Undergraduate Courses

  • NUR 181 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
    (Class 1, Cr. 1)
    Pre: admission to the College of Nursing
    This is the first in a series of seminars designed to examine nursing within its professional context. The heritage and tradition of professional nursing is explored as foundational to an understanding of contemporary nursing. Scholarly writing and research is introduced using APA format. Strategies are given to help students achieve academic success.

  • NUR 182 CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL THINKING IN NURSING
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Co-requisite: NUR 181
    This course examines the concepts that forms the philosophical and theoretical basis of nursing science and patient centered care. The content is leveled to provide undergraduate students a foundational understanding of nursing as a discipline and profession. The conceptual framework and philosophy of the College of Nursing will be studied. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between nursing philosophy, knowledge, research, and practice.

  • NUR 188 FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
    (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 214 and NUR 192 and NUR 196
    Foundational principles of physical assessment are examined in the context of patient centered care. A systematic approach to physical assessment of individuals across the life span in introduced. Health promotion, evidence based practice and critical thinking are presented as foundational to physical assessment.

  • NUR 192 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHM 119 and NUR 181 and BIOL 214
    The nursing process is introduced as a systematic approach to patient centered care. The concept of basic human needs and evidence based nursing practice are presented as foundational to the curriculum.

  • NUR 196 FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: PSY 120
    Foundational principles of psychosocial nursing are taught in the context of patient centered care. Emphasis is placed on concepts of life span development, basic human needs, therapeutic relationships and therapeutic communication. The elemental components of evidence based nursing practice are introduced.

  • NUR 197 PRACTICUM I
    (Lab. 6, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: NUR 192 and NUR 196 and NUR 188
    This course is the foundational clinical practicum incorporating principles of assessment, psychosocial nursing and nursing fundamentals to the clinical setting. Critical thinking skills are developed as students learn to apply the nursing process to provide patient centered care in order to meet the basic human needs of adult individuals. Clinically appropriate psychomotor skills are learned and reinforced.

  • NUR 265 HEALTH ISSUES IN THE CLASSROOM
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: EDPS 220
    This course is designed for prospective elementary education teachers. Students will examine current health problems of school children, which they may encounter in the classroom. Concepts of first aid and emergency care will be taught. Interdisciplinary approaches to classroom health problems will be incorporated. Students will be expected to apply course concepts in field experiences.

  • NUR 274 ESSENTIALS PHARMACOKINETICS FOR NURSING
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: NUR 192
    The nursing process is utilized as a systematic approach to the safe and accurate administration of medications: Dosage calculations, basic pharmacokinetics, safety implications, and use of critical thinking are emphasized.

  • NUR 275 ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    This course focuses on a range of options that complement Western biomedical health care. Ancient and contemporary practices throughout the world are explored in the context of culture, understanding that other cultures and countries have valid ways of preventing and curing diseases. Emphasis is placed on the integration and balance of body, mind and spirit. The evidence basis of complementary and alternative therapies is incorporated into the course.

  • NUR 282 ADULT NURSING I
    (Class 4, Cr. 4)
    Prerequisite: NUR 197 and BIOL 214 and NUR 274 Co-requisite: NUR 283, NUR 294
    This course builds on the foundational nursing courses. Concepts of health promotion, maintenance, restoration and palliation will be utilized to focus on patient centered care in the adult population. Evidence based practice will guide the nursing process to address basic human needs.

  • NUR 283 PRACTICUM II
    (Lab. 6, Cr. 2) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: NUR 197
    Co-requisite: NUR 282
    Practicum II is the second clinical course in a series of three practica. Clinical lab experience emphasize application of the nursing process in the direct care of adult individuals with an emphasis on health promotion, health maintenance, and palliation. Patient centered care related to basic human needs is implemented utilizing critical thinking and evidence based nursing practice.

  • NUR 286 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 196 and NUR 197
    Building on the foundations of psychosocial nursing, this course advocates for autonomy of clients in the least restrictive environment. A commitment to social justice for those who experience discrimination on the basis of their mental illness is emphasized. Evidence based nursing practice provides the structure for supporting clients’ and their families’ strengths and adaptation when faced with pathology and dysfunction. The focus is on interpersonal and communication skills critical to every area of nursing practice.

  • NUR 287 MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICUM
    (Lab. 3, Cr. 1)
    Prerequisite: NUR 197 and NUR 286
    Building on the theoretical knowledge of Mental Health Nursing. This course provides both structured and unstructured clinical experiences with individuals and families, experiencing mental disorders. The focus is on mental health promotion, mental health restoration, and mental health maintenance. Using current evidence, patient centered care is based on the analysis of individual clients’ psychodynamic and psychoeducational needs. Interpersonal and communication skills are utilized to help clients attain their personality defined quality of life.

  • NUR 294 ESSENTIAL PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: NUR 274 and NUR 192
    A systematic approach is used to examine the pharmacotherapeutics and the administration of common prescription and non-prescription medications across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities related to ongoing assessment of drug effects, analysis of corresponding diagnostic data and evidence based interventions with individuals receiving drug therapy.

  • NUR 299 SPECIAL TOPICS
    (Class 0 to 6, Cr. 1 to 6)
    Hours, credit, and subject matter to be arranged by staff. Course may be repeated for credit up to six hours.

  • NUR 317 NURSING CARE OF WOMEN THROUGH THE LIFESPAN
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: NUR 294 and NUR 282 and NUR 283
    Building on previous curricular concepts this course focuses on principles of health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation, specifically applied to the female patients. Students further develop critical thinking skills by planning developmentally appropriate patient and family centered care. Students utilize best available evidence when implementing the nursing process with female patients and their families.

  • NUR 318 MATERNITY PRACTICUM
    (Cr. 1) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: NUR 317
    Building on the theoretical knowledge of Nursing Care of Women Throughout the Lifespan this provides structured clinical experiences with women and their families during the childbearing experience. Evidence based nursing practice is utilized to assist families as they progress through the childbearing experience. The teaching learning process is used to assist childbearing families meet basic needs of the developing family.

  • NUR 352 NURSING CARE OF OLDER ADULTS
    (Class 1, Cr. 1)
    Co-requisite: NUR 393
    This course examines concepts related to basic human needs specifi c to older adults. Evidence based health care practices that exhibit patient centered care related to health promotion, maintenance, restoration and palliation are examined. Ethical and legal dilemmas impacting the lifestyle of older adults are presented. Emphasis is placed on promoting positive attitudes of the professional nurse in caring for older adults.

  • NUR 361 PEDIATRIC NURSING
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite: NUR 282 and NUR 283 and Pre/Corequisite NUR 294
    Building on previous curricular concepts this course focuses on principles of health maintenance, health restoration and palliation specifi cally applied to the pediatric patient. Students further develop critical thinking skills by planning developmentally appropriate patient and family centered care. Students utilize best available evidence when implementing the nursing process with pediatric patients and their families.

  • NUR 372 PEDIATRIC NURSING PRACTICUM
    (Cr. 1)
    Prerequisite: NUR 361 and Pre/Corequisite: NUR 294

    This clinical provides patient care experience that support the application of the nursing process in the provision of patient centered care to children and families. These experiences are provided in acute and chronic settings. Developmentally appropriate, evidence based nursing care is practiced.

  • NUR 384 CONCEPTS OF ROLE DEVELOPMENT IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 197
    This course examines professional nursing roles and professional nursing standards of practice within the context of structured and unstructured settings. Concepts and issues pertinent to the current environment of professional nursing practice are discussed. Personal and professional values that provide a focus for evolving professional socialization are explored.

  • NUR 385 APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES OF ECG MONITORING
    (Class 2, Cr. 2 or Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 282
    This course is designed to enable the nursing student to utilize electrocardiographic tracings in the management of adult patients with cardiac conduction abnormalities. Emphasis is placed on practical application of principles of cardiac monitoring, identifi cation and interpretation of dysrhythmias, and related medical management and nursing intervention.

  • NUR 388 NURSING OF FAMILIES AND GROUPS
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite NUR 286 and NUR 182
    Theoretical frameworks and the nursing process are utilized to support the basic needs, promote the health of families and groups, and facilitate the development of group leadership skills.

  • NUR 390 NURSING RESEARCH
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: BHS 201
    This course examines the research process and use of research based evidence as a foundation for nursing. A review of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be incorporated. Distinguishing among non-research based primary and meta-sources of evidence will be emphasized. Critical thinking skills will be used to read and evaluate published research.

  • NUR 391 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite: NUR 283
    Theoretical and practical application of ethical principles are applied to nursing and patient centered care. Particular attention is given to the ideas of advocacy, autonomy, and authority in beginning professional nursing practice.

  • NUR 392 ADULT NURING II
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 283 Co-requisite: NUR 393
    Continuing to build on the core concepts introduced in Adult Nursing I evidence based nursing practice is utilized as an approach to patient centered care with adult individuals seeking health. Concepts relative to basic human needs are emphasized.

  • NUR 393 PRACTICUM III
    (Lab. 9, Cr. 3) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: NUR 283 Co-requisite: NUR 392
    Practicum III is the third clinical course in a series of three practica. Clinical lab experiences involve the provision of evidence based, patient centered, nursing care to individuals and small groups of adults with complex medical problems. Building on the complexity of the role of the nurse, the concepts of time management, prioritization delegation, and collaboration are introduced with practical application in the clinical setting.

  • NUR 394 HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
    (Class 3, Cr. 3) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: CIS 204
    The role of the nurse as a health educator is implemented. Nursing and nonnursing theories related to health promotion and teaching-learning processes are examined. Principles of health literacy related to patient education are emphasized. Evidence-based nursing projects related to health education within a community environment are implemented.

  • NUR 397 NURSING CARE OF THE AGED, DISABLED AND CHRONICALLY ILL
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 283 and CIS 204
    Basic human needs of the aged, person’s living with chronic health problems and/or disabilities are introduced. Principles of health promotion, health restoration and palliation are examined. Evidence based nursing practice is emphasized within the context of patient centered care.

  • NUR 399 SPECIAL TOPICS
    (Class 0 to 3, Lab. 0 to 9, Cr. 1 to 3)
    Hours, credit, and subject matter to be arranged by staff. Course many be repeated for credit up to nine hours.

  • NUR 415 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 282 and NUR 283
    The most common morbidity problems manifested throughout the lifespan are studied. Pathophysiologic concepts and physiologic responses are integrated with the nursing process. The application of evidence based nursing practice modalities provides a basis to address basic human needs.

  • NUR 451 NURSING INFORMATICS
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    This course provides a basic understanding of nursing science, computer science, and information science to prepare students to effectively and efficiently use technology to identify, collect, process, and manage health care information. A focus on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision-making to enhance the efficacy of nursing is provided.

  • NUR 482 NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
    (Class 2, Cr. 2)
    Prerequisite: NUR 384 and Pre/Corequisite: NUR 390
    Theories and evidence related to leadership, organization and management are examined. Specifi c strategies for effective time management, priority setting, decision making career planning and delegation are introduced. Approaches to the quality nursing practice within a complex work environment are discussed.

  • NUR 483 COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
    (Class 5, Cr. 5)
    Prerequisite/Corequisites: Nursing of Agregates (NUR 388), Research (NUR 390), and Health Teaching (NUR 394) This course is available to the RN only.
    Concepts of community and public health nursing are introduced. Community health nursing roles related to evidence based practice, leadership, collaboration, quality improvement and political activism are explored. Critical thinking skills are applied in the assessment of vulnerable populations existing within various communities. The reciprocal influence of the environment on the patient, family and community relative to human needs is emphasized.

  • NUR 485 COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICUM
    (Class 1, Lab. 6, Cr. 3) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: NUR 318, 372 and NUR 393 and NUR 397 and Pre/Corequisite NUR 486
    The community health practicum emphasizes integration of professional nursing roles and community health concepts. The nursing process is utilized as a systematic approach to foster adaptation to stimuli within a dynamic environment. Evidence based interventions that emphasize preventative strategies are applied to persons across a lifespan in unstructured settings.

  • NUR 486 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3)
    Prerequisite: NUR 388 and NUR 390 and NUR 394
    Concepts of community, and community health nursing are introduced. Community health nursing roles related to evidence based practice, leadership, collaboration, quality improvement and political activism are explored. Critical thinking skills are applied in the assessment of a community and its potential for meeting the basic human needs of its constituents.

  • NUR 488 Capstone Course Preparation
    (Class 1, Cr. 1)
    Corequisite: NUR 393 and NUR 485
    Under the guidance of faculty, the student develops a plan to synthesize the roles of professional nursing, specifying learning objectives, learning activities, and evaluation criteria for a practicum in an identified area of interest.

  • NUR 498 CAPSTONE COURSE IN NURSING
    (Class 3, Cr. 3) Experiential Learning
    Prerequisite: All Nursing and Non-Nursing Courses Pre/Corequisite NUR 485 and NUR 486; Humanities Elective
    Senior students will synthesize the professional roles of nursing in accordance with the program terminal objectives. In collaboration with a nursing faculty and clinical preceptor, students will plan and implement a practicum experience consistent with the professional leadership role. Students will use critical thinking skills and evidence based practice to promote patient centered nursing in a health care environment of work complexities. This course will culminate with an evidence-based project that will be presented to peers and the academic community.