Course Information

 

for Nursing Department


Principles of Chemistry (CHEM103)

Credits:3

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice (NRSG315)

Credits:4

This course focuses on concepts of professionalism, communication skills, and issues related to Baccalaureate-level nursing practice, nursing models, and the formation of a personal philosophy of nursing. The course includes four credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours). This course, as others in the curriculum, anticipates that students, having completed computer and English classes, are able to both cite references and format papers using the APA style as a foundation for producing scholarly papers in other writing courses. NRSG315 meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communications Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Health Promotion and Assessment for RNs (NRSG335)

Credits:3

This course explores concepts of health promotion and disease prevention as they relate to specific medical conditions. Students explore assessment and health promotion strategies used to improve physical and psychosocial wellness, cultural factors contributing to health practices, risk assessment and risk reduction approaches, and health teaching. Emphasis is placed on the professional nurses' role of health advocate and teacher. This course includes three credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Pathopharmacology for RNs (NRSG336)

Credits:4

This course explores alterations in human needs resulting from maladaptive processes that disrupt the clients' line of defense and resistance, and on the use of pharmacological agents used to minimize or ameliorate the disruptions. Emphasis is placed on the development of the students' ability to associate pathopharmacological changes to selected clinical manifestations. Students integrate previously acquired knowledge of natural and nursing sciences, as well as application of the nursing process. Biopsychosocial, ethical, spiritual, and cultural concepts are explored. This course includes three credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock-hours), and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Physical Assessment Validation for RNs (NRSG355)

Credits:1

A self study module reviewing basic Physical Assessment skills. Students must complete and validate their competency re: head-to-toe assessment before registering for NRSG 400 coursework.

Nursing Informatics for RNs (NRSG365)

Credits:2

This course focuses on the application of informatics as it applies to healthcare and nursing practice. Theoretical, evidence-based, and practical approaches to information technology and technical languages and models relative to public and institutional healthcare policies governing data management will be explored. Emphasis is placed on ethical, confidential, and security issues related to the electronic health record. The course also addresses technology issues important to the future of nursing and healthcare. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Gerontological Nursing (NRSG375)

Credits:2

This course reviews the normal processes and relationships involved in aging. The promotion and maintenance of the health of clients and families while adapting to the stresses of altered relationships, mental and physical capacities, and the productivity and self-care independence that accompany increased aging is addressed. Nursing adaptations required to provide effective care to older adults is discussed. Particular attention is given to the use of pharmaceuticals in the management of healthcare as vulnerability increases. Clinical assignments may include either acute care or community-based environments.

Community Nursing for RNs I (NRSG450)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole and includes health protection, health promotion, disease prevention, and education on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care in a variety of public health settings. It describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing status in the community. It also emphasizes and addresses specific issues of populations at risk and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community. It analyzes conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community and selected models from nursing and related sciences. The course examines diversity in the role of nurses in the community and describes the rapidly changing roles, functions, and practice settings. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Community Nursing for RNs II (NRSG451)

Credits:3

This course builds on DNRS 450 Community Health: Individuals and Groups for RNs with emphasis on two major clinical projects:(a)assessment of the community where the student lives, and (b)development and implementation of an educational project that addresses the learning needs of the community health client. This is a process of critically thinking about the community and involves embracing the community client as partner. The course aids the student in comprehending the vulnerabilities and challenges of the individual, family, and sub-populations by identification of community strengths and resources that are available to help with health promotion, disease prevention, and necessity to involve consumers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare efforts. This course includes three credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock hours) and meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Introduction to Nursing Research for RNs (NRSG475)

Credits:4

This course is the study of the research processes as applied to nursing problems. Students evaluate published research findings for use in nursing practice. The course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Directed Study in Nursing Research (NRSG479)

Credits:1

Leadership and Management in Nursing for RNs (NRSG480)

Credits:3

This course focuses on concepts and theoretical principles of nursing leadership and management applicable to the current healthcare environment. Students explore models related to time management, delegation, empowerment, conflict management, negotiation, and change as they relate to collaborative relationships and decision-making. Students also analyze trends and issues from a micro and global perspective to enhance an appreciation of stewardship of resources. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Health Care: Policies and Access (NRSG490)

Credits:2

This course examines assumptions and circumstances leading to current U.S. health care delivery, policy-making, and finance. Consideration will be given to comparing and contrasting systems which focus on health restoration and maintenance vs. those which focus on disease management and cure. Economic implications of the regulatory changes in the present health care system and approaches to health care delivery will be explored.

Seminar in Nursing (NRSG496)

Credits:4

This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to explore health-related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economical, political, and/or scientific trends have on nursing and healthcare. In harmony with the current healthcare emphasis on clinical outcomes, students design and present outcome projects in areas of special clinical interest. Through these projects, the students will demonstrate application of the Neuman Systems Model and mastery of content from previous Baccalaureate courses. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and meets the requirements for an oral and written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog). Sync Sessions will be offered Tuesday mornings 8:30am-9:30am EST and Tuesday evenings 8:30pm-9:30pm EST. While these are not mandatory, students benefit from attending them.

Seminar in Nursing (NRSG499)

Credits:3

This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to explore health-related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economical, political, and/or scientific trends have on nursing and healthcare. In harmony with the current healthcare emphasis on clinical outcomes, students design and present outcome projects in areas of special clinical interest. Through these projects, the students will demonstrate application of the Neuman Systems Model and mastery of content from previous Baccalaureate courses. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and meets the requirements for an oral and written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

Nursing Associate Level Courswork (NURAS)

Credits:0

Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS115)

Credits:2

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing, the Neuman Systems Model, the nursing process, clinical reasoning, the education of nurses, patient education, nursing research, healthcare informatics, healthcare policy, legal and ethical issues in healthcare, roles of the nurse, culture, self-concept, and human sexuality. The student will also develop critical thinking and communication skills necessary for the professional practice of nursing. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours).

Foundations of Nursing (NURS220)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to strengthen, and/or reconstitute, the adult client/patient's lines of defense and resistance to internal, external, and created stressors. The student will identify stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables of the client/patient system. The student will provide care to patients/clients in the acute care and community environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Foundations of Nursing Clinical (NURS220C)

Credits:0

Introduction to Health Assessment (NURS225)

Credits:4

This course provides the student with a comprehensive approach to health assessment using the nursing process. It incorporates theory and practice in history taking, physical examination techniques, use of assessment tools /equipment and health teaching. A wholistic approach, integrating cultural considerations, is utilized as the student learns common variations seen in healthy clients, age-related variations, and common abnormal findings. Case studies, as well as actual assessments, will provide a comprehensive learning experience. The student will learn a generalized as well as a focused approach to assessment. The co-requisite courses, NURS 220 Foundations of Nursing and NURS 225 Introduction to Health Assessment are intended to reinforce each other by presenting complementary content to facilitate an understanding of the course competencies. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours)and one credit hour of lab (30 clock-hours).

Introduction to Health Assessment Lab (NURS225L)

Credits:0

Health Promotion and Wellness (NURS230)

Credits:3

This clinical course is designed to critically examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness prevention for individuals and groups throughout the life span. The focus is on teaching and learning to promote wellness in community settings using the concepts from nursing, nutrition, biopsychosocial sciences, and Healthy People 2020. The course is three credits (2.2 credits of theory = 33 theory hours and 0.8 credits of clinical = 15 x 3 (3:1 ratio) = 45 x 0.8 = 36 clinical hours). The course is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course (see the Academic Catalog for complete criteria).

Health Promotion and Wellness Clinical (NURS230C)

Credits:0

Mental Health (NURS240)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the patient/client neuropsychological lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care for the patient/client experiencing designated stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables across the life span. The student will learn to provide safe nursing care based on evidence that promotes competent care within the acute care and community environments. The course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and one credit hour of clinical (45 clock-hours). This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course.

Mental Health Nursing Clinical (NURS240C)

Credits:0

Principles of Pathophysiology (NURS255)

Credits:4

This course explores the principles of human physiology and the pathologic processes that alter patient/client lines of defense and resistance. The course will provide the student with an understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations to pathophysiologic changes. This course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock hours).

Pharmacology (NURS265)

Credits:3

This course builds the student's pharmacology knowledge base with a focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions. The major drug classifications will be studied in terms of their effects on the patient /client lines of defense and resistance. The student analyzes the client's multiple drug regimens for the purpose of teaching and providing quality care to patients and families. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours).

Adult Health I (NURS310)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care for the patient/client experiencing designated stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute care environment. Both didactic and clinical portions of the course are built on the principles of effective nursing leadership, research, evidence-based practice, and safe delivery of wholistic care. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health I Clinical (NURS310c)

Credits:0

Adult Health II (NURS320)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the patient/client experiencing selected chronic stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute and long-term care environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health Nursing II Clinical (NURS320c)

Credits:0

Nursing of Childbearing Family (NURS330)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary and secondary prevention and strengthening the childbearing family lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the client/patient experiencing stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual variables of the family during pregnancy, childbirth, neonatal and postpartum periods. The student will provide care within the acute care and community environments. This course includes 2.5 credit hours of theory (37 clock-hours) and 1.5 credit hours of clinical (67 clock-hours).

Nursing of the Childbearing Family Clinical (NURS330c)

Credits:0

Nursing Care of the Child and Family (NURS340)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary and secondary prevention and strengthening the child and family lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the child and family experiencing stressors affecting the physiological, psychosocial, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours), one credit hour of clinical (45 clock-hours), and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course(see the Academic Catalog for complete criteria).

Nursing of the Child and Family Clinical (NURS340c)

Credits:0

Nursing Informatics (NURS375)

Credits:2

This course introduces students to informatics as it applies to healthcare and nursing practice. The course consists of modules in which students learn about the theoretical perspectives related to the flow of information and evidence-based practice in healthcare; concepts of data, information, and knowledge; language models and concepts; technologies and their applications to nursing care; and the electronic health record. The course introduces and discusses public and institutional policies important to healthcare technology, communication, and documentation of healthcare interventions, with an emphasis on ethical, confidential, and security issues related to the electronic health record. The course will also address technology issues important to the future of nursing and healthcare. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock hours).

Adult Health III (NURS410)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the patient/client experiencing selected chronic stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute and long-term care environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours)and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health Nursing III Clinical (NURS410c)

Credits:0

Community Health Nursing (NURS420)

Credits:5

This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole in a variety of public and private settings, and includes disease prevention, health promotion, health protection, and education on primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care. Interventions are based to effect changes in a multicultural society. The course describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice in the community. It emphasizes and addresses the specific issues and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community. It analyzes conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community, selected models from nursing and related sciences. This course also examines the management of healthcare and select community environments (Community Assessment Project), as well as issues related to managing and evaluating cases, needs, programs, disasters, and groups in the community. The course discusses risk factors and problems for families and individuals throughout the life span. To meet the demands of a constantly changing healthcare system, the student must be able to understand the importance of involving consumers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare efforts. This course examines diversity in the role of nurses in the community and describes the rapidly changing roles, functions, and practice settings. The course includes four credit hours of theory and one credit hour of clinical (45 clock hours). This course is taught over the entire trimester.

Community Health Nursing Clinical (NURS420c)

Credits:0

Introduction to Nursing Research (NURS425)

Credits:3

This course introduces the research processes as a foundation for evidence-based nursing practice. The student will employ information technology in the search for published nursing research. This course requires a written critique of a published nursing research study and the presentation of an analysis of a published nursing research study to peers. The course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course.

Leadership and Management (NURS430)

Credits:3

This clinical course is designed to critically examine the application of contemporary leadership and management principles in the current healthcare environment. The student will explore various leadership styles and theories, as well as concepts of conflict resolution, ethical and legal considerations, and principles of business as nurse leaders. The student will have the opportunity to observe and analyze the function of managers, committee members, and attend professional organizations. This course includes 2.5 hours of theory (37 clock hours) and 0.5 hours of clinical (22.5 clock hours). The course is taught over the entire trimester.

Professional Issues in Nursing (NURS445)

Credits:3

This theory course examines the role of the professional nurse in the current healthcare system in the United States, focusing on social policy, quality, cost, and organization of care. Students are introduced to legal-ethical, political, financial, and sociocultural aspects of healthcare delivery. Concepts considered include knowledge; critical thinking; shared responsibility and self-development; environment; and health professional role. The course includes 3.0 credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course.

Practicum (NURS460)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the management of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in strengthening the patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will manage stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables of the patient/client system. The student will provide care in an acute care environment. This clinical course is designed to facilitate the transition to the role of Registered Nurse. This is a 3-credit clinical course that includes 135 clinical hours.

Service Learning/Graduation Application (SLGA101)

Credits:0

Service Learning requirements and Graduation Application must be completed prior to registering for DNRS499.