Total Prerequisite Courses (26 units)

Any of the following courses or their equivalents that were completed as part of the first degree program do not need to be repeated. Course equivalencies can be checked at assist.org or with the help of an advisor.

All science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 7 years. No online lab for any of the science prerequisites will be accepted.

Science Prerequisites (18 units)

All lab courses should have been taken in-person and not online.

General Education courses from the following sections (9 units)

Required Courses for the A-BSN Program (59 units)

course name units description

NURS 302

Basic Pathophysiology

3 Units

This course provides an understanding of complex pathophysiologic processes as a basis for safe and evidence-based nursing management of common disease processes across the lifespan.

NURS 307/L

Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency and Lab

3 units

Provides skills in complete assessment of individual health in using bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural concepts. Includes nursing assessment through all developmental stages. Emphasis on self-care agency. On-campus supervised lab practice and application of concepts from NURS 307 in self-care agency. Passing grade must be earned in both NURS 307 and 307L concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 310

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

3 units

Historical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of nursing research and its relationship to nursing science, theory and practice are included. Knowledge of the research process is developed. Emphasis is on retrieving, critiquing, and synthesizing best evidence as a foundation for delivery of safe, quality, patient-centered care.

NURS 315

Pharmacology and Self-Cafe Agency

2 units

This course examines the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for major drug classes as they impact self-care of the individual. Assessment and management of the therapeutic and toxic effects of pharmacological interventions are emphasized.

NURS 318/L

Introduction to Professional Nursing

7 units

Introduction to the practice of professional nursing, including critical thinking, assessment, therapeutic nursing interventions and communication. This course explores related models and theories, professional roles, nursing process and use of nursing skills to promote self- and dependent-care agency of individuals. Bio-psycho-social-spiritual, cultural and developmental considerations included. Lab: Supervised clinical lab provides opportunities for role development and application of knowledge and skills. Passing grades must be earned in both lecture and lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 319

Effective Communications in Professional Nursing

2 units

Course explores concepts and theories of human interaction as they relate to nursing. Includes principles, processes and techniques of effective individual and group communication as they relate to promotion of self-care and dependent-care agency. Supportive-educative nursing system as an intentional caring process is emphasized.

NURS 321
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NURS 321/AL.

Adult/Aged Medical-Surgical Nursing

12 units

Course surveys selected medical-surgical conditions and age-specific health considerations as they relate to the nurse’s role in promoting self-care and dependent-care functioning of adult patients. Planning, implementing and evaluation interventions based on systematic data collection and analysis.

Lab 1 (Adult Med-Surg Nursing): Supervised clinical laboratory provides opportunities for role- and skill-development and application of knowledge. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and medical-surgical lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

Lab 2 (Care of Older Adult): Supervised clinical lab provides opportunities for role and skills development and application of knowledge in beginning professional role of geriatric nursing. Focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assessing, promoting, maintaining, restoring and evaluating the self-care and dependent-care functions of older adults. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and geriatric lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 321BL

Nursing Care of Older Adult: Clinical Laboratory

1 unit

This course surveys selected medical-surgical conditions and age-specific health considerations as they relate to the nurse’s role in promoting self-care and dependent-care functioning of adult patients. Planning, implementing and evaluating interventions based on systematic data collection and analysis.

Lab 1 (8) (Adult Med-Surg Nursing): Supervised clinical lab provides opportunities for role- and skills-development and application of knowledge. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and medical-surgical lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

Lab 2 (1) (Care of Older Adult): Supervised clinical lab provides opportunities for role- and skills-development and application of knowledge in beginning professional role in geriatric nursing. Focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assessing, promoting, maintaining, restoring and evaluating the self-care and dependent-care functions of older adults. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and geriatric lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 426

Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics

3 units

Deals with issues arising within the community, the healthcare systems and the profession of nursing that influence self-care agency and the development of nursing systems. Discusses ethical aspects of providing therapeutic self-care. Regular written assignments required.

NURS 427/L

Dynamics of Nursing Leadership and Leadership in Nursing Lab

5 units

Focuses on the function of the professional nurse as self-care agent through leadership, administration and change. Presents theories of group dynamics, leadership, organizations, planned change, power and conflict as they apply in the nursing unit. Regular written assignments are required. Lab: Application of self-care agency through use of leadership and administration theories and skills in clinical settings. Students synthesize professional nursing roles through individualized learning contract. Credit given only if a passing grade is earned. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab per week.

NURS 428/L

Community and Population Health Nursing and Lab

5 units

Development of community health nursing role in disease prevention and health promotion among diverse populations in community and public health settings. Focus on population-based nursing practice, including health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention across the lifespan of diverse individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis on communication and collaboration within a complex system of community health services delivery. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and lab concurrently for credit in the major for both courses.

NURS 430/L

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Laboratory

3 units

Focuses on the unique role of the professional nurse in assessing, promoting, maintaining, restoring and evaluating the self-care and dependent-care functions of persons with actual or potential altered mental health processes. Topics include selected theories of human behavior and current knowledge of psychiatric/mental health nursing care, psychopathology, psychiatric treatment, psychopharmacology, environmental management and influences of family. Lab: Demonstration of beginning professional role in psychiatric/mental health nursing by applying knowledge from lecture co-requisite. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 443/L

Nursing Care of Children and Clinical Lab

3.5

Focuses on professional nurse’s role in assessing, promoting, maintaining, restoring and evaluating the self-care and dependent-care agency related to children with actual or potential altered health. Includes age-specific health considerations of newborns through adolescents within the interactional context of family and environment. Theories, models and concepts are related to nursing care of the child and the family. Lab: Supervised experience provides opportunities for role-development and application of knowledge and skills. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and medical-surgical lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

NURS 444

Nursing Care of Childbearing Family

3.5

Focuses on the nurse’s role in promoting self-care and dependent-care functions of the multi-person unit of the child-bearing family. Emphasis is on assessment and management of the woman, baby and family during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods. Includes both healthy and pathologic processes. Lab: Supervised clinical lab provides opportunities for role- and skills-development and application. Passing grades must be earned in lecture course and lab concurrently for credit in both courses.

HSCI 488

Epidemiology: Study of Disease

3 units

Nature, transmission, prevention and control of disease from a public-health approach. Historical background, current problems and trends in disease control. (May be taken prior to starting program)