Required Reading

Required Reading

The Registrar’s Rx is published once a semester and is required reading for all students.



Planning to graduate in the upcoming term?

ALL students expecting to receive their degree (including BSN-DNP students receiving their MSN) must apply to graduate using the Student Information System (SIS). The School of Nursing’s deadline to apply to graduate for the spring semester is Tuesday, February 1. The Nursing School's Registrar’s Office will individually check each graduating student’s record to confirm that degree requirements have been met.

If you fail to apply to graduate on time, please email the School of Nursing Registrar.

Even if the Expected Graduation Date is listed in SIS for a future term, students are not prevented from submitting an application.  An audit will ultimately determine if a student is eligible to be put forward for degree conferral.

When applying for graduation in SIS, be sure to validate that the Primary Name and Diploma Address listed are correct. This is the name that will be listed on the diploma and the address to which it will be shipped. Name changes must be made with the Office of the University Registrar (UREG) using an Applicant Name Change Form.

Students that have completed all coursework prior to their graduation term need to be enrolled in Affiliated Status to receive their degree.  Additional information can be found on the School of Nursing Affiliated Status Request Form itself.

Note: Students cannot graduate with a missing grade or a grade of Incomplete, even if the course is not required for the degree to be awarded.

Enrollment Instructions

Enrollment Instructions


  • The schedule of classes will be available in SIS for both summer and fall on Friday, March 18.
  • Advising begins Monday, March 28.

Summer 2022 Enrollment

  • Shopping Cart opens on Friday, March 25.
  • Graduate student enrollment begins Monday, March 28.
  • Undergraduate student enrollment begins Tuesday, March 29.
  • Individual enrollment dates and times may vary by student. These will be listed in SIS.
  • Open enrollment begins Thursday, March 31.

For more information about Summer course enrollment, please visit the Summer Session page.

Fall 2022 Enrollment

  • Shopping Cart opens on Friday, March 25.
  • Graduate student enrollment begins Monday, April 4.
  • Undergraduate student enrollment begins Monday, April 11.
  • Individual enrollment dates and times may vary by student. These will be listed in SIS.
  • Returning Graduate Open enrollment begins Friday, July 1.
  • Undergraduate Open enrollment TBA.

Additional information pertaining to using SIS for enrollment-related functions is available to students on the SIS Help pages.



Advising Holds

All Nursing students will see that they have an “Advising Hold” listed in the SIS. Only the advisor can remove the hold, which means all students need to meet with their advisor prior to enrolling. Graduate students are all required to have an updated and complete SIS Planner as well before the hold can be removed. Students' advisors are listed in SIS.

Please note, the advising holds do not impact Summer registration. Current advising holds will impact Fall registration.

Other Holds

The SIS Dashboard will display all current Holds (also listed under the "My Information" menu). If there are other holds listed in SIS, click on “details” to see why the Hold has been placed and what must be done to remove the hold. Students cannot register for classes until all holds have been removed. Please do not contact the School of Nursing Registrar’s office concerning any hold other than those coming from the School of Nursing, as only the department responsible for placing a hold can remove it. Typically, for a Student Health hold please call (434) 924-1525 and for a Student Accounts hold please call (434) 982-6000. Do not contact the School of Nursing Dean for Dean of Nursing holds.

Full-time vs. Part-time - Graduate Students

Full-time vs. Part-time - Graduate Students

Part-Time/Full-Time Status – Full time status is 12 credit hours (fall & spring). SIS is quite restrictive about course enrollment based on status, so it is important for us to keep your status correct. Therefore, if you are currently a full-time student and wish to change to part-time, or vice-versa, you must complete an Enrollment Status Change Request Form and have it signed by your advisor and your Program Coordinator. Failure to do so could make it much more difficult to register for the appropriate classes and your bill could be incorrect.

The University's full-time minimum is 12 credits and part-time minimum for some financial aid types is 6 credits. Students who must meet the corresponding full-time or part-time status must enroll in elective(s) when the required coursework for the semester is below the minimum thresholds. 

Students can view their full-time or part-time status in SIS by clicking on “Enrollment Dates”, which falls under the “Enrollment” heading on the side bar. Select the applicable term and look under “Term Enrollment Limits”. If the maximum credit limit is less than 12.0, students are part-time for the term; more than 12.0 equates to full-time. 

Note: PhD students are governed by GSAS guidelines, which may be different from School of Nursing guidelines.

Nursing Electives

Fall 2022 Electives  

NUIP 2210 Foundations Mindfulness Practice – 1 credits

This course introduces mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life. Mindfulness involves bringing intentional non-judgmental awareness to what is happening in the present moment. This course is highly experiential, using a lab/seminar format designed for college students to explore applications of mindfulness in mind-body awareness, mindful eating, communication skills and stress management.

NUIP 3004 Practicing Wisdom and Resilience – 2 credits

This course explores the science of the brain/body connection offering experiential opportunities through direct meditative practices. Class time includes didactic learning, interactive dialogue, and engagement in mindfulness practices.  We will develop self-assessment, self-care strategies and resilience practices, within the larger context of wisdom.

NUIP 3230 Spanish for Health Care Providers – 2 credits

This introductory seminar facilitates the student's mastery of their Spanish language ability as applied to health care settings and encounters. It provides an introduction to the vocabulary and cultural relevancy of terms that are relevant to students planning to work in the healthcare professions to better serve Spanish-speaking patients and their families. This course will count as a humanities/fine arts area requirement for BSN students. 

Prereqs: SPAN 1010 & 1020 or equivalent.

NUIP 4004 Strategies for Prehospital Emergency Care – credits are awarded after completion of part two of the course sequence

The content of the course will focus on prehospital emergency care. Students will learn to assess the sick or injured individual as well as develop & implement a plan of care to stabilize & transport the individual to an emergency facility. Upon successful completion of NUIP 4004, 4006, & state req., the student will be eligible to test for cert. as an EMT by the Commonwealth of VA, Dept of Health, Office of EMS. Part I of a two-part-course.
Prerequisite: Current CPR Certification

NUIP 4008 Strategies for Prehospital Emergency Care for RNs – 3 credits

The content of the course will focus on prehospital emergency care. Students will learn to assess the sick or injured individual as well as develop & implement a plan of care to stabilize & transport the individual to an emergency facility. Upon successful completion of this course & state requirements, the student will be eligible to test for cert. as an EMT by the Commonwealth of VA, Department of Health, Office of EMS.
Prerequisite: Current CPR Certification

Class meets in person on Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm

NUIP 4430 Statistics for Healthcare – 3 credits

 This course is an introduction to data analysis for nursing and healthcare-related research. Course emphasis is on practical application and understanding how the research question drives the choice of particular statistical procedures. Descriptive and univariate inferential statistics will be covered. Students will learn how to create and manage simple databases in SPSS, interpret SPSS outputs, and draw statistical conclusions.

Online – this course meets synchronously at the being of the semester.

NURS 3003 Nursing Leadership in Action – 3 credits

This course provides nursing students opportunities to develop leadership and management skills through participation in a variety of programs and activities. Students learn how to work in cooperative relationships with peers, faculty, students in other disciplines, community service organizations, and the public in a service learning environment. Membership in National Student Nurses Association and Student Nurses Association of Virginia is a requirement. Instructor permission. Online course

NURS 3005 Preoperative Nursing – 1-2 credits

This course serves to introduce students to the role of the professional nurse in the perioperative specialty area. The course begins with an overview of the history of perioperative nursing and the role of the professional nurse on the interdisciplinary team. The course explores the challenges of perioperative nursing, including safety issues, advocacy, and legal and ethical issues. The importance of continuity of care throughout the perioperative experience is a major theme in both the classroom and clinical content. The clinical focus is on understanding basic principles of asepsis, safety, and applying pathophysiology and pharmacology to specific patient care experiences.  Prerequisite: Completion of Pharmacology and pathophysiology courses.

NURS 4006 Practicum in Leadership Development – 2 credits

The Independent Practicum in Clinical Leadership Development gives an opportunity to apply leadership theory and practices in the clinical setting through mentoring and coaching third year traditional and first-year second degree students during their assigned clinical rotations. Specific emphasis is given to developing basic teaching and precepting skills, serving as a clinical resource, demonstrating performance of basic skills, and providing others with peer review and performance feedback.

GNUR 5010 Introduction to Telehealth – 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to teach basic knowledge of telehealth and telehealth technologies while exploring issues surrounding nursing telehealth practice. This course will provide hands on telehealth and telepresenter experience so that the student can utilize this knowledge to integrate telehealth creatively into nursing practice. Telepresenter certification through the Martinsville STAR center will be awarded upon successful completion.

Lab and Seminar required. Online course

GNUR 5030: Leading with Presence – 2 credits

Part inter-professional discussion and part experiential lab, this course is for current and future healthcare leaders who want to be more effective, mindful, and compassionate. Examine emerging research on mindful leadership, compassion in organizations, and leadership presence. Learn and adapt practices aimed at leading self, team and organization. Gain greater personal resilience, healthier work environments, and higher-quality patient care. *Please reach out directly to the course instructor if you would like to add a 1 credit independent study to fulfill the 3 credit elective requirement for the program. Class meets virtually every Tuesday evening.

GNUR 5240 Ethics and Clinical Practice – 3 credits

Designed to enhance the student's ability to describe & analyze ethical concepts foundational to nursing practice; use a variety of ethical decision-making frameworks to analyze ethical dilemmas in practice; & play a leadership role in promoting ethical health care delivery. Emphasizes the unique ethical perspectives of nursing in the complex healthcare arena. Students will be challenged to examine individual & professional values. This course will count as a humanities/fine arts and/or social science/history area requirement for BSN students.

GNUR 5250 Health Inequities, Social Determinants, and Intersectionality – 3 credits

This course critically examines health equity and inequity in the United States with a specific emphasis on the impact on African Americans. We will review the complex relationship between race, gender, social class (socioeconomic status) on health outcomes and access to healthcare, and specific health issues for African Americans in the U.S.

GNUR 5390 Introduction to US Healthcare – 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of (1) how health care is financed, organized, and delivered in the U.S., as well as (2) the major policy challenges created by the system's organization, or lack thereof.  In drawing from a variety of perspectives-including political science, economics and history-the course surveys the key stakeholders: those who pay for, provide and receive care. This course will count as a social science/history area requirement for BSN students.

Planners - Graduate Students

Planners - Graduate Students

SIS Planners must be populated for all terms in the program and be up to date before Advisors will lift the Advising Hold. 

Planners are a Board of Nursing requirement and are crucial elements to the course scheduling process from term-to-term.

Note: Students need to update their Planner whenever a revision to the standard Plan of Study (POS) is made.  

BSN Required Courses

BSN Required Fall Courses

Use SIS to register for the courses listed below. General education or elective courses should complete your full-time enrollment.

Attention: An asterisk (*) next to a course means that this is a clinical or lab that is picked for you by the School of Nursing. Remember: You cannot enroll in your clinicals or labs. Lynn Coyner, BSN Program Manager, will do this for you. A list of clinical assignments will be sent to you, via Collab, as soon as they are available.

Second Years

  • NUIP 2420: Pathophysiology I (3 credits)
  • NUCO 2210: Foundations of Nursing CARE (3 credits)
  • NUCO 2330: Health Assessment with lab (3 credits)*
  • NUCO 2130: Therapeutic Principles with lab (4 credits) *

Third Years

  • NUIP 3430: Pharmacology II (3 credits)
  • NUCO 3110: Patient-Family Centered Care: Adult-Gero Nursing in Acute Care (4 credits)
  • NUCO 3310: Patient-Family Centered Care: Pediatrics (4 credits)* OR
  • NUCO 3610: Patient-Family Centered Care: Maternal/Child (4 credits)*

Fourth Years

  • NUCO 4110: Patient-Family Centered Care: Complex and Transitional Care (4 credits) *
  • NUCO 4210: Patient-Family Centered Care: Public Health Nursing (4 credits) * OR
  • NUCO 4310: Patient-Family Centered Care: Psych Mental Health Nursing (4 credits)*
  • NUIP 4311: REAL III 

For students needing to enroll for general education courses, a partial list of departments/courses which satisfy area requirements (e.g. Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science/History, etc.) is available on the College of Arts & Sciences' website.  To be certain that courses enrolled in do satisfy the expected requirement, refer to the Academic Requirements report in SIS after placing the courses in the Planner or Shopping Cart.

RN-to-BSN Required Courses

RN-to-BSN Required Courses

Fall Enrollment: Lynn Coyner will enroll you in NUIP 4610. You will need to enroll in the University elective course. 


CNL Required Courses

CNL Required Courses

For Spring Semester

Year 1 CNL Students enroll in:

  • GCNL 5130: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Adults with Common Health Problems
  • GCNL 5170: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Persons with Complex Health Problems
  • GCNL 5230: Theory for Research and Nursing Practice
  • GNUR 5260: Care Environment Management I & Leading Teams
  • GNUR 6010: Advanced Pathophysiology

Year 2 CNL Students enroll in:

  • GCNL 5250: CNL in the Health Care System
  • GCNL 5991: CNL Role Immersion & Capstone
  • GNUR 6052: Epidemiology and World Health
  • GNUR 6056: Health Policy: Local to Global

For the Summer Semester

Year 1 CNL Students enroll in:

  • NUIP 4200: Pathophysiology
  • GCNL 5100: Health Assessment & Clinical Interventions
  • GNUR 6060: Culture & Health

Year 2 CNL Students enroll in:

  • GCNL 5120: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Children & Families
  • GCNL 5150: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Community Health Nursing
  • GCNL 5140: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Women & Childbearing Families

For Fall Semester

Year 1 CNL Students enroll in:

  • GCNL 5020: Pharmacology
  • GCNL 5110: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Adults & Older Adults
  • GCNL 5160: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Persons with Psychiatric Illness
  • GNUR 6054: Research & Biostatistical Process for Health Care

Year 2 CNL Students enroll in:

  • GCNL 5180: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Synthesis Practicum
  • GCNL 5240: Leadership Seminar: Microsystem Analysis & Capstone Development
  • GNUR 6058: Nursing, Ethics, and the Larger Healthcare Arena
  • GNUR 5270: Care Environment Management II
MSN, DNP, and PhD Course Information

MSN, DNP, and PhD Course Information

Students should enroll in courses according to the Plan of Study (according to the initial term in the program) and/or Planner. Both should be the same unless modifications have been made in consultation with the advisor.



School of Nursing Registrar

CMN 1026

BSN Program Manager

Lynn Coyner
MCL 4044

CNL & PhD Program Manager


Advanced Practice Program Manager (MSNs and DNPs)

Devan Cooper
MCL 4017




  1. All students graduating in December must apply to graduate in SIS. 
  2. Graduate students must be sure the Planner is up to date in SIS.
  3. Meet with your Advisor.
  4. Make sure all Holds are cleared.
  5. Enroll in Summer and Fall courses in SIS at the assigned date and time.