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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Health and Human Services


Nursing (NURS)


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Associate Professor: Pamela P. DiNapoli, Susan J. Fetzer, Joan E. Hahn, Gene E. Harkless, Carol L. Williams-Barnard
Assistant Professor: Paula L. McWilliam, Christine W. Saltzberg, Joanne G. Samuels, Gerard A. Tobin, Susanne M. Tracy
Clinical Assistant Professor: Elizabeth J. Evans, Kimberly Gibbons, Deborah Leveille, Patricia Puccilli
Instructor: Carolyn L. Tobin
Lecturer: 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 relationship-based care, reflective thinking, clinical decision making, and and the use of evidence-based guidelines to develop quality and safe clinical skills. Clinical experiences are offered in area hospitals and in community health agencies. The senior year culminates in a capstone practicum NURS 721, Integrating Professional Nursing Practice, in which students apply curriculum concepts in a precepted clinical experience. Candidates for the nursing degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying major requirements.

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 grade-point average of 3.40 in NURS courses at the end of the sophomore year in nursing.

A grade of C or better in high school chemistry is required as well as biology or physics. The following prerequisite courses must be completed successfully prior to enrollment in NURS 500: ENGL 401; BMS 507-508; NUTR 400; and PSYC 401. BMS 501 must be taken prior to or concurrent with NURS 500. A course in statistics must be completed prior to, or taken concurrent with, NURS 641.

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 discovery requirements.  Major courses require a minimum grade of C. Nursing courses may not be repeated.  A cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 must be maintained throughout the program.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical agencies, uniforms, professional equipment, health insurance coverage, criminal background checks through approved vendor, drug and alcohol screening through approved vendor, fingerprinting, and select immunizations.  Students must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer level only.  All clinical documents must be received by July 1st before their sophomore year and remain up to date as necessary until graduation. Clinical documents cannot expire during the academic year. 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.  Additional costs associated with the program include laboratory fees each semester beginning in the sophomore year and fees associated with attendance at professional meetings. 


Freshman Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
BMS   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
BMS   501   Microbes in Human Disease   4   -  
NURS   500   Introduction to Professional Nursing   2   -  
NURS   504   Diseases and Drugs 1   4   -  
NURS   506   Human Development, Interaction, and Learning Across the Lifespan   4   -  
NURS   512   Introduction to Nursing Assessments and Interventions   4   -  
NURS   505   Diseases and Drugs 2   -   4  
NURS   601   Function and Well-Being of Older Adults   -   4  
One course in statistics*       -   4  
Elective       -   4  
Total       18   16  

*HHS 540, PSYC 402, SOC 502

Junior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
NURS   611   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 1   4   -  
NURS   611C   Care of the Adult With Acute Illness 1 Clinical   2   -  
NURS   621   Mat'l & Newborn Nurs. OR NURS 616 RCC: Living w/Mental Illn   4   -  
NURS   626   Clinical Judgment in Nursing 1   4   -  
NURS   641   Translating Research for Practice   4   -  
NURS   612   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 2   -   4  
NURS   612C   Care of the Adult with Acute Illness 2 Clinical   -   2  
NURS   616   RCC: Living w/Mental Illn OR NURS 621 Mat'l & Newborn Nurs   -   4  
NURS   627   Clinical Judgment in Nursing 2   -   2  
Elective       -   4  
Total       18   16  

Senior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
NURS   702   Child Health Nursing   2   -  
NURS   704   21st Century Public Health Nursing   4   -  
NURS   704C   21st Century Public Health Nursing Clinical   4   -  
    Elective   4   -  
NURS   705   Contemporary Leadership within Health Care Systems   -   4  
NURS   721   Integrating Professional Nursing Practice   -   8  
    Elective   -   2-4  
Total       14   14  

R.N. Baccalaureate Program

Registered nurses with an unencumbered 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.  Nursing major courses are offered using on line, hybrid, and face to face formats.  Face to face courses may be held on the Durham campus or select off campus sites.  
Curriculum requirements may be met through transfer credits, course enrollments, and challenge examinations.

The nursing component is based on the belief that RN 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.  

Honors in major courses are offered to interested RN-BP students who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.40 in nursing courses.
The RN student must earn a minimum of 128 credits and have a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average throughout their course work. A minimum grade of C is required in each pre-requisite and nursing course.  Permission from academic adviser is required to register for all nursing courses; prior approval is required for courses taken outside UNH.  Students must maintain continuous enrollment by registering for course work at UNH or NURS 400, Nursing Continuing Enrollment, to remain active until degree is conferred.  Students who are candidates for a bachelor's degree must attain the last one-quarter (32 credits) of total credits for the degree in residence (at UNH) unless granted permission by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee to transfer part of this work from other accredited institutions.

RN-BP 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   645W   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   703W   Nursing Leadership/Mgmt and Org Context   4  
NURS   719   Professional Nursing Practice: Transitions   7  

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