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The Nursing Curriculum

Beginning in Semester I and through each of the four succeeding semesters, each of the theory and clinical courses provides content, clinical practice, feedback and evaluation that enable students to integrate their nursing knowledge into their science, art and humanity foundation. The result is the progression of the student from simple to clearly more complex application of critical thinking, communication and nursing therapeutics to individuals, groups and communities that culminates in the meeting of the baccalaureate student learning outcomes previously noted.

Program Progression

Semester I introduces the student to the fundamental competencies essential to the beginning professional nursing role. These include the knowledge and application of the nursing process, interpersonal communication and critical thinking. In addition, the student is introduced to the competencies essential to the professional nursing role. These include knowledge and application of interpersonal communication, critical thinking, nursing assessment, basic skills and the nursing process. Students are also introduced to evidence-based practice through the use of scientific data, outcomes and application in practice. (Courses N255, N283, N284, N285)

Semester II builds on the essential competencies of Semester I and provides the biophysical foundation for the application of decision making, communication and nursing therapeutics in the acute care of the adult and geriatric patient. The focus of the semester is on pathophysiology, pharmacology and laboratory data, nursing informatics and nursing research. In addition, students explore nursing informatics and nursing research as tools for assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating high quality nursing care (Courses N303, N304, N311, N312)

Semester III focuses on the application of theories of family nursing and family health maintenance as well as critical thinking, communication and nursing therapeutics in the care of child bearing and childrearing families in acute and community settings. Students also continue to build upon their knowledge base in pharmacology and medical/surgical nursing with theory coursework and clinical application (Courses N313, N314, N343, N344)

Semester IV has multiple foci. Students are provided the theory and clinical opportunities (in both the acute and community setting) to apply their decision-making, communication and nursing therapeutics to the nursing care of individuals and groups of individuals with mental disorders. In addition, students have the opportunity to demonstrate an integration of decision-making, communication and nursing therapeutics in complex/high risk situations with clients across the life span in acute care settings. An additional theoretical component in healthcare policy is provided. Finally, students complete a capstone simulation course. (Courses N400, N403, N404, N412, N413, N414)

Semester V has a dual focus and uses as its foundation all of the course work of the preceding four semesters. Students are introduced to the management and leadership roles of professional nursing within the structure of an organization; they apply their decision-making, communication and nursing therapeutic skills to planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care of groups of acutely ill patients. In addition, students complete theoretical and clinical courses in community health nursing with a focus on nursing care delivery to diverse cultural family systems with impaired adaptation mechanisms within a rapidly changing health care environment. (Courses N422, N424, N474, N475).

The curriculum for the CSUC School of Nursing provides the following content identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as essential to BSN education.