High School Entry Course Descriptions


N301     Pathophysiology of Health Deviations (3 credits)

Pathophysiology of Health Deviations builds on previous knowledge gained from anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology.  It provides the student an opportunity to examine health deviations and their impact on human functioning.  It is designed to facilitate the student's development of nursing systems, thereby enabling the student to manage the health deviations of the individual therapeutically (Prerequisite: microbiology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry or permission of the Dean.  (No co-requisites; may be taken as a Student-at-Large)


N302     Health Assessment (3 credits) (2/1)*
Health Assessment is designed to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge of examining an individual's state of health within the framework of Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory.  The universal self-care requisites are addressed: maintenance of air, water, food, elimination, activity and rest, solitude and social interaction, prevention of hazards and the promotion of human functioning.  The student experiences focus upon the utilization of a health history and the performance of physical assessment skills to assemble a comprehensive health assessment. (Prerequisites: anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology or permission of the Dean.  No co-requisites; may be taken as a Student-at-Large)


N304     Concepts of Professional Nursing (3 credits)
Concepts of Professional Nursing examine nursing theories, legal and ethical issues and the professional development of the nurse.  Historical, political and social influences affecting nursing practice within the changing health care delivery system are explored. (No pre- or co-requisites; may be taken as a Student-at-Large)


N307     Foundations of Nursing Practice (8 credits) (4/4)*
Foundations of Nursing Practice focuses on concepts, principles, and skills basic to beginning professional nursing practice. Scientific and theoretical foundations of basic human needs and selected pathophysiological processes are introduced. The course prepares students to apply critical thinking skills when examining individual responses to health problems of a medical-surgica1 nature. (PREREQUISITE: Acceptance into the BSN program.  C0-requisites: N301; N302; N304 or permission of the Dean)


N317     Adult Health Deviations (3 credits)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Adult Health Deviations focuses on the holistic nursing care management of patients experiencing select acute and chronic problems. Theories and concepts related to alterations in health in the adult are presented within the framework of critical thinking and caring.  (Prerequisites:  Successful completion of N301, N302, N304, N307 or permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites: None)


N324     Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
Principles of Pharmacology are a theory course that introduces the student to the basic principles of drug action and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process.  Specific drugs and the pharmacologic affects of these drugs on the body are discussed.  Calculation of intravenous medications is included.  Safety and legal implication of drug administration are discussed.  (Prerequisites:  N301, N304, N305, or permission of the Dean) 


N326     Nursing Research (3 credits)
Nursing Research provides the undergraduate student with a basic understanding of the research process and its application to nursing and nursing practice.  Various types of research and research methods as well as statistical methods will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the rights and responsibilities toward human subjects.  Beginning with Orem's theoretical framework, various nursing theories are explored to serve as frameworks for nursing research. (Prerequisites: N304, N305, or permission of the Dean)


N332     Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing Care (2 credits)
Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing Care examines the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups.  Emphasis is placed on methods for providing cultural and spiritual care with the framework of the nursing role. (Prerequisites: N304 or permission of the Dean)


N350     Nursing of Families with Infants and Children (8 credits) (4/4)*
Nursing of Families with Infants and Children focuses on the wholistic care of the child-bearing and child-rearing family.  The health care focus includes health promotion and maintenance with emphasis on life-cycle therapeutic self-care demands and limitations.  The nurse may function as a dependent-care agent in a variety of settings.  (Pre-requisites: Semester I, Level IIIA or permission of the Dean.  Pre or co-requisites: N301and N324)


N401      Nursing Care of the Adult with Complex Health Deviations (8 credits) (4/4)*
Nursing Care of the Adult with Complex Health Deviations continues the preparation of the student to provide holistic care to adults in a medical surgical environment.  The student will provide comprehensive care in a variety of acute and subacute settings.  The student will collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to create health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention strategies for patients. (Prerequisites: Level III or permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites: N326, P342)


N423     Nursing Dimensions for Preventive Health Care (8 credits) (4/4)*
Nursing Dimensions for Preventive Health Care enables the student to apply the concepts descriptive of the systems of primary, secondary and tertiary preventive health care.  The role of the nurse is directed toward assisting individuals in meeting the goals of health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance and restoration.  The role of the individual as responsible agent will vary and is dependent upon the environmental setting in which nursing care is provided.  (Pre-requisites: Level IV status)


N430     Nursing Leadership/Management in Health Care Systems (4 credits)
Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Care Systems provides opportunities to apply leadership and management skills to contemporary health care issues influencing professional practice.  Opportunities to explore professional practice issues are provided. (Pre-requisites: N423; or permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites: N423)


N450     Senior Seminar (1 credit)
Senior Seminar gives students the opportunity to synthesize and relate concepts expected of the new professional nurse. This will include an opportunity to guide student review in preparation for the NCLEX-RN.  A seminar/discussion format will be utilized.  (Pre-requisites: N423 and N430; permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites N423 and N430)


N453     Community and Mental Health Nursing (8 credits) (4/4)*
Community and Mental Health Nursing analyzes the scope of biopsychosocial factors which influence the health of individuals, families, and aggregates within communities.  Emphasis is on the integration of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.  Nursing concepts, therapeutic communication skills, and elements of group process are integrated into theory and practice in a variety of community and mental health settings.  (Prerequisites: Level III, Completion of first semester of Level IV, or permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites: N430)


N469     Case Studies in Nursing (4 credits)
Case Studies in Nursing prepares students to critically evaluate varied patient simulations.  Emphasis will be placed on preparing the student for success on the NCLEX-RN examination through the use of formal/informal content reviews.  (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all junior level and first semester senior year courses, or permission of the Dean.  Co-requisites: N430, N453)


P342      Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care (4 credits)
Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care guides the student in developing a basis for making bioethical decisions from a Judeo-Christian system.  The essential beliefs and structures of the Catholic faith are surveyed.  The student is introduced to the ethical decision-making process and this framework is utilized in topics pertaining to Christian, nursing, and medical ethics.  (Prerequisite: none)