Nursing

Curriculum

These nursing courses are a required part of the bachelor's curriculum.

This course emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts from all course work in the program. Students'€™ unique experiences form the context for learning the purpose of enhancing practice and enriching professional development.

This course is an overview designed to begin socialization of novice students into the nursing profession. Beginning with the historical, social, political, and educational events that impacted the evolution of nursing, students gains an appreciation of the basic patterns of knowing in nursing.

This course introduces students to concepts, behaviors, principles, and theories that provide the foundation for nursing practice. This course focuses on developing basic assessment, psycho-motor, critical-thinking, and communication skills essential for nursing care throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on recognizing normal and abnormal health patterns. Students utilize the nursing process as novice practitioners of care in supervised simulated laboratory and/or clinical settings.

This course builds on the concepts, behaviors, principles, and theories introduced in Fundamental Concepts & Practice for the Novice and focuses on developing advanced skills essential for nursing care. Students learn to develop effective nurse-patient relationships and collaborate with other health care disciplines. Emphasis is placed on applying theoretical knowledge to the role of the nurse as practitioner caring for adults with health alterations. Students utilize the nursing process in supervised, simulated laboratory and medical-surgical clinical settings.

This course examines the basic physiological variations in health patterns across the life span. Students will study the dynamic equilibrium of the human body, etiology of alterations in human biological processes, and the resulting human resources. A conceptual approach is used to integrate knowledge from the natural sciences.

This course provides an overview of the genetics/genomics concepts and applications to practice and stresses the interdisciplinary role of the professional nurse in the genetic health of patients and families. Financial, ethical, legal, cultural, and social implications of genetic testing and evidence-based genetics are included.

This course explores the pharmacological concepts essential for nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on nursing management of drug therapy with patients across the lifespan, as well as the basics of core drug knowledge and patient-related variables. Legal and ethical issues related to medication administration and skills for calculating drug doses are presented.

This course continues to build on concepts, behaviors and principles developed in the Advanced Fundamental Concepts & Practice for the Novice. Emphasis is on the establishment of patient relationships and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as promoting and restoring health of adults with common health concerns and related physiologic and psychologic responses. This course includes appropriate information on genetics, cultural diversity, ethics, legal principles and lifespan issues specifically related to adults. Scholarly inquiry is used to evaluate nursing interventions in a variety of environmental and bio-psychosocial contexts. Clinical experiences facilitate the application of knowledge and development of clinical reasoning.

This course establishes the foundation for understanding the concepts of population-focused nursing practice and the relationship among individuals, families, and populations across the life span. Critical attributes and characteristics of communities are examined. Selected models and theories are used for identifying health patterns of culturally diverse client systems. Health policy, finances, and research are emphasized as the context for community health advocacy and the roles of the professional public health nurse.

This course introduces the student to the research process and establishes a foundation for understanding the scientific basis for practice. Course content and learning activities facilitate the ability to analytically read research reports, access credible sources in response to identified clinical questions, and understand the integration of evidence into practice using evidence-based practice models.

This course emphasizes essential concepts necessary to provide quality care for the older adult and implementing best practices in that care.

This course focuses on biological, psychosocial, and developmental concepts applicable to the nursing care of children and families throughout the continuum of care. The concepts of health including promotion, maintenance, restoration/rehabilitation, and palliation are incorporated into the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on age-appropriate concerns, genetics, cultural diversity, legal/ethical, and end of life issues and family processes.

This course focuses on biological, psychosocial, and developmental concepts applicable to the nursing care of women, newborns and families during the childbearing process. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process and the role of the professional nurse in providing nursing care to parents and neonates responding to the changes inherent in childbirth. The practicum experience allows for direct application of concepts in various perinatal settings.

This course focuses on the development of nurses who will be able to provide psychiatric/mental health nursing care safely in behavioral and general health care settings while delivering nursing care to individuals and their families experiencing mental health alterations. The concepts of health, including promotion, health maintenance and rehabilitation/restoration, are incorporated into discussion of the nursing process and the role of the professional nurse in the classroom and clinical settings. Content will include information on age-appropriate lifespan concerns, which include genetics, cultural humility, legal and ethical issues and related end-of-life issues.

This course is designed to facilitate student transition to the role of professional community/public health nurse. Students have opportunities to apply community/public health competencies in the design and delivery of evidence-based interventions to promote community health. Students use the core public health functions to promote health and reduce risk across the life span. The clinical experience allows for direct application of concepts in various community settings.

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to effective nursing leadership and introduces the managing role of the leader within varied nurse practice settings. Managerial concepts and leadership skills needed to promote high quality outcomes-based nursing care delivery are examined. Emphasis is placed on the professional nurse's role in quality improvement and the use of information technologies to improve patient and system outcomes.

This course focuses on the synthesis of health patterns of client systems in acute care environments. The nursing process is utilized within the realms of illness, rehabilitation, and health restoration for culturally diverse patients across the life span experiencing complex and multi-system health pattern variations. Emphasis is placed on providing patient centered care that is evidence based. Clinical experiences facilitate synthesis of knowledge and enhance the transition from student to role of professional nurse.

This is the capstone course for the prelicensure nursing program. This course emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts from all course work in the program. Students'€™ unique experiences form the context for learning the purpose of enhancing practice and enriching professional development. Capstone projects require students to demonstrate an ability to synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program.

Semester Schema

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Schema
Fall Semester 1 (16 Credits)
Spring Semester 1 (16 Credits)

BIOL 2001C (4 Credits)
Anatomy & Physiology

CHEM 1020 (3 Credits)
Introduction to Chemistry/Biochemistry

CHEM 1020L (1 Credit)
Introduction to Chemistry/Biochemistry Lab

ENGL 1001 (3 Credits)
English Composition

PSYC 1001 (3 Credits)
Introduction to Psychology

NURS 1001 (2 Credits)
Success in College & Nursing

BIOL 2002C (4 Credits)
Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2031C (3 Credits)
Microbiology with Lab

TBD (3 Credits)
Diversity & Culture Elective

SOC 1001 (3 Credits)
Introduction to Sociology

NBSN 1001 (3 Credits)
Introduction to Professional Nursing

Fall Semester 2 (15 Credits)
Spring Semester 2 (14 Credits)

NBSN 2001C (6 Credits)
Fundamental Concepts & Practice for the Novice

NBSN 2005 (4 Credits)
Pathophysiology

EDST 2004 (3 Credits)
Lifespan Human Development

NBSN 2006 (2 Credits)
Introduction to Genetics for Professional Nursing Practice

ENGL 2089 (3 Credits)
Intermediate Composition

NBSN 2007 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Nurses

NBSN 2008 (3 Credits)
Nutrition

NBSN 2002C (5 Credits)
Advanced Fundamental Concept & Practice for the Novice

Fall Semester 3 (15 Credits)
Spring Semester 3 (15-17 Credits)

NBSN 3001C (6 Credits)
Nursing Care of Adults

STAT 1031 (3 Credits)
Statistics for Health Sciences

NBSN 3003 (3 Credits)
Scientific Basis for Professional Nursing Practice

NBSN 3002 (3 Credits)
Concepts of Community

NBSN 3010C, 3020C or 3030C (8 or 6 Credits)
Continuum of Care of Children & Families, Continuum of Care of Childbearing Families, or Continuum of Mental Health Care

NBSN 3040C or TBD (3 Credits)
Community as Partner or Elective in Fine Arts or Humanities

NBSN 3004 (3 Credits)
Gerontological Nursing Practice

TBD (3 Credits)
History Elective

Fall Semester 4 (13-15 Credits) Spring Semester 4 (15 Credits)

NBSN 3010C, 3020C or 3030C (8 or 6 Credits)
Continuum of Care of Children & Families, Continuum of Care of Childbearing Families, or Continuum of Mental Health Care

NBSN 3040C or TBD (3 Credits)
Community as Partner or Elective in Fine Arts or Humanities

NBSN 4001 (4 Credits)
Leadership & Management

NBSN 4020 (3 Credits)
Capstone

NBSN 4002C (9 Credits)
Complex Health Care

TBD (3 Credits)
Elective in Fine Arts, Humanities or Nursing

Students must take a 3-credit history elective, along with a 3-credit hour fine arts or humanities elective to graduate.

Students must also take one 3-credit nursing elective to graduate.

  1. Apply relevant theories from nursing and related natural and behavioral sciences as a foundation for planning holistic care to enhance modify or support population focused health care in various environmental contexts.
  2. Demonstrate clinical judgment while providing holistic care as a member of the interprofessional team in various environmental contexts. 
  3. Employ effective communication and collaboration for professional nursing practice utilizing information management and patient care technology. 
  4. Demonstrate leadership to effectively implement evidence-based interventions that promote patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team. 
  5. Apply nursing process to address the health of diverse populations in the provision of evidence-based, comprehensive nursing care. 
  6. Educate diverse populations in health promotion, disease prevention, maintenance, and health restoration. 
  7. Use scholarly inquiry to guide professional practice. 
  8. Demonstrate leadership in health policy, advocacy, and management of holistic care. 
  9. Apply professional standards of practice incorporating legal, ethical, and resource management.