The curriculum is organized into eight semesters and consists of 131
total semester hour credits with 84 hours of general education credits
and 47 hours of nursing credits. (Note the clinical credit hours are
defined as 1 credit hour = 5 clinical contact hours per week for 14
weeks per semester as defined by VUSN).
The philosophy, objectives, and conceptual framework of the nursing
program provide the guidance for the development of the courses, course
objectives, content, and student learning activities of the nursing
program. A variety of teaching methods will be used to facilitate the
student’s learning process. Active learning methods for didactic and
clinical courses will encompass using seminars, group projects,
synchronous and asynchronous web based activities, along with
simulation and computer learning activities, skills lab and clinical
experiences as well as student presentations. All teaching strategies
will be geared toward the development of critical thinking and decision
making for nursing care.
The generalist nursing curriculum consists of clinical and
non-clinical courses that contain nursing practice and discipline
content. Clinical experiences focus on situations that reflect an
understanding of the nursing process and the nursing paradigm in health
promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation. The
theoretical basis for practice is presented in the classroom and
provides the scientific knowledge base needed to diagnose and treat
human responses to actual or potential health problems. Non-clinical
courses focus on the discipline of nursing in the areas of ethics,
economics, politics, legal issues, and the heritage of nursing.
Completion of the generalist curriculum meets the Tennessee Board of
Nursing requirements for R.N. licensure. The sequencing of the nursing
courses builds on the competencies mastered in the prior liberal arts
education courses is delivered in a concentrated format.
Clinical experiences will be selected to meet the specific outcome for
each course. The Fisk University nursing program will have access to
same clinical faculties as those used for the VUSN generalist program.
VUMC and Metro General Hospital will be the predominant clinical sties
for the acute care portions of the curriculum. Community health
clinical sties will be centered at the VUSN Vine Hill Community Clinic.
Long Term care facilities will be used for the Care of the Elderly
The faculty/student ratio will be 1:6 in all clinical courses
except for the Management Practicum (N247B) which will have a 1:10
ratio. Faculty for the nursing courses will be VUSN faculty as