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NSG 1000 - Preparation for Health Care Professions - 3 credits

Spring Semester

This course provides the nursing and exploratory health professions student with the foundation for success in nursing or other health professions. Using a variety of active learning strategies, students develop competency in health care terminology and quantitative literacy necessary for the health care setting. Strategies for success in baccalaureate nursing or for preparation for other health care professions are explored. This course places emphasis on written and oral communication skills and introduce the concepts of professionalism, professional development, and critical thinking. Selected historical topics and innovations in health care, including evidence-based practice, are included. (Nursing and Exploratory Health students only or with instructor signature.)


NSG 2000 - Health Assessment for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course introduces the student to health assessment and the role of the nurse. The goal is to acquaint the student with the skills and techniques necessary to accurately collect data in order to promote, maintain, or restore health. Emphasis will be placed on normal findings across developmental levels with common deviations highlighted. The impact of the environment, life choices, and genetics and genomics on health will be explored. The student will engage in structured learning activities and supervised practice in the laboratory to develop a beginning competence with health assessment. Accountability for results of assessment will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Admission into the ACCEL Nursing Program.

Corequisites: NSG 2015, NSG 2205, NSG 2042, NSG 2053.


NSG 2003 - Health Assessment - 4 credits

Fall Semester

This course introduces nursing students to the theory and practice of health assessment and wellness promotion, including the identification and management of modifiable and non- modifiable risk factors. The focus is on expected findings and incorporates specific wellness practices across developmental levels with common variations highlighted. Functional, spiritual, psychosocial, cultural, and physiological assessments are addressed. The impact of the environment, genetic and genomic influences, lifestyle choices and health literacy levels upon health status are explored. Students identify detrimental behaviors/attitudes/actions that suggest a lack of wellness in others. Using relevant technology, interviewing and history taking are presented within the context of the communication process to accurately compile health history data. Legal and ethical issues in managing health data are explored and accountability for results of assessment is emphasized. Students develop a beginning competence with physical examination techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Structured learning activities and supervised laboratory sessions facilitate the development of skills and strategies to connect theory and practice. This course meets the General Education Wellness requirement. Fee.

This course meets the General Education Wellness requirement.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1075, BIOL 1175, BIOL 1085, BIOL 1185, CHEM 1001, CHEM 1002, NSG 1000.

Corequisites: NSG 2013, NSG 2200.

NSG 2005 - Health Assessment - 3 credits

This course provides the RN student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health history and physical assessment. Emphasis is placed upon normal assessment findings in comparison with commonly seen variations.  Genetics and genomics, lifestyle choices and environmental influences are discussed. Structured activities facilitate learning as students utilize the nursing process to obtain health histories, perform physical assessments, establish a database and formulate care plans. Students develop essential communication and critical reasoning skills to promote wellness and support physical, cognitive, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual health across the lifespan. 


NSG 2013 - Conceptual Basis for Nursing Practice - 5 credits

Fall Semester

This course introduces the student to the concepts central to the practice of professional nursing. Major concepts include professional communication and collaboration strategies. This course explores evidence for practice, nursing informatics, safety, and quality care. The student integrates theory, assessment skills, clinical reasoning, and evidenced based nursing interventions across the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Simulations are utilized to assist students in connecting classroom learning to the delivery of patient centered care. Fee.

This course meets the General Education Active Learning requirement.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1075, BIOL 1175, BIOL 1085, BIOL 1185, CHEM 1001, CHEM 1002.

Corequisites: NSG 2003, NSG 2200.


NSG 2015 - Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing Interventions I - 2 credits

This course introduces the student to the practice of nursing through skill development and simulation. Assessment, clinical reasoning and the application of evidenced based nursing interventions are introduced. Simulations are presented to assist students in making connections between the classroom and patient care in the clinical setting. Nursing interventions focused on quality and safety are introduced. The student participates in team building, recognizing that interdisciplinary collaboration fosters safe, effective care. Use of the electronic medical record is introduced.

Prerequisite: Admission into the ACCEL Nursing Program.

Corequisites: NSG 2000, NSG 2205, NSG 2042, NSG 2053.


NSG 2042 - Nursing Care of Adults I- 3 credits

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing and the development of the role of the nurse as a provider and manager of care. The student focuses on the social, physical, psychological and spiritual responses of individuals and caregivers to disease and illness, as well as learn health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The student prepares to use effective communication and critical reasoning to provide patient centered care encompassing ethical decision-making and appreciation of human diversity. The application of standards for professional nursing practice are expected.

The clinical component is NSG 2044.

Prerequisite: Admission into the ACCEL Nursing Program.

Corequisites: NSG 2000, NSG 2015, NSG 2205, NSG 2053.


NSG 2044 - Clinical Nursing Care of Adults I - 3 credits

This course introduces the student to the clinical nursing care of adults in acute care settings. The student assesses the health status of their patients and becomes direct care providers for adults from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds. The focus of this clinical experience is on illness and disease management of patients using evidence-based practice, therapeutics, clinical reasoning, thinking and development of clinical judgment. Students assess and manage patient responses to various medical, surgical, and pharmacological interventions. The role of the professional nurse as a designer, provider, and manager of care is emphasized.

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 2054, NSG 2055, NSG 2245, NSG 2505.


NSG 2046 - Nursing Care of Adults I - 6 credits

Spring Semester

This course emphasizes the development of the professional role of the nurse as a provider and manager of care. The student utilizes the nursing process to provide evidence-based care with a focus on the social, physical, psychological, and spiritual responses of individuals and caregivers to disease processes, as well as health promotion. The student employs effective communication and critical reasoning to provide patient-centered care encompassing ethical decision-making and appreciation of human diversity. The application of standards for professional nursing practice are expected. The clinical component involves experience in an acute care environment, in which the nursing process is implemented in interdisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Fee.

Prerequisites: NSG 2003, NSG 2013, NSG 2200.

Corequisites: NSG 2242, NSG 2500.


NSG 2053 - Nursing Care of Children - 2 credits

This course focuses on family-centered child health care. The social, physical, psychological, developmental, and spiritual responses of children and their families to illness and disease are emphasized, as well as health promotion and disease prevention at each developmental stage. The role of the nurse as advocate, educator, and as an accountable provider of care is discussed. The student begins to develop in the role of a collaborative interdisciplinary team member.

The clinical component of this course is NSG 2054.

Prerequisite: Admission into the ACCEL Nursing Program.

Corequisites: NSG 2000, NSG 2015, NSG 2042, NSG 2205.


NSG 2054 - Clinical Nursing Care of Children - 1.5 credits

This clinical course focuses on providing family-centered nursing care to children in acute care settings. Clinical experiences offer students the opportunity to engage children and families while delivering evidence-based patient centered care. The student collaborates with interdisciplinary teams and develops communication, clinical judgment, and decision-making skills that assist in focusing on the varied aspects of the role of the professional nurse as it relates to care of children and families.

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 2044, NSG 2055, NSG 2505, NSG 2245.


NSG 2055 - Nursing Care of Childbearing Families - 3.5 credits

This course focuses on family-centered maternity care and women’s health during the childbearing years. The emphasis of the course is on the role of the nurse as care provider, manager, and coordinator of care of women, infants and families. Implications for genetic counseling in the childbearing family is discussed. In the clinical component, the student provides care to a diverse population of mothers, infants, and families. Clinical experiences offer opportunities to use clinical reasoning and interdisciplinary collaboration when developing, implementing, and evaluating patient-centered care.

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 2044, NSG 2054, NSG 2505, NSG 2245.


NSG 2100 - RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing - 4 credits

This course introduces the registered nurse student to the practice of nursing as a scholarly discipline. Through readings, discussions, writing and other active learning strategies, the student’s knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding professional nursing are expanded. Strategies for successful transition into the role of baccalaureate student and learner are explored and supported. Information literacy is introduced. Clinical reasoning and decision-making skills are applied to selected professional concepts such as: communication, use of evidence- based practice and theory in providing direct and indirect care, professional ethics, advocacy, teaching-learning, and quality and safety principles. This course is a writing intensive course that incorporates several different styles of both reflective and academic writing activities. Students appreciate the role of informatics in their practice and current informatics applications that improve patient care outcomes. This course provides students with skills necessary to develop an e-portfolio that will be used in all future Nursing courses.

Prerequisites: Graduation from Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing program, current and unrestricted Massachusetts RN license.


NSG 2200 - Pathophysiology - 3 credits

Fall Semester

This course examines selected pathophysiological concepts within a nursing framework. The course incorporates holistic aspects of disease processes. Concepts include mechanisms of disease causation, genetics and genomics, immune processes, cellular growth/proliferation, circulation, oxygenation, and alterations in neurological and endocrine function. The effects of various environmental factors and physiological compensatory changes are examined. Adaptive responses across the life span are addressed for each system.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1075, BIOL 1175, BIOL 1085, BIOL 1185, CHEM 1001, CHEM 1002.

Corequisites: NSG 2003, NSG 2013.


NSG 2201 - Pathophysiology for the RN Student - 3 credits

This course provides the Registered Nurse with an understanding of pathophysiology that will inform clinical decisions to ensure optimal healthcare outcomes. Emphasis is placed on a review of normal physiologic function followed by a critical analysis of structural and functional pathophysiologic processes across several levels: molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and systems. Risk factors for disease and stress-related physiologic adaptive and compensatory responses are explored. Evidence-based research provides the basis for determining anticipatory, safe, and deliberate nursing care for common acute and chronic disease states. Opportunity to reflect how best to apply new knowledge to clinical practice is provided.

Prerequisite: NSG 2100.


NSG 2205 - Pathophysiology for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course examines selected pathophysiological concepts within a nursing framework for the second degree, accelerated nursing student. The course incorporates holistic aspects of disease processes. Concepts include mechanisms of disease causation, genetics and genomics, immune processes, cellular growth/proliferation, circulation, oxygenation, and alterations in neurological and endocrine function. The effects of various environmental factors and physiological compensatory changes are examined. Adaptive responses across the life span are addressed for each system. 

Prerequisite: Admission into the ACCEL Nursing Program.

Corequisites: NSG 2000, NSG 2015, NSG 2042, NSG 2053.


NSG 2242 - Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing Interventions II - 1 credit

Spring Semester

This course advances the student’s practice of nursing using simulation. Clinical situations are presented in the simulated lab setting to assist students to utilize clinical reasoning and foster clinical judgment skills, for transfer into the clinical environment. Making connections between classroom content and related clinical applications to promote delivery of effective patient care is emphasized. Simulations will focus on quality, patient safety, risk identification and reduction. Opportunities for refinement of communication abilities including team building, and collaboration skills are included. Fee.

Prerequisites: NSG 2003, NSG 2013, NSG 2200.

Corequisites: NSG 2046, NSG 2500.


NSG 2245 - Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing Interventions II for the ACCEL Student- 1 credit

This course uses simulation to advance the ACCEL student’s evidence-based practice of nursing building skills in assessment, clinical reasoning, prioritization, and organization. Situations in Medical Surgical and Family Centered populations are the focus for simulations that make connections between classroom and clinical settings that emphasize patient safety and the delivery of quality, effective care. Opportunities are included for refinement of communication abilities, team building, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 2044, NSG 2054, NSG 2055, NSG 2505.


NSG 2500 - Pharmacology - 3 credits

Spring Semester

This course focuses on the basic principles of drug metabolism, the mechanisms of drug actions, and their application to clinical practice. Major drug classifications are used as a format to gain understanding of drug effects, genetic variations, side effects, and related nursing care. The nurse’s role as educator and as a member of the interdisciplinary health team is explored. Evidence based knowledge forms the foundation for therapeutic pharmacologic interventions.

Prerequisites: NSG 2003, NSG 2013, NSG 2200.

Corequisites: NSG 2046, NSG 2242.


NSG 2501 - Pharmacology for the RN Student - 3 credits

This course will build on the registered nurse’s prior knowledge of medications and focus on the application of principles of drug metabolism, the mechanisms of drug actions, and significance of evolving evidence related to drugs and their usage. Major drug classifications will be used as a format to gain understanding of drug effects, genetic variations, side effects, and related nursing care. The nurse’s role as educator and as a member of the interdisciplinary health team will be explored. Evidence based knowledge is applied to medication usage through exploration of complex pharmacologic interventions.

Prerequisite: NSG 2100.


NSG 2505 - Pharmacology for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course for the second-degree student focuses on the basic principles of drug metabolism, the mechanisms of drug actions, and their application to clinical practice. Major drug classifications are used as a format to gain understanding of drug effects, genetic variations, side effects, and related nursing care. The nurse’s role as educator and as a member of the interdisciplinary health team is explored. Evidence based knowledge and former life experience form the foundation for therapeutic pharmacologic interventions. 

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 2044, NSG 2054, NSG 2055, NSG 2245.


NSG 3004 - Honors Proposal - 3 credits

In this independent study course, students seeking to achieve departmental honors will work with a faculty mentor in the literature review and development of a research proposal. The proposal will be the basis for the honors study completed in NSG 3005 the subsequent semester. This is an individually negotiated course requiring faculty approval prior to enrollment.

Prerequisites: MATH 1150, NSG 3041, Junior/Senior Status, minimum 3.3 CGPA.


NSG 3005 - Honors Research - 3 credits

Honors Research is the second course of a 2-course departmental honors program for nursing. This course would be offered as an undergraduate research enrichment opportunity to motivated students who have completed NSG 3004Honors Proposal and maintained at least a B+ (3.3) GPA. The completed proposal from NSG 3004 Honors Proposal serve as foundation for the Honors Research independent study course. Students will collect and analyze data, interpret the results, and prepare the findings for dissemination.

Prerequisites: NSG 3004, Junior/Senior Status, minimum 3.3 CGPA.


NSG 3033 - Mental Health Nursing - 3.5 credits

This course develops student knowledge regarding psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of patient care. Content focuses on the nurse’s role as a provider and coordinator of emotional and psychological care for patients in an acute care setting. Content includes the biological processes and considerations in the use of psychoactive medications. The course enables the student to develop self-awareness and gain skill in interpersonal, intra- professional and inter-professional communication. The nursing process guides psychosocial, and psychiatric care, with cultural considerations in the provision of patient-centered care. Clinical experience enhances student’s understanding of the presentation and management of psychiatric and psychosocial conditions.

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I & II ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3034, NSG 3039, NSG 3045.


NSG 3034 - Population Health in the Community - 3.5 credits

This course focuses on levels of prevention and health promotion in the provision of nursing care in the community. Community public health nursing, including its history, theory, attributes, standards, aggregates, roles and functions are explored. The student explores the various aspects in the care of the community. Public health nursing issues such as vulnerable populations, emergency preparedness, epidemiology, and environmental hazards are discussed. Clinical experiences allow the student to engage in the nursing roles as provider, manager, educator, and advocate within community settings. The student conducts a comprehensive community assessment and formulate interventions for health education, health promotion, and risk reduction guided by the Healthy People framework.

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I & II ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3033, NSG 3039, NSG 3045.


NSG 3038 Nursing Care of Older Adults - 3 credits

Spring Semester

This course enables students to explore aging concepts and their impact on nursing care of older adults and their families. Individualized patient-centered nursing care as the standard of practice for older adults is addressed. Evidence-based strategies for health promotion, disease prevention, chronic illness management, palliative and end-of-life care are integrated. The key role of the nurse as advocate for promoting patient autonomy and dignity across health-care settings are discussed.

Prerequisite: PSY 2400.

Corequisites: NSG 3067, NSG 3068 and 3069 for traditional students only.


NSG 3039 - Nursing Care of Older Adults for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course enables ACCEL students to explore evidence-based nursing care concepts related to older adults through the perspective of wellness and health promotion. Patient centered care of older adults is addressed based on assessment of the individual physiologically, cognitively, and psychosocially. The role of the nurse as advocate for aging well, disease prevention, chronic illness management, transitions of care and end-of-life support is integrated into the content. Nursing considerations regarding current health related issues as diversity, pharmacology, legal and ethical, and abuse and neglect situations are discussed. 

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I & II ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3033, NSG 3034, NSG 3045. 


NSG 3041 - Evidence for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

Fall Semester

This course focuses on the formal process of acquiring and evaluating evidence that supports nursing practice. The student learns to critically appraise published research for its usefulness to improve patient-centered care. The relationship between existing policies and procedures that frame nursing approaches to care and their foundation in evidence is explored and discussed. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation of ethical conduct in research and on the value of both qualitative and quantitative research designs to nursing practice. The student explores the role of the nurse as an evaluator of research and a participant in a policy-making team. The effect of media on reporting of health-research findings are addressed.

This course meets the General Education Information Literacy Enhancement requirement.

Prerequisites: MATH 1150, NSG 2046, NSG 2242, NSG 2500.


NSG 3042 - Evidence for Nursing Practice for the RN Student - 3 credits

This course focuses on the formal process of acquiring and evaluating evidence that supports registered nurses’ practice in the workplace. The student learns to critically appraise published research for its usefulness to improve patient- centered care. The relationship between existing policies and procedures that frame nursing approaches to care and their foundation in evidence will be explored and discussed. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation of ethical conduct in research and on the value of both qualitative and quantitative research designs to nursing practice. The student explores the role of the nurse as an evaluator of research and a participant in a policy-making team. The effect of media on reporting of health-research findings will be addressed. This course is for registered nurses only.

Prerequisites: All 2000 level RN to BS courses and MATH 1150.


NSG 3045 - Evidence of Nursing Practice for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course builds on the Accel student’s knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice by focusing on the formal process of acquiring and evaluating evidence. The significance of research to evidence-based nursing practice is emphasized. Published research findings are critically evaluated for significance and interpreted for relevant clinical problems in order to improve patient-centered care and outcomes. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks are explored for both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Legal and ethical issues are discussed, including the media’s role in reporting health related research findings. The student identifies the role and responsibilities of the nurse in the research process.  

Prerequisite: Completion of Term I & II ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3033, NSG 3034, NSG 3039.


NSG 3051 - Nursing Care of Adults II - 6 credits

Fall Semester

This course prepares the student for professional nursing practice in a tertiary care setting in collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team. The student discusses evidence to achieve desired outcomes for patients with complex health problems. The student demonstrates clinical judgment and advanced competence in creating strategies for patient centered care. Strategies for patient advocacy in promoting patient preferences for care are evaluated. Evidence-based practice guides the delivery of patient care. The clinical experience allows the student to apply current evidenced based practice to patient and family care situations. The student is encouraged to utilize theoretical concepts to develop clinical judgment and decision-making skills, appreciate the ethical implications of nursing actions and develop an understanding of the role of the nurse as an active member of the health care team. The use of technology to communicate, manage and prevent error in the healthcare setting is also emphasized. Fee.

Prerequisites: all 2000 level NSG courses, NSG 3053.


NSG 3053 - Advanced Simulation- 1 credit

Fall Semester

This simulation-based course focuses on the care of medically complex and/or critically ill patients. Students engage in a variety of simulated clinical scenarios to develop clinical reasoning, practice delegation, perform hands on skills, and grow as a member of a care team.


NSG 3054 - Nursing Care of Children - 4 credits

Fall Semester

This course introduces the role of the nurse in the care of children and families. The students learn to provide holistic and culturally competent evidence-based nursing care. Content focuses on the developmental, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual responses of children with emphasis on family-centered care. Health promotion and illness prevention are examined at each developmental stage. The role of the nurse as advocate, educator, and member of the interdisciplinary team is explored. The clinical experience emphasizes the nursing process, collaboration, communication and utilization of clinical judgment and decision- making skills.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, PSY 2400, NSG 2046, NSG 2242, NSG 2500.

Corequisites: NSG 3056 and NSG 3057.


NSG 3056 - Maternity Nursing - 4 credits

Fall Semester

This course focuses on family-centered maternity care and women’s health. The emphasis of the course will be on the role of the nurse as care provider, manager, and coordinator of care of women, infants and families. Implications for genetic counseling in the childbearing family is discussed. In the clinical component, the student provides care to a diverse population of mothers, infants, and families. Clinical experiences offer opportunities to use clinical judgement and interdisciplinary collaboration when developing, implementing, and evaluating patient-centered care.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, PSY 2400, NSG 2046, NSG 2242, NSG 2500.

Corequisites: NSG 3054 and NSG 3057.


NSG 3057 - Family Centered Simulations - 2 credits

Fall Semester

This simulation-based course focuses on using a holistic, family- centered approach to provide safe, culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate care for maternal-child patients in various care settings across the wellness continuum. Activities will focus on the development of psychomotor skills, communication skills, and clinical judgment when caring for childbearing and childrearing families.

Prerequisite: PSY 2400.

Corequisites: NSG 3054, NSG 3056.


NSG 3058 - Nursing Care of Adults II for the ACCEL Student - 6 credits

This course prepares the accelerated nursing student for professional nursing practice by building on content previously learned in the nursing curriculum. As in other accelerated courses, NSG 3058 is designed to be completed at a faster pace than traditional nursing courses and challenges a self-directed, highly motivated student to meet the accelerated course outcomes. In this course, the student discusses evidence to achieve desired outcomes for patients with complex health problems. The student acquires clinical judgment and advanced competence in creating strategies for patient-centered care. Strategies for patient advocacy in promoting patient preferences for care are evaluated. Evidence-based practice guides the delivery of patient care. The clinical experience allows the student to apply current evidenced-based practice to patient and family care situations. The student is encouraged to utilize theoretical concepts to develop clinical judgment and decision-making skills, appreciate the ethical implications of nursing actions and develop an understanding of the role of the nurse as an active member of the interdisciplinary health care team. The use of technology to communicate, manage and prevent errors in the healthcare setting is emphasized. 

Prerequisite: Completion of all 2000 ACCEL courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3475, NSG 3987. 


NSG 3067 - Population Health in the Community- 4 credits

Spring Semester

This course focuses on levels of prevention and health promotion in the provision of nursing care in the community. Community/ public health nursing, including its history, theory, attributes, standards, aggregates, roles and functions are explored. The student explores the various aspects in the care of the client community within the framework of the nursing process and core public health functions. Public health nursing issues such as social determinants of health, vulnerable populations, emergency preparedness, epidemiology, and environmental hazards are discussed. Clinical experiences allow the student to engage in the nursing roles of provider, manager, educator, and advocate within various community settings. The student conducts a comprehensive community assessment and formulates interventions for health education, health promotion, and risk reduction guided by the Healthy People Framework. Fee.

This course meets the General Education Diversity requirement.

Prerequisites: All 2000 level Nursing courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3038, NSG 3068 and NSG 3069.


NSG 3068 - Mental Health Nursing - 4 credits

Spring Semester

This course focuses on the nurse’s role as a provider and coordinator of emotional and psychological care for patients in an acute care setting. Content includes biological processes and the use of psychoactive medications. The course enables the student to develop self- awareness and gain interpersonal, intra- professional, and inter-professional communication skills. The nursing process is applied to psychosocial, psychiatric, and cultural considerations in the provision of patient-centered care. Clinical experience enhances an understanding of the presentation and management of psychiatric and psychosocial conditions. Fee.

Prerequisites: All 2000 level Nursing courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3038, NSG 3067 and NSG 3069.


NSG 3069 - Community Centered Simulations - 2 credits

Spring Semester

This simulation-based course uses a community-centered approach to providing safe, evidence-based and culturally sensitive nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and populations, with a specific focus on mental and population health. Simulations are designed to address nursing competencies of therapeutic communication, health promotion and disease prevention, assessment of both acute and chronic conditions, chronic disease management, and care occurring in community-based settings. Ethical principles such as advocacy and health equity are explored. Students develop interventions with consideration of the social determinants of health, and collaborative, interprofessional partnerships with community health providers, and other community agencies. Fee.

Prerequisite: all 2000 level NSG courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3067 and NSG 3068.


NSG 3132 - Population Health in the Community for the RN Student - 4 credits

Theory: This course focuses on levels of prevention and health promotion and the provision of nursing care at the group, community and population levels. Community/public health nursing, including its history, theory, attributes, standards, aggregates, roles, and functions are explored. Students discuss topics such as social determinants of health, systems of health care, community assessment, teaching and learning processes, violence, culture, vulnerable populations, environmental hazards, communicable diseases, epidemiology, disaster management, genomics and global health that impacts population health.

Practice Experience: The RN-to-BS clinical component introduces students to community health nursing roles such as: provider and manager of care, educator, and advocate in various community settings. Students engage in direct and/or indirect care activities, within a specific community, with the goal of influencing health outcomes for a variety of patients across the lifespan and across the continuum of care. Students identify a community of interest, perform a community/population- focused assessment, analyze population health data, and identify a community health problem based on the Healthy People framework. Students collaborate with appropriate community agencies and key community leaders to develop a health promotion project. The RN-to-BS clinical component provides opportunities for students to bridge practice related competencies (new knowledge, skill refinement, and role development) from the diploma/associate degree level to the baccalaureate level proficiency. Practice experience of 37.5 hours can be expected through real world and virtual experiences. Open to RN-to-BS Program students only.


NSG 3290 - Nursing Practice Experience for the RN to MSN Pathway - 1 credit

This course is for the RN to MSN Pathway student who has completed the Population Health in the Community for the RN student course. To meet the course outcomes students will engage in clinical practice to demonstrate ongoing clinical knowledge, which will be the foundation for their MSN coursework. Building on the community needs assessment completed in the NSG 3132 course, students collaborate with appropriate community agencies and key community leaders to develop and implement a health promotion/health education project that directly benefits the chosen community. The clinical component provides opportunities for students to bridge practice related competencies (new knowledge, skill refinement, and role development). This course will incorporate 37.5 hours of clinical practice to allow students to demonstrate clinical expertise in a specific clinical population of interest. Students apply knowledge through a direct care experience that implements the clinical project begun in the previous Population Health in the Community course.

Prerequisites: NSG 2100 and completion of NSG 3132.


NSG 3470 - Health Policy & Finance - 3 credits

Fall Semester

This course provides the student with an overview of the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy on local, national, and global levels. The student considers the impact of health care policies on a variety of stakeholders including patients and families, care providers, insurers, and local and international regulators. Discussions of the impact of health financing and reimbursement in both public and private health care delivery organizations in the United States and countries around the world allows the student to develop insight into considerations for individual nursing practice. Through local, national, and international insight, the student advocates for patients in various healthcare systems. This course meets the General Education International/Global Interdependence requirement.

Prerequisite: all 2000 level NSG courses.

Corequisite: NSG 3051.


NSG 3475 - Health Policy & Finance for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This course provides the second-degree student with an overview of the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy on local, national, and global levels. The student considers the impact of health care policies on a variety of stakeholders including patients and families, care providers, insurers, and local and international regulators. Discussions of the impact of health financing and reimbursement in both public and private health care delivery organizations in the United States and countries around the world allows the student to develop insight into considerations for individual nursing practice. Through local, national, and international insight, the student advocates for patients in various healthcare systems.  

Prerequisite: Completion of all 2000 level NSG courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3058, NSG 3987. 


 NSG 3982 -Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice - 3 credits

Spring Semester

This capstone course provides an opportunity for the student to synthesize previous learning and provides a forum in which the student articulates the meaning of a Curry College baccalaureate nursing degree. Major topics include current issues for nurses as members of a profession, professional values and professional development. The role of the nurse as collaborator and leader within the interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Concepts of leadership, management and lifelong learning are integrated. This course assists the student to evaluate readiness for successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Using an online adaptive NCLEX- RN preparation program, the student completes a series of practice NCLEX-style questions designed to identify areas of content mastery and areas of content deficits in need of further development. Fee.

This course requires the student to complete NCLEX-RN Predictor Exit Examination(s).

Prerequisite: NSG 3051.

Corequisite: NSG 3985.


NSG 3985 - Progression to Practice - 3 credits

Spring Semester

This course provides the student with an opportunity to synthesize learning in a clinical experience that will prepare the student for entry into the profession. Weekly seminars allow self-reflection and collegial dialogue about professional practice. Fee.

This course meets the General Education Active Learning requirement.

Corequisite: NSG 3982.


NSG 3986 - Senior Seminar: Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice for the RN Student - 4 credits

This capstone course for the Registered Nurse student provides an opportunity to synthesize previous learning and provides a forum in which the student articulates the meaning of a Curry College baccalaureate nursing degree. Major topics include current issues for nurses as members of a profession, professional values and professional development. The role of the nurse as collaborator and leader within the interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Concepts of leadership, management and lifelong learning are integrated. Students apply knowledge through a direct care experience that implements a clinical project begun in Population Health. (Clinical hours 37.5)

Prerequisites: All 2000 and 3000 level RN to BS courses; must be taken after completion of NSG 3132.


NSG 3987 - Senior Seminar: Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice for the ACCEL Student - 3 credits

This capstone course provides an opportunity for the ACCEL student to synthesize previous learning in preparation for a Curry College baccalaureate nursing degree. Major topics covered include the art and science of nursing, roles and responsibilities of nurses, and nurses as members of a profession. Concepts of leadership, management, and lifelong learning are integrated throughout the semester. This course assists the student to evaluate readiness for successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Using an online adaptive NCLEX-RN preparation program, the student completes a series of practice NCLEX-style questions designed to identify areas of content mastery and areas of content deficits in need of further development.

This course requires the student to complete NCLEX-RN Predictor Exit Examination(s). 

Prerequisite: Completion of all 2000 level NSG courses.

Corequisites: NSG 3058, NSG 3475.