Nursing

Course Descriptions

The following list includes a description of and objectives for all courses in the nursing curriculum.

NOTE: The numbers enclosed in parentheses immediately following course titles indicate the semester credit hours, lecture contact hours, and laboratory hours respectively. Lecture and laboratory hours are normally scheduled each week for one semester in the course. Credit hours for laboratory experiences are calculated as one semester credit hour for 3 contact hours.


NUR 2000 (1-1-0): Introduction to Health Technology and Informatics - This course focuses on the integration of computer and information science to support the practice of healthcare professionals. Emphasis is placed on ethical and legal considerations related to the use of social networking tools, electronic devices, Internet resources, and electronic health records/database in the provision of safe, effective, timely, and quality healthcare. Pre-Requisites: Minimum of sophomore classification; declared nursing majors only.

NUR 3000 (3-3-0):Transition to Professional Nursing - This course builds on the registered nurse’s previous knowledge and experiences applicable to the practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is placed on continuing the formation of a professional identity by addressing the values, societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, scope and standards of professional nursing practice and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse within a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Philosophical and theoretical concepts and principles underlying professional nursing practice are examined, with a focus on the concepts used in the Department of Nursing. RN-BSN Students Only

NUR 3010 (2-2-0): Introduction to Professional Nursing - This course introduces the beginning nursing student to the multiple dimensions of professional nursing. Emphasis is placed on initiating the formation of a professional identity and exploring ways of knowing as a nurse addressing values, societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, scope and standards of professional nursing practice and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. Philosophical and theoretical concepts and principles underlying professional nursing practice are examined, with a focus on the concepts used in the Department of Nursing. Pre-licensure BSN Students Only

NUR 3030 (4-2-6): Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice - This course uses theoretical and evidence-based frameworks to introduce students to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice across all practice settings. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process to guide clinical reasoning and decision-making for the provision of safe and appropriate nursing care in accordance with standards of professional nursing practice.  The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice and develop beginning proficiency in the delivery of basic nursing care with individual clients.  Clinical learning includes simulation experiences and placement in clinical settings. Prelicensure BSN Students Only; Co-Requisite: NUR 3010

NUR 3040(2-2-0): Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition - This course introduces the principles of nutrition and ways in which these principles are applied to promote an optimal level of functioning for individuals throughout the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on nutrition assessment and interventions in relation to nutritional standards and national health goals which form the basis for understanding the therapeutic application of dietary principles and the nurse’s role and responsibility in this aspect of client care. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030.

NUR 3050 (3-3-0): Pharmacology for Clinical Practice - This course examines the major categories of pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and treatment of illness in individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on understanding the pharmacologic actions of the drugs, expected client responses, adverse/side effects and implications for nursing care.  Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030 (pre-licensure BSN students) or permission of instructor (RNs only).

NUR 3100 (3-3-0): Transcultural Nursing – This course is designed to assist students in expanding their view of humans as cultural beings and the influence of culture on health behaviors and health care decisions. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of cultural belief systems, the health continuum and caring, and how these concepts affect professional nursing practice. Pre-Requisites: NUR 301, 3030 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 3000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 3150 (5-3-6): Adult Health Nursing I - This course uses theoretical and evidence-based frameworks to assist students in gaining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the healthcare needs of adults from diverse cultures experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to guide clinical reasoning and decision-making for the provision of safe and appropriate nursing care in accordance with standards and competencies of professional nursing practice.  The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles.  Clinical learning includes simulation experiences and placement in a variety of acute care settings. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030

NUR 3200 (3-2-3): Health Assessment Across the Lifespan – This course prepares students to perform a comprehensive health assessment of clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing, interpretation, documentation of data to develop a clinical decision. In the laboratory component students practice interviewing skills by obtaining health histories, performing physical and psychosocial assessments to establish a client data base and formulate appropriate nursing diagnosis. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3010, 3030 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 3000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 3250 (3-3-0): Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan – This course focuses on health deviations and their impact on human health and functioning. Empha- sis is on the integration and application of basic pathophysiological concepts as they relate to clinical decision-making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the lifespan. The nursing process is used as a framework for examining clients with varied pathologies. Pre-Requisites:: NUR 3010, 3030 (pre-licensure BSN students). COREQ: NUR 3000 (RNs only).

NUR 3300 (3-3-0): Gerontological Nursing - This course examines the physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual aspects of aging within the context of family and society. Emphasis is on trends, theories, evidenced-based findings and multidimensional changes of aging and the use of the nursing process for addressing issues related to health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention in older adults.   Pre-requisite: NUR 3000

NUR 3450 (5-3-6): Family Nursing IThis course uses theoretical and evidence-based frameworks and standards of professional nursing practice to focus on the health of the childbearing family. The nursing process provides direction to promote, restore and maintain the health of childbearing women, newborns and families from diverse cultures. The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of clinical settings. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3040, 3050, 3100, 3150, 3200

NUR 3500 (5-3-6): Family Nursing II - This course uses theoretical and evidence-based frameworks and standards of professional nursing practice to focus on the health of the childrearing family. Emphasis includes cultural diversity, family dynamics, growth and development and the use of the nursing process to provide direction for the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health of the childrearing family. The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles. Pre-Requisites: NUR 3040, 3050, 3100, 3150, 3200, 3450

NUR 4000 (3-3-0): Nursing Research and Theory – This course provides students with an overview of the role of theory and research in the development of nursing as a profession. Students are introduced to the research process principles and concepts in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. With a focus on the role of the professional nurse as a consumer of research, students develop skills in critically reading and evaluating research findings based on nursing theory and practice needs. Pre-Requisites: Completion of all 300 level courses (Prelicensure BSN Students); Completion of all 3000 level courses or permission of instructor (RN-BSN Students). Co-Requisite: Statistics – PSY 2080, SOC 3600, or MAT 2100 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 4120 (5-3-6): Leadership in NursingThis course focuses on leadership and management competencies needed by professional nurses to be full partners in interprofessional teams. Emphasis is on the use of theoretical and evidence-based frameworks in the analysis of current best practices related to leadership roles, organizational communications, team dynamics, quality improvement, safe client-centered care, and the role of nursing related to information systems. The clinical component provides opportunities for students to expand basic leadership skills needed in professional nursing practice and to assume role as change agent in the development and implementation of a change project.  Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of clinical settings.  Pre-Requisites: NUR 4000, 4150, 4350 (Prelicensure BSN Students). Co-Requisite: NUR 4000 (RN-BSN Students)

NUR 4150 (5-3-6): Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - This course focuses on the use of selected theoretical and evidence-based frameworks and the nursing process to guide the planning and delivery of nursing care for individuals, families, and groups at risk for and/or experiencing alterations in social and psychological functioning. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of therapeutic communication, integration of standards of professional nursing practice, and legal and ethical considerations.  The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of clinical settings. Pre-Requisites: Completion of 3000 level courses; Prelicensure BSN Students Only. Co-Requisite: NUR 4000

NUR 4350 (5-3-6): Community Health Nursing –This course addresses diverse population focused health promotion and disease and injury preven- tion based on social determinants of local, state, national, and global health. Emphasis is on the use of theoretical and evidence-based frameworks, standards for public health nursing, and the nursing process to guide the planning and delivery of nursing care for families, populations, and aggregates within the community. The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of community settings. PREREQ: Completion of 3000-level courses. Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisites: NUR 4000 or permission of instructor (RNs only).

NUR 4450 (6-3-9): Adult Health Nursing II - This course focuses on nursing care needs of adults with acute and complex health problems. Emphasis is on the use of theoretical and evidence-based frameworks, standards of professional nursing practice, and the nursing process as a guide to for the planning and delivery of nursing care for adults experiencing complex health problems.  The clinical component provides the opportunity for students to enhance clinical reasoning and decision-making skills and further develop proficiency in professional nursing roles to meet the rapidly changing needs of clients with complex health problems. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of clinical settings. Pre-Requisites: NUR 4000, 4150, and 4350; Prelicensure BSN Students Only

NUR 4510 (3-2-8): Transition into Professional Nursing: A Capstone Experience - This course facilitates the transition of students into professional practice through preceptorships with professional nurses in a variety of clinical settings. Through this culminating experience, students synthesize knowledge of nursing cognates and general education and refine their professional nursing roles. The experience allows faculty to assess each student for minimal achievement of competencies within the program outcomes. Pre-Requisites: Pre-licensure BSN students only. Co-Requisites: NUR 4120, 4450. To enroll in this course students must have adhered to all Department of Nursing policies and procedures during this and prior semesters. *To meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing focused care clinical experience requirement of 120 hours, the course does not follow the traditional one semester credit hour for 3 contact hours for a clinical experience.

NUR 4550 (3-3-0): Professional Nursing Issues in Practice - This course is the capstone experience that includes synthesis of nursing cognates and general education. The experience allows the students to demonstrate achievement of competencies within the program outcomes. The course incorporates essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the professional nurse in practice.  Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisites: to be taken simultaneously with or after completing all other requirements for the BSN degree. RN-BSN students only.