Department of Nursing
Department Chair: Kim Van Wagoner
Department Secretary: Carmelita Jones (208) 496-1325
Department Faculty: Jason AtwoodKathleen BarnhillJoann DallingSusan DicusDonna 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. Demonstrate accountability for nursing practice.
2. Assume responsibility for personal and professional stewardship goals.
3. Administer holistic nursing care for patients with identified health problems across the life span.
4. Apply knowledge to further education.
5. Acknowledge the role of professional organizations in advancing nursing practice.
6. Utilize nursing reasearch.
7. Utilize critical thinking in providing safe and appropriate nursing care.
8. Recognize and develop caring attitudes and relationships.
9. Utilize the nursing process to develop a plan of care.

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.

The applicant will be required to complete the Preadmission Entrance Exam (see the application packet for details).

All students with English as a second language will be required to pass the TOEFL Examination with a score of at least 600 written and a score of at least 250 on the computer. Students should check their local colleges/universities for availability. Brigham Young University-Idaho offers the exam by request only (contact the Testing Center at 208-496-1206).

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

The Department of Nursing requires:
1. American College Test (ACT) Scores
2. Preadmission Entrance Exam - information is included with each nursing program application
3. TOEFL Score of at least 600 written or 250 computer for ESL students.

PREREQUISITE COURSES
Chem 101 - Intro Gen Chem - 4 credits (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. )

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.

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

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.

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

COLLEGE APPLICANTS
Acceptance into the Nursing Program is based on college GPA and evaluation of college courses and credits (not to exceed 30 cumulative credits at the time of application). Students with greater than 30 credits will only be considered for the Alternate 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 Provider 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" basis.

Early Graduation
The Early Graduation Track accommodates students needing, or desiring, to graduate one semester early. Students complete freshman year, all Summer Sessions between the Freshman and Sophomore Years and Fall semester of the Sophomore year. These students finish in December, but are encouraged to return in April for the Pinning Ceremony. Freshman 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. Contact the Department of Nursing (208-496-1325) for more information.

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 the Department of Nursing (208-496-1325) for more information.

Alternate Track
Evening classes are held each week and clinical is every Saturday. 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 University Residency Requirement.

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 Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052-3981
Tel. 1-425-558-4224

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, 205
PSYCH 310


 
B.S.  in Nursing (400)   
The Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Program at BYU-Idaho is designed for the individual with a current license as a Registered Nurse, and who desires 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. Demonstrate accountability and independence for designing and administering nursing care.
2. Assume increasing responsibility for personal and professional stewardship goals.
3. Administer, direct, manage, and coordinate holistic nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
4. Apply knowledge and understanding of self and community by pursuing further education.
5. Be prepared to accept roles within professional nursing organizations in advancing nursing practice.
6. Utilize, conduct, and evaluate nursing research.
7. Apply knowledge and understanding of self by utilizing critical thinking.
8. Recognize, initiate, and develop caring attitudes and relationships.
9. Utilize the nursing process in providing nursing care through organizing and directing interdisciplinary groups within the Health Care Community.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Two separate applications are required: One for BYU-Idaho and one for the Nursing Program. In addition, the applicant must submit "official" college transcript(s) to the BYU-Idaho Registrar and the Department of Nursing. Students are accepted into the Nursing Program following admission to BYU-Idaho, following review and approval by the Department of Nursing Admissions Council. Applicants will be notified of the decision by mail.

The RN student must submit the following documentation:
1. Completed application forms obtained from the Department of Nursing.
2. Completion of an RN Program. Conditional acceptance into the BSN Program will be granted contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN not to exceed five weeks into the semester of enrollment.
3. Cumulative grade point 2.5 or higher (Including all college course work)
4. Current RN licensure in good standing. On campus students must have an Idaho RN license or license from a participating compact state.

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 a nursing advisor and complete the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Plan.
4. Return a completed Consent Form.
5. Remain current and 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 Requirements: 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. If transferring credits, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that courses taken are equivalent and transferable. Contact the BYU-Idaho Registrar Office (208-496-1001) to review the courses in question. Students must also meet university residency requirements.
8. Submit a completed criminal background check.

ACADEMIC FEES
BSN: $62.00

OPTIONAL PROGRAM TRACKS
Tracks in the Baccalaureate Program are offered on an "as needed" basis.

Distant Education Track

The BYU-Idaho Nursing Program is offered through distant education utilizing email, web sites/Blackboard program and ground mail (videos, cassettes, or paper). The mode of instruction/communication is determined by the individual course instructor. Course requirements are the same as the on-campus BSN Program. Clinical experiences are to be completed within the area the learner resides (with the approval of the instructor and completion of the BYU-Idaho Master Internship Agreement form).

The required general education courses can be taken on campus or online through BYU-Idaho Continuing Education or at other colleges/universities. Acceptance of credits taken at other universities are contingent upon approval by the Registrar at BYU-Idaho. Please contact the BYU-Idaho Registrar Office (208-496-1001) to review the courses in question.


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 Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052-3981
Tel. 1-425-558-4224

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



GENERAL EDUCATION:
The graduate of either a diploma or associate degree program must meet the general education requirements of BYU-Idaho for a Bachelor of Science degree. All transfer students must submit transcripts to the Registrar for evaluation and validation of completion of BYU-Idaho requirements (208-496-1001).



General Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
 
Major Requirements
   
Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
BIO 381
MATH 221
NURS 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.
(Fall Semester)
 
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.
(Fall Semester)
 
NURS 100L Beginning Clinical Concepts (BCC) (0:0:4)
Required each Freshman semester. BCC experiences and evaluations are incorporated into Freshman clinical hours and provide additional clinical experiences. Activities focus on technical skills, nursing process, and patient care.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer 1st Block)
 
NURS 101 Beg Med/Surg (ASN) (2:1:3)
Prerequisite: NURS 100 and NURS 100A
This block course applies the nursing process, using the conceptual model as a guide, to the nursing assessment, care, and common disease processes of aging individuals.
(Winter and Summer 1st Block)
 
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 model in caring for individuals who have metabolic concerns through the wellness continuum.
(Winter and Summer 1st Block)
 
NURS 103 Specialty Nurs (ASN) (2:1:3)
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.
(Winter and Summer 1st Block)
 
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 model as a guide, in caring for individuals with problems of the digestive system and/or cellular concerns.
(Winter and Summer 1st Block )
 
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 model as a guide, in caring for individuals through the wellness continuum as it applies to complex patients having musculoskeletal, sensory, neurological, and endocrine concerns.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer 2nd Term)
 
NURS 200L Intermediate Clinical Concepts (ICC) (0:0:10)
Required each Sophomore semester. ICC experiences and evaluations are incorporated into sophomore clinical hours and provide additional clinical experiences. Activities focus on increasing complex application of the nursing process, leadership and prioritization skills, and review and enhancement of technical skills.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer 2nd Term)
 
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 model 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.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer 2nd Term)
 
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 model as a guide in caring for individuals through the wellness continuum as it applies to women's health issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery and the newborn period.
(Fall and Winter )
 
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 model 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.
(Fall and Winter)
 
NURS 204 Specialty Nurs (ASN) (1:1:0)
This block course uses the conceptual model to focus on professional accountability, legal issues, current trends, and educational opportunities for nurses.
(Fall (1st Block) and Winter (1st Block))
 
NURS 205 Trends and Professionalism in Nursing (ASN) (1:1:0)
This course utilizes the conceptual model to help the student focus on entry into professional nursing practice,i.e., employment opportunities, health care trends, etc.
(Fall 2nd Block and Winter 2nd Block)
 
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.
(Each semester as needed by students.)
 
NURS 299 Nurs Review Course (ASN) (3:2:2)
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.
(Fall and Winter)
 
NURS 316 Professional Seminar (BSN) (3:2:2)
Prerequisite: Registered Nurse Licensure
This course applies the conceptual model to help the student explore differences in ASN and BSN education and practice levels, nursing theorists, and professional responsibilities.
(Fall, Winter, and 1 Summer Term)
 
NURS 327 Physical Assessment (BSN) (4:3:3)
This course uses the conceptual model to help the student gain advanced assessment skills to improve patient care. *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 327 and 330, six vertical credits will be awarded.
(Fall, Winter, and 1 Summer Term)
 
NURS 330 Advanced Med/Surg (BSN)* (4:2:6)
This course offers the learner knowledge and experience applying the conceptual model 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 327 and 330, six vertical credits will be awarded.
(Fall, Winter, and 1 Summer Term)
 
NURS 331 Vertical Escrow Credits (BSN) (6:0:0)
Vertical Escrow Credits *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 327 and 330, six vertical credits will be awarded. After successful completion of Nursing 327 and Nursing 330, complete and submit a Vertical Escrow Credit Application Form. The form is submitted to the Registrar's Office. 6 Escrow Credits will be granted, listed as Nursing 331 on the transcript. The granting of vertical escrow credits documents previous learning.
(Fall, Winter, and 1 Summer Term)
 
NURS 338 Nursing Research (BSN) (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Math 221
This course offers the learner knowledge and experience in using the conceptual model 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 and allows the learner opportunity to examine research credibility.
(Fall and Winter)
 
NURS 449 Community Nursing (BSN) (5:2:9)
This survey course uses the conceptual model 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.
(Fall and Winter)
 
NURS 450 Nursing Leadership (BSN) (5:2:9)
This course utilizes the conceptual model to help the student explore the principles of leadership and management as they apply to nursing practice.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer)
 
SFN 301 Skills for Family Nursing (CLUSTER) (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: Bio 100, Bio 150, or Permission of Instructor
CLUSTER COURSE F0R NON-NURSING MAJORS ONLY. This course is designed to help the Non-Nursing Major increase their knowledge of nursing concepts applicable to the development and changes which occur through life. In-class activities will provide basic nursing skills to assist the learner in family support through illness. Cluster courses for non-nursing majors ONLY.
(Winter, Summer)
 
SFN 302 Skills for Family Nursing (CLUSTER) (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: Bio 100, Bio 150, or Permission of Instructor
CLUSTER COURSE F0R NON-NURSING MAJORS ONLY. This course is designed to help the Non-Nursing Major understand basic principles of women's health and care of pregnant women and roles. It also covers fundamental principles in caring for the expectant mother, the newborn infant, and women's health issues. Cluster courses for non-nursing majors ONLY.
(Fall, Winter)
 
SFN 303 Skills for Family Nursing (CLUSTER) (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: Bio 100, Bio 150, or Permission of Instructor
CLUSTER COURSE F0R NON-NURSING MAJORS ONLY. This course is designed to help the Non-Nursing Major understand common illnesses and disabilities of infancy, childhood, and adolescence; and understand the application of fundamental principles in caring for ill children in the family setting, and in improving overall wellness of children. Cluster courses for non-nursing majors ONLY.
(Fall, Summer)