Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

NRSG 2200
Principles of Nutrition [Course] (2)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help students learn the basic facts and concepts of nutrition, to formulate principles to guide in food selection and meal planning, and to achieve wholeness by maintaining optimal nutritional health. The physiologic functions, food sources, requirements, and metabolism of the known nutrients are emphasized. The nutritional demands and eating patterns in various stages of the life cycle are discussed. Areas of application include weight control, food fads, vegetarianism, food additives, economical meal planning, and nutritional assessment. Prerequisite: BIOL 1110, CHEM 1110 or CHEM 1140.

NRSG 2500
Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts [Course] (3)

This course introduces students to professional nursing and health-care concepts to prepare for the whole person care of individuals, groups and communities. Students will learn organizing principles and concepts that are building blocks for nursing practice as a caring, service oriented. A focus on professional communication, health care delivery systems, and the numerous roles of professional nurses. Pre-requisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 3010, CHEM 1140, NRSG 2200, PSYC 2010.

NRSG 3200
Health Assessment [Course] (3)

Students have opportunity to practice assessment skills learned in NRSG 3200 Course in simulated laboratory situations and in concurrent clinical practice with individuals of different developmental and cultural backgrounds in this 0 credit co-requisite course. Students must pass both the Lab and Course to progress in the program. Students who need to retake the NRSG 3200 LAB must also retake NRSG 3200 Course. Passing the laboratory component is contingent on passing NRSG 3200 Course. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 3010, and CHEM 1140.

NRSG 3200
Health Assessment [Laboratory] ()

Students have opportunity to practice assessment skills learned in NRSG 3200 Course in simulated laboratory situations and in concurrent clinical practice with individuals of different developmental and cultural backgrounds in this 0 credit co-requisite course. Students must pass both the Lab and Course to progress in the program. Students who need to retake the NRSG 3200 LAB must also retake NRSG 3200 Course. Passing the laboratory component is contingent on passing NRSG 3200 Course. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 3010, and CHEM 1140.

NRSG 3300
Maternity & Newborn Health Concepts [Course/Clinical] (3)

This course provides a theoretical basis for application of nursing care to families in the childbearing cycle to promote caring, health promotion and maintenance, and reconstitution of wholeness through examination of antepartal, intrapartal and postpartum experiences. Clinical application will take place in a variety of settings, and will include care of the newborn with expected and unexpected transition to extrauterine life. Pre-requisites: NRSG 3200, 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800.

NRSG 3400
Healthy Older Adult Concepts [Course] (2)

This course will prepare students to advocate and collaborate with other professionals to provide for the health and illness needs of older adults using a whole-person, culturally sensitive approach. Students will learn about evidence-based strategies to meet older adults’ health care needs. Prerequisite: NRSG 2500

NRSG 3450
Psychosocial Health Concepts [Course/Clinical] (4)

This course focuses on evidence-based person/client centered care in the application of psychiatric – mental health concepts and principles in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will gain an understanding of relevant therapies and the nurse as advocate, change agent, and educator in the care of individuals with alterations in mental health. Clinical reasoning skills will develop as the student demonstrates therapeutic communication, understanding of pharmacology for mental illness, and critical thinking in various clinical settings. Pre-requisite: NSG 2500.

NRSG 3600
Foundations of Nursing Practice [Course/Clinical] (4)

This course introduces the students to foundational concepts of whole person care utilizing knowledge from the physical and social sciences to promote patient safety and quality care. Students will learn to provide care for individuals with alterations in sensory perception, mobility, elimination, nutrition, tissue integrity, and oxygenation. They will begin to utilize health care technology in the delivery of patient care. Pre-requisite: NRSG 2500

NRSG 3650
Adult Health Concepts I [Course/Clinical] (7)

This course introduces the students to concepts of whole person care of Adult Health with common acute and chronic health problems with predictable outcomes in a variety of health care settings. Students will develop understanding and skills to assess, teach and care for diverse individuals. Students will learn to use the electronic health record and other healthcare technology for care of the adult patient. Pre-requisites: NRSG 3200, 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800.

NRSG 3700
Perioperative Practicum [Course] (1 - 3)

This 40 hour perioperative practicum with classes and experiences in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of a client's surgical experiences includes concepts of asepsis, roles of the surgical team members, interviewing techniques, recovery room, and anesthesia within a wholistic nursing care framework. Pre-requisites: NRSG 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800. (Meets the requirement for nursing elective)

NRSG 3750
Health Coaching [Course] (1 - 3)

This course emphasizes the theoretical concepts relevant to health coaching that are used by nurses and other professionals in health care engaged in assisting individuals in behavior changes to promote wellness and improved health. The course will begin with an introduction to health coaching and the relevant theory and techniques for successful health coaching. After a review of the health coaching process, students will develop a health coaching class for health professionals working with individuals with chronic illness. Emphasis is on understanding and using appropriate and ethical techniques to address current health problems. Prerequisites: NRSG 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800

NRSG 3780
Women's Health Issues [Course] (1 - 3)

This course is designed to examine women's health and the politics surrounding some of the issues in women's health. A wholistic approach will be reflected in the course content, permitting the student to learn about issues related to the physical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of women's health. Health policy and research will also be explored as they relate to gender and the politics of health. (Meets the requirement for Nursing elective.)

NRSG 3800
Pathophysiology & Pharmcology Concepts I [Course] (3)

This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of disease process and pharmacological therapies. The course focuses on the physiological changes, clinical manifestations, and pharmacological therapies used to affect the disease process. The course integrates anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and pharmacology to provide a basis for study of diseases and pharmacotherapeutic agents with a focus on the application to clinical practice. Pre-requisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 3010, CHEM 1140, and NRSG 2500.

NRSG 3850
Pathophysiology & Pharmacology Concepts II [Course] (3)

This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of disease process and pharmacological therapies. The course focuses on the physiological changes, clinical manifestations, and pharmacological therapies used to affect the disease process. The course integrates anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and pharmacology to provide a basis for study of diseases and pharmacotherapeutic agents with a focus on the application to clinical practice. Pre-requisites: NRSG 3200, 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800.

NRSG 3900
Evidence Based Practice for Nursing [Course] (3)

Through an experiential approach, this course prepares the baccalaureate nursing student to participate in nursing and interdisciplinary evidence-based projects. Students develop skills in critical appraisal and utilization of nursing research in addition to strategies for successful retrieval, synthesis and implementation of a variety of sources of evidence. Using change theory and communication skills, students are prepared to meaningfully participate in practice improvement initiatives. Pre-requisites: NRSG 3400, 3450, 3600, and 3800.

NRSG 4400
Community Health Nursing Concepts [Course/Clinical] (4)

This course emphasizes the theory and practice of community health nursing for individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings. Students will develop understanding and skill to assess, teach and care for diverse individuals, families and groups. The science of epidemiology will be applied throughout the course to understand population health and health needs. Prerequisites: NRSG 3650, 3850 and 3900.

NRSG 4500
Capstone Practicum [Course] (3)

(4 weeks, 32-hour clinical/week) The clinical practicum is designed to assist the student in the transition from the role of student to entry level professional nurse. Students are expected to integrate their total knowledge and skills from nursing, the liberal arts, and sciences in the delivery of wholistic nursing care to a client population chosen by the student in conjunction with the faculty facilitator. Students apply the principles of leadership and management to the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness of clients and in the identification of needed change. Students develop their own learning experience in collaboration with College faculty and a preceptor at the chosen institution. In addition to working a variety of days and shifts, students are expected to manage the care of a large number of clients and present a client care conference. Prerequisite: NRSG 4400, 4650, 4750. Course fee applicable.

NRSG 4600
Adult Health Concepts II [Course/Clinical] (5)

This course introduces the students to concepts of whole person care of Adult Health with common acute and chronic health problems with unpredictable outcomes in a variety of health care settings. Students will develop understanding and skills to assess, teach and care for diverse individuals using health care technology. Prerequisites: NRSG 3650, 3850 and 3900

NRSG 4650
Adult Health Concepts III [Course/Clinical] (5)

This course introduces the students to concepts of whole person care of Adult Health with emergent and complex acute health problems with unpredictable outcomes in a variety of health care settings. Students will develop understanding and skills to assess, teach and care for diverse individuals. Prerequisites: NRSG 4400, 4600 and 4700

NRSG 4700
Pediatric Health Concepts [Course/Clinical] (3)

This course examines the application of developmental theory in the provision of safe, evidence-based, whole person, atraumatic, culturally sensitive care to the pediatric population in the context of families and community. Throughout the course students will develop knowledge of pediatric nursing and be given opportunities to provide comprehensive nursing care to children and families in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NRSG 3650, 3850, 3900.

NRSG 4750
Leadership Concepts in Nursing [Course] (3)

This course will prepare nursing students with knowledge and skills to lead and manage nursing care. Students will learn principles of quality and performance improvement, promotion of a patient safety culture, health care policy and advocacy. The nursing care delivery system and health care system are explored. Theories, principles and skills of leadership are examined including decision-making, delegation, conflict resolution, change theories, and time management. Students will develop their philosophy of nursing. Opportunity for clinical application of classroom theory will be provided in NRSG 4500. Prerequisites: NRSG 4400, 4600, and 4700.

NRSG 4900
Transcultural Experience [Course] (1 - 2)

This course is designed to introduce students to the culture, health care needs, and the health care system of a developing country. Students will have the opportunity to compare missionary nursing with community health and institutional nursing in the United States. Making use of available resources, students develop learning objectives with guidance from the instructor. The course encourages personal and spiritual growth through integration of faith and learning. Students wishing to receive college credit will do collateral reading, write journals or papers, and attend preparatory classes held during the semester. Meets the requirement for Nursing elective.

NRSG 4950
Independent Study in Nursing [Course] (1 - 3)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

NRSG 4980
Undergraduate Research [Course] (1 - 3)

Students conduct laboratory research in nursing under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. (May be repeated with new research) Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar.