Current Students' Information

Current Student Information

BSN

The following are the recommended courses for completion of the prerequisites for admission* to the upper division BSN program. All students who are planning to pursue admission* to the upper division BSN program should contact the Director of Student Services for advisement, and review the Lower Division Nursing Advisement Guidelines.

*The term "admitted" refers to assessment of select criteria for upper division coursework as defined in the JSU Undergraduate catalog. 

Area I
EH 101 English Composition 3 SH
EH 102 English Composition 3 SH
Total 6 SH
Area II
Literature* 3 SH
Literature* 3 SH
Fine Arts Elective 3 SH
EH 141 Oral Communication 3 SH
Total 12 SH
Area III
BY 101/103 Intro to Biology 4 SH
CY 115 Concepts of General Chemistry I 4 SH
MS 112 Pre Calculus Algebra 3 SH
Total 11 SH
Area IV
History* 3 SH
History* 3 SH
PSY 201 Principles of Psychology 3 SH
PSY 222 Human Development 3 SH
Total 12 SH
Area V
BY 263 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 SH
BY 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 SH
BY 283 Health Microbiology 4 SH
FCS 322 Normal Nutrition 3 SH
MS 204 Basic Statistics 3 SH
NU 121 Ethics in Nursing 3 SH
Total 21 SH
Total Prerequisite Hours 62
* 3 hours required and must have a 6 hours sequence of either literature or history.

Upper Division Nursing Courses :
For Students Entering Upper Division Fall 2012 and Thereafter

Junior Year
1st Semester
NU 306 Pharmacology 4 SH
NU 309 Health Assessment 4 SH
NU 311 Foundation of Nursing Practice 6 SH
Total 14 SH
2nd Semester
NU 326 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5 SH
NU 325 Adult Health in Secondary and Community Settings 5 SH
NU 322 Health Deviations and Clinical Interventions 3 SH
Total 13 SH
May
NU 340 Professional Practice and Care of the Aging Population 3 SH
Total 3 SH
Senior Year
3rd Semester
NU 404 Childbearing Families 5 SH
NU 403 Nursing Care of Children and Families 5 SH
NU 422 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy 2 SH
Total 12 SH
4th Semester
NU 424 Adult Health in Secondary, Tertiary, and Community Settings 5 SH
NU 426 Community Health Across the Lifespan 5 SH
NU 433 Advanced Health Deviations and Clinical Interventions 3 SH
Total 13 SH
5th Semester
NU 428 Practicum 6 SH
NU 455 Transition to Professional Nursing 4 SH
NU 400 Research and Outcomes Management 2 SH
Total 12 SH
Total Upper Division Hours 67
Total Semester Hours 129
*If you are required to take the RISE course, please note that this course is not covered by Financial Aid.

ATI Testing Materials
Purchased Semester 1 (nonrefundable)
Approximately $1000 to be paid by debit or credit card at www.atitesting.com prior to or during upper division orientation.  More information regarding ATI is located in the ATI folder in the Bridge to Success course in Blackboard. This amount is to be paid with a debit or credit card.
Textbooks/Modules/NCLEX Prep
Semester 1 $920.00
Semester 2 $560.00
Semester 3 $381.00
Semester 4 $285.00
Semester 5 $125.00
                $2271.00
(Estimated costs based upon current new book pricing. Prices may vary and are subject to change)
Special Upper Division Nursing Costs (NON REFUNDABLE)
One time Clinical Requirements expenses
$50 for malpractice insurance for 3 years
$30 for random drug testing for semesters two through five*
$45 for Nursing Arts lab
$125 Total (one- time fee)
 
*Initial drug screening fee is paid directly to *RMC COH at time of initial health appraisal
Professional Nursing Fee (NON REFUNDABLE)
Semester 1 $200.00
Semester 2 $200.00
Semester 3 $200.00
Semester 4 $200.00
Semester 5 $200.00
Total          $1,000.00
Health Insurance
(Required for participation in clinical practicum experiences)
$3600.00 ($1,800.00 x 2 years) Cost is approximate. Health Insurance Policies & Premiums vary
Initial Health Appraisal
(Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Occupational Health)
$250.00-$600.00 1st year. Cost depends on whether immunizations, titers or x-rays are required
Annual health appraisals $45 approximate
Miscellaneous Fees during Upper Division
$175 for Miscellaneous Equipment (Student Nurse uniform and Labcoat, stethoscope, shoes, etc)
$75-100 per semester for Skills and Course packs (supplies for check-offs)
Other Miscellaneous JSU Fees
$25  Annual motor vehicle registration fee
$10 Student identification card (one-time expense)
$25 Student identification card replacement fee
$50 Application for Degree fee
$45 Cap and Gown (approximate)
$45 Criminal Background check (will be paid online by student directly to company)
$200 General University fee (each semester) $100 for summer semesters
$6 per credit hour Athletics fee
$25 Student Activity fee
$100 Technology fee
NOTE:  All listed costs are estimates only and are always subject to change.
Tuition Costs information can be found at:
http://www.jsu.edu/bursar/fees/index.html

Medical Terminology

Students admitted to upper division Nursing must demonstrate proficiency in Medical Terminology. Proficiency may be validated in one of the following ways:

  1. Prior to admission to upper division Nursing, students may elect to enroll in NU 130 Medical Terminology or an equivalent transferable course evaluated by the BSN Program Director. The Medical Terminology course grade must reflect a grade of "B" or greater.
  2. After admission to upper division Nursing, students have three attempts to successfully obtain a score of 80% or greater proficiency on a Medical Terminology exam which is administered during the First Semester of Upper Division. If the student is unsuccessful after the third attempt, the student must then drop the course prior to the academic penalty date to avoid course failure and meet with their advisor to request re-tracking by the Admission and Progression Committee.  Student are encouraged to prepare for the medical terminology quiz by completing the two medical terminology review courses offered free via the two Internet links below:

    http://www.dmu.edu/medterms/welcome/

    http://www.free-ed.net/sweethaven/MedTech/MedTerm/default.asp

Department Learning Outcomes (DLO's)

Upon completion of the Jacksonville State University Department of Nursing programs, the student will be competent in and demonstrate critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and professional behavior.

  1. Critical thinking (CT) reflects skills in reasoning, analysis, evidence based practice, and decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking encompasses knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations.  Critical thinking integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care.  Critical thinking examines the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems.
  2. Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (TNI) reflect the ability to safely perform theory and/or evidence based patient centered nursing interventions reflective of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  TNI reflect the synthesis of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.
  3. Effective Communication (EC).  Effective Communication reflects the students’ interpersonal relationship skills reflective of professional values/attitudes evidenced through effective  written, oral and nonverbal communication, group process, use of information technology,  and the ability to adapt communication  to needs of the patient/family, colleagues, health care team and situation.  Effective Communication reflects synthesis of communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient centered care. 
  4. Professional behavior (PB).  The School of Health Professions and Wellness (SHPW) embraces the professional values promulgated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nursing (ANA) Code of Ethics.  Professional behavior expectations, in both classroom and clinical settings, include respect for all, a primary commitment to the patient, advocacy for the health, safety and rights of patients, responsibility and accountability for one’s own nursing practice, duty to self to maintain integrity, competence and professional growth, ownership of a healthy work/health care environment, contributions to the advancement of the profession, interprofessional collaboration,  and the articulation of nursing’s values and the shaping of social policy.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) (Undergraduate)

Based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2009), graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  2. Integrate knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  3. Synthesize evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.   (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  4. Synthesize knowledge and skills related to information management systems and patient care technology to deliver safe and effective evidence-based care. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  5. Examine the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems. (Critical Thinking and Professional Behavior)
  6. Synthesize effective communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient care. (Effective Communication and Professional Behavior)
  7. Analyze programs for health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan to improve individual, family, and population health (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  8. Emulate core values associated with professionalism to ensure responsibility and accountability to the nursing profession. (Professionalism Behavior)
  9. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values that ensure high quality, patient centered care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication, and Professional Behavior)

STEP RN to BSN

The STEP (Strategic Teaching for Enhanced Professional Preparation) RN-BSN program is an online baccalaureate completion program for students currently licensed as Registered Nurses.

Semester 3
NU elective   (Elective NU 344 or NU 442)     3 SH

Core Course Requirements

Written Composition (6 SH Required)

EH 101     English Composition     3 SH
EH 102     English Composition     3 SH

Humanities and Fine Arts (12 SH Required)
EH Literature I     3 SH
Fine Arts Elective     3 SH
Literature II, Humanities, or Fine Arts     3 SH
Humanities or Fine Arts     3 SH

Students must complete one course (3 SH) in literature and must have a 6 SH sequence (2 courses) either in literature or history.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 SH Required)
BY 101/103   Introductory Biology I/Lab     4 SH
CY 105/107   General Chemistry I/Lab     4 SH
MS 112   Pre-calculus Algebra     3 SH

History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (12 SH Required)
PSY 201   Principles of Psychology     3 SH
HY   History I     3 SH
History II, Social Science, or Behavioral Science     3 SH
Social Science or Behavioral Science     3 SH

Students must complete one course (3 SH) in history and must have a 6 SH sequence (2 courses) either in history or literature.

Preprofessional, Major, and Elective Courses (21 SH Required)
BY 263   Human Anatomy & Physiology I     4 SH
BY 264   Human Anatomy & Physiology II     4 SH
BY 283   Microbiology     4 SH
Preprofessional, Major, and Elective Courses     9 SH

The Alabama General Studies Articulation Agreement provides for alternatives in some prerequisite courses. 

STEP RN-BSN Program Course Sequence

STEP RN-BSN program recognizes the past academic and experiential knowledge of the Registered Nurse. RNs are awarded 35 hours of STEP RN-BSN Nursing Credit after completion of first semester course work.

Semester 1

NU 313     STEP Nursing Orientation     0 SH
NU 345     Communication of Ethical Issues     4 SH
NU 352     Health Assessment Across the Lifespan     3 SH
NU 365     Pharmacology for Practicing Nurses     2 SH

Semester 2
NU 350     Professional Roles and Issues     5 SH
NU 401     Research Outcomes Management for the Practicing Nurse     3 SH
NU 423     Nursing Management and Leadership     3 SH


NU 343     Concepts of Emergency/Disaster Nursing     3 SH
NU 456     Population Based Health Care     6 SH

Department Learning Outcomes (DLO's)

Upon completion of the Jacksonville State University Department of Nursing programs, the student will be competent in and demonstrate critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and professional behavior.

  1. Critical thinking (CT) reflects skills in reasoning, analysis, evidence based practice, and decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking encompasses knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations.  Critical thinking integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care.  Critical thinking examines the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems.
  2. Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (TNI) reflect the ability to safely perform theory and/or evidence based patient centered nursing interventions reflective of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  TNI reflect the synthesis of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.
  3. Effective Communication (EC).  Effective Communication reflects the students’ interpersonal relationship skills reflective of professional values/attitudes evidenced through effective  written, oral and nonverbal communication, group process, use of information technology,  and the ability to adapt communication  to needs of the patient/family, colleagues, health care team and situation.  Effective Communication reflects synthesis of communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient centered care. 
  4. Professional behavior (PB).  The School of Health Professions and Wellness (SHPW) embraces the professional values promulgated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nursing (ANA) Code of Ethics.  Professional behavior expectations, in both classroom and clinical settings, include respect for all, a primary commitment to the patient, advocacy for the health, safety and rights of patients, responsibility and accountability for one’s own nursing practice, duty to self to maintain integrity, competence and professional growth, ownership of a healthy work/health care environment, contributions to the advancement of the profession, interprofessional collaboration,  and the articulation of nursing’s values and the shaping of social policy.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) (Undergraduate)

Based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2009), graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  2. Integrate knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  3. Synthesize evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.   (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  4. Synthesize knowledge and skills related to information management systems and patient care technology to deliver safe and effective evidence-based care. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  5. Examine the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems. (Critical Thinking and Professional Behavior)
  6. Synthesize effective communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient care. (Effective Communication and Professional Behavior)
  7. Analyze programs for health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan to improve individual, family, and population health (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  8. Emulate core values associated with professionalism to ensure responsibility and accountability to the nursing profession. (Professionalism Behavior)
  9. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values that ensure high quality, patient centered care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication, and Professional Behavior)

MSN

Department Learning Outcomes (DLO's)

Upon completion of the Jacksonville State University Department of Nursing programs, the student will be competent in and demonstrate critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and professional behavior.

  1. Critical thinking (CT) reflects skills in reasoning, analysis, evidence based practice, and decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking encompasses knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations.  Critical thinking integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care.  Critical thinking examines the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems.
  2. Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (TNI) reflect the ability to safely perform theory and/or evidence based patient centered nursing interventions reflective of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  TNI reflect the synthesis of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.
  3. Effective Communication (EC).  Effective Communication reflects the students’ interpersonal relationship skills reflective of professional values/attitudes evidenced through effective  written, oral and nonverbal communication, group process, use of information technology,  and the ability to adapt communication  to needs of the patient/family, colleagues, health care team and situation.  Effective Communication reflects synthesis of communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient centered care. 
  4. Professional behavior (PB).  The School of Health Professions and Wellness (SHPW) embraces the professional values promulgated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nursing (ANA) Code of Ethics.  Professional behavior expectations, in both classroom and clinical settings, include respect for all, a primary commitment to the patient, advocacy for the health, safety and rights of patients, responsibility and accountability for one’s own nursing practice, duty to self to maintain integrity, competence and professional growth, ownership of a healthy work/health care environment, contributions to the advancement of the profession, interprofessional collaboration,  and the articulation of nursing’s values and the shaping of social policy.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) (MSN-Population Health)

  1. Synthesize theories from the humanities and the natural, behavioral, and applied sciences which support advanced clinical practice and role development. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essentials I and Essential II)
  2. Develop advanced practice expertise to affect positive health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions); (MSN Essential IX)
  3. Assume accountability for ethical values, principles, and personal beliefs that acknowledge human diversity and influence professional practice decisions and nursing interventions. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essential VIII)
  4. Employ effective communication and technology within the multidisciplinary collaborative context of advanced community health nursing practice. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication, and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essentials V and VII)
  5. Design cost-effective interventions/strategies collaboratively with multiple disciplines for the purpose of providing quality health care within the community. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions and Effective Communication); (MSN Essential III)
  6. Evaluate research findings for the development and implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions and Effective Communication); (MSN Essential IV)
  7. Evaluate health care issues, trends, and policies for application to the health status of communities. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essential VI)

DNP

Department Learning Outcomes (DLO's)

Upon completion of the Jacksonville State University Department of Nursing programs, the student will be competent in and demonstrate critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and professional behavior.

  1. Critical thinking (CT) reflects skills in reasoning, analysis, evidence based practice, and decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking encompasses knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations.  Critical thinking integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care.  Critical thinking examines the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems.
  2. Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (TNI) reflect the ability to safely perform theory and/or evidence based patient centered nursing interventions reflective of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  TNI reflect the synthesis of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.
  3. Effective Communication (EC).  Effective Communication reflects the students’ interpersonal relationship skills reflective of professional values/attitudes evidenced through effective  written, oral and nonverbal communication, group process, use of information technology,  and the ability to adapt communication  to needs of the patient/family, colleagues, health care team and situation.  Effective Communication reflects synthesis of communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient centered care. 
  4. Professional behavior (PB).  The School of Health Professions and Wellness (SHPW) embraces the professional values promulgated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nursing (ANA) Code of Ethics.  Professional behavior expectations, in both classroom and clinical settings, include respect for all, a primary commitment to the patient, advocacy for the health, safety and rights of patients, responsibility and accountability for one’s own nursing practice, duty to self to maintain integrity, competence and professional growth, ownership of a healthy work/health care environment, contributions to the advancement of the profession, interprofessional collaboration,  and the articulation of nursing’s values and the shaping of social policy.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  1. Practice nursing at the highest level, demonstrating knowledge, skills, and attributes essential to advanced practice in the designated pathway for advanced practice. (Essential VI, VII, and VIII; DLOs CT, TNI, PB, and EC)
  2. Analyze, lead, and manage complex and diverse health care organizations and be responsive to a changing health care environment. (Essential II, II, IV, VI, and VII; DLOs CT, PB, and EC)
  3. Function as nurse scholars to advocate and insure quality outcomes based care utilizing evidence to guide best practice. (Essential I, III, IV, V, VI, and VIII; DLOs CT, TNI, PB, and EC) 
  4. Apply information and patient care technology to transform patient care delivery. (Essentials II, III, IV, VI, and VIII; DLOs CT, TNI, PB, and EC)
  5. Participate in development of health care policy and lead as an advocate for improvements in the health care system. (Essentials II, V, VI, and VII; DLOs CT, PB, and EC)
  6. Participate in interprofessional teams as leader and consultant to deliver optimal, evidence-based care to patients and populations. (Essentials II, III, IV, VI, VII, and VIII; DLOs CT, TNI, PB, and EC) 
  7. Design and apply evidence-based strategies for clinical prevention and population health to improve the nation's health. (Essentials III, IV, V, VI, and VII; DLOs CT, PB, and EC)