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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE NURSING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL OF NURSING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016
Dean Alexa Stuifbergen in the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Nursing section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on May 23, August 28, and September 20, 2013. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.
The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by December 6, 2013.
Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE NURSING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL OF NURSING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016NAME OF CHANGE:
IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No
EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Change admission into nursing major. Instead of students entering as prenursing and then applying to the nursing major, students will be directly admitted into nursing as freshmen. Students will be required to meet specific benchmarks (progression policy) that indicate success in order to progress. Transfers would be admitted on a space available basis.
Rationale: This proposal should improve the four-year graduation rate since currently 20-40 percent of well-qualified prenursing students are not admitted to the nursing major due to resource restrictions. These students often reapply, go to other majors, or go to other institutions. Each of these options extends the students’ time to graduation. Further, the numbers of students that currently internally transfer into nursing are often greater than the space we have to accommodate them. Freshmen admission should result in: 1) the ability to mentor students into nursing earlier; 2) more efficient use of resources, including fewer students needing prerequisite courses such as anatomy and physiology; and 3) reduced stress from eliminating the threat of not being accepted into upper-division nursing for well-qualified applicants.
2. In addition to limiting internal transfers to being admitted on space available bases, the internal transfer policy is changed. To be considered for change of major admission, the student must have completed Principles of Chemistry (CH 301), Data Analysis for Health Sciences (SSC 302), and Introduction to Biology (BIO 311C), and must attend one of the school’s information sessions. Additionally, students should be on schedule to graduate within four years and should have a University grade point average of at least 3.0.
Rationale: Raising the minimal internal transfer GPA requirement to 3.0 will send a more realistic message to students since transfer admission will be competitive and limited to space available. This will help students who are unlikely to be successfully admitted find another major more quickly. Requiring students to take CH 301, SSC 302, and BIO 311C will provide needed data to determine who will be successful in upper-division coursework. Currently, prenursing majors, who may or may not get into nursing, take upper-division anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. This change in the internal transfer policy is designed to control the timing of internal transfers, targeting transfer into nursing before students take upper-division natural science courses, which are resource intensive. The inclusion of being on schedule to graduate within four years as a preferred criterion for transfer will give students an incentive to stay on track for a timely graduation.
3. External Transfers: To be considered for transfer admission to the School of Nursing, students must have completed thirty semester hours of transferable course work.
Rationale: Consistent with other departments’ policies for external transfer and provides evidence of students’ performance prior to admission.
4. Progression Policy for Nursing Majors prior to nursing clinical or lab work, which pertains to students prior to the second semester of sophomore year. Progression policy for nursing students in upper-division nursing course work remains the same.
Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 2.8 in required nursing degree course work prior to taking nursing courses with a clinical or lab component. In addition, students must attain a grade of at least C- in each natural science course or must repeat the course in residence to resume progression toward completing the degree. Students may not enroll more than twice in any one natural science course (including Q or W) and should take a full academic load of at least twelve credits when repeating a course. For the student to continue in the nursing major, no more than two natural science courses may be repeated. A student may not repeat for credit a course in which a grade of C- or better was awarded.
Students must meet all progression requirements prior to taking nursing courses with a clinical or lab component. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be permitted to continue in the nursing major. Students are advised every semester to determine proper coursework and goals to complete the degree in four academic years.
A student is placed on academic probation in the School of Nursing if the student received a grade of D+, D, D-, or F in any nursing or natural science course. Student are subject to dismissal from the nursing major if they receive more than one D+,D, D-, or F during a semester or receive a second D+,D, D-, or F while on academic probation.
Rationale: Performance in natural science courses is an indicator of future success in the nursing major. This policy helps make sure that students are prepared to successfully progress on to the resource intensive clinical and lab nursing courses and prepares students to handle the rigors of the nursing curriculum. The policy also gives freshmen some transition time to become successful if needed. Additionally, limitations on how many natural science courses can be repeated will help noncompetitive students find another major more quickly, improving use of resources and time to degree.
5. Re-sequence nursing coursework to start second semester of sophomore year. All transfer students (internal and external) would need to be in the School of Nursing by the second semester of sophomore year. Course content will be redistributed to systematically build skills and knowledge (e.g., writing flag course at each level, adult health content and skills spread across each semester). Adult Health Nursing II (N 455) will be broken into two two-credit courses to be taught over two semesters. Specific sequence of courses noted below.
Rationale: Provides an additional semester to learn nursing content and skills. Content is redistributed across the curriculum to provide a more consistent experience for students regarding content and skills. These changes specifically address student feedback on exit surveys from the past five to ten years related to sequencing of courses.
Undergraduate Curriculum 2014-2016 (total hours 125 or 126)
Freshman 1st Semester
Freshman 2nd Semester
Summer 1st Year
RHE 306 Rhetoric & Writing
BIO 311C Intro to Biology
GOV 312L, 312P or 312R
CH 301 Principles of Chemistry
NTR 306 Fundamentals of Nutrition
American History Core Course
SSC 302 Data Analysis for Health Sciences
E 316K Masterworks of Literature
UGS 302 First Year Signature
PSY 301 Intro to Psychology
Visual and Performing Arts
N 309 Global Health
Sophomore 1st Semester
(16 or 17 hrs)
BIO 446L Human Microscopy & Gross Anatomy
N 327 320 Introduction to Patient-Centered Nursing Care
BIO 326M Intro Medical Microbiology
N 224 Health Assessment Skills
Growth & Development
N 127P Clinical Nursing Skills I
American History Core Course
N 321 Ethics of Health Care *
N 310 Communication in Health Care Settings
BIO 365S Vertebrate Physiology
BIO 165U Physiology Lab
N 356 Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan
N 265 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
N 256P Problems in Mental Health Practicum
N 365P Nursing Care of Childbearing Families Practicum
N 325 Adult Health Nursing I
N 455A 255C Adult Health Nursing IIA (2-part courses can keep original course number, but is actually a 2-credit course)
N 325P Adult Health Nursing I Practicum
N 157P Clinical Nursing Skills II
PHR 338 Pharmacology
N 223 Genetics in Health Care
N 278 Contemporary Nursing Practice*
N 264 Nursing Research
N 266 Nursing Care of Children & Families
N 275 Public Health Nursing
N 366P Nursing Care of Children & Families Practicum
N 375P Public Health Nursing Practicum*
N 455B 255D Adult Health Nursing IIB (2-part courses can keep original course number, but is actually a 2-credit course)
N 274 Complex Nursing Care
N 355P Adult Health Nursing II Practicum
N 377 Leadership & Management of Nursing Care
N 354 Spanish for Health Care Professionals
N 277P Clinical Care Management Practicum
N 250 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
N 279P Capstone Preceptorship
* Writing flag nursing course
Italics Changed nursing course
[NOTE: Suggested arrangement of courses will be included in Undergraduate Catalog.]
6. Reduce the semester hours from three to two and clinical hours from 135 to 90 for Problems in Mental Health Nursing (N 356P) -> (N 256P) and Clinical Care Management (N 377P) -> (N 277P). Reduce the semester hours from three to two in Genetics in Health Care (N 323) -> (N 223). This change will be reflected in the suggested arrangement of courses section.
Rationale: The reduction in hours provides efficient clinical experiences for students who have multiple time demands. The reduced semester hours are re-allocated to other areas of content (e.g., Interprofessional Education). These changes are consistent with students’ concerns and feedback about the curriculum.
7. N 227 Conceptual Basis of Aging will have content moved into N 327 320 Introduction to Patient-Centered Nursing Care. The additional semester credit hour will be used to include introductory nursing content like nursing role and nursing process, which will be needed since students will be starting nursing course work with N 224 Health Assessment and N 127P Clinical Nursing Skills I in this semester (second semester of sophomore year). This change will be reflected in the suggested arrangement of courses section.
Rationale: Provides a course to introduce nursing to students during the second semester of the sophomore year, which will be needed as students begin their nursing course work. The course retains the focus on gerontology, which emphasizes the importance of that content in the curriculum.
8. Delete the required nursing elective N 347. This change will be reflected in the suggested arrangement of courses section.
Rationale: Elimination of the required nursing elective is timely since students are avoiding taking summer electives due to expense and are taking whatever fits into their schedule. With their Capstone course, the original intent of the required nursing elective to provide additional practice experience has been alleviated.
9. Add two new courses: N 250 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, which prepares students to systematically be part of the health care team, and N 274 Complex Nursing Care, which includes concepts related to critical care, palliative care, and multiple chronic conditions. This change will be reflected in the suggested arrangement of courses section.
Rationale: N 250 addresses the commitment needed to make interprofessional education work by making it a requirement within the curriculum. N 274 provides content at end of the nursing program that will enhance students’ critical thinking and prepare students for real life nursing practice. This course incorporates the nursing care of complex patients across patient settings, providing a greater emphasis on transitional care and working with complex patients in both community-based settings and acute-care settings.
SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
If yes, explain:
Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
If yes, explain:
How many students do you expect to be impacted?
About 50 students per year will no longer need seats in upper-division natural science courses.
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
College of Natural Sciences
Person communicated with: Sasha Kopp, Associate Dean
Date of communication: September 18, 2013
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
If yes, explain:
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
If yes, explain:
The number of hours for the degree will be reduced by one credit hour: from 126-127 to 125-126.
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department: Yes Date: May 23, 2013, August 28, 2013, September 20, 2013 College: Yes Date: May 23, 2013, August 28, 2013, September 20, 2013 Dean: Yes Date: May 23, 2013, August 28, 2013, September 20, 2013
To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.