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Instructional Area

Nursing (NURS)


Instructional Area | Course Numbering System | Course Punctuation

NURS 3210:     

Professional Role Development and Practice Issues
Cr.2. (2-0). Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 3430 Professional Writing
Focuses on the socialization of the student to the baccalaureate essentials for professional practice. Roles of the nurse, historical and theoretical foundations, and nursing philosophy and standards that define professional nursing are explored.

NURS 3230:

Nursing Professional Role I
Cr.2. (2-0).
Course will allow the student to compare past professional experiences with nursing practice. The art and science of professional nursing is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives, including the philosophy and theoretical foundations that define professional nursing practice.

NURS 3247:

Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice
Cr. 2. (2-0).
A foundational overview of pharmacology emphasizing the basics of drug knowledge including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Drug therapy for all age groups is incorporated.

NURS 3311:

Health Assessment Across the Life Span
Cr. 3. (2-2).
Presents health and cultural assessment concepts for individuals and families across the life span, building upon skills acquired in an initial licensure program. Emphasis is on history taking, data collection, and critical analysis of health and illness. Students practice clinical assessment skills in a laboratory setting.

NURS 3315:

Pathophysiology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Course focuses on the pathophysiological basis of disease processes. Central concepts include symptoms, treatment, and prognosis across the lifespan. Mechanisms and principles that underlie pathogenesis provide a basis for evidence-based practice.

NURS 3331:

Nursing Professional Role II
Cr.3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3230
An open discussion forum to enable development of skills focusing on management principles and theories to provide professional nursing leadership.

NURS 3332:

Nursing Professional Role III
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3331
Course focuses on political, legal, ethical and advocacy issues affecting health care and professional nursing practice.

NURS 3337:

Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
The study of statistical procedures and scientific methods to enable critique of nursing research, use of scientific literature and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS 3440:

Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Cr. 4. (3-3).
Provides foundational overview of evidence-based nursing practice, health assessment, pathophysiology, and beginning data collection strategies. History, physical examination, data collection and critical analysis in situations of health and illness are emphasized.

NURS 3631:

Nursing Process for Symptom Management
Cr. 6. (6-0).
Focus is on the utilization of the nursing process as a systematic approach to symptom management and psychosocial care of adults.

NURS 3633:

Clinical Nursing Practice I
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisites: NURS 3230, NURS 3247, NURS 3440, NURS 3631
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and psychiatric settings to enable the beginning student to acquire basic symptom management and communication skills.

NURS 3634:

Clinical Nursing Practice II
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisite: NURS 3633
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and maternal/child settings to enable the student to acquire intermediate nursing care skills.

NURS 3636:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I
Cr. 6. (6-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3631
Course focuses on care of the older adult, adult, child, and child bearing families experiencing alterations in tissue integrity and healthcare needs.

NURS 3735:

Clinical Nursing Practice III
Cr. 7. (0-21). Prerequisite: NURS 3634
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in high acuity and community settings to enable the student to acquire advanced nursing care and leadership/ management skills.

NURS 3737:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II
Cr. 7. (7-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3636
Focus on wellness, health promotion, primary disease prevention, and management of health problems in complex care and community settings for patients of all ages.

NURS 4102

Independent Study
Cr. 1 (1-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Topic will vary.

NURS 4200

Selected Topics in Nursing
Cr. 2. (2-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topics in Nursing vary each semester.

NURS 4202

Independent Study
Cr. 2 (2-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topic will vary

NURS 4300:

Selected Topics in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topics in Nursing vary each semester.

NURS 4302

Independent Study
Cr. 3 (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topic will vary.

NURS 4312:

Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: NURS 3210
Focuses on leadership theories and management principles to provide the foundation for professional nursing administration. Contemporary workplace issues impacting the nurse leader are explored. (Formerly NUR 4412).

NURS 4314:

Nursing Research
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Statistics course
Introduces the research process and presents research methods commonly used by nurse researchers. The importance of critical appraisal of nursing research and appropriate utilization of research findings in professional nursing practice are emphasized.

NURS 4322:

Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3210
Focuses on political, legal, ethical, and advocacy issues affecting health care delivery and nursing practice. Personal, societal, and professional influences are explored. (Formerly NUR 4222)

NURS 4520:

Concept Integration in Patient Care Management
Cr. 5. (5-3-6). Prerequisites: NURS 3210; NURS 3311; NURS 3315; NURS 4312; NURS 4322; NURS 4314; and NURS 4521
Focuses on integration of principles for interdisciplinary care management of patients, families, and populations across practice settings. Allows opportunities for knowledge synthesis in the provision of nursing care in varied settings utilizing the decision-making process. Expansion of the professional clinical role by demonstrating entry level competencies of BSN graduate roles to coordinate continuous quality care through the utilization of evidence-based practice in patient care management across practice setting is emphasized. Clinical instruction is individualized and focuses on application of the nursing process in direct care, teaching, interventions, and assessment of the clinical site for individuals and families.

NURS 4521:

Community Health Nursing
Cr. 5. (5-3-6). Prerequisites: NURS 3210; NURS 3311; NURS 3315; NURS 4312; NURS 4322; NURS 4314
Introduces the concept of community as client. The focus is on providing culturally appropriate care to populations within the public health framework. Allows opportunities for knowledge synthesis in the provision of nursing care in community-based and community health settings utilizing public principles. Expansion of the professional clinical role by demonstrating entry level BSN graduate role population focused competencies to coordinate continuous quality care through the utilization of evidence-based practice in patient care management across community-based practice settings is emphasized. Clinical instruction is individualized and focuses on application of the nursing process in direct care, teaching, interventions, and assessment of the clinical site for individuals, families, and groups.

NURS 6300:

Selected Topics in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-3-0) Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Topic will vary.

NURS 6301:

Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Statistics course, and (pre/corequisite): NURS 6307
Examines nursing research methodologies, their value and use for nursing practice. Principles and methods of research in problem identification, framework, critique, design, data collection, and analysis are emphasized. Students will critically examine the literature and develop and research proposal to evaluate patient care outcomes for evidence-based practice.

NURS 6302:

Independent Study
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Topic will vary.

NURS 6304:

Advanced Pathophysiology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Course will focus on physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis on etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and implications for treatment of disease in the individual and population groups.

NURS 6305:

Advanced Health Assessment
Cr. 3. (2-3).
Prepares the student to conduct focused, comprehensive health assessments on patients across the lifespan to implement the diagnostic reasoning phase of evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS 6306:

Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Focuses on the impact of policy, ethics, and politics on advanced nursing practice roles. The importance of advanced practice participation in shaping the direction of health care is emphasized.

NURS 6307:

Nursing Theory
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Evaluates nursing philosophical and conceptual models and various theories related to research and practice roles. Students will critically examine and apply theory to nursing practice roles and research. (Formerly NUR 6302)

NURS 6309:

Advanced Leadership and Management
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to practice in an administrative position in a health care organization at the nurse manager or nurse executive level. Students analyze leadership theories and management principles in advanced roles.

NURS 6310:

Advanced Nursing Clinical I
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307; NURS 6301 and NURS 6313
Focuses on the clinical practitioner and educator roles in advanced nursing practice and health care management of individuals from diverse populations. Students address developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes during acute and chronic illnesses.

NURS 6311:

Advanced Nursing Clinical II
Cr. 3. (1-6) .Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307; NURS 6310
This course focuses on management of commonly encountered health deviations. The student will critique protocols for treatment decisions, referrals and follow up.

NURS 6312:

Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307; Statistics
Examines theoretical aspects of measurement and evaluation as related to the role of nurse educator in nursing practice and research. Focus is placed on the concepts of reliability and validity in the development of objectives and evaluation strategies.

NURS 6313:

Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Course presents an overview of educational theories and instructional methods related to nursing education. Students select appropriate theories and instructional methods used in academic, staff, and patient educational settings.

NURS 6314:

Development of Nursing Curriculum
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Focuses on curriculum design and development for the nurse educator. Students apply curriculum elements to various nursing educational settings.

NURS 6315:

Practicum in Teaching in Nursing
Cr. 3. (0-9). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307; NURS 6313
Synthesizes educational theories and instructional methods utilized in nursing education. Students use critical thinking and evidence-based practice to deliver and evaluate education in academic, staff, and/or patient settings.

NURS 6316:

Healthcare Organization Behavior
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Provides overview of managerial functions with an emphasis on the study of individual, group and inter-group behaviors in organizations. (Cross-listed MGMT 6351)

NURS 6317:

Human Resource Management in Healthcare
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 6316/MGMT 6351
Encompasses an analysis of the classical and contemporary administrative functions involved in management of people and organization, staffing, EEO regulation, compensation policy, performance appraisal and training and career development within the context of an increasing diverse, internationalized, and competitive health care organizational environment are emphasized. (Cross-listed MGMT 6374)

NURS 6318:

Healthcare Delivery Systems
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Provides foundational overviews of U.S. nursing and health care delivery systems. Students analyze key concepts models, frameworks, process, and structures related to healthcare delivery organizations.

NURS 6319:

Health Care Finance
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Provides an overview of financial management and health care finance for nonfinancial managers. Students explore concepts related to budgeting and financial management.

NURS 6320:

Healthcare Informatics
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 6306 or NURS 6307
Course focuses on health informatics, information technology systems, and health care technologies. Students examine how to utilize health information and technologies for quality outcomes.

NURS 6321:

Leadership Practicum
Cr. 3. (3-0-9). Prerequisites: NURS 6309, NURS 6316, NURS 6318, NURS 6319
Provides opportunities to integrate previously learned knowledge and skills during a 135 hour practicum. Students work with nurse preceptors in mid-or upper-level administrative positions in a variety of health care settings to demonstrate competencies related to complex adaptive systems, health care administration, and health care quality and safety.

NURS 6323:

Foundations of Adult Education
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
An overview course designed to give participants an understanding of the field of practice of adult education. It will offer an overview of the major historical developments of adult education, particularly to the U.S. and will examine the philosophical roots of adult education. (Cross-listed FEDU 6334)

NURS 6324:

Diversity and Adult Education
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
This course entails an analysis of diversity in the adult education context. Various psychosocial factors of diverse identity groups and the influence of these variable on adult education will be studied. (Cross-listed FEDU 6335)

NURS 6351:

Evidence-Based Practice Project
Cr. 3 (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Capstone course – will begin in final semester of MSN program (may require additional semesters of enrollment for completion.) Student must have a 3.0 grade point average in the MSN program to take this course.
Course synthesizes knowledge from the core and track specific courses in the development of an evidence-based project based on a needs assessment. Students prepare the project for implementation, publication, grant submission, or professional presentation.