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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program


Assistant Professor: Susan J. Fetzer

As health care moves to advanced practice, prevention, and community-based programs, nurses with professional credentials have increased responsibility in directing nursing care.

The UNH Department of Nursing in the School of Health and Human Services offers the registered nurse baccalaureate degree (B.S.N.) as a program designed to reach the diverse geographical population of registered nurses in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. A nationally accredited program, the curriculum builds upon the students’ prior learning and his or her R.N. credential. The individualized, competency-based program is flexible and recognizes the value of the practicing nurse. An R.N. may earn advanced standing through transfer credit and challenge examinations.

An R.N. who is prepared with a baccalaureate degree in nursing is eligible to work in all areas of nursing with healthy or ill clients and in all health care settings. The bachelor of science degree is often required for management positions and community health programs. The program also prepares nurses for graduate-level study.

Graduates of recognized nursing programs who meet University admission criteria may pursue the program on a full- or part-time basis. Curriculum requirements may be met through transfer credits, course enrollments, and challenge examinations. A valid R.N. license and one year of practice experience are preferred though not mandatory for upper-level nursing coursework. The nursing component is based on the belief that RN students enter the program with knowledge and competence gained through previous educational and work experiences. Individualized plans of study are developed to enable completion of nursing coursework.

R.N. Baccalaureate Program of Study
R.N.B.P. degree requirements are satisfied by the completion of 128 credit hours with a grade average of C or better. Thirty-five credit hours are obtained in upper division nursing coursework with the remaining credit hours in the University’s general education requirements, nursing prerequisite credit hours, and general elective credit hours. Nursing coursework with grades of C or better from accredited associate degree programs transfer for full credit.

Prior to registering for nursing courses with a clinical component, students must submit the following:

Copy of current C.P.R. Certification (provider or equivalent)
Proof of liability coverage
A completed immunization form
Current R.N. License

Prerequisite Courses
English Composition
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
Human Development (Life Span)
Nutrition in Health & Disease

Nursing Courses
NURS 606, Seminar on Professional Nursing
NURS 617, Nursing and Health Care Policy
NURS 622, Clinical Decision Making II
NURS 645, Research in Nursing
NURS 655, Community Health Nursing I: Population Health
NURS 656, Community Health Nursing II: Individuals, Families and Aggregates
NURS 656C, Nursing in the Community: Clinical
NURS 703, Nursing Leadership/Management and the Organizational Context
NURS 719, Professional Nursing Practice

For more information, contact Susan Fetzer, R.N., Ph.D., M.B.A., program coordinator, at (603) 641-4140 or (603) 358-2606, e-mail Or contact the UNH Manchester office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150; e-mail

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