Nursing (NURS) Courses

NURS 201 Nursing Fundamentals
5 hours (3 didactic/2 clinical). Introduction and application of theories concerning clients in need of primary, acute, and restorative nursing care. Students will be introduced to basic nursing concepts, skills, and techniques of professional nursing practice. Application of health assessment and basic nursing skills in the care of individuals experiencing alterations in biospychosocial, cultural, and spiritual health status. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: BIOL 367 Essentials of Microbiology

NURS 204 Introduction to Nursing Professional Practice
2 hours. Introduction to study of professional nursing as a science and as an art. Encompasses role definition of nursing based on scientific theoretical frameworks and the art of caring. Students learn the nursing process, a critical thinking approach to problem-solving and decision-making on behalf of patients, and are introduced to evidence-based practice. Introduces definitions, historical background and status of nursing as a profession and as a discipline of applied science.
Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 210 Health Assessment
2 hours. The systematic and continuous collection of biopsychosocial, cultural and spiritual data through the assessment of clients' strengths and coping resources, actual and potential health problems, and the identification of factors that place clients at risk for alterations in health.
Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

NURS 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. An introductory seminar offered on an occasional basis addressing a current topic in the field that is of special interest to students and current faculty.

NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions
7 hours (4 didactic/3 clinical). The acquisition, integration, prioritization, and implementation of theoretical knowledge vital to the care of individuals and groups experiencing alterations in pathophysiological processes of human illnesses and injuries. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisites: NURS 201 Nursing Fundamentals and NURS 210 Health Assessment

NURS 302 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Conditions
7 hours (4 didactic/3 clinical). The acquisition, integration, and prioritization of evidence-based nursing knowledge critical to the care of individuals and families with complex pathophysiological alterations in their biopsychosocial health status. Students will synthesize and implement theoretical knowledge necessary for the provision of holistic nursing care. Additional course fee is required.
Corequisite: NURS 324 Evidence-based Nursing for Clinical Practice
Prerequisites: NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions

NURS 311 Pathophysiology
3 hours. Pathophysiology is a study of the basic principles, processes, and physiological changes of alterations in body systems. This course will provide a review of human physiology and an overview of pathophysiology, emphasizing imbalance of homeostatic mechanisms and etiology of disease. Pathophysiology of the body systems will be examined from cellular, organ, and systemic levels. Discussions and applied materials will be directed primarily toward nursing students but may also be useful to others wishing to explore healthcare-related fields.
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and CHEM 151 General, Organic and Biochemistry or instructor permission.

NURS 312 Pharmacology
3 hours. Pharmacology is the study of various drug classifications, their impact on living tissue, and their actions and distributions in the body - pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. This course will provide an overview of the therapeutic use of drugs on humans. Classes of drugs will be reviewed by body system with key drugs within each class emphasized. The molecular and cellular mechanisms of drug action will be explored, as well as specific drug pharmacokinetics and adverse reactions along with appropriate nursing interventions related to medication administration.
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, CHEM 151 General, Organic and Biochemistry, and NURS 311 Pathophysiology or instructor permission.

NURS 313 Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice
3 hours. This course will cover the science and fundamentals of human nutrition. In this course, topics covered will include nutritional requirements related to changing individual and family needs, food choices, health behaviors, prevention of chronic disease and nutrition-related public health in the United States and globally.
Prerequisite: NURS 204 Introduction to Professional Practice and NURS 311 Pathophysiology.

NURS 324 Evidence-based Nursing for Clinical Practice
2 hours. The emphasis for this course is on the elements of evidence-based practice (EBP). Focus is placed on the cyclical process of identifying clinical questions, searching and appraising the evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating the outcomes, and identifying additional gaps in the nursing knowledge. Integration of the existing evidence with clinical judgment, patient preferences, inter-professional perspectives, and other resources forms the basis for the clinical decision-making process that is inherent in improving patient, population, and organizational outcomes.
Prerequisite: Statistics (MATH 240, PSYC 240, or SOCI 340) and junior standing in the nursing program, or instructor permission.

NURS 370 Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family
3 hours. Acquisition and integration of knowledge vital to the holistic nursing care of children and families experiencing acute and chronic threats to health. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor permission.

NURS 390 Junior Academic Milestone Remediation
1 hours. The purpose of this course is to assist the nursing student explore strategies for the integration of nursing clinical practice knowledge with improved standardized test performance. Course content is individualized based on each students' specific nursing content weaknesses based on standardized test score reports. Effective test-taking strategies will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

NURS 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

NURS 411 Mental Health Nursing
5 hours (2 didactic/3 clinical). Exploration of psychiatric nursing principles of mental health promotion and illness prevention; of evidence-based treatment modalities; of hospital and community treatment options; and of nursing principles applied to specific psychiatric clinical disorders.
Corequisite:Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses.

NURS 421 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
6 hours (3 didactic/3 clinical). The study and implementation of the nursing care of childbearing women and their families throughout all the stages of pregnancy and childbirth. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses.

NURS 430 Population Health Nursing
6 hours (3 didactic/3 clinical). This course addresses population focused health promotion, and disease and injury prevention based on determinants of local, national and global health including lifestyle, environmental, cultural, and genetic factors. Addresses evidence-based clinical prevention responses, including information technology, inter-professional collaboration, population-focused advocacy partnerships, and the caring role of the professional registered nurse to improve population health and minimize the consequences of mass emergencies.
Prerequisites: NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions, NURS 302 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Conditions, NURS 411 Mental Health Nursing and Senior standing in the nursing program or instructor permission.

NURS 442 Nursing Leadership and Management
3 hours (2 didactic/1 clinical). The study of the leadership and management roles and functions filled by professional, registered nurses in a broad range of health care organizations and settings. Focus is on learning and applying core concepts of nursing leadership and management, and the requisite skills of effective nurse leaders/managers. The influence on nursing practice of theoretical, legal, ethical, economic, sociological, cultural and regulatory factors in the ever-changing health care system is examined. Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal and professional perceptions of how nursing leaders/managers impact nursing practice and patient care outcomes. Course should be taken the last semester of a students senior year in the program
Corequisite: NURS 490 Nursing Capstone
Prerequisites: NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions, NURS 302 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Conditions, NURS 411 Mental Health and senior standing in the nursing program.

NURS 450 Application of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice
2 hours. This course explores the genomic concepts and principles related to human variation in health and disease. In this course, topics covered will include basic concepts of molecular biology, inherited patterns and phenotypes related to single gene and complex human disorders, and clinical application of the family history and pedigree. In addition, application of moral, ethical and legal issues will be integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in the nursing program or by instructor permission.

NURS 452 Gerontological Nursing
2 hours. Exploration of the field of nursing that focuses on care of the older adult with chronic conditions. Includes unique healthcare needs of seniors, nursing approaches to managing these needs, ethical and legal issues that impact senior care, and exploration of the richness and wisdom of life experience shared by these members of society and families.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in the nursing program or by instructor permission.

NURS 475 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This advanced experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

NURS 481 ECG Interpretation
1 hour. This course will review cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and basic electrophysiology. Students will understand wave-forms, intervals, segments, and complexes. Through cardiac rhythm strip analysis, recognition of sinus, atrial, ventricular arrhythmias, and AV heart blocks will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions, NURS 311 Pathophysiology and NURS 312 Pharmacology or instructor permission.

NURS 482 Breastfeeding
1 hour. This course will cover the science and fundamentals of human lactation and breastfeeding. In this course, topics covered will include the bio-specificity of human milk, maternal anatomy and physiology of lactation, common breastfeeding problems, and maternal-related issues to breastfeeding.
Prerequisite: Senior standing in the nursing program or instructor permission.

NURS 483 Healthcare of the Developing World
1 hour. This hybrid course will be learning about various aspects of healthcare in third world countries. This will include studying tropical diseases not commonly seen in the United States as well as discussing general aspects of medical missions, both short-term and long-term. We will examine health issues of impoverished and underserved areas and evaluate interventions, resources, and programs for disease prevention and health promotion there. Cultural awareness and cultural humility will be an important concept throughout our discussions. This course would be beneficial for any student interested in medical missions or serving in a third world country in the future.
Prerequisite: BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 222 Anatomy and Physiology II, NURS 210 Health Assessment, NURS 311 Pathophysiology and NURS 312 Pharmacology or instructor permission.

NURS 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. An advanced seminar offered on an occasional basis addressing a current topic in the field that is of special interest to students and current faculty.

NURS 490 Nursing Capstone
4 hours (1 didactic/3 clinical). A broad review of professional nursing content and practice to prepare students for the National Council License Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) licensure exam and transition to practice as registered nurses. Students will engage in the classroom and online learning environments to systematically review nursing content and complete NCLEX practice tests. Application and integration of knowledge and skills will occur during students' practicum experiences working in partnership with clinical teaching associates to provide holistic nursing care to acute-care patients. A comprehensive, standardized examination is completed to determine each student's proficiency and readiness for entry into nursing practice. Course should be taken the last semester of the student's senior year in program.
Corequisite: NURS 442 Nursing Leadership and Management
Prerequisites: NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute Conditions, NURS 302 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Conditions, NURS 411 Mental Health Nursing and senior standing in the nursing program.