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Azusa Pacific University (School of Nursing)




The Azusa Pacific School of Nursing encompasses a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare nursing scholars for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry. With an APU nursing degree, graduates enter the health care field with a solid foundation in research, theory, clinical skills, and hands-on community service, setting them apart as leaders in their profession qualified to change the face of health care delivery. From bachelor’s, master’s degrees, and post-master’s credentials to personalized programs such as the LVN to RN, the RN to BSN, the articulated RN to MSN, and the Second Careers in Nursing (S.C.A.N.) Program, to the PhD in nursing, APU leads the way in solving for the nation’s nurse shortage by educating top nursing professionals and educators at every level.

MISSION STATEMENT

Consistent with the mission and purpose of the university, the School of Nursing is a Christian community of discipleship, scholarship, and practice. Its purpose is to advance the work of God in the world through nursing education, collaborative projects, church and community service that encourages those affiliated with the School of Nursing (whether faculty, staff, student, graduate, or colleague) to grow in faith and in the exercise of their gifts for service to God and humanity.

BACHELOR'S DEGREES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
The BSN integrates faith and ethics to train students as skilled and knowledgeable practitioners, qualifying them for public health certification following graduation. Nursing students receive professional accreditation and clinical practice for their freshman through senior years, and are eligible for public health certification following graduation.

LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
Licensed vocational nurses are evaluated on an individual basis. Credit is given for general education courses that are transferable. The first-year nursing course, UNRS 105, is waived for currently licensed LVNs.

LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE TO REGISTERED NURSE 30-UNIT OPTION
Licensed vocational nurses are evaluated on an individual basis. Credit is given for general education courses that are transferable. Students choosing this option are admitted as terminal nondegree students.

REGISTERD NURSE TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
Registered nurses from associate degree and diploma programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be currently licensed in the state of California.



School name:Azusa Pacific UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Zip & city:CA 91702-7000 California
Phone:(626) 815-5386
Web:http://www.apu.edu/nursing/
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NURSING COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE GENERIC OR ACCELERATED BSN

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING:
This course focuses on the nursing process and introductory concepts crucial to professional nursing care, including nursing processes, interviewing, wellness, health promotion, and illness prevention. The clinical practicum includes application of concepts and acquisition of nursing skills needed to provide health care to the healthy elderly and hospitalized adults with immobility problems.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course is designed for students who have completed organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. The content focuses on principles of pharmacology, and specifics of the major drug classifications.

NURSING CARE IN MATERNAL, NEWBORN, AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical concepts of the childbearing patient, her infant, and her family. The students study both normal and complicated obstetrics. Selected issues of women's health are explored. The student is introduced to birth preparation, prenatal care, normal neonatal, and postpartum care with concurrent clinical experiences.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS AND ELDERLY
This course involves application of biological, psychosocial, and spiritual concepts to adult and elderly clients experiencing the stress of an acute or chronic alteration in physical health. Specific concepts of gerontology and development are discussed related to the medical-surgical setting. Nursing process is utilized to provide care to one or two clients within the health care delivery system of an acute hospital, skilled nursing facility, or transitional care unit, and extending to the community.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides the nursing student with skills in physical, spiritual, and psychosocial assessment of adult clients. History-taking and physical-examination techniques presented in the course help the student develop strong assessment skills upon which further knowledge and practice can be built. Basic concepts related to assessment of geriatric, pediatric, and childbearing patients are included. RNs take this course in the summer.

NUTRITION
Functions of nutrients and the consequences of their deficiencies and excesses in the body are explored. Students are introduced to a variety of tools for planning and evaluating diets including a computer diet analysis. Application of nutrition concepts are interwoven into healthcare and fitness conditions. Students look at the prevention of chronic disease as it relates to proper nutrition and adequate exercise.

THEORIES AND CONCEPTS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This "bridge" course is designed for transfer students who are not required to take Foundations of Professional Nursing (LVNs and RNs entering the baccalaureate nursing program). It provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of professional nursing. The nursing process is presented and utilized as the basis for planning care as applied to nursing clients. The content also includes discussion of current issues and trends in nursing and compilation of a professional portfolio.

THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS FOR NURSING
The focus of this course is exploration and integration of theoretical models in stress, development and health care adaptation as applied to nursing practice. Through writing and experiential activities the students will express a knowledge of family assessment and analysis of the family unit utilizing a variety of theoretical models. It is recommended that the course be scheduled concurrently with Mental Health Nursing/Restorative Nursing.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This theoretical and clinical course focuses on the dynamics of psychosocial stress within the interpersonal and intrapersonal systems of clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Short-term evaluation and treatment experiences are offered utilizing milieu, individual, group, and family therapy.

RESTORATIVE NURSING
This course enables the student to focus on integrating biological, psychosocial, and spiritual care of an adult or geriatric client with a long-term health problem. The mental health and spiritual concepts are emphasized. Students are assigned to a rehabilitation or restorative setting.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
This theoretical and clinical course focuses on the care of children from birth through adolescence. The effects of acute and chronic illness on growth and development are studied in the acute and community health care setting. Education of the child and family on health promotion, disease prevention, and safety issues are addressed. Ethical issues are discussed regarding the relationship to the child and family, including issues such as child abuse, informed consent, and the impact of diverse cultural and spiritual beliefs on health care decisions in the family.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course presents an introduction to human pathophysiology. Mechanisms causing alterations in cellular activity, maintenance of cellular tissue oxygenation, fluid and electrolyte balance, and neuroendocrine control of the body are included. Common pathophysiologic disorders are emphasized. It is recommended that this course be scheduled concurrently with Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This course emphasizes leadership and management theory including systems theory in a number of applications and settings. It assists the upcoming graduate to adjusting to various organizations encountered by professional nurses serving in a variety of roles. Core concepts relevant to the clinical setting are presented with a systems approach.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
This course has two areas of focus within the community setting: the study of principles and practices involved in community health nursing and the development of skills for teaching a group of clients. The emphasis is on the role of the nurse in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care of clients in a variety of community-based settings, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Collaboration with community-based organizations and services that provide health promotion, disease prevention, maintenance of chronic illness, and client education services to individuals, families, and aggregates are essential components of this course. A review of legal mandates and regulations, as well as discussion of ethical dilemmas and issues related to community-based care, is included.

ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF ADULTS – LEADERSHIP
This course involves the application of pathophysiological, psychosocial, and spiritual concepts to adult and geriatric clients experiencing the stress of illness in acute settings. The first area of focus is caring for critically ill clients and their families with complex health needs in a critical-care setting. The second area of focus is on the utilization of leadership and management concepts/skills in providing comprehensive care to groups of clients in a medical-surgical setting. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to practice in a beginning leadership role in managing client care. Legal and ethical issues related to acute care are included.

NURSING RESEARCH
This course introduces the steps in the research process. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of the research process, including how this process contributes to the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of nursing practice. This historical evolution of nursing research is examined and current issues impacting nursing research are analyzed. Ethical considerations and rights of human subjects are explored. Students have the opportunity to evaluate selected nursing studies throughout the semester in small groups with faculty input and guidance.

SENIOR SEMINAR: ETHICS AND ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
The focus of this course is on the integration of Christian faith, ethical issues, and professional concerns which confront nurses in their work life. It also includes consideration of issues and trends in health care and nursing. Integration of such concerns as providers of health care, quality of health, access to health care, education of the health care professionals, and consumerism with ethical concerns are investigated. This course also contains a comprehensive paper written on a bioethical issue which meets the senior writing requirement. Each week there is a discussion period around ethical concerns which correlates to the material presented in class.

NURSING COURSES ELECTED/RECOMMENDED FOR THE NURSING MAJOR:

TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH CARE OUTREACH
This course provides an opportunity for nursing and nonnursing students to explore and understand theoretically based transcultural health care practices. The content serves to stimulate discussion and identify personal perspectives and individual cultural values as well as methods and frameworks appropriate to the development of knowledge related to the health care of individuals, families; and communities.

TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH CARE OUTREACH – PRACTICUM
This course provides an opportunity for nursing and nonnursing students to participate in service and learning in another culture as part of a health care team. It is intended to promote the delivery of health care and health education to underserved populations.

ADVANCED PRACTICE: PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
This course is designed as a preparatory course for students undertaking, or planning to seek, graduate education in the pursuit of an advanced practice role. The course presents an overview of issues and trends in United States health care delivery systems and models as they relate to the evolution of advanced practice nursing and explores the potential for employment. Further, the course provides an exploration of the expectations of students in nursing graduate study with special emphases on oral and written professional communication skills.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CASE MANAGEMENT
This is an introductory course for senior-level students covering the principles of case management, roles and responsibilities of the case manager, case management tools, plans and methods, issues (including legal ones), and how case management improves patient and hospital outcomes. It is designed to give an overview of what case management is and how a nurse can utilize these tools and skills to advance clinical practice. It is an elective course.

SUPPORT COURSES AND GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSING MAJOR:

GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
The fundamental principles and techniques of microbiology, with emphasis on the role of micro- organisms in disease, immunity, and food production, are the focus of this course.

HUMAN ANATOMY
This is an intensive course in human anatomy using the systemic approach. Lab exercises utilize human cadaver prosections.

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
This course deals with how human organ systems function and maintain homeostasis. Laboratory exercises include biomedical instrumentation.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
An introduction to organic chemistry with emphasis on nomenclature, physical characteristics and selected reactions. This course focuses on the simple functional groups with special attention given to carbonyl chemistry.

BIOCHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
This short biochemistry course covers the chemical reactions and physiological significance of cellular macro molecules. Emphasis is placed on the biological basis of pharmacology and pharmaco-therapeutics.

LABORATORY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
Several experimental activities involving some general chemistry topics such as reactions, equilibrium solutions and acid/base phenomena. The bulk of the lab activities look at the physical and chemical characteristics of the common organic functional groups.

PUBLIC COMMUNICATION
This course offers practical instruction in how to speak effectively and introduces the basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of interpersonal and public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

BEGINNINGS: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
This course is required of all traditional freshmen during their first semester of college. It is a one-semester course that introduces the idea of self-discovery and growth and how it can be the focus of the student's education. The goal is for the student to begin exploring how to make his/her education relevant and meaningful. Emphasis is on assisting the student in becoming aware of what learning opportunities and support are available to the student, where those resources may be found, and the rights and responsibilities of being an Azusa Pacific University student.

FRESHMAN WRITING SEMINAR
This course promotes the development of analytical and writing skills through composition of expository essays. Seminar topics addressing issues pertinent to Christian liberal arts vary with instructor. Universal requirements include argumentative and research papers.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA
This course is a study of basic college algebra, including polynomial and rational functions, inverse functions, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, advanced graphical procedures and interpretations, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, matrix representations of systems of equations, and introductory concepts in sequence, series and probability.

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
This general survey course explores the field of psychology. It includes human development, social psychology, learning, perception, cognition, motivation, personality, psychological testing, and nervous system functioning.

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This study of human development across the life span emphasizes a multidisciplinary perspective, including such areas as psychology, sociology, processes as social interaction, and the tools for applying developmental psychology to life situations.

APPLIED STATISTICS
This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development.

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