Courses

The program requires a minimum of 124 credit hours. All accelerated nursing degree students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts & Sciences requirements.

ACE students following the recommended pattern of enrollment and completing all required arts and sciences courses prior to beginning the program can expect to complete the program in 15 months.

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Spring Semester

NRS 100

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING

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This introductory course provides a foundation for community-based nursing. Students examine the fundamental concepts and skills used in the delivery of professional nursing care with culturally diverse adult clients. Environmental considerations and the basic concepts of community, partnerships and visits with clients in various settings are introduced. The wellness continuum is expanded and professionalism in nursing, interpersonal communication, change, nursing process, critical thinking and caring are addressed.

  • Credits: 2.5
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 225, satisfactory math competency or SCI 025, SCI 103, COM 101

    Pre/Corequisites: SCI 226, SCI 280, SSC 101, HUM 150, COM 230/245

    Co-requisites:  NRS 100C

NRS 100C

COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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This clinical practicum offers students opportunities to provide nursing care with adult clients to promote and maintain health.  Experiences focus on providing students beginning nursing-process skills for the delivery of care with a community-based perspective.  Students incorporate interpersonal communication techniques while interacting with adult clients, members of the healthcare team and community partners.

  • Credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites:

    Co-requisites: NRS 100

NRS 202/202L

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

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This course familiarizes students with normal and abnormal health assessment of clients across the lifespan. The course utilizes Gordon's structural framework as the primary means to organize assessment data and prioritizing nursing diagnoses. Students will identify and utilize the principles of diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking to practice the application of health assessment findings to nursing practice. Students will apply the skills of interview, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation throughout the course as guided by evidence-based practice (EBP). Students will analyze data collected during a complete health assessment. The health assessment data collected consists of a complete health history and physical assessment including laboratory values, the client's level of wellness, environment, health practices and goals, and psychosocial (including domestic violence), mental, nutritional and transcultural considerations. The student will work to correlate the health assessment data while differentiating the major trends in growth and development and the attainment of developmental milestones comparing the differences of the well, acutely ill, and chronically ill clients across the lifespan.

**For Accelerated BSN students: class extrends over the whole semester, rather than 8 weeks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 100

NRS 220

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE WITH ADULTS

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This course focuses on nursing care using a culturally sensitive framework with adult clients along the continuum of well being.  Students employ caring and professional communication to promote change.  Critical thinking and the nursing process are used in collaborative relationships with clients and community partners. Students are introduced to the economic impact on health.  The concepts of legal/ethical accountability and prioritization are applied to professional community-based nursing practice.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one courses except HUM __: World of Ideas

    Pre/Corequisites: NRS 202/202L, SCI 230, SCI 315   

NRS 220C

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE WITH ADULTS CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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The clinical practicum offers students opportunities to provide nursing care with adult clients to promote and maintain health. Experiences focus on providing students beginning nursing-process skills for the delivery of care with a community-based perspective. Students incorporate interpersonal communication techniques while interacting with adult clients, members of the healthcare team and community partners.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 220

SCI 265

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

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This course is designed to introduce students to pharmacological principles of prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications. The various drug classifications and general characteristics of drugs within a class are examined. The course also focuses on analysis and understanding of the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, adverse reactions and drug - drug and food - drug interactions of prototype and commonly used drugs within each class.

**For Accelerated BSN students: class extrends over the whole semester, rather than 8 weeks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 103, SCI 225, SCI 226 Prerequisite/Co-requisite: SCI 315

SCI 315

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

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This course begins with a major focus on cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism and fluid disequilibrium. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis; fluid acid-base balance; genetic disorders, carcinogenesis, nematologic, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal functions are emphasized.

**For Accelerated BSN students: class extrends over the whole semester, rather than the first 8 weeks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 103, SCI 225, SCI 226, SCI 280

Summer Semester

NRS 240

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE WITH FAMILIES

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This course focuses on developing partnerships with women and childbearing families to promote and maintain health.  Selected changes in the family and in the health of women are addressed. New knowledge and skills build on the frameworks of caring and community-based nursing care.  Selected nursing assessment skills are introduced and applied.  Use of the nursing process enhances critical-thinking skills as needs of women and childbearing families are explored.  Beginning nursing leadership concepts are explored.  Students identify the influence of economics on the health and well being of women and childbearing families.

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one courses and NRS 220/220C, SCI 315

    Pre/Corequisites: HUM ____: World of Ideas (Completion of 1 out of 3 World of Ideas course), SCI 235, SCI 240, SSC 215, SSC 235

    Corequisites: NRS 240C, NRS 245

NRS 240C

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE WITH FAMILIES CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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The clinical experience offers students the opportunity to collaborate with women and childbearing families in their healthcare.  Students develop partnerships through professional communication, dialogue and collaboration, critical thinking and shared learning.  The nursing process and concepts of public health science, caring, professionalism and change are incorporated while working with clients.  Students demonstrate selected nursing assessment skills while providing safe effective care within guidelines and policies

  • Credits: 2.5
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 240

NRS 245

PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE I

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This course introduces public health concepts and principles.  Emphasis is on the core functions of public health: assessment, policy development and assurance.  The course content provides an overview of the history and organization of public health and public health issues at the local, state, national and global levels.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 240

NRS 340

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

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Students begin to integrate a broad range of concepts related to children and adults in the community. Students build on family concepts and incorporate growth and development into a framework for community-based nursing care across the lifespan.  Content focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, maintenance and management of acute and chronic health problems.  The differences in communication with clients across the lifespan are examined.  The course facilitates professional role development, critical thinking and the use of humanistic/scientific principles and research as the basis of culturally competent care.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one and -two courses

    Pre/Corequisites: SSC 360

    Corequisites:    COM 320

NRS 340C

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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The clinical practicum promotes integration of nursing process, including prioritization, into community-based care with children and adults.  Caring, professional communication, dialogue and advocacy are used to build partnerships with families.  Health care and economic policies and ethical decision-making are examined.  Students incorporate beginning management and leadership principles and information from research to further develop professional roles.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 340

NRS 345

PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE II

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This course builds upon public health core concepts and principles introduced in Public Health Science I.  Content focuses on epidemiology and special needs of aggregates at risk.  Current and changing healthcare are critically analyzed in relation to local, state, national and global conditions and policies

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisite: NRS 350 (traditional); NRS 340 (ACE)

Fall Semester

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 350

ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING

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The course incorporates concepts and principles of psychiatric mental health nursing, community health nursing and public health science that promote holistic health of diverse vulnerable communities. As students broaden self-awareness and understanding of human beings, major foci are on therapeutic communication, group process and advocacy for individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Students use enhanced critical-thinking skills and a caring approach to apply nursing process to problems with multiple causes.  Students value teaching/learning principles, motivation, risk reduction and health promotion as integral to achieving desired outcomes.  Theory and research related to the promotion of mental health, prevention and management of acute/chronic mental illness and population-based needs are explored.  The roles of the nurse in community-based care, which include interdisciplinary collaboration, advocacy for social justice and professional leadership, are examined.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one and -two courses, NRS 340/340C, SSC 360

    Pre/Corequisites: SSC 370, HUM 210, COM 320

    Corequisites: NRS 345, NRS 350C

NRS 350C

ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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The clinical practicum facilitates the synthesis of public health principles and physical and mental health concepts/interventions with diverse populations.  This experience promotes the application of theory and skills in community-based health settings for acute and chronic mental illnesses.  Nursing process is applied to a variety of population-based needs.  Wide-ranging skills include the use of personal and community resources and collaborative problem solving leading to innovative solutions and desired outcomes. The roles of the nurse in community-based care are assumed.  These roles include interdisciplinary collaborator, advocate, casefinder/manager, counselor, referral and change agent.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 345, NRS 350

NRS 446

COLLABORATIVE NURSING LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY

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This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, and advocacy will be examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Health care policy, legal aspects, and economic factors are explored as they relate to client care and professional nursing practice. Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate and create possible solutions to nursing and healthcare issues.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Placement: Accelerated BSN students or Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 450

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE: COMPLEX CONCEPTS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

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This course focuses on the application of theory when caring for complex, high-risk clients across the lifespan.  Students build upon research findings and previous knowledge to further develop critical thinking skills through the advanced nursing concepts presented in the course.  Students examine the roles of professional caregiver, teacher and manager with families in an interdependent world.  Students expand strategies for dialogue, collaboration and advocacy within an increasingly complex global healthcare environment.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one, -two and -three courses, COM 320

    Pre/Corequisites: NRS___:  Non-Clinical Nursing Elective, HUM ___ World of Ideas (Completion of 2 out of 3 World of Ideas courses)

NRS 450C

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE: COMPLEX CONCEPTS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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This clinical practicum provides opportunities for students to apply culturally diverse, holistic care with high-risk families across the lifespan.  In the delivery of nursing care, students provide collaborative, complex care with families along the continuum of well being.  When providing care in the changing healthcare environment, students promote autonomy, altruism, human dignity, integrity and social justice.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 450

Spring Semester

NRS 462

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE: COMPLEXITY OF AGING

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This course focuses on the synthesis of humanistic/scientific principles and research in the care of the older adult with complex needs. Students use critical thinking skills to examine professional nursing care in the areas of health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness/disease management, and rehabilitation in the changing environments of the older adult. Holistic concepts including spirituality, sexuality, end-of-life and economics are expanded. The roles of the professional nurse in meeting the mutually identified needs of the older adult in the community are evaluated.

  • Credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one, -two, -three courses and NRS 445, NRS 450

    Pre/Corequisite: HUM___ World of Ideas (Completion of all 3 World of Ideas courses)       

    Corequisites:    NRS 462C, SSC 465

NRS 462C

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE: COMPLEXITY OF AGING CLINICAL PRACTICUM

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The clinical practicum facilitates student implementation of the nursing process in the care of the older adult with complex needs.  Dialogue and collaborative partnerships with clients and healthcare providers assist students to assume professional roles in complex healthcare with older adults.  Ethical/legal accountability and responsibility are practiced through the roles of facilitator, collaborator, teacher, advocate, change agent, case manager, as well as care provider.

  • Credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites:

    Corequisites:    NRS 462

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NON-CLINICAL ELECTIVE

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Student's choice of non-clinical elective.

See all non-clinical elective course descriptions in the course index.

  • Credits: 2.0

NRS 470

SENIOR SYNTHESIS

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Students integrate concepts of the professional role into a personal philosophy of nursing.  Using a problem-based learning approach, students critically evaluate research and refine decision-making skills. Leadership/management and legal/ethical principles provide a framework for classroom activities.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one, -two, -three courses and NRS 460

    Pre/Corequisites: HUM ___ World of Ideas (Completion of all 3 World of Ideas courses)

    Corequisites: NRS 470P, SSC 465

NRS 470P

SENIOR PRECEPTOR PRACTICUM

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Students experience the role of the practicing nurse within a community-based learning environment.  Students are assigned a RN preceptor to promote the development of confidence and competence in applying the skills and knowledge expected from a novice.  Through the synthesis of prior knowledge, students apply management and communication skills to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.  Students demonstrate responsibility and legal/ethical accountability in their professional role as caregiver, teacher and manager of client care.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Corequisites: NRS 470

SSC 465

CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN

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This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community.  Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

  • Credits: 3.0