For eligibility to seat for the exit exam and be considered a graduating from the BSN program, all students must complete the following courses:

Course Descriptions

SIE 1000 Health Science Core (5 credit hours)

This course covers health care core foundation skills required by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for all healthcare professionals. It covers knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and health occupations, knowledge of blood-borne diseases including HIV/AIDS, infection control procedures, information technology applications in healthcare, basic math and science skills, and legal and ethical responsibilities. Students who hold a current license in another healthcare professional may be entitled to a waiver under DOE rules.

BCS 1081 Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: N/A; Co-Requisite BCS 1081L

This course provides a systems-focused study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics build on foundations in basic chemistry and the study of cells and tissues to system structure and functions. These systems include the integumentary system, bones and skeletal tissues, joints, muscles, nervous system, special senses, and the endocrine system. The course focuses on the maintenance of the body via the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, as well as metabolism, acid-base balance, fluid and electrolyte balance, and nutrition.

BCS 1081L Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1 credit hour)

Prerequisite: N/A; Co-Requisite BCS 1081

This laboratory course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with BCS 1081. Students apply theory in a skills laboratory setting for maximum retention of concepts and knowledge.

The course requires 30 clock hours of laboratory practice.

PHAR 1050 Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: N/A

This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to safely calculate, control, and administer medications. Emphasis is on actions, interactions, and adverse effects using the nursing process framework to address nursing implications for each drug classification.

NUR 1030 Nursing Process I (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: SIE 1000, BCS 1081, BCS 1081L, PHAR 1050; Co-Requisite NUR 1030L

This is a theoretical course for the beginning nursing student. The nursing Process provides students with the fundamentals of nursing including basic skills such as health assessment, health teaching, legal aspects of nursing practice, communication techniques, the nursing process, and the role of the nurse as a member of the health care team. This course also includes explanations of specific physiological and psychological human needs such as hygiene, sleep and rest, sensory, grief and loss, and self-concept and the nurse’s role in assisting a person to meet these needs, while being sensitive to cultural diversity, human dignity, and developmental progression. This course also includes growth and development related to the stages of adulthood, the aging process, and appropriate nursing interventions using critical thinking skills, safety in the geriatric environment, use of assistive devices, and elder abuse. The student is introduced to cultural and environmental influences that affect the care of the adult patient. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with the appropriate nursing care and related signs and symptoms as presented by the patient are incorporated in the course.

NUR 1030L Nursing Process I Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: SIE 1000, BCS 1081, BCS 1081L, PHAR 1050; Co-Requisite NUR 1030

This laboratory and clinical course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1030 and is for the beginning nursing student. Initially, skills are learned during 30 clock hours in the simulation laboratory. Then, the student is introduced to direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in an inpatient setting, unusually a long-term care or rehabilitation facility.

Emphasis is placed on the care of the adult experiencing medical/surgical conditions. The focus is practical application and transference of the theoretical concepts covered in Nursing Process I.

NUR1032 Nursing Process II (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1030, NUR 1030L; Co-Requisite: NUR1032L

This course is an intermediate-level theoretical course in the nursing process. It is intended to be taken during the third term and builds on previously learned concepts and introduces more sophisticated nursing interventions related to medication administration; care of patients experiencing alterations in the basic needs of nutrition, elimination, comfort, fluid and electrolyte balance, oxygenation, mobility, asepsis; and care of the surgical patient.

NUR1032L Nursing Process II Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1030, NUR 1030L; Co-Requisite: NUR1032

This laboratory and clinical course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1032. Initially, the student participates in a 30-hour simulation laboratory where the instructor demonstrates concepts learned in the theoretical companion course and the student performs return demonstrations. Then, the student participates in direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in an inpatient setting.

NUR 1229 Health Alteration I (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1229L

The Health Alterations course is intended to be taken during the fourth term and is designed to provide the student with knowledge of alterations in ingestion, digestion, metabolism, and elimination throughout the life cycle. The major focus is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of adult and pediatric patients through the utilization of the nursing process. The student is expected to integrate principles of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the skin integrity and neurological systems into the nursing process. Components of pharmacology and nutrition are included in this course. Consideration is also given to the psychosocial aspects of the wellness/illness continuum. In this course, the student will be responsible for principles of alteration in mobility, skin integrity, and neurological functioning. Concepts of rehabilitation are emphasized.

NUR 1229L Health Alteration I Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1229

This laboratory and clinical course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1229. In this course, the student will be responsible for the nursing process to assigned patients with alterations in mobility, skin integrity, and neurological functions. The focus of this course is both clinical and evidence-based nursing through library projects. Evaluation is based on the application of the nursing process to assigned patients. The course requires 30 clock hours of laboratory, including library projects, and 45 clock hours in a clinical setting.

NUR 1315 Health Care of Women (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1315L

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of the reproductive system and health care needs of women throughout the life cycle. The major focus is directed to the childbearing portion of the life cycle. The student is expected to utilize the nursing process in providing nursing care to the maternity patient, her family, and the fetus/newborn during antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods. Consideration is given to the multiple factors that complicate the normal physiological or psychological process of the childbearing period.

NUR 1315L Health Care of Women Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1315

Health care of women is a laboratory and clinical companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1315. Initially, the student participates in a 30-hour simulation laboratory where the instructor demonstrates concepts learned in the theoretical companion course and the student performs return demonstrations. Then, the student participates in direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in a maternity ward where the focus is on the care of the maternity patient, her family, and the fetus/newborn during antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.

NUR 1510 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1510L

This course provides the student with a definition and understanding of psychiatric nursing. The nursing process is utilized to present pathological conditions. Therapeutic modalities are included.

NUR 1510L Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1032, NUR 1032L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1510

This laboratory and clinical course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1510. Initially, the student participates in a 30-hour simulation laboratory where the instructor demonstrates concepts learned in the theoretical companion course and the student performs return demonstrations. Then, the student participates in direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in an inpatient setting where patients are being treated for substance abuse and/or other mental health conditions.

NUR 1411 Pediatric Nursing (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1229, NUR 1229L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1411L

This pediatric course is designed to provide an understanding of growth and development through the stages of childhood and the application of the nursing process to these stages.

NUR 1411L Pediatric Nursing Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1229, NUR 1229L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1411

This laboratory and clinical course is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1411. Initially, the student participates in a 30-hour simulation laboratory where the instructor demonstrates concepts learned in the theoretical companion course and the student performs return demonstrations using child manikins. Then, the student participates in direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in a clinical setting such as a pediatric medical practice.

NUR 2118 Health Alteration II (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1229, NUR 1229L; Co-Requisite: NUR 2118L

This intermediate-level course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of alterations in ingestion, digestion, metabolism, and elimination throughout the life cycle. The major focus is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of adult and pediatric patients through the utilization of the nursing process. The student is expected to integrate principles of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the digestive and genitourinary systems into the nursing process.

Components of pharmacology and nutrition are included in this course. The course also addresses the psychosocial aspects of the wellness/illness continuum.

NUR 2118L Health Alteration II Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1229, NUR 1229L; Co-Requisite: NUR 2118

This laboratory and clinical is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 2118. The course begins with a 30-hour simulation laboratory rotation where the instructor demonstrates concepts learned in the theoretical companion course and the student performs return demonstrations. Then, the student participates in direct patient care during a 45-clock hour clinical rotation in an inpatient setting where ingestion, digestion, metabolism, and elimination of child and adult patients are the focus.

NUR 1453 Health Alteration III (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 2118, NUR 2118L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1453L

This advanced course in health alteration is the third in a series of health alteration courses. It adds more complex systems to the prior health alteration coursework and is designed to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to implement the nursing process on patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction throughout the life cycle. The focus is the pathophysiology, common medical, diagnostic, and treatment models, nursing assessments, and interventions necessary to treat those patients. The students are responsible for reviewing anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and pediatric and psychiatric principles as they apply to this course

NUR1453L Health Alteration III Clinical Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 2118, NUR 2118L; Co-Requisite: NUR 1453

This laboratory and clinical is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1453. In this course, the student will be responsible for applying the nursing process to assigned patients with alterations in cardiopulmonary functions. The laboratory component requires an evidence-based research project. The externship component is evaluated based upon the student’s application of the nursing process to assigned patients. The course requires 30 clock hours of laboratory and 45 clock hours in a clinical setting.

NUR 1046  Trends, Practices and Role with Personal, Family and Community Health Concepts (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1453, NUR 1453L

This is an advanced course designed to provide the knowledge necessary to move from the role of a student to that of a graduate nurse. The focus is directed toward the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of the nurse in managerial and coordinating roles. The course includes guest lectures by nurses performing the role in different settings at a managerial level.

NUR 1046L Trends, Practice, and Role with Personal, Family and Community Health Concepts Laboratory and Practicum (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 1453, NUR 1453L

This laboratory and clinical is a companion course to be taken concurrently with NUR 1046. The laboratory component of the course includes career planning advice, hire-ability training, and job search and interviewing simulation. The clinical component of the course involves clinical training in a community health setting where the student is expected to assume a hands-on role providing care and nursing advice to patients in the presence and under the supervision of a nurse preceptor.

NUR2000 Nutrition for the Health Professional (3 credit hours)

This course is a survey of human nutrition in health care and the principles for maintaining good health through nutrition. It addresses health hazards associated with dietary deficiencies, obesity, fad dieting, food contamination, diet management of selected diseases, and functional roles of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, this course addresses introductory concepts, procedures, education, and licensing in alternative and complementary medicine.

NUR 2001 Health Care Ethics (3 credit hours)

 This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought process to understand, evaluate, and participate in ethical decision making.

NUR 2010 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Education (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 1030, NUR 1030L, NUR 1046

This course is designed to assist the adult learner in making the transition to the university setting and the role of the nursing student. During this course, students are introduced to skills that facilitate success in achieving their educational goals. Opportunities for writing and library searches will be provided. The use of technology as a tool for learning and time management are additional skills that are emphasized. This course involves active participation in cooperative group activities as well as individualized activities.

NUR 2014 Transition to Professional Nursing (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 2010

This course focuses on the role transition to professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. Students explore the history of nursing and how society views the nursing profession.

NUR2184 Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 2001

This course emphasizes the physiological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables related to pathophysiology. The student integrates and applies pathophysiological concepts to client care in the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to attain, maintain, and retain the health state. Contemporary trends, legal and ethical issues, and health promotion concepts pertaining to pathophysiological stressors are explored.

NUR2190 Health Assessment (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 2184

This course focuses on health assessment skills and emphasizes data collection. Students are expected to use assessment skills in identifying pertinent data as it relates to physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables and use this data to identify stressors in assigned clients and develop appropriate primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing preventions/interventions to attain, maintain, or retain lines of defense in these clients.

NUR3015 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 2190

This course focuses on the acquisition, evaluation, utilization, and interpretation of nursing theories as a foundation for nursing practice. Selected behavioral, social, and physical science theories impacting nursing practice are explored as a basis for understanding self and others as individuals, families, groups, and communities.

NUR3045 Nursing in Today’s Health Care Environment (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 3015

This course explores contemporary trends in health care delivery systems and professional nursing practice. Students integrate knowledge from previous courses, including exploring health care system quality and safety, evidence-based practice, technology, informatics, and the nurse’s role in today’s health care delivery system. This course examines the relationships between quality of care, cost of care, and safety, as well as the regulatory effects on patient care and cost. Students develop skills to address relevant issues within today’s health care delivery system. Trends in health care informatics are explored and the effects of nursing informatics on communication and safety are analyzed.

NUR3098 Theoretical Applications in Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 3045

This course introduces concepts of critical analysis and outcomes research. Students analyze the scientific merit of quantitative and qualitative research reports with an emphasis on application to, and implication for evidence-based nursing practice as it relates to primary, secondary, and tertiary preventions/interventions. Students also are exposed to contemporary trends and legal and ethical issues guiding the research process.

NUR4001 The Nurse as a Leader and Manager (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 3098

This theory-based nursing course is designed to assist the nursing student in focusing on basic concepts that relate to leadership; management; and working with individuals, families, groups, and communities in providing nursing care. The legal and ethical issues regarding delegation, risk management, and client care will be discussed. Contemporary trends in leadership and management theories will be explored.

NUR4020 The Business of Health Care (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 4001

This web-enhanced course examines the financial environment of the health services industry and how it affects today’s nurse manager role. Students examine the principles of financial accounting and budgeting. This course presents the concepts of cost and revenue, basic vocabulary, processes, functions, and reports commonly seen in health care environments, including types of budgets and considerations for and use of human and material resources.

NUR4130 Concepts of Community-Based Nursing (4 credit hours)

Prerequisite: NUR 4020

This course provides the foundation for developing and using nursing theory and theories from other disciplines that, in turn, provide the foundation for developing and using epidemiological theory and concepts in planning and implementing primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention for at-risk aggregates and communities. It focuses on the process of conceptualizing individuals, families, groups, and communities within their environments. Students will learn to facilitate health care delivery to aggregates and communities of diverse cultures, using effective communication, negotiation, problem-solving skills, and collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team and members of the community. Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate health and wellness within primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention using principles of evidence-based practice. Contemporary trends in community-based nursing practice will be discussed. Students will also examine the economic, sociocultural, legal, and ethical influences on community-based nursing practice.

NUR4160 Genetics for Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

 Prerequisite: NUR 4130

This course will focus on providing students with a fundamental understanding of human genetics and its role in pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of the disease. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in human genetics that contribute to an understanding of nursing or related health care. They will be asked to apply knowledge of inheritance and immunogenetics in predicting the possible effects of genetics on diseases, DNA-based genetic diagnoses, and gene therapy.