BSN Track Course Descriptions and Prerequisites

N301 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology I: 3 Credit Hours
In this course, students apply their knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology to the development of an understanding of foundational pathophysiological concepts, such as cellular injury, loss/change of normal structure and function, inflammation, infection, and stress response and the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, manifestations, diagnosis and treatment modalities (including pharmacology) of selected health deviations. The disorders discussed are representative of those commonly occurring in the population. Emphasis is given to students’ development of an understanding of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and application of knowledge of major drug classifications/select prototype drugs to the safe administration of medications, effective monitoring, and appropriate evaluation of physiological responses (therapeutic and adverse) across the lifespan.

N306 Health Assessment and Promotion: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction to health assessment and promotion for adults of all ages. Emphasis is given to the theoretical concepts of physical assessment techniques, interviewing skills, focused body system assessments, genetic and health risk assessments and to the key elements of the physiological, developmental, spiritual, socioeconomic, cultural, and aging dimensions essential for holistic assessment. Students are introduced to evidence-based clinical assessment tools. (Co-requisite N308)

N308 Health Assessment and Promotion Lab: 1 Credit Hour
In this course, students master the skills required to collect a health history, perform health assessments, and provide basic health promotion teaching to adults of all ages. Faculty designed and guided skills laboratory and simulated learning experiences provide opportunities for students to gain the cognitive, technical, and interpersonal skills needed to perform comprehensive and focused assessments. Students utilize evidence-based clinical assessment tools to identify patient-specific health issues. Students document health assessment findings using appropriate medical terminology and current documentation methods, including electronic health records. Laboratory experiences provide students with opportunities to recognize abnormal assessment findings and to appropriately report findings to other interprofessional team members. (Co-requisite N306)

N338 Foundations of Professional Nursing: 4 Credit Hours
This course provides a foundation in the essential principles, concepts, and skills needed by the beginning nursing student learning the role of the nurse generalist. Students are introduced to legal/ethical principles, diverse health practices, health and illness concepts, healthcare systems, complementary and alternative therapies, evidence-based nursing practice, and the underlying principles and rationale for basic nursing skill procedures. Interprofessional communication, ethical comportment, and professional standards and values are presented as the concepts foundational to the professional nursing role. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in the provision of safe patient care, effective communication, accurate dosage calculation, safe medication administration, patient teaching, health promotion, the performance of basic nursing skills, and utilization of the nursing process. (Co-requisites: N301, N306, N308, N340, N342; Prerequisites: N301, N306, N308)

N340 Foundations of Professional Nursing Lab: 2.5 Credit Hours
In this course, students have the opportunity to learn and practice essential basic clinical nursing skills in the Nursing Skills Laboratory. Through the planned use of human patient simulators, database searching, and laboratory learning activities, students are able to apply basic nursing concepts and clinical reasoning to simulated clinical situations and to the performance of safe, evidence-based basic nursing skills. Students apply knowledge of current technological trends and utilize equipment for delivery and documentation of basic nursing care. (Co-requisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N342)

N342 Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical: 2.5 Credit Hours
Opportunities for the application of fundamental principles and the safe performance of basic nursing skills are provided through faculty-guided clinical learning experiences in adult healthcare settings and planned patient simulations in the Nursing Skills Laboratory. Supervised clinical experiences are designed to promote problem solving and clinical reasoning, to increase knowledge of nursing practice, and to promote skill development. Students provide direct nursing care for adults and older adults with acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of clinical settings. (Co-requisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N340)

N351 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology II: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides opportunities for student application of pathophysiological concepts to the study of the functional or physiological changes in the body that result from disease processes and for application of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and knowledge of major drug classifications/select prototype drugs to the safe administration of medications, effective monitoring of patient responses to medications, and the appropriate evaluation of physiological responses (therapeutic and adverse) across the lifespan. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to identify the etiology, clinical manifestations, and basic diagnostic and treatment modalities of major pathophysiological conditions and be able to discuss the basic actions and uses, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, contraindications, and implications of major drug classifications/prototype drugs. (Prerequisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N340, N342; Pre- and Co-requisites: N365, N376, N378, N380)

N365 Psychosocial and Ethical Aspects of Care: 2 Credit Hours
This course addresses the psychosocial and ethical aspects of caring for individuals and families across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on basic psychodynamic, psychosocial, and ethical principles, collaboration and therapeutic communication skills, understanding of human responses to a variety of life situations, life transitions, diverse lifestyles, self-efficacy and coping skills. (Prerequisites: N338, N340, N342; Pre- or Co-requisites: N351, N376, N378, N380)

N376 Adult Health Nursing: 4 Credit Hours
This course provides a theoretical foundation in the essential principles, concepts, and skills needed for the care of adult patients with alterations in health. Emphasis is focused on evidence-based nursing care of adult and older adult patients with acute/chronic alterations in health and expansion of students’ knowledge and application of the nursing process and key pharmacology and pathophysiology concepts. Concepts of aging, health promotion, and restoration of health are integrated throughout the course. (Prerequisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N340, N342; Co-requisites: N378, N380; Pre- or Co-requisites: N351, N365)

N378 Adult Health Nursing Lab: 1 Credit Hour 
In this course, students have the opportunity to learn and practice essential nursing skills in the care of adults with alterations in health. Students are given instruction and hands-on opportunities in the skills laboratory setting directed at the development of a curriculum specified a set of clinical skills and attributes. Through the planned use of human patient simulators, database searching, and laboratory learning activities, students are able to apply concepts and clinical reasoning to simulated clinical situations and to the performance of safe, evidence-based nursing skills. (Prerequisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N340, N342; Co-requisites: N351, N376, N380)

N379 Professionalism I: 1 Credit Hour

J1 Semester
Seat time occurs every other Monday for J1 students

Professionalism I is designed to promote students socialization into the profession of nursing and to assist in developing skills and strategies that will ensure success in effective transition into an evidence-based profession with an emphasis on professional writing and oral communication.

Objectives of Professionalism I:

  • 1Discuss the history of nursing.
  • Identify values and expectations that are foundational to Saint Luke’s nursing program.
  • Differentiate between the concepts of civility and incivility.
  • Explain nursing as a profession and core attributes of professionalism.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication that exhibits professionalism.
  • Develop skills for self-reflection, improved team collaboration, and conflict resolution.
  • Apply the concise rules of APA writing style.
  • Initiate development of a professional portfolio. 

N380 Adult Health Nursing Clinical: 3 Credit Hours
Opportunities for the application of theoretical concepts and performance of nursing skills specific to adult and older adult patients are provided through faculty-guided clinical learning experiences primarily in acute care settings. As the course progresses, students gain experience in caring for multiple patients. (Prerequisites: N301, N306, N308, N338, N340, N342; Co-requisites: N376, N378, N351)

N383 Professionalism II: 1 Credit Hour

J2 Semester
Seat time occurs every other Monday for J2 students

Professionalism II is designed to further promote students socialization into the profession of nursing. Students will explore the American Nursing Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice, discuss how the Nurse Practice Act influences nursing practice standards, and evaluate the legal and ethical implications of the nursing practice. 

Objectives of Professionalism II

  • Continue to develop a professional portfolio.
  • Describe how the American Nursing Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice are used in the nursing profession.
  • Explore ethical implications of nursing practice as delineated in the code of ethics.
  • Discuss the legal implications of the Nurse Practice Act and how it influences nursing practice standards.
  • Demonstrate skills for self-reflection, improved team collaboration and conflict resolution.
  • Contribute to a respectful learning environment.
  • Exhibit professional behavior in all interactions.

N387 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an understanding of research designs, methodologies, ethics, and critique for use in their development of evidence-based practice. Through student collaboration on an evidence-based project, the emphasis is given to refinement of students’ abilities to retrieve, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate evidence for enhancement of the quality and safety of patient outcomes. (Prerequisites: N338, N340, N342)

N450 Community Centered Care I: 5 Credit Hours
This course presents a multi-systems approach to preparing students to care for individuals, families, and aggregates across the lifespan within dynamic community environments in a changing healthcare system. This course provides students with opportunities to expand their knowledge in specific areas related to nursing practice: maternal-child, mental health, and community health nursing. This course is offered in a hybrid format in which students become members of a virtual community, providing the context for applied learning. (Prerequisites: N351, N365, N376, N378, N380; Co-requisite: N451 and N452; Pre- or Co-requisites: N387) 

N451 Community Centered Care II: 5 Credit Hours 
This course continues a multi-systems approach designed to prepare students to care for individuals, families, and aggregates across the lifespan within dynamic community environments in a changing healthcare system. This course provides students with opportunities to expand their knowledge in specific areas related to nursing practice: maternal-child, mental health, and community health nursing. It is offered in a hybrid format in which students become members of a virtual community, providing the context for applied learning. (Prerequisites: N351, N365, N376, N378, N380; Co-requisite: N452 and N450; Pre- or Co-requisites: N387) 

N452 Community Centered Care Clinical I: 3 Credit Hours
This clinical course sets the context for students to care for individuals, families, and aggregates across the lifespan in a variety of settings. This course provides students opportunities to apply their skills in specific areas related to nursing practice: maternal-child, mental health, and community health nursing. The students will become members of a community, with the focus on care of vulnerable populations. (Prerequisites: N351, N365, N376, N378, N380; Co-requisite: N450 and N451; Pre- or Co-requisites: N387) 

N475 Nursing Leadership: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with information regarding the NCLEX-RN® test plan and testing process and application for RN licensure. Emphasis is given to aggregate and individual remediation based on NCLEX-RN® predictor performance. Additionally, this course provides seminars focused on entry into the profession and the professional issues that confront the registered nurse. Prerequisites: N450, N452, N387; Pre- or Co-requisites: N486, N488)

N486 Complex Care of Adults: 4 Credit Hours
This course provides students with the concepts and skills necessary for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care for patients with complex, multi-system alterations in health as a result of disease or trauma. Emphasis is focused on evidence-based nursing care practices for adults and older adults with complex health problems and on the expansion of the student’s knowledge and application of the nursing process and key pharmacological and pathophysiological concepts. There is also the emphasis on concepts and application of nursing strategies related to multiple contexts, including acuity, health promotion and restoration, cultural, end-of-life, and ethical/moral phenomena. (Prerequisites: N450, N452; Co-requisite: N488; Pre- or Co-requisite: N475)

N488 Complex Care of Adults in Clinical and Simulation: 3 Credit Hours
The purpose of this course is to provide students with simulated and clinical experiences that allow them to apply theoretical concepts and skills related to the holistic and safe care of adults and older adults with complex, multi-system alterations in health as a result of disease or trauma. Emphasis is on evidence-based nursing care practices and effective decision making and priority setting for patients in a variety of settings, including critical care, emergency care, and rehabilitation. Emphasis will also be placed on effective nursing strategies for managing patients with varied potential for health restoration and wellness following acute illness or injury. (Prerequisites: N450, N452; Co-requisite: N486; Pre- or Co-requisite: N475)

N494 Transition to Professional Practice: 2 Credit Hours
This course provides students with the basic management concepts and skills necessary for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care to a caseload of patients in an acute care hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on principles of effective health team communication, time management, priority setting, delegation, and utilization of material and human resources in the acute care setting, and on strategies to assure the safe transition of patients to and from the acute care health setting. (Prerequisites: All required courses. Co-requisite: N496)

N496 Transition to Professional Practice Clinical: 2 Credit Hours
Opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills inherent in the beginning practice role of a registered nurse (baccalaureate nurse generalist) and achievement of program student learning outcomes are provided in this five-week clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on the development of the first-level management skills necessary for the provision of nursing care to groups of patients in acute or sub-acute care settings. (Prerequisites: All required courses. Co-requisite: N494)

Nursing Electives – BSN Track

A variety of nursing electives will be offered, which will provide the student with opportunities for expanded experiences in nursing specialties and for personal and professional growth. 

Honors Elective: 1 Credit Hour 
This didactic course provides students with the opportunity to hone skills in searching and synthesizing literature and evaluating the quality of evidence that addresses a specific problem in a focused clinical area. Students will identify quality research, expert opinion, patient preferences, and clinical expertise to recommend best practices for an identified problem. Students will compare and contrast current practice to idealized practice and identify barriers to practice change. Course Objectives: 1. Participate in the process of retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence related to an identified clinical practice issue. (BSN Essentials 3.5) 2. Identify practice discrepancies between associated evidence and practice that impact safety and quality patient care. 3. Investigate best practice benchmarks by comparing specific indicators from identified institutions. 4. Create a presentation to summarize evidence, best practice, and benchmarking data to make recommendations for practice change. 5. Submit an abstract of the final presentation to a regional or national professional conference.

N311 Women’s Healthcare Issues: 2 Credit Hours
This elective didactic course will focus on a holistic approach to common health concerns of women. Emphasis will be on health promotion, the nurse’s role in primary prevention, and treatment alternatives. Students will explore strategies to educate women to effectively interact with a changing healthcare system. The impact of media on popular culture on women and their health will also be explored. (Prerequisite: None)

N319 Communicating with the Spanish Speaking Client: 2 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help the student learn about Hispanic culture and folkways as they impact the western healthcare model. Students will learn Spanish vocabulary pertaining to healthcare and will learn a basic form for asking questions and gathering information from the Spanish-speaking client. No prior experience in speaking Spanish is required for this course. (Prerequisite: None) 

N327 Holistic Health for Nurses: 2 Credit Hours
This elective didactic course explores the nurse’s journey to holistic health. The concepts of holism, healing, and the nurse as a healer, will be discussed. Students will assess their current health status and health practices. They will examine the integration of daily self-care and complementary and alternative therapies in order to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A variety of complementary and alternative healing modalities will be presented. (Prerequisite: None)

N331 Caring for Clients at Camp: 1 Credit Hour
This elective didactic course provides an opportunity for the student to acquire knowledge and skills needed to provide healthcare for clients in the camp setting. The role of the nurse in providing primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention is emphasized. Nursing process, principles of growth and development, nutrition, and legal issues are integrated throughout the course. (Prerequisite: N338, N340, N342; Co-requisite: N332) 

N332 Camp Practicum: 1 Credit Hour 
Clinical experiences will be in a residential camp setting and are limited to students who have completed first semester courses and are concurrently taking N331. The student will participate in pre-camp planning sessions, camp activities, and post-camp evaluation in this elective clinical course. (Prerequisite: N376, N378, N380; Co-requisite: N331) 

N337 The Nurse’s Role in Cardiac Monitoring: 2 Credit Hours
This elective didactic course will explore the role of the nurse in the care of clients with cardiac arrhythmias. A brief overview of cardiac anatomy and physiology will be included to provide a solid basis for electrocardiography, arrhythmia identification, common treatments, and nursing implications, along with primary, secondary, and tertiary care of the client with cardiac arrhythmias. Anti-arrhythmic medications and the related nursing implications will also be covered. Clinical case studies will be used to enhance learning. (Prerequisite: N338, N340, N342)

N347 Exploring Oncology Nursing: 2 Credit Hours
This course addresses theoretical concepts and scientific principles surrounding the practice of Oncology Nursing. Primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions for the adult client with cancer are discussed. Emphasis is placed on helping persons with cancer and their caregivers to cope with commonly encountered issues associated with cancer therapies, advanced disease states, oncologic emergencies, end of life issues, and cancer survivorship.

N353 Animals in Healthcare: 2 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the role that animals have in today’s healthcare systems. Coursework emphasizes the utilization of animals in nursing homes, physical therapy, and hospitals. The course will incorporate a combination of classroom-based seminars, FEMA Animals in Disaster self-study program, research into the role animals play in the well-being of patients, and clinical experiences at a variety of sites. Students will develop an understanding of the importance animals play in the health and well-being of many patients. (Prerequisite: None)

N357 Global Issues and Community Health: 1 Credit Hour
This elective didactic course provides students with the opportunity to explore the impact of international policy on the health and well-being of individuals and their communities in under-resourced countries. Additionally, the course provides an opportunity to explore the role of cultural beliefs, social justice, and health-seeking behaviors in vulnerable populations. (Co-requisite: N358) 

N358 Global Issues and Community Health Clinical: 1 Credit Hour
Students that participate in this elective clinical course will be involved in an international immersion experience in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own. This elective is developed to provide a learning experience through a service learning project with a focus on family and community health. Active clinical participation in thoughtfully organized, hands-on service experiences that meet community needs will be provided. (Pre- or Co-requisite: N357)

N359 Introduction to Forensic Nursing: 2 Credit Hours
In this course, the learner is introduced to the principles and standards of the Forensic Nursing specialty. This course blends an online, classroom, and simulation laboratory approach to providing the learner with the knowledge and skills for applying the content in real world situations. Speakers from the criminal justice system, MOCSA, Rose Brooks Center and others augment and reinforce the concepts of forensic care. Didactic includes, but is not limited to contemporary social issues with impact on the specialty, such as intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, elder and child abuse, and cultural diversity; and principles and techniques of forensic science, collection and preservation of biological evidence, forensic photography, forensic toxicology and pharmacology, mechanisms of injury, witness testimony, and special issues facing the Forensic Nursing specialty. (Prerequisite: None)

N367 The Role of Case Management in Healthcare: 2 Credit Hours
This elective course will explore the role of the nurse in a hospital case management role. The course will emphasize case management concepts, principles, and strategies in the areas of utilization management, utilization review, and discharge planning. Students will develop an understanding that case management is a collaborative process designed to meet an individual’s health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. This course will incorporate a combination of seated class time and clinical experiences with a case manager in a hospital setting. (Prerequisite: None)

N369 Disaster Preparedness: 2 Credit Hours
This course is a four-day, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief field exercise in a complex emergency scenario. Topics include Leadership, Teamwork and Confidence Building, Incident Command System, Humanitarian Negotiations, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations, Disaster Medical Operations, Humanitarian Security. This course will be held in the disaster-torn country of Atlantic Hope. Intense situations and realistic scenarios will depict disaster situations and appropriate responses. Coursework will include disaster preparedness training and debriefing after the exercise from a nurse’s perspective. (Prerequisites: N351, N376)

N371 Caring for Trauma Clients: 2 Credit Hours
This elective didactic course prepares the student to meet the needs of the trauma client with multiple body system involvement. The continuum of trauma care to include primary, secondary and tertiary care will be studied. The special needs that will encompass the five variables ensuring the holistic care of trauma clients and their families will be identified. The student will study trauma in a variety of settings. Care of both the adult and the pediatric client will be discussed. The different roles of trauma healthcare providers will be addressed: caregiver, counselor/teacher, collaborator/coordinator, and change agent. Client assessment, communication skills, teaching needs, and the nursing process will be stressed. (Prerequisite: N376, N378, N380)

N372 Perioperative Nursing: 2 Credit Hours
This elective clinical course is designed to assist the student in the delivery of quality nursing care to adult surgical clients. Using the variables of health as a basis for content, the preoperative and intraoperative phases of the surgical experience will be studied. Opportunities will be provided for students to increase their skills in the application of the nursing process. (Prerequisite: N376, N378, N380)

N377 Compassionate Listening: 2 Credit Hours
In nursing practice, the action of compassionate caring moves the nurse to a higher synthesis level and provides skills that are spoken and unspoken. This develops the art of nursing and balances the art with the science of nursing. The course will address nursing theories and theorists Jean Watson, Swanson, Leininger, and Benner. The course will utilize multiple educational styles to facilitate learning and self-exploration of personal and culture value systems of compassion. It will facilitate the development of caring for self, patient, and families. Additionally, this course emotionally equips the student to synthesize prior life experiences with academic knowledge, addresses issues relevant to the registered nurse and prepares the student for entry into the practice of nursing. (Prerequisite: None) 

N381 Medical Mission U.S.: 1 Credit Hour didactic
N382 Medical Mission U.S. Immersion: 1 Credit Hour clinical immersion

The goal of this medical mission trip is to introduce students to the culture and social issues of the Appalachia region through community-based learning. This elective course provides the opportunity for active participation in the community and direct relationship with Appalachian people. Exploration begins in the orientation classes where students become acquainted with the history, culture, social and public health challenges and health promotion facing the region through presentations, discussions, and selected readings. During the week in Appalachia students learn from individuals and community-based organizations focusing on basic physiologic needs, education, health, and the environment. Follow-up will include analysis and synthesis of insights gained during the week.