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Nursing
Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences

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Nursing (NUR)
The nursing department at DWU offers the following programs (each program is outlined in its own section below):
     Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.) - Mitchell and Huron
     Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.) - LPN-RN, Sioux Falls
     Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.) ? RN-B.S. Nursing Program

Mission Statement of the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing
The Arlene Gates Department of Nursing at Dakota Wesleyan University aspires to prepare students for meaningful careers in professional nursing in a liberal arts setting.  The nursing faculty cultivates a challenging learning environment based on Christian values and acceptance of diversity.  The nursing department fosters professional growth, leadership, lifelong learning and commitment to service.

Associate of Science in Nursing (Mitchell and Huron)
The nursing program at DWU reflects the institution’s commitment to service and leadership within the region.  The associate degree nursing program provides a curriculum designed to prepare the graduate for general staff nursing positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other community agencies.  Students accepted into the two-year nursing curriculum, available in Mitchell and Huron, can complete the required 71 credit hours in the nursing program within two years and two summer sessions.  Courses for the required 25 nursing credits in the one-year LPN-RN curriculum, offered on the Southeast Technical Institute campus in Sioux Falls, are designed for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to enhance knowledge of human health needs and nursing interventions while developing management of care skills needed by the registered nurse (RN) in the current health setting.  Upon successful completion of the program and upon full payment of all money due to the university, the graduate will receive the Associate of Science degree and will have satisfied the academic requirements necessary for eligibility to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as an RN.  The A.S. nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.  Information about the accreditation status of the nursing program may be obtained from NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326;  Phone: 1-404-975-5000; Fax: 1-404-975-5020 or www.nlnac.org.

The nursing program includes nursing and non-nursing courses.  Graduates of a NLNAC-accredited Associate of Science degree nursing program may apply the hours of nursing credit as the minor requirement toward a non-nursing bachelor’s degree at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Students may have the opportunity to take online support and General Education courses while completing the A.S. plan of study. 

Students may apply for pre-nursing status in the RN-B.S. nursing program which enables them to take General Education and support courses while completing the A.S. nursing plan of study.  See requirements related to the General Education and support courses in the admission requirements of the RN-B.S. nursing program in the DWU catalog.

Licensed practical nurses and applicants with previous learning in nursing may be enrolled with advanced placement in the nursing curriculum.  Credit for science courses taken 10 years ago or more must be validated by successful completion of a test or retaking the course.  The university may waive this requirement for applicants who maintain current knowledge in the sciences by working in nursing.

Applicants who enroll with credit for previous learning must take at least the last 23 hours of nursing courses at DWU in order to graduate from the nursing program.  Nursing students who enter the nursing program with credit for prior learning in nursing are required to take NUR 105 before or concurrently with the nursing course taken in the nursing program in Mitchell or Huron.

Students who are licensed practical nurses must hold and maintain active licensure in South Dakota throughout the course of study.

The Arlene Gates Department of Nursing at DWU has contracts for nursing student clinical experiences with various hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community agencies across the state.  Clinical rotations may require some travel.  Students are responsible for travel expenses.

Policies described in “Academic Regulations” and the DWU Student Handbook apply to nursing students; however, because of the nature of the program, additional policies regarding health requirements, class and clinical attendance, grading scale and progression are available to nursing students in the DWU A.S. Nursing Student Handbook.

There are specific laws and rules regulating nursing in South Dakota that list reasons a license to practice nursing may be denied, revoked or suspended.  Questions regarding these rules should be clarified by seeking advice from the South Dakota Board of Nursing at (605) 362-2760 before admission into the nursing program.  Candidates for licensure as a registered nurse must have the abilities and skills that enable him/her to acquire essential specialized knowledge and to use this knowledge in planning and delivering nursing care.  A copy of “Abilities, Skills and Characteristics Essential for Admission and Retention in the Dakota Wesleyan University Nursing Program,” included in the DWU A.S. Nursing Student Handbook, is available from the department of nursing.  Nursing students are expected to verify that they have the physical, emotional and other capabilities required to function as a nursing student and as a registered nurse.  Admission may be denied or revoked if a student is unable to meet these basic abilities and skills.

Nursing students are expected to adhere to the principles of the Code of Ethics for Nurses, adopted by the American Nurses Association, which communicates a standard of professional behavior throughout the nursing program. 

Associate of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements (Mitchell and Huron)
Students who wish to be considered for the nursing or pre-nursing program must provide documentation of the following requirements:

  • ACT composite score of 18 or above;
  • reading placement of 11 or above, or an 18 or above in the reading portion of the ACT; and
  • high school or college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.  Transfer students must provide documentation of earning a minimum grade of C in English composition and C- in other prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university.  Science courses must be completed in the past 10 years.  No support course can be repeated more than one time.

First priority for admission to the A.S. nursing program is given to applicants meeting all admission requirements by Feb. 1.  Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis after Feb. 1.  If there is not an available opening in the A.S. nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and been accepted will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by admissions if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances.  Address written requests for exceptions to the admission requirements policy to the Nursing Admission Committee and mail to Admissions, DWU Campus Box 902, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301.

A.S. Clinical Requirements
Documentation of the following requirements must be provided before students can participate in clinical experiences.

  • Medical information requirements for nursing students (including immunizations)
  • Current CPR certification (adult, child, infant, AED)
  • Completion of criminal background check

DWU A.S. nursing students are covered under a blanket professional liability insurance policy ($1 million per occurrence and $5 million aggregate), which only covers the student while he/she is participating in clinical learning experiences for the DWU A.S. nursing program. 

Associate of Science in Nursing (Mitchell and Huron)
Incoming NUR 101 students must successfully complete a nurse aide course offered on the Mitchell campus before the fall semester begins. A student, who is a certified nurse aide (CNA), is eligible to make an appointment to test out of the nurse aide course prior to the beginning of the nurse aide course.

Students must take nursing courses in sequence.

Fall Semester, First Year

Hours (Theory and Clinical)*

NUR 101

Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health I

6 (5, 1)*

BIO 220

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

CHM 164

University Chemistry

3

LST 101

Learn Strong I: Discover of the Self

1

PSY 131

General Psychology

3

 

 

 

Spring Semester, First Year

 

NUR 102

Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health II

7 (4, 3)*

BIO 222

Microbiology

4

BIO 330

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

 

 

May Term, First Year

 

NUR 103

Promoting Adaptation: Behavioral Health

3 (2.5, .5)*

NUR 104

Role Development I

1

 

 

 

Fall Semester, Second Year

 

NUR 200

Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health III

6 (4, 2)*

NUR 201

Promoting Adaptation: Women’s Health and Childbearing

3 (2.5, .5)*

NUR 204

Role Development II

1

ENG 111

Expository Writing

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

 

 

 

Spring Semester, Second Year

 

NUR 202

Promoting Adaptation: Child Health

3 (2.5, .5)*

NUR 203

Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health IV

6 (4, 2)*

NUR 205

Role Development III

1

COM 101

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

SOC 152

Introduction to Sociology

3

 

 

 

May Term, Second Year

 

NUR 250

Promoting Adaptation: Practicum

3 (0,3)

*Credit hours of nursing theory and clinical (i.e., NUR 101, is six credits, with five hours of theory and three hours of clinical per week).  Each clinical credit in nursing courses equals three clinical hours per week.

Course Descriptions for A.S. Nursing (Mitchell and Huron)

100 Medical Terminology 2 hours (Elective) F,S (Online)
This course is the study of medical terminology.  It includes the definition and use of medical terms common to many health-related professionals.

101 Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health I 6 hours (5, 1) F
This clinical course provides an introduction to the roles of an associate degree nurse and an introduction to the Roy Adaptation Model. During this course, the focus is on adult health with the emphasis on the aging population, and the student is introduced to assessment of adaptive needs, the nursing process, communication techniques, collaboration with the client/family, caring, and other foundational skills and abilities needed to fulfill the roles of the associate degree nurse. An additional fee is required.
Prerequisite: Nurse Aide Competency.
Prerequisites or corequisites: BIO 220 and CHM 164.

102 Promoting Adaptation; Adult Health II 7 hours (4, 3) S
This clinical course builds upon the skills and abilities of the student. The student focuses on the physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs of adult/family unit as they strive to cope and adapt to stressors in an effort to progress toward and achieve health. In collaboration with the client/family, the student applies the nursing process in assisting clients as they attempt to cope with changes in their health. The adaptive needs of the client/family unit who is experiencing surgery is included in this course. The student builds upon critical thinking skills and focuses on application of knowledge related to the nursing process, communication and other skills and abilities related to the roles of the associate degree nurse. An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: BIO 220, CHM 164 and NUR 101.
Prerequisite or corequisite: BIO 330.

103 Promoting Adaptation: Behavioral Health 3 hours (2.5, .5) SU
This clinical course focuses on assisting and collaborating with the client/family unit to cope with adaptive needs related to behavioral health. In addition, the focus will be directed to the adaptive needs related to role function, interdependence and self-concept as they relate to behavioral health. The student builds upon critical thinking skills and focuses on application of knowledge related to the nursing process, communication, and other skills and abilities related to the roles of the associate degree nurse.  An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: NUR 102 and PSY 131.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 104; NUR 105 if student entered with prior learning.

104 Role Development I 1 hour SU
This course provides an overview of the historical development of nursing as a profession. The student explores topics such as various levels of educational preparation, purpose of nursing theories, professional organizations, interventions that promote continuity of care, and opportunities for service within nursing. Students explore the National Patient Safety Goals and strategies that promote safe, cost-efficient care.
Prerequisite: NUR 102.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 103; NUR 105 if student entered with prior learning.

105 Introduction to Associate Degree Nursing 1 hour TBA
This course is required of individuals entering the nursing program at the university with credit for previous learning in nursing.  It is designed to acquaint the student with the philosophy, purpose and objectives, conceptual framework and expected competencies of graduates of the associate degree nursing program.  Students will consider and compare the four types of programs leading to nursing licensure.  The course also introduces the nursing process, care plans, medication cards, departmental policies, nasogastric tubes, intravenous therapy and ethical and legal considerations.  Practice in selected technical skills in the nursing lab is included, as well as a review of basic mathematics as related to medications.  An additional fee is required.

106 Strategies in Critical Thinking 1 hour S
This seminar course assists students in reinforcing and applying concepts necessary to successfully complete NUR 102.  Registration is by instructor permission only and is reserved for students re-admitted into the freshman nursing class, along with students earning a final grade in NUR 101 that places them at risk of successfully completing the nursing program.  
Developmental

190 Nursing Leadership Seminar 1 hour TBA
This course provides supplemental learning opportunities for nursing students to develop attributes and competencies needed by future nurse leaders.  This course will be offered in a seminar format, along with providing flexibility to each student in determining the specific focus of a course project related to developing nursing leadership skills. 

200 Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health III 6 hours (4, 2) F
This clinical course builds upon skills and abilities of the student. The student focuses on the physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs of the adult client/family unit as they strive to cope and adapt to stressors in an effort to progress toward and achieve health. The student is provided with opportunities to design a nursing care plan in collaboration with the adult client/family. In addition, the student builds upon critical thinking skills by analyzing information from various sources as part of the decision-making and problem-solving process.  The student also has the opportunity to apply skills related to facilitating transitions in care, effectively communicating with the interdisciplinary team, delegating appropriately, accurately documenting care given, and examining legal and ethical standards related to the care of the adult client/family.  An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: BIO 222, BIO 330, NUR 103 and NUR 104.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 201 and NUR 204.

201 Promoting Adaptation: Women’s Health and Childbearing 3 hours (2.5, .5 F
This clinical course provides an opportunity to assist the childbearing client/newborn/family unit in adapting to changes related to physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs. The student designs a nursing plan of care in collaboration with the childbearing client/family unit. In addition, students analyze information from various sources as part of their decision-making and problem-solving process.   The student has the opportunity to apply skills related to facilitating transitions in care, effectively communicating with the interdisciplinary team, delegating appropriately, accurately documenting care given, and applying legal and ethical standards of client care. Women’s health and adaptive needs are also addressed in this course. An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: BIO 222, BIO 330, NUR 103 and NUR 104.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 200 and NUR 204.

202 Promoting Adaptation: Child Health 3 hours (2.5, .5) S
This clinical course provides the student with the opportunity to assist the child/family unit in adapting to changes related to physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs. In collaboration with the client/family, the student applies the nursing process with the focus on evaluation of client outcomes and redesigns the plan of care which effectively supports the adaptation of the child/family unit.  The student focuses on evaluating his or her own decision making and problem solving in light of professional standards. An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: BIO 222, BIO 330, NUR 200, NUR 201 and NUR 204.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 203, NUR 205 and PSY 237.

203 Promoting Adaptation: Adult Health IV 6 hours (4, 2) S
This clinical course provides an opportunity for the student to continue to build previous knowledge, skills and abilities. The student focuses on the physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs of the adult client/family unit as they strive to cope and adapt to stressors in an effort to progress toward and achieve health.  The nurse’s role in emergency and mass casualty client situations is also explored. In collaboration with the client/family, the student evaluates client outcomes and redesigns the plan of care which effectively supports client/family adaptation. In addition, the student continues to build upon his or her critical thinking skills by evaluating information and decision making in light of professional standards. The student is also provided with the opportunity to gather client data and integrate findings into his or her decision-making process. An additional fee is required.
Prerequisites: NUR 200, NUR 201 and NUR 204.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 202 and NUR 205.

204 Role Development II 1 hour F
This course focuses on the development of effective communication with colleagues and interdisciplinary healthcare providers. The student will explore skills and abilities related to being an effective team member, delegating effectively, and managing the care of multiple clients. The student also explores issues related to quality improvement in the workplace along with the role of the nurse as it relates to the political process.  Finally, the student will explore effective strategies for preparing for an employment interview. 
Prerequisites: NUR 102, NUR 103 and NUR 104.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 200 and NUR 201.

205 Role Development III 1 hour S
This course focuses on legal and ethical standards and how they are applied in nursing practice and used by the nurse in evaluating his or her decision-making process. The student examines practices which facilitate the continuity of care and enhance client/family transitions in care. In addition, the student explores strategies that promote personal balance and reduce stress. The student is provided with the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of caring and service and the impact they have had on his or her values and beliefs.  The student is guided through the NCLEX-RN preparation process.
Prerequisites: NUR 200, NUR 201 and NUR 204.
Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR 202 and NUR 203.

250 Promoting Adaptation: Practicum 3 hours (0,3) SU
This clinical course assists the student in transitioning from the academic setting into nursing practice. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the roles of the associate degree nurse and achievement of the DWU nursing program learning outcomes through a one-to-one preceptored clinical experience with a registered nurse. An additional fee is required, and this course is offered Credit/No Credit only.
Prerequisites: All required nursing and non-nursing courses; all requirements for graduation are to be completed before beginning coursework for NUR 250.



Associate of Science in Nursing – LPN-RN (Sioux Falls)
DWU offers a one-year (August-May) LPN-RN curriculum on the campus of Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls.  Because this curriculum is designed to build on the firm foundation of nursing skills mastered by the licensed practical nurse, the goal is to move the student’s knowledge of human health needs and nursing interventions to a deeper level.  In addition, within this one academic year, the program content is designed to develop leadership and management of care skills needed by the registered nurse in the current healthcare practice setting.  Health assessment and data analysis, which result in an individualized care plan for the client, anchor all aspects of the LPN-RN curriculum.  Role development, taught in both semesters, guides the LPN student in the transition from LPN to RN.  Students who are licensed practical nurses must hold and maintain active licensure in South Dakota throughout the course of study.  Upon successful completion of the program and upon full payment of all money due to the university, the graduate will receive the Associate of Science degree and will have satisfied the academic requirements necessary for eligibility to take the NCLEX for licensure as an RN.

Nursing classes will be scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays in addition to some Wednesdays.  Classes will meet at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. Clinical rotations will be scheduled by nursing faculty members when clinical sites are available for specific nursing courses. Clinical rotations may require some travel by students.

Students have the opportunity to complete online learning activities in the LPN-RN program. 
Role development courses (NUR 206 and NUR 207) are delivered online in the Sioux Falls program.

Students may apply for pre-nursing status in the RN-B.S. nursing program which enables them to take General Education and support courses while completing the A.S. plan of study.  See requirements related to the General Education and support courses in the admission requirements of the RN-B.S. nursing program in the DWU catalog.

LPN-RN Admission Requirements (Sioux Falls)
Applicants must provide documentation of the following requirements before the Nursing Admission Committee will review an application for admission to the LPN-RN program in Sioux Falls:

  • Copy of current licensure as an LPN in South Dakota; one year of work experience as an LPN is recommended before beginning the LPN-RN curriculum.
  • Licensed practical nursing diploma from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above in college, university, vocational and technical school coursework.  No support course can be repeated more than one time.  Send an official copy of all college transcripts. If coursework is still in progress, attach a current transcript that documents all of the courses in progress from that institution.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above; Nurse Entrance Test (NET) composite score of 65 percent or above; or Test Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) minimum score of 62 percent on math and 75 percent on reading. 
  • An 18 or above in the reading portion of the ACT; 60 percent or above composite reading score of the Nurse Entrance Test (NET; or 75percent Reading score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). If one of these three scores are not attained, a reading placement of 11 or above.
  • Employer verification of employment as LPN for minimum of six months.  Those students who are practicing LPNs at the time of application review will receive higher priority for acceptance.
  • Nursing supervisor/manager letter of reference including nursing skill and care competencies, working relationships with healthcare team members, communication skills, professional conduct and appearance, and attendance. 
  • Prerequisite courses are required to be completed or successfully challenged.

First priority for admission to the LPN-RN nursing program is given to applicants meeting all admission requirements by Oct. 1.  Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis after Oct. 1.  If there is not an available opening for the LPN-RN nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and have been accepted will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by admissions if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances.  Address written requests of appeal to the Nursing Admissions Committee and mail to Admissions, Dakota Wesleyan University,1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301.

LPN-RN Clinical Requirements
Documentation of the following requirements must be provided before students can participate in clinical experiences.

  • Medical Information requirements for nursing students (including immunizations)
  • Current CPR certification (adult, child, infant, AED)
  • Completion of criminal background check

DWU LPN-RN program students are covered under a blanket professional liability insurance policy ($1 million per occurrence and $5 million aggregate), which only covers the student while he/she is participating in clinical learning experiences for the DWU LPN-RN program.  It does not cover the student at any other time in which he/she is practicing nursing. 

LPN-RN Transfer Credits
Licensed practical nurses are admitted to the nursing program with 16 transfer credits for nursing coursework completed in the LPN program.  The LPN-RN student is allowed to challenge four non-nursing courses (physiology, microbiology, sociology and general psychology).  To graduate with an A.S. in nursing at Dakota Wesleyan University, the LPN-RN nursing student in Sioux Falls is required to successfully complete 25 credits in the nursing curriculum.

Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses are required to be completed or successfully challenged before beginning the one-year nursing (August-May) curriculum in Sioux Falls.  Prerequisite courses include human anatomy, human physiology, physiological chemistry, microbiology, general psychology, developmental psychology, expository writing (English composition), introduction to sociology and speech.  Transfer students must provide documentation of earning a minimum grade of C in expository writing and C- in other prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university.  No support course can be repeated more than one time.

LPN-RN One-Year Plan of Study
Nursing courses in the LPN-RN curriculum progress from concepts included in the current third and fourth levels of the associate degree nursing program.  The third and fourth levels include more complex needs of clients, including specialty populations of obstetric, pediatric and mental health clients and multiple system involvement.  Concepts of management of care, prioritization, delegation, and healthcare delivery trends are also included in third and fourth levels of the nursing program.  At the completion of the program, students complete the practicum, a clinical course planned to assist the nursing student to transition into the role of the associate degree nurse with increased ease and assurance.

v

Fall Semester

Hours (theory, seminar, clinical)*

NUR 206

Role Development I: LPN to RN

1

NUR 208

Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Women’s Health and Childbearing

2 (1.5, .25, .25)

NUR 212

Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Adult Health III

7(5.5, .5, 1)

NUR 213

Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Behavioral Health

2 (1.5, .25, .25)

 

 

12

Spring Semester

 

NUR 207

Role Development II: LPN to RN

1

NUR 209

Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Child Health

2 (1.5, .25, .25)

NUR 214

Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Adult Health IV

7 (5.5, .5, 1)

NUR 250

Promoting Adaptation: Practicum

3 (0,3)

 

 

13

*Theory hours (one credit hour = one contact hour/week x 15 weeks); seminar hours (one credit hour = two contact hours/week x 15 weeks); clinical hours (one credit hour = three contact hours/week x 15 weeks)

Course Descriptions for A.S. - LPN-RN (Sioux Falls)
206 Role Development I: LPN to RN 1 hour F
This course provides an overview of the historical development of nursing as a profession.  The LPN to RN student explores topics such as: various levels of educational preparation; purpose of nursing theories; professional organizations; interventions that promote continuity of care; and opportunities for service within nursing.  Students examine the National Patient Safety Goals and strategies that promote safe, cost-efficient care.  Students also focus on expanding their communication skills with colleagues and interdisciplinary healthcare providers.  Students explore skills and abilities related to being an effective team member, delegating effectively and managing the care of clients.

207 Role Development II: LPN to RN 1 hour S
This course focuses on legal and ethical standards and how they are applied in nursing practice and used by the nurse to evaluate his/her decision-making process.  The student also explores issues related to quality improvement in the workplace along with the role of the nurse as it relates to the political process.  The student explores strategies that promote personal balance and reduce stress.  Opportunities are provided for the student to reflect on the meaning of caring and service, and the impact that caring and service have on his/her values and beliefs.  The student is guided through the NCLEX-RN preparation process.

208 Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Women’s Health and Childbearing 2 hours (1.5, .25, .25)* F
This clinical course provides the student with the opportunity to assist the childbearing client/newborn/family unit to adapt to changes related to physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept needs.  The student designs a nursing plan of care in collaboration with the childbearing client/family unit.  In addition, students analyze information from various sources as part of their decision-making and problem-solving process.  The student applies skills related to the facilitation of care transitions, effective interdisciplinary team communication, appropriate delegation, accurate documentation, and application of legal and ethical standards of client care.  Women’s health and adaptive needs are also addressed in this course.

209 Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Child Health 2 hours (1.5, .25, .25)* S
This clinical course provides the student with the opportunity to assist the child/family unit in adapting to changes related to physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept needs.  In collaboration with the client/family unit, the student applies the nursing process, focusing on evaluation of client outcomes and redesigning the plan of care to effectively support the adaptation of the child/family unit.  The student focuses on evaluating his/her own decision-making and problem-solving skills in light of professional standards.

212 Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Adult Health III 7 hours (5.5, .5, 1)* F
This clinical course builds upon the skills and abilities of the practicing licensed practical nurse (LPN).  The course coordinates with the first role development course to begin the transition from LPN into the roles of the associate degree nurse and registered nurse.  The Roy Adaptation Model is applied to physical, role function, interdependence and self-concept adaptive needs of the aging population and the adult/family unit, who are striving to cope with changes in health.  The LPN-RN student builds upon communication and critical thinking skills through application of the nursing process. The student designs an individualized nursing care plan in collaboration with the aging/adult client/family.

213 Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Behavioral Health 2 hours (1.5, .25, .25)* F
This clinical course focuses on assisting the student to recognize maladaptive cognitive and behavioral manifestations related to mental health alterations.  The student develops nursing strategies based on current evidence-based standards of practice that assist clients to cope with behavioral health alterations related to role function, interdependence and self-concept.  The course focuses on development of the nurse-client relationship and therapeutic communication skills.

214 Promoting Adaptation: LPN to RN Adult Health IV 7 hours (5.5, .5, 1)* S
This clinical course assists the student in developing an evidence-based nursing practice that utilizes enhanced clinical judgment through analysis of the client’s health status, evaluation of client outcomes, and the revision of individualized plans of care to more effectively support client/family adaptation.  The student gathers client data and integrates findings into his/her decision-making process to positively affect client outcomes.  Emphasis is also on developing effective communication with the interdisciplinary team, practicing appropriate delegation, documenting through electronic records, and applying legal and ethical standards to the care of the adult client/family.    

250 Promoting Adaptation: Practicum 3 hours (0,3) TBA
This clinical course assists the student in transitioning from the academic setting into nursing practice.  Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the roles of the associate degree nurse and achievement of the DWU nursing program learning outcomes through a one-to-one, preceptored clinical experience with a registered nurse. An additional fee is required, and this course is offered Credit/No Credit only.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing ? RN-B.S. Nursing Program
The Dakota Wesleyan University RN to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) nursing program is an upward mobility program designed to provide professional development for licensed registered nurses who have graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program.  RN students have the opportunity to complete a  bachelor’s degree that is built upon the core values of learning, leadership, faith and service.

The RN-B.S nursing program builds upon previous knowledge and provides the opportunity for students to develop abilities and skills related to the roles of a bachelor’s prepared nurse, including provider of care, manager of care, member of a profession and leader.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of nursing theory through the application of Roy’s Adaptation Model.

The nursing component of the RN-B.S. nursing program is offered online, which accommodates the goal-directed adult learner who often has multiple roles and an inflexible schedule that makes a face-to-face learning environment inconvenient.   Enrollment for each online nursing course is limited to 20 students in order to enhance teacher/student interaction.

The majority of the non-nursing coursework is offered face-to-face at DWU, and if the student is unable to complete a non-nursing course in a face-to-face format, the student may transfer an equivalent online course from another accredited university. The student should consult the DWU registrar for information related to transferring coursework.

The RN-B.S nursing program includes 20 credits of online nursing courses.  Core nursing courses focus on enhancing skills in leadership and management; decision making and problem solving; nursing research and evidence-based practice; health promotion; health assessment; service to community; in-depth study of pharmacology; and care of families, populations and communities.  Students also complete a nursing course elective.  The elective nursing courses focus on integration of faith and health; more in-depth exploration of pathophysiology; and care of the client who has a chronic illness.  RN students will have the opportunity to apply and synthesize nursing content through participation in clinical experiences, which may be completed with clinical preceptors, near their own communities.

The RN-B.S. nursing program has been granted full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, 4305 S. Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD  57106-3115, 605-362-2760.

RN-B.S. Nursing Program Admission
Admission into the RN-B.S. nursing program is competitive.  Course size for all online nursing courses is limited to 20 students in order to enhance student/teacher interaction.  No applicant is barred from the RN-B.S nursing program because of sex, race, creed, color, marital status or national origin.   A RN-B.S. nursing admission committee selects applicants deemed to be best qualified to succeed in the RN-B.S. nursing program.  Initial consideration of applications for fall semester admission into the RN-B.S. nursing program will begin on Feb.1.  Application materials received after Feb. 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

If there is not an available opening for the RN-B.S nursing program, students who have met admission requirements and have been accepted will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by the RN-B.S nursing program director/administrative chairman if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances.  Address written requests for exceptions to the admission requirements policy to the RN-B.S nursing program admission committee and mail to Admissions, DWU Campus Box 902, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD  57301.

RN-B.S. Nursing Program Admission Requirements

  • Current RN licensure from the state of residence
  • Meet all requirements for admission to DWU
  • Received an associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nursing program that has national nursing accreditation
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 for previous college work
  • Completion of application for admission to DWU RN-B.S. nursing program
  • Pre-requisite requirement:  All but 10 credits of the RN-B.S. nursing program General Education and support course requirements must be completed at a C- or higher with the exception of ENG 111 in which a C is required before the student can be accepted into the RN-B.S. nursing program and enroll in nursing core courses.  No support course can be repeated more than once. In addition, students must complete CHM 174 University Chemistry II, MTH 125 College Algebra, and MTH 200 Statistical Methods before they can be accepted into the RN-B.S. nursing program and enroll in nursing core courses.  Exceptions must be approved by the RN-B.S. program director.  Students will be considered as pre-nursing status for the RN-BS nursing program while they are completing the General Education and support course prerequisite requirements.  A GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to pre-nursing status.

RN-B.S. Nursing Program Clinical Requirements
These requirements must be met before students can participate in clinical experiences.

  • Verification of immunizations
  • Current CPR certification (adult, child, infant, AED)
  • Completion of criminal background check
  • Verification of automobile insurance coverage

DWU RN-B.S. nursing  program students are covered under a blanket professional liability insurance policy ($1 million per occurrence and $5 million aggregate), which only covers the student while he/she is participating in clinical learning experiences for the DWU RN-B.S. nursing  program, and the policy does not cover the student at any other time in which he/she is practicing nursing.  The student is strongly urged to purchase his/her own professional liability insurance at his/her own cost.

Academic policies described in the DWU Student Handbook apply to nursing students; however, because of the nature of the RN-B.S. nursing program, additional academic policies are available to nursing students in the DWU RN-B.S. Nursing Student Handbook.

There are specific laws and rules regulating nursing in South Dakota that list reasons a license to practice nursing may be denied, revoked or suspended.  Questions regarding these rules should be clarified by seeking advice from the South Dakota Board of Nursing at 605-362-2760 before admission into the nursing program.  Nursing students from other states who apply to the RN-B.S. nursing program should also check with their boards of nursing where they are licensed to practice before seeking admission to the RN-B.S. nursing program.  A registered nurse must have the abilities and skills that enable him/her to acquire essential specialized knowledge and to use this knowledge in planning and delivering nursing care.  A copy of “Abilities, Skills and Characteristics Essential for Admission and Retention in the Dakota Wesleyan University RN-BS Nursing Program” in the DWU RN-BS Nursing Program Student Handbook is available from the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing.  Nursing students are expected to verify that they have the physical, emotional, and other capabilities required to function as a nursing student and as a registered nurse.  Admission may be denied or revoked if a student is unable to meet these basic abilities and skills.

Nursing students are expected to adhere to the principles of the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Scope and Standards of Practice: Nursing adopted by the American Nurses Association, which communicate a standard of professional behavior throughout the program.

RN-B.S. Transfer Credits
Students are allowed to transfer up to 40 credits of approved nursing coursework from an accredited university or college associate degree nursing program. A grade of C or better is required for all nursing courses being considered for transfer credit.

Students may transfer non-nursing coursework from accredited universities and colleges. However, 30 of the last 40 credits must be earned at DWU. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all non-nursing courses being considered for transfer credit, except for transfer credit for ENG 111 Expository Writing, which must be a C or higher.  Science courses must have been completed in the past 10 years. The university may waive this requirement for applicants who have maintained current knowledge by practicing in nursing.

Evaluation of transfer credits for diploma program nursing and non-nursing coursework will be completed on a course-by-course basis.  Criteria that may be used to award appropriate credit are comparison of course competencies and objectives and credentials of faculty who taught the coursework.

Credit by experience may be granted for nursing and related non-nursing coursework.  Credit by experience is accepted toward the hours required for graduation if the experience produced learning outcomes similar to those approved for the regular academic credit at DWU and upon acceptance and approval of documentation which details the learning experience.  Credit by experience may be granted only with the approval of the RN-B.S. nursing program director/administrative chairman, the faculty adviser, and the dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.  The cost for each semester hour of credit   by experience is payable to the business office.  See further policies related to nontraditional credits in the DWU catalog.

RN students who have graduated from an associate degree nursing program that have  less than 40 credits of nursing coursework and passed  the NCLEX RN but do not meet the requirements for granting nursing credit through credit by experience, will not be required to take additional nursing coursework to equal 40 credits.  However, the student will be required to take, along with the required General Education and support course credits, additional credits to equal 127 credits for graduation.

Required Core Nursing Courses

NUR 300

Pharmacology

3

NUR 301

Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing

1

NUR 302

Health Assessment and Promotion

3

NUR 303

Nursing Research

3

NUR 304

Leadership for the Baccalaureate Nurse I

2

NUR 400

Family, Community and Populations

3

NUR 401

Leadership for the Baccalaureate Nurse II

2

 

Nursing Elective*

3

 

Total

20

*Students are required to complete all core courses and may choose from the nursing course electives listed below to fulfill three credits.  Nursing electives may be offered on a rotating basis.  Students should work with their adviser to integrate the nursing elective into their plan of study.

Nursing Electives

NUR 305

Family, Community Perspective: Coping with Chronic Illness

3

NUR 306

Integration of Faith and Health

3

NUR 307

Pathophysiology for Nursing

3

General Education and Support Courses

General Education Requirements:

PSY 131

General Psychology
Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Cognitive  Analysis

3

CHM 164

University Chemistry
Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Science Technology and Human Experience

3

BIO 330

Anatomy and Physiology II
Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Science Technology and Human Experience

4

ENG 111

Expository Writing
Effective Expression- Written

3

COM 101

Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Effective Expression - Oral

3

MTH 125

College Algebra
Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Quantitative Reasoning

3

SOC 152

Introduction to Sociology
Cultural and Global Awareness

3

 

Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Historical Thinking and Analysis*

3

 

Personal Growth and Maturity*

3

 

Effective Expression - Artistic Expression or Literary Expression*

3

 

Civic Values and Engagement - Ethical Standards and Contemporary Life*

3

COR 101

Interdisciplinary Investigations I

3

COR 301

Interdisciplinary Investigations II

3

LST 101

Learn Strong I

1

LST 201

Learn Strong II

.5

LST 301

Learn Strong III

.5

LST 401

Learn Strong IV

1

 

Total General Education Credits

43

*See General Education courses

Support Course

BIO 220

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 222

Microbiology

4

CHM 174

University Chemistry II

4

HLT 300

Community Health and Chronic Disease

3

MTH 200

Statistical Methods I

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

Elective

Open Elective

3

 

Total

24


Total General Education Credits     

43

Total Support Course Credits    

24

Total Associate Degree or Diploma Credits

40

Total RN-B.S. Nursing Program Credits

20

Total Hours Required for Graduation

127

Course Descriptions for Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing
300 Pharmacology 3 hours F
This asynchronous online pharmacology course focuses on the basic and clinical concepts of pharmacology in nursing practice. Students will examine concepts related to pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, adverse reactions and contraindications, therapeutic indications and nursing implications.
Prerequisites and/or corequisite: NUR 301.

301 Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing 1 hour F
This course provides a comparison of pathways for entry into nursing practice, an introduction to the baccalaureate nurse roles, and an overview of the content themes that are integrated throughout the DWU RN-B.S. nursing  program.  Roy’s Adaptation Model of Nursing will be analyzed as a framework for nursing practice.
Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the RN-B.S. nursing program.

302 Health Assessment and Promotion 3 hours (2,1) F
This course introduces the student to health promotion, teaching/learning and lifestyle behavior change models that enhance adaptation abilities of individuals, families, populations and communities. Students have the opportunity to build on foundational assessment skills and to analyze the variance between normal and abnormal health findings.
Prerequisite and/or corequisite:  NUR 301.

303 Nursing Research 3 hours F
This course provides an overview of the research process and emphasizes the active participation of the baccalaureate nurse in using the research utilization process as a means of promoting evidence-based practice.
Prerequisite:  MTH 200.
Prerequisite and/or corequisite:  NUR 301.

304 Leadership for the Baccalaureate Nurse I 2 hours F
This course explores leadership and management principles which empower others in various healthcare situations and organizations.  Students explore the impact of critical thinking elements on effective decision-making in the practice of nursing, and apply critical thinking in leading others through change, and financial management.
Prerequisite and/or corequisite:  NUR 301.

305 Family, Community Perspective: Coping with Chronic Illness 3 hours S
This course focuses on enhancing the adaptive capabilities of families and communities in relation to chronic illness.  Students will use Roy’s Adaptation Model to enhance understanding of the impact of chronic illness and the issues related to adaptation to such illness.   
Prerequisite:  NUR 301 and by permission.

306 Integration of Faith and Health 3 hours S
This course focuses on the impact of faith and spirituality on healing and health.  Students explore the roles and functions of the faith community nurse/parish nurse. 
Prerequisite:  NUR 301 and by permission.

307 Pathophysiology for Nursing 3 hours SU
This course explores the person’s physiological adaptive modes and the adaptive responses that occur during illness. 
Prerequisite:  BIO 220, BIO 330, NUR 301 or by permission.

400 Family, Community and Populations 3 hours (2,1) S
This course explores the multiple roles of the community health nurse. Students use the nursing process in enhancing adaptation of families, communities and populations as they implement lifestyle behaviors that protect and promote health and well-being.
Prerequisite:  NUR 301, NUR 302.
Prerequisite and/or corequisite:  HLT 300.

401 Leadership for the Baccalaureate Nurse II 2 hours (1:1) S
This course provides a capstone experience for the student, in which such topics as health policy, quality improvement, case management, team building and staff development are explored.  The student completes a capstone project in which the roles of the baccalaureate nurse are synthesized.
Prerequisite:  NUR 300, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 304.
Prerequisite and/or corequisite:  NUR 400, NUR elective.



 

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