Courses | Nursing, B.S.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Prerequisite Courses

Prior to admission into the clinical nursing program, pre-clinical nursing students must complete certain prerequisite courses. Note: students are not required to take all the courses listed below. See catalog for details.

An introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body. Laboratory emphasis varies from section to section to meet the needs of the different majors.

A study of the basic concepts of physiological regulation from the level of the cell to the integrated intact organism including neural, muscular, and neuro-endocrine regulatory systems. Laboratory includes human systems analysis and electrophysiology.

A study of microbial organisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, including their morphology, physiology, metabolism and genetics; host parasite interactions; humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Laboratory practice in handling microorganisms, including identification and culture techniques.

Chemical bonding, structure, properties and reactivity applied to organic and biochemical compounds. Includes basic metabolic processes with application to medicine and health.

Development of communication skills in public speaking. The course will include presentational skills, attention to multicultural communication encounters, audience analysis, speech opportunities, research, organization and critical thinking.

This course focuses on the individual's communication in a group setting: leadership in groups; group communication norms and processes with emphasis on problem solving and conflict management techniques.

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas.

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing, stressing fundamentals of grammar, punctuation, spelling and paragraph writing, along with critical thinking persuasion and evaluation.

Reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing, stressing critical thinking, persuasion and evaluation; experience in writing a variety of expository and persuasive essays.

A continuation of 100 or 112, this course uses literary works as content for reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing, stressing critical thinking, persuasion and evaluation; experience in writing essays and the research paper.

This course will introduce the student to professional nursing care of diverse and vulnerable populations across the globe. Course discussion will include the history, education, practice roles, national and state standards of practice and caring ministry of the Christian professional nurse.

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology.

Major Courses

Use of the nursing process in the administration of medication.

First of three core courses on medical-surgical nursing care of diverse populations. Introduces the student to pathophysiology of disease, the evidence-based knowledge and skill needed for quality nursing patient care, and for nursing as Christian ministry.

Clinical application of NURS 211 content.

Simulation and skills laboratory practice required for NURS 212 clinical application.

Second of three core courses on medical-surgical nursing care of diverse populations. Expands student learning of disease pathophysiology and the evidence-based knowledge, applied reasoning and skill needed for quality and Christian nursing care.

Clinical application of NURS 217 theory, reasoning and skill.

Simulation and skills laboratory practice necessary for NURS 218 clinical application.

Introduction to nursing assessment and documentation of common signs and symptoms of wellness and illness.

Clinical practice of nursing assessment and reporting.

Theoretical and evidence-based concepts related to quality mental health nursing care of patients and their families.

Clinical application of NURS 341 knowledge and skill.

Introduction to quality nursing care of women across the reproductive years. Emphasis is on the mother and family in the childbirth years.

Clinical application of NURS 347 theory, reasoning and skill.

Theoretical and evidence-based concepts related to the quality nursing care of the older adult patient and their families.

Clinical application of NURS 351 theory, reasoning and skill in the quality nursing care of older adults and their families.

Introduction to quality nursing care of children, adolescents and the family.

Clinical application of NURS 355 theory, reasoning and skill.

Third of three core courses on medical-surgical nursing care of diverse populations. Continues enhancement of student learning of patients with increased complexity of diagnosis and quality nursing care need.

Clinical application of complex medical-surgical nursing knowledge, reasoning and skill in providing complex patient care.

Complex medical-surgical nursing care of patients in critical care environments.

Clinical application of the nursing process in providing complex care to multicultural clients in a critical care setting.

Introduction to professional nursing's utilization of the research process.

Application of NURS 441 theory in an established research study.

Analysis of leadership theories and health care issues/trends which influence professional nursing practice.

First of two required leadership clinical rotations. Clinical application of NURS 450 theory, reasoning and skill in the care of medical-surgical patients.

Second of two required leadership clinical rotations. Clinical application of NURS 450 theory, clinical site/preceptor availability.

Integration of nursing knowledge, reasoning and skill in community-based promotion of population well-being.

Clinical application of NURS 461 theory, reasoning and skill in various community settings.