Carr College of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

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Adviser: Jeanne Castleberry, M.B.A.

The prenursing curriculum prepares the student for admission to Harding’s Carr College of Nursing. Students may complete their prenursing preparation in two years. Application to the Carr College of Nursing must be made the semester prior to desired admission. Students must follow the curriculum course sequence carefully to ensure that all science prerequisites are met.

For further information, refer to the Carr College of Nursing section in this catalog or contact the director of admissions at nursing@harding.edu or 501-279-4475.

First Year


3 hours from:


Second Year


Spring: 18 Hours


Note(s):


This schedule is a suggestion only. Students adhering to this schedule will need to complete 6 hours of Global Perspectives courses after admission to the Carr College of Nursing Level I and/or Level II study, and 3 hours of liberal arts requisites such as HIST 110 or HIST 111, and KINS 101.

* These prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” or higher prior to admission to the Carr College of Nursing. Completion of  BIOL 249 is required prior to taking NURS 203. BIOL 159, BIOL 249 and BIOL 253 must be completed prior to taking NURS 363. Students are strongly encouraged not to enroll in more than two courses with laboratory requirements during a single semester.

****MATH 107 must be passed with a “B” or higher prior to admission to the Level I nursing courses. 

# If a student achieved 18 or lower on the ACT English subscore, ENG 099 must be taken prior to taking ENG 111.

NOTE: NURS 100, NURS 300 and NURS 363 are offered during the summer session. Summer course offerings are dependent on sufficient enrollment. Students are strongly encouraged to complete NURS 300 and NURS 363 the semester immediately prior to entering the Carr College of Nursing. Students who enroll in any nursing course consent to participate in the learning activities required in that course in order to progress in the nursing curriculum.

Students may be asked to submit to random screening for drug use according to clinical agency and/or university policy. Most employers of registered nurses require drug screening measures to protect the public. Students are expected to self-report a history of drug abuse to the board of nursing. Criminal background checks are required during and near completion of the program.

Special Considerations:


*These courses also serve as prerequisites to the nursing program and must be passed with a “C” or higher prior to admission to the Level I nursing courses.

****MATH 107 must be passed with a “B” or higher prior to admission to the Level I nursing courses.

Admission to the Program: See admission standards on the Carr College of Nursing page.

Admissions occur twice per year. Students who wish to enter the undergraduate nursing program must file an admission application with the Carr College of Nursing. Students who wish to enter fall or spring must apply for admission to the Carr College of Nursing by the following dates: March 1 for fall and October 1 for spring. Contact the director of admissions (501-279-4682) or e-mail nursing@harding.edu for further admission information and application forms. No final action will be taken on an application until the student has been admitted to the University, all prerequisites have been met, and the application has been received. Reference evaluations must be completed prior to being considered for admission.

Program Description

The undergraduate program offers curriculum tracks to meet the individualized needs of students including: (1) a four-year, full-time traditional track which culminates with the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (part-time options are available); (2) an accelerated, year-round second degree program which culminates with the awarding of the BSN degree; (3) an individualized track is available to students who hold a current unencumbered nursing license (registered nurses, licensed practical nurses) without a bachelors degree. An individualized degree completion plan is collaboratively designed with the student to culminate in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (full or part-time options are available).

Curriculum Strands and Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the undergraduate program, the graduate will be prepared to:

Curriculum StrandCompetencies/Outcomes
Nursing ProcessUse the nursing process effectively while intervening therapeutically with patients in various health states and developmental levels to restore, maintain, and promote health, and prevent illness.
ResearchApply research findings in the provision of nursing care to enhance the quality of care.
Critical ThinkingDemonstrate use of the critical thinking process in making clinical judgments and decisions relevant to nursing problems in a variety of settings.
CommunicationCommunicate and collaborate effectively with patients, peers and health team members to ensure quality patient nursing care, and to foster supportive personal and professional growth.
LeadershipFunction appropriately in leader and follower roles when providing safe, organized, and holistic nursing care, being a change agent, and serving as patient advocates.
Teaching/LearningUse principles of teaching/learning to provide patients in various health states with the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy living: physically, spiritually, psychologically, and socially.
Christian PrinciplesDemonstrate commitment to Christian principles and professional ethics and standards of practice and is accountable for own nursing practice and professional growth.
Global PerspectiveIncorporate within a global perspective, cultural knowledge, a servant-leadership style, and principles of resource conservation and stewardship in the provision of nursing care.

Mission Opportunities

Nursing is an ideal profession for service to others. In addition to the many clinical opportunities, the nursing curriculum offers numerous stateside and international health care missions clinical opportunities. Since the first graduating class in 1977, nursing students have participated in health care missions as part of the nursing curriculum. Both short term (7-10 days) and long term (4-6 weeks or up to a semester) opportunities are available. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in health care missions as a part of their nursing experiences.

In fall 2007, Harding University in Zambia (HIZ) was begun. This International Programs site has a health missions emphasis and nursing students are encouraged to participate in this semester-long experience. Students may work toward completion of their Health Missions Minor while participating in the HIZ program. This type of experience greatly enhances students’ cultural awareness and provides additional opportunities to follow in the footsteps of the Great Physician. Contact the nursing health missions coordinator for details.  Mission and health mission opportunities abound. NURS 210, NURS 305, NURS 344, NURS 413, and BMIS 388 are available to enrich knowledge and skills with missions and health care. See the nursing health missions coordinator for details.  Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a leadership and ministry major or a health missions minor or a bible and ministry minor for Nurses. Details are available in this catalog and can be provided by the director of admissions in the Carr College of Nursing.

Interdisciplinary Missions Course

BMIS 388, Development Ministry, an interdisciplinary missions course between the Carr College of Nursing and the College of Bible & Ministry, is offered during intersession. This course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including appropriate technology, water development and sanitation, primary health care, intensive gardening, and livestock management. Students are introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. This 12-day intersession course is held at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT) in Floral, Ark., where students experience living in a global village.     

Mission and health mission opportunities abound.  NURS 210, NURS 305, NURS 344, and NURS 413, and BMIS 388 are available to enrich knowledge and skills with missions and health care.  See the nursing health missions coordinator for details.  Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a health missions and/or Bible & Ministry minor for Nurses.  Details are available in this catalog and can be provided by the director of admissions in the Carr College of Nursing.

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International Missions

Guatemala: In February each year, student nurses spend an intensive week serving in Guatemala, C. America.  They partner with Health Talents International (HTI) and a surgical team of experienced nurses and physicians as they assist in with pre and post-op care.  The headquarters for HTI is located in Searcy, AR, making it convenient for our students to connect and receive additional cultural preparation.  To learn more about HTI, go to www.healthtalents.org.

 

Haiti, West Indies: Since Spring Break of 1992, the Carr College of Nursing (HCCN) students participate in an annual health mission trip to the impoverished island nation of Haiti, West Indies.  The mission initially began as curative health clinics; however; in recent years, the focus of the trip has changed to health promotion and disease prevention using a community health education approach in the homes, schools and communities of the Haitian people.  In addition, health education classes in primary health care and disease prevention are taught to school teachers and men training to be preachers with the vision that they will include health education information in their classes and ministries. To learn more go to haitianchristianfoundation.org.

 

Africa/Tanzania: For four to six weeks in the summer, senior nursing students have an opportunity to work and serve in a mission hospital in a rural resource limited region of E. Africa.  They participate in all areas of the hospital: pediatrics, adult, maternity and community nursing.  They have an opportunity to learn about and care for patients with a wide variety of tropical diseases, as well as the delivery of babies and the care of critically ill children.  They gain a better appreciation for how the majority of the world receives their health care and better understand many of the barriers to vulnerable populations.

Tour of the Chimala Mission Hospital by Kyle Vath, one of our graduates. watch video

Domestic Missions

Christian Health Ministry of White County: Harding student nurses and faculty are provided an opportunity on a Sunday afternoon to assist in a Christian health center that serves the medically and economically disadvantaged of this county.

 

Health Wellness Screenings: Local churches invite faculty and students to provide their members and community friends with information for promoting health, preventing disease and screening for heart and cancer risks.

 

"Development Ministries" Class (BMIS 388): This two-week course is taught at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT), where students live in a simulated Global Village.  Through cross-cultural simulations, the course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care.  Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development.  

 

Health Missions Minor: HCCN now offers a health missions minor.  Any of the above mentioned mission trips can qualify to help the student fulfill the requirements for this minor.  For more information, please see the current HU online academic catalog for specific course requirements.

 

Harding University in Zambia International Program: The International Programs have been specially designed to further enhance the stated mission of the university to help students develop a Christian understanding of and respect for other cultures. As an extension of the Searcy campus, these international experiences provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas for both students and university faculty. The international living experience realized by the quantity and quality of time immersed in another culture yields insights and perspectives that can be gained in no other way. As with our university course offerings on the Searcy campus, the international programs of study provide rigorous, yet flexible courses of study by drawing from each unique international locale the best opportunities for expanded study and growth. Because of these unique experiences, students and university faculty develop lifelong relationships.

The Harding University International Programs — academic programs based in Florence, Italy (HUF); London, England (HUE); Australasia (HUA); Athens, Greece (HUG); Viña del Mar, Chile (HULA); Paris, France (HIP); and Namwianga Mission, Zambia (HIZ) — provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas. For every program, a selection of courses that apply to the liberal arts requirements are offered that may be studied in a particular locale.

Other Health Mission Resources

IHCF (International Health Care Foundation) African Christian Hospitals: www.ihcf.net

Tanzania Christian Clinic: www.tanzaniacc.org

Chimala Mission Hospital & Schools:  www.chimalamission.com

Healing Hands International: www.hhi.org

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Honors College

The Carr College of Nursing and the Honors College has designed a course of study for students who wish to take Honors courses while pursuing a nursing degree.

CourseSubjectCredits
NURS 100.H1Introduction to Nursing1

(Limited enrollment, you must be enrolled in the Honors College.)

Honors Contract courses:

After taking 3 H or HNRS courses you will be able to propose an honors contract. Select from the following College of Nursing courses:

CourseSubjectCredits
NURS 351Nursing Adults/Chronic Health5
NURS 352Nursing Adults/Acute Health5
NURS 354Gerontological Nursing2
NURS 363Pathophysiology3
NURS 412Research3
NURS 450Pediatric/Child Health5
NURS 452OB and Women's Health5
NURS 453Community Health5
NURS 454Advanced Med-Surgical5
NURS 455Leadership and Management4

 

Honors Capstone course:

Nursing 462 may be taken as an Honors Capstone course. Please see your instructor or contact the Honors College for more information.

CourseSubjectCredits
NURS 462Capstone3

 

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Contact Us

Graduate Nursing Program

501-279-4859

gradnursing@harding.edu

Fax: 501-279-4669

Mailing address:
Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-5615