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Traditional Undergraduate Program



The Traditional undergraduate program is designed for beginning students of nursing, including high school graduates and change-of-major students. The School of Nursing is known across the nation as a highly rigorous, academically demanding, and clinically excellent program for the preparation of new nurses.

The curriculum is an innovative clinical immersion format, which maintains high educational standards while focusing the senior year on a clinical immersion experience that will prepare graduates to enter their nursing careers a step ahead of many other nursing graduates.

The Clinical immersion program requires 122 credits for completion and is set up as follows:

  • Freshman Experience: Introduction to the profession and clinical skills with essential science and liberal arts courses.
  • Sophomore Experience : Development of clinical skills and decision making in nursing through simulation and laboratory experiences.
  • Junior Experience: Expansion of nursing knowledge into essential and specialty clinical nursing with associated field experiences.
  • Senior Experience: Clinical immersion and enhancement of nursing knowledge for entry into practice.

Change of Major

This sequential curricular development will allow students to build a solid foundation for nursing practice. To support the pre-senior year, a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory and resource center has been created. Students pursue independent and collaborative coursework in the nursing laboratories.

The faculty are committed to providing the highest caliber nursing education possible. The innovative curricular design, laboratory resources, and dynamic faculty provide students with the best educational program.

For program information please email ud-nursing@udel.edu; for Nursing Tours please schedule through the Admissions Office.

  • Nursing Education Perspectives March / April 2006 Clinical Immersion, A Residency Model for Nursing Education . CYNTHIA A. DIEFENBECK, LISA ANN PLOWFIELD, AND JUDITH W. HERRMAN
  • Journal of Nursing Education Nov 2011 - Student-Centered Outcomes Evaluation of the Clinical Immersion Program: Five Years Later. Cynthia A. Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC; Evelyn R. Hayes, PhD, FNP-BC; Gail H. Wade, PhD, RN; Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF

Undergraduate Application Information

Prospective undergraduates interested in nursing should submit the general undergraduate application and check "Nursing" as a desired major. This application can be viewed on-line.

Curriculum

Freshman Fall Semester

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 100: New Student Connections – 1 credit
  • NURS 101: Human Anatomy – 2 credits
  • CHEM 105: General Chemistry – 4 credits
  • BISC 207: Introductory Biology I – 4 credits
  • PSYCH 100: General Psychology or University Breadth – 3 credits

TOTAL: 14 credits

Freshman Spring Semester

REQUIRED COURSES

  • BISC 276: Human Physiology – 4 credits
  • NURS 110: Nursing Connections – 1 credit
  • CHEM 106: Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry – 5 credits
  • ENGL 110: Critical Reading and Writing – 3 credits
  • PYSC 100: General Psychology or University Breadth – 3 credits

TOTAL: 16 credits

Sophomore Fall Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 200: Clinical Decision Making – 2 credits
  • NURS 235: Health: Promotion & Vulnerability or STAT 200: Basic Statistical Practice – 3 credits
  • NURS 241: Scientific Basis of Nursing – 3 credits
  • BISC 300: Microbiology or HDFS 201: Life Span Development –
    3/ 4 credits
  • NTDT 200: Nutrition Concepts – 3 credits

TOTAL: 14 - 15 credits

Sophomore Spring Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 222: Pharmacology – 3 credits
  • NURS 242: Scientific Basis of Nursing – 3 credits
  • NURS 253: Health and Physical Assessment – 3 credits
  • BISC 300: Introduction to Microbiology or HDFS 201: Life Span Development – 3/4 credits
  • NURS 235: Health: Promotion & Vulnerability or STAT 200: Basic Statistical Practice or University Breadth Requirement – 3 credits

TOTAL: 15 - 16 credits

Junior Fall Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 354: Psychosocial Nursing – 3 credits
  • NURS 362: Research Concepts in Healthcare or University Breadth Requirement – 3 credits
  • NURS 372: Adult Health Nursing – 3 credits
  • NURS 382: Communities & Health Policy – 2 credits
  • NURS 390*: Clinical Work Experiences – 1 credit
  • STAT 200: Basic Statistical Practice or University Breadth Requirement – 3 credits

TOTAL: 15 credits

Junior Spring Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 352: Adult Health Nursing – 3 credits
  • NURS 356: Care of Children & Families – 3 credits
  • NURS 358: Care of Women – 3 credits
  • NURS 390*: Clinical Work Experiences – 1 credit
  • NURS 362: Research Concepts in Healthcare or University Breadth – 3 credits
  • FREE Elective – 3 credits

TOTAL: 16 credits

Senior Fall Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 453: Adult Health Nursing I – 3 credits
  • NURS 457: Maternal-Child – 3 credits
  • NURS 459: Clinical Psychosocial Nursing – 3 credits
  • NURS 460: Clinical Integration Seminal I – 2 credits
  • NURS 411/412/414: Topics in Healthcare Delivery – 3 credits
  • Free Elective – 3 credits

TOTAL: 17 credits

Senior Spring Courses

REQUIRED COURSES

  • NURS 473: Adult Health Nursing II – 3 credits
  • NURS 477: Care of Populations – 3 credits
  • NURS 479: Clinical Preceptorship – 3 credits
  • NURS 480: Clinical Integration Seminar II – 2 credits
  • NURS 411/412/414: Topics in Healthcare Delivery – 3 credits

TOTAL: 14 credits

PLEASE NOTE: Total Program Credits: 122

Note: * Total of 2 credits NURS 390 required prior to senior year nursing coursework.

Students must take 4 University breadth courses (see academic catalog)

Requirements Categories:
• Creative arts and humanities—3 credits
• History and cultural change—3 credits
• Social and behavioral sciences—3 credits
• Mathematics, natural sciences, and technology—3 credits (for the nursing major–several courses will fit this requirement)
(Students must receive a C- or better in these 4 courses)

To download a PDF of the complete curriculum, please click here. >


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