Lower Division Courses

 
Freshman Composition6
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
Humanities and Fine Arts12
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: One required *Two sequential courses in literature or history required3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Humanities: One required3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Any WLC 100 or 200 level 1
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one *Higher level courses accepted3
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
Natural Sciences: *Higher level courses accepted8
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below
History: One required *Two sequential courses in history or literature required3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I (required)3
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT (required)3
One required:
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Pre Professional18-19
Additional lower division BSN requirements
INFECTION & IMMUNITY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
Choose one:
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
Total Lower Division Semester Hours59-60

RN-BSN Upper Division Courses (all online)

The upper division includes the clinical component of the nursing curriculum. Students must apply and be admitted to the nursing program to be eligible to enroll in upper division or level 300 and 400 courses. In order to be considered for admission to the upper division nursing major, students must be accepted to the University and they must complete a separate nursing application, which is available through the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs or online. 

NUR 339INFO MGMT IN HEALTHCARE3
NUR 410TRANSITION INTO PROFESS ROLES3
NUR 411THEORETICAL APPL IN PROF NURS3
NUR 412CARE FOR AGGREGATES, FAM & POP7
NUR 413NUR LEADERSHIP PROF PRACT5
NUR 414HTH ASSESS PRACTICING PROF NUR3
NUR 419SCHOLRY INQUIRY IN NURSING PRA3
NUR 420EVIDENCE BASED NURS PRACTICE3
NUR 000NURSING-CREDIT BY VALIDATION39

New Curriculum as of May 1, 2016 (Courses begin summer 2016)

NUR 339INFO MGMT IN HEALTHCARE3
NUR 410TRANSITION INTO PROFESS ROLES3
NUR 413NUR LEADERSHIP PROF PRACT5
NUR 414HTH ASSESS PRACTICING PROF NUR3
NUR 417NURS CARE VUL POP4
NUR 422CAR FAM AGG POP RN6
NUR 421AC CARE NURS RNBSN3
NUR 423EVID BASED RN3
NUR 000NURSING-CREDIT BY VALIDATION37
Credit received for completion of Registered Nursing degree.
Total Semester Hours30
Plus 37 validation credit hours.

Total semester hours to graduate with a BSN: 126

Admission and Progression of RN-BSN Students

  1. Admission to the upper division nursing major for registered nurse students is selective. Each year's class is selected from students who meet minimum requirements:
    1. Minimum grade of "C" on all required prerequisite coursework.
    2. Completion of all lower division general studies (prerequisite) course requirements as listed under Baccalaureate Program of Studies, with a minimum of 59 semester hours of credit.
    3. Graduation from an associate degree nursing program or a diploma program in nursing.
    4. Status of good academic standing.
  2. An application to the upper division nursing major for registered nurse students must be completed and submitted to the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs by posted deadlines. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
  3. Registered nurse students must submit proof of an unencumbered current license and maintain this status throughout the program. If a student is permitted to meet course clinical requirements in a state other than Alabama, the student must be licensed in that state. A registered nurse student will not be allowed to continue in the program if the nursing license is placed on probation, suspended, or revoked status. An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  4. Recent graduates of associates degree or diploma nursing programs who are not yet licensed will be permitted to complete lower division coursework, but will not be admitted to the upper division clinical component of the program until they are licensed.
Health and Other Requirements for Students in Upper Division Nursing Courses

Clinical agencies require students to meet various health related requirements. Students must complete and maintain currency of all health documentation requirements prior to enrollment in upper division level courses and throughout the program for progression. Students are responsible for maintaining original health records.  Some of these records will be managed by the Office of Undergraduate Programs (health insurance, CPR, drug testing, and criminal background check) and others by the UAH Student Health Center (vaccinations and physical examination).  The following are required as part of admission and progression in the upper division nursing major and entry into each course:

  1. Physical examination: within the last year of admission to the program and every 3 years thereafter. Any medical or mental health status change from the time of enrollment in the nursing program must be shared with the Associate Dean and documentation of release from healthcare provider for program progression. If a status change is not reported in a timely manner, the student may not be allowed to progress in the program. 
  2. Hepatitis B: for initial enrollment, verification that the series of injections has begun or results of a recent titer must be received.
  3. Evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. 
  4. Evidence of negative for tuberculosis. Each student is required to have a 2-step tuberculin (TB) skin test or a T-spot less than three months prior to the first day of class of upper division nursing courses. If a student has a current TB skin test, then a two-step is not needed. Instead of skin testing, students may provide evidence of a blood test indicating negative for tuberculosis. If the skin test or the blood test is positive, a chest x-ray is required and possible other medical evaluation may be requested. An annual one-step TB renewal test is required.
  5. Annual Influenza vaccination: Students are required to provide evidence of influenza vaccination by October of each year while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  6. Current health insurance: Students are required to provide evidence of current health insurance each year while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  7. CPR: Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association certification or recertification is every two years.
  8. Drug testing and criminal background check: Students are required to submit to drug testing and criminal background checks upon admission, for reasonable suspicion of drug/alcohol use, and as required by affiliating clinical agencies while enrolled in any Nursing Program. The College of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks provide detailed policies. Violations of the policies are serious and will result in dismissal of students from the College of Nursing.
  9. Other health requirements may be implemented based on community or clinical agency requirements.
Standards of Conduct and Accountability

The nursing student shall comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards that determine unacceptable behavior of the nurse and that may be cause for denial of a license to practice as a registered nurse, in accordance with the Alabama law regulating practice of registered and nursing as provided below.

The Alabama Board of Nursing may deny a license and/or temporary permit by examination or endorsement based on Alabama rule 610-x-8-.02 and rule 610-x-8-.03. Examples of grounds for denial and discipline of a license may include:

  1. Engaging in fraud, misrepresentation, deception, or concealment of a material fact in applying for or securing licensure or taking any examination required for licensure.
  2. Having engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with good moral character such as having a criminal history or pattern of illegal conduct or disregard for the law.
  3. Having disciplinary action pending or having had a license, registration, or certification for any health-related profession denied, conditionally issued, fined, reprimanded, censured, restricted, limited, placed on probation, suspended, revoked, voluntarily surrendered, or otherwise encumbered in any state, territory or country.

  4. Having been court-martialed or administratively discharged by a branch of the United States Armed Forces for any act or conduct that would constitute grounds for discipline Alabama under Rule 610-X-8-.03.

  5. Any other reasons authorized by law.

Failure to comply with any of the Alabama Board of Nursing rules while in the nursing program constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program.

Completion of the nursing program does not guarantee licensure based on the Alabama Board of Nursling's regulations governing review of candidates for eligibility for initial and continuing licensure.

Core Performance Standards

Core Performance Standards may also be referred to as essential functions define selected attributes and behaviors necessary for students to demonstrate in order to successfully complete their education and subsequently enter nursing practice. These essential functions are determined to be required for initial and continued enrollment in the College of Nursing. Students must be able to perform each of the following essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

  1. Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of education preparation. Examples (not all inclusive) of necessary activities include identifying cause-effect relationships in clinical and classroom situation, use of scientific method in developing patient care plans; evaluation of effectiveness of nursing interventions.
  2. Professional relationships, Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups. Examples (not all inclusive) include the ability to establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues; capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution; peer accountability.
  3. Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interaction. Examples (not all inclusive) include explaining treatment procedures, initiating health teaching, and documenting and interpreting nursing actions and patient/client responses.
  4. Mobility as physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Examples (not inclusive) include moving around in clients' rooms, work spaces and treatment areas; and administering cardiopulmonary procedures.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care. Examples (not all inclusive) include completing examinations/evaluations by writing, typing or demonstration; calibrating and using equipment, and therapeutic positioning of clients.
  6. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Examples (not all inclusive) include hearing basic conversation; monitoring alarms, emergency signals and auscultatory sounds; and hearing cries for help.
  7. Visual abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. Examples (not all inclusive) include reading documents such as patient charts and laboratory reports, reading calibrations on syringes, sphygmomanometers, and thermometers, and equipment outputs such as waves, printouts, and digital readings; and accurately observing client behaviors such as color changes and nonverbal communication and responses to treatments.
  8. Tactile abilities sufficient for physical assessment. Examples (not all inclusive) include performing palpation, percussion, temperature changes, complete physical examinations and other activities related to therapeutic interventions.
  9. Behavioral/Social abilities sufficient to demonstrate emotional stability, maintenance or composure under stress, development of mature, empathetic and effective nurse-patient relationships and use of sound and unimpaired judgment in classroom and clinical activities.

These core performance standards are not intended to be complete listing of all nursing behaviors, but they are a sampling of the types of abilities needed by nursing students to meet program objectives and requirements. The College or its affiliated agencies may identify additional critical behaviors or abilities. The identified core performance standards are revised and adopted from the Americans with Disabilities Act implications for Nursing Education (revised 2008).

Responsibility Compliance with Clinical Agencies

Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required by clinical agencies. The College of Nursing may not be able to provide alternative placements for students. Failure to meet this requirement may lead to exclusion from required clinical educational experiences and prevent completion of the program.

RN-BSN (All Classes Online)

Fall Semester

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
NUR 339INFO MGMT IN HEALTHCARE 3
NUR 410TRANSITION INTO PROFESS ROLES 3
NUR 411THEORETICAL APPL IN PROF NURS 3
NUR 413NUR LEADERSHIP PROF PRACT 5
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Spring
NUR 412CARE FOR AGGREGATES, FAM POP 7
NUR 414HTH ASSESS PRACTICING PROF NUR 3
NUR 419SCHOLRY INQUIRY IN NURSING PRA 3
NUR 420EVIDENCE BASED NURS PRACTICE 3
NUR 000NURSING-CREDIT BY VALIDATION 39
 Term Semester Hours: 55
 Total Semester Hours: 69

New Curriculum as of May 1, 2016

Year 1
Semester 1Semester Hours
NUR 339INFO MGMT IN HEALTHCARE 3
NUR 410TRANSITION INTO PROFESS ROLES 3
 Term Semester Hours: 6
Semester 2
NUR 417NURS CARE VUL POP (Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations) 4
NUR 414HTH ASSESS PRACTICING PROF NUR 3
NUR 413NUR LEADERSHIP PROF PRACT 5
 Term Semester Hours: 12
Semester 3
NUR 422CAR FAM AGG POP RN (Caring for Families, Aggregates, and Populations ) 6
NUR 421AC CARE NURS RNBSN (Acute Care for the Practicing RN ) 3
NUR 423EVID BASED RN (Evidence Based Nursing for the Practicing RN) 3
NUR 000NURSING-CREDIT BY VALIDATION 37
 Term Semester Hours: 49
 Total Semester Hours: 67