Courses of Instruction in Nursing

Number Title Credits Description
NUR 207 Basics of Nursing: Principles, Concepts, and Application 4 (3/1) This course introduces the student to the art and science of professional nursing. In addition, the course will address the role of nursing, as a discipline, within the overall healthcare delivery system. Building upon the groundwork of the liberal arts along with the sciences, the course will provide the nursing foundation for knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for safe, compassionate, and effective nursing practice. Basic concepts and principles essential to nursing practice will be also covered in the course such as: health promotion and maintenance, hygiene, pain management, cultural and spiritual considerations, therapeutic communication, along with legal and ethical responsibilities. The nursing process and teaching-learning elements will also be incorporated into the course content. The student will have clinical experience in a nursing home or assisted living setting. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components as well as the clinical calculation examination of the course to achieve success and for progression in the program. Prerequisites:  BIO 204, ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 220, 242, or 299, MTH 160, PHL 210, PSY 205, and SOC 101 Co-requisites: BIO 301, BIO 303, a course in CRJ, Culture, ECO, HIS, Language, or POS and NUR 208.
NUR 208 Basics of Nursing: Skills 1 This course will introduce the student to basic clinical skills required to provide safe, compassionate, and effective care to clients in a variety of settings. The student will have the opportunity to learn selected nursing skills relative to the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains as appropriate. The student will be provided an opportunity to practice various skills in a campus laboratory setting as appropriate. The course will include student cognitive and performance testing as applicable to various skills. Prerequisites: BIO 204,  ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 220, 242, or 299, MTH 160, PHL 210, PSY 205, and SOC 101Co-requisites: :BIO 301, BIO 303, a course in CRJ, Culture, ECO, HIS, Language, or POS and NUR 207.  
NUR 313 Health Assessment and Promotion of the Adult 3 (2/1) This course will provide an introduction to the various skills required to complete a health assessment of an adult with a focus on compassionate practice and the refinement of his or her interpersonal communication skills. Specifically, the course will emphasize the development of the student’s communication skills to aid in the: 1.) attainment of a complete health history, 2.) maintenance of an on-going relationship to conduct a thorough physical examination, and 3.) organized and systematic documentation of the assessment findings. The student must simultaneously pass the laboratory and didactic components of the course to achieve success and for progression in the program. Prerequisites:, NUR 207, NUR 208.  Co-Requisites: BIO 313 and ART, MUS, LIT, or TH, NUR 314, and NUR 315.
NUR 314 Nursing Care of the Adult and Family I 5 (3/2) This is the first course of a three-part series focusing on the care of clients with selected common health problems. The course focuses on the care of clients with particular major health problems, often with a chronic nature. In addition, specific aspects of nursing care will be examined including, but not limited to, health assessment and enhancement, psychosocial issues, end-of-life concerns, and quality and safety implications. The student will use the nursing process while providing care to clients with actual or potential change in health status within the family context. Various treatment modalities such as: medical and surgical interventions, pharmacological treatments, and diet therapy are considered to plan and implement safe, effective, and compassionate care. The student will further develop his or her intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. The student will have clinical experience in an acute care and/or community setting. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components as well as the clinical calculation examination of the course to achieve success and for progression in the curriculum. Prerequisites: NUR 207, NUR 208, Co-requisites: BIO 313, ART, MUS, LIT, or TH, NUR 313, and NUR315.
NUR 315 Intermediate Nursing Skills 1 This course will introduce the student to intermediate clinical skills required to provide safe, compassionate, and effective care to clients in a variety of settings. The student will have the opportunity to learn selected nursing skills relative to the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains as appropriate. The student will be provided an opportunity to practice various skills in a campus laboratory setting as appropriate. The course will include student cognitive and performance testing as applicable to various skills. Prerequisites: NUR 207, NUR 208. Co-requisites: BIO 313, ART, MUS, LIT, or TH, NUR 313, and NUR 314.
NUR 316 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 4 (3/1) This course will explore the concepts, principles, and theories related to the nursing care of clients with alterations in their emotional or mental health status. This course provides the student with knowledge relative to alterations in the psychological well-being and possible subsequent client behavioral responses. The course will primarily focus upon care of the client with a psychiatric disorder. In addition, mental health concerns throughout the life span will be examined. The application of psychiatric principles across various clinical populations will also be explored. Concepts of primary prevention and crisis intervention along with family and community concerns related to individuals with serious, pervasive mental illness will also be addressed in the course. The student will have clinical experience in an acute care and/or community mental health setting. The student will apply the nursing process when implementing compassionate and quality care for clients with common mental health concerns. The student will use various skills in clinical including, but are not limited to, health education, milieu management, and therapeutic communication. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components of the course to achieve success and for progression in the program. Prerequisites: NUR 313, NUR 314, and NUR 315.
Co-requisites: NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319.
NUR 317 Nursing Care of the Woman and Family 4 (3/1) This course primarily focuses on the care of adult female clients experiencing common women’s health problems. The course emphasis is on the care of gynecological and child bearing women in various settings. In addition, the course will focus on the nursing care of the female client with selected major health problems and the potential impact of the health problem on families. The student will use the nursing process during the provision nursing care for clients. The clinical component of the course, concepts for the provision of compassionate and quality care to women will be examined. The student will continue to refine his or her intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. The student will have clinical experience in an acute care and/or community setting. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components of the course to achieve success within the course and for progression into the next clinical course in the curriculum sequence. Prerequisites: NUR 313, NUR 314 and NUR 315 Co-requisites: NUR 316, NUR 318, and NUR 319.
NUR 318 Nursing Issues and Trends 3 This course will primarily focus on the major healthcare issues and trends relative to nursing practice. The significant issues, such as: the role of nursing within the healthcare domain, education, practice roles, diversity, communication, workforce, research, and image of the discipline. In addition, differences in selected healthcare organizational systems and various practice settings will also be examined within the historical and contemporary context. Economic and political influences along with societal trends on the various dimensions of nursing practice will also be addressed within the course. Moreover, the course will offer the student an opportunity to explore the development of healthcare policy and regulatory aspects relative to nursing practice. The course will explore concepts of civic engagement, social justice, stewardship, and philanthropy to promote the further socialization and role development of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Prerequisites: NUR 313, NUR 314, and NUR 315. Co-requisites: NUR 316, NUR 317, and NUR 319.
NUR 319 Nursing Care of the Adult and Family II 5 (3/2) This is the second course of a three-part series with a focus on the care of clients with selected illnesses and injuries within the context of an ecological framework. The course focuses on the care of clients with acute health problems. Refinement of the knowledge base of therapeutic nutrition, health assessment, teaching-learning principles, communication aspects, and critical thinking strategies continue as an aim in the course. The impact of a major health problem or disease on the individual and the possible implications for the family will also be examined. Course content and learning opportunities provides the student with sufficient information necessary to collaborate with other members of the healthcare team for the provision of comprehensive client care. The nursing process will be used in the provision of safe, effective, and compassionate care to the client experiencing an acute illness or injury in various settings within the family context. The student will continue to enhance his or her intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. The student will have clinical experience in an acute care and/or community setting. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components of the course to achieve success and for progression in the curriculum. Prerequisites: NUR 313, NUR 314, and NUR 315. Co-requisites: NUR 316, NUR 317, and NUR 318.
NUR 410 Nursing Elective   The Image and History of Nursing 3 This course will provide an overview of the images and history of nursing relative to the general healthcare system and society. The course will also include an overview of historiography with an emphasis on fundamental principles for critiquing historical studies or narratives. In addition, the course will address issues of class, race, gender, and societal values as possible influences on the development of the nursing profession. The impact of historical and contemporary nursing images will also be examined in the course within the United States of America. In addition, the historical professional role development with respect to compassionate nursing care will be explored. Lastly, the course includes a review of selected past nursing leaders within his/her societal context and influence upon modern nursing.
NUR 415 Nursing Research 3 This course will provide the student with an opportunity to examine the role of nursing in research relative to the healthcare domain. The course will focus on the relevance and appraisal of nursing research and the scholarship of inquiry relative to practice and client outcomes. Ethical implications as well as compassion will also be explored in the course. In addition, aspects of value based and evidence based practice relative to research and nursing practice will be addressed in the course. Course content will also include general research concepts such as: problem formulation, identification of variables, design and methodology, collection and analysis of data, and the interpretation of findings. The research process steps are provided in sufficient depth to allow for a beginning appreciation of scholarly inquiry and evaluation of selected nursing research studies. Prerequisites: NUR 316, NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319
Co-requisites: NUR 416, NUR 417, and NUR 418.
NUR 416 Nursing Care of the Child and Family 4 (3/1) This course primarily focuses on the care of pediatric clients experiencing common health problems and families. The course emphasis is upon the care of children with selected major health problems in a variety of settings. In addition, specific aspects of nursing care of the child will be examined including, but not limited to, health assessment and promotion, psychosocial issues, end-of-life concerns, and quality and safety implications. The student will continue to refine his or her intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components of the course to achieve success within the course and for progression into the next clinical course in the program. Prerequisites: NUR 316, NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319 Co-requisites: NUR 415, NUR 417, NUR 418, and NUR 419.
NUR 417 Nursing Leadership 3 This course will focus on the role development, for the baccalaureate prepared nurse, relative to the requisite knowledge base, skill acquisition, and attitudes for professional decision-making. Specifically, concepts and principles of management and leadership will be addressed in the course in relationship to nursing practice in an information and technology age. Course content will also include concepts of change theory, conflict resolution, empowerment, advocacy, fiscal management, organizational or governance structuring, and performance appraisal. Issues of quality improvement and safety related to nursing care will also be addressed in the course. In addition, civic engagement will be further explored and implemented as an activity in the course. The exploration of civic engagement concepts will have an in-depth focus from a perspective of compassion, social justice, stewardship, and philanthropy in relationship to the baccalaureate prepared nurse’s role within society. Lastly, the course will examine issues related to succession planning and mentoring of other nurses or nursing students for future workforce development. Prerequisites:  NUR 316, NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319. Co-requisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 418, and NUR 419. 
NUR 418 Nursing Care of the Adult and Family III 5 (3/2) This is the last course of a three-part series focusing on caring for clients with a critical health status. This course focuses on the knowledge base and skill acquisition necessary to provide nursing care for clients with complex health problems, often involving multiple organ systems. Concepts relative to nursing practice for clients who are critically ill will be studied in relationship to clinical decision-making in the multidisciplinary environment. Intra- and interprofessional communication is emphasized along with conflict management and resolution concepts within the course. Means to deliver compassionate and quality care to individuals with a critical illness will be examined in the course. Although the clinical focus will be upon the client, the student will also be cognizant of the needs of the family during and after the crisis period. The student will continue to hone his or her intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. The student will have clinical experience in an acute care and/or community setting. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components as well as the clinical calculation examination of the course to achieve success and for progression in the curriculum. Prerequisites:
NUR 316, NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319.  Co-requisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, and NUR 419. 
NUR 419 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technologies 2 This course will focus on information literacy and technology applications in the healthcare setting. The course addresses the use of information systems and technologies such as: databases, telehealth, simulation, and the electronic health record (EHR). In addition, the course will explore the use of current technological devices or platforms for health education delivery for clients as well as for professionals in a variety of formats and modes. The course will also explore the integration of legal, ethical, and policy concerns related to information technology management. Finally, the course will review informatics in a variety of settings from urban to rural to provide a broad perspective of information systems and technologies.
Prerequisites: NUR 316, NUR 317, NUR 318, and NUR 319.  Co-requisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, and NUR 418. 
NUR 420 Population Focused Nursing Care 5 (3/2) This course concentrates on the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse addressing the healthcare needs of selected populations in the community. Evaluation of public health issues, epidemiology concepts, educational needs for individual and family well-being, and potential resources for selected populations in the community will be addressed. In addition, the special needs of the rural, vulnerable, or underserved populations in the community will be emphasized to broaden the student’s perspective of healthcare issues relative to strengths and possible challenges within the community. The course will provide opportunities for the student to participate in activities related to health assessment and promotion as well as direct client care in a variety of settings. The course incorporates a guided clinical preceptorship to allow for a community health immersion experience. The student will continue to enhance his or her intra- and interprofessional skills to work effectively and efficiently within teams. Lastly, the course will explore the professional socialization process relative to mindfulness, responsiveness, accountability, and compassion to promote the health of an individual and/or family within a community. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components as well as the clinical calculation examination of the course to achieve success and for progression in the curriculum.
Prerequisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, NUR 418, and NUR 419.  Co-requisites:  Nursing Electives (NUR 410/422/423), and NUR 421.
NUR 421 Professional Nursing Role Enhancement 5 (2/3) This capstone course will provide greater depth of selected nursing content to help prepare the student for the professional role as a baccalaureate prepared practitioner in the healthcare arena. The course allows for the integration of new knowledge and skills while refining acquired knowledge to unify theory and practice as the completion of the program nears. Ultimately, the course is designed to consolidate student learning over the entire course of the program through classroom and clinical opportunities. Lastly, the course content allows for the further development of a personal philosophy through a culminating socialization process to produce a broad perspective of the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse.  The course activities help the student to identify a healthcare need, then design, implement, and assess the outcomes of a project to address the selected and faculty approved concern.  The student will continue to refine his or her intra- and interprofessional collaboration skills to work compassionately, effectively, and efficiently within teams. The student must simultaneously pass the clinical and didactic components of the course to achieve success and for progression in the curriculum. Prerequisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, NUR 418, and NUR 419.  Co-requisites:  NUR 420 and Nursing Electives (NUR 410/422/423).
NUR 422 Nursing Elective: Political Activism and Policy Dimensions in Nursing 3 This course will help provide the student with a knowledge base and skill acquisition for political activism for the nursing profession within the healthcare industry. The course will focus on the politics of health policy development relative to legislative and executive processes at the local, state, and federal level. The course will also explore economic, social, ethical, and political aspects related to activism and healthcare. In addition, political factors will be explored relative to individuals or groups of importance such as: special interest groups, lobbyists, media organizations, elected officials, legislative staff, and public agencies. Lastly, health systems and policies of selected nations will be explored and compared to the general United States of America healthcare industry and various systems.  Prerequisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, NUR 418, and NUR 419.  Co-requisites:  NUR 420 and NUR 421.
NUR 423 Nursing Elective: Aging in Rural Areas: Health and Well-being Issues 3

This course will focus on the health and well-being of elders in rural regions. The unique aspects of aging for the adult, irrespective of geographic location, will also be addressed. Specifically, the needs of elders will be framed various perspective to include physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual domains. In addition, the healthcare of the elder within a family and community environment will also be explored. The course emphasis is on health maintenance and promotion as well as disease prevention among elders. Lastly, the course will provide the student with an opportunity to address aspects of information and technology use for health education for elders living in rural areas.  .  Prerequisites: NUR 415, NUR 416, NUR 417, NUR 418, and NUR 419.  Co-requisites:  NUR 420 and NUR 421.