ACADEMICS

  • Nursing Courses

    Nursing Courses: Track I, II, and III

    (Open only to students who have been accepted into the undergraduate nursing major)
     
    TRACK I (Undergraduate)

    NU 200 Introduction to Professional Nursing I
    Prerequisites: BI 161, BI 162; BI 206; CH 112; EN 101, EN 102
    Corequisite: NU 205

    Philosophy and conceptual framework of the program is introduced. Nursing theory, history and professional practice roles are presented. Medical terminology is introduced as well as introduction to medication calculations.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 5 credits.
     
    NU 205 Pathophysiology
    Prerequisites: BI 161, BI 162; BI 206; CH 112; EN 101, EN 102
    Corequisite: NU 200

    Students will develop beginning principles in providing nursing care for individuals with altered pathophysiological responses
    Offered Fall semester every year. 3 credits.
     
    NU 210 Introduction to Professional Nursing II

    Prerequisites: NU 200, NU 205, PS 101, SO 100
    Corequisites: HE 120, NU 215, CS 124

    Health of individuals and families is assessed. Communication, physical assessment, nursing process and other skills for professional practice are introduced. Medication calculations continue and the administration of medication is introduced. Lecture, an on-campus laboratory on physical assessment and off-campus clinical experiences in sub-acute care agencies are included in this course.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 5 credits.
     
    NU 215 Pharmacology

    Prerequisites: NU 200, NU 205, PS 101, SO 100
    Corequisites: HE 120, NU 210, CS 124

    Students will learn underlying principles of safe and competent medication administration.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 3 credits.
     
    NU 310 Nursing Science I
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: NU 210, NU 215; HE 120, EN 102, CS 124, MA 150, BI 206
    Corequisite: NU 430

    Students will apply the nursing process when caring for the childbearing family and adult medical-surgical patients. Concepts of wellness, disease and health behaviors will be examined as the nursing process is operationalized in the care of adult medical-surgical patients and the childbearing family. Lecture and off-campus clinical experiences in maternal-child health nursing and medical-surgical nursing are included in this course.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 9 credits.
     
    NU 315 Group Communication Seminar I
    Prerequisites: NU 310, NU 430
    Corequisite: NU 340

    The focus of this course is on effectively assessing, analyzing and problem solving the processes of group interactions with peers in the classroom in order to integrate this information into various health care settings.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 1 credit.
     
    NU 340 Nursing Science II
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: NU 310, NU 430
    Corequisite: NU 31
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    Concepts of wellness, disease, and health behaviors are examined as the nursing process is operationalized in the care of pediatric patients and acutely ill medical-surgical patients. Lecture and an off-campus clinical experience are included in this course.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 9 credits.
     
    NU 415 Group Communication Seminar II
    Prerequisites: NU 315, NU 340
    Corequisite: NU 440

    The independent and interdependent role of the professional nurse as an agent of change is examined.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 1 credit.
     
    NU 430 Research Seminar in Nursing
    LASC - Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: MA 150
    Corequisite: NU 310

    The focus is on the development of the student as a consumer of nursing research and the utilization of research findings in practice.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 3 credits.
     
    NU 440 Nursing Science III
    Prerequisites: NU 315, NU 340
    Corequisite: NU 415

    Students practice professional nursing with acutely ill adults in mental health care settings and identify multiple aspects of community and public health issues. Critical thinking and decision making skills are developed and applied. Lecture and off-campus clinical experiences are included in this course.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 8 credits.
     

    NU 450 Leadership in Nursing
    Prerequisites: NU 415, NU 440
    Corequisites: NU 460, NU 470

    This course focuses on theories of leadership, management, delegation and supervision, which supports the knowledge, skill and values integrated by the nurse into professional leadership behavior. Current trends in nursing and in research relating to nursing leadership and management are explored.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 3 credits.
     

    NU 460 Nursing Science IV
    Prerequisites: NU 415, NU 440
    Corequisites: NU 450, NU 470

    The focus is on the study and practice of nursing directed at health promotion/restoration of clients with chronic person/environment disunity. Complex health problems are studied in classrooms and clinical settings.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 3 credits.
     
    NU 470 Nursing: Capstone
    Prerequisites: NU 415, NU 440
    Corequisites: NU 450, NU 460

    This seven (7) credit course focuses on Evidence Based Practice in which students will demonstrate the integration and synthesis of all previous learning in the nursing major. Preceptorship opportunities are available to eligible students.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 7 credits.

     
    TRACK II (RN-TO-BS)

    NU 332 Transition to Professional Nursing
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: BI 161, BI 162, EN 101, EN 102, PS 101, BI 206, MA 150, SO 100

    This course focuses on nursing knowledge and theory as foundations of professional nursing. The elements of the Department of Nursing’s conceptual nursing practice model are analyzed and examined in terms of nursing, diagnostic, and teaching-learning processes. Legal, ethical and environmental factors are studied in relation to their impact on person/environment unity.
    Offered Fall Semester every year at WSU
    Offered every Spring semester at UMASS Memorial Campus
    3 credits

     
    NU 342 Health Assessment
    Prerequisite: MA 150
    The nursing process is used as the organizing framework to identify person/environment unity of individuals. A variety of skills and theories relevant to professional nursing practice are utilized. The student will develop an increased knowledge base and skills related to performing a complete physical examination of the adult and pediatric client.
    Offered Fall Semester every year at WSU
    Offered every Spring semester at UMASS Memorial Campus
    4 credits.

     
    NU 430 Research Seminar in Nursing
    Refer to Track I Course Description
    Prerequisites: NU 342, NU 332, MA 150
    Corequisite: NU 432

    The focus is on the development of the student as a consumer of nursing research and the utilization of research findings in practice.
    Offered Fall semester every year at UMASS Memorial Campus
    Offered Spring Semester at WSU
    3 credits.

     
    NU 432 Advancing Nursing Perspectives in Chronic Illness
    Prerequisites: NU 342, NU 332, MA 150
    The focus of this course is on the study and practice of nursing directed at heath promotion/prevention/ restoration of clients with chronic person/environment disunity. Theories and environmental factors that influence health promotion, prevention and restoration of particular client populations are examined. The nursing practice model is further applied to maximize person/environmental unity of clients with chronic alterations in functional patterns.
    9 credits.
     
    NU 452 Professional Nursing Leadership in Organizations
    Prerequisites: NU 430, NU 432
    The course focuses on leadership management, delegation and supervision, which supports the knowledge, skills and values integrated by the professional RN leadership role in organizations.
    Offered Fall Semester each year at WSU and UMASS Memorial Campus. 3 credits.
     
    NU 472 Community Nursing Capstone Course
    Prerequisites: NU 430, NU 432
    The focus of this course is on the study and practice of community-oriented nursing. Theories and environmental factors which influence the health of communities are analyzed. The application of the nursing process and diagnostic reasoning in promoting the health of individuals, families and communities is emphasized. Clinically students collaborate with preceptor and faculty to integrate community/public health nursing theory into practice.
    9 credits.
     
    NU 525 Research for Evidence Based Practice
    Prerequisite: MA 150
    Students build upon previous learning of research design, methods and process. the critical relationship of research to nursing as a science as well as its development as a professional discipline.
    3 credits.

    TRACK III (Undergraduate) LPN-BS   
     
    NU 203 Transition from LPN to Professional Nursing
    Corequisites: NU 430, NU 205
    This course focuses on the transition from the Licensed Practical Nurse to the Baccalaureate prepared registered nurse. Emphasis will be placed on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing Nurse Practice Act in context of legal accountability and responsibility. Emphasis will be placed on the changing and expansion of critical thinking as a Registered Nurse. Included will be an exploration of the RN's role within the interdisciplinary health care team.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 1 credit.
     
    NU 205 Pathophysiology (refer to Track I course description)
     

    NU 213 Health Assessment
    Prerequisites: NU 203, NU 205, NU 430
    Corequisites: NU 215, CS 124, HE 120
    This course provides a foundation for nursing assessment of the adult client Interviewing techniques, health history taking, physical assessment and critical thinking skills are developed. Normal findings and deviations from normal are explored. Changes related to age are discussed. A clinical component allows students to apply classroom knowledge.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 2 credits.
     
    NU 215 Pharmacology (refer to Track I course description)
    Prerequisites: NU 213, NU 205, NU 430
    Corequisites: CS 124, HE 120, NU 213

    Offered every Spring

    NU 341 Nursing Care of the Medical Surgical Patient Bridge I
    Prerequisites: NU 213, NU 215, CS 124, HE 120
    This course provides the LPN with an understanding of the medical-surgical patient from the perspective of the registered nurse. Nursing process and the expansion of critical thinking to the level of the registered nurse are stressed. This course places emphasis on the professional nurse's care of the patient with complex medical-surgical issues in the acute care clinical setting.
    Offered summer session every year. 4 credits.
     
    NU 343 Nursing Care of the Family: Bridge II
    Prerequisites: NU 213, NU 215
    This course provides the LPN with an introduction to the role of the bachelor's prepared registered nurse in the care of the child-bearing family, family health promotion, high risk maternal-newborn care and clinical decision making. This course places emphasis on the multisystem pediatric and family-centered issues, complex nursing assessment with community and hospital based patients and families.
    Offered summer session every year. 5 credits.
     
    NU 430 Research Seminar in Nursing (refer to Track I course description)
    Prerequisites: BI 161, BI 162, BI 206, EN 101, EN 102, PS 101, SO 100, CH 112, MA 150
    Offered every Fall Semester 3 Credits.

     
    NU 440 Nursing Science III
    Prerequisites: NU 341, NU 343
    Students practice professional nursing with acutely ill adults in mental health care settings and identify multiple aspects of community and public health issues. Critical thinking and decision making skills are developed and applied. Lecture and off-campus clinical experiences are included in this course.
    Offered Fall semester every year. 8 credits.
     
    NU 450 Leadership in Nursing
    Prerequisite: NU 440
    Corequisites: NU 460, NU 470

    This course focuses on theories of leadership, management, delegation and supervision, which supports the knowledge, skill and values integrated by the nurse into professional leadership behavior. Current trends in nursing and in research relating to nursing leadership and management are explored.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 3 credits.
     
    NU 460 Nursing Science IV

    Refer to Track I course description
    The focus is on the study and practice of nursing directed at health promotion/restoration of clients with chronic person/environment disunity. Complex health problems are studied in classrooms and clinical settings. Preceptorship opportunities are available to eligible students.
    Offered every spring 3 credits.
     
    NU 470 Nursing: Capstone

    Prerequisite: NU 440
    Corequisites: NU 460, NU 460

    This 7-credit course focuses on Evidence Based Practice in which students will demonstrate the integration and synthesis of all previous learning in the nursing major.
    Offered Spring semester every year. 7 credits.
     
    NU 480 Independent Study
    Prerequisite: Consent of Department
    Opportunities for student to engage in special studies in nursing according to individual interests and faculty availability.
    Offered every year 1-6 credits.