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December 16, 2009

New Nursing BSN Curriculum Announced

The Department of Nursing has announced a change in curriculum (sequence of courses) for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program beginning Fall Semester 2010.

New Curriculum . . . Same Quality Education

Courses may change, but one thing stays the same: students enrolled in the BSN program in the College of Health and Human Services can be totally assured of receiving the highest quality education possible. Both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), www.nlnac.org

The BSN program has incorporated the latest recommendations made by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), http://www.aacn.nche.edu/index.htm, a national nursing organization whose exclusive purpose is to establish quality standards for baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs. These recommendations are a part of a document The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, adopted in October, 2008.

The bottom line is this: nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession. Nurses are the true backbone of the American healthcare system. They’re the ones whose care makes a real difference in patients’ lives.

New Curriculum

NURS 304: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing (3)
NURS 305: Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 306: Gerontological Nursing (3)
NURS 307: Basic Nursing Informatics (3)
NURS 330: Nursing Health Assessment (3)
NURS 401: Evidence-Based Research (3)
NURS 402: Public Health Promotion (theory – 3 credit hours)
NURS 403: Public Health Practicum (clinical – 3 credit hours)
NURS 450: Leadership for Patient Safety (3)
Upper Division Humanities (3 credit hours)
Upper Division Fine Arts (3 credit hours)
Upper Division Free Elective (2 credit hours)

Total Hours Required at GSU = 35 credit hours

Students will continue to receive credit for 30 hours of nursing courses from their Associate’s degree. In addition, students may submit 55 credit hours of lower division coursework towards their 120 credit hour degree requirement.

Transferring to the New Curriculum

Three things to keep in mind:

Fall 2010 students will start under the new curriculum. Students who wish to transfer from the old curriculum to the new curriculum are asked to set up an appointment with Linda McCann at l-mccann@govst.edu to discuss how the transfer will affect them.
Those students who are currently near the end of the BSN degree program have another year to finish their final coursework.
Those students who are not within a year of finishing their nursing courses are asked to schedule an appointment with Linda McCann (l-mccann@govst.edu) in order to transfer over to the new curriculum.

Posted by l-mccann at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)