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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Health and Human Services


Nursing (NURS)


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Chairperson: Lynette A. Hamlin
Associate Professor: Pamela P. Dinapoli, Susan J. Fetzer, Lynette A. Hamlin, Gene E. Harkless, Raelene Shippee-Rice, Carol L. Williams-Barnard
Assistant Professor: Catherine H. Bernosky-Flores, Joyce Dolphin Cappiello, Paula L. McWilliam, Christine W. Saltzberg, Donna M. Saltzberg, Joanne Samuels, Gerard A. Tobin, Susanne M. Tracy
Clinical Assistant Professor: Sarah E Belisle, Emily Bryant, Kimberly Carey, Denise A. Cole, Christine Ann Dube, Elizabeth J. Evans, Pamela J. Levesque, Christine McCarthy, Susan M. McHugh, Sandra Mote, Donna M. Pelletier, Patricia Puccilli, Eileen Riley
Lecturer: Joyce Helene Blood, Karen S. Niland

The nursing program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120. It reflects the mission and goals of the University and focuses on the uniqueness of each individual. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to enhance the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The philosophy expresses the beliefs of the faculty regarding person, environment, health, nursing, and education. Its goals are to help nursing students develop knowledge and skills essential to the present and future practice of nursing. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide care to individuals and groups, help people identify and meet their health care needs, be effective colleagues on the health care team, and shape the future of health care.

The curriculum is divided into biological, social sciences, and humanities as a foundation for courses in the major; and nursing courses, which emphasize caring, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and developing clinical skills. Clinical experiences are offered in area hospitals and in community health agencies. The senior year culminates in a practicum in which students apply curriculum concepts in a precepted clinical experience.

The faculty of the nursing program believe learning is a creative process wherein students are active participants in their education, growth, and development as professional nurses. Faculty members are facilitators and mentors to students within a supportive, scholarly environment.

Honors in major courses are offered to interested nursing students who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 and 3.5 in the major.

The following prerequisite courses must be completed successfully prior to enrollment in NURS 501:  ENGL 401; ZOOL 507-508; NUTR 400; and PSYC 401. MICR 501 must be taken prior to or concurrent with NURS 501. A course in statistics must be completed prior to, or taken concurrent with, NURS 645. 

Prerequisite courses require grades of C or better and only one prerequisite course may be repeated one time in order to progress. Most of the prerequisite courses also meet general education requirements.  A cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 must be maintained through the program. Major courses require a minimum grade of C. Nursing courses may not be repeated.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical agencies, uniforms, professional equipment, health insurance coverage, criminal background checks, and selected immunizations. Additional costs associated with the program include laboratory fees each semester beginning in the sophomore year and fees associated with attendance at professional meetings. Students must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation by July 1st of their sophomore year and re-certified as necessary until graduation. Students will be assessed a late fee if clinical documents are not received by the due date and will be dropped from the major if documentation is not received by the first day of class.

Freshman Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
ZOOL   507-508   Human Anatomy and Physiology   4   4  
NUTR   400   Nutrition in Health and Well Being   4   -  
ENGL   401   First-Year Writing   4   -  
PSYC   401   Introduction to Psychology   -   4  
Electives (3)       4   8  
Total       16   16  

Sophomore Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
MICR   501   Microbes in Human Disease   4   -  
NURS   501   Introduction to Nursing   4   -  
One course in statistics*       4   -  
NURS   502   Concepts of Pathophysiology/Pharmacology   -   4  
NURS   508   Foundations of Nursing Judgment   -   4  
NURS   514   Techniques of Clinical Nursing   -   4  
Electives (2)       4   4  
Total       16   16  

*HHS 540, PSYC 402, SOC 502

Junior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
NURS   615   Care of the Adult   4   -  
NURS   615C   Care of the Adult Clinical   4   -  
NURS   619   Clinical Decision Making I   4   -  
NURS   620   Caring for the Childbearing-Rearing Family   -   4  
NURS   620C   Caring for Childbearing-Rearing Family Clinical   -   4  
NURS   618   Caring for People w/ Alterations in Mental Health   -   2  
NURS   618C   Caring for People w/Alt in Mental Health Clinical   -   2  
NURS   624   Nursing in the Community   -   4  
NURS   624C   Nursing in the Community Clinical   -   2  
NURS   622   Clinical Decision Making II   -   4  
NURS   645   Nursing Research   4   -  
Elective       -   4  
Total       16   16  

Senior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
NURS   703   Nursing Leadership/Management and the Org. Context   4   -  
NURS   618   Caring for People w/Alterations in Mental Health   2   -  
NURS   618C   Caring for People w/Alt in Mental Health Clinical   2   -  
NURS   624   Nursing in the Community   2   -  
NURS   624C   Nursing in the Community Clinical   2   -  
NURS   620   Caring for the Childbearing-Rearing Family   4   -  
NURS   620C   Caring for Childbearing-Rearing Family Clinical   4   -  
NURS   720   Clinical Decision-Making III   -   6  
NURS   720C   Clinical Decision-Making III Clinical   -   6  
HHS   698.D01   Sp Top: Medication Safety/Admin   1    
Electives (2)       3   4  
Total       16   16  

R.N. Baccalaureate Program

Registered nurses with a valid registered nurse license who meet University admission criteria may pursue, on a full- or part-time basis, a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing.  Major courses are offered at the Durham campus, the campus at UNH-Manchester, and throughout the state.  Four of the upper division courses are offered on-line.  
Curriculum requirements may be met through transfer credits, course enrollments, and challenge examinations. An R.N. license and one year of practice experience or permission of the instructor are required for all nursing courses.
The nursing component is based on the belief that R.N. students enter the program with knowledge and competence gained through previous educational and work experiences. This knowledge and competence can be demonstrated through completion of required baccalaureate-level nursing courses. Individualized plans of study are developed to enable completion of nursing content.
The R.N. student must earn a minimum of 128 credits and have a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average throughout their coursework. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.
Interested R.N.s should consult with the R.N. program coordinator.

RN-BS Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   606   Seminar on Professional Nursing   7  
NURS   617   Nursing and Healthcare Policy   3  
NURS   622   Clinical Decision Making II   4  
NURS   645   Research   4  
NURS   655   Community Health Nursing I   3  
NURS   656   Comm Hlth Nurs II: Indiv, Fam, & Aggregates   2  
NURS   656C   Community Health Nursing II/Clinical   1  
NURS   703   Nursing Leadership/Mgmt and Org Context   4  
NURS   719   Professional Nursing Practice: Transitions   7  

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