• MTSU's competitive Nursing program opens doors
  • There are many different ways to prepare for graduation
  • Nursing students start their training
    in the lab
  • MTSU nursing students benefit from hands-on experiences

Nursing

Nurses are the health care professionals most people rely on today, whether it's the nurse practitioner who treats their everyday ills at a walk-in clinic or the emergency-room or critical-care nurse who soothes fears while helping save lives. Students who care—about people, about technology, about science, about their colleagues and the community—can join the MTSU School of Nursing's competitive and robust academic programs to develop their commitment to the art and science of nursing.

Easing the path to a B.S.N.

MTSU and Columbia State Community College have made it easier for nursing students with associate's degrees to upgrade to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A partnership announcement in late 2012 offers special advising options and transfer-student coordination to help increase the number of graduates in nursing jobs critical to Tennessee. The agreement even includes special help from Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn., to assist with clinical placement and career advancement.

Making connections with campus patients

The members of the MTSU Student Nurses Association aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves — or to ask others to do the same. Each spring, the students in the School of Nursing sponsor the MTSU Health Fair, a half-day event that features free health screenings, health-related giveaways, and advice for the campus community. The free screenings provide test results for patients' hearing, speech, vision, blood pressure, body-mass index, blood glucose, bone marrow, and HIV status. Student nurses, who help administer the tests, also help special resource providers offer information about good mental and sexual health, avoiding and treating eating disorders, and ensuring personal safety.

The degrees in nursing offered by MTSU lead to career opportunities in direct patient care as well as health care-related industries, such as research, compliance, education, and sales. Examples include

  • Bloodbank supervisor
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Clinical operations/design specialist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Compliance education
  • Critical care transport nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Home health care professional
  • Health, wellness, and fitness education
  • Nursing education
  • On-site nurse programs
  • Patient case manager
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • School nurses

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Amerigroup Nashville
  • Baptist Hospital
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Community Quick Care
  • Erlanger Health System
  • Foot & Ankle Centers of Middle Tennessee
  • Gold Skin Care Center
  • LifePoint Hospitals
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • MissionPoint Health Partners
  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter
  • Nashville General Hospital
  • Primary Care and Hope Clinic
  • Roane Medical Center
  • Rolling Hills Hospital
  • Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Stonecrest Medical Center
  • Summit Medical Center
  • Teva Respiratory
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduates in the School of Nursing may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree via a traditional four-year baccalaureate program, first as a pre-nursing major and then, after three semesters and acceptance to the upper division, as a nursing major. Currently licensed Registered Nurses (R.N.s) with a diploma or associate's degree can join the R.N. to B.S.N. Program.

Graduate students in the MTSU School of Nursing may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree offered through the TN eCampus/Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC); four concentrations are available: Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics. Graduate certificates in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Informatics are available through the TN eCampus/Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC).

Nursing, B.S.N.

School of Nursing 
615-898-4803
Jenny Sauls, program director
Nursinginfo@mtsu.edu

The Nursing Program consists of four academic years. Students enter the program as pre-nursing majors and must complete the first three semesters of a pre-nursing curriculum consisting of General Education courses and nursing prerequisites. Students then apply for admission to the last five semesters which include 71 semester hours of upper-division nursing courses. When a student applies for admission to the last five semesters and is accepted and becomes enrolled, he/she is then classified as a Nursing major. The number of students accepted into the nursing courses is limited, making the application process competitive.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the B.S.N. and become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

Pre-nursing students enrolled in the University and pursuing the first three semesters of the curriculum should maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average and are required to earn no less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite course. Nursing clinicals may be offered in evening, night, or weekend shifts.

Admission and Progression in the Pre-nursing Curriculum
  1. Any student formally admitted to the University may pursue the pre-nursing curriculum.
  2. Pre-nursing students are expected to seek advising from the academic advisor for nursing each semester to ensure the proper sequence for program completion.
Admission and Progression in the Upper-division Nursing Curriculum
  1. Application forms must be on file in the School of Nursing by published application deadlines.
  2. Transcript validation of all prerequisite courses must be on file in the MTSU Records Office and in the School of Nursing by published application deadlines.
  3. Student must have completed BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 with a grade of B (3.00) or better before making application to upper-division nursing.
  4. Applicants must have no grade less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite and General Education course by the end of Summer Term (for those entering in Fall Semester), or by the end of Fall Semester (for those entering in Spring Semester).
  5. Scores from a standardized examination along with the inclusive (MTSU and transfer) college grade point average will be used to calculate a composite score and to rank candidates for progression to the upper division. To be considered for admission to upper-division nursing, a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required and a minimum Entrance Exam score of 75.
  6. Students must attain a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all theory courses as well as a "pass" in each corresponding lab/clinical course.
  7. Students will be asked to present evidence of physical and/or mental health prior to or at any time during their enrollment in the nursing courses. Students must be physically, emotionally, and cognitively able to meet the criteria required for clinical skills. Students must be able to perform clinical skills without physical or psychological threat to themselves or others. Students who have chronic health problems which are controlled and which do not put themselves or others in danger are eligible to be considered for admission.
  8. Faculty reserves the right to determine each student's eligibility to participate in clinical rotations based upon satisfactory preparation, meeting School of Nursing and clinical agency's policies, and performance at a safe level of practice. If any of these are not satisfactory, faculty may give a student an unsatisfactory grade and ask a student to leave the clinical agency for the day.
  9. Students with infectious diseases will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences. Causes for clinical absences must be cleared with the instructor and reported to the clinical agency before the clinical experience is to begin. Unexcused absences will be counted as unsatisfactory clinical performance.
  10. Students will be dismissed from the Nursing major if they
    1. commit a breach of ethics or gross professional negligence, or
    2. use mind-altering drugs or alcohol when engaged in any nursing activity in or outside of class, or
    3. fail to progress due to unsuccessful attainment of requirements. Students who fail to progress will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Only one readmission for failure to progress will be allowed. Students admitted from other nursing programs in which a grade of D (less than 2.00) was made in nursing will not be readmitted after one failure.
    4. violate the student honor code.
  11. If a student fails a nursing course at MTSU, he/she must repeat that course at MTSU.
  12. The specific details regarding admission and progression are available online in the document Admission Requirements.
Special Provisions for Licensed Two-Year and Hospital Diploma Graduates

Students holding the RN license must meet freshman and sophomore requirements. Each registered nurse who has graduated from an NLN-accredited program with an associate degree in nursing or a hospital diploma in nursing will satisfy 38 credit hours of required courses in addition to HLTH 1530/HLTH 1531. This credit, however, will be held in escrow until the student has matriculated and successfully completed NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3111, NURS 3170, NURS 3580, and NURS 4390. Those holding degrees from non-NLN accredited or foreign nursing schools will have to complete proficiency exams in addition to the other junior-level nursing courses before credit is awarded for nursing courses.

Students holding R.N. licensure complete the following:
Junior Level
Subtotal: 19 Hours
Senior Level
Subtotal: 18 Hours
Note: The degree requirements listed below are for students entering the program in the Fall 2016 semester. Degree requirements for students entering Fall 2015 can be found here.

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • BIOL 2010/2011 (Nat Sci)
  • MATH 1530 (Math)
  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)

Major Requirements (69 hours)

  • NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics,  and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.

  • NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology  3 credit hours  

    NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3030 - Health Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.

  • NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.

  • NURS 3041 - Clinical Skills Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3041 - Clinical Skills Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Introduces students to basic clinical skills required for the provision of care prior to progression to NURS 3350.

  • NURS 3042 - Basic Dosage Calculation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3042 - Basic Dosage Calculation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Previews basic math calculations as they relate to computing doses of medication in all forms. Introduces basic medication administration concepts. Passing a final with 100% accuracy will be required to be successful in the completion of this course and to progress in the nursing program.

  • NURS 3170 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3350 - Introduction to Nursing Practice

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 3360 - Introduction to Nursing Practice-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.

  • NURS 3380 - Caring for Clients with Mental Health Alterations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3390 . Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4550

  • NURS 3390 - Mental Health Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3380. Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues.

  • NURS 3530 - Caring for Adult Clients I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 3540 - Caring for Adult Clients I-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3530. Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Twenty hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

  • NURS 3550 - Caring for the Childbearing Family

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3560 - Caring for the Childbearing Family-Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

  • NURS 3580 - Health and Gerontology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 3370

  • NURS 4330 - Caring for Adult Clients II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 4340 - Caring for Adult Clients II-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Twenty hours clinical/lab for four weeks.

  • NURS 4370 - Caring for the Community as Client

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4530

  • NURS 4380 - Community Clinical  2 to 3 credit hours  (2 credit hours required) (variable for RN to BSN)

    NURS 4380 - Community Clinical

    2 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4370.  Introduces students to clinical competencies and attributes required for the provision of care to clients and families with a community focus. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention explored along with the use of local, state, and federal resources.

  • NURS 4390 - Health Care Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 3570

     

     

  • NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership  3 to 4 credit hours  (3 credit hours required) (variable for RN to BSN)

    NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership

    3 to 4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 4585 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4586. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4350

  • NURS 4586 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients-Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4585. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for four weeks.

    Formerly NURS 4360

  • NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical  3 to 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours required) (variable for RN to BSN)

    NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042,  NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3170, NURS 3380, NURS 3390, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 3580, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, NURS 4390, NURS 4570, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse. 90-180 hours clinical/lab.

Supporting Courses (10 hours)

  • BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: BIOL 2021. Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Biology majors passing both BIOL 2010/BIOL 2111 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with a C or better may substitute both courses for BIOL 3020. However, the substitution is not recommended for pre-med students and does not count for upper-division hours. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 2100 - Microbiology in Disease

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 or BIOL 2010/ BIOL 2011 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: BIOL 2101. Fundamentals of the role of microorganisms responsible for disease in humans. Does not apply toward a major or minor in Biology. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

 

  • Guided elective 3 credit hours

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Nursing, B.S.N., Academic Map  

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Nursing

The following program of study is recommended; however, students are expected to seek advising from the pre-nursing advisor or faculty advisor each semester to ensure proper sequence for program completion. The faculty reserves the right to make changes in curricula requirements and/or course sequencing as appropriate.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

    4 credit hours

    Completion of  BIOL 1030 and  BIOL 1031 or a grade of C or better in high school chemistry and biology within the last five years is strongly recommended. Corequisite:  BIOL 2011 . Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of the cell, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.  

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Freshman Spring

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: BIOL 2021. Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Biology majors passing both BIOL 2010/BIOL 2111 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with a C or better may substitute both courses for BIOL 3020. However, the substitution is not recommended for pre-med students and does not count for upper-division hours. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 17 Hours

 

Sophomore Fall

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 2100 - Microbiology in Disease

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 or BIOL 2010/ BIOL 2011 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: BIOL 2101. Fundamentals of the role of microorganisms responsible for disease in humans. Does not apply toward a major or minor in Biology. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

 

  • NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics,  and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.

  • NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology  3 credit hours  

    NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3030 - Health Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.

  • NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.

  • NURS 3041 - Clinical Skills Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3041 - Clinical Skills Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Introduces students to basic clinical skills required for the provision of care prior to progression to NURS 3350.

  • NURS 3042 - Basic Dosage Calculation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NURS 3042 - Basic Dosage Calculation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Previews basic math calculations as they relate to computing doses of medication in all forms. Introduces basic medication administration concepts. Passing a final with 100% accuracy will be required to be successful in the completion of this course and to progress in the nursing program.

  • Guided elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

 

Junior Fall

 

  • NURS 3170 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3350 - Introduction to Nursing Practice

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 3360 - Introduction to Nursing Practice-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.

  • NURS 3380 - Caring for Clients with Mental Health Alterations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3390 . Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4550

  • NURS 3390 - Mental Health Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3380. Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

 

  • NURS 3530 - Caring for Adult Clients I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 3540 - Caring for Adult Clients I-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3530. Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Twenty hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

  • NURS 3550 - Caring for the Childbearing Family

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 3560 - Caring for the Childbearing Family-Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

  • NURS 3580 - Health and Gerontology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 3370

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

 

  • NURS 4330 - Caring for Adult Clients II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Four hours lecture.

  • NURS 4340 - Caring for Adult Clients II-Clinical

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Twenty hours clinical/lab for four weeks.

  • NURS 4370 - Caring for the Community as Client

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4530

  • NURS 4380 - Community Clinical  2 to 3 credit hours  (2 credit hours required)

    NURS 4380 - Community Clinical

    2 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4370.  Introduces students to clinical competencies and attributes required for the provision of care to clients and families with a community focus. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention explored along with the use of local, state, and federal resources.

  • NURS 4390 - Health Care Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 3570

     

     

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

 

  • NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership  3 to 4 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership

    3 to 4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.

  • NURS 4585 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4586. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.

    Formerly NURS 4350

  • NURS 4586 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients-Clinical

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4585. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for four weeks.

    Formerly NURS 4360

  • NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical  3 to 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours required)

    NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042,  NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3170, NURS 3380, NURS 3390, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 3580, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, NURS 4390, NURS 4570, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse. 90-180 hours clinical/lab.

Subtotal: 14 Hours

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Nursing

NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing
1 credit hour credit

Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics,  and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.

NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3030 - Health Assessment
3 credit hours

Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.

NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.

NURS 3041 - Clinical Skills Lab
1 credit hour credit

Introduces students to basic clinical skills required for the provision of care prior to progression to NURS 3350.

NURS 3042 - Basic Dosage Calculation
1 credit hour credit

Previews basic math calculations as they relate to computing doses of medication in all forms. Introduces basic medication administration concepts. Passing a final with 100% accuracy will be required to be successful in the completion of this course and to progress in the nursing program.

NURS 3111 - Professional Role Development
3 credit hours

Socializes the returning R.N. into the role of a baccalaureate nurse. Professionalism in nursing, role transition, history of nursing education, and issues pertinent to returning adult learners.

NURS 3170 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3350 - Introduction to Nursing Practice
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Four hours lecture.

NURS 3360 - Introduction to Nursing Practice-Clinical
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.

NURS 3380 - Caring for Clients with Mental Health Alterations
3 credit hours

Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3390 . Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.

Formerly NURS 4550

NURS 3390 - Mental Health Clinical
2 credit hours

Prerequites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3380. Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues.

NURS 3530 - Caring for Adult Clients I
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Four hours lecture.

NURS 3540 - Caring for Adult Clients I-Clinical
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3530. Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Twenty hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

NURS 3550 - Caring for the Childbearing Family
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3560 - Caring for the Childbearing Family-Clinical
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.

NURS 3580 - Health and Gerontology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.

Formerly NURS 3370

NURS 4005 - Independent Health Care Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to the upper division of the nursing program and permission of instructor. Allows the student to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. One to three lectures or two to six laboratory hours.

NURS 4035 - Special Topics in Nursing
3 credit hours

Explores selected nursing topics in depth. Specified topic offered each semester according to student interest and faculty availability. Can be taken for a maximum of nine hours.

NURS 4330 - Caring for Adult Clients II
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Four hours lecture.

NURS 4340 - Caring for Adult Clients II-Clinical
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Twenty hours clinical/lab for four weeks.

NURS 4370 - Caring for the Community as Client
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.

Formerly NURS 4530

NURS 4380 - Community Clinical
2 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4370.  Introduces students to clinical competencies and attributes required for the provision of care to clients and families with a community focus. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention explored along with the use of local, state, and federal resources.

NURS 4390 - Health Care Research
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.

Formerly NURS 3570

 

 

NURS 4560 - Community and Mental Health Clinical
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. Corequisites: NURS 4370, and NURS 3380. Familiarizes the undergraduate nursing student with ways to care for aggregates. Emphasis on clients in the community and in in-patient psychiatric facilities. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for four weeks.

NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership
3 to 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4585 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4586. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.

Formerly NURS 4350

NURS 4586 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients-Clinical
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4585. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for four weeks.

Formerly NURS 4360

NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042,  NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3170, NURS 3380, NURS 3390, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 3580, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, NURS 4390, NURS 4570, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse. 90-180 hours clinical/lab.

Mission

The mission of Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education by preparing individuals to meet the dynamic and complex healthcare needs of society. Through robust academic programs, the School of Nursing demonstrates its commitment to the art and science of nursing.

Philosophy

The Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing has established an operating framework with five core competencies at the foundation. These are communication, critical thinking, personal and professional relationships, leadership and the nursing process. From this base, additional concepts emerge to provide interaction with persons, the environment, health, professional nursing and nurse education.

  1. Communication includes all interaction, verbal and nonverbal, that occurs with an individual or the environment. Because communication is a complex process, education and experience contribute to expanding an individual’s ability in this competence. Good communication involves receiving as well as sending messages. It is essential in order for any of the other competencies to be useful.

  2. Critical thinking encompasses all forms of analysis, creativity and reasoning. It is essential for good decision-making. Although it involves some basic intuitive ability, critical thinking skills can be taught.  Since critical thinking can be taught, opportunities for practice and improvement are available in a variety of settings.  This skill is a cornerstone without which the other core competencies would remain at a dangerously superficial level.

  3. Personal and professional relationships are important factors in the operating framework because they are the context in which the other competencies interact. Through the process of socialization, students learn the professional role in formal and informal ways. Experiences can increase abilities to interact with a large variety of individuals, thus enhancing relationship skills. Competency in interpersonal relationships is crucial for successful goal attainment.

  4. Leadership is a dynamic process that includes technical skills in combination with the art of nursing. Effective leaders demonstrate all other core competencies as they guide others in the professional role. Adaptation to future trends in the healthcare system is possible through skills in management that allow for control of both material and human resources. The baccalaureate graduate is prepared to assume positions that require this important core competency.

  5. The Nursing process is the vehicle that connects and applies all other competencies. It is the profession’s method of problem solving and allows for consistent, creative and skillful care. Through the nursing process, a team of concerned professionals meets individuals’ needs for health and well-being.

All five of the core competencies must be present in order for an individual to demonstrate competency in the art and science of nursing. Anyone missing a portion of this core could not be a successful nursing professional. Together, the five core competencies prepare individuals with the resources to operate in the healthcare arena knowing that they possess appropriate skill to handle challenging situations. The combination of communication, critical thinking, personal and professional relationships, leadership, and the nursing process provide a broad base that stimulates ongoing knowledge and skill acquisition.

The additional concepts encircle the core competencies and add further definition and depth to the practice of nursing.  Person, environment, health, professional nursing and nursing education contribute dimensions to the core competencies that clarify expectations of the practicing nurse.  All terms represent factors that the nurse encounters while delivering care.

  1. Every person is a unique and multifaceted individual. Persons live, work and play as individuals, families, groups and communities. They are bio-psycho-social and spiritual beings who represent the entire spectrum of cultural diversity. Nurses can administer care for persons singly or in any configuration. Communication occurs with any of these combinations, highlighting interpersonal relationships. Critical thinking is required in order to plan care using the nursing process.

  2. The person interacts with the environment in an ongoing, continually changing cycle. In order to fully understand persons, their environment must be examined. Again, use of the core competencies facilitates nurses’ ability to incorporate all environmental influence.

  3.  Health is a continuum of wellness to illness. It is not merely the presence or absence of disease, but includes all forms of life influencing factors. Persons, in connection with their environment, strive for a place on the continuum of health that is realistic and comfortable for them. Nurses act to assist each individual in this effort. Use of all five core competencies is crucial in gaining the skill to allow optimal service to all individuals, families and communities.

  4. Professional nursing is an art and a science. Courses are taken in a wide variety of disciplines to supplement the knowledge gained from nursing courses. Not only do students acquire a broad knowledge base, but also they learn to interact with a diverse group of team members.

  5. Nursing education takes place in environments of higher learning. It includes a variety of experiences to assist students in gaining beginning competence in providing holistic care. Nursing education includes courses from many disciplines. Courses in humanities, arts, sciences and mathematics are eventually combined with nursing content to produce a well-rounded individual capable of using communication and critical thinking in developing the nursing process and accomplishing productive personal and professional relationships.

Major Concepts/Core Competencies

The core competencies were derived from concept identification and clarification exercise with faculty in April 2001. It yielded five core competencies with sub-categories identifying behaviors or characteristics for each sub-category. These are competencies the graduate should demonstrate to fulfill the program outcomes.

  1. Communication
    1. Oral Skills
      1. Teaching
      2. Professional Interaction
      3. Therapeutic Communication
      4. Assertiveness
      5. Public Speaking
      6. Negotiation
    2. Written Skills
      1. Manuscript
      2. Technical Reports
      3. Composition
      4. Professional Correspondence
      5. Documentation
      6. Plans of Care
    3. Information Technology Skills
      1. Word Processing
      2. Web Searching
      3. Terminology
      4. Electronic Communication
      5. Navigation of the Web
      6. Database Management
  2. Critical Thinking
    1. Scientific Inquiry
      1. Research Dissemination
      2. Research Utilization
      3. Quality Improvement
      4. Critical Elements Identification
      5. Reflective Thinking
    2. Creativity
      1. Autonomy
      2. Self-expression
      3. Risk Taking
      4. Flexibility
  3. Leadership
    1. Personal
      1. Role Modeling
      2. Professional Accountability/Responsibility
      3. Lifelong Learning
    2. Coordinator of Care
      1. Team Member
      2. Clients/Patients
      3. Delegation
    3. Materials Management
      1. Accountability
      2. Appropriation
      3. Information Manager
    4. Human Resources
      1. Groups/Aggregates
      2. Workforce Manager
    5. Time Management
      1. Organization
  4. Nursing Process
    1. Assessment
    2. Analysis
    3. Planning
    4. Implementation
    5. Evaluation
  5. Personal and Professional Relationships
    1. Morality
        1. Socialization
        2. Spirituality
        3. Altruism
        4. Social Justice
        5. Values
        6. Quality of Life
    2. Ethics
        1. Integrity
        2. Human Dignity
        3. Code of Nurses
    3. Legality
        1. Nurse Practice Act
        2. Patient Rights
        3. Civil and /or Criminal Law
        4. Standards of Practice
    4. Cultural Care Competency
      1. Sensitivity
      2. Diversity
    5. Caring
      1. Empathy
      2. Empowerment
      3. Collegiality
      4. Compassion
      5. Respect

Definitions

  1. Accountability- Maintains inventory control systems
  2. Analysis- Examine and interpret data to make nursing judgements
  3. Appropriation- Judicious use of supplies
  4. Assessment- A deliberate and systematic collection of data
  5. Caring- Behavior that shows understanding and respect for another’s perceptions, feelings, needs and desires
  6. Clients/Patients- Responsible for direct and indirect care of clients with multiple healthcare deficits
  7. Communication Skills-  Exchange of ideas via a variety of formats
  8. Creativity- The procurement, reordering or identification of data to facilitate change
  9. Critical Thinking Skills- Utilizing skills of reasoning, analysis, research, or decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing
  10. Cultural Competency- Awareness of a response to differences among people
  11. Delegation- Directly and indirectly supervises others
  12. Ethics- The study of suitable actions based on values and morals of society
  13. Evaluation- Continuous process essential to ensuring the quality and appropriateness of nursing interventions
  14. Groups/Aggregates- Staffing, budgeting and FTE management
  15. Implementation- Putting a nursing plan into action
  16. Information Manager- Input/output data systems
  17. Leadership- Use of knowledge and skills to design coordinate and manage care of individuals within a system
  18. Legality- Standards of behavior defined by law
  19. Lifelong Learning- Recognizes the need to expand knowledge base throughout one’s career
  20. Morality- Establishment and maintenance of standards of thinking and behaving
  21. Nursing Process- An orderly, logical, problem-solving approach to administer nursing care so that client’s needs are met
  22. Oral Skills-  Verbal and nonverbal communication
  23. Organization- Use problem solving to achieve multiple tasks
  24. Personal and Professional Relationships- Standards of behavior in the practice of nursing
  25. Planning- Develop a strategy that prescribes interventions to attain expected outcomes
  26. Professional Accountability/Responsibility- Ultimately answers for health care outcomes
  27. Role Modeling- Students will model professionalism
  28. Scientific Inquiry- Attainment, synthesis, and utilization of data
  29. Team Member- Practices with other healthcare professionals, including lesser skilled personnel, i.e. unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)
  30. Technology Skills-  Utilization of technology to promote validation and exchange of information
  31. Writing Skills-  Ability to communicate information in written format
  32. Workforce Manager- Line supervisor, i.e. charge nurse

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the baccalaureate program receive preparation designed to enable them to:

  1. Develop professional knowledge and skills necessary to design coordinate, and lead within the healthcare system
  2. Utilize the nursing process as a foundation for nursing practice
  3. Communicate in a variety of media to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and information
  4. Employ critical thinking abilities for personal and professional development and nursing practice refinement
  5. Exhibit personal and professional development responsive to changes in nursing, healthcare, and society

Contact and Student Information

Bonnie McCarty
nursinginfo@mtsu.edu

Phone615-898-4803
Fax | 615-898-5441

Behavioral Health Advising Center

CKNB 108 | 615-898-4803


Bonnie McCarty (A-G)
Bonnie.Mccarty@mtsu.edu

Shelia Withers (H-O)
Shelia.Withers@mtsu.edu

Stacey Jones (P-Z)
Stacey.Jones@mtsu.edu

Brelinda Johnson (Upper Div.)
cbhsadv@mtsu.edu

School of Nursing
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 81
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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