Baccalaureate education in nursing
is the basic preparation necessary for the practice of professional
nursing. This education provides the foundation for the development
of professional knowledge, critical thinking, ethical decision-making,
leadership skills, and the independent and interdisciplinary pursuit
of high standards of health care. Master's education, with its emphasis
on health promotion, disease prevention, primary care, and the management
of acutely and chronically ill persons prepares the nurse for advanced
practice (Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing,
1994). Doctoral education prepares the nurse scholar to influence
health care through leadership in education, policy, practice, research,
and knowledge development.
Implicit in the practice of professional
nursing is accountability for professional growth and practice,
demonstration of leadership, and commitment to the development and
application of nursing theory and research. Life-long learning leads
to the optimal development of both the individual practitioner and
the discipline of nursing.
The health care delivery system is currently
evolving at an accelerated rate; and, since people want health as
well as illness care, faculty members at the University of Virginia
School of Nursing have developed a curriculum to respond to changing
societal needs. We believe that a nurse prepared at the baccalaureate
level shares with other health professionals the primary goals of
promoting, maintaining, and restoring health, caring for the ill,
and assisting individuals and families through the dying process.
Courses in the School of Nursing
are composed of two discrete but interrelated elements: Interprofessional
and Core. Interprofessional courses are designed to facilitate transition
to the role of health care provider; they include social science
and natural science content with special application to health care.
Selected interprofessional courses are open to all students within
Core courses include basic knowledge
and skills needed to practice professional nursing at a beginning
level. Clinical and classroom experiences and academic work provide
a broad basis for nursing practice related to both acute and chronic
illness and health promotion. The emphasis is on individuals, families,
and groups with varying levels of health and at all points in the
life cycle. Issues related to professional nursing are also included.
and Objectives of the Undergraduate Program
The purpose of the undergraduate program
is to prepare leaders in health care to meet the needs of individuals,
families, and communities. Graduates of the program:
Located in the eastern part of the University
Grounds, near the University of Virginia Medical Center, the school
occupies McLeod Hall, a modern five story building with classrooms,
laboratories, video-taping facilities, seminar rooms, and a computer
The School of Nursing draws upon
the resources of the 25 academic departments in the College of Arts
and Sciences, on the facilities of the Schools of Education and
Medicine, and on the clinical facilities and instructional materials
of the University of Virginia Health System.
In addition to the academic resources
of the University, nursing students receive clinical experience
at the University of Virginia Medical Center, public health agencies,
community agencies, private and state hospitals, nursing homes,
and industrial settings.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
The library primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of
the University of Virginia Health System, which includes the Schools
of Medicine and Nursing and the University Hospital.
The library is a modern facility
with small group meeting rooms, audiovisual viewing rooms, typing
rooms, microcomputers, and photocopy machines. It maintains well-developed
collections of books, journals, reference materials and audiovisuals
in medicine, nursing, and related health fields.
The Health Sciences Instructional
Resources Center, on the first floor of the library, maintains a
substantial collection of videocassettes and other media. A variety
of players, projectors, recorders, monitors, and a cluster of microcomputers
are available for use in the center, and a small collection of equipment
is available for use outside the center.
The resources in the Health Sciences
Library are augmented by materials in the Clemons Library, the Science/Technology
Information Center, various departmental libraries (e.g., biology/psychology,
physics, chemistry, engineering, law), and the working libraries
of the departments and clinics in the School of Medicine.
University of Virginia Health System
The School of Nursing is a part of the University of Virginia Health
System, which serves as the referral center for central and western
Virginia and was recently ranked among the nation's top 64 health
care centers. The nursing program enjoys a special relationship
with the University Hospital, a 673 bed teaching and research hospital.
Clinical affiliations with the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center,
Martha Jefferson Hospital, and many community agencies and institutions
throughout the state, provide opportunities for students to gain
valuable experience in a variety of health care settings.
Special units in the medical center
complex include a children's medical center, a cancer center,
a clinical research center, cardiac, medical, and surgical
care units, and a burn and wound care center. The Pegasus Air
Emergency Rescue Service can transport patients from up to
The School of Nursing cooperates
with other institutions and agencies to provide clinical learning
for students. Utilizing health departments, community hospitals,
out-patient facilities, home care agencies, industries, schools,
geriatric care facilities, mental health care facilities, and rehabilitation
centers, the School of Nursing provides varied clinical experiences
for its students.
Informal cooperation and personal attention
mark the relations between faculty members and students. Students
are urged to avail themselves of the opportunities to discuss their
achievements and clinical experiences with the faculty. The Office
of Student Affairs provides advice and assistance and serves as
a source of information for other support resources. The Department
of Student Health and the University Counseling Center are available
to assist students through individual and group counseling sessions.
Nursing students are eligible for special
nursing organizations and honors as well as for the general University
activities and societies outlined in chapter 5. The School of Nursing
is represented on the major student governmental bodies, the Student
Council, the Honor Committee, and the University Judiciary Committee.
Student representatives to the University Student Council and the
Judiciary Committee report to the Student Council of the School
All students are members of the
Student Association of the School of Nursing. The Student Council
of the School of Nursing is composed of officers of the Student
Association, the class presidents, the president of SNAV, and a
chair elected by the student body. This council is responsible for
all student functions within the School of Nursing.
Student Nurse Organizations
of Virginia nursing students are eligible for membership in the
Student Nurses Association of Virginia and the National Student
Nurses Association. Through the National Student Nurses Association,
SNAV works to develop concerned, knowledgeable professionals.
Awards and Honors
Sigma Theta Tau Students demonstrating
superior scholastic achievement (3.0 GPA or above), professional
leadership potential, and desirable personal qualifications are
eligible to apply for membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the national
honor society of nursing.
Outstanding Senior Student Awards
Annual awards have been established in recognition of excellence
in academic and clinical achievement and outstanding service to
the University and the School of Nursing. The names of the students
so honored are engraved on a plaque displayed in the school. Students
are chosen by faculty and student vote. The awards are presented
at the pinning ceremony on graduation weekend.
Dean's List Full-time students who
demonstrate academic excellence while taking a minimum of 12 credits
of graded course work are eligible for the Dean's List of Distinguished
Students at the end of each semester. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis
may not be counted toward the 12-credit minimum. A minimum current
grade point average of 3.4 is necessary to be eligible for the dean's
list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester
is not eligible to be on the dean's list.
Intermediate Honors Students
who enter the University directly from high school or preparatory
who, after four regular semesters have completed 58 credits of
course work and have a minimum cumulative grade point average
of 3.4, are
awarded a Certificate of Intermediate Honors. The notation "intermediate
honors" is also placed on each student's official academic record.
Beginning with the entering class of 2001, Intermediate Honors
be awarded to students who enter the University directly from high
school and who, after four regular semesters, have completed at
least 60 credits of course work and are in the top twenty percent
of their class. The computation is based upon the cumulative grade
point average at the end of the fourth semester.
Diploma with Distinction Diplomas
inscribed "with distinction" are awarded to graduates who have
earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses offered
School of Nursing.
Diploma with Honors Diplomas
inscribed "with honors" are awarded to graduates who have earned
a GPA of at least 3.75 in courses offered by the School of Nursing.
Shannon Scholar Award The Shannon
Scholar Award is presented annually to a graduate in recognition
of outstanding academic and clinical achievement.
Uniforms Prospective students receive
information about uniforms with their welcome letters and registration
School of Nursing Pin (purchased prior
to graduation) Pins cost approximately $150 (10K gold), $60 (gold-filled),
and $50 (sterling).
Hospital Insurance The Student Health
Service does not provide for the expense of hospital care. The University
requires that all students carry hospitalization insurance for year-round
coverage. A preferred-risk group insurance program sponsored by
the University is available. For an additional premium, the dependents
of married students are included. Students or parents may substitute
a plan comparable to that offered by the
CPR Certification Students are required
to obtain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adult,
child, and infant prior to entering clinical courses. Certification
must be maintained throughout the program and validation must be
presented each year.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Requirement The
School of Nursing requires documentation of hepatitis B vaccination
from all students who practice in a clinical setting. No student
will be allowed to register for clinical courses without providing
this documentation. Information regarding the vaccine can be obtained
from the student's local health care provider, Student Health, or
the Office of Student Affairs. Students who do not wish to receive
the vaccine must sign a disclaimer stating they understand the potential
MMR, TD, and PPD Requirements Documentation
of current measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization, and tetanus
booster (TD) is required for all students in clinical courses. Tuberculosis
testing (PPD) is required on an annual basis for all students enrolled
in clinical courses.
Diagnostic Readiness Test Students
are required to complete a standardized diagnostic test that evaluates
to take the licensure examination. The test
is administered in the spring of the fourth year and costs each
student approximately $40.
Community Learning Experiences
Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical
learning sites. Agencies in Charlottesville and neighboring counties
are used for clinical experiences, and students must have a car
available for individual use while studying in those agencies. Community
learning experiences begin in the second year of the program.
Opportunities for part-time employment are
available in the University of Virginia Hospital, particularly during
the third and fourth years of the program.
Special Student Status
A special student is one who is permitted
to take selected undergraduate courses in the School of Nursing
without being a candidate for any degree. Enrollment is restricted
to courses with the NUIP or NURS prefix. Non-degree students are
not eligible to take courses with the NUCO (Nursing Core) prefix.
Special students are permitted to enroll in courses only by permission
of instructor and if there is space available. Special students
must complete the required special student request form and return
the form to the School of Nursing University Registrar at least two weeks prior
to final registration for fall and spring semesters.
Students in the Program's Pre-professional
Component (First Year) First-year students in the pre-professional
component of the program are considered to be in good academic
if they have a semester average of at least 1.80 and no more
than one grade below C-. Students who fail to remain in good
standing will be placed on academic probation. A student is subject
to suspension after two semesters on academic probation. A grade
of D is included in the student's GPA and counts toward credits
earned. An F grade
is included in the student's GPA but does not count toward credits
Students in Program's Professional Component
Students in the professional component of the program are considered
to be in good academic standing if they have a semester average
of at least 2.0 and no grades below a C- in required nursing courses.
Grades of D, F, and NC are failing grades for all required nursing
courses in the professional component of the program. Students receiving
a grade of D, F, or NC in a required course in the professional
component will be placed on academic probation and must successfully
repeat the course with a grade of C- or above for graded courses,
or CR for CR/NC courses. This may alter the planned sequence of
courses and may lengthen the time for completion of the program.
Students will be placed on academic probation if their semester's
average falls below 2.0. A student in the professional component
of the program is subject to suspension if (1) the student receives
a total of two Ds or one F in the professional component; or (2)
the student's GPA is below 2.0 for two semesters.
Suspension or Voluntary Withdrawal
Readmission to the School of Nursing is not
automatic. A former student must apply for admission to the associate
dean of the School of Nursing by December 1 for spring semester
or by March 1 for fall semester.
The letter requesting readmission
to the School of Nursing should include a description of the situation
surrounding suspension or withdrawal; an explanation of the steps
that the student has taken, or will take, to change the situation;
and the reasons why readmission to the program is justified.
A student who has been readmitted
following suspension will be permanently dropped from the school
if she or he becomes subject to suspension a second time.
Leave of Absence
A student in good standing may request a
leave of absence from the School of Nursing for up to two semesters.
Requests for leaves of absence must be submitted in writing to the
associate dean of the School of Nursing. Readmission following a
leave of absence will be granted only if space is available. A leave
of absence fee must be paid if the student wishes to keep his or
her file active and take part in course enrollment for the semester
in which he or she plans to return.
Special permission from the associate dean
is required to register for fewer than 12 credits or more than 18
credits each semester.
Substitution/Transfer of Courses
University of Virginia School of Nursing accepts a maximum of 66
credits of transfer credit toward the baccalaureate degree. If
a second degree student requests an exemption from a required
nursing course because of having had
similar content in prior course work, the prior course work will
be assessed for relevancy and similarity. Upon approval,
will receive advanced standing in the required nursing course and
will not need to take the course if the course credit does
in the student exceeding the School of Nursing's limit of 66 credits
of transfer credit. If the course credit exceeds the School
66 credits, the student will have to
substitute another course to make up the credits.
Changes in Class Schedules Students
change their class schedules via ISIS (434-296-4747; www.virginia.edu/isis).
If instructor permission is necessary for admission to a course,
a form signed by that instructor is submitted to the dean's office.
Students may add and drop full-semester courses through the deadlines
stated in the Course Offering Directory.
Credit/No Credit Grades
Students have the option of receiving the
grades CR (credit) or NC (no credit) in place of the regular grades,
A through F, for a given course. This option is selected when students
register for courses. Instructors may deny students permission to
take courses on a CR/NC basis. If this occurs, students may either
change back to the regular grading option or drop the course entirely.
Courses taken for CR/NC may not be used for any major or basic area
School of Nursing students may take
a maximum of twelve credits of CR/NC courses, including the synthesis
practicum, nursing electives, and general education electives. The
last day to change the CR/NC option is the same as the last day
to add a course. Students may not use a CR/NC course to repeat a
course in which a grade has already been given.
Status upon Graduation
Prior to graduation, the student
to apply to the State Board of Nursing to sit for the state licensure
examination in order to become licensed. Graduates of the School
of Nursing are eligible for membership in the University of Virginia
Alumni Association and the University of Virginia School of Nursing
Alumni Association. Graduates are eligible for membership in the
Virginia Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the
Virginia League for Nursing, and the National League for Nursing.
B.S. in Nursing
The University of Virginia offers a program
leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The degree
is awarded after satisfactory completion of a prescribed program
of study. All students at the School of Nursing take courses in
anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology,
administration, and nursing practice. Graduates of the program are
eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination.
Traditional Program Students are admitted
to the School of Nursing as first-year students or as second-year
transfer students after completing prerequisite general education
courses at other institutions or in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Second Degree Option The traditional
baccalaureate curriculum has been modified to provide a two year
track leading to the bachelor's degree in nursing for non-nurses
with a bachelor's degree in another field. With the exception of
a course in anatomy and physiology and an undergraduate statistics
course, specific general education courses are not required for
admission; admission requirements are based on prior satisfactory
completion of a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited institution.
At the end of the second year, students are awarded
the Bachelor of Science and are eligible to apply to take the National
Council Licensure Examination.
R.N. to B.S.N. Option The baccalaureate
curriculum has been modified to provide a one academic year (30
credit) program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree for
registered nurses with diplomas or associate degrees. Students
must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to
admission as outlined in chapter 2. Students enroll in a series
of theory and clinical courses designed specifically for registered
nurse students. Thirty-eight (38) advanced standing credits will
be awarded for prior nursing education and experience, following
the completion of the required course work and the successful
evaluation of a portfolio of validating assignments and projects
produced during the two transition seminar courses. Part-time
study is available.