RN to BSN Course Descriptions

NURS-B 231 Communication for Health-Care Professionals (3 cr.)   Students in this course will focus on basic communication skills essential for working with health-care professionals and clients of various ages. Content includes interpersonal communications and group dynamics. Students will practice communication skills with individuals, within groups, and through electronic media.

NURS-B 234 Promoting Healthy Populations (3 cr.)   This course focuses on preventative health care and health promotion in individuals, families, and communities, considering the influence of culture and lifespan development. Using biophysical, environmental, spiritual, sociocultural and economic determinants of health, students focus on improving health outcomes with individuals, families, and communities. 

NURS-B 235 Promoting Healthy Populations Practicum (2 cr.)   Students assess individuals, families, and communities providing needed education, preventative services, and support. Students provide individual and population based care in community based settings, giving consideration to the perspective of those being served.

NURS-B 253 Professionalism in Collaborative Practice (3 cr.)   Students practice communication skills for working with health team members and clients, including self-awareness, interpersonal communication, team skills, and technological communication. Students are introduced to ethics, scope and standards of nursing practice, roles of health team members, components of professional practice, and leadership.

NURS-B 260 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (5 cr.)  [P:NURS B 245]   This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical, evidence bases. Students will gain a knowledge base for, and have an opportunity to apply, fundamental nursing concepts, skills, and the nursing process. The evidence based knowledge gained forms a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making as student develop their nursing skills.

NURS-B 261 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (4 cr.)  [P:Physiology]   This course provides a foundation in the pathophysiology of key disease processes and pharmacological therapies. Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for study of selected medications that are used to treat or manage diseases with an application to nursing practice.

NURS-B 304 Professional Nursing Seminar I: Health Policy (3 cr.)   This course focuses on core theoretical concepts of professional nursing practice, including health, wellness, illness, self-care and caring, disease prevention, and health promotion. Students will be expected to explore theoretical premises and research related to the unique wellness perspectives and health beliefs of people across the life span. Students will learn to develop care outcomes consistent with maximizing individual potentials for wellness. Students will complete a needs assessment as part of the practicum experience.

NURS-B 334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-B 234 ]   Using childbearing families an extensive exemplar, this course focuses on family and community health: community assessment, epidemiology, and intervention with individuals, families, communities and populations. Students address prenatal care, normal and high risk pregnancy and childbirth, newborn care, genetic counseling, care coordination, complementary care, and environmental health.

NURS-B 403 Gerontological Nursing (3 cr.)   This course promotes a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life. Death and dying, legal and ethical issues, family care giving, and future challenges will be discussed in the context of best practices as outlined by the John A Hartford Foundation: Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

NURS-B 404 Informatics (3 cr.)    This course focuses on the application of nursing theory and research findings in restoring and maintaining individual and family functioning for those dealing with multi-system alterations. Students will explore the ethical, legal, and moral implications of treatment options and identify tactics to maintain nursing effectiveness in their facilitation of individuals and families through the health-care system. Students will complete a scholarly analysis as part of their practicum experience.

NURS-B 444 Nursing Intensive: Managing Health and Illness across Care Environments (4 cr.)  [P:NURS-B 334]   Students study a focused clinical area of concern for nursing, exploring the ways in which culture, health disparity, transitions between care environments, and health policy impact care for an aggregate, population, or specialty. Immersed in a care environment, students gain relevant clinical knowledge as well as an understanding of the aggregate health concerns.

NURS-H 355 Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health-Care Research (3 cr.)   This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health-care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real-world situations in client care.

NURS-H 356 Clinical Nursing Care 1: Biophysical Processes (5 cr.)   This course focuses on providing nursing care for individual and families with acute and chronic biophysical illnesses across the lifespan. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at a beginning level.

NURS-H 360 Clinical Nursing Care 2: Interactive Processes (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-H 356]   This course focuses on nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic health problems related to interaction with the environment and others: sensory, motor, cognitive, affective, and interpersonal processes. Using a holistic approach, this course addresses health problems occurring across the lifespan.

NURS-H 365 Nursing Research (3 cr.)  [P:Completion of NURS-H 355 Data Analysis with a grade of ‘C’ or higher]   This course focuses on development of students’ skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in clinical decisions related to practice. The critique of nursing and nursing related research studies will be emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice.

NURS-H 476 Clinical Nursing Care 4: Complex Processes (5 cr.)  [P:NURS-H 371 ]   The primary focus is on the nursing care management of individuals and families experiencing complex and significant illnesses across the lifespan. Particular attention is focused on developing clinical reasoning and competent nursing practice at an advanced level.

NURS-L 230 Health Care Delivery Systems (3 cr.)   Students examine health care delivery systems, leadership, health policy, regulation, and economics. Students explore quality practices of health care organizations. Students analyze the impact of Informatics on health care and nursing including the electronic health record, information technology in healthcare, and information literacy.

NURS-L 430 Leadership in Health Care Delivery (5 cr.)  [P:Placement in senior year of nursing program ]   This course focuses on development of effective leadership skills relevant in health care systems. Students examine health policy, study information management, and employ processes that result in exceptional organizational outcomes. Students use healthcare data and research evidence in quality improvement and change initiatives.

NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based PracticeLeadership in Health Care Delivery (3 cr.)  [P:or c: NURS H355 or alternate undergraduate statistics course]   This course focuses on nursing research and evidence-based practice. Students develop skills in retrieving and apprasing literature relevant to clinical problems, understanding the research process, and critiquing evidence from research publications and other sources to inform evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS-S 474 Applied Health-Care Ethics (3 cr.)   This course is designed to introduce the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health-care practice.

NURS-S 475 COMMUNITY HEALTH: RNBSN (3 cr.)   Basic epidemiological principles and community health nursing models are applied in collaboration with diverse groups. Disease prevention strategies are applied to individuals and populations to promote health. Students apply the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for populations in the community.

NURS-S 483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (3 cr.)   Note: this course must be taken in the final term for RN to BSN students.  This course allows students to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in the baccalaureate program and to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills. Students will plan and organize learning experiences, design a project, and practice professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.

NURS-S 487 NURSING MANAGEMENT (3 cr.)   This course focuses on development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, and facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, delivery systems, change, managing quality and performance, budgeting and resource allocation, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and career development.

NURS-S 488 Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice (2 cr.)  [P:Placement in senior year final semester]   Students integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program: critical thinking, information technology, cultural competence, care coordination, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. Students demonstrate competence in evidence-based practice and quality and safety initiatives, as achieved in a complex and changing health care environment. Students begin the transition to professional practice.

NURS-Z 480 Portfolio Review for Course Substitution (1-6 cr.)   The portfolio review process is available to all undergraduate students who believe that they can meet the learning objectives/competencies required of a specific nursing course within their program of study. The portfolio is a mechanism used to validate the acquisition of knowledge and skills congruent with course expectations and student learning outcomes. The portfolio provides objective evidence that students have acquired necessary skills.