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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Admission Policy

The Nursing Department Admissions, Promotion and Retention Committee reviews all applications and selects candidates who are best qualified to meet the standards of the nursing profession.

To be eligible for admission into the Nursing Program, students must:

  1. File an application for admission to the Department of Nursing by December 1 of their sophomore year. Forms are available in the Department of Nursing Office.
  2. Complete Coe College General Education requirements.
  3. Attend NUR 100 or 200 Nursing Issues Seminar each semester that the student is in attendance at Coe College prior to entering the Nursing major.
  4. Satisfactorily complete (C or higher) or be in the process of completing the following required supporting courses:

    BIO-145 Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIO-192 Microbiology
    BIO-210 Human Anatomy Lab
    BIO-215 Human Anatomy
    BIO-225 Human Physiology
    CHM-145 Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry
    PSY-115 Introductory Psychology
    STA 100/110 Statistical Reasoning/Inferential Statistics
    SOC-107 Introductory Sociology

  5. Additionally complete eight (8) non-nursing elective courses as determined by student and their advisor (refer to item #2 above).
  6. Students must complete all required supporting courses listed above and all required nursing courses, with no one specific course repeated more than once and with no more than two different courses repeated.
  7. Those students who complete the majority of the 16 course credits defined above at Coe College will be given priority for admission.
  8. Achieve a cumulative Coe College grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or above. a. Students with a GPA lower than 2.7 may be considered for admission on a space available basis.
  9. Possess valid licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and/or Certified Nursing Assistant (Direct Care Worker).
    a. A student with a revoked license from any state will not be admitted into the program.
  10. It is expected that students will have no record of criminal or adult offense. However, if there is an offense, students can submit an Explanation of Offense to the Iowa Department of Human Services and may be granted to work in health care facitities.

*The Nursing Department Admissions, Promotion, and Retention committee reviews all applications and selects candidates who are best qualified to meet the standards of the nursing profession. In reviewing applications, the committee considers criteria such as GPA, academic performance in the supporting courses, as well as the number of supporting courses taken at Coe College.


Sample Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Course List

First Year

Fall Term Spring Term
FYS Course (Writing Emphasis)
CHM-145 - Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (lab included) (1cc)
BIO-145 - Cellular and Molecular Biology (1cc)
BIO-140 - Lab (optional) (.2cc)
SOC-107 - Introductory Sociology (1cc)
May be taken first or second year
PSY-115 - Introductory Psychology (1cc)
BIO-192 - Introduction to Microbiology (lab included) (1cc) OR
Elective
(Must have Nursing faculty approval to take freshman year)
NUR-100 - Nursing Issues (.2cc)
NUR-100 - Nursing Issues (.2cc)
^CHM-035 - Selected Concepts in Chemistry (1cc) OR an elective of choice Elective

^CHM-035 Selected Concepts in Chemistry should be taken prior to CHM-145 if a student has no previous chemistry course.

Sophomore Year

Fall Term Spring Term
BIO-215 - Human Anatomy and (1cc)
BIO-210 - Human Anatomy Lab (.2cc)
BIO-225 - Human Physiology (1cc)
STA-100 - Statistical Reasoning I (.5cc) AND
STA-110 - Statistical Reasoning II (.5cc)

BIO-192 - Introduction to Microbiology (lab included) (1cc) OR
Elective

NUR-200 - Nursing Issues II (.2cc)
NUR-200 - Nursing Issues II (.2cc)
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

NOTE: A minimum of one elective course must be a writing emphasis course.

Junior Year

Fall Term Spring Term
NUR-315 - Pathophysiology and Assessment
NUR-310 - Patho Clinical Application (2 cc total)
NUR-355 - Introductory Concepts in Nursing and
NUR-350 - Intro Clinical Application (2 cc total)
NUR-300 - Art and Science of Nursing* (1cc)
NUR-345 - Mental Health (1cc)
NUR-305 - Information Literacy & Management (.5cc) AND
NUR-360 - Pharmacological Principles (.5cc)
NUR-375 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing* (1cc)

Senior Year

Fall Term Spring Term
NUR-415 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing and
NUR-410 - Adv. Clinical Application (2cc total)
NUR-455 - Leadership & Contemporary Issues in Nursing*
NUR-450 - Leadership Clinical Application (2cc total)
NUR-400 - Community and Population Oriented Nursing* (1cc)
NUR-495 - Maternal Newborn Nursing (1cc)
NUR-425 - Nursing Research (1cc)
NUR-401 - Maintaining Wellness in Aging and Chronicity (1cc)

32 Course Credits for graduation


Program Information

NURSING

Balik Scott, Copper, Nicholson (Chair), Ohrt, Taylor, Tobin.

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are described on pp. 15-16. The program is designed to provide students with the highest quality professional education built upon a foundation of learning in the liberal arts.

A description of policies unique to the nursing department is available in the Nursing Department Student Policies Manual. Copies of the manual are available in the Nursing Department Office, Stuart Hall 412.

Courses in Nursing

NUR-100 Nursing Issues
An introduction to the nursing degree program. The seminar provides an opportunity for pre-nursing students to interact with nursing students and faculty to explore the process of becoming a nurse. Topics include professional role development and current issues in clinical nursing practice. Pre-nursing students must enroll each term. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times. Prerequisite:  first-year student. (0.2 course credit)

NUR-200 Nursing Issues II
An introduction to the nursing profession. The seminar provides an opportunity for pre-nursing students to explore the profession of nursing through discussions regarding the domains of nursing knowledge, nursing roles, and nursing skills. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisite:  Nursing Issues (NUR-100) or sophomore standing. (0.2 course credits)

NUR-300 Art and Science of Nursing 
Introduces the nursing student to the nursing profession. The concepts of . professional responsibility, accountability, human development, spirituality, values and beliefs, diversity, and death and dying are discussed.  Students learn to apply the nursing process, principles of teaching/learning, and therapeutic communication in the practice of individualized nursing care. Preventative nursing strategies in caring for individuals with reduced mobility are introduced. Prerequisite: admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

NUR-305 Information Literacy and Management
Introduces the student to the intellectual language, vocabulary, and expectations used in making nursing decisions in practice. Discusses concepts such as data gathering using search methods, organizing, synthesizing and critical evaluation. Data information, knowledge, and standardized nursing language are discussed.  Prerequisite: acceptance into the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree or consent of instructor.  (0.5 course credits)

NUR-315 Pathophysiology and Assessment/ Clinical Application
Provides the foundation for the integration of assessment data and pathophysiological concepts in the application of the nursing process. Focuses on comprehensive health assessment of diverse individuals across the lifespan. Assessment skills, health histories, and physical exams are practiced.    Clinical component provides an opportunity to reinforce health assessment skills with diverse individuals across the lifespan as well as implementing safe, basic patient-centered care. Prerequisites: admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; previous or concurrent registration in Art and Science of Nursing (NUR-300). (2.0 course credits)

NUR-345 Mental Health
Focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, holistic care for diverse individuals and families experiencing actual or potential alterations in mental health. Students explore specific mental health problems and how to apply evidence-based practice when caring for individuals and families across the life span, as well as the importance of self-analysis, respect for diversity, professional accountability, and ethical responsibility. Students develop communication techniques necessary to promote client well being and safety, as well as collaborate with the health-care team.  Clinical application includes caring for individuals experiencing alterations in mental health in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Art and Science of Nursing (NUR-300).

NUR-355 Introductory Concepts in Nursing/Clinical Application
Focuses on holistic care of diverse individuals and families across the life span. Applies the nursing process, emphasizing primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions. in the care of individuals experiencing actual or risk for alterations in renal, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. Surgical, dietary, and pharmacological management is integrated.  Clinical components reinforce application of the nursing process in the delivery of safe, evidence-based, holistic care.. Prerequisites: Art and Science of Nursing (NUR-300); Pathophysiology and Assessment/Clinical Application (NUR-315); Information Literacy and Management (NUR-305). (2.0 course credits)

NUR-360  Pharmacological Principles
Basic concepts and principles of administration, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and application to basic biophysical concepts for specific pharmacological interventions. A brief overview of the mechanisms of action of select classifications of drugs is included. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or consent of instructor. (0.5 course credits)

NUR-375 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
Focuses on the complexity of moral, legal, and ethical issues in health care. Topics include the legislative and regulatory processes governing healthcare, appraisal of legal risks, ethical principles, current ethical debates in healthcare, and developing trends and ethical conflicts. Students examine and explore one topic in depth. Prerequisite:acceptance into the Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree or consent of instructor .

NUR-400 Community and Population Oriented Nursing
Focuses on community and population health promotion, and disease/injury prevention. Community oriented nursing roles are discussed. Topics include levels of prevention, risk analyses, harm reduction, causality, epidemiology, biostatistics, study designs, and sources of data applied to population health. Current issues related to disease control and surveillance, screening programs, clinical decision-making, health planning, and evaluation are addressed. Clinical application includes community observation experiences. Prerequisite:  previous of concurrent registration in Nursing Research (NUR-425).

NUR-401 Maintaining Wellness in Aging and Chronicity
Examines normal versus abnormal aspects of the aging process. Common health problems of the elderly are discussed. Addresses evidence-based strategies to promote wellness and to assist those living with chronic illnesses. Explores community resources to meet the holistic health needs of diverse individuals, groups, and families.  Topics include the impact of culture, gender, stigma, and socioeconomic status on communication and care. Clinical application includes well elderly visits in the community. Prerequisite: Community and Population Oriented Nursing (NUR-400) or Advanced Concepts in Nursing: Clinical Application (NUR-415).

NUR-415 Advanced Concepts in Nursing/Clinical Application
Advances and continues the focus of holistic care for diverse individuals, families, groups, and populations across the life span. Applies the nursing process, emphasizing primary, secondary and tertiary nursing interventions, in care of individuals experiencing actual or risk for alterations in integumentary, pulmonary, cardiovascular, endocrine, sensory/neurological, and immune systems. Surgical, dietary and pharmacological management is integrated. Clinical components reinforce application of the nursing process in the delivery of safe, evidence-based, holistic, patient-centered care.  Prerequisites: Introductory Concepts in Nursing/Clinical Application (NUR-355). (2.0 course credits)

NUR-425 Nursing Research
Explores the development of evidence-based nursing practice. Discusses research methods for gathering evidence. Explains how evidence is developed and applied to practice.  Steps of the research process are addressed. Elements in determining the validity and reliability of research and levels of evidence will be discussed. Prerequisites: Information Literacy and Management (NUR-305).

NUR-495 Maternal Newborn Nursing
Analyzes previously learned nursing knowledge and skills to provide safe, holistic patient-centered care for diverse individuals and families during normal and high risk pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum-neonatal period of life.  Includes concepts and issues in reproductive health of men and women using a developmental framework. Surgical, dietary, and pharmacological management are integrated. Clinical component includes patient simulation experiences. Prerequisite: Advanced Concepts in Nursing/Clinical Application (NUR-415).

NUR-455 Leadership and Contemporary Issues in Nursing/Clinical Application
Focuses on leadership skills, knowledge, and creativity to promote and manage safe, holistic patient-centered care for diverse individuals, families, groups, and populations across the lifespan. Concepts include management and organizations, quality improvement, change process, political/organizational/micro systems, communication/collaboration, fiscal/ human resource management, delegation, prioritization, decision making, and professional/self-care management. Nursing theories/frameworks are discussed. Clinical components provide an opportunity to collaborate with patients, families, and health care team members and to develop leadership roles. Prerequisites: Advanced Concepts in Nursing/Clinical Application (NUR-415). (2.0 course credits)

NUR 8_5 Independent Study
Guided study of individually chosen topic in nursing with a nursing department faculty member. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.