Course Descriptions

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Nursing 101 – Fundamentals of Nursing (8 Credits)

Fundamentals of Nursing is offered in the fall semester of the first year. It introduces the student to the profession of nursing, the nurse's role within the healthcare system, the general principals of pharmacology and the development of nursing skills to perform a comprehensive health assessment, including a health history and physical examination. Clinical performance is supervised with acute care patients.

Prerequisites: None

Nursing 102 – Parent Child Health Nursing (9 Credits)

Parent Child Health Nursing is offered during the winter semester of the first year. It provides the theoretical knowledge for the family-centered approach to childbearing and pediatric patients. Using principles from biological, behavioral and nursing sciences, the student learns to analyze and interpret the disease processes and how they impact the planning of their patients' care. Clinical experience is provided through the simulation lab and other appropriate units within and outside of Holy Name.

Prerequisites: Nursing 101 – Fundamentals of Nursing; Anatomy & Physiology I; Introduction to English Composition; Introduction to Psychology
Co–Requisites: Anatomy & Physiology II; Microbiology

Nursing 201 – Mental Health Nursing (4 Credits)

Mental Health Nursing is offered in the spring semester of the first year. It provides the student with theoretical knowledge concerning the nursing care of adolescent and adult patients experiencing difficulty in solitude and social interaction. Emphasis is on the use of the therapeutic nurse–patient relationship to provide short–term assistance for hospitalized individuals. Clinical experience is faculty supervised on specialty units in mental health facilities.

Prerequisites: Nursing 101 – Fundaments of Nursing; Nursing 102 – Parent Child Health Nursing; Introduction to Pyschology
Co–Requisites: Life Span Development

Nursing 202 – Adult Health Nursing I (10 Credits)

Adult Health Nursing 1 is offered in the fall semester of the second year. It provides the student with the theoretical knowledge for the care of hospitalized adults. The focus is on patients having difficulty in maintaining self–care requisites and preventing hazards to physical and mental wellbeing, while providing food, water, air and sufficient elimination processes. Students also receive a second level of pharmacology studies. Clinical experience is provided in Holy Name's simulation lab and medical and surgical units.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first–year nursing and general education courses
Co–Requisites: Introduction to Philosophy; Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama (for AAS candidates only), Introduction to Sociology

Nursing 301 – Adult Health Nursing II (10 Credits)

Adult Health Nursing II is offered during the winter semester of the second year. It provides theoretical and evidence–based knowledge concerning the care of older adults in the hospital inpatient and outpatient areas. The focus is on patients having trouble maintaining sufficient air, mobility and sensory–perceptual functions. Clinical experience is provided through the simulation lab and Holy Name's medical–surgical units, intensive care units and the emergency department.

Prerequisite: Nursing 202 – Adult Health Nursing I
Co–requisites: Contemporary Issues in PSoethics, Introduction to Visual Arts

Nursing 302 – Nursing Management of Patient Care (4 Credits)

Nursing Management of Patient Care is offered during the spring semester of the second year. It focuses on the management and care of patients in the hospital and community settings. Course concepts focus on leadership, management, community health, and collaboration with health team members, the use of community resources, legal aspects of patient care and the integration of research findings into clinical practice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of courses from previous semesters

CM120 – Introduction to English Composition (3 Credits)

Instruction and practice in the art of writing expository prose and the methods of writing research papers. Readings in short prose pieces and essays by distinguished writers. All written work, including examinations, tests the students' ability to write clearly and with understanding on what they have read. Emphasis is on objectivity, accuracy, clarity of expression, logical organization, and the elimination of grammatical and mechanical errors.

Prerequisites: None

Bi171 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology I is offered in the fall semester of the first year. BI–171. Anatomy and Emphasis on the structure and function of the major systems of the human body and its variations from the normal. The cellular, embryological, and genetic basis of structure and function are also considered. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: None

Bi172 – Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology II is offered in the winter semester of the first year. It is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I, with more detailed lessons on the structure and function of the major systems of the human body and its variations from the normal. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I

Bi161 – Microbiology (4 Credits)

Microbiology is offered in the winter semester of the first year. The biology of bacteria and viruses: their morphology, physiology, and ecology. The role of microorganisms in disease and the principles of immunology. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: None

PS151 – Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the first year. There is exploration of the methods and applications of psychology, and an introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior.

Prerequisites: None

EL–123. Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama (3 Credits)

Forms of Literature is designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation for poetry and drama while stimulating critical interest in these literary forms.

Prerequisites: None

PS151 – Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

Introduction to Psychology is offered in the fall semester of the first year. Exploration of the methods and applications of psychology introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior

Prerequisites: None

EL–123 – Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama (3 Credits)

Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of poetry and drama and to stimulate critical interest in these literary forms by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation.

Prerequisites: CM–120. Please Note: This course is only for those eligible for AAS in Health Sciences from Saint Peter's.

PS235 – Life Span Development (3 Credits)

Life Span Development is offered in the spring semester of the first year. Comprehensive examination of the basic principles, stages and aspects of human growth and development from birth to senescence

Prerequisites: PS151 – Introduction to Psychology

So121 – Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduction to Sociology is offered in the fall semester of the second year. An examination of Sociology both as a practicing profession and scientific discipline, with an introduction to research methods, concepts, theories, and findings about the social world. Comparisons are made between Sociology and the other. An exploration of the potential relevance of Sociology to the job market is a part of this course

Prerequisites: None

PL130 – Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to philosophy. The course will cover major areas of philosophical concern, including an analytical and historical introduction to logic, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of God. Many of the perennial problems of philosophy such as the nature of knowledge and reality, the mind-body problem, free will vs determinism, reason vs faith, as well as an introduction to major philosophers in the tradition, including, but not limited to, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Hume, will be covered.

Prerequisites: None

PI254 – Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (3 Credits)

An examination of contemporary issues in biomedical ethics, including abortion, euthanasia, the doctor–patient relationship, confidentiality, truth–telling, genetics, cloning, reproductive technologies, the just allocation of scarce medical resources. Values course.

Prerequisites: PL130 – Introduction to Philosophy

AR127 – Introduction to Visual Arts (3 Credits)

A comprehensive study of art history, focusing on important masterpieces, styles, and significant artists. By examining painting, sculpture, and architecture, students realize the importance of art in society.

Prerequisites: None