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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Nursing Courses


NURS 011 - Coaching for Success in Nursing

(Pass/no pass)

This course is designed to enhance skills needed for success in nursing courses.  Emphasis is placed on integrating knowledge to develop expert learning strategies and remediation course work to improve student learning outcomes.  (The student does not receive nursing credit for this remedial course.) (Summer)

NURS 110 - Health Related Topics

1-2 hours

Several different topics are offered each semester. These are open to all disciplines. Content will be health issues and may include theory, clinical and/or research. Contact the Nursing Department for specific information each semester. May be repeated. (Spring)

NURS 210 - LVN to RN Bridge

1 hour

Prerequisite: Acceptance into LVN to BS program

This course is designed to introduce the LVN to the core concepts of the nursing program including philosophy, conceptual model, program mission and outcomes, nursing values, and professionalism. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in using nursing models for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care.

NURS 212 - Physical Assessment

3 hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program. 

This course is designed to provide structured learning experiences to enable the student to perform focused health histories, basic general examinations, and focused assessments of body systems.  Teaching/learning approaches include lecture, demonstration and practice of assessment skills, written examinations and competency testing. 3 Theory (Spring)

 

NURS 221 - Fundamentals of Nursing

6 hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program

This course is designed to introduce fundamental concepts of nursing with emphasis on patient safety.  Course content includes the implementation of effective communication skills with patients and nursing staff, professional role of the Christian nurse, and use of the nursing process to meet basic human needs.  Students acquire basic nursing skills to implement nursing care for adult patients. 4 Theory   2 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)


NURS 226 - Gerontological Nursing

3 hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Nursing Program

This course is designed to examine the process of physical, psychological, mental, and socio-cultural aspects of aging.  The focus is on the unique health and nursing needs of older adults in providing patient centered care.  Emphasis will be on supporting healthy aging and wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, disease/disability prevention based on current evidence based practices. 2.5 Theory .5 clinical/lab.  (Fall)

 

NURS 310 - Health Related Topics

1 hour

Prerequisites: Acceptance into RN to BS program

Different topics will be offered each semester designed for the RN nursing student.  Content will be health related and may include clinical, theory and research.  May be repeated.  (Fall, Spring)

NURS 311 - Frontier Nursing

1-2 hours

This course is designed to introduce students to health disparities and delivery of care in third world countries.  Emphasis is on practice in culturally diverse settings, common tropical diseases and their management, planning and setting up of temporary clinics, including triage, individual and family assessment, pharmacy and laboratory measures, health education, whole person wellness, and integration of spiritual care and gospel ministry. (Spring)

 

NURS 312 - Physical Assessment

3 hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN to BS program

This course is designed to provide structured learning experiences to enable the RN to BSN student to enhance their ability to perform focused health histories, examinations, and focused assessments of body systems.  Teaching/learning approaches include lecture, demonstration and practice of assessment skills, written examinations and competency testing. 3 Theory (Spring)

NURS 313 - Pathophysiology

3 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses or permission of instructor

This course is designed to provide basic concepts essential to gaining understanding of the pathophysiology of common diseases are covered. Physiological changes from pathophysiological processes are explored within the framework of body systems. Alterations resulting from normal aging and some diseases common to children are also integrated into this course. 3 Theory. (Spring, Summer)

NURS 314 - Medical Surgical Nursing I

4 hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into LVN to BS program

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the LVN-RN students to apply the nursing process in providing safe evidence based patient care.   The focus is on patient-centered care of the adults with common health problems, with emphasis on whole person wellness concepts.  Content and skills build on fundamental nursing competencies in the professional role of the nurse. (Fall)

NURS 317 - Pharmacology

3 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses

This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to pharmacological aspects of nursing. The course will focus on the basic principles and applications of pharmacology, major drug classifications, indications, and nursing considerations. (LVN to BS students are required to take this course.) 3 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 321 - Evidence Based Practice

3 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses, or permission of the instructor. MATH 241

 This course focuses on the concepts and methodology involved in conducting research in nursing. Students learn to critique nursing research reports for clinical utilization. 3 Theory. (Fall)

NURS 322 - Mental Health Nursing

4 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 317 nursing courses

This course is designed to offer experiences for students to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care to adults and adolescents in a variety of mental health settings.  Opportunities are provided for students to increase competencies in clinical reasoning, caring relationships, collaborative communication, self-awareness, and legal-ethical and safety issues in mental health nursing.  3 Theory 1 Clinical/Lab. (Spring)

 

NURS 325 - Medical Surgical Nursing I

6 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses

The student will apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based interventions to individuals with common nursing care needs in supervised settings.  Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and intervention to patients with health care problems that are high volume. Concepts of nutrition, communication human diversity, spirituality, gerontology and pharmacology are integrated into the course. 4 Theory  2 Clinical/lab  (Fall)

NURS 335 - Medical Surgical Nursing II

5 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 level nursing courses, NURS 313, NURS 316, NURS 317 and NURS 325

This course is designed to provide opportunities to build on previous medical/surgical nursing concepts.  The focus is on providing students opportunities to apply clinical reasoning in the acute care setting integrating theory and practice.  Emphasis is place on whole person wellness and the development of the professional role of the nurse.  3 Theory  2 Clinical/Lab  (Spring)

NURS 426 - Nursing Leadership

3 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate professional nursing concepts and exemplars within the professional nursing roles.  Current leadership, management and change theories are examined as it related to the profession of nursing.  Students will engage in activities that contribute to the development of leadership competencies.   5 Seminar  (Spring)

 

NURS 433 - Maternal-Child Nursing

6 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

This course is designed to introduce students to maternal-child nursing care concepts.  Focus is on providing culturally sensitive care for women and their families during the childbearing period and care of the neonate.  The course also focuses on patient centered care for children and their families with continued emphasis on growth and development, prevention and treatment of illness in a variety of healthcare settings. Complex health problems of children are examined including congenital and acquired conditions.  4 Theory  2 Clinical/Lab  (Fall)  Eligible for IP grading.

 

NURS 434 - Population Health

3 hours

Prerequisites: MATH 241, all 300 level nursing courses, NURS 321 , 322 and 437, or permission of the instructor

This course is designed to provide an introduction to population health.  Emphasis is placed on whole person wellness and interprofessional collaboration.  Content includes clinical reasoning as it relates to identification of client and population risk, risk reduction, disease prevention, and health promotion across the lifespan.  2 Theory  1 Clinical/Lab  (Fall)

 

NURS 435 - Nursing Ethics

3 hours

For the RN to BSN Student or permission of the instructor.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to both explore the ethical dimensions of health care practices and develop skills in ethical decision making.  The course will assist students to clarify values and promote moral reflection in the context of contemporary health-care challenges with regards to professional standards.  3 Theory (Spring)

 

NURS 436 - Health Care Policies and Economics

3 hours

For the RN to BSN Student or permission of the instructor.

This course is designed to provide an overview of development, challenges and opportunities of the nursing profession as related to policy and economics.  The course will address how to identify gaps in policy knowledge and provide opportunity for students to engage in processes that influence policy decisions at the local, state, regional and national levels that affects the professional of nursing. 3 Theory (Spring)

 

NURS 437 - Medical Surgical Nursing III

5 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses

The student will build on concepts introduced in Fundamentals, Assessment, Pathophysiology and Med Surg I and Med Surg II. Application of the nursing process and standards of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) will be integrated into theory and practice. Content is selected to increase breadth and depth in medical/surgical nursing with integration of community and mental health concepts. Technical skills will be developed focusing on the acutely ill patients in the emergency and critical care environment. Concepts will be discussed involving mass casualty, disaster preparedness, and emergency preparedness as it relates to nursing care delivery. The students apply the professional roles in the provision of care in progressively complex situations. 3 Theory  2 Clinical/Lab  (Fall)

 

NURS 438 - Medical Surgical Nursing IV

5 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level courses. NURS 433, NURS 437

This course is designed to provide student with the opportunity to integrate professional nursing concepts and exemplars within the professional nursing roles. Synthesizes concepts of whole person wellness, clinical judgment, ethical-legal precepts, evidence-based practice, leadership and management, patient-centered care, safety, clinical reasoning and team/collaboration through exemplars. Incorporates concepts into role development of the professional nurse.  3 Theory  2 Clinical/Lab  (Spring )

 

NURS 439 - Nursing Capstone

2 hours

Prerequisites: All 200 and 300 level nursing courses; NURS 426, NURS 433, NURS 437

Corequisite:   NURS 434

This course taken during last semester of nursing program.

This is the capstone course for the BSN degree program in Nursing.  The course focuses on the synthesis and reflection of knowledge and the development of the e-portfolio.  The capstone course also provides structure and guidance to prepare the student for the NCLEX exam. 2 hour seminar.  Pass/no pass course. (Spring)  Eligible for IP grading.

 

NURS 440 - Nursing Capstone for RNs

2 hour

Prerequisites: Enrolled in RN to BS program; must be taken last semester of nursing program.

A capstone course designed for B.S. completion students. The course focuses on the synthesis and reflection of knowledge and the development of the e-portfolio.  Pass/no pass course. 2 Seminar.  (Spring) Eligible for IP grading.

 

NURS 491 - Selected Topics in Professional Nursing

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Subject of study is selected in conference between student and faculty member. Course requirements may consist of independent study, preceptored clinical experiences and/or research. Content and behavioral objectives must be approved. May be repeated. (Fall, Spring) Eligible for IP grading.

 

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