Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
120 Hours

Major

55 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
CIS 3710
Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
3

Explores the integration of health care practice with computer technology and information science. Students will identify, gather, process, and manage information obtained and accessed via advanced information technology. Issues related to the protection of privacy, confidentiality, ethics, and security of information in the healthcare environment will be evaluated.

HSC 1220
Anatomy and Physiology II
3

Focuses on the physiology of the body system on a cellular level and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

HSC 1221
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1

Accompanies the course with the same number. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

HSC 2210
Nutrition
3

Teaches students how the logic of science is applied to basic nutrition concerns, including food groups and recommended nutritional guidelines.

HSC 2410
Microbiology
3

Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A laboratory may be taken concurrently with the lecture course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 2411

HUM 3610
Art Appreciation
3

Fosters an appreciation of the visual arts by learning about basic art concepts, styles, vocabulary, and art-making techniques and materials (media). Students study and analyze works of art, major artists, artistic meanings, and the cultural and global communities in which the art is created.

HUM 3650
Music Appreciation
3

Provides students with a greater understanding of the role music plays in human life. Students gain general knowledge of the history of music. Students are provided with opportunities to develop an appreciation of music of various genres.

NUR 3210
Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice
3

Focuses on the registered nurses role transition to a professional baccalaureate nurse with emphasis on leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice. Students will explore the history of nursing, and how society views the nursing profession including contemporary issues that affect the profession of nursing. Students will integrate prior learning experience and skills with the theory and practice focus of baccalaureate education. Must complete with a B- or better.

NUR 3250
Nursing Assessment for the Registered Nurse
3

Builds on the registered nurses knowledge and skills in health assessment. Emphasis is placed on review of body systems, physical examination techniques, and documentation of findings. Students are also expected to identify and apply pathophysiological principles to selected health issues across the lifespan. Must complete with a B- or better.

NUR 3310
Nursing Theory and Research
3

Explores various nursing theorists and provides an overview of evidence-based practice with an emphasis on improved quality of care. Examines the role of research in the application of the nursing process and its contribution to the development of nursing as a science. Students will be challenged to critically evaluate research and how it applies to the nursing profession and explore ethical issues inherent in the research process. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 2750

NUR 3350
Health Promotion and Vulnerable Populations
3

Focuses on the role of the experienced professional nurse in promoting optimal health, with special emphasis on the rehabilitative populations. Risk factors for illness and injury will be explored and strategies for treatment, health promotion through physical, psychological and spiritual intervention, will be addressed. Must complete with a B- or better.

NUR 4450
Community Health Nursing
3

Examines the core functions and current organization of community health nursing as part of the larger healthcare system. Concentration is placed on achievement of optimal health outcomes for target populations and selected vulnerable subgroups within the community. The role of nursing will be examined in relation to public policy and emergency response and management. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350

NUR 4452
Community Health Nursing Practic m
3

Focuses on the application of community health and nursing principles in the care of individuals, families, and selected vulnerable subgroups within a variety of community health settings. Nurses serve as advocates, caregivers, leaders and teachers as they apply the nursing process to communities with a focus on epidemiology, environmental health, and emergency response and management. Must complete with a B- or better. Professional Liability Insurance

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350, NUR 4450

NUR 4550
Nursing Leadership and Management
3

Emphasizes further development of the professional nurse role by exploring contemporary trends in leadership and management of human and financial resources. Focus is on the importance of communication in the development of effective management and leadership skills. Personal leadership styles and values will be identified, and students will enhance leadership competencies by examining self in relation to professional standards, the nursing code of ethics, and leadership theories and models. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350

NUR 4552
Nursing Leadership and Managemen Practicum
3

Focuses on the development of the role of the professional nurse leader through the application of effective communication, leadership and management theory. Communication skills, various management and leadership theories, economic considerations, scope of practice standards and ethics will be integrated into leadership and management of others in the provision of health care. Must complete with a B- or better. Professional Liability Insurance

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350, NUR 4550

NUR 4850
Nursing Seminar
3

Allows students to synthesize information obtained in this program to explore how the professional nurse can impact healthcare policy as well as how healthcare policy impacts nursing science, practice and education. Students will analyze nursing policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; changing nursing roles; and the delivery of quality nursing care in an evolving world. Students will need to identify a preceptor, who holds a minimum of a BSN degree, to assist with the course project. Must complete with a B- or better. Professional Liability Insurance

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 4450, NUR 4452, NUR 4550, NUR 4552, NUR 4650 or NUR 4750

PSY 2210
Developmental Psychology
3

Examines changes that occur across the human lifespan, from conception to end of life. Topics include physical, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social, and emotional changes.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1110

General Education

18 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
HUM 4010
Philosophy of Ethics
3

Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

MTH 2750
Statistical Methods
3

Focuses on data interpretation and practical application of introductory level statistics. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the use of statistics in various fields, including the ability to interpret results. Topics include development and analysis of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics (bivariate), and regression analysis. Students determine appropriate statistical methods, calculate basic statistical values, and analyze/interpret data sets including statistical software study results. The combination of MTH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning I or MTH 1110 College Algebra I with MTH 2750 Statistical Methods satisfies the Statistics Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1050 or MTH 1110

PSY 1110
General Psychology
3

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

SPN 1010
Spanish I
3

Introduces the beginning study of Spanish designed for students with minimal or no experience in Spanish. The main goal of this course is to begin to learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Select 1 Course from the Following: Communication Elective

COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ENG 2050
Mass Media and Society
3

Introduces the history, technical development, and cultural impact of mass media (books, newspapers, magazines, sound recordings, radio, television, movies, the Internet, and social media, as well as the related areas of public relations and advertising). Examines social factors (i.e. economics, technology, politics, law/regulatory practices, and the consumer culture) that shape media messages. Explores the function and responsibility of mass media in a democratic society, while also analyzing the ethics, power, and influence of modern media.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

ENG 2310
Language and Culture
3

Analyzes the English language through history, considering regional variations and dialect acquisition. Students learn to appreciate language by studying language in everyday social interactions in their own lives and communities.  The relationship of linguistic variation to social and cultural identity is discussed, along with multilingualism, expressive speech, sociopolitical uses of language, censorship, and language learning and preservation.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

ENG 2410
Creative Writing
3

Introduces the fundamentals of writing for expressive purposes to students at any level of experience in creative writing. Students will produce and revise original works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction using a workshop format. Students will also explore mentor texts in order to analyze various structures, stylistic approaches, and techniques that they will apply to their own works.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

LIT 2050
Introduction to Literature: World Masterpieces and Critical Approaches
3

Explores classic foundational texts in the major genres (poetry, drama, and fiction). Focuses on understanding literary elements and analyzing texts using close readings and critical literary theory in addition to the skills necessary to write literary essays. Introduces the concepts of literary analysis. Students will understand the influence of these texts in relationship to social and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

SPK 2110
Group Dynamics
3

Prepares students to work effectively in groups. Students will collaborate to complete a group project and multiple presentations. Course content covers key concepts of group dynamics such as diversity, group roles, ethical issues, and conflict resolution. Students will hone group communication skills and effectively use technology to communicate with group members.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 2010

SPK 4010
Professional Speaking
3

Prepares students to compose professional presentations using current technologies. Addresses theory and practice of communication, including research-based content development, organization of a message to achieve a desired outcome, audience and context analysis, presentation tools, and delivery methods. Consideration of diversity, ethics, and relevance to future careers are key components.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 2010

WRI 1150
Workplace Communication
3

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

WRI 3010
Report Writing
3

Addresses the ability to write professionally and ethically for business and technical purposes relevant to a student's major field or career aspirations. Emphasis is on learning and applying rhetorical principles for writing formal reports including researching published technical information. Less formal aspects of business and technical communication are also studied.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

Select 1 Course from the Following:

COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
NUR 4650
Global Health
3

Introduces students to the main concepts of global health and the link between global health and socio-economic development. This course will focus on measurement of health status, burden of disease, risk factors, and vulnerable populations. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350

NUR 4710
Cultural Competence in Nursing: The Hispanic Patient
3

Presents the essential concepts related to the care of the Hispanic patient within the context of patient-centered care. Emphasis will be on enhancing knowledge and skills related to basic communication in the Spanish language, health conditions that are relevant in the Hispanic culture, and cultural, health, and spiritual practices that may influence care of Hispanic patient. Theoretical content will focus on therapeutic communication, exploration of therapeutic use of self, prevalent disorders in the Hispanic population, and practices that promote the provision of culturally competent care. Students will have opportunities to practice nursing assessment and interventions that support the provision of high quality, patient-centered care.

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3050, 3150, 3450, 3550, 3650, 3750 OR NUR 3210, 3250, 3310, 3350

NUR 4750
Pathophysiology for the Nurse
3

Examines alterations in functions affecting individuals across the lifespan. Students will examine pathophysiological concepts utilizing biology, microbiology, and physiological sciences as a basis for nursing practice. The scientific approach will be utilized to increase understanding of the disease process from the cellular to the multi-system level. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
NUR 3210, NUR 3250, NUR 3310, NUR 3350

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