High school students are eligible for Direct Entry, a criterion-based, early admission program. Learn more about Direct Entry.
New first-year students are eligible for the ENTER program criterion based, early admission program. Learn more about the ENTER program.
Sophomore students are able to apply to the nursing program in the Fall through the standard application process. Learn more about the application process.
Students are encourage to meet with their academic advisors to discuss any questions regarding course scheduling or major requirements. The course schema can be used as reference.
The College strongly recommends using a computer that was purchased within the last 2 years. Older computers frequently cannot handle software requirements.
In many cases, financial aid may be used to cover the cost of a new computer. If you would like to explore this possibility, please discuss with a financial aid counselor.
note: windows 8 and earlier is not acceptable. MacOS "Sierra" and earlier are not acceptable.
note: due to exam and simulation software requirements, a tablet or chromebook are not acceptable as the students sole computer. These devices may be used in class or other situations for casual use, but are not compatible with nursing software needs.
The following are typically part of the laptop or monitor. You must have one each of the following:
In addition, all students are required to have anti-virus software on their computers. This software must be updated regularly.
Both Microsoft Office and Google Suite are available free for students.
International experience is critical to understanding our place in the world. Nursing majors have a variety of international opportunities, including a service trip to Belize.
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Introduces cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences. Topics include the study of structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; study of the structure, function and behavior of cells; an introduction to cellular metabolism. 2 class hours.
Introduces microbiology including study of the morphology, diversity, evolution, physiology, genetics, metabolism, ecology, biotechnology, pathogenicity, immunology, epidemiology and control of microorganisms.
Study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, and the gross anatomy of musculature. This course will be geared towards pre-nursing and pre-health occupational students with an emphasis on how basic anatomy and physiology functions in human health.
Study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and defense systems. This course will be geared towards pre-nursing and pre-health occupational students with an emphasis on how basic anatomy and physiology functions in human health.
Introduces concepts of general, organic, and biochemistry in an integrated rather than a sequential order. Topics include the structure and function of atoms, ions and compounds, the periodic table, organic functional groups, biological macromolecules, and an introduction to metabolism. This course is required for Nursing majors and can be applied to the Exercise Physiology major.
Provides the foundation for our students' entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program's signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person. View Course Descriptions
Provides the foundation for our students' entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program's signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person. VARIOUS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.
Focuses on how the basic principles of nutrition affect the individual. The role of nutrition in heath promotion and disease prevention is explored.
Introduces the nursing student to professional nursing roles. The concepts included will be: patient-centered care; safety; clinical judgment; communications (therapeutic); role development; ethics; spirituality (personal) and will be explored from the perspective of the developing professional nurse.
Introduces the student to individuals across the lifespan from a nursing perspective. Focused concepts include; growth and development, functional ability, and genetics/genomics. Students will perform developmental and functional health assessments on healthy individuals in community settings as well as apply all three concepts to selected exemplars.
Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals through the application of concepts in classroom, laboratory, and simulated patient care settings. Students learn principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safety and essential nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. The focus is on the individual’s adaptation to health challenges and transitions, including the concepts of sensory perception, pain, mobility, thermoregulation, coping and stress. This course is a total of 3 credits; 2 credits of classroom/ theory and 1 credit of skills/ simulation lab.
Introduces the nursing student to principles of evidence-based nursing practice, and the use of technology and informatics to seek and analyze knowledge that influences nursing practice. Students will explore how professional communication within the interdisciplinary healthcare team influences safety and patient/family/community health outcomes. Students will develop a deeper understanding of clinical judgment and its application to nursing practice.
Explores intermediate level concepts of professional nursing role development including culture, caregiving, patient education and care coordination for individuals and families. Nursing informatics principles are used to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Health literacy is explored in the context of patient education. This course introduces nursing students to the role of nurses in ambulatory care settings. This course is 3 credits (2.5 theory and 0.5 credits of ambulatory care clinical experience).
This course transitions students toward caring for family and community. Focused topics include examining determinants of health in terms of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, impact of culture/inclusivity, family dynamics, and concept of caregiving.
Focuses on the individual’s response to health and illness challenges across the lifespan. Concepts covered are metabolic changes, fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, infection, and safe medication administration. Students will apply principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safe nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3 credits of classroom/ theory, 2 credits of skills/ simulation lab and 1 credit of clinical.
Focuses on the assessment and the health promotion of individuals, childbearing families and communities experiencing psychosocial health transitions. This course incorporates increasingly complex critical thinking and therapeutic communication skills, as well as care management for individuals experiencing stressful transitions across the lifespan. Nursing care that promotes and supports the emotional, mental, and social well –being of the client experiencing stressful events, as well as clients with acute and/or chronic mental illness will be examined. The health needs of families during the prepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods will be explored. Concepts examined are grief and loss, mood and affect, anxiety, addictions, psychosis, interpersonal violence, sexuality and reproduction. This course is a total of 5.5 credits; 3.0 credits of classroom/ theory, 1.5 credits of clinical/simulation and 1 credit of lab.
Explores holistic nursing leadership roles for the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Concepts in this course include leadership, healthcare quality from a systems perspective, health policy, and health care law. Topics include health care organizations and economics, and professional career management. This course examines health inequity including social determinants of health (e.g., socioeconomic status, educational level, geographic, race, gender, sexual orientation and others) as they relate to health policy and healthcare systems.
Transitions students to professional nurse through active classroom learning activities and simulation. Students will synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes from their classroom and clinical experiences in concurrent capstone coursework. Promotes socialization into professional nursing practice. Prepares for NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Examines public health concepts from a local, national and global perspective. Application of public health principles will be applied to community-based nursing practice. Focused topics include examining disaster and bioterrorism preparation and response, by studying current trending global disease, how the environment impacts health, and comparing and contrasting nursing care for urban, rural, and underserved populations. Application of community assessment, social determinants of health, and public health frameworks will guide the creation and implementation of community health projects.
Focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Complex concepts will be explored which include: cellular regulation, immunity/inflammation, clotting, cognition and intracranial regulation.
Facilitates the transition from student to professional nurse. The student will be immersed in clinical settings supervised by professional nurse preceptors. These experiences will develop clinical reasoning skills and promote socialization into the nursing profession. Students may be assigned to a variety of healthcare organizations and may care for diverse patient populations. Select students will experience international service learning integrated into their captstone placement.
A seminar course presented in four modules incorporating the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies: roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork.
Identification of communication and counseling skills for working with all age groups. Topics include active listening skills, counseling process, empathic responding, overcoming barriers to communication, assets and limitations of paraprofessional helpers and counseling ethics. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology or equivalent, or consent of instructor.