January 2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 03, 2020  
January 2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Course Descriptions


 

Nursing

  
  
  
  
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    NO 109 - Adult Nursing Systems I


    This course introduces the student to the concepts of medical-surgical nursing, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in medical-surgical nursing. Students are prepared for the vast opportunities in modern healthcare delivery and nursing practice. The science of adult medical-surgical nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education, and other related areas. Basic medical-surgical nursing care is directed toward the adult in acute and chronic settings. The role of the associate’s-degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to patient care. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: NO 107 - Fundamentals of Nursing II /NO 107L - Fundamentals of Nursing II Lab /NO 108 - Fundamentals of Nursing II Clinical . Corequisite: NO 110 - Adult Nursing Systems I Clinical .
  
  
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    NO 111 - Therapeutic Use of Self


    This course focuses on the communication process within the healthcare setting. Students are encouraged to utilize self-awareness skills as they explore complex topics of diversity, culture, end-of-life issues, boundaries, and professionalism. 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 15.00 Prerequisite: PS 101 - Psychology . Corequisite: NO 111L - Therapeutic Use of Self Lab  .
  
  
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    NO 112 - Pharmacology


    This course provides instruction in the study of human diseases with focus on the symptoms, signs, causes, and diagnosis of disease. Additionally, students will learn about pharmacology, drug categories, and pharmacological treatment related to human diseases. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisite: None. Corequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II .
  
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    NO 113 - Nursing Process and Documentation


    This course introduces the student to the steps in the nursing process. The formalized NANDA nursing language is presented, along with basic medical terminology. Nursing care planning is presented, and examples of care plans are given. Types of nursing documentation in various healthcare settings are presented, with examples of both narrative and computer-based charting. Government incentives to adopt electronic medical records are discussed, and the student is introduced to a model electronic medical record (EMR) and given simulation practice opportunities. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    NO 208 - Nursing Management


    This course covers nursing management and professional issues, such as healthcare economics, quality control, and legal and ethical dilemmas, that the student will encounter in the professional registered nurse role. Course activities will prepare the student for the transition into the nursing practice. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NO 212 - Adult Nursing Systems III /NO 213 - Adult Nursing Systems III Clinical . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NO 210 - Adult Nursing Systems II


    This course continues the concepts of medical-surgical nursing, as begun in Adult Nursing Systems I, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in medical-surgical nursing. Students are prepared for the vast opportunities in modern healthcare delivery and nursing practice. The science of adult medical-surgical nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education control and mobility, digestion and elimination, reproductive and sexual disorders, physical and mental integrity, the integration of body systems, and other related areas. Basic medical-surgical nursing care is directed toward the adult in acute and chronic settings. The role of the associate’s-degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to patient care. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NO 109 - Adult Nursing Systems I /NO 110 - Adult Nursing Systems I Clinical . Corequisite: NO 211 - Adult Nursing Systems II Clinical .
  
  
  
  
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    NO 214 - Maternal/Newborn Self-Care Requisites


    This course introduces the scientific basis for maternal, newborn, and women’s health. It demonstrates and features the application of the nursing process. Physiological and pathophysiological processes are presented, and the reasons behind professional nursing care and the identification of problems are examined. Legal topics, including standards of care, informed consent, and refusal of treatment, are discussed early in the course along with ethical issues to facilitate quality of care. Maternal, newborn, and women’s health are practiced in a variety of settings, and the methods to ease transition into these facilities and improve continuity of care are explored. There is an emphasis upon family, culture, and community as well as the support and involvement of the nurse during childbirth and child rearing and in the maintenance of female health. 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 15.00 Prerequisites: NO 210 - Adult Nursing Systems II /NO 211 - Adult Nursing Systems II Clinical . Corequisite: NO 215 - Maternal/Newborn Self-Care Requisites Clinical .
  
  
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    NO 216 - Psychosocial Self-Care Requisites


    This course assists students in defining the principles and concepts of mental health and in refining communication skills applicable to this area of nursing. Psychopathology and treatment modalities related to the nursing care of clients and their families are studied. This area of nursing is built upon previous nursing courses and on social and behavioral sciences. Therapeutic problem-solving and clinical decision making for clients, with alterations in psychosocial integrity, are experienced by students in mental health acute-care facilities, community mental health centers, and selected community mental health agencies. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NO 111 - Therapeutic Use of Self /NO 111L - Therapeutic Use of Self Lab . Corequisite: NO 217 - Psychosocial Self-Care Requisites Clinical .
  
  
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    NO 218 - Health Deviations in Childhood


    This course introduces the student to the concepts of pediatric nursing, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Students prepare for the vast opportunities in modern healthcare delivery and nursing practice. The science of pediatric nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education, family involvement, and other related areas. Basic pediatric nursing care is directed toward the child and adolescent in acute and chronic settings. The role of the associate’s-degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to care of the child. 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 15.00 Prerequisites: NO 210 - Adult Nursing Systems II /NO 211 - Adult Nursing Systems II Clinical . Corequisite: NO 219 - Health Deviations in Childhood Clinical .
  
  
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    NO 220 - Health Deviations in Older Adulthood


    This course introduces the older adult on a continuum from normal aging to health deviations, defines and identifies the diversity of the older client, and studies the characteristics of this population as seen in the United States. The student learns to develop critical thinking skills, utilize educational resources, and investigate biological, sociological, and psychological theories applicable to the aging client. The family unit is emphasized, and alternatives are explored. Legal and ethical concerns, to include elder law and abuse, are considered. Nursing assessment, diagnosis, interventions, evaluations, and documentation are applied through this course. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: NO 212 - Adult Nursing Systems III /NO 213 - Adult Nursing Systems III Clinical . Corequisite: NO 221 - Health Deviations in Older Adulthood Clinical .
  
  
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    NO 222 - Directed Clinical Practicum


    This course is a clinical preceptorship in an acute and chronic setting, where the student will synthesize nursing skills and critical thinking to perform safe patient care. The role of the associate’s-degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to the care of patients. 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 90.00 Prerequisites: NO 212 - Adult Nursing Systems III /NO 213 - Adult Nursing Systems III Clinical . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 121 - Health Assessment


    This course focuses on basic concepts such as safety, client-centered care, diverse populations, nursing process, communication, and legal/ethical responsibilities. Basic nursing skills and health assessment are introduced in the nursing laboratory. 4.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 90 Prerequisite: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 122 - Nursing Fundamental Concepts


    This course expands on basic nursing concepts and skills necessary for the provision of client-centered care. Nursing skills are demonstrated in lab and clinical settings. 5.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 120. Prerequisite: NSG 121 Health Assessment . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 123 - Nursing Clinical Concepts 1


    This course is designed to further develop and apply concepts related to the nursing process of chronically ill clients. Teamwork and collaboration are introduced to enhance safe and quality nursing care in a variety of clinical settings. 6.00 Semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 150.00 Prerequisite: NSG 122 Nursing Fundamental Concepts . Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 221 - Nursing Clinical Concepts 2


    This course is designed to introduce the maternal/newborn unit and incorporate concepts related to leadership, professionalism, and psychosocial care. The nursing process is utilized to emphasize the concepts of family-centered care.  The clinical experiences focus on concepts and skills required to provide safe and evidence-based care in a variety of clinical settings. 4.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 90.00. Prerequisite: NSG 123 Nursing Clinical Concepts 1 . Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 222 - Nursing Clinical Concepts 3


    This course is designed to further develop and apply concepts related to the nursing process of acutely ill clients. In addition, the course content completes the concepts across the lifespan. 6.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 150.00. Prerequisite: NSG 221 Nursing Clinical Concepts 2 . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 223 - Nursing Clinical Concepts 4


    This course expands on previous nursing knowledge and skills to provide care to clients that have complex health alterations in a variety of clinical settings. 6.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 150.00 Prerequisite: NSG 222 Nursing Clinical Concepts 3 . Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 321 - Advanced Leadership and Management


    This course uses theoretical frameworks in critical thinking strategies to study the coordinating role of the profession nurse within the healthcare delivery system.  Current theories of leadership and management in relation to nursing practice. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: NSG 223 Nursing Clinical Concepts 4   Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 322 - Nursing Pathophysiology


    This course focuses on common disease conditions affecting clients across the lifespan.  Emphasis is on interrelationships among organ systems and deviations from homeostasis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 323 - Public Health and Global Based Nursing


    This course focuses on the role and competencies of the nurse in the community setting, to promote whole-person health in diverse populations. 5.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 105.00. Prerequisite: NSG 223 Nursing Clinical Concepts 4 .  Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 324 - Evidence Based Practice in Nursing


    This course focuses on the nurse’s role in the utilization of research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP). 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 421 - Nursing Informatics


    This course focuses on the use of health information systems, communication devices, computer applications and explores the impact of these technologies on nursing practice. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 422 - Clinical Concepts 5


    This comprehensive course expands on preciously acquired knowledge and skills necessary to manage and plan care for complex clients.  Focused on nursing care of complex patients, families, and groups in unstable situations with unpredictable outcomes. 4.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 90.00. Prerequisite: NSG 223 Nursing Clinical Concepts 4 . Corequisite: None
  
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    NSG 423 - National Healthcare Trends in Nursing


    The course focuses on current national trends and challenges in healthcare. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 424 - Advanced Pharmacology


    This course focuses on the role of the pharmacotherapeutic agents in the treatment and management of multi-system disease process in a diverse population of clients in various settings. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NSG 425 - BSN Practicum


    This course provides a clinical practicum for the application of concepts learned throughout the program. Evidence-based practice, critical thinking, teaching/learning, professional behaviors, communication, collaboration, managing care, management/leadership, skills/technology, and professional development are embodied and exhibited. The student engages in the application of the nursing process in collaboration with the RN preceptor who guides the clinical experience. 5.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 225.00 Prerequisites: All courses. Corequisite: NSG 426 Review of Integerated Nursing Concepts .
  
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    NSG 426 - Review of Integerated Nursing Concepts


    This course provides the student with the opportunity to evaluate his/her strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the NCLEX-RN® exam. Utilization of the nursing process and integration of all previous concepts will be emphasized through the use of case studies, integrated testing, and directed study. 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: All courses Corequisite: NSG 425 BSN Practicum .
  
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    NU 010 - Pre-NCLEX Licensure Prep I


    This is the first of two faculty-directed review courses that focus on skills and content review from previous courses and standardized testing. Course content to be reviewed will be based on analysis of previous student performance. Instructional strategies used will include case study, practice testing, skills review and practice, and lecture/discussion. 0.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Enrollment in sixth-semester nursing courses. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 011 - Pre-NCLEX Licensure Prep II


    This is the second of two faculty-directed review courses that focus on skills and content review from previous courses and standardized testing. Course content to be reviewed will be based on analysis of previous student performance. Instructional strategies used will include case study, practice testing, skills review and practice, and lecture/discussion. 0.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 0.00 Prerequisite: Enrollment in seventh-semester nursing courses. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 090 - Foundations for Nursing


    This course will review basic written and oral communication in professional writing, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Topics will include paragraphing, basic essay writing, basic math statements, an overview of scientific principles, the metric system, body system structure and function, and testing in professional nursing. Students who successfully complete this course will have the foundation necessary to succeed in the nursing program. 0.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 0.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 100 - Growth and Development


    This course focuses on the review of human growth and development across the life span with an emphasis on cognitive, psychological, social, physical, and moral/spiritual development. Major theories will be discussed, and significant milestones, developmental tasks, adjustments, and common health problems will be explored. Students will use case studies and debate to enhance learning. A final project will be required. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: PS 101 - Psychology . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 105 - Growth and Development


    This course focuses on the review of human growth and development across the life span with an emphasis on cognitive, psychological, social, physical, and moral/spiritual development. Major theories will be discussed, and significant milestones, developmental tasks, adjustments, and common health problems will be explored. Students will use case studies and debate to enhance learning. A final project will be required. 2.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 30.00. Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 170 - Transition to RN Practice


    This course is designed to introduce the bridge student to the concepts related to professional nursing care. Emphasis will be placed on the scope of practice of the registered nurse. A nursing process approach is utilized to emphasize evidence-based practice, critical thinking, teaching/learning, professional behaviors, communication, collaboration, managing care, technology, and skills. Nursing skills, medication administration, and health assessment are integrated and applied in the nursing laboratory. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to provide quality nursing care, incorporating the concepts identified in this course. 5.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: Required placement score or MA 090 Fundamentals of Mathematics , MA 109 College Algebra  , and SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 206 - Introduction to Professional Nursing


    This course will present an overview of the profession of nursing including historical, theoretical, political, social, and economic impact. The student will be introduced to nursing roles, ethics, health promotion, evidence-based practice, standards of practice, and professional accountability and responsibility. The nurse as a leader in the healthcare system will also be explored. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None Corequisites: None
  
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    NU 208 - Pathophysiology


    This course examines the pathophysiological bases for disease process throughout the life span, with an emphasis on nursing clinical applications. The content builds upon previous understanding of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, basic chemistry, and the manifestations of disease. Alterations in pathophysiological functions of body systems are discussed. Physiological theory and treatment implications are explored. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 209 - Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab


    This course presents an overview of assessment of the adult. Emphasis will be placed on communication and interviewing skills to promote collection of the health history, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical decision-making. Systems review of normal variations and the most common abnormalities will occur. Students will make beginning nursing diagnoses. The student will practice interviewing, systems assessment, and documentation of findings from the health history and physical examination as well as have virtual simulation practice opportunities. To successfully complete the course, the student will demonstrate a comprehensive health examination and history. The course builds on information from anatomy and physiology and growth and development .3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite:
  
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    NU 211 - Introduction to Clinical Nursing


    This course focuses on concepts basic to nursing and foundational psychomotor skills of the professional nurse. The nursing process is introduced along with the communication process, client safety, and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s role in providing safe, caring, compassionate, holistic, and culturally competent care across the life span. Pharmacodynamics, economics of healthcare, and beginning leadership skills will be addressed. Students will practice basic patient care skills within the lab setting. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 75.00. Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 215 - Transition to RN Practice with Lab


    This course is designed to introduce concepts related to professional nursing care. Emphasis will be placed on the scope of practice of the registered nurse, and integration of professional competencies. A nursing process approach is utilized to emphasize evidence-based practice, critical thinking, teaching and learning, professional behaviors, communication, collaboration, care management, technology, quality, and safety. Nursing skills, medication administration, and health assessment are integrated and applied in the nursing laboratory. Upon successful completion, the student will be prepared to provide quality nursing care, incorporating the concepts identified in this course. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 105 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None
  
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    NU 216 - Adult Health I


    This course is the first in a series of three adult health courses. In this course, learners will explore the application of the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of the adult client in tertiary care settings.  Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions in the safe and effective care of diverse clients with chronic conditions including those related to nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance, respiratory function, select cardiovascular conditions, the nervous system, the sensory system, the musculoskeletal system, the gastrointestinal system, select endocrine problems, select hematological problems,  and the renal/urinary system. Chronic illness and developmental theory, healthcare economics, and related concepts that impact client and family outcomes will be explored. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 165.00 Prerequisites: NU 209 Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab , NU 211 - Introduction to Clinical Nursing , and NU 220 Pharmacology . Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 217 - Gerontological Nursing


    This course provides an opportunity to explore healthcare needs and issues in gerontological nursing. Healthy aging processes and the risk factors that affect the health and functioning of older adults will be explored as well as nursing approaches to managing those needs and risks. Students will have the opportunity to provide care to older adults in community and home settings. The student will design care and implement a project during this experience. Ethical, legal, and economic issues will be addressed. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 90.00 Prerequisites: NU 209 Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab  and NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing  (must be successfully completed prior to NU 217 or taken concurrently with NU 217). Corequisite: NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing .
  
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    NU 220 - Pharmacology


    This course introduces the student to the role of pharmacotherapeutic agents in the treatment of illness and also in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wellness in patients throughout the life span. These concepts provide the basis for the study of drug actions, indications, side effects, nursing implications, and patient education. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 225 - Nursing Informatics


    This course is designed to examine computers, electronic technologies and their use, and selected computer applications for data management through information systems and telecommunications. The impact of these technologies on nursing practice, administration, teaching, and research will be examined. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 302 - Adult Health II


    This course is the second in a series of three adult health classes. The course expands the knowledge base of learners with continued application of the nursing process to holistic care in the role of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. Emphasis is on the complexity of the healthcare needs of acutely ill patients, clients, and families. Use of critical thinking skills, evidence-based nursing interventions, and cost-wise planning will be stressed as care is provided to clients across the life span. The student will participate in delegation of tasks, supervision of non-licensed staff, and management of patient groups in specialty settings. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 180.00 Prerequisites: NU 215 Transition to RN Practice with Lab  or NU 216 Adult Health I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 303 - Complementary and Alternative Healthcare


    Currently, US citizens spend more out of pocket money on complementary and alternative healthcare and treatment than on traditional Western Medicine. Nurses and other providers need to be familiar with a variety of forms of treatment and the evidence that supports their use in practice. This course provides the student with knowledge of an array of alternative and complementary treatments including bodywork, massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, herbal treatments, meditation, and mindfulness based stress reduction and other modalities. Students will review the use and efficacy of each practice and recognize the potential for incorporating alternative and complementary treatments into care planning for individuals and groups. Students will complete a major project related to a select modality. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 305 - Professional Role Transition


    This course is designed to assist adult learners with return-to-school issues. The course provides a link between previously learned basic nursing theory and skills with baccalaureate-level courses. The course begins to build a new knowledge base in professional nursing. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 309 - Mental Health Nursing


    This course addresses mental health issues within a holistic nursing context, emphasizing adaptive and maladaptive behaviors. The clinical experiences are focused on the application of theoretical principles and the development of responsibility and accountability for providing safe, effective mental health nursing care to individuals, families, and groups. The student will learn how to therapeutically use self to develop nurse-patient relationships to stabilize and promote recovery. Concepts relevant to mental health and psychiatric nursing practice will be emphasized. 5.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 135.00 Prerequisites: NU 209 Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing , and NU 220 Pharmacology . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 316 - Gerontological Nursing


    This course provides an opportunity to explore healthcare needs and issues in gerontological nursing. Healthy aging processes and the risk factors that affect the health and functioning of older adults will be explored as well as nursing approaches to managing those needs and risks. Students will have the opportunity to provide care to older adults in community and home settings. The student will design care and implement a project during this experience. Ethical, legal, and economic issues will be addressed. 4.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 90.00 Prerequisites: NU 220 Pharmacology  and NU 302 Adult Health II . Corequisite: NU 309 Mental Health Nursing .
  
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    NU 325 - End of Life and Palliative Nursing


    It has been reported that there are 2.4 million deaths annually in the United States. Nurses are the most likely of all providers to be in attendance and supportive to dying patients in hospitals, long term care facilities and in the home. Given their critical role in meeting the end of life needs of patients and families, it is important that nursing students are educated regarding the needs, including physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects. This course is designed to provide students with information about palliative care, hospice care and grief support to clients and families facing the end of life at various locations and across the lifespan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 345 - Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Life Span


    This course examines the patterns of health and illness in individuals and populations as they relate to the nurse’s role in health assessment, health maintenance, and health education. Students will develop interview techniques, therapeutic communication skills, and physical and mental health assessment skills relating to objectives outlined in Healthy People Goals. A systematic review of health screening, as well as physical and psychosocial assessment approaches across the lifespan, will be explored. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 346 - The US Health Care Delivery System and Future of Nursing


    Nurses make up the largest group in today’s healthcare workforce with over 2.5 million in practice. Nurses have the potential to impact healthcare practice, legislation and generation of new knowledge. This course will explore the basis of the US health care delivery system and the impact of economic changes, consumer demand and technological advance affect nursing now and in the future. Students will identify how the nursing profession and individual nurses can effectively influence change and respond to changing demographics, political issues, healthcare regulation and the needs of the population. Emphasis will be placed on examining effective and influential nurse leaders and developing strategies for life long career advancement. Students will complete a major project to develop a nurse managed care program proposal. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 400 - National and Global Health and Policy Issues


    This course is an intensive overview of national and global health issues as well as the origin and effect of disease. Students will examine the natural history of disease and identify the frequency, distribution, and causation of disease. Policy development, healthcare systems, and the role of national and global healthcare agencies are examined. A course project is required for completion of this course. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 401 - National and Global Health and Policy Issues


    This course is an intensive overview of national and global health issues as well as the origin and effect of disease. Students will examine the natural history of disease and identify the frequency, distribution, and causation of disease. Policy development, healthcare systems, and the role of national and global healthcare agencies are examined. A course project is required for completion of this course. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 402 - Family Nursing


    This course focuses on nursing care as it relates to the function and structure of the childbearing and childrearing family, including the specific experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum experiences, and the care of newborns and children. It explores the nurse’s role in promoting and maintaining family health. Cultural and life span developmental considerations within a family context will be included. Students will provide care to childbearing and childrearing families in home, community, and acute care settings with emphasis on specialty area skills, communication, client and family education, pharmacotherapeutics, and care design from preconception through twenty-one years of age. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 150.00 Prerequisites: NU 215 Transition to RN Practice with Lab  or NU 216 Adult Health I . Corequisite: None.
  
  
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    NU 425 - Nursing Informatics


    This course is designed to examine computers, electronic technologies, and selected computer applications of data management through information systems and telecommunications. The impact of these technologies on nursing practice, administration, teaching, and research will be examined. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 430 - Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice


    This course examines theory and technique related to development of evidence-based nursing practice. The student will overview the research process, ethics in research, research design, and dissemination. The student will learn to critique nursing research and implement evidence- based change in the practice setting. The course will culminate with the development of a research proposal and presentation. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics  (or equivalent). Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 431 - Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice


    This course examines theory and technique related to development of evidence-based nursing practice. The student will overview the research process, ethics in research, research design, and dissemination. The student will learn to critique nursing research and implement evidence based change in the practice setting. The course will culminate with the development of a research proposal and presentation. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: None.
  
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    NU 447 - Adult Health III/Nursing Practicum


    This course expands on previous nursing knowledge and skills to provide care to patients/clients that have complex health stressors with unpredictable outcomes. The focus is on caring for patients in specialty settings such as critical care, cardiovascular care, surgery, and emergency care. The student will demonstrate synthesis of the program objectives in both the classroom and clinical setting, readiness for beginning work as a nurse generalist, and potential for success on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. An opportunity for review of essential clinical skills and synthesis of prior learning with guided review by faculty in the laboratory component assists in the synthesis of theory, assessment, and competence as well as NCLEX-RN preparation. The student will complete the clinical component in either a precepted or advanced practicum setting. 6.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 195.00 Prerequisites: NU 402 Family Nursing  and NU 412 Community Nursing . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 448 - Adult Health III


    This course expands on previous nursing knowledge and skills to provide care to patients/clients that have complex health stressors with unpredictable outcomes. The focus is on caring for patients in specialty settings such as critical care, cardiovascular care, surgery, and emergency care. The student will demonstrate synthesis of the program objectives in both the classroom and clinical setting, readiness for beginning work as a nurse generalist. The clinical component is situated in either a precepted or advanced practicum setting. 5.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 165.00. Prerequisite: NU 302 Adult Health II . Corequisite: NU 449 Integration of Concepts  (NU448 must be successfully completed prior to NU 449 or taken concurrently with NU 449). 
  
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    NU 449 - Integration of Concepts


    This course expands on previous nursing knowledge providing an opportunity for synthesis of essential nursing concepts as well as preparing the student for potential success on NCLEX-RN. The student will demonstrate synthesis of the program objectives and prior learning with guided review in a faculty-assisted laboratory component. 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisite: NU 302 Adult Health II . Corequisite: NU 448 Adult Health III  (NU449 must be successfully completed after NU 448 or taken concurrently with NU 449).
  
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    NU 450 - Nursing Leadership and Management


    This course will explore leadership, management, and organizational theories necessary to provide effective delivery of nursing care to a diverse population in varied clinical settings. Techniques used by successful managers will be reviewed as will information on outcomes evaluation, quality improvement activities, and cost-wise decision-making. The student will complete a self-evaluation of their leadership skills and finalize their employment portfolio. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 451 - Nursing Leadership and Management


    This course will explore leadership, management, and organizational theories necessary to provide effective delivery of nursing care to a diverse population in varied clinical settings. Techniques used by successful managers will be reviewed as will information on outcomes evaluation, quality improvement activities, and cost-wise decision making. The student will complete a self-evaluation of their leadership skills and finalize their employment portfolio. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 474 - Community Health Nursing


    This course focuses on the roles of community and public health nursing as they pertain to promotion of a healthy community. Students will be guided to think critically about the role and core competencies of community health nursing in promoting health, preventing disease, and restoring health. Emphasis is placed on the examination of concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health to assess and respond to the health status and needs of diverse communities. 5.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 105 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    NU 476 - Nursing Capstone


    The capstone experience is the culminating experience of the RN-BSN nursing program and provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and competencies acquired from the core and track courses. All students enrolled in the RN-BSN program are required to complete a final capstone project reflecting their mastery of the program outcomes. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45 Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Chair Corequisite: None

Networking and Security Technology

  
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    NT 120 - Emerging Operating Systems


    This course is designed to give the student a foundational skill set for new and emerging operating systems being introduced to the computer industry. The course will cover the features, capabilities, and functional details involved with the understanding and implementation of the latest operating systems available today. The student will receive classroom and hands-on experience with the most recent OSs. The course includes topics such as installation, networking, system utilities, disk management, user management, security features, performance tuning, disaster recovery, and troubleshooting. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 187 - Computer Architecture and Troubleshooting I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems


    This course develops knowledge and skills in Microsoft Windows client and server operating systems. Topics include installing the client and server operating systems, planning, installing, managing, and troubleshooting server roles, features, and network services, implementing and conducting administration of resources, implementing, managing, and troubleshooting hardware devices and drivers, monitoring and optimizing performance, reliability and availability, managing, configuring, and troubleshooting storage use, configuring and troubleshooting the desktop environment and network connections, implementing, managing, and troubleshooting network protocols, and implementing, monitoring, and troubleshooting security. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks  or IS 188 - Computer Architecture and Troubleshooting II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration


    This course is designed to provide instruction in implementing and administering a modern network infrastructure. Topics include installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting domain name services, network protocols, Windows Internet Name Services (WINS), Internet Protocol Routing, network address translation (NAT), and Certificate Services. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 203 - Routing and Switching Security I


    This course develops introductory knowledge and skills needed to configure, manage, and support network security in routing and switching technologies. Topics include network security principles, security threats, routers and switches security configuration, monitoring, management, authentication, authorization, and accounting implementation, access control list configuration, and intrusion prevention operation. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 285 - Routers and Switches I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 210 - Directory Services Administration


    This course provides instruction in implementing and administering a directory services infrastructure. Topics include installing, configuring, and troubleshooting industry-standard directory services, installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting naming services (such as DNS) to support directory services, changing control and configuration management and its relation to the reliable operation of directory services, managing, monitoring, and optimizing the components of directory services, and configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting directory service security solutions. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 213 - Routing and Switching Security II


    This course is a continuation of Routing and Switching Security I and will develop the knowledge and skills needed to configure, manage, and support network security in routing and switching technologies. Topics include securing the local area network (LAN), including endpoint, Layer 2, wireless, VoIP, and network storage devices, defining and using cryptographic systems, implementing and configuring virtual private networks (VPNs), managing a secure network, listing network security policy elements, and describing a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 203 - Routing and Switching Security I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 215 - Routers and Switches


    This course introduces the concepts and procedures required to configure switches and routers in multi-protocol internetworks. Topics include the operating system of the router and switch, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and layered communication, LAN design technologies, virtual LANs, bridging, switching, and Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), TCP and IP protocol suite and IP addressing, subnetting configuration, routing basics, protocols configuration, access list security and configuration, and Wide Area Network (WAN) design, protocols, and technologies. 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks  . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 230 - Building Scalable Internetworks


    This course is a continuation of Routers and Switches. It is designed to introduce the advanced routing architecture and protocols with a focus on the management of large multiprotocol networks. Topics include advanced IP addressing management, CIDR, NAT, the key characteristics of scalable internetworks, route summarization, route optimization, and advanced routing protocols such as EIGRP, multiarea OSPF, integrated IS-IS, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 287 - Routers and Switches II  or NT 215 - Routers and Switches . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 303 - Advanced Network Infrastructure


    This course develops knowledge and skills in advanced network infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Students will learn advanced network infrastructure principles and architectures to deploy, manage, and maintain a network server operating system infrastructure. Topics include advanced network infrastructure architectures, solutions, and implementations, high availability, file and storage solutions, business continuity and disaster recovery, advanced active directory infrastructure, and identity and access solutions. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 306 - Virtualization


    This course provides instruction in computer operating system virtualization concepts and practices. Topics include business and performance benefits of virtualization, local and network storage management, creating and managing stand-alone virtual machines, cloning virtual machines, virtualization in the network operations center, software and network testing using virtualization, virtualization as a disaster recovery tool, and managing and tuning virtual machine and virtual infrastructure performance. Emphasis is placed on learning several virtualization environments and approaches, both proprietary and open-source. Concepts will be illustrated and enforced with a variety of actual installations and practical projects. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 316 - Designing Network Security


    This course provides instruction in the analysis of business requirements for resource security and the designing of security solutions that meet business requirements in a network system. Topics include analyzing security requirements and designing network security solutions for access between networks and communication channels. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 321 - Wireless Networking Fundamentals


    This course provides instruction on both general and specific wireless technologies. Topics include wireless theory, including radio frequency and infrared transmissions. It also covers wireless topologies, access points, wireless bridges, antenna theory, wireless security, site surveys, and troubleshooting techniques. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 326 - System Administration Scripting


    This course provides an introduction to automating administrative tasks using scripts. Students will design and implement scripts of moderate complexity that automate administrative tasks such as the creation of user accounts, the administration of disk drive and printer, and the management of system services and event logs. Scripts may be written using languages such as Bourne and C, and Korn shells and JScript, VBScript, and Perl. Topics include tools and utilities, interactive command line programs, shell programming using constructs, variables, commands, functions, and debugging processes. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 122 - Programming Logic . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 342 - Mail Servers


    This course provides instruction in the implementation, administration, and troubleshooting of e-mail messaging systems. Topics include the architecture and communication abilities of mail servers, installation of mail servers, backward integration and compatibility, client support and configuration, real-time collaboration, foreign mail system connectors, SMTP and Internet-based client access, security techniques, performance monitoring, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting issues. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites: IS 192 - Linux Administration  and NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 344 - Computer and Network Forensics


    This course will provide the student with instruction in computer and network forensics. Computer and network forensics is simply the application of computer and network device investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crimes or misuse including, but not limited to, theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. This may range from tracing the tracks of a hacker through a client’s system to tracing the originator of defamatory e-mails and recovering signs of fraud. Topics covered in this course will include an overview of the field including components of PCs, information storage and retrieval, varieties of computer-related crimes, and securing and analyzing electronic evidence. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 283 - Network Security . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 354 - Network Defense


    This class will immerse the student into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack, and secure their own systems. The lab-intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defenses work and then be led into scanning and attacking their own networks; no real network is harmed. Students then learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system. Students will also learn about intrusion detection, policy creation, social engineering, open-source intelligence, incident handling, and log interpretation. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 283 - Network Security . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 361 - Supporting Enterprise Applications


    This course is designed to provide Internet-worked application management and support skills that typically are demanded by large enterprise networks and Internet/Intranet application environments. It extends the client/server model and analyzes the requirements and implementation of applications in n-tier enterprise environments running business-critical applications and Intranet/Internet solutions. Topics include messaging and e-mail applications, calendaring, groupware, database and web server applications, application hosting and installation, server and client configuration, middleware integration, server clustering, client-side interface management, server-side security and access, communication and delivery protocols, and client/server platforms. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 371 - Web Server Installation and Administration


    This course provides an in-depth study of the knowledge and skills required to install and administer web servers that support Internet based application, data, and information services. Topics include web server technology, selecting a web server platform, establishing server services such as HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and NNTP, supporting server-side technologies (CGI, servlets, server-side includes, ASP, and JSP),supporting web client technologies (Java applets, ActiveX, and plug-ins), client configuration and browser support, indexing and index servers, virtual directories and content, web server security and host access, SSL and certificate authorities, supporting intranets with web servers, web server performance and troubleshooting, integrating proxy and web servers, handling of different protocols by proxies, proxy caching, filtering, monitoring, access control, and proxy security, performance, capacity planning, and load balancing. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 383 - Multilayer Switching


    This course is a study of intermediate to advanced topics regarding switching concepts. Topics include switching roles, configuration and troubleshooting of switches, VLAN technology, spanning tree protocol, multilayer switching, multicasting, IP telephony, layer 2 and 3 configuration, and SANs. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 390 - Advanced Routing and Switching


    This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to plan, monitor and implement scalable routed enterprise networks. Routing protocols focused upon may include OSPF, BGP and EIGRP. Other topics may include route redistribution, path selection, policy based routing, layer 3 path control and securing communications hardware in an enterprise network. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites: IS 287 Corequisite: None
  
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    NT 402 - Internetwork Troubleshooting


    This course is a study of intermediate to advanced topics regarding network troubleshooting. It is focused on providing real-world application, skill enhancement, and troubleshooting methodologies. Topics include the OSI model, IOS troubleshooting commands, trouble tickets, and troubleshooting IP and IPX, switches, VLANs, frame relay, and WAN interfaces. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.
  
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    NT 403 - Voice-Over IP


    Voice-over IP is an emerging technology which allows the transmission of voice signals over a data network. This course teaches the student how to install and configure the voice-over IP telephony technology. Topics include installing and configuring voice and data network routers, configuring voice-over frame relay, ATM and IP, configuring voice ports and dial peers, voice traffic analysis, and QoS. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  
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    OT 100 - Life Span Development


    This course presents the sequence and stages of normal growth and development throughout the life cycle from infancy through adulthood by using lecture, small group discussions, projects, and classroom activities. The course is designed to provide a frame of reference for normal development which is necessary to assess a client’s developmental level and determine appropriate life tasks for treatment programs. The student will gain experience in observing and interviewing individuals in various developmental stages and exploring age-appropriate life tasks. Elements of the person, including physical, perceptual, cognitive, social and emotional components will be explored with particular focus on normal motor development and the role of the environment on occupational performance. Multi-cultural considerations and ethical concerns will be embedded throughout the course. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite/Corequisite: None.
  
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    OT 110 - Principles of Occupational Therapy


    This course provides comprehensive information addressing the major practice and professional issues in occupational therapy. Occupational science and theoretical frames of reference are also introduced. The treatment process, from evaluation to discharge, is explored with emphasis on COTA role delineation, the use of purposeful activity and occupation to enhance role function, and environmental, community, and cultural influences. Treatment approaches for occupational performance areas and major occupational performance are explored. 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite/Corequisite: OT 120 .
 

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