Pre-Licensure Nursing

The Department of Pre Licensure Nursing in the School of Nursing at Tarleton State University offers a generic entry bachelor of science in nursing. The pre licensure generic entry (Bachelor of Science in Nursing [BSN]) is offered on the Stephenville Campus.

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 and degree conferred by the University, generic graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse and to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Licensed vocational nurses (LVN's) seeking a BSN degree will find more information regarding the LVN to BSN program at https://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_undergrad.html.

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®).

Mission

The School of Nursing provides student-focused academically and clinically challenging programs that engage students in acquiring evidence-based, value-driven knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for professional nursing careers, responsible citizenship, and leadership. 

Values

The Tarleton Nursing Program core values guide the working, teaching, and learning environment. These values include altruism, autonomy, excellence, human dignity, integrity, leadership, service, social justice, civility, and tradition.

• Altruism is the concern and advocacy for the well-being of others. This is reflected by the faculty and students’ regard for the welfare and well-being of each other, our constituents, and public at large.

• Autonomy is the right to self-determination demonstrated through respect of patients, nurses, students, and faculty’s rights to independent, informed, and supportive decision making.

• Excellence is not perfection. Excellence occurs when each person works to exceed one’s own expectations and supports others in their quest to do the same.

• Respect for the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations, including patients, faculty, administration, students, and other constituents. Human dignity embraces civility, kindness, and inclusion by valuing others and expecting better of ourselves.

• Quality of high moral character that includes honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, and stewardship. Integrity is putting one’s moral compass into action congruent with an appropriate code of ethics and standards of practice.

• Leadership is the ability to utilize interpersonal skills, theoretical knowledge, self-awareness, flexibility, critical thinking, and influence to promote quality outcomes in health care and nursing education.

• Commitment to the common good and being a responsible citizen. Service broadens perspective and deepens understanding by reaching out to improve well-being of local and global communities.

• Acting in accordance with fair treatment and civility of all humans, including a commitment to the health of vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities. In nursing education, social justice is exhibited toward students, faculty, administration, and other constituents.

• Imparting values and beliefs from generation to generation fueled by legacy inherited from the past and created for the future. Our traditions such as convocation and pinning are a source of pride and common identity. New traditions will emerge through exposure to the rich history and metamorphosis of nursing, education, and health care. 

BSN Program Outcomes

At the end of the program, the baccalaureate-prepared generalist nursing graduate will be able to:
  • Demonstrate professional standards, attitudes, and core values that are fundamental to the discipline of nursing. 
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  • 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.
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  • Function as a knowledge-worker with strong clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, communication and assessment skills.
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  • Safely practices in complex health care systems incorporating evidence-based nursing interventions to manage client changes while addressing differences, values, preferences and expressed needs. 
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  • Function within scope and standards of nursing practice and organizational policies to promote quality and a safe environment which reduces risk.
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  • Manage health care transitions and/or referrals, communicate and collaborate within inter/intra-professional teams, identify system issues, and develop working skills in delegation, supervision, prioritization, advocacy, and coordination of care.

Location of Pre Licensure Nursing

  • Traditional program of study (generic) is taught on the Stephenville campus. 

Course Delivery Method

  • Courses are taught weekly, face-to-face in the classroom. 

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. A complementary relationship exists between classroom and clinical or experiential learning components of the curriculum.

Clinical Locations 

For the generic 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.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate and master's degree program in nursing at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (http://www.bon.texas.gov/).

Advising

Prenursing advising appointments are scheduled through the Academic Advising Website.

Advising in the nursing program is through assigned faculty advisors. 

Admission Requirements and Process for Generic BSN Students (Stephenville)

The process to apply for program admission is a two-step, highly 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 School of Nursing are required. To be considered for nursing program admission, the student MUST meet minimum admission requirements and submit application materials to Tarleton and the School of Nursing by the specified deadlines. Meeting minimum requirements for each step is necessary, but not sufficient, to gain program admission.  Admission is NOT GUARANTEED but dependent upon the rank order of applicants (competitive rank in the application pool) and availability of spaces.  

The admission process is located at https://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_undergrad.html.

Deadlines

Fall admissions deadline is March 15th and spring admissions deadline is October 15th.  Applications must be complete and submitted by the deadline. 

Immunizations and Health Requirements (All students)

For the health and safety of Tarleton State University nursing students and their patients and compliance with healthcare facility mandatory requirements, immunizations and health requirements is required for all nursing students. Records will be kept through a clinical compliance software.  All documentation requirements must be met at all times during any course with a clinical requirement.  All documentation in the clinical compliance software must be updated and accurate at all times. 

Notice:

  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.

If admitted to the nursing program, the mandatory requirements must be submitted by deadline. Students who do not upload all compliance documents in the clinical compliance software will not be allowed to begin classes until completed and compliant with all requirements.  

1. TB Skin Test

  • PPD (reported in mm) OR
  • Quantiferon (QFT) serum test OR
  • 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  
  • 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
  • If no proof of +TB Test available, then chest X-ray OR
  • If History of BCG vaccination then 2-Step TB Test or QFT OR  
  • 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) 
  • Note: the flu vaccination may be delayed until after program admission if admission occurs before the vaccine is available

  8.  Completed Urine Drug Screen -Additional drug screens may be required by clinical agencies, randomly, and/or for cause.

  9. Proof of Personal Health Insurance Coverage

Ongoing Requirements That Must Be Updated During the Nursing Program:

1. TB Skin Test

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

 2.  CPR 

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

  3. Influenza vaccination

  4. Proof of Personal Health Insurance Coverage

  5. All immunizations that expire during enrollment in the nursing program.

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 by the established School of Nursing guidelines, 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
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
MATH 1342 [shared] Elementary Statistical Methods
BIOL 2420Microbiology for Non-Science Majors4
CHEM 1407Fundamentals of Chemistry4
HECO 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 Stephenville Program Entry
NURS 2355Nursing Foundational Concepts and Competencies3
NURS 2360Nursing Pathophysiology3
NURS 2150Communication and Professional Nursing1
NURS 3300Pharmacology in Nursing3
NURS 3322Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 3510Lifespan Healthcare Delivery I5
NURS 3270Nursing Synthesis I2
NURS 3302Maternal and Child Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3521Lifespan Healthcare Delivery II5
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community-Based Nursing3
NURS 3180Nursing Synthesis II1
NURS 4630Lifespan Healthcare Delivery III6
NURS 4350Nursing Leadership in Healthcare3
NURS 4318 [WI] Nursing Research, Inquiry, & Evidence-Based Decision-making 3
NURS 4245Healthcare Informatics2
NURS 4498Transition to Professional Nursing Practice4
NURS 4425Population and Global Perspectives in Nursing4
NURS 4394Preparation for Professional Nursing3
NURS 4190Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice1
Total Hours61
LVN to BSN Waco Program Entry
The LVN is awarded 9 SCH of credit for past education upon successful completion of nursing courses.9
NURS 3430Nursing Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for LVNs4
NURS 3322Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 3415Lifespan Healthcare Delivery I for LVNs4
NURS 3333Communication and Professional Nursing for LVNs3
NURS 3302Maternal and Child Health Nursing3
NURS 3303Behavioral Health Nursing3
NURS 3425Lifespan Healthcare Delivery II for LVNs4
NURS 3360 [WI] Family and Community-Based Nursing3
NURS 4245Healthcare Informatics2
NURS 4350Nursing Leadership in Healthcare3
NURS 4535Lifespan Healthcare Delivery III for LVNs5
NURS 4318 [WI] Nursing Research, Inquiry, & Evidence-Based Decision-making 3
NURS 4498Transition to Professional Nursing Practice4
NURS 4425Population and Global Perspectives in Nursing4
NURS 4394Preparation for Professional Nursing3
NURS 4190Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice1
Total Hours61
RN to BSN Fort Worth Program Entry
The RN is awarded 31 SCH of credit for past education upon successful completion of nursing courses.31
NURS 3305Professional Role Transitions for RNs3
NURS 3342Health Assessment and Clinical Skills for RNs3
NURS 3440Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for RNs4
NURS 3345Healthcare Informatics for RNs3
NURS 3348 [WI] Evidence Based Practice for RNs3
NURS 4360Family and Community Health Nursing for RNs3
NURS 4450 [WI] Nursing Leadership in Healthcare for RNs4
NURS 4455Population Health Nursing for RNs4
NURS 4314Policy, Politics, and Ethics 3
Total Hours61

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 2150. Communication and Professional Nursing. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the pre-nursing student to the concepts and processes of communication, the language of nursing, and the interpersonal skills required for working with people. Personal evolution, beginning professional evolution and evolution of nursing as a profession are described. Prerequisites: Completion of 53 hours of general education courses including ENGL1301, ENGL 1302, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, and CHEM 1407 or 1411. Acceptance to take prenursing courses and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2355 and 2360.

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. Nursing Foundational Concepts and Competencies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes core concepts and competencies of patient centered care across the lifespan. Various professional standards of behavior, attitude, and values related to the theories and concepts of nursing will be examined. Socioeconomic, political, and cultural aspects of healthcare delivery and patient centered care will be discussed. Prerequisites: Completion of 53 hours of general education courses including ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, and CHEM 1407 or 1411. Acceptance to take prenursing courses and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2360 and 2150.

NURS 2360. Nursing Pathophysiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on concepts of pathophysiology of common disease processes across the lifespan with considerations to genetic, ethnic, cultural, and environmental variables. Relates the nursing role in the care of individuals experiencing pathophysiologic processes. Prerequisites: Completion of 53 hours of general education courses including ENGL1301, ENGL1302, BIOL2401, BIOL2402, Biol2420, and CHEM1407 or 1411. Acceptance to take prenursing courses and concurrent enrollment in NURS2360 and 2150.

NURS 3180. Nursing Synthesis II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is the synthesis of the content taught in Level II courses: Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Lifespan Health Care Delivery II, and Family and Community-Based Nursing. This course continues reinforcing the concepts of patient centered care, safety, procedures, infection control, and assessment with the addition of the management of electronic health records (EHR) and increasingly complex disease processes in a simulated clinical setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level I courses.

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 3270. Nursing Synthesis I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is the synthesis of the content taught in Level I courses: Pharmacology in Nursing, Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, and Lifespan Healthcare Delivery I. Basic techniques in patient centered care, safety, procedures, infection control, and assessment are taught in a simulated clinical setting. Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program.

NURS 3300. Pharmacology in Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course introduces current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Basic principles of mechanism of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications through discussions utilizing drug prototypes and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

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

This course provides instructional and clinical learning experiences in providing culturally sensitive care to the childbearing family during ante-partum, intra-partum and postpartum periods in a variety of settings. Care of the newborn through the first year of life is addressed. Health issues relating to growth and development are explored. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level I courses. 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. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level I courses.

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

This course facilitates socialization as a BSN prepared nurse. Professional standards, attitudes and values central to the profession of nursing are explored. Responsibility and accountability for role transition, professional growth and practice are addressed. 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, and NURS 3305 as either a pre or co-requisite.

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 clients from infancy to older adult. Clinical/laboratory experiences focus on norms in well clients while identifying common deviations in health status of clients of all ages. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3333. Communication and Professional Nursing for LVNs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course facilitates socialization as a BSN prepared nurse. Professional standards, attitudes and values central to the profession of nursing are explored. Responsibility and accountability for role transition, professional growth, and practice are addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3342. Health Assessment and Clinical Skills for RNs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2.5 Hours, Lab: 1.5 Hour).

The course fosters expansion of skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment of clients from infancy to older adult. Experiential learning focuses on norms in well clients while identifying common deviations in health status of clients of all ages. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3345. Healthcare Informatics for RNs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

In this course students will examine theories and standards related to healthcare informatics. The course will explore the concept of digital literacy, protection and confidentiality of health information, and issues related to healthcare informatics and nursing care. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3348. Evidence Based Practice for RNs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The course is designed for students to develop skills as a consumer of research. The research process, critical appraisal of published research studies that use a variety of research designs, and the role of research in evidence-based practice are addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

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

This course 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. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program and successful completion of Level I courses. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3415. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery I for LVNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A conceptual based teaching approach building on foundational concepts and competencies throughout the lifespan. Healthcare exemplars direct utilization of the nursing process to assist in awareness of client changes in physiological integrity and beginning awareness of changes in psychosocial integrity. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

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 3425. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery II for LVNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course uses a conceptual based process to focus on nursing care of medical-surgical patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is on clinical judgment, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, concept mapping and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care in a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level I courses.

NURS 3430. Nursing Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for LVNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the lifespan, taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, environmental and cultural variables in pharmacologic and nursing management. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3440. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for RNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the lifespan, taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, environmental, and cultural variables in pharmacologic and nursing management. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3510. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery I. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

A conceptual based teaching approach building on foundational concepts and competencies throughout the lifespan. Healthcare exemplars direct utilization of the nursing process to assist in awareness of client changes in physiological integrity and beginning awareness of changes in psychosocial integrity Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

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 3521. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery II. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

This course uses a conceptual based process to focus on nursing care of medical-surgical patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is on clinical judgment, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, concept mapping and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care in a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Admission to nursing program and successful completion of Level I courses.

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. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0-4 Hours, Lab: 0-4 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 4190. Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is the synthesis of the content taught throughout the BSN program. The concepts of patient centered care, safety, procedures, infection control, assessment, management of electronic health records (EHR) and increasingly complex disease processes are culminated in a simulated clinical setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level III courses.

NURS 4245. Healthcare Informatics. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

In this course students will examine theories and standards related to healthcare informatics. The course will explore the concept of digital literacy, protection and confidentiality of health information, and issues related to healthcare informatics and nursing care. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level II courses.

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. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines political structures and social forces that shape nursing and healthcare delivery. Communication strategies, conflict resolution, ethical resource management, quality improvement outcomes, and ethical decision making are addressed. Involvement in professional and policy making organizations is encouraged. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 4318. Nursing Research, Inquiry, & Evidence-Based Decision-making. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The course is designed for students to develop skills as a consumer of research. The research process, critical appraisal of published research studies that use a variety of research designs, and the role of research in evidence-based practice are addressed. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level II courses.

NURS 4350. Nursing Leadership in Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course explores organizational practices and strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in healthcare. Emphasizes leadership theories with practical application to issues in nursing leadership positions and healthcare. Clinical experiences focus on management of multiple patients in acute care and interactive observation of leaders and managers in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level II courses.

NURS 4360. Family and Community Health Nursing for RNs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2.5 Hours, Lab: 1.5 Hour).

This course presents the theory and systems to provide family and community-based health care for families of all ages. Experiential learning is individualized and will include public health departments, home health, community clinics, nursing homes and specialized care delivery settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 4394. Preparation for Professional Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course prepares the student for the transition into professional nursing practice. The impact of health care policy, emerging issues, and regulatory agencies on healthcare will be discussed. Self-care, preparation for NCLEX-RN, career planning, and life-long learning are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level III.

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 and Global Perspectives in Nursing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The course presents the theory and systems to provide health care services to communities and populations as units of care. Population-based assessment, program management, and resource development are addressed. Utilization of evidence-based practices to guide health teaching, health counseling, screening, outreach, disease and outbreak investigation, referral and follow-up is also emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level III courses.

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 4450. Nursing Leadership in Healthcare for RNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3.25 Hours, Lab: 2.25 Hours). [WI]

This course emphasizes leadership theories in practical application to issues arising in nursing leadership positions. Experiential learning focuses on identification of issues in nursing leadership, implementation of decision-making models, application of a change theory to implement evidence-based strategies and evaluation of outcomes. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 4455. Population Health Nursing for RNs. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The course presents the theory and systems to provide health care services to communities and populations as units of care. Population-based assessment, program management, and resource development are addressed. Utilization of evidence-based practices to guide health teaching, health counseling, screening, outreach, disease and outbreak investigation, referral and follow-up is also emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 4498. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

Course fosters synthesis of the curricular concepts of communication, professionalism, critical thinking, patient centered care, diversity, and leadership as experientially gained in prior semesters. Immersion experience to promote transition to practice is facilitated. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level III courses.

NURS 4535. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery III for LVNs. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

This course continues to utilize conceptual based teaching processes focused on the care of clients experiencing complex health alterations across the lifespan. Emphasis is on clinical reasoning, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, concept mapping, and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level II courses.

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.

NURS 4630. Lifespan Healthcare Delivery III. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course continues to utilize conceptual based teaching processes focused on the care of clients experiencing complex health alterations across the lifespan. Emphasis is on clinical reasoning, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, concept mapping, and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program and successful completion of Level II courses.

School of Nursing
Box T-0500
1333 W. Washington Street
Stephenville, Texas 76402
tarleton.edu/nursing

Assistant professors

  • Dr. Zelda Gibbs
  • Dr. Jennifer Mundine
  • Dr. Elizabeth Okegbile
  • Dr. Samantha Pehl
  • Dr. Martha Smith
  • Dr. Mary Winton
  • Dr. Dokagari Woods
  • Dr. Jennifer Yeager

Professors

  • Dr. Elaine Evans
  • Dr. Susan Rugari

Instructor

  • Kim Allen
  • Brooke Beatty
  • Jerilyn Bumpas
  • Michelle Carswell
  • Ted Cross
  • Sheryl Fernandez
  • Alicia Figueroa
  • Nancy Gaither
  • Cheryl Hunter
  • Jeanette Jacobs
  • Jennifer Pounds
  • Donna Steen
  • Tammy Tillery

Associate professor

  • Dr. Sandra Lee

Leadership

  • Dr. Sandra Lee
  • Dr. Sally Lewis
  • Dr. Jennifer Mundine

Staff and SON Support

  • Kimberly Doss
  • Susan Gordon
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Kittie Kunkel
  • Diedre Lewis
  • Rachel Miller
  • Joseph Perry
  • Erica Robinson
  • Tammy Tull