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University of Delaware (School of Nursing )

Welcome to the University of Delaware School of Nursing! We are pleased that you are exploring our website and wanting to know more about our school and our commitment to providing a quality education to our students. We are extremely proud of our faculty, students and alumni and would like to give you a glimpse of our School.

Nursing is at a crossroads. The nursing shortage has forced schools to “think outside the box”, and explore different venues and technologies for meeting the challenges of today’s nursing workforce. At the University of Delaware we have taken advantage of this technology and information revolution and structured our programs to meet the needs not only of our state but also to address the national nursing shortage.

Our Bachelor of Science degree (BSN) is comprised of three different options. The first is the traditional program designed for those students who have no prior degrees. The course requires 122 credits and takes four years to complete. The

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second option is the accelerated program for those who have a degree is some other discipline. This program requires 15 months of full time study with the number of credits dependent on your previous undergraduate/graduate degree. The final option that we have is the RN to BSN program that is offered to those who hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse but wish to pursue a BSN degree. This online option requires completion of 120 credits with two weekend on campus requirements, and 84 clinical practice hours at a site in your local community. Regardless of which option you select, our Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills essential for the practice of professional nursing as well as to provide a springboard for moving on to graduate education. These programs all focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills as well as the ability to work as an integral member of a healthcare team. The uniqueness of our program lies in our simulation labs which provide opportunities to work with medical equipment in a practice setting prior to actual clinical experiences in hospitals. Our skills lab coordinators have developed case scenarios that will not only tax your critical thinking skills, but also test your manual skills in manipulating medical equipment to achieve positive patient outcomes on our simulation manikins.

Students pursuing a Master’s degree have the opportunity to specialize in multiple advanced practice professional specialties such as clinical nurse specialist (Adult, Pediatric, or Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing) or focus on Health Services Administration. Both of these specialties are available in an online format. If one is seeking an advanced practice role as a nurse practitioner, we offer family and adult nurse practitioner concentrations. We also offer a neonatal nurse practitioner option in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University. A final online program that we offer is the RN to MSN. This program requires completion of 134 credits of prescribed coursework, and 518 clinical hours. The specialties in this program are: adult health, pediatrics and mental health nursing. For those who already have a Master’s degree in nursing all of these advanced practice roles are available as post-master’s certificates.

Our faculty is outstanding and hold key leadership positions in local, state, national and international organizations. We are dedicated to your success. Our School offers a rich environment for interdisciplinary research, a wealth of educational resources to refine your learning, and a small town atmosphere to enhance your well being. We are here to work with you as you begin your journey towards one of the most challenging and rewarding careers in today’s workforce: Nursing! Come join us and see how we can change your life!


In 1962, the Department of Nursing was established in the College of Arts and Sciences. The first bachelor of science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1966, and the program was accredited by the National League for Nursing. In July 1966, the Board of Trustees approved a change in the status of the department and the original College of Nursing was founded.

In the 1990's, the college was expanded to include the Department of Medical Technology, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Department of Physical Education and Recreation (now called the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences) and was renamed the College of Health and Nursing Sciences. As the nursing program grew in size and expanded its focus on the tripartite mission, the “Department” changed its name to reflect this growth; effective July 2005, the name changed to the “ School of Nursing ” and the College name then revised its name to the “ College of Health Sciences .”

In 1968, the College of Nursing initiated a plan for registered nurses from diploma or associate degree programs to obtain a BSN degree. In 1993, a revision of that plan resulted in the Bachelors for the Registered Nurse (BRN) major for RN students. The BRN major is offered in a distance format and is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of RN students. In 1994, an accelerated second degree program for returning adult students with a bachelor's degree in another major was initiated.

The Master of Science degree program was established in the fall of 1968 and awarded initial accreditation in Spring, 1973. During the Fall, 2004, an online RN to MSN program was established for clinical nurse specialty education. Currently three clinical nurse specialty areas, three nurse practitioner tracks, and a health services administration program are offered.


The mission of the School of Nursing of the University of Delaware is threefold:
* to provide both a liberal and professional education to students of nursing;
* to generate and refine nursing knowledge and practice through nursing research and research utilization; and
* to serve society through professional and volunteer outreach to individuals, families, and communities.

School name:University of DelawareSchool of Nursing
Address:25 North College, McDowell Hall
Zip & city:DE 19716 Delaware
Phone:(302) 831-1253

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Introduces conceptual frameworks for nursing practice within a pluralistic society. Utilizes historical perspective to examine the current status of nursing within the health care system. Discusses importance of professionalism, including ethical and legal responsibilities.

Application of sciences to maintenance of, and alterations in, homeostasis. Pathophysiological concepts relate to stress, inflammation, immunity, neoplasia, pain and alterations in fluid/electrolytes balance, blood flow and respiration. Exploration of disorders common throughout an individual's life span.

Introduces basic client care skills. Emphasis on the intellectual, interpersonal and psychomotor skills foundational to nursing practice.

Selected concepts/theories pertinent to promotion of optimal health of well clients of all ages from diverse sociocultural backgrounds within the context of family, community and health care system.

Concepts/theories pertinent to promotion of optimal health of clients experiencing common and/or recurring health problems.

Focuses on biological processes leading to alterations of body structure and functions. Emphasis on identification of etiology and pathogenesis of selected diseases.

Delineates psychopathological processes across the life span. Emphasis on the etiology, manifestations and treatment options of selected psychopathological processes. Addresses current trends and issues in the mental health field.

Experiences for incorporation and application of selected concepts/theories underlying nursing care for well clients of all ages, from diverse sociocultural backgrounds, within the context of family, community and health care systems. Comprises 112 clinical hours.

Experiences for incorporation and application of selected concepts/theories underlying nursing care that promotes optimal health of adult clients with common and/or recurring health problems. Emphasizes assessment and planning steps of nursing process. Comprises 84 clinical hours.

Experiences for incorporation and application of selected concepts/theories underlying nursing care that promotes optimal health of children with common and/or recurring health problems. Emphasizes assessment and planning steps of nursing process. Comprises 84 clinical hours.

Experiences for incorporation and application of selected concepts/theories underlying nursing care that promotes optimal health of adults with mental illness. Emphasizes assessment and planning steps of nursing process. Comprises 84 clinical hours.

Uses the conceptual framework of human needs to focus on the therapeutic and adverse biological, psychological and social reactions to pharmacological agents; drug use and medication abuse; client teaching; pertinent laboratory tests; current research findings. Nursing responsibilities emphasized with the nursing process.

Introduces nursing theory and conceptual foundations for practice within a pluralistic society. Provides overview of principles of nursing education and practice at the baccalaurate level. Focuses on healthcare needs within diverse practice settings, emphasizing emerging legal and ethical responsibilities, econimic and sociocultural influences.

Addresses the current utilization of evolving technologies in nursing/client education, practice, administration and research.

Addresses issues related to the socialization and transition to baccalaureate nursing education and practice.

Explores selected concepts, theories and skills utilized in health promotion and disease prevention of individuals from socioculturally diverse populations within the context of family, community and healthcare system. Includes key elements of a biopsychosociocultural health history and health assessment of individuals across the life course.


Introduction to nursing research methods basic to identification of researchable nursing problems and to evaluation of existing nursing research for consumership.

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