NURSING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Nursing Program Course Descriptions

 

NUR 300        Strategic Mapping to Attain Realistic Tools for Success [S. M. A. R. T. S.] (0 credits)

SMARTS is design to familiarize students to the role of professional and student nurse, medical and research terminology, and tools to increase success in the nursing program. This online self-directed course will promote organizational tools, familiarization with online learning platforms, studying aids, critical thinking skills, and methods to increase socialization to nursing culture. This course will be offered in summer session prior to the beginning of Year 3, Semester 1 (Junior Year).

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 

NUR 301        Fundamentals of Nursing (4 credits)

The Fundamentals of Nursing course provides students with knowledge of theory and foundation concepts related to nursing practice. Students will be introduced to basics of health and wellness, medical terminology, med-math, and the nursing process. Students will have laboratory and clinical experiences to learn basic nursing skills and to socialize them to the culture of nursing. 

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 

NUR 302        Health Assessment and Promotion (4 credits)

Health Assessment and Promotions is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to collect relevant health assessment data using a multi-dimensional approach. Students are introduced to a variety of devices and procedures used to collect data used in assessing the structure and function of the human body. Psychological, social and cultural aspects of assessment are also introduced to assist students to analyze the influence of the environmental on human body and function. Normal growth and development will also be assessed. This course includes information and learning exercises healthcare teaching.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 

NUR303         Nursing Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course focuses on the pathophysiology of common disease conditions affecting human beings across the lifespan.  Content builds on basic anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry content obtained from earlier courses.  The pathophysiologic bases of common human health alterations and associated clinical manifestations are discussed.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 


NUR 304        Adult Health Nursing I (4 credits)

This course applies the principles of the nursing process to the care of adult and older adult patients. Principles of primary care and stressors affecting functional status are examined. The application of evidence-based nursing principles is emphasized during laboratory and clinical experiences.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302; NUR 310; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 

NUR 306        Mental Health Nursing (4 credits)

This course provides instructional and clinical learning experiences in the provision of evidence-based healthcare to individuals, families and groups experiencing mental health issues. The role of nurses as communicator, caregiver, and advocator of the client’s rights is emphasized. The course introduces students to maladaptive behaviors and the importance of safe and competent nursing skills. A holistic approach that integrates physiological and mental health nursing is emphasized.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302; NUR 310; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 300 level nursing courses 

 

NUR308         Nursing Informatics & Technology/Computer applications II (3 credits)

This course explores the impact of technology on healthcare, medical record keeping, the influence of HIPAA on record keeping and technological variables in nursing practice. It focuses on the role of the nurse in electronic information handling and considerations for strategic planning. Students are introduced to applications of computers in the area of spreadsheets, database management, presentation, structured programming, and web programming. Desktop software such as Microsoft office as well as a programming language compiler will be utilized in this course.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

 

NUR406         Maternal/Child bearing Nursing (4 credits)

This course provides both relevant instructional and clinical learning experiences for nurses in providing care to the childbearing family during ante-partum, intra-partum and postpartum periods in a variety of settings. Health issues relating to growth and development are explored as they relate to women’s health prior, during, and post childbirth. The role of the nurse in health promotion and disease prevention for childbearing and childrearing families is emphasized. Attention will be given to social, cultural, and factors that affect women’s health.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses 

 

NUR310         Pharmacology (3 credits)

This course explores pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug actions and interactions, environmental factors and safety precautions during medication administration. Special considerations are given to the effects of drugs on different age groups and to the nurse’s responsibilities in drug therapy.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses

 

NUR402         Nursing Research (3 credits)

This course introduces nursing students to the fundamentals and principles of the research process and their application in nursing. The importance of reviewing, understanding and evaluating research findings related to the practice of nursing is emphasized.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses & 300 level courses; NUR 310; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses 

 

NUR403         Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)

This course provides students with the foundations for critically analyzing ethical dilemmas in nursing practice. Ethical theories including moral developmental theories will be discussed. The course will help students to clarify values and promote moral reflection in the context of contemporary health-care challenges. Emerging issues as involving emerging technologies and political, legal, socio-economic, and fiscal factors will be examined.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses & 300 level nursing courses for nursing students (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses for nursing students

 

NUR404         Adult health Nursing II (4 credits)

This course builds on previous learning related to holistic patient care. Students will examine selected stressors of acute and chronic illnesses of adult and older adults. Strategies for prevention will be explored. Principles of evidence-based practice will be applied in laboratory and clinical experiences. Leadership skills will continue to be honed in learning experiences.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310 (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses for nursing students

 

NUR405         Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 credits)

This course expands the theoretical and experiential foundations of population-based nursing as highlighted in Healthy People 2020. Emphasis is placed on disease prevention especially for vulnerable and underserved populations. Historical, political, economic, ethical, social, psychological, and cultural factors that promote and adversely impact health are examined along with contemporary health issues.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing courses for nursing students; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses for nursing students

 

NUR408         Nursing Care of Children and Families (4 credits)

This course teaches students to develop competencies to manage healthcare of children and adolescents especially those who are experiencing problems during bio-psychosocial adaptation.  Roles of the professional nurse, including communication, ethics and cultural competency, in promoting health and adaptation for the child within the context of the family are emphasized in a variety of healthcare settings. Focus will be placed on application of the nursing process to the care of well and ill children.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses 

 

NUR414         Capstone Senior Seminar (4 credits)

This course builds on the previous learning related to holistic patient care for adults, older adults, and critically ill patients with complex healthcare needs. Students engage in self-directed study to enhance their physical assessment skills. Students demonstrate critical thinking in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans of care. Students integrate principles of advocacy, collaboration, coordination and evidence-based care to meet the complex needs of clients during clinical experiences.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310; NUR 404; NUR 406; NUR 408; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses 

 

NUR411         Population Health Nursing (4 credits)

This course provides instructional and clinical learning experiences on the principles of community health, public and family health nursing. Students are trained to conduct community and family health assessments using basic epidemiological principles and data collection strategies. Students will also be required to engage in health promotion and maintenance strategies in a variety of community health settings.

Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310; NUR 404; NUR 406; NUR 408;

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses 

 

NUR412         Nursing Leadership & Management (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the analysis of nursing leadership and management from a systems perspective. An organizational structure is developed that shows how the nursing unit fits within the larger structure. Various leadership behaviors are examined and compared to those of a nurse leader in the healthcare setting. The promotion of assertive behavior in the professional role as well as awareness of interdisciplinary standards is emphasized.

 Pre-requisites: All Pre-nursing courses and 300 level nursing courses; NUR 301; NUR 302;  NUR 304; NUR 306; NUR 310; NUR 404; NUR 406; NUR 408; (Students must have a C or better in these courses)

Co-Requisites: All 400 level nursing courses