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  • 1212 Introduction to the Nursing Profession (2-0-0). Designed to introduce the freshman level pre-nursing student to the role of the nurse in the health care system, the language of nursing, the critical thinking process, and interpersonal skills required for success in nursing school and the nursing profession.

    2324 Pathophysiology (3-0-0). Study of pathologic phenomena that influence disease processes, injuries and health impairments. Students learn disease and injury causes, manifestations, diagnoses and treatments.
    Prerequisites: Biology 2423 Anatomy and Biology 2424 Physiology.

    2330 Principles of Nutrition for the Health Care Professional (3-0-0). This course examines nutritional needs throughout the life span with emphasis on nutritional principles related to health promotion and protection. Students evaluate strategies of nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, families, and communities in a culturally diverse society.

    2337 Basic Statistics for Healthcare Professionals (3-0-0). Examines basic statistics used and interpreted in healthcare settings. Topics include: measurement scales, probability, principles of testing and error, sampling, correlation, and nonparametrics. Focus is on application, interpretation, and presentation of statistics from peer-reviewed journals, reports, and other healthcare documents. Satisfies statistics requirement for B.S.N. program.

    2338 Computer Applications for Healthcare Professionals (3-0-0). This course provides students with an introduction to the basics of personal computing and the application of information systems and technology in healthcare settings. Instruction in the use of operating systems and software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and presentations) is presented in a Microsoft environment. Students become familiar with using local area networks, the Internet, and accessing the University library from remote terminals.

    2411 Microbiology for Health Professionals (3-2-0). The study of infectious disease processes using an organ systems approach. A thorough analysis of infectious disease processes including host-microbe interactions and medical intervention is central to the curriculum. Laboratory focus includes basic microbiological methodology and case studies.
    Prerequisites: Biology 2423 Anatomy, Biology 2424 Physiology - recommended.

    3107 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Theoretical Foundations (1-0-0). This course focuses on the biological, environmental, cultural and interpersonal factors related to the mental health of individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic communication, understanding of psychopathology, pharmacology and appropriate treatments for providing comprehensive nursing care to the client with mental health problems.
    Corequisites: Nursing 3312 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum and Nursing 3314 Fundamentals of Nursing.

    3108 Dosage Calculations in Nursing (1-0-0). This course includes reading, interpreting and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation of medications; an conversion of measurements within apothecary, avoirdupois, and metric systems.
    Corequisite: Nursing 3305 Clinical Nursing Skills.

    3301 Health Policy and Professional Issues (3-0-0). This course addresses pertinent political, social, ethical, economic and education forces that influence trends and issues impacting professional nursing and health care delivery systems in general.

    3304 Health Assessment (3-0-0). Students learn to (a) perform thorough and accurate interviews, history-taking and physical assessments of culturally diverse individuals with health problems, (b) identifying and applying pathophysiologic principles across the lifespan, (c) relating findings to prevention and early detection of disease, and (d) documenting and communicating findings effectively and accurately.

    3305 Clinical Nursing Skills (0-6-0). Study of advanced skills, emphasizing patient safety and quality. Didactic theory and concepts underpin and frame hands-on lab practice, clinical simulations, documentation and professional communication. Competencies are validated by performance tests. Simulations involve critical-thinking applications for ethical issues and conflict scenarios.
    Prerequisite: Nursing 2324 Pathophysiology.
    Corequisite: Nursing 3108 Dosage Calculations in Nursing.

    3307 Pharmacology (3-0-0). Study of pharmacologic principles, including pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism. Students learn therapeutic uses of drugs, mechanisms of action, and adverse effects for major classes of drugs, as well a commonly used drugs in each category.
    Prerequisites: Chemistry 1406 Chemistry for the Health Professions and Nursing 2324 Pathophysiology.

    3312 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (0-0-9). Using simulation and clinical experiences, students apply research-based strategies to provide safe and quality care to culturally diverse adult patients in hospitals and skilled care facilities. Grading will be either pass or fail.
    Corequisites: Nursing 3107 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Theoretical Foundations and Nursing 3314 Fundamentals of Nursing.

    3314 Fundamentals of Nursing (3-0-0). Presents foundational principles of ethics, laws, regulations, professionalism, documentation, communication, quality, safety, and evidence-based care in nursing practice. Using standards of care, students learn strategies to optimize health outcomes, including therapeutic interventions and interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication.
    Corequisites: Nursing 3107 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Theoretical Foundations and Nursing 3312 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum.

    3320 Adult Health Nursing I Practicum (0-0-9). Students provide research- based, safe, and appropriate care to culturally diverse adult patients with common medical, surgical, or psychiatric conditions. Students use standards of care, informatics/technology, interdisciplinary communication, and error prevention techniques in a variety of settings. Grading will be either pass or fail.
    Prerequisites: Nursing 3304 Health Assessment and Nursing 3305 Clinical Nursing Skills.

    3410 Adult Health Nursing I (4-0-0). This course examines nursing care of patients with common medical, surgical, and psychiatric conditions. Students learn theories, research, and standards of care that are related to common disease processes and conditions.

    4205 Nursing Concept Synthesis (2-0-0). Forum for peer and faculty interaction to explore and synthesize ethical and practice issues in the senior capstone residency related to previously learned nursing concepts. The course will also include structured preparation for the professional nursing role and the NCLEX licensure exam.

    4212 Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing Practicum (0-0-6). Students provide research-based, safe, and appropriate care to culturally diverse childbearing and childrearing families and their children. Grading will be either pass or fail.

    4302 Leadership in Nursing Practice (3-0-0). Current theories of management, leadership, and change are explored and related to the nursing process in organizing and providing health care to individuals, families, groups, community, and society. The student will apply management theory to nursing practice.

    4305 Research: An Evidence-Based Approach to Care (3-0-0). An evidence-based analytical approach to decision making and problem solving incorporating principles of leadership, collaboration, theory, research and professional practice. Students are provided the opportunity to evaluate research studies and apply the basic steps of the research process.

    4306 Informatics, Quality Management and Health Care Technology (3-0-0). This course examines computer communication and information sciences, introducing students to an overview of information management in various health care settings. Students will learn strategies to manage information using technology in order to support decision making for improvement of patient care.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4307 Community-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3- 0-0). This course explores health promotion and disease prevention in diverse and multi-cultural communities and vulnerable populations. Students create an evidence-based project to improve health in a community setting.

    4308 Nursing Management and Leadership (3-0-0). Current theories of management, leadership, change, and quality improvement are explored and related to the nursing process in delivering health care to individuals, families, groups, community, and society. The student will apply concepts of leadership, management, and quality improvement to nursing practice. An application-based practice experience is required.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4309 Population Focused Community Health (3-0-0). This course focuses on evidence-based population-focused nursing for vulnerable populations across the lifespan in a global, multicultural society. The RN student explores public health science and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of populations and communities. An application-based practice experience is required.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4310 Nursing Research: An Evidence-Based Approach (3-0-0). This course provides an evidence-based analytical approach to decision-making and problem solving incorporating principles of leadership, collaboration, theory, research and professional practice. Students are provided the opportunity to evaluate research studies and apply the basic steps of the research process in the evaluation of evidence to advance the practice of nursing.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4312 Nursing Role Transition (3-0-0). This course provides a transition for professional nurses as they begin their studies to achieve a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree. Students will analyze principles of professional practice, the critical role that nurses play in health care delivery and explore strategies to model the professional practice role in clinical situations.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4314 Genetics and Genomics in Health Care (3-0-0). This course provides students with a sound knowledge of genetics and genomics essential for health care providers in evaluating needs of patients and delivering of care to patients and families. The course focuses on the relationship of genetics and genomics to health, prevention, screening, diagnostics, prognostics, selection of treatment, and monitoring of treatment effectiveness.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4315 Policy and Ethics in Health Care (3-0-0). This course addresses pertinent political, social, ethical, economic, and educational forces that influence professional nursing and health care delivery systems. Value formation and ethical theories as they relate to nursing practice are reviewed.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4316 Health Assessment for the Experienced Nurse (3-0-0). This course provides the RN-BSN student with the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills of performing and documenting a comprehensive health assessment of diverse individuals across the lifespan. Critical analysis and synthesis of assessment findings will be emphasized to aid in clinical judgment and decision making for patient care.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4321 Adult Health Nursing II Practicum (0-0-9). Students provide research-based, safe, and appropriate care to culturally diverse adult patients with chronic complex medical and psychiatric conditions. Students use standards of care, advanced informatics/technology, interdisciplinary communication, and error prevention techniques in a variety of settings. Grading will be either pass or fail.
    Prerequisite: Nursing 3320 Adult Health Nursing I Practicum.

    4344 Cultural Aspects of Nursing Practice (3-0-0). This course is designed to raise awareness, to inspire action, and to open discussion of cultural issues affecting professional nursing practice. Students explore different cultural groups and have an opportunity to apply their knowledge in an immersion experience. An application-based practice experience is required.
    Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    4349 Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (3-0-0). This capstone course synthesizes contemporary nursing knowledge introduced in previous courses. Students apply this knowledge to a professional practice area of their choice. Focus is on applying knowledge to an evidence-based project that is related to an area of interest in nursing and designed to improve health care outcomes. An application-based practice experience is required. Students will take this course in their last semester.
    Prerequisites: RN Licensure and department permission is required.

    4404 Senior Capstone Residency (0-0-200). A clinical immersion (200 clock hours) to strengthen and broaden baccalaureate nursing skills, judgments and decision making. Supervised by a preceptor, students synthesize and apply evidence-based skills and knowledge to nursing practice. The residency may focus on one specific setting or be an experience in which a variety of settings are merged.
    Prerequisite: Nursing 4321 Adult Health Nursing II Practicum.

    4411 Adult Health Nursing II (4-0-0). Examines chronic and complex medical and psychiatric conditions requiring acute nursing care. Students learn theories, research, and standards of care related to complex multisystem disorders, as well as strategies affecting health behavior to improve health outcomes.

    4412 Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing (4-0-0). This course focuses on research-based care of childbearing and childrearing families. Students learn processes, concepts, and standards of care related to pregnancy, labor, childbirth, newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Students review common acute and chronic and behavioral pediatric and obstetric conditions and complications.

    Nursing Electives (NUR)

    4313 Contemporary Concepts in Patient Safety (3-0). This course presents an overview of contemporary concepts in patient safety including specific interventions for compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals. The student will explore the development and promotion of a culture of safety and minimization of risk of harm to patients in the provision of healthcare. This course provides a foundation for working with quality management tools and data collection processes to improve systems related to providing nursing care.

    4329 Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (3-0). This course presents an overview on hospice and palliative care including standards of practice, admission criteria, symptom management, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Provides a foundation for working with patients and families throughout the dying process.

    4330 PTSD and Implications for Nursing Practice (3-0-0). This course evaluates pertinent causes and issues that impact professional nursing care of individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Students analyze societal, ethical, cultural and economic factors that impact health care and professional nursing practice related to this disorder.

    4333 Critical Care Nursing (2-0-3). Explores the interrelationship of human biopsychosocial dimensions of critical care nursing and examines the theoretical basis and nursing process for alterations in human functioning as consequences of critical illness and care.

    4334 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3-0-0). Provides a basic understanding of exercise physiology of the cardiorespiratory system and in-depth study of diagnostic assessments, clinical care, and post-event rehabilitation methodology of the coronary patient. The student will develop skills to assess and monitor rehabilitative therapy for various levels of function. Psychological needs and support systems for the families of coronary patients are also discussed.

    4336 Pain and Therapeutic Interventions (3-0-0). Pain, perceived and diagnosed, is explored from a patient’s perspective. Anxiety’s effect on pain, the difference between pain and suffering, and therapeutic approaches will be discussed.

    4337 Statistical Techniques for Health Professionals (3-0-0). A practical application of health-related statistical analysis providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to read, interpret, and evaluate quantitative findings in the nursing, medical and allied health literature.

    4338 Women’s Health Care (3-0-0). Presents an analysis of selected issues and trends in women’s health care. Students will evaluate past and present trends in the delivery and financing of health care for women, appraise positive and negative practices affecting physical and mental health, and examine major health deviations of women throughout the life cycle.

    4339 Nursing Aspects of Aging (3-0-0). Explores the current knowledge base concerning the process of aging incorporating the impact of societal values toward the elderly.

    4341 Basic Concepts in Identifying the Health Needs of Adolescents (3-0-0). Addresses the range of normal growth and development and its relationship to behavior in adolescence. The student will develop skills to improve assessment, communication and understanding of adolescents and their families.

    4342 Introduction to Grantwriting for Health Professionals (3-0-0). Provides the student with the opportunity to study the grantwriting process in detail. Students will become familiar with sources and requirements for various types of grants including federal and state and private foundations. In addition, students will work with a faculty member to develop an actual grant proposal for submission.

    4343 Role of the Clinical Preceptor (3-0-0). Introduces the RN student to the role of the clinical preceptor in the clinical supervision of nursing students or staff in a health care facility. Principles of the teaching/learning process, clinical teaching strategies, effective evaluation methods, and legal implications are discussed.

    4345 Care of the Child with Diabetes (0-0-9). Enables the student to understand the different types of diabetes, pathophysiology, and treatment modalities for children with diabetes. In addition, the students will be required to participate in one-week “immersion” experience with children participating in a diabetic summer camp. Permission from Department of Nursing required. Grading will be either pass or fail.

    4346 Communicating with the Spanish-Speaking Patient (3-0-0). This course is designed to develop basic conversational skills necessary to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Students will acquire a basic linguistic and cultural foundation enabling them to interview and manage patients of all ages in a variety of clinical settings using Spanish; to take a history and perform a physical exam using Spanish-speaking populations.

    4347 Population Health and Disaster Intervention (3-0-0). This course focuses on assessment of and intervention with vulnerable populations. Evidence-based research, simulation, and local and international case scenarios will be used to introduce the student to community, national, and international-level assessment and intervention. Processes covered will include the ACTIVE and REVISIT processes, differing leadership strategies, careful communication, inter-cultural competence, epidemiology, and prevention and control of epidemics. Community level disaster intervention will be the content manipulated using these processes. Eight community volunteer hours are required.

    4348 Nursing Care of the Veteran Client (3-0-0). This course will provide an introduction to the military/veteran culture and the healthcare needs and concerns related to this unique population.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in nursing. (May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.)

    4391 Research. A specialized course providing research opportunities for superior students enrolled in the nursing program.
    Prerequisites: Junior standing.