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NURSING COURSES (NU)
 
NU 300 Foundations of Professional Nursing (W) 3 cr
Foundational course on nursing concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Exploration of professional nursing roles and strategies in promoting the health of individuals and families within a variety of acute and community settings. The emphasis is on the use of the nursing process as a systematic approach to health promotion and maintenance. Health Promotion for the Year 2000 and Disease Prevention Objectives are explored. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 325, HSC 342, HSC 343. Corequisite: NU 301.
 
NU 301 Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical 2 cr
Application of concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance with individuals and families in a variety of settings to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Also provides opportunity for the development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nursing skills and procedures. Clinical practice experiences with individuals and families in a variety of acute and community settings will be provided. Prerequisite/Corequisites: NU 325, HSC 342, HSC 343. Corequisite: NU 300.
 
NU 304 Research for Health Professions (W) 3 cr
Surveys the research process through computer-assisted instruction. The focus is on the research process, methods for critiquing research, and ethical and legal implications. Emphasis is on the importance of research to nursing practice and the development of critical consumers of nursing research. Requires professional component standing.
 
NU 325 Health Assessment 4 cr
Nursing assessment of the whole person and includes physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment of the adult and child. Emphasis on the development of skills in obtaining a health history and performing health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Admission to professional component or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis of Nursing 3 cr
This course provides students knowledge related to physiology and alterations in physiology of individuals with health problems. The course focuses on theory and research applicable to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, immune, neurological, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. This course provides students with a foundation for providing nursing care to persons having acute, chronic and long-term health care problems. Prerequisite: Admission to professional component or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 390 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Study of a significant topic or problem in Nursing and the Health Professions. Course may be repeated for a total of four credits.
 
NU 394 Directed Study 1-4 cr
Individual study in a nursing area chosen in consultation with instructor.
 
NU 409 Nursing Issues and Leadership 3 cr
Continuation of the socialization process of students as professional nurses. Focuses on professionalism, leadership roles and functions, management strategies, continued professional development, and issues and trends in nursing and health care. Emphasis on the professional nurse as a leader in improving patient care and cost effectiveness of health care. Prerequisites/ Corequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448.
 
NU 410 Concepts of Professional Nursing (W) 6 cr
A bridge course for the Registered Nurse student. Focus on the philosophy of the College of Nursing and on selected theories and concepts integrated throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is on professional nursing roles and strategies for health promotion and maintenance with individuals, families, and groups. Requires registered nurse licensure and admission to RN to BSN track.
 
NU 430 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Patient 3 cr
Provides students the opportunity to analyze theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for critically ill patients of all ages. Content includes internal and external environmental factors affecting the care of critically ill patients of all ages. Emphasis on the role of the professional nurse in health promotion and maintenance, illness, care, and rehabilitation of the critically ill. Prerequisites: AHN 447, and AHN 448.
 
NU 460 Practicum 5 cr
Culminating clinical practice course to provide students an in-depth learning experience in a selected area of nursing practice. The leadership, management, and caregiver roles of the professional nurse with patients and their families in a selected area of nursing practice is emphasized. Students are assigned to nurse preceptors and with faculty guidance focus on leadership and management, and application of the nursing process theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for patients in a variety of preceptorship placements in acute and community settings. Prerequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448, NU 304. Prerequisites/Corequisites: CMN 420, CMN 421, NU 409.

 

NU 490 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Study of a significant topic or problem in nursing and the health professions. This course may be repeated for a total of four credits.
 
NU 500 Child and Adolescent Mental Health 1-3 cr
Provides students with an introduction to the normal child and family dynamics as well as introduces them to specific psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and nursing interventions. Content includes specific psychiatric disorders and interventions within the framework of growth and development and family dynamics.
 
NU 501 Social Dynamics of Nursing 1-3 cr
Investigation of the influence of selected ideas, individuals, issues, and events that shape contemporary nursing.
 
NU 506 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3 cr
The purpose of the course is to examine theoretical foundations of advanced nursing. This course focuses on the development of nursing knowledge and the importance of a theoretical base for practice. Emphasis is on the analysis and evaluation of nursing models and related theories.
 
NU 508 Advanced Nursing Roles and Concepts 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to analyze selected advanced nursing roles. Emphasis is on framework components and concepts which provide the basis for specialization and expansion of roles for advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 513 Advanced Nursing Research 3 cr
The purpose of this course is the critical evaluation of methods designs, and issues in nursing research. The focus is on research design, implementation, and analysis of data in advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 514 Research Project 1 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a research practicum with a health care researcher. The focus is on collaborative research in advanced nursing practice Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 513.
 
NU 518 Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 cr
This course is designed to further develop the student's advanced knowledge and skills for obtaining and recording a systematic health history and advanced physical examination of individuals and families across the lifespan. The course involves the synthesis of nursing, biologic, psychologic, and socio-cultural knowledge and theories as applied to the findings obtained in the comprehensive health assessment. The central objective is the development of cognitive and clinical skills needed to provide comprehensive care to individuals of all ages in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. Corequisite: NU 519.
 
NU 519 Advanced Nursing Assessment Practicum 1 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a practicum experience in which the student will have the opportunity to become proficient at obtaining and recording a comprehensive health history and advanced physical assessment of individuals appropriate to their clinical specialty area. Corequisite: NU 518.
 
NU 523 Clinical Concepts and Cultural Competency in 3 cr
  Advanced Nursing Practice I  
Focuses on advanced clinical concepts and the role of nursing in providing evidenced based care to facilitate positive health outcomes. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 506, NU 518, NU 519, NU 545, NU 578 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 524 Clinical Concepts and Cultural Competency in 3 cr
  Advanced Nursing Practice II  
Continued analysis and evaluation of advanced clinical concepts and the role of nursing in providing evidenced based care to facilitate positive health outcomes. Prerequisites: NU 523, NU 545, NU 578, NU 518, NU 519. Corequisite: AHN 525 or CMN 525 or MCN 525 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 526 Nursing Education Practicum 4 cr
Supervised practicum in the role of the nurse educator. The purpose of this course is the synthesis of nursing education theory in practicum experience. Focus is on the application of nursing education theory in developing, teaching, and evaluating an education unit, exemplifying the nurse educator role, and adhering institutional and legal guidelines. Prerequisites: NU 524, AHN 525 or CMN 525, or MCN 525, NU 527, NU 528. Prerequisites or Corequisites: All core and research courses. Corequisite: NU 529 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 527 Curriculum and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 cr
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to curriculum development and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is on institutional purposes, goals, nursing curricula, evaluation, and nursing education research. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 506 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 528 Instructional Design in Nursing Education 3 cr
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to instructional design in nursing practice and education. Emphasis is on institutional purposes and goals, classroom and clinical instruction, staff development, and nursing education research. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 506.
 
NU 529 Nursing Education Seminar 2 cr
 
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in nursing education. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing educators. Prerequisites: NU 524, AHN 525 or CMN 525, MCN 525, NU 527, NU 528. Prerequisites or Corequisites: All core and research courses. Corequisite: NU 526 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 539 Advanced Nursing Informatics 1-3 cr
Focuses on the components of nursing information systems. Topics include analysis of available software for managing personnel budgets, and data. Basic computer experience required. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
 
NU 545 Physio-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced practice nurse with knowledge of normal physiology and alterations in physiology in individuals across the life span. The focus is theory and research applicable to organ systems and cellular events. Emphasis is on regulatory and compensatory functions in health and in pathophysiological conditions.
 
NU 552 Human Sexuality and Nursing 3 cr
Focus is on the development of a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice with clients having sexual concerns. Emphasis is on developing self awareness and on strategies for advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 561 Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for analysis and synthesis of selected theories, issues and trends, and research for the nurse administrator role. Emphasis is placed on development of a framework for practice for the role of nurse administrator, organizational structure, and nursing model in the changing sociopolitical economic environment.
 
NU 562 Resource Management in Advanced 3 cr
  Practice Nursing  
The purpose of this course is to examine concepts and methods of managing resources in advanced practice nursing in public health. The focus is on human, physical, and financial resource management in a variety of health care environments. Emphasis is on the application of leadership and motivation theories for interdisciplinary team management as well as provision of cost effective services in a quality, culturally sensitive care environment.
 
NU 565 Nursing Administration Finance 3 cr
The purpose of this course is synthesis of the fiscal processes in health care systems to include basic accounting, financial decision-making concepts, statement analysis, and information systems in advanced nursing and healthcare management.
 
NU 566 Nursing Administration Field Study 3 cr
The purpose of this field experience course is to provide students an opportunity to explore and analyze the structure, regulation, and operation of a selected health care system. Focus is on systems organization, and communications analysis in a selected health care organization. Prerequisites: NU 506, 562, 565. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 561, HSC 571.
 
NU 567 Nursing Administration Internship 4 cr
The purpose of this culminating course is to provide a preceptor and faculty facilitated experience in the nurse administrator role with a focus on the application and synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in all previous courses. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 506, NU 508, NU 513, NU 514, HSC 568. Prerequisites: NU 562, NU 566. Corequisite: NU 568.
 
NU 568 Nursing Administration Seminar 2 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in health care. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing administration. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU 506, NU 508, NU 513, NU 514, HSC 568. Prerequisites: NU 562, NU 566. Corequisite: NU 567.
 
NU 578 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to expand the pharmacological knowledge of the advanced practice nurse. The focus is the selection and monitoring of drug therapy for persons throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of major drug classifications.
 
NU 580 Health Care Problems of the Rural South 3 cr
Orientation of health care problems of the rural South. Opportunity to assess, develop, and implement nursing intervention techniques in selected settings.
 
NU 582 Consultation in Nursing Practice 3 cr
Focuses on the steps of the consulting process in advanced nursing practice with an emphasis on assessment, planning and the communication of findings. Theoretical frameworks and models for consultation are analyzed.
 
NU 590 Special Topics 1-6 cr
Study of significant topics or problems in nursing and the health professions. Content will vary. May be repeated.
 
NU 594 Directed Studies 1-9 cr
Directed study under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.
 
NU 599 Thesis 1-3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to complete a research study with the guidance of a graduate faculty committee. The focus is on research in advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 690 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Selected topics in Nursing Science and/or Nursing Education.
 
NU 694 Directed Study and Research 1-6 cr
Directed study and research facilitated by a member of the graduate faculty.
 
 

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