The Nursing Science Program offers a four‑semester curriculum, which provides a balance of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Nursing, as illustrated below. The nursing courses assist students in gaining the knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential to nursing practice in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the NCLEX examination for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (R.N.) Successful completion of the licensing examination qualifies the graduate to assume a beginning staff nurse position in a hospital/agency.
Prerequisites: high school or college-level Biology, Algebra(or equivalent) and Chemistry are required. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required to be considered for admission to this competitive program. Two professional recommendations are required as well as the nursing application. Further details of these requirements are provided on the Nursing Application for Admission. Students will be required to take the Compass Assessment test in math, reading and writing. Students are required to carry their own liability insurance. In addition to college immunization requirements, a medical examination and additional immunizations are required for students accepted into the Nursing program. All accepted students must meet the physical and emotional requirements as stated on the health form. All students must obtain an American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider card prior to admission to the program. There is a required (1 institutional non-degree credit) Nursing Process course for Licensed Practical Nurses accepted with Advanced Placement Credit and for students readmitted or transferring into the Nursing Program. In addition to successfully completing the Nursing Process course, each student is required to attend at least one of the clinical skills review sessions that is held in January. This is a pre-requisite for his/her entrance into NUR 106.
Upon admission or readmission to the Nursing Program, prior FM credit or transfer credit will not be granted for college level Anatomy/Physiology I and II, and Microbiology if the courses are more than seven years old.
A separate application is required for admission to the Nursing Program. Please note: application deadlines do apply to the Nursing Program. Students should contact the Admission’s Office for full details. Non-matriculated nursing students are not allowed to register for nursing courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Apply concepts from the humanities, arts, and sciences to the art and science of nursing
- Utilize critical thinking through the problem solving approach of the nursing process to deliver safe and effective care to individuals, families, and communities
- Utilize therapeutic communication skills in maintaining relationships with individuals, families, and paraprofessionals
- Be technically competent entry-level practitioner
- Demonstrate moral, ethical, and legal principles of professionalism
- Function as a beginning level practitioner on an interdisciplinary team to deliver health care to individuals, families, and communities