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.

NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

Department of Human Performance

(Athletic Training, Dimensions of Wellness, Kinesiology, and Sports 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 Kinesiology.

ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION (ATHP)

Program Description

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) 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, industrial settings and other athletic health care settings.

The mission of the program is to prepare graduates who are skilled in the competencies and proficiencies of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council. The program, which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree, prepares the student to meet the requirements of the Board of Certification examination and the State of Texas licensure examination.

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

The UIW Athletic Training Education Program currently is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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 ATEP. Program enrollment 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 to the program director by April 1st. Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for entry into the ATEP:

In addition, a candidate may be required to attend an interview with the selection committee and complete a general knowledge exam of Athletic Training skills.

Selection Criteria

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

Other Requirements after Acceptance

Prior to starting the first clinical course, the student must also complete the following requirements. Students that fail to complete the following may be removed from the program.

Clinical Placements / Internship / Observation Hours

After admission into the ATEP, the student will complete six semesters in the academic, clinical and internship components of the program. Students gain hours in clinical experiences associated with a variety of different populations including genders, varying levels of risk, protective equipment and medical experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings and meet the domains of practice delineated for a certified athletic trainer in the profession.

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 and clinical coordinator 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 ATEP 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. Students should be prepared to present a syllabus from previous institution and have documented proof of completion of competencies and clinical proficiencies. 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 ATEP 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 experiences course:

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. 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 clinical experience course. Acceptable courses include:

Liability and Health Insurance

Students involved in clinical observations or involved in the clinical experience course 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 needlestick coverage. The University offers limited health insurance and needlestick coverage.

Criminal Background Screening

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the ATEP. 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 certification examination and state licensure examination is a continual process. Once accepted into the ATEP, students will begin a series of clinical competency-based modules related to athletic training clinical skills. The athletic training students' clinical preparation for the national certification and state licensure examinations 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 national certification and state licensure 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 ATEP 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 ATEP, students will be evaluated each semester to ensure they are meeting the expectations set by the program. These expectations include:

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Degree

NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

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

 

 

Semester 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

 

Research Methods (PSYC 3384)

3

 

Statistics (PSYC 3381)

3

 

Sociology or Psychology 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

*

Introduction to Athletic Training (ATHP 1310)

3

 

Electives

14

 

Total

85

* Prerequisite to admission to program with a minimum grade of C.

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 hour Computer Literacy course.

Community Service

45 clock hours

Sequence of Courses in the Major (43 credit hours) after acceptance into ATEP.

First Semester Major Courses - 13 hours

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

3310

Pathology of Body Systems

Second Semester Major Courses - 8 hours

ATHP

2170

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences II

ATHP

2315

Evaluation of Injuries and Conditions to the Trunk and Lower Extremities

ATHP

3320/3120

Therapeutic Modalities with Lab

Third Semester Major Courses - 7 hours

ATHP

3170

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences III

ATHP

2320

Evaluation of Injuries and Conditions to the Head, Neck and Upper Extremities

ATHP

2341

Pharmacological Issues in Athletic Training

Fourth Semester Major Courses - 8 hours

ATHP

4170

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences IV

ATHP

3330/3130

Therapeutic Rehabilitation with Lab

ATHP

3340

Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

Fifth Semester Major Courses - 1 hour

ATHP

4190

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences V

Sixth semester Major Courses - 6 hours

ATHP

4388

Internship (can also be taken over summer prior or after senior year)

ATHP

4390

Capstone: Mock Testing

KINESIOLOGY (PEHP)

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 In Kinesioloy

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

4395

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)

This program is a concentration 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 concentration in Sports Management, refer to the Business Administration section of this catalog.

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the Concentration

Sophomore and/or Junior Year

SMHP

3301

Introduction to Sports Management

SMHP

3302

Human Factors in Sports 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)

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.

NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Science

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)

3

* Prerequisite to admission to program with a minimum grade of C.

Courses in the Major (53 semester hours)

Sophomore Year

NMED

4310

Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

NURS

2310

Integrated Health Science I

Junior Year

NMED

4510

Nuclear Cardiology

NMED

3320

Medical Radiation Safety

NMED

4322

Radiopharmacy, Radiochemistry, and Radioimmunoassay

NMED

4341

Radiation Biology / Biophysics

NMED

4311

Instrumentation

NMED

4545

Principles of PET and PET/CT

Senior Year

NMED

3305

Applications of Radionuclides

NMED

4604

Clinical Nuclear Medicine I

NMED

4606

Clinical Nuclear Medicine II

NMED

4312

Molecular Imaging and the Physics of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics

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 core, a student may formally apply to the Nuclear Medicine major. Interested students should contact the department for an application; applications must be received by February 1 for fall admission and September 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 core
  4. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, Math (Pre-calculus and Statistics) and Computer Literacy competency.

Transfer Students

Students that are considering application for admission into the nuclear medicine 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: Nuclear Medicine Program Director, 4301 Broadway-CPO 300, San Antonio, TX 78209. Please note we cannot accept an application without copies of all transcripts.

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 TeD), TB skin test or chest x-ray, and current CPR certification prior to admission into the program. 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 (75) 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.

Clinical Hours

After admission into the program, the student will complete four semesters in the academic and clinical components of the program. The student must document 1288 hours of observation and practice of nuclear medicine imaging skills under the direct supervision of an assigned nuclear medicine preceptor. The program director and clinical coordinator will contact students concerning placement in affiliated settings for observation and practice prior to the assignment.

Eligibility for Professional Practice

Completion of degree requirements for the bachelor's degree does not guarantee state licensure nor national certification as a nuclear medicine technologist. Students are advised to contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (http://www.arrt.org) or Nuclear Medicine Testing Certification Board (http://www.nmtcb.org) 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 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 computer based interactive assessment of their nuclear medicine imaging skills.

Health Requirements for Nuclear Medicine Science

In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, 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

NURSING (NURS)

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" ).

The generic pathway prepares graduates to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Courses are offered on the main campus and are primarily daytime classes. 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.

NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

Core Curriculum and specific nursing requirements:

 

 

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) with Lab

6

*

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

8

*

Microbiology with Lab

4

*

Nutrition

3

*

Computer Literacy

 

 

Applied / Fine Art

3

* Prerequisite to admission to program with a minimum grade of C.

Courses in the major (Generic Pathway) 62 semester hours:

Semester One-12 hours

NURS 2310 Integrated Health Science I

NURS 2420 Nursing Technologies

NURS 2213 Basic Health Assessment

NURS 2312 Nursing and Health

Semester Two-12 hours

NURS 3310 Integrated Health Science II

NURS 3441 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

NURS 3525 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-13 hours

NURS 4551 Nursing in Complex Situations

NURS 4531 Mental Health Nursing

NURS 4322 Research and Issues in Nursing

Semester Five-13 hours

NURS 4288 Nursing Internship

NURS 4562 Community Health Nursing

NURS 4532 Nursing Leadership/Management

NURS 4182 Senior Seminar

Courses in the major (Alternate Pathway) 29 semester hours: (eight week Terms) 28 hours

Term I

NURS 3512 Professional Nursing Role

Term II

NURS 3441 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 (Generic Program)

Prospective students may apply to the generic (basic) nursing program each semester. Applicants must have been accepted to the university or have a UIW application in process by February 1st-Fall admission, September 1st-Spring admission. All prospective applicants should contact the School of Nursing and Health Professions directly (210-283-5093) to inform the program of intent to apply and schedule an interview before the program deadline

Nursing program applications must be completed by February 1st-Fall admission or September 1st-Spring admission. The applicant must have:

1. Submitted official copies of transcripts of all schools attended directly to the School of Nursing and Health Professions

2. Submitted a record of current enrollment

3. Completed the designated admissions test(s)

4. Submitted a record of completed Hepatitis B immunization (or a plan to complete by program enrollment date)

5. completed a background check as designated by the program

At the time of program application, the applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in all courses designated as prerequisite to admission:

Admission to the nursing program may be limited based on the availability of qualified faculty and clinical practice sites. Acceptance is primarily based on academic performance. The applicant's overall academic record is considered in admission decisions. Criteria include:

1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all course work to date. More favorable consideration will be given to applicants with higher GPAs.

2. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in science courses. This includes all biology, chemistry and nutrition courses.

3. Scores on the nursing admissions test(s) may also be considered in admission decisions.

Fulfillment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students must also have completed the designated prerequisite courses, the designated health requirements and a background check in order to enroll in the program.

Students applying to transfer from another baccalaureate nursing program must satisfy the same prerequisite course work as do all other applicants. Students must also meet the same standards for progression as do students enrolled in the UIW nursing program. This means that applicants must be in good academic standing and eligible to continue in the original nursing program. Prior nursing course work will be evaluated for equivalency with the UIW curriculum. Placement in the program will be determined on an individual basis.

Admission Requirements (RN-BSN pathway)

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).

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.

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:

To remain in the program after retention the student must:

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 completed immunizations, CPR (Health Provider) certification, and First Aid certification prior to enrollment in nursing classes. Current immunization and certification is also required for continued enrollment in the program. Students are required to maintain up-to-date records at the UIW Health Services Office. They are also responsible for providing evidence of this record upon request from the appropriate program director. The Health Services Office will help the student determine what immunizations are complete and when further immunizations are due. Specific requirements include:

Hepatitis B (Completed series-3-due upon program entry. May take up to 7 months to complete series)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses, due upon program entry)

Varicella (2 doses-or history of Chickenpox due upon program entry)

Tetanus / Diptheria (current, due upon program entry)

Influenza (due annually in Fall)

TB skin test or alternate medical recommendation (due upon entry and then annually)

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider

American Red Cross Professional Rescuer

Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical agencies. Students must show proof of current health insurance and needlestick injury coverage.

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).

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.

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.