BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING – COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
UNDERGRADUATE PRE-NURSING REQUISITES
FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION (3 credits)
This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental concepts of communication and explores oral communication and its impact on the individual in a variety of settings; it examines the basic principles of communication in one-on-one, small group, and public speaking situations. Activities are provided to the student that will allow him or her to practice and develop intrapersonal, interpersonal skills, group decision-making and public speaking competence. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a better understanding of the various elements of the communication process, this awareness assisting in both the student's personal and professional life.
COLLEGE ALGEBRA (3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth study of the properties of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as needed for calculus. Emphasis is on using algebraic and graphical techniques for solving problems involving linear quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
PRINICIPLES OF STATISTICS (3 credits)
This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental concepts of communication and explores oral communication and its impact on the individual in a variety of settings; it examines the basic principles of communication in one-on-one, small group, and public speaking situations. Activities are provided
Pre-requisite: College Algebra
ANATOMY (4 credits with lab)
The course examines the structure and function of the human body from a functional perspective with emphasis on histology (microscopic) and gross anatomy. Students will learn how to distinguish tissue types through microscopic examination of histological specimens and study the three-dimensional relationship of body structures through required dissection supplemented by the use of charts, models and computer assisted instruction materials. Human cadavers will be used in the study of the gross anatomy of the human body.
PHYSIOLOGY (4 credits with lab)
This course encompasses the study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ system and organism level. The topics will include the study of the integumentary system, bone, skeletal system, smooth and cardiac muscles, nervous system, sensory organs, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. Laboratory computer simulations and experiments will be used to demonstrate basic principles and introduce physiological techniques and instruments.
Pre-requisite:Anatomy or concurrent enrollment
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
This course provides overview of the basic concepts in psychology and focuses on the systematic study of the history, experiments, and theories regarding human behavior and the relation of this material to everyday life. Topics that are covered include human information processing, learning and memory, motivation, development, language acquisition, social psychology, and personality. Much attention is placed in the methods and techniques employed in studying human behavior.
HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
This course is a survey of development and growth from conception through adolescence. The physical, emotional, intellectual, and social processes of maturation are examined. Much focus is placed on the adjustment of the individual to his or her peer group, social institutions, the community, and the home.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)
This course focuses on major chemical topics, including stoichiometry, atomic structure, properties of matter and the relationship between molecular structure and chemical behavior. Emphasizes solving of mathematical problems, which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The laboratory component will stress the current laboratory techniques on major chemical topics, including acid-base chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. Emphasizes solving of mathematical problems, which illustrate the principles of chemistry.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 credits)
This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. It focuses on major chemical topics, including acid-base chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. Emphasis is placed on solving of mathematical problems, which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The laboratory component will stress the current laboratory techniques on major chemical topics, introducing basic laboratory techniques, methods, and instrumentation through selected experiments. Emphasis is placed on both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Concepts covered are reinforced.
Pre-requisite: General Chemistry I
MICROBIOLOGY (4 credits with lab)
This course involves the study of the structure, metabolism, growth, genetics, classification and molecular biology of viruses, algae, fungi and a special emphasis on bacteria. Characterization of viruses and eukaryotic microorganisms will be taught. The course will focus on human disease and includes the study of characteristics of pathogens, immunology, and epidemiology. Laboratory exercises will incorporate the preparation of cultures and use of aseptic laboratory techniques, stains and biochemical activity for identification of organisms. The relationship of microbes to health and disease will also be examined.
Pre-requisite: Anatomy; Physiology; General Chemistry I; and General Chemistry II
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3 credits)
This course will serve as a study of the relationship between normal state and altered physiology state in human systems. It will provide an overview of the pathology and treatment of diseases in the human body, tissues, glands and membranes, the integumentary system, the sensory system, skeletal and muscular systems, the digestive system, blood, vessels and circulation, lymphatic system, immunity and disease, heart and respiratory system, nervous, urinary and endocrine systems, and male and female reproductive systems. Students will learn how to differentiate normal from abnormal physiological functioning and identify the etiology of patho-physiological alterations in illness across the lifespan taking into consideration factor to include genetics, ethnicity, environment and age. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking for application in clinical settings.
Pre-requisite: Anatomy; Physiology; and Microbiology
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study of word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols, surgical procedures, medical specialties, and diagnostic procedures.
MEDICAL ETHICS (3 credits)
This course is geared for the study of ethical/legal concepts required for examination of sound decision-making in clinical practice and legal responsibility. The focus is placed on value clarification, application of ethical theory, ethical decision-making models, and professional ethical standards. Moreover emphasis is on ethical obligations of professional nurses in their roles as citizens, members of a profession, providers of care, and designers and managers of care.
RESEARCH METHODS (3 credits)
In this course students examine the fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways sociologists think critically. The course focuses on the nature of theory, hypothesis, variables, and ethics of research. It incorporates application of qualitative and quantitative analytic tools, including logic and research design, such as survey, observational, experimental, case study, and comparative historical research.
PERSONAL FITNESS & WELLNESS (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an enhanced fitness and wellness experience. The content includes the assessment of present fitness level and the development and practice of a balanced, individualized physical fitness program. Moreover the course provides a theory based and practical experience in Stress Management and explores the roles of Stress and Exercise on Wellness. The course requires outside physical activity and testing.
COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3 credits)
This course serves as an introduction to the core functions of public health with an emphasis on community health programs and current trends of population health. It very importantly exposes the student to the role of community health practice in maximizing the health status of all populations. This course will include an overview of the organizational structure of federal, state, and local health-related agencies in various select countries and examine the interrelationship of political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of community based population health activities.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN)
BSN – HEALTH ASSESSEMENT (3 credits)
This course of study focuses on the assessment phase of the nursing process as a means of collecting data for use to be used by the registered nurse during the process of making clinical decisions whilst promoting safe and quality health care. Topics and concepts emphasis will be placed on include the acquiring of knowledge and skills required to perform health assessments in patients at various levels in their lifespan whilst focusing on focusing on physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual components of patient/s along with communication findings. The course will also provide the opportunity to nursing students to engage in hands on practice of health assessment techniques/skills and require the nursing student to demonstrate effective communication, clinical judgment and performance of health assessment skills in a clinical setting.
BSN – FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING (5.2 credits)
This course serves as introductory course for the student to acquire and develop the fundamental concepts, principles and skills which are imperative for a nurse to acquire in order to begin professional nursing practice in meeting the needs of individuals that they care for throughout that individual’s lifespan in a safe, legal and ethical manner. This course prepares students to apply critical thinking skills when examining individual responses to health problems of a medical – surgical nature. Students are exposed to scientific and theoretical foundations of basic human needs that are utilized in the nursing to provide patient-centered care for individuals. Commonly seen health deviations / pathophysiological processes within the adult population are introduced. Topics covered include: philosophy of nursing, nursing history, critical thinking, cultural diversity, ethical and legal issues, communication, teaching and educating, patients needs, and safety. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation laboratory and reinforced in multicultural healthcare settings (e.g. medical/surgical units).
BSN – PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING (3 credits)
This course examines the nurse’s role in medication administration and usage This course will place emphasis on the key pharmacological principles (pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; drug actions and interactions) and the role of the nurse in management of drug therapy, including appropriate evidence-based patient teaching, counseling, and safety and quality controls. Also covered in the content of this course are current drug classifications and related nursing implications for individuals of all ages. It will enable the student to determine and evaluate the educational and patient care goals regarding medication administration. The student will learn to use information technology to stay current with new drugs and collaborate within inter-professional teams to ensure quality patient-centered care.
BSN – PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSING PROFESSIONALS (3 credits)
This course will serve as a study of the relationship between normal state and altered physiology state in human systems. It will explore the physiological adaptive responses to internal and external dimensions, including genetics, ethnicity, environment and age. The course focuses on the development of nursing knowledge in patho-physiologic responses to altered states of health and disease in the human body as a foundation for evidence-based, patient-centered care. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal physiological functioning and identify the etiology of patho-physiological alterations in illness across the lifespan.
BSN – MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (4 credits)
This course focuses on the role of a registered nurse in applying the nursing process to care for individuals of all ages who are experiencing acute and chronic mental health alterations in response to the internal and external environmental dimensions. Students will be exposed to a broad overview of psychosocial adaptation and coping concepts that are utilized in a wide variety of settings during providing care for the individual who is experiencing an altered state of mental health. Topics that are discussed include normal and abnormal behaviors, and common therapeutic treatments, interventions, communication and collaboration for optimal state of mental health. In the clinical portion of the course, the students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care and implement a therapeutic plan of care based on patient needs.
BSN – MEDICAL - SURGICAL NURSING I (4.2 credits)
This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of culturally diverse adult patients in a variety of health care facilities with chronic conditions to include those related to nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance, respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, and neoplastic disorders. Perioperative care and HIV/AID are also examined. The student will demonstrate foundational concepts and principles and techniques of beginning and intermediate psychomotor skills related to the topics covered in theory in both the laboratory and clinical settings. The students collect and interpret data, perform interventions, and plan and evaluate care. Chronic illness and developmental theory, healthcare economics, and related concepts that impact client and family outcomes will be explored. Incorporated in the course is evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication, caring and collaboration; quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of healthcare settings.
BSN – CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE (3 credits)
This course examines and trends of greatest concern to nursing today. Current legal, ethical, moral, political and socio-economic variables and other current trends including societal and cultural behaviors that influence nursing and healthcare are explored and analyzed. The role of the nurse in today’s rapidly changing health care environment is examined through the presentation of topics important to professional nursing.
BSN – NURSING RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE (3 credits)
This course is specifically geared towards enhancing the nurse’s knowledge and through the use of the entire research process / evidence based practice critically appraise evidence literature. Focus will be placed on the most fundamental aspects of the research process, which include reading, interpreting and evaluating research findings as a basis for evidence-based nursing practice. The historical evolution of nursing research and its impact on current issues are examined. Current research studies are critically appraised for quality and application to evidence-based nursing practice. Basic principles of scientific inquiry, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research ethics are introduced in the context of clinically relevant research. Ethical considerations and rights of human participants are explored.
BSN – NURSING CARE OF WOMEN AND THE CHILD BEARING FAMILY (4 credits)
This course focuses on the health assessment and health promotion for the childbearing family (newborns and women who are experiencing an altered health state). Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles that include family theory; the psychological, psychosocial, and physiological nature of the normal childbearing experience; and the promotion and education of lactation as a maternal-child health factor. Special emphasis is given to major maternal and neonatal risk factors and complications that potentially compromise healthy beginnings. Students will apply the nursing process with childbearing families who may vary in age, ethnicity, culture, social status, marital status, and sexual preferences. Learn experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation center and in multicultural healthcare settings. Additionally students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology, and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care.
BSN – NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (4 credits)
This course focuses on the impact of acute and chronic illnesses on children and adolescents and their families. Physiological and psychosocial alterations are explored from a holistic and systems perspective with emphasis on the developmental needs of the child or adolescent. Application of the nursing process including the maintenance of health through the illness experience is emphasized with young patients and their families in secondary and tertiary settings. Special emphasis is given to risk reduction in the care of children and adolescents and their families. Learn experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/simulation center and in multicultural healthcare settings. Additionally students will learn to work within inter-professional teams and employ evidence-based practice, technology, and informatics to provide quality patient-centered care.
BSN – NUTRITION (3 credits)
This course is a study of macronutrients and micronutrients, their metabolism in the human body and the importance of nutrition in relation to health throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the study of the nutrients, nutritional assessment, nutrient-drug interactions and food safety. Dietary patterns and nutritional adequacy of various cultural, ethnic and religious groups are also studied.
BSN – GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING (4 credits)
This course provides an opportunity to explore the impact of chronic illness on the geriatric patient and their families and on the healthcare needs and issues in gerontological nursing. Healthy aging processes and the risk factors that affect the health and functioning of older adults will be explored as well as nursing approaches to managing those needs and risks. Students will have the opportunity to provide care to older adults in various healthcare settings. The student will design care and implement a project during this experience. Ethical, legal, and economic issues related to the geriatric patient will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and clinical judgment in the role of a nurse in working with inter-professional teams to order to provide quality patient-centered care that promote, restore and maintain the health of the geriatric patent in a variety of settings.
BSN – MEDICAL – SURGICAL NURSING II (4.2 credits)
This course offers a continued focus on the application of the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of culturally diverse adult patients in a variety of health care facilities with chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the nursing care of adults experiencing disorders of the gastrointestinal, renal/urinary, prostate, neurological, musculoskeletal, sensory, and endocrine disorders. The student will demonstrate foundational concepts and principles and techniques of beginning and intermediate psychomotor skills related to the topics covered in theory in both the laboratory and clinical settings. The students collect and interpret data, perform interventions, and plan and evaluate care. Chronic illness and developmental theory, healthcare economics, and related concepts that impact client and family outcomes will be explored. Incorporated in the course is evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication, caring and collaboration; quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of healthcare settings.
BSN – CRITICAL CARE NURSING (4.2 credits)
The course expands on the previous nursing knowledge and skills with a focus on the adult population in the critical care environment or have high acuity needs in healthcare settings. The student will apply the nursing process, problem solving techniques, evidence-based nursing interventions, and critical thinking techniques to provide care to patients that have complex health issues or that are acutely/critically ill. Emphasis is placed on caring for patients in specialty settings such as intensive care units, trauma units, post-anesthesia recovery units, burn units, outpatient surgery centers, cardiovascular care, and in emergency departments with health care needs to include respiratory problems, neurologic disturbances, shock, sepsis, metabolic and endocrine imbalances, altered nutrition, renal failure, emergency and disaster nursing. Additional topics that will be covered include electrocardiogram interpretations; interventional radiology; telemetry nursing; cardiac catheter labs; high-risk obstetrics; management of individuals after surgery; end of life care; management of multiple organ failure/dysfunctions; and rehabilitative care. Incorporated in the course is dosage calculations and administration, evidence-based practice, critical thinking/clinical reasoning necessary for safe patient-centered care to a culturally diverse patient population, communication , caring and collaboration, quality improvement, promotion and maintence of physiological and psychosocial integrity, prevention of illness, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse as applied in a variety of medical surgical healthcare settings.
BSN – BRIDGE TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3 credits)
This course encompasses providing students with the opportunity through a clinical preceptorship (focused patient care experience) in a health care setting and through faculty seminars to gain knowledge and skills in order to facilitate the transition from the role of a student to an entry level practicing nurse. Topics and concepts covered include discussions on current issues and trends in health care, the nurse in leadership and management role, issues relating to professional practice and working with inter-professional teams (role expectations and responsibilities), effective communications, evidence-based knowledge, team-based care, mentoring and coaching, retention and recruitment, conflict resolution, death and grief, and transition into the work place as a nurse. Students will reflect on their personal and professional values and develop ways to practice in teams that improve patient care outcomes.
BSN – COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (4.2 credits)
The course provides an overview of community and public health nursing in the caring of clients experiencing health problems as individuals, families, groups and communities. The student will critically assess the role and core competencies of the nurse in the community in promoting health, preventing disease, restoring health, and planning. Emphasis is placed on examination of concepts, theories, evidence-based practice and research, economics, epidemiology related to the role and management of care of individuals, families, groups and communities. The student will explore and plan for population-based needs including disaster response and training. Skills related to community and populations assessment, planning, and evaluation will be refined.
BSN – LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (3 credits)
This course focuses on the identification and development of leadership and management principles within rapidly changing healthcare environments. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based decision making in the position of management within a health care organization. Also covered are effective strategies that can be utilized in management process of a health care organization, whilst always maintaining a caring environment. Selected concepts, such as quality improvement, change, patient safety, finance and health policy and politics are explored. The course is designed to facilitate the students’ self-assessment of their leadership and management skills. It includes opportunities for scholarly inquiry and professional communication.
BSN – ETHICS IN NURSING PRACTICE (3 credits)
This course of study serves introduce nurses to biomedical ethics and will encompass looking at some cases that is at the forefront of discussion on this topic. The course will include a discussion of basic ethical theories, principles and meta-ethical concerns, which will foster a more informed and knowledgeable understanding on a variety of issues such as doctor/nurse – patient relationship, euthanasia, allowing comatose patients to die, abortion, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, organ transplants, medical experimentation, involuntary psychiatric commitment, treatment decisions for ill infants, and allocation of medical resources. Discussions will also include spiritual and moral issues that students may face personally and professionally as they transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse.
BSN – NURSING INFORMATICS (3 credits)
This course focuses on development of knowledge and enhancement of skills required to use information management and patient care technologies in the delivery of safe and effective healthcare, which includes administration, education, research, and management of information. Practical experience with a variety of patient care technologies relevant to evidence-based practice is included.