May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (RN to BSN), B.S.N.


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Mission

The mission of the Nursing Program is to provide nurses innovative and responsive programs to advance their career as valued graduates and nurse leaders. The Nursing Program is committed to serving the educational needs and enhancing the quality of life while enriching the economic, cultural life, and health of the communities served.

UHV Nursing Program Goals:

  1. Provide student-centered innovative education programs.
  2. Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships.
  3. Advance the nursing profession through scholarship and professional involvement.
  4. Serve as a foundation for graduate study.

Expected Student Outcomes (ESO)

Graduates will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the biological, social, and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and nursing to provide appropriate, culturally sensitive care to individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Demonstrate inquiry and analysis in applying patient care technologies and information systems to support safe nursing practice and population risk reduction.
  3. Lead safety and quality improvement activities as part of the interprofessional team and as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
  4. Manage care transitions and promote population risk reduction with diverse communities in collaboration with members of the interprofessional health care team.
  5. Participate in monitoring institutional, professional and public policy to maintain adherence to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills related to clinical and professional issues, financial, and human resource in providing and evaluating care.
  7. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy that reflects the values and ethics of the nursing profession.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at University of Houston-Victoria is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-877-6791.  

Plans and Degrees Offered

The programs consist of the plans listed below.

Nursing B.S.N. RN to BSN

Practice Learning Requirements for all Undergraduate Nursing Students - NURS 4410, 3411, and 4110

See the RN to BSN Student Handbook for further information.

  1. Background Check
    All students will be required to undergo a criminal background check. The results will be shared with the Program Director and other designated staff. Any student convicted of or who receives adjudication for any criminal offense prior to program admission or while in the program, will be required to obtain a Declaratory Order from the Texas Board of Nursing that states the student is eligible for initial licensure or licensure renewal prior to program entry or progression.
  2. CPR
    All students must submit a non-expired copy of CPR certification by week 6 of NURS 4314. Students must be certified in the following classification of CPR approved by the Program Director. Online certification will not be accepted.  CPR for Health Care Provider (BLS), American Heart Association Students will be responsible for maintaining bi-yearly compliance with the CPR requirements throughout their program. In the event that a student does not meet the requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the requirement is met.
  3. Health Insurance
    All students enrolled in the program must carry health insurance and provide a copy of the policy or insurance card by week 6 of NURS 4314.  Students will be responsible for maintaining compliance with the health insurance requirements throughout their program. In the event that a student does not meet the requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the requirement is met.
  4. Malpractice Insurance
    All students are provided with malpractice insurance through UHV.
  5. Drug Screen
    All students will be required to provide a random negative urine drug screen via an assigned outside testing agency, by week 6 of NURS 4314. At the discretion of the faculty, students may be required to comply with periodic random drug screening during enrollment in nursing programs.
  6. Annual Clinical Passport
    All students will be required to demonstrate basic safety knowledge, including HIPAA training in the practice area via the Annual Practice Learning Experience Passport Training Module. Evidence of satisfactory compliance will be submitted to the outside tracking entity.
  7. Immunizations Required by week 6 of NURS 4314.
Immunizations Requirements
Varicella (Chickenpox) There must be documentation of one of the following:
  • Positive antibody titer.
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) There must be documentation of one of the following:
  • 2 vaccinations OR positive antibody titer for all 3 components (lab report required).
  • Positive antibody titers for all 3 components (lab reports required or physician verification of results).
Hepatitis B There must be documentation of the following:
  • 3 vaccinations.
  • Positive antibody titer (lab report required or physician verification of results).
TB Skin Test (PPD) One of the following is required:
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap) There must be documentation of a Tdap booster within the past 10 years. Td does not meet this requirement.

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) / RN-BSN

The primary educational objective of the RN to BSN completion program is to increase the career and educational opportunities available to registered nurses in the university’s service region. Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will bring that understanding to the practice of nursing in their places of employment. Graduates will be prepared to assume some leadership and management roles.

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the RN-BSN degree.

  1. Students must satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS  of this catalog in addition to the program requirements below.
     
  2. Lower Division:
    • 3 semester hours of Statistics (may take psychology statistics if Math core satisfied)
    • 8 semester hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology.
    • 4 semester hours of Microbiology
    • 3 semester hours of Chemistry or Physical Science
    • 6 semester hours of Psychology (PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology , and PSYC 2314 Lifespan Development ).
    • RN-BSN students will be given up to 36 hours of advanced placement credit for successful completion of Associate Degree in Nursing and subsequent RN licensure.
       
  3. Upper Division: Thirty (30) semester hours of Nursing core (Transition to the BSN Role, Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice, Foundations of Comprehensive Pathophysiology in Nursing, Leadership Roles, Comprehensive Health Assessment, Ethics in Healthcare, Population Focused Community Health, Healthcare Organizations and Informatics, Global Health Systems, and Capstone Project).
     
  4. Students in the RN-BSN program may repeat only one failed course (grade of “D” or “F”). A subsequent failure in any course will cause the student to be ineligible to progress in the program.

These requirements are summarized below:

Degree Requirements


The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts option is available to those who choose plans in Communication, Humanities, Mathematical Sciences, or Psychology. The Bachelor of Science option is available to those who choose plans in Biology, Communication, Computer Science, Computer Information System, Criminal Justice, Mathematical Sciences or Psychology.

  1. Satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the ”University Degree Requirements“ section of this catalog.
  2. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. Note: Students who transfer from a Texas public community college or public university and are certified as core complete shall have satisfied the core requirements of UHV.
  3. Satisfy the requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science, as follows:

Bachelor of Arts
(1) Lower or Upper Division: 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy Computer literacy/proficiency requirement (See [**] below); Foreign Language: 6 semester hours at the sophomore level in one foreign language. Students submitting an acceptable score on a standard foreign language proficiency test approved by the School of Arts and Sciences may substitute 6 semester hours of electives.

Bachelor of Science
(1) Lower Division: 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy Computer literacy/proficiency requirement (See [**] below); Natural Sciences: 11 semester hours in natural sciences, at least 2 semester hours of which must be in laboratory courses. Natural sciences include biology, biophysical sciences, chemistry, geology, and physics. To fulfill natural science courses requirement, student must take at least six semester credit hours in natural science course work intended for science and engineering majors.

[**] May be satisfied within core curriculum. However, 3 semester hours of both speech and Computer literacy/proficiency are still required even if the student is certified as core complete by way of transfer from a Texas public community college or public university.

    4.  Satisfy course requirements for the plan: At least 24 semester hours in one plan of which at least 18 semester hours must be advanced.

General Lower-Level Core Curriculum Requirements


Core 020 Mathematics


  • MATH 1342 Statistics or equivalent

Core 030 Life and Physical Sciences


  • BIOL 2401 and
  • BIOL 2402

Core 040 Language, Philosophy & Culture


Core 050 Creative Arts (Arts, Drama, or Music)


Core 070 Government/Political Sciences


Core 080 Social & Behavioral Sciences


Core 090 Computer Literacy


Core 090 Speech


Other Lower-Level Requirements


Total Prerequisite Courses: 54 s.h.


Advanced Placement


Sufficient hours to satisfy minimum 120 hours requirement and the minimum of 30 hours of upper-division hours requirement for graduation. Students will be given advanced placement hours of credit for successful completion for nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.

Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements: 30 s.h.


Total Degree Requirements: 120 s.h.


Online RN-BSN students are expected to:


  1. Have access to a computer, webcam, and high-speed internet.
  2. Have basic computer and word processing competencies.
  3. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.
  4. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi and student handbook.
  5. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.
  6. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.
  7. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in student myUHV self- service account.
  8. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which student will complete degree requirements.
  9. Students in the RN-BSN program may repeat only one failed course (grade of “D” or “F”). A subsequent failure in any course will cause the student to be ineligible to progress in the program.

Requirements for Undergraduate Admission (RN-BSN)


Check the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development website for additional information.

Transfer of Undergraduate Credit


The college from which credit is to be transferred must have recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of the academic advisor of the student’s plan, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.

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