As a nursing student at Messiah College, you will develop an increasing ability to make clinical judgments in a variety of settings while you are learning the roles of the beginning professional nurse. You will learn about the professional values of nursing and how your increasing nursing knowledge is supported by the liberal and applied sciences.
During your first two years of study
- Your first year of study includes QuEST courses in science, general education and prerequisite courses.
- In the fall semester of your sophomore year, the first nursing course, Historical &
Conceptual Basis for Nursing is taken. This is also the only semester you can study
abroad for the whole semester, which includes careful planning with your adviser and the Intercultural Office.
Students have studied abroad in many different countries such as Creation Care Study Program in Belize, GoED Africa, Uganda Studies Program and University of Gloucestershire to name a few.
- In the spring semester of your sophomore year, the first clinical nursing courses, Health
Assessment and Foundations of Nursing Practice are taken. You will have your
first experience in our patient simulation laboratories, and you will practice your nursing skills in long-term care facilities. A third nursing
course in pathophysiology is also taken this semester.
Your third year of study
- As you progress to your junior year, nursing care will focus on patients across the lifespan. Nursing courses include the
childbearing family, adult and older adult nursing and pediatric
nursing. Our patient simulation laboratories will be used for each
nursing clinical course, and you will experience nursing in various local
hospitals and community settings. Additional courses in the junior year include
Pharmacology and Nursing Research I.
Your final year of study
- The focus is on nursing care in complex health care delivery environments and preparation for the professional role transition. Nursing courses include critical care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing, community health nursing and nursing leadership. Additional nursing courses include Nursing Research II focusing on evidence-based practice, and Senior Seminar, a nursing seminar course focusing on professional nursing topics. Our patient simulation laboratories will be used for each nursing clinical course, and you will experience nursing in various local hospitals and community settings.
- A highlight of your senior year will be the January-Term preceptor course or international option. If you choose the preceptor course, you will be matched with a staff nurse preceptor in a clinical area of your choice, and you will work the full-time schedule of your preceptor to refine and solidify your nursing skills. If you choose an international option, you will learn about nursing from a different perspective and practice nursing in a different culture in either Zambia or Thailand.
- Throughout all four years of study, additional liberal arts courses which include Bible, Christian Beliefs, and worldviews/pluralism/ethics will be taken.
- Upon completion of the nursing curriculum, you
will be well versed in being a provider of nursing care, a
coordinator/manager/designer of nursing care, as well as being a member
of the nursing profession.
For more details on the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as an Nursing Major, visit our Online Course Catalog.
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