NUR Courses

NUR199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

NUR299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

NUR303 - Nursing Fundamentals (4 cr.)

This course explores concepts that are foundational to holistic nursing care of individuals and families. This includes components of ethical and professional practice, introduction to the nursing process, basic concepts of pharmacology, fundamental nursing skills, and beginning skills of health assessment. This course provides laboratory and clinical experiences. (Spring). Prerequisites: BIO203, BIO326 (or coreq), PSY311.

NUR304 - Health Assessment (3 cr.)

Assessment of clients across the lifespan through history taking and physical examination. This includes gathering data about general health, illness, symptoms, behaviors, pain and lifespan. Identify goals for client education related to specific risk factors and highlight lifespan, cultural, and environmental considerations. Documentation of data using a functional patterns framework to communicate information between and among health professionals involved in care of client. Application of nursing theory in assessment process. Liberal arts.(Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: RN to BS nursing student.

NUR313 - Foundations of Nursing (4 cr.)

This course explores concepts that are foundational to holistic nursing care of individuals and families. This includes components of ethical and professional practice, introduction to the nursing process, concepts of pharmacology, fundamental nursing skills, and beginning skills of health assessment. Infection control and environmental safety is emphasized as students provide nursing care in laboratory and clinical settings. (Fall). Prerequisites: PSY311, BIO202, must be a nursing major.

NUR314 - Health Assessment and the Nursing Process (4 cr.)

This course builds foundational skill and nursing knowledge needed for clinical nursing practice. Socialization to the role of the professional nurse in delivering care and as a member of the health care team continues in structured clinical and laboratory settings. Emphasis is on health assessment and data collection. The diversity of the patient experience is examined in application of the nursing process and ethical decision-making. Nursing knowledge is developed in areas of diagnostic testing, treatments, health promotion, and medication administration. (Fall). Corequisite: BIO327. Prerequisites: NUR313, BIO326.

NUR324 - Elder Abuse and Neglect (3 cr.)

Current perspectives on abuse and neglect of the elderly, including epidemiology, intervention strategies, legal and ethical issues. (Fall). Liberal arts.

NUR326 - Health Promotion and Social Justice (3 cr.)

Students explore self-perspectives on health and risk behaviors, gaining an understanding of their contribution to health. The experience of diverse individuals and family access to health is examined within a framework of social justice. Students engage in ethical decision making as they explore how the dimensions of environment, upstream thinking and health policy relate to health promotion. The underlying dynamics of health, such as self-efficacy, genomics and resilience are studied. Students explore the impact of cultural, social and ethnic diversity on health promotion. Evidence-based strategies to achieve healthy people in healthy communities is integrated. (Spring). Prerequisite: NUR313 or RN-to-BS Nursing student.

NUR327 - Application of Research in Nursing Practice (3 cr.)

This course emphasizes the importance of nurses being able to read, critique, and synthesize research for use in practice. Concepts and skills underlying the research process, analysis of nursing research literature, and application of research findings in contemporary nursing practice are explored. Approved AWR. (Fall). Prerequisites: MAT161, ENG101, LIB200.

NUR332 - Topics in Pathophysiology (2 cr.)

This course will provide students with an in-depth view of selected pathophysiologic processes related to common chronic diseases. The role these diseases play in morbidity and mortality, and their summative impact on the human organism will be discussed. The impact of genetic inheritance will be included where appropriate. (Fall). Prerequisites: junior standing in nursing major or POI.

NUR341 - Healthcare Informatics (3 cr.)

Study of both practical and financial implications of the evolution of computerized information systems in healthcare. Review of its beginnings in the support of financial systems, through the growth of ancillary systems to support radiology, laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services, and ending with the current trends in integrated systems and the lifetime medical record. Ethical use and potential misuse of Personal Health Information (PHI) will be considered throughout the course.

NUR342 - Nursing Informatics (3 cr.)

In this course students will explore models and theories of nursing informatics in health care settings. The impact of computer technologies on nursing administration, education, practice and research are addressed in the context of nursing informatics. Students will explore data collection and management in relation to the nursing process. The efficiency of nursing care delivery in relation to computer technologies and nursing decision making in all roles and settings will be emphasized. (Fall). Prerequisite: junior level standing in nursing.

NUR344 - Pharmacology I (1 cr.)

Pharmacology and its relationship to the wellness-illness continuum. Concepts basic to an understanding of the effects of chemicals on human physiology (especially with maternal and pediatric clients) and on psycho-social-cultural-spiritual aspects of drug therapy. (Fall). Prerequisite: BIO101 or CHE271.

NUR347 - Pharmacotherapy and Nursing (3 cr.)

This course will facilitate the development of a strong foundation in nursing pharmacotherapy. The role of the nurse in drug administration and therapeutic pharmacology is examined. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process in medication therapy and nursing knowledge for client safety. Students will rely on a foundation in the health sciences, especially physiology, to be successful in this course. Major therapeutic drug classifications are examined through lecture, case studies and other activities. Students will gain familiarity with NCLEX-RN style evaluation of pharmacology knowledge. (Fall). Prerequisite: NUR314.

NUR350 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3 cr.)

This course builds a theoretical foundation for role formation and professional advancement. Historical influences to current perspectives provide an opportunity to consider sociopolitical and economic factors that influence nursing from a local and global view. Awareness, knowledge, and skill in cultural competence allow better treatment of diverse populations. Career management and professional educational opportunities are explored. (Fall). Prerequisite: RN option.

NUR351 - Care of Families and the Elderly (3 cr.)

Designed to meet unique learning needs of RN-to-BS student. Trends, factors, affecting family health; coping strategies in transitions, crises; interventions to promote self-care. Issues relevant to health care of elderly. Responses to aging stressors; use of nursing process to optimize functional well-being. (Spring).Prerequisites: RN option, NUR 350.

NUR356 - Professional Concepts (2 cr.)

Concepts basic to the development and progression toward professional nursing. (Spring). Prerequisite: NUR303.

NUR360 - Care of the Childbearing Family (3 cr.)

Emphasizes provision of family-centered, self-care during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and early neonatal life. Responses to simple and complex stressors are discussed. Clinical application of the nursing process to childbearing families. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: NUR303, junior standing in nursing.

NUR360L - Care of the Childbearing Family Lab (0 cr.)

NUR361 - Care of the Pediatric Client (3 cr.)

Adaptation of care related to the pediatric client and family. Responses to simple and complex stressors. Concurrent alterations in physiology, use of pharmacological agents and related therapeutic modalities. Nursing interventions for health maintenance and health restoration. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: NUR303 and junior level standing in nursing.

NUR362 - Nursing Care of Adults I (6 cr.)

This course focuses on responses of adult clients to commonly occurring alterations in health. The emphasis is on clinical decision-making to provide safe and effective client-centered nursing care. The nursing role in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of human response to selected acute and chronic conditions is applied in clinical practice with individual clients. (Fall). Prerequisites: NUR313, NUR314, junior level standing in nursing.

NUR363 - Nursing Care of Adults II (6 cr.)

This course focuses on understanding patterns of altered health and function of adult clients, with an emphasis on the interaction of the situational environment and the individual. Evidence-based clinical decision-making is stressed as a basis for designing and delivering therapeutic interventions for complex health alterations. Students care for individuals, families and groups in acute and non-acute settings. Self-directed, comprehensive care is expected in practice and simulation environments. (Spring). Prerequisite: NUR362.

NUR370 - Maternal Child Nursing I (4 cr.)

This course builds on theoretical foundations of nursing care, communication skills, and principles of health promotion with a focus on commonly occurring maternal and pediatric variations. Students will utilize critical thinking as they provide care for maternal and pediatric patients in hospitals and community settings. (Fall). Prerequisite: NUR314, NUR362.

NUR375 - HIV/AIDS Global Perspective (3 cr.)

Expand student awareness of the impact of and global response to HIV/AIDS. Develop a culture of inclusiveness through productive discourse of communication, science, community and leadership in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Examine crucial policy issues as well as the human face of hope and vulnerability. Explore meaningful perspectives concerning personal and social aspects of HIV/AIDS. (Spring/Summer). Liberal arts.

NUR380 - Global Field Study: Cultural Diversity in Health and Wellness (3 cr.)

This course is a field experience in a foreign country, which promotes an understanding of the beliefs, values, environment and lifeways of people during health, and illness, and the variety of meanings these terms carry for members of differing sociocultural populations. (Winter and/or Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

NUR399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

NUR425 - Public Health Nursing (4 cr.)

Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences. The national core competencies of baccalaureate preparation in public health nursing serve as the framework for the course. Students examine trends in upstream thinking that influence the evolution of health systems within an ecological context. Health and the global burden of disease are examined. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all junior-level courses.

NUR427 - Research in Nursing (3 cr.)

Theory, research and practice as framework for nursing practice. Concepts, skills of the research process. Evaluation of research literature. Application of research findings to practice. (Fall/Summer). Prerequisites: sophomore standing or POI.

NUR428 - Management and Leadership (4 cr.)

Examines the nurse as leader and manager in health care and as critical to the provision of quality care in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis is placed on systems theory, ethical decision-making, and communication skills essential to working effectively with groups and organizations. Students will learn the importance of nursing's influence in the development of health policy. Students develop college-level proficiency in oral discourse through discussion, debate, review, and reflection. The nurses' role in quality healthcare systems, injury prevention, and safety are highlighted throughout the course. Students work with nurse managers and nursing leaders to apply the principles of management and leadership in a practice setting. This course meets the requirements for oral expression. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all junior level nursing courses, including NUR327; also NUR350 for RN students.

NUR435 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4 cr.)

Mental health concepts and selected theoretical frameworks are used to understand alterations and adaptations in psychological functioning. Students participate in psychiatric-mental health nursing in relation to mental health promotion, advocacy, disease prevention, resources and legal and ethical issues. This course provides clinical experiences in acute care and community settings. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: senior standing in nursing or POI.

NUR437 - Public Policy and Professional Nursing (3 cr.)

Synthesis of core knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice. Exploration of role formation, transition, and continued professional development. Emphasis on advocacy for patients, practice and profession through public policy development. Integration of skills for improved visibility and influence. Focus on career planning and professional advancement. (Spring). Prerequisites: NUR304, NUR350.

NUR448 - Pharmacology V (1 cr.)

Designed to meet the unique learning needs of RN-to-BS student. Pharmacology and its relationship to the wellness-illness continuum designed for the advanced learner. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: RN status.

NUR464 - Nursing Care of Adults III (5 cr.)

This course focuses on complex alterations in health function. Intensive, trauma, and emergency nursing care is addressed, with focus on health restoration. Multi-trauma disaster planning is examined, with emphasis on the role of the nurse in acute care triage. Incorporation of high tech and intensive nursing care and the nurses' role in complex pharmacotherapy is emphasized throughout the course. (Spring/Fall). Prerequisite: NUR363.

NUR465 - Professional Role Transition (4 cr.)

Synthesis of core knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice. Exploration of role formation, transition, and continued professional development. Emphasis on future of professional nursing. Integration of skills for improved visibility and influence in complex systems. Practicum experience to enhance leadership and collaborative skills in working with members of the interprofessional health care team. Self-directed problem-based learning approach to career planning and professional advancement. (Spring). Prerequisites: NUR350, NUR304.

NUR466 - Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (5 cr.)

Synthesis of core knowledge and skills in preparation for entry level professional practice. Review of the professional body of knowledge necessary for entry into practice and licensure. Exploration of role formation, transition, and continued professional development. Emphasis on advocacy for patients, practice and profession. Focus on career planning and professional advancement. Practicum experience enables students to demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills in working with other members of the health care team. Credits: 5 (3 lecture, 2 clinical). (Spring). Prerequisites: senior standing in nursing; completion of fall semester senior nursing courses and general education requirements.

NUR473 - Maternal Child Nursing II (3 cr.)

This course builds on Maternal Child Nursing I, with emphasis on therapeutic management of maternal and pediatric patients experiencing complex and high-risk alterations in health status. Genetic, environmental, psychosocial, physiological and developmental influences in caring for children experiencing complex alterations in health are considered. Content related to domestic violence and childhood abuse and neglect is also addressed. Meets requirement for professional nurse licensure on reporting child abuse and neglect. (Fall). Prerequisite: NUR370.

NUR496 - Nursing Practicum (1 to 6 cr.)

(Fall - Spring).

NUR499 - Independent Study in Nursing (1 to 4 cr.)

Individualized theoretical/clinical independent study in an area of interest with the guidance of a selected faculty member. Approval of the proposal by the advisor, the faculty sponsor and the department chairperson. Prerequisites: junior standing in nursing

NUR501 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

This course explores and analyzes the historical and philosophical basis of nursing science. Knowledge development is examined as the foundation for the discipline and quality care. Nursing theory and other theories are evaluated for their usefulness and applicability to advanced nursing practice and evidence-based innovation. (Fall).

NUR510 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.)

This course examines and presents advanced physiologic and pathophysiologic concepts and conditions essential for critical thinking and clinical decision-making by the nurse in an advanced practice role. Liberal arts. (Fall).

NUR511 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

Prepares the advanced practice nurse to conduct diagnostic health assessment, including history taking, differential diagnoses and recommendations for intervention. Physical and psychological signs, developmental stages, as well as cultural and psychosocial characteristics are emphasized. The concepts of clinical reasoning and decision-making for assessment and management of patients are emphasized. Course requires practical demonstration of assessment techniques. (Fall).

NUR512 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr.)

In-depth study of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics therapy including clinical applications of the major classifications of drugs. Domains of advanced practice are emphasized, including prescription writing, patient education and legal/ethical responsibilities. (Fall).

NUR520 - Health Promotion and Professional Collaboration (3 cr.)

Students in this course will explore advanced concepts of health promotion including the role of culture and poverty as determinants of health. Local, national and global trends that strengthen or challenge the health of society will be incorporated into assessments of health. Principles and theories of health behavior and health promotion, and collaborative efforts of practitioners of family health, sociology, epidemiology and genomics will be applied to selected clinical populations. Students will learn advanced strategies to enhance the health of patients across the adult lifespan. Emphasis will be on application of collaborative strategies in population health concepts and theory, health literacy, health communication, genomics and epidemiology. (Spring).

NUR521 - Informatics, Quality, and Safety (3 cr.)

The focus of this course is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in implementation of point of care, communication, decision-support, and other technologies to deliver, coordinate, and promote safe and quality care. Emphasis is on systematic access to and synthesis of research and health evidence as a basis for advanced nursing practice and transformation of clinical systems. Use of statistical and epidemiological data to analyze patient outcomes and direct clinical innovation is discussed. (Spring).

NUR530 - Adult/Gerontological Care Management I (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the development of clinical reasoning skills to address common health care problems of adults across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on developing differential problem solving skills and determining holistic management interventions. The management of common acute and chronic health conditions will include evidence-based primary prevention, drug and treatment therapeutics and referral to other health care providers. Students will build on previously acquired knowledge and skills to apply concepts of primary care to management of common health problems of adults. (Spring). Prerequisite: NUR510.

NUR550 - Clinical Residency and Seminar I (3 cr.)

Initial clinical residency course focusing on integration of physiological knowledge, assessment skills, and understanding of clinical manifestations in the management of common acute and chronic disorders. Students interpret assessment data and results of diagnostic testing in the development of clinical decision-making skills. Students collaborate with the healthcare team to implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions for adults, integrating evidence as a basis for practice. Reflection on outcomes of practice occurs through seminar meetings. Requires 100 hours of clinical practice. (Spring). Corequisite: NUR530. Prerequisites: NUR501, NUR510, NUR511, NUR512.

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  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST


  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS


  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI


  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP


  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX


  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER


  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF


  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA


  • Journalism = JOU


  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN


  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS


  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI


  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY


  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS


  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK


  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR