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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

Nursing

http://www.odu.edu/nursing

Karen Karlowicz, Chair

The School of Nursing offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The School of Nursing plans to introduce a revised and updated pre-licensure undergraduate curriculum beginning in fall 2015.  The new curriculum will admit a cohort of students each fall semester under one schedule, incorporate current recommendations for undergraduate nursing education, and will be designed to get graduates into the workforce and enrolled in graduate nursing programs more quickly. There will be no change in the number of credit hours for the major (66), and there will be no change in the number of credits required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (120). However, students admitted beginning in fall 2015 will be:

  • Required to have all non-nursing education courses fully completed before admission to the nursing major; there are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Completing all courses in the nursing major in five consecutive semesters (vs. the current schedule that takes six semesters to complete). 

For additional information on the new curriculum or admission requirements, please contact:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kay Palmer, Undergraduate Program Director; Janice Hawkins, Chief Academic Advisor

Graduates of the baccalaureate program in professional nursing are generalists prepared to care for culturally diverse individuals and groups across the lifespan in a complex global community. Upon completion of the innovative, technology-enhanced program, graduates are knowledgeable about current trends in health care, assume responsibility for their professional growth, and are prepared for graduate study in nursing. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate curriculum is designed to accommodate the needs of students desiring to become registered nurses (prelicensure curriculum) and those who are already registered nurses holding hospital diplomas or associate degrees desiring to earn the B.S.N. degree (post-licensure). The prelicensure curriculum is offered in a traditional 36-month (no summers) format and a 24-month accelerated schedule year-round format. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. The post-licensure curriculum is offered in both a full-time and part-time format. As part of the Distance Learning system, courses are offered on weekday evening times via live broadcast to a classroom or video streamed to a computer. Additionally, an on-line program of study is available. Most students enroll on a part-time basis.

Admission

Admission to the School of Nursing is a competitive process. Applicants for admission to the baccalaureate program in nursing should apply initially to the Office of Admissions of Old Dominion University to seek admission to the University. Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the School of Nursing.

Applicants for admission to the undergraduate nursing program must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to being admitted to the School of Nursing. In some cases, the admissions committee of the School of Nursing may require additional course work. Transfer students may complete the prerequisite courses at another college or university but are responsible for having a transfer credit evaluation completed by the transfer evaluation unit in the Office of Admissions to determine that transfer courses are equivalent and acceptable to University requirements.

Applicants must complete a School of Nursing Supplemental Application to be considered for admission to the undergraduate nursing program. The School of Nursing Supplemental Application may be obtained directly from the School of Nursing Academic Advising Office or the School of Nursing website: http://www.hs.odu.edu/nursing/.

In summary the applicant must:

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  2. Submit a School of Nursing supplemental application directly to the School of Nursing with photocopies of all previous college transcripts attached. Submit all items in the same envelope. Do not mail transcripts in separate envelopes to the School of Nursing.
  3. Have a transfer of credit evaluation completed by the transfer evaluation unit in the Office of Admissions.

Prelicensure Admission

Students who wish to enter the prelicensure nursing major must submit a School of Nursing Supplemental Application by February 1 in order to be considered for fall admission. Late or incomplete prelicensure applications will not be considered. The prelicensure program admits students for the fall semester only. Admission to the School of Nursing prelicensure program is highly competitive.

Prelicensure applicant review is based on the following criteria:

  1. Grade point average (GPA)
  2. Admission to the University
  3. Pre-admissions aptitude testing
  4. Completion of prerequisite course work at Old Dominion University makes the applicant more competitive.
  5. Health careers related experience makes the applicant more competitive.
  6. Previous bachelor's degree makes the applicant more competitive.

Post-licensure Admission

Post-licensure applicant review is based on the following criteria:

  1. Admission to the University
  2. Successful completion of the prerequisite courses
  3. Grade point average
  4. Unencumbered RN license

Concurrent Program

The Concurrent Enrollment program presents an opportunity for individuals to obtain a BSN in a timely manner while remaining in their local community. This program is for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and desire to change careers, enter professional nursing and obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN).

The Concurrent Enrollment nursing student will complete all ODU BSN nursing courses online while concurrently enrolled in their AAS nursing courses at a partner institution. Advisors work with students to develop an individual plan of study to fulfill the requirements. The Concurrent Enrollment program contributes to the BSN prepared workforce as well as prepares RNs for graduate programs by creating a seamless progression from the AAS to the BSN.

Following graduation from the AAS program and successful completion of the NCLEX RN licensure exam, the student will be awarded 33 nursing transfer credits (at no cost) toward completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Fall enrollment is available.

The nursing application is supplementary to the University application. Please return the concurrent enrollment nursing application directly to the School of Nursing with unofficial (photocopied) transcripts and letter of acceptance to the RN program of the  partner institution attached.

Concurrent Program Admission

Concurrent program admission eligibility is based on the following criteria:

    1. Prior completion of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

    2. Admission to the University

    3. Admission to a prelicensure nursing program of a partner institution

    4. Grade point average

    5. Completion of the following prerequisite courses or transfer equivalents:

        BIOL 103                                            CHEM 105N/CHEM 106N
        BIOL 250                                            STAT 130M
        BIOL 251                                            SOC 201S
        PSYC 203S                                       

Guaranteed Entry Program

The nursing program offers a guaranteed entry program. This program is designed for highly qualified high school students who are committed to completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Old Dominion University. Applicants must meet and maintain eligibility requirements as defined by the program. For more information, contact the pre-nursing advisor at 683-5137.

Transfer of Nursing Credits

Students seeking to transfer NURSING credits from another NLNAC or CCNE accredited BSN program must submit photocopies of all nursing course syllabi for which they desire transfer credit approval. The School of Nursing Admission's Committee and nursing faculty will review the transfer course content for comparability with ODU nursing courses and determine if advanced placement in the BSN curriculum is appropriate.

Because of the dynamic nature of the nursing profession, currency of both nursing content and clinical skills is essential. Patient safety is of critical concern and is compromised when a student has out-of-date knowledge and/or less than competent nursing care skills. Transfer of nursing credits into the BSN curriculum may be affected if there has been a lapse of time greater than one year since previous nursing enrollment or by availability of clinical placements.

Continuance Policies

  1. A grade of C (2.00) or better is required in all nursing courses to continue in the nursing program.
  2. An average of 80% or better on objective tests within a nursing course is required to earn a grade of C (2.00). A student who earns an average less than 80% on objective tests for a nursing course is awarded a grade of D or F and will not be considered in good academic standing in the major.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is required to continue in the nursing program.
  4. A nursing student who fails a nursing course and is readmitted to the nursing program is allowed to repeat the failed course only once.
  5. A student who leaves the major and is readmitted may be required to take additional course work prior to or concurrent with readmission.
  6. A student may be readmitted to the nursing major only once.

Note: Policies and procedures are outlined in more detail in the School of Nursing Student Handbook (on the web). All students accepted into the nursing major are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this handbook upon entry into the major.

Clinical Caution

Clinical Caution is a means by which difficulties meeting specific objectives in a clinical course can be identified and monitored within a single clinical course.

The evaluation of the student's clinical performance is based on the professional judgment of the clinical faculty. A student may be placed on Clinical Caution if the clinical faculty member determines that the student is having difficulties meeting specific clinical objectives. This is a method to identify and monitor behaviors that interfere with the attainment of clinical objectives identified on the Clinical Performance Appraisal. A student on Clinical Caution must correct the deficiencies in order to pass the clinical course.

  • The student may be placed on Clinical Caution at any point in the clinical course.
  • The student will be notified verbally of the Clinical Caution and the reason(s) for the Caution. The course coordinator must be notified of the Clinical Caution within 24 hours.
  • The student will be given a "Plan for Success" that specifies the outcomes that must be attained for successful completion of the course.
  • A copy of the "Plan for Success" will be e-mailed to the academic advisor and all clinical course coordinators for classes in which the student is enrolled. Clinical course coordinators will be responsible for notifying clinical course instructors of the Caution and the weaknesses noted.

If the student is able to attain minimum competence in all criteria identified on the "Plan for Success" but the clinical faculty assessment is that student behavior warrants continued monitoring, the clinical faculty and course coordinator may place a student on Clinical Notice.

A student who successfully meets the criteria specified in the "Plan for Success" in addition to the course Clinical Performance Appraisal will receive a passing grade for the clinical course. An unsuccessful student may apply to the Undergraduate Admissions, Continuance, and Advanced Standing Committee to retake the course in the future unless this is the second failure of nursing undergraduate courses.

Clinical Notice

Clinical Notice is a means by which patterns of concern and/or clinical course objectives in which the student is minimally competent can be identified and monitored between clinical courses and consecutive semesters.

The evaluation of the student's clinical performance is based on the professional judgment of the clinical faculty. A student may be placed on Clinical Notice if the clinical faculty member determines that the student is having difficulties meeting specific clinical objectives or displays patterns of concerning behavior in more than one clinical course. This is a method to identify and monitor behaviors that interfere with the attainment of clinical objectives identified on the Clinical Performance Appraisal. Clinical Notice can carry over between clinical courses or consecutive semesters.

  • The student may be placed on notice at any point in the clinical course based on the assessment of student performance. Clinical Caution is not required prior to Clinical Notice.
  • The student will be verbally notified of the notice and the reason(s) for the Clinical Notice. The course coordinator must be notified of the Clinical Notice within 24 hours.
  • A letter detailing the reason for Clinical Notice will be sent within five working days of verbal notification of being placed on notice and include the date, time and place for the counseling session.

A counseling session will be held with the student and Clinical Review Committee (CRC). The CRC constitutes the course coordinator from each clinical course in which the student is enrolled and may include clinical faculty.

  • The student is expected to participate in the counseling session and will be given an opportunity to respond to the Clinical Notice letter with oral and written materials.
  • A "Plan for Success" will be developed to include required activities, schedules for activities, criteria for removal from notice and deadline for completion.
  • If at the conclusion of the counseling session the student does not agree with the Clinical Notice, the student may appeal the decision to the Undergraduate Program Director.

The student will be evaluated by the clinical faculty and course coordinator during and at the completion of the Clinical Notice period. The course coordinator will make a recommendation to the Clinical Review Committee who then may remove the student from notice, extend the notice period or move to dismiss the student from the program at any time.

  • If the student meets the requirements in the "Plan for Success," the Clinical Notice may be removed.
  • If the notice is extended to a subsequent semester, the course coordinator for the clinical in which the Clinical Notice was initiated is responsible for notifying the course coordinators for the clinical courses in which the student will be enrolled during the next semester. The subsequent semester course coordinators will then constitute the Clinical Review Committee for the student.
    • The student may appeal the decision to extend the notice period with the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • If at any point the student clinical behaviors threaten patient safety and well-being or violate professional standards as determined by clinical faculty, the student will receive a grade of F and will not be allowed to continue in the clinical course.
  • A student who successfully meets the criteria specified in the "Plan for Success" in addition to the Clinical Performance Appraisal will receive a passing grade for the clinical course.
  • An unsuccessful student may apply to the Undergraduate Admissions, Continuance, and Advanced Standing Committee to retake the course in the future unless this is the second failure of nursing undergraduate courses.
    • The student may appeal the decision to terminate the Clinical Notice period and/or continuation in the course with the Undergraduate Program Director.

Decisions of the Clinical Review Committee will be based on student performance during notice, past performance in the academic program, results of counseling sessions and all student data relative to their undergraduate performance. These are academic proceedings and legal representation is not allowed during these proceedings.

A student may be placed on Clinical Notice no more than twice during the program and the duration of any notice may not exceed two consecutive semesters. If a student is determined to require a third clinical notice or any single notice would enter a third semester, the student will earn an F for the course and, if eligible, reapply for admission to the BSN curriculum.

Students on Clinical Notice will not be eligible to attend Transition to Professional Nursing Practice clinical NURS 431- Preceptorship.
  • Since the Preceptorship clinical experience does not include direct faculty supervision while providing patient care, no student will be allowed to begin the Preceptorship clinical if they are on Clinical Notice.
  • Students who enter their last semester on Clinical Notice must complete NURS 441 Rehabilitation Nursing Clinical during the first half of the semester, meet all stipulations in the "Plan for Success" and be released from Clinical Notice prior to being allowed to begin the preceptored clinical experience.
  • If a student is placed on Clinical Notice in NURS 441 and does not exceed the Clinical Notice semester stipulations as noted above, the student may not enter NURS 431 until the terms of the "Plan for Success" have been successfully met. A directed medical-surgical clinical experience (two semester credits) to demonstrate competencies in the "Plan for Success" will be required prior to entering NURS 431. The medical surgical experience will be arranged to coincide with a medical surgical clinical course offered in the subsequent semester.

All documentation will be placed in the student's academic folder in the undergraduate nursing program office.

Dismissal

Notwithstanding any to the contrary, willful conduct jeopardizing patient safety will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for the first offense.

The Clinical Review Committee may recommend to the Admissions, Continuance and Advanced Placement Committee that dismissal from the program is appropriate. A student may be dismissed from the program without having a notice period. The student will be notified at the time of the decision. Dismissal is based on the evaluation of the student's performance and abilities as well as demonstration of student behaviors that endanger patient safety and well-being and/or violate the standards of the profession. Dismissal is a result of inability to satisfactorily perform the required functions in clinical learning experiences, demonstrate a mastery of theoretical course work, violation of the Honor Code and/or violation of the standards of the profession.

The student may appeal the dismissal recommendation of the Clinical Review Committee in writing to the Undergraduate Program Director within five working days. See the appeals process in the ODU School of Nursing Student Handbook, Undergraduate Policies.

A student who is found in violation of the University Honor Code and receives a sanction by the Honor Council or University Hearing Officer will be dismissed from the undergraduate program in nursing.

Appeals Process

A student may appeal a course grade or dismissal decision on the basis of prejudice or caprice. The burden of proof rests with the student.

  1. Students must initiate the appeal within one semester (fall, spring) of earning the grade or receiving the dismissal decision.
  2. The student will first consult with the instructor (for a grade appeal) or the Clinical Review Committee (for a clinical dismissal appeal).
  3. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the conference and wishes to pursue the appeal, the case must be presented in writing for a first-level appeal. The student's appeal letter must
    1. State specific reasons and give examples of faculty prejudice or caprice,
    2. Show that prejudice or caprice affected the awarding of the final course grade or dismissal decision, and
    3. Be presented as a complete package and include all supporting documentation.
      1. The student will submit the appeal letter to the undergraduate program director or, if the undergraduate program director is the course coordinator, to the chair of the School of Nursing.
      2. If the chair of the School of Nursing is the instructor, the student will submit the appeal to the dean.
  4. If it is concluded at the first-level appeal that there is no cause for complaint, the person to whom the appeal was submitted will notify the student in writing that the appeal is denied. The student may then submit a second-level appeal.
    1. If the chair or undergraduate program director initially concludes in the first-level appeal that there is no cause for complaint, the student has the right to appeal to the dean. The student should request in writing that the chair forward the appeal package to the dean to initiate the second-level appeal.
    2. If the instructor/course coordinator is the chair and the student has appealed directly to the dean and the dean concludes in the first-level appeal that there is no cause for complaint, the student has the right to appeal to the provost and vice president for academic affairs to initiate the second-level appeal.
  5. If the person to whom the second-level appeal is submitted concludes that there is no cause for complaint, the student will be notified in writing that the appeal process is complete and no further appeal is allowed.
  6. If during the first- or second-level appeal process it is concluded that there may be valid cause for complaint, the person to whom the appeal has been submitted should consult with the instructor and student and attempt to mediate the dispute. If mediation fails, the person to whom the appeal has been submitted will offer to form a committee to carry out an independent investigation and a hearing will be held.
    1. The person to whom the appeal has been submitted will convene a committee from the school or college. The committee will consist of two faculty and one student. Both the instructor and student will have the right to challenge, for valid cause, any or all of the members of the committee, and in that event, replacements will be appointed and no further challenge will be permitted. The committee will hear the instructor, the student and other pertinent witnesses. The hearing will be taped, but the tapes will be erased after one year following disposition of the case. The committee, after careful deliberation, will make its recommendation to the person to whom the appeal was submitted, who will relay the information to the instructor and the student.
    2. If the committee finds that there is no cause for complaint the appeal process is complete and no further appeal on the merits of the case is allowed. Only one hearing on the merits of the case is allowed.
    3. If the committee finds on behalf of the student and recommends a change of grade or dismissal decision, appropriate action will follow.
    4. If either the instructor or student believes that the established procedures for the appeal have not been followed, an appeal for a rehearing may be made to the person identified as the second level of appeal. The only basis for appeal will be the failure to have been provided due process as prescribed by the policy.

For a complete explanation of the University's Grade Appeal Procedure, please refer to the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

Honors Program for Prelicensure Nursing Majors

The School of Nursing has elected to offer departmental honors to interested and qualified undergraduate students. The honors curriculum reflects the school's commitment to scholarship, leadership, clinical practice and community service.

Applications to the Honors Program take place during the semester when prelicensure students complete the Gerontology course. Post-licensure students may apply after completing two nursing courses. Acceptance is limited to approximately 10% of the class size.

Application to the Honors Program may be made by students who are interested in receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with Honors and meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.50.
  2. Faculty recommendation.

Applications will be distributed in Gerontology class for the prelicensure students and may be found online for the post-licensure students. Honors advisors will obtain faculty recommendations for the applicants.

Students who are selected for the Honors Program must complete the following requirements in addition to regular course and clinical requirements.

  1. Completion of required departmental honors courses
    1. Nursing 387 Nursing Science in place of Nursing 363 (pre- and post-licensure students).
    2. Nursing 487W in place of 480W (prelicensure students) or 488W Nursing Leadership in place of 490W (post-licensure students).
    3. Nursing capstone course, Nursing 489 in place of 431 (prelicensure students) or 486 in place of 403 (post-licensure students).
  2. Design and implement a community service project encompassing 40 or more volunteer hours. This is above and beyond the clinical hours in community health or participation in Student Nursing Association projects.

Traditional Curriculum for Prelicensure Students

The guide for the traditional curriculum lists the minimal prerequisite courses in the freshman year that must be completed with a grade of C or better for eligibility for admission to the major: Chemistry 105N/106N, Biology 250, Biology 251, English 110C and Sociology 201S. The curriculum guide below illustrates a suggested course of study for the four-year program. The nursing major begins in the sophomore year; additional non-nursing general education and support courses are also indicated. Students must complete the entire curriculum of 120-126 credits (depending upon foreign language exemption) to meet degree requirements. Nursing courses are taken in the order listed. Specified nursing departmental requirement courses must be taken prior to the junior year in nursing.

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CHEM 105N*3BIOL 251*4
CHEM 106N*1SOC 201S*3
BIOL 250*4ENGL 211C**3
ENGL 110C*3Nature of Science Way of Knowing4
Human Creativity Way of Knowing3 
 14 14
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
NURS 300**3NURS 301**3
NURS 302**2NURS 303**2
NURS 310**1NURS 374**2
BIOL 103**4NURS 430**2
STAT 130M**3Interpreting the Past Way of Knowing3
PSYC 203S**3Literature Way of Knowing3
Elective1Philosophy and Ethics Way of Knowing3
 17 18
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
NURS 3203NURS 3111
NURS 3212NURS 3303
NURS 3503NURS 3311
NURS 3511NURS 3403
NURS 3633NURS 3412
Upper Division Elective Course***3NURS 3752
 Upper Division Elective Course II****3
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
NURS 3121NURS 480W3
NURS 4203NURS 431*****3
NURS 4212NURS 4402
NURS 4503NURS 4412
NURS 4512NURS 4712
NURS 4702NURS 3582
 13 14
Total credit hours: 120
*

These courses are PREREQUISITES for the nursing major and must be completed before NURS 300. A grade of C or better is required in prerequisite courses.

**

These courses must be completed prior to the Junior year.  A grade of C or better is required in ENGL 211C.

***

Upper Division Technology T course outside the College of Health Sciences.

****

Outside the College of Health Sciences and not required by the major.

*****

 Nursing 431 must be completed in the last semester of the major.

Please note: The University General Education requirement for six credits of foreign language must be met by any student not exempt from the requirement. The following exemptions exist for the foreign language requirement:

  1. High school graduate prior to December 31, 1985, or
  2. Three years of one foreign language in high school, or
  3. Two years in each of two different foreign languages in high school

Students may also meet the foreign language requirement by completion of a university-parallel associate degree.

The oral communication and information literacy general education requirements are met through the major.

UPPER DIVISION GENERAL EDUCATION

  • Option A. Approved Minor, 12-24 hours; also second degree or second major.
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor, 12 hours specified by the department, 3 of which may be in the major area of study.
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure
  • Option D. Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Health Sciences and not required by the major (6 hours)

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120-126 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30-32 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours in upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Accelerated Curriculum for Prelicensure Students

The guide for the accelerated curriculum lists the prerequisites, general education and departmental requirement courses supporting the major. In addition to completing the prerequisite courses, students applying to this curriculum should complete all of the non-nursing courses prior to beginning the major. Nursing courses are taught in fall, spring and summer semesters for two calendar years. Summer enrollment is required.

Students desiring to enroll in the accelerated program should have completed the following courses prior to beginning the nursing major:

BIOL 250Human Anatomy and Physiology I *4
Human Creativity Way of Knowing3
BIOL 251Human Anatomy and Physiology II *4
Interpreting the Past Way of Knowing3
CHEM 105N
  & CHEM 106N
Introductory Chemistry
   and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory *
4
BIOL 103Basic Bacteriology4
STAT 130MElementary Statistics3
ENGL 110CEnglish Composition *3
Nature of Science Way of Knowing4
Philosophy and Ethics Way of Knowing3
ENGL 211CEnglish Composition *3
Language and Culture I3
SOC 201SIntroduction to Sociology *3
Language and Culture II3
PSYC 203SLifespan Development3
Literature Way of Knowing3
Elective1
Total Hours54
*

Must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Please note: All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better. (A grade of C- will not transfer to Old Dominion University.)

See the traditional curriculum for prelicensure students or the General Education section of this Catalog for specific course numbers in Human Creativity, Philosophy and Ethics, Interpreting the Past, Literature and the possible exemption for foreign languages.

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
NURS 3003NURS 3111NURS 3203
NURS 3022NURS 3121NURS 3212
NURS 3101NURS 3013NURS 3503
NURS 4302NURS 3032NURS 3511
Upper Division Elective, General Ed Course I*3NURS 3633NURS 3752
 NURS 3742 
 Upper Division Elective, General Ed Course II**3 
 11 15 11
Second Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
NURS 3303NURS 4203NURS 431***3
NURS 3311NURS 4212NURS 4402
NURS 3403NURS 4503NURS 4412
NURS 3412NURS 4512NURS 480W3
NURS 4702NURS 4712NURS 3582
 11 12 12
Total credit hours: 72
*

Upper Division Technology T course outside the College of Health Sciences.

**

Outside the College of Health Sciences and not required by the major.

***

 Nursing 431 must be completed in the last semester

Post-licensure Curriculum (for Registered Nurses)

The post-licensure curriculum is available online or live on the main campus, at local higher education centers, at many distance learning sites, and video streamed using the Blackboard format. Please check with the School of Nursing for a complete listing of available sites. Students may start the major in the fall semester (online, distance learning or video streamed) or spring semester (only online).

Requirements for admission to the post-licensure curriculum include; successful completion of all 100-200 level general education and departmental courses (see listing), admission to the university and an unencumbered RN license. A part-time sequence of major courses is provided. Attendance in summer session is necessary. Full-time study is available as well. To meet degree requirements, students must complete the entire curriculum of 120-126 credits (depending upon foreign language exemption). Based upon prior learning and successful progression in the major, registered nurse students are granted 33 experiential learning credits in nursing.
 

ENGL 110CEnglish Composition *3
CHEM 105N
  & CHEM 106N
Introductory Chemistry
   and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 251Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 103Basic Bacteriology4
SOC 201SIntroduction to Sociology3
ENGL 211CEnglish Composition *3
STAT 130MElementary Statistics3
Language and Culture0-6
Human Creativity Way of Knowing3
Nature of Science Way of Knowing4
Interpreting the Past Way of Knowing3
Literature Way of Knowing3
Philosophy and Ethics Way of Knowing3
PSYC 203SLifespan Development3
Elective1
Total Hours48-54
*

Must be completed with a grade of C or better

Upper Division/Major Requirements

NURS 305Health Assessment3
NURS 306Theoretical Foundation of Professional Nursing Practice3
NURS 363Nursing Science3
NURS 401Career Pathway: Assessment *4
NURS 402Career Pathway: Development4
NURS 403Career Pathway: Expanding Horizons **4
NURS 458Studies in Professional Nursing3
NURS 464Developing Case Management Skills: Clinical Pathways and Outcomes3
NURS 490WNursing Leadership3
NURS 492Community Health Nursing3
Upper Division General Ed Elective I ***3
Upper Division General Ed Elective II ****3
NURS 398Clinical Nursing Concepts I *****17
NURS 498Clinical Nursing Concepts II ******16
Total Hours72
*

 Nursing 401 must be taken in the first semester of nursing courses

**

 Nursing 403 must be taken in the last semester of nursing courses

***

Upper Division Technology T course outside the College of Health Sciences.

****

Outside the College of Health Sciences and not required by the major.

*****

Advanced Placement Credits awarded upon completion of 14 credits in major.

******

Advanced Placement Credits awarded upon completion of 26 credits in major.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120-126 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30-32 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours in upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

General Prelicensure Policies

Physical Exam/CPR/Liability Insurance

  1. All prelicensure students are required to have an initial physical exam completed and submitted by the first week of courses in the major.
  2. Returning prelicensure students (second year, third year) must have an annual PPD and returning physical form completed and submitted by the first week of courses in the fall semester.
  3. All prelicensure students must provide written documentation of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification (professional level course) each year by the first week of courses in the semester.
  4. Professional liability insurance is required for all clinical courses. The University covers this requirement for students enrolled in required clinical courses for the activities associated with those courses.
  5. Due to the intimate nature of nursing practice with vulnerable populations, criminal background/sex offender status checks are required of all prelicensure students.

Computer Competency Requirements

It is strongly recommended that nursing majors (pre- and post-licensure) have a personal computer. It is required  that post-licensure RN-BSN students enrolled in online web courses in the major have access to a WebCam and headset, and this will be required in some online courses.

Faculty have identified the following basic computer skills as imperative for students in the BSN program.

  1. Locate a file on: hard drive, disk, and server if appropriate
  2. Save a file on a specific drive and folder
  3. Change drives
  4. Connect to an ISP
  5. Navigate between two or more applications without closing and reopening (multi-tasking)
  6. Open a new file
  7. Open an existing file
  8. Save a file
  9. Rename a file (save as)
  10. Cut text
  11. Paste text
  12. Format text
  13. Change line spacing
  14. Download and upload e-mail attachment files

Technical Standards

Students admitted to the undergraduate nursing program are expected to complete all program requirements. Any student who thinks he or she does not possess one or more of the following skills should seek assistance from an academic counselor, faculty advisor and Educational Accessibility concerning any flexibility in program requirements and possible accommodation through technical aids and assistance. Students are expected to:

  1. Assimilate knowledge acquired through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and readings and make appropriate judgments/decisions in a timely manner during clinical practice.
  2. Comprehend and apply basic mathematical skills, e.g. ratio and proportion concepts, use of conversion tables, calculation of drug dosages.
  3. Demonstrate competence in concepts from biological, sociological and psychological sciences.
  4. Communicate effectively (verbally and non-verbally) and prepare written documents that are correct in style, grammar and mechanics. Communicate effective oral presentations to a variety of audiences.
  5. Read charts, records, scales, fine print, handwritten notations and distinguish colors.
  6. Distinguish tonal differences and use phones.
  7. Distinguish odors.
  8. Differentiate changes in sensation, e.g. pulses, temperature, texture.
  9. Manipulate equipment necessary for providing nursing care to clients, e.g. syringes, infusion pumps, life support devices.
  10. Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  11. Perform one-rescuer/two-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on adults, children and infants without any limitation to space or environment.
  12. Establish interpersonal rapport with individuals, families and community groups who have a wide range of social, emotional intellectual and cultural differences.

A student must have a criminal background and sex offender status verification completed prior to beginning the nursing major. Clinical agencies may request to review the results and, based upon the review, reserve the right to prohibit a student from attending clinical practice in that facility. Inability to attend clinical practice due to a clinical agency refusal will be cause for dismissal from the BSN program.

A physician or nurse practitioner must attest that a student is in good physical and mental health. Documentation indicating immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, Hepatitis B, influenza or other clinical agency requirements must be provided to the School of Nursing for clinical placement. Students are required to maintain current Health Professional Basic Life Support certification. The School of Nursing Physical Exam form inquires: Does this individual have any physical or mental conditions, disabilities or medical limitation that would prohibit the individual from functioning in the capacity of a Registered Nurse?

Nursing Practice/Performance Expectations

The curriculum for the BSN program includes 66 credits in the nursing major and provides classroom instruction, laboratory and clinical practice experience for students. This comprehensive program includes experiences in a variety of nursing specialties (critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, adult health, community, rehabilitation and psychiatric nursing) giving the graduate a broad-based foundation in nursing practice. Graduates are not specialists, but generalists prepared for entry-level practice in these areas of nursing practice. While in nursing learning labs, students will serve as models for the practice of nursing skills.

Students in the BSN program are expected to provide total, intimate personal care to both male and female clients of all ages, ethnic and racial backgrounds. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Complete baths
  2. Urinary catheterizations
  3. Colonic enemas
  4. Vaginal douches
  5. Perineal care
  6. Breast exams
  7. Testicular exams
  8. Providing nutrition (feeding) with all types of diets

Students are expected to interact in a professional, non-judgmental manner with clients, classmates, faculty and other health team members of all ethnic, religious and national backgrounds. No exceptions for cultural differences will be made for any student.

NURSING Courses

NURS 300. Introduction to Nursing Theories and Concepts I. 3 Credits.

Emphasis is placed on concepts and theories underlying professional nursing practice, the nursing process, and therapeutic nurse-client communication. Corequisite: NURS 302. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 301. Introduction to Nursing Theories and Concepts II. 3 Credits.

This course emphasizes theories specific to nursing and their relevance to the practice of professional nursing. Corequisite: NURS 303. Prerequisite: NURS 300.

NURS 302. Health Assessment Clinical Laboratory. 2 Credits.

This clinical laboratory course emphasizes the assessment phase of the nursing process. Skill acquisition in health assessment and health history interviewing is facilitated by supervised practice, faculty demonstration, and self-paced learning in the audio-visual laboratory. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program. Corequisite: NURS 300.

NURS 303. Fundamentals of Nursing Practice. 2 Credits.

This clinical course emphasizes the supervised application of health assessment skills, nursing process, and clinical nursing techniques in clinical laboratory and acute care settings. Corequisite: NURS 301. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 305. Health Assessment. 3 Credits.

This course emphasizes the physical assessment phase of the nursing process. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 306. Theoretical Foundation of Professional Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on selected nursing models, concepts, and theories as supporting frameworks for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of nursing theory as a methodology for improving nursing practice in various client situations and practice settings. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 401.

NURS 310. Therapeutic Diets I. 1 Credit.

This course focuses on concepts of normal nutrition. Emphasis is placed on understanding the impact of various nutrients on the body. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 311. Therapeutic Diets II. 1 Credit.

This course builds upon NURS 310 and introduces the student to selected therapeutic diets. Emphasis is placed on restrictive diets associated with maternal-infant and selected medical-surgical processes. Prerequisite: NURS 310 or permission of instructor.

NURS 312. Therapeutic Diets III. 1 Credit.

This course focuses on therapeutic diets associated with selected medical/surgical and pediatric disease processes. Prerequisites: NURS 310 and NURS 311.

NURS 320. Adult Health Nursing I. 3 Credits.

This lecture course focuses on the adult client experiencing alteration and/or adaptations in bodily defense mechanisms. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to assist adult clients to adapt to the body's breakdown of defense mechanisms. Corequisite: NURS 321. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 300, NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 303, and NURS 374.

NURS 321. Clinical Management: Adult Health Nursing I. 2 Credits.

This clinical course focuses on the nursing process with adult clients experiencing alterations/adaptations in bodily defense mechanisms. The concepts inclusive in the didactic component (NURS 320) will be actualized on general surgical nursing units and oncology units. Corequisite: NURS 320. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 300, NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 303, and NURS 374. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 330. Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family. 3 Credits.

This lecture course focuses on the theoretical and applied concepts related to the care of families experiencing pregnancy and childbirth. Emphasis is on the dynamic familial, societal, psychologic and physiologic changes which occur in this stage of family and personal development. The role of the nurse as assistive and family-centered provider of care is a major focus. Corequisite: NURS 331. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 320 and NURS 321.

NURS 331. Clinical Management of the Childbearing Family. 1 Credit.

This clinical course provides the opportunity for planning and provision of nursing care to the childbearing family. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to plan, provide and coordinate quality care. Students are expected to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal actions as well as a respect for families and clients. Corequisite: NURS 330. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 320 and NURS 321. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 340. Adult Health Nursing II. 3 Credits.

This lecture course focuses on the adult experiencing alteration/adaptation in organ and system mechanisms. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to assist adult clients to adapt to system related insults. Corequisite: NURS 341. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 375. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 320 and NURS 321.

NURS 341. Clinical Management: Adult Health Nursing II. 2 Credits.

This clinical course focuses on the nursing process with adult clients experiencing alterations/adaptations in organ and system mechanisms. Concepts emphasized in the didactic component (NURS 340) will be actualized on general medical nursing units and orthopedic surgical units. Corequisite: NURS 340. Prerequisites: junior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 320 and NURS 321. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 350. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. 3 Credits.

This lecture course focuses on psychotherapeutic processes across the lifespan. Building on foundations from the social and behavioral sciences, emphasis is on the use of the nursing process in providing care to clients with acute and chronic illness in a variety of psychiatric settings. Corequisite: NURS 351. Prerequisite: junior standing in the B.S.N. program.

NURS 351. Clinical Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems. 1 Credit.

This clinical course provides a mechanism for students to perform mental health assessments, plan nursing care, practice therapeutic communication techniques and observe group processes in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Corequisite: NURS 350. Prerequisite: junior standing in the B.S.N. program. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 358. Studies in Professional Nursing. 2 Credits.

The study of selected topics in professional nursing practice; designed to provide an in-depth exploration of current nursing issues. Topic titles denoted in Guide to Enrollment each semester. Prerequisite: admission to B.S.N. program.

NURS 363. Nursing Science. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the theories and concepts utilized in the scientific investigation of nursing practice. Content emphasizes the development of skills necessary to be a consumer of nursing research. Prerequisite: admission to B.S.N. program. Co- or prerequisite: STAT 130M.

NURS 369. Practicum: Studies in Clinical Nursing Practice. 1-3 Credits.

The study of selected clinical practice applications in professional nursing practice; designed to provide an in-depth practicum in selected nursing practice areas. Students must have specific practicum arrangements (ex: externship) prior to registration. Prerequisite: admission to B.S.N. program and permission of undergraduate program director or chief departmental advisor.

NURS 374. Nursing Process and Drug Therapy I. 2 Credits.

This course addresses the general principles of drug therapy and beginning application of the nursing process as related to drug therapy for clinical situations involving individuals at all phases of the life cycle and at different levels of wellness. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 375. Nursing Process and Drug Therapy II. 2 Credits.

This course addresses drug therapy and continued application of the nursing process as related to drug therapy for clinical situations involving individuals at all phases of the life cycle and at different levels of wellness. Prerequisites: NURS 374 and junior standing in the B.S.N. program.

NURS 387. Nursing Science. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the theories and concepts utilized in the scientific investigation of nursing practice. Content emphasizes the development of skills necessary to be a consumer of nursing research. An honors version of NURS 363. Open to Honors Program students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 393. Clinical Skills for Nonnursing Majors. 2 Credits.

Focuses on basic hygiene, comfort and safety skills required of health professionals providing diagnostic and/or supportive therapies to clients in a health care facility. May not be taken as required elective by nursing majors. Open to nuclear medicine technology students only. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of the instructor.

NURS 395. Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Selected health-related topics of interest. Course descriptions and prerequisites are available from the chief academic advisor. Prerequisite: permission of the School of Nursing.

NURS 396. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Nursing majors only. Selected health-related topics of interest to nursing majors. Selected health-related topics of interest to nursing majors. Course descriptions and prerequisites are available from the chief academic advisor. Prerequisite: permission of the School of Nursing.

NURS 397. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Independent study of selected topics. Prerequisite: permission of the School of Nursing.

NURS 398. Clinical Nursing Concepts I. 17 Credits.

This advanced placement credit is awarded to the registered nurse who has demonstrated knowledge of selected basic clinical nursing concepts for the provision of nursing care to individuals experiencing health deviations. Awarded upon completion of 14 credits in major. Registered nurse students only.

NURS 401. Career Pathway: Assessment. 4 Credits.

This course focuses on basic skills required for success in the post-licensure baccalaureate nursing program. Emphasis is placed on career pathway assessment. Selected skills to be acquired include development of a professional portfolio, use of computers, APA professional writing format, library use and professional communication strategies. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 402. Career Pathway: Development. 4 Credits.

This course focuses on further development of the post-licensure baccalaureate nursing student with an emphasis on expanding critical thinking skills, teaching-learning theories and application, professional resume development and exploration of nursing specialties and practice roles. For registered nursing students only. Prerequisite: Admission to the B.S.N. Program; Co- or prerequisite: NURS 401.

NURS 403. Career Pathway: Expanding Horizons. 4 Credits.

This course facilitates the completion of a professional portfolio for the post-licensure baccalaureate nursing student. Emphasis is on advanced professional communication strategies and reflective processes for professional role expansion and development. For registered nurse students only. Pre- corequisite: all other RN sequence nursing courses.

NURS 420. Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 3 Credits.

This lecture course provides a basis for understanding the nursing care of children of various ages. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to assist children as they encounter acute and chronic illness. The nurse's communication with and education of the family and child as individuals or as part of a group are discussed as a means of achieving the goal of comprehensive individualized child care in the home and in health care settings. Corequisite: NURS 421. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340 and and NURS 341.

NURS 421. Clinical Management of Infants and Children. 2 Credits.

This clinical course emphasizes the provision of nursing care to infants and children suffering from acute and chronic illnesses. Through the use of the nursing process, students provide and coordinate care, serving as client advocates. Students are expected to demonstrate responsibility for personal actions related to the practice of nursing. Corequisite: NURS 420. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N program and completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 430. Nursing and the Gerontological Client. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on the nursing needs of the gerontological client. Emphasis is on the multi/complex needs of the older adult. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 431. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.

This capstone clinical course allows students to practice in selected areas. The focus of this practicum is to enhance the clinical decision making and nursing intervention skills of the senior student. This capstone course must be completed in the last semester of the BSN curriculum. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341.

NURS 440. Nursing Process in Rehabilitation. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on using the nursing process to prevent further dependence and restore maximum levels of function to the client who has a physical disability. Corequisite: NURS 441. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340, NURS 341, and NURS 450.

NURS 441. Clinical Management of Rehabilitation Clients. 2 Credits.

This clinical course emphasizes the provision of nursing care to clients to prevent further dependence and restore levels of function. Corequisite: NURS 440. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340, NURS 341, and NURS 450. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 450. Adult Health Nursing III. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the adaptation of clients to critical illness. Content emphasizes concepts and theories of crisis and the utilization of the nursing process with critically ill clients who require assistance in adapting to their condition. Corequisite: NURS 451. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341.

NURS 451. Clinical Management: Adult Health Nursing III. 2 Credits.

This clinical course emphasizes the provision of nursing care to clients who are critically ill. Through the use of the nursing process, students will provide and coordinate care and serve as client advocates in a variety of critical care settings. Corequisite: NURS 450. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program and completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 458. Studies in Professional Nursing. 3 Credits.

The study of selected topics in professional nursing practice; designed to provide an in-depth exploration of current nursing issues. Prerequisite: admission to B.S.N. program or permission of instructor.

NURS 464. Developing Case Management Skills: Clinical Pathways and Outcomes. 3 Credits.

The focus of this course is twofold: exploration and discussion of the historical, theoretical and international contexts of the emergence and value of managing care, clinical pathways and clinical outcomes in nursing and health care practices as well as the practical application of the principles in each. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 470. Community Health Nursing I. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on family and community health nursing. Content emphasizes concepts and themes of families and communities and the use of the nursing process to assist in promoting and maintaining health. Application of course concepts through experience and interactions with health care coalition groups is emphasized. Prerequisite: senior standing in the B.S.N. program.

NURS 471. Community Health Nursing II. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on family and community health nursing. Content emphasizes concepts and themes of families and communities and the use of the nursing process to assist in promoting and maintaining health. Application of course concepts through experiences and interactions with health care coalition groups is emphasized. Prerequisite: senior standing in the B.S.N. program. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

NURS 480W. Leadership and Management. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and applied concepts of nursing leadership and management within the health care setting. Focuses on the management issues and responsibility of the new graduate in contemporary professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on communication and complex organization, decision-making, leadership and motivation, techniques of delegation and evaluation, conflict management and change, and risk management and quality assurance. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program, completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341, and completion of ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C with a grade of C or better. (This is a writing intensive course.).

NURS 487W. Leadership and Management. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and applied concepts of leadership and management within the health care setting. Focuses on management issues and responsibilities of new graduates. Emphasis is on communication, decision making, leadership motivation, delegation, evaluation, conflict and change. An honors version of NURS 480W. Open to Honors College students only. Prerequisites: senior standing in the B.S.N. program, completion of NURS 340 and NURS 341, and completion of ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C with a grade of C or better. (This is a writing intensive course.).

NURS 489. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.

This capstone clinical course allows students to practice in selected areas. The focus of this practicum is to enhance the clinical decision making and nursing intervention skills of the senior student. An honors version of NURS 431. Open to Honors College students only. Prerequisite: senior standing in the B.S.N. program.

NURS 490W. Nursing Leadership. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on utilization of strategies from leadership, management, systems and change theories to facilitate professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the professional nurse as a leader in the health care system. The influence of organizational behavior, proactive political action, professional image and case management on nursing practice is examined. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisite: admission to the B.S.N. program and completion of ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C with a grade of C or better; Co- or prerequisite: NURS 401. (This is a writing intensive course.).

NURS 492. Community Health Nursing. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on professional nursing practice with families and communities as clients. Emphasis is on community wellness, interaction with political influences and epidemiological principles. For registered nurse students only. Prerequisites: admission to the B.S.N. program.

NURS 495/595. Topics in Nursing. 1-3 Credits.

The study of selected topics that may not be offered regularly. Special topics will appear in the schedule of classes each semester. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

NURS 498. Clinical Nursing Concepts II. 16 Credits.

16 credits. This advanced placement credit is awarded to the registered nurse who has demonstrated knowledge of selected complex nursing concepts for the provision of nursing care to individuals and families experiencing health deviations. Awarded upon completion of 26 credits in the major. For registered nurse students only.