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Nursing Course Descriptions

All course descriptions carry behind the name and number a parenthesis ( ) indicating the credit hours, lecture hours, and the lab hours per week. For example: NSCI 110 (4-3-2). The first number in the parenthesis indicates the credit value of the course (4); the second number indicates the number of lecture hours (3) per week; and the third number indicates the number of lab hours per week (2).

NURS 300  (3-3-0)  Transition to Professional Nursing: This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse and provides an overview of the delivery of professional nursing practices and role transition. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN BSN Nursing program
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NURS 310  (3-3-0)  Transcultural Nursing: This course is designed to assist the nurse to expand his/her view of man. Man is defined as functioning, whole unit with integrity and uniqueness who uses symbols to communicate with the environment. Emphasis will be placed on the concepts of culture, belief systems, health and caring, and how these concepts affect the nursing care delivery system.
Prerequisite: NURS 300 (may be taken concurrently)
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NURS 320  (3-2-1)  Health Assessment Across the Life Span: This course prepares the RN to BSN student to conduct comprehensive health assessments. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data collected from clients of all ages. A physical, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual approach is used to assess the client and to incorporate consideration of the client's needs, state of wellness, developmental level, and response to life experiences. The campus laboratory experience consists of practice with clients.
Prerequisite: NURS 300 (may be taken concurrently)
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NURS 321  (3-2-3)  Health Assessment: This course prepares the pre-licensure student to conduct comprehensive health assessments. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data collected from clients of all ages. A physical, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual approach is used to assess the client and to incorporate consideration of the client's needs, state of wellness, developmental level, and response to life experiences.
Prerequisite: Admission to the upper division
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NURS 324  (3-3-0)  Pathophysiology: This course prepares the pre-licensure student to approach complex situations systematically. Emphasis will be placed on the integration and application of pathophysiological concepts to the holistic human in time of physical stress. This course utilizes the nursing process as the basis for examining persons with pathologies requiring multiple dimensions of nursing care.
Prerequisite: Admission to the upper division
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NURS 325  (3-3-0)  Pathophysiology: This course prepares the RN to BSN student to approach complex situations systematically. Emphasis will be placed on the integration and application of pathophysiological concepts to the holistic human in time of physical stress. This course utilizes the nursing process as the basis for examining persons with pathologies requiring multiple dimensions of nursing care.
Prerequisite: NURS 300 (may be taken concurrently)
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NURS 326  (4-2-6)  Concepts Basic to Nursing: Introductory clinical course designed to introduce the student to conceptual threads and skills fundamental to the practice of nursing. The clinical component of the course allows the student to apply fundamental concepts and evidenced based clinical nursing skills to the long term care setting under the supervision of a clinical faculty.
Prerequisite: Admission to the upper division
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NURS 330  (3-3-0)  Gerontological Nursing: This course examines the process of aging. Physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of aging are examined within the context of the family and society. Advanced theoretical concepts of aging will be examined using the nursing process.
Prerequisite: NURS 300
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NURS 350  (6-6-0)  Adult Health I: This course focuses on theoretical, physiological, and pathological concepts used to address the health care needs of adult and elderly clients. Building on the foundations of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, students will examine the impacts of altered health states and plan nursing care for clients experiencing specific basic health alterations. Topics include the nursing management of patients who are experiencing selected basic health alterations related to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base imbalances, infection, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, integumentary, sensory, hematological, renal/urinary, endocrine, and altered cell growth disorders.
Prerequisite: NURS 321 And NURS 326 And NURS 365. Co-requisite: NURS 350L And NURS 324
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NURS 350L  (3-0-9)  Adult Health I Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 350. Students will have dedicated clinical experiences in peri-operative units, as well as acute and long term care settings. Principles and practices of intravenous therapy are applied to the adult client in this course. Students will also be exposed to clinical laboratory experiences including refinement of psychomotor skills and simulation activities. The clinical course allows the application of nursing skills, knowledge, and critical thinking necessary for safe effective nursing care within a controlled setting.
Prerequisite: NURS 321 And NURS 326 And NURS 365. Co-requisite: NURS 350 And NURS 324
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NURS 360  (3-3-0)  Pediatric Nursing: This course explores the physiological alterations of clients with acute and chronic health care needs. Building on the foundations of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, students will examine the impact of and plan nursing care for pediatric clients experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations. Utilizing the nursing process and nursing management, psychosocial and physiological adaptations will be examined in the context of social justice, cultural competence, and equity of health care.
Prerequisite: NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 360L
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NURS 360L  (2-0-6)  Pediatric Nursing Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 360. Students will have dedicated clinical experiences in community based and acute pediatric settings. Students will also be exposed to clinical laboratory experiences including refinement of psychomotor skills and simulation activities related to pediatric nursing. The clinical course allows the application of nursing skills, knowledge, and critical thinking necessary for safe effective nursing care of pediatric populations.
Prerequisite: NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 360
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NURS 361  (3-3-0)  Obstetrics and Women's Health: This course introduces nursing concepts related to women's health, pregnancy and care of the newborn. The unique needs of reproducing families will be explored. Building on the foundation of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, the student will explore nursing care for women with reproductive concerns as well as nursing care during preconception, perinatal, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Tasks of pregnancy, psychosocial adaptation, biological-behavioral concepts in obstetric nursing care within the context of social justice, cultural competence, and equity will be addressed.
Prerequisite: NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 361L
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NURS 361L  (2-0-6)  Obstetrics and Women's Health Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 361. Students will have dedicated clinical experiences in a variety of community and obstetrical settings. Students will also be exposed to clinical laboratory experiences including refinement of psychomotor skills and simulation activities related to obstetric nursing. The clinical course allows the application of nursing skills, knowledge, and critical thinking necessary for safe effective nursing care of women with reproductive issues and obstetric populations.
Prerequisite: NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 361
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NURS 365  (3-3-0)  Pharmacological Concepts: Survey of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy in health care. The student will explore pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of different classes of drugs, legal responsibilities, and safe drug administration.
Prerequisite: Admission to the upper division
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NURS 400  (3-3-0)  Nursing Research and Theory: This course is designed for the RN to BSN student and focuses on the cognitive and professional skills of nursing research and theory. The cognitive skills emphasized include critical thinking, problem solving, research critique, and theory utilization in professional nursing practice. The professional skills include valuing research as a basis for professional nursing practice.
Prerequisite: NURS 300
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NURS 401  (3-3-0)  Nursing Research and Theory: This course is designed for the pre-licensure student and focuses on the cognitive and professional skills of nursing research and theory. The cognitive skills emphasized include critical thinking, problem solving, research critique, and theory utilization in professional nursing practice. The professional skills include valuing research as a basic for professional nursing practice.
Prerequisite: STAT 202
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NURS 405  (3-3-0)  Psychiatric Nursing: This course introduces nursing concepts related to psychiatric/mental health. The unique needs of clients with mental-health issues are explored. Building on the foundation of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, the student will examine client responses to stressors across the life span. Tasks of biological-behavioral concepts in psychiatric nursing care, and cultural impacts will be addressed.
Prerequisite: NURS 361 and NURS 361L. Co-requisite: NURS 405L
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NURS 405L  (2-0-6)  Psychiatric Nursing Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 405. Students will have dedicated clinical experiences in in-patient, outpatient as well as community based psychiatric/mental health settings.
Prerequisite: NURS 361 and NURS 361L. Co-requisite: NURS 405
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NURS 406  (3-3-0)  Community Health Nursing: This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to assist culturally diverse populations and aggregates in the community to achieve an optimum level of wellness. Special emphasis will be placed on advanced theoretical concepts related to health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and development processes.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing And Co-requisite: NURS 406L
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NURS 406L  (2-0-6)  Community Health Nursing Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 406. This course provides students with the opportunity to apply community nursing concepts to individuals, families and communities through faculty and preceptor guided clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing And Co-requisite: NURS 406
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NURS 410  (2-2-0)  Nursing Leadership: This course is designed for the pre-licensure student to analyze the role of the professional nurse as a leader in the profession and health care delivery. The course will focus on nursing leaders as vanguards of the profession and the role of the nurse leader in health care delivery systems. Advance theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
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NURS 411  (3-3-0)  Nursing Leadership Perspectives and Trends in Contemporary Nursing Practice: This course is designed to analyze the role of the professional nurse as a leader in the profession and health care delivery. The course will focus on nursing leaders as vanguards of the profession and the role of the nurse leader in health care delivery. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework.
Prerequisite: NURS 300
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NURS 421  (3-3-0)  Nursing and Women's Health: This course is designed to focus on the current health care challenges and issues of women's health and implications for professional nursing practice. Women's roles in a complex society will be examined to facilitate increased self awareness as consumers and providers in the health care delivery system.
Prerequisite: NURS 300
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NURS 430  (5-3-2)  Contemporary Supportive Community Nursing: This course is designed to provide the opportunity for the RN to BSN student to assist culturally diverse populations and aggregates within the community to achieve an optimal level of wellness. Special emphasis will be placed on advanced theoretical concepts related to health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and developmental processes. The process of professional role development will be fostered through both independent and interdependent clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: NURS 300 And NURS 400 (may be taken concurrently)
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NURS 450  (3-3-0)  Professional Nursing Issues in Practice: This course is the capstone experience that includes synthesis of nursing cognates and general education. The experience allows students to assess their knowledge of the program objectives. The course will incorporate essential knowledge, psychomotor, and affective domains of BSN education. Students will take this course in their last semester.
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NURS 451  (6-6-0)  Adult Health II: This course is an expansion of Adult Health I and focuses on theoretical, physiological and pathological concepts used to address complex and multi-system health needs of adults and the elderly who are experiencing selected complex health alterations. Topics include the nursing management of clients experiencing selected complex health alterations related to fluid, gastrointestinal, renal/ urinary, endocrine, reproductive, sensory-neural, hematological, and neurological disorders. Additionally, the course will include the care of the critically ill as well as concepts of emergency care and disaster planning.
Prerequisite: NURS 324 And NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 451L
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NURS 451L  (3-0-9)  Adult Health II Clinical: This course is the clinical component of NURS 451. Students will have dedicated clinical experiences in acute care settings including critical care units. Students will also be exposed to clinical laboratory experiences including refinement of psychomotor skills and simulation activities related to adult health. The clinical course allows the application of nursing skills, knowledge, and critical thinking necessary for safe effective nursing care of adults.
Prerequisite: NURS 324 And NURS 350 And NURS 350L. Co-requisite: NURS 451
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NURS 480  (3-0-3)  Senior Practicum: This practicum course is designed to promote student responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice by strengthening professional nursing roles and behaviors.
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NURS 481  (2-2-0)  Capstone Theory: This capstone course is designed as a synthesis of theoretical nursing concepts through the use of case studies, application exercises and simulation activities.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing And Co-requisite: NURS 481L
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NURS 481L  (3-0-9)  Capstone Clinical: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to comprehensively apply and integrate synthesized theoretical and clinical experiences from previous nursing courses into a capstone experience. This course provides student with the opportunity to comprehensively apply clinical concepts through faculty and preceptor guided clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing And Co-requisite: NURS 481
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PNUR 210  (2-2-0)  Introduction to Professional Nursing: An introductory nursing course that covers the history of nursing, theoretical foundations of nursing, the roles of the professional nurse, professional behaviors, and an introduction to the nursing process and critical thinking.
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