Wilkes University

Nursing

Nursing

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Nursing leading to the BSN degree — 120.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org) .

Philosophy and Curriculum

The practice of professional nursing is a deliberative process of assessing, analyzing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care with clients that promotes and restores health and prevents illness. The baccalaureate program prepares a beginning, self-directed practitioner who is capable of initiating, implementing, and revising nursing care.

Professional nursing is based upon the integration of knowledge from the humanities, the physical and social sciences, and nursing theories and research. The curriculum is based on the development of the individual and the family within a community. The curriculum flows from the philosophy and covers a four-year academic period. It includes integrated nursing courses, electives, and the General Education Curriculum requirements. Due to the cultural diversity of clients, it is suggested that students consider taking a foreign language. Written agreements with the cooperating hospitals and agencies in Northeastern Pennsylvania ensure clinical facilities for the student’s practice, which is concurrent with the classroom theory. NOTE:Students are responsible for their own transportation to assigned clinical areas.

In addition, opportunities for learning are provided in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center, which is equipped with computer-assisted instructional materials and with low fidelity and high fidelity manikins. A simulated clinical environment allows the student to practice the psychomotor skills necessary in nursing practice. A faculty member is available to assist the students.

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Students majoring in Nursing are required to have completed courses in English (4 units), Social Studies (3 units), Mathematics (2 units, including algebra), and Science (two units, including Biology and Chemistry) during their secondary school program. The preferred criteria for admission are a high school GPA of 3.3 or numeric grade of 87, SAT scores of 510 in both Math and Reading (1020) or an ACT score of 21 for those students who do not take the SAT's. Students who have graduated from an accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed. Transfer students or change of major students must meet the required score on the nursing entrance examination prior to admission into the nursing program.

The student of nursing assumes all of the financial obligations listed in the section on fees in this bulletin. Additional expenses incurred in the Nursing Program are listed in the Nursing Student Handbook. A price list for these items follows.

Students must complete the required health and clearance documents and submit all requirements as directed by Castlebranch by June 30th every year of enrollment in clinical nursing courses for the fall semester and by January 5 for the spring semester.  Failure to complete requirements by June 30th or January 5 will result in the loss of a clinical seat. Students must contact Lori Drozdis, Student Affairs Coordinator (at lori.drozdis@wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4092) for the required code.

In addition to the required health and clearance documents noted above, any student transferring into the nursing program from another school or from another program or from an undeclared status at Wilkes University must be in good academic standing and must successfully complete the nurse entrance examination before July 1st preceding the start of the entry level clinical nursing course (NSG 210). Students must also meet the technical standards essential to the practice of nursing, as defined in the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook to progress into clinical nursing courses.

Satisfactory clinical performance is an essential component of the Wilkes Nursing program. Students become eligible to progress into clinical nursing courses when they have met the following prerequisite course requirements: nursing majors must earn a 2.5 or better in the required prerequisite sciences (BIO 113, 115-116, CHM 111) and a 2.0 in ENG 101. In order to remain in clinical courses and progress in the nursing curriculum, students must earn a 2.5 or higher in the required co-requisite science (EES 242). Students will be allowed to repeat a science course one time for a grade less than 2.5. A student who achieves less than a 2.5 in two science courses will not be able to progress into the nursing program. Students must obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at all times.

In order too progress THROUGH the nursing program, all nursing students must:

  • Earn a 2.5 or higher in all nursing courses.
  • A nursing student who earns less than a nursing course may repeat that course once.
  • A nursing student who earns less than a 2.5 in a second nursing course or a senior level student earning less than a 2.5 in a course will meet with a committee comprised of three nursing faculty. A thorough investigation of student performance will be conducted. A recommendation from the committee with be forwarded to the Chairperson and the Dean for final approval. The student will be notified in writing of the decision which may result in termination from the program.
  • Students are required to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher at all times.
  • Students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher will be placed on probation for the next semester to increase their GPA. Failure to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher after the probationary semester will result in program dismissal. Students will be provided only one semester for probation throughout the nursing program. 
  • Students must achieve a 2.5 or higher in EES 242 in order to progress in the program. A student who achieves less than 2.5 in two science courses will not be able to continue in the nursing program.
  • Despite an overall earned passing average, students must achieve a 79% or greater score on at least one examination to complete and pass a nursing course.

In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements of the University, students majoring in Nursing are required to successfully complete comprehensive examinations and required studies as assigned by the School of Nursing before being eligible to graduate

 

Nursing Major- Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

BIO-115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

CHM-111 Fundamentals of Chemistry

4

ENG-101 Composition* or

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

NSG-117 Basic Life Support elective

1

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

BIO-113 Microbiology

4

BIO-116 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

PSY-101 General Psychology* or

3

SOC-101 Intro. to Sociology* or

ANT-101 Intro. to Anthropology*

 

ART-101, MUS-101, or DAN-101

3

Total Credits

17

Third Semester

NSG-200 Principles of Normal Nutrition

3

MTH-150 Elementary Statistics**

3

NSG-214 Pathophysiology for Professional Nurses

3

CS-115 Computers & Applications

3

ENG-120 Introduction to Literature & Culture

3

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

NSG-210Principles of Nursing

6

NSG-211 Physical Assessment

3

NSG-215 Pharmacotherapeutics I

1

HIS-101 Historical Foundations of the Modern World

3

PSY Elective

3

Total Credits

16

Fifth Semester

NSG-213 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client

4

NSG-235 Medical Surgical Nursing I

6

NSG-236 Pharmacotherapeutics II

1

NSG-342 Introduction to Nursing Research

3

Total Credits

14

Sixth Semester

EES-242 Environmental Health

3

NSG-237 Medical Surgical Nursing II

6

NSG-238 Pharmacotherapeutics III

1

NSG-241 Nursing Care of  Child Bearing Family

4

NSG-217 Basic Life Support elective

1

Total Credits

15

Seventh Semester

NSG-340 Advanced Care Concepts

5

NSG-242 Nursing Care of the Child Rearing Family

4

NSG-321 Population Health

3

PHL-101 or Foreign Language

3

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

NSG-345 Senior Practicum

5

NSG-239 Nursing Care Older Adult

2

NSG-325 NCLEX Preparation for Professional Practice

2

NSG-341 Nursing Informatics

3

 Total Credits

12

* Please note: Students must take ENG-101 and both PSY-101 and SOC-101 or ANT-101 during their freshman year.
**Please note: MTH-150 is required and prerequisite to NSG-342.

Additional Nursing Expenses and Fees for Traditional Baccalaureate Students

Item

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Capstone Project

 

 

 

 

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

$45

$45

$45

$45

Uniform Scrub Top

 

$30 - $35

 

 

Uniform Scrub Pants

 

$25

 

 

Uniform Shoes

 

$40 and up

 

 

Stethoscope, penlight, bandage scissors

 

$55 - $85

 

 

Hemostats

 

$6

 

 

BP Cuff

 

$40

 

 

AHA CPR Certification for Health Care Providers

 

$35 and up

 

$35 and up

Castle Branch Profile

 

$175 and up

$175 and up

$175 and up

Criminal Record Check

 

$40 and up

$40 and up

$40 and up

PA Child-Abuse-History Clearance

 

$10

 

 

Physical, Immunizations, and PPD

 

$100 and up*

$100 and up*

$100 and up*

Urine for Drug Screen

 

$50 and up

$50 and up

$50 and up

*May be covered by the student’s medical insurance

**Will be billed by the Financial Management Office.

The School of Nursing Faculty reserves the right to revise the Nursing Major requirements as deemed necessary at any time to prepare students for new and emerging roles in nursing.

License to Practice

Candidates for a license to practice in the health field are required to have "good moral character." The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing takes into consideration, when deciding on the applications for registration and a license to practice under their jurisdiction, whether candidates have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor. Candidates are referred to the regulations specified in the Professional Nurse Law (P.L. 317, No. 69).

Nursing

NSG-117. Basic Life Support Renewal

Credits: 1

This hybrid course combines online learning and cognitive evaluation with hands-on skills practice and psychomotor evaluation in accordance with the standards of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Core Curriculum for renewal. Students who successfully complete this course will receive renewal of AHA course completion cards for both Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Heath Care Provider and Heartsaver First Aid.

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NSG-200. Principles of Normal Nutrition

Credits: 3

An introduction of the basic science of human nutrition: principles of normal nutrition, meal planning, computation of diets, physiological, psychosocial, and social effects of food and its constituents; and some local, national, and international nutrition problems.

Co-Requisites

NSG-210. Principles of Nursing: Individual, Family, and Community

Credits: 6

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Use of the nursing process is emphasized in meeting the basic human needs of clients within families and their communities. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center and selected clinical agencies. Hours weekly: 4 hours of class and 6 hours of clinical practice.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-211. Physical Assessment

Credits: 3

This course is designed to facilitate the integration of physical assessment skills as an essential element of the nursing process. The components of physical assessment, including the health history and physical examination, are organized to allow the student to proceed from an assessment of the overall function of a client to the more specific functions of each body system. Requirement: Sophomore standing in the Nursing program and online Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students.

Co-Requisites

NSG-213. Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client: Individual, Family, and Community

Credits: 4

The nursing process is utilized in assisting adults and their families within their communities to achieve optimum health and to resolve selected problems in mental health and psychiatric nursing. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings. Hours weekly: 2 hours of class, 6 hours of clinical practice.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-214. Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse

Credits: 3

This course focuses on altered cell functioning resulting in deviations from homeostasis. Topics of study include principles of homeostasis and the immune, cardiopulmonary, renal, nervous, gastrointestinal, hematological, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. The student’s ability to relate this to the individual’s need for care is emphasized. Pathological alterations in health at the systems level and implications for nursing care are emphasized. Requirement: Sophomore standing in the Nursing program.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-215. Pharmacotherapeutics I

Credits: 1

Principles of pharmacology and specific drug groups are explored. An emphasis is placed on pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and  pharmacodynamics.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-217. Basic Life Support Renewal

Credits: 1

This hybrid course combines online learning and cognitive evaluation with hands-on skills practice and psychomotor evaluation in accordance with the standards of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Core Curriculum for renewal. Students who successfully complete this course will receive renewal of AHA course completion cards for both Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Heath Care Provider and Heartsaver First Aid.

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NSG-224. Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Decision-Making in Nursing

Credits: 3

 (Accelerated Bachelors Program online students only). This course is designed to assist students to understand the multidisciplinary science of pharmacology based on human systems. Content includes drug classifications, indications, adverse effects and contraindications, age-related variables, dosages, and nursing implications. Using critical thinking skills related to drug therapy, clinical decision-making is developed.

Pre-Requisites
Acceptance into the Accelerated Bachelors Program.
NSG-211, NSG-330
Co-Requisites

NSG-235. Medical Surgical Nursing I

Credits: 6
Terms Offered: Fall

The nursing process is utilized in assisting adults and their families within their communities to achieve optimum health and managed selected health problems. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings. Hours weekly: 3 hours of class and 9 hours of clinical practice.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-236. Pharmacotherapeutics II

Credits: 1

This course is designed to assist students to understand the multidisciplinary science of pharmacology based on human systems.  Content includes drug classification, indications, adverse effects and contraindications, age-related variables, dosages, and nursing implications.  Using critical thinking skills related to drug therapy, clinical decision making is developed.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-237. Medical Surgical Nursing II

Credits: 6
Terms Offered: Spring

The nursing process is utilized in assisting adults and their families within their communities to achieve optimum health and manage selected health problems. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings. Hours weekly:  3 hours of class and 9 hours of clinical practice.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-238. Pharmacotherapeutics III

Credits: 1

This course is designed to assist students to understand the multidisciplinary science of pharmacology based on human systems.  Content includes drug classification, indications, adverse effects and contraindications, age-related variables, dosages, and nursing implications.  Using critical thinking skills related to drug therapy, clinical decision making is developed.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-239. Gerontological Nursing

Credits: 2

This course will focus on the nursing management of older adults. Contemporary theories of gerontology, theories of aging, physiological / psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction will be emphasized. The geriatric patient will be examined at various levels – healthy older adult, older adult at risk, the older adult experiencing acute and chronic illness.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-241. Nursing Care of the Child Bearing Family

Credits: 4

The nursing process is utilized in childbearing families within their communities to meet their human needs. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings. This course is designated for Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS).

 

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-242. Nursing Care of the Child Rearing Family

Credits: 4

The nursing process is utilized in assisting families with children within the communities to meet their human needs. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings.

 

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-317. Advanced Life Support

Credits: 3

This course covers the essential material for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support in accordance with the standards of the American Heart Association. Enrolled students are eligible for American Heart Association ACLS and PALS Course Completion Cards at the end of the course.

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NSG-321. Population Health

Credits: 3

This course provides a foundation in population health, including community and population assessment, intervention, and evaluation of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.



Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-325. Preparation for Professional Practice

Credits: 2

This course uses a variety of strategies to prepare final semester pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students for entry into professional nursing practice. Students are assessed for readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination as well as for entry into professional nursing practice in a general health care setting. This course provides students with quantitative analysis of their readiness to pass the NCLEX-RN exam

 



Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-330. Nursing Practice I

Credits: 12

(Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students)This online course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Use of the nursing process is emphasized in meeting the human needs of clients identified as individuals, families, and communities. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice during the residency in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center and selected clinical agencies. 12 hours of clinical practice.

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Co-Requisites

NSG-331. Nursing Practice II

Credits: 12

(Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students, online) Building on the foundation of Nursing, the nursing process is used to assist individuals, families, and communities to achieve optimum health and to resolve selected medical, surgical, and mental health problems. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice, and is mastered in a variety of settings. Hours weekly: 7 hours of class; 15 hours of clinical practice.

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NSG-332. Nursing Practice III

Credits: 12

(Accelerated Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students, online)This course prepares the student for professional role development in emerging health care delivery systems. The nursing process is utilized in assisting individuals, families, and communities to meet their health needs. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice in a variety of health care settings. Hours weekly: 6 hours of class; 18 hours of clinical practice.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-340. Advanced Care Concepts

Credits: 5

The nursing process is used in assisting adults and their families, within their communities, to achieve optimum health and to resolve complex health problems. Hours weekly: 3 hours of class, 6 hours of clinical practice.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

NSG-341. Nursing Informatics

Credits: 3

This course provides information about technology used to communicate, manage information, and support decision making to facilitate the achievement of client healthcare outcomes. The course integrates information related to the areas of nursing science, information management science, and computer science.

Pre-Requisites
NSG-242, NSG-321, NSG-340

ABSN:  [[ NSG-211]], NSG-330
Co-Requisites

NSG-342. Introduction to Nursing Research

Credits: 3

The research process is examined in this course. Emphasis is placed on studies in nursing that provide a foundation for critical reflection on research reports and application of findings to practice. Designated oral presentation option (OPO).  Accelerated students to complete in the third semester.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
NSG-213, NSG-235, NSG-236

Accelerated Students NSG-332, NSG-342

NSG-345. Senior Practicum

Credits: 5

This course prepares the student for professional role development in emerging health care delivery systems. The nursing process is utilized in the care of older adult clients and their families within their communities in a variety of settings. Nursing theory is correlated with clinical practice. Hours weekly: 2 hours of class, 9 hours of clinical practice.

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Co-Requisites

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