2020-21 Catalogs

BS in Nursing - Traditional Program

This program prepares individuals to begin their nursing practice in a variety of health care settings and in specialty areas. Graduates possess generalist nursing knowledge, an orientation to leadership, and a foundation to begin graduate studies.

The baccalaureate nursing program requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits of study and culminates in a baccalaureate degree (B.S.). Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students must fulfill the USM general education requirements by completing any one of the following pathways: the USM Core Curriculum, the Russell Scholars Program, or the University Honors Program. Beginning coursework in the baccalaureate curriculum includes English composition, quantitative decision making, natural and behavioral sciences, arts, and humanities.

Nursing content at the upper division is organized to facilitate integration of nursing knowledge and skills and to draw on a foundation of learning from other disciplines. The nursing curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop skills in partnering with various community stakeholders to identify community strengths, resources, and needs. Students have experiences that involve assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for individuals of all ages: in families, groups of clients, and communities across the health continuum. Inpatient and outpatient settings, community health agencies, public health settings, long-term care facilities, schools, and industries are used for clinical experiences.

Students follow a specific sequence of didactic and clinical courses with a student cohort group. Deviation from the sequence requires permission from the School of Nursing.

Sample plan of study:

Year 1, Fall Semester (13.5-14.5 credits)
     EYE Entry Year Experience Core course (3 cr)
     College Writing* (3 cr)
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I* (3 cr)
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology* I (1.5 cr)
     MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics (4 cr)  or PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology (3 cr)

Year 1, Spring Semester (16.5 credits)
     BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* (3 cr)
     BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II* (1.5 cr)
     CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences* or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)
     NUR 100 Introduction to Professional Nursing* (3 cr) (Note: NUR 200 also accepted for students with 60+ credits completed)
     PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology* (3 cr)
     Creative Expression Core course (3 cr)

Year 2, Fall Semester (14 credits)
     BIO 281 Microbiology for Health Sciences* (3 cr)
     BIO 282 Microbiological Laboratory* (2 cr)
     CON 356 Concepts in Community Health (3 cr)
     SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology* (3 cr)
     Cultural Interpretation Core course (3 cr)

Year 2, Spring Semester (15 credits)
     BIO 345 Pathophysiology* (3 cr)
     CON 252 Human Nutrition* (3 cr)
     HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development* (3 cr)
     NUR 321 Health-Related Research (formerly CON 321) (3 cr)
     Elective or minor course (3 cr)

Year 3, Fall Semester (16 credits)
     NUR 300 Health Assessment* (2 cr)
     NUR 301 Health Assessment Lab* (1 cr)
     NUR 302 Pharmacology* (3 cr)
     NUR 306 Nursing Arts and Science* (3 cr)
     NUR 307 Fundamentals in Nursing Lab* (2 cr)
     NUR 330 Mental Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 331 Mental Health Nursing Clinical (2 cr)

Year 3, Spring Semester (15 credits)
     NUR 313 Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 323 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 325 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing Clinical (4 cr)
     NUR 332 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community (2 cr)
     NUR 339 Community Nursing Partnerships I Clinical (2 cr)
     Elective course (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester (14 credits)
     NUR 341 Community Nursing Partnerships II Clinical (2 cr)
     NUR 420 Reproductive and Pediatric Nursing Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 421 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 422 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing Clinical (1.5 cr)
     NUR 424 Clinically-Applied Genetics (2 cr)
     NUR 427 Child Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 428 Child Health Nursing Clinical (1.5 cr)

Year 4, Spring Semester (16 credits)
     NUR 413 Advanced Nursing Skills Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 423 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult (3 cr)
     NUR 425 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Clinical (2 cr)
     NUR 470 Leadership and Ethics (3 cr)
     NUR 480 Practicum/Care Management Seminar and Clinical (3 cr)
     NUR 490 Capstone in Nursing (1 cr)
     Elective course (3 cr)

Total credits for the sample plan of study: 120-121 (depending on which statistics course is selected)

*Must be completed prior to NUR 300, 301, 306, 307, 330, 331

Core curriculum requirements in science exploration, ethical inquiry, international, diversity, engaged learning, and sociocultural analysis are met through the Nursing curriculum.

The plan of study is subject to change.