Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed to support the learner through the organization and integration of content, skills, and procedures, along with a dynamic curriculum designed to increase student knowledge and competence and provide the foundation for progressively higher levels of nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is considered essential for registered nurses seeking broader professional responsibilities and career opportunities. Baccalaureate-level nurses are typically generalists that provide direct and indirect patient care. The program emphasizes professional growth and continuous learning, and features a capstone course and a professional development plan that includes career planning.

This program is only available to candidates who are residents of the state of Maine and enrolled at the Kaplan University location in Augusta, Maine, and candidates who enroll at the Kaplan University location in Omaha, Nebraska.

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  • Integrate theoretical and empirical knowledge from multiple fields of study, including the humanities, behavioral, mathematical, and biophysical sciences, and nursing, into a basis for formulating nursing practice decisions.
  • Apply the nursing process to the care of patients across the life span and in the continuum of health care environments to promote the achievement of positive patient outcomes.
  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to deliver competent, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate care as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Analyze the impact of power, politics, policy, and financial and regulatory guidelines on health systems.
  • Evaluate research for use in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of health care and information technologies in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning that reflects ethical, political, legal, and economic values in professional practice.
  • Apply effective communication and collaboration skills within the professional role.
  • Use evidence-based practice and the nursing process to develop solutions related to health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the life span.
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Prepare for Licensure

A student successfully completing the required plan of study and all other graduation requirements may be academically prepared to apply to take the licensing examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®).* While the courses in the program may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for this exam, Kaplan University cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. A student’s eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. 

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.



How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: Maine

Desired Track
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  • Maine
  • Omaha
  • Omaha Accelerated LPN-to-BSN
  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 182

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Non-Nursing Major Requirements

    Total Non-Nursing Major Requirements Credits: 36

    Total Program Credits: 182

    • MM 207: STATISTICS Change

      This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or higher

    • PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 115: PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION Change

      This is an introductory-level course in which students investigate the fundamental concepts of nutrition: food sources, nutrient function, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Special attention is given to learning to apply nutritional principles to food choices in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how nutritional needs change from infancy through adulthood including pregnancy and the senior stages of life.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I Change

      In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II Change

      In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but are not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. This course includes a lab component.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 121

    • SC 435: GENETICS Change

      This course explores the molecular basis of genetics as applied to human health, including developmental genetics, immunogenetics, and cancer genetics. Using case studies, students learn the role of dominant and recessive genes in various diseases and the importance of genetic counseling. In addition, students will discuss gene-mapping methodologies and ethical issues in the context of clinical genetics.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 144: SOCIOLOGY Change

      An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Nursing Major Requirements

    Total Nursing Major Requirements Credits: 103

    Total Program Credits: 182

    • NU 301: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING CARE Change

      This course introduces the student to the art and science of nursing. The student will learn to combine the cognitive, psychomotor, legal, and ethical skills necessary to provide safe, effective, and evidence-based care. Topics include patient safety, cultural competency, bathing and grooming, personal care, assisting with mobility, assisting with elimination, and professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on the beginning application of therapeutic communication techniques. Introductory application to documenting patient care, the clinical reasoning process, and health promotion will also be presented. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 309, SC 115, SC 131, SC 246, and SC 435 | Corequisite: NU 301ME

    • NU 301ME: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING CARE CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Fundamentals of Nursing Care course. Students will demonstrate basic nursing skills and the assessment techniques used to identify and communicate normal findings and common deviations from normal in laboratory, simulation, and clinical settings. Students will begin to plan basic nursing care for clients across the life span by identifying pathophysiological processes and nursing problems, and the appropriate interventions to address patients’ current health status. The student will demonstrate introductory documentation skills and use therapeutic communication techniques with patients and the members of the interdisciplinary team. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 309 | Corequisite: NU 301

    • NU 305: CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY Change

      In this course, students are taught basic principles of pharmacotherapy in relation to the treatment of health problems throughout the life span. Students learn the steps for all routes of medication administration. Course topics include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and basic pharmacology of commonly used medications. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of medications.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Corequisite: NU 301, NU301ME, or NU 307

    • NU 307: PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT Change

      In this course, students will learn approaches to the holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history will be presented. Assessment techniques including inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation will be applied to each body system. Students will differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Students will properly document subjective and objective assessment findings.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • NU 309: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSING Change

      This course explores the pathophysiology of common disease states emphasizing nursing application. The student will address scientific principles essential to understanding alterations in body systems and will develop professional nursing clinical decision making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the life span. The course examines implications for nursing practice on common alterations in body systems and addresses etiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate treatment of the disease process.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 131 and SC 246

    • NU 310: RESEARCH GUIDED EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE Change

      This course introduces evidence-based nursing practice guided by nursing research. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse as a consumer of research. The foundational components of the research process are delineated. You will develop critical thinking skills specifically required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice and improved health care. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of evidence to improve health care. You will complete 35 practice experience hours in this course.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 207 or equivalent

    • NU 311: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I Change

      This course prepares you to implement the nursing process in the care of adult health issues. Physiological, pathophysiological, and psychosocial concepts, care planning, and health promotion of the adult acute care patient will be addressed. The use of evidence-based practice and critical thinking will be emphasized. Nursing care from a holistic approach will be discussed. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 301 and NU 301ME, and NU 307 | Corequisite: NU 311ME, NU 305

    • NU 311ME: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the acute care of adult patients. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 90 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 301 and NU 301ME | Corequisite: NU 311

    • NU 321: NURSING CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES Change

      This course will prepare the student to provide care to women, newborns, and families during the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include general fertility issues, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. In addition, the course will consider common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 311 and NU 311ME | Corequisite: NU 321ME

    • NU 321ME: NURSING CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Childbearing Families course. Students will apply the nursing process to childbearing families in prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on care of childbearing families. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 311 and NU 311ME | Corequisite: NU 321

    • NU 327: NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND FAMILIES Change

      This course examines the health needs of children and families. The health care needs of children and families will be emphasized in order to promote optimum health and development for children at any stage of health or illness. This course will address the genetic and environmental factors impacting the growth and development of children and adolescents. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 311 and NU 311ME | Corequisite: NU 327ME

    • NU 327ME: NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND FAMILIES CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families course. Students will apply the nursing process to children, adolescents, and families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of children and adolescents. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 311 and NU 311ME | Corequisite: NU 327

    • NU 330: NURSING CARE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT AND FAMILY Change

      This course presents major theoretical concepts in mental health that relate to the assessment of needs and the planning of care for persons with mental health problems. Communication skills will be developed and interpersonal relationship concepts will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the examination of mental health disorders and the various roles and functions of the professional mental health nurse in caring for persons with mental health conditions requiring professional treatment. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 305 | Corequisite: NU 330ME

    • NU 330ME: NURSING CARE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT AND FAMILY CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family course. Students will apply the nursing process to mental health patients and their families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the mental health patient in acute and community based settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      2

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 305 | Corequisite: NU 330

    • NU 341: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II Change

      This course builds upon previous knowledge and critical thinking skills. This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on the application of critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills. Practice management skills, clinical awareness, and the use of health care technologies in the care of adult patients based on concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I will be explored. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Prerequisite: NU 311 and NU 311ME, NU 305 | Corequisite: NU 341ME

    • NU 341ME: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Adults II course. Students will apply the nursing process to adult clients. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the adult client in acute and community-based settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 40 hours of laboratory and 90 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 311 and NU 311ME, NU 305 | Corequisite: NU 341

    • NU 411: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS III Change

      This course builds upon previous knowledge and critical thinking skills. This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing complex multisystem medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on application of management, leadership, critical thinking, risk-reduction, communication, and assessment skills. Practice management skills, leadership roles, and the use of health care technologies in the care of adult patients based on concepts presented in Nursing Care of Adults I and II will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 341 and NU 341ME | Corequisite: NU 411ME

    • NU 411ME: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS III CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of Adults III course. Students will apply the nursing process to adult clients in complex health situations. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of the adult client in acute settings. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 90 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 341 and NU 341ME | Corequisite: NU 411

    • NU 418: NURSING CARE OF THE GERIATRIC PATIENT Change

      This course builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students will adapt nursing interventions to elderly patients with several chronic, comorbid health conditions. Students will learn to assess the impact of physical, mental, functional, and social situations on the quality of life of elderly persons. Common medical conditions and issues are explored, including risks to the elderly. Interventions to promote quality outcomes and to prevent negative geriatric syndromes will be addressed. Interdisciplinary models of care are discussed as a means to provide seamless geriatric care. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 330 and NU 330ME | Corequisite: NU 418ME

    • NU 418ME: NURSING CARE OF THE GERIATRIC PATIENT CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient course. Students will apply the nursing process to the care of geriatric clients and their families. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the care of geriatric clients. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      2

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 330 and NU 330ME | Corequisite: NU 418

    • NU 422: LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, ISSUES, AND TRENDS IN NURSING Change

      As members of the nursing profession, providers of patient care and managers of care, nurses are challenged to serve as effective change agents, managers, and leaders in complex health care systems. This course will prepare students to understand and apply principles of change theory to management and leadership activities in nursing including planning, staffing, directing, and controlling various resources in diverse health care systems. This course will address contemporary trends and issues in the field of nursing. Topics will include; health care finance, health care policy and regulation, technology and its impact on patients and health care alike, and nursing’s role in quality and safety initiatives. The course emphasizes a systems theory approach to the management of organizations. The accountabilities of the nurse as a manager will be examined to include organizational assessment, decision making, strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, and quality improvement.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 411 and clinical, and NU 452 and clinical

    • NU 452: COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CARE Change

      This course integrates and applies the major concepts of previous nursing courses by investigating the differences between the delivery of nursing care to individuals and nursing care directed toward communities and populations. Topics include the public health principles of epidemiology, genomic theory, chronic disease, substance abuse, and communicable diseases. The ways in which informatics and information technology plays a role in community and public health agencies will also be explored. In addition, students will study the career options open to the nurse such as home health, hospice, occupational health, forensics, disaster management, case management, school nursing, and community nurse leader. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of the clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 341 and NU 341ME | Corequisite: NU 452ME

    • NU 452ME: COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CARE CLINICAL Change

      This course will allow students to apply theory and concepts presented in the Community-Based Nursing Care course. Students will apply the nursing process in the care of communities. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the application of assessment, analysis, implementation, and evaluation within a community setting. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 60 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      2

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 341 and NU 341ME | Corequisite: NU 452

    • NU 496: BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN NURSING FOR ENTRY-LEVEL PRACTICE Change

      In this course, you will demonstrate learning throughout the nursing program. Specific emphasis will be placed on analysis of the program outcomes and the degree to which each was achieved. Content including professionalism, organizational leadership, evidence-based practice, technology, and clinical practice will be evaluated in terms of nursing application. Throughout the term, students must consider their practice in terms of preparation for the NCLEX-RN® examination. This course must be taken concurrently with the related clinical course. Failure of clinical course will result in concurrent failure of the didactic course.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean | Corequisite: NU 420 or NU 496ME

    • NU 496ME: BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN NURSING FOR ENTRY-LEVEL PRACTICE PRACTICUM Change

      The capstone requires you to integrate competencies essential for the practice of professional nursing. You will progress from a structured, supervised practice to receive general supervision from the faculty and agency preceptor(s). The clinical site will be dependent upon your needs and based upon the joint analysis of the student and faculty prior to the placement. You will apply the nursing process in the practice of nursing. Skills, simulations, and clinical experiences will focus on the application of assessment, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of the nursing profession within the complexity of the health care environment. Implementation of nursing interventions, use of patient care technologies, interprofessional communication, and clinical decision-making skills will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with the related didactic course. Failure of the didactic course will result in concurrent failure of the clinical course. This course contains 20 hours of laboratory and 120 hours of clinical experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 10

    Total Program Credits: 182

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