ASN Course Descriptions

NURS 1300 Essential Nursing Skills
(Three credit hours)

Prerequisites: Conditional admission to the nursing program.

An introduction for nursing students to essential psychomotor skills and professional behaviors required for the safe practice of nursing. Emphasis is on skill mastery. Summer. Three credit hours.

NURS 1415 Nursing Role Transition
(Four credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOL 1411, 1412; MATH 1302; PSYC 2300 or Sociology 2300; RHET 1311, 1312; and one of the following: HIST 2311, 2312, or POLI 1310; CHEM 1400, or a higher level; BIOL 2401 or equivalents.

Introduces LPN’s, LPTN’s and paramedics to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the registered nurse in patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, safety, quality improvement, and informatics. The concept of health will be explored through collaboration with peers to develop a patient centered risk assessment and teaching plan to promote health across the lifespan.  Verification of mastery of essential psychomotor skills will be confirmed through completion of simulation activities. Summer Semester.

NURS 1205 Health Promotion across the Lifespan
Prerequisites: Unconditional admission to the nursing program. 

The course introduces the knowledge, skills, and attitudes¬†as they relate to the concept of Health across the lifespan. Emphasis is on nurses’ role in health risk reduction and learning needs assessment and accessing current evidence of practices to improve quality of life, collaborating with peers to develop patient centered risk assessments and teaching plans to promote health in all life stages for individuals and families. Fall. ¬†

NURS 1505 Adult Nursing I
(Five credit hours: 3 credits theory, 2 credits lab)

Prerequisites: Unconditional admission to the nursing program.  Pre or Corequisite: NURS 1205, BIOL 1412.

An introduction to the nurse’s role in the delivery of patient centered care as a member of a multidisciplinary team with an emphasis on the growth and development in older adulthood, fundamental nursing assessment and interventions to promote functioning and comfort.¬† Introduction to cultural considerations, pharmacology, physical and environmental safety, evidence based practice, legal/ethical principles, quality improvement, and informatics is incorporated through exemplars of chronic health problems and physical changes requiring acute or long-term care, and community settings under direct faculty supervision.¬† Fall.¬† Three hours lecture and six laboratory hours per week.¬† Five credit hours.

NURS 1410 Adult Nursing II
(Four credit hours: 2 credits theory, 2 credits lab)

Prerequisites for Traditional Option: NURS 1205, NURS 1505 BIOL 1412.

Builds on NURS 1505 with focus on coordination of patient centered care and the evidence base for planning priorities based on the health problem, symptoms, and patient/family beliefs and values.  Exemplars include acute and chronic health problems common in middle adulthood that require multidisciplinary management.  Students continue to develop nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the competencies of safety, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, and informatics with laboratory experiences in simulation, structured health care settings, and completion of a service learning activity with faculty supervision.  Spring, one-half semester.  Four credit hours. 

NURS 1420 Mental Health Nursing
(Four credit hours: 2 credits theory, 2 credits lab)

Prerequisite: NURS 1205, NURS 1505, BIOL 1412

Builds on NURS 1505 with a focus on mental health/illness across the lifespan and communication with patients, families, and the health care team, including principles of conflict management.  Exemplars include psychosocial assessment in acute and chronic mental illness, symptom management, and patient advocacy.  Students continue to develop nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the competencies of safety, quality improvement, and informatics through learning experiences in the classroom, acute care/community mental health facilities with faculty supervision. Traditional option: Spring, one-half semester; Transition option: Summer.  Four credit hours.

NURS 2410 Obstetric & Reproductive Health Nursing
(Four credit hours: 2 credits theory; 2 credits lab)

Prerequisites: NURS1410, NURS 1420, MATH 1302, CHEM 1400. 

A study of the current evidence base for patient centered care during the reproductive years, with emphasis on normal childbearing process.¬† Exemplar illustrating expected processes and common problems that occur during childbearing will be used to facilitate students’ application of decision making skills to prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team.¬† Students will provide patient/family discharge teaching and implement an original community teaching project to further develop skills in quality improvement and informatics.¬† Laboratory experiences will take place in simulation, acute care and community settings under faculty supervision.¬† Traditional option: Fall, one-half semester; Accelerated option: Summer.¬† Four credit hours.

NURS 2420 Pediatric Nursing
(Four credit hours: 2 credits theory, 2 credits lab)

Prerequisites: NURS 1410, NURS 1420, MATH 1302, CHEM 1400. 

A study of the growth and development of infancy through adolescence within the family context.  Common acute and chronic health problems that occur during childhood will be incorporated through exemplars in which students must examine the current evidence base and prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team.  Students will collaborate in the development of a planned change related to safety needs across developmental stages in a variety of settings.  Knowledge and skills related to quality improvement and informatics as they relate to care of children will continue to develop through classroom and laboratory experiences.  Laboratory experiences will take place in simulation, acute care and community settings under faculty supervision. Traditional option: Fall, one-half semester; Accelerated option: Summer.  Four credit hours

NURS 2550 Adult Nursing III
(Five credit hours: 3 credits theory, 2 credits lab).

Prerequisites: NURS 2410, NURS 2420, CHEM 1400, BIOL 2401. 

The focus of this course is to further develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to clinical decision making in the delivery of nursing care to adults.  Complex health problems will be incorporated through exemplars in which students must prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team.  Laboratory experiences will include simulation and managing care for groups of patients and providing leadership within the nursing team, with emphasis on provision of evidence based, patient centered care in acute care settings under faculty supervision.  Competencies of safety, quality improvement, and informatics will be incorporated in laboratory experiences.  Traditional option: Spring; Accelerated option: Fall.  Five credit hours.

NURS 2350 Competency for Entry into Practice
(Three credit hours: 2 credits theory, 1 credit lab)

Prerequisites: NURS 2550, CHEM 1400, BIOL 2401. 

The focus of this course is to support transition to the practice of nursing through synthesis of knowledge.  Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the program competencies of patient centered care, evidence based practice, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, and informatics through completion of practicum experience in a structured setting under the supervision of a preceptor and a practical management experience.  Comprehensive review will support student readiness for the NCLEX-RN examination.  Traditional option: Spring, one-half semester; Accelerated option: Fall, one-half semester.  Three credit hours. 

Elective – NURS 1301 Medical Terminology for Nursing
(Three credit hours)

An elective web-based course designed to provide an understanding of medical terminology; provides the framework for understanding medical records by presenting terms, abbreviations, symbols, forms and formats commonly used by healthcare providers.  Summer and fall.

Elective – NURS 2199, 2299, 2399 Special Topics in Nursing
(One, two, or three credit hours)

Prerequisites: NURS 1510 or NURS 1315, NURS 1520.

A credit/no credit elective course that provides opportunity for advanced nursing students to use the nursing process to explore and coordinate projects of their own choosing as a health care professional in community and service learning settings. Summer, fall, and spring.

Elective – NURS 2201 Pharmacology for Nurses
(Two credit hours)

Prerequisites: NURS 1805 or NURS 1315.

A credit/ no credit elective web-based nursing course presenting the essential concepts of pharmacology. Designed to promote the use of the nursing process and the integration of pharmacological concepts to meet health needs of individuals across the lifespan. Fall and Spring.

Elective – NURS 2202 Diagnostic Studies in Nursing
(Two credit hours)

Prerequisites: NURS 1805 or NURS 1315.

A credit/ no credit elective web-based nursing course presenting common laboratory and diagnostic tests and procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of common health problems. Designed to promote the use of the nursing process in patient preparation and education for the procedure(s). Fall and spring.

NURS 3400 Health Assessment

Prerequisite: Admission to Baccalaureate of Nursing (BSN) Completion program or enrollment in final semester of a National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) approved associate degree program with approval of department chairperson.

This course provides the knowledge base in assessment of the patient across the lifespan. Focus is on the expanded role of provider of care through increased knowledge and skills necessary to perform a competent, comprehensive health history, physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment using specific assessment tools. Further focus is on analysis of data collected to support clinical decision making.