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Program Description

Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) has developed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program offering Direct Entry and Upper Division Entry Options.  The 121-credit hour BSN Program is sequentially structured and can be completed in approximately three to four calendar years.  The Program, based in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (October 20, 2008), prepares nurse generalists to be providers, designers, leaders, managers, and coordinators of care as well as accountable members of the nursing profession and to pursue graduate level education.

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education of Nursing Practice include:

  • Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
  • Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
  • Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
  • Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
  • Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  • Professionalism and Professional Values
  • Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

The BSN program also provides individuals with the ability to implement evidenced-based practice in the delivery of professional nursing care based on higher-level competencies throughout a variety of clinical settings.  Evidence-based practice incorporates scientific findings in the delivery of nursing care that includes both theory and practical clinical skills required by the field of nursing to provide leadership and render safe, culturally appropriate patient care.

Mission

The Nursing Program supports the Mission of PHSU by seeking to improve the health of diverse populations by providing academically rigorous, evidence-based nurse education in an intraprofessional environment to prepare graduates who demonstrate excellence in nursing practice embracing equity and culturally effective care to patients, families, and communities, utilize informatics to support decision making, transform health care, and serve others through health promotion; and to have positive impacts through service to communities at local, national and global levels.

Vision

The Nursing Program vision statement is future-oriented and supports the Vision of PHSU by aspiring to be recognized for excellence and innovation in education, leadership, advocacy, research and culturally competent nursing practice.

At the time of graduation from the Nursing Program, nursing students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in professional accountability, leadership, professional behaviors and responsibility for nursing judgments and actions within a moral, ethical and legal framework, utilizing the most current information resources with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Utilize the most current informatics and technology resources to communicate, manage knowledge, educate, mitigate error and support decision making to promote patient safety, quality care services.
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care and improved patient outcomes.
  • Facilitate safe, holistic and effective patient/family centered care outcomes through use of evidence-based research and other science-based, humanities and research frameworks.
  • Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally competent patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment.
  • Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, a social justice in healthcare delivery including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  • Advocate for patients, families, communities, and the nursing profession, applying values and utilizing an ethical framework, clinical reasoning, and cultural competence.
  • Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries by identifying threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize risk of harm to individuals and populations.
  • Applicants to the BSN Program must have a recognized high school diploma or General Equivalency Examination (GED), or the equivalent. They also must have successfully completed high school Biology, Algebra and preferably Chemistry.
  • Send official transcript (s) from high school and post-secondary, if applicable, including a previous degree directly to the Admissions Office.
  • As an Upper Division Program or for Direct Entry, PHSU requires applicants to complete the following general education and science courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from accredited schools. Only grades of C or higher transfer.  Nursing courses from other institutions are not accepted for transfer.

 

Upper Division Pre-Requisites

Course Credits
Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
English Composition I 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Microbiology for Health Sciences with Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
Developmental Psychology 3
English Composition II 3
College Algebra 3
Public Speaking 3
Introduction to Statistics 3
Inter -Professional Perspective in Health Disparieties 1

 

(Students who have not completed the pre-requisites for admission to the Upper Division Program may be eligible for the Direct Entry BSN Program).

 

  • Written essay indicating interest in nursing
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons not related to you who can speak to your potential to become a registered professional nurse.
  • Complete an interview with the admission committee.
  • Demonstrate English proficiency in speaking and reading by TOEFL scores or evidence of successful completion of a year of college English.
  • Must have taken the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or equivalent admission test
  • Evidence of attendance at a nursing pre-admission conference given during orientation period.
  • Students are required to have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association when they enter the program. It can be taken on-line at the American Heart Association website or at a center in your area.  Centers are listed on the website or you can contact the American Heart Association directly at 1-800-242-8721.
  • Criminal Background Screening and Drug Testing are required prior to admission.
  • Take the HESI A2 Exam (Health Education System, Inc.).
  • Read and sign the document of Essential Performance Standards in Nursing*
  • A non-refundable US $25 Application Processing Fee. (Check or Money Order payable to Ponce Health Sciences University).

 

Accepted Students

Upon acceptance, a deposit of US $100 to secure the seat is required.  Once accepted to PHSU, a student will be sent a Letter of Acceptance, Health Form, Welcome Packet, Visa Form (if required), and Program Plan by email and U.S Mail.  The Program Plan provide information on the academic pathway designed specifically for the individual student-from their first to their last trimester.  Assistance is provided to students throughout the enrollment process.

 

Once students are admitted to the program they must submit immunization records and medical tests. The immunization requirements are for DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Polio, Hepatitis B (Start of the series) and proof of having Chicken Pox disease or having had the Varicella or Viravax vaccine. Medical tests which must be completed are a TB test, PPD/Mantoux, together with radiologist’s report of a Chest X-Ray which is required (not the actual films) only for those applicants who have tested positive for TB.

To receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, every student must fulfill the following requirements

 

  • Have attended eight regular trimesters (or received transfer credit equivalent to the first two trimesters, have satisfactorily met all the approved clinical requirements, and have satisfactorily completed all course work and examinations as required by the faculty.
  • Have met all the requirements for satisfactory academic progression.
  • Received a passing grade on all required examinations.
  • Have shown a behavior considered acceptable to academic instructors and supervisors.
  • Have received the recommendation of the Nursing Faculty as presented to the Promotions Committee. The Committee reviews both cognitive and attitudinal aspects of performance.  The recommendations are then submitted to the Dean for approval.
  • Have settled all financial and library obligations with PHSU.
  • Attend the commencement exercise.

 

Students who have successfully completed the BSN program and wish to practice in the US are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.  Each state Board of Nursing has different licensure requirements.  The requirements for eligibility to take the NCLEX and to get a license/registration are determined by the board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB). If you are interested in information about eligibility and licensure/registration requirements, you should contact the BON/RB where you wish to practice.  PHSU SON will assist you in understanding the requirements.

Grading System

Nursing program defines grades of nursing and support courses based on the following system:

 

Letter Grade
A 90-100
B 89-80
C 79-70
F Below 69
E Extended
I Incomplete
IP In Progress
P Pass
NP Not Pass
W Withdrawal
AW Administrative Withdrawal

 

All students are required to obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50. An “I” (Incomplete) grade will only be allowed under very special circumstances as determined by the faculty. The student must complete the “I” (Incomplete) by the following trimester or an – “F” will be recorded for that course. The “I” (Incomplete) grades are part of the academic record as are the final grades.

Satisfactory academic progress is a cumulative measure of a student’s performance and includes all periods of the student’s enrollment. Both quantitative and qualitative standards are used to evaluate satisfactory academic progress in the BSN Program.  Quantitative and qualitative standards are measured every term.

 

Quantitative standards include grades on quizzes, exams, care plans and other measurement tools.

Qualitative standards for practice, as a registered nurse requires many competencies, such as the functional abilities listed below:

 

  • Ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and distinguish colors
  • Ability to speak and write with accuracy, clarity, and efficiency
  • Manual dexterity, gross, and fine motor movements
  • Ability to learn, think critically analyze, assess, solve problems, and reach sound judgments
  • Emotional stability and ability to accept responsibility and accountability

 

All students must satisfactorily demonstrate these competencies in the didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses throughout their program of studies.

General Requirements

  1. A nursing student will be allowed a maximum time frame of two years of enrollment beyond the standard of four years required for the completion of the program.  Summer enrollment is considered part of the academic year for the purposes of this measure.To ensure that a student is making sufficient academic progress in order to meet the maximum timeframe requirement, the student must complete 67% of all credits attempted. Development and skill courses are included in the timeframe calculation but not in the rate of progress calculation.This policy also ensures that the Student Financial Aid requirements set forth by federal regulations have been met.  The SAP applies to all nursing students enrolled in Ponce Health Sciences University School of Nursing. Student’s academic progress is evaluated each trimester of the academic year.For transfer students, the total years for completion of a degree include those years accredited on admission to the BSN Program. 

    Course Requirement

    Students must complete all courses within the established time frame.

     

    Performance Requirement

    A student must pass each course. Any student failing to meet this standard of performance will be referred to the Students Promotion Committee to determine the action to be taken.

     

    Professional Behavior Requirement

    The students must conduct themselves in accordance with the norms for professional conduct set forth by the Ponce Health Sciences University and the corresponding accreditation agencies.

     

     

Grade Requirement

Students will not attain Satisfactory Academic Progress and will be referred to the School of Nursing Students Promotion Committee to be considered for dismissal if any of the following occur:

 

  • Earning an “F” or “WF” in two or more courses in one trimester
  • Earning an “F” or “WF” in a nursing course after having had two “F’s” or “WF’s” in previous trimesters
  • Earning an “F” or “WF” in the same nursing course taken twice
  • Earning less than a 2.50 semester GPA in two consecutive trimesters

 

Students receiving one “F” in one trimester, but has a trimester GPA of 2.5 or greater will be given an academic warning and will be placed on “Probation”. Students on probation must meet with the Dean of Nursing at the beginning and throughout the trimester.

The Appeal or Due Process for Dismissal

Students who are notified by the Program’s Academic Dean a decision of the Students Promotion Committee that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year or to be dismissed from the program, have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.

 

The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.

 

The student will appeal in writing to the Students Promotion Committee (SPC) and include all relevant documentation to support the request.  The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they change their initial decision.  After the meeting, the SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Program’s Academic Dean, who will notify the decision to the student.

 

If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (SBBS). The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the notification.  The SBBS’ Dean will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The SBBS’ Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.

 

If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing of the date and the time when the appeal will be evaluated. After the meeting, the Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the SBBS’Dean. The Dean will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.

 

Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of the SBBS is final.

 

The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The SBBS’  Dean,  or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.

 

In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the SBBS’s Dean sustains the decision after the appeal process, the student may appeal to the Vice-President for Academic Affair. Any additional appeal should be submitted to the PHSU President.

Appeal Process

Students who are notified by the Dean of Nursing regarding decision of the Students Promotion Committee that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year or to be dismissed from the nursing program, have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.

 

The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.

 

The student will appeal in writing to the School of Nursing Students Promotion Committee (SPC) and include all relevant documentation to support the request.  The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they change their initial decision.  The SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Dean of Nursing, who will notify the decision to the student.

 

If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Nursing. The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the notification.  The Dean of Nursing will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.

 

If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing of the date and the time when the appeal will be evaluated. The Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the Dean of Nursing. The Dean of Nursing will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.

 

Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of Nursing is final.

 

The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The Department Chairperson, the Dean of Nursing or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.

 

In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the Dean of Nursing sustains the decision after the appeal process, the student may appeal to the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs and then to the President.

Enforcement

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs shall have primary responsibility for overseeing this policy and will provide all nursing students a copy of this document upon admission to Ponce Health Sciences University School of Nursing.

 

The President, the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs, as well as the Dean of Nursing, Registrar and Financial Aid Manager will receive all pertinent data to ensure proper enforcement of the policy here set forth.

For more details of PHSU tuition and fees please refer to: 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

ALL TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE REGISTRATION.

Ponce Health Sciences University reserve the right to increase the tuition or other fees as deemed necessary.

Direct Entry

First Year – Trimester 1

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
BIO 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
IHD  9180 Inter-Professional Perspectives in Health Disparities 1
ENG 1010 English Composition I 3
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
MTH 1050 College Algebra 3
BIO 2030 Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab 4
SUBTOTAL   18

 

First Year – Trimester 2

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
BIO 1020 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
PSY 1020 Developmental Psychology 3
ENG 1020 English Composition II 3
SPC 1030 Public Speaking 3
CHE 1110 Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab 4
MTH 1130 Introduction to Statistics 3
SUBTOTAL   20

 

First Year – Trimester 3

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 2120 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 5
NUR 2330 Nutrition 3
NUR 3030 Pathophysiology 3
EPI 3100 Principles of Epidemiology 3
NUR 3150 Nursing Research 3
SUBTOTAL   17

 

Second Year – Trimester 4

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 2310 Health Assessment and Health Promotion 3
NUR 2320 Pharmacology 3
NUR 3110 Family Dynamics 3
NUR 3580 Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice 3
SUBTOTAL   12

 

Second Year – Trimester 5

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 3120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting I 6
NUR 3130 Mental Health Nursing 5
HCS 3520 Health Care Informatics 3
SUBTOTAL   14

 

Second Year – Trimester 6

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 3140 Community Health and Disaster Preparedness 5
NUR 3170 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
HCS 4510 Global Health Care Issues 2
SUBTOTAL   12

 

Third Year – Trimester 7

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 4120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting II 7
NUR 4030 Pediatric Nursing 5
NUR 4040 Leadership and Management 4
SUBTOTAL   16

 

Third Year – Trimester 8

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 4580 Nursing Specialty Practice 8
NUR 4590 Senior Seminar Capstone 4
SUBTOTAL   12

 

Upper Division

Courses Required for Admission to Upper Division 2.5 GPA

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
CHE 1110 Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab 4
ENG 1010 English Composition I 3
BIO 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
BIO 2030 Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab 4
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 1020 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
PSY 1020 Developmental Psychology 3
ENG 1020 English Composition II 3
MTH 1050 College Algebra 3
SPC 1030 Public Speaking 3
MTH 1130 Introduction to Statistics 3
SUBTOTAL   37

 

First Year – Trimester1

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 2120 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 5
NUR 2330 Nutrition 3
NUR 3030 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 3150 Nursing Research 3
EPI 3100 Principles of Epidemiology 3
SUBTOTAL   15

 

First Year – Trimester 2

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 2310 Health Assessment and Health Promotion 3
NUR 2320 Pharmacology 3
NUR 3110 Family Dynamics 3
NUR 3580 Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice 3
SUBTOTAL   14

 

First Year –  Trimester 3

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 3120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting I 6
NUR 3130 Mental Health Nursing 5
HCS 3520 Health Care Informatics 3
SUBTOTAL   14

 

Second Year – Trimester 4

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 3140 Community Health and Disaster Preparedness 5
NUR 3170 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
HCS 4510 Global Health Care Issues 2
SUBTOTAL   13

 

Second Year – Trimester 5

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 4120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting II 7
NUR 4030 Pediatric Nursing 5
NUR 4040 Leadership and Management 4
SUBTOTAL   16

 

Second Year – Trimester 6

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 4580 Nursing Specialty Practice 8
NUR 4590 Senior Seminar Capstone 4
SUBTOTAL   12

Course Descriptions

CHE 1110 Chemistry for Health Sciences (4 credits)

This course is a study of selected topics in general, organic, and biological chemistry oriented toward health sciences.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture and 30 laboratory hours.  Pre-requisite: None.

 

ENG 1010 English Composition I (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of the student’s skill in writing expository prose, using various essay modes and effective essay-writing techniques, emphasizing the conventions of standard written English in academic writing.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: Satisfactory score on the English Placement Examination.

 

BIO 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

This course focuses on the study of the organ systems from the perspective of their structure, process, and regulation.  This course specifically deals with the language of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, cells, tissues, integumentary, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and special senses.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture, 30 laboratory hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

BIO 2030 Microbiology for Health Sciences (4 credits)

This course addresses the study of microbial life on earth, including microbial cell biology, growth and metabolism, genetics, diversity and evolution, effects on the environment and the interactions between microorganism and high forms of life.  Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between microorganism and humans and current efforts to track and control infectious diseases.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture, 30 laboratory hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to the scientific study of behavior, principles of motivation, emotions, perception, learning, memory, thinking, personality, and biological basis of behavior.  The course introduces basic concepts of developmental psychology.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

BIO 1020 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

This course focuses on the detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of body systems using an integrated approach.  Systems include the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems, and embryo/fetal development and pregnancy.  The course will culminate in the understanding of the pathophysiology of multiple systems failure as commonly seen in aging.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture, 30 laboratory hours.  Pre-requisite: BIO 1010.

 

PSY 1020 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of human development.  Topics highlight the major milestones at each developmental stage from conception to death.  The course explores the mechanisms of adjustment and adaptation to the problems of everyday life and looks at effective coping strategies that are functional at every stage of the life cycle.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: PSY 1010.

 

ENG 1020 Composition II (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of the student’s reading skills, emphasizing research and critical evaluation of scientific reading.  This course also reinforces the student’s writing skills by emphasizing expository prose using persuasive argument, cause and effect, problem solving and a fully documented critical research paper.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: ENG 1010.

 

MTH 1050 College Algebra (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra.  Concepts covered includes: linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; Cartesian plane and graphing; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: COMPASS Algebra score >30.

 

SPC 1030 Public Speaking (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in public speaking situations:  preparing and practicing, using verbal and nonverbal communication cues effectively, and giving and receiving constructive criticism.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

MTH 1130 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to concepts and application of data collection, presentation of data, extraction of useful information from data and the analysis and interpretation of such information.  The focus of this course is on the commonly used statistical techniques applicable to specific health care problems and research in the medical field within the context of nursing.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

EPI 3100 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

This course provides students with and understanding of the core principles of epidemiology of human disease prevention and treatment, with emphasis on emerging infectious and blood borne diseases.  Students will develop detailed case studies that demonstrate their application of appropriate scientific principles to community and global health issues.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

NUR 2330 Nutrition (3 credits)

This course builds upon the psychology of human behavior, physiology and biochemistry to provide the student with a foundation of knowledge in nutrition science.  Students will apply these principles to individuals in designing plans for healthy growth and development across the lifespan and to population issues such as obesity and chronic diseases. Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: CHE 1110.

 

NUR 3030 Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course focuses on the physical and chemical processes within the human body that can lead to disease, injury or death of an individual.  Emphasis is on the adolescent through elderly lifespan.  The student will focus on the human response to altered levels of function related to diseases, formulation of nursing diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite BIO 1020.

 

NUR 3150 Nursing Research (3 credits)

This course will provide students with the principles of research, including the structure, methods, ethics and procedures.  Students will explore both theory-testing and theory-generating research and the appropriate methodologies for them.  Certification in Protection of human subjects’ web-based education from the N.I.H. will be completed by students.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

NUR 3580 Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to knowledge-based care, critical thinking and reasoning based on nursing theory.  Grounded in the experience of nursing as a caring, practice profession creating the art and science of nursing, students will be introduced to a variety of nursing frameworks, models, theorists and best practices.  The concepts of person, health, nursing, environment, caring and transitions will be explored.  Students will be guided into examining a nurse theorist and how it compares and contrasts to their personal philosophy of nursing.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: MTH 1130.

 

NUR 2120 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (5 credits)

This course is a foundations class which introduces the nursing student to basic principles of nursing science at the baccalaureate level and the professional roles of direct care provider, manager of care, member of the multidisciplinary health care team, as well as an accountable member of the nursing profession are introduced.  Student accountability and commitment as an active participant in the teaching, learning, and evaluation processes are necessary for successful completion of the course and progression to the next level nursing course.  Forty-five (45) hours lecture and 90 clinical/skills laboratory experience hours are requirements of the course.  Pre-requisite: ENG 1010, ENG 1020, BIO 1010, BIO 1020, BIO 2030, CHE 1110, PSY 1010, PSY 1020, MTH 1050, MTH 1130, SPC 1030.

 

NUR 2310 Health Assessment and Health Promotion (3 credits)

This course presents the basic principles and concepts involved in the assessment of clients across the lifespan, moving from wellness to illness.  Students will apply concepts from anatomy and physiology and the foundations of practice and health promotion issues and planning. Fifteen (15) lecture hours, 45 hours of simulation lab, 45 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite or co-requisite: NUR 2120.

 

NUR 2320 Pharmacology (3 credits)

This course provides students with the basic principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutic so that they are prepared to assume the role of the nurse in drug therapy.  Specific emphasis will be placed on drug classifications and the most common medications used to treat diseases across the lifespan.  Students will learn to utilize internet-based resources for researching pharmaco-therapeutic and herbal/over the counter medications.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NUR 2120.

 

NUR 3110 Family Dynamics (3 credits)

This course explores the dynamics of family function during times of crisis, stress, or when behavioral health conditions affect one or more family members.  Students will explore assessment models for use with diverse family populations and review communication techniques that facilitate relationship building.  The course also focuses on the relational and therapeutic aspects of viewing the family as a unit of care.  Special family situations such as substance abuse, emotional or physical handicaps, chronic illness, and terminal illness will be discussed.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: PSY 1020, Co-requisite: NUR 2120.

 

NUR 3120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting I (6 credits)

This course prepares the nursing student for the care of clients in various health care settings across the lifespan.  The curse is comprised of didactic and clinical components.  The didactic portion provides the student with the theoretical foundation of nursing practice, and the clinical component affords the student the opportunity to practice the art and science of nursing in acute settings such as hospitals, settings such as hospitals, clinical care centers, as well as community settings such as long-term care and primary care clinics.  Students must demonstrate the ability to think critically utilizing knowledge from the life and social sciences and humanities, as demonstrated in case reports. Forty-five (45) lecture hours and 135 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite: NUR 2120.

 

NUR 3130 Mental Health Nursing (5 credits)

This course teaches students to apply and integrate the concepts of therapeutic communication, and therapeutic use of self within the context of the nurse-client relationship.  This course focuses on the nursing care of individuals and families with mental health issues throughout the lifespan.  Mental wellness is viewed in relation to client education, growth and development.  Consideration of cultural, ethical, and spiritual influences in relation to mental health issues is emphasized.  Nursing students will focus on integrating the biological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of clients with moderate to severe emotional issues.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours and 90 lab and clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite:  NUR 2120.

 

HCS 3520 Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)

Students utilize the latest in healthcare technology to further their understanding of the use of electronic databases, computerized medical records, and medical decision support systems.  Students will be exposed to the applications of technology systems in the monitoring and treatment of emerging and chronic disease management and palliative care.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: none.

 

HCS 4510 Global Healthcare Issues (3 credits)

Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of theoretical constructs of human behavior, leadership, organizational dynamics and epidemiology as applied in case studies of major global health issues and the informatics used in support various population databases.  Topics include preventable and emerging new infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases in minority populations, and selected orphan diseases.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours.  Pre-requisite: EPI 3100

 

NUR 3140 Community Health and Disaster Preparedness (5 credits)

Students will apply the principles of population health and epidemiology in both individual and family case studies, as well as in disaster scenarios.  Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging global diseases, as well as within the constraints of personal and national financial resources.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours and 90 clinical/simulation experience hours.  Pre-requisite: NUR 2120.

 

NUR 3170 Nursing Care of the Child-bearing Family (5 credits)

This course presents the principles and concepts, as well as the clinical support, to care for clients and their families during childbearing.  The health processes of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and post-partum periods, as well as selected high risk or unhealthy processes, are presented.  Emphasis is placed upon normal physiology and pathophysiology as the basis for clinical decision-making in the care of obstetric patients in both the ambulatory and acute care settings.  Forty-five (45) lecture hour and 90 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite: NUR 3120.

 

NUR 4120 Care of the Adult in the Acute Care Setting II (7 credits)

Students will gain experience in working with adults in the acute care setting, as well as the families of acutely ill individuals.  Clinical experience will include palliative and end of life care.  Students will be expected to plan, implement and evaluate comprehensive plans of care including principles of pharmacology, nutrition, pathophysiology, and psycho-social aspects of care.  The student will also provide client and family education that is individualized to the specific client situation.  Thirty (30) clinical conference hours and 225 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite: NUR 3120.

 

NUR 4030 Pediatric Nursing (5 credits)

This course presents the principles and concepts as well as the clinical support to care for the well/ ill child and family.  Students will use family systems theory in the development of comprehensive plans of care for the newborn through adolescence, with an emphasis on disease and injury prevention nutrition, assessment and treatment of common pathologic conditions and disorders of development.  These principles will also be applied to families with special needs.  Forty-five (45) lecture hours and 90 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite: NUR 3120.

 

NUR 4040 Leadership and Management (4 credits)

This course prepares nursing students for clinical practice as a registered nurse at the Bachelor’s degree level.  The student will assume the role of nurse manager/clinical leader.  The course emphasizes the leadership, management and ethical decision- making process in the delivery of health care in diverse multicultural settings.  Whenever possible, nursing students may spend additional hours in their chosen specialty field.  Thirty (30) conference hours with faculty mentors and 90 clinical experience hours.  Pre-requisite or Co-requisite:  NUR 4120.

 

NUR 4580 Nursing Specialty Practice (8 credits)

Nursing students will have the opportunity to develop their role further within their chosen specialty practice with guidance from faculty mentors.  Fifteen (15) lecture/conference hours with faculty mentors, 315 clinical experience hours.  This course is a component of a Specialization Certificate in Mental Health for students selecting the practice area of Mental Health for students selecting the practice area of Mental Health.  Pre-requisite: NUR 3130, NUR 3140, NUR 3170, NUR 4030 and NUR 4120.

 

NUR 4590 Senior Seminar Capstone (4 credits)

Nursing students are provided the opportunity to utilize theory, practicum and evidenced-based research as the foundation of an in-depth focused practicum experience at a senior level.  The purpose of the capstone experience is to help students gain confidence in time management, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, documentation, informatics and psychomotor skills under the direct supervision of clinical preceptors.  Fifteen (15) lecture hours and 135 clinical hours.  Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR 4580.

Ponce Health Sciences University is pleased that you have selected our institution to continue with your academic and professional goals. The Office of Student Financial provides you with the information and tools to assist you in reaching educational goals. Please take your time to navigate through the various links we have provided and feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office if you need more information: psmfinstu@psm.edu

Financial Aid Application Process Links
Important Links (External):

Important Links for PHSU application forms and manual

PHSU Financial Aid Application – click to download the form
– Request for Aid and Loans
– Student Authorization

Click here to download your
– Student Financial Aid Manual

Federal Financial Aid Programs

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan: students who meet the requirements established by the US Department of Education may receive a Direct Loan, according to the academic program: graduate and professional students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. As an institution that previously participated in the HEAL Programs our MD, Doctorate and PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as certain Master Degree Programs might be eligible for additional amount of loan. The amount is established annually by Federal Regulations. The Financial Aid Office provides orientation about the application process for student loans, the student’s qualifying requirements and the specifics regarding interest rate, orientation fess, repayment process, etc. The student must submit an agreement form known as a Master Promissory Note, and complete electronic entrance counseling, both on-line: www.studentloans.gov.
  • Direct Loan-Plus Graduate Loan: This is a federal fixed-interest loan for graduate and professional students, beyond the DL Unsubsidized award, to cover any additional cost of attendance. The interest rate and origination fee, which is annually fixed by the Federal Government, begins to accrue from the date of the first disbursement. The loan qualifying process requires a credit check verification, on-line entrance counseling and an on-line submission of a Master Promissory Note: www.studentloans.gov
  • Private Loans (Alternative Loans). These are credit-based loans that may be used to supplement other types of financial aid programs. The loan amounts vary according to amount requested and approved for the student. The interest rate is variable, accrued while in school and usually based on the current “Prime Rate” plus a lender’s predetermined interest rate. Repayment may be up to 20 years. These Private Alternative Loans provide funds to complete the remaining need after the student is awarded other financial aid. Due to the high interest rate that these loans represent, the student should consider these loans as a last resource to their financial need. PHSU does not recommend any specific lender, the evaluation and selection is a student’s individualized decision.
  • Historical Private Lender List
    PHSU does not deny or otherwise impede the student’s choice of an alternative lender or cause unnecessary delay in loan certification of these loans. The following is a list of the three private loans that have been most commonly selected by our students during last two previous academic years, however, we reiterate that the student may select any other lender they esteem will meet their financial need.

Other Financial Aid Options:
Military Scholarship Programs: Students interested in a military career may consider apply for one of the scholarships programs for healthcare professions offered by the US Army, the US Air Force, Navy or the National Guard. The students must contact the desired program:

National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program: available for students in the primary health care specialties and committed to serving part or their entire career in federally designated health professional shortage area. Learn more about this program at: nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov

Financial Aid Application Process

Direct Loan Application Process
Students interested in applying for a Direct Loan must comply with the federal requirements and following requirements:

      1. Have financial need.
      2. Be an US Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen.
      3. Have a valid social security number.
      4. Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student working toward a degree.
      5. Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
      6. Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
      7. Certify that are not in default on a federal student loan and that do not owe money on a Federal student grant.
      8. Student cannot exceed the aggregate loan limit established by the Department of Education.
      9. Comply with the Entrance Interview/Counseling.
      10. Provide all the documents and information required by the Financial Aid.

Students must fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the corresponding academic year, in order to be evaluated to determine eligibility for federal and state funds. It must be submitted on line at www.fafsa.gov no later than last working day of April. The PHSU school code is G24824. Students need a pin number, which can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.

Once the student submits the FAFSA, the Department of Education will send an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to the school, which will be used for evaluation and analysis.

VERIFICATION
Students with a FAFSA application selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Complete a Verification Worksheet (provided by the Financial Aid Office)
  • Copy of the Tax Return (IRS or PR tax return form) or
  • W-2 form(s) (if apply)
  • Evidence of wages, salaries, tips, etc., reported on the FAFSA
  • Others

If the student (student’s parent or spouse) is not required to file income tax return, he/she will be required to complete and sign a Certification of Income, provided by the Financial Aid Office, among other documentation. Note: No loan will be process until the verification process is completed.

NEED ANALYSIS
As part of the evaluation, the Financial Aid Office will take in consideration the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student should contribute towards his/her cost of education, and it is determined by the Federal Government. The need analysis consists of the following basic calculation: Cost of Attendance minus EFC equals Financial Need. As part of the analysis, it will be considered any other expected financial aid (external funds such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran Administration, military scholarships, and any other grant or scholarship). Note: A student cannot receive financial assistance in excess of the determined Financial Need.

Awarding and Notification
The next step is the awarding of financial aid amounts by PHSU and preparing the award notification for the student. Once the awarding process is completed, a Notification of Award is sent to each student.

Return Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid (see PHSU catalog refund policy section)

Suspension of Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses
If convicted of any offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, a student’s eligibility for Title IV Financial Student Aid Program will be denied for:

  • One year after the first conviction
  • Two years after the second conviction
  • Indefinitely after the third conviction

Eligibility may be restored if the student partakes of an approved Federal Government Rehabilitation Program.

Please refer to the Student Financial Aid Manual for specific information regarding all the dynamics of financial aid as it applies to new and continuing students.

Financial Aid Contact Information:

Financial Aid Personnel:
Mrs. Myrian Gaud Maitín, MBA
Financial Aid Manager
mgaud@psm.edu

Mrs. Nicole Vázquez Colon, MSS
Financial Aid Officer
nivazquez@psm.edu

Ms. Mariannette Cruz Rentas, BS
Administrative Assistant
macruz@psm.edu

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:00-11:30 am – 1:00-4:30 pm
Friday: Administrative Work (By appointment only)

Financial Aid Office Contact Information
Phone Number: (787) 840-2575 ext. 2134, 2135 or 2136
E-mail: psmfinstu@psm.edu
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7004, Ponce. Puerto Rico 00731
Physical Address: 388 Zona Ind. Reparada 2 Ponce PR 00716-2347

 How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended
  • Letter of Recommendation Format – Written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills
  • Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background check)
  • USD $25.00 Application Processing Fee (check or money order payable to Ponce School of Medicine)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Deadline to submit a complete application – May 30

Readmission Application

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