BSN Course Electives

Independent Studies

Independent Studies are available. Please see a faculty member for information.

For all courses: 4 year BSN students must follow guidelines regarding prerequisites listed for the course.

NSG 302 – Intermediate Clinical Nursing Practicum (3 credits)

This elective course is offered in early summer to provide nursing students with a concentrated clinical opportunity at a local health care facility to improve their confidence and abilities to plan, implement and evaluate their nursing care. During this unique clinical experience students care for a group of clients over several consecutive days which enhances their nursing process skills. Typically the students have the same nurse mentor thus fostering better collegial and interdisciplinary relationships. The faculty member has the opportunity to evaluate the student in more depth for application of knowledge, selection of priorities and consistency of care.

NSG 305 – Cultural Perspectives in Health Care (3 credits)

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the culture of two tribal communities in northeast Oklahoma and their historical and contemporary practices related to health. Through immersion in these communities, students will collaborate with tribal representatives to provide care that is holistic in nature, culturally congruent, and based upon the evidence. Students will work with tribal representatives to assess the health needs of the members and develop, implement, and evaluate interventions specific to the cultural health needs of this diverse population.

NSG 311 – Health Promotion Across the Life span (3 credits)

This elective course helps baccalaureate nursing students shift their focus from illness-oriented care to health and wellness promotion. Students are introduced to content about assessment for wellness and intervention for health promotion throughout the life span. Corequisite of NSG 301 is waived for traditional BSN students. Prerequisites: NSG 251, 252

NSG 317 – Teaching Strategies in Health Care (3 credits)

This elective course is 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 nurse as 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 of being an RN is waived for traditional BSN students. Prerequisites: NSG 261, 262

NSG 341 – Caring and Terminal Illness (3 credits)

An elective course that explores concepts of professional nursing care in relation to terminal illness. Foci include symptom control, family support, attitudes towards death and dying, and concepts of biomedical ethics.

NSG 380/380S – Grief and Mourning: A Global Perspective (3 credits)

This elective course focuses on the religious and cultural intersects of mourning losses. The use of healing rituals and symbols within the context of grief and mourning will be explored. The course proposes to challenge the student to explore their own values and beliefs regarding death and to analyze the global rituals within the context of culture.

NSG 382 – Creativity, Creative Arts, Health & Aging (3 credits)

This elective course examines multiple perspectives on creativity, creative arts, and health and aging including personal, cultural, and theoretical and research perspectives. Students will explore the benefits of creativity for older adults, caregivers and communities, the health effects of engagement in creative arts programs, and the therapeutic elements common to existing creating arts programs for well, frail, and cognitively impaired older adults and caregivers. Students will engage in service-learning experiences involving local creative arts programs for older adults.

NSG 441/541 – Health and Aging: Current Perspectives and Issues (3 credits)

This elective course 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.

NSG 492 – Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Children and Adolescents (3 credits)

This elective course's emphasis is on current research, historical background, etiologies, and characteristics of individuals with severe behavioral disorders/emotional disturbance. Models of physiological, sociological, ecological, and behavioral approaches to understanding and addressing the needs of these individuals and the contexts influencing policies and practices are critically examined.

NSG 399 - Global Health Perspectives and Challenges in Central America (3-6 credits)

The primary purpose is to gain international health care experience that will enhance ability to understand the basis of and need for culturally competent care to populations everywhere. Learners will explore a variety of cultural and contextual factors that impact life, health care, and health care systems in Central America, and compare and contrast these factors with those operating in the United States. This is a study abroad course offered in summer and/or winter term.