Course Catalog

Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 216 Intro Professional Nursing Concepts

2 Hours

This clinical course provides an introduction to the three domains of professional nursing; provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession. The student will explore foundational concepts associated with baccalaureate nursing practice. Major concepts include communication, spirituality, professional behaviors, accountability, caring, self, wellness and illness. Prerequisites:BIO220,CHM164,CHM166,CHM174 Corequisites: BIO 222, BIO 330

NUR 310 Health Concepts I

7 Hours

This clinical course focuses on the domain of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession to include protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities of the healthcare participant across the lifespan. The student will apply concepts in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical setting. Major concepts include nursing process, comfort, culture, diversity, caring intervention, immunity, tissue integrity, mobility, therapeutic communication, technical skills, inflammation and infection. Prerequisites: NUR 216, ATN 320 Corequisites: NUR 312, NUR 314, NUR 316

NUR 312 Health Promotion/Assessment

3 Hours

This clinical course focuses on assessment and health promotion related to the physiological and psychosocial integrity of the health care participant across the lifespan. Students will begin to utilize therapeutic and inter-professional communication skills. Prerequisite: NUR 216 Corequisites: NUR 310, NUR 314, NUR 316

NUR 314 Leadershp/Management I

3 Hours

This course focuses on the three domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession. The student will apply concepts to professional nursing practice. It includes concepts associated with management of nursing care, professional nursing standards, role and values within the nursing profession, and use of technological resources. Major concepts include safety, clinical decision making, legal issues, technology and informatics, and teaching and learning. Prerequisite: NUR 216 Corequisites: NUR 310, NUR 312, NUR 316

NUR 316 Pathophysiology Nursing Care

3 Hours

This course focuses on the pathophysiology of normal body functioning of health care participants, and will also facilitate the students’ ability to manage health deviations of health care participants across the lifespan. Prequisite: NUR 216 Corequisites: NUR 310, NUR 312, NUR 314

NUR 320 Health Concepts II

7 Hours

This clinical course is the second of four that builds upon the domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession to include concepts associated with health and wellness across the lifespan. The student will compare and contrast concepts in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical setting. Major concepts include stress/coping, elimination, fluid and electrolyte, perfusion, oxygenation, and acid/base balance. Prerequisite: NUR 310, NUR 312, NUR 314, NUR 316 Corequisites: NUR 322, NUR 324

NUR 322 Leadership/Management II

3 Hours

This course is the second of four that builds upon the three domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession. The student will analyze concepts to professional nursing practice in the classroom setting. A major focus of the course is inter-professional collaboration with health care professionals to enhance effective health care participant transition across the health care system. Major concepts include time management/organization, managing care, advocacy and ethics. Prerequisite: NUR 310, NUR 312, NUR 314, NUR 316 Corequisites: NUR 320, NUR 324

NUR 324 Pharmacology for Nursing

3 Hours

This course focuses on collaborative nursing management required for pharmacological and parenteral therapies for health care participants across the lifespan. Emphasis is given to maximizing therapeutic effect, strategies to minimize adverse effects, and patient and family education. This course content provides the foundation of basic pharmacology for a professional nurse in general practice. Prerequisites: NUR 310, NUR 312, NUR 314, NUR 316 Corequisites: NUR 320, NUR 322

NUR 410 Health Concepts III

7 Hours

This clinical course is the third of four that builds upon the three domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession to include concepts associated with health and wellness across the lifespan. The student will integrate concepts in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical setting. Major concepts include reproduction, sexuality, development, sensory perception, family, violence, grief and loss, and metabolism. Prerequistes: NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 324 Corequisite: NUR 414

NUR 414 Leadership/Management III

3 Hours

This course is the third of four that builds upon the domain of manager of care. The student will integrate concepts to professional nursing practice. It includes concepts associated with nursing leadership and management that are empowering, collaborative, and innovative. Major concepts include collaboration, leadership/management, and social entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: NUR 320, NUR 322, NUR 324 Corequisite: NUR 410

NUR 420 Health Concepts IV

7 Hours

This clinical course is the final of four that builds upon the three domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession to include concepts associated with health and wellness across the lifespan. The student will appraise and evaluate concepts in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical setting. Major concepts include thermoregulation, mood and affect, behaviors, cellular regulation, intracranial regulation, cognition and health/wellness/illness. Prerequisites: NUR 410, NUR 414 Corequisites: NUR 422, NUR 424

NUR 422 Leadership/Management IV

3 Hours

This course is the final of four that builds upon the two domains of manager of care and member of a profession. The student will interpret course concepts related to professional nursing practice. It includes concepts associated with the role of the professional nurse as it relates to health care systems and improvement of health care. Major concepts include health care systems, health policy, and quality improvement. Prerequisites: NUR 410, NUR 414 Corequisite: NUR 420, NUR 424

NUR 450 Transition into Practice

3 Hours

This clinical course provides the opportunity to apply, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts of professional nursing practice in a structured clinical environment in collaboration with a preceptor, to enhance the student’s transition into professional nursing practice. This course will also serve to enhance the student’s readiness for the professional licensure exam. Prerequisite: NUR 420, NUR 422, NUR 424

ATN 320 Human Nutrition

3 Hours

This course is a comprehensive investigation concerning the basics of nutrition, common eating disorders, methods of weight control and special needs of athletes, including an examination of the common techniques of body composition analysis.

ATN 355 Research Methds Health/Science II

1 Hours

This is the second in a series of courses that are intended to introduce concepts, theories and utilization for consumption and practice of research in scientific and clinical practices. This course will familiarize students with research methodologies and analysis techniques. This includes gathering data and compiling a review of literature in order to support the development of a research project. Pre-requisites: ATN255. Co-requisite: MTH200 or equivalent.

BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems at all levels of organization. Topics include cell biology, histology, developmental anatomy and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: concurrent or prior enrollment in CHM 113 or CHM 150 is strongly recommended.

BIO 222 Microbiology

4 Hours

Students will study the biology of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds and certain animal parasites. Lectures and laboratory exercises cover microbiological techniques, morphology, anatomy, growth, reproduction, physiology and genetics. Three lectures, two laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 150. General Education: Natural Science and its Methods -Life Science. (Prior to Fall 2009)

BIO 330 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems at all levels of organization. Other topics include fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 150 or by permission of the instructor; BIO220 is stongly recommended.

CHM 164 University Chemistry

3 Hours

A one-semester course covering the core concepts of general chemistry, maintaining the depth and relevance of a two semester sequence. Topics covered include: bonding, equilibrium, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, and oxidation-reduction. Prerequisite: None, but MTH 120 or equivalent is recommended. CHM 166 is not a required co-requisite.

CHM 166 University Chemistry Lab

1 Hours

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will relate to topics covered in CHM 164. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHM 164.

CHM 174 University Chemistry II

4 Hours

A study of the fundamentals of organic chemistry (nomenclature, functional groups, reactions) with an emphasis on compounds of biological interest (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, nucleic acids and the metabolic cycles). Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite CHM164

COM 101 Fundamentals Speech Communication

3 Hours

This course provides practical experience in researching, writing and delivering speeches. Assignments include speeches to introduce, inform, and persuade, as well as participation in a panel discussion. Critical thinking is addressed through speech criticism and analysis of reasoning, evidence and types of proof. General Education: Effective Expression - Oral Communication. (effective 2009)

ENG 111 Composition

3 Hours

For this course, students will write at least two drafts each of four 3-5 page papers, preparing for the more extensive research assignment. For this assignment students will learn research methods, practice Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation protocols and execute a 7-10 page argumentative research paper. Students will also engage in peer editing on all writing. Students who receive a C- or below must retake the class the following semester. Prerequisite: Placement by exam or successful completion of ENG 102. General Education: Effective Expression - Written (effective by 2009)

MTH 125 College Algebra

3 Hours

This course immerses students in algebraic methods in the context of modeling real-world phenomena, particularly those related to social issues, including hunger and poverty. Mathematical topics will include functions and graphs; solving equations; displaying and describing data; linear, exponential, logarithmic, power and quadratic functions; mathematical modeling; and probability. This course does not meet the prerequisites for biology and chemistry courses. Prerequisites: MTH 120 or an equivalent course, math placement or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (effective fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to fall 2009)

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

PSY 131 General Psychology

3 Hours

This overview of the discipline explores human and animal behavior and consiousness.The diversity within the discipline is reflected in the range of subjects presented, including motivation, emotion, perception, sensation, learning, intelligence and personality. General Education: Social, Psychological andPolitical Thought - Individual. (effective fall 2009)

PSY 237 Developmental Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a sequential study of the individual from conception to death. Students will study research regarding human physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, along with implications for parents, teachers and counselors. General Education: Social, Psychological and Political Thought - Individual. (effective by 2009)

SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the studyof groups, institutions and interactionalprocesses in human societies with anemphasis on the society of the United States.General Education: Social, Psychological andPolitical Thought - Institutional (effective by 2009)

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