Nursing: Accelerated Second Degree



Undergraduate Nursing

School of Nursing



Nursing is a complex field which requires knowledge of nursing and knowledge of the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences. The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice, which includes functioning as members of multidisciplinary health teams when providing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health care settings.


Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the HFSON Program the student will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for safe, client-centered nursing practice.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.
  3. Demonstrates clinical judgment based on evidence based practice for individual, families and groups.
  4. Demonstrates proficiency in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality health care.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare policy and regulations to assist individuals, families and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health care needs.
  6. Collaborate with consumers, members of the health care team and others to improve the delivery of health care.
  7. Integrate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, families and groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and groups.
  8. Demonstrates professional, ethical, and legal responsibility for nursing practice.
  9. Apply the nursing process to deliver and manage nursing care for culturally diverse individuals, families and groups across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.
  10. Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups in varying health states.


Admission Criteria
  • Admission to Coppin State University (CSU) through the Office of Admissions> Apply online
  • Admission [FALL only] to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) in the College of Health Professions (CHP) through the Student Affairs and Retention Office (STAR). Application
    1. EARLY Decision Deadline = December 1st each year
    2. FINAL Deadline = February 1st each year
  • Official Transcripts from each college attended prior to CSU indicating successful completion of Prerequisite and General Education Requirements (GERs) courses submitted to both the CSU Office of Admissions and the STAR Office in the CHP. If you have any foreign education, you must submit an evaluation of your foreign coursework by one of the following: World Education Service or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation submitted only to the STAR Office in the CHP
  • Official competitive scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) entrance examination submitted to the STAR Office in the CHP
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on 4.0 scale for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN plan of study
  • Application Essay of Goals and Objectives that should include the following:
    • Reason for selecting Nursing as a career, including professional goals. Explain how the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan will assist in achieving your professional goals.
    • Factors that prompted a career change.
    • Reasons for selecting Coppin State University as the higher education institution for completing your Nursing Education.
    • Include a discussion of your long-term goals/plans.
    • Also include a brief summary of significant work experience, progressing from high school to college to the current time period.
    • Give details of how previous work and educational experiences relate to nursing.
    • Finally, in light of the intensity of this program, discuss how you will handle the demands of the academic program as well as outside responsibilities during the accelerated track program of study.
  • Interview
  • Signed Acknowledgement Form if offered admission

Core Courses
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 203
4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HSC 213
3
Principles and Practices in Nutrition
NURS 319
3
Pathophysiology
PSYC 335
3
Developmental Psychology

General Ed. Requirements
40 credits

All students must complete 40 credit hours of General Education Requirements. Nursing Majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 203 (Basic Statistics). They must also fulfill the behavioral and social science option by taking PSYC 201 – General Psychology and SOCI 201 – Introduction to Sociology . The Natural Sciences is fulfilled with either BIOL 107- Comp. Review of Life Sciences or BIOL 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 110). The Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues is fulfilled with either SPCH 105 Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202 – Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening.


Session One

Fall I: 4th week of August – 3rd week October, 7 1/2 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 121
2
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 210
3
Nursing Informatics
NURS 217
3
Health Assessment 2 credit hours Lecture and 1 credit hour for clinical (45 hours)
NURS 220
3
Ethics in Nursing
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Two

Fall II: 4th week October – December, 7 1/2 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 323
6
Medical-Surgical Nursing (3 credit hours – Lecture, 3 credit hours - Clinical)
NURS 323
0
Clinical (2 days/week –7 1/2 weeks. Total = 135 hrs.)
NURS 310
3
Pharmacology
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Three

Spring I: January – March, 7 1/2 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 320
5
Maternity and Women's Health (2.5 credit hours Lecture, 2.5 credit hours Clinical)
NURS 320
0
Maternity and Women's Health clinical (Total = 105 hrs.)
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Four

Spring II: 4th week of March – May, 7 1/2 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 315
3
Nursing Research
NURS 321
5
Nursing of Children (2.5 credit hours Lecture, 2.5 credit hours Clinical)
NURS 321
0
Nursing Care of Children (Total=105 hours)
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Five

Summer I: May – July, 6 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 432
4
Mental Health Nursing (2 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)
NURS 432
0
Mental Health Nursing ( Total=90 hrs.).
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students’ Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Six

Summer II: July – August, 6 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 430
4
Community Nursing (2 credit hours Lecture, 2 credit hours Clinical)
NURS 430
0
Community Health clinical 2 credit hours Clinical (Total = 90 hrs)
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)

Session Seven

Fall Semester: August – December, 15 weeks

Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 411
2
Contemporary Issues in Nursing
NURS 421
3
Leadership in Nursing
NURS 424
6
Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing (3 credit hours Lecture, 3 credit hours Clinical = 135 hours)
NURS 480
3
Senior Practicum (clinical=135 hours)
XXXX XXX
0
2nd Degree Students' Operation Success Initiative (Attendance Mandatory)