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    MTSU's competitive Nursing program opens doors
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    There are many different ways to prepare for graduation
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Nursing

Nurses are the health care professionals most people rely on today, whether it's the nurse practitioner who treats their everyday ills at a walk-in clinic or the emergency-room or critical-care nurse who soothes fears while helping save lives. Students who care—about people, about technology, about science, about their colleagues and the community—can join the MTSU School of Nursing's competitive and robust academic programs to develop their commitment to the art and science of nursing.

MTSU and Columbia State Community college partnership

Easing the path to a B.S.N.

MTSU and Columbia State Community College have made it easier for nursing students with associate's degrees to upgrade to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A partnership announcement in late 2012 offers special advising options and transfer-student coordination to help increase the number of graduates in nursing jobs critical to Tennessee. The agreement even includes special help from Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn., to assist with clinical placement and career advancement.

School of Nursing students sponsor MTSU Health Fair

Making connections with campus patients

The members of the MTSU Student Nurses Association aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves — or to ask others to do the same. Each spring, the students in the School of Nursing sponsor the MTSU Health Fair, a half-day event that features free health screenings, health-related giveaways, and advice for the campus community. The free screenings provide test results for patients' hearing, speech, vision, blood pressure, body-mass index, blood glucose, bone marrow, and HIV status. Student nurses, who help administer the tests, also help special resource providers offer information about good mental and sexual health, avoiding and treating eating disorders, and ensuring personal safety.

The degrees in nursing offered by MTSU lead to career opportunities in direct patient care as well as health care-related industries, such as research, compliance, education, and sales. Examples include

  • Bloodbank supervisor
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Clinical operations/design specialist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Compliance education
  • Critical care transport nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Home health care professional
  • Health, wellness, and fitness education
  • Nursing education
  • On-site nurse programs
  • Patient case manager
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • School nurses


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Amerigroup Nashville
  • Baptist Hospital
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Community Quick Care
  • Erlanger Health System
  • Foot & Ankle Centers of Middle Tennessee
  • Gold Skin Care Center
  • LifePoint Hospitals
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • MissionPoint Health Partners
  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter
  • Nashville General Hospital
  • Primary Care and Hope Clinic
  • Roane Medical Center
  • Rolling Hills Hospital
  • Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Stonecrest Medical Center
  • Summit Medical Center
  • Teva Respiratory
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Paula Avaritt
Assistant Professor 
paula.anderson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room 245, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Adult Health I Clinical
Fundamentals Clinical 

Degree Information
M.S.N., Middle Tennessee State University (2009)
B.S.N., Middle Tennessee State University (1990)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1987)
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LeTizia Baxter
Assistant Professor 
letizia.baxter@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room 81, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Healthcare disparities amongst minorities
Mental Health
Public Health

Degree Information
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (2007)
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Dr. Cathy Cooper
Associate Professor 
cathy.cooper@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5531 
Office | Room 232, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Education
Medical Surgical Nursing
Nursing of Adults in Biodissonance

Degree Information
Ed.D., University of Saint Thomas, MN (2008)
M.S.N., Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN (1988)
B.S.N., Indiana State University, Terre Haute (1975)
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Michelle Finch
Assistant Professor 
michelle.finch@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2410
Office | Room N246, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Education
Introduction to Nursing Practice
Pediatrics

Degree Information
M.S.N., Barry University, FL (2006)
B.S., University of South Florida, FL (1999)
A.S.N., Miami University, Oxford, OH (1991)
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Dr. Amanda Flagg
Assistant Professor 
amanda.flagg@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5917
Office | Room 242, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Certified Nurse Educator
Clinical Nurse Specialist - BC, Adult Health
Nursing Education
Family Counseling

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (2010)
M.S.N., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (2004)
M.S.E.D., Boston University, MA (1989)
B.S., York College, PA (1983)
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Jennifer Frizzell
Lecturer 
jennifer.frizzell@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8972
Office | Room 240, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Education
Pediatrics

Degree Information
M.S.N., Tennessee State University (2009)
B.S.N., Tennessee State University (2002)
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Janice Harris
Assistant Professor 
janice.harris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2443
Office | Room N235, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Community Health
Mental Health
Nursing Education

Degree Information
E.D.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2012)
M.S.N., University of Phoenix, AZ (2000)
B.S.N., Florida Atlantic University (1999)
A.A.S., Calhoun Community College, AL (1981)
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Mary Jane Lavender
Assistant Professor
mary.lavender@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5842
Office | Room 236, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Higher Education Administration
Medical-Surgical Nursing

Degree Information
E.D.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1999)
M.S.E.D., University of Central Arkansas (1976)
B.S.N., Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis (1970)
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Brandi Lindsey
Assistant Professor 
brandi.lindsey@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8724
Office | Room 216, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Caring for children with special needs
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Degree Information
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (2004)
B.S.N., Bryan College, TN (2003)
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Tracy McCauley
Assistant Professor 
tracy.mccauley@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7866
Office | Room 238, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Nursing Education
Acute/Critical Care

Degree Information
M.S.N., University of Southern Alabama (2005)
B.S.N., Middle Tennessee State University (1997)
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Dr. Leigh Ann McInnis
Professor 
leighann.mcinnis@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2405
Office | Room 221, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Advanced Practice Nursing
Associate Director Online Programs
Educational Leadership
Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Information
Ph.D., Touro University International, NY (2005)
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (1989)
B.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (1987)
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Richard Meeks
Assistant Professor 
richard.meeks@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room N243, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Critical Care
Fundamentals in Nursing Practice
Health Assessment
Informatics Practicum
Nursing Informatics
Nursing Administration

Degree Information
M.S.N., University of Alabama, Huntsville (2003)
B.S.N., University of Alabama, Huntsville (2002)
A.S.N., Motlow State Community College, TN (1998)
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Shelley Moore
Assistant Professor 
shelley.moore@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5729
Office | Room 230, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Adult Critical Care and Oncology
International Health Education
Nursing Administration

Degree Information
M.S.N., Barry University, FL (1987)
B.S.N., SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica/Rome (1981)
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L. Kay Murphree
Assistant Professor 
lisa.murphree@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5918 
Office | Room 217, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Acute/Critical Care
Nursing Education

Degree Information
M.S.N., Austin Peay State University, TN (2010)
B.S.N., University of Tennessee Health Science, TN (1983)
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Kristi Plunk
Assistant Professor 
kristina.plunk@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room N201, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Women's Health

Degree Information
M.S.N., University of Memphis, TN (2008)
B.S.N., University of Memphis, TN (2000)
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Dr. Maria Revell
Professor 
maria.revell@mtsu.edu 

Phone | 615-898-5844
Office | Room 229, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Acute Care
Critical Care

Degree Information
D.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham (1992)
M.S.N., University of Alabama, Huntsville (1985)
B.S.N., Tuskegee University, AL (1973)
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Dr. Jenny Sauls
Professor 
jenny.sauls@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room N243, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Critical Care Nursing
Nursing Administration
Nursing Education

Degree Information
D.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham (2000)
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (1988)
B.S.N., Tennessee Tech University (1984)
A.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1981)
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Mariesa Severson
Assistant Professor 
mariesa.severson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5843
Office | Room 226, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Preventative Medicine
Womens Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Degree Information
M.S.N., Arizona State University, Tempe (1996)
B.S.N., Arizona State University, Tempe (1986)
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Dr. Sherri Stevens
Associate Professor 
sherri.stevens@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Room 201, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Adult Acute Care
Nursing Education

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2008)
M.S.N., University of Alabama, Huntsville (1994)
B.S.N., Middle Tennessee State University (1991)
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Dr. Debra Sullivan
Assistant Professor | Advanced Simulation Lab Coordinator 
debra.sullivan@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7868
Office | Room 222, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Pediatrics

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2011)
M.S.N., University of Texas, Tyler (2006)
B.S.N., University of Texas, Medical Branch (2004)
A.D.N., Houston Baptist University, TX (1992)
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Dr. Karen Ward
Professor | Interim Director School of Nursing 
karen.ward@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5622
Office | Room 221, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Developmental Psychology
Mental Health Nursing

Degree Information
Ph.D., Cornell University, NY (1988)
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (1972)
B.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (1970)
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Paul Williamson
Assistant Professor 
paul.williamson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2437 
Office | Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Board Certified (ANCC) 
Adult Critical Care 
Nursing Education 

Degree Information
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, TN (2002)
B.A., Life Pacific College, CA (1991)
A.A.S., Gateway Community College, AZ (1985)
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Dr. Debra R. Wilson
Professor 
debra.wilson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5841
Office | Room 236, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Health Psychology
Holistic Nursing
Psychoneuroimmunology

Degree Information
Ph.D., Walden University, MN (2006)
M.S.N., Tennessee State University (2002)
B.S.N., Lakehead University (1981)
B.A., Lakehead University (1981)
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Dr. Linda Wilson
Professor 
linda.covington@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2448
Office | Room 225, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
Mail | MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Nursing Education
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Degree Information
Ph.D., Georgia State University (1996)
M.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham (1978)
B.S., University of Alabama, Birmingham (1975)
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Undergraduates in the School of Nursing may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree via a traditional four-year baccalaureate program, first as a pre-nursing major and then, after three semesters and acceptance to the upper division, as a nursing major. Currently licensed Registered Nurses (R.N.s) with a diploma or associate's degree can join the R.N. to B.S.N. Program. Licensed Practical Nurses (L.P.N.s) with previously acquired knowledge and skills in nursing can apply for upper-division admission in an accelerated L.P.N. to B.S.N. program.

Graduate students in the MTSU School of Nursing may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree offered through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP); four concentrations are available: Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics. Graduate certificates in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Informatics are available through RODP. Also offered in collaboration with the Biology and Mathematical Sciences departments and the College of Business is a Master of Science (MS-PS) degree with a major in Professional Science (M.P.S.) and a concentration in Health Care Informatics.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Nursing Academic Map

School of Nursing
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 2010/2011 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 2020/20214 
MATH 1530 (Math)3  CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1010/1011, CHEM 1110/1111, or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Soc/Beh Sci3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL16Declare Nursing major SUBTOTAL17Maintain min. 2.80 GPA; begin titers/immunizat.
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  NURS 30001 
BIOL 2230/22314  NURS 30103 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  NURS 30302 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  NURS 30401 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Guided elective3See NURS office for POD
    NURS 33703 
SUBTOTAL16Apply for adm. to Nursing program SUBTOTAL13Crim. background check; see NURS faculty adv.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
NURS 3350/33605/3  NURS 3530/35405/4 
NURS 35703  NURS 3550/35603/2 
NURS 31703     
SUBTOTAL14Submit UD and Intent to Graduate forms to graduation coordinator SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
NURS 4330/43405/4  NURS 45703 or 4Order pin for ceremony
NURS 4350/43603/2  NURS 45303 
    NURS 45503 
    NURS 45603 
    NURS 45903 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL15–16 
NOTE: See catalog for information regarding Credit-by-Exam.  Upper-division Nursing majors requires at least a C (2.00) in all major coursework.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3Maintain min. 2.80 GPA
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 2010/2011 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 2020/20214 
MATH 1530 (Math)3  CHEM 1030/1031/CHEM 1010/1011, CHEM 1110/1111, or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
Soc/Beh Sci3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13Declare Nursing major SUBTOTAL14Maintain min. 2.80 GPA; begin titers/immunizat.
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Maintain min. 2.80 GPA    
SUBTOTAL3     
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  NURS 30001 
BIOL 2230/22314  NURS 30103 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  NURS 30302 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  NURS 30401 
    Guided NURS elective3See NURS office for POD
    NURS 33703 
SUBTOTAL13Apply for adm. to Nursing Program SUBTOTAL13Crim. background check; see NURS faculty adv.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
NURS 3350/33605/3  NURS 3530/35405/4 
NURS 35703  NURS 3550/35603/2 
NURS 31703     
SUBTOTAL14Submit UD and Intent to Graduate forms to graduation coordinator. SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
NURS 4330/43405/4  NURS 45703 or 4Order pin for ceremony
NURS 4350/43603/2  NURS 45303 
    NURS 45503 
    NURS 45603 
    NURS 45903 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL15–16 
NOTE: See catalog for information regarding Credit-by-Exam. Upper-division Nursing majors requires at least a C (2.00) in all major coursework.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Nursing

NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing
1 credit hour
Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics,  and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.

NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology
3 credit hours
(Same as BIOL 3340.) Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3030 - Health Assessment
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data (diagnosis). Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.

NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory
1 credit hour
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data (diagnosis). Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.

NURS 3111 - Professional Role Development
3 credit hours
Socializes the returning R.N. into the role of a baccalaureate nurse. Professionalism in nursing, role transition, history of nursing education, and issues pertinent to returning adult learners.

NURS 3170 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3370. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3350 - Introduction to Nursing Practice
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, and NURS 3370. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Five hours lecture.

NURS 3360 - Introduction to Nursing Practice-Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, and NURS 3370. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.

NURS 3370 - Health and Gerontology
3 credit hours
Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3530 - Caring for Adult Clients I
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Five hours lecture.

NURS 3540 - Caring for Adult Clients I-Clinical
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3530 . Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Twenty hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 3550 - Caring for the Childbearing Family
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3560 - Caring for the Childbearing Family-Clinical
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 3570 - Health Care Research
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 1530. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4005 - Independent Health Care Study
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the upper division of the nursing program and permission of instructor. Allows the student to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. One to three lectures or two to six laboratory hours.

NURS 4035 - Special Topics in Nursing
3 credit hours
Explores selected nursing topics in depth. Specified topic offered each semester according to student interest and faculty availability. Can be taken for a maximum of nine hours.

NURS 4036 - Nursing's Image in the Media
3 credit hours
Explores the variety of images that the public, the media, and nurses hold of nurses and the nursing profession. Examines personal beliefs regarding these images and the influence these beliefs can play in major health care issues.

NURS 4037 - End-of-Life Care
3 credit hours
Focuses on the role of the nurse in end-of-life care across the lifespan and among cultures. Covers a wide range of topics and issues, incorporating a holistic perspective. Students explore their personal values, beliefs, and practices related to end-of-life.

NURS 4038 - Medical-Surgical Practicum
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to upper division nursing program; NURS 3530 and NURS 3540; and permission of instructor. Allows students to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. Six laboratory hours.

NURS 4039 - Health Care Issues and Trends
3 credit hours
Online course provides opportunities for examination and critical evaluation of significant issues and trends in the current health care environment.

NURS 4040 - Forensic Nursing
3 credit hours
Explores the issues and opportunities in the specialty of forensic nursing and provides an overview of many different roles and positions that nurses can assume, as well as basic information regarding forensic science.  

NURS 4055 - Informatics for the Health Care Professional
3 credit hours
Theoretical foundations of informatics for health care professionals. Examines information technology and tools on the Internet. Emphasis on impact of automated data management through information systems in health care.

NURS 4330 - Caring for Adult Clients II
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Five hours lecture.

NURS 4340 - Caring for Adult Clients II-Clinical
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Twenty hours clinical/lab for duration of course.

NURS 4350 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, and NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4360. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4360 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients-Clinical
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, and NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4350. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 4530 - Caring for the Community as Client
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, NURS 4360. Corequisites: NURS 4550 and NURS 4560. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4550 - Caring for Clients with Mental Health Alterations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350 and NURS 4360. Corequisites: NURS 4530, NURS 4560. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4560 - Community and Mental Health Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, and NURS 4360. Corequisites: NURS 4530, and NURS 4550. Familiarizes the undergraduate nursing student with ways to care for aggregates. Emphasis on clients in the community and in in-patient psychiatric facilities. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of class.

NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership
3 or 4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, and NURS 4360. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3370, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3570, NURS 3170, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, NURS 4360. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse.