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Nursing

Requirements for the Major

Note: Year 1-3 of the Pre-Nursing and Nursing Major fulfills the requirements for the diploma in nursing education qualifying the student to take the NCLEX-RN Examination. “JMHSN” denotes courses taken at the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson (JMHSN).
*Courses are subject  to change based upon availability

Nursing and Other Required Courses:

BIO 135 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 136 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology II
*BIO 137 Foundations of Microbiology
*MTH 135 Concepts of Statistics
NURS 101: Professional Concepts of Nursing (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (3 credits)
NURS 102: Foundational Concepts of Nursing (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (9 credits)
NURS 201: Physiological Concepts of Nursing (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (10 credits)
NURS 301: Complex Individual and Family Nursing Concepts (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (11 credits)
NURS 320: Advanced Nursing Concepts (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (7.5 credits)
NURS 340: Transition into Nursing Practice (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (5.5 credits)
NURS 360 NCLEX-RN Preparation Course (at UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson) (2 credits)
NURS 401 Community Health Nursing
NURS 402 Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice
NURS 403 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 404 Nursing Care of Vulnerable and Diverse Populations
NURS 405 Nursing Leadership Seminar
NURS 601 Nursing Capstone
*PHI 240 Biomedical Ethics
*PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 225 Human Growth and Development
SCI 101 Introduction to Healthcare (1 credit)
*SOC 327 Medical Sociology

Note: The 400-level courses will be reviewed and approved by the College's Curriculum Committee

For the nursing major, the UPMC Schools of Nursing require six science/general education courses to be completed before the end of year three and have no letter grade below a C (2.0/satisfactory). These courses are BIO 135, BIO 136, BIO 137, WRI 111, PSY 225 and PHI 240.

Nursing Major students are required to fulfill all seven of the Intellectual Perspectives (IP) as part of the Westminster Plan and to meet requirements of graduation. Courses marked (*) above satisfy one of the requirements. Nursing Major students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits outside of the major. This includes, but are not limited to, the Visual/Performing Art and Foreign Language IP requirements.

In year four of the program, each nursing student will complete a Nursing Capstone experience in a community/rural setting of the student’s choosing. Transportation to and from the clinical site for this experience is the responsibility of the student.

  Sample Curriculum Plan

 

What can you do with a Nursing degree?

Imagine yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN).  RN’s with a BSN degree have numerous options in nursing to choose from including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, trauma nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, home health care and community-health nursing.  In addition, many RN’s continue their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree.  Registered Nurses can also earn professional certifications to become nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (CRNP) and nurse educators (CNE).  The profession of nursing IS more rewarding than you can imagine.