Nursing Requirements

Required Courses for the Nursing Major

NUR 200 Introduction to Health Care Terminology 1 hr.
NUR 205 Fundamentals of Nursing I 3 hrs.
NUR 206 Fundamentals of Nursing II 4 hrs.
NUR 208 Physical Assessment 2 hrs.
NUR 213 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology 4 hrs.
NUR 214 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology 4 hrs.
NUR 301 Bridge to Professional Nursing for RN-BSN students 5 hrs.
or NUR 305 Care of Adults I 5 hrs.
NUR 306 Nursing Care of Mental Health Clients 5 hrs.
NUR 307 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families 5 hrs.
NUR 308 Nursing Care of Children 5 hrs.
NUR 405 Nursing Care in the Community 4 hrs.
NUR 406 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 3 hrs.
NUR 407 Nursing Care of Adults II 6 hrs.
NUR 408 Nursing Care of Adults III 6 hrs.
NUR 410 Nursing Leadership 2 hrs.
NUR 411 Nursing Internship 1 hr.
NUR 412 NCLEX-RN® Preparation 1 hr.
NUR 413 Nursing Research 3 hrs.


NUR 180 Integration: Human Diseases and Disorders 3 hrs.
NUR 201 Foundations of Nursing 3 hrs.
Total 64 hrs.

Required Support Courses

ENG 105 College Composition and Writing 4 hrs.
ENG 201 Writing and Research about Literature 3 hrs.
BIO 241 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs.
BIO 242 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hrs.
BIO 350 Microbiology 4 hrs.
CHEM 105 General Chemistry 4 hrs.
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics 4 hrs.
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3 hrs.
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3 hrs.
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 hrs.
or SOC 105 Introduction to Anthropology 3 hrs.

Students must make a grade of C or better in every course designated as a required support course.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires 124 semester hours.

An interview with the Chair of the Division of Nursing is required prior to admission to the Nursing program. A composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT test is highly recommended.

Prerequisites for beginning in the Nursing Program are: achievement of sophomore status, a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and satisfactory completion of ENG 105, BIO 241 and 242, and CHEM 105. All students entering NUR 206 are required to have current certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.).

Nursing students must earn a minimum grade of 80% in all nursing courses. If a student fails to earn 80% or greater in a nursing course, he/she will not be allowed to take the next semester’s required nursing courses. The student may take courses outside of nursing needed for the major, selected elective nursing courses, or elective courses. All nursing courses are expected to be taken in an uninterrupted sequence until completed. If interruptions occur, the student must seek  readmission to the nursing major. In order to be considered for readmission to the nursing major
following any interruption of progression in the program, the student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above and submit in writing to the Division of Nursing the request to re-enter the nursing program. Each application for readmission will be reviewed on an individual basis by the faculty of the Division.

In the following semester, if accepted for readmission, the student would return to the nursing program and repeat all the nursing courses in the year in which he/she was unsuccessful. The student must earn 80% or greater in all courses repeated.

Specific guidelines for the readmission procedure are described in the Nursing Student Handbook. A student may only repeat a course at the discretion of the Nursing faculty based on the student’s application for readmission to the major. The student who is academically and/or clinically unsuccessful in a nursing course may repeat the course once; however, a student may apply only once to the Division for readmission.

Additional details about policies and procedures related to the Division of Nursing may be found in the Nursing Student Handbook under Nursing on the IWC web site.

The faculty of the Division of Nursing reserves the right of retaining only those students who in the judgment of the faculty satisfy the requirements of scholarship and health and meet the standards expected of prospective members of the nursing profession.

Students must be able to perform Core Performance Standards with or without reasonable accommodations. A list of the Core Performance Standards is available in the Nursing Student Handbook. All theory components require a minimum grade of 80 percent. Clinical courses are graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory and have three components: 1) clinical performance, 2) written assignments and 3) professional accountability. To earn a satisfactory grade for written assignments, students must earn a minimum grade of 80 percent. If a student earns a grade 79.9 percent or lower in theory OR earns an unsatisfactory in clinical, both components must be repeated. If a student earns equal to or greater than 80 percent in theory BUT earns an unsatisfactory in clinical, the student will be given a grade of C for the course and the student would repeat the nursing courses in the year in which he/she was not successful. Sophomores must maintain a 2.5 GPA or greater.

Junior and senior nursing students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Students will have a math/dosage calculation test every semester that must be passed at 100%. Tutoring is available through the Academic Resource Center and nursing faculty. A standardized exam is required in specified nursing courses through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). Please see the Nursing Student Handbook and course syllabi for requirements.

All students participating in clinical experiences are required to have health insurance. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical experiences and field trips.

Nursing students are required to purchase uniforms Fall semester of the sophomore year. Students must also purchase bandage scissors, and a sweep-second hand watch. 

TB skin test, CXR or Health Care Provider documentation.-- prior to starting classes, and annually
Documentation of Health insurance -- prior to starting classes, and annually
Flu vaccination or waiver from health care provider --prior to starting classes, and annually
Physical examination -- prior to starting classes, and annually
*Hepatitis B Immunizations or signed waiver  --  prior to starting classes
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Immunizations or signed waiver -- prior to starting classes
Diphtheria and Tetanus Immunizations or signed waiver -- prior to starting classes
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)  -- prior to starting classes and every two years
Mandatory Reporting Training
(Adult and Child)  -- prior to starting classes and every five years
Infection Control and HIPAA Training -- annually

Students must have a criminal background check, a Dependent Adult Abuse and Child Abuse Registry check, a HHS Office of Inspector General Search, and an Excluded Parties List System search prior to admission to the program. In addition, an interview with the Chair of the Division of Nursing is required prior to admission to the Nursing program. A urinalysis for drug screen will be required
during the program. Students entering the program as a sophomore must submit proof of Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) certification or take the NUR 201 course and successfully complete CNA testing before the start of the Spring semester. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN) must submit proof of licensure prior to admission and maintain licensure throughout the program. Individuals are currently licensed when licensed in another state and recognized for licensure in Iowa pursuant to the nurse licensure compact contained in Iowa Code chapter 152E.1.

The Division of Nursing will verify the status of each applicant’s RN licensure.

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code 6552.8(5) Nursing courses with a clinical

The nursing program shall notify students and prospective students in writing that nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:

a. Who has been denied licensure by the board.
b. Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction.
c. Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

The above requirements are done at the student’s expense.

*Hepatitis B: IWC Nursing Program has followed the guidelines of the Iowa Division of Labor in developing its policy concerning protection of persons who have occupational risk of exposure to the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). If a student chooses to not be immunized, they will be required to sign a waiver indicating that they are aware of the risk of exposure to HBV and have elected to not be immunized.

Iowa Wesleyan College participates in the Iowa Articulation Plan for registered nurses. Credentials of registered nurses will be individually evaluated. Registered nurses are advised by faculty of the Nursing Program and a representative of Extended Learning. Please contact the Office of Extended Learning for admission information.