WellStar School of Nursing

Course Descriptions


HIST 2112 - America Since 1890

Examines the major themes of American history since 1890, the multicultural nature of contemporary U.S. civilization, and the nation’s role in the global arena.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


POLS 1101 - American Government in a Global Perspective

Examination of the institutions and processes of American government and Georgia State government. Global comparisons are made between the governments of the U.S. and other modern nation-states.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


BIOL 3317 - Pathophysiology

Examines the biological basis of common, clinical disease states. Pathophysiology is treated as a disruption of normal homeostatic mechanisms that progresses beyond the normal compensatory capabilities of the human body.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


NURS 3209 - Theoretical Basis for Holistic Nursing & Health

The first nursing course is designed to introduce the student to the philosophical and theoretical basis for professional nursing in primary and secondary care settings. The student is encouraged to be self-assessing, self caring, and self directive. Emphasis is on the six processes of nursing, self care requisites, and holistic health. Learning experiences are provided in the Nursing Learning Resource Center, KSU’s Wellness Center and selected primary and secondary care settings.


NURS 3302 - Professionalism and Ethics in Nursing

Students analyze historical, contemporary, and global perspectives on the role of nursing in society, and on professional nursing roles within the context of contemporary health care delivery systems. Primary emphasis is on the ethical and legal foundations of nursing, including exploration of common ethical and legal dilemmas encountered at the beginning and end of life, as well as in everyday nursing encounters. In addition, students develop communication skills essential to collegial nursing practice and to collaborative roles within interdisciplinary health care teams. Students apply and critique selected models of ethical decision-making, and explore their utility for nursing practice and for assuming responsibility and accountability for nursings’ ethic of care and commitment to client advocacy.


NURS 3303 - Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses

An introduction to fundamental pharmacologic principles and their application. The nursing process approach will provide the theoretical base for the knowledge and skills needed to safely administer medications.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


NURS 3309 - Health Assessment

Introduction to basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques involved in the process of health assessment of clients. Emphasis is placed on recognition of normal findings, and common deviations association with pathologies.


NURS 3313 - Adult Health Nursing

Application of the processes of nursing to commonly encountered problems of middle-aged and elderly adults.


NURS 3314 - Mental Health Nursing

Application of the processes of nursing to commonly encountered mental health problems across the lifespan.


NURS 3318 - Parent-Child Nursing
Application of the processes of nursing to commonly encountered problems of young adults in the childbearing years, and newborns, children, and adolescents.


NURS 4412 - Community Health Nursing

Application of the processes of nursing to commonly encountered health problems of families within the community.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


NURS 4414 - Complex Health Nursing

Application of the processes of nursing to individual clients and their families. The focus is on individual clients who are experiencing complex health problems.


NURS 4416 - Leadership in Nursing

Designed to develop the leadership skills necessary for the beginning practice as a registered nurse. Focuses on the role of the nurse as part of the larger health care delivery system, with emphasis on the development of leadership and management skills useful in delivery of high quality, client focused care. Topics include client care/case management, budgetary management, development of teamwork, roles of health care providers and health care coordinators, integration of community health care systems, and health program development and evaluation.
Notes: Offered as an online course.


NURS 4417 - Advanced Clinical Practicum

Designed to provide a precepted clinical experience for the non-licensed and registered nurse student. Provides an opportunity to practice under the guidance and supervision of a preceptor, and assume the role of the professional nurse in a variety of settings. For the registered nurse student it provides an opportunity to practice in a new area or develop new clinical skills. The course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as care provider, communicator, teacher, leader and manager of care for a group of clients, and as a consumer of research that is applicable to individual clients and groups of clients. An appropriate clinical project demonstrates application of principles of nursing care and/or organizational development.


NURS 7715 Role Development & Issues 2-0-2
Topics: role development, today’s NP in society and healthcare system, ethical and legal decision-making, standards and regulations governing the practice of NPs.


NURS 7725 Advanced Practice Theory 2-0-2
Analyses and critiques various nursing theories. Includes research, communications, practice and professional autonomy.


NURS 7735 Advanced Health Assessment, Health Maintenance and Health Promotion 2-6-4
Develops skill and critical appraisal of the history and physical exam of clients of various age groups. Provides clinical practicum experience in primary care settings.


NURS 7746 Research Applications in Nursing 2-0-2
Builds upon student’s basic knowledge of research 
process. Explores research design, methodology and data analysis, among others.


NURS 7755 Advanced Pharmacology 2-0-2
Expands knowledge of pharmacological principles, with emphasis on drugs commonly used for treatment of chronic diseases and minor acute illnesses.


NURS 7765 Advanced Pathophysiology 2-0-2
Provides advanced content concerning normal and abnormal human physiologic responses to certain pathophysiologic conditions.


NURS 8800 Clinical Management of Selected Common Health Conditions in Adults 3-0-3
Addresses the common health conditions affecting individuals aged 17 and older. Also explores the impact of health problems on the family unit.


NURS 8805 Clinical Management of Selected Common Health Conditions in Children 3-0-3
Provides exploration of theories and knowledge needed for child health supervision.


NURS 8815 Clinical Management of Selected Chronic Health Problems in the Middle-Aged and Older Adult 3-0-3
Addresses chronic health conditions frequently encountered in the primary care of older individuals, with attention to protocol development, referral, follow-up and client education.


NURS 8830 Clinical Management of Reproductive Health 2-0-2
Focuses on healthcare needs of essentially healthy women throughout reproductive years and beyond.


NURS 8850 Primary Care Residency I 1-9-4
Introductory practicum with approved nurse practitioner, physician assistant or physician 
preceptor. Focuses on beginning clinical management skills. Includes case study and critique.


NURS 8851 Primary Care Residency II 1-9-4
Continues practicum experience with appropriate preceptors at variety of clinical sites.


NURS 8852 Primary Care Residency III 1-9-4
Clinical site practicum experience continues with Increasingly complex clinical management skills.


NURS 8853 Primary Care Residency IV 1-9-4
Capstone practicum experience where students synthesize all elements of clinical management skills.


NURS 8854 Primary Care Clinical Project 2-0-2
Knowledge and skills applied in care-focused project related to role of NP in research, healthpromotion and community education