Overview 

As a nursing student at The Woods, you will be prepared to assume a role in professional nursing or advance to graduate education. As healthcare changes, you will be ready to integrate technology, utilize data, apply evidence-based findings, communicate and collaborate effectively and creatively plan solutions for the best client outcomes. Nursing graduates are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Advocacy of holistic health
  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Culturally sensitive nursing care practices
  • Leadership and management abilities
  • Professionalism
  • A strong awareness of client safety
  • Support for social justice

At SMWC, you will benefit from a variety of simulated and real-world educational experiences. The nursing skills lab and modern chemistry labs provide students with state-of-the-art equipment and a simulated hospital learning environment. Thanks to our partnerships with local healthcare organizations, students also have access to off-campus simulation centers and opportunities for clinical experiences.

Admission Information

Are you ready to become an SMWC nursing student? Here’s what you need to know.

  • High school diploma or its equivalent, such as a general equivalency degree (GED).
  • Successful completion of the pre-nursing core course work with a grade of “C” or better and can only be repeated once for grade improvement, including BI 231 Anatomy and Physiology I and BI 232 Anatomy and Physiology II.
  • All attempted cognate courses must be completed with a “C” or better and can only be repeated once for grade improvement once admitted to the program, these include:
    • PS 111 Psychology
    • CO 111 Intro to Communication
    • CH 121 General Organic Chemistry
    • MA 117 Quantitative Reasoning
    • BI 252 Intro to Micro
    • MA 253 Statistics
    • BI 251 Bioethics
    • PS 260 Development Psychology
    • PS 486 Crisis Intervention
  • If a student does not earn a C during the second attempt for prerequisite, cognate, or nursing courses, they are dismissed from the program for a period of three years. Failed nursing courses at other institutions count as a failed course for this program as well.
  • The Nursing Admission Committee review all previously earned college credit, and students must have earned an overall 2.5 GPA.
  • Students need to score a 63 percent on the Assessment Technology Inc. entrance examination identified as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) within the last two years of the admission deadline. Regardless of the location of the testing site, a student may only attempt this exam twice per admission cycle. If students attempt this exam more than twice, regardless of the location, the Department of Nursing will only look at the first two scores.
    • The dates to take the exam are:
      March 22, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm
      April 12, 2018  6:00pm – 9:00pm
      May 17, 2018  6:00pm – 9:00pm
    • All the tests are done in Hulman Hall Room 032
  • Current criminal background check within the two years of admission.
  • Negative Drug Screen within the last 30 days of application.
  • If a student is ineligible for the nursing program they must wait a full year to reapply the following fall. If the student is ineligible for two consecutive years in a row, the student is not eligible to reapply for a period of three years.
  • A student cannot have failed out of another nursing program within the last three years.
Curriculum

All students are required to meet admission standards and take required courses.

Required Pre-Nursing Courses

6 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BI 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems to human bodies as well as a general introduction to this area. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BI 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as growth, development and genetics. Course Fee. Prerequisite: BI 231

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Required Nursing Courses

59 credit hours required; All courses listed.

NU 210 Nursing Foundations
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the role of the professional nurse, including the history of nursing, nursing ethics, professional communication, career opportunities, use of information technology, and the application of evidence-based practice. Fall. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
NU 211 Physical Assessment
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Skills are developed related to obtaining health histories, inspection, auscultation, percussion, and palpation of clients through the life span. Emphasis is placed on health teaching, the head-to-toe assessment, and selected body system assessments. Basic laboratory diagnostic values and normal growth and development are introduced. Thirty (30) didactic course hours, and forty-five (45) practice hours. Fall. Co-requisite: NU 210, or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
NU 220 Nursing Fundamentals
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Through the framework of the nursing process, nursing skills are developed to provide client care. Adaptive care is provided for culturally sensitive issues, age variation, and gender concerns. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Spring. Prerequisite: NU 210 and NU 211, or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 222 Pharmacology Therapeutics
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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Focuses on the therapeutic action of medications and medication administration. Interactions with other medication, diet, and alternative therapy are examined related to client safety. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and forty-five (45) practice hours. Spring. Prerequisite: NU 210 and NU 211, or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
NU 310 Adult Nursing I
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Focuses on theory, application of the nursing process, and skill development for care of adults and older adults who experience acute and chronic medical conditions as well as traumatic injuries. Health promotion and evidence-based nursing care are provided in various health care settings and the community. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Fall. Prerequisites: NU 220 and NU 222.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 320 Adult Nursing II
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Continuation of Adult Nursing I, with a focus on adults and older adults with acute and chronic medical conditions as well as traumatic injuries. Health promotion and evidence-based nursing care is provided in various health care settings and the community. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Spring. Prerequisite: NU 310.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 330 Psychosocial Nursing
Campus & Online | 4 Credits
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Focuses on theory, application of the nursing process, and skill development for care of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with psychiatric needs. Health promotion and evidence-based nursing care are provided in various health care settings and the community. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and forty-five (45) practice hours. Fall. Prerequisite: NU 220.

Campus & Online 4 Credits
NU 343 Family Health Nursing
Campus & Online | 7 Credits
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Focuses on theory, application of the nursing process, and skill development for reproductive health, pregnancy and birth, child health promotion and family-centered nursing management of alterations in children’s health. Health promotion and evidence-based nursing care are provided in various health care settings and the community. Seven credit hours, seventy-five (75) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Course Fee. Spring. Prerequisite: NU 220 and NU 222.

Campus & Online 7 Credits
NU 355 Nursing Research
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of nursing theory, the logical process of research, on the scientific rigor necessary for carrying out studies of nursing interest, and on critically reading and using nursing research in nursing practice. Fall/Spring. Prerequisites: NU 220 and NU 222, or NU 305.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
NU 430 Adult Nursing III
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Continuation of Adult Nursing II, with a focus on nursing care of adults and older adults who are in need of high acuity complex nursing care. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Prerequisite: NU 320.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 455 Nursing Leadership
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on leadership and management theories with the application to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the importance of effective coordination of client care across various delivery systems. Prerequisites: NU 320, NU 343, or NU 305.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
NU 485 Population Focused Nursing
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Explores public health nursing using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management and control strategies with vulnerable clients, families, and populations. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action, and case-management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care in community settings. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Prerequisites: NU 320, NU 343 or NU 305.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 495 Professional Role
Campus & Online | 5 Credits
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Applies the role of the professional nurse, prepares the student for career advancement, and explores current and future trends in nursing and health care. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Fall/Spring. Prerequisites: NU 430, and NU 485, or NU 305.

Campus & Online 5 Credits
NU 498 Comprehensive Nursing
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Review of the theory and practice of nursing care for success on the licensure examination. Medications, therapeutic diets, diagnostic tests, and nursing procedures are reviewed through presentations and practice questions. Spring. Prerequisites: NU 430, NU 455, and NU 485.

Campus & Online 2 Credits

Required Non-nursing Courses

17 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
BI 252 Microbiology for Allied Health
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course presents an overview of microbiology, including fundamental structures of microorganisms, their metabolism, classification and interaction with other living things, and the laboratory techniques for their study. Introduces industrial and clinical applications of microbiology and clinically related areas of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic involvement. Enrollment is restricted to students associated with the nursing program. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CH 121 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introductory chemistry lecture and laboratory course that covers important aspects of general, organic, and biological chemistry (GOB) with applications to the field of nursing. Course Fee. Prerequisites: MA 101

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 260 Developmental Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 486 Crisis Intervention
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and man-made disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school. Pre-requisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Required Woods Core Courses

38 credit hours required; Choose between WC 150, SP 111 and FR 111. Take either AD 200 or MU 200. Must complete two (2) additional credit hours of electives and select one Woods Senior Capstone.

WC 100 Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Communities and Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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WC 100 uses the concept of communities, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world to introduce the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphasis on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
TH 200 Introduction to Religion and Spirituality
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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TH 200 is a study of religion and spirituality and their relationship to social justice, women’s issues and environmental sustainability. The course introduces students to the nature of religion and spirituality and examines how they can generate and support a vision of life focused on service and a commitment to social justice. The vision and ministries of the Sisters of Providence will be taken as examples and illustrations of a service-oriented lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and religion. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: WC 100

Campus & Online 3 Credits
WC 150 Intercultural Communication
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A comparative culture class in which students learn to communicate effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds. By examining the tenets of cultural and intercultural communication theories, students will have a better understanding of different cultures from their own. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SP 111 Basic Spanish I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students acquire the basic building blocks of the language: sound, noun and verb systems and use these systems for creative communication in real-life situations. The five skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture are emphasized. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
FR 111 Basic French I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students learn the basics of French grammar in context. The five skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and culture are equally emphasized and integrated into the class. The goal is meaningful communication in reality-based situations. Fall and spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 222 World History Since 1900
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A survey of major events and developments worldwide since 1900. Topics include independence movements in Europe’s colonies, the two world wars, the Holocaust, revolutions, communism, fascism, socialism, laissez-faire capitalism, economic globalization, women’s liberation, cultural trends including diversity, and the role of technology in shaping today’s world. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A philosophical examination of the foundations of the responses of Western and non-Western traditions to the perennial questions of human existence. What is there? How do we do it? What am I? What should we do? Students will read major contributions to these questions. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Every semester.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 211 Introduction to Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces to the creative and critical processes in literature. Using examples of poetry, fiction, and drama this course emphasizes methods of writing and reading critically about literature. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 200 Studies in the Visual Arts
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the development of formal and contextual criteria leading to an understanding of the visual language of art and its application to personal, societal, cultural and aesthetic concerns. Provides a knowledge base of information and visual literacy skills necessary for informed critical analysis, discussion, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts. Fulfills General Studies requirement. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year. WOL: Fall, Spring and Summer, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MA 117 Quantitative Reasoning
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The study of mathematics from a liberal-arts perspective. Introduces students to logic, critical thinking, and problem solving using everyday activities and real-world problems. Incorporates proportional reasoning, mathematical modeling, and an introduction to probability and statistics. Remaining topics to be chosen by the instructor may include number theory, basic set theory, and/or various application of mathematics. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 111 English Composition and Research Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course explores strategies of critical reading, thinking and writing to improve students’ skills in writing to a professional audience. Analysis of texts and arguments are featured, and peer editing and revision are used as important tools for improving each student’s writing process in several essay formats, including multimedia. Citation skills and Standard English are addressed. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: EN 110 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CO 111 Introduction to Human Communication
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides students with a theoretical foundation and application practice in a variety of communication contexts. Students examine the principles of effective communication and behaviors in intrapersonal, interpersonal, electronic and public communication. Class activities and oral assignments engage students in the practical application of these principles with the aim of preparing students for leadership roles. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: PowerPoint competency attained.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Accreditation

Our program is fully accredited by the following organizations:

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
FAQ

Is there a required entrance test for the BSN program?
Yes, the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is required with a score of 63%. Students who have passed the TEAS within the last two years may request an official transcript from ATI. A student is allowed to take the TEAS examination twice during an admission cycle. But if a 63% score is not attained for two consecutive admission cycles a student in eligible to apply for the SMWC Nursing program for a period of three years.

How are students selected for the program?
The pre-nursing first year is open to any student. Acceptance into the major occurs June 1 of each year. The program is authorized to admit 24 students per year. Students are selected based on meeting the admission requirements such as overall college GPA, science GPA and TEAS score. A clean criminal background check and drug screen are also required.

Is there a waiting list for the BSN program at SMWC?
Not at this time.

What are the prerequisite courses I must take before beginning nursing courses?
Students are required to complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a grade of C or higher with two attempts maximum per course along with 30 hours of college credit to be eligible for the major. Students are also required to have earned a C or higher in all cognate courses if they have already been taken.

Where will I attend class and clinical?
Nursing students will spend most of their class time in Hulman Hall. This building houses the chemistry and biology labs as well as the nursing simulation laboratory. Clinical courses take place at our partner locations including Providence Healthcare, on campus; Union Hospital, Regional Hospital, and Hamilton Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. You may also complete clinical courses at other approved sites. Approval will be determined by Marcia Ann Miller, Ph.D., R.N., department of nursing chairperson.

Is the BSN program offered online?
No. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is not available online. The online RN to BSN completion program is available to registered nurses holding a two-year degree.

What if I am an out-of-state student? Will I be licensed in my home state?
Yes. Candidates for RN licensure from all 50 states and U.S. territories take the same NCLEX exam. You may apply for initial licensure in any state.

What is the estimated cost of the BSN program?
The cost of a credit hour is the same for nursing as any other course at SMWC. There is an additional $200 cost for each clinical course. There are ten clinical courses in the program. This fee pays for your ATI testing package, your licensure review course, malpractice insurance, nametag and consumable products. Students must pay for their own uniforms, shoes and textbooks. All of these costs are included in the financial aid calculations.

Is financial aid available for nursing students?
Currently, nursing students are able to apply for any campus scholarships for which they meet the criteria.