Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN

NUR 300 - Nutrition for Health

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces principles of nutrition for clients across the lifespan. Nutritional needs of clients experiencing health and illness and the impact of environment, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and cultural factors will be addressed. Therapeutic application based on clinical reasoning in client teaching will be emphasized. Prerequisite: NUR 210, CH 107 or basic chemistry, BL 112, BL 202, BL 203, or an RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from and accredited nursing program.

NUR 310 - Evidenced Based Nursing Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces the research process and evidence-based practice in nursing. Interrelationships between theory, practice and research are discussed. Research is applied to clinical practice to improve quality, safety and patient outcomes. Legal and ethical considerations are examined. Prerequisite: RN to BSN:MT 113 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: MT 113 and NUR 110.

NUR 326 - Nursing Research

(Credits: 3.00)

The focus of this course is on the research process within the context of nursing. Nursing research is analyzed and critiqued to determine clinical applicability of research findings. Prerequisite: MT 120.

NUR 405 - Information Management and Healthcare Technologies

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the integration of the clinical information systems for information management and analyzes health care technology’s impact on care delivery for the purpose of achieving client outcomes and improving safety and quality.

NUR 406 - Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on chronic disease processes and essential educational aspects needed to maintain and promote optimal health of clients experiencing chronic alterations in health. Risk factors, concepts and issues related to complex physiological and psychosocial alterations in clients are examined. Emphasis will be placed on professional nursing interventions and correlating client education which facilitate optimization of health for clients living with chronic illness.

NUR 414 - Holism and Diversity

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on providing holistic care for diverse and vulnerable populations. The impact of nurses’ personal behaviors, beliefs, values, and bias on the delivery of quality care are examined. Sociocultural, economic, legal, political, and historical factors influencing healthcare policy and healthcare delivery are explored. The interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, culture, relationship, context, and environment on health are explored. The influence of the nurse’s personal health, self-care, and self-renewal and how these factors affect client care is analyzed. Integrative health care practices are introduced. Prerequisite: RN with an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.

NUR 418 - Introduction to Educational Resources in Nursing

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines selected teaching/learning theories. Introductory knowledge related to the use of educational resources and technology in professional nursing practice is provided. Informatics as an expanded practice domain in nursing is explored.

NUR 420 - Population - Focused Health

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. Environmental health, epidemiology, prevention, and emergency preparedness are examined in the context of populations served within a community. Franciscan values are demonstrated through advocacy for vulnerable populations. Emphasis will be placed on promoting mental health and meeting the needs of populations experiencing mental illness. Clinical takes place in community settings where clinical prevention and population-focused interventions are areas of focus. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: NUR 310 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 222 and NUR 224. Corequisite: BSN:NUR 310 and NUR 314.

NUR 422 - Trends and Issues in Nursing

(Credits: 4.00)

This course explores current trends and issues that affect the practice of the professional nurse. Challenges in health care delivery, nursing practice, and the necessity of actively participating in the nursing profession are the major themes. Prerequisite: NUR 420.

NUR 424 - Leadership for Change

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines leadership theories, trends, and issues in health care. The role of the professional nurse as a member of inter-professional teams in health care delivery systems is emphasized. Analysis of individual leadership styles and commitment to professional growth is completed to identify their role in facilitating practice excellence.

NUR 430 - Change Capstone

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is designed to provide the baccalaureate nursing student with an experiential learning practicum, in a setting where healthcare is delivered or health is influenced and allows the student to integrate new practice related knowledge and skills. Students will integrate knowledge of nursing research, leadership and nursing theories to design, implement, and lead a project that will improve client outcomes. Prerequisite: RN with an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.