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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
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 facultys 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.
(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)
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 Universitys 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:
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
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
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.
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:
Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Major
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PEHP)
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.
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
Group C - Developmental Activities
Group D - Rhythmic Activities
Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science:
Requirements for Physical Education Minor:
Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Major:
Sophomore and/or Junior Year
Junior and/or Senior Year
Sport Management (SMHP)
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
Junior and/or Senior Year
NUCLEAR MEDICINE SCIENCE (NMED)
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 ScienceLiterature 3 Second Language 6
Courses in the Major (47 semester hours)
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 students overall academic achievement will be considered in the decision to be retained or to be placed on enforced withdrawal from the nuclear medicine program.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requirements:
Courses in the major (Generic Pathway) 63 semester hours:
Semester One-13 hours
Semester Two-12 hours
Semester Three-12 hours
Semester Four-12 hours
Semester Five-14 hours
Courses in the major (Alternate Pathway) 28 semester hours: (eight week Terms)
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:
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 students overall academic record is considered for admission, including the following criteria:
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 students 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 students 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.
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:
Additionally, influenza vaccine and a TB skin test are required annually while in the nursing program.
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.
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.
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 students 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 students 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:
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.