Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Course Descriptions

NUR 098 (0 credit)

Assessment of Professional Nursing

This seminar is designed to facilitate the return, readmission and/or transfer of the nursing student into the professional baccalaureate nursing program. Various processes, as listed in the course syllabus, are used to assess the student’s theoretical knowledge and clinical competency to determine the readiness of the student to progress to a sequential clinical nursing course. The course is individualized based on the student’s previous course work. Graded as pass/fail.

NUR 099 (0 credit)

Transition to Professional Nursing

This ten-hour workshop is designed to facilitate the LPN’s transition from vocational education to the professional collegiate environment. Didactic presentations introduce the student to the philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing practice. Processes utilized in professional nursing practice are reviewed. Practice with the nursing process and therapeutic communication is integrated. Graded as pass/fail. Successful completion of NUR 099 is a prerequisite for NUR 205.

NUR 110 (.5 credits)

Introduction to Experiential Nursing Science I

Learning styles are assessed in order to facilitate success in Nursing Science. Learning tools to develop higher level thinking skills are applied. Cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual support systems are explored. Graded as pass/fail.

NUR 111 (.5 credits)

Introduction to Experiential Nursing Science II

This course provides essential tools for success in professional nursing. Foundational proficiencies in medical math and professional writing are explored. Opportunities and options for advancement in nursing practice, as well as exploration of nursing specialties are identified. Graded as pass/fail.

NUR 209 (5 credits)

Foundations of Professional Nursing Skills

This course introduces the students to essential nursing skills, which are fundamental to nursing care delivery across all ages and practice settings. The exploration of concepts and practices basic to nursing care are studied. Theoretical knowledge is integrated with prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Acquisition of basic nursing skills prepares students to deliver safe and appropriate care in accordance with standards of professional nursing practice. This course includes both scheduled and self-directed clinical simulation experience. Prerequisites: PSY 101; BIO 107/117, 108/118. Co-requisite: NUR 210. 

NUR 210 (3 credits)

Introduction to Nursing Practice: Roles and Responsibilities

This course prepares pre-licensure nursing students to access, manage, utilize, and communicate information from a variety of sources in a professional, legal, and ethical manner. Essential aspects of the professional nursing role are introduced, including written and oral communication, healthcare informatics, teaching/learning principles, basic legal and ethical considerations, and advocacy. Information literacy skills are developed through the exploration of topics related to nursing history, concepts and theories, healthcare delivery systems, and professional roles. Skills provide a foundation for safe clinical nursing practice and participation in nursing scholarship. Prerequisites: Nursing major eligible for sophomore level nursing courses or permission. Co-requisite: NUR 209 or department permission.

NUR 218 (3 credits)

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

Explores the ever-expanding role of pharmacology in the practice of nursing. The nursing process is utilized to provide a holistic approach for individuals and their families within multiple environments. Traditional and complementary principles are applied to the client at various points on the wellness continuum. Prerequisite: NUR 209. Co-requisite: NUR 220.

NUR 220 (5 credits)

Nursing in Health and Illness I: Adult Medical-Surgical Clients

This course introduces the student to professional nursing practice in relation to potential and simple alterations in health. Students have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to adult clients who are coping with their reactions and responses to stressors.  Health promotion and protection concepts are integrated. The practicum provides integration and application of theory. Students will be responsible for implementing and evaluating appropriate nursing interventions and demonstrate critical thinking skills. This course includes both scheduled and self-directed simulation experiences in addition to placement in clinical settings. Three classroom hours and eighty-four clinical practice hours. Prerequisites: BIO 107/117 and BIO 108/118; NUR 209; completed Health and Immunization Records, Professional CPR Certification, FBI Clearance, completed Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Criminal Record Check and Drug Screen.

NUR 311 (3 credits)    

Health Assessment Across the Life Span

The nursing process guides the introduction of skills of development, psychosocial, cultural and physical assessment. Learning activities are designed to facilitate acquisition of theory and skills necessary to perform health assessment of the individual throughout the life span. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: NUR 220.

NUR 312 (3 credits)

Transcultural Nursing

Focuses on health care practices and beliefs in a variety of cultures. Political, economic, spiritual and geographic factors affecting health care are explored within the context of cultural systems and the client’s perception of health, illness and care. Client education and nursing research are integrated with accepted anthropological and sociological concepts and theories. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

NUR 315 (9 credits)

Nursing in Health and Illness II: Birth and Childhood to Adulthood

This course focuses on nursing practice for common health concerns of adults and childbearing families. Growth and development principles throughout the lifespan are emphasized as they relate to evidence-based health care. Intermediate level nursing skills are practiced in a variety of acute care and community settings. Six classroom hours and 126 clinical practice hours. Prerequisites: PSY 101, BIO 107/117, 108/118, 220; CHE 106/109 or CHE 104/110; NUR 220. Co-requisite: NUR 311.

NUR 317 (5 credits)

Nursing in Health and Illness III: Behavioral Health and Chronicity

Focuses on using the nursing process to facilitate optimal health for individuals with chronic illnesses and their families. Discussed are nurses' various roles and responsibilities when designing and implementing a comprehensive plan of care for clients with acute and chronic behavioral health problems and medical-related chronic illnesses. Principles of psychopharmacology and evidence-based practice are integrated throughout the course. Students have the opportunity to utilize the nursing process while establishing therapeutic alliances within a variety of acute care, chronic care, and community-based settings. Three classroom hours and eighty-four clinical practice hours. Prerequisites: NUR 220;  PSY 101; BIO 107/117, 108/118, 220; CHE 106/109 or CHE 104/110.

NUR 408 (3 credits)

Introduction to Research Methods

This course serves as an introduction to the methodologies and design of nursing research. Opportunity is given to develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills to understanding research and the research process. As a basis for professional practice, students will analyze and discuss the clinical relevance of study findings and their implications for nursing practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MAT 208 or 209, or permission of instructor.

NUR 409 (3 credits)

Leadership and Ethical Dimensions for Nursing Practice

Provides the professional nurse graduate with knowledge and skills essential to be a health care designer, coordinator and manager within a personal and professional ethical framework. Skills essential to this role are leadership, communication, collaboration, negotiation, coordination and evaluation of interdisciplinary health care teams for the purpose of outcome based practice. Co-requisites: NUR 417, NUR 418.

NUR 410 (5 credits)

Nursing in Health and Illness IV: Adult and Geriatric Clients

This course addresses changes that accompany the aging process and relates these changes to adult human responses to selected health problems. Students apply the nursing process to complex health problems, integrating knowledge of nursing research, ethical-legal issues, and economics as they influence client health outcomes. The course presents concepts and applications for adults in later life, including grief and loss, palliative care, and death and dying. Prerequisites: NUR 311, NUR 315, NUR 317; BIO 410. 

NUR 412 (5 credits)

Nursing of the Family and Community

This course focuses on the synthesis of public health promotion and maintenance principles within the nursing framework and the role of the professional nurse in various community settings. Family systems are explored. Students demonstrate the application of community health concepts with integration of wellness and health promotion programs for individuals, families and community groups. Three classroom hours and eighty-four supervised clinical practice hours. Prerequisites: NUR 315, NUR 317.

NUR 417 (6 credits)  

Nursing Role Synthesis Practicum

As a capstone course, the focus is on implementing the coordination role of the professional nurse with groups of clients and caregivers to participate in management activities. Theories of leadership and management and related research are identified and applied to professional nursing within a variety of health care systems. Focus is on refinement of critical thinking skills important to the entry-level role of the professional nurse. One-hour class and 15 hours clinical practicum. Prerequisite: NUR 410. Co-requisites: NUR 409, NUR 418.

NUR 418 (3 credits)

Nursing of the Acute and Critically Ill

Focuses on nursing care of all ages responding to potential and actual complex alterations in health related to neurological cardio-vascular, endocrine and respiratory systems. The student is afforded the opportunity to increase nursing knowledge to provide care in complex acute and long-term health care needs. Critical care concepts are addressed. Prerequisite: NUR 410. Co-requisite: NUR 417.

Contact Information


Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN
Nursing Department Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing


Priscilla Price
Nursing Department Secretary

     Nursing Resource Center
     Alvernia University
     Reading, PA
     Phone: 610.796.8217
     Fax: 610.796.8464


bachelor of science in nursing

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