NURSING - BSN 373 Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The nursing curriculum is arranged in three sequential levels that build in complexity from simple to complex. All nursing curriculum level one courses (Freshman and Sophomore years) must be completed before the student progresses to level two of the nursing curriculum. The level one support courses include: BIOL106, 107, 115, 116, 117, 118, 122 and 123 or their equivalents; CHEM 105 and 108 or their equivalents; DIET 202 or its equivalent; PSYC 222 or its equivalent; SOCI 110 or its equivalent; Statistics (PSYC 211, SOCI 351 or MATH 213) or its equivalent. Level two courses (Junior year) must be successfully completed prior to student progression to level three courses (Senior year). Exceptions in progression will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Program Director (See Villa Maria School of Nursing Handbook for complete listing of Policies and Procedures). Upon successful completion of the prescribed program of study, Gannon University awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The student is eligible, upon certification by the Villa Maria School of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam the title Registered Nurse (R.N.) can be used. The purpose of the professional nursing program is to prepare students for entry into professional practice and provide an academic foundation for graduate study. The community-based baccalaureate program provides competencies, knowledge, values and roles that prepare professional nurses to provide safe, high quality care to diverse populations, in and across all environments. The program also prepares students for advanced study and to value life-long learning. The baccalaureate program in Nursing provides for a balanced study of natural and social sciences in addition to humanities within the content of professional education to promote critical thinking, effective communication, caring, respect, and concern for individuals, groups, and communities. The State Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act as identified in the Nurse Practice Act No. 1985-109. See complete policy in Nursing Handbook. Proof of current health records including a physical and specific health care provider testing and immunizations, health insurance, child abuse clearance, criminal clearance, Finger printing, American Heart Association, Health Care Provider CPR and the ability to meet the nursing student performance standards are required. Policies specific to nursing standards and the Villa Maria School of Nursing are published and distributed annually in the Villa Maria School of Nursing handbook. Students intending to apply to the graduate level physical therapy program may select nursing as a major field of study for the undergraduate degree. Summer coursework is required to obtain all the pre-requisites for the graduate level physical therapy program. A separate curriculum planner for BSN-NURS/Pre-PT is available on request from the Villa Maria School of Nursing. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: (# indicates Clinical Laboratory Component) NURS 101: First-Year Seminar, Part One The First Year Seminar is a discussion/experience-based course intended to orient the new student to Gannon University, to introduce the Liberal Studies Core and LIFECORE, to assist in the transition from high school to university life and to encourage development of academic, personal and spiritual aspects of the studentâ€™s life. Each seminar is unique, depending upon the instructor and/or program in which it is offered.