Provides an overview of the nursing profession. Concepts underlying professional nursing
practice with a focus on role expectations and behaviors are introduced. Students must enroll in
this course during the first session of the first term of enrollment.
Prerequisites: Admission to the RN BSN Nursing Program.
Prepares students to conduct a comprehensive, patient-centered, spiritually and culturally
appropriate, holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Effective communication
through written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies is emphasized. Priority is placed
on the collection, processing, and interpretation of subjective and objective client data. The
nursing process as the organizing framework for nursing practice and the role of the nurse as
provider are explored.
Applies acquired knowledge from the basic sciences to alterations in pathophysiology and
diseases. Students examine alterations in physiological processes that disrupt or impair health.
Disease etiology, incidence/prevalence, clinical manifestations, and pharmacotherapeutics
appropriate for evidence-based practice are examined.
Creates an opportunity to examine the interdisciplinary use of technology-based innovations in
healthcare services. Focus will be on use of informatics for planning and management of
nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. Students will explore legislative and political
issues related to informatics on state, national, and global levels.
Includes health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as applied to the care
of individuals, families, groups, and populations in the community. Community assessment and
collaboration with community partners are explored as essential components in communityfocused
clinical decision-making. Demographic and epidemiologic data are explored to identify
populations at risk. Trends and issues in public health, including access to resources and
delivery of care, are addressed.
Provides an opportunity to examine and assess health among varying cultures in a growing
global healthcare system. Students will analyze cultural, political, economic, social, and
environmental factors that influence global health. Experiential learning will include activities
that examine surveillance of disease, public health response, public health risks, and control
measures. Health guidelines and international health services (i.e. Healthy People, 2020, WHO,
CDC) will be explored.
Includes analysis of ethics (i.e. justice, beneficence, maleficence) required for healthcare practice
as well as ethical situations encountered in nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on
examination of ethical health scenarios (i.e. genetics, end of life care) and responses to those
scenarios to provide quality care to clients, families, and communities.
General Education: Intermediate – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship; Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.
Provides an overview of the research process and utilization of current nursing research in
evidence-based practice. Issues of scientific merit and relevance of research to clinical practices
will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the role of nursing research and evidence in clinical
problem solving, practice, and evaluation.
Prerequisite: NURN 4413.
Corequisite: MATH 2403.
General Education: Intermediate – Communication; Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis.
Applies leadership techniques to address challenges encountered in healthcare organizations.
Systems theories are assessed and utilized to manage complex health challenges. Emphasis is on
the provision of safety and quality through application of clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and
General Education: Mastery – Communication; Mastery – Inquiry & Analysis; Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship; Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge
Involves effective education and communication strategies to transform health services. Focus
will be on educational strategies for teaching and training, therapeutic communication
techniques, and a holistic approach to interaction with other healthcare professionals. Students
will participate in case scenarios, debates, and discussions that create immersion opportunities
for understanding education, collaboration, and communication concepts.
General Education: Mastery – Communication; Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.
Provides a culminating experience in which students synthesize nursing and general education
knowledge. The course provides specialty nursing content review and an opportunity to identify
certification or credentialing opportunities. Students will demonstrate focused study and apply
learning strategies prior to taking a specialty nursing certification exam.
Provides an experiential learning opportunity that allows the student to grow in his/her
communication, critical thinking, and confidence as a nursing leader. It is expected that during
the internship, the student will begin to take responsibility for quality enhancement opportunities
and will experience different populations and issues in the healthcare system. Emphasis is
placed on the three distinct roles that emerge from the nursing discipline, including provider of
care, manager of care, and member of the profession.