Accreditation

Assessment is an ongoing process within the Holzer School of Nursing. A variety of activities is used to assess students throughout the program. The Holzer School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology is regulated by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN), 17 S. High St., Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-3947. www.nursing.ohio.gov/ The OBN regulates nursing education programs in Ohio that prepare students for initial licensure as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. The OBN accomplishes this regulation by assuring that new and existing programs meet and maintain the requirements set forth in Chapter 4723-5 Ohio Administrative Code, as evidenced by the Board’s granting of its approval.

Associate of Applied Science – Nursing Technology

Programs Offered and Lengths:

  • Traditional Associate Degree – 5 semesters
  • On-Campus Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN_RN) – 3 semesters
  • Hybrid Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN-RN) – 6 semester

Mission Statement

The mission of the Holzer School of Nursing is to provide the learner with the opportunity to attain a high quality and high value education. To this end, the Holzer School of Nursing provides the learner the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenges and opportunities encountered in the nursing profession. An emphasis on the unique lifelong learning needs of the learner in the Holzer School of Nursing will promote successful careers and professional citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the associate degree-nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as a provider of nursing care for patients at various stages of growth and development in diverse health care delivery settings.
  2. Use the nursing process to identify patient needs and provide effective nursing care focusing on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.
  3. Use principles of teaching and learning to provide health education to patients and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility for self-development and continued lifelong learning.
  5. Use effective communication and collaborative skills in interactions with patients and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for nursing practice within the profession’s legal/ethical framework.
  7. Organize and direct nursing care for individual patients, small groups of patients and families.
Admission Requirements and Procedures

Students are admitted into the traditional five-semester Associate Degree Nursing Program sequence only in the Fall Semester of each year. There is a limit on the class size for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Traditionally, Holzer School of Nursing attracts many more qualified applicants than there are spaces available for the Fall Semester. Therefore, it is advisable to apply early. The deadline to
apply for the upcoming Fall semester is the first day of classes for the previous Spring semester. L.P.N./L.V.N.s are accepted and admitted into the Advanced Placement Track only in the Summer Term of each year for the on-campus offering and the Fall Semester of each year for the hybrid offering. The specific Admission Procedures and Policies are available upon request from the Admissions Office.

A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card (valid for the enrollment period in the School of Nursing), a completed medical history form, and the Hepatitis B Vaccination Series (and any other requirements as stipulated by the University Health Services Office) are required for admission of officially accepted students into the first semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program or into the Advanced Placement Tracks.

Requirements for admission into the School of Nursing are:

  1. Official acceptance to the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College. The Admissions Application /apply , all official high school and college transcripts must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.
  2. An additional Application Form for the School of Nursing must be completed. This application form is available online /apply , as well as in the University Admissions Office. The completed application must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the announced application deadline. There will be one review of nursing applicants yearly.
  3. High School or College cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) (most recent): a minimum of 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. for high school is required OR a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. with a minimum of 12 semester hours of college level coursework is required if the college cumulative G.P.A. is used.
  4. The ACT and/or University Placement Test is required for all nursing applicants.
  5. Completion of the HESI A2 Entrance Exam is required for traditional Associate Degree students. A specialized Entrance HESI is required for LPN-RN Advanced Placement Track students. The exam fee of $60.00, applied to all traditional Associate Degree student and those of the LPN-RN Advanced Placement Tracks. This fee is the responsibility of the applicant.
  6. Graduation from high school or a G.E.D.
  7. High school or college-level courses required with a final grade of “C” or better for each course: Algebra, Biology (with lab), and Chemistry (with lab).

Final acceptance into the School of Nursing will be contingent upon the above stated criteria and maintenance of a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher at the beginning of the entrance Semester. Acceptance into the School of Nursing
will also be contingent upon a criminal background check (FBI/BCI) and a negative drug screen. Both background check and drug screen must be conducted by a qualified, specialized agency. The criminal background check and drug screen must be conducted within the specified time frame for each program cohort. Results are to be sent directly to Jess Neff, Secretary, Holzer School of Nursing by the start of the entrance semester.

Readmission

All readmission students wishing to re-enroll at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College (after an absence of one or more academic terms, excluding Summer Term) need to contact the Admissions Office and will be required to complete an Application for Readmission and identify the appropriate program as the intended field of study.

Health Requirements

  1. Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60 and ability to identify and distinguish colors
  2. Hearing Capabilities: Possess normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
  3. Motor Capabilities: Maneuver hospital equipment without assistance. Assist in lifting patients in excess of 100 pounds using proper body mechanics. Stand for extended periods of time. Walk long distances without assistance while maneuvering/transporting patients. Possess hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills to provide adequate patient care.
  4. Language Capabilities: Communicate effectively with patient and other medical personnel. It is recommended that a second language is possessed or attempted.
  5. Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly in emergencies. Cope effectively with stress. Comprehend daily work activities and understand all pathology needed to present care plan or needs to members of the health care team. Possess the ability to work under close supervision, achieve deadlines, as well as adjust to irregular activity schedules. Applicant must also have the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail while performing patient care, patient assessments, completing required documentation, and preparing and administering medications.
  6. Exposure to Hazards: Occasionally exposed to dust, odors, bodily fluids, toxic substances, unpleasant patient care activities, and infectious diseases. May frequently be exposed to noise.

Length of Program

While the traditional Nursing Program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis, many students may choose to take more time for a variety of reasons. Those students who wish to progress in school at a slower pace may do so by electing to complete some or all of the General Education course requirements prior to applying for admission and being admitted into the Nursing Program. Prior to a student’s official acceptance into the Nursing Program, the student is highly encouraged to clarify the process which is required for possible acceptance into the Program by contacting the Admissions Office. Enrollment in University or Community College courses neither implies nor guarantees a student eventual acceptance into the Nursing Program. The L.P.N. /L.V.N. Advanced Placement Track Program is designed to be completed in two (2) semesters and a fifteen week summer term for on-campus students, and four (4) semesters and two (2) ten week summer terms for hybrid students.

Once a student is admitted into the Nursing Program, however, all General Education courses and required nursing courses must be taken in sequence and be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the next semester. Continuation in the Nursing Program requires a grade of “C” or better in theory for all required nursing courses and a “satisfactory” designation for the clinical experience in nursing courses where this is a requirement, and a “C” or better for all required Science courses.

Associate of Applied Science - Nursing Technology (9321)

DescriptionCredits
NUR 10505: Nursing I5
NUR 10606: Nursing II6
NUR 20404: Nursing III4
NUR 21303: Nursing IV3
NUR 21707: Nursing V7
NUR 22101: Trends II1
NUR 20909: Nursing VI9
Total Major Area hours35
Total Program Hours65

Recommended Course Sequence – Associate of Applied Science – Nursing Technology (9321)

DescriptionCredits
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Fall)
AHC 13101 Tech & Res Strat for Nursing1
BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
LA 10001 Gateway to Success1
MTH 11903 Mathematics for Nurses3
NUR 10505: Nursing I5
Total Semester Hours14
-
Second Semester (Spring)
BIO 10204 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 10302 Microbiology for Nurses2
NUR 10606: Nursing II6
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3

Total Semester Hours

15
-
Third Semester (Summer)
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I3
NUR 20404: Nursing III4
Total Semester Hours10
-
SECOND YEAR
Fourth Semester (Fall)
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II3
NUR 21303: Nursing IV3
NUR 21707: Nursing V7
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Total Semester Hours16
-
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NUR 20909: Nursing VI9
NUR 22101: Trends II1
Total Semester Hours10

On-Campus Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practice Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) (9325)

Semester Credit Hours

DescriptionCredits
First Year Level Proficiency Credits (from LPN transcript)21
Nursing Transition Course Credits (NUR 11212)12

Earning Nursing Course Credits
(NUR 21303, 21707, 20909, 22101)

20

General Education Course Credits
(COM 11103, ENG 11103, ENG 11203, SOC 11103)

12
Total Program Credit Hours65
Recommended Course Sequence – On Campus Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) (9325)

DescriptionCredits
Third Semester (Summer)
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication **3
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I**3
NUR 11212 Nursing Transition*12
Total Semester Hours16
-
Fourth Semester (Fall)
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II**3
NUR 21303: Nursing IV3
NUR 21707: Nursing V7
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology**3
Total Semester Hours16
-
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NUR 20909: Nursing VI9
NUR 22101: Trends II1
Total Semester Hours10

Hybrid Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) (9328)

Semester Credit Hours

DescriptionCredits
First Year Level Proficiency Credits (from LPN transcript)21
Nursing Orientation Workshop Credits (CS 288N0)0
Nursing Transition Course Credits (NUR 11212)12

Earned Nursing Course Credits
(NUR 21303, 21707, 27805, 28804, 22101)

20
General Education Courses
(COM 11103, ENG 11103, ENG 11203, SOC 11103)
12
Total Program Hours65

NOTE: The required general education courses: English Composition I, English Composition II, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, and Introduction to Sociology must be completed to meet graduation requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence – Hybrid Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) (9325)

DescriptionCredits
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Fall)
CS 288N0 ST: Nursing Orientation Workshop0
Total Semester Hours0
-
Second Semester (Spring)
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I3
NUR 11212 Nursing Transition12
Total Semester Hours15
-
Third Semester (Summer)
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II3
NUR 21303: Nursing IV3
Total Semester Hours6
-
SECOND YEAR
Fourth Semester (Fall)
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
NUR 21707: Nursing V7
Total Semester Hours10
-
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NUR 27805: ST: Medical Surgical Nursing I5
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Total Semester Hours8
-
Sixth Semester (Summer)
NUR 28804: ST: Medical Surgical Nursing II4
NUR 22101: Trends II1
Total Semester Hours5

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN

Mission Statement

The School of Nursing strives to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities encountered in the nursing profession. Recent emphasis on promotion of health, prevention of illness, as well as advances in caring for the ill, has opened new areas of employment and has created added responsibilities for practicing nurses. The Holzer School of Nursing introduces students to many opportunities for development of individual interests in varied health care settings. Today’s nurse may work in a hospital, a nursing home, a clinic, industry, the community, or physician’s office, as well as the Armed Forces. Within these settings, there are many opportunities to care for persons with varied age groups in various medical, surgical, maternal-newborn, pediatric, and mental health needs. Nursing today offers a wide range of possibilities for the nurse to develop and progress. The Holzer School of Nursing provides a foundation for life-long learning and professional development and offers degree programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing Technology, as well as the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing designed specifically for registered nurses. The program of learning of the RN-BSN program is consistent with the Philosophy and Mission of the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and the Holzer School of Nursing. Through didactic academic courses and clinical rotations, each student is expected to develop knowledge and competency in critical thinking and effective decision making, use the nursing process in applying and evaluating nursing care for patients through the life cycle, and use basic research to explore issues in providing nursing care. As adult learners, students are expected to bring a unique set of life and educational experiences, values, beliefs, attitudes, expectations, and goals to the learning environment. As a result, the faculty expects that the student will be an active partner with faculty in creating a learning atmosphere that stimulates individual creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the RN-BSN program will be able to: \

  1. Synthesize and integrate knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences, humanities, nursing theory, and research into professional nursing practice.
  2. Integrate principles of communication and collaboration with members of the health care team to promote movement toward optimal levels of health for patients.
  3. Integrate and synthesize the concepts and principles of critical thinking into the practice of nursing to facilitate participation in effecting change in the delivery of health care to society.
  4. Integrate leadership and management skills utilizing ethical decision-making and evidencebased practice.
  5. Develop an individualized plan for personal continued learning and professional growth as a method for adjusting to changes occurring within the health care system.

    * Patients represent individuals, families, groups, or communities.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements of the RN-BSN Program

Complete the required admission procedures and policies for the University of Rio Grande as follows:

a) New Students must submit:

  1. A complete Application Form for admission and the $25.00 application fee (contact the Admissions Office for the Application Form).
  2. A complete University Medical Record Form (General form required of all students).
  3. Official transcripts from all schools of nursing, colleges, or universities attended (a high school transcript is not required for RNBSN applicants).
  4. Identify “BSN Program” as the intended major field of study on the University Application Form.

b) Re-admission Students: All re-admission students wishing to re-enroll at the University of Rio Grande (after an absence of one or more academic terms, excluding Summer Sessions) need to contact the Admissions Office and will be required to complete an Application Form for Re-admission and identify “BSN Program” as the intended major field of study on the University Re-admission Form. (This also applies to all Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.)

Complete the required admission procedures and policies for the Holzer School of Nursing Program as follows:

a) Submit evidence of graduation from a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. associate degree or diploma program in nursing (official transcript).
b) Interview with School of Nursing Faculty Member and/or Director of the School of Nursing.
c) Present evidence of original, current, and valid State of Ohio R.N. License (during interview). Student must be licensed in order to register for NUR 30707 and all subsequent courses.
d) Present evidence of current nursing professional liability insurance coverage (prior to NUR 30707).
e) Present evidence of original, current, and valid CPR certification card (prior to NUR 30707).
f) Provide evidence of completion of all course transfer prerequisites for admission to the RNBSN Program (official transcripts).
g) Submit completed Confidential Medical History Form to the School of Nursing.

* Licensure, liability insurance, CPR certification, and immunizations must remain current throughout enrollment in the Nursing Program.

Health Requirements

  1. Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60 and ability to identify and distinguish colors
  2. Hearing Capabilities: Possess normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
  3. Motor Capabilities: Maneuver hospital equipment without assistance. Assist in lifting patients in excess of 100 pounds using proper body mechanics. Stand for extended periods of time. Walk long distances without assistance while maneuvering/transporting patients. Possess hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills to provide adequate patient care.
  4. Language Capabilities: Communicate effectively with patient and other medical personnel. It is recommended that a second language is possessed or attempted.
  5. Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly in emergencies. Cope effectively with stress. Comprehend daily work activities and understand all pathology needed to present care plan or needs to members of the health care team. Possess the ability to work under close supervision, achieve deadlines, as well as adjust to irregular activity schedules. Applicant must also have the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail while performing patient care, patient assessments, completing required documentation, and preparing and administering medications.
  6. Exposure to Hazards: Occasionally exposed to dust, odors, bodily fluids, toxic substances, unpleasant patient care activities, and infectious diseases. May frequently be exposed to noise.

Length of Program

A student may enroll in the RN-BSN Program on a full-time or part-time basis. The required nursing courses may be completed within four semesters. General Education courses are required in addition to the required nursing courses. Enrollment in the University or Community College courses neither implies nor guarantees a student’s eventual acceptance into the Nursing Program.

NOTE: A grade of “C” (74%) or higher in theory is required for all nursing courses and a “satisfactory” designation for the clinical experience in nursing courses where this is a requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN Program (7141)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
FPA 10503 (TM) Fine Arts3
HIS 12203 (TM) American History II3
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
HPE 1***1 Any Activity Course1
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total General Education hours14
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses:
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals3
NUR 30303 Concepts of Professional Nursing3
NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making7
NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics3
NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics3
NUR 40303 Nursing Research3
NUR 40909: Nursing Leadership and Nursing in the Community9
NUR 41303: Issues in Nursing Practice II3
NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing4
Total Major Area hours38
Upper Level Electives3
Total credits from Associate Nursing Program65
Total hours required for graduation120

Recommended Course Sequence - Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN Program (7141)
DescriptionCredits
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Fall)
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals3
NUR 30303 Concepts of Professional Nursing3
NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics3
Total Semester Hours9
-
Second Semester (Spring)
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making7
NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics3
Total Semester Hours14
-
SECOND YEAR
Third Semester (Fall)
FPA 10503 (TM) Fine Arts3
HIS 12203 (TM) American History II3
HPE One activity course1
NUR 40303 Nursing Research3
NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing4
One - Three hour Upper Level Elective3
Total Semester Hours17
-
Fourth Semester (Spring)
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
NUR 40909: Nursing Leadership and Nursing in the Community9
NUR 41303: Issues in Nursing Practice II3
Total Semester Hours15
-
Total credits from Associate Nursing Program65
Total hours required for graduation120

Facilities

A variety of clinical agencies are utilized as clinical experience sites for the Associate Degree nursing students (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students each semester for various nursing courses. Those with which the School of Nursing and the University have entered into formal contractual agreements (with telephone numbers) are listed below:

Facilities LocationPhone
Adena Regional Medical CenterChillicothe, OH 740-772-7500
Appalachian Behavioral Health CareAthens, OH 740-594-5000
Area Agency on Aging Rio Grande, OH740-245-5306
Buckeye Hills Career CenterRio Grande, OH740-245-5304
Cabell-Huntington Hospital Huntington, WV 304-526-2000
Camden Clark Medical Center Parkersburg, WV 304-424-2111
Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston, WV 304-388-4170
Early Education Station Point Pleasant, WV 304-675-4956
Gallia County Health DepartmentGallipolis, OH 740-441-2018
Gallipolis City SchoolsGallipolis, OH 740-446-3211
Holzer Health SystemsGallipolis, OH 740-446-5000
Hospice of HuntingtonHuntington, WV 304-529-4217
Ironton City SchoolsIronton, OH 740-532-4133
Jackson County Health DepartmentJackson, OH740-286-5094
King’s Daughters’ Medical CenterAshland, KY606-327-4000
Lakin HospitalWest Columbia, WV 304-675-0860
Memorial Health SystemsMarietta, OH 740-374-1400
Meigs Local School DistrictPomeroy, OH 740-992-7814
Oak Hill Union Local School DistrictOak Hill, OH 740-682-6616
Ohio Valley Home HealthGallipolis, OH 740-441-1392
Pleasant Valley Hospital Pt. Pleasant, WV 304-675-4340
Pleasant Valley Home HealthPt. Pleasant, WV304-675-4340
Rio Grande Child Development CenterRio Grande, OH740-245-5799
Scioto County Health DepartmentPortsmouth, OH 740-355-8358
Southern Ohio Medical CenterPortsmouth, OH 740-356-5000
St. Mary’s Medical CenterHuntington WV304-526-1234
Symmes Valley Local SchoolsWillow Wood, OH 740-643-2371
TJ’s Daycare CenterGallipolis, OH 740-446-4463
University of Rio Grande Health ServicesRio Grande, OH740-245-7350
Vinton County SchoolsMcArthur, OH 740-596-5258
Wellston City SchoolsWellston, OH740-384-2152