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Nursing Major Required Courses

These courses must be taken at Montclair State (31 credits).

Course Credits
NURS 310 Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan 4 credits
NURS 320 Scholarly Writing for the Nursing Professional 3 credits
NURS 330 Nursing Care and the Aging Patient 3 credits
NURS 340 Information Technology and Project Management 3 credits
NURS 350 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 3 credits
NURS 410 Leadership in Nursing: Theory and Application 3 credits
NURS 420 Interdisciplinary Communication and Education 3 credits
NURS 430 Population and Global Health 3 credits
NURS 431 Population and Global Health (Clinical) 3 credits
NURS 440 Synthesis Practicum 3 credits

Prior to beginning the clinical courses (NURS 431 and NURS 440), a criminal background check will be completed. Verification of licensure as a registered nurse in New Jersey will be conducted and urine drug screening may be required for clinical experiences.

Nursing Major Required Course Descriptions

NURS 310 Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan
This course introduces the theoretical and laboratory components of comprehensive nursing assessment. Students examine variables and risk factors that influence health status across the lifespan. Students continue to build upon their pre-baccalaureate assessment abilities and expand their competencies to provide comprehensive health assessment for patients in varied clinical settings, with diverse physical and behavioral health issues, giving consideration to the influence of different cultural, developmental, social, spiritual, psychological and environmental factors.
NURS 320 Scholarly Writing for the Nursing Professional
This course requires students to read and critically analyze professional journal articles and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission. Topics covered include conducting a literature review that adheres to standardized systematic review, formatting manuscripts using accepted standards, evaluating and presenting statistical analysis of data, developing appropriately informative graphs and figures, and composing clear and concise arguments based on both theoretical and empirical findings.
NURS 330 Nursing Care and the Aging Patient
This course is designed to increase the sensitivity of nursing care professionals to the physical and psychological aspects of aging and enhance communication skills with aging patients. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues involved in the care of an aging patient population as well as appreciating the diverse sociocultural contexts in which individuals age.
NURS 340 Information Technology and Project Management
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 350 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
This course reviews the quantitative and qualitative research processes. Emphasis is placed on the development of a scholarly approach to reading and analyzing research findings and the importance of translating those findings into clinical practice. The goal is for students to become intelligent consumers of research when advocating and treating clients from diverse backgrounds with unique needs.
NURS 410 Leadership in Nursing: Theory and Application
Nurses demonstrate their ability to lead by allocating resources, making decisions, facilitating and participating in teams, and managing complicated priorities in high stakes and highly personal environments. This course introduces students to a sophisticated level of leadership from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Theories of leadership are reviewed. Applications, assessments, comparisons and critical evaluation of theory, research and assessment tools are developed through leadership projects that provide students an opportunity to observe and practice leadership skills.
NURS 420 Interdisciplinary Communication and Education
Students will examine the role of the nurse as a communicator and provider of patient, staff and peer education in interdisciplinary settings. Students examine the impact of educational and communication theories and policies on patient outcomes utilizing evidenced based research. Effective communication strategies essential for communication and teaching are actualized.
NURS 430 Population and Global Health
This course explores the impact of population and global health issues on the health of individuals, families and society. Utilizing principles of epidemiology and wellness, the role of the community health nurse in maximizing health for diverse people with complex needs at all levels of prevention is explored.
NURS 431 Population and Global Health (Clinical)
This clinical experience provides the student the opportunity to explore and implement theories and components of community and population assessment. Principles of epidemiology, transcultural communication, environmental concern, health care management and resource allocation are applied with a focus on population, community and global health care needs.
NURS 440 Synthesis Practicum
This clinical experience provides the student with the opportunity to implement the theories and components of leadership, evidence-based practice and communication in a clinical setting. In collaboration with a faculty and mentor, students develop a project that addresses an identified organizational need.

Example of Nursing Major Required Courses In Sequence

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
NURS 330 Nursing Care and the Aging Patient (3 credits) NURS 310 Health Assessment Through the Lifespan (lecture and laboratory) (4 credits) NURS 410 Leadership in Nursing: Theory and Application (3 credits) NURS 430 Population and Global Health (3 credits)
NURS 340 Information Technology and Project Management (3 credits) NURS 320 Scholarly Writing for the Nursing Professional (3 credits) NURS 420 Interdisciplinary Communication and Education (3 credits) NURS 431 Population and Global Health – Clinical (3 credits)
NURS 350 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing (3 credits) NURS 440 Synthesis Practicum (3 credits)

Collateral Nursing Science, General Education, and Graduation Credits

Collateral nursing science credits may be transferred or taken at Montclair State University. These credits should be taken during the initial phase of the program:

Course Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits
Microbiology 3 credits
Chemistry 3 credits
Human Heredity 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Nutrition 3 credits
Growth and Development 3 credits
Pathophysiology 3 credits

These general education courses may be transferred or taken at any point in the curriculum:

Course Credits
Writing 3 credits
Fundamentals of Speech 3 credits
World Literature or General Humanities 3 credits
Philosophy or Religion 3 credits
Computer Science 3 credits
American or European History 3 credits
Non-Western Cultural Perspective/World Culture 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits
World Language 1 and 2 6 credits

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Each applicant’s transcript is reviewed after program acceptance to determine the number of credits that can be transferred to the BSN degree. Generally, associate degree and diploma program nursing graduates are able to transfer nursing coursework, nursing science credits, collateral coursework and general education coursework.