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Nursing

Courses

Nursing students will take courses in biology, chemistry, and psychology, as well as the nursing courses listed below.

  • NSG 1050

    Contemporary Professional Nursing

    4cr: Didactic
    Historical, theoretical and ethical underpinnings of the discipline, as well as professional standards that guide practice, are used to assist the learner in understanding nursing as a scientific discipline and a social phenomenon, and in developing a personal philosophy to guide professional nursing practice. This is the first writing intensive course in the nursing major.
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major.

  • NSG 2010

    Pathophysiologic Concepts for Nursing Practice

    4cr: Didactic
    This course will present the students with the necessary background needed to understand mechanisms of disease processes, their risks and common complications, resulting signs and symptoms, and their implications for nursing practice. A conceptual approach will be used to present commonly occurring diseases/disease processes across the lifespan. Genetic and genomic implications are integrated. Principles of microbiology are integrated within the course to provide students with a basis for modes of infection, infectious processes, and infection control. Emphasis is placed on correlating disease processes with signs and symptoms, as well as with diagnostic data, and how this information is applied in the delivery of nursing care.
    Prerequsites: BIO 1110, CHM 1010, CHM 1020, BIO 2010, BIO 2020, amd NSG 1050

  • NSG 2012

    Core Concepts for Nursing Practice

    3cr: Didactic
    This course presents the processes of conceptual thinking and clinical reasoning by exposing students to concepts that are foundational to professional nursing practice. Active learning experiences guide the learner to develop an understanding of these concepts and their interconnections with one another as a basis for developing a framework for planning nursing care. Principles and theories of therapeutic communication are integrated into the process of clinical reasoning and health assessment. This course includes a clinical practicum.
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing program and BIO 2010, BIO 2020, PYC 2850 and NSG 1050

  • NSG 3010

    Therapeutic Modalities in Nursing Practice

    4cr
    This course presents fundamental concepts of pharmacology and nutrition. The course focuses on the basic drug classification, and concepts and principles of pharmacology with special consideration for the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy through the use of the nursing process. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy are examined. Dosage calculations are evaluated for competency. Foundational concepts of nutrition, including normal biochemical processes, normal nutritional needs, and common nutritional deviations, are presented.
    Prerequisites: NSG 2010 and NSG 2012

  • NSG 3012

    Nursing Practice I: Improving Adult Health Outcomes

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses to enable the learner to develop strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care in adults with common health care patterns. Clinical reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge to improve adult health outcomes. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisites: NSG 2010 and 2012
    Corequisites: NSG 3010 and 3014

  • NSG 3014

    Nursing Practice II: Improving Children's Health Outcomes

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses to enable the learner to develop strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care in children with common health care needs. Clinical reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge to improve children's health outcomes. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisites: NSG 2010 and NSG 2012
    Corequisite: NSG 3012

  • NSG 3015

    Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Settings

    4cr
    This course uses the Quality and Safety Education Network for Nurses (QSEN) as a framework for exploring quality and safety issues in health care. The nurse's role in assessing and improving quality at the point of care is emphasized. Models of quality improvement are introduced, and strategies for applying these models to improve health care outcomes is explored.
    Prerequisite: SWK 2330 or MTH 1050

  • NSG 3020

    Nursing Practice III: Improving Mental Health Outcomes

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses to enable the learner to develop strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care for individuals with common mental health needs. Clinical reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge to improve health outcomes in mental health. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisites: NSG 3010, 3012, and 3014
    Corequisite: NSG 3022

  • NSG 3022

    Nursing Practice IV: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses to enable the learner to develop strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care for mothers, newborns, and families with common maternal-child health needs. Clinical reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge to improve maternal-child health outcomes. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisites: NSG 3010, NSG 3012, and NSG 3014
    Corequisite: NSG 3020

  • NSG 3024

    Clinical Scholarship: Applying Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes

    4cr
    This course introduces the learner to the methods for developing and applying nursing knowledge through the research process and data synthesis. Evaluating the relevance of research and the process of applying evidence in practice are emphasized.
    Prerequisite: MTH 1050

  • NSG 4020

    Nursing Practice V: Improving Health Outcomes of Populations

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses, and presents strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care in groups, aggregates, communities, and populations. Health promotion and disease prevention are emphasized. The ecological model is used as the organizing framework for this course. The nurse's role in promoting healthy communities and improving population health outcomes is explored. Diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge of human health patterns. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing

  • NSG 4022

    Nursing Practice VI: Improving Health Outcomes in Complex Situations

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    This course builds upon and deepens conceptual knowledge learned in previous courses, and presents strategies for planning and evaluating nursing care in complex health care situations across the lifespan and the continuum of care. The nurse's role in the coordination of care is emphasized. Diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment are emphasized to assist the learner in integrating and applying knowledge, and improving health outcomes in individuals with complex nursing and health care needs. Application of the concepts learned in the course occurs within the context of the clinical practicum.
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing

  • NSG 4024

    Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Outcomes

    4cr: 3 Didactic, 1 Clinical
    Conceptual foundations of leadership theory are presented. The nurse's role as leader and collaborator of health care teams is emphasized. The processes of change, delegation, supervision, and system improvement are explored as fundamental characteristics of nursing leadership.
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing

  • NSG 4026

    Advanced Clinical Synthesis and Capstone (Senior Thesis)

    4 cr. Clinical
    Equates to 36 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (depending on preceptor schedule)
    This course provides the learner with an opportunity to synthesize conceptual knowledge gained in the program and begin the transition from student to professional nurse. Students will have the opportunity to explore an area of practice that suits their professional goals. The course culminates in the development and presentation of a capstone project (i.e., research or quality improvement project) that aligns with the student's area of clinical interest.
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing

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