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  • MUSC 495: Seminar

    Seminars in specific areas of music for advanced students. Designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, writing, and performance in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Offered as needed. One to three semester hours.

  • MUSC 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • MUSC 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. This course may serve as the culminating project for the music-performance and music education major. Instructor permission required. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • NURS 110M: Global Health Issues

    An overview of the current health issues confronting the world population in an on-line format. This course is open to all students and fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • NURS 191: Exploration of Professional Nursing

    A course open to all students considering entry into the nursing profession. Supervised preceptorship in clinical agencies allows the student to understand better the various roles of the professional registered nurse. Offered fall term each year. One to four semester hours.

  • NURS 198: Medical Terminology

    A course open to all students considering entry into health care related professions. This course is a self- paced course designed to assist students to identify and define the root words, suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms commonly found in medical terminology. Student learning activities and exercises are utilized to assist students to remember significant concepts and to understand the meaning of new words by defining the elements contained within them. Offered every term. One semester hour; one clock hour.

  • NURS 198OT: Medical Terminology

    A course open to M.S.O.T. students only. This course is a self-paced course designed to assist students to identify and define the root words, suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms commonly found in medical terminology. Student learning activities and exercises are utilized to assist students to remember significant concepts and to understand the meaning of new words by defining the elements contained within them. Cross listed as NURS 198. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour.

  • NURS 201: LPN Transition Course

    An overview of the concepts of holistic professional nursing and the nursing process. This process is presented as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool for identifying client problems and for initiating independent and collaborative nursing interventions. Prerequisites: Current LPN/LVN licensure with current practice. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 250, 251, and 380 or equivalents; NURS 240. Co-requisites: 201C and 202/202L. Offered spring term each year (dependent on student need). Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 201C: LPN Transition Course: Clinical

    Opportunities to use the nursing process as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool for identifying and initiating independent and collaborative nursing interventions within this clinical component. Previously learned technical nursing arts and skills are validated. Co-requisite: NURS 201. Offered spring term each year (dependent on student need). One semester hour; three clock hours.

  • NURS 202: Health Assessment

    An exploration of the knowledge, observational, interactional, and psychomotor skills required for assessing the health status and needs of adult clients. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 250, 251; NURS 210/ 210C or equivalents. Co-requisite: NURS 202L. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours; two clock hours.

  • NURS 202L: Health Assessment Lab

    Opportunities to practice the assessment modalities of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are provided. Students are expected to conduct and document regional and comprehensive physical examinations within the campus lab setting. Co-requisite: NURS 202. Offered spring term each year. One semester hour; two clock hours.

  • NURS 210: Fundamentals of Nursing

    An introduction to the fundamental concepts of holistic nursing and the nursing process. This process is presented as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool for identifying client problems and for initiating independent and collaborative nursing interventions. Pre/co-requisite: BIOL 250. Co-requisite: NURS 210C. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 210C: Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical

    A focus on the development of fundamental competencies required for instituting independent and collaborative nursing interventions. Opportunities to test and use the nursing process as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool are provided. Co-requisite: NURS 210. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour; three clock hours.

  • NURS 220: Fundamentals of Nursing II

    A continuation of NURS 210, the study of the fundamental concepts of holistic nursing and the nursing process. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 or equivalent, NURS 210/210C. Pre/co-requisite: BIOL 251 or equivalent, NURS 220C, and 202/202L. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 220C: Fundamentals of Nursing II Clinical

    A continuation of NURS 210C with the focus on giving students opportunities to test and use the nursing process as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool to provide holistic nursing care. Opportunities to develop additional competencies in selected beginning nursing interventions are also provided within the clinical practice setting. Co-requisite: NURS 220. Offered spring term each year. One semester hour; three clock hours.

  • NURS 240: Dosage Calculations for Nursing Practice

    An introduction to the principles of dosage calculations for nursing practice. Concentration is on the utilization of dimensional analysis for all types of dosage calculation problems and extensive practice in computing dosage calculations. Pre/Co-requisite: NURS 210/210C. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • NURS 291M: Clinical Exploration in Nursing

    A supervised preceptorship in various agencies allowing the student additional clinical practice with a patient population of interest. Pre/co-requisites: NURS 210/210C. Offered every term, including summer terms. One to four semester hours.

  • NURS 301: RN Transition Course

    An overview of the theories and concepts of holistic, professional nursing. The nursing process is discussed as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool for identifying client problems and for initiating independent and collaborative nursing interventions. Prerequisites: Current RN licensure. Co-requisite: NURS 301C. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 301C: RN Transition Course: Clinical

    Opportunities to utilize and test the nursing process in identifying and initiating independent and collaborative nursing interventions within simulated and clinical practice setting. Previously learned technical nursing arts and skills are validated. Co-requisite: NURS 301. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 302: RN to BSN Health Assessment

    An expansion and refinement of existing knowledge, observational, interactional, and psychomotor skills required for assessing the health status and needs of adult clients. Pre-requisites: Current RN licensure; Biology 250, 251 or equivalents; NURS 301, 301C. Co-requisite: NURS 302C. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 302L: RN to BSN Health Assessment Lab

    Opportunities to expand and refine assessment modalities of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are provided. Students are expected to conduct and document regional and comprehensive physical examinations within the campus laboratory setting. Offered summer term each year. One semester hour; two clock hours.

  • NURS 305: Nursing Pharmacology I

    The first of two sequential courses covering the pharmacology, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic processes relevant to clinical nursing practice. Concentration is placed on the study of prototypical drugs, their classification, their effect on human beings, and the implications for nursing practice. Pre/co-requisites: NURS 310/310C. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours; two clock hours.

  • NURS 306: Nursing Pharmacology II

    A continuation of Pharmacology I and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic processes relevant to cljnical nursing practice. Concentration is placed on the study of prototypical drugs, their classification, their effects on human beings, and the implications for nursing practice. Pre-requisite: NURS 305. Two semester hours; two clock hours.

  • NURS 310: Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing I

    A presentation of adult medical/surgical problems that interfere with client health status. Through the use of the nursing process, complex intervention modalities are discussed. Pre/co-requisites: NURS 305 and 310C. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 310C: Adult Medical/Surgical Nurs I Clinical

    A practicum experience providing opportunities within a variety of clinical settings to utilize the nursing process to implement complex intervention modalities with clients experiencing actual or potential medical/surgical health problems. Co-requisite: NURS 310. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 313: Maternal/Child Nursing

    A focus on the pregnant woman, neonate, and family. Course content addresses commonly experienced problems of this population during the childbearing process. Nursing interventions specific to these problems are presented. Co-requisite: NURS 313C. Offered fall and spring term. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 313C: Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical

    A practicum experience providing opportunities within a variety of healthcare and community settings to utilize the nursing process to implement complex intervention modalities with clients experiencing actual or potential health problems associated with the childbearing process. Co-requisite: NURS 313. Offered fall and spring term. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 320: Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing II

    A continuing presentation of NURS 310 and medical/surgical problems that interfere with client health status. Through the use of the nursing process, complex intervention modalities are discussed. Prerequisites: NURS 305, 310/310C. Co-requisite: NURS 306 and 320C. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 320C: Adult Medical/Surgical Nurs II Clinical

    A practicum experience providing continuing opportunities within a variety of clinical settings to utilize the nursing process to implement complex intervention modalities with clients experiencing actual or potential medical/surgical health problems. Co-requisite: NURS 320. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 323: Pediatric Nursing

    A focus on the developmental level and commonly experienced physiological and psychosocial problems of infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Complex intervention modalities specific to the pediatric client population are presented through the use of the nursing process. Co-requisite: 323C. Offered fall and spring term. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 323C: Pediatric Nursing Clinical

    A practicum experience providing opportunities within a variety of healthcare and community settings to utilize the nursing process to implement complex intervention modalities with pediatric clients experiencing actual or potential health problems. Co-requisite: NURS 323. Offered fall and spring term. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 350L: Introduction to Nursing Research Lecture

    A focus on developing an understanding and use of nursing research as a basis for professional nursing practice. Students are introduced to the steps of the nursing research process and evaluation and critique of nursing literature. Pre/co-requisites: MATH 213 or equivalent; progression into the nursing major, admission to ADCP RN to BSN or instructor permission. Offered fall and spring term each year. Two semester hours: two clock hours

  • NURS 350S: Introduction to Nursing Research Discussion Section

    A focus on developing an understanding and use of nursing research as a basis for professional nursing practice. Students apply the foundations of qualitative and quantitative research to critically analyze and critique nursing research, formulate a research question and research proposal. Pre/co-requisites: MATH 213 or equivalent, NURS 350L; progression into the nursing major, admission to ADCP RN to BSN or instructor permission. Offered fall and spring term each year. One semester hour; one clock hour.

  • NURS 390: Independent Study

    Special topics and/or experiences not addressed within the curriculum and non-substitutable for required courses in the major but of special interest to the student. Course work is accomplished independently under a pre-approved contract with a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: departmental approval for the proposal. To be arranged. One to three semester hours; one to three clock hours.

  • NURS 391M: Clinical Exploration in Nursing

    Supervised preceptorship in various agencies allowing the student additional clinical practice with a patient population of interest. Open to students eligible to enroll in NURS 300 level courses. Offered every term, including summer. One to four semester hours.

  • NURS 403: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

    A focus on the psychotherapeutic management associated with mental health, mental illness, and chemical substance abuse, including pharmacology, therapeutic nurse client communication, and environmental considerations. Through the use of the nursing process, complex intervention modalities are discussed. Co-requisite: NURS 403C. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 403C: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical

    A practicum experience in a variety of in-patient and community-based settings designed to provide students with opportunities to promote mental health and provide independent and collaborative nursing interventions for clients diagnosed with mental illness. Co-requisite: NURS 403. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 410: Critical Care Nursing

    The study of actions and reactions that place a client in a potential or actual life-threatening state. Using the nursing process format, critical care interventions are discussed. Co-requisite: NURS 410C. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 410C: Critical Care Nursing Clinical

    A clinical practicum experience providing opportunities, within a high-tech setting, to utilize the nursing process to implement critical care intervention modalities with clients experiencing potential or actual life-threatening states. Co-requisite: NURS 410. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 420: Nursing Leadership and Management

    An examination of nursing care within a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Leadership skills and management strategies necessary for appropriate and effective holistic nursing care are explored and analyzed. The use of outcome measures to promote quality and cost-effective health care in various organizations and health care delivery systems is emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS403/403C and 410/410C or equivalents. Co-requisite: NURS 420P. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 420P: Nursing Leadership and Management Preceptorship

    An intensive clinical practicum experience focusing on the application of the nursing management process for organizing and facilitating the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, efficient, and effective nursing care to groups of clients in a variety of settings. Students are expected to demonstrate competencies of professional accountability and responsibility within established standards and guidelines. Co-requisite: NURS 420. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; twelve clock hours.

  • NURS 421: Nursing Leadership, Management and Professional Role Integration

    Building upon existing RN practice experience, an examination of nursing care within a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Leadership skills and management strategies necessary for appropriate and effective holistic nursing care are explored and analyzed. The use of outcome measures to promote quality and cost-effective health care in various organizations and health care delivery systems is emphasized. Pre-requisites: Current RN licensure; NURS 422, 422C. Co-requisite: NURS 421P. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours. (First course offering summer 2016)

  • NURS 421P: Nursing Leadership, Management and Professional Role Integration Practicum

    Building upon existing RN practice experience, an intensive clinical practicum experience focusing on the application of the nursing management process for organizing and facilitating the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, efficient, and effective nursing care to groups of clients in a variety of settings. Co-requisite: NURS 421. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours; twelve clock hours. (First course offering summer 2016)

  • NURS 422: Nursing in Community Health Systems

    A focus on the concepts and skills required by nurses to promote and preserve the health of populations within existing public health infrastructures and in developing community partnerships. Concentration is placed on independent and collaborative nursing interventions used to meet the health care needs of a variety of aggregate and “at risk” community populations. Prerequisites: NURS 403/403C and 410/410C, or equivalents. Co-requisite: NURS 422C. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 422C: Nursing in Community Health Systems Clinical

    A clinical practicum experience that provides students opportunities to practice the role of the community health nurse within the current public health care delivery system. Students are also assigned to work with a variety of at risk aggregate population groups within the community in order to assess their health needs, and design and implement appropriate independent and collaborative nursing interventions. Co-requisite: NURS 422. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours; six clock hours.

  • NURS 460: Nursing Capstone Seminar

    A seminar course designed to promote review, reflection, and integration of all nursing curriculum content. The course includes completion of the application process, in-depth review, preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination, and nursing major outcomes assessment testing at designated passing standards. Students not completing the outcomes assessment testing at the designated passing standard during their initial enrollment in NURS 460 (spring semester of their senior year) will complete a remediation plan(s) and retest in subsequent terms until course outcomes are met. Students who do not meet course outcomes in their initial semester of enrollment must register for NURS 460 each subsequent term, beginning with Summer Term I, until course requirements are met (see “Senior Major Exam" under Nursing Program catalog description on Page 132). Enrollment limited to students in their last semester of nursing curriculum. Offered every term including summer. One semester hour.

  • NURS 480: Parish Nursing

    An elective course that provides students an opportunity to assist and function in a parish nursing role, providing health promotion opportunities which seek to unite the physical and spiritual aspects of wellness for the members of a selected church congregation. The course includes a service-learning component in select churches within the community. Prerequisites: NURS 310/310C or instructor permission. Offered fall and spring term; dependent on student demand. Three semester hours; three clock hours.

  • NURS 490: Independent Study

    Special topics and/or experiences not addressed within the curriculum and non-substitutable for required courses in the major but of special interest to the student. Coursework is to be accomplished independently under a pre-approved contract with a designated faculty member. Prerequisites: Department approval of proposal. Option available every term. One to three semester hours; one to three clock hours.

  • NURS 491: Clinical Exploration in Nursing

    Supervised preceptorship in various agencies allowing the student additional clinical practice with a patient population of interest. Prerequisite: Open to students eligible to enroll in 400 level nursing courses. Offered every term including summers. One to four semester hours.