B.S. Degree with a Major in Nursing
Requirements for the Major
A major in Nursing is achieved by the completion of the following requirements, as well as the General Education and electives required for a degree:
Required Core Courses
NUR 341, 342 (1-1/2 course credits), 350 (1-1/2 credits), 351, 352 (1/2 course credit), 353 (2 course credits), 354, 447 (1-1/2 course credits), 448, and 449
Required Capstone Course
NUR 450 (2 course credits)
Required Collateral Courses
BIO 101, 102, 207, and 222; CFS 221; CHM 113 and PSY 100
Exploring the Major
During the first term, students interested in this major should begin the Developmental Mathematics sequence, if not waived. As soon as MAT 010 is waived or completed, students should register for BIO 101. During the Spring Term of the first year, students should take BIO 102 and CHM 113. First-year students also should choose from the following courses: PEH 100 (1/2 credit), PSY 100, and any courses meeting Perspective Areas and other requirements in the General Education curriculum. NUR 341 is taken in the Fall Term of sophomore year. See Course Sequencing, below, for additional considerations.
Admission to the Major
Prior to admission to the Nursing Program, a student must have: earned a minimum GPA of 2.25 and completed BIO 101, 102, and CHM 113with a grade of C or higher.
Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)
In addition to course sequencing mentioned above under Exploring the Major, students wanting to take a foreign language should fulfill this option in the International Perspective of the General Education curriculum during their first year, to avoid conflicts with Nursing clinicals in the sophomore, junior, or senior years. CFS 221 and PSY 100 must be completed prior to enrolling in the Fall Term of junior year. It is important to fulfill as many General Education requirements as possible during the first two years. NUR 341 meets the Active Learning Experience. NUR 342 is taken in Spring Term of sophomore year. BIO 207 Pathophysiology is taken concurrently with NUR 341 and NUR 354 Pharmacology is taken concurrently with NUR 342. NUR 350 and 351 are taken in the fall term of the junior year. NUR 352 353, and 386 are taken in Spring Term of junior year. NUR 447 and 448 are taken in Fall Term of senior year. NUR 449 and 450 are taken in Spring Term of senior year.
Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major
Students must demonstrate skill proficiency (including skill demonstration, principles of safe medication administration and mathematical drug calculations) each term beginning in the sophomore year. In addition to completing specified course requirements, in order to earn a degree in the Nursing major, each student must: 1) earn a grade of C or higher in each required Nursing Program course, including each collateral course; 2) demonstrate appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and respect in the classroom and clinical setting; 3) obtain current immunizations, proofs of immunity (or declination statement), TB skin testing; and 4) show current documentation of CPR training for the adult, infant, and child with AED training for the healthcare provider. All entering nursing students must complete a criminal background check. Nursing majors also must satisfy departmental standards for effectiveness in written and oral communication.
Students need to complete 21 earned course credits outside the major, in addition to the 14 major courses, which means a minimum of 35 earned credits are needed for graduation. Students whose major credits include transfer credits may need to adjust accordingly.
Other Considerations or Recommendations
The Department of Nursing conducts a program of assessment testing at the end of each nursing course.designed NCLEX style R.N. exit practice exams are taken during the last semester with a live review prior to graduation to prepare students for taking the National Council's Licensure Exam (NCLEX RN) to become licensed as Registered Nurses. Students identified as having weak areas by these tests will be required to complete remediation in course content and additional reviews.
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This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 9-16-2011
Updated by Wanda Burch