Core Curriculum Course Descriptions and Rationales
FOUNDATIONS RATIONALE: Equips students with basic skills fundamental to all other facets of the undergraduate course of study.
ENGL 102
Composition II: Writing as
a Way of Knowing
Students and teachers use a complex set of reading and writing practices to create and share knowledge and to post and solve both theoretical and practical problems. Includes information Access Workshop required of undergraduates.
LANG 102
Elementary Lang II
In an increasing global world, learning the language, culture, and history of other traditions, becomes essential to students wishing to enrich their experience of the world.
CIS 120
Computer Applications
This course emphasizes a hands-on approach and uses some of the leading software applications available for personal computers today. Major topics include word processing, spreadsheets, and database management systems. Includes creating web
LAS SEMINARS RATIONALE: Students consider multiple perspectives on universal and urgent questions. Encourages students to get excited about learning for learning’s sake, think critically, hone their writing skills, explore new ideas and ways to thinking, ponder life’s big questions, and make connections between classes and experience.
Freshman Seminar The Examined Life (100-level courses). Examples include LAS 131: The Natural Self, LAS 134: The Courage of Leadership, LAS 142: Moral Compass: The Means to Find oneself, LAS 199: Mindful Crossroads to Compassion and Awareness.
Sophomore Seminar Life in Community (200-level courses). Examples include LAS 231: Invest in the Global Community, LAS 235 Social Justice and Intercultural Communication, LAS 237 Global and Personal Spirituality, LAS 239 Conflict, Competition and Community.
Junior Seminar A Life’s Work (300-level courses). Examples include LAS 333 Becoming a Professional. LAS 343 Art as Work, LAS 349 Technology and Spirituality, LAS 380 Work, Community and Action.
Senior Seminar The Good Life (400-level courses). Examples include LAS 459 The Mask, the individual and Society, LAS 462 Personal Conduct and Character and Professional Ethics, LAS 486 Ethical Communication.
AREA STUDIES Involves developing an understanding of the ways societies may change over time and of the importance of sequential occurrence. Students gain an awareness of complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty as intractable conditions of human society through study of the interactions of diverse situation in past societies.
Literature Helps students understand and respond to works of literature that includes awareness of relationships between authors and their cultural and historical context, as well as critical appreciation of ways found by writers to express feelings and ideas through language.
Fine Arts Several departments address the arts. Assists students to understand and respond to works of fine and performing arts. Includes an awareness of relationships and interactions between artist and their cultural contexts.
Natural Science Relevant disciplines include biology, chemistry, nutrition and physics. Assists students to gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and methodologies of the sciences.
Philosophy Designed to have students consider philosophy as a part of a reasoned pursuit of wisdom in one’s life. Will gain acquaintance with philosophical positions within the context of one’s personal and professional lie, and as a member of one’s community.
Social Science Provides students with the conceptual tools necessary to think independently about social, economic, psychological or political phenomena and to analyze such ideas.
Theology Engages students in a critical study of the methods and sources proper to theological and religious reflection. Students learn specific ways that religious traditions raise and attempt to answer question of ultimate meaning and value.
MULTICULTURAL RATIONALE: Focuses on the cultural or analysis of society or civilization in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and/or Asia; or the experience, traditions, beliefs, arts or thought to African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American or Native American cultures.
PHIL 242
Introduction to Biomedical Ethics


Examines the application of moral theories to key problems in biomedical ethics, using real life cases, and explores issues as informed consent in research, gene therapy, stem cell research, the effect of race, class, and gender on the quality of health care, in vitro fertilization, distribution of health care resources, and assisted suicide.
THEO 368
Biomedical and Health
Care Ethics
Takes up a number of key ethical issues that emerge from contemporary development in both biomedicine and health care. The theological dimension, particularly the Catholic ethical approach to these issues, will receive special attention.
NURSING PRE-REQUISITES RATIONALE: Ensures proper preparedness of nursing students for the rigors of the nursing program. Nursing curriculum builds on previous knowledge gained through course content from the Core Curriculum, LAS Seminars, Area Studies, Multicultural course, and nursing pre-requisites.
BIOL 152
Human Anatomy and
Physiology I
An introduction to the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. First semester of a two-semester course sequence. Lecture and laboratory. Pre-requisite CHEM 101 or CHEM 120.
BIOL 252
Human Anatomy and
Physiology II
Covers human cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems. Second semester of a two-semester course sequence. Pre-requisite BIOL 152.
BIOL 160
Elementary Microbiology
Introduction to basic and applied microbiological topics and techniques. Pre-req one college-level biology course or consent of instructor.
BIOL 260
Introduction to
Underlying molecular mechanisms and causes of altered philological states of the human body are covered. Major concepts emphasized include acid base and body fluid balances, oxygenations, neuro-endocrine regulation and control, immune defense mechanisms, cardiovascular mechanisms, and aging. Critical thinking and problem solving techniques will be used to study interaction of body systems in the development of various disease states. Pre-req CHEM 104 or 120; Concurrent with BIOL 252 or BIOL 361.
CHEM 120
General Chemistry
Fundamental principles of chemistry, including atomic theory, stoichiometry, classification of reactions, states of matter, bonding theory, and molecular shape. Pre-req HS chemistry or CHEM 101 or higher and MATH 130 or higher.
MATH 211
Principals of Statistics
Design of experiments, numerical and graphical data description, discrete and continuous probability, expected value and variance of a random variable, probability distributions, estimation, and statistical hypothesis testing. Pre-req MATH 103 or consent of instructor.
NUTR 250
Study of the specific principles of nutrition as they apply to individual and groups with application to meeting the nutrient requirements through the life span. No pre-req.
PSYC 212
Life Span Development
Overview of human growth and development from conception to death. Physical, cognitive, psychological, and social variable will be discussed for each of life’s stages. Pre-req PSYC 101 or PSYC 102.
NURSING CURRICULUM RATIONALE: Graduate a nurse generalist in the beginning leadership role of an interdisciplinary health care team who is sensitive to culturally diverse understandings of illness, health, and wellness and uses the nursing process to practice in a variety of settings.
NURS 312
Foundational Concepts of
Nursing Practice
Examines nursing theories, legal and ethical issues, nursing process, and professional development. Historical, political and social influences affecting nursing practice within the changing health care delivery system are explored. Emphasis on evidence-based practice and informatics to enhance communication, documentation, and safe patient-centered care. Identifies own learning styles.
NURS 313
Health Assessment and
Utilizes concepts from the liberal arts and sciences to provide holistic health assessment across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the development of leadership skills in clinical judgment, diagnostic reasoning, and critical inquiry for the safe provision of quality care across populations. Practices documents on electronic medical record.
NURS 314
Adult Nursing I
Focuses on holistic care of adults, older adults, and their families in acute medical-surgical settings as they adapt to changes in the health/illness spectrum. Students integrate theoretical concepts with the best nursing evidence within the framework of critical thinking and caring to foster growth in knowledge and competencies. Professional roles of the nurse, critical thinking, and ethical issues are explored as students provide safe and quality care. Clinical experience takes place in the simulation laboratory and a variety of medical-surgical settings.
NURS 322
Pharmacology in Nursing
Introduces basic principles of drug action and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process. Specific drugs and the pharmacologic effects of drugs on the body are discussed. Develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe and accountable administration of medications across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on accurate dosage calculations, proper administration techniques, and documentation for safe and accountable medication administration.
NURS 323
Evidence Based Practice
and Nursing Research
Introduces basic principles of drug action and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process. Specific drugs and the pharmacologic effects of drugs on the body are discussed. Develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe and accountable administration of medications across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on accurate dosage calculations, proper administration techniques, and documentation for safe and accountable medication administration.
NURS 324
Adult Nursing II:
Focus is on holistic, family-centered care of adults and older adults experiencing acute and chronic primarily medical conditions involving multiple body systems. Integration of theoretical concepts and best evidence is used to promote sound clinical reasoning and clinical judgment to inform nursing practice. Student clinical experiences takes place in the simulation laboratory and in acute care settings with the goal of providing safe, quality, and multi-dimensional care for diverse adult and older adult populations.
NURS 432
Community Health Nursing
Focuses on clinical prevention and health promotion of population health through the application of best evidence for community health nursing practice. The impact of global healthcare trends, political decisions, and financial and regulatory systems on health outcomes is examined. Students collaborate with a clinical preceptor to obtain clinical experiences in a variety of community settings.
NURS 433
Mental Health Nursing
Application of psychiatric mental health nursing concepts to holistic care for clients age 18 through older adulthood. Theoretical content includes bio-psychosocial theories, interpersonal relationship theory, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories, as well as, cognitive, behavioral, and biological theories. Legal, ethical, and critical thinking concepts specific to psychiatric mental health nursing are covered. Clinical experiences are designed to facilitate the students’ synthesis of classroom material, individualized application of psychiatric concepts, and establishment of therapeutic relationships in a variety of settings.
NURS 434
Nursing of the Childbearing
Focuses on the application of professional nursing concepts related to holistic care of the childbearing family and their neonate. Theoretical content includes physiological, pathophysiological, sociocultural, and ethical concepts. Student clinical experiences take place in the simulation laboratory and variety of obstetrical settings.
NURS 435
Nursing of Children and Families
Application of professional nursing concepts related to the holistic care of children and their families within their communities. Theoretical content specific to children from infancy through adolescence includes physiological, pathophysiological, and psychosocial concepts. Clinical experiences incorporate health promotion and acute and chronic illness management in the simulation laboratory, inpatient, outpatient, and community settings.
NURS 444
Adult Nursing III:
Advanced Medical-Surgical
Focus is the holistic care of high acuity patients and families in crisis situations. Students integrate contemporary concepts with the best nursing evidence to foster growth in knowledge, clinical competencies, and role of professional nurse. Students will integrate critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and ethical principles to provide safe, quality care and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to create health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention strategies. Clinical experience will be in a variety of acute care settings..
NURS 445
Nursing Leadership
Applies evidence-based concepts essential to the leadership development of the professional nurse. The focus is on the application of leadership and management skills to contemporary health care issues influencing professional practice.
NURS 446
Professional Role
Transition Capstone
Provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate competency in the role of provider and manager of care. Students provide safe, quality care for patients across the lifespan in acute care settings. Students collaborate with a preceptor and faculty member to achieve course objectives and individualized learning goals.