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NU 226 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing
The content of this course introduces the traditional Nursing student to what it means to be a member of the profession of nursing. The values, principles, and standards developed by the profession are discussed as a framework for personal and professional development. Students are introduced to concepts related to the nursing process, work environments, professional roles, organizations, journals and the use of evidence-based practice. (1)

NU 230 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing
Introduces Nursing students to the nursing process and role of care provider. Serves as a foundation for future B.S.N. Nursing courses by presenting historical perspectives, selected nursing theories, the role of the nurse and client within the health care system, and standards of nursing practice. Also examines concepts of health and illness, care and comfort. Prerequisites: admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program, BIO 161, and BIO 162. (3)

NU 231 Principles and Applications of Nursing Technologies
Prepares Nursing students to utilize the nursing process in implementing nursing skills and nursing technologies when caring for clients across the life span and representing a wide variety of health care concerns. Students will develop skills through discussion, observation, and practice in the laboratory setting. Accelerated B.S.N. students are expected to take NU 231 and NU 331 concurrently. Students taking NU 231 and NU 331 in the same semester must drop NU 331 if they withdraw from NU 231. Students who drop NU 331 but remain in NU 231 may be required to have a skills check-off if more than one semester elapses before re-enrolling in NU 331. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 230. (4)

NU 234 Health Across the Life Span
The content of this course focuses on health promotion and health education across the life span. Utilizing health information literacy, students explore developmental changes and health and illness phenomena. Students examine models and theories that interpret health behaviors, health status, and disparities. Social, cultural, and political factors that contribute to or hinder achieving optimal health are addressed. Concepts or primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are presented, and major morbidities and mortalities are discussed. Interventions that promote healthy behaviors and prevent morbidity and mortality supported by evidence-based practice are described. The goals of Healthy People 2020 are discussed and analyzed. Prerequisite: BIO 161. (3)

NU 236 Fundamentals of Nursing
Prepares students to utilize the nursing process in implementing nursing skills and basic nursing technologies when caring for patients in a variety of settings. Foundations of nursing, including ethical, and legal issues, nursing roles, and evidence-based practice are discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, CHM 125. Prerequisites or corequisites: NU 226 and NU 234. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (4)

NU 246 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Skills
Prepares students to utilize the nursing process in implementing clinical nursing skills and technologies when caring for clients with acute and chronic illness. Builds upon the basic knowledge and skills practiced in NU 236. Students are expected to incorporate evidence-based practice to determine appropriate nursing interventions and apply simulated laboratory skills and rationale into meaningful clinical encounters in concurrent clinical course settings. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, BIO 260, CHM 125, NU 234, NU 226, and NU 236. (2)

NU 302 Health Assessment
Prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of the adult client. Communication, documentation, ethical, spiritual, and cultural considerations; and risk related to environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors are included. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and NU 331. NU 331 may be taken concurrently. Additional prerequisite for students in the 4-year B.S.N. program: NU 246.  Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation for NU 302A: WI. (3)

NU 302OL Health Assessment
This hybrid online course for RNs prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of physiological, psychological, spiritual, sociocultural, and developmental variables of individual clients across the life span. History-taking and physical-assessment skills are developed. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and RN licensure. (3)

NU 304 Transcultural Concepts in Health and Illness
Provides an introduction to transcultural theories, concepts, and principles that help to explain the health care needs and responses of individuals and groups within the context of their cultures and subcultures. An emphasis is placed on the conduct of culturally competent assessments. Prerequisite: EN 102. (Also listed as HPR 308.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ, GP. (3)

NU 304OL Transcultural Concepts in Health and Illness
This hybrid online course provides an introduction to transcultural theories, concepts, and principles that help to explain the health care needs and responses of individuals and groups within the context of their cultures and subcultures. An emphasis is placed on the conduct of culturally competent assessments. Prerequisite: EN 102. (3)

NU 305 Alternative/Complementary Medicine
Introduces learners to various modalities of alternative/complementary/integrative medicine. Course content will provide learners with the ability to critically analyze and evaluate these approaches for application in their personal lives and professional practices. Learners participate in experiential exercises in various alternative/complementary/integrative techniques including, but not limited to, imagery, movement, biofeedback, music, and hypnosis. Prerequisite: EN 102. (3)

NU 305OL Alternative/Complementary Medicine
This hybrid online course introduces learners to various modalities of alternative/complementary/integrative medicine. Course content will provide learners with the ability to critically analyze and evaluate these approaches for application in their personal lives and professional practices. Learners participate in experiential exercises in various alternative/ complementary/integrative techniques including, but not limited to, imagery, movement, biofeedback, music, and hypnosis. Prerequisite: EN 102. (3)

NU 310OL The Nurse, the Client, and the Health Care System
This hybrid online course explains contemporary nursing practice. Beliefs about man, society, health, and nursing are explored so that students can examine the relationship among these factors. Issues in the delivery of health care and the roles of the nurse and client within the health care system are investigated. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of instructor. (3)

NU 315OL The Scholarship of Professional Nursing
The course focuses on introducing students to nursing as a scholarly profession and scientific discipline. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the transition to professional nursing within the context of scholarship, evidence-based practice, and information literacy. (1)

NU 331 Illness Management in Adults I
Focuses on developing skills in problem solving and clinical judgment to facilitate the planning and provision of appropriate nursing care for adults with major disruptions in health in a variety of settings. Medical-surgical problems of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and hematological systems as well as shock and burns will be addressed. Expands understanding of the nursing process, concepts and principles of nursing, humanities, and physical and behavioral sciences. Course includes lecture and clinical. Accelerated B.S.N. students are expected to take NU 231 and NU 331 concurrently. Students taking NU 231 and NU 331 in the same semester must drop NU 331 if they withdraw from NU 231. Students who drop NU 331 but remain in NU 231 may be required to have a skills check-off if more than one semester elapses before re-enrolling in NU 331. Prerequisites: BIO 161 and BIO 162. Prerequisites or corequisites: NU 246 for students in the 4-year B.S.N. program or NU 230 and NU 231 for students in the accelerated B.S.N. program. (5)

NU 332 Illness Management in Adults II
A continuation of NU 331. Covers medical-surgical problems relating to the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on assisting clients in regaining optimum levels of wellness, meeting rehabilitation requirements, and/or adjusting to terminal illness. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisites: NU 234 and NU 331. Corequisite: NU 361. (5)

NU 333 Health Promotion and Illness Management in the Childbearing Family
Focuses on nursing care of families during the childbearing phase of the life cycle — from preconception through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Addresses normal and high-risk pregnancy and each phase of the childbearing period. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite: NU 331. (4)

NU 334 Mental Health Promotion and Illness Management
Focuses on promotion of mental health and the care of clients with acute and chronic mental health problems. Current therapies and models of care delivery are explored. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite: NU 331. (5)

NU 335 Illness Management in Children and Adolescents
Introduces students to caring for children as they grow and develop within a family system. Discusses commonly occurring physiological disruptions in childhood, from infancy to adolescence. Course includes lecture and clinical. Prerequisite: NU 331. (4)

NU 361 Pharmacology
Explores the role of pharmacological agents in promoting health and/or managing illness. The collaborative and teaching roles of the nurse are stressed and specific interventions are identified for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients receiving pharmaceutical or nutritional therapy. Prerequisite: NU 331. Corequisite: NU 332. (3)

NU 361OL Pharmacology
This hybrid online course for RNs explores the role of pharmacological agents in promoting health and/or managing illness. The collaborative and teaching roles of the nurse are stressed and specific interventions are identified for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients receiving pharmaceutical or nutritional therapy. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and RN licensure. (3)

NU 362 Pathophysiology
Examines the changes associated with physiologic and psychiatric disease states, and relates these changes to signs and symptoms encountered in health assessment. The pathology of disease is differentiated from the developmental changes expected to occur over the course of a life span. Prerequisites: BIO 161 and BIO 162. (3)

NU 362OL Pathophysiology
This hybrid online course for RNs examines the changes associated with physiologic and psychiatric disease states, and relates these changes to signs and symptoms encountered in health assessment. The pathology of disease is differentiated from the developmental changes expected to occur over the course of a life span. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and RN licensure. (3)

NU 400 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities
Presents public health concepts, principles, standards, theory, and intervention modalities in nursing practice. Clinical experience is provided in distributive settings. Client advocacy is promoted and teaching is emphasized. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Must be taken during the final semester. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses and BIO 260. (5)

NU 400OL Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Communities
This hybrid online course for RNs presents public health concepts, principles, standards, theory, and intervention modalities in nursing practice. Clinical experience is provided in distributive settings. Client advocacy is promoted and teaching is emphasized. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Prerequisites: NU 302OL, NU 362OL, NU 361OL, BIO 260, and RN licensure. (5)

NU 403 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
An introduction to the process of systematic investigation necessary for the continued development of the body of knowledge that forms the basis of nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to systematically examine the research process, characteristics of practice-based research leading to the development of evidence-based nursing practice, and methodologies appropriate to the investigation of researchable nursing-practice problems. Emphasis is placed on guiding leaders through the research process, facilitating the critical reading of nursing and related research, developing skill in identifying researchable problems encountered in the practice of nursing, and stimulating the intelligent application of research findings to nursing practice. Focus is given to the interrelatedness and interdependence of the parts of the research process and evidence-based practice issues. Prerequisites: MA 132 and NU 331. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

NU 403OL Research and Evidence-Based Practice
This course is an introduction to the process of systematic investigation necessary for the continued development of the body of knowledge that forms the basis of nursing practice. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to systematically examine the research process, characteristics of practice-based research leading to the development of evidence-based nursing practice, and methodologies appropriate to the investigation of researchable nursing-practice problems. Emphasis is placed on guiding learners through the research process, facilitating the critical reading of nursing and related research, developing skill in identifying researchable problems encountered in the practice of nursing, and stimulating the intelligent application of research findings to nursing practice. Focus is given to the interrelatedness and interdependence of the parts of the research process and evidence-based practice issues. Prerequisite: MA 132. (3)

NU 412 Introduction to Leadership, Management, and Advocacy
Focuses on the roles of the professional nurse as a leader in the health care environment, manager of health care clients in a variety of settings, and advocate for social and political reform. Students explore theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior as well as the social, political, and economic forces affecting health care environments. Students examine and apply legal and ethical accountability and decision making to planning, evaluating, and documenting client outcomes. Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Prerequisites: all required 300-level NU courses. (3)

NU 412OL Introduction to Leadership, Management, and Advocacy
This hybrid online course for RNs focuses on the roles of the professional nurse as a leader in the health care environment, manager of health care clients in a variety of settings, and advocate for social and political reform. Students explore theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior as well as the social, political, and economic forces affecting health care environments. Students examine and apply legal and ethical accountability and decision making to planning, evaluating, and documenting client outcomes. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 400 and RN licensure or permission of instructor. (3)

NU 425 Nursing Capstone
Explores issues and trends in nursing and health care. Students analyze current evidence for discussion of issues as related to the provision of quality health care. The course also provides the students in the last semester of the bachelor’s degree program with an opportunity to develop personal and professional strategies to make the transition from student to graduate nurse. A primary emphasis in this course is placed on personal growth and preparation for assuming the role of the professional nurse. Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Corequisite: NU 490. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation for NU 425D: WI. ((3)

NU 427OL Contemporary Issues in Nursing
This hybrid online capstone course is offered in the last semester of the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program. The purpose of this course is to integrate and build on the student’s educational experiences and abilities to a broader understanding of contemporary issues in nursing and health care. It focuses on the transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within the context of emerging societal issues and trends. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of instructor. (3)

NU 433 Research
A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

NU 490 Nursing Internship
Provides an opportunity for students to experience the role of the professional nurse through supervised clinical practice with a preceptor in a selected health care agency. Must be taken during the final semester of the B.S.N. program. Corequisite: NU 425. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3)

NU 499 Independent Study
Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and the dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. Independent study enables students to pursue specialized interests and develop skills in critical analysis. (1-6)