Syllabus for NUR-320




In this course, students are introduced to the profession of nursing. The theoretic constructs of the metaparadigm of nursing serve as a basis for role development and understanding the practice of nursing. Health promotion, disease prevention, safety, and quality of care provide a context for the practice of evidence-based nursing. This course is designed to be taken with NUR-328, NUR-340, and NUR-342.



After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:


     CO1    Identify nursing behaviors that reflect professional standards and values and ethical, moral, and

                 legal codes.

     CO2    Demonstrate professional communication within the context of written, verbal, and electronic


     CO3    Apply the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate safe, quality,

                 evidence-based nursing care.   

     CO4    Utilize critical thinking skills to promote health, prevent disease, and implement client-focused

                 therapeutic interventions.

     CO5    Integrate the multidimensional role of the professional nurse in varied healthcare settings.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Materials  

ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

ISBN-13: 978-013255163

ISBN-13: 978-1558106192

ISBN-13: 978-558106031 

ISBN-13: 978-0133974362

        ISBN-13: 978-1455728107

ISBN-13: 978-0323328524

ISBN-13: 978-0323310697


Additional Resources


Introduction to Professional Nursing (NUR-320) is a seven-credit course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO3, CO4, CO5

Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5


Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5


Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5


Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5


Course objectives covered in this module:CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5



For your formal work in the course, you are required to take exams and complete clinical assignments. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Schedule.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course.

Course Participation

Students will receive a Course Participation grade at the end of the course (on a Pass/Fail basis).


You are required to complete the following examinations. Details can be found within the Examinations section of the course.  

Collaborative testing is done after each exam except for the final exam. The policy and procedure for this is located on the course website.

In-Class Exam Policy

Clinical Assignments

There are clinical assignments associated with this course. You are required to complete the following:

These assignments will be graded on a Pass/Fail scale, and you must pass these assignments to pass the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


Raw scores will be used to calculate all exam grades. All exams will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C+ or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, exams).

Lateness Policy

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the educator and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the educator, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late.

See also in-class exam policy.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:


Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Course Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for receiving class information, submitting all assignments, and taking examinations.  


Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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