Academics

Course Descriptions

NUR 350: Bridging to Generalist Nursing Practice for RNs. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: RN license, admission to the RN to BSN Completion track, and "C" in ENG-1 course, all 3 required BIO courses, and SPE course. Co-requisite: Nur 360.

Provides a bridge to the RN to BSN Completion track for registered nurses. Focuses on integrating the Neuman Systems Model and the nursing process in providing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities/populations across the health-illness continuum. Includes validation of RN knowledge and skills from initial nursing education. (CACP Level 3) Offered every spring semester; must be taken in semester #1.

NUR 356: Pathophysiological Bases of Nursing Practice for RNs. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: RN license, admission to the RN to BSN Completion track, and "C" in all 3 required BIO courses.

A study of the pathophysiology of selected disease processes that builds on the nurse’s knowledge of life sciences and clinical manifestations and care. Addresses pathophysiological changes at the cellular, organ, system, and multi-system levels. Emphasizes the physiological rationale for nursing interventions specific to the disease processes studied. Includes implications for health across the health-illness continuum and the lifespan. (CACP Level 2) Offered every spring semester; may be delayed until semester #4 if student pursuing part-time option.

NUR 360: Health Assessment across the Lifespan for RNs (4 credits) (lab course)

Prerequisite: RN license, admission to the RN-to-BSN Completion track, and “C” in ENG-1 course, all 3 required BIO courses, and SPE course. Co-requisite: NUR 360

Nursing theory and practice in holistic assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan, that builds on the nurse’s knowledge of life and behavioral sciences, basic assessment, clinical manifestations and care, and communications. Emphasizes assessment of normal and abnormal findings in individuals of varying ages as a basis for nursing care. Laboratory experiences will be arranged with MSN-prepared preceptors in the nurse’s local community.(Offered every spring semester; must be taken in semester #1.)

NUR 370: Nursing Research & EBP for RNs (3 credits)

Prerequisites: “C” in NUR 350, NUR 360, ENG-2, and MAT (statistics)

A study of nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice that builds on the nurse’s prior knowledge of the professional literature, research basics, statistical concepts, and clinical care. Emphasizes the baccalaureate-prepared nursing roles as identifier of practice problems for study, data collector, and knowledgeable consumer of nursing research.(CACP Level 2)(Offered every summer semester; must be taken in semester #2)

NUR 450: Nursing Leadership & Change for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)

Prerequisites: “C” in NUR 350, NUR 360

Nursing theory and practice in leading groups and facilitating change as a professional nurse. Builds on the nurse’s previous knowledge and experience in managing and/or directing patient care for individuals and families. Focuses on effecting necessary change in a dynamic healthcare environment. Clinical experiences will be arranged with nurse-preceptors in the nurse’s local community. (Offered every summer semester; may be delayed until semester #5 if student pursuing part-time option)

NUR 471: Community Health Nursing for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)

Prerequisites: “C” in NUR 360, NUR 370

Nursing theory and practice in holistic care of groups and populations requiring primary, secondary, or tertiary nursing interventions. Builds on the nurse’s previous knowledge and experience in providing patient care for individuals and families. Focuses on care delivery in diverse settings in the community, including homes, clinics, schools, and/or industry. Clinical experiences will be arranged with nurse-preceptors in the nurse’s local community. (Offered every fall semester; must be taken in semester #3)

NUR 475: Professional Development for RNs (3 credits)

Prerequisites: “C” in NUR 370 & NUR 450

A seminar course examining nursing’s present dynamics and future directions for the nursing generalist including lifelong learning and service in society. Provides an opportunity for the nurse to synthesize previous learning and nursing experience with baccalaureate education and critical thinking skills to identify his/her nursing generalist role following graduation. (CACP Level 3)(Offered every fall semester; must be taken in the last semester)

Course Descriptions