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.
- CCNE – New Applicant Status has been applied for.
- SACSCOC Approval issued February 2020.
Code of Ethics for Nurses
- The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
- The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
- The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
- 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
|YEAR ONE (LOWER-DIVISION YEAR 1)|
|SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2|
|GWS 101||Ferrum Gateway Seminar||2||BIO 111||Introductory Biology II||4|
|ENG 101||Composition and Rhetoric||3||CHM 105||Intro to Organic and Biochemistry||4|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3||ENG 102||Composition and Research||3|
|NUR 100||Intro to Professional Nursing||1||MTH 111||Pre-Calculus I||3|
|*||Gen Ed – Bible-Based||3||*||Gen Ed – History #1||3|
|YEAR TWO (LOWER-DIVISION YEAR 2)|
|SEMESTER 3||SEMESTER 4|
|BIO 254||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4||BIO 255||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIO 303||Microbiology (or BIO 203)||4||BIO 320||Human Nutrition||3|
|PSY 210||Lifespan Development||3||MTH 208||Introductory Statistics||3|
|*||Gen Ed – History #2||3||PHI 211||Ethics||3|
|*||Gen Ed – Fine arts||3||Activity||1|
|*||Gen Ed – Literature||3|
|E-term after Semester 4||3|
|NUR Courses must be taken sequentially in the order presented below.|
|YEAR THREE (UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR YEAR 1)|
|LEVEL 1||LEVEL 2|
|NUR 300||Foundations of Prof Nursing Practice||4||NUR 350||Adult Nursing I||4|
|NUR 305 C||Foundations Clinical (90 hrs)||2||NUR 355 C||Adult Nursing I Clinical (135 hrs)||3|
|NUR 310||Nursing Pharmacology I||2||NUR 410||Nursing Pharmacology II||2|
|NUR 315 L||Foundations and Pharm Skills Lab||2||NUR 360||Mother-Baby-Pediatric Nursing||3|
|NUR 320 L||Health Assessment (2) w/ Skills Lab (1)||3||NUR 365 C||Mother-Baby-Pediatric Clinical (90 hrs)||2|
|(clinical = 90 hours)||16||(total clinical = 225 hours)||14|
|YEAR FOUR (UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR YEAR 2)|
|LEVEL 3||LEVEL 4|
|NUR 370||Research & Evidence-based Practice||3||NUR 490||Nursing Informatics and Data Management||3|
|NUR 450||Adult Nursing II||4||NUR 460||Gerontological Nursing||2|
|NUR 455 C||Adult Nursing II Clinical (90 hrs)||2||NUR 470||Current, Future, & Transcultural Issues in Nursing||3|
|NUR 440||Community Health Nursing||3||NUR 480||Leadership and Management||3|
|NUR 445 C||Community Health Clinical (45 hrs)||1||NUR 495 C||Transition to Prof Practice Clinical||3|
|NUR 420||Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing||3||(clinical = 135 hours)|
|NUR 425 C||Psych Mental-Health Clinical (45 hrs)||1||14|
|(total clinical = 180 hours)||17||Total 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