Nursing: Pre-Licensure (B.S.N.)
Trinity’s pre-licensure B.S.N. program combines the academic structure and clinical preparation necessary for a career in nursing. Our students focus initially on liberal arts courses in CAS that provide a framework for their chosen major in nursing. The rigorous academic coursework in the nursing program then lays the foundation for a progressive mastery of the knowledge, skills, values, ethics and abilities required of a professional nurse. Toward the end of the program, students will have ample opportunities to experience firsthand the rewards of nursing in closely supervised clinical settings.
Pre-licensure students complete the general education core curriculum in CAS as well as their pre-nursing requirements before applying for formal acceptance into the nursing program in NHP. Requirements for admission include completion of the CAS core curriculum and pre-nursing courses with a grade of “C” or higher, an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and a satisfactory score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (T.E.A.S.).
Featured CoursesPre-Requisite Courses BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology IA systematic approach to the study of the human body. The first part of this year -long course emphasizes the tissues, the integumentary system, the bones and skeletal tissue, muscles and muscle tissue, and the nervous system. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts discussed during the lecture portion of the class to clinical questions presented throughout the semester. Three hours of laboratory per week. Does not fulfill Biology major requirement. There is an additional laboratory fee.
Pre-/Co-requisite: MATH 102, MATH 108 or MATH 109.
Pre-requisite: BIOL 101 (SPS); BIOL 101 or placement test score (CAS).
General Education: Knowledge and Inquiry Area. BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIA systematic aproach to the study of the human body. The second part of this year-long course emphasizes the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts discussed during the lecture portion of the class to clinical questions presented throughout the semester. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Does not fulfill Biology major requirement. Prerequisite BIOL 121. There is an additional laboratory fee.
4 credits BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health ProfessionsAn introduction to the study of microorganisms with emphasis on disease-causing bacteria. Topics include the nature of microorganisms, their relationships with humans, infectious diseases, and immunity. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Does not fulfill microbiology requirement for Biology major. There is an additional laboratory fee.
4 credits CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health SciencesIntroduces students to basic concepts in chemistry, including the nature of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, principles of organic chemistry, and the chemistry of the most important biomolecules. The course also introduces students to the proper use of basic laboratory equipment as well as basic laboratory techniques. Lab experiments are designed to provide the student with the tools to understand connections between theory and results found in the lab.
General Education Requirements: Knowledge and Inquiry (Science and Mathematics) HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health PromotionThis course provides the foundation for an understanding of the relationships of nutrition and diet therapy to optimum health. It includes physiological, psychosocial and cultural influences on nutritional status. Students will explore their own nutritional status and values as they relate to health and wellness.
3 credits HPNU 210 PathophysiologyThis course is designed to assist the student in applying knowledge from anatomy and physiology and developing the basic knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences associated with pathophysiology. Emphasis is placed on cellular, organ, and tissue concepts as they relate to and influence health and illness.
Pre/Corequisites: BIOL 121, BIOL 122, BIOL 130, CHEM 113 MATH 108 Finite MathematicsThis is a quantitative literacy and reasoning course designed for education majors and those students intending to study nursing and other allied health fields. Topics include: problem solving, set theory, logic, algebra, and measurement. Additional topics include functions, graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, as well as probability and statistics. Real-world applications will be emphasized throughout the course. Formerly MATH 108 and MAT 108 Elementary Mathematical Modeling.
General Education Area: Foundational Skills MATH 110 Introduction to StatisticsThis course presents the basic principles of statistics with applications to the social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical representations of data, normal probability distributions and the Central Limit Theorem, linear correlation and regression and probability theory. This course also offers an introduction to the use of statistical software. Formerly MAT 110 Introduction to Statistics.
Prerequisites: MATH 102, MATH 108, MATH 109 or higher level mathematics course. PHIL 251 BioethicsExamines the legal and moral issues in areas dealing with the biology of human health and development, for example, experimentation on human subjects, organ transplants, euthanasia, abortion, fetal tissue use, contraception, and other aspects of human reproduction, as well as questions regarding rights to health care. Formerly PHI 211 Applied Ethics: Bioethics.
General Education Curriculum: Values and Beliefs PSYC 101 Introductory PsychologyIntroduces the student to the scientific study of the mind and behavior. All major sub-areas of psychology (social, developmental, clinical, physiological, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception) are explored, as well as the major theoretical perspectives (behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and humanistic). Formerly PSY 121 Introductory Psychology.
General Education Curriculum: Knowledge and Inquiry Area
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Core: Area II SOCY 100 Introduction to SociologyIntroduces students to the science of sociology and prepares students for upper-level social science course work. Formerly SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.
General Education Curriculum: Knowledge and Inquiry Area
FLC Area V
Core Area II: Understanding the Self and Society Required Courses NURS 117 Foundations for Professional Nursing PracticeThis course introduces basic concepts, values, and fundamental skills required for nursing care across the life span. An emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, communication skills and the nursing process as the underlying foundation for professional nursing practice in health care settings. Must be taken simultaneously with NURS 117L.
Prerequisites: All Core Courses and Pre-Nursing Courses
Corequisites(s): NURS 117L/Laboratory
General Education Requirement: Foundational (Critical Reasoning) NURS 215 PharmacologyThis course is designed to assist the student in developing the basic knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences related to drug therapy. Emphasis is placed on drug classification, mechanism of action, dru g interactions, adverse reactions, and therapeutic response. The role and responsibilities of the nurse in relationship to drug therapy is highlighted. The student is expected to apply knowledge from previous courses in the health sciences.
Prerequisites: HPNU 210, Must be a nursing student NURS 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health CareThis course explores political factors that influence patient outcomes and health promotion strategies to enhance health and health care systems. Students are engaged in understanding how health care policy shapes health care systems, determining accessibility, accountability and affordability. Students will evaluate how health care delivery systems are organized and financed, and the effect this has on patient care.
Prerequisite: All Core Courses and Pre-Nursing Courses NURS 222 Health AssessmentThe focus of this course is the development and acquisition of professional nursing skills used in health assessment required for nursing practice across the life span. Requires two class hours and three hours of lab per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program. NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based PracticeResearch and Evidence-Based Practice focuses on relevant scientific and phenomenological information to assist the student to understanding the role of theory and research in nursing practice and health care. The course will provide an overview and analysis of theoretical approaches and research methodologies. Students will learn how to critically review and utilize research supporting common aspects of nursing practice. Formerly NURS 330 - Nursing Theory & Research
Prerequisites: MATH 110
Note: Students in the RN to BSN program must also have completed NURS 300 and MATH 110 NURS 350 Medical-Surgical Nursing IThis theory course focuses on attaining the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for providing safe, competent, and humanistic nursing care for adult clients. Using a physiological systems approach, course content will focus on selected topics on diabetes and fluid and electrolyte balance and the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, and integumentary systems. Students will use information technology systems to research evidence-based nursing practice. They will apply critical thinking skills as they examine sociocultural diversity and holistic, caring practices in medical-surgical and rehabilitative nursing. Formerly NURS 350 Midlife through Geriatric Nursing.
Prerequisites: NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 262, and NURS 220 NURS 360 Psychiatric and Mental Health NursingThis theory course focuses on the knowledge, skills, values and meanings necessary for nursing care of and for clients with psychiatric and mental health disorders. Using an integrative approach, course content is based on the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of behavior disorders.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 117, NURS 117L, NURS 220, NURS 262
Co-requisites: NURS 360C NURS 361 Medical-Surgical Nursing IIThis theory course focuses on attaining the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for providing safe, competent, and humanistic nursing care for adult clients. Using a physiological systems approach, course content will focus on selected gastro-intestinal system topics and the musculoskeletal, immune, reproductive, endocrine, and neurological systems. Students will use information technology systems to research evidence-based nursing practice. They will apply critical thinking skills as they examine sociocultural diversity and holistic, caring practices in medical-surgical and rehabilitative nursing. Formerly NURS 361 - Adolescent and Young Adult Nursing.
Prerequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350C, NURS 362, NURS 362L, and NURS 417L
Co-requisite: NURS 361C NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health CareThis course is designed to assist the student to synthesize the intersection of nursing care with leading people and managing organizations and systems. The course incorporates the application of management principles and leadership, change, and administration theories in nursing practice and health care delivery. Content discussions include delegation, working with large groups, communication and collaboration, cultural diversity, legal and ethical dilemmas, budget management, staff development, resource management, quality improvement and risk management, evidence based practice, and the healthcare consumer.
Prerequisite(s): All 300-level NURS courses
General Education Requirements: Applications (Leadership) NURS 420 Community and Public Health NursingThis theory course is designed to prepare students for community/public health practice in a changing health care system. Concepts of primary health ca re to the assessment, planning, and delivery of care to diverse families will be emphasized. Factors influencing the primary health care of communities and the impact of globalization, politics, socioeconomics, and environmental factors on the health vulnerability and resiliency of communities are examined.
Pre-requisites: NURS 350; NURS 350C NURS 460 Maternity and Newborn NursingThis theory course focuses on the knowledge, skills, values and meanings necessary for providing comprehensive nursing care for women, newborns, and their families duri ng pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. A family-centered approach is used with emphasis on family developmental stages, family assessment and health promotion strategies for the family unit. Contemporary socio-cultural issues influencing the childbearing family unit are explored.
Pre-requisites: NURS 350; NURS 350C
Co-requisites: NURS 460C NURS 461 Pediatric NursingThis theory course focuses on the knowledge, skills, values, and meanings necessary for comprehensive nursing care of the pediatric client. A family-centered approach is used with emphasi s on child developmental stages and health promotion strategies for the child and family unit. Contemporary socio-cultural issues influencing the family unit are explored.
Pre-requisites: NURS 350; NURS 350C
Co-requisite: NURS 461C NURS 480 Nursing Care of Older AdultsThis course presents the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for providing safe, competent, and humanistic care to geriatric clients. Course content covers age-related changes and health disorders of the older adult. Students will analyze demographic trends related to older adults and how they impact health promotion, prevention of illness and disability, political policy, and the health care delivery system. Students will apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice to nursing situations in the provision of holistic care to diverse older adults in acute care, emergency care, rehabilitation, long-term care, and end-of-life care situations.
Prerequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350C, NURS 361, and NURS 361C NURS 491 Senior Clinical SeminarThis course provides opportunities for a comprehensive classroom seminar whereby students consider their associated clinical experience within the context of provider, patient advocate, educator, and counselor within a holistic, caring framework. The student also has the opportunity to perform as a designer/coordinator/manager of care. Students will integrate previously learned knowledge, skills, and values needed to transition to the role of the novice professional.
Prerequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350C, NURS 361, NURS 361C, Senior Status
Co-requisite: NURS 491C NURS 491C Senior Clinical PracticumThis course provides opportunities to the senior student for a comprehensive clinical experience as a provider, patient advocate, educator, and counselor within a holistic, caring framework. The student also has the opportunity to perform as a designer/coordinator/manager of care. Students will integrate previously learned knowledge, skills, and values needed to transition to the role of the novice professional. Based upon availability of clinical sites, students will perform in a specialty area with either a preceptor or clinical professor. Formerly NURS 491C entitled Senior Clinical Preceptorship - 3 credits.
Prerequisites: NURS 350, NURS 350C, NURS 361, NURS 361C
Co-requisite: NURS 491
- Registered Nurse
Ms. Danielle Artis, Assistant Dean of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Jane Brophy, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Carrie O'Reilly, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Karen Walters, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Trinity’s B.S.N. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C.C.N.E.) and has conditional approval from the District of Columbia Board of Nursing (D.C.B.O.N.).
Last On-Site Evaluation: Spring 2012.