School of Nursing
1220 E. Broad St. • P.O. Box 980567 through the School of Nursing. For infor-
Richmond, VA 23298-0567 mation regarding the graduate programs,
(804) 828-5171 • Fax (804) 828-7743 see the Graduate and Professional Programs All graduates are eligible for membership in
http://www.nursing.vcu.edu Bulletin available on the Web: http://www the Nursing Alumni Division of the Medical
.vcu.edu/bulletins. College of Virginia Alumni Association
Nancy F. Langston Complete information regarding curric- of VCU. The purpose of the division is to
ulum and admissions may be obtained by support and promote the School of Nursing.
B.S.N. 1966 University of Arkansas
M.N. 1972 Emory University writing to the Virginia Commonwealth The division also provides support within
Ph.D. 1977 Georgia State University University, School of Nursing, Office of the university to promote and encourage
Enrollment and Student Services, P.O. Box the development of nursing services of the
Inez Tuck 980567, Richmond, VA 23298-0567. highest possible quality, to stimulate profes-
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Doctoral sional growth, and to promote cooperation
B.S.N. 1970 A&T State University, N.C.
and fellowship among nursing alumni and
Facilities and resources students.
M.N. 1972 University of Florida, Gainesville
Ph.D. 1980 University of North Carolina, The faculty and administrative offices of
Greensboro the school are housed in the Nursing Educa-
M.B.A. 1995 University of Tennessee, Knoxville Annual lectureships
tion Building, 1220 E. Broad St. Addition-
Janet B. Younger ally, this building has a nursing clinical Outstanding scholars are brought to
Professor and Associate Dean for Master’s and resource laboratory, computer laboratory the campus through a variety of resources.
Undergraduate Programs (1984) and classrooms equipped with a full range of Students in the School of Nursing have
B.S. 1967 Medical College of Virginia audiovisual equipment. Both graduate and access to special programs of an intellectual
M.Ed. 1970 University of Virginia undergraduate courses also are scheduled in and cultural nature on both campuses of the
M.S. 1972 Virginia Commonwealth University university.
other classrooms on campus.
Ph.D. 1984 University of Virginia
The clinical laboratories for nursing The Annual Nursing Lectureship, estab-
Anthony J. DeLellis courses are conducted at the VCU Medical lished in 1966 by contributions from alumni
Assistant Dean for Administration (1985) Center and in numerous other hospitals and friends of the School of Nursing, brings
B.A. 1970 University of Delaware and health agencies in the area. Students are to the campus each year a person of national
M.A. 1973 Central Michigan University given a diversity of experiences in hospital stature in the field of nursing. Alumni and
Ed.D. 1977 University of Virginia
and community-oriented nursing. faculty plan and implement the lectureship,
which serves as an open forum to many
The School of Nursing originated in 1893 public speakers in the health fields.
as part of the University College of Medicine. Accreditation The Yingling Visiting Scholar Program
Since then, the educational program evolved was established in 1981 by alumni and
to multiple programs at the baccalaureate-, The baccalaureate degree program in
nursing is accredited by the National friends of Dr. Doris B. Yingling, upon her
master’s- and doctoral-degree levels. The retirement, in recognition of her many years
undergraduate program contains bachelor League for Nursing Accrediting Commis-
sion, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, of service as dean of the School of Nursing.
of science degree options for traditional The fund supports visits by eminent scholars
students and for registered nurses seeking NY 10006, (800) 669-1656, ext. 153. The
undergraduate program is approved by the to the School of Nursing.
completion of a bachelor of science degree.
The School of Nursing is a leader in nursing Virginia Board of Nursing, and graduates
education in Virginia. are eligible to take the NCLEX RN regis-
School honors and awards
tered nurse licensing examination.
The master’s degree program is accred- Sigma Theta Tau
Programs ited by the National League for Nursing
Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree The School of Nursing inducted its first
Bachelor of Science, certificate, Master members in the fall of 1976. This local
of Science, post-master’s certificate and honor society was accepted as a chapter of
Doctor of Philosophy programs are offered the international nursing honor society,
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Sigma Theta Tau, in fall 1977. The chapter, Mayme B. Wilson Lacey Award siasm for the nursing profession through
known as Gamma Omega, installed its first involvement in the organization.
Established by alumni of the former St.
members in fall 1978. The purposes of Sigma
Philip School of Nursing, this award honors
Theta Tau are to recognize superior achieve-
an outstanding alumna of the school who Financial assistance
ment and leadership qualities, to foster high
served for many years as assistant director
professional standards and to strengthen Financial assistance is available. Informa-
of nursing services for VCU Health System’s
commitment to the ideals and purposes of tion may be obtained from the Web at http://
MCV Hospitals. The recipient, a senior
the profession. www.vcu.edu/enroll/finaid or by writing to
nursing student, must be a well-rounded
individual committed to nursing as a profes- Virginia Commonwealth University, Office
Becky Godwin Fund sion, who gives consistently good nursing of Financial Aid, P.O. Box 980244, Rich-
care, has the ability to work well with the mond, VA 23298-0244.
This fund was established by former
Dean Yingling in 1978 following comple- health team and shows promise of supporting
tion of the Honorable Mills E. Godwin Jr.’s professional organizations.
Critical Care Nursing Certificate
second term as governor of Virginia. The Program
fund was established in memory of former Temple Memorial Award
Governor and Mrs. Godwin’s only daughter, The Critical Care Nursing Certificate
The senior and junior classes, 1976-77, program is composed of four courses, Crit-
Becky. The interest on the endowment
and the alumni from the School of Nursing ical Care Nursing I and II, Critical Care
contributed to the School of Nursing by
established this award in memory of Presi- Nursing Technologies and Critical Care
Yingling provides funds to enhance student
dent and Mrs. T. Edward Temple. The award Nursing Practicum. The program consists of
professionalism in nursing for individuals
is given annually to a graduating student in 12 credit hours. Certificate-seeking students
enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate
the master’s degree program. The recipient will be admitted in the fall. Nurses with
programs. Awards from the fund are made
must possess characteristics that demonstrate R.N. licensure may enroll as special students
on an annual basis by the dean.
exemplary performance in the advocacy role up to a maximum of six credits.
for the consumer of health care services and
Yingling Senior Achievement for the nursing profession.
Award Admission requirements
Gifts to the institution to honor former Applicants must (1) have R.N. licensure or
Martha M. Borlick Research
Dean Yingling have been used to establish senior status in the VCU School of Nursing,
an annual award to a senior student in the (2) be eligible for re-admission to or be in
This award was established in 1980 by an good standing at the last college attended and
School of Nursing. Recognition is based on
alumna in honor of Dr. Martha M. Borlick, (3) have a minimum GPA of 2.5 based on a
outstanding leadership ability and poten-
who served as chair of the Department of 4.0 scale. Applicants should submit a VCU
tial professional growth as determined by a
Community Health Nursing from 1970-78. undergraduate application containing (1)
selection of faculty and students.
The annual award honors a graduate student post-secondary transcripts, (2) resume and
in nursing research. (3) three professional references including
Mable Montgomery Award one from a direct supervisor. Preference will
This award was established through gifts Registered Nurse Student Award be given to VCU Health System employees
of faculty and students in honor of Miss and applicants with at least one year acute
The Registered Nurse Student Award is
Mable E. Montgomery, executive secretary care experience.
given in recognition of performance and
of the Virginia Board of Nursing, 1949-
achievement within the School of Nursing.
70. The award is given annually to a senior
The award is presented annually to a gradu- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
student and a faculty member. Leader-
ating senior who demonstrates excellence in program
ship, excellence in nursing and outstanding
clinical expertise, leadership and personal
personal qualities are considered in selecting The School of Nursing has three tracks
qualities. This award is given with funds
the recipients. in the baccalaureate program: (1) the tradi-
provided by faculty in recognition of the
increasing number of registered nurses tional, (2) the accelerated B.S. and (3) the
Marguerite G. Nicholson Award returning for baccalaureate degrees. R.N.-B.S. completion.
This award was established by alumni
and friends of the school to honor a beloved Student Nurses’ Association Admissions
alumna and former faculty member. The Award Applications for admission are welcome
award is presented annually to a gradu- from men and women from any cultural or
Initiated by members of the organiza-
ating senior student who best demonstrates ethnic background who are interested in a
tion, this award is given in recognition of
the humanitarian qualities of unselfish- career in professional nursing. Admission
outstanding participation in the Student
ness, helpfulness to others, consideration, into the School of Nursing is competitive.
Nurses’ Association. The award is presented
humility and loyalty to the school. Freshmen should follow the university guide-
to a senior NSA member who has demon-
strated leadership, dedication and enthu- lines in the “Admission to the University”
School of Nursing
chapter of this bulletin. Minimum admis- examinations using the College Level Exam- 6. Visual and performing arts
sion criteria require that an applicant must ination Program for general education and Prerequisite: A course in the arts from the
be eligible for re-admission to or in good through National League for Nursing stan- approved list for non-School of the Arts majors
provided in the “School of the Arts” chapter of this
standing at the last college attended; have a dardized examinations for anatomy, physi- bulletin (three credits)
minimum TOEFL score of 550 if they do ology, microbiology and nutrition. Informa-
not use English as their natural language; tion about the CLEP tests may be obtained 7. Humanities and social sciences
and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 based from the Web, www.clep.org, or from the Prerequisites: Psychology (three credits),
on a four-point scale. Grades lower than CLEP Administrator, Office of Interdisci- developmental psychology (three credits) and
“C” in any of the required courses are not plinary Studies and Special Student Advising, general electives (three credits)
acceptable. Admission GPA is calculated on Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O.
* Physiology and microbiology credits must be
courses required for the School of Nursing. Box 843079, Richmond, VA 23284-3079, earned within 10 years preceding admission.
Applicants should submit SAT, ACT, MAT (804) 828-8420. CLEP tests are given on a ** If high school chemistry or its equivalent is
or GRE scores. All applicants to the under- monthly schedule, and arrangements to be not passed with a “C” or better, the laboratory
graduate program must have a minimum tested may be made one month prior to the science must be chemistry.
of 700 (combined original norm) or 830 testing date. Subject examinations are avail-
(recentered norm) on the SAT or a compa- able in multiple areas as listed in information Traditional program
rable score on the GRE, MAT or ACT to available for the College Entrance Examina-
Honors sections are available for a number
be considered for admission to the program. tion Board. Students may earn full course
of courses. A typical curriculum for the
Applicants are required to complete an appli- credit by examination for general education
traditional program is as follows:
cation and submit the required transcripts, courses.
references and standardized test scores by Registered nurses who have achieved Freshman year, fall semester credits
Dec. 1 for the accelerated B.S. program, Jan. baccalaureate degrees in another discipline Composition 3
15 for the traditional program and March may apply to the master of science program Biology 4
15 for the R.N.-B.S. program. Applications in nursing. Mathematics or statistics 3
may be obtained from Virginia Common- Psychology 4
wealth University, Office of Undergraduate Sociology 3
Curriculum VCU1 101 Introduction to the University 1
Admissions, P.O. Box 980632, Richmond,
The applicant is responsible to seek advice ______
VA 23298-0632, (804) 827-0152 or (800) 18
828-9451. Applicants to the R.N.-B.S. from the School of Nursing on courses
program are not required to submit stan- taken prior to admission. Students transfer- Freshman year, spring semester
dardized test scores. ring from another college or university will NURS 101 Introduction to Nursing 1
Applicants for admission to the under- enter the program as sophomores or, on a Nutrition 3
graduate program who wish to be considered very limited basis, as juniors, which requires Humanities 3
for early acceptance will be considered if the attending a 10 week summer session. Second laboratory science
Fifty-six semester hours of general educa- or LFSC 101 Introduction to Life Sciences* 3-5
following criteria are met: (1) submission of Anatomy 4
the complete application by Nov. 1, (2) GPA tion courses are required for graduation.
of at least 3.4 and (3) SAT (or equivalent) 13-16
scores of at least 1100 on recentered scores. General education requirements
Applicants who hold a baccalaureate 1. Communicating Sophomore year, fall semester
degree from an accredited institution in Prerequisites: English composition (three credits) NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing
another discipline, but are not registered and ENGL 200 or its equivalent
Developmental psychology 3
nurses, may apply to either the traditional or Physiology 4
accelerated B.S. program. Philosophy/ethics/logic/critical thinking 3
Prerequisite: Ethics or philosophy (three credits)
Applicants who are registered nurses and NURS 201 Concepts of Nursing 3
who seek a baccalaureate degree apply to 3. Quantity and form ______
the R.N.-B.S. Completion Program. In Prerequisite: College-level math, statistics or 16
addition to traditional admission criteria, algebra (three credits)
Sophomore year, spring semester
applicants must meet the following require- Visual/performing arts 3
ments to be considered: (1) be graduates of 4. Science and technology
Prerequisite: Biology (four credits), anatomy NURS 202 Technologies of Nursing Practice 3
state-approved diploma or associate degree (four credits), physiology* (four credits), Microbiology 4
programs in nursing and (2) hold a current microbiology* (four credits), nutrition (three ENGL 200 Writing and Rhetoric Workshop II 3
Virginia license to practice professional credits), laboratory science** (four credits) NURS 370 Theory and Research in Clinical
nursing. Practice 3
5. Interdependence ______
In addition to taking courses, R.N.
Prerequisite: Sociology (three credits), 16
students may establish credit toward the
humanities elective, e.g. foreign language, history
baccalaureate degree in several ways: (1) by Junior year, fall semester
portfolio; (2) through transfer of credit from NURS 365 Nursing Science I 3
other colleges; and (3) through proficiency NURS 335 Nursing of Women 6
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NURS 345 Nursing of Children 6 Spring 1 than $100. Students who anticipate need of
Humanities 3 NURS 335 and NURS 345 or NURS 325 financial assistance for transportation costs
______ and NURS 355 12 should apply to the Office of Financial Aid
18 NURS 366 Nursing Science II 3
NURS 370 Theory and Research in Clinical
Junior year, spring semester Practice 3
NURS 366 Nursing Science II 3
NURS 325 Nursing of Adults I 6 Summer 2 Academic regulations
NURS 355 Psychiatric-mental Health Nursing 6 NURS 425 Nursing of Adults II 6
______ NURS 486 Nursing Leadership Progression
15 and Management Practicum 2 The minimum passing grade in the general
Senior year, fall semester
education courses and the nursing major is
NURS 425 Nursing of Adults II 6 NURS 415 Community Health Nursing 6
a “C.” Any nursing student who receives less
NURS 485 Managerial Theory for Nursing NURS 496 Clinical Practicum 3 than a “C” in any course required for the
Practice 3 NURS 405 Nursing in Long-term Care 3 B.S. degree must repeat the course with a
NURS 486 Nursing Leadership NURS 475 Professional Issues in Nursing 3 “C” or better. Progression to the next level
and Management Practicum 2 ______ of clinical courses is based upon satisfac-
Upper division or nursing elective 3 Total credits 68 tory completion of courses of the current
year and a cumulative GPA of not less than
R.N.-B.S. Completion Program 1.91. Courses at the next level in the nursing
Senior year, spring semester The general education requirements are major without a clinical component may be
NURS 415 Community Health Nursing 6 the same for the R.N.-B.S. Completion taken before students officially progress to
NURS 475 Professional Issues in Nursing 3
Program. Fifty-six credits of general educa- that level. Appeal of all progression issues
NURS 496 Clinical Practicum 3 is made to the Undergraduate Admission,
tion courses are required for graduation. The
following is a typical curriculum plan for the Policy and Progression Committee. The
R.N.-B.S. completion student: clinical laboratory grading system is satisfac-
* Students who have not satisfactorily (grade tory or unsatisfactory. Unsatisfactory clinical
of “C” or above) completed high school or Fall semester application results in a grade of “F” for the
developmental chemistry are not eligible to NURS 302 Dynamics of Professional Nursing course.
take the LFSC course but must take a general Practice 4 A student may fail a clinical course prior
chemistry course with a laboratory to meet the NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing to the completion of the course under
science requirements. Practice 3
certain circumstances. A student whose
NURS 370 Theory and Research in Clinical
Practice 3 conduct is judged to be clinically unsafe
Accelerated B.S. curriculum plan may be dismissed at any time from a clinical
Prerequisites include a baccalaureate degree Spring semester unit. Unsafe clinical performance is defined
from an accredited college or university. The NURS 415 Community Health Nursing 6 as behavior that is actually or potentially
general education requirements are the same NURS 405 Nursing in Long-term Care 3 injurious to patients or staff and is out of
Upper division elective 3 the range of ordinary student mistakes.
as for the traditional B.S. program, but will
be met with the previous degree. Additional Fall semester
Dismissal for the remainder of the course
prerequisites include microbiology (four NURS 485 Managerial Theory for Nursing results in a failing grade for the course as
credits), anatomy and physiology (five to Practice 3 does any failure to meet course objectives.
eight credits), English (six credits) and devel- NURS 486 Nursing Leadership Further, any student who has been convicted
opmental psychology (three credits). and Management Practicum 2 of a felony may be ineligible for licensure as
NURS 475 Professional Issues in Nursing 3 a registered nurse in Virginia. Students or
Upper-division credits will be awarded after
The following is a typical curriculum plan applicants should address any questions of
successful completion of NURS 302 36
for the accelerated B.S. student: ______
this nature directly to the Virginia Board of
Total required nursing courses 66 Nursing.
Summer 1 There are additional requirements for
NURS 201 Concepts of Nursing 3 satisfactory progression in the School of
NURS 202 Technologies of Nursing Practice 3 Commuting and community practice
Nursing and all students are responsible
NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing Students are assigned to a variety of hospi- for compliance with additional school poli-
Practice 3 tals and health agencies. Occasionally, these cies, listed in the School of Nursing Policy
assignments may be during evening hours or Manual, available on the School of Nursing
NURS 325 and NURS 355 or NURS 335 on the weekend. Transportation is sometimes home page (http://www.nursing.vcu.edu).
and NURS 345 (Junior-level clinical courses) 12 available to reach these assignments, but use
NURS 365 Nursing Science I 3 of an automobile is often necessary, espe-
NURS 485 Managerial Theory for Nursing cially in community health nursing. Trans- Readmission
Practice 3 portation costs vary widely each semester Students dismissed from the school or
and may range from very little to more university who wish to return must reapply
School of Nursing
for admission and be considered in rela- Hepatitis B vaccination The master’s degree is awarded after two to
tion to all other applicants. The applicant four semesters of additional study depending
All nursing students enrolled in clinical
must then meet all criteria for admission on the area of concentration. This program
courses are required to complete the Hepa-
and graduation that apply at readmission. begins in the summer (see section entitled,
titis B vaccination series or to provide proof
See the School of Nursing Policy Manual, “Master’s Program”).
of a positive antibody titer. The first injec-
available on the School of Nursing Web site:
tion of the series must be received prior to
matriculation into the School of Nursing. R.N.-M.S. track
The School of Nursing offers a track in
Completion of degree the master’s program designed for students
Separation from the school
requirements — time limit who have their R.N. but have not completed
A student who wishes to withdraw from
Once the student enrolls in the School of the baccalaureate degree. The track includes
the School of Nursing should discuss the
Nursing, the degree requirements must be elements of the R.N.-B.S. program and
plans with the associate dean for the master’s
completed within six calendar-years. The moves the student expeditiously into M.S.
and undergraduate programs. Before leaving
credentials and programs of a candidate program course work. The student completes
the school, the proper forms must be
unable to meet this requirement may be the general education requirements for the
obtained from the registrar and completed
evaluated by the Undergraduate Admission baccalaureate degree prior to entering the
by the student. Failure to follow this proce-
Policy and Progression Committee upon R.N.-M.S. track. The track provides the
dure may prevent readmission to the School
request. Such a candidate may have to meet additional courses in the major required
of Nursing at a later date.
additional requirements established during for the degree and a B.S. degree is awarded
the interval since matriculation. All students after the completion of 30 credit hours of
must be enrolled in the School of Nursing Graduate degree programs specified course work. All master’s program
for the final semester of study in order to concentrations are available to students
graduate. The School of Nursing offers programs of admitted to this track.
study leading to the master of science, post-
master’s certificate and doctor of philosophy
CPR degrees. See the Graduate and Professional Admission requirements
Students entering the School of Nursing Programs Bulletin for a detailed description To be considered for admission, applicants
must be certified in cardiopulmonary resus- of all graduate programs and policies. must have:
citation (CPR) before they begin their first • an associate’s degree or diploma in
clinical nursing course prior to matricula- Master’s program nursing from an accredited program.
tion in the sophomore year. CPR certifica-
tion must include: The master’s program is designed to offer • transcripts reflecting completion of
general core content requisite for advanced a health assessment course compa-
• one- and two-rescuer CPR, practice in nursing as well as content aimed rable to NURS 261 and a community
• CPR for infants, children and adults, at preparation in a specialty concentration. health nursing course comparable to
and The program is designed to prepare indi- NURS 415.
viduals for certification as nurse practitio-
• rescue breathing for choking infants, ners and/or clinical nurse specialists. The • acceptable scores on the Graduate
children and adults. specialty areas are: adult health acute care, Record Examination, including all
adult health primary care, child health, three components: verbal, quantitative
Students are required to show evidence family health, nursing administration and and analytical.
of CPR certification valid to the end of leadership, integrative psychiatric mental • TOEFL scores of greater than 550 for
academic year to the Office of Enrollment health and women’s health. international applicants.
and Student Services before the first day
of class each year. Those who are not certi- • a current, unrestricted registered
fied will not be allowed to participate in the Accelerated Second Degree nurse license in state, the District of
clinical laboratory and will be considered to program Columbia, or a U.S. possession or
have an unexcused absence. In response to the growing number of territory, or an equivalent credential in
individuals with bachelor’s degrees in other another country.
disciplines who are now seeking a career
TB screening • passing scores on the Qualifying Exam
in nursing, the school offers a graduate
All nursing students will have an annual of the Commission on Graduates of
program whereby an individual can earn a
TB screening. Students are required to show Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing.
evidence of this annual screening. Those prior to applying if the applicants
Students in the Accelerated Second Degree
students who have not had their annual are graduate of foreign nursing schools
program take courses in the undergraduate
screening will not be allowed to participate and are licensed outside of the United
and master’s program until licensure as a
in the clinical laboratory and will be consid- States. Applicants must include the
R.N. is obtained. It is anticipated that this
ered to have an unexcused absence. will occur at the end of the fifth semester.
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exam report with their application Nursing courses
NURS 302 Dynamics of Professional Nursing Department of Adult Health
Practice 4 Nursing
• professional liability insurance (not NURS 370 Theory and Research in Clinical
required but highly recommended). Practice 3 D. Patricia Gray
NURS 475 Professional Issues in Nursing 3 Associate Professor and Department Chair (1996)
NURS 485 Managerial Theory for Nursing B.S. 1974 University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Prerequisite courses Practice 3 M.S. 1976 University of North Carolina, Chapel
The following will be accepted in transfer Total undergraduate nursing credit 13 Hill
only upon a rigorous evaluation of each Ph.D. 1982 University of Utah
M.S. core curriculum
course for comparability to the B.S. program (credits shared for B.S. and M.S. degrees)
using defined criteria developed by expert NURS 501 Advanced Professionalism I 1
faculty in community health and health Department of Maternal Child
NURS 502 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
assessment. Applicants must provide a copy NURS 503 Advanced Nursing Practice: Nursing
of the course syllabi and a written state- Psychosocial 3
ment of how the course met the objectives NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Practice: Rita H. Pickler
Biological 3 Associate Professor and Acting Department Chair
of the VCU courses. VCU course objectives
NURS 508 Advanced Nursing Practice: Systems 3 (1999)
will be provided to applicants. Otherwise NURS 511 Health Assessment for Advanced B.S.N. 1979 University of North Carolina,
the following courses will be taken prior to Nursing Practice 3 Greensboro
beginning the R.N.-M.S. track: NURS 512 Advanced Nursing Science 3 M.S.N. 1981 University of North Carolina,
credits Total master’s credits applied to B.S. degree 22* Ph.D. 1990 University of Virginia
NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing Post-master’s Certificate 1998 Virginia
Practice or comparable course 2-3 * Not all of these courses are required in each Commonwealth University
NURS 415 Community Health Nursing master’s program concentration. However, a
or comparable course 3 student must take at least 17 of these credits to
meet B.S. degree requirements. Remainder of Department of Integrative Systems
Courses required for the B.S. degree curriculum (at least 30 credits) is consistent with
General education requirements (taken prior all requirements of current M.S. program and
to admission to the R.N.-B.S. track) specific to the concentration chosen.
Associate Professor and Department Chair (1997)
B.S.N. 1970 Agricultural & Technical State
Writing or composition 6 Post-master’s Certificate Program University, Greensboro
M.N. 1972 University of Florida, Gainesville
Individuals with a Master of Science in Ph.D. 1980 University of North Carolina,
Humanities Nursing may take courses in the master’s Greensboro
Philosophy, ethics, logic or critical thinking 3
program in order to be eligible for the certi- M.B.A. 1995 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
General humanities 6
fication exam for advanced nursing practice
Arts as a nurse practitioner. The plan of study is
Visual or performing art 3 dependent on prior master’s work. Areas of Courses in nursing (NURS)
study offered are: adult health, child health, The following list is of courses in the
Social sciences family health, women’s health, nursing
nursing major. For all courses with a clin-
systems, psychiatric mental health and spiri- ical laboratory, the laboratory is designed
Developmental psychology 3
tuality. to develop the clinical and critical thinking
skills needed to use the nursing process
Mathematics Doctoral Program with specific population groups.
The goal of the doctoral program in
Sciences nursing is the preparation of scholars to NURS 101 Introduction to Nursing
Laboratory sciences* 8 develop knowledge in the discipline of Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Offered: Spring.
Anatomy and physiology 8 Restricted to nursing majors. Introduces future nurses
nursing. Substantive areas of study are: to the process and practice of nursing in the modern
Microbiology 4 healing, risk and resilience, health systems health care environment. Interaction with staff nurses
and immunocompetence. in multiple practice environments illuminates “real
world” nursing in the “ideal” learning environment.
Electives 2-3 Combines discussions and field experiences.
Any extra credit from required areas, computer
science or other liberal arts courses. Not more than NURS 201 Concepts of Nursing
three credits in physical education or activity courses. Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Offered:
II, S. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 261. Provides a
Total general education 56 foundation for all clinical nursing courses. Content
focuses on human responses to health and illness and
those concepts basic to a caring relationship including
nursing process, communication, patient teaching,
School of Nursing
professional responsibility and systems. Introduces roles development of critical thinking skills in the diagnosis Medical Center, including one week of paid orientation.
of technology in modern health care environments, and treatment of human responses to health needs Provides combination supervised clinical experience
including management of patient information. of women, neonates and families. Practices clinical and paid work experience in selected settings of the
skills and applies theoretical knowledge in selected VCU Medical Center. Many of these settings are not
NURS 202 Technologies of Nursing Practice ambulatory care settings for women’s health and post- available in traditional curriculum. Introduces students
Semester course; 6 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Offered: discharge care, and hospital settings for antenatal, to the work life of a nurse.
II, S. Pre- or corequisites: NURS 201, NURS 261. intrapartum, post-partum and neonatal experiences.
Studies and applies techniques basic to all nursing NURS 405 Nursing in Long-term Care
practice. Includes cognitive, psychomotor affective and NURS 345 Nursing of Children Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite:
interpersonal techniques organized through the nursing Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory Senior status. Focuses on the care management of
process to provide nursing care based on health needs hours. 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 200- patients across the life span who require long-term care.
and human responses. Also, focuses on application of level required nursing courses. Examines the health Integrates pathophysiologic presentation of selected
principles and demonstration of beginning skills in needs of children within the context of the family chronic, long-term conditions with psychophysiologic
caring relationships; provides opportunities for practice system, environment, developmental capability, stress aspects of patient care, including pharmacologic
and demonstration of selected skills in the laboratory and adaptation. Focuses on application of the nursing and non-pharmacologic treatments. Includes
and in clinical settings; and introduces tools of patient process, development of communication skills, and interdisciplinary management of the disease process
information management and patient monitoring. critical thinking when giving nursing care to well and and the patient, family and community response.
ill children. Reinforces current theory and research Addresses financial impact, health care delivery systems
NURS 261 Health Assessment for Nursing Practice on children and their families in clinical experiences. and health policy implications. Incorporates long-term
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 laboratory hours. Reinforces standards of care for both well and ill therapeutic regimens into the illness trajectory.
3 credits. Offered: I, S. Prerequisite: Admission to children and their families.
the nursing program. Pre- or corequisite: Anatomy. NURS 415 Community Health Nursing
Provides the student with the knowledge and skills NURS 355 Psychiatric-mental Health Nursing Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory
necessary to enact the first phase of the nursing Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory hours. 6 credits. Pre- or corequisite: Completion
process, assessment or the collection of patient specific hours. 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 200- of all 300-level required nursing courses. Builds on
data and the formulation of a patient database as the level required nursing courses. Presents a systems knowledge and practice skills from prior nursing
foundation of the care planning process. Demonstrates approach to understanding psychiatric-mental health education and develops nursing competencies for care
specific techniques of patient interview and physical nursing. Emphasizes the art of psychiatric nursing of communities and targeted populations based on
examination skills. Focuses on the healthy adult client. by developing therapeutic relationships with persons the core functions of public health. Concentrates on
Introduces students to a variety of assessment framework who are in the mental health system. Applies science an epidemiological approach to population-focused
to be used with a diversity of patient populations in of psychiatric nursing by identifying theories used in nursing through community assessment, evaluation of
acute care, ambulatory and community settings. nursing interventions. Focuses upon principles and the effects of contemporary issues and health policy on
techniques of communication with individuals and the public’s health. Directs service-learning projects to
NURS 302 Dynamics of Professional Nursing groups. Recognizes human responses to selected major prevent disease and promote and preserve the health of
Practice mental disorders. Identifies intervention strategies for populations at risk.
Semester course; 3 lecture and 1 clinical laboratory primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.
hour. 4 credits. Offered: I. Prerequisite: Admission to NURS 425 Nursing of Adults II
undergraduate nursing program. Provides a transition NURS 365 Nursing Science I Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory
from the student’s initial education into the baccalaureate Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: hours. 6 credits. Pre- or corequisite: Completion of
program. Expands knowledge of concepts and theories Anatomy and physiology. Integrates the foundations all 300-level required nursing courses. Focuses on the
of nursing practice using a process aimed at evaluating of nursing diagnosis and interventions derived from client in acute phases of physical illnesses and with
and validating clinical practice in the student’s work pathophysiology, biochemistry and pharmacology for complicated multisystem health problems. Provides
setting. Introduces information technology in modern selected human systems. theoretical foundations for nursing management
health care and academic environments. and related therapeutic regimens. Focuses on the
NURS 366 Nursing Science II development and application of clinical decision
NURS 305 Knowledge Validation by Portfolio Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: making in the provision of care to acutely ill adults in a
Semester course; 3 credits. Offered: II. Culminates in Anatomy, physiology and microbiology. Integrates the variety of settings.
submission of a portfolio for validation of course-specific foundations of nursing diagnoses and interventions
knowledge and evaluation for full or partial credit. derived from pathophysiology, biochemistry and NURS 426 Critical Care Nursing I
Elective. RN students only. Involves self-assessment pharmacology for selected human systems. Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Offered: Fall
of prior learning for RN. Requires correlation of semester. Prerequisite: Licensure as a registered nurse or
experiential and theoretical knowledge with objectives NURS 370 Theory and Research in Clinical senior undergraduate nursing student with permission
of selected nursing courses. Practice of instructor. Focuses on nursing care of the critically ill
Semester course; 3 lecture hours for undergraduate adult with health care needs in the following systems:
NURS 325 Nursing of Adults I nursing students; 2 lecture hours for graduate students cardiovascular, endocrine, pulmonary, immunology
Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory who have not taken a research undergraduate course. and hematology. Focuses on the development and
hours. 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 200-level Variable credit: 3 credits for undergraduates; 2 application of clinical decision making in the provision
required nursing courses. Focuses on the client with credits for graduate students. Designed to promote of care to critically ill or injured adults in a variety of
acute and chronic physical illnesses that have relatively understanding of the role of theory and research in the settings.
stable trajectories. Examines principles of rehabilitation development of nursing as a profession. Focus on three
and concepts relevant to the care of the elderly. Provides primary areas: (1) developing the language necessary NURS 427 Critical Care Nursing Technologies
theoretical foundations for nursing management and to understand theory and research; (2) analyzing the Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 laboratory hours. 3
relates therapeutic regimens. Develops clinical decision relevance of theory and research to nursing practice; credits. Offered: Fall semester. Prerequisite: Licensure
making and selected specialized technical skills in and (3) beginning to understand the research process. as a registered nurse or senior undergraduate nursing
the provision of care to adults in a variety of settings Skill in the ability to critically read and evaluate nursing student with permission of instructor. Focuses on
including specialty areas such as the operating room. research literature for application to clinical practice critical care technologies that are commonly used in
also will be emphasized. care of the critically ill. Course content will include the
NURS 335 Nursing of Women theoretical principles on which the selected technologies
Semester course; 3 lecture and 6 clinical laboratory NURS 396 Nursing Internship are based as well as discussions of the practical use and
hours. 6 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 200- Semester course; 120 clinical hours per credit. Variable troubleshooting of the technologies presented.
level nursing course. Examines the health needs of credit. Pre- or corequisites: Completion of junior-
women across the life span with an emphasis on the level clinical course or equivalent. Some units may NURS 428 Critical Care Nursing II
health needs of the childbearing family. Applies nursing require enrollment for three credits. Enrolled students Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Offered:
process, theory and research with an emphasis on the must meet requirements for employment at the VCU Spring semester. Prerequisite: Licensure as a registered
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nurse or senior undergraduate nursing student with NURS 486 Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 497 Specialty Clinical Practice
permission of instructor. Focuses on nursing care of the Practicum Semester course; variable; 1-3 credits. Offered: I, II.
critically ill adult with health care needs in the following 6 clinical laboratory hours. 2 credits. Pre- (by one Prerequisites: RN licensure and enrollment in R.N.-
systems: neurology, gastrointestinal and renal. Focuses semester) or corequisite: NURS 485 and completion B.S. track or graduate nursing program. Completion or
on the development and application of clinical decision of 300-level required nursing courses. Provides enrollment in 200 and 300-level courses or permission
making in the provision of care to critically ill or injured opportunities to apply management principles to of instructor is required. Advances professional nursing
adults in a variety of settings. nursing practice in a variety of settings and specialty clinical competence using a faculty-student-preceptor
areas. mentorship model in a student selected area of specialty
NURS 429 Critical Care Nursing Practicum clinical nursing practice.
Semester course; 9 clinical laboratory hours. 3 credits. NURS 487 Leadership in Today’s Health Care
Offered: Spring semester. Prerequisites: Completion Environment NURS 514/INTL 514 International Perspectives on
of Critical Care Nursing I and Critical Care Nursing Semester course; 2 independent study and 3 clinical Community Health in Developing Countries
Technologies. Completion of Critical Care Nursing laboratory hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 laboratory hours.
II or may be taken concurrently with Critical Care NURS 302 or senior status. Provides an opportunity 3 credits. This course may be taken for a maximum
Nursing II. Focuses on the client in the critical phase for preceptorship with a nurse who is leading the of six credits in two different world areas. Open to
of physical illness with complicated multisystem health profession. Leadership may be in service, education, undergraduate (junior or senior level) and graduate
problems. It provides an opportunity for practice in a health policy or research and is not defined by position students. Explores the impact of national and
critical care area. but by its influence in the discipline. Observation of international policy decisions on the health and well-
the leader planning and delivering effective innovation being of individuals and communities (country varies
NURS 475 Professional Issues in Nursing and analyzing the effectiveness leadership behaviors. semester to semester). Examines the relationship of
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Focuses on Construct a personal leadership development plan. cultural beliefs and values on health-seeking behaviors.
issues of professional practice by exploring the history Allows students to become immersed in a culture
of nursing, health care policy, codes of ethics and NURS 491 Special Topics Course different than their own. Evaluates the impact of
legal and economic implications for nursing. Provides This course has several sections, one is a Military Science international conflict and economic development on
opportunities for students to demonstrate competence section related to ROTC requirements. Military Science the health status of the community. See Schedule of
in group process. majors may take the course. Classes for location.
NURS 476 Professional Transitions NURS 492 Elective Study
Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisite: 1 to 5 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
NURS 201. Focuses on the development of the second- Independent study projects planned to meet the
degree student as a professional nurse within the learning objectives of the student.
context of prior education. Analyzes social forces, issues
and trends that have shaped the profession. NURS 496 Clinical Practicum
Semester course; 9 clinical laboratory hours. 3 credits.
NURS 485 Managerial Theory for Nursing Practice Pre- or corequisite: Completion of all 300-level
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Focuses on required nursing courses. Facilitates transition into
principles of management as applied to nursing service the professional role using a faculty-student-practicing
units, organization of nursing services and health care nurse mentorship model. Provides opportunities for
systems. practice in a student-selected specialty area.