Nursing (NUR) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Nursing Department under the College of Education and Human Services

NUR 1022 Concepts in Community Health & Wellness

Two hours

Explores the personal application of individual lifestyle choices and examines the protective and predictive factors that affect physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health. Christian beliefs are used to frame, enhance, and promote the benefits of healthy choices for a lifetime of optimal functional health, wellness, and disease prevention. Introduces concepts of community/public health, including epidemiology and biostatistics. Includes a teaching/learning service project. Meets the Wellness requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered fall semester

NUR 2113 Overview of Professional Nursing

Three hours

Provides an introduction to the discipline of professional nursing. Students examine their values and beliefs in relation to the concepts, tenets, and behaviors essential to the nursing profession and safe nursing practice. Students learn the individual thinking skills and strategies needed to engage in clinical reasoning and decision making.

Offered fall semester

NUR 2134 Informatics, Inquiry, & Evidence-Based Practice

Four hours

A study of technologies and information systems used by professional nurses in various healthcare settings. Emphasizes the use of these systems to improve safety and quality outcomes. This course also includes an overview of the research process through a comparative analysis of selected studies exemplifying various theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches. Students acquire the basic competencies to critically read, evaluate, and interpret nursing research studies for their appropriateness while investigating various practice-based problems. Prerequisite: NUR 2113. Prerequisite or corequisite: MTH 1003, MTH 2103 or PSY 2383.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3112 Pharmacology 1

Two hours

First course in a two-semester sequence that provides students the theoretical basis for planning safe, effective, and patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of pharmacology. Also focuses on safety and quality improvement related to pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: admission into the nursing major. Corequisite: NUR 3115.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3114 Pathophysiology

Four hours

Provides the foundation for understanding alterations and adaptations in physiological processes in humans across the lifespan that occur due to disease, stress, environmental changes, and genetics. Builds upon the student’s knowledge from the physical sciences. The content selected for study is essential to clinical reasoning and judgment and for understanding the rationale for preventive and therapeutic interventions in illness-related phenomena. Prerequisites: admission into the nursing major, BIO 2514 and BIO 2524, each with a grade of “B” or higher.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3115 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

Five hours

Application of foundational health care and nursing concepts using selected exemplars. Emphasis is placed on socializing the student as an active, developing professional within the context and dimensions of the discipline. Clinical experiences within the community hospital and other selected community agencies emphasize development of psychomotor skills and clinical reasoning in the beginning nurse and continuity of care across settings. Three classroom hours per week and a total of 80 simulation and/or clinical hours. Prerequisite: admission into the nursing major. Corequisites: NUR 3112 and NUR 3124.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3124 Health Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions

Four hours

Using the nursing process, students learn to assess the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of patients. Assessment skills are adjusted according to the patient’s developmental level. The skills of interviewing and physical assessment are developed to assist students in making clinical judgments. The course also incorporates selected foundational nursing knowledge and interventions, including documentation utilizing informatics. Three classroom hours per week and a total of 40 laboratory hours. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: admission into the nursing major. Corequisite: NUR 3115.

Offered fall semester

NUR 3222 Pharmacology 2

Two hours

Second course in a two-semester sequence. Uses the nursing process to introduce how the professional nurse approaches medication administration using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches. Explores the use of and relationships between Complementary and Alternative Medicine, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals. Students encounter increasingly complex dosage calculations, and nursing responsibility and accountability for safe medication administration are reinforced and emphasized. Prerequisite: NUR 3112. Corequisites: NUR 3224 and NUR 3234.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3224 Concepts of Professional Nursing 1

Four hours

Expanding nursing concepts and exemplars to further develop and emphasize professional nursing practice. Concepts and exemplars are applied to patients with multiple, non-complex functional problems across the lifespan and patients with mental health conditions. Prerequisites: NUR 3112, NUR 3114, NUR 3115, and NUR 3124. Corequisite: NUR 3234.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3234 Concepts of Professional Nursing 1 - Practicum

Four hours

This is the companion clinical course to NUR 3224.  Students continue to develop a deeper understanding and application of nursing concepts focusing on communication skills, safe and effective care, and the nursing process. Students engage in patient care in a variety of healthcare settings. Course consists of a total of 160 hours of simulation, lab, and clinical experiences. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: NUR 3112, NUR 3114, NUR 3115, and NUR 3124. Corequisites: NUR 3222 and NUR 3224.

Offered spring semester

NUR 3324 Concepts of Professional Nursing 2

Four hours

Continued application of nursing concepts and exemplars within professional nursing practice. This seven-week summer course exposes students to a variety of topics primarily revolving around vulnerable populations, health care disparities, and emergency preparedness. Students will also be introduced to maternal/newborn dyads. Prerequisites: NUR 3224 and NUR 3234. Corequisite: NUR 3334.

Offered summer

NUR 3334 Concepts of Professional Nursing 2 - Practicum

Four hours

This is the companion clinical course to NUR 3324. Utilizing a variety of clinical agencies and organizations, students will provide care for persons across the lifespan, focusing on vulnerable populations, health care disparities, chronic conditions, disabilities, and maternal/newborn dyads. During this course, students may opt to care for individuals, families, and communities during an international mission experience. Course consists of a total of 160 hours simulation, lab, and clinical experiences. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: NUR 3224 and NUR 3234. Corequiste: NUR 3324.

Offered summer

NUR 4124 Concepts of Professional Nursing 3

Four hours

Continued application of nursing concepts and exemplars within professional nursing practice. Students focus on patients with complex and/or complicated care needs across the lifespan. Prerequisites: NUR 3324 and NUR 3334. Corequisite: NUR 4134.

Offered fall semester

NUR 4134 Concepts of Professional Nursing 3 - Practicum

Four hours

This is the companion clinical course to NUR 4124. Clinical experiences focus on the application of clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills to the care of patients with complex needs in a variety of healthcare settings. Experiences will also involve principles of patient care management and nursing leadership. Consists of a total of 160 hours of simulation, lab, and clinical experiences. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: NUR 3324 and NUR 3334. Corequisites: NUR 4124 and  NUR 4214.

Offered fall semester

NUR 4214 Concepts of Nursing Leadership

Four hours

Expands upon the theories and principles of leadership and professional nursing practice within the healthcare system. Focuses on the skills and characteristics needed to lead professional nursing practice in complex healthcare environments. Social issues, economic policy, and regulatory requirements are used to explore healthcare delivery systems and access, quality improvement, and patient safety initiatives. Includes strategies for monitoring delivery of care, outcomes, and evaluating effectiveness of nursing care. Considers the perspectives of leadership, organization, and change theories. Corequisites: NUR 4124 and NUR 4134.

Offered fall semester

NUR 4224 Issues and Trends in Contemporary Nursing

Four hours

Students examine current trends and issues in nursing as well as future, ongoing, personal and professional development. Seminars focus on collaboration and problem-solving as students examine issues encountered in the healthcare setting. Guided study for NCLEX-RN preparation and portfolio completion is also included. Must be taken in final semester of the program of study. Prerequisites: NUR 4124 and NUR 4134. Corequisite: NUR 4226.

Offered spring semester

NUR 4226 Clinical Capstone in Nursing

Course consists of 240 hours of precepted clinical experience designed to aid the student into transition to practice and stresses the acquisition of the professional nurse identity. Students care for patients within acute care settings. Must be taken in the final semester of the program of study. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: NUR 4124 and NUR 4134. Corequisite: NUR 4224.

            Offered spring semester

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