BSN Nursing Curriculum
To earn the BSN degree, EMU students must satisfy both the nursing major curriculum and the general education curriculum requirements, as listed below. 120 semester hour credits are required for nursing degree, 60 are composed of transferable credit from accredited colleges or universities (waived for diploma nurses).
NRS 325: Effective Communication (3)
This course is designed to enhance the written, oral and interpersonal communication ability of students. With an emphasis on academic integrity, the course will foster writing skills using American Psychological Association formatting. Other content will address information and media literacy, content creation, and the ethics inherent in their use. Communication skills will be enhanced through discussion of social media, crucial conversations, mediation, and therapeutic communication.
NRS 320: Transitions in Professional Nursing Practice (3)
This course is designed to support a smooth transition into the role of a professional nurse through faculty and peer coaching and support. An overarching aim of this course is professional socialization while fostering self-care and mindfulness, stress management, problem-solving, creative thinking, and durability in the new professional position.
CCUS 440: Cultural Perspectives (3)
This course focuses on the development of global awareness, faith, and management as it relates to cross-cultural understanding. Students will be challenged to look beyond their own culture and understand social systems and institutions from the perspective of people in another culture. Experiential learning will take place as students participate in an off-campus cross-cultural experience.
NRS 341: Professional Nurse: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (4)
This course presents the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for current professional nursing practice. Classroom activities focus on library usage skills, an introduction to nursing research, concepts of professional nursing, communication skills, nursing and crisis theories, the history of nursing, and spirituality. A paper is written in which professional nursing concepts are integrated into an individual philosophy of nursing.
NRS 350: Health Care Policy (4)
This course focuses on contemporary health care issues and their impact on current policy. An open systems model and change theory is used to explore the US healthcare system, health care organizations, health care policy, payment systems and the role of nurses within this system. Possibilities for health care reform and alternate systems are discussed. The effect of behaviors, attitudes, values and perceptions of participants in the system is examined.
NRS 461: Family Health (4)
This course focuses on nursing with the family as the client. Theories of family nursing are examined and applied with the family experience. Family development and crisis theory are considered. Students will do home visits and complete a family assessment and plan of care in partnership with the family.
NRS 405: Evidence Based Practice (4)
This course guides the student through the research process and teaches the art of becoming a critical consumer of research. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are examined. Students critically read and critique nursing research.
NRS 410: Community Health (4)
This course focuses on nursing with the community as the client. Theories of community nursing are examined and applied in community agencies. Epidemiology, communicable diseases, and crisis theory are considered. Students will work in partnership with a local community agency of their choice and administer a community assessment and teaching project.
NRS 420: Principles of Nursing Management and Supervision (3)
This course presents motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning. Leadership styles and governance models are examined. Legal issues are discussed. The effect of organizational change on nursing delivery systems is evaluated. The concepts of power, oppression, advocacy, delegation, stress, and change are addressed.
NRS 430: Evidence-Based Practice Capstone (2)
In this course the nurse explores nursing research and applies it to a clinical problem. The course consists of writing, implementing, and orally presenting it as a capstone presentation to the instructor and learning group.
CCUS 310: Global Trends in Health Care (3)
This course will discuss health and health care that transcend geographic boundaries. The overall goal is for students to develop a worldview that comprehends the interrelationship between health and social systems, institutions, culture, politics, environmental factors, education, and economics. Some topics of discussion will include health disparities among nations, global environmental issues, poverty, human trafficking, and pharmaceuticals as it affects cultures.
SRSEM 450: Issues and Values (3)
In this course the student formulates a philosophy of life that provides the basis for professional ethics and accountability, respect for human rights, and a responsible life style in our contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion.
BIST 390: Biblical Perspectives (3)
This course reflects the commitment of Eastern Mennonite University as a Christian liberal arts university. This is a commitment to nurture an appreciation for the rich resources of the scriptures for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and the integration of faith, learning, and living.
Several core, general education courses must be completed in addition to the nursing cohort courses. These can be done before or alongside the cohort courses. The number of general education courses needed is based on your prior academic work. These include: Writing, Speech, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Statistics, Creative Arts, History/Literature and Health Assessment.