - 65 QUARTER HOURS

 

Curriculum ­ Accelerated Nursing Degree (AND)

 Summer Quarter

 Fall Quarter

 Winter Quarter
 NURS 0302 Dim. in Prof. Nursing (2)  NURS 0411 Prev. in Client Sys. I (6)  NURS 0436 Nur. Res. & Data Mgt. (3)
 NURS 0303 Health Assessment (4)  NURS 0411L Prof. Practice II (8)  NURS 0412 Prev. in Client Sys. II (6)
 NURS 0410 Prim., Sec.& Ter. Prev. (4)  ZYWL 0441 Clinical Physiology II (3)  NURS 0412L Prof. Practice III (8)
 NURS 0410L Prof. Practice I (4)  
 ZYWL 0440 Clinical Physiology I (3)

 Spring Quarter

 Summer Quarter
 NURS 0420 Adv. Con. of Prevention (6)  NURS 0498 AND Practicum (14)
 NURS 0420L Prof. Practice IV (8)  NURS 0497 Prof. Nursing Seminar (4)
 NURS 0475 Ldsp./Mgt. & Info. Sys. (3)  
 NURS 0475L Info. Systems Lab (1)

TOTAL - 87 QUARTER HOURS

 

Admission

Freshman eligibility is determined by the University Admissions Office. Admission requirements are stated elsewhere in this Bulletin. High school mathematics, chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommended, along with other college preparatory courses in social science, history, literature and English composition. Due to changes in the Pre-Nursing curriculum, students should see the adviser for the School of Nursing.

Transfers from other institutions must apply through the University Admissions Office. Review of transcripts by the School of Nursing will determine the amount of credit allowed for the pre-nursing requirements. Students planning to transfer are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing as soon as possible for advisement on transfer of credits.

Professional Program: Admission to the professional program is open annually in fall quarter. Pre-nursing students must formally apply in February to the School of Nursing. Applicants are notified by June 1 of acceptance or non-acceptance. Due to limited enrollment, all students who meet minimum criteria may not be admitted.

Criteria for consideration for admission include a minimum GPA of 2.5, completion of the pre-nursing requirements, references and a completed application.

Registered nurses: The School of Nursing offers an Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses (EARN) Program in which RN students may complete the requirements for the B.S.N. degree in one calendar year (four quarters) of full-time study beginning with summer quarter. A flexible format with full-time and part-time options allows RN students to continue employment. Registered nurse students must complete the pre-nursing curriculum required of all nursing majors. The School of Nursing should be contacted for further advisement.

Accelerated Nursing Degree Program: The School of Nursing offers an Accelerated Nursing Degree (AND) Program which enables students who hold a bachelor's or higher degree in another field to progress through the professional nursing curriculum in five quarters of full-time study beginning with the summer quarter. Students interested in the AND Program must complete specified pre-nursing courses prior to being considered for admission to the Professional curriculum. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5, a personal interview and satisfactory scores on pre-admission examinations are required for admission to the AND Program. The School of Nursing should be contacted for further advisement.

Academic Regulations

Advanced placement or CLEP credit in pre-nursing courses is granted according to university policies stated elsewhere in the Bulletin. No advanced standing is allowed in the natural sciences by the School of Nursing. Proficiency examinations or Advanced Placement (CEEB), with accepted score, may be used for advanced placement.

An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained for progression through the professional program. Pre-nursing students who do not attain an overall GPA of at least 2.5 at the beginning of the second year should consider alternative fields of study.

A minimum grade of C is required in pre-nursing courses. Transfer credit will not be granted for courses in which a grade less than C is earned.

In the professional program, a minimum grade of C must be achieved in all courses. Because the professional nursing curriculum is designed for progressive development of nursing knowledge and skills, students who earn a grade less than C in a professional program course are not allowed to progress to the next course. The course in which the student earns a grade less than C may be repeated one time only. Students who earn a grade less than C in two or more NURS courses or whose GPA falls below a 2.0 will be dropped from the professional program. Transfer credit is not generally allowed for courses in the professional program.

The Professional Program

Facilities: The School of Nursing is housed in Miller Hall, where classrooms, an auditorium, a skills laboratory and faculty offices are located. A learning resource and computer center is jointly operated with the School of Pharmacy. Facilities for clinical nursing experiences include East Alabama Medical Center and other hospitals in the area, Lee County Mental Health Center, clinics, nursing homes, physicians' offices, Lee County Public Health Department, public schools and industrial sites. Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required by agencies in which clinical work is done.

Expenses: Students accepted into the professional program should expect to incur additional expenses. Uniforms, equipment, transportation to clinical sites, a health examination and liability and health insurance coverage are among the requirements. Detailed information is furnished by the dean's office at the time of admission.

Accreditation: The School of Nursing operates with full approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

 

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