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NURS 4502 Disease Management II: Theoretical Foundations


This course emphasizes nursing care and decision making regarding patients across the lifespan experiencing alterations in coordination and control, cellular  differentiation, cognitive/sensory, fluid and electrolytes, sepsis, and trauma. 


5 semester hours (5 hours theory)


Completion of Disease Management I: Theoretical Foundations and Pharmacotherapeutics: Disease Management I


  1. Integrate knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision making regarding quality patient care.  (Essential I, VI, VIII)
  2. Apply concepts of safety and quality using structure, process and outcome measures to influence clinical questions and describe the process of changing current practice.  (Essential II, IX)
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives and patient preferences in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.  (Essential III)
  4. Evaluate data from all relevant sources, including technology in improving patient care outcomes and crating safe care environments.  (Essential IV)
  5. Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice.  (Essential V)
  6. Contribute the unique nursing perspective to advocate for safe, high quality patient care as a member of the interprofessional team.  (Essential VI)
  7. Use knowledge and information/communication technologies to implement behavioral change, health teaching, and counseling strategies to promote health and manage illness.  (Essential VII)
  8. Identify evidence-based nursing interventions for managing acute and chronic care of patients and promoting health across the lifespan.  (Essential IX)


  • Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
  • Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
  • Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
  • Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.


  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Blackboard.
  7. Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams. 
  8. Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors.  If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers.  No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
  9. When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor.  Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location.  During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
  10. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams.  Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
  11. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
  12. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  13. Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.  

  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 70% on all exams.  The final exam weighted average will not be rounded mathematically. 
  2. Additional graded assignments are included in the final grade only if the weighted exam average is 70% or higher on all exams.
  3. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 70% on all graded activities.
  4. Students must make a "C" (70) or higher in all nursing courses to progress n the program.


The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:

  • Less than 0.50--Round down to the next whole number-- "89.49" would be rounded to "89"

  • 0.50 or greater--Round up to the next whole number--"90.95" would be rounded to "91"


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


Effective Fall 2010, the APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series®, RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams, and the ATI Live Review to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam.  Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

The proctored exam and ATI Live Reivew taken in fourth semester Clinical Immersion are required to complete courses.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students must provide documentation of achieving ≥ 80% on both ATI content series practice exams. The content practice exams can be taken as many times as necessary to achieve a ≥ 80%.

Students will receive additional points added to the corresponding course grade for a Level 3 or Level 2 performance on the proctored exam (after achieving ≥ 70% on graded course requirements). For a Level 3 performance on the exam, 3 points will be added. For a Level 2 performance on the exam, 1 point will be added.


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: