Nursing (Pre-licensure BSN in School of Professional Studies)

Faculty

Stephanie Holaday, Program Director
Laverne Green, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Tarsha Jones, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Katie Mancusi, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Kacie Spencer, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Maryann Valcourt, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Daphne Waite, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Description

Designed for students just starting their studies in nursing, Trinity’s Pre-Licensure BSN Program combines the academic structure and clinical preparation necessary for a career in nursing. Students focus initially on liberal arts courses that provide a framework for their chosen major in nursing. The rigorous academic coursework in the nursing program then lays the foundation for a progressive mastery of the knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and abilities required of a professional nurse. Toward the end of the program, students will have ample opportunities to experience firsthand the rewards of nursing in numerous, closely supervised clinical settings. The culmination of the program is the successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, after which students are qualified to practice as licensed registered nurses.

Major Requirements

I. CORE CURRICULUM (40 credits)

Area I: Skills for Life and Work

  1. Writing (3 credits)
    1. ENGL 107 College Composition
  2. Communication (6 credits)
    1. COM 201 Interpersonal Communication OR COM 290 Public Speaking
    2. COM 225 Intercultural Communication OR SPAN 103 Spanish for the Workplace
    3. Numeracy (3 credits) MATH 109 Foundations of Mathematics
    4. Information Literacy (3 credits) INT 109 Information Literacy

Area II: Understanding the Self and Society

  1. Arts and Humanities (6 credits) choose from existing list
  2. Social Sciences (6 credits)
    1. Strongly recommended PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
    2. Strongly recommended SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
  3. Scientific Understanding (4 credits)
    1. CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences

Area III: Ethics and Moral Reasoning (3 credits)

  1. PHIL 351 Bioethics for Health Care Professionals

Additional general education courses (6 credits)

  1. MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
  2. ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics

II. PRE-NURSING COURSES (24 credits)

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A systematic approach to the study of the human body. The first part of this year-long course emphasizes the tissues, the integumentary system, the bones and skeletal tissue, muscles and muscle tissue, and the nervous system. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts discussed during the lecture portion of the class to clinical questions presented throughout the semester. Three hours of laboratory per week. Does not fulfill Biology major requirement. There is an additional laboratory fee.

4 credits

General Education: Knowledge and Inquiry Area


BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
HPNU 110 Professional and Career Success in the Health Professions
HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
HPNU 220 Pharmacology

III. NURSING-SPECIFIC DIDACTIC AND CLINICAL COURSES (33 credits)

NURS 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care

This course explores political factors that influence patient outcomes and health promotion strategies to enhance health and health care systems. Students are engaged in understanding how health care policy shapes health care systems, determining accessibility, accountability and affordability. Students will evaluate how health care delivery systems are organized and financed, and the effect this has on patient care.

3 credits

Prerequisite: All Core Courses and Pre-Nursing Courses


NURS 330 Nursing Theory and Research
NURS 350 Midlife through Geriatric Nursing
NURS 350C Midlife through Geriatric Nursing Clinical
NURS 360 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
NURS 360C Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical
NURS 361 Adolescent &Young Adult Nursing
NURS 361C Adolescent & Young Adult Nursing Clinic
NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health Care
NURS 420 Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 420L Community and Public Health Clinical
NURS 460 Maternity and Newborn Nursing
NURS 460C Maternity and Newborn Nursing
NURS 461 Pediatric Nursing
NURS 461C Pediatric Clinical
NURS 462 Complex Nursing
NURS 491C Senior Clinical Preceptorship
NURS 492 NCLEX Preparation

IV. ADDITIONAL NURSING SKILLS-RELATED COURSES (25 credits)

NURS 117 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice

This course introduces basic concepts, values, and fundamental skills required for nursing care across the life span. An emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, communication skills and the nursing process as the underlying foundation for professional nursing practice in health care settings. Must be taken simultaneously with NURS 117L.

4 credits

Prerequisites: All Core Courses and Pre-Nursing Courses

Corequisites(s): NURS 117L/Laboratory

General Education Requirement: Foundational (Critical Reasoning)


NURS 117L Foundational Skills for Nursing Practice
NURS 262 Introduction to Health Assessment
NURS 362 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment
NURS 362L Comprehensive Health Assessment Skill Lab
NURS 417L Comprehensive Nursing Skills

V. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF NURSING - REQUIRED UPPER-LEVEL GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (6 credits)

Program Policies

I. Acceptance into the BSN Nursing Program

Pre-licensure BSN students must be formally accepted into the Nursing Program before taking any course designated as a NURS course.

A. Acceptance Criteria:

Formal acceptance requires:

  1. Successful completion of ALL SPS Core Curriculum and Pre-Nursing courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  2. Overall GPA of at least 2.5
  3. Satisfactory score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test

Pre-licensure BSN students should direct any questions about the process for formal acceptance into the Nursing Program to their undergraduate advisor in the School of Professional Studies.

B. Application Process for Acceptance:

1. Shudents should apply early in the semester PRIOR to the semester of their projected acceptance date.

2. Students should take the TEAS test during the same semester that they make acceptance for application. Students may take the TEAS test up to three times.

3. Students will be notified by the Nursing Program Director of the results of their application when all criteria for considering the application have been received and evaluated. Decisions regarding acceptance into the BSN program are within the sole discretion of the Nursing Director.

Questions regarding the application process, acceptance criteria, or TEAS test should be directed to the Nursing Program Office (202.885.9670) or to the student's undergraduate advisor.

II. Health Requirements*

  • Current physical examination
  • Current immunization records or titers
    • DPT (every 10 years)
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis (3 doses)
    • PPD (annual)
    • Tetanus
    • Influenza (annual recommended)
    • Current major medical health insurance

NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences unless and until these health requirements have been satisfied.

III. Other Requirements

  • Satisfactory results of a criminal background check including all aliases and nationwide sexual offenders index with a set of fingerprints
  • Negative results on a drug screening test
  • BLS/CPR certification as a Health Care Provider
  • Proof of OSHA training

NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences unless and until these other requirements have been satisfied.

IV. Transfer Policy

Students transferring to Trinity in or after Fall 2002 from another appropriately accredited institution of higher learning for a bachelor’s degree must earn a minimum of 45 of their final 60 credits through course work at Trinity, excluding credits for experiential learning. Therefore, students may transfer up to 83 credits to fulfill the pre-licensure BSN degree requirements of 128 credits.

V. Grades in Major Courses

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major.

VI. Pass/No Pass

The pass/no pass grading option is not accepted in courses to be applied for the major.

VII. Transportation

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Trinity’s free shuttle service connects the Main campus with the Brookland metro station.

Course Descriptions

NOTE: Students must be formally accepted into the SPS Pre-Licensure Nursing Program before taking any course designated as a NURS course.

HPNU 110 Professional and Career Success in the Health Professions

This course is intended as an introductory professional genesis course for students entering the health professions and introduces the concepts of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences as the basis for professional practice. This course is designed to strengthen the student's critical reading skills through close readings of texts on contemporary health care issues. Students will explore the evolution of the various disciplines in the health professions and models of professional socialization. Current issues and trends influencing the health care delivery system, such as increased use of technology, rising health care costs, and maintaining quality in health care agencies are among the topics of discussion. Students will be exposed to the use of select electronic data bases as information sources, as well as techniques of professional writing.

3 credits


HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
HPNU 220 Pharmacology
NURS 117 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 117L Foundational Skills for Nursing Practice
NURS 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
NURS 262 Introduction to Health Assessment
NURS 330 Nursing Theory and Research
NURS 350 Midlife through Geriatric Nursing
NURS 350C Midlife through Geriatric Nursing Clinical
NURS 360 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
NURS 360C Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical
NURS 361 Adolescent &Young Adult Nursing
NURS 361C Adolescent & Young Adult Nursing Clinic
NURS 362 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment
NURS 362L Comprehensive Health Assessment Skill Lab
NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health Care
NURS 417L Comprehensive Nursing Skills
NURS 420 Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 420L Community and Public Health Clinical
NURS 460 Maternity and Newborn Nursing
NURS 460C Maternity and Newborn Nursing
NURS 461 Pediatric Nursing
NURS 461C Pediatric Clinical
NURS 462 Complex Nursing
NURS 491C Senior Clinical Preceptorship
NURS 492 NCLEX Preparation

Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to Virginia Broaddus, Ph.D., Provost at BroaddusV@trinitydc.edu