BS in Nursing

The Nursing Program at AUST believes that NURSING is both a scientific discipline and a profession. The discipline is based on scientific knowledge, values and ethics while the profession aims at practicing the discipline in providing quality healthcare.

The Nursing Program leads to a BS in Nursing. It aims at fostering a positive environment for faculty, staff, and students through enhancing leadership abilities, analytical and critical thinking, technological and clinical skills, utilization of and participation in nursing research, and community involvement. This defines its conceptual framework. 

The Nursing Program is based on a philosophical approach to nursing that includes the holistic synthesis of individual, health and environment. It prepares its students so that the graduate is able to meet professional standards and has a sound foundation for future study.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (114 credits)
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 001
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200 OR ENG 100
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
3
HMS 301 Western Civilization ENG 201
3
FREE LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ENG 200 Writing Skills ENG 001
3
MAT200X College Algebra PLACEMENT
3
SOS 215 Human Rights ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
3
GENERAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BIO 210 Cells & Molecules ENG 001
3
BIO 212 Introduction to Human Anatomy ENG 001
3
BIO 213 Introduction To Physiology ENG 001
3
BIO213L Introduction To Physiology Laboratory Co. BIO 213
1
BIO 260 Human Growth and Development BIO 213
3
BIO 310 Introduction To Microbiology BIO 210 OR BIO210H
3
BIO 320 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (ENG 001 & MAT200X) OR (ENG 001 & MAT 105)
3
BIO 330 First Aid & Basic Life Support NONE
1
BIO 340 Health Sciences Research ENG 202
1
BIO 493 Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities BIO 213 & CHE 200
3
CHE 200 Introduction to Chemistry ENG 001
3
FHS 200 Introduction to Health Sciences Professions ENG 200 OR ENG 105
3
NURSING MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (57 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 440 Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis CLS 340
3
CLS 478 Toxicology and Quality Control NONE
2
CLS440L Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis Lab NONE
1
CLS450L Clinical Parasitology Lab NONE
1
NUR 210 Introduction to Nursing Profession ENG 201
3
NUR 220 Pathophysiology BIO 213
3
NUR 230 Health Assessment NUR 220
3
NUR240P Fundamentals of Nursing BIO 310 & NUR 230
3
NUR310P Nursing Care of the Adult I NUR240P
3
NUR320P Nursing Care of the Child BIO 260 & NUR310P
3
NUR340P Nursing Care of the Elderly NUR310P
3
NUR350P Nursing Care of the Mother NUR310P
3
NUR370P Nursing Care of the Adult II NUR310P
3
NUR 390 Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Theory NUR370P
3
NUR390P Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Practicum NUR370P
1
NUR410P Nursing Care of the Community NUR390P
3
NUR420P Critical Care Nursing NUR370P
3
NUR440P Perioperative Nursing NUR370P
3
NUR 450 Leadership and Health Resource Management NUR370P
3
NUR450P Leadership and Health Resource Management Practicum NUR 450 OR concurrently
1
NUR 460 Health Care Systems & Nursing Roles NUR370P
3
NUR 470 Organ Transplantation and Coordination NUR 460
3
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200 OR ENG 100
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
HMS 301
Western Civilization
This course consists of readings and discussion of the classic great books of Western Civilization, focusing on literary, philosophical, and historical works from ancient Greece and Rome. Readings will be selected from authors such as Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, Plutarch, Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Epicurus, Cicero, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, and Augustine.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
MAT200X
College Algebra
This is a remedial math course for graphics design students and/or students whose entrance exams indicate the need for a refresher math course. The course content includes solving linear equations, solving quadratic equations, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, and an introduction to logarithms and exponentials.
Prerequisite: PLACEMENT
SOS 215
Human Rights
This course is designed to acquaint students with the theory and practice of human rights. It contemplates the primacy of the human being, explores the developments in international law, and offers practical measures in defending, upholding, and promoting these rights.
Prerequisite: ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
BIO 210
Cells & Molecules
This course deals with cells and their molecules. Its main goal is to provide knowledge on the basics of the cell structure and function, with emphasis on the evolution and chemistry of the cell, membranes, organelles and cytoskeleton, cell signaling and regulation, and the flow of genetic information.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 212
Introduction to Human Anatomy
This course is a detailed study of the human body with emphasis on structure and general function. Included topics are cells, tissues, skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, nervous, endocrine systems and sense organs. The laboratory includes study of cells, tissues, organ systems, and dissection of a representative mammal. The course is most suitable for students in nursing and medicine curricula requiring in-depth knowledge of the human body.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 213
Introduction To Physiology
This is an introductory course to Medical Physiology. Its objective is to offer to the student a general introduction into the basic aspects of physiology. The material covered in the course can be used as stand-alone, or to lead on to more detailed studies of physiology. The course will take a largely systemic approach to the study of the human body. Emphasis is on the function, regulation and integration of organs and organ systems of higher animals emphasizing human physiology.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO213L
Introduction To Physiology Laboratory
This course consists of a set of exercises accompanied by experiments, models and computer simulations designed to provide students with a better understanding of the structure and function of the human body.
Prerequisite: Co. BIO 213
BIO 260
Human Growth and Development
This course offers a broad overview of perspectives, principles, theories, and research findings associated with the field of human life-span development. This course aims to help students acquire basic working knowledge of contemporary theories and principles of human development and define key concepts and terms employed by specialists in the field. Students will further study and examine some of the ways in which knowledge of human development is produced. Students will also learn to articulate and critically evaluate implications of developmental theory and research for educational practice, parenting, social policy information, and self-understanding.
Prerequisite: BIO 213
BIO 310
Introduction To Microbiology
This course presents the basic principles of medical microbiology. It includes bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic classifications, structure, metabolism, genetics, regulatory mechanisms, growth and replication. General principles of pathogenicity, epidemiology, mechanisms of antimicrobial therapy, sterilization, disinfections and antisepsis, and laboratory diagnosis are also emphasized.
Prerequisite: BIO 210 OR BIO210H
BIO 320
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
This is an introductory course in the basics of biostatistics and epidemiology. Type sand sources of data in measuring population health, data analysis and descriptive epidemiology will be included. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and laboratory sessions.
Prerequisite: (ENG 001 & MAT200X) OR (ENG 001 & MAT 105)
BIO 330
First Aid & Basic Life Support
The objective of this course is to prepare students to identify and manage serious emergency cases including unconsciousness, respiratory emergencies, cardiac emergencies, head and skeletal injuries, asthma, bleeding, shocks, burns and poisoning.
Prerequisite: NONE
BIO 340
Health Sciences Research
This course is designed to familiarize students with research and scientific reporting techniques. Students will learn how to obtain information regarding a specific subject related to health sciences using various resources.  They will also learn to rate the obtained results in terms of credibility and to report their findings including citation of references in a standard word, PowerPoint or poster format.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
BIO 493
Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities
This course introduces the student to basic concepts in pharmacology. The course builds on the concepts of pharmacodynamics, therapeutic usefulness and toxicity of drugs, on the different body system and safe medication administration.  The different groups of drugs are studied in a body systems approach with special emphasis on associated nursing implications.
Prerequisite: BIO 213 & CHE 200
CHE 200
Introduction to Chemistry
An introductory course to the fundamental principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. Topics include: stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to organic chemistry, periodic properties of elements, states of matter and solution chemistry.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
FHS 200
Introduction to Health Sciences Professions
Provides an orientation to the profession in health care system through a combination of classroom and clinical instructions; covers the history, basic, and applications of different profession, patient care, body mechanics, infection control practices, and medical terminology.
Prerequisite: ENG 200 OR ENG 105
CLS 440
Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis
Theoretical aspects of advanced hematology, hemostasis and body fluid analysis.Changes in acquired, hereditary, benign and malignant disorders.Integration of cognitive material with clinical laboratory test results.
Prerequisite: CLS 340
CLS 478
Toxicology and Quality Control
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS440L
Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis Lab
Application and integration of theory and technical skills in hematologic abnormal and some non-routine tests and stains.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS450L
Clinical Parasitology Lab
Laboratory identification of different parasites including protozoa, cestodes, nematodes, trematodes, as well as some arthropods.
Prerequisite: NONE
NUR 210
Introduction to Nursing Profession
This course introduces students to the definition of nursing, the historical evolution of nursing, and the scope and uniqueness of nursing practice and nursing as a profession.  It focuses on nursing theories and their relevance to professional practice where students are introduced to practice models in various health environments.  Current and future issues in nursing practice are explored.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
NUR 220
Pathophysiology
This course focuses on applied concepts of Pathophysiology emanating from the introduced concepts of anatomy and physiology. It covers disease processes in organ systems, and its effect on human physiological functioning. The course includes etiology, pathogenesis, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of selected health challenges.
Prerequisite: BIO 213
NUR 230
Health Assessment
This course is an introductory course on Nursing-based point of care (POC) and issues pertaining to health assessment, diagnosis and evaluation. It focuses on the development of beginning skills in assessment of healthy adult. A family and community assessment is also developed. Interviewing, obtaining a health history and the components of a physical assessment are presented. Students learn to integrate interview data with physical findings to formulate nursing diagnoses that will guide the nursing process. Practice will be provided in a laboratory setting and a selected clinical setting. Students continue to gain proficiency in interviewing and data collection. Patient’s rights and issues of privacy are reinforced in interviewing and reinforced throughout the course.
Prerequisite: NUR 220
NUR240P
Fundamentals of Nursing
This course provides the foundation for professional nursing practice. Emphasis on the three main parts of nursing practice: communication, safety, and comfort. The nursing process will be emphasized as the basis of clinical practice. Application of concepts and basic nursing skills will be done both in the nursing simulation laboratory, and hospital environment. Related theory from behavioural and physical sciences is incorporated.
Prerequisite: BIO 310 & NUR 230
NUR310P
Nursing Care of the Adult I
The course builds upon the nursing concepts introduced in NUR 240P. Emphasis is on health promotion, health restoration and rehabilitation of adults with medical surgical problems that are not critical in nature. The nursing process serves as a framework for study, research, and application. Students acquire knowledge in this context through lectures, independent study, discussion, simulations and audiovisual material.Clinical practice is organized to provide students with direct observation and application of nursing concepts acquired in NUR 240P and the theoretical part of NUR310. Students are provided with opportunities to use the nursing process, apply research findings, develop effective communication skills, identify patients needs, and practice psychomotor skills. Clinical spectrum ranges from mildly ill to moderately ill patients.
Prerequisite: NUR240P
NUR320P
Nursing Care of the Child
This course involves the study of infants, children, and adolescents at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care. Common, acute, and chronic illnesses are studied. Emphasis is placed on the needs of the child, the family, and their support systems throughout developmental milestones. The trauma of hospitalization on the child and family will be discussed, and analyzed. The role of the nurse as an advocate, health teacher and nurturer is stressed. Genetically and environmental determinants of development from the prenatal period are emphasized. Application involves assessment of health needs of infants, children, and adolescents based on knowledge of normal growth and development and on evidence of health and disease. Nursing strategies for practice focus on interventions to promote, restore, and maintain health, growth and development within a safe environment. The clinical setup ranges from outpatient to critical care areas.
Prerequisite: BIO 260 & NUR310P
NUR340P
Nursing Care of the Elderly
This course focuses on the healthcare of the elderly and aging people. Concepts include physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, nutritional, and health and safety needs of the older adult. Application involves general concepts related to nursing care of the older adult. Students will have the opportunity to provide safe and direct patient care to the older adult through the implementation of the nursing process based on disease process.
Prerequisite: NUR310P
NUR350P
Nursing Care of the Mother
This course focuses on the healthcare needs of childbearing women and their families through all stages of perinatal period and childbirth. Emphasis is placed on the growth and development of the fetus and needs of the mother, the newborn, the family, and support systems. High risk pregnancies, labor complications and the physiologically challenged neonate are also covered. Content includes assessment and nursing care before, throughout pregnancy, and during delivery. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in reproductive health and its delivery in the community are illustrated.The practicum part focuses is the application of the theoretical knowledge of maternal health in the prenatal clinics, health centers, hospitals, delivery room and others health setting. Applications of the reproductive health concepts in the community; and nursing interventions to promote, restore, and maintain maternal health in all settings is emphasized.
Prerequisite: NUR310P
NUR370P
Nursing Care of the Adult II
This course is complementary to NUR 310P. It is designed to cover further dysfunctions including neurologic, endocrine, metabolic, renal, urinary, inflammatory and chronic conditions. The practical part allows the students to apply the various  concepts in appropriate clinical settings.
Prerequisite: NUR310P
NUR 390
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Theory
This course focuses on theories and principles of psychopathology and therapeutics underlying nursing care of individuals, couples and families experiencing altered mental or emotional functioning. The core consists of caring for individuals having mental and psychiatric disorders. Students are given the chance to examine specialized communication skills and different therapies applied to individuals, families, and groups with the appropriate nursing assessment and interventions to provide optimal mental health.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR390P
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Practicum
Clinical experience will focus on management of psychiatric clients in supervised clinical environments ranging from outpatient, chronic facilities to in patient settings.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR410P
Nursing Care of the Community
The course provides students with the opportunity to study nursing in multiple settings outside the hospital. It gives students the opportunity to learn about the health and psychosocial needs of individuals, families and communities.In the practical part, students will manage nursing care in supervised community environments.  They will explore the levels of primary, secondary, and tertiary health care needs of the individual, family, and community.
Prerequisite: NUR390P
NUR420P
Critical Care Nursing
This course provides students with experiences to foster development of advanced cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for providing nursing care for adults experiencing complex and /or multi-system health problems.  The focus is on the management and nursing care related to acute threats to life.In this practical part, students will provide the appropriate nursing intervention approach needed for patients with life threatening critical problems in intensive and emergency care units.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR440P
Perioperative Nursing
The objective of NUR440P is to introduce the student to Perioperative Nursing with a focus on surgical procedures, operating room hazards, sterilization and disinfection techniques as well as with the patient’s perioperative experience and nurse’s responsibilities.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR 450
Leadership and Health Resource Management
This course helps the student develop an understanding of the role of the professional nurse as a leader and change agent.  It focuses on the theories and principles of nursing leadership and management in diverse health care settings.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR450P
Leadership and Health Resource Management Practicum
This course is designed to help the student make the transition from the relatively dependent role as a student nurse to a professional registered nurse in the coordination and delivery of healthcare.  Emphasis is placed upon management and leadership skills.
Prerequisite: NUR 450 OR concurrently
NUR 460
Health Care Systems & Nursing Roles
This course provides an overview of the structure and function of health care systems. It deals with the challenges related to admission, cost and quality as well as with legal aspects and ethical practices in health care. The course also covers the critical contribution of nurses in improving the quality of both public and private health systems.
Prerequisite: NUR370P
NUR 470
Organ Transplantation and Coordination
NUR 470 deals with basic topics related to transplantation including immunobiology and the concept of brain death. It also covers donation protocols, organs preservation and use, ethics in transplantation as well as family, donor and post-operative counseling.
Prerequisite: NUR 460

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