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Nursing

Bachelor of Science

The Department of Nursing, an integral part of Wheeling University, seeks to fulfill the Catholic tradition of educational excellence and service to others. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and service to the community. Through an integrated program of classroom and clinical practice, the graduate is prepared as a professional nurse to promote health/wellness in a variety of settings. 


The goals of the Department of Nursing are: 

1. To provide the following educational programs based on professional nursing standards and guidelines of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the West Virginia Nurse Practice Act. 

  • A baccalaureate program that prepares graduates to enter professional nursing practice and function competently at the entry level. 
  • A baccalaureate program that is accessible to registered nurses in the community and builds upon their knowledge. 
  • A graduate program that prepares registered nurses for professional leadership and advanced practice roles and to contribute to the development of nursing and health care knowledge. 

2. To serve the campus community, the local community, and the nursing community. 


The baccalaureate program reflects the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and the standards of the West Virginia Nurse Practice Act. These standards were developed from those of the American Nurses Association. The graduate programs reflect the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education. The Family Nurse Practitioner Program also follows the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner guidelines and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s Standards of Practice. 

Nurses are key to the health of a nation. Nurses are in every community providing expert care from birth to end of life. A registered nurse (RN) with a BSN prepares the graduate for many rewarding career opportunities. Numerous employers prefer applicants who have a 4-year BSN degree versus applicants with diplomas or associate degrees. 

Nurses’ roles range from direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality assurance policies and directing complex nursing care systems. Potential job opportunities upon graduation include: staff nurse, home health or hospice nurse, nurse manager, case manager, nurse researcher, information technologist, flight nurse, military nurse, public health nurse, legal consultant, insurance review, pharmaceutical sales, and nurse educator. The BSN degree also leads the way for a nurse to seek further education for a career in nursing administration or an Advanced Practice Specialist Role such as: nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or certified nurse midwife. 

The Nursing faculty believe in preparing their graduates for the “real world”. Based on this philosophy, clinical courses are designed to give the student practical experience in a variety of nursing settings. The faculty have expertise in the clinical setting where students practice, and many faculty members continue to practice in their specialties in addition to teaching in the classroom and clinical setting. Specific methods that prepare the nursing graduate to enter the work force and add marketability are: emphasis on the development of strong assessment skills; continual NCLEX review using computer-based software and testing; diverse clinical experiences in medical/surgical units, critical care units, emergency, obstetrics, pediatrics, school health, psychiatry, community health clinics, operating room, recovery room, and ambulatory care centers. 

Outcomes of the Baccalaureate Curriculum 

The graduates of the BSN nursing program will be expected to: 

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the sciences and the humanities as a basis for theory and practice in nursing within an evidence-based practice framework. 
  2. Communicate both written and orally with patients and with members of the interprofessional team in the promotion of health/wellness. 
  3. Provide leadership for decision making related to safe, quality care following ethical principles. 
  4. Integrate information management and patient care technologies into the delivery of safe, quality care. 
  5. Synthesize altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice in nursing practice. 
  6. Achieve a passing score on the NCLEX exam upon completion of the program. 

Nursing Curriculum

Completion of the core curriculum must be done before entrance into the nursing program. Also, to be admitted into the nursing program, all pre-requisite classes that are listed below must be completed and the student must have achieved a “C” or better in each course: 

NURS 227 Clinical Nutrition
CHEM 141 General Chemistry I and CHEM 142 General Chemistry I Lab
BIOL 150 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 152 Anatomy and Physiology II
GSCI 215 Concepts of Epidemiology and Microbiology
MATH 115 Statistics or PSYC 115
PYSC 110 General Psychology
PSYC 212 Developmental Psychology
PHIL 305 Ethics or THEO 305 Theological Ethics

Requirements

Core Curriculum

33-35

The Wheeling University core curriculum provides all students, regardless of their major, with the skills that will allow them to pursue their own integral development and to contribute to the common good. All Wheeling University students must complete this Core Curriculum in addition to the requirements of their major. View Core Curriculum »

Major

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CHEM 141*

General Chemistry I

3 cr

Modern concepts of atomic structure and chemical properties, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics. Satisfies the general chemistry requirements for chemistry and biology majors as well as prerequisites for medical, veterinary and other health related graduate programs. Placement into MATH 151 or higher required. A drop or withdrawal in the lecture must be matched by a drop or withdrawal in the corresponding laboratory course.

Corequisite: CHEM 142     Course Offered: Every Fall

CHEM 142

General Chemistry Lab I

1 cr

Qualitative and quantitative studies of chemical systems. Introduction to basic synthetic and instrumental chemical methods.

Required: placement into MATH 151 or higher     Corequisite: CHEM 141

BIOL 150

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3 cr

The first course in a two course sequence that examines the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course begins with the study of the levels of structural organization and proceeds with an in-depth study of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems.

Course Offered: Every Fall

BIOL 152

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3 cr

This is the second course in a two-course sequence that examines the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course provides an in-depth study of the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: BIOL 150     Course Offered: Every Spring

MATH 115*

Introduction to Statistics

3 cr

Descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency and variability, graphic representation, probability, the binomial, normal and T distributions, hypothesis testing and linear regression.

Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

PSYC 110

General Psychology

3 cr

A survey of contemporary psychology, including the topics of conditioning and learning, sensation and perception, psychophysiology, motivation and emotion, memory and cognition, development, social behavior, psychological testing, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. Participation in research projects or an alternative exercise is required.

Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

PSYC 212

Developmental Psychology

3 cr

An analysis of development throughout the life-span, with a special emphasis on various theoretical approaches to development. Designed for non-psychology majors. Students taking this course should not take PSYC 214, 216, or Prerequisite: PSYC 110.

Course Offered: Spring of every odd year

NURS 215

Concepts of Microbiology & Epidemiology

2 cr

The recognition of normal flora occurring on/within the human body, invasion processes, control mechanisms for the prevention of the spread of microorganisms and the effects of the infection by certain specific microbes will be covered. Principles of immunology are covered as well.

Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 201

Pathophysiology

2 cr

Pathophysiology will focus on the comprehension of the following body systems; endocrine, neurological, cardiac, respiratory, and renal as a foundation for nursing care. It requires correlations between normal and abnormal A & P as well as the processes resulting in the manifestations of disease. Prerequisites: none.

Course Offered: Every Spring, Summer

NURS 203

Health Assessment

2 cr

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of health and cultural assessment of individuals and families across the life span, for use with the nursing process. Emphasis is on history taking, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Normal assessment findings, frequently, seen variations from normal, and cultural differences are discussed. The course introduces the concept of physical assessment across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: successful completion of NURS 227, PSYC 110, BIOL 150.    Course Offered: Every Spring, Summer

NURS 227

Clinical Nutrition

2 cr

A study of clinical nutrition as it relates to the nurses role in promoting health. Grade options: A-F. Prerequisites: none.

Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 230C

Fundamentals of Nursing (Clinical)

2 cr

Fundamentals of nursing provides the student with all the nursing concepts and skills needed as a beginning nurse. It is a study and practice of basic patient care.

Prerequisites: successful completion of NURS 227, BIOL 150, PSYC 110.    Course Offered: Every Spring, Summer

NURS 230D

Fundamentals of Nursing

3 cr

Fundamentals of nursing provides the student with all the nursing concepts and skills needed as a beginning nurse. It is a study and practice of basic patient.

Prerequisites: successful completion of NURS 227, BIOL 150, PSYC 110.     Course Offered: Every Spring, Summer

NURS 309C

Intro into Nursing (Clinical)

3 cr

This course examines the fundamental principles of the delivery of care for the medical surgical population. Health care issues and diseases are explored and students are introduced to basic nursing concepts. This course also covers the study of public health and community nursing.

Prerequisite: successful completion of NURS 227, NURS 230, BIOL 150, BIOL 152, PSYC 212, GSCI 215.     Course Offered: Every Fall

NURS 309D

Intro into Nursing

3 cr

This course examines the fundamental principles of the delivery of care for the medical surgical population. Health care issues and diseases are explored and students are introduced to basic nursing concepts. This course also covers the study of public health and community nursing.

Prerequisites: successful completion of NURS 227, NURS 230, BIOL 150, BIOL 152, PSYC 212, GSCI 215.     Course Offered: Every Fall

NURS 319C (O)

Maternal Health (Clinical)

2 cr

This course focuses on the care of clients with acute health care needs with emphasis on the maternal and newborn client. Health care (normal and abnormal) aspects of each client population. Health care issues are explored. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 227, NURS 230, NURS 309, NURS 327, NURS 329.    Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 319D (O)

Maternal Health

3 cr

This course focuses on the care of clients with acute health care needs with emphasis on the maternal and newborn client. Health care (normal and abnormal) aspects of each client population. Health care issues are explored. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 227, NURS 230, NURS 309, NURS 327, NURS 329.     Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 320C

Medical/Surgical Nursing 1 (Clinical)

2 cr

This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan with major emphasis on the adult client. Lifelong care and prevention of complications are emphasized. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 230, NURS 309, NURS 327, NURS 329.     Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 320D

Medical/Surgical Nursing 1

3 cr

This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan with major emphasis on the adult client. Lifelong care and prevention of complications are emphasized. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 230, NURS 309, NURS 327, NURS 329.     Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 326C

Mental Health Nursing (Clinical)

2 cr

This course focuses on mental illness specifically diagnosis, etiology, and treatments. The study of mental health is essential in order to understand the rationale for medical and psychological therapies. The nurse, as the regulator of the clinical environment, needs an understanding of these in order to coordinate nursing care. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 329, NURS 309, NURS 327.     Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 326D

Mental Health Nursing

3 cr

This course focuses on mental illness specifically diagnosis, etiology, and treatments. The study of mental health is essential in order to understand the rationale for medical and psychological therapies. The nurse, as the regulator of the clinical environment, needs an understanding of these in order to coordinate nursing care. Grade Option: A-F.

Prerequisites: NURS 329, NURS 309, NURS 327.     Course Offered: Every Spring

NURS 327

Elements of Nursing Research

3 cr

This course is designed to introduce students to the process of research. Principles, types, and methods of research will be examined as they apply to the principles of evidence based practice in the care of individual families, and communities. Peer-reviewed research will be retrieved, critically appraised, and synthesized with regards to design, level of evidence, rigor, dissemination/translation to practice, and conduct to protect the rights of research subjects.

Prerequisites: MATH 115-junior standing in the nursing department.     Course Offered: Every Fall

NURS 329

Pharmacology

3 cr

Assessing a patient’s response to drug therapy as an ongoing nursing responsibility. This course presents the principles of pharmacology as related to the nurses role in the assessment of the patient while promoting health.

Prerequisites: none-junior standing in the department of nursing.     Course Offered: Every Fall

NURS 405C

Medical/Surgical Nursing II (Clinical)

4 cr

This clinical experience includes interventions in acute crisis as well as monitoring and promoting health maintenance.

Prerequisites: NURS 309, NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 405D

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

3 cr

This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan with major emphasis on the adult client. Lifelong care and prevention of complications are emphasized.

Prerequisites: NURS 309, NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 406C

Pediatrics/Genetics (Clinical)

2 cr

This course focuses on the care of the pediatric client and their family with acute healthcare needs who require adaption across the lifespan. This course focuses on the needs of the child as a unit where they play, live and go to school.

Prerequisites: NURS 309, NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 406D

Pediatrics/Genetics

2 cr

This course focuses on the care of the pediatric client and their family with acute healthcare needs who require adaption across the lifespan. This course focuses on the needs of the child as a unit where they play, live and go to school.

Prerequisites: NURS 309, NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 422C

Critical Care Nursing (Clinical)

2 cr

This course examines care of the client with complex needs. Emphasis is placed on setting priorities in acute crisis as well as long term health to prioritize and make decisions while delivering complex care in varied settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

NURS 422D

Critical Care Nursing

3 cr

This course examines care of the client with complex needs. Emphasis is placed on setting priorities in acute crisis as well as long term health to prioritize and make decisions while delivering complex care in varied settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 320.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

NURS 423C

Leadership and Role Development/Precepting (Clinical)

4 cr

This course is the clinical portion for senior year nursing students to complete their precepting before graduation.

Prerequisites: NURS 320, NURS 405.     *Satisfies EXSL Core Requirement.    Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

NURS 423D

Leadership and Role Development

2 cr

This course is designed as the didactic portion for senior year nursing students completing their precepting before graduation. The course is composed of case studies that are presented by the faculty and by the students to enable the students to combine knowledge from didactic learning with hands on nursing care.

Prerequisites: NURS 320, NURS 405.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

NURS 426

Nursing Trends and Issues

2 cr

This course focuses on analysis and discussion of current trends in nursing and the health care delivery system. Included is the consideration of the historical, social, political, economic, legal and ethical forces interacting with the issues in nursing.

Prerequisites: None.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring

NURS 480

NCLEX Prep I

1 cr

The purpose of this course is to assist the senior level student in beginning to review nursing knowledge for the NCLEX-RN Exam. The course will help to develop skills in test taking strategies and review specific nursing content areas.

Prerequisites: None.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

NURS 481

NCLEX Prep II

2 cr

The purpose of this course is to assist the senior level student in beginning to review nursing knowledge for the NCLEX-RN Exam. The course will help to develop skills in test taking strategies and review specific nursing content areas.

Prerequisites: NURS 480 NURS 405, C & D, NURS 406 C& D.     Course Offered: Every Fall, Summer

Electives

Total Credits

120

* Nursing majors may double count CHEM 141 AND MATH 115 in the core and in the major.

Additional Notes:

1. Nursing majors must provide their own transportation to clinical sites and are billed for liability insurance for clinical experiences. That

2. Declared nursing majors must have the WU CORE requirements completed at the end of their sophomore year. Completion of these CORE courses is a consideration for admission to the nursing program. To enter the nursing program and progress to junior year nursing courses, the student must have:

  1. an overall, cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  2. completed and achieved a “C” or better in each of the prerequisite courses, NURS 227, CHEM 141 & CHEM 142, BIOL 150, BIOL 152, GSCI 215. PSYC 110, PSYC 212, PHIL 305, and MATH 115 are also needed.
  3. achieved a minimum score of 68% on the TEAS test.
  4. completed a background check and drug screen with clean results

3. Nursing students must receive a grade of “C+” or higher in all science and nursing courses in order to progress.

4. Nursing majors will receive a separate handbook which outlines specific policies for them, including the progression policies of the major. The Nursing faculty also reserves the right to exclude or remove from the clinical setting any student who, in the opinion of the instructor, has demonstrated behavior or attitudes incompatible with safe, ethical, or professional development and which, therefore, could jeopardize the welfare of patients.

5. Each clinical credit is equivalent to 2 hours a week of clinical experience.

 

Accelerated BA/BS to BSN

Second Degree Nursing

The Accelerated BA/BS to BSN program at Wheeling University provides a pathway for individuals who are looking to make a career change into the field of nursing. The program is structured to allow those who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in another major to complete Wheeling University’s nursing curriculum without repeating general education requirements. Students complete the Second-Degree nursing curriculum in 4 semesters.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the accelerated nursing program, the student must have:

  1. A diploma from an accredited college/university with an overall, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Completed and achieved a “C” or better in each prerequisite science course: chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology/epidemiology, general psychology, developmental psychology, and statistics.
  3. Achieved a minimum score of 68% on the TEAS test
  4. Completed an online application

Tuition and Fees: Tuition $9,000 per semester (4 semesters). Graduation fee: $265. ATI testing and malpractice insurance fees should be obtained from the nursing department and added to the program cost. ATI testing is billed once each semester.

Nursing 4-Year Plan of Study

This plan is an overview of the recommended course sequence to earn this degree in 4 years (traditional students). Accelerated (BA/BS to BSN) students should follow YEAR 3 and YEAR 4 for their study plan. YEAR 4 can be completed in the Summer/Fall semesters rather than Fall/Spring Semesters respectively, in order to complete the accelerated degree in 1.5 years. To graduate, all students must fulfill the core, major, and elective (if applicable) requirements.

Year 1

Fall

FYS

1cr

BIOL 150 Anatomy & Physiology I

3cr

BIOL 151 Lab

1cr

PSYC 110 General Psychology

3cr

Core

3cr

Core

3cr

Total Credits

14cr

Spring

Core

3cr

BIOL 152 Anatomy & Physiology II

3cr

BIOL 153 Lab

1cr

PSYC 212 Developmental Psychology

3cr

Core

3cr

Core

2cr

Total Credits

15cr

Year 2

Fall

MATH 115 or PSYC 115

3cr

CHEM 140

3cr

CHEM 141

1cr

PHIL 305 Ethics

3cr

GSCI 215 Concepts of Epidemiology & Microbiology

2cr

Core

3cr

Total Credits

15cr

Spring

NURS 227 Clinical Nutrition

2cr

Core

3cr

Core

3cr

Core

3cr

Core

3cr

Total Credits

14cr

Year 3

Fall

NURS 201 Pathophysiology

2cr

NURS 329 Pharmacology I

2cr

NURS 203 Health Assessment

2cr

Fall Session 1

NURS 230D Fundamentals

3cr

NURS 230C Fundamentals Clinical

2cr

Fall Session 2

NURS 309D Intro to Nursing

3cr

NURS 309C Intro to Nursing Clinical

3cr

Total Credits

17cr

Spring

NURS 326D Mental Health

3cr

NURS 326C Mental Health Clinical

2cr

NURS 319D Maternity/Woman’s Health

3cr

NURS 319C Maternity/Woman’s Health Clinical

2cr

NURS 320D Medical/Surgical Nursing

3cr

NURS 320C Medical/Surgical Nursing Clnical

2cr

NURS 330 Pharmacology II

2cr

Total Credits

17 cr

Year 4

Fall

NURS 327 Research/EBP

3cr

NURS 405D Medical/Surgical II

3cr

NURS 405C Medica/Surgical II Clinical

4cr

NURS 406D Pediatrics

2cr

NURS 406C Pediatrics

2cr

NURS 480 NCLEX Prep I

2cr

Total Credits

16cr

Spring

NURS 422D Critical Care Nursing

3cr

NURS 422C Critical Care Nursing Clinical

2cr

NURS 423D Leadership

2cr

NURS 423C Leadership/precepting

4cr

NURS 481 NCLEX Prep II

2cr

NURS 426 Nursing Trends and Issues

2cr

Total Credits

15cr