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BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4 Credit Hours
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence designed to provide in-depth examination of the structure and function of the human body. This course covers the basic biochemistry and cell physiology upon which the study of human physiology will be based. It also covers the structure and function of human tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Lecture and laboratory.

BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 Credit Hours

Biology 202 follows Biology 201 as the second course in a two-semester Anatomy and Physiology sequence. Students build upon the principles established in Biology 201 and integrate those principles with other body systems. The systems addressed in Biology 202 include the special senses, endocrine system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, urinary system, homeostasis of fluids and electrolytes, and reproduction. Lecture and laboratory.

Pre-requisite: BIO201

BIO215 General Microbiology
4 Credit Hours
A survey course covering the history, structure, growth, and molecular genetics of infectious agents. Special emphasis is placed on the use and mechanism of antibiotics, host defenses, and infectious control of microorganisms in a medical setting. Current topics in microbiology and epidemiology are discussed. The laboratory portion includes techniques for growing, manipulating, and sampling of microorganisms and application of principles learned in the lecture portion. Lecture, laboratory and demonstration.

Pre-requisite: BIO201

BIO311 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, the connection between pathology at the cellular/organ level, and patient assessment, interventions, and evaluation of patient response are included. A portion of this course is delivered as hybrid.

Pre-requisites: BIO201 & BIO202, BIO215, CHEM101 & CHEM102, NUR102.

CAP201 Health Sciences Capstone
1 Credit Hour
The capstone course in the Health Sciences Degree Program is a terminal course designed to have student integrate learning in all courses taken and be able to share that learning with peers and faculty.

Pre-requisites: BIO201, & BIO202, CHEM101 & CHEM102, ENG102 & ENG105, ETH105, MTH111, PSY103 & PSY205, SCI100, SOC103 & SOC104.
Co-requisites: BIO215, ETH212, CSI102, MTH204

CHEM101 General Chemistry
4 Credit Hours

A foundational course in the theories and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry. The course covers structure of atoms, the periodic table, bonding of atoms, and functional groups of organic chemistry and their reactions. Lecture and laboratory.

CHEM102 General Chemistry  II
4 Credit Hours

A study of biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, and their metabolism, and mechanism of action of some classes of pharmaceutical drugs, as related to biochemistry. Lecture and laboratory.

Pre-requisite: CHEM 101

CIT102 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.A portion of this course is provided in an online format.

CSP099 Academic Recovery
1 Credit Hour
The course is designed to concentrate on the needs of students who have been hampered in quest 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 is not covered by Title IV Aid and must be paid out-of-pocket. See Bursar for additional information.

CSP100 First Semester Experience
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 learning styles, communication skills, study habits, test taking skills and coping strategies. The course will incorporate small group discussions and introduce resources from the college. Collaborative learning will be an integral part of this course. These success strategies can be applied in school or personal life. This course is required for all incoming students.

ENG101 English Composition I*
3 Credit Hours 
This course 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.

ENG102 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. A portion of this course is delivered as hybrid.

Pre-requisite: ENG101.

ENG105 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.

ETH105 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.

ETH212 Health Care Ethics
3 Credit Hours
This course is designed for the development of ethical principles and presuppositions, and an analysis of the major ethical issues raised in contemporary health care.

ETH321 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: ETH105 or ETH212

MTH103 Pharmacological Mathematics**
1 Credit Hour
This course focuses on the basic concepts of dosage calculations with emphasis on intravenous and pediatric medications using dimensional analysis.
**Students may challenge MTH103 course after completion of self-study.

MTH111 Algebra & Probability
3 Credit Hours
This course prepares the student for Basic Statistics with a concentration in algebra and introductory probability.

MTH204 Basic Statistics
3 Credit Hours
This course introduces students to statistics as they apply to health care practice and research and prepares the student to begin to critically read research findings. Descriptive and inferential statistics are introduced. Broad aspects of testing statistical hypotheses are included. 

Pre-requisite: MTH111.

NUR101 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: BIO201, CHE101, PSY103.

NUR102 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: BIO201, CHE101, PSY103, NUR101.
Co-requisites: BIO202, CHE102, MTH103.

NUR201 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: BIO202, CHE102, ENG101, MTH103, NUR102, PSY205.
Co-requisites: SOC103, BIO215.

NUR202 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: SOC103, BIO215, NUR201.
Co-requisites: ETH212, NUR260.

NUR260 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: NUR202.

NUR301 Baccalaureate Nurse Transition*
3 Credit Hours
 This blended 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*

Pre-requisite: ENG102

 NUR311 Healthy Aging*
3 Credit Hours
This blended 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*

Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR301.

NUR315 Nursing Research*
3 Credit Hours
This blended 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*  

Pre- or Co-requisites: NUR301, MTH204.

NUR321 Holistic Health Concepts*
3 Credit Hours
This blendedcourse 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*  

Pre- or Co-requisite: NUR301.

NUR331 Population Health Care*
2 Credit Hours
 This blended course offers 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*  

Pre-Requisites: NUR301, ENG105
Pre or Co-requisites: NUR311, NUR321; ETH321.
Co-requisite: NUR332.

NUR332 Population Health Care Practicum
1 Credit Hour
 This practicum course focuses on aggregates as the recipient of nursing care.

Pre-Requisites: NUR301, ENG105
Pre or Co-requisites: NUR311, NUR321; ETH321. 
Co-requisite: NUR332.

NUR411 Principles of Nursing Leadership*
3 Credit Hours
 This blended 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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*  

Pre-requisite: NUR301.

NUR415 Continuity of Care*
3 Credit Hours
 This blended 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.A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*

Pre-requisite: NUR301. Pre- or Co-requisites: ENG105; NUR331, 332, 411.

NUR431 Role Exploration Seminar
1 Credit Hour
This blended 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.

NUR432 Role Exploration Practicum
2 Credit Hours
This practicum 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.

NUR485 Capstone: Quality Improvement Project*
3 Credit Hours
This is the terminal, blended course in the RN-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. A portion of this course is provided in an online format.*

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

PSY103 An Introduction to Psychology
3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction to the basic psychological processes and study of human behavior including methods, principles, and theories of psychology.

PSY205 Lifespan Development
3 Credit Hours
This course takes 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

SCI100 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.

SOC103 An Introduction to Sociology
3 Credit Hours
This course reviews the concepts and principles basic to the understanding of human society today. The study of social behavior, group experience, and modern communities.

SOC104 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

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

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