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Course Descriptions

NURS-300 RN-to BSN Transition Course (3)
This course introduces the student to the program’s conceptual framework. It provides the learner with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, values, and meaning in areas of nursing practice and health care, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, and conceptual models of nursing. Strategies that facilitate professional growth and acculturation, life-long learning and professional practice and values are the primary focus. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1).

NURS-301 Health Assessment Theory (2)
This course is designed to develop and refine health assessment skills through the use of appropriate knowledge, skills, and values. It includes identification of common health deviations, at-risk behaviors and variations for culturally diverse individuals. Modification of examination and the interview techniques and expected findings across the life cycle will be discussed. A variety of classroom activities will be utilized to enhance critical thinking and clinical judgment in health assessment. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1). Required co-requisite – Health Assessment Lab.

NURS-302 Health Assessment Lab (2)
This course provides guided practice in the development and refinement of specific assessment knowledge, techniques and skills (interview, health history taking, physical examination, use of age related data instruments and technology). This course assists the student to recognize normal and deviated health patterns, and at-risk behaviors. This laboratory is designed to refine and expand health assessment knowledge and skills in the performance of comprehensive health assessment of individuals and families across the life span. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1). Required      co-requisite – Health Assessment Theory.

NURS-345 Pathophysiology (3)
This course provides the learner with an opportunity to analyze responses of the human body to altered states of health, environmental stressors, and the aging process. Genetic and cultural influences of disease are addressed. Pathophysiologic processes of selected diseases, reflective of the most common health disparities in the metropolitan area, are examined. Emphasis is given to interrelationships among the pathological, physiological, psychological and pharmacological factors. Selected modes of diagnosis and treatment modalities are also examined. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1).

NURS-350 Ethical Issues in Health Care HYBRID (3) Satisfies IGED 140 Requirement
This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce health science/health care students to the ethical issues commonly encountered in health care and in health care delivery systems. Important ethical issues in health care and health care delivery will be reviewed and analyzed. Students are introduced to basic concepts of moral judgment, ethical theories and principles, and critical thinking processes that are necessary for sensitivity and analysis of ethical issues in the professional practice. A multidisciplinary team approach to case analysis and problem resolution is one of several approaches used to promote critical thinking and application of decision making models. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1).

NURS-354 Gerontological Nursing Care (3)
This course focuses on current health care issues affecting the older adult. It is designed to examine essential foundations for practice of Gerontological nursing care and to build on the knowledge, skills, meanings, and values associated with practice with an elderly population. The course emphasizes applying the nursing process to older adults experiencing wellness and self-care alterations. Selective pharmacological, legal, and ethical concerns are discussed. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1).

NURS-356 Legal Issues and Health Care Policy (3)
This course is designed to expand the learner’s knowledge of the legal and policy systems and their influence on the health care delivery system and nursing practice. Legal issues related to nurse practice acts and nurse regulatory bodies, and the changing role and responsibilities of the nurse, are examined. Issues of funding methods, resource allocation, access to care, and disparities impacting the health care system are addressed from a policy perspective. Students will evaluate the effects of specified practice and health care laws and policies germane to practice, consumer health, the profession of nursing and identify factors they may influence in a proactive response to achieve quality patient outcomes. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course is taught in the first year of the junior year (Level 1).

NURS-305 Professional Nursing Issues in Practice Seminar HYBRID (2)
This course facilitates the learner’s development and refinement of critical thinking and decision-making skills through application of knowledge and understanding to a health care/clinical issue. Analysis and integration of all prior course work are applied to the development of a program of care delivery or a proposal to address a health care issue for individuals, families and groups who fall within a health disparity group in the District of Columbia. The components of this course include systematic inquiry, evidence-based practice, professional identity, initiative, and self- direction. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course and its co-requisite are to be taken in the last semester of the Junior level/first level of the program Pre-requisite: RN to BSN Transition Co-requisite: Professional Nursing Issues in Practice Clinical.

NURS-306 Professional Nursing Issues in Practice Practicum (2)
Provides an opportunity for the learner to demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills, systematic inquiry and integrated competencies pertaining to a specified area of health/health promotion identified in the theory component and reflective of a health/health care disparity in the District of Columbia. Emphasis is on increased initiative and self-direction in the selection of a clinical or health care area in efforts to increase expertise in a specified area or issue in practice related to health and/or health care disparities. Junior level (Level 1) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course and its co-requisite are to be taken in the last semester of the Junior level/first level of the program.  Pre-requisite: RN to BSN Transition Co-requisite: Professional Nursing Issues in Practice Seminar.

NURS- 449 Leadership and Management Theory (3)
This course is designed to expand the student's knowledge of organizational and leadership theories and strategies, and principles of management and change. Senior/ Level II standing. Completion of all Junior Level Course and admission to the Senior Level Program of Study of the RN-to-BSN Program of Study. Co-requisites: Leadership and Management Practicum.

NURS- 448 Leadership and Management Practicum (2)
Description: Students will apply leadership and management knowledge, skills, and values to develop and/or enhance leadership behaviors in a specified health care organization or clinical area. The student will collaborate with a preceptor and faculty member to develop, implement, and evaluate a project that addresses an identified leadership or management issue/problem in the organization or clinical area. Recognition (of self and others) and application of effective leadership and management behaviors will be highlighted. Senior/Level II standing. Completion of all Junior Level Course and admission to the Senior Level Program of Study of the RN-to-BSN Program of Study. Co-requisites: Leadership and Management Theory.

NURS-455 Nursing Research (3) Satisfies IGED Writing Intensive Course in the Major
Enhances the knowledge and understanding of the research process and its relationship to evidence-based practice and quality patient care. Emphasis is placed on building competence in critical evaluation of published research and organizing a limited literature review in area of interest. Senior/Level II standing. Completion of all Junior Level Course and admission to the Senior Level Program of Study of the RN-to-BSN Program of Study.

NURS-464 Urban Community Health Issues Theory HYBRID (3)
This course is structured provides the student with a theoretical base for the practice of community/public health nursing and application of public health, community mental health, and home health nursing concepts. Analysis of communities in terms of health resiliencies and vulnerabilities are explored using principles from epidemiology, levels of prevention, and nursing research. Senior/Level II standing. Completion of all Junior Level Course and admission to the Senior Level Program of Study of the RN-to-BSN Program of Study. Co-requisite: Urban Community Health Issues Practicum.

NURS-465 Urban Community Health Issues Practicum (2)
This course provides the student the opportunity to apply knowledge and competence in caring for individuals and families in a variety of community and home health settings. Principles from levels of prevention, epidemiology and research are applied and experiences are provided that assist the development of decision-making processes while providing services to special populations. Senior/Level II standing. Completion of all Junior Level Course and admission to the Senior Level Program of Study of the RN-to-BSN Program of Study. Co-requisite: Urban Community Health Issues Theory.

NURS-471 Clinical Preceptorship (Capstone) Seminar (2)
Course Description: This course provides the student with the experience of collaborating with a nurse expert in a leadership role in a health care area of interest. The student will integrate and apply concepts, theories and principles from prior learning in a health care setting that matches his/her long term interest and professional goals. Students may a select mentor/coach from a variety of areas including management and leadership, practice, education, research, health care policy and/or ethics, safety and quality improvement, informatics and tele-health, and forensics. Focus is on developing a professional identity and competencies through systematic inquiry, synthesis of prior knowledge, experiential learning, and peer relationships. The student assumes responsibility for her/his learning by writing and achieving specific, achievable learning goals.

Senior level (Level 2) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course and its co-requisite are to be taken in the last semester of the Senior level/second level of the program. Prerequisites include all general college courses listed in the program of study (POS) for the RN-to-BSN and all Junior level and Senior level courses in the RN-to BSN Program of Study. Co-requisite: Clinical Preceptorship (Capstone) Practicum.

NURS-472 Clinical Preceptorship (Capstone) Practicum (2)
This course provides the student the opportunity to experience collaborating with a nurse expert in a leadership role and critiquing key issues contributing to successful nurse leadership and professional development in a specified area. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the student’s professional identity and growth and facilitating the student’s self-identity and trajectory as a nurse leader and beginning expert in a chosen role and/or area of practice. The student may select a mentor/coach from a variety of areas including management and leadership, practice, education, research, health care policy and/or ethics, safety and quality improvement, informatics and tele-health, and forensics. Senior level (Level 2) standing in the RN-to-BSN program is required. This course and its co-requisite are to be taken in the last semester of the Senior level/second level of the program. Prerequisites include all general college courses listed in the program of study (POS) for the RN-to-BSN and all Junior level and Senior level courses in the RN-to BSN Program of Study. Co-requisite: Clinical Preceptorship (Capstone) Seminar.

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CAUSES Academic Programs

Environmental Science and Urban Sustainability – Tom Kakovitch, Program Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director
Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Ralph Belton, Program Director


CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord
Institute of Gerontology - Dr. Elgloria Harrison, Interim Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director


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