May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 17, 2024  
May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Course Descriptions


Numbers at the end of each course title refer to:

Lecture Contact Hours/Lab Contact Hours/Clinical Contact Hours

 

Nursing

  
  
  • 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 degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to the care of patients. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 0/0/90/90 Prerequisites: NO 212 - Adult Nursing Systems III /NO 213 - Adult Nursing Systems III Clinical . Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 120 - Nursing Pathophysiology


    This course focuses on the basic understanding of pathophysiology related to human illness with an emphasis placed on cellular alterations in organ systems as they relate to selected disease states. Opportunities will be presented that provide for the use of critical thinking processes to analyze diverse patient presentations of selected illness for symptomatology, pathophysiology, and health care implications. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: SC 166 Microbiology SC 186 Chemistry , and SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 121 - Health Assessment


    This course focuses on the concept of health assessment as the foundational step of the nursing process. Knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of comprehensive and focused health assessments will be presented. Interviewing, observation, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation skills will be examined. Normal findings, variations from normal, cultural differences and appropriate equipment use will be considered. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: SC 166 Microbiology SC 186 Chemistry , and SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None
  
  • NSG 122 - Nursing Fundamental Concepts^


    This course provides students with opportunities to learn and develop basic competencies necessary to facilitate the optimal well-being of the patient within the healthcare setting in a safe, legal, and ethical manner. Focus is placed on the nursing process, health promotion, disease prevention, professional communication and interdisciplinary collaboration within the context of meeting basic patient needs in a healthcare environment.  Throughout the course, students demonstrate competence of fundamental principles of nursing practice which are validated through clinical skill performance assessments.  Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 45/30/45/120 Prerequisite: SC 166 Microbiology SC 186 Chemistry , and SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 123 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I^


    This course is designed to further develop and apply concepts related to the nursing process of acute and chronically ill patients. Teamwork and collaboration are introduced to enhance safe and quality nursing care in a variety of clinical settings.  Classroom and clinical experiences integrate the concepts of caring, collaboration, communication, cultural sensitivity, community and clinical judgment to facilitate the wellbeing of individuals and prepare the student as a provider of care. In the clinical setting, students will care for patients with select medical and/or surgical problems in various settings, state knowledge of pathophysiology and psychosocial dynamics, apply the nursing process, utilize information technology, interact with other health care professionals, and practice clinical decision making and critical inquiry while caring for culturally diverse, ill adults. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/90/150 Prerequisite: NSG 121 Health Assessment  and NSG 122 Nursing Fundamental Concepts^ . Corequisite: None
  
  • NSG 124 - Pharmacology


    This course introduces the student to the role of pharmacotherapeutic agents in the treatment of illness and in the promotion of wellness in patients throughout the lifespan. These concepts provide the basis for the study of drug actions, indications, side effects, nursing implications, and patient education. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: SC 166 Microbiology SC 186 Chemistry SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II , and NSG 120 Nursing Pathophysiology . Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 221 - Mental Health Nursing II^


    This course focuses on the role of the nurse in caring for patients with alterations in mental health. Focus is placed on the nursing process framework with emphasis on assessment, therapeutic communication, neurobiological and psychosocial theories, pharmacology, and current practices related to the care of the mentally ill. Interventions focus on aspects of care to include professional communication, patient and family teaching, review of community resources, and practical application in various clinical settings. Semester Credit Hours: 4.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/45/90 Prerequisite: NSG 121 Health Assessment  and NSG 123 Medical-Surgical Nursing I^ . Corequisite: None
  
  • NSG 222 - Family Nursing^


    This course introduces the student to family-centered care and the health needs of the childbearing family. Students review concepts, skills, and techniques needed to care for culturally diverse maternal, infant, and pediatric patients and their families. The nursing process is utilized to emphasize the concepts of family-centered care, collaboration, communication, cultural competence, and community.  The clinical experiences focus on concepts and skills required to provide safe and evidence-based care in a variety of clinical settings. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/90/150 Prerequisite: NSG 123 Medical-Surgical Nursing I^ NSG 221 Mental Health Nursing II^  and PS 105 Developmental Psychology . Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 223 - Medical-Surgical Nursing II^


    This course expands on previous nursing knowledge and skills to provide care to patients that have complex health alterations in a variety of clinical settings.  Students will explore the concepts of professionalism, collaboration, communication, and cultural competency within the context of illness and their role as provider of care, educator, and patient advocate. In the clinical setting, students will care for selected patients in various settings, applying knowledge of pathophysiology and psychosocial dynamics for patients with medical and/or surgical problems. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/90/150 Prerequisite: NSG 123 Medical-Surgical Nursing I^ NSG 221 Mental Health Nursing II^ , and NSG 222 Family Nursing^ . Corequisite: None
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: NSG 223 Medical-Surgical Nursing II^ .  Corequisite: None
  
  • 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.  The principles of professional nursing care are applied to culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups and are integrated throughout the health-illness continuum. In the clinical setting, students care for selected patients in various community-based settings, integrating knowledge of epidemiology and factors that influence population health. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/45/105 Prerequisite: NSG 223 Medical-Surgical Nursing II^ .  Corequisite: None.
  
  • NSG 324 - Evidence Based Practice in Nursing


    This course explores the research process and its contributions to professional nursing practice. The skills related to reading published research findings and utilizing that evidence as a basis for professional nursing practice are developed. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics . Corequisite: None
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
  • NSG 422 - Medical-Surgical Nursing III^


    This comprehensive course expands on preciously acquired knowledge and skills necessary to manage and plan care for complex patients.  Focused on nursing care of complex patients, families, and groups in unstable situations with unpredictable outcomes. The course focuses on nursing practice that facilitates the wellbeing of individuals within the context of critical or complex illness and continues in preparing the student as a provider of care.  In the clinical setting, students care for selected patients in various settings, integrating knowledge of pathophysiology and psychosocial dynamics for patients with acute or complex medical and/or surgical problems. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 45/30/45/120 Prerequisite: NSG 223 Medical-Surgical Nursing II^ . Corequisite: None
  
  • NSG 423 - National Healthcare Trends in Nursing


    The course focuses on current national and global trends, policies, and challenges which impact health and healthcare delivery. An overview of ethical and legal issues commonly presented to nurses and other health care providers is discussed with emphasis on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical principles underlying clinical judgment in nursing. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 0/0/225/225 Prerequisites: All didactic work, final term of study, Corequisite: NSG 426 Review of Integrated Nursing Concepts .
  
  • NSG 426 - Review of Integrated 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: All didactic work, final term of study, Corequisite: NSG 425 BSN Practicum^ .
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 0.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/0/30 Prerequisite: Enrollment in sixth-semester nursing courses. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 0.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/0/30 Prerequisite: Enrollment in seventh-semester nursing courses. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 0.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/0/60 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PS 101 - Psychology . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/0/30 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: None Corequisites: None
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 4.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/0/60 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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 Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite:
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 4.00 Contact Hours: 45/30/0/75 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisites: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 75/30/0/105 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 45/30/90/165 Prerequisites: NU 209 Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab , NU 211 - Introduction to Clinical Nursing^ , and NU 220 Pharmacology . Corequisites: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 4.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/45/90 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^ .
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/135/180 Prerequisites: NU 215 Transition to RN Practice with Lab  or NU 216 Adult Health I ^ . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/90/135 Prerequisites: NU 209 Health Assessment | NU 209L Health Assessment Lab NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing^ , and NU 220 Pharmacology . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/90/150 Prerequisites: NU 215 Transition to RN Practice with Lab  or NU 216 Adult Health I ^ . Corequisite: None.
  
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics  (or equivalent). Corequisites: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 6.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/135/195 Prerequisites: NU 402 Family Nursing^  and NU 412 Community Nursing^ . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/135/165 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). 
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 0/30/0/30 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).
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 60/0/45/105 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Chair Corequisite: None

Networking and Security Technology

  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks  or IS 188 - Computer Architecture and Troubleshooting II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 285 - Routers and Switches I . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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). Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: NT 203 - Routing and Switching Security I . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: NT 201 - Network Infrastructure Administration . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 122 - Programming Logic . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisites: IS 192 - Linux Administration  and NT 181 - Network and Server Operating Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 283 - Network Security . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 283 - Network Security . Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisites: IS 287 Corequisite: None
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 30/30/0/60 Prerequisite: IS 123 - Computer Networks . Corequisite: None.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite/Corequisite: None.
  
  • 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. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite/Corequisite: OT 120 .
  
  • OT 125 - Documentation and Computer Technologies in Occupational Therapy


    This writing intensive course covers various types of documentation used in the rehabilitation field and documentation specific to the field of OT.  Examples include SOAP notes, narrative note writing, evaluation and re-evaluation reports, and treatment, progress, and discharge notes.  The SOAP note will be focused on capturing all of the essential elements of the occupational therapy session: the person factors of the client, the environments impact on performance, and the occupations in which the client engages.  The student will also become familiar with the reimbursement and liability issues as related to documentation. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/0/30 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • OT 150 - Level I Fieldwork: Community and Emerging Practice


    An integral part of the training to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) is fieldwork experience designed to develop skills that underlie practice. Level I Fieldwork: Community and Emerging Practice has the OTA student actively involved within an organization that has a need for occupational therapy services but does not currently provide these services. These organizations are embedded within the community and provide services to people with a variety of health, psychosocial, and occupational needs. The Level I Fieldwork: Community and Emerging Practice experience will have OTA students practice skills needed to be a successful occupational therapy assistant including observational skills, interpersonal communication skills, and interview skills. The fieldwork experience will also provide the student with hands-on practice with the administration of standardized evaluation and treatment implementation that are relevant to a community setting. The didactic portion of this class will provide opportunities to reflect on the fieldwork experience, give small group feedback on the skills used at the fieldwork site, and review selected learning relevant to the fieldwork experience. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 7.50/0/37.50/45 Prerequisites: OT 100 Life Span Development , OT 110 Principles of Occupational Therapy , OT 210 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities I , PS 101 Psychology  . Corequisite: OT 240 Psychosocial Dysfunction and Group Dynamics .
  
  • OT 201 - Theory of Pediatric Occupations


    This course offers instruction and practice in conditions commonly seen in children and adolescents, with emphasis on the occupational performance of typical and atypical individuals. Examples include mental retardation, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other disabilities commonly found in children. Topics will include theory and application, the occupational therapy process, frames of reference, evidence-based practice, and the roles of the COTA and OTR in various practice settings. Clinical reasoning for the OT and multicultural concerns are embedded throughout this course. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: OT 100 Life Span Development  and OT 110 Principles of Occupational Therapy . Corequisite: OT 201L Theory of Pediatric Occupations Lab .
  
  • OT 201L - Theory of Pediatric Occupations Lab


    This course offers “hands-on” opportunities for practice areas in conditions commonly seen in children and adolescents, with emphasis on the occupational performance of typical and atypical individuals. Examples include mental retardation, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other disabilities commonly found in children. Topics will include clinical reasoning for the OT, and multi-cultural concerns are embedded throughout this course. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 0/30/0/30 Prerequisites: OT 100 Life Span Development  and OT 110 Principles of Occupational Therapy . Corequisite: OT 201 Theory of Pediatric Occupations .
  
  • OT 210 - Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities I


    This course is designed to provide the occupational therapy assistant student with basic knowledge of theories used to treat individuals with various clinical conditions that are commonly referred to in OT. The impairment of body functions on participation in occupation in context will be addressed. Topics will include the effects of disease, trauma, and congenital conditions on occupational performance. Emphasis will be placed on occupational therapy interventions appropriate to specific populations. Ethical, critical, and clinical reasoning, along with cultural and environmental contexts, will be embedded throughout the course. Procedures for client and caregiver safety will also be addressed. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 15/60/0/75 Prerequisites: OT 100 Life Span Development . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 225 - Functional Kinesiology


    Functional Kinesiology provides an in-depth look at the physiological aspects of the person in the context of the environment and the pursuit of occupational performance. This course reviews neuromusculoskeletal and movement-related functions in the context of occupation. Basic principles of biomechanics and kinesiology, muscle function, muscle strength, muscle endurance, functions of bones and joints, innerventions, and movement during occupation will be discussed. Students will examine the types of muscle contractions that occur during activities through muscle activity analysis. Analysis of functional movement required for work, self-care, and play will allow students to demonstrate understanding of these concepts. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 15/30/0/45 Prerequisites: SC 246 Anatomy and Physiology II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 235 - Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities II


    This second course in a series of two will continue to address physical disabilities in a variety of settings. This course specifically addresses occupational therapy treatment interventions aimed at improving occupational performance. The course also addresses multiple client diagnoses that are commonly seen within an occupational therapy physical disability setting and how these diagnoses impact the client’s occupational participation and performance. Students will explore community and functional mobility, work-hardening techniques, hand and finger splinting, therapeutic modalities, and disabilities related to traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, and other diseases. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 15/60/0/75 Prerequisite: OT 210 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities I . Corequisite: None.
  
  
  • OT 244 - Level I Fieldwork: Traditional Settings of Occupational Therapy


    An integral part of the training to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) is fieldwork experience designed to develop skills that underlie practice. Level I Fieldwork: Traditional Settings of Occupational Therapy will place the student within an occupational therapy department to learn the domain and process of occupational therapy in a hands-on, experiential format. The student will be able to observe occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, as well as practice a variety of skills needed to be a successful occupational therapy assistant, including site-appropriate assessments, interventions, and documentation under the supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. The didactic portion of the class will include a student presentation on the fieldwork site and experience to be presented to the rest of the class. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 7.50/0/37.50/45 Prerequisites: OT 150 Level I Fieldwork: Community and Emerging Practice , OT 201 /OT 201L Theory of Pediatric Occupations Lab , OT 225 Functional Kinesiology , OT 235 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities II , and OT 240 Psychosocial Dysfunction and Group Dynamics . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 251 - Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics and Community Settings


    This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary for entry-level competence in the treatment of the geriatric population. Conditions found in the geriatric population and the role of occupational therapy are discussed. This course focuses on the practical application of theories of rehabilitation in the older population. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 15/30/0/45 Prerequisites: OT 150 Level I Fieldwork: Community and Emerging Practice  and OT 235 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 260 - Occupational Therapy in Program Development


    This course explores two areas of occupational therapy: occupational therapy within program development and the OTA’s role in the management of occupational therapy services. The primary project within this class has the student create a community-based program that targets a specific population and focuses on enhancing occupational performance within the context of the community. The management portion of the class focuses on basic management tasks relevant to the OTA along with funding reimbursements, regulatory agencies, and ethical principles in the workplace. Clinical reasoning is embedded throughout this course. Semester Credit Hours: 2.00 Contact Hours: 30/0/0/30 Prerequisites: OT 235 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities II  and OT 240 Psychosocial Dysfunction and Group Dynamics . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 265 - Assistive Technology


    The Assistive Technology course focuses on the use of assistive technology (both high- and low-tech) to enhance environmental accessibility and occupational performance across a wide spectrum of disabilities. Topics include computer programs, switches, low-vision adaptations, and other assistive devices. Ethical, critical, and clinical reasoning, along with cultural and environmental considerations, will be embedded throughout the course. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 0/30/0/30 Prerequisites: OT 201 Theory of Pediatric Occupations  and OT 235 Occupational Therapy in Physical Disabilities II . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 266 - Team-Based Case Synthesis and Intervention


    This course utilizes the principles of team-based learning to provide an experiential environment to evaluate and synthesize the material presented throughout the OTA program via case-study analysis and clinical simulation. The course is designed to simulate clinical problem solving, occupation-based intervention planning, intervention implementation, and teamwork. Student teams will be given case studies focusing on occupational analysis and treatment planning. Case study sessions will be followed up by experiential clinical simulation where students carry out treatment plans during a clinical day. Reflection will be threaded through the course. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 0/30/0/30 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • OT 270 - Level 2A Fieldwork


    This course is an advanced Level II Fieldwork experience that offers intensive training and experience leading to entry level occupational therapy assistant skills.  The emphasis is on practical work experience under the supervision of an experienced OTR or experienced COTA, allowing the student to apply classroom didactic learning experiences while delivering services to clients with the focus on purposeful and meaningful occupation. The student will be exposed to a variety of clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. This 8 week full time fieldwork experience is designed to promote clinical reasoning appropriate to the occupational therapy assistant role; to provide an opportunity to transmit the values and beliefs of ethical practice; and to develop professionalism and competency as an occupational therapy assistant. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 0/0/225/225 Prerequisite: OT 244 Level I Fieldwork: Traditional Settings of Occupational Therapy . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 275 - Level 2B Fieldwork


    This course is an advanced Level II Fieldwork experience that offers intensive training and experience leading to entry level occupational therapy assistant skills.  The emphasis is on practical work experience under the supervision of an experienced OTR or experienced COTA, allowing the student to apply classroom didactic learning experiences while delivering services to clients with the focus on purposeful and meaningful occupation. The student will be exposed to a variety of clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. This 8 week full time fieldwork experience is designed to promote clinical reasoning appropriate to the occupational therapy assistant role; to provide an opportunity to transmit the values and beliefs of ethical practice; and to develop professionalism and competency as an occupational therapy assistant. Semester Credit Hours: 5.00 Contact Hours: 0/0/225/225 Prerequisite: OT 244 Level I Fieldwork: Traditional Settings of Occupational Therapy . Corequisite: None.
  
  • OT 280 - NBCOT Review Course


    The NBCOT Review Course is designed to prepare the student for successfully passing the NBCOT Certification Examination to become a COTA. The course will focus on such areas as certification exam study skills and strategies, certification exam readiness self-assessment, content knowledge self-assessment and review, and practice testing. The course will also have the student create a NBCOT Certification Exam self-study plan based on content strengths and area for improvement. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 15/0/0/15 Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None.

Personal and Professional Development

  
  • PD 121 - Professional Development I


    This course is designed to introduce students to methodologies that will prepare them for academic and professional success.  Topics include but are not limited to Canvas support, student support services, e-books, university policies, resumes, self-reflection, time management, goal setting, and strategies for anxiety reduction. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 15/0/0/15 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • PD 122 - Professional Development I (Clock Hour Course)


    This course is designed to introduce students to methodologies that will prepare them for academic and professional success. Topics include but are not limited to Canvas support, student support services, e-books, university policies, resumes, self-reflection, time management, goal setting, and strategies for anxiety reduction. Clock Hours: 15.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • PD 151 - Professional Portfolio Development


    This class explores the assessment of prior learning through life, work, and community experiences. Documentation and demonstration of such knowledge is accumulated in a portfolio format, through which transfer credit may be earned. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45
  
  • PD 202 - Professional Development II (Semester Credit Hour Course)


    This course provides an opportunity for students to critically examine their skills and develop a plan to further their career and own financial literacy. Topics include research, job searching, developing career documents, refining interview and communication skills, and creating a personal budget. Semester Credit Hours: 1.00 Contact Hours: 15/0/0/15 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • PD 203 - Professional Development II (Clock Hour Course)


    This course provides an opportunity for students to critically examine their skills and develop a plan to further their career and own financial literacy. Topics include research, job searching, developing career documents, refining interview and communication skills, and creating a personal budget. Clock Hours: 15.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

Public Health and Safety

  
  • PH 100 - Public Event Planning and Emergency Management


    This course covers the basics on public event planning and the security involved before, during, and after the event. Scheduling and coordination is explained in depth. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • PH 200 - Community Health


    This course is designed to assist practitioners in effectively communicating messages as well as impacting the norms and behaviors of both individuals and communities. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

Paralegal

  
  • PL 100 - Introduction to Legal Assisting


    This course provides an overview of the paralegal profession and an introduction to the law and legal procedures. Topics include paralegal duties and responsibilities, ethical issues in legal assisting, sources of American law and legal concepts, the court system and government regulations, corporate law, civil litigation and trial procedures, criminal and administrative law and procedures, conducting interviews and investigations, and legal research and analysis. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
  • PL 106 - Legal Research


    This course is a practical introduction to the law library and its resources and the fundamentals of traditional and electronic legal research. Emphasis is placed on the paralegal’s practical role and skill in assisting the attorney in legal research. Topics include the various research tools, including codes, reporters, digests, Shepard’s, legal encyclopedias, treaties, law reviews, practice manuals, Westlaw, and CD ROM and Internet research. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 100 Introduction to Legal Assisting . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 115 - Contract Law


    This course is designed to examine contract basics by explaining what a contract is and the various contract types. Key elements to most contracts are covered along with an explanation of how U.S. law governs contractual activity, including enforcement and dispute resolution options and the three requirements of a contract (offer, consideration, and acceptance). The course also examines who can enter into a contract, how to approach negotiation, designing of a written contract, unfair and improper contracts, contract termination, breach, voiding and rescission claims, and details on special contract situations, including real estate, financing, and social contracts, and Internet use. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisites: PL 100 Introduction to Legal Assisting  and PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 131 - Torts


    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the basic legal terms of torts and personal injury law, help the student identify the various types of torts and the defenses a defendant may raise to each, and to provide a practical, hands-on learning experience in related terminology and in drafting the documents necessary to practice in this area of the law. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 132 - Family Law


    This course is intended to provide the student with a thorough working knowledge of family law. Along with in-depth topical knowledge, the course addresses the important skills required of a paralegal in family law including interviewing and legal drafting. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 139 - Wills, Trusts and Estates


    This course covers the study and practice of wills, trusts, and estates, stressing the need for understanding the concepts, uses, and forms involved in this ever-changing area of the law. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 140 - Ethics and Paralegal Professionalism


    This course presents an in-depth study of the Codes of Professional Responsibility from the American Bar Association as well as the Code of Judicial Conduct and existing guidelines and case law involving paralegals. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 100 Introduction to Legal Assisting . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 180 - Law Office Procedures


    This course presents a study of the operation of a private law firm from the perspective of a legal assistant/paralegal. Topics include personnel and their responsibilities, managerial concepts, the various systems and procedures in the law office including timekeeping and billing systems, word processing, file organization and management, accounting/bookkeeping systems, trust accounts, docket control, tickler systems, conflicts checks, client development and case management, and current legal office software. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 215 - Civil Litigation


    This course provides an intensive examination of the role of the paralegal in civil litigation. Topics include litigation and the paralegal’s role, the courts and their jurisdiction, ethical considerations, investigation and evidence procedures, the initial pleadings and response to the initial pleading, motion practice, discovery procedures and requests, settlements and alternative dispute resolution, trial techniques, and post-trial practices. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 220 - Bankruptcy


    This course provides instruction in bankruptcy law and the documents required to meet that law. Topics include bankruptcy law and the Bankruptcy Code, filing the case, liquidation bankruptcy, reorganization procedures and adjustment of debts of various individuals, the role of trustees and creditors, and notices and proofs of claim. The student will be introduced to the basic steps and documents involved in conducting the processes and the computer software commonly used by bankruptcy attorneys. Emphasis is placed on the role of the paralegal under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
  
  • PL 225 - Criminal Law


    Criminal Law is an introduction to the fundamental elements of crime investigation and prosecution. In this course, students will examine, in detail, crimes against people, property, and public order and morality. This course also examines affirmative defenses such as the insanity defense and the alibi defense. Finally, this course will look at the constitutional guidelines for searching and seizing evidence of a crime. Each element studied will be looked at from a legal perspective as compared to a law enforcement perspective. Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Contact Hours: 45/0/0/45 Prerequisite: PL 106 Legal Research . Corequisite: None.
 

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