Nursing Electives

The RN-BSN program offers the following Nursing Elective courses:

To view when these courses are offered, go to our Course Schedule page.
NURS 492: Aging and Health                                                                                                                                                                             3 Credits
Explore normal aging and lifestyle factors that promote optimal aging or lead to health alterations. Examine coping and facilitation of elders' achievement of health goals.
NURS 492: Clinical Pharmacology                                                                                                                                                                      3 Credits
Focus is on the principles of pharmacology and administration, legislative controls, mechanisms of drug actions, contra-indications, adverse and toxic effects, and lifespan consideration.
NURS 492: Cross Cultural Health                                                                                                                                                                       3 Credits
This course provides the students with the opportunity to further enhance their insight into Black, Hispanic, Hmong, and Native American cultures. This course examines how culture impacts health and illness with reference to these four cultures. Opportunity will be provided for each student to examine health beliefs and practices from the perspective of one of these four cultural groups. 
NURS 492: Global Aspects of Healthcare                                                                                                                                                           3 Credits
This course uses a multidisciplinary perspective to explore global issues affecting personal, community and international health. Students use approaches from health promotion, population health, and primary health care to help frame analyses. Students are introduced to patterns of disease, determinants of health, the global context of health, and strategies and actions for enhancing well-being.
NURS 492: Global Health: Ethics and Human Rights                                                                                                                                        3 Credits
An overview of the broad field of global health, using the U.N. Millennium Development Goals as a guiding framework. The course will explore the ethics and human rights issues related to disparities in financial, educational, technological, environmental, and political resources available to support healthy populations across the globe.
NURS 492: Health Assessment                                                                                                                                                                            3 Credits
This course emphasizes essential nursing skills in the assessment process, introducing health history and physical examination techniques across the lifespan. Students conduct a health appraisal and collect, record, and analyze data. Current models of health, including cultural and developmental variations are examined. This course has no on-campus hands-on lab. To substitute for the lab, you will be expected to view short videos of the assessment skill to be practiced. These short videos are embedded in the online course.
NURS 492: Interdisciplinary Care of Children with Special Healthcare Needs                                                                                               3 Credits
Interdisciplinary team care of children with special healthcare needs across the trajectory of illness presented within the context of family, culture, social determinants of health, community, and healthcare policy. Students introduced to interdisciplinary, collaborative, family-centered team care.
NURS 492: Mental Health Nursing Across the Care Continuum                                                                                                                      3 Credits
This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills necessary for providing professional nursing care to individuals, groups and families affected by mental illness in any setting. Particular attention is focused on complex health conditions and development of clinical reasoning to support competent nursing practice.
NURS 492: Nursing Care at the End of Life                                                                                                                                                       3 Credits
Nurses spend more time with patients who are facing end-of-life than any other member of the health care team. Yet studies have shown that many nurses feel inadequately prepared to provide the comprehensive care so important at the end of life. This course focuses on the nurse’s role in end-of-life care, pain management, symptom management, ethical/legal issues, and more.
NURS 492: Pathophysiology                                                                                                                                                                               3 Credits
This course focuses on mechanisms, manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of selected disease states. Content includes cellular and immunologic aspects of disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, and disorder of the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, and endocrine systems.
NURS 492: School Nursing in the Context of Community Health                                                                                                                   3 Credits
Introduces students to the specialty of School Nursing. The course provides the theoretical and practical foundations for establishing and maintaining school health nursing services, defines the context of nursing practice within the educational environment, and includes discussion of policy and administrative issues, as well as clinical nursing services.