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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 58 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
NURS 327: Communicating and Managing Healthcare Information  3 cr.
NURS 328: Professional Development I: Introduction to Professional Nursing 2 cr.
NURS 329: Alterations in Physiological Functioning I 2 cr.
NURS 330: Pharmacology I        2 cr.
NURS 331: Basic Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions  (First 8 weeks) 3 cr.
NURS 332: Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing  (Second 8 weeks) 3 cr.
NURS 333: Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum  1 cr.
Spring I
NURS 334: Professional Development II: Image, Roles and Ethics   3 cr.
NURS 335: Quality Improvement      2 cr.
NURS 336: Alterations in Physiological Functioning II 3 cr.
NURS 337: Pharmacology II 2 cr.
NURS 338: Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan 3 cr.
NURS 339: Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum 3 cr.
Summer I
Elective (or in Spring II) 2 cr.
Fall II
NURS 471: Development of a Microsystem Leader 4 cr.
NURS 472: Evidence-Based Practice:  Translating Research to Practice 2 cr.
NURS 473: Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession 1 cr.
NURS 474: Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations 4 cr.

NURS 475: Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum

3 cr.

NURS 485: Global Health I

2 cr.
Spring II
NURS 476: Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System 4 cr.
NURS 477: Capstone (8 weeks - Alternate with Population Based Healthcare) 3 cr.
NURS 478: Integration Seminar  1 cr.

NURS 480: Population Based Healthcare Practicum

2 cr.
NURS 486: Global Health II 2 cr.
Elective (if not completed in Summer I)    2 cr.

Last modified: Dec 17, 2019