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Nursing

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This course familiarizes students with core nursing principles and standards of baccalaureate nursing practice. It covers nurse theorists, evidence-based practice, patient safety, cultural competence, informatics, and the role of nursing in healthcare delivery. Students gain an understanding of nursing’s theoretical foundations, its integration of technology, and its vital role in diverse patient care settings. This course sets the stage for students to embark on their healthcare education journey with a solid grounding in professional healthcare concepts.

For More Information on NSG 101

This course is designed to introduce the nursing process and its application to basic concepts and principles of nursing assessment and care. Emphasis is placed on fundamental knowledge, caring, health care roles, communication and documentation, teaching/learning, and culture and spirituality. Students are introduced to professional standards of nursing practice, including evidence-based practice, legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines. Didactic 6 hours, Lab 0.7 hours, Clinical 2.3 hours.

For More Information on NSG 115

This course explores the relationship between alterations in physiological processes and the impact of medications on the human body. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, students will develop critical thinking skills to analyze disease processes and medication management in diverse patient populations. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, patient safety, and ethical considerations in medication administration. Didactic: 2.5 hours Lab .5 hours

For More Information on NSG 120

The course aims to develop students' proficiency in applying the nursing process to provide care for adults experiencing altered health states related to various body systems. It is an eight-week course that integrates didactic, clinical, and nursing skills lab experiences to enhance students' competence in adult medical-surgical nursing. Admission to the ADN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services Didactic: 3 hours Lab 0.5 hours Clinical 1.5 hours

For More Information on NSG 125

This course focuses on equipping nursing students with the knowledge and skills required to provide patient-centered care to individuals facing mental health challenges. It explores the nursing process, therapeutic communication, psychobiology, psychopharmacology, and a diverse range of mental health disorders affecting individuals across the lifespan. Admission to the ADN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services Didactic: 2.5 Clinical: 1.5

For More Information on NSG 130

This course provides nursing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care to women across the lifespan, with a particular focus on pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive health. Admission to the ADN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services Didactic 3 credits Lab .5 credits Clinical 1.5 credits

For More Information on NSG 212

This course is dedicated to equipping nursing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality and compassionate care to infants, children, and adolescents. It covers a broad spectrum of pediatric healthcare, including health promotion, illness prevention, and the management of acute and chronic health conditions. Didactic 2 Lab 0.5 Clinical 1.5

For More Information on NSG 215

This course focuses on the development of assessment techniques and critical thinking abilities necessary to accurately gather and interpret health-related data from diverse populations across the lifespan. Through a blend of theoretical instruction and experiential learning, students will master systematic health assessment procedures encompassing physical, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and ethical considerations when conducting health assessments. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Co-Requisites: NSG 245 Med-Surg I and NSG 241: Skills and Pills Lab Course. Lab 0.5 credit hour. Didactic 2.5 credit hour

For More Information on NSG 225

This five-week course integrates didactic instruction and hands-on experience through a 120-hour practicum to facilitate the synthesis of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Students will refine their nursing skills, enhance their decision-making abilities and develop as patient-centered, ethical, and competent nursing professionals.

For More Information on NSG 230

This course focuses on the development of assessment techniques and critical thinking abilities necessary to accurately gather and interpret health-related data from diverse populations across the lifespan. Through a blend of theoretical instruction and experiential learning, students will master systematic health assessment procedures encompassing physical, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and ethical considerations when conducting health assessments. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Co-Requisites: NSG 245 Med-Surg I and NSG 241: Skills and Pills Lab Course. Lab 0.5 credit hour. Didactic 2.5 credit hour

For More Information on NSG 235

This course is designed to equip nursing students with the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience essential for the development of fundamental nursing skills and proficiency in medication management. Emphasizing safety, competence, and patient centered care, it covers basic nursing procedures while integrating medication administration principles. Pre-requisite: Admission to the BSN Program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Sciences. Co-Requisites: NSG 245 Adult Med-Surg I and NSG 235 Health Assessment

For More Information on NSG 241

This course focuses on applying the nursing process to foundational nursing care principles. It emphasizes human needs, cultural competence, and patient comfort and safety. Also, interactions with a diverse group of patients including aging, death and dying, and alterations in spiritual health and self-concept are highlighted. Medical-Surgical nursing care is introduced for patients with conditions related to integumentary, neurologic, and musculoskeletal systems, as well as fluid, electrolyte, and acid/base balance. Students are equipped to provide holistic and effective care while preparing them for further nursing studies. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Co-Requisites: NSG 235 Health Assessment and NSG 241 Skills and Pills. Lab/simulation 0.5 credit hour, Didactic 3 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 Credit hours

For More Information on NSG 245

This course explores the interplay between normal body function and foundational pathophysiologic and pharmacologic concepts. It explores major health issues spanning the lifespan and examines cultural variations in healthcare. With a focus on the crucial role of professional nurses in the practical application of drug therapy, the course emphasizes client safety and the integration of information technology in healthcare settings. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services

For More Information on NSG 251

This course aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for addressing patients’ mental health needs. The course covers therapeutic communication, family-centered care, crisis intervention, and responding to psychiatric emergencies. Prerequisite: PSY 260 Human Growth and Development and Admission to BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. . Pre-requisite: PSY/EDU 260 Human Growth and Development. Co-Requisite: NSG 251 Pharmacology. Didactic 3 credit hours, Lab 0.5 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 credit hours

For More Information on NSG 260

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values essential for a successful career in nursing. A comprehensive overview of key concepts, theories, and competencies that form the basis of baccalaureate nursing education will be reviewed. Students will also examine areas of nursing research, patient safety, aging and cultural aspects, health policy, and technology Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services.

For More Information on NSG 310

This course promotes ethical and legal understanding as a vital component of professional nursing. Students will explore legal aspects of healthcare policy, ethical and legal considerations in research and information management and technology use in nursing practice. The ANA Code of Ethics, QSEN and IOM competencies will be discussed and how they relate to different areas of professional nursing practice. Essential communication and conflict skills will also be addressed, as well as the role of ethic committees and consultation. Pre-requisite: Admission to the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services.

For More Information on NSG 320

This course focuses on the nurse's refinement of assessment techniques and critical thinking abilities necessary to perform accurate and thorough health assessments on diverse populations across the lifespan. Through a blend of theoretical instruction and experiential learning, students will enhance their proficiency in conducting health assessments that encompass physical, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the BSN program or consent of the Chair, Nursing and Science Division.

For More Information on NSG 340

This course builds upon the foundation set in NSG 245 and aims to enhance students’ theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in applying the nursing process to complex medical-surgical cases. It covers a range of body systems, including neuropsychological, cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, metabolic, renal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems. Through clinical experience and skills labs, students integrate theory into practice. Prerequisites: NSG 245 Adult Medical-Surgical I and NSG 251 Pharmacology. Admission to BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Didactic 3 credit hours, Lab 0.5 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 credit hours

For More Information on NSG 345

This course advances students’ theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in providing safe and evidence-based care to perinatal patients and their families. The course covers genetics, conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn care, and complications unique to this population. It emphasizes comprehensive and specialized care practices, equipping students to address the specific needs and challenges of perinatal patients. Prerequisites: NSG 235 Health Assessment and NSG 360 Pharmacology. Admission to BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Didactic 3 credit hours, Lab 0.5 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 credit hours

For More Information on NSG 350

This course deeply explores major drug categories, focusing on pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. Professional nurses' pivotal role in applying drug therapy across the lifespan is emphasized. The course covers polypharmacy, prescription and non-prescription medications, interactions, and client safety. It addresses individual and cultural responses, client education, and information technology’s importance. Effective communication during care transitions is highlighted. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. 

For More Information on NSG 360

This course advances students’ theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in delivering safe and evidence-based care to pediatric patients and their families. The course covers growth and development, weight-based medication administration, pediatric abuse and trauma, health promotion, disease prevention, and disease processes unique to children and adolescents. Prerequisites: NSG 345 Adult Medical-Surgical II and admission to the BSN Program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Sciences. Didactic 3 credit hours, Lab 0.5 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 credit hours

For More Information on NSG 365

In this course the student begins to synthesize concepts from previous coursework with theories of adaptation. Gerontological nursing competencies, evidence-based practice and client safety are underscored. Situational and maturational crises, stress, ethical considerations, and coping in relation to mental health are integral concepts for dialogue. Discussion focuses on high-risk diverse populations of individuals, families, and communities and their adaptive responses to critical and long term complex problems. Assignments include a presentation, book/movie analysis, and case study. Students will explore group dynamics by attending various types of support groups and will reflect on their experiences with journal writing.

For More Information on NSG 370

This comprehensive nutrition course introduces students to nutrition and its role in health promotion and disease treatment, as well as the role of nurses in patient-centered nutrition care. The course addresses the relationship among nutrient requirements, physiological needs and nutritional concerns across the lifespan. Individuals or populations at risk for dietary imbalances because of physiological, genetic, environmental, social or cultural influences are identified. Nutrition principles are applied to age-appropriate educational nutritional needs assessment and management of diverse patients' nutritional needs related to specific medical conditions. The impact of aging and co-morbid conditions on learning ability as well as assessment and teaching strategies. Pre-requisite: Admission to the BSN Program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Sciences.

For More Information on NSG 391

This course explores population health issues within both local and global communities. Discussions center around the provision of nursing care to diverse population aggregates. The curriculum delves into the principles of epidemiology, community dynamics, and the spectrum of available healthcare services. Leveraging research findings, students will devise health promotion and illness prevention strategies, thereby enriching their care delivery practices. The course deeply evaluates the efficacy of community resources intending to clients and their families across the entire lifespan, aiming to optimize function and sustain independence. Contains a practicum portion consisting of 45 supervised hours in a community health setting. Prerequisite: admission to the BSN Program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Sciences.

For More Information on NSG 410

This course integrates the principles of global health and involves the practicum portion of NSG 410. It involves 45 hours of supervised clinical experience in community health settings, with a focus on caring for vulnerable populations. Students assess the effectiveness of community resources in helping older adults and their families maintain independence. Prerequisite: admission to BSN program or permission the Dean, School of Health Sciences. Co-requisite: NSG 410: Global Health

For More Information on NSG 411

This course intricately underscores the pivotal role professional nurses play in translating modern research discoveries into tangible clinical practices. It navigates the principles of quality and safety within the realm of specific clinical challenges. A central focus in on exploring the transformation of nursing practices based on evidence, thus propelling patient care to higher levels through a continuum of enhancement. Prerequisites: Completion of MTH 245 with minimum grade of “C” or higher, admission to BSN program or permission the Dean, School of Health Sciences. The course must be taken in the semester prior to NSG 460.

For More Information on NSG 430

This course focuses on evidence-based nursing leadership by the baccalaureate nurse in a constantly evolving healthcare system. This course unveils the intricate roles assumed by professional nurses amidst the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. It examines legal, ethical, economic, political, and social dimensions, intertwined with healthcare policy, finance and regulatory frameworks. The course scrutinizes the seamless fusion of information management and cutting-edge technology across diverse healthcare realms spanning local, state, regional, national and global contexts. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN program, Completion of NSG 310 with a grade of "C" or higher or permission of the Dean, School of Health Sciences.

For More Information on NSG 440

This advanced BSN course is designed to explore the leadership roles undertaken by professional nurses, encompassing both theoretical exploration and an immersive executive leadership practicum. At its core, the course places a strong emphasis on understanding leadership concepts, honing decision-making skills, and fostering the development of essential competencies necessary for delivering exceptional nursing care and efficiently coordinating multidisciplinary healthcare teams. Students will actively participate in immersive experiences designed to enhance critical thinking, refine clinical reasoning abilities, amplify communication skills, and cultivate effective organizational aptitudes. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. All graduation requirements for General Education and Nursing must be completed prior to Nursing 460.

For More Information on NSG 460

This course serves as the practical application of the leadership and management principles acquired in NSG 460. This practicum entails a total of 90 supervised hours working alongside an executive nurse leader, providing students with invaluable experiential learning opportunities. This practicum is designed to be the cornerstone of the senior capstone project. It empowers students to apply leadership skills in diverse healthcare environments thereby fostering their professional development. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program or permission of the Dean, School of Health Services. Corequisites: NSG 460: Nursing Leadership and Management. All graduation requirements for General Education and Nursing must be completed prior to NSG 460 and NSG 461.

For More Information on NSG 461

This course focuses on evidence-based professional nursing leadership by the baccalaureate nurse in a constantly evolving healthcare system. Current issues and emerging trends related to legal, ethical, economic, political and social concerns; an aging society; information management and technology; healthcare policy; finance; and regulatory environments will be examined. Emphasis is placed on leadership concepts, skills and decision-making in the provision of safe, high quality nursing care and healthcare team coordination. Various leadership models and change theories will be studied. Corequisite: NSG 435 Evidence-Based Nursing Research; Pre-or Corequisite: PHL 301 Ethics.

For More Information on NSG 470

This course is a culminating nursing course focusing on leadership, synthesis and capstone experiences. This course empowers students to integrate knowledge, skills, and competencies gained throughout their academic journey into a comprehensive and impactful nursing practice. This course includes 135 integrated practicum hours.

For More Information on NSG 490

This course focuses on advanced care for complex adult patients with high acuity conditions. The course enhances students’ application of the nursing process for diverse patient groups with co-morbid factors and manifestations of higher acuity diseases. It combines didactic instruction, clinical experiences, and skill labs to develop skills in prioritization, time management, and collaboration. Students gain proficiency in managing the demands of high acuity patient care settings and working effectively within interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: NSG 345 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II, admission to BSN program or permission the Dean, School of Health Sciences. Didactic 3 credit hours, Lab 0.5 credit hours, Clinical 2.5 credit hours

For More Information on NSG 445

In this course, the student will reflect on the history of nursing to understand and advance the influence of the MSN professional nurse. Professional and national certifications will be explored to develop a plan for career-long learning and advocacy for professional nurses to lead interprofessional healthcare teams to address laws, policies, and the regulation of the nursing practice. The student will develop a current personal philosophy of nursing, focusing on building their professional nurse identity.

For More Information on NSG 510

In this course, students will review the history of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and will be introduced to research concepts to evaluate and synthesize literature for EBP. Students will learn how to assess the clinical area to develop and present an EBP proposal for a practice change to optimize care and strengthen outcomes.

For More Information on NSG 520

The professional nurse's role in reducing preventable healthcare errors and improving client safety will be the focus of this course. The history of quality improvement and client safety including the Institute of Medicine reports and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing program will be examined. Students will conduct a comprehensive systems assessment to identify current practices that impede quality care and construct approaches for systems change that create and maintain a culture of quality and safety.

For More Information on NSG 530

Nursing educators and leaders in the 21st century must practice within an ethically and legally sound framework in which they utilize evidence-based policy to influence today's changing healthcare environment. In this course students will assess current policies that influence healthcare practices through ethical and legal lenses. Content will include quality and safety in health care, public policy and advocacy, nurses as change agents, and ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice.

For More Information on NSG 540

This course explores the scientific complexity and integration of pathophysiologic states and the utilization of pharmacologic agents for person-centered care. Pathophysiological mechanisms of disease will be used to explain human responses to potential and actual health problems across the life span as well as corresponding pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. Also included will be cultural implications and the costs of medications to deliver equitable care to diverse populations.

For More Information on NSG 560

Students will explore the nurse administrator's professional roles and responsibilities, including interprofessional collaboration in diverse settings. Students will be encouraged to analyze innovative practices in leadership roles, such as decision making, creating a culture of safety and quality, organizational behaviors, strategic planning, and effecting change. Professional organizations such as the American Organization of Nurses Executive, American Nurses Credentialing Centers, American Nurse’s Association, Institute of Medicine, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Magnet will be explored.

For More Information on NSG 570

This course is designed to enhance the nursing scholarship of the nurse educator to teach and evaluate health assessment in academic and primary or acute care settings to optimize and strengthen outcomes. Emphasis will be on advanced systems-focused assessment and interviewing techniques including considerations for using informatics and communication technologies in developing comprehensive person-centered care.

For More Information on NSG 580

The focus of this course is organizational and systems leadership. Students will examine the leadership skills needed to be a transformational leader of interprofessional teams that manage and coordinate care within today’s complex healthcare systems. Concepts important in organizational dynamics including systems theory, organizational and management theory, and chaos and complexity theories will be explored. There will be a focus on building partnerships to design person-centered care with the application of health policy and advocacy at a system level.

For More Information on NSG 590

This course provides the theory and concepts behind financial decision making and will scrutinize financial management issues important for today's healthcare administrators functioning within a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system. The financial impact of administrative decisions across complex systems of health care will be analyzed to optimize care and strengthen outcomes. Cross-listed with HCA 602.

For More Information on NSG-602

This course will examine best practices of communication technologies and informatics to manage and improve the delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare across populations. Information and communication technologies will be critiqued focusing on ethics, workplace policies, professional and regulatory agencies. Students will examine partnerships with local, regional, state, federal or global teams for emerging technologies and innovations for the management of population health during disasters and public health emergencies.

For More Information on NSG 610

An emphasis will be placed on the critical examination of current research in the identification and dissemination of best practices for use in professional nursing roles. Content includes quantitative and qualitative research processes, critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Students will explore the IRB process.

For More Information on NSG 620

This course analyzes the professional role of the nurse educator including curriculum development and implementation in both academic and clinical settings. A variety of teaching strategies for diverse learning styles will be examined. Specific change theories will be examined in relation to the development and implementation of curricula. Content will include continued competencies, educator credentialing, organizational accreditation, and the importance of lifelong learning.

For More Information on NSG 625

This course examines a variety of methodologies and partnerships the nurse educator utilizes to identify, measure, and analyze outcomes of all domains of learning to advance nursing scholarship. Students will examine formative and summative evaluation processes in the classroom and clinical settings, as well as nursing program accreditation processes to strengthen student learning outcomes. A nurse educator’s responsibility to pursue his/her own continuous professional improvement and ability to function as a transformational leader within the educational environment will be explored.

For More Information on NSG 635

This course provides practical experiences in the application, demonstration, and synthesis of educational theories and competencies. Students will work closely with an experienced nurse educator who is MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. prepared in either an academic or clinical setting, to meet the students’ individual and course objectives for developing and leading an evidence-based change in nursing education. (135 practicum hours equals 3 credit hours).

For More Information on NSG 650

This course provides practical experiences in the application, demonstration, and synthesis of leadership and administration theories and competencies. Students will work closely with an experienced nurse administrator/executive who is MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. prepared to meet the students’ individual and course objectives for developing an evidence-based practice change. (135 practicum hours equals 3 credit hours).

For More Information on NSG 652

This course is an independent study with guidance from faculty and an experienced (an academic or clinical) nurse educator with an MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. degree). Students work individually to demonstrate their ability to integrate educational concepts, conduct research, produce scholarly work, and evaluate an educational issue. The scholarly project will be the development of an innovative teaching methodology or educational program in an academic or clinical setting demonstrating transformational leadership skills. The project will be written in a scholarly format.

For More Information on NSG 660

This course is an independent study with guidance from faculty and a preceptor (executive administrator). Students will demonstrate their ability to integrate concepts, conduct research, produce scholarly work, and evaluate a business topic. The scholarly project addresses an in-depth investigation of a question or problem related to a healthcare delivery system issue. Students work individually to lead a change process demonstrating transformational leadership skills. (Nursing students in NSG 662 will complete the project that was initiated in NSG 652).

For More Information on NSG 662

This course emphasizes the professional nurse's role in participating in, conducting, and integrating evidence into practice. This course introduces students to the use of evidence for advancement of best practices and prepares them to read and critically appraise research findings. Students will use the research process and outcome measures to apply quality and safety concepts in identified clinical problems. Applications include critical analysis of research evidence and a systematic literature review as the initial components of the Capstone Project. Prerequisites: MTH 245. This course must be completed immediately prior to the last semester of the program.

For More Information on NSG 435

Last updated: 01/24/2024