Nonprofit Studies



Nonprofit Studies

Department of Social Work

NPS 300. Intoduction to Nonprofits

3 credits

An introduction to the development of the nonprofit sector in the American context exploring history, theories, legal issues, governance, and ethical considerations. Global nonprofits are also explored. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the nonprofit studies minor. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing with a declared major.

NPS 320. Nonprofit Management

3 credits

A study of organizational and management functions in the nonprofit sector. Examination of the unique role of volunteers, boards, and public relations in the nonprofit environment. Prerequisites: NPS 300 and junior status.

NPS 400. Internship/Practicum in Nonprofit Studies

4 credits (225 hours in agency), 6 credits (400 hours in agency)

Supervised internship/practicum experience in a nonprofit organization setting that allows experimental learning and practice experiences. A research or applied paper, learning journal, and presentation based on the experience are required. Prerequisites: NPS 300 and discipline specific elective.

NPS 450. Nonprofit Studies Capstone Seminar

3 credits

The capstone seminar is designed to integrate and apply knowledge from the student’s major and the Nonprofit Studies minor. A substantial, individualized project will strengthen the student’s capabilities in research and/or applied knowledge, information access, and self-directed learning. Prerequisites: NSG 300, NSG 320, NSG 400, and discipline elective. Related elective may be taken concurrently.


Department of Nursing

NSG 310. Helping Persons in Pain

2 credits. Offered spring

This course open to students from all majors, is an examination of pain, its impact on people, causes, treatments and the role of health professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding how people experience pain and its effect on quality of life.

NSG 311. End of Life Care

1 credit. Offered spring

Classroom-based exploration of the care of people at the end of life from a multi-disciplinary, holistic perspective. Learning activities include guest speakers, critique of assigned readings, essay and case studies. Students from any related health care major freshman through senior welcome.

NSG 312. Understanding Cancer

1 credit. Offered fall

This elective course, open to students from all majors, is a non-technical and practical examination for cancer and its causes, prevention, treatments, and impact on people. Emphasis is placed on understanding how people experience and survive cancer. This course is tailored to include cancer-related topics that are of interest to students.

NSG 313. Issues and Applications of Family Caregiving

1-2 credits. Offered fall, spring and summer

Students from any major engage in service learning with clients and staff of Caregiversí Community Network, a program of information, companion care, and support for family caregivers. Hours are flexible and activities are tailored to student interests.

NSG 321. Health Assessment I

3 credits

The first health assessment course is designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant health data. Emphasis is placed on systematic strategies, frameworks and skills used to conduct both comprehensive and need-specific health assessments for individuals in the context of their family and community.

NSG 322. Health Assessment II

2 credits

The second health assessment course is designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant health data to assess the health status of families. Tapping major theoretical perspectives, students select assessment questions and tools to describe family structure, functions, developmental stages, environment and coping abilities.

NSG 331. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

2 credits

Students are introduced to physiological and clinical responses to pathological processes and to the pharmacological agents used to treat these processes. Content is focused on health problems addressed in NSG 341, NSG 371 and NSG 372.

NSG 332. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

2 credits

The second course in this sequence focuses on the pathophysiology related to the illness processes of increasing complexity encountered in NSG 342 and NSG 373. Students learn the pharmacological management of these illness processes. The bodyís compensatory mechanisms and defenses are explored.

NSG 341. Nursing Applications I

4 credits

This first course in the nursing applications sequence provides the foundational knowledge and theory base for nursing practice. Students are introduced to concepts and principles of nursing process, health promotion, illness risk reduction and illness management. Focus is on the nurseís roles in planning, providing and evaluating care for clients with alterations in health.

NSG 342. Nursing Applications II

4 credits

This nursing application course focuses on the integration of concepts and principles utilized in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of care for adults and children experiencing moderate to severe challenges in health maintenance. Emphasis is on nursing roles within the multidisciplinary health care team.

NSG 351. The Profession and the Professional I

2 credits

This first course in the Profession and Professional sequence provides an overview of the concepts, definitions and character of professional nursing practice within the context of the health care delivery system. It promotes socialization as a professional nurse, an understanding of the role and processes for professional nursing practice.

NSG 352. The Profession and the Professional II

2 credits

This second course in the Profession and Professional sequence examines specific nursing theorists and their importance in nursing practice, explores decision making, research, care coordination and advocacy as critical processes and roles of the professional nurse and discusses the development of nursing as a profession.

NSG 362. Nursing Skills Laboratory II

2 credits

In this second laboratory course, students learn additional psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills that are foundational to nursing practice. Focuses of the course include acute care skills, strategies to manage stress, alternative health techniques and therapeutic group processes.

NSG 371. Nursing Practicum I

3 credits

This practicum has two distinct components. In the nursing skills laboratory component, students learn the cognitive and affective processes and the psychomotor skills which are foundational to nursing practice. In the practice component, students apply concepts and skills in the delivery of health care to elderly home residents.

NSG 372. Nursing Practicum II

1 credit

Through interactions with children and older adults, students develop health and developmental assessment skills and the nursing intervention skills of teaching and therapeutic communication. Emphasis is on holistic developmental assessment of individuals in a family and community context. Sites include day care centers, head start programs, schools and retirement communities.

NSG 373. Nursing Practicum III

2 credits

Students apply concepts, principles, theories and skills in the nursing care of adults or children experiencing moderate to severe challenges to health. In hospital settings, students are exposed to a wide variety of clinical skills gaining beginning practice in planning and facilitating nursing care for clients and their families.

NSG 374. Nursing Practicum IV

1 credit

This practicum emphasizes application of family assessment skills to evaluate structure, function, resources, needs and coping abilities of families experiencing illness. Students apply interpersonal and group communication skills, teaching-learning skills and problem-solving skills needed to address interrelated needs of the family network. Practicum seminars address family health issues.

NSG 423. Health Assessment III

1 credit

In this course, students develop the knowledge, skills and ability to conduct and interpret client assessments that integrate physical, neuropsychiatric, psychosocial and psychopharmacologic parameters. Systematic approaches to the assessment of persons at risk from disorders with both psychosocial and physical components are emphasized.

NSG 424. Health Assessment IV

1 credit

The fourth health assessment course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant data on target populations and entire communities assessments.

NSG 433. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology III

2 credits

This third course in the nursing application sequence focuses on the synthesis of concepts and principles utilized in the health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of care for adults and children experiencing life threatening alterations in health maintenance. Emphasis is on nursing intervention and coordination in the context of crisis.

NSG 444. Nursing Applications IV

3 credits

In addition to exploration of basic psychiatric mental health nursing processes, this course emphasizes the analysis of health care issues and nursing needs for selected vulnerable populations from an interdisciplinary perspective. At-risk groups are identified and proactive, creative strategies for effective services are explored within a variety of treatment settings.

NSG 445. Nursing Applications V

3 credits

This fifth course in the application sequence focuses on synthesis of concepts and principles utilized in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision-making and management of womenís health care. Focuses include womenís health issues, prenatal care of mothers and infants and gynecological health.

NSG 453. The Profession and the Professional III

2 credits

This third course in the Profession and Professional sequence explores the development of the educational system in nursing, current issues relevant for the professional practice of nursing, the history and role of professional organizations, professional control of the practice of nursing and the utilization of research and theory in professional practice.

NSG 454. The Profession and the Professional IV

4 credits

This final course in the Profession and Professional sequence explores current factors having impact on the professional practice of nursing. It explores the many dimensions of management and leadership roles, the utilization of research in nursing practice and the role of nursing in health care policy development. Its focus on career planning and preparation for professional practice includes consideration of future directions, trends and opportunities in health care delivery and professional nursing practice.

NSG 461. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

3 credits

This course, offered for RN-MSN program students, provides an examination of complex physiologic responses and clinical sequel in major body systems in relation to pathologic processes. Emphasis is placed upon physiologic compensation and defense responses. Pharmacologic management of pathology is investigated. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-MSN program.

NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice

3 credits

This course, offered for RN-MSN program students, examines issues and trends of greatest concern to professional nursing practice today. Historical, societal, political, and economic influence and future trends will be explored. Legal and ethical dimensions of nursing will be discussed. A seminar format will be used emphasizing professional presentation of issues. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-MSN program.

NSG 463. Professional Role Transition

3 credits

This course, offered for RN-MSN program students, provides an expansion of concepts/theories from studentís initial historical review, nursing theory, leadership and management roles as well as coping strategies for role stress will be explored. Seminar format will be used. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-MSN program.

NSG 464. Introduction to Nursing Research

3 credits

This course, designed for RN-MSN students, will focus on the study of research methods that generate quantitative and qualitative data. Students will examine the research process with an emphasis on critique of research methodologies and application of research findings to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-MSN program.

NSG 465. Clinical Practicum Elective

3-6 credits

This course facilitates the RN studentís transition into a professional nursing role through a BSN/faculty mentored clinical practicum experience in a student selected clinical specialty area. The student will articulate individual objectives. An individual plan to meet the course and studentís objectives will be developed by the student and approved by the faculty. Prerequisite: Completion of NSG 321 and NSG 463.

NSG 466. Community Clinical Practicum

2 credits

This practicum, for RN-MSN students, transitions practice into the BSN role through mentored clinical experiences at selected community sites. Emphasis is on collaborative nursing care with individuals, families, and groups within the community. Experiences include concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and management of acute or chronic illness. Prerequisite: Admission to RN-MSN Program.

NSG 475. Nursing Practicum V

2 credits

In this course, students synthesize and apply concepts, principles, theories and skills in the nursing care of adults or children experiencing moderate to multi system challenges in health. On acute and critical care nursing units, students will work in small groups to plan and facilitate care for multiple clients.

NSG 476. Nursing Practicum VI

2 credits

Students provide nursing care in the home for persons and families experiencing chronic illness. Using a case management theoretical framework, students coordinate and deliver services through visits with agency nurse case managers and direct care giving responsibilities. Issues of chronic illness, coping and extended care are explored.

NSG 477. Nursing Practicum VII

2 credits

Linked closely with NSG 423 and NSG 444, this practicum proves a framework for identifying, analyzing and planning for the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations based on the objectives of Health People 2010. These populations include the homeless, immigrants and refugees, people suffering from mental illness and AIDS, alcohol and substance abusers, adolescents, victims of family and other violence, and the chronically ill. Students learn and apply biopsychosocial concepts to the care of vulnerable populations along with service learning in community settings.

NSG 479. Nursing Practicum IX

2 credits

Working in teams, students coordinate and provide nursing care for women and their families experiencing childbirth or gynecological treatment. Students observe and experience a variety of nursing roles, engage in peer performance appraisal and promote staff and peer professional development. The application of research findings to practice is emphasized.

NSG 480. Nursing Practicum X

2 credits

In this practicum, students are provided an opportunity to apply beginning case management in health and human services settings. The focus is coordination of care for clients, including those with high risk behaviors, inadequate coping and alterations in functional or developmental status.

NSG 481. Nursing Practicum XI

1 credit

The concepts community as client and population-focused practice are presented with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between individual, family and community needs. Students perform community-focused assessment and interventions and apply concepts of health promotion, health maintenance, health education and coordination of care.


Department of Health Sciences

NUTR 140. Contemporary Foods (2, 2)

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Basic principles of contemporary food selection, purchasing, planning, preparation and service. Laboratory activities acquaint the student with the preparation and evaluation of quality products in the various food groups.

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

Students will study the impact of nutrition on wellness by learning nutrients, their functions in the human body, food sources and appropriate intake levels. Controversies surrounding use of various nutrients for improvement of health and well-being will be discussed.

NUTR 295. Foundations of Nutrition Practice

2 credits. Offered spring

An introduction to the profession of dietetics, credentialing processes in nutrition/dietetics, careers available in the field and some basic skills needed for the profession.

NUTR 360. Health Care Food Service Management

3 credits. Offered fall

Application of food service management principles to health care food systems. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in MGT 305.

NUTR 362. Food Service Systems

3 credits. Offered spring

An integration of menu planning, food procurement, equipment selection and layout to provide quality food service in a variety of food systems. Prerequisite: NUTR 280 or equivalent.

NUTR 363. Quantity Food Production (1, 6)

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

The principles of quantity food production and service are studied. Prerequisites: NUTR 140 and NUTR 280 and prior arrangement with the instructor.

NUTR 380. Global Nutrition

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of food habits from around the world and their contributions to nutritional adequacy. Factors affecting global food consumption behaviors including sociocultural practices, religion, health beliefs, agricultural practices, economics, politics and education are explored.

NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition

3 credits. Offered fall

A study of the relationship of nutrition and athletic performance. Identification of the effects of age, sex, body build, environment and state of health on energy needs and energy sources during physical activity. Prerequisite: NUTR 280.

NUTR 384. Clinical Nutrition I

3 credits. Offered spring

This course introduces nutrition as a disease therapy and the role of the clinical dietitian as a member of the health care team. Topics covered include nutrition screening and assessment, medical records documentation, basic dietary modifications and patient/family counseling. Prerequisites: NUTR 140, NUTR 280 and NUTR 395.

NUTR 385. Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

3 credits. Offered fall

A study of the nutritional needs throughout the life cycle and the development of food habits. Nutrition assessment and nutrition education from prenatal health through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age are emphasized. Prerequisite: NUTR 280.

NUTR 386. Community Nutrition

3 credits.Offered spring

A study of human nutrition and health problems from a community perspective, programs and policies related to nutrition at local, state, and federal levels including preventive nutrition or wellness, and approaches and techniques for effective application and dissemination of nutrition knowledge in the community. Prerequisite: NUTR 280.

NUTR 395. Introduction to Patient Care in Dietetics

2 credits. Offered fall and spring

A study of the concepts of patient care in dietetics, skills needed for Medical Nutrition Therapy and the dietitian’s role on the health care team. Prerequisite: Must be dietetics major.

NUTR 446. Experimental Foods (1, 4)

3 credits. Offered fall

An introduction to research in foods. Different techniques of food preparation are studied and evaluated for the most acceptable methods to obtain standard food products. Prerequisites: NUTR 140, organic chemistry and statistics.

NUTR 455/KIN 424. Theories and Practices of Weight Management

3 credits. Offered fall and spring

An examination of the physiological, psychological and environmental theories of obesity. Current trends in obesity research are emphasized. A case study and laboratories are used to provide students with practical experience in constructing a weight management program. Prerequisite: BIO 270, BIO 290, NUTR 280 or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 460. Computer Systems for Foods and Nutrition

3 credits. Offered spring

Introduction to food and nutrition computer systems. Emphasis is placed on the role of computers in nutritional assessment, food service administration, nutrition education and food technology. Prerequisites: NUTR 360, NUTR 482 and successful completion of the Tech Level I test.

NUTR 482. Nutrition and Metabolism (2, 2)

3 credits. Offered fall

A study of the nutrients, their roles in intermediary metabolism, the effects of genetic errors in metabolism, nutritional deficiencies and means of assessing nutritional status. Agencies and programs concerned with nutrition and health and current trends in nutrition research are emphasized. Prerequisites: NUTR 280, physiology, biochemistry, statistics and previous or concurrent anatomy.

NUTR 484. Clinical Nutrition II (2, 2)

3 credits. Offered spring

A study of the use of diet in preventing illness and as a means of treating disease. Emphasis is given to patient education. Prerequisites: NUTR 384 and NUTR 482.

NUTR 490. Field Experience in Dietetics

3 credits. Offered summer

Students participate in field experience relating to their major area of dietetics and their career goals under the coordination of a dietetics faculty member. On-the-job supervision will be provided by the participating hospital dietitians. Prerequisites: NUTR 384, NUTR 395. Application for enrollment must be completed through the course instructor in the fall semester prior to the summer in which it will be taken. Cumulative average of 2.0 required.

NUTR 495. Senior Seminar in Dietetics

2 credits. Offered fall

Students will be introduced to research in dietetics and conduct a senior research project. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Dietetic Association will be investigated, and students will prepare for their postgraduate dietetic internship.

NUTR 496. Special Studies in Nutrition/Dietetics

1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring

This course is designed to give the student in dietetics an opportunity to complete independent study, professional conference participation and/or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the coordinator of the dietetics program.

NUTR 499. Honors

6 credits. Offered fall and spring

Year course.