Second Degree BSN Curriculum (16-Month)

Spring Semester, Year 1

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

This course focuses on the development of selected competencies for nursing care assessment and management of adults with common disease/illnesses. Risk reduction, recovery and rehabilitation of patients with selected disease processes and common clinical problems are also addressed. Selected general medical-surgical settings and clinics will be utilized for clinical practice in the management of patients with peri-operative considerations, alterations in pain control, fluid and electrolytes balance, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, hematological, and immunological systems, gastrointestinal, renal, integumentary, neurological, musculoskeletal, male reproductive, and infectious disease systems.

UPNS 339W Genetics in Nursing and Health - 3 credits

This course discusses 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.

Two of the Following Clinical Specialty Courses:

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 focuses 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.

UPNS 355 Behavioral Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course focuses on an introduction to theory and concepts of behavioral health nursing. Emphasis is on the use of self in relationships with mental health consumers. The importance of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship will provide the framework for exploring the factors, which contribute to stress, maladaptive behavior, and mental illness. Care will be delivered based on psychiatric standards of nursing practice. The student will then explore the role of the behavioral health nurse working collaboratively with the community as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on behavioral health care is included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected inpatient mental health settings will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 357 Population Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course focuses on an introduction to theory and concepts of population health. Emphasis is on the professional nurse's role in working with various populations as the client. Care will be delivered based on standards of population health. The student will then explore the role of the nurse working collaboratively within the community and as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on population health will be included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected agencies that service the various populations will be utilized for clinical practice.