Course Descriptions

NURS 220 : Nursing Competencies I

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of therapeutic communication, and technical skills associated with health management. Includes a clinical practicum 50 hours. Prerequisites: BIOL 205, 206; CHEM 105, PSYC 101. Prerequisite or corequisites: BIOL 201, PSYC 320. (4) (2 credits didactic, 1 credit lab, 1 credit clinical)

NURS 260 : Professional Foundations I

Focuses on nursing as a profession and discipline. The nursing process is introduced as a framework for critical thinking and caring. Open to non-nursing students with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: NURS 220. (4) (4 credits didactic)

NURS 270 : Health Assessment and Promotion

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to perform health assessments and promote health across the life span. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent with NURS 260 and 280. (4) (3 credits didactic, 1 credit lab)

NURS 320 : Nursing Competencies II

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of advanced technical skills associated with health management. Prerequisites: NURS 260, 270, 280, Junior I status. (2) (1 credit didactic, 1 credit lab)

NURS 330 : Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities for Nursing

Focuses on pharmacological principles of major drug classifications, therapeutic modalities, and alternatives to pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite for majors: NURS 280, achievement of Junior I status. Non-majors must receive permission from the instructor. (4) (4 credits didactic)

NURS 340 : Nursing Situations with Individuals: Adult Health I

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing selected alterations in health. Includes a clinical practicum of 84 hours. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 320 and 330, achievement of Junior I status. (4) (2 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 350 : Nursing Situations with Individuals: Mental Health

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing mental health issues. Includes a clinical practicum of 84 hours. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 330, achievement of Junior I status. (4) (2 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 370 : Nursing Situations with Families: Childbearing

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with childbearing families. Includes a clinical practicum of 84 hours. Prerequisites: NURS 320, 330, 340, 350, achievement of Junior II status. (4) (2 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 430 : Nursing Situations with Communities

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with the community as client. Includes a clinical of 84 hours. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 420, achievement of Senior I status. (5) (3 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 440 : Nursing Situations with Individuals: Adult Health II

Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing complex alterations in health. Includes a clinical practicum of 84 hours. Prerequisites: NURS 360, 370, and 380, achievement of Senior I status. (4) (2 credits didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 441 : Senior Seminar

Exploration and integration of core knowledge and competencies related to complex alterations in the health of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 440 and achievement of Senior I status. (1) (1 credit seminar)

NURS 480 : Professional Foundations II

Critical evaluation of role transition into professional nursing. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 499, achievement of Senior II status. (2) (1 credit didactic, 1 credit seminar)

NURS 499 : Capstone: Nursing Synthesis - SR

Synthesis of core knowledge, competencies, professional values, and leadership skills in nursing situations mentored by a professional nurse preceptor. Includes a clinical practicum 252 hours. Prerequisites: NURS 420, 430, 440, 441, prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 460 and 480, and achievement of Senior II status. (6) (1 credit didactic, 5 credits clinical)

NURS 523 : Roles of the Advanced Nurse

Facilitates the development and transition into the advanced nursing roles through analysis of ethical, professional, social and practice perspectives. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 524 : Advanced Health Promotion

Identification of health risks and protective strategies for diverse populations. (2) (2 credits didactic)

NURS 525 : Theoretical Foundations

Preparation for critique, evaluation, and use of a range of relevant theories that provide guiding perspectives for the provision of client-centered, clinically measurable advanced nursing practice. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 526 : Nursing Leadership and Management

Introduction to policy, organization, and financing of health care. Preparation for provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in the design and implementation of care, and assumption of the leadership role in managing resources. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 527 : Evaluation and Outcomes Research

Preparation for the critique and use of new knowledge to provide, change, and evaluate advanced nursing practice focused on client-centered, clinically demonstrable care. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 530 : Resource Management

Management of resources in the planning, coordination, and/or delivery of health care with an outcome perspective at the system level. Financial and human resources and systems management will be examined from a quality perspective. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 531 : Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum I

Direct and/or indirect care given in a defined specialty setting with focus on evaluation and outcomes. Includes clinical practicum of 120 hours. Prerequisite: NURS 523. (3) (1 credit didactic, 2 credits clinical)

NURS 532 : Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum II

Direct care or indirect clinical management, supervision, or education to achieve client goals by implementing approaches, interventions, outcomes, and evaluation method. Includes clinical of 240 hours. Prerequisite: NURS 538 (or as a corequisite). (6) (2 credits didactic, 4 credits clinical)

NURS 538 : Program Development

Integrate theoretical models, clinical parameters, and program planning principles through the construction of a detailed program for care and outcomes management. Clinical component present. Prerequisite: NURS 531. Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 530. (3)

NURS 540 : Illness and Disease Management

Builds on the foundations of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment and focuses on the attainment of positive clinical outcomes for a cohort or population. Includes clinical practicum of 30 hours. (2) (1.5 credits didactic, 0.5 credits clinical)

NURS 550 : Curriculum and Instruction

Examination of the theory and practice of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Theoretical and philosophical principles of the teaching/learning process. Analysis of adult teaching strategies and the process of self and student evaluations. (3)

NURS 580 : Advanced Pathophysiology

Focuses on normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. (3) (3 credits didactic)

NURS 582 : Advanced Health Assessment

Development and performance of the skills needed for advanced health assessment of individuals, families, or communities throughout the lifespan. Includes clinical practicum of 30 hours. Prerequisite: basic health assessment skills. (3) (2.5 credits didactic, 0.5 credits clinical)

NURS 591 : Independent Study

Opportunities for advanced study in selected topic related to student's area of interest. Consent of dean required. (1 to 4)

NURS 593 : Advanced Specialty Practice

Application of advanced practice nursing in clinical specialty practice. Includes clinical practicum of 60-480 hours. Prerequisite: Completion of all core requirements. (1 to 6)

NURS 595 : Internship

To permit graduate students to relate theory and practice in a work situation. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as Intern: followed by the specific title designated by the instructor in consultation with the student. (1 to 12)

NURS 596 : Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing Practice

Development and submission of professional paper or project related to one's area of specialization based on an evaluation and outcomes model. Cross-listed with NURS 599. (2) (2 credits didactic)

NURS 599 : Thesis

Faculty-guided application of the research process. May involve replication of previous study, secondary analysis of research data, an evaluation project, or an original investigation. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses, approval by School of Nursing. Minimum program requirement is four credits. Once enrolled, must continue to enroll for at least one credit each semester of the academic year until thesis is completed. Capstone course. Course may be taken more than once; this is a four-credit course; if repeated, credits may vary. (1 to 4) (1 to 4 credits didactic)