College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines

Gayle Roux, Dean

Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

The mission of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is to prepare future leaders, to advance human well-being and improve quality of life for diverse populations, with an emphasis on rural communities in North Dakota, the region and beyond, through the provision of high-quality innovative inter-professional education, research and service.

CNPD Vision Statement:

CNPD will lead the state and nation, and influence the world through the impact of our research, educational programs and practice innovations on health and human services.

Core Values:

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines believes in empowerment of students, individuals, and communities. Scholarly investigation, practice, and service are the foundations of our professions. We have a commitment to excellence through creative partnerships, and are accountable to the people we serve.  We value:

  • Diversity
  • Community Engagement and Empowerment
  • Discovery and Scholarship
  • Professionalism
  • Excellence

Goals:

  1. Facilitate collaboration and expand UND’s presence by conducting meaningful scholarly activity that impacts the health and well-being of individuals and communities in the state of North Dakota, regionally, nationally and globally.
  2. Empower communities and enhance quality of life through exceptional service efforts facilitated by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  3. Encourage gathering of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in ways that build a meaningful sense of connection with and belonging to the College, its departments, and UND.

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers professional programs with a foundation in the liberal arts leading to undergraduate degrees in nursing, community nutrition, dietetics and social work. Graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program are prepared in all areas of basic clinical nursing practice, have a solid foundation for graduate school, and are eligible to sit for the national licensing examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers the baccalaureate nursing degree through a traditional on-campus option, an accelerated on-campus option, and a distance delivered RN-BSN option. The baccalaureate program in dietetics, offered as a coordinated program, combines academic preparation with supervised practice experiences for students who wish to become registered dietitians (RD). Upon completion of this degree, graduates are eligible to take the examination for professional registration. The major in community nutrition is designed to enable students to develop a thorough understanding of nutrition and the ability to communicate those principles to the public. Graduates are prepared to work cooperatively with other professionals in improving the overall health of individuals and communities.

Graduate tracks within the masters program in nursing include: Nurse Anesthesia, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Public Health Nursing, Nurse Educator, Adult Gerontological Certified Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Ph.D. in Nursing program prepares nurses for research and faculty roles with a research emphasis on care of vulnerable and diverse populations.  The DNP program prepares graduates who are clinical leaders with expertise in quality improvement and health policy.

Accreditation

The graduate and undergraduate nursing programs are approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.

Degrees and Requirements for Graduation

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers the following degrees to students who successfully complete the prescribed course of study and who fulfill the degree requirements of the University:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (B.S.D.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition (B.S.C.N.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

All programs within the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines have minimum grade point averages that must be maintained.

Licensing

Professional programs of nursing and nutrition are accountable to the public through licensure and registration processes. Many nursing and nutrition licensing boards may not grant licensure to practice if one has been convicted of a felony, and in some cases, a misdemeanor. Those with questions related to licensure are encouraged to consult with the regulatory board in the appropriate state prior to applying for admission to a program. Additionally, many field work and clinical facilities are currently requiring proof of immunizations, drug testing, fingerprints, and/or criminal background checks. Students are responsible for any associated costs.

The department of nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.  Students are encouraged to visit the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) website for further information.

The department of nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.  Students are encouraged to visit the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) website for further information.

Undergraduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers undergraduate coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing:

  • On campus BSN
  • Accelerated BSN (limited to students with previous bachelor’s degree)
  • RN-BSN (limited to licensed RNs)

Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing should apply to the University of North Dakota and declare a pre-nursing major in the CNPD. Once a pre-nursing major has been declared, an Office of Student Services advisor will be assigned. Students must complete a formal application and be approved for admission by the Undergraduate Nursing program before enrolling in the nursing curriculum.. All potential applicants to the undergraduate nursing major are advised to be aware of admission and curriculum requirements in the Bachelor of Science in nursing program. See CNPD website, undergraduate nursing program, for specific requirements regarding admission and progression.  All qualified applicants, are considered based on established admission criteria. The CNPD Undergraduate Nursing Program strives to reflect current evidence based practice in the nursing profession, therefore curricula is subject to change.

Graduate Nursing

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers graduate coursework leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in nursing in several specialty areas: 

  • Nurse Anesthesia,
  • Family Nurse Practitioner,
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Public Health Nurse
  • Nursing Education

Terminal degrees in nursing are offered, the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Students interested in graduate study should consult the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog for further information and visit the CNPD website, graduate nursing for specific track requirements for admission and progression.  All qualified applicants are considered based on established admission criteria. The CNPD Graduate Nursing Program strives to reflect current evidence based practice in the nursing profession, therefore curricula is subject to change.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, nursing majors may apply for CNPD scholarships. Awards and criteria are listed in the CNPD Office of Student Services website. Selection is based on a variety of factors including GPA, financial need, disadvantaged background, interest, and potential nursing ability.. Students in the nursing program are eligible to apply for federal nursing student loans and/or North Dakota Board of Nursing Scholarship/Loans and institutional grants.

Student Organizations

College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines Student Council

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines supports a student council that represents the students within the university student governance and serves as an official channel of communication between the student body, the faculty, the administration, the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines and the University.

Nursing Student Association

NSA is the undergraduate nursing student’s pre-professional organization. UND-NSA is affiliated with the North Dakota Student Nurses Association and the National NSA.

Nursing Honor Society

Eta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is affiliated with the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Sigma Theta Tau is the only honor society for nursing, and fosters excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Academic Advising

Students are assigned to an adviser in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the time of admission to the university if the student has declared a Dietetics or Community Nutrition major. Majors within the department are advised to follow the appropriate curriculum leading to either a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics or a Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition (see department listing). There may be on-going curricular changes since the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics strives to reflect current trends in the profession.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The baccalaureate program in dietetics, offered as a coordinated program, combines academic preparation with supervised practice experiences for students who wish to become registered dietitians (RD). Upon completion of this degree, graduates are eligible to take the examination for professional registration.

Admission to the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Application to the professional component of dietetics occurs annually in the spring semester for admission in the following fall semester. The application deadline is February 15.  If that date lands on a weekend the due date is the next business day.

To be eligible for consideration, the student must complete an application and submit it with a letter outlining professional goals and describing personal qualities that would assist in attaining these goals. Each candidate requests references from two individuals and completes a personal interview with each selection committee member. After all applicants have completed the steps in the admission procedure, the selection committee determines the members of the class entering in the fall. The number of students admitted is determined by the availability of faculty and clinical facilities.

Admission of transfer students to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Transfer students seeking admission to the professional phase of dietetics must fulfill the same prerequisite requirements as students who complete the preprofessional courses at the University of North Dakota. Students planning to transfer from another accredited institution to UND are advised to contact the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics to verify equivalency of courses on other campuses with those offered at UND prior to applying for admission. All qualified students, whether currently enrolled at or planning to transfer to UND, are considered on merit.

Progression requirements

Students in the professional component of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics will be placed on probation if performance evaluations are unsatisfactory, if the grade point average drops below 2.6, or if a grade of less than a “C” is earned in any course. Dietetic program faculty will meet with the student to discuss the probationary status and develop plans to correct the deficiency. All deficiencies must be removed before advancing to the next semester of the program. If deficiencies remain more than one year, the student must complete a re-acceptance application. Re-acceptance into the program will be on the basis of space available.

Additional expenses

The professional phase of the program has additional expenses due to supervised practice experiences, travel, and professional activities. Additionally, the schedule of classes and supervised practice experiences must have precedence in planning other time commitments, thus limiting employment opportunities. Definite plans for financing the costs of the two years of the professional phase should be arranged prior to application. An estimate of expenses is available from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Financial aid and scholarships are available from various sources. The UND Financial Aid Office can assist in determining which resources are available to individual students.

Community Nutrition

The community nutrition curriculum is designed to allow students to develop an in-depth understanding of nutrition based on the biological and social sciences; the ability to communicate nutrition principles effectively and accurately to the public; and the ability to participate as a team member with other community and health care professionals. Through coursework and supervised practice experiences, graduates will be skilled in conducting community nutrition assessments, identifying problems, developing and conducting effective interventions, and collaborating with other professionals involved to improve the overall health of individuals and communities A Community Nutrition graduate is eligible to become a licensed nutritionist (L.N.) in the state of North Dakota.

Graduation requirements

The student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all nutrition, foods, and science courses taken to fulfill requirements of the community nutrition major and must attain an overall grade point average of at least 2.2.

Minor in Nutrition

Students in other majors may elect to earn a minor in nutrition. The requirements of the minor are the completion of 20 semester hours of credit in nutrition-related courses. To develop the program of study, students must consult an adviser in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Scholarships

Students may apply annually for awards and scholarships offered within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Various professional organizations also offer competitive scholarships. Information regarding eligibility and application guidelines may be obtained from the department.

Student Organizations

Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND)

SAND is the student association for all majors within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information regarding SAND may be obtained from its officers or from the faculty or staff in the department.

College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines Student Council

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines supports a student council that represents the students within the UND student government, including students with majors in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
1.800.CALL.UND
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382