1 256 Luth M. Tenorio, PhD, RN, Dean Janet M. Claypool, MN, RNC, Associate Dean Objectives The aim of the is to provide educational preparation for professional practice. There are four major goals for the baccalaureate nursing program: Provide educational experiences to develop knowledge, skills, and values essential to the profession of nursing. Provide opportunities for students to realize their potentials as persons and as professionals. Prepare students in the Jesuit tradition of service to others for meeting health needs in society. Provide the foundation for graduate study in nursing. Undergraduate Degree Offered Bachelor of Science in Nursing To keep the program current, changes may be made in the undergraduate curriculum. These changes will not increase the total number of credits required for degree completion. When a curriculum change occurs, students must complete the enrolled program of study within one(1) year of the last regularly scheduled course in the discontinued curriculum OR apply for readmission to the new curriculum. Graduate Degree Offered See Graduate Bulletin of Information Master of Science in Nursing Accreditation Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission For additional information on Seattle University s nursing programs, please contact the. Prospective BSN students who desire further information about nursing programs in general, such as tuition, fees, and length of program, may also contact the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, (800) Programs of Study The offers an undergraduate program in nursing for basic students with no previous education in nursing and for registered nurse students seeking the bachelor of science in nursing degree. It also offers a master of science degree program. See the Graduate Bulletin of Information for details.
2 257 Admission Requirements All entering students from high schools or accredited institutions of higher education who wish to complete requirements for the bachelor of science degree in nursing must meet university entrance requirements described in the admissions section of this bulletin. A cumulative and major prerequisite grade point average of 2.75 or above from another college or university is required for transfer students seeking admission into the School of Nursing. General Program Requirements Students must obtain a cumulative and major program/prerequisite GPA of 2.75 to enter the nursing sequence of study. Specific requirements for progression are detailed in Policy 75-3, which is included in the Student Handbook. Students must meet the /Clinical Agency requirements for annual health screening, current C.P.R. certification, immunization, medical insurance coverage, and other state and federal requirements. Students are responsible for these expenses as well as uniforms, equipment, and transportation costs to and from clinical agencies/sites. Students are referred to the Student Handbook for a more detailed overview of requirements and expectations. Professional liability insurance is required for registered nurse students through the duration of all clinical experiences. Fees are assessed for all laboratory and clinical courses (see costs section of this bulletin). Students are required to participate in program and comprehensive testing/evaluations. Fees associated with these processes are the responsibility of the students. Fees are also required to apply for RN licensure. Details regarding these costs are found in the Student Handbook. Clinical Experiences Clinical experience is provided through cooperating health care agencies, which include the Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing Residence, Children s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, C.P.C. Fairfax, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative Hospital and Clinics, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Pacmed Clinics, Providence Seattle Medical Center, Seattle King County Health Department, Seattle Public Schools, Swedish Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, Providence Mount St. Vincent, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Virginia Mason Hospital, West Seattle Psychiatric Hospital, Yesler Terrace, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Home Health Care of Washington, Martin Luther King Day Home Center, Visiting Nurse Services, and other selected health care agencies.
3 258 Bachelor of Science in Nursing For Registered Nurse Students Registered nurse (RN-B) students must complete degree requirements as outlined below for transfer students and must also complete NURS 310 and 385. A minimum of 180 quarter credits are required to earn the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Transfer credits from accredited institutions of higher education may be accepted towards the university core curriculum and major program prerequisites. Some of the nursing credits may be earned through validation using the National League for Nursing Mobility Profile II Examination program. (see Policy #85-1). A minimum of 55 credits must be completed at Seattle University in upper division core and nursing courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Required nursing courses must be graded C(2.0) or better. Registered nurse applicants must have a cumulative and major prerequisite grade point average of 2.75 or above, have graduated from a program accredited by the National League of Nursing, and have current nursing licensure in the state of Washington. Bachelor of Science in Nursing For Entering Freshmen or Transfer Students To earn the bachelor of science in nursing, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits. The number of contact hours for lecture, lab, and clinical courses is consistent with university policy on course scheduling. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required for degree completion. All courses required for the BSN degree must be graded C (2.0) or better. Program requirements include: I. Core Curriculum Requirements ENGL 110 Freshman English... 5 PHIL 110 Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking... 5 Choose one of the following two courses:... 5 HIST 120 Origins of Western Civilization HIST 121 Studies in Modern Civilization ENGL 120 Masterpieces of Literature... 5 MATH 107 or 110 or above*... 5 Lab Science (BIOL 220 required)*... 5 PHIL 220 Philosophy of the Human Person... 5 Social Science I (PSYC 120 required)*... 5 Social Science II (not psychology)... 5 FINR120 or approved fine arts alternate....5 Theology and Religious Studies Phase II ( )... 5 PHIL 352 Health Care Ethics... 5 Theology and Religious Studies Phase III ( )... 5 Interdisciplinary course... 3 Senior Synthesis satisfied by NURS 490 *Also major/program requirement; C (2.0) minimum grade allowed. See detailed university core curriculum in this bulletin
4 259 II. Major Requirements One hundred-nine credits, including: BIOL 200 Anatomy and Physiology I... 5 BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology II... 5 PSYC 322 Psychology of Growth and Development (or approved alternate)... 5 NURS 202 Statistics for Health Research (or approved alternate)... 5 NURS 203 Contemporary Nursing... 2 NURS 204 Pathophysiology... 5 NURS 207 Introduction to Pharmacology... 3 Nursing upper division credits: NURS 306 Foundations of Professional Nursing... 5 NURS 308 Health Assessment and Intervention I... 5 NURS 309 Promoting Wellness in Families NURS 311 Promoting Wellness During Altered Health I NURS 324 Nursing Research and Epidemiological Methods... 5 NURS 326 Health Assessment and Intervention II... 5 NURS 401 Promoting Wellness During Altered Health II NURS 402 Leadership and Management in Health Care... 5 NURS 403 Health Care in Communities NURS 416 Contemporary Issues with Vulnerable Populations... 2 NURS 425 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice... 9 NURS 490 Senior Synthesis... 3 III. Electives Unspecified Elective... 3 Please Note: Prospective students are encouraged to work with a designated academic adviser to develop a plan of study that meets program requirements. Nursing Courses NURS 202 Statistics for Health Research 5 A conceptual approach to statistics, including hypothesis testing, statistical significance, and statistical power. Common descriptive and inferential statistical tests and how to use them. Application to nursing and health care research. Theory (4 credits), lab (1 credit). Prerequisite: MATH 107 or above. Open to non-majors. (fall) NURS 203 Contemporary Nursing 2 Introduction to professional nursing in the context of contemporary health care systems. Students will engage in skills essential to nursing: critical reading, critical thinking, reflection, and communication. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, PHIL 110. Open to non-majors. (spring) NURS 204 Pathophysiology 5 A conceptual approach to alterations in structure and function resulting from the action of stressors on the human body. Course will review the cellular and molecular basis of these alterations, such as inflammation, immunity, and the genetic basis of disease. These basic pathologic mechanisms will also be applied to body systems. Prerequisites: BIOL 200, 210; BIOL 220 recommended. Open to non-majors. (spring)
5 260 NURS 207 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 Examination of pharmacological principles and drug classes. Self-management strategies and care provider considerations. Integration of legal, ethical, and other social factors. Prerequisite: Math 107 or above. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 204. (spring) NURS 306 Foundations of Professional Nursing 5 Examination of nursing history, nursing theory, and professional practice using systems theory as a framework. Introduction to concepts of health, health promotion and protection in the context of health care delivery systems. Development of communication, collaboration, and group process skills for professional relationships. Prerequisite: NURS 203; majors only. (fall) NURS 308 Health Assessment and Intervention I 5 Basic techniques of screening assessments and health promotion interventions of individuals, families and populations across the lifespan. Theory (2 credits), Lab/Clinical (3 credits). Prerequisites: PSYC 322, BIOL 220, and all required NURS courses numbered 202 through 207. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 306. (fall) NURS 309 Promoting Wellness in Families 10 Family structure, function and dynamics. Theory will focus on nursing strategies to promote health and reduce the risk of illness and injury in families across the generations. Clinical experiences will be in a variety of community-based settings. Theory (5 credits), clinical (5 credits). Prerequisites: PSYC 322, NURS 308. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 324. (winter) NURS 310 Current Perspectives in Professional Nursing 5 Transition course for RNs only. Professional nursing in a social context; characteristics of professional practice; teaching-learning principles; communication skills; health promotion. Field assignments arranged. (fall) NURS 311 Promoting Wellness During Altered Health I 10 Examination of factors contributing to and resulting in common, acute and chronic alterations in health across the lifespan. Focus is on illness management, risk reduction and disease prevention in individuals, families and populations in a variety of health care settings. Theory (5 credits), clinical (5 credits). Prerequisites: All required NURS courses numbered 202 through 309 plus 326. (spring) NURS 324 Nursing Research and Epidemiological Methods 5 Introduction to research as a problem-solving process fundamental to nursing practice. Emphasis on developing knowledge in epidemiological, quantitative, and qualitative methods. Application of computer skills to identify and search health care databases. Prerequisite: NURS 202. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 306. (fall) NURS 326 Health Assessment and Intervention II 5 Focus on health assessment with altered states of health, including data gathering, analysis, and planning care for individuals, families and populations across the lifespan. Nursing interventions applied to clients across health states. Theory (2 credits), lab/clinical (3 credits). Prerequisite: NURS 308. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 324. (winter)
6 261 NURS 372 Issues in Women s Health: A Wellness Perspective 3 or 5 Elective course (not a major requirement). Life style and influences on health outcomes. Health promotion and protection practices. Special emphasis on nutrition as it relates to wellness. Examination of health issues and choices for women and families. Junior standing or permission of instructor. Open to non-majors and applicable to a women s studies minor. (winter or spring) NURS 385 Clinical Decision Making 5 Seminar for RNs only. Analysis of clinical decision making and examination of selected professional issues with clients and families. Application of the nursing process in a variety of practice settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 322, NURS 310, and NLN Mobility II Examinations. (winter) NURS 391 Special Topics 1 to 5 NURS 392 Special Topics 1 to 5 NURS 396 Directed Study 2 to 5 NURS 401 Promoting Wellness During Altered Health II 10 Continued focus on illness management, and nursing therapies to promote wellness during altered health states across the lifespan. Emphasis on managing complex care. Continued refinement of direct care skills in a variety of health care settings. Theory (5 credits), clinical (5 credits). Prerequisites: NURS 311, 326. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 402. (fall) NURS 402 Leadership and Management in Health Care 5 Organizational theories, leadership and management principles, and economic, political and legal factors as they relate to the delivery of health services. Prerequisites: All required NURS courses numbered 202 through 326. (fall) NURS 403 Health Care in Communities 10 Application of systems theory, nursing science, public health science and community health theories to a variety of populations and communities. The major nursing focus will be problem solving to promote healthy communities. Students will collaborate with other disciplines and community members on health policy issues. Theory (5 credits), clinical (5 credits). Prerequisites: All required NURS courses numbered 202 through 402. (winter) NURS 416 Contemporary Issues with Vulnerable Populations 2 Incorporate study of clients from previous and concurrent nursing courses to critically examine the concept of vulnerability and associated risk factors. Ethics, advocacy and empowerment will frame evaluation of intervention strategies. Prerequisites: All required NURS courses numbered 202 through 401. (winter) NURS 420 Drugs and Nursing Implications: A Case Study Approach 2 Elective course for nursing majors. Focus on major drug classes and significant nursing implications. Using a case study approach, the student will synthesize information learned in previous theory and clinical courses. Prerequisites: Nursing Level 400+ or instructor permission. (winter and/or spring)
7 262 NURS 425 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 9 Concentrated clinical practice as well as seminar discussions to appraise issues in professional nursing and leadership and management roles appropriate for the BSN graduate. Integrates program competencies. Prerequisite: NURS 402. (spring) NURS 480 Interdisciplinary Core Course: The Changing Family 3 Elective course. Kinship is used as the primary model for studying families and as a symbolic model for analyzing social relationships. Family responses to change and conflict are explored. The health and well-being of contemporary families will be examined from a multicultural perspective. Open to non-majors. Meets core interdisciplinary course requirement. Prerequisites: Phase I and II of the core. (fall or winter) NURS 481 Interdisciplinary Core Course: Stress, Survival, and Adaptation 3 Elective course. Assess stress responses from multifactor, systems-oriented models through current research and literature. Examine complex cognitive, behavioral, affective, sociocultural, and environmental variables. Practice self-management interventions. Open to non-majors. Meets core interdisciplinary course requirement. Prerequisites: Phase I and II of the core. (fall, winter) NURS 482 Interdisciplinary Core Course: 3 or 5 Contemporary Concepts of Health and Healing Elective course. Blended science and humanities review of theoretical foundations of health. Current issues include alternative health care, balancing individual responsibility with community needs, environment, and cultural health. Open to non-majors. Requires application of concepts to student s declared major. Meets core interdisciplinary requirement. Prerequisites: Phase I and II of the core. NURS 490 Senior Synthesis 3 A capstone seminar of reflection and synthesis of the core and nursing. Integration of the intellectual, professional and personal responsibilities of nursing as a career. Examination of contemporary issues challenging the profession. Meets core requirement. Nursing majors only. Prerequisites: All previous nursing major requirements. (spring) NURS 491 Special Topics 1 to 5 NURS 492 Special Topics 1 to 5 NURS 493 Special Topics 1 to 5 NURS 496 Independent Study 2 to 5 NURS 497 Directed Reading 2 to 5 NURS 498 Directed Research 2 to 5 Back to Table of Contents