BSN

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Description:

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at The University of Alabama offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN.) CCN welcomes freshman, transfer students, and second
degree students. The college is also committed to providing accessible educational options for registered nurses who want to return to school.

From the start, at the CCN, students have the opportunity to be mentored by nursing faculty. Students experience individualized attention from instructors in classes, labs, and
clinical settings. Networked computers, multi-media classrooms, human patient simulators, and the learning resource center provide state of the art technology needed for a quality
nursing education.

The ability to learn and practice nursing skills in a simulated environment is right here – all within the heart of Alabama’s beautiful residential campus. Excellent clinical facilities, from
hospitals to home care agencies, health departments to public schools, are available in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities. In these settings students will learn to think,
act, and practice as a nurse.

Leaders in health care have long recognized the nursing program at The University of Alabama as graduating students with a strong academic background and a well-rounded
clinical experience. Students graduate with more than a degree; they have experience – a combination that opens doors to numerous career opportunities. CCN alumni are actively
recruited by health care agencies in Alabama and across the nation.


Program of Study:

The BSN curriculum plan consists of lower and upper division courses. During the first four semesters of the curriculum plan, designated as lower division, students take required sciences, humanities, and other courses that help to prepare them to function as a professional nurse.

The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses, with some that include theory and clinical lab components. Students provide knowledge gained in the classroom and other methods of learning as they provide nursing care to individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.

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Advising:

Lower Division BSN Advising:

If you are not receiving e-mails from the Office of Nursing Student Services, please check your e-mail account for over quota indication and/or clean up some of the old e-mails and delete them.

Registration Procedures

Check your myBama email often! Registration times vary. You must confirm your schedule in myBama or it will be dropped. Payments can be made at myBama.

Upper Division BSN Advising:

  • Upper Division students participate in a pre-registration group advising session facilitated by Undergraduate Clinical Course Leaders/designee during the designated pre-registration advising period in the fall and spring semester.
  • CCN provides specific information to UD students about clinical schedules.
  • There is no late registration for clinical nursing courses. If extenuating circumstances have made regular registration for clinical courses impossible, approval for late registration in these courses may be requested from the Director, Undergraduate Programs.

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Upper Division Promotion:

Promotion to the upper division is competitive. Students applying for promotion must meet all minimum requirements to be considered. These requirements are:

  • Admission to the University of Alabama with Nursing as the primary major.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on required lower division classes.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 on all required science classes.
  • Completion of or current enrollment in all lower division courses at application deadline.
  • Completion of the required sections of the HESI A2.

Students who complete at least one-half of the required lower division coursework in residence at UA will be given preference. Students may choose to enroll in a summer session(s) to meet requirements and to adjust the program of studies to meet individual needs.

Application deadlines for promotion:

  • March 1 – Summer promotion (Application will be available online beginning January 15th)
  • June 1 – Fall promotion (Application will be available online beginning April 15th)

 

HESI A2:

The Capstone College of Nursing requires the HESI A2, an Admissions Assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The HESI A2 is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.

The assessment will be administered by the University of Alabama’s Testing Services on campus. This computerized exam is timed (approximately 3 hours) and will cost $63. For applicants applying for summer 2016, the assessment will be given between January 1, 2016 and February 27, 2016. For those applying for fall 2016, the assessment will be given between April 1, 2016 and May 28, 2016. The HESI A2 may only be taken once during each admission period, i.e., one time for summer promotion and one time for fall promotion. Please visit www.testing.ua.edu to register for the assessment.

  • Applicants must complete the following five components:
  • Vocabulary
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking

Study Guide:
Numerous study materials/guides can be found online. The HESI Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Test Review Text is available for purchase. To purchase an Admission Assessment study guide, please call 1.800.545.2522 and request the Evolve Reach Testing and Remediation Admission Assessment Exam Review or go to: http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/basic-science/admission-assessment-exam-review-pageburst-e-book-on-vitalsource-e-book/9781455758166/
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Expenses:

In addition to expenses common to all students enrolled at The University of Alabama, there are additional expenses specific to the nursing program. These additional expenses are listed below to help students plan. The expenses of the first and last semesters in upper division are greater than those of intervening semesters.

The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses, with some that include theory and clinical lab components. Students provide knowledge gained in the classroom and other methods of learning as they provide nursing care to individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.

Type of Expense

 

Approximate Cost

Health Insurance–Students must provide evidence of adequate health insurance to cover long-term and emergency treatment or be prepared to pay for such services if the need arises. Variable annual costs
Liability Insurance–All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses are required to have liability insurance coverage. The cost of this insurance is billed through the Bursar’s Office to the student each semester. $15.00 Annual cost
Clinical Laboratory Fees–Fees for clinical nursing courses are assessed each semester and are included in the tuition and fees statement issued by the University. Cost is dependent on the course’s credit hours. $15.00-$30.00 Semester cost
CPR Certification–Evidence of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that extends through the entire semester is required before a student begins a clinical nursing course. Fees charged by certifying agencies for initial certification and annual renewal vary. $25.00 (may vary) Annual cost
Hepatitis B Vaccine–All students enrolled in the first upper division clinical nursing course are required to show evidence of immunization against the Hepatitis B virus. Costs associated with immunization are the student’s responsibility and vary with the provider. One-time variable cost
Clinical Uniforms–Upon promotion to upper division, students are required to purchase items comprising the clinical uniform, which have been approved by the College. These items will be used throughout the professional component of the curriculum and include two uniforms purchased from the vendor on contract. The cost of these two uniforms ranges from $90.00 to $140.00. Also required are nametags that must be purchased prior to beginning the first and last clinical courses. Nametags cost approximately $25.00. A full-length lab coat, ankle-cut all white leather nursing shoes, and a watch with sweep second hand are also required. Lab coats cost approximately $40.00; shoes range in price from $30.00-$60.00; and the cost of the watch varies with personal preference. $250.00-$500.00 One-time variable cost
Physical Assessment Equipment–Upon promotion to upper division students must purchase a complete set of physical assessment equipment/supplies. The set includes: stethoscope with bell and diaphragm, percussion hammer, retractable tape measurer, Snellen eye chart, pen light, bandage scissors, clear metric ruler, blood pressure cuff, tuning fork, china marking pen, transparent metric ruler, eye protection glasses, EKG ruler, and digital thermometer. $70.00 One-time cost
Mobile Devices and Required Software –Students entering Upper Division study at the Capstone College of Nursing are required to purchase a handheld device to run required software used in their coursework, clinicals and throughout the curriculum.Click here for more information, Recommended Handheld and Required Software. $400.00 Approximate cost
Travel Expenses–Nursing students assume individual responsibility for their transportation to health care agencies. The amount of travel varies with each clinical course, and the cost increases when the students’ assignments are in rural areas or outside Tuscaloosa County. Cost varies per semester
Textbooks and Packets–Each nursing course has a listing of required and recommended textbooks. Students are expected to have in their possession all books listed as required, and access to books identified as recommended. Cost varies per semester
Standard Assessment Tests–Standardized tests are required periodically throughout the curriculum. Examination costs are billed to the student by Student Receivables. $65.00 per semester
Graduation Expenses for Generic Students–During the senior year, students need to plan for extra expenses related to graduation and application for the licensure examination for registered nurses. Expenses typically include the following:

  • Cap & Gown Fee ($40.00)
  • Commencement Fee ($36.00)
  • Comprehensive Tests ($65.00)
  • Alabama State Board Application Fee ($85.00)
  • If requesting a temporary permit (an additional $50.00)
  • NCLEX-RN Examination Fee ($200.00)
  • Photographs (minimum $20.00-$30.00)
  • Capstone College of Nursing Pin (10K Gold: $140.00; Gold Filled: $75.00)
One-time cost $571 – $670

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Graduation Requirements:

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, students must successfully complete the Capstone College of Nursing program of studies and meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a grade of “C-” or higher in all courses identified in the planned program of studies.
  • Complete at least 32 semester hours of coursework at The University of Alabama.
  • Meet University Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 at the time of graduation in all courses in the planned program of studies.
  • Minimum of 127 earned hours.

In order to progress to upper division, students must successfully complete all lower division coursework, and have a grade point average of at least a 2.75 in the required science courses and a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all courses required in the first three semesters of the designated curriculum. Spaces in upper division are limited and competition is competitive. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee promotion to the Upper Division of the nursing curriculum. Specific information on promotion to upper division can be found under the section on Admission to the College.

Nursing courses in upper division make up the professional component of the curriculum. Courses focus on providing students with essential knowledge and skills to provide care to persons in a variety of health care settings. Nursing courses are designed to build on preceding semesters; foster the development of critical thinking and progressively independent decision making; and provide collaborative opportunities for students with other health care providers. Therefore, students must successfully complete all clinical and non-clinical courses in a semester before progressing to the next semester coursework. Other nursing courses in upper division may be offered in summer school to allow students flexibility within the curriculum. In addition, a variety of nursing elective courses, including opportunities for independent study, are offered at different times throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to talk with an academic adviser during pre-registration each semester to ensure that individual needs and career goals are met.

Students need to keep in mind that deviation from the scheduled program of studies may lengthen time spent in the curriculum. Upon progression to upper division, permission to depart from the clinical sequence must be obtained from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs. Because of the limitations in clinical course spaces, departure from the sequence for any reason may significantly lengthen the time for program completion.
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AfterCollege™

AfterCollege™ is a network for college students and recent grads who are looking for entry level jobs, internships, and other opportunities.

The AfterCollege™ link is external to UA and a partnership of The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Scholarship and employment opportunities can be found at this link, http://www.aftercollege.com.

Job Resource Center
http://www.aftercollege.com/groups/ccenter.asp?fct=1&ID=887723345

Alumni Directory
http://www.aftercollege.com/groups/alumni.asp?fct=3&ID=887723345

AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund
http://www.aftercollege.com/groups/aacn.asp?id=887723345

Blue Book: Nursing Career Manual
http://www.aftercollege.com/groups/bluebook.asp?pid=1&id=887723345
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