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UCCS Academic Catalog 2012-2013

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences


General Information

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University Hall
Telephone (719) 255-4422
Fax: (719) 255-4416
www.uccs.edu/~bethel

Mission

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a distinguished and innovative college providing excellence in education, scholarship, and practice in the health professions.  

Vision

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences will provide interdisciplinary leadership for new directions in health promotion and wellness, as well as illness care and disease prevention, in the community and beyond through innovation in education, practice, research, and scholarship for health science professionals.

Goals

  • Provide high quality comprehensive undergraduate nursing, graduate nursing, and health sciences educational experiences designed to prepare students to meet the present and future healthcare needs and expectations of the public and to excel personally and professionally as local and global citizens
  • Collaborate with the community in responsible growth to meet the current and future demand for qualified healthcare professionals
  • Invest in healthcare scholarship, practices, and educational processes that integrate the academic expectations/requirements of the faculty, student learning opportunities, and the healthcare needs of the community
  • Create a climate of innovation and entrepreneurship that fosters excellence in healthcare practice, research, and scholarship
  • Graduate culturally competent healthcare professionals who value diversity and lifelong learning and are prepared for leadership roles in a broad array of healthcare environments
  • Integrate current technology into teaching/learning, research, and operational processes

Accreditation

The undergraduate nutrition program is accredited by the American Dietetic Association. The baccalaureate nursing program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master’s degree in nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College also holds membership in the American Dietetic Association, the Colorado Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Colorado Council of Nurse Educators, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau (Xi Phi Chapter), and the National League for Nursing.

Faculty

Dean: Nancy Smith; Associate Deans: Deborah  Kenny, Travis Peterson; Chairs: H. Lea Gaydos, Travis Peterson, Jeff Spicher; Professors: Kathryn Blair, Mary Enzman-Hines, Jenenne Nelson, Nancy Smith; Associate Professors: H. Lea Gaydos, Barbara Joyce, Deborah Kenny, Mary Ann Kluge, Andrea Hutchins, Travis Peterson; Assistant Professors: Mary Jo Bay, Tim Behrens, Vicki Brownrigg, Marcia Hacker, Kikikipa Kretzer, Nanna Meyer, Ju Young Shin, Amy Silva-Smith, Mandi Sinclair; Assistant Professors, Clinical Teaching Track: Gail Katz, Jeff Spicher; Research Instructor, Research Track: Valerie Sievers; Senior Instructor: Lynne Bryant; Instructors: Deborah Beatty, Norma Brown, K. C. Craig, Craig Elder, Eileen Gerrard-Gough, Denise Millot, Lynn Phillips, Kim Schenck, David Swaby; Clinical Instructors: Holly Bradshaw, Sue Davis, Wendy Gilchrist, Sherry Lee, Trellis Moore, Linda Weaver.

Programs of Study

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The programs at the undergraduate and graduate level that are available for completion through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are listed on the Programs of Study  table.

Beth-El Academic Policies

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General Academic Policies

All students are responsible for knowing and following the provisions set forth in this Catalog, in the Schedule of Courses and in the College Student Handbook. It is also the responsibility of the student to know and observe program requirements and deadlines.

The Catalog that governs a student’s graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of a student’s most recent admission into the college of the student’s degree program. The academic policies and regulations stated herein are in effect at the time this Catalog is published but may be subject to change.

In an effort to regularly enhance the programs offered as well as meet the needs of our students, changes are made periodically to the curricula. These changes may not be reflected in this Catalog. Students are encouraged to visit the Web site at www.uccs.edu/~bethel, and the student handbook at http://www.uccs.edu/~bethel/studenthandbooks.htm for current information.

Certified Background Check

All nursing and health science students participating in any clinical/practicum placement will be required to participate in a background check at the time of admission. If the student is unable to pass or successfully appeal a negative background check, he/she will not be able to continue in the course and the program. Inability to participate in clinical/practicum experiences will force withdrawal from nursing or health science programs.

Computer Competency Requirements

Students are expected to have basic computer skills upon entering the College. If not, students can take a computer literacy course to count for general education elective credit.

Course Pass/Fail Registration

With the exception of NURS 2990 or 3990, students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences may not use courses taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy degree requirements.

Grading Policies

Incomplete Grades: Please refer to the Academic Policies, Registration, and Records  section of this Catalog for an explanation of incomplete grades.

Undergraduate Academic Policies

Standards of Performance: Undergraduate

To remain in good academic standing, undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative CU grade point average of 2.0 or better for all courses attempted. In addition, no course grade below a C- is applicable to the degree program. For nursing students, no course grade below a C is allowed if the course is a required health science or nursing course.

Probation and Suspension Policy

Academic Probation for Nursing and Health Care Sciences Students

Students may be placed on academic probation if their CU GPA falls below 2.0 or if they receive a grade below a C in required health science or nursing courses for the first time. They may continue with required courses unless the failed course/courses are prerequisites for upcoming courses. In that case, the failed course/courses must be repeated prior to progressing. If the failed course/courses are general education courses, the students must meet with the Advisor in the Student Success Center to create a plan for future success. Students may remain on academic probation for a maximum of three semesters. If, by the end of their third semester of probation, their CU GPA has not been raised to 2.0 or better, they will be subject to suspension from the College. Note: In Nursing, if the failed course is a clinical course, the student must meet with the Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Department to discuss clinical progression.

Clinical Probation for Nursing Students

Each undergraduate clinical student will receive a progress evaluation at the end of each rotation within the semester. If the student receives an unsatisfactory rating, the student will be placed on clinical probation and must consistently improve all ratings to satisfactory by the end of the semester in order to pass the course. It is possible to receive a failing grade in clinical without having previously been placed on probation. Clinical failure constitutes failure of the entire course, regardless of academic scores on theory content.

Academic Suspension for Nursing and Health Care Science Students

Two failures of any required nursing and/or health science core and/or specialty courses of two credits or greater will result in dismissal from the College. Students may petition in writing to the Department Chair for re-admission to the College within 30 calendar days. Dismissal from the Nursing or Health Science Program does not imply dismissal from the University of Colorado.

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

To be eligible to graduate with a BS in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, a student must:

  • Be admitted into the degree major at least 30 credits prior to graduation
  • Grades: see Standards of Performance above
  • Complete the Writing Competency Exam as outlined in the Academic Policies, Registration, and Records  section of this Catalog
  • Satisfactorily complete any previously identified MAPS deficiencies

Undergraduate Admission

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Nursing: Freshmen

Students who have a previous conviction for a felony as well as some misdemeanors may not be eligible to be placed in clinical assignments and may be ineligible for a license as a Registered Nurse in Colorado, even if they complete a degree in nursing. Contact the Colorado State Board of Nursing for additional information prior to application to Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Admission Criteria for students applying as freshmen:

  • An un-weighted GPA of 3.3 or better in high school course units
  • Composite score of 24 or higher on the ACT or a total score of 1080 on the SAT

Nursing Prep Students

Students who meet admission criteria are admitted into the Nursing program under Nursing Prep. Nursing Prep students complete general education requirements.

There are limited clinical facilities in Colorado Springs, which limits how many students we can accept into clinical courses. Students in the Nursing Prep major are expected to complete all first level courses maintaining a GPA of 3.3. Individual progress will be reviewed every semester by the Academic Advisor. Once the student has completed the first level courses with a GPA of 3.3, the student should contact the Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center to apply for a transfer to the nursing major.

This application would include the following:

  • Completion of profile
  • Completion of a background check
  • Completion of a Pre-Admission Exam

The Pre-Admission Exam tests the course material the student has completed during the first level course work. The admission committee will review all applicants at that time to determine who will be accepted as a nursing major. Students who are accepted as a nursing major will start their second year course work and continue to progress through the curriculum. Those students who are not selected for admission may change their major to another field of study, apply to another school, or choose to apply the following semester. Students are only allowed to apply twice and will be considered along with all of the other students applying with no preferential consideration because they are seeking admission again. Due to the limited number of clinical spots available, ranking will occur based on date of admission, GPA, profile and grade on Pre-Admission Exam. More than four years may be required to complete the program. Nursing Prep students must meet with their Academic Advisor prior to registration for any semester.

Pre-Nursing Students:

Students not admitted directly into the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences may still be admitted to UCCS under the College of Letters Arts and Sciences Pre-Nursing program. Pre-Nursing students are encouraged to re-apply to the College after the intra-university transfer requirements are met. Those requirements are completion of the first year curriculum within four semesters and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Once the criteria have been met, the student should meet with the Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center to apply for transfer to the nursing major. This application would include the following:

  • Completion of profile
  • Completion of a background check
  • Completion of a Pre-Admission Exam

The Pre-Admission Exam tests the course material the student has completed during the first level course work. The admission committee will review all applicants at that time to determine who will be accepted as a nursing major due to the limited number of clinical spots available. Admission eligibility to the University of Colorado does not constitute a guarantee of enrollment in any specific nursing program.

Health Science: Freshmen

Admission Criteria for Students Applying as Freshmen

  • Rank in the upper 40% of high school graduating class
  • An un-weighted GPA of 2.8 or better in suggested high school course units
  • Composite score of 24 on the ACT or a total score of 1080 on the SAT

Freshmen applicants whose records vary in any way from the above admissions criteria will be considered on an individual basis by evaluation of their overall academic records including (a) the quality of their high school program of study; (b) the level of their college entrance test scores (SAT or ACT); and (c) any information unique to an individual situation.

Pre-Health Care Students

Students not admitted directly into the College of Nursing & Health Sciences may still be admitted to UCCS under the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Care program. Freshmen admitted to the Pre-Health Care program may apply to transfer to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences once 30 credit hours of designated health care science curriculum courses have been completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Contact the Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center for details.

Admission eligibility to the University of Colorado does not constitute a guarantee of enrollment in any specific health care science program.

Suggested High School Course Units for Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences Students

English 4 years
Math-College Prep 3 years
Chemistry 1 year
Biological Science 1 year
Nonlab Science 1 year
Social Sciences 2 years
Foreign Language 2 years
Academic Electives 1 year

Transfer Students: Nursing

Students who have attended a collegiate institution other than CU may apply as transfer students if they have completed 30 credit hours of transferable college level work. Applicants for the nursing program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better. Transfer students must be in good standing and eligible to return to all institutions previously attended. While transferability of credit is determined by the Admissions Office, final application to the degree program is determined by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students who meet admission criteria are admitted into the Nursing program under Nursing Prep. Students who are admitted to the Nursing Preparation Program with a 3.3 GPA must maintain a 3.3 GPA. Once the first level course work is completed with a 3.3 GPA, they may apply for admission to the nursing program as a nursing major.

This application would include the following:

  • GPA of 3.3 or greater.
  • Completion of profile.
  • Completion and passing of a criminal background check
  • Completion of a Pre-Admission Exam

Transfer Students: Health Sciences

Students who have attended a collegiate institution other than UCCS or who have been admitted to a different college within UCCS may apply to transfer into the Health Sciences program once 30 credit hours have been completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. While transferability of credits is determined by the Office of Admissions, final application to the degree program is determined by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Returning Students: Nursing

Students who were previously admitted into the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and who must reapply, must meet the admission criterion of a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better. If no clinical courses have been completed, students will be readmitted into Nursing Prep to complete general education requirements and await availability of clinical spot. If clinical courses have been completed, assessment of clinical skills may be required with determination of clinical placement based upon the assessment and availability of clinical spot.

Certificate Programs

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers three levels of certificate programs: Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, and Post-Master’s Degree Certificates.

Students with master’s degrees in nursing may apply for these certificate programs: adult, family, and adult/gerontology. If the student’s initial master’s degree did not require a course in advanced pathophysiology, the student is required to take Advanced Pathophysiology. Please request information from the College.

Certificate programs can be taken through the College division of Extended Studies.

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Health Sciences

Programs

Undergraduate Major

Undergraduate Minor

Graduate Major

Nursing

Programs

Undergraduate Major

Graduate Major

Post Graduate