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ENGL 1301 Composition I

Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II

Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
History
HIST 1301 History Of The United States, 1763 To 1877

United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1302 History Of The United States, 1877 To The Present

United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2301 History of Texas

Texas history from the beginning to the present time.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Math
MATH 1314 College Algebra

Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics

Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2317 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measure of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and basic non-parametric techniques.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Political Science
POLS 2301 Introduction to American Government I

The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLS 2302 Introduction to American Government II

The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Co-Requisite Courses
PSYC 2315 Lifespan

Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of development examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional change through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FCSC 1322 Nutrition/Diet

Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Communication

Three hours of communication required from the following.

COMM 1315 Public Speaking

Principles and practices of public speaking.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
COMM 1321 Business and Professional Speech

Application of the fundamentals of speech production to the needs of the professional person. For non-communication majors only.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Creative Arts

Three hours of creative arts required from the following.

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture

Three hours required from the following.

ENGL 2326 American Literature

Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2322 British Literature

The study of six to ten works of British literature dating from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHIL 1370 Philosophy of Knowledge

A survey of major knowledge systems with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Social Behavioral Science

Three hours required from the following.

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BSN Completion Core Courses

Nursing Courses

NURS 4316 Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment

Emphasizes a comprehensive holistic health assessment as a component of the nursing process across the lifespan. RN-BSN students build on previously acquired assessment skills to identify health promotion, risk assessment and disease prevention behaviors, including sociological, psychological, cultural, and family aspects of a comprehensive assessment.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4540 Nursing Practice: Care of Communities

Focuses on concepts needed to provide holistic client-centered nursing care to a variety of clients, families, populations, and communities in multiple settings from a global perspective by incorporating theories, evidence-based practice outcomes, and clinical reasoning. Explores and assesses the impact of multiple determinants of health status and healthcare, cultural and ethical influences, sources of health information, major local, state, national and global health issues and related health promotion/disease prevention, maintenance, restoration, and population risk reduction objectives among clients, families, populations, and communities. Incorporate research findings related to the community into evidence-based nursing practice.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
NURS 4620 Nursing Practice: Compromised Multiple Health States

Explores advanced concepts of compromised multiple health states in the care of individuals and families. Emphasizes and demonstrates the developing role of the professional nurse, including patient advocate and interdisciplinary healthcare team member using clinical reasoning and judgment skills to provide compassionate, holistic and coordinated patient-centered care. Course integrates advanced technology, nursing theory, research and evidence-based practice as a foundation of patient-centered care.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
NURS 4550 Nursing Practice: Leadership and Management

Explores and coordinates safe patient-centered care as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Introduces and applies theories of leadership and management practices including the organization, planning, staffing, directing, and controlling of resources within the healthcare system. Models the role of the professional nurse as a patient safety advocate, healthcare planner, leader and manager.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
RN to MSN Transition Courses
MSNC 5310 Theoretical Foundations

Examine theoretical foundations guiding advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: Permission

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNC 5311 Nursing Research

Analyze research methods, focusing on formulating a practice-related research problem, searching the literature, research design, sampling, and evaluation of research instruments, data collection strategies and analysis of data. Students are expected to analyze and critique research literature for scientific merit, and to discuss the practical application of scientific findings for practice. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNC 5315 Advanced Nursing Issues

Analyze professional and social issues related to advanced nursing practice within the context of health promotion and disease prevention, and various social, cultural and nursing issues related to healthcare. Prerequisites: Permission

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSN Core Courses
MSNC 5312 Healthcare Policy and Finance

Utilize theoretical models to analyze healthcare policy and finance, and political processes and strategies, which influence the policy process and results in improved healthcare for a diverse society. Prerequisites: Permission

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNC 5195 Evidence-Based Project I

Develop a proposal, using research methods, to investigate a problem. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310, 5311, 5312, 5315 and pre- or co-requisite: MSNA 5321 or MSNE 5254

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
MSNC 5296 Evidence-Based Project II

Implement project proposal and disseminate outcomes. Prerequisites: MSNC 5195

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MSN Administration Track
MSNA 5320 Role Development for Nurse Administrators

Develop knowledge and skills relevant to leadership in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is on role of the nurse as a nurse administrator. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNA 5331 Directing & Controlling Healthcare

Use quality improvement models as the foundation for directing and controlling healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of human resources and budgeting processes. Corequisite: MSNC 5321

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNA 5321 Planning & Organizing Healthcare

Use midlevel change and systems theory as the foundation for planning and organizing healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the mission, philosophy, strategic planning and organizational structures. Prerequisites: MSNA 5320

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 5300 Marketing Concepts

Marketing orientation and concepts; marketing programs of domestic and global perspectives in the formulation and development of strategies with regard to price, product, channels of distribution, and promotion of goods and services within an ever-changing environment. Prerequisites: Graduate

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MSNA 5221 Administration Practicum I

Apply midlevel change and systems theory for planning and organizing healthcare delivery through a preceptored experience.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MSNC 5232 Administration Practicum II

Apply quality improvement models to work with human resources in a healthcare organization through a preceptored experience.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MSNA 5323 Health Information Systems

Examines technology as it applies to the role of Nurse Administrator. Students will explore current trends and issues in the application of concepts related to nursing informatics and healthcare technology in nursing practice.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ACCT 5315 Financial Accounting

Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and preparation and uses of financial statements. Additional topics include, Managerial Accounting and Cost Concepts, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Flexible Budgets and Standard Costs and Variance Analysis.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSN Education Track
MSNE 5350 Role Development & Learning/Teaching Theories

Develop knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in institutions of higher education. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse as faculty member. Examine learning theories and teaching strategies foundational to classroom and clinical instruction in academic settings. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5310.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5352 Measurement & Evaluation

Develop knowledge and skills in measurement and evaluation of classroom and clinical instruction. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5311.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5356 Advanced Pharmacology

Acute advanced knowledge of skills and principles of clinical pharmacology.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5330 Advanced Health Assessment

Develop skills to analyze and synthesize clinical concepts relevant to areas of advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites or Concurrent: MSNE 5310, MSNE 5311.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5254 Education Practicum I

Apply teaching/learning theory and strategies to didactic and clinical preceptored instruction. Evaluate selected curriculum components related to teaching experiences. Prerequisite: MSNE 5353. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNE 5350 and MSNE 5352.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5351 Curriculum Design

Analyze curriculum components for contemporary nursing education in academic settings. Evaluation as a critical component of curriculum design is examined. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5310.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5255 Education Practicum II

Apply measurement and evaluation concepts to didactic and clinical preceptored instruction. Examine course, level, and department components within the context of an academic system. Prerequisite: MSNE 5254. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNE 5351.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MSNE 5349 Advanced Pathophysiology

The primary focus is application of pathophysiology concepts to clinical practice using evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning to prevent, diagnose, and treat alterations across the lifespan.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

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