1 University of Pikeville Division of Nursing RN-to-BSN Program Accreditation Statement The University of Pikeville RN-BSN completion program is a candidate for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA Admission Criteria for the RN-to-BSN Program Admission and Curriculum Information 1. Must submit an application for admission to the University of Pikeville and be fully admitted to the University by start of Fall classes. 2. Must submit official transcripts of high school and college work and ACT scores. 3. Must submit a separate application to the Division of Nursing by the deadline date of May 1, Must be a graduate of a state-approved pre-licensure program for registered nursing. 5. Must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative college grade point average (GPA). 6. Must have earned a minimum grade of C in all courses taken to satisfy the nursing major at the associate degree level. 7. Must have completed at least 26 credit hours of the 52 credit hours of general education core requirements. These 26 hours should include the equivalent of the MTH 111 pre-requisite to a collegelevel statistics course. 8. Must have validation of a current, unrestricted, and unencumbered RN license in the state of Kentucky. Transfer Credit 1. Non-nursing credit is evaluated and transferred according to the policies of the University 2. Nursing Credit from an A.D.N. program at an institution other than the University of Pikeville: Upon completion of 14 credits with at least a C grade in the University s RN-BSN program, the student may receive up to 40 hours of NUR transfer elective credit toward the required 120 credit hours for graduation. These credits will be determined by evaluating lower division courses completed at the previous institution. If the student leaves the RN-BSN program prior to graduation, NUR elective credits are not transferable to another institution or another major at the University.
2 Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree 1. A minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Fulfillment of the 120 hours can be earned by successful completion of 30 semester hours in the RN-BSN curriculum, 52 semester hours of general education core requirements, and up to 40 hours of NUR semester hours from an associate degree nursing program. Elective credit may be needed to fulfill the remainder of the 120 hours required by the University of Pikeville. 2. A minimum of 39 semester hours in 300 or 400 level courses Thirty of the 39 hours are RN-BSN required courses. Thus, a student must earn an additional nine (9) semester hours at the 300 or 400 level. One suggestion to fulfill the remaining 9 hours at the 300/400 level is to take remaining general education courses at the 300/400 level. For example, if you still need courses for the Humanities requirement, take an ART, COM, or ENG at the 300/400 level. Otherwise, you will need to find up to 9 additional hours of electives at 300/400 level. NUR electives at the 300 level can partially fulfill these required hours. 3. Successful completion of the general studies core curriculum of 52 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree See the list of General Education Required Courses that total 52 semester hours. These general education courses can be taken at any institution as long as there is a transfer equivalency of the required course at the University of Pikeville. If unsure about what will transfer, check with the RN-BSN Coordinator, Division Chair, or University Registrar. For a list of KCTCS equivalent courses --- go to University of Pikeville s webpage click Registrar s Office click KCTCS transfer. 4. Thirty of the last 36 hours prior to graduation must be courses taken at University of Pikeville. The RN-BSN courses equal 30 credit hours. If you will be transferring courses to meet the University general education requirements, please plan your course sequence with the RN-BSN Coordinator to assure that 30 of your last 36 hours are taken at the University of Pikeville. Any exception will be determined on an individual basis by the Division of Nursing and/or the Nursing RN-BSN Committee. If you are a current student at the University, a Registration Permissions Form is required if specific action is needed such as registering for a non-university course, entry to a closed class, or requesting waiver of a pre-requisite. The Registration Permissions Form must be completed by the student and approved by the advisor, Division Chair, and the Academic Dean of the College of Arts and Science.
3 University of Pikeville Division of Nursing RN-to-BSN Program General Education Required Courses = 52 hours Basic Skills = 15 hours ENG 111: English Composition I 3 ENG 112: English Composition II 3 MTH 111: Algebra for College Students (used also as pre-req for Statistics course) 3 COM 225: Public Speaking 3 Computer Science elective (choose one): 3 CS 101 or 105 (Computer Literacy or Intermediate Computers); or EDU 205 (has EDU pre-req); or BUS 215 Computer Applications for Business Humanities = 15 hours Six hours of REL REL 213 or 214: Old or New Testament 3 REL 370: Healthcare Ethics (is part of the RN-BSN curriculum) 3 Nine additional hours from three other humanities: ENG, ART, PHI, Humanities, MUS or COM. Sciences = 8 hours BS degree requires two laboratory sciences (choose two): BIO 171 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 172 Anatomy & Physiology II, or BIO 273 Medical Microbiology BIO 4 BIO 4 Social Sciences = 12 hours Choose one HIS sequence (HIS 221 & 222; or HIS 225 & 226) HIS 3 HIS 3 Choose six hours from two different disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or Political Science. PSY 3 Health or Physical Education = 2-3 hours 2 or 3 Other Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree = 3-9 hours Statistics course (SOC 285 or MTH 200) 3 Nine hours at the level (may use an elective or one of the general education courses if at the 300/400 level)
4 Basic program for Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses (BSN): I. Core requirements hours II. Nursing Core Requirements for RN-BSN hours NUR 302: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice 5 credits NUR 304: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses 3 credits NUR 306: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 3 credits NUR 308: Scholarship and Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice (pre-req: statistics) 3 credits REL 370: Healthcare Ethics 3 credits NUR 401: Population Based Nursing Care 5 credits NUR 403: Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 credits NUR 405: Nursing Synthesis and Capstone 5 credits III. NUR Elective Credit... * University of Pikeville graduates already have a total of 40 NUR hours from A.D.N. program hours* * For RN s with A.D.N. from an institution other than the University of Pikeville -- Upon completion of 14 credits with at least a C grade at the University of Pikeville in the RN-BSN program, the student may receive up to 40 hours of NUR transfer elective credit toward the required 120 credit hours for graduation. These credits will be determined by evaluating lower division nursing courses completed at the previous institution. If the student leaves the RN-BSN program for any reason prior to graduation, NUR elective credits are not transferable to another institution and might not be transferable to another major. IV. Electives as needed to meet the minimum requirements of 120 semester hours or other requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Option I: Full-time Fall Semester NUR 302: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice 5 credits Hybrid: 6 class meetings with online work over 1 semester NUR 304: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses 3 credits Hybrid: 3 class meetings with online work over ½ semester NUR 306: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 3 credits Fully online over ½ semester SOC 285: Statistics for Social Sciences or MTH 200: 3 credits May be taken at UPIKE or have Elementary Probability & Statistics (pre- req for NUR 308) transfer equivalent Spring semester NUR 308: Scholarship and Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (pre- req SOC 285 or Math 200) 3 credits Hybrid: 4 class meetings with online work over a portion of the semester REL 370: Healthcare Ethics 3 credits Fully online NUR 401: Population- based Nursing Care 5 credits Hybrid: 3 credits with 6 class meetings and online work, and 2 credits of practicum over 1 semester Summer term NUR 403: Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 credits Summer I (4 weeks): Fully online NUR 405: Nursing Synthesis and Capstone* * Practicum hours may be reduced by portfolio submission. 5 credits Summer III (8 weeks): Hybrid: 3 credits with 3-4 class meetings and 2 credits of practicum over 8 weeks.
5 Option II: Part-time Fall Semester NUR 302: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice 5 credits Hybrid: 6 class meetings with online work over 1 semester SOC 285: Statistics for Social Sciences or MTH 200: Elementary Probability & Statistics (pre- req for NUR 308) Spring semester NUR 308: Scholarship and Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (pre- req SOC 285 or MTH 200) 3 credits May be taken at UPIKE or have transfer equivalent 3 credits Hybrid: 4 class meetings with online work over a portion of the semester REL 370: Healthcare Ethics 3 credits Fully online Fall Semester NUR 304: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses 3 credits Hybrid: 3 class meetings with online work over ½ semester NUR 306: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 3 credits Fully online over ½ semester Spring semester NUR 401: Population- based Nursing Care 5 credits Hybrid: 3 credits with 6 class meetings and online work, and 2 credits of practicum over 1 semester Summer term NUR 403: Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 credits Summer I (4 weeks): Fully online NUR 405: Nursing Synthesis and Capstone* * Practicum hours may be reduced by portfolio submission. 5 credits Summer III (8 weeks): Hybrid: 3 credits with 3-4 class meetings and 2 credits of practicum. RN-BSN COURSE DESCRIPTIONS NUR 302: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice... (5) This course focuses on concepts to advance the practice and discipline of nursing at the baccalaureate level. The student will explore and apply concepts such as writing in the discipline, information literacy, evidence-based literature, clinical reasoning, and theories from other disciplines that inform nursing practice, multiple dimensions of patient centered care, and quality and safety initiatives in healthcare. Prerequisite: RN status and admission to the RN-BSN program NUR 304: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses... (3) This course provides an opportunity to enhance skill in health assessment of persons and families including genetic, developmental, psychological, and environmental parameters. Assessment models will be analyzed for use with diverse populations. Clinical emphasis will be placed on health assessment of clients across the lifespan and laboratory simulation experience. Prerequisite: RN status and admission to the RN-BSN program NUR 306: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice... (3) This course will examine the clinical application of drugs as they relate to clients across the lifespan who are experiencing acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis will be placed on gerontological implications of pharmacology. Prerequisite: RN status and admission to the RN-BSN program
6 NUR 308: Scholarship and Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice... (3) This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to translate current evidence into practice. Emphasis will be placed on an overview of qualitative and quantitative research processes, models to apply evidence to clinical practice, nurse-sensitive quality indicators, information literacy to search, locate, and evaluate sources of information, and dissemination of findings. Pre-requisite: MTH 200 or SOC 285 and NUR 302 REL 370: Healthcare Ethics..(3) An exploration of ethical issues that arise from health care. The course will take a critical comparative approach from an inter-professional perspective and will include ethical theories, ethical and clinical reasoning, case studies, and contemporary controversies. This course provides students entering the healthcare field with a framework for making ethical decisions in a clinical environment. Pre-requisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115 and eight hours of biology NUR 390: Special Topics. (3) The study of selected topics of interest in the field of nursing. The topic may differ each time the course is offered and may be proposed by the instructor or students. This course may be taken for credit any number of times, provided that a different topic is studied each time. Prerequisite: Eight (8) hours of nursing or admission to the RNto-BSN program of study. NUR 401: Population-based Nursing Care...(5) This course will introduce the concept of population health and the application of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the lifespan at the local, national, and global population level. Special emphasis will be placed on health disparity among diverse populations, genetics, epidemiology, clinical judgment during disaster, and population-focused interventions. The role of policy development and regulation in healthcare will be analyzed. Three credit hours lecture and 2 credits (six hours) of practicum. Pre-requisite: NUR 302; Co-requisite: NUR 308 NUR 403: Organizational and Systems Leadership... (3) This course will examine leadership skills at the microsystem level in healthcare organizations including decisionmaking, delegation, care coordination, and change and conflict resolution. Awareness will be developed of complex organizational systems and related mission and vision statements. Knowledge and skills will be enhanced on an organization s quality improvement process and standards in creating a safe environment of care. Pre-requisite: NUR 308 and NUR 401 NUR 405: Nursing Synthesis and Capstone... (5)* The clinical emphasis in this course will provide the RN an opportunity to synthesize and apply essentials of baccalaureate nursing by exploring a nursing practice role of interest. Individualized field experience with an RN preceptor is subject to approval by course faculty. Three credit hours seminar and two credits (90 hours) of practicum. Pre-requisite: NUR 308 and NUR 401. Co-requisite: NUR 403 Note: *Students may have their NUR 405 practicum hours reduced by portfolio submission. Portfolios are maintained and evaluated throughout the RN-BSN courses.
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