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Nursing Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Degree, a student completes 61 hours of nursing and health courses (* includes clinical component):

  • NURS 111 Perspectives on Nursing
  • HLTH 122 Introduction to Nutrition
  • HLTH 222 Principles of Pharmacology
  • HLTH 212 Health Assessment*
  • NURS 226 Nursing Care Through the Years (Adult I)*
  • HLTH 313 Pathophysiology
  • NURS 315 Mental Health Care*
  • NURS 318 Family Health Care*
  • NURS 322 Nursing Research
  • NURS 346 Nursing Care through the Years (Adult II)*
  • NURS 416 Community Health Care*
  • NURS 421 Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • NURS 426 Nursing Synthesis*
  • NURS 446 Complex Care of the Adult III*
  • NURS 499 Theories, Issues and Roles of Professional Nursing

Required supporting courses for the nursing major:

  • BIOL 132 Introduction to Microbiology
  • CHEM 107 General, Organic and Biochemistry
  • BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MATH 220 Statistics
  • 6 credits in social sciences (sociology or psychology)
  • All other Clarke University degree requirements

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

To be admitted to the nursing major, ordinarly a student must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 hours of university work, including courses in organic chemistry, sociology and psychology.
  • Have achieved a grade of C- (1.67) or higher in chemistry and required social science courses.
  • Have successfully completed a CPR and first aid course.
  • Have successfully completed a CNA certification course.
  • Have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Submit written application to the nursing and health department. Application includes: application to major form, written statement of student goals, health records, academic transcripts and two letters of reference (one academic and one personal).
  • Interview with a member of the nursing and health department faculty.
  • Complete background check and mandatory reporter training (information to be given by the Nursing Department).
  • Must provide proof of health insurance or purchase health insurance through Clarke University.

Application forms may be obtained from and an interview scheduled with the nursing and health department secretary in 123A CBH, (563) 588-6361. Decision regarding acceptance into the nursing major rests with the nursing and health faculty. Some students may be eligible for advanced placement.

Registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Degree may receive advanced placement through the Iowa Articulation Plan. For specific information, see the Timesaver Nursing Program description provided later in this section.

A student who has attended another baccalaureate nursing program may receive advanced placement. Decision regarding advanced placement is made after evaluation of the student’s previous work and an interview.

PROGRESSION IN THE NURSING MAJOR

To progress in the nursing major, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75, achieve at least a 2.00 (C) grade in each required nursing/health course and at least a 1.67 (C-) in required support courses.
  • Maintain current adult and child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Have an annual PPD test and maintain currency of all other health documentation requirements.
  • Purchase clinical practice liability insurance annually through Clarke University.
  • Follow clinical experience and other guidelines as given in the Clarke University Nursing Student Handbook and course syllabi.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT

The computer literacy requirement is met through integration of computer work in the nursing curriculum. For students with little or no prior experience in using computers, a computer course is recommended to support computer work in nursing.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

Nursing majors fulfill the research requirement by successful completion of NURS 322 Nursing Research.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT

Meeting all requirements of NURS 499 Professional Nursing and Nursing Issues and NURS 426 Nursing Synthesis, including successfully completing the clinical component, satisfactory achievement on the comprehensive examination (ATI), a written remediation plan approved by the department chair, and any other requirements of the course as stated in the syllabus, satisfies the senior performance requirement for nursing students.

NOTE: Students intending to complete their degrees in May must complete the comprehensive exam (ATI) prior to June 15th. Failure to do so will result in an August degree completion and thus will delay when the student may take the NCLEX-RN Boards.

TIMESAVER NURSING PROGRAM

Clarke University offers registered nurses the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Degree and acquire knowledge and skills to enhance their careers in professional nursing.

Students may attend full or part time. TimeSaver Program age restrictions do not apply to the registered nurse completing the nursing major.

Consideration is given to previous education and experience. Clarke University is a validated participant in the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education: RN to Baccalaureate. Three placement options are offered. With guidance from the articulation coordinator, the student selects the option most appropriate for his/her situation. In all options, prior nursing education is validated and 31 semester hours for nursing are posted on the student’s transcript. Required nursing and health courses are held every other Saturday during daytime hours, or on Monday and Thursday evenings in the TimeSaver format. Courses are scheduled in such a way that an individual could complete all required nursing and health courses in two academic years.

REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements ordinarily include:

  • Admission to Clarke University
  • Current registered nurse licensure
  • Current CPR certification
  • Completed application
  • Documentation of health requirements
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on prior university-level work
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of university course work including anatomy and physiology I-II, microbiology, psychology and sociology
  • Interview with articulation coordinator or designee
  • Complete background check and mandatory reporter training (information to be administered by the Nursing Department)

Progression requirements include:

  • If not completed prior to matriculation, CHEM 107 or its equivalent must be completed by the end of the first year of study in order to progress in the RN-BSN program.
  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Achievement of at least a 2.00 (C ) in each required nursing and health course
  • Achievement of at least a 1.67 (C-) in each required support course
  • Maintenance of active licensure as a registered nurse
  • Maintenance of documentation of annual TB testing
  • Maintenance of CPR certification
  • Purchase of liability insurance through the university annually while enrolled
  • Compliance with clinical experience and other guidelines as given in the Clarke University Nursing Student Handbook and course syllabi.

Degree requirements include:

  • A minimum of 124 credit hours total
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours from Clarke University
  • A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred into Clarke University
  • Completion of all requirements of the major
  • Completion of all general education requirements (See Academic Program section.)

The computer literacy requirement is met through integration of computer work in the nursing curriculum. Students with little or no prior experience in using computers are advised to take an introduction to computers course.

Nursing majors fulfill the research requirement by successful completion of NURS 322 Nursing Research. A statistics course with a minimum grade of C- is a prerequisite for NURS 322.

Senior Performance Requirement: 

RN-BSN students complete the capstone requirement through a two-part “non-course” process. The first part includes a reflection paper describing the new student’s knowledge, skills and values/spirituality on or about nursing theory and practice. Part one must be completed in the student’s first semester. The second part is completed in the student’s final semester. This paper focuses on the student’s ability to integrate theory and practice within the context of the program/
university outcomes. The student’s academic adviser will provide direction for completion of each component of this “non-course” requirement.

Students complete 24 hours of nursing and health courses in the major, including:

  • NURS 322 Nursing Research
  • NURS 414 Geriatrics/Gerontology in the Community*
  • NURS 416 Community Health Care*
  • NURS 423 Theories, Issues and Roles in Professional Nursing
  • NURS 427 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management*
  • HLTH 442 Health Assessment
    * Includes a clinical component.
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