UHV Catalog 2007-2008

School of Nursing


University West, Suite 272
3007 N Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: 361.570-4370    Fax: 361.570.4896
Toll free: 877-970-4848 ext. 370
Email: nursing@uhv.edu

Introduction

Mission Statement

The primary educational objective of the RN to BSN-completion program is to increase the career and educational opportunities available to registered nurses in the university’s service region. Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will bring that understanding to the practice of nursing in their places of employment. Graduates will be prepared to assume some leadership and management roles.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build upon the BSN degree. Students in this program are prepared to function at advanced levels with an expanded knowledge of theory, research and clinical application. Graduates are prepared to provide evidenced based health care and to work on collaborative teams. Each graduate will be able to function in an advanced practice role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Administrator. Additional coursework to prepare the individual for the role of a Nurse Educator is also available.

Accreditation

The RN to BSN program has been approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) and has preliminary accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Majors and Degrees Offered

The following majors and degrees are offered in the School of Nursing.

PLAN DEGREE SPECIALIZATION
Nursing B.S.N.  
Nursing * M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nursing * M.S.N. Nursing Administrator
Nursing * M.S.N. Nurse Educator

*Subject to approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N)

Program Objectives:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the biological sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities and nursing to provide appropriate culturally sensitive care to individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, collaboration with other professionals and leadership and management skills.
  • Critically analyze and apply research findings to nursing practice related to disease prevention, health promotion, illness care and restoration of health.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate the outcomes of nursing care.
  • Serve as client advocates by providing health education and in monitoring and promoting access to cost-effective care.
  • Encourage lifelong learning and create a foundation for graduate study.
  • Integrate professional values and ethical, moral and legal aspects of nursing into practice in a variety of structured and unstructured settings.

Requirements for Undergraduation Admission:

  1. Graduate from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, with an associate degree or completion of a diploma program.
  2. Evidence of a current Registered Nurse Texas license and current CPR license.
  3. Applicants who have graduated more than two years prior to admission must provide documentation of having had, during the last two years, nursing practice experience of six months full-time, or one year part-time, or a refresher course.
  4. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00, and a GPA of 2.50 in natural, physical and behavioral sciences is expected. Students who have a GPA lower than 2.50 may appeal to Director of Nursing for conditional admission. Please see list of prerequisite courses.

General Requirements:
The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See "General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree."
  2. Satisfy the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  3. General Requirements:
    • Lower Division – 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer literacy/proficiency requirement; BIOL 1322 Nutrition; BIOL 2420 Microbiology; BIOL 2401and 2402 Anatomy and Physiology; CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I; MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods; PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development; SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology.
    • Students will be given 30 hours of advanced placement credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.
    • Upper Division – ENG 3430 Professional Writing; NUR 3210 The Role of Professional Nursing; NUR 3411 Health Assessment Across the Life Span; NUR 4412 Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice; NUR 4314 Nursing Research; NUR 3315 Pathophysiology; NUR 4420 Concept Integration of Complex Patient Care
    • NUR 4521 Community Health Nursing; NUR 4222 Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Lower-Level Prerequisite Courses Semester Hours
English-Composition 6
U.S. History 6
Political Science (Federal and State) 6
Anatomy and Physiology 8
Statistics 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Literature 3
Speech 3
Computer Literacy 3
Nutrition 3
Chemistry 4
Microbiology 4
Human Growth and Development 3
Total Prerequisite Courses 61

Advanced Placement - Students will be given 30 semester hours of credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Upper-Level Degree Requirements Semester Hours
ENGL 3430 Professional Writing 4
NUR 3210 The Role of Professional Nursing 2
NUR 3411 Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4
NUR 4412 Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice 4
NUR 4314 Nursing Research 3
NUR 3315 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 4222 Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing 2
NUR 4420 Concept Integration of Complex Patient Care 3
NUR 4521 Community Health Nursing 5
Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements 31
Total Degree Requirements 122

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing*(M.S.N)

*Subject to approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students who apply will be officially admitted after formal approval of the MSN has been received from the T.H.E.C.B.

The University of Houston-Victoria offers a 36-semester hour Master of Science in Nursing degree. The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build upon the BSN degree. Students in this program are prepared to function at advanced levels with an expanded knowledge of theory, research and clinical application. Graduates are prepared to provide evidenced based health care and to work on collaborative teams. Each graduate will be able to function in an advanced practice role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Administrator. Additional coursework to prepare the individual for the role of a Nurse Educator is also available.

Program Objectives:

  • Synthesize and apply theories, models, and research from nursing and related science as a framework for advanced nursing care.
  • Incorporate the core knowledge of nursing into an advanced practice role to promote, maintain and restore health of clients.
  • Utilize advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and health assessment in the provision of direct client care.
  • Provide culturally competent care at an advanced level in response to human diversity and societal needs.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication skills for advanced nursing practice as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Engage in Scholarly inquiry to investigate clinical problems and improve clinical practice.
  • Participate in the political process to influence health and social policy.
  • Analyze implications of legal, ethical and financial accountability for nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with clients, health care providers and community leaders to effect change that improves health and the environments of care.

Requirements for Graduate Admission:

  1. BSN degree from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations.
  2. A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 in last 60 hours of academic course work.
  3. Valid Texas RN licensure.
  4. A combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); or a scaled score of 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  5. A personal statement indicating the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and the applicant’s career goals.
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. Must demonstrate English proficiency as stated in university catalog. (Please refer to Admissions section of catalog).

Degree Requirements:

Common Core – 9 semester hours  
NUR 6301 Advanced Inquiry and Nursing Research 3
NUR 6302 Nursing Theory 3
NUR 6306 Professional Role, Policy and Ethics 3

Specialization Requirements:

Clinical Nurse Specialist*

* Students in this program will take the Nursing core courses, in addition to the courses listed below:

NUR 6305 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 6304 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 6303 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 6410 Advanced Nursing Clinical I 4
NUR 6411 Advanced Nursing Clinical II 4
NUR 6412 Integration of Advanced Nursing Clinical III 4
NUR 6351 Planning the Clinical Project f/Outcomes & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NUR 6352 Clinical Project f/ Outcomes & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3

Nurse Administration*

* Students in this program will take the Nursing core courses, in addition to the courses listed below:

NUR 6316 Healthcare Organizational Behavior 3
NUR 6318 Healthcare Delivery Systems & Organization 3
NUR 6317 Human Resource Mgmt in Healthcare 3
NUR 6320 Healthcare Informatics 3
NUR 6319 Healthcare Policy, Finance & Economics 3
 
NUR 6521 Leadership Practicum I 5
NUR 6522 Leadership Practicum II 5
NUR 6253 Research Project in Leadership 2

Nurse Educator*

* Students in this program are required to complete the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

NUR 6313 Theories of teaching and learning in Nursing 3
NUR 6314 Curriculum Development in Nursing 3
NUR 6415 Practicum in Teaching 3