Bachelor of Science in Nursing Course Descriptions

NS 115 Introduction to Concepts of Caring

Two semester hours
This course is designed to introduce professional nursing concepts of quality and safety with a caring, holistic approach. The student is introduced to the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the development of nursing competencies when providing client-centered care in a safe, quality and interdisciplinary environment that uses informatics and an evidenced-based approach to promote quality outcomes.
Prerequisites: BI 211 and CH 110.

NS 125 Foundational Skills and Assessment of the Adult: Theory

Three semester hours
The student will apply the basic concepts of anatomy and chemistry when performing nursing skills including assessment of the adult. The student will learn the fundamentals of safety to minimize risk of harm to clients and health care providers as it applies to evidence-based, client-centered care in a variety of health care environments. Students will be able to define behaviors that support a professional, caring relationship.
Prerequisites: BI 211 and CH 110.
Co-requisite: NS 126.

NS 126 Foundational Skills and Assessment of the Adult: Clinical

Two semester hours
Students will perform foundational nursing and assessment skills in the care of the adult. The student will demonstrate the fundamentals of safety to minimize risk of harm to clients and health care providers as it applies to evidence-based, client-centered care in a variety of health care environments. Students will practice behaviors that support a professional, caring relationship.
Prerequisites: BI 211 and CH 110.
Co-requisite: NS 125.

NS 128 Population Health I

One semester hour
The student will be introduced to the broad concepts of public health practice including its historic development, principles and core functions, the role of health policy and collaborative teamwork of public health agencies. Theoretical and practical perspectives illustrating the determinants of health will be explored at the local, state and national level. This course is designed as the first of four level courses in exploration of population health.
Prerequisites: BI 211 and CH 110.
Co-requisite: First level nursing courses.

NS 201 Introduction to the Care of the Oncology Patient

Two semester hours
This course introduces students to oncology and the client-centered care of patients with cancer. An emphasis will be placed on evidence-based symptom management and the interdisciplinary role of the healthcare team in the care of cancer patients with solid organ and hematological cancers. This is an elective course for a student considering an oncology specialty.
Prerequisites: NS125/126 and NS233/234.

NS 233 Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Theory

Two semester hours
The student relate to the basic techniques of assessment to abnormal disease findings in the adult client. The student will explain principles pathophysiology and pharmacology in relation to acute and chronic health problems. Students will describe the concept of client-centered care with a focus on quality improvement and safety while utilizing professionalism.
Prerequisites: BI 211, BI 213, BI 210, CH 110 and all 100-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 234, NS 235.

NS 234 Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Clinical

Two semester hours
The student will apply assessment techniques with identification of abnormal findings as they relate to disease processes in the adult client. The student will demonstrate the professional caring nurse role with an emphasis on safety and client-centered care. Students will utilize the nursing process and technology to support teamwork and collaboration in clinical decision making.
Prerequisites: BI 211, BI 213, BI 210, CH 110 and all 100-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 233.

NS 235 Pharmacology I

Two semester hours
The student will apply the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology and chemistry in the administration of pharmacologic agents. The student will recognize standard practices and technologies related to medication safety to minimize the risk of harm and maximize the benefit to the client. Students will be able to accurately calculate drug dosages and interpret data to monitor the outcomes of pharmacologic interventions.
Prerequisites: BI 211, CH 110 and MA 101 and all 100 level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 233, NS 234, BI 227.

NS 254 Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Theory

Four semester hours
The student will build upon previous knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and assessment skills in the provision of safe, holistic care of the adult client with acute and chronic illnesses. Emphasis will be placed on the use of informatics, teamwork and collaboration as well as evidence-based practice related to quality health outcomes.
Prerequisites: All 100-level nursing courses. NS 233, NS 234, NS 235 and BI 227.
Co-requisite: NS 255, NS 256.

NS 255 Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Clinical

Four semester hours
The student will apply previous knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and assessment skills in the delivery of safe, holistic care of the adult client with acute and chronic illnesses. In the professional nurse role, the student will demonstrate the use of informatics, teamwork and collaboration as well as evidence-based practice related to quality health outcomes.
Prerequisites: All 100-level nursing courses. NS 233, NS 234, NS 235 and BI 227.
Co-requisite: NS 254, NS 256.

NS 256 Pharmacology II

Two semester hours
The student will explain the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology and chemistry while building on the pharmacologic principles from Pharmacology I in the administration of pharmacologic agents. The student will recognize standardized practices and technologies related to medication safety to minimize the risk of harm and maximize the benefit to the client. Students will be able to accurately calculate drug dosages and interpret data to monitor the outcomes of pharmacologic interventions.
Prerequisites: BI 211, BI 213, BI 210, CH 110, NS 235 and all 100-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 254, NS 255.

NS 257 Population Health II

One semester hour
The student will utilize knowledge of community-based nursing and public health policy as it relates to care of the client. The student will distinguish the role of social, behavioral and environmental determinants on the health status of individuals and groups with diverse populations and environments. The student will determine factors which create a culture of safety and explore ethical and legal implications for client-centered care. This course is designed as the second of four level courses in exploration of population health.
Prerequisites: All 100-level nursing courses.

NS 340 Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Theory

Three semester hours
The student will build upon previous knowledge of pharmacology, assessment and therapeutic communication skills. Theories and concepts related to acute, chronic illnesses and behaviors along the mental health continuum are introduced. Emphasis is placed on safe, evidence-based, caring and collaborative care, impacting the individual, families and groups.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. PY 101.
Co-requisite: NS 341.

NS 341 Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Clinical

Three semester hours
The student will apply theories and concepts related to caring, holistic, behavioral health of individuals, families and groups across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Students will collaborate with agency and community partners to enhance safe, evidence-based quality care.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. PY 101.
Co-requisite: NS 340.

NS 342 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Theory

Three semester hours
The student will be introduced to health promotion and family-centered nursing care for women and the childbearing family. Students will build upon previous knowledge to provide safe and evidence-based, interdisciplinary care of women and childbearing families.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. NS 340, NS 341 and PY 200.
Co-requisite: NS 343.

NS 343 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Clinical

Two semester hours
Students will apply the nursing process and theoretical concepts related to safe, evidence-based, interdisciplinary care of women and childbearing families in a variety of settings.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. NS 340, NS 341 and PY 200.
Co-requisite: NS 342.

NS 344 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Theory

Three semester hours
The student will be introduced to family-centered nursing care of children, including the normal progression of child growth and development, anticipatory guidance for parents, and acute and chronic health problems in the pediatric population. An emphasis will be placed on quality, safety and evidence-based practice in the provision of professional nursing care.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. NS 340, NS 341 and PY 200.
Co-requisite: NS 345.

NS 345 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Clinical

Two semester hours
The student will employ evidence-based principles of family-centered nursing care of the well child and children with acute and chronic health problems. The student will participate in teamwork and collaboration to promote shared decision making for safe delivery of health care.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. NS 340, NS 341 and PY 200.
Co-requisite: NS 344.

NS 346 Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care

Two semester hours
The student will learn how to ask clinical questions in PICOT format and to search common databases. The student develops the skill of critical appraisal of published research. Emphasis will be placed on how practice can be changed by the use of evidence-based guidelines and quality improvement processes.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses. BI 227, ST 310.

NS 347 Population Health III

One semester hour
The student will identify health disparities affecting the health of populations that influence the nursing plan of care. The student will examine the significance of public health program planning in addressing global health issues. The student will analyze quality improvement factors that support safety, quality care and the use of informatics. This course is designed as the third of four level courses in exploration of population health.
Prerequisite: All 100- and 200-level nursing courses.

NS 348 Population Health for the RN to BSN/MSN

Two semester hours
The student will be introduced to the broad concepts of public health practice including its historic development, principles, core functions, the role of policy and collaborative teamwork of public health agencies. Theoretical and practical perspectives illustrating the determinants of health will be explored at the local, state and national level. The student will exam the significance of public health program planning in addressing global health issues and analyze quality improvement factors which support the use of informatics, safety and quality care. 
Prerequisite: Current unencumbered RN license.

NS 349 Pathways for Success

One semester hour
The student will be provided a pathway for the transition to BSN and MSN programs at Clarkson College. Students will learn how to effectively write scholarly papers, both in terms of format and APA style. This course serves as an orientation to the various departments and services at the College and its online course delivery platform.
Prerequisite: Current unencumbered LPN or RN license.
Graded: Pass/No Pass.

NS 355 Concepts of Professional Practice for the LPN to BSN

Three semester hours
Students will explore professional nursing concepts specific to the transition from the LPN role to the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and quality along with safety education for nurses. Specific emphasis will be placed on nursing theory and the concepts of evidence based practice, quality improvement, caring, teamwork, collaboration and client-centered care.
Prerequisite: Current unencumbered LPN license.

NS 356 Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN to BSN/MSN

Three semester hours
Students will explore professional nursing concepts specific to the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and quality and safety education for nurses. Specific emphasis will be placed on nursing theory and the concepts of evidence based practice, quality improvement, caring, teamwork, collaboration and client-centered care.
Prerequisite: Current unencumbered RN license.

NS 357 Physical Assessment

Three semester hours
The student will validate areas of assessment expertise and further develop clinical assessment and critical thinking skills. Specific emphasis is placed on evidence-based assessment techniques for each of the body systems, critical thinking skills, safety and client-centered care practices.
Prerequisite: Current unencumbered LPN or RN license.

NS 430 Professional Nurse Caring with Families: Theory

Two semester hours
(Two hours of theory per week) Students are introduced to the concept of family-focused nursing care throughout the lifespan. Students develop a theoretical base in models of family health promotion, process and role structure, family development, sociocultural assess­ment, communication patterns, coping processes and cultural diversity among families. Family diagnosis and interventions are emphasized. Issues related to health care for people of all ages in home, school, occupational and community settings are explored. The home care system, role of the home care nurse and case management are examined in the managed care environment.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 431.

NS 431 Professional Nurse Caring with Families: Clinical Application

Two semester hours
(90 hours of clinical per semester) This course focuses on the role of the home care nurse in applying the theories of family-focused care throughout the lifespan. Students will experience the clinical roles related to family health promotion and chronic disease management in the home setting. Case management and analysis of the models in home care systems will be explored.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 430.

NS 450 Professional Nurse Caring in Public Health: Theory

Two semester hours
(Two hours of theory per week) Students are introduced to the concepts of public health science aimed at promoting, preserving and protecting the health of populations as a whole. Stu­dents develop a theoretical base in community health diagnosis, epidemiology, bio-statistics, communicable and non-communicable disease control, environ­mental health, social and behavioral health determinants, group process, health education, public health program planning and evaluation, ethics and public health policy. Students will examine the use of politics, legislation and professional organizations as appropriate public health nursing interventions aimed at resolv­ing the special health needs of population aggregates.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses. NS 430, NS 431, NS 440, NS 441.
Co-requisite: NS 451.

NS 451 Professional Nurse Caring in Public Health: Clinical Application

Two semester hours
(90 hours of clinical per semester) This course focuses on the nurses’ role in disease prevention and health promo­tion related to population aggregates and the community as a whole. Students will experience clinical roles related to public health nursing, epidemiology, environ­mental health, community organizations, legislative activity in the American Nurses Association, utilization of community resources, community health care policy, program planning and evaluation.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses, NS 430, NS 431, NS 440, NS 441.
Co-requisite: NS 450.

NS 464 Professional Nurse Leadership and Management: Theory

Three semester hours
(Three hours of theory per week) Professional nurse leadership and management theories will be explored. Leader­ship styles and their impact on health care delivery will be examined. The various functions of management will be reviewed. In the role of manager/leader, the student will devise strategies that plan, direct, delegate, evaluate and implement. The focus is on scholarly activities to emphasize increased understanding of the influence of professional nurse caring behaviors within an organizational struc­ture. The promotion of evidence-based practice using interpersonal and therapeu­tic communication skills will enhance the articulation of global health care issues.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200 level nursing courses.

NS 466 Professional Nurse Leadership Management: Clinical Application

Four semester hours
(180 clinical hours per semester) In this clinical course, the RN to BSN student applies management and leadership theories in actual health care situations, enacting the nurse manager/leader role using different managerial and leadership strategies to experience the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Prerequisite: Advanced placement RN students only.

NS 467 Transition into Practice

One semester hour
The student will prepare for the transition to the professional nurse role utilizing the concepts of quality, safety and collaboration. Professional nurse caring behaviors are analyzed in the delivery of holistic care while utilizing evidence-based practice and informatics.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and NS 468, NS 469, NS 476, NS 477.
Co-requisites: NS 470, NS 472, NS 473 and NS 474.

NS 468 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Theory

Four semester hours
The student will integrate previous knowledge and client-centered experiences while learning concepts of care for adults with complex multisystem disorders. The student will incorporate evidence-based practice and informatics to foster organized, safe client-centered care. This course is designed as the first part of a two semester exploration of complex multisystem disorders.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and BI 227 and ST 310.

NS 469 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Clinical

Four semester hours
The student will collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, incorporating evidence-based practice and informatics to deliver safe, quality care for the client with multisystem health disorders and their families across a variety of health care settings. In the professional nurse role, the student will analyze the use of informatics, teamwork and collaboration in relationship to quality health outcomes.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses.
Co-requisite: NS 468.

NS 470 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients II: Theory

Three semester hours
The student will integrate previous knowledge and client-centered experiences while learning advanced concepts of care for adults with complex multisystem disorders. The student will analyze evidence-based practice and the use of informatics in the management of safe, quality, client-centered care. This course is designed as the second part of a two semester exploration of complex multisystem disorders.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and NS 468, NS 469, NS 476, NS 477.
Co-requisites: NS 467, NS 472, NS 473 and NS 474.

NS 471 Principles of Leadership and Management: Clinical for the RN to BSN/MSN

Two semester hours
The student will apply leadership and management theories and concepts in diverse interdisciplinary health care environments. An emphasis will be placed on quality improvement, teamwork and collaboration and use of informatics in the leadership role.
Pre-requisites: NS 346, NS 348, NS 478 and NS 479
Co-requisite: NS 472

NS 472 Principles of Leadership and Management

Three semester hours
The student will analyze theories and concepts of current nursing leadership and management in diverse interdisciplinary health care environments. The student will select quality improvement processes to evaluate effectiveness of health care systems in meeting health needs of individuals, families and diverse populations. 
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and NS 468, NS 469, NS 476, NS 477.
Co-requisites: NS 467, NS 472, NS 473 and NS 474.

NS 473 Preceptorship: Clinical

Four semester hours
The student will promote a caring, holistic approach while providing safe, client-centered care based on effective clinical decision-making within the interdisciplinary team. This course will provide opportunities to analyze professional nurse leadership roles and management concepts at the systems level while building on previous knowledge, skills and attitudes. The student will employ evidence-based practice and health care literacy to facilitate quality improvement processes for optimal health care.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and NS 468, NS 469, NS 476, NS 477.
Co-requisites: NS 467, NS 470, NS 472 and NS 474.

NS 474 Pharmacology III

One semester hour
The student will review Pharmacology I and Pharmacology II courses to be able to provide safe, effective care related to medication administration.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses and NS 468, NS 469, NS 476, NS 477.
Co-requisites: NS 467, NS 470, NS 472 and NS 473.

NS 475 Principles of Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN/MSN

Three semester hours
The RN to BSN/MSN student will analyze theories and concepts of current nursing leadership and management in diverse interdisciplinary health care environments. The student will select quality improvement processes to evaluate effectiveness of health care systems in meeting health needs of individual, families and diverse populations.
Prerequisites: NS349, NS356 and NS357

NS 476 Population Health IV: Theory

Two semester hours
The student will synthesize knowledge to address population health-related behaviors to promote health and foster health prevention and health maintenance. A community-based health-related program will be designed, planned, implemented and evaluated. The student will analyze the role of the nurse in teamwork, leadership and collaboration while assessing quality improvement measures that support evidence-based practice. This course is designed as the fourth of four level courses in exploration of population health.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses.
Co-requisites: NS 468, NS 469 and NS 477.

NS 477 Population Health IV: Clinical

Two semester hours
The student will apply client-centered care to individuals, groups and families within a diverse population. The student will value the need for continuous improvements that support evidence-based practice, integration of teamwork and collaboration, and the promotion of safe outcomes. The student will function efficiently in demonstrating the role of the nurse in teamwork, leadership and collaboration. The student will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide safe, quality-centered patient care with a focus on evidence-based practice with the integration of community based theories and public health policy.
Prerequisites: All 100- 200- and 300-level nursing courses.
Co-requisites: NS 468, NS 469 and NS 476.

NS 478 Advanced Population Health: Theory

Two semester hours
The student will synthesize knowledge to address population health-related behaviors to promote health and foster health prevention and health maintenance. A community-based health-related program will be designed using current research based interventions. The program will be implemented and evaluated with regards to effectiveness. The student will analyze the role of the nurse in teamwork, leadership and collaboration while assessing quality improvement measures.
Prerequisite: NS 348.
Co-requisite: NS 479.

NS 479 Advanced Population Health: Clinical

Two semester hours
The student will apply client-centered care to individuals, groups and families within a diverse population. The student will value the need for continuous improvement in clinical, which is supported by current research, integrated teamwork, collaboration and promoting safe outcomes. The student will function efficiently in demonstrating the role of the nurse in teamwork, leadership and collaboration. The student will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide safe, quality-centered patient care with a focus on evidence-based practice with the integration of community-based theories and public health policy.
Prerequisite: NS 348.
Co-requisite: NS 478.

NS 480 Capstone for the RN to BSN

Three semester hours
This capstone course will provide the student opportunities to analyze current research and apply the findings to facilitate quality improvement processes in a selected health care environment.
Prerequisites: NS 478 and NS 479.

NS 481 Population Health for the RN to BSN/MSN

Three semester hours
The student will synthesize concepts of public health practice including its historic development. The student will synthesize knowledge to address population health-related behaviors to promote health and foster health prevention and health maintenance. The student will examine the significance of public health program planning in addressing global health issues and analyze quality improvement factors, which support the use of informatics, safety, quality care, and teamwork and collaboration.
Prerequisite: Current, unencumbered RN license.
Co-requisite: NS 482.

NS 482 Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN

Four semester hours
This capstone/practicum course will provide the student the opportunity to complete practicum hours in a population health environment. The student will review and analyze current research and apply the findings to a final project.
Prerequisites: Current, unencumbered RN license.
Co-requisite: NS 481.

NS 499 Independent Study

One to six credit hours
(By arrangement; one to six hours per week) Study directed by a faculty person on a topic of the student’s interest and the faculty’s expertise. Approval of program director required.

Optional Health Care Science Update Courses

Three Health Care Science Update courses exist as an option for RN to BSN or RN to MSN students who have not obtained college credit in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiol­ogy, General Chemistry, Pathophysiology and/or Pharmacology.

HC 200 Health Care Science Update I

Three semester hours
This course builds upon the RNs basic knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology. Successful completion of Health Care Science Update I will provide the student with three semester hours of earned coursework and five semester hours of validation coursework.
Prerequisite: Admission into the RN to BSN or RN to MSN Program.

HC 205 Health Care Science Update II

Three semester hours
This course builds upon the RNs basic knowledge in pathophysiology and phar­macology. Successful completion of Health Care Science Update II will provide the student with three semester hours of earned coursework and three semester hours of validation coursework.
Prerequisite: Admission into the RN to BSN or RN to MSN Program.

HC 210 Health Care Science Update III

Three semester hours
This course provides a review of the basic principles of microbiology and bio­chemistry. The student’s basic biochemistry knowledge will be expanded to include: stereochemistry, biomolecular chemistry, enzymology, PH influences, bioenergetics, metabolism, biosynthesis, amino and nucleic acids, lipids, pro­teins, genetic coding and pathways in cellular metabolism. The student’s basic microbiology knowledge will be expanded to include: the structure, function and characteristics of bacteria, viruses, fungus and protozoa.

HC 220 Gerontology

Two semester hours
This course is an introduction to the field of human aging. The course of study will include a multidisciplinary examination of the way in which human aging is viewed, how we perceive the process of growing older and how society responds to the issues and problems of aging. The class will look at aging from the perspective of the social and political sciences, biological sciences, arts and humanities, care-giving and independent living, especially with the advent of the baby boomers in mind.