Nursing
 

Why Nursing?

At FSC, you will combine innovative technology and hands-on clinical experiences with traditional classroom learning in a state-of-the-art medical sciences facility.

You’ll understand the science of nursing, as well as the biological and behavioral sciences required to proactively treat patients. Additionally, you will be skilled at handling highly sensitive, critical situations in a variety of healthcare settings. If you're passionate about caring for people, our BSN program is for you.

Beginning with a class in the basics of health assessment, nursing courses at FSC cover every aspect of the nursing field, from applied pharmacology to community health to nursing leadership and professional development.

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Top Reasons to Study Nursing at FSC

  • Unlike other schools, which make you wait until your junior year before starting your nursing program, you begin the nursing program in your first year.
  • At Florida Southern the small nursing classes makes it possible to establish close working relationships with faculty, a must for mastering the techniques of nursing.
  • Graduating from the BSN program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
  • Complete your clinical experience at some of the nation's busiest, most technologically advanced hospitals.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

The integration of theoretical knowledge with clinical practice is a vital aspect of your nursing education at Florida Southern. In addition to training in our state-of-the-art medical simulation labs, you’ll conduct clinical rotations at major Medical Centers for example, an 850-bed regional hospital and trauma center. Through your hands-on, clinical experiences you will learn the realities of working with patients, their families, and other medical professionals.

Our Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building is a state-of-the-art facility, which houses wireless classrooms, a technologically advanced nursing skills lab, and a treatment simulation laboratory.

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Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Among our more than 80 student groups, you’ll find a chapter of the Florida Nursing Student Association, which offers opportunities for community service and professional development. Our Pre-Professional Society/AMSA also brings together students who are pursuing careers in the medical field.

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ADMISSION TO THE BSN PROGRAM

The BSN Program is a selective admission program and the minimum criteria must be met to apply. Admission to the program is by application only. Students who indicate an interest in pursuing a nursing degree and who meet the requirements outlined below may be invited to apply once they have been admitted to the College. (Meeting the minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee admittance into the program.)

  1. A cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  2. A minimum SAT cumulative score of 1000 with a minimum of 500 scored in Math, or a minimum ACT score of 22 with a minimum of 22 score in Math.
  1. If you are transferring any college credit,you must have obtained a grade of “C” or higher in any of the Nursing Program requisite courses: Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Statistics.

Nursing (B.S.N.) Major Requirements*

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 90 hours
NUR 1100

Principles of Health Care

NUR 2201 Nursing Fundamentals
NUR 3104 Applied Pathophysiology
NUR 3106 Basics of Health Assessment
NUR 3204 Applied Pharmacology
NUR 3510 Psychiatric Nursing Care
NUR 3520 Care of Older Adults
NUR 3530 Obstetric and Newborn Nursing Care
NUR 3540 Pediatric Nursing Care
NUR 4110 Evidence Based Health Care
NUR 4210 Senior Seminar
NUR 4560 Adult Health Nursing Care I
NUR 4570 Community Health Nursing Care
NUR 4580 Adult Health Nursing Care II
NUR 4590 Leadership and Management
NUR 4960 Internship (2 hours)

Prerequisites (prior to junior year):

ATP/HSC 1234 Medical Terminology
BIO 1000 Biology for Your Life
or  
BIO 1500 Biological Essentials
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 2280 Applied Microbiology
CHE 1011 Chemical Foundations of the Biological Sciences I
MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
or  
MAT 2023 Biostatics
C. Electives 0 hours
D. Total 130 hours
 

NUR 1100 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE
Four hours. Same as HSC 1100. Prerequisite: Nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor. This is an introductory course for nursing and health sciences students exploring health care systems, delivery, payment, professional roles, quality, safety and ethical principles of care.

NUR 2202 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
Four hours. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only. This course introduces students to the scientific basis for nursing practice and the safe care of patients with diverse needs. Nursing skills are simulated and practiced in the clinical skills assessment laboratory prior to performing in the actual clinical setting. Emphasis is on the promotion of the health, function and wellness of individuals, families, and groups of diversity across the lifespan.

NUR 3104 APPLIED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Four hours. Same as HSC 3104. Prerequisite: Nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor. Pathophysiology is the study of altered human physiology and disease processes. The course content provides a basis for nursing practice through learning body organ systems, homeostatic mechanisms, and the body's response to illness and injury.

NUR 3106 BASICS OF HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Four hours. This course prepares the student to collect and document data accurately as required for a basic health assessment of patients across the life span. It includes a skills laboratory component.

NUR 3204 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: HSC/NUR 3104 and nursing or health science majors. In this course the student analyzes the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses. Emphasis is on developing critical thinking skill in drug administration and monitoring therapeutic response for a culturally diverse population. Student will be introduced to the use of electronic medication administrations systems and related information technology used to enhance safety.

NUR 3510 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. This course explores mind, body, and spirit alterations in functional health patterns experienced by patients with acute and chronic mental illness and examines psychopathology, psychopharmacologic therapies, community resources and the role of the nurse in psychiatry.

NUR 3522 NURSING CARE OF OLDER ADULT
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. In this course the student has the opportunity to differentiate normal aging from abnormal processes and conditions and to develop nursing interventions that are unique to the specific needs of the older adult. Social, ethical, financial and practical issues facing the older adult, frail elder, and caregiver are presented.

NUR 3530 MATERNAL AND NEWBORN NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. This course introduces students to the care of women during child bearing years, pregnancy, delivery, perinatal and newborn care. This is a clinical course and students will provide direct patient care in a variety of health care settings.

NUR 3540 PEDIATRIC NURSING CARE I
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. Nursing concepts are presented related to the delivery of nursing care for the childrearing family and children from infancy through adolescence. Principles of growth and development are applied as the student learns to provide nursing care and health teaching for promoting,maintaining, and restoring health in infants, children, and adolescents.

NUR 4110 EVIDENCE BASED HEALTH CARE
Four hours. Same as HSC 4110. Prerequisites: MAT 2022 or MAT 2023 and nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates theory and concepts from health care and nursing that apply to the generation, appraisal, use, and dissemination of research that contributes to safe, effective, and high quality healthcare practice and delivery. Gen Ed: EC-C

NUR 4210 SENIOR SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisites: senior status in nursing major and permission of the instructor. The senior seminar is a capstone class to prepare students for graduation, NCLEX licensing exam review, and entry into practice. Standardized testing is used to monitor progress and the final exit exam must be passed to qualify for completing the BSN major.

NUR 4550 TOPICS IN GLOBAL HEALTH CARE
One to eight hours. Same as HSC 4550. Prerequisites: Nursing or health science major and permission of the instructor. Students in other majors may be eligible to take this course with permission of the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. This is an elective course that allows a student to experience health care in a global setting. Each course will be developed separately depending on availability of resources and suitability of the experience for students.Variable credit
will reflect the amount of time expended by each student as 1 credit hour for each 40 clock hours. Course work during the fall or spring semester may be tied to a trip abroad to various countries. Typical trips may be supporting a rural health clinic in LatinAmerica, patient care in a small hospital in Africa, or community health projects in Asia or other parts of the world.

NUR 4560 ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE I
Six hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. In this course, concepts from behavioral, biological and natural sciences are integrated applied to the treatment of adult patients in acute care settings. Students will have clinical placements primarily in area hospitals under the guidance of faculty to develop competent and safe therapeutic nursing interventions directed toward promoting, maintaining and restoring heath or providing end of life care for a culturally diverse patient population in various settings.

NUR 4570 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. Students will apply concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health sciences to assess the health and health care delivery for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.Studentswill assess physical, social, and cultural environments, identify populations at risk, and implement and evaluate appropriate nursing interventions in partnership with community and other health agencies.

NUR 4580 ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE II
Six hours. Prerequisites: Senior nursing majors and NUR 4560.This course will build on previously learned material and will concentrate on the emergent needs of adult patients with complex health care needs and critical illness. Course work is supplemented with on site clinical experiences in critical care units and/or emergency departments in area hospitals.

NUR 4590 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Four hours. Same as HSC 4590. Prerequisites: Senior status and nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. In this course the student examines his or her personal development as a health care professional and identifies goals for transitioning to practice. Leadership skills and life management skills are refined. Political, legal, and advocacy issues in nursing and health care are examined. Students will conduct an independent practicum at area health care facilities.

NUR 4960/4961 INTERNSHIP
One to sixteen hours. Same as HSC 4960/61. Prerequisites: Nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. The internship provides an intensive experiential experience through supervised practice in a wide variety of heath care settings. The course helps students to build self-confidence, to increase competency with the delivery of evidence-based care, and to perform in a professional role. To the degree possible, students request an internship site consistent with their area of interest and are guided by a preceptor in collaboration with a FSC faculty member.