Nursing Courses

NUR 101 – Intro to Nursing Practice

Credits: 7

This course is designed to introduce students to selected concepts and theories which will be used as a foundation throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process as well as teaching – learning concepts, basic communication, applied nutritional concepts, pharmacological concepts, dosage calculations, assessment and technical skills, deficits and disorders related to the musculoskeletal and sensory systems and pain management.

60 hours theory; 135 hours clinical

Co-Requisites: BIO 211, MAT 140, PSY 101


NUR 122 – LPN Transition Course

Credits: 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic tenets of the program in nursing as well as the conceptual framework. Emphasis is placed on a health needs assessment and the implementation of the nursing process through the use of the nursing care plan. This course is open to licensed practical nurses who are participating in the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility.

7 hours theory, 21 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: BIO 211, LPN Bridge Course, MAT 140, PSY 101
Co-Requisites: BIO 212, PSY 212


NUR 123 – Family Concepts in Nursing

Credits: 4

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to utilize the nursing process in the care of the family during the childbearing and the child-rearing years through adolescence. Concepts of nutrition and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course.

30 hours theory; 90 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: NUR 101
Co-Requisites:BIO 212, PSY 212


NUR 124 – Adult Child Nursing I

Credits: 5

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to utilize the nursing process to care for patients with disorders and dysfunction in specific physiological systems: gastro-intestinal, reproductive, endocrine and peripheral vascular. Students are offered experience in pre-, peri-, and post-operative nursing care. Concepts of nutrition and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course.

37.5 hours theory; 112.5 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: NUR 101
Co-Requisites: BIO 212, PSY 212


NUR 230 – Adult Child Nursing II

Credits: 5

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to use the nursing process to care for patients with disorders and dysfunctions in specific psychophysiological systems: neurologic and psycho-social. Students are offered experiences in specialized care units. Concepts of nutrition and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course.

37.5 hours theory; 112.5 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: BIO 212, BIO 235, ENG 101, NUR 101, NUR 124
Co-Requisites: SOC 101, REL 101


NUR 231 – Adult Child Nursing III

Credits: 6

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to use the nursing process to care for patients with disorders and dysfunction in specific physiological systems: hepatic-biliary, immune, and hematologic. This course also presents opportunities to care for patients with fluid and electrolyte imbalance, abnormal cell proliferation, and burns, with clinical experience in emergent care offered. Concepts of nutrition and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course.

45 hours theory; 135 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: BIO 235, ENG 101,  NUR 124
Co-Requisites: SOC 101, REL 101


NUR 232 – Adult Child Nursing IV

Credits: 6

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to use the nursing process to care for patients with disorders and dysfunctions in specific physiological systems: cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal. Concepts of nutrition and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course.

45 hours theory; 135 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites: NUR 230, NUR 231
Co-Requisites: PHI 201, Humanities Elective


NUR 270 – Nursing Seminar

Credits: 3

This course facilitates student synthesis of total program content and experiences. Students are offered opportunities to fully incorporate the values of the profession, principles of leadership and management, and legal-ethical concepts in their nursing care.

15 hours theory; 90 hours clinical

Pre-Requisites:  NUR 123, NUR 232
Co-Requisites: PHI 201, Humanities Elective


NUR 301 – Healthcare Systems

Credits: 3

An introduction to the current status of healthcare from a global perspective. An analysis of the contribution of the nursing profession to healthcare delivery with a special emphasis on the issues of the uninsured and aging populations and their concomitant impact on healthcare systems.

45 hours theory


NUR 302 – Palliative Care: A Nursing Approach

Credits: 3

This course focuses on the nurses’ role in caring for patients living with chronic diseases and patients at the end of life.  Emphasis is on the rights and dignity of the individual through out chronic illnesses and issues at end of life. The course will examine the practice of nursing as it relates to caring for individuals with chronic diseases and the needs of the patient at end of life with special emphasis on an individual’s spiritual, cultural, and psychosocial issues and family participation in care. Palliative care, hospice, futile care and healthcare costs associated with end of life will be incorporated.

55 hours theory


NUR 303 – Alternative Therapies in Healthcare

Credits: 2

This course will offer the registered nurse an introduction to diverse healthcare systems and practices of the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The four domains will include: whole medical systems; mind-body medicine; biologically-based practices; and manipulative and body-based practices. The concepts to be reviewed include but are not limited to meditation, spirituality, herbals, probiotics, acupuncture, aromatherapy and therapeutic touch. The goal of this course is to provide a working knowledge of alternative healthcare to the professional nurse to be utilized in the provision of healthcare to individuals, families and communities across the lifespan

30 hours theory


NUR 304/HCM304 – Healthcare Law and Finance

Credits: 3

Healthcare Law and Finance is an elective course at the baccalaureate level that focuses on law and finance in the healthcare arena. These two areas are not well understood by healthcare professional’s leaving many without the knowledge and skills needed to analyze aspects of care that are high risk areas in their practice.  In order to practice at the full extent, many must acquire basic financial elements of value-based healthcare outcomes.  This course attempts to equip one with a basic knowledge of law and finance in healthcare.  The course offers an opportunity to explore roles, actions, decisions, and outcomes in today’s changing healthcare environment through reinforcement of standards of professional practice and cost effective behavior.  Recognizing that each of these areas require basic knowledge of legal parameters, fundamental rights of patients, as well as the importance of making choices that are based on best practice.

Healthcare scenarios are explored using basic legal and financial knowledge supporting best practice. Healthcare is changing rapidly leaving a need for broader knowledge and additional skills. This course provides an introduction for advanced roles in healthcare law and finance at the graduate level.


NUR 305 – Clinical Genetics

Credits: 3

This course will offer the registered nurse an introduction to genetic issues relevant to nursing practice. The course will provide an overview of basic human genetics and epigenetics. The course will cover inheritance patterns, chromosomal and genetic disorders, cytogenetics and congenital malformations. The student will study the effect of genetics on the provision of healthcare to individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. The ethical, legal and social implications of genetics in healthcare will be covered. This course will focus on the ANA and AACN Essential Competencies in Genetics and Genomics for Nurses.


NUR 310 – Nursing Informatics

Credits: 3

An exploration of the nurse’s role in healthcare information systems, current technology trends in health records and electronic documentation. Also includes point of care systems and informatics in teaching/learning of individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. Specific consideration will be given to: identifying clients who may benefit from genetic/genomic information and services; patient monitoring capabilities; access by individuals and families to appropriate and accurate information; and clinical and administrative applications of information technology.

45 hours theory

Pre-requisites: Admission to RN-BSN completion program or permission of program chair; INF 101, SOC 213


NUR 311 – Physical Assessment

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide the registered nurse with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform comprehensive health assessments of individuals across the lifespan, for both wellness and illness needs. Comprehensive history taking emphasizes interviewing/communication kills, current technology, evidence-based research and practice, and assessment techniques to determine health history, cultural ideals, ethnic variations, and genetic/genomic considerations. The course includes an onsite validation of physical assessment skills in the Clancy Nursing Skills Laboratory.

45 hours theory – Hybrid course

Pre-requisites: BIO 334, NUR 310 or permission of program chair.


NUR 322 – Nursing Research

Credits: 3

This course is designed to introduce the learner to research methodology, principles of measurement, quantitative vs. qualitative research, and data analysis. The purpose is to prepare the professional nurse to incorporate current research and its applicability to nursing, evidence based practice, and informatics. A research project will be required for this course that demonstrates a synthesis of the course. The project will be heavily weighted in determination of the course grade.

45 hours theory

Prior approval of the project topic by faculty is required.

Co-requisite: MAT 212


NUR 333 – Trans-Cultural Nursing

Credits: 2

Offered in this course is an introduction to the concepts of transcultural nursing originally developed by Madeleine Leininger. The focus is on cultural and spiritual differences and similarities related to human health and illness, among individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. The learner is provided with specific, competent, and congruent nursing interventions to care for people of diverse cultures. There is an overview of important terminology: race, ethnicity, culture, cultural values, ethnography, and diverse nursing care, with the course goal being culturally specific healthcare as the framework for the course.

30 hours theory

Pre-requisite: NUR 311, NUR 322, or permission of program chair.


NUR 345 – Community Nursing

Credits: 3

Focus is on the community as a unit of healthcare, with culturally competent care being provided to individuals, families and community members in the home setting, and other community settings.  Emphasis is on autonomous practice utilizing the nursing process in health assessment, health promotion and health teaching in the community across the lifespan. An independent project will be required with this course. The project will be conducted in conjunction with a community agency, demonstrating a synthesis of the course content, this project is heavily weighted in determination of the course grade.

45 hours theory / 45 hours clinical

Prior approval of the project topic by faculty will be required.

Pre-requisite: NUR 310, NUR 311, NUR 333, Certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Professional Rescuer), Proof of current professional liability insurance.


NUR 467 – Leadership/Management in Nursing

Credits: 2

This course offers concepts of leadership and management essential in preparing the registered nurse to transition from entry-level nursing to enhanced professional practice of nursing in order to assume leadership and/or management positions. Concepts includes an overview of current national, regional, and local issues impacting healthcare relating to delegation and supervision, decision making, financing of healthcare delivery, impact of technology and cost-containment measures. An in-depth independent project is required in a leadership or management setting.   The project is heavily weighted in determination of the course grade. Prior approval of the project topic by faculty will be required.

45 hours theory / 45 hours clinical

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of all prior baccalaureate nursing courses, Certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Professional Rescuer), Proof of current professional liability insurance.

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