Course Descriptions

HLTH 230  Human Nutrition

An introduction to principles of nutrition that affect health promotion, health maintenance, and illness prevention throughout the life cycle.  The nutritional requirements of individuals with special needs are also considered.  Offered each fall and spring.

NURS 214  Introduction to Nursing  

Introduces concepts basic to the profession of nursing and to the development of self as nurse.  Legal, ethical, economic and social policy issues in health care are introduced.  U.S. and global health care, including the influence of culture, are examined.  Students use current technologies to access and evaluate health information.  Offered each Fall.

NURS 217  Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I  

Builds on knowledge from natural sciences to provide a foundation for nursing practice by examining the etiology and pathophysiology of illnesses across the lifespan.  Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications as well as the nurse’s role in administration are introduced.  Selected pathophysiological disorders are presented. Prerequisites: BIOL 107, BIOL 108, BIOL 114, CHEM 110.  Offered each Fall.

NURS 218  Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II  

Continues the examination of prevalent pathophysiologic disorders.  Includes the normal physiology of aging.  Cultural and genetic variations in disease for individuals and populations are examined.  Classifications of medications and their use as nursing interventions to facilitate health maintenance and disease management are presented. Prerequisite: NURS 214.  Offered each Spring.

NURS 260  Nursing Foundations I: Health Assessment and Professional Communication  

Develops assessment techniques to examine the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health of individuals from diverse populations across the lifespan.  Introduces skills in interdisciplinary, multigenerational, and culturally sensitive professional communication.  Principles of teaching-learning, stress and psychosocial theories are presented to promote the individual’s health and prevent disease.  Prerequisites:  BIOL 107 BIOL 108 BIOL 114 CHEM 110. Co-requisite: HLTH 230.  Offered each Fall.

NURS 280  Nursing Foundations II: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction  

Focuses on influencing behavior to promote health and reduce risks of individuals in ambulatory and community-based settings.  Process of nursing introduced with emphasis on integrating previous skills and knowledge to begin clinical decision-making.  Basic nursing skills are developed to allow for care of individuals across the lifespan from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  Prerequisites:  NURS 214, NURS 217 and NURS 260; HLTH 230.  Offered each Spring.

NURS 320  Adult Nursing I  

Focuses on care of adults, particularly older adults, in need of risk reduction and health maintenance in varied clinical settings.  Integration of sociocultural, legal, ethical, and economic factors that influence illness care are applied to provide patient-centered care. Includes use of informatics to inform clinical practice.  Prerequisites: NURS 218 and NURS 280. Offered each fall semester.

NURS 330  Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing  

Provides care to individuals with mental illness in acute and community-based settings.  Emphasis placed on inter-disciplinary collaboration, application of psychopharmacologic and therapeutic treatment principles, and use of integrated biopsychosocial theories.  Application of the process of nursing expands the student's ability to address mental health needs across the lifespan in all clinical settings.  Prerequisites: NURS 218 and NURS 280.  Offered each fall semester.

NURS 360  Child and Adolescent Nursing  

Delivers care to children in a variety of settings by using evidence-based interventions that support children and their families in coping with multiple demands of childhood health and illness.  Nursing interventions adapted for this population include specialized technologies needed to assist families caring for ill children.  Prerequisites: NURS 320 and NURS 330.  Offered each spring.

NURS 380  Adult Nursing II  

Expands clinical judgment in the care of adults in need of health maintenance, as well as acute and chronic disease management in acute care settings.  Develops nursing role by integrating previous learning with evidence-based practice to design care for patients especially those with co-morbidities.  Pre-requisites: NURS 320 and NURS 330.  Offered each spring.

NURS 385  Research in Nursing Practice  

Develop skills to read, evaluate, and synthesize research essential to providing evidence-based practice in the clinical setting.  Scientific inquiry within the discipline of nursing is introduced by examining the relationships among  conceptual, empirical, and analytic processes of research.  Opportunities to critique empirical data for health care issues are provided.  Prerequisite: Junior Standing.  Offered annually.

NURS 400 Nursing in Complex Situations

Focuses on care of multiple individuals, care of the critically ill, and those at end of life.  Emphasizes ability to monitor, evaluate, revise and coordinate patient centered care.  Expands need to manage time and prioritize competing demands.  Integrates evidence-based practice and health information technology to provide cost-effective quality care.   Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380 & NURS 385Offered each fall. 

NURS 430 Maternal and Newborn Nursing

Manages care for childbearing families experiencing normal and high-risk pregnancies in various settings.  Roles of professional nurse in promoting physical and psychosocial behaviors to prevent health problems are emphasized.  Applies legal, ethical, spiritual, and cost-benefit considerations when examining technologies related to reproductive health choices.  Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380 & NURS 385.  Offered each fall.

NURS 450 Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Care

Examines nurses' leadership/management role in the health care delivery system. Practicum provides opportunity to design and regulate nursing systems in collaboration with other health care workers. Emphasis is placed on assuming accountability for multiple patients/teams of caregivers and expansion of leadership skills.  Opportunities for implementing quality improvement and staff development project provided.  Prerequisites: NURS 400 and NURS 430 and BUS 341Offered each spring.

NURS 460 Public Health Nursing

Applies epidemiological concepts in the analysis of health promotion and maintenance of populations.  Emphasis is placed on concepts of social justice, disparities in health and health care, and vulnerable and culturally diverse populations.  Use of informatics to provide care that is evidence-based to improve health of the community is required.  Prerequisites: NURS 400 and NURS 430Offered each spring.

NURS 485 Seminar in Professional Nursing

Examines contemporary global healthcare issues and explores personal values in relation to those of the profession.  Study of health care policy, principles of social justice, and political action provides methods for active world citizenship.  A senior thesis provides opportunity for in depth analysis and dissemination of current healthcare issues.  Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 380, NURS 385 and a course from Analysis of Values Category. Offered annually.