The following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
before entering the first practicum nursing courses
|Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 20204 / Lab)||4|
|Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 20214 / Lab||4|
|Microbiology (BIOL 20233 / Lab)||3|
|Lifespan Growth and Development (NURS 10303)||3|
|Introductory Psychology (PSY 10213)||3|
|Introductory Sociology (SOCI 20213)||3|
|Math - Elementary Statistics (MATH 10043)||3|
|Nutrition (NTDT 10403)||3|
Enrollment in all nursing courses limited to the nursing major requires at least a 2.5 TCU cumulative GPA.
Students may repeat one nursing course if less than a "C" or a "No Credit" (NC) grade is earned.
Students are discontinued from the major if grades of "D", "F", or "NC" are earned in two or more nursing courses (excluding NURS 10303 Human Development).
Students who are repeatedly unable to achieve or maintain a 2.5 GPA are discontinued from the major.
Students may be discontinued from the nursing major when their academic, practicum, or personal performance is determined to be inconsistent with professional responsibility and accountability. In rare instances, the safety of patients may necessitate removal of a student from practicum. Faculty members are responsible for recommending this action to the Director of the School when indicated.
As a minimum requirement for participating in a practicum, students' performance must be in compliance with the Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice published by the ANA and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiner's Rules and Regulations including ". . . not accepting an assignment when one's physical or emotional condition prevents the safe and effective delivery of care . . .". When in the opinion of the instructor a student is not prepared for the educational activity or is in violation of these rules for any reason, including but not limited to, impairment by reasons of alcohol and/or drug abuse, the student is dismissed from practicum for the day by the instructor. The instructor may recommend further action to the Director.
Requirements for Graduation. For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree a student must have:
A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at TCU.
Completed all nursing courses required for the major with grades of "C" or higher.
Completed all University Curriculum Requirements.
Multiple Majors. Nursing students may, with prior approval of appropriate academic deans, pursue an additional major concurrent with nursing. Such students must declare nursing as the first major and complete all degree requirements for both nursing and the additional major. Students interested in this option are encouraged to meet with advisers from both majors as soon as possible to develop an academic plan.
Practicum Course Requirements. Prior to patient contact, students must submit a copy of written verification of:
Measles in combination with rubella and mumps vaccines (MMR Trivalent vaccine)
One dose of tetanus-diphtheria vaccine within at least 10 years
A completed three-dose series of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Students must annually submit a copy of written verification of:
A negative tuberculosis mantoux test (or chest x-ray or physician's recommendation). If the student has previously tested positive or has recovered from tuberculosis, certification from a physician must be provided indicating the student is not contagious.
Current health care provider level CPR certification
All students enrolled in practicum nursing courses must attend mandatory practicum orientations and testing sessions each semester. The student may be dropped from the course(s) if absent. Students must demonstrate mastery of prerequisite material by passing examinations specified by the faculty and which are, in the opinion of the faculty, critical to the safe care of patients. Failure to pass mastery examination will result in mandatory enrollment in a special problems course. The student must successfully complete the special problems course in a timely manner in order to pass the related practicum.
Finances. Students enrolled in Harris School of Nursing are responsible for the related fees. Each practicum course carries a laboratory fee. Fees are charged for standardized achievement tests. Participation in preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination including enrollment in a review course and purchase of review material may be required. The Board of Nurse Examiners Licensing fee is charged to all students planning licensure as registered nurses in the State of Texas and remitted to the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Purchase of uniforms is required. Professional liability insurance is required each year beginning in the sophomore year, second semester.
Transportation. Limited city bus service is available for transportation to practicum facilities. Plans should be made for the use of a car or shared transportation beginning with the first practicum nursing course.
Nursing Scholarships and Grants-in-Aid. A variety of scholarships and grants-in-aid are available to high school graduates and to students who have completed one or more years of college work. In addition, loans and tuition reimbursement are available from some area hospitals. Applications are made through the Director of Financial Aid, who can provide further information upon request.
Employment. Students may be employed on or off campus as opportunities are available and the course load and schedule permits. Work schedules should allow sufficient time for study. Students employed in clinical agencies may not wear the name tag or School patch during such employment. Students who are employed in a clinical setting must not sign their names as nursing students.
The Nursing Student Association. This organizational branch of the Texas Nursing Students' Association and the National Student Nurses' Association provides students opportunities to participate in local, state, and national affairs. These organizations are concerned with the role of the nursing student, the role of the nurse in the community and the future of nursing. Meetings are held monthly and regional meetings can be attended each semester. Participation is strongly encouraged.
Learning Center. A Learning Center in the Annie Richardson Bass Building is available to all nursing students to enhance independent learning and to provide access to computers, audiovisual materials, and a practice lab for mastering clinical skills. In the Learning Center, the student will become an active participant in an environment that facilitates both individual and small group learning situations. Computer assisted instruction and practical learning experiences enhance the students' knowledge gained through the classroom lecture component of the program. Students are required to use the labs for practice and demonstration of nursing skills. Faculty and staff are available to supervise the students during their lab experience. In addition to this facility and other University resources, nursing students have access to other libraries located in other universities and various clinical facilities in the area.
Testing Program. Students are required throughout the program to sit for standardized achievement tests. Results of these tests provide a basis for review of individual student achievement as well as program effectiveness.
Sigma Theta Tau International. Since 1970, the Beta Alpha Chapter of the International Honor Society for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, has selected members from the Harris School of Nursing student body on the basis of academic merit. Qualified students are invited to join during their junior or senior years.
Honors Program. Nursing majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the University Honors Program and are advised carefully for such achievement. The School supports and encourages participation in the Honors Program.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Curriculum Plan. Harris School has initiated an innovative curriculum designed to prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of agencies, clinics, home care agencies, and other community-based facilities in addition to hospitals and extended care facilities. Emphasis in classrooms and patient care settings is on the development of critical thinking, logical reasoning, and decision-making. Students are expected to assume considerable responsibility for their own learning. They are expected to become increasingly independent in the exercise of clinical judgment and in application of nursing process to a variety of nursing problems and situations.
Nursing courses constitute approximately one-half of the four-year program. The sequence of nursing courses provides learning experiences in all major practice areas and in a variety of institutions and agencies in and around Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Schedules for University Curriculum courses may vary for individual students.
All of the nursing courses listed below in addition to all courses designated with # must be completed with grades of C or above.
|English 10803 (Introduction to Composition)||3|
|# BIOL 20204 (Human Anatomy & Physiology)||4|
|# PSYC 10213 (General Psychology)||3|
|# HIST, United States||3|
|# BIOL 20214 (Human Anatomy & Physiology)||4|
|NURS 10303 (Human Development)||3|
|# SOCI 20213 (Introductory Sociology)||3|
|English 20803 (Intermediate Composition)||3|
|# NUTR 10403||3|
|# BIOL 20233 (Microbiology)||3|
|# MATH 10043 (Elementary Statistics)||13|
|NURS 20033 Teaching Strategies for Professional Practice||3|
|NURS 20222 Provider of Care I: Concepts||2|
|NURS 20282 Provider of Care I: Practicum||2|
|NURS 30043 Survey of Professional Nursing||3|
|NURS 30053 Critical Inquiry into Health Care Delivery||3|
|NURS 30163 Introduction to Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 30212 Provider of Care II: Concepts||2|
|NURS 30282 Provider of Care II: Practicum||2|
|NURS 30632 Gerontological Nursing||2|
|Upper Division Elective||3|
|NURS 30714 Adult Nursing I: Concepts||4|
|NURS 30783 Adult Nursing I: Practicum||3|
|NURS 30813 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Concepts||3|
|NURS 30882 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Practicum||2|
|NURS 30951 Professional Leadership Seminar I||1|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|NURS 40114 Adult Nursing II: Concepts||4|
|NURS 40183 Adult Nursing II: Practicum||3|
|NURS 40312 Maternity Nursing: Concepts||2|
|NURS 40382 Maternity Nursing: Practicum||2|
|NURS 40412 Pediatric Nursing: Concepts||2|
|NURS 40482 Pediatric Nursing: Practicum||2|
|NURS 40551 Professional Leadership Seminar II||1|
|NURS 40632 Nursing Research and Theory||2|
|NURS 40813 Community Health Nursing: Concepts||3|
|NURS 40882 Community Health Nursing: Practicum||2|
|NURS 40912 Nursing Management & Leadership: Concepts||2|
|NURS 40982 Nursing Management & Leadership: Practicum||2|
|NURS 40993 Role Transition: Nursing Internship||3|
|GRAND TOTAL HOURS||124|
30063 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH. Open to all majors. The course
examines selected cultures in an international setting. Social and scientific
factors are related to health beliefs and practices. Health care delivery systems
of the country are examined. Includes critical analysis of selected topics.
Usually taught in the summer abroad program.
30163 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY. Prerequisites: NURS 20222, 20282, 20033, 30043. Introduction to pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Includes basic terminology and mathematical calculations used in medication administration and the study of specified classifications of medications, their actions, side effects, adverse actions, nursing implications and drug administration. (Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.)
30212 PROVIDER OF CARE II: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 20222, 20282, 20033, 30033, 30043; prerequisite or concurrent: NURS 30163; concurrent: NURS 30282. Health assessment, health promotion, and nursing process in the care of clients throughout the lifespan continues in this course. Assessment of gastrointestinal; genitourinary; eyes; ears, nose and throat; and neurological systems is covered. Application of health promotion for the student continues. At the completion of NURS 20222, 20282, 30212, and 30282 the student has completed three semester hours of health assessment through the lifespan.
30282 PROVIDER OF CARE II: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 20033, 20222, 20282, 30043; prerequisite or concurrent: NURS 30163; concurrent: NURS 30212. A continuation of acquisition and application of health assessment, health promotion, and nursing process in the care of clients throughout the lifespan. The course includes a skills lab and clinical experience. At the completion of NURS 20222, 20282, 30212, and 30282 the student has completed three semester hours of health assessment through the lifespan.
30330 MATH AND DRUG CALCULATION FOR NURSES. Prerequisite:Permission of the instructor. A variable semester hour course of supervised study for students who transfer into Nursing or for those students who exhibit special needs during the junior or senior year. Offers instruction to the student who needs continued guided learning and practice in the calculation of dosages and solutions. The student will concentrate on the performance of the necessary math skills for calculation, the importance of accuracy, and application to specific kinds of nursing situations.
30503 ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH. Open to all majors. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of instructor. An overview of women's health issues using various social frameworks for analysis. Emphases include prevention, self-care, and social parameters of issues related to reproduction, aging, stress, and roles.
30632 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING. Prerequisites: NURS 20222, 20282, 20033, 30043. Issues relating to an aging population such as demographics, ageism, attitudes, and intergenerational concerns. Focuses on healthy aging as well as the specialized needs and nursing care of older persons based on the common physical and psychosocial changes that occur during the aging process. The impact of selected physical and mental health conditions is discussed. Includes observational experiences with older persons in a variety of community settings.
30714 ADULT NURSING I: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30163, 30212, 30282, 30632; concurrent: NURS 30783. Application of nursing process and theories to the health restoration of clients and families experiencing acute disruptions of selected body systems. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nutrition are integrated.
30783 ADULT NURSING I: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30163, 30212, 30282, 30632; concurrent: NURS 30714; concurrent or prerequisite: NURS 30951. Students use nursing process, theories, and research findings in caring for adult clients and families with acute disruptions of selected body systems.
30813 PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30163, 30212, 30282, 30632; concurrent: NURS 30882. Concepts and principles of individual, family, group and community systems experiencing psychopathology are explored. Mental health alterations and the human responses evoked from those alterations are discussed. The use of nursing strategies and actions in the promotion of mental health is emphasized.
30882 PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30163, 30212, 30282, 30632; concurrent: NURS 30813. Application of the nursing process with individuals, families, and groups experiencing psychosocial alteration or pathology.
30951 PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR I. Prerequisite or concurrent: NURS 30053. Focuses on responsibilities, skills, and values of profession. Emphasizes strategies in professional role development. Explores communication, accountability, and responsibility for professional practice by analyzing issues in health care.
40003 SENIOR HONORS PROJECT. Prerequisites: Completion of Junior Honors Seminar; grade point average 3.4. Scholarly project is required involving an area of nursing for in-depth investigations.
40113 ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN HEALTH CARE. Open to all majors. Prerequisites: SOCI 20213, SOCI 20233, junior status or permission of instructor. Provides the student an opportunity to explore ethical problems related to health care.
40114 ADULT NURSING II: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; concurrent: NURS 40183. Application of nursing concepts and nursing process to adult clients and families who are experiencing complex acute or chronic disruptions of selected body systems. Concepts related to chronic and terminal illness and rehabilitation and quality of life issues are examined. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nutrition are integrated.
40183 ADULT II NURSING: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; prerequisite or concurrent: NURS 40114. Students use the nursing process, nursing concepts, and research-based nursing interventions in caring for adult clients with complex acute, chronic, or terminal disruptions of selected body systems and their families. Students work with interdisciplinary teams in providing acute and chronic care. Students will have experiences in critical, subacute care, and community agencies servicing clients with chronic and/or terminal illnesses.
40312 MATERNITY NURSING: CONCEPTS. Prerequisite: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; concurrent: NURS 40382. Nursing process and theories are used with childbearing women and infants, throughout the perinatal period, including normal adaptation and disruptions. The role of nursing in the restoration of health by cooperative relationships with these individuals and groups is emphasized. Legal, research, sociocultural, and ethical implications of nursing practice are considered.
40382 MATERNITY NURSING: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; concurrent: NURS 40312. Application of the nursing process to assist in health restoration of high risk childbearing women and their families. Emphasis is placed on case management of families, collaboration with the health care delivery team and families, and a systems approach to the delivery of care.
40412 PEDIATRIC NURSING: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; concurrent: NURS 40482. Nursing process is applied to children experiencing acute and chronic disruptions to their health. The role of nursing in the restoration of health by cooperative relationships with the child and family is emphasized. Legal, research, sociocultural, and ethical implications of nursing practice are considered.
40482 PEDIATRIC NURSING: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30714, 30783, 30813, 30882, 30951; concurrent: NURS 40412. Application of the nursing process to assist in health restoration of children experiencing chronic and acute disruptions of health. Emphasis is on collaboration with the family and the health care delivery team and the family, and a systems approach to the delivery of care.
40543 CRITICAL ASPECTS OF PEDIATRIC NURSING. Nursing elective. Fifteen class hours and 90 practicum hours. Prerequisites: NURS 40114, 40183, 40412, 40482. Designed to allow the student optimum opportunity for in-depth exploration of aspects of pediatric nursing of particular individual interest to the student.
40551 PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR II. Prerequisites or concurrent: NURS 30951 Professional Leadership Seminar I. Focuses on professional standards and accountability essential to the baccalaureate nursing graduate role. Explores role of the nurse as a member of the health care team. Emphasizes scope of professional practice and development of personal goals.
40632 NURSING RESEARCH AND THEORY. Prerequisites: MATH 10043; NURS 30053, 40114, 40183, 40312, 40382, 40412, 40482, 40551. The use of theory and research in the construction of a scientific knowledge base for nursing practice is discussed. Research as a process for developing and examining clinically-based nursing questions is examined.The importance of evidence-based practice is emphasized.
40813 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30053, 40114, 40183, 40312, 40382, 40412, 40482, 40551; concurrent: NURS 40882. The concept of community/aggregate as client is examined. Methods of community/aggregate assessment, diagnoses, planning, implementation, and evaluation are analyzed. Roles in Community Health Nursing are explored. Nursing's role in meeting the health care needs of a total population is examined. Systems theory, epidemiology, levels of prevention, and the nation's objectives for health are analyzed.
40882 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30053, 40114, 40183, 40312, 40382, 40412, 40482, 40551; concurrent: NURS 40813. The nursing process is applied to community/aggregate as Client. Communities/aggregates are assessed, community/aggregate diagnoses are identified, macro-level interventions planned, implemented, and evaluated. Systems theory, epidemiology, levels of prevention and the nation's objectives for health are discussed.
40912 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP: CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: NURS 30053, 40114, 40183, 40382, 40412, 40482, 40551; concurrent: NURS 40982. Theories and principles of leadership and management that provide the foundation for management of self, health care providers, multiple clients and the profession in the delivery of health care are introduced. Career paths, job seeking skills and professional responsibilities are explored. The Texas Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Standards of Practice are analyzed. Management roles within various health care settings are reviewed within the context of selected theories and research.
40982 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP: PRACTICUM. Prerequisites: NURS 30053, 40114, 40183, 40312, 40382, 40412, 40482, 40551; concurrent: NURS 40912. Students assume professional roles which require application of leadership principles and management skills for the provision of care to a group of clients and the management of a group of health care providers in a variety of clinical settings.
40993 ROLE TRANSITION: NURSING INTERNSHIP. Prerequisites or concurrent: NURS 40912, 40982, 40813, 40882, 40632. "Full-time" work week precepted internship in an inpatient clinical setting. The purpose of this capstone-nursing internship is to develop competencies and professional growth by working with a nursing professional prior to graduation. Weekly seminar with faculty and class members.