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Education Requirements

The first two years require completion of general education and nursing prerequisites at Concordia or at another college or university. Nursing students are admitted in the spring before their junior year and begin classes that summer term.

Junior Year


Nursing 301  Introduction to the Patient Experience (4)
This introductory course prepares the student to perform basic nursing care. The course follows clinical training to prerequisite completion of certification as a nursing assistant and includes classroom study of the human experience of being a patient, helping interpersonal skills, and selected basic nursing concepts. Cultural sensitivity will be introduced.


NUR 303 Clinical Nursing I: Care of The Adult with Physical Illness (7)
The student in this course will study fundamental nursing concepts and develop proficiency in beginning therapeutic nursing interventions. The course will introduce fundamental knowledge to understand chronic illness, care of the aging, rehabilitation, long term care, and end-of-life nursing. Physiological nursing of patients with selected conditions will be introduced. Theory is presented concurrent with skills laboratory (introductory assessment skills and nursing procedures) and clinical experience in long term care.

NUR 304 Integration of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I (3)
This course explores processes underlying all disease and then systematically reviews pathophysiological changes in selected body systems. The course also provides an overview of pharmacology with systematic study of one representative drug in each drug category. Underlying disease processes and pharmacology are presented concurrent with discussion of nursing process in Clinical Nursing I.

NUR 341 Psychosocial and Spiritual Care (3)
This course focuses on spiritual self awareness, sensitive spiritual assessment, and caring spiritual interventions. Also introduced are basic concepts of family assessment and intervention, as well as cross cultural assessment and culturally competent practice. This is an interdisciplinary course taught with both nursing and social work students.  Pre-requisite: Rel 371 World Religions


NUR 305 Health Promotion (3) 
This course begins with an examination of ways the nursing student can sustain and enhance his/her own physical, emotional, and spiritual health throughout the nursing curriculum. Evidence based information on health promoting activities will be examined.

Holistic health measures will be discussed in this context. Essential health promotion activities throughout the lifespan will be explored, as well as current knowledge about effective health education and the challenges of behavior change. This course will include the opportunity to teach and develop health promoting relationships in various settings that may include schools, day care centers, senior centers and living facilities, community centers, and campus. Cross cultural competence will be stressed.

NUR 313 Clinical Nursing II: Care of the Hospitalized Adult with Acute Physical Illness (7)
This course continues the study of physiological nursing initiated in Clinical Nursing I. Special emphasis is given to expanding the student’s understanding of the nursing process and clinical reasoning using case narratives that include stories of human illness experiences as well as clinical data. Theory is presented concurrent with skills laboratory (intermediate assessment skills and more complex nursing procedures) and clinical practice in the hospital setting.

NUR 314 Integration of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II (3)
This course completes the examination of pathophysiological changes in the human body and examines pharmacology in greater depth with emphasis on clinical decision making. Underlying disease processes and pharmacological therapies are presented concurrent with relevant discussion of nursing process in Clinical Nursing II. Efficacy of herbal remedies will be examined in this course.

Fine Arts Studio Electives include 1 credit arts studios (AS prefix), music performance (MUP prefix), or theater arts performance (TAP prefix).

Senior Year


NUR 401 Clinical Nursing III Care of People Living with Mental Health Challenges (4)
This course examines mental health and strategies to enhance mental health in the individual and family within their social and cultural context. Skills in therapeutic communication and group dynamics will be developed. In addition, the course examines the most common psychiatric problems including their recognition, underlying biological and psychosocial dynamics, and effective interventions. The course includes clinical placements in outpatient and hospital settings.

HCA 411 Health Care Ethics (3)
This course addresses the legal and ethical aspects of health care delivery. It emphasizes the legal and ethical background for responsible decision making.


NUR 406 Clinical Nursing VI: Community Nursing (4)
The senior level course integrates student learning about health and illness to provide care that focuses on health promotion for entire communities and populations, as well as to provide individual and family focused care through practice in homes, clinics, shelters, and other community-based settings.

NUR 402 Clinical Nursing IV: Care of Children and Care of the Childbearing Family  (8)
In this course, the student studies both the family-centered care of children (pediatric nursing) and care of childbearing mothers and newborns (obstetrical nursing). Special emphasis is given to expanding the student’s understanding of the nursing process and clinical reasoning using case narratives that include stories of human illness experiences as well as clinical data. Theory is presented concurrent with skills laboratory (pediatric and obstetric assessment and nursing procedures) and clinical practice in hospital and outpatient settings.

NUR 403 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (2)
This course enables the student to understand the purpose of nursing research, to identify common research designs, and to critique common research studies. The student will become familiar with the ways that notable nursing research has influenced quality practice. Likewise, this course examines the rationale for nursing practice to be grounded in research and other sources of evidence and explores evidence-based practice in an area of his or her choice.


HCA 201 The Nation’s Health (3)
Presents an overview of the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services, including current issues and developments affecting the organization and delivery of health services.

NUR 404 Leadership & Mgt (2)
This course examines nursing leadership and management within contemporary health care services. Positive change, conflict management, delegation, supervision, and team building are emphasized. Professional responsibility and ethical practice are strongly emphasized.

NUR 405 Clinical Nursing V: Senior Integration: Complex Care and Student Preceptorship (8)
This culminating senior level course serves several purposes. Students will examine essential concepts and skills of nursing the critically ill and apply this to clinical placements where patients are receiving intensive care for highly unstable conditions. Likewise, care of the chronically ill, aging, and dying will be examined at the senior level. Students will have opportunity to be mentored in team leadership and to practice in a clinical placement site. This course will also incorporate an intensive NCLEX-RN review to pass the licensing examination. In addition, this class will require laboratory hours to strengthen nursing assessment and intervention skills in preparation for professional practice.