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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018
Mississippi College
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018

School of Nursing

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Faculty

Kimberly Sharp, Dean
Professor (2015)
601.925.3381
ksharp@mc.edu

Rick Lewis
Chair - Undergraduate Programs
Assistant Professor (2016)
601.925.3390
lewis13@mc.edu

Jeanne Bernier
CNL Program Director
Instructor (2014)
Cell #251-609-7988
jabernier@mc.edu

Deborah Bolian
Assistant Professor (1985)
601.925.3391
bolian@mc.edu

Dina Dent
Instructor (2017)
601-925-3278
ddent@mc.edu

Tamara Ford
Instructor (1994)
601.925.3388
tford@mc.edu

Cecelia Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor
601-925-7695
chall@mc.edu

Lydia Hall
Instructor (2017)
601-925-3392
mlhall@mc.edu

Allison Hayes
Instructor (2010)
601.925.3383
hayes00@mc.edu

Mary Ann Henriques
Professor (1990)
601.925.3393
henrique@mc.edu

Karen Ivie
RN-BSN Program Director
Assistant Professor (2016)
601.925.3386
kdivie@mc.edu

Nicole Jager
Assistant Professor (2016)
601.925.3386
ndjager@mc.edu

Lisa Lycette
Instructor (2012)
601.925.3836
llycette@mc.edu

Taylor Martin
Instructor (2017)
601-925-3384
tmartin1@mc.edu

Jill Mayo
Assistant Professor (1993)
601.925.3835
mayo@mc.edu

Amber Nesenson
Instructor (2017)
601-925-3395
anesenson@mc.edu

Susan McCaskill Richardson
Assistant Professor (1985)
601.925.3389
srichard@mc.edu

David Sharp
Professor (2017)
601-925-7809
dmsharp@mc.edu

Mary Ellen Stewart
Instructor (2013)
601.925..3387
mestewart@mc.edu

Deborah Welch
Assistant Professor (2005)
601.925.3394
dwelch@mc.edu 

 

Support Staff

Jo Sistrunk
Administrative Assistant to the Dean (2004)
601.925.3278
sistru00@mc.edu

Carol Clendenon
Records Coordinator (2008)
601.925.3837
clendeno@mc.edu

Joanna Wimberley
Records Coordinator (2017)
601-925-3837
jwimberley@mc.edu

Owen Boutwell
Nursing Admission Program Specialist (2017)
oboutwell@mc.edu

 

History

The establishment of the Mississippi College School of Nursing was the realization of a dream of a former president of the University, Dr. Richard A. McLemore. In 1966, the Gilfoy School of Nursing, Baptist Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi, the only Baptist school of nursing in the state, decided to phase out its diploma program in nursing. The program graduated its last class of nursing students in June, 1971. Dr. McLemore believed that Mississippi College had the academic competence and Christian environment in which to educate nurses with excellent professional and Christian qualities. Additional impetus for the establishment of the School came when the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention raised its minimum requirement for becoming a missionary nurse to a bachelor of science in nursing degree. In 1968, the Board of Trustees of the University approved the establishment of the Mississippi College School of Nursing, and in 1969, the first class of nursing students was accepted by the University.

Mission

The Mississippi College School of Nursing (MCSON) mission is to provide excellence in nursing education within a Christian institution. Graduates are prepared to engage in professional nursing practice as generalists, and to become positive contributors to the profession, to the community, and to society.

Nursing Program Outcomes

The program outcomes of the MCSON are designed to prepare a nurse generalist who will:

  1. Integrate clinical reasoning and Christian Caring in the delivery of safe, holistic, patient-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
  2. Incorporate personal and professional development, with relevant evidence-based practice, as the critical thinking premise for all health care delivery.
  3. Demonstrate effective use of technology and informatics for the provision of safe, ethical, and quality care to diverse populations.
  4. Apply management and leadership concepts in the delivery of quality patient centered care.
  5. Utilize communication techniques and collaborative skills to facilitate safe, quality outcomes with patients, families and populations.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. 

Facilities

The School of Nursing is located in Cockroft Hall which provides a central location for nursing faculty offices and classrooms. The Harvey Garrison Jr. Learning Center in Cockroft hall houses some of the  SON clinical teaching supplies. Simulated patient care stations are part of all Cockroft Hall nursing classrooms and in the larger Nursing Skills Center. The audio-visual capacity is augmented by the University’s Learning Resources Center located in the Leland Speed Library, and many networked resources can be accessed and streamed online.

Nursing classes are conducted on the Mississippi College campus. The clinical portions of the nursing courses utilize a variety of hospitals and agencies in the Jackson area. Students may also elect learning experiences in other localities within the United States or abroad.

Policies

The school of nursing has policies that are specific to the School of Nursing. Nursing students should review these policies, which involve both academic and non-academic matters. The policies are included in the Student Handbook that is provided to each student meeting criteria to continue into upper division clinical level course work in the School of Nursing. Each student is expected to abide by these School of Nursing policies; failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

Criminal Background Checks

In accordance with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations for health care institutions regarding criminal background checks, every student must have fingerprints taken and a criminal background check completed. Cost of these requirements will be the student’s responsibility. The student must be in compliance with the legislative statues and hospital policies to participate in clinical experiences.

Substance Abuse and Screenings

Mississippi College School of Nursing is committed to protecting the safety, health, and welfare of its faculty, staff, students and the community of interest including patients and staff in clinical agencies. To this end, the School of Nursing prohibits the illicit use, possession, sale, conveyance, distribution and manufacture of illegal drugs, intoxicants, and/or controlled substances in all instances.  The School of Nursing requires all students to submit to drug testing under any or all of the following circumstances: upon confirmation of successful completion of criteria for continuation into clinical level course work in the School of Nursing; random testing; as required by clinical agencies; and for cause.  Failure of a drug screen will be dealt with consistent with the policy of the School of Nursing, and may include failure and/or dismissal from the program.

Licensure

Successful completion of all required elements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree permits the student to make application to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RN licensure examination. However, any disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment may result in denial of licensure as a registered nurse. A criminal background check may be required by state licensure authorities.

Degree Programs

The School of Nursing offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The BSN is the basic professional degree for nurses and the foundation for graduate nursing education. The nursing curriculum provides general knowledge in the arts and sciences with specialized content in professional nursing

Curriculum

The nursing curriculum is designed to enable the student to secure a broad foundation in general education with content in professional nursing education. The general education courses aid in broadening understanding of self and others, in enhancing the ability to communicate effectively, and in providing a perspective of the society within which one lives and practices the profession.

The 2016 curricular template is innovative with its integrated faith, simulation, and caring. The revisions reflect current trends in health care and nursing, and standardized testing benchmarks at each level ensure that students meet national benchmarks in preparation for immediate graduate professional nursing practice and for the future of health care. For further information regarding this curriculum revision, please contact the School of Nursing.

High School Preparation

The recommended high school preparation for a major in Nursing should include 3 units of science, one of which should be chemistry, and 2 units of math, including algebra.

Admission

BSN Students

To enter the School of Nursing, one must first be admitted to Mississippi College and declare a nursing major. Students who complete all the academic and professional requirements are reviewed for continuation in the clinical level of the nursing major. Admission to the University does not guarantee graduation as a nursing major.

The School of Nursing reviews students for academic progression into clinical level courses twice each year, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Nursing students seeking entry into the clinical nursing level of the program need to submit their completed academic and professional documentation to the School of Nursing office by February 1st preceding the fall semester or September 1st preceding the spring semester they wish to enter. Students seeking to move ahead after these dates will be considered on a “space available basis.” Students should have completed most core courses prior to seeking permission to move into the clinical level of the nursing major.

Students who have taken all their work at Mississippi College have priority for clinical level places in the nursing program if they meet the minimum academic and professional requirements. Transfer students are admitted whenever there is space available in the class. The total number of hours taken at MC and the grade point average are considered along with the minimum academic and professional requirements in the admission of students.

Applicants with repeats in more than two pre-requisite courses will not be considered for selection into upper division clinical level nursing. Applicants with no repeats of lower level courses will be given preference over students who have repeated courses. Any social and natural science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of the date of application.

Students preparing for entry into the clinical nursing program are enrolled into the “Interdisciplinary Studies  - Pre-Nursing” program. Students who successfully meet academic and professional requirements for clinical nursing are moved into the nursing major route

Minimum requirements for continuation in the nursing major include:*

  1. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Successful completion of university core courses or a faculty-approved plan for completing these in a timely fashion.
  3. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher based on work completed at Mississippi College.**
  4. Acceptable scores on pre-admissions examinations. (Contact the School of Nursing for specific requirements.) ABSN applicants complete an HESI critical thinking test as part of their application process.
  5. The Evolve nursing HESI (A2) assessment examination benchmark is set at 80, with three attempts permitted.  Transfer students may submit electronic results for a TEAS result that is at or above the national program mean for BSN students, with three attempts permitted. Please use review materials to prepare for entry assessments.

Consistent with State law for health care providers, and for compliance with clinical agency requirements, criminal background checks and/or drug screenings may be required. Failure to successfully meet requirements for the background check or drug screening may result in denial of admission to or progression within the School of

*Note: Admission into clinical level courses in the nursing major for transfer students is competitively based. The requirements listed above are the minimum for admission to the program. Prospective nursing students are strongly encouraged to exceed minimum levels of work, especially in relation to grade point average, grades in the nursing prerequisite courses, and scores on the pre-admissions examination. When there are more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by the faculty and available clinical facilities, the Admissions and Progression Committee will select those most qualified for the positions available. The Committee may take into account any and all aspects of the student’s prior educational record in assessing preparation for success in  upper division clinical level courses in the nursing program. Careful consideration is given to achievement in prerequisite courses.
**Students should make every effort to complete writing proficiency requirement prior to admission to the School of Nursing.

 

RN-BSN Completion Students

Advanced placement in the nursing major is available to the registered nurse who is a graduate of a state-approved diploma or associate degree program. Mississippi College School of Nursing is committed to providing opportunities for educational advancement for working registered nurses through online delivery of courses and flexible clinical experiences that allow nurses to complete their BSN in as little as 12 months.

Mississippi College’s 100% online RN to BSN program is designed to develop compassionate and knowledgeable nurse leaders who will help transform health care. Designed specifically for working RNs, our CCNE-accredited program is flexible, affordable and convenient.

The registered nurse student must meet the minimum admission requirements for Mississippi College, and must have access to a computer and internet services.

MC RN to BSN online Requirements (See SON website for a complete list of requirements and helpful links to application resources):

  • Complete application and pay $25 application fee
  • Have a 2.0 GPA
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
  • Possess a current unrestricted registered nurse license in state of residence
  • Have criminal background clearance for clinical practice in state of residence

TOEFL Admission Criteria Specifications for the School of Nursing

A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in nursing as well as for patient safety. In addition to Mississippi College’s English proficiency requirements, all applicants to the School of Nursing whose first language is not English (including international and/or U.S. residents) must meet additional requirements. Students who have a first degree from a program with English as the primary language may provide documentation to request exemption from the TOEFL requirement.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants to clinical level courses in the School of Nursing whose first language is not English, with the exception of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who hold current United States LPN or RN licensure. (LPN and RN students may be required to take the TOEFL / IELTS or other testing before or during the course of the program, if so recommended by the Dean and/or School of Nursing faculty instructors).

Minimum TOEFL Scores for Consideration of Admission:

To be considered for continuation into clinical level courses in the School of Nursing, applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) of:

Minimum Cumulative Score of:
    83 combined (6.5 IELTS banding)

AND Minimum Individual Scores of 18, with target scores of:
    26 in Speaking
    20 in Writing
    20 in Reading
    20 in Listening
In comparison, the paper-based TOEFL of 550 is required, 213 or better on the computer-based TOEFL, or 83 overall.

Test Preparation and Registration

TOEFL iBT Registration:

Complete information on the TOEFL iBT, including free test preparation materials, testing sites, and registration, is available online at  http://www.toefl.org. Applicants may register for the TOEFL iBT by Internet, telephone (1-800-468-6335) or mail.

To request official TOEFL iBT scores to be sent to Mississippi College, School of Nursing, enter Institution Code 79577. 

Students who have taken previous versions of the TOEFL (computer-based or paper-based tests) should contact the School of Nursing at 601-925-3380.

Only official score reports will be accepted. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date (see score information online).

Policy for Continuing Nursing Students

Nursing students in the clinical portion of the nursing program whose first language is not English should be aware that they may not be able to complete the program of study within the described time frame. Individual advising is available and is directed toward student success.

Current students who have difficulty in the program may be encouraged to take extra steps (e.g., enroll half-time in nursing courses, participate in ESL courses or activities) in an effort to increase the probability of their success in the program and on the certifying examinations.

Financial Information

Detailed financial information is located in the Financial Information  section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Further information regarding Nursing Scholarships may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. 

For nursing majors taking clinical courses, the costs of uniforms, annual physical examinations, assessment supplies, malpractice insurance, standardized tests, NCLEX Review, professional association fees and a $65.00 charge per semester hour of clinical work are in addition to the standard university tuition, fees, lab/simulation fees,and books. Some courses may require that students use their personal cars or share rides with fellow students. A personal laptop computer is strongly recommended as electronic resources are integrated in classroom, personal study assignments and testing

Academic Information

Advising

The Dean of the School of Nursing or a designated faculty member acts as general advisor to all nursing majors and to students who have not yet been formally admitted to the nursing program. Faculty advisors counsel students regarding academic concerns, adjustment to university life, and professional goals.

Class Attendance

Students in the nursing major are subject to Mississippi College and the School of Nursing rules regulating class attendance and absences as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog under Attendance Regulations  and the School of Nursing Handbook. Attendance in class and clinical laboratory is required and students are expected to attend regularly and to be on time to all learning experiences.

Off-Campus Credit

The Dean of the School of Nursing reserves the right to determine whether any course from another institution will be accepted toward a degree in nursing at Mississippi College.

Academic Standards Specific to the Nursing Major

Clinical level upper division students must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for progression. A grade of C or better is required in all nursing courses and nursing courses may be repeated only one time. The failure of any two theory or clinical courses will result in dismissal from the nursing program. Specific progression policies may be found in the School of Nursing student handbook. There is a five-year time limit that applies to all courses in the nursing major. Any student, for whatever reason, who does not graduate within a five-year time period may be required to repeat any nursing course taken more than five years previously. Students are required to complete all nursing courses within  their course sequence and must repeat any clinical course when the HESI benchmark is not met. The HESI benchmark levels are 800 for NUR 386  , and 850 NUR 390  , NUR 406  and NUR 433  .

Since minimum standards for progression in the nursing major are different from the minimum to avoid suspension from Mississippi College, a student who becomes ineligible to enter or remain in the nursing major may still be eligible to remain a student at Mississippi College in another major. 

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

The general requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Nursing are:

  1. An 850 HESI comprehensive RN Exit Exam® is required to fulfill the course requirements for NUR 433  . Students receiving an incomplete in the course will be allow to retake the HESI comprehensive RN Exit Exam®  at their expense until they have achieved the 850 benchmark. Students may participate in pinning and graduation with this course incomplete but will not receive their diploma until the incomplete has been removed.
  2. A total of 130 semester hours of university work. No more than 6 semester hours earned by correspondence or extension courses, and no more than a total of 30 hours of non-residence work (including correspondence or extension courses, credit by examination, credit for specialized training in the armed forces) can be applied toward meeting requirements for graduation. The last 33 semester hours must be taken in residence at Mississippi College. A maximum of 65 sem. hours learned at a junior/ community college can be applied toward a degree at Mississippi College.
  3. Compliance with the general graduation requirements of Mississippi College.
  4. A grade of C or higher in each nursing course.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to withhold a degree of any student deemed unsuitable for the practice of nursing.

Further information pertaining to graduation may be found in the Academic Information  section of the Undergraduate Catalog. 

Honors Courses

By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program  section of Undergraduate Catalog.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Minor

Courses

Nursing

  • NUR 230 - Preparation for Standardized and Adaptive Testing

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    This course is designed to prepare students for testing requirements and to enhance the possibility of success with the mandatory and standardized testing. It addresses how to study efficiently and effectively, and offers a structured approach to the challenges of examination for professional qualification.

    [Crosslisted as: ALH 230  
  • NUR 233 - Transition to Health Care Professions

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs
    This course is designed for the student who is considering a career in healthcare.  The emphasis is on professional roles within the healthcare delivery sytems.  Other concepts explored include legal/ethical issues, interprofessional communication, information technology and professional behavior.

  • NUR 250 - Transition to Nursing Practice

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): GPA of 2.5  A plan to meet all prerequisite nursing course requirements in the timeline accorded for admission.  NUR 250 must be completed within 12 calendar months of beginning the upper level nursing curriculum.
    Introduction to concepts of nursing along the wellness/illness continuum, with an emphasis on building a foundation for Christian caring in nursing.  Medical terminology necessary for nursing practice will be introduced.  The student will demonstrate additional competency skills such as drug calculations, hygiene, bed making, and professional deportment.

  • NUR 275 - Medical Math

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This is a practical review refresher course for students who just need to ensure that they are up to speed on their basic math skills. It moves quickly through an overview of math concepts: decimals, fractions, percentages, measurements / conversions, and the fundamental principles for required oral, parenteral and intravenous medication administration.

     

    [Crosslisted as: ALH 275  

  • NUR 303 - Health Assessment-RN

    Credits, 4 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program with advanced standing.
    Focuses on the acquisition of health assessment skills necessary for professional nursing practice. (3 hours theory, 1 hour clinical)

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 305 - Transcultural Patterns of Health

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This course will examine patterns of health beliefs and values as these are determined by religion, culture, society, and history. A careful review of how views of health can influence health care, the health care delivery system, and specific elements of health throughout the life span will be undertaken.

  • NUR 313 - Research in Nursing Practice-RN

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 303 , NUR 324 , NUR 451 .
    Focuses on the research process and the development of an attitude of inquiry. The role of the nurse in conducting and utilizing research is explored.

  • NUR 324 - Transition to Professional Practice-RN

    Credits, 4 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program with advanced standing.
    Focuses on concepts, processes and skills necessary to facilitate the transition to baccalaureate nursing practice.

  • NUR 333 - Clinical Studies in Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 305  , NUR 375  , NUR 378  , NUR 381  , NUR 382  , NUR 383  , NUR 386  , NUR 390  , NUR 393  , NUR 396  , NUR 398  (Semester 2 Nursing Courses)
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study and clinical practice in nursing. Negotiations are made in clinical facilities for qualified preceptors to serve as role models for students. This course may be taken as a clinical elective OR externship.  A posted clinical fee is also required.

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 336 - Clinical Studies in Nursing-Extern

    Credits, 6 sem. hrs.
    Provides additional clinical practice in nursing. Negotiations are made in clinical facilities for qualified preceptors to serve as role models for students.

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 373 - Congregational Health Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Admission into the nursing program, RN licensure, or instructor’s consent.
    Focuses on the role of the nurse in the faith community. The course examines the role and responsibilities of congregational health nursing and provides the framework that the nurse can use to develop and implement a congregational health program within the faith community.

  • NUR 375 - Therapeutic Communication

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): NUR 250  
    Health care professionals are expected to provide a holistic approach to care delivery.  The key component shared by all professional involved in such care delivery is effective communication.  Increasingly emphasis is being made on effective communication not just at the therapeutic level but also between health care professionals. 

  • NUR 378 - Clinical Reasoning I

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This is a first semester upper division clinical skills practicum to address the acquisition of basic skills proficiencies required for NUR 382  and NUR 386  course work. This concurrent workshop will afford students the opportunity to consolidate and develop clinical skills competencies in the safe environment of the clinical skills laboratory and simulated learning setting.

  • NUR 381 - Pharmacology

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s):   and Admission to the Nursing Program.
    Focuses on the introduction of basic pharmacology concepts necessary for safe administration of medications.

  • NUR 382 - Health Assessment across the Lifespan

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s):   and Admission to the Nursing Program.
    Introduces nursing assessment knowledge and skills applicable to the practice of professional nursing. The emphasis of the course will be on comprehensive assessment of the adult and older adult.

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 383 - Pathophysiology

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s):   and Admission to the Nursing Program.
     

    This junior level course focuses on the understanding of the pathophysiologic response to illness and compensatory mechanisms as it applies to nursing practice.

  • NUR 386 - Foundations of Nursing

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    This course focuses on foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of professional nursing, health-illness continuum, communication for the provision of patient centered care.

  • NUR 390 - Maternal/Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Semester I courses.
     

    Focuses on nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes with concepts, theories, evidence based practice related to health maintenance, risk reduction and restoration with emphasis being placed on maternal newborn nursing and women’s health. The clinical experience provides opportunities for Interprofessional collaboration and opportunities to demonstrate Christian Caring in service to clients and others. (3 hours theory, 2 hours clinical)

     

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)

  • NUR 393 - Pediatrics

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    This junior level course focuses on family centered nursing care of infants, children, and adolescents.

  • NUR 396 - Health Policy and Finance

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all semester two courses.
    This course focuses on health policies and finance concepts that affect the provision of health care in a global setting.

  • NUR 397 - Nursing Content Remediation and Review - 1

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This course is designed to facilitate the structured review of customized remediation for HESI and NUR 386  content.  It is a required course for students needing to achieve HESI competency at the designated level for NUR 386 .  It must be completed as a concurrent course in Semester 2.

  • NUR 398 - Clinical Reasoning 2

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    Prerequisite(s): NUR 378  
    This is a second semester upper division clinical skills practicum to address the acquisition of basic skills proficiencies required for NUR 390  and NUR 393  clinical course work. This concurrent workshop will afford students an opportunity to consolidate and develop clinical skills competencies in the safe environment of the clinical skills laboratory and simulated learning setting.

  • NUR 399 - Nursing Content Remediation and Review - 2

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This course is designed to facilitate the structured review of customized remediation for HESI and NUR 390  content.  It is a required course for students needing to achieve HESI competency at the designated level for NUR 390 .  It must be completed as a concurrent course in Semester 3.

  • NUR 402 - Policy and Finance-RN

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 303 , NUR 324 , NUR 451 .
    Provides an overview of basic economic concepts and political issues related to the provision of health care in a global setting.

  • NUR 404 - Health Care Informatics

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Semester I and Semester II courses.
    Students will be introduced to the applications of informatics systems to nursing practice, healthcare, education, research, and administration. Integration of various theories will assist students to understand the importance of applying knowledge as they further develop their skills in information literacy. Students will learn how health care professionals can use information systems to work more efficiently, allocate resources more effectively, and improve health care services.

  • NUR 406 - Chronic Health Problems

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    Focuses on knowledge and nursing concepts necessary to care for adult patients experiencing chronic health problems in a variety of clinical settings.

  • NUR 407 - Nursing Research

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Concepts relative to the research process are presented in this junior level course.  Students are taught to recognize the impact of clinical scholarship in nursing practice and how this impacts patient outcomes.  This course prepares students to critique research at a beginning level.  Students will learn how to integrate evidence based findings into nursing and health care practice.

  • NUR 410 - Nursing Content Remediation and Review - 3

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    This course is designed to facilitate the structured review of customized remediation for HESI and NUR 406  content.  It is a required course for students needing to achieve HESI competency at the designated level for NUR 406 .  It must be completed as a concurrent course in Semester 4.

  • NUR 415 - Nursing Leadership/Management

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 303 , NUR 324 , and NUR 451 .
    Focuses on applications of current management theories and philosophies to nursing practice. This course includes a clinical component.

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 418 - Nursing Leadership and Management Clinical (RN)

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Corequisite/Prerequisite NUR 415  
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study and clinical practice in leadership and management roles.  Negotiations are made in clinical facilities for qualified preceptors to serve as role models for students.

    Fee: A posted clinical fee is also required.
  • NUR 428 - Clinical Reasoning 3

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    Prerequisite(s): NUR 398  
    This is a third semester upper division clinical skills practicum to address the acquisition of skills proficiencies required for NUR 406  and NUR 484  clinical course work. This concurrent workshop will afford students an opportunity to consolidate and develop clinical skills competencies in the safe environment of the clinical skills laboratory and simulated learning setting.

  • NUR 433 - Unstable Health Problems

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    This course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients experiencing complex health issues with unpredictable outcomes.

  • NUR 435 - Community Health Nursing-RN

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 303 , NUR 324 , and NUR 451 .
    Focuses on the synthesis of theories and concepts related to contemporary nursing practice in community health. This course includes a clinical component.

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)
  • NUR 436 - Community and Population Health

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs.
    Community Health Nursing focuses in the synthesis of concepts, processes and skills necessary to promote health and prevent illness in population groups.  Emphasis will be placed on managing care for the community as a client/patient rather than on individual health care.  The three levels of prevention used in strategic planning for community health will be emphasized. (3 hours theory, 2 hours clinical)

  • NUR 437 - Leadership/Management in Nursing

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): All previous semesters work in nursing.
    Corequisite(s): NUR 433 , NUR 436 , NUR 439 , NUR 498  
    This course focuses on the introduction of management functions, roles and responsibilities in the practice of quality nursing care and organizational effectiveness.  Emphasis is placed on developing leadership and incorporating management principles in the professional nurse.

  • NUR 438 - Community Health Nursing Clinical (RN)

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Corequisite/Prerequisite NUR 435  
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study and clinical practice in Community Health.  Negotiations are made in clinical facilities for qualified preceptors to serve as role models for students. 

    Fee: A posted clinical fee is required.
  • NUR 439 - Preparation for Professional Examinations

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all required coursework leading to graduation.
    Corequisite(s): Final semester nursing classes only remaining (no outstanding pre-requisites or core classes).
    The course employs a series of problem-based learning workshops designed to help students refine critical thinking skills in preparation for end of semester benchmark assessments and licensure examinations. Content themes draw from nursing foundational courses and practicum work, and students are expected to have a thorough understanding of key content prior to engaging in these student-led assignments. Senior level students who have been identified as high risk or who are unsuccessful in the first senior year comprehensive exam (HESI) are strongly recommended to purchase an approved NCLEX review course. Prerequisites Completion of level four courses.

  • NUR 443 - Cross-Cultural Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Focuses on the knowledge of social and cultural factors that influence health care delivery. The course investigates health care delivery in the selected culture, either within or other than the student’s own country.

  • NUR 444 - Christian Perspective on Ethics-RN

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of NUR 313 , NUR 324 , NUR 451 .
    Provides an opportunity to explore ethical issues and current trends in health care from a Christian perspective.

  • NUR 448 - Clinical Reasoning 4

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    Prerequisite(s): NUR 428  
    This is a fourth semester upper division clinical skills practicum to address the acquisition of skills proficiencies required for NUR 433 , NUR 436  and NUR 437  clinical course work. This concurrent workshop will afford students an opportunity to consolidate and develop clinical skills competencies in the safe environment of the clinical skills laboratory and simulated learning setting.

  • NUR 450 - The Professional Nursing Role as it Relates to Theories of Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Focuses on the place of concepts and theories within nursing. Emphasis is placed on a particular nursing theorist of the student’s choice, and that theorist’s concepts are studied in depth.

  • NUR 451 - Special Studies in Nursing

    Credits, 1 sem. hr., respectively.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study of a selected concept relative to nursing or some aspect of health care. This elective does not necessarily contain a clinical practice component. May be repeated up to six hours.

  • NUR 452 - Special Studies in Nursing

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs., respectively.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study of a selected concept relative to nursing or some aspect of health care. This elective does not necessarily contain a clinical practice component. May be repeated up to six hours.

  • NUR 453 - Special Studies in Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs., respectively.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Provides an opportunity for additional formal study of a selected concept relative to nursing or some aspect of health care. This elective does not necessarily contain a clinical practice component. May be repeated up to six hours.

  • NUR 455 - The Professional Nursing Role and Legislation

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Focuses on the professional nursing role as it relates to the legislative process. Participation in legislative activities are utilized as available.

  • NUR 457 - The Professional Nursing Role and Nursing Management

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): NUR 415 .
    Explores the leader/manager role of the professional nurse as it relates to current and projected nursing administration practices.

  • NUR 473 - Nursing Care of the Older Adult

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Focuses on utilization of the nursing process in providing nursing care to older adults.

  • NUR 475 - Topics in Nursing History

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    Focuses on the analysis and evaluation of nursing history from ancient to modern times.

  • NUR 477 - Spiritual Aspects of Nursing

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the nursing major.
    The relationship between spirituality, religion, and the health care system are analyzed. Students explore the spiritual dimensions of nursing.

  • NUR 482 - Synthesis-RN

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): This course will be taken in the last semester of the nursing program.
    Allows the student to integrate research, leadership, community, policy, finance, ethics, and Christian caring into a final project that will demonstrate role acquisition of the baccalaureate prepared nurse.

  • NUR 483 - Health Care Terminology

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course is designed for the student who is interested in a health care career or a career or a career that requires clear understanding and communication with a health care professional. This course will offer instruction in development and practical application of the terminology and vocabulary associated with health care.

  • NUR 484 - Behavioral/Mental Health Nursing

    Credits, 5 sem. hrs
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Level II courses.
    This didactic and clinical course focuses on concepts and skills necessary to apply the clinical reasoning process to provide safe, quality, client centered care to clients/families experiencing behavioral mental health issues. (3 hours theory, 2 hours clinical)

    Fee: (Courses including clinical or lab components will have extra fees.)

Allied Health

  • ALH 230 - Preparation for Standardized and Adaptive Testing

    Credits, 2 sem. hrs.
    This course is designed to prepare students for testing requirements and to enhance the possibility of success with the mandatory and standardized testing. It addresses how to study efficiently and effectively, and offers a structured approach to the challenges of examination for professional qualification.

    [Crosslisted as: NUR 230  
  • ALH 233 - Concepts for Health Care

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    Focuses on professional roles within the health care delivery system.  This course is intended to pre-nursing students and other students interested in health care professions.

  • ALH 275 - Medical Math

    Credits, 1 sem. hr.
    To provide the student with a foundation of basic mathematical skills necessary for the calculation of drug dosages.  This foundation includes study of equivalents between metric, household and apothecary units of measure and how this impacts calculation of safe drug dosages.

    [Crosslisted as: NUR 275  
  • ALH 399 - Health Care in the USA

    Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
    The course provides students with an introduction to the United States care delivery systems in the State of Mississippi and familiarizes them with the demands of being an MC nursing student. The course is a bridging course into the clinically-based portion of the nursing program. This course provides transfer students with the background information necessary to be able to work effectively within the range of care settings available in the State of Mississippi. Transfer students must complete level one and two prerequisite courses, or the prerequisites that are outlined on the course route agreement.



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