Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN)

Nursing

NUR 0001 First-Year Seminar Nursing Students

This course is designed to provide beginning nursing students with an overview of the nursing profession and an introduction to the School of Nursing. The purpose of the course is to facilitate the students' adjustment to the university environment and to acquaint them with the skils and resources available to promote success.

NUR 0020 Pathophysiologic Foundations of Nursing Care               

This course will examine mechanisms that produce disease and injury, the ways in which the body responds to these mechanisms, and the clinical manifestations produced by the body's response.

NUR 0051 Introduction to Professional Nursing                  

This course provides a broad overview and synthesis of the issues and trends most relevant to the practice of professional nursing.  Historical, contemporary and potential influences on professional nursing practice are reviewed.  An emphasis on the unique and varied roles of nurses in today's interdisciplinary health care environment are examined within the context of individual, family, community, and global health.  Characteristics and major changes in health care delivery systems (federal, state, and local) are discussed.  Components of professional nursing values and core practice competencies are presented.  The concept of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice is introduced.  Critical thinking strategies are introduced in the context of the nursing process. 

NUR 0053 Introduction to Inclusion, Equity & Diversity in Healthcare

The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of how health care relates to the concepts of inclusion, equity and diversity. It will provide an overview of how these concepts inclufence the health of individuals and populations, and our role in applying them. We will explore local communities looking at diversity in cutlure, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, socioeconomics, sexual orientation, and immigration. During this exploration, commuinity strengths and capacity to promote positive change will be presented. The goals of this course are to increase our value of and advocacy for inclusion, equity and divesity in health care. Learning activities will support skill development to interact prodcutively with a variety of individuals and groups. Key components of this course are direct engagement with diverse individuals, self-reflection, and community-engaged learning.

NUR 0066 Nutrition for Clinical Practice                   

Course focuses on nutrition for clinical practices for nurses.  Food for energy and the major nutrients are considered for the promotion of health and medical nutrition therapy for selected disruptions of health.  Emphasis is placed on nutrition assessment and interventions in relation to the nutrition goals of Healthy People 2010 and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

NUR 0067 Introduction to Nursing Research

The primary objective of this course is to assist students in becoming intelligent consumers of research. It provides the basis for evidence-based practice and provision of culturally-congruent care. Students gain an understanding of the relationship between quantitative and qualitative research processes to the development of nursing knowledge and the contributions of research to the evidence base of nursing practice. Students are to identify clinical problems and search the literature for information about the problem. Students are expected to critically appraise research articles, distinguish between useful, valid research and that which cannot or should not be applied to nursing practice.  

NUR 0080 Foundations of Nursing Practice  I

This course focuses on the concepts of communication, therapeutic intervention, and decision-making as they relate to the nursing process. Techniques of assessment of the physical, psychological and developmental dimensions of the individual are explored through a variety of learning strategies. Variations of expected findings based on influences such as age, social condition, and culture are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic interventions of safety, hygiene and comfort, health assessment and health promotion.


NUR 0080C Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical        

This course is designed to provide clinical experiences related to the theory provided in Foundations of Nursing Practice 1. Techniques used in the assessment of the physical, psychological and developmental dimensions of the individual within an acute care setting are demonstrated. Variations of findings based on influences such as age and culture are identified. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic interventions of safety, hygiene and comfort, health assessment and health promotion.

NUR 0081 Foundations of Nursing Practice II          

The focus is on the cognitive basis, scientific principles and initial manipulative component of psychomotor skills used when providing nursing care which promotes, restores and maintains the health of the patient.  During laboratory sessions students will have opportunity to practice simulated clinical skills.  Nursing process, critical thinking and decision-making serve as the framework for acquisition of clinical psychomotor skills.  Through active laboratory participation, the student will demonstrate self-direction as a learner. 

NUR 0082 Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute/Chronic Illness

This course focuses on the nursing care of adults, including older adults, with acute and/or chronic illnesses. Students will be guided in critical thinking exercises and the use of therapeutic interventions and reseach findings in the management of adults. Nursing process, critical thinking, and decision-making serve as the framework for acquisition of knowlege for the management of patients. Societal and cultural influences will be emphasized.

NUR 0082C Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute/Chronic  Illness Clinical

This course focuses on the nursing care of adults, including older adults, with acute and/or chronic illnesses. Students will be guided in critical thinking exercises and the use of therapeutic interventions and research findings in the management of adults with acute and/or chronic illnesses. During clinic, students will have the opportunity to practice clinical skills learned in the lab. Nursing process, critical thinking, and decision-making serve as the framework for acquisition of clinical psychomotor skills. Common concepts of care will be emphasized, including societal and cultural influences.

NUR 0086 Nursing Informatics    

This course focuses on concepts relevant to the practice of nursing informatics. The course emphasizes information technology applications and the principles of nursing informatics from current and historical perspectives. Learners will examine the analysis of health care data and its transformation to nursing knowledge. Nursing language concepts and their importance in clinical information system development will be identified. Learners will examine information technologies that manage clinical information and support patient care. Social and ethical issues in the context of clinical information systems will be examined. The impact of evolving/emerging information technologies on healthcare provider and consumer roles will be discussed. 

NUR 0087 Pharmacology and Therapeutics           

Examination of the major categories of pharmacologic agents and application of pharmacologic concepts to clinical nursing practice.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the physiologic actions of the drugs, expected patient responses, major side effects, and implications for nursing. 

NUR 0088  Introduction to Basic Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice      

This course introduces students to descriptive statistics and parametric and nonparametric statistical tests that are commonly used by researchers in the health sciences and appear in published research reports. Emphasis is placed on student mastery of concepts and principles that are fundamental to descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as interpretation and critical appraisal of their use in research studies. Opportunities are proved to manipulate data, perform basic statistical tests, and summarize findings in tabular, graphical, and narrative form. 

NUR 0090 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 Clinical 

This course is designed to provide clinical experiences related to the theory provided in Foundations of Nursing Practice 1. Techniques used in the assessment of the physical, psychological and development dimensions of the individual within an acute care setting are demonstrated. Variations of findings based on influences such as age and culture are identified. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic interventions of safety, hygiene and comfort, health assessment and health promotion.

NUR 0092 Nursing Management of Adults with Acute/Chronic Health Problems Clinical

This course focuses on the nursing care of adults, including older adults, with acute and/or chronic illnesses. Students will be guided in critical thinking exercises and the use of therapeutic interventions and research findings in the management of adults with acute and/or chronic illnesses. During clinic, students will have the opportunity to practice clinical skills learned in the lab. Nursing process, critical thinking, and decision-making serve as the framework for acquisition of clinical psychomotor skills. Common concepts of care will be emphasized, including societal and cultural influences.

NUR 1020 Advanced Nursing Management of The Adult with Acute/Complex Health Problems Clinical 

This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adults with acute and complex illnesses in a hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process to assist students with the development of priority nursing goals and in applying critical thinking skills to patient care. The clinical nursing responsibilities include interpretation of diagnostic studies, medical/surgical patient management, evaluation of outcomes, health promotion, and support for individuals and families experiencing acute and complex health problems. This course includes application of cultural diversity awareness training to the nursing process. Clinical learning is focused on developing and refining the knowledge and skills to manage patient care as part of inter-professional teams. Clinical experiences are offered in acute care, critical care, and monitored units.

NUR 1042 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families Clinical  

This course focuses on nursing practice for restoration and maintenance of health in children in various stages of development within their families and the broader social contexts in which children grow and develop. Nursing approaches used in the clinical setting are based on the use of best evidence, developmental perspectives, and cultural competence. The nursing process is applied to the child and family to minimize the effects of stressors which have resulted in a disruption of health. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and decision making as the student applies theory to nursing care.

NUR 1050 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, and Families 

This course provides an introduction to the process of childbirth and the dynamics of the childbearing family. It explores the areas of health promotion, physiologic changes associated with pregnancy, high risk conditions associated with pregnancy and the development of the fetus and newborn. Emphasis is on adaptation to the biopsychosocial needs of the childbearing family with sensitivity to the cultural needs and ethical issues of a diverse population. Critical thinking, problem solving, stress adaptation, role, family and nursing theories provide a major focus for understanding childbearing.

NUR 1050C Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, and Families Clinical   

This course provides an introduction to the process of childbirth and the dynamics of the childbearing family. It explores the areas of health promotion, physiologic changes associated with pregnancy, high risk conditions associated with pregnancy and the development of the fetus and newborn. Emphasis is on adaptation to the biopsychosocial needs of the childbearing family with sensitivity to the cultural needs and ethical issues of a diverse population. Critical thinking, problem solving, stress adaptation, role, family and nursing theories provide a major focus for understanding childbearing. Clinical experiences reflect a diversity of settings including outpatient, inpatient, and community programs that provide services to the childbearing family.

NUR 1052 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families

This course focuses on the unique health and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents with an emphasis on family-centered care. The course incorporates principles of assessment, planning and implementation of nursing interventions appropriate for health promotion, wellness, health restoration and various complex health problems. Nursing approaches are based on the use of best evidence, developmental perspectives, and cultural competence with a focus on critical thinking.

NUR 1052C Nursing Care of Children and Their Families Clinical      

This course focuses on nursing practice for restoration and maintenance of health in children in various stages of development within their families and the broader social contexts in which children grow and develop. Nursing approaches used in the clinical setting are based on the use of best evidence, developmental perspectives, and cultural competence. The nursing process is applied to the child and family to minimize the effects of stressors which have resulted in a disruption of health. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and decision making as the student applies theory to nursing care.

NUR 1054 Nursing Care of Older Adults 

This course is designed to ensure competency in providing evidence-based nursing care to older adults and their families, across a continuum of health care settings. Attention is given to the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid conditions, interdisciplinary collaboration, the recognition of risk factors, valid and reliable health assessment, and individualized and evidence-based care for older adults across a continuum of health care settings. The influence of attitudes, age, gender, race, culture, religion, language, lifestyle, technology, and health care policy on the biological, psychological, and social functioning of older adults is considered.

NUR 1054C Nursing Care of Older Adults Clinical                 

This course is designed to ensure competency in providing evidence-based nursing care to older adults and their families, across a continuum of health care settings. Attention is given to the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid conditions, interdisciplinary collaboration, the recognition of risk factors, valid and reliable health assessment, and individualized care for older adults across a continuum of health care settings. The influence of attitudes, age, gender, race, culture, religion, language, lifestyle, technology, and health care policy on the biological, psychological, and social functioning of older adults is considered.

NUR 1057 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns and Families Clinical

This course provides an introduction to the process of childbirth and the dynamics of the childbearing family. It explores the areas of health promotion, physiologic changes associated with pregnancy, high risk conditions associated with pregnancy and the development of the fetus and newborn. Emphasis is on adaptation to the biopsychosocial needs of the childbearing family with sensitivity to the cultural needs and ethical issues of a diverse population. Critical thinking, problem solving, stress adaptation, role, family and nursing theories provide a major focus for understanding childbearing. Clinical experiences reflect a diversity of settings including outpatient, inpatient, and community programs that provide services to the childbearing family.

NUR 1060 Nursing Care of Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problems

This course is designed to teach basic psychiatric mental health nursing concepts and their application to clinical practice. Classroom learning is focused on developmental, psychological, and biological theories in order to enhance understanding of psychiatric illness. Major psychiatric illnesses throughout the lifespan as well as contemporary methods of treatment are addressed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique contributions of social and cultural factors to mental health.                              

NUR 1061 Independent Study      

An independent study is a student-initiated experience planned to permit students to pursue an area of interest in nursing with guidance of a faculty preceptor.   

NUR 1066 Nursing Care of Clients With Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Clinical

This course focuses on nursing practice of health promotion and restoration in individuals with mental health problems. Application of theoretical concepts and nursing interventions is the focus of the clinical experience in acute, chronic, and community mental health settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique contributions of social and cultural factors in the development of treatment plans for clients experiencing psychiatric problems.

NUR 1077 School Nurse Role   

This course is designed to prepare the professional nurse for certification as a school nurse in Pennsylvania; both the theory component (NUR 1077) and the practicum (NUR 1078) are required for eligibility. The role of the school nurse is explored through the historical, legal, ethical, research, and practice perspectives. The biological, physical, developmental, behavioral, cultural, and psychosocial needs of children of all ages in the school setting are examined. Throughout the course, the application of research findings is employed when analyzing the needs of the school age child and children with special needs in the school setting. Finally, the independent and collaborative aspects of the school nurse role are explored.  

NUR 1078 School Nurse Practicum        

This course is designed to prepare the professional nurse for certification as a school nurse in Pennsylvania; both the theory component (NUR 1077) and this practicum (NUR 1078) are required for eligibility. This course provides the required 100 hours of clinical practicum experience in elementary, middle and high school settings. The nursing care of children requiring acute, chronic and episodic care is performed under the guidance of an experienced school nurse. Throughout the course, the application of the nursing process and evidence-based approaches are employed when providing nursing services to school age children. Interdisciplinary care and management for school age children with special health and learning needs, including the culturally diverse and english language learners (ELLS) is emphasized. The independent and collaborative aspects of the school nurse role are explored within the school setting. 

NUR 1085 Ethics in Nursing and Health    

This course introduces students to the domain of clinical ethics as a foundation for developing ethical expertise in nursing practice. The course focuses on contemporary nursing and health care issues that raise personal and professional ethical concerns. Emphasis is placed on cultural differences, current legislation, political and religious controversy, economic constraints, and professional commitment related to the resolution of the identified ethical dilemmas. The process of ethical analysis and reasoning is used to resolve representative patient and health care situations.       

NUR 1120 ADV Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute Complex Health Problems

This course focuses on the patient centered nursing care of adults experiencing acute and complex illnesses. Emphasis is placed on the prioritization and decision making processes of nursing care and the nursing responsibilities associated with translating, integrating and applying medical/surgical management, evaluation of outcomes, health promotion, and support for individuals and families experiencing acute and complex health problems. This course will also discuss the increasing diversity of this nations population as expressed through age, racial, ethnic, gender, cultural, spiritual and sexual orientation. Discussions will occur with the effect of socio-economic differences and how it may affect the patients overall health care. Discussion of interdisciplinary collaboration healthcare professional is emphasized.

NUR 1120C ADV Nursing Management of the Adult with Acute Complex Health Problems Clinical

This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adults with acute and complex illnesses in a hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process to assist students with the development of priority nursing goals and in applying critical thinking skills to patient care. The clinical nursing responsibilities include interpretation of diagnostic studies, medical/surgical patient management, evaluation of outcomes, health promotion, and support for individuals and families experiencing acute and complex health problems. This course includes application of cultural diversity awareness training to the nursing process. Clinical learning is focused on developing and refining the knowledge and skills to manage patient care as part of inter-professional teams. Clinical experiences are offered in acute care, critical care, and monitored units. 

NUR 1121 Advanced Clinical Problem Solving 

This course focuses on the nursing management of the adult who experiences an acute or complex illness with an alteration in multiple body systems. The students ability to apply the nursing process, using critical thinking skills, is expanded through classroom and case study activities. Professional competence is enhanced through the utilization of high fidelity human simulation technology.

NUR 1121C Advanced Clinical Problem Solving Clinical

This course focuses on the nursing management of the adult who experiences an acute or complex illnesses with an alteration in multiple body systems.  The student's ability to apply nursing process using critical thinking skills is expanded through clinical activities. Collaboration with interdisciplinary health professionals in health promotion and restoration is fostered. 

NUR 1128 Community Health Nursing Theory and Practicum

The overall objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad introduction to community health and the role of nursing within this context. Students will explore epidemiology; health promotion and disease prevention within groups; individual and family case management; community assessment and intervention; environmental hazards; and factors influencing the delivery of and access to community health services. The health care needs of selectetd at-risk populations will be examined. 

NUR 1128C Community Health Nursing Clinical

The overall objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad introduction to community health and the role of nursing within this context. Students will experience independence and collaboration with community-based clinicians in a variety of settings. Students will have opportunities to apply epidemiology; health promotion and disease prevention within groups; individual and family case management; community assessment and intervention; environmental hazards; and factors influencing the delivery of and access to community health services at the individual, family, and aggregate levels. 

NUR 1134 Transition into Professional Nursing Practice

Students synthesize knowledge about the professional nursing roles and increase their understanding of their responsibility and accountability for the nursing care of individuals, families and aggregates. Theory related to professional nursing roles, patient care management, and leadership is presented. In addition, health care policy related to specific nursing issues is examined.

NUR 1134C Transition into Professional Nursing Practice Clinical                                

This course is designed to facilitate the transition into professional practice through preceptorship with registered nurses in a variety of settings. Students synthesize knowledge about the professional nursing roles and increase their responsibility and accountability for the nursing care of individuals, families and aggregates. Theory related to professional nursing roles, patient care management, and leadership is presented. In addition, health care policy related to specific nursing issues is examined.   

NUR 1135 

Transition into Professional Nursing Practice Clinical                                

This course is designed to facilitate the transition into professional practice through preceptorship with registered nurses in a variety of settings. Students synthesize knowledge about the professional nursing roles and increase their responsibility and accountability for the nursing care of individuals, families and aggregates. Theory related to professional nursing roles, patient care management, and leadership is presented. In addition, health care policy related to specific nursing issues is examined.

NUR 1138

Community Health Nursing Clinical

The overall objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad introduction to community health and the role of nursing within this context. Students will experience independence and collaboration with community-based clinicians in a variety of settings. Students will have opportunities to apply epidemiology; health promotion and disease prevention within groups; individual and family case management; community assessment and intervention; environmental hazards; and factors influencing the delivery of and access to community health  services at the individual, family, and aggregate levels.

NUR 1680

Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics

This is an introductory course that focuses on the fundamentals of genetis. The course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of genetic concepts so that this knowledge can be utilized to understand current and future genetic theories and therapeutics.

NUR 1990 Senior Seminar

The goal of this course is to support the senior students successful progression to entry-level professional nursing practice. Classroom activities and self-directed learning will prepare students to attain the benchmarks associated with professional licensure and provide a foundation for the continuous self-evaluation and life-long learning required to support professional nursing practice. 

Kaplan Prep

A series of Kaplan Preparation Practice Tests are integrated throughout the nursing program. A Diagnostic Prep, a Predictor Exam and a four-day Kaplan Review are scheduled at end of the program to provide students with prep resources to take the National Nursing License Exam.