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Undergraduate Curricula

The faculty in Nursing believes that its’ overall contribution to the university's commitment to students and to society is through preparing its graduates for a career in professional nursing. The pre-professional program requires at least forty-nine credit hours of English, mathematics, social sciences, chemistry, and biology courses.

In the Department of Nursing, a clock hour is equivalent to one fifty minute lecture or discussion period, two laboratory periods, or three sixty minute clinical periods. Instructional hours are over a 16 week period plus registration week and a week for final evaluations.


Nursing Course Descriptions

0910 BRIDGE I (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Corequisite: HSC 2150.
A course to improve the success of students entering the professional nursing sequence.
Development of critical thinking skills for critical judgments and problem solving.

0920 BRIDGE II (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Completion of all sophomore level courses.
A required course for any student who earns a grade of D or F in a nursing course at the sophomore level.
Review of course content on an individualized basis in order to promote critical thinking and application to simulated nurse-patient situations.

0930 BRIDGE III (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Completion of all junior-level courses.
A required course for any student who earns a grade of D or F in a nursing course or who fails an end-of- course examination at the junior level.

0940 BRIDGE IV (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Completion of all senior courses.
A required course for any student who earns a grade of D or F in a nursing course or who fails an end-of-course and/or end-of-level examination at the senior level.

0950 ENRICHMENT (1)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.
Enhancement of student learning throughout the nursing program to meet level competencies.
Course is taken for five semesters beginning spring semester sophomore level.

2100 HEALTH PROMOTION (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program.
Corequisite: 2150, 2200, NURS/HSC 3321.
Health promotion and illness prevention across the life span for individuals, families, and communities. Exploration of concepts such as alternative health strategies, environment, health, exercise, nutrition counseling, screening, and wellness.

2150 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.
Corequisite: 2200, 2100, NURS/HSC 3321.
Professional practice of nursing with an emphasis on the nursing process and critical thinking.
Client advocacy, documentation, ethics, health care systems, history, legal implications, nursing theories, and professional nursing roles.

2190 INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: CHEM 1050.
Study of nutrients, their function, food sources, and utilization.
Current issues in nutrition explored.
Based on adult needs and the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle.

2200 NURSING PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (4)
(4) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program; consent of the department; BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021, 2059; CHEM 1050.
Corequisite: 2150, 2100. (No corequisite for RN students.)
Altered physiological and pathologic aspect of human disease across the life span.
Critical thinking in the process of integrating elements of pathophysiology and nursing in the management of illness and health promotion.

2250 HEALTH CARE ETHICS (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Consent of the health sciences program coordinator/department of nursing.
Exploration of ethical theory as a framework for professional judgment and decision making. Examination of ethical dilemmas frequently encountered in the health professions.
Credit not given for both NURS 2250 and H SC 2250.

2300 NURSING PROCESS IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF PHARMACOLOGIC AGENTS (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Mathematics requirement; BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021; CHEM 1050; NURS 2200 (NURS 2200 may be taken concurrently with permission of the department).
Introduction to basic pharmacology. Emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills in the administration of pharmacologic agents.

3375 HEALTH POLICY (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Consent of the health sciences program coordinator/department of nursing.
Introduction to the components and function of health care systems.Emphasis on the US health care system, but approaches to health care in other countries are discussed. Critical examination of healthcare systems. Attention given to the roles of health care professionals as they interact with health care systems. Credit not given for both NURS 3375 and H SC 3375.

3000 PSYCHOSOCIAL CONCEPTS (2)
(2) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2150, 2300, 2200, 2100,  NURS/HSC 3321.
Corequisite: 3050, 3150; PSYC 4190.
Introduction to the interactive nature of the nurse-client relationship with a major emphasis on the development of therapeutic communication skills, therapeutic use of self, and identification of coping/defense mechanisms. Development of skills in conducting a culturally sensitive mental health assessment and applying theory based therapeutic nursing interventions to commonly seen client-care situations related to anger/hostility, anxiety, depression, and alterations in self-concept. The impact of the family, group, and community on clients across the life cycle. A primary focus on primary and secondary prevention.

3050 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING LECTURE AND CLINICAL /12 (7)
(4.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2150, 2300, 2200, 2100, NURS/HSC 3321.
Corequisite: 3000, 3150; PSYC 4190.
Nursing skills, health assessment techniques, and critical thinking in the laboratory and selected community settings. Introduction to the process of decision making as it relates to application of the nursing process.
Additional course fee.

3150 HEALTH ASSESSMENT LECTURE AND LABORATORY /5 (3)
(2) theory clock hours (3) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2150, 2300, 2200, 2100, NURS/HSC 3321.
Corequisite: 3000, 3050; PSYC 4190. (RN students: NURS 2200, 3400).
The nursing process and the role of the professional nurse in relation to health assessment. Selected methods of inquiry and investigation in gathering necessary physiological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual data. Students are required to perform a complete health assessment.
Additional course fee.

3200 CLINICAL INQUIRY (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, NURS/HSC 3321;
PSYC 4190. (RN students: NURS 3400).
Corequisite: 3250, 3300. (RN students: NURS 3450, 4100, 4300).
Skills and knowledge to promote the development of a nursing research consumer. Introduction to methods of scientific inquiry such as steps of the research process, methods of critiquing research, and ways of critically evaluating research findings and applying the results to nursing practice in a variety of settings. 

 HSC/NURS 3321 SERVICE LEARNING IN HEALTH (3)
(2) theory clock hours (1) clinical clock hours
Prerequisite: ENG 1280; BIOL 1080, or consent of Chairperson.
Link between theory and practice in authentic settings. Expands the walls of the traditional classroom, providing opportunities for active and cooperative learning, interdisciplinary projects, and multicultural experiences grounded in local community issues that enliven the teaching learning process.

3250 ADULT HEALTH NURSING I LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4190.
Corequisite: 3200, 3300.
Application of medical/surgical nursing concepts and skills to young through middle-aged adult clients using the nursing process and critical thinking skills.
Emphasis on the promotion and maintenance of physiological and psychosocial integrity and prevention of illness in a variety of community-based healthcare settings.
Additional course fee.

3300 NURSING CARE OF THE DEVELOPING FAMILY LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4190.
Corequisite: 3250, 3200.
Holistic integration of major concepts and theories used in the care of developing/expanding families from diverse cultures. Application of the nursing process, critical thinking, and problem solving for families during childbirth through health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration.
Additional course fee.

3350 SPIRITUAL CARE (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2150, 3000, 2200, 3050, 2100, 3150, NURS/ HSC 3321 or consent of the department.
Dimensions of spiritual nursing care to persons throughout the life span along the health-illness continuum.

3400 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RN STUDENT (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: For RN students only. Acceptance into the university. Consent of the department.
Corequisite: NURS 2200, 3150.
Development of a professional portfolio. Review of skills necessary to be successful in a baccalaureate degree program. Professional socialization through the exploration of professional goals.

3450 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR REGISTERED NURSES (3)
(3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: For RN students only. NURS 2200, 3150, 3400.
Corequisite: NURS 3200, 4100, 4300.
The identification and implementation of health promotion strategies for individuals, families, and community wellness.

4000 ADULT HEALTH NURSING II LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3250, 3200, 3300, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4190.
Corequisite: 4100, 4050.
Application of complex medical/surgical nursing concepts and skills to middle-aged through older adults. Critical thinking about the maintenance and restoration of physiological integrity of middle-aged through older clients. Emphasis on the care of clients with acute, chronic, and rehabilitative health care needs in a variety of community-based health care settings.
Additional course fee. 

4050 NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3250, 3200, 3300, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4190.
Corequisite: NURS 0950 , 4100, 4000.
Focus on the nursing process in the care of well, acutely ill, and chronically ill infants, children, and adolescents. Clinical experiences in clinics, emergency rooms, in-patient units, and other community based facilities.
Promotion and maintenance of wellness in pediatric clients.
Additional course fee.

4100 NURSING LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT THEORY (2)
(2) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3200, 3250, 3300, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4000. (RN students: NURS 2200, 3150, 3400).
Corequisite: NURS 0950, 4000, 4050. (RN students: NURS 3400, 3450, or 4300).
Utilization of the nursing process, principles of management, leadership, organizational structure, and change in mobilizing resources to accomplish optimum health care delivery to clients (individuals, families, groups, communities) at any point along the health-illness continuum throughout the life cycle.

4150 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)
(1-3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of the department.
Selected topics of current interest in the field of nursing.

4200 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3200, 3250, 3300, 4000, 4050, 4100,NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4000.
Corequisite: 4250, 4300, NURS 4400.
Secondary and tertiary care to individuals and groups of clients with mental disorders in acute and community health care settings across the life span. Critical thinking, the nursing process, communication, group theory, and culture. Exploration of current research and public policy.
Additional course fee.

4250 COMMUNITY-BASED CARE OF FAMILIES, GROUPS, AND POPULATIONS LECTURE AND CLINICAL /11 (6)
(3.5) theory clock hours (7.5) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3200, 3250, 3300, 4000, 4050, 4100,NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4000.
Corequisite: 4200, 4300, 4400.
Application of concepts from nursing and public health in the area of populations and communities. Use of core public health functions in developing collaborative partnerships with health care professionals, institutions, local governments, and community organizations. Application of the nursing process using leadership, scientific methods, critical thinking, and public health concepts in the care of populations and communities.
Additional course fee.

4300 NURSING LEADERSHIP /MANAGEMENT CLINICAL /FIELD (2)
(0) theory clock hours (16) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: NURS 2100, 2150, 2200, 2300, 3000, 3050, 3150, 3200, 3250, 3300, 4100, 4000, 4050, NURS/HSC 3321; PSYC 4000: (RN students: NURS 3200, 3450).
Corequisite: 4200, 4250 (RN students: NURS 3200, 3450, 4100).
Basic leadership and management principles for effective management of client care. Sixteen hours per week for six weeks. Skills in providing care for a group of clients, managing the health care environment, managing resources for care, and supervising other caregivers while operating effectively within changing political health care organizations.
Additional course fee.

4450 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-3)
(1-3) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Designed for independent research and study of special nursing/health problems. May be repeated for maximum of six credit hours under different topics.

4500 CLINICAL NURSING I LECTURE AND CLINICAL /9 (5)
(3) theory clock hours (6) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: For RN students only. NURS 2200, 3150, 3200, 3400, 3450, 4100, 4300.
Corequisite: NURS 4550.
Care of clients along the life cycle experiencing chronic and complex health problems in a variety of settings.

4550 COMMUNITY SERVICE DEVELOPMENT (2)
(2) theory clock hours (0) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: For RN students only. NURS 2200, 3150, 3200, 3400, 3450, 4100, 4300.
Corequisite: NURS 4500.
Development and implementation of a community-based health project. Identification of a population with a specific health need and implementation and evaluation of health promotion strategies to improve health related outcomes.

4600 CLINICAL NURSING II (5)
(3) theory clock hours (6) clinical clock hours per week
Prerequisite: For RN students only. NURS 2200, 3150, 3200, 3400, 3450, 4100, 4300, 4500, 4550.
Corequisite: NURS 4150.
The concept of holistic care and caring is applied to the community as client. Introduction to the application of the nursing process to public/community health concepts, scientific methods, and critical thinking.

 

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