Nursing at Immaculata

R.N. to B.S.N. Core Courses

NUR 312 Professional and Holistic Nursing (6 credits)

ENG 241 Principles & Practices of Research   (3 credits)

NUR 350 Holistic Health Assessment (6 credits)

PHI 209 Logic and Knowledge (3 credits)

ORBH 311 Methods of Research & Statistics (3 credits)

NUR 370 Nursing Research (5 credits)

THE 408 Contemporary Medical Ethics (3 credits)

NUR 426 Leadership in Nursing  (6 credits)

POL 352 Nursing and the Law (3 credits)

NUR 434 Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill  (6 credits)

NUR 451 Capstone in Public Health Nursing  (6 credits)

Curriculum below applies to students admitted after Summer 2013.


NUR 312 Professional and Holistic Nursing (6 credits)

The course explores nursing as a profession examining its history, trends, and current role in the health care system. Critical reflective thinking as a basis for professional nursing is explored. The student using critical thinking skills identifies and examines concepts related to holism and holistic nursing theory. The application of this theory to self-care and nursing practice is emphasized.

NUR 350 Holistic Health Assessment (6 credits)

This course builds on the R.N. students’ knowledge and clinical skills, expanding their health history-taking and physical assessment skills.  The principles of health promotion and illness prevention are applied in the analysis of physical findings and health behaviors of the adult client.  Anthropological theories, concepts, and methods are introduced to provide the skills needed to perform a comprehensive cultural assessment in order to deliver culturally congruent nursing care to clients from various cultural groups.  Laboratory practice of health assessment skills is included, as well as experiential learning. 

NUR 370 Nursing Research (5 credits)

The fundamentals of nursing research are introduced and developed through the critical reading of research studies and their application to nursing practice. Students develop skills in the identification, interpretation, and use of research findings in application to evidence-based practice.

NUR 426 Leadership in Nursing (6 credits)

Theories and principles of leadership and management in health care environments will be examined and discussed.  Organizational mission, vision and strategic planning, legal/ethical issues, motivation and change theory are applied to health care systems.

NUR 434 Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill (6 credits)

This course builds on the knowledge and theories of holistic nursing. Students develop a holistic framework for the care of elders and the chronically ill using evidence-based research findings of integrative and alternative modalities.  Issues related to role changes, vulnerability, stigma, ethics, advocacy, and end-of-life care are addressed.

NUR 451 Capstone in Public Health Nursing (6 credits)

This course examines nursing and health care with a public health focus, in which the goal is to promote and preserve the health of populations.  Efforts to promote health and prevent disease are applied to aggregates through primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies.  The concept of upstream thinking is introduced, in which the focus is on creating options for healthier environments with essential components for healthy life, such as adequate education, housing and nutrition.  Students will explore strategies for assessing community health status, and planning and evaluating population-focused interventions.

ENG 241 Principles and Practice of Research (3)

Fundamental grounding in research methodology focusing on theoretical understanding and practical application of the research process. (Offered only in the accelerated format.)

PHI 209 Logic and Knowledge (3)

This course aims at both formal argument analysis and extended argumentation in topics that introduce the student to the different modes of thought employed in various disciplines with some particular attention to philosophic issues. Students will practice critical thinking skills, especially in the areas of deduction, induction, cogent and sound arguments, and hypothetical deductive reasoning

THE 408 Contemporary Medical Ethics (3)

This course introduces students to the discipline of Christian medical ethics.  In light of philosophical and theological foundations of the discipline, it explores aspects of contemporary healthcare practice that bear upon the pursuit of personal and communal flourishing.  It aims to help students acquire knowledge and skills that are required for good ethical analysis and decision-making within the medical moral environment.  Attention will be given to clinical, institutional, and social contexts that shape the moral dimensions of medical practice and the vocational experience of healthcare professionals.

POL 352 Nursing and the Law (3)

Overview of the current legal structure of the health care system, including informed consent, medical ethics, malpractice, elder and insurance law, nurses and litigation, and health care risk management.

ORBH 311 Methods of Research and Statistics (3)

An introduction to the research design process and its tools. Content includes research design, and descriptive and inferential statistics using Microsoft Excel®. Students are encouraged to critique research studies and to discuss and analyze managerial decision-making. *Please note: Students must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel® software prior to the start of this course. Many employers provide relevant learning opportunities in the workplace.