Degree Programs and Courses
Explanation of Credit
The allocation of credits to courses is based on New York State Department of Education regulations in higher education. Generally, the formula is that one semester-hour of credit is awarded for each 15 hours of course time (lecture or recitation hours) in classes for which considerable out-of-class preparation is required. In classes which do not require the same level of out-of-class preparation such as laboratory or studio hours/classes, clinic hours/classes, or physical or health education classes, a unit of two or three hours may equal one semester-hour.
- rec (recitation) — the traditional recitation-discussion-seminar form
- lect (lecture) — several sections have been combined into a single group in which the presentation is sometimes accompanied by a demonstration and audiovisual material
- lab (laboratory) — the class meets in a specially equipped area where students may do individualized work in experimentation with instruments, tools and similar equipment
- clin (clinic) — supervised, individualized clinical experience in a hospital setting including group and individual instruction
- studio (studio) — supervised and individualized art studio experience in a group and individual instruction
Admission into nursing courses (NUR) is based on the approved priority list that is on file in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and Student Development. NUR courses are open only to students with full matriculation in the nursing (046) curriculum.
NUR 100 2 lect 2 cr
This course introduces nursing students to evidence-based nursing practice principles in the care of the geriatric patient/client. The course introduces students to the theoretical aspects of aging relevant to health promotion and illness prevention in older adults. The nursing process serves as the framework for discussion of the scope of practice and the ethical and legal aspects of patient-centered evidence-based nursing care. Integrated throughout the course are concepts relating to illnesses prevalent in the geriatric population and therapeutic regimens used in their management. The student will demonstrate knowledge of psychosocial and physiologic changes which occur in the aging process and the nursing actions that assist the elderly patient/client to safely adjust to these changes. The use of patient information technologies as tools for the promotion of effective communication and safety in the care of the older adult population are introduced.
NUR 101 3 lect 6 cln 2 lab 5 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level I
This course will focus on foundational concepts and the use of patient-care technologies necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care across the lifespan while integrating legal/ethical responsibilities of the nurse. The course introduces the importance of evidence-based nursing practice that is developmentally and culturally appropriate in the care of adult, older adults and pediatric patients/clients with well-defined conditions. Critical thinking in nursing, the nursing process, acquisition of beginning nursing skills, and therapeutic communication techniques used when interacting with patients/clients, families, significant others, and members of the interprofessional team are covered. The concepts of health promotion/illness, prevention and teaching/learning are integrated as major responsibilities of the professional nurse. Student learning experiences are provided in on-campus laboratories, in-patient clinical, and outpatient community settings.
NUR 201 4 lec 6 cln 2 lab 8 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level II
This course focuses on the care of patients/clients with psychiatric and stable health alterations across the lifespan. Students will learn how to provide safe, competent and compassionate patient-centered care for patients/clients and families/support person(s) across the lifespan based on current evidence-based nursing practice. Students will participate in collaboration and teamwork within the complex healthcare environment, utilizing informatics, to communicate and participate in quality improvement/performance activities within the ethical and legal framework of nursing practice. Through the clinical experiences provided, students will be expected to develop clinical reasoning/nursing judgment skills which will build on basic concepts learned in the level I nursing courses. Clinical learning experiences will take place in psychiatric, pediatric/adult medical-surgical and community healthcare settings.
NUR 301 4 lect 6 cln 2 lab 8 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level III
This course focuses on concepts related to the provision of safe effective patient-centered care for women’s health issues, maternal-child care, and the care of patients/clients with acute, unstable health alterations across the lifespan. The student demonstrates effective communication techniques, the use of informatics/patient technologies and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Students integrate critical thinking and the nursing process as bases for clinical reasoning/decision-making using current evidence-based practice. The role of the professional nurse as a patient advocate and collaborative member of the interprofessional team is reinforced through clinical experiences on inpatient units and in community settings.
NUR 401 3 lect 6 cln 5cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level IV
This course focuses on the care of patients/clients with multiple, complex health alterations, in in-patient and community settings across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the synthesis of previous knowledge and skills for the continued development of the nursing student as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team. The student demonstrates continuing growth in providing safe, competent, compassionate patient-centered care within the complex healthcare environment, grounded in evidence-based nursing practice, to culturally diverse pediatric and adult patients/clients. This course completes the sequential progression of concepts for the nursing program and further develops the associate degree (ADN) nursing students’ skill acquisition in clinical judgment/decision-making, delegation, prioritization, time management, leadership and communication with interprofessional team members.
NUR 402 2 rec 2cr
Transition Into Nursing Practice
This final course applies program content and thinking through an in-depth study of current issues and trends affecting nursing practice in the 21 st century. Concepts from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN®) test plan blueprint, used for entry into professional nursing are covered. The course ensures that students demonstrate NCLEX-RN® readiness for the examination through the use of practice exams, a national standardized exam, and tutorial resources for a comprehensive assessment and review for the licensing examination. In addition, students will explore the implications for the profession defined in The Future of Nursing Report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The role of the Associate Degree Nurse and the transition from student status to a member of the profession will be explored.
Prerequisites: NUR 301 or NUR 45 and NUR 46.
Corequisite: NUR 401.
PNR 11 3 rec 2 cr
Nursing Skills I
This course, taken over three semesters, is designed to instruct the practical nurse student in basic computation principles essential to performing mathematical calculations for the safe and accurate administration of medications. Included in this course is an introduction to the special vocabulary of medical terminology used in the communication process of healthcare professionals. Students will be exposed to computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and Internet research methods as integral adjuncts to the learning process.
PNR 12 2 rec 2 cr
Mental Health Concepts
This course is designed to familiarize the student with an overview of the history of nursing, therapeutic communication principles, mental health terminology and cultural concepts as they relate to understanding mental health. Students will be introduced to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs and the nursing process as the prioritizing framework that is used in assisting individuals. The nursing process and critical thinking strategies will be explained as the organizing and problem-solving tools that are to be used when assessing the mental status of clients and their families. The scope of practice of the PN in mental health and other health care settings will be defined and explored.
PNR 13 2 lec 5 cln 2 lab 4 cr
Practical Nursing Arts
This course is designed to assist the PN student in gaining knowledge of essential nursing skills and procedures, inclusive of scientific principles that will support the development of critical thinking abilities. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs and the Nursing Process is the theoretical framework the PN student will use to problem solve and deliver safe effective care. With direction, PN students will develop skills in collecting data; recognizing a nursing diagnosis; assisting with the planning and implementation of the nursing care plan; perfecting their ability to perform procedures; handling equipment; and evaluating, reporting and documenting client outcomes.
PNR 21 2 lab 1 cr
Nursing Skills II
This second course in a three-part series continues instruction in the principles of pharmacology computation with the addition of basic principles for reconstituting medication, practicing IV and heparin calculations. Course content will also include instruction in diagnostic testing procedures and the related nursing implications.
PNR 22 2 lec 6 cln 2 lab 4 cr
Medical Surgical Nursing I
This course is designed to introduce practical nursing (PN) students to their role in caring for older adult and disabled clients in a variety of healthcare settings. PN students will learn how to identify, prevent and manage the most common clinical problems associated with chronic medical and psychosocial disorders. With assistance, PN students will utilize the nursing process, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs, therapeutic communication principles and cultural sensitivity to collect data and implement a holistic plan of care. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.
PNR 31 2 lec 6 cln 2 lab 4 cr
Medical Surgical Nursing II
This course continues to develop critical thinking skills required to apply fundamental knowledge and technical abilities necessary to provide nursing care for adult clients with complex medical and surgical problems in acute healthcare settings. Content will be presented using the conceptual framework of the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs. With guidance, the student will apply the nursing process to prioritize nursing care of adult clients with complex needs. Clinical practice in a variety of acute care settings is provided. A clinical failure results in failure for the course.
PNR 41 2 lab 1 cr
Nursing Skills III
The purpose of this third course in the series is to reinforce the student’s ability in pharmacology computation. Calculation skills are introduced for pediatric dosages. Students will be required to demonstrate mastery of previously learned computation skills by passing a comprehensive calculation examination with a score not less than 85%. Success on this exam is a requirement for certification of graduation eligibility.
PNR 42 2 lab 2 cr
This course focuses on current concepts of psychiatric/mental health nursing. It provides for continuing development of nursing process skills and is a nursing model for practice that is applicable in a variety of healthcare settings.
PNR 43 2 lec 6 cln 2 lab 4 cr
This course emphasizes utilization of the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to prioritize nursing care based upon disease entity and principles of growth and development. This involves a holistic approach, which includes preventative, curative, rehabilitative, physical, and psychosocial aspects of the hospitalized child and family. The principles of therapeutic communication and cultural competency are strategies the practical nursing student will learn to incorporate when providing care for pediatric clients and their families. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.
PNR 44 2 lec 6 cln 2 lab 4 cr
Maternal and Child Care
This course utilizes the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs to prioritize care to the expectant mother and family during pregnancy, labor, birth and puerperium. In addition, maternity nursing includes the care of the fetus and the neonate. Critical thinking skills, therapeutic communication and cultural competence are integral components in providing and delivering safe and competent care to the pregnant mother and family. This course has a clinical requirement. A clinical failure results in a failure for the course.
PNR 45 1 rec 1 cr
Vocational Adjustment & Leadership
This course is designed to familiarize the senior practical nursing student with behavioral expectations of the new graduate practicing in the workplace setting. Nursing leadership, management and professional practice for the LPN will be explored. Content will be presented that will aid in the completion of a professional portfolio. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the behaviors of professional decorum necessary in preparing for the job search and interview process. Employment opportunities, licensure and certification requirements, and continuing education options will be provided.
NTR 11 3 rec 3 cr
Nutrition in Physical and Emotional Disorders
The basic course in therapeutic nutrition that focuses upon major health problems in western society and the influence of diet on their causes and cures. Traditional and controversial nutritional approaches are presented. Nursing care in selected situations is emphasized.
Prerequisites: Open to RNs and LPNs. For RN students, NUR 41 and 42 or permission of instructor. For LPN students, pre-clinical nursing sequence.
All radiologic technology courses (CLE and RAD) are open only to radiologic technology majors. CLE courses are given at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Medical Center, and Jacobi Medical Center.
CLE 11 14 days 1 cr
Clinical Radiography Fundamentals
Students function as learning members of the hospital’s radiology department under laboratory conditions. Experience in patient preparation, selection of proper technical factors, administration of ionizing radiation for diagnostic examination with appropriate radiation protection control. Close supervision to develop and evaluate students’ clinical skills. Film evaluation included.
CLE 15 15 days 0.5 cr (3 equated cr)
Clinical Radiography I
This course is an orientation to the hospital radiology department. Students are involved in actual patient care situations and utilize radiography equipment for diagnostic examinations with appropriate radiation protection control. Close supervision is provided by faculty to develop and evaluate students’ clinical skills.
CLE 21 0.5 cr
Clinical Radiography II
CLE 21 is a fourteen-week clinical experience, designed to put into practice, and demonstrate competency in the procedures learned in CLE 11, RAD 13 and RAD 23. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 11 mandatory and elective competencies.
CLE 31 29 days 1.5 cr (6 equated cr)
Clinical Radiography III
Continuation of Clinical Education II. Film evaluation included.
CLE 41 40 days 1 cr
Clinical Radiography IV
Continuation of Clinical Education III. Film evaluation included.
CLE 45 15 Days 0.5 cr (3 equated cr)
Clinical Radiography V
Students advance sequentially in learning special imaging modalities in the hospital radiology department. Students will rotate through Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and other specialty areas.
CLE 51 40 days 0.5 cr
Clinical Radiography VI
CLE 51 is a fourteen-week clinical experience designed to afford students the opportunity to put into practice, and demonstrate competency in the procedures learned in RAD 33 and RAD 43. Students must complete 11 mandatory and elective competencies.
CLE 61 29 days 1.5 cr (6 equated cr)
Clinical Radiography VII / Senior Seminar
Continuation of Clinical Education V. Film evaluation included.
RAD 11 2 lect 3 lab 3.5 cr
Fundamentals of Radiologic Sciences and Health Care
Orientation course includes the history of radiology: major advances; radiologic technology as a health profession specialty; and history and organization of hospitals. Medical Ethics and Law: scope and nature of moral, legal and professional ethics. Professional guidelines of confidentiality; interpersonal relationships and medicolegal considerations. Medical Terminology: the study of written and spoken language of medicine. Common terms used in diagnostic radiology education.
RAD 12 1 lec 3 lab 2.5 cr
Radiographic Exposure I
Study of formation of the radiographic image with emphasis on production of quality radiographs. Topics include radiographic exposure factors; density, contrast, recorded detail and distortion; devices to improve radiographic quality such as grids, and pathology affecting radiographic exposure factors.
RAD 13 2 lec 3 lab 3 cr
Radiographic Procedures I
Covers detailed information on various standard positions of structures and organs of the body; practical instruction and application in laboratory and clinical environment. Film evaluation included.
RAD 14 2 lec 1 cr
Recording Media and Processing
History and development of x-ray film and dark-room accessories; chemical constituents of processing solutions and their functions; theory of the photographic process; radiographic film artifacts and their causes.
RAD 15 1 lec 2 lab 2 cr
Radiographic Anatomy I
Structure and function of human anatomy in all body planes with emphasis on the topographic model. Film evaluation included.
RAD 16 1 lec 3 lab 2.5 cr
Patient Care and Pharmacology in Radiological Sciences
Provides students with basic concepts of patient care, including consideration of physical and psychological needs of patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures as well as infection control procedures and Universal Precautions, drug interactions and pharmacology. Lab practice is integrated to enhance the development of patient care skills.
RAD 22 1 lec 3 lab 2.5 cr
Radiographic Exposure II
Continuation of RAD 12. Examination of technique guides, technical conversions, AEC, contrast, recorded detail distortion and effects of pathology on technique.
RAD 23 2 lec 3 lab 3 cr
Radiographic Procedures II
Continuation of RAD 13. More detailed and complex positions of the structures and organs of the body; film evaluation, practical instruction and application in the laboratory and clinical environment.
RAD 24 2 lec 2 cr
Enables student radiologic technologists to recognize the need for good radiation protection procedures, which provide minimum exposure to patients and personnel. Topics include interactions of radiation with matter; units and measurement of radiation; maximum permissible dosages; and methods for minimizing operator and patient exposure.
RAD 25 1 lect 1 cr
Radiographic Anatomy II
Continuation of RAD 15. Structures and function of human anatomy in all body planes with emphasis on the skull and spine. Film evaluation included.
RAD 32 1 lect 2 lab 2 cr
Study of various imaging systems and their application in radiography. Various recording media and techniques are discussed. Some imaging systems described are Mobile Units, Image Intensification, Video Tube and Recorders, CT, Digital Imaging, and MRI.
RAD 33 1 lect 3 lab 2 cr
Radiographic Procedures III & Cross Sectional Anatomy
The radiographic positioning of specialized procedures in radiography, the equipment, contrast media use and general indications for each examination. The cross-sectional aspect of the course develops an understanding of three-dimensional anatomy and the physical relationship of anatomical structures to one another. The systems studied are the digestive system; urinary system; female reproduction system; biliary system; myelography; venography; arthrography; mammography and interventional radiography.
RAD 34 1 lect 2 lab 2 cr
Survey of medical and surgical diseases to acquaint the student with changes caused by disease which relate to radiography. Emphasis on pathogenesis, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Film evaluation included.
RAD 42 2 lect 2 cr
A comprehensive study of the radiation effects on cells including the direct and indirect action of ionizing radiation; damage induced by free radicals in DNA; interpretation of survival data; radiation genetics; radiation effects on embryos; delayed effects; radiation safety and health physics.
RAD 43 3 lab 1 cr
Quality Assessment/Management I
Topics include concepts of a quality assurance program, state and federal regulations, sensitometric monitoring, film-screen contact, protective device integrity, radiographic illuminators, kVp accuracy, timer accuracy and mAs reciprocity. Mammography QA will be discussed.
RAD 71 1 lect 3 lab 2 cr
Elements of atomic and nuclear physics, the interaction of radiation with matter, radioactivity, half-life, elements of health physics.
Prerequisites: MTH 13, RAD 12, 22.