Chatham University

Nursing (Pathways to Nursing BSN) Curriculum

Pathways to Nursing

Pathways to Nursing prepares world-ready nurses to develop the skills necessary in today‘s health care system. Through a partnership with UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing students enroll in a combination of courses at both locations for their first five terms. General studies courses are completed at Chatham University. Students will simultaneously complete the nursing diploma program at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council for Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse) to obtain a license as a registered nurse (RN). Students who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN enter into Chatham's Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program for the final three terms. The degree can be completed in three years through the accelerated option, which includes taking a full credit load each summer. Students will officially be recognized as Chatham students throughout the program.

Eligibility for Pennsylvania Nursing Licensure

Pennsylvania law prohibits the State Board of Nursing from issuing a license to anyone who has been convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance, unless at least ten years have elapsed from the date of conviction, and the applicant satisfies other criteria of personal rehabilitation. At the time of application for licensure, the State Board also requires reporting of any crime, felony, misdemeanor, or pending criminal charges.

Clinical Requirements

Students must comply with all requirements of UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing including completion of Act 34/151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and Criminal Record Check. In order to enroll in clinical courses, background results must be in compliance with PA State Board of Nursing regulations, Act 169 Older Adult Protective Services Act, and Act 34/151.

To enable RN-BSN students to complete the necessary clinical experiences, Chatham University requires students to complete a self directed clinical placement process with the guidance of the nursing clinical coordinator. This process must begin at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a clinical course in the RN-BSN program and is made up of the following steps: 1) Each student contacts the clinical coordinator to identify an appropriate clinical site and qualified preceptor; 2) Student contacts the preceptor to discuss an appropriate clinical experience and project; 3) The student develops a learning contract with learning goals and identified project; 4) A conference call occurs between the student, preceptor, and clinical coordinator to finalize the learning experience; and 5) students must document clinical experiences and submit required evaluations and a copy of the final capstone project at the conclusion of the clinical experience. Approval of the preceptor, clinical site, and learning experiences must be secured prior to beginning any clinical experiences. A signed clinical affiliation agreement must be in place prior to engaging in any clinical experiences. It is the responsibility of the RN-BSN student to comply with agency requirements specific to physical examinations, immunizations, CRP certification, drug screening, criminal record background checks, and submit all associated documentation directly to the clinical agency.

Program Requirements

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NUR100A Foundations of Nursing: Professional Nursing Communication

Using self-discovery techniques, the student will explore personal beliefs and values creating a foundation upon which the concepts of interpersonal, therapeutic, and professional communication will be examined and applied in class and clinical settings. The role of nursing informatics will be introduced, identifying technologies supporting the safe communication of health information. Navigation of the clinical informational system will be experienced in the clinical setting..

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NUR100B Foundations of Nursing: Introduction to Professional Nursing

Framed by the historical aspect of nursing and health care, the student is introduced to the foundational concepts of professional nursing practice. The student will explore the following models: Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns, Tanner’s Clinical Judgment, Relationship-Based Care , Evidence-Based Practice, and Nursing Standards for Professional Practice. These concepts are applied in the classroom and clinical settings.

3
NUR100C Foundations of Nursing: Introduction to Nursing Skills & Health Assessment

This course builds upon the concepts introduced in prerequisite courses. The student will demonstrate noticing behaviors throughout the nurse-patient relationship and become skillful in health assessment. Utilizing clinical judgment and reasoning, the student will analyze data and implement professional nursing practice strategies to develop a patient-centered plan of care.

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NUR100D Foundations of Nursing: Pharmacology

This course provides students with a foundation of basic pharmacologic concepts important to safe medication management. Through the exploration of medication classifications, students identify the implications to nursing practice. Building on the concepts presented in N100A and N100B, students will explore medication management across the lifespan. Utilizing the nursing standards for professional practice, students will demonstrate skillfulness in safe medication management. Clinical laboratory will enable students to apply these essential aspects culminating in an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for medication math calculation.

3
NUR200A Nursing in Health Promotion and Maintenance

This course engages the student in the study of the patient across the lifespan with attention to coping and stress tolerance, cognition, and protection with a focus on wellness, health promotion, and chronic illness management. Patient and family preferences, cultural and spiritual variations, and their effects on motivation are emphasized. Attributes and roles of the professional nurse are expanded and applied to diverse patient experiences. A perioperative experience is introduced with an emphasis on safety.

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NUR200B Nursing in Chronic and Acute Illness

This course expands on and incorporates prior knowledge and experience from N200A in care of the patient across the trajectory of chronic conditions into acute illness. Health and illness concepts related to homeostasis and regulation, oxygenation, and hemostasis (perfusion) are studied and applied to care of the patient with a focus on health promotion and management of chronic and acute disease.

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NUR402 Health Policy and Finance

This course is designed to explore the role of Health and Public Policy, financial considerations, the formulation and role of legislation and regulation, and ethical principles related to the ANA Code of Ethics. Also addressed will be such topics as value-based purchasing, end-of-life care, living wills, advanced directives, social networking and the Affordable Care Act. The students will analyze an ethical dilemma, write an advocacy letter to a state or federal legislator, and study the role of professional nursing organizations with respect to advocacy and formulating public policy.

3
NUR403 Women's Health Nursing

This course will present an overview of issues relevant to women's health nursing. Nursing assessment techniques specific to female clients will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote women's health will be covered, including: HIV, early detection of female cancers, reproductive health, mental health issues, osteoporosis, pharmacokinetics, nutrition, and physical fitness.

3
NUR404 Community, Environmental Health Nursing

This course provides a framework for the development of nursing interventions promoting environmental health for individuals and communities. Students are placed in public health agencies for clinical practicum. Tools to assess the environmental health of a select community will be evaluated. Students will explore a particular nursing issue in greater depth as it relates to their clinical placements (air pollution, childhood cancers, toxic waste, noise exposure, etc).

3
NUR405 Cross-Cultural Nursing

This course provides a theoretical framework for the delivery of culturally competent nursing care. Concepts of illness, health, and wellness will be explored from a cultural belief system perspective. Recognizing cultural diversity, integrating knowledge of culture, and delivery of nursing care in a culturally appropriate/culturally sensitive manner will be studied.

3
NUR406 Issues in Geriatric Health Nursing

This course will provide an overview of issues relevant to geriatric health nursing. Nursing assessment techniques specific to older adults will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote older adult health will be covered including pharmacological considerations, nutrition, elder abuse, sexuality, coping with loss and grief, health and wellness promotion, and continuum of care.

3
NUR407 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

This course is designed to enable students to critically review nursing research, choose a relevant clinical issue to examine, explore literature and utilize nursing research in clinical practice. Ethical principles of nursing research, particularly the protection of human subjects and other ethical accountabilities focusing on research utilization and evidence-based practice will be explored.

3
NUR408 Nursing in Underserved Populations

This course provides a framework for the development of nursing interventions promoting health for underserved populations with a focus on minority health promotion. Students are placed in select primary settings devoted to the care of underserved/minority populations. Students will explore a particular nursing issue in depth as it relates to their clinical placements (access to health care, infant mortality, resources, cultural/communication barriers, issues related to aging).

3
NUR499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum

This culminating course encompasses various aspects of professionalism and leadership while shadowing multiple leaders in the clinical setting. Students will apply leadership concepts and decision making skills in the provision of high quality nursing care. (70 clinical hours required)

4
IND175 Introduction to Nursing Resources

This course will teach students how to develop and apply skills in locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information from a variety of resources. Over the course of five weeks, students will complete five assignments that are specific to each week's topic. This work is to be completed outside of class and is designed to help complete projects and papers in NUR402.

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PHI121 Introduction to Logic

An introduction to critical thinking, induction, deduction, and contemporary symbolic logic including argument symbolization, proof construction, and truth tables.

3
SWK164 Diversity in Health and Illness

This course will examine the impact of culture on health care services and delivery in the United States. The influence of cultural difference on patient/provider interactions will be considered within the cultural competency model. The context of health and illness for groups including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latin-Americans will be included.

3
BIO114 Basic Nutrition

This course is an overview of scientific principles of nutrition and their application to humans throughout the life cycle. It is designed for students who need a broad coverage of nutrition and have little or no background in science. Three hours of lecture per week.Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing.

3
BIO115 Basic Microbiology with Lab

This course is designed for students who need a broad coverage of microbiology and have little or no background in biology or chemistry. It includes a study of microscopic organisms and their relation to health and disease. There is a special emphasis on disinfection, sterilization, immunology, and microbiological aspects of infectious disease. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing.

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BIO116 Basic Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

This is the first of two courses designed for students who need a broad coverage of anatomy and physiology and have little or no background in science. It includes a study of the structure and function of human cells, tissue, organs, and systems. Clinical applications of anatomy and physiology will also be considered. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing.

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BIO117 Basic Anatomy and Physiology II with lab

This is the second of two courses designed for students who need a broad coverage of anatomy and physiology and have little or no background in science. It includes a study of the structure and function of human cells, tissue, organs, and systems. Clinical applications of anatomy and physiology will also be considered. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 116

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IND108 Gender and Contemporary Social Issues

3
SDE101 Strategies for Success in College

This is a one credit, pass/fail course designed to facilitate a successful transition for women entering higher education. Emphasis will be placed on academic success, personal growth and self-management, campus/community resources and involvement, and ethical citizenship and diversity through interaction between faculty, staff, students and the community.

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4 Mission/Breadth courses

One College Algebra/ Statistics course

4 credits of Wellness courses (PED/SDE)