|DEPARTMENT OF NURSING|
Dr. Victoria Seng, Chair
136 Gooch Hall
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare a liberally educated professional nurse with a strong clinical background who makes comprehensive assessments and responds to the health care needs of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge gained from theory and experience in the study of physical and behavioral sciences, humanities, and the discipline of nursing is required to develop and implement nursing practice. The professional nurse uses valid research findings to identify and participate in creating change in the practice and improvement of health care delivery.
The B.S.N. nursing curriculum is a four-year program which combines
general education and nursing, with nursing content beginning in the sophomore
year. Students majoring in B.S. Nursing take 73 semester hours of nursing
courses and 62 semester hours of required and elective non-nursing courses.
Upon successful completion of the B.S.N. program, the graduate is awarded
the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) by The University of
Tennessee. Graduates with the B.S.N. degree demonstrate the competencies
necessary for entry into nursing practice and are eligible to write the
National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a registered professional
nurse. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has full approval
of the Tennessee Board of Nursing and initial accreditation from the:
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
350 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
A national need for professional nurses with a wide variety of practice
options allows great flexibility and mobility for graduates. Graduates
with a baccalaureate in nursing can choose from provision of direct patient
care, teaching, administration, research, case management, and marketing
positions in hospital, community, educational, military, government, industrial,
and expanded practice settings. Graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral
levels allow greater specialization and further expand job opportunities.
Off-campus clinical laboratory experiences are taught by UT Martin nursing
faculty in area health care agencies. Transportation to various agencies
for clinical experiences must be provided by the student.
Woman's Clinic, Union City Nursing Scholarship Awarded to a resident of Obion County enrolled as a full-time B.S.N. clinical student with a GPA of 2.50. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Department of Nursing and should be submitted by March 1.
David C. Hogan Scholarship Awarded to a resident of Obion County (for at least two years) who is enrolled as a full-time upper division B.S.N. clinical student with a GPA of 2.50. Must be repaid if the recipient withdraws from the program. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Department of Nursing and should be submitted by March 1.
Other scholarships are available through various area health care agencies
Any student majoring in nursing can join SNA by contacting a member
for a membership blank and paying annual dues. All interested students
are urged to attend meetings and consider joining.
|ADMISSION, ADVANCED STANDING, RETENTION, AND READMISSION|
The admission, advanced standing, retention, and readmission policies of the Department of Nursing may differ from other programs in the University because limited enrollment is necessary to provide student clinical experiences while assuring safe patient care and adherence to standards required for state licensure of registered professional nurses.
All students not currently enrolled at UT Martin are required to apply for admission to the University by submitting an application to the Admissions Office.
Admission to the B.S.N. clinical program is separate from admission to the University. Applicants must submit a separate application to the Department of Nursing for admission to clinical nursing. Priority is given to applicants whose application is received by February 1 before the Fall Semester in which acceptance to B.S.N. nursing courses is desired. Admission priority will also be given to students who have successfully completed all the courses listed in the B.S.N. curriculum for the Freshman year (or at least 34 semester hours of required general education courses which include Chemistry 121-122, Mathematics 140, Microbiology 251, and Psychology 110-120, or equivalent). A grade of D or F in any of these required courses may delay or alter admission to the clinical nursing program. The applications are screened for selection on a competitive basis by the Nursing Admissions Committee of the University.
Students accepted to begin B.S.N. nursing courses are required to:
1. Complete required non-nursing courses for which equivalent college credits have not already been received. Credit may be received for some courses through challenge or CLEP exams.
2. Receive credit for Nursing 211, 221, and 231 by fulfilling one of the following options:
a. Registered nurses with associate degrees in nursing--transfer the courses taken in their associate degree programs in nursing for credit and presentation of a current Tennessee registered nurse license.
b. Registered nurses with hospital diplomas--present record of a hospital diploma transcript and a current Tennessee registered nurse license as validation of knowledge and registration of the proficiency validation with the registrar.
3. Complete Nursing 350 Transition to Professional Nursing in place of Nursing 321. After passing Nursing 350 with a grade of C or better, take the NLN Mobility Profile II exams. Successful completion of the exams will result in credit for Nursing 331, 341, and 400. If Nursing 350 is passed, but the student is unsuccessful on the NLN Mobility Profile II, opportunity may be given to take or challenge Nursing 331, 341, and/or 400.
4. Take the remainder of required Nursing courses. Students may request to challenge Nursing 301, 302, 411, and 431. Three years of clinical experience within the last five years will be required to challenge either Nursing 411 or 431.
5. Complete 58 semester hours from an accredited four-year school (may include challenge exams).
6. Take a minimum of 20 semester hours of upper division nursing course work in meeting the 30 semester hours residency requirement for graduation from UT Martin. RN students may establish the academic year of residence by taking a minimum of 30 semester hours at UT Martin, 20 semester hours of which must be upper division nursing courses. Challenge credit for upper division courses cannot be counted toward the residency requirement