BSc Psychiatric Nursing
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is suitable for new applicants who want enter the nursing profession as well as for practicing nurses who wish to upgrade their professional status. This programme has two tracks: general and psychiatric nursing. The programme is designed to produce nursing professionals who are equipped to function more efficiently and effectively in the constantly changing dynamics of the modern health care environment. Through the curriculum, students develop an in-depth understanding of nursing philosophy, nursing theory and conceptual frameworks that underpin nursing practice. They also acquire critical thinking skills and the ability to engage in evidence-based practice, professional reflection and visioning, thereby ensuring their readiness to make a meaningful contribution to nursing leadership and management in Trinidad and Tobago.
Applicants to the nursing programme must be between 17½ and 45 years old.
Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.
*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond
Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualiﬁcations may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).
4 Years (FT)
COURSES IN THE MAJOR CORE CURRICULUM COURSES
|CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.||CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.|
|NURS 115||Foundations of Nursing Practice||3||COMM 117||Fundamentals of Writing||3|
|NURS 116||Foundations in Psychiatry||3||ENTP 210||Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship||3|
|NURS 150||Introduction to the Profession of Nursing||3||HIST 210||History of Trinidad and Tobago||3|
|NURS 156||Health Promotion and Maintenance||3||LIBS 130||Fundamental Research Skills||3|
|NURS 165||Introduction to Nutrition||3||MATH 116||Contemporary College Mathematics||3|
|NURS 211||Nursing Science||3||PSYC 103||Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity||3|
|NURS 220||Pathophysiology I||3||SCIE 121||Foundations of Natural Sciences||3|
|NURS 223||The Childbearing Family||3||SOCI 102||Introduction to the Study of Society||3|
|NURS 250||Psycho – Pathophysiology||SPAN 100||Introduction to Spanish||3|
|NURS 261||Nutrition and Disease (Psychiatric)||3||STAT 120||Fundamentals of Statistics||3|
|NURS 276||Psycho – Pharmacology||3||Total Core Curriculum Courses||30|
|NURS 306||Health Assessment||4||SUPPORT COURSES|
|NURS 325||Paediatric and Adolescent Care (Psychiatric)||3||BIOL 171||Structure and Function I||4|
|NURS 326||Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing||3||BIOL 172||Structure and Function II||4|
|NURS 336||Care of the Mentally Ill Adult||3||BIOL 221||Microbiology for Nursing||3|
|NURS 337||Nursing Informatics||3||CHEM 121||Bio-chemistry||3|
|NURS 401||Gender Issues in Health Care||3||COMM 123||Sign Language||2|
|NURS 411||Professional Development and Management||3||COMM 151||Communication in Nursing||3|
|NURS 441||Psychiatric Emergencies||3||MATH 108||Dosage Mathematics||3|
|NURS 448||Psycho – Gerontology||3||Total Support Course Credits||22|
|NURS 499||Senior Project – Nursing||4|
|Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major||68|
|CLINICAL EXPERIENCES AND PRACTICAL EXAMS|
|NURS 181||Clinical Experiences (Level I Practical Examination)||2|
|NURS 372||Clinical Experiences (Level II Practical Examination)||3|
|NURS 373||Clinical Experiences (Level III Practical Examination)||2|
|Total Clinical Experiences Credits||7|
The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.
Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.
All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.
The College accepts the following methods of payment:
Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt
Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.
The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.
Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)
The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:
Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (Psychiatric Nursing track), students must successfully complete 127 credits and 3280 clinical hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:
|Required courses in the major area of study||68 credits|
|Total Courses in Major Area of Study||68 credits|
|Core curriculum courses||30 credits|
|Support courses||22 credits|
|Clinical experiences and practical exams||7 credits|
|Total Credits Required for Graduation||127 credits|
|Clinical Competencies: Students are also required to demonstrate competence to function in a clinical environment. To this end, clinical assessments will be undertaken continuously throughout the programme to determine students’ levels of clinical competence.|
|Total clinical hours (Requirement of the Nursing Council)||3280 hours|
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