The program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program offers courses grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities, meeting professional standards for nursing education and practice. Nursing is a humanistic profession that enhances the quality of life by promoting health and preventing illness through the effective delivery of coordinated health care. Nursing knowledge is advanced through thinking critically, engaging in scholarship, and applying knowledge to the delivery of nursing care. The values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are the foundation for professional nursing practice. Through community collaboration graduates are prepared to assume multiple roles to impact the profession, health care systems, and communities.

The graduate of the Nursing program will be able to demonstrate:

Health Promotion/Illness care

Provide health protection and promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness care, rehabilitation, and end of life care to clients within a holistic framework in a variety of settings.

Critical Thinking

Synthesize knowledge, skills, and technology from the established practice and science of nursing, the biological and psychosocial sciences, and the humanities to engage in critical thinking and the nursing process in the care of clients.

Therapeutic relationships

Develop caring relationships with clients that are sensitive to diverse personal, socio-cultural, and environmental characteristics, which encourage clients to assume primary responsibility for health care decisions, and in which the nurse functions as advocate and advisor.

Communication

Use effective communication and information technology to communicate interpersonal and health care information.

Professional Role Development

Role development is the development of a professional identity and the enactment of functions of a professional nurse. These include nurse as provider, coordinator, and advocate of care. The graduate will be a member of a profession which actively participates at all levels within the health care system. The nursing professional influences the process of health policy formation along with its impact on nursing and the health care delivery system. All professional nurses must display characteristics of leadership and engage in leading and managing activities, either at the bedside or in other positions of responsibility within organizations and communities.

Ethical and professional self-development

Engage in activities to promote self-awareness, self-growth, ethical accountability, and legal responsibility in the practice of nursing. This criterion articulates the ethical and legal accountabilities we expect of a graduate. Self-awareness means that graduates have insight into their own values, strengths, and needs; self-growth refers to the idea that graduates value ongoing learning and professional service; accountability means being responsible for one’s own behavior and the consequences of that behavior; and responsibility implies that the nurse will practice according to societal expectations, professional standards of practice, and the legal parameters of licensure.

Scholarship

Contribute to excellence in nursing practice by identifying and critiquing research evidence and integrating it with clinical practice, client preference, cost-benefit, and existing resources. In the scholarship of discovery students are involved in assembling and evaluating evidence through high-quality integrative reviews. The scholarship of integration involves the synthesis and critique of existing knowledge across disciplines. The scholarship of application involves developing competence in practice that is evidence-based.
Bachelor's Curriculum
Semester Course Name Credits
Year 1 I Nursing as a Societal and Interpersonal Profession 6
Fundamentals of Organic and Biological Chemistry 10
English I 4
Introduction to Psychology 8
II Assessment of Health and Illness 8
Structure and Function of the Human Body 10
Introduction to Developmental Psychology 8
English II 4
Year 2 III Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Students 8
Pathophysiology 10
Health Maintenance and Restoration I 8
English III 4
Principles of Integrative Medicine 4
IV Health Maintenance and Restoration II 8
Introduction to Research Approach in Nursing 6
Health Promotion and Risk Reduction 6
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis 6
English IV 4
Elective 4
Year 3 V Childbearing and Reproductive Health 14
Leadership and Management 10
English V 4
VI Infant, Child and Adolescent Health and Illness 13
English VI 4
Health and Illness in Young, Middle and Older Adults 13
Year 4 VII Mental Health and Illness Across the Lifespan 12
Community Health Nursing 10
Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs I 8
VIII Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs II 16
Final Project 12
Total   238
Bachelor of Science Nursing Course Descriptions

Nursing as a comprehensive, social and interpersonal professional

This required course for all first-year undergraduate nursing students explores and introduces the scope of the nursing profession, with emphasis on the societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, critical thinking, and interpersonal relationships and communication. Students will begin to develop a model of self as a professional nurse and will explore ways of knowing as a nurse. Communication and interpersonal relationships will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to the patient experience of illness. Students will also be introduced to group dynamics and will be expected to participate in group assignments. Possible career trajectories will be explored through interaction with faculty mentors. Students will have the opportunity to shadow nurses in the clinical setting as they begin to develop a professional identity, understand models of professional behavior, and identify potential career trajectories.

Fundamentals of Organic and Biological Chemistry

A basic course in biochemistry that includes fundamental organic chemistry, biological information transfer processes, energy conservation metabolism, and special topics such as membrane transport and the biochemistry of vision. Intended for nurses and allied health professionals; open to others with permission of instructor. Lecture and discussion.

UNICAL English Program – Levels I to VI

The objective of this program is to initiate the student in the achievement of competencies in the use of terms and expressions of functional, knowledge, grammatical and socio-cultural character in the English language. The design of our courses, taken from Cambridge University, follows the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) used by the Council of Europe (CoE). This frame of reference identifies three levels, called “Waystage”, “Threshold” and “Vantage”, approximately equivalent to basic, intermediate and advanced.

Introduction to Psychology

Designed to introduce students to the main topics studied by psychologists, including sensation, perception, learning, motivation, physiological and cultural bases of behavior, development, personality and social psychology.

Assessment of Health and Illness

This course is designed to provide the student with the beginning knowledge and skills needed to assess the health status of individuals from infancy through old age. Emphasis is on the assessment of physical, developmental, psychosocial (cognitive, affective, and behavioral), cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the client. Attention will be placed on distinguishing normal from abnormal findings and judging the functional abilities of the client. State of the art laboratory technologies and diverse clinical experiences provide opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for history taking, physical and psychosocial examination, and documentation as well as provide the necessary means to translate laboratory skills into meaningful clinical encounters. Students will apply their communication and assessment skills to the care of patients.

Structure and Function of the Human Body

The purpose of this course is to relate structure and function at the organ system level and demonstrate the contribution of each organ system to the maintenance of homeostasis. Physical and chemical principles are used explaining structure and function. Organ systems are explored from the cellular level upward. Hands-on laboratory experiences using a plastinated cadaver and plastinated body parts, human skeletons, plastic models, computer programs and other available technology are incorporated into this course.

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

This course provides an overview of the milestones of human development from conception to death. We examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of children, adolescents, and adults, and the various factors (e.g., genetics, parenting, peer groups, schooling, and the media) that influence development. Our goal is to give you an initial introduction to the main issues, the central theories and findings, and the dominant research methods used to study them.

Pharmacology

The purpose of this course is to examine pharmacological concepts relevant to the scope of practice for an entry-level generalist professional nurse. The nursing process and general principles of pharmacotherapeutics are the conceptual frameworks of this course built on the biological, physiological, pathological and social sciences. Emphasis is on knowing the different prototypes or classifications of pharmacologic agents used to prevent and treat common diseases and injuries across the life-span and health care settings. Current and investigational drugs, alternative medicine, genetics, genomics and economic implications are explored.

Pathophysiology

This course presents mechanisms and theories related to the development of disease and alterations in body function of individuals throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on common conditions related to functional health patterns. Principles of disease transmission and immunological responses have been integrated into this course.

Health Maintenance and Restoration I

This is the first of two sequential courses to introduce students to the role of critical and reflective thinking as a process to synthesize knowledge and master basic nursing skills needed to promote, maintain and restore health in clients. The course will integrate nursing process, principles of therapeutic communication, decision-making, and basic nursing skills necessary for applying research to the experience of health and illness of individuals, families and groups from diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Concepts drawn from basic, physical, psychological, social, applied and nursing sciences will be used to organize a framework for students to compare and contrast influences of social, cultural and environmental factors on health maintenance and restoration in health and illness.

Principles of Integrative Medicine

This course will provide the founding understanding and application of Maharishi AyurVeda, with introductions to Chinese medicine and Homeopathy, to promote health and maintain balance. This is accomplished by enlivening the inner intelligence of the body through the many modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda, including:

  • Mind: Transcendental Meditation
  • Body: pulse reading, diet, purification techniques, herbal formulas, spices
  • Behavior: daily and seasonal routine in tune with natural law, life-supporting behaviors
  • Senses: aromatherapy, light therapy, sound therapy, touch therapy (massage)
  • Environment: Vedic Architecture, Distant Environment Influence (Jyotish)

Health Maintenance and Restoration II

This course builds on basic sciences and content introduced in N254: Health Maintenance and Restoration I. Students will have expanded opportunities to use critical and reflective processes to guide decisions to care for clients hospitalized and plan medical and surgical interventions to prepare clients for discharge following hospital care.

Introduction to Research Approach in Nursing

Building on earlier content in critical thinking and the scientific process, this course will expand students’ knowledge by providing an introduction to the research methodology essential to providing evidence-based nursing care. Students will develop the knowledge and skills crucial to extrapolating evidence, including up to date electronic resources, from nursing and related sciences to research-based nursing care.

Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

In this course, students gain an understanding of the concepts of health, healthy lifestyle behavior, health promotion, levels of prevention, diversity and risk; factors that influence health and healthy lifestyle behaviors; basic dynamics of behavioral change; and substantive content in nutrition, physical activity, and psychological well-being.

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

In this course, students are introduced to the concepts and applications of statistical methods and data analysis. Examples of applications are drawn from virtually all academic areas and some attention is given to statistical process control methods.

Maternity and Reproductive Health

Students will be challenged to think critically about aspects of female reproductive health using a continuum of care approach from health promotion through restoration. Childbearing, in the context of the developing family, will be the primary focus in both the didactic and clinical components of the course. Students will examine factors influencing conception, pregnancy, and birth (i.e., genetics, therapeutic nutrition, perinatal loss, and fertility).

Mental Health and Disease Across the Lifespan

In this course, students will examine the constructs of mental health and mental illness. They will analyze factors that contribute to the development, expression, and course of mental illness, including genetics, brain functioning, developmental level, self, relatedness, and social and physical environments. Students will examine factors that modify behavior, cognition, and emotion and promote restoration of health and functioning.

Infant, Child and Adolescent Health and Illness

This nursing care course focuses on infants’, children’s, and adolescents’ health and illness within the context of their families and relevant environments. It includes didactic and clinical practicum components. Students will be challenged to think and respond critically and comprehensively regarding a variety of infant, child, and adolescent health and illness situations from health promotion through the end of life care.

Health and Illness in Young, Middle and Older Adults

This course provides theoretical perspective, evidence-based nursing knowledge, and critical thinking in experiences basic to providing research-based nursing care directed towards promoting, maintaining, and restoring health in or providing end-of-life care for young, middle, and older adults.

Leadership and Management

This didactic and precepted clinical course focuses on leadership roles and management functions in the clinical setting. The didactic portion of the course will build on the concepts of team, delegation, motivation, negotiation, problem-solving, and address these concepts within an organizational context. The study of management structures and processes that enable an organization to deliver efficient and effective nursing care is also included. Additionally, the course content focuses on quality improvement within the context of changing service delivery models and scientific, technological, financial, political and cultural environments.

Community Health Nursing

During this theory and clinical course, students will be guided to think critically about the role and core competencies of community health nursing in promoting health, preventing disease, and restoring health. The nursing process is applied to individuals, families, aggregates and communities within the diverse population and ecological contexts. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of concepts, theories, knowledge, and practice from nursing and public health sciences to determine the health status, needs, and assets of communities and their members. Students assess physical, social, and cultural environments, identify populations at risk, and implement and evaluate appropriate nursing interventions.

Nursing Care for Patients with Complex Needs I

The course will focus on the delivery of outcome-based clinical nursing care for individuals across the lifespan with complex (multifaceted biological, psychological, and social) health care needs and their families, as well as assisting students with the transition from student to Registered Nurse. Students will learn to critically assess patients within complex contexts, and implement appropriate therapies to restore, maintain, or promote health or peaceful death. Knowledge from the basic and clinical sciences, evidenced-based research, and other relevant sources including the patient and family will be used to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of nursing interventions..

Nursing Care for Patients with Complex Needs II

Based on the course Nursing Care for Patients with Complex Needs I, this course will assist students to synthesize knowledge and skills required of new graduates including refinement of clinical judgment and reasoning, problem-solving, priority-setting, time management, and interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. Students are expected to demonstrate increased independence in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for multiple patients with complex needs based on nurse-sensitive outcomes.

Final Project

Based on their experiences during the courses Nursing Care for Patients with Complex Needs I and II, students will develop a Final Project in which they describe a case study, preferably from a particular patient, in which they have been able to apply all the skills acquired during the program. At the end of semester VII, each student shall present his/her proposal for a Final Project to be considered by the university. Subsequently, during semester VIII, the student will present the progress of his work for three revisions, whose purpose is to contribute to the quality of the final product. The student must present the results of his/her Final Project orally before a jury and answer the questions that are formulated by the jury. The approval of the Final Project is an indispensable requirement for graduation.