Nursing (major)

What you will study

The baccalaureate nursing degree prepares you for practice and decision making in diverse health-care settings. The study of the liberal arts gives you a wide perspective on people, on the human condition, and on life, so that you are able to understand and relate to people from diverse cultures. Study in your minor allows you to focus on an area of interest to gain more in-depth knowledge and a competitive “edge” among peers.

Nursing courses enable you to learn the discipline of nursing and the behavioral and natural sciences as well as to gain technical skills. You learn also about the nurse’s roles in patient advocacy and in influencing health care. Throughout the curriculum, you have opportunities to explore research, demonstrate leadership, and develop abilities within specialized areas of nursing practice. You integrate all of your learning and beliefs to articulate your own philosophy of nursing.

Alverno’s liberal arts professional nursing curriculum is designed so that you, the learner, can choose a pace that matches your needs. The curriculum is designed for either full-time or part-time study. Your clinical practice occurs in multiple community-based and acute-care clinical settings with diverse populations; you also participate in on-campus seminars and other classroom sessions. You conclude your coursework by participating in an intense integrating course in which you are precepted in an area of interest. In addition, you take part in required assessments to show that you can integrate and transfer your knowledge and abilities to new situations, as you will be expected to do in actual nursing practice. Alverno prepares you to function effectively in health care settings where you may be the main health care practitioner or you are one of a team of providers.

Alverno offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree to prepare students to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX; also called State Boards) to become a registered nurse. The program also prepares you effectively for graduate study in nursing.

Nursing Major Beginning
SC-120
120L
Foundations of Biology
and Foundations of Biology Lab
4
AC-120Nursing Diagnostic Assessment 10
CH-213
213L
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
4
PSY-110Life Span Development4
N-120Introduction to Nursing Professional3
N-125Concepts of Health/Wellness2
BI-231
231L
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
4
Nursing Major Intermediate
BI-251
251L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
BI-338Physiological Mechanisms Disease4
BSC-257Statistics for Health Professionals4
N-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
PSY-250Abnormal Psychology4
N-220Pharmacology: Nursing Connections3
N-225Physical Assessment & Clinical Skills4
N-320Theories of Holistic Nursing Mgt A2
N-321Theories of Holistic Nursing Mgt B2
N-325Clinical Nursing Practice 14
Nursing Major Advanced
N-330Theories of Holistic Nursing C2
N-335Nursing Management of Aging Adults2
N-340Nursing Management: Women & Children3
N-345Clinical Nursing Practice II4
N-400Nursing Management: Complex Clients2
N-420Nursing in Complex Communities4
N-425Advanced Nursing Science Application 14
N-430Nursing Health Seminar Series1-3
N-435Advanced Nursing Science Application II5
N-440Transition to Professional Nursing Roles3
N-445Advanced Nursing Leadership & Policy3
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If you are unsuccessful on this assessment, you will be required to take PN-120.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
FSS-125 First Semester Seminar 2
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
SC-119 Foundations of Chemistry 4
AC-120
Nursing Diagnostic Assessment
or Nursing Diagnostic Assessment 2
0
N-120 Introduction to Nursing Professional 3
 Credits17
Spring
CH-213
213L
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
4
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
PN-120 Preparation for Nursng Success 2
N-125 Concepts of Health/Wellness 2
SC-120 Foundations of Biology 3
 Credits17
Sophomore
Fall
FA-110 Intro to the Arts 4
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
BI-231
231L
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
4
 Credits16
Spring
BI-251
251L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
BI-338 Physiological Mechanisms Disease 4
N-220 Pharmacology: Nursing Connections 3
ADV-299 Intermediate Level Event 0
N-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
N-225 Physical Assessment & Clinical Skills 4
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
HFA-210 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
PSY-250 Abnormal Psychology 4
N-320 Theories of Holistic Nursing Mgt A 2
N-321 Theories of Holistic Nursing Mgt B 2
N-325 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 4
 Credits17
Spring
N-330 Theories of Holistic Nursing C 2
N-335 Nursing Management of Aging Adults 2
N-340 Nursing Management: Women & Children 3
N-345 Clinical Nursing Practice II 4
BSC-257 Statistics for Health Professionals 4
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
HFA-310 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
N-400 Nursing Management: Complex Clients 2
GEC-300 The Globally Effective Citizen 3
N-420 Nursing in Complex Communities 4
N-425 Advanced Nursing Science Application 1 4
 Credits15
Spring
N-430 Nursing Health Seminar Series 1-3
N-435 Advanced Nursing Science Application II 5
N-440 Transition to Professional Nursing Roles 3
N-445 Advanced Nursing Leadership & Policy 3
 Credits12-14
 Total Credits124-126