Fulfills WNC Nursing Program Requirement
WNC offers a ‘Wintermester’ class on weekends during the winter break. Dr. Steve Carman, a WNC biophysical sciences professor, will devote his weekends to teach Biology 251, a four-credit class that covers bacteria, viruses, fungi and disease-causing microbes, as well as lab instruction. It will meet Dec. 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30, Jan. 5-6 and 12-13.
Carman said the offering fits with WNC’s commitment to think outside the box with teaching ideas that will benefit students. “I like looking for different ways of improving student learning, and moving students along at the speed of life,” Carman said. The class is a prerequisite for nursing students at WNC, as well as those transferring into other nursing programs in Nevada.
Carman said immersing students with a large amount of information in a short period of time has been proven effective. “Statistically, students in accelerated courses show no difference in final course grade; however, some student grades are much higher, as is the course completion rate.”
He said WNC’s biology faculty has placed an emphasis on reducing the number of students who must repeat classes. This class format should help students expedite the learning process and pass a required course.
“I hear from students that taking an accelerated courses is as close as they can get to the intensity and workload they get in nursing school without actually being in nursing school,” Carman said.
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