Course Descriptions

Lower-Division Courses (BSN and Pre-Med BSN Tracks)

(Nursing Core)

NUR 100. Introduction to Professional Nursing and Health (1) The course explores career opportunities in professional nursing. The process of moving toward optimal health through positive changes and life-style behaviors is addressed. Prerequisite: Declare a pre-nursing major or permission of Division Chair.

NUR 201. Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition (2) The study of the human body’s physiological response to normal nutrition throughout the lifespan. The course further emphasizes nursing care of the patient with health promoting guidelines and patient diet therapy for various system disorders. Prerequisite: Declare a pre-nursing major or permission of Division Chair.

NUR 202. Med Math (1) A course to focus on safety and accuracy in the calculation of medications. Students will understand the differences in the systems of measurement and how to safely calculate between the systems. Drugs will be calculated in the liquid, pill, mixture, and concentration methods. Prerequisite: Declare a pre-nursing major or permission of Division Chair.

NUR 300. Foundations of Nursing Care (3) Assessment of physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions of the client across the lifespan. Psychomotor skills are introduced that address comfort, hygiene, safety and other advanced nursing skills. Prerequisites: BIO 231/233; Prerequisites/Corequisites: NUR 100, 201, and 202; BIO 232/234. A minimum grade of C must be obtained in the prerequisite and corequisite courses.

Upper-Division Courses (BSN and Pre-Med BSN Tracks)

(Prerequisites for all courses: Completion of the Nursing Core)

The following courses are to be taken sequentially according to the Nursing Paradigm and/or Pre-Med Nursing Paradigm. The Division of Nursing has the option to change the sequencing and the prerequisites/corequisites as the need arises.

NUR 301. Health Assessment (2) Focuses on the nursing assessment of the whole person and includes physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment. The emphasis is on the development of skills in obtaining a health history and performing a health examination. Prerequisites: Admission to the Professional Component; corequisites: NUR 330.

NUR 302. Pharmacology (3) Introduction to basic concepts of pharmacology: drug classification, routes of administration, standards, legislation and nursing responsibilities. Mathematics for dosages and solutions and developing drug administration skills are also addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Component.

NUR 303. Human Pathophysiology (3) This course is an introduction to the study of the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function. Disorders affecting cells, organs, and systems involved in the regulation of structure and functions within the human organism. Disease processes will be explored as they relate to genetics, ethnicity, environment and age. Prerequisite: NUR 420

NUR 310. Community Mental Health (5) Focuses on the family as the unit of nursing care, especially on those experiencing alterations in mental health through the life cycle, and those from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Prerequisite: NUR 420.

NUR 320. Childbearing Family (5) Focuses on health promotion and maintenance to the pregnant woman and her family in a variety of settings. Prerequisite:. NUR 310.

NUR 330. Adult Health I (5) Application of the nursing process to meet the bio-psycho-social needs of the client in relation to age, developmental stage, cultural orientation, resources and environment. Students examine the pathophysiological changes experienced by clients in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Component.

NUR 401. Scientific Inquiry (3) (W) The primary purpose of this course is to promote interest and participation in the research process, particularly research conducted by health care leaders. Nursing research improves patient care and demonstrates that nurses are key members of the health care team. Critiquing research and understanding the importance of evidence-based practice is essential to the practice of nursing. Prerequisite: NUR 320.

NUR 410. Adult Health II (5) Students examine the pathophysiological and psychosocial changes in clients in acute care and rehabilitation settings. Students enhance their psychomotor, community and leadership skills while collaborating with other health care workers and with families. Prerequisite: NUR 320.

NUR 411. Child and Adolescent Health (5) The utilization of developmental theory and nursing process in providing care to children, adolescents and their families. Altered states of health are examined as they affect normal growth and development. Prerequisites: NUR 410

NUR 420. Community as Client (5) Using community health theory, research findings and practice settings, students assess physical, social and cultural environments of groups; identify at-risk populations; and examine appropriate nursing interventions. The student functions as a change agent in planning and implementing a project designed to meet an identified group health need. Prerequisite: NUR 330.

NUR 430. Leadership and Management (3) (W) The study of the nurse as leader and case manager of client care. Students synthesize and apply theories of nursing, leadership, change and management; they explore issues of access, availability, utilization, quality of health and the role of health care workers in providing leadership toward resolutions. Prerequisite: NUR 411.

NUR 440. Practicum: Hospital (3) Working with a preceptor in a hospital setting, the student will actively participate in the management of nursing care for individuals, with an emphasis on clinical practice from a theoretical, holistic and wellness oriented perspective. Prerequisites: NUR 445.

NUR 445. Critical Care (5) The course offers a continuing learning experience designed to further the students’ ability in the application of the nursing process. The emphasis is placed on the assessment and care of patients with complex, life-threatening illnesses. Building on nursing concepts and the liberal arts and sciences, students examine the pathophysiological changes experienced by patients in the acute care setting. The role of the nurse as a caregiver and as a member of the health care team is emphasized. Prerequisite: NUR 411.

NUR 460. Senior Seminar (3) Decision-making, collaboration and the management of change, of power and of conflict are emphasized. The course addresses professional accountability and critical thinking in analyzing contemporary issues; it also focuses on professional development, leadership styles and nursing and management philosophies. Prerequisite: NUR 445.

NUR 499. Special Topics (1-3) A course of individual study or research. Admission by approval of department chair. Hours and credits to be arranged by faculty facilitator.