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School of Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing has as its primary purpose to educate men and women as beginning practitioners who possess all the qualities necessary for leadership roles in the practice of their profession and in the communities in which they live. A balanced curriculum offers courses in the liberal arts, sciences, humanities, and nursing. Some introductory courses relating to the world, regional and local health issues are offered during the freshman and sophomore years; however, the majority of the nursing courses are concentrated in the junior and senior years. These courses involve nursing students in the classroom and clinical learning experiences in area hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-health care, hospice, the health department, early childhood facilities, restorative, rehabilitative and mental health agencies, and many other community-based settings. Students learn to apply theory in developing competencies in nursing practice, while caring for the client as an adult or child, families of childbearing age, or the elderly. Concepts related to cultural competence and caring for vulnerable populations are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Courses in research, leadership and management are designed to aid the student in developing the ability to think creatively and develop skills in critical thinking. Upon graduation, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
For more information please click here (link to school of Nursing site) http://www.cookman.edu/academics/schools/sn/index.html

Department of Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology focuses on the scientific study of behavior as it is influenced by physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors, and includes the analysis of behavior problems and disorders. This comprehensive program of study emphasizes instruction in the principles of the subfields of psychology which include developmental, abnormal, counseling, personality, measurement, and research methodology in psychology. Students complete a senior empirical research thesis which prepares them for success in graduate programs of their choice. Programs often include social work, public health, business, sports, law, human services, mental health counseling and psychiatric services. A required Field Experience in which they volunteer at local mental health agencies often gives students an advantage in obtaining entry-level employment with the agencies. (vertical curriculum)

B.S. Psychology
M.S. Counseling Psychology

Minor in Psychology Requirements : 18 hours
Select any 2 three-hundred level psychology courses offered at Bethune-Cookman University

  • PS 230 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 236- Developmental Psychology
  • PS 322 - Adolescent Psychology
  • PS 330-Social Psychology

Department Aging Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree program in aging studies focuses on the human aging process and aged human populations, using the knowledge and methodologies of the social sciences, psychology and the biological and health sciences. It includes instruction through a multidisciplinary approach to develop, transmit, and apply gerontology knowledge to current and future issues of our aging society. With a bachelor's degree in aging studies, students are prepared for graduate study, whereby they may assume administrative and research positions. Also, a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for employment in community and government agencies, retirement communities, and the aging network of agencies.

B.S. Aging Studies

Minor in Aging Studies:
The minor consists of 18 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.

Course Requirements:

Aging Studies - 9 hours

  • GR 310 - Cellular and Physiologic Aspects of Aging
  • GR 335 - Minority Aging
  • GR 390 - Psychology of Aging

Aging Studies Practicum - 6 hours

  • GR 490 – Aging Studies Practicum

Sociology 3 hours

  • SOG 337 - Death and Dying

Minor in Athletic Training Program

The minor in Athletic Training is designed for students pursuing a major in the University who desire additional knowledge in the broad area of athletic training and/or sports medicine and have strong interest in later pursuing an advanced degree in the health sciences or professional career in athletic training, sports medicine, or exercise science. It is open to students pursuing any major at B-CU, yet recommended for pre-medicine, pre-chiropractic, nursing, psychology, and aging studies majors. The program consists of 6 courses totaling 19 credit hours and allows students to gain general knowledge of the fields of athletic training and sports medicine. A grade of “C” is required for all courses in the minor.

Course listing is as follows:

  • SM 131 Intro to Sports Medicine – 3 hours
  • CHS 230 Sports Nutrition – 3 hours
  • PE 215 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries – 3 hours
  • BI 235 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab – 4 hours
  • PE 335 Kinesiology – 3 hours
  • PE 435 Physiology of Exercise – 3 hours

Prerequisites for BI 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology: BI 141 and 142, CH 141
Prerequisites for PE 215, PE 335 and PE 435: EN 131 and EN 132

A combination of any of the courses below are commonly listed pre-requisites for admission into an entry-level masters in Athletic Training:
Anatomy & Physiology I and II *
Exercise Physiology*
Personal Health
Fitness Assessment**
General Physics
General Psychology (Sports Psychology**/Sociology is acceptable)
*Courses in bold are the most commonly listed pre-requisites for entry-level Masters in Athletic Training programs.
**Please note: These courses are not currently offered at B-CU.
Note: This minor is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is not intended for Athletic Training Majors. The minor will not prepare students for the Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Department of Public Health

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world. (source: http://www.cdcfoundation.org).

The goals of the Department of Public Health are to prepare an equity-informed public health workforce and to engage students in effective policy-making, conducting impactful research, and providing relevant services. Public health education and activities work within a framework of social justice, health equity and transformative leadership.

Master of Public Health – Coming soon

Certificate in Health Equity

Are you interested in preventing disease transmission, promoting good health, wellness in communities and improving health care outcomes? Through a partnership with the University of South Florida, Tampa, the opportunity is available at B-CU to obtain a 15-credit hour certificate in Health Equity. This program will provide the tools and training needed for public health careers. Upon completion of the program, those credits will be eligible toward the Master of Public Health soon be offered at B-CU. This certificate may help you be the change sought in your community.

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