General Education Program
The following general education principles guide the achievement of excellence in undergraduate education at IU Northwest. They describe university level capabilities, knowledge across disciplines, awareness of diversity and ethics that we believe every graduate of an IU Northwest baccalaureate degree program should attain. These principles embrace learning experiences that prepare students for lifelong learning, ethical practices, successful careers, and effective citizenship.
Principle 1 Foundations for Effective Learning and Communication
Fluency in reading, writing, and oral communication; mastery of the basic principles of logical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning; and literacy in information resources and learning technologies.
Principle 2 Breadth of Learning
Mastery of the core concepts, principles, and methods in arts and humanities, cultural and historical studies, the social and behavioral sciences, and the mathematical, physical, and life sciences.
Principle 3 Critical Thinking, Integration, and Application of Knowledge
Logical analysis and synthesis of information and ideas from multiple perspectives; critical acquisition, integration, and application of knowledge in students' intellectual, personal, professional, and community lives.
Principle 4 Diversity
Valuing the diversity of human experience, as exemplified in race, ethnicity, social class, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disabilities; understanding how these categories are often used to create injustice; recognizing our common human heritage and the interconnectedness of communities in the region, the nation, and the world.
Principle 5 Ethics and Citizenship
The application of the principles of ethics and governance to the larger society, one's immediate community, and to individual conduct on campus and in society.
In addition to courses that meet the IU Northwest general education program requirements, students take additional general education courses required for the nursing major. See an advisor in the School for more information, and/or see the IU Northwest Bulletin at http://www.iun.edu/bulletin/schools/chhs/schools-divisions/nursing/bachelor/curriculum.shtml .
Nursing Major Courses
Nursing courses begin in the summer before the sophomore year with NURS A190 Learning Strategies in Nursing, designed to give students an overview of the nursing program, an introduction to learning technologies, and strategies for success. Subsequently, nursing courses continue for an additional six semesters. In the senior year, students take S483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone, in which they do approximately 180 hours of clinical practice with an RN preceptor in an acute care hospital setting.