Nursing

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- RN to BSN Track

The RN to BSN offers an opportunity for a registered nurse with an Associate degree in Nursing to obtain a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. The track provides a seamless articulation to the baccalaureate degree.

The RN to BSN track is designed for the student who has completed an initial course of study that has culminated in RN licensure.  The RN to BSN program builds on that foundation to prepare the student for a baccalaureate level of practice that emphasizes basic leadership skills, scholarship, evidence-based practice and health prevention and promotion in a constantly changing healthcare environment. The graduate is prepared as a generalist with the clinical reasoning skills to care for individuals, families, populations and communities across the lifespan.

RN to BSN Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
Transfer Nursing courses by validation/articulation counted as upper division credits30
NURS 301Professional Nursing Practice3
NURS 302Health Assessment Across the Life Span for the RN3
NURS 304Evidence Based Practice in Nursing for the RN3
NURS 305Professional Nursing Practice with Individuals and Families for the RN4
NURS 403Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice for the RN4
NURS 406Community Health Nursing Practice for the RN5
NURS 407Quality Care and Patient Safety in Professional Nursing Practice for the RN2
NURS 417Pathophysiology for the Registered Nurse3
3sch Approved Upper Division Elective3
Other Requirements
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I (Lab)
4
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
Support Courses
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy and Physiology I 64
BIOL 2402Human Anatomy and Physiology II 64
BIOL 2405Introduction to Microbiology4
Electives
Take as needed to meet minimum degree requirements
Minimum Hours for Degree120
6

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

NURS 301. Professional Nursing Practice. 3 Hours.

The emphasis of the course is on transitioning from technical to professional practice and exploration of the professional practice role. Professional nursing is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives and philosophical and theoretical foundations. The student is introduced to collaborative practice, health policy, health economics, health promotion, informatics, and life-long learning. Prerequisite: None.

NURS 302. Health Assessment Across the Life Span for the RN. 3 Hours.

This course builds on the student's prior knowledge to further develop history taking and physical assessment skills. An emphasis is placed on health and cultural assessment of individuals and families across the life span. Application of critical analysis in situations of health and deviations from health will be explored. Prerequisite: None.

NURS 304. Evidence Based Practice in Nursing for the RN. 3 Hours.

This course provides a foundation of research concepts, types of evidence, and research methods. The student will apply this foundation to framing clinical questions and retrieval and interpretation of research findings. The importance of patient needs and preferences will be stressed in the application of evidence to clinical practice. An emphasis will be placed on the ethical basis and policies for research with human subjects.

NURS 305. Professional Nursing Practice with Individuals and Families for the RN. 4 Hours.

This course will discuss the continuum of care of individuals and families with an emphasis on transition from acute care settings to outpatient care. Nursing care will emphasize a holistic approach in the prevention of disease and promotion of health of individuals and families. SCH 4 [3 SCH didactic: 1 SCH clinical (45 clock hours)]. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 301, NURS 302, and NURS 304.

NURS 403. Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice for the RN. 4 Hours.

This course builds on the foundation of physical and psychological sciences, systems theory, and complexity theory in the development of leadership and management skills. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing real work problems, assessing the work environment, and developing a proposed solution based on evidence. Prerequisite: NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 304, and NURS 305.

NURS 406. Community Health Nursing Practice for the RN. 5 Hours.

This course introduces community-based nursing care of individuals, families, and populations. Issues of health promotion, primary disease prevention, and management of chronic health problems in community settings will be explored. 5 SCH [4 SCH didactic, 1 SCH clinical (90 clinical clock hours)]. Prerequisite: NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 304, and NURS 305.

NURS 407. Quality Care and Patient Safety in Professional Nursing Practice for the RN. 2 Hours.

This course will prepare the student to function as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team to use quality improvement concepts, processes, and outcome measures within various health care settings. The emphasis will be on provision of a safe caring environment for healthcare delivery. SCH 2. Prerequisite: None.

NURS 417. Pathophysiology for the Registered Nurse. 3 Hours.

The focus of this course is to provide the pathophysiological basis for disease processes in adults and children. Central concepts will address symptoms, treatment, and prognosis. This course will focus on the clinical application of findings that underlie pathogenesis and provide a basis for evidence based practice.

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