Aug 04, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing

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Tamara Harris, director
DeWitt School of Nursing Complex
Phone: (936) 468-7700
Fax: (936) 468-7701 or (936) 468-7752
5707 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
P.O. Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Associate Professors
Erin Bailey, Sara Bishop, Della Connor, Tamara Harris, Cindi McCarley, Karen Migl, Rose Powell

Assistant Professors
Susan Ballard, Kim Deaton, Angela Jones, Christopher Ryan, Sherry VanMeter

Visiting Professor
Chris Bray

Clinical Instructors
Carol Athey, Sheree Barrios, Kesha Becnal, Angel Brewer, Kim Deaton, Shelley Hunt, Michelle Klein, Laura Logan, Regina Low, Laurel Matthews, Debra McCarthy, Kelley McDonald, Vanessa Pacheco, Dorothy (Joanie) Selman, Celina Serna, Joy Shupak, Veronica Sjolander, Crystal Talavera, Katy Trotty, Jessica Williams, Allison Younger

Adjunct Faculty
Debbie Ellisor, Violet Hart, Rhonda Tubbe

Rebecca Self, Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Lab Coordinator
Erin Bailey, Operations Coordinator
Chris Bray, MSN Coordinator
Angela Jones, BSN Coordinator
Erin Bailey, MSN Assistant Coordinator
Shelley Hunt, RN-BSN Coordinator


Our mission is to provide students a foundation for success as graduate nurses who are ethical, competent critical thinkers by providing an educational environment that promotes holistic health care in an educational community dedicated to teaching, research, creativity and service.

Core Values for the School of Nursing

  • Teaching and learning - Facilitation of meaningful learning that provides a university-level foundation on which to base graduate education in the discipline of nursing. Each nursing graduate is expected to meet the academic and ethical standards of the profession of nursing by thinking in disciplined, critical, quantitative and qualitative ways.
  • Intellectual and creative discovery - Encourage the student to investigate the health needs of a changing society and to think in creative ways to provide holistic health care to culturally diverse populations.
  • Service - Interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the needs of culturally diverse populations.
  • Academic achievement - Provide an environment in which the student becomes an ethically guided critical thinker who uses a substantive general education in traditional and nontraditional ways to provide proactive, compassionate care.
  • Nursing - A profession of arts and science dedicated to facilitating, nurturing and providing unconditional acceptance in the attainment of an individual’s maximum potential. Nursing encourages positive integration of cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning to build cognitive structures for problem solving.
  • Health - Maximum potential denoted by dynamic equilibrium among various cognitive, psychosocial, emotional and physiological subsystems of the client.
  • Environment - Internal/external stressors/distressors experienced by the client.
  • Client/student - An individual, group or community with unique genetic endowment, self-care knowledge and resources, perception and culture, and experiences and adaptation potential. The client/student is a valued and respected partner in achieving maximum potential.
  • Evidenced-based practice - Integration of current research with clinical expertise and client/student preferences and values for achievement of maximum potential.

Terminal Objectives for Graduates of the School of Nursing (Student Outcomes)

The student will:

  1. apply knowledge of the physical, social and behavioral sciences in the provision of nursing care based on theory, research and evidence-based practice
  2. deliver nursing care within established legal and ethical parameters in collaboration with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team
  3. provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, communities and society as a whole while respecting individual and cultural diversity
  4. demonstrate effective leadership that fosters independent thinking, use of informatics and collaborative communication in the management of nursing care
  5. assume responsibility and accountability for quality improvement and delivery of safe and effective nursing care
  6. serve as an advocate for clients and for the profession of nursing
  7. and demonstrate continuing competence, growth and development in the profession.

Student Scholarships

Many scholarships are available to students entering the nursing program at SFA. These scholarships have been established through the generosity of individuals, family members and organizations that recognize and support the role of education in the advancement of the nursing profession. Further information regarding nursing scholarships may be obtained by contacting the SFA Alumni Association or the Office of Development. The development office administers the Albert and Wilda Harris Scholarship and the Betty Baker Cardiovascular Scholarship in collaboration with the School of Nursing. The scholarship list may be found on the nursing website at

Army ROTC also provides two-, three- and four-year scholarships to nursing students with an opportunity to attend specialized training while still in school. Contact the Department of Military Science  for further details.

The Richard and Lucille DeWitt Residency Scholarship for SFA nursing students is coordinated through Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Information about this scholarship can be found on the nursing website at

Student Organization

Student Nurses Association

Honor Society

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Omicron Eta Chapter

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Requirements

A student requesting admission to the baccalaureate program in nursing must meet the following criteria:

Full Admission Requirements

  1. Acceptance to SFA
  2. Overall GPA of 2.5 in college work, including transfer courses
  3. Science GPA of 2.75 in college work, including transfer courses. Courses calculated for science GPA are BIO 238 , BIO 239 ; CHE 111 ; NUR 304 ; BIO 308 . Students are encouraged to take the science classes at SFA.
  4. Successful completion of the entrance testing. Scores to be submitted to School of Nursing. Tests may be scheduled through the SFA Counseling and Career Services office.
  5. Grades for repeated courses will be averaged
  6. Completion of the following academic courses:
  7. Core Curriculum Requirements (42 hours)
    1. Communication (6 hours)
    2. Mathematics (3 hours): MTH 220  
    3. Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours): BIO 238 , CHE 111  
    4. Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)
    5. Creative Arts (3 hours)
    6. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours): PSY 133  
    7. Component Area Option (6 hours), including three hours from ENG 132  
  8. Applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges to SFA admissions office and to NursingCAS.
  9. Applications are submitted to NursingCAS.

Additional Requirements

  1. Academic courses required by the School of Nursing must include BIO 238L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab ; CHE 111L - Intro to Chemistry I Lab ; BIO 239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  and BIO 239L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab ; BIO 308 - Pre-nursing Microbiology ; three hours from PSY 376 , HMS 336 , or HMS 236 ; NUR 304 - Pathophysiology ; three hours from HMS 239 ; and three hours from SOC 137 - Introduction to Sociology , SOC 139 - Race and Ethnic Relations  or ANT 231 - Cultural Anthropology .
  2. A nursing major of at least 51 to 55 hours, including three hours of nursing electives
  3. Enough additional hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours of acceptable credit
  4. A minimum of 42 hours of residence work on SFA campus, of which 36 semester hours must be 300- to 400-level courses
  5. A maximum of 66 hours may be transferred from a junior college.
  6. A grade of at least C in each freshman English course, a C average in coursework completed at SFA, a minimum of C in each course in the major field and specified cognates. These required averages are based upon those courses in each category included in the student’s official degree plan.
  7. Computer science, component area course, HIS 133  and HIS 134 , and PSC 141  a PSC 142 , are not required for entrance into the nursing program. However, they are required by the university for graduation.
  1. Admission Process - Up to 80 students may be admitted each fall and spring semester based on completion of prerequisites and attainment of admission criteria. Admission is competitive based upon the applicant’s overall and science GPAs, as well as the nursing entrance exam. To be considered for admission review, the student must be admitted to the university and complete the following application steps:
    • Completed application to NursingCAS
    • Complete, official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges and SFA transcript to be submitted to NursingCAS
    • Copies of accepted or denied petitions or petitions being submitted to be sent to School of Nursing
    • Copy of nursing entrance test (Test of Essential Academic Skills, scheduled through the testing office) to be sent to the School of Nursing
    • Student essay submitted to NursingCAS
    • All science courses must be taken within the past seven years prior to admission to the nursing school.
  2. Application Deadlines - The deadline for application for admission to the fall class is Feb. 1 each year. The deadline for the spring class is Aug. 15 each year. Applications received after these deadlines may be considered only if vacancies still exist in the incoming class. The School of Nursing recommends that applications be completed four to six weeks prior to the deadline. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all application materials are received by NursingCAS prior to the stated deadline. When students apply, prerequisites must be completed by the end of the semester in which the application is submitted. Applications are not retained from semester to semester. For a student to re-apply, the student must request that NursingCAS roll over the application to the next period.
  3. Eligibility - Any applicant who is not in good standing at another nursing program and is not eligible to continue or return to that program will be ineligible for admission into the School of Nursing program. If a student from another program has failed two or more nursing courses, that student will not be considered for admission. Criminal background checks will be conducted on all nursing students upon being accepted into the program. A positive background check shows the student was arrested, charged and/or convicted of a crime. A positive background check may result in a student’s inability to attend clinical classes until a declaratory order is obtained from the Texas Board of Nursing. Resulting time delays could affect student progress. If a student knows of a possible problem, the student should seek a declaratory order from the Board of Nursing prior to or concurrent with application to the program.
  4. Transfers - Students who have completed courses at other institutions may transfer credits under the policies of SFA. Nursing hours will be evaluated individually for transfer. Nursing courses are to be taken in order or concurrently within their block. Any exception will be the decision of the Student Affairs Committee and the director.

Other Expenses

Uniforms, shoes, name pin, stethoscope and health insurance are all purchased prior to the first nursing course. A urinalysis for drug screening must be submitted prior to the first nursing course. Other requirements include TdaP immunization, MMR immunization; HBV immunization (or serological confirmation of immunity); two doses of varicella vaccine (unless first dose was received prior to age 13); serologic confirmation of immunity of varicella disease; annual TB screening; meningitis vaccine; polio vaccine; flu shot; and current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider certification. If necessary, random drug screen costs will be incurred by the student. Traveling accommodations and expenses to clinical sites are the student’s responsibility.

The DeWitt School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

All School of Nursing information is available online at Specific helpful links are Admission Process and Brochures.



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