Nursing Core - NURS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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NOTE:  All courses in the College of Nursing were recently converted from the course subjects NUAS, NUMC, NUMS, NUPH, NUPS, NUSC, and NUWH to the new course subjects NUEL, NUPR, NUSP, and NURS. To see a listing of the previous and new subjects and numbers for each course, visit http://www.uic.edu/nursing/students/registration.shtml

202 Concepts and Processes of Professional Nursing
3 hours. Introduction to the history and framework of nursing practice. Emphasis on basic curricular concepts and processes of professional nursing. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

210 Health Assessment
3 hours. Introduction to assessment of physical and psychosocial health across the lifespan. Includes physical assessment techniques, interviewing skills and introduction to medical terminology and health risk assessment. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 202 or credit or concurrent registration in NURS 242; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

215 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology I
4 hours. Presents clinical pathophysiological mechanisms across the lifespan integrating pharmacological principles and therapies required for nursing practice. Provides learning strategies for this content. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 130 and KN 254 or the equivalent; or consent of the instructor.

217 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology II
3 hours. Presents clinical pathophysiological mechanisms across the lifespan integrating pharmacological principles and therapies required for nursing practice. Provides learning strategies for this content. Prerequisite(s): NURS 215; or consent of the instructor.

225 Introduction to Clinical Concepts and Processes
0 TO 6 hours. Applies nursing process, communication and teaching/learning to individuals. Includes mobility, comfort, safety, infection, protection, fatigue, sleep, oxygenation, and elimination. Clinical application in various settings. Students in the traditional BSN program are required to register for 6 credit hours; students in the RN to BSN program are required to register for 5 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 210 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 215; or consent of the instructor.

242 Concepts and Processes for Contemporary Nursing Practice
4 hours. Introduces RN/BSN student to contemporary concepts for professional nursing practice in health care systems with emphasis on the nursing paradigm, health promotion and continuity of care. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 210; or consent of the instructor.

322 Introduction to Nursing Research and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice
4 hours. Basic concepts of research emphasizing relationship between research and nursing practice. Includes basic statistical measures, hypothesis testing, and interpretation of nursing research for application and practice. Prerequisite(s): NURS 217 and NURS 225; or consent of the instructor.

335 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Adult Health
6 hours. Nursing concepts/processes concerning common adult health problems: oxygenation, information processing, regulation, immune response, elimination, metabolism, mobility, substance abuse, and perioperative. Clinical application in various settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 217; or consent of the instructor.

345 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Women's and Family Health
5 hours. Care of women and families across the lifespan. Emphasizes health promotion from a community-based perspective. Social, cultural, political, legal and ethical influences on health behavior and outcomes are explored. Clinical application in various settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 217; or consent of the instructor.

355 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Children's and Family Health
5 hours. Nursing care of the well, acutely and chronically ill infant and child using a family-focused approach with clinical application in various settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 217; or consent of the instructor.

365 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Mental Health
5 hours. Application and integration of biopsychosocial and cultural concepts and principles in the nursing process for individuals and groups in psychiatric settings. Clinical application in various settings. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 217; or consent of the instructor.

375 Concepts and Processes in Older Adult Health
3 hours. Application of concepts of gerontology, aging theories and care of the older adult, including health promotion and maintenance and rehabilitation. Prerequisite(s): NURS 225; or consent of the instructor.

385 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Population-Focused Nursing
5 hours. Synthesis of theory, research and practice related to population-focused nursing care, with emphasis on health promotion of aggregates. Clinical application with aggregates across the lifespan. Prerequisite(s): NURS 345 and NURS 355; or consent of the instructor.

390 Nursing Leadership and Management in Healthcare
6 hours. Appraisal and synthesis of theory, research and practice in the application of principles of nursing leadership and management. Clinical application will focus on the management of groups of clients and systems. Prerequisite(s): NURS 335 and NURS 345 and NURS 355 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 365 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 385; or consent of the instructor.

397 Issues in Nursing Practice
3 hours. Analysis of social, economic, and policy issues affecting the practice of professional nursing with emphasis on strategies for advancing the profession. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 390; or consent of the instructor.

401 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
3 hours. First of two courses which provide an understanding of responses to disease and pharmacological treatments. Included are the therapeutic and toxic effects for major drug classes and basic microbiology principles. Prerequisite(s): KN 253 and KN 254 or the equivalent; and graduate standing. Must enroll concurrently in NURS 404.

402 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
4 hours. Second of two courses which provide an understanding of responses to disease and pharmacological treatments. Included are the therapeutic and toxic effects for major drug classes and basic microbiology principles. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 401; and graduate standing.

403 Cultural Fluency, Communication, and Ethics
3 hours. Provides a foundation of communication skills, teaching and learning theory, ethics, and cultural competence in providing nursing care.

404 Integrated Health Care: Concepts and Skills
3 hours. Provides the basis for understanding fundamental concepts to the practice of nursing across the life span. Theoretical concepts will be integrated with skills and clinical in Integrated Practicum I. Prerequisite(s): NURS 421. Must enroll concurrently in NURS 401.

406 Integrated Health Care: Community
2 hours. Theories of community assessment, disease prevention, and health behavior are applied to promotion of health for communities and vulnerable populations. Understanding of systems and collaboration with the interprofessional team are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): NURS 412.

408 Integrated Health Care: Adult/Older Adult
4 hours. Clinical evaluation/management of common/complex problems in adults and older adults, emphasizes pathophysiology and management strategies in context of culture and ethnicity. Prerequisite(s): NURS 421 and NURS 422 and NURS 404 and NUPR 405.

412 Integrated Health Care: Women, Children and Family
4 hours. Care for women throughout the lifespan, including pregnancy, birth, the postpartum, and interconceptional periods and throughout the aging process. Prerequisite(s): NURS 408 and NURS 414.

414 Integrated Health Care: Mental Health
2 hours. Application and integration of biopsychosocial concepts and principles to the mental health care of individuals and groups across the continuum of care, including health promotion and illness prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation. Prerequisite(s): NURS 401 and NURS 402 and NURS 404 and NUPR 405; and graduate standing.

416 Bioethics
2 hours. Examine ethical decision-making models as applied to nursing. Analyze use of ethics committees, resolution of conflict around ethical dilemmas, impact of cultural/gender influences on ethical decision-making and nursing's role as patient advocate. Prerequisite(s): NURS 401 and NURS 402 and NURS 404 and NUPR 405; and graduate standing.

418 Leadership in Professional Practice
3 hours. Theories of leadership/management are analyzed in relationship to the new healthcare delivery system, nursing role, evidence-based practice, future trends and the professional education continuum. Prerequisite(s): NURS 406 and NURS 408 and NURS 412 and NURS 414 and NUPR 415; and graduate standing.

421 Pathophysiology
3 hours. Pathophysiologic concepts critical to clinical decision making focusing on commonly occurring disease processes across the lifespan.

511 Epidemiology & Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice
4 hours. Application and interpretation of statistical and epidemiological techniques appropriate for health sciences. Prepares students to think quantitatively, assess data critically, and apply epidemiological methods to disease prevention and control. Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate statistics course.

515 EBP 1: Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice
3 hours. Emphasizes interrelationships among theory, research, and practice as background knowledge needed to critically appraise the literature and effectively engage in evidence-based nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 511.

518 Quality and Safety Through Health Technologies
3 hours. Examination of individual and system-level factors which impact the quality of health outcomes. Focus on the use of technology and data, including information systems, in improving the safety and quality of health care.

519 Health Equity and Social Determinants
3 hours. Consideration of social determinants of health and their impact. Emphasis on ethical implications for vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by the intersectionality of multiple determinants.

525 Intermediate Statistics
3 hours. Application and interpretation of statistical techniques appropriate for health sciences. Prepares students to think quantitatively, use computer to perform statistical analysis, and assess data critically. Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate statistics course.

526 Nursing Inquiry I
2 hours. First of two courses examining interrelationships among theory, research and practice, as integral components of evidence-based practice, emphasizing concepts, theory analysis, and problem identification. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 525 or Credit or concurrent registration in BSTT 400 or the equivalent.

527 Nursing Inquiry II
2 hours. Second of two courses examining interrelationships among theory, practice and research as integral components of evidence-based practice, emphasizing research methods and ethical issues. Prerequisite(s): NURS 526.

528 Health, Environment, and Systems
2 hours. Examination of the environmental context in which health care in the United States is delivered and received, with an emphasis on populations, policy, cost, access, and quality.

529 Issues of Advanced Practice in Nursing
1 hours. Examines advanced practice in nursing from historical, contemporary, and future dimensions. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Only students enrolled in specific nursing concentrations are allowed to repeat course. Prerequisite(s): NURS 528.

530 Introduction to the Clinical Nurse Specialist Role
1 hours. Models and role competencies of the clinical nurse specialist. Prerequisite(s): NURS 527.

531 Pharmacotherapeutics
3 hours. Advanced principles of pharmacotherapeutics, including legal issues, client adherence, and medication selection factors. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 534.

532 Comprehensive Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
4 hours. Building on prior basic history and physical exam skills, covers physical, psychosocial, developmental, occupational, sexual, spiritual, and cultural assessment across the lifespan, emphasizing normal and abnormal finding differences & documentation. Prerequisite(s): NURS 210.

533 Applied Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice in Nursing
1 hours. Application of pharmacology principles to sub-specialty populations. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 531.

534 Advanced Physiological Principles Across the Lifespan
2 hours. Advanced contemporary physiologic principles and their relevance to clinical practice across the lifespan. Prerequisite(s): Introductory courses in Physiology and Pathophysiology.

535 Advanced pathophysiology across the lifespan
3 hours. Critical examination of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease across the lifespan. Prerequisite(s): NURS 534.

536 Physiologic Basis of Nursing Practice Across the Adult Lifespan
4 hours. Advanced contemporary physiologic principles and their relevance to clinical practice in the adult patient. Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate physiology course or consent of the instructor.

537 Pathophysiological Basis of Disease
3 hours. Pathophysiologic responses and risk behaviors that are linked to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Prerequisite(s): NURS 536 or the equivalent; or consent of the instructor.

550 Evidence-Based Practice
3 hours. Application of evidence-based practice to healthcare delivery systems and clinical issues. Emphasizes the integration of retrieved evidence with client preferences in order to design and evaluate best practices. Prerequisite(s): NURS 527 or the equivalent.

551 Promoting Health: Translating Science to Practice
3 hours. Examine theories/models of health promotion, disease prevention, and teaching/learning for their application to direct care and systems-focused nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 550.

552 Advanced Nursing Leadership Concepts
3 hours. Emphasizes leadership in direct care and systems-focused advanced nursing practice roles. Focuses on synthesis of theoretical leadership concepts with personal/professional values and working with multiple disciplines and multiple constituencies. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 528 or the equivalent.

553 Strategic and Financial Planning for Clinical Programs
3 hours. Provides decision makers with state of the art tools to analyze issues affecting health care and formulate financially viable strategic plans for healthcare initiatives.

554 Translating Evidence to Clinical Practice
3 hours. In this course, the student develops competencies in effectively utilizing methods and measures for translating evidence to clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): NURS 550.

560 Synthesis Project Development
1 TO 4 hours. Students design a doctoral nursing practice project related to an aggregate of individuals/selected population of interest. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

561 Synthesis Project Implementation
1 TO 4 hours. Students implement a doctoral nursing practice project related to an aggregate of individuals/selected population of interest. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): NURS 560 and consent of the instructor.

562 Synthesis Project Evaluation and Dissemination
1 TO 4 hours. Students analyze and disseminate findings from the doctoral nursing practice project. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): NURS 561 and consent of the instructor.

570 Philosophy of Science for Health Research
3 hours. Traces the development of scientific reasoning and explanation from Aristotle to the present, focusing on the nature of knowledge and role of truth for health research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate level research course or consent of the instructor.

571 Theory and Theory Development for Nursing Research
3 hours. Methods of theory development and critical analysis of selected biological, behavioral, health service, and nursing theories which form the basis of nursing science are examined. Prerequisite(s): NURS 570.

572 Advanced Research Design
4 hours. In-depth analysis of research design, including such areas as design appropriateness and validity, sampling, research ethics, and interpretation. Application of the content to nursing and related fields. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NURS 570; and graduate level statistics or consent of the instructor.

573 Measurement in Health Research
4 hours. Qualitative and quantitative measurement theories; assessment of reliability, validity, and data quality. Critical analysis of measurement issues across the continuum of measures in health research. Prerequisite(s): NURS 572 and credit or concurrent registration in NURS 571 and credit or concurrent registration in the second course in graduate level statistics series; or consent of the instructor.

585 Advanced Research Seminar
1 TO 2 hours. Integrates theory and methods for health research. Topics vary according to student interests and instructor availability. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A minimum of 2 hours of credit is required; a maximum of 4 hours of credit may be applied toward the Ph.D. Prerequisite(s): Open only to Ph.D. degree students; and consent of the instructor.

590 Leadership in Scientific Careers
1 hours. Analyzes components of leadership in science at the national and global levels. Analyzes factors and issues of the discipline affecting a research career. Analyzes the interdependency of the science to policy cycles of influence. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): NUPR 593.

592 Preliminary Exam Preparation
1 TO 12 hours. Literature review, reading and writing in preparation for the preliminary examination supervised by faculty research advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 24 hours. Prerequisite(s): Completion of core courses and consent of the instructor.

597 Master's Project
0 TO 16 hours. Master's student project research. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

598 Thesis Research: Masters
0 TO 16 hours. Master's student thesis research. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

599 Ph.D. Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. Doctoral student thesis research. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


Information provided by the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment.

This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.