Pre-Licensure BSN2021-02-24T19:40:55+00:00

Pre-Licensure BSN

About the Program

The pre-licensure BSN program is a traditional, residential program developed from national standards of baccalaureate nursing education, and incorporates accreditation and regulatory frameworks of quality and safety such that graduates will seamlessly enter the workforce well prepared to care, serve, and contribute.

Nursing program admission criteria
Kimberly Brown
Kimberly Brown
Chair of the Division of Nursing
Associate Professor
Garber 133
DNP, Case Western Reserve University
MSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
BSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
ADN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Elaine Critticos
Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
MSN,Walden University
BSN,Radford University
Lisa Pendleton
Assistant Professor of Nursing
M.S., Lynchburg College
B.S., Bluefield College
Kris Peters
Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
MSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
BSN, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Diploma in Nursing, Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing
Betsy Smith
Nursing Program Specialist
Adjunct Instructor of Business
  • CCNE – New Applicant Status has been applied for.
  • SACSCOC Approval issued February 2020.

Code of Ethics for Nurses

  1. The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
  2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
  3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
  4. The nurse has authority accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions: and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.
  5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.
  6. The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
  7. The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
  8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
  9. The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

 American Nurses Association (2015) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements  

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Nursing:

GWS 101Ferrum Gateway Seminar2BIO 111Introductory Biology II4
ENG 101Composition and Rhetoric3CHM 105Intro to Organic and Biochemistry4
PSY 201General Psychology3ENG 102Composition and Research3
NUR 100Intro to Professional Nursing1MTH 111Pre-Calculus I3
*Gen Ed – Bible-Based3*Gen Ed – History #13
BIO 254Human Anatomy and Physiology I4BIO 255Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 303Microbiology (or BIO 203)4BIO 320Human Nutrition3
PSY 210Lifespan Development3MTH 208Introductory Statistics3
*Gen Ed – History #23PHI 211Ethics3
*Gen Ed – Fine arts3Activity1
*Gen Ed – Literature3
E-term after Semester 43
NUR Courses must be taken sequentially in the order presented below.
NUR 300Foundations of Prof Nursing Practice4NUR 350Adult Nursing I4
NUR 305 CFoundations Clinical (90 hrs)2NUR 355 CAdult Nursing I Clinical (135 hrs)3
NUR 310Nursing Pharmacology I2NUR 410Nursing Pharmacology II2
NUR 315 LFoundations and Pharm Skills Lab2NUR 360Mother-Baby-Pediatric Nursing3
NUR 320 LHealth Assessment (2) w/ Skills Lab (1)3NUR 365 CMother-Baby-Pediatric Clinical (90 hrs)2
NUR 330Pathophysiology3
(clinical = 90 hours)16(total clinical = 225 hours)14
NUR 370Research & Evidence-based Practice3NUR 490Nursing Informatics and Data Management3
NUR 450Adult Nursing II4NUR 460Gerontological Nursing2
NUR 455 CAdult Nursing II Clinical  (90 hrs)2NUR 470Current, Future, & Transcultural Issues in Nursing3
NUR 440Community Health Nursing3NUR 480Leadership and Management3
NUR 445 CCommunity Health Clinical  (45 hrs)1NUR 495 CTransition to Prof Practice Clinical3
NUR 420Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing3(clinical = 135 hours)
NUR 425 CPsych Mental-Health Clinical  (45 hrs)114
(total clinical = 180 hours)17Total program clinical hours = 630

Program Admission Criteria

Complete the Ferrum College Application for Admission.

Tier 1: Students with at least a 2.75 GPA may be admitted directly into Ferrum College’s Nursing program as freshmen or sophomores, and upon achievement of all progression criteria and upper division admission criteria, may progress directly into upper division on a competitive, space-available basis.

Tier 2: Other students (internal or external to Ferrum) may apply for upper division on a competitive, space-available basis. Preference will be given to Ferrum students who meet admission standards with competitive admission scores. Students apply to the Nursing major in late Fall of the year prior to beginning upper division the following Fall and are notified of acceptance, denial of acceptance or waitlist status in the Spring semester.

All students must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and achieve a minimum overall score of at least 60% (one retake allowed).

Upper Division admission criteria for all students are:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (will likely require higher GPA to be competitive).
  • Completion of all Nursing pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or higher and Liberal Arts Core courses (with exception of speaking and writing intensive requirements which will be met in the upper division).
  • Students who fail any required science course twice within a five (5) year timeframe are not eligible for entry.
  • Students must achieve a minimum overall score (see above) on the TEAS standardized admission test.
  • Students must submit a 1-page essay with application. See instructions.
  • Applications for admission are scored with the following criteria –
    • Cumulative GPA (40%)
    • TEAS (40%)
    • Essay (20%)
  • Internships: Students complete a two semester internship while in the Social Work program. During the senior year, 75 hours in the fall and 400 in the spring semester. The Social Work Field Coordinator assists the student in obtaining a field placement with appropriate social worker supervision which meets the student’s interest areas. A seminar with professor and peers in concurrent.
  • Alpha Delta Mu: Social Work Honor Society
  • Social Work Club: Activities such as sponsoring a United Way Bowlathon, attending Rally in the Valley with social work students from all over Virginia, participating in Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly, and attending various conferences.

What can I be with a Major in Social Work?

  • Child Welfare Services (foster care, adoption, child protective services)
  • Mental Health/Substance Use Case Manager
  • Healthcare Social Work (hospice services, hospitals, home health)
  • School Social Work
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Political Advocacy/Community Organizer/Lobbyist
  • Aging