The post-basic certificate program in community health nursing is designed to provide students with theories of nursing and principles underlying current community health nursing practice. The focus of care is on clients who may be represented as individuals, families, and small groups or larger aggregates and community. The nursing role is developed with emphasis on health maintenance, health promotion, and disease prevention as facilitated by health teaching and appropriate use of community resources. Critical inquiry using nursing research and epidemiological processes is fostered by didactic and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experiences are designed to enhance collaborating effectively with interdisciplinary team members in healthcare settings.
Concepts and theory are learned through various combinations of classroom discussions, lectures, and seminars, case studies, independent study and guided application in practice. The faculty will carry responsibility in the area of clinical practice through consulting services and participating in demonstrations. Emphasis is placed on the use of community sites including ambulatory care centers, homes, and schools, collaborative activities with community Institutions and group teaching. The program includes 90 theory contact-hours and 180 clinical contact-hours.
- CNRS 311 Introduction to Community Health Nursing
This course is designed to introduce students to theories of nursing and principles underlying current community health nursing practice, public health and primary health care. The focus of care is on clients who may be represented as individuals, families, and small groups or larger aggregates and community.
- CNRS 312 Practicum I: Application of Theories and Concepts
The practicum course provides students with field practice experiences through collaboration with other health professionals in primary health care settings, clients’ homes and schools. The focus of interventions is health promotion, health maintenance and the prevention of illness and disability.
- CNRS 313 Advanced Concepts and Issues Relevant to Community/ Public Health Nursing
This course addresses advanced concepts and issues relevant to community/ public health nursing. Students are provided with advanced knowledge and skills in population, family and individual needs assessment. Areas of focus include health promotion, health education, and management of chronic diseases.
- CNRS 314 Practicum II: Planning and Evaluation of Community Based Interventions
This course provides field experiences designed to enhance collaborating with interdisciplinary team members in planning, organizing, delivering and evaluating population-focused programs to achieve health goals, including health promotion and disease prevention activities.