2016-2017 Catalog

Nursing (Nurs)

http://www.nursing.und.edu

Mission Statement

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.

Accelerated BSN  RN to BSN Online Option

 

On-Campus Traditional BSN Program

The graduate receives the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, the national examination required for registered nurse licensure. UND Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.  Students must complete a formal application to the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines and be approved for admission by the Nursing program  before enrolling in the nursing curriculum.  All persons who wish to apply for admission to the undergraduate nursing major are advised to become informed of all admission requirements and to follow the suggested curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. All qualified students, whether currently enrolled at or planning to transfer to UND, are considered on merit. Since the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines strives to reflect current trends in the nursing profession, there may be on-going changes in the curriculum.  Information on any newly approved programs or changes in programs/major will be available on the Nursing web site. 

The nursing program admits students twice during the calendar year.  The application deadline is February 1 (for admission to fall class), and July 1 (for admission to spring class). The application process is online and may be accessed at: http://www.nursing.und.edu/application/.

Pre-Nursing Declaration

Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing must first apply to UND as a pre-nursing major in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Once the student has successfully been admitted to UND as a pre-nursing major, a nursing Office Student Services (OSS) advisor will be assigned.  Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 in order to continue as a pre-nursing student.  If a student drops below a 2.75 GPA in any semester during the completion of courses in the pre-nursing curriculum, they will be referred to a career counselor at the Student Success Center and the student's major will be changed to undeclared.  Students may petition for re-admission to the pre-nursing major on a one time only basis if their GPA improves and reaches the required 2.75 GPA for admission to the nursing program.  OSS advisors can assist students with this process.

Nursing Program Application Process

Approximately 50-60 students are admitted each semester based on availability of clinical and faculty resources.  The nursing program admits students who meet criteria for direct admission and standard admission.   Application criteria is listed below.

Direct Admission Application and Progression criteria:

Direct admission is a criterion-based early admission program for pre-nursing students who have exemplary academic performance during high school. Direct admission will be limited to the top 20 qualified candidates. Direct admissions will occur once per academic year in the fall semester. Students who are not selected for direct admission must apply for admission to the traditional BSN program through the standard admission process

Admission Criteria for Direct Admission (students must meet all criteria):

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Composite ACT score of at least 27 or a combined SAT score of at least 1210 in the previous 2 years.
  • Preference will be given to those students graduating from a ND high school
  •  Declared intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing on UND admission application.
  •  Admission to the University of North Dakota as a full-time freshman student
  •  No transfer students will be admitted through direct admission.
  • Direct Admission will be limited to the 20 students with the highest combined high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. In the event of a tie, admission will be determined by random selection.

Progression Criteria for Direct Admission Students:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all UND undergraduate coursework until admission to the nursing program.
  • Minimum grade of B or higher in all core courses.
    • English Composition 130
    • Psychology 111
    • Sociology 110 or 115 or Anthropology 171
    • Chemistry 116/Lab Organic Biochemistry (or Chemistry 122/Lab & Biology 150, 151/Labs)
    • Anatomy 204 (Human Anatomy) and 204 Lab
  • Obtain a C or higher in all other prerequisite nursing coursework.
  • No withdrawals or repeats will be allowed in any nursing prerequisite coursework.
  • Application submission to the Traditional On-Campus BSN program in the fall of their 2nd undergraduate academic year for Spring admission.
  • Students with direct admit status who fail to meet progression criteria may apply through standard admission process.

Standard Admission Application Criteria:

The nursing program admits students twice during the calendar year.  The application deadline is February 1 (for admission to fall class), and July 1 (for admission to spring class). The application process is online and may be accessed at: http://www.nursing.und.edu/application/.

Admission Criteria for Standard Admission (students must meet all criteria):

  • Admission to the University of North Dakota.
  • A minimum cumulative and UND grade point average of 2.75.
  • Preference will be given to students completing all prerequisite coursework at the University of North Dakota.
  • Achieve minimum score of “Proficient” on Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test  (Information located on nursing website).
  • Completion of the following courses or equivalents with a letter grade of a C or better:
    1. *English Composition 130
    2. *Psychology 111
    3. *Sociology 110 or 115 or Anthropology 171
    4. *Chemistry 116/Lab Organic Biochemistry (or Chem122/Lab & Biology 150 & 151 & Labs)
    5. *Anatomy 204 (Human Anatomy) and 204 lab
    6. Math 103 College Algebra
    7. Chemistry 115 & Lab or Chemistry 121 & Lab
    8. Developmental Psychology 250 or Abnormal Psychology 270 (both required by August 15 for Fall admission or December 31 for Spring Admission)
    9. Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to beginning nursing courses:
      1. Microbiology 202/Lab
      2. Human Physiology 301
      3. Nutrition 240

*Core courses used in admission calculation.

  • Core nursing prerequisite coursework may be repeated or withdrawn from a maximum of one time per course.
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
CHEM 115
115L
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM 121
121L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 116
116L
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory *
4
ANAT 204
204L
Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
and Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory *
5
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology *3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology *3
or ANTH 171 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or SOC 115 Social Problems
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4
or PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology
MATH 103College Algebra3
*

Refers to courses which are used in the “core” grade point average (GPA) calculation for admission.

Admission Acceptance Criteria

Upon notice of admission to the Traditional BSN On-Campus Nursing Program students must submit the signed admission acceptance form and a non-refundable deposit by the date indicated on the Admission Acceptance form. The non-refundable deposit will be applied to the first semester of nursing program fees.  Failure to return the acceptance form and deposit by deadline will result in loss of nursing placement. Current verifications and designated background check, with acceptable results, will be required.  Details regarding required immunizations and background check process will be provided in the admission packet.

The following courses or equivalents must be completed with a “C” or better prior to beginning nursing courses:

MBIO 202
202L
Introductory Medical Microbiology Lecture
and Introductory Medical Microbiology Laboratory
5
PPT 301Human Physiology4
NUTR 2403
PSYC 270
PSYC 250
Abnormal Psychology
and Developmental Psychology
7

NOTE: Students will be automatically assigned to the UND catalog active at the time of admission to the Nursing program unless they request otherwise.

Students may petition to establish credit through special examinations according to University policy. Equivalency of courses taken on other campuses than UND should be verified by contacting the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines as early as possible.

Admission Criteria for Transfer Nursing Students:

Students transferring to the nursing major from other accredited nursing programs must fulfill the same minimum prerequisite requirements as current University of North Dakota students. Transfer nursing students seeking admission the UND nursing program must meet UND and standard admission criteria.  Additional pre-requisite courses will be required in accordance with the level of requested admission. Transfer nursing students must provide a letter of good standing from the prior nursing program.  During the admission process the student’s transfer work will be evaluated.

Additional Expenses

In addition to the regular university tuition and fees, nursing students are charged a nursing program fee each semester.  Costs of laboratory tests, immunizations, and health insurance required for the protection of the student and patients are the responsibility of the student. There are additional expenses related to background checks, uniforms and clinical equipment, graduation, and licensure. An estimated program cost sheet is available from the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines web pages. Students are responsible for transportation related to clinical experience. Use of a car, especially for public health nursing, is necessary. Students may complete the practicum course at a distant site. There are travel and housing costs associated with that affiliation.

Standardized Testing

To facilitate success on the licensure exam, students participate in standardized testing as they progress through the curriculum and prior to graduation.

Curriculum

Required 129 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies (ES) Requirements, including 9 credits of Fine Arts and Humanities, 9 credits of Communication and approximately 3 credits of other electives. A minimum of six (6) credits of the Essential Studies requirements must meet the US and Global Diversity designations (See University ES listing on web). It is recommended that students try to complete the majority of these prior to admission to nursing.

II. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.50.

III. The following curriculum:

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredits
Pre-Nursing  
ENGL 110 College Composition I * 3
CHEM 115
115L
or CHEM 121&CHEM 121L
Introductory Chemistry *
or
4
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology * 3
SOC 110
Introduction to Sociology *
or Social Problems
or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3
MATH 103 College Algebra * 3
 Credits16
Second Semester
Pre-Nursing  
CHEM 116
116L
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory *,**
4
ENGL 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences 3
ANAT 204
204L
Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
and Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory
5
PSYC 250
Developmental Psychology *
or Abnormal Psychology
4
Fine Arts/Humanities 3
 Credits19
Sophomore Year
First Semester
Pre-Nursing  
PPT 301 Human Physiology # 4
MBIO 202
202L
or MBIO 302&MBIO 302L (spring only)
Introductory Medical Microbiology Lecture #
or
5
PSYC 270
Abnormal Psychology #
or Developmental Psychology
3
NUTR 240 3
Oral Communication requirement 3
 Credits18
Second Semester
Nursing  
PPT 315 Human Pharmacology (On campus in Spring only or online) 3
NURS 282 Health Promotion (theory) 2
NURS 284 Functional Changes in Aging (theory) 2
NURS 289 Professional Development I (theory) 2
NURS 302 Pathophysiology (theory) 3
NURS 303 Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 hrs theory and 3 hrs lab per week) 4
 Credits16
Junior Year
First Semester
Nursing  
NURS 321 Nursing Procedures (1 hour theory, 3 hrs lab per week) 2
NURS 322 Communication, Diversity, Families (3 hours theory per week) 3
NURS 371 Adult Nursing Care I (2 hrs theory, 6 hrs clinical per week) 4
NURS 372 Childbearing Family (1 hr theory, 3 hrs clinical per week) 2
SOC 326
Sociological Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics
or Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
3-4
Fine Arts & Humanities 3
 Credits17-18
Second Semester
Nursing  
NURS 323 Adult Nursing Care II (theory) 2
NURS 324 Public Health Nursing Theory (theory) 2
NURS 325 Advanced Nursing Procedures (3 hours lab per week) 1
NURS 326 Evidence-Based Practice (theory) 2
NURS 373 Adult Nursing Care II Clinical (12 hours clinical per week) 4
NURS 374 Public Health Nursing Clinical (6 clinical hours per week) 2
Fine Arts & Humanities 3
 Credits16
Senior Year
First Semester
Nursing  
NURS 421 Child Health Nursing Theory (theory) 2
NURS 471 Child Health Nursing Clinical (3 hrs clinical per week) 1
NURS 472 Psych/Mental Health Nursing Clinical (2 hrs theory, 6 hrs clinical per week) 4
NURS 473 Multisystem Complex Adult Health (2 hrs theory, 6 hrs. clinical per week) 4
Elective 2
 Credits13
Second Semester
Nursing  
NURS 420 Interprofessional Health Care (3 hours of seminar within six weeks) 1
NURS 425 Practicum Theory (32 hours theory within two weeks) 2
NURS 474 Professional Development II (6 hours of theory for 8 weeks and experiential learning hours) 5
NURS 475 Practicum (192 hours clinical in six weeks) 4
NURS 476 Complex Childbearing Family (1.5 hrs theory, 1.5 hrs clinical/week for 8 weeks) 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits129-130
*

Must be completed prior to admission to the Nursing program.

#

Must be completed prior to beginning nursing courses.

**

will also accept CHEM 122 General Chemistry II & CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory if BIOL 150 General Biology I & BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory and BIOL 151 General Biology II & BIOL 151L General Biology II Laboratory are also completed

Students are encouraged to consider elective nursing courses such as Cooperative Education, Independent Study and Honors; students should obtain supplemental information from their faculty adviser.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

Students should note that nursing courses are sequenced to build on one another over five semesters. Careful attention should be paid to pre-and co-requisites. Each semester is to be completed in its entirety before progressing to the next semester. Students who need to extend or shorten the number of semesters to complete the curriculum (i.e., part-time attendance or LPNs) must see their OSS adviser.

  1. A 2.50 overall GPA is required for progression in the nursing program at the end of each semester.
  2. A student must attain a letter grade of at least a “C” in each of the courses required in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, including all the nursing and support courses, to progress to the next semester of nursing courses and for graduation from the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. A student earning a “D” or an “F” in any required nursing course may repeat the course only once.
  3. A student may only repeat one required nursing course.
  4. Benchmark scores on ATI progression assessments and predictor exam must be achieved or the remediation process successfully completed.

Students who do not meet the academic progression criteria will be placed on probation. The nursing program also reserves the right to place students on probation, to suspend, or to dismiss any student in nursing who does not meet the ATI content exam policy requirements, does not uphold professional standards or conduct, or whose performance in relation to client care is unsatisfactory. Additional details and any modifications in policies may be obtained from the Dean of the College, and are available in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines undergraduate student handbook.

Accelerated BSN

This intensive program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and are seeking an additional baccalaureate degree in nursing. The accelerated nursing curriculum is offered in four sequential academic terms (spring, summer, fall, spring).  The number of credits earned are the same as those in the traditional BSN curriculum.  The program is offered with the online fee structure; however, students are required to attend classes on campus. Online course tuition/fees and nursing program fees apply.

Accelerated Admission Application Criteria (Must be completed prior to admission deadline)

  • Earned baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally accredited institution posted on official transript
  • Submission of transcripts from all other universities or colleges to UND
  • Transcripts submitted and evaluated fro course equivalency
  • Minimum GPA 2.75 required, GPA of 3.0 or greater preferred
  • Admission to the University of North Dakota
  • Submission of two references
  • Completed application for admission to the CNPD Baccalaureate Nursing Accelerated program
  • Completion of 5 out of 8 prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better (listed below)
  • CHEM 116Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
    ANAT 204
    204L
    Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
    and Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory
    5
    MBIO 202
    202L
    Introductory Medical Microbiology Lecture
    and Introductory Medical Microbiology Laboratory
    5
    or MBIO 302
    302L
    General Microbiology Lecture
    and General Microbiology Laboratory
    PPT 301Human Physiology4
    PPT 315Human Pharmacology3
    SOC 326Sociological Statistics3
    or PSYC 241 Introduction to Statistics
    or ECON 210 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
    NUTR 2403
    PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4

Accelerated BSN General Education/Essential Studies Requirements

Students will be required to meet all UND general education or Essential Studies requirements, as appropriate. Students who have completed their general education requirements at another North Dakota University System institution as recognized by the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) or at a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) institution will be deemed to have completed their general education/essential studies requirements.  It is strongly recommended that applicants work with an Office of Student Services (OSS) advisor to determine graduation and essential studies requirements as well as application status.

Admission Acceptance Criteria

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview based on evaluation of cumulative GPA, completion of prerequiisites and submitted references.  Applicant interviews are conducted on-campus by the BAC2 Admission Committee.  following a succssful interview, the top applicants are invited for adadmission with additional applicants placed on a wiating list.  The number of students admitted will be determined by the Dean of the CNPD.  Admission prefernce may be given to student with more pre-requisite courses completed.  Applicants will be notifies of admission decisions by mail.

Students must submit signed admission acceptance form and a non-refundable deposit towards the program fee by the date indicated on the Admission Acceptance form.  Failure to return the acceptance form and deposti by designated deadline will result in loss of nursing placment.  Current verifications and designated background check with acceptable results, will be required prior to admissions.  Details and process will be included in admission packet.

Students must have completed all pre-requiste courses with a grade of C or better prior to beginning the nursing program. 

Accelerated BSN Curriculum

Students complete the same nursing courses as traditional students, only in an altered format and in a four-academic term sequence. The course sequence is:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
Full-term course:  
NURS 372 Childbearing Family (1 hr theory, 3 hrs clinical per week) 2
1st half:  
NURS 325 Advanced Nursing Procedures (3 hr lab twice per week) 1
NURS 371 Adult Nursing Care I (4 hrs theory, 12 hrs clinical per week) 4
2nd half:  
NURS 323 Adult Nursing Care II (theory) 2
NURS 373 Adult Nursing Care II Clinical (24 hrs of clinical per week) 4
 Credits13
Fall
 
 Credits0
Spring
Full-term courses:  
NURS 302 Pathophysiology (theory) 3
NURS 303 Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 hrs theory and 3 hrs lab per week) 4
NURS 322 Communication, Diversity, Families (theory) 3
1st half:  
NURS 284 Functional Changes in Aging (theory) 2
NURS 289 Professional Development I (theory) 2
2nd half:  
NURS 282 Health Promotion (theory) 2
NURS 321 Nursing Procedures (2 hrs theory, 6 hrs lab per week) 2
 Credits18
Second Year
Fall
Full-term course:  
NURS 326 Evidence-Based Practice (theory) 2
1st half:  
NURS 421 Child Health Nursing Theory (theory) 2
NURS 471 Child Health Nursing Clinical (6 hrs clinical per week) 1
NURS 476 Complex Childbearing Family (1.5 hrs theory, 1.5 hrs clinical per week) 2
2nd half:  
NURS 324 Public Health Nursing Theory (theory) 2
NURS 374 Public Health Nursing Clinical (96 total clinical hours) 2
NURS 472 Psych/Mental Health Nursing Clinical (4 hrs theory, 12 hrs clinical per week) 4
 Credits15
Spring
1st half:  
NURS 474 Professional Development II (6 hrs theory per week and experiential learning hours) 5
NURS 473 Multisystem Complex Adult Health (4 hrs theory, 12 hrs clinical per week) 4
NURS 420 Interprofessional Health Care (3 hrs of seminar for six weeks - or 2nd half) 1
2nd half:  
NURS 425 Practicum Theory (32 hrs theory for two weeks) 2
NURS 475 Practicum (192 hours of clinical in six weeks) 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits62

Accelerated BSN Progression and Graduation Requirements

  1. A 2.50 overall GPA is required for progression in the nursing program at the end of each academic term.
  2. A student must attain a letter grade of at least a “C” in each of the courses required in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, including all the nursing and support courses, to progress to the next semester of nursing courses and for graduation from the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.
  3. A student earning a “D” or an “F” in any required nursing course may repeat that course only once.
  4. A student may only repeat one required nursing course.
  5. Benchmark scores on ATI progression assessments and predictor exam must be achieved or the remediation process successfully completed.

Students who do not meet the academic progression criteria will be placed on probation. The nursing program also reserves the right to place students on probation, to suspend, or to dismiss any student in nursing who does not meet the ATI content exam policy requirements, does not uphold professional standards of conduct, or whose performance in relation to client care is unsatisfactory. Additional details and any modifications in policies may be obtained from the Dean of the College, and are available in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines undergraduate student handbook.

RN to BSN Online Option

The RN/BSN option is designed for students who hold an associate (diploma) degree or diploma in nursing and are seeking to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students in the RN/BSN option program may attend classes either full or part-time. Thirty one semester credits of UND nursing coursework are required (see below). In addition, students must complete all UND Essential Studies requirements, RN/BSN program pre-requisites and UND graduation requirements. A minimum of 129 credits and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 are required for graduation. Online tuition/fees and the nursing program fee apply.

RN to BSN Admission Process

Completed online applications received by July 1 will be considered for the following fall admission. Applications will be accepted once per calendar year. 

Admission Application Criteria (Must be completed prior to application deadline):

  • Admission to the University of North Dakota
  • All transcripts from other universities or colleges must be submitted to the University of North Dakota
  • Minimum 2.75 overall and UND GPA
  • Submission of copy of a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
  • Important Deadlines

July 1: Applications for Fall Admission completed

July 1: Petitions pertaining to Fall Admission to the nursing program submitted in order to be considered

  1. ENGL 110
    ENGL 130
    College Composition I
    and Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences
    6
    PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
    PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4
    SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
    or SOC 115 Social Problems
    or ANTH 171 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    ANAT 204
    204L
    Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
    and Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory
    5
    PPT 301Human Physiology4
    MBIO 202
    202L
    Introductory Medical Microbiology Lecture
    and Introductory Medical Microbiology Laboratory
    5
    PPT 315Human Pharmacology3
    NUTR 2403
    SOC 326Sociological Statistics3
    or PSYC 241 Introduction to Statistics
    or ECON 210 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics

Admission Acceptance Criteria

Upon notice of admission to the RN to BSN Nursing Program, students must submit the signed admission acceptance form and a non-refundable deposit towards the first semester program fee by the date indicated on the Admission Acceptance form. Failure to return the acceptance form and deposit by deadline will result in loss of nursing placement. Current verifications and designated background check, with acceptable results, will be required and details are provided in admission letter.  Prior to beginning the nursing program: Verifications must be completed and uploaded into verification tracker.  Please refer to Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook.

RN to BSN Curriculum

  1. Total 31 credits
  2. Two options:
    1. Full-time (completion in 12 months)
    2. Part-time (completion in 24 months)

Courses are offered online through distance delivery. NURS 374 Public Health Nursing Clinical course requires daytime clinical hours and can be conducted in a community near the student based on agency availability and UND nursing program approval. UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state board of nursing regulations. For additional information, contact the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines or visit the RN/BSN area on the College website.

Full-time Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
SummerCredits
NURS 324 Public Health Nursing Theory 2
NURS 374 Public Health Nursing Clinical 2
NURS 474 Professional Development II 5
 Credits9
Fall
NURS 282 Health Promotion 2
NURS 302 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 350 Nursing in Transition 3
NURS 410 Clinical Reasoning for Safety and Quality Outcomes 3
 Credits11
Spring
NURS 326 Evidence-Based Practice 2
NURS 405 Informatics in Nursing 3
NURS 415 lnterprofessional Collaborations For Improving Health Care Systems Outcomes 3
NURS 490 Transcultural Health Care Theories, Research, and Practice 3
 Credits11
 Total Credits31

Part-time Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
NURS 324 Public Health Nursing Theory 2
NURS 374 Public Health Nursing Clinical 2
 Credits4
Fall
NURS 282 Health Promotion 2
NURS 350 Nursing in Transition 3
 Credits5
Spring
NURS 326 Evidence-Based Practice 2
NURS 490 Transcultural Health Care Theories, Research, and Practice 3
 Credits5
Second Year
Summer
NURS 474 Professional Development II 5
 Credits5
Fall
NURS 302 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 410 Clinical Reasoning for Safety and Quality Outcomes 3
 Credits6
Spring
NURS 405 Informatics in Nursing 3
NURS 415 lnterprofessional Collaborations For Improving Health Care Systems Outcomes 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits31

RN/BSN Progression and Graduation Requirements

Students should note that nursing courses are sequenced to build on one another. Careful attention should be paid to pre- and co-requisites. Enrollment may be either full- or part-time.

  1. A 2.50 overall GPA is required for progression at the end of each semester.
  2. A student must attain a letter grade of at least a “C” in each of the courses required in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, including all the nursing and support courses, to progress to the next semester of nursing courses and for graduation from the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.
  3. A student earning a “D” or an “F” in any required nursing course may repeat that course only once.
  4. A student may only repeat one required nursing course. Students who do not meet the academic progression criteria will be placed on probation. The nursing program also reserves the right to place students on probation, to suspend, or to dismiss any student in nursing who does not uphold professional standards of conduct or whose performance in relation to client care is unsatisfactory. Additional details and any modifications in policies may be obtained from the Dean of the College, and are available in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines undergraduate student handbook.

RN/BSN students must meet all UND Essential Studies Requirements. This will typically include an additional three credits of Oral Communications, a three-credit Global Diversity course, and nine credits of Fine Arts and Humanities, for which online courses are available.

129 credits are required for graduation.
60 credits must be completed at a four-year school.
36 credits must be upper division (300 level or above).
30 credits must be UND credits.

Undergraduate Nursing Courses

Unless otherwise indicated, nursing courses are open only to those admitted to the Nursing Program or with the consent of the instructor.

The methods for achievement of curriculum/course objectives may be individualized as needed.

NOTE: Some clinical courses may require early morning, evening, night, or weekend clinicals to provide the most varied and rewarding experience for the students. Some learning experiences may be at places distant from Grand Forks.

NURS 282. Health Promotion. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on the promotion of health across the lifespan based on national health objectives. Lecture. Prerequisites: Nursing majors only. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 284 and NURS 303. F,S.

NURS 284. Functional Changes in Aging. 2 Credits.

This course deals with normal aging and the functional and psychosocial changes that occur. Lecture. Prerequisite or corequisite: Nursing major or Gerontology minor. F,S.

NURS 289. Professional Development I. 2 Credits.

An introduction to professional nursing practice is provided, with exploration of major factors guiding the practice of nursing. Lecture. Prerequisite: Nursing major. F,S.

NURS 302. Pathophysiology. 3 Credits.

The focus of this course is the application of concepts of altered health in the development of clinical manifestations of disease and illness. Lecture. Prerequisites: PPT 301 and Nursing major. F,S.

NURS 303. Assessment Across the Lifespan. 4 Credits.

Application of scientific principles in holistic assessment of infants, children, and adults. Lecture/Lab. Prerequisites: PPT 301 and Nursing major. Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 284 and NURS 302. F,S.

NURS 306. Palliative Care. 2 Credits.

This two credit course will provide the student with an understanding of palliative care to include further knowledge of pain and symptom management, hope, grief and bereavement, as well as hospice care, across the settings and lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 371 and admission to the RN-BSN track or RN-MS track. SS.

NURS 321. Nursing Procedures. 2 Credits.

Acquisition and application of foundational nursing procedures supported by the nursing process and theoretical concepts. Lecture/lab. Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 289, NURS 302 and NURS 303. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 371 and PPT 315. F,S.

NURS 322. Communication, Diversity, Families. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to elements of the nurse patient relationship, the assessment of diverse families, use of therapeutic communication, and application of transcultural concepts. Lecture. Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 284, NURS 289, NURS 302 and NURS 303. F,S.

NURS 323. Adult Nursing Care II. 2 Credits.

This course focuses on the nursing care of adult patients with a variety of conditions, with a primary emphasis on acute health alterations. Lecture. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371, NURS 372 and PPT 315. Corequisites: NURS 325 and NURS 373. F,S,SS.

NURS 324. Public Health Nursing Theory. 2 Credits.

The course emphasizes population-based health and the role of the public health nurse. Lecture. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371 and NURS 372. Corequisite: NURS 374. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 323, NURS 325, NURS 326 and NURS 373. F,S,SS.

NURS 325. Advanced Nursing Procedures. 1 Credit.

Advanced nursing procedures are acquired and applied through simulated laboratory experiences. Laboratory. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371 and NURS 372. Corequisite: NURS 323 and NURS 373. F,S,SS.

NURS 326. Evidence-Based Practice. 2 Credits.

The course focuses on evidence-based practice in nursing with the emphasis on the philosophy, models, and application of evidence to practice. Students will apply research findings, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to a clinical problem. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371 and NURS 372; SOC 326 or PSYC 241 or ECON 210. Corequisite: NURS 323 and NURS 373. F,S.

NURS 350. Nursing in Transition. 3 Credits.

This course covers two distinct essentials for nurses returning for their bachelor's or master's degree. The first portion of the course explores concepts preparing the registered nurse student for entry into baccalaureate nursing and continuing socialization in the profession. The second portion provides an orientation to resources essential for successful program completion. F.

NURS 363. Test Taking Strategies. 1 Credit.

Content includes: test taking strategies, completion of a personal Learning Plan, completion of practice questions related to the ATI test(s) the student needs to retake, non-proctored exams, and successful passing of the ATI test(s) the students needs to take. Repeatable to 4 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

NURS 371. Adult Nursing Care I. 4 Credits.

This theory and clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adults in different settings with a variety of conditions with a primary emphasis on concerns of the elderly. Caring and professional behaviors are implemented as a member of the health care team to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum health of individuals in selected clinical settings. Successful completion of the non-credit clinical experience is required. Lecture/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 284, 289, 302, 303, and Nursing majors only. Corequisite: NURS 321. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PPT 315. F,S,SS.

NURS 372. Childbearing Family. 2 Credits.

This course concentrates on the delivery of nursing care to the healthy childbearing family. Lecture/Clinical. Successful completion of the non-credit clinical component of the course is required. Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 284, NURS 289, NURS 302, NURS 303, and Nursing majors only. Corequisites: NURS 321 and NURS 322. F,S.

NURS 373. Adult Nursing Care II Clinical. 4 Credits.

Application of nursing care for adult patients with a variety of conditions, with a primary emphasis on acute health alterations. Caring, professional behaviors are implemented as a member of the health care team to promote, maintain and/or restore optimum health of individuals in acute clinical settings. Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371, NURS 372, PPT 315, and Nursing majors only. Corequisites: NURS 323 and NURS 325. F,S,SS.

NURS 374. Public Health Nursing Clinical. 2 Credits.

Students will apply the concepts of population-based practice through various public health nursing roles. Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 322, NURS 371, NURS 372, and Nursing majors only. Corequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 325, NURS 326, and NURS 373. F,S,SS.

NURS 394. Independent Study. 1-4 Credits.

Supervised independent study of non-honors students in nursing. Prerequisite: Only open to juniors and seniors in the nursing program. Repeatable to 9 credits. On demand.

NURS 397. Cooperative Education: Nursing. 1-2 Credits.

An experiential learning experience in nursing integrating clinical work experience, nursing theory and evaluation. Designed to enhance the student's prior course work in nursing. Qualified nursing students are employed by selected healthcare agencies on either the parallel or summer plan. Hours are arranged by mutual agreement among student, coordinator, and employer. Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 321, NURS 371, Nursing majors only, and minimum overall GPA of 2.50. Repeatable to 24 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

NURS 400. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Elective opportunities offered in the College of Nursing which may be a combination of special projects, seminars, and clinical experience. Repeatable to 12 credits.

NURS 405. Informatics in Nursing. 3 Credits.

This web-enhanced course introduces students to the role of nursing informatics in identifying, collecting, processing, and managing information uniquely relative to nursing and healthcare. Students learn how to assess, develop and use nursing information systems to work more efficiently and effectively, and to improve patient care. The learning environment emphasizes the development of proficiency in the use of the computer as a critical thinking and decision making tool. Prerequisites: Basic keyboard and internet utilization skills. S.

NURS 410. Clinical Reasoning for Safety and Quality Outcomes. 3 Credits.

This course emphasizes the development of higher level clinical reasoning skills with an outcome based focus on safety and quality. F.

NURS 415. lnterprofessional Collaborations For Improving Health Care Systems Outcomes. 3 Credits.

Utilizing opportunities to collaborate with other health care professionals in their home communities and online, students will explore the theory and practice of improving health care systems while providing an opportunity for interprofessional educational experience. S.

NURS 420. Interprofessional Health Care. 1 Credit.

The focus of this course is learning to work effectively with an interprofessional health care team using a shared patient-centered approach. Case studies will be the primary teaching strategy. Professions include: physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, social work, communication science disorders, clinical lab science, physician assistant, and dietetics. Seminar. Prerequisite: NURS 473. F,S.

NURS 421. Child Health Nursing Theory. 2 Credits.

Complex care and nursing management of the acute and chronically ill child within the context of the family and the community. Lecture/Discussion. Prerequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 325, NURS 326, NURS 373 and NURS 374. F,S.

NURS 425. Practicum Theory. 2 Credits.

Emphasis is on concepts related to assuming a professional nurse role. Analysis and evaluation focuses on the transition process, nursing regulations, quality improvement, and other concepts contributing to professional performance. Lecture/Discussion. Prerequisites: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, and Nursing majors only. Corequisite: NURS 475. F,S.

NURS 471. Child Health Nursing Clinical. 1 Credit.

Complex care and management of the vulnerable, high risk child and the ill child within the context of the family and the community. Lecture/Discussion/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 325, NURS 326, NURS 373, NURS 374, and Nursing majors only. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 421. F,S.

NURS 472. Psych/Mental Health Nursing Clinical. 4 Credits.

Emphasis is on interactive processes, and dynamics of human diversity and behavior in mental health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Lecture/Discussion/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 325, NURS 326, NURS 373, NURS 374, and Nursing majors only. F,S.

NURS 473. Multisystem Complex Adult Health. 4 Credits.

Complex concepts are integrated into the management of nursing care of adults with multisystem health problems. Lecture/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 325, NURS 326, NURS 373, NURS 374, and Nursing majors only. F,S.

NURS 474. Professional Development II. 5 Credits.

Focus is on the development of the professional nursing role within a complex and dynamic health care environment, with exploration of issues critical to leadership in nursing. Lecture/Discussion/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, and Nursing majors only. F,S.

NURS 475. Practicum. 4 Credits.

This is an intensive clinical experience providing application of content from all previous courses. Emphasis is on the application of concepts related to professional nursing role development, transition process, and evaluation processes used in the delivery of health care. Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 471, NURS 472, and NURS 473, and Nursing majors only. Corequisite: NURS 425. F,S.

NURS 476. Complex Childbearing Family. 2 Credits.

This course concentrates on the delivery of nursing care to complex, high risk childbearing families. Lecture/Clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, and Nursing majors only. F,S.

NURS 489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-8 Credits.

Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. Prerequisites: Nursing majors only; Consent of the department and approval of the Honors Committee. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S.

NURS 488. Nursing Practicum Theory. 2 Credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 448, NURS 478, NURS 481, NURS 484, and Nursing majors only.

NURS 490. Transcultural Health Care Theories, Research, and Practice. 3 Credits.

Analysis of theories, principles, and research related to transcultural health care. Students develop awareness of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of clients of selected cultural groups and identify their specific health care values and practices. Prerequisites: Nursing major and junior standing; or permission of instructor. F,S.

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