ABSN Curriculum

Misericordia University’s 16-month ABSN program comprises 54 credit hours over the course of four full-time semesters. Our accelerated nursing curriculum offers a solid mix of online and onsite instruction taught by experienced, highly supportive faculty to prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam once you graduate.

Semester 1

Credits

NSG 201 Foundations Essential to Professional Nursing Practice
This course emphasizes basic nursing concepts and the recognition of select functional health patterns such as activity-exercise, nutritional-metabolic, elimination, and sleep-rest functional health patterns, basic theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are taught and implemented within a nursing practice framework. Competencies in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills are developed and refined in clinical practice settings and/or simulated clinical situations.
3
NSG 305 Physical Assessment
This course examines techniques used by nurses in the ongoing assessment of the health status of patients. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills, obtaining health histories, and physical assessment techniques used across the lifespan. (2 credits lecture and 1 credit laboratory)
3
NSG 300 Conceptual Basis of Nursing Practice
This course presents an overview of major health professions, with a focus on the profession of nursing. The emphasis in this course is on assisting the student to develop a theoretical base for professional nursing practice based on Gordon’s functional health patterns. Students are introduced to the nursing metaparadigm, nursing theorists, and the nursing process as a foundation for baccalaureate nursing practice.
2
NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of essential principles of pharmacology. The course will focus on therapeutic classifications; characteristic drug groups; physiologic influences on drug effects; principles of therapy; drug interactions; and legal, ethical, and economic issues of drug therapy.
3
RLS 104 World Religions/Core Course Requirement for Transfer Students* 3
Total 14

*The RLS 104 World Religions course is simply a placeholder for any core course requirement still needed by a transfer student. This credit is required to remain at full-time status with regards to credit load for the semester.

Semester 2

Credits

NSG 302 Functional Health Patterns Psychiatric Nursing
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns of clients with psychiatric-mental health problems, including health perception/health management; cognitive-perceptual; sleep-rest; self perception/self concept; role-relationship; sexuality-reproductive; value-belief; and coping/stress tolerance. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for clients with acute and chronic mental health disorders. Emphasis is placed on psychobiology, psychiatric genetics, and psychosocial therapeutic modalities used in the nursing care of adults and children with psychiatric disorders. Students apply principles of psychopharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to clients in the psychiatric setting. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)
4
NSG 301 Functional Health Patterns Adults I
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including coping and stress tolerance; cognitive-perceptual; nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise; and elimination. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the autonomic nervous, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems, in addition to pain and infectious disease as health problems of adults. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical/laboratory)
6
NSG 303 Functional Health Patterns Adult II
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including cognitive-perceptual; nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the metabolic, cardiovascular, sensory, autoimmune, and respiratory problems of adults. Students will work in a variety of settings including caring for patients in the perioperative period. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical/laboratory)
6
Total 16

 

Semester 3

Credits

NSG 401 Functional Health Patterns Adults III
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including coping and stress tolerance; cognitive-perceptual; health perception-health management, nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise; and elimination. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on altered cellular proliferation, and alterations in endocrine, neurologic, oncology, renal and hepatic function as health problems of adults. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical)
5
NSG 402 Functional Health Patterns Childbearing and Family
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing, basic and psychosocial sciences and focuses on sexuality and reproductive functional health patterns of women and their families to achieve a positive pregnancy outcome and safe fetal environment. Emphasis is placed on normal, as well as, abnormal processes of childbirth to provide students with the knowledge and basic obstetrical skills to care for women, newborns, and families experiencing a normal obstetrical course and those experiencing complications. Students examine human genetics, the application of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, and legal/ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families. In the clinical component of the course, emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse working in the obstetrical specialty, the application of the nursing process in providing nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families and the enhancement of critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, select pharmacotherapies, effective communication and interpersonal skills. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)
4
NSG 304 Functional Health Patterns Pediatric Nursing
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns in children from infancy through young adulthood. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for pediatric clients and their families with acute and chronic illness in a variety of pediatric settings. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development. Students examine the applications of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, as well as legal and ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care to pediatric clients and their families. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical/laboratory)
4
Total 13

 

Semester 4

Credits

NSG 404 Functional Health Patterns Adults IV
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns including, nutritional/metabolic; activity-exercise, elimination, cognitive-perceptual, health perception-health management pattern, coping and stress tolerance, and value-belief pattern.. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the normal aging process and pathophysiologic changes of adults with complex health problems and critical alterations in cardiovascular, integumentary, hematological, and multi-system dysfunction. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)
5
NSG 403 Functional Health Patterns Aggregates & Populations
This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores alterations in functional health patterns, including self-perception, self-concept; sexuality-reproductive; coping-stress tolerance; health perception-health management, value-belief; cognitive-perceptual, and role relationship. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. Emphasis is placed on population-centered health care in the community. The values of public health nursing concepts are embedded within the implementation of community-oriented nursing practice. In the clinical component of the course, nursing practice takes place in a variety of public settings. Perspectives in global health care are considered in relation to a population-based approach and its major health problems and burdens of disease. Students examine the application of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, as well as legal and ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of health care to individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. The role of the nurse as community leader is emphasized. (2 credits lecture and 1 credit clinical)
3
NSG 405 Functional Health Patterns Baccalaureate Capstone
This capstone course is focused on facilitating the transition from the role of student to the role of the professional nurse in the contemporary health care environment. Strategies for success on the national licensing examination are designed and implemented. Students are introduced to leadership and management concepts as they apply to professional practice and the health care milieu. Critical analysis of legal, ethical, and diversity issues in health care is emphasized.
3
NSG 410W Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
This introductory course is designed to prepare students to become consumers of research who critically evaluate and base care on evidence. Emphasis is placed on the components of the quantitative and qualitative research processes, the concepts and terms associated with these processes, and the competencies necessary to read, evaluate, and interpret research findings for practice. Building on critical thinking skills, this course will expand students’ knowledge by assisting them to develop and use principles of evidence based healthcare to address problems in professional practice.
3
Total 14

Total Nursing Credits: 54

Total Credits (includes course 104): 57

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