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BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4 cr.
A study of the human organism relating structure and function. The approach is an integrated one, stressing interrelationships and feedback systems: organic molecules, the cell, cellular respiration, tissues, skin, bones, muscles, and the nervous system. Class, three hours; lab, two hours per week. (Lecture: 3 cr.; Lab: 1 cr.) Must be registered for lecture and lab sections.

BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4 cr.
A study of the human organism relating structure and function. Topics include: the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, endocrinology, digestion, metabolism, the urinary system, water and electrolyte balance, and the reproductive systems. Class, three hours; lab, two hours per week. (Lecture: 3 cr.; Lab: 1 cr.) Must be registered for lecture and lab sections.

BIO 207 Clinical Microbiology and Lab 4 cr.
This course is the study of the structure, basic physiological and biochemical activities of clinically important microorganisms. The human body’s response to invading microbes and methods of preventing and treating infection will also be studied. Laboratory work will involve growth and examination of common species of bacteria, fungi and protozoa. (Lecture: 3 cr.; Lab: 1 cr.) Must be registered for lecture and lab sections.

BIO 335 Pathophysiology 3 cr.
A study of the alterations of normal anatomy and physiology that result in diseases. Topics will be organized according to body systems. Theories of etiology, the progression of the disorder, clinical symptoms and differential diagnosis will be discussed. This course is aimed at the future health professional, medical researcher or athletic trainer, and will include analysis of case studies. Prerequisite: BIO 202 or permission of instructor.

NU 210 Fundamentals of Nursing 8 cr.
The role of the professional nurse is analyzed focusing on current nursing practice. The nursing process is the organizing framework for planning, delivering, and evaluating nursing care. Concepts of wellness, health promotion, and safety are explored for adult and older adult clients. Discussion of alternative options to achieve client goals is encouraged in class and clinical to further develop critical thinking skills. Students develop psychomotor skills in guided nursing laboratory sessions. Clinical experiences are offered in long-term care settings in the community.

NU 211 Care of Adults 8 cr.
Students are introduced to the holistic care of adults experiencing medical/surgical conditions requiring hospitalization in the acute care setting. Content is introduced in class discussion; clinical experiences and conferences reinforce concepts presented in class. The nursing process is used as the organizing framework in the delivery, and evaluation of nursing care aimed at restoring and maintaining the client’s optimal state of health. Students will have an observation experience in the operating room with an opportunity to meet the surgical patient preoperatively, observe surgery, and accompany the patient through immediate recovery.

NU 230 Health Assessment 4 cr.
Students use interviewing skills while collecting complete and focused health histories. The physical examination skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation and selected measurement techniques are used to assess major body systems of clients across the age continuum. The analysis of data using functional health patterns, clinical assessment tools, diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking skills enhance the student’s ability to define and describe a client’s current state of health including recognition of selected deviations from normal. Students practice assessment skills covered in class lecture in nursing laboratory.

NU 305 RN Role Transition 3 cr.
The transition course for registered nurses provides the foundation for synthesis of prior learning with baccalaureate educational preparation for nursing. Critical thinking, decision making, and interpersonal communication is emphasized. Identification of personal learning goals and professional role development are incorporated. Learning experiences enhance the student’s transition into the baccalaureate role. Prerequisite: Licensure as an RN.

NU 306 Nursing Research 3 cr.
This course introduces the nursing student to the importance of research to the discipline of nursing. The course focuses on the research process in the discovery of knowledge and the relevance of research outcomes to nursing practice. Nursing students enhance their critical thinking skills while critiquing current research. The capabilities of baccalaureate prepared nurses as participants on research teams and as consumers of research are examined.

NU 307 Pharmacology 3 cr.
Addresses basic pharmacologic concepts as they relate to nursing practice. Core concepts in pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be studied.

NU 311 Psychosocial Nursing 8 cr.
Emphasizes the psychosocial assessment and care of patients who have medical or mental health disorders. Students evaluate the psychosocial needs of diverse populations and participate in interventions involving individuals, families, and groups. The psychosocial response to impairment is explored with patients of differing cultural backgrounds, functional abilities, mental status, patterns of behavior, and develop-mental levels. The interpersonal process of professional nursing is examined in relation to communication and critical thinking. Clinical experience is provided in selected hospital and community settings.

NU 313 Care of Childbearing Families 5 cr.
Basic knowledge and skills underlying the care of families during childbearing are presented. Students develop beginning skills in applying the nursing process to the care of families during pregnancy, birthing, recovery, and transition home. Nursing students are expected to exercise critical thinking during clinical decision making, use therapeutic communication skills, and provide therapeutic nursing interventions in selected facilities and community settings.

NU 314 Care of Children 5 cr.
Students build on previous knowledge of growth and development, and pathophysiology to assess, plan and implement safe and developmentally appropriate nursing interventions to children from birth through adolescence. Rich clinical experiences in both hospital-based and community settings provide opportunities to strengthen communication skills with children and families from diverse backgrounds. Classroom analysis of specific case studies encourages peer review as a method to stimulate critical thinking.

NU 400 Nursing Internship and Seminar 5 cr.
This internship is a precepted clinical experience designed to facilitate the transition from nursing student to entry level baccalaureate practitioner. Students work with a baccalaureate prepared RN in a medical-surgical, maternity, pediatric, psychosocial, or acute care setting providing therapeutic nursing interventions for multiple clients. Please Note: RN’s who are currently working in the field of nursing may request a waiver for this course.

NU 408 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3 cr.
Principles of leadership and management are applied to case studies that illustrate the skills needed to manage patient care and human or material resources in the health care field. Students explore strategies for exercising power to influence the politics of the work setting, professional organizations, and legislatures. Major factors in the escalation of health care costs are explored as well as the legal and ethical implications of current social policies.

NU 410 Acute Care Nursing 8 cr.
This course builds on content taught in prior nursing courses. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process in providing therapeutic nursing interventions to adults with complex health problems: acute illness, multi-system disease, and trauma. Content includes the use of equipment, technology, procedures and pharmacological agents commonly used in the treatment of complex health problems. The nurse’s role in providing and managing care for clients with complex alterations in health in hospital settings is addressed.

NU 411 Community Health Nursing 4 cr.
This course focuses on fostering health in the community. Cultural, socioeconomic, and epidemiological factors are considered as community specific health problems are identified. Empowering individuals, families and groups to restore and maintain health as well as prevent illness and injury is an integral component of this course. Clinical learning experiences are provided in a variety of community and public health settings.

NU 489 Senior Thesis I 3 cr.
Senior Thesis I is the first phase of a two-semester thesis sequence and provides students with an opportunity to study a specific area within their major more deeply. Students choose a topic in their respective field, and through library research, complete a comprehensive literature review that is then developed into an original research proposal in Senior Thesis II. Prerequisite: or concurrent with NU 306.

NU 490 Senior Thesis II 3 cr.
Developing the concept explored in Senior Thesis I, students will develop an evidence based nursing research proposal. The outcomes of the proposal will be a scholarly paper, oral and poster presentations. Prerequisite: NU 489.

PE 210 Nutrition 3 cr.
The course is designed to educate students in the scientific and applied aspects of nutrition. Students will gain scientific information, which will enhance their abilities to apply these principles in any educational, school or community setting. Students will learn the importance of nutrition in its relationship to disease, different needs throughout the life cycle and food safety implications. Finally, students will be exposed to and be able to discuss current research as it relates to nutritional concepts.

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