Students have the opportunity to enroll on an elective basis in the full range of courses and academic disciplines offered at Rockhurst University. Find course descriptions for Rockhurst University courses on their website.

The following section provides course descriptions for all undergraduate nursing courses.

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. The course delivery format is indicated in the parenthesis following the course description according to these definitions:

Classroom-based Course (CBC) A face-to-face course with use of the campus Learning Management System for functions that may include document/resource repository, posting of student grades, or activities that complement class sessions without reducing the number and length of required class meetings.

Classroom Hybrid Course (CHC) – A course in which a significant portion (at least 30% but less than 75%) of face-to-face classroom time is reduced and replaced with online learning activities. Between 30% and 75% of instructional time occurs through online learning activities that may occur asynchronously or during the assigned course meeting time (synchronously).

Online Hybrid Course (OHC) – A course in which students meet face-to-face less than 25% of instructional time. Greater than 75% of instructional time occurs through online learning activities that may occur during the assigned course meeting time (synchronously) or asynchronously.

Online Synchronous Course (OSC) – All course activity is completed online, with specific dates and times assigned during the semester for students to complete assignments and to engage in online course sessions with the instructor and other students. The online elements include essential interactions with course content, the faculty member, and other students. There are no required physical face-to-face meetings at the college or a college-affiliated location.

Online Asynchronous Course (OAC) – All course activity is completed online, and there are no scheduled real-time (synchronous) online sessions required. The online elements include essential interactions with course content, the faculty member, and other students, with specific deadlines for students to complete assignments. There are no required physical face-to-face meetings at the college or a college-affiliated location.

Nursing Courses

NU 1000. Freshmen in Nursing Seminar (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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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. (Fall, Spring CBC; Summer OHC)

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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

NU 3150/3151. Health 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. (CBC)

NU 3190/3191 Professional Development I – Forming a Professional Identity (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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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 3080; NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/3151; NU 3330/3331. (CBC)

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 3080/3081; NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/31511. (CBC)

NU 3590/3591 Evidence 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. (CBC)

NU 3690/3691. Professional Development II – Becoming a Member of the Interprofessional Team (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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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 3080/3081; NU 3010/3011; NU 3150/3151; NU 3330/3331; NU 3470/3471. (CHC)

NU 4190/4191 Professional Development III – Navigating the Healthcare Environment (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. (CBC)

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 3080/3081; NU 3330/3331; NU 3350/3351; NU 3470/3471. (CBC)

NU 4390/4391 Professional Development IV – Pursuing Practice Excellence (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. (CBC)

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. (CBC)

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 at Rockhurst University are identified and may be used to meet the nursing elective requirement.

NU 3215 Clinical Immersion (2C)

This pass/fail elective course provides a clinical immersion experience in a specialty setting. Students will develop knowledge and skills beyond the core content of the BSN curriculum. (OAC)

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) (CBC)

NU 3650/3651 End of Life Transitions (2T)

This course is designed to introduce students to palliative care and end of life transitions. The unique role of the nurse will be explored. Communication skills with the patient, family and interdisciplinary team will be identified. Evidence-based pain and symptom management along with pharmacological interventions will be reviewed. Loss, grief and bereavement will be discussed. Students will develop an awareness of their own perspective on grief and loss and identify healthy coping strategies. (OAC)

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) (CBC)

NU 3710/3711 End of Life Transitions (3T)

This course is designed to introduce students to palliative care and end of life transitions. The unique role of the nurse will be explored. Communication skills with the patient, family and interdisciplinary team will be identified. Evidence-based pain and symptom management along with pharmacological interventions will be reviewed. Loss, grief and bereavement will be discussed. Students will develop an awareness of their own perspective on grief and loss and identify healthy coping strategies. (OAC)

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) (CBC)

BSS 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).

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.