Montana State University-Northern
Department of Nursing

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Department of Nursing
MSU-Northern
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
406.265.4196

Lewistown
MSU-Northern
P.O. Box 1144
Lewistown, MT 59457
406.535.5575 x13

Course Descriptions: 100-200 Level

NRSG 100 Introduction to Nursing
1 semester credit (1 hour lecture)
This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. Students will study the characteristics of the nursing process, critical thinking and time management. Learning styles, communication ability and test taking skills as well as legal/ethical/cultural issues, nursing history and basic concepts of human behavior are explored.

NRSG 106 Nursing Syntax and Calculation
3 semester credits (3 hours lecture)
Course designed to be presented via computer assisted instruction and modular teaching methods. The content to be mastered will assist the pre-nursing student to gain the background skills needed to interpret medical terminology. The course will also provide the content necessary for the student to apply mathematical concepts to nursing medication administration.

NUTR 121 Clinical Human Nutrition
2 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This course is an introduction to normal and clinical nutrition. The fundamentals of nutrition and nutritional needs throughout the life span will be addressed. The appropriate uses for diet therapy in restoring and maintaining health will also be covered.

NRSG 130 Fundamentals of Nursing
7 semester credits (4 hours lecture)
This theory and lab course introduces the nursing principles and clinical skills that are essential for the nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care and member of the discipline in nursing. Emphasis is on the role of provider of care and human health needs of clients. Theoretical and practical concepts of the nursing process, critical thinking, and health promotion to meet the needs of individuals in a variety of health care settings are presented. The course provides for the application of basic nursing skills.
Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program.
Course Fee: $35.00

NRSG 131 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab
0 semester credits (3 lab hours)
Lab for NRSG 130

NRSG 135 Nursing Pharmacology
3 semester credits (3 hours lecture)
This course is an introduction to clinical drug therapy. Content areas include groups of therapeutic drugs, prototypes of drug groups, commonly prescribed drugs, drug interactions and the role of the nursing process in prescribed drug therapy regimens. Students examine drug therapy using critical thinking and clinical decision making.
Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program.

NRSG 138 Gerontology for Nursing
2 semester credits (1 hours lecture)
This course addresses current issues relevant to the nursing care of the aging population. Economic, social and ethical issues and expected age related conditions affecting the aging population are explored. The clinical component provides the opportunity for the student to apply these principles while meeting health promotion, maintenance and restoration needs.
Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program.
Course fee: $15.00

NRSG 139 Gerontology for Nursing Clinical
0 semester credits (3 hour clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 138

NRSG 140 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing
7 semester credits (4 hours lecture)
This theory and practicum course prepares the student to provide nursing care to patient's experiencing common, well-defined health/ illness needs. The focus is on use of the nursing process and critical thinking in settings where stable patients are anticipated. Recognition and emergent treatment of rapidly changing patient physical conditions will be introduced.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 130, NRSG 135, and NRSG 138
Course fee: $35.00

NRSG 141 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing Clinical
0 semester credits (9 hours clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 140

NRSG 142 Core Concepts of Maternal Child Nursing
3 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This course introduces the student to the provider of care role in meeting the needs of the mother, newborn, child, and family unit. The course includes growth and developmental patterns as well as care of the well and sick child. The student will demonstrate acquired knowledge when caring for the mother, newborn and child in institutional and community based settings.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 130, NRSG 135, and NRSG 138
Course Fee: $15.00

NRSG 143 Core Concepts of Maternal Child Nursing Clinical
0 semester credits (3 hour clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 142

NRSG 144 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
2 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This theory course explores physiological, sociological, spiritual, and environmental factors associated with Mental Health/Illness needs which effect individuals, families, and communities. Focus is on the use of the nursing process and therapeutic communication skills when caring for clients with basic psychiatric disorders. Therapeutic modalities and psychopharmacological management is presented.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 130, NRSG 135, and NRSG 138.

NRSG 150 Nursing Success I
3 semester credits (3 hours lecture)
This two-week elective course is designed to give incoming nursing students basic knowledge of study skills and test taking skills to enhance their success in their first year in the MSU-Northern nursing program. The American Psychological Association (APA) writing format, which is required for all papers written in the nursing program, is introduced. Information is provided on using the internet for nursing research and how to present appropriate documentation.

NRSG 151 Nursing Success II
3 semester credits (2 hours lecture/3 hours clinical)
This is an elective course for the incoming nursing students designed to provide an introduction to improve critical thinking skills, study skills and test taking abilities. The course also provides the opportunity for students to reinforce nursing skills such as developing nursing care plans through the use of the nursing process and using mathematics in the clinical setting.
Prerequisite: Admission to nursing. manager of care and member within the discipline in an acute care setting.
Course Fee: $25.00

 

NRSG 250 LPN to RN Transition
3 semester credits (online with one day of clinical)
This course facilitates transition of the LPN student into the ASN program. The nursing process, critical thinking, and the clinical decision making process are discussed. Clinical nursing competency is demonstrated.

NRSG 252 Complex Care Maternal/Child Client
3 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This course prepares the student to provide care to maternal/child patients experiencing acutely changing conditions in settings where the outcome is less predictable. Topics include care of the patient during childbirth, high risk pregnancies, obstetrical emergencies, neonatal emergencies and infants, children and family units requiring complex collaborative care.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 140, NRSG 142, and NRSG 144.
Course Fee: $15.00

NRSG 253 Complex Care Maternal/Child Client Clinical
0 semester credit (3 hours lecture)
Clinical for NRSG 252

NRSG 254 Complex Care/Mental Health Client
2 semester credits (1 hour lecture)
This course explores mental health/illness needs of special populations with emphasis on individuals, families and communities. Focus is placed on psychotherapeutic management in the continuum of care, milieu management and behavioral interventions with clients experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. This course provides for clinical application of mental health nursing skills and the use of therapeutic communication in institutional and community based settings.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 140, NRSG 142, NRSG 144.
Course Fee: $15.00

NRSG 255 Complex Care/Mental Health Client Clinical
0 semester credits (3 hours clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 254

NRSG 256 Pathophysiology
3 semester credits (3 hours lecture)
This course introduces the student to the principles and processes of pathophysiology and its effect on human body systems. Pathophysiology of the most common body system alterations are discussed within the context of the provider of care role. Evidence based research in the nursing of clients with body system alterations

NRSG 262 Complex Care Needs - Adult Client
4 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This course provides the opportunity for the student to provide nursing care to the adult with complex health/illness needs, including those with acute health conditions. Emphasis is on clinical decision making when providing care for clients and family members with rapidly changing health conditions.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 252, NRSG 254, NRSG 256, and BIOM 250.

NRSG 263 Complex Care Needs - Adult Client Clinical
0 semester credits (6 hours clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 262

NRSG 265 Advanced Clinical Skills Lab
1 semester credit (3 hour lab)
This course prepares the student to assume the provider of care role while implementing complex nursing interventions. This skills lab allows students to practice advanced nursing skills utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking to demonstrate clinical decision making.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 252, NRSG 254, NRSG 256, and BIOM 250.
Course Fee: $15.00.

NRSG 266 Managed Client Care
4 semester credits (2 hours lecture)
This course addresses the transition of the student nurse into the role of the associate degree registered nurse and includes preparation for the NCVLEX-RN. Emphasis is on application of the manager of care role when caring for groups of clients while working in a supervised healthcare environment.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NRSG 252, NRSG 254, NRSG 256, and BIOM 250.
Course Fee: $15.00

NRSG 267 Managed Client Care Clinical
0 semester credits (6 hours clinical)
Clinical for NRSG 266

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