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For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

NSG-130 | Human Anatomy and Physiology | 4 credits
In this course, students will compare and examine human organ systems structures and their function. Students will also identify cells in slides of specific human systems.

NSG-183 | Practical Nursing Clinical Experience | 1 to 2 credits
This course provides students the opportunity to have "hands-on" experience in the clinical setting under the guidance of your clinical instructor.

NSG-190 | Introduction to Nursing as Profession I | 6 credits
The student will explore nursing theory, nursing process and nursing roles and functions within the context of nursing practice. The course provides an overview of nursing care of the individual across the life span. The concept of self-awareness is explored and developed as the student begins socialization into practical nursing. The family and community be explored, but focus of course content is on the individual. Note: CNA certification as a prerequisite for NSG-190

NSG-193 | Medical Surgical Nursing | 6 credits
Students begin application of nursing theory and the nursing process in the clinical setting. Principles of pharmacology and a basic understanding of the pharmacological interventions as they apply to each body system are also introduced as integrated content. Emphasis focuses on health, basic human needs, adaptation to maintain homeostasis with a focus on the geriatric client. Student outcomes are evaluated through clinical experience and evaluative process, written nursing care plans and comprehensive exams, class participation and discussions, a research paper and laboratory competencies.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-290

NSG-194 | Health Assessment and Data Collection | 2 credits
Health assessment is designed to gather related data in an organized, systematic way to identify actual or potential health problems and to assist the client in maintaining an optimal level of wellness. The integration of theory and skills, including interviewing and application of the four assessment techniques of inspection, auscultation, percussion and palpitation are presented. Exit course requirements will be demonstrated in the laboratory setting by the learner performing a client assessment, including collection of a health history, performing complete physical examinations (excluding invasive procedures) and a summary and analysis of the data.

NSG-196 | Pediatric Nursing | 2 credits
This course is designed to integrate and demonstrate nursing care of the pediatric client within the scope of practical nursing education. The goal of this course is to promote student understanding of nursing care for infants, children and adolescents. A focused assessment of child development and of specific pediatric (acute and chronic) conditions is integrated throughout the course and clinical experiences.

NSG-201 | Childbearing Family | 2 credits
The student develops skills needed to provide holistic nursing care for healthy childbearing families within the scope of LPN practice. The goal of this course is to promote student understanding of nursing care for newborns, pregnant women and families during the childbearing years.

NSG-202 | Medical Terminology | 2 credits
This course focuses on the study of basic medical terminology. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations and symbols are included in the content. A word-building system that provides the opportunity to decipher unfamiliar terms will be utilized. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition and usage.

NSG-205 | Nursing V: Mental Health | 4 credits
This course is designed to integrate and demonstrate nursing care of the psychiatric mental health client within the scope of practical nursing education. The goal of this course is to promote student understanding of therapeutic nursing care across the treatment continuum.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-190 and NSG-193

NSG-206 | Role and Responsibilities of the LPN | 1 credit
This is a one credit course which includes nursing theory and interactive review. This course is designed to identify the role and responsibilities of the LPN and the nursing care of clients within the scope of practical nursing education. This course will also review strategies in taking NCLEX-PN examination, which will assist students in being successful on the national practical nursing licensing examination.

NSG-207 | Geriatric Nursing | 4 credits
The course is designed to provide the student with nursing principles relevant to the care of the geriatric patient. The nursing roles of provider of care and member within the discipline of nursing are emphasized as they apply to gerontological nursing. The nursing process serves as a guide for implementing nursing care and evaluating human response to actual or potential health problems of the geriatric population. Included is development of a knowledge base in the areas of physiological, psychosocial and emotional changes which occur with the aging process. Integrated throughout the course are concepts relating to health promotion, illness prevention, illness prevalent in the geriatric population and therapeutic regiments. Curriculum threads of pharmacology, communication, critical thinking and client teaching are integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-190 NSG-193 NSG-196 NSG-201 NSG-202 NSG-205 NSG-206

NSG-208 | Practical Nursing Preceptorship | 2 credits
The preceptorship is intended to help the student of practical nursing gain valuable experience in the clinical environment and polish nursing skills related to the area of choice.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-190 NSG-193 NSG-196 NSG-201 NSG-202 NSG-206

NSG-210 | Basic Nutrition | 1 credit
This course will be a study of basic nutrition, including essential food nutrients, dietary sources and their utilization by the body. The course will serve as a foundation for understanding therapeutic diets and nutrition necessary to support general health and well-being.

NSG-240 | Lakota Medical and Cultural Experience | 1 credit
This course engages the student in an intensive cultural immersion experience in Mission, South Dakota and the Rosebud Reservation. Students learn about the Lakota culture, examine issues surrounding poor medical access, poverty, oppression and offer nursing and general services to the aggregate population. On campus and/or online classes will be held weekly in preparation for the experience. A final reflection of the course and experience will be submitted.

NSG-281 | Pharmacology for Nurses | 2 credits
The student will learn principles of basic pharmacology necessary for safe administration of medication to patients. The student will be introduced to how drugs act in humans, common classifications of drugs, their use in treating health conditions, adverse side effects that may occur and precautions that need to be considered during administration. Information learned in this course will be foundational for the integration of knowledge of pharmacology in junior and senior level nursing courses.

NSG-290 | Intro to Nursing as a Profession I | 4 credits
The student will explore nursing theory, nursing process and nursing roles and functions within the context of professional nursing practice. The course provides an overview of nursing care of the individual across the life span. The concept of self-awareness is explored and developed as the student begins socialization into the nursing profession. The family and community will begin to be examined, but focus of course content is on the elderly client. Co-requisite or completion of CHM 102, PSY 101, PSY 165, and SOC 100 Note: CNA certification is a prerequisite for NSG-290

NSG-292 | Intro to Nursing as a Profession II | 6 credits
This course is a continuation of NSG 290. Students will begin application of nursing theory and the nursing process in the clinical setting. Principles of Pharmacology and a basic understanding of pharmacological interventions as they apply to each body system are also introduced as integrated content. Emphasis focuses on health, basic human needs and adaptation to maintain homeostasis as well as continued focus on the geriatric client. Student outcomes are evaluated through a clinical experience and evaluative process, written nursing care plans and comprehensive exams, class participation and discussion, a reaction paper and laboratory competencies.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-290

NSG-295 | Transition into Baccalaureate Nursing | 2 credits
Student will read and respond to issues related to various levels of nursing and to professional nursing in this course. Students will participate in verbal communication as a member of a reflective group. Students demonstrate critical thinking about professional data, defines and responds to client risk factors and plans corresponding therapeutic nursing intervention. Students will utilize his or her clinical life experiences to demonstrate course competencies. Achievement of course outcomes requires participation in individual and group discussion of professional issues, use of critical thinking for professional decision making and use of professional written communication, as well as electronic search and communication. Prerequisites: RN or LPN licensure and consent of the Program Director.

NSG-311 | The Childbearing Family | 5 credits
The student develops skills needed to provide holistic nursing care for childbearing families and for women with selected women's health issues. Students explore the physiologic, psychologic, and developmental stressors experienced by childbearing families. Students employ critical thinking to identify health risk factors and to select nursing interventions to help individuals and the family adapt. Students evaluate social, cultural, and societal issues that affect families' progression through the childbearing year. Clinical experiences are primarily in hospital settings. Assessment of outcomes includes evaluation of clinical competencies, tests, and other written or verbal assignments.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-210 NSG-281 NSG-292 NSG-354

NSG-321 | Mental Health Nursing | 5 credits
Students will demonstrate proficiency in use of self as a therapeutic tool to assist individuals and families to maintain or improve mental health. Emphasis is on analysis of psychological and developmental stressors related to maladaptive functioning and on concepts of major psychological theorists. Student will demonstrate professional growth through self-awareness by writing a weekly journal and contributing to clinical conferences. The nursing process is utilized to meet the mental health needs of clients during clinical experience in both hospital and community settings. Students will demonstrate understanding and application of psychopharmacology. Critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions are evaluated for successful course completion. Assessment will also include exams and written assignments.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-210, NSG-281, NSG-292, NSG-354

NSG-333 | Nursing of Adults I | 6 credits
The student will develop skills needed to provide holistic nursing care for children and adults. The knowledge base is the anatomy and physiology of the body systems, and includes clinical manifestations of dysfunction in the system, assessment of the body system, diagnostic procedures, and medical and surgical interventions applicable to disorders of that system. Nursing care is then understood as it relates to consequences of biopsychosocial changes in the individual. Pharmacology is integrated throughout the study of pathology and nursing. The opportunity to coordinate nursing theory and practice is provided in acute care settings, clinics, and community settings. Assessment of student learning includes evaluation of clinical competencies and understanding, tests, and written assignments.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-210 NSG-281 NSG-292 NSG-354

NSG-334 | Nursing of Adults II | 3 credits
This course is a continuation of NSG 333 and relates to specific nursing diagnoses not previously addressed. Nursing theory and practice is developed as founded on anatomy and physiology of body systems, clinical manifestations of dysfunction in the system assessment of the body system, diagnostic procedures, pharmacologic interventions and medical and surgical interventions, in relation to biopsychosocial changes. Assessment of student outcomes is carried out with evaluation of clinical competencies and understanding, tests, and written assignments.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-333

NSG-335 | Nursing of Children | 3 credits
This course provides the student an opportunity to focus on children from birth through adolescence. This focus includes the effects of acute and chronic illness on growth and development in the acute and community care setting. The course further focuses on the education of the child and family on health promotion, disease prevention, and safety issues. Issues relating to Ethics and diverse cultural and spiritual groups will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-210 NSG-281 NSG-292 NSG-352 NSG-333 NSG-382

NSG-352 | Health Assessment I | 1 credit
Students will develop skills needed to gather data in an organized, systematic way in this course. Students identify actual or potential health problems and assist the client in maintaining an optimal level of wellness through integration of theory and skills, including interviewing and physical assessment. Assessment of these learning outcomes includes evaluation of return demonstrations and tests. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: NSG 290 and BIO 203 (or equivalent anatomy and physiology courses). Prerequisites for LPN-BSN Completion student: LPN licensure and consent of Program Director. (This course is open to licensed nurses not enrolled in the nursing program.)

NSG-354 | Health Assessment II | 1 credit
This course is a continuation of NSG 352, Health Assessment I. Prerequisites for LPN-BSN Completion student: LPN licensure and consent of Program Director. (This course is open to licensed nurses not enrolled in the nursing program.)

NSG-382 | Nursing Research I | 1 credit
Students will develop an understanding of the critique and utilization of nursing research in this course. Quantitative research principles are introduced and students come to understand the application of nursing research in their practice in various clinical settings.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-210, NSG-281, NSG-292, NSG-354

NSG-384 | Nursing Research II | 1 credit
This course is a continuation of NSG 382 and builds upon it. Qualitative research principles are introduced. Commonalities of quantitative and qualitative research will be explored. Students will employ critical thinking to evaluate the merit of nursing research studies, evidenced through the composition of papers, presentations and exams. Students will develop further understanding of the critique and utilization of nursing research and the application of nursing research in various clinical settings.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-382

NSG-471 | Community Health Nursing | 6 credits
Students will be prepared to demonstrate an understanding of community based care in this course. Student learning is based upon population-focused study that considers individuals, families, groups and communities. The student will utilize the concepts of self-awareness, the nursing process and therapeutic communication to meet needs of clients and communities served. Cultural backgrounds will be explored as the student works with clients of diverse lifestyles and backgrounds in a variety of community settings. Pharmacology is addressed in relation to the nursing needs of individuals and groups.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-292 NSG-311 NSG-321 NSG-333 NSG-334 NSG-335 NSG-354 NSG-384

NSG-480 | Nursing Management | 5 credits
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare environment and the impact it has on the role of the nurse manager and provision of nursing care. The student applies principles of leadership and management in care of clients in a variety of clinical settings. The student utilizes critical thinking skills and understanding of group dynamics as he or she addresses situations and problems and makes decisions within the practice of nursing. Assessment of these outcomes includes examinations, presentations, conferences, a geriatric assessment, a change project, a journal of daily activities and clinical evaluations.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-292 NSG-311 NSG-321 NSG-333 NSG-334 NSG-335NSG-382 NSG-384 and all required related courses.

NSG-482 | Health Care Ethics | 1 credit
Students will explore contemporary ethical issues in healthcare and factors that influence the ethical decision making process in this course. Students utilize ethical norms and principles as well as critical thinking skills in examining situations, problems and/or concerns. Students will articulate an ethical position in relation to a variety of healthcare issues. Assessment of these outcomes includes class participation, examinations and a written paper on an ethical topic. Prerequisite: Senior level nursing or consent of instructor

NSG-488 | Critical Care Nursing | 3 credits
Students will synthesize assessment data and knowledge used in nursing intervention and management of clients with multi-system life-threatening conditions in this course. A variety of critical care and emergency clinical sites will be utilized to provide the student with the opportunity to participate in patient care. Assessment of these outcomes includes the student's documentation of his or her clinical experience according to course specific criteria and written course exams.
Prerequisite: Take NSG-290, NSG-292, NSG-311, NSG-321, NSG-331, NSG-332,NSG-350 NSG-382 NSG-384

NSG-490 | Senior Capstone | 3 credits
Senior Capstone provides the nursing student an opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and experience, develop self-confidence, build expertise, enhance skills and begin the professional role transition in a health care setting selected by the student in collaboration with nursing faculty. Learning in the clinical setting is facilitated by an experienced baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse who serves as a preceptor for the student. Content of the course also include relationships with other healthcare professionals, the political environment, legal issues, licensure requirements and responsibilities for nurses, educational preparation and various career options.