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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Skills necessary to perform basic patient assessment and therapeutic interventions are discussed and demonstrated. Opportunities are provided in a laboratory setting for students to demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competencies of therapeutic interventions and assessment of the individual patient across the life span. The emphasis is on interviewing techniques, physical examination, and psychomotor skills. Developmental factors and risk factors, including genetic and environmental, that affect the patient's health will be explored. Case studies and simulation are used to apply the concepts of safe quality care. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts basic to the art and science of nursing are introduced as a foundation for safe, quality patient care. Emphasis is placed on the patient and/or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care. Evidence-based principles of nursing and health promotion are integrated to prepare the student to meet the health-related needs of a patient. The nurse's role as a member of the interdisciplinary team will be examined. Principles of information management and communication are integrated into the care of the patient with health care needs. PREREQUISITES: NURS 331, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 330, NURS 333, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Evidence-based clinical reasoning is applied in the care of individual patients with acute and chronic illness to ensure safe and quality outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the patient and/or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care. Tools of communication and technology are utilized in the delivery and documentation of care. The role of the nurse within the interdisciplinary team is demonstrated. PREREQUISITES: NURS 331, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Ethical principles of patient care are applied. Team building and group process skills are explored to facilitate students working within healthcare teams. The role of the nurse as a member of the interprofessional health care team is examined using concepts and theories of organizational design, quality, group process, and team building. The professional responsibilities and roles of advocacy will be explored. Regulatory agency influence on the microsystem will be investigated. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Continuous quality improvement is introduced as a foundation for quality care and patient safety. Data to monitor the processes and outcomes of care are discussed. Methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems are explored. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 334, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Building on NURS 321, this course expands knowledge of pathophysiological changes that occur within the environments of the individual in the presence of dysfunction or disease. The most common alterations in selected physiological systems are presented as a framework for clinical reasoning. Relevant risk factors, epidemiology, pathophysiologic mechanisms, and clinical manifestations across the life span (fetuses, children, pregnant women, adults, and older adults) are discussed. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 337, NURS 338, or consent of instructor. LEC
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In this second sequential course, students continue their study of pharmacology across the lifespan. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, adverse effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drugs' effects, and patient education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A greater sophistication of clinical reasoning is developed to achieve safe and quality outcomes using multiple ways of knowing including nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on managing the care of patients experiencing acute and chronic illnesses and promoting health across the lifespan. Strategies to empower and engage patients/designees in all aspects of the health care process are examined. Evidenced-based therapeutic nursing interventions that meet a patient's holistic health needs will be expanded. Perspectives of other health care members will be recognized in order to collaborate and work effectively as a team to provide interdisciplinary care. Technology and communication skills are integrated as methods to support safe processes of care. PREREQUISITES: NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Students engage patients in active partnerships to manage acute and chronic illness and promote health across the lifespan. Multiple sources of evidence are incorporated into the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care including nurse sensitive quality indicators. Coordination, integration and continuity of care for multiple patients will be applied in the healthcare microenvironment. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure safe and quality outcomes. Technology and information management tools are utilized to support safe processes of care. PREREQUISITES: NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Four concepts basic to the art and science of nursing (client systems, environment, health, and nursing) are introduced as a foundation for professional practice. The influence of nursing values and standards (ANA), client characteristics, and the evolving health care system on nursing practice are explored. Principles of nursing are integrated with concepts of health promotion to prepare the student to meet the fundamental health-related needs of individual and family client systems across the life span. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing, NURS 301, NURS 341, NURS 350. LEC
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The four concepts basic to the art and science of nursing (client systems, environment, health and nursing) in providing care to healthy clients across the life span are demonstrated in a clinical laboratory setting. Students develop beginning skill in applying the nursing process and planning care for healthy individuals and families. Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of the instructor, NURS 301, NURS 340, NURS 350. LAB
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Introduces students to concepts and theories of pediatric operating room nursing. Factors in the client's internal and external environment that contribute to alterations in system balance resulting in the need for surgical intervention are explored. Components of the role of the OR Nurse during preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases are emphasized. Physiological and psychological alterations are identified. Nursing interventions used to maintain or restore system balance and prevent further system imbalance are investigated. Ethical and legal issues, as well as current research involving the practice of pediatric operating room nursing, are discussed. Prerequisites: NURS 375 and NURS 376. LEC
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Opportunities are provided in a laboratory setting to demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competencies related to assessment of the individual client system across the life span. The emphasis is on physical examination and historical data collection. Developmental factors and environmental stressors that influence health status are explored. The four basic methods of physical examination (inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) are presented. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. LEC
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Opportunities are provided, in a laboratory setting and with simulations, to demonstrate competencies in assessment of the individual client system across the life span. Historical data collection and psychological and physical assessment are reviewed. Interviewing techniques and the four basic methods of physical examination (inspection, percussion, palpation, and auscultation) are presented. Critical thinking is emphasized to cluster data to select and support nursing diagnoses. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing and RN licensure, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Principles of communication as an intervention in developing therapeutic relationships with clients from varying age groups in psychiatric settings are discussed. Mental health concepts and selected theoretical frameworks are used to understand adaptive and maladaptive coping behaviors in response to alterations in psychological functioning. These theoretical frameworks, as well as designated diagnostic classification systems, are discussed in relation to the implementation of the nursing process. Students engage in critical thinking to examine the role of the nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing, exploring it in relation to health promotion, disease prevention, community resources, historical perspectives, and economic, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Level I courses. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 302, NURS 322 and NURS 325, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 361. LEC
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Theoretical concepts from NURS 360 and nursing therapeutics are applied in the care of clients who have alterations in psychological functioning. Acute care and community-based clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary team planning, interventions, and therapeutic group meetings. Corequisite: NURS 360. LAB
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This course will offer a detailed overview of the assessment and treatment of depression in children and adolescents and will present national depression management guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse in depression management, including collaboration across healthcare professionals/teams. Acute and chronic depression presentations across diverse children and adolescents will be examined. The course will explore current pharmacological and psychosocial treatments, with an emphasis on the outpatient setting. The course will address commonly occurring co-morbid health concerns and psychosocial issues. The course will include analysis of the impact of environmental factors that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, symptom management, and behavior change related to depression in children and adolescents. Admission into the School of Nursing or consent of the instructor for RN-to-BSN students; N360 LEC
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Use of the nursing process in the care of adult clients in a variety of settings with acute and chronic illness is discussed. The role of the nurse in the use of clinical pathways to guide the interdisciplinary care of the client in the evolving health care environment is explored. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic nursing interventions that will successfully manipulate environmental factors to promote, maintain, and restore system balance and to prevent further system imbalance. Legal, ethical, economic and cultural considerations associated with the management of adults with acute and chronic illness are investigated. Prerequisite: Level I courses. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 302, NURS 322, NURS 325, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 366. LEC
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Theoretical concepts from NURS 365 and the nursing process are applied in the care of adult clients with acute and chronic illness in a variety of acute care and community settings. The student demonstrates the role of the nurse in interdisciplinary care including clinical pathways. Selected cultural, legal ethical and economic principles pertinent to the clinical practicum are applied. Corequisite: NURS 365. LAB
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Acute and chronic alterations in physiological and psychological functioning of the child and family are introduced. Emphasis is placed on changes within the internal and external environments which relate to the child's acute and chronic illness experience. Therapeutic nursing interventions are explored in the context of research findings, holistic perspectives and outcome measures as related to the dynamics of system balance, growth and development, health promotion and client system values. The role of the nurse in an evolving health care system of managed care is examined. Holistic and caring approaches to human functioning are explored. Legal, ethical, cultural, economic and social principles which affect decision-making, interdisciplinary collaboration and outcomes of care are identified. Prerequisite: Level I courses. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 302, NURS 322, NURS 325, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 376. LEC
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Theoretical concepts from NURS 375 are applied in the care of children with acute and chronic health problems and their families. Researched-based nursing therapeutics, managed care, interdisciplinary collaboration and outcome measures are emphasized in the care of children with acute and chronic health problems. Hospital, clinic, community and home based settings provide opportunities for holistic and caring approaches to children and families from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds. Corequisite: NURS 375. LAB
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Emphasis is placed upon meeting the needs of mother, infant, and family as the pregnancy progresses form conception through postpartum period. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention related to women and the newborn infant. Common problems of pregnancy, labor, postpartum and specific needs of the newborn infant are included. Management and planning of the Nursing Process will include concepts from the art and science (client systems, environment, health, and nursing). Prerequisites/Corequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing, NURS 301, NURS 340, NURS 350 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Meeting the needs of mother, infant, and family as the pregnancy progresses from conception through the postpartum period is demonstrated in a clinical laboratory setting. Care of families during the normal childbearing experience is an integral part of this course. Students develop beginning skills in applying the nursing process and planning care for women and newborn infants. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Admission to the school of Nursing or consent of instructor, NURS 340, NURS 301, NURS 350. LBN
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This seminar provides the Honors nursing student the opportunity to explore topics of interest and begin reviewing the current research literature on a given topic. Emphasis is placed on interaction with active nurse researchers to enable the student to identify available research opportunities in ongoing studies. Students are introduced to the application of various methods used to address nursing questions. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Honors Program. LEC
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Alterations in physiological and psychological functioning of the client system as it relates to at risk clients during antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods will be explored. Theoretical concepts related to the dynamics of individual and family systems balance and the application of nursing process during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting will be examined. Care of women and childbearing families will include interaction with clients and their families in hospital and community settings. Prerequisites: Completion of two Level II core courses (NURS 360/NURS 361, NURS 365/NURS 366, or NURS 375/NURS 376) or senior status. LEC
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The mentor/doula role and its benefit to the pregnant/postpartum client will be explored. The learner will enhance positive health behaviors in an assigned pregnant teenage client during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, as well as the early parenting period as the mentor/doula. The student functioning as a mentor/doula will educate and coach the pregnant teenager during the birthing/postpartum process. Prerequisite: Application to the St. Luke's Hospital Mentor/Doula Program. LEC
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This is an entry level Medical Spanish course for students with minimal or no Spanish language education. Students will develop working language skills, learning techniques for optimal communication, phonetics, morphology, grammar, understanding sentence structure, conjugation and cultural aspects applicable to the current health care environment. The goal is to achieve proficiency and confidence when using the Spanish language with Hispanic patients. Prerequisite / Corequisite: Minimal to no knowledge of Spanish language and approval from the Dean of Student Affairs. LEC
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Students will explore concepts and theories to increase their knowledge base of the complex challenges that face older adults and their families. Emphasis will be on promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness, and the prevention of disease. Internal and external environmental factors will be assessed including biophysical, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, economic and political. Students will utilize case examples and discussion to practice integrating communication and clinical skills into the role of the nurse as a client advocate and professional health team member. A clinical experience option for one-credit hour is offered for students to provide direct care to older adults in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NURS 360, NURS 420, NURS 434 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts and skills required for the transition to the professional nurse's role and application of the nursing process with client systems through the life span are explored. The four concepts basic to the art and science of nursing (client systems, environment, health, and nursing) are demonstrated. Internal and external environmental factors are examined that promote, maintain, or restore client system balance with emphasis on different ages and developmental stages. The concepts of health promotion and illness prevention are emphasized, including the use of health teaching, screening, and community referrals for culturally diverse clients across the life span. Prerequisite: RN licensure, and admission to the School of Nursing. LEC
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Nursing concepts and their application in a camp setting that are relevant to the day to day activities of youths in camp is the focus of the course. Emphasis is placed on individual and small group teaching, promotion of self care, and role of the nurse in a camp environment. Nursing care functions will be practiced in a residential, outdoor environment in a relaxed atmosphere. The nursing process is the organizing framework for content to enable the student nurse to assist in orientation to the initial camper experience and to promote self care in the camper, whether for general health or a chronic illness. Overnight experiences may be required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 375 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Psychological, sociological, and physiological issues of health and human functioning of the female client systems across the life span are explored. Theory and research-based therapeutic management of acute, episodic, and chronic conditions that occur in community based women and their families will be planned. Professional values including standards of practice, certification, cultural, legal and ethical issues, and professional roles will be addressed. The health care delivery system will be analyzed for cost effectiveness and sensitivity to women. Corequisite: RN-BSN student or consent of instructor. LEC
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The nursing process in the care of clients with complex acute alterations in physiological and psychological functioning is emphasized. Advanced theoretical concepts are applied in the selection of therapeutic nursing interventions that successfully manipulate complex environmental factors to restore system balance and prevent further system imbalance. Collaborative relationships essential to providing holistic quality care for client systems with complex acute needs are discussed. Differences in the use of advanced technological support across the lifespan are presented. Legal, ethical, cultural and economic considerations associated with complex acute health problems are addressed. Prerequisite: Level II courses. Corequisite: NURS 421. LEC
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Theoretical concepts from NURS 420 are applied in a clinical laboratory setting. Critical thinking and the nursing process are used to provide therapeutic nursing interventions with client systems experiencing complex acute alterations in physiological and psychological functioning. Emphasis is on mastery of advanced assessment techniques and interdisciplinary communication. Opportunities are provided for application of the concepts for using technically advanced therapeutics which support physiological functioning and maintain hemodynamic stability. Corequisite: NURS 420. LAB
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Concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state, nation and world are explored. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease. Internal and external environmental components which include historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors are presented. The role of the health care provider in identifying, prioritizing and meeting the health needs of aggregates is discussed. Prerequisite: Level II courses. Corequisite: NURS 431. LEC
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Concepts and theories from NURS 430 are applied to the health care of aggregates in the community. Students are given opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of health care for culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: Level II courses. Corequisite: NURS 430. LAB
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The perioperative nursing course focus is on the role and practice of the professional perioperative nurse and the basic skills and knowledge involved in operating room nursing. A technological orientation will be used to apply the nursing process in assisting the patient in adapting to the surgical experience; to demonstrate skill in applying knowledge in motor and manipulative activities; and to facilitate therapeutic relationships between the nurse and the patient. It is anticipated that upon completion of the course, the registered nurse will be able to assume responsibilities at the beginning staff nurse level in the operating room. Prerequisite: Current R.N. licensure in Kansas and graduate of an N.L.N. accredited School of Nursing. LEC
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Concepts and skills required for the transition to the professional nurse's role and the application of the nursing process with client systems through the life span are explored. Metaparadigms foundational to the art and science of nursing (client systems, environment, health, and nursing) are explored. Environmental factors are examined that promote, maintain, or restore client system balance with emphasis on the adult client. Communication, clinical leadership and evidence-based practice skills that enhance the student's ability to perform in a complex organizational system are emphasized. Prerequisite / Corequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing LEC
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Beginning theory and practical applications of various uses and results of computer technologies, including electronic health records, are explored in order to provide the basic skills and current infrastructure for information management in healthcare delivery. These concepts and skills are essential for curriculum related activities, as well as for providing therapeutic nursing interventions and communications with faculty, client systems, and other healthcare participants. Built-in safeguards, and legal and ethical issues related to electronic communications and health records are emphasized using 21st century tools of communication and collaboration. Knowledge and skills presented in this course will be expanded in future nursing courses related to the baccalaureate completion program. Prerequisite / Corequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. LEC
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Nursing practice in an evolving health care system in addressed with emphasis on the unique challenges in micro-environments of health care delivery (sub-units, units, departments, divisions). The role of the nurse as leader and manager of a health care team is examined using concepts and theories of organization, management, leadership, quality, decision-making and group process. Findings of current research related to nursing management and leadership are discussed. Professional, organizational, historical, and social factors that affect health care delivery within an organization are considered. Prerequisite: NURS 433 LEC
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Concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state, nation and world are explored. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease. Environmental components including historical, political, social, cultural, and economic factors are presented. The role of the health care provider in identifying, prioritizing and meeting the health and life participation needs of populations is discussed. Prerequisite / Corequisite: NURS 434 LEC
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Concepts and theories from NURS 437 are applied to the health care of aggregates in the community. Students are given opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of health care for culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite / Corequisite: NURS 437 LAB
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Nursing practice in an evolving health care system is addressed with emphasis on the unique challenges in the macro-environment of health care delivery (organization as part of Health Care Delivery System). The role of the nurse as leader and manager of an organization that exists in a unique sociopolitical, cultural, economic, technological, and psychographic environment is examined. Findings of current research related to nursing management and leadership are discussed. The student uses 21st century tools of collaboration and communication to address professional, organizational, historical, and social factors that affect a healthcare organization's role and function in society. Prerequisite: NURS 435 LEC
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Nursing practice in an evolving health care system is addressed as well as the implications of a managed care environment on health care delivery. The role of the nurse as leader and manager of a health care team is examined using concepts and theories of organization, management, leadership, change, decision making, and group process. Findings of current research related to nursing management and leadership are discussed. Historical, political, economic, social, and cultural factors that affect health care delivery within an organization are considered. Prerequisite: Level II courses. LEC
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Searching, critiquing and synthesizing sources of evidence as it applies to the nurse's clinical practice will be emphasized. Fundamental principles of the research process and models for applying evidence to clinical practice will be explored. Strategies for implementation of evidence into clinical practice will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN program. LEC
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This course is designed to develop the health professional's role as a critical thinker and to promote a skill set to enhance decision making for a diverse multicultural patient population. Students apply problem solving skills to a variety of clinical case scenarios in order to develop logical solutions to the clinical problems demonstrated. Students provide rationale for their decisions in order to critique their own clinical decision making process. Prerequisites / Corequisites: NURS 420, NURS 421 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts and theories of international nursing and world health are discussed and applied to assessing the clients' internal and external environment that impact health care. Various roles and responsibilities of nurses participating in international health are examined. The ethical and legal issues as well as current research involving the practices of international nursing are explored. A week long immersion experience in less developed country provides an opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in clinic settings and to function as members of a health care team. LEC
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Selected theories, nursing history, and current issues and trends that influence professional nursing are critically explored. A professional practice model is used as a framework for analyses and integration of economic, political, social and cultural issues as they relate to interdisciplinary health care. Prerequisite: Level II courses. LEC
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This course provides the student with an introduction to children with developmental disabilities. The impact of environmental factors on children and their families is examined. The ability of children and their families to maintain a state of well-being and the nurse's role in promoting a maximum state of well-being is explored. Information about children with developmental disabilities and their families is based on understanding of nurse-client interactions that can assist in identifying and meeting the needs of children and their families. Prerequisites: NURS 375, NURS 376 concurrently; or permission of instructor. FLD
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Legal and ethical issues related to nursing practice are discussed. Laws and ethical principles that guide professional nursing practice in the current health care delivery system are emphasized. Information on the law, legal system, malpractice, negligence, and standards of care is provided. Distinctions between legal and ethical bases for nursing actions are identified in order to provide guidance in the decision making process. Critical thinking is used to analyze the impact of personal, professional, societal, and client system values on ethical decision making. Prerequisite: NURS 340. LEC
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The history of nursing research, terminology, and steps in the research process are explored. Research as a basis for assessment of outcomes of health promotion and health care interventions including therapeutic nursing interventions is emphasized. Research questions relevant to clinical practice are identified. Interpretation of research for use in nursing practice is emphasized. The role of theory and ethical issues involved in the conduct of research is addressed. Prerequisite: Level II courses or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course focuses on mental health issues and psychiatric disorders common to children and adolescents and their family such as acute, short term mental health problems and ongoing psychiatric disorders whose onset are in childhood or adolescence. Developmental, biobehavioral, crisis theories, and psychoeducational frameworks and supporting outcome research are analyzed as they apply to children/adolescents/families who meet the criteria for specific psychiatric disorders or who are exhibiting high risk behaviors. Analysis of the impact of environmental factors that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, symptom management, and behavior change in this population will be examined. The nursing process is applied to this population by means of case studies directed projects, and active on-line class participation. Professional issues that commonly occur in implementing the psychiatric mental health generalist nurse role while working with this patient population are emphasized. Prerequisites / Corequisites: Admission into the School of Nursing or consent of instructor for RN-BSN student. Successful completion of NURS 360, NURS 361 for the BSN student. LEC
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The usefulness of common serum laboratory tests in identifying potential or actual needs of individuals is the primary purpose of this course. Alterations in serum laboratory data associated with imbalances in the internal environment due to common pathological states of individuals across the life span will be discussed. The focus will be on utilizing this knowledge in the identification of nursing diagnoses and interventions. Prerequisites: Completion of two of the four Level II courses or permission of instructor. LEC
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Intensive study in an area of interest with experiences selected according to the student's written purposes, conceptual framework, objectives and evaluation (1-5 credit hours). Appropriate prerequisite courses, as determined by the Independent Study faculty advisor, must be completed. IND
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The microsystem is the structural unit responsible for delivering care to specific patient populations or the frontline places where patients, families, and care teams meet (2008 AACN Essentials, p. 38). This environment is where the nurse participates in a broad mixture of direct and indirect care patient care delivery. Students will be given the opportunity to apply principles of leadership and management to recognize how changing delivery patterns, organizational, regulatory, care, and association processes impact the care provided to specific patient populations. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 329, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339 or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Contemporary issues confronting the nursing profession are discussed and methods to advocate for patients and the profession are investigated. The dynamic and ever present evolution of healthcare will be explored. Professional skills, such as job interviewing, portfolio development, and examination of advanced roles in nursing, will be emphasized. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURs 332, NURS 333, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Comprehensive and focused evidence-based care of patients in diverse populations with complex health conditions will be examined. The nurse's role in assuring coordination, integration, and continuity of care is investigated. Integration of the physical, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic and environmental factors that influence patient centered care is explored. Collaboration with other health care team members to provide safe and quality care for diverse patients in a variety of complex settings is analyzed. Information management tools to monitor outcomes of care are evaluated. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Coordination, integration, and continuity of care for diverse patients with multiple/complex problems will be applied in the dynamic microenvironments such as: maternity, pediatrics, mental health, and critical care. Patients/designees are engaged in active partnerships that promote health, safety, well-being, and self-care management. Synthesis of evidence and collaboration with other members of the health care team are used to plan, implement, and evaluate safe and quality care for patients. Technologies that support clinical decision-making, error prevention, and care coordination are emphasized. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Nursing practice in an evolving health care system is addressed with emphasis on the unique challenges presented to the nurse. The role of the nurse as provider of direct and indirect patient care is expanded to include the external influences of the health care organization, the regulatory environment, and the professional association. The development of the nurse as a member of a profession is expected. Inherent is a developing knowledge and appreciation for the diversity of opinions and organizations that exist to provide assistance in the delivery of direct patient care. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 477, N URS 478, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A preceptor model of learning professional nursing practice provides opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. Emphasis is placed on the roles of the nurse as provider of indirect and direct care; designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of the profession. The focus is on individual transition to the professional nursing role, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary health care is delivered in a selected clinical setting. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 476, NURS 478, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The seminar provides students with an opportunity to apply concepts discussed in the classroom with observations from the clinical setting to enhance knowledge of how nurses meet multiple responsibilities. Through the use of small group guided discussion, students begin building a skill set that shows knowledge of and appreciation for the roles of direct care provider, designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of profession. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 476, NURS 477, NURS 479, NURS 480, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts and theories related to improving health of entire populations are explored. Focus is placed on risk reduction, protective and predictive factors within the environments which influence the health of individuals, families, aggregates, and entire populations, including global communities. Considering the determinants of health, students will learn methods to facilitate collaboration to provide quality and safe health interventions for populations. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 476, NURS 477, NURS 478, NURS 480, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts and theories from Population Based Healthcare are applied to the health care of multiple patients; individuals, groups, communities and populations in the community. There is a concentrated focus on health promotion and disease prevention that provides safe, effective, and efficient care. Students are provided opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in the planning of health care and promotion of quality outcomes for culturally diverse populations. PREREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 332, NURS 333, NURS 334, NURS 335, NURS 336, NURS 337, NURS 338, NURS 339, NURS 471, NURS 472, NURS 473, NURS 474, NURS 475, or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 476, NURS 478, NURS 479, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Concepts of evidence-based practice (EBP) and healthcare research are explored. Methods to critically appraise healthcare research will be applied. Critical appraisal of evidence will be employed to inform the delivery of safe and quality nursing care. Honors. LEC
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Under the mentorship of an active nurse researcher the student designs and conducts a research project and participates as a member of a research project team. Students apply principles of research learned in NURS 460 to design and critique their own research project while providing feedback to peers. Through seminar activities they critically analyze the issues, rewards, and challenges of conduction research. LEC
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Under the mentorship of an active nurse researcher the student designs and conducts a research project and participates as a member of a research project team. Students apply principles of research learned in NURS 460 to design and critique their own research project while providing feedback to peers. Through seminar activities they critically analyze the issues, rewards, and challenges of conduction research. LEC
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A preceptor model of learning professional nursing practice provides opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. Concepts of leadership and management, change, and therapeutic nursing interventions are integrated into practice. The focus is on individualized transition to the professional nursing role as an employee, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary health care is delivered in a selected clinical setting. Prerequisites: NURS 420, NURS 421, NURS 430, NURS 431, NURS 455 and NURS 460. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 440, NURS 450. LEC
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A preceptor model of learning professional nursing leadership and/or management provides the RN student opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. Concepts of leadership and management, change, and evidence-based practice are integrated into professional practice. The focus is on individualized transition to the professional nursing role as a leader, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary health care is delivered in a selected clinical setting. Prerequisites: NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 320, NURS 325, NURS 437, NURS 438, NURS 435, Prerequisites / Corequisites: NURS 326, NURS 441, NURS 439. PRA
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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The principles of oboe reed making, including tube cane selection, pre-gouging, gouging, shaping, tying and scraping reeds. Knife sharpening and tool maintenance will also be covered. Open only to freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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The principles of oboe reed making, including tube cane selection, pre-gouging, gouging, shaping, tying and scraping reeds. Knife sharpening and tool maintenance will also be covered. Open only to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in oboe. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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For graduate students majoring in oboe. May be repeated for credit. IND
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A study of repertoire and performance practice relating to the baroque oboe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. LEC
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A study of repertoire and extended performance techniques of the twentieth century. LEC
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in oboe. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum seven hours credit. THE
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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Survey of the profession of occupational therapy. Includes information on academic and professional requirements, career opportunities, general description, and history of the profession. Open to all students. LEC
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Lectures and demonstrations of models and dissected material covering the most important features of gross anatomy including detailed study of bones, muscles, blood vessels, and peripheral nerves. Emphasis on functional anatomy of the extremities, head, neck, and back. Assigned dissections of the human cadaver is accomplished by each student. LEC
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Overview of philosophy/history, current and future direction of the occupational therapy profession. Professionalism including ethics and professional behaviors, professional communication/relationships, and involvement with professional/regulatory associations is explored within context of occupational therapy. Introduction of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework provides orientation to OT terminology and processes. LEC
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Foundation concepts of the profession, including the role of occupation in the development of occupational competence, and self-identity, maintenance of health and well-being, and adaptation to life-altering circumstances. Introduction to clinical reasoning and application of clinical reasoning, and classical and contemporary occupational therapy conceptual frameworks in the occupational therapy process. Interrelationship of theory, research and practice. LEC
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This course focuses on the analysis of occupations and person variables that affect performance in daily life. LEC
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Students will use clinical reasoning skills to analyze a person's performance as they participate in work, leisure, and self care activities in natural environments. Professional behavior is emphasized. LEC
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Analysis of occupational roles and performance as it relates to human development from conception through old age and death. Students will develop an understanding of how cognitive, psychosocial and physical aspects of the person affect function across the lifespan. Supports for occupational performance as well as disruptions to performance and adaptations to disabilities will be discussed within the context of age and culture. LEC
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This course will encourage students to view individuals as existing within a complex contextual environment, with occupational performance resulting from a dynamic interaction of personal and contextual factors. Course context is conveyed through didactic lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and case presentations to identify appropriate application of these basic concepts in real life situations. Formative development of clinical reasoning abilities will incorporate context variables in intervention planning. LEC
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Principles of basic and applied neurology are introduced. Functions of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems; sensory input, central processing, and output mechanisms and how systems interact to produce appropriate responsiveness to environmental demands are discussed. Students appraise human behavior in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system, both in recognizing potential behavioral signs when a specific neurological site is presented, and in hypothesizing about neurological involvement when given a description of an individual with a deficit. Common central nervous system disorders seen by occupational therapists will be discussed. LEC
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This course examines the impact of selected physical conditions on person variables and occupational performance. An understanding of injury and disease processes is paired with the occupational therapy assessment and intervention methods appropriate to the problem. LEC
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This lab course introduces the student to preparatory methods used by occupational therapists to facilitate performance in daily life activities. LAB
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Selected field experiences in a variety of contexts and service provision models where occupational therapy is provided to persons with disabilities. Students will participate in service provision to individuals/families with occupational therapy mentors and other service providers. Use of critical thinking and problem solving are required in reflecting on experiences. Preparatory content such as documentation, and familiarity with federal and state laws is also emphasized. Prerequisite: OCTH 430, Practicum I LEC
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