Course Descriptions

Below are the BSN major courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN-BSN).

NUR 310 Exploring Professional Nursing Opportunities/3
Designed as a transition course for licensed nurses returning to school to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing, this course explores the increasing complexity of and changes in professional nursing. The need for constant evaluation and planning for formal and informal education is emphasized. The course explores current nursing practice roles and options, delivery of care from a Christian perspective, identifies individual career goals, and guides nurses to electronic and other resources to assist in life-long learning practices and career development. (This course is a prerequisite for all other courses.)

NUR 320 Health Assessment/3
Includes theory and practice in the collection of subjective and objective health-related data of individuals across life-spans. Therapeutic communication and psychomotor skills are further developed. Using the nursing process, students learn to assess physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions as a basis for nursing practice. The theory and supervised practice guide the student in recognizing normal and abnormal physiological states and understanding their significance to client health and nursing interventions.

MTH 340 Applied Statistics/3
A course in statistical concepts and methods. It includes descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, binomial, normal, t and chi square distributions, tests of hypotheses, confidence levels, and correlation. Problems come largely from nursing science.

NUR 350 Health Care Organizations and Environments/3
Focuses on organizational theories applied to the health care setting. Primary emphasis is on understanding the organization as a system interacting with other organizations in today’s health care environment. Effective collaboration is emphasized. Organizational culture and systems analysis provide a basis for understanding the values and patterns in health care organizations.

NUR 400 Ethics And Values in Nursing (Tabor Distinctive)/3
Addresses the basic elements of Christian faith within the context of modern thought, technology, and professional nursing practice. Ethical theories, principles, and models of decision making are presented as complex issues facing nurses today. Cultural sensitivity is emphasized. Attention is given to personal and professional values and responsibilities in today’s health care settings.

NUR 410 Evidence-based Nursing Practice/3
Nursing research is examined as an inherent component in the development of nursing theory and practice. Critical thinking, critical reasoning, and critiquing processes are introduced and related to research-based practice. Research findings and applications to clinical practice are explored and related to outcomes. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 340.

NUR 420 Nursing in the Community/3
Research based theories, concepts, and the nursing process are emphasized using critical thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care. A community-based/population-focused nursing process is applied to community health concerns. The concepts of epidemiology, illness prevention, health promotion, health protection, and crisis theory are explored in depth and applied to community settings. Responsibility and accountability for nursing care, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resource conservation, respect for human worth and dignity, and awareness of national and global concerns are foundational to effective clinical judgments and health-related outcomes.

NUR 430 Professional Nursing Issues and Trends/3
Explores the history, current status, and future directions of nursing education and practice. The impact of scientific and technical advances in nursing science is featured. The dimensions of the relationships and responsibilities of the professional nurse, shaped by historical, moral, spiritual, legal, ethical, and contemporary issues in nursing practice are explored.

NUR 440 Pathophysiology/3
Focuses on pathological concepts relevant to client well-being across the life-span. Impact on group, community, national, and global populations of pathological responses to diseases, stress, and environmental change are explored. Principles of immunology, critical thinking, research findings, and scientific knowledge are applied to analyze clinical nursing implications and client outcomes.

NUR 450 Nursing Leadership and Management/3
Focuses on developing leadership and management components of nursing practice. Research-based theories and concepts and essentials of leadership and followership are explored. Management of personnel, health care delivery systems, and family, group, and community resources, effective stewardship, and distributive justice are explored. With constantly changing health care delivery in mind, this course features scientific and technical advances in nursing science that impact nursing practice.

NUR 403 Introduction to Professional Nursing Capstone Experience/1
An introductory course to the clinical-focused Capstone project providing students with the expectations and skills needed to complete and develop a project exhibiting clinical and leadership skills. The project provides students with increased exposure to nursing leadership and mentoring opportunities, in practice settings. The BSN student will have the opportunity to partner with leaders in practice settings to enhance their understanding of organizational/environmental behaviors and structures, as taught in the aligned courses. Students will develop time management and decision-making skills by creating a timeline and budget for the completion of the final project.

NUR 460 Professional Nursing Capstone Experience/2
The Capstone experience is a culminating project which allows students to identify an area of interest that would advance their clinical knowledge and learning experience. This Capstone experience is integrated throughout the nursing program through coursework, knowledge, skills and experimental learning from across the program of study. The students work with nursing leaders in a practice or advanced setting where they will develop a specific healthcare project with identified objectives and outcomes. The project will be reflective of their learning experience and provide an opportunity to use evidence-based research to support an improvement in health care delivery or process. Through the process of portfolio development, learners review and analyze their own learning as they synthesize learning outcomes of the nursing program.

BRS 325 Bible Journeys (Tabor Distinctive/3
Presents the “design of God” as a rubric for understanding the Bible, beginning with creation, the story of Israel, and the anticipation of Christ, including Israel’s worship and wisdom writings. In the New Testament, the life and teachings of Jesus and of the Apostle Paul are highlighted. Students are trained in a simple method of Bible study which is applied to the Psalms and the Gospels. Overviews of church history and of the coherence of Christian faith provide further context for the challenge of God’s call within the contemporary world and its values.

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