Baccalaureate in Nursing Program (BSN)- Traditional option
The Traditional Baccalaureate program is designed for students pursuing their first degree in nursing. The baccalaureate curriculum is a six-semester sequence of courses that students take after completing University and School of Nursing prerequisites. Students have practice experiences in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation agencies, long-tern care facilities, community health agencies, mental health agencies, pediatric agencies and home care settings.
Accelerated Option for the Baccalaureate in Nursing Program
The accelerated option is designed for those students with completed baccalaureate degree program and prerequisites to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in four semesters - one academic year and two summers.
This sequence is designed for LPNs who completed a practical nursing curriculum and licensed as a practicing LPN, as well as LPNs with bachelor's degrees in an area other than nursing. The pathway provides learning activities that build on prior knowledge and experience.
RN to BSN Program
(This sequence is limited to registered nurse graduates of Associate Degree and Diploma nursing programs.)
The RN to BSN program is designed for the registered nurse with a diploma or associate degree of nursing. It is specifically designed for those who are interested in obtaining the baccalaureate degree in nursing and/or continuing on to a master's degree in nursing. The RN program consists of 31 hours of upper-division baccalaureate coursework. During the RN-BSN program, students may opt to take up to 3 graduate courses for a total of 8 credits towards their MSN. Continuation in the graduate program is predicated on meeting graduate program requirements and acceptance into the graduate nursing program.
8200:100 Introduction to Nursing (1 Credit)
Introduces students to influences of past, present, and future political, legal, social, and cultural processes on the nursing profession and the roles of nurses.
8200:211 Foundations of Nursing Practice I (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. This course focuses on basic concepts and skills needed by novice nursing students in order to care for clients. This course will focus on nurse-client relationships, communication, nursing process, psychomotor skills, and beginning pharmacology. Clinical experiences will reflect these concepts and skills.
8200:212 Foundations of Nursng Practice II (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: 8200:211. Builds on Foundations of Nursing Practice I focusing on promoting holistic well being across the lifespan. Clinicals are with children and adults, acute and non-acute settings.
8200:216 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to School of Nursing. This course emphasizes the transition from Licensed Practical Nurse to professional nurse. The LPN is introduced to the discipline of nursing from the baccalaureate perspective.
8200:217 Pathophysiology for Nurses (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. Develop understanding of basic concepts related to pathophysiologic mechanisms of health, illness as applied to nursing. Emphasis on application to nursing using the nursing process.
8200:225 Health Assessment (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. The skills of taking health histories and performance of basic physical assessment. Supervised practice in the Learning Resource Center.
8200:230 Nursing Pharmacology (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. Emphasis on fundamental concepts of pharmacology as applied to major drug classes, actions and effects. Application of nursing process to drug therapy across the lifespan.
8200:336 Concepts of Professional Nursing - RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN/BSN sequence. Introduces the RN to baccalaureate nursing. Focuses on the relationship of concepts and theories to the role of the professional nurse.
8200:337 Health Assessment/RN - RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite or corequisite: 8200:336. This three hour health assessment course is designed for the registered nurse. The course consists of both theory and independent laboratory practice.
8200:341 Professional Role Development (3 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing and all sophomore level courses in the program of study. A professional engagement course designed to expose students to the essentials of the professional role of the baccalaureate generalist nurse.
8200:350 Nursing of the Childbearing Family (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Sophomore level nursing courses. A theoretical and clinical basis for care of the childbearing family in varying degrees of health and in a variety of settings.
8200:360 Nursing Care of Adults (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Sophomore level nursing courses. Acute nursing care of adults with nutrition, elimination, metabolic, sexual, reproductive, and immunological concerns. Includes theory and practice at the advanced beginner level.
8200:370 Nursing Care of Older Adults (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Sophomore level nursing courses. Acute nursing care of older adults with mobility, perception, circulation, and oxygenation concerns. Includes theory and practice at the advanced beginner level.
8200:380 Mental Health Nursing (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Sophomore level nursing courses. Assists students in developing knowledge and skills for providing care to individuals with mental health needs in a variety of settings.
8200:401 RN Transition (1 Credit)
Prerequisites: 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, 8200:380 and 8200:341. Corequisites: any two, including 8200:410, 8200:430, 8200:435, 8200:440 and 8200:450. Prepares the Senior nursing student of the professional role by developing a resume, test taking strategies for the NCLEX RN exam and a resume.
8200:405 Nursing Care of Healthy Individuals/Families - RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. Health care concepts across the lifespan with emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention for individuals, families, and groups are discussed.
8200:406 Palliative Nursing Care - RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. Dimensions of end of life nursing care, including family dynamics, grief and loss, ethical considerations, physiologic changes and community resources are examined.
8200:409 International Health (2-3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Study in an international location. Focuses on comparisons of education, ethics, government, demography and geography on health care and nursing roles and responsibilities.
8200:410 Nursing of Families with Children (5 Credits)
Prerequisites: 8200:341, 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, and 8200:380 with grades of C+ or better. Theoretical and clinical nursing course focused on the child within a family context. Health problems of both acute and chronic nature are explored.
8200:412 Global Perspectives of Health and Health Care (2-3 Credits)
Prerequisite: senior status. Cultural, political, educational, and economical perspectives of different regions of the world and the impact of these factors on health will be compared and examined.
8200:415 Complex Care of Aging Families/RN only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. Complex nursing issues related to care of aging individuals and families are explored. The nurse's role in physiological, emotional and psychosocial care is discussed.
8200:430 Nursing in Complex & Critical Situations (5 Credits)
Prerequisites: 8200:341, 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, 8200:380. Introduces advanced beginners to the complexity of nursing care in acute complex and critical situations of patients with multi-system failures.
8200:435 Nursing Research (2 Credits)
8200:436 Nursing Research/RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. Exploration of the effects of nursing research on the profession and becoming a knowledgeable consumer of research.
8200:440 Nursing of Communities (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Completion of 8200:341, 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, 8200:380. A synthesis of nursing skills applied among various community populations. Health and illness care strategies within diverse population groups.
Gen Ed: Tier 3 - Complex Systems
8200:444 Community Engagement/RN (2 Credits)
Corequisite: 8200:445. Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. This community engagement course provides experiences related to community health nursing in a variety of traditional and nontraditional community environments.
8200:445 Nursing of Communities - RN Only (3 Credits)
Corequisite: 8200:444. Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. This course provides a theoretical foundation for community, including public health nursing, to individuals and families in a variety of settings to diverse populations.
Gen Ed: Tier 3 - Complex Systems
8200:446 Professional Nursing Leadership - RN Only (3 Credits)
Corequisite: 8200:447. Prerequisite or Corequisite: 8200:336. Issues related to nursing leadership, management, policy, and economic issues within the healthcare system that influence nursing practice are discussed.
8200:447 Leadership Engagement/RN (2 Credits)
8200:448 Professional Nursing Capstone - RN Only (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: 8200:336. Prerequisites or Corequisites: 8200:337, 8200:405, 8200:406, 8200:415, 8200:436, 8200:444, 8200:445, 8200:446, and 8200:447. Opportunities to synthesize information and reflect on ethical, legal, cultural, and political dimensions of employment and patient care within the health care system are provided.
8200:450 Senior Practicum and Nursing Leadership (5 Credits)
Prerequisites: 8200:341, 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, and 8200:380. This course focuses on the application of leadership and management principles to the practice of nursing. Political, social, cultural, legal and ethical issues are explored.
8200:453 School Nurse Practicum I (5 Credits)
Prerequisites: 5570:421/521 and 5570:423/523. Prerequisite or corequisite: 8200:225/650. Emphasis on clinical primary health care nursing to enhance positive health behavior outcomes of well children and adolescents with minor conditions on family, community, school contexts.
8200:454 School Nurse Practicum II (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: 5570:421/521, 5570:423/523, 225 or 650, 453/553 or waiver. Emphasis on primary health care nursing to enhance positive health behavior outcomes of children/adolescents with minor common health or behavioral problems and chronic illnesses.
8200:480 Senior Honors Project (1-4 Credits)
Prerequisites: Honors Program Student, 8200:435 (Honor's Designated Section) Completion and presentation of an original investigation of a significant topic or creative work which must meet high standards of scholarship.
8200:489 Special Topics: Nursing (1-4 Credits)
(May be repeated as new topics are presented) Group studies of special topics in nursing. May not be used to meet requirements for the major in nursing. May be used for elective credit.
8200:493 Workshop (1-4 Credits)
(May be repeated as new topics are presented) Selected topics in nursing. May be used to meet undergraduate or graduate major requirements at the discretion of the college.
8200:497 Independent Study: Nursing (1-3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Nursing Education, and good academic standing. Provides opportunity to develop greater depth in an area of nursing through methodology specific to discipline of nursing.