Upper Level Course Requirements

Upper-Level Nursing Courses

The program consists of 32 credits of upper-division courses.  All program required courses must be completed with a C or better.

Professional Role Transformation (NUR3825) is required as the first upper-level nursing course and Professional Nursing Excellence (NUR 4940C) is a capstone course which is taken during the final term of enrollment in the nursing courses.  All NUR courses must be completed before taking NUR4940C; however, a student may take non-nursing courses concurrently with NUR4940C.  Although a preferred progression of other courses is recommended, there is sufficient reinforcement of key concepts across the curriculum, without redundancy of material, to enable the student to be successful if courses are taken in a different order.

Courses are offered fully online.  Classes are not self-paced and assignments are due per the published schedule in the course syllabus.   The classes are taught in 8-week FASTTRACK terms with the exception of Individual, Family, and Population Health NUR4648C) {previously Community Health Nursing NUR4636} and Nursing Excellence NUR4940C, which have clinical hours and are thus a full 16-week term (12-weeks in the summer).  Students should be aware that a course taught in the 8 weeks is not less work but that they are doing 16 weeks of work in 8 weeks, which is a demanding schedule; however, the accelerated schedule enables a part-time student to complete two classes every semester while focusing on only one class at a time.  Due to the pace and rigor of the courses, the student should not enroll in more than two nursing courses during each 8-week term.

In the two 16-week courses students will have clinical experiences which will require time at various community and clinical facilities.  These clinical hours are self-scheduled although there may be restrictions on the scheduling with specified deadlines for completion as outlined in the course syllabus. Classes are offered year-round, including the summer.  A full-time student may complete upper division program requirements in three semesters and a part-time student may complete all upper division requirements in five semesters.

A student does not have to complete all lower level non-nursing classes before starting on the upper-level nursing classes.  They can be taken concurrently but should be completed prior to the Capstone course so that when it is completed, the student can graduate.

Upper-Division Required Courses: 32 credits

  • NUR 3065: Health Assessment
  • NUR 3125: Nursing Science and Pathophysiology
  • NUR 3825: Professional Role Transformation Must be first NUR course taken
  • NUR 3846: Nursing Theory
  • NUR4638C: Individual, Family, and Population Health
  • NUR 4775: Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 4827: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NUR 4940C: Professional Nursing Excellence (Capstone)

For questions regarding lower-level general education courses, please contact an advisor in Student Services. For questions regarding baccalaureate courses, please contact a baccalaureate program specialist,  Dr.Terrance Hays at thays@polk.edu or Claudy Fenelon at cfenelon@polk.edu.

For nursing-specific questions, please contact Dr. Annette Hutcherson at ahutcherson@polk.edu.