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ENG 1A/B - Freshman English (3,3)
Principles and practice of writing, with attention to critical thinking and analytical reading. Includes discussion skills, library usage, research techniques, and an introduction to literature. Prerequisite:Satisfactory score on Writing Placement test. Completion with a grade of C or better and a score of 4 or better on the Writing Exit tests fulfills Communication Skills requirement in writing for both the associate and baccalaureate degree. GS-IA.

PSY 1 - General Psychology (3)
Introduction to the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Surveys major concepts, findings, and practical applications of contemporary psychological research. Focuses on basic topics addressed in such research: the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, developmental processes, learning and memory mechanisms, cognition and intelligence, motivation and emotions, social relations, personality, and psychopathology. Prerequisite:None.GS-IIIF.

PSY 12 - Developmental Lifespan Psychology (3)
Introduction to human developmental from conception to death. Covers major theories of psychological growth, interactions between heredity and environment, and the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Focuses on concepts and issues important in prenatal development, cognitive and social factors of childhood an adolescence, effective parenting, and personal growth through the lifespan. Prerequisite:PSY 1.GS-IIIF.

SOC 5 - Sociological Perspectives (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior, including the foundational theories and basic elements of social research. Viewing human life as inherently social, the social and environmental forces, which influence and are influenced by personal experience, culture, and social arrangements, are examined.GS-IIIF, VI.

SPE 10 - Public Speaking (2)
Introduction to basic principles of communication theory in both small and large groups together with practice in discussion and speech delivery.GS-IB.

BIO 50A - Human Anatomy (4)
The study of the structure of the human body. A systemic approach is used beginning with the molecular level and progressing to the organism as a whole to demonstrate the interrelationships at each level of organization. Laboratory exercises are used to expand and clarify the concepts presented in lecture. These include microscopic reviews, dissections and other multiple teaching/learning media. Lecture 3 hours & Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites:Successful completion of a high school General biology course.GS-IIID

BIO 50B - Human Physiology (4)
An introduction to physiological principles with emphasis on organ systems. An integrative approach is used beginning with the molecular and progressing to the organism as a whole to demonstrate the interrelationships at each level of organization. Laboratory exercises include measurements of physiological activities from the molecular to the whole organism. Lecture 3 hrs., Laboratory 3 hrs. Prerequisites:A grade of C or above in BIO 50A or BIO40A.GS-IIID.

CHE 3 - Chemistry OR PHS 1 Scientific Concepts (3)
CHE 3 An introduction to the principles and laws of chemistry including atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and introductory organic chemistry. Lecture 3 hours. PHS 1 A course in the basic principles of chemistry and physics with particular emphasis on the application of these principles to contemporary concerns.GS-II, GS-IIID.

SPR 85 - Introduction to College Studies (1)
This course is designed to assist the new student in finding his/her place at MSMU and more successfully integrating into the college. Students will obtain an introduction to the concept, meaning and significance of higher education, the liberal arts in general, and MSMU in particular.(Graded)

SPR 71 - Preparation for Nursing (1)
Introduces cognitive skills and learned behaviors required for the professional nursing role. Practice and development of communication skills, word and reading comprehension, math calculations, test-taking skills, and time management. Recommended for students preparing for the baccalaureate-nursing program. Does not fulfill the requirement for NUR 42A, Fundamentals of Nursing and credit does not apply toward the baccalaureate degree. Prerequisite:declared nursing major and success in required courses.

NUR 29 - Mental Health Practicum (2)
This course provides the student with experiences interacting with adolescent, adult, and geriatric population with mental health illness. The focus of the course is the psychosocial impact of health-illness problems and its adaptation process and application of concepts from Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Adaptation (NUR 28) and Principles and Practice of Advanced Interpersonal Skills (NUR 28A). Prerequisites: NUR 20, 23/23L, 30, 24, 24A/24L, 25. NUR 28, 28A, 29 are taken concurrently and must be passed successfully before progressing.

NUR 53A - Fundamentals of Nursing: Theory (2)
Introductory course that covers the theories, concepts, principles and procedures that is fundamental to current nursing practice. Provides a knowledge base to understand the practice of professional nursing with a focus on the adult hospitalized patient.

NUR 53B/C - Fundamentals of Nursing: Skills (1.5, 1.0)
Covers basic nursing measures necessary for safe patient care. The focus is to provide the theoretical basis for selected nursing skills and to develop the student's psychomotor ability in the performance of these skills. Designed to integrate computer assisted learning for an independent approach to learning.

NUR 54 - Introduction to Pathophysiology (3)
Lecture. Common disruptions in the body's structure, function and regulatory mechanisms are presented which include: immune response, inflammation, and temperature control. Nursing and Medical Management will be discussed.

NUR 51 - Nursing Practicum: Adult (4)
Clinical practice of nursing process and skills with application of concepts related to basic nursing skills and to common disruptions in body systems. Focus on common medical-surgical problems affecting adults and older adults, stimuli for illness, nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions, prevention, and teaching in an in-patient setting.

NUR 61 - Nursing Practicum: Adult (4)
Continuation of Nursing Skills and Process with application of concepts related to the physiologic and psychosocial mode of adaptation. Prerequisite:NUR 51, 53A/B, 54.

NUR 60 - Adaptation Nursing Theory (3)
Introduces the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing with emphasis on the physiological and psychosocial modes as related to adult and older adult behaviors. Introduces concepts of cultural diversity, aging, and sexuality. Prerequisite:NUR 51, 53A/B, 54

BIO 112 - Human Nutrition (3)
A study of different nutrients with emphasis on nutritional requirements for health and prevention of chronic disease which are major causes of death in the United States today. Topics include healthy lifestyle including daily meal planning, weight control and exercise, harmful effects of alcohol and drugs. Special needs during pregnancy and childhood, adulthood, and old age will also be considered

PHI 21 - Moral Values and Ethical Decisions OR RST 41 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3, 3)
PHI 21 This Course is an introduction to moral reasoning and ethical decision making, focusing on fundamental ethical theories (such as Formalism, Utilitarianism, Egoism, Relativism, Virtue Theory, the Ethic of Care). Using the different theories, students will examine some major moral dilemmas we face (such as the death penalty, world hunger, environmental ethics, abortion, sexual morality, censorship). Students who take this course many not take PHI 92 for credit. Credit towards GS-VB RST 41. An introduction to the study of moral decision-making from the perspective or Christian faith. The sources and nature of moral obligation, personal and social responsibility, freedom and sinfulness are among the topics to be covered. Credit towards GS-VA 3.

NUR 160 - Adaptation Nursing:Childbearing Family (2.5)
Lecture. The focus is they bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to Childbearing Families. Taken concurrently with NUR 161. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 161 - Practicum: Childbearing Family (2.5)
Provides clinical experiences in prenatal delivery, and postnatal care, study of the parenting roles, and the health needs of the emerging family groups. Taken concurrently with NUR 160. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 162 - Adaptation Nursing: Children (2.5)
Lecture. The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to children. Taken concurrently with NUR 163. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 163 - Practicum: Children (2.5)
Provides clinical experience in the health-illness problems encountered in the care of children and their families. Growth and development from infancy through adolescence in terms of the Adaptation Theory of Nursing. Taken concurrently with NUR 162. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 164 - Adaptation Nursing: Advanced Medical/Surgery (2.5)
Lecture. The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to complex episodic medical or surgical disruptions in the adult. Leadership and patient care management included. Taken concurrently with NUR 162. Prerequisite

NUR 165 - Practicum: Advanced Medical/Surgery (2.5)
Provides clinical experience in health-illness problems of adult patients with more complex medical or surgical disruptions. Leadership and patient care management included. Taken concurrently with NUR 164. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 166 - Adaptation Nursing: Mental Health (2.5)
Lecture. The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to mental health of individuals and groups. Taken concurrently with NUR 167. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

NUR 167 - Practicum: Mental Health (2.5)
Provides clinical experience in the application of the principles and concepts related to psycho-social problems in psychiatric settings. Taken concurrently with NUR 166. Prerequisite:Junior standing.

PHI 168A - Contemporary Moral Problems OR PHI 168B Bioethics (3,3)
PHI 168A A study of contemporary moral and social problems; including the death penalty, prejudice, animal rights, world hunger, sexual morality, environmental ethics, and individual vs. societal rights. At least one-third of the course covers bioethics issues such as maternal-fetal conflicts, physician assisted death, and medical experimentation. Prerequisite:Any lower division Ethics course in philosophy or religious studies. Credit towards GS-VB2, VI. PHI 168B In this course we study issues and concerns affecting medicine and scientific research. This includes informed consent, honesty, patient rights vs. paternalism, physician assisted death, abortion, surrogate parenting, maternal-fetal conflicts, medical experimentation, justice, violence, racism, and the allocation of scarce resources. Prerequisite:Introductory Ethics, or Christian Ethics, course. Credit towards GS VB2.

NUR 134 - Issues in Professional Nursing (2)
The focus is on the profession of Nursing. Content includes: the History of Nursing, the Nursing Practice Act, Legal Aspects, Liability, and other current issues affecting the Nursing Profession. Prerequisite:Successful completion of the NUR 140/160 series.

NUR 136 - Abuse: Child to Elder (1)
Child, elder and women's abuse will be covered. Included will be prevention, early detection, and intervention techniques. California reporting requirements for Child Abuse will be covered.

NUR 138 - Nursing Research (3)
Principles of scientific methods, research designs appropriate to nursing, ethical conduct in human subject research, and components of theoretical frameworks are presented. Emphasis on understanding, critiquing, and applying published research findings to clinical practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 140 and 160 series. Student must be in Senior standing. Credit towards GS-II.

NUR 180 - Community Health Nursing I (1.5)
Community Health Nursing presents research, theories and concepts as applied to aggregates in the community. These include environmental health, basic concepts of epidemiology, communicable disease, preventive health and wellness. The theory and management of these issues and others are discussed and related to a variety of community resources. Prerequisite:Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 181.

NUR 184 - Adaptation Nursing:Community Health Nursing II (1.5)
Presents the student with theories applicable to providing nursing care to the client/family in the home setting. Emphasis is on family theory and culture. Other broad topics include the home health system, chronic illness, disabilities, compliance, hospice, and chronic pain. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 185.

NUR 181 - Practicum: Community Health Nursing I (2.5)
This course provides the students the opportunity to practice the principles of Community Health Nursing in an official agency and other community agencies. An epidemiological approach is implemented to identify and assess problem in high risk aggregates in the community. The Roy Adaptation Model is utilized to promote optimum health for individuals, families and groups. Community assessment and exploration of community resources are an integral part of the practicum. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 180.

NUR 185 - Practicum: Community Health Nursing II (2.5)
A variety of home health agencies are used where the student will have the opportunity to practice the principles of home health nursing. The Roy Adaptation Model is utilized to promote optimum health for individuals, families, and groups. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 184

NUR 182 - Adaptation Nursing:Leadership/Management (1.5)
Principles of leadership and management will be explained as they apply to various nursing (health) delivery systems. Topics discussed will include leadership styles, management functions, motivation, group organization, budget and staffing. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 183.

NUR 183 - Practicum:Nursing Leadership/Management (2.5)
Various clinical agencies are used where the student will apply the principles in NUR 182. Each student will be assigned a selected clinical preceptor from the agency. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 182.

NUR 190 - Adaptation Nursing: Older Adult (1.5)
Lecture. Current research and medical and nursing management of older adult from a bio-psycho-social perspective will be presented. Other topics will include demographics, political and governmental environments. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 191.

NUR 191 - Practicum: Older Adult (2.5)
Clinical practice with older adult clients in various settings enabling the student to apply the concepts and principles in NUR 190. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Taken concurrently with NUR 190.

The Associate’s Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to the California RN license. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.