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NURS 300 : Bridge to Professional Nursing

Prerequisites: Admission to APO RN program.
Description: Professional behaviors, leadership, health care systems (micro, meso & macro), health promotion, illness prevention, teaching/learning theories, quality improvement, family theory and child abuse training, informatics, nursing theory, and decision making. (ABC/NC grading only; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 301 : Assessment of Prior Theoretical Learning in Nursing

Prerequisites: Registered nurse licensure; APO program only.
Description: Evaluation and assessment of theoretical learning that has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the School of Nursing.
Units: 3

NURS 302 : Assessment of Prior Clinical Theoretical Learning in Nursing

Prerequisites: Registered nurse licensure; successful completion of NURS 301; APO program only.
Description: Advanced placement credit to the APO program student for prior clinical experience in nursing. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

NURS 311 : Human Development and Health Assessment Theory and Lab

Prerequisites: Admission to nursing major and upper division standing. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 312GW and NURS 314.
Description: Examination of physical assessment techniques, appropriate use of commonly used screening tools, health information technologies, HIPAA, developmental considerations in assessment, interviewing techniques, screening, dosage calculations, and basic nursing interventions. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 312 GW : Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing - GWAR

Prerequisites: Admission to nursing major and ENG 214 with grade of C or better; concurrent enrollment in NURS 311 and NURS 314.
Description: Principles of evidenced-based practice, research methodology, and application of research and evidenced-based practice in a clinical setting. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 314 : Health Promotion in Nursing Theory and Lab

Prerequisites: Admission to nursing major and upper division standing. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 311 and NURS 312GW.
Description: Examination of determinants of health, levels of prevention, health literacy, social marketing, behavior change theory, advocacy, and disaster preparedness. Health promotion activities and basic nursing interventions in a community or primary care setting. Extra fee required.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 326 : Reproductive Health Theory and Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 1 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 328 and NURS 350.
Description: Examination of reproductive health issues, normal pregnancy, health disparities, health policy, genomics/genetics, health promotion, domestic violence, evidence-based practice, nursing care during pre-conception, prenatal, intrapartum and post partum. Application of theoretical knowledge and skills in a variety of care settings. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 328 : Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 1 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 326 and NURS 350.
Description: Examination of most common psychiatric causes of morbidity and mortality including pathophysiology, pharmacologic and nursing interventions. Survey of epidemiology, health policy, legal/ethical considerations, communication, evidence-based practice and informatics. Application of theoretical knowledge and nursing interventions in a care setting. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 335 : Maternity Nursing Practicum

Prerequisites: All level 2 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with all level 3 Nursing courses.
Description: Application of theoretical knowledge and technical skills in providing care to pregnant women, newborn infants and other family members in an acute care setting. Practicum.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 338 : Nursing Research

Prerequisites: All Semester 2 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with all Semester 3 Nursing courses.
Description: Principles of research theory, methodology, and critique. Understanding of the research process and its application in nursing. Role of the nurse as consumer of scientific research as applied to practice. (Formerly NURS 555.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 350 : Nursing Interventions Practicum I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 1 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 326 and NURS 328.
Description: Examination of basic nursing interventions including standard precautions, aseptic technique, IV management venipuncture, catheter insertion and management, and advanced assessment. Exploration of patient safety concerns, documentation, informatics and use of the research evidence. Laboratory includes demonstration, practice, and return demonstration.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 410 : Nursing Care of Children Theory and Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 420 and NURS 450.
Description: Examination of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing care of ill children. Exploration of nutrition, safety, quality improvement, teamwork, family theory, oral health, health education, information technologies, evidence-based practice, cultural perspectives and health policy. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6

NURS 420 : Nursing Care of Adults Theory and Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 410 and NURS 450.
Description: Examination of pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing care of acutely ill adults. Exploration of delegation, leadership, nutrition, oral health, health promotion activities, safety, quality improvement and evidence-based practice in adults. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6

NURS 444 : Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory

Prerequisites: All Semester 3 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 445, 446, 447.
Description: Theories and principles of psychiatric nursing, as well as foundations of behavior, communication, and psychopharmacology, are emphasized. Acute and chronic mental health/illness, rehabilitation and promotion of healthy adaptation of patients and families will be explored in a variety of clinical settings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 445 : Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical Practicum

Prerequisites: All Semester 3 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 445, 446, 447.
Description: Clinical nursing practice in acute and community settings that provide mental health services for patients who may experience psychological stress, neurobiological disorders, and high risk situations. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 446 : Community Public Health Nursing Theory

Prerequisites: All Semester 3 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 445, 446, 447.
Description: Foundation for community public health nursing care of patients, families, and communities. Sociocultural, political, and economic influences on a community's health and the health care system are explored. Current issues and trends affecting community public health. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 447 : Community Public Health Nursing Practicum

Prerequisites: All Semester 3 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 445, 446, 447.
Description: The application of nursing and epidemiological concepts to promoting health and preventing disease among patients, families, and communities. Intervention strategies focus on empowering clients with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed and healthful choices. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 450 : Nursing Interventions Lab II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 410 and NURS 420.
Description: Practical application of nursing interventions, assessment, patient-centered care, evidenced-based practice, standard precautions, informatics and safety principles in a laboratory.
Units: 2

NURS 500 : Death and Dying in Contemporary Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Attitudes, beliefs, practices, grief responses, and bioethical issues of dying and death which confront the individual and society. Ways to cope and help oneself and others to enhance life and maturity. This course is offered as NURS 500 and GRN 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Development
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 520 : Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 522 and NURS 530.
Description: Examination of pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing care of critically ill patients, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, teamwork and collaboration, leadership, nursing roles, patient-centered care, informatics and factors influencing health outcomes. Lecture, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6

NURS 522 : Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 520 and NURS 530.
Description: Examination of palliative care, symptom management, cultural, legal/ethical safety, hospice care/case management, nutrition, education/health promotion, elder abuse, evidence-based practice, safety, information technologies, nursing roles in palliative care/end of life care, communication strategies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 530 : Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory and Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 nursing courses. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 520 and NURS 522.
Description: Examination of occupational and environmental health, issues in global health, comparison of healthcare systems, healthcare economics, epidemiology, rural health, program planning and evaluation, leadership and disaster preparedness. Theory and practicum. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 3 units.
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 531 : Community Health and Global Perspectives Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS300 and NURS312GW; APO nursing majors.
Description: Exploration of occupational and environmental health, global health issues that affect local communities, identification of community resources to promote optimal health, epidemiology, program planning and evaluation within an agency serving a local community.
Units: 3

NURS 555 : Capstone Practicum

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 4 nursing; concurrent enrollment in level 5 nursing courses.
Description: Promoting independence in the synthesis and practice of biophysical and psychosocial nursing care to specific client groups across the life span including leadership and management concepts. Focus on advanced biophysical and psychosocial aspects of care for the patient and family.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 556 : Nursing Leadership Theory

Prerequisites: All Semester 4 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with all Semester 5 Nursing courses.
Description: Leadership/management theories and professional trends concerning nursing practice, education, informatics and health care finance, ethics, law and politics. Development of critical thinking, change agent and delegation skills.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 557 : Capstone Practicum

Prerequisites: All Semester 4 Nursing courses. Must be taken concurrently with all Semester 5 Nursing courses.
Description: Promotes independence in the synthesis and practice of biophysical and psychosocial nursing care to specific client groups across the life span. Leadership and management concepts are applied within a variety of settings. Advanced biophysical and psychosocial aspects of care for the patient and family are emphasized. Students aid in coordination of interdepartmental systems to insure continuity of care within both the acute and community settings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 558 : Professional Practice Concepts Theory

Prerequisites: Registered nurse licensure; concurrent enrollment with NURS 559; APO program only.
Description: Opportunity to explore leadership and management concepts in nursing practice. Examination of organizational structure and aspects of leadership central to the clinical staff role.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 559 : Professional Practice Concepts Practicum

Prerequisites: Registered nurse licensure; concurrent enrollment with NURS 558; APO program only.
Description: Practicum experience to gain competency in clinical patient management through the application of leadership and management principles; exploration of nurse manager roles and responsibilities in a clinical setting.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 693 : APO Program Internship

Prerequisites: Admission to the APO program in Nursing.
Description: Supervised employment in nursing. Career development, professional experience, and enhancing the education experience. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 699 : Independent Study in Nursing

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An intensive study of a particular problem in nursing under direction of a member of the department. Enrollment by petition approved by the instructor, adviser, and department chair. Open to regularly enrolled students only. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1-3

NURS 702 : Health Systems Management

Prerequisites: Classified standing in M.S.N. program, NURS 706.
Description: Assessment of healthcare organizations, identification of systems issues and organization-wide changes. Use of complexity science, systems thinking, business and financial models to analyze practice quality and cost. Use of QI models and tools.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 703 : Education, Informatics, and eTechnology in Advanced Nursing Practice

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Teaching and learning principles, health literacy and patient education strategies including adult learning principles. Use of information technologies in patient education. Analyze impact of information techologies/eTechnologies on patient education.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 706 : Health Care Policy and Nursing Leadership

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Concepts and theories of public policy-making and relevant political systems in the context of health care delivery in the U.S. Leadership theory and models including effective leadership strategies to deal with conflict and manage teams.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 708 : Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Diagnosis and management of primary care health problems across the life span with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and health/illness theories from multiple disciplines. Interdisciplinary approach to primary care and health promotion.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 711 : Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Advanced physical assessment skill acquisition with interpretation and documentation of lab and exmanination findings across the life span. Use of critical thinking and evidence-based practice approach to health promotion/health maintenance across the life span. Lecture, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 715 : Pharmacological Principles Across the Life Span

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Clinical application of pharmacology of drugs commonly used in the treatment of chronic disease and minor acute illness across the lifespan; integration of drug therapy.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 716 : Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning I

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Integration of advanced physiology and pathophysiology with clinical application to advanced practice nursing; diagnostic reasoning.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 717 : Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning II

Prerequisites: Classified status in MSN program; must have successfully completed NURS 730.
Description: Integration of advanced pathophysiology with clinical management approaches across the life span. Advanced diagnostic reasoning.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 720 : Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Advanced Practice Nursing

Prerequisites: Course in inferential statistics and graduate status in Nursing.
Description: Epidemiology and interrelationship with biostatistics. Understanding the complex factors involved in the distribution of health and disease in the population. Application of concepts in a variety of care settings and in specific patient populations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 721 : Program Planning and Financial Management in Nursing Practice

Prerequisites: Classified standing in the M.S.N. program.
Description: Use program planning models to conduct a needs/asset assessment and develop an evaluation plan. Utilize business planning and financial management principles to develop a business plan and conduct financial analysis of an organization or work unit. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 732 : Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.S.N. program.
Description: Case and problem based approach to ethics, ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making for advanced practice nurses. Exploration of ethical principles related to contemporary clinical issues using a patient centered approach.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 733 : Advanced Nursing Role Development

Prerequisites: NURS 700 and 706. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 734.
Description: Nursing practice roles in health-care systems. Historic and developmental aspects, competencies, roles, and issues.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

NURS 734 : Advanced Nursing Role Application

Prerequisites: NURS 700 and 706. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 733.
Description: Application of the advanced practice-nursing role to a specialty area with focus on a specific nursing role, patient population, and/or setting for application of knowledge and skills to issues in clinical practice. Nursing majors only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

NURS 794 : Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing; completion of NURS 720 and consent of instructor.
Description: Research methodologies, translational research and scholarship. Critical appraisal of sources of information. Application of evidence-based practice models in a variety of healthcare settings. This course is offered as NURS 794 and CFS 794. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 800 : Advanced Clinical Practicum

Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Description: Development of clinical reasoning skills, organizing, rationalizing, synthesizing, and verifying data to formulate appropriate clinical diagnosis and management decisions. Nursing majors only.
Units: 2-4

NURS 801 : Graduate Nursing Practicum I

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program; RN licensure, consent of istructor.
Description: Integration of concepts from nursing, business, social sciences, education and epidmiological in a healthcare setting to address disease prevention and management, health promotion and illness prevention for individuals, families and/or aggregates.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 802 : Graduate Nursing Practicum II

Prerequisites: Classified status in M.S.N. program; successful completion of NURS 801.
Description: Synthesis and application of concepts from nursing, social sciences, education, and epidemiology in a healthcare setting to address disease prevention and management, health promotion and illness prevention for individuals, families, and/or aggregates.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 803 : Graduate Nursing Practicum III

Prerequisites: NURS 709 and NURS 802.
Description: Theories, models, and role characteristics in case management in primary care; develop leadership role as a family nurse practitioner. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 4

NURS 804 : Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills

Prerequisites: NURS 810. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 811 or NURS 812.
Description: Examination of NP roles and skills including invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures, emergencies in primary care settings, standardized procedures, clinical protocols, furnishing license and legal issue. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

NURS 810 : Family Nursing Practitioner Practicum I

Prerequisites: Classified status in MSN program; successful completion of NURS 711.
Description: Beginning clinical practicum in a primary care setting. Use of evidence-based approach to provide health promotion and illness management to individuals and families across the life span. Completion of 200 practicum hours. (Plus-minus AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 811 : Family Nursing Practitioner Practicum II

Prerequisites: Classified status in MSN program; successful completion of NURS 810.
Description: Continuation of clinical practicum in a primary care setting. Use of evidence-based approach to provide health promotion and illness management to individuals and families across the life span. Completion of 200 practicum hours. (Plus-minus AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 812 : Family Nursing Practitioner Practicum III

Prerequisites: Classified status in MSN program; successful completion of NURS 811.
Description: Refine clinical practice in a primary care setting. Use of evidence-based approach to provide health promotion and illness management to individuals and families across the life span. Completion of 200 practicum hours. (Plus-minus AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 895 : Applied Research in Nursing

Prerequisites: Consent of advisor, department chair, committe, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Integration of advance nursing concepts in a written document such as intervention plan, grant proposal, business plan, focused review of the literature, clinical protocol or analysis paper demonstrating achievement of advanced practice nures competencies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 897 : Research in Nursing

Prerequisites: Advancement To Candidacy (ATC) on file and departmental approval.
Description: Study, discussion, and evaluation of topics germane to nursing. May not be used to satisfy M.S.N. minimum requirement for ATC. May be repeated with departmental approval. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

NURS 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of advisor, department chair, committee, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

NURS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: An intensive examination, analysis, or synthesis of a problem under the direction of a member of the faculty. Open only to regularly enrolled students. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3
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