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General Education Requirements

 

ART 376 – Special Topics in Studio Arts

An art course designed for the nursing field. Course content includes examination of aesthetic and conceptual applications of art leading to understanding interpretation. Additional content includes: development of aesthetic understanding through vocabulary, media, materials, symbolism, body language, and the creative process. Objectives will be reached through art making, interpretation, and critical analysis. Focus on application of skills will be stressed and pursuant to student aesthetic communication concerns.

3 Credits

CS 150 – Personal Productivity Using Technology

Students will learn to enhance their personal productivity and problem solving skills using end-user tools including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and Internet tools.

3 Credits

DANC 113 – Dance Appreciation

Fulfills cultural (fine arts) core requirement. A look at the art of dance from the audience perspective. Different styles of dance, the history and development of classical ballet and modern, and the direct cultural parallel of dance and society.

3 Credits

ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics

This course provides students with an understanding of key macroeconomic issues facing our world and the policy prescriptions needed to address these issues. Students gain an understanding of basic economic concepts of resource allocation, supply and demand, national income, consumption, unemployment, inflation, government spending, and taxation. A firm foundation in essential economic theory and tools needed to understand these issues is established. Additionally, students are introduced to the broader functional areas of business as they relate to the overall understanding of daily economic activity.

3 Credits

ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing

This course must be completed within the student’s first year of study. ENGL 103 focuses on the development of skills necessary for reading analytically and writing clear, accurate, coherent expository prose. It also introduces students to basic research skills, library resources, and documentation systems.

3 Credits

ENGL 203 – World Literature

A survey of selected masterpieces, translated into English, which have influenced the evolution of various world cultures over several centuries. Forms studied might include the epic, the lyric poem, the short story, the essay, and the novel, and include such works as Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, The Ramayana, The Koran, Japanese Noh drama and African literatures.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing 

3 Credits

HIST 150 – The Modern World

A Core Curriculum history course that surveys world history beginning in the 18th century, with special attention to the West as the emerging center of global political power and cultural influence.

3 Credits

HUM 322 – Medieval & Renaissance Culture

The scientific, philosophical, literary, musical, architectural and pictorial achievements of the European peoples from the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. Major topics and figures may include cathedrals and cloisters; chivalry and courtly love; the worlds of Chaucer, Dante and Leonardo; Renaissance science; Michelangelo; the Protestant Revolution; and Elizabethan England.

Prerequisites: ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing and ENGL 203 – World Literature

3 Credits 

HUM 399 – Special Topics in Humanities

Topics (e.g., Culture and Mythology, The Hero and Heroine) that bridge the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing and ENGL 203 – World Literature 

3 Credits

IS 303 – Middle East

A regional study, this course focuses on the peoples and processes of change in the Middle East. It analyzes contemporary patterns, particularly the interplay of geography, history, ideologies, religions, cultures, art, literature, and politics in war and peace. Special attention is paid to Islamic culture and its modern resurgence in the life of the Middle East.

Prerequisites: ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing and HIST 150 – The Modern World, and sophomore status  

3 Credits

IS 305 – Special Topics in International Studies

This course focuses on a particular country, region, or culture. It will analyze contemporary life, paying particular attention to the interplay of geography, history, ideologies, religions, cultures, art, literature, and politics in war and peace.

Prerequisites: ENGL 103 – Introductory Writing and HIST 150 – The Modern World

3 Credits

MATH 104 – College Algebra

This course may not be used to satisfy the University's Core mathematics requirement. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of linear, exponential, rational, and polynomial functions are explored using a problem solving approach. Basic modeling techniques, communication, and the use of technology is emphasized. A graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or consent of the instructor

3 Credits

MATH 205 – Elementary Statistics

Credit cannot be awarded for both MATH 205 and MATH 206. Organizing data, averages and variations, concepts of probability, hypothesis testing, estimation, correlation and regression. A graphing calculator is required.

Students taking MATH 205 will have two exams proctored remotely by ProctorU. Student must have a computer with a webcam, microphone connected to the computer, headphones or working speaker, and authority to allow remote access to computer and screen by ProctorU. Student will not be responsible for any fees associated with the cost of proctoring.

Prerequisite: MATH 104 or consent of instructor 

3 Credits

PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy

This course will cover a representative selection of texts and problems in the history of philosophy. The course will address the nature of philosophical inquiry and the methods it employs. Topics to be discussed include the foundations of ethics, the sources and limits of knowledge and historical approaches to metaphysical speculation.

3 Credits

PSYC 201 – Introductory Psychology

An introduction to various topics in psychology, including such areas as learning, personality, social psychology, physiological psychology, abnormal psychology, and psychological testing.

3 Credits

Or

SOC 203 – Introductory Sociology

Develops students’ sociological imagination to explore the complexity and diversity of social relations and explain how these and people shape each other. Critically applies theories, methods, and concepts of social science to understand: the personal and impersonal aspects of interactions in various groups, organizations and institutions in this society and others; cultural and historical variations in age, gender, class and race relations; and the living laboratory of everyday life.

3 Credits

Any Elective

3 Credits

BSN Core (Sciences) Requirements

CHEM 101 – Introductory College Chemistry

An introduction to chemical principles including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, phases of matter, kinetics and equilibria with emphasis on the application of chemistry to everyday life.

To fulfill the assignments for this laboratory course, students will purchase and use a lab kit.

4 Credits

BIOL 215 – Anatomy & Physiology I

This course, a study of the morphology and physiology of the human, includes sections concerned with basic chemistry of protoplasm and chemical reactions, structure and function of cells, including mitosis, the study of histology, with a concentration on organs and organ systems, including integumentary, musculo-skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive systems.

Prerequisite: CHEM 101 – Introductory College Chemistry or permission of instructor

To fulfill the assignments for this laboratory course, students will purchase and use a lab kit. Contents of the lab kit will include an animal for dissection.

4 Credits

BIOL 216 – Anatomy & Physiology II

This course covers the nervous system and special senses, the endocrine system, the reproductive system, the urinary system including fluid and electrolyte balance and the respiratory system.

Prerequisite: BIOL 215 – Anatomy & Physiology I

To fulfill the assignments for this laboratory course, students will purchase and use a lab kit. Contents of the lab kit will include an animal for dissection.

4 Credits

BIOL 221 – Nutrition

Introduction to human nutrition. Emphasis on nutritive processes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Prerequisites: CHEM 101 – Introductory College Chemistry

3 Credits

BIOL 222 – Microbiology for Health Professionals

An introduction to microorganisms and their relationship to human health and disease. Course topics include structure, function, and growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, control of microorganisms, immunity and pathogenesis.

Prerequisites: CHEM 101 – Introductory College Chemistry or CHEM 103

To fulfill the assignments for this laboratory course, students will purchase and use a lab kit.

4 Credits

PSYC 210 – Human Growth & Development

A course designed to acquaint the student with the developmental processes behind intellectual and personality growth from infancy to adulthood.

Prerequisite: PSYC 201 – Introductory Psychology or sophomore status

3 Credits

Nursing Courses

300 level nursing courses are a prerequisite to starting 400 level nursing courses

NUR 352SI – Professional Nursing

Professional nursing will be introduced through an exploration of concepts and issues that shape the development of the competent, caring, professional nurse. Emphasis will be placed on professional socialization via an exploration of historical events and nursing theories and frameworks that have shaped professional nursing practice. Engaged learning techniques will encourage students to explore elements of professional nursing, such as leadership, health and education technology, and clinical excellence through safe, effective practice.

3 Credits

NUR 353 – Information Management in Healthcare

Information Management in Healthcare will cover the design, development, implementation, and support of computer- based information systems. With innovations in healthcare technology, unique opportunities and challenges for the end-user will be considered and carefully addressed.  This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of confidentiality issues surrounding information management. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of the impact information management systems have on the healthcare team, delivery of care, efficiency and productivity, patient safety, and health outcomes.

Co/Prerequisite: NUR 352SI – Professional Nursing

3 Credits

NUR 354WI – Evidence-Based Nursing

This course focuses on the relationship between nursing theory, research and practice. Examples of topics covered include the research process, research methods, data analysis, evaluation of evidence, protection of human subjects and patients, and the dissemination of nursing knowledge. Assignments are used to promote evidence-based nursing practice that will improve patient outcomes.

Prerequisite: Statistics

3 Credits

NUR 355 – Nursing Assessment for the Practicing Nurse

This course provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and physical exam on clients throughout the lifespan. Special considerations regarding culture will be discussed.  Health risk appraisals from modifiable (lifestyle) and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) origins will be examined. 

Students taking NUR 355 will have one exam proctored remotely by ProctorU. Student must have a computer with a webcam, microphone connected to the computer, headphones or working speaker, and authority to allow remote access to computer and screen by ProctorU. Student will not be responsible for any fees associated with the cost of proctoring.

Prerequisite: NUR 353 – Information Management in Healthcare

3 Credits

NUR 452WI – Nursing Leadership and Health Care Policy

This course provides the practicing nurse with theory and concepts needed to successfully assume leadership and management positions in the health care environment. Special consideration will be given to the changing dynamics of the healthcare system. Concepts of quality and safety in health care will be explored. Legal and ethical issues in health care will also be examined.

Prerequisite: NUR 354WI – Evidence-Based Nursing

3 Credits

NUR 453 – Community Focused Professional Nursing

This course introduces concepts of epidemiology, core public health values, levels of prevention, and theoretical and practical information for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programs to preserve, promote and protect the health of communities. The liberal arts and sciences provide the foundation for understanding community focused nursing processes and roles.

Students taking NUR 453 will have one exam proctored remotely by ProctorU. Student must have a computer with a webcam, microphone connected to the computer, headphones or working speaker, and authority to allow remote access to computer and screen by ProctorU. Student will not be responsible for any fees associated with the cost of proctoring.

Prerequisite: NUR 354WI – Evidence-Based Nursing

4 Credits

NUR 454 – A Conceptual Approach to Pathophysiology for Nurses

Pathophysiological concepts related to disease and common health problems are presented. Emphasis is placed on normal physiologic functioning and changes that occur with disease. Interrelationships among concepts are explored as well as local and systemic manifestations of common disorders. Students will critically analyze pathophysiological processes and related medical and nursing management for specific health problems of individuals across the lifespan.

3 Credits

NUR 455 – Advanced Acute Care Concepts

Concepts related to acute and critical alterations of health of individuals requiring intensive care treatment will be covered within the framework of the nursing process. Students will critically analyze acute care concepts related to nursing management of specific health problems for individuals across the lifespan.

Prerequisite: NUR 454 – A Conceptual Approach to Pathophysiology for Nurses

3 Credits

NUR 456 – Application of Professional Nursing Concepts

In this course, students will apply the concepts and skills acquired in the BSN program to demonstrate growth as a competent, caring, professional nurse. The student will demonstrate scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, leadership, and health and education technology through a professional project. A portfolio of activities completed in the RN-BSN program will be used to demonstrate meeting program outcomes.

Prerequisite: All NUR courses

4 Credits

Choose One Elective

NUR 339 – Global Health Promotion

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and issues related to global health promotion.  Special consideration will be given to infectious and communicable diseases, environmental issues, nutrition, and vulnerable populations.  International health organizations and governmental policy will also be analyzed.

3 Credits

NUR 340 – Holistic Nursing

Basic theories and concepts related to Holistic Nursing are presented including evidence-based practice of complementary and alternative therapies. Emphasis is placed on a progressive and tolerant examination of diverse cultural and global integrative therapies. Examination of self as healer and development of healing environments are also presented.

3 Credits

NUR 344 - Palliative Care Strategies for the Professional Nurse 

Theories and strategies related to concepts of palliative care at the-end-of life are presented. The emphasis is on the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary team and the need for attention to cultural factors influencing care at the end of life. There is currently a wide gap between the reality of end of life care, and the kind of care each would seek. This course is a guide to prepare nurses to be competent and compassionate professionals who can lead a transformation in care at the end of life.

3 Credits

The current Jacksonville University Academic Catalog is your official guide to all programs. Non-nursing courses are offered by other universities that work with University Alliance. The applicable school’s catalog would then apply.