Students have the opportunity to enroll on an elective basis in the full range of courses and academic disciplines offered at Rockhurst University. Course descriptions for Rockhurst University courses may be found in the Rockhurst University 2012-2014 Catalog and at http://www.rockhurst.edu/registrar/catalog/index.asp

The following section provides course descriptions for all nursing courses specifically required in the Research/Rockhurst Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Outstanding students who are invited to participate in the Rockhurst University Honors Program take a specially designed curriculum which substitutes for courses normally required. Descriptions of this program and honors courses may be found in the Rockhurst University Catalog. More information may be obtained from the Director of the Honors Program.

Undergraduate courses are numbered from 1000 to 4990. Courses numbered from 1000 through 1990 are intended primarily for students in their first year of post-secondary study. Courses numbered from 2000 to 2990 are intended primarily for sophomore students. Courses numbered from 3000 to 3990 are intended primarily for junior students. Courses numbered from 4000 to 4990 are intended primarily for senior students. Nursing course numbers ending in 0 are for the traditional B.S.N. and those ending in 1 are for the Accelerated B.S.N.

The number in parentheses following the course number and title indicates the semester credit hours for that course.

Nursing Courses

Current Curriculum for Classes of 2018 and 2019

NU 1000 Freshmen in Nursing (1)

The purpose of this course is to help first-time college students as they transition from high school to Rockhurst University and then into the nursing program.  Freshmen in Nursing Seminar will facilitate student progress by connecting pre-nursing students with resources, developing their academic and interpersonal communication skills, and encouraging self-reflection and personal growth. Pre-requisite: Direct admission into the nursing program.

NU 2030/2031. Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)

This course focuses on foundational concepts and nursing skills essential for the practice of professional nursing. Learning experiences occur in the classroom and college laboratory. Prerequisites: BL 2929, BL 3030/3031, BL 3040/3041; and MT 1190 for Traditional B.S.N.

NU 2050/2051. Nursing Health Assessment (2)

In this course, students learn to assess adult client health status. The emphasis is on normal assessment findings and recognition of deviations from normal. Learning experiences occur in the classroom and college laboratory. Prerequisites: BL 2929, BL 3030/3031, BL 3040/3041; and PY 1000.

NU 2750. Normal Nutrition (2)

This course focuses on principles of nutrition which promote health and normal growth across the lifespan. Nutritional practices which enhance health are explored. Factors which affect food habits and nutritional practices are examined. Common nutritional problems are discussed. The student is introduced to methods to assess nutritional status across the lifespan.

NU 2850/2851. Pathophysiology (3)

This course focuses on alterations in biologic processes that affect the body’s internal homeostasis. A conceptual approach will be used to emphasize general principles of pathophysiology. The etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and sequelae of various alterations of human structure and function will be examined. Knowledge from the basic and clinical sciences will be integrated. Prerequisites: CH 1050/1060; BL 2929, BL 3030/3031; 3040/3041.

NU 3100/3101. Professional Concepts (3)

This course focuses on professional concepts and values central to nursing. Selected topics will be examined to promote the student’s professional development. All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211.

NU 3200/3201. Adult Health Nursing I (3)

The primary focus of this course is the nursing management of adult health. Strategies for disease management and health promotion are addressed in the care of adult clients with fluid and electrolyte, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and sensory-perceptual alterations. Prerequisites: All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331.

NU 3210/3211. Adult Health Nursing Practice I (3)

The focus of this course is the clinical application of nursing concepts, skills, and health assessment techniques. Students utilize the nursing process while caring for adult clients on medical-surgical acute care units. Prerequisites: All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3330/3331. 

NU 3220/3221. Older Adult Health (2)

This course focuses on the concepts of healthy aging and the maintenance of functional capacity in the later years. Content addresses common physiological, psychological and social changes, challenges, and adaptations of older people. Prerequisites: All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3230/3231, NU 3330/3331, NU 3350/3351. 

NU 3330/3331. Pharmacology I (2)

This course is the first of two pharmacology courses and is designed to develop knowledge and encourage application of pharmacological therapy in nursing practice. Content is organized according to the following classifications: principles of safe medication administration, cultural considerations, genomics, antiinfectives, cardiovascular, endocrine, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, anesthetics, ophthalmics, psychotherapeutics, herbals and supplements, and over-the-counter medications. An emphasis is placed on nursing considerations and responsibilities in providing safe pharmacological therapy. Prerequisite: All NU 2000 level courses, BL 3100/3101, Corequisite: NU3200/3201. 

NU 3350/3351. Pharmacology II (2)

This course is the second of two pharmacology courses and is designed to develop knowledge and encourage application of pharmacological therapy in nursing practice. Content is organized according to the following classifications: lifespan considerations, respiratory, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, integument, hematology, immune, and neurologic medications. An emphasis is placed on nursing considerations and responsibilities in providing safe pharmacological therapy. Prerequisite: All NU 2000 level courses, NU 3330/3331, BL 3100/3101. Corequisite: NU 3430/3431. 

NU 3430/3431. Adult Health Nursing II (4)

The primary focus of this course is the nursing management of adult health. Strategies for disease management and health promotion are addressed in the care of adult clients with integumentary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, neurological, immune, autoimmune, pulmonary and hematological alterations. Prerequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331; Corequisite: NU 3440/3441, NU 3350/3351.

NU 3440/3441. Adult Health Nursing Practice II (3)

The focus of this course is the clinical application of nursing concepts, skills and health assessment techniques. Students utilize the nursing process while caring for adult clients on complex medical-surgical units including critical care settings. Prerequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331; Corequisite: NU 3430/3431, NU 3350/3351.

NU 3510/3511. Mental Health Nursing (2)

The primary focus of this course is the nursing management of selected mental health issues across the lifespan. Disease management and health promotion provide the framework for the study of mental health. Prerequisites: All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisite: NU 3100/3101, NU 3330/3331, NU 3350/3351, NU 3530/3531.

NU 3530/3531. Mental Health Nursing Practice (1)

The focus of this course is the clinical application of nursing concepts, mental health assessment, and interpersonal skills in psychiatric nursing process in the care of patients with mental health alterations in acute care and selected community settings. Prerequisites: All NU 2000 courses, PY 3400, CT 2000, BL 3100/3101, Pre or Corequisite: NU 3100/3101, NU 3330/3331, NU 3350/3351, NU 3510/3511.

NU 3570/3571. Introduction To Nursing Research (2)

The focus of this course is the research process and its application to nursing. Learning activities provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills needed to become a competent consumer of research. Emphasis is placed on the role of evidence-based practice as the basis for clinical decision making. Prerequisite: All NU 2000 level courses.

NU 3730/3731. Maternal – Newborn Nursing (3)

The primary focus of this course is the nursing management of maternal and newborn health. Strategies for disease management and health promotion are addressed. Selected issues related to the study of families, genetics, reproductive and women’s health care also included. Prerequisites: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU3210/3211, NU3330/3331, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3350/3351, NU 3750/3751, NU 3770/3771.

NU 3750/3751. Child Health Nursing (3)

The primary focus of this course is the nursing management of the health of children, adolescents, and their families. Strategies for disease management and health promotion are addressed throughout the course. Prerequisite: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331, Pre or Corequisite: NU 3350/3351, NU 3730/3731, NU 3770/3771.

NU 3770/3771. Maternal – Child and Family Nursing Practice (3)

The focus of this course is the clinical application of nursing concepts, skills, and health assessment techniques to children, maternal-newborn clients and their families. Students utilize the nursing process while caring for clients in selected pediatric and obstetrical acute care and community-based settings. Prerequisite: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3350/3351, NU 3730/3731, NU 3750/3751.

NU 3790/3791. Professional Development Strategies (1)

This course focuses on the strategies for successful entrance into the profession. Topics such as nursing resume preparation, interview techniques, portfolio development and tactics for success on NCLEX are included. Prerequisite: NU 3100/3101, NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3330/3331, Pre or Corequisites: NU 3350/3351, NU 3730/3731, NU 3750/3751.

NU 4100/4101. Leadership and Professional Issues (3)

This course focuses on leadership and management concepts as they relate to the professional nursing role and the delivery of health care. Theories and evidence-based practice supporting delivery of health care are examined. Topics such as resource management, risk management and quality improvement strategies are included. The economic and ethical impact of health care costs, market trends, and cost effective quality care are analyzed. Prerequisite: All NU 3000 courses, Pre or Corequisites: NU 4210/4211, NU 4230/4231, NU 4400/4401.

NU 4210/4211. Community Health Nursing (3)

This course focuses on public health concepts and the nursing leadership role for the management of health of communities and global society. Factors that impact the community as client are analyzed. Frameworks for planning health education programs focus on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. To facilitate the management of health in communities, selected areas of study may include community assessment, epidemiology, environment, vulnerable populations, disaster management and global health. Prerequisite: All NU 3000 courses, Pre or Corequisite: NU 4100/4101, NU 4230/4231, NU 4400/4401.

NU 4230/4231. Community Health Nursing Practice (2)

This clinical practicum provides the opportunity for students to incorporate leadership skills and community concepts in a variety of community settings. The focus is on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention programs with selected at risk populations. Activities may include assisting community agencies and organizations to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs. Prerequisite: All NU 3000 courses, Pre or Corequisites: NU 4100/4101, NU 4210/4211, NU 4400/4401.

NU 4400/4401. Capstone: Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice (5)

This clinical practicum provides the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills from previous or current nursing courses through a focused clinical experience. This course culminates with leadership role acquisition relevant to the clinical site. The course provides for autonomous and collaborative functioning, which includes synthesis and integration of knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite to professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: All NU 3000 courses, Pre or Corequisite: NU 4100/4101, NU 4210/4211, NU 4230/4231.

NU 4990. Independent Study in Nursing (1-3)

Guided study or research on some aspect of nursing. Prerequisite: Dean of Nursing and Instructor approval.

Nursing Electives

Nursing electives afford the student the opportunity to pursue an area of interest to develop knowledge and skills beyond the core content of the curriculum. The variety of course offerings or faculty-guided independent study in a given term is subject to availability of faculty and institutional resources. Selected courses in the College of Arts and Sciences are identified and may be used to meet the nursing elective requirement.

NU 3625. Nursing Management of Patients with Dysrhythmias (2)

This course will focus on nursing care of patients experiencing dysrhythmias.  Interpretation of dysrhythmias originating in the SA node, AV node, AV bundle, and ventricle will provide the foundation for a systematic discussion of related nursing care.  Pharmacological interventions, as well as electrophysiological interventions, for common dysrhythmias will be addressed.  Application of the nursing process to the care of patients experiencing dysrhythmias secondary to conduction defects, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and congestive heart failure (CHF) will be emphasized.  Pre- and post-operative care of the patient undergoing pacemaker placement, including interpretation of paced cardiac rhythms, will also be included.  Review and appraisal of current evidence-based guidelines for nursing management of cardiac dysrhythmias, such as those developed by the American Heart Association (AHA), will be incorporated throughout the course. Prerequisite: NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3430/3431, NU 3440/3441.

NU 3630 Transcultural Nursing Immersion Experience I (2)

This course will provide students the opportunity to prepare for a transcultural nursing immersion experience that will occur after this course is completed.  This experience will vary depending on the identified needs of the community.  Students will have the opportunity to explore nursing in the assigned culture.  Students will also explore the social, political and economic aspects of life that shape the health care of the community.  Students will be required to complete assigned readings and activities.  Prerequisite: Faculty approval. (GPR) 

NU 3640. Addictive/Compulsive Behavior and Nursing (2)

This course is designed to explore different theories as they apply to various addictive and compulsive behaviors and disorders. Topics could include, but are not limited to, alcoholism, problem drinking, eating disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorder, gambling, smoking, “addictive” relationships, cults, chemical abuse, and compulsive working, shopping, and sexual behavior. Particular attention will be given to the impaired nurse, characteristics of nurses, and nursing care in general. Family dynamics and broader issues related to societal impact will be addressed. Students must be prepared to discuss their informed opinions in their particular area of interest. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval.

NU 3670 Transcultural Nursing Immersion Experience II (1)

This course will provide students the opportunity to reflect on a transcultural nursing immersion experience that occurred during the summer.  Students will be required to complete assigned readings and activities.  Prerequisite: NU 3630 and faculty approval.  (GPR) 

NU 3700. Family Nursing (2)

This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in concepts, theories, and paradigms of family health care nursing across the life span and to explore the application of these ideas in a variety of health care settings. The student will have opportunities to learn and apply special skills relating to nursing process in working with families. Alternative family life styles and cultures will be addressed. Substantial student participation is required.   Pre-requisite: All 2000 and 3200 level nursing courses, NU 3430/3431 and NU 3440/3441 or instructor approval.

NU 3780. Issues in Critical Care (2)

This course is designed to explore issues, concepts, tools, and technologies in critical care. Students will be expected to utilize the nursing process, concepts in pathophysiology, and current nursing research to facilitate case analysis. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval; NU 3200/3201; NU 3210/3211.

NU 3785. Issues in Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Nursing (2)

This course is designed to explore issues, concepts, tools, and technologies in critical care of the neonate and pediatric client. Students will be expected to utilize the nursing process, concepts in pathophysiology, and current nursing research to facilitate case analysis. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses; NU 3200/3201; NU 3210/3211.

NU 3800. Introduction to Statistics (3)

This course is designed for undergraduate students to become familiar with introductory key terms and concepts for elementary statistics. Students will become familiar with the nature of data, descriptive statistics, the use of inferential statistics in hypothesis testing, the types of inferential statistical tests, and commonly used correlational techniques. The course is offered in an online format.

NU 3820. Humor and Health (2)

In this course students examine the history, art and science of mirth and humor as well as its application to professional and personal life. The connections between humor and health will be explored. Prerequisites: 2000 level nursing courses and/or instructor approval.

NU 3852. Global Perspective in Public Health (3)

This course will allow students to examine global public health issues. Students will examine these issues using the public health methodology of epidemiology. Students will use the fundamental epidemiologic concept of interaction among agent, host, and environmental factors that influence the health and development of illnesses among peoples of the world, to guide their examination of these issues. (GPR)

NU 3880. History of Nursing (2)

This course is designed to examine the rich development of nursing as a discipline and profession, from a historical perspective. Past nursing issues will be identified and discussed. The social, philosophical, and political forces which have impacted the course of nursing history will be examined. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval.

CT 3700. (Rockhurst)  Health Communication (3)

This course will cover the broad topics regarding health and communication.  Students learn how communication constructs people’s perceptions of how people define health.  Other topics will cover health illness and narratives, which gives different perspectives on health care treatment from a patients’ perspective, patient-provider communication, and how communication occurs within health care organizations.  Additionally, the course will examine how media campaigns are created to educate the public regarding health care issues.  The course allows students to learn how various communication contexts and processes impact health/healthcare.  The class would be ideal for students interested in working in healthcare contexts, whether as a practitioner, in an healthcare organization or even as a recipient of health care services.  

HP 3500. (Rockhurst) Perspectives in Global Health (3)

This course identifies the major determinants of health on a global scale and examines the differences in health and health care from the perspectives of culture, geography, and socio-economic status.  Topics may include the impact of poverty, nutrition, clean water, sanitation, disease, and access to health care.  Upon completion of this course, students will understand the global threats to health and well-being outside of their own health care model.  (GPR).

HP 3700. (Rockhurst) Global Perspectives on Disability (3)

This course is designed for students interested in issues related to disability. It will critically examine the position of persons with disabilities historically and in contemporary society across the globe. The class will analyze perspectives of various cultures on disability and the impact theses perspectives have on societal institutions and the lives of people with disabilities in various nations. Assignments and discussion will be directed at enhancing awareness and understanding of the global disability community. Students will explore historical and contemporary views and discuss strides made as well as challenges the disability community still faces. Students will devise strategies for promoting positive messages and vehicles for advocacy. (GPR)

PY 2100. (Rockhurst) Introduction to Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3)

Basic concepts of statistical analysis are applied to empirical questions from psychology, social sciences and life science to foster the scientific perspective, to incite critical thinking, and to produce better consumers of information. This course focuses on basic descriptive concepts (e.g. central tendency, variability) and techniques (e.g. correlation, regression), basic issues in hypothesis testing (e.g. probability, decision, errors) and basic parametric techniques (e.g. z-test, t-test, one- and two-factor ANOVAs).

PY 3600. (Rockhurst) Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3)

A psychological perspective on human sexuality and patterns of behavior. Sexual functioning, gender identity, sexual disorders and treatment are considered. The role of personality, attitudes and emotional factors are emphasized. Prerequisite: PY 1000. (SRI or SRII)

PY 3700. (Rockhurst) Health Psychology (3)

Health psychology is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in the field of psychology. This course will discuss the role psychological factors play in physical illness. The role of psychological treatments for individuals with psychophysiological disorders will be discussed. This course will also address the role of the health psychologist in the health care system and topics such as chronic pain, obesity, nicotine addiction. Prerequisite: PY 1000.

SO 3670. (Rockhurst) Sociology of Death and Dying (3)

The focus of this course is the sociological analysis of death and dying, both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. The course examines how the intensely personal experiences of dying, death and bereavement are shaped by society and culture.  Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (SRII)

SP 3070. (Rockhurst) Medical Spanish II (3)

Continuation of SP 2070.  This course introduces the student to the technical language of medicine: anatomy, illness, and treatment.  It also prepares the student to conduct consultation and conversations in the Latino cultural context.  Prerequisite: SP 2150 or approval of instructor. (GPR)

SP 4060. (SP 6070) (Rockhurst) Spanish for the Health Care Professional (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the ability to overcome cross-cultural barriers in a medical setting and to communicate effectively with speakers of Spanish.  Background information on Hispanic cultures (e.g. customs, conceptions of the role of health care providers and courtesy) as well as some medical terminology will be provided.  Issues raised by the difference in conceptions of the role of doctors, medicine and health care will be addressed.  The graduate course SP 6070 requires independent accelerated additional work appropriate for master’s level study.  Prerequisite: SP 3100 or approval of the instructor.

Revised Curriculum Effective for Class of 2020 and Accelerated BSN Class of 2018

NU 2750. Normal Nutrition (2T)

This course focuses on principles of nutrition which promote health and normal growth across the lifespan. Nutritional practices which enhance health are explored. Factors which affect food habits and nutritional practices are examined. Common nutritional problems are discussed. The student is introduced to methods to assess nutritional status across the lifespan.

NU 2850/2851. Pathophysiology (3T)

This course focuses on alterations in biologic processes that affect the body’s internal homeostasis. General principles of pathophysiology are emphasized including etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and sequelae of various alterations of human structure and function. Knowledge from pre-requisite science courses will be integrated.  Prerequisites: BL 2929, BL 3030/3031; 3040/3041* must meet GPA/course grade requirements. See RCN catalog on researchcollege.edu website for details.

NU 3010/3011. Fundamentals of Nursing (5; 4T, 1L)

This course focuses on the fundamental principles and psychomotor skills for the provision of safe, quality care for clients across the lifespan. Classroom and clinical/laboratory experiences provide a basis for beginning nursing practice.  Prerequisites: NU 2750; NU 2850; MT 1190; PY 1000; CT 2000; BL 3100/3101. 

NU 3080/3081. Population Based Health Care (4; 2T, 2C)

This course focuses on the nurse’s role in the health of populations and the global society. Factors impacting the health of populations including health promotion and risk reduction are introduced. Areas of study include population/community assessment, epidemiology, environment, vulnerable populations, disaster management, global health and the impact of public policy on the health of populations. The practicum incorporates concepts and theories related to the health of populations in a variety of community settings.  Prerequisites: NU 2750; NU 2850; PY 3400. 

NU 3150/3151. Heath Assessment Across the Lifespan (3; 2T, 1L)

This course prepares students to perform comprehensive and focused physical health assessments for clients across the lifespan. This course includes assessments of health and illness parameters in clients using developmentally and culturally responsive approaches. Learning experiences occur in the classroom and clinical/laboratory.  Prerequisites: NU 2750; NU 2850. 

NU 3190/3191 Professional Development I (2T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing through the concepts of self-awareness, love, ingenuity and heroism. Through self-awareness, this course explores the history of the profession, the roles of the baccalaureate nurse, and legal/ethical issues.  Prerequisites: NU 2750; NU 2850. 

NU 3220 Older Adult (2T)

This course focuses on the concepts of aging in society. Personal, cultural, and societal values about aging and older adults are explored through the development of intergenerational relationships. Content addresses older adult challenges and strategies to achieve optimal quality of life.  Prerequisites: NU 3010/3011; NU3150/3151. 

NU 3330 Pharmacology I (2T)

This course focuses on the basic drug classifications, 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.  Prerequisites: NU 2750; NU 2850. 

NU 3350 Pharmacology II (2T)

This course expands on the basic principles and content presented in Pharmacology I. Drugs specific to disease processes and the nurse’s role in safe medication administration and therapy are included.  Prerequisites: NU 3330/3331.

NU 3470/3471 Adult Health I (6; 3T, 3C)

This combined theory and practicum course expands upon foundational concepts and the nursing process to guide the care of adult medical-surgical clients. Disease management and health promotion strategies for commonly occurring conditions are explored. The practicum focuses on an introduction to nursing care in the acute care environment and application of safety principles and therapeutic interventions.  Prerequisites: NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/3151; NU 3330/3331. 

NU 3490/3491 Mental Health (3, 2T, 1C)

This combined theory and practicum course focuses on the care of clients with mental health alterations across the lifespan. The theory component is organized around the major categories of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5). Health promotion, disease management and the nursing process provide the framework. Emphasis is on establishing and maintaining therapeutic nurse-client relationships and promoting the dignity of each individual.  Prerequisites: NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/31511.

NU 3590/3591 Evidenced Based Practice (2T)

This course utilizes the basic elements of the research process as a foundation for understanding the role of evidence-based practice, and quality improvement in clinical decision making.  Prerequisites: NU 3800.

NU 3690/3691. Professional Development II (1T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing through the concepts of self-awareness, love, ingenuity and heroism. Through the concept of love, this course explores conflict resolution, the profession’s inherent values, and the interprofessional team.  Prerequisites: NU 3190/3191. 

NU 3800/3801. Introduction to Statistics (3T)

This course introduces key terms and concepts of statistics. Topics include the nature of data, descriptive statistics, and common inferential statistics in hypothesis testing. An emphasis is placed on interpreting statistical results to inform nursing practice.  Prerequisites: MT 1190.

NU 4170/4171 Maternal-Child, Family, and Women’s Health Nursing (6; 4T, 2C)

This combined theory and practicum course utilizes a family-centered approach to the care of women, newborns and children. Emphasis is placed on childbearing, normal growth and development, common pediatric disorders, family dynamics, and women’s health care. The practicum focuses on the nursing care of clients in pediatric and obstetrical settings. Prerequisites: NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/3151; NU 3330/3331; NU 3470/3471.

NU 4190/4191 Professional Development III (1T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing through the concepts of self-awareness, love, ingenuity and heroism. Through the lens of ingenuity, this course explores theories and models of change, and healthcare environments.  Prerequisites: NU 3190/3191; NU 3690/3691.

NU 4270/4271 Adult Health II (6; 3T, 3C)

This combined theory and practicum course expands upon previously introduced concepts and utilizes the nursing process to manage the care of adult clients experiencing complex conditions.  The practicum focuses on the management of nursing care in the acute care environment. Principles of management, collaboration, and delegation are introduced.  Prerequisites: NU 3330/3331; NU 3350/3351; NU 3470/3471.

NU 4390/4391 Professional Development IV (2T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing through the concepts of self-awareness, love, ingenuity and heroism. Through heroism, this course explores leadership styles and theories, contemporary issues in nursing, and plans for personal and professional development.  Prerequisites: NU 3190/3191; NU 3690/3691; NU 4190/4191.

NU 4500/4501. Capstone (5; 1T, 4C)

This combined theory and practicum course provides the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills into the role of the baccalaureate generalist nurse. The theory component prepares students for membership in the nursing profession. The practicum is a clinical immersion experience providing opportunities to further develop clinical reasoning, management and evaluation skills. Principles of management, collaboration and delegation are utilized.

Prerequisites: All NU 3000 levels, NU 4170/4171; NU 4270/4271.

Nursing Electives

Nursing electives afford the student the opportunity to pursue an area of interest to develop knowledge and skills beyond the core content of the curriculum. The variety of course offerings or faculty-guided independent study in a given term is subject to availability of faculty and institutional resources. Selected courses in the College of Arts and Sciences are identified and may be used to meet the nursing elective requirement.

NU 3625. Nursing Management of Patients with Dysrhythmias (2T)

This course will focus on nursing care of patients experiencing dysrhythmias.  Interpretation of dysrhythmias originating in the SA node, AV node, AV bundle, and ventricle will provide the foundation for a systematic discussion of related nursing care.  Pharmacological interventions, as well as electrophysiological interventions, for common dysrhythmias will be addressed.  Application of the nursing process to the care of patients experiencing dysrhythmias secondary to conduction defects, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and congestive heart failure (CHF) will be emphasized.  Pre- and post-operative care of the patient undergoing pacemaker placement, including interpretation of paced cardiac rhythms, will also be included.  Review and appraisal of current evidence-based guidelines for nursing management of cardiac dysrhythmias, such as those developed by the American Heart Association (AHA), will be incorporated throughout the course. Prerequisite: NU 3200/3201, NU 3210/3211, NU 3430/3431, NU 3440/3441.

NU 3630 Transcultural Nursing Immersion Experience I (2T)

This course will provide students the opportunity to prepare for a transcultural nursing immersion experience that will occur after this course is completed.  This experience will vary depending on the identified needs of the community.  Students will have the opportunity to explore nursing in the assigned culture.  Students will also explore the social, political and economic aspects of life that shape the health care of the community.  Students will be required to complete assigned readings and activities.  Prerequisite: Faculty approval. (GPR) 

NU 3640. Addictive/Compulsive Behavior and Nursing (2T)

This course is designed to explore different theories as they apply to various addictive and compulsive behaviors and disorders. Topics could include, but are not limited to, alcoholism, problem drinking, eating disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorder, gambling, smoking, “addictive” relationships, cults, chemical abuse, and compulsive working, shopping, and sexual behavior. Particular attention will be given to the impaired nurse, characteristics of nurses, and nursing care in general. Family dynamics and broader issues related to societal impact will be addressed. Students must be prepared to discuss their informed opinions in their particular area of interest. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval.

NU 3670 Transcultural Nursing Immersion Experience II (1T)

This course will provide students the opportunity to reflect on a transcultural nursing immersion experience that occurred during the summer.  Students will be required to complete assigned readings and activities.  Prerequisite: NU 3630 and faculty approval.  (GPR) 

NU 3700. Family Nursing (2T)

This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in concepts, theories, and paradigms of family health care nursing across the life span and to explore the application of these ideas in a variety of health care settings. The student will have opportunities to learn and apply special skills relating to nursing process in working with families. Alternative family life styles and cultures will be addressed. Substantial student participation is required.   Pre-requisite: All 2000 and 3200 level nursing courses, NU 3430/3431 and NU 3440/3441 or instructor approval.

NU 3780. Issues in Critical Care (2T)

This course is designed to explore issues, concepts, tools, and technologies in critical care. Students will be expected to utilize the nursing process, concepts in pathophysiology, and current nursing research to facilitate case analysis. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval; NU 3200/3201; NU 3210/3211.

NU 3785. Issues in Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Nursing (2T)

This course is designed to explore issues, concepts, tools, and technologies in critical care of the neonate and pediatric client. Students will be expected to utilize the nursing process, concepts in pathophysiology, and current nursing research to facilitate case analysis. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses; NU 3200/3201; NU 3210/3211.

NU 3820. Humor and Health (2T)

In this course students examine the history, art and science of mirth and humor as well as its application to professional and personal life. The connections between humor and health will be explored. Prerequisites: 2000 level nursing courses and/or instructor approval.

NU 3852. Global Perspective in Public Health (3T)

This course will allow students to examine global public health issues. Students will examine these issues using the public health methodology of epidemiology. Students will use the fundamental epidemiologic concept of interaction among agent, host, and environmental factors that influence the health and development of illnesses among peoples of the world, to guide their examination of these issues. (GPR)

NU 3880. History of Nursing (2T)

This course is designed to examine the rich development of nursing as a discipline and profession, from a historical perspective. Past nursing issues will be identified and discussed. The social, philosophical, and political forces which have impacted the course of nursing history will be examined. Pre-requisite: All 2000 level nursing courses or instructor approval.

CT 3700. (Rockhurst)  Health Communication (3T)

This course will cover the broad topics regarding health and communication.  Students learn how communication constructs people’s perceptions of how people define health.  Other topics will cover health illness and narratives, which gives different perspectives on health care treatment from a patients’ perspective, patient-provider communication, and how communication occurs within health care organizations.  Additionally, the course will examine how media campaigns are created to educate the public regarding health care issues.  The course allows students to learn how various communication contexts and processes impact health/healthcare.  The class would be ideal for students interested in working in healthcare contexts, whether as a practitioner, in an healthcare organization or even as a recipient of health care services.  

HP 3500. (Rockhurst) Perspectives in Global Health (3T)

This course identifies the major determinants of health on a global scale and examines the differences in health and health care from the perspectives of culture, geography, and socio-economic status.  Topics may include the impact of poverty, nutrition, clean water, sanitation, disease, and access to health care.  Upon completion of this course, students will understand the global threats to health and well-being outside of their own health care model.  (GPR).

HP 3700. (Rockhurst) Global Perspectives on Disability (3T)

This course is designed for students interested in issues related to disability. It will critically examine the position of persons with disabilities historically and in contemporary society across the globe. The class will analyze perspectives of various cultures on disability and the impact theses perspectives have on societal institutions and the lives of people with disabilities in various nations. Assignments and discussion will be directed at enhancing awareness and understanding of the global disability community. Students will explore historical and contemporary views and discuss strides made as well as challenges the disability community still faces. Students will devise strategies for promoting positive messages and vehicles for advocacy. (GPR)

PY 2100. (Rockhurst) Introduction to Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3T)

Basic concepts of statistical analysis are applied to empirical questions from psychology, social sciences and life science to foster the scientific perspective, to incite critical thinking, and to produce better consumers of information. This course focuses on basic descriptive concepts (e.g. central tendency, variability) and techniques (e.g. correlation, regression), basic issues in hypothesis testing (e.g. probability, decision, errors) and basic parametric techniques (e.g. z-test, t-test, one- and two-factor ANOVAs).

PY 3600. (Rockhurst) Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3T)

A psychological perspective on human sexuality and patterns of behavior. Sexual functioning, gender identity, sexual disorders and treatment are considered. The role of personality, attitudes and emotional factors are emphasized. Prerequisite: PY 1000. (SRI or SRII)

PY 3700. (Rockhurst) Health Psychology (3T)

Health psychology is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in the field of psychology. This course will discuss the role psychological factors play in physical illness. The role of psychological treatments for individuals with psychophysiological disorders will be discussed. This course will also address the role of the health psychologist in the health care system and topics such as chronic pain, obesity, nicotine addiction. Prerequisite: PY 1000.

SO 3670. (Rockhurst) Sociology of Death and Dying (3T)

The focus of this course is the sociological analysis of death and dying, both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. The course examines how the intensely personal experiences of dying, death and bereavement are shaped by society and culture.  Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (SRII)

SP 3070. (Rockhurst) Medical Spanish II (3T)

Continuation of SP 2070.  This course introduces the student to the technical language of medicine: anatomy, illness, and treatment.  It also prepares the student to conduct consultation and conversations in the Latino cultural context.  Prerequisite: SP 2150 or approval of instructor. (GPR)

SP 4060. (SP 6070) (Rockhurst) Spanish for the Health Care Professional (3T)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the ability to overcome cross-cultural barriers in a medical setting and to communicate effectively with speakers of Spanish.  Background information on Hispanic cultures (e.g. customs, conceptions of the role of health care providers and courtesy) as well as some medical terminology will be provided.  Issues raised by the difference in conceptions of the role of doctors, medicine and health care will be addressed.  The graduate course SP 6070 requires independent accelerated additional work appropriate for master’s level study.  Prerequisite: SP 3100 or approval of the instructor.