Part-Time BS in Nursing Curriculum & Course Descriptions


Year I

Fall Credits Spring Credits
NU320 Clinical Pharmacology I 4 NU324 Professional Nursing (Clinical) 8
NU304 Health Assessment 3    
Summer I Credits Summer II Credits
NU333 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (Clinical) 6 BI612 Advanced Pathophysiology 3

Year II

Fall Credits Spring Credits
NU325 Acute Care Nursing (Clinical) 9 NU347 Child/Family Nursing (Clinical) 8
Summer I Credits Summer II Credits
NU340 Community Health Nursing Clinical) 6 NU321 Nursing Care of the Aging Adult 3

Year III

Fall Credits Spring Credits
NU345 Complex Care Nursing (Clinical) 6 NU630 Advanced Nursing Research 3
NCLEX taken here   NU601 Nursing Theory 3
    BS earned here  

Total = 62 credits

Course Descriptions

NU 304 Health Assessment in Nursing

This course teaches the student to assess the health status of clients of any age in any setting. Students incorporate knowledge attained in the prerequisite courses. The student learns verbal and non-verbal communication techniques used in obtaining a health history and the written communication techniques used in documenting the health assessment. Students acquire the basic psychomotor skills of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation necessary when performing a physical examination. The effects of age, gender, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, lifestyle and adaptation are identified.

NU 320 Clinical Pharmacology

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of pharmacology including those biological factors affecting the action of drugs, dose-response relationships, drug-drug interactions and adverse effects. Topics include the clinical application of drug therapy for the treatment of hypertension, coronary artery disease, peptic ulcer disease and related disorders, diabetes, common respiratory diseases, infections, and selected central nervous system disorders. The student will also be introduced to the process of selecting appropriate therapeutic regimens and establishing monitoring parameters with an emphasis on application to nursing practice.

NU 324 Professional Nursing

This course provides the foundation upon which the learner will develop the knowledge, values, and skills for becoming a competent, caring professional generalist who assumes an integral role in the changing health care system. It focuses on acquisition of both art and science components of nursing and the development of critical thinking by including laboratory and clinical practice as well as classroom content.

NU 325 Acute Care Nursing

This course focuses on the secondary level of health care, specifically analyzing the cultural, spiritual biopsychosocial needs of clients with acute health problems and their families. Using a systems approach, the student examines the complex interrelationships between the client/family, the health care system, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on client/family adaptation and the professional nursing role in an acute care setting.

NU 326 Acute Care of the Child

This course focuses on the secondary level of health care, specifically examining the biopsychosocial needs of children and their families with acute multi-system health problems. Taken concurrently with NU 332, Family Health Nursing, it helps the student develop a lifespan perspective to acute care while allowing an in-depth exploration of the special needs and problems of the acutely ill child and his/her family in the acute care setting.

NU 332 Family Health Nursing

This course focuses on the adaptation of the family during child-bearing. It builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills and examines physiological, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, ethical, legal, and professional issues of care. Selected clinical experiences in maternal-newborn settings help the learner begin to develop critical thinking skills and competence in family health nursing.

NU 333 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the care of individuals with psychiatric/mental health problems and their families. The student examines major mental health problems across the lifespan, treatment modalities, and specific intervention strategies. Selected clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings facilitate the development of knowledge and skill.

NU 340 Community Nursing

The role of the professional nurse in the primary level of health care is explored. Using client models, nursing process and the adaptation model, students learn to plan therapeutic nursing interventions for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of community settings. In addition, the course focuses on community and family assessment, communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills, epidemiology, research utilization, group process, and other strategies used in community health. Students develop competence in a clinical practice setting.

NU 345 Complex Care Nursing

In this synthesis course, students analyze the cultural, spiritual, biopsychosocial needs of clients and their families who face complex multi-system health problems across the wellness-illness trajectory, with a focus on the transition from acute care to rehabilitation or long term care in institutional settings. Using a case study approach, students examine the complex interrelationships between client/family, the health care system and nursing. Emphasis is placed on adaptation, nursing process, and the professional role. Students apply critical thinking, decision making, and communication skills in selected clinical settings that will enhance their ability to develop therapeutic nursing interventions.

Regis College Part-time BS in Nursing: Curriculum & Course Descriptions
Part-time BS in Nursing: Curriculum & Course Descriptions