Academics

Course Descriptions

NUR 301: History & Trends in Professional Nursing. (2 credits; 2-0-0)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Major.

An introduction to professional nursing, including an overview of the historical and sociocultural bases of nursing, wellness, and healthcare in modern society. The concepts of the Neuman Systems Model and the roles of the nursing generalist are emphasized. (CACP Level 3) Offered fall semester.

NUR 303: Pathophysiological Bases of Nursing Practice. (3 credits; 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Major.

A study of the pathophysiology of selected disease processes, building on the student‘s knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. Addresses pathophysiological changes at the cellular, organ, system, and multi-system levels. Incorporates nursing interventions specific to the disease processes studied. Includes clinical findings and implications for health across the health-illness continuum and the lifespan. Offered fall semester.

NUR 311: Health Assessment for Nursing Practice. (3 credits; 2-3-0)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Major.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan, building on the student‘s knowledge of biology, human anatomy and physiology, behavioral science, religion, and communications. Emphasizes assessment of "normal" findings in healthy individuals as a basis for future assessment of "abnormal" findings. Two classroom and three campus laboratory hours per week.

Offered fall semester.

NUR 313: Fundamentals of Generalist Nursing Practice. (4 credits; 2-0-6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Major.

Nursing theory and practice in basic nursing care, communication, and interventions with individuals across the lifespan. Emphasizes basic nursing skills to meet comfort and treatment needs, physiological monitoring, medication administration, and perioperative care, including implementation, adherence to national patient safety goals, and documentation of care. Two classroom, six campus/clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

NUR 320: Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice. (3 credits; 3-0-0)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 301, NUR 303, NUR 311, and NUR 313.

An introduction to nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice, building on the student‘s knowledge of the scientific process, mathematical and statistical concepts, and nursing care. Emphasizes the generalist nursing roles of identifier of practice problems for study, data collector, and knowledgeable consumer of nursing research. (CACP Level 3) Offered spring semester.

NUR 322: Pharmacological & Nutritional Bases of Nursing Practice. (3 credits; 3-0-0)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 301, NUR 303, NUR 311, and NUR 313.

A study of pharmacological interventions and nutritional considerations in nursing practice, building on the student‘s knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and pathophysiology. Emphasizes pharmacodynamics, developmental and cultural considerations, and major categories of medications and normal nutrition. Includes clinical findings and implications for health promotion and risk reduction across the lifespan. Offered spring semester.

NUR 330: Adult Health Nursing Practice I . (5 credits; 3-0-6)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 301, NUR 303, NUR 311, and NUR 313.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of individuals requiring secondary and tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on young, middle, and older adults who are experiencing or are recovering from selected medical and/or surgical stressors. Three classroom and six clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester.

NUR 332: Mental Health Nursing Practice. (4 credits; 3-0-3)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 301, NUR 303, NUR 311, and NUR 313.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of individuals requiring primary, secondary, or tertiary nursing interventions related to psychological and sociocultural stressors. Focuses on adolescents and adults who are confronting selected mental health stressors. Three classroom and three clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester.

NUR 401: Selected Topics in Nursing Practice. (2 credits; 2-0-0)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 330, and NUR 332.

An opportunity for in-depth study of a special area of interest in nursing practice or health promotion/risk reduction. Students will select from specific elective offerings within the Department of Nursing. Clinical laboratory experiences related to these topics may be included in NUR 434. (CACP Level 3)

Offered fall semester. [Examples of possible offerings include Forensic Nursing, Health Literacy, Nursing Informatics, Parish Nursing, Disaster Nursing, Alternative and Complementary Health, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Telehealth, Transcultural Nursing, and Perioperative Nursing.]

 

NUR 411: Adult Health Nursing Practice II. (5 credits; 3-0-6)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 330, and NUR 332.

A continuation of nursing theory and practice in holistic care of individuals requiring secondary and tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on young, middle, and older adults who are experiencing or are recovering from selected medical and surgical stressors. Three classroom and six clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

 

NUR 413: Nursing the Childbearing Family. (4 credits; 3-0-3)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 330, and NUR 332.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of childbearing families requiring primary, secondary, and

tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on mothers, newborns, and expanding families across the reproductive lifespan. Three classroom and three clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

 

NUR 415: Nursing of Children & Families. (4 credits; 3-0-3)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 330, and NUR 332.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of children and families requiring primary, secondary, or tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on infants, children, adolescents, and their families experiencing physiological and/or developmental stressors. Three classroom and three clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

 

NUR 420: Professional Development as a Nursing Generalist. (2 credits; 4-0-0)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 401, NUR 411, NUR 413, and NUR 415.

A seminar course examining career pathways for the nursing generalist plus lifelong learning and service in society. Includes preparation for licensing and entry-level employment as a professional nurse. Graded on a pass/fail basis. Four hours classroom/seminar per week.  Offered spring semester.

 

NUR 430: Critical Care Nursing Practice . (3 credits; 2-0-3)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 401, NUR 411, NUR 413, and NUR 415.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of critically ill patients and their families requiring secondary and/or tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on life-threatening stressors encountered by individuals and their families. Two classroom and three clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester.

NUR 432: Nursing Practice with Diverse Populations & Settings. (4 credits; 3-0-3)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 401, NUR 411, NUR 413, and NUR 415.

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of groups and populations requiring primary, secondary, or tertiary nursing interventions. Focuses on care delivery in diverse settings in the community, including homes, clinics, schools, and/or industry. Three classroom and three clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester.

 

NUR 434: Leadership, Management, & Change in Nursing Practice. (4 credits; 2-0-6)

Prerequisites: C or higher in NUR 401, NUR 411, NUR 413, and NUR 415.

Nursing theory and practice in leading and managing groups as a professional nurse. Focuses on effecting necessary change in a dynamic healthcare environment. May include opportunity for clinical laboratory experiences in the area of special interest addressed in NUR 401. Three classroom and six clinical laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester.

(Note: Contact hours for classroom, campus laboratory, and clinical laboratory components are listed in parentheses following the course title, so for a 4-credit course, 2-3-3 equals 2 hrs/week of classroom, 3 hrs/week of campus laboratory, and 3 hrs/week of clinical laboratory experience.)

Course Descriptions