Nov 20, 2019  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology


Sheila V. Adams, Dean

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology is reflected in the mission, philosophies and outcomes of each program. The college provides high quality undergraduate and graduate professional programs in nursing and speech-language pathology. Classes are small, emphasizing a personalized learning environment that prepares graduates for competitive professional careers or graduate school. This mission is directly related to the University’s mission to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education in a variety of liberal arts and professional programs.

Nursing Programs (Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing programs is to provide education that prepares nurses for several levels of practice. Preparation is offered at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels in a personalized and stimulating environment conducive to strong academic and leadership preparation, community service, achievement of clinical expertise, and life-long learning. As a part of the educational process, students develop an awareness of gender-related issues and multicultural diversity. The mission relates to the Mission of the University by providing professional education for several levels of students with an emphasis on academic and leadership preparation for women and men in a personalized environment. The mission, philosophies, and outcomes of the department and the programs are consonant with the mission and aims of the University and are derived from the faculty’s beliefs about the nature of education and nursing practice. (Information on the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Programs may be found in The W Graduate Bulletin). Information on comparison of expenses and fees with other Mississippi Nursing Schools can be found in Nursing Education Opportunities in Mississippi at the web site http://www.mshealthcareers.com/news/nursingopp.htm.

Accreditation

The Associate of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing Programs all hold state accreditation from the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211; 601-432-6486, http://www.ihl.state.ms.us. The Associate of Science in Nursing Program also is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000, or via the web at http://www.acenursing,org). The Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing Programs also are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120. 1-404-975-5000, or via the web at www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation). Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program has initial state accreditation and is currently seeking accreditation by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Facilities

The general education and nursing courses for the ASN Program, the Generic BSN Program, the MSN Program and DNP Program are taught on the main campus of Mississippi University for Women. Nursing courses for the BSN Advanced Placement Option are taught from the Advanced Education Center on the Tupelo campus. Facilities utilized for undergraduate clinical nursing experiences include institutions and agencies usually within a sixty-five mile radius. Students are not guaranteed an assignment in any one clinical area.

Advanced Placement Options

Licensed Practical Nurses with a current unencumbered Mississippi LPN license and at least one year’s work experience in a clinical setting within the last two (2) years are eligible for advanced placement in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program. They must have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses, first year non-nursing courses, NU 112 - Pharmacology and Drug Therapy in Nursing , NU 144 - Nursing Transition , and NU 145 - Nursing Transition Clinical . NU 112 , NU 144 , and NU 145  are offered during the second term of summer school. Upon completion of NU 144  and NU 145  the LPN will have validated 16 hours of credit in nursing and may enter the second year of the Associate of Science in Nursing curriculum. Sixty (60) semester credit hours are required for graduation. Thirty (30) hours must be earned at MUW.

Registered Nurses who are graduates of Associate of Science in Nursing and Diploma Programs with a current unencumbered license are eligible for advanced placement in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program when they have satisfactorily completed all but 12 hours of the prerequisite courses. The professional transition course sequence NU 360 , NU 361 , NU 362 , and NU 363 , is offered in the fall semester. Upon completion of this sequence, the RN will have validated 24 hours of credit in nursing and would then enter the senior year.

Dual Enrollment RN to BSN Option: The BSN Program has begun to offer a Dual Enrollment Option for students enrolled in ADN programs. 

RN to BSN Dual Enrollment Option students will not be admitted to the W’s RN to BSN Advanced Placement Option but will be allowed to take the first semester junior level courses in the specified sequence if they meet the Dual Enrollment Option requirements. Dual Enrollment Option students must meet the RN to BSN Advanced Placement Option admission requirements with regard to prerequisite hours (a minimum of 50 hours completed), 2.5 grade point average (GPA of 3.0 required if ACT is less than 21), and ACT. ONLY the RN Licensure requirement will be waived. Dual Enrollment Option students will not be admitted to The W’s RN to BSN Advanced Placement Option until they have completed their ADN Program, passed the licensure exam, and provide proof of an unemcumbered Registered Nurse license. At that time, they will be considered for admission to The W’s RN to BSN Advanced Placement Option and if admitted will begin the senior level courses.

Procedures for Advanced Placement Options

  1. Students must complete all requirements for admission to the University and be accepted into the Associate of Science/Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs.
  2. Students seeking advanced placement in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program must complete the prerequisite and first year non-nursing courses.
  3. Students seeking advanced placement in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program may enter after completing 50 hours of BSN prerequisite core course work.
  4. Students seeking advanced placement in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Dual Enrollment Program may enter after completing 50 hours of BSN prerequisite core course work and completing one semester of ADN coursework and receiving a letter of support from the ADN Program Director.

Transfer of Credit

Equivalent courses that students have taken at an accredited two or four year college will usually be accepted for credit. For students entering the Associate of Science and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, D grades may be accepted by the University for transfer credit, but are not accepted as passing grades in the Department of Nursing due to state accreditation standards for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and program requirements for the Associate of Science in Nursing Program. Science courses older than six years will not be accepted unless the applicant can provide information regarding utilization of knowledge in an on the job situation. This will be evaluated on an individual basis. Nursing courses are evaluated on an individual basis. Students transferring from another School of Nursing must provide a letter verifying eligibility for readmission to the nursing program from which they are transferring. If a transfer student has failed a nursing course in another nursing program that will count as the student’s first failure in terms of eligibility for readmission to the nursing program.

General Requirements/Responsibilities:

The following apply to all undergraduate nursing programs at MUW.

Attendance

Refer to student handbook and individual course instructor.

Health

All students in clinical nursing courses are required to:

  • provide documentation of having an annual health examination
  • provide documentation of having had two MMRs (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) or proof of serological immunities
  • provide documentation of QuantiFERON TB Gold negative results
  • provide documentation of having a tdap plus TT within the last 5 years unless tdap was within 5 years
  • provide documentation of having had varicella immunity titer or series (2) of immunizations
  • provide documentation of having taken the Hepatitis B Vaccine series (3)
  • present a clear finding (negative results) on the drug/alcohol screen
  • present a clear criminal background check letter

All students admitted to the Department of Nursing are subject to the Department of Nursing Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy and to any clinical agencies’ drug policy.

Insurance

All students in clinical nursing courses must provide proof of automobile, major medical, and malpractice insurance.

Transportation

Students are responsible for providing and paying for their own transportation for clinical and field experiences.

Other

All students in clinical nursing courses must have current American Heart CPR certification, and instruction in OSHA requirements related to universal precautions and HIPAA guidelines. All students are required to have a criminal background check in accordance with Mississippi Statue 43-11-13 regarding health care workers. If a student has any felonies or disqualifying events, he/she will be subject to exclusion from the Department of Nursing. All applicants submit to a criminal background check by the MUW Police Department and a drug/alcohol screen prior to entering or returning to the program. Failure by an applicant to indicate suitability on the background check or to present a clear finding (negative results) on the drug/alcohol screen will result in prohibition from entering (exclusion from) the nursing program.

After admission to the nursing program, students must report any arrests or disqualifying events that occur after their initial criminal background check.  The student must report such events to the appropriate nursing department chair (ASN, BSN, MSN and DNP).  Failure to report is grounds for dismissal from the nursing program.

In order to successfully complete the nursing program, all nursing students must be able to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of a nursing student as described in the Knowledge and Skills Required of a Nursing Student which is listed under “Admission Plans-Nursing Programs” in this Undergraduate Bulletin. If a student is not able to meet these standards, he/she may initiate a meeting with the Student Success Center for review of his/her case to see if reasonable accommodations are possible as per the normal university procedures. If reasonable accommodations are made and the student continues to be unable to meet one or more of the standards, the student will not be able to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

Department of Associate Nursing

Department Chair: Maria Stephens

Associate of Nursing Faculty

Professor: Karen Nabors
Associate Professors: Brandy Larmon, Clara Rustin, Maria Stephens
Assistant Professor: Mary Helen Ruffin
Instructors: Tammy Bolton, Barbara Bryan, Allison Caston, Adrian Sligh, Pam Thomas

Mission Statement

The mission of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare nurses to provide care to patients in the community with acute and chronic health care needs where policies and procedures reflect current nursing standards of care and practices. This mission relates to the Mission of the University by providing general and specialized education for a diverse population of students, but with an emphasis on career preparation for women. The Associate of Science in Nursing Program functions within the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology and the Department of Nursing to provide education which is facilitated by a personalized environment for entry level into professional nursing practice. This process prepares the graduates to assume responsibilities of a registered nurse as health needs change and research findings expand.

Philosophy

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program at Mississippi University for Women is cognizant of global health care needs and emphasizes the health needs of rural Mississippi. The program combines general and specialized education for a diverse population of students, but with an emphasis on career preparation for women. The program for the associate degree nurse prepares the graduate for entry level into professional nursing practice, which neither requires nor precludes further education.

The faculty believe that each person is a biological, psycho-social, cultural, spiritual and intellectual being. This holistic nature is in part unique to the individual and in part shared with all humankind. The person’s nature is basically good or neutral, and the individual strives to satisfy basic needs, as well as to work toward self-actualization. Interaction between the individual and the environment occurs throughout the life span, and follows a sequential, orderly pattern of growth and development. The person is of value to self, family, community and the environment as an individual, regardless of any innate abilities or differences. Therefore the individual has the right to health care opportunities that promote health behaviors, create health environments, and increase access to high quality health care, which can lead toward the realization of the person’s full potential as a human being.

Nursing is one of many professions providing health care to individuals within society as a whole. In its broadest sense, nursing is the application of arts and sciences in assisting the person to maintain and/or recover the optimum level of health or to accept death. Nursing’s functions include the performance of those activities that would ordinarily be performed by the self, if the individual had the strength, will or knowledge. These nursing interventions should be performed in a manner which reduces risk, prevents disease and promotes the patient’s health responsibility, freedom, awareness and dignity as an integral part of society.

Associate degree nursing combines nursing skills with selected principles from the biological, technological, and social sciences. The associate degree nurse utilizes these principles and skills to assess the individual’s level of growth and development and potential assets along the wellness-illness continuum. Therapeutic nursing intervention and instruction are planned and evaluated to assist the person to achieve maximum health or to accept death. The associate degree nurse is prepared to provide care to patients in the community where policies and procedures reflect current nursing standards of care and practice.

Education is a change in individual behavior which evolves from organized learning experiences through the use of critical thinking. It is the process through which a student acquires knowledge, decision-making skills, and understanding of those facts, principles and concepts that underlie a field of endeavor. The student is assisted in integrating the knowledge, communication and psychomotor skills necessary to function effectively in that field of endeavor in a complex, dynamic society.

Learning is a continuous and active process manifested by change reflected in behavior. This learning is best achieved when outcomes of learning are behaviorally defined and attainable through a sequential learning process from the simple to the complex. With recognition of the dependent nature of the student body, the learner is encouraged toward progressive independence. The learning process is facilitated by a personalized environment which re-enforces individual strengths through technological instruction, written communication, oral presentations, individual conferences, small group discussions, and specific planned activities reflecting evidence-based practice.

Associate Degree nursing education is committed to ensuring program effectiveness through strategic planning and collaborative relationships within the community. Through provision of educational opportunities, graduates are prepared to assume the roles of provider of care, manager of care and member of the discipline of nursing in a changing and diverse society. The functions and responsibilities of the associate degree nurse will change as health needs within society change and research findings expand. In preparing for this change and expansion, a learning environment which emphasizes leadership, management, individual accountability, and the need for continued professional and cultural growth is provided.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program prepares individuals to:

  1. Utilize the nursing process and Maslow’s hierarchy in providing patient centered care to an individual or to a group of patients with acute and chronic health care needs.
  2. Demonstrate leadership in order to provide therapeutic nursing intervention, including patient instruction, which reflects critical thinking, nutrition, pharmacology, communication theory, evidence based research findings, and the assessment of patient needs.
  3. Evaluate the interrelatedness between the patient’s needs, family, community and cultural, ethnic, and social environment.
  4. Utilize the patient’s level of growth and development and strengths along the wellness-illness continuum in providing care and instruction.
  5. Provide safe and effective care where policies and procedures reflect current nursing standards of care and practice utilizing quality improvement processes.
  6. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in the community in managing patient centered care.
  7. Demonstrate personal accountability within the ethical and legal framework of nursing practice.
  8. Demonstrate the responsibility of maintaining personal, professional, and cultural awareness.
  9. Incorporate technology and informatics to plan, provide, and manage effective patient centered care.
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of the concept of systems-based practice in providing patient centered care.

Admission Policy

See Undergraduate Admissions  in this Bulletin for information concerning admission.

Progression Policy - A.S.N. Program

Once admitted to the A.S.N. Program:

  1. All non-nursing co-requisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or above before proceeding to the next semester. The biological science courses may be repeated only once.
  2. A grade of C or above is required in each required nursing course (NU 112 , NU 114 , NU 115 , NU 116 , NU 124 , NU 125 , NU 126 , NU 144 , NU 145 , NU 214 , NU 215 , NU 216 , NU 224 , NU 225 , NU 228 , NU 235 ). A student who makes a D or lower in any nursing course is automatically excluded from the A.S.N. program and must petition for readmission. A student may be readmitted only once to the A.S.N. program. If only one course component is failed it is considered as one failure. If more than one course is failed concurrently (in the same semester) it is also considered as one failure. A student who fails to make a C or above in any required nursing course, following readmission is permanently excluded from the A.S.N. program and is ineligible for readmission. See readmission policy for exception. 
  3. For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course (NU 114 /NU 115 , NU 124 /NU 125 , NU 144 /NU 145 , NU 214 /NU 215 , NU 224 /NU 225  or NU 235 ) a grade of a C or above is required in the theory course with a grade of C or better in the accompanying clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together. If only one course component (theory or clinical) is failed it is considered as one failure; if both theory and clinical components are failed concurrently it is also considered as one failure.
  4. A WF in a nursing course or in a biological science course is considered as a failure in that course.
  5. A student who fails a nursing course for unsafe practice, unethical or illegal conduct will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible for readmission to any program in the Department of Nursing.

Readmission Policy-A.S.N. Program

Students may be readmitted to the A.S.N. Program only once. Students who are ineligible to return to the Department of Nursing due to two nursing failures and who have become Licensed Practical Nurses with a current unencumbered Mississippi license and with at least 2 years work experience as an LPN may be considered for a second readmission into the Associate Degree Program.

  1. Students must petition in writing to the A.S.N. Readmission Committee.
  2. The Readmission Committee will meet in February, May, August, and October on a date determined by the committee. Petitions for readmission for the summer and fall semesters must be submitted by the 10th of April. Petitions for readmission for the spring semester must be submitted by the 10th of September.
  3. Students must obtain an MUW and an overall grade point average of 2.5 prior to readmission to the A.S.N. Program.
  4. Students who have been dismissed from the program for unsafe practice, unethical or illegal conduct will be excluded from the A.S.N. Program and will be ineligible for readmission to any program in the Department of Nursing.
  5. Generic students who are ineligible for readmission in the B.S.N. nursing program are ineligible for readmission into the Department of Nursing and therefore ineligible for admission into the A.S.N. program.
  6. The transcript, clinical record and letter of petition for each student will be reviewed by the Readmission Committee. Within three (3) working days after review, the Committee will make recommendations and notify each student. The Readmission Committee chairperson will then inform the department chair of the committee’s recommendations.
  7. If the recommendation of the committee is to readmit the student to the first semester of the generic option or the 2nd summer session  for the advanced placement option the student must compete for a place in the class.  Readmission to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th semesters will be conditional on a space available basis according to the number of faculty and availability of clinical facilities.
  8. Students will be readmitted under requirements of the current Undergraduate Bulletin.
  9. Students petitioning for readmission who have been out of the ASN nursing program for two (2) or more academic years, will be considered for readmission to the ASN program on a case by case basis by the Department Chair.

Programs

Department of Baccalaureate Nursing

Department Chair: Tammie L. McCoy

Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty

Professors: Sheila V. Adams, Linda S. Mills, Tammie McCoy
Assistant Professor: Melisia Henry, Sally Pearson, Cathy Smith, Terry Todd Donna Williams
Instructors: Nan Anderson, Lisa Bailey, Hannah Bascomb, Mike Calvery, Jolyn Cooke, Sacha Dawkins, Clara Hurd, Jessica Jeremiah, Russell King, Lindsay Mitchell, Amy Mobley, Gladys Mooneyham, Leigh Anne Puckett, Debbie Ricks, Tara Sullivan, Dana Walker,
Emeriti Faculty: Linda S. Mills, Janice Giallourakis, Deborah Miranda

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in  Nursing Program is to prepare a nurse generalist who is a leader in the promotion and maintenance of health and the improvement of health care outcomes across all settings at the local, state, national, and global levels. This mission relates to the mission of the university by providing strong academic and leadership preparation to both women and men. Utilizing AACN’s The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, and ANA Standards as guiding standards, the graduate is able to function as a provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and a member of the profession. Graduates from the Baccalaureate nursing program are prepared with a liberal arts core which contributes to the acquisition of professional knowledge. In-depth preparation in the application of critical thinking skills, communication skills, knowledge acquisition, and standards of professional nursing practice enables the graduate to become a life-long learner..

Philosophy

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing faculty at Mississippi University for Women are committed to the learning process and to the professional development of students by providing programs of academic excellence. In accordance with the mission/purpose of MUW and the Department of Nursing, the faculty have developed a philosophy based on the concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing.

Person

Person constitutes a biopsychosocial, spiritual system constantly interacting with and adapting to the environment to achieve and maintain a homeodynamic state. Person is valuable, holistic and worthy of respect and concern. Person may be defined as an individual, family, community, or society and has varying capabilities for independently meeting universal needs. These capabilities are dynamically influenced by structures, gender, value systems, culture, and environments. Person is responsible for meeting health needs and has the right to make necessary decisions and to receive professional assistance in achieving health goals.

Environment

Environment includes all conditions, circumstances, and influences encountered by and affecting person. Environment may be intrapersonal, interpersonal, or extra-personal in nature. The intrapersonal environment is concerned with forces or interactive influences contained within the person. The interpersonal environment is concerned with forces or interactive influences between persons. The extra-personal environment is concerned with forces or interacting influences existing outside the person. Environment affects the continuous process of becoming, evolving, and changing. Person and environment are complementary systems so that the relationship between the two is reciprocal. Change in one system elicits response in the other.

Health

Health is defined by person in accordance with gender, culture, values, and capabilities. Health is a constantly changing state and exists on an illness to wellness continuum. Promotion and facilitation of optimal health is developed in collaboration with person, when possible, and is based on resources available to both the person and the nurse.

Nursing

Nursing, as a profession, combines concepts from the sciences and liberal arts into an applied science and a creative art which focuses on health needs. The science of nursing is an organized body of knowledge derived through scientific research and theory development and applied through critical thinking skills. The art of nursing is the creative and caring application of this knowledge. The scope of nursing practice deals with diverse populations and includes dependent, independent, and interdependent functioning of the nurse within primary, secondary, and tertiary settings. The faculty believes that the scope of nursing practice changes as health care continually evolves, thus the professional nurse must possess the core competencies and scientific knowledge to provide care across all health care settings. Ascribing to AACN’s The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and ANA Standards, the professional nurse utilizes core knowledge skills to provide quality and safe patient care.

Teaching/Learning

Learning is considered to be a complex lifelong developmental process involving the interaction of the person with the environment. The teacher and learner share in the challenge of creating an atmosphere which stimulates intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and individual creativity. The teaching-learning process is augmented when the learner actively participates in defining outcomes and assumes responsibility for achieving these outcomes. The teacher serves as a facilitator, counselor, and resource person.

Curriculum Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is designed to prepare a nurse generalist:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, social and natural sciences as a basis for nursing decisions.
  2. Utilize organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, and safety principles to promote high quality and safe patient care.
  3. Integrate nursing research and evidence-based practice into professional nursing practice.
  4. Utilize information management and patient care technology in professional nursing practice to improve patient care outcomes and create a safe care environment.
  5. Apply knowledge of healthcare policies to professional nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate with healthcare providers and consumers for the improvement of patient health outcomes.
  7. Provide professional nursing care across the lifespan to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities in a variety of health care settings.
  8. Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for professional nursing values and role development.
  9. Utilize research and theory based knowledge in the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of a profession.

Admission Policy

See Undergraduate Admissions  in this bulletin for information concerning admission.

Progression Policy - B.S.N. Program

Once a student is admitted to the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing:

  1. A grade of C or above is required in each nursing course.
    1. Nursing courses may be repeated only once, See “Readmission Policy”.
    2. The student who fails to make a C on a second attempt of a failed nursing course or fails a subsequent nursing course is permanently excluded from the Generic Option of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program.
  2. A grade of C or above is required in each non-nursing course prior to graduation.
  3. A WF in any course is counted as a failure in that course.
  4. For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course, a grade of C or above is required in both courses in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together. If only one course component (Theory or clinical) was failed it is considered as one failure; if both theory and clinical components are failed concurrently it is also considered as one failure.
  5. Students may be dismissed from the program for unsafe practice, unethical conduct, or illegal conduct. In such cases a student will receive an automatic F in nursing courses affected by the actions.

Readmission Policy - B.S.N. Program (Generic)

  1. Students may be admitted to the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing only once after a nursing course failure. (Multiple course failures in one semester count as one failure.) Students who are ineligible to return to the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing due to two nursing course failures and who have become Registered Nurses may be considered for readmission in the RN/BSN Advanced Placement Option.
  2. If the recommendation of the committee is to readmit the student. This readmission will be conditional on a space available basis according to the number of faculty and availability of clinical facilities. Students eligible for readmission will be ranked and chosen according to their overall GPA, total nursing GPA, and final grade in retention course.
  3. A student who makes a D or lower in a nursing course is automatically excluded from the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing and must:
    1. successfully complete a retention course with a grade of C or better.
    2. petition in writing to the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Readmission Committee following successful completion of the retention program.
    3. submit to another criminal background check and drug screen with same conditions as upon entry into the program.
  4. The student must have obtained an MUW and an overall grade point average of 2.5 prior to readmission.
  5. Students will be readmitted under requirements of the current bulletin.
  6. Students who have been dismissed for unsafe practice, unethical conduct, or illegal conduct will not be eligible for readmission.

Readmission Policy - B.S.N. Program (Advanced Placement Option)

  1. If the recommendation of the committee is to readmit the student. This readmission will be conditional on a space available basis according to the number of faculty and availability of clinical facilities. Students eligible for readmission will be ranked and chosen according to their overall GPA, total nursing GPA, and final grade in retention course.
  2. A student who makes a D or lower in a nursing course is automatically excluded from the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing and must:
    1. successfully complete a retention course with a grade of C or better.
    2. petition in writing to the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Readmission Committee following successful completion of the retention program.
    3. submit to another criminal background check and drug screen with same conditions as upon entry into the program.
  3. The student must have obtained an MUW and an overall grade point average of 2.0 prior to readmission.
  4. Students will be readmitted under requirements of the current bulletin.
  5. Students who have been dismissed for unsafe practice, unethical conduct, or illegal conduct will not be eligible for readmission.

Application to Junior Level

The number of students admitted to the nursing program depends upon the available resources. Any student who expects to enroll in the generic nursing option must complete an application for the nursing program. This application will normally be completed during the fall semester of the Sophomore year (November). Please see “Undergraduate Admission ” in this bulletin for additional information on admission to the junior level. Admission decisions for the generic option are made in January and all required documents must be in the BSN program office by 5 pm on January 20th of each year.

General Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 128 semester hours earned. 
  2. Satisfaction of University core with a C or better (62 hours).
  3. Satisfaction of Nursing courses with a C or better (66 hours).
  4. Transfer students of regionally accredited community/junior colleges that transfer to MUW will be required to earn at least 50% of the semester hours required for a specific degree at a senior institution (including 25% of the semester hours at MUW) before becoming eligible for any degree.

Programs

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Department Chair: Joy Townsend, Interim

Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Professors: Marie Byrne, Michelle Harmon
Assistant Professor: Carrie Smith
Instructors: Donna Burlingame, Lynn M. Hanson, Joy Townsend

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the speech-language pathology undergraduate program is to provide students with a basic understanding of normal and disordered communication as preparation for entrance into graduate school. The program requires majors to have a scientific knowledge base for good decision making skills.

Accreditation

The Master’s education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville Maryland 20850. 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Facilities

The programs are taught in Cromwell Communication Center, the MUW Speech and Hearing Center, and various clinical sites in health care facilities and schools.

Programs