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VI.UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

CORE CURRICULUM

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES, ARTS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

H-E-B SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION

DREEBEN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL OF EXTENDED STUDIES

SCHOOL OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND DESIGN

SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Department of Human Performance
Athletic Training (PEHP)
Physical Education (PEHP)
Sport Management (SMHP)
Nuclear Medicine Science (NMED)
Nursing (NURS)

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Professions is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, through the educational preparation of health professionals. The faculty’s goal is to provide excellent student-centered health professions education that will promote leadership development in the respective health disciplines. Faculty believe in collaborative learning promoting a philosophy of life that values the dignity of the individual and serves as a guide for making ethical-moral decisions. The school seeks to graduate health professionals whose practice is rooted in the spiritual heritage of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Graduates will be prepared as generalist practitioners in their respective disciplines and will be prepared for graduate education.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Physical Education, and Sports Management. Each of these programs is described in detail in the following sections under the appropriate department.

Department of Human Performance

(Athletic Training, Dimensions of Wellness, Physical Education, and Sport Management)

The mission of the Department of Human Performance is to provide a strong professional foundation for students in each major/concentration and to contribute to the Core Curriculum through course work in Wellness and Physical Education.

ATHLETIC TRAINING (PEHP)
[Course Descriptions, page 279]

Program Description

The Athletic Training program at The University of the Incarnate Word promotes the education of future athletic trainers and the development and improvement of the athletic training profession. The athletic training program concentrates on instructing athletic training students, under the direct supervision of three certified athletic trainers, on the proper way to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries.

Program Admission Policy

Academic Component: In order for athletic training students to receive a quality athletic training education, the athletic training major has been designed to be a limited enrollment program. Therefore, students must compete for admission into the program. Admission into the athletic training program at The University of the Incarnate Word is competitive. In order to be considered for admission into the program a student is expected to take many of the University’s core courses during their freshman year. In addition to the core courses, a student is expected to take specific classes required for admission into the athletic training program. These classes are:

DWHP 1200: Dimensions of Wellness
BIOL 2321/2121: Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 2322/2122: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
PEHP 1310: Introduction to Athletic Training

Students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in these classes and to have at least a 2.0 overall GPA in all university work.

Other Requirements: In addition to the successful completion of the previously mentioned courses, a
candidate for admission into the athletic training program must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Must have a current CPR Cardiac Care (an American Red Cross Professional Rescuer plus AED or American Heart Association BLS CPR Health Care Provider) and First Aid Card.
  • Must have documented at least 40 observation hours in the University of the Incarnate Word athletic training room.
  • Complete at least 29 credit hours of instruction.
  • Submit an application with three references.
  • Interview with the Athletic Training Program selection committee.

Technical Standards: The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the Athletic Training program at The University of the Incarnate Word seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in the admission process. The technical requirements for admission establish the expectations and required abilities considered essential to perform duties of an athletic trainer. These abilities are classified into five categories: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, and behavioral and social.

Observation: A candidate must be able to observe demonstrations in the classroom and athletic training room. A candidate must also be able to accurately observe an athlete at a distance and at close range, in order to gather the necessary data regarding the athletes’ physical status.

Communication: A candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of athletes and other members of the health care team. Communication is not limited to verbal communication, but also includes having adequate reading and writing skills. Adequate communication skills also include the ability to record injury assessment results, SOAP notes, and follow-up notes.

Motor: Candidates must possess sufficient postural and neuromuscular control and adequate eye-to-hand coordination that is necessary to perform the duties of an athletic trainer. They must also possess sufficient control of their upper and lower extremity to meet the physical requirements for athletic training.

Sensory: Candidates must have adequate sensory function in order to elicit information from a physical examination through palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other assessment maneuvers.

Intellectual: Candidates must have the mental capacity to learn and assimilate a large amount of complex, technical, and detailed information. They must also be able to solve problems through critical analysis and perform measurements necessary to develop a therapeutic plan.

Social and Personal Attributes: A candidate must possess emotional and social attributes required to
exercise good judgment, promptly complete all responsibilities as they relate to the care and management of an athletes’ injury, and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with the athletes’ and other members of the health care team. The candidate must also be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, display flexibility, tolerate physically taxing workloads, and maintain their composure during highly stressful situations.

Health Requirements: In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.63, applicants to the athletic training program are required to provide proof of a completed health history questionnaire, immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, and TD) and TB skin test or chest X-Ray prior to admission into the athletic training program. Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical affiliations.

When admitted into the athletic training program, the student is required to be covered by liability insurance. The liability insurance fee will be included in the athletic training course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage.

Continuing Requirements: Once accepted into the Athletic Training program, students will be evaluated each semester to ensure they are meeting the expectations set by the Athletic Training Program. These expectations include:

Maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If a students overall GPA falls below a 2.0, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester. Athletic training students placed on academic probation will be expected to fulfill an “academic probation contract” with the Director of Athletic Training. Failure to fulfill the academic probation contract and/or earn an overall GPA of 2.0 or better may result in the student’s dismissal from the Athletic Training program.

Complete all clinical responsibilities as assigned. A student who is late to, or fails to report to their clinical assignment will be given a verbal warning for the first offense. For the second offense, the student will be given a written reprimand. A third offense will result in the student being removed from their clinical assignment and reassigned. A fourth offense may result in dismissal from theAthletic Training program.

Continue to accrue clinical field experience hours. Students are expected to exhibit professional behavior at all times while performing duties associated with their clinical assignments. For a first offense the student will be given a verbal warning. For a second offense the student will be issued a written reprimand and will receive a one-week suspension form the sport assignment. A third offense will result in the athletic training students being removed from the sport assignment for the rest of the season. A fourth offense may result in the student’s dismissal from the Athletic Training program.

Be enrolled full-time at The University of the Incarnate Word. Adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in the “Athletic Training Student Handbook.” (Preparation for the NATABOC Examination).

Preparation to take the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination is a continual process. During the sophomore year students will begin a series of clinical competency-based modules related to athletic training clinical skills. The athletic training students’ clinical preparation for the NATABOC examination will concluded during their last academic semester when they take PEHP 4390: “Capstone: Mock Testing.” The course material will be composed of material that has been covered in the previous athletic training classes. At the conclusion of the class, an examination structured like the NATABOC and Texas examinations will be administered.

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Major

BIOL 2321/2121 – Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 Credits
DWHP 1200 – Dimensions of Wellness 2 Credits
PEHP 11XX – Physical Education Activity Class 1 Credit
BIOL 2322/2122 – Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 Credits
PEHP 1310 – Introduction to Athletic Training 3 Credits
PEHP 1170 – Clinical Experience I 1 Credit
PEHP 2341 – Pharmacological Concepts in Athletic Training 3 Credits
NUTR 2341 – Introduction to Nutrition 3 Credits
PEHP 2310 – Advanced Athletic Training 3 Credits
PEHP 2320 – Evaluation of Athletic Injuries 3 Credits
PEHP 3310 – Pathology of Body Systems 3 Credits
PSYC 3381 – Statistics for Behavioral Science 3 Credits
PEHP 2170 – Clinical Experience II 1 Credit
PEHP 3320/3120 – Therapeutic Modalities with Lab 4 Credits
PEHP 3340 – Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 3 Credits
PSYC 3384 – Research Methods 3 Credits
PEHP 3170 – Clinical Experience III 1 Credit
NUTR 4356 – Nutrition and Human Performance 3 Credits
PEHP 3350 – Theory of Movement Forms 3 Credits
SOCI 3350 – Sociology of Sport 3 Credits
PEHP 3330/3130 – Therapeutic Rehabilitation with Lab 4 Credits
PEHP 4170 – Clinical Experience IV 1 Credit
PEHP 4388 – Internship (Field Experience) 3 Credits
PEHP 4333 – Fundamentals of Human Performance 3 Credits
PEHP 4310 – Muscle Testing Practicum 3 Credits
PEHP 4390 – Capstone: Mock Testing 3 Credits

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PEHP)
[Course Descriptions, page 279]

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to teach physical education in several environments. The All-Level Certification is for teacher certification in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education (see 1 below).To work in the private sector, in camps and fitness centers, the Non-Certification program is prescribed (see 2 below). Details of the requirements for Teacher Certification are explained in the Education section of the bulletin.

Activity Courses

The core curriculum requirement for all students includes a lifetime activity from the physical education selections as part of Dimensions of Wellness. Courses provide instruction and participation for the development of fitness, skills, knowledge, and appreciation of physical activity.

A physical examination is recommended for participation in physical education activity courses. Students enrolled in physical education provide their own clothing and pay a lab fee.

The following Activity Courses are grouped according to the requirements of the degree plans described below.

Group A - Individual and Dual Activities

1101 Archery 1133 Beginning Tennis
1102 Badminton 1134 Intermediate Tennis
1103 Bowling 1138 Badminton/Racquetball
1104 Golf 1143 Fencing
1129 Racquetball 1144 Racket Sports
Group B - Team Activities
1105 Basketball 1109 Track and Field
1106 Flag Football 1110 Volleyball
1107 Soccer 1128 Floor Hockey
1108 Softball

Group C - Developmental Activities

1111 Self-Defense 1127 Aerobic Dance
1112 Gymnastics (required) 1139 Yoga
1113 Physical Conditioning 1140 Advanced Yoga
1114 Weight Training 1141 Intro to Martial Arts
1147 Tai Chi 1148 Exercise with Your Instructor
1149 Rock Climbing

Group D - Rhythmic Activities

1115 Ballet 1117 Folk and Square Dance
1116 Basic Rhythms 1136 Clogging
1145 Beginning Social Dance 1146 Country Western Dance
Group E - Aquatic Activities
1118 Beginning Swimming 1121 Water Safety Instruction
1119 Intermediate Swimming 1122 Water Games
1120 Life Saving 1132 Swimming for Fitness

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science:

  1. All-Level Physical Education*

    38 semester hours in Physical Education as follows:
    PEHP 1199 Activity Lab
    PEHP 2201 Tests and Measurement
    PEHP 3105 Principles of Health
    PEHP 3301 Motor and Fitness Development for Children
    PEHP 3302 Motor and Fitness Development for Pre-Adolescents
    PEHP 3410 Motor and Fitness Development for Adolescents
    PEHP 3350 Theory of Movement Forms: Analysis and Construction
    PEHP 3371 Care and Prevention of Injuries
    PEHP 4301 Principles of Human Movement
    PEHP 4333 Fundamentals of Human Performance
    PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications

    plus 9 activity hours chosen from the following:
    Group A-3 semester hours
    Group B-3 semester hours
    Group C-PEHP 1112 Gymnastics
    Group D-1 semester hour
    Group E-1 semester hour

  2. Non-Certification Degree Program*

    50 semester hours as follows:
    SMHP 3301 Introduction to Sports Management
    Choose one of the following:
    SMHP 3302 Human Factors in Sport Management
    SMHP 3306 Sport Law
    MUTH 1301 Introduction to Music Therapy
    SOCI 3350 (If taken PEHP 3410)
    ACCT 2301 Accounting for Non-Business Majors
    BMGT 1307 Introduction to Business
    ANTH 1311 Cultural Anthropology

    Required Courses:
    PEHP 1199 Activity Lab
    PEHP 2201 Tests and Measurements
    PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, and Health
    PEHP 3410 or SOCI 3350 Sociology of Sport
    PEHP 3350 Theory of Movement Forms: Analysis and Construction
    PEHP 3371 Care and Prevention of Injuries
    PEHP 4301 Principles of Human Movement
    PEHP 4333 Fundamentals of Human Performance
    PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications
    PEHP 4399 Practical Experience
    Group A-4 semester hours
    Group B-4 semester hours
    Group C-3 semester hours (Gymnastics required)
    Group D-1 semester hour
    Group E-1 semester hour

    * Requires BIOL 2321/2121 and 2322/2122 (Taken in Core)

Requirements for Physical Education Minor:

18 semester hours as follows:
PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, and Health
PEHP 3350 Theory of Movement Forms: Analysis and Construction
PEHP 3371 Care and Prevention of Injuries
PEHP 4333 Fundamentals of Human Performance
PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications
Group A-1 semester hour
Group B-1 semester hour
Group C-1 semester hour

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Major:

Freshmen Year

Activities Courses for Group A, B, C, D, E
PEHP 1199 Activity Lab

Sophomore and/or Junior Year

Activities Courses for Group A, B, C, D, E
PEHP 2201 Test and Measurements
PEHP 3105 Principles of Health
PEHP 3301 Motor and Fitness Development for Children
PEHP 3302 Motor and Fitness Development for Pre-Adolescents
PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, and Health (non-certification)
PEHP 3410 Motor and Fitness Development for Adolescents
PEHP 3350 Theory of Movement Forms: Analysis and Construction
PEHP 3371 Care and Prevention of Injuries
SMHP 3301 Introduction to Sport Management (non-certification)
SOCI 3350 Sociology of Sport (non-certification)
Elective within Major (non-certification)
BIOL 2321/2121 and 2322/2122

Junior and/or Senior Year

PEHP 4301 Principles of Human Movement
PEHP 4333 Fundamentals of Human Performance
PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications

Senior Year

PEHP 4399 Practical Experience (non-certification)

Sport Management (SMHP)
[Course Description]

This program is a specialization in Business Administration, offered in collaboration with the Department of Human Performance, and is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in professional sports, colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations. See Bulletin for course requirements in Business Administration. For the specialization in Sports Management, see page 259

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Specialization:

Sophomore and/or Junior Year

SMHP 3301 Introduction to Sport Management
SMHP 3302 Human Factors in Sport Management
SMHP 3303 Seminar in Sports Organizations and the Public Market
BMKT 3333 Fundamentals of Advertising

Junior and/or Senior Year

SMHP 3319 Internship in Sports Management
PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications

NUCLEAR MEDICINE SCIENCE (NMED)
[Course Descriptions, page 271]

The Nuclear Medicine Science program offers an accredited curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The mission of the Nuclear Medicine program is to prepare individuals with the clinical and didactic experience necessary for successful entry into the Nuclear Medicine profession.

The goal of the Nuclear Medicine program is to enable the student to confidently possess the knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform a wide variety of clinical procedures, effectively communicate with patients with competent skills in: radiopharmaceutical dosage, calculation and administration, the operation of imaging devices, and operation of radiation detection monitoring devices.

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, micro-quantities of radioactive pharmaceuticals for diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of many serious diseases. Nuclear Medicine imaging techniques provide information about both the function and structure of every organ in the body, often identifying organ abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease. This early detection allows a disease to be treated early in its course, when there may be a more positive prognosis.

The student choosing nuclear medicine technology as a career should have a strong interest in the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer technology as well as the desire for close patient contact, direct interaction with physicians and other health care professionals. Immediately upon graduation, a student is eligible to apply for national certification/registration examinations given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

As a highly specialized member of the health care profession, graduates from this degree program have several vocational options, including but not limited to, Nuclear Medicine Technology (hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, regulatory agencies), entry into medical or graduate schools, and careers in education or administration in the specialty.

Faculty includes toxicologists, technologists, physicians, radiopharmacists, radiation physicists, each with a special focus and integrated perspective.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Science

Literature 3 Second Language 6
Core Curriculum and specific Nuclear Medicine requirements: Semester Hours
*English (Rhetoric) 6
Applied / Fine Art 3
History 3
Social Science 3
Intro to Philosophy 3
Bioethics 3
Religion 3
*Dimensions of Wellness 2
Physical Education 1
*Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs 8
*Chemical Principles I and II with labs 8
*General Physics I and II with labs 8
*Mathematics 6
Precalculus and Statistics  
*Computer Literacy (either by exam or course) 3
Elective 3
Community Service 45 (non-credit hours)
* Prerequisite to admission to program with a minimum grade of C.

Courses in the Major (47 semester hours)

Junior Year

NMED 3301 Applications of Radionuclides I
NMED 3320 Medical Radiation Safety
NMED 4322 Radiopharmacy, Radiochemistry, and Radioimmunoassay
NMED 4210 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
NMED 3305 Applications of Radionuclides II
NMED 4311 Physics of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics I
NMED 4341 Radiation Biology / Biophysics
NMED 4220 Seminar in Nuclear Medicine II
NURS 2310 Integrated Health Science I

Senior Year

NMED 4312 Physics of Medical Imaging II
NMED 4904 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I
NMED 4906 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II
NMED 4361 Nuclear Medicine Registry Review

A minimum grade of C is required in all Nuclear Medicine courses. In general, satisfactory completion of courses in one semester is required prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters. Failure to make a minimum grade of C in any required nuclear medicine course will prevent the student from progressing in the program. Students who fail one or more courses in the program must make application to the nuclear medicine program to continue. The student’s overall academic achievement will be considered in the decision to be retained or to be placed on enforced withdrawal from the nuclear medicine program.

Admission Requirements

All students who plan a program of study leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Science must first be accepted for admission to the University. After completing 32 semester hours, a student may formally apply to the Nuclear Medicine major. To be eligible, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. A 2.00 cumulative GPA
  2. Sophomore standing
  3. Completion of all Academic Literacy requirements (if applicable)
  4. Completion of 6 semester hours of English (Rhetoric)
  5. Completion of 9-12 hours from the following Core requirements: Literature (3 hrs) or Fine/Applied arts (3 hrs); Philosophy (3 hrs) or Religious Studies (3 hrs); History (3 hrs) or Social Science (3 hrs); Mathematics (3 hrs), or Science w/Lab (4 hrs), Dimensions of Wellness (2 hrs)
  6. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry I and II, Physics (6 hrs), Math (6 hrs) and Computer Literacy competency.
  7. Interview with the Director of Nuclear Medicine.

Health Requirements

In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.63, applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Science program are required to provide proof of a completed health history questionnaire, immunizations (a completed series of Hepatitis B, MMR and TD), TB skin test or chest x-ray, and current CPR certification prior to admission to clinical courses. Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical healthcare settings. Students are responsible for reviewing and updating individual health records as they progress in the program.

Special Health Problems / Pregnancy

Students who can successfully combine satisfactory school attendance with pregnancy or with special health problems will not be prohibited from registration in nuclear medicine clinical courses. The student must, however, fulfill the same course requirements as any other student.
Students pursuing nuclear medicine technology must possess visual and hearing acuity, digital dexterity, and motor coordination. They must be able to climb, balance, stoop, and lift/carry up to 50 pounds.

Insurance Requirements

When admitted to a clinical nuclear medicine, the student is required to be covered by liability insurance. The liability insurance fee is included in nuclear medicine course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage.

NURSING (NURS)
[Course Descriptions, page 272]

The Nursing program offers an accredited curriculum in nursing leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Within the program there are two pathways, one designed for students without previous preparation in nursing, the Generic Pathway, and the other designed for persons who are already registered nurses, the Alternate Pathway.

The mission of the nursing program is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, through the educational preparation of professional nurses and to serve as a center for leadership development. The goal of the nursing program is to positively affect the health of people in San Antonio and South Texas by:

  1. Preparing professional nurses whose practice is rooted in the spiritual heritage of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,
  2. Supporting the growth and direction of the nursing profession through involvement in
    professional organizations,
  3. Contributing to new knowledge through research, consultation, and by supporting continuing professional education for the nursing community,
  4. Forming partnerships with communities and other health care providers to provide holistic care to people who are healthy and ill.

The curriculum of the nursing program is designed to prepare the student for roles in contemporary and future nursing practice. At the completion of the BSN program the student will be prepared to:

  1. Develop caring relationships based on Christian values and a preferential option for the economically poor.
  2. Challenge social inequalities influencing health and work to shape health policy.
  3. Integrate theory and research-based knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences to develop a foundation for practice.
  4. Use written, spoken, and technological skills to communicate effectively.
  5. Use critical thinking skills through a systematic approach to making clinical judgments about the nursing needs of persons, families, and communities in a variety of settings and across the lifespan.
  6. Safely use therapeutic nursing interventions to assist persons to achieve or maintain health or experience dignified death.
  7. Use beginning leadership, management, and research skills to coordinate, deliver, and evaluate nursing care in a variety of settings.
  8. Collaborate with persons, other health care providers, and community leaders in identifying and proposing solutions to responses to ever-changing health problems.
  9. Practice nursing according to the standards of the Nursing Practice Act of the State of Texas, the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, and the appropriate ANA Standards of Practice.
  10. Engage in continued personal and professional development in an ever-widening world of discovery and new knowledge.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requirements:

Core curriculum and specific nursing requirements (Generic and Alternate pathways): Semester Hours
*English (Rhetoric) 6
Literature 3
*Public Speaking 3
Fine or Applied Arts 3
Second Language 6
Religious Studies and Philosophy (one course in Ethics) 9
History 3
*Dimensions of Wellness (waived for RNs) 2
Physical Education (waived for RNs) 1
*Introduction to Psychology 3
*Adult Development 3
*Child Development 3
(Note: RNs may substitute Lifespan Development if already taken in the first nursing program)  
Mathematics (Statistics) 3
*Chemistry 4
*Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 8
*Microbiology with Lab 4
*Nutrition 3

Computer Literacy
(By the end of the second semester at UIW, or upon admission to the Nursing Program students must
successfully test for computer literacy competence or complete a 3 hr Computer Literacy course.)
*Prerequisite to admission to program with a minimum grade of C

Courses in the major (Generic Pathway) 63 semester hours:

Semester One-13 hours

NURS 2310 Integrated Health Science I
NURS 2520 Nursing Technologies
NURS 2213 Basic Health Assessment
NURS 2312 Nursing and Health

Semester Two-12 hours

NURS 3310 Integrated Health Science II
NURS 3341 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NURS 3630 Nursing of Children and Adults I

Semester Three-12 hours

NURS 3215 Integrated Health Science III
NURS 3530 Nursing of Children and Adults II
NURS 4541 Nursing of Childbearing Families

Semester Four-12 hours

NURS 4551 Nursing in Complex Situations
NURS 4431 Mental Health Nursing
NURS 4322 Research and Issues in Nursing

Semester Five-14 hours

NURS 4388 Nursing Internship
NURS 4562 Community Health Nursing
NURS 4532 Nursing Leadership/Management
NURS 4182 Senior Seminar

Courses in the major (Alternate Pathway) 28 semester hours: (eight week Terms)

Term I

NURS 3512 Professional Nursing Role

Term II

NURS 3341 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NURS 4313 Health Assessment

Term III

NURS 4365 Community Health Nursing

Term IV

NURS 4265 Community Health Nursing Practicum

Term V

NURS 4322 Issues in Nursing
NURS 4332 Nursing Leadership/Management

Term VI

NURS 4331 Research in Nursing
NURS 4362 Practicum in Leadership/Management

Admission Requirements

All students who plan a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science of Nursing must first be accepted for admission to the University. Applicants then apply to the nursing program and must be accepted prior to the semester when the first nursing courses will be taken. Applications must be received in the nursing department by March 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission. Students who plan to follow the

Alternate Pathway should apply directly to the School of Extended Studies.

Applicants work with an assigned advisor to complete the application process and are required to submit:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.

The Alternate Pathway applicant must also submit evidence of current licensure to practice professional nursing in Texas and have at least six months of experience as a registered nurse. Military personnel may submit evidence of current licensure in the United States.

Admission to the Nursing program is limited, based on the availability of faculty and clinical practice sites. The student’s overall academic record is considered for admission, including the following criteria:

  1. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all course work to date. More favorable consideration will be given to applicants with a higher GPA.
  3. Overall achievement in science courses.

Fulfillment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students applying to transfer from another baccalaureate nursing program must satisfy the same prerequisite course work as do all other applicants. Nursing course work will be evaluated for equivalency with the UIW curriculum. The decision for admission and placement in the program will be considered on an individual basis.

Promotion, Retention, and Graduation

Students must maintain satisfactory standards to progress in the nursing program and must be recommended by nursing faculty for promotion and eligibility to graduate. Requirements are as follows:

A minimum grade of C is required in all nursing courses. In general, satisfactory completion of courses in one semester is required prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters. Nursing courses are taken in sequence according to the recommended curriculum pattern.

Failure to make a minimum grade of C in any required nursing course will prevent the student from progressing in the program. Students who fail one or more courses in the program must make application to the nursing program for retention in the program by a date established each semester. The student’s overall academic achievement will be considered in a decision to be retained or to be placed on enforced withdrawal from the nursing program.

Students who withdraw from one or more nursing courses for any reason must obtain approval from the nursing program should the student wish to resume studies. In many instances, the student will be required to reapply to the program. The student must reapply by the date established each semester. The student’s academic progress as well as other circumstances associated with withdrawal will be considered in a decision to readmit. Students who have been absent from the University for a semester (Fall/Spring) or more must first apply for readmission to the University (see p.78 in the undergraduate bulletin).

As part of the preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), nursing students in their final semester of study in the generic pathway are required to achieve a satisfactory score on a comprehensive diagnostic examination in order to receive approval for graduation.

Health Requirements

Good physical and mental health is essential for study and practice in professional nursing. The faculty reserves the responsibility for admitting and retaining only those students who demonstrate qualities of physical and mental health generally considered to be imperative for professional nursing practice. In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.63, applicants to the nursing program are required to provide proof of a completed health history questionnaire, and the following immunizations prior to admission to nursing classes:

Hepatitis B (#1, #2, #3),
MMR (#1, #2),
Varicella (#1 and #2 or History of Chickenpox),
Tetanus / Diptheria.
TB skin test or chest X-ray.

Additionally, influenza vaccine and a TB skin test are required annually while in the nursing program.
If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations, then a physician’s statement will be required.

Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical agencies. Students must show proof of current health insurance. Students are responsible for reviewing and updating individual health records as they progress in the program. Students must complete the American Heart Association Health Care Provider course in CPR and the American Red Cross First Aid course, and renew as needed.

Special Health Problems / Pregnancy

Students who can successfully combine satisfactory school attendance with pregnancy or with special health problems will not be prohibited from registration in nursing courses. The student must, however, fulfill the same attendance and course requirements as any other student. No special clinical assignments can be made.
Students pursuing nursing must possess visual and hearing acuity, digital dexterity, and motor coordination. They must be able to climb, balance, stoop, and lift / carry up to 50 pounds. Nurses must be able to work quickly under pressure and enjoy working with people.

Insurance Requirements

When admitted to a clinical nursing course, the student is required to be covered by liability insurance. The liability insurance fee is included in nursing course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage.

Other Requirements

Criminal background checks are completed on all students accepted into the nursing program. Drug screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug and criminal background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. The student will pay the cost of the drug and criminal background screening at the time of testing.

A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical and will be required to withdraw from all clinical courses. The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment if recommended by the drug assessment. Any student with a positive drug screen shall be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to courses that have a clinical component. If readmitted to the clinical courses, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen. This testing is done at the student’s expense. If a student has a significant criminal background screen or a current conviction, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. A student may be considered for readmission to the program if the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE) issues a declaratory order stating the individual eligible for initial licensure or license renewal or determines that the individual is eligible to return to practice.

Completion of degree requirements for the B.S.N. does not guarantee licensure as a registered nurse. The Nurse Practice Act for the State of Texas, and the BNE, require that a candidate for licensure posses good professional character. Students are regularly evaluated for good professional character throughout the program of study. Students who do not demonstrate the qualities required by the Nurse Practice Act will not be recommended for licensure. Good professional character includes, but is not limited to, behaviors indicating: honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability and integrity. Students will receive a copy of the BNE rule related to Good Professional Character in the first nursing course. Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Texas is determined by the BNE. Texas law prohibits certain persons from taking the licensure exam and practicing nursing. For example, persons who have been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or engaged in conduct resulting in the revocation of probation imposed pursuant to such a conviction may not be eligible for a license to practice professional nursing. An individual who is concerned about eligibility for licensure may apply to the BNE to have the case reviewed. See the BSN Program Chair for assistance or contact the BNE directly.

The RN-BSN Degree Completion Program (Alternate Pathway)

The Alternate Pathway is designed for the student entering the nursing program with at least six months of experience as a registered nurse. The Alternate Pathway program is part of the School of Extended Studies and operates according to its policies and schedule. Tuition is reduced and all courses are taught in the evening in accelerated eight-week terms. Students generally take 6 credit hours each term and the nursing courses may be completed in one calendar year. The length of time to complete the program will depend on the number of courses the student needs to complete the core requirements. Previous education and clinical expertise are recognized through the opportunity to earn credit by validation and direct transfer of credit from equivalent courses from regionally accredited institutions. Students interested in the Alternate Pathway should apply directly to the School of Extended Studies

Registered nurses will receive 30 hours advanced placement credit for prior nursing education after successful validation of prior learning. Validation of prior nursing knowledge is carried out either by testing or by the evaluation of work completed in the first nursing course, Professional Nursing Role. Registered Nurses will be able to enter the Alternate Pathway without validation testing if the following conditions are met:

The registered nurse graduated from a Texas nursing education program accredited by the Board of Nurse
Examiners (BNE) or

The registered nurse graduated from a nursing education program accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The individual has graduated within the past two years or has recent work experience as a registered nurse. If
a nurse has graduated more than 2 years prior to admission to the Alternate Pathway, work experience or an
approved refresher course or equivalent will be required.

Registered nurses who graduated from schools that were not NLNAC accredited must validate prior
knowledge by testing.

RN-MSN option: This option is designed for registered nurses whose career goals will be enhanced by graduate study. Registered Nurses who complete the Alternate Pathway with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 may be admitted directly into the MSN upon the recommendation of two Alternate Pathway faculty. Students will have 9 hours of the MSN waived (Health Policy, Nursing Leadership, and Research I). Alternate Pathway students who are inducted into the Nursing Honor Society will have the Graduate Record Exam waived and may be eligible for tuition discount for the first 9 hours of the MSN program.

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