BSN Curriculum

Junior Nursing Courses

UPNS 324 Cultural Applications in Clinical Practice - 3 credits

This course introduces models of transcultural health care. Issues to the health care professional’s role in the delivery of culturally competent based health care are explored. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and analysis of culturally congruent care as related to clinical practice issues in the United States and globally and more specifically in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Interplay between models of transcultural care and other models of clinical application of culturally appropriate interventions are examined.

UPNS 325 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice II - 3 credits

This course is a continuation of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice I covering additional basic principles of pharmacology and drug therapy necessary for general nursing practice. Concepts of drug effectiveness, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and drug interactions will be examined. In most cases, the emphasis will be on the pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems. Throughout the course, medications will be discussed in relation to their clinical use in the treatment of specific disease conditions.

UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course explores the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of body systems throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of individuals and the presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse individuals across the lifespan. The scientific approach will provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease as they are related to clinical decision-making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management.

UPNS 349 Adult Health & Illness II: Care of the Geriatric Adult - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on nursing care of adults with comorbid and complex medical and surgical conditions. Emphasis will be placed on the most common acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions prevalent in the adult population. Complex cases will facilitate clinical reasoning in the care of the adult with consideration to the older adult population. The nursing care in these conditions will highlight the physiological, psychological, pharmacological, emotional, and social implications of the adult population.

UPNS 352 Leadership and Management Theory in Clinical Environments - 3 credits

This course will focus on the professional nurse’s role in applying the principles of leadership and management in clinical environments. The role of the nurse leader and his/her influence on quality and safe nursing practice will be explored. Barriers to practice, regulatory, legislative, holistic, and political processes in reference to professional practice will also be examined. The course will also emphasize nursing leadership roles and inter-professional collaboration to increase efficiency of healthcare services.

UPNS 364 Clinical Immersion in Professional Nursing - 12 credits

This clinical internship opportunity is designed for junior or senior nursing students to work under the supervision of a professional registered nurse within the healthcare setting of a partnering institution. The nursing student will carry out patient care assignments, work in controlled care situations, and perform established nursing procedures for individuals or groups of patients. The student will participate in unit-specific leadership and quality and safety activities. The student will function in the role of an unlicensed assistive person/ nursing intern as per the job description under the supervision of professional RN mentor(s).