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Alcorn State University (School of Nursing)




Alcorn State University School of Nursing is located on the Natchez Campus, approximately 40 miles south of the Lorman Campus. The School of Nursing was established in 1977 with an Associated Degree Nursing Program. In the fall 1979 the first students were admitted to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program and in the spring 1995 the first students were admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program. Program options at the graduate level include family nurse practitioner and nurse educator with post-master’s certificate options available in both areas.



School name:Alcorn State UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:Alcorn State University 15 Campus Dr.
Zip & city:MS 39120 Mississippi
Phone:(601) 304-4306
Web:http://www.alcorn.edu/Academic/SON/
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FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
This course is an introduction to the profession of nursing at the technical level. Included are the technical nursing skills necessary to assist individuals across the lifespan in meeting a hierarchy of basic needs, the nursing implications in growth and development, the concept of common health care needs, and the utilization of the nursing process. The supportive elements of the conceptual framework are introduced: communication, ethnic and cultural sensitivity, psychosocial needs, nutrition and diet therapy, pharmacology and moral, ethical, and legal accountability. (Fall)

ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is an introduction to the essentials of a comprehensive health assessment. Included in the course are the nursing skills necessary to gather data through interview and physical examination of clients throughout the lifespan. This course requires independent skills laboratory practice. Proficiency is evaluated in the laboratory setting. (Summer)

NURSING OF CLIENTS WITH COMMON HEALTH CARE NEEDS
Emphasis is placed on concepts and supportive elements for clients experiencing common health care needs in the young adult age group. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in utilizing selected nursing skills necessary to assist individuals with health care needs that are common to this age group. (Spring and Summer)

NURSING SEMINAR
The course is designed to give the student an opportunity to explore the implications of current issues and trends affecting the nursing profession and begin the process of socialization into the nursing profession. (Spring and Summer)

COMPUTER BASICS IN NURSING
This introductory elective course is designed for persons who will use the computer as an everyday tool for working with reports, spreadsheets, databases, and telecommunications. A thorough coverage of the computer and information technology concepts provides the student with the knowledge and skills he/she will need to use the computer competently. (Fall)

NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
The course is a continuation of the concepts and supportive elements presented in the first level nursing and support courses. Emphasis is placed on the common health care needs of the childbearing family. Growth and development in the childbearing family is stressed. (Fall)

NURSING OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
The course is a continuation of the concepts and supportive elements presented in the first level nursing and support courses. Emphasis is placed on the common health care needs of the pediatric client. This course encompasses infancy through adolescence. Growth and development from infancy through adolescence is stressed. (Fall)

NURSING OF CLIENTS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH CARE NEEDS
This course is a continuation of NU130. Presented in this course are those health care needs that are more complex and commonly found in the middle and late maturity age groups. Utilization of the nursing process in planning and implementing care of clients of varied ages is stressed. (Spring)

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR NURSES
This course explores the basic principles of leadership and management; trends and issues in nursing; moral, ethical and legal implications; and the process of transition from the role of student to practitioner. (Spring)

CONCEPTS REVIEW I
A course designed for candidates for the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing for the review of selected nursing content. Students are provided with an individualized plan of study based on learning needs that have been documented by standardized testing. (Spring)

PHARMACOLOGY
The primary focus of this course is to provide students with necessary information on the integration of basic science with pharmaco-dynamics and therapeutics, origin of drugs and routes of administration, distributions of drugs, and therapeutic and adverse effects with implications for nursing.

NURSING INFORMATICS I
The focus of this course is to introduce the student to nursing informatics, information science, and health information technology as it impacts nursing. Pre-Requisites: Admission to Upper Level

THERAPUTIC COMMUNICATION
This course is designed to focus on basic therapeutic communication skills and interpersonal relationships in nursing practice.

CONCEPTS BASIC TO NURSING
The focus of this course is on the acquisition of knowledge related to basic nursing concepts and the emergence and evolution of the nursing profession. Basic knowledge will be gained to assist clients in meeting universal and developmental self-care requirements and therapeutic self-care demands.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT/NURSING SKILLS
The focus of this course is the acquisition of health assessment nursing skills knowledge that assists clients to meet universal self-care requirements.

FAMILY NURSING
The course focus is on nursing care to individuals and their families in the childbearing phase. Basic family concepts are an integral part of this course.

ADULT HEATH CARE I
This course is designed to focus on theoretical concepts and selected physiological systems in the nursing care of the adult client. It builds on concepts from the first semester junior level. Additional nursing concepts, techniques, and technology support the content of the course. A focus of the course is on the care of adult clients who are experiencing acute and chronic health deviations in selected physiological systems. The concept presented assists the student to expand their knowledge base on these systems and to assist the self-care agent or dependent care agent to promote and maintain health when health deviations occur. The course content also relates to the pathophysiology of the deviation, the client’s response to the deviation, and to the nurse’s role to assist the client to maintain self-care within the client’s abilities and the changing health care delivery system. The social, economic, legal, and ethical issues that impact on the delivery of health care are discussed. Clinical laboratory experiences focus on the adult client. These experiences take place in primary and secondary health care settings. Students assist clients with health promotion activities among the elderly at sites in the local community. In the secondary settings, students are assigned clients experiencing selected medical and/or surgical deviations.

SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CONCEPTS I
This course builds on the student’s ability to integrate basic nursing concepts and techniques, family nursing and adult health care into nursing care planning.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
This course provides students opportunities to participate in an individualized enhancement program based on nursing content and learning skill needs. The student’s program of remediation is planned cooperatively by the counselor and chairperson in the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing and coordinated by an assigned faculty member.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
This course provides students opportunities to individualize work in the area of interest not regularly provided for by the on-going nursing courses. The students study under the direction of one or more faculty members who are knowledgeable in the area of the student’s needs and/or interest.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
The focus of this course is nursing care of individuals, families, and groups in the community. Clinical laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting patients with physiological deviations.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING ONLINE
The focus of this course is nursing care of individuals, families, and groups in the community. Clinical laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting individuals, families, and communities with selected physiological deviations. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

NURSING ORIENTED TO PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTIONING
The course focus is on the role of the professional nurse in the provision of nursing care to persons manifesting impaired self-management abilities due to altered psychological states and sociocultural conditions.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is designed to enhance the health assessment skills of registered nurses in order to assist clients to meet universal self-care requisites. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES IN NURSING
Students function in the role of nurse leader. Synthesis of antecedent technologies, techniques and attitudes with new knowledge of management and leadership provide the theoretical and practical foundation for students to appreciate and assume the role of a leader in a nursing management situation with patients and personnel.

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES IN NURSING ONLINE
Students function in the role of nurse leader. Synthesis of antecedent technologies, techniques and attitudes with new knowledge of management and leadership provide the theoretical and practical foundation for students to appreciate and assume the role of a leader in a nursing management situation with patients and personnel. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING
This course is designed to re-socialize the registered nurse to the professional role and to nursing as a scientific discipline. The course provides an overview of professional concepts, including historical, philosophical and theoretical, basic to the development of professionalism in nursing practice. The philosophy and theoretical framework of the baccalaureate program are examined. Emphasis will be placed on the changing health care environment and the impact on the professional nurse’s role. The student will be expected to participate through relevant readings and class discussion. Current literature and research sources may include the Learning Resource Center, the Internet and online databases. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

NURSING MANAGEMENT OF DRUG THERAPY
This course is designed to introduce the basics of selected drug classifications, their actions, side effects, interactions, and nursing management of drug therapy through assigned readings and independent study. Current issues and trends in drug therapy related to cost, managed care, aging population, health policy, alternative therapies and other relevant topics will be covered during class discussion. The learner will be expected to participate by searching the literature for current research and related articles. These searches may include, but are not limited to, online databases and Internet information. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
The focus of this course is the implementation of the role of the nurse as a researcher. A research proposal is formulated and a research project conducted.

RESEARCH IN NURSING ONLINE
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the research process and the role of the nurse as a researcher. Emphasis is on the development of an understanding of the components of the research process and their application. Through a focus on critiquing nursing research studies, the student will engage in decision-making regarding the usefulness of studies for nursing practice. A research proposal is formulated and a research project conducted. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

NURSING INFORMATICS II
This course is designed to introduce the student to nursing informatics, information science, and health information technology as it impacts nursing and health. Effective student-computer interfacing, health information services, electronic communication, and data management are the primary focus of the course. Laboratory experiences are designed to provide the student with opportunities to develop beginning technology skills necessary to utilize information technology in nursing practice. It is anticipated that the student will begin to apply the concepts of nursing informatics in effective problem solving and client care. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

CASE MANAGEMENT OF ADULT/ CHILD IN THE COMMUNITY
This course focuses on the exploration of case management theory and the development of effective nurse case management techniques for adults/children. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

SEMINAR
This course provides an opportunity for the student to focus on trends and issues related to 20th century professional nursing and critically explore issues currently impacting nursing.

HEALTH POLICY AND FINANCE
This course is designed to provide an overview of basic health care financing mechanisms and political issues affecting health services. Underlying economic issues influencing social and health policy will be explored. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

NURSING ELECTIVE
A variable credit hour non degree nursing course elective that provides students the opportunity for practice in various health care settings and/or theory classes.

ADULT HEALTH CARE II
This course is designed to continue the focus on theoretical concepts and selected physiological systems in the nursing care of the adult client. It builds on concepts from the junior level and focuses on the care of adult patients who are experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. The content presented assists the student to expand his/her knowledge of selected physiological systems and to assist the self-care agent or dependent care agent to promote and maintain the health of these systems. When health deviations occur, the course content relates to pathology and the patient’s response to the deviation. Because health states may change rapidly, emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in monitoring health state parameters and the role of the nurse in adjusting the methods of assisting accordingly. Social, economic, legal, and ethical issues that impact the delivery of health care are discussed. Laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting patients with selected physiologic deviations. Nursing care of the adult client is the focus of the clinical experience.

CHILD/ADOLESCENT NURSING
The content of this course centers on the provision of nursing care for both well/ill children and adolescents. Growth and development is stressed. The course emphasizes the importance of the nurse’s role in health promotion and maintenance and in considering the family as the focus of care. The influences on the child who is developing as a member of a family unit and maturing within a culture, community, and society are examined. Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

ADULT HEALTH CARE III
This course is designed to assist the student in obtaining knowledge in the care of adults in the complex nursing practice of secondary and tertiary care settings, including critical care and emergency settings. Clinical laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting patients with select physiologic deviations.

ADULT HEALTH CARE III ONLINE
This course is designed to assist the student in obtaining knowledge in the care of adults in the complex nursing practice of secondary and tertiary care settings, including critical care and emergency settings. Clinical laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting patients with select physiologic deviations. Clinical laboratory experiences provide the student practice in health promotion and maintenance activities and practice in assisting patients with selected physiological deviations. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CONCEPTS II
This course is designed to focus on the students’ ability to synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, the sciences, and nursing, and integrate this knowledge into nursing care that is predicated on managing safety for individuals, families, and communities.

SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CONCEPTS II ONLINE
This course is designed to focus on the students’ ability to synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, the sciences, and nursing, and integrate this knowledge into nursing care that is predicated on managing safety for individuals, families, and communities. This course is accessed on the WEB via the Blackboard Course Server.

INDEPENDENT STUDY: RURAL FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS
This course provides students with opportunities to explore cross culture patterns of family and community interactions. The structural and functional characteristics of rural families and communities in health and illness will be addressed. This course is designed for the Post Master’s student who has had a course in family, but lacked content specific to rural families and communities. This is an online course. (Offered Fall Semester only). Pre-requisite: completion of Master’s of Science in Nursing.

RURAL FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS
This course provides students with opportunities to explore cross culture patterns of family and community interactions. The structural and functional characteristics of rural families and communities in health and illness will be addressed. The origins and foundations of family and community will be presented along with theories and concepts related to change, survival, conflict and self-reliance. This is an online

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course focuses on functional aspects of the human body in health and illness. It reinforces basic physiological concepts, and prepares the student to apply advanced pathophysiological knowledge in order to manage and monitor clients in a primary care setting. It emphasizes functional aspects of the human body in health and illness, including epidemiology. The advanced concepts assist the advanced practice nurse in analyzing practice applications and in synthesizing knowledge from the science as a foundation for primary health care practice (Offered Fall Semester only).

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course enhances the ability to gather data through the interview and physical examination process using a variety of clinical tools and equipment. The scope of the course covers the life span from newborn to elderly, including the pregnant female. A systematic approach focuses on normal and abnormal findings within body systems. Proficiency is demonstrated in a laboratory and clinical setting. (Offered Fall Semester only). Pre-requisite: Undergraduate health assessment course.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT LABORATORY
The clinical laboratory practicum associated with NU 503 theoretical information. Skill development includes obtaining and recording a comprehensive physical examination and demonstrating advanced clinical judgment in the assessment of individuals. Pre-ceptored experiences assist the student in synthesizing the components of the health history and physical examination.

RESEARCH METHODS
This course focuses on qualitative and quantitative research methods and how these methods have contributed to the development of nursing knowledge. Students will apply the research process in developing proposals for research studies or other research projects using a qualitative and/or quantitative method. (Offered Fall Semester only)

THEORIES OF ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE
This course includes an emphasis on specific nursing and non-nursing theories that are essential to nurses’ advanced role functions. It includes a focus on directing care and providing leadership as well as on functions in a variety of role dimensions such as consultant, educator, supervisor, administrator, researcher, and primary health care provider. (Offered Spring Semester only) Pre-requisite/co-requisite: None.

PHARMACOTHEREAPEUTICS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
This course examines the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of major drug groups. Emphasis is placed on the application of drug therapy in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting. Legal consideration for prescription writing is incorporated. (Offered Spring Semester only)

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT THEORY I
This first clinical management theory course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the adult client, including the geriatric population. The student will gain knowledge concerning acute and chronic problems and conditions involving all body systems with the exception of the female reproduction system. The student will be exposed to health maintenance issues particular to this age group. All information is presented within the context of the individual, the family system, and the community as a whole.

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM I
This is the first of four sequential courses that allows the student to perfect the required clinical skills of advanced nursing practice involved in the care of the adult client experiencing acute and chronic problems and conditions involving all body systems. The student will demonstrate clinical competency in the management of health and illness status of adult clients in a primary care setting under the guidance of a qualified clinical preceptor. (Offered Spring Semester only)

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT THEORY II
This second clinical management theory course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the female client, including the pregnant, prenatal, postpartal and menopausal female and the newborn. The student will gain knowledge concerning acute and chronic problems and conditions in all body systems involving the female reproductive system and newborn patient. The student will be exposed to health maintenance issues particular to this client population. All information is presented with the context of the individual, the family system, and the community as a whole. Application of current research to clinical practice will be emphasized. This course will have a web-based component that may be assessed by ASU Blackboard (Offered Summer only).

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM II
This is the second of four sequential courses that allows the student to perfect the required clinical skills of advanced nursing practice involved in the care of the female client experiencing a reproductive related problem or condition. The student will demonstrate clinical competency in the management of health and illness status of female clients in a primary care setting under the guidance of a qualified clinical preceptor (Offered Summer only).

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT THEORY III
This third clinical management theory course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the pediatric client, including the newborn. The student will gain knowledge concerning acute and chronic problems and conditions involving all body systems. The student will be exposed to health maintenance issues particular to this client population. All information is presented within the context of the individual, the family system, and the community as a whole. Growth and developmental considerations will be emphasized (Offered Fall Semester only).

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT
This is the third of four sequential courses that allows the student to perfect the required clinical skills of advanced nursing practice involved in the care of the pediatric client experiencing acute and chronic problems and conditions involving all body systems. The student will demonstrate clinical competency in the management of health and illness status of pediatric clients in a primary care setting under the guidance of a qualified clinical preceptor (Offered Fall Semester only).

RURAL HEALTH CARE POLICY
This course will focus on rural health care policy, analysis and strategic planning for influencing health care legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. The impact of political, socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and legislative forces on health care for individuals, families, and communities who reside in rural areas will be explored (Offered Fall Semester only).

SYNTHESIS PRACTICUM
This the final clinical practicum that allows the student to perfect critical thinking ability as knowledge and skills are applied to the diagnosis and treatment of any body system disorder or condition occurring in any client situated across the life span. The student will demonstrate clinical competency in the management of health and illness status of any client presenting a primary care setting under the guidance of a qualified clinical preceptor (Offered Spring Semester only).

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATION
A theoretical and practical introduction to the philosophies, theories, processes, and procedures of curriculum development and design for use in a variety of nursing education settings (Offered Spring Semester only)

NURSING EDUCATION ROLES AND METHODS
An examination of the various activities inherent in the role of nurse educator, with an emphasis on the development and use of traditional and creative teaching methods in nursing education (Offered Summer only).

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION
This course allows graduate nursing students to explore various theories of assessment and evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast various assessment and evaluation methods, which will include, but not limited to, strategies for use in admission, placement, progression, and graduation decisions in nursing education (Offered Fall Semester only).

PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATION
This course allows the student to work with a preceptor in the classroom and clinical setting. Integration of theoretical concepts and socialization into the role of nurse educator is a major focus. (Offered Fall and Spring Semesters).

SELECTED TOPICS IN CLINICAL NURSING SCIENCE
This course provides nurse educator students with the opportunity for further development of a substantive area of advanced nursing science knowledge in preparation for teaching selected nursing practice content (Offered Spring only).

THESIS
This course will require the student to initiate and carry to completion a research thesis under the supervision of a faculty committee. Students must enroll in the course for a total of six semester hours credit to satisfy the thesis requirement for graduation (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).

PROJECT IN RESEARCH PROCESS
This course will require the student to complete at least at three components of the research process under the guidance of a research mentor and complete a finished product demonstrating competency in nursing research. Students must enroll in the course for a total of six semester hours credit to satisfy graduation requirements.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
This elective course is primarily designed to be an introduction to advanced pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics and drugs commonly used in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting (offered Summer only).


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