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NU 300 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING (3) (3)*
Introduces the philosophy, objectives, and framework of the baccalaureate nursing education program, the history and contemporary roles of nursing, and trends in nursing practice. Addresses basic principles, concepts, and therapeutic interventions necessary in the care of individuals with common health problems. Three lecture hours and nine clinical hours per week. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 301, 303, 306 (Fall)

NU 301 PHARMACOLOGY (4)
Introduces principles of basic pharmacology for nursing care. Emphasis is placed on drug action and therapeutic applications of major pharmacological classifications of drugs. Nursing implications of drugs and drug therapy are examined. May be challenged by RN students. (Fall)

NU 303 HEALTH ASSESSMENT (4) (3-1)*
Systematic study of skills used in data collection and healthcare assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Three lecture and three clinical hours a week. May be challenged by RN students. (Fall)

NU 305 TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING (3) (2-1)*
An introduction to the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education, the concepts and theories of professional nursing, and current professional issues. Provisions made for individual assessment of professional strengths and learning needs through classroom and clinical assessment. (Current registered nurse licensure required). (Summer-10 week session)

NU 306 ROLE PREPARATION (2)
Introduces students to the nursing profession and acquaints students with nursing theories, legal issues, and the health care environment. Students use various software programs and review the communication methods that they will use during the course of their nursing education. Computer competency and skills related to concepts
of word processing, computer charting, math testing, databases, and presentation software will be stressed. Students will learn the basics of evaluation and use of the American Psychological Association (APA) format for the purpose of preparing formal papers and presentations. Opportunities for learning will be provided in the computer lab. The concepts of professionalism, caring, communication, group dynamics, critical thinking, and test-taking skills will be explored. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 300, NU 301, NU 303, or approval of department chair. (Fall)

NU 310 PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (4) (2-2)*
Emphasis is placed on nursing care for individuals or groups with emotional, behavioral, or communication alterations acquired from changes in personality structure or neurological physiology. Two lecture and six clinical hours a week. Prerequisites: NU 300, 301, 303, 306 (Spring)

 
 

NU 312 MATERNAL/NEWBORN NURSING (5) (3-2)*
Presents theories and principles used in caring for the childbearing family. Focuses on the care of families preceding, during, and following childbirth, including conditions that impact reproduction. Three lecture and six clinical hours per week. Prerequisites: NU 300, 301, 303, 306 (Spring)

NU 315 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES (2)
Provides a study of the social, political, professional, and ethical issues influencing the practice of professional nursing. Students will analyze current public policy issues related to nursing, healthcare, and the social and political arenas. Prerequisites: NU 300, 301, 303, 306. Corequisite: NU 320. RN Prerequisite: None (Spring)

NU 320 ADULT HEALTH NURSING I (5) (3-2)*
Explores the nursing problems associated with the pathophysiological aspects of oxygenation, perfusion, cellular function, and structural integrity. Clinical practice focuses on the application of theory to the nursing process for the care of adults with acute or chronic health problems. Three lecture and six clinical hours a week. Prerequisites: NU 301, 303. Corequisite: NU 315 (Spring)

NU 405 RESEARCH IN NURSING (2)
Emphasizes critical thinking skills through review of the language of research, the research process and critique of research studies to synthesize research concepts and findings into nursing practice. Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 303, 306, 315, 320. Corequisite: NU 415. RN Prerequisite: None (Fall)

NU 412 PEDIATRIC NURSING (5) (3-2)*
Presents theories and principles used in caring for the childrearing family. Emphasizes the care of families with children from infancy through adolescence, during wellness and altered health states. Theories of growth and development pertaining to the infant, child, and family provide the framework for the course content. Three lecture and six clinical hours per week. Prerequisites: NU 315, 320 (Fall)

NU 415 COMMUNITY HEALTH (4) (2-2)*
Examines the theories and principles of community health nursing and public health issues of adults, adolescents, and children. Focuses on prevention of illness, promotion of health, and provision of care to individuals and groups. Two lecture and six clinical hours per week. Prerequisites: NU 315, 320. Corequisite: NU 405. RN Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 301, 303 (Fall)

NU 420 ADULT HEALTH NURSING II (5) (3-2)*
Explores the nursing problems associated with the pathophysiological aspects of neurosensorial and immunological function, metabolism, alimentation, and elimination. Clinical practice focuses on the application of theory to nursing care of adults with acute or chronic health problems. Three lecture and six clinical hours per week. Prerequisites: NU 300, 301, 303, 306 (Fall)

 
 

NU 430 ADVANCED NURSING (6) (4-2)*
Emphasizes nursing problems associated with complex health alterations. Clinical practice focuses on the assimilation and application of knowledge for the care of adults with complex and multiple physiological and psychosocial needs. Four lecture and six clinical hours per week. Corequisites: NU 440, 441 (must be taken semester of graduation for prelicensure students). (Spring)

NU 431 ADVANCED NURSING FOR RNs (4)
Emphasizes nursing problems associated with complex health alterations. May be challenged by RN students. (Spring)

NU 440 LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT (6) (2-4)*
Focuses on the leadership/management role as a part of professional nursing practice. Skills essential for team building, delegation, and collaboration are included. Students exercise skills of critical thinking and decision-making in the care of individuals and groups of patients. Two lectures and twelve clinical hours a week. Corequisites: NU 441, 430 (must be taken semester of graduation for prelicensure students). RN prerequisites: NU 301, 303, 405, 415 (Spring)

NU 441 NURSING SYNTHESIS (4)
Integrates care of the client in the community as a capstone project that demonstrates synthesis of major concepts of professionalism, care of adults and family, communication, research, environment, and the nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. The major portion of this course is composed of field and independent study, with faculty supervision and consultation. Students shall create and present a project using computer technology. Another portion of this course, test taking, requires students to demonstrate mastery of nursing concepts in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. Corequisites: NU 430, 440 (must be taken semester of graduation for prelicensure students). RN Prerequisites: NU 301, 303, 405, 415 (Spring)

NU 490r INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1-4)
Individual project that includes library research, conferences with the instructor, and oral and written reports on independent work. Subject matter may complement, but not duplicate, material in regular courses. Arrangements must be made with a department member prior to registration. Prerequisite: Approval of the Department Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

*Reflects credit hour distribution for theory and clinical hours and clinical hours calculated on a 1:3 ratio.