Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

School of Nursing - Online Program


As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Nursing:

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov


PURPOSE
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.

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE
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.

The School of Nursing is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans (DCP) for Liberty University Online programs are available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.

Nursing Major – R.N. to B.S.N.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
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 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; and
  6. Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
  7. Foster professional level competencies in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy.

Program of Study

Nursing Major (R.N. to B.S.N.) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (37 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (61 hrs)
NURS 105 Medical Terminology 1**
NURS 210 Health Assessment 3~~
NURS 215 Pathophysiology (D) 3~~
NURS 220 Advanced Nursing Communication (D) 3
NURS 221 Fundamentals in Nursing 4**
NURS 225 Research in Nursing (D) 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 325 Nursing Concepts (D) 1
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 (D) 5^
NURS 445 Population Health (D) 3
NURS 460 Advanced Strategies for Adult Health Care 4**
NURS 490 Leadership in Nursing (D) 3^
NURS 491 Nursing Management (D) 3^
NURS 492 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice (D) 3^^
Support Courses (12 hrs)
BIOL 204 Microbiology for Nursing Professionals (D) 4*~
BIOL 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3*
BIOL 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1*
Choose one of the following courses: 4*
CHEM 105 Elements of General Chemistry
CHEM 107 Essentials of General and Organic Chemistry
CHEM 108 Chemistry for Nursing Professionals (D) ~
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
Free Electives (4 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
Notes: Grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses in the major
*Prerequisite
**These courses will be satisfied automatically for RNs
^It is highly recommended that NURS 440, 490, and 491 be taken after NURS 225
^^All Nursing courses must be completed before taking the capstone course, NURS 492
~BIOL 204 and CHEM 108 are the only BIOL and CHEM courses offered online
~~Completion of all Science classes is strongly recommended prior to taking NURS 210 & 215


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