COLLEGE OF NURSING

1997-1998 Bulletin Information

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Dean: Amanda S. Baker (434-3410)
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies: Debra C. Davis (434-3410)
Professors: Baker, Carlson, Clements, deGruy, Davis, Doolittle, Rhodes
Associate Professors: Bradley, DeWitt, Ross, Vande Waa, Wiggins
Assistant Professors: Barkley, Bohannon, Broadus, Daniels, Fruh, Godfrey, Jones, McGuinness, Swint, Ward
Clinical Assistant Professors: Azok, Britten, Buchholz, Ercums, Estrada, Fox, Frey, Gordy, Green, Gropp, Hamilton, Holloway, Holmes, Hulett, Jenkins, Leonard, Morrissey, Myers, Ramsey, Sanford, Surline, Temple, Weitzel
Clinical Instructors: Raber, Hyatt

Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing
and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Rosemary Rhodes
Department Chair, Community Mental Health Nursing: M. Candice Ross
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing: Alice Bohannon
Director of Admissions and Advisement: Bettye Odom (434-3410)
Academic Advisor: Katherine Parker (434-3410)

UNDERGRADUATE
The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who will provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

The College of Nursing is located at USA Springhill on the corner of Springhill Avenue and Catherine Street. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and selected clinical agencies throughout the community provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing. Students are responsible for their own transportation and travel costs.

The program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the National League for Nursing. Upon completion of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, the graduate is eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse (RN).

ADMISSION
Admission to the College of Nursing is selective and competitive. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified disablement. Applications must be submitted a quarter in advance of desired admission. Application forms are available in the Admissions and Advisement Department of the College of Nursing.

Applications are reviewed to determine that students have satisfied all pre-nursing requirements of conduct, health, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing. Requests for transfer credit must comply with College of Nursing policies. Students are selected based on the following factors:

  1. Submission of an application by deadline date.
  2. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on all prerequisite courses.
  3. A minimum grade of "C" on all science, professional nursing, and health science courses.
  4. Completion of all remedial work recommended by the student's advisor.
  5. Submission of a health record and required immunizations.
  6. One letter of professional reference.
  7. Satisfactory completion of the College of Nursing dosage calculation test.
  8. Evidence of CPR certification.

The College of Nursing Admissions Committee and the Dean select the students and reserve the right to select those applicants best qualified for and most likely to succeed in the study of nursing. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that can be accommodated in clinical courses, students are admitted according to priority based on GPA. Admission requirements may change and will be published as far in advance as possible.

In keeping with dynamic changes in the nursing and health field, the baccalaureate curriculum may undergo change. Faculty advisors are available to help students adapt to curricula changes and plan the student's program accordingly.

Information regarding tuition and fees and length of the program are provided to the NLNAC on an annual basis (350 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014; 212/989-9393).

PROMOTION
Students will progress to clinical nursing courses according to the established sequence. The College will recommend for promotion only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing. Students continually in adjustment difficulties may be dismissed from the nursing program.

Students enrolled in clinical courses must maintain current CPR certification and must keep all immunizations current. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accident, etc. while the student is engaged in learning experiences required by the College of Nursing. Therefore, all students are required to have adequate health care insurance. All students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. Students are responsible for all travel expenses to clinical sites.

If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Admissions and Advisement Department and apply for readmission. Because of limited spaces in clinical courses, any alteration in usual progression may lengthen the student's program.

A grade of "C" or higher is required for all professional nursing courses. A student may repeat only one professional nursing course in the curriculum. A second "D", "F", or "U" will result in academic dismissal from the nursing program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 at the University of South Alabama is required to continue in the program and for graduation. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative students required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alabama merits immediate dismissal from the program.

TRANSIENT COURSE CREDIT
Any courses taken at another institution to meet degree requirements must have prior approval of the College of Nursing Dean or Director of Admissions and Advisement. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work.

TRANSFER CREDIT FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING COURSES
Nursing course work taken at other institutions prior to admission to the University of South Alabama will be evaluated on an individual basis. Courses determined by the appropriate department chairs to be equivalent to USA courses will be accepted based on the following data:

  1. Only course work taken at NLN accredited programs will be considered.
  2. Only courses with grades of "C" or above will transfer.
  3. An NLN test will be required in the appropriate area with a score at or above the 50th percentile.

ADMISSION OF REGISTERED NURSES
The College of Nursing has a track designed especially for registered nurses pursuing the baccalaureate in nursing degree. Each applicant's educational credentials are individually evaluated and a program of study is designed. Registered nurses must submit evidence of current unencumbered registered nurse licensure to be admitted to the RN to BSN track. Up to 66 hours of nursing and health science courses may be challenged or validated. A maximum of 96 hours may be transferred in from a junior college.

CURRICULUM MODEL FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING

FRESHMAN YEAR
1ST Quarter
EH 101 English Composition I
CH 121 Survey of Chemistry I
PSY 210 General Psychology I
PE

2nd Quarter
HSC 100 Orientation to Nursing
EH 102 English Composition II
CH 122 Survey of Chemistry II
PHL 131 Introduction to Ethics
PE

3rd Quarter
BMD 210/BLY 213 Infectious Dis/Microbiology
BLY 151 Anatomy & Physiology I
PSY 371 Abnormal Psychology
PE

4th Quarter
General Elective
SY 109 Sociology/AN 100 Anthropology
BLY 152 Anatomy & Physiology II
PE

SOPHOMORE YEAR
1st Quarter
BMD 341 Pathophysiology
MGT 240/322 Management
Humanities Elective
PE

2nd Quarter
HSC 242 Basic Pharmacology
HSC 243 Clinical Pharmacology
HSC 232 Diet Therapy I
Economics Elective

3rd Quarter (Clinicals Begin)
NU 220 Foundations of Professional Nursing
NU 221 Foundations Clinical
NU 325 Health Assessment
HSC 105 CPR 1

4th Quarter
AHN 230 Adult Health Nursing I
AHN 231 Adult I Clinical
HSC 233 Diet Therapy II
PE

JUNIOR YEAR
1st Quarter
CMN 350 Psychiatric/Mental Nursing
CMN 351 Psychiatric/Mental Clinical
NU 320 Multicultural Family System

2nd Quarter
MCN 340 Maternal/Gynecological Nursing
MCN 341 Maternal/Gynecological Clinical
NU 304 Research

3rd Quarter
MCN 345 Child Health Nursing
MCN 346 Child Health Clinical
Computer Elective

4th Quarter
AHN 330 Adult Health Nursing II
AHN 331 Adult II Clinical
Nursing Elective

SENIOR YEAR
1st Quarter
CMN 420 Aggregate Professional Nursing Care
CMN 421 Aggregate Clinical
NU 430 Care of Critically Ill

2nd Quarter
NU 460 Professional Nursing Practicum
NU 409 Nursing Issues and Leadership



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GRADUATE STUDIES
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing. The objectives for the program are:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate competence in selected advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a changing society.
  3. Use scientific inquiry to identify researchable problems and participate in nursing research.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of leadership, management, and teaching to improve nursing practice.
  5. Influence the improvement of health care delivery and the formulation of health policy.
  6. Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession

A common core of courses includes concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice is required of all students. Several concentration areas are offered to meet the career goals of students. Students may prepare for advanced nursing practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Woman/Child Health or Community /Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Concentrations are also available for students pursuing careers in Executive or Mid-level Nursing Administration or Nursing Education. Full-time or part-time study is available with classes offered on a convenient weekend format to facilitate the working nurse returning to school. The College offers a special track for registered nurses who have bachelors degrees in a field other than nursing.

Information regarding tuition and fees and length of the program are provided to the NLNAC on an annual basis (350 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014; 212/989-9393).

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO REGULAR M.S.N. PROGRAM
Students are admitted each quarter. Fall admission is recommended for applicants who wish to pursue full-time study. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School admission criteria (see Categories of Admission):

REGULAR ADMISSION

  1. Graduate of an approved bachelor's program with a major in nursing.
  2. Verification of a course or equivalent in research and health assessment.
  3. Score of at least 45 on the Miller Analogies Test.
  4. Current unencumbered registered nurse licensure.
  5. Two letters of professional reference: preferably, one from a faculty member and one from an employer.
  6. Submission of Health Data Form and verification of Health Insurance.
  7. An earned graduate degree from any accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.
  8. A grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

  1. Graduate of an approved bachelor's program with a major in nursing.
  2. Verification of a course or equivalent in research and health assessment.
  3. Score of at least 30 on the Miller Analogies Test.
  4. Current unencumbered registered nurse licensure.
  5. Two letters of professional reference: preferably, one from a faculty member and one from an employer.
  6. Submission of Health Data Form and verification of Health Insurance.
  7. A minimal grade-point average of 2.50 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).

NON-DEGREE ADMISSION

  1. Graduate of a Master of Science in Nursing program.
  2. Verification of a course or equivalent in research and health assessment.
  3. Current registered nurse licensure.
  4. Two letters of professional reference: preferably one from a faculty member and one from an employer.
  5. Submission of Health Data Form.

LIMITATIONS IN NON-DEGREE STATUS

  1. A student who receives a second grade of C or lower in any work attempted for graduate credit will be dismissed.
  2. Non-degree admission is selective and may be limited depending upon program resources.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EXECUTIVE-LEVEL TRACK IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION
To be admitted to the executive-level track in nursing administration, the student must have at least two years of nursing administration experience in addition to the criteria above. Permission to enroll in executive-level track courses must be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSE
PRACTITIONER TRACKS
Admission to the nurse practitioner tracks is limited and selective. A separate application is required and may be considerably earlier than the Graduate School's deadlines. Prospective students should contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office for application due dates.
A minimum of two years experience in the appropriate area of nursing is required for the nurse practitioner tracks.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO
ALTERNATIVE TRACK M.S.N. PROGRAM
An Alternative Track for entering the Master of Science in Nursing degree program is available to persons who are registered nurses and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing. Students are admitted to this track as Provisional Admission; the admissions criteria are the same as for Provisional Admission to the Regular M.S.N. Program (above) except for #1 (bachelor's degree in nursing).

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN ALTERNATIVE
TRACK M.S.N. PROGRAM
The following undergraduate nursing and specific prerequisite courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 2.5 prior to enrolling in graduate nursing clinical courses. Students who have earned a GPA of less than 2.5 on all undergraduate nursing and prerequisite courses will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School.

Prerequisite Courses
Social Science 4 courses
Biological or Physical Science 4 courses
(including Anatomy/Physiology)
Humanities/Fine Arts 2 courses
Research 1 course

Undergraduate Nursing Courses
NU 410 Concepts of Professional Nursing
CMN 420 Aggregate Nursing Care
CMN 421 Aggregate Nursing Care Clinical
NU 325 Health Assessment

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
A limited number of graduate assistantships is available to students of full standing. Additional information and an application can be obtained by contacting the College of Nursing graduate office.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
A minimum of 52 quarter hours of credit is required for preparation as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, or nurse educator. Preparation as a nurse practitioner requires 60 credits. Individualized programs of study are developed for baccalaureate prepared nurses with national certification as a neonatal or family nurse practitioner.

The program offers a thesis or non-thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option earn up to six credits for the thesis. Students selecting the non-thesis option earn two credits for a research project experience. Students who do not complete the thesis/project in the allocated time must register for additional thesis hours or NU 515 project advisement, respectively, until such work is completed. These additional hours will not apply towards the degree.

A student who receives a second grade of C or lower in any work attempted for graduate credit will be academically dismissed from the program.


Students must pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination may be taken no sooner than the last quarter of required course work. Students must apply to take the examination by the first Friday of the quarter in which they intend to take the exam. Students failing the examination may retake the examination at the next scheduled time. The comprehensive examination may be taken two times only, the original time and one repeat.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN PRACTICUM COURSES
All students must submit a completed health data form and provide evidence of required immunizations upon admission. Immunizations must be kept current. Students must also maintain current CPR certification, and RN licensure while enrolled in the program. Students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accident etc. while the student is engaged in learning experiences required by the College of Nursing. Therefore, all students are required to have adequate health care insurance. Failure to comply with legal, moral, or legislative standards required for RN licensure merits dismissal from the program.

PROGRAM OF STUDIES
Students choose from the following options:

OPTION I

  1. Preparation in one of the following critical areas:
    Adult Health Nursing
    Woman/Child Health Nursing
    Community/Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
    and
  2. Preparation in one of the following role areas:
    Nursing Education
    Mid-Level Nursing Administration
    Clinical Nurse Specialization

OPTION II
Preparation for executive-level nursing administration.

OPTION III
Preparation in one of the following areas:
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner

CURRICULUM
OPTION I Clinical and Role Combination

A. Core Courses
NU 506
NU 545

NU 508
HSC 568
(16 credits)
Nursing Theory
Physiological Basis of
Advanced Nursing Practice
Leadership in Advanced Nursing
Applied Economics in Health Care Policy

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits
B. Research Courses NU 512
NU 513
NU 514
or
NU 599
(8 or 12 credits)
Research Methods in Nursing
Research Design

Research Project

Thesis

3 credits
3 credits
2 credits

6 credits
C. Clinical Specialty AHN 530
AHN 531

AHN 532

AHN 533

or
MCN 530

MCN 531

MCN 532

MCN 533

or
CMN 530

CMN 531

CMN 532


CMN 533
Courses (12 credits)
Advanced Adult Health Nursing I
Advanced Adult Health Nursing Practicum I
Advanced Adult Health Nursing II
Advanced Adult Health Nursing Practicum II

Advanced Woman/Child

Health Nursing I
Advanced Woman/Child Health Nursing Practicum I
Advanced Woman/Child Health Nursing II
Advanced Woman/Child Health Nursing Practicum II

Advanced Community/ Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing I

Advanced Community/Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Practicum I
Advanced Community/ Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing II
Advanced Community/ Psychiatric-
Mental Health Nursing Practicum

3 credits

3 credits
3 credits

3 credits


3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits


3 credits

3 credits


3 credits


3 credits

D. Role Courses
Mid-Level

NU 520


NU 521
NU 522

NU 565
or
Nursing
NU 525
NU 526
NU 527

NU 528

or
Clinical Nurse
NU 518
NU 519

NU 578

NU 523
and
CMN 524


or
MCN 524

or
AHN 524

Total Credits
(16 credits)
Nursing Administration Series
Concepts and Theories of Mid-Level Nursing Administration
Mid-Level Nursing Administration
Mid-Level Nursing Administration
Internship
Nursing Administration Finance II

Education Series

Nurse Educator Role Nursing Education Internship
Curriculum and Evaluation in
Nursing Education
Instructional Design in Nursing Education

Specialization Series
Advanced Nursing Assessment
Advanced Nursing Assessment Practicum
Pharmacology for Advanced
Practice Nurses
Clinical Nurse Specialization

Community/Psychiatric-Mental
Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Internship

Woman/Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Internship

Adult Health Clinical Nurse
Specialist Internship 5 credits



4 credits
4 credits

5 credits
3 credits


3 credits
5 credits

4 credits

4 credits


3 credits

1 credit

3 credits
4 credits



5 credits


5 credits


5 credits
52

OPTION II Executive Level Nursing Administration

A. Core Courses
NU 506

NU 508
HSC 568
(12 credits)
Nursing Theory
Leadership in Advanced Nursing
Applied Economics in Health Care Policy

4 credits
4 credits

4 credits
B. Research Courses NU 512
NU 513
NU 514
or
NU 599
(8 or 12 credits)
Research Methods in Nursing
Research Design

Research Project

Thesis

3 credits
3 credits
2 credits

6 credits
C. Specialty Courses
NU 561
NU 562
NU 564

NU 565

NU 566
NU 567
HSC 571

HSC 571
(28 credits)
Nursing Administration I

Nursing Administration II
Nursing Administration
Finance I

Nursing Administration
Finance II

Nursing Administration Field Study
Nursing Administration Internship
Risk Management in Health
Care Organizations
Managing Health Care Personnel

4 credits
4 credits

3 credits

3 credits
3 credits
5 credits

2 credits
4 credits

D. Support Courses
MGT 510

Total Credits
(4 credits)
The Legal Environment of Business


4 credits
52


OPTION III Nurse Practitioner Tracks

 

A. Core Courses
NU 506

NU 508
NU 545

HSC 568
(12 credits)
Nursing Theory
Leadership in Advanced Nursing Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice
Applied Economics in Health Care Policy

4 credits
4 credits

4 credits

4 credits
B. Research Courses NU 512
NU 513
NU 514
or
NU 599
(8 or 12 credits)
Research Methods in Nursing
Research Design

Research Project

Thesis

3 credits
3 credits
2 credits

6 credits
C. Support Courses
NU 578
(3 credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced
Practice Nurses


3 credits
D. Specialty Courses Neonatal Nurse
MCN 568

MCN 569

MCN 570
MCN 571

MCN 572
MCN 573

MCN 574
MCN 575

MCN 576

MCN 577
MCN 579

MCN 580

Adult Acute Care
AHN 568

AHN 569

AHN 570

AHN 571

AHN 572

AHN 573 Adult

AHN 574


AHN 575

AHN 576

AHN 577

AHN 579

AHN 580

Family Nurse
CMN 568

CMN 569

CMN 570

CMN 571

CMN 572
CMN 573

CMN 574
CMN 575

CMN 576

CMN 577
CMN 579

CMN 580

Total Credits
(33 credits)
Practitioner

Advanced Nursing Assessment of the Neonate
Advanced Nursing Assessment of the Neonate Practicum
Neonate Nurse Practitioner Role I
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum I
Neonate Nurse Practitioner Role II
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum II
Neonate Nurse Practitioner Role III
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum III
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Internship
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Seminar
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Pharmacology Seminar I
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Pharmacology Seminar II
Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Nursing Assessment of Adults
Advanced Nursing Assessment of Adults Practicum
Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults I
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum I
Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults II
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum II
Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults III
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum III
Adult Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner Role credits
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Seminar
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Pharm. Seminar I
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Pharm. Seminar II
Practitioner

Advanced Nursing Assess. Children, Adults & Families
Advanced Nursing Assess. Children, Adults & Families Prac.
Primary Care in Family
Nursing I
Primary Care in Family Nursing I Practicum
Primary Care in Family Nursing II
Primary Care in Family Nursing II Practicum
Primary Care in Family Nursing III
Primary Care in Family Nursing III Practicum
Family Nurse Practitioner Role Internship
Family Nurse Practitioner Role Seminar
Family Nurse Practitioner Pharm. Seminar I 1 credit
Family Nurse Practitioner Pharm. Seminar II



3 credits

1 credit
4 credit

2 credits
3 credits

4 credits
3 credits

4 credits

5 credits
2 credits

1 credit

1 credit


3 credits

1 credit

4 credits

2 credits

3 credits

4 credits

3 credits

4 credits

5 credits

2 credit

1 credit

1 credit


3 credits


1 credit

4 credits

2 credits
3 credits

4 credits
3 credits

3 credits

5 credits
2 credit

1 credit

1 credit
60

DESCRIPTIONS OF NURSING COURSES ARE FOUND AS FOLLOWS:
Nursing (NU)
Adult Health Nursing (AHN)
Community Mental Health Nursing (CMN)
Maternal-Child Nursing (MCN)
Health Sciences (HSC)

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