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2008-2009 University Catalog

Nursing

Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    (The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses)

Nursing is the art and science of care for individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings. The discipline of nursing integrates the life, social and behavioral sciences with general education, nursing theory and clinical courses to produce a graduate capable of functioning autonomously as a member of a multidisciplinary team, managing and coordinating personnel, services, resources and data in addition to providing patient care.

The CSUCI graduate nurse seeks solutions to societal health needs and problems, understanding demographics and disparities in healthcare, ethical concerns and global perspectives in the practice of professional nursing at the generalist level.

Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing features a clinical summer internship in a health care agency followed by two senior work study options. These experiences, in addition to the curriculum, prepare graduates for acute care, specialty units, public health, home health, extended core, assisted living, ambulatory, emergency, managed care, case management, occupational health and nursing management, staff development, and nursing education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the requirements for a B.S. degree in Nursing will be able to:

  • Function within the professional nursing roles as a provider and a coordinator of care, a health educator, an advocate and as a member of the nursing profession in a variety of institutional settings;
  • Collaborate as a member or as a leader of a health care team in the planning, implementation and improvement of health care services consistent with the health needs of a diverse and multicultural society;
  • Follow the nursing process by assisting clients, families and communities to promote an optimum level of wellness, sustain life, recover from disease or injury in acute, long term care, institutional and community settings;
  • Function as a successful professional by a commitment to self-growth, development and lifelong learning;
  • For generic students meet the eligibility requirements to successfully pass the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX); and
  • For generic and RN to BSN students meet the eligibility requirements for the California Public Health Nurse Certificate.

Faculty

Karen Jensen, RN, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Nursing Program
Academic Advisor
Bell Tower East, Room 2752
Phone: (805) 437-3150
karen.jensen@csuci.edu

Contact Information

http://nursing.csuci.edu
nursing@csuci.edu

Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program

Criteria for Admission to the Generic (Basic) Track I Nursing Major

The generic Track I of the nursing program uses the cohort model of class scheduling and requires full time enrollment. Students move as a group through the designated nursing courses in sequence. Courses are designed so that 200 level courses are prerequisite to 300 level nursing courses and so on. The time to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing is designed for four years of full time study.

Application

Apply to both the University and the Nursing Program at the end of the freshman year.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of all nursing major prerequisite courses or their equivalents.
BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology 217 (4) GE B2
CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4) GE B1
COMM 101 Public Speaking (3) GE A1
ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3) GE A2

Any General Education Category B3 (BIOL 203 Preferred)
Completion of Critical Thinking requirement

Grade Point Average

An overall GPA of 2.0 or greater in the prerequisite nursing courses with no grade lower than a C.

Eligibility

Pre-nursing majors must be accepted to the nursing major to be eligible for the lower division nursing courses.

Insurance/Health Clearance

Students in the nursing program are required to have health insurance, demonstrate a sufficient immunization record consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health care agencies and pass a physical examination. Students must complete a criminal background check and drug screening prior to clinical placement. Impaction status was granted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and supplemental criteria for admission will be required.

Supplemental Criteria Include

GPA in pre-nursing core course requirements, overall cumulative GPA, English language proficiency, basic math proficiency, proficiency in a second language, previous education or work experience and residency in preferred geographic areas. Supplemental criteria is subject to revision.

Generic (Basic) Track I

Lower Division Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (32 Units)

NRS 200 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (2)
NRS 201 Introduction to Professional Nursing Laboratory (2)
NRS 203 Therapeutic Nursing Communication Laboratory (1)
NRS 204 Pharmacology of Nursing Practice (2)
NRS 220 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness I (2)
NRS 221 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness Laboratory I (2)
NRS 222 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness II (4)
NRS 223 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness Laboratory II (4)
NRS 230 Nursing Care of Infants, Children and Families (4)
NRS 231 Nursing Care of Infants, Children and Families Laboratory (4)
NRS 240 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing (3)
NRS 241 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Laboratory (2)

For a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Upper Division Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (34 units)

NRS 306 Pathophysiology (BIOL) (3)
NRS 352 Health Promotion and Patient Education Strategies (3)
NRS 350 Nursing Research (3)
NRS 401 Advanced Clinical Assessment Laboratory (2)
NRS 420 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum (3)
NRS 421 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum Laboratory (3)
NRS 452 Community Health Nursing (3)
NRS 453 Community Health Nursing Laboratory (3)
NRS 460 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues (4)
NRS 461 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues Laboratory (3)
NRS 488 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (2)
NRS 491 Transition to Nursing Practice Internship (2)

Required Supporting and Other GEGE Requirements (67 units)

  1. Biology (15 units)
    BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology (4) GE B2
    BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3)

  2. Chemistry (4 units)
    CHEM 110 Chemistry for Life (4) GE B1

  3. Nutrition (3 units)
    NRS 260 Nutrition for Therapeutics & Health (BIOL) (3)

  4. Mathematics/Statistics (3 units)
    Any General Education Category B3 (BIOL 203 Preferred)

  5. Anthropology (6 units)
    Choose ANTH 102 or SOC 100:
    ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3) GE C3b, D
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    ANTH 443 Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural
    Perspectives on Health and Healing (3) GE D, INTD

  6. Psychology (6 units)
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3) GE D, E
    PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3) GE D, E

  7. Other GEGE courses in Category A (9 units)

  8. American Institutions (6 units)

Requirements for Admission to the RN-BSN Track II Nursing Majors (Offered through Extended Education)

Application

Apply to both the University and the Nursing Program

Prerequisite Courses.

Completion of all nursing major prerequisite courses or their equivalents:
BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology 217 (4) GE B2
CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4) GE B1
COMM 101 Public Speaking (3) GE A1
ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3) GE A2

Any General Education Category B3 (BIOL 203 Preferred)
Completion of Critical Thinking requirement

License

Have or be eligible to acquire a valid California RN license.

Degree

Be a graduate of a BRN approved pre-licensure degree program from an accredited educational institution.

Insurance/Health Clearance

Students in the nursing program are required to have health insurance, demonstrate a sufficient immunization record consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health care agencies and pass a physical examination. Criminal background check and drug screening must be completed before clinical placement.

Grade Point Average

The minimum grade in every pre-nursing prerequisite course is a C.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (133 units)

For RN to BSN Track II

Upper Division Requirements (35 units)

NRS 306 Pathophysiology (BIOL) (3)
NRS 310 Professional Role Transition for the Transfer Student (3)
NRS 311 Professional Role Transition for the RN (2)
NRS 352 Health Promotion and Patient Education Strategies (3)
NRS 350 Nursing Research (3)
NRS 401 Advanced Clinical Assessment Laboratory (2)
NRS 420 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum (3)
NRS 421 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum Laboratory (3)
NRS 452 Community Health Nursing (3)
NRS 453 Community Health Nursing Laboratory (3)
NRS 460 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues (4)
NRS 461 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues Laboratory (3)

Prerequisite/Preparatory Nursing Courses for the RN to BSN Student Requirements

  1. Biology (12 units)
    BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    BIOL 217 Microbiology (4) GE B2

  2. Chemistry (4 units)
    CHEM 110 Chemistry for Life (4) GE B1

  3. Nutrition (3 units)*
    NRS 260 Nutrition for Therapeutics and Health (BIOL) (3)
    *Not required if content was integrated in nursing classes

  4. Mathematics/Statistics (3 units)
    Any General Education Category B3 (BIOL 203 Preferred)

  5. Anthropology (3 units)
    Choose ANTH 102 or SOC 100:
    ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3) GE C3b, D
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3) GE D

  6. Psychology (6 units)
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3) GE D, E
    PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3)* GE D, E
    *Not required if content was integrated in nursing classes

Required Supporting Courses (6 units)

ANTH 443 Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (3) GE D, INTD
BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3) GE B2, D, INTD

Criteria for Program Continuance for Both Tracks

  1. Nursing majors must attain grades of “C” or better in all required nursing and non-nursing courses. Required nursing courses for which the student earns less than a grade of C may be repeated once with instructor consent buy only on a space available basis.

  2. Students in the nursing major must maintain good academic standing. Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in a nursing course until the probation has been removed.
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