Courses

NURS 101. Discipline of Nursing I.
1 Credit Hours

This course introduces the SON philosophy and curriculum through a study of history, values, culture, legal issues, and education. Critical thinking, evidence based knowl¬edge and medical terminology central to contemporary nursing practice is introduced.
Prerequisite: Nursing major or permission of instructor.
NURS 110. Discipline of Nursing II.
1 Credit Hours

An expansion of the concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing and an ex¬tension of critical thinking, evidence based knowledge and medical terminology that provides a context of contemporary nursing care is presented.
Prerequisite: NURS 101 or permission of instructor.
NURS 220. Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing Science.
4 Credit Hours

This course introduces the sophomore level student to concepts and skills associated with evidence-based practice (EBP), informatics, fundamental nursing care and psychomo¬tor skills. Students begin to apply to critical thinking, effective communication, legal ethical frameworks, nursing process, professionalism, professional roles, healthcare management and community engagement skill in caring for the older adult popula¬tion and their unique health needs. This is the first of four nursing practice courses that combine didactic and clinical experiences in the care of the adults with medical surgical needs in acute, long-term care and community settings.
Prerequisites: NURS 101, 110; BIOL 151, 152, PSYC 237.
NURS 222. Health Assessment Across the Lifespan.
3 Credit Hours

Theory, 2 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 1 hr. Emphasis is on the development of skills to complete a comprehensive health assess¬ment. The nursing role of provider of care, incorporating advocate, counselor and teacher roles, is presented. Completing health history interviews and assessments and related client data to anticipated normal findings and common deviations for each age group are emphasized. Emphasis on vulnerable populations.
Prerequisites: NURS 101, 110; BIOL 151, 152, PSYC 237.
NURS 225. Pharmacology Across the Lifespan.
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to general principles of pharmacology and drug therapy, with emphasis on major drug classifications. Principles of pharmacodynamics and cultural, legal, and ethical issues relating to drug therapy are presented.
Prerequisites: NURS 220, 222; BIOL 151, 152; CHEM 105, 107L. Co-requisites: CHEM 106, 108L. Biology and Chemistry majors may enroll in this course with permission of instructor.
NURS 250. Evidence Based Practice Nursing Care of Children
5 Credit Hours

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. Focus on well children and those who require acute and chronic care. Working with persons of diverse backgrounds, nursing colleagues, and other members of the interprofessional team, students prioritize and provide nursing care in hospital and community-based settings. Emphasis on vulnerable populations and development assessment.
Prerequisites: NURS 220, 222 and BIOL 151, 152; CHEM 105, 107L. Co-requisites: BIOL 220; CHEM 106, 108L and NURS 225.
NURS 310. Evidence Based Family Nursing
5 Credit Hours

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. Health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision-making and management. Genet¬ics and reproductive health of women and men. Women’s gynecological health issues and the perinatal care of mothers and infants. Interventions in various acute care and community care settings. Emphasis on vulnerable populations locally, regionally and globally.
Prerequisites: All 200-level nursing courses and support courses and 320 and 330.
NURS 320. Psychiatric and Mental Health Across the Lifespan.
5 Credit Hours.

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. Examination mental health and mental illness including genetics, brain functioning, developmental level, self, relatedness, and social and physical environments. The application of therapeutic communication skills to develop evidence-based nursing prevention and intervention strategies, and evaluate achievement of outcomes for individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Practice experiences in a variety of institutional and community settings. Emphasis on vulnerable populations.
Prerequisites: All 200-level nursing courses and support courses.
NURS 330. Evidence Based Nursing Science II.
5 Credit Hours

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. Students are introduced to the values, knowledge and competencies that are the foun¬dation for safe, evidence-based professional nursing care. This is the second of four nursing practice courses that combine didactic and clinical experiences in the care of the adults with medical and surgical needs. In the clinical component, students use critical thinking, effective communication skills and evidence to provide care for adults with common medical and surgical needs. Students work with persons of diverse backgrounds, nursing colleagues, and other members of the interprofessional teams, to provide nursing care in acute and community-based settings. Emphasis on vulner¬able populations.
Prerequisites: All 200-level nursing courses and support courses.
NURS 340. Evidence Based Nursing Science III.
6 Credit Hours

Theory, 4 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. The third of four adult nursing practice courses that combine didactic and clinical experiences to deliver care to adults with medical and surgical needs. In the clinical component, students use critical thinking, effective communication skills and evidence based knowledge to deliver care to adults with multifaceted medical and surgical needs. Students work with persons of diverse backgrounds, nursing colleagues, and other members of the interprofessional teams, to provide nursing care in hospital and community-based settings. Emphasis on vulnerable populations.
Prerequisites: All 200-level nursing courses and support courses and NURS 320, 330, 365.
NURS 365. Nursing Inquiry and Research of Practice
3 Credit Hours

An investigation of the research process as a scientific method of inquiry; application of quantitative and qualitative methods of nursing research to clinical practice.
Pre¬requisites: All 200-level nursing courses and all support courses.
NURS 420. Leadership in Healthcare.
6Credit Hours

Theory, 2 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 4 hrs. This course examines organizational lead¬ership and management practices and theories. Social, economic, legal, ethical, and policy issues affecting practice, education, and the profession of nursing are examined. This final clinical experience has an intense medical surgical practice component with a culturally diverse and vulnerable population.
Prerequisites: All 300 level nursing courses and support courses. NURS 440 and 455. Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
NURS 440. Evidence Based Nursing for Community Health.
5 Credit Hours

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. A combination of public health science and nursing science to promote and maintain the health of the community. Focus on principles of epidemiology and the roles and responsibilities of nurses in population-based health systems. Clinical experiences are arranged in organized health agencies and communities. Emphasis on vulnerable populations.
Prerequisites: All 300-level nursing courses and all support courses.
NURS 450. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice.
1 Credit Hours

Senior seminar assists students in synthesizing nursing and clinical concepts that are essential for the entry-level nurse to provide safe, quality nursing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of clinical settings.
Prerequisites: All 300-level nursing courses, NURS 440, 455, and all support courses.
NURS 451L. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice Lab.
1 Credit Hours

The course assists the student in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination em¬phasis on the development of critical thinking and test-taking skills through the use of evidence-based strategies that promote success in licensure examination. Successful completion of a standardized test is required to graduate.
Prerequisites: All 300-level nursing courses, NURS 440, 455, and all support courses.
NURS 455. Evidence Based Nursing Science IV.
5 Credit Hours

Theory, 3 hrs.; Clinical Experience, 2 hrs. This is the fourth of four nursing practice courses that combine didactic and clinical experiences to deliver care to adults with complex medical and surgical needs. his senior-level course focuses on applying critical thinking, clinical decision making and evidence-based nursing practice to complex health problems of clients across the lifespan. Students work with persons of diverse backgrounds, nursing colleagues, and other members of the interprofessional teams, to prioritize and provide nursing care in hospital and community-based settings. Emphasis is on vulnerable populations.
Pre-requisites: All 300-level nursing courses, NURS 440, 455, and all support courses.