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Nursing Course Descriptions

The following are course descriptions for current RN to BSN online courses.

NURS 3010 Pathophysiology. Three credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2230. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.
NURS 3111 Professional Role Development. Three credits. Socializes the returning R.N. into the role of a baccalaureate nurse. Professionalism in nursing, role transition, history of nursing education, and issues pertinent to returning adult learners.
NURS 3030/3040 Health Assessment and Laboratory. Four credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data (diagnosis). Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.
NURS 3170 Pharmacological Requisites for Nurse Agency. Three credits. Prerequisites: Area IV-A (8 semester hours); BIOL 2010, 2020, 2230, NURS 3010. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharma-cotherapeutics.
NURS 3570 Health Care Research. Three credits. Prerequisites: NURS 3350 and 3360; MATH 1530; or permission of the director of the School of Nursing. Utilizes systematic inquiry and analysis by reinforcing the problem-solving method. Utilization of research in the improvement of health care practice to affect positive client outcomes examined. Attention given to a thorough search and critique of current research literature related to a problem area selected by the student.

NURS 4530/4560
(4530) Caring for the Community as Client. Three credits. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary level of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group and community as client.
(4560) Nursing Care of Vulnerable Aggregates Clinical. Three credits. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 4530 and 4550. Familiarizes the undergraduate nursing student with ways to care for aggregates. Emphasis on clients in the community and in in-patient psychiatric facilities. Nine clock hours per week.

NURS 4570 Professional Practice and Leadership. Three credits. Prerequisite: NURS 3530 and 3540. Corequisite: NURS 4580. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to leadership in nursing. Theories of leadership and management including legal and ethical issues explored.
NURS 4580 Professional Practice and Leadership Clinical. Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 4570. Clinical application of professional practice and leadership principles. Provides independence in the management of nursing systems in various health care institutions. Six clock hours per week.
NURS 4055 Informatics for the Health Care Professional. Three credits. Theoretical foundations of informatics for health care professionals. Examine information technology and tools on the Internet. Emphasis on the impact of automated data management through information systems in health care.
NURS 4035 Special Topics in Nursing. Three credits. Explores selected nursing topics in depth. Specified topic offered each semester according to student interest and faculty availability.
NURS 4005 Independent Health Care Study. One to three credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the upper-division of the nursing program and permission of the instructor. Allows the student to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning and its fulfillment. One to three lectures or two to six laboratory hours.
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