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School of Nursing Course Descriptions

RN to BSN Completion Program Courses

BSN Nursing Course Descriptions

Semester Three

B234 Promoting Healthy Populations

B235 Promoting Healthy Populations: The Practicum

B244 Comprehensive Health Assessment

B245 Comprehensive Health Assessment: The Practicum

B253 Professionalism in Collaborative Practice (IPE)

Semester Four

B260 Fundamentals Course with Lab/Clinical

B261 Pathophysiology and Pharmaology for Nursing Practice

L230 Health Care Delivery Systems

Semester Five

H355 Data Analysis/Practice & Research

H356 Clinical Nursing Care 1: Biophysical Processes

H360 Clinical Nursing Care 2: Interactive Processes

Semester Six

B334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations

H371 Clinical Nursing Care 3: Adaptive Processes

R375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Semester Seven and Eight

H399 Honors Proposal Development

H499 Honors Research

S470 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures

S471 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures: The Practicum

S472 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community

S473 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: The Practicum

S474 Applied Health Care Ethics

S481 Nursing Management

S482 Nursing Management: The Practicum

S483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone

S484 Research Utilization Seminar

S485 Professional Growth and Empowerment

 

B234 Promoting Healthy Populations
3 credit hours didactic
This course focuses on preventative health care and health promotion in individuals, families, and communities, considering the influence of culture and lifespan development. Using biophysical, environmental, sociocultural and economic determinants of health, students focus on improving health outcomes with individuals, families, and communities.

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B235 Promoting Healthy Populations: ThePracticum
2 credit hours
B234 Students assess individuals, families, and communities, providing needed education, preventative services, and support. Students provide individual and population based care in community based settings, giving consideration to the perspective of those being served. C: B234

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B244 Comprehensive Health Assessment
3 credit hours didactic
This course focuses on helping students acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, including the physical, psychological, social, functional, and environmental aspects of health. The process of data collection, interpretation, documentation, and dissemination of assessment data will be addressed. NURS B234/B235 Promoting Healthy Populations with Practicum

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B245 Comprehensive Health Assessment: The Practicum
2 credit hours
SStudents will have the opportunity to use techniques of interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span in simulated and actual environments. C: B255

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B253 Professionalism in Collaborative Practice (IPE)
3 credit hours
Students practice communication skills for working with health team members and clients, including self-awareness, interpersonal communication, team skills, and technological communication. Students are introduced to the scope and standards of nursing practice, roles of health team members, and components of professional practice. Students are introduced to leadership and ethical standards.

 

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B260 Fundamentals Course with Lab/Clinical
3 credit hours didactic/2 credit hours clinical
This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical, evidence base.  Students will gain a knowledge base for, and have an opportunity to apply, fundamental nursing concepts, skills and the nursing process.  The evidence based knowledge gained forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as students develop their nursing skills.

 

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B261 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
4 credit hours
 This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of key disease processes and pharmacological therapies. Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for study of selected medications that are used to treat or manage diseases with an application to nursing practice.

 

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L230 Health Care Delivery Systems
3 credit hours
Students examine health care delivery systems, leadership, health policy, regulation and economics. Students explore quality practices of health care organizations. Students analyze the impact of informatics on health care and nursing including the electronic health record, information technology in healthcare, and information literacy.

 

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H355 Data Analysis/Practice & Research
3 credit hours didactic
This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and unvariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real world situation in client care.

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H356 Clinical Nursing Care 1: Biophysical Processes
5 credit hours
This course focuses on providing nursing care for individuals and families with acute and chronic biophysical illnesses across the lifespan. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at a beginning level.

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H360 Clinical Nursing Care 2: Interactive Processes
5 credit hours
This course focuses on nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic health problems related to interaction with the environment and others: sensory, motor, cognitive, affective, and interpersonal processes. Using a holistic approach this course addresses health problems occurring across the lifespan.  

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-B334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations
5 credit hours
Using the childbearing family as an extensive exemplar, this course focuses on family and community health: community assessment, epidemiology, and intervention with individuals, families, communities and populations. Students address prenatal care, normal and high risk pregnancy and childbirth, newborn care, genetic counseling, care coordination, complementary care, and environmental health.

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H371 Clinical Nursing Care 3: Adaptive Processes
5 credit hours
This course builds on Biophysical Processes.  The primary focus is on the nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic health problems using an adaptive and holistic approach.  Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at an intermediate level.

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R375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
3 credit hours didactic
This course focuses on nursing research and evidence-based practice. Students develop skills in retrieving and appraising literature relevant to clinical problems, understanding the research process, and critiquing evidence from research publications and other sources to inform evidence-based nursing practice.

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H399 Honors Proposal Development
3 credit hours
In this course, students seeking to achieve departmental honors will work with a faculty member in the literature review and development of a research proposal. The proposal will be the basis for the honors study completed in H499 the subsequent semester. This is an individually negotiated course requiring faculty approval prior to enrollment.

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H499 Honors Research
3 credit hours
After completion of H399, students pursuing departmental honors will work with a faculty member to implement the research study designed in H399. After data collection and analysis, the student will prepare a manuscript of the study suitable for publication. This is an individually negotiated course requiring faculty approval prior to enrollment.

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S470 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures
3 credit hours didactic
This course focuses on the pathophysiology and nursing care management of clients experiencing multi-system alterations in health status. Correlations among complex system alterations and nursing interventions to maximize health potential are emphasized. C: S471; P: All junior level courses.

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S471 Restorative Health Related to Multi-System Failures: The Practicum
2 credit hours
The students will apply the nursing process to the care of clients experiencing acute multi-system alterations in health. C: S470.

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S472 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community
3 credit hours didactic
This course focuses on the complexity and diversity of groups or aggregates within communities and their corresponding health care needs. Through a community assessment of health trends, demographics, epidemiological data, and social/political-economics issues in local and global communities, the student will be able to determine effective interventions for community-centered care. C: S473; P: All junior level courses.

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S473 A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: The Practicum
2 credit hours
Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts of community assessment, program planning, prevention and epidemiology to implement and evaluate interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates. Professional nursing will be practiced in collaboration with diverse groups within a community. C: S472.

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S474 Applied Health Care Ethics
3 credit hours didactic
This course is designed to introduce the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health care practice.

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S481 Nursing Management
2 credit hours
This course focuses on the development management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource allocation, and delivery systems. C: S482; P: All junior courses.

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S482 Nursing Management: The Practicum
3 credit hours
Students will have the opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles. C: S481.

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S483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone
3 credit hours
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing care practice skills. Students will collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in choosing a care setting, planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing professional nursing in a safe and effective manner. P: All junior level courses.

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S484 Research Utilization Seminar
1 credit hour
This course focuses on students abilities to refine their critical/analytical skills in evaluating clinical research for applicability to nursing practice. Students will examine the role of evaluation, action research, and research findings in assuring quality of nursing care and in solving relevant problems arising from clinical practices. C: S483.

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S485 Professional Growth and Empowerment
3 credit hours
This course focuses on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to life-long learning. P: All junior level courses.

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RN to BSN Completion Program Courses

B231 Communication for Health Care Professionals: RN BSN
(3 cr.)
Note: this course must be taken in the first term for RN BSN Students
Course Description:  This course addresses professional communication, inter/intra professional collaboration, and professional engagement to foster growth and development in nursing. This course also focuses on issues related to professional practice, theory, development and use, professional organization participation, service, continuing education, autonomy and accountability.

H355 Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research
(3 cr.)
Course Description: This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health-care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real-world situations in client care.

H365 Nursing Research
(3 cr.)
Course Description: This course focuses on development of students' skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in clinical decisions related to practice. The critique of nursing and nursing-related research studies will be emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice.

B 304 Professional Nursing Seminar 1: Health Policy
(3 cr.)
Course Description:  Social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services globally are critically analyzed. Government and entrepreneurial interests are examined. Emphasis is placed on the impact of policy decisions on professional nursing practice and health services.

B 404 Professional Nursing Seminar 2: Informatics
(3 cr.)
Course Description:
This course addresses nursing informatics: state of the science and issues for research, development, and practice. It clarifies concepts of nursing, technology, and information management; and comprises theory, practice, and the social and ethical issues in nursing and health care informatics.

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S487 Nursing Management: RN BSN
(3 cr.)
Course Description: This course focuses on development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, and facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration.  Concepts addressed include organizational structure, delivery systems, change, managing quality and performance, budgeting and resource allocation, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and career development. 

S475 Community Health: RN BSN
(3 cr.)
Course Description: Basic epidemiological principles and community health nursing models are applied in collaboration with diverse groups. Disease prevention strategies are applied to individuals and populations to promote health.  Students apply the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for populations in the community. 


S474 Applied Healthcare Ethics
(3 cr.)
Course Description: Building on the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, this course explores the nurse’s role in ethical clinical practice, academic work, health policy, and research conduct, focusing particularly on the advocacy role of the nurse.  Common ethical problems are discussed and strategies for resolution of ethical dilemmas are applied.  

S483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone: RN BSN
(3 cr.) Note: this course must be taken in the final term for RN BSN Students
Course Description: This course allows students to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in the baccalaureate program and to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills. Students will plan and organize learning experiences, design a project, and practice professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.

Electives: Students choose THREE
(6 cr. – 9 cr.)

K301 Complementary Health
(3 cr.)
Course Description:  This course will serve as an introduction to a variety of complementary therapies, including healing touch, guided imagery, hypnosis, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. The class will critically examine each therapy through assigned readings, literature reviews, presentations, guest lecturers, and optional experiential activities.

K434 – Global Health Issues in Nursing
(3 cr.)
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide learning opportunities to acquire knowledge about global health issues, the diverse conditions that contribute to health and global health disparities, and an understanding of nursing’s role in addressing these health problems. Issues addressed include infectious and chronic illness, reproductive and womens health issues, politics and public health policy, economics and health care, and health in conflict environments. Conceptual models and health equity concepts, evidence-based practice, and health care delivery systems are analyzed to explore strategies for addressing global health issues. Learning opportunities emphasize the knowledge and skills needed to use technology to investigate global health issues, advocate for health justice from a human rights perspective, and critically appraise global health issues.

K499 Genetics and Genomics
(3 cr.)
Course Description:
This course introduces a basic knowledge of genetics in health care, including genetic variation and inheritance; ethical. Legal, and social issues in genetic health care; genetic therapeutics; nursing roles; genetic basis of selected alterations to health across the life span; and cultural considerations in genetic health care are all considered.

B244 Comprehensive Health Assessment: RN BSN
(3 cr.)
Course Description:  This course focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease across the life span.  Students learn the skills of interview, inspection/observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span and comparing normal from abnormal findings. 

K305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care
(3 cr.)
Course Description:  This course explores emergent trends in health and health care, including technological advances in health care, developing approaches to care based on new knowledge and/ or research findings, and trends in health care delivery in a themed, survey or independent study format.

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B403 Gerontological Nursing
(3 cr.)
Course Description:  This course promotes a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life. Death and dying, legal and ethical issues, family care giving, and future challenges will be discussed in the context of best practices as outlined by the John A Hartford Foundation: Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

P216 Pharmacology
(3 cr.)
Course Description:   This course focuses on basic principles of pharmacology. It includes the pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and individual drugs, with an emphasis on the clinical application of drug therapy through the nursing process.

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