Nursing Course Descriptions

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NSG 2111 - Professional Nursing and Health Care I - 2 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to professional nursing roles. The concepts included will be: patient-centered care; safety; clinical judgment; communications (therapeutic); role development; ethics; spirituality (personal) and will be explored from the perspective of the developing professional nurse.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2510, CHM 1040, PSY 2208, PSY 3341, SOC 1125, SOC 2433

Corequisite Courses: BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2222, NSG 2333


NSG 2222 - Recipient of Care Across the Lifespan I: Individuals - 2 cr.
Introduces the student to individuals across the lifespan from a nursing perspective. Focused concepts include; growth and development, functional ability, and genetics/genomics. Students will perform developmental and functional health assessments on healthy individuals in community settings as well as apply all three concepts to selected exemplars.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2510, CHM 1040, PSY 2208, PSY 3341, SOC 1125, SOC 2433

Corequisite Courses: BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2333


NSG 2333 - Health Continuum I: Individual Adaptive Responses - 3 cr.
Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals through the application of concepts in classroom, laboratory, and simulated patient care settings. Students learn principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safety and essential nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. The focus is on the individual’s adaptation to health challenges and transitions, including the concepts of sensory perception, pain, mobility, thermoregulation, coping and stress. This course is a total of 3 credits; 2 credits of classroom/ theory and 1 credit of skills/ simulation lab.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2510, CHM 1040, PSY 2208, PSY 3341, SOC 1125, SOC 2433

Corequisite Courses: BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2222


NSG 3111 - Professional Nursing & Health Care II - 2 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to principles of evidence-based nursing practice, and the use of technology and informatics to seek and analyze knowledge that influences nursing practice. Students will explore how professional communication within the interdisciplinary healthcare team influences safety and patient/family/community health outcomes. Students will develop a deeper understanding of clinical judgment and its application to nursing practice.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2222, NSG 2333

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3334, NSG 3370


NSG 3112 - Professional Nursing & Health Care III - 3 cr.
Explores intermediate level concepts of professional nursing role development including health promotion, patient education and care coordination for individuals and families. Nursing informatics principles are used to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Health literacy is explored in the context of patient education and health promotion.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3111, NSG 3334, NSG 3370, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3222, NSG 3337


NSG 3222 - Recipient of Care Across the Lifespan II: Families and Communities - 3.5 cr.
This course transitions students toward caring for family and community. Focused topics include examining determinants of health in terms of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, impact of culture/inclusivity, family dynamics, and concept of caregiving.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3111, NSG 3334, NSG 3370, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3337


NSG 3334 - Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses - 6 cr.
Focuses on the individual’s response to health and illness challenges across the lifespan. Concepts covered are metabolic changes, fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, infection, and safe medication administration. Students will apply principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safe nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3 credits of classroom/ theory, 2 credits of skills/ simulation lab and 1 credit of clinical.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2222, NSG 2333

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3111, NSG 3370


NSG 3337 - Health Continuum III: Psychosocial Responses - 5.5 cr.
Focuses on the assessment and the health promotion of individuals, childbearing families and communities experiencing psychosocial health transitions. This course incorporates increasingly complex critical thinking and therapeutic communication skills, as well as care management for individuals experiencing stressful transitions across the lifespan. Nursing care that promotes and supports the emotional, mental, and social well –being of the client experiencing stressful events, as well as clients with acute and/or chronic mental illness will be examined. The health needs of families during the prepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods will be explored. Concepts examined are grief and loss, mood and affect, anxiety, addictions, psychosis, interpersonal violence, sexuality and reproduction. This course is a total of 5.5 credits; 3.0 credits of classroom/ theory, 1.5 credits of clinical/simulation and 1 credit of lab.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3111, NSG 3334, NSG 3370, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3222


NSG 3355 - Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing ( Integrations: VIOP - Open ) - 4 cr.
Emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as the impact that information technology has on nursing practice.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 3361


NSG 3361 - Dimensions Professional NSG - 4 cr.
Presents an overview of professional nursing practice, focusing on the roles and characteristics of the baccalaureate nurse that are requisite in a changing health care delivery system. Theory and philosophy of nursing will be emphasized and historical perspectives that have had an impact on the profession explored.


NSG 3370 - Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice - 4 cr.
Introduces foundational concepts in human physiology, common deviations from normal body function, and clinical manifestations of altered physiologic balance, as well as complementary pharmacology related to pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis is on understanding and applying new knowledge in the analysis and treatment of common clinical presentations encountered by the registered nurse across the lifespan.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2520, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2222, NSG 2333

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3111, NSG 3334


NSG 3600 - Introduction to Nursing Practice - 4 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to assessment and skills emphasizing application of critical thinking required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals in a holistic manner across the lifespan. Students are introduced to assessment of sensory perception, perfusion & oxygenation, integument, and elimination, and the concepts of mobility, and safe medication administration practices. This course is a total of 4 credits; 2 credits of theory, 2 lab (60 hours).

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3645, NSG 3660, NSG 3867


NSG 3645 - Professional Nursing I - 2 cr.
Introduces concepts related to professional nursing at the baccalaureate level including nursing roles, holistic nursing, patient centered care, evidence based practice, patient safety and quality improvement. This is a foundational course for students to begin examining nursing issues affecting health care today.

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3660, NSG 3867


NSG 3660 - Health Transitions I - 0-6 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to concepts of infection, inflammation, thermoregulation, pain, comfort, sensory perception, oxygenation, acid base, perfusion, tissue integrity, elimination, fluid and electrolytes, cellular regulation, development, behaviors, cognition, mood, coping, and stress. This is an introductory medical-surgical nursing theory course with a clinical component in an acute care setting. This course is a total of 6 credits; 4 theory, 2 clinical (90 hours).

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3867


NSG 3777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Topics.


NSG 3845 - Professional Nursing II - 2 cr.
Builds on concepts related to professional nursing and role development at the baccalaureate level. Emphasis is on cultural competence, health care in rural environments, communication, and the interdisciplinary health care team.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3660, NSG 3867

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3870, NSG 3871


NSG 3867 - Evidence-Based Practice - 1 cr.
This course introduces the nursing student to evidence-based practice and the role of the nurse as consumer of nursing research.

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3660


NSG 3870 - Health Transitions II - 7 cr.
Builds on the concepts of perfusion, oxygenation, acid base, fluid/electrolytes, and mobility. New concepts introduced include metabolism chronic illness, self, sexuality, reproduction, and family. Students will continue to develop critical thinking skills required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals and families in a holistic manner across the lifespan. This medical-surgical nursing theory course includes a clinical component in a rural or underserved setting. This course is a total of 7 credits; 5 theory and 2 clinical (90 hours).

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3660, NSG 3867

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3871


NSG 3871 - Integrative Lab I - 2 cr.
This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing health transitions.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3660, NSG 3867

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3867, NSG 3870


NSG 3999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent study in nursing.


NSG 4112 - Professional Nursing and Health Care IV - 4 cr.
Explores holistic nursing leadership roles for the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Concepts in this course include leadership, healthcare quality from a systems perspective, health policy, and health care law. Topics include health care organizations and economics, and professional career management. This course examines health inequity including social determinants of health (e.g., socioeconomic status, educational level, geographic, race, gender, sexual orientation and others) as they relate to health policy and healthcare systems.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3222, NSG 3337, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4222, NSG 4337


NSG 4113 - Professional Nursing & Health Care V - 5 cr.
Transitions students to professional nurse through active classroom learning activities and simulation. Students will synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes from their classroom and clinical experiences in concurrent capstone coursework. Promotes socialization into professional nursing practice. Prepares for NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4112, NSG 4222, NSG 4337

Corequisite Course: NSG 4437


NSG 4222 - Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III: Populations, Community, and​ World - 3 cr.
Examines public health concepts from a local, national and global perspective. Application of public health principles will be applied to community-based nursing practice. Focused topics include examining disaster and bioterrorism preparation and response, by studying current trending global disease, how the environment impacts health, and comparing and contrasting nursing care for urban, rural, and underserved populations. Application of community assessment, social determinants of health, and public health frameworks will guide the creation and implementation of community health projects.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3222, NSG 3337, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4112, NSG 4337


NSG 4337 - Health Continuum IV: Responses to Complex Illness - 0-6 cr.
Focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Complex concepts will be explored which include: cellular regulation, immunity/inflammation, clotting, cognition and intracranial regulation.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3222, NSG 3337, PSY 3331

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4112, NSG 4222


NSG 4437 - Health Continuum V: Capstone - 3 cr.
Facilitates the transition from student to professional nurse. The student will be immersed in clinical settings supervised by professional nurse preceptors. These experiences will develop clinical reasoning skills and promote socialization into the nursing profession. Students may be assigned to a variety of healthcare organizations and may care for diverse patient populations. Select students will experience international service learning integrated into their captstone placement.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4112, NSG 4222, NSG 4337

Corequisite Course: NSG 4113


NSG 4446 - Holistic Nursing - 2 cr.
Examine holistic integrative healthcare systems. Students will explore integrative therapies effective for promoting healing in self and clients. Focus is on preparation for practice with sound knowledge of integrative therapies.


NSG 4447 - Transcultural Nursing - 0-2 cr.
Apply principles of public health and service-learning in a cultural immersion experience to meet the identified needs of vulnerable populations. Faculty consent required. Prerequisites will vary depending on program.


NSG 4472 - Leadership in Nursing - 4 cr.
Provides an analysis of historical and current issues affecting professional nursing practice. Professional nursing in a changing health care delivery system is examined from a leadership perspective.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3355, NSG 3361


NSG 4555 - Nursing Internship - 0-4 cr.
Internship.


NSG 4570 - Population Care - 4 cr.
Applies public health principles to nursing practice from a population-based individual, community and system level. This course examines public health from a local, national and global perspective. This course does not meet Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse. Certification requires the additional 1 credit clinical course, NSG 4571.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3355, NSG 3361


NSG 4571 - Population Care: Clinical Application - 1 cr.
Practices assessment of communities' assets and liabilities in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations with the goal of improving their health. Successful completion of this clinical course, combined with NSG 4570 or public/community health theory based equivalent course, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3355, NSG 3361, NSG 4570


NSG 4580 - Holistic Assessment in Nursing - 4 cr.
Builds on assessment information from the associate degree/diploma level of nursing education. The holistic health assessment needs of culturally diverse, rural and unique populations, are examined. Family assessment and environmental assessment are introduced.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 3361


NSG 4590 - RN to BS Portfolio Introduction - 4 cr.
Introduces the RN to BS student to the Nursing Portfolio guidelines and provides faculty guidance for completion of the two introductory portfolio objectives with supporting documentation. Addresses critical thinking, the development of a personal philosophy of nursing, career planning, and the use of self-reflection in portfolio narratives.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3355, NSG 3361


NSG 4645 - Professional Nursing III - 2 cr.
Builds on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on evolving nursing issues and professional development.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3870, NSG 3871

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4660, NSG 4661, NSG 4674


NSG 4660 - Health Transitions III - 6 cr.
Introduces increasingly complex cases and new concepts including grief and loss, immunity, behaviors, and violence. This is an advanced medical-surgical nursing theory course with a clinical component in an acute care setting. This course is a total of 6 credits; 4 theory and 2 clinical.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3870, NSG 3871

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4645, NSG 4661, NSG 4674


NSG 4661 - Integrative Lab II - 2 cr.
Engages the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing increasingly complex health transitions.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3870, NSG 3871

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4645, NSG 4660, NSG 4674


NSG 4665 - End of Life - 2 cr.
Introduces students to concepts of death and dying, palliative care, culturally sensitive care, holistic symptom relief, and provides an opportunity to practice skills in lab and hospice clinical setting.


NSG 4670 - Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Client - 2 cr.
Provides nursing fundamentals in the care of patients experiencing critical care. The course requires synthesis of pathophysiologic, pharmacologic, and therapeutic concepts. Utilization of family theory, stress-adaptation, psychosocial concepts and legal/ethical issues are incorporated throughout. Corequisite: Any 4000 level Post Baccalaureate Nursing course


NSG 4674 - Community Health - 3 cr.
Introduces the concept of population-based practice and builds upon previous concepts of advocacy, health promotion/disease prevention, immunity, infection, and safety from a public health context. Successful completion of this course, combined with NSG 4874 or public health clinical application equivalency in the community, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3870, NSG 3871

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4645, NSG 4660, NSG 4661


NSG 4700 - HSC Interdisciplinary Leadersh - 2 cr.
This course focuses on specific leadership strategies of building respect and collaboration among members of health science disciplines through patient/client centered and ethical decision-making approaches. Students will have opportunities to develop skills to function as leaders representing their professions as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the ATHENS EHR System, which is a state-of-the-art electronic health record, will be used by students in this course to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


NSG 4777 - Nursing Elective - 2 cr.
Investigation of topics related to professional nursing.


NSG 4801 - Interprofessional Care Coordination of Veterans - 2 cr.
A seminar course presented in four modules incorporating the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies: roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3112, NSG 3222, NSG 3337, PSY 3331


NSG 4845 - Professional Nursing IV - 3 cr.
Builds on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on leadership, quality improvement, and professional development. Students apply the content and principles examined in Professional Nursing III for application in practice. The skill of writing is essential for student success as a professional nurse and leader. Students complete a series of writing assignments including position papers, reflective journaling, professional reports and presentation with an emphasis on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students also complete 45 hours of clinical working with a nurse in a leadership position.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4660, NSG 4661, NSG 4674

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4874, NSG 4880


NSG 4874 - Community as ClientPopulation-Based Care: Clinical Application - 2 cr.
Practices community assessment and the delivery of population-based care in meeting the needs of the community. Through simulation and civic engagement in the community, students gain competency in public health nursing practice. Successful completion of this clinical course, combined with NSG 4674 or public/community health theory based equivalent course, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4660, NSG 4661, NSG 4674

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4845, NSG 4880


NSG 4880 - Capstone Course - 6 cr.
As a culminating advanced medical-surgical nursing theory course with a lab and clinical component, this course builds upon previous concepts, introduces new concepts of intracranial regulation and trauma, and immerses the student in an extended precepted clinical experience to promote transition from student to professional nurse. This course is a total of 6 credits; 2 theory, 1 lab, and 3 clinical (135 hours).

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4660, NSG 4661, NSG 4674

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4845, NSG 4874


NSG 4990 - RN to BS NSG Portfolio Continuation - 0 cr.
Maintains active student status, until the RN to BS Nursing Portfolio is complete and all graduation requirements have been met. A course fee will be attached to this course.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 4590


NSG 4998 - RN to BS Nursing Portfolio - 13 cr.
Provides an opportunity for the RN student to obtain nursing credits for the major based on prior RN experience, using a portfolio. Graduation requirements mandate the completion of 15 total credits for the nursing portfolio. (2 cr. NSG 4590, 13 cr. NSG 4998)

Prerequisite Course: NSG 4590


NSG 4999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
With faculty approval and advisement, self-directed student planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of an independent learning experience focused on professional nursing.