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Eleanor Mann School of Nursing (NURS)

Nan Smith-Blair
Director

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry
Assistant Director

Epley Center for Health Professions
606 N. Razorback Rd.
479-575-3904
nursing@uark.edu

  • Professors Kippenbrock, Neighbors
  • Associate Professors Barta, Smith-Blair
  • Assistant Professors Jarrett, Larson, Odell, Osborne 
  • Clinical Instructors Agana, Gentry, Lee, Malm, Miller, Oelke, Scott, Sharp-McHenry, Sisson, Stroud, Patton, Vowell-Johnson, Wleklinski 

The mission of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is to promote the health of society through education of professional nurses, research, and service. In recognition of the interrelationship between teaching, research, service, and the practice of nursing, in the changing health care needs of society, the faculty aspires toward excellence in teaching, contributes to research in nursing, and promotes improved health care.

Professional nursing begins with a Bachelor of Science degree. Nursing education offers a research base for nursing practice that promotes the ability of the nurse to effect change needed to improve health. In the study of professional nursing, the student builds on a planned general education for the academic disciplines and acquires theoretical and specific knowledge to meet health care needs. In addition, the curriculum provides opportunity for students with technical nursing education to expand their knowledge and scope of practice. The baccalaureate program establishes a foundation for graduate education in nursing and for continued personal and professional development. The curriculum provides the student with a theoretical base to practice professional nursing with diverse clients in various settings through the roles of caregiver, manager, and teacher. The program of study has been designed to emphasize one or more of these roles in each nursing course.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination  (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.). Persons convicted of a crime may not be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. A criminal background check is required before admission to the program and before graduation. A negative drug screen must be submitted prior to admission and each semester while in the program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) is awarded after successful completion of the nursing curriculum.

Admission to the B.S.N. Program

Admission Policies

Conditional Admission to the B.S.N. Program

Admission to the B.S.N. program is limited. Conditional admission will be determined by the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing faculty. Admission requirements for the professional program of study are as follows:

  1. Overall minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00. The GPA is the most important factor for admission selection.
  2. Students will be ranked according to GPA and selected for conditional admission to the program based on GPA rank.
  3. The GPA will be computed on all prerequisite courses for nursing only, whether they are from the University of Arkansas or transfer hours.
  4. If the student is a second degree student, an additional 0.1 point will be added to the GPA for the student for admission ranking. 
  5. Applications for admission must be submitted between November 15 and January 15 to be considered for fall semester admission and between April 15 and June 1 for spring semester admission. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
  6. Students must meet the performance standards for the professional program of study.
  7. Students transferring from another nursing program must provide a letter from the nursing program that they are eligible to return to that program and are in good standing to be considered for admission
  8. Letter of Intent to be considered for admission must be received in the EMSON office by date specified in admission letter.

Full Admission to the B.S.N. Program

Full admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is contingent upon meeting the conditional admission requirements and successfully meeting the following requirements.

  1. All prerequisite coursework for a fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing must be completed by the end of the spring semester with the exception of the three pre-nursing courses (NURS 2012, NURS 2022, NURS 2032 - these courses are not required for the Online RN-BSN Program), which may be taken in the summer session prior to entering the program of study in nursing in the fall. (All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to entering the Professional Program of Study in Nursing in the spring.)
  2. Proof of the following:
    1. CPR certification (American Heart Association Basic Certified Life Support and Automated Emergency Defibrillation CPR for Health Care Providers
    2. Completed Hepatitis B vaccine with dates of each injection or immune titer if vaccine received 10 years ago. Three (3) HBV injections are needed. Students are required to have obtained HBV Injection 1 within two weeks of the beginning of the scheduled semester, followed by Injection 2 in one month, and Injection 3 within six months of Injection 1, in order to enter the clinical setting. A student who fails to obtain the complete series (3 injections), according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established timeframe, will not be permitted to participate in patient care contact required in clinical experiences.
    3. Negative Tuberculin skin test or negative T-Spot test, if T-Spot test is positive, a chest X-ray must be completed and updated yearly.
    4. Diphtheria-Tetanus (DT) required.
    5. Varicella required and (any other immunizations that may be required by clinical agencies)
    6. MMR required and (any other immunizations that may be required by clinical agencies)
    7. Health insurance: Students must submit proof of current coverage.
    8. Liability insurance is provided through an established student fee at the University of Arkansas.
    9. A criminal background check is required. Results will be reported to the college administration and school officials and any health-care facility in which the students are placed as part of the clinical education. An unsatisfactory background check result may lead to denial of admission to the nursing program. The criminal background check must be completed prior to the first day of class.
    10. A negative drug screen is required within two weeks prior to entrance into the nursing program. Results are reported to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. A positive drug screen will lead to denial of admission to the nursing program. Student failure to submit to a drug screen, attempting to tamper with, contaminate, or switch a sample will result in the student not being admitted to the nursing program and will be referred to the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas.

Procedures for both the criminal background check and the drug screen are available on the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Web site.

R.N. to B.S.N. Admission Policies

  1. Complete University admission requirements.
  2. Complete Eleanor Mann School of Nursing admission requirements.
  3. Completion of the general education studies.
  4. Graduation from an Arkansas State Board of Nursing approved program and NLNAC accredited program.
  5. Proof of, and maintenance of, unencumbered licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Arkansas and any other state.
  6. Credit for courses listed below will be held in escrow. The student will receive credit for these courses upon successful completion of the program.
    NURS 2032
    NURS 3313
    NURS 3422/3424
    NURS 3634/3644
    NURS 3742/3752
    NURS 4154/4164
    NURS 4262
    NURS 4442/4452
    Total Credit Hours of Escrow (37) 
  7. Professional nursing courses for R.N. to B.S.N. students are delivered online through Global Campus.

 L.P.N./L.P.T.N. to B.S.N. Admission Policies

  1. College admission requirements.
  2. Eleanor Mann School of Nursing admission policies.
  3. All prerequisite coursework for a fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing must be completed by the end of the spring semester with the exception of the three pre-nursing courses (NURS 2012, NURS 2022, NURS 2032), which may be taken in the summer session prior to entering the program of study in nursing in the fall. (All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to entering the Professional Program of Study in Nursing in the spring, as already required.) 
  4. Completion of an Arkansas State Board-approved L.P.N. or L.P.T.N. program and NLNAC accredited program.
  5. Proof of, and maintenance of, an unencumbered license to practice as an L.P.N. or L.P.T.N. in the state of Arkansas and any other state.
  6. Credit for courses listed below will be held in escrow. The student will receive credit for these courses upon successful completion of the program.
    NURS 3313
    NURS 2032
    NURS 3422/3424
  7. LPN Students may receive credit for NURS 3634/3644 through validation examination.

Progression, Withdrawal, and Dismissal

  1. For progression in the nursing program, only grades of "C" or above will be accepted. Students who make less than a "C" may not progress into courses for which that course is a prerequisite until the course is repeated and the required minimum grade attained.
  2. Students may repeat a specific nursing course only once. If a "D," "F," or "W" is earned on the second attempt, the student will be required to withdraw from the School of Nursing. 
  3. No more than two nursing courses within the program of study may be repeated. If the student does not earn a grade of at least "C" upon repeating the course, the student may not enroll in any nursing courses or continue in the School of Nursing.
  4. Students who do not pass the medication calculation examination with a 100% on the third attempt will be administratively withdrawn from all clinical courses and NURS 4712 Seminar in Nursing, if enrolled.
  5. For students enrolled in NURS 3424 Professional Role Implementation 1: Caregiver - Failure to pass the Dosage Calculation Exam on the third attemtp in NURS 3424 Professional Role Implementation 1 course will result in a failing grade for the course and will count in the 2 "D" policy.

Professional Role Implementation Courses

  1. A student who needs to repeat a Professional Role Implementation Course must make petition to the Undergraduate Admission Committee and are encouraged to do so as soon as they are aware of the need to repeat a course.
  2. Students will be readmitted on a space-available basis according to the following priority system:
    Priority Groups for Placement in Required Clinical Courses
    1. First Priority – Continuing full-time students in good academic standing. 
    2. Second Priority – Continuing part-time students in good academic standing. 
    3. Third Priority – Students repeating a course due to an academic or clinical failure or were administratively withdrawn with a "W" for failing the medication calculation test who were unable to repeat a course for one or more semesters.
    4. Fourth Priority – Students repeating a course due to an academic or clinical failure or were administratively withdrawn with a "W" for failing the medication calculation test who were in the preceding semester.
  3. Spaces in clinical courses are limited and tightly controlled by accreditation, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and clinical agency policies. A student re-enrolling in a Professional Role Implementation Course (whether due to illness, course failure, part-time status, or other reasons) will not be assured a clinical placement space in subsequent courses.
  4. NOTE: A student dismissed from a Professional Role Implementation Course due to safety, ethical, or dishonesty issues will be administratively withdrawn from all clinical courses, and may be subject to administrative withdrawal from the School of Nursing following full review. Readmission is not guaranteed to these students.

Readmission Policies

Any student whose enrollment in the professional program of study has been interrupted may seek readmission following the steps below:

  1. Seek readmission into the University of Arkansas (if applicable).
  2. Complete Readmission Application to the School of Nursing during the application periods. (Readmission is limited by space availability).
  3. Readmission will not be considered for any student dismissed from the School of Nursing who obtained a "D" or "F" from two (2) nursing courses or who was dismissed from a Professional Role Implementation Course due to safety, ethical, or dishonesty issues. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee on an individual basis.

Exit Policies

  1. Students must complete the requirements for the degree within five years of enrolling in the first upper-division nursing course. If the student does not complete the Professional Program of Study within the five-year limit, nursing credits must be reevaluated.
  2. All University of Arkansas requirements must be met.

NOTE: In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the University and college graduation requirements. This curriculum is subject to change to comply with national accreditation and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Standards.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hours
University Core (State Minimum Core) (see University Core courses)
*English (6 hours)
*ENGL 1013 English Composition I
*ENGL 1023 English Composition II
35
*Mathematics (3 hours)
*MATH 1203 College Algebra or equilavent
 
*Sciences with Labs (8 hours) must include
*4 hours of CHEM including a Lab (Must be CHEM 1073/1071L or higher)
*BIOL 2443/2441L Human Anatomy **
 
*Fine Arts/Humanities (6 hours) must include one of the following courses:
*PHIL 2003 Intro to Philosophy; *PHIL 2103 Intro to Ethics; *PHIL 2203 Logic; or *PHIL 3103 Ethics and the Professions
*3 hours Core Fine Arts (selected from catagory a)
*3 hours Core History/Government
 
*Social Sciences (9 hours) must include *HESC 1403 Lifespan Development  
Additional General Studies
*BIOL 2213/2211L Human Physiology
*EDFD 2403 Statistics in Nursing, or *PSYC 2013 Intro. to Statistics for Psych or *STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics or *STAT 2023 Biostatistics
*BIOL 2013/2011L General Microbiology
*NURS 2012 Nursing Informatics
*NURS 2022 Intro. To Professional Nursing Concepts
*NURS 2032 Therapeutic and Interprofessional Comm.
*12 elective hours (as needed)
29
*Denotes pre-requisite nursing courses that GPA will be computed on for admission into EMSON, whether they are from the University of Arkansas or transfer hours.
**BIOL 1543/1541L is a pre-requisite for BIOL 2013/2011L and BIOL 2443/2441L and may be used as part of the elective hours.

Professional Nursing Program
Role Development (Level I) 
NURS 3313 Pharmacology in Nursing
NURS 3314 Pathophysiology
NURS 3321L Health Assessment
NURS 3402 Nursing Concepts: Older Adult
NURS 3422 Nursing Concepts: Foundations of Professional Practice
NURS 3424 Professional Role Implementation I: Caregiver
NURS 3634 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness
NURS 3644 Professional Role Implementation II: Caregiver
NURS 3742 Nursing Concepts: Mental Health/Illness
NURS 3752 Professional Role Implementation III: Caregiver
NURS 3842 Research in Nursing
Role Concentration (Level II)
NURS 4112 Teaching and Health Promotion
NURS 4154 Nursing Concepts: Children and Family
NURS 4164 Professional Role Implementation IV: Teacher
NURS 4242 Management in Nursing
NURS 4252 Professional Role Implementation V: Manager
NURS 4262 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness II
NURS 4442 Nursing Concepts: Critical Care
NURS 4452 Professional Role Implementation VI: Role Synthesis
NURS 4603 Nursing Concepts: Community
NURS 4613 Professional Role Implementation VII: Role Synthesis
NURS 4712 Seminar in Nursing
NURS 4722 Professional Role Implementation VIII: Role Synthesis 
60
Total for Nursing 124

R.N. to B.S.N. Students Hours
University Core (State Minimum Core) (see University Core courses)
*English (6 hours)
*ENGL 1013 English Composition I
*ENGL 1023 English Composition II
35
*Mathematics (3 hours)
*MATH 1203 College Algebra or equilavent
 
*Sciences with Labs (8 hours) must include
*4 hours of CHEM including a Lab (Must be CHEM 1073/1071L or higher)
*BIOL 2443/2441L Human Anatomy **
 
*Fine Arts/Humanities (6 hours) must include one of the following courses:
*PHIL 2003 Intro to Philosophy; *PHIL 2103 Intro to Ethics; *PHIL 2203 Logic; or *PHIL 3103 Ethics and the Professions
*3 hours Core Fine Arts (selected from catagory a)
*3 hours Core History/Government
 
*Social Sciences (9 hours) must include *HESC 1403 Lifespan Development  
Additional General Studies
*BIOL 2213/2211L Human Physiology
*EDFD 2403 Statistics in Nursing, or *PSYC 2013 Intro. to Statistics for Psych or *STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics or *STAT 2023 Biostatistics
*BIOL 2013/2011L General Microbiology
*NURS 2012 Nursing Informatics
*NURS 2022 Intro. To Professional Nursing Concepts
*NURS 2032 Therapeutic and Interprofessional Comm.
*12 elective hours (as needed)
29
*Denotes pre-requisite nursing courses that GPA will be computed on for admission into EMSON, whether they are from the University of Arkansas or transfer hours.
**BIOL 1543/1541L is a pre-requisite for BIOL 2013/2011L and BIOL 2443/2441L and may be used as part of the elective hours.

R.N. to B.S.N. Professional Nursing Program (PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE DEPT. OF HIGHER EDUCATION)

NURS 4003 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 4013 Informatics for Professional Nursing
NURS 4112 Teaching and Health Promotion
NURS 4203 Leading and Managing in Healthcare Microenvironments
NURS 4323 Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for RNs
NURS 4603 Nursing Concepts: Communities
NURS 4701 Professional Nursing Synthesis
NURS 5053 Evidence-based Practice
NURS 5063 Health Care Policy
NURS 5143 Advanced Pathophysiology

27

Credits granted from Escrow

NURS 2032 Therapeutic Communication
NURS 3313 Pharmacology in Nursing
NURS 3422 Nursing Concepts: Foundations of Professional Practice
NURS 3424 Professional Role Implementation I: Caregiver
NURS 3634 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness
NURS 3644 Professional Role Implementation II: Caregiver
NURS 3742 Nursing Concepts: Mental Health/Illness
NURS 3752 Professional Role Implementation III: Caregiver
NURS 4154 Nursing Concepts: Children and Family
NURS 4164 Professional Role Implementation IV: Teacher
NURS 4262 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness II
NURS 4442 Nursing Concepts: Critical Care
NURS 4452 Professional Role Implementation VI: Role Synthesis

37
Total for Nursing 124

NOTE: The minimum number of hours required to receive a baccalaureate degree at the University of Arkansas is 124 semester hours. The Nursing major is exempt from the eight-semester degree plan as required by Act 1014 since the program is admissions-based. There is no guarantee that a student meeting the minimal GPA requirement will be admitted. Please refer to the College of Education and Health Profession’s Web site at http://nurs.uark.edu/index.htm for specific information related to the admission criteria.

(NURS) Nursing

NURS2012 Nursing Informatics (Sp, Su, Fa) This course focuses on how information technology is used in the health care system. The course describes how nursing informatics is currently being used by healthcare professionals and speculates about future applications. Prerequisite: For pre-nursing and nursing majors only. Must have sophomore standing or above and a GPA of 3.0 or above.

NURS2022 Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts (Sp, Su, Fa) The course presents an overview of theories, principles and concepts essential to professional nursing practice. It includes ethical and legal implications relevant to health care systems. Focus is on the nursing process as the organizing framework for the delivery of care. It also explores the role of the professional nurse. This is a pre-nursing course. Prerequisite: For pre-nursing and nursing majors only. Must have sophomore standing or above and a GPA of 3.0 or above.

NURS2032 Therapeutic and Interprofessional Communication (Sp, Su, Fa) Focuses on intrapersonal and interpersonal strategies necessary for effective nurse-client interactions. Introduces a variety of communication techniques skills including group process and dynamics. This is a pre-nursing course. Prerequisite: For pre-nursing and nursing majors only. Must have sophomore standing or above and a GPA of 3.0 and above.

NURS217V Independent Study in Nursing (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-2) A selected learning experience in nursing to enhance knowledge about and/or practice in the profession. Objectives and experiences are designed on an individual basis with a faculty adviser. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

NURS217VH Honors Independent Study in Nursing (Irregular) (1-2) A selected learning experience in nursing to exchange knowledge about and/or practice in the profession. Objectives and experiences are designed on an individual basis with a faculty adviser.

NURS3171 Independent Study Nursing (Irregular) A structured learning experience in nursing to improve knowledge of the science in nursing. Objectives and experiences are designed on an individual basis with a faculty advisor. May be taken with any 3500 level nursing course or above. May be repeated for up to 7 hours of degree credit.

NURS3313 Pharmacology in Nursing (Fa) The use of therapeutic drugs in health care is the focus of the course. Nursing assessment, safety measures and client education related to drug therapy are emphasized. This is a Level I course. Prerequisite: Admission into the BSN professional program.

NURS3314 Pathophysiology (Sp, Fa) The course focuses on underlying concepts common to pathophysiologic processes across the life span. Factors that contribute to altered physiological functioning and the body's adaptive and compensatory mechanisms are studied. Emphasizes concepts essential for understanding the rationale for preventive and therapeutic nursing interventions in health and illness. This is a Level I course. Prerequisite: Admission into BSN professional program.

NURS3314H Honors Pathophysiology (Sp, Fa) The course focuses on underlying concepts common to pathophysiologic processes across the life span. Factors that contribute to altered physiological functioning and the body's adaptive and compensatory mechanisms are studied. Emphasizes understanding the rationale for preventive and therapeutic nursing interventions in health and illness. This is a Level I course. Prerequisite: Admission into BSN professional program.

NURS3321L Health Assessment (Fa) The course focuses on assessment of client's health status, environment, nursing care needs, and referral needs. The course presents concepts and skills necessary to perform a holistic health assessment of the adult client. This is a Level I course. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN professional program.

NURS3402 Nursing Concepts: Older Adult (Sp, Fa) This course focuses on gerontologic theories, concepts, and principles as they relate to nursing care of older adults. Students explore socio-cultural context of gerontologic nursing, professional standards of practice, common health concerns, and future considerations. This is a Level I course. Prerequisite: Admission into the BSN Professional Program of Studies.

NURS3422 Nursing Concepts: Foundations of Professional Practice (Fa) Introduction to the nursing process and the scope of basic human needs. The student learns to use nursing diagnoses and care plans in case studies. This is a Level I course. Corequisite: NURS 3423. Prerequisite: Admission to BSN professional program.

NURS3424 Professional Role Implementation I: Caregiver (Fa) Students apply basic nursing concepts and skills in laboratory and clinical settings. Emphasis is on the role of nurse as caregiver and use of the nursing process in the delivery of care. This is a Level I course. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 3422, NURS 3321L, and NURS 3313. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program.

NURS3634 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness I (Sp, Fa) Focuses on the adult population experiencing acute problems in the health-illness continuum. Utilizing the nursing process, nursing, and medical treatments of selected conditions that will be emphasized in the acute care setting. This is a Level I course. Corequisite: NURS 3644. Prerequisite: NURS 3313, 3314, 3321L, 3402, and 3422.

NURS3644 Professional Role Implementation II: Caregiver (Sp, Fa) Emphasizes the role of caregiver in acute care settings. Course expands on assessment and includes advanced clinical skills. Emphasizes the use of clinical judgment to promote optimal health for adults experiencing illness and/or undergoing surgery. This is a Level I course. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 3634. Prerequisite: NURS 3313, 3314, 3321L, 3402, 3422, and 3424.

NURS3742 Nursing Concepts: Mental Health and Illness (Sp, Fa) Presents the basic concepts and theories of mental health and illness. Examines various therapeutic modalities in the care of clients experiencing mental health or psychosocial disorders. This is a Level I course. Corequisite: NURS 3752. Prerequisite: NURS 3313, 3314, 3321L, 3402, and 3422.

NURS3752 Professional Role Implementation III: Caregiver (Sp, Fa) Students work with clients who have mental health problems, observe group process in therapy sessions, and develop interpersonal communication skills. Students apply research-based knowledge in assisting assigned clients to meet mental and other health care needs. The caregiver role is emphasized. This is a Level I course. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 3742. Prerequisite: NURS 3313, 3314, 3321L, 3402, 3422, and 3424.

NURS3842 Research in Nursing (Sp, Fa) Introduction to the research process through a comparative analysis of selected studies exemplifying various theoretical, methodological and analytical approaches. Students acquire the basic competencies to critically read, evaluate and interpret nursing research studies for use in professional nursing practice. This is a Level I course.

NURS4003 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (Fa) The course introduces the RN student to the standards and concepts of professional nursing based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate for Professions Nursing Education. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS4013 Informatics for the Professional Nurse (Su) This course focuses on how information technology is used in the health care system. The course describes how nursing informatics is currently being used by healthcare professionals, and speculates about future applications. Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN program.

NURS4112 Nursing Concepts: Teaching and Health Promotion (Sp, Fa) The course focuses on teaching/learning and the professional nurse's role in health promotion and disease prevention. A variety of health education and health promotion strategies are presented and evaluated. This is a Level II course. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses.

NURS4154 Nursing Concepts: Children and Family (Sp, Fa) This course provides theory and research-based knowledge regarding holistic nursing care of children and families. Principles of health promotion and health education for expanding families are integral to this course. This is a Level II course. Corequisite: NURS 4164. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses.

NURS4164 Professional Role Implementation IV: Teacher (Sp, Fa) Clinical and laboratory experience for application of research-based knowledge and skills in the nursing care of children and families. Emphasis is on teaching role of the nurse. This is a Level II course. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 4154. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses.

NURS4203 Leading and Managing in Healthcare Micro-environments (Fa) This course introduces theories and principles of management and leadership and the professional nurse's role within the health care system. Social issues, economic policy, and regulatory requirements are used to explore healthcare delivery systems and access, quality improvement, and patient safety. This course includes strategies for monitoring delivery of care, outcomes, and evaluating program effectiveness. Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN program.

NURS4242 Management in Nursing (Sp, Fa) Introduces principles of management and the professional nurse's roles in the health care system. Considers the perspectives of management, organization, and change theory. Includes strategies for monitoring delivery of care, outcomes and evaluating program effectiveness. This is a Level II course.

NURS4252 Professional Role Implementation V: Manager (Sp, Fa) Students will apply the theoretical principles learned in NURS 4242 and NURS 4262 to the delivery of care to adults with chronic conditions across transitions of care settings. The manager will be emphasized. This is a Level II course. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 4242 and 4262.

NURS4262 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health and Illness II (Sp, Fa) Focuses on the adult population experiencing chronic problems in the health-illness continuum. Utilizing the nursing process, nursing and medical treatment of selected conditions will be emphasized across transitional care settings. This is a Level II course. Prerequisite: Level I courses.

NURS4323 Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for Professional Nurses (Sp) This 3-credit theory course builds on the Registered Nurse's clinical experience and knowledge of health assessment. Emphasis is placed on expanding physical assessment skills, interpreting abnormal findings, and applying the principles of evidence-based practice to the health assessment process. The role of documentation of health assessment in third party reimbursement is also explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS4442 Nursing Concepts: Critical Care (Sp, Fa) Focuses on the adult population experiencing multiple or critical illnesses or conditions necessitating admission to a critical care unit. The course emphasizes both nursing and medical treatment of selected conditions. This is a Level II course. Corequisite: NURS 4452. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses and NURS 4112, 4154, 4164, 4242, 4252, and 4262.

NURS4452 Professional Role Implementation VI: Role Synthesis (Sp, Fa) Clinical learning is focused on further developing and refining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage the care of an acutely ill or complex patient and/or family within the context of an inter-professional team. This is a Level II course. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 4442. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I and NURS 4112, 4154, 4164, 4242, 4252, and 4262.

NURS4603 Nursing Concepts: Community (Sp, Fa) The course focuses on theories and concepts in community health nursing. Health resources are explored in a variety of settings. This is a Level II course. Corequisite: NURS 4613. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses and NURS 4112, NURS 4154, NURS 4164, NURS 4242, NURS 4252, and NURS 4262.

NURS4613 Professional Role Implementation VII: Role Synthesis (Sp, Fa) Application of community health concepts and the nursing process to promote community health and to restore health in a variety of settings. This is a Level II course. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 4603. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses and NURS 4112, 4154, 4164, 4242, 4252, 4262.

NURS4701 Professional Nursing Synthesis (Sp, Su, Fa) The course emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts from previous courses. Course enrollment occurs in the last semester of the program. Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN program.

NURS4712 Seminar in Nursing (Sp, Fa) Focuses on integrating the nursing caregiver, teacher and manager roles. Prepares students to analyze practice issues, trends and future demands. Explores the roles of baccalaureate prepared professional nurses and facilitates students to incorporate those roles as they enter professional practice. Must be taken in the final semester of the Professional Program of Study. This is a Level II course. Corequisite: NURS 4722. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses and NURS 4112, NURS 4154, NURS 4164, NURS 4242, NURS 4252, and NURS 4262.

NURS4722 Professional Role Implementation VIII: Role Synthesis (Sp, Fa) Clinical immersion experience that approximates the role of a beginning BSN nurse generalist. Corequisite: NURS 4712. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I courses and NURS 4112, 4154, 4164, 4242, 4252, 4262. To be taken in final semester of the Professional Program of Study.

NURS481V Special Topics in Nursing (Irregular) (1-6) This course is the study of a special topic(s) in nursing. Content varies. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

NURS481VH Honors Special Topics in Nursing (Irregular) (1-6) This course is the study of a special topic(s) in nursing. Content varies. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

NURS491V Independent Study in Nursing (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-6) A selected learning experience in nursing to enhance knowledge and/or practice of the profession. Objectives and experiences are designed on an individual basis with a faculty adviser. May be taken with any 3500-level nursing course or above.

NURS491VH Honors Independent Study in Nursing (Irregular) (1-6) A selected learning experience in nursing to enhance knowledge and/or practice of the profession. Objectives and experiences are designed on an individual basis with a faculty adviser. May be taken with any 3500-level nursing course or above.

NURS5003 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing (Fa) The course utilizes the critical reasoning process to examine the element of nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on concept analysis and the evaluation of nursing theories. Identification of the links between theory and empirical indicators is examined. The clinical relevance of mid-range and practice theories is explored.

NURS5033 Role Development of the Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist (Fa) The study of role development of the Advanced Practice Nurse with specific emphasis on the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Concepts include role development, interdisciplinary communication and collaborative strategies, patient advocacy and serving as change agent for role implementation. Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 5003.

NURS5043 Advanced Concepts in Health Promotion with Diverse Populations (Fa) Provides a theoretical base for health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention at the individual, family and community levels. A cross-disciplinary approach to achieve or preserve health is identified. Focuses on holistic plans and interventions that address the behavioral and social factors that contribute to morbidity and mortality in diverse populations. Provides opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion interventions for selected clients.

NURS5053 Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation in Nursing (Sp) This course focuses on developing evidence-based practice and innovation in nursing. Models and strategies for leadership in evidence-based practice and innovation, outcomes management, and translational scholarship will be examined.

NURS5063 Health Care Policy (Su) The course provides the concepts of the political process, health care policy, advocacy, leadership skills, legislative and regulatory issues, health care financing, designing and implementing health care policies and evaluating outcomes. Access, cost, and quality of health care will be a major focus of the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or by permission of the instructor.

NURS5102 Advanced Health Assessment (Sp) Application of advanced health assessment techniques with adults within the context of the family and community. Differentiate abnormal from normal findings, interpret diagnostic tests, and use clinical reasoning to formulate diagnoses for culturally diverse individuals. Emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Corequisite: NURS 5111.

NURS5111 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment (Sp) Clinical practicum companion course for NURS 5102: Advanced Health Assessment. Opportunities to conduct health assessments on a variety of clients. Corequisite: NURS 5102.

NURS5123 Advanced Pharmacology (Su) Advanced concepts and application of pharmacotherapeutic and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of agents used for disease management of individuals. Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to manage (including the prescription of pharmacologic agents) a client's common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner.

NURS5143 Advanced Pathophysiology (Sp) This course is designed for nurses experienced in the management of pathophysiological disorders. It includes mechanisms of disease, the immune response and selected system based disorders.

NURS5212 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing I (Fa) Focuses on utilization of advanced theories, concepts, knowledge and skill in the care of diverse adult populations with complex acute health problems. Prerequisite: All core courses.

NURS5225 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing I (Fa) Clinical practicum for NURS 5212. Application of advanced theories, concepts, knowledge and skill in the care of diverse adult populations with complex acute health problems. Corequisite: NURS 5212. Prerequisite: All core courses.

NURS5232 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing II (Sp) Focuses on utilization of advanced theories, concepts, knowledge and skill in the care of diverse adult populations with complex chronic health problems. Corequisite: NURS 5245. Prerequisite: All core courses.

NURS5245 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing II (Sp) Clinical practicum for NURS 5232. Application of advanced theories, concepts, knowledge and skill in the care of adults with chronic health problems. Corequisite: NURS 5232. Prerequisite: All core courses.

NURS5303 Foundations of Nursing Education (Fa) Considers the principles, philosophies, theories, and strategies of teaching, learning, and evaluation needed in nursing education.

NURS5313 Curriculum and Evaluation in Nursing Education (Su) Considers knowledge and skills needed for curriculum and program development and evaluation for a variety of nursing education settings.

NURS5323 Teaching in Nursing Practicum (Fa) Supervised experience in the nurse educator role in both classroom and clinical settings.

NURS5343 Independent Study: Specialty Development I (Sp) This course will include two foci. There will be readings focused on current topics in a specialty area. A focused field experience will allow student to integrate knowledge and skills in a specialty area of nursing in preparation for the nurse educator role.

NURS5353 Independent Study: Specialty Development II (Fa) Building on the Independent Study: Specialty Development I, this course will include two foci. There will be readings focused on current topics in a specialty area. A focused field experience will allow student to integrate knowledge and skills in a specialty area of nursing in preparation for the nurse educator role. Prerequisite: NURS 5343.

NURS579V Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-3) Independent study designed by student with faculty advisor. May be completed as alternative to thesis.

NURS599V Seminar (Irregular) (1-3) Selected topics in nursing explored in discussion format.

NURS600V Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-3) Student research to fulfill degree requirement for the MSN. Prerequisite: NURS 5013 and NURS 5023.

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