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NURS 3191. Professional Clinical Nursing RN I (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Synthesis of concepts, principles, theories and roles foundational to professional nursing practice including health promotion, prevention and wellness, with particular consideration given to older adults, are central to the course. Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and role transition are included. This course will build on previously mastered nursing concepts with an emphasis on updates in pharmacology, standards of practice, and informatics. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3192. Professional Development Perspectives RN I (2-0-2) Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. First of two professional development courses describing nursing concepts with an emphasis on roles, delegation, standards, communication, professional writing, quality improvement and critical thinking. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3194. Applied Pathophysiology RN (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology of selected conditions focusing on the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes, and clinical manifestations of common health problems. Genetic and cultural influences on health will also be addressed. Emphasis is upon both the physiological changes that contribute to disease production, physiological changes that occur as a result of disease, and the body's compensation for these changes, as well as the application of this knowledge to the assessment of patients with commonly occurring disease and injury processes. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3195. Evidence Based Practice RN (4-0-4) Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN Program and STAT 1127, "C" or better. Focuses on the evidence-based practice process to enable students to become informed consumers of research and capable of applying evidence, professional experience, and patient preferences in their practices. This course includes research design, appraisal of selected nursing studies, identification and search of PICOT questions. Students will also be involved in developing practice guidelines for dissemination.

NURS 3293. Introduction to Health Assessment and Wellness RN (2-3-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. This course is designed to assist in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills that are necessary for assessing the health of clients throughout the life span, including eliciting a health history, conducting a basic physical examination, and integrating basic techniques of health assessment into patient care in varied settings. The focus of the course is on basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques, in-depth virtual simulation, recognition of normal findings, and differentiating normal from the most common abnormal findings.

NURS 3555. Selected Topics in Professional Nursing ({1-3}-0-{1-3}) Prerequisites: Admission to BSN upper level program and approval of School of Nursing Director. Specialized topics from nursing taught by means of lecture, discussion, special seminar, guided independent study, directed experience in the field of nursing, online learning activities, clinical investigation and/or other methods as appropriate. May be repeated once with different topic. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4192. Professional Development Perspectives RN II (2-0-2) Prerequisite: NURS 3192, grade of "C" or better. Second of two professional development courses with a focus on leadership theories and styles, economic and social issues, change theories, power and politics, and career development. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4292. Professional Clinical Nursing RN II (4-6-6) Prerequisite: NURS 3192 with a grade of "C" or better and Admission to RN-BSN Program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Various roles in population health nursing are examined through the application of theories and concepts from nursing and public health sciences in assessing health status and preventing and controlling disease in families, aggregates, and communities as clients. The course will provide an overview of global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. The use of epidemiological and community assessment techniques to examine populations at risk, health promotion, protection, maintenance and levels of disease prevention with special emphasis on ethnically diverse and vulnerable populations are incorporated. (Course Fee Required)

NURS 4698. Senior Project RN (0-9-3) Prerequisite:NURS 3195, NURS 4192, NURS 3279 or NURS 3194, NURS 3276 or NURS 3293, and NURS 4292 with grades of "C" or better and admission to RN-BSN program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. A senior project will focus on evidence-based principles and theoretical frameworks to guide the discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of information related to a selected clinical topic. (Course fee required.)