Nursing  
 

BSN Degree Requirements

 

Total Credits: 127 Credits

 

Clinical Rotation Hours By Year:

  • Freshmen: 16 Service learning hours
  • Sophomore (fall semester)-56 hours in a Nursing Home
  • Sophomore (spring semester)-126 clinical hours at Mercy Health St. Mary’s 2 days per week
  • Junior (fall semester) -126 hours Med/Surg Rotation half the semester /Psychiatric Rotation the 
    second half of the semester 2 days a week            
  • Junior (spring semester)- 84 Hours Pediatric Rotation/84 Hours OB Rotation
  • Senior (fall semester)- 126 Hours Community Health Rotation
  • Senior (spring semester)- 126 Hours Leadership Rotation Immersion in hospitals.

 

Length of Program: 4 Years full time

>Sample 4 year curriculum plan (pdf)

 

The following courses with a BIO, BYN, or NUR designation are University of Detroit Mercy courses. Descriptions and credit for these courses are provided through the University of Detroit Mercy.

 

BIO2040 Applied Nutrition (3)
Principles of normal nutrition, emphasis on functions, requirements, sources, deficiencies of nutrients in all stages of the life cycle. Weight control, energy balance and nutritional assessments are discussed.

 

BYN230 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4)
Prerequisites: BY155, 156.

 

NUR2040 Self Awareness for Nurses Practicing in Interdisciplinary Environments (2)
Focuses on the development of self-awareness and relationship-centered care skills for the beginning practitioner within a changing, interdisciplinary-based health care system. The student is provided with an underlying framework of ideas to build on throughout the nursing curriculum. Critical thinking, values clarification, cultural diversity, interpersonal communication, group dynamics and team building are addressed. Development of a philosophy of caring in a professional nursing role is approached from the perspectives of historical tradition, social justice and a values-centered professional education. An introduction to servant leadership with service to the community is included. Prerequisite: Approval of the Nursing advisors.

 

NUR2050 Health Assessment (2)
Focuses on the process of health assessment of adults. Utilizes interviewing techniques to obtain a basic health history that incorporates spiritual, sociocultural, psychological and physical dimensions. Issues of privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity are discussed. Laboratory experience provides students with opportunities to perform specific physical assessments. Prerequisite: Approval of the Nursing advisors. Co-requisites: NUR2440, 2450, 2460.

 

NUR2440 Fundamentals of Adult Health Nursing (3)
Focuses on introducing the nursing process as a strategy for making clinical judgments and implementing care. Ethical and legal guidelines and an understanding of the inner spirit and humanity of the individual are discussed as the framework for providing holistic care. Prerequisite: Approval of the Nursing advisors. Co-requisites: NUR2050, 2450, 2460.

 

NUR2450 Skills in Adult Health Nursing (1)
This laboratory experience provides students with opportunities to acquire fundamental technical skills, with an emphasis on the scientific principles that underlie the application of these skills. Prerequisite: Approval of the Nursing advisors. Co-requisites: NUR2050, 2440, 2460.

 

NUR2460 Practicum of Adult Health Nursing (1)
Focuses on socializing students to nursing in the community through health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention activities with older adults. Emphasis is on the application of nursing process, health assessment skills, communication techniques, techniques, and technical skills learned in concurrent nursing courses. Prerequisite: Approval of the Nursing advisors. Co-requisites: NUR2050, 2440, 2450.

 

NUR2800 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
An introduction to clinical pharmacology and the use of drugs as therapeutic agents. Basic pharmacologic principles and major drug classes are introduced. Implications associated with monitoring, administration, intervention, and education are incorporated. Prerequisite: BYN230. Co-requisite: NUR2860, 2870, 3380.


NUR2860 Health Restoration in Adults (4)
Focuses on health restoration of adults. Emphasis is placed upon: assessment and management of physical and physiological symptoms related to common disease and treatment, anticipation and management of health-related complications, and restoration of optimal level of function of individuals. Prerequisites: NUR2040, 2050, 2440, 2450, 2460. Co-requisite: NUR2870, 2800, 3380

 

NUR2870 Adult Health Practicum (3)
Enhances theoretical learning related to health restoration of adults in a variety of settings. Integration of principles from nutrition, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and nursing science provides a foundation for clinical judgment and decision making. Emphasis is placed upon application of the nursing process to individuals with common/recurring acute and/or chronic illnesses. Nursing care is evaluated in the context of adherence to standards of professional practice. Prerequisites: NUR2040, 2050, 2440, 2450, 2460. Co-requisite: NUR2870, 2800, 3380.

 

NUR3330 Health Restoration of Adults & Their Families (2)
Focuses on health restoration of adults and their families. Emphasis is placed upon: assessment and management of physical and psychological symptoms related to complex/multisystem disease and treatment; anticipation and management of life-threatening complications; and restoration of optimal level of function in individuals and their families. Prerequisites: NUR 2860, NUR 2870. Co-requisites: NUR 3350 and NUR 3360.

 

NUR3360 Mental Health of Adults & Their Families (2)
Provides the theoretical base for meeting the mental health and psychiatric needs of individuals, families and small groups in their communities. The interrelationship between psychological, social, biological, and spiritual subsystems is examined within the context of mental health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and psychiatric illness management of individuals and their families. Prerequisites: NUR 2860, NUR 2870. Co-requisites: NUR 3330 and NUR 3350.

 

NUR3350 Integrated Practicum with Adults & Their Families (4)
This integrated clinical experience enhances the theoretical learning related to complex health restoration and mental health needs of adults and their families. Synthesis of principles from psychiatric nursing, adult health nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology and the social sciences provides a foundation for clinical judgment and decision making in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NUR 2860, NUR 2870. Co-requisites: NUR 3330, NUR 3360.

 

NUR3380 Pathophysiology (4)
Introductory study of disease, its causes, and the body changes that accompany it. Specific diseases are discussed, including the pathogenesis as well as the morphological and physiological basis of the manifestation of each disease. Treatment of each disorder, including the rationale of the therapy, is also discussed. Prerequisites: BY155, 156. Co-requisite: NUR2860, 2870, 2800.


NUR3600 Nursing Research & its Utilization in Health Care (3)
Explores nursing research and its utilization in health care within the context of scientific merit and clinical relevance. Following an overview of the research process, emphasis is placed on its use in solving clinical problems, enhancing clinical judgments, and/or measuring phenomena in clinical practice. Prerequisites: Statistics.

 

NUR3640 Childbearing & Childrearing Families in Health & Illness (4)
Provides the theoretical base for nursing care of families in childbearing and childrearing across both health and illness dimensions. Focuses on the biophysical, sociocultural and spiritual subsystems of the family within the context of community. Emphasis is placed on ethical and social justice concerns related to pregnancy, fetal, newborn, and childhood health issues. Prerequisites: NUR 3330, NUR 3360, NUR 3350. Co-requisites: NUR 3650.

 

NUR3650 Integrated Practicum with Childbearing/Childrearing Families (4)
This integrated clinical experience enhances the theoretical learning related to the childbearing and childrearing families within the framework of an urban community. This clinical encompasses not only extensive use of multiple community agencies but also takes the students into the hospital for select acute care experiences. Prerequisites: NUR 332, NUR 334, NUR 335 and Developmental Psychology. Co-requisites: NUR 3640.

 

NUR4200 Intervening with Families and Aggregates at Risk (3)
Focuses on crisis intervention and management in the health promotion, illness prevention and mental health nursing care of families and aggregates at risk and in crisis in the community. A family ecosystems approach is taken to explore family dynamics within a sociocultural and community context. Major public health and social justice issues, such as domestic violence, child/adolescent/sexual/elder abuse, substance abuse, and homelessness are explored, along with health/illness crises facing families across the age continuum. Prerequisites: NUR3600, 3640, 3650.

 

NUR4420 Community as Partners; Issues in Urban Health (2)
Two semester hours at 50 minutes each = 24 hours for the 14 week course. This course focuses on the development of partnerships from an assets-based approach within the community as a means of addressing global health concerns and health promotion for identified aggregates in the urban community. Principles of epidemiology and public health policy will be examined and applied in addressing the health issues of the urban community, particularly health care access and environmental issues. Ethical issues in community health nursing along with cultural aspects of health behaviors will also be explored. Prerequisites: NUR3600, 3640, 3650. (Minimum Grade of C, and prerequisites my not be taken concurrently). co-requisites: NUR4200 and 4450.

 

NUR4440 Leadership and Management in Nursing in a Changing Health Care System (2)
Focuses on leadership and management knowledge and skills needed by entry level practitioners in a changing, integrated health care system. Organizational leadership/management theories are presented, along with concepts such as strategic planning, change, managed care, quality management, fiscal management and human relation skills. Prerequisites: NUR3600, 3640, 3650. Co-requisites: NUR4420, 4450; NUR 4200 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 444.

 

NUR4450 Integrated Leadership and Community Practicum (3)
Integrated clinical experience that enhances and integrates the theoretical learning related to nursing leadership and management and caring for population based health problems within a specified community. A comprehensive community assessment, including planning, implementation, and evaluation of community interventions is included. The final cumulative experience is collaborative planning and implementation of a health-based project with community organizational/partners. Prerequisites: NUR3600, 3640, 3650. Co-requisites: NUR4420, 4440; NUR 4200 must be taken either prior to or concurrent with NUR 4450.

 

NUR4980 Comprehensive Practicum (3)
Allows students to define and implement a role unique to their needs and work closely with a nurse in practice under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Pre approval of faculty needed prior to registration.

 

NUR450+ Nursing Elective (1)
Electives in specific areas of nursing are available to offer the student additional insight and knowledge in nursing