Course Descriptions
NURE 130 - Nursing Trends and Concepts
This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing, its evolution, and current trends and issues. The role of the nurse within the health care delivery system is incorporated throughout the course. Elements of normal nutrition are introduced. Nursing process is presented as the method of formulating decisions and providing care in nurse-client interactions. The relationship of critical thinking to clinical judgment is explored. An overview of nursing theories and health assessment is presented. A review of basic math principles is conducted with later emphasis on dosage calculation for medication administration. Self-study chapters of medical terminology are also introduced throughout the course. The theory base provided in NURE 130 will be built upon and applied in subsequent nursing courses.

4 hours theory per week; 4 credits; 15 week course. Pre-requisites: ADM 110 or challenge exam credit; Completion of all developmental courses; and GPA of 2.5. Co-requisites BIO 105, CHE 114, ENG 101.



NURE 131 - Nursing I
Nursing 131 is an introductory course designed to establish the foundations of knowledge, attitudes and psychomotor skills necessary for beginning practice. The role of the nurse in the multi-cultural health care delivery system will focus on nursing care for selected health problems. Commonly seen health deviations within the adult population will be introduced. Basic health assessment skills will be introduced. Students participate in clinical experiences in the Learning/Simulation Center and acute and long-term care settings for the application of fundamental nursing principles.

4 hours theory, 12 hours clinical per week; 8 credits; 15 week course; GPA 2.5. Pre-requisites: NURE 130, BIO 105, ENG 101, CHE 114. Co-requisites: BIO 106, PSY 101.



NURE 132 - Nursing II
Nursing 132 builds upon the foundation of Nursing 130/131. It explores the roles of the professional nurse as a member of the health care team utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills with expansion of health assessment techniques while caring for adults experiencing acute/chronic disruptions of existing patterns of normalcy. The student will be utilizing the nursing process, developing and refining clinical skills as well as establishing priorities in predictable health care situations. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, Learning/Simulation Center and in multi-cultural adult medical/surgical facilities and the community.

4 hours theory, 12 hours clinical per week. 8 credits; 15 week course. Pre-requisites: NURE 131, BIO 106, PSY 101; GPA 2.5; Co-requisites BIO 108, PSY 204.



NURE 231 - Nursing III
Nursing 231 builds upon the foundation of NURE 130, 131, and 132. It explores the nurse's role in caring for the pediatric client and childbearing family. In addition, it explores the clients' situations with acute and chronic disruptions of health, as well as complex health deviations which may be life threatening. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of structured multi cultural health care settings. Other learning experiences occur in the classroom with assigned activities in the Learning Simulation Center and the computer lab.

4 hours theory, 12 hours clinical per week. 8 credits. Pre-requisites: NURE 132, BIO 108, PSY 204, GPA 2.5. Co-requisites: ENG 102, SOC 101.



NURE 232 - Nursing IV
NURE 232 builds upon the foundation of NURE 130, 131, 132, & 231. It explores the nurses's role in caring for adult clients experiencing complex medical-surgical health alterations that are potentially life threatening and adult clients experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric mental health alterations. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, learning/Simulation Center and in multi-cultural adult medical/surgical and psychiatric/mental health facilities.

5 hours theory, 15 hours clinical per week; . 10 credits. Pre-requisites: NURE 231, All liberal art and science courses listed in the curriculum; GPA 2.5. Co-requisites: 6 credits Gen Ed Humanities Electives.



NURE 211 - Bridge-to-Professional Nursing Core Concepts
This transition course introduces the LPN-to-RN student to the framework and concepts of the Trinitas School of Nursing program. Role socialization, communication principles, nursing process, concept care mapping, teaching/learning principles, critical thinking, legal-ethical standards/issues and the role of cultural competence in contemporary nursing will be explored. Pharmacological concepts will be discussed and a review of medication administration with emphasis on drug/IV calculations will be conducted and regularly reinforced throughout the course.

3 theory hours/week; 3 credits; 15 week course. Pre-requisites: Proof of current LPN license; ADM 110 or challenge exam, BIO 105, 106, 108; CHE 114; ENG 101, 102; PSY 101, 204; SOC 101; 6 credits Gen Ed Humanities Electives; GPA 2.5; Co-requisite 212.



NURE 212 - Health and Physical Assessment
This course builds upon the foundation of LPN education and introduces the student to holistic health assessment and physical examination. The course aims to develop the student's abilities in gathering data to determine client's health status, practices and goals as influenced by his/her own culture. Starting with assessment of normal health parameters, the student will learn to differentiate between what is within and out of acceptable limits. Within the context of care of the perioperative or gerontological client, the student will learn and use physical assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation as well as other forms of data collection, such as, client interview, chart review, and analysis of laboratory and diagnostic results. The roles of the RN and the LPN in physical assessment/data collection will be discussed. The student will practice physical assessment skills and participate in laboratory experiences using scenarios involving a patient simulator in the Learning/Simulation Center and in the application of concepts in acute health care settings. Students will also review and perform basic clinical nursing skills.

2 hours theory, 6 hours clinical per week; 4 credits; 15 week course. Pre-requisites: Same as NURE 211; Co-requisite NURE 211.



NURE 250 – Nursing Care of the Client with a Medical Surgical Health Deviation
This course builds upon the foundation of NURE 211, and NURE 212. Within the context of the nursing process, the student will be refining and developing clinical skills while caring for clients experiencing acute/chronic disruptions in normalcy with emphasis on critical thinking, physical assessment and teaching/learning principles. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of structured, multi cultural acute/chronic health care settings. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom with assigned activities in the computer lab and Learning/Simulation Center.

3 hours theory, 9 clinical hours per week. 6 credits; 15 week course.Pre-requisites: NURE 211/212 GPA 2.5.



NURE 260 - Nursing Care of Children and their Families
This course builds upon the foundation of NURE 250 and LPN education. It explores the role of the professional registered nurse in caring for the pediatric client. Emphasis is placed on pediatric normalcy in a child experiencing an acute or chronic health deviation from infancy through adolescence. A significant aspect of this course is an understanding of the concepts of atraumatic care, family advocacy, and an interdisciplinary approach to health care. The student will continue to utilize and modify the nursing process and teaching/learning strategies while refining critical thinking and clinical skills. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of structured, multi cultural pediatric health care settings. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom, the Learning/Simulation Center, and assigned computer assisted instruction.

3 hours theory, 9 hours clinical per week; 3 credits; 7 week course. Pre-requisites: NURE 250; GPA. 2.5.



NURE 270 - Nursing Care of Women and the Childbearing Family
This course builds upon the foundation of NURE 250 and LPN education. It explores the role of the professional registered nurse as a member of a multi disciplinary team in caring for women and the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on health education and community resources in relation to women's health and the childbearing cycle. Deviations from the normal physiologic and psychosocial development are explored. The student will continue to utilize and modify the nursing process and teaching/learning strategies while refining critical thinking and clinical skills. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of structured, multi cultural health care settings. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom, with assigned activities in the Learning/Simulation Center and the computer lab.

3 hours theory, 9 hours clinical per week. 3 credits. 7 week course. Pre-requisites: NURE 250; GPA 2.5.



NURE 280 – Nursing Care of the Client with Mental Illness
This course builds upon the foundation of NURE 250 and LPN education. It explores the role of the Professional Registered Nurse as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team in caring for clients with mental illness. Emphasis is placed on mental health education and community resources available to the client and their families. The student will continue to utilize and modify the nursing process and teaching/learning strategies, while refining critical thinking and clinical skills. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of structured, multicultural, psychiatric/mental health care settings. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom, with assigned activities in the Learning/Simulation Center, and the computer laboratory.

3 hours theory, 9 hours clinical per week; 3 credits; 7 week course. Pre-requisites: Completion of NURE 260, 270; GPA 2.5.



NURE 290 - Nursing Care of the Client with Complex Multi-System Medical/Surgical Health Deviation
NURE 290 builds upon the foundations of NURE 260, NURE 270, NURE 280 and LPN education. It explores the role of the professional registered nurse as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in caring for clients with complex multi-system medical/surgical health deviations. Emphasis is placed on organizing, prioritizing, and evaluating nursing care for clients by assisting them with self-care deficits. The student will continue to utilize and modify the nursing process and teaching/learning strategies while refining critical thinking in clinical health care settings. Other learning experiences will occur in the classroom, with assigned activities in the Learning/Simulation Center, and the computer lab.

3 hours theory, 9 hours clinical per week; 3 credits. 7 week course. Pre-requisites: NURE 280; Co- requisite NURE 291; GPA 2.5.



NUR 291 - Leadership and Management Seminar
NURE 291 builds upon the foundation of NURE 211, 212, 250, 260, 270, 280, and LPN education. It is an introduction to the theory and practice of nursing leadership and management. Emphasis is placed on thinking critically, communicating effectively, handling conflict, delegating successfully, building teams, controlling resources, and improving quality to act in the role of a highly successful nurse. The role transition from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse will also be explored.

1 hour per week; 1 credit; 7 week course. Pre-requisites: NURE 280; Co-requisite NURE 290; GPA 2.5.