Nursing (NU)

NU102: Nursing Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the role of the professional registered nurse, the role of other health care providers, and the health care system from historical, legal, and ethical perspectives. Topics will include health and health promotion throughout the life span with a focus on the nursing process. Students will learn initial assessment and vital sign monitoring. With an emphasis on client safety, students will learn the fundamental nursing skills of communicating therapeutically, providing comfort, bathing and personal care, meeting nutritional needs, and assisting with mobility. Cultural diversity and care of the older adult will be introduced. Students will learn to effectively document client records and to provide reports to other providers. This course includes lab and clinical components.

Quarter Credit Hours: 7 | Prerequisite: MM212, SC131, and SC246 | Corequisite: NU104 and NU107

NU104: Pathophysiology for Nursing

This course focuses on concepts of pathophysiology essential to understanding alterations in body systems and developing professional nursing clinical decision-making skills for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the life span. The course provides a comprehensive nursing approach to common alterations in body systems and addresses etiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate treatment of the disease process.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: MM212, SC131, or SC246

NU107: Pharmacology for Nursing

In this course, students are taught basic principles of pharmacology including its relationship to the health of individuals and families. Course topics include drug actions, drug interactions, therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs, food-drug interactions, drug classifications, and the basic pharmacology of commonly used medications. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities and client education.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: MM212, SC131, and SC246

NU111: Medical-Surgical Nursing I

This course will prepare students to use the nursing process to care for adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on developing basic critical thinking, health promotion, communication, and assessment skills. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will also be addressed. Course-specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: respiratory, cardiac, renal, endocrine, and peripheral vascular. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical-surgical acute or chronic care setting.

Quarter Credit Hours: 7 | Prerequisite: NU102, HS200 or NU104, and NU107

NU114: Medical-Surgical Nursing I

This course will prepare students to use the nursing process to care for adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on developing basic critical thinking, health promotion, communication, and assessment skills. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will also be addressed. Course-specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: respiratory, cardiac, renal, endocrine, and peripheral vascular. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical-surgical acute or chronic care setting.

Quarter Credit Hours: 8 | Prerequisite: NU102 and NU107 | Corequisite: NU104

NU122: Maternal Infant Nursing

This course will prepare students to care for women and infants during the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include issues affecting childbearing families including fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. The course will also address common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. Through clinical and/or laboratory simulation experiences, students will address the health needs of women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy as well as throughout infancy.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU111; course may also be taken as a corequisite

NU123: Maternal Infant Nursing

This course will prepare students to care for women and infants during the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include issues affecting childbearing families including fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. The course will also address common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. Through clinical and/or laboratory simulation experiences, students will address the health needs of women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy as well as throughout infancy.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU133

NU132: Medical-Surgical Nursing II

This course will prepare students to implement the nursing process in the care of adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on the application of critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills developed in Medical-Surgical Nursing I. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will be addressed. Course-specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, sensory, and reproductive. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical-surgical acute or chronic care setting.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU111

NU133: Medical-Surgical Nursing II

This course will prepare students to implement the nursing process in the care of adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on the application of critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills developed in Medical-Surgical Nursing I. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will be addressed. Course-specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, sensory, and reproductive. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical-surgical acute or chronic care setting.

Quarter Credit Hours: 7 | Prerequisite: NU114

NU222: Pediatric Nursing

In this course, students will learn about normal growth and development of children, health care needs of children and families, health promotion, risk reduction, and childhood health problems of acute and long-term nature, as well as the influence of illness on the family. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments and/or simulation experiences, students will address the health and nursing needs of children and beginning/developing families.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU132

NU223: Pediatric Nursing

In this course, you will learn about normal growth and development of children, health care needs of children and families, health promotion, risk reduction, and childhood health problems of acute and long-term nature, as well as the influence of illness on the family. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments and/or simulation experiences, you will develop plans of care that address the health and nursing needs of children and beginning/developing families.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU133

NU242: Mental Health Nursing

In this course, students are taught the major theoretical concepts in mental health related to the assessment of needs and the planning of care for persons with mental health problems. Emphasis is placed on examination of mental health disorders and the various roles and functions of the mental health nurse. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical and/or lab assignments, the student will care for persons with mental health conditions requiring professional treatment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU111 and PS124

NU262: Medical-Surgical Nursing III

This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing complex multisystem medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on the application of management, leadership, critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills. In addition to the refinement of clinical skills and knowledge gained in Medical-Surgical Nursing I and II, students will gain experience in practice management, leadership roles, and the use of health care technologies within their clinical experience. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU132

NU280: Leadership and Trends in Nursing

This course is designed to explore the role of the nurse as a leader in the profession and in health care delivery. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of leadership styles and techniques and will enhance their individual leadership skills in maintaining standards of care. The course also emphasizes the professional role of the nurse in assisting individuals in the community in locating and utilizing appropriate community resources. Principles and theories of leadership will be integrated and related to the role of the professional nurse in the delivery of care to individuals, groups, and communities.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Last term and completion of all required courses in the program

NU297: Capstone

The capstone is designed to build on the concepts covered in nursing courses students have taken as a part of their program. This course assists the student in the integration of the competencies essential for the practice of professional nursing. The student will progress to more independent functions in clinical experiences. The clinical site will be dependent upon the student's needs and based upon the joint analysis of the student and faculty prior to placement. Throughout the term, students will focus on preparation for the NCLEX-RN® examination.

Quarter Credit Hours: 7 | Prerequisite: Last term and completion of all required courses in the program | Corequisite: NU280

NU300: Professional Leadership Transitions

In Professional Leadership Transitions you will examine diverse roles of the professional nurse within complex health care systems and interprofessional teams; investigate application of information technology and evidence-based practice tools to improve patient outcomes; investigate application of leadership, communication, and teaching/learning skills to promote continuous quality improvement; and plan for your unique role as a practicing and developing member of a profession.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: Admission to the program

NU301: Fundamentals of Nursing Care

This course introduces the student to the art and science of nursing. The student will learn to combine the cognitive, psychomotor, legal, and ethical skills necessary to provide safe, effective, and evidence-based care. Topics include patient safety, cultural competency, bathing and grooming, personal care, assisting with mobility, assisting with elimination, and professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on the beginning application of therapeutic communication techniques. Introductory application to documenting patient care, the clinical reasoning process, and health promotion will also be presented. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU309, SC115, SC131, SC246, and SC435 | Corequisite: NU301ME

NU301ME: Fundamentals of Nursing Care Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Fundamentals of Nursing Care course. Students will demonstrate basic nursing skills and the assessment techniques used to identify and communicate normal findings and common deviations from normal in laboratory, simulation, and clinical settings. Students will begin to plan basic nursing care for clients across the life span by identifying pathophysiological processes and nursing problems, and the appropriate interventions to address patients' current health status. The student will demonstrate introductory documentation skills and use therapeutic communication techniques with patients and members of the interprofessional team. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU309 | Corequisite: NU301

NU302: Transitions I for LPN-to-BSN Students

This course is designed to augment the licensed practical nurse's basic knowledge and skills with professional concepts required of a registered nurse. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between the roles of a registered nurse versus the roles of a practical nurse. At the completion of this course, students will apply nursing theory to provide safe, effective nursing care of mental health, adult, and geriatric patients with common health problems. Students will learn to assess the impact of physical, mental, functional, and social situations on the quality of life for adult, mental health and elderly patients. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is eligible to continue in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean or the Dean’s designee | Corequisite: NU302NE

NU302NE: Transitions I For LPN-to-BSN Clinical

In this course, students will apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient, Fundamentals of Nursing Care, and Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family courses. Students will apply the nursing process to mental health and geriatric patients across the age and health continuum. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on nursing care of geriatric and mental health patients. Emphasis will be placed on implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course: NU 302: Transitions I. Failure of NU 302 will result in concurrent failure of NU 302NE.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean or the Dean’s designee | Corequisite: NU302

NU303: Transitions II for LPN-to-BSN Students

This course will prepare the student to provide care to women, newborns, and families during the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include general fertility issues, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. In addition, the course will consider common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU302 and NU302NE | Corequisite: NU303NE

NU303NE: Transitions II for LPN-to-BSN Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Childbearing Families and Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families courses. Students will apply the nursing process to childbearing families in prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Students will also apply the nursing process to pediatric cases across the age continuum. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on care of childbearing families and pediatric cases. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course results in concurrent failure of the clinical. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 30 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: NU302 and NU302NE | Corequisite: NU303

NU305: Clinical Pharmacology

In this course, students are taught basic principles of pharmacotherapy in relation to the treatment of health problems throughout the life span. Students learn the steps for all routes of medication administration. Course topics include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and basic pharmacology of commonly used medications. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of medications.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None | Corequisite: NU301, NU301ME, or NU307

NU307: Physical Assessment

In this course, students will learn approaches to the holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history will be presented. Assessment techniques including inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation will be applied to each body system. Students will differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Students will properly document subjective and objective assessment findings.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU309: Pathophysiology for Nursing

This course explores the pathophysiology of common disease states emphasizing nursing application. The student will address scientific principles essential to understanding alterations in body systems and will develop professional nursing clinical decision making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the life span. The course examines implications for nursing practice on common alterations in body systems and addresses etiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate treatment of the disease process.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: SC131 and SC246

NU310: Research Guided Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice guided by nursing research. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse as a consumer of research. The foundational components of the research process are delineated. You will develop critical thinking skills specifically required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice and improved health care. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse's role in application of evidence to improve health care.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: MM207 or equivalent

NU311: Nursing Care of Adults I

This course prepares you to implement the nursing process in the care of adult health issues. Physiological, pathophysiological, and psychosocial concepts, care planning, and health promotion of the adult acute care patient will be addressed. The use of evidence-based practice and critical thinking will be emphasized. Nursing care from a holistic approach will be discussed. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU301 and NU301ME, and NU307 | Corequisite: NU311ME, NU305

NU311ME: Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the acute care of adult patients. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 90 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU301 and NU301ME | Corequisite: NU311

NU321: Nursing Care of Childbearing Families

This course will prepare the student to provide care to women, newborns, and families during the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include general fertility issues, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. In addition, the course will consider common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME | Corequisite: NU321ME

NU321ME: Nursing Care of Childbearing Families Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Childbearing Families course. Students will apply the nursing process to childbearing families in prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on care of childbearing families. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME | Corequisite: NU321

NU327: Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families

This course examines the health needs of children and families. The health care needs of children and families will be emphasized in order to promote optimum health and development for children at any stage of health or illness. This course will address the genetic and environmental factors impacting the growth and development of children and adolescents. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME | Corequisite: NU327ME

NU327ME: Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families course. Students will apply the nursing process to children, adolescents, and families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of children and adolescents. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME | Corequisite: NU327

NU330: Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family

This course presents major theoretical concepts in mental health that relate to the assessment of needs and the planning of care for persons with mental health problems. Communication skills will be developed and interpersonal relationship concepts will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the examination of mental health disorders and the various roles and functions of the professional mental health nurse in caring for persons with mental health conditions requiring professional treatment. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU305 | Corequisite: NU330ME

NU330ME: Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family course. Students will apply the nursing process to mental health patients and their families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the mental health patient in acute and community-based settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: NU305 | Corequisite: NU330

NU333: Health Assessment for the Nursing Professional

Health Assessment for the Nursing Professional builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students learn approaches to a holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history are learned. Assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are applied to each body system. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Proper documentation of subjective and objective assessment findings is learned.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU300

NU341: Nursing Care of Adults II

This course builds upon previous knowledge and critical thinking skills. This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on the application of critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills. Practice management skills, clinical awareness, and the use of health care technologies in the care of adult patients based on concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I will be explored. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME, NU305 | Corequisite: NU341ME

NU341ME: Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Adults II course. Students will apply the nursing process to adult clients. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the adult client in acute and community-based settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 90 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU311 and NU311ME, NU305 | Corequisite: NU341

NU411: Nursing Care of Adults III

This course builds upon previous knowledge and critical thinking skills. This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing complex multisystem medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on application of management, leadership, critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills. Practice management skills, leadership roles, and the use of health care technologies in the care of adult patients based on concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I and II will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU341 and NU341ME | Corequisite: NU411ME

NU411ME: Nursing Care of Adults III Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Adults III course. Students will apply the nursing process to adult clients in complex health situations. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the adult client in acute settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 90 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: NU341 and NU341ME | Corequisite: NU411

NU416: Chronicity Within Nursing Care Across the Life Span

The concepts of chronicity and chronic care delivery will be examined. You will apply evidence-based practice knowledge to plan care of adults and children with complex adult and children patients who often have several co-morbid health conditions to manage simultaneously. You will learn to assess the physical, mental, functional, economic, and social-cultural dimensions that contribute to quality of life, multiple chronic syndromes, developmental delay, and frailty. The influence of symptomatic sequelae is explored in depth, including atypical presentations, polypharmacy, interprofessional communication, and safety. Fundamentals of care management of chronic care delivery within the family and community will be applied.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU310

NU418: Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient

This course builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students will adapt nursing interventions to elderly patients with several chronic, comorbid health conditions. Students will learn to assess the impact of physical, mental, functional, and social situations on the quality of life of elderly persons. Common medical conditions and issues are explored, including risks to the elderly. Interventions to promote quality outcomes and to prevent negative geriatric syndromes will be addressed. Interdisciplinary models of care are discussed as a means to provide seamless geriatric care. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU330 and NU330ME | Corequisite: NU418ME

NU418ME: Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient course. Students will apply the nursing process to the care of geriatric clients and their families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of geriatric clients. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: NU330 and NU330ME | Corequisite: NU418

NU419: Holistic Professional Nursing Practice

The holistic nurse integrates specialized nursing knowledge, theories, expertise, and intuition to create therapeutic relationships with patients focused on wellness, health promotion, and healing. In this course, the major core values of holistic nursing and the scope and standards of holistic nursing practice will be analyzed. The ever-evolving role of holistic nurses as leaders in the contemporary and integrative health care system will be appraised. Course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in holistic nursing. Knowledge gained from this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), may provide the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn certification in holistic nursing (HN).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU420: Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment

Nurses must be able to apply leadership concepts and skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in an ever-changing, global health care environment. This course will prepare students to understand organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, a culture of safety, and how these impact patient outcomes. A focus will be on the development of leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective communication and interprofessional collaboration, and the promotion of a professional practice environment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU300

NU422: Leadership, Management, Issues, and Trends in Nursing

As members of the nursing profession, providers of patient care and managers of care, nurses are challenged to serve as effective change agents, managers, and leaders in complex health care systems. This course will prepare students to understand and apply principles of change theory to management and leadership activities in nursing including planning, staffing, directing, and controlling various resources in diverse health care systems. This course will address contemporary trends and issues in the field of nursing. Topics will include: health care finance, health care policy and regulation, technology and its impact on patients and health care alike, and nursing's role in quality and safety initiatives. The course emphasizes a systems theory approach to the management of organizations. The accountabilities of the nurse as a manager will be examined to include organizational assessment, decision making, strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, and quality improvement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: NU411 and clinical, and NU452 and clinical

NU431: Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing

This course expands previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing to prepare you to care for patients and families living with chronic, life-limiting, and (or) terminal conditions. You will examine the philosophy and concepts unique to hospice and palliative care, which, unlike the traditional approach toward cure of disease, hospice and palliative care focuses on the aggressive treatment of bothersome symptoms that accompany disease progression. The overall goal of hospice and palliative care aims to optimize quality of life through pain and symptom management and early identification and intervention of concepts such as complicated grief and spiritual and psychosocial concerns. Through communication competencies, cultural awareness, and ethical considerations, the nurse facilitates patient and family understanding of disease progression and its influence on body systems. The role of the nurse as an advocate, member of the interprofessional team, and caregiver to patients, families, and self is explored. Course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in hospice and palliative care nursing. Knowledge gained from this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC), may provide the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn certification in hospice and palliative care nursing (CHPN).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU432: Primary Care in the Ambulatory Setting

The primary care nurse deploys care with expertise in assessment, health promotion, disease management, and coordination of health services across the continuum of care. In this course, the standards for the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification will be reviewed, primary care nursing initiatives discussed, and the commitment of primary care nurses to education, professionalism, and communication evaluated. The role of the primary care nurse in virtual delivery methods and telehealth will be analyzed for future applications in nursing practice. The course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in Ambulatory Care Nursing. Completion of this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), provides the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn certification in Ambulatory Nursing (RN-BC).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU433: Case Management Across the Continuum of Care

This course provides you with an extensive overview of the role of the professional nurse as a member of the case management team and as a care manager. The course is centered around the five main domains of practice for the professional nurse working in case/care management: the fundamentals of case management, understanding proper resource management, learning about the role of quality management, the legal and ethical aspects of case/care management, and the important role of education and health promotion as related to the care/case management professional nurse. The course will provide opportunities to examine the role of the case/care management nurse in a variety of patient/client populations ranging from acute care, long term care, and within the community setting. Course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in Nursing Case Management. Completion of this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), provides the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn certification in Nursing Case Management (RN-BC).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU441: Faith Community Nursing

This course provides you with an overview of the role of the professional nurse as a member of a ministerial team and faith community. Focusing broadly in a variety of spiritual belief systems, you will learn about the dimensions of the faith community nurse role. The course will include historical perspectives of faith community nursing; the work of the nurse as a member of the ministerial team; and the integration of faith, health, and the community in the practice of faith community nurses. Legal and ethical considerations of faith community nursing will be addressed, as well as nursing interventions for common issues cared for by faith community nurses. This course does not endorse or promote any specific spiritual or religious faith, nor is your particular practice a requirement for the course. Course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in Faith Community Nursing. Knowledge gained from this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), may provide the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn Certification in Faith Community Nursing (RN-BC).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU444: Transcultural Nursing

The transcultural nurse deploys culturally competent and equitable care across the spectrum of nursing practice in order to develop therapeutic relationships with patients that focus on their specific needs both physically and culturally. In this course you will review global health initiatives and assessments of patients' environments in order to identify cultural education and growth opportunities. Transcultural nursing theories, along with the detailed role of the transcultural nurse, will be analyzed for future application. Course content is aligned with knowledge expectations for the nurse considering national certification in transcultural nursing. Knowledge gained from this course, in association with other requirements as put forth by the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS), may provide the opportunity for career advancement should the nurse decide to earn Certification in Transcultural Nursing (CTN-A or CTN-B).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

NU450: Public Health Nursing - Population-Centered Health Care in the Community

In this course you will explore the context of public health nursing practice. You will apply evidence-based findings to population health nursing practice and engage in experiential learning that will influence change in population health. Common challenges in community and population health are examined while defining specialty roles integral to population health.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: NU420

NU452: Community-Based Nursing Care

This course integrates and applies the major concepts of previous nursing courses by investigating the differences between the delivery of nursing care to individuals and nursing care directed toward communities and populations. Topics include the public health principles of epidemiology, genomic theory, chronic disease, substance abuse, and communicable diseases. The ways in which informatics and information technology plays a role in community and public health agencies will also be explored. In addition, students will study the career options open to the nurse such as home health, hospice, occupational health, forensics, disaster management, case management, school nursing, and community nurse leader. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: NU341 and NU341ME | Corequisite: NU452ME

NU452ME: Community-Based Nursing Care Clinical

This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Community-Based Nursing Care course. Students will apply the nursing process in the care of communities. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the application of assessment, analysis, implementation, and evaluation within a community setting. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: NU341 and NU341ME | Corequisite: NU452

NU491: Directed Studies in the School of Nursing - BSN Completion

In this course, students in the School of Nursing will engage in an independent, directed studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a topic of inquiry that is of interest and relevant to her or his professional goals. The topic will be associated with the student's concurrent clinical course and will be approved by the Chair.

Quarter Credit Hours: 1 | Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean; upper-level students only

NU492: Directed Studies in the School of Nursing - BSN Completion

In this course, students in the School of Nursing will engage in an independent, directed studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a topic of inquiry that is of interest and relevant to her or his professional goals. The topic will be associated with the student's concurrent clinical course and will be approved by the Chair.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean; upper-level students only

NU493: Directed Studies in the School of Nursing - BSN Completion

In this course, students in the School of Nursing will engage in an independent, directed studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a topic of inquiry that is of interest and relevant to her or his professional goals. The topic will be associated with the student's concurrent clinical course and will be approved by the Chair.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean; upper-level students only

NU494: Directed Studies in the School of Nursing - BSN Completion

In this course, students in the School of Nursing will engage in an independent, directed studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a topic of inquiry that is of interest and relevant to her or his professional goals. The topic will be associated with the student's concurrent clinical course and will be approved by the Chair.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean; upper-level students only

NU495: Directed Studies in the School of Nursing - BSN Completion

In this course, students in the School of Nursing will engage in an independent, directed studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a topic of inquiry that is of interest and relevant to her or his professional goals. The topic will be associated with the student's concurrent clinical course and will be approved by the Chair.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean; upper-level students only

NU496: Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing for Entry-Level Practice

In this course, you will demonstrate learning throughout the nursing program. Specific emphasis will be placed on analysis of the program outcomes and the degree to which each was achieved. Content including professionalism, organizational leadership, evidence-based practice, technology, and clinical practice will be evaluated in terms of nursing application. Throughout the term, students must consider their practice in terms of preparation for the NCLEX-RN® examination. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: Last term or permission from the Dean | Corequisite: NU420 or NU496ME

NU496ME: Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing for Entry-Level Practice Clinical

The capstone requires you to integrate competencies essential for the practice of professional nursing. You will progress from a structured, supervised practice to receive general supervision from the faculty and agency preceptor(s). The clinical site will be dependent upon your needs and based upon the joint analysis of the student and faculty prior to the placement. You will apply the nursing process in the practice of nursing. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the application of assessment, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of the nursing profession within the complexity of the health care environment. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 120 hours of clinical experience.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Last term or permission from the Dean

NU499: Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing

This capstone course represents the culmination of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and is an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you have learned over the course of study. Through this capstone process, you will demonstrate integration of the essential concepts from each course in the program. The goal of each capstone project is to model an approach designed to improve patient health outcomes.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: Completion of all required nursing courses and electives; last term or permission from the Dean