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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

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NURS C361 Professional Nursing Practice 3 crs.

This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the role of the B.S.N. prepared professional nurse.  Emphasis is placed on nursing as a professional practice discipline that is both an art and a science.  As a foundation for subsequent nursing courses, the following are explored:  personal and professional values, legal and ethical dimensions of professional nursing practice, nursing roles, selected nursing theories, and the evolution of nursing’s knowledge base.

NURS C365 Health Assessment 4 crs.

This course has both theory and practicum components. The emphasis of the course is on providing the student with tools of assessment to appraise the health of individuals. Knowledge from the biological sciences is used within the context of the nursing process to develop skill in systematic assessment of clients in all phases of the life cycle.

NURS C377 Nursing Leadership Theory 3 crs.

Emphasis is on the leadership role of the nurse in professional nursing practice. The principles and concepts of the essential components of the leadership/management process are incorporated including change, decision-making, advanced communication, authority and power, bureaucratic structures, and modes of organizing care.  Focus is on the nursing role of leader/manager in a variety of health care settings.

Prerequisite: NURS C361.

NURS C450 Nursing Research Theory 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to nursing research.  Emphasis is placed on understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to the research process and on critiquing nursing research articles for the purpose of evaluating applicability to nursing practice.

Prerequisites: NURS C361; statistics.

NURS C457 Health Promotion Theory 3 crs.

This course focuses on the nursing role in health promotion and disease prevention as it impacts the entire life cycle. Analysis of the family unit is explored as it relates to the individual’s health, as well as the development of health beliefs and health behaviors. Health education techniques and strategies for behavioral change are explored.

Prerequisite: NURS C361.

NURS C468 Advanced Topics in Nursing Practice 3 crs.

This course focuses on practice issues in areas of students’ special interest (e.g., case management, legal and ethical issues, cultural competence).

NURS C471 Community Health 3 crs.

This course focuses on community health care services with emphasis on community health assessment.  Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities.  Nursing care of individuals, families, groups and aggregates, and the services of home health care are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community.  

Prerequisite: NURS C361.

NURS C473 Comprehensive Integrated Practicum 4 crs.

This practicum course integrates professional nursing practice concepts and skills needed to address health problems within a specific aggregate. Health promotion, risk reduction, and illness and disease management strategies are emphasized.  Leadership and project management skills are incorporated with a focus on cost effectiveness and quality outcomes.

Pre/Co-requisites: NURS C361, C471.