CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 17, 2018  
CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing, BSN Degree/Basic Curriculum Option


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Pre-Licensure Nursing

Declaration of a major in pre-nursing does not guarantee admission into the program. Students must formally apply and be admitted into the program before beginning the professional sequence of courses and/or proceeding into clinical placements. Admission to the upper-division nursing major is competitive, and priority is given to the best qualified students. Admission is based on cumulative GPA (3.00) minimum on all previous undergraduate college work and test scores. In addition to the academic requirements below, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards and safe practice policies of the program. For the most up to date information regarding these standards, refer to the Nursing program website.

Admission

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.00. Admission is based on cumulative GPA (3.00) minimum on all previous undergraduate college work and test scores. Students are expected to adhere to not only the academic requirements below but also the technical and professional standards and safe practice policies of the program. For the most up-to-date information regarding these standards, refer to the Nursing program website.

When do students apply? To be considered for admission, all students must have completed, or be in the process of completing, 60 semester hours of college work, including program requirements. Applications from non-RNs are accepted twice per year. Refer to the nursing website (http://nursing.wcu.edu) for applicant deadlines.

Required Prerequisites: To be considered for admission, all students must have completed, or be in the process of completing, 60 semester hours of college work, including program requirements.

Retention in the Program: Students must take and pass with a grade of C (2.00) or better all required courses in sequence and demonstrate professional and safe nursing practice. In addition, courses which combine selected content areas require the student to demonstrate competency in each content area by achieving a minimum exam score average of C (77%). For more information on retention policies in the nursing program, refer to the Nursing program website.

Pre-Licensure Nursing accelerated option (ABSN)

The accelerated option provides a fast track for students ready for a challenging transition to a career as a bachelor-of-science-educated registered nurse. The course requirements for the ABSN are the same as for the traditionally scheduled program, however the content is taught in four contiguous semesters. The ABSN option is based at the Biltmore Park campus in Asheville. A holistic review process is utilized for selecting candidates for admission.  Specific admission criteria is detailed on the nursing website.

Pre-licensure nursing accelerated option (ABSN) is only for persons who
• Already have a bachelor’s (or higher) degree in another discipline from an accredited college or university
• Have completed the prerequisites for the nursing major as listed on the website.
• In addition to the academic requirements below, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards and safe practice policies of the program

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 cumulative GPA from all undergraduate institutions.

When do students apply? Applicants are accepted once a year. Refer to the nursing website (http://nursing.wcu.edu) for application deadlines.

Retention in the Program: Students must take and pass with a grade of C (2.00) or better all required courses in sequence and demonstrate professional and safe nursing practice. In addition, courses which combine selected content areas require the student to demonstrate competency in each content area by achieving a minimum exam score average of C (77%). For more information on retention policies in the nursing program, refer to the Nursing program website.

Total number of hours for the program: 128.

Liberal Studies (42 hours)


Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Note:


Twelve hours of the Nursing Prerequisites below - three hours C2, six hours C5, and three hours P1 - will meet Liberal Studies requirements. The C2 and C4 requirements are met by taking the higher-level math and science courses listed. PSY 150 meets one of the P1 requirements, so students should make sure to take that class.

Nursing Major Prerequisite Requirements (20 hours)


Students should take all of the following:

Electives (6 hours)


General electives (six hours) are required to complete the program, depending on liberal studies courses chosen.  Visit the department’s website at https://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/nursing/index.aspx to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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