NON-NURSING Courses
Note: Course numbers and descriptions vary by college or university
Level 1  
BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO-212 Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG-101 English Composition
PSY-111 General Psychology
PSY-202 PSY-122
Child Psychology and Development or
Child Growth and Development
 
Level 2  
BIO-235 Microbiology
COM-173 COM-171 Public Speaking or
Fundamentals of Human Communications
SOC-101 Principles of Sociology
 
NURSING Courses
 
Level 1  
NU-101 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
NU-102 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
NU-104 Fundamentals of Medical Surgical Nursing
NU-105 Essentials of Family Centered Nursing
 
Level 2  
NU-200 Transition for the LPN
NU-201 Beginning Management of Client
NU-202 Fundamentals of Psychiatric Nursing
NU-203 Managing Care of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity
NU-204 Advanced Management of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity
NU-205 Transition into Practice

Course Descriptions

The following course descriptions, course objectives and clinical objectives describe how student learning outcomes are met.

BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology I - Credits 4

The first semester of a two-semester course. Lecture and laboratory will stress the molecular and cellular theories of body homeostasis. Topics include the structure of cells and tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system with an underlying stress on their chemical functioning. Lab deals with chemical analysis, histology, bone and muscle identification, articulations, and nervous system anatomy.

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BIO-212 Anatomy and Physiology II - Credits 4

Continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Lecture and laboratory will stress the structure and functional aspects of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, and development/inheritance are also included. Lab deals with dissection, blood work.

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ENG-101 English Composition - Credits 3

The study of skills necessary for effective written communication. The course includes analyses of outstanding prose works. The principles of rhetoric and logic are also applied in frequent writing assignments.

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PSY-111 General Psychology - Credits 3

An introduction to the basic principles, findings and methods of study relating to human behavior. Topics include: scientific method, biological basis of behavior, motivation, sensation, perception, learning, personality, behavior disorders, and individual differences. The course is designed to provide a foundation for more advanced study in psychology and related fields.

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PSY-202 Child Psychology and Development or
PSY-122 Child Growth and Development
- Credits 3

Presents a study of human development from conception to adolescence. Students are guided in the development of a scientific and objective attitude toward the interpretation of child behavior. They observe children and analyze their behavior in each of the following areas: motor, social, language, and emotional development. Other areas studies include: methods of child study, the interacting influences of heredity and environment, the prenatal period, the neonate, physical growth, mental development, learning, and personality.

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BIO-235 Microbiology - Credits 4

The history of microbiology and survey of microbial life. The bacteria are studied as characteristic prototypes of all microorganisms. These and other microorganisms are discussed, stressing their environment, growth, reproduction, metabolism, and relationship to humans.

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COM-173 Public Speaking or
COM-171 Fundamentals of Human Communications
- Credits 3

Methods to improve effective speaking through study of pronunciation, diction, voice usage, and vocabulary. Through extemporaneous and prepared talks, efforts will be made to improve confidence, organization of ideas, and effective delivery. Topics such as listening skills, control of nervousness, and the speaker's self-consciousness will be discussed.

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SOC-101 Principles of Sociology - Credits 3

An introduction to the study of society, emphasizing the nature of social groups, institutions, processes, interaction, and change in modern society.

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NU-101 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (7 weeks) - Credits 3

Students begin the didactic component of their nursing education with the introduction of the core components in the curriculum framework. Course content on effective communication, reciprocal caring, shared decision making and both societal and cultural diversity enforce principles of caring. Health integrity is introduced with course content on physiological and psychosocial integrity, principles of health assessment, individual response to the environment and principles of nutrition and elimination. Students learn about delivery of nursing care when content is presented on the nursing process, monitoring of vital signs, providing hygiene, and maintenance of skin integrity. Societal responsibility is introduced through course content on professional socialization and developing a beginning understanding of the health care system. The core behaviors of accountability, critical thinking, professionalism, and legal and ethical standards are also introduced to the nursing students in Nursing 101.

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through practice and implementation of nursing skills learned the classroom laboratory and clinical area. The skills associated with caring are effective communications, obtaining a health history and observing for cultural and societal differences. Health integrity is the focus of the clinical component of this course, with an emphasis on assessment of the client’s physiological and psychosocial status. Students perform a general survey of the client and assess the integument, respiratory, cardiovascular, abdominal, GI/GU, reproductive, musculoskeletal and neurological systems. The students are also introduced to the concepts of geriatric assessment in this course. Fundamental nursing skills learned are standard and transmission based precautions, principles of medical asepsis, body mechanics and positioning, hygiene, skin integrity, bed-making, vital signs, computer documentation, nursing process, nursing diagnoses, enemas, and specimen collection. Social responsibility is reinforced through cost containment measures and care of equipment.

    Pre-requisites: ENG-101 English Composition; Chemistry, 4 credits with lab

    Co-requisites: BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology; I PSY-111 General Psychology

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    NU-102 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (8 weeks) - Credits 4

    The didactic component of Nursing 102 begins with the introduction of core knowledge related to pharmacology, fluids and electrolytes and the maintenance of respiratory and circulatory integrity. Principles of health promotion, maintenance and restoration are reinforced and nursing care of clients with communicable diseases across the lifespan is addressed. Principles of recording and reporting, principles of intravenous therapy and the nursing process are component of nursing care delivery. Social responsibility is presented by discussing professional socialization/individual’s values and rights, societal & environmental impact on health care, health care systems/services and societal economic impact. Well child care is introduced in this course.

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through practice and implementation of nursing skills in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. Skills associated with the delivery of nursing care include documentation and charting, development of nursing care plans, administration of parenteral and nonparenteral (not including intravenous) medications, and principles of intravenous therapy and blood transfusions. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely calculate and administer medications and intravenous solutions through a competency assessment. Respiratory/cardiovascular modalities, pediatric assessment and immunizations are taught in this course. Social responsibilities are presented through discussion of lead poisoning and domestic violence in the community.

    Pre-requisites: NU-101 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

    Co-requisites: BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology I; PSY-111 General Psychology

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    NU-104 Fundamentals of Medical Surgical Nursing (10 weeks) - Credits 6

    Students begin the didactic component by discussing the holistic care of clients across the lifespan. The course begins with nursing care for the perioperative client followed by holistic nursing care for clients with alterations in elimination, mobility, and sensory perception, degenerative diseases and changes in immune status. 

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through implementation of nursing skills learned and practiced in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. The skills related to the delivery of nursing care include maintaining a surgically aseptic field, dressing changes, monitoring patient controlled analgesia, urinary catheterization, care for a colostomy, continuous bladder irrigation, manual bladder irrigation, medication administration via piggyback through a continual IV, care of clients with gastrointestinal tubes and tube feedings. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely change a client’s dressing and perform a urinary catheterization in the classroom laboratory through a competency assessment. One again, students complete a medication competency to demonstrate the ability to safely calculate medications on new and previously learned pharmacologic principles.

    Pre-requisites: NU-102 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

    Co-requisites: BIO-212 Anatomy and Physiology II; PSY-202 Child Psychology and Development or PSY-122 Child Growth and Development

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    NU-105 Essentials of Family Centered Nursing (5 weeks) - Credits 3

    The didactic component encompasses nursing theory for the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal family and the newborn. Normal pregnancy, delivery, postpartum course and infant care are presented, as well as complications that can occur at any phase are covered in the course. Client education is a focus of Nursing 105. 

    Students achieve the clinical objectives through practice and implementation of nursing skills in the classroom and clinical area. The concepts and skills associated with the delivery of nursing care include antepartal assessment, reproductive life planning, nutritional needs of the postpartum family and neonatal assessment. Clinically, students are expected to engage the postpartum family in all necessary education.

    Pre-requisites: NU-104 Fundamentals of Medical Surgical Nursing

    Co-requisites: BIO-212 Anatomy and Physiology II; PSY-202 Child Psychology and Development or PSY-122 Child Growth and Development

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    NU-200 Transition for the LPN (4 days) - Credits 1

    This course supplements the Nursing Bridge course for the LPN articulating student. After completion of this course, the LPN is eligible to enter Level II of the nursing program. The core behaviors and constructs of the nursing curriculum’s organizing framework are reviewed. The didactic and clinical experiences are designed to familiarize the incoming student with the philosophy and role expectations of the BHSN. This course presents an overview of the individual’s health integrity across the lifespan. Students use the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care while incorporating principles of caring and social responsibility.

    The LPN students begin the didactic component of the program with an introduction to the philosophy and conceptual framework of BHSN. The holistic concepts of optimal health are introduced and explored. 

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through implementation of nursing skills practiced in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. The safe administration of medications and client documentation are reviewed and practiced. Concepts related to the nursing process and development of nursing care plans are emphasized. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely calculate medication dosage through a competency assessment.

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    NU-201 Beginning Management of Client (5 weeks) - Credits 3

    Students begin the didactic component of the course with an introduction to holistic nursing care for clients with gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders. Holistic nursing care for clients with problems of substance abuse is also presented. 

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through practice and implementation of nursing skills in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. The role of the student as a beginning manager of client care is the focus of this course. Shared decision-making and collaboration with clients, significant others, colleagues and the health care team are caring components taught in this course. Students learn and practice changing central line dressings, administration of total parenteral nutrition and the administration of intermittent infusion of intravenous medications. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely administer intravenous intermittent medications in the classroom laboratory through a competency assessment.

    Pre-requisites: NU-105 Essentials of Family Centered Nursing

    Co-requisites: BIO-235 Microbiology

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    NU-202 Fundamentals of Psychiatric Nursing (5 weeks) - Credits 4

    Students begin the didactic component with an introduction to mental health nursing and nursing care delivery in the psychiatric setting. Holistic care of clients with various mental illnesses are studied including special considerations for the geriatric psychiatric client.Students achieve these clinical objectives through implementation of nursing skills learned and practiced in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. The role of the nurse in caring for psychiatric clients, across the lifespan and in different settings is the focus of the clinical component of this course. Therapeutic communication techniques are practiced, and community resources are explored.

    Pre-requisites: NU-201 Beginning Management of Client Care

    Co-requisites: COM-173 Public Speaking or COM-171 Fundamentals of Human Communications; SOC-101 Principles of Sociology

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    NU-203 Managing Care of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity (10 weeks) - Credits 6

    Students begin the didactic component of Nursing 203 with a focus on holistic nursing care for clients with regulatory disorders. This is followed by content on the holistic nursing care of clients with circulatory disorders, renal disorders, integumentary (burn) disorders and respiratory disorders.

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through implementation of nursing skills learned and practiced in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. Skills related to delivery of nursing care include blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration, peritoneal dialysis, medication administration through a central intravenous line as well as IV push medication, chest tube management, airway maintenance, tracheostomy care and care for the client on a ventilator. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely prepare and administer insulin in the classroom laboratory through a competency assessment. One again, students complete a medication competency to demonstrate the ability to safely calculate medications on new and previously learned pharmacologic principles. A clinical focus in this course is practicing as an educator and advocate for the client/family across the lifespan.

    Pre-requisites: NU-202 Fundamentals of Psychiatric Nursing

    Co-requisites: COM-101 Public Speaking or COM-171 Fundamentals of Human Communications; SOC-101 Principles of Sociology

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    NU-204 Advanced Management of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity (10 weeks) - Credits 8

    The didactic component for this course includes holistic nursing care for clients across the lifespan with neurological disorders, cellular disorders, terminal illnesses, cardiac disorders and multi-system failure.Students achieve these clinical objectives through implementation of nursing skills learned and practiced in the classroom laboratory and clinical area. Students learn and practice advanced management of client care with a focus on cardiac nursing and rehabilitation. Nursing skills presented include advanced management of care, advanced cardiac assessment, interpretation of cardiac rhythms, and cardiac emergencies. Rehabilitation modalities, ethical issues regarding end of life care and organ procurement and transplantation are explored.

    Pre-requisites: NU-203 Managing Care of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity

    Co-requisites: Elective: 3-credit course in English, Art, Music, History, Foreign Language, or Humanities

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    NU-205 Transition into Practice (5 weeks) - Credits 3

    The focus of Nursing 205 is the transition of the student nurse to registered nurse. Students read and discuss nursing literature regarding current trends in the profession of nursing. Students work collaboratively to research a current issue in nursing, gather evidence and advocate for a position using a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) presentation.

    Students achieve these clinical objectives through providing holistic nursing care to clients in specialty areas. They refine and adapt their nursing skills as needed. The students work in close collaboration with the nursing staff and health care team. Once again, students complete a medication competency to demonstrate the ability to safely calculate medications, particularly on advanced pharmacologic principles.

    Pre-requisites: NU-204 Advanced Management of Clients with Changes in Physiological and Psychosocial Integrity

    Co-requisites: Elective: 3-credit course in English, Art, Music, History, Foreign Language, or Humanities

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