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Belmont University (School of Nursing)




You are considering two of the most important decisions of your life - the choice of a career and the choice of a university that will teach you the skills necessary to be successful in that career.

The faculty and staff of the School of Nursing are excited that you are considering nursing as a career and Belmont as your university.

Our program is designed to provide you with the mentoring and guidance you will need to meet your goals as a nurse. With expertise in areas ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics, our knowledgeable, caring faculty is dedicated to offering support to each student in the program.

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Traditional Program of Study is designed for students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in four years. Our experienced faculty provides a supportive learning environment as students learn skills to become compassionate, knowledgeable and conscientious nurses.
Students take general education courses and nursing preparatory courses in the first year of the Traditional program (click on the link below). In the second year, students continue taking general education courses and also have two nursing classes each semester. The first clinical course, Introduction to Nursing, is taken in Semester 4. During the third year, students delve deeper into the nursing content and complete the general education requirements. The fourth year is devoted to advanced nursing classes including Childbearing, Adult Health Nursing II and Senior Practicum.

FAST TRACK OPTION

The Fast Track Option is for transfer students who have lack only their nursing courses. This option accelerates your nursing courses by eliminating one full semester. Students may start this program in the fall or spring semester.
Students seeking their second Bachelor’s degree can also be eligible for the Fast Track Option. This program can serve as an alternative to the Accelerated BSN program.

ACCELERATED BSN

The accelerated BSN is designed to be completed in 16 months of full-time study. Students will need to have completed all required nursing prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program.
We admit every fall semester for the accelerated program. Belmont University has a rolling admissions process, so there are no admissions deadlines. We review all applicants as we receive their completed file. In addition to the application for university admissions, a separate application is required for the Accelerated BSN.

RN-BSN

Belmont University School of Nursing is committed to meeting the needs of licensed Registered Nurses who would like to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. We value your previous nursing education and the expertise you have gained while working as an RN. Our goal is to continue improving our program by meeting your individual needs.



School name:Belmont UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:1900 Belmont Boulevard
Zip & city:TN 37212-3757 Tennessee
Phone:615-460-6000
Web:http://www.belmont.edu/nursing/
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WELLNESS NUTRITION
An introductory course, taught online, in wellness nutrition. Course topics will include basic foundations of nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, cancer and heart disease prevention, foodborne illness, food additives and pesticides, weight management and eating disorders. Students will learn to discern between health claims, food fads, and sound nutrition advice based on a scientific approach. The course will utilize a variety of teaching/learning strategies, including reading and online discussion, computerized diet analysis, case studies, interactive exercises, and examinations.

HEALTHY BEGINNINGS: WELLNESS ACROSS PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
An introductory course that helps students develop an understanding of the importance of behavior and lifestyle changes that prepare the woman and her family for a positive pregnancy experience. Students will complete a pregnancy risk assessment on a woman in her childbearing years and develop a preparation-for-pregnancy plan, which will identify preexisting risk factors and suggest behavior modifications to promote wellness. Wellness issues related to pregnancy, labor, and birth will be highlighted, using individual and group assignments to explore the differences in how men and women approach the pregnancy experience. This course will be primarily web-based.

WOMEN'S HEALTH: WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
An introductory course in women’s wellness issues, using a seminar/internet teaching model. This course encourages students to identify and discuss relevant information that will enable them to make informed wellness and healthcare decisions throughout the lifespan. It uses alternative learning assignments to explore issues, from the female perspective, that are not traditionally discussed in liberal arts or professional courses. This course will be primarily web-based.

HEALTH PROMOTION OF THE FAMILY
An introductory course in the development of the family, based on Duvall, that stresses the wellness behaviors that are recognized as important during the development family stages. In addition, this course will include current issues in relation to the family and society. This course will be primarily web-based.

MEN'S HEALTH: WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
An introductory course in men's wellness issues, using a seminar/internet teaching model. This course encourages students to identify and discuss relevant information that will enable them to make informed wellness and healthcare decisions throughout the lifespan. It uses alternative learning assignments to explore issues, from the male perspective, that are not traditionally discussed in liberal arts or professional courses. This course will be primarily web-based.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Provides an introduction to the basic skills utilized in data collection and physical assessment. The focus is on interviewing skills and systematic physical examination in assessing the physiological and psychosociocultural health status of clients of various age groups. Campus laboratory provides the opportunity for application of theoretical knowledge and performance of health assessments, with healthy individuals. Two hours lecture and two hours campus laboratory a week.

NUTRITION FOR HEALTH CARE
This course addresses nutrition as a major component of health maintenance and promotion throughout the lifespan. Content serves as a foundation for clinical application in other nursing courses.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
A study of concepts and diseases common to the general practice of nursing.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
An introduction to nursing concepts and theory, nursing processes and those skills which are basic to the practice of professional nursing.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE IN HEALTH CARE
This course is designed to focus on Christian concepts and principles to global health service. The use of prayer, story telling and Scripture in a Christian based service arena will be explored in conjunction with practical knowledge and skill development in these areas: improvising in less than ideal health care environments, specific health conditions related to climate and poverty, working with and within official and unofficial agencies, and interpersonal skills essential for service within areas of conflict. The concepts of guilt, forgiveness, suffering and hope will be addressed in the group experience. An experiential component in a local, national, or international health care setting with a Christian philosophy will be facilitated.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING II
This course will explore moral, ethical and legal issues in nursing practice. Personal and professional awareness is encouraged through values clarification and other methodologies.

PHARMACOLOGY
Provides a study of the nurse's role and responsibilities in clinical pharmacology. The course focuses on the major drug classifications, principles of drug actions/interactions, and nursing implications. Current trends in pharmacologic therapy will be discussed.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Studies in theories, skills and responses of adults in health and illness.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CONCEPTS
A study of theories, concepts and responses related to mental health and illness.

SPIRITUALITY IN NURSING
The concept of spirituality/religiosity will be explored in a 3-hour didactic and seminar format. The role of the nurse as a provider of spiritual care and as distinguished from religious care will be addressed. The course incorporates the School of Nursing's belief that all individuals are viewed holistically, an approach that takes into consideration the bio-pscho-social-spiritual needs of the client. Another outcome of the course will be a greater understanding of one's own spiritual nature.

NURSING INFORMATICS
Students will explore the use of computer technology in accessing, managing, and analyzing various types of information systems. Students will improve computer usage and will access and use various types of databases and software programs.

BASIC ARRHYTHMIA INTERPRETATION
This elective course provides the student with the skills utilized in interpretation of basic cardiac arrhythmias. This focus is on recognition of the key features of each arrhythmia along with the physiological consequences and signs and symptoms of each. In addition, management of each arrhythmia will be reviewed.

NURSING EXTERNSHIP
This course is an elective clinical practicum of planned and supervised clinical experiences. Seminar and independent research study will be utilized to meet course requirements for this work-study experience. Students will spend approximately 350 hours in clinical affiliate on day, evening, night, or weekend shifts and 10 hours in seminar (total 360 hrs) working with an RN preceptor. Enrollment is limited to qualified students chosen by a selection committee and approved by the Dean of Nursing.

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
This course is a study of theoretical knowledge and skills used in the nursing process as it relates to nursing research. Three hours per week.

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
A travel abroad course on the health care delivery systems of selected countries. It will examine the health care delivery system, its philosophy, and technology of the country (countries) visited and compare these systems with the health care delivery system of the United States. Learning activities also include lecture, small group discussion, and pertinent readings.

STUDIES ABROAD
Study in a foreign country. Individual course titles and locations are assigned for each course taken. See Studies Abroad program for details.

HEALTH CARE OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
An elective course focusing on the delivery of holistic health care to vulnerable populations. Learning activities include health teaching, sociocultural experiences, spiritual dimensions, and relationship building. Small group discussions, pertinent readings, journal of daily experiences and public presentations of the experience are course expectations.

SENIOR NURSING CAPSTONE
This course will explore moral, ethical and legal issues in health care delivery. The student's transition into professional nursing practice will be addressed.

FAMILY NURSING: CHILDBEARING
A study of theories, concepts and responses related to childbearing individuals and their families.

FAMILY NURSING: INFANT TO ADOLESCENT
Study of theory and skills used in the nursing process related to the child and young family.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
The course is a study of theoretical knowledge and skills associated with the care of the acutely ill adult. The focus will be on utilization of the nursing process in providing nursing care to clients with complex physiological and psychosocial needs.

FAMILY NURSING: THE AGING ADULT
This course is a study of the theories of the aging process and the responses of the older adult in health and illness.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
This course is the study of theoretical knowledge and skills used in the nursing process related to individuals, families and the community as a client. Theoretical concepts integral to community health nursing and strategies for nursing intervention for the promotion of community health will be identified.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
This course presents leadership and management principles related to nursing practice in the health care system.

SENIOR PRACTICUM
This course includes concentrated senior clinical experience in a selected practice area as well as synthesis exercises in the classroom and computer laboratory. Students must pass a comprehensive exam in Nursing in order to pass this course. This course is only offered on a Pass/Fail basis.

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