Course Descriptions — R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Completion Program

BIO3050 Pathophysiology
4 semester hours
Integrates the pathological processes of disease with those of the “normal” functioning body. Cellular and organismal disease mechanisms are studied with reference to specific diseases, with opportunity to apply this learning to actual case studies.
Prerequisite: BIO2670 with a grade of “C” or higher.

NUR3015 Introduction to Nursing Informatics/RN
4 semester hours
An introduction to computers and nursing informatics focuses on application to the nursing profession. This course introduces nursing Informatics as an integration of nursing, computer and information sciences for the support of nursing practices. It acquaints practicing nurses with the effective utilization of technology and its applications throughout all aspects of health delivery.
Prerequisite: RN students only

NUR3030WI Dimensions of Professional Practice/RN
4 semester hours
This RN bridge course focuses on furthering the development of professional values and value-based behaviors as foundational to the practice of nursing. Professionalism involves accountability for one’s self and nursing practice, including continued professional engagement and lifelong learning. The RN student will be introduced to selected concepts, themes and theories that present an understanding of the historical, legal and contemporary context of nursing practice and serve as a foundation throughout the curriculum. The concepts of health and illness as influenced by psychological, social, cultural, ethical and legal issues are examined. Nursing theories, the ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses, and the Illinois/Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act are explored. This course fulfills the university requirement for a 3000-level writing intensive course within the nursing major.
Prerequisites: RN students only; NUR3015.

NUR3280/Z Health Assessment, Education and Promotion/RN
4 semester hours
This course provides the framework for the RN student to expand existing physical and psychological assessment skills. Acquisition of clinical evidence for the assessment of rapidly changing situations, patient risk and situations related to patient safety will be the focus. Knowledge acquisition related to wellness, health promotion, illness and disease management is core to the baccalaureate nurse practice.  National Health Objectives provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact individuals, families and communities in aggregation.  Students identify and explore these concepts across the lifespan, including those of healthy aging.
Prerequisites. RN students only; BIO3050

NUR4060 Nursing Research/RN
4 semester hours
Research provides the foundation for evidence-based professional nursing practice. This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate nurse as a consumer of research. The baccalaureate nurse can integrate reliable evidence for multiple ways of knowing to inform practice and make clinical judgments. RN students will participate in documenting and interpreting evidence for improving patient outcomes.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; MTH2320, ENG2010

NUR4620 Leadership and Management/RN
6 semester hours
This capstone course for the RN student explores the development of the nurse leader role which includes an awareness of complex systems, and the impact of power, potential, policy and regulatory guidelines on these systems. Leadership requires incorporating ethical decision making and effective work relationships based on respectful communication and collaboration. Care-coordination, delegation and conflict resolution strategies are discussed. The course includes a leadership practicum where the student focuses on identification and development of leadership skills. The practicum includes opportunities for scholarly inquiry, professional writing and presentation.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; NUR 4060.

NUR4780 Ethical, Cultural and Policy Consideration in Healthcare/RN
4 semester hours
This course examines the cultural influence on belief, values and practices in relation to health, illness and health-seeking behaviors. It strives to incorporate the constructs of cultural humility and cultural sensitivity. Concepts of individual rights and the common good are examined and debated. The content explores current healthcare policy as it impacts vulnerable populations. Critical analysis of the issues and trends of the global health community are discussed. On the international level the student will question the fundamental ethical and moral questions that impact our shared humanity.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; NUR 4060.

NUR4850 Nursing: A Community Outlook/RN
4 semester hours
This course transitions the RN to population-focused nursing practice. Concepts from nursing and the liberal studies are applied to public health functions and community-based patient care. The dynamic influence of social justice, political agendas, health disparities and culture on the collective values of health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and quality and accessibility of health services are emphasized. Current trends in the global health community are explored. Projects assigned during the course apply nursing concepts and public health and community-based practices to selected populations to facilitate the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: RN students only; all NUR3000-level courses; NUR4060.

MTH2320 General Statistics
4 semester hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will include: types of data, frequency distributions and histograms, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, probability, probability distributions including binomial, normal probability and student’s t distributions, standard scores, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression analysis. This course is open to any student interested in general statistics and it will include applications pertaining to students majoring in athletic training, pre-nursing and business.
Prerequisite: MTH1100 or placement based on Mathematics Competency Examination or ACT score.

PSY3250 Lifespan Development
4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issue and stages will be explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in either PSY3350 or PSY3360. Psychology majors should not enroll in this course, as this course does not count toward the psychology major.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
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