Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Traditional Track

The BSN - traditional track is a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program.  The program will prepare the graduate for professional nursing practice and eligibility to take the registered nurse licensure examination.

The BSN traditional track requres 120 semester credit hours (SCH).

  • 61 SCH in prerequisite and core courses
  • 59 SCH in nurshing courses

Students must complete the prerequisite and core coursework within 3 SCH prior to being accepted into the nursing program.

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing and the Master's Degree in Nursing at Texas A&M-Texarkana are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Traditional Track  Degree Requirements

Major Requirements 1
General Education Requirements
HSCI 1323Nutrition and Health3
NURS 322Professional Concepts2
NURS 331Pathophysiology3
NURS 334Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 333Pharmacology in Nursing3
NURS 336Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 357Mental Health Nursing5
NURS 365Fundamentals of Nursing Practice6
NURS 368Adult Health Nursing I6
NURS 426Issues in Professional Nursing2
NURS 431Nursing Care of the Older Adult3
NURS 455Community Health Nursing5
NURS 462Adult Health Nursing II6
NURS 463Maternal Child Health6
NURS 464Leadership and Management in Nursing6
Other Requirements
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (Lab)1
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2301General Psychology 23
Support Courses
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy and Physiology I 24
BIOL 2402Human Anatomy and Physiology II 24
BIOL 2405Introduction to Microbiology4
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
Electives
Take as needed to meet minimum degree requirements
Minimum Hours for Degree120
1

 Upper Division Courses in Major must be completed with a grade of C or higher

2

 Satisfies Core Curriculum

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Undergraduate Courses in Nursing

HSCI 1323. Nutrition and Health. 3 Hours.

This course will emphasize the role of nutrition in health promotion and maintenance. Sources and roles of nutrients and the processes of ingestion, digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients provide the foundation of the course. The student will perform a nutritional assessment and apply nutritional guidelines and food safety to self and others and analyze nutritional facts and myths. Cultural, religious and ethnic differences, age-related nutritional needs, and an examination of nutrition myths will be integrated. The course will include an introduction to clinical nutrition.

NURS 322. Professional Concepts. 2 Hours.

This course will provide the student an introduction to the concepts and competencies basic to professional nursing practice. The development of professional nursing will be examined from historical and contemporary perspectives and philosophical and theoretical foundations. Selected concepts pertinent to the practice of professional nursing will be explored. Prerequisite: Provisional admission to the nursing program.

NURS 331. Pathophysiology. 3 Hours.

The course will focus on the pathology, pathophysiology, etiology, and symptomatology of common diseases from a cellular, system, and multi-system perspective. The student will consider the influence of genetics, environment, and cultural influences on the development of pathophysiology. Prerequisite: Provisional admission to the nursing program.

NURS 333. Pharmacology in Nursing. 3 Hours.

The emphasis of this course is to prepare the nurse to administer drugs safely using key pharmacological concepts, knowledge or prototypes, and drug calculation skills within the framework of the nursing process and the regulartory environment. Prerequisite: NURS 331 and NURS 322.

NURS 334. Health Assessment Across the Lifespan. 3 Hours.

The student will develop the knowledge and skill to perform a holistic health history and health assessment of individuals. The emphasis will be on the differentiation of normal findings from abnormal findings. The student will practice skills in the laboratory. Prerequisite: NURS 331 and NURS 322. Corequisite: NURS 365.

NURS 336. Evidence Based Practice. 3 Hours.

The student will develop a beginning approach of basing nursing practice on evidence. The student will learn to locate, assimilate, and analyze evidence, determining the appropriateness of the evidence for current clinical practice. The student will engage the patient and/or family in decision-making related to care. An emphasis on legalities and ethics of research will be threaded throughout. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 365.

NURS 357. Mental Health Nursing. 5 Hours.

This course prepares the student to apply evidence based approaches and knowledge of human behavior while promoting mental health issues in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on the following concepts: therapeutic communication skills, therapeutic use of self, cultural care, ethical and legal influences, and principles of quality and safety. The impact of health care policy and legislation in the provision of mental health nursing will be explored. Prerequisite: NURS 365.

NURS 365. Fundamentals of Nursing Practice. 6 Hours.

Students are introduced to the direct care of adult patients through application of the concepts of caring, critical thinking, and professional standards of practice. Principles of safety, infection control, psychosocial care concepts, and physical care concepts form the foundation of nursing interactions and interventions and the development of basic nursing skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Beginning principles of priority setting are incorporated. Prerequisite: NURS 331 and NURS 322. Corequisite: NURS 333 and NURS 334.

NURS 368. Adult Health Nursing I. 6 Hours.

Students are introduced to the direct care of adult patients through application of the concepts of care, critical thinking, and professional standards of practice. Principles of safety, infection control, psychosocial care concepts, and physical care concepts form the foundation of nursing interactions and interventions and the development of basic nursing skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Beginning principles of priority setting are incorporated. Prerequisite: NURS 365.

NURS 426. Issues in Professional Nursing. 2 Hours.

This course will emphasize the synthesis of the professional role of the registered nurse, including critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the application of professional values, ethics and legalities, health policy and regulations, evidence-based practice, and commitment to life-long learning. Current trends and issues within the profession will be discussed. Principles of collaborative care, health disparities, cultural and ethnic differences, genetics, ethics and legal aspects of care, cost, and safety are threaded throughout the course. Prerequisite: NURS 462, NURS 463, and NURS 431. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 464 and NURS 455.

NURS 431. Nursing Care of the Older Adult. 3 Hours.

The emphasis in this course is on individualizing care to maximize health and adapt to chronic diseases of the older adult, support of caregivers, and coping with grief, loss, death, and dying. The professional role of the nurse is considered from the perspective of ethics/legalities, interprofessional collaboration, transitional care, and policy and regulations. The content is designed in the context of the Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies for Nursing Care of Older Adults by the AACN and the John A Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing. Prerequisite: NURS 368.

NURS 455. Community Health Nursing. 5 Hours.

This course introduces concepts of community health utilizing the population focused nursing process. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management in selected commnity settings. Principles of collaborative care, health disparities, cultural and ethnic differences, genetics, ethics and legal aspects of care, cost, and safety are threaded throughout the course. Prerequisite: NURS 462, NURS 463, and NURS 431.

NURS 462. Adult Health Nursing II. 6 Hours.

Building upon previously developed adult health knowledge and skills, the student plans, prioritizes, implements, and evaluates culturally appropriate, safe, and quality nursing care of adults with complex health problems. Principles of collaborative care, health disparities, cultural and ethnic differences, genetics, ethics and legal aspects of care, cost, and safety are threaded throughout the course. Prerequisite: NURS 368.

NURS 463. Maternal Child Health. 6 Hours.

This course focuses on the nursing care of childbearing women, children, and families. Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking skills to develop safe, evidence-based care that promotes, maintains, and restores health for women, children, and their families. Principles of collaborative care, health disparities, cultural and ethnic differences, genetics, ethics and legal aspects of care, cost, and safety are threaded throughout the course. Prerequisite: NURS 368.

NURS 464. Leadership and Management in Nursing. 6 Hours.

In this course the student is introduced to the process of leadership and management of human, information, and material resources to achieve safe, quality patient care. Emphasis is placed on delegation, supervision, and evaluation of care provided by others. Prerequisite: NURS 462, NURS 463, and NURS 431.

NURS 489. Individual Study. 1-5 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

NURS 497. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

NURS 499. Undergraduate Independent Research. 1-6 Hours.

This course is an independent reseach in Nursing conducted by a student under the guidance of a doctorally prepared Nursing faculty member of his or her choice. The student may conduct research in the clinical practice area and assist with literature searches, data gathering, data entry and analyses, and dissemination of results. The student is required to maintain a research journal and submit a project by the end of the semester and potentially make an oral presentation on the project. SCH and hours are by arrangement and, with a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: NURS 304 or by instructor consent.

Faculty

Dr. Kathy Missildine, Program Director                                                                                                                                                       Professor                                                                                                                                                                               Email: Kathleen.missildine@tamut.edu

Dr. Heather McKnight                                                                                                                                                                         Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                             Email: heather.mcknight@tamut.edu

Dr. Sheila Moore                                                                                                                                                                                   Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                               Email: smoore1@tamut.edu

Eugenia Sawyer                                                                                                                                                                                         Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                               Email: esawyer@tamut.edu