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Nursing Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2012

 


Catalog Number Course Title Credits
1-Fall Semester    
10-543-101 Nursing Fundamentals 2
10-543-102 Nursing Skills 3
10-543-103 Nursing Pharmacology 2
10-543-104 Nsg Intro Clinical Practice
10-801-195 Written Communication 3
10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
10-806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
  Total  19
2-Spring Semester
10-543-105 Nursing Health Alterations 3
10-543-106 Nursing Health Promotion
10-543-107 Nsg Clinical Care Across Lifespan 2
10-543-108 Nsg Intro Clinical Care Management
10-806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
10-801-196 Oral Interpersonal Communication
  Total 17
3-Fall Semester
10-543-109 Nsg Complex Health Alterations 1 3
10-543-110 Nsg Mental Health Comm Con
10-543-111 Nsg Intermediate Clinical Practice 3
10-543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills
10-806-197 Microbiology 4
10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations OR other behavioral science course 3
Elective   2
  Total 16
4-Spring Semester
10-543-113 Nsg Complex Health Alterations 2 3
10-543-114 Nsg Management & Professional Concepts
10-543-115 Nsg Advanced Clinical Practice 3
10-809-197 Contemporary American Society OR other social science course 3
10-543-116 Nursing Clinical Transitions 2
Elective   3
  Total 16

 


Nursing Courses

10-543-101-00 Nursing Fundamentals
Focuses on basic nursing concepts that the beginning nurse will need to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients within alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid/electrolyte balance. Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing program. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-543-102-00 Nursing Skills
Focuses on development of clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Includes mathematic calculations and conversions related to clinical skills, blood pressure assessment, aseptic technique, wound care, oxygen administration, tracheotomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, basic medication administration, glucose testing, enemas, ostomy care, and catheterization. In addition, includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach. Students must be registered in the Nursing program. Corequisites: 10-543-102, 10-543-104, 10-809-188, 10-801-195. Lab. 3 credits.

10-543-103-00 Nursing Pharmacology
Introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications. Nursing students only. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-543-104-00 Nsg Intro Clinical Practice
Introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration. Prerequisite: 10-543-102 Corequisites: 10-543-102, 10-809-188, and 10-801-195. Clinical. 2 credits.

10-543-105-00 Nursing Health Alterations
Elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. Applies theories of nursing in the care of clients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. Provides an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. Also introduces the concepts of leadership, team building, and scope of practice. Prerequisites: All 1st semester courses (10-543-101, 10-543-102, 10-543-103, 10-543-104, 10-801-195, 10-809-188) Corequisites: All 2nd semester courses (10-543-105, 10-543-106, 10-543-107, 10-543-108, 10-806-179, 10-801-196). Lecture. 3 credits.

10-543-106-00 Nursing Health Promotion
Focuses on topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. We will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families, we will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment, and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles, and stages of development. Prerequisites: All 1st semester courses (10-543-101, 10-543-102, 10-543-103, 10-543-104, 10-801-195, 10-809-188) Corequisites: All 2nd semester courses (10-543-105, 10-543-107, 10-543-108, 10-806-179, 10-801-196). Lecture. 3 credits.

10-543-107-00 Nsg Clinical Care Across Lifespan
Clinical experience which applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized. Clinical. 2 credits.

10-543-108-00 Nsg Intro Clinical Care Mgt
Applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of clients across the lifespan. Provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building. Prerequisites: All 1st semester courses (10-543-101, 10-543-102, 10-543-103, 10-543-104, 10-801-195, 10-809-188) Corequisites: All 2nd semester courses (10-543-105, 10-543-106, 10-543-107, 10-806-179, 10-801-196). Clinical. 2 credits.

10-543-109-00 Nsg Complex Health Alterat 1
Prepares the learner to expand knowledge from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid base imbalance, and alterations in comfort. Prerequisites: All 2nd Semester Courses (10-543-105, 10-543-106, 10-543-107, 10-543-108, 10-806-179, 10-801-196) Corequisites: 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-543-112, 10-806-197. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-543-110-00 Nsg Mental Health Community Con
Covers topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources are examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, and economically diverse individuals and groups. Prerequisites: All 2nd Semester Courses (10-543-105, 10-543-106, 10-543-107, 10-543-108, 10-806-179, 10-801-196) Corequisites: 10-543-109, 10-543-111, 10-543-112, 10-806-197. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-543-111-00 Nsg Intermediate Clinical Practice
Intermediate level clinical course develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. Focuses on developing skills needed for managing multiple clients across the lifespan and priorities. Using the nursing process, students gain experience in adapting nursing practice to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds. Prerequisite: 10-543-112 Corequisites: 10-543-109 and 10-543-110. Clinical. 3 credits.

10-543-112-00 Nursing Advanced Skills
Focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Includes advanced IV skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic EKG interpretation, and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion. Prerequisites: All 2nd Semester Courses (10-543-105, 10-543-106, 10-543-107, 10-543-108, 10-806-179, 10-801-196) Corequisites: 10-543-109, 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-806-197. Lab. 1 credit.

10-543-113-00 Nsg Complex Health Alterations 2
Prepares the learner to expand knowledge and skills from previous courses in caring for clients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, and reproductive systems. The learner will also focus on management of care for clients with high-risk prenatal conditions, high-risk newborns, and the ill child. Synthesis and application of previously learned concepts will be evident in the management on clients with critical/life threatening situations. Prerequisites: All 3rd Semester Courses (10-543-109, 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-543-112) Corequisites: 10-543-114, 10-543-115. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-543-114-00 Nsg Management Professional Concepts
Covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice. Prerequisites: All 3rd Semester Courses (10-543-109, 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-543-112) Corequisites: 10-543-113, 10-543-115. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-543-115-00 Nsg Advanced Clinical Practice
Requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized. Prerequisites: All 3rd Semester Courses (10-543-109, 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-543-112, 10-806-197) Corequisites: 10-543-113, 10-543-114. Clinical. 3 credits.

10-543-116-00 Nursing Clinical Transition
Clinical experience which integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. Promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation, and working collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered. Corequisites: 10-543-113, 10-543-114, 10-543-115. Prerequisites: successful completion of all 3rd semester courses 10-543-109, 10-543-110, 10-543-111, 10-543-112, 10-806-197.. Clinical. 2 credits.

10-801-195-00 Written Communication
Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-806-177-00 General Anatomy and Physiology
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. Prerequisite: One year of high school Chemistry with a grade of "C" or better or one semester of a college chemistry course with a grade of "C" or better. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-806-179-00 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Second semester in a two-semester sequence in which normal human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Experimentation within a science lab will include analysis of cellular metabolism, the individual components of body systems such as the nervous, neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, and urinary. Continued examination of homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance, and blood. Integration of genetics to human reproduction and development are also included. Prerequisite: 10-806-177 with a grade of "B-" or better. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-806-197-00 Microbiology
Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms, and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role and microbes in the environment, industry, and biotechnology. Prerequisite: 10-806-177. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-809-188-00 Developmental Psychology
Study of human development throughout the lifespan. Explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-197-00 Contemporary Amer Society
Explores the American social and political institutions affecting the individual as a citizen, worker, and participant in various social groups. Topics studied will be flexible and responsive to contemporary issues. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-198-00 Intro to Psychology
Lecture. 3 credits.