Nursing Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (NURS)

Course credit hours and corresponding clock hours are shown in parentheses. One (1) class clock hour/week equals one (1) credit hour; three (3) laboratory or practice clock hours/week equal one (1) credit hour.

NURS 3305 Nutrition and Health.
(1) Fall
An introduction to nutrition concepts and current dietary trends, focusing on health promotion. Nutrients are explored with regard to sources, dietary requirements, and health implications. Student interests are incorporated.
Prerequisite: none

NURS 3310 Health Promotion I: A Focus on Aging.
(4) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
A foundation course to introduce and develop concepts, practices, and processes of health promotion in professional nursing, emphasizing the needs of the elderly. The skills of communication, problem solving, and critical analysis in nursing are included.
Prerequisite: admission to BSN program
Co-requisites: NURS 3311, 3312, 3400

NURS 3311 Health Assessment across the Life-Span.
(4) Fall
(3 hr. class, 3 hrs. lab per week)
A study of the health assessment process applied to persons of all ages, with emphasis on building knowledge and skill in data acquisition, organization, and interpretation.
Prerequisite: RN status or admission to the BSN program
Co-requisites: NURS 3310, 3312, 3400

NURS 3312 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing.
(2) Fall
(2 hrs. class per week)
An introduction to professional nursing practice and the varied roles of the nurse in multiple practice settings. Conceptual bases of the professional nursing role are explored.
Prerequisite: admission to BSN program
Co-requisites: NURS 3305, 3310, 3311, 3400

NURS 3313 Transitions: A Seminar for Registered Nurses.
(2) Fall
(2 hrs. class per week)
A study of varied perspectives and conceptual bases of the professional nursing role. The research process and research significance in nursing practice is introduced.
Prerequisites: admission to BSN program, RN status

NURS 3321 Introduction to Pharmacotherapy and Human Pathophysiology.
(3) Interim
(6 hrs. class per day)
An introduction to concepts of pharmacotherapeutics and pathophysiological processes as they relate to professional nursing. Emphasis is on the use of pharmacological agents and the skills and techniques of safe administration of medications as well as calculation of drug dosages.
Prerequisites: NURS 3310, 3311, 3312, 3400

NURS 3330 Health Promotion II: Mother, Child, and Family.
(4 hrs. class, 6hrs. lab/clinical per week) (6) Spring
A course designed to provide the student with an understanding of nursing care for mother, infant, and family and selected women‘s health issues. Emphasis is placed on the nurse‘s role in promoting the health of mother, infant, and family. Physical, developmental, and psychosocial challenges to health are examined.
Prerequisites: NURS 3310, 3311, 3312, 3321, 3400
Co-requisites: NURS 3331, 3350

NURS 3331 Pharmacology in Nursing.
(4) Spring
(4 hrs. class per week)
A course designed to build on pharmacologic concepts and skills essential for nursing practice introduced in a previous course. This course provides opportunities for analysis and synthesis of content and concepts while continuing to introduce the basic science of drugs, human pathophysiology as it relates to drug therapy, and the nursing implications related to pharmacotherapy.
Prerequisites: NURS 3310, 3311, 3312, 3321, 3400
Co-requisites: NURS 3330, 3350

NURS 3350 Health Restoration II: Adult Health Focus.
(5) Spring
(3 hrs. class, 6 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
The foundation course in nursing care of individuals and families who are experiencing challenges to health, emphasizing understanding and skill in health restoration.
Prerequisites: NURS 3310, 3311, 3312, 3321, 3400
Co-requisites: NURS 3330, 3331

NURS 3400 Health Restoration I: A Psychiatric Mental Health Focus.
(4) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
Course provides the student with a foundation in psychiatric and mental health nursing, with a focus on therapeutic communication, influences affecting mental health and illness, and nursing care for mental health maintenance and restoration.
Prerequisites: admission to BSN program
Co-requisites: NURS 3310, 3311, 3312

NURS 4430 Health Restoration III: Adult Health Focus.
(7) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 12 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
A study of advanced nursing care relevant to acutely ill patients with complex health problems. Learning experiences emphasize collaboration and critical analysis necessary in providing and coordinating care.
Prerequisites: all junior Nursing courses
Co-requisites: NURS 4431, 4440

NURS 4431 Research in Nursing.
(3) Fall
(3 hrs. class per week)
A course designed to assist students in developing a sense of inquiry, including research designs, sampling strategies, data analysis methods, and the use of research in clinical nursing practice.
Prerequisites: all junior Nursing courses
Co-requisites: NURS 4430, 4440

NURS 4432 Senior Capstone in Nursing.
(3) Spring
(3 hrs. class per week)
A seminar to assist students in synthesizing learning related to the roles and practices of professional nurses, exploring the health care system and the legal-ethical, sociopolitical, cultural, and professional issues influencing contemporary nursing.
Prerequisites: all junior-level Nursing & senior Fall courses
Co-requisites: NURS 4450, 4460

NURS 4433 Health Restoration IV: Advanced Concepts. (5) Spring (4 hrs. class, 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
This course is the third of a three-course sequence. This course provides opportunities for analysis and synthesis of content and concepts contained in previous nursing courses. The primary focus of this course is clients with complex health-care needs.
Prerequisites: all junior-level courses; NURS 4430, 4431, 4440
Co-requisites: NURS 4432, 4450

NURS 4440 Health Promotion III: A Community Focus.
(4) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
A course directed toward the knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of community health nursing. Emphasis is placed on the promotion and protection of the health of individuals and groups within the context of community. A research project is completed focusing on a problem or issue in community health.
Prerequisites: all junior-level Nursing courses
Co-requisites: NURS 4430, 4431

NURS 4450 Leadership & Role Transition.
(6) Spring
(2 hrs. class per week, 180 total hours clinical practice)
A course to facilitate the transition to professional practice. Leadership and management roles assumed in clinical practice and increasing autonomy in patient care are guided through preceptorial experiences.
Prerequisites: all junior-level Nursing courses and NURS 4430, 4431, & 4440 Co-requisites: NURS 4432, 4433

NURS 4460 Transition & Leadership for Registered Nurses.
(4) Spring
(2 hrs. class per week, 108 total hours clinical practice)
A clinical practicum to facilitate RN transition to professional practice. Principles of leadership are examined as they relate to Nursing Practice for the RN.
Prerequisites: all Nursing courses
Co-requisite: NURS 4432

NURS 4495 Independent Study in Nursing.
(variable) on demand
For students meeting requirements, the opportunity to pursue special interests beyond those in the formal course of study.
Prerequisites: completion of 2/3 nursing major, 3.0 GPA, and permission