Department of Nursing
Department Chair: Kim Van Wagoner
Department Secretary: Carmelita Jones (208) 496-1325
Department Faculty: Jason AtwoodKathleen BarnhillJoann DallingDonna FunkSusan GarbettPamela HartTana HunterAnn KillianGayle LeeMargaret ParsonShirley StavastKim Van Wagoner

 
The Nursing Department offers the following programs:
1. Associate of Science with a Major in Nursing (Open to students admitted to FALL/WINTER TRACK who desire to become Registered Nurses)
2. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (Open to Registered Nurses only)

For recommended sequence of courses, see http://www2.byui.edu/nursing/home/
 
Program Description


 
A.S.  in Nursing (355)   
This two-year program has been designed to prepare the graduate for the professional nurse board examination (NCLEX-RN).


Upon completion of the nursing curriculum, the graduate will be prepared to:

1. Administer nursing care for patients with identified health problems across the life span.
2. Utilize nursing research.
3. Demonstrate accountability for nursing practice.
4. Assume responsibility for personal and professional stewardship goals.
5. Acknowledge the roles of professional organizations in advancing nursing practice.
6. Apply knowledge to further education.
7. Qualify to write the professional nurse board examination (NCLEX-RN).

APPLICATION PROCESS
Two separate applications are required: one for Brigham Young University-Idaho, and one for the Nursing Program. In addition, the applicant must submit "official" high school and/or college transcript(s) to the BYU-Idaho Registrar and the Department of Nursing. Failure to receive an applicant's official transcript(s) by February 15 will invalidate the application, and the student will not be considered for admission to the program.

All students with English as a second language will be required to pass the TOEFL Examination with a score of at least 580. Students should check their local colleges/universities for availability. Brigham Young University-Idaho offers the exam by request only (contact the Testing Center at 208-496-1207).

Students are accepted into the Nursing Program following admission to Brigham Young University-Idaho, and following review and approval by the Nursing Admissions Council. Applicants will be notified of the decision by mail.

PREREQUISITE COURSES
Chem 101 - Intro Gen Chem - 4 credits
Bio 264 & 265 or Bio 268 - Human Anatomy and Physiology - 8 credits

HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS
The Brigham Young University-Idaho Nursing Program is intended to integrate students immediately out of high school into the program.

The student who has completed one full year of high school chemistry with a grade of "B" or better may qualify to have the chemistry prerequisite waived.

Recommended High School Courses: Algebra II or higher, Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry

Admission for High School applicants is based upon a ranking system established by BYU-Idaho. For specifics, contact the BYU-Idaho Admission Office at 208-496-1026.

In addition to the above, the Department of Nursing requires:
1. American College Test (ACT) scores: 22 minimum in each subscore with a 25 composite score
2. NLN Pre-Admission Examination - information is included with each nursing program application
3. TOEFL Score of at leat 580 for ESL students.

COLLEGE APPLICANTS
Acceptance into the Nursing Program is based on college GPA and evaluation of college courses and credit (not to exceed 40 cumulative credits at the time of application). Students with greater than 40 credits will only be considered for the non-traditional track.

Students who did not complete one year of Chemistry in high school with at least a "B" grade must complete the chemistry prerequisite.

LPN TO ASN:
The required validation process for previous learning is defined by the Idaho State Nursing Articulation Committee (ISNAC). Contact the Department of Nursing for details.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
After being accepted to Brigham Young University Idaho
and prior to starting Fall semester, the student must:

1. Complete prerequisite courses.
2. Receive a confirmation letter from the Department of Nursing.
3. Return signed Acceptance Form by specified date.
4. Return completed Consent Form.
5. Provide documentation of current "Healthcare Provide CPR" certification.
6. Submit completed health questionnaire with immunization documentation.
7. Be responsible for and assume the risks of transportation to and from the clinical areas.
8. Submit a completed criminal background check.

Each nursing student is required to carry student liability insurance against malpractice suits. The insurance fee is $10 per semester and is paid by Brigham Young University-Idaho.

ACADEMIC FEES
Department of Nursing Insignia: $10.00
Travel Fee: $25.00
Nursing Kit: $125.00
Lab Fee:$45.00
Syllabi: $95.00
NCLEX Review Fee: $240.00

OPTIONAL PROGRAM TRACKS
Tracks in the Associate Program are offered on an "as needed" or "as desired" basis:

Early Graduation
The Early Graduation Track accommodates students needing, or desiring, to graduate one semester early. Students are obligated for all Summer Sessions between the Freshman and Sophomore Years and Fall semester of the second year. These students finish in December, but are encouraged to return in April for the Pinning Ceremony. Students must have a 3.0 G.P.A. in nursing courses to be considered for this program. Once accepted in the ASN Nursing Program, a student can apply for the Early Graduation Track.

Transcultural Nursing
One transcultural experience may be offered each year. A select number of students participate. Application for the program occurs during the Fall Semester of the Freshman year. The transcultural experience is completed during the Fall Semester of the Sophomore year. Details pertaining to the specific experience, including course sequence recommendations are available to students on request. Contact Susan Dicus, 150D Clarke, or Kim Van Wagoner, Chairman, (208) 496-1325 for more information.

Non-Traditional
The Non-Traditional Track accommodates students working full time. Evening classes are held each week and clinical is every Saturday and as arranged by individual students. This track is organized on an "as needed" basis. Students graduate in April. Applicants must have ALL general education course work completed prior to beginning the nursing program. Contact Continuing Education at (208) 496-1040 for program costs and other information.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Prerequisites may be completed at Brigham Young University-Idaho or other colleges/universities offering equivalent courses.

If transferring credits, it is the student's responsibility to ensure the courses taken are equivalent and transferable. Please contact the Brigham Young University-Idaho Registrar Office(208-496-1001) to review the courses in question. Students must also meet the University's Residency Requirement.

*The lab component of Anatomy and Physiology must be a "wet-lab". If a student completes Anatomy & Physiology without the wet-lab component, the student will be required to successfully complete Gross Anatomy (BIO 266) at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

CEREMONIES
First Year Recognition: At the end of first Summer Block of the Freshman year.

Second Year Pinning: The night before Brigham Young University-Idaho graduation.

ACCREDITING AGENCIES
The BYU-Idaho ASN Nursing program is accredited by:
1-National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission(NLNAC)
61 Broadway
New York City, NY 10006
Tel. 1-800-669-1656, Ext. 153

2-Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
11130 N.E. 33rd Place, Suite 120
Belleview, WA 98004
Tel. 1-425-827-2005

and is approved by:
State of Idaho Board of Nursing
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0061
Tel. 1-208-334-3110, Ext. 34


General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:
The following General Education courses are required for the Nursing major and partially complete General Education requirements.

Note that Chem 101 and 105 may be waived for students who have taken one full year of high school chemistry with a grade of "B" or better.
Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
BIO 221, 222
CHILD 210
CS 100
ECON 111
ENG 315
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
CHEM 101, 105

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
BIO 386

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:
BIO 268 or BIO 264/265 are prerequisites to be completed prior to beginning the Nursing program.
Take this Course    
BIO 268
 
        OR
           Take these Courses    
           BIO 264, 265

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
HFED 116
NURS 100, 100A, 100L, 101, 102, 103, 104, 200, 200L, 201, 202, 203, 204
PSYCH 310


 
B.S.  in Nursing (400)   
The Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Program at BYU-Idaho is designed for individuals who have an Associate Degree in Nursing, are currently licensed as Registered Nurses, and desire to expand employment opportunities and enhance nursing knowledge. This program can be completed in three full-time semesters.

Upon completion of the BSN program the graduate will be prepared to:
1. Assume nursing leadership roles in directing, managing, coordinating, and administering nursing care for individuals, families and communities.
2. Conduct, utilize, and evaluate nursing research.
3. Demonstrate accountability and independence for designing and administering nursing care.
4. Be prepared to accept roles within professional nursing organizations.
5. Participate in the organization and direction of interdisciplinary groups within the Health Care Community.
6. Apply knowledge and understanding of self and community in pursuit of graduate study.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Students are accepted into the Baccalaureate Completion Program following admission to Brigham Young University-Idaho, and following review and selection by the Nursing Admissions Council.

The RN student must submit the following documentation:
1. Completed application forms obtained from the Department of Nursing.
2. Completion of an Associate Degree Nursing Program. (If the applicant is a graduate of a diploma program he/she must meet the general education requirements of BYU-Idaho for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
3. Cumulative grade point 2.5 or higher (Includes all college course work)
4. Current Idaho R.N. licensure (If you are in the final year of an RN program, your admission to the BSN program will be contingent upon passing the NCLEX-RN Exam.)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
After being accepted into the BSN program, the student must:
1. Receive a confirmation letter of acceptance from the Department of Nursing.
2. Return signed Acceptance Form by specified date.
3. Meet with nursing advisor and review Baccalaureate Degree Completion Plan.
4. Return a completed Consent Form.
5. Provide documentation of "Health Care Provider" CPR Certification.
6. Submit a completed health questionnaire with immunization documentation.
7. Complete the Brigham Young University-Idaho Upper Division Requirement: At least 30 hours of upper division credit is required. Transfer students must complete at least 30 credit hours through BYU-Idaho, including 15 hours of upper division credit. Additionally, the last 15 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree must be completed in residency.
8. Submit a completed criminal background check.


ACADEMIC FEES
BSN: $62.00

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If transferring credits, it is the student's responsibility to ensure the courses taken are equivalent and transferable. Please contact the Brigham Young University-Idaho Registrar Office(208-496-1001) to review the courses in question. Students must also meet the University's Residency Requirement.

ACCREDITING AGENCIES
The BYU-Idaho BSN Nursing Program is provisionally accredited by:
1-National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission(NLNAC)
61 Broadway
New York City, NY 10006
Tel. 1-800-669-1656, Ext. 153

2-Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
11130 N.E. 33rd Place, Suite 120
Belleview, WA 98004
Tel. 1-425-827-2005

and is approved by:
State of Idaho Board of Nursing
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0061
Tel. 1-208-334-3110, Ext. 34


General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
  An Associate degree in Nursing which includes all General Education courses is required for admission to the Baccalaureate program. If Economics has not been taken in the associate degree program, it must be completed for the BSN program.
Take this Course    Min Grade: C-
ECON 111
 
Major Requirements
   
Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
BIO 381
MATH 221
NURS 300L, 316, 327, 330, 338, 449, 450
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
SOC 111, 323, 357
 
Course Descriptions

NURS 100 Introductory Nursing (ASN) (6:3:9)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program and completion of BIO 268 or BIO 264/265; and Chem 101, 105, or one full year of High School Chemistry with a grade of "B" or better.
This course provides the learner experience in utilizing the nursing process to provide fundamental care for patients in long-term and acute-care settings.
 
NURS 100A Intro Nursing (ASN) (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program and Concurrent enrollment in NURS 100.
Introduction of concepts related to nursing professionalism including: values, leadership, economics, ethics, teaching/learning, legal implications, cultural, and spiritual aspects. Communication and interpersonal skills will be emphasized.
 
NURS 100L Nursing Lab (Freshman) (ASN) (0:0:0)
Required each Freshman Semester. Lab experiences and evaluations are structured to compliment Freshman clinical experiences. Activities focus on technical skills, nursing process, and the patient care.
 
NURS 101 Beg Med/Surg (ASN) (2:1:3)
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: NURS 100 and NURS 100A
This block course applies the nursing process, using the Conceptual Framework as a guide, to the nursing assessment, care, and common disease processes of aging individuals.
 
NURS 102 Beg Med/Surg (ASN) (2:1:3)
Prerequisite: NURS 100 and NURS 100A
This block course builds on the learner's base knowledge of metabolism of the body, incorporating the nursing process through the Conceptual Framework in caring for individuals who have metabolic concerns through the wellness continuum.
 
NURS 103  (2:1:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 100 and NURS 100A, Concurrent Enrollment in Psych 310
This course is designed to increase the student’s self-awareness and application of the nursing process, using the conceptual model as a guide, to the holistic concerns of themselves and others. The major psychiatric disorders, common psychiatric problems, and mental-health issues that people deal with over the life span are covered.
 
NURS 104 Beg Med/Surg (ASN) (2:1:3)
Prerequisite: NURS 100 and NURS 100A
This block course applies the nursing process, using the Conceptual Framework as a guide, in caring for individuals with problems of the digestive system and/or cellular concerns.
 
NURS 199L Nursing Lab - Non-Traditional Track (0:0:0)
Lab experiences and evaluations are structured to compliment Freshman clinical experiences. Activities focus on technical skills, nursing process, and the patient care. Offered only when Non-Traditional Track is in process.
 
NURS 200 Int Med/Surg (ASN) (3:1:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 100, NURS 100A, NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 103, NURS 104
This block course focuses on the application of the nursing process, using the Conceptual Framework as a guide, in caring for individuals through the wellness continuum as it applies to complex patients having musculoskeletal, sensory, neurological, and endocrine concerns.
 
NURS 200L Nursing Lab (Sophomore) (ASN) (0:0:0)
Required each Sophomore Semester. Lab experiences and evaluations are structured to compliment Sophomore clinical experiences over the semester. Activities focus on increasing complex application of the nursing process, leadership and prioritization skills, and review and enhancement of technical skills.
 
NURS 201 Int Med/Surg (ASN) (3:1:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 100, NURS 100A, NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 103, NURS 104
This block course provides the learner knowledge and experience using the nursing process, with the Conceptual Framework as a guide, in caring for individuals and families in preventative and rehabilitative care and in acute-care situations with complex patients having concerns in perfusion and oxygenation capabilities.
 
NURS 202 Specialty Nurs (ASN) (3:1:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 100, NURS 100A, NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 103, NURS 104
This block course provides the student experience in hospital and community settings in order to apply the nursing process, using the Conceptual Framework as a guide, in specialized assessing and caring for the child-bearing family especially the maternal/newborn population.
 
NURS 203 Specialty Nurs (ASN) (3:1:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 100, NURS 100A, NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 103, NURS 104
This block course focuses on the application of the nursing process, using the Conceptual Framework as a guide, in the specialized caring for the well infant, child and adolescent, the high-risk infant, and the ill child and adolescent in hospital and community settings.
 
NURS 204 Specialty Nurs (ASN) (1:1:0)
This block course uses the Conceptual Framework to focus on professional accountability, legal issues, current trends, and educational opportunities for nurses.
 
NURS 290 Spec Problems (ASN) (1-3:3:0)
This course provides the opportunity for study of pertinent topics not included in the Nursing curriculum. May be repeated for credit.
 
NURS 299 Nurs Rev Crs (ASN) (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides a broad review of nursing practice and care of the medical-surgical, pediatric, psychiatric, and obstetrical clients. It is taught with lecture, discussion of texts, articles, computer simulations, role play, and case histories. Emphasis is on student participation and active involvement with the learning process.
 
NURS 300L Nursing Lab (BSN) (0:0:0)
Co-requisite to NURS 327. Lab experiences and evaluations focus on practical application of advanced physical assessment skills.
 
NURS 316 Professional Seminar (BSN) (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Registered Nurse Licensure
This course applies the conceptual framework to help the student explore differences in ASN and BSN education and practice levels, nursing theorists, and professional responsibilities.
 
NURS 327 Physical Assessment (BSN) (4:3:3)
This course uses the conceptual framework to help the student gain advanced assessment skills to improve patient care.
 
NURS 330 Advanced Med/Surg (BSN)* (4:2:6)
Prerequisite: NURS 316 and NURS 327; Registered Nurse Licensure
This course applies the conceptual framework in the education of and caring for the adult patient with specific attention to the wellness continuum as it relates to clinical changes in the critical care areas. *Note: Escrow credit is a method of academic adjustment that allows a block of credit to be granted for previous learning. (See “Vertical Credits” in catalog). At BYU-Idaho, escrow credit allows lower division credits already earned to be awarded as upper division credits upon successful completion of specified course work. These credits are required for the BSN program. When the BSN student successfully completes Nursing 330 six vertical credits will be awarded.
 
NURS 338 Nursing Research (BSN) (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Math 221
This course applies the conceptual framework and the relationship of inquiry, including quantitative and qualitative processes, with the advancement and structuring of nursing knowledge. It provides a forum for discussion of the development, application and evaluation of various types of nursing research.
 
NURS 449 Community Nursing (BSN) (5:2:9)
Prerequisite: NURS 316 and NURS 327
This survey course uses the conceptual framework to help the student explore the nursing process in community health nursing practice for the purpose of preventing disease and disability, and promoting, protecting, and maintaining a healthy community.
 
NURS 450 Nursing Leadership (BSN) (5:2:9)
Prerequisite: NURS 316 and NURS 327
This course utilizes the conceptual framework to help the student explore the principles of leadership and management as they apply to nursing practice.