Nursing (NURS)

NURS 101 Pharmacology Calculations1 Credit

Course introduces the concepts and techniques of dosage calculations and medication administration by a variety or routes. Application of basic math concepts to complex conversion of dosages between and among various systems of weights and volumes, and application of critical thinking skills to the calculation and administration of medications by oral and parenteral (including intravenous) routes of administration.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L and NURS 112.

NURS 105L Nursing IV Certification1 Credit

Introduction to theoretical and clinical skills essential for IV certification.

Prerequisites: BIOL 209/BIOL 209L, BIOL 210/BIOL 210L, ENGL 111, ENGL 112, PSYC 233.

Corequisites: NURS 106/NURS 106L.

NURS 106 Adult Concepts I3 Credits

Application of nursing concepts, skills, critical thinking, and assessment in caring for a variety of clients in various health care settings.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

NURS 106L Adult Concepts I Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 106.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 107 Foundations of Nursing3 Credits

Exploration of basic nursing concepts and skills to develop critical thinking while utilizing the nursing process.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

NURS 107L Foundations of Nursing Laboratory3 Credits

Application of basic nursing and IV certification skills through training, practice, and checkoffs of essential skills needed for safe practice.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, and NURS 112.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 109 Introduction to Mental Health2 Credits

Introduction to complex concepts and behaviors of nursing roles within the cohort of the nursing process, holistic care, and mental health care. Emphasizes theoretical and practical aspects of the mental health nursing skills required to meet the needs of clients in a variety of settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109L, NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 156, NURS 172, and NURS 172L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 109L Introduction to Mental Health Laboratory1 Credit

Lab component required for NURS 109.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 156, NURS 172, and NURS 172L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 112 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology2 Credits

Introduction to basic concepts of pharmacology related to the actions, therapeutic and adverse effects, interactions of drugs, drug classifications, and the basic pharmacology of commonly used medications. Emphasis is placed on nursing considerations and client education.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing certificate program.

Corequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, and NURS 107L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 117 Obstetrics and Pediatrics4 Credits

Exploration of fundamental content in the nursing care of the childbearing family, which focuses on pregnancy, physiologic and psychological changes experienced, and care of the normal newborn. Includes the individual needs of the child from infancy through adolescence focusing on developmental stages, as well as childhood diseases and illness within each stage.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 109L, NURS 117L, NURS 156, NURS 172, and NURS 172L.

NURS 117L Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory2 Credits

Application of concepts related to pregnancy, newborns, and children from infancy to adolescence utilizing critical thinking, nursing process, and assessment in caring for this population within the various health care settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 109L, NURS 117, NURS 156, NURS 172, and NURS 172L.

NURS 156 Socialization into Practical Nursing1 Credit

Introductory concepts for first time management. Examines legal and ethical responsibilities of the practical nurse. Emphasis is given to the Colorado Nurse Practice Act. Job seeking skills are discussed.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 109L, NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 172 and NURS 172L.

NURS 172 Adult Concepts II3 Credits

Application of clinical practicum to apply nursing theory in medical surgical nursing using the nursing process to assist clients with more complex health care needs.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 109L, NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 156, and NURS 172L.

NURS 172L Adult Concepts II Lab3 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 172.

Prerequisites: NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 106L, NURS 107, NURS 107L, and NURS 112.

Corequisites: NURS 109, NURS 109L, NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 156, and NURS 172.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 200 LPN to RN Role Transition1 Credit

Prepares the advanced placement student to enter the Nursing Program through orientation to the program, review of the nursing process and exploration of the role change from practical to professional nursing. Introduction to selected concepts related to the role of the Associate Degree nurse as a provider of care, teacher, manager, client advocate and member of the profession. Emphasis placed on critical thinking in providing and managing comprehensive care in a variety of health care settings with clients across the lifespan. Course is designed to assist the Licensed Practical Nurse with the transition into the practice of professional nursing.

Prerequisites: All essential learning education and program prerequisites.

NURS 206 Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing I3 Credits

Role of the registered professional nurse as care provider, teacher, manager, professional and advocate in meeting the nursing care needs of adults across the life span experiencing illness to wellness. The clinical lab provides opportunity for the student to utilize the nursing process and integrate previous learning to assist the patient and family in achieving optimal functioning in the various health care settings.

Corequisites: NURS 206L and NURS 288.

NURS 206L Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 206.

Corequisites: NURS 206 and NURS 288.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 210 Nursing Care of Complex Obstetrical and Pediatric Clients3 Credits

[AAS Program only] Prepares the professional nurse to comprehend and apply advanced concepts in care of the high-risk child bearing family and for children with complex health problems from birth through adolescence. Emphasizes special needs and complications during the perinatal experience and altered functioning, special needs, and disease processes manifested in children. The nursing process is used as a framework to attain optimal levels of maternal-newborn and pediatric health and wellness. Legal and ethical accountability are integrated throughout the course. Critical thinking skills are utilized throughout.

Prerequisites: All general education and prerequisites, NURS 288 and NURS 200.

Corequisites: NURS 210L

NURS 210L Nursing Care of Complex Obstetrical and Pediatric Clients Laboratory1 Credit

Prepares the professional nurse to comprehend and apply advanced concepts in the care of the high-risk child bearing family and for children with complex health problems from birth through adolescence. Emphasizes special needs and complications during the prenatal experience and altered functioning, special needs and disease process manifested in children. The nursing process is used as a framework to attain optimal levels of maternal-newborn and pediatric health and wellness. Legal and ethical accountability and critical thinking skills are integrated throughout the course. Theoretical content is applied in acute care and community clinical settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 206/NURS 206L, NURS 211/NURS 211L, NURS 286, and NURS 288.

Corequisites: NURS 210, NURS 216/NURS 216L, and NURS 289.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 211 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Client3 Credits

Develops concepts of psychosocial integrity and emphasizes the function and responsibility of nursing in promoting and maintaining mental health of individuals and families. This course emphasizes communication and caring through the application of the therapeutic relationship and nursing process in the care and treatment of common clinical conditions/disorders. In the clinical lab students will develop proficiency in working with psychiatric clients in various settings in the community.

Prerequisites: NURS 200 and NURS 288.

Corequisites: NURS 211L.

NURS 211L Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Client Laboratory1 Credit

Lab component required for NURS 211.

Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 206, NURS 206L, NURS 286, and NURS 288.

Corequisites: NURS 211 and NURS 217.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 216 Advanced Concepts of Medical Surgical Nursing II2 Credits

[AAS Program only] Continues to focus on the role of the registered professional nurse as care provider, teacher, manager, professional, and advocate in meeting the complex medical and surgical health care needs of adult clients. Utilizing the nursing process, the student is expected to integrate previous learning to assist the patient and family in achieving optimal functioning in various complex health care situations and settings.

Prerequisites: All essential learning and prerequisites, NURS 206, NURS 206L, NURS 288, and NURS 200.

Corequisites: NURS 216L.

NURS 216L Advanced Concepts of Medical Surgical Nursing II Laboratory3 Credits

Continues to focus on the role of the registered professional nurse as care provider, teacher, manager, professional, and advocate in meeting the complex medical and surgical health care needs of adult clients. Utilizing the nursing process, the student is expected to integrate previous learning to assist the patient and family in achieving optimal functioning in various complex health care situations and settings. In addition to inpatient acute care patient units the student will rotate through the critical care areas of the health care facility.

Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 206/NURS 206L, NURS 211/NURS 211L, NURS 217, NURS 286, and NURS 288.

Corequisites: NURS 210/NURS 210L, NURS 216, and NURS 289.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 217 Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice2 Credits

[AAS Program only] Socializes the student into the graduate registered nurse role. The focus is on the exploration and analysis of contemporary nursing practice, current trends and issues impacting nursing care delivery. Advanced leadership and management concepts are discussed as part of the nursing role.

Prerequisites: All essential learning and prerequisites, and NURS 200.

NURS 246 Pharmacological Concepts I3 Credits

Introduction to basic pharmacology concepts, which include interactions, classification, adverse effects, drug dosages and math calculations.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program.

Corequisites: NURS 247 and NURS 247L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 247 Fundamentals of Nursing3 Credits

Exploration of nursing concepts and skills utilized in the nursing process to develop critical thinking. Application of essential nursing skills including IV skills for safe practice.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program.

Corequisites: NURS 246 and NURS 247L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 247L Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 247.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program.

Corequisites: NURS 246 and NURS 247.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 248 Adult Concepts of Health I4 Credits

Exploration of the role of registered nurse as a care provider, teacher, manager, professional, and advocate. Explores disease processes across the life span.

Prerequisites: NURS 246, NURS 247, and NURS 247L.

Corequisites: NURS 248L, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 248L Adult Concepts of Health I Laboratory3 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 248.

Prerequisites: NURS 246, NURS 247, and NURS 247L.

Corequisites: NURS 248, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 249 Pharmacological Concepts II3 Credits

Integration of concepts in pharmacology with a focus on high risk medications, drug calculations, and teaching.

Prerequisites: NURS 246, NURS 247, and NURS 247L.

Corequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 250 Health Assessment for Nurses3 Credits

Acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for completing health assessment across the life span.

Prerequisites: NURS 246, NURS 247, and NURS 247L.

Corequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, and NURS 250L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 250L Health Assessment for Nurses Laboratory1 Credit

Lab component required for NURS 250.

Prerequisites: NURS 246, NURS 247, and NURS 247L.

Corequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, and NURS 250.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 251 Adult Concepts of Health II5 Credits

Exploration of critical care needs of adult patients. Previous knowledge is integrated throughout to assist with optimal functioning in various complex health care situations.

Prerequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Corequisites: NURS 251L, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 251L Adult Concepts of Health II Laboratory3 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 251.

Prerequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Corequisites: NURS 251, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 252 Mental Health Concepts in Nursing3 Credits

Exploration of psychosocial concepts with a focus on maintaining mental health of the community, individual, and family.

Prerequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Corequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, and NURS 252L.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 252L Mental Health Concepts in Nursing Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 252.

Prerequisites: NURS 248, NURS 248L, NURS 249, NURS 250, and NURS 250L.

Corequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, and NURS 252.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

NURS 253 Family Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics4 Credits

Exploration of family health with particular focus on pregnant women and the developmental health of infants, children, and adolescents.

Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Corequisites: NURS 253L, NURS 254, and NURS 254L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 253L Family Nursing Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 253.

Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Corequisites: NURS 253, NURS 254, and NURS 254L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 254 Leadership/Capstone2 Credits

Exploration of management and leadership theory with special emphasis on the role of the Registered Nurse as a change agent within health care. Emphasis on lifelong learning, caring, and collaboration which will involve clinical hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Corequisites: NURS 253, NURS 253L, and NURS 254L.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 254L Leadership/Capstone Laboratory4 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 254.

Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 251L, NURS 252, and NURS 252L.

Corequisites: NURS 253, NURS 253L, and NURS 254.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 286 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurses2 Credits

Focuses on advanced concepts of pharmacology within nursing with an emphasis on nursing process, drug doses, calculations and relevant assessments and patient teaching.

Prerequisites: LPN license.

Corequisites: NURS 200, NURS 206/NURS 206L, and NURS 288.

NURS 288 Health and Physical Assessment for Nursing2 Credits

[AAS Program only] Development of the knowledge necessary for completing health assessment across the life span. History taking, physical assessment skills, and principles of health promotion are utilized to develop appropriate interventions designed to assist clients with health promotion and life style changes.

Prerequisites: All essential learning and prerequisites.

Corequisites: NURS 206 and NURS 200.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 289 Capstone: Comprehensive Nursing Internship2 Credits

Facilitates transition from student to graduate nurse through application of nursing principles and skills in an area of health care delivery. Critical thinking, life long learning, nursing process, caring, collaboration, and health teaching and promotion are emphasized.

Prerequisites: All prerequisites for the AAS program, NURS 200, NURS 206/NURS 206L, NURS 211/NURS 211L, NURS 217, NURS 286, NURS 288.

Corequisites: NURS 210/NURS 210L and NURS 216/NURS 216L.

NURS 300 Developing the Baccalaureate Role3 Credits

Designed to facilitate the transition from diploma or associate degree registered nurse to professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level. Development of leadership and management skills in the context of the dynamic field of health care including effective communication, resolution, critical thinking, management of resources and quality improvement. Focus on the role of nurse leader and manager as a safety using evidence based practice principles. Prerequisites for RN-BSN students: RN licensure and admission to RN-BSN program. All prerequisite essential learning course work for the BSN degree must be completed before starting the 300-level nursing courses.

NURS 302 Family Nursing Through the Lifespan3 Credits

Theory of family-centered practice in nursing. Utilization of nursing process. Collect and analyze data to formulate and evaluate intervention with families from diverse backgrounds. Selected learning experiences provide opportunities for development of cognitive, psychomotor and effective competencies essential to the care of both healthy and high-risk families through the lifespan.

Prerequisites: NURS 201/NURS 201L, NURS 202/NURS 202L, NURS 203, and NURS 204.

Corequisites: NURS 301/NURS 301L, and NURS 303.

NURS 318 Health Assessment and Promotion3 Credits

Development of the knowledge necessary for completing health assessment across the life span. History taking, physical assessment skills, and principles of health promotion are utilized to develop appropriate interventions designed to assist clients with health promotion and prevention over the life span.

Prerequisites: Admission to the LPN-BSN program.

Corequisites: NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

NURS 318L Health Assessment and Promotion Laboratory1 Credit

Exploration of advanced topics in network and web-based application security such as network vulnerability management, network monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention, government and industry security compliances, wireless security, most common web application security flaws, browser and database security principles, and authentication and authorization in web applications.

Prerequisites: Admission to the LPN-BSN Program.

Corequisites: NURS 318, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 320 Health Assessment and Promotion for the Nurse3 Credits

Apply knowledge necessary for completing a child, adult, and geriatric client health assessment. Use history taking and physical assessment skills to develop appropriate interventions designed to assist clients with health promotion and lifestyle changes. Apply principles of health promotion through the life span in a variety of settings.

Prerequisites: Admission to the RN-BSN Program or practicing RN with current license and permission of instructor.

Corequisites: NURS 320L.

NURS 320L Health Assessment and Promotion for the Nurse Laboratory1 Credit

Application of knowledge necessary for completing a child, adult, and geriatric client health assessment. Use of history-taking and physical assessment skills to develop appropriate interventions designed to assist clients with health promotion and lifestyle changes. Application of principles of health promotion through the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Prerequisites: Admission into RN-BSN program or practicing RN with current license and permission of instructor.

Corequisites: NURS 320.

NURS 329 Advanced Adult Health I3 Credits

Exploration of the registered professional nurse as care provider, teacher, manager, professional, and advocate in meeting the nursing care needs of adults across the life span.

Prerequisites: Admission into the LPN-BSN Program.

Corequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

NURS 329L Advanced Adult Health I Laboratory3 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 329.

Prerequisites: Admission to the LPN-BSN program.

Corequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 333 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology II2 Credits

Exploration of advanced concepts of pharmacology within nursing with an emphasis on nursing process, drug doses, calculations, relevant assessments, and patient teaching.

Prerequisites: Admission into the LPN-BSN program.

Corequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, and NURS 400.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

NURS 350 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3 Credits

Introduction to the basic skills of history taking and physical assessment of individuals through the lifespan. Emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary for conducting a systematic or focused health assessment and determining areas in which to implement health promotion activities.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350L, NURS 353, NURS 353L, NURS 370, and NURS 372.

NURS 350L Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Laboratory1 Credit

Application of knowledge and clinical skills in obtaining a health history and performing a physical examination of individuals across the lifespan. Focus is on the practice and refinement of psychomotor, communication, and critical thinking skills with an emphasis on privacy, confidentiality, and safety.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350, NURS 353, NURS 353L, NURS 370, and NURS 372.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 353 Foundation of Nursing Practice4 Credits

Introduction to the fundamentals of nursing practice and the knowledge required to implement patient-centered care through the lifespan in a variety of settings. Focus is on safety, basic nursing care, assessment, communication, documentation, and quality care.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350L, NURS 353L, NURS 370, and NURS 372.

NURS 353L Foundations of Nursing Practice Laboratory3 Credits

Application of fundamental concepts and evidenced-based nursing skills in settings that provide safe learning opportunities. Sites include clinical labs, simulation labs, and an array of local healthcare facilities.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350L, NURS 353, NURS 370, and NURS 372.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 370 Pharmacology for Nurses I3 Credits

Introduction to drug therapy including specific drug classifications, terminology, theories and techniques of safe administration. Focus on nursing considerations, utilizing the nursing process, and becoming proficient at medication calculations. Major content includes the basic concepts of pharmacology, commonly prescribed drugs, drug effects on body tissues, responses to drug therapy, and principles of therapy in various circumstances and populations.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350L, NURS 353, NURS 353L, and NURS 372.

NURS 372 Professional Development I: Nursing Theory, Roles and Ethics2 Credits

Introduction to knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to nursing practice. Emphasis on history of professional nursing, nursing theory, legal, ethical, and safety issues. Exploration of principles of communication, time management, and critical thinking as they relate to the professional nurse.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350L, NURS 353, NURS 353L, and NURS 370.

NURS 373 Acute and Chronic Illness I4 Credits

Application of the nursing process in care of individuals and families experiencing deviations from usual levels of wellness. Exploration of pathophysiology of moderate intensity and relative stability. Emphasis on identification of coping mechanisms of individuals and families to assist in health recovery, health promotion, and the adoption of strategies for illness prevention.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 373L, NURS 388/NURS 388L, and NURS 394.

NURS 373L Acute and Chronic Illness I Clinical3 Credits

Application of nursing process in care of individuals and families in acute and chronic health care settings. Emphasis on patient safety, health promotion, multi-disciplinary health care and the uniqueness of individual response to disease. Development of essential skills of assessment, problem identification, goal setting, application of interventions, evaluation of outcomes, cultural sensitivity, and critical thinking skills.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 373, NURS 388/NURS 388L, and NURS 394.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 388 Mental Health Nursing3 Credits

Introduction to patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to needs of individuals, families, and groups experiencing alterations in mental health across the lifespan. Emphasis on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to promote, maintain and restore mental and emotional health. Exploration of use of self as a therapeutic tool, principles of therapeutic relationships and communication and a knowledge-base of psychopathology.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 373/NURS 373L, and NURS 388L and NURS 394.

NURS 388L Mental Health Nursing Clinical2 Credits

Application of theory in care of clients with a wide-range of psychiatric and/or mental health disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis on the nurse's role in various treatment settings and current treatment modalities. Development of proficiency in mental health practice with diverse populations. Emphasis on therapeutic use of self with individuals and groups in a variety of community-based settings.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 373/NURS 373L, and NURS 388 and NURS 394.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 394 Nursing Research: An Evidenced-Based Practice3 Credits

Exploration of nursing research and evidence-based practice in the process of scholarly inquiry in health care. Examination of research methodologies and related theories to facilitate development of a literature review and an evidence-based practice proposal to investigate nursing questions and outcomes. Emphasis on research as a basis for assessment of outcomes of health promotion and health care interventions.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 373/NURS 373L and NURS 388/NURS 388L.

NURS 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

NURS 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

NURS 400 Nursing Research3 Credits

Exploration of evidence-based practices related to outcomes within the health care setting. Research questions relevant to clinical practice are developed and pursued.

Prerequisites: Admission to the LPN-BSN program.

Corequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, and NURS 333.

NURS 408 Health Information Systems3 Credits

Explores the use of information systems in health care and nursing practice. Examines current trends and issues in using, designing, and implementing heath care information systems, healthcare information management, decision support and knowledge management applications in the context of challenges facing healthcare organizations today. Explores legal and ethical issues as related to the protection of the privacy, confidentiality, and security of information in health care environments, utility of wide array of personal health information management and social networking tools in communicating health-related information.

Prerequisites: RN degree at the associate or diploma level; permission of instructor; application in to HITS program.

NURS 409 Quality Assessment and Improvement in Health Care Settings3 Credits

Review of outcomes-based quality assessment and improvement methods. Focuses on techniques of measuring quality of care, customer satisfaction, and safety. Implementation of quality management programs, and creating a culture supporting adherence to best practices and standards.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

NURS 410 Population Health Nursing3 Credits

Exploration of theoretical basis for community and population health and the role of the nurse. Exploration of microsystems, applications of transitions of care, financing concepts in the community setting, and analysis of the health of populations. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, using epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, aggregates, systems, populations, community assessment, and community interventions.

Prerequisites: NURS 320 and NURS 320L.

Corequisites: NURS 410L.

NURS 410L Population Health Nursing Practice Experience1 Credit

Application of theory in practice with diverse populations and aggregates in the community to achieve an optimum level of wellness. Emphasis on health disparities, cultural diversity, social justice, and health laws and policies related to population vulnerability throughout the life course. Exploration of the continuum of outpatient care in home health and collaboration with community services.

Prerequisites: NURS 320 and NURS 320L.

Corequisites: NURS 410.

NURS 415 Business of Health Care2 Credits

Appraisal of financial indicators on impact of health outcomes explored in the context of the professional's ability to provide quality care to a diverse patient population.

Prerequisites: NURS 403/NURS 403L, NURS 406/NURS 406L, and NURS 407.

Corequisites: NURS 411/NURS 411L, NURS 412L, and NURS 416.

NURS 417 Forensic Science: The Human Interface2 Credits

Introduces the principles of forensic science as they relate to care of individuals experiencing events which require intervention from both the legal and health care systems. Integrates concepts from health care, psychology, sociology, criminology used to clinically investigate crimes against humans. Focuses on the unique knowledge and attributes that health care professionals contribute to multidisciplinary forensic investigation. Addresses various aspects of forensic investigation including role of the forensic scientist in working with the victim and the perpetrator, wound identification and collection of evidence. Specific areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, gang behavior, death investigation, victims' advocacy and courtroom dynamics are included. Students will experience forensic investigation in clinical areas.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the B.S.N. program, or permission of instructor.

NURS 418 Gerontological Nursing and Chronic Illness3 Credits

Evaluate current key clinical information and issues central to caring for the highly specialized physiological and psycho-social needs of older adults. Review of the current financial, social, political, and cultural issues that affect nursing care for the elderly explored through a geriatric nursing curriculum in a scientifically sound, holistic process to provide care to this vulnerable population.

NURS 420 Global Health3 Credits

This is a multidimensional course for nursing students who want to broaden their understanding of health care in the global community The course involves pre-trip seminars, travel to a country of focus and post-trip sessions. Attendance is required at all sessions. Level Two nursing preparation recommended. The pre-trip seminars are conducted by the lead faculty and guest speakers. Students will prepare and present on topics during the seminars and will have opportunities to develop leadership skills. Within the focus country, students will travel as a group, meeting local health care professionals, student nurses, and nursing faculty. Students will volunteer alongside local providers, delivering care within their scope of practice and the boundaries delineated by the Ministry of Health. Opportunities to develop critical thinking skills, the nursing process and culturally sensitive care will be part of the pre-trip and in-country experiences. A post-trip seminar and a presentation to the community are also mandatory.

NURS 421 Population Health4 Credits

Approaches to care and finance in the community care setting. Application of population risk reduction used to develop nursing interventions for high risk aggregates.

Prerequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Corequisites: NURS 427, NURS 427L, and NURS 421L.

NURS 421L Population Health Laboratory2 Credits

Lab component required for NURS 421.

Prerequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Corequisites: NURS 421, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 426 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3 Credits

Emphasis on nursing research and evidence-based practice in the process of scholarly inquiry in health care. Examination of research methodologies and related theories to facilitate development of a research proposal to investigate health care questions and outcomes.

Prerequisites: MATH 110 or higher and STAT 200.

NURS 427 Mental Health3 Credits

Exploration of psychosocial integrity with emphasis on the function and responsibility of nursing in promoting and maintaining mental health of individuals and families. This course emphasizes communication and caring through the application of the therapeutic relationship and nursing process in the care and treatment of common clinical conditions/disorders.

Prerequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Corequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, and NURS 427L.

NURS 427L Mental Health Laboratory1 Credit

Approaches to psychosocial integrity with emphasis on the function and responsibility of nursing in promoting and maintaining mental health of individuals and families. Students will develop proficiency in working with psychiatric clients in various settings in the community.

Prerequisites: NURS 318, NURS 318L, NURS 329, NURS 329L, NURS 333, and NURS 400.

Corequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, and NURS 427.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 429 Adult Health II3 Credits

Exploration of the role of the registered professional nurse as care provider, teacher, manager, professional, and advocate in meeting the complex medical and surgical health care needs of critically ill adult clients. Students are expected to integrate previous learning to assist the patient and family in achieving optimal functioning in various complex health care situations and settings.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429L, NURS 431, NURS 431L, NURS 449, NURS 449L, and NURS 470.

NURS 429L Adult Health II Laboratory3 Credits

Integration of previous learning to assist the patient and family in achieving optimal functioning in various complex health care situations and settings. In addition to inpatient acute care units, the student will rotate through the critical care areas of the health care facility.

Prerequisites: NURS 400, NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 431, NURS 431L, NURS 449, NURS 449L, and NURS 470.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 430 Leadership for the RN3 Credits

The multiple nursing leadership roles at the baccalaureate level. Business and culture of health care. Roles include mentorship, change agents that inform, direct and manage the organizational structure, and evaluation of multiple health care systems. Evaluation of legislative and organizational policies influencing health care trends.

Prerequisites: Admission to the RN-BSN Program and NURS 426.

Corequisites: NURS 430L.

NURS 430L Leadership for the RN Laboratory1 Credit

Exploration of the multiple nursing leadership roles at the baccalaureate level. Business and culture of health care. Roles include mentorship, change agents that inform, direct, and manage the organizational structure, and evaluation of multiple health care systems. Evaluation of legislative and organizational policies influencing health care trends.

Prerequisites: Admission to the RN-BSN program, NURS 426, and NURS 428.

Corequisites: NURS 430.

NURS 431 High Risk Obstetrics/Pediatrics3 Credits

Exploration of advanced concepts in the care of the high-risk child-bearing family and for children with complex health problems from birth through adolescence. Emphasizes special needs and complications during the prenatal experience and altered functioning.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 429L, NURS 431L, NURS 449, NURS 449L, and NURS 470.

NURS 431L High Risk Obstetrics/Pediatrics Laboratory2 Credits

Application of advanced concepts in the care of the high-risk child-bearing family and for children with complex health problems from birth through adolescence. Emphasizes special needs and complications during the prenatal experience and altered functioning.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 429L, NURS 431, NURS 449, NURS 449L, and NURS 470.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 432 Capstone Leadership for the RN4 Credits

Contributions of the registered nurse to quality health care through lifelong learning and professional development of herself/himself and others, research data generation, clinical supervision and development of policy, and clinical practice guidelines. The registered nurse develops their professional practice in accordance with the health needs of the population/society and changing patterns of disease and illness.

Prerequisites: NURS 300, NURS 320, NURS 320L, NURS 408, NURS 409, NURS 410, NURS 410L, NURS 418, NURS 426, NURS 430, and NURS 430L.

NURS 449 Leadership2 Credits

Exploration of leadership and management theory utilized in development of characteristics of a nurse leader. The role of the professional nurse as a change agent in shaping health care for the future is explored.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 429L, NURS 431, NURS 431L, NURS 449L, and NURS 470.

NURS 449L Leadership Laboratory1 Credit

Application of leadership and management theory utilized in development of characteristics of a nurse leader. The focus is on the exploration and analysis of contemporary nursing practice and current evidence-based practice as the basis for nursing care in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 429L, NURS 431, NURS 431L, NURS 449, and NURS 470.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 450 Intensive Care Areas Specialty Practice Preparedness3 Credits

Overview of the dynamics of the collaborative and independent nature of nursing practice within critical care, perioperative, and emergency nursing. Commonalities of practice areas will be explored within the context of the nursing process. Includes recognizing and analyzing pertinent diagnostic data and physical and psychosocial assessment data; identifying common patient health problems and interventions; and determining patient outcomes. Prerequisite to the in-depth specialty practice courses.

NURS 459 Family/Maternal/Child Nursing4 Credits

Introduction to nursing care of the childbearing family. Emphasis is on growth and developmentally appropriate management of the health and illness related needs of the mother, newborn, and child within the family. Exploration of physiological, psycho-social, and pathophysiological changes of the population. Application of nursing process to gather and analyze data and formulate interventions with culturally diverse families.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 459L, NURS 472, and NURS 473/NURS 473L.

NURS 459L Family/Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical3 Credits

Application of the nursing care of the childbearing family. Emphasis on growth and development and management of the health and illness needs of the mother, newborn, and child within the family. Exploration of nursing care in Labor and Delivery, post-partum, newborn, and pediatrics will incorporate physiological, psycho-social, and pathophysiological changes of the population.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 459, NURS 472, NURS 473, and NURS 473L.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 470 Capstone2 Credits

Application of nursing principles and skills in an area of health care delivery. Critical thinking, lifelong learning, nursing process, caring, collaboration, and health teaching and promotion are emphasized.

Prerequisites: NURS 421, NURS 421L, NURS 427, and NURS 427L.

Corequisites: NURS 429, NURS 429L, NURS 431, NURS 431L, NURS 449, and NURS 449L.

NURS 472 Professional Development II: Health Informatics3 Credits

Exploration of information systems in health care and nursing practice. Exploration of current trends and issues in using, designing, and implementing health care information systems, healthcare information management, decision support, and knowledge management applications. Introduction of legal and ethical issues, management, and social networking tools in communicating health-related information.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 459/NURS 459L, and NURS 473/NURS 473L.

NURS 473 Acute and Chronic Illness II4 Credits

Application of critical thinking skills and the nursing process in caring for individuals in the acute care setting. Emphasis on disease pathophysiology, patient teaching, and continuity of care upon discharge. Exploration of coping mechanisms, adaptation, and implementation of health care strategies in acute illness.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 459/NURS 459L, NURS 472, and NURS 473L.

NURS 473L Acute and Chronic Illness II Clinical3 Credits

Application of theory to complete comprehensive assessments and plan care for patients in acute and critical care. Exploration of health problems in critical care, emergency, medical-surgical units, invasive procedure labs, renal dialysis, specialized healthcare teams, and other acute care clinical areas. Introduction of the high fidelity simulation lab.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 459, NURS 459L, NURS 472, and NURS 473.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 480 Basic Concepts in Palliative Care2 Credits

Provides basic theory about the practice of hospice and palliative care with focus on the consequences of progressive, predictable disease, providing attention to the whole person and family, and using scientific practice in developing treatment for pain and symptoms. Explores assessment, advanced communication skills, responses to loss, advance care planning, symptom management, and cultural and ethical issues.

Prerequisites: Prior RN degree and licensure, and current enrollment in the BSN program.

NURS 482 Professional Development III: The Professional Nurse2 Credits

Exploration of transitioning into professional nursing practice. Emphasis on scope of practice, delegation, professional development, and licensure. Exploration of health care systems as they relate to quality improvement, patient outcomes, finance, and policy development.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 487/NURS 487L, NURS 490/NURS 490L, NURS 492, and NURS 493/NURS 493L.

NURS 487 Community and Population Nursing3 Credits

Exploration of theoretical basis for community and population health and the role of the nurse. Exploration of microsystems, applications of transitions of care, financing concepts in the community setting, and analysis of the health of populations. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, using epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, aggregates, systems, populations, community assessment, and community interventions.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487L, NURS 490/NURS 490L, NURS 492, and NURS 493/NURS 493L.

NURS 487L Community and Population Nursing Clinical2 Credits

Application of theory in practice with diverse populations and aggregates in the community to achieve an optimum level of wellness. Emphasis on health disparities, cultural diversity, social justice, and health laws and policies related to population vulnerability throughout the lifespan. Exploration of the continuum of outpatient care in home health and collaboration with community services.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487, NURS 490, NURS 490L, NURS 492, NURS 493, and NURS 493L.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 490 Nursing Leadership and Management2 Credits

Exploration of nurses functioning in leadership and management capacity and plans for entry into practice. Application of components of leadership to the delivery of care and the role of the nurse in shaping the future of health care. Examination of trends and issues impacting nursing and the future of health care delivery systems.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487/NURS 487L, NURS 490L, NURS 492, and NURS 493/NURS 493L.

NURS 490L Nursing Leadership and Management Clinical1 Credit

Application of theory into practice while functioning in a leadership and management capacity. Clarification of short and long-term career goals and plans for other aspects of entry into practice. Development and evaluation of individual learning objectives throughout the clinical rotation. Application of theory in the role of a mentor with other nursing students.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487, NURS 487L, NURS 490, NURS 492, NURS 493, and NURS 493L.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 492 Pharmacology for Nurses II2 Credits

Application of concepts of clinical pharmacology including preparation for the NCLEX exam. Emphasis on major drug classifications, nursing considerations, and patient education. Exploration of ethical, legal, and economic factors.

Prerequisites: admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487/NURS 487L, NURS 490/NURS 490L, and NURS 493/NURS 493L.

NURS 493 Senior Capstone1 Credit

Synthesis of theoretical nursing concepts through the use of case studies, application exercises, and simulation activities.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487/NURS 487L; NURS 490/NURS 490L, NURS 492, and NURS 493L.

NURS 493L Senior Capstone Clinical3 Credits

Synthesis of knowledge and skills learned in the Baccalaureate program. Refinement of nursing practice skills in a safe learning environment using guided clinical experiences.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program. Foundation courses required. See program sheet for details.

Corequisites: NURS 482, NURS 487, NURS 487L, NURS 490, NURS 490L, NURS 492, and NURS 493.

Fees: Yes.

NURS 495 Independent Study1-4 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

NURS 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

NURS 500 Theoretical Foundations3 Credits

Focuses on the critical components of contemporary nursing knowledge, including concepts, statements, metaparadigms, philosophies, conceptual models, and theories. Evaluates the variety of ways to organize nursing knowledge and explore the implications of their application. Through the clinical application of the course content, students examine the use of theory and nursing knowledge in professional environments.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NURS 501 Nursing Research Methods3 Credits

Provides an introduction to advanced research concepts and methodologies. It will explore the application of research to evidence-based practice as well as a broader scope of application to a variety of nursing research projects. Application of statistical concepts in data analysis and use of PASW computerized data analysis will assist the student to evaluate research findings and application to nursing practice.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 502 Health Information Systems3 Credits

Explores the use of information systems in health care and nursing practice. Examines current trends and issues in using, designing, and implementing health care information systems, healthcare information management, decision support and knowledge management applications in the context of challenges facing healthcare organizations today. Explores legal and ethical issues as related to the protection of the privacy, confidentiality, and security of information in health care environments, utility of a wide array of personal health information management and social networking tools in communicating health-related information.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 503 Organizational Leadership3 Credits

Utilizes leadership and management theory and application to develop skills or the understanding and implementation of change. Components of the course include leadership theory and models, change theory and models, project management and systems theory, financial management, organizational culture, and continuous process improvement.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NURS 504 Health Policy3 Credits

Prepares students to analyze policy issues, enhance their political knowledge and skills, and prepare for leadership roles in health policy-making. Cultivates understanding of political and economic forces related to nursing and health care delivery. Develops skills in influencing policy decisions related to health care, strategic partnerships, lobbying, use of media, and working with communities in today's changing health care environment.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 505 Quality Assessment and Improvement in Health Care Settings3 Credits

Review of outcomes-based quality assessment and improvement methods. Focuses on techniques of measuring quality of care, customer satisfaction, and safety. Implementation of quality management programs, and creating a culture supporting adherence to best practices and standards.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NURS 525 Pathophysiologic Concepts3 Credits

Focus on advanced concepts in pathophysiological processes and disease/disorder management.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NURS 526 Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioners3 Credits

Major drug classifications and the nursing management required for drug therapy. Core drug knowledge (pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, and drug interactions) presented. Patient variables (health status, lifespan and gender, lifestyle, diet, and habits, environment, and culture) and their use in accurate patient assessment in drug therapy presented. Emphasizes importance of nursing management in drug therapy (maximizing therapeutic effect, minimizing adverse effects, and patient and family education). Foundation knowledge of basic pharmacology necessary for advanced prescriptive authority in the State of Colorado.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 527 Advanced Health Assessment3 Credits

Focused and comprehensive health assessment of clients across the lifespan. Includes diverse populations, biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual, and cultural aspects. Diagnostic reasoning emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data from client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 530 Chronic Illness Management3 Credits

Provides a framework for competency in chronic illness and disease which now accounts for a large percentage of the nation's health care costs. Introduction to the prevalence of chronic disease and its impact on the individual, family, community, and society is explored. Explores nursing's role in prevention and intervention of specific medical diseases, and psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 535 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3 Credits

Concentrates on the theories and principles involved in the planning and implementation of nursing interventions appropriate for health promotion and disease prevention with diverse populations across the life span. Focus is on wellness in children, adults and elderly emphasizing family-centered care that incorporates screening, teaching, and health counseling with strong health promotion focus across settings. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies to reduce health disparities with an emphasis on national health goals will be addressed.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 540 Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator3 Credits

Theories, principles, and application of evidence-based teaching strategies that promote proficiency in teaching and learning. Learning environment development that supports nursing student success across a variety of settings from clinical to classroom. Integration of didactic learning with an educational practicum.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 545 Curriculum Design/Evaluation3 Credits

Functional approaches to curriculum design and educational programs in nursing. Philosophical foundations of nursing education and curriculum development. Models for curriculum design and development of educational program models with the context of organizational mission and philosophy, philosophical or theoretical frameworks, and desired learning outcomes and competencies.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

NURS 560 Nurse Educator Practicum3 Credits

Education of the nurse educator through the practicum experience that integrates knowledge from previous courses. Students will integrate theory in a reality context of the teaching role. Opportunities to participate in all aspects of the educator role, including academic settings, and direct care environments are provided.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Required Core Courses (15 hours); Nursing Education Cognate (15 hours).

NURS 575 Capstone Project3 Credits

Development of capstone project demonstrates synthesis of graduate work and establishes groundwork for future scholarship. Capstone project reflects the student's clinical practice setting with a selected population group. Culminates in a formal paper and presentation in an academic setting.

Prerequisites: NURS 500, NURS 501, NURS 502, NURS 503, NURS 504, NURS 505, NURS 525, NURS 526, and NURS 527.

NURS 580 Thesis3 Credits

Development of thesis. Synthesis of graduate work. Establishes groundwork for future scholarship. Topic chosen for thesis should reflect the student's nursing practice setting with a selected population group. Thesis project involves original research. Culminates in dissemination of findings in a formal paper to be submitted for publication.

Prerequisites: NURS 500, NURS 501, NURS 502, NURS 503, NURS 504, NURS 505, NURS 525, NURS 526, and NURS 527.

NURS 595 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

NURS 596 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

NURS 600 Advanced Practice Nursing Issues2 Credits

Roles and responsibilities of the nurse practitioner in augmenting client health and health services. Examines the history of nurse practitioners, client relations, and legal and ethical considerations. Interdisciplinary teams, health policy formation and political strategies considered. Professional involvement and practice, leadership, collaboration and teamwork in various settings examined.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, Master of Science in Nursing Degree, or completion of 500-level coursework.

NURS 601 Primary Care of the Child/Adolescent3 Credits

Focuses on primary care of the child and adolescent, beginning with the newborn. Growth, nutrition, well client care and guidance, assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic conditions in the client population. Culture and ethnic considerations, child development, family, environment theories and concepts integrated throughout the didactice and clinical components.

Prerequisites: NURS 602 and NURS 620; or NURS 603 and NURS 630.

Corequisites: NURS 610.

NURS 602 Primary Care of the Adult3 Credits

Principles and issues relevant to Advance Practice Nursing in Primary Care. Emphasis on health care management of adult patients with stable chronic and/or multiple complex problems utilizing clinical relevant research and guidelines. Primary health care, including wellness counseling of healthy adults, management of acute and chronic conditions of adults, referral of conditions requiring management by other health professionals, and community implications related to the health of adults explored. Examines evidenced-based trends and issues in the health of adults. Explores health promotion research.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, Master of Science in Nursing Degree, or completion of 500-level coursework.

Corequisites: NURS 620.

NURS 603 Primary Care of the Older Person3 Credits

Primary care of older adults with complex geriatric conditions and issues impacting care across a variety of settings. Preparations to meet the medical, bio-psychosocial and functional needs for the aging person with acute and chronic illness through appropriate assessment, diagnostic and management activities.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

Corequisites: NURS 630.

NURS 604 Primary Care of Rural Populations1 Credit

Theoretical concepts of primary care in care of rural population groups. Explores unique aspects of advanced practice nursing role in rural care.

Prerequisites: NURS 602 and NURS 620; or NURS 603 and NURS 630.

Corequisites: NURS 640.

NURS 610 Clinical Practicum: Child/Adolescent3 Credits

Application of theoretical concepts of primary care in care of children and adolescents. Integration of health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic and acute illness management in clinical practice as an advanced practice nurse.

Prerequisites: NURS 602 and NURS 620; or NURS 603 and NURS 630.

Corequisites: NURS 601.

NURS 620 Clinical Practicum: Adult3 Credits

Application of theoretical concepts of primary care of adults. Integration of health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic and acute illness management in clinical practice.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, Master of Science in Nursing Degree, or completion of 500-level coursework.

Corequisites: NURS 602.

NURS 625 Statistics for Health Sciences3 Credits

Advances knowledge and skills to effectively use biostatistics in research design and data analysis. Includes choosing correct statistical methods and study designs in nursing research and practice; descriptive statistics; common measures of disease frequency, probability and probability distributions; estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, t-tests, analysis of variance, analysis section of research publications and use of statistical software for data analysis.

Prerequisites: NURS 500, NURS 501, NURS 502, NURS 503, NURS 504, NURS 505, NURS 525, NURS 526, and NURS 527.

NURS 626 Epidemiology3 Credits

Explores epidemiological concepts and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Advanced clinical nursing practice. Emphasizes principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data. Use of classical statistical approaches in measuring health of the population. Explores understanding the causes of poor health, screening, developing interventions for disease prevention and control. Improving health and reducing health disparities. Translating evidence into practice and evaluating the impact of policies and programs. Includes dynamic behavior of disease, usage of rates, ratios and proportions, epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes. Criteria for causal inferences, legal and ethical issues. Application of epidemiology in health services, screening, genetics, and environment policy presented.

Prerequisites: NURS 500, NURS 501, NURS 502, NURS 503, NURS 504, NURS 505, NURS 525, NURS 526, NURS 527, NURS 530, NURS 535, and NURS 602 and NURS 620 or NURS 603 and NURS 630.

NURS 630 Clinical Practicum: Older Person3 Credits

Application of theoretical concepts of primary care in care of elderly. Integration of health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic and acute illness management in clinical practice.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN or DNP program.

Corequisites: NURS 603.

NURS 640 Clinical Practicum: Rural Health Care2 Credits

Application of theoretical concepts of primary care in care of rural population groups. Integration of health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic and acute illness management in clinical practices. Explores unique aspects of advanced practice nursing role in rural health care.

Prerequisites: NURS 602 and NURS 620; or NURS 603 and NURS 630.

Corequisites: NURS 604.

NURS 650 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3 Credits

Focus on the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner in the client-care setting with selected populations. Experience designed to integrate and synthesize preceding clinical and didactic course knowledge and skills. Experience in the role of an advanced practice nurse with an approved preceptor/mentor.

Prerequisites: NURS 601, NURS 602, NURS 603, NURS 604, NURS 610, NURS 620, NURS 630, and NURS 640.

NURS 652 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II3 Credits

Focus on the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner in the patient-care setting. Experience designed to integrate and synthesize preceding clinical and didactic course knowledge and skills at an "independent skill level".

Prerequisites: NURS 650.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

NURS 660 Transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice2 Credits

Concepts of professional growth, role development, and evidence-based practice for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in advanced nursing practice. Professional practice, leadership, teamwork, collaboration, communication, legal, ethical, and project problem development for the DNP are formalized.

Prerequisites: NURS 600, NURS 602, NURS 604, NURS 620, NURS 625, NURS 626, NURS 640, and NURS 700.

NURS 700 Evidence-Based Practice3 Credits

Preparations to discover, examine, and evaluate knowledge, theories, and creative approaches to health care. Skills to: a) identify research questions in practices; b) critically evaluate existing practice in the light of research findings; and c) develop strategies to incorporate research findings into the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, Master of Science in Nursing Degree or completion of 500-level coursework; NURS 650.

NURS 750 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project: Evidence-Based Practice I3 Credits

Focuses on initial development of scholarly project proposal that demonstrates synthesis of doctoral work and lays the ground work for future scholarship. Emphasis on use of evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes. Scholarly project reflects clinical immersion in a practice setting with a selected population group.

Prerequisites: NURS 600, NURS 601, NURS 602, NURS 603, NURS 604, NURS 610, NURS 620, NURS 630, NURS 640, and NURS 660.

NURS 760 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project: Evidence-Based Practice II3 Credits

Culmination of scholarly project includes translation of research into practice and the dissemination and integration of new knowledge into clinical practice as an advanced practice nurse. Evidence is generated through a practice setting to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care.

Prerequisites: NURS 750.

NURS 795 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.