Course Descriptions

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NRS 101 Professional Nursing I (9 credits) (4 lecture hours/6 lab hours/6 clinical hours) 15 Week Course

This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of professional nursing practice and the application of the concepts with a focus on wellness and health promotion to diverse patients across the lifespan. Program concepts are introduced including the concepts related to patient centered care, safety, evidenced based practice, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, informatics, and professionalism. The application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratories and a variety of clinical settings.

Prerequisites: Formal acceptance to Nursing Program, Co-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, Introduction to Psychology.
Co-Requisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, Introduction to Psychology.

NRS 102 Professional Nursing II (8 credits) 4 lecture hours/2 lab hours/9 clinical hours) 15 Week Course

This course builds upon the students' knowledge of professional nursing practice through the application of program concepts related to the care diverse patient populations with uncomplicated acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care.

Laboratory experiences will provide the student the opportunity to develop higher level skills. Simulation will also be scheduled to assist the student in developing clinical reasoning and critical thinking in a simulated clinical setting.

Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply concepts of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, evidence based practice, informatics, quality improvement, and professionalism for clients of diverse populations with simple health care issues, in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisites: NRS 101, Anatomy & Physiology I, and Introduction to Psychology
Co-Requisites: Anatomy & Physiology II and Lifespan Development

NRS 201 Professional Nursing III (8 credits) (4 lecture hours/12 clinical hours) 15 Week course

This course builds upon the student's knowledge of professional nursing practice through application of the program concepts related to the care of diverse patient populations with complicated acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe quality care.

Clinical experiences and Simulation provide the student an opportunity to apply concepts of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, evidence based practice, informatics, quality improvement, and professionalism for clients of diverse populations with acute and chronic health care issues, in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisites: NRS 101, 102, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development.
Co-Requisites: Basic Microbiology, English Composition.

NRS 202 Professional Nursing IV (9 credits) (4 lecture hours/15 clinical hours) 15-week course

This course builds upon the student's knowledge of professional nursing practice through application of the program concepts related to the care of diverse patient populations with complex acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care. The course also focuses on the development of leadership and management skills as students prepare to transition to professional practice.

Clinical experiences and simulation provide the student an opportunity to apply concepts of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, evidence based practice, informatics, quality improvement, and professionalism for clients of diverse populations with acute and chronic health care issues, in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisites: NRS 101, 102, 201 Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, Basic Microbiology, English Composition.
Co-Requisites: Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, elective course

RN Program General Education/Science Courses offered through Saint Peter's University

BI-171. Anatomy and Physiology I. (4 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the first year. Emphases are 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. This course is offered at Holy Name Medical Center.

Prerequisite: None

BI-172. Anatomy and Physiology II. (4 Credits)

This course is offered in the winter semester of the first year. Emphases are 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. This course is offered at Holy Name Medical Center.

Prerequisites: BI171 Anatomy and Physiology I with a minimum grade of C

BI-161. Basic Microbiology. (4 Credits)

This course is offered in the winter semester of the first year. Students learn the biology of bacteria and viruses: their morphology, physiology, and ecology, and the role of microorganisms in disease and the principles of immunology. Includes laboratory. Course is offered at Holy Name Medical Center.

Prerequisites: None

CM-116. English Composition. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the first year. The course introduces and provides instruction and practice in the art of writing expository prose and the methods of writing research papers. There are readings of short prose pieces and essays by distinguished writers. All written work, including examinations, tests the student's ability to write clearly and with understanding of what they have read. Emphasis is on objectivity, accuracy, clarity of expression, logical organization, and the elimination of grammatical and mechanical errors. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: None

PS-151. Introduction to Psychology. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the first year. It explores the methods and applications of psychology; and provides an introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: None

PS-235. Life Span Development. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the first year. It explores the methods and applications of psychology; and provides an introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: PS151 – Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C

SO-121. Introduction to Sociology. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the second year. We examine sociology, both as a practicing profession and scientific discipline, with an introduction to research methods, concepts, theories, and findings about the social world and their application. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: None

PL-130. Introduction to Philosophy. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the fall semester of the second year. Students learn the origins of the principle philosophical problems in Western civilization and various speculations to resolve them. The central topics are knowledge, nature, being, God, man and values. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: None

PL-254. Contemporary Issues in Bioethics. (3 Credits)

This course is offered in the winter semester of the second year. It is intended to develop the student's decision-making skills as they encounter the moral dilemmas that accompany control over birth and death, genetic engineering, human experimentation, the AIDS crisis, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. Course is offered online only.

Prerequisites: None

SP-117. Spanish for Health Care Professions I. (3 Credits)

Grammar and vocabulary taught through dialogues and situations related to the healthcare professions.

Prerequisites: None

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