NUR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing (7 Credits)
Introduces students to basic nursing principles, including concepts that form the theoretical basis for their roles as Registered Professional Nurses. Students develop nursing skills to meet the bio-psychosocial needs of a selected population, e.g. the elderly. The steps of the nursing process are introduced as the framework for nursing care and practice. The didactic (classroom) portion of this course includes the theoretical principles of: therapeutic communication, vital signs, infection control practices, body mechanics and safety, hygiene, comfort measures, skin integrity and wound care, nutrition, elimination, oxygenation, fluid and electrolytes, pain assessment, medication administration, care of the dying, introduction to the health care system and health care team, and legal and ethical issues that affect professional nursing practice. Students learn to initiate nursing actions in response to the identification of self-care deficits, utilizing Orem's Self Care Deficit model. In the Nursing Skills Laboratory component of this course, students practice basic psychomotor skills related to theoretical topics introduced in the classroom. They then move on to the clinical component, applying these skills utilizing the nursing process within the framework of Orem's Theory, with patients in the traditional setting of medical-surgical hospital units.
NUR 130 Pharmacology in Nursing (3 Credits)
Topics addressed include major drug classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, indications, uses, contraindications, cautions, side and adverse effects, toxicities, drug-drug, drug-food interactions and allergies.
NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing I (8 Credits)
Establishes the basis for application of critical thinking skills in utilizing the nursing process and Orem's self care theory in organizing nursing care. The course focuses on nursing management of adult patients with acute health problems. Emphasis is on the acute stages of disease as well as health promotion and prevention, nutrition, diagnostics and treatments. Nursing care issues are addressed in physiological, pathophysiological and psychosocial contexts. Prerequisites: NUR 110
NUR 300 Medical-Surgical Nursing II (4 Credits)
Designed to advance the theoretical and clinical knowledge of the student for managing care of the adult medical-surgical patient. Emphasis is placed on identifying specific universal, developmental and health deviation self-care requisites and deficits, as well as gerontological changes that interfere with the adult patient's ability to manage increasingly complex self-care needs. Both the nursing and medical management associated with meeting the needs of patients with various medical-surgical conditions are discussed. The nursing process continues to be incorporated utilizing Orem's Self- Care Deficit Theory as a framework for the organization and provision of care for the adult medical- surgical patient. The course also introduces the nurse's role as manager of care. Clinical experiences include opportunities for students to care for adult medical-surgical patients in the acute care setting. Integration of the nursing process, as well as the psychosocial, physiological and socio-cultural needs of the adult medical-surgical patient population are investigated during each clinical experience. Prerequisites: NUR 200
NUR 330 Mental Health Nursing (5 Credits)
Builds upon and expands basic psychosocial knowledge and skills acquired in PSY 101, NUR 110 and NUR 200. Progression to more complex mental health patterns as they relate to nursing practice provides students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of human-environmental interactions and evolving mental health patterns within diverse cultures. Behavioral patterns as they appear in normative growth and developmental perspectives as well as alterations in these patterns with the resulting nursing implications are addressed. An intertwining of the nursing process and Orem's Self Care Deficit Theory forms the framework for the assessment of self care deficits and interventions necessary to meet the self care needs of psychiatric patients, their families and significant others. Prerequisites: NUR 200
NUR 301 Medical-Surgical Nursing III (5 Credits)
This course is designed to advance and refine the theoretical and clinical knowledge of the student when managing care of the adult medical-surgical patient. Emphasis is placed on evaluating specific universal, developmental and health deviation self-care requisites and deficits, as well as gerontological changes that interfere with the adult patient's ability to manage increasingly complex self-care needs. Both the nursing and medical management associated with meeting the needs of patients with complex medical-surgical conditions are discussed. The nursing process continues to be incorporated utilizing Orem's Self- Care Deficit Theory as a framework for the organization and provision of care for the adult medical-surgical patient. This course focuses on the student's assimilation of knowledge related to nursing, liberal arts, health and social sciences in the care of a complex adult medical-surgical patient. Students are expected to be pro-active participants in both the theoretical and clinical components of this course. Clinical experiences include opportunities for students to care for adult patients with complex medical-surgical needs. The focus of the clinical experience will be to facilitate the transition of the student to the role of the professional registered nurse. Integration of the nursing process, as well as the psychosocial, physiological and socio-cultural needs of the adult medical-surgical patient population will be assessed during each clinical experience. Prerequisites: NUR 300
NUR 310 Maternal Child Nursing (5 Credits)
Builds upon the foundation acquired in NUR 110, NUR 130 and NUR 200. Uses the Nursing Process, Orem's model of self-care and a developmental approach to build upon principles of humanity, health and environment as they affect nursing care of women, infants and children. Emphasis is placed on health teaching and providing care to obstetrical, newborn and pediatric patients with complex problems, from the prenatal period through adolescence. Clinical experiences are provided in a structured multicultural medical center with a parent-child focus. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom with assigned activities in the computer and skills lab. Prerequisites: NUR 200
NUR 320 Trends in Nursing (2 Credits)
Current issues and trends that impact the practice of nursing in the 21st century are addressed, as is the influence of the holistic model of health care. Nursing practice related to complementary healing techniques, and evidence-based practice in the art and science of healing, act as catalysts for class discussion and debate. Economic and political influences, the health care environment, and various aspects of nursing practice are discussed. Prerequisites: NUR 300
BIO 120 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
This course is designed for pre-professional students as an introduction to a basic understanding of the structural organization of the human body starting with the tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive and nervous systems. The course focuses on the cellular organization and on the tissue and organ levels of each system. In laboratory exercises, students study and learn structures from various available anatomical models.
BIO 246 Nutrition (3 Credits)
This course offers a specialized review of the principles of sound nutrition and the effects of diet on personal well-being. Environmental, social, physical, and psychological reasons underlying poor diet are examined.
LLE 101 English Composition I (3 Credits)
Extensive practice in the composition of clear, concise, and grammatically-correct sentences and paragraphs with special emphasis on the five-paragraph essay and the research paper. (Admission by assignment following placement test.)
GPS 110 Psychology (3 Credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credits)
This is the second of the series offered to pre-professional students. The course focuses on the organization of the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Class discussions deal with the basic cellular, tissue level and organ level organization of each system. Functional significance as well as clinical correlations of some structures are covered. Special focus is on fertilization and reproduction, pregnancy and lactation, coronary and cerebrovascular circulation. Laboratory exercises include studying structures from available anatomical models. Prerequisites: BIO 120
HS 201 Community Service (1 Credits)
This one credit course is a requirement of the School of Health Sciences. The student explores the concepts and principles of community service and Nursing as they apply to individuals, families, and the community as a whole. Students examine and recommend services and teaching available to their client(s) through independent study. This course builds on Orem's Self Care Theory as students document a reflection paper that includes a comprehensive health assessment. This course must be completed by senior year.
BIO 229 Applied Microbiology (4 Credits)
This course covers the structure, reproduction, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and identification of microorganisms. It includes a study of their relationship to each other and to other living organisms, their distribution in nature, and their beneficial and disease causing effects on humans.