Course Descriptions

NUR 100-W MATH FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE - 1 SH
This course is designed for LPN's who advance place into the second semester of the ASN program. Mathematical accuracy is a crucial component of modern nursing. This course will help the student become comfortable with medication and IV calculations. The course is designed specifically to help students improve their basic math skills and apply those skills to clinical practice. The course will offer step-by-step rules, explanations and examples, followed by practice problems and exercises that test and reinforce the student's knowledge.
1 Credit Hour (Online)

NUR 101 THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NURSING PRACTICE – 8 SH
Co-requisite
: Anatomy & Physiology I, Psychology and Oral Communications
The Art and Science of Nursing Practice presents didactic concepts and clinical/laboratory practice and clinical experiences emphasizing therapeutic nursing interventions, cultural awareness, technical nursing skills and knowledge basic to nursing practice. Also discussed is the history of mental health nursing and contemporary practice including practice models. Learning unfolds from the wellness/illness continuum emphasizing health promotion and holistic care. Learning focuses on assessment of basic human needs, including physiological needs such as hygiene, nutrition, oxygenation and urinary/bowel elimination and psychosocial needs such as self-esteem, spirituality, culture, and sexuality. The nursing process is utilized for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluations and teaching of the client and family. The concepts of caring, culturally competent care and various nursing roles are presented. Common health problems as they relate to mobility, sensory perception and stress and adaptation are discussed. Basic health assessment, critical thinking/reflective thinking skills and techniques of medication administration are presented and practiced. The student will become comfortable with medication and IV calculations. Basic math skills will be reviewed and applied to clinical practice. Step by step rules, explanations and examples, followed by practice problems and exercises that will test and reinforce the student's knowledge will be offered. The tasks associated with the development of a therapeutic interpersonal relationship are emphasized. Therapeutic communication skills will be practiced in the lab and clinical setting. Legal, professional standards and ethical principles related to nursing, the rights of clients and families, and the importance of the Illinois Nursing Practice Act and Rules are emphasized. In addition to the learning laboratory, clinical experiences occur in skilled nursing and acute care client settings.
8 Credit Hours: 6 Lecture Hours per Week and 6 Clinical, Learning Laboratory Hours per Week for 16 Weeks (1 Credit of Mental Health Didactic)
 
NUR A101 THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NURSING PRACTICE - 7 SH
The Art and Science of Nursing Practice presents didactic concepts and clinical/laboratory practice and clinical experiences emphasizing therapeutic nursing interventions, cultural awareness, technical nursing skills and knowledge basic to nursing practice. Also discussed is the history of mental health nursing and contemporary practice including practice models. Learning unfolds from the wellness/illness continuum emphasizing health promotion and holistic care. Learning focuses on assessment of basic human needs, including physiological needs such as hygiene, nutrition, oxygenation and urinary/bowel elimination and psychosocial needs such as self-esteem, spirituality, culture, and sexuality. The nursing process is utilized for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluations and teaching of the client and family. The concepts of caring, culturally competent care and various nursing roles are presented. Common health problems as they relate to mobility, sensory perception and stress and adaptation are discussed. Basic health assessment, critical thinking/reflective thinking skills and techniques of medication administration are presented and practiced. The tasks associated with the development of a therapeutic interpersonal relationship are emphasized. Therapeutic communication skills will be practiced in the lab and clinical setting. Legal, professional standards and ethical principles related to nursing, the rights of clients and families, and the importance of the Illinois Nursing Practice Act and Rules are emphasized. In addition to the learning laboratory, clinical experiences occur in skilled nursing and acute care client settings.
7 Credit Hours: 5 Didactic Hours (1 Credit of Mental Health Didactic) 2 Clinical, Learning Laboratory Hours 
 
NUR 102 ADULT HEALTH NURSING - 9 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR 101, Anatomy & Physiology I and Psychology Cluster Requirement and Oral Communication
Co-requisite: Anatomy & Physiology II; Human Growth & Development
This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Nursing 101, the Art and Science of Nursing Practice, and the initial Anatomy and Physiology course. Adult Health Nursing presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences to allow the student to apply the nursing process to the care of the adult client who is experiencing common health problems that are acute or chronic in nature as well as to clients with acute and chronic mental health needs and problems. Mental health problems dealing with cognition, mood, anxiety, and substance abuse are discussed. Learning is directed toward problems requiring therapeutic nursing interventions of a well-defined nature leading toward providing culturally competent care. The client is seen as a valued member of a family, social network, and community. Technical skills such as IV access, urinary catheterization, NG insertion, and dressing changes will be introduced. Interpersonal skills, communication skills (written and oral), family theories, group process and assessment skills are strongly emphasized. Previously learned technical skills will continue to be practiced and refined. Medication administration will continue to be emphasized. The concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, legal and ethical considerations and problem-solving are integrated. The course will introduce the student to the evolving roles of the nurse as a provider and manager of health care and as a member of the health care team. Clinical experience occurs in the acute care, peri-operative, medical surgical skilled nursing, mental health, and community-based health facilities.
9 Credit Hours: 5.5 Lecture Hours per Week and 10.5 Clinical, Learning Laboratory Hours per Week for 16 Weeks (1.5 Credits Didactic, .5 Credits Clinical of Mental Health)
 
NUR A102 ADULT HEALTH NURSING - 9 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101, The Art and Science of Nursing Practice
This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Nursing A101, the Art and Science of Nursing Practice and all prerequisite general education course work completed prior to matriculation into the Accelerated BSN program. Adult Health Nursing presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences to allow the student to apply the nursing process to the care of the adult client who is experiencing common health problems that are acute or chronic in nature, as well as to clients with acute and chronic mental health needs and problems. Mental health problems dealing with cognition, mood and anxiety are discussed. Learning is directed toward problems requiring therapeutic nursing interventions of a well-defined nature leading toward providing culturally competent care. The client is seen as a valued member of a family, social network and community. Technical skills such as IV access and care, CVAD, urinary catheterization and dressing changes will be introduced. Interpersonal skills, communication skills (written and oral), family theories, group process and assessment skills are strongly emphasized. Previously learned technical skills will continue to be practiced and refined. Medication administration will continue to be emphasized. The concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, legal and ethical considerations and problem-solving are integrated. The course will introduce the student to the evolving roles of the nurse as a provider and manager of health care and as a member of the health care team. Clinical experience occurs in the acute care, peri-operative, medical surgical skilled nursing, mental health and community-based health facilities.
9 Credit Hours: 5.5 Lecture Hours per Week and 3.5 Clinical, Learning Laboratory Hours (1.5 Credits Didactic, .5 Credits Clinical of Mental Health)
 
NUR 200 HUMAN DISEASE PROCESS - 3 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR 101; NUR 102; Anatomy & Physiology I; Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology. For ABSN: NUR A101; NUR A102; and NUR A212. Concurrent enrollment in: NUR A201; NUR 302; and NUR 411
Human Diseases Processes provides the student with a scientific background and understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the assessment of diverse client populations. The course will emphasize functioning at the cellular level and will augment the student's ability to correlate various disease states with clinical manifestations, common diagnostic tests and therapeutic, evidence-based nursing interventions. Disease processes such as fluid-electrolyte imbalance, homeostasis, hemodynamics, acid-base imbalance, infective disorders and immune disorders will be emphasized.
3 Credit Hours: 3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
NUR 201 LIFE SPAN NURSING I – 9 SH
Prerequisites
: All first year nursing courses and general education courses. Concurrent enrollment in NUR 200, and Sociology.
Life Span I is the first of two courses that presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences that examine the health status of individuals throughout their life span. There is focus on health maintenance as well as management of acute and chronic health problems. Both the physical and mental health needs of the client are considered. There is an emphasis on family involvement, especially in the care of children. Culturally sensitive care giving and cultural maintenance are emphasized. The student will learn how to manage individuals and groups of patients with increasingly complex health issues. Clinical experiences are in the acute care setting as well as the community environment.
9 Credit Hours: 6 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks and 12 Clinical Hours per Week for 12 Weeks (Mental Health: 0.5 credits didactic and 0.5 credits clinical/Pediatrics: 1.25 credits didactic and 0.75 credits clinical)
 
NUR 202 LIFE SPAN NURSING II– 8 SH
Prerequisites
: All first year nursing courses and general education courses. All second year, first semester nursing courses and general education courses.
Life Span Nursing II is the second of two courses that presents didactic and clinical experiences that examine the health status of individuals throughout the life span. The focus is on health maintenance, management of acute and chronic health conditions and critical care, emergent care and neurological conditions. In addition, the course focuses on the transition of the learner into the practice role of the RN. The concepts of leadership and management will be provided and leadership/management skills will be applied in the clinical setting. Transitional testing will be completed in preparation for the national licensing examination.
8 Credit Hours: 4 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks and 16 Clinical Hours per Week for 12 Weeks (Pediatrics: 1.25 credits didactic and 0.75 credits clinical)
 
NUR 203 MATERNAL - NEWBORN NURSING - 4 SH
Prerequisites
: All first year Nursing courses and general education courses, NUR 200, and Sociology.
Maternal and Newborn Health presents didactic and clinical experiences that emphasize families during childbearing. Pregnancy is considered a normal developmental occurrence; however, risk factors and selected health problems that may occur during the child-bearing experience are considered. The nursing process is utilized when giving nursing care during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods. The social, cultural, economic, sexual, physiological and psychological aspects of childbearing are considered. Nutrition, pharmacology, legal standards, ethical principles, critical thinking and communication are integrated. Historical aspects in relation to contemporary trends and issues are discussed. Physical assessment skills related to fetal well-being and the mother and newborn are presented. Clinical experiences include the birthing unit, mother-baby care in the acute care setting, as well as related community experience.
4 Credit Hours:  2.5 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks and 1.5 Clinical Hours (4.5 Clinical Hours per week for 16 Weeks).
 
NUR 212 PHARMACOLOGY – 1 SH
Prerequisites
: All first year first semester nursing courses and general education courses. Concurrent enrollment in NUR 102. Requests to take this course prior to meeting all prerequisites must be made in writing and submitted to the course coordinator. The course coordinator will approve or deny the request by writing on the student request. A copy of the written request will be placed in the student's academic file. This web-assisted course is designed to present the principles underlying pharmacology and their relationship to the registered nurse's role in drug administration. This course builds on nursing skills, math and the natural sciences (especially knowledge of anatomy and physiology) to explore the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis is placed on how drugs are utilized and processed in the body, the body's reaction to these drugs and potential drug interactions. Further studies of major drug categories will be used with drug prototypes as examples of these basic concepts. The student will apply basic pharmacological principles to new situations in order to improve the effectiveness of drugs and prevent/minimize the complications of drug therapy. Course concepts include the principles of drug action and the nursing process as it applies to the therapeutic use of drugs (including safety and patient education). Web Assisted.
1 Credit Hour (Web-Assisted)
 
NUR A212: PHARMACOLOGY- 1 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102 concurrently.
This course is designed to present the principles underlying pharmacology and their relationship to the registered nurse's role in drug administration. This course builds on nursing skills, math and the natural sciences (especially knowledge of anatomy, physiology and microbiology) to explore the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis is placed on how drugs are utilized and processed in the body, the body's reaction to these drugs, and potential drug interactions. Further studies of major drug categories will be used with drug prototypes as examples of these basic concepts. The student will apply basic pharmacological principles to new situations in order to improve the effectiveness of drugs and prevent/minimize the complications of drug therapy. Course concepts include the principles of drug action and the nursing process as it applies to the therapeutic use of drugs (including safety and patient education).
1 Credit Hour (Online)
 
NUR A213 PHARMACOLOGY- 1 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR 200; NUR A212; NUR 302; NUR 411. Concurrent Enrollment in NUR202; NUR 203; NUR 303; and NUR 410.
This course explores the pharmacological treatment of various disease processes. The effects of medications, both therapeutic and adverse on the human body are investigated.
1 Credit Hour (Web-Assisted)
NOTE: All Nursing 300 and 400 Level Courses require proof of RN Licensure from a State Board of Nursing or Permission of Faculty.
 
NUR 301 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT – 3 SH
The Leadership and Management course presents didactic concepts preparing the student for leadership and management responsibilities. Management concepts discussed include organizational theory and structure, fiscal planning, delegation and managing human and material resources. Strategies for managing a culturally diverse workforce will be explored. Theories of leadership and motivation, as well as conflict management, change theory and persuasion and negotiation will be presented.
Additional concepts of power and authority, nursing care delivery systems and quality improvement are addressed. The nurse's role in the interdisciplinary health care team, health care delivery systems, critical thinking strategies and decision-making processes are discussed and operationalized. Integrated concepts include communication principles and legal and ethical considerations. Opportunities and experiences are provided to foster development of leadership abilities and management skills for the learner. Fieldwork study experiences include contributions to a project which enhances nursing quality and role exploration of a nursing supervisor, case manager and staff development nurse.
3 Credit Hours (Web Assisted and Field Study)
 
NUR A301 NURSING LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT- 3 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR A212; NUR 200; NUR 201; NUR 302; NUR 411; NUR 202; NUR 203; NUR A213; NUR 303; NUR 410
The Nursing Leadership and Management course presents didactic concepts preparing the student for leadership and management responsibilities. Management concepts discussed include organizational theory and structure, fiscal planning, delegation and managing human and material resources. Strategies for managing a culturally diverse workforce will be explored. Theories of leadership and motivation, as well as conflict management, change theory and persuasion and negotiation will be presented. Additional concepts of power and authority, nursing care delivery systems, and quality improvement are addressed. The nurse's role in the interdisciplinary health care team, health care delivery systems, critical thinking strategies, and decision-making processes are discussed and operationalized. Integrated concepts include communication principles and legal ethical considerations. Opportunities and experiences are provided to foster development of leadership abilities and management skills for the learner. Fieldwork study experiences include contributions to a project, which enhances nursing quality and role exploration of a nursing supervisor, case manager, and staff development nurse.
3 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 302 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT – 3 SH
Prerequisites for AB-500 (couldn’t read hard copy):
NURA101; NURA102; NURA212.
Co-requisites: NUR200; NUR 201, NUR 411
Advanced Health Assessment presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences related to advanced assessment and builds on knowledge from natural and social sciences, humanities, and nursing, including physical health assessment. The student is provided with the opportunity to develop and enhance advanced skills in interviewing and data collection, as well as systematically examining clients who are at various stages in the lifespan. Comprehensive assessment concepts and advanced techniques will be addressed using a systems’ approach. A holistic emphasis to health assessment is used including cognitive, physical, psychological, nutritional, cultural, economic, spiritual and environmental considerations. Students will be provided the opportunity to expand communication skills through in-depth interviews of individuals. The didactic component emphasizes the nurse’s role as a member of the interdisciplinary team in health assessment. Clinical experiences include the learning laboratory and a variety of health care settings. Course expectations include fostering critical thinking and advanced psychomotor skills leading to the course outcome performance of a complete health assessment of an individual. 
3 Credit Hours: 32 Lab Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 303 – Need material – should be listed as elective or no?
 
NUR 320 NURSING INFORMATICS – 3 SH
Nursing Informatics is a didactic course focusing on the use of computer science, information science and nursing science. Documenting, collecting and aggregating of data to make decisions related to culturally competent nursing care of patients will be emphasized. The course focuses on how technology supports clinical practice, research, education and nursing administration. In addition to presentations and discussions, field observation of select clinical and administrative systems will be scheduled along with hands-on practice with graphics, spread sheet and data base applications on personal computers. 
3 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 401 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING – 5 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR 302 and statistics before or concurrent.
Community Health Nursing is a didactic and clinical course focusing on collaborative strategies to improve the health of populations. Public health concepts such as epidemiology, levels of prevention, and screening are applied to the study of communicable and chronic diseases as well as to the environment. Other major course topics include home care nursing, community and family assessment, provision of culturally appropriate care to aggregates, and the historical and political aspects of nursing roles. The clinical experience includes delivering care to clients in the home. 
5 Credit Hours: 3 Didactic and 96 Clinical Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR A401 NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY- 5 SH – notes in right-hand margin unintelligible (p. 2B NUR 30..?)
Prerequisites: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR A212; NUR 200; NUR 201; NUR 302; NUR 411; NUR 202; NUR 203; NUR 410
Co-requisite: NUR A301
Community health nursing is a didactic and clinical course focusing on collaborative strategies to improve the health of populations. Public health concepts such as epidemiology, levels of prevention. and screenings are applied to the study of communicable and chronic diseases as well as to the environment. Other major course topics include home care nursing, community and family assessment, provision of culturally appropriate care to aggregates, and the historical and political aspects of nursing roles. The clinical experience includes delivering care to clients in the home.
5 Credit Hours: 3 Credit Hours Didactic; 2 Credit Hours Clinical
 
NUR 402 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN NURSING – 3 SH
This didactic course is designed to foster professionalism and the use of collaborative strategies to address nursing practice issues. Special attention is focused on the evolution of professional nursing and issues that impact current nursing practice. Nursing theorists and their organizing frameworks are presented. Health policy, financing, cultural/social competency and other timely issues will be discussed.
3 Credit Hours (Hybrid)
 
NUR A402 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN CLINICAL NURSING- 3 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR A212; NUR 200; NUR 201; NUR 302; NUR 411; NUR 202; NUR 203; NUR A213; NUR 303; NUR 410; NUR A301; NUR A401.
This web assisted didactic course is designed to foster professionalism and the use of collaborative strategies to address nursing practice issues. Special attention is focused on the evolution of professional nursing and issues that impact current nursing practice. Nursing theorists and their organizing frameworks are presented. Health policy, financing, cultural/social competency and other timely issues will be discussed.
3 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 410 TRANSCULTURAL NURSING – 3 SH
Prerequisites
: For BSN-C, Cultural anthropology or anthropology before or concurrently with NUR 410. For ABSN, NUR A101; NUR A102, NUR A212, NUR 200, NUR 201, NUR 302, NUR 411
This course examines transcultural nursing concepts, theories and practices in relationship to human caring. Frameworks for performing a cultural assessment and for planning and implementing culturally appropriate nursing care are explored. Cultural influences on beliefs, values, and practices in relation to health, illness, and health-seeking behaviors are examined. This course provides opportunity for Students to reflect on culture in relation to oneself and nursing practice roles. 
3 Credit Hours (Web Assisted with Field-Study)
 
NUR 411 NURSING RESEARCH – 3 SH
Prerequisites
:  For BSN-C, Statistics, and either Sociology or Cultural Anthropology before or concurrently with NUR 411. For ABSN, NUR A101; NUR A102, NUR A212 and co-requisite of NUR 200, NUR 201, and NUR 302.
Nursing Research provides an introduction to the theoretical foundation for scientific investigation, the research process, contributions of research to the Nursing Profession, and the impact of research on historical, current, and future trends. Major emphasis is on the application of the research process for use in practice as well as the process of critiquing research. Various types of research and research methods will be addressed. The nurse’s role in research, including the rights and responsibilities toward human subjects and additional legal-ethical concerns are discussed. Evidence based nursing and using research in the practice setting are stressed. Statistical knowledge and qualitative analysis from the required general education math course will be integrated.  
 3 Credit Hours (Online)
 
NUR 420 SENIOR SEMINAR – 1 SH
Prerequisites
: All courses in BSN curriculum before or concurrently with NUR 410
This course is designed to demonstrate higher level thinking processes and nursing practice. Concepts from general education and nursing courses in the curriculum will be integrated in a independent student project. Students will review the literature on a self-selected health care delivery issue and then develop, implement, and evaluate a strategy to address that issue. Attainment of the BSN-Completion curriculum. 
1 Credit Hour (Independent Project with Field Study)
 
NUR A420 SENIOR SEMINAR- 4 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR A212; NUR 200; NUR 201; NUR 302; NUR 411; NUR 202; NUR 203; NUR A212; NUR 303; NUR 410; NUR A301; NUR A401.
Co-requisite: NUR A402
This course provides a framework for assisting students to integrate the ABSN program goals. Students will select a clinically oriented topic of project, review the literature, and then develop a strategy to address that issue. A formal paper and presentation is given to present this information. The clinical component whereby the student works with a practicing RN in a "realistic" assignment, will assist in transition from education to practice. Attainment of the BSN-Completion Program Goals and readiness for NCLEX-RN will be assessed through standardized testing and questionnaires.
4 Credit Hours: 1 Credit Hour Didactic; 3 Credit Hours Clinical
 
Nursing Electives

Nursing electives will be offered to non-licensed nursing students and non-nursing students with permission of the instructor. All prerequisites must be met. All non-licensed nursing students and non-nursing students must submit a written request to the course coordinator. The course coordinator will approve or deny the request by writing on the student request. ASN students may seek approval to enroll in a BSN nursing elective only if the following two criteria have been met:
1.       Successful completion of all first year nursing and general education courses
2.       Attainment of a Level II or above on ATI Fundamentals of Nursing proctored exam
 
NUR 315 WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE ISSUES – 2 SH
Women’s Health Care Issues presents an overview of current issues and future trends in women’s health care. This course, building upon previous knowledge of health assessment and therapeutic nursing interventions, will investigate selected cultural, biological, psychological, political, legal-ethical, economic and environmental aspects of health care affecting women. A wellness approach will be the focus of discussing women’s health; however, selected health problems will also be included.
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 316 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING – 2 SH
Gerontological Nursing provides the opportunity for the learner to continue building a positive perspective towards the aging process and the older adult. This didactic course focuses on the health promotion and protection of the older adult and includes functions of the interdisciplinary team, individualized care, and evidence based protocols. Health policy, theories of aging and health protection will be explored in addition to cultural dimensions, and polypharmacy. The inter-relatedness of the biophysical and psychosocial alterations and health problems resulting from multisystem alterations will be studied. Settings of care and the future of gerontological nursing will be discussed.  
2 Credit Hours (Online)
 
NUR 317 – CRITICAL CARE – 2 SH
This elective course provides BSN Program Students, graduates, and other Registered Nurses, with in depth knowledge of the nursing process and legal-ethical challenges to meet the critical needs and problems for clients of all ages, their families, and significant others. Major emphases will be on the critical client’s general systems needs and problems as well as the rationale for specific critical care procedures. The nursing management of these clients requires critical thinking abilities and knowledge of a total body assessments and multi-disciplinary collaboration. General systems theory including cardiac and respiratory; fluids and electrolytes; pharmacology; acid-base; neurological; burns; critical stress, and trauma will be presented. Course faculty recognize a longer clinical orientation period is required for proficiency in critical care nursing. This course will not include specific protocols in critical care units or ACLS certification. 
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 318 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE – 2 SH
This course presents web assisted, classroom, and observational experiences that emphasize the unique aspects of forensic nursing. This course provides a comprehensive overview of specialized topics in clinical forensic practice and pathology, including an overview in collection of data and scientific investigation of injury and death. Culturally sensitive care giving and cultural maintenancy are emphasized. Social, economic, physiological and psychological influences on care are considered. 
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 319 ADOLESCENT HEALTH – 2 SH
Adolescent Health presents an overview of development in the second decade of life. Interactions of adolescents with family, school and society are presented. Major public health issues relevant to adolescents are presented with an emphasis on prevention and health promotion strategies. The effectiveness of public programs and policies is investigated.
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 322 SPIRITUALITY – 2 SH
This course explores the spiritual dimension of health and healing. Concepts included are: Historical and biblical perspectives on religion and medicine, spirituality and the mind/body/spirit connection, religious doctrines and practices, cultural beliefs and practices, spirituality across the life span, chronic illness and spiritual distress, death, dying and spiritual care. Parish Nursing and spiritual needs in mass casualty disasters will also be addressed.
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 323 HEALTH PROMOTION AND PROTECTION – 2 SH
This course presents didactic concepts that emphasize knowledge and interventions to encourage positive health practices to improve the health status of individuals, families, groups and communities. Cultural aspects of health promotion and protection are integrated throughout the course. Health concepts related to primary, secondary and tertiary interventions for health promotion and protection will be discussed. Current health promotion research studies will be examined. Legal and ethical decision making aspects of health promotion and protection will be explored. National health promotion and protection goals and objectives will be studied. 
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 324 CRITICAL THINKING – 2 SH
This course applies the process of critical thinking to complex, realistic patient scenarios that occur across the life span and in a variety of settings. This process includes questioning, analysis, synthesis, interpretation, application and creativity. It focuses on theory-based and evidence-based professional nursing practice, and operationalizes the roles of diagnostician, communicator, problem-solver, change agent, teacher, and manager of care. The student is required to make independent and interdependent decisions affecting the health of patients and their families. A comprehensive review of the nursing process, used as a framework for student also analyzes and applies other problem-solving processes, as concept mapping and critical pathways. Case studies and weekly discussions are the primary learning strategies for this course.
2 Credit Hours (Web-Assisted)
 
NUR 325 HEREDITY AND HEALTH – 2 SH
This course will provide a brief overview of inheritance patterns, discussion of select genetic disorders, and a review of the influence of heredity on the development of acute and chronic health problems throughout the life span. The effects of environment, culture, and behavior on the genetic make-up of individuals will also be considered.
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
 
NUR 328 ETHICAL ISSUES IN NURSING – 2 SH
This course examines the influence of ethical and moral principles of behavior and decision-making in nursing practice. Opportunities are provided in this course to foster development of the ethical decision-making model for nursing practice from a practical approach through case-studies and comparison of institutional practices. This course will heighten awareness of “good” nursing practice, fostering certain ethical decisions, and resulting in an understanding of healthcare issues.
2 Credit Hours (Web Assisted)
Note: the following courses have been designated for ABSN students only. Non-ABSN students must receive approval from the Nursing Program Director to enroll in these courses.
 
NUR 303 NURSING PATHOPHYSIOLOGY- 3 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR A101; NUR A102; NUR A212; NUR A200; NUR A201; NUR A302; NUR A411. Nursing Pathophysiology focuses on alterations in physiologic mechanisms involved in disease. Topics for this course include mechanisms of disease, cellular biology, cell injury and death, neurological pathophysiology, cardiovascular pathophysiology, renal pathophysiology and endocrine pathophysiology. The etiology, pathogenesis, manifestations, and nursing care for selected diseases will be presented. Evidence-based nursing practice will be emphasized.
3 Credit Hours (Web-Assisted)
 
NUR 102 ADULT HEALTH NURSING – 9 SH
Prerequisites
: NUR 101, Biology 145 and Psychology Cluster Requirement and Oral Communication. Co-requisite: Anatomy & Physiology II; Human Growth & Development
This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Nursing 101, the Art and Science of Nursing Practice, and the initial Anatomy and Physiology course. Adult Health Nursing presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences to allow the student to apply the nursing process to the care of the adult client who is experiencing common health problems that are acute or chronic in nature, as well as to clients with acute and chronic mental health needs and problems. Mental health problems dealing with cognition, mood, anxiety and substance abuse are discussed. Learning is directed toward problems requiring therapeutic nursing interventions of a well-defined nature leading toward providing culturally competent care. The client is seen as a valued member of a family, social network and community. Technical skills such as IV access, urinary catheterization, NG insertion and dressing changes will be introduced. Interpersonal skills, communication skills (written and oral), family theories, group process and assessment skills are strongly emphasized. Previously learned technical skills will continue to be practiced and refined. Medication administration will continue to be emphasized. The concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, legal and ethical considerations and problem-solving are integrated. The course will introduce the student to the evolving roles of the nurse as a provider and manager of healthcare and as a member of the health care team. Clinical experience occurs in the acute care, peri-operative, medical surgical skilled nursing, mental health and community-based health facilities.
9 Credit Hours: 5.5 Lecture Hours per Week and 10.5 Clinical, Learning Laboratory Hours per Week for 16 Weeks (1.5 Credits Didactic, .5 Credits Clinical of Mental Health)
 
NUR 203 MATERNAL - NEWBORN NURSING - 4 SH
Prerequisites
: All first year Nursing courses and general education courses, NUR 200 and Sociology.
Maternal and Newborn Health presents didactic and clinical experiences that emphasize families during childbearing. Pregnancy is considered a normal developmental occurrence; however, risk factors and selected health problems that may occur during the child-bearing experience are considered. The nursing process is utilized when giving nursing care during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods. The social, cultural, economic, sexual, physiological and psychological aspects of childbearing are considered. Nutrition, pharmacology, legal standards, ethical principles, critical thinking and communication are integrated. Historical aspects in relation to contemporary trends and issues are discussed. Physical assessment skills related to fetal well-being and the mother and newborn are presented. Clinical experiences include the birthing unit, mother-baby care in the acute care setting, as well as related community experience.
4 Credit Hours: 2.5 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks and 1.5 Clinical Hours (4.5 Clinical Hours per week for 16 Weeks).