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2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Major, BSN


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Program Description

The Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University is a national premier nursing school based on excellence in education, research, and public service, as well as diversity in student population and program offerings. Consistent with the WSSU mission and the mission of the School of Health Sciences, the division provides professional nursing education that prepares a baccalaureate degree nurse generalist. The undergraduate curriculum provides experiences needed for students to develop effective communication and critical thinking skills while executing therapeutic intervention, health promotion and disease prevention, and evidence-base practice strategies. These experiences include theory, clinical practicums and public service essential for delivery of professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations.

Prior learning experiences are considered in the criteria for admission of a student population diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, academic levels, life experiences and health care experiences. The Division provides an environment conducive to personal and professional growth and lifelong learning for students and faculty. Faculty and students engage in mutually beneficial relationships with the community and other health care providers in ways that complement the nursing division’s educational mission. These experiences foster the impartation of values such as kindness, compassion, justice, loyalty and also cultural competence and sensitivity.

Student Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate program prepares a graduate who will:

  1. Use critical thinking and technology in synthesizing knowledge from the biological, physical and behavioral sciences, the humanities and nursing in making nursing practice decisions about clients of all ages from diverse and multicultural societies.
  2. Utilize the nursing process and patient centered care to promote wellness through illness prevention, supportive and restorative care.
  3. Perform nursing roles of caregiver, teacher/counselor, collaborator, client advocate, leader/manager, designer and research consumer to enhance the quality of client care.
  4. Implement effective verbal, written and computerized communication techniques with clients and other health care providers to promote a culturally sensitive holistic approach to health care.
  5. Provide nursing care that recognizes individual dignity and worth as well as rights and responsibilities with regard to quality of life issues and participation in decisions affecting well-being.
  6. Integrate ethics, caring and safe nursing practice in providing accessible and cost-effective health care for persons, families, groups and communities in all economic levels.
  7. Implement evidence-based practice through interpretation, utilization, and participation in research.
  8. Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability in the practice of nursing.
  9. Assume responsibility for continuing professional and personal growth.

General Education Requirements

A total of 60 general education courses that meet WSSU’s general education requirements for transfer students are needed. All students should have at least one course (3 semester hours) in each of the seven general education Areas of Knowledge - Culture and Foreign Language, History, Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Fine Arts (minimum of 21 semester hours). For additional information regarding general education courses access the transfer student tab at the following link.

https://www.wssu.edu/academics/general-education/general-education-requirements.html

Major Requirements

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Students must meet specific admission criteria and must apply for admission to the upper division of the major. Meeting the minimal admission criteria as listed below, does not guarantee admission into the Upper Division of Nursing.

Minimum Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Students (pre licensure)

  • Cumulative GPA 2.6 or better
  • Verbal/Critical Reading SAT score 470 if taken prior to March 2016; 500 if taken after March 2016 or ACT English score 19
  • Grade of C or better in lower division nursing course and nursing pre-requisite courses on the first attempt.
  • Satisfactory completion of  core curriculum in general education and pre-requisite course requirements.

Priority admission will be given to students with a grade of “C” or better in required life or physical science courses on the first attempt. A student who receives a failing grade in 2 or more required life or physical science course will be denied admission. Only required science courses taken within the past 7 years will be considered.

Admission Criteria for Candidates seeking entry for the RN to BSN (post licensure) option require:

  • Unrestricted and active NC RN license
  • Completion of prerequisite courses:
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (6 credits)
    • 8 hours required in the sciences with at least 5 credit hours in Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Science courses for the RN- BSN have no expiration date.  
  • Successful completion of NCLEX
  • A minimum of 51 hours of transferable credit in courses that are considered outside the nursing major

Effective February 1, 2022 Admission for Undergraduate Students (pre-licensure)

  • Satisfactory completion of core curriculum in general education and pre-requisite course requirements (See WSSU Catalog for more information)
  • A grade of C or better in the lower division nursing course (NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing) and all pre-requisite courses on the first attempt.
    • NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing  cannot be transferred. Course can only be taken at WSSU. *Applicants applying to the ABSN option, will not need to take this course prior to the nursing program. Accepted ABSN applicants will complete this course during the nursing program.
    • All science courses must have been taken within the past 7 years at the time of submitting the application.
    • A student who receives a failing grade in 2 or more required life or physical science course attempts will be denied admission.
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.8
  • Minimum Science GPA 2.8
  • ATI TEAS test score
  • Personal Statement
  • Two recommendations

For detailed information about admissions criteria, please visit the Holistic Admission Process.

Courses 

Nursing Pre-requisites

One nursing course and six non-nursing courses are required. These courses must be successfully completed prior to Spring admission into the option with a grade C or better. The 22 credit hours earned from the six non-­ nursing courses will count towards the required 60 general education hours.

Nursing Pre-Requisites

(non-nursing courses)

BIO 1313 - General Biology I  is a prerequisites for all biology courses.

Community College Course Equivalent

Area of Knowledge Fulfilled

*BIO 2311 - Anatomy and Physiology I   

and

 BIO 2111 - Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory   

BIO 168 must include lab

Natural Science

*BIO 2312 - Anatomy and Physiology II   

and

 BIO 2112 - Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory   

BIO 169 must include lab

Natural Science

*BIO 1331 - General Microbiology  

and 

BIO 1131 - General Microbiology Laboratory  

BIO 275 or BIO 175

must include lab

Natural Science

*CHE 1311 - General Chemistry for Health Sciences Majors   

and

CHE 1111 - General Chemistry for Health Sciences Majors Laboratory   

CHM 151 and 151a

or

CHM 131 and CHM 131a

Natural Science

MAT 2326 - Elementary Statistics   

or 

SOC 2326 - Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences   

or

GER 2326 - Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences  

or

PSY 2326 - Statistics for Social and Behavioral Science  

MAT 152

Mathematics

PSY 2336 - Lifespan Development  

PSY 241

Behavior Sciences

NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing  

*Course is offered Fall and Spring semesters; however, students must meet certain course requirements. Review the course pre-requisite requirements prior to registering for the course 

None

*Course cannot be transferred from any other college or university

None

 

Total General Education Hours 22 hrs Meets 3 of the 7

  

BSN

 Plan of Study

The pre-licensure BSN curriculum for WSSU generic students consists of the General Education Core requirements for Winston-Salem State University, pre-requisite courses for the nursing major and the nursing courses.

Students entering WSSU as first time freshmen will be guided by faculty advisors through the General Education Core and pre-requisites. Transfer students will be advised by the Professional Advisors after acceptance to WSSU. The Division of Nursing will share information related to nursing pre-requisites and Upper Division admission requirements.

The application period for the Traditional option is October 15 – January 31 each year. If students are accepted, the program will begin the following summer semester. Students are notified via email by mid-March regarding admission decisions.

Freshman

Fall Semester

Semester Hours

(SH)

 

Freshman

Spring Semester

Semester

Hours (SH)

General Education 15  

General Education /

NUR pre-requisites

14-17
Total 15   Total 17
         

Sophomore

Fall Semester

   

Sophomore

Spring Semester

 
General Education  9-12   General Education  6-9
NUR pre-requisites 3-7   NUR pre-requisites 4-7
         
Total 15-16   Total 15-16
         
Summer Semester
NUR 3316 - Pharmacology for Nurses     3
NUR 3314 - Clinical Nursing Foundation    3
NUR 3312 - Health Assessment   3
Total 9
   
Junior Fall Semester     Junior Spring Semester  

NUR 3102 - Adult Health Nursing I  

or

NUR 3502 - Child Health Nursing  /

NUR 3511 - Mental Health Nursing   

10  

NUR 3502 - Child Health Nursing 

NUR 3511 - Mental Health Nursing  

or  

NUR 3102 - Adult Health Nursing I  

10
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses   3   NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3
NUR 3117 - Clinical Reasoning   1      
Total 14   Total 13
         
Senior Fall Semester     Senior Spring Semester  

NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing  /   

NUR 4511 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing   

or

NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II  

10  

NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing  /

NUR 4511 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing   

or

NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II  

10
NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult    2   NUR 4202 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice II   2
NUR 4201 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice I   2   NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3
Total 14   Total 15

 

LPN to BSN Option

Plan of Study

Applicant must possess and maintain an unencumbered, active license as a practical nurse from the state of North Carolina, have 1 year of direct patient care experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of North Carolina, and have worked a minimum of 1,560 hours as a Licensed Practical Nurse within the past calendar year. Employer verification of this employment is required. 

LPNs may challenge NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing  prior to the beginning of the spring term if all admission requirements to the upper division and the LPN-BSN track have been met. If the LPN does not meet requirements or is unsuccessful on the challenge exam, then enrollment in NUR 2313 should occur during the Spring term.

*An LPN-BSN student who has met all admission requirements and has one year of direct patient care experiences as an LPN in North Carolina may earn credit by challenge examination for the course.

** LPNs that have worked 3 of the past 5 years in the direct care of older adults in a geriatric nursing practice setting may earn credit by challenge examination for NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult  upon successful completion of a challenge exam.

The LPN to BSN option is a full-time plan of study. Courses that eligible to be challenged are marked by the asterisks below.

Course Number/Course Title Semester Hours

NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing  *

(May challenge)

3
NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3
NUR 3312 - Health Assessment   3

NUR 3316 - Pharmacology for Nurses *

(May challenge)

3

NUR 3314 - Clinical Nursing Foundation  **

(May challenge)

3
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses   3
NUR 3102 - Adult Health Nursing I   10
NUR 3117 - Clinical Reasoning   1
NUR 3511 - Mental Health Nursing   5
NUR 3502 - Child Health Nursing   5
NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II   10
NUR 4201 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice I   2

NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult **

(May challenge)

2
NUR 4511 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing   5
NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing   5
NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3
NUR 4202 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice II     2

 

Paramedic - BSN

Plan of Study

The path allows students who are paramedics to challenge certain prescribed nursing courses based on their clinical experiences. Course credit is awarded if the paramedic passes the challenge exam(s) and clinical simulation experiences with the prerequisite score(s) and/or skills check-off. Students are given one chance to challenge a course and successfully pass skills check-off. If the student is unsuccessful on the challenge experience, the student must take the course.

The applicant must have a current certification by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services and/or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as EMT-P. The certification must be maintained throughout course of study.

Courses that eligible to be challenged are marked by the asterisks below.

Course Number/ Course Title Semester Hours
NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing   3
NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3

NUR 3316 - Pharmacology for Nurses *

(May challenge)

3

NUR 3312 - Health Assessment *

(May challenge)

3
NUR 3314 - Clinical Nursing Foundation   3
NUR 3102 - Adult Health Nursing I   10
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses  
 
3
NUR 3117 - Clinical Reasoning   1

NUR 3502 - Child Health Nursing *

(May challenge)

5

NUR 4511 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing *

(May challenge)

5
NUR 3511 - Mental Health Nursing   5
NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing   5
NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3
NUR 4201 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice I   2
NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II   10

NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult  

2
NUR 4202 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice II   2

 

Division of Nursing

Accelerated Option Courses

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN) option at WSSU is designed to give individuals who have a conferred bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited university or college, an opportunity to complete the BSN program in 13 months. The ABSN option is a full-time plan of study. Students are highly encouraged not to work during their matriculation in the program.

Individuals interested in the ABSN option must complete all admission criteria and nursing pre-requisite courses, except for NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing , prior to applying to the nursing program. Pre-requisite courses can be completed through any accredited community college, college, or university and transferred to meet university degree requirements.

The application period for the ABSN option is July 1 - September 1 each year. If students are accepted, the program will begin the following January (Spring semester). Students are notified via email by mid-October regarding admission decisions.

Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours Weeks
NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing   3 5
NUR 3312 - Health Assessment   2 9
NUR 3316 - Pharmacology for Nurses   3 9
       
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours Weeks
NUR 3314 - Clinical Nursing Foundation   3 9
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses   3 10
NUR 3102 - Adult Health Nursing I     10 10
NUR 3117 - Clinical Reasoning   1 5
NUR 3511 - Mental Health Nursing   3 5
NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3 10
NUR 3502 - Child Health Nursing   5 5
       
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours Weeks
NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3 4
NUR 4511 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing   5 5
NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing   5 5
NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II   10 10
NUR 4201 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice I   2 10
NUR 4202 - Content Synthesis for Nursing Practice II   2 10
NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult   2 10

 

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

RN to BSN Online Option

Full Time Curriculum

WSSU RN to BSN Full-Time (Spring, Summer, Fall)

The RN to BSN path at Winston-Salem State University recognizes registered nurses as adult learners with experience in nursing and an active personal life. If you need a student-friendly program with enough flexibility to meet your specific needs, the WSSU RN to BSN program is for you.
Semester I
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 2312 - Dynamics of Professional Nursing   3
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses   3
NUR 3312 - Health Assessment   3
     
Semester II
Course Number/Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3
NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing   5
NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult * 2
     
Semester III
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II   10
NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3
NUR Elective*  

 NUR 3305 - Financial Management in Nursing  

or

NUR 3307 - Global Health Nursing  

3
*Fall Cohort will take elective in Semester II and NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult  in Semester III

 

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

RN to BSN Online Option

Part-Time Curriculum

WSSU RN to BSN Part-Time (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Below is the Part-time curriculum for the fall.

The spring and summer curriculum can be discussed with RN-BSN advisor.

Fall First Year
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 2312 - Dynamics of Professional Nursing   3
NUR 3318 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nurses   3
     
Spring First Year
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 3312 - Health Assessment   3

NUR 3305 - Financial Management in Nursing   

or

NUR 3307 - Global Health Nursing   

3
     
Summer First Year
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 3303 - Nursing Research   3
NUR 4203 - Care of the Older Adult   2
     
Fall Second Year
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 4502 - Community Health Nursing   5
NUR 4304 - Leadership and Management of Care   3
     
Spring Second Year
Course Number/ Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 4103 - Adult Health Nursing II   10

 

 

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