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    Feb 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Pre-Licensure, B.S.N.

Graduate Outcomes for Prelicensure BSN and RN to BSN Students

Upon completion of the program of study in William Carey University School of Nursing, the professional nurse graduate is expected to be able to perform the following competencies:

  • Synthesize knowledge from a liberal arts education, the Christian domain, and nursing to assist clients in a variety of health care settings.
  • Implement holistic, culturally competent, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.
  • Utilize evidence-based practices to guide health promotion activities.
  • Incorporate inter- and intrapersonal communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  • Integrate the concepts of theory, practice, and research in order to demonstrate effective clinical reasoning.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Apply safeguards and decision making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers.
  • Explain the impact of socio-cultural, economic, legal, and political factors on health care delivery systems and nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  • Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  • Integrate Christian principles and professional values—altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice—into service to clients.

The School of Nursing graduate outcomes reflect the expectations of the nursing profession and the community of interest as stated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

Admission of Students

Applicants to the School of Nursing must be students in good standing at William Carey University and must have completed designated pre-requisite courses with a grade of at least “C” in each course. Applicants must also have completed all but 9 hours of designated core courses with a “C” average. All applicants seeking the B.S.N. degree must submit an application to the campus they plan to attend. An application will be considered on one campus only per admission period. Applicants are responsible for completing the entire application and having it notarized. No incomplete applications will be considered. Although applications for the School of Nursing are available all year, they are accepted only twice a year for consideration for admission. A student who is reapplying to the School of Nursing must submit a new, notarized application. Once admitted to nursing on one campus, all nursing courses must be taken on that campus.

The following rule pertains to BIO 234 , BIO 235 , BIO 260 , CHE 101 , and HEA 240 . Any student with two or more Ds or Fs in the same course or a combination of Ds or Fs in two courses are not eligible for admission to the nursing program.

In addition to completion of the designated courses, each applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on pre-nursing coursework (including those repeated), and meet the benchmarks on the pre-entrance examination. Hours taken at William Carey University are also considered in the application process. Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive, and these requirements are minimum. Students being admitted to the university or meeting these minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing. Students having recently made two Ds or Fs in nursing clinical courses are ineligible. Students having recently made two Ds or Fs in the same nonclinical course are ineligible. If the Ds or Fs were made three or more years previously, a written appeal to reapply may be presented to the nursing leadership team committee.

Students who are in good standing and withdraw from the program may readmit to the program within one year of the exit date. Students who withdraw and do not readmit within one year of their exit date are not eligible to progress and must apply for readmission to the program. Readmission will be based on current admission requirements.

Students wishing to transfer to the School of Nursing from another institution must provide a letter of good standing from the school of nursing at that institution and must meet admission requirements equivalent to the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing. A transfer credit request form, with relevant syllabus must be completed (by the student) before transfer credit will be considered.

Only transferable courses (courses that are equivalent to the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing courses) will count in the nursing GPA. If a student is unsuccessful in a transferable nursing course, that course will count as one nursing failure for admission and progression.

Criminal background check. All students enrolled in nursing must receive a clear criminal background check. This is a mandatory requirement as part of the Mississippi state law, Section 43-13-11 of Mississippi Code of 1972, and in accordance with R.S. 37:921, LAC64:XLVII.3403 and LAC 46:XLVII.3331 of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

The School of Nursing will offer fingerprinting services for students to acquire a criminal background check as part of the admissions process. All fees associated with the criminal background check and fingerprinting process are the responsibility of the student and must be paid through the William Carey University Business Office. Criminal background check fees are nonrefundable.

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment shall also be reported immediately to the undergraduate
academic director. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in denial of licensure as a registered nurse.

Drug testing. All students enrolled must provide evidence of a negative drug screen prior to participating in nursing clinical courses. Failure to provide a sufficient hair sample or refusal to submit to testing will result in denial of admission for new students and immediate dismissal from the School of Nursing for continuing students. Random drug screening may be done for students enrolled in clinical courses.

Any admitting student who tests positive for illegal drugs must withdraw from clinical nursing courses. The student may reapply for admission in six months and will be admitted based on admission criteria as any new student making application.

Any continuing student who tests positive for illegal drugs must meet with the undergraduate academic director to determine the course of action. If the action taken is for the student to withdraw from the program, the student may make a written appeal for re-admission in six months to the nursing leadership team.

All costs associated with drug testing and criminal background checks are the responsibility of the student and are nonrefundable.

Insurance

All students in nursing courses must have malpractice insurance before entering the clinical setting. This fee is assessed during course registration.

Attendance

Refer to School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and individual course syllabi.

Health Status Requirements

All students entering nursing courses are required to have a completed School of Nursing history and physical form. All students must submit evidence of immunization compliance. Students must also submit the results of appropriate screening for TB and evidence of influenza vaccination annually. Failure to comply with all health requirements will result in the inability to attend the clinical portion of a course and failure of the course.

All students must complete (re)certification of CPR for the Health Care Providers course. Only certification by American Heart Association will be accepted. This will be done at an institution of the student’s choice. Students are responsible for the cost of certification. Students are responsible for submitting evidence of current certification to the nursing office for their file. Failure to do so will result in the inability to attend the clinical portion of a course and failure of the course.

Refer to School of Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for health status requirements for the School of Nursing. All health status requirements must be submitted to the medical compliance tracking system for approval. The fee for this service is assessed as a program fee.

Progression

Students must complete all nursing courses with a grade of C or better. In the event two grades of D or F are earned in clinical nursing courses, the student is ineligible to continue in nursing. Should the student fail any one required nonclinical nursing course two times, the student is ineligible to continue in nursing. Should the student fail NUR 100 , NUR 102 , NUR 104 , or NUR 105  two times, the student is ineligible to continue in nursing.

Students must meet the prerequisite requirements for each course. No student may progress through clinical courses without successfully completing with a grade of C or better the clinical course(s) previously attempted.

Progression through the courses in the nursing major is in three levels. Level I courses must be completed before progressing to Level II. No student may progress to clinical courses in Level III without successfully completing, with a grade of C or better, all required courses in Level II. If a student does not progress on schedule and becomes a part of a subsequent class, the student must adhere to the policies governing the current (new) class.

Students are required to participate in the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) comprehensive assessment and remediation (CARP) program throughout the nursing program. Students are required to take an ATI standardized comprehensive examination at the beginning of the final term of the nursing program. Further information is provided in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook and the course syllabi.

LPN Advanced Placement Option

The LPN advanced placement option is an educational career advancement opportunity for LPNs to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The admission criteria and health status requirements for this option are the same as those for the pre-licensure BSN program.

The program of study for students who enter the LPN advanced placement option will follow the same curriculum and trajectory for completion as the traditional pre-licensure students. The only course change in the curriculum is that LPN advanced placement option students will take LPN-BSN Nursing Transition instead of NUR 102 - Introduction to the Art and Science of Nursing .

Students who enter the LPN advanced placement option will be allowed to take comprehensive exams to demonstrate knowledge in the following areas: nursing pharmacology, dosage/calculations, fundamentals of nursing, women’s health nursing, children’s health nursing, and mental health nursing. Nursing Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations are basic level courses that are taught at the pre-nursing level. Subject-specific proctored exams will be used to test students for knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the specific course material. Students who meet established benchmarks will be awarded advanced standing with credit on the basis of course-specific proctored exams.

RN-BSN

Admission of Students

Requirements for admission into the RN-BSN program are: (1) graduation from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program, (2) unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in all states where licensed with no pending legal action, (3) good standing at William Carey University, and (4) cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all courses taken toward meeting the nursing degree requirements. The unencumbered license (#2 above) must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.

All students wishing to enter the RN-BSN completion program must submit an RNBSN application. No incomplete application will be considered. Applications are available online at the William Carey University website.

A grade of “C” or better is required in each prerequisite course. A “C” average is required on core courses. RNs entering the program are given credit for NUR 300 , NUR 303 , NUR 310 , NUR 311 , NUR 426 , NRN 348  . Only 60 hours from a community college can be counted toward the remaining coursework required for the BSN degree. The last 30 hours must be completed at William Carey University.

William Carey University prelicensure BSN credit will not be applied as RN-BSN credit for students who have previously been unsuccessful in the William Carey University prelicensure BSN program. To be eligible for degree, all RNs admitted to the
William Carey University BSN program must successfully complete all courses listed in the RN-BSN plan of study.

Criminal background check. All students enrolled in nursing must receive a clear criminal background check completed within the past two years by the Mississippi State Department of Health. This is a mandatory requirement as part of the Mississippi state law, Section 43-13-11 of Mississippi Code of 1972. RN-BSN students may provide evidence of a clear criminal background check upon entry, or the School of Nursing will offer fingerprinting services for students to acquire a criminal background check as part of the admissions process. All fees associated with the criminal background check and fingerprinting process are the responsibility of the student and must be paid through the William Carey University business office. Criminal background check fees are
nonrefundable.

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment shall also be reported immediately to the academic coordinator. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in denial of licensure or continued licensure as a registered nurse.

Drug testing. All students enrolled must provide evidence of a negative drug screen prior to participating in nursing clinical courses. Failure to provide a sufficient hair or urine sample or refusal to submit to testing will result in denial of admission for new students and immediate dismissal from the School of Nursing for continuing students. Random drug screening will be done for students enrolled in clinical courses.

Any admitting student who tests positive for illegal drugs must meet with the campus program coordinator to determine the course of action. If the action taken is for the student to withdraw from the program, the student may reapply for admission in six months and will be admitted based on admission criteria as any new student making application.

Any continuing student who tests positive for illegal drugs must withdraw from nursing courses. The student may make a written appeal for re-admission in six months to the nursing leadership team.

All costs associated with drug testing and criminal background checks are the responsibility of the student. Substance testing fees are nonrefundable.

Insurance

All students in nursing courses must have malpractice insurance before entering the clinical setting. This fee is assessed during fall registration.

Attendance

Refer to School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and individual course syllabi.

Health Status Requirements

All students entering nursing courses are required to have a completed School of Nursing history and physical form. All students must submit evidence of immunization compliance. Students must also submit the results of appropriate screening for TB and evidence of influenza vaccination annually. Failure to comply with all health requirements will result in the inability to attend the clinical portion of a course and failure of the course.

All students must complete (re)certification of CPR for the Health Care Providers course either annually or every two years, depending on the clinical facility used by your campus or the agency teaching the CPR course. Only certification by American Heart Association will be accepted. This will be done at an institution of the student’s choice. Students are responsible for the cost of certification. Students are responsible for submitting evidence of current certification to the nursing office for their file. Failure to do so will result in the inability to attend the clinical portion of a course and failure of the course. All health status requirements must be submitted to the medical compliance tracking system for approval. The fee for this service is assessed as a program fee.

Refer to School of Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for health status requirements for the School of Nursing.

Progression

The requirements for successful progression through the RN-BSN program are listed below.

  1. Complete all nursing courses with a grade of “C” or better. Two failing grades in the same theory course or any two failures in a clinical course renders the student ineligible to continue in nursing.
  2. Successful completion of core courses with a “C” average.

Health Information Management, B.S.

Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the program of study in health information management, the graduate will be able to:

  1. articulate and promote the need for and uses of quality data and information requirements across the lifespan;
  2. organize, analyze, and manage health care data in order to improve health care outcomes, implement standards, and control costs;
  3. function as an agent to manage the content, integrity, accessibility, use, and protection of information resources;
  4. use a core set of critical skills in order to adapt to multiple roles and work settings;
  5. collect health care data in compliance with national and regional standards;
  6. identify and use current quality improvement, risk management, and utilization review methodologies and models;
  7. accurately implement and manage applications and processes for clinical classification and coding;
  8. analyze and respond to the information needs of internal and external customers throughout the health care continuum; and
  9. advocate confidentiality, privacy, and integrity of health care data. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the health information management major must be students in good standing at William Carey University and must complete the university core with at least a “C”in each course. Applicants must have completed all but three hours of designated core courses with a “C” in each course. Applicants are responsible for completing the entire application and having it notarized. No incomplete applications will be considered. Each student must have a 2.6 GPA or higher on all course work taken prior to admission to the major.

Progression

Students in the HIM program are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on HIM major courses and no grades lower than a “C.” One repeat is allowed on any one major course, with no more than three repeats total.

Health Administration and Education, B.S.

Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the program of study in health administration and education, graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize management/leadership skills within their area of professional clinical practice;
  2. demonstrate competency to teach in certification programs and/or associate degree programs within their own clinical discipline;
  3. demonstrate ability to apply healthcare models and theories to current issues in healthcare delivery;
  4. demonstrate awareness of the needs of diverse populations in the healthcare environment; and
  5. communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, on topics related to issues in healthcare delivery.

Admission of Students

Prospective students for the health administration and education (HAE) program will meet the following qualifications:

  1. must submit a health administration and education application to the College of Health Sciences;
  2. must be in good standing at William Carey University and must have completed designated core and prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
  3. must hold an associate’s degree in a health-related field or be certified, registered or licensed in a health-related field or have an associate’s degree equivalent;
  4. must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Progression

Students must achieve a grade of a “C” or better in each HAE course. Students may enter the program during the fall and spring term only. Prerequisite and co-requisite requirements must be fulfilled per course descriptions.

Health Status Requirements

All students entering HAE courses are required to have a completed College of Health Sciences health examination form. All students must submit documentation of receiving the hepatitis B immunization series, or positive titer; two varicella immunizations, or positive titer; a DTaP immunization; the results of appropriate screening for TB; and evidence of influenza vaccination annually, and any other assigned healthcare facility requirements. Failure to comply with all health requirements will result in the inability to attend the practicum portion of a course and failure of the course.

All students must complete (re)certification of CPR for the Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association. This will be done at an institution of the student’s choice. Students are responsible for submitting evidence of current certification. Failure to do so will result in the inability to attend the practicum portion of a course and failure of the course.

Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in HAE courses must have clearance of criminal background checks performed within the last two years by the MS State Department of Health or equivalent agency if licensure is in a state other than Mississippi prior to participating in HAE courses. This is a mandatory requirement as part of the Mississippi state law, Section 43-13-11 of Mississippi Code of 1972.

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment shall also be reported immediately to the program head. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in expulsion from the program.

Drug Testing

All students will be required to have drug screens prior to practicum courses or provide proof of a clear drug screen within the last year. These students can have the required drug screen done individually or may provide proof drug screen within the last six months. Random drug screening can be performed at the discretion of the College of Health Sciences. Refusal by a student to submit to testing will result in denial of admission for new students and immediate dismissal from the program for continuing students.

Any admitting student who tests positive for illegal drugs must withdraw from practicum courses. The student may reapply for admission in six months and will be admitted based on admission criteria as any new student making application.

All costs associated with drug testing and criminal background checks are the responsibility of the student.

Computer Requirements

Technology is an essential and integral aspect of online courses. The student must have access to a computer and stable connection to the internet on a regular basis. A high-speed internet connection, such as a cable modem or DSL line, is preferred. The student will need access to a Word, PowerPoint, and an Excel software program, for example: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional. Students will also need access to audio through speakers and the capability to record through a microphone for selected web-enhanced assignments.

Attendance

Students are to participate in courses and verify and submit coursework on a weekly basis as required. Refer to College of Health Sciences Graduate Handbook and individual course syllabi for specific course requirements.