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Biology 100 Introduction to Science
3 Credit Hours
This course introduces the student to the process of science. Using important individuals and their scientific achievements as examples, the student will be able to recognize and judge the impact of good science on society. Analysis of current scientific events will play a key role in the learning process.

Biology 201 and 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
4, 4 Credit Hours
A study of the structure and functions of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous-sensory (201); circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, urinary and digestive (202). Lecture and laboratory.

BIO 202: Pre-requisite BIO 201

Biology 215 General Microbiology
4 Credit Hours
A survey of major groups of microbes stressing cellular structure and function, growth and nutrition, genetics, ecology, and pathogenic host relationships. Lecture, laboratory, and demonstration.

Pre-requisite: BIO 201

Biology 311 Pathophysiologic Basis of Patient Care
3 Credit Hours
This course is facilitated by an interdisciplinary faculty. Pathophysiology as it relates to common chronic health conditions, and the connection between pathology at the cellular/organ level and patient assessment, interventions, and evaluation of patient response are included.

Pre-requisites: BIO 201 & 202, BIO 215, CHE 101 & 102, NUR102.

Chemistry 101 and 102 General Chemistry I & II
4, 4 Credit Hours
An introduction to the fundamental principles and laws of general chemistry, including organic and biochemistry. Lecture and laboratory.

CHE 102: Pre-requisite CHE 101

Computer Science 102 Informatics & Technology in Health Care
3 Credit Hours
Systems theory, quality, decision-making, and the organizational role of information systems are introduced. Emphasis is on the role of informatics and telecommunications in tracking and evaluating health care indicators and outcomes.

College Success Program 099 Academic Recovery
1 Credit Hour
The course is designed to concentrate on the needs of students who have been unsuccessful in pursuit of their academic goals. The course will address academic rigor. Critical thinking standards and principles will be threaded though the course activities. Tools addressing study skills and decision making will be provided for the student to use in taking responsibility for their own learning. This course is required for all students who are on academic probation, and is to be taken the semester they are registered following the course failure that placed them on probation. The course is a remedial course and is not counted in the GPA toward graduation or total college credits.
CSP Not covered by Title IV Aid

College Success Program 100 First Semester Experience/Learning Community
1 Credit Hour
This course is designed to equip the incoming student with tools that promote success. There will be a variety of topics that will encourage the student to become engaged in self-assessment. Classes will address issues such as the learning styles of students, communication skills, study habits, test taking skills and coping strategies. The course will incorporate several small group discussions that will enhance a learning community environment where students and faculty work collaboratively. These success strategies can be applied in school or personal life.

English 100 Etymology for the Health Sciences
1 Credit Hour
Every scientific term or name is composed of one or more word roots. This one hour course explores the origin and development of health science words, typically tracing their roots back to Greek and Latin origins (comparative linguistics). This course will prove useful to the student in the health sciences by providing direction for the use of root words and providing the rules for pronunciation of scientific terms.

English 101 English Composition I
3 Credit Hours
Provides a foundation for reading and writing skills that can be applied to personal, academic, and professional life. Initiates and integrates the composing process with critical reading and thinking.

English 102 English Composition II
3 Credit Hours
This course builds upon and enhances the writing and reading skills developed in English Composition I. Emphasis is on organization, development of ideas, and techniques of persuasive and informative writing.

Pre-requisite: ENG 101.

English 105 Professional Communication
3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help students write and speak effectively in the academic and work setting. Students engage in writing and speaking assignments to apply the principles conveyed. The importance of effective communication in quality health care is stressed.
 

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENG 102.

Ethics 105 Ethics Foundations
3 Credit Hours
This course will introduce students to the history, vocabulary, and process of ethical reflection. Students will learn how culture, historical events, and philosophy affect moral reflection and judgment.

Ethics 212 Health Care Ethics
3 Credit Hours
The development of ethical principles and presuppositions, and an analysis of the major ethical issues raised in contemporary health care.

Ethics 321 Social Ethics
3 Credit Hours
This course will introduce students to ethics beyond personal ethics. Students will learn about the philosophical underpinnings of social ethics, of social ethics in various traditions, issues of justice, and public health domestic and international.

Pre-requisite: ETH 105 or ETH 212

Mathematics 103 Pharmacological Mathematics**
1 Credit Hour
Basic concepts of dosage calculations with emphasis on intravenous and pediatric medications using dimensional analysis.
**Students may challenge MTH 103 course after completion of self-study.

Mathematics 111 Algebra & Probability
3 Credit Hours
Algebra and introductory probability. This course prepares the student for Basic Statistics.

Mathematics 204 Basic Statistics
3 Credit Hours
Introduces students to statistics as they apply to health care practice and research. Descriptive and inferential statistics are introduced. Broad aspects of testing statistical hypotheses are included. This course prepares the student to begin to critically read research findings.

Pre-requisite: MTH 111.

Nursing 101 Nursing I
6 Credit Hours (3 Theory, 3 Clinical)
The course introduces essential concepts of safe and effective nursing care for the adult patient, utilizing nursing process and evidence-based practice. The art and science of nursing is the foundation of the course. Content focuses on the introduction of the wellness/illness continuum and the core competencies of clinical practice. The competencies include professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, assessment, caring interventions, teaching/learning, collaboration, and managing care. The clinical experience is designed to facilitate the fundamental acquisition of the core competencies of clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on health assessment of the adult, recognition of alterations from the norm and caring interventions.

Co-requisites: BIO 201, CHE 101, PSY 103.

Nursing 102 Nursing II
8 Credit Hours (4 Theory, 4 Clinical)
The course applies concepts of safe and effective nursing care focusing on adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations across the wellness/illness continuum. The course focuses on nursing management of the adult patient’s response to health alterations through the application of nursing knowledge, nursing process and evidence based practice. The clinical experience is designed to facilitate the development of the core competencies of clinical practice: professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, assessment, caring interventions, teaching/learning, collaboration, and managing care. Emphasis is placed on clinical decision making, communication, and teaching/learning concepts.

Pre-requisites: BIO 201, CHE 101, PSY 103, NUR 101.
Co-requisites: BIO 202, CHE 102, MTH 103.

Nursing 201 Nursing III
10 Credit Hours (5 Theory, 5 Clinical)
The course adapts concepts of safe and effective nursing care for children, adults and families, concentrating on health care needs on the wellness/illness continuum across the life span. The course focuses on a more comprehensive application of the student’s nursing knowledge, nursing process and evidence based practice. The clinical experience is designed to facilitate progression in the core competencies of clinical practice: professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, assessment, caring interventions, teaching/learning, collaboration, and managing care. Emphasis is placed on family communication, teaching/learning, and team collaboration concepts.

Pre-requisites: BIO 202, CHE 102, ENG 101, MTH 103, NUR 102, PSY 205.
Co-requisites: SOC 103, BIO 215.

Nursing 202 Nursing IV
10 Credit Hours (5 Theory, 5 Clinical)
The course integrates concepts of safe and effective nursing care for individuals and groups of patients. The course is designed to facilitate integration of knowledge, evidence based practice, and clinical decision making in the management of patients with complex health care needs. Clinical decision making skills are enhanced through advanced clinical experiences and role transition opportunities. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the core competencies of clinical practice: professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision making, assessment, caring interventions, teaching/learning, collaboration, and managing care for individuals and groups of patients.

Pre-requisites: SOC 103, BIO 215, NUR 201.
Co-requisites: ETH 212, NUR 260.

Nursing 260 Nursing V
2 Credit Hours (2 Theory)
The course is designed to facilitate the student’s transition into the profession of nursing. The focus of the course is on the role of the nurse in relation to the health care system. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of communication, professional behaviors, evidence-based practice, managing care, and health care policy.

Co-requisite: NUR 202.

Nursing 301 Baccalaureate Nurse Transition*
3 Credit Hours
 This course introduces students to concepts and issues relevant to contemporary professional nursing practice, and introduces students to skills essential for the transition to baccalaureate education. An emphasis is placed on selected philosophies and theories applicable to nursing, professional identity, and the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Emphasis is on Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring.

Pre-requisite: ENG 102

 Nursing 311 Healthy Aging*
3 Credit Hours
This course will explore the multiple dimensions of aging in America and in global societies. The emphasis will be on foundations of healthy, successful aging based on national indicators, as well as the personal definitions and meanings of the older adult. Students will learn to support optimal promotion of health and wellness, while exploring the care of those who might also be experiencing illness, recovery, or the end of life.

Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR 301.

Nursing 315 Nursing Research*
3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the principles of scientific inquiry and the research process. Emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse in interpreting research findings for applicability to nursing practice, and in identifying research problems in nursing practice.

Pre- or Co-requisites: NUR 301, MTH 204.

Nursing 321 Holistic Health Concepts*
3 Credit Hours
This course is facilitated by an interdisciplinary faculty. Students’ assessment skills will be enhanced by focusing on a multiple determinants of health approach. The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status will be discussed, including social factors, health services, individual behavior, biology and genetics, and policy making; as well as the critical role of patient preference and values in provision of high quality care.

Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR 301.

Nursing 331 Population Health Care*
2 Credit Hours
 Various issues, models, and concepts that impact the health of populations will be explored. The role of the nurse in facilitating the health of populations at-risk in community and public health will be emphasized, with a focus on vulnerable populations and the ethical, legal, political, social, cultural, and economic factors that impact care.

Pre- or Co-requisites: NUR 301, 311, 321; ENG 105; ETH 321. Co-requisite: NUR 332.

Nursing 332 Population Health Care Practicum
1 Credit Hour
 Focuses on aggregates as the recipient of nursing care.

Pre- or Co-requisites: NUR 301, 311, 321; ENG 105; ETH 321. Co-requisite: NUR 331.

Nursing 411 Principles of Nursing Leadership*
3 Credit Hours
 This course integrates previously learned nursing knowledge and skills with contemporary leadership, systems, and change theories, enhancing students' leadership skills in the practice setting and profession. Students will identify leadership challenges created by increasingly complex health care environments, and the interface between patient advocacy, quality improvement, inter-professional collaboration, and legal, regulatory, and professional nursing standards.

Pre-requisite: ENG 102. Pre- or co-requisite: NUR 301.

Nursing 415 Continuity of Care*
3 Credit Hours
 This course will focus on the unique role of the nurse in protecting patient safety and ensuring continuity of care during patient transitions in the healthcare system. Emphasis will be placed on systems assessment, change theory, effective communication, and inter-professional collaboration.

Pre-requisite: NUR 301. Pre- or Co-requisites: ENG 105; NUR 331, 332, 411.

Nursing 431 Role Exploration Seminar
1 Credit Hour
This course provides a culminating experience for the BSN student. Present and evolving nursing contributions in a reformed health care system are emphasized. Students are guided in the development of a self-directed practicum in a selected role.

Pre-requisites: NUR 315, 331, 332, CSI 102. Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR 411, 415. Co-requisite: NUR 432.

Nursing 432 Role Exploration Practicum
2 Credit Hours
This course provides opportunities for students to explore a professional role through research, interviews, and precepted experiences. The role can be one of possible graduate study or career advancement.

Pre-requisites: NUR 315, 331, 332. Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR 411, 415. Co-requisite: NUR 431.

Nursing 485 Capstone: Quality Improvement Project*
3 Credit Hours
This is the terminal course in the BSN Program. The student will utilize quality improvement processes to identify a clinical problem impacting patient health and/or safety, investigate causative factors, develop an evidence-based plan for problem resolution, and communicate the plan to appropriate stakeholders. 

Pre-requisites: NUR 315, 321, 331, 332. Pre- or Co-requisites: NUR 411, 415, 431, 432.

Psychology 103 Introduction to Psychology
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to the basic psychological processes and study of human behavior including methods, principles, and theories of psychology.

Psychology 205 Lifespan Development
3 Credit Hours
An in-depth look at the human biopsychosocial and spiritual development from conception to death. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of research, theories and practice, including current issues/ideas present in the field of developmental psychology.

Pre-requisite: PSY 103

Sociology 103 An Introduction to Sociology
3 Credit Hours
Concepts and principles basic to the understanding of human society today. The study of social behavior, group experience, and modern communities.

Sociology 104 Social Issues in Health Care
3 Credit Hours
This course examines the interaction between society and the health care system. One of the goals of the course is to identify the relationships between social life and morbidity and mortality rates. This course deals with health and illness in relation to social institutions such as family, employment, and school. Topics covered generally require a global approach of analysis due to the variance of influence of societal factors.

Pre-requisite: SOC 103

*- A portion of this course is provided in an online format. Students must have internet access to participate.

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