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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Nursing

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



The objective of the Second Degree BSN program is to produce graduates for professional nursing practice who can draw upon knowledge from the biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and nursing to critically analyze human responses to actual and potential health problems and provide appropriate nursing interventions. The Second Degree bachelors program is a twelve-month intensive full-time program for people holding bachelors or masters degrees in other fields who want to become registered nurses (RNs). This program is designed to facilitate a career change for the more mature and experienced student .

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

  1. Students must satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS of this catalog in addition to the program requirements below:

  2. Lower Division:
    1. 3 semester hours of statistics (may take psychology statistics or math statistics).

    2. 3 semester hours of nutrition.

    3. 8 semester hours of human anatomy and physiology.

    4. 4 semester hours of Chemistry (may take introductory chemistry or general chemistry).

    5. 4 semester hours of Microbiology.

    6. 6 semester hours of Psychology (PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology, and PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development).

    7. 3 semester hours of Sociology (SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology).

  3. Upper Division:  60 semester hours of Nursing core; (Nursing Professional Role I, Nursing Professional Role II, Nursing Professional Role III, Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice, Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature, Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Nursing Process for Symptom Management, Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I, Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II, Clinical Nursing Practice I, Clinical Nursing Practice II, Clinical Nursing Practice III, Special Topics, Nursing Research).

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Lower-Level Prerequisite Courses Semester Hours
ENGL 1301/ENGL 1302 English Composition 6
HIST 1301/HIST 1302 U. S. History 6
GOVT 2301/2306 and GOVT 2302/2305 Political Science (Federal and State) 6
Literature (any sophomore level Literature course) 3
Speech (may take any Speech course including Interpersonal Comm.) 3
COSC 1301 or equivalent Computer Literacy course 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
Visual/Performing Arts (may select from Art, Drama, or Music) 3
MATH 1342 - Statistics 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition 3
Chemistry (May take Introductory Chem. or General Chemistry) 4
BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8
BIOL 2420 Microbiology 4
Total Prerequisite Courses 61
 
Upper-Level Degree Requirements
NURS 3230 Nursing Professional Role I 2
NURS 3331 Nursing Professional Role II 3
NURS 3332 Nursing Professional Role III 3
NURS 3247 Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice 2
NURS 3337 Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature 3
NURS 3440 Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 4
NURS 3631 Nursing Process for Symptom Management 6
NURS 3636 Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I 6
NURS 3737 Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II 7
NURS 3633 Clinical Nursing Practice I 6
NURS 3634 Clinical Nursing Practice II 6
NURS 3735 Clinical Nursing Practice III 7
NURS 4200 Special Topics (elective) 2
NURS 4314 Nursing Research 3
Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements: 60
Total Degree Requirements: 121

Second Degree BSN students are expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations of them outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.

  2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi.

  3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.

  4. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in their MyUHV student self service account.

  5. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.

  6. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which they will complete degree requirements.

  7. Visit the school’s web page (www.uhv.edu/nursing) regularly for important updates and to obtain information on course textbooks.