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  Dec 06, 2022
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Major (NURS), BSN

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Must be taken prior to admission to the program: 31 Hours

Prerequisites must be passed with a “C” or higher.

Remaining Bible/Electives: 4 Hours

See Bible Class Enrollment policy here. 

Total Hours: 139


Suggested Prenursing curriculum sequence .

Special considerations:

*These courses also serve as prerequisites to the nursing program and must be passed with a “C” or higher prior to admission to the Level I nursing courses.

**Elect two courses in the global literacy menu of the Liberal Arts Program . Since NURS 344  and NURS 413  meet the requirements for global literacy, they are recommended for those interested in health missions. NURS 413  counts as a Bible or global literacy requirement, but not both. Students are strongly encouraged to take NURS 413  if they are planning to participate in an international health care mission trip.

***NURS 413  does not count as a textual Bible course.  BDOC 354  is strongly recommended for the nursing degree.

****MATH 107  must be passed with a “B” or higher prior to admission to the Level I nursing courses.

Curriculum Plan:

The nursing faculty support the liberal arts and Bible-based course offerings at Harding and the many opportunities available for student learning experiences. The following are recommended in planning a program of study:      

  1. In the Carr College of Nursing, Level I is the first two semesters of study after admission. Level II is the last two semesters of study within the Carr College of Nursing.
  2. Though the Level I and Level II years may be predominately nursing courses, students are encouraged to participate fully in campus activities.
  3. Mission and health mission opportunities abound. NURS 210 , NURS 305 , NURS 344 , NURS 413 , and BMIS 388  are available to enrich knowledge and skills with missions and health care. See the nursing health missions coordinator for details.
  4. The Carr College of Nursing director of admissions and faculty advisers are available to serve in academic and career planning. Individual and group academic advising sessions are available each semester. Students are encouraged to use this assistance to plan schedules which fit individual learning needs and which prevent costly scheduling mistakes.
  5. Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a leadership and ministry major and/or a health missions minor. Details are available in this catalog and can be provided by the director of admissions in the Carr College of Nursing.
  6. NURS 367  is available as a cooperative education clinical experience. See the assistant to the dean or a faculty adviser for details.

Completion of Program

Following the Level 1 Carr College of Nursing admission, nursing courses are to be completed within four consecutive years. Should a student not complete the nursing curriculum within four consecutive years following admission to the nursing program, the student’s progress will be evaluated by committee, and an individualized remediation plan will be developed to ensure competency and safety as a program graduate. This plan may include requiring the student to repeat courses.

Licensure Examination Eligibility

Following graduation, alumni are eligible to apply for the national licensure examination called the NCLEX- RN®. Test development and oversight is coordinated through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The test is administered in every state and U.S. territory, and successful passage enables a graduate to practice anywhere in the United States and U.S. territories. Final application approval for the examination through the Carr College of Nursing rests with the dean of nursing; final approval to be eligible to take the NCLEX- RN® rests with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (or a like counterpart in the state in which a graduate seeks to pursue initial licensure).

Persons convicted of a crime are ineligible to take the NCLEX- RN®. Felony and/or FBI background checks and fingerprinting are required in the senior year as part of the nursing licensure application process.

Undergraduate Curriculum Tracks

Students are admitted into one of two curriculum tracks based on past educational experiences.

Traditional Track: This track is for all nursing students except licensed nurses. The student may complete the degree in four academic years of full-time study; part-time study is available.

Level I

First Semester

Total: 15-16

Second Semester

Total: 17-18

Level II


Many prenursing students take courses during the summer to lighten the regular semester course load. Students should see their advisers for information about summer courses.

The following legend of symbols relates to the various courses previously listed:

*Students considering international mission work take a foreign language to partially fulfill the global literacy requirement. Take the language courses during the first two freshman semesters, and take the history course during one of the semesters marked global literacy. This sequence is recommended to complete the degree in four years.
**University policy states that all full-time students must enroll in a Bible class each semester.
***Elect two courses from the global literacy menu of the Liberal Arts Program . NURS 413  is strongly recommended for those interested in health care missions. NURS 344  and NURS 451  may be required for those doing international mission work.
+NURS 413  (Health Care Missions) will count as a Bible class the semester it is taken, and it will also serve as global literacy credit. NURS 413  does not count as a textual Bible class.
#NURS 321  and NURS 362  are to be taken the first semester following admission. NURS 354  and MATH 200  are taken the second semester after admission.
##NURS 412  is planned for the first semester of Level II but may be taken the second semester of Level I; NURS 462  is taken the semester of graduation.

All non-nursing course transfer credit is approved through the registrar’s office; prior approval is required.

Advanced Placement Track: The Advanced Placement Tracks (RN to BSN, LPN to BSN) are available to students who hold an unencumbered current Arkansas nursing license (licensed practical nurses, licensed psychiatric technical nurses, and registered nurses). Licensed nurses who have completed prerequisite courses from accredited schools are eligible for the Advanced Placement Track. Work experience is required for admission if the initial degree or diploma was obtained 12 or more months before admission to the Carr College of Nursing. If work experience is unmet, the applicant may be required to take and pay for a standardized examination. All nursing courses are held in escrow until degree requirements are complete. Licensed nurses are to contact the director of admissions (501-279-4682) or e-mail for review of prior clinical and educational experiences as well as development of an individualized degree plan.

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