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Nursing Department
Kimberly Ratelle, Director




T
       he Nursing Department offers two programs leading to either an Associate in
       Science (AS) in Nursing degree, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing degree.
       The following options are available for enrollment:

Dual Degree Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing (BS.NUR)
This is a four-year program designed for students who wish to pursue traditional bac-
calaureate education. In order to proceed to the fourth and final year of the program,
students will be required to graduate at the end of the third year with an Associate in
Science in Nursing, successfully complete the National Council Examination for Reg-
istered Nursing (NCLEX-RN), and achieve RN licensure in the State of Vermont.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science (BS) Completion (BS.NUR)
Students and RNs who already hold either an Associate in Science in Nursing or a Di-
ploma degree may enroll in the RN to BS Completion Program. This program requires
that students have an RN license in good standing in the State of Vermont. Full-time
enrollment will result in a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing degree in two
years. Part-time enrollment is also an option. Students will be required to complete the
program in five years.

Associate in Science in Nursing
This two-year program is approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing and accredited
by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The NLNAC
is the nation’s leading accrediting body for nursing education programs. The National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission is the entity that has the sole authority and
accountability for carrying out the responsibilities of the accreditation process. Their
address is: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.

Admission Criteria: In addition to the college’s general admission requirements, admis-
sion to the above listed programs is selective and based on the following criteria:

1. Combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1000 or above.
2. Graduation from high school in the upper quarter of class.
3. Evaluation of prior post-secondary course work.
4. Interview with a faculty member from the Nursing Department.

Students matriculating into any nursing program are required to undergo a criminal
background check after acceptance into the program and prior to enrollment. Final
acceptance to the program is conditioned upon a satisfactory check. Additional checks
and/or screenings may also be required by a specific clinical affiliation site. The cost
of any background check will be paid by the student.
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Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will:

•     Integrate information from nursing and the liberal arts and sciences to make deci-
      sions in the delivery of quality care.
•     Incorporate principles of effective communication using a variety of techniques to
      interact with and convey information to clients, peers, other health care providers,
      and communities of interest.
•     Apply assessment skills to determine the health status and needs of the client to
      provide the basis for planning and implementing interventions and evaluating
      outcomes of care.
•     Integrate ethical principles in the delivery of health services to clients.
•     In the multidimensional role of the generalist, demonstrate competencies associated
      with professional nursing practice.
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Specific Program Requirements:
Please note: All Nursing and Science courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or
higher

1. Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BS.NUR)
    BIO 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                 4 cr
    BIO 2012 Human Anatomy and Physiology II                                4 cr
    BIO 2125 Elements of Microbiology                                       4 cr
    MAT 2021 Statistics I                                                   3 cr
    NUR 1211 Foundations of Nursing I*                                      6 cr
    NUR 1212 Foundations of Nursing II *                                    7 cr
    NUR 2111 Nursing of Children and Adults I *                             9 cr
    NUR 2112 Nursing of Children and Adults II *                            10 cr
    NUR 2020 Issues in Nursing                                              2 cr
    NUR 3010 Health Promotion and Protection                                3 cr
    NUR 3020 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice                    3 cr
    NUR 3030 Health Assessment *                                            3 cr
    NUR 3040 Pathophysiology                                                3 cr
    NUR 3050 Pharmacology for Nurses                                        3 cr
    NUR 3510 Nursing Research                                               3 cr
    NUR 4010 Family Health Nursing                                          3 cr
    NUR 4020 Principles of Patient Teaching and Learning                    3 cr
    NUR 4030 Management/ Leadership Nursing *                               3 cr
    NUR 4510 Community Health Nursing*                                      4 cr
    PHI 3020 Medical Ethics                                                 3 cr
    PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology                                     3 cr
    PSY 3070 Abnormal Psychology                                            3 cr
    SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology                                      3 cr

And complete two of the following courses:                                  6 cr
   BIO 1030 Introduction to Nutrition (See Community College
                     of Vermont course listings)
   PSY 1050 Human Growth and Development
   SOC 2040 Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender
   SOC 2230 Death and Dying
   SWK 2130 Introduction to the Study of Aging
                                             Total credits required:        98 cr
*Requires clinical study outside the classroom

Additional general education credits required to graduate from Castleton State College
with a Bachelor of Science Degree:
Total general education requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree:                42 cr
Less: General education requirements satisfied by required nursing major: -16 cr
Remaining General Education Requirements                                     26 cr
Total credits required to obtain a BS in Nursing degree:                     124 cr
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2. RN to BS Completion (BS.NUR)
Prerequisites for this program of study include: BIO 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology
I, BIO 2012 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIO 2125 Elements of Microbiology
(or their equivalents) in addition to a Vermont RN license in good standing.
Note: All Nursing and Science courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

      MAT   2021     Statistics I                                                3 cr
      NUR   3010     Health Promotion and Protection                             3 cr
      NUR   3020     Transition to Professional Nursing Practice                 3 cr
      NUR   3030     Health Assessment*                                          3 cr
      NUR   3040     Pathophysiology                                             3 cr
      NUR   3050     Pharmacology for Nurses                                     3 cr
      NUR   3510     Nursing Research                                            3 cr
      NUR   4010     Family Health Nursing                                       3 cr
      NUR   4020     Principles of Patient Teaching and Learning                 3 cr
      NUR   4030     Management/Leadership Nursing*                              3 cr
      NUR   4510     Community Health Nursing*                                   4 cr
      PHI   3020     Medical Ethics                                              3 cr
      PSY   3070     Abnormal Psychology                                         3 cr

And complete two of the following courses:                                       6 cr
   BIO 1030 Introduction of Nutrition (See Community College
                    Of Vermont course listings)
   PSY 1050 Human Growth and Development
   SOC 2040 Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender
   SOC 2230 Death and Dying
   SWK 2130 Introduction to the Study of Aging
                                             Total credits required:             46 cr
*Requires clinical study outside the classroom

Estimated minimum general education credits required to complete
a Bachelor’s Degree:                                                             12 cr
Minimum total credits required to obtain a BS in Nursing degree:                 58 cr

Each candidate for the RN to BS Completion Program will be considered individually
as a transfer student and must meet the Castleton State College Bachelor’s Degree Re-
quirements before graduation. For this reason, the time and number of credits required
for program completion may vary.

All candidates licensed as a registered nurse will be awarded 34 credits toward their
bachelor’s degree.

Students who complete the Associates in Science in Nursing program will be prepared
through their nursing education to assume the three interrelated practice roles within the
nursing discipline’s ethical, legal, fiscal, and political framework and are eligible to write
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the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered
Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon completion of the Associates Degree Nursing Program at
Castleton State College, the graduate:

•   Assumes the role as provider of care in a contemporary health care environment
    integrating knowledge from social, physical, and health sciences. Applies principles
    of effective communication, critical thinking, and the nursing process to assess,
    diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate, creating individualized care plans and
    teaching plans designed to empower patients across the life span to not only meet
    basic needs, but also to achieve and/ or maintain optimal health.
•   Assumes the role as manager of patient care to establish nursing care priorities,
    delegate patient care tasks and work within the interdisciplinary team to ensure
    optimal patient outcomes.
•   Assumes the role as member within the discipline of nursing demonstrating per-
    sonal and professional accountability through the utilization of evidenced based
    and sustainable practices. Assumes responsibility for ongoing professional role
    development. Serves as a role model through caring and commitment shown toward
    individuals, families, communities, and the profession of nursing.

3. Associate in Science in Nursing (AS.NUR)
Please note: All Nursing and Science courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or
higher.
    BIO 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I                              4 cr
    BIO 2012 Human Anatomy and Physiology II                             4 cr
    BIO 2125 Elements of Microbiology                                    4 cr
    NUR 1211 Foundations of Nursing I*                                   6 cr
    NUR 1212 Foundations of Nursing II*                                  7 cr
    NUR 2111 Nursing of Children and Adults I*                           9 cr
    NUR 2112 Nursing of Children and Adults II*                          10 cr
    NUR 2020 Issues in Nursing                                           2 cr
    PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology                                  3 cr

And complete one of the following courses:                                   3 cr
    SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology
    SWK 2130 Introduction to the Study of Aging
                                              Total credits required:        52 cr
*Requires clinical study outside the classroom
Additional general education credits required to graduate from Castleton State College
with an Associate of Science Degree:
Total general education requirements for an Associate Degree:                23 cr
Less: General education requirements satisfied by required nursing courses - 6 cr
                    Remaining General Education Requirements                 17 cr

                   Total credits required to obtain a AS in Nursing degree: 69 cr
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To be eligible for the Associate in Science Nursing Degree, a student must have earned
a minimum of 69 credits and attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0. A minimum of 21
semester hours in nursing courses must be earned at Castleton.

Graduates earning an Associate in Science Nursing Degree are eligible to apply for
licensure as Registered Nurses and are qualified to function in a beginning level staff
position in health care agencies and services. Upon successful completion of the program,
the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered
Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Each student should refer to the state in which she/he plans
to take the NCLEX-RN examination upon graduation for specific requirements. State
Boards of Nursing have the sole authority to grant graduates the opportunity to take
the NCLEX-RN examination.

According to the Vermont State Board of Nursing: (State of Vermont Board of Nursing
Title 26 V.S.A.) “The Board may deny an application for registration, licensure or
relicensure; revoke or suspend any license to practice nursing issued by it; discipline
or in other ways condition the practice of registrant or licensee upon due notice and
opportunity for hearing in compliance with the provisions of chapter 25 of Title 3, if
the person:

1.    Has made or caused to be made a false, fraudulent or forged statement or repre-
      sentation in procuring or attempting to procure registration or renew a license to
      practice nursing;
2.    Whether or not committed in this state, has been convicted of a crime related to the
      practice of nursing or a felony which evinces an unfitness to practice nursing;
3.    Is unable to practice nursing competently by reason of any cause;
4.    Has willfully or repeatedly violated any of the provisions of this chapter;
5.    Is habitually intemperate or is addicted to the use of habit-forming drugs.
6.    Has a mental, emotional or physical disability, the nature of which interferes with
      ability to practice nursing competently; or
7.    Engages in conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.”

Challenge Examination for Advanced Placement
Challenge examinations for admission to the AS in nursing program or four year BS in
nursing program are available to transfer students and Licensed Practical Nurses who
possess a license in good standing. Successful completion of the examination process will
exempt students from Foundations of Nursing I (NUR 1211). Select candidates may also
challenge Foundations of Nursing II (NUR 1212). Students will not be allowed to register
until written and skills challenge examinations have been successfully completed. To be
considered for transfer credit, all nursing courses must be passed with a minimum of a
76.00. Successful challenge of both NUR 1211 and NUR 1212 could enable a student
to enter the nursing program in NUR 2111, provided other prerequisites are met. Details
regarding the complete challenge process are available from the Nursing Department
upon request.
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Internal Transfer
Students are eligible for consideration for internal transfer to the nursing program from
other academic programs within the college. The criteria listed below must be met in order
to be considered for admission into a nursing degree program. The selection process takes
place at the end of the spring semester. The most qualified applicants will be considered
on a space available basis.

1. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 when application is made.
2. Have taken at least a 9-credit load in the semester prior to application.
3. Interview with a faculty member from the Nursing Department.

Articulation Agreement with the University of Vermont
Castleton State College (CSC) and the University of Vermont (UVM) established an
articulation agreement for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) in the summer of 2006.
Students who meet specific criteria will be eligible for admission to a prescribed program
of study in the RN-BS Program at UVM. Upon successful completion of the RN-BS
Program and degree requirements, students receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a
Major in Nursing from UVM.

Fees
Some nursing courses require payment of a laboratory fee. For a summary of these fees
please consult individual course descriptions. All nursing students are required to pay
a liability insurance fee each fall and buy a minimum of two identification badges for
their uniforms and lab coat. Nursing students are also expected to have a working watch
with a second hand and are required to purchase uniforms, a lab coat, nursing shoes, and
bandage scissors.

Clinical and lab requirements for all programs of nursing: Several nursing courses require
a lab component which will be taught by nursing faculty on campus in the College Skills
Lab. Courses requiring a clinical component at the level of an associate degree are taught
on campus and in hospitals and other health agencies by the nursing faculty. Nursing
students may commute from home or live in college residence halls. Clinical experience at
the bachelor’s level will be conducted using independent, student-driven preceptorships in
the community which will be supervised and evaluated by nursing faculty. These clinical
experiences will require the nursing student to hold a RN licensure in good standing in
Vermont and in the state where the clinical experience is taking place. It is important to
note that students are responsible for transportation and expenses to and from the agencies
used for all clinical experiences.

The Department of Nursing reserves the right to request that the academic dean require
withdrawal from the nursing program of any student whose health, academic record,
performance and/or behavior in nursing is judged unsatisfactory. Unsatisfactory
performance in the clinical environment negates academic grade performance.

				
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