Nursing Course Descriptions


NURS 305 BSN Basics (1). Knowledge and competencies basic to the nursing curriculum: Critical thinking; computerized databases; APA style; sequencing courses; adult learning behaviors. Course must be taken during the student’s first fall or spring semester following admission into the Nursing Program. (F, S, SU)

NURS 312 Global Health Care (3). Examines a cross-section of national health care systems of various countries. Provides a foundation for understanding global health issues including ethics and economics in the contexts of their effects on different cultures. (F, S, SU)

NURS 315 Foundations of Professional Nursing (3). History of nursing. Major concepts and trends. Emphasis placed on
healthcare delivery, teaching modalities. Includes nursing ethics, economics, cultural competencies and legal aspects of client care. (F)

NURS 316 Nursing Ethics (3). Evolution of Nursing Ethics; theories of Rule Ethics, Virtue Ethics and Care Ethics; framework for ethical analysis and its application to nursing situations. Prerequisite: PHIL 211 (may be taken concurrently). (S)

NURS 317 Economics and Nursing (3). Current knowledge about nursing economics focused on factors influencing nursing care services including ethical and cultural dimensions. (F)

NURS 318 Women’s Health Care (3). Issues affecting women’s health and lives in today’s society. Specific topics include historical influences, cultural and ethnic differences, ethical dilemmas, as well as physical and psychosocial issues. Course may be taken at any time during the student’s matriculation. (Su)

NURS 319 Nursing Management of Pain (3). Concepts and processes basic to effective management of patients’ pain. Includes clinical, ethical, legal and cultural considerations with applications to clients. Course may be taken at any time during the student’s matriculation.(Su)

NURS 320 Pathophysiology in Nursing (3). Complex mechanisms of human disease processes, with application to nursing  are of clients in various settings. (F)

NURS 360 Health Assessment (3). Theory and skill development in physical and psychosocial assessment, history taking, data collection. Includes review of systems and physical examinations of clients in lab settings. Prerequisite: NURS 320. (S)

NURS 413 Nursing Theory (3). Theories are a unique body of knowledge for nursing. This class will focus on the concepts, definitions, and theoretical assertions of selected nursing theorists to assist the individual student of nursing in making optimum use of theory in practice. (F)

NURS 414 Cross-Cultural Healthcare for Older Adults (3). This class is designed to better prepare geriatric and gerontologic providers to give culturally competent care for older adults from culturally diverse backgrounds. Focus will be on the healthcare for older adults from various ethnic groups. (F)

NURS 415 Community Health Nursing (3). Community health nurses require the depth and breadth of knowledge that allows them to work independently and in conjunction with clients and others to improve the health of the world’s population.
Public health, epidemiology, and vulnerable aggregates will be addressed. NURS 415 must be taken concurrently with NURS 415L. (F)

NURS 415L Community Health Nursing Practicum (3). Utilizing the theory from NURS 415, students will complete a community health assessment, develop and implement a community service project, and complete 90 practicum hours must be taken concurrently with NURS 415. (F)

NURS 416 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3). Fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative nursing research will be discussed to assist nursing students use of evidence based practice to enhance their clinical services. Reading research reports, identifying effective interventions for practice, and implementation of these interventions to promote positive outcome for patients and families required. (S, SU)

NURS 425 Nursing Leadership (3). Ethical and effective nurse leadership and management including issues and functions of planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling. The role of the nurse in health policy will also be addressed NURS 425 must be taken concurrently with NURS 425L. (S)

NURS 425L Nursing Leadership Practicum (3). Utilizing theory from NURS 425, students will design, develop, and implement a nursing leadership project in their community and complete 90 leadership practicum hours working with a preceptor. The preceptor must be approved by faculty and hold, at minimum, a BSN degree. NURS 425L must be taken concurrently with NURS 425. (S)

NURS 491 Directed Study (1–3). Independent study. (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (F, S)

NURS 493 Topics in Nursing (1–3). As announced. (May be repeated for credit if topics are different.)