The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is for individuals who have graduated from a diploma nursing school or from an associate degree program. Any student taking nursing courses must be a licensed registered nurse in the state of Nebraska.
It is recommended that applications and supporting documents be submitted by July 1 and November 1; however, applications will be accepted after those dates as long as class space is available.
See Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program pages for application requirements and supporting documents.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse
Individuals who have graduated from a diploma or an associate degree program in nursing and are awaiting the results of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses may be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program on probation if they meet all admission criteria other than licensure as a registered nurse.
Upon notification by the State Bureau of Examining Boards that the NCLEX-RN has been passed, the student must notify the program director of Nursing and present a copy of the Nebraska nursing license for the nursing program’s files. At this time, the student is admitted to full status.
Upon notification by the State Bureau of Examining Boards that the NCLEX-RN has been failed, the student must notify the program director of Nursing. The student may complete the classroom portion of nursing classes in which he or she is currently enrolled. However, he or she will not be allowed to complete the clinical portion of courses in which he or she is currently enrolled, and will therefore be given a grade of Incomplete for these. The clinical component of the course must be completed within 12 months.
The student is not eligible to take further nursing courses that are open only to persons admitted to the nursing program until the NCLEX-RN has been retaken and passed. When the student receives notification that it has been passed, he or she must notify the program director of Nursing and present a copy of the Nebraska nursing license for the nursing program’s files. At this time, the student is admitted to full status and is again eligible to enroll in classes offered through the nursing program.
Failure to meet the admission requirements will cause the student to be unable to enroll in those courses that are open only to persons admitted to the nursing program.
Transfer of Credits for Associate Degree Nursing Programs
After successful completion with a grade of “C” (2.00) or above of Nursing 231 and 236, graduates of non-collegiate-based or non-state-approved associate degree nursing programs will receive 29 hours of credit for previous nursing education. Graduates of state-approved associate degree nursing programs receive 29 hours of nursing credits upon transfer.
|NURS 201 Professional Communication in Nursing||1 hours|
|NURS 205 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice||3 hours|
|NURS 231 Nursing Theories||3 hours|
|NURS 233 Health Assessment||3 hours|
|NURS 234 Health Care Ethics||3 hours|
|NURS 236 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice||4 hours|
|NURS 240 Management and Leadership in Health Care||4 hours|
|NURS 245 Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community||3 hours|
|NURS 250 Population Based Nursing Practice||4 hours|
|Select one of the following:|
|NURS 190 Selected Topic||1-5 hours|
|NURS 202 Nursing in Specialized Care Settings||1-3 hours|
|NURS 204 Women's Health: Global Perspectives||3 hours|
|NURS 296 Special Projects||1-12 hours|
|BIO 270 Pathophysiology||3 hours|
|MATH 007 Statistics||3 hours|
|Department-approved Lifespan Development Course||3 hours|
|English and Communications||6-9 hours|
|Developing Foundations||8-9 hours|
|Global Perspectives||6-8 hours|
|Western Intellectual and Religious Traditions||3 hours|
|U.S. Culture and Society||6 hours|
|Fine Arts||3 hours|
|Scientific Inquiry||7 hours|
This course includes experiences and instruction that promote professional communication. Content includes correct utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) style, construction of professional papers and emails, and using common presentation software. This course is designed to be taken either concurrently or before the first nursing course in which the student is enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
This course introduces professional nursing concepts, competencies, and issues in the context of the history of nursing's scope of practice and within the collaborative environment of the U.S. Health Care System.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN program or permission of instructor or Nursing Program Director.
This course introduces the student to nursing theories as the foundation for nursing practice. The development of nursing theory and the relationship of theory to nursing research and nursing practice are examined. Various nursing theories are evaluated for utility in nursing practice with an increasingly diverse patient population. Technology is utilized to facilitate information retrieval and scholarship dissemination.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program. Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 201 Professional Communication in Nursing.
An introduction to basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a detailed health assessment of individuals across the age continuum. The biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of human beings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a systematic health history and physical exam using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Supervised laboratory and clinical allow the student the opportunity to practice the assessment skills introduced in class. (2 credit hours theory; 1 credit hour clinical)
This introduction to the study of ethics uses primary sources for the analysis of present day ethical dilemmas in health care. The course examines some of the prominent moral principles and systems of the western tradition from Aristotle to the present and how those principles are applied to issues in health care ethics.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
This course provides an introduction to the research process and prepares students to be beginning consumers of nursing research. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies and understanding the process of utilizing research for evidence-based practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as basic statistical methods will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.S.N. program.
Pre or corequisite(s): Statistics course.
This course assumes the student possesses basic leadership and management skills, and further examines the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a manager in health care organizations. The roles of the nurse manager are analyzed for each of the management functions: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. External factors influencing the nurse manager are also examined. Students are able to select their clinical experience in management from a variety of health care organizations and settings. (3 credit hours lecture; 1 credit hour clinical)
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 205 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice and NURS 231 Nursing Theories.
This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 231 Nursing Theories, NURS 233 Health Assessment, and a lifespan development course.
This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with selected individuals, families, groups and communities. Health concerns of the group/community are identified and addressed using health program planning skills. Research is evaluated for its use in community health settings.
Prerequisite(s): NURS-205, NURS 231 Nursing Theories, NURS 233 Health Assessment, NURS 234 Health Care Ethics, NURS 236 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, NURS 240 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and NURS 245 Nursing of Families and Groups in the Community.
A topical course designed to investigate any relevant subject matter not included in any of the standard courses. The title, content, and credit will be determined by the current mutual interests of students and faculty.
This course is designed to enable the student to study the role of the professional nurse in a specific health care setting. Clinical judgments, critical thinking, and the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills required to provide quality nursing care in the health setting will be emphasized.
This course introduces women's health with an emphasis on global issues. Women's health will be examined using the influences of social, political, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Students will examine the basic health needs of all women and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): GEND 090 Introduction to Gender Studies or SOC-003 or a beginning level anthropology course or permission of the instructor.
An opportunity for individual students to engage in a special project, research, clinical experience, writing, or guided readings. Conducted under the supervision of a member of the nursing program. Special Projects may not duplicate courses described in the catalog.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN program and approval of the program director.
A survey of the mechanisms of diseases and fundamental disease processes of each organ system. Special topics related to the study of diseases will be assigned.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 009 Human Anatomy and Physiology, and BIO 010 Human Anatomy and Physiology, or BIO 246 Human and Comparative Anatomy and BIO 262 Human and Comparative Physiology, or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)
A study of topics essential to an understanding of statistics and their applications. Topics include probability, discrete and normal probability distributions, sample variability, the central limit theorem, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)