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Course Descriptions

Courses offered for 2014 Fall, 2015 Winter, 2015 Spring,
NURS 310 NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I [-]
Theory related to nursing care of adults with common health problems who need to maintain or regain optimal levels of functioning. Emphasizes problem solving through use of a variety of resources; examines trends and issues relevant to health care in rural communities. Intended for students admitted to the undergraduate nursing program. Corequisite: NURS 311. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 311 NURSING CARE OF ADU I CLINIC [-]
Application of beginning health assessment skills, nursing knowledge and concepts from the biological and behavioral sciences. Students provide nursing care to adults with common health alterations in acute and long-term care settings and examine trends in gerontological nursing. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 310. Nine hours per week.

3.000

NURS 312 INTRO TO PROF NURSING PRACTICE [-]
Introduces students to professional nursing practice including history, legal, ethical, economic, and cultural issues, and nursing process. Discussion of roles and responsibilities in communication, documentation, and use of clinical technologies with application through web, campus-based and selected field experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing major or 2nd Bachelor's Degree program, BIOL 334 with a C or better. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000

NURS 319 HEALTH ASSESSMENT [-]
Functional health assessment of individuals from adolescence through older adulthood. Students practice health assessment skills in clinical settings with people of varied ages, social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program. Five hours per week.

3.000

NURS 360 NSG CARE CHILD: A FAM APPR [-]
Study of theory related to nursing care of children and adolescents with acute and chronic disorders. Integrates concepts from previous courses in the natural, behavioral and nursing sciences and introduces theories of structure, development and function of families. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319, 329 (prereq/coreq). Co-requisite: NURS 361. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 361 CARE OF CHILD/ ADOLE CLINIC [-]
Prepares beginning practitioners to provide nursing care to children, adolescents and their families in a variety of rural health settings. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2010. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319 with a C or better. Pre/Corequisites: NURS 329. Corequisite: 360. Nine hours per week.

2.000

NURS 370 MATERNL NWBRN NURS: FAM [-]
Study of theory related to nursing care of childbearing families in rural communities. Explores social and health care issues related to changing needs of women across the life span. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319, 329 (prereq/coreq). Co-requisite: NURS 371. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 371 MATERNAL NB NURSING CLIN [-]
Provides nursing care to the child-bearing family in primary and acute care settings. Applies selected theories related to structure, development and function of families. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 319. Co-requisites: NURS 329, 370. Nine hours per week.

3.000

NURS 380 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH [-]
Study of theory related to the prevention and nursing care of individuals and families with psychosocial problems. Focuses on communication with clients in community and hospital settings with emphasis on mental illness in rural areas. Considers mental health needs of all age groups with special regard for cultural differences. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 381. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 381 PSYCHIATRIC MEN HLTH CLN [-]
Clinical application of nursing theory and process focused on the prevention and nursing care of psychosocial problems in individuals and families. Focus on therapeutic communication with clients in a psychiatric hospital and clients with psychosocial needs in the community. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329 with a C or better. Co-requisite: NURS 380. Nine hours per week.

3.000

NURS 430 COMNTY HLTH: RURAL PERSPE [-]
Focus on the theory of health of families, aggregated and communities with complex needs. Explores political, ethical, legal and sociocultural climates and theory related to the health care needs of an aging population. Prerequisites: NURS 329, 351, 361, 371, 381, 431 (coreq). Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 431 COMNTY HLTH PRACT: RURAL [-]
Prepares beginning practitioners to work with families, aggregates and communities in rural settings. Clinical practice guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000 and the use of critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: NURS 351, 361, 371, 329, 381. Co-requisite: NURS 430. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 442 NURS LEAD AND MANAGEMENT [-]
Explores roles in nursing within the health care system with particular emphasis on leadership and management functions. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the social, political, legislative and economic forces shaping the U.S. health care system and its impact on the rural environment. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329, 350, 351, 422, 423 with a C or better. Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 380, 381, 430, 431, 443. Two hours per week.

2.000

NURS 443 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM [-]
Emphasizes integration of nursing knowledge, values and skills in caring for groups of clients. Students experience various professional nursing roles and apply leadership and management strategies. Prerequisites: NURS 310, 311, 312, 319, 329, 350, 351, 422, 423 with a C or better. Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 380, 381, 430, 431, 442. Six hours per week.

2.000

NURS 450 BEST PRACTICES IN NURS EDUC [-]
Assists nursing students in applying best practices in nursing and nursing education to individual educational programs of study. This hybrid course offers online interaction, weekly class/group meetings and opportunities for hands-on application of nursing information. Involves students in activities that increase use of evidence-based information in health care and nursing education. Focuses on strengthening students’ understanding of the scientific basis of nursing, application of the nursing process in a variety of settings and success in academic pursuits. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. One hour classroom per week with online component.

3.000

NURS 456 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS [-]
Nursing interventions relating to application of pharmacotherapeutic principles in assisting client adaptation in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings. Special emphasis on drug interactions, drug dependence, toxicology. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000

NURS 458 CRITICAL CARE [-]
Introduces students to collaborative critical care practice. Prepares students interested in critical care clinical practice to recognize and categorize causes of sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient. Teaches appropriate treatment and interventions for the deteriorating critically ill patient. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing or Respiratory Therapy major; for NURS majors: successful completion with a C or better of NURS 310, 311, 350, 351; for RESP majors: senior status with successful completion of all junior level courses and concurrent enrollment in fall senior level coursework; or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY [-]
Intensive study in a specific area of nursing agreed upon by the student and faculty member. Open to senior and graduate students. May be taken twice under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor who will direct the study and chair of the department.

1.000

NURS 510 ADV HLTH: DIDACTIC [-]
Provides the didactic content as a basis for history-taking and physical examination skills necessary for an advanced practice nurse. Critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills are used to analyze the history, physical examination and laboratory data in order to lay the foundation for an accurate assessment of the client and establish priorities of care. Physical, psychosocial, developmental, occupational and cultural assessment are considered as foundational to advanced practice nursing. May not receive credit for NURS 510 and NURS 512. Prerequisite: Admission to the master’s program or consent of instructor. Prerequsite/Corequisite: NURS 552. FNP Corequisite: NURS 511. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 515 EPIDEMIOLOGY [-]
Focuses on epidemiology as the basic science of disease prevention and the role of epidemiology in public health clinical practice and the evaluation of public policy. Provides an introduction to epidemiology and the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. The basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented together with their applications to public health and clinical medicine. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000

NURS 522 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS [-]
Provides advanced-practice nurses with knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for acute and chronic conditions. Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage common health problems. Legal, socioeconomic and client-safety considerations are discussed. Client-education factors and salient aspects of research are incorporated. Critical thinking is employed in the analysis and determination of pharmacological regimens. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Admission to an advanced practice track of the Graduate Nursing Program or permission of the instructor, BIOL 552. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000

NURS 542 QUAL RESEARCH IN HLTH CARE [-]
Focuses on the importance of the theoretical foundations of research, and on qualitative methods of scientific inquiry. Emphasis in placed on the accumulation of scientific evidence in health care, and on the critical analysis and communication of evidence related to a specific topic. Prerequisites: Admission to a graduate program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 552 ADV HUMAN PHYSIO/PATHOPHYS [-]
Advanced study of system-focused physiology and pathophysiology. Analyzes the relationship between normal physiology and pathological phenomena produced by altered health states across the life span. Emphasis is on application in the clinical areas of practice. Students may not receive credit for both NURS 552 and BIOL 552. Prerequisite: B.S. in biology, health-related field or education with biology emphasis. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 558 ADULT HEALTH CARE MGMT [-]
Focuses on primary care of adult clients including health promotion and disease prevention within the context of the family. Incorporates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to establish diagnoses for and provide therapeutic management of adult clients with common short-term and chronic stable health problems. Emphasizes quality and cost-effective care of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 512. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NURS 522. Three hours lecture, 14 hours clinical per week for a total of 200 hours.

6.000

NURS 560 INDEPENDENT STUDY [-]
Focused study on a specific area of advanced practice nursing agreed upon by the student and the faculty. May include preliminary work directed toward a thesis/capstone area of interest, a specialized area of study, or clinical practice. May be taken more than once under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Written consent of the faculty who will direct the study. One to three hours per week.

1.000

NURS 590 THESIS [-]
Provides an opportunity for the master’s level student to conduct formal research related to nursing. Reflects a culminating research study as an independent project under the direction of a thesis chair and committee. Incorporates knowledge from research methodology and analysis learned throughout the program. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. Traditional defense of thesis required. May be repeated; no limit to the number of repeats. Prerequisites: MATH 502, NURS 544, and permission of the instructor.

1.000

NURS 592 INTERNSHIP [-]
Provides an opportunity for the graduate nursing student to synthesize knowledge and experience from graduate courses and to enhance or expand preparation for advanced nursing practice through an internship. Prerequisites: Completion of all practicum courses in track or permission of instructor. Requires 126 precepted hours.

3.000

NURS 593 CAPSTONE I: PROPOSAL [-]
Focused on the development and refinement of a scholarly study of a clinical case, a topic or an issue relevant to the student’s master’s degree track. The Capstone Proposal reflects the culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a project chair and committee. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. May not receive credit for NURS 593 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of M.S. program, MATH 502, NURS 542, NURS 544, and permission of the instructor.

1.000

NURS 594 CAPSTONE II: IMPLEMENTATION [-]
Focuses on the implementation of the previously approved Capstone Proposal (NURS 593) and reflects a culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a project chair and committee. Critical thinking excellent oral and written communication, and skillful use of information technology are required. May not receive credit for NURS 594 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of M.S. program, permission of the instructor, successful completion of NURS 593.

1.000

NURS 595 CAPSTONE III: DISSEMINATION [-]
Focuses on the dissemination of the previously approved Capstone Proposal and Implementation (NURS 593, 594) and reflects a culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a Capstone Committee chair and committee. Critical thinking excellent oral and written communication, and skillful use of information technology are required. May not receive credit for NURS 595 and NURS 591. Prerequisites: Year 3 of M.S. program, permission of the instructor, successful completion of NURS 594.

1.000

NURS 815 GENETIC & GENOMIC IN HLTHCR [-]
Explores the emerging science of genetics and genomics in healthcare and its application to advanced nursing practice. Describes diagnostic techniques in medical genetics, effects of teratogenic factors in human development and pharmacogenomics in practice. Focuses on neurodegenerative diseases and common hereditary conditions, including clinical features, diagnostics, genetic testing and counseling. Ethical and legal issues are considered throughout. Prerequisites: Admission to the D.N.P. Program or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week.

3.000

NURS 892 DNP PROJECT II: IMPLEMENT [-]
Focused on advancing nursing knowledge in a specialty area. Implement the evidence-based project proposal from NURS 891. The role of the D.N.P. as a leader in complex organizational systems is addressed as it relates to the evidence-based project. Prerequisites: Year 3 of the D.N.P. program or pemission of instructor, NURS 891. One hour per week.

1.000

NURS 894 DNP PRACTICUM [-]
An integrated and structured, student-directed practicum that complements learning in clinical or non-clinical areas in which more expertise is desired. A total of four credits of Practicum are required, with 400 hours. May be taken for variable credits, (100-300 hours) in at least two different areas of focus and with advisor's approval. These credits must be taken during Year 2 or 3 of the D.N.P. Program. Possible areas of focus for the Practicum include: Leadership in Healthcare, Advanced Clinical Knowledge/Expertise (advanced clinical skills-suturing, 12 lead ECG, x-ray interpretation), Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Technology in Healthcare, Policy Issues in Healthcare. Advocacy in Healthcare, Ethics in Healthcare, and Legal Issues in Healthcare. Prerequisites: Year 2 or 3 of the D.N.P. Program or permission of instructor. Seven hours practicum (per credit per week) and two hours seminar per week.

1.000