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Julie Harrison-Swartz, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN

Faculty

Faculty Title

Director of Graduate Programs

Faculty Department

Nursing

Educational Background 

Doctor of Nursing Practice, George Mason University

Master of Science in Nursing, George Mason University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama

Associate Degree in Nursing, Wallace Community College

 Classes Taught 

Advanced Pharmacology

Advanced Pathophysiology

Classroom Teaching and Integration of Technology

Curriculum Theory and Design

Family Nursing II

Leadership in Nursing

Scholarship Activities: 

Certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center as Family Nurse Practitioner

Guest speaker (DNP program) at George Mason University

Abstract reviewer for American Public Health Association annual conference

Committees: 

Department Scholarship Committee

Department Committee on Graduate Studies

Professional Activities: 

Volunteer coach for Science Olympiad at local school

Volunteer service at NC General Assembly—“Nurse of the Day”

What do you enjoy about teaching at UNCP? 

I am so blessed to be a part of the UNCP Department of Nursing. I love working with a group of colleagues who are so encouraging and are truly interested in my success. The diversity of the student population was one of the reasons I came to UNCP and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each of them! I am looking forward to another great academic year!   

 

Elizabeth Crawford

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

I never imagined the beautiful journey that one decision could bring. 

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke intrigued me with the many opportunities they offer; moreover, the reasons which highlighted UNC Pembroke as a desirable college to attend included their nursing school’s NCLEX pass rate as well as smaller and more intimate class sizes. Looking back now, I can attest to the nursing program pushing me past any limits I believed I had, enabling my personal and academic growth in ways I did not believe were possible. 

I am most thankful for the opportunities given to me while at UNCP.  During my nursing school career, I was acutely injured, which posed a threat to my education.  However, the nursing staff so graciously devoted their time to aiding my completion of course materials and empowered me to overcome my physical hindrances which almost held me back from graduating on time.  Because of their dedication to my academics, I am now equipped not only to succeed in my nursing career, but also to seek out challenges with confidence and an always-positive mindset.

I am so honored to have had the chance to become part of the UNCP nursing family; both the staff and my fellow students have encouraged me and impacted me in ways which will stick with for many years to come. Never could I have imagined the victories and successes that have accompanied me through my college career; for that, I am beyond grateful for the opportunities and encouragement given to me by UNCP’s nursing department.

Graduating Year: 2017

Pembroke Pathways Scholarship

Note:  This scholarship is only available to graduates of Sandhills Community College's ADN Program. 

PEMBROKE PATHWAYS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR RISING BSN STUDENTS FROM SANDHILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The Sandhills Community College Foundation has established a scholarship fund for deserving graduates of Sandhills Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship of $1,000 for tuition, fees, books, and other supplies if he or she meets the established criteria. This scholarship is subject to availability of funds. The scholarship award is not guaranteed and is not renewable

Eligiblity:

  • Graduate of Sandhills Community College's ADN Program within the previous 24 months.
  • Accepted to UNCP as a degree-seeking student.
  • Applied to the RN-BSN Program at UNCP (separate application).
  • Have a minimum overall GPA and math and science GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Note:  This scholarship is awarded once a year.  The deadline is July 15th of each year.  Should July 15 fall on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the Monday following July 15th.

To apply for the program, fill out this application and mail it to the address listed on the application.

For questions, please contact Kathy Locklear, RN-BSN Coordinator, at 910-775-4607 or via e-mail kathy.locklear@uncp.edu

Destiny Kocurek

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

What make’s Pembroke’s nursing department unique is that faculty takes the time to personally get to know you not only as a student, but as an individual as well. Knowing that I was not just another student made me feel welcomed into the program and that my education would be individualized. I wanted to be part of a program that not only cared for their students during college, but after graduation and into their career as well. This is exactly what Pembroke had to offer, which is exemplified by the high NCLEX pass rate and post- grad employment rates.

My most impacting memory in the program was creating the mentorship program for the junior and senior students in ANS. I wanted to make the two classes more interactive and create the opportunity to provide guidance and support for students. Seeing the two classes come together to help each other out and do things outside of class and clinical helped remind everyone that we are all in this together and we can get through any challenge with each other’s support.

Cody Norris

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

My most memorable moment in the nursing program has been working in the simulation labs. The students get to practice and discuss nursing skills and better understand the purpose behind each one. It is a safe area where the students can perfect fundamental nursing techniques so that they are ready to use them in the clinical setting.

I chose UNCP's Nursing Program because they hold their students to a higher standard both in the classroom and at the clinical site. The instructors and professors make sure the students realize that they are not studying to make a good grade, but instead that they are working to provide the best care for their clients in the future. 

 

Kaitlin Kurtz

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

I choose UNCP’s Nursing Program because I was able to see the impact the instructors had on my dad during his time in the nursing program.  Watching him over his two year journey, I was able to see first-hand what an excellent program UNCP offers to their students.  My experience at UNCP has allowed me to grow and improve as a student nurse with the outstanding support of the faculty and staff throughout each course and my clinical experiences.  The nursing program provides a small student-faculty ratio allowing the nursing school journey to be a meaningful and memorable experience.   

My most impacting moment was a result of Hurricane Matthew.  During this time, I was in the Community Nursing course which required a group project that focused on those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  This experience taught me the importance of nurses during a crisis situation and the support each individual nurse can provide to their local community.   

I am looking forward to graduation and becoming a UNCP alumni with the continued support of UNCP’s nursing program. 

 

Summer Smith

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

I chose to apply to UNCP's Pre-licensure Nursing Program because I heard so many great things about it. One thing in particular that I heard about was the pre-licensure program's outstanding passing rate. The alumni of UNCP have expressed some positive things about the program and those are the things that I took into consideration when I applied. 

During my time at UNCP, there have been many experiences during our clinical rotations and simulation labs that have left an impacting effect on how I view patient care. The moment that made the biggest impact on my view of nursing was during our labor and delivery clinical rotation.  I had the chance to experience the bond between a family after child birth. After this clinical experience, I knew I had found exactly where I was meant to be. Throughout the time I have spent in this program, I learned how important it is to give the best safe and quality patient care when working as a nurse. 

Nursing Application

Notice: The application for 2017 has closed.  For the next admission cycle, please review the timeline

The online application is only for students pursuing the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Students who want to apply for the RN-BSN, RIBN, or the MSN program have different applications that must be used.

In order to be considered for admission to the Upper Division Pre-licensure Program, students must:

  • Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS™) between January 1st and October 31 in the year prior to admission to the Upper Division and submitted their test score to the department.
  • Have a minimum cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the following mathematics and science courses: MAT 1050 or higher, BIO 2110, BIO 2120, BIO 3150, CHM 1300, CHM 1310, CHM 1100, and CHM 1110 (or equivalents).
  • Have completed all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major by the end of the spring semester immediately preceeding the start of nursing courses.  Accepted students to the Upper Divison may not complete prerequisite courses over the summer.
  • Have earned a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major.

Acceptance into the Upper Division can only be be given to students who have been fully admitted to the university as degree-seeking students.  Acceptance into the Upper Division is competitive.  The Pre-Licensure Program typically receives more applicants than available spots.  

The application will take approximately 25-45 minutes to complete.  Students will have the opportunity to upload supplemental files at the end of the online application process.  Supplemental files may include copies of related licenses or certifications (such as LPN or CNA), proof of previous medical experience, a letter from the director of a previous nursing program that the student was enrolled in, documentation regarding a conviction, or any information that the student feels is relevant for the Admissions Committee.  It is suggested that students gather electronic versions of any supplemental documents before beginning the application. 

The application is expected to open in December 2017. The due date for the application is 5:00 pm on February 15th, 2018. 

TEAS Information

The TEAS® exam is required for all students who are applying to the Upper Division Nursing BSN Program.  Exams must be taken and submitted to the department by October 31st of the year PRIOR to admission to the Upper Division.  Thus, if you are applying for Summer 2018, your TEAS® score report is due by October 31, 2017.  Tests may be taken twice per cycle with at least 30 days between attempts.  To register for the exam at UNCP, click here.

IMPORTANT: All students must create an ATI account before taking the TEAS and bring their username and password to The Testing Center in order to take the TEAS exam.  Instructions for creating an account are available by clicking here.

ATI TEAS® Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ATI TEAS®?
What should I bring with me to the examination?
How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
When should I take the ATI TEAS®?

What is the ATI TEAS®?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®), a product of Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI), is a proctored multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.  The reading portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.  The mathematics portion comprises 22% of the exam and tests: numbers, algebra, measurement, and data.  The sciences portion comprises 31% of the exam and tests: human anatomy and physiology, life and physical sciences, and scientific reasoning.  The English language and usage portion comprises 16% of the exam and tests: conventions of standard English, knowledge of language, and vocabulary acquisition.

What should I bring with me to the examination?
Students taking the exam on campus need to bring their confirmation e-mail, their ATI account's username and password, and an unexpired driver's license, state ID card, or passport with photo and signature.  Students need to arrive at least 15 minutes early and may not bring in any electronic devices (including cell phones).

How can I prepare for the ATI TEAS®?
ATI provides TEAS® study preparation materials and practice online exams. These products can be purchased at the http://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS/study-guide.aspx. If assistance is needed with product ordering, contact ATI toll-free at (800) 667-7531.

Additionally, a series of YouTube videos have been created by a third party to help students prepare for the TEAS.  They are available by clicking here.  We strongly encourage applicants to review this information in preparation for the TEAS® exam.

How do I register for the ATI TEAS®?
The TEAS exam is offered at UNC-Pembroke throughout the year.  Students will need to register with UNCP's Testing Center (located at COMTech) by clicking here.   Students taking the exam at a community college should contact that school for instructions.

How do I send my TEAS® scores to UNCP's Department of Nursing?
During the registration process, you may be asked to select a school to receive your score report.  You should choose "UNC Pembroke" to ensure the department receives your score.  You may also login to your ATI account, click on "My Results", and print a copy of the TEAS report.  Bring this report to the Department of Nursing.

How are the results of the ATI TEAS® used?
You must achieve a minimum ATI Academic Preparedness Level of Proficient in order to receive an application for the pre-licensure BSN program.  If you achieve a level of proficient or higher, the TEAS® score will be used as another indicator for acceptance into the nursing program, along with your collegiate grade point average in all pre-requisite math/science coursework, overall collegiate grade point average in all required pre-requisite general education coursework, and previous experiences in health care.

Can I take the ATI TEAS® more than one time?
Our policy is for students to take the exam a maximum of two times in a 12-month period.  There must be at least 30 days between attempts.  If you elect to retake the exam in an attempt to improve your score, an alternate version must be taken.  ATI makes available two versions of the exam, referred to as "Schedule A" and "Schedule B".  For example, if "Schedule A" was previously taken, the repeat exam will need to be "Schedule B".

When should I take the ATI TEAS®?
The Department of Nursing requires that you take the TEAS® exam between January 1 and October 31 prior to the year of admission and, if possible, while enrolled in the pre-requisite math/science courses. All TEAS® exam scores are due to the Department of Nursing by October 31. Scores for the TEAS®  received after this date will not be valid and means your application is not complete; therefore, you will not be considered for the nursing program during the current application cycle. 

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