Dalton State 2014-15 Catalog

RN-BSN

Admission Criteria

The RN-BSN program at Dalton State College participates in the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Plan developed by collaborative efforts of ASN and BSN nursing educators. The program has been recommended for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020; www.acenursing.org). To be eligible to participate in this program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an ASN or Diploma program within the past four (4) years.

          OR

  • Graduation from an ASN or Diploma program more than four (4) years ago with documentation of 1000 hours of practice within the past 3 years.

Applicants Must Also

  • Hold a current, unencumbered, valid license to practice nursing. ASN graduates who meet the above requirements will receive transfer credit for 20 hours of nursing credit for associate degree nursing courses and 19 hours of "credit by exam" after completing nine (9) hours of upper division nursing courses.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on the required courses listed below.
  • Complete 50 hours of core which includes 33 semester hours from the ASN program; 11 semester hours from Area D – Natural Sciences, Math, and Technology; 3 semester hours from Area E - Lower Division Major Requirements (SOCI 1101 - Introduction to Sciology), and 3 semester hours from Area F – Lower Division Major Requirements (PSYC 2103 – Human Development).
  • Be admitted to Dalton State College and complete a separate admission application to the Bachelor's Degree Nursing Department.  A $20 application fee is required for the RN-BSN program.

To Apply You Must:

1.  Be accepted to Dalton State College and receive a Dalton State email address.

2.  Submit the online application found on the RN-BSN Requirements for Admission and Application link on the Department of Bachelor's Degree web page between January 1- April 1 annually.

*NOTE: Acceptance to Dalton State DOES NOT mean acceptance into the RN-BSN nursing sequence. Students will be notified of acceptance into the sequence by May 1 annually.

Plan of Study

Plan of study is dependent upon student's educational background.

Plan A is for students who have taken all or most of the required Core Curriculum courses, including the RN-BSN prerequisites.

Plan B is for students who have completed only those courses required to receive the ASN degree at Dalton State College.

Nursing courses are taught in a hybrid format (partially online/partially in class) so that class meetings are no more than once per week.

Plan A

Semester I - Summer

NURS 3000Health Assessment3
Upper Division Elective3
Core Curriculum (as needed)0-6
Total Hours6-12

Semester II - Fall

NURS 3100Perspectives on USA Health Sys3
NURS 4000Evidenced-based Practice3
(Upon completion of NURS 4000, 19 hours of upper division nursing credit given according to Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Agreement)
Core Curriculum Courses (as needed)3-6
Total Hours9-12

Semester III - Spring

NURS 4100Mgmt/Leadership-Groups/Comm (clinical practice included)6
NURS 4200Nursing Capstone3
Total Hours9

PLAN B

Semester I - Spring

MATH 2200Introduction to Statistics3
Lab Science Elective4
PSYC 2103Human Development3
SOCI 1160Social Problems3
or SOCI 2293 Marriage and Family
Total Hours13

Semester II - Summer

Lab Science Sequence4
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Area B Elective1
NURS 3000Health Assessment3
Total Hours11

Semester III - Fall

Upper Division Elective3
NURS 3100Perspectives on USA Health Sys3
NURS 4000Evidenced-based Practice3
Area C Elective3
Total Hours12

Semester IV - Spring

NURS 4100Mgmt/Leadership-Groups/Comm (clinical practice included)6
NURS 4200Nursing Capstone3
Area C Elective3
Total Hours12

RN-BSN Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program for the Registered Nurse (RN-BSN) will include the following courses and hours.

Area A1: Communication Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Area A2: Quantative Skills
MATH 1111College Algebra3
(Students must complete Area A by the time they complete 30 hours)
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following electives:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics *
Must choose a minimum of one but no more than two of the following electives:3-6
Intro to Film as Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
If only one English Elective is chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
MATH 2200Introduction to Statistics3
Pne of the following lab science sequences:8
Principles of Biology I
   and Principles of Biology II
or
Principles of Chemistry I
   and Principles of Chemistry II
or
Introductory Physics I
   and Introductory Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology3
Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements
BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 2215KMicrobiology4
PSYC 2103Human Development3
SOCI 1160Social Problems3
or SOCI 2293 Marriage and Family
Major and Upper Division Courses
NURS 3000Health Assessment3
NURS 3100Perspectives on USA Health Sys3
NURS 4000Evidenced-based Practice (19 hours of "credit-by-exam" granted upon completion)3
NURS 4100Mgmt/Leadership-Groups/Comm6
NURS 4200Nursing Capstone3
Upper division 3000-level course elective in Business, Social Work, Criminal Justice or the Social Sciences upon nursing advisor approval.3
*

 Must take one of these courses to satisfy Global Perspective learning goals of the Core Curriculum

Program Summary

Core Curriculum (Areas A-F)60
Lower Division Nursing Courses20
Credit through Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Agreement19
Major and Upper Division Courses21
Total Hours120

Courses

NURS 1111. Basic Nursing Care. 3-2-6 Units.

A foundation course that introduces nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care and simulated settings. (Career Course)(F)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2212K, MATH 1111, ENGL 1101.
Corequisites: NURS 1112, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.

NURS 1112. Pharmacology. 2-0-2 Units.

Introduces pharmacological concepts including drug classifications, mathematical calculations, and principles of drug administration. Satisfies the computer literacy requirement. (Career Course)(F)
Corequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.

NURS 1113. Nutrition. 2-0-2 Units.

Introduces basic nutrition concepts of digestion, absorption and metabolism. Concentrates on essential nutrients including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Addresses nutritional needs from infancy through adulthood and includes eating disorders. (Career Course)(F, S, M)

NURS 1114. Nursing Care across Lifespan I. 3-14-8 Units.

A foundation course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses common well-defined health alteratins and incorporates the child-bearing family and individuals with mental health issues. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, mental health, community based and simulated settings. (Career course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.
Corequisites: BIOL 2215K, PSYC 1101.

NURS 2011. Nursing Care Lifespan II. 3-17-9 Units.

A continuation course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses relevant well-defined health alterations. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, community based, and simulated settings. (Career course)(F)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, NURS 1114, BIOL 2215K.

NURS 2012. Nursing Care Lifespan III. 3-17-9 Units.

A culmination course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses complex well-defined health alterations. Involves team management of patients and health care workers. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, community based, and simulated settings. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, NURS 1114, NURS 2011, BIOL 2215K, and all general education courses.
Corequisites: NURS 2013.

NURS 2013. Nursing Issues. 1-0-1 Unit.

Discusses current issues in nursing, prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam, and facilitates the transition from student to health care professional. Satisfies the computer literacy requirement. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 2011 and all general education courses.
Corequisites: NURS 2012.

NURS 3000. Health Assessment. 2-2-3 Units.

A study of theory and skills needed to holistically assess the health of individuals across the life span. An introduction to a comprehensive assessment of groups/communities is included. This course includes 2 hours of lab practice.(S, M)
Prerequisites: RN licensure or permission of instructor.

NURS 3001. RN-BSN Nursing Examination. 0-0-19 Units.

19 hours of credit granted upon successful completion of NURS 4000.

NURS 3100. Perspectives on USA Health Sys. 3-0-3 Units.

This multi-disciplinary course focuses on nursing, business, and social perspectives of the American health care system. Issues related to safety and quality, access, finance, and politics will be emphasized.(F)
Corequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 4000.

NURS 4000. Evidenced-based Practice. 3-0-3 Units.

This course focuses on the understanding and use of nursing theory, nursing research, and evidence-based practices in clinical decision making regarding care of individuals, groups, and communities.(F)
Corequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3100.

NURS 4100. Mgmt/Leadership-Groups/Comm. 3-9-6 Units.

A study of leadership/management theory and skills needed to effectively deliver safe and client-centered nursing care in a variety of settings including acute care, community health care, and international health care settings. This course includes clinical experience in leadership and community health arenas.(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3100, NURS 4000.
Corequisites: NURS 4200.

NURS 4200. Nursing Capstone. 3-0-3 Units.

A course designed to allow students to explore, discuss and begin to resolve issues in professional nursing and health care. In this course, students will complete a senior thesis project.(S)
Corequisites: NURS 4100.

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