Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

NURS 10 - Basic Concepts and Care of Elderly Clients (3)
Overview of theoretical and scientific foundations of nursing practice. Introduction to physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental variables affecting individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis on basic concepts of pharmacotherapeutics and wellness promotion throughout the life span.

NURS 10A - Basic Skills in Nursing (2)
Application of concepts from NURS 10 in simulated client situations, emphasis on assessment and interventions required to assist individuals in meeting their common health needs. (6 lab hours/week; course fee, $40)

NURS 10L - Practicum in Basic Concepts of Nursing Practice (1)
Utilization of concepts from NURS 10 in selected health wellness settings. Supervised practice of health assessment, communication skills, and noninvasive nursing procedures. (3 clinical hours/week)

NURS 50 - Cooperative Education in Nursing
(1-3; max total 12; 45 hours/unit)

Provides students enrolled in the nursing major an opportunity to obtain structured work-study experiences, under the supervision of registered nurses, in participating health care agencies. Opportunities for additional practice and development of confidence through application of previously learned knowledge and skills. CR/NC grading only; not applicable toward degree requirements.

NURS 110 - Basic Concepts in Nursing (3)
Application of basic pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and assessment of clients across life span with emphasis on primary and secondary interventions, utilization of nursing process in care of clients with common health deviations.

NURS 110A - Advanced Skills in Nursing (2)
Integration of knowledge and skills necessary for application in specific nursing diagnostic areas; emphasis on understanding the principles underlying the techniques and procedures required by clients with common health deviations. (6 lab hours/week; course fee, $40)

NURS 110L - Practicum in Basic Concepts of Nursing (2)
Application of nursing process to clients with common health deviations. Identification of risk factors associated with stressors and provision of nursing care directed toward primary and secondary interventions. (6 clinical hours)

NURS 111 - Integrated Health Assessment (1)
Integration of health assessment techniques for clients at various stages of wellness, health, and disease. Principles of communication and history taking. Basic skills and arts necessary for conducting a physical and mental health examination.

NURS 112 - Pathophysiology for Nurses (2)
Study of the inter-, intra-, and extra-personal stressors leading to alterations in cardiac function, comfort, coping, elimination, immune response, metabolism, mobility, nutrition, respiration, role performance, and the implications for nursing practice.

NURS 121 - Psychosocial Nursing (3)
Current theories and concepts in the nursing care of clients with psychosocial disorders.

NURS 121L - Psychosocial Nursing Practicum (2)
Application of the nursing process to clients with psychosocial disorders. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $20)

NURS 123 - Concepts of Acute Illness in Adults (3)
Secondary prevention of the acutely ill adult client/family with alterations in structure, energy, and resources due to intra, inter, and extrapersonal stressors upon flexible and normal lines of defense. Emphasis on the nursing process for reconstitution.

NURS 123L - Clinical Practicum: Acute Illness in Adults (2)
Application of nursing process in secondary prevention and care of acutely ill adults. (6 clinical hours) (Course fee, $20)

NURS 124 - Pharmacology in Nursing (2)
Pharmacological theory required for effective nursing practice. Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

NURS 131 - Nursing of the Childrearing Family (3)
Introduction to current theories and concepts in the care of the pediatric client/family with emphasis on wellness and illness.

NURS 131L - Clinical Practice in Nursing of the Childrearing Family (2)
Application of specific skills, theories, and concepts in the care of the pediatric client/family with emphasis on wellness and illness. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $20)

NURS 132 - Nursing the Childbearing Family (3)
Theoretical base and clinical knowledge for application in primary and secondary prevention in the nursing of the childbearing family. Introduction to high risk perinatal nursing.

NURS 132L - Clinical Practice in Nursing of the Childbearing Family (2)
Application of knowledge and technical skills in the nursing of the childbearing family during the intrapartum and postpartum periods with emphasis on the family as a unit. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $20)

NURS 134 - Geriatric Nursing: Concepts in Health Aging (2)
Exploration of theories and concepts relative to healthy aging, the nurse's role as a case manager in developmental and situational crises, and resources available to the nurse. Appropriate for nursing elective or RNs preparing for ANCC certification in gerontology.

NURS 135 - Professional Transition (3)
Introduction to theoretical and conceptual frameworks in nursing. Application to individual nursing practice. Opportunities for peer group support. Socialization into a B.S.N. program.

NURS 136 - Health Appraisal (3)
Health appraisal integrates psychosocial and pathophysiological processes including techniques of history taking and health assessment in nursing practice and knowledge of normal findings as well as common deviations. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

NURS 137 - Teaching Strategies for the Health Care Client (3)
Principles of teaching and learning applied to teaching of individuals and groups. Opportunities for micro-teaching are provided. (Laboratory optional)

NURS 140 - Concepts of Complex Clinical Nursing (2)
Theory and concepts relative to care of clients with complex health problems. Emphasis on synthesis of concepts and principles derived from nursing and other disciplines in implementation of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients of all ages.

NURS 140L - Practicum in Complex Clinical Nursing (2)
Clinical application of concepts and nursing process in care of clients of all ages with complex health problems. (6 clinical hours)

NURS 141 - (3) and N141L (2): Concepts of Community Health Nursing

The community health nursing lecture and clinical courses are taught during the fifth semester in the nursing program at California State University, Fresno. These courses allow the students to draw on their previous acquired student nursing course work and knowledge and life experiences to give care in a community setting. The students are able to enhance their confidence and skills in communicating, assessing, planning interventions, implementing and evaluating a health care plan that addresses the individual, family and community needs. All students have opportunities to participate as health educators in the community. Please add alternative text CHN 2 Please add alternative text CHN 1

The lecture course is taught online. The clinicals are conducted at various community agency sites and Public Health Departments in Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare counties. The BRN requires a minimum of 90 hours to complete the clinical. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $20)

NURS 142 - Critical Care Assessment (1)
Study of the electrocardiogram and common dysrythmias, airway management, and ventilator therapy, with implications to nursing practice. (Course fee, $20)

NURS 145 - Nursing Theories and Research (3)
Application of nursing theories and the research process to nursing practice are explored. Focus includes historical evolution of contemporary theories in nursing, critique of current research, and computer applications to research.

NURS 150 - Leadership and Health Care Economics (3)
Development of the nurse as a leader in the health care delivery system. Development of negotiation, delegation, management, and critical thinking skills with recognition of the impact of a changing health care economics environment.

NURS 150L - Leadership and Clinical Management (2)
Development and application of leadership skills in a variety of health care settings. Covers using negotiation, delegation, management, and critical thinking skills while managing a client caseload with interprofessional team members in a cost effective manner. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $40)

NURS 151 - Senior Project (1)
Opportunity for the students to build upon conceptual, theoretical, and research knowledge base. Students pursue in-depth study with practical application in areas of interest: management, conflict resolution, application of nursing theories, research, or community project. Satisfies the senior major requirement for the B.S. in Nursing.

NURS 153 - Bridging Constructs for Professional Nursing (3)
Introduces the registered nurse (RN) to theoretical and conceptual frameworks supporting academic foundation for baccalaureate preparation. Students strengthen skills in development of case studies, research, theory application, critical thinking, complex patient and family analysis, and dimensions of multicultural health. (Formerly NURS 180T)

NURS 180T - Topics in Nursing
(1-3; max total 12 if no topic repeated)

Selected topics such as aging, holistic nursing, transcultural nursing, assertiveness training for nurses, psychosocial aspects of nursing, etc. Some topics may have clinical component.

NURS 184 - Introduction to School Nursing (3)
Role of the school nurse; parameters of school health practice, legal guidelines, professional accountability, coordinated health programs, health education, and health needs of complex multicultural school-aged population. (Available online.)

NURS 185 - School Nurse Seminar (3)
Role of the school nurse; parameters of school health practice; emphasis on adolescent health issues, health education, legal parameters, interdisciplinary cooperation, legislative issues, research, and professional accountability. (Available online.)

NURS 186 - School Nurse Practicum I (3)
Corequisite: NURS 184 - Elementary level school nurse experience including special education. Direct supervision by a credentialed school nurse; scheduled preceptor/instructor conferences; class participation online. (9 clinical hours/week)

NURS 187 - School Nurse Practicum II (3)
Secondary level school nurse experience, including special and alternative education; direct supervision by credentialed school nurse required. Scheduled conferences with preceptor and faculty. Class participation online. (9 clinical hours/week)

NURS 190 - Independent Study (1-3; total 6)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Graduate Courses:

NURS 210 - Health Assessment in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
Refinement of history taking, physical diagnosis, psychosocial, and developmental evaluation of multicultural clients and families. Includes differential diagnosis, clinical decision making, and client management across the life span. Pharmacology and laboratory techniques incorporated. Includes clinical performance component. (2 lecture, 3 practicum hours) (Course fee, $40)

NURS 211 - Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Concepts and theory relative to pharmacologic agents and devices utilized in health care by the advanced practice nurse. Content includes pharmacologic agents, physiologic/pathologic responses, and legal/ethical considerations for use with all age groups of clients.

NURS 212 - Advanced Pathophysiology (2)
The relationship between normal physiology and pathological phenomena produced by altered states is analyzed. Physiologic responses to illness and treatment modalities across the life span are examined. Synthesis and application of current research regarding pathological changes are emphasized.

NURS 215 - Obstetrics and Gynecology in Primary Care (3)
Introduction to basic obstetric and gynecologic content and skills used in primary care. Explores diagnosis and management of common obstetric and gynecologic conditions. Discusses early indications of serious obstetrical complications and the nurse practitioner role. (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 216 - Wound Management (2)
Provides student nurse practitioners with the information, rationales, and hands-on acquisition of skills to assess and treat surgical, traumatic, and ulcerative wounds. (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 221 - Theories Foundations of Nursing Practice (2)
Selected theories from nursing and related fields are examined and evaluated with emphasis on application in complex health care systems. The relationship between theory, research, and clinical practice is explored.

NURS 223 - Advanced Research Methodology in Nursing (3)
In-depth study of research principles and techniques. Formulation of a comprehensive database, critical analysis of clinical issues, application of research in the treatment regimen, and thesis/project proposal development are incorporated.

NURS 225 - Advanced Nursing Issues: Health Care Policy Ethics
And Role Development (3)

The evolution of major issues relevant to advanced nursing practice is examined. Topics include: health care policy, organization, and financing; ethics; professional role development; and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.

NURS 229 - Practicum in Advanced Clinical Nursing for the Clinical Specialist (3)
Applies conceptual models for health promotion, maintenance, and restoration in complex health care systems. Implements primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies for use with diverse client populations in advanced practice settings. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 230 - Seminar in Advanced Practice Nursing for the Clinical Specialist (2)
Examines the evolution of the role the Clinical Nurse Specialist from the historical perspective to the current health environment. Explores issues related to organizational development, educational strategies, and professional dynamics. (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 240 - Curriculum Development in Nursing (3)
Theories and models of curriculum development incorporating educational needs assessment and design. Students present educational program using instructional design methodology including objectives, learning characteristics, teaching methods, learning resources, and evaluation methods. Teaching practicum with a master teacher required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 241 - Instruction Methods in Nursing Education (3)
Instructional methods for nurse educators. Focuses on nursing and education theories, motivation, learning/teaching styles, designing measurable outcomes, reinforcement strategies, principles of evaluation, and effective feedback. Teaching practicum with a master teacher required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 242 - Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education (3)
Evaluation methods for nursing education in classroom and clinical settings. Students will examine alternative assessment strategies, design and write test items, analyze test results, and develop clinical evaluation strategies. Teaching practicum with a master teacher required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly NURS 288T)

NURS 250 - Seminar in Clinical Specialization (2)
Theories and concepts of advanced practice are applied to complex patient/client populations to improve the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes. Examines and evaluates the multifaceted role of the clinical nurse specialist in selected practice settings.

NURS 251 - Practicum in Clinical Specialization (3)
Analysis and implementation of all aspects of the clinical nurse specialist role in practice settings. Students work directly with assigned community preceptor to develop skills necessary for successful functioning in the clinical nurse specialist role. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 262 - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role in Primary Prevention (2)
Theoretic base for primary prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, health screening, health teaching, and anticipatory guidance for pediatric nurse practitioners with an emphasis on case management techniques using algorithms and standardized procedures.

NURS 263 - Primary Practicum Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (4)
Prepares pediatric nurse practitioners to deliver promotion and health maintenance services. Addresses application of individual, family, community, and nursing theories using transcultural and intergenerational factors in interdisciplinary practice settings.

NURS 264 - Primary Practicum Family Nurse Practitioner (4)
A practicum designed to prepare nurse practitioners to deliver health promotion and health maintenance services. Applications of individual, family, community, and nursing theories are addressed utilizing transcultural and intergenerational factors in interdisciplinary practice settings. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 265 - Family Nurse Practitioner Role in Primary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base for primary prevention: health maintenance, health promotion, health screening, health teaching, and anticipatory guidance for nurse practitioners. Case management techniques utilizing protocols/algorithms.

NURS 266 - Family Nurse Practitioner Role in Secondary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base of secondary prevention in primary care settings. Assessment and management of acute self-limiting conditions. Use and development of algorithms/protocols for secondary prevention. Intensive pharmacology for nurse practitioners.

NURS 267 - Practicum in Secondary Prevention, Family Nurse Practitioner (4)
Supervised clinical practice in a primary care setting with emphasis on secondary prevention for clients of all ages. Students work directly with preceptor and faculty member. Complete assessment and case management. (One hour clinical conference per week.) (Course fee, $40)

NURS 268 - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role in Secondary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base of secondary prevention in pediatric primary care settings. Assessment and management of acute self-limiting conditions. Use and development of algorithms/protocols for secondary prevention. Intensive pharmacology for nurse practitioners. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 269 - Practicum in Secondary Prevention, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (4)
Supervised clinical practice in a pediatric primary care setting with emphasis on secondary prevention. Students work directly with a preceptor and faculty member. Complete assessment and case management. (One hour clinical conference per week.)

NURS 271 - Practicum in Secondary Prevention, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (4)
Application of knowledge related to management of acute, self-limiting and stable chronic conditions/families.

NURS 277 - Family Nurse Practitioner Role in Tertiary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base for tertiary prevention for families in primary care settings. Assessment and management of chronic conditions requiring reconstitution. Development of protocols/algorithms for tertiary prevention. Integration of knowledge related to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 278 - Practicum in Tertiary Prevention, Family Nurse Practitioner (4)
Supervised clinical practice in a primary care setting with emphasis on care of clients of all ages requiring tertiary prevention. Students work directly with a nurse practitioner and/or physician preceptor in a primary care setting. (One hour clinical conference per week.)

NURS 279 - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role in Tertiary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base for tertiary prevention for children in primary care settings. Assessment and management of chronic conditions requiring reconstitution. Development of protocols/algorithms for tertiary prevention. Integration of knowledge related to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

NURS 280 - Practicum in Tertiary Prevention, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (4)
Supervised clinical practice in a primary care setting with emphasis on care of children requiring tertiary prevention. Students work directly with a nurse practitioner and/or physician preceptor in a primary care setting. (One hour clinical conference per week.)

NURS 281 - Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Role in Tertiary Prevention (2)
Theoretical base for tertiary prevention for older adults in primary care settings. Assessment and management of chronic conditions requiring reconstitution. Development of protocols/algorithms for tertiary prevention. Integration of knowledge related to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. (Course fee, $40)

NURS 282 - Practicum in Tertiary Prevention, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (4)
Supervised clinical practice in assessment and management of acute, self-limiting, and stable chronic conditions of individuals and families.

NURS 288T - Seminar Topics in Advanced
Clinical Nursing (1-3; max total 9)

Selected topics in specialized practice domains such as home health, cardiovascular, oncology, gerontology, and rehabilitation nursing. Analysis and integration of research-based knowledge into the nursing process characterizing the specific practice domain are emphasized.

NURS 290 - Independent Study (1-3; max total 3)
See Academic Placement - Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

NURS 298 - Project (3)
See Criteria for Thesis and Project. A project is defined as a systematic development of a plan for, or critical evaluation of, a significant undertaking or a creative work in nursing such as modularized curriculum and clinical protocols. Abstract required. Approved for RP grading.

NURS 299 - Thesis (3)
See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis, based on an approved proposal, for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.