Nursing

Requirements & Courses

Below is the list of requirements and courses for traditional four-year students (class of 2018 and on).

The Alma College traditional four-year nursing program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In addition to the major requirements listed below, each student must fulfill the college’s degree and general education distributive requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. 

Please note that many degree and general education distributive requirements are fulfilled by the coursework listed below.


Major Requirements:

  1. Professional Sequence (32 credits):  NUR 210, 211, 310, 311, 360; IPH 310, 430; MTH 116; PSY 121, 231.
  2. Nursing Content/Practice (26 credits):  NUR 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 500.
  3. Natural Science Core (36 credits):  BIO 121, 308; CHM 115; IPH 220, 225, 226, 328, 340, 344.
  4. Integrative Core (25 credits): SOA 101; PHL 239; POL 141; CRL/PAF; NUR 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402.

NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 301, NUR 302, NUR 401:  Integrative Seminars.  (1-credit each).

Provides the theoretical base to further prepare nurses to become competent to care for the health of people. Integrates knowledge, skills and attitudes learned from the con-current semester courses with that of the clinical decision making process for application to nursing practice.

NUR 402:  Capstone Seminar.  (2 credits). 

Provides a theoretical base for implementing learned nursing interventions through theory into professional practice. Theories derived from multiple disciplinary perspectives (arts and sciences) and research methods are employed to assist populations at risk. Social justice, women’s issues, abuse and violence, substance abuse, social and health policies, disparities, access problems, and integrity of basic units of society are explored with the Alma Core Values imbedded in the process of the project.

NUR 210:  Clinical Skills, Medical Math, EMR with Lab.  (2 Credits).

Provides the theoretical base for nursing therapeutics (clinical skills, medical math and EMR) to provide safe-effective patient centered care. Quality and safety standards/competencies for nursing therapeutics are introduced and practiced within a laboratory setting. Students are required to complete a total of 30 hours in the clinical skills laboratory.

NUR 211:  Physical Assessment with Lab.  (2 Credits). 

Provides the theoretical base for nursing therapeutics of health assessment for the adult patient. Quality and safety standards/competencies for health assessment are introduced and practiced within a laboratory setting. Students are required to complete a total of 30 hours in the clinical skills laboratory.

NUR 310:  Fundamentals of Nursing with Practicum.  (4 Credits).

Provides the theoretical base for scientific inquiry/nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, planning, interventions and evaluation) to provide patient-centered care. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice are employed for the fundamental care of a patient within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 311: Nursing Theory and Professional Practice (2 credits). 

Provides a theoretical base for the meta-paradigm of nursing theory (patient/person, nurse, health, and environment), the core values of Alma College, the BSN essentials and the QSEN initiatives to guide the development of a professional nursing practice. 

NUR 350:  Medical Surgical Nursing with Practicum I.  (4 credits).

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to administer safe-effective, evidenced based practice care for the medical-surgical adult patient. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored and practiced within a medical-surgical setting. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice are employed for the adult medical-surgical population within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 351:  Mental Health Nursing with Practicum.  (4 credits). 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to become competent to care for the mental health needs of the patient. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored and practiced within the mental health setting. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice for the adult mental health population are explored and practiced within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 353:  Pediatric Nursing with Practicum.  (3 credits) 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to become competent to care for children and their families. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored and practiced within the critical care setting. Quality and safety competencies of nursing practice for the pediatric population are explored and practiced within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 45 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 355:  Maternal Health with Practicum.  (3 credits). 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare nursing students to become competent to care for childbearing women. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and environment are explored within the maternal health setting. Quality and safety competencies of nursing practice for the maternal health population are explored within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 45 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 360:  Community/Global Nursing Experience with Practicum.  (4 credits - “S” course). 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to become competent to care for the needs of patients from a designated community. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored and practiced within a designated community setting. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice for the designated community population are explored and practiced within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 135 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 452:  Medical Surgical II with Practicum.  (4 credits). 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to become competent to care for critical care needs of the adult population. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored and practiced within the critical care setting. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice for the adult critical care population are explored and practiced within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 454:  Community Health Nursing with Practicum.  (4 credits). 

Provides the theoretical base to prepare professional nurses to become competent to care for patients in the community. The interrelationship of the patient, health, nursing and the environment are explored within the community setting. Quality and safety standards/competencies of nursing practice are explored for care of the patient in the community within the framework of health care delivery systems. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours in the clinical practicum placement.

NUR 500:  Clinical Immersion Practicum.  (4 credits). 

Provides for the transition of the student nurse to a professional baccalaureate nurses within an interdisciplinary, population-based model of care. The practicum is an immersion experience in which the student has the opportunity to practice the role of an entry-level baccalaureate nurse under the guidance of faculty and the direct supervision of an experienced clinician. Seminars are held to examine issues facing entry-level practitioners, such as ethical challenges, role transition, team building, conflict management, delegation, population-based care and community outreach, along with cost and quality outcomes in health care. Students are required to complete a total of 160 hours in the clinical practicum placement.