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South Carolina State University (Department of Health Sciences)

The purpose of the program in Health and Physical Education at South Carolina State University is two fold. First, it provides a service program for all students of the University. This area consists of an instructional phase, which includes a diversified program of physical activities (sports, games, rhythmics, aquatics and conditioning exercises) is included and designed to promote health, knowledge, skill and an appreciation for leisure activities. Secondly, the Program provides a professional program for the preparation of career workers in health education, physical education, physical activity management and sport communication.


The Program of Nursing at SCSU is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. The mission of the Nursing Program articulates with the mission of the University. The Program of Nursing is com-mitted to providing an affordable and accessible, quality evidenced-based undergraduate, program. The programs three tracks (Generic, RN-BSN, and LPN-BSN) prepares nurses who are capable of providing nursing care to individuals, families and groups in the community in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the p Program, students will become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. All nursing stu-dents will obtain a Bache-lor of Science degree in Nursing. South Carolina State Uni-versity graduates nurses who are capable of responding to the health needs of society.

School name:South Carolina State UniversityDepartment of Health Sciences
Address:300 College Street, NE
Zip & city:SC 29117 South Carolina

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Department of Health Sciences Courses

This course is designed to prepare students for higher level thinking that derives from establishing internally controlled rather than externally controlled behavior. Assessments will be conducted to determine reading readiness at 12th grade level, level of hope, presence of depressed thinking/attitudes, learning styles, self-concept and interdependent functioning. A pre-nursing assessment will aid in making determination about overall readiness for the nursing program. A seminar teaching modality will be used. Consent of Instructor with DirectorApproval is required.

This course introduces the student to concepts, theories and clinical skills fundamental to the practice of nursing. Students will utilize the nursing process in providing nursing care to clients with chronic or acute health problems. The course includes 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of clinical laboratory practicum to provide opportunity to learn and practice basic psychomotor and psychosocial skills with clients in both a simulated laboratory and hospital setting.

An introduction to the nursing major with an orientation to the professional nursing concepts of man, health, environment, and nursing. The course includes communication, wellness, health promotion, health care teams, and personal and environmental influences on health. Nursing theories, educational preparation, health care and economics issues will be introduced.

This course is a continuation of Fundamentals I. Students have the opportunity to perform basic psychosocial and psychomotor skills at a high level of proficiency. They will be introduced to more complex psychomotor skills with clients in both the client simulated laboratory and clinical setting.

An introduction to drug therapy in health care. The course overviews broad drug categories, identifies legal standards for drug administration and management, and differentiates therapeutic and untoward effects of drugs. Information resources for nursing implications inherent in drug administration are covered. Course serves as a guide to the study of pharmacotherapeutics in subsequent nursing courses.

This course provides students with an introduction to the skills required to conduct a complete health assessment. The course gives the student an opportunity to develop and practice assessment skills on individuals within a structured setting. Students use assessment findings within the framework of the nursing process to identify nursing diagnoses.

This is an introductory and bridge course for nurses making the transition from RN to BSN. In this course the student will explore professional concepts, skills, techniques, and strategies that influence self-awareness, critical thinking, motivation, cultural competence, and self-care behaviors. The study of contemporary nursing issues focuses on development of professionalism and the historical influences on nursing practice, education, and research. Other topics include managed care and related nursing theories to the nursing process and current nursing practice.

This course focuses on selected pathophysiological problems of adult clients. The adaptive and maladaptive responses of clients to internal and external environmental systems will be presented. A clinical laboratory practicum will be in the acute care setting. Using the nursing process, students will interact with patients experiencing interferences in their dynamic patterns of functioning which result from illness or disease.

This course is designed to
introduce the student to the principles and process of nursing research. The
course examines the development of nursing research and ethical issues in
nursing research. The principle goal of the course is evaluation of existing
research and application to nursing.

Health care specific to the mother (antepartum, intrapartum, and post partum), father, neonate, and the family is explored through the use of the nursing process in this course. Health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized for clients experiencing the effects of normal childbirth, maternal and neonatal health problems, and family growth. Opportunity is provided to apply the nursing process with normal and high risk clients.

This course is a continuation of the pathophysiological problems of adult clients. Using the nursing process, students will expand their knowledge and skills to perform at a higher level of competency. In this course, level three objectives are met through a continued emphasis of all that was expected in Adult Health Problems I but at a higher level. Emphasis is placed on TEACHING/ LEARNING experiences in this course since they will be faced with more complex conditions that are likely to affect future lifestyle behaviors. The NURSING PROCESS includes both individuals and families in the course. Expectations in regards to COMMUNICATION, RESEARCH, TEACHING/ LEARNING, PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY/RESPONSIBILITY and MANAGEMENT of clients are continued as for Adult Health Problems I, but at a higher level.

This course emphasizes utilization of healthy communications fundamental to achieving and maintaining interpersonal contact. Students will be acquainted with the adaptive/ maladaptive continuum of functions. Students will be involved with one or more clients experiencing maladaptive interpersonal functions and will be partially concerned with intrapersonal, interpersonal safety and comfort as they relate to dependent, independent and interdependent functions. Students are expected to participate in the nursing process by selecting one client for particular focus.

The study of the development of nursing as a profession including current issues and trends in the theory and practice of professional nursing. Topics include evolving roles, economic and ethical issues, and legal and political aspects of nursing practice in contemporary society. The course focuses on the challenges and opportunities for practice as well as responsibilities and accountability of the professional nurse.

This course will emphasize the use of the nursing process for the application of nursing interventions for problematic and/or pathologic responses to stressors in infants, children and adolescence. Health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized with clients and their families. Level four objectives are met in this course through the application of the NURSING PROCESS at a high level. Students are expected to COMMUNICATE therapeutically with children at various stages and with their parents, having already completed courses that stress these skills. The student will identify several clinical RESEARCH articles and apply the information learned to their clinical practice and in writing. PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY is demonstrated by students when allowed the opportunity of patient selection based on their identification of additional clinical knowledge. The TEACHING/LEARNING concept is manifested by students as they apply appropriate teaching strategies for various developmental stages.

This course focuses on the study of the components of Community Health Nursing with use of the nursing process to promote and maintain the health of the individual and family in the community setting. This course includes epidemiological content, motivational theory, and exploration of community resources. Three hours of theory and eight clinical laboratory hours per week in a community health agency are required.

In this course, the student will apply principles of leadership and management to health situations. Interpersonal relations and communication techniques, theories in business administration, organizational behavior, economics, conflict resolutions and group dynamics will be included.

In this course, the student will apply principles of leadership and management to health care. Interpersonal relations and communication techniques, will combine with theories in business administration, organizational behavior, economics, political science and group dynamics.

This course focuses on the study of the components of Community Health Nursing with use of the process to promote and maintain the health of the individual, family and the community as a client system. Nursing interventions for clients across the life span in the community setting will be studied and explored. Management of individuals, families and populations will be emphasized for the RN-BSN. The course will also include epidemiological content, motivation theory, and exploration of community health care and the client as a decision maker. Three hours of theory and six clinical laboratory hours per week are required in an agency organized to meet health needs in the community.

This course promotes awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Using the nursing process, students will analyze how cultural heritage can affect delivery and acceptance of health care. This course will assist the RN student to become more culturally sensitive and competent in the delivery of health care. The course is primarily clinical in nature with a seminar component that deals with diversity.

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