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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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School of Nursing


Deanna C. Britt, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

Shanna Akers, R.N., A.D.N., B.S.N., M.S.N./M.B.A., Ed.S.
Associate Dean, School of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Diane Bridge, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N
Chair, RN to BSN Program

Tonia Kennedy, B.S., M.S.N., Ed.D.
Chair, Generic BSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing

Sharon J. Kopis, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Ed.D., CNE
Chair, DNP Program
Associate Professor of Nursing

Kimberly Little, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., CNE
Chair, MSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing

Kathryn Miller, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.
Executive Director, Clinical Affairs
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tracey Turner, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.
Director, Residential BSN Program


All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=22 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

The purpose of the Liberty University School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate level nurses who are committed to Christian ethical standards and view nursing as a ministry of caring based on the Benner theoretical framework. The nursing curriculum is built upon a foundation from the arts, sciences, and the Bible, and focuses on the use of the nursing process to guide the acquisition of nursing knowledge, build strong clinical skills, and develop the foundation necessary for a sound work ethic.

Nursing Major (B.S.N.)

The student will be able to:

  1. View nursing as a ministry of demonstrating Christ’s love to hurting people of all religions, creeds, and cultures.
  2. Provide and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families and groups within the community.
  3. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills/evidenced base practice in determining nursing interventions and applying therapeutic skills.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills in collaboration with clients, other professionals and groups within the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health.
  5. Apply a personal and professional Christian value system, based on biblical principles, to ethical issues related to the practice of professional nursing.
  6. Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
  7. Foster professional level competencies in writing and communication and computer literacy.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202-887-6791.

This degree is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

A prospective student applies for candidacy to the nursing major during the second semester of the freshman year. Applicants are considered for candidacy to the nursing major following enrollment in CHEM 107, BIOL 213/214, 215/216, NURS 101, 105 and NURS 215. Students must complete BIOL 213/214, 215/216, CHEM 107, NURS 101, 105 and 215 with grades of “C” or better, (grades of “A” or “B” in science course are preferred) and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A personal interview with a nursing faculty member may also be required. The faculty reserves the right to refuse admission into the program. Acceptance by Liberty University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing major.

Retention and Progression
Policies related to retention and progression are outlined in the annual Liberty University Nursing Student Handbook.

Clinical Prerequisites
Each student must secure uniforms, name pin, stethoscope, liability insurance, immunizations, background check, and current CPR certification prior to the first clinical experience.

Nursing students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical settings. Car pools are encouraged as a means of defraying transportation costs for the individual student.

Physical Examination
A physical examination including a TB test, Rubella Titer, documentation of Hepatitis B vaccinations, and all childhood immunizations is required prior to the first day of class.

Accelerated Program
An accelerated summer program is available for students who have already completed one to two years of college work before deciding to enter the nursing major. Students who meet the admission criteria can finish the nursing requirements in two years.

Certificate Programs
Senior level students have an opportunity to specialize in a specific field of nursing by participating in one of two certificate programs:

  • Critical Care Nursing (Adult and Maternal/Child tracks)
  • Cross Cultural Nursing

Selected students complete extra classes and clinical experiences so that they are able to enter the workplace with a broader knowledge base and more highly developed clinical skills than other new graduates.

Advanced Placement
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses may obtain advanced placement by applying to the RN track of the program. A registered nurse student is a nurse who:

  1. Has graduated from an accredited program leading to an associate’s degree or a hospital diploma;
  2. Had three months of nursing practice as a registered nurse within the past five years or completion of a refresher course before the senior year; and
  3. Has been admitted to Liberty University.

Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Nursing can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.

Career Opportunities

Hospital Nursing
Critical Care Orthopedics
Emergency Department Out Patient Surgery
Flight Nurse Pediatrics
Medical Rehabilitation
Obstetrics Surgical
Community Nursing
Home Health Outpatient Clinics
Missionary Nursing Physicians Office
Occupational Health Public Health
Red Cross  
Armed Services
Air Force Navy
With Additional Education
Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator
Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Practitioner


Program of Study

Nursing Major (B.S.N.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (54 hrs)
Courses in the Major (62 hrs)
NURS 101 Introduction to Nursing 1
NURS 105 Medical Terminology 1
NURS 115 Sciences in Nursing 3
NURS 200 Nursing Process Application 2
NURS 210 Health Assessment 3
NURS 221 Fundamentals in Nursing 4
NURS 225 Research in Nursing 3
NURS 301 Strategies for Adult Health Care I 5
NURS 302 Strategies for Adult Health Care II 5
NURS 305 Pharmacology 2
NURS 306 Pharmacology II 2
NURS 352 Caring for the Childbearing Family I 4
NURS 353 Caring for the Childbearing Family II 4
NURS 440 Strategies for Community Health Care 5
NURS 445 Population Health 3
NURS 451 Strategies for Mental Health Care 3
NURS 460 Advanced Strategies for Adult Health Care 4
NURS 490 Leadership/Management in Nursing 5
Choose one of the following courses: 3
NURS 316 Global Health Nursing Field Experience
NURS 415 Cross-Cultural Nursing
NURS 416 Preceptorship in Nursing
NURS 417 Crisis Nursing
NURS 418 Gerontological Nursing
NURS 419 Strategies for End of Life Care
NURS 420 Comprehensive Pain Management
NURS 465 Advanced Strategies for the Critically Ill
NURS 466 Advanced Critical Care II
Directed Courses (Required) (18 hrs)
BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology 4
BIOL 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3*
BIOL 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1*
CHEM 107 Essentials of General and Organic Chemistry 4*
HLTH 330 Human Nutrition 3
PHIL 380 Biomedical Ethics 3
Additional Requirements for Major:
ATI Predictor Test
TOTAL HOURS: 134 hours minimum required; at least 51 hours must be 300-400 level.
* “C” or better is required

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