CURRICULUM

CURRICULUM

ENGC011 – English Composition I · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course develops written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

PSYC011 – General Psychology I · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course introduces human behavior. It includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

MATH010 – Applied Mathematics · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course focuses on algebraic concepts essential for success in the workplace and other courses. Using real-world examples and applications, students practice fundamental operations with number systems, formulas, algebraic expressions, and linear equations. This course also explores problems involving factoring, radicals, linear equations, functions, and graphs.

SPC001– Public Speaking · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches.

ANAP001 – Anatomy & Physiology I · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the organ and systems levels. The basic sciences of anatomy and physiology are integrated and presented with practical applications.

ANAP001L – Anatomy & Physiology Lab I · 1 Semester Credit hours

Laboratory work involves the dissection of the fetal pig and a comparison of the pig to the human organism.

ANAP002 – Anatomy & Physiology II · 3 Semester Credit hours

The basic concepts of anatomy and physiology previously learned in ANAP001 are applied to the study of the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems. Partial applications are integrated.

ANAP002L – Anatomy & Physiology Lab II · 1 Semester Credit hours

Laboratory work with partial applications involving the dissection of the fetal pig and a comparison of the fetal pig to the human organism.

CHEM001 – Chemistry · 3 Semester Credit hours

A descriptive course that explores the structure of the atom, the molecules that form from atoms, and the basic concepts of chemical reactivity, including the relations between amounts of materials undergoing reactions and the energetics of those reactions. At the atomic and molecular level, chemistry is a very abstract subject, but the study of atoms and molecules is fundamental to understanding life itself, since all matter is made up of atoms and molecules.

MCR011 – Microbiology · 3 Semester Credit hours

Introduction to the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms with emphasis on morphology, growth, metabolism, genetics, host-parasite relationships and infectious diseases.

NUTR012 – Nutrition · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course will teach the student how to evaluate and create a diet for patients with specific needs. The student will understand the type a diet a person should be on to promote healthy living. The student will learn the relationship of nutrition and medication therapy.

NUR1020 – Fundamentals of Nursing · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of nursing concepts; standards of nursing practice and issues related to care of clients based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The course content will be presented with the framework of the health-wellness continuum, and normal physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural needs of the client. It will also acquaint the student with the nursing process components such as assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Included in the course is a discussion about clients multiple needs. Critical thinking concepts are integrated in the course to enable the student to make appropriate nursing judgments. Delivery of this course will be in a classroom setting with application in the skills laboratory and clinical settings.

NUR1020L – Fundamentals of Nursing Lab · 2 Semester Credit hours

This lab course complements lecture topics included in Fundamentals of Nursing and provides the students opportunities for the explanation, demonstration, and practice of assessment of physical and psychological adaptation to health and illness across the adult life span. Skills laboratory practice components include physical needs, assessment techniques and nursing skills that support basic human needs. Safety principles, infection control and asepsis are stressed throughout the course.

NUR1020C – Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical · 3 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the beginning nursing student-supervised practice of the skills introduced in Fundamentals of Nursing theory and the skills lab. These simulation/clinical experiences will provide the student opportunities to assist patients to an optimal level of wellness and provide direct patient care in the in-patient, rehabilitation and community based settings allowing them to develop cultural competency and integrate the contents from both theoretical and laboratory practice.

NUR1060 – Adult Health Assessment · 1 Semester Credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to perform an in-depth nursing history and a complete physical examination on an adult client. The focus will be on clients with minimal or no alterations in their health state. This course will assist the student in developing nursing assessment skills across the life span utilizing effective communication and physical examination techniques paying close attention to psycho/social and cultural considerations. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills in assessment, data collection and analysis in addition to the identification of the client’s actual and potential health needs. This course will reinforce the utilization of the nursing process; describe variations in findings for select body systems and review tests and diagnostics used to assess client’s physical and psychological status.

NUR1060L – Adult Health Assessment Lab · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course offers the student the opportunity to practice and demonstrate an in-depth nursing history and complete physical assessment in a safe learning environment. The students will practice and demonstrate the use of appropriate tools and physical assessment techniques (observation, auscultation, percussion, palpation) of physical examination, perform an organized physical examination of the body systems. The focus will be on clients with minimal or no alterations in their health state. Opportunities for recording the data gathered from assessments (verbal and physical), using correct terminology and critical documentation of the process and findings will be offered utilizing electronic documentation.

NUR1141 – Pharmacology · 1 Semester Credit hours

This course introduces the effects of drug therapy on human body systems. The body systems include: the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. The basic concepts of pharmacological agents in relation to classifications, actions, therapeutic effects, contraindications and adverse effects are introduced. The study of drugs, drug standards and legislation, will provide the nursing students with a basic background of drug classifications, actions, dosages, and side effects. An introduction of basic drugs and the review of mathematical computations necessary for safe administration in the clinical setting are covered in this course. Drug therapy will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

NUR2791 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course focuses on in-depth care for clients using advanced concepts in nursing care of the medical-surgical adult and geriatric client experiencing chronic physical and psychological changes related to cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine-protective, digestive, elimination, and multi-system disorders. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice in addition to cultural competency will be discussed. Students are introduced to the nursing role with regard to preoperative, intra-operative, and post-operative nursing. Problems associated with fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, infections and the stress response will be addressed. Working as an effective member of the health care team and beginning leadership skills will be presented.

NUR2791L – Medical-Surgical Nursing I Lab · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course provides the students opportunities for the explanation, demonstration, and practice of nursing skills required to treat the needs of the medical surgical adult and geriatric patients. Concepts introduced will include the recognition of the impact of cultural and ethnic diversity on the client as they relate to nursing care. Simulated practice of nursing skills will be accomplished with laboratory and utilization of mannequins.

NUR2791C – Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical · 2 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the nursing student supervised practice and planned simulation/clinical experiences. Students will apply concepts and practices of medical surgical nursing. Experiences in both in-patient and community settings will be provided focusing on the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of the client, family, and community. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in projects assisting clients in preventive care and maintenance of health. Students will have beginning client-care experiences in the long-term care setting.

NUR1151 – Pharmacology II · 1 Semester Credit hours

This course builds on the acquired knowledge obtained from NUR1141 Nursing Pharmacology I and is designed to enhance comprehension and integrate application of knowledge into safe and effective medication administration as well as to decrease the incidence of errors associated with medication administration. Emphasis is provided in areas such as specific pharmacologic effects and classification, cellular or mechanism of action, therapeutic response, major side effects and adverse effects, patient assessment needed prior to medication administration, patient education, and other special nursing implications. Areas covered will include pharmacological effects on the body systems including the central nervous, autonomic, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine and gastrointestinal. Anti-infective, anti-inflammatory agents, immune and biological modifiers, chemotherapeutic agents, dermatologic, hematological, ophthalmic and otic agents will be reviewed. Dosage and calculation is threaded throughout the curriculum.

NUR1151 – Pharmacology II · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course compliments NUR1151 Pharmacology II. It is designed to offer the opportunity for students to practice and demonstrate competencies with regard to the safe preparation and administration of via the routes permitted within the entry-level registered nurses’ scope of practice. Safe administration of anti-infective, anti-inflammatory agents, immune and biological modifiers, chemotherapeutic agents, dermatologic, hematological, ophthalmic and otic agents will be reviewed and demonstrate in this lab. Dosage and calculation is threaded throughout the curriculum.

NUR2350 – Obstetrical Nursing Care · 2 Semester Credit hours

This course provides a family centered approach to the nursing care of obstetrical clients and their families. Students will learn to assess the pregnant client, to implement caring behaviors for the laboring women, and educate the postpartum client; manage the care of the newborn and collaboration of care for the high-risk client. Concepts and skills from Fundamentals and medical surgical nursing are vital to this course with a focus on developmental theories. Dosage calculations in related to the obstetric client and neonate are introduced in this course.

NUR2350L – Obstetrical Nursing Care Lab · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course complements NUR2350 Obstetrical Nursing providing students with a safe learning environment to learn to assess the pregnant client, to implement caring behaviors for the laboring women, an educate the postpartum client, manage the care of the newborn and collaboration of care for the high risk client. Students will practice and demonstrate competencies in the skills laboratory with regard to nursing skills related to the obstetric client, neonate and family including assessment, medication administration in the obstetrical/pediatric/child setting.

NUR2350C – Obstetrical Nursing Care Lab · 1 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the nursing student supervised practice and planned Simulation/Clinical experiences with obstetrical nursing clinical practice. Students will learn to apply the nursing process to the care of patients in selected obstetrical clinical settings.

Primary, secondary and tertiary care settings may be used as clinical experiences, which may include outpatient facilities, hospitals, and pre/post-natal programs in community care.

NUR2450 – Pediatric Nursing Care · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course focuses primarily on student’s understanding of nursing care of children and adolescents with a family centered approach. Students will learn the nurse’s role in meeting short and long-term needs of the pediatric client, family, and community through preventative, therapeutic and palliative approaches with recognition of multicultural aspects of client needs. Emphasis is placed on the interrelated dynamics of pediatric families with exposure to common recurrent and complex problems associated with pediatric client health and wellness. Concepts and skills from Fundamentals and medical surgical nursing are vital to this course with a focus on developmental theories. Dosage calculations in related to the pediatric client is introduced in this course.

NUR2450L – Pediatric Nursing Care · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course provides the nursing student supervised practice and planned simulation/clinical experiences to apply the nursing process to the care of pediatric patients in selected clinical settings. Students will observe and identify cultural diversity and implement care to the pediatric client, family, and community through preventive, therapeutic and palliative measures in the lab setting. Practice and demonstration of competencies in the skills laboratory with regard to nursing skills related to the pediatric client including assessment, pediatric medication administration in the pediatric/child nursing care setting will be performed.

NUR2450C – Pediatric Nursing Care · 1 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the nursing student supervised practice and planned simulation/clinical experiences to apply the nursing process to the care of pediatric patients in selected clinical settings. Students will learn to observe cultural diversity and implement care to the pediatric client, family, and community through preventive, therapeutic and palliative measures. Primary, secondary and tertiary care settings may be used as clinical experiences, which may include outpatient facilities, hospitals, and pediatric programs in community care.

NUR2522 – Mental Health Nursing · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of mental health nursing. Basic mental health concepts and issues examined include: cultural beliefs and ethnic diversity of the client and nurse; legal and ethical issues; therapeutic nurse/client relationships; and self-awareness. In addition, the course will examine neuro-bio-psychosocial theories/therapies and factors affecting health and wellness of clients who have common psychiatric/mental health needs/disorders across the life span. An emphasis on therapeutic communication and nursing process in the care of clients with common mental health disorders including but not limited to anxiety, mood, substance abuse, thought, cognition, and personality and eating disorders. Emphasis is placed on client advocacy, and collaboration among members of the mental health care team.

NUR2522C – Mental Health Nursing Clinical · 1 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the nursing student with clinical experiences to apply concepts of psychiatric nursing. Students will familiarize themselves with psychiatric procedures for both in-patient and in the community settings, which will focus on the nurse’s role on meeting the needs of the client, family, and community. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in projects assisting patients in preventative care and maintenance of mental health. Clinical experiences will be in the acute, chronic and community-based psychiatric-mental health settings.

NUR2630 – Nursing Community Health · 1 Semester Credit hours

This course focuses on nursing care of clients in the community. The course identifies and defines the context for community health nursing, along with approaches to community health nursing as it impacts the care of clients in special populations, specialized settings, and addresses population health issues. Special emphasis is place on the understanding of cultural influences on the health practices and beliefs within the family.

NUR2630C – Nursing Community Health Clinical · 1 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course assists the students in applying knowledge of community health resources. Students will learn to manage community health resources to support the delivery of care to the childbearing/childrearing families. Clinical experiences will be in the community-based health settings.

NUR2791 – Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing · 3 Semester Credit hours

This course builds upon the subject matter covered in NUR1211 Medical Surgical Nursing I with advanced concepts in nursing care of the medical-surgical client experiencing acute physical and psychological changes. This course focuses on nursing care of adult clients with high acuity problems and/or the chronically ill within hospital and community settings. Emphasis will be placed on assessment of risk factors affecting client’s health and wellness. Students will implement the nursing process and utilize Maslow’s Human needs concepts to prioritize client needs for the following diseases/disorders: Integumentary, endocrine, renal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and central nervous system, sleep and malignancies. Related fluid and electrolytes and acid base balance needs will be addressed. Issues regarding client advocacy, spiritual and cultural diversity as well as communication and collaboration with members of the health care team and intermediate level leadership skills will be emphasized. This course builds upon learned skills and concepts from previous nursing courses in the program. A continuation of dosage and calculations are integrated in this course. The pathophysiology of disease processes as well as the adaptive processes and responses of the clients are discussed and explored.

NUR2791L– Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab · 1 Semester Credit hours

This lab course provides the nursing student supervised practice and demonstration experiences of advanced medical surgical skills in a lab setting. The skills laboratory will be utilized to build upon and reinforce learned nursing skills including but not limited to advanced skills such as intravenous therapy initiation and central lines maintenance. The practice of application of critical thinking, caring and therapeutic nursing interventions will be reinforced.

NUR2791C– Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical · 1 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course provides the nursing student supervised practice and planned simulation/clinical experiences with the opportunity to apply advanced concepts of medical surgical nursing. Students will focus on the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of the client, family and community. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in projects assisting clients in preventive care and maintenance of health. Secondary and acute care settings are utilized for clinical experiences are utilized in this course.

NUR2960 – Professional Nursing Leadership · 1 Semester Credit hours

This course provides an overview of theoretical and clinical concepts needed for the transitional role of the graduating associate degree nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. Concepts of effective leadership styles, advanced therapeutic communication, delegation, collaboration, conflict resolution, time management, nursing ethics, career planning, and professional issues including the recognition of the impact of cultural beliefs and etnidiversity of the client are analyzed and compared in this final nursing course. The nursing process and advanced critical thinking are utilized while the learner/student implements the role of the beginning associate degree nurse as coordinator of care including theory and clinical accountability to provide quality care in various environments. Emphasis is placed on clinical application of critical thinking, caring, and therapeutic nursing interventions.

NUR2960C – Professional Nursing Leadership Clinical · 3 Semester Credit hours

This clinical course focuses on the concepts of leadership, management, accountability, responsibility, decision making, ethics, time management, conflict resolution, strategic planning, continuous quality improvement, multidisciplinary care, evidence-based practice and multicultural needs and care. The Nurse Practice Act rules of conduct, reality shock, application of the nursing process, leadership, delegation, and supervision in caring for clients. This is the culminating clinical practice course. The students will apply concepts of management, application of the nursing process, leadership, delegation, patient teaching and supervision in caring for patients through in-depth learning experiences in selected clinical sites. Secondary and acute care settings are utilized for clinical experiences are utilized in this course.

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