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School of Nursing
112 Moore Building

Major Information


Lynne G. Pearcey, Professor and Dean

Virginia B. Karb, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean

Professors Bartol, Chamings, Selby-Harrington; Associate Professors H. Brown, Dick, Hargett, E. Kohlenberg, Reed, Richardson, R. Saunders; Visiting Associate Professor Evans; Assistant Professors Barba, Beeson, Cookman, Courts, Kennedy-Malone, Krowchuk, R. Parrish, R. Taylor, Tesh, Werstlein; Visiting Assistant Professors J. Jones, J. Lutz, Maree, Ouellette; Lecturers Bartlett, Boland, Cowen, Eakes, Hancock, Helfers, Ivey, Lehman, Lester, Mayo, McNeal, Sandoval, Shields, VonCannon, Watters, L. Wheeler

Adjunct Faculty: Adjunct Associate Professors Hollerich, Mims, Schrull; Adjunct Assistant Professors Beach, Bokun, Collins, Crowe, Dickson, Donley, Hardin, Hayes, Heyneker, Higgerson, Jarrett-Pulliam, Liner, Lundrigan, Mooth, B. Smith, Staab, Winchester; Adjunct Instructors Barbee, Beard, Bensky, Bernhardt, Brockschmidt, Calhoun, Campbell, Garrison, Geddie, Hubbart, P. Johnson, Koontz, Krissak, Longenecker, Louie, Moon, Nudelman, Quarles, Ricker, Ripley

The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The first two years of study are in general education, basic sciences, humanities, and basic nursing. The majority of work in the junior and senior years is in nursing.

The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree to prepare persons for a leadership role in nursing education, administration, and clinical practice. This program has a strong research emphasis and is founded on specialization in clinical practice.


The program offered by the School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing. The School of Nursing is an agency member of the National League for Nursing in the NLN Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs.


The faculty believes that people, existing as individuals, families, groups, and communities, are holistic, complex biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual beings. Each person is unique and possesses inherent dignity, worth, and the right to self-determination. While human responses are individualized, many can be generalized and predicted. Throughout the life span, people have potential for growth and development.

A person dynamically interacts with the environment, and each is affected by the other. The environment is the sum total of all those conditions and circumstances that have an impact on the existence of an individual. The environment constantly changes and influences a person's health.

Health is a relative state of being which is characterized by wellness, illness, disease, or dysfunction. Any view of health must consider both developmental and environmental influences. A person uses both internal and external resources to achieve the desired level of health. Nursing is one of the external resources available.

Nurses use knowledge and skill in working with people to promote, maintain, and restore the balance between them and their environment, and when necessary, to support a dignified death. Professional nursing has both theoretical and practice components. Nursing's body of knowledge incorporates biological, behavioral, and humanistic principles. The practice component is characterized by critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and effective interpersonal and psychomotor skills. Nurses function independently and interdependently in a variety of roles and are ethically and legally accountable for the quality of nursing care they provide.

The faculty believes that professional nursing education, built upon a foundation of liberal arts and the biological and social sciences, guides the learner to attain competencies required to practice professional nursing. Baccalaureate education prepares nurses to function as generalists, while education at the master's level prepares nurses as specialists in nursing practice. Nursing education respects the uniqueness of the learner and encourages commitment, accountability, leadership, self-awareness, and continued professional development.

Admission for Basic Students

Students must be formally admitted to the School of Nursing which is an upper division major. Only students who have formal, written acceptance into the School will be permitted to register in advanced nursing courses and complete work for the major. Admission should normally be sought during the sophomore year. The application deadline is February 1 of each year. Applications are obtained from the Advising Center in the School of Nursing.

Criteria for Admission:

1. Overall grade point average above 2.0
2. A grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each of the following courses: BIO 271, 277, 280; HDF 211; NUR 210, 220; PSY 121; SOC 355 or HDF 212
3. No more than two of the above prerequiste courses may be repeated to attain a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. Prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time.
4. Admission to the upper division is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory evaluation signed by the student's physician of the applicant's physical and emotional health to provide nursing care. Forms will be sent to the applicants during the spring semester and must be completed and on file in the School of Nursing by the following August 1.

Students may not enroll in nursing courses beyond the foundation level courses cited above without being admitted to the School. Application for admission is possible while students are still completing the prerequisite courses, but unconditional admission cannot be granted until admission criteria have been successfully completed.

Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing major. Various health care agencies in Piedmont North Carolina cooperate with the School of Nursing in providing clinical learning experiences for students. The size of each incoming junior class is determined by the availability of these clinical resources. Therefore, it is impossible to assure space for every student who meets the criteria.

Registered Nurses

RN's interested in completing the BSN degree need to meet the University's requirements for admission. A registered nurse who brings advanced placement may build a minor in order to complete the 122 hours required for graduation. The Registered Nurse who has completed the prerequisite academic work and is ready to enter the professional major may earn up to 30 semester hours of credit for selected courses by special examination. Applications for special examinations are available in the Advising Center of the School of Nursing. Registered nurse students must make a "C" (2.0) or better in NUR 370 and 371 and a passing rate for the special examinations to be admitted into the 400-level nursing courses. Registered nurse students must provide evidence of graduation from a basic nursing program prior to enrolling in NUR 370 and 371, and current, active, unrestricted N.C. licensure prior to admission to the 400-level courses. The length of time required to complete the program varies with each individual.

Criteria for Progression in the Major

1. A student must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all required nursing courses at the 300-level before proceeding to the 400-level courses, and must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all required 400-level courses in order to graduate. An overall grade point average of 2.0 or better is required to graduate.
2. Only one nursing course may be repeated in the nursing major. A nursing course may be repeated only once to attain a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

Grading in Practicum and Laboratory

A grade of unsatisfactory in lab or clinical practicum in nursing courses will result in a course grade of "F".

Appeal Procedure Related to Progression Policies

Students who fail to meet the progression policies because of extenuating circumstances may petition the Admission and Progression Committee for consideration of their eligibility to continue in the major. Responsibility for initiating the appeal process and presenting evidence of extenuating circumstances lies with the student.

General Information

1. Nursing majors are required to purchase uniforms - estimated cost is $150. Uniforms are required for clinical activities in the 300- and 400-level nursing courses. Students usually purchase uniforms in the second semester of the sophomore year.
2. Before beginning clinical courses, students are required to furnish the School of Nursing with evidence that they have secured liability insurance covering their actions as students while having clinical activity/practicum experiences. Students may obtain coverage through the School of Nursing's group policy at a cost of approximately $15 per academic year. Insurance obtained through the School's group policy does not cover students for part-time work or work during vacations.
3. Students enrolled in 300- and 400-level courses with a clinical component are responsible for their own transportation to and from the agencies used for clinical activities/practicum experiences. Car owners are reminded that current liability insurance is required by North Carolina law.
4. Diagnostic tests will be administered during the senior year. Students are responsible for the cost of the examinations, approximately $35.
5. Students admitted to the major must provide evidence of the following by August 1 (forms will be sent to students earlier in the summer):
a. a tuberculin Mantoux skin test (or chest x-ray if skin test is positive) - annual requirement.
b. a tetanus toxoid immunization - every ten years.
c. Rubella and Measles evidence as required by the University.
d. History of Mumps or Mumps immunization.
e. Chicken Pox titre.
f. Completion of the first Hepatitis B immunizations. By the start of the second year of clinical, completion of the Hepatitis B series.
g. Rarely, immunization requirements must be changed on short notice. Students will be informed of changes as soon as they occur.
6. Students admitted to the major must provide evidence (annual requirement) that they are certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
7. Registered Nurse students are responsible for the items listed under "General Information" on the preceding page, with the following modifications:
a. Registered Nurses are not required to purchase uniforms, but must wear identifying name tags and lab coasts or uniforms appropriate to the clinical setting. Specific requirements will be discussed in each clinical course.
b. Registered Nurses are not required to purchases the School of Nursing group liability policy if they have a personal liability policy with $1 million/$3 million limits. Liability insurance must be current, and copies of the policy limits must be on file in the School of Nursing prior to clinical.
c. End-of-the-program tests may be required, at an approximate cost to the student of $20. Achievement tests are not required.
d. Immunization requirements listed must be on file in the School of Nursing prior to beginning a clinical course. Forms are sent to students who preregistered for clinical courses. Students who do not preregister and have not received the immunization forms should stop by the Advising Center of the School of Nursing to obtain the forms.
8. Students are responsible for all costs associated with their own health care. Students are encouraged to have health insurance, and to be familiar with its provisions.
9. Substitutions for prerequisite courses may be made with prior approval from the School of Nursing.
10. Qualified students are encouraged to take Honors courses in the arts and sciences.
11. All students are encouraged to take either Advanced Placement Exams, Biology Department exemption exam, or CLEP exam for BIO 111 which is prerequisite for BIO 271, 277, and 280.
12. All students are encouraged to take the CHE 103 exemption exam offered by the Chemistry Department. The exam determines if a student should take CHE 103 and 110 (fall semester) prior to taking CHE 104 and 110 (spring semester).
13. Placement in a student's first 100-level mathematics (MAT, CSC, or STA) course is determined by a required placement exam.
14. Students are responsible for policies in the UNCG Policies for Students, including the "Policy on Dismissal of Students who Present Physical and/or Emotional Problems that do not Respond to Treatment," and the "Policy on Unsafe Practice".

Financial Aid Information

Financial aid application procedures and undergraduate scholarships are described in Chapter 3.

Nursing Major (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Required: 122 semester hours


All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements for the Nursing Major are indicated below:

Semester Hours
1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE) 3
Required: PHI 121 or 220
2. British or American Literature (BL) 3
3. Fine Arts (FA) 3
4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP) 3
5. Mathematics (MT) 3
Required: STA 108
6. Natural Science (NS) 6
Required: BIO 111; CHE 104 and 110L
7. Non-Western Studies (NW) 3
8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 for 3 of the 6 credits
9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
Required: PSY 121; SOC 211
10. World Literature (WL) 3
11. AULER Electives 6
Required: FNS 213; HDF 211
See pp. 63-66 for a detailed listing of courses meeting AULER area requirements.

Major and Related Area Requirements

1. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, 380, 410, 420, 430, 440
2. BIO 271, 277, 280; SOC 355 or HDF 212.


Electives must be sufficient to complete 122 total semester hours required for degree.

NOTE: Requirements listed above, with the exceptions of PHI 119 or 220, STA 108, FNS 213, and electives, should be completed prior to enrolling in 300-level or 400-level nursing courses. Because of the time commitments involved with the 300- and 400-level nursing courses, and the difficulties in scheduling non-nursing courses concurrently with nursing courses, students should try to have most course requirements completed prior to entering the upper division major.

Course Requirements for Special Student Populations

Licensed Practical Nurse Students seeking a BSN:

Same as for the BSN program outlined above, with the following exception:

May earn credit (4 s.h.) for the following course by examination: NUR 210.

Students pursuing the BSN as a second degree:

1. Satisfactory completion of courses in anatomy and physiology, NUR 210, and NUR 220 prior to entering the upper division major. Second degree students must also apply for admission to the upper division major.
2. Completion of other University requirements for the degree.
3. Satisfactory completion of the required 300- and 400-level courses (NUR 310, 320, 340, 360, 380, 410, 420, 430, 440).

Registered Nurse Students seeking a BSN:

1. Satisfactory completion of NUR 370 and 371.
2. May earn credit (30 s.h.) for the following courses by examination: NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, and 380. The cost of taking the exams one time is approximately $150. There is an additional charge to the student for posting credit to the transcript.
3. Satisfactory completion of NUR 470, 471, 472, one NUR elective, and one other elective, approved by the advisor. Example nursing electives include NUR 330, 345, 405, and 500-level nursing courses.
4. Completion of the AULER requirements (see pp. 63-66 of Bulletin).
5. Completion of sufficient electives to earn a minimum of 122 semester hours.
6. Completion of other University requirements for the degree.


For Undergraduates

210 Concepts in Nursing (4:3:3). Pr. sophomore standing; overall GPA over 2.0. Introduction to basic concepts in nursing. Laboratory activities encourage self-awareness and include exercises in values clarification and communication patterns, with practice of basic nursing skills. (FA)

220 Nursing Assessment of Well Individuals (4:3:3). Pr. completion of BIO 271 or 277; overall GPA over 2.0. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 271 or 277, whichever has not been completed. Introduction to basic nursing assessment of well individuals over the life span. Laboratory activities encourage development of skills in interviewing, physical examination, and documentation of information. (SP)

*310 Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of individuals who have mental health or psychosocial problems. Clinical activities in selected mental health settings.

*320 Nursing Care of Adults: Common Physiological Problems (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of adults who have common physiological problems. Clinical activities in medical or surgical units within acute care settings.

330 Health of Women (3:3). Women and their health. Incorporating selected health issues, physical and developmental changes in the life cycle, health maintenance, and health problems. Not offered every semester. (Elective credit for nursing majors.) (Same as HEA 333)

*340 Nursing Care of the Developing Family (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of growing children in maturing family. Wellness emphasized, with the study of illness, disease, or dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for children.

345 Basic Health Management of Children (3:3). Pr. HDF 211. Health appraisal and recognition of symptoms of illness in children. Emphasizes needs of children in group settings from infancy through elementary school age.

*360 Nursing Care of the Emerging Family (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of families experiencing birth of an infant. Wellness emphasized, with the study of illness, disease, or dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for parents and newborns.

370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3:3:0). Study of basic concepts in professional nursing.

371 Nursing Health Assessment (2:1:3). Study of the assessment of individuals over the life span. Laboratory activities promote the develoment of nursing assessment skills.

380 Nursing Skills (2:1:3). Pr. 210 and 220. Introduction and practice of nursing skills necessary for care of clients in clinical settings.

405 Pharmacology in Nursing (3:3). Pr. admission to the School of Nursing or permission of instructor. Study of major drug groups and their action, use, side effects, and nursing care considerations. Emphasis on nursing care and teaching, built upon physiology and basic pharmacology.

*410 Nursing Care of the Community of Older Adults (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of older adults: theories of aging, physiological/ psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for older adults.

*420 Nursing Care in the Community (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of individuals, families, and groups within the community setting. Exploration of environmental characteristics and resources. Clinical activities in community health agencies.

*430  Nursing in Complex Organizations (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of groups in complex acute-care settings. Emphasis on nurse's role in research, team membership, and professional growth. Clinical activities encourage development of basic leadership and organizational skills.

*440  Nursing Practicum (6:1:15). Pr. NUR 410, 420; pr. or concurrent enrollment in NUR 430. A concentrated five-week practicum in a clinical area of the student's choice. Students simulate role of the employed graduate under the guidance of a selected nursing preceptor. (SP)

*470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care (5:3:6). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Nursing care of individuals, families, and groups within the community settings. Focus on implementation of community health nursing services. Clinical activities in a variety of community health agencies.

*471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult (5:3:6). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Nursing care of older adults considering theories of aging, developmental, physiological/psychological functioning, common health problems, and resources. Clinical experiences in a wide variety of agencies involving older adults.

472 Nursing Research and Leadership (3:3). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Professional nurse's role in applying principles of research, leadership, and management in health care organizations.

492 Independent Study (1-3:1-3). Pr. approval must be granted by a nursing faculty member prior to registration. Guided readings in nursing as an individual project designed with a focus on the nursing profession and/or nursing practice. Course offering is dependent on faculty availability.

493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 379).

For Advanced Undergraduates

and Graduate Students

505 Computer Applications in Nursing (3:2:3). Pr. Basic understanding of microcomputers or permission of instructor. Not recommended for Nursing Administration majors. An introduction to computer applications in nursing. Practical experience with microcomputers and generic software applicable to patient care and nursing management. Lab assignments will vary to meet specific learning needs.

540 Budget Development and Analysis of Nursing Services (3:3). An introduction to the principles of fiscal management, health care agency accounting practices, and nurse manager's role in the budgeting process.

542 Law and Policy for Nurses (3:3). Legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical dimensions of nursing practice and health care delivery systems.

550 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing (3:3). The physiological changes across the life span and common pathophysiological mechanisms.

562 Advanced Nursing Leadership Role (3:3). Development of the leadership and management roles in specialized areas of advanced nursing practice.

563 The Aged Developmentally Disabled (3:3). Pr. Undergraduate level psychosocial nursing course or special education courses and permission of the instructor.Healthcare needs of older developmentally disabled persons. Holistic model incorporating the belief that developmentally disabled can continue to learn as they age.

564 The Elderly Mentally Ill Client (3:3). Pr. Undergraduate level psychosocial nursing course or equivalent course and practicum.A holistic approach to nursing practice with the elderly mentally ill using theories of psychological functioning, and socio-economic conditions.

580 Psychoneuroimmunological Aspects of Nursing (3:3). Pr. senior or graduate status in nursing or permission of instructor. Emerging mind-brain-body interactions. Information transmission among the mind, neuroendocrine and immune systems related to nursing.

For Graduate Students Only

601 Research Design for Nursing (3:3).

604 Nurse Anesthesia Seminar (1:1).

605 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia I (4:4).

606 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia II (4:4).

607 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia III (4:4).

608 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia IV (4:4).

610 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3).

614 Information Systems in Nursing Service Administration (3:3).

615 Foundations of Nursing Education (3:3).

616 Educational Process in Nursing (3:3)

620 Issues in Advanced Professional Nursing (3:3).

638 Expanded Roles in Nursing (3:3).

641 Nursing Administration (4:4).

642 Nursing Administration: Theoretical Applications (4:2:6).

643 Nursing Administration Practicum (4:1:9).

651 Advanced Clinical Nursing I (4:2:6).

652 Advanced Clinical Nursing II (4:2:6).

653 Practicum in Nursing Education (4:1:9).

661 Scope of Gerontological Nursing (3:3).

662 Nursing Assessment of the Older Adult (4:3:3).

663 Gerontological Nursing Practicum (5:0:15).

664 Practicum: Psychogeriatric/Developmental Problems of Elders (3:3).

665 Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4:0:12).

666 Primary Care Management for Older Adults (4:3:3).

667 Gerontological Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners (3:3).

668 Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (6:0:18)

671 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I (3:0:9).

672 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia II (3:0:9).

673 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III (6:0:18).

674 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia IV (3:0:9).

675 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V (3:0:9).

692 Independent Study (1 to 3).

698 Advanced Nursing Project (1 to 3).

699 Thesis (1 to 3).

800 Graduate Registration (0).


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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