The resources of the University, of health care facilities in the surrounding community, and of selected clinical agencies throughout the state provide opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing and personal growth.
In lower-division courses, nursing students matriculate with students from a variety of academic disciplines as they acquire fundamental knowledge from the humanities and social and natural sciences. Upon promotion to upper-division courses, nursing students engage in didactic and clinical study to acquire the body of nursing knowledge requisite to functioning as a professional nurse. Utilization of the nursing process in a variety of settings and with clients across the life span is facilitated by clinical learning experiences in nursing homes, community health centers and agencies, home-care settings, hospitals, industries, and public schools.
The professional development of students is promoted through a blend of learning opportunities that include faculty guidance in didactic and clinical settings, directed and independent study activities in the Lowery Learning Resources Center, and interaction with other health care providers. The curriculum is organized to enable students to progress from dependent to interdependent decision making and from structured to unstructured learning experiences. Learning experiences enable students to focus on those clinical, leadership, and research competencies that characterize a beginning professional nurse.
Selected students may also choose to participate in co-op education and summer internships with local health care agencies. Students are provided stipends by the health care agencies to help defray tuition and living expenses during the internship.