Curriculum

The curriculum of the nursing program is rigorous. Chemistry and the biological sciences, as well as the social sciences, provide a strong foundation in the development of professional nurses. Half the courses in the curriculum are grounded in the discipline of nursing and half draw upon Hiram's strong, longstanding liberal arts tradition.

The curriculum is designed around the 12-week, 3-week Hiram Plan, to be completed in four academic years. The curriculum incorporates, in addition to the nursing sequence of 63 credits (clinical and non-clinical courses), courses in the natural and social sciences, biomedical humanities, and liberal arts.

Nursing students attend classes with other Hiram students, many of whom will become physicians and biomedical researchers. Nurses will work side-by-side with these professionals as health care evolves to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Print PDF - BSN Curriculum Plan without Biomedical Humanities Minor

Sample Four-Year Plan

 

FIRST YEAR

Fall

Spring

12 week (13 cr)

  • FRCL 1xx00 (4) Freshman Colloquium
  • *^CHEM 16100 (4) Physiological Chemistry I (SM core)
  • *^BIOL 13100 (4) Human A & P I
  • NURS 10100 (1) Intro to Professional Nursing

12 week (12 cr)

  • FSEM 1xx00 (4) Freshman Seminar
  • ^CHEM 16200 (4) Physiological Chemistry II
  • *^BIOL 13300 (4) Human A & P II

 

3 week (4 cr)

  • ^PSYC 10100 (4) General Psychology

3 week (4 cr)

  • ^SOAN 15500 (4) Intro to Sociology (CA core)
Semester hours: 17

Semester hours: 16

SECOND YEAR

Fall

Spring

12 week (12 cr)

  • NURS 20100 (2) Professional Nursing II
  • NURS 21000 (3) Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • *^PSYC 25000 (3) Development Across Life Span or SOAN 28000 (3)
  • ^BIOL 23800 (4) Medical Microbiology

 

 

12 week (14 cr)

  • NURS 20300 (3) Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • **NURS 22000 (5) Professional Clinical Practice
  • ^BIOL 26500 (4) Human Genetics
  • ^MATH 11000 (2) Computations for Nursing

 

3 week (3 cr)

  • ^CHEM 25000 (3) Human Nutrition - or -
  • *^INTD 30200 (3) Narrative Bioethics 

3 week (3 cr) 

  • *^INTD 30200 (3) Narrative Bioethics - or -
  • ^CHEM 25000 (3) Human Nutrition 
Semester hours: 15 Semester hours: 17

THIRD YEAR

Fall

Spring

12 week (14 cr)

  • ^MATH 10800 (4) Statistics (MM core)
  • **NURS 34000 (4) Parent & Newborn Nursing
  • **NURS 33000 (4) Pediatric Nursing
  • NURS 20500 (2) Nursing Informatics

 

 

12 week (14 cr)

  • **NURS 31000 (5) Acute & Chronic Illness Adult Nursing
  • **NURS 32000 (4) Gerontological Nursing
  • NURS 30300 (1) Applied Nursing Research Practicum
  • A course (4) to satisfy CM or IM or *2nd BIMD

 

3 week (4 cr)

  • NURS 30100 (2) Professional Nursing III
  • NURS 30200 (2) Nursing Research

 

3 week (4 cr)

  • NURS 30300 (2) Applied Nursing Research Practicum
  • NURS 32200 (2) Adult Wellness
Semester hours: 18 Semester hours: 18

FOURTH YEAR

Fall

Spring

12 week (13 cr)

  • **NURS 42000 (4) Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
  • **NURS 43000 (4) Critical Care Nursing
  • A course (4) to satisfy CM or IM or *2nd BIMD
  • BIMD 18100 (1) Global Health and Nursing Issues

 

 

12 week (13 cr)

  • NURS 40100 (2) Professional Nursing IV
  • **NURS 41000 (4) Community Health Nursing (UD core)
  • NURS 44000 (2) Principles of Leadership & Management in Nursing
  • **NURS 44100 (1) Role Transition in Nursing
  • A course (4) to satisfy CM or IM or *2nd BIMD

3 week (3 cr)

  • +A course to satisfy EW core (3): study abroad, domestic experience, or independent study

3 week (3 cr)

  • **NURS 44100 (3) Role Transition in Nursing (ES core)

Semester hours: 16

Semester hours: 16

Total Program Credits:  133

*Courses for the Biomedical Humanities Minor - a Biomed Minor is optional, but some of the courses are not

**Courses with a clinical component

^Nursing Support Courses

Hiram Core Requirements:

CM- Creative Methods
IM-Interpretive Methods
MM- Modeling Methods
SM-Experimental Scientific Methods
EW- Experiencing the World
UD-Understanding Diversity at Home
ES- Meaning, Ethics and Social Responsibility
CA- Social and Cultural Analysis Method

last updated 11.19.13

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