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Nursing Course Descriptions

School of Nursing and Health professions requirements

28 credits:

BIO 100   Life Systems
3 credits
An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150).

BIO 205   Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology
5 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 102; CHE 101 or CHE 102 or CHE 103 or CHE 104
A systemic structure/function approach to the study of the human body that provides the background required for further study in applied physiology. Anatomy and physiology of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, and urinary systems will be studied. The laboratory parallels and reinforces lecture concepts through the use of models, histological studies, physiological exercises, and dissection of biological samples. This is a hybrid class; most lectures will be online. The face-to-face portion will include laboratory exercises, lecture review, case studies, and assessments.

BIO 210   Fundamentals of Microbiology
3 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 102; CHE 101 or CHE 103 or CHE 104
A comprehensive course in which students learn the structural characteristics and biological activities of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, and helminths. Particular emphasis is placed on those organisms that cause disease in humans and on the nature of the immune response in humans. A strong background in biology and understanding of Krebs cycle, transcription and translation is required. Students may not take both BIO 210 and BIO 311 for credit.

CHE 103   General, Organic, and Biochemistry
5 credits
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHE 001; MAT 001 or appropriate math placement test score
An introductory course for non-science majors. This course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life with special focus to biological and medical applications. With laboratory.

COM 302   Intercultural Communication
3 credits
This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture, which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music, and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity in general. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

PHI 220   Bioethics
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
A course designed specifically for those concerned with ethical problems facing medical professionals and generally for anyone with an interest in the relation of ethics to biomedical issues. The course examines the nature of ethics and morality, the variety of ethical theories and normative ethical principles, and the practice of applying such concepts to specific cases and issues within the biomedical sciences. Topics covered include issues in the professional–patient relationship, termination of life, reproductive rights and technologies, and allocation and public policy.

PSY 105   Human Development
3 credits
A survey of the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social–emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

SWK 210   Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis
3 credits
Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with a grade of C or higher
An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one-/two-/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, and probability distributions, as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

Nursing courses

61 credits:

NRS 200   Health Promotion, Wellness, and Safety Across the Lifespan
6 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 205, BIO 210, CHE 103, ENG 106, PSY 105, SWK 210
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRS 215
Corequisite: NRS 230
(Admission to the major)
This course will introduce foundational concepts and skills in the form of nursing health promotion strategies to facilitate individual and group wellness and safety across the lifespan. The development of disease states and methods to prevent or decrease risk factors will be discussed. Emphasis is on the role of the professional nurse in planning and implementing nursing care, effective teaching, and interventional behaviors for individuals and families.  Emphasis will be placed on normal growth and developmental changes across the lifespan addressing health promotion, wellness, and safety concerns in the care of patients.

NRS 215   Introduction to Pharmacology
2 credits
This course focuses on acquiring and expanding knowledge, skills, and attitudes of basic concepts and principles in pharmacology and drug classifications to include metabolism, action, use, adverse effects and treatment implications.  Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the health care professional in the legal, ethical, safe, and effective medication administration.

NRS 230   Health Assessment
4 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 205, BIO 210, CHE 103, ENG 106, PSY 105, SWK 210
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRS 215
Corequisite: NRS 200
(Admission to the major)
This course provides the knowledge of health history taking, physical assessment, and documentation. The student will acquire needed skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Integrated in this is the collection and analysis of data which are essential in planning safe and effective care. Effective communication, assessment, and documentation will be practiced in the laboratory setting. The student will become familiar with the techniques of physical assessment consisting of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Emphasis is placed on health assessment as a systematic and organized examination that will provide accurate data from which to form valid nursing diagnoses and plans of care.

NRS 300   Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan I
6 credits
Prerequisites: NRS 200, NRS 215, NRS 230
This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

NRS 315   Psychosocial Integrity Across the Lifespan
2 credits
Prerequisites: NRS 200, NRS 215, NRS 230
This course focuses on the growth of typical and adaptive psychosocial health behaviors across the lifespan and the most common mental health problems associated with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults exploring the mental and emotional difficulties and developmental needs that everyone faces.  Specific attention is given to therapeutic communication techniques dealing with individuals and families across the lifespan.

NRS 325   Health Care Systems
2 credits
This course explores the structure of health care policy, organization of health care delivery systems, health care financing, and their inter-relationships. Emphasis is placed on nursing’s and other selected health professionals’ role impact on the health care environment.

NRS 335   Research in Health Care
3 credits
Prerequisite: NRS 200
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the use of scientific research as a basis for understanding and improving clinical practice.  Topics include differentiation between various forms of written communication, utilizing former research to support a position and/or develop new research proposals, organizing and writing research papers, and producing visual aids for oral presentations.  Emphasis in this course is on the critical review of research studies and their applications for evidenced-based clinical practice.  This is a writing intensive course.

NRS 350   Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan II
6 credits
Prerequisite: NRS 300
This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

NRS 365   Health Care Informatics
2 credits
This course focuses on core concepts, skills, and tools that define the health care informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality and foster consumer centered care and efficiency.

NRS 400   Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan III
6 credits
Prerequisite: NRS 350
This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

NRS 415   Leadership and Health Care Professionals
3 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 422
This course differentiates leadership and followership and emphasizes major behavior patterns that effective leaders use to influence followers, including various leadership models.  Topics include what effective leaders really do and how leaders can diagnose and modify situations to make their leadership a more positive and productive endeavor within the health care field.

NRS 425   Trends and Issues in Health Care
2 credits
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRS 400
This course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice.  Content includes an analysis of current studies, health care policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles.  The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in society.

NRS 430   Public Health Nursing
5 credits
Prerequisites: COM 302, NRS 335, NRS 365, SWK 422
This course focuses on acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to population focused care.  Concepts of population based health promotion and disease prevention will be explored.  Through the use of community needs assessments and National Health Care Objectives (Healthy People 2020), patient centered care is applied to aggregates established by geopolitical boundaries.

NRS 450   Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan IV
4 credits
Prerequisite: NRS 400
Corequisite: NRS 461, NRS 470
This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by critical illness disorders across the life continuum.

NRS 461   Concept Synthesis
1 credit
Corequisite: NRS 450
This course is a focused review of content pertinent to the NCLEX-RN® test plan based on group performance on a standardized comprehensive predictor exam. Emphasis is also placed on student progress on the individualized focused review.

NRS 470   Senior Capstone
4 credits
Corequisite: NRS 450
This course focuses on integration and application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained throughout the curriculum. The emphasis is on clinical competency and demonstration of the graduate learning outcomes in an area of student interest.

SWK 422   Law and the Helping Professions
3 credits
This course examines the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes that guide helping professionals in their practice with clientele. Attention is directed toward assisting the helping professional recognize the legal duties and responsibilities within their professional lives. Particular emphasis is placed on the children’s code, mental health/developmental disabilities, protective services, care records, mandatory reporting, abuse, domestic violence, and professional conduct.

Health care focused electives

9 credits from the following:

ATH 201   Introduction to Expressive and Therapeutic Arts
3 credits
Through a variety of readings, research, art activities, discussion, and creative journaling, students will experience the fundamental processes of the expressive and therapeutic arts. An emphasis on self-study will aid students in exploring personal goals, expectations, and career choices regarding application of these processes to fields of art, health care, social services, elder care, education, and business.

ATH 203   Basic Therapeutic Skills
3 credits
Prerequisite: ATH 201
This course explores various theories and experiential techniques used in the therapeutic environment.  Consideration will be given to the appropriate application of techniques and materials specific to the expressive and therapeutic arts, as well as examine the professional and ethical requirements of the client-therapist relationship.

BIO 301   Genetics and Lab
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO102and CHE 201
An in-depth study of classical and molecular genetics. Students see how the science of genetics has emerged from its infancy to present-day molecular aspects of inheritance, including recombinant DNA technology. Both lecture and laboratory stress cytological, biochemical, and evolutionary aspects of gene action.

CHH 200   Foundations of Social Welfare
3 credits
A general survey course introducing students to community health and human services in contemporary society.  Knowledge, values, and skills for intervention and the nature of interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems and issues are included.  It further explores the special concerns of those most vulnerable and discriminated against.

CHH 205   Foundations of Thanatology
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 105, SOC 100
Introduction to death, dying, grief and bereavement.

CHH 305   Poverty and Community Health
3 credits
Prerequisite: CHH 200, CHH 300
This course examines the cultural and structural aspects of poverty and their impact on populations at risk both globally and in particular in the United States.  Emphasis is placed on policy, programs and services - both health and economic - designed to alleviate poverty and address its damaging effects.

CMG 315   Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century
3 credits
An advanced inquiry into gender theory and sexuality studies that re-situates its key concepts within the larger field of cultural representation, including film and media. While broadly overlapping fields, gender theory is here understood to include approaches from feminist, postmodern, and poststructuralist theories of gender, while sexuality studies also includes diverse approaches drawn from sexology, psychoanalysis and queer theory. This course aims to furnish students, who may already have established an interest in understanding gender and sexuality as critical categories, with more advanced theories and methodologies. Through critical study, students develop specific concepts, terminology, and methods needed to participate in on-going theoretical debates within gender theory and sexuality studies, in addition to using such theories to analyze cultural representations.

ECE 301   Teaching Young Children with Special Needs
3 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 213
This course is designed to give early childhood educators the needed expertise to teach young children with special educational needs, who are included in regular early childhood settings. It focuses on identifying the needs of those children and adapting early childhood curriculum and methodology in response to an extended range of individual differences.

EDU 213   Introduction to Exceptional Education
3 credits
This course addresses the characteristics of exceptional children and introduces successful inclusive teaching practices. This course will cover topics such as disability conditions, gifted and talented, legislation, collaboration, planning, assessment, response to intervention, and diversity.

ESS 200   Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
1 credit
Introduction to the fields and career opportunities in exercise science, kinesiology, health, and wellness.

ESS 205   Health, Safety, and First Aid
2 credits
A survey course designed to promote self-responsibility and a holistic approach to wellness and illness. Emphasis is placed on wellness planning and contemporary health issues. Course will also include instruction and practice in First Aid principles, procedures, and emergency care.

FOS 105   Survey of Forensic Sciences
1 credit
Lecture/seminar course that has the goal of providing students a general introduction to the application of scientific knowledge to the purposes of the law. It will familiarize students with some of areas of science which are involved in the court process, particularly in criminal trials, and the role of the forensic criminalist in criminal procedure. Accordingly, this class will survey forensic criminalistics and prepare students for additional, more in-depth classes in criminalistics and forensic science.

GRB 350   Palliative and Hospice Care: History, Theory, and Practice
3 credits
This course is designed to explore the history, theory, and practice of both hospice and palliative care. The palliative approach to medicine (as contrasted with the “curative” approach) will be explored, as well as the medical aspects of dying; terminal disease trajectories; “active” dying; and the dying process. Multidimensional aspects of pain are discussed in theoretical and practical perspectives. The impact of end-stage terminal illness on caretakers and family members will be addressed, as well as strategies for self-care for caregivers. Content includes practical strategies for assisting families in communicating with health care providers; ethical decision-making at the end of life; and an examination of hospice and palliative care unit staffing needs and the role of volunteers.

GRB 400   Death in the Lives of Children and Teenagers
3 credits
This course provides an in-depth examination of the attitudes and responses of children and adolescents to death, loss, and grief, and how they relate to human developmental stages. Special emphasis will be given to working with families and caregivers of terminally-ill children and teenagers; facilitating communication between health care providers and families of terminally-ill children; strategies for helping children and teens in the midst of family illness and impending death of an adult loved one; and models of bereavement programs for children and teens.

HCA 201   Introduction to Health Care Administration
3 credits
Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to professional practice in the health care system. Students are also exposed to experience with the health care system from a customer perspective. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.

NUR 220   Introduction to Medical Terminology
2 credits
Provides information about common medical terms, definition, and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

PHI 306   Ethics of Gender, Race, and Class
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
This course focuses on the meaning and significance of social justice through a critical examination of concepts and issues pertaining specifically to gender, race and class, as well as to difference in general. Considerable attention is given to identifying and understanding the values, beliefs, and assumptions that form the basis of prejudice, inequality, privilege, and oppression. Insights from a variety of perspectives and disciplines are integrated with philosophical analysis, much of which involves ethical reasoning and theory application.

PSY 211   Abnormal Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
This course explores the major types of psychopathology to include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic brain disorders, substance-related disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, mental retardation, adjustment disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, impulse control disorders and delirium, dementia and amnestic disorders. Emphasis is given to the issues surrounding classification, etiology, and treatment.

PSY 222   Human Sexuality
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
A consideration of the physical, cultural, and intrapersonal aspects of sexuality in light of how they affect the growth and occurrence of sexual behavior. The conceptual core of this course is the idea that human sexual behavior follows the same rules and is directed to many of the same ends as other human behavior.

PSY 301   Drugs and Behavior
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
An examination of the relationship between brain chemistry and behavior. Special attention is paid to drug use/abuse and the application of drugs to the treatment of psychological disorders.

PSY 322   Childhood Psychopathology
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
A survey of a broad range of psychopathological disorders which can affect children and adolescents. Attention is given to description, assessment, and theoretical and empirical explanations for and treatment of the disorders.

PSY 330   Forensic Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
Focuses on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings to both civil and the criminal justice systems. Topics include competency evaluations of criminal defendants and of the elderly, screening/selection of law enforcement applicants, the delivery and evaluation of intervention and treatment programs for juvenile and adult offenders, police and investigative psychology, and psychopathy.

PSY 331   Neuroscience
3 credits
Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 105 and BIO 100 or BIO 101
An examination of the data and theories which help us to understand the connections between our bodies and our actions. The anatomical, physiological, and chemical correlates of a wide range of human activities, from simple reflexes to complex decision making and thinking, is examined. The issue of brain damage and recovery from it is also considered.

SOC 100   Introduction to Sociology
3 credits
An introductory course to familiarize students with the field of sociology and the scientific study of human society. Includes study of culture, socialization, status and role, small groups, collective behavior, race, social class, social change, and the basic social institutions. Emphasis is given to key sociological perspectives: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.

SPA 109   Spanish for Medical Personnel I
3 credits
This is a practical course for professionals in the field of health care such as nurses, physicians, medical technicians, and allied professionals. Students will develop conversational and written skills necessary in health care settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will be a combination of online and in person instruction to include topics such as interviewing techniques; explaining medical conditions and preventive health care options; explaining procedures; giving advice; comforting patients; etc. This course may be audited. 

SPA 110   Spanish for Medical Personnel II
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 101 or SPA 109
This is the continuation of SPA 109 Spanish for Medical Personnel I that builds on the grammar concepts, the practical vocabulary and the linguistic skills developed in that course. It is a practical course for professionals in health care such as nurses, physicians, medical technicians, and allied professionals. Students will continue to develop conversational and written skills necessary for basic communication in settings that serve the Hispanic population. The course will include topics such as interviewing techniques; explaining medical conditions and preventive health care options; explaining procedures; giving advice; comforting patients; etc.

SPA 220   Salud Hispana: Spanish for Health Care
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 102
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish for use in health care fields. It examines cultural, linguistic, and medical issues to enhance their cultural competence in working with Spanish-speaking peoples in the United States. Students practice grammar and vocabulary useful for interacting with Latinos in hospitals, clinics, or counseling sessions.

SPA 222   Latino Patient
3 credits
Prerequisite: SPA 201 or SPA 220
A second course in the series of Intermediate Spanish for health care, this course provides students with the opportunity to further refine intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish for use in health care fields. Through role plays, extended audio and video interactions, and research projects students develop oral proficiency, control of grammar, and cultural awareness essential for working with Latino patients in the United States.

SWK 101   Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
3 credits
A general survey course introducing students to social work and human services in contemporary society. Professional knowledge, values, and skills for intervention and the nature of interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems and issues are included. It further explores the special concerns of those most vulnerable and discriminated against. An issue is the professional mandate of social work to join in a concerted effort with other human service professionals to influence the social welfare institution and its social programs to become more responsive to these special populations. Teaching methodology includes interviews with practicing professionals and field trips to a variety of social agency settings.

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