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Program Information - Non-Nursing Course Descriptions

PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Psychology (Pre-requisite)

ntroduces the breadth and diversity of contemporary psychology. Provides a foundation from which the student might progress to more advanced, specialized courses. Topics include learning, perception, biopsychological processes, childhood and development, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior.
3 Credit Hours

PSYC 2300 - Lifespan Development (This course required for RN Track students only

Studies the development of the individual from conception to adulthood. Examines intellectual, emotional and social aspects of behavior in terms of the complex interaction of heredity and environment. Content includes the application of prominent theories of human development to the individual's development over the lifespan. Reviews current research in critical areas of human behavior (e.g., attachment, aggression) and uses it to enhance the student's understanding of the human developmental process.
3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology

Writ 1010 - English Composition (Pre-requisite)

This is a course that provides a variety of experiences in both formal and informal writing styles, with an emphasis on increased skill regarding mechanics, cogency, or liveliness. The course is designed to acquaint the student with a variety of writing experiences in both formal and informal modes and to give a firm foundation in research in APA style; improving the ability to write clearly and precisely and persuasively by working on four larger essays, Personal Narrative, Argument/Persuasive Essay, Research Essay, and Self Evaluation Essay, and one short Analysis Essay.
3 Credit Hours


Introduces the structure and function of the human body. Topics include biochemistry, cell biology, skeletal systems (histology, immunology, muscle tissues), neurobiology, and nervous systems. Includes laboratory sections involving mitosis, tissues, and bones. Laboratory required.
4 Credit Hours (Theory 3, Laboratory 1)


Continues BIOL 1610 and includes the remaining major organ systems (cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory, digestive, and endocrine systems). Includes laboratory sections involving cat dissection.
Laboratory required.
4 Credit Hours (Theory 3, Laboratory 1)

Prerequisite: BIOL 1610 or permission.


This course explores the ethical issues that arise with changes in medical technologies and health care policies. Students explore the philosophical concepts of autonomy, duty, justice, and care as they apply to patients and physicians. Topics covered may include stem cell research and cloning technologies, organ transplantation, experimentation on animals, prenatal diagnosis and abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, access to experimental treatments and allocation of scarce resources.
3 Credit Hours


This course provides the nursing student with a variety of opportunities to strengthen math skills necessary for medication calculation. Students will learn general mathematics skills, dosage calculation using dimensional analysis, ratio-proportion, and formula methods, methods to estimate a reasonable answer, and analysis techniques to evaluate the result for accuracy. Topics include basic algebra skills, ratios, proportions, result estimation techniques, and computations for oral, IV, and parenteral medication administration.
3 Credit Hours

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