Courses in Nursing

Foundation of Nursing

NURS 1110     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts in nursing. Students will discuss the role of the LPN as it relates to the nursing process and professionalism. Communication strategies will be applied for communication techniques, standardized communication, and documentation methods. Students will discuss cultural influences in health care. Legal and ethical aspects related to nursing will be discussed. Physical comfort, safety concerns, and nutrition are identified for health promotion using evidence-based practice concepts. Physical and psychological disorders are explained in the elderly population. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Clinical Foundation

NURS 1150     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an opportunity to integrate laboratory and actual clinical learning with supervised client care in a healthcare setting. Students utilize the nursing process to collect data, implement nursing interventions and administer medications, and begin the documentation process. Nursing care is individualized to meet each client's needs with consideration of the client's culture. Emphasis is placed on organization, critical thinking, therapeutic communication and a holistic approach to client care. Professional behavior is an expectation in this course. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Nursing Interventions

NURS 1175     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides students the opportunity to learn nursing procedures in a simulated supervised lab setting. Basic comfort and safety devices will be demonstrated. Body systems are reviewed with an emphasis on the neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Infection control theories and infection preventative measures will be described. Demonstration of interventions and use of devices related to asepsis, oxygenation, and elimination will be achieved. Introduction to common conditions associated with assessments and interventions will be explored. Concepts for care of the elderly will be applied. Critical thinking and medical terminology are threaded throughout the course. Students will be required to demonstrate skills learned in the laboratory setting. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Pharmacology for Practical Nurses

NURS 1220     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will address basic concepts of pharmacology and the effects on the body. The course focuses on drug classifications as they apply to all body systems. Understanding the therapeutic and adverse drug effects and appropriate actions will be addressed. The student will describe federal regulations to guide practice. The role of the practical nurse for client medication administration will be discussed using credible resources. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Medication Administration

NURS 1275     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the six rights of medication administration. The course will include non-parenteral administration routes including: oral, topical, nasal, rectal, eye, and ear. The course will also address safe medication administration utilizing the parenteral routes including: topical, intradermal, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravascular. Medication dosage calculations competency is expected. Medical terminology and abbreviations are threaded throughout the course. Best practices related to medication administration for the practical nurse will be used. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Application of Nursing

NURS 1310     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to disease processes of the body systems: integumentary, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, cardiovascular, hematological, lymphatic, immune, neurological, sensory, reproductive, and musculoskeletal. Students will recognize signs and symptoms, as well as identify diagnostic tests, medications, and nutrition in the study of body system diseases. The student will use the nursing process to select effective treatments and interventions specific to the altered body systems. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Clinical Application

NURS 1350     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will apply nursing theories for clients with a variety of health conditions and altered body systems. Application of knowledge includes client interaction across the lifespan in a variety of laboratory and actual health care settings. Nursing interventions are individualized to meet each client's needs with consideration of the client's culture. The nursing process is implemented with an emphasis on critical thinking. Organizational skills are developed with an opportunity to care for multiple clients. Students may have the opportunity to observe the role of the nurse in specialty areas. Students will demonstrate effective communication with other members of the health care team. Professional nursing behavior will be demonstrated. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Laboratory Application

NURS 1375     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course facilitates preparation for the future role of a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Emphasis is placed on understanding concepts of organizational structure and managing care as it relates to the LPN role and practice. Students will demonstrate ability to function within a variety of simulated client situations across the lifespan. Information technology including evidence-based practice will be used to meet client needs. Time management, prioritization, and effective, professional communication will be used to manage client care, enhance teamwork, and provide accurate information as a member of the interdisciplinary team. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Maternal Child Nursing

NURS 1410     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
The concepts of pregnancy, the fundamental principles of labor and delivery, and nursing care of the mother and newborn will be described and applied. The student is introduced to the fundamental concepts of growth and development. Common illnesses and disorders of the newborn and the child will be discussed. Throughout the course, maternal child nursing and pediatric care will include communication skills, specific medications, vaccinations, laboratory tests, assessments, nutrition, and cultural influences. Maternal child and pediatric quality care issues and current will be discussed. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Psychosocial Nursing

NURS 1610     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces students to concepts in mental health and mental illness. The impact of culture and value systems on mental health is identified. Treatments discussed include medication and behavior therapy, crisis intervention, and group therapy. Appropriate nursing interventions for clients exhibiting maladaptive behaviors will be discussed. Clinical experience is included to reinforce theoretical concepts and quality client care. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

LPN to RN Role Transition

NURS 2200     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is intended to assist students to transition from the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse to the Associate Degree Nurse. Learning opportunities will occur in lecture, laboratory, and clinical settings. Transitional topics include differences in the scope of practice between the licensed practical nurse and the registered nurse. The nursing process is used as a framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Current and future trends in healthcare will be explored. Legal and ethical issues as they relate to nursing are discussed. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Semester 1 Fundamentals

NURS 2220     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts in nursing. Topics include: nursing process, critical thinking, communication, cultural competence, professionalism, the multi-disciplinary team, scope of practice, nutritional concepts, and legal and ethical issues. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Semester 1 Pharmacology

NURS 2230     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides students the opportunity to learn pharmacology concepts and biological influences on body systems. Drug classifications will provide the foundation for learning medications within groups including desired and undesired effects. Standards for safe practice will be identified. Students will use the nursing process for medication management. Use of current pharmacology and technology resources will be identified. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Fundamental Concepts

NURS 2240     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts in nursing. Topics include: nursing process, critical thinking, communication, cultural competence, professionalism, the multi-disciplinary team, scope of practice, nutritional concepts, and legal and ethical issues. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Semester 1 Clinical Practice

NURS 2250     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an opportunity to integrate laboratory and supervised client care in the long-term health care setting. Students utilize the Nursing Process to collect data, implement nursing interventions and administer medications. Emphasis is placed on organization, critical thinking, therapeutic communication, and use of the EHR (electronic health record). Professional behavior will be modeled including ethics, maintaining confidentiality, and recognizing the hierarchy structure in health care. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Semester 1 Skills Lab

NURS 2275     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides students the opportunity to learn basic nursing procedures, equipment, and health assessments in the laboratory setting. The six rights of medication administration and dosage calculation will be explained and practiced. Medical terminology, abbreviations, and documentation will be threaded throughout the course. Credible nursing resources will be identified. Competencies related to infection control, asepsis, patient safety, mobility, vital sign measurements, oxygenation, and elimination will be achieved. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program is required in order to register for Nursing Courses)

Semester 2 Med-Surg Basics

NURS 2320     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will focus on the medical-surgical nursing basics for assessment and planning of the care for adult patient with common illnesses. The emphasis is on the following systems/conditions: cardiaovascular, respiratory, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and renal. Case studies, discussions, group projects, software programs, and exams will be utilized in identifying the patient's response to illness. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Semester 2 Clinical Practice

NURS 2350     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students apply theory related to alteration in body systems through observation, assessment and interaction with clients in laboratory and acute care settings. Nursing interventions are individualized to meet each client's needs with consideration of the client's culture. The Nursing Process is implemented with an emphasis on critical thinking. Organizational skills are developed with opportunities to care for multiple clients. Students will demonstrate effective communication with other members of the multidisciplinary health care team. Professional nursing behavior will be demonstrated.This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Semester 2 Skills Lab and Pharmacology

NURS 2375     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will refine nursing skills including performing a health history, assessments, pharmacology, math competence, and advanced skills in the laboratory setting to enhance the acute care clinical experiences. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 1 Courses in order to advance to Semester 2 Courses)

Semester 3 Maternal-Child Health

NURS 2420     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the specialty area of Maternal Child Health. It will explore the unique health care considerations of women, children and their families. Incorporating growth and development theories, culture, legal, and ethical implications, and family centered patient education.This course explores antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, well-child care, and pediatric health issues and health promotion. The importance of family centered care is emphasized. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 2 Courses in order to advance to Semester 3 Courses)

Semester 3 Mental Health

NURS 2430     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the student to the specialty area of Mental Health. The Mental Health content will explore the unique health care considerations for persons with mental illness across the lifespan. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 2 Courses in order to advance to Semester 3 Courses)

Semester 3 Clinical Practice

NURS 2450     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will focus on the client with specialized needs across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to explore the wonder of human gestation from conception to post-partum care of the newborn and mother. Pediatric nursing will be experienced in the clinical and simulation setting where theories of growth and development will be foundational in designing patient care. Family-centered care will be examined as the context of client development, response to illness and health promotion. External systems such as culture and religion will be considered as influencing client health and illness. Students will provide care for the client with complex multiple needs in the clinical setting. Concepts of mental health and illness will be explored in the clinical and simulation setting. Students will have the opportunity to observe, experience, and design nursing care for the hospitalized and community client with mental health needs. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 2 Courses in order to advance to Semester 3 Courses)

Semester 3 Clinical Practice Specialty

NURS 2455     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will focus on the client with specialized needs across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to explore the wonder of human gestation from conception to post-partum care of the newborn and mother. Pediatric nursing will be experienced in the clinical and simulation setting where theories of growth and development will be foundational in designing patient care. Family-centered care will be examined as the context of client development, response to illness and health promotion. External systems such as culture and religion will be considered as influencing client health and illness. Students will provide care for the client with complex multiple needs in the clinical setting. Concepts of mental health and illness will be explored in the clinical and simulation setting. Students will have the opportunity to observe, experience, and design nursing care for the hospitalized and community client with mental health needs. This course will also cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 2 Courses in order to advance to Semester 3 Courses)

Semester 4 Leadership

NURS 2520     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course introduces concepts related to leadership skills and management for nurses within the multidisciplinary health care team. Healthcare policy and regulatory processes impact on nursing practice are analyzed. Ethical principles and diversity are reviewed. Quality improvement concepts in health care are examined. Community service and education projects are implemented. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Successfully complete all Semester 3 Courses in order to advance to Semester 4 Courses)

Semester 4 Med-Surg Acute

NURS 2530     4.00 Credits
This course synthesizes knowledge from previous semesters to provide care for hospitalized patients with complex medical-surgical needs. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 3 Courses in order to advance to Semester 4 Courses)

Semester 4 Med-Surg Acute

NURS 2540     3.00 Credits
This course synthesizes knowledge from previous semesters to provide care for hospitalized patients with complex medical-surgical needs. (Prerequisites: NURS 2410, 2450, BIOL 270, COMM 130)

Semester 4 Clinical Practice

NURS 2550     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course offers opportunities to care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of medical-surgical settings. The student will have opportunity to apply theory to practice in complex clinical situations. Critical thinking is supported by best practice and threaded throughout the course. The leadership role is explored in clinical and simulated laboratory experiences.The student nurse will be mentored by a practicing Registered Nurse in the patient care setting. The student will establish learning outcomes and identify areas of growth. Students will demonstrate professionalism and accountability for their actions. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 3 Courses in order to advance to Semester 4 Courses)

Semester 4 Med Surg Advanced

NURS 2560     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course synthesizes knowledge from previous semesters to provide care for hospitalized patients with complex medical-surgical needs. (Prerequisites: Successfully complete all Semester 3 Courses in order to advance to Semester 4 Courses)