Nursing at Waynesburg University

Given the demands of today's health care system, the greatest need in the nursing workforce is for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. With the Institute of Medicine calling for baccalaureate preparation for at least 80% of the nursing workforce, the evidence clearly shows that higher levels of nursing education are linked with lower mortality rates, fewer errors, and better outcomes, according to the AACN (Creating a More Highly Qualified Nursing Workforce, 2012).

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the national voice for nurse leaders in the practice arena, also calls for baccalaureate preparation for all RNs in the future. The growing complexity of patient care and the increase in patient acuity require that RNs have the best entry-level preparation available, to improve patient safety.

The Waynesburg University Nursing Program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region. For five consecutive years, from 2008-2012, graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX examination, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

Advantages of Attending the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Waynesburg University:

  • Experience clinical practice beginning in the sophomore year

  • Attend classes that are small and personal

  • Learn in a state-of-the-art simulation lab

  • Attend classes taught by experienced faculty, not teaching assistants

  • Participate in an RN licensing review course

  • Attend a program with separate courses in pediatric, maternity, and psychiatric nursing

  • Participate in campus and community health programs

  • Take the opportunity to develop leadership skills in the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and Nu Sigma, Waynesburg's own chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honorary

  • Participate in job fairs/career planning

  • Experience student-centered advising with full-time nursing faculty

 

 

 

 

Facilities

Currently undergoing a major renovation to improve the overall quality of the facilities, Stewart Science Hall is home to Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Math and Computer Science departments. Our Nursing Simulation Lab:

  • Offers eight patient simulation rooms with audio-video digital recording, remote-viewing capabilities and high-fidelity simulators
  • Prepares students for real-world scenarios in the healthcare field

Take a video tour of our Nursing Simulation lab

Programs Offered

(For more information about any of these programs, refer to the University Catalog)

BSN Program

Waynesburg University offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program has full approval status through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Nursing education at the baccalaureate level prepares a generalist who is capable of providing ethical and scientific care-giving with multi-cultural patients, experiencing diverse health concerns, in a variety of health care settings. The undergraduate nursing program offers a curriculum sequence in which students may complete the course requirements for a baccalaureate degree in four academic years:

  • Students admitted to the University enter the freshman year as “Exploring Nursing” and are assigned a nursing faculty academic advisor for guidance regarding academic progression
  • Students are admitted as sophomores into the Department of Nursing as nursing majors when all prerequisites have been met

CURRICULUM

The undergraduate nursing program offers a curriculum sequence for students wishing to pursue a career in professional nursing. It is recommended that students interested in pursuing a BSN degree successfully complete, as part of their secondary school education, a minimum of:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Social Studies
  • 2 units of Mathematics (including algebra)
  • 2 units of science (with related laboratories)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Students matriculating Fall 2014 and beyond: Achievement of at least a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0) by the end of the second semester of the Exploring Nursing (freshman) year.
  • Current students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014: Achievement of at least a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) by the end of the second semester of the Exploring Nursing (freshman) year.
  • Completion of 24 credits of required courses in the nursing major with a grade of C or higher in all courses.
  • Completion of anatomy and physiology with a grade of C or higher during the freshman year.
  • Completion of clinical requirements and criminal clearance background checks by July 31.

PROGRESSION POLICY

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the nursing major in order to progress to the junior and senior years of the nursing curriculum.
  • Students must satisfy all clinical prerequisites prior to enrollment in clinical courses.

RN to BSN Program

Get your RN to BSN in as little as four semesters.

An AACN study published by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation found that "65% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation" and that four months after graduation, "89% of new BSN graduates had secured job offers."

Waynesburg University's RN to BSN program is designed specifically to meet the needs of working RNs who are motivated to meet personal educational goals and want to enhance their career options. Our program is structured in a user-friendly format that allows you to balance your work and family responsibilities with your school-related efforts.

Program Features:

  • 16-month or 32-month program for completion of BSN curriculum
  • 4 online, 15-week courses may be taken simultaneously with the core nursing courses offered on site (one online course per semester)
  • Core classes meet ONE night a week, with the samenight for the entire program
  • Block scheduling for the convenience of the working nurse

Learn more about the RN to BSN Program

LPN-BSN Program

Licensed Practical Nurse students (LPN to BSN) who have graduated from state approved practical nursing programs may enter as first-year students on either a full-time or part-time basis while completing the general education requirements. Applicants must submit a formal application of admission to the University and must fulfill all stated admission requirements. In addition, the applicant must have a personal interview in the Department of Nursing and submit the following to the Director of the BSN Program:

  • An official transcript from a state approved, practical nurse program.
  • Evidence of current practical nurse licensure.
  • A transcript of any academic credits earned from institutions of higher education.
  • Standardized test results including NLN Examinations taken at other institutions.
  • Advanced placement may be obtained by transfer credit and credit by examination in accordance with University policy.
  • Credit by examination is granted through CLEP, departmental examinations, and/or standardized National League for Nursing Tests or their equivalent.
  • Students who are admitted to the University enter as first-year students and are admitted into the Department of Nursing as nursing majors when all prerequisites have been met, prior to entering the third year (junior year) of the curriculum.
  • The LPN to BSN students must meet the same requirements for admission, progression, withdrawal, dismissal, reinstatement, and graduation as the Basic BSN student.

Nursing as a Second Degree Program

Individuals with a degree from an accredited college or university may be eligible to enroll in the nursing program to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

  • Designed to allow second-degree students to complete degree requirements in 3 semesters and 2 summers.
  • Traditional day program with classes meeting two to three times a week during 15-week semesters and daily through the summer sessions.

Nursing Major, Second-Degree Student Applicants who wish to enroll in this program must submit formal application for admission to the University and must fulfill all stated admission requirements, including those listed under the Basic BSN section (TOEFL iBT scores and criminal record checks) of the catalog.

The applicants must submit the following to the Director of the BSN Program:

  • an official transcript from an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0),
  • a one-page essay addressing why you want to become a nurse, and,
  • completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher: Human Development, Anatomy, and Physiology

Applications for the program are due July 31 for the annual May admission.

Apply to the BSN, RN to BSN, LPN-BSN or
Nursing as a Second Degree Program

Academic Curriculum

NUR 105. Orientation to Professional Nursing 2 credits

This course introduces the philosophy and organizational framework of the nursing program. The focus of the course is on “caring” as the core for philosophical and theoretical study, practice, and research in nursing. Open to non-nursing majors by consent of instructor.

NUR 136. First Aid and CPR † 1 credit

This course will provide standard first aid and CPR for health professionals and is offered only to nursing majors. This is an elective course and is not part of the required nursing curriculum. Fall-Spring

NUR 201-202. Fundamentals of Nursing † 3-3 credits

The focus of the course is on the individual and family experiencing wellness on the health continuum. Students begin to explore the concept of community. NUR 201 and NUR 202 are sequential courses, and each course includes one hour of class and 6 hours of supervised campus lab/clinical experience each week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Department of Nursing. NUR 201 and NUR 206 are prerequisites for NUR 202. Fall-Spring

NUR 206. Pharmacology 3 credits

This course provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of pharmacology as it relates to patient care. It includes the study of the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, drug actions, drug side effects, and common drugs used in drug therapy. Open to non-nursing majors by consent of the instructor. Fall

NUR 207. Pathophysiological Foundations for Nursing Care 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the pathophysiology of disease upon completion of normal anatomy and physiology. This course is a prerequisite to the junior year of the nursing program. Prerequisites: BIO 109 and BIO 207. Spring

NUR 209. Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits

This course introduces the sophomore level student to basic terms, concepts, and skills associated with evidence-based practice (EBP) and informatics. Units of content include: description of EBP, introduction to research terminology, the conduct of on-line searches, models of EBP, beginning information related to the Institutional Review Board, basic evidence appraisal skills, the formulation of clinical questions, and application of EBP findings to clinical situations. Spring

NUR 225. Issues in Aging 1 credit

This course focuses on current issues in aging to promote competence in caring for the older adult in accordance with established standards for Gerontological nursing practice. Fall

NUR 228. Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environment 1 credit

This course addresses important considerations in professional nursing practice in relation to health care policies that directly and indirectly influence the health care system and impact quality and safety in the practice environment. Students will explore the role of professional responsibility in the political process as well as the role of advocacy for the promotion of social justice. Spring

NUR 297. Nursing Theory/Practice Tutorial 1-9 credits

This course is designed to allow students who have stepped out of the nursing program and are returning to validate maintenance of prior theory and/or clinical practice. This course does not meet any requirements for the BSN degree but must be passed to progress in the nursing program. The number of credits taken varies with the number of theory and clinical hours contracted. A special fee may be charged.

NUR 305. Physical Assessment of the Adult 3 credits

This course focuses on acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a physical assessment of an adult patient. The course consists of two and one-half hours of class and one and one-half hours of campus lab. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all sophomore level program requirements. Open to non-nursing majors by consent of the department chair or course instructor. Fall

NUR 321. Nursing Care of the Adult Patient with Chronic Illness † 9 credits

This course focuses on the underlying pathology and nursing care of adult patients experiencing chronic illness. The course consists of 5 hours of class and 12 hours of clinical experience each week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all freshman and sophomore level program requirements. NUR 321 is a prerequisite for NUR 322. Fall

NUR 322. Nursing Care of the Adult Patient with Acute Illness † 8 credits

This course focuses on the underlying pathology and nursing care of adult patients experiencing acute, complex, life-threatening illness. The course consists of four and one-half hours of class, one and one-half hours of campus lab, and 9 hours of clinical experience each week. Prerequisite: NUR 321; Concurrent enrollment in NUR 325. Spring

NUR 325. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4 credits

This course focuses on the nursing care of patients experiencing mental illness. The course consists of two and one-half hours of class and four and one-half hours of clinical experience each week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all freshman and sophomore level program requirements. Spring

NUR 397. Nursing theory/Practice Tutorial 1-9 credits

This course is designed to allow students who have stepped out of the nursing program and are returning to validate maintenance of prior theory and/or clinical practice. This course does not meet any requirements for the BSN degree but must be passed to progress in the nursing program. The number of credits taken varies with the number of theory and clinical hours contracted. A special fee may be charged.

NUR 401-402. Advanced Critical Thinking Concepts † 1-1 credits

This sequential course focuses on the study of advanced critical thinking concepts in relation to the adult patient. NUR 401 is a prerequisite for NUR 402. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all junior level program requirements. Fall-Spring

NUR 408. Professional Issues in Nursing 1 credit

This course examines professional issues in nursing that will facilitate the nursing seniors’ transition from student to graduate nurse. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all junior level program requirements. Spring

NUR 415. Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family † 5 credits

This course focuses on the nursing care of the childbearing family experiencing wellness and acute and chronic illness. The course includes two and three-quarter hours of class, three-quarters of an hour of campus lab, and six hours of clinical experience each week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all junior level program requirements.

NUR 416. Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5 credits

This course focuses on the nursing care of the childrearing family experiencing wellness and acute and chronic illness. The course includes two and three-quarter hours of class, three-quarters of an hour of campus lab, and six hours of clinical experience each week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all junior level program requirements.

NUR 419. Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credits

This course examines population health and clinical prevention. Health promotion, disease, and injury prevention are applied using clinical reasoning and judgment to improve the health of groups, communities and populations and to prepare for and minimize the health consequences of emergencies and mass casualty disasters. This course meets the requirements for SLR 105. It consists of one and a half hours of theory, one and a half hours of campus lab, and six hours of clinical experience each week.

NUR 425. Advanced Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits

This course focuses on the development of the nursing scholarship colleague role. Satisfactory completion of Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice and all Junior level program requirements. Fall

NUR 426. Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice 7 credits

This course examines leadership, quality, safety, and informatics as components of professional nursing practice. The course consists of four hours of class and nine hours of clinical per week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all junior level program requirements.

NUR 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration 3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 116 of the Academic Catalog for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

† indicates a special fee is charged

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Deborah Lewis

Director of the RN to BSN Program - Assistant Professor


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Kathy Stolfer

Associate Professor of Nursing


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Kimberly Stephens

Co-Director of the DNP Program - Assistant Professor of Nursing


Administration GAPS Nursing
Melany Chrash

Assistant Professor of Nursing


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Nancy Mosser

Chairperson for the Nursing Department - Director of Nursing - Professor of Nursing


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Sara Clutter

Associate Professor of Nursing


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Kimberly Whiteman

Co-Director of the DNP Program - Assistant Professor of Nursing


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Testimonials The Waynesburg University nursing program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a professional career as a nurse. Waynesburg University faculty members care about the personal and academic success of each student. Through their expertise and support, we are encouraged daily to not only do what’s required of us, but to go above and beyond what we are expected to do.
Rachel Saeler, 2012 nursing alumnae
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

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