LPN-B.S. (Sioux Falls)

Can’t Get Enough of Nursing?

So, you’re ready to take the next step in your nursing career, but you’re wondering where to start. We have the right track for you.

With DWU, you can finish your Bachelor of Science in nursing in a little over two years at our Sioux Falls location.

You will have nursing classes your very first semester, building on the skills you use every day. Right away, you will be able to use your nursing experience while you learn more about your passion.

Each of your 14 eight-week sessions will have nursing classes so you can study your craft each step of the way.

Clinical experience is critical to your career. We have included clinical opportunities in almost every semester. With clinical hours, you can practice your skills as you learn them.

Get started in our accredited nursing program and open up your future!

NUR 230 Fundamental Nursing Concepts I

4 Hours

This first course introduces the student to the professional nursing role in caring for patients across the life span. Using the framework of the nursing process, and the focus on the domains of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession, the student will prepare to conduct a comprehensive health assessment.

NUR 232 Fundamental Nursing Concepts II

3 Hours

Using a lifespan approach, this clinical and didactic course assists the student in applying knowledge of assessment and the nursing process to patients in healthy and altered health states. Newly acquired knowledge will be applied in supervised simulation and clinical settings. The nursing process and the nursing roles of provider and manager of care and member of the profession roles of provider of care provides the framework for this course. Prerequisite: NUR 230

NUR 330 Advanced Concepts in Mental Health

4 Hours

This clinical and didactic course explores nursing management and care of patients from across the life span that are experiencing mental illness. The clinical component focuses on the unique needs of patients experiencing acute, persistent, and chronic mental health issues. Students will apply concepts while providing supervised care to patients in clinical, community, and simulation settings. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232

NUR 332 Nutrition Conc in Health/Illness

3 Hours

This course investigates the basic principles of human nutrition in health and during illness in patients across the life span. An emphasis is on nursing care of patients’ nutrients, food sources, nutritional foundations, and on nutritional imbalances experienced during times of wellness and illness/disease. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330

NUR 334 Concepts in Pathophysiology

3 Hours

Building on pre-acquired knowledge of normal human anatomy and physiology the student will explore classic and current research findings that forms the basis for analysis of pathophysiologic processes and their effect on patients and multiple body systems. Students analyze the effect and progression of selected disease entities in diverse populations across the lifespan. The course provides a foundation for clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of clients experiencing existing and or risks of alterations in their health status Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332

NUR 336 Concepts in Pharmacology

3 Hours

Students will expand upon prior knowledge of drug classifications, use of drugs by body systems and disease over the life span. The course incorporates core drug knowledge related to therapeutic use, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications, adverse effects, and drug interactions with other drugs/food. Dosage calculations, conversions and certain chemical formulations will be included. Emphasis is on patient safety, culture, and the nursing process. Prerequisites NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334

NUR 338 Concepts in Maternal Health

3 Hours

This didactic and clinical course focuses on nursing care for childbearing patients and their families. Emphasis is on expected and unexpected health patterns occurring during pregnancy, birth, and the newborn period. Clinical practice experience includes student application of concepts during supervised scheduled clinical experiences within community and simulation settings Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336

NUR 340 Advanced Nursing Concepts

5 Hours

The course focuses on acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills in providing safe care to multiple patients who have complex, multi-system illnesses. Using a life span approach, emphasis is on the nursing process and critical thinking to manage and coordinate care. This course also focuses on identifying patients’ needs and priorities and evaluating outcomes of care. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338

NUR 430 Nursing Concepts in Research

3 Hours

This course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of the research process. Understanding the research process is foundational for planning evidence based nursing interventions. Emphasis is placed on fostering critical analysis of published quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research findings in supporting nursing practice. Ethical concepts related to research are explored. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338, NUR 340

NUR 432 Concepts in the Community

4 Hours

This course is designed to foster greater understanding of the role of the nurse in preventing disease, maintaining well-being and promoting health in the community setting. The integration of community concepts assists students in acquiring knowledge in understanding population health. Under clinical faculty supervision, students will have the opportunity to apply the principles of primary health care, strategies of health promotion, and epidemiology when providing nursing care to individuals, families, groups, aggregates, and community as client. Prerequisites; NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338, NUR 340, NUR 430

NUR 434 Nursing Concepts in Pediatrics

4 Hours

The nursing process is used in this course as the framework for providing and evaluating care for individuals and families in child-rearing stages of life. The didactic and clinical course focuses on the nursing care of infants, children and adolescents within the context of family. Supervised clinical learning experiences are scheduled in a variety of settings including acute, ambulatory, simulation settings. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338, NUR 340, NUR 430, NUR 432

NUR 436 Complex Nursing Concepts

3 Hours

Using a lifespan approach, this course focuses on the advanced application of the nursing process in the care of critically ill patients. The didactic portion of the course will guide students in organizing and discriminating between assessment data to establish priorities of patient care. The clinical aspect of the course provides students the opportunity to apply newly acquired concepts to direct patient care under the guidance of supervising clinical faculty. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338, NUR 340, NUR 430, NUR 432, 434

NUR 438 Concept Synthesis/Capstone Clinical

7 Hours

The didactic portion of this course analyzes and synthesizes transitional concepts, topics and issues for students preparing to complete the NCLEX and for enter the healthcare environment as a licensed registered nurse. It culminates the learning experience, demonstrating the curriculum model within the professional practice of nursing. The clinical portion of this course is preceptor designed to facilitate integration of knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of students who are transitioning from the role of student nurse into the beginning role of the licensed registered nurse. Prerequisites: NUR 230, NUR 232, NUR 330, NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 336, 338, NUR 340, NUR 430, NUR 432, 434, 436

COM 210 Interpersonal Communication

3 Hours

Students study the theories of one-on-one communication and develop practical skills. Areas of study include perception, individual identity, relationship dynamics, family dyamics and diversity. The goal of the course is to make students better communicators in a setting that does not focus on public speaking.

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.

ADL 320 Statistics for the Professional

3 Hours

This course focuses on interpreting results of statistical tests and graphs. The course will follow specific workplace case studies in which students will analyze real-world data and present the results. General Education: Critial and Collaborative Thinking

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

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)

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)

COR 101 Interdisciplinary Investigations I

3 Hours

This is an interdisciplinary course designed for freshman students. It will include a focus on innovation, as well as an introduction to a broad liberal arts education, one designed to help you adapt creatively to life in the modern world. The context of the course will vary depending on the instructor. General Education: Core

ADL 310 Literature/Writing for the Professn

3 Hours

This course develops a student’s ability to study the expression of thoughts and the interpretation of texts, while developing an appreciation of language and its infinite variety. Students will respond to a variety of genres and produce their own analytical and creative texts. General Education: Effective Expression

ADL 330 Service/Justice in the 21st Century

3 Hours

Students will explore the concept of the “common good” and other social values associated with the public domain. Students will examine and apply ethical analysis of public policy and professional practice in public service. General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity

ADL 340 Ethics

3 Hours

Students in this course will examine the ethical decision making in the context of contemporary issues related to the healthcare field. Students will reflect on the meaning of caring and service and the impact they have had on his/her values and beliefs. General Education: Civic Values adn Engagement

ADL 360 Entrepreneurial Leadership

3 Hours

This course develops a student’s own orientation toward entrepreneurship, including innovation, curiosity and risk. Students prepare and present a business plan for a new or enhanced organization or enterprise. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking

ADL 370 Exploring History and Culture

3 Hours

Students will develop an understanding of the human condition by exploring how communities and institutions shaped past societies and our own. Students will raise historical questions, examine historical documents and share their ideas with peers and the larger community. General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness

LST 201 Learn Strong II:Discovery of World

0.5 Hours

This course is designed to build on the self-exploration students completed in LST 101. Students will expand their global outlook through the understanding of their leadership skills and potential while discovering their place in the world.Special emphasis will be given to maintaining a balance and healthy lifestyle while pursuing profession and vocation. Students will continue to explore vocations and continue to build their professional electronic portfolios. Transfer students with 30 or more transferable credit hours will be able to move directly into LST 201. General Education: Learn Strong

LST 301 Learn Strong III:Discover Your Role

0.5 Hours

The LST 301 course will prepare juniors to select a career path or begin applying to graduate school. Students will explore internships, discuss professional culture, practice interviewing skills and prepare graduate school applications. Students will define how they see their role in the world. Students will continue development of their professional electronic portfolio. (effective fall 2009)

LST 401 Learn Strong IV: Embrac Responsibil

1 Hours

This course will help students synthesize their college experiences as they make plans to graduate and enter the work force or graduate school. Leadership will be explored in terms of teamwork, ethics and values. Students will reflect on the contents of their Professional Electronic Portfolio and determine how best to create meaning in their lives once they leave DWU. Students will develop an appreciation for their gifts and reflect on their responsibility to share those gifts to better their world. (effective fall 2009)

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