Nursing

Bevill State Community College has an institutional goal of ensuring diversity among its students; therefore, students are admitted on a competitive basis without discrimination with regard to age, religion, creed, ethnic origin, marital status, race, gender, or disability which does not interfere with attainment of program objectives.

Admission Criteria

  1. Unconditional admission to the College with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average at the institution.

  2. Receipt of complete application for the Nursing program will be July 1 through September 1 for spring admission and March 1 through May 1 for Summer admission.

  3. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required on a 4.0 scale based on the nursing required academic core courses. The core college courses are English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, Human Growth and Development, Speech and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy Ethics, Religion, or a Foreign Language)

  4. There will be no time limit for previously taken courses such as Anatomy, Physiology, Math, or English.

  5. A minimum ACT score of 18 is required for admission into the nursing program.

  6. Eligibility for English 101 as determined by College policy. The minimum Math requirement is MTH 100 (Intermediate College Algebra).

  7. Applicants must possess certain physical and mental abilities to meet the required essential functions of the nursing program. A list of Essential Functions is available in the nursing office or www.bscc.edu in the Nursing Student Handbook. A primary health provider must sign that the applicant meets the essential functions. Current nursing students will be asked to sign additional essential functions verifying no change in health status.

  8. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive, and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

  9. Applicants will be notified in writing of admission decisions.

  10. Upon conditional admission to the Nursing program, a clear background check will be required before enrollment in the Nursing program will be completed.

  11. Upon admission, applicants must provide proof of three Hepatitis vaccinations or proof of starting the three Hepatitis vaccinations series, MMR vaccination IgG or positive titer, Mumps vaccination IgG or positive titer, Rubella vaccination IgG or positive titer, Varicella vaccination IgG or positive titer, current tetanus (Tdap) vaccination or positive titer, and proof of current TB testing (within six months) status. Annual flu vaccines will be required.

  12. Upon conditional admission, applicant must provide verification of health insurance coverage, as well as, maintain their health insurance coverage throughout the nursing curriculum.

  13. Upon conditional admission, applicant must provide physical exam completed by a primary health care provider, physician, certified nurse practitioner, or physicians assistant. Physical, exam, TB skin test and essential functions must be updated annually.

Associate degree nursing graduates are encouraged to consider the RN to BSN and/or the RN to BSN/MSN degree offered at four- year universities. To be considered for admission to the RN to BSN track, students may contact their BSCC nursing advisor or the RN Mobility Track advisor at a four-year institution to inquire about additional academic core courses and admission requirements.

Graduation

To receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. File an application for graduation with the Office of Student Services.

  2. Clear all obligations with the College.

  3. Students admitted to the new concept-based curriculum beginning in the Spring of 2017 must successfully complete 66 semester credit hours required in the Nursing curriculum with a grade of ā€œCā€ (2.0GPA) or better.

For Nursing Students Admitted During and After Spring Semester 2017

Beginning Spring Semester 2017, the Bevill State Nursing Program moved to a concept-based curriculum that was adopted by the Alabama Community College System in 2016. The nursing curriculum design is based on conceptual learning to facilitate transfer of knowledge, facilitate collaborative and active learning, focus on problems, foster systematic observations, and focus on nursing actions and interdisciplinary efforts and foster understanding of relationships. The concept-based learning approach helps learners to extrapolate meanings from one concept to another and identify commonalities.

Courses have been carefully planned to provide the student with a continuity of learning experiences. Content is organized in a spiraling manner from simple to complex, building on previous learning and adding new information, while allowing for continual review.

Students will obtain a practical nursing certificate after successful completion of NUR 112, NUR 113, NUR 114, and NUR 115 during the first three semesters of the program. The last two semesters will incorporate more advanced concepts required to ensure competency of the associate degree nurse.

Admission Criteria

  1. Unconditional admission to the college (Application must be updated if student did not attend BSCC the previous semester.

  2. Original transcripts from all colleges attended must be in the Office of Student Services by the nursing application deadline. Unlike routine college admission, the nursing department does not allow one semester to receive transcripts. Transcripts must be sent by the institution directly to the BSCC Central Records Office.

  3. A complete nursing application must be submitted online via the BSCC college Website.

  4. A minimum of 18 ACT composite score (writing component not required), National or Residual, is required and ACT results must be attached to this application. There is no expiration date on ACT for this nursing application.

  5. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required on a 4.0 scale based on the nursing required academic core courses. The core college courses are English Composition 1, Intermediate College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Speech and a Humanities Elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Ethics, Religion, or a foreign language).

  6. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for high school students without prior college work (GED acceptable).

  7. Eligibility is required for English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra, and Anatomy & Physiology I if not previously taken.

  8. Good standing with the College.

  9. Meet the Essential Functions for nursing.

  10. Name of Application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in BSCC system.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

NUR 112 : FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF NURSING

This course teaches foundational knowledge of nursing concepts and clinical decision making to provide evidence-based nursing care. Content includes but is not limited to: healthcare delivery systems, professionalism, health promotion, psychosocial well-being, functional ability, gas exchange, safety, pharmacology, and coordinator/manager of care.

credits

7

Prerequisites

As required by the program

NUR 113 : NURSING CONCEPTS I

This course teaches foundational knowledge of nursing concepts and clinical decision making to provide evidence-based nursing care. Content includes but is not limited to: coordinator/manager of care, perfusion, oxygenation, infection, inflammation, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, mobility/immobility, cellular regulation, acid/base balance, and fluid/electrolyte balance.

credits

8

Prerequisites

As required by the program

NUR 114 : NURSING CONCEPTS II

This course teaches foundational knowledge of nursing concepts and clinical decision making to provide evidence-based nursing care. Content includes but is not limited to: coordinator/manager of care, sexuality, reproduction and childbearing, infection, inflammation, sensory perception, perfusion, cellular regulation, mood disorders and affect, renal fluid/electrolyte balance, and medical emergencies.

credits

8

Prerequisites

As required by the program

NUR 115 : EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL REASONING

This course provides students with opportunities to collaborate with various members of the health care team in a family and community context. Students utilize clinical reasoning to assimilate concepts within the individual, health, and nursing domains.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by the program

NUR 120 : Healthcare Transistion

This course focuses on application of nursing concepts to transition individuals into the role of the practical nurse. Emphasis in this course is placed on evidence based clinical decision making and nursing concepts provided in a family and community context for a variety of health alterations across the lifespan. Designed to bridge previously gained health care knowledge, skills and abilities of the military veteran, LPN wishing to obtain an Alabama license, and paramedic to the role of the practical nurse. This course serves as a refresher for the nurse who desires practical experience before returning to the workforce.

credits

Prerequisites

SPH 106/107

Admission to program

NUR 209 : CONCEPTS FOR HEALTHCARE TRANSITION STUDENTS

This course focuses on application of nursing concepts to assist health care professionals to transition into the role of the registered nurse. Emphasis in this course is placed on evidenced based clinical decision making and nursing concepts provided in a family and community context for a variety of health alterations across the lifespan.

credits

10

Prerequisites

MTH 100 or higher, BIO 201 and 202, ENG 101, SPH 106 or SPH 107, PSY 210

NUR 211 : ADVANCED NURSING CONCEPTS

This course provides opportunities for students to integrate advanced nursing care concepts within a family and community context. Content includes but is not limited to: manager of care for advanced concepts in safety, fluid/electrolyte balance, cellular regulation, gas exchange, psychosocial wellbeing, growth and development, perfusion, and medical emergencies.

credits

7

Prerequisites

NUR 114, NUR 115, and SPH 106 or SPH 107.

Corequisites

BIO 220.

NUR 221 : ADVANCED EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL REASONING

This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate graduate competencies through didactic and preceptorship experiences necessary to transition to the profession of nursing. Content in nursing and health care domains includes management of care, professionalism, and healthcare delivery systems.

credits

7

Prerequisites

BIO 220, NUR 211.

Corequisites

Humanities elective (Ethics preferred(.