Curriculum

Concept-Based Curriculum

Concept-based curriculum and teaching fosters development of high level thinking skills including the ability to assimilate and sort information and recognize patterns. This results in the ability to apply concepts in a variety of settings where nurses work and with the myriad of age groups for whom they care for many years to come.

The baccalaureate nursing program is organized around 57 key concepts. These concepts are categorized in 5 domains:

  • Nursing across the lifespan
  • Population health
  • Evidence-based practice/quality improvement
  • Leadership
  • Professional identity/communication

Each concept is composed of attributes. A few examples of concepts include immunity, sexuality, health promotion, and caring. The concepts are taught through the use of exemplars, which are sample cases of the concept that the nurse may experience in their practice. A single concept such as immunity may be taught as a primary or as an inter-related concept several times throughout the curriculum using a variety of exemplars such as vaccination in children, rheumatoid arthritis in middle or elder years, allergic reactions to food or medicine, or in a deficient state as may be related to cancer treatment. 

Concepts are taught using instructional activities that are student-centered, active, and focus on the application of information.

The professional portion of the program consists of 62 semester credits and is designed to be completed in two academic years of full-time study. These courses are offered on the KU Medical Center campus. For a full description of these courses, click here to view the academic catalog.

Fall I
Communicating and Managing Healthcare Information  3 cr.
Professional Development I: Introduction to Professional Nursing 2 cr.
Alterations in Physiological Functioning I 2 cr.
Pharmacology I        2 cr.
Basic Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions  (First 8 weeks) 3 cr.
Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing  (Second 8 weeks) 3 cr.
Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum  1 cr.
Spring I
Professional Development II: Image, Roles and Ethics   3 cr.
Quality Improvement      2 cr.
Alterations in Physiological Functioning II 3 cr.
Pharmacology II 2 cr.
Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan 3 cr.
Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum 3 cr.
Summer I
Elective (or in Spring II) 2 cr.
Fall II
Development of a Microsystem Leader 4 cr.
Evidence-Based Practice:  Translating Research to Practice 2 cr.
Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession 2 cr.
Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations 4 cr.
Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum 3 cr.
Spring II
Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System 4 cr.
Capstone   (8 weeks - Alternate with Population Based Healthcare) 3 cr.
Population Based Healthcare (8 weeks - Alternate with Capstone)  3 cr.
Population Based Healthcare Practicum 2 cr.
Integration Seminar 1 cr.
Elective (if not completed in Summer I)    2 cr.

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