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University of Alabama (Capstone College of Nursing)




The Capstone College of Nursing is the division of The University of Alabama charged with the responsibility of preparing graduates for the professional practice of nursing. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduates also possess the knowledge and skills essential for life long learning within a rapidly changing health care system and are prepared for further study at the graduate level.

The Capstone College of Nursing is committed to the provision of excellent nursing education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College's commitment is demonstrated by an undergraduate and graduate curriculum that is responsive to changes in the health care system.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Capstone College of Nursing is to:

1. Provide excellent education to prepare individuals for beginning and advanced professional nursing practice,

2. Advance the nursing profession through research, scholarship and service, and

3. Provide service through nursing practice, education, and consultation.

The College accepts the commitment to influence and respond to the health care needs of the citizens of Alabama with a specific emphasis on rural populations in the West Alabama region.

HISTORY & ACHIEVEMENTS

The University of Alabama's involvement in nursing education dates back to the mid 1900s. At this time The University of Alabama was the first public institution for higher education in the state to recognize the vital need for a baccalaureate program to prepare graduates for the professional practice of nursing. As a result, an undergraduate program was established by legislative action in 1950. For almost two decades this program resided on the Tuscaloosa campus. However, in 1969, the nursing program moved to the medical center in Birmingham. The void created by the school's move escalated the impending nursing shortage in the West Alabama and surrounding areas. The University of Alabama listened to the needs of the people and responded.

In 1975, a new baccalaureate program was officially established at The University of Alabama in response to validated community need. Since The University of Alabama has historically been referred to as the "Capstone" of learning in Alabama, the name "Capstone" was endearingly given to the newly established nursing program. Thus, this new nursing program was officially named the Capstone College of Nursing and graduated its first class in 1978. Once again The University of Alabama demonstrated its commitment to nursing education, its responsiveness to the needs of the people, and its commitment to foster the health of Alabama's citizens.

The Capstone College of Nursing has continued the University's tradition of responding to the needs of its constituents. Since these first graduates, our undergraduate student enrollment has continued to grow and the number of students promoted to the upper division portion of the curriculum has more than doubled in an effort to help with the nursing shortage. The college continues to incorporate leading edge technology throughout the curriculum. The college’s student computing labs have grown to over 100 workstations to accommodate online testing throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The college’s simulation center houses several high-fidelity simulators, as simulation is used as a highly effective teaching strategy incorporated throughout the undergraduate program.

Flexible educational options are available to registered nurses returning for their baccalaureate degree. The college has established partnerships with community colleges and health care agencies throughout the state in an effort to streamline this option for registered nurses. Following completion of core requirements, RN to BSN students may complete remaining nursing courses online in three semesters of full-time study. Part-time study is available for students needing a slower pace.

In 1998, the Capstone College of Nursing was granted approval for a graduate program in case management with emphasis on rural populations. The college’s commitment to improving the health of the citizens of Alabama and the nation is demonstrated by the variety of graduate programs offered today, including Case Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Educator Specialization. All nursing courses are taught online and students may choose to attend on a part-time of full-time basis. The goal of all our degree programs is to produce qualified and caring advanced practice nurses prepared to face the challenges of the future in nursing.

The Capstone College of Nursing has retained approval status by the Alabama Board of Nursing since opening its doors to students in 1976. The College also maintains full accreditation for the BSN and MSN degree programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.




School name:University of AlabamaCapstone College of Nursing
Address:504 University Blvd
Zip & city:AL 35487-0358 Alabama
Phone:205.348.7156
Web:http://nursing.ua.edu/
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Capstone College of Nursing Courses


INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The purpose of this elective course is to introduce the student to the Capstone College of Nursing and to help the student develop and awareness of and appreciation for the nursing profession. Emphasis is placed on the advisement process, study skills, professional nursing organizations, an overview of the CCN curriculum, and community service.

ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR IN FAMILIES
Focus on abusive behaviors, including abuse of the child, spouse, sibling, and elderly. Emphasis is placed on legal responsibilities of health professionals in cases of abuse. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors.

A CARING RESPONSE
Opportunity to increase knowledge of all aspects of AIDS as a catastrophic illness affecting individuals, families, and society. Emphasis on prevention and detection of AIDS and associated multidimensional well-being requirements. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors.

DEATH AND DYING: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Biopsychosocial components of death, dying, and bereavement from philosophical and scientific points of view. Elective. Open to non-nursing majors. Lecture.

HUMAN PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGIC INTERVENTION
This course examines adaptation to selected physical and psychological disorders. The pathophysiology, symptomatology, and potential outcomes are stressed. Pharmaceutical agents used to assist the person in adapting to these stressors are presented. Classification of pharmaceutical agents are discussed with regard to mechanism of action, adverse effects, and nursing implications.

CONCEPTS AND ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course focuses on concepts and issues relevant to professional nursing practice. Content related to values of professional nursing and issues affecting practice will be examined. Students are introduced to concepts from the CCN philosophy and conceptual framework. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

HUMAN PATHOLOGY
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to fundamental pathology of the human body. This course examines physiological change results in disruptive adaptive responses throughout the lifespan. These disruptive responses are approached in a systematic manner. A combination of identified cellular concepts and a body systems approach is utilized to structure course content. Included are basic cellular processes in human pathology, pathology associated with the major body systems, and physiology associated with the aging process.

MEDICATION CALCULATION
This course is designed to facilitate the student's development of those skills necessary to properly calculate medication dosages. Emphasis is placed on those cognitive skills necessary to perform the calculations correctly.

CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course focuses on concepts and issues relevant to professional nursing practice. Content related to values of professional nursing and issues affecting practice will be examined. Students are introduced to concepts from the CCN philosophy and conceptual framework.

NURSING INFORMATICS
This online course is limited to nursing majors who have previous computer experience. The course focuses on utilization of computers in health care education, practice, research, and administration with emphasis on nursing applications. The compute assignments provide experience with a clinical information system, the Internet, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics programs.

MEDICATION CALCULATION PREPARATION
This elective course is designed to facilitate the student's development of those skills necessary to properly calculate medication dosages and to prepare the student for the Medication Calculation Mastery Exam. Emphasis is placed on those cognitive skills necessary to perform the calculations correctly. Theory.

INDEPENDENT STUDY: SPECIAL TOPICS
Individual independent study of a selected topic under the sponsorship of a nursing faculty member with relevant expertise. Prior approval of proposal by faculty sponsor and associate dean required.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Integration of knowledge, theories, and skills from the humanities, arts, and sciences serves as the foundation for this introductory clinical course. Students will develop adult assessment skills including the health history, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects necessary for critical thinking in professional nursing practice. The nursing process will be presented as a framework for critical thinking, decision making, and nursing practice. Levels of prevention will be introduced as a model for health care.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING PRACTICE
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the role of pharmaceutical agents in assisting with the individual's adaptation to stressors. A brief history and a discussion of the legal controls that regulate the field of pharmacology are included. Drug prototypes are utilized to examine the major classifications of drugs. Included in each drug classification is a discussion of pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, precautions, and contraindications. The special considerations of groups of individuals who may be receiving drug therapy are also included. Health teaching and nursing implications for each drug classification are emphasized.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
This course introduces nursing students to key terminology, elements, and processes of research. Emphasis is placed on appreciation of the historical and evolving nature of nursing research, the roles of nurses in research, achievement of basic ability to read research literature critically, assessment of the readiness of research for application to practice, identification of strategies for personal and institutional use of research findings in practice, and articulation of the importance of research for improving practice and the health of society, and for advancing the nursing profession. This required course meets the University's core curriculum requirements for writing.

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY IN NURSING
Opportunity to expand knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and dysrhythmias and to identify basic deviations from the normal 12-lead EKG. Discussions directed toward application of knowledge gained from hypothetical case situations.

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
Focuses on students' legal rights and ethical obligations in various health care settings. Included are legal system, risk management, protecting rights of others, and asserting rights as plaintiff and defendant. Students are guided in analyzing ethical and legal issues.

ROLE TRANSITION IN BACCALAUREATE NURSING
This course is limited to registered nurse students and expands conceptual and practical knowledge learned in the previous nursing education program. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR REGISTERED NURSES
This course is limited to registered nurse students and expands the conceptual and psychomotor skills of the student in assessment throughout the life span of individuals, groups, and families. Emphasis is placed on meeting the assessment needs of the individual student. Theory and Laboratory.

ROLE TRANSITION IN BACCALAUREATE NURSING
This course is designed for registered nurse students and is structured to provide the foundation for continuing development of the student's body of conceptual and practical knowledge essential for enacting the professional nursing roles. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

NURSING INFORMATICS
This course is limited to nursing majors and focuses on utilization of computers in health care education, practice, research, and administration with emphasis on nursing applications. The computer assignments provide experience with a clinical information system, Internet, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics programs.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULTS
This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems in adults and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of adult disease through support or rehabilitation. Clinical experiences are designed to develop skills for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic health problems in adults and prevention of further disability.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: MENTAL HEALTH
This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems across the lifespan and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of mental-health problems. Students will develop skills in detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems across the lifespan. These mental-health nursing skills are designed to improve the mental health of patients and to prevent further disability.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
This course focuses on the role of the nurse in providing holistic care to the childbearing family. The student will be given simple to complex situations during class/clinical experiences in which to assist childbearing families to adapt. A major focus will be on the three levels of prevention in the implementation of nursing care to childbearing families who are experiencing a normal maturational process as well as related acute/chronic health problems.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: CHILDREN
This course focuses on actions designed to detect and intervene in actual or potential health problems in children and to determine actions that will ameliorate or reduce the consequences of disease in children through support or rehabilitation. Students will develop skills in early detection and diagnosis of disease in children and treatment of acute and chronic health problems that will prevent further disability.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMMUNITY HEALTH
Community health nursing focuses on the knowledge and skill competencies required for community/public health nursing practice. Educational and clinical experiences are community-based, community-oriented, and population-focused. Health promotion, risk reduction and management, and disease prevention for individuals, families, and populations in community settings are emphasized. The course also emphasizes knowledge and practice of illness and disease management in non-institutional environments.

PRIMARY PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FOR REGISTERED NURSES
This course for registered nurses focuses on actions that precede disease or dysfunction that are designed to reduce the incidence of disease by promoting health and preventing disease in aggregates and populations. Precepted clinical experiences are designed to develop skills in primary prevention.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: PRIMARY PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY
The focus of this course is on actions that precede disease or dysfunction and are designed to reduce the incidence of disease by promoting health and preventing disease in aggregates and populations. Clinical experiences are designed to develop skills in primary prevention.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: LEADERSHIP PRACTICE
This course focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. Clinical experiences focus on enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum. Leadership and management principles are applied as students enhance direct care delivery skills, critical thinking, and decision making.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ROLES IN BACCALAUREATE NURSING
This course focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. The application of leadership and management principles through completion of a leadership project comprises the clinical experience for the course.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMPLEX CLIENT SYSTEMS
This synthesis course provides opportunities for the student to examine complex acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. Students will apply concepts from prerequisite and concurrent courses and use critical thinking and decision-making skills to evaluate interventions to ameliorate or reduce the health problems. Clinical activities will focus on nursing actions used to intervene in care of complex clients.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE
This course focuses on leadership theory and management functions essential to professional nursing. Clinical experiences focus on enactment of the professional nurse role in a concentrated practicum in secondary or tertiary prevention care facilities. Leadership and management principles are applied as students enhance direct care delivery skills, critical thinking, and decision making. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

PREPARATION FOR LICENSURE
This synthesis course provides opportunities for the student to assess his/her knowledge acquisition and to implement strategies with faculty assistance to ameliorate deficiencies and maximize learning. Students will have the opportunity to use individual, group, and technology-based methods to facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving using client situations. Students will also complete the licensure application process.

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