Course Descriptions

Registered Nurse Degree Completion Option Courses

Prerequisite Course Descriptions


BIOL 215 [515] Medical Microbiology (4)
Pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, rickettsial and fungal diseases with emphasis on medically important bacteria and microbiological techniques. Recommended for students pursuing a career in medical sciences. Prerequisites: BIOL 110, BIOL 112, BIOL 190 or BIOL 201; CHEM 111 or CHEM 106 (may be taken concurrently). Either this course or BIOL 318, but not both, may count toward Biology major or M.S. degree in Biology.

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. CHEM 121L must be taken concurrently. Corequisite: CHEM 121L (Allied Health Chemistry I Laboratory). Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 115,119, 211 or 273. Not open to those who successfully completed CHEM 105/115.

CHEM 121L Allied Health Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Laboratory experiments to support concepts of Allied Health Chemistry I Lecture. CHEM 121 must be taken concurrently. Corequisite: CHEM 121 (Allied Health Chemistry I Lecture). Not open to those who successfully completed CHEM 105/115.

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. Prerequisites: CHEM 105, BIOL 190 (lab only) or special permit only.


Nursing Course Descriptions


NURS 330 Professional Nursing: Bridge (3)
Conceptual framework of Department of Nursing, including health, health promotion and maintenance for clients throughout the life span.

NURS 333 Professional Nursing II: Issues (3)
Advanced writing course for nursing that focuses on social policy and the contemporary issues and challenges of the healthcare system and nursing.

NURS 347 Health Assessment Across the Life Span (3)
Acquisition of skills for physical and psychosocial assessment across the lifespan.

NURS 416 Cultural Diversity and 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.

NURS 435 Professional III: Research in Nursing (3)
The course develops the foundation to understand and utilize the research process in evidence-based nursing practice. *Statistics is a required prerequisite

NURS 460 Nursing & Healthcare IV: Older Adults (2)
Utilizes the nursing process as it relates to the unique needs of older adults.

NURS 476 Nursing & Healthcare VII: Community Health [LEC] (3)
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 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.

NURS 489 Degree Completion Practicum (3)
Clinical practicum for the RN student with a focus on leadership and community healthcare. Prerequisities: NURS 349, NURS 333, NURS 416, NURS 435 and NURS 486/ NURS 460. Also NURS 476 and NURS 484 may be taken concurrently.

Upper level electives (5)
300-400 level course