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The Florida A&M University School of Nursing was founded in 1904 and became the first baccalaureate nursing program in Florida.  The undergraduate degree program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. Both the baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The NLNAC's address and telephone number are 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The mission of the School of Nursing is to:
  1. Educate men and women to function as generalists at the undergraduate level and as specialists at the master's level in professional nursing,
  2. Provide a supportive environment to foster research by faculty and students, and
  3. Be responsive to the service needs of the community.
Upon completion of the undergraduate program, the graduate will be able to:
  1. Evaluate knowledge and skills derived from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences, and nursing as a basis for making sound judgments and decisions.
  2. Utilize the nursing process for promoting adaptation of humans along the health continuum and through the life span in a variety of client systems.
  3. Function as a provider/ coordinator of care, teacher, change agent, and client advocate in the delivery of safe and quality nursing care.
  4. Communicate and collaborate effectively with client systems (individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations) and the health care team to improve health outcomes.
  5. Provide culturally competent and sensitive nursing care.
  6. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support quality and safe nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate scholarship for appraisal and application of evidence-based practice to improve nursing and health care.
  8. Demonstrate basic knowledge of health care systems, health policies, finances, and regulatory environments including contemporary healthcare issues and trends.
  9. Demonstrate leadership for promotion of safe quality care.
  10. Demonstrate professional values and accept responsibility and accountability for safe nursing practice as well as for professional growth.
Faculty
Professors
: Ballard-Ferguson, Doris E.; Earp, Jaibun K; Graham, Mary E.
Associate Professors:  Marshall, Janet G.; Norman, Ruena W.
Assistant Professors:  Baker, Janelle; Onubogu, Uloma D
Instructors: Bronson, Sevilla; Bryant, Brenda; Butler, Robin; Darity, Donna M.; Guthrie, David; Lawson, Delores B.; Phillips, Carswella; Wilder, Shawanna

Baccalaureate Degree:
The School of Nursing offers a professional level major in nursing that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.  The curriculum plan is designed in two phases:  (1) pre-professional and (2) professional.  Students may complete pre-professional requirements at a  community college or another university.

Admission Requirements:
  
I.   Pre-Professional
     A.    Admission to the University is within the purview of the Office of Admissions.
     B.    The length of time in the pre-professional level will vary with the educational background of the student.  The student must complete pre-professional requirements before admission to the professional level.  
     C.    Admission to Florida A&M University does not automatically admit one to the School of Nursing.  The School, due to clinical limitations, is a limited access program.
     D.    Also see “Special Admissions” section for additional information.
     E.    Students seeking admission to the professional level must apply and be accepted to FAMU and satisfy all General Education, Gordon Rule and Foreign Language.

II.     Professional
      A.    All applicants must meet the following requirements stated under the School of Nursing admission criteria:
  1. Obtain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, for all coursework attempted.
  2. Complete all general education and science courses required by the School of Nursing.
  3. Earn a grade of “C” in all required pre-professional courses.
  4. Submit completed School of Nursing application and all other specified information by May 15 if applying for August admission; October 15 for January admission (see the School of Nursing Application checklist on the School of Nursing's website for details).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. Provide two passport photographs.
  6. Submit 3 letters of recommendation; two from instructors from previous college courses and one from an employer or a personal reference.
  7. Present appropriate documentation of medical history, physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray.  A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required.  If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required.
       B.    A personal interview or pre-entrance screening may be required. 
       C.    The School, due to clinical limitations, is a limited access program.  Admission is determined by the availability of space, not the size of the applicant pool.  Therefore, satisfaction of  all requirements does not automatically lead to admission to the professional level.

Progression, Retention, and Graduation

I.    Academic
      A.  It is expected that all students are familiar with progression, retention, and graduation requirements.
      B.  All courses at the professional level must be completed with a grade of “C” or above.  In addition, a proficiency examination must be passed with a grade of “C” (70) or above at the end of each theory course.
      C.  Completion of all courses with a minimum grade of “C” is a prerequisite for progression to the next semester’s courses.
      D.  Two course failures (i.e. D or F grades) will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing. Neither a Retroactive University withdrawal nor a University grade forgiveness invalidates a nursing course failure (i.e. D or F). 
      E.  NUR 4935 (Nursing seminar) will be graded S-U and must be passed with a grade of “S”.  In order to receive ”S”, the NUR 4935 proficiency examination must be passed with a grade of 70  or above and every course requirement must be satisfactorily completed.  Two “U” grades in NUR 4935 will result in dismissal from the SON.  Neither a retroactive University withdrawal nor a University grade forgiveness invalidates a “U” grade.
      F.  Effective August 1, 2012, if a student enrolls in NUR 4935 (Nursing Seminar), having already earned  a previous grade of “D” or “F” (failure) in NUR 4935, and earns a “U” (failure) in NUR 4935, that student will be permanently dismissed from the nursing program.  Neither a retroactive University withdrawal nor University grade forgiveness will invalidate this policy.
     G.  GPA must remain at a cumulative 2.00 or above. 
     H.  The student may be requested to withdraw from a course or the program by reason of poor academic performance and /or inappropriate behavior as described in the University Student Handbook (FANG) and/or School of Nursing Handbook.
     I .  The School of Nursing adheres to all general requirements and procedures of the university for graduation.
     J.    A nursing student may order the school’s pin during the last semester of the senior year.  The pin is awarded after successful completion of the nursing program.

II.  Clinical
      A.    Annual documentation of medical history, physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray.
      B.    Changes in health status and relevant medical clearance each semester.
      C.    Documentation of current health care coverage is recommended.
      D.    Current BCLS CPR certification
      E.    Prior to clinical and upon request, undergo a local and Level II Background Check and a lab controlled drug screen.
    1. Students who receive a flagged positive background check or drug screening report may not be able to participate in required clinical rotations and may be unable to progress in the program.    
    2. Students with a flagged drug screen will be required to participate in the Intervention Program for Nurses (student is responsible for all associated costs).
      F.    Failure to provide all required documentation may prevent students from being cleared for clinical.

Clinical Activities
    A variety of health care and educational agencies, located primarily in the Tallahassee-Leon County area, cooperate with the School of Nursing in providing clinical laboratory experiences for students.  Included are primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings.  Some clinical experiences may occur away from the University site in Tallahassee.  Each student is expected to assume responsibility for all costs associated with clinical experiences. 

The students wear the approved nursing uniforms during clinical experiences.  Approximate cost of the uniform is $500, and the uniform is ordered after acceptance to the professional level. 

Liability insurance is provided by the University upon admission of student to the professional level.    

Note:

Foreign Language Requirement: Students who have not completed two years of the same foreign language or American sign language in high school, must complete eight semester hours in the same foreign language prior to admission to the School of Nursing.

CLAST: Effective July 1, 2011, students do not need CLAST scores or CLAST alternatives to graduate.
  

Bachelor  of Science in Nursing
Curriculum Guide

 Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
 ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills I & II 6
 MAC 1105 College Algebra3
 BSC 1005 Biological Sciences with Lab** 4
 HUM 2211 Historical Survey (or other approved humanities course) 3
*DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development or approved substitute course3
*SYG 2000 Intro. to Sociology or approved substitute course3
Elective Recommended: *PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology3
Elective - Recommended: CGS  Computer Course3
 *CHEM 1031  Organic Chemistry for Non-Science Majors or approved substitute course
 3
* Common Course Pre-Requisite 31
** Required of students who will enroll in BSC 2093/L at FAMU 
  
  
 Sophomore YearSem. Hrs. 
*BSC 2093/Lab  Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab or approved substitute course4
*BSC 2094/Lab Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab or approved substitute course 4
*HUN 2401 Nutrition or approved substitute course 3
*MCB 3005C/Lab  Microbiology or approved substitute course4
STA 2023  Intro. to Probability & Statistics approved substitute course 3
Elective Recommendation: HSC 3531 Medical Terminology3
Elective Recommendation: PHI 2101 Introduction to Logic3
XXXAMH 2091 Introduction to African-American History or AFA 3104 African-American Experience

3
  27
 XXX Required of students who complete general education sequence at FAMU 
  
  
 Junior Year 
 Semester I Sem. Hrs.
 NUR 3125 Pathophysiology 3
 NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
 NUR 3065 Health Assessment 2
 NUR 3065L Practicum Health Assessment 1
 NUR 3118 Concepts of Health Promotion 3
 NUR 3118L Practicum: Concepts of Health Promotion
2
  13
  
 Semester II 
 NUR 3145 Pharmacology 3
 NUR 3215 Nursing Process I 3
 NUR 3215L Practicum: Nursing Process I 3
 NUR 3165 Nursing Research
 3
  12
  
 Summer 
 Semester III  Sem. Hrs.
NUR 3837   Health Policy and Nursing    2
 NUR 3455  Nursing Process III3
 NUR 3455L Practicum: Nursing Process III 2
 NUR 3355  Nursing Process II 3
 NUR 3355L  Practicum: Nursing Process II
 2
  12
  
 Senior Year 
 Semester IV  Sem. Hrs.
 NUR 4216 Nursing Process V 3
 NUR 4216L Practicum: Nursing Process V 3
 NUR 4535 Nursing Process IV 3
 NUR 4535L Practicum: Nursing Process IV
 3
  12
  
 Semester V  Sem. Hrs.
 NUR 4635 Nursing Process VI 3
 NUR 4635L Practicum: Nursing Process VI 3
 NUR 4945 Nursing Leadership and Management 2
 NUR 4945L Practicum: Nursing Leadership and Management 2
 NUR 4935 Nursing Seminar
 2
 12
  Total120
  
  

 
Course Descriptions

NUR 2075 Computers in Nursing (3) This course covers theories and concepts related to the application of computer technology in nursing. The major focus of the course is on computer application skills as applied to general education and areas that are crucial to providing computer support for nurses in the delivery of patient care. Hands-on experience is provided.

NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing
(2)  Prereq:  All pre-professional courses.  The development of nursing as a profession is introduced and the practice of professional nursing is examined.

NUR  3118 Concepts of Health Promotion
(3)  Prereq:  All pre-professional courses.  Introduction to utilization of the nursing process to facilitate health promotion for individuals of all ages responding to stimuli.

NUR  3118L  Practicum:  Concepts of Health Promotion
  (2)  Prereq:   All pre-professional courses.  Introduces the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate health promotion for individuals of all ages responding to stimuli. Students will have experiences in day care centers, schools, health centers, senior citizen centers and with health fairs.

NUR 3065 Health Assessment
(2)  Prereq:  All pre-professional courses.  Provides a framework for comprehensive health assessment of individuals across the life span.  Includes content and techniques related to eliciting and recording a health history and performing a complete physical examination.   

NUR 3065L Practicum: Health Assessment
(1) Prereq: All pre-professional courses. Provides a framework for comprehensive health assessment of individuals across the life span. Includes content and techniques related to eliciting and recording a health history and performing a complete physical examination. Initial practice is with peers in a supervised laboratory setting. Further application occurs within the clinical setting in practicum courses.

NUR 3125 Pathophysiology
(3) Prereq: All pre-professional courses. Focuses on the pathogenesis of human disease as a consequence of abnormalities and alterations of normal physiological functions. The course will be based on a molecular and cellular framework aimed at exploring regulatory and compensatory mechanisms used at the cellular level by the body to resort homeostasis in response to changes in the internal and external environment.

NUR 3145 Pharmacology
  (3) Prereq:  All first semester junior year courses. Focuses on the study of the effects of drugs on individuals experiencing adaptive and maladaptive states of health. Nursing implications are incorporated.

NUR 3215 Nursing Process I
(3) Prereq:  All first semester junior year courses. Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of adults experiencing commonly occurring and multiple stimuli.

NUR 3215L Practicum:  Nursing Process I 
(3)  Prereq:  All first semester junior year courses. Emphasizes the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of adults experiencing commonly occurring and multiple stimuli.  Students will have experiences in primary care, acute care, and extended care facilities.

NUR 3165  Nursing Research
(3) Prereq:  All first semester junior year courses.  Will develop selected competencies necessary to critically read, evaluate and interpret findings of research studies important to the practice of  professional nursing.  Focus is on understanding the research process and applying research findings to nursing practice.

NUR 3455 Nursing Process III
(3) Prereq:  All first and second semester junior year courses. Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to promote adaptation of women and child bearing families.  The course emphasizes the nursing care of clients in adaptive as well as maladaptive states of health during the prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum period.

NUR 3455L Practicum:  Nursing Process
III (2) Prereq:  All first and second semester junior year courses. Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to promote adaptation of women and child bearing families.  The course emphasizes the nursing care of clients in adaptive as well as maladaptive states of health during the prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum period.   Students will have experiences in prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and postpartum units.

NUR 3355 Nursing Process II
(3) Prereq:  All first and second semester junior year courses.  Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to promote biopsychosocial adaptation of children and families experiencing  commonly occurring and multiple stimuli.  The course emphasizes the nursing care of clients in adaptive as well as maladaptive states of health during childhood. 

NUR 3355L Practicum:  Nursing Process II
(2) Prereq:  All first and second semester junior year courses. Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to promote biopsychosocial adaptation of children and families experiencing  commonly occurring and multiple stimuli.  The course emphasizes the nursing care of clients in adaptive as well as maladaptive states of health during childhood. Students will have experiences in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings.

NUR 3837 Health Policy and Nursing (2) All first and second semester junior year courses. Provide an understanding the significance of health policy, finances and regulatory environments in nursing. Emphasis will be on acquiring knowledge and skills related health policy-making process, successful implementation and evaluation of the health policy in relation to financing aspect.  

NUR  4535 Nursing Process IV (3) Prereq:  All junior year courses. Stresses the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of individuals, their families, and groups experiencing emotional, psychiatric, and psychophysiological stimuli.

NUR  4535L Practicum:  Nursing Process IV
(3) Prereq:  All junior year courses. Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of individuals, their families, and groups experiencing emotional, psychiatric, and psychophysiological stimuli.  Students will have experiences in acute care, long-term care, and outpatient facilities.

NUR 4216 Nursing Process V
(3) Prereq:  All junior year courses.  Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of adults and their families experiencing multiple and complex interacting stimuli. 

NUR 4216L Practicum:  Nursing Process V
(3) Prereq:  All junior year courses.  Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of adults and their families experiencing multiple and complex interacting stimuli.    Students will have experiences in acute care, rehabilitation, and home health care agencies.

NUR 4635 Nursing Process VI
(3) Prereq:  All junior year courses and all first semester senior year courses.  Provides instruction on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Focuses on levels of prevention, epidemiology, planning and program implementation to meet community health needs. The course is offered in seven and a half weeks period.

NUR 4635L Practicum:  Nursing Process VI
(3) Prereq:  All junior year courses and all first semester senior year courses.  Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process to facilitate adaptation of  individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.  Focuses on levels of prevention, epidemiology, planning and program implementation to meet community health needs.  Students will have clinical experiences in primary care clinics, health maintenance organizations, and public  health settings. The course is offered in seven and a half weeks period.

NUR 4945 Nursing Leadership and Management
(2)  Prereq:  All junior year courses, first semester senior year courses, NUR 4635, and NUR 4635L. Teaches the theories and principles of leadership and management which provide the foundation for professional nurse's role as a leader and change agent.  Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and skills necessary to assume first line leadership/management positions in a variety of settings.  Students will examine their own leadership styles and philosophies of nursing management. The course is conducted in a concentrated period, i.e., over one to two weeks.

NUR 4945L Practicum:  Nursing Leadership and Management
(2)  Prereq: All junior year courses, first semester senior year courses and NUR 4945.  Focuses on the theories and principles of leadership and management which provide the foundation for professional nurse's role as a leader and change agent.  Emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary to assume first line leadership/management positions in a variety of settings. Students will examine their own leadership styles and philosophies of nursing management. Students will have experiences as leaders and managers in a variety of health care settings. The course is offered over a concentrated 80 hour period.

NUR 4935 Nursing Seminar
(2) Prereq:  All junior year courses and all first semester senior year courses. Provides professional socialization by focusing on behaviors to facilitate transition from nursing student to professional nurse. Extensive, independent review of previous course content is required to demonstrate successful synthesis of essential concepts and principles necessary for the safe and efficient delivery of professional nursing care. A senior proficiency examination evaluates the achievement of synthesis of essential concepts and principles within the professional knowledge base. The senior proficiency examination is administrered after the student has successfully passed all other second semester senior year courses.

Fast Tract RN-BSN Program

The Fast Track RN-BSN program is specifically designed for registered nurses who desire to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. If offers flexible options for the educational needs of the registered nurse. The course work is structured to enhance the breadth and depth of previous education for the changing medical/health environment.

Admission Criteria
  • Official transcripts showing Associate Degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from as state approved and regionally accredited institution, or from an NLNAC accredited program;
  • A copy of current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license from the state in which the applicant is practicing. License is to be kept current during the program;
  • Official transcripts from colleges(s) or previously attending; and
  • Completion of required 60 hours of General Education and prerequisite course work with grade of "C" or above.
The required state common prerequisite courses(*) are:

Course(s)Sem Hrs.
BSC X093/X093L Anatomy and Physiology I with/Lab*4
BSC X094/X094L Anatomy and Physiology II with/Lab*4
CHM X000 Chemistry*3
DEP X004 Human Growth and Development*3
HUN X201 Nutrition*3
MCB X010/X010L Microbiology*4
PSY XXXX Introduction to Psychology or3
SYG XXXX  Introduction to Sociology or 
SOP XXXX Social Psychology* 
STA X014 Introduction to Probability & Statistics*3

*These are state common prerequisites Substitutes identified in the state Common Prerequisite Manual at www.facts.org will be accepted.
  • Fulfillment of the Florida College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirements.
  • Completion of two (2) sequential courses of foreign language in high school or sequential 8-10 semester hours at the postsecondary level, or approved alternate methods for demonstrating competence.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, for all coursework attempted.
  • Appropriate documentation of medical history, physical examination, labs (CBC, and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray. A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var.), and dipththeria and tetanus toxoids and accelular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria (Td) is required. If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required.
  • Current American Heart Association BCLS CPR certification.
  • Admission to the University.
  • Submission of a completed School of Nursing application packet. The packet must include required application, essay of professional goals, official transcripts, a passport photograph, and three (3) letters of recommendation and all required medical documentation (see School of Nursing Application checklist on the School of Nursing website for details).
  • Admission to the program takes place only in the fall.
After admission, each student is required to undergo a Level II Background Check and a lab-controlled drug screen. Local background check may be required by select agencies.

Graduation Requirements

A completion of 30 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree from FAMU. Students who already have an RN license must meet this requirement to be eligible for graduation with a BSN. The required courses are:

Course(s)Sem. Hrs.
NUR 2125 Pathophysiology3
NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing2
NUR 3065 Health Assessment2
NUR 3065L Practicum: Health Assessment1
NUR 3165 Nursing Research3
NUR 4635 Nursing: Process VI3
NUR 4635L Practicum: Nursing Process VI3
NUR 3837 Health Policy and Nursing2
NUR 4945 Nursing Leadership/Management2
NUR 4945L Practicum: Nursing Leadership/Management            2
NUR 3905 Directed Individual Study4
Free Electives3

The program may be completed in three (3) semesters.

Remarks:
  1. Sixty (60) hours must be earned at a senior institution.
  2. The final 30 hours must be taken at FAMU.
  3. A student who transfers with less than 60 credits upon admission must earn nine (9) credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms.