Department of Nursing
Clinical Nursing Core Requirements
All applicants must be in good health and free from communicable diseases and be able to carry out the functions of a professional nurse as specified in the Technical Standards. Students must maintain current immunizations and CPR certification. Additional tests may be required by specific agencies in which the student has clinical experiences. The program will notify students when such tests are required. Students who fail to comply will not be allowed in clinical. All costs associated with clinical requirements is the responsibility of the student.
Nursing courses begin during the freshman year allowing early participation in clinical service learning activities. Students will have diverse service learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings.
The number of hours spent in laboratory (including clinical) experience varies from semester to semester and is based on one (1) semester credit being equal to three (3) hours of clinical per week.
Approximate time commitment for clinical courses:
200 level - 6 hours/week for one semester
300 level Junior year - 15 hours/week during one semester
400 level Senior year - 15 hours/week during both semesters
Policy Statement on Student Attendance at Clinical
The university reserves the right to require a student to repeat all or any part of a clinical course when, in the student evaluation by the course instructor, the time that the student has been absent from clinical/practicum makes it impossible to evaluate the student’s level of achieving the course objectives. Make up time is not guaranteed and is dependent upon faculty and clinical availability. The student is responsible for any costs involved in repeating the course and/or making up time lost.
Learning and Study Resources
Learning resource centers for student learning and testing are available. The nursing laboratory provides space and resources for students to practice and test their mastery of psychomotor skills used in patient care. The Carroll Library Learning Commons has a range of resources to support the nursing curriculum. The Walter Young Center provides personal counseling and the Study Center offers students opportunities to strengthen academic skills. All students should work closely with their advisor in planning their progression in the program.
Undergraduate tuition and other fees apply to nursing students. A program fee of $750.00 per year is also assessed for proficiency testing, disposable supplies, and equipment maintenance.
Upon completion of all program requirements, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). A graduate must pass this examination to be licensed and practice as a registered nurse (RN).
Although, no nursing program can guarantee success on the NCLEX-RN examination, the Carroll nursing curriculum integrates preparation for the licensure exam through-out the nursing program.