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NUR 100 - Introduction to the Nursing Profession (1 hour)
Students explore contemporary issues within the nursing profession. Historical development of the roles in nursing, perspectives on current delivery of health care, nursing education, nursing literature, professional licensing, ethics, and legal issues will be discussed.

NUR 163 - Health of the School Age Child (3 hours)
School health services and health education; emphasis on health promotion and prevention of health related problems. Recognition and management of common health problems of the school age child.

NUR 200 - Fundamentals of Nursing - Theory (4 hours)
Introduction to Nursing. Concepts and theories of individuals, society, and health. Nursing process as the basis for promoting wellness within the health care delivery system. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, SOC 100, PSY 104, CHM 100, 101, 150, and 160.

NUR 203 - Fundamentals of Nursing - Practicum (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 200 (Fundamentals of Nursing) and applied to individual's adaptive responses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Majors only, sophomore standing, PSY 104, SOC 100, CHM 100, 101, 150 and 160.

NUR 204 - Introduction to Health Assessment (2 hours)
Students utilize previously learned communication techniques and newly learned physical assessment techniques to complete a comprehensive approach to health history and physical assessment. Significance of normal and abnormal findings is emphasized. Prerequisite: NUR 200, 203, BIO 200 (minimum grade of C), BIO 203 (minimum grade of C), FCS 301 or equivalent or consent of department chair.

NUR 206 - Adult Health I: An Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing (Theory) (3 hours)
An introduction to medical-surgical nursing with emphasis on health promotion and restoration. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the adult are applied to foster the adaptive response of individuals. Prerequisite: majors only, BIO 200 (minimum grade of C), BIO 203 (minimum grade of C), NUR 200, 203.

NUR 207 - Adult Health I: An Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing (Practicum) (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 206 (Adult Health 1) that foster adaptive responses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, BIO 200 (minimum grade of C), BIO 203 (minimum grade of C), NUR 200, NUR 203.

NUR 217 - Men's Health Issues (2 hours)
Biological, epidemiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of men's health. Specific preventive and health promotion activities for health problems.

NUR 219 - Women and Health (3 hours)
Basic scientific and sociological knowledge related to women's health: social, emotional, and physiological components of selected health problems of women. Historical development of the health care system and social values as they relate to women and their health: evolution of health care today as it relates to women.

NUR 220 - Alcohol: Use and Abuse (3 hours)
Development of alcohol as the most widely-used drug. Psychological and physiological effects on the person; effect on the family and society; therapeutic approaches to alcohol abuse.

NUR 221 - Substance Abuse (3 hours)
Psychosocial and physiological impact of substance abuse on the individual, family, and society: self-awareness, culture, tolerance, withdrawal, and motivation.

NUR 233 - Sexually Transmitted Diseases (1 hour)
Common sexually transmitted diseases: social and physical factors affecting their occurrence; avoidance and treatment.

NUR 263 - Introduction to Personal and Community Health (3 hours)
Introduction to health concepts and practices which affect individuals and groups in society.

NUR 300 - Conceptual Bases for Professional Nursing (theory) (3 hours)
Theories of nursing, professional roles, the nursing process, adaptation theory, nursing research, and societal influences on nursing and health. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, Illinois LPN or RN licensure; consent of department chair.

NUR 303 - Research in Nursing (3 hours)
As a consumer of research, the student evaluates published nursing research and its importance to the profession. The student examines steps of the research process in critiquing literature and writing a comprehensive review of literature. Use of the computer in nursing research correlated with study of the research process. Prerequisite: majors only, junior standing, ENG 101, Math 111 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 306 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing - Theory (3 hours)
Theoretical overview of maternal/newborn nursing with emphasis on application of the nursing process to individuals and families. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the expanding family are discussed to foster the adaptive responses. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 204, 206, 207; FCS 301; PSY 304, 345 or concurrent enrollment; BIO 202 (with a minimum grade of C).,

NUR 307 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing - Practicum (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 306 that foster patient/client adaptive responses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 204, 206, 207; PSY 304, 345 or concurrent enrollment; FCS 301, BIO 202 (with minimum grade of C).,

NUR 308 - Nursing of Children (Theory) (3 hours)
Nursing care of the child with emphasis on caring for the infant, toddler, child, adolescent, and family with acute and chronic disease. Growth and development, health promotion, and disease prevention are emphasized. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 204, 206, 207; PSY 304, 345 or concurrent enrollment; FCS 301, BIO 202 (with minimum grade of C).

NUR 309 - Nursing of Children (Practicum) (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 308. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 204, 206, 207; PSY 304, 345 or concurrent enrollment; FCS 301, BIO 202 (with minimum grade of C).,

NUR 310 - Health Assessment (2 hours)
Performance of a complete health assessment incorporating a health history, with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, Illinois RN licensure, consent of department chair, CPR certification.

NUR 314 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (Theory) (2 hours)
Theoretical overview of psychiatric/mental health nursing with emphasis on application of the nursing process to individuals, families, and the community. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the individual and family with psychiatric disorders are discussed to foster the adaptive response. Prerequisite: majors only, junior standing; PSY 345, NUR 200, 203, 206, 207.

NUR 315 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (Practicum) (2 hours)
Application of psychiatric/mental health nursing principles in health care settings. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the client and family with psychiatric disorders are utilized to foster the adaptive response. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, PSY 345, NUR 200, 203, 206, 207.

NUR 316 - Adult Health II: Medical-Surgical Nursing (Theory) (4 hours)
Medical-surgical nursing with emphasis on selected physiologic systems. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the individual and family are applied to foster the adaptive response. Prerequisite: majors only; NUR 204, 206, 207, 318 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 317 - Adult Health II: Medical-Surgical Nursing (Practicum) (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 316 that foster adaptive responses. Prerequisite: Majors only; NUR 204, 206, 207, 318 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 317 - Adult Health II: Medical-Surgical Nursing (Practicum) (2 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 316 that foster adaptive responses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only; NUR 204, 206, 207, 318 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 318 - Pharmacology and Nursing Implications (2 hours)
Introduction to pharmacology: nursing process and drug therapy; life span considerations; legal, ethical, and cultural issues; and patient education. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 200, 203, 206, 207.

NUR 353 - Aging: A Life Experience (3 hours)
Attitudes about the aged, historical perspectives, transcultural concepts, health problems and health care, methods of coping with growing old, and prospects for the future. Practical experiences promote examination of students' own attitudes about the aged and growing old. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

NUR 372 - Safety and Emergency Care (3 hours)
Principles and techniques of emergency care for common injuries and illnesses. Environmental needs of individuals at various levels of maturity. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid cards awarded upon satisfactory completion.

NUR 376 - Advanced Concepts in Health (3 hours)
Complex health problems and issues in contemporary society; various concepts, models, theories, and determinants of health. Multi-disciplinary approach for application to individual and professional situations. Prerequisite: NUR 263 or consent of instructor.

NUR 391 - Medical Terminology (1 hour)
Terminology used in all areas of medical and paramedical specialties. Emphasis on word building, techniques, and understanding typical medical reports.

NUR 404 - Community Health Nursing - Theory (2 hours)
Explores the role of the nurse in community settings. Applies principles of epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention to nursing practice. Examines core functions of public health nursing, essential services, and population-based practice. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only, NUR 316, 317, 318.

NUR 405 - Cooperative Education in Nursing (Theory) (0-1 hours)
Theory for nursing care of clients in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisite: senior standing; majors only; 2.8 overall GPA; consent of co-op Nursing Advisor; and successful completion of co-op interview.

NUR 406 - Cooperative Education in Nursing (Theory) (0-1 hours)
Theory for nursing care of clients in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisite: senior standing; majors only; 2.8 overall GPA; consent of co-op Nursing Advisor; and successful completion of co-op interview.

NUR 408 - Adult Health III: Medical-Surgical Nursing (Theory) (3 hours)
Medical-surgical nursing with emphasis on selected physiologic systems. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the individual, family, and community are applied to foster the adaptive response. Prerequisite: majors only; NUR 316, 317, 318, BIO 205.

NUR 409 - Senior Practicum I (5 hours)
Selected practicum experiences, correlated with theoretical content of NUR 408 and/or 404, that foster adaptive responses. Prerequisite: majors only, NUR 316, 317, 318, BIO 205 (with minimum grade of C).

NUR 410 - Adult Health IV: Nursing Care of the Patient with Multi-System Challenges (T) (3 hours)
Medical-surgical nursing with emphasis on caring for the patient with multi-system challenges. Concepts and theories of nursing care of the individual, family, and community are applied to foster the adaptive responses. Prerequisite: majors only; NUR 404, 408, 409.

NUR 414 - Senior Seminar: Preparation for Professional Nursing (1 hour)
Emphasis on NCLEX preparation, including the NCLEX-RN test plan, test taking skills, critical thinking skills, and computer usage skills for test-taking. Prerequisite: majors only, senior standing.

NUR 415 - Cooperative Education in Nursing (0-2 hours)
In-depth practicum in a variety of health care settings, integrated with theory. Prerequisite: senior standing; majors only; 2.8 overall GPA; consent of co-op Nursing Advisor; and successful completion of co-op interview.

NUR 416 - Cooperative Education in Nursing (Practicum) (0-2 hours)
In-depth practicum in a variety of health care settings, integrated with theory. Prerequisite: senior standing; majors only; 2.8 overall GPA; consent of co-op Nursing Advisor; and successful completion of co-op interview.

NUR 417 - Senior Practicum II (5 hours)
Selected practicum experiences correlated with theoretical content of NUR 404, 410, and 418 that foster adaptive responses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Prerequisite: Nursing majors only; NUR 404, 408, 409 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 418 - Nursing Leadership: Concepts & Issues (1 hour)
Emphasis is on application of the leadership and management principles and the identification of common ethical issues that arise in health care settings. Discussion includes the nurse's role in the legislative process to facilitate change in nursing practice. Prerequisite: majors only; senior standing; NUR 303.

NUR 419 - Independent Studies in Nursing (1-3 hours)
Individual study addressing special needs and interests: selected readings, observations, and conferences. Prerequisite: NUR 303; majors only; senior standing; consent of advisor and department chair.

NUR 420 - Independent Studies in Nursing (1-3 hours)
Individual study addressing special needs and interests: selected readings, observations, and conferences. Prerequisite: NUR 303; majors only; senior standing; consent of advisor and department chair.

NUR 421 - Role Exploration in Professional Nursing (2 hours)
Focuses on integrating the nursing roles of caregiver, support agent, colleague, advocate, collaborator, client educator, leader, manager, and researcher in clinical practice. Taken the last year of the curriculum, the course synthesizes content presented in previous courses. Students are placed in specialty areas according to individual preferences and learning needs. Prerequisite: Majors only, senior standing; 3.0 GPA; consent of instructor and advisor, NUR 408, 409.

NUR 425 - Clinical Topics in Nursing (1-4 hours)
Discussions, laboratory, and clinical experiences will be provided for nursing students to maintain clinical knowledge and skills. This variable credit course may be taken more than once for a maximum of 4 semester hours. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Prerequisite: Nursing majors only

NUR 433 - International Health and Nursing (3 hours)
Study of health and nursing in another country: nursing and health organizations, educational programs, hospitals. Seminars in comparative health and nursing practices in the United States. Cross-listed as NUR 533.

NUR 500 - Health Assessment (3-4 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of children and adults. Interviewing techniques for history taking; physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: R.N. with B.S. major in nursing; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 501 - Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development (3 hours)
Analysis of theoretical models. Emphasis on assessment and implications of models for advanced professional nursing practice and research. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 505 - Leadership in the Health Care System (3 hours)
Leadership theory: role of the nurse as a leader, colleague, and consultant in health care systems. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 510 - Legal Issues in Nursing (2 hours)
Legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of advanced nursing and leadership in health care systems. Critical assessment of the ethical implications of law and public policy in health care. Case studies. Prerequisite: nursing major or consent of instructor and department chair.

NUR 520 - Research Methods in Nursing (3 hours)
In-depth study of the research process; the significance of nursing theory as a basis for nursing research. Various research designs. Development of a testable hypothesis applicable to advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: undergraduate statistics course or ELH 510; nursing major.

NUR 522 - Seminar On Nursing and Public Policy (3 hours)
Nursing activities and organizations affecting practice, health care, public policy, and the future of the profession. Emphasis on generating recommendations for the profession and developing a personal professional plan for participating in the process that develops public policy at the local, state, national, and/or international level. Prerequisite: nursing majors and senior or graduate status; or consent of instructor.

NUR 525 - Nursing Research Seminar (2 hours)
Trends in nursing and society that influence the direction of nursing research. Problems from clinical practice. Identification and refinement of specific researchable questions through a hypotheticodeductive process. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 505, 520; or consent of instructor.

NUR 533 - International Health and Nursing (3 hours)
Study of health care systems and nursing in a foreign country in selected hospitals, health care settings, and universities. Establishing health care professional and research networks. Cross-listed as NUR 433. Not open to students with credit in NUR 433.

NUR 600 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on interviewing techniques for history taking and advanced physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: Prerequisites: R.N. with BSN; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 630 - Nursing Administration I (Theory) (3 hours)
Theories, concepts, and principles from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for nursing administration. Theories of change, role, adaptation, need, and leadership as related to nursing management. Prerequisite: NUR 600, 605.

NUR 631 - Nursing Administration I (Practicum) (4 hours)
Practicum applying concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 630. Use of relevant research findings. Advanced practice in management. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 505.

NUR 632 - Nursing Administration II (Theory) (3 hours)
Advanced concepts and principles relevant to external and internal nursing organizational situations including power, authority, and politics. Review of various organizational patterns and their relationship to nursing personnel management, budgeting, public relations, leadership style, and research. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631.

NUR 633 - Nursing Administration II (Practicum) (4 hours)
Practicum applying advanced concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 632. Use of management skills such as staffing, budgeting, and developing positive public relations. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631.

NUR 651 - Advanced Pharmacology I (3 hours)
Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality, and cost-effective manner. Prerequisite: Graduate Nursing Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 660 - Seminar in Nursing Education (3 hours)
Application of educational theories and techniques for the nurse educator. Prerequisite: ETE 651 or ETE 655.

NUR 661 - Nursing Education Practicum I (4 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the classroom and clinical settings. Prerequisite: NUR 660 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 662 - Nursing Education Practicum II (4 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the staff development setting. Prerequisite: NUR 660, NUR 661 or consent of department chair.

NUR 670 - Nurse Administered Anesthesia Principles I (3 hours)
Introduction to clinical nurse administered anesthesia: practice, ethics, professional organizations, psychology, history of anesthesia. Emphasis on nursing process in perioperative and operative patient care; equipment and technology. Laboratory experience included. Prerequisite: BIO 525, 526; CHM 522; PHY 541; nurse-administered anesthesia majors only.

NUR 671 - Nurse Administered Anesthesia Principles II (3 hours)
A progression from Principles I to more advanced anesthesia delivery. Emphasis is on nursing process in perioperative and operative client care, plus the study of equipment and technology. Laboratory experience provided to introduce the student to anesthesia practice. Prerequisite: NUR 670; nurse administered anesthesia majors only.

NUR 672 - Pharmacology I (4 hours)
Pharmacologic principles related to administration of anesthesia and adjunct drugs. Drug receptor theory, biotransformation, structure activity relationships, uptake, distribution, elimination. Systemic pharmacology and drug interactions. Prerequisite: NUR 500; CHM 522; BIO 525, 526; PHY 541; nurse-administered anesthesia majors only. NUR 672 is prerequisite for NUR 673.

NUR 673 - Pharmacology II (4 hours)
Pharmacologic principles related to administration of anesthesia and adjunct drugs. Drug receptor theory, biotransformation, structure activity relationships, uptake, distribution, elimination. Systemic pharmacology and drug interactions. Prerequisite: NUR 500; CHM 522; BIO 525, 526; PHY 541; nurse-administered anesthesia majors only. NUR 672 is prerequisite for NUR 673.

NUR 675 - Nurse Administered Anesthesia Internship (0 hours)
Internship under direct supervision of cooperating agency CRNA or anesthesiologist. Use of nursing process (assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation) to support patient's physiological and emotional status into post-operative period. Regularly-scheduled conferences. Prerequisite: nurse administered anesthesia majors only; completion of Year I and Summer I of required course sequence.

NUR 689 - Independent Research (1-6 hours)
Readings, research, or project complementing the student's program of study. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NUR 697 - Capstone Project in Nursing (0-2 hours)
A student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address a current nursing practice issue related to chosen advanced practice field of study. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, NUR 525, and consent of instructor.

NUR 698 - Directed Research in Nursing (0-2 hours)
A research-oriented, student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly paper suitable for publication or presentation. Required for MSN students who do not select the thesis option. May be repeated for a maximum of two semester hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, NUR 525, and consent of instructor.

NUR 699 - Thesis (0-4 hours)
Design and implement a research proposal which has implications for nursing practice. May be repeated for a maximum of four semester hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, 525; consent of department chair.

NUR 700 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 hours)
Provides a theoretical analysis of nursing and the natural and social sciences for application as frameworks for research, practice, education, and quality healthcare delivery. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 720 - Methods in Evidence Based Practice (3 hours)
Introduces the learner to theories related to Research Utilization (RU) and Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and provides opportunities to explore issues and refine questions related to quality and cost-effective healthcare delivery for the best client outcomes. Methods to collect evidence, plan changes for the transformation of practice, and evaluate quality improvement methods will be discussed. Emphasis on best practice based on evidence and preferences of the client. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and ELH 510 or consent of Department Chair