Course Descriptions

BS MAJOR-NURSING:  GENERIC OPTION 

97-100 SH (No Minor Required)

Note: All courses must be taken for a letter grade 

PREREQUISITES 38-41 SH

BIOL 206 Normal Nutrition 
    OR HERS 205 Nutrition for Lifetime Wellness

BIOL 209 Microbiology

BIOL 211/212 Anatomy & Physiology I & II

CHEM 210 General, Organic & Biochemistry 
    OR CHEM 212/213 Principles of Chemistry I & II

PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science

PSY 250 Developmental Psychology

SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 212 Sociology of Families

English 111 College Reading and Writing

STAT 110, 301 or 305 or PSY 231 

B.S. MAJOR - NURSING: GENERIC OPTION

Required courses--59 SH
341 Therapeutic Applications of Nursing Skills & Health Assessment (4)
343 Professional Practice I (5)
344 Leadership in Basic Nursing Practice (2)
352 Caring for the Older Adult (3)
353 Professional Practice II (5)
354 Leadership in Research and Evidence-based Practice (3)
358 Psychosocial Adaptation (3)
360 Pharmacology (2)
366 Pathophysiology (3)
421 Nursing of Childbearing Families (2)
422 Nursing of Childrearing Families (2)
426 Clinical Prevention and Population Health I (2)
427 Clinical Prevention and Population Health II (2)
443 Professional Practice III (5)
444 Leadership in Contemporary Healthcare Settings (2)
446 High Acuity/Progressive Care (3)
453 Professional Practice IV (5)
454 Leadership in Professional Practice (4)
458 Complex Mental Health Care (2) 

Course Descriptions

Admission to the Baccalaureate Program Generic Option is a prerequisite for all required 300 and 400 level nursing courses.

341 Therapeutic Applications of Nursing Skills and Health Assessment 
        Credit Hours: 4 Semester Hours (SH)--2 SH theory, 2 SH lab
        Pre/co-requisite: NURS 343
        Course Description:  Develops the skills and assessments necessary for nursing 
        care of individuals and families in professional nursing practice.

NURS 343 Professional Practice I
        
Credit Hours:  5 SH--3 SH theory, 2 SH practicum
        Pre/co-requisite: NURS 341, NURS 344, NURS 360, NURS 366
        Course Description:  Provides an introduction to the profession of nursing in 
        the context of foundational concepts important to medical-surgical nursing.  
        Focus is on developing knowledge, beginning clinical judgment skills, beginning 
        communication skills, and the application of therapeutic interventions for diverse
        adult patients and their families in acute care settings.

NURS 344 Leadership in Basic Nursing Practice
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Course Description: Explores professional values, ethics, standards, and 
        leadership development of nurses.  After successful completion of this course, 
        students will articulate their professional nursing philosophy.

NURS 352 Caring for the Older Adult
        Credit Hours: 3 SH--2 SH theory, 1 SH practicum
        Prerequisites:  NURS 341, NURS 343, NURS 344, NURS 360, NURS 366
        Pre/co-requisites:  NURS 353, NURS 354, NURS 358
        Course Description:  Examines the complexity of elder care, including factors 
        contributing to longevity and health in old age, as well as genetic predisposition, 
        lifestyle, culture, and environment.

NURS 353 Professional Practice II
        
Credit Hours: 5 SH--2 SH theory, 3 SH practicum
        Prerequisites:  NURS 341, NURS 343, NURS 344, NURS 360, NURS 366
        Pre/co-requisites:  NURS 352, NURS 354, NURS 358
        Course Description:  Focus will be on continued development of content 
        knowledge, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills.
        Emphasis will be on effective communication skills and application of 
        therapeutic interventions that address the needs of a diverse adult patient
        population in acute care settings.

NURS 354 Leadership in Research and Evidence-based Practice
        
Credit Hours:  3 SH theory
        Prerequisites: STAT 110 or PSY 231, NURS 343, NURS 344, or consent 
        of instructor
        Course Description: Explores research concepts and their use in evidence-
        based practice.  Students will analyze, critique, and interpret research
        evidence, and collaborate in improvement processes in health care settings.

NURS 358 Psychosocial Adaptation
        Credit Hours: 3 SH theory
        Pre/co-requisites: NURS 343, NURS 344, or consent of instructor
        Course Description:  Explores the interaction of psychological, social and 
        cultural factors in how individuals respond to life events, such as illness,
        loss, and grief.

NURS 360 Pharmacology
        Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisites: Admission to the Baccalaureate Program Generic Option, 
        elective for RN to BS Option, or consent of instructor
        Course Description: Introduces the fundamental principles of pharmacology,
        pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapy, adverse drug
        reactions, major drug classes and related implications for individuals
        receiving drugs.  Nursing students will incorporate various systems of
        measurement, conversion between systems, and calculation of drug dosages
        and rates.

NURS 366 Pathophysiology
        Credit Hours: 3 SH theory
        Prerequisites: Admission to the Baccalaureate Program Generic Option or 
        consent of instructor
        Course Description: Focuses on the systematic study of the functional 
        changes in cells, tissues, and organs altered by disease and/or injury and
        the effects that these changes have on the total body function.  Pathophysiology
        will also focus on the mechanisms of the underlying disease thereby providing
        the background for preventive as well as therapeutic health care measures and
        practices.  Knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the various organ
        systems of the body is an essential foundation for this course.    

NURS 421 Nursing of Childbearing Families
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisite: NURS 343
        Course Description: Explores evidence-based practices dealing with sexuality,
        reproductive health promotion and perinatal health for individuals, families,
        and populations across health care settings.

NURS 422 Nursing of Childrearing Families
        Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisite: NURS 343
        Course Description: This course primarily focuses on the pediatric population
        and explores evidence-based practices related to child growth and development,
        and patient-centered care for children and their families across health care 
        settings.  Child-related illnesses and disease processes are presented as well
        as their related nursing care. 

NURS 426 Clinical Prevention and Population Health I
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisite: NURS 343
        Course Description: Explores the principles and practices necessary for 
        integrating clinical prevention and population health into nursing practice.
        Successful completion of this course means that students will be able to
        provide healthcare activities, which contribute to decreasing morbidity and
        mortality and improving quality of life in a diverse society.

NURS 427 Clinical Prevention and Population Health II
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisites: NURS 426, NURS 443
        Course Description: Integrates the principles and practices of clinical
        prevention and population health into nursing practice. Successful completion
        of this course means students will be able to develop and provide healthcare
        activities that are congruent with beginner levels of public health nursing
        competencies.

NURS 443 Professional Practice III
        
Credit Hours: 5 SH Practicum 
        Prerequisites: NURS 352, NURS 353, NURS 354, NURS 358
        Pre/co-requisites: NURS 421, NURS 422, NURS 426
        Course Description: This clinical course focuses on providing nursing care
        to individuals, families, and populations in a variety of settings, to include
        but not limited to schools, hospitals, clinics, simulations, and the 
        community.  It emphasizes evidence-based practices, clinical prevention
        and population health of families and populations and the management
        of acute and chronic conditions within these populations.

NURS 444 Leadership in Contemporary Healthcare Settings
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisites: NURS 354 or consent of instructor
        Course Description: Explores leadership and management in nursing 
        practice focusing on healthcare policy and systems.

NURS 446 High Acuity/Progressive Care
        
Credit Hours: 3 SH--2 SH theory, 1 SH practicum
        Prerequisite: NURS 353
        Course Description: Focuses on competent and safe nursing practice for 
        patients with complicated acute illnesses.

NURS 453 Professional Practice IV
        
Credit Hours: 5 SH practicum
        Prerequisite: NURS 443
        Pre/co-requisites: NURS 427, NURS 446, NURS 458
        Course Description: This clinical course focuses on leadership and the 
        development and provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and
        populations in a variety of settings.  The course emphasizes evidence-
        based practice, clinical prevention, and population health.

NURS 454 Leadership in Professional Practice
        
Credit Hours: 4 SH--1 SH theory, 3 SH practicum
        Prerequisites: NURS 443, NURS 444
        Pre/co-requisites: NURS 427, NURS 446, NURS 453, NURS 458
        Course Description: Synthesis course encapsulating the essence
        of the baccalaureate nursing role.  Students consolidate their 
        understanding of evidence-based, quality and safe nursing care.
        They collaborate within clinical settings to improve systems and 
        patient outcomes.

NURS 458 Complex Mental Health Care
        
Credit Hours: 2 SH theory
        Prerequisites: NURS 353, NURS 358
        Course Description: Focuses on professional mental health nursing roles
        implemented through caring constructs, communication skills, and 
        therapeutic milieu.  Explores evidence-based practices dealing with
        mental health needs in various settings.