Nursing Courses

Individual Course Offerings

Any course offered at Grand Canyon University may be taken as an individual course. Below is a listing of our more popular courses. To review a comprehensive listing of individual courses, please review the Academic Catalog. Course Descriptions begin on page 133.  

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Nursing Course

Below is just a sampling of the Health Care and Nursing courses available online.

HLT 362V         Applied Statistics for Health Care Professionals   Credits: 3
This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include introduction to analysis of variance, regression, and graphical presentation; experimental design; descriptive statistics; sampling methods; and z, t, and chi-square.

NRS 410V         Pathophysiology and Nursing Management of Clients' Health   Credits: 3
This course is designed to enhance the working RN's existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

NRS 433V         Introduction to Nursing Research   Credits: 3
This writing-intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: PSY 363, BIO 363, or HLT 362V.

NRS 434V         Health Assessment   Credits: 3
This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health screening. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, functional health patterns, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

NRS 440V         Trends and Issues in Health Care   Credits: 3
This course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice. Content includes an analysis of current studies; nursing care policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles. The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in today's society.

NUR 502         Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice   Credits: 4
This course examines nursing as a profession and a discipline and the individual nurse's role as a member of the profession. The theoretical foundations for nursing practice and roles are explored and applied. Emphasis is placed on developing scholarly writing and presentation skills. Critical thinking skills are refined as students discuss and synthesize the literature that guides nursing practice with a special emphasis on caring, diversity, and spirituality.

NUR 504         Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization   Credits: 4
This course focuses on the critical analysis of nursing and health care research and its application to nursing education, nursing practice, and the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge to practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed. Prerequisite: NUR 502.  

NUR 640E         Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators   Credits: 3
This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the Advanced Professional Nursing role of Nurse Educator. This course emphasizes knowledge of physical assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, functional assessment, and physical examination in diverse populations. The student uses a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decisionmaking to establish data that can be utilized in patient care or nursing education. An overview of appropriate protocols for performing health screening, as well as performing, and interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic data are included. These are based on best practices consistent with resource allocations. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to illness or the threat of illness, effective communication and client teaching is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and medical record keeping is included.

NUR 642         Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology   Credits: 3
This Web-enhanced course focuses on the advanced physiology and pathophysiology principles. This course is used to guide the family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and clinical nurse specialist education (CNS-ED) student in interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness. The emphasis is placed on the genetic, molecular, cellular, and organ system levels. Co-requisite: NUR 644.

NUR 644         Advanced Pharmacology   Credits: 3
This Web-enhanced course focuses on the advanced pharmacotherapy principles and practices to enable the family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and the clinical nurse specialist education (CNS-ED) student to prescribe and monitor the effects of medications and selected herbal therapy. Emphasis is on the pharmacodynamics of clients with common, acute, and chronic health problems in various stages of the lifecycle in diverse populations. Evidence-based research provides the basis for selecting effective, safe, and cost-efficient pharmacologic or integrative regimens. Appropriate client education as to various prescribed pharmacologic agents in incorporated. Legal requirements for prescriptive writing and dispensing authority are covered. Prerequisite: One of the following: 1) NUR 640; or 2) none. Co-requisite: NUR 642.