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Nursing Program Course Descriptions

Below are examples of courses you will take as part of the Nursing Program at Seton Hill.  We've also prepared a Sample Curriculum Plan (PDF) in case you'd like to get a general idea of when you will be taking required courses.

Introduction to Nursing Practice 

The purpose of this course is to have students examine the nursing profession from a caring perspective. This required foundation course will explore the historical background of nursing, the role of nursing as a profession and its relationship to healthcare systems and policies, standards of nursing practice, and how nursing impacts client health and wellbeing. Students will develop an appreciation and broad understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse.  3 credits

Health and Physical Assessment

This course focuses on the student’s development of the knowledge and skills needed to perform health assessments and physical examination.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of a systematic approach to clinical decision-making.  The promotion of health and wellness is an underlying theme of the course.  The student will learn to incorporate communication skills, patient safety, evidence-based practice and professional values into health assessment. Principles of documentation and informatics will be discussed. 3 credits

Health and Physical Assessment Practicum

The purpose of this required clinical practicum is development of the knowledge and skills needed to assess the health and physical status of individuals of diverse populations with focus on health adults.  Students will practice techniques of health assessment including health history, physical assessment, documenting findings, and providing health teaching while incorporating clinical reasoning and a concern for safety, privacy and dignity. 1 credit

Essentials of Nursing Practice

This course focuses on best practices in professional nursing applied to fundamental patient care skills.  The course includes the concepts of hygiene, mobility, sensory perception including tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, sleep, and oxygenation. Multidisciplinary team roles and responsibilities are discussed in the context of delivering safe, high quality health care.  Therapeutic communication, use of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines are addressed to enhance critical thinking, clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership abilities. 2 credits

Essentials of Nursing Practice Practicum

The purpose of this clinical practicum course is to allow for the practice of fundamental nursing and patient care skills in the healthcare setting.  Students apply evidenced-based nursing interventions, practice patient-centered care, communicate therapeutically, and participate with interdisciplinary teams utilizing professional nursing standards. 2 credits

Health and Illness 1

The purpose of this course is to explore the theoretical and biophysical underpinnings of adult illness and disease and utilize the nursing process to promote health and healing. Pathophysiology and pharmacology, caring theory, as well as the cultural, ethical, physical, and psychosocial issues that nurses confront related to caring for patients and families with acute and chronic illness. Therapeutic communication, use of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines are addressed to enhance critical thinking, clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership abilities. 3 credits

Health and Illness 1 Practicum

The purpose of this clinical practicum is to develop skills and to practice the integration of theory content, skills, and critical reasoning in simulated and actual patient care activities.  The clinical practicum consists of structured laboratory exercises, simulation, patient care and clinical conferences, and other activities designed to help develop role of the professional nurse in the care of adults experiencing disease and illness.  The clinical experience is an opportunity to apply concepts and learning from Adult Health and Illness I into the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating of nursing care. 3 credits

Health and Illness 2

The purpose of this course is to continue the focus on nursing care of adults experiencing health and illness transitions. Focus is placed upon restoration, maintenance and promotion of health for acutely and chronically ill adults. Multidisciplinary team roles and responsibilities are explored in the context of delivering safe, high quality health care.  Students will continue to explore therapeutic communication, use of research evidence, and clinical practice guidelines to enhance critical thinking, clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership abilities. 3 credits

Health and Illness 2 Practicum

The purpose of this practicum is on continued development of critical thinking, clinical judgment, skills and time management concepts. The focus is on nursing care, including teaching and discharge planning, to promote healthy transitions for individuals and families with complex health conditions in acute care settings.   The clinical experience is an opportunity to apply concepts and learning from Health and Illness 2 into the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating of nursing care. 3 credits

Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I

This course provides a foundation on the pathophysiology of illness states and pharmacological therapies. Part one of this course includes the concepts and processes of comfort, immunity, oxygenation, pain, metabolism and gastrointestinal disorders.  Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for application to nursing practice emphasis on safe, evidence-based practice of medication administration in nursing. The course integrates anatomy, chemistry, microbiology and physiology and pharmacology and focuses on their application to clinical practice. 3 Credits

Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2

This course provides continued content on the pathophysiology of illness states and pharmacological therapies. Part two of this course includes the concepts and processes of perfusion, neurologic function, and cellular regulation.  Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are presented in an integrated manner to provide a basis for application to nursing practice emphasis on safe, evidence-based practice of medication administration in nursing. The course integrates anatomy, chemistry, microbiology and physiology and pharmacology and focuses on their application to clinical practice. 3 credits

Research & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

Evidence-based practice and its relevance to professional nursing is the focus of this course.  It is designed to develop student knowledge and skills in the understanding and use of evidence-based nursing practice.  Students will search, interpret research and consider research evidence for application in practice. The process for discovering new scientific evidence in research is examined.  This course will help develop knowledge and skills in scholarly writing. 3 credits

Mental Health Nursing Concepts

The purpose of this course is to provide nursing strategies for promoting, maintaining, and restoring mental health utilizing therapeutic nursing interventions for clients along the mental health/ disorder continuum in all settings.  Concepts of stress, coping, and cognition will also be addressed. Self- awareness, personal growth, socio-cultural sensitivity, communication strategies, and professional development are vital components of the course. 3 credits

Mental Health Nursing Concepts Practicum

The purpose of this practicum is to provide the opportunity to implement professional nursing care in mental health nursing.  Emphasis is placed upon using nursing strategies for promoting, maintaining, and restoring mental health utilizing therapeutic communication and nursing interventions for patients along the mental health/disorder continuum. 2 credits

Family Health Nursing

This course focuses on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for women during the childbearing years, newborns, children, and their families. Emphasis is included on developmental stages, family processes, and health promotion practices.  Cultural, ethical, physical, and psychosocial issues that nurses confront are included.  Communication, use of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines, and interprofessional collaboration are addressed to enhance critical thinking, clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership abilities. 3 credits

Family Health Nursing Practicum

This practicum focuses on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for women during the childbearing years, newborns, children, and their families. Emphasis is included on developmental stages, family processes, and health promotion practices.  Cultural, ethical, physical, and psychosocial issues that nurses confront are included.  Communication, use of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines, and interprofessional collaboration are addressed to enhance critical thinking, clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership abilities. 2 credits

Community and Global Nursing

The purpose of this course is to synthesize public health theory, research evidence and nursing practice to improve health for diverse populations in a global community.  The role of the public health nurse as advocate for social justice and health equity is explored.  Key concepts in public health sciences such as epidemiology are applied and population level data are analyzed to propose health promotion and risk reduction strategies. Knowledge from previous courses is integrated to improve the health of populations through prevention. 3 credits

Transition to Professional Practice

This course is designed to facilitate the student’s development and transition into the professional nursing role after graduation.  Principles of leadership, management, and organizational processes in health care systems are included.  The role of the nurse in quality improvement, outcome measurement, patient safety, and teamwork is emphasized.  Preparation for professional exams is included. 3 credits

Transition to Professional Practice Practicum

The purpose of this practicum is to provide the opportunity for students to apply and synthesize leadership and management principles in prioritizing and delivering nursing care to groups of patients in the acute care setting.  Under guided experiences with a registered nurse preceptor, students will integrate previous evidence-based learning and increase accountability for the care of patients and their families. Advanced simulation experiences and precepted clinical experiences are included to facilitate the transition to professional nursing practice. 4 credits

Gerontology 

The purpose of this course is to explore beliefs and attitudes about the elderly and includes theories of aging, normal aspects and changes, ethical issues, and successful aging through health promotion and risk reduction strategies. This is a didactic course for the knowledge development of advocacy and competence in the care of the aging adult. Through a life review with an aging adult, group discussions, and review of current literature and research, students will develop communication skills, be introduced to leadership skills, establish health equity professional values and accountability, and gain knowledge regarding social justice for the aging population. 2 credits

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, fill out our online Request for Information form. You may also call us any time at (724) 838-4281 or (800) 826-6234, or send an email to admit@setonhill.edu.