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Nursing

NURS 1180 -- Health Assessment,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program

Co requisite: NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, NURS 2584, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to first class day

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course focuses on the skill set required to perform a comprehensive health history and physical exam. Emphasis is on communication skills which facilitate the development of a holistic data base for health assessment across the lifespan.


NURS 1181 -- Foundations of Holistic Nursing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program

Co requisite: NURS 1180, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, NURS 2584, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to first class day

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing.

This course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing. Phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health are examined within a holistic model of care. Emphasis is on health promotion and illness prevention with emphasis on the stable older adult population.


NURS 1182 -- Nursing Interventions I-CLINICAL,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program

Co requisite: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, BIOL 2113, NURS 2584, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing Math test-out prior to first class day

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care to the older adult. Emphasis is on skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.


NURS 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


NURS 1280 -- Pathophysiologic Phenomena for Nurses I,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, NURS 2584, and BIOL 2113, all with a grade of C or better (or acceptance into LPN Mobility program), and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out

Co requisite: NURS 1281, NURS 1282/1283, BIOL 2114. Students must be enrolled in either 1282 (Interventions) or 1283 (Transitions)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This is the first in a series of courses that focus on the pathophysoiologic processes in specific disease states in the adult population as a basis for nursing practice. Students will link risk factors, manifestations, diagnostic studies, disease management modalities, complications and life style modifications to specific pathologic processes and disease states.


NURS 1281 -- Holistic Nursing Care I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, NURS 2584, and BIOL 2113, all with a grade of C or better (or acceptance into LPN Mobility program), and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out

Co requisite: NURS 1280, NURS 1282/1283, BIOL 2114. Students must be enrolled in either 1282 (Interventions) or 1283 (Transitions)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course expands student understanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health within a holistic model of care. Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in adults experiencing illness, linking the pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.


NURS 1282 -- Nursing Interventions II-CLINICAL,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, NURS 2584, all with a grade of C or better and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out

Co requisite: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, BIOL 2114

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care in the acute care setting. Emphasis is on continued skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.


NURS 1283 -- Transition to Professional Practice,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission into LPN Mobility Option, BIOL 2113; Math 0110 or equivalent test out

Co-requisites NURS 1280, NURS 1281, BIOL 2114

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing, and mastery of first semester nursing content

This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences needed for the role transition from LPN to the professional practice of an RN. Foundational nursing content, prioritization, decision-making skills, and leadership and accountability of the RN role will be studied. Two hours per week are spent in the Nursing Practice Lab addressing their skills and knowledge, and one hour a week is theory content online, addressing the cognitive and psychosocial transition into the student role and their changing role in nursing.


NURS 2250 -- Clinical Internship,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Successful completion of two semesters in an associate degree nursing program. Acceptance into an approved health care facility clinical internship program, or by agreement and permission by instructor

This elective clinical internship course provides learning opportunities to apply nursing theory with nursing practice. The focus is on gaining depth of understanding of the role of the registered nurse as well as strengthening nursing skills in the clinical setting. Students will be precepted by nurses in the practice setting and by nurse faculty.


NURS 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


NURS 2380 -- Pathophysiologic Phenomena for Nurses II,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282 or NURS 1283 all with a grade of C or better

Co-Requisites: PSYC 2235, NURS 2381, and NURS 2382 or NURS 2383

This course focuses on pathophysiologic processes and disease states in specialty populations as a basis for nursing practice. Students will link manifestations, complications, diagnostic studies, and disease management modalities to specific processes and disease states.


NURS 2381 -- Holistic Nursing Care of Special Populations,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282 or NURS 1283 all with a grade of C or better

Co-Requisites: PSYC 2235, NURS 2380, NURS 2382 or NURS 2383

This course expands student understanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health within a holistic model of care. Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in special populations, linking the pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.


NURS 2382 -- Nursing Interventions III-CLINICAL,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282 or NURS 1283 all with a grade of C or better

Co-Requisites: PSYC 2235, NURS 2380, NURS 2381

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care for individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing physical and/or psychological health concerns. Emphasis is on continued skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration, and care management while developing a professional practice framework.


NURS 2383 -- LPN Transition Nursing Interventions,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1283, BIOL 2114 all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites: NURS 2380 and NURS 2381

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College reading, college writing, and mastery of first and second semester nursing content

This clinical course introduces the LPN transition student to the professional discipline of nursing; providing care for individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing physical and/or psychological health concerns. Emphasis is on continued skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.


NURS 2480 -- Pathophysiologic Phenomena for Nurses III,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, and NURS 2382 or NURS 2383 all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites: NURS 2481 and NURS 2482

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level Writing, Mathematics, and Reading

The purposes of this course are for the nursing students to advance their knowledge of additional pathophysiological processes and disease states in the general population based on information from the prior course NURS 1280 as a basis for nursing practice. Students will link manifestations, complications, diagnostic studies, and disease management modalities to the specific processes and disease states.


NURS 2481 -- Holistic Nursing Care II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, and NURS 2382 or NURS 2383 all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites: NURS 2480 and NURS 2482

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-Level Mathematics, Reading, and Writing

This course continues to expand student understanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health within a holistic model of care. Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in individuals and populations experiencing illness, linking pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.


NURS 2482 -- Nursing Interventions IV-CLINICAL,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, and NURS 2382 or NURS 2383 all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites: NURS 2480 and NURS 2481

Recommend Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-Level Writing, Mathematics, and Reading

This course integrates knowledge of the clinical practice of nursing while providing care across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on skill mastery in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.


NURS 2584 -- Pharmacology for Nurses and Related Health Professionals,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as BMED 2584)

Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program

Co requisite: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to first class day

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing

This course introduces the health professional student to the principles underlying pharmacology. A framework for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics will be developed including pharmaceutical research and regulation, major classifications and clinical management.


NURS 2700 -- Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion,   9 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1106, PSYC 1110, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2201, PSYC 2235, College Math, Oral Communication all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisite: NURS 2750

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 2114

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Completion of CNA certification

This course introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy.


NURS 2720 -- Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1106, PSYC 1110, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2201, PSYC 2235, College Math, Oral Communication all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisite: NURS 2750

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 2114

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: LPN licensure

This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of the LPN as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum.


NURS 2750 -- Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1106, PSYC 1110, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2201, PSYC 2235, College Math, Oral Communication all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisite: NURS 2700 (or NURS 2720 if LPN)

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 2114

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Completion of CNA certification

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.


NURS 2800 -- Chronic and Palliative Care,   7 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2700 (or NURS 2720 if LPN), NURS 2750, BIOL 2114

Co-requisite: NURS 2820, NURS 2850

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: General Education Sociology or Anthropology

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the "lived experience" of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities.


NURS 2820 -- Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2700 (or NURS 2720 if LPN), NURS 2750, BIOL 2114 all with a grade of C or better

Co-requisite: NURS 2800, NURS 2850

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: General Education Sociology or Anthropology

This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management.


NURS 2850 -- Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2700 (or NURS 2720 if LPN), NURS 2750, BIOL 2114 all with a grade of C or better

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: General Education Sociology or Anthropology

Co-requisite: NURS 2800, NURS 2820

This course introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronicity and End of Life to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes.


NURS 2900 -- Acute and Complex Care,   7 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2800, NURS 2820 and NURS 2850 all with a grade of C or better

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PHIL 1200

Co-requisite: NURS 2920, NURS 2950


This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care.


NURS 2920 -- Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2800, NURS 2820 and NURS 2850 all with a grade of C or better

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PHIL 1200

Co-requisite: NURS 2900, NURS 2950

This course will facilitate ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes.


NURS 2950 -- Nursing Leadership I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: NURS 2800, NURS 2820 and NURS 2850 all with a grade of C or better

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PHIL 1200

Co-requisite: NURS 2900, NURS 2950

This course focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum.


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