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BIO 180 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies (4 SH). An introductory course in human nutrition with emphasis on cells, nutrients, hormones and human body systems. The primary goal of the course is to expose students to current concepts, facts and myths regarding human nutrition. Life cycle nutritional needs of women, infants, children, teens and older adults are also discussed. Students become familiar with various nutritional charts and are encouraged to examine their own dietary practices to improve their nutritional health. The course includes food safety, food technology, hunger and the global environment. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.

PSY 101 Introduction to General Psychology (4 SH). Principles of human and animal behavior. The study of individual, group and institutional behavior in context. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

BIO 191 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I (4 SH). An introductory course that covers the structure, metabolism, chemical make-up, cellular structure, tissues, movement, support, coordination and control of the human body. Students will gain specific knowledge of anatomical terminology and the way in which the body functions as a balanced system. The structures and roles of the nervous, sensory and endocrine systems are covered. This course includes lab time for the student to visualize and apply learned material.

NUR 111 Professional Nursing and Health Concepts (4 credits). The student will be introduced to the role of the professional nurse based on the Nursing Standards for Professional Practice (Professionalism concept) and explore Tanner’s Clinical Judgment model (Clinical Judgment concept) to develop a systematic approach to clinical decision making. The concept of communication will be explored utilizing self-discovery techniques creating a foundation upon which professional, therapeutic, and structured communication skills will be developed. The concept of informatics will be introduced identifying technologies to support the safe communication of health information. Navigation of the clinical information system will be experienced in the clinical setting.

NUR 112 Basic Health Concepts (5 credits). The course examines foundational, patient-centered concepts for nursing practice including the concepts of functional ability and optimal human function, mobility, and sensory perception. The patient centered concepts of motivation and adherence are examined as a foundation for teaching the student how to effectively educate patients for optimal self-management and function.

NUR 113 Heath Assessment and Nursing Practice Strategies (1 credit). This one credit laboratory experience is designed to complement the content in NUR112. The focus of this course is the development of the knowledge and skills needed to perform a complete physical assessment utilizing a systematic approach of data collection. This laboratory experience will permit the student to engage in developing cognitive and psychomotor skills to support nursing care related to functional ability, mobility, and patient education.

NUR 211 Health Promotion Concepts (4 credits). The focus of this course is health promotion, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles. Students will begin to recognize how the environment influences health and to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy lifestyle choices. The interaction of the individual and the environment inclusive of cultural and spiritual variations as they affect health and wellness will be explored. The attributes and roles of the professional nurse are expanded and applied to diverse experiences. Concepts of health promotion, nutrition, glucose regulation and stress-coping will be emphasized. The clinical experience will focus on the role of the nurse in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

NUR 212 Family Health Concepts (4 credits). The focus of this course are the development tasks and adaptation as they relate to lifespan and health with the incorporation of selected health issues, physical and developmental changes in the life cycle, health maintenance, and health problems. The concept of caregiving as it relates to family and health care will be introduced. The clinical experience will explore family health care within the community and health care settings.

NUR 215 Pharmacology in Nursing I (2 credits). This course provides students with a foundation of basic pharmacologic concepts important for safe medication management. Through the exploration of medication classifications, students identify the implications to nursing practice. Building on the concepts presented in pre-requisite nursing courses, the students explore medication management across the lifespan. Utilizing the nursing standards for professional practice, students will demonstrate skillfulness in safe medication management. Clinical laboratory will enable students to apply these essential aspects culminating in a medication math calculation competency exam.

NUR 311 Health and Illness Concepts (6 credits). This course focuses on the health and illness continuum as it applies to human experience across the lifespan. Promotion of health, prevention of disease and the role of the nurse caring for individuals experiencing illness are examined. Concepts for nursing practice from the themes of homeostasis and regulation, protection and movement, and care coordination are explored.

NUR 312 Mental Health Concepts (5 credits). Incorporating prior knowledge of concepts of health, illness, stress, coping, and communication, this course focuses on the nursing care of individuals across the lifespan with acute and chronic alterations of emotions, cognitions, behaviors, and coping. The student will identify the impact these alterations have on the patient’s ability to actively participate and collaborate with staff in meeting care needs in all healthcare settings. Communication strategies are emphasized as pathways to safe, effective care and interdisciplinary collaboration.

NUR 315 Pharmacology in Nursing II (2 credits). This course provides students with advanced pharmacologic concepts important for safe medication management. Through the exploration of medication classifications that are utilized in the treatment of more complex concepts, students identify the implications to nursing practice. Building on the concepts presented in pre-requisite nursing courses, the students explore medication management of acute and complex concepts. Utilizing the nursing standards for professional practice, students will demonstrate skillfulness in safe medication management. Clinical laboratory will enable students to apply these essential aspects.

PHI 240 Biomedical Ethics (4 SH). his course will deal with fundamental moral issues that surface in regard to the medical community and to practices therein, beginning with an examination of the theoretical foundation for making moral choices. Initial focus will be on the divergent religious and philosophical positions that have been put forward to justify medical moral choices. Included will be an examination of both consequentialist and non-consequentialist positions, including Divine Command Theory, Utilitarianism, Kant’s categorical position, Buddhist compassion, and others. Once students are grounded in these differing theoretical perspectives, we will examine specific issues from alternative perspectives, giving students an opportunity to compare and contrast divergent positions. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

NUR 380 Complex Health Concepts (7 credits). Using prior knowledge of concepts of health and illness, this course focuses on the nursing care of patients with acute illness and subsequent complex health alterations. The themes of homeostasis and regulation, oxygenation and perfusion and health care delivery are examined through concept analysis of acid-base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, intracranial regulation, clotting and palliation as applied to complex health issues. Family dynamics as it relates to acute illness are explored. The role of the professional nurse is further developed with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. Clinical experiences will include higher acuity acute care environments and long term acute care.

NUR 382 Professional nursing and Health System Concepts (5 credits). This course is designed to facilitate the student’s development and transition into the professional nursing role. Through guided experiences with registered nurse preceptors in the acute care setting, students are expected to integrate previous evidenced based learning. They will gradually increase accountability for the patient centered care of patients and their families experiencing functional and dysfunctional health patterns. The primary theme addressed in this course is care competencies for professional nurses that are examined through analysis of the concepts of health care quality and leadership.

NUR 399 NCLEX Preparation (2 credits). This course prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN exam through a variety of individual and group strategies. Students will utilize test taking strategies to respond to high level NCLEX style questions and integrate knowledge from previous courses to meet the requirements of benchmarking for licensure as an entry level nurse.

MTH 135 Concepts of Statistics (4 SH). An introduction to the concepts of statistics. Topics include graphical and numerical summaries of data, confidence intervals and significance tests about hypotheses. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and interpretation of data and statistics. Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR)


What can you do with a Nursing degree?

Imagine yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN).  RN’s with a BSN degree have numerous options in nursing to choose from including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, trauma nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, home health care and community-health nursing.  In addition, many RN’s continue their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree.  Registered Nurses can also earn professional certifications to become nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (CRNP) and nurse educators (CNE).  The profession of nursing IS more rewarding than you can imagine.