Department of Nursing

Dr. Elaine Evans, Head

Nursing Center

Box T-0500

(254) 968-9139

Associate Professor: Evans

Assistant Professors: Sneed, Walker, Woods

Instructors: Baker, Faulk Manness, Figueroa,

Glidewell, Gramtham, Kunce, Marin, Neff, Pehl

      Tarleton State University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Upon successful completion of program requirements, a graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and apply for licensure as a registered nurse. Distinguishing features of this innovative multiple-entry program include: (1) pre-admission course for generic students; (2) availability of several educational pathways in one program (BSN, LVN to BSN, RN to BSN); (3) opportunity for concurrent enrollment in nursing and non-nursing courses throughout the program; (4) opportunity to attend full or part-time; (5) offering courses in the final semester of the program in which students synthesize and validate concepts presented in prior course work; (6) offering a transition course for RNs and LVNs entering the program; and (7) emphasis on rural health and rural nursing.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

        Clinical experiences are an integral part of the nursing curriculum, and a complementary relationship exists between classroom and clinical components of the program. Hospitals and other clinical agencies in Brown, Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Somervell Counties are used for student clinical experiences. The VA Hospital in Waco is also used to provide an in-patient psychiatric experience. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of a University nursing faculty member. Although a student's place of residence is considered when planning clinical experiences, the primary consideration is the learning needs of the student. Therefore, students are expected to travel to several clinical agencies during the program of study. Clinical experiences are scheduled during day and evening hours.

EDUCATIONAL MOBILITY OPTIONS FOR LVNs and RNs

        Graduates of vocational, associate degree/diploma and baccalaureate nursing programs acquire a common core of knowledge, attitudes, and cognitive and psychomotor skills. However, there are distinct differences in the breadth, depth, scope of preparation, and knowledge presented to students in each type of program. A basic premise of Tarleton State University's innovative multiple entry-nursing program is acknowledgement of previous learning in order to provide career mobility.  This is, of course balanced against a concern for maintaining high quality in the educational program and assuring the public of the quality of the education of the graduate.  Depending on the student's nursing educational background, credit for nursing courses may be awarded by substitution, examination, or advanced placement.

        LVNs may receive advance placement credit for NUR 1204 and 2016 upon successful completion of a transition course.

        RNs are admitted into junior-level nursing courses. Graduates of associate or diploma programs may receive credit for NUR 1204, 2016, 2054, 2106, 3025, and 3034 by substitution or advanced placement. Credits for these core nursing courses become part of the degree plan upon successful completion of a transition course.

ADMISSION INFORMATION

        Application and admission to the nursing program are separate from and in addition to application and admission to the University. Nursing faculty serve as advisors for all nursing majors.  Nursing majors should make an appointment with a nursing faculty advisor early in his or her course of study to prepare a tentative degree plan. This appointment should be made at a time other than the University's advising and registration periods and well in advance of the nursing program application deadline. An appointment can be made by contacting the Department of Nursing secretary at the Nursing Center Building; phone (254) 968-9139 or -9717.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

        Three points of program entry exist in this program: NUR 1204 for generic students, sophomore year for LVNs, and junior year for RNs. Because the place of entry varies with each group, the number of courses required for program entry is greater for LVNs than for generic students and greater for RNs than for LVNs. The following criteria must be met for admission to the nursing program:

A.    Generic Students - Those students with no previous nursing education.

NUR 1204 is a preadmission course and serves as the applicant pool for the program.  Students may take NUR 1204 as early as the second semester of their freshmen year or when the course prerequisite courses are completed. Generic students are officially admitted to the program (enter NUR 2016 & 2054) if the application process is completed by the appropriate deadline and the admission requirements are met.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University
  2. Application to the Department of Nursing when enrolled in NUR 1204
  3. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” (34 semester hours):
Course   Credit Hours
MATH 1073 - College Algebra  
3
ENGL 1113, 1123 - Rhetoric & Composition 
6
CHEM 1034 or 1054 -  Chemistry  
4
BIOL 2194, 2204 - Anatomy & Physiology
8
PSY 1013 - General Psychology 
3
HLTH 1013 -  Wellness                                        
3
H S 2103 - Nutrition
3
NUR 1204 - Survey of Nursing Science
 4
 
34

4.     Cumulative grade point average on courses required for the degree of 2.5 or higher.

5.     Eligibility to take state board examination (NCLEX-RN) upon graduation1.

1 See eligibility requirements for licensure.

B.       Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN to BSN) Those graduates of practical or vocational nursing programs who hold a current license to practice nursing in Texas.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University
  2. Current license to practice as a vocational nurse in Texas. 
  3. Completion of the 55 of the 64 semester credit hours listed below with a minimum grade of “C”.  May delay taking up to 9 hours of courses marked with an asterisk until after program admission.
Course Credit Hours
MATH 1073 - College Algebra 
3
*MATH - Statistics  
3
ENGL 1113, 1123 - Rhetoric & Composition 
6
ENGL - Sophomore course in Literature 
3
CHEM 1034 or 1054 - Chemistry    
4
BIOL 2194, 2204 - Anatomy & Physiology 
8
BIOL 2034 - Microbiology
4
PSY 1013 - General Psychology
3
PSY 2013 or 3073 - Human Growth & Development 
3
SOC 2013 - Introduction to Sociology
3
*Visual and Performing Art (see catalog) 
3
H S 2103 - Nutrition   
3
*HIST 2013, 2023 - US History 
6
*POLS 2013 - US Government  
3
*POLS 2023 - Texas Government   
3
*COMS 1013, 1023, or 3013 - Speech   
3
HLTH 1013 - Wellness  
3

*Course may be taken after admission to program.

4.     Cumulative grade point average on required courses for the degree of 2.5 or above.

5.     Eligibility to take state board examination (NCLEX-RN) upon graduation1.

1 See eligibility requirements for licensure.

Eligibility Requirements for Licensure As A Registered Nurse

        Eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN upon graduation or current licensure as a registered nurse is a requirement for program entry at Tarleton State University. The Board of Nurse Examiners has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas (see eligibility questions below). However, the Board provides individuals with the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Section 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act. This petition should be made before a person begins a nursing program. Processing the petition usually takes 6 to 9 months, but, may be longer in some circumstances. Information and a “Request for a Declaratory Order Petition” packet may be obtained from the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners at www.bne.state.tx.us.

        The Board of Nurse Examiners requires a FBI criminal background check as part of the application for licensure process. The application for licensure takes place during the final semester of the program. Upon application to the program and prior to graduation, you will be asked to answer the following questions. If you must answer yes to one or more of the questions, you should complete the Declaratory Order Process.

  1. Have you been arrested in any state, territory, or country, including expunged offenses and deferred adjudication with or without prejudice of guilt for anything other than a minor traffic violation?  (DUIs, DWIs, and PIs must be reported and are not considered minor traffic violations).
  2. Have you ever been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere to any crime (felony or misdemeanor) whether or not a sentence was imposed (excluding minor traffic violations)?
  3. Do you have any criminal charges pending against you in any court?
  4. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  5. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?*
  6. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?*
*   If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses you may answer “NO” to questions #5 and #6.

C.       RNs (RN to BSN) - Those graduates of diploma or associate degree nursing programs who hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse in Texas.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University
  2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in Texas.
  3. Passing score on the Tarleton Writing Proficiency Examination
  4. Completion of the 58 of the 64 semester credit hours listed below with a minimum grade of “C”. May delay taking up to 6 hours of courses marked with an asterisk until after program admission.
  5. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”.
Course     Credit Hours
MATH 1073 - College Algebra    3
*MATH - Statistics  3
ENGL 1113, 1123 - Rhetoric & Composition  6
ENGL - Sophomore course in Literature  3
CHEM 1034 or 1054 - Chemistry  4
BIOL 2194, 2204 - Anatomy & Physiology  8
BIOL 2034 - Microbiology 4
PSY 1013 - General Psychology  3
PSY 2013 or 3073 - Human Growth & Development   3
SOC 2013 - Introduction to Sociology  3
*Visual and Performing Art (see catalog)   3
H S 2103 - Nutrition     3
*HIST 2013, 2023 - US History 6
*POLS 2013 - US Government 3
*POLS 2023 - Texas Government     3
*COMS 1013, 1023, or 3013 - Speech  3
HLTH 1013 - Wellness 3

*Course may be taken after admission to program.

6.   Cumulative grade point average on required courses for the degree of 2.5 or above.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  1. Obtain an application packet from the nursing office.
  2. Submit the following required application materials to the nursing office by the appropriate deadline:
    1. Application
    2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended and or high school transcript if you have less than 30 semester hours of college credit
    3. Personal Information Card
    4. Three reference forms, completed as directed in the guidelines on the application (NUR 1204 students do not have to submit reference forms).
  3. Carefully review the previous section, “Eligibility Requirements for Licensure as a Registered Nurse”
  4. Deadlines for application to the nursing program are as follows:   

Admission Semester

Student Category

Application Deadline

Fall 2004

Generic Student, LVN, RN

March 1, 2004

Spring 2005

Generic Student, LVN, RN

October 1, 2004

Note: All information on the application and other documents must be furnished accurately and completely. Falsification of any part of the application and other required forms is cause for not being admitted to, or for dismissal from, the nursing program.

PROCEDURE FOR REVIEW OF APPLICANTS

        Qualified applicants are those completing the application procedure by the appropriate deadline and who meet admission requirements. The Department of Nursing application form, references, and transcripts constitute the core factors for admission. 

        Following the review of applicant process, students are notified by mail of the status of their application to the nursing program. Those students admitted to the program receive information about requirements to be completed prior to the beginning of the first nursing course: a health examination, completion of a personal health history, CPR certification, immunizations, and malpractice insurance requirement.

TRANSFER STUDENT APPLICATION PROCEDURE

        Students taking required non-nursing courses at other colleges or universities may apply for admission to the nursing program at Tarleton. Transfer students must meet the same admission requirements as those students enrolled at Tarleton. Transfer students are required to

  1. Complete the same nursing program application procedure as currently enrolled students.
  2. Submit the required set of application papers to the Tarleton State University Admissions Office by the appropriate nursing program deadline.
  3. Gain official acceptance to the University prior to the time of notification of acceptance to the nursing program.

        Transfer students should make an appointment with a nursing faculty advisor early in their course of study to prepare a tentative degree plan. This appointment should be at a time other than Tarleton's registration and advising periods and well in advance of the nursing program application deadline. An appointment may be made by contacting the Department of Nursing secretary (Nursing Center Building; phone (254) 968-9139 or -9717).

Transfer Nursing Students - Those students who have been enrolled in but have not completed a nursing program other than Tarleton.

        Transfer of credit from one nursing program to another is often difficult because of differences in curricula. Therefore, the Student Affairs Matriculation and Academic Standards Committee (SAMUS) will evaluate transfer of nursing credits on an individual basis. Students should provide this committee with nursing course descriptions from the college catalog and the course syllabi (must have at least the course objectives, course outline and a list textbooks used). The student should also submit a letter from the Dean or Director of transferred nursing program. Send this material to:

Chair, SAMUS Committee

Department of Nursing

Box T-0500

Stephenville, TX 76402

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING

 

  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.

47
 
Courses Required for BSN in Nursing (all students)
BIOL 2194,1, 22041, 2034 
12
SOC 20131, PSY 10131  
6
CHEM 1034 or 1054    
4
PSY 2013 or 3073 
3
H S 2103
3
MATH 3003 or 3504 
3-4
 
Nursing Courses Required2
For Generic Student Program Entry

NUR 1204, 2016, 2054, 2106, 2153, 3014, 3025, 3034, 3042, 3155, 3215, 4104, 4113, 4306, advanced NUR elective

64
 
For LVN Program Entry

NUR 2106, 3014, 3025, 3034, 3054, 3063, 3073, 3155, 3215, 4104, 4113, 4306, advanced NUR elective

55
 
For RN Program Entry

NUR 3014, 3054, 3073, 3155, 3215, 4104, 4113, 4306, Advanced NUR elective   

37

1 These courses count toward core curriculum requirements.
2 See p. 364 for NUR course descriptions.