Course Information

for Nursing Department

 

Principles of Chemistry (CHEM103)

Credits:3

Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (MSNE540)

Credits:4

Guided by mentors, students explore current nursing practice, including risk and advanced physical assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and disease management of acute, genetic and chronic conditions across the life span. Student share findings in a seminar-type format allowing all to benefit from the projects of each. The course includes 1 credit (96 hrs) of clinical practice.

Learning Theory and Curricular Development (MSNE560)

Credits:3

This course will explore various learning theories as they apply to nursing curricula development that are influenced by various national and healthcare trends. Students are required to develop and present a nursing curriculum for a nursing school or staff development setting that incorporates learning theories, nursing philosophy, evidence-based findings and national accrediting standards.

Informatics and Quality Management (MSNE563)

Credits:3

This course explores nursing informatics and related fields as used in nursing education. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of information management systems, nurses’ role in the process, and nursing informatics’ role in quality management of both student performance and program evaluation and outcomes. The use of informatics to improve and maintain the quality of educational programs and processes receives special attention.

Teaching Methods and Strategies for Nurse Educators (MSNE570)

Credits:2

This course provides a foundation for the nurse educator to implement evidence-based teaching and learning methods and strategies in various educational settings. The integration of educational technology and innovation to enhance strategies will be emphasized. Internal and external influences, and theories impacting 21st Century profession of nursing education will be analyzed. This is a two (2) credit hours didactic course and students are expected to complete 30 clock hours. 

Learning Assessment and Evaluation (MSNE575)

Credits:2

The course addresses various methods of assessment, including learning needs, achievement of cognitive and technical mastery, and problem-solving/decision-making skills. The course includes the analysis of data obtained from evaluation as a basis for further alteration or development of teaching techniques.

Educator Practice Curriculum Immersion (MSNE585)

Credits:1

To focus on faculty roles and expectations, curriculum/program development, accreditation standards development. 50 clinical hours required.

Educator Practice Teaching Immersion (MSNE586)

Credits:1

To focus on student relationships, didactic teaching, clinical/simulation teaching, testing, advising, discipline. 50 clinical hours required.

Education Project (MSNE587)

Credits:1

Students complete a project designed with his/her mentor as a culminating synthesis experience.

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (MSNG525)

Credits:2

The course reviews a variety of nursing theories, and examines their use in guiding nursing practice, shaping nursing education and structuring nursing research. Grand theory, Middle Range theory and Practice theory - both historic and current will be explored.

Strategic Leadership in Nursing (MSNG546)

Credits:3

This course examines various nursing leadership theories and strategies for leading individuals, groups, or systems within the complex, rapidly changing healthcare environments. Students will identify dimensions of the nursing workforce, workplace issues, and evidence-based leadership strategies that lead to positive organizational outcomes. Concepts of human resource and business management will be explored. The role of nurse leaders and the effects of the leadership style on workplace culture will also be discussed. This is a three (3) credit hours didactic course, and students are expected to complete 45 clock hours.

Quality Management and Patient Safety in Nursing (MSNL530)

Credits:3

Evolving Nursing Roles Seminar (MSNL580)

Credits:2

Provides students opportunity to explore a variety of leadership roles beyond institutional settings, such professional organizations, community-based health services, nurse-managed clinics, political action groups/lobbying, and others.

Leadership Practice Human Resource Immersion (MSNL595)

Credits:1

To focus on management of human resources, staffing, scheduling, conflict management, staff development. 50 clinical hours required.

Leadership Practice Finance Immersion (MSNL596)

Credits:1

To focus on management of financial resources, budgeting, waste control, resource acquisition, and participation in system-wide relationships, committees. 50 clinical hours required.

Leadership/Management Project (MSNL597)

Credits:1

Students complete a project designed with his/her mentor as a culminating synthesis experience.

Advanced Health Assessment (MSNP535)

Credits:3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to complete a comprehensive physical assessment across the lifespan. Students will apply didactic information in an online, interactive format to gain a thorough knowledge of the physical assessment experience. Online simulation, high and low-fidelity simulators, and standardized patients will be used. Diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, and a problem-based approach will be used to enhance expertise in conducting physical assessment of patients. All students are required to complete 5 days of Intensives and 2 days of check offs, as explained in the MSN Student Handbook Supplement.

Advanced Pharmacology (MSNP545)

Credits:4

This course focuses on advanced pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic principles. Skills to safely prescribe medications across the life span related to patients and population health will be emphasized. Drug formularies and guidelines will be addressed. Students will investigate efficacy and use of herbal remedies, as well as potential interactions with prescribed medications across the lifespan. Students will learn regulatory laws associated with drug administration including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and State Boards of Nursing for prescription writing.

Advanced Pathophysiology (MSNP550)

Credits:3

This course focuses on recognizing complex physiologic changes that occur as a result of disease processes and altered functions of the body systems. Students will focus on alterations, mechanisms involved, manifestations as signs, symptoms, and physical findings. Laboratory findings and differential diagnosis are investigated by students in order to link microbiology, chemistry, anatomy, and biochemistry into clinical practice.

Population Health for Nurse Practitioners (MSNP565)

Credits:2

This course focuses on the analysis, application, and evaluation of population health nursing processes at the levels of family, community, and at-risk populations. Including a range of health determinate that influence population. Identification of population health diagnosis as the basis of interventions to maintain and promote health, prevent disease, enable self-care within a community, and recognizes social and cultural determinates of health through evidence-based research. This is a two (2) credit hour theory course and students are expected to complete thirty (30) clock hours.

Primary Care of Women (MSNP571)

Credits:3

Primary Care of Women and Children will address acute and chronic conditions of women. Students will learn and apply evidence-based practice to address the needs of the female patient, gender specific care, and behavioral health issues or concerns, which include the well-woman, preventive care practice, common gynecological problems, reproduction health and obstetrics related to patients and population health. Assessment, diagnosis, and health management of the woman will encompass CREATION Health principles. Students are expected to complete between 100 and 200 clinical hours in women’s health. This is a 3-credit hour course and students are expected to complete 45 clock hours.

Primary Care of Children (MSNP572)

Credits:3

Primary Care of Children will address growth, development, behavioral health, and anticipatory guidance for well children and adolescents guided by CREATION Health principles. The course incorporates assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute, chronic, and behavioral health conditions of children and adolescents guided by evidence-based practice to include developmental transitions within a family context. Students are expected to complete between 100 and 200 clinical hours for this course. This is a 3-credit hour course and students are expected to complete 45 clock hours.

Primary Care of Women and Children (MSNP576)

Credits:4

This course addresses acute, chronic, and behavioral health conditions of women, infants, children, and adolescents. It will prepare students to assume professional, advanced-practice nurse roles, and responsibilities. Population health care will be a focal aspect of concepts taught in the course. Students are expected to complete three hundred (300) clinical hours split into the three population focuses. One hundred and twenty-five (125) clinical hours in Women’s Health, fifty (50) clinical hours in Obstetrics, and one hundred and twenty-five (125) clinical hours in Infant and Child Health (ages 1 month - adolescence). Students will apply evidence-based practice to address the needs of the female patient, gender specific care, and behavioral health issues or concerns. This includes the well-woman, preventive care practice, common gynecological problems, and reproduction health. Assessment, diagnosis, and health management of the woman will encompass CREATION Health principles. Health management includes the use of genomic, socio-cultural, behavioral, spiritual, and ethical principles in caring for the pre-pubescence, pre, peri, and post- menopausal patients. Infant, child, and adolescent health will address growth, development, behavioral health, and anticipatory guidance for wellness, guided by CREATION Health principles. The course incorporates further assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute, chronic, and behavioral health conditions related to evidence-based practice. It includes the developmental transitions within a family context related to patients and population health.

Primary Care of the Adult (MSNP577)

Credits:3

This course emphasizes advanced practice nursing in the diagnosis and management of early, middle, and gerontological adults related to population health. It includes physiological, pathological, psychosocial, and spiritual changes relative to health maintenance, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and life transitions guided by CREATION Health principles. Students will develop advanced clinical skills and apply evidence-based practice in health promotion and risk reduction strategies. Students are expected to complete three hundred (300) clinical hours.

Conceptual Foundations of Professional Nursing for RNs (NRSG314)

Credits:2

This course focuses on concepts of professionalism, nursing process, evidence-based practice, and issues related to baccalaureate level nursing practice, which are congruent with professional nursing standards. Students explore CREATION Health and the Neuman Systems Model to formulate a personal philosophy of nursing. This is a two (2) credit hour course and students are expected to complete thirty (30) clock hours.

Health Promotion and Assessment for RNs (NRSG335)

Credits:3

This course explores concepts of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. Students analyze risk assessments, develop health promotion strategies, and apply principles of the CREATION Health Model to improve physical, psychosocial, and spiritual wellness. Emphasis is placed on the professional nursing roles of health advocate and educator. This course includes a clinical component (Service Learning Activity). This is a three (3) credit hour course and students are expected to complete forty-five (45) clock hours.

Pathopharmacology for RNs (NRSG337)

Credits:3

The course explores principles of physiology and the pathologic processes that alter the human lines of defense and resistance. The content builds on the knowledge from pharmacology related to pathophysiologic clinical alterations. Students will integrate concepts from The CREATION Health and Neuman Systems Models. This is a three (3) credit hour course and students are expected to complete forty-five (45) hours clock hours.

Nursing Informatics for RNs (NRSG365)

Credits:2

This course is the combination of nursing science, information science, and computer science, integrated to facilitate nursing practice with technological structures supportive of evidence-based, decision-making. Information management in the health care setting is introduced related to the emerging role of nurses who use computer technology to enhance their practice. Legal and ethical standards of documentation will be analyzed. Emphasis on quality and safety concerns are explored, along with workflow and professional documentation. This is a two (2) credit hour course and students are expected to complete thirty (30) clock hours.

Gerontological Nursing (NRSG375)

Credits:2

This course reviews the normal processes and relationships involved in aging. The CREATION Health and Neuman Systems Models will be used to frame the nursing care that promotes and maintains the health of the aging population. Ethical, legal, political, and economical aspects of aging will be analyzed. Students will explore compassionate nursing practice related to dying clients. Prescription and non-prescription interventions will be discussed. Clinical assignments may include either acute care or community-based environments. This a two (2) credit hour course and students are expected to complete thirty (30) clock hours.

Community Health for RNs (NRSG440)

Credits:4

This course will explore the role of the nurse caring for individuals, families, and communities, with an emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating population health-based interventions to promote health. The student will integrate caring, Christian principles to guide interactions with clients, healthcare professionals, and the public through effective communication skills. The student will appraise the community needs and design a CREATION Health, educational project by teaching to an aggregate in the community, that meets the demands for service to the community. This is a four (4) credit hour course with a clinical component, and students are expected to complete sixty (60) clock hours.

Directed Study in Nursing Research (NRSG479)

Credits:1

Leadership and Management in Nursing for RNs (NRSG480)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce the student to activities that merge leadership and management theory with application to current nursing practice. The course focuses on the application of contemporary leadership and management principles in the current healthcare environment. This course includes clinical projects that are completed outside of the classroom setting including (a) an interview with a nurse leader and (b) attendance at a professional organization meeting. This is a three (3) credit hour course and students are expected to complete forty-five (45) clock hours.

Seminar in Nursing (NRSG486)

Credits:2

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore CREATION Health related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economic, political and scientific changes have on healthcare. The course is a seminar in which students participate in the online discussions of a variety of issues relevant to the nursing profession and the health care system. This is a two (2) credit hour course and students are expected to complete thirty (30) clock hours.

Introduction to Research for RNs (NRSG497)

Credits:3

This course is designed to prepare practicing nurses to analyze the research methods, incorporate clinical appraisal, and integrate research results into nursing practice. Students learn to critique nursing, evidence-based, research articles that apply to their nursing practice. Additionally, they develop qualitative and quantitative research proposals, incorporating the CREATION Health and Neuman Systems Models, and are presented as the capstone project. This is a three (3) credit hour course and students are expected to complete forty-five (45) clock hours.

Nursing Associate Level Courswork (NURAS)

Credits:0

Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS115)

Credits:2

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing, the Neuman Systems Model, the nursing process, clinical reasoning, the education of nurses, patient education, nursing research, healthcare informatics, healthcare policy, legal and ethical issues in healthcare, roles of the nurse, culture, self-concept, and human sexuality. The student will also develop critical thinking and communication skills necessary for the professional practice of nursing. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours).

Foundations of Nursing (NURS220)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to strengthen, and/or reconstitute, the adult client/patient's lines of defense and resistance to internal, external, and created stressors. The student will identify stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables of the client/patient system. The student will provide care to patients/clients in the acute care and community environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Foundations of Nursing Clinical (NURS220C)

Credits:0

Introduction to Health Assessment (NURS225)

Credits:4

This course provides the student with a comprehensive approach to health assessment using the nursing process. It incorporates theory and practice in history taking, physical examination techniques, use of assessment tools /equipment and health teaching. A wholistic approach, integrating cultural considerations, is utilized as the student learns common variations seen in healthy clients, age-related variations, and common abnormal findings. Case studies, as well as actual assessments, will provide a comprehensive learning experience. The student will learn a generalized as well as a focused approach to assessment. The co-requisite courses, NURS 220 Foundations of Nursing and NURS 225 Introduction to Health Assessment are intended to reinforce each other by presenting complementary content to facilitate an understanding of the course competencies. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours)and one credit hour of lab (30 clock-hours).

Introduction to Health Assessment Lab (NURS225L)

Credits:0

Health Promotion and Wellness (NURS230)

Credits:3

This clinical course is designed to critically examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness prevention for individuals and groups throughout the life span. The focus is on teaching and learning to promote wellness in community settings using the concepts from nursing, nutrition, biopsychosocial sciences, and Healthy People 2020. The course is three credits (2.2 credits of theory = 33 theory hours and 0.8 credits of clinical = 15 x 3 (3:1 ratio) = 45 x 0.8 = 36 clinical hours). The course is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course (see the Academic Catalog for complete criteria).

Health Promotion and Wellness Clinical (NURS230C)

Credits:0

Principles of Pathophysiology (NURS235)

Credits:3

This course explores the principles of human physiology and the pathologic processes that alter patient/client lines of defense and resistance. The course will provide the student with an understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations to pathophysiologic changes. This course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock-hours).

Mental Health (NURS240)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the patient/client neuropsychological lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care for the patient/client experiencing designated stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables across the life span. The student will learn to provide safe nursing care based on evidence that promotes competent care within the acute care and community environments. The course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and one credit hour of clinical (45 clock-hours). This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course.

Mental Health Nursing Clinical (NURS240C)

Credits:0

Principles of Pathophysiology (NURS255)

Credits:4

This course explores the principles of human physiology and the pathologic processes that alter patient/client lines of defense and resistance. The course will provide the student with an understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations to pathophysiologic changes. This course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock hours).

Pharmacology (NURS265)

Credits:3

This course builds the student's pharmacology knowledge base with a focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions. The major drug classifications will be studied in terms of their effects on the patient /client lines of defense and resistance. The student analyzes the client's multiple drug regimens for the purpose of teaching and providing quality care to patients and families. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours).

Adult Health I (NURS310)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care for the patient/client experiencing designated stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute care environment. Both didactic and clinical portions of the course are built on the principles of effective nursing leadership, research, evidence-based practice, and safe delivery of wholistic care. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health I Clinical (NURS310c)

Credits:0

Gerontological Nursing (NURS315)

Credits:2

This course reviews the normal processes and relationships involved in aging. Emphasis is on promoting and maintaining the health of client and family while adapting to the stresses of altered relationships, mental and physical capacities, productivity and self-care independence that accompany increased aging. Special nursing adaptations required to provide care effectively to older adults receive attention. Particular attention is given to the use of pharmaceuticals in the management of healthcare as vulnerability increases. Clinical assignments may include either acute care or community-based environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory.

Adult Health II (NURS320)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the patient/client experiencing selected chronic stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute and long-term care environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours) and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health Nursing II Clinical (NURS320c)

Credits:0

Nursing of the Childbearing Family (NURS330)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary and secondary prevention and strengthening the childbearing family lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the client/patient experiencing stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual variables of the family during pregnancy, childbirth, neonatal and postpartum periods. The student will provide care within the acute care and community environments. This course includes 2.5 credit hours of theory (37 clock-hours) and 1.5 credit hours of clinical (67 clock-hours).

Nursing of the Childbearing Family Clinical (NURS330c)

Credits:0

Nursing Care of the Child and Family (NURS340)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary and secondary prevention and strengthening the child and family lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the child and family experiencing stressors affecting the physiological, psychosocial, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours), one credit hour of clinical (45 clock-hours), and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course(see the Academic Catalog for complete criteria).

Nursing of the Child and Family Clinical (NURS340c)

Credits:0

Nursing Informatics (NURS375)

Credits:2

This course introduces students to informatics as it applies to healthcare and nursing practice. The course consists of modules in which students learn about the theoretical perspectives related to the flow of information and evidence-based practice in healthcare; concepts of data, information, and knowledge; language models and concepts; technologies and their applications to nursing care; and the electronic health record. The course introduces and discusses public and institutional policies important to healthcare technology, communication, and documentation of healthcare interventions, with an emphasis on ethical, confidential, and security issues related to the electronic health record. The course will also address technology issues important to the future of nursing and healthcare. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock hours).

Adult Health III (NURS410)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and strengthening the adult patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will provide care of the patient/client experiencing selected chronic stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual variables. The student will provide care within the acute and long-term care environments. This course includes two credit hours of theory (30 clock-hours)and two credit hours of clinical (90 clock-hours).

Adult Health Nursing III Clinical (NURS410c)

Credits:0

Community Health Nursing (NURS420)

Credits:5

This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole in a variety of public and private settings, and includes disease prevention, health promotion, health protection, and education on primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care. Interventions are based to effect changes in a multicultural society. The course describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice in the community. It emphasizes and addresses the specific issues and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community. It analyzes conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community, selected models from nursing and related sciences. This course also examines the management of healthcare and select community environments (Community Assessment Project), as well as issues related to managing and evaluating cases, needs, programs, disasters, and groups in the community. The course discusses risk factors and problems for families and individuals throughout the life span. To meet the demands of a constantly changing healthcare system, the student must be able to understand the importance of involving consumers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare efforts. This course examines diversity in the role of nurses in the community and describes the rapidly changing roles, functions, and practice settings. The course includes four credit hours of theory and one credit hour of clinical (45 clock hours). This course is taught over the entire trimester.

Introduction to Nursing Research (NURS425)

Credits:3

This course introduces the research processes as a foundation for evidence-based nursing practice. The student will employ information technology in the search for published nursing research. This course requires a written critique of a published nursing research study and the presentation of an analysis of a published nursing research study to peers. The course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course.

Leadership and Management (NURS430)

Credits:3

This clinical course is designed to critically examine the application of contemporary leadership and management principles in the current healthcare environment. The student will explore various leadership styles and theories, as well as concepts of conflict resolution, ethical and legal considerations, and principles of business as nurse leaders. The student will have the opportunity to observe and analyze the function of managers, committee members, and attend professional organizations. This course includes 2.5 hours of theory (37 clock hours) and 0.5 hours of clinical (22.5 clock hours). The course is taught over the entire trimester.

Community Health Nursing (NURS440)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole in a variety of public and private settings, and includes disease prevention, health promotion, health protection, and education on primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care. Interventions are based to effect changes in a multicultural society. The course describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice in the community. It emphasizes and addresses the specific issues and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community. It analyzes conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community, selected models from nursing and related sciences. This course also examines the management of healthcare and select community environments (Community Assessment Project), as well as issues related to managing and evaluating cases, needs, programs, disasters, and groups in the community. The course discusses risk factors and problems for individuals and families throughout the life span. To meet the demands of a constantly changing healthcare system, the student must be able to understand the importance of involving consumers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare efforts. This course examines diversity in the role of nurses in the community and describes the rapidly changing roles, functions, and practice settings. The course includes four (4) credit hours of theory (60 clock-hours) and one (1) credit hour of clinical (45 clock-hours).

Community Health Nursing Clinical (NURS440C)

Credits:0

Professional Issues in Nursing (NURS445)

Credits:3

This theory course examines the role of the professional nurse in the current healthcare system in the United States, focusing on social policy, quality, cost, and organization of care. Students are introduced to legal-ethical, political, financial, and sociocultural aspects of healthcare delivery. Concepts considered include knowledge; critical thinking; shared responsibility and self-development; environment; and health professional role. The course includes 3.0 credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course.

Professional Issues in Nursing (NURS455)

Credits:2

This theory course examines the role of the professional nurse in the current healthcare system in the United States, focusing on social policy, quality, cost, and organization of care. Students are introduced to legal-ethical, political, financial, and sociocultural aspects of healthcare delivery. Concepts considered include knowledge; critical thinking; shared responsibility and self-development; environment; and health professional role. The course includes 2.0 credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and is taught over the entire trimester. This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course.

Practicum (NURS460)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the management of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in strengthening the patient/client lines of defense and resistance to environmental stressors. The student will manage stressors affecting the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables of the patient/client system. The student will provide care in an acute care environment. This clinical course is designed to facilitate the transition to the role of Registered Nurse. This is a 3-credit clinical course that includes 135 clinical hours.

Transition into the Nursing Profession (NURS465)

Credits:4

This course will prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam, as well as transition them to professional nursing practice. The application of NCLEX principles and concepts will be utilized preparing the student for success on NCLEX. Students will develop individualized NCLEX-RN study plans designed to assist them to complete NCLEX Prep practice exams. Students will perform analysis of their practice exam results to determine areas of the NCLEX test plan needing improvement. Additionally, students will be required to participate in laboratory practice-setting activities to enhance their critical thinking skills related to professional nursing practice.

Transition into the Nursing Profession (NURS465L)

Credits:0

This course will prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam, as well as transition them to professional nursing practice. The application of NCLEX principles and concepts will be utilized preparing the student for success on NCLEX. Students will develop individualized NCLEX-RN study plans designed to assist them to complete NCLEX Prep practice exams. Students will perform analysis of their practice exam results to determine areas of the NCLEX test plan needing improvement. Additionally, students will be required to participate in laboratory practice-setting activities to enhance their critical thinking skills related to professional nursing practice.

Research and Evidence-Based Practice (RSCH512)

Credits:3

This course is designed to give students an overview of quantitative and qualitative research processes. Students explore principles of research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, and data analysis through critical examination of published studies. Principles of evidence-based practice are incorporated in order to assess the state of the science and direct decision-making in specialty healthcare practice.

Graduation Application Required (SLGA101)

Credits:0

Service Learning requirements and Graduation Application must be completed prior to registering for DNRS499.