Undergraduate Catalog 2005-07

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

FEIK SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Department of Human Performance
Athletic Training (ATHP)
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, Kinesiology, 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 (ATHP)
[Course Descriptions]

Program Description

The Athletic Training Education 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. An athletic trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of the health care problems associated with exercise and sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other health care professionals, the athletic trainer functions as a member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic health care settings.

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at UIW is to prepare graduates who are skilled in the competencies and proficiencies of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Education Council. The program, which leads to the B.S. degree, prepares the student to meet the requirements of
the NATA Board of Certification examination and the State of Texas licensure examination.

The NATA Education Council identifies twelve athletic training educational competency and proficiency domains in which to prepare the athletic training
student:

Risk Management and Injury Prevention
Pathology of Injuries and Illness
Assessment and Evaluation
Acute Care of Injury and Illness
Pharmacology
Therapeutic Modalities
Therapeutic Exercise
General Medical Condition and Disabilities
Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
Health Care Administration

The UIW Athletic Training Education Program currently is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs.

Admission Requirements

All students who plan a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training must first be accepted for admission to the University. Applicants then apply to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). Enrollment in the ATEP is limited by the availability of faculty and clinical field experiences, therefore admission is competitive.

Applicants will apply to the ATEP during the semester in which the prerequisites will be completed. Applications to the ATEP are due by April 1st. Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit:

1. A completed application form with three references and essay
2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
3. In addition, a candidate may be required to attend an interview with
the selection committee
4. Completion of general knowledge exam of athletic training skills

To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:

Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C
BIOL 2321/2121: Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 2322/2122: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
ATHP 1310: Introduction to Athletic Training
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid courses
Completion of at least 50 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer
Completion of required immunizations (see below)
Completion of criminal background screen (see below)

Clinical Placements / Observation Hours

After admission into the Athletic Training Education Program, the student will complete six semesters in both the academic and clinical components of the program. To meet the requirements of the Board of Certification and Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, the student must document 1800 hours of observation and practice of athletic training skills under the direction supervision of an assigned
athletic trainer or a medical professional serving as a clinical instructor. Certain field experiences will be required prior to the first day of class, during weekends and university breaks. The program director will contact students concerning placement in affiliated settings for observation and practice prior to the assignment.

Transfer Students

Students that are considering application for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program from another university or college must first be admitted into the University. Along with the application, transfer students must submit TWO copies of transcripts of ALL UNIVERSITY WORK. Send one set to the UIW Admissions Office. Send the second set of transcripts to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Attn: Athletic Training Education Program Director, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Please note we cannot accept an application without copies of all transcripts.

Students transferring from another baccalaureate athletic training education program must satisfy the same prerequisite and major course work, as do all other applicants. All athletic training course work will be evaluated for equivalency with the UIW curriculum. The decision for admission, transfer credit for previous athletic training courses and placement in the program will be considered on an individual basis.

Health Requirements / Immunizations

In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants to the athletic training program are required to provide proof of a physical examination (for admission and annually thereafter) and the following immunizations prior to admission to the first clinical course:

Hepatitis B (#1, #2, #3)
MM (#1, #2)
Tetanus / Diphtheria
Varicella (#1 and #2 or history of Chickenpox)
TB skin test or chest X-Ray (required annually while in the program)
Influenza vaccine (required annually while in the program)

If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations a physician’s statement will be required. Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical affiliations.

CPR and First Aid

Students must show evidence of having completed the Health Care Provider course in CPR and a general First Aid course from either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. This requirement is
necessary for all students prior to entering the athletic training program, and then annually thereafter. Evidence of completion or re-certification must be give to the program director prior to attendance of field experience.

Liability and Health Insurance

Athletic Training Education Students are 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 and needlesstick coverage. The University offers limited health insurance and needlestick coverage.

Criminal Background Screening

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the athletic training education program. The School will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. Students pay expenses related to all screening. A
student with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for athletic training courses until the student receives a declaratory order from the regulating board stating their eligibility for licensure or certification to practice.

Drug Screening

Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing.

A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses. The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment. Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a
minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to clinical courses. If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen. This testing is at the student’s expense.

Eligibility for Professional Practice

Completion of degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree does not guarantee state licensure or national certification as an athletic trainer. Students are advised to contact the Board of Certification and Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers concerning their eligibility of professional practice. Prior to practice, the individual must complete an application and pay required fees according to current policies and procedures of the regulatory board. The application process has various sections that require notarized documentation of information for the individual, university and the Athletic Training Education Program Director. Students are advised to plan ahead and identify key dates and requirements that are required as part of the regulatory process. As part of the initial regulatory process, students must successfully complete an oral practical and written assessment of their athletic training skills.

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 ATHP 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.

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 Education 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.

Promotion / Retention / Graduation Requirements

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

The student must complete a physical examination from a qualified physician or medical practitioner using the form provided at the time of admission to the program. Each year the student is required to submit their physical examination with updated immunizations.

The student must have completed at least 300 hours of observation or practice under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

Maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If a students overall GPA falls below a 2.5, 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 Athletic Training Program Director. Failure to fulfill the academic probation contract and/or earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or better may result in the student’s dismissal from the Athletic Training program.

Adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in the “Athletic Training Student Handbook.”

The student must earn favorable mid-term and final evaluations from the assigned clinical Instructor. The evaluations serve to measure not only the student knowledge and acquired skill application but also attributes including dependability, reliability, initiative, adherence to published policies & procedures, and acceptance of responsibility.

Core Curriculum and Specific Athletic Training Education Requirements (85 credit hours):

English (Rhetoric) 6
Wellness Development 2
Kinesiology Activity course 1
Introduction to Philosophy 3
Religious Studies 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Literature 3
Fine or Applied Arts 3
Second Language 6
Mathematics (College Algebra or above) 3
* Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (I & II) 8
History 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Statistics (PSYC 3381) 3
Sociology of Sport 3
Theory of Movement Forms (PEHP 3350) 3
Fundamentals of Human Performance (PEHP 4333) 3
Introduction to Nutrition (NUTR 2341) 3
Nutrition for Human Performance (NUTR 4356) 3
Research Methods (PSYC 3384) 3
* Introduction to Athletic Training (ATHP 1310) 3
Electives 14
Total 85

Computer Literacy (By the end of the second semester at UIW, or upon admission to the ATEP students must successfully test for computer literacy competence or complete a 3 hr Computer Literacy course.)

Community Service 45 clock hours

* PRE-REQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Major (43 credit hours)

  1. First semester
    ATHP 1170 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences I
    ATHP 2301 Emergency and Medical Aspects In Athletic Training
    ATHP 2305 Functional Anatomy and Muscle Testing
    ATHP 2310 Orthopedic Injuries and Athletic Conditions
    ATHP 2341 Pharmacological Issues In Athletic Training
  2. Second semester
    ATHP 2170 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences II
    ATHP 2315 Evaluation of Injuries and Conditions to the Trunk and Lower Extremities
    ATHP 3310 Pathology of Body Systems
    ATHP 3340 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
  3. Third semester
    ATHP 3170 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences III
    ATHP 2320 Evaluation of Injuries and Conditions to the Head, Neck and Upper Extremities
    ATHP 3320/3120 Therapeutic Modalities with Lab
  4. Fourth semester
    ATHP 4170 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences IV
    ATHP 3330/3130 Therapeutic Rehabilitation with Lab
  5. Fifth semester
    ATHP 4190 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences V
  6. Sixth semester
    ATHP 4388 Internship
    ATHP 4390 Capstone: Mock Testing

KINESIOLOGY
[Course Descriptions]

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for three career paths. Graduates can prepare to teach physical education in Elementary or Secondary schools. Graduates may also prepare for work in the private sector, in camps or in fitness centers by choosing a non-certification or
personal trainer concentration. 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 Kinesiology selections. 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 Kinesiology activity courses. Students enrolled in Kinesiology 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
1102 Badminton
1103 Bowling
1104 Golf
1143 Fencing
1129 Racquetball
1133 Beginning Tennis
1134 Intermediate Tennis
1138 Badminton/Racquetball
1143 Fencing
1144 Racket Sport

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:

Core Requirements for Kinesiology: (taken by all concentrations)
38 semester hours in Kinesiology 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 3350 Theory of Movement Forms: Analysis and Construction
PEHP 3371 Care and Prevention of Injuries
PEHP 3410 Motor and Fitness Development for Adolescents
PEHP 4301 Principles of Human Movement
PEHP 4333 Fundamentals of Human Performance
PEHP 4345 Psychomotor Development: Educational Implications
BIOL 2321/2121 and 2322/2122 Anatomy & Physiology I & II w/ labs (taken in the UIW core)

Concentration: All-Level Physical Education Certification
Kinesiology core (see above)
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

Plus: Teacher Certification Courses as described in Dreeben School of Education section of this bulletin.

Concentration: Non-Certification Physical Education
Kinesiology core (see above)

PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, and Health
PEHP 4399 Practical Experience
SMHP 3301 Introduction to Sport Management
SMHP 3302 Human Factors In Sport Management
SOCI 3350 Sociology of Sport
PSYC 2370 Child and Adolescent Development
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

Concentration: Personal Trainer
Kinesiology core (see above)

PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, and Health
PEHP 4399 Practical Experience
SMHP 3301 Introduction to Sport Management
SMHP 3302 Human Factors In Sport Management
SOCI 3350 Sociology of Sport
NUTR 2341 Introduction to Nutrition
NUTR 4356 Nutrition and Human Performance
PEHP 1112 Gymnastics
PEHP 1113 Physical Conditioning
PEHP 1114 Weight Training
PEHP 1127 Aerobic Dance
PEHP 1139 Yoga
PEHP 1118 Beginning Swimming

Requirements for Kinesiology 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:

First 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.

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]

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

Core Curriculum and specific Nuclear Medicine requirements:

Core Curriculum and specific Nuclear Medicine requirements: Semester Hours
*English (Rhetoric) 6
Literature 3
Applied / Fine Art 3
History 3
Social Science 3
Religion and Philosophy (one course in ethics) 9
Second Language 6
Dimensions of Wellness 2
Kinesiology Activity Course 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 4341 Radiation Biology / Biophysics
NURS 2310 Integrated Health Science I

Senior Year

NMED 4311 Molecular Imaging and the Physics of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics I
NMED 4345 Principles of PET and PET/CT
NMED 4604 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I
NMED 4606 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II
NMED 4312 Molecular Imaging and the Physics of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics II
NMED 4350 Disaster Management and the Nuclear Medicine Technologist
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. Interested students should contact the department for an application; applications must be received by March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. To be eligible, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. A 2.50 cumulative GPA with a 2.50 GPA in science courses
  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);
  6. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, 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, MM and TeD), 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.

Other Requirements

Criminal Background Screening

Criminal background screening is completed on all students accepted into the nuclear medicine program. The School will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. Students pay expenses related to all screening. A student with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for nuclear medicine courses until a “Preapplication Review of Eligibility” is filed with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The review of eligibility process may take approximately 6 months and is filed at the student’s expense and is entirely the responsibility of the student to provide required documentation of all criminal proceedings, charges and convictions. If approved, the ARRT will issue a declaratory order stating the individual is eligible for initial licensure or license renewal or determine that the individual is eligible to return to practice.

Drug Screening

Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing. A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses. The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment. Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to clinical courses. If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen. This testing is at the student's expense.

Insurance Requirements

When admitted to the clinical nuclear medicine program, 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 and needle stick injury coverage. The University offers limited health and needle stick insurance coverage.

Progression / Retention / Graduation

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 withdrawel from the nuclear medicine program.

NURSING (NURS)
[Course Descriptions]

The Nursing program offers an accredited curriculum in nursing leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program offers two pathways for the BSN: a generic pathway for students wishing to become registered nurses, and an accelerated pathway for registered nurses who wish to earn a BSN (RN-BSN: "ADCaP" RN).

The generic pathway prepares graduates to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse. The RN-BSN pathway is designed to provide the practicing registered nurse who has earned the diploma or Associate Degree with additional knowledge and skills of the BSN. RN-BSN courses are taught in the evening in eight-week terms that permit the student to continue working while attending classes. The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas approves the generic pathway. Both pathways are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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
Kinesiology activity course (waived for RNs) 1
*Introduction to Psychology 3
*Adult Development 3
*Child Development 3
(Lifespan Development may be substituted for above development courses)  
Mathematics (Statistics) 3
*Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry) 6
*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 have successfully tested for computer literacy competence or completed a 3 hr Computer Literacy course.) 3

*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. Applicants should contact the nursing department (210-829-6029) for an advisor appointment.

Students who plan to follow the RN-BSN pathway should apply directly to the School of Extended Studies (210-829-3889) and then contact the RN-BSN faculty advisor, Dr. Sarah Williams (210-829-6092).

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.
  3. Placement test results (if required).
  4. Documentation of computer literacy.

In addition, a candidate may be required to submit letters of recommendation or to attend an interview.

The RN-BSN 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 may be 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. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in science courses.
  4. Completion of required immunizations (see below).
  5. Criminal background screen (see below).

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 (75) 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.

A student who withdraws or receives a final grade of D or F in a nursing course for the first time will be allowed to repeat the course after formal review by the Student Affairs Committee. The committee will consider all of the following in rendering a decision:

  • Recommendation of course faculty
  • Academic performance in other courses
  • Space availability in the course

To remain in the program after retention the student must:

  • Adhere to the UIW student code
  • Demonstrate a pattern of safe clinical practice commensurate with the educational experience
  • Demonstrate acceptable behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses
  • Comply with the directives in the letter of retention

Ineligibility for Continuation in the Program

A student who receives two grades of D or F or two withdrawals in nursing courses or a combination of D or F and a withdrawal will not be eligible for continuation, even if the student has already repeated one of the courses and received a grade of C or above.

Appeals

Upon notification of ineligibility to continue in the nursing program, the student may appeal the decision be addressing a letter to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Such correspondence should specify the reasons for the appeal and relevant new information for the purposes of the appeal. In addition to the letter an Application for Appeal Form with faculty recommendations must be included as an attachment. The Dean will determine if the appeal merits review by the Student Affairs Committee.

NCLEX-RN Preparation

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 97.64, 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, 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 and needlestick injury coverage. 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.

Other Requirements

Criminal Background Screening

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the nursing program. The school will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school. Students pay expenses related to all screening. A student with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for nursing courses until the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE) issues a declaratory order stating the individual is eligible for initial licensure or license renewal or determines that the individual is eligible to return to practice. The criminal background screen (FBI screen) will be repeated in the senior year when the student applies for the licensing exam.

Eligibility for Licensure

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 Board of Nurse Examiners (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.

Applicants who answer "yes" to any of the following questions MUST contact the Board of Nurse Examiners and file a petition for a declaratory order (an order which indicates the candidate will be eligible for a nursing license).

  • Have you ever been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court, plead guilty, no contest or nonocontender to any crime in any state, territory or country, whether or not a sentence was impsed, including any pending criminal charges or unresolved arrest (excluding minor traffic violations)? This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt. Please note that DUI's, DWI's, PI's must be reported and are not considered minor traffic violations. (One time minor in possession [MIP] or minor in consumption [MIC] do not need to be disclosed, therefore, you may answer "NO." If you have two or more MIP's or MIC's, you must answer "YES.")
  • Do you have any criminal charges pending, including unresolved arrests?
  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certification held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Within the past five years, have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?*
  • Within the past five years, have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?*
  • If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, you may answer "NO" to questions #4 and #5.

Drug Screening

Drug screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug and 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 screening at the time of testing.

A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in 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 clinical courses. If readmitted, 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.

Liability and Health Insurance

Students are required to be covered by liability insurance. The insurance fee is included in nursing course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance and needlestick injury coverage.

CPR and First Aid

Students must show evidence of having completed the Health Care Provider course in CPR. This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the nursing program, and then renewed appropriately. Evidence of CPR certification must be submitted on the first day of classes each semester.

Students must show evidence of having completed a Red Cross course in First Aid prior to beginning nursing coursework.

The RN-BSN Pathway

The RN-BSN Pathway is designed for the student entering the nursing program with at least six months of experience as a registered nurse. The RN-BSN Pathway program operates according to the policies and schedule of the School of Extended Studies. 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 RN-BSN Pathway should apply directly to the School of Extended Studies (210-829-3889) and contact the nursing advisor, Dr. Sarah Williams, at 210-829-6092.

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 RN-BSN 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), or

The individual 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.

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