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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BSN PROGRAM MISSION

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is committed to the mission of a Land Grant university serving the people of Guam and the Western Pacific island communities.  The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is threefold:

  1. To offer professional nursing education to the culturally and academically diverse population of the region.  To realize this mission, the nursing program:  provides non-nurses, licensed nurses, and graduate nurses undergraduate studies in nursing; implements, evaluates, and refines the curriculum to produce culturally competent, caring nurses who think creatively and critically and meet national professional nursing standards.
  2. To increase the body of nursing knowledge through research and creative endeavors. To realize this mission, the nursing programs encourages faculty and students to participate in research, projects, programs, and advanced study; and conduct, and disseminate findings of research and health-related projects.
  3. To serve culturally diverse people and health care providers of the region. To realize this mission, the nursing program offers continuing education and consultation locally and through distance technology; and provides leadership to raise standards, enhance health and well-being, and promote collegiality between providers.

The BSN program has 2 tracks:  Basic or Generic BSN and Second Step BSN. 

 

GENERIC BSN (GBSN) TRACK

This nursing program is designed for students who wish to pursue a nursing degree.  It is a four-year professional nursing program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with eligibility to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Diploma (GED) equivalent or a practical nursing program, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or better.
  2. Completion of high school chemistry (one year), biology (one year), and algebra and geometry (one year).
  3. Admission to the University of Guam.
  4. Submission of transcripts for evaluation by the University registrar of all previous course work taken at other educational institutions (Unofficial college transcripts may be submitted to the Nursing Program for unofficial evaluation).
  5. Application to the nursing program.
  6. No misdemeanor or felony conviction.

 

Required Support Courses for the Basic (Generic) BSN Program:  EN110, EN111, Math GE, MA151, BI124-124L, BI125-125L, BI225-225L, CH100-100L, CH101-101L, AN101/SO101, PY101, CO210, ED201, CF231 (Total 51 credits, 29 toward the 55 University GEs)

 

Required Nursing Courses:  NU200B, NU202B, NU203B, NU204B, NU205B, NU207B, NU214, NU302B, NU303B, NU304B, NU305B, NU308, NU309, NU310, NU403, NU412, NU415, NU416, NU418, NU419, NU420 (Total 63 credits)

 

Optional (elective) nursing courses: NU/AN/SO344, NU112, NU212, and Transition courses.

University GEs 55 Credits
Required Support Courses 18 (+29 of GEs)
Required Nursing Courses 63
Total
136

 

SECOND-STEP BSN (SSBSN) TRACK

The Second-Step track is designed for nurse graduates of diploma or associate degree programs. Its purpose is to expand the breadth and depth of basic nursing knowledge and promote leadership in community, mental health, school health and nursing research. The program is designed to meet the needs of the more mature, employed student. 

 

Admission to the Second-Step BSN Track:

Prior to admission to the Second Step BSN Program, the student must meet the following:

  1. Completion of prerequisite courses - EN111, nutrition, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry and/or equivalent courses.
  2. California Reading Test (CRT) with a total score of 12.0 or better
  3. GPA of 2.5 or C or better for transfer credits
  4. Schedule to take the National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examinations (ACE) administered by the nursing program.
  5. No misdemeanor or felony convictions

 

Required Support Courses for the SSBSN track:  EN110, EN111, MA151, BI124-124L, BI125-125L, BI225-225L, CH100-100L, CH101-101L, AN101/SO101, PY101, CO210, CF231, ED201 (Total 44 credits, 26 toward the 55 University GEs)

 

Required Nursing Courses:  NU300S, NU306S, NU307S, NU308, NU309, NU310, NU324S, NU325S, NU403, NU412, NU415, NU416, NU418, NU419, NU420 (Total 51 credits)

 

Optional Nursing Courses: NU112, NU207, NU212, NU214, NU/AN/SO344

 

Special Projects: Transition courses.

University GEs 55 credits
Required Support Courses 18 (+26 of GEs)
Required Nursing Courses 51
Total
124

 

ACCEPTANCE OF CREDITS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Courses taken in other programs (nursing, medical, military medical, etc.) may be given University Of Guam credit through examination.  The following exams may be used for credit:

 

  • NU202:  Fundamentals of Nursing (NLN Basic Nursing)
  • NU207:  Pharmacology in Nursing (NLN Fundamentals of Drug Therapy)
  • NU302:  Adult Health Nursing (NLN Tests for Adult Health Nursing)
  • NU304: Family Health Nursing (NLN Test for Maternal Child Nursing)
  • Second Step Program Placement (NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE)

 

The student will request credit by exam by applying to the Nursing AASC. Course materials to support the application will be provided by the student.  Upon review of the materials and transcript, the decision whether to allow for credit by exam will be made by the AASC.  A score at the 50th percentile or greater will constitute credit.  The cost of the exams will be paid by the student based on current NLN exam fees.  A special clinical project shall be arranged to verify clinical competence in the content area.  The cost of the special project will correspond to current University Of Guam Tuition rates.

The acceptance of on-line or distance teaching courses is made by AASC in consultation with faculty.  Refer to the Nursing Program Manual or your faculty advisor for additional information.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GRADUATE

(Student Learning Objectives)

The nursing curriculum is founded on a philosophy designed to enhance a person’s ability to make decisions toward maintaining optimum health. The student learning outcomes or characteristics of the graduate are derived from the philosophy and mission of the program. The program accomplishes its educational and related purposes when the graduate demonstrates the following outcomes based on the program’s ten core concepts:

 

  1. Caring:  Fosters and implements caring behaviors in technologically diverse settings.
  1. Ethical and Legal:  Uses legal and ethical principles in nursing practice
  1. Management:  Manages nursing care in collaboration with the client and others on the health care team
  1. Nursing Process:  Uses the nursing process to provide holistic care and empowers clients to attain optimal wellness
  1. Research: Identifies research problems, participates in research activities and applies research findings to nursing practice
  1. Professionalism:  Demonstrates self-directed learning in the lifelong quest for personal and professional growth
  1. Creative and critical thinking: Uses creative and critical thinking in applying theoretical knowledge to nursing practice
  1. Cultural competence:  Demonstrates cultural competence while promoting, maintaining and restoring health
  1. Communication: Communicates effectively in private and in public, by written, verbal and nonverbal means
  1. Leadership:  Provides leadership in nursing by addressing issues and trends that affect health care.

PROGRESSION IN THE NURSING MAJOR

In order to remain in good standing in the nursing program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better in all nursing courses and all required support courses.  All prerequisites must be met before progression in the program.  Refer to the Nursing Program Manual for policies and procedures about Admission, Course Sequences, Advisement, Priority Enrollment, Student Petition and Appeals, Repeating Nursing Courses, Probation, Suspension and Academic Integrity. Nursing Program Policies supersede UOG Policies on grading, probation, suspension and dismissal. Refer to University of Guam Academic Rules and Regulations for policies and procedures about Out-of Sequence, Withdrawal, Readmission, and Dismissal, and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

 

TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are responsible for reliable transportation so that attendance requirements for class and clinical work can be met.

 

OUT OF SEQUENCE STUDENTS

An out-of-sequence student is one who is not following the recommended sequence of nursing courses within the recommended time frame.  Students may be out-of-sequence for any of the following reasons: part time study, transfer, failure of a nursing or required support course, withdrawal from a nursing or required course, or returning students.

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Nursing?

  1. Advanced-Practice Nurses
  2. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  3. General Practitioners
  4. Licensed Practical Nurses
  5. Physician Assistants
  6. Registered Nurses