Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please note:
Some course numbers may differ from what is listed in the current catalog. 

CourseSubjectHours
3103Theories and Concepts: Introduction to Nursing
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
This course is an introduction to major concepts of concern in the discipline of nursing: person, environment, nursing, and health. Nursing theories and ethical-legal principles related to professional nursing practice are studied. Also addressed are the concepts of critical thinking, communication, and cultural awareness in the context of nursing process.

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3203Pathophysiologic Process
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1134, 1234, 2144, and chemistry (3 hours).
The study of physiologic and psychosocial disorders with emphasis on dynamics of the altered state. Focus is on interpreting diagnostic tests and predicting pathophysiological adaptations which may occur as a result of these disorders.
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3211
Family Health Assessment
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1134 and 1234, Pre- or co-requisites: NURS 3103 (generic BSN); NURS 3203. Co-requisite: NURS 3211.
The focus of this course is on the assessment of the holistic person as an individual member of families, groups, and communities (IFGC). The role of the nurse in health promotion throughout the life cycle is explored by identifying normal findings. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring skills to record client histories, to perform physical assessments, and to communicate specific findings.

Family Health Assessment Clinical
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1134 and 1234, Pre- or co-requisites: NURS 3103 (generic BSN); NURS 3203. Co-requisite: NURS 3212.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 3212.
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3253
Basic Nursing Care
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3103, 3203, 3211, 3212,  ENGL 1113, 1123, MATH 1053 or 1233, PSYC 1103, 3233, and SOCL 1133, Co-requisite NURS 3253.
The course emphasizes the application of beginning theories and concepts fundamental to patient care through the life cycle. In both campus laboratory and clinical experiences the student acquires basic cognitive and psychomotor skills. Students are introduced to the impact cultural diversity has on the outcome of patient care. The nursing process is used to apply knowledge and critical thinking through demonstration of theory-based patient care.

Basic Nursing Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3203, 3211, 3212, ENGL 1113, 1123, MATH 1053 or 1233, PSYC 1103, 3233, and SOCL 1133, Pre- or co-requisite NURS 3313. Co-requisite NURS 3243.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 3243.
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3313Theories and Concepts: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3103, 3203, and 3211/3212.
Explores the nurse’s role in relationship to the principles of pharmacology and drug prototypes used to treat alterations or promote health in individuals, families, groups, and communities (IFGC) across the lifespan.
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3412
Mental Health Nursing
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3313, 3243 and 3253. Co-requisite: NURS 3412.
Concepts and principles emphasized in this course pertain to communication, interpersonal relationship, and utilization of the nursing process in providing nursing care for clients manifesting psychosocial and/or psychiatric needs. Clinical and classroom discussions provide students with opportunities to develop a greater understanding of self, and to increase their ability in relating to individuals, families, groups, and communities (IFGC) in structured and non-structured settings.

Mental Health Nursing Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3313, 3243 and 3253. Co-requisite: NURS 3413.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 3413.
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3422
Family Health Nursing Care I
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3313, 3243 and 3253. Co-requisite: NURS 3422.
Application of theories and concepts across the span of adult life to include specific medical-surgical conditions. Emphasis will be placed on integrating previously learned cognitive, psychomotor, and affective knowledge in the holistic care of the individual client, his/her family, as well as groups and communities (IFGC), through application of the nursing process.

Family Health Nursing Care I Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3313, 3243 and 3253. Co-requisite: NURS 3423.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 3423.
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3503Theories and Concepts: Nursing Research
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate statistics course; NURS 3243/3253.
Basic concepts of research and related terminology are studied. Steps involved in conducting useful and sound research studies are explored. Focus is on analysis and evaluation of research reports/studies as they apply to nursing practice.
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4002
Nursing of the Childbearing Family
Prerequisite(s): NURS 4022, 4023, 4042, 4053, 4301, and 4304. Co-requisite: NURS 4002.
The focus of this course is on the application of theories and concepts used by the nurse to assist childbearing families to achieve their maximum potential. There is an emphasis on relationships within families, access to and use of resources, and lifestyle and cultural diversity. Reproductive processes and women’s health issues are explored. The spectrum of nursing roles within the context of a variety of healthcare settings along with the process of decision making in healthcare is also explored.

Nursing of the Childbearing Family Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 4022, 4023, 4042, 4053, 4301, and 4304. Co-requisite: NURS 4013.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 4013.
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4022
Family Health Nursing II
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3411, 3412, 3413, 3422, and 3423. Co-requisite: NURS 4022.
Provides a continuation of the application of theories and concepts across the span of adult life to include specific medical-surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on integrating previously learned knowledge in more complex situations with the individual, his/her family, as well as groups and communities (IFGC), through application of the nursing process.

Family Health Nursing Care II Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3411, 3412, 3413, 3422, and 3423. Co-requisite: NURS 4023.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 4023.
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4042
Pediatric Nursing Care
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3412, 3413, 3422, and 3423. Co-requisite: NURS 4042.
The focus of the course is on the application of holistic nursing principles and concepts used by the nurse to assist families to achieve their maximum potential. Emphasis is on interrelationships and intra-relationships of children and their families as well as appreciation of cultural diversity. Nursing process will be pediatric specific, with special consideration to developmentally appropriate nursing care and ethical decision making.

Pediatric Nursing Care Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3412, 3413, 3422, and 3423. Co-requisite: NURS 4053.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 4053.
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4152
Community Health Nursing Care
Prerequisite(s): NURS 4022, 4023, 4042, 4053, 4301, and 4304. Co-requisite: NURS 4152.
The focus is on application of holistic nursing principles in the community. Application of nursing process within the community will be explored. Utilization of epidemiological date, health promotion, disease prevention, health planning/teaching, and issues of diversity will be emphasized at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Community Health Nursing Care Clinical
Prerequisite(s): NURS 4022, 4023, 4042, 4053, 4301, and 4304. Co-requisite: NURS 4153.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 4153.
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4123Data Analysis
The focus of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary data analysis course specifically for health sciences and human services majors using techniques and data structures relevant to clinical investigations. General topics include choosing correct procedures and using statistics to understand clinical data. Specific topics include but are not limited to basic statistics, measures of correlation and difference, hypothesis testing and bias, confidence intervals, reliability and validity, signifcance,power analysis, levels of evidence, sample size and distribution, assessing effects of treatment, quality improvement, relative risk and relative risk reduction, and odds ratio.
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Leadership in Nursing
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in nursing.
Emphasis is on the management of nursing care and the management of personnel in health care settings. Theories of management, leadership, economics, and change are explored including the varying patterns of health care delivery and strategies for implementation. Case management as a nursing role in a managed care environment and strategies for implementation of the role are explored including the assessment and evaluation of quality within an organization.

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4612
Clinical Decision Making
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken in final semester. Co-requisite: NURS 4612.
This course is an application of clinical judgment skills. Emphasis is placed on integrating previously learned concepts and theories with the student in the role of coordinator of care. Critical thinking is applied in resolving actual clinical problems.

Clinical Decision Making
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken in final semester. Co-requisite: NURS 4613.
This is the clinical portion of NURS 4613.
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