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Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 1000: Nursing I Fundamental Health Concepts

9 credits
12 hours of clinical/laboratory and 5 hours of theory each week

This course is designed to provide the foundation of contemporary nursing practice for the entering student. The Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) serve as a framework and guiding principle for the design of competencies-based education and practice. Concepts basic to nursing practice and exemplars within the professional nursing role are introduced. The concepts are organized according to the domains of Health and Illness, Nursing, and Healthcare. Selected exemplars are used to support an understanding of the concepts. The following concepts are introduced: patient-centered care, professionalism, teamwork and collaboration, communication, informatics and technology, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, leadership, system-based practice, and clinical judgment. Some concepts will define nursing care across the life span. Nutrition and principles of basic pharmacology are integrated. Opportunities are provided for students to learn, practice, and achieve basic-level competencies using concept-based skills in lab, simulation, and clinical setting. 

PREREQUISITES: ANA 1010

NUR 1015: Nursing I Fundamental Health Concepts (begins Spring 2019)

9 credits
12 hours of clinical/laboratory and 5 hours of theory each week

This course is designed to provide the foundation of contemporary nursing practice for the entering student. The Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) serve as a framework and guiding principle for the design of competencies-based education and practice. Concepts basic to nursing practice and exemplars within the professional nursing role are introduced. The concepts are organized according to the domains of Health and Illness, Nursing, and Healthcare. Selected exemplars are used to support an understanding of the concepts. The following concepts are introduced: patient-centered care, professionalism, teamwork and collaboration, communication, informatics and technology, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, leadership, system-based practice, and clinical judgment. Some concepts will define nursing care across the life span. Nutrition and principles of basic pharmacology are integrated. Opportunities are provided for students to learn, practice, and achieve basic-level competencies using concept-based skills in lab, simulation, and clinical setting. 

PREREQUISITES: ANA 1010

NUR 1020: Nursing II

10 credits
15 hours of clinical/simulated laboratory and 5 hours of theory each week

Nursing 1020 builds upon fundamental concepts acquired in NUR1000. Concepts based on the 3 domains of health & illness, nursing and healthcare, and the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) continue as the theoretical framework. Concept Learning Modules introduce the learner to medical-surgical content, with an emphasis on health assessment of the adult client, discharge planning, ethical/legal principles and therapeutic communication. Pharmacology integration continues with the introduction of medical-surgical content. The integration of psychiatric/ mental health concepts focuses on cognition and grief.  Nursing skills are practiced in an acute medical-surgical setting. The learner is provided the opportunity to manage the care of one or more clients utilizing critical thinking skills and information seeking strategies to ensure evidence based practice.

PREREQUISITES: NUR 1000; ANA 1120

NUR 1025: Health and Illness Concepts of the Adult and Child (begins Spring 2019)

9.5 credits
12 hours of clinical/simulated laboratory, 5 hours of classroom theory, and .5 hours of online theory each week

NUR1025 builds upon the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) and concepts related to the domains of Health and Illness, Nursing and Healthcare previously introduced. Selected concepts with exemplars focus on the care of the adult and child. Health and Illness concepts are expanded to further develop clinical judgment when caring for the adult and child across the lifespan. Nutrition and principles of pharmacology are integrated. Opportunities are provided for students to learn, practice, and achieve competencies using concept-based skills in lab, simulation, and the clinical setting. The equivalent of 0.5 credit (7.5 hours) Pharmacological connections are included as an online component of this course.

PREREQUISITES: NUR 1000 or NUR 1015; ANA 1120

NUR 2000: Family Centered Nursing

8 credits
12 hours of clinical/ simulation laboratory and 4 hours of theory each week

Nursing 2000, introduces the learner to the nursing care of the childbearing woman, family, and the neonate through adolescence. Concepts based on the 3 domains of health & illness, nursing and healthcare, and the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) continue as the theoretical framework.  The Concept Learning Modules introduce the learner to the specific needs of the childbearing woman, neonate, and child and nutrition and pharmacology continue as components within this course.  Clinical experiences are selected so that the student learns to communicate effectively with assigned clients and practices within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.

PREREQUISITES: NUR 1020, MIC 2010 or mic 2201

NUR 2005: Health and Illness Concepts of the Adult and Childbearing Families (begins Summer 2019)

9.5 credits
12 hours of clinical/ simulation laboratory, 5 hours of classroom theory, and .5 hours online theory each week

NUR2005 continues to build upon the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) and concepts with more complex exemplars related to the domains of Health and Illness, Nursing and Healthcare previously introduced. Selected concepts with exemplars focus on the care of the adult and childbearing family. Health and Illness concepts are expanded to further apply clinical judgment when caring for the adult and childbearing family. Concepts will illustrate nursing care across the life span. Nutrition and principles of pharmacology are integrated. Opportunities are provided for students to learn, practice, and achieve competencies using conceptbased skills in lab, simulation, and the clinical setting. The equivalent of 0.5 credit (7.5 hours) Pharmacological connections are included as an online component of this course.

PREREQUISITES: NUR 1020 or NUR 1025, MIC 2010 or MIC 2201

NUR 2020: Nursing III

10 Credits
15 hours of clinical/simulated laboratory and 5 hours of theory each week


Nursing 2020 is the final nursing course of the nursing program. Concepts based on the 3 domains of health & illness, nursing and healthcare, and Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) continue as the theoretical and conceptual framework.  This course will build upon previously acquired nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities, in order to integrate concepts of leadership and manager of care for multiple clients with complex health care needs. Psychiatric/mental health topics will focus on more complex psychiatric disorders and further development of therapeutic relationships with the client and family. Components of pharmacology and nutrition continue to be integrated in this course. Clinical learning experiences will take place in select acute care settings where students will perform the task of Team Leader to demonstrate the leadership and manager of care principles. This experience will include prioritizing care, delegation, and conflict resolution. In this course the learner will be encouraged to utilize more independent critical thinking and decision making skills in order to formulate nursing judgments in preparation for professional clinical practice. Contemporary issues and trends impacting the nursing profession will also be addressed. 

PREREQUISITES: NUR 2000

NUR 2025: Advanced Health and Illness Concepts (begins Fall 2019)

9 credits
12 hours of clinical/simulated laboratory and 5 hours of classroom theory each week


NUR2025 focuses on the analysis and synthesis of complex concepts and exemplars associated with the domains of Health and Illness, Nursing and Healthcare acquired in previous nursing courses. A more in-depth understanding of nursing and healthcare concepts and exemplars focus on professionalism, teamwork and collaboration, communication, informatics and technology, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, 112 leadership, system-based practice, and clinical judgment. Nutrition and more advanced principles of pharmacology are integrated. Opportunities are provided in simulation and the clinical setting, for students to achieve competency of more complex concept based skills. 

PREREQUISITES: NUR 2000 or NUR 2005
All general education courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with NUR 2025

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Bachelor-level Courses

NUR 3110 Professional Nursing Perspectives

Credits: 3
This is an introductory bridge course for RN-BSN students. Core concepts of professional nursing practice are explored and analyzed within the framework of selected theories, trends, and issues of contemporary professional nursing practice.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program and current RN licensure.

NUR 3225 Pathophysiology

Credits: 3
This course explored the pathologies of the human body to altered states of health throughout the lifespan. Factors that influence health and illness, such as genomics, culture, and environment are examined in relation to disease processes.

Prerequisites: NUR 3110. For diploma RNs completion of all 1000 and 2000 level science courses is required.

NUR 3330 Health Assessment

Credits: 3
The Health Assessment course is designed to provide the RN student with the knowledge and skills to perform a comprehensive health assessment. This course will expand upon prior knowledge of health assessment and will address cultural, developmental, psychosocial, environmental and societal factors inherent in promoting health across the lifespan. Techniques of data collection and documentation will be expanded upon to enhance critical thinking skills. This course will then shift the paradigm focus from the individual to the community with a focus on prevention and early detection of disease. Students will be introduced to the health care needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the BSN program and current RN licensure. May be taken concurrently with Professional Nursing Perspectives.

NUR 3445 Communication and Informatics in Health Care

Credits: 3
Interdisciplinary communication within the present day health care arena encompasses many forms. The professional nurse as an effective communicator must be able to deliver clear and concise communication, which is essential to safe patient care. This course will examine the role and impact that effective communication skills have on patient care outcomes and in clinical practice. In addition, communication and informatics as they relate to professional nursing will be explored. The concepts and skills of communication, informatics, and information literacy will be presented.

Prerequisites: NUR 3110 or NUR 3330

NUR 3660 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

Credits: 3
This course provides a basic understanding of the research process and its application to nursing practice. Components of both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and ethical conduct required of nurse researchers are explored.

Prerequisites: MAT 3410 and NUR 3110
*Note: Prior to taking the 4000 level courses the RN student is required to have at least 6 months of nursing experience, or permission from the Assistant Chair of RN-BSN program .

NUR 4225 Leadership and Management in Health Care

Credits: 4
This course will explore key organizational structures and operation of healthcare within the United States with a focus on quality of healthcare and error reduction. This course will provide an overview of the functions of leadership and management within a changing healthcare environment. Emphasis will be placed on current issues that affect leadership and management in the practice setting. The science of management and the integration of leadership principles are explored within the context of clinical microsystems. Students are required to attend one nursing organization meeting that will be approved by faculty.

Prerequisites: All 3000 level NUR courses

NUR 4230 Foundations of Community/Public Health Nursing

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of the field of community/public health nursing in assessing the health care needs of aggregates and communities. This course explores the physical, economic, societal and environmental factors that affect public health. Selected extramural activities augment the theoretical aspects of the course in relation to multidisciplinary collaboration and coordination of care in the community.

Prerequisites: NUR 4225

NUR 4335 Application of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Practicum

Credits: 6
This course and practicum offers the student the opportunity of identifying a substantive, research problem related to improving patient outcomes in a healthcare setting, and will assist the student to synthesize concepts and knowledge learned in the RN-BSN program. The student will work in conjuncture with a mentor to identify a research problem related to the mentorship experience. The previous nursing research course serves as the foundation for implementing the principles of evidence-based practice. The student will begin to develop the first three phases on an evidence-based proposal. This course involves six hours per week of clinical time; this time is flexible to maximize the student learning by allowing practical application of theory and principles in a practice setting. Consideration is given to the student's career objectives be it service, education or administration.

Mentorship: Six hours per week working with mentor. Students need to complete a total of 72 mentorship hours. Students are required to attend one legislative or executive branch meeting/ hearing at the State House and/or MA Board of Registration in Nursing Meeting. This is to be included as part of the students mentorship hours.

Prerequisites: All 3000 & 4000 level nursing courses