School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing Courses

NURS-B 230 Developmental Issues and Health (4 cr)

This course deals with perspectives of growth and development across the lifespan, family theories and family adaptation to common health problems, promoting health throughout the lifespan and usual patterns of aging. Students will make assessments and observations of individuals and families in various stages of growth and development.

NURS-B 232 Intro to the Discipline of Nursing: Theory, Practice, Research (3 cr)

This course focuses on core theoretical concepts of nursing practice: health, wellness, illness, wholism, caring, environment, self-care, uniqueness of persons, interpersonal relationships and decision-making. This course helps you understand nursing's unique contributions to meeting societal needs through integrating theory, research, and practice.

NURS-B 233 Health & Wellness (3 cr)

Students use concepts from nursing, nutrition, pharmacology and bio-psychosocial sciences to critically examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness across the lifespan. Environmental, socio-cultural, and economic factors that influence health care practices are emphasized. Theories of health, wellness, and illness are related to health promotion, disease prevention, and illness prevention nursing interventions.

NURS-B 244 Comprehensive Health Assessment (2 cr)

This course focuses on helping students acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. The process of data collection, interpretation, documentation and dissemination of assessment data will be addressed.

NURS-B 245 Comprehensive Health Assessment: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will have the opportunity to use interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, auscultation, and current technology in assessing clients across the life span in simulated and actual environments. The student identifies normal and variations of normal in performing health assessments on individual adults. Methods of Learning: Teaching strategies included in these courses, but are not limited to: lab discussions, lab practice, internet videos, case studies, demonstration, simulation, off-campus hands-on learning experiences.

NURS-B 248 Science & Technology of Nursing (2 cr)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical research base. It provides an opportunity for basic care nursing skills development. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking and problem-solving in developing the ability to apply an integrated nursing therapeutics approach for clients experiencing health alterations across the lifespan.

NURS-B 249 Science & Technology of Nursing: Practicum (2 cr)

The course focuses on giving students the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental nursing skills in the application of nursing care for clients across the lifespan.

NURS-B 304 Professional Nursing Seminar I: Health Policy (3 cr)

Social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services globally are critically analyzed. Government and entrepreneurial interests are examined. Emphasis is placed on the impact of policy decisions on professional nursing practice and health services.

NURS-B 331 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing: RN to BSN (3 cr)

Note: this course must be taken in the first term for RN-BSN Students.

This course addresses professional communication, inter/intra professional collaboration, and professional engagement to foster growth and development in nursing. This course also focuses on issues related to professional practice, theory, development and use, professional organization participation, service, continuing education, autonomy and accountability.

NURS-B 404 Professional Nursing Seminar II: Informatics (3 cr)

This course addresses nursing informatics: state of the science and issues for research, development, and practice. It clarifies concepts of nursing, technology, and information management; and comprises theory, practice, and the social and ethical issues in nursing and health care informatics.

NURS-B 344 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment: RN to BSN (3 cr)

This course focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease across the life span. Students learn the skills of interview, inspection/observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span and comparing normal from abnormal findings.

NURS-H 351 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health (3 cr)

This course focuses on individuals and small groups experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disorders. Content includes the effect of the brain-body disturbances on health functioning. Other content areas are growth and development, stress, mental status, nurse-client relationships, psychopharmacology, and nursing approaches for clients experiencing DSM-IV neuropsychological disorders. Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: All sophomore-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-H 352

NURS-H 352 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will provide nursing care to individuals and small groups who are experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disturbances related to psychiatric disorders. Student experiences will be with individuals and small groups in supervised settings, such as acute care, community-based, transitional, and/or the home. Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: All sophomore-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-H 351

NURS-H 353 Alterations in Health I (3 cr)

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of clients experiencing acute and chronic problems. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan interventions appropriate to health care needs.

  • Prerequisite: All sophomore-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-H 354.

NURS-H 354 Alterations in Health I: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning, identify health care needs and determine the effectiveness of interventions given expected outcomes.

  • Prerequisite: All sophomore-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-H 353.

NURS-H 355 Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research (3 cr)

This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health-care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real-world situations in client care.

  • Prerequisite: All 200-level courses or permission of instructor.

NURS-H 361 Alterations in Health II (3 cr)

This course builds on Alterations in Health I and continues to focus on pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of clients experiencing acute and chronic health problems, and their associated needs.

NURS-H 362 Alterations in Health II: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will continue to apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning

NURS-H 363 The Developing Family & Child (4 cr)

This course focuses on the needs of individuals and their families who are facing the phenomena of growth and development during the childbearing and child-rearing phases of family development. Factors dealing with preserving, promoting, and restoring healthy status of family members will be emphasized.

NURS-H 364 The Developing Family & Child: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will have the opportunity to work with childbearing and child-rearing families, including those experiencing alterations in health.

NURS-H 365 Nursing Research (3 cr)

The course develops students' skills by utilizing the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in informing clinical practice. The critique of research studies will be emphasized to identify ways of knowing appropriate for nursing practice.

  • Prerequisite: All sophomore-level courses

NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice (3 cr)

This course focuses on nursing research and evidence-based practice. Students develop skills in retrieving and appraising literature relevant to clinical problems, understanding the research process, and critiquing evidence from research publications and other sources to inform evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS-P 345 Pharmacology RN to BSN (3 cr)

This course focuses on basic principles of pharmacology. It includes the pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and individual drugs, with an emphasis on the clinical application of drug therapy through the nursing process.

NURS-R 470 Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone RN to BSN (3 cr)

Note: this course must be taken in the final term for RN BSN Students.

This course allows students to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in the baccalaureate program and to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills. Students will plan and organize learning experiences, design a project, and practice professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.

NURS-S 470 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures (3 cr)

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and nursing care management of clients experiencing multi-system alterations in health status. Correlations among complex system alterations and nursing interventions to maximize health potential are emphasized.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 471.

NURS-S 471 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures: Practicum (2 cr)

This course focuses on the clinical application of the pathophysiology and nursing care management of clients experiencing multi-system alterations in health status. Correlation among complex system alterations and nursing intervention to maximize health potential are emphasized.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 470.

NURS-S 472 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community (3 cr)

This course will guide students through the nursing role in community health while providing practicum experiences for sub-populations and at-risk, vulnerable groups. Nursing knowledge and epidemiology provide the foundation for assessing the range of population-focused health needs. Core public health disparities, global perceptions, and nursing best practice models are included in the focus topics. The Transition Care Model will provide an integrative methodology to meet specific transition needs for vulnerable, at-risk groups.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 473.

NURS-S 473 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: Practicum (2 cr)

Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts of community assessment, program planning, prevention and epidemiology to implement and evaluate interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates. Professional nursing will be practiced in collaboration with diverse groups within a community.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 472.

NURS-S 474 Applied Healthcare Ethics RN to BSN (3 cr)

Building on the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, this course explores the nurse’s role in ethical clinical practice, academic work, health policy, and research conduct, focusing particularly on the advocacy role of the nurse. Common ethical problems are discussed.

NURS-S 475 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community RN to BSN (3 cr)

Basic epidemiological principles and community health nursing models are applied in collaboration with diverse groups. Disease prevention strategies are applied to individuals and populations to promote health. Students apply the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for populations in the community.

NURS-S 481 Nursing Management (2 cr)

This course focuses on the development management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource allocation, and delivery systems.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 482.

NURS-S 482 Nursing Management: Practicum (3 cr)

Students will have the opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 481.

NURS-S 483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (3 cr)

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine your nursing care practice skills. Students will collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in choosing a care setting, planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 482.

NURS-S 484 Evidence Based Practice (1 cr)

This course focuses on students’ abilities to refine their critical/analytical skills in evaluating clinical research for applicability to nursing practice. Students will examine the role of evaluation, action research, and research findings in assuring quality of nursing care and in solving relevant problems arising from clinical practices.

  • Prerequisite: All junior-level courses;
  • Corequisite: NURS-S 483.

NURS-S 485 Growth and Empowerment (3 cr)

This course focuses on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to life-long learning.

NURS-S 487 Nursing Management: RN BSN (3 cr)

This course focuses on development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, and facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, delivery systems, change, managing quality and performance, budgeting and resource allocation, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and career development.

NURS-Z 490 Clinical Elective in Nursing (1-6 cr)

Planned and supervised clinical experiences in the area of the student’s major interest.

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of junior level courses and permission of instructor.

NURS-Z 492 Elective in Nursing (1-6 cr)

Opportunity for the nurse to pursue independent study of topics in nursing under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of junior level courses and permission of instructor.

Electives

NURS-A 111 Nursing and Medical Terminology (1 cr)

This course is designed to enable the student to increase understanding of medical and nursing terminology through the analysis of Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining terms.

NURS-B 403 Gerontological Nursing (3 cr)

This course promotes a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life. Death and dying, legal and ethical issues, family care giving, and future challenges will be discussed in the context of best practices as outlined by the John A Hartford Foundation: Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

NURS-K 301 The Art and Science of Complementary Health (3 cr)

This course will serve as an introduction to a variety of complementary therapies, including healing touch, guided imagery, hypnosis, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. The class will critically examine each therapy through assigned readings, literature reviews, presentations, guest lecturers, and optional experiential activities.

NURS-K 304 Nursing Specialty Elective (3 cr)

This course allows the RN to BSN student to apply nationally recognized specialty nursing knowledge and skills to the BSN degree, through a portfolio or independent study approach. National specialty standards will be used to devise learning objectives, implementation and evaluation plan.

NURS-K 305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care (3 cr)

This course explores emergent trends in health and health care, including technological advances in health care, developing approaches to care based on new knowledge and/ or research findings, and trends in health care delivery in a themed, survey or independent study format.

NURS-K 352 Women's Health (3 cr)

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive and holistic update on the health care related issues surrounding women across the lifespan. The course content includes health promotion and preventive screening recommendations, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic treatment plans. Alternative health care options will be presented with a focus on empowering women to trust their bodies, make informed health care choices, and form partnerships with health care providers.

NURS-K 499 Genetics and Genomics (3 cr)

This course introduces a basic knowledge of genetics in health care, including genetic variation and inheritance; ethical. Legal, and social issues in genetic health care; genetic therapeutics; nursing roles; genetic basis of selected alterations to health across the life span; and cultural considerations in genetic health care are all considered.

NURS-S 410 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (3 cr)

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical perspectives of disaster response and emergency management for nursing professionals. Students will explore disaster/emergency response preparedness, leadership principles, decision-making, and recovery training measures for health care providers devoted to supporting community disaster resilience.

NURS-S 420 Care Coordination in Transitions of Care (3 cr)

Students will synthesize the knowledge and skills relevant to care coordination to ensure smooth care transition. Students will develop and understanding of the role of the RN as a member of the an interprofessional team, as well as options for the most appropriate care setting for an individual patient.

MSN Courses

NURS-I 630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 cr)

Introduction to the field of nursing informatics, current state of the science, major issues for research and development. Includes theoretical models of nursing informatics; nursing roles; information processing and data management; data acquisition and data representation; information system standards, system architecture, and networking; evaluation; and ethical/social issues in healthcare informatics.

NURS-F 570 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr)

This course enables students to develop advanced practice nursing skills in individual health assessment of infants, children, adults, and aging people. In addition, students develop skills in family and community assessment.

NURS-F 578 Primary Health Care of Families Clinical (6 cr; 2 didactic, 4 clinical for F.N.P majors)

Enables the F.N.P. student to develop a practice base for clinical decision making in the assessment and management of health care of families. The course includes identification of health needs, nursing interventions for the prevention of illness, and health promotion.

NURS-F 580 Primary Care (PC) I: Acute Illness Processess (3 cr; 2 didactic, 1 clinical)

Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to health promotion and common acute illness processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of family and community.

NURS-F 581 Primary Care (PC) II: Acute & Stable Chronic Illness Processess (3 cr; 2 didactic, 1 clinical)

Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to acute and stable chronic illness processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined with a focus on increasingly complex health problems. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of health promotion for the family and community.

NURS-F 582 Primary Care (PC) III: Chronic & Complex Illness Processess (3 cr; 2 didactic, 1 clinical)

Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to chronic and complex illnesses processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of health promotion for the family and community.

NURS-L 530 The Legal Environment of Health Care

A course to further develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge related to the complex and interdependent legal environment of health care. This is accomplished through a variety of experiences including formal lecture, seminars, clinical experiences, and independent study.

NURS-L 574 Administrative Management (3 cr)

Concepts, theories, perspectives, and research relevant to administration of nursing services. Emphasis on management principles and organizational processes related to patient care delivery systems. Examines contemporary literature in nursing and business.

NURS-L 579 Nursing Administration Practicum (3 cr)

A practicum experience designed for synthesis of theory and practice. Agency observation and activities are independently planned. Includes group seminars. 15 clinical hrs./wk.

NURS-L 671 Financial Management (3 cr)

Designed to acquaint nurses with budget preparation and fiscal management of a nursing unit or division. Methods of obtaining personnel input, estimating costs, and cost justification are analyzed in depth.

NURS-N 502 Nursing Theory (3 cr)

The focus of this course is on evaluating the factors and issues influencing the development of theory in nursing. Theoretical terminology and criteria for the evaluation of theories are examined. Linkages applied between theory, practice, and research is explored.

NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)

This course addresses competencies essential to influencing nursing practice and health care in complex systems and diverse social and physical environments

NURS-R 500 Nursing Research (3 cr)

This course provides a survey of research in nursing, including critique of research literature, research designs, sampling, data collection and measurement strategies, relation of research and theory, development of researchable problems, and theory utilization

NURS-R 590 Nursing Study (3 cr)

A guided experience in identifying a researchable nursing problem and in developing and implementing a research proposal.

NURS-T 615 Curriculum in Nursing (3 cr)

This course is designed for persons who are or will be engaged in teaching within nursing education settings. The primary focus is the process of curriculum development; philosophical, social, political, economic, and professional issues that need to be considered in planning curricula, evaluating existing curricula, and changing curricula are examined.

NURS-T 617 Evaluation in Nursing (3 cr)

Integration of concepts of assessment and evaluation into a nursing framework. Students analyze assessment/evaluation concepts, models, and frameworks for applicability for students, faculty, curricula, and programs.

NURS-T 619 Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators (3 cr)

This course provides nurse educators an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for using computer technologies to support the teaching/learning process. Emphasis is given to theoretical frameworks that guide the selection, use, and integration of computer technologies in nursing education programs.

NURS-T 670 Teaching in Nursing (3 cr)

Seminar and guided experiences in teaching of nursing, including planning, developing, implementing and evaluating classroom and clinical instruction.

NURS-T 679 Nursing Education Practicum (3 cr)

A practicum experience designed for application, demonstration and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the role of nurse educator. Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet individual learning goals in the context of preceptor supervised experiences.

NURS-Y 510 Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts I (3 cr)

Analyzes selected nursing concepts and related research with a focus on ethics, professional role development, human diversity and social issues as well as health promotion and disease prevention. Relationship of concepts to advanced practice models is explored.

NURS-Y 515 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr)

Provides advanced knowledge of pathophysiology as the foundation for nursing management in the health care of adults.

NURS-Y 520 Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts II (3 cr)

Analyzes selected nursing concepts and related research with a focus on health care policy, organization of health care delivery systems, health care financing and health care economics. Relationship of concepts to advanced practice models is explored.

NURS-Y 535 Dynamics of Family Health Care (3 cr)

Provides students with opportunities to study families within the community context. Consideration is given to theories of family functioning and roles in family health care, using family assessment tools and other nursing intervention strategies.

NURS-Y 612 Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Science (3 cr)

This guided online course focuses on pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacotherapeutic decision making for advanced practice nursing. This course builds on and advances understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, microbiology, and pharmacology. Additionally, it emphasizes the history and foundational concepts related to pharmacotherapeutics, application of pharmacotherapeutic principles, and synthesis of pharmacotherpeutics for advanced practice nursing.

  • Prerequisite: Admission to NP major or permission of instructor

NURS-Y 620 Applied Primary Care and Office Management (3 cr)

This course introduces students to advanced practice concepts and procedures related to the care of clients in the primary care setting. In addition, students are introduced to documentation and professional relationship building skills necessary for advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the primary care setting.

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