Nursing


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the components of nursing and the application of techniques and procedures to provide care to patients. Topics include the nursing process; communication skills; legal and ethical aspects of nursing; physical and psychosocial development; health promotion; safety skills; infection control; basic normal assessment; pain management; and concepts of loss, grief, and death. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the nursing lab and in the clinical setting.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students study the different drug categories and the methods of administration, including oral and by injection. Includes the proper use of the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and call in written prescriptions.

Prerequisite: SCI2215

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR1100

 


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the concepts underlying health and wellness of individuals and families. Students will apply concepts to exemplars addressing basic nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, surgery, oxygenation, and the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, eye and ear, neurological and muscular systems. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1100, SCI2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


6 Credit Hours

Students explore special topics in nursing addressing the nursing process as applied to the provision of nursing care for individuals and families with mental health challenges, childbearing families, and children. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, pharmacology, diet therapy, and special considerations across the life span. Students study the needs and care of patients from conception through childhood. Topics include conception, embryology, maternal and newborn health, nursing care from pre-conception to postpartum for childbearing families, reactions to hospitalization, childhood illnesses/disorders, outpatient settings, and federal legislation. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting. 

Prerequisites: NUR1100, SCI 2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


10 Credit Hours

Students build upon concepts explored in Nursing Concepts I, including nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, and oxygenation. Students also learn about complex disease processes in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, muscular, and genitourinary systems. Students begin to explore immunological diseases such as HIV and concepts related to oncology. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

 


6 Credit Hours

Students examine professional practice issues such as delegation and use of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation). Legal/ethical issues concerning clients’ rights, use of restraints/seclusion, and advance directives and palliative care are explored through case discussions, recent news events, practice updates, and legislative mandates. 

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR1400, NUR2100

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the introduction of research with an emphasis on its application in nursing practice. The steps of the research process for qualitative and quantitative design will be examined. Students will review and critique scholarly, peer-reviewed nursing and inter-professional research studies. Ethical implications of research and translational scholarship will be discussed.

Prerequisites: MAT2215, SCI2100, SCI2110, SCI2228, ENG2205

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI3310

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the transition of the Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse within the healthcare environment. The development of professional values, critical thinking, and clinical judgment will be emphasized. Integration of nursing theory and evidence-based practice into nursing care will be explored. Concepts of social, political, and economic influences on nursing practice will be examined. Legal issues, organ and tissue donation, the nurse practice act, concepts of leadership, and appropriate delegation will be introduced.

Prerequisites: MAT2215, SCI2100, SCI2110, SCI2228, ENG2205

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI3310

 


3 Credit Hours

Using didactic and simulated clinical experiences, skills needed to conduct comprehensive physical assessment for individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings are developed. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analysis, and the integration of systematic data collection for effective decision making in nursing practice. Use of evidence-based assessment tools for risk reduction is emphasized. A transcultural approach is used to assess the holistic human being.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR3310, NUR3320

 


3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on understanding the role of the professional nurse who cares for clients with mental health needs. Students will participate in clinical care of those in need of mental health services across a spectrum of care settings. Emphasis is placed on clinical judgment skills and professional values within a legal and ethical framework. Current issues in caring for individuals, families, and communities managing mental health challenges will be discussed. Topics may include, but are not limited to, abuse and neglect, chemical dependence, coping mechanisms, therapeutic communication, stress management, support systems, and cultural and religious influences.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This didactic and clinical course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in meeting the holistic health needs of the childbearing and childrearing family. The nursing process is utilized to provide family-centered psychosocial and culturally sensitive care. Topics include, but are not limited to, maternal health, newborn and pediatric assessment, and pediatric growth and development (well/ill care). Students are provided the opportunity to utilize an evidence-based approach to critical thinking and nursing practice in various healthcare settings.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This course explores management and leadership skills for the professional registered nurse in designing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating safe and quality healthcare. The role of the RN will be emphasized as a change agent and transformational leader. Students will demonstrate the application of nursing theory, evidence-based practice, information systems, problem solving, and effective communication strategies for best practices within a nursing organization.

Prerequisites: NUR3360, NUR4410, NUR4450

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the application of the nursing process for a vulnerable population or community group in the promotion and protection of public health using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management strategies. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action, and case management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care delivery to persons, families, and populations in community settings. The nurse’s role on the community health team and an understanding of healthcare needs of different cultural groups will be studied.

Prerequisites: NUR3360, NUR4410, NUR4450

 


3 Credit Hours

This course builds upon basic nursing knowledge of pharmacology. In-depth review of drug classifications will be emphasized. Students will apply critical thinking skills to the calculation and administration of medications. A case study approach will be used to focus on the nursing role of promoting safe, high-quality pharmacological care. Advance concepts such as chemotherapy, blood administration, and critical care medications will also be explored.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This didactic and clinical course builds on the basic concepts of critical care related to multi-organ/system function and dysfunction, requiring the development of critical thinking. Nursing care relating to physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure, end of life, and clinical management of the cardiovascular system, neurological system, pulmonary system, endocrine system, and renal system are addressed. Core concepts of complex pathophysiology, evidence-based treatment modalities, and advanced nursing roles are integrated in discussions of providing care to critically ill patients.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR4440

 


3 Credit Hours

Knowledge and skills from previous courses will be integrated into case studies and simulations focused on building critical thinking and clinical judgment. Individual student plans will be developed through testing to identify strengths and opportunities for learning. Test-taking strategies will be reviewed and utilized. Preparation for the transition to professional nursing practice will be emphasized.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR4420, NUR4430