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Course Descriptions - Nursing

Codes:

T = Theory, C  = Clinical, L = Laboratory
F = Fall, SP = Spring, SU = Summer

All general education and prerequisites must be completed before starting any Nursing course.

N201

2T, 1L 

3 Credits

F, SP

Basic Health Assessment

This course builds on knowledge about anatomy and physiology. The student will develop skills in the systematic assessment of adults. Both theory and lab settings offer the student a comprehensive learning environment.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

N202    

3T

3 Credits

F, SP

Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology

The focus of this course is on the application of knowledge from anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology which assist the student to understand abnormal physiologic cellular adaptations to common diseases and health conditions.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

N206

2T

2 Credits

F, SP

Introduction to Professional Practice

This course is an introduction to the evolution of professional nursing practice. Topics will include a focus on the nursing role, concepts of professionalism, and the scope of ethical and legal practice.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

N210  

4T, 2C

6 Credits

F, SP

Foundations of Professional Practice

This course introduces the student to basic nursing concepts, health promotion, and the nursing process. Basic human needs and safety in patient care are introduced. The course has a lab/clinical component for students to build a foundation of nursing psychomotor skills. (A grade of “A” or “B” is required to pass this course)

 Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

N299

1-4T/L/C

1-4 Credits

F, SP, SU

Independent Study       

The focus of study may be a research project, clinical experience, non-clinical professional experience, or service project to be determined by the Dean of Nursing.

(enrollment must be approved by the Dean of Nursing)              

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

Nursing Requirements

*All N200 courses must be completed before enrolling in any N300 course.

 

N301

5T, 3C

8 Credits

F, SP, SU

Adult Health I

This course builds on Nursing Foundations. Patient care is introduced for common acute and chronic health problems. Students will begin to develop prioritization skills, and continue to develop nursing psychomotor skills through classroom, lab and clinical components. The theory portion of this course will include 3 hours of in class and 2 hours of online instruction.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses; N307 must be taken concurrently.    

         

N302 (on-line)

3T

3 Credits

F, SP, SU

Evidence-Based Practice

This course is an introduction to the evidence- based practice process and research methods and their application in nursing. Students will develop abilities to interpret research and other sources of evidence to assist in the advancement of the nursing profession.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses. *RN-BSN students may take N302 during semester V or VI.

 

N303

5T, 2C

7 Credits

F, SP, SU

Adult Health II

This course builds on Adult Health I and focuses on concepts used to provide patient care for complex acute and chronic health problems.  Students will begin to learn delegation, and supervision principles, and develop advanced nursing psychomotor skills through the classroom and clinical components.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses, N301 and N307.

 

N305

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP, SU

Maternal –Newborn Health

This course examines the concepts of maternal-newborn biological stages through classroom and clinical experiences. The focus is on the normal process of childbearing and family adaptation through healthy dynamics. Common perinatal and newborn complications are also addressed.  

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses; N301 and N307 taken prior or concurrently.

 

N307

4T

4 Credits

F, SP, SU

Basic Concepts of Pharmacology

The focus is on understanding nursing assessment and interventions associated with administering drug therapy. The fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are explored.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses; N301 must be taken concurrently. *RN-BSN students may take N307 in semester V or VI.

 

N308

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP, SU

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health

This course examines concepts relevant to the child rearing years through classroom and clinical learning experiences. This includes concepts of normal growth and development, and nursing care as it relates to the health-wellness continuum of infants, children, and adolescents.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses, N301 and N307.

 

N309

2T

2 Credits

F, SP, SU

Older Adult Health

This course focuses on care of the healthy older adult with an emphasis on family dynamics involving the care of the aging adult, developmental tasks of the healthy aging adult, and theories on aging. The nursing process will be used to increase awareness of the unique responses of the older adult.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses.

 

N310

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP, SU

Mental and Behavioral Health

This course focuses on the psychological well-being of patients across the lifespan through classroom and clinical experiences. It includes the promotion and support of the patient’s adaptive responses utilizing a therapeutic relationship. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process through the use of therapeutic communication..

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N200 courses; N301, N307 completed or taken concurrently

 

N399

1-4T/L/C

1-4 Credits

F, SP, SU

Independent Study       

The focus of study may be a research project, clinical experience, non-clinical professional experience, or service project to be determined by the Dean of Nursing.

(enrollment must be approved by the Dean of Nursing)              

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.

 

 

Nursing Requirements

*All N300 courses must be completed before enrolling in any N400 course.

N403

3T, 1C

4 Credits

F, SP

Adult Health III

This course builds on Adult Health II and focuses on the care of critically ill, emergent patient with multisystem needs through classroom and clinical learning experiences. Emphasis is placed on timely collaboration and clinical judgment to provide safe, quality care in an acute care setting.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N300 courses.

 

N404

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP, SU

Population and Global Health

This course is focused on population, global and community health through classroom and clinical learning experiences. The concepts include community and environmental health, global and population health, public health and health policy, disaster management, and nursing with vulnerable populations.

       Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N300 courses.

 

N405

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP

Leadership and Management

This course builds on professional nurse leadership with a focus on management functions. It is designed to promote student comprehension of legal and ethical responsibilities, continuous quality improvement, and change theories. A clinical component is provided in a management setting with an emphasis on the development of a change or quality improvement project.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of all N300 courses.

 

N408 (on-line)

2T, 1C

3 Credits

F, SP

Concept Synthesis

This course is a synthesis of theoretical nursing concepts to advance professional socialization.  A clinical preceptorship is provided in the health care setting.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize acquired nursing knowledge to identify personal strengths and learning needs as a basis for professional development.
  • Utilize inter-professional collaboration in planning, implementing, and evaluating care to improve outcomes for a group of patients.
  • Utilize information management and technology to access resources, communicate, and promote patient safety.
  • Integrate principles of delegation, time management, and priorities of care as a beginning nurse generalist in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of N403; must be taken final semester of coursework.

 

N499

1-4T/L/C

1-4 Credits

F, SP, SU

Independent Study       

The focus of study may be a research project, clinical experience, non-clinical professional experience, or service project to be determined by the Dean of Nursing.

(enrollment must be approved by the Dean of Nursing)              

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of required general education courses.