Dec 11, 2018  
2009-2010 Bulletin 
    
2009-2010 Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 
  
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    NU 106 - Learning Strategies for Nursing

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113 Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 114, 115, 116


    This elective course is designed to help the beginning student adapt to the nursing curriculum and to facilitate learning in NU 112, 114, 115, 116. Provides the beginning nursing student an opportunity to improve reading and study skills and practice critical thinking.

  
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    NU 110 - Basic Life Support

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    This elective course is designed to provide basic information about the incidence, risk factors, and emergency care of cardiac and non-cardiac sudden death. Students will learn one- and two-rescuer American Heart CPR, foreign body airway obstruction management and pediatric resuscitation.

    Note: NU 110 is for certification.

  
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    NU 111 - Basic Life Support

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: None

    This elective course is designed to provide basic information about the incidence, risk factors, and emergency care of cardiac and non-cardiac sudden death. Students will learn one- and two-rescuer American Heart CPR, foreign body airway obstruction management and pediatric resuscitation.

    Note: NU 111 is for recertification.

  
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    NU 112 - Pharmacology and Drug Therapy in Nursing

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142 and MA 113 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, BSB 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225.
    Concurrent enrollment for Generic Program: NU 114, 115, 116, PSY 206, EN 101.
    Concurrent enrollment for Advanced Placement Option: NU 144, NU 145.


    A course designed to prepare students for medication administration. Content includes general principles of pharmacology, the nurse’s role in medication administration, classification of drugs, indications for groups of drugs, side and toxic effects, nursing measures, systems of measurement for drugs and calculation of dosages and solutions.

  
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    NU 114 - Nursing I

    Credits: 5

    75 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, BSB 142, MA 113
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 115, 116, PSY 206, EN 101.


    A basic course designed to familiarize the student with the nature of nursing and the nurse’s role in meeting the health needs of society. Emphasis is placed on the study and practice of the basic techniques of nursing care and the application of scientific principles.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 115 - Nursing I Clinical

    Credits: 2

    90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 114, 116, PSY 206, EN 101. Clinical course for NU 114.


    Designed to familiarize the student with the basics of clinical nursing and the nurse’s role in meeting the health needs of society. Clinical focus is fundamental skills of nursing care.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 116 - Nursing Role I

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 114, 115, PSY 206, EN 101.


    The focus of this course is to delineate the role of the nurse as a member of the profession and a provider of care.

  
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    NU 124 - Nursing II

    Credits: 5

    75 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, NU 112, 114, 115, 116.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 125, 126, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225.


    This course introduces the student to the health-illness continuum and to the psychological and pathophysiological mechanisms which cause alterations in homeostasis of individuals.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 125 - Nursing II Clinical

    Credits: 2

    90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, NU 112, 114, 115, 116.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 124, 126, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225. Clinical course for NU 124.


    Focuses on the human needs common to all persons. Experiences include clients with psychological and pathophysiological alterations with one or more basic needs.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 126 - Nursing Role II

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, NU 112, 114, 115, 116.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 124, 125, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225


    The focus of this course is to promote and facilitate the nurse’s accountability and responsibility related to the role of member of profession and provider of care in various health care settings and introduce concepts of management of care.

  
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    NU 144 - Nursing Transition

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 145.


    Designed to facilitate Licensed Practical Nurses’ skills and role transition to that of registered nurse. Includes content on the registered nurse’s role and function that was not part of the student’s LPN education and serves as a basis for entry into the second year nursing courses.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 145 - Nursing Transition Clinical

    Credits: 1

    45 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 112, 144. Clinical course for NU 144. Selected skills from NU 115 and NU 125 are validated for entry into the third semester clinical course.


    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 214 - Nursing III

    Credits: 5

    75 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Prerequisites for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 144, 145.
    Concurrent enrollment for Generic Program: NU 215, 216, SOC 201. Concurrent enrollment for Advanced Placement Option: NU 215, 216, SOC 201.


    This course continues to focus on the health-illness continuum in relation to alterations and interferences in homeostasis of individuals. Emphasis is given to the relationship(s) that exist between the pathological aspects of physiological and/or psychological conditions.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 215 - Nursing III Clinical

    Credits: 4

    180 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126.
    Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 144, 145
    Concurrent enrollment for Generic Program: NU 214, 216, SOC 201.
    Concurrent enrollment for Advanced Placement Option: NU 214, 216, SOC 201, Clinical course for NU 214.


    Experiences focus on utilization of the nursing process involving pathological aspects of physiological and psychological interferences.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 216 - Nursing Role III

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Prerequisites for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, NU 112, 144, 145.
    Concurrent enrollment for Generic Program: NU 214, 215, SOC 201. Concurrent enrollment for Advanced Placement Option: NU 214, 215, SOC 201.


    The focus of this course is to integrate and synthesize concepts related to the role of member of profession, manager, and provider of care in various health care settings.

  
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    NU 224 - Nursing IV

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Prerequisites for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126, 214, 215, 216 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 144, 145, 214, 215, 216.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 225, 228, 235, COM 101.


    A continuation of NU 214, this course provides further content in relation to alterations and interferences in homeostasis of individuals and pathological aspects of physiological and/or psychological conditions.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 225 - Nursing Clinical IV

    Credits: 3

    135 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126, 214, 215, 216 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 144, 145, 214, 215, 216.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 224, 228, 235, COM 101. Clinical course to NU 224


    Continues to focus on utilization of the nursing process involving pathological aspects of physiological and psychological interferences. Emphasis is placed on application of knowledge learned from all previous nursing courses which includes providing client care through management/leadership in a variety of health care settings.

    Note: For each theory nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a grade of “C” or better in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 228 - NCLEX-RN Review

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126.
    Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 with lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 144, 145, 214, 215, 216.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 224, 225, 235, COM 101.


    This course emphasizes a comprehensive review of content learned through out the program through use of classroom review and computer testing.

  
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    NU 230 - ECG Interpretation

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, and 126 or NU 112, 144, and 145.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 214, 215, and 216.


    This elective course introduces the student nurse to the principles and criteria utilized in basic cardiac rhythm interpretation. The course focuses on the necessary foundation needed to understand the normal electrical system of the heart; the systematic interpretation approach to dysrhythmias; and the different topics related to the heart including pacemakers and 12-lead ECG interpretation.

  
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    NU 235 - ASN Preceptorship

    Credits: 3

    135 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Prerequisites for Generic Program: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 114, 115, 116, 124, 125, 126, 214, 215, 216 Prerequisites for Advanced Placement Option: BSB 141, 142, MA 113, PSY 206, EN 101, BSM 131 w/lab, FN 225, SOC 201, NU 112, 144, 145, 214, 215, 216.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 224, 225, 228, COM 101.


    This course provides the student the opportunity to synthesize and utilize knowledge learned during the program in a health care agency of their choice.

  
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    NU 275 - Computers in Healthcare

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Pre-nursing/nursing major or permission of the Baccalaureate Nursing Department Chair

    This elective course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of word processing and the World Wide Web specific to health care professionals.

  
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    NU 276 - Cultural Diversity in Health Care

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Pre-nursing/nursing major or permission of Baccalaureate Nursing Department Chair

    This elective course is designed to broaden the student’s perception and understanding of transcultural concepts related to health care.

  
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    NU 291 - Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This elective course is an introduction to the interchangeable word parts that are used in different combinations to build medical terms. It utilizes online methodology and a structured textbook and CD-Rom in teaching the most commonly used medical terms for the body systems; anatomicla, physiological and pathological conditions; terms for special procedures, laboratory and pharmacology; and selected medical abbreviations. This course is targeted for those planning careers in one of the health professions as well as those who desire to better understand terms used by health professionals.

  
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    NU 296 - Introduction to Pathophysiology for Nursing

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology or A & P I and A & P II.
    This is a Nursing Prerequisite Course.


    This elective course builds on prerequisite knowledge in human anatomy and physiology, and is designed to provide the learner with a basic understanding of alterations in normal anatomy and physiology and/or disease states for common health problems. Emphasis is placed on the etiology of the signs and symptoms for these common disease states, therby preparing the learner to understand the medical management of the health problem, as well a providing as basis for assessment and the development of a nursing plan of care.

  
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    NU 300 - Pharmacology in Nursing

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 301, 325.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 328, 329, 330


    This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in using pharmacological agents. Content is organized around broad classifications of drugs with emphasis placed on mechanism of action, uses, routes, side effects, significant adverse reactions, contraindications, drug interactions, and nursing implications.

  
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    NU 301 - Introduction to Basic Nursing Skills

    Credits: 3

    Theory (2.5) 37.5 contact hours; Laboratory (.5) 15 laboratory hours

    Prerequisite: completion of lower division courses.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 325.


    This course introduces the beginning nursing student to the skills and knowledge necessary to assist clients in performing basic activities of daily living.

  
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    NU 302 - Nursing Retention

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    This course is designed for students who are eligible for readmission into the BSN program and must be taken prior to applying for re-entry into the nursing program.

  
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    NU 325 - Concepts Utilized in Professional Nursing I

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of lower division courses
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 301


    This course focuses on the concepts and issues relevant to professionalism in nursing, communication, and the holistic realm of nursing practice.

  
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    NU 328 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Health Assessment across the Life Span

    Credits: 3

    Theory (2.5) 37.5 contact hours; Laboratory (.5) 15 laboratory hours

    Prerequisite: NU 301, NU 325.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 300, 329, 330.


    The purpose of this course is to provide the novice nursing student with the beginning skills necessary for performing and documenting a client-appropriate integrated health assessment

  
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    NU 329 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Care of Individuals

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 301, 325.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 300, 328, 330.


    This course provides students with the knowledge to promote and maintain health of culturally diverse individuals in clinical settings.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 330 - Clinical Practicum for NU 329

    Credits: 3

    135 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 301, 325.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 300, 328, 329.


    This course provides students with the opportunities to promote and maintain health of culturally diverse individuals in a clinical setting.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 350 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Care of Individuals and Families Experiencing Chronic Health Problems

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.


    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills related to the care of individuals and families with chronic health problems.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 351 - Clinical Practicum for NU 350

    Credits: 2

    90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 350, 352, 355, 356, 357.


    This course provides opportunities for the student to care for individuals and families with chronic health problems.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 352 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Concepts of Care Concerning Women and Children: Developing Families

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 325, 328, 329, 330.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 350, 351, 355, 356, 357.


    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills related to family-centered care of women, infants, and children.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 353 - Nurse Externship

    Credits: 3

    320 clinical hours (Equivalent to 40 hours/week for 8 weeks)

    Prerequisite: Open only to students who have completed their first year of nursing

    This elective course is designed to enhance the clinical development of students. Students are enrolled in the course of study and may participate as either an employee or a non-employee in a Mississippi Hospital. This experience provides the student the opportunity to practice learned skills repetitively, enhance interpersonal skills, and develop organizational skills. The student receives guidance, supervision and evaluation from a registered nurse preceptor in conjunction with nursing faculty.

  
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    NU 355 - Sociocultural Responsibility in a Global Society

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 350, 351, 352, 356, 357


    This course assists students with expanding their knowledge base regarding diversity of cultures and religion in a global society focusing on application to nursing practice.

  
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    NU 356 - Clinical Practicum for NU 352

    Credits: 2

    90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 350, 351, 352, 355, 357.


    This course provides students with opportunities to provide family-centered care for women, infants, and children.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 357 - Leadership and Management for the Professional Nurse II

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 350, 351, 352, 355, 356.


    This course introduces the leadership/management concepts of planning and organizing.

  
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    NU 359 - Professional Transition

    Credits: 12

    Theory (9) 135 contact hours; Clinical (3) 135 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of lower division courses.

    This course is designed for the registered nurse as a transition into the baccalaureate curriculum. It integrates principles and concepts from the baccalaureate nursing courses taught at the sophomore and junior level and serves as a basis for entry into the senior year of the curriculum. Successful completion of this course serves as validation for a total of 24 credit hours (301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 352, 356).

  
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    NU 425 - Theory and Research I

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 426, 428, 429, 430.


    The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the discussion of theories pertaining to the discipline of nursing and to teach the reason and structure for nursing research.

  
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    NU 426 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Dimensions of Community Practice I: Care of Groups, Aggregates and Communities

    Credits: 4

    Theory (3) 45 contact hours; Laboratory (1) 30 laboratory hours.

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 425, 428, 429, 430.


    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to care for groups, aggregates and communities. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, and systems inter-relatedness with the environment.

  
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    NU 428 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute Health Alterations

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 425, 426, 429, 430.


    The focus of this course is on the knowledge and skills needed to care for clients experiencing acute health alterations.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 429 - Clinical Practicum for NU 428

    Credits: 4

    180 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 425, 426, 428, 430.


    Students will collaborate with other health care providers in a variety of settings to care for culturally diverse clients experiencing acute health alterations.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 430 - Leadership and Management for the Professional Nurse II

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 425, 426, 428, 429.


    This course introduces the student to the principles of staffing, scheduling, directing, time management, delegation, supervision, group communication, and conflict management.

  
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    NU 449 - Theory and Research II

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 454, 455, 456, 457.


    This course offers theoretical content on those theories pertinent to the current clinical content. The areas of research covered will be collection, analysis, and discussion of the research data.

  
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    NU 453 - Death, Dying and Bereavement

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This elective course is designed as a study of death, dying, bereavement and related issues. The course is designed for anyone who desires to think and feel deeply about the meaning of life in its many relationships. The primary purpose of death education is to enrich life through the maturing of values. After confronting death imaginatively though lectures, reading, thinking, discussions and group projects, students can be more comfortable when dealing with the dying and their families. Students can learn to face and accept death as a natural fact of life and thereby be more supportive when explaining death to children and more sensitive to the complex ethical issues related to death and dying

    Note: Nursing elective. Open to non-majors.

  
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    NU 454 - Nursing Therapeutic Interventions: Care of Individuals Experiencing Complex Health Alterations

    Credits: 4

    60 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 449, 455, 456, 457.


    This course focuses on the theory necessary to care for clients experiencing complex health alterations.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 455 - Clinical Practicum for NU 454

    Credits: 3

    135 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430.
    Concurrent enrollment : NU 449, 454, 456, 457.


    Students will provide care and collaborate with other professionals in caring for clients with complex health alterations.

    Note: For each nursing course with an accompanying clinical course a grade of “C” or above is required in the theory course with a pass in the associated clinical course in order to progress. If this does not occur, both the theory and the clinical course must be retaken together.

  
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    NU 456 - NCLEX Tools and Measurement

    Credits: 1

    15 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 449, 454, 455, 457.


    This course helps provide skills necessary for successful completion of the NCLEX exam.

  
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    NU 457 - Skills for Professional Nursing Transition: Preceptorship

    Credits: 4

    Theory (.5) 7.5 contact hours: Clinical (3.5) 157.5 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 300, 301, 325, 328, 329, 330, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 357, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 449, 454, 455, 456.


    This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to synthesize and utilize the knowledge gained in their educational experience in a clinical setting.

  
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    NU 459 - Theory, Research and Evidenced Based Practice for the Professional Nurse I

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359, concurrent enrollment NU 465, 467

    The purpose of this course is to introduce nursing theory as well as teach the reason and structure of nursing research and integrate both with Evidence-Based practice for professional nurses.

  
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    NU 460 - Independent Study

    Credits: 1-3

    15 contact hours per credit hour

    Prerequisite: completion of at least one junior level course

    An elective course which gives the student has the opportunity to choose an area of interest in nursing. Study is pursued independently, utilizing guidelines developed under the guidance, supervision and evaluation of the faculty.

  
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    NU 463 - Care of the Dying

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 453.


    This elective course is designed to explore a variety of issues related to the professional care of dying clients. It is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in this aspect of clinical Thanatology. Through class exercises and assignments, students will explore their own reactions to situations related to dying clients and then apply their knowledge to problem solving.

  
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    NU 464 - Theory, Research, and Evidenced Based Practice for the Professional Nurse II

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359, 459, 465, 467.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 469, 471.


    The purpose of this course is to introduce additional nursing theories, and integrate an understanding of Evidence-Based Practice with the research areas of collection, analysis, discussion and presentation.

  
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    NU 465 - Professional Perspectives: Dimensions of Community Nursing Practice

    Credits: 6

    Theory (4) 60 contact hours; Clinical (2) 90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 459, 467


    This courses is designed to provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills related to partnering with families, aggregates, and communities that are experiencing a multiplicity of actual or potential stressors. Emphasis is placed on measures that promote health and prevent disease, the role of the nurse, the inter-relatedness of health care systems with the environment, life-style factors, and the process of effecting change for the purpose of health care improvements through partnerships developed in the community. Experiences are designed to enhance skills in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies.

  
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    NU 467 - Professional Perspectives: Leadership and Management in the Health Care System

    Credits: 6

    Theory (4) 60 contact hours; Clinical (2) 90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 459, 465


    This course explores leadership theory and the management functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling. Clinical experiences are provided to allow the student to integrate the understanding of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments into nursing practice.

  
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    NU 469 - Professional Perspectives: Complex Health Alterations and Threats to Health

    Credits: 6

    Theory (4) 60 contact hours; Clinical (2) 90 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359, 459, 465, 467.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 464, 471.


    This course is offered the last semester of the senior year. The focus in this course is on the application of nursing concepts to complex client situations in a variety of health care settings. Learning activities provide students with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge in the nursing roles of provider, collaborator, and manager of care, as well as those of change agent and patient advocate.

  
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    NU 471 - Professional Nursing Capstone

    Credits: 6

    Theory (2.5) 37.5 contact hours; Clinical (3.5) 157.5 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 359, 459, 465, 467.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 464, 469.


    This course provides opportunities for the student to function within complex healthcare systems, A clinical immersion experience allows the student to utilize clinical reasoning, management, and evaluation skills while functioning in the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession.

  
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    NU 473 - Legal Issues in Nursing

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Pre-nursing ASN or BSN Student or paralegal student

    This elective course is designed as a study of the legal issues facing nursing. It is designed for those who desire to assess litigation risks in the clinical setting, apply risk management principles, and review legal case studies relative to the health care delivery system. Through lectures, group discussions, case presentations and formal papers, the student will become even more aware of legal responsibility and accountability of nurses in all clinical settings. Strategies to address litigation risks on the primary, secondary, and tertiary level will be emphasized.

  
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    NU 501 - Advanced Pharmacology

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 503

    Assists the learner to evaluate therapeutic strategies for improving human responses to actual and potential health problems. Emphasis is placed on pharmacologic therapy management by nurse practitioners in independent and collaborative practice. The concept of compliance/collaboration for promoting change is examined. The role dimensions of evaluator and collaborator are implemented.

  
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    NU 502 - Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: None.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 508


    Assists the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced practice nursing. Learners are expected to explore their professional beliefs and value systems. The relationships between theory, practice, and research are examined. The process of theory development, evaluation, and testing is explored. Practical application of nursing, developmental, ethical, family, health, and other theories will be examined.

  
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    NU 503 - Advanced Health Assessment

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: None.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 503L, NU 521.


    Building upon prerequisite knowledge and skills for health assessment, this course is designed to provide learners with the theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on development of advanced assessment competencies that enable learners to promote wellness, prevent illness, and detect acute and chronic health problems among family populations whose members are diverse ages. Didactic covers primary family settings with pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.

  
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    NU 503L - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical

    Credits: 2 (1:4.5)

    135 clinical assessment hours.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Concurrent enrollment in NU 503.


    Building upon prerequisite knowledge and skills for health assessment, this course is designed to provide learners with the clinical basis for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on development of advanced clinical assessment competencies that enable learners to promote wellness, prevent illness, and detect acute and chronic health problems among family populations whose members are divers ages. Clinical experiences occur in primary family settings with pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.

  
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    NU 505 - Primary Care Management I

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 503/503L/521.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 501, 505L.


    Provides learners with advanced nursing knowledge and competencies relative to management of actual and potential health problems in the family primary care setting. Didactic education enables students to promote wellness and treat health problems of clients within the scope of the family nurse practitioner role. The role dimensions of manager, collaborator, and teacher for the family nurse practitioner are refined.

  
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    NU 505L - Primary Care Management I Clinical

    Credits: 4 (1:4.5)

    270 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 503/503L/513/521
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 501/505.


    Provides learners with advanced nursing knowledge and competencies relative to clinical management of actual and potential health problems in the primary care setting. Clinical experiences enable students to promote wellness, provide preventive services and treat health problems of clients within the scope of the family nurse practitioner role. Clinical experiences are provided that encompass clients across the age span in a variety of primary care settings. the role dimensions of manager, collaborator, and teacher for the family nurse practitioner are refined.

  
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    NU 506 - Primary Care Management II

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 501/503/503L/505/505L/513/521
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 506L/512.


    Provides learners with the nursing knowledge and competencies to manage common community health problems and preventive services. The family nurse practitioner role is taught with emphasis on the role dimensions of evaluator, case manager, consultant, and leader. Using a team approach, learners develop an intervention and  management presentation for identifying healthrelated problems. Educational experiences are expanded to encompass a wider variety of primary care settings.

  
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    NU 506L - Primary Care Management II Clinical

    Credits: 4 (1:4.5)

    270 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 501/503/503L/505/505L/513/521
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 506/512.


    Provides learners with the nursing knowledge and competencies to manage common health problems and preventive services. The family nurse practitioner role is implemented with emphasis on the role dimensions of evaluator, case manager, consultant, and leader. Using a team approach, learners develop a management plan for identifying health-related problems. Clinical experiences are expanded to encompass a wider variety of primary care settings based on the student’s individual interests and needs.

  
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    NU 507 - Advanced Health Assessment: Pediatric

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: None.
    Concurrent enrollment NU 507L/512.


    Building upon prerequisite knowledge and skills for health assessment, this course is designed to provide learners with the theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on development of advanced assessment competencies that enable learners to promote wellness, prevent illness, and detect acute and chronic health problems among pediatric populations across the age span.

  
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    NU 507L - Advanced Health Assessment: Pediatric Clinical

    Credits: 4 (1:4.5)

    270 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: None.
    Concurrent enrollment NU 507/512.


    Building upon prerequisite knowledge and skills for health assessment, this course is designed to provide learners with the clinical basis for advanced nursing practice,. Emphasis is placed on development of advanced assessment competencies that enable learners to promote wellness, prevent illness, and detect acute and chronic health problems among pediatric populations across the age span. Clinical experiences occur in primary and acute care settings with newborns, infants, toddlers, children, and adolescent clients and their families.

  
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    NU 508 - Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Strategies

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Assists learners to develop the role dimension of nurse researcher. The application of research to advanced nursing practice and the role of primary care provider are evaluated. Using research strategies combining nursing informatics and evidence based practice (EBP), learners develop a formal research proposal.

  
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    NU 512 - Advanced Practice Role Development

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 505/505L.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 506/506L.


    Provides an introduction to advanced practice nursing and the nurse practitioner role from novice to expert. A historical perspective of the development of the expanded role is included. Issues related to current and future practice are addressed from a variety of perspectives ranging from entrepreneur to change agent.

  
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    NU 513 - Advanced Pathophysiology

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: This is a preadmission course.

    Building on prerequisite knowledge in pathophysiology, this course is designed to provide the learner with an advanced theoretical understanding of disordered physiologic mechanisms or disease states for selected health problems. Emphasis will be on the mechanism for production of the symptoms and signs for selected disease syndromes. Thus, the learner will be prepared to discriminate the mechanisms underlying the disease and its clinical manifestations as a basis for assessing and developing a plan of care.

  
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    NU 515 - Cultural and Rural Issues in the Helping Professions

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours.

    This course is designed to assist the graduate learner to develop awareness and competencies for dealing with culturally diverse and rural issues encountered by helping professionals. A variety of cultural and rural considerations are explored.

    Note: Elective Course.

  
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    NU 516 - Primary Care of Families and Communities

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 502/503/503L.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 512


    Prepares the family nurse practitioner to build on a family science knowledgebase to interpret a global perspective in promoting partnerships that advocate the health and welfare of selected populations. Exploration of a community need is addressed within a primary healthcare context. The nurse practitioner’s role in health promotion and disease prevention from culturally diverse perspectives is included. Application of the nursing process to families and communities from an advanced practice perspective is made in this course.

  
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    NU 517 - Women’s Issues

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This elective course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate current issues facing women.

  
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    NU 518 - Primary Care Management I: Pediatric

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 507/507L/513.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 501/518L.


    Provides learners with advanced nursing knowledge and competencies relative to actual and potential health problems in the primary care setting. Didactic experiences enable students to promote wellness and treat health problems of clients within the scope of the pediatric nurse practitioner role. Education is provided that encompass newborns, infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents in a variety of primary care and acute care settings. The role dimensions of manager, collaborator, and teacher for the pediatric nurse practitioner are refined.

    Note: Elective Course.

  
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    NU 518L - Primary Care Management I: Pediatric Clinical

    Credits: 4 (1:4.5)

    270 clinical hours

    Prerequisite: NU 507/507L/513.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 501/518.


    Provides learners with advanced nursing knowledge and competencies relative to clinical management of actual and potential health problems in the primary care setting. Clinical experiences enable students to promote wellness and treat health problems of clients within the scope of the pediatric nurse practitioner role. Clinical experiences are provided that encompass newborns, infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents in a variety of primary care and actue care settings. The role dimensions of manager, collaborator, and teacher for the pediatric nurse practitioner are refined.

    Note: Elective Course.

  
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    NU 519 - Alternative Therapeutic Interventions

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This elective course is designed to provide students with content and experiences in therapeutic interventions such as herbal therapies, therapeutic touch, humor, and massage.

    Note: Elective Course.

  
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    NU 520 - Primary Care Management II: Pediatric Clinic

    Credits: 6 (2:4)

    256 Clinical Hours

    Prerequisite: NU 501/507/507L/513/518/518L.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 512.


    Provides learners with the nursing knowledge and competencies to manage common health problems and preventive services. The pediatric nurse practitioner role is implemented with emphasis on the role dimensions of evaluator, case manager, consultant, and leader. Using a team approach, learners develop a management plan for identifying health-related problems. Clinical experiences are expanded to encompass a wider variety of primary and acute care settings based on the student’s individual interests and needs.

  
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    NU 521 - Science of Diagnostic Reasoning

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    Prerequisite:
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 503, 503L.


    This course will address selected topics relevant to diagnostic testing in primary care. The learners explore various modes of differentiating illnesses ranging from laboratory results to radiologic findings.

  
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    NU 550 - Advanced Primary Care Procedures

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 503/503L.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 505/505L.


    Enables learners to master advanced practice competencies for use in primary clinical practice. The learners explore both theoretical and practical aspects of a variety of procedures for application such as EKG interpretation, microscopy, minor lesion removal, suturing, splinting, and radiology.

  
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    NU 560 - Special Topics in Nursing

    Credits: 1-6

    15 contact hours per credit hour

    This elective course will address selected didactic or clinical topics of interest in primary care. Courses will be designed to provide opportunity for transition to the advanced practice nurse role or to increase understanding of current health issues.

  
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    NU 570 - Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of the MSN department chair.

    Assists learners to analyze health policy, politics, healthcare delivery systems, organizations and finance from the perspectives of healthcare leadership and advanced nursing practice, and to design strategies enhancing cost effective quality care for diverse populations.

  
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    NU 597 - Clinical Research Project

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 508.
    Concurrent enrollment: NU 505/505L/506 (as applies)


    Assists learners to apply evidence based practice research methodologies to synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for selected advanced practice nursing problems.

    Note: (Variable credits per semester)

  
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    NU 599 - Thesis

    Credits: 6

    90 contact hours

    Prerequisite: NU 502/508

    Assists learners to further develop advanced nursing research competencies. Learners are expected to design, implement, and evaluate formal research relevant to advanced practice nursing. The study is presented as a written thesis and defended orally.

    Note: (Variable credits per semester)

  
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    NU 627.1 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, I

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on the principles of aging and health, advanced assessments of older adults of diverse cultures, and common geriatric issues and syndromes with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early health care interventions in rural settings.

  
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    NU 627.2 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, II

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic geriatric illnesses and complex health problems of older adults of diverse cultures, including frail and demented older adults in rural settings.

  
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    NU 627.3 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, III

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on synthesis of theory into evidence-based advanced gerentological nursing practice with older adults and their families of diverse cultures, integration of GNP roles, and practice management in selected rural health care systems.

  
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    NU 628.1 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, Practicum I

    Credits: 4 (1:3)

    180 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic health problems of older adults of diverse cultures, with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early health care interventions in rural health care settings.

  
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    NU 628.2 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, Practicum II

    Credits: 4 (1:3)

    180 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic health problems of older adults of diverse cultures, with emphasis on advanced health care interventions with frail and demented older adults in rural health care settings.

  
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    NU 628.3 - Clinical Management of Older Adults, Practicum III

    Credits: 6 (1:30)

    270 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on synthesis of theory into evidence-based advanced gerentological nursing practice with older adults and their families of diverse cultures, integration of GNP roles, and practice management in selected rural health care systems.

  
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    NU 686.1 - Clinical Assessment of Persons with Mental Health Problems, Practicum I

    Credits: 4 (1:3)

    180 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on the application of theoretical concepts and assessment skills with persons of diverse cultures in rural health care settings experiencing or at risk for common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders.

    Note: Clinical hours are focused on either adults or families.

  
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    NU 686.2 - Clinical Management of Individuals with Mental Health Problems, Practicum II

    Credits: 4 (1:3)

    180 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on integration of theory and evidence-based practice in assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and documentation of individuals of diverse cultures in rural health care settings experiencing mental health problems, major psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric complications of physical illnesses.

    Note: Clinical hours are focused on either adults or families.

  
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    NU 686.3 - Clinical Management of Families and Groups with Mental Health Problems, Practicum III

    Credits: 6 (1:3)

    270 clinical hours

    This practicum is focused on evidence-based psychoeducation, supportive therapy, and psychotherapy with groups, couples, and families of diverse cultures and on synthesis of clinical roles, practice management activities, and strategies for complex mental health issues in rural health care settings.

    Note: Clinical hours are focused on either adults or families.

    Third semester spring
  
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    NU 687.1 - Clinical Assessment of Persons with Mental Health Problems I

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on a theoretical basis for advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice with persons of diverse cultures in rural settings experiencing or at risk for common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is on the mental health environment and advanced clinical processes, including communication strategies, psychiatric assessments, and diagnostic standards.

  
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    NU 687.2 - Clinical Management of Individuals with Mental Health Problems, II

    Credits: 3

    45 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on the advanced nursing practices of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, evaluation, and documentation of individuals of diverse cultures in rural settings experiencing common mental health problems, major psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric complications of physical illnesses.

  
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    NU 687.3 - Clinical Management of Families and Groups with Mental Health Problems, III

    Credits: 2

    30 contact hours

    This didactic course is focused on evidence-based conceptual models, theories, and techniques for therapies with groups, couples and families of diverse cultures across the lifespan. The clinical roles, practice management activities, and strategies for complex mental health issues in rural settings also are evaluated.

    Third semester spring
  
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    PHL 201 - Introduction to Philosophy

    Credits: 3

    An introduction to the language, methods, major types, basic world views, and principal problems of philosophy.

  
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    PHL 202 - Aesthetics

    Credits: 3

    A study of the philosophical issues involved in the experience, the values, and the criticism of the arts. Student projects: investigation of specific problems and proposed solutions chosen from any of the arts.

  
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    PHL 204 - Ethics

    Credits: 3

    A study of representative ethical theories from classical to modern times with emphasis on the application of these theories to current ethical problems.

 

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