Revised Undergraduate Nursing Course Descriptions

Prerequisites and co-requisites for the nursing courses are specified for classified students. Students-at-large and RN students should contact the Office of Admissions for the requirements for a specific course. Exceptions require the consent of the course faculty and Dean of Undergraduate Program. The nursing major is taken during the junior and senior years.

304 Nursing and Healthcare Ethics – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Pharmacological Basis in Nursing, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course is designed to develop the foundations of decision-making in health care ethics. Decisions are based primarily upon a Judeo-Christian value system which has clear expression in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Core assumptions of ethical systems used in health care ethics decision-making frameworks and models will be identified, evaluated and discussed. Critical examination of clinical cases provides opportunity to analyze ethical decisions as related to professional nursing, biophysical, and psychosocial concepts.

310 Health Assessment – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours pre-nursing courses; concurrent with or after completion of Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; prior to or concurrent with Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory. Or RN who has completed 59 credit hours pre-nursing courses or is enrolled in pre-nursing curriculum or have approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty. 

Description: This course uses active student learning to develop skills for physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual assessment of individuals with emphasis on normal variations and common abnormalities. Communication skills, interviewing techniques, and history taking skills essential to the nursing process are learned and practiced. Opportunities for practice and validation of assessment skills are provided in the laboratory.

312 Pathopyhysiology – 4 credit hours (3 hours in seat, 1 hour on-line)

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses. Concurrent with or after completion of Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical and Theory, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisites for Student-at-Large: 6-8 credit hours anatomy and physiology, 3-4 credit hours chemistry, 3-4 credit hours microbiology, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course introduces the central concepts of pathophysiology at the cellular level and how they apply to physiological changes. A variety of pathophysiological alterations are used to illustrate these central concepts. Throughout the course, the student applies previously acquired knowledge from anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology to the study of pathophysiology.

314 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses. Concurrent with or after completion of Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical and Theory, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisites for Student-at-Large: 6-8 credit hours anatomy and physiology, 3-4 credit hours chemistry, 3-4 credit hours microbiology, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course provides a broad overview of the nursing management of drug therapy. Content includes general principles of pharmacology and the legal, ethical, and safety aspects of medication administration. Drug information includes core drug knowledge for major drug classifications and prototype medications on specific body systems, as well as patient variables that influence drug therapy such as health status, life span and gender, diet, and culture. Emphasis is placed on pharmacological principles and nursing responsibilities and how they apply to drug therapy.

317 Concepts of Professional Nursing for the RN – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses, licensed as an RN, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course provides an overview of the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education and introduces the student to the philosophy and organizing framework of the College. The RN student, with unique life and work experiences, is guided to conceptualize changes in professional nursing roles. Topics discussed include caring interaction in nursing, nursing process, health promotion and maintenance, health care delivery systems, nursing theory, adult learning theories, and issues in contemporary nursing. The course provides a forum for discussion of changing perceptions and dimensions of professional nursing. The course assists the student in developing a conceptual framework for baccalaureate nursing.

318 Research for Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical, Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, and Learning Strategies; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisite for RNs: Concepts of Professional Nursing and pre-nursing Stats course or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on the research process and the use of evidence as an integral component of professional nursing. Prior learning from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing coursework serves as a basis for the assimilation of new knowledge and skills related to research and evidence-based practice. Terminology, concepts and constructs specific to research; types of research methodologies; and the steps in the research process are discussed. Levels of evidence are introduced to guide clinical decision making. Emphasis is given to locating reputable sources of evidence and determining applicability of the information to professional nursing practice.

321 Learning Strategies for Nursing Students – 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: Must be taken during first 16 week semester enrolled at the College.

Description: This course employs current educational research to assist students in becoming active participants in a learner-centered curriculum. The roles, responsibilities, and expectations of both the student and the faculty will be clarified. Students will practice various active learning strategies in both the traditional and non-traditional settings. The rationales for a learner-centered concept-based curriculum and the use of technology will be discussed as these relate to best practices in current nursing education. Concepts and theories from students’ pre-nursing liberal arts and sciences background serve as a foundation for the development of new learning skills, which will prepare the student for the professional nursing role of life-long learner. 

322 Concepts of Care for the Older Adult – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical, Pathophysiology, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, and Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course discusses and evaluates physiological and psychological concepts applicable to the older adult. Ethical, spiritual, cultural, and socioeconomic issues related to the older adult will be presented. Prior knowledge and skills in nursing, health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology will be applied in the discussion of the nursing management of the older adult across the health/illness continuum. Utilizing the nursing process, students will relate the patient's history and assessment findings, pathology, and treatment plan. The review of diagnostics and assessment findings, including functional assessment, will enable the student to plan, implement, and evaluate individualized plans of care.

324 Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory – 4 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of required pre-nursing courses; taken concurrently with Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical; concurrent with or after Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, and Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course provides a foundation for professional nursing practice. The emphasis is on theories, knowledge, and basic skills necessary to administer beginning level assessment and nursing interventions for adults. The course presents professional nursing, biophysical, and psychosocial concepts related to the professional roles of the nurse and care of the patient within the context of their environment. The health care delivery system and the political, economic, and social factors that affect health are discussed. The course introduces caring in nursing, critical thinking in applying the nursing process and managing patient care. Therapeutic communication, adult learning theory, collaboration, and legal and ethical practice necessary to engage in therapeutic interventions that promote and maintain individuals’ health are learned.

325 Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical – 2 credit hours (5 hours a week are in class/clinical, 1 hour practice lab)

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of required pre-nursing courses; taken concurrently with or after Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, Learning Strategies for Nursing Students, and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. The emphasis is on clinical experiences that will provide opportunities for students to participate in collaborative therapeutic activities in a variety of health care settings that focus on health maintenance and promotion. Clinical experiences occur in predictable situations with individuals across the lifespan. The nursing process is used to meet the patient’s needs related to health promotion and maintenance. The roles and characteristics of the professional nurse, with emphasis on the roles of caregiver and educator, are developed.

330 Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical, Pathophysiology, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, and Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on professional nursing, biophysical and psychosocial concepts related to human behavior, psychopathology, women’s health, and the care of the family across the life span. The therapeutic use of self, education principles, institution of appropriate nursing care delivery, the nursing process, and concepts of group process are utilized as interventions for health maintenance, return of optimal health status, and adaptation of patients within their environments. The collaborative relationship between the nurse and other members of the interprofessional healthcare team in the clinical settings is explored. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process in assisting patients of various ages, wellness states, and cultures to reach optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being.

331 Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical, Pathophysiology, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, and Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory. Opportunities to learn and practice therapeutic use of self, group process, cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. A variety of acute care, intermediate, and community settings are used for the promotion and restoration of health and rehabilitation for individuals, families, and groups. Clinical assignments provide opportunity to implement the nursing process to meet the needs of patients related to human behavior, psychopathology, women’s health, and the family across the life span. The collaborative relationship between the professional nurse and the interprofessional health care team in the clinical setting is further developed.

412 Trends and Issues for Professional Nursing – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on the trends and issues impacting nursing and healthcare. Topics include legal issues, informatics, regulatory processes, professionalism, health care policy, economics, quality, and care delivery systems. The responsibilities of the professional nurse in the current complex healthcare environment are emphasized.

425 Promoting Healthy Communities for the RN– 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: RN Students Only. Completion of Health Assessment and Concepts of Professional Nursing for the RN; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course integrates professional nursing, biophysical and psychosocial concepts for care of people in the community. The concepts of health promotion, safety, health care systems, immunity, infection, and oxygenation, as related to populations, will be explored and applied. Emphasis is on the leadership roles of the nurse in managing the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is on the nursing process in assisting patients of various ages, wellness states, and cultures to reach optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being of populations.

Note: For those RNs wishing to meet this course requirement with a portfolio, one year of community clinical experience (minimum of 1000 hours) is required.

426 Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical; after completion or concurrent with Nursing and Healthcare Ethics and Concepts of Care for the Older Adult; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on biophysical and psychosocial concepts related to cellular regulation, growth and development, perfusion, oxygenation, health promotion, coagulation, mobility, nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance, fatigue, elimination and inflammation in patients across the lifespan. Additionally, professional nursing, biophysical, and psychosocial concepts will be discussed as they relate to the primary concepts. Emphasis is on the nursing process in assisting patients of various ages, wellness states, and cultures to reach optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being.

427 Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory; after completion or concurrent with Nursing and Healthcare Ethics and Concepts of Care for the Older Adult; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. A variety of acute care, intermediate, and community settings are used for the promotion and restoration of health and rehabilitation for individuals, families, and groups. Clinical assignments provide opportunities to implement the nursing process to meet the physiological and psychosocial needs of patients across the lifespan with emphasis on the needs of children and individual family members. The collaborative relationship between the nurse and other health care team members in the clinical setting is further developed. The roles and characteristics of the professional nurse, with emphasis on the roles of caregiver, educator, and facilitator, are further developed.

431 Independent Study – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: Health related topics of interest to the student allows for an in-depth study to enhance student learning. An independent study with a clinical focus including a seminar and experience is available in various clinical areas. A variety of elective courses may be offered pending student interest and enrollment.

431.2 Emergency Nursing Care of Clients – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical Courses. Concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course incorporates the nursing process in nursing care that assists clients in a variety of emergency situations. The topics discussed include standards, concepts, laws, current research, and ethical implications related to emergency care of clients. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in emergency care are discussed. Emphasis is on priority setting, critical assessment, interviewing strategies, and the application of the nursing process to provide care and meet course outcomes.

431.3 Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior in Society – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course promotes a bio-psychosocial view of substance abuse and addictive behavior. It focuses on the nature, causes, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation of these problems. Students learn ways in which abused chemicals have been regarded in society and factors that may contribute to current concepts about adverse consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse and addictive behaviors. Prevention programs, formal recovery programs, and self-help programs are visited and appraised.

431.4 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical courses; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course utilizes the nursing process to study the nursing care of critically ill patients across the lifespan with a variety of problems. Topics to be covered include concepts, standards of practice, current research and ethical implications related to the care of critically ill adults. The roles and responsibilities of the nurse in the critical care setting will be discussed. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to care of the critically ill patient.

431.6 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I, II, and III Theory and Clinical courses; concurrent with or after completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course includes the study of concepts and principles from nursing and the sciences as they relate to the care of the critically ill neonatal and pediatric clients. Emphasis is placed on the psychosocial and physiologic needs of the client and family. The roles and functions of the nurse are discussed, as well as the ethical/legal issues encountered in the pediatric critical care environment. Appropriate research findings are discussed as they relate to the care of these clients. Students utilize the critical care units to observe and assist with nursing care of the neonatal or pediatric client.

431.9 Independent Study Project – 1 credit hour (This course may be repeated up to 3 times)

Prerequisite: Completion of Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, Learning Strategies for Nursing Students, and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory and Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: Investigation of health related topics of interest to the student allows for in depth study to enhance student learning. This one hour course focuses on a single service learning project that provides student experience as well as a beneficial service or education event to patients and families in various settings.

433 Experiences in Clinical Nursing-RN – 8 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Concepts of Professional Nursing - RN, and Health Assessment; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. The nursing process is implemented in a variety of acute and intermediate care settings for the promotion and restoration of health. Students participate as an integral member of the health care team to provide comprehensive nursing care to patients across the lifespan and from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Leadership, responsibility/accountability, and interprofessional collaboration are emphasized.

Note: For those RNs wishing to meet this course requirement with a portfolio, one year of community clinical experience (minimum of 1000 hours) is required.

434 Concepts in Nursing Management – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical, Nursing and Healthcare Ethics; prior to or concurrent with Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisite for RNs: Concepts of Professional Nursing and Health Assessment;concurrent with or after completion of Promoting Healthy Communities; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on the concepts and theories utilized in the managerial process related to nursing and healthcare. Topics discussed include leadership and management theories, change process, conflict resolution, communication, and decision making. The roles and responsibilities of an effective nurse manager and leader are emphasized.

436 Trends and Issues for Professional Nursing for the RN – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Registered Nurses only. Completion of Concepts of Professional Nursing for the RN; completion of or concurrent registration in Nursing and Healthcare Ethics and Nursing Research; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on the trends and issues impacting nursing and healthcare. Concepts discussed include legal issues, informatics, regulatory processes, professionalism, health care policy, and economics, quality, and care delivery systems. The responsibilities of the professional nurse in the current complex healthcare environment are emphasized.

438 Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical, Research for Nursing Practice, and Concepts in Nursing Management; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course integrates professional nursing, biophysical and psychosocial concepts related to health promotion, safety, health care systems, immunity, infection, oxygenation, perfusion, fluid and electrolyte balance and coagulation across the lifespan. Additional professional nursing concepts will be discussed as they relate to management, leadership and collaboration. Emphasis is on the leadership roles of the nurse in managing the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is on the nursing process in assisting patients of various ages, wellness states, and cultures to reach optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being. 

439 Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Clinical – 5 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical, Research for Nursing Practice, and Concepts in Nursing Management; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course applies the concepts and theories of professional nursing from the course Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory. Opportunities to learn and practice cognitive and psychomotor skills are provided in the professional skills laboratory using simulation activities and with assigned patients in the clinical settings. The nursing process is implemented in a variety of acute care, intermediate, and community settings for the promotion and restoration of health, rehabilitation for individuals, families, groups, and populations. Students participate as an integral member of the health care team to provide comprehensive nursing care to patients across the lifespan and from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Leadership, responsibility/accountability, and interprofessional collaboration are emphasized.

 

NOTE: Elective course offerings vary each year depending upon the number of students and availability of faculty.

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