Course Topics

Nursing 425: Synthesis of Clinical Practice Across the Lifespan

This course emphasizes clinical and critical reasoning skills synthesized from knowledge obtained in prior nursing courses to address fundamental to complex situations across the lifespan. Students will engage in critical inquiry in both the classroom and simulation lab settings that is evidence based and that applies and integrates concepts associated with safe, high quality, professional nursing practice.

Nursing 420: Population-Based Care (Nottingham)

This course focuses on health promotion with disease and injury prevention in population groups. Social justice principles are woven throughout course content to emphasize collective action toward improving national and international health. With an introduction to the science of epidemiology, students will analyze health patterns of populations in connection with contextual contributing factors, such as lifestyle, social, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives. Public health interventions are explored at individual, aggregate, and population levels. Key focus areas of public health will be addressed including but not limited to environmental health, disaster and emergency preparedness, and political involvement.

Nursing 421: Population-Based Care Clinical (Nottingham)

This clinical nursing course allows nursing students to practice public health nursing, incorporating theoretical and analytic components from NURS 420. Determinants of health are examined as students practice in collaboration with agencies and organizations, preparing students to specialize in rural public health priorities and interventions. Emphasis is placed on the principles of public health combined with the nursing process to focus on health promotion, life-style factors, and disease prevention that facilitate the development of healthy populations, communities, families, and individuals.

Nursing 480: Leadership Capstone

This capstone course will include experiences similar to those students are likely to confront as newly employed baccalaureate prepared registered nurses. Students will work in 1:1 experiences with baccalaureate nurse preceptors in selected clinical settings. An emphasis is placed on the development of personal and professional strategies needed to make the transition from student to graduate nurse by highlighting role development skills of bedside nurse leaders.

Science 240: Pathophysiology

This course offers a foundation in understanding the molecular, cellular/tissue, and organ system changes that are present in numerous disease states and injuries. Mechanisms and etiologies of selected pathophysiological processes will be utilized to understand the evidence of disease and its clinical manifestations. These principles will enable the student to frame clinical problems through the critical thinking process.

Science 250: Clinical Pharmacology

This course provides a basic understanding of pharmacology as a foundation for clinical education in the appropriate and safe use of medications. Fundamental concepts including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics will be covered along with an in-depth analysis of important medication classifications. The laboratory component of the course will provide opportunities to apply pharmacological knowledge in a context that realistically models patient care.