A.S. in Nursing

Associate of Science Nursing
The two-year nursing program prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities, and the client’s home. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses. Students must obtain a “C” grade or better in all nursing courses to progress in the program. Students must have a combined average in both sections of Anatomy and Physiology (210/212) and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (211/213) of at least a 2.0 or “C”. Students must have a combined average in Microbiology and Microbiology Laboratory of at least 2.0 or a “C” or better in BIOL 105, Microbiology for Health professionals. If a student makes an “F” in lab, he or she must repeat it, but will be allowed to continue in the nursing program if the average of the lecture and lab components of the course is “C” or better. However, the student must satisfactorily complete the lab course within one year. Students must make at least a “C” in lecture component of all biological science courses. Nursing courses are designed to provide learning opportunities for acquiring the necessary nursing knowledge and skill to practice nursing at the associate degree level. The focus is holistic health promotion and wellness.

Accreditation
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA  30326; telephone: (404) 975-5000.

Mission Statement
To provide an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment to the graduate nurse with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered professional nurse.

Philosophy
The Bluefield State College AS Nursing department embraces the Bluefield State College’s mission statement by providing an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment. The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010). The four major categories of client need on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum. These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

The profession of nursing involves the art and science of caring. It encompasses the provision and promotion of safe, patient-centered care throughout the lifespan. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, family and members of the interdisciplinary team while incorporating informatics into contemporary healthcare settings. The nursing process is the organizing framework that integrates the identification of human needs and provides therapeutic interventions based on clinical reasoning and evidence based practice. The nurse monitors patient outcomes for quality and safety improvements of health care systems.

The goal of the faculty is to reflect QSEN pre-licensure knowledge, skills and attitudes in their teaching, learning activities and ongoing curriculum development. This process assists in the preparation of students for successful entry-level practice of the Associate Degree prepared registered nurse. Additionally, a commitment to life-long learning to expand personal and professional growth is encouraged.

Concepts of the Bluefield State College AS Nursing Program Patient Centered Care
Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate andcoordinated care based on respect for patient’s preference, values, and needs.

Teamwork and Collaboration
Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.

Evidenced-Based Practice
Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

Quality Improvement
Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

Safety
Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

Informatics
Use information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care.

Human Flourishing
Advocate for patients and families in ways to promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.

Nursing Judgment
Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.

Professional Identity
Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.

Spirit of Inquiry
Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

Nursing Process
A systematic decision making method focusing on identifying and treating responses of individuals or groups to actual or potential alterations of health.

Clinical Reasoning
The process by which nurses collect and process information, come to the understanding of a patient’s or group’s problem or situation, plan and implement interventions, evaluate outcomes, and reflect on and learn from the process.

Student Learning Outcomes
The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are derived from the program’s philosophy and the organizing framework. The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010). The four major categories of client needs on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum. These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Provide evidence-based nursing interventions to assist the individual, family and community in the promotion, restoration and health maintenance across the lifespan by utilizing the nursing process.
  2. Establish an environment that reflects caring which protects the human dignity while respecting values, customs, cultures and spiritual beliefs.
  3. Collaborate effectively within nursing and multi-disciplinary teams, fostering open commination, reciprocal respect and shared governance to achieve safe, quality patient care in diverse environments.
  4. Manage patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care across the lifespan.
  5. Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the physiological and psychosocial outcomes of care
  6. Engage in continued inquiry and lifelong learning

Revised 3/01, 11/04, 3/09, 8/14, 11/14

Eligibility Requirements

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the ASN program. Eligibility requirements for admission to the program include:

  1. Meet general admission requirements.

  2. An ACT math main score of 19, better, or eligibility to enter Math 101 by the fall semester of entrance year into the program.

  3. An overall high-school GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale, or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams.

  4. a. Have completed with a “C” or better one unit of high school algebra, one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry (ACT/SAT equivalent score of 19 in mathematics will substitute for the algebra course), OR
    b. Be enrolled at Bluefield State College or another accredited institution of higher learning prior to application, having completed a minimum of 12 credit hours** and achieving a 2.8 or better GPA. A “C” grade or better is required in each of the following: one mathematics course, one biology course and one introductory chemistry course. (Also required for college students are copies of their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.) **Developmental education courses will not be considered.

  5. Complete the ATI TEAS admission test with a proficient or higher overall score. Completion of ATI TEAS does not meet all requirements for admissions to the program. ATI TEAS can be taken September 1–January 31 each year. ATI TEAS can be taken twice (there must be 30 days between each attempt). Your score on the ATI TEAS is valid for two academic years. If the TEAS V was taken in the 2015–2016 academic year, a score of proficient or higher will be accepted in place of the ATI TEAS for one year.

  6. Completion of Health 100, with a “C” or better, prior to admission to the program is highly recommended.

  7. Applicants exceeding these academic standards and course requirements will be given first priority.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, telephone (404) 975-5000). Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam - RN (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination allows the graduate to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Transfer Students
It is the policy of the Bluefield State College Department of Nursing that students transferring from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must, at a minimum, complete nineteen (19) credit hours of nursing courses at Bluefield State College. The nursing faculty regards the acquisition of clinical skills, as well as the ability to utilize and implement nursing process, as essential parts of the nursing student’s education. It is believed that these standards may be met in this way.

Applicants who wish to transfer from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State College’s nursing program. Students seeking transfer will be required to submit official transcripts, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit in the nursing program. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last year will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis and must satisfactorily complete the lab competency examinations. Students desiring transfer should contact the Director of Associate Degree Nursing in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Student Achievement Data

Bluefield State College AS Nursing Program
Class of 2015 Data

Pass Rates

Passage rates on the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX-RN)

2015:
Bluefield Campus AS Nursing                    88%
Beckley Campus AS Nursing                     91%
Bluefield Campus LPN-RN Nursing           80%
Beckley Campus LPN-RN Nursing            100%

Employment Rates

Employment rate of graduates who are working as Registered Professional Nurses within one year after graduation.

2015 – 100%

Completion Rates

Students who completed the program within the designated three-year sequence:

2015:
AS Nursing                          79%
Students who completed the program within the designated two-year sequence:

2015:
LPN-RN Nursing                75%

At a Glance
66 credits
4 semesters
Application Deadlines
For admission the following fall 12/15
How to Earn Your Degree

The courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing are listed in the following recommended sequence. The prerequisites and co-requisites are listed with the course descriptions found elsewhere in the catalog. All support courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the curriculum course sequence as listed in the catalog. Once accepted into the program all nursing (NURS) coursework must be completed within a three (3) year period.

    Semester 1
    MATH 101 General Mathematics
    Course ID
    MATH 101
    Credit Hours
    3

    Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.

    BIOL 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    Course ID
    BIOL 210
    Credit Hours
    3

    A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.

    BIOL 211L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
    Course ID
    BIOL 211L
    Credit Hours
    1

    Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.

    NURS 130L Fundamentals of Nursing
    Course ID
    NURS 130L
    Credit Hours
    6

    This course focuses on the acquisition of basic skills, attitudes and knowledge of nursing care applicable to meeting patient-centered needs. Included in this course is the introduction of the student to the fundamental core skills basic to safe and caring therapeutic interventions based on evidence-based practice. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. CO: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211L. Fall.

    NURS 131L Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan
    Course ID
    NURS 131L
    Credit Hours
    3

    The course provides essential information that provides knowledge of growth and development concepts, prevention and early detection of health needs, and strategies to obtain optimal health. The course also focuses on high-risk behaviors and lifestyle choices that can affect the client’s healthcare status. The cultural diversity of clients is embraced and appreciated across the lifespan and all settings. CO: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211L. Fall.

    *MATH 101: You may take a higher math course in place of MATH 101.
    Semester 2
    BIOL 212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    Course ID
    BIOL 212
    Credit Hours
    3

    A continuation of BIOL 210. A study of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, and reproductive systems. PR: BIOL 210. Spring.

    BIOL 213L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
    Course ID
    BIOL 213L
    Credit Hours
    1

    Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 212 sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 212. Spring.

    PSYC 103 General Psychology
    Course ID
    PSYC 103
    Credit Hours
    3

    An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

    NURS 132L Patient-Centered Care I
    Course ID
    NURS 132L
    Credit Hours
    6

    The course focuses on the common health needs associated with musculoskeletal, neurological, sensory, gastrointestinal, perioperative, alterations of fluid and electrolytes, hematological, and hypertensive patients. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential in all patient populations. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211L. CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213L, PSYC 103. Spring

    NURS 133L Patient-Centered Care of Women's Reproductive Health & Newborns
    Course ID
    NURS 133L
    Credit Hours
    3

    This course focuses on nursing care of the female patient with functional and dysfunctional reproductive needs. Health promotion of the client during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum stages of pregnancy are emphasized. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential. The care of the neonate and alterations in physiological integrity are also addressed. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: First semester nursing courses, MATH 101 or higher, BIOL 210, 211L. CO: Second semester nursing courses, BIOL 212, 213L, PSYC 103. Spring.

    Semester 3
    BIOL 107 Microbiology for Health Professionals
    Course ID
    BIOL 107
    Credit Hours
    4

    Fundamentals of microbiology applicable to health professions. Lecture topics include characteristics of disease-causing microbes, disease mechanisms, host defenses, microbial control, treatment of infectious disease, and microbial diseases. Laboratory activities emphasize identification of infectious microbes, biosafety, aseptic technique, and clinical specimens. PR: CHEM 100 (or higher) or one unit of high school chemistry, BIOL 210/211. Spring, Even.

    *This course does not fulfill general studies requirements and cannot be substituted for BIOL 202 or BIOL 204. 

    ENGL 101 Composition I
    Course ID
    ENGL 101
    Credit Hours
    3

    Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

    NURS 230L Patient-Centered Care II
    Course ID
    NURS 230L
    Credit Hours
    8

    The course focuses on the common health needs associated with respiratory, communicable disease, genitourinary, vascular, men’s reproductive health, renal disorders, seizures, and diabetes.Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential in all patient populations. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. .PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211L, 212, 213L, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103. CO: Third semester nursing courses, BIOL 107, ENG 101. Fall

    NURS 231L Patient Centered Care of Mental Health Clients
    Course ID
    NURS 231L
    Credit Hours
    3

    This course focuses on nursing care of the patient with alterations in psychological integrity. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211L, 212, 213L, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103. CO: Third semester nursing courses, BIOL 107, ENG 101. Fall.

    Semester 4
    COSC 102 Computers & Society
    Course ID
    COSC 102
    Credit Hours
    3

    A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.

    ENGL 102 Composition II
    Course ID
    ENGL 102
    Credit Hours
    3

    Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

    NURS 232L Patient-Centered Care III
    Course ID
    NURS 232L
    Credit Hours
    8

    The course focuses on the common health needs associated with endocrine, hepatic, immunologic, oncological, burns, cardiovascular, neurological, and multi system emergencies. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential in all patient populations. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: All 100 level nursing courses. Third semester nursing courses BIOL 105, 210, 211L 212, 213L. MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, ENGL 101. CO: Fourth semester nursing courses, ENGL 102, and one of the following (COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210)

    NURS 233 Nursing Management in the Evolving Healthcare System
    Course ID
    NURS 233
    Credit Hours
    2

    The course focuses on collaboration of interdisciplinary teams, informatics, ethical and legal practice, and establishing priorities, proper delegation, disaster preparation and quality improvement in varied healthcare settings.

    PR: All 100 level nursing courses; third semester nursing courses; BIOL 105, 210, 211L 212, 213L; MATH 101 or higher; PSYC 103; ENGL 101. 

    CO: Fourth semester nursing courses; ENGL 102; and one of the following: COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210. Spring.

    NURS 234L Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
    Course ID
    NURS 234L
    Credit Hours
    1

    This course has two main foci. The first focus is a review of all the major nursing concepts taught in the first, second and third semesters of the nursing program. The second focus is the refinement of the students’ test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination.

    PR: All 100 level nursing courses; third semester nursing courses; BIOL 105, 210, 211L, 212, 213L; MATH 101 or higher; PSYC 103; ENGL 101.

    CO: Fourth semester nursing courses, ENGL 102, and one of the following: COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210. Spring.

    *COSC 102: Instead of COSC 102, you may also take BUSN 130 (Microsoft Word & Applications).

    NOTE:
    The curriculum may be amended by the nursing faculty.
    Math (101 or higher), BIOL 210 and 211L are Co-requisites in the first semester, PSYC 103 and BIOL 212 and 213L are Corequisites in the second semester. BIOL 107 and ENGL 101 are Co-requisites in the third semester. ENGL 102 and either COSC 102, BUSN 130 are Co-requisites for the fourth semester.