2013-2014 Catalog


Nursing B.S.

Degree Requirements

A major in Nursing is achieved by the completion of the following requirements, as well as the General Education and electives required for a degree:

Required Core Courses

NUR 341Essential-Hlt Assess & Nurs I

1 Course Credit

NUR 342Essential-Hlt Assess & Nurs II

1.5 Course Credits

NUR 350Nursing of Children & Adults I

1.5 Course Credits

NUR 351Nur Child/Adult-Psy/Mntl Hlt

1 Course Credit

NUR 352Research in Nursing

1/2 Course Credit

NUR 353Nursg of Children & Adults II

1.5 Course Credits

NUR 354Pharmacology

1 Course Credit

NUR 355Pediatric Nursing

1 Course Credit

NUR 447Nurs Women & Childbearing Fam

1.5 Course Credits

NUR 448Community Hlt Nur/Leadership I

1 Course Credit

NUR 449Community Hlt Nurs/Ldrship II

1 Course Credit

Required Capstone Course

NUR 450Synthesis in Nursing Practice

2 Course Credits

Required Collateral Courses

BIO 101Human Anatomy & Phys I

1 Course Credit

BIO 102Human Anatomy & Physiology II

1 Course Credit

BIO 207Pathophysiology:Altered Health

1 Course Credit

BIO 222Microbiology

1 Course Credit

CFS 221Fundamentals of Nutrition

1 Course Credit

CHM 113Allied Health Chemistry

1 Course Credit

PSY 100General Psychology

1 Course Credit

A student may repeat only one of the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 207, BIO 222, and CHM 113. If students are not successful on the second attempt, they are dismissed from the Nursing major and will be encouraged to seek another major.

A student may repeat only one NUR-designated course. If students are not successful on the second attempt, they are dismissed from the Nursing major and will be encouraged to seek another major.

Following withdrawal from the College, a student must apply to be readmitted into the Nursing major. Readmissions will be subject to space availability in the Nursing Program.

Exploring the Major— During the first term, students interested in this major should complete the Developmental Mathematics sequence, if not waived. As soon as MAT 010 is waived or completed, students should register for BIO 101. During the Spring Term of the first year, students should take BIO 102 and CHM 113. First-year students also should choose from the following courses: PEH 100 (1/2 credit), PSY 100, and any courses meeting Perspective Areas and other requirements in the General Education curriculum. NUR 341 is taken in the Fall Term of sophomore year. See Course Sequencing, below, for additional considerations.

Admission to the Major— Prior to admission to the Nursing Program, a student must have: Earned a minimum Science GPA of 2.5 based on successful completion of BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 207, BIO 222 and CHM 113 with a grade of C or better, (NOTE: A student may repeat only one of the above listed science prerequisite courses.), submitted a written application to the major, obtained a positive recommendation from assigned nursing faculty advisor; and completed a personal interview with the Program Coordinator and/or the faculty.

Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)— In addition to course sequencing mentioned above under Exploring the Major, students wanting to take a foreign language should fulfill this option in the International Perspective of the General Education curriculum during their first year to avoid conflicts with Nursing clinicals in the sophomore, junior, or senior years. CFS 221 and PSY 100 must be completed prior to enrolling in the Fall Term of the junior year. It is important to fulfill as many General Education requirements as possible during the first two years. NUR 341 meets the Active Learning Experience. NUR 342 is taken in Spring Term of sophomore year. BIO 207 (Pathophysiology) is taken concurrently with NUR 341 and NUR 354. Pharmacology is taken concurrently with NUR 342. NUR 350 and NUR 351 are taken in the fall term of the junior year. NUR 352 NUR 353, and NUR 355 are taken in Spring Term of junior year. NUR 447 and NUR 448 are taken in Fall Term of senior year. NUR 449 and NUR 450 are taken in Spring Term of senior year.

Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major— Students must demonstrate skill proficiency (including skill demonstration, principles of safe medication administration and mathematical drug calculations) each term beginning in the sophomore year. In addition to completing specified course requirements, in order to earn a degree in the Nursing major, each student must: 1) earn a grade of C or higher in each required Nursing Program course including each collateral course; 2) demonstrate appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and respect in the classroom and clinical setting; 3) obtain current immunizations or proofs of immunity and annual TB skin testing; and 4) maintain current documentation of CPR training for the adult, infant, and child with AED training for the healthcare provider. All nursing students must complete a criminal background check prior to taking their first clinical nursing course and again in the last semester of nursing coursework as required by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Nursing majors also must satisfy program standards for effectiveness in written and oral communication. NOTE: Students need to complete 20 earned course credits outside the major, in addition to the 14 1/2 major course credits, which means a minimum of 34 ½ earned credits are needed for graduation. Students whose major credits include transfer credits may need to adjust accordingly.

Other Considerations or Recommendations— The Department of Nursing conducts a program of assessment testing at the end of each nursing course. NCLEX style R.N. exit practice exams are taken during the last semester with a live review prior to graduation to prepare students for taking the National Council’s Licensure Exam (NCLEX -RN) to become licensed as Registered Nurses. Students not meeting the minimum level of proficiency as established in the end of course testing are required to complete remediation in course content prior to progression into the next nursing course.