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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

Prereq. for all NU courses is a major in nursing.

NU 128 Introduction to Nursing Practice (1) Prereq.: Pre-nursing student with at least “C-” in BY 105; and at least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in BY 201, CH 107, and MA 121. Students will develop basic skills in professional communication and medication administration. The student will learn to communicate with the interdisciplinary team and to use basic medical terminology. Conversions, formulas, and algebraic principles will be used to solve medication calculations. Spring.

NU 203 Foundations of Professional Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card; at least “C-” in BY 201, CH 107, EN 121, 126, MA 121, and NU 128; credit for or concurrent enrollment in BY 202; and at least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 214, 215, and 218. The student will learn and demonstrate fundamental nursing skills. Using evidence-based practice, the student will learn to apply the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care across the lifespan. Application and implementation of nursing care will be emphasized regarding quality, safety, and privacy in the delivery of healthcare. The application and demonstration of basic nursing skills will occur through the use of high- and low-fidelity simulators in the laboratory setting and in the clinical setting. 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab or clinical experience. Fall.

NU 207 Beginning Medical-Surgical Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card; at least “C-” in NU 203, 214, 215, and 218; credit for or concurrent enrollment in BY 206; and at least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 210, 226, and 314. This course introduces students to the principles of medical-surgical nursing. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of the nursing process and evidence-based practice to deliver safe and quality care to adult and geriatric populations with acute and chronic health problems. The students’ learning and demonstration of nursing skills are evaluated through the use of high- and low-fidelity simulators in the laboratory and via clinical experiences provided in a variety of healthcare settings. 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab or clinical experience. Spring.

NU 210 Nursing Informatics (1) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 207. Students will develop a basic knowledge of current computer hardware, software, databases, and communications technologies relevant to healthcare, research, and nursing education. Relevant ethical and legal issues will be addressed. The student will examine and be able to utilize computerized patient records and medical equipment. Spring.

NU 214 Pharmacology (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 203. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology. With an emphasis on knowledge and nursing interventions required to promote therapeutic effects, these concepts are applied to health promotion and maintenance to patients across the lifespan. Students acquire knowledge regarding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of major drug classes and commonly prescribed medications within each drug class including therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, precautions, and contraindications. Safe administration of enteral and parenteral medications is learned by describing actual medication errors, discussing proper drug administration techniques, and reviewing dosage calculations. Fall.

NU 215 Physical Assessment (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 203. This course covers assessment of the health status of the adult and child. Students develop the skill of interviewing and learn and demonstrate physical assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Emphasis is given to the theoretical concepts and psychomotor skills necessary for physical assessment. Data collection through a complete health history and physical assessment of all body systems is included. Fall.

NU 218 Nutrition (1) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 203. This is an introductory course in the basic science of nutrition. It covers basic principles of nutrition and their application to health promotion, maintenance, and disease prevention in the adult. The major macronutrients and micronutrients are learned along with application to the clinical setting. Students will also learn methods of conducting a nutritional assessment and principles for providing nutritional care to patients in various states of altered health. Fall.

NU 226 Pathophysiology (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 207. This course teaches the normal cellular function of body systems as well as alterations that occur in various disease processes or disorders. The student will develop an understanding of the effects of altered states of health on body systems and will have a stronger basis for planning nursing actions in the clinical setting. Spring.

NU 305 Maternity Nursing (6) Prereq.: Valid CPR card and at least “C-” in NU 207, 210, 226, and 314. This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process with families during the childbearing period. The student will learn to provide nursing care throughout the normal as well as complicated pregnancy. Learning experiences are provided in various ambulatory and hospital agencies where antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal care are given. 4 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Fall.

NU 306 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card; at least “C-” in NU 207, 210, 226, and 314; and at least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in PS 206. This course will introduce the student to the study of human behavior and relationships. Causal factors of behavior such as emotion and frustration are also acquired. The course will focus on utilizing the nursing process to help meet the needs of individuals and families having difficulty coping and adapting to their life experiences. Although the promotion of mental health will be stressed, some learning experiences will deal with the more acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. 3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Fall.

NU 307 Medical-Surgical Nursing (6) Prereq.: Valid CPR card and at least “C-” in NU 305, 306, PS 206, and 323. This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process in meeting the needs of the medical-surgical patient and his family. The student will achieve advanced physical assessment skills and learn problem identification and planning while providing implementation of comprehensive nursing care. Learning experiences are provided in a variety of hospital clinical settings. 4 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Spring.

NU 308 Pediatric Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card and at least “C-” in NU 305, 306, and PS 206 and 323. This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process with families during the child-rearing period. Special emphasis is placed on learning the adaptation of nursing care according to the patient’s level of growth and development. Ambulatory and hospital learning experiences are planned with healthy and ill children up through adolescents. 3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Spring.

NU 314 Advanced Pharmacology (1) Prereq.: At least “C-” in or concurrent enrollment in NU 207. This course builds upon basic pharmacological principles and expands knowledge of further drug classifications with an emphasis on pharmacokinetics, and pharmodynamics of major drug classes and commonly prescribed prototype medications within each drug class including therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, precautions, and contraindications. Students are able to identify antidotes to drug toxicity or overdose. Students apply critical thinking skills to case studies focusing on pharmacological agents to treat pathological conditions. Spring.

NU 401 Community Health Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card and at least “C-” in all junior-level nursing courses. This course provides nursing students with the knowledge and skills essential for application of the nursing process with families and other groups in the community with emphasis on health promotion, preventive health, health teaching, and restorative health. Concepts of environmental health and epidemiology are also acquired. Learning experiences are planned in a variety of community settings. 3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Fall.

NU 406 Nursing Research and Statistics (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in all junior-level nursing courses. The student will learn basic statistical concepts and methods of collecting, summarizing, presenting, and interpreting data to integrate evidenced-based practice into the role of the professional nurse. The student will develop skill in critiquing nursing research articles, describe fundamental concepts in research design, and acknowledge the importance of employing ethical principles for subject protection. Fall.

NU 407 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (5) Prereq.: Valid CPR card and at least “C-” in all junior-level nursing courses. This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process in meeting the needs of the critically ill/emergency patient and his family. The student will learn rapid assessment, priority setting, planning and implementation of care to the patient in a life-threatening situation. This course also strives to enhance the skills of critical thinking, decision-making, independent judgment, prioritizing care, and delegation. Learning experiences are provided in the critical-care clinical settings. 3 hours lecture; 6 hours clinical experience. Fall.

NU 408 Preceptorship (6) Prereq.: Valid CPR card; at least “C-” in NU 401, 406, and 407; and concurrent enrollment in NU 410 and 412. This course focuses on providing the student with the opportunity to practice roles of a professional nurse in one clinical area with the assistance of faculty and a selected preceptor. Preceptorship assists the student in making the transition from the academic setting to the professional work setting. This experience provides opportunities for the student to incorporate the principles of leadership, decision making, research, change, and teaching/learning during the experience. The student is in the clinical setting 320 hours. 32 hours clinical experience. Spring.

NU 410 Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing (3) Coreq.: NU 408 and 412. Selected issues and trends in nursing and in health care in general will be learned with emphasis upon nursing education and practice, evolving roles of the professional nurse, career development, legislation, and professional ethics. The student will also learn the impact of social changes on nursing through the years. Spring.

NU 412 Senior Nursing Seminar (3) Coreq.: NU 408 and 410. This course provides the opportunity for synthesizing nursing theories, concepts, and principles from the entire curriculum into the total concept of the professional nurse. Students will learn the roles of the professional nurse with an emphasis on leadership and management roles. Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN exam by weekly reviews by the nursing faculty. Discussion in the clinical area will be shared with an emphasis on application of the principles of leadership, management, delegation, and other supporting principles in decision making. Spring.

NU 490 Nursing NCLEX-RN Review (2) This course presents a comprehensive review of Medical-Surgical content to prepare the student for the National Council’s Licensure Exam for the RN (NCLEX-RN) and is required of all students who do not successfully achieve the established score on a standardized exit exam. Students will complete computer-based practice exams and remediation to evaluate and build their knowledge base. Post-term.

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