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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
NURS 361
Nurse As Educator
Requires students to develop and provide health education to individuals, families, and communities. Focuses on the nursing process, the teaching/learning process, and health care informatics. Provides opportunities for the student to implement the t,eaching/learning process in the delivery of health education programs. Open to students who are licensed RNs. Fall, annually and as needed.|
NURS 365
Health Prom For Elderly
Provides students with information and strategies related to the promotion and maintenance of health in a holistic manner for the elderly population. Promotes inquiry and stimulates the critical-thinking processes of the student by emphasizing health, and wellness concepts. Open to all students. Annually as needed.|
NURS 368
Human Caring
Provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the concept caring. Appropriate to students entering any human service major. Derives content primarily from scholarly works in the discipline of nursing. Supplements Jean Watson's theory of human c,aring with guided experiences designed to facilitate personal discovery of one's caring capacities and opportunities to more fully integrate them into the work of one's discipline. Open to all students. Annually as needed.|
NURS 376
Frontiers In Health Care
Provides an opportunity for students to explore the U.S. health care system, its complexities, problems, alternatives for managing problems, and its impact on individuals and populations. Social, technological, political, and economic contexts provid,e a framework to explore the collaborative efforts of professionals to transform health care delivery both nationally and internationally. Students address current, complex national and international health issues. Open to all RN students and others,with permission of instructor. Fall annually and as needed.|
NURS 380
Appl Stats For Hlth Care Prof
Introduces students in health care professions to the knowledge and understanding of statistics as applied to health care practice and research. Introduces the basic rules and principles of statistics through investigation of quantitative and qualit,ative problems in health care. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 050 or satisfactory score in the Mathematics department placement examination. Spring semester.|
NURS 400
Violence Prevention in Nursing
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. NURS 400 porvides an opportunity for students to explore violence as a major health problem in the United States while investigatin,g the impact on individuals, communities, and our health care system. Students will explore the role of the nurse as both a victim of workplace violence and as the healthcare provider treating victims of violence. Students will develop nursing care p,rojects that include the identification of victims, risk-assessments of potential victims, effective health care interventions, and preventive strategies. Open to licensed RN's and others with permission of the instructor. Fall annually and as needed|
NURS 410
Intro to Forensic Nursing
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. NURS 410 provides students with an overview of forensic nursing science as a specialty area of practice. Forensic nursing standards, of practice and performance are the foundation of the course. In addition, students explore evidence collection in the clinical role of the nurse, legal and ethical aspects of forensic nursing, victim advocacy, and career opportunities. Knowledge an,d skills of forensic health care are integrated into current nursing practice to provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate care to individuals, families, and communities. Open to licensed RN's and others with permission of the instructor. Fall an|
NURS 420
Forensic Nursing & Justice Sys
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. The purpose of this course is to fully introduce the nursing student to the role and responsibilities of the criminal justice profe,ssionals he/she will work with during all aspects of a criminal investigation both in and out of the formal hospital environment. Open to licensed RN's and others with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite of Corequisite in NURS 410. Fall annua,lly and as needed.|
NURS 430
App Prin & Tech of Inter & Inv
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. NURS 430 provides a detailed look into the specific investigative principles and techniques used by forensic nurses during their ex,perience with an actual victim of a crime. The aim of this class is to fully introduce and discuss the various stages of the criminal investigative process specific to the forensic nurse. Content will focus upon the specific techniques, skills, and p,rocedures used to carry out a forensic assessment, including physical evidence collection and documentation, interviewing of victims, and testifying in criminal court. Open to licensed RN's and others with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite o|
NURS 440
Emerg & Disaster Prep for Nurs
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. NURS 440 introduces the student to the nurse's role in emergency and disaster planning and management, including mass casualty even,ts. Nursing care of populations including psychological and behavioral manifestations of disaster victims and responders in natural and man-made disasters are highlighted. Ethical consideratins of vulnerable populations and standards of nursing pract,ice during disasters will be explored. Open to licensed RN's and others with permission of the instructor. Spring annually and as needed.|
NURS 445
Research in Nursing
This course emphasizes the role of research in developing evidence-based nursing practice. Students will explore the principles of systematic method of inquiry and the application of clinical thinking, group process, and decision-making skills. The, course focuses on the ways research influences decisions in nursing and nursing care. As consumers of research, students will have an opportunity to critique current research for applicability to professional nursing practice. As novice producers o,f research, students will work in groups to develop a research proposal of value to nursing. (Open to licensed RN's) Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in NURS 340, 341, 342, 343, 355 and MATH 221. Co-requisite: 470. Fall, and as needed.|
NURS 450
Field Exp In Health Agen
In consultation with the faculty, opportunities are provided for the student, as a client advocate, to apply selected concepts to the health promotion of clients in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: Junior standing, NURS 365, or permission of t,he instructor. As needed.|
NURS 457
Leadership In Nursing
Provides a theoretical foundation for the practice of independent and interdependent nursing. Introduces the principles of leadership and management, and emphasizes their application to professional nursing. Focus includes concepts of motivation, cha,nge, group process, empowerment, and nursing care delivery systems. Open to licensed RN students and others with permission of instructor. Spring annually, and as needed.|
NURS 460
Forensic Nurs Sem & Practicum
This online course was developed as one of six online courses for the post baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate. NURS 460 provides students with an opportunity to appraise current trends, issues, and research findings related to forensic nursin,g practice. Through the completion of the practicum experience, students apply forensic nursing knowledge and skills in a specialty area with a selected population of interest. Prerequisites: NURS 400, 410, 420, 430, and 440.|
NURS 463
Acute Care
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NURS 470
Promoting Healthy Communities
Introduces essential knowledge and important nursing roles for health promotion and illness prevention at the family and community level. Students will explore principles of epidemiology, demography, and relevant nursing and health-related theories,and models as they apply to the health of individuals, families, and aggregates. Pre-requisites: NURS 340, 342, and 361. Pre or co-requisite NURS 346. Fall annually, and as needed.|
NURS 480
Role Seminar In Prof Nursing
This capstone course provides a culminating experience in the exploration of the professional nursing roles. Emphasizes present and evolving nursing contributions in a reformed health care system. Students are guided in the development of a self-di,rected exploration of a selected role. Must be taken as a co-requisite to NURS 481. Open to RN students only. Prerequisites: Earned grade of C in NURS 340, 342, 346, 361, 380, 445, 470. Spring annually.|
NURS 482
Role Exploration In Prof
This capstone course provides opportunities for students to explore a professional nursing role through research, interviews and other scholarly activities. The role under investigation can be one of possible graduate study or career advancement. The, student may select from a variety of roles such as CRNP, CRNA, clinical specialist, nurse educator, administrator, researcher, etc. Must be taken as a co-requisite with NURS 480. Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in NURS 340, 342, 346, 357, 361, 376,, 380, 445 and 470. Spring annually|
NURS 494
Advanced Con of Pro Nursing
This is the capstone course for the RN-BSN program. The student will engage in a capstone project that reflects application, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and nursing issues studied throughout the program. Application of educational experie,nce to professional growth and contribution to the nursing profession is emphasized. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in NURS 340, 341, 342, 355, 445, and 470.|
NURS 499
Special Topics In Nurs
Deals with topics of special interest to professional nurses. Focuses on identified nursing subjects pertinent to the practice of professional nursing. May be offered during the academic year as well as summers and weekends, according to demand.|
NURS 601
Adv Concepts In Pathophy
This course is devoted to the study of the physiological process of disease and the body's response to this process. It is the goal of the course to present broad physiological principles that advance nurse practitioners can apply to their clinical e,xperiences. Specific diseases will be used to exemplify pathophysiological concepts, and treatment is examined at the molecular level as response to the pathophysiology. The course investigates exogenous causes of diseases emphasizing infection, infl,ammation, and the immune response as well as endogenous diseases of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, hepatic, pulmonary, and renal systems. Fall, annually|
NURS 602
Pharmacologic Applic
This course will cover principles of pharmacology as applied to advanced nursing practice. This includes drug effectiveness, mechanism, and interaction. Emphasis will be on the pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems and the clinica,l use of drugs in treatment of disease conditions. Emphasis will be on critical decision making skills in the selection of drug therapy, doses of drugs, routes of administration and preferred therapy. This course focuses on pharmacological implicatio,ns for the family nurse practitioner in working with individuals across the life span. Prerequisite: NURS 601. Spring, annually and as needed.|
NURS 605
Evolution Of Nurs Theory
This course focuses on selected aspects of theory development in nursing science. Emphasis is given to the study of epistemological issues related to the evolution of theory in nursing. Varying levels and components of theories are explored. Major st,rategies for theory development, including concept analysis, synthesis, and theory derivation are analyzed. Students gain experience in critically examining major existing theoretical models. Fall, annually.|
NURS 610
Adv Concepts Nurs Resear
This course examines the relationship and contribution of nursing research to the development of nursing science. The growth of research will be traced over the course of the last century, with particular emphasis on the evolution that has occurred s,ince mid-century. Students will be assisted to increase their ability to critically evaluate published research and to make decisions concerning its applicability to practice. Additionally, students will develop a proposal for an individual or group,research project which may become the foundational work for the scholarly project/thesis. Prerequisite: NURS 605 or by permission of instructor. Spring, annually and as needed.|
NURS 614
Health Promo: Fam & Comm Pers
This course introduces the advanced practice nurse student to health promotion and disease prevention strategies for families and communities. Students will explore principles of family theory, established models of family development, epidemiology,,and demography. An opportunity will be given to develop intervention plans to improve wellness based on risk assessment and knowledge of national standards of clinical preventive services. Fall, annually.|
NURS 615
Adv Health Assessment
This course builds upon the basic assessment skills of the nurse. It prepares the advanced practice nurse to conduct focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as t,he primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Two hours lecture weekly. Must be taken concurrently with NURS 616. Prerequisite or Co-requisites: NURS 601. Offe,red fall annually and as needed.|
NURS 616
Adv Health Assessment Pract
Provides opportunity for the student to implement the objectives identified in NURS 615. Students may select experiences from a variety of clinical settings appropriate to the course focus. Three clinical hours weekly. This course must be taken as a,co-requisite to NURS 615. Prerequisite or co-requisite: NURS 601. Fall, annually and as needed.|
NURS 617
Adv Hlth As Prac for Nurs Edu
Provides an opportunity for the nurse educator student to implement the objectives identified in NURS 615. Emphasis is on acquisition of physical assessment skills across the lifespan within te context of the role of nurse educator. Students may se,lect experiences from a variety of clinical settings appropriate to the coursefocus. Three clinical hours weekly. Prerequisites: NURS 601 (or taken concurrently); must be taken with NURS 615 as a co-requisite; open to nurse educator students only.|
NURS 620
Clinical Dec Making I
The focus of this course is clinical data gathering skills, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical problem-solving in the management of common health problems throughout the lifespan. Critical thinking skills are emphasized and honed and are used to ampl,ify common sense, intuition, and simple reasoning. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis and synthesis of client data for diagnosis and for intervention of appropriate nursing and other therapeutic interventions to be used by the advanced practice nur,se. This course if required as a prerequisite to all other clinical nursing courses and is to be taken concurrently with NURS 621. Prerequisite: NURS 615 and NURS 616. Spring, annually and as needed.|
NURS 621
Clinical Dec Making I Pract
Provides opportunity for the student to implement the objectives identified in NURS 620. Students may select experiences from a variety of clinical settings appropriate to the course focus. Three clinical hours weekly. This course must be taken as a,co-requisite to NURS 620. Prerequisite: NURS 615. Spring, annually and as needed.|