CON Advanced Placement Policy version May 2008

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Advanced Placement Policy Subsection: 5.2.7
Section 5.0 - Students Originating Date: November, 1994
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Undergraduate Admission, Progression, Graduation & Scholarship/Grant Committee
Revised: September, 1995
Revised: April, 2000
Revised: October, 2000
Revised: May, 2008
LJT:5/08
J:/RESOURCE MANUAL/Table of Contents College of Nursing Resource Manual


Policy:

  1. Advanced placement is designed for the student who will fit into the nursing curriculum at some point other than the beginning. Students who desire advanced placement include RNs, LPNs, or transfer students from another nursing program.

    The BSN program includes 62 hours of non-nursing course work. These hours may be satisfied by taking the course, testing out of the course (except for English Composition I and II) or transferring the course from another institution.
  2. All students must complete the admission requirements and the following non-nursing coursework:

    PREREQUISITE COURSES:
    English Composition I   3 cr
    Chemistry   4 cr
    Human Physiology & Anatomy I (Anatomy)   4 cr
    Human Physiology & Anatomy II (Physiology)   4 cr
    Intro to Sociology   3 cr
    Intro to Psychology   3 cr
    Human Growth & Development   3 cr
    Statistics   3 cr
    Math ACT of 22 or must be prepared for College Algebra or must have taken an equivalent math competency (i.e. ASSET)


    CO-REQUISITE COURSES:

    Microbiology   4 cr
    Nutrition   3 cr
    Ethics   3 cr
    English Composition II   3 cr
    *Family & Human Behavior   3 cr
    *Culture, Race, Ethnicity & Gender   3 cr
    *Political Science & Social Organization   3 cr
    *Humanities   3 cr
    Genetics, Immunology, or 3 additional credits from any (*) category above   3 cr
    Electives   7-9 cr
  3. There are 64 credits of nursing coursework and 2 credits of Pharmacology in the UNMC College of Nursing BSN program. A course of study will be individualized with the advice of the faculty and student advisors within the listed parameters for advanced placement.
    1. RN-BSN students must take a minimum of 20 nursing credit hours and LPNs must take a minimum of 30 nursing credit hours established by the College of Nursing and the Board of Regents in order to be granted a degree from UNMC College of Nursing. Only courses in the nursing major may be applied to the residency requirement.

      RNs must take at least one course (usually NRSG 420-Community Health Nursing) with a clinical component. Twenty (20) nursing credit hours must be completed at UNMC including one clinical course. Four (4) of the twenty-four (24) credit hours required may be challenged. All courses, except NRSG 420 and NRSG 385, may be challenged.

      LPNs must take at least two clinical courses, one of which must be Community Health Nursing (NRSG 420). Thirty (30) nursing credit hours must be completed at UNMC, including two clinical courses. Thirty-six (36) of the 64 credit hours required, including 2 credits of pharmacology, may be challenged. All courses, except NRSG 420 and NRSG 480, may be challenged.
    2. RNs who possess a valid license to practice professional nursing will be granted credit for 27 credit hours, corresponding to NRSG 262-Professional Nursing, NRSG 280-Essentials of Nursing Care, NRSG 320-Family-Centered Nursing Care of Adults, NRSG 340-Family-Centered Maternity Nursing, NRSG 350-Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children, and NRSG 410-Client-Centered Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. The credits will be transferred directly from accredited ADN programs. In the case of graduates from diploma and non-accredited ADN programs, the 27 credit hours will be recorded on the student's transcript when the student becomes a candidate for the Bachelor's Degree.

      Licensed RNs who have practiced in the role for a minimum of one month full-time or its equivalent will be granted an additional 4 credit hours corresponding to NRSG 480-Transition to Professional Nursing. These credit hours will be recorded on the student's transcript when the student becomes a candidate for the Bachelor's Degree.
    3. The following courses are required for the RN-BSN program: Total credits = 24 hours
      NRSG 268   Health Assessment and Promotion 4 cr (theory 2.5, lab 1.5)
      NRSG 325   Pathophysiology 4 cr (theory)
      NRSG 386   Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Research 2 cr (theory)
      NRSG 420   Community Health Nursing 5 cr (theory 2, clinical 3)
      NRSG 435   Health Policy and Issues 2 cr (theory)
      NRSG 470   Nursing Management Strategies 2 cr (theory)
      NRSG 385   Health Care Outcomes Management 5 cr (theory)

      Eleven (11) credits from the following courses will be validated through the 5 hour NRSG 385-Health Care Outcomes Management course and these additional eleven credits at one-half tuition cost will be posted on the student=s transcript when the student is a candidate for the BSN Degree following successful completion of the Health Care Outcomes Management course.

      NRSG 450   Acute Complex Problems
      NRSG 425   Concepts, Issues & Nursing Care Related to Chronic Health Conditions
      NRSG 460   Gerontological Nursing
      NRSG 270   Pharmacology for Health Professionals
    4. Advanced placement students who are not RNs may obtain credit for the following nursing courses: NRSG 262-Professional Nursing, NRSG 268-Health Assessment and Promotion, NRSG 280-Essentials of Nursing Care, NRSG 320-Family-Centered Care of Adults, NRSG 325-Pathophysiology, NRSG 340-Family-Centered Maternity Nursing, NRSG 350-Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children, NRSG 386-Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Research, NRSG 410-Client-Centered Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, NRSG 420-Community Health Nursing, NRSG 425-Concepts, Issues, and Nursing Care Related to Chronic Health Conditions, NRSG 435-Health Policy and Issues, NRSG 450-Family-Centered Nursing Care of Clients with Acute Complex Problems, NRSG 460-Gerontological Nursing, and NRSG 470-Nursing Management Strategies, by successfully completing the challenge procedure identified for each course which may include successful completion of a standardized exam, a course or departmental exam and/or other procedures identified by course faculty.
    5. Credit by challenge examination may be attempted only once per course and must be attempted prior to enrolling in the course. If unsuccessful, the student must enroll in the course. No student may challenge a course if they have previously taken any portion of that course.