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

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 TBSN and those ending in 1 are for the ABSN. The number in parentheses following the course number and title indicates the semester credit hours for that course. A “C” indicates clinical; “L” indicates lab; “T” indicates theory.

Courses are offered in different formats. When registering for the course in the student portal, the course delivery format of each course is provided. Course formats are defined below:

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 the majority of instructional times occurs face-to-face. Online learning activities, which reduce the number and length of required face-to-face meetings, may occur asynchronously or synchronously during the assigned course meeting time.

Online Hybrid Course (OHC) – A course in which the majority of instructional time occurs through online learning activities that may occur asynchronously or synchronously during the assigned course meeting time. Face-to-face learning activities will occur during the assigned course meeting time.

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 3000/3001. Medical Terminology (1T)

This course introduces nursing students to the basics of medical terminology. Students will build a working vocabulary of the most commonly used terms in healthcare. Medical terms are introduced in the context of human anatomy and physiology.

NU 3031/3031 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. This course explores the history of the profession, the roles of the baccalaureate nurse, and legal/ethical issues.

NU 3330/3331 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.

NU 3350/3351 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.

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.

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.

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.

NU 3690/3691. Professional Development II – Becoming a Member of the Interprofessional Team (2T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing. This course explores conflict resolution, the profession’s inherent values, and the interprofessional team.

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.

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.

NU 4190/4191 Professional Development III – Navigating the Healthcare Environment (2T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing. This course explores theories and models of change, and healthcare environments.

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.

NU 4390/4391 Professional Development IV – Pursuing Practice Excellence (2T)

Professional Development I-IV is a series of four courses that explore professional nursing. This course explores leadership styles and theories, contemporary issues in nursing, and plans for personal and professional development.

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.

NU 4990/4991 Independent Study in Nursing (0.5 – 6)

Guided study or research on some aspect of nursing. Pre-requisite: Dean 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.

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.

NU 3520/3521 Environmental Health (3C)

This course explores the relationship between the environment and how it affects physical well-being. Students will explore the history of and current issues surrounding environmental health with a particular focus on the nursing role. Health promotion and risk reduction strategies are applied to areas including air, water, food, agriculture, chemical use, climate change and the built environment. Focus on vulnerable populations through the examination of environmental justice is included.

NU 3540/3541 Survey of Forensic Nursing (3C)

This course is designed to introduce students to the role of the forensic nurse. Students will expand their awareness and appreciation of the multifaceted role of the registered nurse in forensic practice. Students will explore select contemporary issues that impact the forensic nursing specialty: trauma-informed care, sexual assault and preservation of biological evidence, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking.

NU 3580/3581 Spanish for Health Care Providers (3C)

This course focuses on conversational Spanish, medical terminology in Spanish, and reading Spanish. This course will provide the student with basic knowledge that will allow communication with clients who speak/read/write Spanish. This is a fast-paced course and will require practice of the language outside of the classroom in order to master the material presented. Note: this course does not prepare you to be a medical interpreter nor prepare you to become certified as a medical interpreter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.