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ADCG 302: Professional Communication: Speaking (3 Credit Hours) This course develops speaking skills necessary for success in professional work environments. At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the communication process particularly as it applies to professional work environments; demonstrate the speaking skills necessary for success in professional work environments; prepare, deliver, and evaluate ideas effectively in various communication situations; explain the importance of personal and ethical responsibility in being an effective professional communicator; and describe the standards for professional conduct.

ADCG 306: Value Conflicts in the Western Tradition (3 Credit Hours) Focuses on ideas, values, and ethical issues that have influenced and formed the Western intellectual, religious, and social tradition. Students will be asked to read, critically reflect, and respond to selected primary texts of the Western world from the Ancient world to the 20th century. In particular, issues concerning the value of humans, the role and influence of religion and the state, and the options for determining truth will be explored in a variety of historic and social contexts.

NURS 349: Role Transitions in Nursing (3 Credit Hours) This course addresses role development and socialization, with students identifying various role conflicts that can occur in the transition to baccalaureate education. Students are oriented to online learning and begin development of a learning portfolio that validates their current achievements and growth throughout the program.

NURS 350: Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan (3 Credit Hours) Health promotion and disease prevention principles are addressed as students expand their knowledge of holistic assessment. Teaching and learning principles are reviewed with emphasis on delivery patient-centered teaching that reflects developmental stage, age, culture, and health literacy considerations.

NURS 402: Evidence-based Nursing Care (4 Credit Hours) This course emphasizes the use of current research findings as a means to improve nursing outcomes. The research process is reviewed with emphasis on appraisal and synthesis of evidence to improve patient outcomes. The practicum for this course involves identification of a practice problem or question, information retrieval, thorough evaluation of current evidence, and submission of findings and recommendations to the evidence-based counsel at the student's place of employment.

NURS 412: Family and Community Nursing (4 Credit Hours) In this course, students apply family and population-focused nursing principles to address the needs of families and communities. Epidemiological principles, public health principles, environmental health, and global health issues are also included in this course. Students use the nursing process to address an area of need they identify in a family, group, or community.

NURS 440: Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments (3 Credit Hours) Students explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing health care delivery and practice. Health care financing, policies, and regulatory standards are discussed in relation to their effects on patient care quality, healthcare disparities, and resource management. The history of nursing provides a framework for discussing contemporary concepts of empowerment, power, and politics.

NURS 443: Issues in Nursing Leadership (4 Credit Hours) Emphasis is placed on functioning effectively and collaboratively as a member of the health care team. The course addresses collaboration, communication, decision-making, and initiatives to promote high-quality, cost-effective nursing care in complex organizational systems. National quality standards are examined, and the student collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to design and initiate efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery.

NURS 452: Senior Seminar (2 Credit Hours) This is a capstone course in which students finalize the senior portfolio, demonstrating achievement of the expected program outcomes. Students also reflect on the value of pursuing lifelong learning, practice excellence, and professional engagement.

OLDR 323: Statistics (3 Credit Hours) This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and probability. At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical procedures and probability, analyze data using descriptive and inferential statistical procedures, analyze data using elementary probability principles, and make and explain conclusions about data using statistical methods.