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Academics

Sample Undergraduate BSN Degree Curriculum

Freshman Year


Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 15
BIOL244 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
MATH109 Statistics 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
NURS199 Introduction to Nursing 1

Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 16
BIO245 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
CHEM105 Basic Chemistry 3
CMST101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ENRW106 College Writing 2 3
PHIL102 Ethics 3

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 16
BIO254 Applied Microbiology 3
NURS200 Pathophysiology 3
NURS210 Professional Nursing 4
NURS220 Growth & Development 3
ANTH180 Health & Healing: Cross Cultural Perspective 3

Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 16
NUFS182 Nutrition 3
NURS230 Pharmacology 3
NURS240 Health Assessment for Diverse Populations: Didactic & Practicum 4
World Language 1 3
Elective – Interdisciplinary 3

Junior Year


Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 15
NURS305 Genetics & Genomics 3
NURS315 Care of Adults and Elderly: Didactic & Practicum 6
NURS340 Project Management and Info. Tech. 3
World language 2 3

Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 15
NURS325 Care of Women & Infants Didactic & Practicum 6
NURS335 Care of Children & Adolescents: Didactic & Practicum 6
NURS350 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 3

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total Credits 15
NURS405 Behavioral Health: Didactic & Practicum 6
NURS430 Population & Global Health: Didactic & Practicum 6
NURS450 Nursing Scholarship 3

Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credits
Total credits for semester 15
Total credits for program 123
NURS415 Leadership in Nursing: Theory & Practicum 6
NURS420 Transprofessional Communication & Collaboration 3
NURS465 Integration 6

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for nursing classes.

Nursing Major Required Course Descriptions

NURS 199 Introduction to Nursing
This course is designed to support students as they begin their studies in the professional discipline of nursing at Montclair State University. Lectures, discussions and class assignments introduce students to the University and School’s mission, vision, values, policies and the profession’s expectations of nursing students. Students are oriented to services offered by the University and the School in the development of skills necessary for academic success. Topics include study habits, test taking, mindfulness, stress management and interpersonal relationships.
NURS 200 Pathophysiology
This course is designed to build upon prerequisite knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and biochemistry to systematically investigate how disease and injury disrupt the normal functions of cells, tissues, organ systems and, ultimately, an individual’s ability to function within the environment. Emphasis is placed on linking concepts that address the etiology of physiologic disturbance, divergence from normal function, clinical manifestations of altered homeostasis, and pharmacologic interventions.
NURS 210 Professional Nursing as a Human Caring Science
This didactic and simulation laboratory course is designed to introduce professional nursing which is focused on caring, being whole and being healed in specific contexts and relationships (Watson & Hills, 2011). Students are exposed to the conceptual model which describes nurses engagement in healing using the nursing process to diagnose and treat human responses to actual or potential physical and emotional health problems, through case finding, health teaching, health counseling and provision of care that supports or restores life and wellbeing. The nurse’s scope of practice, including independent and collaborative functions is examined. The use of communication, the teaching learning process and shared decision-making to assist consumers and stakeholders in developing and implementing plans that address health within the context of family and community are considered. Students apply beginning nursing care skills for efficient, safe, compassionate and person-centered care using simulation.
NURS 220 Human Growth & Development across the Lifespan
This course provides concepts of information technology applied to project management for the professional nurse. An introduction to the application of electronic technology and database systems in health care is presented. Health care financing concepts are introduced to facilitate understanding of project management. The Affordable HealthCare Act and its impact on treatment in diverse settings and at-risk populations is addressed.
NURS 230 Pharmacology
This course is designed to examine pharmacological concepts relevant to the provision of care for diverse populations across the lifespan and health illness continuum. Building upon the sciences of biology, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, this course uses pharmacotherapeutic principles to classify medications currently used to treat and prevent common diseases. Emphasis is placed on the mechanism of action, therapeutic effect, side effects, interactions and toxicities of commonly used agents. Genetic, genomic and economic implications are discussed. Registered nurses’ professional accountability for ethical and legal practice, patient safety, effective communication techniques, and patient and family caregiver education are presented.
NURS 240 Health Assessment for Diverse Populations
This didactic and clinical course applies the nursing process to health, physical and psychosocial assessment. Students use therapeutic communication, knowledge of growth and development, and normal physiology to document a culturally sensitive person-centered comprehensive health assessment for simulated persons across the lifespan. Critical thinking skills are employed to identify risk factors and social determinants that impact health status, safety and the teaching-learning process for individuals and families. Students acquire basic competency in cognitive, psychomotor and behavioral skills required to perform a comprehensive health assessment.
NURS 305 Genetics & Genomics for Clinical Care
This course builds upon knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and the nursing process to systematically understand the implications of genetic and genomic concepts across the lifespan beginning with pre-conception. Case studies, current events and legislation are examined from the perspectives of nursing, science, technology, law, ethics, spirituality and personal beliefs as a basis for integrating theory and shared decision-making for evidence-based practice.
NURS 315 Family Centered Care of Adults & Elderly
This didactic and practicum course examines the provision of culturally congruent person and family-centered nursing care for adult and elderly populations across the health illness continuum. This course focuses on the nurse’s role in: health promotion, disease and injury prevention, risk reduction, restoration of health, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and end-of-life care. Emphasis is placed on the provision of safe, quality nursing care that maximizes transprofessional communication and outcomes using best evidence for practice. Consideration is given to ethical, legal, spiritual, psychosocial, lifestyle and cultural factors that influence health care decisions among diverse populations. Calculation and administration of medications, aseptic technique, therapeutic communication and patient education are prioritized in this course to maximize safety and quality outcomes.
NURS 325 Family Centered Care of Women & Infants
This didactic and practicum course provides students with the knowledge required to assess risk, develop, implement, and evaluate plans of care across the health-illness continuum for culturally diverse childbearing families during prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods. Students critically consider the implications of physiologic, genetic, economic, technological, cultural, nutritional and environmental factors on childbearing and reproductive health. Health promotion, disease, injury prevention, risk reduction, restoration of health and end-of-life issues are examined from a local and global perspective. Students apply best evidence to develop nursing diagnoses and to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions for women, infants and families. Safety in the calculation and administration of medications, aseptic technique, therapeutic communication, teaching/learning, ethical, legal, spiritual and psychosocial processes is explored.
NURS 335 Family Centered Care of Children & Adolescents
This didactic and practicum course examines the continuum of health and illness among infants, children and adolescents within the context of family and community. The nurse’s role as a member of the transprofessional team in health promotion, disease and injury prevention, risk reduction, restoration of health and palliative care is explored. Students critically consider the implications of physiologic, genetic, economic, technological, cultural, nutritional and environmental factors that influence infants, children and adolescents’ health. Consideration is given to the unique ethical, legal, spiritual, psychosocial and cultural factors that influence nursing care for pediatric populations. Students learn to use standardized instruments to assess developmental milestones, growth and development, and implement the nursing process. Safety in the calculation and administration of medications, aseptic technique, therapeutic communication, teaching/learning, ethical, legal, spiritual and psychosocial processes is explored.
NURS 340 Information Technology & Nursing Practice
This course introduces systematic application of information science and technology to the provision of person-centered care and leadership in health care systems. The use of information technology to evaluate programs of care, quality improvement initiatives, financial decision-making and selection of patient care technology is explored. Ethical, regulatory, safety and legal implications related to the use of information technology systems are examined.
NURS 350 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
This course examines the conduct of research, research utilization, and principles and models of evidence-based practice in professional nursing. Emphasis is placed on the development of a scholarly approach to analyzing research and the importance of interpreting and translating findings into clinical practice. Students become intelligent consumers of research when advocating and treating persons across the continuum of care in the context of family and community.
NURS 405 Family Centered Behavioral Health
This didactic and practicum course examines the provision of culturally congruent family-centered psychiatric mental health nursing care for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly in the context of family and community. The nurse’s role in health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, restoration of health, and acute and chronic disease management is explored. Students examine factors that contribute to development, expression and alteration in mental health, including genetics, brain function, developmental level, and social and physical environments. Students apply best evidence to the nursing process to maximize transprofessional communication, safety and outcomes. Safety in the calculation and administration of medications, therapeutic communication and family-centered education are prioritized. Consideration is given to ethical, legal, spiritual, psychosocial, physical, lifestyle, personal preferences and cultural factors that influence decision-making.
NURS 415 Nursing Leadership
This didactic and practicum course examines leadership from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Students develop their own leadership style while exploring contemporary leadership theories across disciplines. Students practice leadership skills through clinical and laboratory experiences. Leadership self-assessment based on theory, standardized assessment instruments and observation are conducted during live and simulated clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s role as a leader, stakeholder and member of the transprofessional health care team in the provision of safe, quality care according to established metrics.
NURS 420 Transprofessional Communication & Collaboration
This course examines the impact of transprofessional communication and collaboration on person-centered care, population health and health system outcomes. Principles of teamwork and the nurse’s role across health care settings are explored. Topics include team formation, leadership, decision-making, conflict management, policy development and the role of the team in improving quality and safety.
NURS 430 Population & Global Health
This didactic and clinical course explores the impact of population and global issues on the health of individuals, families and communities. The role of the community health nurse is examined using principles of epidemiology, transcultural communication, environmental concern, health care management and resource allocation. Levels of prevention are explored. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action and case-management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care delivery to persons, families and populations in a community setting.
NURS 450 Nursing Scholarship
This course explores nursing scholarship. Forums for disseminating research, clinical innovation, quality improvement and evidence-based practice initiatives are evaluated. Students demonstrate skills required for professional publication and presentation. Topics include types of scholarship, steps in the writing process, abstract submission, manuscript preparation, peer review, presentation and publication. Ethical implications of authorship and working with co-authors are qualified.
NURS 465 Integration
This didactic and practicum course fosters critical thinking and data analysis skills in the provision of person- and family-centered outcome-based care for individuals with complex health care needs across the lifespan and health illness continuum. Students examine data from the clinical practicum as a basis for reflection on clinical judgment and reasoning, priority-setting, time management, transprofessional collaboration, communication and education. Identifying and implementing conflict resolution strategies for ethical and legal dilemmas that occur in clinical practice are addressed. Social justice and determinants of health including access to care, policy, equity, racism, sexism and ageism are evaluated in relation to health outcomes. The impact of psychosocial, biologic, genetic, financial and cultural factors in the selection and implementation of therapeutic interventions and care outcomes are critically appraised.