Course Descriptions - Undergraduate

NRSG 268 Health Assessment and Promotion
The major focus of this course is a holistic approach to lifespan assessment of the well individual. Through the processes of knowing, relating, and developing the student will attain a better understanding of self and others. Students will examine health beliefs, identify factors impacting adoption of healthy lifestyle, and develop a health promotion plan for self and others. Students will use knowledge from prerequisite and concurrent courses as they obtain health histories and perform physical examinations on selected clients. They will identify expected findings, identify the presence of alterations, and explore health promotion behaviors. Further skills to be developed include: interviewing, developing a narrative, formulating a health history, developing assessment skills in the physical, psycho social, developmental, cultural, spiritual, and environmental areas. Completed assessments will be used in the framework of the nursing process. The role of the nurse as a competent, caring professional will be applied to health assessment and health promotion.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: 2.5 hours classroom, 1.5 hours lab


NRSG 311 Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health I
This course focuses on the pathophysiologic basis for alterations in health across the life course. Theories of disease causation will be explored. Acquired, immune, infectious, carcinogenic, genetic, and biochemical alterations in health in selected body systems will be presented with an emphasis on etiology, cellular and systemic pathophysiologic responses and clinical manifestations. Interdisciplinary management will be introduced. Together with Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health II, this course is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Anatomy, physiology or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits, classroom  


NRSG 312 Health Assessment Across the Life Course
This course will focus on a conceptual approach to the holistic assessment of a well person. Assessment of critical periods and life events from pre-birth, birth, infant, child, adolescent, adult, older adult through end of life are included. Students will obtain health histories, identify risk factors, and develop health assessment skills in the physiologic, psychosocial (cognitive/mental, emotional, behavioral, social), developmental and spiritual dimensions within environments. Students will identify the data elements and potential data values associated with each of these assessments; separating normal findings from alterations from normal. Students will participate in active learning experiences in laboratory and simulation settings which will assess the student's beginning ability to convert data to information and apply appropriate knowledge to critical thinking and the decision making process.

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: 2.5 classroom; 1.5 lab


NRSG 313 Patient Centered Care I
This course introduces students to many of the fundamental concepts of caregiving. A large part of the course focuses on wellness and health promotion, with students learning to motivate and educate patients to achieve or maintain optimum health. Screening and early intervention are stressed. Patient characteristics and attributes and the impact of health determinants are considered. As students progress, they are introduced to other principles of caregiving in such areas as stress and coping, mobility and elimination. Throughout the course, students are asked to integrate principles of therapeutic communication, collaboration with other members of the health care team, and safety.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 312 and NRSG 314
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits, classroom  


NRSG 314 Patient Centered Care Clinical I
This course provides skill development and clinical experiences to augment the learning in all of the other first semester courses. The course provides opportunities for application and integration of primary and secondary prevention strategies, principles of health promotion, use of health information, assessment and planning related to patient profiles, evidence based practice, and teaching/learning motivational principles, therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and safety. In addition, students have opportunities to demonstrate the provision of nursing care to assist patients to meet basic needs, in a variety of settings. Students develop and practice skills in laboratory and clinical settings.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 312 and NRSG 313
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, clinical/lab (9 clock hours/week)  


NRSG 316 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Leadership in Nursing
This course is the first in a sequence of courses devoted to baccalaureate level professional nursing concepts. Students will focus on the practical skills required to identify and appraise best evidence to support nursing practice. Roles of the professional nurse will be explored, including the attributes of leadership and the assimilation of professional values. Attention will be given to the professional issues of collaboration and teamwork, evidence-based practice, legal issues, ethics, safety, risk reduction, quality improvement and organizational systems in providing patient-centered care. The appropriate use of technology and informatics to leverage change in nursing care and continuous quality improvement and to assist in decision making will be integrated throughout the course.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Statistics
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, classroom


NRSG 325 Pathophysiologic Basis of Alterations in Health
This course focuses on the pathophysiologic basis for selected alterations in health across the lifespan. Theories of disease causation will be explored. Acquired, immune, infectious, carcinogenic and genetic alterations in health in the body systems will be presented with an emphasis on etiology, cellular and systemic pathophysiologic response and clinical manifestations. Interdisciplinary management will be introduced.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Anatomy, physiology or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits, classroom


NRSG 331 Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health II
This course focuses on the pathophysiologic basis for alterations in health across the life course. Theories of disease causation will be explored. Acquired, immune, infectious, carcinogenic, genetic, and biochemical alterations in health in selected body systems will be presented with an emphasis on etiology, cellular and systemic pathophysiologic responses and clinical manifestations. Interdisciplinary management will be introduced. Together, this course along with Pathophysiologic Alterations in Health I, is intended to provide a comprehensive basis of pathophysiology content.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Anatomy and physiology, or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits, classroom


NRSG 332 Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professionals
This course focuses on drug mechanism of actions, expected effects, side effects, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and professional nursing responsibilities in drug administration. Drug–related metabolism, expected cellular responses for special populations and groups will be explored. Health promotion as it relates to pharmacologic agents, drug safety, and evidence-based nursing implications for teaching, medication administration and monitoring will be included.

PRE or COREQUISITE COURSES: First semester nursing courses, or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits, classroom


NRSG 333 Patient Centered Care II
This course focuses on exemplars illustrative of the identified concepts using the life course perspective. Secondary prevention strategies to promote well being for individuals, families and groups across the life course will be introduced. Students will analyze selected nursing concepts and related research, focusing on primary and secondary prevention and the acute disease process. Collaboration with other health professionals in order to facilitate patient transition from acute illness to optimal health will be emphasized.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 334
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 331, NRSG 332, and NRSG 333
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 5 credits, classroom


NRSG 334 Patient Centered Care Clinical II
This course provides skill development and clinical experiences to augment the learning in all other second semester courses. Emphasis will be placed on the students' beginning utilization of clinical decision-making tools and development of clinical reasoning skills to implement safe nursing interventions for individuals, families and/or groups with predictable outcomes. The clinical experiences will provide opportunities for the use of primary and secondary prevention strategies to promote well being and prevent disease across the life course. A variety of health care settings will be utilized to maximize student experiences.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 333
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 331, NRSG 332, and NRSG 334
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 5 credits, lab


NRSG 351W Health Promotion
This course will focus on health promotion across the life course utilizing epidemiological principles. Students will identify interventions to support health promotion for individuals, families and/or selected age groups. Students will use patient profile concepts, professional nursing and health care concepts to analyze health promotion goals with individuals, families and/or selected age groups. This course is designed to build on previous education and experience of the registered nurse.

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, classroom


NRSG 385 Health Care Outcomes Management
This course focuses on health care outcome management of clients and their families who are experiencing alterations in their health or life processes. This course is designed to build on the previous education and experience of the RN and will provide those concepts and learning experiences that are unique to baccalaureate education. Concepts such as family dynamics, health promotion, symptom management, ethics, and research are integrated into three nursing areas; gerontology, chronic illness, and acute complex problems. Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to use critical thinking skills to promote health care outcomes.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 325, NRSG 399, and NRSG 268.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 5 credits: classroom,  


NRSG 386 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Research
This course provides an introduction to the language and skills of evidence based nursing practice and research. Students will focus on the practical skills required to identify and appraise best evidence to support nursing practice. Students will be exposed to all components of the research process. Issues related to implementation and integration of best evidence in practice will be included.  

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits, classroom  


NRSG 386W Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Research
This course provides an introduction to the language and skills of evidence based nursing practice and research. Students will focus on the practical skills required to identify and appraise best evidence to support nursing practice. Students will be exposed to all components of the research process. Issues related to implementation and integration of best evidence in practice will be included.  

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits, classroom  


NRSG 411 Patient Centered Care III
This course focuses on tertiary prevention strategies using exemplars illustrative of identified concepts throughout the life course. Students will analyze selected nursing concepts and related research, focusing on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and the chronic disease process. Collaboration with the patient and family to move toward maximal levels of functioning will be emphasized.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses, NRSG 333, & NRSG 334
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 412
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: classroom


NRSG 412 Patient Centered Care Clinical III
Clinical experiences provide opportunities for application and integration of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and the chronic disease process; collaboration with the patient and family to enhance health in illness and develop highest level of functioning. Experiences will also focus on end of life strategies, risk anticipation, advocacy and conflict management. Clinical settings such as hospital, long-term care facilities, home health care and hospice settings would be used with persons along their life course: infants, children adolescents, adults and older adults.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses, NRSG 333 and NRSG 334
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 411
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: clinical  


NRSG 413 Population-Centered Care
In this course, students learn about health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to population-centered and community-oriented nursing practice, including at-risk and vulnerable populations. Opportunities to practice comprehensive, independent nursing care roles and functions in diverse health care environments are provided through multiple approaches, such as case management of individuals and families, population assessment to include analysis of health risks and program development and evaluation. Health disparities, cultural diversity, economics, politics, internal and external environments (i.e. health determinants), client and inter/intraprofessional partnerships and ethics and their impact on population-centered nursing practice are explored throughout the life course. Emergency preparedness and response for public health threats such as disasters, epidemics and terrorism are addressed as they relate to population-centered nursing practice.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses, NRSG 333 and NRSG 334
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 5 credits: 2 hours classroom, 3 hours clinical  


NRSG 414 Leadership in Health Care Delivery III
This course is the third of a 4-course sequence to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor's level education. The focus of this course is on professional role development in relation to environmental, social, political and economic factors which influence health care policy and the organization and operation of healthcare systems. Selected exemplars are examined to help students analyze issues, compare and contrast multiple views on issues, and formulate appropriate responses to health care policy.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Nursing 315, Nursing 335, or by faculty permission.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: classroom


NRSG 415 Policy and Issues in Healthcare Delivery
This course develops leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. The focus of this course is on professional role development in relation to environmental, social, political and economic factors which influence health care policy and the organization and operation of health care systems. Selected exemplars are examined to help students analyze issues, compare and contrast multiple views on issues, and formulate appropriate responses to health care policy.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one courses
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: classroom


NRSG 419 Transition to Professional Nursing
This is a clinical practicum during which a student assumes the role of a beginning professional nurse in partnership with a registered nurse preceptor in a health care setting. The student will integrate professional nursing concepts and skill. The clinical preceptor provides the students with experiences to begin role transition through delivery of safe, high quality care using sound clinical decision-making skills. Emphasis is placed on leadership, evidence-based practice, intra- and inter-professional partnership, and clinical reasoning.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one, two and three courses, NRSG 421 and NRSG 422
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: clinical


NRSG 420 Community Health Nursing
In this course the students learn about community-focused nursing practice. The process of knowing focuses on introductory concepts of public health, community assessment, health program development, case management for individuals and families, and analysis of health risks for populations. Health promotion, protection, and restoration interventions for clients across the lifespan are emphasized in clinical practice. Concepts consistent with the nursing dimensions of relating and developing are expanded to include aggregates and multi disciplines in this community-focused experience. The influence of cultural diversity, economics, politics, environments, and ethics as they impact community health nursing practice are explored throughout the course. Opportunities to practice comprehensive, independent nursing care roles and functions in unstructured, diverse health care environments are provided.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Level I, Level II, and Level III courses. and NRSG 410.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 5 credits: 2 hours classroom, 3 hours clinical  


NRSG 421 Patient Centered Care IV
This course, the fourth in a 4-course sequence, is focused on nursing care of complex patients, families, and groups in unstable situations with unpredictable outcomes. Students will analyze selected nursing concepts and related research, focusing on high-quality safe patient care across the life course. Exemplars provide opportunities for application and integration of complex secondary and tertiary prevention strategies. Students will use clinical reasoning skills to achieve optimum physiological and psychological patient and family outcomes.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one and two courses, NRSG 411 and NRSG 412
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 422
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: classroom


NRSG 422 Patient Centered Care Clinical IV
Students will provide high quality safe care for complex patients, families, and groups in unstable situations with unpredictable outcomes. Clinical experiences will use all levels of prevention in the care of complex patients, families and groups across the life course. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in intra and inter-professional partnerships in health care delivery. Students will engage in patient centered care using evidence based practice and informatics.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one and two courses, NRSG 411 and NRSG 412
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 421
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: clinical


NRSG 423 Leadership in Health Care Delivery IV
This course is the fourth in a 4-course sequence to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor's level education. The didactic portion of this course synthesizes and integrates concepts encountered by nurses in complex healthcare systems. Professional role development, interprofessional collaboration, delegation, resource management, ethical, legal, and workplace issues are considered. The clinical experience provides opportunities for application of concepts to identified healthcare processes utilizing continuous quality improvement methodology and evidence based practice.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 335
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits: 2 hours classroom, 2 hours clinical


NRSG 424 Leadership in Professional Practice
This synthesis course develops leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. The didactic portion of this course synthesizes and integrates concepts encountered by nurses in complex healthcare systems. Professional role development, interprofessional collaboration, delegation, resource management, ethical, legal, and workplace issues are considered. The clinical experience provides opportunities for application of concepts to identified health care processes utilizing continuous quality improvement methodology and evidence based practice.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Semester one, two and three courses
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits (2 hours classroom, 2 hours clinical)


NRSG 426W Nursing Interventions and Healthcare Outcomes
This course is designed for the student to describe use of assessment strategies to detect patient health needs, apply chronic care model to enhance patient and family self-management of a chronic illness, discuss process used to propose changes in nursing interventions for patients and their families, and identify selected patient healthcare outcomes. This course is designed to build on the previous education and experience of the registered nurse. Concepts the students will use include: Evidenced-Based Practice and Research, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Infrastructure, Clinical Judgment, and Problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on the students demonstrating critical thinking in written form.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 386W – Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Research
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits, classroom


NRSG 435 Health Policy and Issues
Emphasis in this course is on professional role development in relation to environmental, social, political, and economic factors which influence health care policy. Selected topics are examined to help students analyze issues, compare and contrast multiple views on issues, and formulate appropriate responses to health care policy.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV Course or permission of Instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits: classroom,  


NRSG 443W Population-Centered Care
The course, Population Centered Care, is a concept synthesis course in which students use nursing concepts previously introduced and apply them to vulnerable and at risk populations in a variety of clinical and community settings. Opportunities to practice comprehensive, public health nursing roles and functions are provided in structured and unstructured diverse healthcare environments. Health disparities, cultural diversity, social justice and health laws and policies related to population vulnerability throughout the life course are emphasized. Major concepts include care coordination as demonstrated by nurse case management, safety through emergency preparedness and environmental health, and informatics and technology inclusive of epidemiology. Multiple approaches, such as inter-professional and community partnerships, case studies, clinical experiences, population data assessment and analysis and evidence-based practice are expected learning experiences.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 351W
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits,  2 classroom, 2 clinical


NRSG 451W Leadership in Healthcare Delivery I
This course is designed to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. This course explores the complex health care system’s internal forces that affect the delivery of care. Specific consideration will be given to professional role development, interprofessional collaboration, delegation, resource management, legal issues, ethical concerns, quality, safety, evidence based practice, and workplace issues for current and projected healthcare needs. Skills in problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, decision making, and organizational leadership are emphasized.

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 credits, classroom


NRSG 452W Leadership in Healthcare Delivery II
This course is designed to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. The focus of this course is on personal and professional practice and role development in relation to the complex healthcare system’s external forces with specific consideration of environmental, social, political and economic factors that influence health care policy and the organization and operation of healthcare systems. Advocacy and critical assessment and evaluation of needs on the personal, client, community, and global level are examined with needs for new health policy determined. Selected exemplars are examined to help students analyze issues, compare and contrast multiple viewpoints, and formulate appropriate responses to health care policy. Legislative processes on the state and national level are examined, followed, and evaluated.

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, classroom


NRSG 470 Nursing Management Strategies
This course focuses on health care outcome management of clients and their families who are experiencing alterations in their health or life processes. This course is designed to build on the previous education and experience of the RN and will provide those concepts and learning experiences that are unique to baccalaureate education. Concepts such as family dynamics, health promotion, symptom management, ethics, and research are integrated into three nursing areas; gerontology, chronic illness, and acute complex problems. Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to use critical thinking skills to promote health care outcomes.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV courses.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2-3 credits: 2hours classroom, 1 clinical RN students may take the course for 2 credit theory only


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