BSN Curriculum

Freshman Nursing Courses

UPNS 103 Nutrition for Wellness - 3 credits

This course explores nutrition and the nursing role in primary prevention for individuals and communities throughout the lifespan. Food needs for energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, and minerals are considered in relation to the maintenance of wellness.Nutrition assessments and interventions for healthy and disease states will be considered and activities related to the nursing role will be addressed.

UPNS 108 Freshman Seminar - 1 credit

The Freshman Seminar serves as a "gateway" course introducing the student to the School of Nursing. As a "learner centered course" - both originating from and focusing on the new student as learner and nursing student, this course will guide and encourage students in the development of adaptable and transferable skills and learning strategies for nursing as well to become life-long learners. Students are guided in a more comprehensive understanding of the nursing curriculum and provided with practical guidance regarding course planning and registration. Orientation to the world of clinical practice is provided including an understanding and navigation of nursing clinical requirements. The seminar will also explore the challenges of social and emotional adjustment to college and the rigor of a nursing program. Freshman Seminar contains flexibility in content by adopting diverse topics and adapting to emerging higher educational issues and contemporary student needs. Freshman math proficiency is included in this seminar.

UPNS 111 Contemporary Professional Nursing  - 3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to professional nursing in today's contemporary health care environment. The development of the student's identity as a professional nurse is a focus of this course as well as the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, including the principles of therapeutic communication, and within the context of a safe patient care environment. Included is an orientation to the legal and ethical basis of nursing practice, contemporary nursing issues and trends, nursing education for professional practice, and nursing leadership.

UPNS 112 Information Technology and Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course prepares the student for beginning use of technology in the delivery of nursing care and how it impacts patient care. The automation of data management through information systems, mobile technology, telecommunications and the impact of these technologies on nursing practice and research are addressed in the context of health care informatics. Actual problem-solving on how computerization can improve the efficiency of nursing care delivery at the bedside will be emphasized.

UPNS 113 Human Development and Health Promotion Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course prepares students for utilization of theories of human development from conception through death. Emphasis is placed on an individual's psychological, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual development within the context of the family, community, and culture. Health promotion and illness prevention practices are discussed relative to each age group throughout the life span.

UPNS 114 Service Learning: Health in Communities (SL) - 2 credits

This course prepares students for active and responsible community participation as professional nurses. Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge needed to impact health and wellness of diverse communities through academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking.