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Western Carolina University (School of Nursing )




Welcome to the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University. We have grown significantly over the last several years and now offer many exciting education options at the undergraduate and graduate level.

A career in nursing is challenging, rewarding, and offers varied and exciting work environments. Now more than ever, nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and master's level are in great demand by health care employers. Our faculty are invested in nurturing students as they prepare for their roles as clinicians, teacher/educators, researchers, leaders, life-long learners, and responsible members of society.

Nursing was established at Western in 1969 under Dr. Mary K. Kneedler, a nationally recognized leader in health care who helped develop the Head Start program under President Lyndon Johnson. The first class of B.S.N. students graduated in 1973. In 1982, the RN to B.S.N. program was started.

The master’s program was initiated in 1999 with the Family Nurse Practitioner as the first track. We now also offer tracks in Nursing Education and Nursing Anesthesia at the graduate level. The RN to B.S.N. and RN to M.S.N. tracks are now offered through distance learning with outreach hubs in Murphy and Morganton, NC.

In May of 2007 we also started an accelerated entry option for our pre-licensure program for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in other fields. In July of 2007 we were re-named as a School of Nursing.

The School now has well over 2000 alumni who practice in clinical and leadership roles nationwide. Students who graduate from our programs perform well on their licensure or certification exams with pass rates well above national averages.

Students have the opportunity for clinical experiences throughout western North Carolina in many different types of health care institutions and agencies. A strong element of our programs is that we offer clinical opportunities in rural and urban areas, providing students with diverse practice experiences.

The School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Master’s in Nurse Anesthesia is also accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Commission on Accreditation.

B.S.N. PRE-LICENSURE PROGRAM

The basic (pre-licensure) program prepares you to begin the practice of professional nursing. Upon graduating, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The pre-licensure program conducts theory classes on the Cullowhee campus during the junior year and on the Enka Campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical (“A-B Tech”) Community College during the senior year. Clinical nursing experiences are held at health care agencies throughout western North Carolina for both years.



School name:Western Carolina University School of Nursing
Address:209 Moore Building
Zip & city:NC 28723 North Carolina
Phone:828-227-2237
Web:http://www.wcu.edu/4193.asp
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HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
The skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, integrative, and reproductive systems.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
The skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, integrative, and reproductive systems.

SURVEY OF CHEMISTRY II
Continuation of CHEM 132, surveys organic and biochemistry, including structure and nomenclature, chemical and physical properties.

ETIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Disease-causing bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, fungi, and animal parasites; disease-producing mechanisms and resistance to infection.

NORMAL AND THERAPEUTIC NUTRITION
Principles of normal human nutrition, altered nutrient requirements of disease states, and medical nutrition therapy.

BASIC NURSING SKILLS
Psychomotor nursing skills, scientific principles and nursing procedures essential to the assessment and care of patients.

NURSING PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS I
Nursing responsibility for pharmacotherapeutic management with emphasis on study of prototype drugs in each of the major drug classifications.

NURSING PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS II
Core drug knowledge and client variables are applied to nursing management of drug therapy.

DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The development of the profession and of professional nurse roles.

NURSING SCIENCE I
Fundamental nursing processes and concepts; emphasis on health of clients across the lifespan.

NURSING SCIENCE II
Concepts of health care, health promotion, illness care, and nursing roles in adult health acute care settings are presented.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
Application of psychomotor skills, interpersonal and nursing processes to the care of individuals; emphasis on the nursing role in health maintenance. S/U grading.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
Application of concepts of health care, health promotion, illness care and nursing roles in adult health acute care settings. S/U grading.

BASIC NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Leadership theory in the management of clients, peers, and other healthcare providers in nursing service settings for the Pre-licensure nursing student.

NURSING SCIENCE III
Application of the nursing process for complex client models, including the childbearing family, the child and family, and the mentally ill client.

NURSING SCIENCE IV
Concepts of health care, health promotion, illness care, and nursing roles for clients with complex health care needs.

NURSING RESEARCH
Research design in the study of nursing problems; interpretation of research emphasized.

PERSPECTIVES OF THE NURSING PROFESSION
The impact and implications of current and evolving trends on the future practice of nursing.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM III
Application of nursing strategies to the care of the child-bearing family, the child and family, and the mentally ill client. S/U grading.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV
Care of populations with complex health care needs, with focus on illness prevention and health promotion.

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Introduction to psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Includes topics in social, abnormal, health, clinical, developmental, biological, and experimental psychology.

SURVEY OF CHEMISTRY I
Basic chemistry; atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, introduction to organic chemistry; lab introduction to experimentation.

ADVANCED GENERAL CHEMISTRY
Bonding, thermochemistry, equilibria, acid/base principles, kinetics, and redox chemistry. Laboratory uses an inquiry-based approach.

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