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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Admission Policy

Admission to Coe College does not assure entry into the nursing program.  This document defines the requirements for acceptance into the program and the two paths for entry into the nursing program.

Admission to the Coe College Nursing Department Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is competitive since only a limited number of students can be supported in our preceptor model. The Nursing Department Admissions, Promotion, and Retention Committee is responsible for determining the entry process for each student, and they review each student's academic record to assure that eligibility requirements are met both at the time of entry and throughout the program.

Eligibility requirements for the nursing program:

Admittance eligibility prerequisites

For a student to be eligible to take nursing courses at Coe (other than NUR 100 and 200), the following eligibility requirements must be met:

  1. Complete Coe College General Education requirements and 16 course credits.
  2. Complete NUR 100 Nursing Issues Seminar (freshmen) and NUR 200 Nursing Issues II (sophomores) each semester that the student is in attendance at Coe College prior to entering the Nursing major.
  3. Satisfactorily complete, the following required supporting courses:
    BIO-145 Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIO-192 Introduction to Microbiology (lab included)
    BIO-210 Human Anatomy Lab
    BIO-215 Human Anatomy
    BIO-225 Human Physiology
    CHM-145 Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (lab included)
    PSY-115 Introductory Psychology
    STA 100/110 Statistical Reasoning Foundations/Inferential Statistics
    SOC-107 Introductory Sociology
  4. Complete all required supporting courses (with a C or better) with no one specific course repeated more than once and with no more than two different courses repeated due to earning less than a C. This rule applies to courses taken at Coe and other institutions.
  5. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.70.
  6. Possess valid licensure.
    1. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – only applies to current LPNs.
    2. Certified Nursing Assistant (Direct Care Worker), which must be current/active on first day of fall class junior year.
    3. License regulations in accordance with the State of Iowa, Board of Nursing state that a clinical component may not be taken by a person:
      1. Who had been denied licensure by the Board.
      2. Whose licensure is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction.
      3. Whose licensure/ registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.
  7. It is expected that students will have no criminal record and no dependent adult/ child abuse offenses. However, if there is an offense, students will be asked to complete an Explanation of Offense form. That form along with copies of the student's background check will be sent to the Iowa Department of Human Services. DHS will review the information and determine if the student will be granted to work in health care facilities.
  8. Students must submit to a functional assessment by a licensed physician or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and be found safe to work with or without accommodations in healthcare facilities.

Requirements to remain in the program once admitted:

  1. Complete all nursing courses with a C or better.
  2. Maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
  3. Continue with no criminal record and no dependent adult/ child abuse offenses.

Entry into the Program

Coe College's process for entry into the program is competitive, with only the best qualified candidates accepted. Progression in the program is contingent on meeting program requirements each semester.

Coe offers two paths to enter the nursing program: Standard entry - for sophomore level (or higher) college students, and direct entry – for selected high school seniors.

Standard Entry Plan

Sophomore level (or higher) college students who (1) meet the eligibility requirements above (2) have completed a majority of the 16 course credits and (3) are registered for remaining prerequisite spring term courses are invited to complete an application for admission to the Coe College Nursing Program in December of their second year. Meeting the eligibility requirements however, does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

In reviewing applications, the committee considers the following criteria to determine the most qualified of the eligible candidates: overall GPA, academic performance in the required supporting courses, especially the natural sciences, the number of courses taken at Coe College, the number of repeated courses, and the courses left to complete at time of application to the nursing program.

Direct Entry Plan

Direct entry into the Coe College nursing program is available for selected high school students only. High achieving high school students have the opportunity to enter the nursing major as first year students and be admitted to the nursing program through the direct entry plan. This plan is a possibility for academically qualified candidates who decide early that they wish to purse the nursing program at Coe, and who want early assurance that they will enter the program with a strong academic record in College.

Direct Entry Criteria:

To be considered for direct entry, students must meet minimum ACT, GPA, and course requirements (listed below) and interview with nursing faculty. Admission is competitive, thus, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. All direct entry applicant files are reviewed by nursing faculty.

  1. Minimum 27 ACT Composite score;
  2. Minimum 3.7 or higher GPA;
  3. Minimum 25 ACT Science Reasoning Score; and
  4. No deficiencies in the minimum high school course requirements:
    Four years of English; three years of mathematics, science, and history; and two years of foreign language.

Direct Entry Rights and Obligations:

Students chosen for direct entry will remain entered in the nursing program as long as they meet all eligibility requirements and maintain a GPA rank in the top third of all applicants at the end of the sophomore year. If a student falls below that rank then the direct entry is no longer available. The student can compete for entry through the standard entry plan.

Direct Entry Application Process:

  1. Complete and submit the Direct Entry Application and official high school transcript (including ACT scores) by January 1 deadline. Nursing faculty welcome earlier application submission.
    • A letter requesting the direct entry application may be sent to the Coe College Nursing Department.
    • Mailing address:
      Coe College Nursing Department
      1220 First Avenue NE
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
  2. Nursing faculty will review applications. Candidates meeting the eligibility requirements will be contacted to schedule an interview after application is received.
  3. All candidates will be notified of direct entry admission decision by February 1.
    • Students admitted to the direct entry program will receive aStatement of Intention to Enroll form.
  4. Acceptance Deadline: February 15.
    • To accept the direct entry offer and secure placement, the student must submit his/her non-refundable enrollment fee using the information provided on the Statement of Intention to Enroll form.
  5. Direct entry is competitive.
    • Fewer than one-third of total enrollment will be chosen for direct entry.
    • If not accepted to the direct entry plan, qualified applicants can request to be placed on the direct entry wait-list for an opening.
    • Once enrollment to direct entry plan is filled, remaining qualified students admitted to Coe College will apply to the nursing program according to the standard entry plan in December of sophomore year.

Summary of Direct Entry Deadlines:

  1. Direct Entry Application and official high school transcript due: January 1
  2. Scheduled interview: Arranged after application is received.
  3. Offer of Direct Entry Admission: February 1
  4. Acceptance Deadline:  February 15

Please send the direct entry application and official high school transcript (including ACT scores) to:

Coe College Nursing Department
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402


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) (Must have Nursing faculty approval to take freshman year) OR Elective
NUR-100 - Nursing Issues I (.2cc)
NUR-100 - Nursing Issues I (.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 Nursing (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)

32.8 Course Credits for graduation
* - Writing Emphasis Course


Program Information

NURSING

Boley, Bursch, Copper, Nicholson, Scott, Taylor, Tobin.

A description of policies unique to the nursing department is available in the Nursing Department Student Policy Manual. Copies of the manual are available in the Nursing Department Office, Stuart Hall 415.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Coe College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Courses in Nursing

NUR-100 Nursing Issues I
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 Nursing
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.