BSN Courses


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

NURS 3305 Nutrition and Health.
(2) Summer, Fall (On-Line course)
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.
Prerequisite: None

NURS 3310 A Focus on Aging.
(1) Fall
(1 hr. class per week)
This course provides an introduction to the care of older adults while focusing on their unique physiological and psychosocial needs. Emphasis is placed on promoting healthy aging and retaining functional ability within a home or residential environment. Common health alterations of the older adult as well as safety and end-of-life care are introduced.
Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program.
Corequisites: NURS 3311, NURS 3400, NURS 3312, NURS 3305

NURS 3311 Health Assessment
(4) Fall
(3 hr. class, 3 hrs. lab per week)
This course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments on patients. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of stressors and health risks. Laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills.
Prerequisite: RN status or admission to the BSN program
Corequisites: NURS 3310, NURS 3400, NURS 3312, NURS 3305

NURS 3312 Foundations of Nursing Practice.
(4) Fall
(3 hrs. class 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
This course provides an introduction to the professional roles of the nurse in micro- and macrosystems, as well as profession-related and patient care concepts. The nursing process provides a decision-making framework to assist students in developing effective clinical judgment skills. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care while developing in the role of a professional nurse. The student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a clinical laboratory setting.
Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program.

Corequisites: NURS 3305, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3400
NURS 3321 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
(3) Interim
This course provides an introduction to the pharmacologic concepts and skills essential for nursing practice including the basic science of drugs, dosage calculations, and medication administration techniques. It also introduces the nursing process as it relates to drug therapy.
Prerequisite: NURS 3311, NURS 3310, NURS 3312, NURS 3400

NURS 3330 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families
(4 hrs. class, 6hrs. lab/clinical per week) (6) Spring
This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of mothers, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on normal and high risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, family dynamics, common pediatric disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors in patients. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to mothers, newborns, and children in selected settings.
Prerequisites: NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3400, NURS 3321
Corequisites: NURS 3331, NURS 3350

NURS 3331 Pharmacology in Nursing.
(4) Spring
(4 hrs. class per week)
This course provides an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, including: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication interactions and potential adverse medication reactions. Emphasis is placed on drug classifications and nursing care related to the safe administration of medication to patients across the life span.
Prerequisite: NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3400, NURS 3321
Corequisites: NURS 3330, 3350

NURS 3350 Medical Surgical Nursing I
(5) Spring
(3 hrs. class, 6 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
This course focuses on the care of adult patients with health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of patients with alterations in selected body functions. Concepts of patient centered care, cultural sensitivity, informatics, safe practice, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to adults in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite: NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3400, NURS 3321
Corequisites: NURS 3331, NURS 3330

NURS 3400 Mental Behavioral Health Nursing
(4) Fall
This course focuses on the care of patients across the lifespan experiencing cognitive, mental and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on management of patients facing physical, sociocultural, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional and psychological stressors as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, anger management, and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to patients in selected
mental health settings.
Prerequisites: Admission to BSN Program
Corequisites: NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3305

NURS 4430 Medical Surgical Nursing II
(7) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 12 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
This course focuses on the care of adult patients with complex medical/surgical health problems. Emphasis is placed on helping patients and their families cope with alterations in body functions. Concepts of pharmacology, health promotion and education, evidence based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration will be integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to patients and selected groups in a variety of settings.
Prerequisites: All junior level nursing courses
Corequisites: NURS 4431, NURS 4440

NURS 4431 Research in Nursing.
(3) Fall
(3 hrs. class per week)
This course is designed to assist students in developing a sense of inquiry as well as an increased understanding of research strategies. The course will introduce students to the research process with exploration of research designs, sampling strategies, and data analysis methods. Evaluation of research findings and use of nursing research as the basis for evidence-based practice will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: All junior level nursing courses

NURS 4432 Senior Capstone/NCLEX Synthesis
(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. A research project is completed and presented from a proposal developed in NURS 4431.
Prerequisites: All Junior-Level Nursing & Senior Fall Courses
Corequisites: NURS 4450, NURS 4460

NURS 4433 Medical Surgical Nursing III
(4) Spring
(4 hrs. class per week)
This course focuses on advanced concepts of nursing care as they relate to patients across the lifespan with complex, multisystem alterations in health. Emphasis is placed on implementing time management and organizational skills while managing the care of patients with multiple needs and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team. Complex clinical skills, as well as priority setting, clinical judgment, and tenets of legal and ethical practice, are integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisites: All Junior level courses; NURS 4430, NURS 4431, NURS 4440
Corequisites: NURS 4432, NURS 4450

NURS 4440 Nursing Care: A Community Focus.
(4) Fall
(3 hrs. class, 3 hrs. lab/clinical per week)
This course is intended to introduce students to nursing care of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. Principles and practices of community health are discussed. Emphasis is placed on assessing factors that influence the health of populations and the use of evidence-based practices in the delivery of spiritually and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease prevention interventions. The role of the nurse as advocate for social justice is explored. Prerequisites: All Junior-level Nursing courses
Corequisites: NURS 4430, NURS 4431

NURS 4450 Leadership
(6) Spring
(2 hrs. class per week, 180 total hours of clinical practice per student)
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to be a nursing leader who can function as a contributing member of the interprofessional team. The development of transformational leadership skills and management techniques needed to coordinate the provision of safe, quality patient patientcentered care are highlighted. Emphasis is placed on professional behaviors, communication that supports information exchange, collaboration and conflict mediation, ethical comportment and establishment and provision of evidenced based practice. Students will develop the skills of delegation and conflict management. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Students will be given the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professional nurse in their preceptorship to provide care for a caseload of patients where they can demonstrate
professional behaviors, communication skills, collaboration with healthcare team members and ability to use conflict mediation skills and ethical comportment.
Prerequisites: All Junior-Level Nursing Courses and NURS 4430, NURS 4440, NURS 4431
Corequisites: NURS 4432, NURS 4433

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.
Prerequisite: Completion of 2/3 nursing major courses, 3.0 GPA, and permission.


NURS 3411 Health Assessment for RNs
This course provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and cephalocaudal assessment on persons throughout the lifespan, with emphasis on building knowledge and skill in data acquisition.

NURS 3413 Transition to Professional Nursing
A course focusing on the transition from technical to professional nursing. It addresses the scope and standards of professional nursing practice, the theoretical basis of practice, the ethical and legal components of practice, information management and application of patient care technology, and inter professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.

NURS 3440 Theories and Policy Perspective
A course designed to enhance knowledge of the relationship between health care policy and professional nursing. This course will explore the broader context of health care including how patient care services are organized and financed, and how reimbursement is structured. Regulatory agencies define boundaries of nursing practice and students need to understand the scope and role of these agencies. There will be discussion how health care issues are identified, how health care policy is both developed and changed, and how that process can be influenced through the efforts of nurses, other health care professionals, and lay and special advocacy groups. Students are introduced to nursing theorists and their theories of nursing with an emphasis on developing an understanding of how it is used in evidence-based practice.

NURS 3432 Evidenced Based Practice/Research
A course that focuses on professional nursing practice that is grounded in the translation of current evidence into practice. It is designed to assist students in developing a sense of inquiry, including the research process, designs, sampling strategies, data and analysis methods, protection of human subjects and patients, and the dissemination of nursing knowledge to improve patient outcomes.

Interim Course Students have the opportunity to take a course offered during the interim period, but Nursing will be offering the following on-line course.

NURS 4405 Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Therapy
This course explores complementary and alternative therapies that are a group of health care systems, practices, and products that are not commonly considered part of conventional medicine. These may be used in conjunction with or in place of conventional medicine practices. Some therapies that will be examines are aromatherapy, herbs, massage, joint manipulation, Reiki, reflexology, Rolfing, special diets, meditation, acupuncture, biofeedback, and bioelectromagnetics.

NURS 4431 Pharmacology
The purpose of this course is to examine pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of wellness in diverse individuals across the lifespan. It focuses on drug classification, concepts and principles of pharmacology with special consideration for the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy through the use of the nursing process. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy are examined. Safety and legal implications of drug administration are discussed.
* This course may be challenged by exam

NURS 4441 Community Health
A course directed toward the nursing care of aggregate systems within a community. Topics include community health nursing roles and basic concepts of community health. Addresses the implementation of population-focused care through the nursing process, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills. Includes the importance of health promotion, along with disease and injury prevention, throughout the lifespan and the assistance of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations to prepare for and minimize consequences of emergencies, including mass casualty disasters, infectious and communicable disease, and bioterrorism. The course includes a practicum where the student integrates concepts from theory within a health care environment. Theory and practicum are designed to build on the student’s professional experience and to prepare them for population-focused practice in community public health settings where they can meet the health needs of the community. The practicum is overseen by the instructor and developed and designed in collaboration with the student.

NURS 4460 Leadership in Nursing
Focuses on nursing leadership including developing and refining knowledge, skills, and attitudes in working within organizational and community arenas. Also focuses on the actual provision of care and/or supervising care provided by other licensed and non-licensed assistive personnel. Examines nursing leadership and management through use of a systems approach with a focus on quality and safety of client care. Discusses leadership models, behavior, and strategic planning at various organizational levels. Focus is on use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and propose quality improvement initiatives, consider enduring practice issues, social justice/diversity issues, as well as, address personal/professional development. Leadership and management roles assumed in clinical practice and increasing autonomy in patient care are guided through preceptorial experiences.

NURS 4461 Capstone: Global Health Care Issues, Trends, and Informatic s
This course provides an introduction to the concepts and issues related to global health promotion. Special consideration will be given to infectious and communicable diseases, environmental issues, nutrition, and vulnerable populations. International health organizations and governmental policy will also be analyzed. Informatics in healthcare will cover the design, development, implementation, and support of computer-based information systems. With innovations in healthcare technology, unique opportunities and challenges for the end-user will be considered and carefully addressed. This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of confidentiality issues surrounding information management. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of the impact information management systems have on the healthcare team, delivery of care, efficiency and productivity, patient
safety, and health outcomes.