Course Catalog

While most nursing schools divide their accelerated nursing curriculum up by semester, we group our ABSN courses into 15 blocks, with each block focused on a specific area of nursing. Below is a short description of each ABSN course and its affiliated block. You can also view our Student Handbook for more information on our full-time, accelerated nursing programs in Nevada and Utah.

Block Descriptions

NURS 300 – Introduction to the Profession

This course is an introduction to professional nursing from historical, social, legal-ethical, political, economic, theoretical, and cultural perspectives. An overview of the professional roles of the nurse in healthcare environments is introduced.

NURS 301 – Health Assessment

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles, knowledge, and motor skills required for a comprehensive health assessment of clients within a legal/ethical framework in a laboratory setting. The student will also develop interview and therapeutic communication techniques that may be used in the assessment of clients across the lifespan.

NURS 302 – Fundamentals of Nursing

This course provides the fundamentals of nursing principles and practice related to basic health needs of individuals. Students will learn the basic principles, skills, and behaviors essential to safe, effective nursing care of the client.

NURS 302.1 – Fundamentals of Nursing and Basic Skills

Students will apply basic skills and nursing principles in clinical settings.

NURS 303 – Nursing Pharmacology

This course provides students with an analysis of the physiological actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, drug interactions and safe administration of selected drugs. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process as the framework for safe administration of drugs.

NURS 304 – Adult Health Nursing I

This block builds on the fundamentals of nursing. Emphasis is placed on care and management of adult patients experiencing alterations in health.

NURS 304.1 – Adult Health Nursing I – Clinical

Students will further develop psychomotor skills essential for professional nursing practice. Students will synthesize knowledge using the nursing process to manage care for adult clients.

NURS 305 – Nursing Theories, Practice and Issues

This course focuses on nursing theories and their relevance to professional practice. Students are introduced to practice models in various healthcare environments. Future and current issues in nursing practice will be explored.

NURS 401 – Nursing Research

This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts in nursing research and focuses on understanding the purpose of research as a major contributor to nursing science, interpretation of study results, and cultivation of critical thinking through the research critique. Concepts of evidenced-based practice in nursing are emphasized.

NURS 409 – Community and Mental Health Nursing

This course focuses on the theories and principles that guide nursing care for clients across the lifespan experiencing alterations in mental health while addressing the social determinants of health within the community. Emphasis is on psychopathology and therapeutics, community assessment techniques and community interventions. Various healthcare delivery systems will be explored.

NURS 409.1 – Community and Mental Health Nursing – Clinical

Clinical experience will focus on management of psychiatric clients in supervised clinical environments. In addition, students will serve as case managers for clients and study an indepth community health issue.

NURS 306 – Adult Health Nursing II

This course includes a more in-depth analysis of adult clients experiencing acute, chronic, and critical alterations in health status.

NURS 306.1 – Adult Health Nursing II – Clinical

Students will build upon previous clinical experiences to manage care of adults experiencing acute or critical alterations in health status.

NURS 402 – Maternal Newborn Nursing

This course focuses on the healthcare needs of childbearing women and their families through all stages of the 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.

NURS 402.1 – Maternal Newborn Nursing – Clinical

Clinical experience will focus on physical and psychosocial assessment of mother and child. This will include providing care to uncomplicated pregnancies, healthy newborns, and to women with complicated pregnancies.

NURS 403 – Pediatric Nursing

This course focuses on the healthcare of children from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the needs of the child, the family, and their support systems throughout developmental milestones.

NURS 403.1 – Pediatric Nursing – Clinical

Clinical experience will focus on age appropriate care for infants, children, and adolescents in supervised clinical environments. Emphasis is placed on incorporating the family and support systems in meeting the child’s developmental needs.

NURS 410 – Care of the Older Adult

This course focuses on the healthcare issues and needs of older adults across the healthcare continuum in various environments. The process of aging is analyzed utilizing various theoretical perspectives that include physical, emotional, and social aging and their impacts on the older adult and their families. The complex interplay of the political, economic, cultural, legal, and ethical factors that influence healthcare delivery to older adults is examined.

NURS 406 – Leadership

This course focuses on the theories and principles of nursing leadership and management in healthcare environments.

NURS 407 – Senior Practicum

This course focuses on the transition from a student nurse to a professional registered nurse in the coordination and delivery of healthcare. Emphasis is placed upon management and leadership skills.

NURS 408 – Senior Seminar

This course synthesizes the legal-ethical framework governing professional practice, explores issues and trends of professional nursing and prepares the students to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Students must successfully complete the designated Comprehensive Predictor, as the final course assessment.


Graduation from the College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires successful completion of prerequisite coursework and all Blocks described in the nursing curriculum.

Contact us to learn more about our ABSN coursework and block curriculum system.