Notice of Accreditation Site Visit
Pfeiffer University Department of Nursing will be hosting a site visit February 18-20, 2013 as a part of the process for accreditation of our BSN program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing education.
As part of the accreditation process, CCNE provides an opportunity for program constituents such as students, alumni, faculty, employers and the practice community to provide third party comments. Written comments must be received by CCNE 30 days prior to the scheduled visit (on or before January 4th). Please include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing comments. Only signed comments will be accepted and these comments are shared with the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program.
Cristina Walcott, Administrative Assistant
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Thank you, in advance, for participating in this very important process.
Dianne Yow Daniels, PhD, RN, CNE
Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer, NC 28109
|NURS 201 (WI)||Intro to Professional Nursing and Healthcare Tech.||F||3 SH|
An introductory nursing course that covers the history of nursing, theoretical foundations, roles and behaviors of the professional nurse, and an introduction to the nursing process and critical thinking. The course introduces students to applications of information systems in health care practice, education, and research and addresses legal and ethical issues related to informatics. Students learn how healthcare providers can assess, develop, and use information systems to work more efficiently, allocate resources more effectively, and improve health care. This course meets the University's Computer Competency requirement. Prerequisite: Pre-nursing status. This is a writing intensive course.
|NURS 310||Healthcare and the Aging Population||S||2 SH|
This course introduces students to older adults, which will comprise the majority of health care recipients in students' future careers. Physiological/psychological functioning, common health problems, and the nurse's role in caring for older adults are addressed. The course incorporates service-learning activities in a local continual care community setting. This course meets the University's Activities Course requirement. Prerequisites: Pre-nursing status.
|NURS 312||Foundations and Concepts for Prof. Nursing Practice||F||5 SH|
An introduction to basic concepts related to nursing theory and practice: person, health, environment, and nursing. Fundamental and caring concepts, clinical nursing skills, and standards based on evidenced-based practice are introduced and applied using the nursing process for client-centered care. Laboratory activities include clinical simulation and the development of communication, teaching, and psychomotor skills. Clinical experience in the second half of the semester provides opportunities for application of basic knowledge and skills with individual adult and older adult patients in a long-term care setting and opportunities to participate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 314, 316, 318.
|NURS 314||Theraputic Communication for Diverse Cultures||F||3 SH|
This course explores therapeutic communication concepts and principles, types of communication, factors affecting communications patterns, and the practical application of therapeutic communication in various patient situations with diverse populations across the lifespan. Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 312, 316, 318.
|NURS 316||Health Assessment||F||3 SH|
This course addresses concepts and methods of comprehensive health assessment for evaluation of clients’ health status from a holistic perspective. The student is introduced to psychological and socio-cultural assessment techniques as well as to assessment considerations with diverse populations across the lifespan. Student application occurs through participation in classroom activities, practice in a lab setting, in small group case discussions, and in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 312, 314 ,318.
|NURS 318||Pharmacology for Nursing||F||3 SH|
Incorporates the basic principles of pharmacotherapeutics and principles underlying therapeutic interventions. Emphasis is on the professional nurse’s role and responsibilities, nursing implications of drug therapy, including legal/ethical, psychosocial, develop mental, psychosocial, religious, and cultural considerations. Students utilize math skills to calculate drug dosages. Prerequisites: Admission into the nursing program. Corequisites: NURS 312, 314, 318.
|NURS 320||Nursing Care of Adults I||S||6 SH|
Building on previous knowledge and the human caring approach, students apply critical thinking skills to nursing care of diverse adults across the lifespan who are experiencing commonly occurring medical or surgical disorders or diseases. Emphasis is on application of pathophysiologic concepts, assessment and evaluation of human responses to illness, and holistic nursing care management using the nursing process. The theory component focuses on evidenced-based practice and the role of the nurse in promot ing, maintaining, and restoring health for adults. The clinical component provides the opportunity for the student to apply concepts and skills using advanced technology. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 312, 314, 316, 318. Co-requisites: NURS 322, 324.
|NURS 322||Nursing Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family||S||6 SH|
This course examines concepts of maternal and neonatal health. The obstetrical health and illness continuum is explored from a developmental perspective in the classroom and provides the opportunity to apply the nursing process in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Evidence-based nursing, current health issues, ethical dilemmas, and trends pertinent to clinical practice are examined. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 312, 314, 316, 318. Co-requisites: NURS 320, 324.
|NURS 324||Healthcare Policy and Economics||S||2 SH|
The student will be introduced to the types of health-care services, healthcare settings, and the economics of health care payment and cost containment to include private insurance, managed care, federal (government) insurance plans, and challenges within the health-care system. Students will use critical thinking exercises to investigate current policies, issues and trends in nursing and health care. Emphasis is on exploration of issues related to accessibility, accountability and affordability of health care. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 312, 314, 316, 318. Co-requisites: NURS 320, 322.
|NURS 410||Nursing Care of Adults II
Provides the opportunity to explore nursing care as it is provided to diverse adults across the lifespan who are experiencing a variety of complex, acute, and chronic health problems in various settings, including long-term care and/or rehabilitation nursing settings. Emphasis is on application of pathophysiologic concepts, assessment and evaluation of human responses to illness, and holistic nursing care management using the nursing process. Builds on previous concepts, processes and skills necessary for the practice of professional nursing. Theory component focuses on evidenced-based practice and the role of the nurse in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health for adults. Clinical component provides opportunities for application of concepts and skills using advanced technology. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses. Co-requisites: NURS 412, 414.
|NURS 412||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing||F||5 SH|
Provides the opportunity to explore nursing care as it is provided to diverse adults across the lifespan who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric and mental health problems in various clinical setting. Emphasis is on the use of self in relationships, psychiatric nursing assessment, and the role of the nurse as a member of the health care team. Holistic nursing management integrates knowledge of psychobiology, pharmacology, and thoughtful, competent, caring nursing practice. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses. Co-requisites: NURS 410, 414.
|NURS 414 (WI)
||Introduction to Nursing Research||F||3 SH|
Introduces students to the principles of basic research process in nursing. Methods of gathering, analyzing and interpreting data commonly used in nursing research are discussed. Emphasis is on assisting students to conceptualize the importance of nursing research and to understand and use published health care research. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses. Co-requisites: NURS 410, 412.
|NURS 416||Community Health Nursing||5 SH|
Provides an opportunity to examine specific theoretical perspectives related to the care of diverse populations. The course includes community assessment and planning, economic issues in health care, epidemiology, environmental health, health promotion, bioterrorism, and global health. Learning experiences occur in the classroom and in a variety of community settings such as schools, community-based clinics, health departments, and home health agencies. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses, 410. 412, 414. Co-requisites: NURS 418, 501 ,510.
|NURS 418 (WI)||Nursing Leadership Values, Trends and Perspectives||S||3 SH|
This course provides an opportunity to examine leadership and management principles in professional nursing. Contemporary issues relevant to nursing practice are analyzed. Emphasis is on transition to the professional nursing role. This required course meets one of the University’s three Writing Intensive course requirements. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses, 410, 412, 414. Co-requisites: NURS 416, 501, 510.
|NURS 501||Transition to Professional Nursing: Senior Internship||S||3 SH|
This focused care clinical course facilitates the transition of senior nursing students to professional nursing practice and integrates clinical and theoretical learning from previous nursing courses. As a capstone course, emphasis is placed on application of knowledge and skills in the design, management and coordination of care for clients in a variety of health care settings. Guided clinical experiences provide opportunities to refine critical thinking skills and to demonstrate increased independence in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for multiple patients in a selected clinical setting. Students identify and implement strategies for resolving conflicts arising from diversity issues and moral, ethical, and legal dilemmas in clinical practice. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses, 410, 412, 414. Co-requisites: NURS 416, 418, 510.
|NURS 510||Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice||S||2 SH|
Students will have the opportunity to use individual, group, and technology-based methods to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving using comprehensive client case studies. This culminating classroom experience includes a review of nursing content and a final comprehensive exam in preparation for the NCLEX exam. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS 300-level courses, 410, 412, 414. Co-requisites: NURS 416, 418, 501.
Welcome to the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer University
Greetings and welcome to the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer University! I am so excited about our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and believe Pfeiffer is the place for you to become a nurse who makes a difference! The faculty and staff in the Department of Nursing are eager to share our vision with prospective students and welcome you to visit our Misenheimer campus. We are passionate about our program and the potential positive impact our graduates will have on the health care community. I look forward to working with you to achieve your educational goals and to encourage your personal and professional growth.
For more information about the Nursing program contact:
Dr. Dianne Yow Daniels, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE
Chair and Associate Professor, Pfeiffer University Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 960
215 Harris Science Building
Misenheimer, NC 28109
How to Apply
Application to the nursing program is a two-step process. A student must first apply to Pfeiffer (regular application from Admissions Office) as a pre-nursing student. Students who complete the prerequisite requirements may then submit a nursing application in the spring semester for consideration into the upper division nursing major. Qualified transfer and change-of-major students must meet the same academic criteria for admission as first-time freshmen. Records of students transferring to Pfeiffer University from other academic institutions are evaluated and transfer credit is granted as appropriate.Twenty students (who meet admissions criteria) will be selected to start nursing courses in the fall semester.
The application for fall semester 2013 enrollment into the upper division is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2013. TEAS scores (scores taken elsewhere will be accepted if it’s been in the last 6 months) must be included on the application. The TEAS exam will be administered on campus Dec. 14. You must sign up to take the TEAS test. Please contact Leslie Tucker at (704) 463-3434 to register for the test no later than Dec. 1. The cost of the test is $35.00 and must be paid with a credit card directly to the testing company the day of the test.
Completed applications may be delivered to the Department of Nursing directly or mailed to PO box 960 Misenheimer, NC 28109. Completed applications are due Feb. 1, 2013 by 5 p.m. (postmarked).
Dr. Dianne Daniels
Phone: (704) 463-3427
Learn more about Pfeiffer's University's BS in Nursing Program, established in 2009.
When so many other educational routes exist to becoming a registered nurse, what are the advantages of earning a BSN?
The additional course work involved in BSN education enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice, and provides the nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence health care delivery (AACN, 2009). As a BSN graduate, you will have the greatest opportunity for advancement. For instance, a BSN is required for entry into a master’s program, which may in turn lead to a career in management, or to more specialized nursing positions such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, or nurse researcher. A BSN is preferred and often required for military nursing, case management, public health nursing, forensic nursing and school nursing. Because BSN prepared nurses can apply for management-level positions (e.g., clinical educator, head nurse, supervisor) and may receive differential pay according to clinical ladder policies, an average BSN has higher earning power.
Is Pfeiffer's nursing program accredited?
Pfeiffer's nursing program was granted initial approval in May 2009 by North Carolina's nursing practice regulatory organization, the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process where non-governmental groups recognize schools and/or programs that have been found to meet or exceed certain standards and criteria for educational quality. Two national organizations accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree.
Pfeiffer offers a baccalaureate program; therefore, accreditation is from CCNE, which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate programs. Pfeiffer was recently accepted by the American Association for colleges of Nursing (AACN) for institutional membership. The AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate- and higher-degree nursing education programs. We will soon begin the CCNE accreditation review process by requesting applicant status from CCNE. We will then submit a self-study and host an on-site evaluation. CCNE accreditation decisions are retroactive to the first day of a program's CCNE on-site evaluation. Therefore, a successful evaluation will ensure that Pfeiffer's nursing graduates, even our very first nursing graduates, will hold a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program.
If I am accepted to Pfeiffer University, am I automatically accepted into the nursing program?
Students admitted to Pfeiffer University may enter as pre-nursing students and apply separately for the admission to the nursing program.
What are the admission requirements for nursing?
Candidates must formally apply for admission to the upper division of the nursing program by February 1 of the spring semester of their sophomore year. Prior to that, students must successfully complete (or be enrolled in) the required University core prerequisite courses and nursing specific courses with a grade of C (GPA 2.0) or better before applying for admission to the nursing major. Upon acceptance into Pfeiffer’s Nursing Program, qualified students are admitted to the upper division of the nursing major for fall admission in the junior year.
How will the Admissions Committee determine qualified program applicants?
The Admissions Committee, composed of nursing faculty and various members of the Nursing Advisory Board, will select the most qualified candidates for admission into the upper division nursing major based on: An applicant’s academic performance (cumulative GPA and science scores), written essay score, community service history, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS scores) and a satisfactory health appraisal.
Is it to my advantage to be listed on the NCNA I Registry before applying to Pfeiffer?
While we recommend completion of NAI training before you enroll in sophomore courses, it is not necessary or advantageous to do so earlier. Pfeiffer partners with Stanly Community College to offer NAI training specifically for our freshmen Pre-Nursing majors. (Qualified applicants who are accepted into the upper division nursing major are required to have completed Nurse Assistant/Aide I certification before enrolling in junior level upper division courses). See https://www.ncnar.org/ncna.html for more information.
How long will it take me to complete Pfeiffer’s Nursing Program?
The program may be completed in 8 semesters (or 4 academic years). However, general education classes (lower division) can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Nursing Program courses (upper division) are NOT available on a part-time basis and must be taken in sequence.
Will credits from AP classes in high school or from another college transfer to Pfeiffer?
Yes, some general education and prerequisite courses will transfer. However, because each student’s circumstances and transcript is different, it's important to meet with an academic advisor at Pfeiffer to create an academic plan. Nursing major (upper division) courses cannot be transferred or substituted.
Is acceptance into nursing programs competitive?
Admission is extremely competitive as the number of applications typically exceeds the number of available spaces each year. Three basic options are available for students who are not admitted into the upper division nursing major: 1) Stay at Pfeiffer University and apply again the next year; 2) Stay at Pfeiffer University, but change majors (e.g., exercise science, education, counseling); 3) Transfer to another nursing program. Students should discuss with their academic advisor the chances of being admitted, campus resources available, and alternative career options.
Where is the Department?
The BSN Nursing Pre-Licensure Program will be located in the Department of Nursing, which is in the School of Health Related Program. The Harris Science Building has been renovated for classroom space and a state-of-the-art nursing skills learning laboratory.
Where will Pfeiffer nursing students participate in clinical/hospital experience?
Pfeiffer’s Nursing Program has agreements with CMC-Union Regional, Stanly Regional Medical Center, Stanly Manor, Moore Regional Medical Center, Randolph Hospital and Rowan Regional Medical Center.
With all the college and university nursing programs in North Carolina, what makes Pfeiffer special or unique?
Pfeiffer is a United Methodist-related university that is committed to educational excellence, service, and scholarship. It is the vision of the university that our students embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service and become servant leaders and lifelong learners. The nursing program’s philosophy is consistent with the University’s philosophy and is built on caring principles. Faculty members in the Department of Nursing are committed to working with you to achieve your professional goals and are eager and ready to work with you to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you are looking for a sense of community and connectedness, small classes and personal attention, Pfeiffer is for you!