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School of Nursing Course Offerings

The baccalaureate program in nursing prepares individuals to practice competently within complex healthcare systems while demonstrating integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives. Graduates are prepared to assume the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and a member of a profession.

Below are the general education requirements and pre-requisite courses for the nursing program. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their curriculum plan with a nursing faculty advisor.

General Education Requirements Nursing Pre-Requisite Courses
ENG101, 102 English I and II 6 PSY201 General Psychology 3
EDU101 MOSAIC 1 BIO371 Microbiology 4
MAT101 College Algebra 3 BIO 230, 231 (A&P I and II with labs) 8
ENG225, ENG226 Literature I and II 6 SOC101 Intro to Sociology 3
BIO125 Science and Culture II OR PHY125 Science and Culture I 4 CHE111, 113 Chemistry I with lab 4
HIS225, HIS226 History I and II 6 PSY303 Statistics for Behavioral Science OR
MAT200 Elementary Statistics
4
BIB220 Survey of Old Testament
BIB 221 Survey of New Testament
6 SPE102 (Speech) or SPC 102 Specialized Communication 3
HUM225 Biblical Themes I
HUM226 Biblical Themes II
2
WVC401 Kingdom Life (taken during the Senior year) 3
Category Total 37 Category Total 29

The pre-licensure BSN requires successful completion of 37 credit hours of general education courses, 29 credit hours of nursing pre-requisite courses, and 58 credit hours of nursing core course and nursing electives.
Completion of the 58 credit hours of nursing core courses include NUR 311, NUR 312,
NUR 313, NUR 314, NUR 315, NUR 321, NUR 322, NUR 323, NUR 411, NUR 412,
NUR 413, NUR 421, NUR 422, NUR 423, and four credit hours of nursing electives.

BSN Pre-Licensure Course Descriptions (NUR)
311 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2) Pre-req: Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-req: NUR 312, 313, 314, 315
This course is designed to introduce and explore concepts in nursing and examine nursing as a dynamic practice profession. Variables that influence nursing and health care are discussed. Concepts and skills introduced in this course guide the student’s educational experience within the nursing major. The Conceptual Framework and Philosophy of the BU School of Nursing will be explored. Students will be introduced to the role of the professional nurse as a provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and a member of a profession.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
312 Principles of Pharmacology for Nursing (3) Pre-req: Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-req: NUR 311, 313, 314, 315
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the principles of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs. Indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications, and interactions for selected drugs and specific nursing responsibilities related to drug administration are emphasized. The impact of technology, economic and regulatory forces as well as collaboration with the health care team are discussed. (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
313  Health Assessment (3) Pre-req: Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-reqs: NUR 311, 312, 314, 315
This didactic and clinical course focuses on the provision of health assessment, using both nursing and developmental theories. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of health risks, to assist in the formulation of an individualized plan of care. Written and verbal communication skills will be developed through the use of the correct terminology for documentation and communication of findings to other members of the intra- and interdisciplinary health care team. Simulation skills laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills which will be utilized on clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings.  (2 hours of lecture/3 hours of lab) 
314 Fundamentals of Nursing (4) Pre-req: Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-reqs: NUR 311, 312, 313, 315
This course provides the foundation for the nurse’s role to provide care ranging from the young adult to the aging adult population of clients experiencing common medical surgical alterations. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care within the scope of nursing. This course provides the theoretical foundation for basic assessment and nursing skills which provides the learner an opportunity to develop and demonstrate the skills in a clinical laboratory setting and to practice within a healthcare and/or community setting. (2 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
315 Principles of Pathophysiology (3) Pre-req. Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-reqs; NUR 311, 312, 313 and 314.
This course is designed to examine pathophysiology related to human illness within a systems framework.  Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of an individual client subsystems.  Focus is on presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse clients across the lifespan. (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)
321 Medical-Surgical Nursing I (5) Pre-reqs: NUR 311, 312, 313, 314, 315; Co-reqs: NUR 322, 323; NUR 324 or 325
This course is designed to focus on the care of adult clients experiencing common medical-surgical alterations in health. Concepts of client centered care, cultural sensitivity, informatics, safe practice, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of settings.  (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
322 Reproductive Health, Maternal and Newborn Nursing (5) Pre-reqs: NUR 311, 312, 313, 314, 315; Co-reqs: NUR321, 323; NUR 324 or 325
This course is designed as an integrative approach to the biopsychosocial factors, legal/ethical, cultural, and educational considerations of care for reproductive health. The preconceptual, antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods are explored. Clinical practice in providing nursing care to clients during each phase of the reproductive and childbearing cycles of life occurs in a variety of acute, ambulatory, and community health care settings. The nursing process is used with emphasis on the theoretical and empirical basis of practice. (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
323 Nursing Research (3) Pre-reqs: NUR 311, 312, 313, 314, 315; Co-reqs: NUR321, 322; NUR 324 or 325
This course is designed to introduce nursing students to the fundamentals and principles of the research process and its application in nursing. The importance of searching relevant literature, understanding research methods, reviewing research, understanding, and evaluating research findings related to the practice of nursing are emphasized. The research process as a basis for scientific nursing knowledge is examined. The steps in the research process are identified, discussed, and developed into a proposal.  (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
411 Mental Behavioral Health Nursing (4) Pre-req: All 300 level nursing courses; Co-req: NUR 412, 413; NUR 414 or 415
This didactic and clinical course focuses on the care of clients across the lifespan experiencing cognitive, mental and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on management of clients facing emotional and psychological stressors as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, anger management, and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to clients in selected mental health settings.  (2.5 hours of lecture/4.5 hours of lab) 
412 Medical-Surgical Nursing II (5) Pre-req: All 300 level nursing courses; Co-req: NUR 411, 413; NUR 414 or 415
This course is designed to focus on the care of adult clients with complex health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Concepts of client centered care, cultural diversity, informatics, safe practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. Content units highlight complex alterations in health system functioning and the role of the nurse in care management is emphasized throughout. Clinical experiences will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of settings. (Nursing Majors Only)  (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
413 Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family (5) Pre-req: All 300 level nursing courses; Co-req: NUR 411, 412; NUR 414 or 415
This course is designed to provide an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of children. Students will be introduced to the care of the well-child, the child with special needs and the child with acute and chronic health care needs. Concepts of client centered care, cultural diversity, safe practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. Content units highlight promoting healthy growth and development and the dignity of the child, even during illness. Clinical experiences will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to pediatric clients in a variety of settings.  (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
421 Community-Population Nursing (5) Pre-reqs: All 300 Level Nursing Courses; NUR 411, 412, 413; Co-reqs: WVC 401,  NUR 421, 423
This course is designed to introduce concepts of community health utilizing the population focused nursing process. This course places emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management in selected community settings. (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
422 Management and Leadership in Nursing (5) Pre-reqs: All 300 level nursing courses, NUR 411, 412, 413; Co-reqs: WVC 401, NUR 421, 423
This didactic and clinical course is designed to prepare students to acquire skills in nursing management in health care systems. The student will synthesize management theory and evidence pertaining to management processes, as well as developing the skills of delegation, conflict management, and leadership. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed. Application of leadership and management principles will be demonstrated within a variety of health care environments. (3 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
423 Nursing Capstone Seminar (2). Pre-reqs: All 300 level nursing courses, NUR 411, 412, 413; Co-reqs: WVC 401,NUR 421, 422
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to integrate their nursing educational experiences into simulated client care situations which include communication, pharmacology, client teaching, prioritization and delegation. A comprehensive review program will be presented in order to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN®. (Nursing Majors Only)  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
Nursing Elective Courses
324 Spirituality In Health Care (2) Pre-req: Junior status and instructor permission req. for non-nursing majors; Co-reqs: none
This course is designed to explore the concept of spirituality as it relates to the person who is involved in the health care system. Since illness and stress can amplify spiritual concerns and needs, health care professionals are in a unique position to assist the patient/client in meeting those needs. This course explores the relationship between health care professionals and those they serve. Topics include differentiating religion from spirituality, why religion and spirituality matters, spiritual assessment, identification of spiritual needs, and spiritual care and collaboration.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
325 Global Health Issues (2) Pre-req: Junior status and instructor permission required for non-nursing majors; Co-reqs: none
This elective course examines policy decisions and related issues that shape the organization, financing, and implementation of health care services and delivery systems. Ethical, social, and political issues that affect the provision of health care, nursing services, communities, and society are critically analyzed. Dynamics related to the roles and influences of health care providers and consumers, government, and law are discussed.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
414 Aging and Health (2) Pre-req: Senior status and instructor permission required for non-nursing majors; Co-reqs: none
This course is designed to promote a holistic approach to person in the later years of life. Death and dying, biological aging theories of longevity, chronic illnesses and diseases, and prevention and health promotion will be discussed in the context of best practices. Students will explore normal aging and lifestyle factors that promote optimal aging or lead to health alterations.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
415 Professional Growth and Empowerment (2) Pre-req: Senior status and instructor permission req. for non-nursing majors; Co-reqs: none
This course designed to focus on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to life-long learning.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
RN-BSN Nursing Course Descriptions (NRN)
411 Physical Assessment for the Practicing RN (3) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Co-reqs: NRN412, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418)
This course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments on clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of stressors and health risks. Laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills on clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. (Nursing Majors Only)  (2 hours of lecture/6 hours of lab) 
412 Professional Role Development (2) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Co-reqs: NRN411, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418)
The course capitalizes on preexisting knowledge and experience of the RN student by serving as a bridge between theory and practice. This course initiates the process of perspective transformation that registered nurses typically experience during baccalaureate education that broadens their view of themselves, of nursing, and of the possibilities of their own practice. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only) (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)
413 Pathophysiology for RNs (3) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Co-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 414 (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418)
This course is designed to examine pathophysiology related to human illness within a systems framework.  Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of individual client subsystems.  Focus is on presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse clients across the lifespan. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only) (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)
414 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (3) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Co-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 413 (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418)
This course is designed to examine the basic drug classifications, concepts and principles of pharmacology with special consideration for the nursing role in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy through the use of the nursing process. Nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy are examined. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only) (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
421 Community-Population Nursing (5) Pre-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418). Co-reqs: NRN 422, 423, 424.
This course is designed to introduce concepts of community health utilizing the population focused nursing process. This course places emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management in selected community settings. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only)  (3 hours of lecture/9 hours of lab) 
422 Nursing Research, Theory and Practice (3) Pre-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418). Co-reqs: NRN 421, 423, 424.
This course is designed to introduce nursing students to the fundamentals and principles of the research process and its application in nursing. The importance of searching relevant literature, understanding research methods, reviewing research, understanding, and evaluating research findings related to the practice of nursing are emphasized. The research process as a basis for scientific nursing knowledge is examined. The steps in the research process are identified, discussed, and developed into a proposal.  (3 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)
423 Leadership and Management In Nursing (5) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Pre-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418). Co-reqs: NRN 421, 422, 424.
This didactic and clinical course is designed to prepare students to acquire skills in nursing management in health care systems. The student will synthesize management theory and evidence pertaining to management processes, as well as developing the skills of delegation, conflict management, and leadership. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed. Application of leadership and management principles will be demonstrated within a variety of health care environments. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only)  (3 hours of lecture/9 hours of lab) 
424 Nursing Synthesis Seminar (2) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Pre-reqs: NRN 411, 412, 413, 414; (Electives NRN415, 416, 417, 418). Co-reqs: NRN 421, 422, 423.
This seminar course helps students synthesize selected nursing concepts and apply them to professional, autonomous nursing practice. Ethical and political economic principles that guide and influence nursing practice and global and local health care systems are analyzed. Focuses on evolution and transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within a context of emerging societal issues and trends. This course will provide the RN the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional baccalaureate nursing practice. (Nursing RN-BSN Majors Only) (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
Elective Courses
415 Professional Writing for Nurses (2) Pre-reqs: Admission to the RN-BSN program.
This course focuses on the role of scholarly productivity in nursing. The student is taught write polished scholarly papers, narratives, and abstracts, using appropriate formatting and style for nursing professionals.  (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
416 Informatics in Health Care (2) Pre-reqs: None
This course focuses on computer applications, technology, internet tools for data management, information systems & telecommunications in nursing administration, education and practice. Problem solving and mini-design projects related to increased efficiency in nursing care delivery. (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)
426 Health Policy and Ethical Decision-Making (2) Pre-reqs: None
This course examines the foundations of healthcare policy, the financial structure of healthcare systems, and the regulatory environments that have impact on nursing practice and client care. Emphasis is on selected issues affecting healthcare policy. Focus is on the influence of the nursing profession on policy and regulation. (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab) 
427 Professional Growth and Empowerment (2) Pre-reqs: None
This course designed to focus on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to life-long learning. (2 hours of lecture/0 hours of lab)