Courses in Nursing (NUR)
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 2323/2123, 2324/2124, or Health Science Professions 2301/2101, and Health Science Professions 2302/2102.
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.
Prerequisite: Biology 2323/2123 or Health Science Professions 2301/2101; (Biology 2324/2124 or Health Science Professions 2302/2102 are recommended).
3108 Dosage Calculations in Nursing (1-0-0). This course includes reading, interpreting and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation of medications; and conversion of measurements within apothecary, avoirdupois, and metric systems.
Corequisite: Nursing 3305.
3214 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (0-0-6). 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 3317 and Nursing 3414.
3220 Adult Health Nursing I Practicum (0-0-6). 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, 3305.
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 (3-0-0). 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.
Corequisite: Nursing 3108.
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 1306/1106, Nursing 2324 or Nursing 3309.
3309 Applied Pathophysiology and Genomics (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. Genetic and genomic principles are included as essential elements for health care providers in evaluating needs of patients and delivering of care to patients and families. An understanding of the dynamic relationship between pathophysiology and genetics/genomics facilitates the development of patient-centered care. To promote practical application, analysis of genomic influences to specific patient disease manifestations is explored through case studies.
Prerequisites: Biology 2323/2123, 2324/2124 or Health Science Professions 2301/2101, and Health Science Professions 2302/2102.
3317 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Theoretical Foundations (3-0-0). 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 3214 and Nursing 3414.
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.
3414 Fundamentals of Nursing (4-0-0). 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 3317 and Nursing 3214.
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.
4221 Adult Health Nursing II Practicum (0-0-6). 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 3220.
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.
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.
4322 Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing (3-0-0). 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.
4325 Nursing Concept Synthesis (3-0-0). 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.
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 4221.
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 multi-system disorders, as well as strategies affecting health behavior to improve health outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.