NGU recently announced that it has created a dual nursing and biology degree in affiliation with the Mary Black School of Nursing at University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. The first group of qualified students will have completed their first 3 years of education at NGU and transfer to the nursing education portion of our program in spring 2019. Whether you are already interested in entering the program or want to learn a bit more about what your academic future will look like, here are a few tips that will help you to succeed.
What courses will you need to take to achieve your Bachelor of Science in biology?
Achieving a Bachelor of Science in biology will require you to take a multitude of courses. These courses will explore a wide range of disciplines in the following areas:
- Human Health
- The Diversity of Organisms
- Human Biology
In addition to your coursework, you will have the opportunity to participate in clinical hours and complete faculty research. Finally, you will learn a great deal about the fundamentals of biological structure and organization. As part of these learning efforts, you will be able to focus on such areas as basic and advanced human anatomy.
What will the nursing-focused courses be like?
The advanced nursing-focused courses will cover a wide range of topics to better prepare you for taking your state nursing boards, as well as your future career. The courses will include the foundations of nursing, an introduction to professional nursing, child health nursing, psychiatric mental health, community public health nursing, nursing leadership, and nursing research. Through a wide variety of courses you will be able to not only learn valuable nursing skills, but you will also be able to determine where you would like to focus your future nursing efforts. For example, you might decide that you want to be an emergency nurse, or you might prefer the opportunity to see the world as a travel nurse. No matter your professional career choice, the nursing courses will leave you well-prepared and ready to help your patients.
How can I excel in my classes?
It is not enough to simply “study hard” if you want to achieve your BSN degree and graduate with honors. Instead, you must “study right.” Here are a few tips that will help you to excel in your biology and nursing classes.
1. Take good lecture notes that are color-coded, include questions you might have for your professors, and are organized for skimming.
2. Pay attention to the supplemental reading. Reviewing this information before class can help you to better understand new concepts, while simultaneously solidifying your knowledge of older topics.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help as soon as you are having difficulties.
4. Attend open office hours, even if you feel that you have a good grasp on all of the concepts.
5. Form a study group with like-minded peers who are interested in excelling in their nursing and biology dual degree.
Do you meet the required criteria for the nursing and biology dual degree?
In order to apply for the nursing and biology dual degree you must first complete an application and meet a certain set of requirements. To qualify you must meet the following standards:
- Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA
- Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in the required sciences
- Complete all program requirements for clinical hours
- Pass the Pre-Admission Assessment Test (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS))
- Receive the approval of the NGU COSAM Dean
How should you study for the Pre-Admission Assessment Test?
As you noted in the above requirements, in order to enter into the program you must first pass the Pre-Admission Assessment Test. Passing this test is made easier when you follow these good study habits.
1. Study and read the TEAS manual. — This manual is designed to help you understand how to take the test and most importantly how to pass it with flying colors. The ATI TEAS test is made up of approximately 170 multiple choice questions. These questions will test you on a wide variety of basic academic skills in Math, Science, English, Reading, and Language Usage.
2. Recognize your test taking strengths and weaknesses. — You don’t have to be a genius in Math, Science, English, Reading, and Language Usage to pass the test. Instead, you must be smart about how you spend your time, what questions you answer, and how you approach each subject.
3. Take practice tests. — You will have a hard time passing the ATI TEAS test if you do not first take at least three timed practice tests.
4. Read thoroughly and stay on pace. — During the test you will need to read each question carefully. You should also be careful not to waste any time. If you stay on pace, then you will have time to go back and review the questions you found difficult.
Next Steps: Apply Today
If you are interested in achieving a dual nursing and biology degree, then you should take the next steps by applying today. You can begin your application, explore financial aid options, schedule a visit, or even talk with a helpful staff member to learn more about this unique and exciting program.