The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

BSN Course Descriptions

120 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition I 1 unit
Introduction to the profession of nursing through the lens of the Jesuit tradition with a focus on social justice issues in health care delivery. A primary goal of this course will be to develop an awareness of the health care needs of vulnerable populations locally and globally.


170 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 1 unit
Prerequisite: NURS 120
Introduction to essential knowledge, skills and attitudes of professional nursing practice, patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Focus on learning styles and critical tools for academic success.


210 Intro to Pathophysiology 3 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101
Corequisites: NURS 240 NURS 250 NURS 252 NURS 212 NURS 230 NURS 232
This theory course presents information on specific interruptions in normal function of the major human physiological systems. It includes clinical manifestations of specific diseases and general principles guiding medical and nursing interventions for these diseases. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding of the disease process and the pathological commonalities among these processes.


211 Pharmacology 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 210 NURS 212 NURS 230 NURS 240 NURS 250 PSY 210
Corequisites: NURS 231 NURS 241 NURS 251
This theory course focuses on the effects of drugs and drug interactions of the individual throughout the life span. Emphasis is on the nursing role in medication administration with considerations of the impact of legal, social, and technological changes. Teaching plans for clients and their families are a major focus.


212 Nutrition in Promotion, Maintenance and Restoration of Health 2 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101
Corequisites: NURS 252 NURS 250 NURS 240 NURS 210 NURS 230 NURS 232
This theory course focuses on the principles and practices of nutrition and diet therapy as applied to health and disease states of clients across the lifespan. The role of the nurse in promoting optimal nutrition is central to this course.


220 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I  3 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 116 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101 NURS 120 NURS 170
Corequisites: NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225
First course in a two part series of applied pathophysiology and pharmacological treatments of basic body systems. Focus on the etiology, clinical manifestations and general treatment of alterations in selected body systems.


221 Essentials of Pharmacology: Principles and Concepts  2 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 116 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101 NURS 120 NURS 170
Corequisites: NURS 220 NURS 222 NURS 225
Introduction to basic pharmacologic knowledge to be used as the foundation of nursing practice: medication administration, terminology and the nurse’s role in patient safety.


222 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across the Lifespan I: Health and Wellness 4 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 116 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101 NURS 120 NURS 170
Corequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 225
Focus on the concepts of health, wellness, and illness throughout the life span and the knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive assessment for patient-centered nursing care. The course incorporates concepts of nutrition, nursing, pharmacology, and biopsychosocial sciences. Students use scientific inquiry and problem-solving skills to plan interventions appropriate for health promotion ,disease and illness prevention.


225 Clinical Lab I: Applied Assessment in Health and Wellness 3 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 116 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101 NURS 120 NURS 170
Corequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222
Clinical Course: Focus on application of theory, concepts and principles to assessment and planning care for patients through the use of the nursing process and scientific inquiry. Students apply the science, technology, assessment skills to address health care needs for health promotion, disease and illness prevention, and by determining the effectiveness of given expected care outcomes.


230 Conceptual Foundations of Professional Practice 3 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101
Corequisites: NURS 250 NURS 240 NURS 212 NURS 210
This theory course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Its history, theory, and essential skills, such as communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and the nursing process will be major focus areas. Additionally, health care delivery systems, ethics, legal aspects of nursing, and caring for the person, family, and self are explored.


231 Nursing Therapeutics I 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 210 NURS 212 NURS 230 NURS 240 NURS 250 PSY 210
Corequisites: NURS 241 NURS 251 NURS 211
This theory course explores nursing mechanisms to categorize and diagnose human responses and formulate appropriate interventions. The concepts of environment and nursing are emphasized.


232 Conceptual Foundations of Professional Practice (MEO Program) 2 units
Corequisites: NURS 252 NURS 240 NURS 212 NURS 210
This theory course introduces the MEO student to the profession of nursing. Its history, theory, and essential skills, such as communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and the nursing process will be major focus areas. Additionally, health care delivery systems, ethics, legal aspects of nursing, and caring for the person, family, and self are explored.


240 Assessment of Human Response I 3 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 MATH 101 PSY 101
Corequisites: NURS 250 NURS 252 NURS 212 NURS 210 NURS 230 NURS 232
This theory course assists the student to apply concepts of health and person. A holistic approach is used when assessing selected basic human responses. Culturally sensitive interventions are designed to meet client needs.


241 Assessment of Human Responses II 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 210 NURS 212 NURS 230 NURS 240 NURS 250 PSY 210
Corequisites: NURS 251 NURS 231 NURS 211
This theory course guides the student in differentiating between illness and wellness through a thorough and systematic assessment. The emphasis is on physiological assessment that builds on and incorporates the principles of psychosocial and cultural assessment.


250 Clinical Lab I 2 units
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 BIOL 114 BIOL 115 BIOL 134 BIOL 135 PSY 101 MATH 101
Corequisites: NURS 240 NURS 212 NURS 210 NURS 230
This clinical application course focuses the student on practices of basic skills and nursing procedures with emphasis on psychosocial assessment of clients in a wide variety of community settings.


251 Clinical Lab II 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 210 NURS 212 NURS 230 NURS 240 NURS 250 PSY 210
Corequisites: NURS 241 NURS 231 NURS 211
This clinical application course focuses on the roles of communicator, caregiver, client advocate, and teacher. The student uses physical assessment skills and therapeutic interventions for stable hospitalized clients, administers medication, and implements a plan of care. Emphasis is given to the care of adults and aging adults with multiple needs in sub acute and skilled nursing facilities.


252 Clinical Lab I (MEO Program) 1 unit
Corequisites: NURS 240 NURS 212 NURS 210 NURS 232
This clinical application course focuses the MEO student on practices of basic skills and nursing procedures with emphasis on psychosocial assessment of clients in a wide variety of community settings.


270 Nutrition 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225
Corequisites: NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 273 NURS 275
Introduction to normal nutrition across the life span. Health promotion strategies and principles of health teaching related to nutrition. Content includes macro and micronutrients, nutritional assessment basics, cultural considerations, health promotion basics and health teaching strategies for patients and families.


271 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225
Corequisites: NURS 270 NURS 272 NURS 273 NURS 275
Second course in a two part series of applied pathophysiology of basic body systems and their pharmacological treatments. Focus on the etiology, clinical manifestations and general treatment in alterations selected body systems and their alterations.


272 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals Across the Lifespan I: Alterations in Health and Illness 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225
Corequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 273 NURS 275
Builds on Applied Assessment and Fundamentals I with a focus on nursing interventions for patients experiencing acute and chronic disease.


273 Evidence Based Inquiry 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225 MATH 101
Corequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 275
Introduction to evidence-based nursing practice. Focus on identification of practice issues; appraisal and integration of current evidence and the evaluation of potential outcomes across all healthcare settings and patient populations. Techniques for collaboration and communication across disciplines are emphasized.


275 Clinical Lab II: Alterations in Health 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 220 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 225
Corequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 273
Clinical Course: Builds on Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals I with a focus on patients across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic disease and the knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive, patient-centered care and high quality nursing care outcomes.


320 Community and Mental Health Nursing 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 273 NURS 275
Corequisites: NURS 321 NURS 325
Focus on health care delivery to vulnerable populations. The emphasis is on the patient-centered care of individuals, groups, and aggregates in community and psychiatric settings. Students analyze nursing care appropriate for the persons experiencing physiological problems and/or severe and persistent mental illness. Research and epidemiological data are used to guide the classroom discussion to facilitate student learning and clinical problem solving.


321 Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership within Complex Adaptive Systems
2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 273 NURS 275
Corequisites: NURS 320 NURS 325
Overview of health care delivery systems and an introduction to concepts related to leadership in complex adaptive systems. Historical, present-day and future perspectives of leadership in nursing within the context of the dynamic nature of health care organizations, and nursing leadership and organizations using the complexity science paradigm.


323 Nursing Research 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 211 NURS 231 NURS 241 NURS 251 MATH 101
Corequisites: NURS 350 NURS 330 NURS 340
This theory course introduces the student to the research process and its application to nursing practice and social problems. Introductory critiquing skills are used to examine each step of the research process to enhance students' understanding of their role as consumers of nurse research.


325 Clinical Lab III: Community and Mental Health Nursing 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 270 NURS 271 NURS 272 NURS 273 NURS 275
Corequisites: NURS 320 NURS 321
Clinical Course: Community based clinical experience. Focuses on patients/clients experiencing physiological and psychological problems. Use of the nursing process in the care of clients from vulnerable populations. Students work in collaboration with inter-professional teams in outpatient and inpatient sites in which patient and student safety are paramount.


330 Nursing Therapeutics II 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 211 NURS 231 NURS 241 NURS 251
Corequisites: NURS 350 NURS 340 NURS 323
This theory course focuses on episodes of care and the principles of caseload management for adults. Students use selected human responses with an emphasis on physiological and psychological/cultural/spiritual assessment to identify and evaluate therapeutic interventions for adult clients. The course highlights the nurse's role in managing client care in acute care settings.


331 Family Health I - Therapeutics/Principles and Methods 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 330 NURS 340 NURS 350 NURS 323
Corequisites: NURS 351 NURS 341 NURS 352
This theory course focuses on the principles of case management with an emphasis on the childbearing family. The nursing role of case manager is introduced in the context of the childbearing family. The course explores the nursing management in the care of childbearing women, their infants, and their families.


340 Principles & Methods of Practice I 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 211 NURS 231 NURS 241 NURS 251
Corequisites: NURS 350 NURS 330 NURS 323
This theory course focuses on scientific concepts and principles related to monitoring and treatment of human responses. The student identifies, describes, and analyzes selected nursing interventions and treatments appropriate to adults with acute and/or chronic health care problems.


341 Family Health II - Therapeutics/Principles and Methods 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 330 NURS 340 NURS 350 NURS 323
Corequisites: NURS 351 NURS 352 NURS 331
This theory course focuses on family centered care in the childrearing years. The nursing role of case manager is introduced in the context of the childrearing family. The course focuses on the child as an individual and as a member of the family and community. Specific content related to the physical, emotional, and social growth and development of the child is introduced. The causes, treatment, and prevention of childhood conditions are explored.


350 Clinical Lab III 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 211 NURS 231 NURS 241 NURS 251
Corequisites: NURS 330 NURS 340 NURS 323
This clinical application course guides the student in providing comprehensive care for acutely ill adults. The student has a variety of learning experiences in the hospital setting including performing nursing care on an adult medical surgical nursing unit, observing in the operating suite, and alternative experiences in other settings such as emergency department, clinics, or areas where specific diagnostic procedures are performed.


351 Clinical Lab IV-A 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 330 NURS 340 NURS 350 NURS 323
Corequisites: NURS 341 NURS 352 NURS 331
This clinical application course focuses on family centered care in the childrearing years. The nursing role of case manager in the context of the childrearing family is applied in a variety of settings. There is an emphasis on the skills essential to meeting the physical, emotion, and social needs of well children and children with acute or chronic conditions.


352 Clinical Lab IV-B 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 330 NURS 340 NURS 350 NURS 323
Corequisites: NURS 351 NURS 341 NURS 331
This clinical application course focuses on the scientific concepts and principles related to monitoring and caring for human responses common to childbearing women, their infants, and their families in hospitals and community settings. There is an emphasis on the skills essential to meeting the physical, emotional, and social needs of women experiencing healthy and complicated pregnancies.


370 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 320 NURS 321 NURS 325
Corequisites: NURS 371 NURS 375
Advanced reasoning, synthesis, and application of evidence-based knowledge to plan, coordinate, and evaluate priorities of comprehensive care for adults of all ages with acute and chronic health care diseases and disorders. Focus on the role and scope of professional nurse practice and nursing process.


371 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care
2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 320 NURS 321 NURS 325
Corequisites: NURS 370 NURS 375
Focus on the development of management skills for beginning practitioners in acute care and managed health care environments in complex clinical systems.


375 Clinical Lab IV: Medical-Surgical Nursing Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 320 NURS 321 NURS 325
Corequisites: NURS 370 NURS 371
Clinical Course: Emphasis on cognitive and psychomotor skill development to plan, implement, and evaluate care outcomes for adults of all ages receiving care in acute settings. Focus on development of clinical judgment in symptom and disease assessment and management.


420 Women's Health 1 unit
Prerequisites: NURS 370 NURS 371 NURS 375
Corequisites: NURS 421 NURS 425 NURS 426
Focus on the health promotion and nursing care of women across the life span with an emphasis on the childbearing years.


421 Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Nursing Care of Children 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 370 NURS 371 NURS 375
Corequisites: NURS 420 NURS 425 NURS 426
Focus on nursing care of children with medical-surgical issues and on the developmental differences seen in them. Specific issues related to pharmacology and safe medication practices in children are emphasized.


425 Clinical Lab V-A: Women's Health 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 370 NURS 371 NURS 375
Corequisites: NURS 420 NURS 421 NURS 426
Clinical Course: Health promotion and use of the nursing process in care of women with a focus on the childbearing years. Nursing care of women both in clinical settings and case-based simulation.


426 Clinical Lab V-B: Medical-Surgical Nursing - Nursing Care of Children 2 units
Prerequisites: NURS 370 NURS 371 NURS 375
Corequisites: NURS 420 NURS 421 NURS 425
Clinical Course: Nursing process in care of children. Application opportunities include in clinical settings and case-based simulation.


430 Nursing Therapeutics III 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 331 NURS 341 NURS 351 NURS 352
Corequisite: NURS 450
This theory course focuses on health care delivery to vulnerable populations. The emphasis is on the care of individuals, groups, and aggregates in community settings. Students analyze nursing interventions appropriate for persons experiencing complex physiological problems and/or severe and persistent mental illness. Research and epidemiological data are used to guide the class discussions and class analysis to facilitate student learning and clinical problem solving.


450 Clinical Lab V 5 units
Prerequisites: NURS 331 NURS 341 NURS 351 NURS 352
Corequisite: NURS 430
This community based practical application course focuses on clients experiencing complex physiological and psychological problems. Nursing interventions for the care of vulnerable population is emphasized.


451 Clinical Lab VI 5 units
Prerequisites: NURS 430 NURS 450
Corequisites: NURS 481 NURS 461
This clinical application course centers on student practice in a selected specialty with a clinical preceptor. The focus is on human responses appropriate to the client/client population throughout the continuum of care. Managed care and leadership skills are integrated within the practice setting. Students design, implement, and evaluate a capstone project in the clinical setting.


461 Leadership in Managed Care Systems 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 430 NURS 450
Corequisites: NURS 481 NURS 451
This theory course focuses on beginning practitioners in a managed care environment. Didactic content includes the philosophy of managed care, technology and managed care practice, quality improvement, and case management in integrated delivery systems. Students will analyze strategies to develop programs for health promotion, disease prevention, and client/provider health accountability in a restructured health care system. Students will discuss concepts, principles, and theories related to leadership in organizations. Didactic content includes human resource management, budgeting, and finance.


470 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition II 1 unit
Prerequisites: NURS 420 NURS 421 NURS 425 NURS 426
Corequisites: NURS 471 NURS 475
This course analyzes the profession of nursing through the lens of the Jesuit tradition using the model of the Ignatian social justice for in-depth examination of important health care issues and the responsibilities of the professional nurse.


471 Complex Care Across the Lifespan 3 units
Prerequisites: NURS 420 NURS 421 NURS 425 NURS 426
Corequisites: NURS 470 NURS 475
Focus on complex nursing care of patients across the life span with actual and/or potential critical health problems in a variety of setting. Focus on acquiring advanced knowledge in complex assessment, high-intensity therapies and interventions as well as analysis and evaluation of patient outcomes.


475 Clinical Lab VI: Complex Care Across the Lifespan 4 units
Prerequisites: NURS 420 NURS 421 NURS 425 NURS 426
Corequisites: NURS 470 NURS 471
Clinical Course: Collaborative experience planned by students, faculty, and agency personnel. The student must complete this course in a variety of learning environments as a culminating clinical experience to prepare them as a nurse graduate.


481 Senior Seminar 1 unit
Prerequisites: NURS 430 NURS 450
Corequisites: NURS 461 NURS 451
This clinical support course focuses on student participation and leadership in seminar discussions related to nursing and selected human responses appropriate to the client base served in the clinical setting of their precepted experience. Examination of the multiplicity of nursing roles and the expanding role of the nurse in a variety of settings are explored. Ethical and legal issues related to the profession of nursing are discussed.