Nursing Arts

Professor Mark Johnson, Program Coordinator

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Nursing Arts Program
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324


Special arrangements have been made by which an undergraduate student may attend Georgetown College for three years and the University of Kentucky for two years and receive degrees from both institutions attended, a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Nursing Arts from Georgetown College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Students may be able to attend other schools of nursing, but no special arrangements have been made with other schools.

(*Students will attend Georgetown College four full-time semesters plus two part-time semesters and the University of Kentucky four full-time semesters and two part-time semesters. Students will be part-time in both institutions for two semesters.)

Initial Admission to the Program. To be accepted into the Dual Degree Program in Nursing all students, including transfer students, must meet admissions requirements of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, namely: an ACT composite score at the 50th percentile on national norms and a high school grade point average of 2.5 or more. Students must also be approved by the Admissions Committee of Georgetown College.

Continuation in the Program. A student planning to pursue the dual degree program in Nursing Arts needs to contact the Georgetown College Program Coordinator by the beginning of the sophomore year.

Admission to the University of Kentucky. At the end of three full time semesters at Georgetown College, a student must have a cumulative grade point aver-age of 3.0 or higher for work completed at Georgetown College and at least a 3.0 grade point average in biology and chemistry. Students must have success-fully completed CHE 111, 112, and CHE 113 before beginning their nursing courses at the University of Kentucky. In addition, enrollment in nursing classes requires completion of an approved certified nursing assistant program.

General Requirements. Students will be required to satisfy the NEXUS program requirement by completing six NEXUS credits for each full-time semester at Georgetown College. See the discussion of this program in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Catalog. Students must finish all requirements for the degree at the University of Kentucky to be eligible to receive a degree from Georgetown College. Students must also satisfy the Foundations and Core requirements of Georgetown College as specified for Nursing Arts. Courses required for the B.S. in Nursing Arts include: BIO 111, 212, 305, 305L, 306, 311, CHE 111, 112, 113, MAT 107, MAT 111 or PSY 211, KHS 320, and PSY 111.

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Hospital Specialties Include: Pediatrics, Surgical, Emergency, Critical Care, Maternity, Women’s Health, Newborn Intensive Care, Cancer Treatment, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Operating Room/Recovery Room, Various Others
Occupational or Industrial Health
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and medical centers
  • Physicians’ offices and medical groups
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Extended care facilities: Nursing homes, Rehabilitation centers, Hospices
  • Psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Large corporations
Gain experience through externship or internship programs. Work or volunteer in healthcare and medical settings during summers and breaks. Take electives in areas such as wellness, holistic health, medical ethics, and death and dying. Develop good organizational skills and the ability to handle stress. Develop patience, ability to work with both patients and families for long periods, and good listening skills. Be prepared to work nights, weekends, and holidays in a hospital setting. Obtain a master’s degree for positions such as nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, or nurse administrator. Cultivate managerial skills for head nurse or other supervisory positions.


  • Home Health
  • Rural Nursing
  • Health Education
  • Public and private schools
  • Daycare centers
  • Mental health facilities
  • State and local health departments
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Senior centers
  • Nurse-run clinics
  • Religious organizations
  • Social service agencies
Develop knowledge and skills in management, decision-making, mediation, teaching, counseling, speaking, and writing. Gain experience in the ability to handle emergencies, work independently, and be flexible. Develop expertise in first aid procedures. Expand knowledge of health issues related to age, cultures, religions, ethics, and government policies. Obtain a master’s degree for nurse practitioner positions.


  • Temporary Staffing
  • Travel Nursing
  • Personal Services Contracting
  • Private Duty
  • Midwifery
  • Healthcare staffing agencies
  • Travel companies
  • Businesses and organizations with temporary needs
  • Private households
Gained the required years of experience. Learn to work autonomously and make decisions independently. Be prepared to move frequently to various locations either locally or abroad. Become flexible and adaptable.


  • Staff Nursing
  • Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Research
  • Government health agencies including: Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, Veterans Administration, Peace Corps, VISTA
  • Armed services
  • Prisons
Define an area of interest since government work offers a variety of practices. Plan on graduate study in teaching, research, or administration for advancement. Become familiar with other cultures, languages, health systems and beliefs. Be prepared for combat nursing in armed services.


  • Teaching
  • Educational Administration
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Schools of nursing
  • Wellness centers
  • Public school systems
  • Community education programs
Develop patience, sensitivity to the needs of young adults as well as patients, and the ability to accept responsibility for the actions of others. Take courses in the principles and practices of teaching. Earn an advanced degree to teach at the college or university level. Gain experience in public speaking.


  • Large hospitals and medical centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Centers for nursing research
  • National Institute for Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Gain experience with research through supervised independent study or class projects. Develop curiosity, analytical thinking, attention to detail, persistence, good writing skills, and an understanding of statistics. Obtain a Ph.D.


  • Call centers
  • Private Offices
  • Clinics
  • HMO’s
  • Hospitals
Work in other practices for five to ten years to gain the necessary experience. Develop good communication skills and the ability to make important decisions quickly.


  • Embassies
  • Military bases
  • National or international government agencies
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Church-related mission services
  • World Health Organization
Consider advanced education as a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner to be more marketable. Learn a foreign language and an appreciation for other cultures. Inquire about the need for additional preparation in religious studies or similar courses. Research nursing requirements in other countries.


  • Insurance: Underwriting and Claims
  • Sales
  • Product Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Information Management
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • HMO’s
  • Business and industry: Pharmaceutical, Medical equipment and supplies,
  • Medical marketing companies
  • Law firms
  • Medical and health publications
  • Healthcare websites
  • Healthcare advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Professional associations
Combine interest nursing and healthcare with another field by earning appropriate graduate degrees or gaining relevant experience. Minor in business or communications as an undergraduate. Develop strong computer skills and an understanding of business practices.

General Information

  • Nursing is the largest healthcare field. Three out of five nurses work in hospitals. Many nurses work part-time.
  • Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. One must enjoy helping people of all types and backgrounds.
  • Nursing requires both physical stamina and emotional stability. Nurses must be able to follow orders and direct others.
  • Earn a master’s degree to prepare for advanced practice nursing including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration.
  • Earn a doctoral degree for research or teaching at a university.
  • All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure.

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