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Course Descriptions (Generic BS)

COURSES IN THE GENERIC BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

NURSING

NUR 200 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
6 credits. This is the first nursing course in the sequence for students enrolled in the Generic BS program. The course introduces students to the foundations, basic principles, and practices of professional nursing. Health needs will be introduced and discussed at length. Emphasis will be placed on the implementation of the nursing process in the delivery of care and the development of beginning clinical skills that students are expected to be able to perform prior to starting Medical-Surgical Nursing I (NUR 221G). Mathematical concepts important in medical dosage calculations and intravenous flow rates are discussed. Concepts related to the health/illness continuum are introduced as the student begins to participate in client-nurse relationships. The professional, caring, and ethical delivery of proper nursing practice will be stressed, as well as knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values as practiced within a legal/ethical framework. In the nursing arts laboratory, students demonstrate skills such as measuring vital signs, providing enteral feeding, performing wound care, urinary catheterizations, tracheostomy care, and medical administration with a focus on providing safe, patient-centered care, and recognizing and preventing patient complications. The course incorporates beginning critical thinking and clinical judgment, basic communication skills, and professional behaviors.
Classroom: 4, 50-minute sessions per week, Laboratory: 4, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisites: BEH 231G, ENG 281G, SCI 202G, NUT 200, Co-requisite: ANTH 205

NUR 221G MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING
6 credits. This course utilizes the NLN Educational Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Model for Nursing Education in applying the nursing process as a problem-solving tool in health care delivery to clients experiencing chronic and terminal illness. It is designed for students enrolled in the Generic BS program. Professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, provide the content in the classroom and clinical/laboratory experience. Evidenced-based practice and the development of critical thinking skills are emphasized as essential components of professional nursing practice.
Classroom and laboratory: 4, 50-minute sessions per week, Clinical: 6, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisites: NUR 200, SCI 200, SCI 201G, NUT 200, Co-requisites: ENG 281G, BEH 231G, NUR 221G clinicals

NUR 222G PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
3 credits. The course builds on the knowledge and experience of Nursing 221G. The course is developed utilizing the NLN Educational Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs, and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Model for Nursing Education. The foci are on implementing the nursing process based upon assessment and observation of behaviors caused by stress, principles of therapeutic communication, and group process. Developmental tasks, biological, maturational and situational stresses along the life continuum are identified, as emphasis is placed upon clients’ behavioral reactions in both hospital and community treatment programs. Students engage in a variety of intervention modalities: individual, group and behavioral counseling.
Classroom and laboratory: 5, 50-minute sessions per week for six weeks, Clinical: 7.5, 50-minute sessions per week for six weeks.
Pre-requisites: BEH 231G, BEH 232G, NUR 221G, SCI 202G, Completion of the NYS Mandated Reporter course. Co-requisite: NUR 222G clinicals

NUR223G PARENT-CHILD HEALTH NURSING
6 credits. Parent-Child Health Nursing utilizes the NLN Education Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Model for Nursing Education as the basis for providing nursing care. This course encourages the use of critical thinking and increasing self-direction in the utilization of the nursing process to the care of the childbearing/childrearing family. Normal growth and development patterns are considered throughout the course. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on the use of the nursing process as a major tool in assisting the family as it progresses through the childbearing/childrearing years. Health promotion, maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation are major phases addressed as the nursing process is applied to clients in different health care settings.
Classroom and laboratory: 4, 50-minute sessions per week, Clinical: 6, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisites: BEH 233G, NUR 221G, NUT 200, SCI 202G. Co-requisites: NUR 223G clinical

NUR 224G MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING II
5 credits. This course utilizes the NLN Educational Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Model for Nursing Education as the basis for providing nursing care. It is designed for students enrolled in the Generic BS program. This course encourages the use of critical thinking and increasing self-direction in the utilization of the nursing process to the care of adult clients experiencing stress related to acute and complex health problems. Emphasis is on the understanding of concepts to promote adaptation under life-threatening physiologic stressors for clients in acute and ambulatory settings. Increased independent learning is expected from the students in this course. A student-conducted workshop on selected nursing techniques is arranged to provide students with the opportunity to organize, articulate, and share their learning experiences with peers and faculty. The leadership role of the registered nurse as a member of the health team in a variety of settings is examined. Clinical experiences include specialized areas that easily lend themselves to the application of knowledge to practice. The National League for Nursing Core competencies (professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, managing care) continue to provide the commonalities of content in the classroom and the clinical setting.
Classroom and laboratory: 3, 50-minute sessions per week, Clinical: 6, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisites: NUR 221G, NUR 228, NUT 200, SCI 202G, SCI 204G. Co-requisites: NUR 224G clinical, NUR 347

NUR 228 HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF THE GERIATRIC CLIENT
3 credits. This course is designed to explore current theories and practices in gerontological nursing for students in the Generic BS program. The focus of the course is to understand the nurse’s role in assessing and managing the aging individual and family adaptation to the aging process. The course incorporates outcomes, competencies, and professional standards from the following sources: ANA, CCNE Essentials, AACN Baccalaureate Geriatric Nursing Competencies and Helene Fuld College of Nursing student learning outcomes for baccalaureate students.
Classroom and laboratory: 3.5, 50-minute sessions per week for nine weeks, Clinical: 3.5, 50-minute sessions per week for nine weeks.
Pre-requisites: NUR 221G, BEH 232G, SCI 202G. Co-requisite: NUR228 clinical

NUR 300 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING
3 credits. The course provides a strong foundation in basic pharmacologic principles. Such a foundation will enhance student understanding of drug therapies utilized for a major disease processes. Emphasis is placed on the clinical applications of varied drug families. Nursing implications relative to the application of drug therapy to nursing practice are stressed.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisite: NUR 200

NUR 315 NURSING THEORY *
3 credits. This course is an introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. The student will analyze various theoretical nursing frameworks, and explore the application of these theories to both clinical nursing practice and nursing research. Concepts of person, health, nursing and environment will be explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students consider how these concepts are reflected in their own nursing practice.
Classroom and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week

NUR 325 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO NURSING *
3 credits. This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the integration of nursing science, computer technology, and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Nurses will learn how to access, manage, and apply data to patient care. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heath care information systems will be examined. The course includes e-mail, electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and Internet assignments.
Classroom and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week

NUR 336 NURSING RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE *
3 credits. The focus of this course is the identification of key concepts, processes and applications of qualitative and quantitative clinical research to support evidence based nursing practice. Differentiating among the steps of the research process, accessing and critiquing pertinent literature and designing a research study are activities utilized to foster student learning. Additional topics include ethical and legal aspects associated with research.
Classroom and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week

NUR 337 TRANSCULTURAL NURSING AND NURSE AS EDUCATOR *
4 credits. This course focuses on the theoretical foundations for understanding cultural diversity, and the impact of culture on health and illness beliefs, values, and practices that impact the health of individuals and groups. It also prepares students for their future roles in client teaching, health education, health promotion, by addressing the developmental, motivational, and sociocultural differences that affect teaching and learning. In this course students use community resources to gain experience in gathering culturally relevant data to assess individuals from a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds, and develop strategies for providing culturally competent nursing care. They will examine issues through a variety of academic experiences including reflecting on their own learning experiences, and identifying their own attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors with respect to teaching and learning.
Classroom and online discussion: 4, 50-minute sessions per week

NUR 347 HOLISTIC ASSESSMENT
3 credits. This course emphasizes skills that will enable the student to determine the mental, physical, nutritional health status of an individual by obtaining a health history and performing and recording a mental, physical, nutritional, and environmental assessment. Learning experiences are organized to provide opportunities for gaining knowledge and practicing assessment skills.
Classroom and Nursing Arts Lab practice, 3 hours per week. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Pathophysiology (SCI 326)

NUR 418 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN URBAN COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING *
6 credits. This course focuses on the impact of the environment on the health of individuals, families, and communities in urban settings. The role of the professional nurse providing appropriate interventions for clients impacted by the environment will be emphasized. Course content includes identifying environmental toxins, their consequences on health, and safe alternatives. The role of the registered nurse and disaster preparedness is presented by providing instruction in basic nurse disaster competencies. This course also addresses legislation, governmental policies, current research, and the environmental health assessment of individuals and communities.
Classroom and online discussion: 4, 50-minute sessions per week, Clinical: 6 hours per week Pre-requisites: Transcultural Nursing (NUR 337), Pathophysiology (SCI 326)

NUR 429G LEADERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY *
3 credits. In this course students synthesize previous learning, and develop knowledge and skills relevant to leadership, management, and the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. It focuses on interactions within the health care team, and acquaints students with management theories, organizational behavior theories and leadership styles that are relevant to nursing practice. Students will be expected to synthesize and analyze situations that occur within health care settings, and to formulate possible strategies for effecting positive change. This course will assist students in gaining increased understanding of leadership techniques and principles, and allow them to gather insight about their individual resources for managing change.*
Class and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week
Pre-requisite: Environmental Issues in Urban Community Health Nursing (NUR 418)

NUR 439 CAPSTONE PROJECT (INDEPENDENT STUDY) *
4 credits. This course enables the student to develop an in-depth independent project that uses his/her understanding of an urban environmental issue. The student will use this opportunity to synthesize previous course content and major concepts of the curriculum in a project, which develops a practical solution. The capstone project focuses on independent investigation using critical thinking, the research process, and evidenced based information to present a written paper, and public presentation. Classroom and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: Course must be completed in the student’s final semester

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

ANTH 205 ANTHROPOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALING *
3 credits: In this course, health and illness will be studied as an interrelationship of biology, ecology, and culture in past and contemporary societies in Euro-American and non-Western cultures. Students will examine a variety of healing traditions and practices, and investigate the connection between
healing, and culture. Classroom and online discussion: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisites: None

BEH 231G INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits. This course introduces the scientific study of human behavior. It includes an overview of current theories in the areas of learning, motivation, psychopathology, social psychology and personality. The course provides a basic awareness of the biological, intrapersonal, interpersonal and cultural forces that motivate behavior thereby fostering an understanding of self and others.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

BEH 232G HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
3 credits. This course provides an overview of the biological, social and psychological processes that contribute to human growth and development across the life span. The course is designed to create an understanding of both normal and abnormal development by examining developmental forces through life’s continuum from conception to death.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: BEH 231G

BEH 233G INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
3 credits. This course is designed to provide a sociological perspective to the study of social behavior. It will familiarize students with the basic concepts and theories of the field, relating them to everyday life. The course will focus upon sociological issues of continued interest: culture and society; socialization, gender roles, marriage and family; religion; inequality; and medicine as an institution.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

ENG 281G COMPOSITION AND INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
3 credits. This course provides instruction and practice in college writing and an introduction to library research. In English 281, students will analyze and interpret college-level fiction and non-fiction readings, write essays that respond to a text, develop an original thesis, integrate evidence, and document their sources in APA-style. English 281 is offered in hybrid and regular format in alternating quarters.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

ENG 282G INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
3 credits. This course engages students with a range of world literature from antiquity to modernity, including short stories, poetry, and drama. Writing assignments emphasize critical approaches to literature. Lectures and class discussion help the student to develop critical skills and an active appreciation of language and literature. Students use APA-style documentation. English 282 is offered in hybrid and regular format in alternating quarters.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: ENG 281

HIS 217 TWENTIETH CENTURY WORLD HISTORY
3 credits. This course provides an introduction to Twentieth Century world history. Students are introduced to major events and differing interpretations of those events by historians. Students study the nature and use of primary sources as the basis for historical reconstruction of the past. Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None.

HIS 218 MAJOR TOPICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
3 credits. This course provides an introduction to American History (1600 – present). Students are introduced to major events and differing interpretation of these events by historians. Students critically study the nature and use of primary sources as the basis for historical reconstruction of the past. Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

NUT 200 NUTRITION
3 credits. Students examine nutritional needs across the life span, focusing on the basic nutrients (fats, carbohydrates, protein, water, and the major vitamins and minerals) that determine health and diseases in humans. The course explores food nutrient utilization in the human body. Students become familiar with: the principles of diet planning, government standards, and food labeling; the biological functions and food sources of each nutrient; energy balance, weight management, and physical activity; the role of nutrition in chronic disease development; nutrition throughout the life cycle; the assessment of nutrient status in individuals and populations; food safety issues; the role of diet in the development of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

PHIL 316 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY * 3 credits. This course provides an introduction to western philosophical thought. Students are introduced to the major philosophers, periods, and ideas of western philosophy through reading and discussion of seminal texts. Students learn the foundations of logic and practice constructing logical arguments. Ideas of reality, existence, god, morality, reason, ethics, beauty and government will be explored within each of the periods (ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary). Brief non-western philosophical texts pertaining to ideas or written during the same period as the main texts under study will be introduced in class to provide for inter-cultural dialogue, contextualization, and reflection. Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

SCI 200 LIFE SCIENCES
3 credits. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of life with emphasis on basic concepts: the chemical basis of life, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity, and interaction of organisms with their environment.
Classroom: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Laboratory: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

SCI 201G ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
3 credits. Three major themes are emphasized throughout this course – the organization of the human body, the principles of support and locomotion in the body; and the principal control system of the human body – the nervous system. The study of the organization of the human body examines the relationship between body structure and function. Students are introduced to gross anatomy, histology of the four major tissue types and normal physiology. The concept of homeostasis and its relevance in maintaining normal body function is introduced. Microscopy, cell structure and function are also covered in this course. Major systems discussed in detail include the integumentary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Lecture and laboratory activities and demonstrations are carefully integrated throughout the course.
Classroom: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Laboratory: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: SCI 200, ENG 281G, BEH 231G. Co-requisite: BEH 232G

SCI 202G ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
4 credits. It extensively discusses the second major control systems of the human body – the endocrine systems – with relevance to maintaining homeostasis in the body. Another major component of this course, is the concept of continuity of life, with reference to male and female reproductive systems and developmental biology. Principles of heredity (inheritance) and genetics are introduced; thus serving as a framework for discussion of pathophysiology of common genetic abnormalities. This course also examines the structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems. Nutrition and metabolism are discussed in conjunction with the digestive system. The study of fluid-electrolytes and acid-base balance is explored in order to fully understand their relation to buffer systems, respiratory and renal physiology in the maintenance of homeostasis. Lecture, laboratory investigations and laboratory demonstrations are carefully integrated throughout the course.
Classroom: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Laboratory: 4, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: BEH 232G, SCI 201G. Co-requisite: NUT 200

SCI 204G MICROBIOLOGY
3 credits. The structural and physiological characteristics of the major types of microorganisms are discussed in this course. Host-parasite relationships, as well as the methods used to destroy and control transmission of microorganisms are treated. Principles of immunology as they pertain to infection by microorganisms are also reviewed and reinforced. Basic principles of epidemiology of selected infectious diseases are elaborated. Lecture, laboratory investigations and laboratory demonstrations are integrated throughout the course.
Classroom: 2, 50-minute sessions per week. Laboratory: 1, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: SCI 202G

SCI 305 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE/BIOCHEMISTRY
4 credits. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to physics. In order to give them a solid foundation, students review principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry during the first three weeks of the semester. They are then introduced to physics: the study of how objects behave. Topics will include mechanics and the characteristics of substances, sound, electricity, vector forces, motions, and magnetism, and radiation. Classroom: 4, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None

SCI 326 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
3 credits. This course focuses on the major concepts of pathophysiology; the study of the biological and physical manifestations of diseases as they correlate with underlying abnormal and physiologic disturbances. Students will examine phenomena that produce alterations in normal human functioning processes (homeostasis) caused by diseases and the resulting adaptation to disease processes. The major emphasis will be on the physiological factors – both physical and biochemical – that underlie disease states. The course will also focus on the incidence, etiology, courses and clinical manifestations of the local and systemic body responses, which reflect a disease process. The impact of environmental health influences in an urban setting will be discussed. Students will learn how to identify both local and systemic reactions within the body that result in the signs and symptoms of diseases, as well as understand the rationale for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in disease conditions. Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: Selected Topics in Physical Science/Biochemistry (SCI 305) Co-requisite: Holistic Assessment (NUR 347)

SPAN 207 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH *
3 credits: In this course, students practice basic Spanish grammar, idioms, and vocabulary by focusing on listening and speaking skills. Students discuss social and cultural topics, and are provided with an increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking cultures of the Americas. Upon completion, students will be able to participate in conversations in Spanish on everyday topics. Classroom: 3, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisites: None

SS 306 SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS
4 credits. Statistics is the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. This course introduces the basics of social statistics – techniques that social scientists use to summarize numeric data obtained from censuses, surveys, and experiments. The topics include frequency distribution, central tendency, variability, probability theory, and estimation. The student will also learn how to test hypotheses for group differences in means (z test, t test) and for association between two variables (correlation, chi-square test). This course will also allow the student to become more adept at reading and understanding research articles and thinking critically about social issues. Classroom: 4, 50-minute sessions per week. Pre-requisite: None.

SS 419 HEALTH POLICY *
3 credits. This course introduces the student to the organization, delivery, and financing of the U.S. health care system. Students will learn about U.S. health care policy, including analysis of the political, cultural and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and healthcare. Discussions will include health care costs and financing, public health, health care quality, Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care. The course will highlight current problems and opportunities for patients, caregivers, purchasers (government and business) and insurers of health care as they seek to operate within the current U.S. health system.
Classroom and online discussion: 3 hours per week. Pre-requisite: PHIL 316

* Hybrid course (Classroom and online instruction/discussion)

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