11: School of Nursing

General Information | B.S. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Course Descriptions

NUCO 103 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to the World of Nursing

Introductory course offered to first year students and transfer students who have selected nursing as a major. Presents an overview of the historical development of the nursing profession, evolution of the health care system, and the legal and ethical principles that direct professional nursing practice.

NUCO 301 - (3) (Y)
Clinical and Interactive Skills I

The first of two core courses which combines nursing skill acquisition and concepts of communication and group process. Introduces beginning students to selected technical skills and communication techniques basic to clinical practice.

NUCO 302 - (2) (Y)
Clinical and Interactive Skills II

Prerequisite: NUCO 301
The second of two core courses which combines nursing skills and concepts of communication and group process. Provides students an opportunity for expanded skill acquisition and synthesis of learned concepts through simulations of realistic patient care situations.

NUCO 303 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Nursing and Health Care Services

Prerequisite: NUCO 301, NUCO 302 (co-requisite)
A core nursing course focusing on the historical development of nursing and the role of the professional nurse in today's health care system. Introduces students to theories and concepts utilized in nursing including the nursing process. Selected nursing interventions are explored. Clinical practice takes place in a variety of settings.

NUCO 304 - (3)(Y)
Foundations of Clinical Nursing

Prerequisite: Admission to Second Degree Program
A core course in the Second Degree Program which introduces selected concepts that provide the foundation for clinical practice. It also assists students in aquiring basic psychomotor and interpersonal skills used in providing patient care.

NUIP 310 - (3) (Y)
Pathology and Clinical Management I

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology
An interprofessional course required of all undergraduate and second degree nursing students and offered to other interested university students. Focuses on the mechanisms of disease and the body's ability to respond to such challenges throughout the life span.

NUIP 311 - (4) (Y)
Pathology and Clinical Management II

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology
An interprofessional course required of all undergraduate and second degree nursing students and offered to other interested university students. Focuses on psychopathological and pathophysiological conditions throughout the life span.

NUIP 316 - (3) (Y)
Principles of Nutrition

Prerequisite or corequisite: Anatomy and Physiology
An interprofessional course required of all undergraduate nursing students in the traditional program and offered to other interested university students. Focuses on the principles of nutrition and the assessment of nutritional needs of clients of various ages and sociocultural groups.

NUCO 323 - (3) (Y)
Client Assessment

A core course required of all nursing students. Emphasis is placed on collection and interpretation of basic client data throughout the life span through the use of biopsychosocial assessment skills. Students practice skills in a laboratory setting and apply them in concurrent clinical courses.

NUCO 331 - (4) (Y)
Basic Nursing Care of Adults and Elders

Prerequisites: NUCO 301, NUIP 340, NUCO 303/356; corequisite: NUCO 302
A core course introducing the student to strategies that the nurse uses with adults and elders facing the common problems associated with hospitalization and surgery. The focus is on the use of the nursing process to assist clients to prevent illness, promote, maintain, or restore health. Clinical experiences take place in a variety of settings.

NUCO 332 - (4) (Y)
Nursing Care of Children and Families

Prerequisites: NUCO 301, NUIP 340 and NUCO 303/356
A core course utilizing the concept of family-centered nursing care to teach basic nursing strategies that enable children and their families to prevent illness and disability and promote, protect and restore health. Course content addresses the unique biopsychosocial and health educational needs of the growing child from infancy to adolescence, and the family in a community, ambulatory care, and/or the hospital setting. Clinical placement occurs in a variety of settings.

NUCO 333 - (3) (Y)
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

Prerequisites: NUCO 301, NUCO 302, NUIP 340, and NUCO 303
Course introduces the nursing process as it applies to the childbearing family. The course is organized around the concepts of health and wellness as well as recognition of complications and risk factors occurring during the reproductive period. Clinical placement includes hospital and community settings.

NUIP 340 - (3) (Y)
Life Span Development

An interprofessional course required of all undergraduate and second degree students. Focuses on the process of development as a lifelong activity, balanced between dynamic and stable demands of physical and social environments, and the changing capabilities of the person. Contemporary life styles and selected cultural aspects of individual and family life will be explored.

NUIP 343 - (3) (Y)
Principles of Pharmacology

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology
Course provides a theoretical foundation about pharmacology and its place in nursing practice. General principles of pharmacology and the therapeutic implications of major drug categories are presented. Mechanisms of drug action, side effects of drugs, and the implications for nursing management are included.

NUCO 356 - (5) (Y)
Introduction to Nursing and the Childbearing Family

Prerequisite: Admission to the Second Degree Program
A core course required of all students in the Second Degree Program. Provides an overview of the historical development of nursing, emphasizing the evolution of obstetrical nursing and the roles available to contemporary professional nurses. Introduces the use of the nursing process and presents the nursing management of normal and high-risk pregnancy. Social, economic and legal/ethical issues related to the reproductive period are explored. Clinical placement occurs in both hospital and community settings.

NUIP 414 - (2)(Y)
Fundamentals of Nursing Research

An interprofessional course required of students in the traditional and second degree undergraduate nursing programs, and offered to other university students interested in research in the health disciplines.

NUIP 415 - (3) (Y)
Principles of Administration for Health Professionals

An interprofessional course required of nursing students and offered to other university students interested in administration in the health disciplines. Provides an overview of basic management and leadership concepts. Emphasis is on the application of appropriate administrative strategies to actual and/or simulated health care systems.

NUIP 416 - (3) (Y)
Basic Research Concepts in the Health Disciplines

An interprofessional course required of students in the R.N. to B.S.N. Program and offered to other university students interested in research in the health disciplines. Emphasis is on the research process and critiquing health care research. The role of the professional in the utilization and application of research is also explored.

NUIP 417 - (3) (Y)
Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to R.N. to B.S.N. Program
Required of all students in the R.N. to B.S.N. Program. Examines the issues and trends of greatest concern to nursing today. Explores the historical and societal influences on the evolution of nursing, its current status and future direction. The economic, social, cultural, and legal/ethical influences on nursing practice in today's rapidly changing health care environment are discussed.

NUIP 418 - (4) (Y)
Pathophysiology

Prerequisite: Admission to R.N. to B.S.N. Program
Required of all students in the R.N. to B.S.N. Program. Builds on a foundation of knowledge about common pathophysiologic conditions affecting adults and children and expands student knowledge of current clinical assessment and management techniques.

NUCO 430 - (2) (Y)
The Nurse as a Professional

Prerequisites: All third-year courses in traditional or all first-year courses in Second Degree Program
A core course focusing on nursing's impact on the health care system, analysis of the nurse's professional role, the nurse's responsibility for legal, ethical and professional dimensions, and analysis of selected contemporary issues on the profession.

NUCO 432 - (5) (Y)
Perspectives in Community Nursing

Prerequisite: Admission to R.N. to B.S.N. Program.
Designed to increase the student's understanding of nursing practice in a changing health care system. Concepts and strategies from public health, epidemiology, group and family theories are introduced, and the relationship between political, socioeconomic and environmental factors and the health populations is explored. Clinical experiences take place in a variety of community settings.

NUCO 433 - (5) (Y)
Contemporary Trends in Clinical Nursing Management

Prerequisite: Admission to R.N. to B.S.N. Program
Expands the student's knowledge of current trends in the management of acute and chronic health states across the life span. Course content addresses the use of the nursing process and research findings from nursing and related disciplines to work with individuals, families, and groups. Legal, ethical and political implications of care are considered throughout the course. Clinical experiences take place in a variety of settings.

NUCO 434 - (2) (Y)
Transition and Validation Seminar I

Prerequisite: Admission to R.N. to B.S.N. Program
This course is the first half of a year-long course sequence examining the issues related to professionalism in nursing, including education preparation, credentialing, levels of practice, and the place of theory. Also focuses on skill development in informatics and writing. Designed to assist the student to begin preparation of the validating portfolio which is used to document prior learning for the awarding of advanced standing credit.

NUCO 435 - (2) (Y)
Transition and Validation Seminar II

Prerequisite: NUCO 434
Required of all students in the R.N. to B.S.N. Program. This course is the second half of a year long course sequence examining issues related to professional practice in nursing, and it continues the process of skill development in informatics and professional writing. Students complete the process of portfolio development for documentation of prior learning for the awarding of advanced standing credit.

NUCO 471 - (5) (Y)
Nursing Management of Common Health Problems

Prerequisites: All third-year courses in the traditional or all first-year courses in the Second Degree Program
This core course focuses on the use of the nursing process in the management of acute and chronic health problems commonly effecting clients of all ages. Emphasizes the collaborative and independent functions of the nurse. Clinical practice takes place in a variety of settings.

NUCO 472 - (3) (Y)
Nursing Management of Complex Health Problems

Prerequisite: NUCO 471
This core course focuses on the use of the nursing process in the management of complex acute and chronic health problems effecting clients of all ages. Emphasizes the collaborative and independent functions of the nurse.

NUCO 473 - (5) (Y)
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Prerequisites: All third year courses in the traditional or all first year courses in the Second Degree Program
This core course provides the student with the opportunity to learn and utilize biopsychosocial concepts in the care of the mentally ill and substance abusing individual of all ages. Focuses on assessment strategies, nursing interventions, plans of care, and the rehabilitative processes for individuals with a variety of acute and chronic problems. Clinical practice takes place in a variety of hospital and community settings.

NUCO 474 - (5) (Y)
Community Health Nursing

Prerequisites: All third-year courses in the traditional or all first-year courses in the Second Degree Program
This core course emphasizes the application of concepts and theories providing a foundation for nursing practice in community health. Through a focus on family and community oriented nursing practice, students expand their role from caring for an individual within a family to assessing and intervening to solve family and community health problems. The influence of political, socioeconomic and ecological issues on the health of populations is examined. Students are assigned to clinical practice in selected community agencies.

NUCO 475 - (3) (Y)
Synthesis Practicum

Prerequisites: Completion of all other required nursing courses
This core course emphasizes the synthesis and application of concepts, principles and skills learned in prerequisite nursing courses. The practica provide opportunities for students to have intensive clinical experiences in a variety of clinical settings. The practica are directed by faculty and supervised by clinical preceptors.


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