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Nursing Curriculum

Nursing fact sheet (pdf)

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE NORTH, SOUTH, CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SITE
Associate of Science (575.1)

The program, offered at five college sites, including one at California University of Pennsylvania, prepares students to apply for the NCLEX -RN examination and to assume an entry-level position as a registered nurse. Program learning experiences prepare graduates for professional nursing practices as defined and delineated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program consists of courses in liberal arts and selected sciences, as well as nursing.

An advanced placement option is available to licensed practical nurses and to those with prior nursing school experience who meet certain criteria. Licensed practical nurses must demonstrate satisfactory completion of a competency exam in evidenced-based drug therapy.

The program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing at www.dos.state.pa.us/nurse and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, http://acenursing.org/.

Applicants must meet specific admission requirements which include: a medical history and physical including current immunizations, criminal history records check (CHRC), child abuse clearances, drug screen and fingerprinting. They must also meet pre-program requirements: high school chemistry with a lab or CHM-109 Introduction to Chemistry or CHM-110/111 Introductory Chemistry/Introductory Chemistry Lab and BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or BIO-151 General Biology 1.

NOTE: A graduate of the Nursing program who has been convicted of a felony, is or was involved in drug abuse or has violated other rules of the licensure body, may not be permitted to take the licensing examination regardless of the student's ability to complete college educational requirements. The student is required to notify the Dean of Nursing of any changes to the criminal record. The Nursing program reserves the right to require appropriate documentation as requested regarding previous felonies or violations.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will:

  1. Evaluate clinical judgment to facilitate transformation of knowledge, skills and values in a variety of healthcare delivery systems.
  2. Integrate caring and knowledge of cultural diversity when providing care to patients at various points across the lifespan.
  3. Critique the effectiveness of communication with the interdisciplinary health team utilizing principles of management and delegation.
  4. Prioritize teaching and learning needs of patients and families in culturally diverse settings across the lifespan.
  5. Implement the role of the professional nurse when caring for patients and families in diverse healthcare delivery systems.

Also see the LPN to RN option.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 68

First Year, First Semester

Credits

BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 1

4

MAT-106
MAT-108
Mathematics for Health Sciences or
Intermediate Algebra  (see note below)

4
4

NUR-110Foundation & Health Promotion Concepts for Nursing Practices

6

NUR-120Health Assessment Concepts for Nursing Practice

2

PSY-101Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Total

19

First Year, Second Semester

 

BIO- 162Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

ENG-101English Composition 1

3

NUR-130Basic Health Concepts for Nursing Practice

6

NUR-140Evidence Based Nursing Drug Therapy

3

PSY-108Human Growth & Development

3

 

Total

19

Summer 
BIO- 175Microbiology

4

 

Total

4

Second Year, First Semester 
ENG- 102English Composition 2

3

NUR-210Professional Nursing Concepts

2

NUR-220Adult Health Concepts for Nursing Practice

4

NUR-230Family Health Concepts for Nursing Practice

4

 

Total

13

Second Year, Second Semester 
NUR-240Complex Health Concepts for Nursing Practice

7

NUR-250Leadership & Management Concepts 2

3

 Humanities Elective

3

 

Total

13

1Prerequisite to BIO-161, Anatomy & Physiology 1BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or 
BIO-151 General Biology 1 or Biology Waiver Exam. 

2Effective Fall 2011, there will be a NCLEX Review Course fee assessed to students enrolled in NUR-250. The cost is $300. NCLEX is an intense 3-day review course to help improve student success. This fee will be associated with NUR-250, the last nursing course, or graduation.

A Fast Track evening/weekend program is available at Boyce Campus. Please contact the Nursing Admissions Coordinator to inquire.

Note: MAT-106 and MAT-108 Equivalent Course Substitution Charts.

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