College of Health Professions


Department of Nursing

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

BIOL 190 Introductory Biology for the Health Professions (4)
Basic principles of biology including process of scientific investigation, cells, macromolecules, metabolism, DNA, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Intended for College of Health Professions majors who will take additional biology courses. Not for Biology major/minor credit. Not open to those who successfully completed BIOL 201. GenEd II.A or Core: Biological & Physical Sciences. Lab/Class fee will be assessed.

BIOL 215 Essentials of Microbiology (4)
Pathogenesis of bacteria and viruses, their interactions with the human body, and methods of treatment and prevention. Three hours of laboratory per week. Recommended for Health Science majors. Not for Biology major credit. Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and CHEM 121/ CHEM 121L (CHEM 105). Lab/Class fee will be assessed.

BIOL221 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture
Cell biology, histology skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Corequisite: BIOL 221L (lab). Prerequisite: BIOL 190 or BIOL 201 with a grade of C or better. Not open to students who have successfully completed BIOL 213. To receive major Biology credit, BIOL 214 or BIOL 222/ BIOL 222L must also be completed.

BIOL221L (1) Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Cell biology, histology skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Average of three laboratory hours per week. Corequisite: BIOL 221 (lecture). Prerequisite: BIOL 190, BIOL 192, or BIOL 201 with a grade of C or better. To receive major Biology credit, BIOL 214 or BIOL 222/ BIOL 222L must also be completed. Lab/class fee will be assessed.

BIOL222 (3) Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture
Cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Not open to those who have successfully completed BIOL 214. Students who successfully completed BIOL 325 may not take this course without departmental approval. To receive Biology major credit, BIOL 213 or BIOL 221/ BIOL 221L must also be completed. Corequisite: BIOL 222L (lab). Prerequisite: BIOL 213 or 221/ BIOL 221L witha grade of C or better.

BIOL222L (1) Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Average of three laboratory hours per week. To receive Biology major credit, BIOL 213 or BIOL 221/ BIOL 221L must also be completed. Corequisite: BIOL 222 (lecture). Prerequisites: BIOL 213 or BIOL 221 / BIOL 221L with a grade of C or better. Lab/Class fee will be assessed..


CHEM 121 Allied Health Chemistry I Lecture (3)
Atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, states of matter, solutions, intermolecular forces, acids, bases and buffers, chemical equilibrium, reaction energies and rates. Not open to those who successfully completed CHEM 105/ CHEM 115. Corequisite: CHEM 121L (Allied Health Chemistry I Laboratory); CHEM 121L must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 115, MATH 119, MATH 211 or MATH 273 with a grade of C or higher. Core: Biological and Physical Sciences or GenEd II.A..

CHEM 121L Allied Health Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

Laboratory experiments to support concepts of Allied Health Chemistry I Lecture. Not open to those who successfully completed CHEM 105/115. Corequisite: CHEM 121 (Allied Health Chemistry I Lecture); CHEM 121 must be taken concurrently. Core: Biological and Physical Sciences or GenEd II.A. Lab/class fee will be assessed.

ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3)

Development of strategies for writing expository prose based on analytical reading. Intellectually challenging writing and reading activities and student-teacher interaction emphasizing collaborative and active learning. Not open to those who have successfully completed ENGL 190. Requires grade of C or better to fulfill Gen Ed or Core requirement. GenEd IA or Core: English Composition.

HLTH 331 Nutrition for Health Professionals (3)

An in-depth study of the chemical nature and utilization of nutrients: the composition, digestion, absorption of foods, and the normal nutritional requirements of the human body. Focus on nutrition and health, and nutrition and disease. Prerequisite: BIOL 190 or higher with lab or consent of the instructor.

MATH 115 Basic Mathematics for the Sciences (3)

Intended primarily for students in biology, natural sciences, environmental studies, medical technology and nursing. Functions and equations: linear, quadratic, exponential, trigonometric. Applications of concepts and skills to the life and physical sciences are stressed. Not open to those who successfully completed MATH 119. Prerequisites: one year of plane geometry and one of the following: two years of algebra or DVMT 110 or MATH 102 or MATH 103 or MATH 109 or University placement above the developmental level. GenEd I.C. or Core: Mathematics.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Psychological theories, principles and methods, with focus on measurement and experimentation, biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality and adjustment, abnormality and psychotherapy, development and individual differences. GenEd. II.C.2 or Core: Social & Behavioral Sciences.

PSYC 203 Human Development (3)

Study of research and theories related to the overall development of the human throughout the life span with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional dimensions. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or PSYC 102. GenEd II.C.2.

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Sociological concepts, theories, methods; a study of society and culture; the influence of the social environment on individual behavior. GenEd II.C.2 or Core: Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Nursing Major Course Descriptions

NURS 332 PROFESSIONAL NURSING I: INTRODUCTION TO NURSING (3)

Introduces students to the profession of nursing including the historical and theoretical basis of nursing and current issues facing the nursing profession. Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program or sophomore standing with permission of department.

NURS 333 PROFESSIONAL NURSING III: ISSUES (3)

Advanced writing course for nursing that focuses on social policy and the contemporary issues and challenges of the healthcare system and nursing. Requires grade of C or better to fulfill Gen Ed or Core requirement. Prerequisite: Junior level first semester Nursing courses. Core: Advanced Writing Seminar.

NURS 340 PATHOPHARMACOLOGY (5)

Focuses on human pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts as a basis for nursing practice. Prerequisites: All required pre-nursing prerequisites.

NURS 347 HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (3)

Prepares the student to perform and document physical and psychosocial health assessments using the Dpartment of Nursing's Conceptual Framework as a foundation. Focus is on acquisition of the psychomotor and interpersonal skills required for the nurse to enact the provider of care role and perform safe, comprehensive asseessments of infants, children, adults, and the elderly. Prerequisites: admission to the Nursing major.

NURS 356 NURS & HEALTHCARE I: FOUNDATIONS [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of foundational nursing care for adult patients/clients. Concepts integrated throughout the course include the nursing process, clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, written and oral communication, basic patient/client care and comfort, medication management, infection control, and perioperative care. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of the nurse as coordinator of care and responsibilities related to accountability for the quality of care provided in various environments, experience in patient/client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team in order to provide exemplary care. Not open to students who have successfully completed NURS 350. Corequisite: NURS 356C.

NURS 356C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE I: FOUNDATIONS CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of the nurse as provider of foundational nursing care for adult patients/clients in a variety of settings. Concepts integrated into planning and implementing care include the nursing process, clinical judgement, evidence-based practice, written and oral communication, basic patient/client care and comfort, medication managment, infection control, and perioperative care. Clinical expereinces in health care agencies and the Simulation Laboratory provide the student with opportunities to develop psychomotor skills associated with a range of fundamental nursing care interventions. The role of nurse as a coordinator of care includes a clinical focus on accountability for the quality of care provided in various enviornments, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team to provide exemplary care. Corequisite: NURS 332, NURS 340, NURS 347 and NURS 356. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing Major.

NURS 358 NURSING AND HEALTHCARE III: MENTAL HEALTH [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of nursing care for patients across developmental stages experiencing alterations in psychological and mental health. Concepts integrated throughout the course include health. Concepts integrated throughout the course include health; wellness-illness; physiological, psychological, spiritual and sociocultural dimensions; stress and adaptation; caring; communication; health promotion, maintenance and restoration. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of the nurse as coordinator of care and responsibilities related to accountability for the quality fo care provided in various environments, client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team in order to provide exemplary psychiatric care. Not open to those who have successfully completed NURS 352. Corequisite: NURS 358C. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term courses,.

NURS 358C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE III: MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of the nurse as provider of care for patients across developmental stages experiencing alterations in psychological and mental health. Concepts integrated into planning and implementing care include health; wellness-illness; physiological, psychological, spiritual and sociocultural dimensions; stress and adaptation, caring; communication; health promotion, maitenance and restoration. Emphasis is placed on clinical application of critical thinking skills and therapeutic communciation with clients in a variety of environments. The role of nurse as coordinator of care includes a clinical focus on accountability for the quality of care provided in various environments, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team to provide exemplary psychiatric care. Corequisite: NURS 358. Prerequisites: all junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 360 NURSING AND HEALTHCARE II: ADULT HEALTH & ILLNESS [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of nursing care for the adult patient/client experiencing common illnesses. An understanding of pathophysiological progression of disease provides the foundation for planning holistic patient/client care. Additional concepts integrated throughout the course include principles of evidence-based practice, health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision-making and collaboration. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of the nurse as coordinator of care and responsibilities related to accountability for the quality of care, experiences in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team in order to provide exemplary care. Not open to students who have successfully completed NURS 354. Corequisite: NURS 360C. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 360C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE II: ADULT HEALTH & ILLNESS CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of nurse as provider of care for adult patients/clients experiencing common illnesses. Concepts integrated into planning and implementing care include pathophysiological progression of disease, risk reduction, health promotion, clinical decision-making and collaboration. The role of nurse as coordinator of care includes and clinical focus on accountability for quality of care, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team in order to provide exemplary care. Corequisite: NURS 360. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 416 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE (3)

Transcultural health care principles, focusing on cultural influences on biological, psychological, sociological, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of individuals. Historical perspective to contemporary cultural health care. Prerequisite: First semester, Junior-level standing or permission of the instructor. GenEd II.C.3 or Core: Diversity & Difference.

NURS 435 PROFESSIONAL III: RESEARCH IN NURSING (3)

Develops the foundation to understand and utilize the research process in evidence-based nursing practice. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in Junior year; basic statistics or biostatistics course (MATH 231 or MATH 237; PSYC 212).

NURS 460 NURSING & HEALTHCARE IV: OLDER ADULTS (2)

Utilizes the nursing process as it relates to the unique needs of older adults. Prerequisites: Junior level Nursing courses.

NURS 472 NURSING AND HEALTHCARE V: FAMILY HEALTH [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of nursing care for women & families throughout the reproductive lifespan. Pregnancy and childbirth are presented within a philosophy of wellness and normal physiological, psychological, and sociocultural adaptation. Concepts and issues integrated throughout the course include the recognition of the impact of cultural beliefs and ethnic diversity on childbearing, and the nurse's role in reproductive health are identified along with health promotion and disease prevention through planning client teaching and the identification of risk factors. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of the nurse as the coordinator of care and responsibilities related to accountability for the quality of care, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team in order to provide exemplary care to reproductive age women and their families. Not open to students who have successfully completed NURS 462. Corequisite: NURS 472C. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 472C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE V: FAMILY HEALTH CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of the nurse as provider of care, in a variety of settings, for women and families throughout the reproductive lifespan. Pregnancy and childbirth are framed within a philosophy of wellness and normal physiological, psychological, and sociocultural adaptation. The impact of cultural beliefs and ethnic diversity on childbearing, and the nurse's role in reproductive health are considered when planning and providing nursing care. Issues in reproductive health are identified along with health promotion and disease prevention through client teaching and identification of risk factors. Emphasis is placed on the clinical application of critical thinking skills and therapeutic nursing interventions. The role of the nurse as coordinator of care includes a clinical focus on accountability for the quality of care provided in various settings, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team to provide exemplary care. Corequisite: NURS 472. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 474 NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VI: CHILD HEALTH [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of the care families whose children, at various development stages, are experiencing alterations in health. Concepts integrated throughout the course will include health; wellness-illness; physiological, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural dimensions; stress and adaptation; caring; communication; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Emphasis will be placed on classroom application of critical thinking skills, interpersonal communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions with children and their families in a variety of environments. The role of nurse as coordinator of care includes a classroom focus on accountability for the quality of care provided in various environments, experience in client advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration to provide comprehensive health care. Not open to students who have successfully completed NURS 464. Corequisite: NURS 474C. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 474C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VI: CHILD HEALTH CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of the nurse as provider of care for families whose children are experiencing alterations in health. Concepts integrated into planning and implementing care include: developmental stages; health; wellness-illness; physiological, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural dimensions; stress and adaptation; caring; communication; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Emphasis is placed on clinical application of critical thinking skills, interpersonal communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions with children and families in a variety of environments. The role of nurse as coordinator of care includes a clinical focus on accountability for the quality of care provided in various environments, experience in client advocacy, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team to provide exemplary care. Corequisite: NURS 474. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 476 NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VII: COMMUNITY HEALTH [LEC] (3)

Focuses on the role of the nurse as provider of care for complex families, aggregates, and communities. Concepts integrated into planning and implementing care include health; wellness-illness; physiological, spiritual, sociocultural dimension, stress and adaptation; caring; communication; health promotion; maintenance and disease prevention; vulnerability and environmental health. Emphasis is placed on clinical application of critical thinking skills and therapeutic nursing interventions with complex families, aggregates, and communities. The role of nurse as coordinator of care includes a focus on accountability for quality care, experience in advocacy, and collaboration whit members of the healthcare team in order to provide culturally appropriate care. Not open to students who have successfully completed NURS 482. Corequisite: NURS 476C. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 476C NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VII: COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICAL (2)

Focuses on the role of the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base of nursing care for complex families, aggregates, and communities. Concepts integrated throughout the course include health; wellness-illness; physiological, spiritual, socio-cultural dimension; stress and adaptation; caring; communication; health promotion; maintenance and disease prevention. Emphasis is placed on understanding vulnerable families and communities, epidemiologic concepts, environmental health, advocacy, and collaboration with members of the health care team in order to provide culturally competent care. Corequisite: NURS 476. Prerequisites: All junior-level first-term nursing courses.

NURS 480 NURSING & HEALTHCARE VII: ADULT HEALTH AND COMPLEX ILLNESS (3)

Examines the role of the nurse in providing care to adult clients with complex health care needs. Prerequisites: All junior level and senior level first semester courses.

NURS 484 NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (3)

Leadership roles and management functions of the nurse as coordinator of care for clients across the life span in a variety of health care environments. Prerequisites: Completion of all senior year, first semester courses.

NURS 485 CLINICAL PRACTICUM (3)

Clinical practicum that focuses on refining clinical knowledge and skills used in the professional practice of nursing. Grading: S/U. Prerequisites: Senior level, first semester courses.

 

 

 

 


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