NURS 601

Nursing Science

3 Graduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course focuses on the elements of nursing science and their interrelationships. Theories, philosophies and models that inform evidence-based nursing practice and their application to research and practice are systematically examined. Selected nursing theories are analyzed and critiqued, including their relevance to diverse client populations. The nursing metaparadigm is examined, with students reflecting on their own professional beliefs and values. Competence Statement: Knows concepts well enough to analyze and evaluate the underlying structures and elements of select nursing philosophies, models and theories, and comprehend the appropriate application of such to nursing practice.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze and evaluate selected grand and middle range theories.
  • Apply selected theories to simulated settings of advanced nursing practice.
  • Construct the analysis of a nursing concept.
  • Critique nursing theories for their applicability to diverse client populations.
  • Critique selected writings related to the development of nursing science.
  • Explore the application of selected theories to nursing research, administration, and educational settings.
  • Analyze the linkages between nursing practice, research and theory
  • Evaluate selected nursing philosophies, models and theories, including their relevance to diverse client populations.
  • Apply selected theories and models to nursing practice settings.
  • Critique selected nursing theories
  • Explore the use of selected theories and models in nursing research, management, education and/or clinical practice.
  • Describe one's own professional beliefs and values related to the nursing metaparadigm