Nursing Degree Completion Course Offerings
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of NURS in the course listings.
310 – The Role of the Professional Nurse (3)
Prerequisite: RN License. Pre- or co-requisite: ENGL 308. This course provides the RN with a foundation for understanding the expanded role of the professional baccalaureate nurse in the current health care delivery system. Concepts related to professionalism and the fundamental professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice will be explored. Transformation of the individual and of the profession will be examined. Communication behavior to improve intra- and inter-professional collaboration will be analyzed.
320– Holistic Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse (3)
Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 310. This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of the Registered Nurse by conducting a holistic assessment of health and illness parameters in an individual. The Registered Nurse will assess the following aspects of the individual: behavior, culture, development, environment, family, health literacy, physical, psychological, socioeconomic, and spiritual. The assessment of alternative/complementary health modalities by individuals will be included. The relationship of genetics and genomics to health risks will be examined.
410 – Evidence Based Nursing Research (3)
Prerequisite: STAT 180 and NURS 310. This course introduces the Registered Nurse to the research process and methods for critiquing research literature. The development of theoretical frameworks for research studies, quantitative and qualitative methodologies to accomplish goals, and the dissemination of research findings will be examined. The use of research in the delivery of evidenced-based practice to improve patient outcomes will be explored. The Registered Nurse will further explore a previously identified healthcare issue and engage in a systematic, formal process to identify scientific relationships which can lead to finding solutions to the identified issue or discover new nursing knowledge. Safeguarding patient rights will be explored.
430 – Current Nursing Issues and Trends (3)
Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 310. This course examines the current issues and trends in nursing and their effect on delivering quality and safe patient care. The Registered Nurse will consider current political, economic, and social issues and discuss their impact on health care. The Registered Nurse will examine an issue related to quality, safety, access, equity, affordability, or social justice in healthcare delivery and explore political activism aimed at eliminating health disparities for a vulnerable population. The identified issue will be further explored in NURS 410 Evidenced-Based Nursing Research and NURS 490 BSN Practicum.
440 – Community and Population Health (3)
Prerequisites: STAT 180 and NURS 310. This course examines population-focused nursing. Improving population health through health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations will be explored. Fundamentals of epidemiology and biostatistics will be introduced. Primary, secondary, and tertiary care will be differentiated. The national health initiative Healthy People 2020 will be utilized. The registered nurse will work in a group to perform an assessment and design a health promotion and/or disease and injury prevention program for an assigned community. This course includes 23 hours of field work experience in the assigned community.
490 – Practicum (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 310, 320, 410, 430. prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 440. This is a capstone course in which the Registered Nurse will enhance her/his knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, patient outcomes, and patient safety. The healthcare issue the student identified in the beginning of the program and has developed throughout the program will be shared in the practice setting. The Registered Nurse will develop individualized leadership objectives. The course includes a seminar component and 45 hours of fieldwork experience guided by a nurse mentor.
540 – Informatics and Healthcare Technologies (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 310, 320, 410, 430. This course explores the utilization of information management, patient care technologies and communication technologies to deliver quality and safe patient care. Standardized computer information systems terminologies, regulatory reporting, decision support systems for evidence-based practice and health education, data analysis for quality improvement, electronic health records to improve patient outcomes, data security and confidentiality of patient information will be explored. The registered nurse will examine social technology and public information domains and their impact on the quality and safe patient care. (this is an 8-week course, offered in the second half of the semester [fall and spring only; not yet offered in the summer]).