Nursing

The Department of Nursing at Tarleton State University offers options for beginning a career in nursing or advancing that career. Tarleton offers educational opportunities at the Bachelors (Bachelor of Science in Nursing [BSN]) and Masters (Maser of Science in Nursing [MSN]) levels. For further information on the MSN program, see the graduate section of this catalog.

TSU nursing students are challenged to strive for excellence and professionalism in the classroom, laboratory, clinical agency and community setting. Upon successful completion of the BSN curriculum, generic and LVN to BSN graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse and to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Overview of BSN Entry Options

The BSN program offers three entry options:

  • A traditional (generic) program of study for those students who are not licensed as vocational nurses (LVN) or registered nurses (RN). 
  • The LVN to BSN entry is offered for licensed vocational nurses desiring to advance their education and experience to the baccalaureate level. 
  • The RN to BSN option is for the currently licensed registered nurse who has completed a diploma or an associate degree in nursing and desires to expand to the baccalaureate level.  

Locations

  • Traditional program of study (generic) is taught on the Stephenville campus.
  • LVN to BSN entry is taught on the Stephenville campus or in Waco on the McLennan Community College campus.
  • RN to BSN entry is taught on the Fort Worth campus.

Course Delivery Method

  • Courses in the generic and LVN to BSN entries are taught weekly, face-to-face in the classroom. That is, the students meet in person with the instructor weekly on the respective campus. 
  • The RN to BSN entry is delivered using a hybrid or blended learning approach which combines face-to-face classroom and online learning activities through Blackboard, Tarleton's learning management system.

Clinical or Experiential Learning

Nursing is a practice discipline that includes both direct and indirect care activities that impact health outcomes. Therefore, clinical or experiential learning opportunities are a vital part of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum for all entries (generic, LVN to BSN, and RN to BSN). A complementary relationship exists between classroom and clinical or experiential learning components of the curiculum.

Clinical Locations for Generic and LVN to BSN Students

For the generic and LVN to BSN student, on-campus simulation labs, as well as, hospitals and other clinical agencies in Brown, Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, and Tarrant Counties are available for clinical experiences. Many clinical experiences occur in Fort Worth and/or Waco locations.

Experiential Learning Locations for RN to BSN Students

Experiential learning opportunities designed for RN to BSN students consists of group and individual projects in the community and leadership experiences in the hospital. 

Accreditation

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 and the Texas Board of Nursing, http://www.bon.texas.gov/.

Mission

The Tarleton State University Department of Nursing exists to provide academically sound and clinically challenging programs that engage students in acquiring value-based understanding, attitude, knowledge, and skills essential for professional nursing careers, responsible citizenship, and leadership.

Vision

The Department of Nursing will be a collaborative working, teaching, and learning environment which promotes personal, professional, and program growth, diversity, and excellence.

BSN Program Outcomes

At the end of the program, the baccalaureate-prepared generalist nursing graduate will be able to:
Member of a Profession (Being)
  1. Develop and demonstrate professional standards, attitudes and values that are fundamental to the discipline of nursing.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism, including attention to appearance, demeanor, respect for self and others, and attention to professional and personal boundaries with patients and families as well as among caregivers.
  3. Participate in professional and civic organizations to support and advocate for agendas that enhance high quality, cost effective health care, and/or the advancement of the profession.
  4. Engage in continuous self-evaluation and life-long learning to foster professional growth and development, to improve own practice and maintain a current knowledge base.
Provider of Care (Doing)
  1. Function as a knowledge worker with strong critical reasoning, clinical judgment, communication and assessment skills.
  2. Practice within complex health care systems at a beginning proficiency and efficiency level to evaluate patient changes and progress over time and implement evidence-based nursing interventions to safely manage acute and chronic care of patients.
  3. Provide direct and indirect safe care for individuals, families, groups and populations with a focus on disease prevention, risk reduction, wellness, and health promotion across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  4. Provide patient-centered, compassionate and evidence-based care that identifies, respects, and addresses patient and family differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
  5. Use skills of inquiry, critical thinking, information literacy, information management and emerging technology methods to address practice issues and communicate effectively.
Patient Safety Advocate (Advocating)
  1. Function within scope and standards of nursing practice and organizational policies to promote quality and a safe environment which reduces risk.
  2. Seek guidance and further education as needed to safely implement nursing procedures and practices.
Member of the Healthcare Team (Collaborating)
  1. Manage healthcare transitions and/or referrals, communicate and collaborate with inter/intra-professional teams, identify system issues, and develop working skills in delegation, supervision, prioritization, advocacy, and coordination of care.
  2. Employ leadership and management principles in the development and initiation of effective plans for changes in microsystem and/or system-wide practice environments that lead to improvements in the quality of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

Advising

Stephenville campus: Nursing faculty serve as advisors for pre-nursing (students prior to admission into the nursing program) and nursing students (students admitted to the nursing program). Pre-admission nursing majors may be advised by a nursing faculty member or a representative of the Tarleton Academic Advising Center (AAC). An AAC representative is available in the nursing office suite (3rd floor of the Nursing Building) or in the AAC main office located in the Thompson Student Center.

Fort Worth campus: Nursing faculty advise students.

Waco: Nursing faculty advise students.

Traditional (Generic) Entry

Admission Requirements and Process for Generic BSN Students (Stephenville)

The process to apply for program admission is a two-step, competitive process. The two-step process to enter the nursing program is separate from, and in addition to, the application to Tarleton. Admission by Tarleton and the Department of Nursing are required. To be considered for nursing program admission, the individual MUST meet admission requirements and submit application materials to Tarleton and the Department of Nursing by the specified deadlines. Due to issue with nursing program capacity (limited faculty resources, clinical spaces, and lab space), meeting minimum requirements for each step is necessary, but not sufficient, to gain program admission.

STEP I Selection for Three Pre-admission Nursing Courses at Tarleton (NURS 2355, 2260, & 2265)
  1. Admission to Tarleton State University.
  2. Completion of at least 49 general education and non-nursing prerequisite credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade of "C".
  3. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 on completed designated English and Science prerequisite courses (ENGL 1301 & 1302, CHEM 1407, BIOL 2401, 2402, and BIOL 2420).
  4. Completion of at least three of the four required science courses (CHEM 1407, BIOL 2401, 2402, and 2420) by the end of this semester. (BIOL 2401 is a prerequisite course to NURS 2260)
  5. Achieve a minimum of 24 course points. Find out more about the point system.
STEP II Nursing Program Application Process while Taking Pre-Nursing Courses
  1. Completion of 56 general education and non-nursing prerequisite credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade of "C." All courses (except an upper level elective) are to be completed prior to the first class day.
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 on designated English and Science prerequisite courses [(a) ENGL 1301 and 1302; (b) CHEM 1407; (c) BIOL 2401 and 2402; and (d) BIOL 2420] by the end of the semester enrolled in pre-admission (or pre-nursing ) courses.
  3. Completion of the three pre-admission nursing courses (NUR 2355, 2260, and 2265) at Tarleton with a grade of "B" or better.
  4. Achieve one of the following:
    • TEAS® 6 BSN score >= 70.6
    • HESI A-2 score >= 80
    • SAT math and verbal/reading only combined scores >= 1180
    • ACT score >= 24

Only scores from within 5 years and submitted directly from an authorized testing center will be accepted.

  5.  Achieve a minimum of 100 selection points (Course, GPA, & Entry Test points) before the residency points are added. Find out more about the point system.

  6. Be eligible for RN licensure upon graduation. Must receive criminal background clearance by the Texas Board of Nursing and answer no to eligibility questions or receive a Declaratory Order before acceptance (see part IV of the Department of Nursing application for more details).

Deadlines

For Step I, submit Permission to Register for Preadmission Courses form to the Nursing Office by March 15 to be considered for fall semester or October 15 to be considered for spring semester.

For Step II, in addition to being eligible for RN licensure, submit all application materials (application, narrative, and reference forms), nursing program admission test score (TEAS, HESI, SAT, or ACT), and the non-refundable $35 application fee (cashier's check or money order only made payable to TSU Department of Nursing) to the Department of Nursing by March 15 to be considered for fall semester or October 15 to be considered for spring semester.

Generic Entry Four Year Degree Plan Sequence (Stephenville)

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
GOVT 23053BIOL 24024
BIOL 24014HIST 13013
PSYC 23013MATH 13423
NURS 11001PSYC 23143
COMM 1311, 1315, or 23023 
 17 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 24204NURS 23553
PHIL 13013NURS 22652
WSES 13223NURS 22602
HIST 13023CHEM 14074
GOVT 23063Creative Arts Class 3 credit hours 
 16 11
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 32102NURS 36236
NURS 35205NURS 33023
NURS 33223NURS 33033
NURS 33603NURS 33183
 13 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 46126NURS 44404
NURS 44104NURS 44254
NURS 43083NURS 45605
 13 13
Total credit hours: 114

LVN to BSN

Admission Requirements for LVN-BSN Students (Stephenville)

  1. Completion of 56 general education and non-nursing prerequisite credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade of "C." All courses (except an upper level elective) are to be completed prior to the first class day.
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 on designated English and Science prerequisite courses prior to the first class day: (a) ENGL 1301 and 1302; (b) CHEM 1407; (c) BIOL 2401 and 2402; and (d) BIOL 2420.
  3. Achieve one of the following:
  4. TEAS® 6 BSN score >= 70.6
  5. HESI A-2 score >= 80
  6. SAT math and verbal/reading only combined scores >= 1180
  7. ACT score >= 24

Only scores from within 5 years and submitted directly from an authorized testing center will be accepted.

     4.  Achieve a minimum of 100 selection points (Course, GPA, & Entry Test points) before the residency points are added. The point system information is available by clicking here.

     5.  Current unencumbered license as a licensed vocational nurse or licensed practical nurse in the United States and be eligible for unencumbered licensure as a licensed vocational nurse in Texas. Proof of a current unencumbered Texas license must be demonstrated by the start of course work. This includes completion of a criminal background clearance by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Admission Process for LVN-BSN Students (Stephenville)

Applications are due July 1 for Fall semester entry and November 1 for Spring semester entry

Applications submitted past the due date will not be processed.

To be considered for program admission, the individual MUST meet admission requirements and submit application materials to Tarleton and the Department of Nursing by the specified timeframe/deadline. Application to the nursing program is separate from, and in addition to, the application to Tarleton.  Acceptance by Tarleton and the Department of Nursing is required.

  1. Apply to Tarleton State University. Application is online (through ApplyTexas); links to the application are available via the website at http://www.tarleton.edu/admissions/index.html. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. This process includes a nonrefundable fee.
  2. Apply to the Department of Nursing at Tarleton State University. The Department of Nursing paper application materials are available in the Nursing Office or on the website.  This process also includes a nonrefundable fee of $35.
  3. In addition to being eligible for RN licensure, submit all application materials (application, narrative, and reference forms), nursing program admission test score (TEAS, HESI, SAT, or ACT), and the non-refundable $35 application fee (cashier's check or money order only made payable to TSU Department of Nursing) to the Nursing Department.

Applications submitted after the deadline or without the application fee (cashier's check or money order only) will not be considered.

LVN to BSN Curriculum (Stephenville)

NURS 2260Nursing Pathophysiology2
NURS 2265Nursing Pharmacology I2
NURS 3322Health Assessment3
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 3302Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3623Nursing Care for Adults6
NURS 4308Nursing Care of Infants and Children3
NURS 4410 [WI] Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 4612Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs6
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4560Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
The LVN is awarded 7 semester credit hours for past education upon successful completion of BSN program requriements.

Admission Requirements for LVN-BSN Students (Waco)

  1. Completion of 56 general education and non-nursing prerequisite credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade of "C." All courses (except an upper level elective) are to be completed prior to the first class day.
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 on designated English and Science prerequisite courses prior to the first class day: (a) ENGL 1301 and 1302; (b) CHEM 1407; (c) BIOL 2401 and 2402; and (d) BIOL 2420.
  3. Achieve one of the following:
  4. TEAS® 6 BSN score >= 70.6
  5. HESI minimum composite score of 80 on Math and Reading
  6. SAT math and verbal/reading only combined scores >= 1180
  7. ACT score >= 24

Only scores from within 5 years and submitted directly from an authorized testing center will be accepted.

             4.  Achieve a minimum of 100 selection points (Course, GPA, & Entry Test points) before the residency points are added. The point system information is available by clicking here.

             5.  Current unencumbered license as a licensed vocational nurse or licensed practical nurse in the United States and be eligible for unencumbered licensure as a licensed vocational nurse in Texas. Proof of a current unencumbered Texas license must be demonstrated by the start of course work.

Admission Process for LVN-BSN Students (Waco)

Applications are due July 1 for Fall semester entry.

Applications submitted past the due date will not be processed

To be considered for program admission the individual MUST meet admission requirements and submit application materials to Tarleton and the Department of Nursing or the University Center on the McLennan campus by the specified timeframe/deadline. Application to the nursing program is separate from, and in addition to, the application to Tarleton.  Acceptance by Tarleton and the Department of Nursing is required.

  1. Apply to Tarleton State University. Application is online (through ApplyTexas); links to the application are available via the website at http://www.tarleton.edu/admissions/index.html. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. This process includes a nonrefundable fee.
  2. Apply to the Department of Nursing at Tarleton State University. The Department of Nursing application materials are available via the official website at http://www.tarleteon.edu/nursing/LVVN%20to%20BSN%20Admissions%20Info.html. This process also includes a nonrefundable fee of $35.
  3. Have official test scores submitted, submit unofficial transcript review form, completed and signed application form, required narrative (see application), 3 reference forms (available online), and the nonrefundable $35 application fee (cashier's check or money order ONLY made payable to TSU Department of Nursing) to the University Center at McLennan Community College, Room MAC 128.

Applications submitted after the deadline or without the application fee (cashier's check or money order only) will not be considered.

LVN to BSN Curriculum (Waco)

NURS 3317Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses3
NURS 3322Health Assessment3
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 3302Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3416Care of Adults for Licensed Nurses4
NURS 4308Nursing Care of Infants and Children3
NURS 4410 [WI] Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 4612Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs6
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4560Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
The LVN is awarded 10 semester credit hours for past education upon successful completion of BSN program requirements.

RN to BSN

Admission Requirements for RN-BSN Students (Fort Worth)

  1. Completion of 53 of 59 general education requirements from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; all sciences and statistics course must be completed prior to admission. An upper level elective and the nutrition course may be completed concurrent with nursing courses. New graduates without a RN license and/or applicants lacking one or two general education courses may enter part time.
  2. Associate degree or diploma from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates from non-accredited institutions may request special consideration. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for these nursing courses.
  3. Hold a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States and be eligible for unencumbered licensure in Texas. Proof of unencumbered current Texas license must be demonstrated by the start of course work. Students will be unable to progress in the program after the first semester without RN licensure.
  4. Basic statistics course with a grade of “C” or better (included in the required prerequisite courses).
  5. Three completed reference forms from professional representatives (not friends or relatives). Ask the individual writing the letter to attest to your academic performance and aptitude, ability to perform in a leadership role, and potential to achieve the objectives of the bachelor’s degree. Use the recommendation form from the nursing website.
  6. Resume

Admission Process for RN-BSN Students (Fort Worth)

Applications are due June 1 for Fall semester entry and November 1 for Spring semester entry

To be considered for program admission the individual MUST meet admission requirements and submit application materials to Tarleton and the Department of Nursing by the specified timeframe/deadline. Application to the nursing program is separate from, and in addition to, the application to Tarleton. Acceptance by Tarleton and the Department of Nursing is required

  1. Apply to Tarleton State University. Application is online (through ApplyTexas); links to the application are available via the website www.tarleton.edu. This process includes submission of official transcripts and a nonrefundable fee.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to TSU Office of the Registrar at Tarleton State University, Box T-0620, Stephenville, TX 76402.
  2. Apply to the Department of Nursing at Tarleton State University. The Department of Nursing paper application materials are available via the website http://www.tarleton.edu/nursing . This process also includes a nonrefundable fee of $35 (cashier's check or money order made payable to TSU Department of Nursing).
  3. Submit completed Department of Nursing application form, resume, 3 letters of reference, and the application fee to the Nursing Office. Materials may be mailed to Nursing Office, Tarleton State University, Box T-0500, Stephenville, Texas 76402. Materials may also be submitted to the Fort Worth campus in person or by mail to Tarleton State University, H. Hickman Building, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 500, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

RN to BSN Curriculum (Fort Worth)

NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 3307Health Assess for Lic Nurses3
NURS 3317Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 4413 [WI] Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing4
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4314Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing3
The RN is awarded 31 semester credit hours for past education upon successful completion of BSN program requirements.

Immunizations and Health Requirements (All students)

These requirements are in place for the health and safety of Tarleton State University nursing students and their patients and compliance with healthcare facility requirements. Students will work with patients that are at risk/susceptible to infectious disease processes. An important point to recognize is that most infectious diseases are contagious before a person is symptomatic. Records will be kept through Verified Credentials; all documentation must meet requirements at all times during any course with a clinical requirement.

Please familiarize yourself with the information contained below. We recommend checking costs at different locations as immunizations can be costly.

Potential problematic areas:

  1. In obtaining vaccines it is important to note that all live vaccines (MMR, Varicella, LAIV (Nasal flu) have to be given on the same day or separated by 28 days.
  2. If a student is getting a PPD (tuberculin skin test) and a live vaccine it has to be done on the same day or they have to be separated by 30 days. If done sooner, there is a potential for a false positive, resulting in increased cost, and/or treatment (chest-x-rays) when not needed.

Submitted On Admission

  1. TB Skin Test
  2. PPD (reported in mm) OR
  3. Quantiferon (QFT) serum test OR
  4. If New +TB Test results then Follow/Up by healthcare provider (chest X-ray, symptoms check and possible treatment,) may need to complete health questionnaire OR  
  5. If History of +TB results then provide proof of chest X-ray and submit negative symptom check from health care provider in past 12 months OR
  6. If no proof of +TB Test available, then chest X-ray OR
  7. If History of BCG vaccination then 2-Step TB Test or QFT OR  
  8. If history of +TB Test and +chest X-ray and symptoms: must see healthcare provider for treatment before school entry

  2.  Hepatitis B

  • 3 doses, initial dose followed by 2nd dose 4 weeks later followed by 3rd dose 6 months later OR 
  • A titer showing immunity OR
  • Signed waiver for students who decline vaccination

  3.  MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • Proof of vaccination (2 doses) OR
  • Proof of immunity by titer to all three (MMR)

  4.  Varicella (Chicken Pox)

  • One dose if received 1st dose before age 12. If not, 2 doses with 2nd dose at least 4 weeks after 1st dose OR
  • Proof of immunity by titer.

  5.  Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis

  • Tdap within last 10 years required one time at admission

  6.  CPR

  • Health provider level (adult, infant, child, AED) by the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR

  7.  Influenza

  • Proof of annual vaccination(s) OR 
  • Signed waiver for students who decline vaccination
  • Note: the flu vaccination may be delayed until after program admission if admission occurs before the vaccine is available

  8.  Completed 10-panel urine Drug Screen (at location required by the school; more information provided in admission letter)--Additional drug screens may be required by clinical agencies, randomly, and/or for cause.

Submitted Annually To Be Current Before 1st Class Day

  1. TB Skin Test
  2. New one-step PPD (reported in MM) OR
  3. New Quantiferon Serum Test OR
  4. If New + TB Test results→ Follow/Up with healthcare provider, chest X-ray, & symptom check OR
  5. Known +TB skin results and prior negative chest X-ray results: submit annual symptom check from healthcare provider

  2.  CPR (if will expire prior to May 15)

  • Health provider level (adult, infant, child, AED)

Submitted Annually Prior to Beginning of Clinical or Experiential Learning

  1. Influenza vaccination
  2. Proof of annual vaccination(s) OR signed waiver for students who decline vaccination
  3. Proof of Personal Health Insurance Coverage

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

  • The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing requires a minimum of 120 semester hours.  
  • All students must complete all degree requirements with a grade of "C" or better including the university general education requirements and courses required for the major.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Required Courses
All students must complete all degree requirements with a grade of "C" or better including the university general education requirements and courses required for the major.
General Education Requirements 142
BIOL 2401 [shared] Anatomy and Physiology I
NURS 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies in Nursing
BIOL 2402 [shared] Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2420Microbiology for Non-Science Majors4
CHEM 1407Fundamentals of Chemistry4
MATH 1342 [shared] Elementary Statistical Methods
WSES 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
PSYC 2301 [shared] General Psychology
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
Advised Advanced Elective3
Total Hours59
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Traditional (Generic) BSN Student
NURS 2355Concepts of Professional Nursing3
NURS 2260Nursing Pathophysiology2
NURS 2265Nursing Pharmacology I2
NURS 3302Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3210Nursing Pharmacology II2
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3520Foundations of Nursing Care5
NURS 3322Health Assessment3
NURS 3623Nursing Care for Adults6
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 4308Nursing Care of Infants and Children3
NURS 4410 [WI] Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 4612Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs6
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4560Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
Total Hours61
LVN to BSN Waco Program Entry
The LVN is awarded 10 SCH of credit for passed education upon successful completion of the transition semester10
NURS 3317Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses3
NURS 3322Health Assessment3
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 3302Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3416Care of Adults for Licensed Nurses4
NURS 4308Nursing Care of Infants and Children3
NURS 4410 [WI] Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 4612Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs6
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4560Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
Total Hours61
RN to BSN Program Entry
The RN is awarded 31 SCH of credit for past education upon successful completion of these courses.31
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 3307Health Assess for Lic Nurses3
NURS 3317Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 4413 [WI] Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing4
NURS 4314Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing3
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
Total Hours61
LVN to BSN Stephenville Program Entry
The LVN is awarded 7 SCH of credit for past education upon successful completion of the transition semester.7
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions3
NURS 2260Nursing Pathophysiology2
NURS 2265Nursing Pharmacology I2
NURS 3302Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing3
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community Health Nursing3
NURS 3623Nursing Care for Adults6
NURS 4308Nursing Care of Infants and Children3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 4410 [WI] Nursing Leadership and Management4
NURS 4425Population Health Nursing4
NURS 4440 [WI] Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family4
NURS 4560Transition to Professional Nursing Practice5
NURS 4612Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs6
NURS 3322Health Assessment3
NURS 3318Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice3
Total Hours61
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Please see Academic Information section.

Courses

NURS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Nursing. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from a Department of Nursing perspective.

NURS 2260. Nursing Pathophysiology. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the life span taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, and cultural variables. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking for application to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Pre- or co-requisite NURS 2355.

NURS 2265. Nursing Pharmacology I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Ethical/legal and cultural considerations are explored. Prerequisite: NURS 2355.

NURS 2355. Concepts of Professional Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes core professional standards, attitudes, and values fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Legal and ethical nursing issues, communication, caring, professional boundaries and engagement in life long learning receive special attention. Admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite: General Education requirements (core complete).

NURS 3210. Nursing Pharmacology II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

The course provides the student with the opportunity to study the pathophysiological processes in relation to pharmacotherapy. Emphasis is on principles of safe administration of medications and patient education for major drug classifications. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program and NURS 2265. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3302. Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Focus is on culturally sensitive care for individuals within the context of family and community during the childbearing period including care of the neonate. Clinical experiences are provided in the simulation lab and in area hospitals. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3303. Behavioral Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Emphasizes behavioral health principles in nursing care of mentally and emotionally disabled patients and their families. Knowledge of specific psychopharmacological agents is applied to treatment outcomes. Clinical practicum provides opportunities to examine common psychopathologies, developmental disorders, and community mental health phenomena in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3305. Professional Role Transitions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes core professional standards, attitudes and values fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Responsibility and accountability for role transition, professional growth and practice are also included. This course is designed for LVNs and RNs admitted for BSN completion. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3307. Health Assess for Lic Nurses. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Fosters acquisition of skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Explores history taking and the physical examination with consideration given to developmental and ethnocultural variations. Clinical laboratory builds on prior client experiences and known norms; common deviations in health status are identified. This course is offered exclusively to licensed nurses. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 3305. Lab fee $2.

NURS 3314. Perioperative Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Allows students to expand their understanding and skill in providing care to patients during all phases of the perioperative period. Clinical experiences include outpatient surgery and diagnostic procedure areas of hospitals as well as traditional surgical areas. Prerequisite: Completion of the Sophomore II Nursing semester. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3317. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the life span taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, and cultural variables. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking for application to nursing practice. This course also introduces current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite or co-requisite: NURS 3305.

NURS 3318. Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Initially focuses on an introduction to nursing informatics and the use of databases for research to support evidence based nursing practice. The course then moves to an applied understanding of evidence based practice as it relates to the science of nursing with emphasis on appraisal, critique and dissemination of nursing research. Prerequisite: NURS 3305.

NURS 3322. Health Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Fosters the acquisition of skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment of adults. Clinical/laboratory experiences focus on norms in well patient while identifying common deviations in health status of adults of ages in the simulation lab. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3360. Family and Community Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

Presents the theory and systems to provide family and community-based health care for individuals and families. Clinical experiences are individualized and will include public health departments, home health, community clinics and specialized care delivery settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3416. Care of Adults for Licensed Nurses. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Introduces a systematic conceptually based approach to patient centered care. Emphasizes the study of pathophysiologic and pharmacotherapeutic processes as the body responds to stress, injury, and disease. Focuses on evaluation of safe performance of direct care skills. Clinical experiences occur in the simulation lab and the acute care setting. This course is for LVNs admitted for BSN completion. Prerequisite: Pre- or corequisite NURS 3305. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3520. Foundations of Nursing Care. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

Introduces a systematic approach to patient-centered care. Emphasis is on understanding of knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Focuses on safe performance of direct care skills within the simulation lab and in hospital or long-term settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program, NURS 3210. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3623. Nursing Care for Adults. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Continues to utilize conceptual based process to focus on nursing care of adult medical-surgical patients. Emphasis is on clinical judgment, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care of adult patients in a variety of health care settings and simulation lab. Prerequisites: NURS 3210, 3520, and 3322. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4086. Nursing Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-4 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course allows the student to explore a topic of special interest while working independently under the guidance of an instructor. The student formulates objectives and a plan of evaluation of the project. May be repeated for credit, subject to approval by the head of the Department of Nursing. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in the nursing major or approval of department head.

NURS 4301. Emergency Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Refines the nursing process in caring for clients of all ages experiencing medical/surgical emergencies, psychosocial crises, and trauma. Clinical experiences include provision of emergency care to individuals and diverse populations in acute care facilities and rural community settings. Transcultural competencies and critical reasoning are reinforced. Pre- or corequisites: NUR 315, 321.

NURS 4302. Transcultural Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Considers assumptions about health, illness, and death that are deeply entwined within cultural, social, and religious beliefs. Alternative healing systems and practices in contemporary society will be explored, as well as differences between provider and client cultures. Clinical experiences among diverse ethnocultural populations will enhance self awareness and culturally competent care. Prerequisites: NUR 315, 321.

NURS 4303. Nursing in the United Kingdom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is a study abroad course that examines nursing history, healthcare delivery, nursing practice and nursing education in the United Kingdom as compared to the United States. Study abroad is optional and at the student's expense. The course serves as an Applied Learning Experience (ALE).

NURS 4308. Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Utilizes a conceptual based process to focus on acute and chronic care, health promotion, injury prevention, disability and end of life issues in infants and children and the impact on their families. Emphasis is on culturally sensitive care and communication. Clinical experiences in acute care, simulation lab and community settings incorporate an interdisciplinary collaborative approach in the delivery of care. Prerequisites: NURS 3416 or 3623 and 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4314. Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes the utilization of power in positive ways to impact health care policy In today's society. Also discusses the place of ethics in health care provision of care and use of resources. The politics of health care of nursing are integrated throughout. Involvement in legal and policy making organizations is encouraged. Prerequisite: NURS 3305, 3317, and 4413.

NURS 4410. Nursing Leadership and Management. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours). [WI]

Emphasizes leadership and management theories in practical application to issues arising in nursing management positions. Clinical experiences focus on management of multiple patients in acute care and interactive observation of leaders and managers in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3623 Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4413. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

Examines leadership and management theories in practical application to issues arising in nursing middle management positions. Course designed for alternate entry students (LVN to BSN, RN to BSN, and RN to MSN). Clinical experiences with leaders and managers in a variety of settings will focus on improving patient care. Prerequisites: NURS 3305 and NURS 3416. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4425. Population Health Nursing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Presents the theory and systems to provide health care services to communities, or populations as the unit of care. The focus of clinical experiences is a population based assessment, program management, and resource development for a service learning project based on assessment and findings and public health needs. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4440. Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours). [WI]

Focus is on risk reduction, disease prevention, and strategies for health promotion, restoration, and maintenance in a vulnerable older population. Emphasis is placed on integrating assessment, data analysis, therapeutic communication, and critical thinking skills to direct culturally sensitive care of older adults. Clinical experiences are conducted in a variety of health care settings and the simulation lab. Prerequisites: Completion of previous level (Senior I) Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4560. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Course fosters synthesis and validation of the curricular concepts gained in prior semesters. Immersion experience to promote transition to practice is based in a rural locale to facilitate study of the geopolitical aspects of a particular manageable and measurable setting. Time will be dedicated to administering standardized tests used in assessing some student learning outcomes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all graduation requirements with the exception of concurrent enrollment in NURS 4425 and 4440. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4612. Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Comprehensive care of the adult experiencing complex health alterations within the framework of human caring. Clinical experiences occur in specialty settings and simulation lab. Prerequisite: NURS 3416 or 3623. Lab fee: $2.

Dr. Dok Woods, Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program
Department of Nursing
Nursing Building
Box T-0500
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9139
(254) 968-9716
woods@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/nursing

Professor

  • Evans, Dr. Elaine

Associate professor

  • Rugari, Dr. Susan

Assistant professors

  • Figueroa, Alicia
  • Gibbs, Dr. Zelda
  • Glidewell, Mercy
  • Joplin-Gonzales, Dr. Pam
  • Kunce-Collins, Diana
  • McDermott, Dr. Sandi
  • Owen, Dr. Amy
  • Pehl, Dr. Samantha
  • Winton, Dr. Mary
  • Winslow, Dr. Amy
  • Woods, Dr. Dokagari
  • Yeager, Dr. Jennifer

Instructor

  • Bumpas, Jerilyn
  • Carswell, Michele
  • Davis, Ashley
  • Fernandez, Sheryl
  • Gaither, Nancy
  • Medina, Ashleigh
  • Steen, Donna
  • Tillery, Tammy

Adjunct Instructor

  • Dammers, Marsha
  • Haggard, Traci
  • Inman, Michelle
  • McCarthy, Dr. Cindy
  • Neff, Bill
  • Sales-McGee, Kimberly
  • Simpson, Deanna
  • Slaughter, Christie
  • Spears, Joy
  • Stephens, Allisha
  • Trotter, Angela
  • Walker, Dr. Charles
  • Weatherly, Katie