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Nursing



Course Descriptions


Professional Nursing
(1) S
A survey of the history, philosophy, and
practice of nursing for majors and nonmajors.
Nursing science as foundation
for nursing process. Field experience in
diverse community settings.

NUR 201 – Health Assessment and the Nursing Process
(3) F,S
Assessment of physical, psychological,
social, cultural, and environmental
aspects of clients. Focuses on well individual,
with reference to illness. Includes
laboratory. Prerequisites: Biology 101,
102, or permission of instructor.

NUR 206 – Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
(3) S
Overview of professional nursing.
Introduction to nursing theory and
research. Basic principles of stress and
adaptation, and human interaction in
context of the nursing process. Basic
clinical skills practiced in laboratory.
Not open to RNs (see Nursing 351).
Prerequisites: Biology 101, 102,
Chemistry 211, Psychology 101,
Sociology 151. Corequisites: Nursing
201, 206C, Biology 203, 208. (Sociology
151 may be corequisite.)

NUR 206C – Fundamentals of Nursing Practice – Clinical
(1) S
Provides opportunity to implement theory
in acute care setting. Graded on a
pass/fail basis. Corequisite: Nursing 206.

NUR 311C – Professional Nursing Practicum
(1 – 2) Y
Clinical course which focuses on integrating
nursing theory and science
through the nursing process with the
individual client. Includes seminar.
Prerequisites/corequisites: junior status
or permission of instructor (for LPNs
and RNs only).

NUR 333 – Psychiatric Nursing
(3) Y
Concepts essential for effective mental
health nursing: Nurse-patient relationship
theory, group theory, creation of
therapeutic milieu, mental status examination,
nursing interventions for selected
mental health disorders. For RNs
only.

NUR 334 – Nursing Care of the Adult I
(4) F
Utilizes the nursing process to facilitate
individual and family adaptation to
acute stress. Alterations experienced in
surgery (perioperative nursing), mobility,
digestion, elimination, metabolism,
cancer fluid/gas transport, skin protection.
Includes laboratory. Prerequisites:
Nursing 201, 206; Biology 203, 205, 208;
and Health Studies 245 or Psychology
223. Corequisite: Nursing 334C.

NUR 334C – Nursing Care of the Adult I – Clinical
(2) F
Clinical experiences with patients and
families in acute care setting. Graded on
a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Nursing
206C. Corequisite: Nursing 334.

NUR 336 – Nursing Care of the Chronically Ill Client
(3) F
Nursing process with adults and families
living with chronic conditions such as
diabetes mellitus, hypertension, arthritis,
and alcoholism. Role of nurse as teacher
emphasized. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisite: Nursing 201, 206; Biology
203, 205, 208; and Health Studies 245 or
Psychology 223. Corequisite: Nursing
336C.

NUR 336C – Nursing Care of the Chronically Ill Client – Clinical
(1) F
Selected clinical experiences with
patients and families in such settings as
hospitals, extended care homes, and private
homes. Students experience common
family patterns of adapting to actual
or potential dysfunction. Graded on a
pass/fail basis. Corequisite: Nursing 336.

NUR 351 – Conceptual Framework for Nursing Practice
(3) F
Theoretical foundation for RNs entering
the nursing program. Concepts of
stress/adaptation systems, human interaction,
critical thinking, problem-solving,
and decision making. For RNs only.

NUR 361 – Foundations of Forensic Nursing:
Theory, Practice, and Future Implications

(3) S
History, theory, and philosophy of
forensic nursing. A biopsychosocial
approach to role definition, forensic
education, and standards of care.
Ethical-legal issues and cultural diversity
in providing health care to incarcerated
individuals.

NUR 365 – Forensic Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
(3) F
History, theory and philosophy of mental
health nursing practice. Legal and
ethical issues, risk assessment, cultural
diversity, and their impact on the forensic
mental health system.

NUR 372 – Childbearing Family Nursing
(3) S
Theories of human interaction skills,
family dynamics, and nursing. Family
centered focus with periodic attention to
the individual. Laboratory focus on families
experiencing normal developmental/
maturational stressors. Prerequisite:
Nursing 334. Corequisite: Nursing 372C.

NUR 372C – Childbearing Family Nursing – Clinical
(2) S
Opportunity to work with childbearing
families in acute care settings, as well as
in the community. Graded on a pass/fail
basis. Prerequisite: Nursing 334C.
Corequisite: Nursing 372.

NUR 375 – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
(3) S
Promotion and maintenance of mental
health and alleviation of suffering in
mental illness. Effect of psychosocial
stressors on individual, family, group,
and community. Theories of mental
health and illness and nursing care to
promote adaptive coping to emotional
stressors. Prerequisite: Nursing 336.
Corequisite: Nursing 375C.

NUR 375C – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – Clinical
(1) S
Clinical experiences provided in acute
and chronic care and community mental
health settings. Graded on a pass/fail
basis. Prerequisite: Nursing 336C.
Corequisite: Nursing 375.

NUR 376 – Gerontological Nursing
(3) Y
Specific nursing care needs of the elderly.
Emphasizes physical and psychosocial
changes.

NUR 400 – Special Topics in Nursing
(1–3) Y
Advanced study of selected topics in
nursing. Topics may vary from year to
year in response to needs and interest of
students as well as changes in the nursing
profession. May be repeated up to
six credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission
of instructor.

NUR 435 – Nursing Care of the Adult II
(3) F
Identification of physiological and psychological
stressors that affect patient
behavior. Interference with oxygenation,
elimination, nutrition, endocrine and
neurologic systems, sexuality, and reproduction
in relation to maturation of
individual and family. Lab component
relates classroom theory to nursing practice.
Prerequisites: all 300-level required
nursing courses. Corequisite: Nursing 435C.

NUR 435C – Nursing Care of the Adult II – Clinical
(2) F
Clinical component of Nursing 435,
focuses on the acute care setting.
Knowledge from Nursing 435 applied to
client needs and problems. Graded on a
pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: All 300-
level required clinical nursing courses.
Corequisite: Nursing 435.

NUR 447 – Childrearing Family Nursing
(3) F
The nurse’s role in preparing children
and families for maturational stressors
and assisting in coping with alterations
in health status: perinatal complications;
well-child health promotion; and childhood
illness. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: all 300-level required
nursing courses. Corequisite: Nursing
447C.

NUR 447C – Childrearing Family Nursing – Clinical
(2) F
Applies nursing process in clinical settings
to care of childbearing and childrearing
families faced with maturational
and situational stressors. Graded
on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: All
300-level required clinical nursing
courses. Corequisite: Nursing 447.

NUR 472 – Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing
(2) F,S
Issues past and present as they impact
on practice of professional nursing.
Topics may include historical development
of nursing profession; legal
responsibility; ethical issues; image of
nursing; role of nurse as political advocate;
and development of professional role.

NUR 474 – Community Health Nursing
(3) S
Community resources for effective adaptation
of community as a whole to stressors
affecting health. Teaching primary,
secondary, and tertiary prevention.
Prerequisites: Nursing 435, 447, and
Philosophy 107 or 108. Corequisite:
Nursing 474C.

NUR 474C – Community Health Nursing – Clinical
(1) S
Experience in an appropriate agency,
visits to long term care family. Nursing
interventions with well families with
children. Graded on a pass/fail basis.
Corequisite: Nursing 474. Prerequisites:
Nursing 435C, 447C.

NUR 475 – Nursing Management in the Community
(3) S
Emphasizes role of nurse manager in
community. Students develop basic theoretical
knowledge of concepts of management.
Prerequisites: Nursing 435, 447
and Philosophy 107 or 108. Corequisite:
Nursing 475C.

NUR 475C – Nursing Management in the Community – Clinical
(2) S
Application of theoretical concepts of
management to nursing practice.
Individually selected clinical experiences
allows students to explore managerial
role of professional nurse. Graded on a
pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Nursing
435C, 447C. Corequisite: Nursing 475.

NUR 478 – Critical Care Nursing
(3) S
Care of patients, families, groups, and
communities undergoing multiple stressors.
Cardiopulmonary surgery, neurosurgery,
multiple trauma, and complex
health problems emphasizing biopsychosocial
adaptation. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: Nursing 435 and
Philosophy 107 or 108. Corequisite:
Nursing 478C.

NUR 478C – Critical Care Nursing – Clinical
(2) S
Patient care of individuals, families,
groups, and communities experiencing
multiple stressors. Application of knowledge
and nursing process in care of
patients with complex health problems.
Clinical experiences involve care of acute
and critically ill patients and their families
in Medical/Surgical Intensive Care
Unit, Coronary Care Unit, and
Intermediate Coronary Care Unit.
Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite:
Nursing 435C. Corequisite: Nursing 478.


Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
S=Spring
IR=irregularly
F=Fall
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.