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NURSING.

B.S. Degree in Nursing
Pre-Licensure

Catawba College offers the BSN Pre-Licensure degree, approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON).

Pre-Licensure Nursing Degree – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Prepare to serve holistically as a nurse in the health care field.

The Catawba College Department of Nursing seeks to prepare competent, diverse nurse professionals to meet the holistic health care needs of a culturally diverse society by providing a solid foundation in liberal studies to prepare students for entry-level practice in the nursing profession.

Nursing students will complete a curriculum that is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials and are supported by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) qualities.  Courses, or Baccalaureate Essentials, offered in the Pre-Licensure Nursing Degree program at Catawba have specific program objectives designed to assist nursing majors in achieving targeted learning outcomes

Catawba’s Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science Nursing degree is offered at an institution named by U.S. News as the 4th Best Regional College in the South in 2018, and that is perennially included in The Princeton Review’s Best College guide.

Prospective nursing majors at Catawba College who complete all pre-requisite general education requirements, must make application and meet Nursing Department Admissions criteria before being accepted in the Nursing Upper Division.

Catawba College Nursing Student
Clinical and Practicum Experiences.

Catawba College’s Nursing Department partners with leading healthcare organizations such as Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Hospitals, and Atrium Health. Varied clinical and practicum experiences, in all nursing-focused areas, allow for a better-rounded, generalist nurse prepared to begin his/her career in the nursing profession. Other organizational agencies provide outpatient opportunities to practice in the community to meet the holistic needs of clients in the rural setting.

Catawba’s Department of Nursing faculty are committed to working with students to meet their professional goals. Faculty offer varied clinical expertise in fields such as geriatrics, mental health, maternity and pediatric care, and medical surgical nursing. In addition, a simulation and lab coordinator ensures that simulation and lab experiences meet students’ learning needs prior to and during clinical experiences.

Service Learning and Community Service.

Embedded throughout Catawba College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure curriculum, service learning and community service provide students with meaningful, experiential learning opportunities. Through development of community assessments and implementation of teaching projects and service, students meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse population as they develop evidence-based practice initiatives and critical thinking skills. Catawba Nursing students demonstrate caring and compassion through service learning and community service which allows them  to give back to their communities through participation in mission trips, taking vital signs at a community clinic, feeding the homeless, developing teaching projects at community agencies that target specific populations with health care needs, and participating in Special Olympics.

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PARTICIPATE.

The Catawba College Student Nurses Association offers pre-nursing and nursing students opportunities for campus, community, and statewide collaboration for addressing current population health care needs. In addition, involvement allows for mentorship and connection with members of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Students attend statewide and national student nurses’ association meetings, participate as officers in campus, state, and national student nurses association, and take part in various community services initiatives.

Faculty

Dr. Valerie Rakes, DNP, RN

Dr. Valerie Rakes is an associate professor and chair of Catawba’s Department of Nursing.  A registered nurse with 29 years’ experience in both hospital practice and academic settings, she specializes in leadership and curriculum development through inter-professional collaboration in academic and healthcare settings. She has presented her research on implementation of inter-professional education in pre-licensure health science programs to improve communication and safety in the practice area. She is currently involved with an evidence-based practice project to increase clinical reasoning in undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students utilizing technology and theory-driven educational methods.

Dr. Alison Atwater

Dr. Alison Atwater is an assistant professor and simulation and lab coordinator. She began consistently using simulation education in 2015 and has completed numerous professional development activities since. Her research interest include using modern technology, combined with theory-driven educational methods to enhance student learning.  Her particular focus is on improving the nursing student's clinical reasoning ability to help educate safe, responsible, and effective professional nurses. She is actively piloting a debriefing tool she created, the Atwater Clinical Reasoning Map for Students, with the goal of researching the effectiveness of the tool and publishing for others to use in the future.

Zula Price, MSN, RN, CD (DONA)

Zula Price, PhD(c), RN, CD(DONA), is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Her current research and clinical interests are focused in racial and ethnic health disparities, and female reproductive health.  

Sandra Yamane, MSN, MS, RN

Sandy Yamane is an assistant professor of Nursing.  She educational background is diverse and includes earning her M.S.N. at Sacred Heart University, an M.S. at Columbia Southern University in Occupational Safety and Health/Environmental Management, and her R.N. at Forsyth Technical Community College. She also earned an AGNP at Duke University and a B.A. degree in Recreation Administration and Leisure Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Curriculum

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

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will be awarded to students upon successful completion of 124 semester hours of nursing and general education course requirements. The curriculum is divided into three (3) areas: Catawba College General Education requirements (non-nursing), Nursing Foundation General Education requirements (non-nursing), and the Nursing Concentration requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Credit

Foundations and Skills

  • GEN 1200 First Year Seminar - First Year Seminar is required of all first-time students, transfers and re-entering students with fewer than 18 hours earned.
3
  • ENGL 1103 First Year Writing - Based on placement scores, students may be required to complete ENGL 1101 prior to enrolling in ENGL1103.
3
  • ENGL 2111 Second Year Writing OR other APPROVED writing-focused 2000 level courses.
3
  • Quantitative Literacy: MATH 1132: Introduction to Statistics
4-6
  • Foreign Language Literacy through the Intermediate I level (0-9 semester hours, depending on placement)
0-9
  • Wellness Activity and Literacy (1 semester hour)
1

25
(max.)

Perspectives (25 semester hours)

  • Historical-Social
    - PSYCH 1110: General Psychology (3)
    - SOC 1501: Social Problems (3)
6-9
  • Interpretive 
    - PHIL 2170: Ethics (3)
    - Additional APPROVED courses in ART, COMMUNICATION ARTS, ENGLISH, HISTORY, HONORS, HUMANITIES, MUSIC, POLITICS, RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, SPANISH, THEATRE ARTS
6-9
  • Creative 
    - Additional APPROVED courses in ART, COMMUNICATION ARTS, ENGLISH, DANCE, MUSIC, THEATRE ARTS
3-6
  • Natural Sciences
    - BIOL 2419: Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    - BIOL 2420: Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

 

8
 

Non-Western Perspective

  • The Non-Western Perspective is a graduation requirement and may be fulfilled by classes from Foundations and Skills or Perspectives. APPROVED courses can be selected from COMMUNICATION ARTS, ECONOMICS, EDUCATION, HISTORY, MATHEMATICS, MUSIC, POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIOLOGY, SPANISH, THEATRE ARTS
3

Additional Requirements

  • BIOL 1123: Fundamentals of Microbiology (4) OR BIOL 3562: Microbiology & Immunology (4)
  • CHEM 1104: Principles of Chemistry (4) OR CHEM 1501: General Chemistry I (4)
  • PSYCH 2345: Human Development (3)
11
TOTAL:

 31

PRE-LICENSURE BSN COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Credit

NURS 1101: Exploring Nursing as a Profession (1)

 
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)  
NURS 3309: Pathophysiology for Nurses (3)  
NURS 3310: Clinical Reasoning I (1)  
NURS 3311: Introduction to Nursing Research [for pre-licensure students] (3)  
NURS 3312: Adult Health I (5)  
NURS 3411: Gerontological Nursing (2)  
NURS 3412: Mental Health Nursing (4)  
NURS 3413: Pediatric Nursing (4)  
NURS 4209: Global Health Across the Lifespan (2)  
NURS 4210: Clinical Reasoning II (1)  
NURS 4211: Maternal/Newborn Nursing (4)  
NURS 4212: Adult Health II (5)  
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)  
TOTAL:

60

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.