Courses of Instruction
NURSING (NSG -Engineering and Applied Science)
Note: Most nursing courses are open only to students who are admitted to the nursing program.
Associate Degree Program
101 Introduction to the Nursing Principles of Nutrition and Pharmacology (3)
Introduces basic nursing principles related to nutrition and pharmacology throughout life transitions. Essential elements of fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance are examined as related to nutrition, pharmacology, and nursing care. Corequisite: NSG 105, 106; PSY 111; ZOO 171. 3 Lec.
103 Introduction to Calculating Medication Dosages (1)
Introductory course that uses basic math principles and applies them to the calculation of medications. Introduces metric, apothecary, and household systems of measuring; conversion between systems, and drug calculations of oral and injectable medications. Primarily for students with minimal math and health care background. 1 Lec.
105 Introduction to the Art and Science of Nursing (2)
Introduces the role of the nurse as a partner in health promotion with other human beings within the health care system. Professional standards of nursing practice, established by the discipline's professional and legal regulating bodies, and their implications for practice behaviors of the student nurse and the nurse graduate are examined. Introduces basic communication skills critical to effective interpersonal professional relationships and intra- and interdisciplinary group work. Explores differences in educational preparation of nurses within the discipline and identifies variation in role implementation across practice settings. Corequisite: NSG 101, 106; PSY 111; ZOO 171.
106 Theoretical and Technical Foundations for Nursing Practice (4)
Provides opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking by applying the nursing process in the implementation of selected nursing technologies. Gordon's Functional Patterns used as the framework for introducing physical and functional assessment and affective cognitive and psychomotor skills associated with assisting individuals to meet their health care needs. Corequisite: NSG 101, 105; PSY 111; ZOO 171. 1 Lec. 3 Lab.
116 Life Transitions I: Promotion of Health and Self-Care in Adult Life Transitions (6)
Prepares students to provide nursing care for adults experiencing life transitions that affect health. Students are challenged to integrate prior and new knowledge using critical thinking and decision making to plan and provide nursing care for adults with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis on health promotion, health protection, and access to preventative services for adults. Includes a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NSG 101, 105, 106; PSY 111; ZOO 171. Corequisite: CHM 131 or MBI 161; NSG 200 or 205; ZOO 172. 3 Lec. 3 Lab.
MPF 162 Men in Families: A Critical Analysis of Selected Topics (3)
Overview of recent theory and research on selected aspects of the role of men in contemporary U.S. families and an introduction to research methods in this area. Families are approached as social systems, with emphasis on interrelationships among family members. Historical patterns as well as differences related to race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation explored. Cross-listed with FSW 162. IIC.
200 Life Transitions II: Health Promotion and Care of the Pediatric and Obstetrical Clients Within the Context of the Family (6)
Encourages critical thinking related to the care of the family during life transitions. Students are challenged to incorporate the dynamic interplay of culture, socioeconomic status, and spiritual beliefs as well as psychological and physiological needs in the care of the individual within the context of family centered care. Students reflect on their learning as well as the legal and ethical issues affecting the family. Students collaborate with the family and other health team members in community settings. Prerequisite: NSG 101, 105, 106; PSY 111; ZOO 171. Corequisite: CHM 131 or MBI 161; NSG 116 or 206; ZOO 172. 3 Lec. 3 Lab.
205 Life Transitions III: Promotion of Mental Health Across the Lifespan (5)
Focuses on nurse's role as communicator to promote mental health and support individual wellness behaviors to maintain one's functional ability. The nursing process critical thinking approach is used for inquiry and decision making to plan nursing care. Students evaluate nursing care based on expected outcomes. Students participate and collaborate with other nurses and multidisciplinary teams of health care providers, clients, and caregivers to assist individuals seeking to learn wellness behaviors that support, promote, maintain, and/or restore mental health and functional ability. Students engage in learning activities with nurses and other learners to understand the context of how communication, behavior, life transitions, pharmacology, nutrition, medical intervention, culture, socioeconomic conditions, and political actions impact wellness and mental health and affect the nurse's role as a provider of care. Prerequisite: NSG 101, 105, 106; PSY 111; ZOO 171. Corequisite: NSG 116 or 206. 2 Lec. 3 Lab.
206 Life Transitions IV: Promotion of Health and Self-Care in Individuals and Families During Later Life (5)
Students learn how to plan and implement nursing care for individuals and their families during later life. Students integrate prior learning regarding adult health assessment and clinical care with an understanding of factors that can have an impact on health during later life. Includes a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NSG 116. Corequisite: CHM 131 or MBI 161; NSG 200 or 205. 2 Lec. 3 Lab.
215 Nursing as a Profession (2)
Synthesizes knowledge about nursing as a profession and the roles and responsibilities associated with nursing care delivery. The management role of the nurse beginning practice, ethical dilemmas encountered in the practice of nursing, social accountability, health care policy issues, models of decision making, and understanding and using research findings to improve client care are discussed. Prerequisite: NSG 116, 200, 205, 206.
216 Clinical Decision Making Models for Nursing Practice (8)
Encourages critical listening and thinking skills to examine and analyze clinical case studies involving clients in a variety of settings. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns is used for the analysis of clinical cases. Issues essential to clinical practice such as standards of nursing practice, allocation of resources, cultural diversity, delegation of assignments, discharge planning, client/family teaching, appropriate documentation, spirituality, health promotion, therapeutic communication, drug therapy, and nutrition are discussed. Student team members collaboratively participate in the analysis of clinical cases and the implementation and evaluation of holistic nursing care. Students present cases in a logical and comprehensive manner and review their decision making processes. Prerequisite: CHM 131; MBI 161; NSG 200, 205, 206. 3 Lec. 5 Lab.
232 Health Issues of Children and Youth (2)
Required for early childhood licensure, intervention specialist licensure, moderate and severe intervention licensure, and health education licensure; not open to nursing students. Includes strategies for preventing commonly occurring health problems. Addresses health needs of children including those with acute and chronic illnesses and disabilities. Analyzes impact of family, school, and community environments in promoting the health and well-being of children. Prerequisite: EDP 201 or FSW 281. Cross-listed with PHS 232. 2 Lec.
Baccalaureate Degree Program
Note: 300- and 400-level nursing courses are open only to students who are registered nurses who have been admitted to the BSN program except as noted.
301 Theory-Based Nursing Practice (3)
Introductory course that focuses upon various roles and responsibilities of the baccalaureate nurse through investigation of theories. Orientation to B.S.N. program philosophy and theoretical framework. Prerequisite: registered nurse or second-year A.D.N. student with 3.0 g.p.a.
311 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)
Helps baccalaureate nursing students shift their focus from illness-oriented care to wellness and health promotion. Students are introduced to content about assessment for wellness and intervention for health promotion throughout the life span. Corequisite: NSG 301.
312 Assessment of the Well Child (1)
Facilitates development of skills appropriate to performing a screening physical exam as part of a comprehensive nursing assessment for the well child, ages 5-18. Content and practice focuses on developing student's ability to obtain a complete database, identify physical assessment findings that fall outside accepted parameters of normal, and analyze data to formulate nursing diagnoses. The course is required for School Nurse licensure. 1 Lec.
313 Assessment of the Well Individual (2)
Facilitates development of physical assessment skills appropriate to performing a screening physical examination as part of a comprehensive nursing assessment. Content and practice focuses on developing student's ability to obtain a complete data base, identify physical assessment findings that fall outside accepted parameters of normal, and analyze data to formulate nursing diagnoses. Prerequisite: registered nurse or second year A.D.N. student with 3.0 g.p.a.
317 Teaching Strategies in Health Care (3)
Designed to develop knowledge and skill in teaching clients and their families on a one-to-one basis as well as in group situations. Content related to theories of learning, assessment of learning needs, teaching strategies, and evaluation of teaching explored in detail. Emphasizes the role of a nurse as a teacher. Employs experiential teaching strategies. Students learn to teach by experimenting with different teaching strategies, as well as by modeling techniques used by the instructor. Prerequisite: registered nurse.
331 Introduction to Nursing Research (3)
Provides foundation for systematic study of nursing and health related problems using research process. The student develops the ability to apply research findings to clinical practice and to apply beginning research skills in developing research proposals. Prerequisite: registered nurse.
341 Caring and Terminal Illness (3)
Elective course that explores concepts of professional nursing care in relation to terminal illness. Foci include symptom control, family support, attitudes toward death and dying, and concept of biomedical ethics. Co-requisite: NSG 301 or permission of instructor.
343 Health Care Informatics (3)
Designed to give experience with issues and use of health care information management systems. Progresses from history and description of hospital and computer-based systems to clinical bedside practice, research, education, and administrative application. Community and institution-based systems are discussed as well as ergonomics and software/hardware selection. Prerequisite: basic computer science course and junior standing in health, systems, or related field, or by permission of instructor.
402 The Professional Nurse Leader (3)
Synthesizes roles and responsibilities of the baccalaureate nurse by establishing a theoretical foundation for developing leadership skills applicable in all areas of the health care system. Co-requisite: NSG 301, 311, 313.
405 School Nurse License Practicum (5-10)
Provides a supervised field experience for nurses meeting the School Nurse License requirements. The focus is on application of public health and nursing theory to the role of the school nurse. Weekly conferences with university and/or precepting school nurses will be held. Prerequisites: completion of all other courses required for licensure.
418 Complex Health Problems (3)
Examines complex health problems that affect individuals and families across the lifespan. Students analyze the multiple factors contributing to major chronic health problems of contemporary American society, and discuss services for disease prevention, health restoration, and rehabilitation. Co-requisite: NSG 301, 311, 313, 331, 419.
419 Complex Health Problems—Clinical (2)
Provides laboratory experiences for the student to care for individuals with complex health problems. Co-requisite: NSG 301, 311, 313, 331, 418.
430 Nursing Care of Aggregates: Families and Communities (3)
Offers theoretical background in community health nursing. Based on the synthesis of nursing theory and the public health sciences. Emphasizes promotion and maintenance of the health of individuals, families, small groups, and the community. Assists students to recognize and analyze the interrelation of individuals, families, population groups, and the community and the resulting effect on the health status of each. Co-requisite: NSG 301, 311, 313, 331, 431; MBI 361.
431 Nursing Care of Aggregates: Families and Communities: Clinical (3)
Utilizes concepts and skills from nursing, physical and behavioral sciences, public health science, and the humanities in providing health promotion, health maintenance, and health restorative nursing care. Nursing care provided to individuals, families, and communities. Corequisite: NSG 430.
MPC 435 Challenges in Health Care Delivery (3)
Provides opportunity to synthesize and apply accumulated knowledge to a specific topic or project related to health care delivery. Students with varying academic and experiential backgrounds work in small groups to research and analyze a topic or situation from various perspectives. Each group develops one of the following: a position paper, a manuscript ready for submission for publication, or a plan for action relative to a specific situation or problem. One-third of course time spent in seminar. Prerequisite: senior standing.
MPT 441/541 Health and Aging: Concurrent Perspectives and Issues (3)
Examines issues of health status and health care delivery for the older population. Topics include perceptions of health, major health problems in later life, strategies for working with older persons experiencing functional and sensory changes of aging, patterns of health-services utilization, projected health needs, and ethical issues related to health care for the elderly.
442 Interpersonal Interventions in Nursing (3)
Designed to focus on the interpersonal processes in nursing, dyadic and group-intervention skills at the B.S.N. level. Concepts of relationships, crisis intervention, and group dynamics addressed and put into practice. Co-requisite: NSG 301 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
492/592 Individuals with Severe Behavioral and/or Emotional Disturbances: Social, Educational, Health, and Legal Issues (3)
Focuses on etiology, psychology, and behavioral characteristics of individuals identified as having severe behavioral and/or emotional disturbances. Students examine a variety of theoretical bases for assessment and practice. Students analyze the relative effectiveness of a variety of treatment settings and modalities, including interventions for selected behavioral and emotional issues, as well as psychopharmacological treatment. Emphasizes social, educational, and legal issues related to this population.
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