Nursing Genetics and Genomics

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MCB 4934 – Nursing Genetics and Genomics

Course Description:

The field of genetics and genomics is moving at a fast pace and soon it will be affordable to obtain the sequence of an
individual’s own genome. Genetic information will play a greater role in future health care as nearly every disease has a genetic cause or component. Therefore, a sound
knowledge of genetics and genomics is essential for health care providers in evaluating needs of patients and delivering of care to patients and families. The course will prepare
nursing students by reinforcing the basic principles of genetics and disease while exploring new advances and discussing how these advances will affect health care. The course material will address many of the core competencies identified in the Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome
Indicators, 2nd Edition (2009).This course is intended for nursing students.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Utilize terminology such as gene, genotype, phenotype, variant, traits, multifactorial disease, SNP, genetic test, genome scan, pharmacogenomics, etc.
  • Describe how DNA determines phenotypes, or traits.
  • Interpret family pedigrees and understand how genes are inherited.
  • Differentiate between the major categories of genetic disease and describe characteristics of each type.
  • Explain and predict genetic risk for different types of genetic disease.
  • Outline clinical methods of genetic screening, diagnosis, testing.

Required Course Text:

Lewis, R. (2012). Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, (10th ed.)
Boston: McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN: 9780077769697
This is a package that includes the textbook and access to CONNECT PLUS