Area of Nursing

Melinda K. Collins, Area Chair and Director

Updated Fall 2013

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study. Upon satisfactory completion of the nursing program requirements, graduates of the program become eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. All applicants for the NCLEX-RN must provide documentation verifying they are either a U.S. citizen, a “qualified alien” or a nonimmigrant who meets the requiremnts set out at 8 U.S.C.1621.

The nursing major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The nursing science curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop, test, and use nursing knowledge, skills, and rationale in a variety of settings. The graduate will be able to use critical thinking to:

  1. Provide professional nursing care using a synthesis of knowledge derived from relevant life experiences; scientific, social, humane and Biblical learning; nursing theory and research;
  2. Institute developmentally appropriate independent and collaborative nursing interventions based on nursing assessment and identification of client needs and problems;
  3. Communicate therapeutically with culturally diverse clients and client populations;
  4. Initiate independent and collaborative nursing interventions with culturally diverse clients and client populations (individuals, families, groups, and communities) through the use of the nursing process;
  5. Incorporate professional, legal, and ethical standards into own clinical practice based upon a Christian perspective;
  6. Assume responsibility and accountability for personal development and ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of own clinical nursing practice;
  7. Contribute to the enhancement of quality nursing and health care practices within a variety of settings;
  8. Evaluate research findings for their relevance and application to professional practice;
  9. Communicate clearly and effectively through a variety of mediums, fostering therapeutic interactions with patients and patient populations as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships with other health care providers.

Nursing major – B.S.N

Required courses in the major:

Other required courses:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 82

Senior Major Exam

Upon satisfactory completion of the nursing program requirements and outcomes assessment testing for the nursing major, graduates of the program become eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The Area of Nursing, in helping majors prepare for the NCLEX, requires a series of outcomes tests in the last semester of the program as part of the objectives for successful completion of NURS 460. Students must achieve designated passing standards on departmental outcomes assessment tests administered in NURS 460 in order to be cleared for graduation.

Students who do not meet NURS 460 course outcomes in the initial semester of enrollment will be:

If the student does not complete all NURS 460 course outcomes by the last working day prior to the start of summer term I the student must register for NURS 460 for 1 hour of credit for the full summer term and each subsequent term until all NURS 460 course outcomes are met.  A grade of “Progress” will be issued each semester as long as the student meets syllabus deadlines until course outcomes are met.

If the student does not meet syllabus deadlines or does not register for NURS 460 any semester as required a grade of F will be issued and posted to the transcript. The student may replace the F with a grade of Pass upon successful completion of the NURS 460 outcomes. The grade of F will remain on the transcript and replaced with a Pass as when repeating a course.

Students who do not earn a grade of Pass in the initial spring semester they are enrolled in NURS 460 may participate in pinning  and  graduation ceremonies.

Students who are repeating their last semester or non-May graduates in the Area of Nursing will be required to repeat or demonstrate course outcomes for NURS 460 by achieving the designated passing standards on the departmental outcomes assessment tests before being cleared for graduation.

RN-BSN students will complete outcomes testing in their final semester of study.

The area of nursing reserves the right to update and change the nursing curriculum at the beginning of any academic semester in conjunction with current professional nursing standards. All students seeking to pursue the curriculum plan leading toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing are required to follow a three-step process: initial acceptance, progression, and retention. Students who have been initially accepted are NOT guaranteed progression in the nursing major. Progression must be sought through an application process and is limited by the availability of spaces in the class.

Students enrolling in nursing courses must provide documentation of good health and that they are free from communicable disease. They must present clear background checks as set forth by affiliating clinical agencies. Students must be physically and mentally capable, with reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of the program. Students must also meet the following core performance standards:

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment,
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds,
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form,
  4. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places,
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care,
  6. Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs,
  7. Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for nursing care, and
  8. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Admission to and progression in the nursing program is not based on the core performance standards; instead they will be used to assist in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. If a student believes that she or he cannot meet one or more of the core performance standards without accommodations or modifications, it is appropriate for the student to take the responsibility of identifying her or his need for accommodation to the Office of Disability Services and course instructor. The needs of each self-identified student will be addressed on an individualized basis when considering necessary accommodations, and it is recognized that helping to determine successful accommodations is the responsibility of the student, as well as the faculty member. For assistance in accessing accommodations, please contact the Director of Disability Services at 423.461.8981 or and notify the Area of Nursing that your request is in progress prior to enrollment in nursing courses.

The Area of Nursing reserves the right to update or change clinical requirements based on current information regarding communicable diseases, revised or new area or college policies, or agency requirements.


The nursing program at Milligan College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Transfer Credit

Once a student enrolls in the undergraduate pre-nursing or nursing program at Milligan College or transfers into the Nursing major; all required nursing courses must be taken at Milligan College. Students may not take nursing courses at other colleges or universities to repeat a course where a grade of  C- or less or W was earned.

Non-licensed Transfer Students

Non-licensed students who have been enrolled in nursing courses at other colleges or universities who wish to transfer to Milligan College must meet the same core curriculum requirements for progression. Transfer credit will not be given for nursing courses with a clinical, laboratory or preceptorship component. Nursing Pharmacology transfer credit will only be granted to students who have taken pharmacology coursework within the last three years immediately prior to matriculation coupled with continuous enrollment in clinical nursing courses and who achieve the designated passing standard on the Area of Nursing outcomes assessment for Nursing Pharmacology. Pharmacology competency testing must be completed no later than one week prior to the first day of class of the semester the student matriculates to Milligan College. Students who do not take the competency test in the designated time frame or who do not achieve the designated passing standard must take and earn a grade of C or higher in NURS 305 and 306 to meet degree requirements.

LPN Career Mobility Plan

RNs and LPNs seeking to meet degree requirements will follow the articulation plan outlined below. These students may receive credits that will be considered equivalent to specific required nursing courses. LPNs are required to enroll in NURS 201/201C and NURS 202/202L as their pre-nursing requirements. Both RNs and LPNs are expected to seek progression into the major upon completion of the required core and pre-nursing requirements.

LPN Mobility Plan

LPNs articulating to the baccalaureate degree level in nursing may be awarded transfer credits to Milligan equivalent to the fundamentals of nursing courses (NURS 210, 210C, 220, and 220C). Only courses in which a grade of C or better was earned in the LPN program are eligible for consideration in this option.

Required core curriculum course credits may be transferred and awarded according to pre-established policies of Milligan College. All students enrolling in the B.S.N. program under the career mobility plan must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at Milligan College.

Nursing credits that are awarded or transferred under this articulation model will be placed on individual transcripts by Milligan only after the student has successfully completed NURS 201/201C and 202/202L at Milligan.