Course Offerings

NURSING (NURS)

Lower Division

200. Foundations of Nursing Process, Roles and Skills
Introduction to nursing process and nursing role, including basic cognitive, psychomotor, interpersonal, and assessment skills. Prerequisites: sophomore standing, admission to nursing major; BIOL 220, 223 and 224; CHEM 205, 208; completion of G.E. requirements in written communication, critical thinking and mathematics or passing score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination; COMM 120. Corequisite: NURS 201. (4 units)
201. Foundations of Nursing Process, Roles and Skills: Laboratory
Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 200. Care of clients in various settings who need a moderate level of nursing care. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: admission to nursing major and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 200. (3 units)
204. Beginning Nursing Process, Roles and Skills
Theory and application of nursing process and nursing role with middlescent and older individuals and families of diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisites: NURS 200 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 205. (4 units)
205. Beginning Nursing Process, Roles and Skills: Laboratory
Clinical experience in settings emphasizing physical and emotional care of middlescent and older adults needing a moderate level of care. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 204. (3 units)
220. Intermediate Nursing Process, Roles and Skills
Principles of assessment and care of acutely ill individuals of various ages and psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Pathophysiology as basis of nursing assessment and care. Prerequisites: NURS 204 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 221. (4 units)
221. Intermediate Nursing Process, Roles and Skills: Laboratory
Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 220. Care of clients in subacute and acute care settings. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 220. (4 units)

Upper Division

305. Secrets of Success
This course is intended to decrease the effects of stressors found in nursing education by improving personal overall wellness. The focus is on coping and other wellness strategies to address the multifaceted causes of stress. (2 units)
310. Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Education
Concepts related to transitioning from ADN to BSN nursing roles. Explores learning and technology skills, and competencies required of the professional nurse. Prerequisites: consent of the nursing department, active CA RN license. (2 units)
316. Health Assessment
Determining and measuring variables relevant to assessment of psychosocial and physical health. Formerly NURS 223. Two hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: NURS 200 and 201. (4 units)
322. Advanced Nursing Process, Roles and Skills
Continuation of principles of assessment and care of acutely ill individuals of various ages and psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Pathophysiology as basis of nursing assessment and care. Prerequisites: NURS 400, 401 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 323. (3 units)
323. Advanced Nursing Process, Roles and Skills: Laboratory
Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 322. Care of clients in subacute and acute care settings. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: 400, 401 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 322. (4 units)
332. Families and Children
Theory and application of nursing process and nursing role with families from diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds and their children. Formerly NURS 330. Prerequisites: NURS 334 and 335 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 333. (4 units)
333. Families and Children: Laboratory
Clinical experience in settings emphasizing care of families with children needing a moderate level of care. Materials fee required. Formerly NURS 331. Prerequisites: 334 and 335 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 332. (3 units)
334. Maternal Child and Women's Health
Theory and application of nursing process and nursing role with childbearing families from diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Formerly NURS 330. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 221 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 335. (4 units)
335. Maternal Child and Women's Health: Laboratory
Clinical experience in settings emphasizing care of childbearing families needing a moderate level of care. Materials fee required. Formerly NURS 331. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 221 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 334. (3 units)
340. Theories of Nursing
Introduction to various conceptual models of nursing. Implications of these models for nursing. Formerly NURS 450. Prerequisites: NURS 332, 333 and consent of department. (2 units)
341. Professional Writing
Graded credit/no credit.
  1. Introduction. Introductory course for the RN working toward a BSN degree. Research and Best Evidence Practices will be introduced. APA foundations and guidelines for professional writing explored. Students will begin the writing of the nursing senior project in small groups. (2 units)
  2. Project Identification. Adding to the written project or research paper for the senior project. Written work will include Best Evidence findings, purpose of the study, and methodology. (2 units)
  3. Study Design. Further additions to the senior project or research paper. Additions will include assessment tools or tests, outline of pilot, and writing of IRB requests if necessary. (2 units)
  4. Project Completion. Introduction to sources for nursing publications and assistance in the final additions to the senior project paper or to the senior research paper including results of the pilot, conclusions and recommendations. Practice of oral presentations of the findings and will be given assistance in professional poster preparation and presentation. (2 units)
343. The Nurse as a Researcher
Introduction of the foundations of medical and nursing research. Focus is on identifying, collecting, analyzing and disseminating evidenced based practice. Seminars will assist small groups in selection of the senior project that runs throughout the program. (4 units)
344. The Nurse as a Leader
Review of basic principles of leadership and management pertaining to healthcare settings. Contemporary issues as well as requisite changes in nursing healthcare delivery and nursing education. Beginning fiscal management and budgeting will be introduced and discussed. (4 units)
345. The Nurse as an Advocate: Family Concepts
Overview of family concepts focused upon the relationship between client & family and the healthcare provider. Family assessment will be introduced and practiced. Special attention will be given to end-of-life issues and caregiver support. (4 units)
346. The Nurse as a Member of the Community
Principles of population assessment in any healthcare setting will be introduced. Care of individuals and families in diverse settings will be emphasized. Health promotion and wellness will be examined and practiced. (4 units)
347. The Nurse as a Member of the Community: Activity
Application of knowledge and skills related to population assessment will be experienced in a variety of healthcare settings. These clinical hours will allow the student to apply for a Public Health Nurse Certificate. (4 units)
350. Nursing Theories
Introduction to various conceptual models of nursing. Implications of these models for nursing practice. Students will identify a model for use in their senior research project. (4 units)
352. The Nurse as a Teacher
Presentation of teaching-learning theories and application upon those methods to promote health and disease prevention across the lifespan. Focuses upon: illiteracy, caregivers and those with physical impairments. Students will present individual, family and group classes. (4 units)
353. Global Nursing
International health concerns affecting the delivery of nursing care at home and abroad. Credit will be arranged for nursing projects pertaining to international concerns. (4 units)
375. Cooperative Education
Application of nursing concepts and skills through supervised work in a hospital or other health care agency. Sixteen hours of supervised work and a two-hour group meeting are required each week. Open only to non-licensed nursing majors. May be taken quarterly, but only four units may be applied toward the degree. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: NURS 200, 201 and departmental approval of a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2 units)
380. Pathophysiological Concepts as Applied to Nursing Practice
Pathophysiological concepts as applied to nursing practice with an emphasis on the body's response to the disease process. Prerequisites: BIOL 223, 224 and consent of department. (4 units)
382. Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice
Emphasis on the therapeutic use of drugs in humans. Discusses basic principles of drug therapy, with a focus on prototypical drug groups. Enables the student to extend pharmacological understanding from the basic curriculum, to allow for application in the continually evolving health-care environment. Formerly a topic under NURS 396. (2 units)
396. Selected Topics in Nursing
Selected nursing topics with specific focus. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: consent of department chair prior to registration. (2 units)
399. Community Service Project
Credit for performing academically related tasks in such agencies as governmental, social service and educational institutions. May be repeated for a total of four units. No more than four units of credit for Community Service Project courses may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: submission of a project proposal and consent of department chair prior to registration. (1-2 units)
400. Psych/Mental Health Nursing
Principles of health promotion and chronic illness care with mentally and physically ill middlescent and older adults with diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds via recovery, resilience and wellness philosophy. Prerequisites: NURS 332, 333, 334, 335, PSYC 201, and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 401. (4 units)
401. Psych/Mental Health Nursing: Activity
Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 400. Clinical experience in various ambulatory care settings with mentally and physically ill middlescent and older adults via recovery, resilience, and wellness philosophy. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: NURS 332, 333, 334, 335, PSYC 201, and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 400. (4 units)
404. Leadership in Nursing: Nursing Management
Concepts of leadership in innovative nursing roles. Synthesis of knowledge and skills in critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions as a leader and change agent on the interdisciplinary health team. Prerequisites: NURS 406, 407 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 405. (4 units)
405. Leadership in Nursing: Clinical
Clinical experience focusing on innovative nursing roles in various settings. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: NURS 406, 407 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 404. (4 units)
406. Community/Public Health Nursing
Principles of health promotion and chronic illness care with young individuals and families of diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Formerly NURS 324. Prerequisites: NURS 322, 323, 400, 401 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 407. (4 units)
407. Community/Public Health Nursing: Clinical
Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 406. Clinical experience in community health agencies with young individuals and families. Materials fee required. Formerly NURS 325. Prerequisites: NURS 322, 323, 400, 401 and consent of department. Corequisite: NURS 406. (4 units)
410. Transitional Concepts for Professional Nursing
Socialization and development into professional nursing roles. Exploration of current theories, concepts and health issues for populations with diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisites: NURS 310 and consent of the department. Materials fee required. Corequisite: NURS 411. (2 units)
411. Transitional Concepts for Professional Nursing: Laboratory
Practice of professional nursing roles with populations of diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisites: Active RN license, professional malpractice insurance and consent of the department. Corequisite: NURS 410. (4 units)
422. Nursing Research
Introduction to the research process and analysis of studies relevant to nursing. Prerequisites: NURS 340, MATH 305 and consent of department. (4 units)
425. Issues and Trends in Nursing and Health Care
Evolution of professional nursing. Trends in health care and nursing. Impact of ethical, legal, political, and economic forces upon health care and nursing. Formerly NURS 350. Prerequisites: NURS 422 and consent of department. (2 units)
443. The Nurse as a Counselor
Exploration of assessment interviewing and counseling techniques focused upon those with healthcare issues. Differentiate between therapy and counseling and how to recognize when to refer. Identification of referral sources for follow-up. (4 units)
444. The Nurse as an Expert Clinician
Supports the student's self-evaluation of skills and knowledge in clinical expertise. Assists the individual student to go beyond with advanced clinical skills and expertise. Opportunities to expand knowledge and skills will be explored including expansion of nursing roles such as manager of care, informatics, clinical management and quality assurance. (4 units)
445. The Nurse as a Change Agent
Nurses are always in a position to make changes in individuals, families and communities. This course will explore theories related to change focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. (4 units)
446. The Nurse as a Mentor: Activity
Focuses upon further advancement of patient and unit management proficiency in any healthcare setting. (4 units)
483. The Nurse as a Lifelong Learner: Advanced Practice Models
Designed to introduce learners to the opportunities in pursuit of a master's and doctoral degrees in nursing. Advanced practice models will be explored via classroom, online and seminar. (4 units)
494. Senior Seminar
This course is the culmination of the program's emphasis upon research and professional writing. Students will present their two-year study in small groups, will complete the research paper and will present a professional poster session. (4 units)
500. Advanced Topics in Nursing
Selected advanced nursing topics with specific focus within relatively narrow content areas. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. (4 units)
502. Advanced Physical/Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents
Seminar presents techniques related to physical and health assessment, in the school or community setting, including vision, scoliosis, and dental screenings. Emphasis is on the common morbidities and mortalities of these age groups and the interrelationship of the physical, emotional, and socioeconomic causes of health problems and illnesses. Two hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: consent of department. (4 units)
503. Principles of School Nursing Practice
Role of the school nurse in relation to current accepted practice in school health programs as pertaining to the health needs of school children and their communities. Prerequisite: consent of department. (4 units)
504. School Nursing Internship
Supervised practice in public school nursing working with credentialed school nurses at the elementary and secondary level. Course taken at the completion of the program. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of department. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in NURS 595 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor, and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1-6 units)

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