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B.S.N. Pre-Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure

Catawba College offers the BSN Pre-Licensure degree, approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). Admission to Catawba is required for admittance to nursing upper division.

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Curriculum

Required Courses for B.S.N. Pre-Licensure
Required Courses for B.S.N. Pre-Licensure

Pre-Licensure BSN General Education Core

(These specifics must be met in conjunction with Catawba's General Education requirements); Must be completed prior to applying to Nursing Upper Division.

CORE COURSES

Credit

BIOL 2419: Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2420 Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Select ONE of the following:
BIOL 1123: Fundamentals of Microbiology  OR
BIOL 3562: Microbiology & Immunology

4

Select ONE of the following:
CHEM 1501: General Chemistry I OR
CHEM 1104: Principles of Chemistry

4

MATH 1132: Introduction to Statistics

3

PHIL 2170: Ethics

 3

 

Freshman or Sophomore Year

Course Title

Credit

*NURS 1101

Exploring Nursing as a Profession

1

   

13

Junior Level-Fall Semester

Course Title

Credits

NURS 3201

Introduction to Professional Nursing

3

NURS 3202

Intro to Prof Nursing Practicum

2

NURS 3203

Pharmacological Applications in Nursing

3

NURS 3204

Health Assessment

3

NURS 3205

Informatics in Nursing Practice

1

   

13

Spring Semester

Course Title

Credits

NURS 3312

Adult Health I

5

NURS 3310

Clinical Reasoning I

1

NURS 3311

Introduction to Nursing Research

3

NURS 3309

Pathophysiology for Nurses

3

   

12

Summer Session 

Course Title

Credits

NURS 3411

Gerontological Nursing

2

NURS 3412

Mental Health Nursing

4

NURS 3413

Pediatric Nursing

4

   

10

Senior Level-Fall Semester

Course Title

Credits

NURS 4212

Adult Health II

5

NURS 4210

Clinical Reasoning II

1

NURS 4211

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

4

NURS 4209

Global Health Across the Lifespan

2

   

12

Spring Semester

Course Title

Credits

NURS 4302

Professional Nursing Management and Leadership

3

NURS 4402

Nursing Care for the Community

4

NURS 4501

Senior Seminar

2

NURS 4514

Focused Care Preceptorship

4

   

13


*This course should be taken prior to program admittance. Admission to Upper Division is not required.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

NURS 1101 EXPLORING NURSING AS A PROFESSION     1 hour
This course allows students to explore an area of the nursing profession by introducing the nursing process and how this process is applied in nursing practice. Experiential learning opportunities will be included in various healthcare-related settings.

NURS 3201 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING     3 hours
This course will introduce the basic concepts, principles, theories, historical perspectives, skills, and roles of professional nurses using the nursing process, cultural competencies, ethical and legal issues, and critical thinking. Psychomotor competencies in foundational healthcare skills are performed through laboratory experiences in simulated healthcare environments. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3202 INTRO TO PROF NURSING PRACTICUM     2 hours
This course will allow hands-on practice of skills using the nursing process to apply evidenced-based and best practice models necessary for care of clients in variable healthcare environments. A clinical practicum will allow for the hands-on application of psychomotor competencies and foundational healthcare skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3203 PHARMACOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN NURSING      3 hours
This course will focus on the study of major medication classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, adverse and therapeutic responses to medications, nursing implications, and basic principles of drug calculations. A lab practicum will enhance the nursing implications associated with medication administration. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3204 HEALTH ASSESSMENT     3 hours
This course will focus on developing sound, foundational assessment skills critical to clinical decision making abilities including history-taking, review of systems, and physical examination. Emphasis is on normal findings and common alterations across the life span. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3205 INFORMATICS IN NURSING PRACTICE 1 hour
This course will focus on electronic databases for clinical practice and the understanding of interdisciplinary health information systems to collect, share, and manage data, and to support decision making using patient care technologies and information management systems. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option).

NURS 3309 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSES     3 hours
This course will focus on selected pathophysiologic disease processes and related environmental and lifestyle influences across the lifespan that produce alterations in human physiologic function. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3310 CLINICAL REASONING I    1 hour
This course will focus on the utilization of nursing concepts and evidence-based findings to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in relation to clinical decision making. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3311 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH FOR PRE-LICENSURE STUDENTS     3 hours
This course will introduce the nurse’s role in the research process as an evidence-based research consumer, as an assessor and evaluator of research studies and trends that impact nursing care, and as an investigator of other nursing related issues. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3310, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3312 ADULT HEALTH I     5 hours
This course will focus on the needs of adult with selected health alterations and their families in relation to health promotion and management of conditions that require acute and chronic care. A clinical practicum will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical implications associated with pathophysiological mechanism and related human responses. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3310, and NURS 3311.

NURS 3411 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING     2 hours
This course will focus on theories of aging, and roles and functions of the nurse when caring for the older adult population to promote wellness, maintenance, and safety. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3412 and NURS 3413.

NURS 3412 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING     4 hours
This course will focus on concepts and principles of human behaviors, and the nursing care management necessary for individuals and their families via an interdisciplinary approach. A clinical practicum will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical and theoretical implications in selected mental health care settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3411 and NURS 3413.

NURS 3413 PEDIATRIC NURSING     4 hours
This course will focus on the concepts, skills and principles of nursing practice essential to the promotion and maintenance for the child and family with selected health alterations. A clinical practicum in selected pediatric health care settings will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical and theoretical implications. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3411 and NURS 3412.

NURS 4209 GLOBAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN     2 hours
This course will focus on global healthcare issues affecting health policy, vulnerable populations, and other groups across the lifespan. Related quality improvement processes that facilitate change will be explored. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4210 CLINICAL REASONING II     1 hour
This course will focus on the utilization of the nursing process and the acquisition of evidence-based nursing knowledge to continuously promote critical thinking skills, to enhance clinical reasoning and decision making, and to integrate skills already learned in NURS 3310 for the provision of client care. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4211 MATERNAL/NEWBORN NURSING     4 hours
This course will focus on the concepts and skills needed for the nursing care of the childbearing woman and family during the complete maternity cycle. A clinical practicum will provide opportunities to demonstrate the various roles of the pediatric nurse. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4210, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4212 ADULT HEALTH II     5 hours
This course will build upon concepts, principles, and skills presented in NURS 3312 and will focus on complex health alterations in adults and the nurse’s responsibility in making clinical decisions and fostering health restoration and maintenance. A clinical practicum will enhance the ability to manage complex health illnesses including medication administration and maintenance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4210, and NURS 4211.

NURS 4302 PROFESSIONAL NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP     3 hours
This course will focus on concepts and knowledge related to the economic, theoretical, and political implications of nursing management and leadership and their relationship to health policy, finances, ethics, quality improvement processes, and decision making in the health care system. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4402, NURS 4501, and NURS 4514.

NURS 4402 NURSING CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY     4 hours
This course will focus on demographics, epidemiological principles, theory, and concepts related to the client-centered nursing care of community and public health of individuals across the lifespan and the related impact. A clinical practicum will further enhance the application of the related knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4501, and NURS 4514.

NURS 4501 SENIOR SEMINAR     2 hours
This course will focus on enhancing analytical skills with an emphasis on NCLEX style testing and the ability to critically analyze patient care situations. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4402, and NURS 4514. Course is to be taken the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.

NURS 4514 FOCUSED CARE PRECEPTORSHIP     4 hours
Taken in the final semester, this course will focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, trends, and personal and professional leadership strategies necessary to make the transition from student-nurse to nurse. A clinical practicum will assist with the application of the knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4402, and NURS 4501. Course is to be taken the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.

NURS 3301 TRANSITIONING TO BACCALAUREATE NURSING PRACTICE     3 hours
This course will assist the licensed RN with transitioning to professional nursing practice at the baccalaureate level. The focus will be on the application of curricular concepts to nursing practice, role differentiation, and contribution of the BSN prepared nurse to healthcare. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; completion of required Gen Ed courses.

NURS 3302 HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR RNS     4 hours
This course will focus on physical assessment skills of individuals across the life span based on normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease and their relations to human responses. A lab practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option.

NURS 3303 NURSING RESEARCH     3 hours
This course will introduce concepts commonly associated with nursing research, data collection and analysis, and the importance of its use when allowing evidence-based practice (EBP), and Best Practice models to guide patient care. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; successful completion of statistics course.

NURS 3306 NURSING THE GERONTOLOGICAL POPULATIONS     2 hours
This course will focus on theories of aging and nursing care of the older adult population. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301; or special permission from the instructor.

NURS 3511 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING     5 hours
This course will use the nursing process to develop and implement care for individuals, families, and groups in a disadvantaged community setting. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, and NURS 3306.

NURS 4201 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE     2 hours
This course will focus on the nursing care associated with ethical and legal issues common to healthcare environments. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4202 NURSING INFORMATICS     2 hours
This course will explore common concepts and applications related to the nurse’s role in using informatics for decision-making via messaging, documentation, information retrieval, and other methods associated with healthcare information exchange. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option.

NURS 4204 GLOBAL HEALTH STUDIES     2 hours
This course will focus on concepts that will enhance nursing care of different cultures. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4306 HEALTHCARE PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN     3 hours
This course will examine foundations of family theory and its relations to health disparities, disabilities, and chronic conditions and illnesses across the lifespan. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4405 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING     3 hours
This course will focus on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, and NURS 4306.

NURS 4511 CAPSTONE PRACTICUM COURSE      5 hours
This practicum course will build on the concepts and knowledge gained from previous nursing courses allowing for the application of theories and concepts associated with nursing leadership, nursing research, and management of care. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, NURS 4306, and NURS 4405.

NURS 1101 EXPLORING NURSING AS A PROFESSION    1 hour
This course allows students to explore an area of the nursing profession by introducing the nursing process and how this process is applied in nursing practice. Experiential learning opportunities will be included in various healthcare-related settings.

NURS 3201 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING     3 hours
This course will introduce the basic concepts, principles, theories, historical perspectives, skills, and roles of professional nurses using the nursing process, cultural competencies, ethical and legal issues, and critical thinking. Psychomotor competencies in foundational healthcare skills are performed through laboratory experiences in simulated healthcare environments. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3202 INTRO TO PROF NURSING PRACTICUM     2 hours
This course will allow hands-on practice of skills using the nursing process to apply evidenced-based and best practice models necessary for care of clients in variable healthcare environments. A clinical practicum will allow for the hands-on application of psychomotor competencies and foundational healthcare skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3203 PHARMACOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN NURSING     3 hours
This course will focus on the study of major medication classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, adverse and therapeutic responses to medications, nursing implications, and basic principles of drug calculations. A lab practicum will enhance the nursing implications associated with medication administration. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3204 HEALTH ASSESSMENT     3 hours
This course will focus on developing sound, foundational assessment skills critical to clinical decision making abilities including history-taking, review of systems, and physical examination. Emphasis is on normal findings and common alterations across the life span. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option). Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, and NURS 3205.

NURS 3205 INFORMATICS IN NURSING PRACTICE     1 hour
This course will focus on electronic databases for clinical practice and the understanding of interdisciplinary health information systems to collect, share, and manage data, and to support decision making using patient care technologies and information management systems. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites and NURS 1101; and Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option).

NURS 3309 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSES     3 hours
This course will focus on selected pathophysiologic disease processes and related environmental and lifestyle influences across the lifespan that produce alterations in human physiologic function. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3310 CLINICAL REASONING I      1 hour
This course will focus on the utilization of nursing concepts and evidence-based findings to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in relation to clinical decision making. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3311 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH FOR PRE-LICENSURE STUDENTS      3 hours
This course will introduce the nurse’s role in the research process as an evidence-based research consumer, as an assessor and evaluator of research studies and trends that impact nursing care, and as an investigator of other nursing related issues. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3310, and NURS 3312.

NURS 3312 ADULT HEALTH I      5 hours
This course will focus on the needs of adult with selected health alterations and their families in relation to health promotion and management of conditions that require acute and chronic care. A clinical practicum will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical implications associated with pathophysiological mechanism and related human responses. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, and NURS 3205 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3309, NURS 3310, and NURS 3311.

NURS 3411 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING      2 hours
This course will focus on theories of aging, and roles and functions of the nurse when caring for the older adult population to promote wellness, maintenance, and safety. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3412 and NURS 3413.

NURS 3412 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING      4 hours
This course will focus on concepts and principles of human behaviors, and the nursing care management necessary for individuals and their families via an interdisciplinary approach. A clinical practicum will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical and theoretical implications in selected mental health care settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3411 and NURS 3413.

NURS 3413 PEDIATRIC NURSING      4 hours
This course will focus on the concepts, skills and principles of nursing practice essential to the promotion and maintenance for the child and family with selected health alterations. A clinical practicum in selected pediatric health care settings will allow for the implementation of the nursing process based on clinical and theoretical implications. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, and NURS 3312 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 3411 and NURS 3412.

NURS 4209 GLOBAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN      2 hours
This course will focus on global healthcare issues affecting health policy, vulnerable populations, and other groups across the lifespan. Related quality improvement processes that facilitate change will be explored. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4210 CLINICAL REASONING II      1 hour
This course will focus on the utilization of the nursing process and the acquisition of evidence-based nursing knowledge to continuously promote critical thinking skills, to enhance clinical reasoning and decision making, and to integrate skills already learned in NURS 3310 for the provision of client care. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4211 MATERNAL/NEWBORN NURSING     4 hours
This course will focus on the concepts and skills needed for the nursing care of the childbearing woman and family during the complete maternity cycle. A clinical practicum will provide opportunities to demonstrate the various roles of the pediatric nurse. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4210, and NURS 4212.

NURS 4212 ADULT HEALTH II      5 hours
This course will build upon concepts, principles, and skills presented in NURS 3312 and will focus on complex health alterations in adults and the nurse’s responsibility in making clinical decisions and fostering health restoration and maintenance. A clinical practicum will enhance the ability to manage complex health illnesses including medication administration and maintenance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, and NURS 3413 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4209, NURS 4210, and NURS 4211.

NURS 4302 PROFESSIONAL NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP      3 hours
This course will focus on concepts and knowledge related to the economic, theoretical, and political implications of nursing management and leadership and their relationship to health policy, finances, ethics, quality improvement processes, and decision making in the health care system. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4402, NURS 4501, and NURS 4514.

NURS 4402 NURSING CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY      4 hours
This course will focus on demographics, epidemiological principles, theory, and concepts related to the client-centered nursing care of community and public health of individuals across the lifespan and the related impact. A clinical practicum will further enhance the application of the related knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4501, and NURS 4514.

NURS 4501 SENIOR SEMINAR      2 hours
This course will focus on enhancing analytical skills with an emphasis on NCLEX style testing and the ability to critically analyze patient care situations. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4402, and NURS 4514. Course is to be taken the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.

NURS 4514 FOCUSED CARE PRECEPTORSHIP      4 hours
Taken in the final semester, this course will focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, trends, and personal and professional leadership strategies necessary to make the transition from student-nurse to nurse. A clinical practicum will assist with the application of the knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the nursing pre-requisites; Admission to the Nursing Major (BSN pre-licensure option); Successful completion of NURS 1101, NURS 3201, NURS 3202, NURS 3203, NURS 3204, NURS 3205, NURS 3309, NURS 3310, NURS 3311, NURS 3312, NURS 3411, NURS 3412, NURS 3413, NURS 4209, NURS 4210, NURS 4211, and NURS 4212 with a “C” letter grade or better. Co-requisites: Enrollment in NURS 4302, NURS 4402, and NURS 4501. Course is to be taken the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.

NURS 3301 TRANSITIONING TO BACCALAUREATE NURSING PRACTICE      3 hours
This course will assist the licensed RN with transitioning to professional nursing practice at the baccalaureate level. The focus will be on the application of curricular concepts to nursing practice, role differentiation, and contribution of the BSN prepared nurse to healthcare. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; completion of required Gen Ed courses.

NURS 3302 HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR RNS      4 hours
This course will focus on physical assessment skills of individuals across the life span based on normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease and their relations to human responses. A lab practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option.

NURS 3303 NURSING RESEARCH      3 hours
This course will introduce concepts commonly associated with nursing research, data collection and analysis, and the importance of its use when allowing evidence-based practice (EBP), and Best Practice models to guide patient care. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; successful completion of statistics course.

NURS 3306 NURSING THE GERONTOLOGICAL POPULATIONS      2 hours
This course will focus on theories of aging and nursing care of the older adult population. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301; or special permission from the instructor.

NURS 3511 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING      5 hours
This course will use the nursing process to develop and implement care for individuals, families, and groups in a disadvantaged community setting. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, and NURS 3306.

NURS 4201 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE      2 hours
This course will focus on the nursing care associated with ethical and legal issues common to healthcare environments. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4202 NURSING INFORMATICS      2 hours
This course will explore common concepts and applications related to the nurse’s role in using informatics for decision-making via messaging, documentation, information retrieval, and other methods associated with healthcare information exchange. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option.

NURS 4204 GLOBAL HEALTH STUDIES      2 hours
This course will focus on concepts that will enhance nursing care of different cultures. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4306 HEALTHCARE PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN      3 hours
This course will examine foundations of family theory and its relations to health disparities, disabilities, and chronic conditions and illnesses across the lifespan. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301.

NURS 4405 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING      3 hours
This course will focus on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, and NURS 4306.

NURS 4511 CAPSTONE PRACTICUM COURSE      5 hours
This practicum course will build on the concepts and knowledge gained from previous nursing courses allowing for the application of theories and concepts associated with nursing leadership, nursing research, and management of care. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, NURS 4306, and NURS 4405.