Second Degree BSN Curriculum (16-Month)

Spring Semester, Year 1

UPNS 232 Adult Health and Illness - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on nursing care of adults with common acute and chronic disease processes. Emphasis will be placed on general medical and surgical conditions found in the adult population. Students will apply knowledge from fundamentals in the management of the common disease processes. The nursing care in these conditions will assist the students in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation process.

UPNS 309 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course covers the 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 339 Genetics in Nursing and Health - 3 credits

This course will discuss the implications of the Human Genome Project and how to apply genetic knowledge to patient knowledge and health promotion/screening in the following ways: identifying those in need of genetic testing, offering genetic information, recording genetic information, referring patients and families for further genetic information and evaluation, advocacy for privacy, confidentiality, and non-discrimination with regard to genetic information, and participate in management of patients with genetic conditions. The ethical consideration as they relate to genetics will also be explored.

UPNS 344 Nursing for Children's Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focuses on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the child within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for children, and the family are examined. Growth and development theory is also emphasized.

UPNS 348 Nursing for Maternal-Newborn Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of women and maternal/newborn dyads. Emphasis is on the nurse’s role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the woman and the infant within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for women and the childbearing family are examined.