RN-BSN Program Course Descriptions

NUR 220 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice                                            3 S.H.

Exploration of the role of the professional nurse and transition of the RN-BS student to that role.  Foundational concepts related to nursing practice are explored within a framework of role development.
Open only to RN-BS students.  

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisites:  Current RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program, BIO 105, 106, 215, MAT 100.  

NUR 221 Physical Assessment Across the Life Span                                             3 S.H.

Introduces concepts and techniques of a comprehensive health assessment in the context of the nursing process. The course addresses common health variations across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences provide students with the opportunity to refine their assessment skills.
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisite:  Current RN license.

NUR 230 Principles of Community Health Nursing                                                3 S.H.

Foundational concepts that address the community as a unit of health care.  Focuses on the care of population groups.
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisites:  Current RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program, BIO 105, 106, 215, MAT 100.

NUR 301 NURSING LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS                  3 S.H.

Introduction to the theories of leadership, management, group process, planned change, and organizational communication within a complex health care delivery system. The focus is on designing a professional nursing role within the organizational dimensions of health care delivery.
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisite:  Current RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program, BIO 105, 106, 215, WI course, MAT 100.

NUR 330 Nursing in the Community                                                                       4 S.H.

Nursing care of population groups within the community is the focus of this course. Health prevention, risk reduction and health promotion strategies are explored with select community health problems across a variety of settings.

Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisites: Current CT RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program, BIO 105, 106, 215, MAT 100, NUR  221,230, 332, 336.

NUR 332, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Nursing Practice                       3 S.H.

An in depth analysis of common pharmacotherapeutics, related pathophysiology, and diagnostics used currently in the nursing care of patients.  
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE-AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-Requisite: Current RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program, MAT 100.

NUR 336 The Human Health Experience                                                                 3 S.H.

Exploration of the human health experience from a holistic perspective.  Attention is given to cultural, behavioral, biological, cognitive, spiritual, social, and developmental factors that contribute to one’s view of health.  Emphasis is placed on therapeutic nursing interventions that improve outcomes for patients.  Teaching-learning interventions, health counseling and alternative/complementary therapies are selected as examples of holistic nursing approaches.
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES: 
Pre-requisite:  Current RN license, Admission to the RN-BS program; BIO 105, 106, 215, MAT 100.

NUR 361 Research Process in Nursing                                                                    2 S.H.

Exploration of the principles and concepts underlying the research process as it is used in
conducting empirical nursing research studies.  Analysis and critique of extant nursing research, with an emphasis on evaluation of research for application in practice.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
 Pre-requisites: Admission to the Nursing major or Admission to the RN-BS program
                               MAT 115, Introduction to Biostatistics, or
                               MAT 120, Elementary Statistics.

NUR 376 Professional Nursing Role Development                                                             4 S.H.

Capstone course addressing issues related to professional nursing practice and the health care delivery system.  Clinical experiences explore the full role of the professional nurse, including project development, under the guidance of a clinical preceptor and faculty mentor.  
Open only to RN-BS students.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES:
Pre-requisite: Current CT RN license, NUR 220. 221, 230, 301, 330, 332, 336, 361 WI course.

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