2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks 
    
    Jul 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix. Each course description begins with a subject prefix followed by a three-digit course number and the course title. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites and co-requisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student will be permitted to enroll in the course. A co-requisite is a course, experience, or other preparation that must be completed at the same time that the student is enrolled in the listed course.

Courses numbered 100 to 199 are primarily for freshmen, 200 to 299 for sophomores, 300 to 399 for juniors and seniors, and 400 to 499 for seniors. Courses numbered 500 and above are reserved for graduate students.

Please note, when searching courses by “Code or Number”, an asterisk (*) can be used to return mass results. For instance, a “Code or Number” search of ” 5* ” can be entered, returning all 500 or graduate-level courses.

 

Music Ensembles

  
  • MUE 461.1 Tech Lab


    Credit, one hour.
    The Tech Lab is a hand-selected group focusing on the design, repair, and operation of sound and lighting systems. Students will learn the basics of sound engineering along with practical hands on training in diagnostics, repair, maintenance, and operation of these systems.
  
  • MUE 462.1 Tech Lab


    Credit, one hour.
    The Tech Lab is a hand-selected group focusing on the design, repair, and operation of sound and lighting systems. Students will learn the basics of sound engineering along with practical hands on training in diagnostics, repair, maintenance, and operation of these systems.
  
  • MUE 560 University Chorale


    Credit, one hour.
    University Chorale is a choral group open to all students by audition. University Chorale performs classical choral literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, blend and diction and attention is given to the spiritual aspect of the presentation. Opportunities are provided for students to perform in small and large group settings as a part of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series. Cross-listed as: MUE 111.1  
  
  • MUE 561 University Chorale


    Credit, one hour.
    University Chorale is a choral group open to all students by audition. University Chorale performs classical choral literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, blend and diction and attention is given to the spiritual aspect of the presentation. Opportunities are provided for students to perform in small and large group settings as a part of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series. Cross-listed as: MUE 112.1  
  
  • MUE 562 University Chorale


    Credit, one hour.
    University Chorale is a choral group open to all students by audition. University Chorale performs classical choral literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, blend and diction and attention is given to the spiritual aspect of the presentation. Opportunities are provided for students to perform in small and large group settings as a part of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series. Cross-listed as: MUE 211.1  
  
  • MUE 563 University Chorale


    Credit, one hour.
    University Chorale is a choral group open to all students by audition. University Chorale performs classical choral literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of choral tone, blend and diction and attention is given to the spiritual aspect of the presentation. Opportunities are provided for students to perform in small and large group settings as a part of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series. Cross-listed as: MUE 212.1  
  
  • MUE 564 Large Ensemble


    Credit, zero hours.
    Students must participate in ensembles in fulfillment of their degree requirements. Students will study and perform with chamber ensembles, quartets, trios, and ensembles chosen by the professor: opera workshop, choir or jazz ensemble. Students may be required to accompany for individual studios. 
  
  • MUE 565 Large Ensemble


    Credit, zero hours.
    Students must participate in ensembles in fulfillment of their degree requirements. Students will study and perform with chamber ensembles, quartets, trios, and ensembles chosen by the professor: opera workshop, choir or jazz ensemble. Students may be required to accompany for individual studios. 
  
  • MUE 566 Large Ensemble


    Credit, zero hours.
    Students must participate in ensembles in fulfillment of their degree requirements. Students will study and perform with chamber ensembles, quartets, trios, and ensembles chosen by the professor: opera workshop, choir or jazz ensemble. Students may be required to accompany for individual studios. 
  
  • MUE 567 Large Ensemble


    Credit, zero hours.
    Students must participate in ensembles in fulfillment of their degree requirements. Students will study and perform with chamber ensembles, quartets, trios, and ensembles chosen by the professor: opera workshop, choir or jazz ensemble. Students may be required to accompany for individual studios. 
  
  • MUE 570 Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop


    Credit, zero.
    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced.  Cross-listed as: MUE 111.3   Pass or Fail.
  
  • MUE 571 Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop


    Credit, zero.
    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced.  Cross-listed as: MUE 112.3   Pass or Fail
  
  • MUE 572 Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop


    Credit, zero.
    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced.  Cross-listed as: MUE 211.3   Pass or Fail
  
  • MUE 670 Opera Workshop


    Credit, one hour
    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced. Pass or Fail
  
  • MUE 671 Opera Workshop


    Credit, one hour
    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced. Pass or Fail
  
  • MUE 672 Opera Workshop


    Credit, one hour

    Students will study and perform arias, duets, and ensembles chosen by the director from the standard repertoire of Italian, French, German, English and American operas. An operetta, opera, or American musical will be produced.

    Pass or Fail


New Testament Studies

  
  • NT 520 Greek Exegetical Tools


    Credit, three hours.
    An introduction to the Greek alphabet, word formation, and verbal system.  Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the use of concordances and lexica, as well as the use of various linguistic helps, differing Bible translations, and other exegetical tools.
  
  • NT 521 New Testament Introduction


    Credit, three hours.
    Examines critical issues related to New Testament introduction.
  
  • NT 522 The Synoptic Gospels


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The historical background, interpretation, and contemporary significance of the gospels are examined, either collectively, in groups, or individually. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 523 The Pauline Epistles


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of the New Testament letters textually and/or historically linked to Paul. The historical background, interpretation, and contemporary significance of these letters are examined, either collectively, in groups, or individually. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 524 The Johannine Corpus


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of the New Testament documents textually and/or historically linked to John. The historical background, interpretation, and contemporary significance of these works are examined, either collectively, in groups, or individually. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 525 Acts and the General Epistles


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of Acts and/or the non-Pauline letters of the New Testament. The historical background, interpretation, and contemporary significance of these works are examined, either collectively, in groups, or individually. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 527 Exegesis in Greek


    Credit, three hours.
    Presents a detailed analysis of selected books or portions of books from the Greek Testament. Emphasis is given to vocabulary building, location of verbs, and pronunciation as well as exegesis. Use of lexicon is a major component of class work. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 528 Special Topics in New Testament


    Credit, three hours.
    Analyzes special topics in New Testament designed to meet specific needs and special interests and to explore current issues in the field. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • NT 530 New Testament: Gospels & Acts


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes studies in the literature, culture, history and theology of the New Testament, including the Gospels and Acts.
  
  • NT 531 New Testament: Epistles & Revelation


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes studies in literature, culture, history and theology of the New Testament, including the Epistles and Revelation.

Nonprofit Leadership

  
  • NP 311 Principles and Practices of Fundraising


    Credit, three hours.
    This course offers broad exposure to the strategies and methods of fundraising, with special focus on building prospect pools, grant writing, and fund development.  This lays the foundation for prospective executives, professional staff,and volunteers in the nonprofit sector who want to become more effective in using the strategies and methods of fundraising.
  
  • NP 321 Statistics, Finance, and Accounting for Nonprofits


    Credit, three hours.
    This course provides a grounding in the quantitative data that undergirds the budgeting, data collection, and accounting for nonprofits.  This course will better prepare the nonprofit executive to be able to understand the financial and statistical data specific to nonprofits.
  
  • NP 421 Developing and Sustaining Nonprofit Boards


    Credit, three hours.
    The relationship between nonprofit staff and the board of directors or trustees is unique to the nonprofit.  This course prepares the student to better understand how to build and develop strong board participation and appropriate governance function for the nonprofit board.

Nursing

  
  • BA 597 Financial Case Studies in Healthcare Organizations


    Credit, three hours.
    In this course, students will learn and apply appropriate data-driven, financially sound processes for decision-making in healthcare organizations. This course will require students to complete case studies across varying types of organizations and will include a comprehensive strategy and financial analysis of a healthcare organization.
  
  • NU 198 Intro to Health Sciences I


    Credit, three hours.
    This course serves as an introduction and overview of the current healthcare system. Topics to be included are current healthcare systems and trends, careers in healthcare, ethical and legal responsibilities, basic medical terminology, personal and workplace safety, and communication in healthcare. The course will provide a foundation for further study in healthcare and related career opportunities.
  
  • NU 199 Intro to Health Sciences II


    Credit, three hours.
    This course serves as an introduction to nursing and exploration of the student’s identity in the nursing profession. Topics to be explored include the history of nursing, nursing roles, as well as current ideas and trends in nursing. The course will provide an overview of nursing, allowing the student to explore all opportunities available in nursing and the education background required for those roles.
  
  • NU 252 Professional Socialization


    Credit, two hours.
    Introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. Through the study of nursing history and health care issues, the student develops an appreciation for health care in today’s world. Open to non-nursing majors. (OC)
  
  • NU 309 Introduction to Clinical Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Emphasizes the nursing process as the basis for nursing practice. Focuses on nursing as an art and a science as the student develops the skills essential to providing safe, effective care. Prerequisite(s): Admission to clinical nursing, NU 252 . Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 310 .
  
  • NU 309A Introduction to Clinical Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Emphasizes the nursing process as the basis for nursing practice.  Focuses on nursing as an art and a science as the student develops the skills essential to providing safe, effective care. Corequisite(s): NU 310A  .
  
  • NU 310 Client Assessment


    Credit, three hours.
    Designed to provide the student with cognitive and psychomotor skills to perform comprehensive health and nutritional assessment of clients. Focuses primarily on assessment throughout the lifespan as a mode of establishing a database for implementing the nursing process.
  
  • NU 310A Client Assessment


    Credit, three hours.
    Designed to provide the student with cognitive and psychomotor skills to perform comprehensive health and nutritional assessment of clients.  Focuses primarily on assessment throughout the lifespan as a mode of establishing a database for implementing the nursing process. Corequisite(s): NU 309A  .
  
  • NU 313 Adult Health Nursing I


    Credit, five hours.
    A study of issues affecting adults physically, psychologically, spiritually, and sociologically with an emphasis on the elderly. Emphasis will be placed upon specific problems related to the normal aging process and the changes which occur during this process. Clinical experiences will focus on healthy, as well as ill adults, including the elderly. Prerequisite(s): NU 252   Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 310 , NU 309  
  
  • NU 313A Adult Health Nursing I


    Credit, five hours.
    A study of issues affecting adults physically, psychologically, spiritually, and sociologically with an emphasis on the elderly.  Emphasis will be placed upon specific problems related to the normal aging process and the changes, which occur during this process.  Clinical experiences will focus on healthy, as well as ill adults, including the elderly. Prerequisite(s): NU 316A , NU 320A .
  
  • NU 314 Nursing the Childbearing Family


    Credit, five hours.
    A study of the family unit as it is affected by childbearing. Examines the normal physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual processes associated with childbearing and parenthood. Complications of childbearing, health promotion, issues, and trends are also explored. Prerequisite(s): NU 309 , NU 313 .
  
  • NU 314A Nursing the Childbearing Family


    Credit, five hours.
    A study of the family unit as it is affected by childbearing.  Examines the normal physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual processes associated with childbearing and parenthood.  Complications of childbearing, health promotion, issues, and trends are explored. Prerequisite(s): NU 405A NU 415A .
  
  • NU 316 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Focuses on the client with mental illness. Emphasizes mental health, effective communication, and effective interpersonal relations. Legal issues, treatment modalities, and specific emotional disruptions are explored as well as the utilization of mental health concepts in the client and family experiencing crises. Prerequisite(s): NU 309 , NU 313 .
  
  • NU 316A Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Focuses on the client with mental illness.  Emphasizes mental health, effective communication, and effective interpersonal relations.  Legal issues, treatment modalities, and specific emotional disruptions are explored as well as the utilization of mental health concepts in the client and family experiencing crises. Prerequisite(s): NU 309A   Corequisite(s): NU 320A  
  
  • NU 320 Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing Care


    Credit, three hours.
    Focuses on the nurse’s role in caring for patients receiving drug therapy. Emphasizes a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of drug action, the application of specific drugs in the treatment of disease, and the appropriate nursing actions to achieve the desired outcomes of therapy. Prerequisite(s): NU 313 .
  
  • NU 320A Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing Care


    Credit, three hours.
    Focuses on the nurse’s role in caring for patients receiving drug therapy.  Emphasizes a thorough understanding of fundamental principles of drug action, the application of specific drugs in the treatment of disease, and the appropriate nursing actions to achieve the desire outcomes of therapy. Prerequisite(s): NU 309A , NU 310A . Corequisite(s): NU 316A .
  
  • NU 400 Concepts of Professional Nursing


    Credit, two hours.
    A mobility course designed to provide a bridge to professional nursing practice and socialization into the roles of professional nursing. Learning will focus on theoretical/conceptual frameworks in the practice of nursing. Students will utilize these concepts to develop a personal philosophy of nursing. Opportunities will be provided to perfect one’s skills in all phases of the nursing process. Current health care trends, issues, and ethical concerns will be discussed. This course may be attempted only one time. Prerequisite(s): The course is open to licensed Registered Nurses.
  
  • NU 401A Issues in Professional Nursing


    Credit, two hours.
    This course is designed to promote student responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice by strengthening professional nursing roles and behaviors. Prerequisite(s): NU 313A , NU 430A . Corequisite(s): NU 414A  .
  
  • NU 404 Child Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Introduces the role of the nurse in caring for children with health problems as they grow and develop within the family system. Discussion of commonly occurring physiological problems of children and utilization of the nursing process to resolve crises and return to optimal health are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): PSY 301 , NU 310 , NU 314 , NU 316 , NU 414  
  
  • NU 404A Child Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Introduces the role of the nurse in caring for children with health problems as they grow and develop within the family system.  Discuss of commonly occurring physiological problems of children and utilization of the nursing process to resolve crises and return to optimal health are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): NU 309A , NU 310A , NU 316A , NU 320A . Corequisite(s): NU 314A .
  
  • NU 405 Leadership


    Credit, three hours.
    Facilitates the students’ ability to serve in a leadership role in nursing, to delegate efficiently and effectively, and to recognize the legal implications of actions.  (WI)
  
  • NU 405A Leadership


    Credit, three hours.
    Facilitates the students’ ability to serve in a leadership role in nursing, to delegate efficiently and effectively, and to recognize the legal implications of actions. Prerequisite(s): NU 314A  , NU 430A  . Corequisite(s): NU 404A  . (WI)
  
  • NU 410 Pathophysiology


    Credit, three hours.
    Systems theory and adaptation theory provide a basis for discussion of client responses to abnormal cellular changes. Emphasis is placed on recognizing both obvious and subtle client responses to these changes. Aids in providing a basis for functioning in the role of the professional nurse. Prerequisite(s): BIO 201 , BIO 202 .
  
  • NU 412 Community Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Explores the role of the nurse in coping with health and illness problems of individuals, families, groups of clients, and communities. Provides experiences for students to implement preventive, acute, and rehabilitative care in the community setting. Prerequisite(s): NU 310 , NU 314 , NU 316 , NU 414 .
  
  • NU 412A Community Health Nursing


    Credit, five hours.
    Explores the role of the nurse in coping with health and illness problems of individuals, families, groups of clients, and communities.  Provides experiences for students to implement preventative, acute, and rehabilitative care in the community setting. Prerequisite(s): NU 314A , NU 404A  , NU 405A  . Corequisite(s): NU 313A  .
  
  • NU 414 Adult Health Nursing II


    Credit, five hours.
    Utilizes the nursing process to provide nursing care for adult clients with extremely complex, life threatening, medical/surgical illnesses. Emphasis is on helping clients regain optimal health, meet rehabilitation needs, adjust to long term changes in health status, and/or adjust to terminal illness. Prerequisite(s): NU 314 , NU 316 . Corequisite(s): NU 404 .
  
  • NU 414A Adult Health Nursing II


    Credit, five hours.
    Utilizes the nursing process to provide nursing care for adult clients with extremely complex, life threatening, medical/surgical illnesses.  Emphasis is on helping clients regain optimal health, meet rehabilitation needs, adjust to long-term changes in health status, and/or adjust to terminal illness. Prerequisite(s): NU 314A , NU 404A . Corequisite(s): NU 412A .
  
  • NU 415 Adult Health Nursing III


    Credit, five hours.
    Explores the interrelationship of bio psychosocial dimensions of critical care nursing and examines the theoretical basis for nursing practice for alterations in human functioning as consequences of critical illness and care. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all curriculum requirements other than those recommended for final academic period (semester).
  
  • NU 415A Adult Health Nursing III


    Credit, five hours.
    Explores the interrelationship of bio psychosocial dimensions of critical care nursing and examines the theoretical basis for nursing practice for alterations in human functioning as consequences of critical illness and care. Prerequisite(s): NU 401A , NU 412A , NU 414A . Corequisite(s): NU 434A .
  
  • NU 416 Nursing Practicum


    Credit, three hours.
    A transition course that allows the student to develop and enhance skills necessary for the professional nurse in a clinical area of choice. Emphasis is on fulfilling the role of the professional nurse in practice. This is a capstone course. Students must complete all other graduation requirements prior to taking this course. Corequisite(s): NU 434 .
  
  • NU 416A Nursing Practicum


    Credit, three hours.
    A transition course that allows the student to develop and enhance skills necessary for the professional nurse in a clinical area of choice.  Emphasis is on fulfilling the role of the professional nurse in practice.  This is a capstone course.  Students must complete all other graduation requirements prior to taking this course. Prerequisite(s): NU 401A  , NU 414A  , NU 415A  . Corequisite(s): NU 434A  .
  
  • NU 417 The Community as a Client


    Credit, five hours.
    Explores the role of the professional nurse within the community and public health care system. Concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are applied to a variety of community settings. The role of the nurse as a change agent is stressed in the promotion of healthy individuals, groups, and communities. Experiential learning includes clinical learning opportunities, practice experiences, and clinical activities. Practice proficiencies may be augmented by simulation and laboratory experiences. 
  
  • NU 418 Ethical Considerations in Nursing


    Credit, three hours.
    Enhances the student’s ability to consider the ethical implications of various nursing activities. (OC, WI)
  
  • NU 419 Health Care Financing/Delivery Systems


    Credit, three hours.
    Assists the student in planning for and implementing cost effective means to provide quality nursing care for clients in various settings.
  
  • NU 420 Professional Nursing Practice I


    Credit, three hours.
    The course in professional nursing practice will further enhance the students’ professional role transition. Specific role components of professional nursing will be emphasized: leader, decision maker, change agent, teacher, learner, manager, and researcher. Students will become involved in components of the processes to ensure evaluation of nursing care and accountability for practice.
  
  • NU 422 Assessment Skills for the Practicing Nurse


    Credit, two hours.
    Designed to provide the student with the skills to perform a comprehensive systematic health assessment of clients. Focuses on assessment throughout the lifespan as a means of establishing a database for the nursing process.
  
  • NU 430 Principles of Nursing Research


    Credit, three hours.
    The course will introduce the student to the research process. The focus of the course will be on the application of research findings to clinical practice. The course will enable the student to identify nursing problems, utilize resources to determine related research studies, evaluate research findings, and develop a research-based plan to accomplish change. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA 211  or equivalent. (WI)
  
  • NU 430A Principles of Nursing Research


    Credit, three hours.
    The course will introduce the student to the research process.  The focus of the course will be on the application of research findings to clinical practice.  The course will enable the student to identify nursing problems, utilize resources to determine related research studies, evaluate research findings, and develop a research-based plan to accomplish change. Prerequisite(s): NU 316A  , NU 320A  . Corequisite(s): NU 314A  . (WI)
  
  • NU 434 Senior Seminar


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides students an opportunity to utilize research findings, nursing theory, and ethical considerations in exploring client needs. Discussion of professionalism, critical thinking, testing skills, and licensure is aimed at facilitating the transition from student to professional role. Prerequisite(s): NU 309 , NU 313 , NU 314 , NU 316 , NU 404 , NU 414   Corequisite(s): NU 412 , NU 415  , NU 416 . (OC)
  
  • NU 434A Senior Seminar


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides students an opportunity to utilize research findings, nursing theory, and ethical considerations in exploring client needs.  Discussion of professionalism, critical thinking, testing skills, and licensure is aimed at facilitating the transition from student to professional role. Prerequisite(s): NU 401A  , NU 414A  . Corequisite(s): NU 415A  , NU 416A  . (OC)
  
  • NU 440 Professional Nursing Practice II


    Credit, four hours.
    The clinical course for the RN student provides practical experience in a variety of clinical settings based on the individual student’s learning needs and goals. The student will apply the nursing process within the theoretical/conceptual frameworks learned in NU 420 . Professional nursing roles will be identified and evaluated. Practice in the evaluation of nursing practice and the application of research findings to nursing care are important aspects of this course. Practice proficiencies may be augmented by experiential learning opportunities, practice experiences, and clinical activities. 
  
  • NU 461 Nursing Review


    Credit, one hour.
    A course designed for selected students. Topics for study will vary depending on the needs of the student.
  
  • NU 498 Study in Selected Topics


    Credit, one to six hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for competent students to study in areas of interest other than those elsewhere defined. This series is primarily a classroom function, either seminar or lecture, permitting flexibility in course offerings.
  
  • NU 500 Essentials of Advanced Health Assessment/Pathophysiology/Pharmacology


    Credit, three hours.
    This course provides the essential knowledge required to obtain a comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Physiologic effects and clinical manifestations of specific diseases, as well as pharmacotherapeutic agents used to treat or affect health status are integrated to provide support of clinical decision making.
  
  • NU 501 Theory and Ethics for Advanced Nursing Practice


    Credit, two hours.
    This course explores central ethical and bioethical issues in nursing and health care and applies nursing, organizational and systems theory to the advanced practice role in the provision of equitable and culturally relevant health care. Relationships between ethical decision-making and the implementation of professional practice are explored. Prerequisite(s): NU 504  , NU 510  , NU 619  , NU 528  . Corequisite(s): NU 511  , NU 524  .
  
  • NU 502 Organizational Behavior and Processes


    Credit, three hours.
    Examines the key concepts and elements which form the basis for understanding and analyzing the similarities and differences of groups and complex organizations as well as the presentation of elected theories of group and organizational structure, process, dynamics, and behaviors.
  
  • NU 503 Current Issues in Nursing and Health Care


    Credit, two hours.
    An in-depth exploration of the influence of current social, professional, political, ethical, cultural, economic, and educational factors on the practice of nursing. Focus is also placed on the analysis of national and state socioeconomic and policy issues, as well as health care finance and regulatory systems. Attention is given to the development of health care policy.
  
  • NU 504 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice


    Credit, three hours.
    This course is foundational to perform research and explores the fundamental skills in nursing research. The student will critically evaluate knowledge, research, and evidence for implementation of best practices in health care. Consumer and producer use is discussed for each step of the research process. Participants are provided with the opportunity to update knowledge by critically reading current research literature pertinent to their chosen field of interest and to apply the steps of the research process to design a research study. The ultimate goal of this course is to improve the nursing practice of the participant, and thus improve service to clientele, through an understanding of design and application of nursing research. Prerequisite(s): Statistics course.
  
  • NU 505 Management of Human and Financial Resources


    Credit, three hours.
    Constitutes a study of the utilization of human and financial resources, and includes personnel management, budgeting, and evaluation. Health care economics, standards of practice, staffing, and patient classification are examined in terms of personnel and monetary resources.
  
  • NU 506 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences


    Credit, three hours.
    This course will provide a broad framework for understanding and applying commonly used research methodologies and data analysis techniques in health care research. Basic concepts of interpretation and application statistics are included, such as types of distributions, concepts of significance testing and discussion of basic descriptive statistics. Appropriate statistical software will be utilized. Corequisite(s): NU 507 , NU 509  .
  
  • NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning


    Credit, three hours.
    This course focuses on providing students with advanced knowledge and skills in the health assessment of individuals across the lifespan within the context of the advanced practice role. Emphasis is placed on interviewing, collection, interpretation, and synthesis of relevant historical, genetic, biological, cultural, psychosocial and physical data necessary for critical analysis of findings for use in clinical reasoning and decision-making.  Corequisite(s): NU 506  , NU 508  , NU 509  .
  
  • NU 508 Advanced Pathophysiology


    Credit, three hours.
    This course utilizes an analytical approach to understanding the cellular changes and the physiologic effects of specific diseases for all age groups. The course emphasizes the mechanisms in cellular and tissue changes resulting from specific diseases. Etiology and clinical manifestations are related to the pathophysiology. Epidemiology and risk factors are explored for each disease. Corequisite(s): NU 506  , NU 507  , NU 509  .
  
  • NU 509 Advanced Pharmacology


    Credit, three hours.
    This course focuses on the pharmacologic concepts important to advanced practice nurses. The course will explore the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents in the primary care of acute and chronic health problems. Particular emphasis is given to mechanism of action, selection of appropriate drugs, drug interactions, and drug contraindications as related to the patient’s health problems and health history. The course content is geared towards providing the student with a solid foundation in the major pharmacological drug classes as to apply the principles in their therapeutic decision-making. Corequisite(s): NU 506  , NU 507  , NU 508  .
  
  • NU 510 Family Nurse Practitioner I: Care of Children


    Credit, three hours
    This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health care problems common to children. Students utilize clinical practice guidelines to ensure safe evidence- based care. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted. Extensive clinical experiences are provided in a variety of patient care settings to prepare the student to assume the role and professional responsibilities of the entry-level family nurse practitioner (80 clinical hours). Prerequisite(s): NU 506  , NU 507  , NU 508  , NU 509  . Corequisite(s): NU 504  , NU 619  , NU 528  .
  
  • NU 511 Family Nurse Practitioner II: Care of Adults


    Credit, six hours.
    This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health care problems common to the adult population. Students utilize clinical practice guidelines to ensure safe evidence-based care. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted. Extensive clinical experiences are provided in various acute and community-based settings to prepare the student to assume the role and professional responsibilities of the entry level family nurse practitioner (160 clinical hours). Prerequisite(s): NU 504  , NU 510  , NU 619  , NU 528  . Corequisite(s): NU 501  , NU 524  .
  
  • NU 515 Curriculum Development in Nursing


    Credit, three hours.
    Examines the process of curriculum development in a nursing education program. Explores factors influencing curriculum design, implementation of effective learning systems, and evaluation methods specific to nursing education.
  
  • NU 516 Computer Utilization in Nursing


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides an understanding of the interdependence of technology with nursing education. Emphasis is placed upon the facilitation of skill development in key areas of nursing and nursing education such as word processing, research, databases, assistance in presentations, and spreadsheets.
  
  • NU 517 Testing and Evaluation


    Credit, three hours.
    Prepares the student to teach in a nursing curriculum with a focus in learning outcomes. The student will learn to become accountable for student learning and program effectiveness through the development and use of a variety of models and tools to assess and evaluate teaching practices, student learning, course curriculum, and program effectiveness.
  
  • NU 518 Developing Leadership Roles in Nursing


    Credit, three hours.
    Express issues influencing the development of a foundation for leadership roles in nursing administration and nursing education.  Theories of nursing leadership and change are examined as a means for building models for leadership roles.  The impact of health policies, economics and culture, legal and ethical issues, and analyzed as they relate to nursing leadership roles.  Factors having potential for creating excellence in nursing are explored.
  
  • NU 524 Quality and Safety in Healthcare Systems


    Credit, two hours.
    This course focuses on quality and patient safety management in the current U.S. health care system using continuous quality improvement across the continuum of care. Emphasis is on identification of critical variables that serve as catalysts for positive clinical outcomes. Direct quality improvement methods to promote culturally responsive, safe, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): NU 504  , NU 510  , NU 619  , NU 528  . Corequisite(s): NU 501  , NU 511  .
  
  • NU 525 Informatics and Healthcare Technology


    Credit, two hours.
    This course focuses on the expanding role of informatics in the delivery of healthcare. Students will explore the appropriate use of current and emerging technologies, along with considerations for their safe integration into practice. Emphasis will be placed on the use of technology and informatics in the acquisition, organization, analysis and interpretation of data that serves as a foundation for clinical decision-making and improvements in the delivery of patient care. Regulatory standards and ethical/legal issues related to informatics are also examined. Prerequisite(s): NU 501  , NU 511  , NU 524  . Corequisite(s): NU 612  , NU 613  , NU 626  .
  
  • NU 528 Leadership Roles and Interpersonal Collaboration


    Credit, two hours.
    This course is to enhance the student’s knowledge of advanced nursing practice roles and interprofessional roles and collaboration in healthcare delivery. This course focuses on advanced roles for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on the philosophical inquiry, theory analysis, and research findings to improve the health care outcomes for culturally diverse individuals and groups in advanced nursing practice. Major theoretical perspectives from a variety of disciplines are explored as a foundation for advanced practice. Prerequisite(s): NU 506  , NU 507  , NU 508  , NU 509  . Corequisite(s): NU 504  , NU 510  NU 619  .
  
  • NU 530 Administration of Nursing Organizations


    Credit, three hours.
    Focuses on the role of the nursing administrator in a variety of health care organizations. Knowledge of the standards of nursing administration and the classical management functions serves as a basis for exploration of administrative behaviors in relation to the issues and trends affecting the health care system. The concepts and process of planned change, problem solving, and the management of conflict within the nursing organization will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): NU 502 , NU 503 , NU 504 , NU 505 , NU 515 , NU 516 , NU 517 , NU 518 .
  
  • NU 531 Administration of Nursing Practicum


    Credit, two hours.
    Provides the opportunity to practice concepts and behaviors which were explored in other courses in the MSN program, especially NU 530 . Analysis of the administrative processes and functions is encouraged. Clinical experience is intended to reinforce understanding of the nursing administrator’s role in problem solving, conflict management, and effecting planned change in the health care organization. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 530 .
  
  • NU 534 Administration of Nursing Practicum II


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides the opportunity to practice concepts and behaviors which were explored in other courses in the MSN program, especially NU 530. Analysis of the administrative processes and functions is encouraged. Clinical experience is intended to reinforce understanding of the nursing administrator’s role in problem-solving, conflict management, and effecting planned change in the health care organization. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 530, NU 531 Pass/Fail
  
  • NU 536 Administration of Nursing Practicum III


    3
    Credit, three hours.
    Provides the opportunity to practice concepts and behaviors which were explored in other courses in the MSN program, especially NU 530. Analysis of the administrative processes and functions is encouraged. Clinical experience is intended to reinforce understanding of the nursing administrator’s role in problem-solving, conflict management, and effecting planned change in the health care organization. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 530, NU 531, NU 534
  
  • NU 540 Teaching Nursing


    Credit, three hours.
    Explores the faculty role in teaching nursing. Analyzes needs of the learner and considers strategies for meeting needs. Management of both classroom and clinical teaching areas are deliberated. Provides an exploration of legal and ethical issues affecting nursing education. Prerequisite(s): NU 502 , NU 503 , NU 504 , NU 515 , NU 516 , NU 517 , NU 518 .
  
  • NU 541 Teaching Nursing Practicum


    Credit, two hours.
    Provides practical experience while exploring the nurse faculty role. Directs the student in the process of implementing teaching/learning principles in the classroom and clinical setting. Provides the opportunity to practice concepts explored in other courses in the MSN program related to curriculum development and implementation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 540 .
  
  • NU 544 Teaching Nursing Practicum II


    Credit, three hours
    Provides practical experience while exploring the nurse faculty role. Directs the student in the process of implementing teaching/learning principles in the classroom and clinical setting. Provides the opportunity to practice concepts explored in other courses in the MSN program related to curriculum development and implementation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 540, NU541 Pass/Fail
  
  • NU 545 Family Nurse Practitioner II: Care of Adults


    Credit, six hours.
    This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and management of respiratory and cardiac health care problems common to adult patients. Students utilize clinical practice guidelines to ensure safe evidence-based care. Interdisciplinary collaboration amon health care providers is promoted. Extensive clinical experiences are provided in various acute and community-based settings to prepare the student to assume the role and professional responsibilities of the entry level family nurse practitioner (160 clinical hours).
  
  • NU 546 Teaching Nursing Practicum III


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides practical experience while exploring the nurse faculty role. Directs the student in the process of implementing teaching/learning principles in the classroom and clinical setting. Provides the opportunity to practice concepts explored in other courses in the MSN program related to curriculum development and implementation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 540, NU 541, NU 544 Pass/Fail
 

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