Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing


ABSN 101: Nursing Seminar

The first-year seminar in nursing designed to begin the professional formation for a career in nursing. A key outcome of the seminar is the creation of a learning community for students in the nursing program which will endure throughout their educational journey. The course utilizes team-based learning methods while introducing many basic nursing concepts. Guest speakers attend class to discuss nursing and career issues. Graded Pass/Fail.

ABSN 203: Introduction to Professional Nursing

This nonclinical course introduces the basic concepts that are incorporated throughout the nursing curriculum. Topics include current practice issues in professional nursing and health care, therapeutic communication, principles of patient teaching the bio-psychosocial model of health, the nursing process and critical thinking on which clinical judgment is based.

ABSN 207: Pharmacology

This nonclinical course focuses on the pharmacological knowledge necessary for safe practice, including legal responsibilities. Drug classifications are examined as they relate to each physiological system.

ABSN 212: Health Assessment

This course focuses on the development of health assessment skills essential to the role of the professional nurse caring for people throughout the aging process. Emphasis is on the psychomotor and assessment skills required to distinguish normal from abnormal findings. Attention is placed on integrating the knowledge and skills necessary for history taking, physical and psychosocial examination and documentation. Guided classroom, laboratory and simulation learning opportunities are utilized.

ABSN 222: Fundamentals of Nursing

This clinical course introduces the role of provider of nursing care, with a focus on promotion of health and normative aging in individuals. Topics include basic nursing care skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, nursing care plans, medication administration, therapeutic communication and nursing documentation.

ABSN 309: Community and Public Health Nursing

This is a non-clinical course that introduces the concepts of population-centered health are in the community. The focus is on the community as the client and also as the context care for individuals, families and aggregates. Topics include community and health care systems, nursing roles and functions in the community, vulnerable populations, public health and community health issues and epidemiology

ABSN 313: Maternal-Child Nursing

This clinical course introduces the role of care provider for families experiencing normative childbearing and childbirth. Topics include prenatal development, neonatal assessment, family development, reproductive health, labor and birth and related nursing interventions in maternal-infant care.

ABSN 314: Pediatric Nursing

This clinical course introduces the role of care provider for families experiencing normative childrearing and for children and adolescents who require restorative care. Topics include child and family development, nursing interventions with children and management of childhood illnesses.

ABSN 332: Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I

In this clinical course students provide restorative care for adults in an acute care setting and begin to develop skills in the management of care for adults and their families. Topics include pathophysiology of disease, therapeutic nursing interventions with acute manifestations of disease in major organ systems (cardiac, pulmonary, endocrine, gastrointestinal, neurologic and musculoskeletal), fluid and electrolyte balance, perioperative care, health promotion and prevention.

ABSN 334: Mental Health Nursing

In this clinical course, students provide restorative care for adults with psychiatric illness in an inpatient setting and develop skills in the assessment and management of mental health for adults and their families. Topics include psychiatric illnesses (depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome), therapeutic interventions and communication skills, psychotropic medications, coping, crisis intervention and special populations (children with attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

ABSN 336: Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

This nonclinical course focuses on evidence-based practice. Students identify a clinical problem, review sources of evidence and develop a policy statement or program objectives to address the problem. Topics include the research process, literature critique and review, the clinical value compass and models of continuous quality improvement and policy development.

ABSN 400: NCLEX-RN Preparation

Students prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX‐RN) utilizing a web‐based program. A self‐assessment is completed and an individualized plan of study is developed, implemented and evaluated for its effectiveness in preparation for the NCLEX‐RN exam. Strategies include the use of computerized exams and software and regularly scheduled meetings with faculty.

ABSN 405: Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II

In this clinical course, the students provide and manage care for adults with complex chronic diseases and their families in an inpatient setting. Topics include pathophysiology and complications of disease, therapeutic nursing interventions, interpretation of cardiac arrhythmias, acid-base imbalances, palliative care, pain management, hospice and discharge planning.

ABSN 410: Nursing Leadership Capstone

The nursing role includes acting as provider, manager and coordinator of care for individuals, families and communities. This includes planning health promotion through normative transitions across the life span, prevention of events that compromise health and management and maintenance of optimal health for persons with chronic illness and disability. Students will identify a health or health system issue and a targeted population. Using the nursing process, students will complete an assessment and develop a plan that will be evaluated an implemented.

ABSN 442: Clinical Capstone: Nursing Management of Patient Care

Students provide and coordinate complex restorative nursing care in the inpatient setting to acutely ill individuals and their families. Students work under the guidance of a clinical mentor to achieve competence in providing safe, effective nursing care at a novice level. Students explore professional issues and responsibilities to develop management and leadership skills as they assume a professional role. Weekly clinical seminars provide opportunities for analysis and evaluation of therapeutic nursing interventions and the professional role of nurses.