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RN Program Course Descriptions

Hospital-Based Track

BIO201 Microbiology: Impact of Microorganisms on the Environment

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This course focuses on the study of microorganisms and explores how microorganisms impact daily lives, including their influences on agriculture, ecology, industrial processes, immunology, and other fields. Fundamental topics that are reviewed in this course include the development, evolution and classification of microorganisms and how microorganisms maintain and affect living organisms in the global environment. Specifically, the course will explore microorganisms contributions and influences on climate changes, the global food chain and populations.

ENG201 Composition I

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This course develops students’ grammar, punctuation, critical thinking, organizational and research skills associated with writing. Students will complete a variety of written assignments. To promote the writing process, students will participate in writers’ workshops, wherein they will brainstorm, gather and synthesize facts, discuss audience considerations, draft, revise, edit, proofread, and critique their own and others’ work in written and oral formats. In this course students will also sharpen their ability to conduct research, and compose and communicate in written, oral, and visual modalities.

HSC204 Principles of Pharmacology

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This course introduces the concepts of pharmacology within the context of nursing care. The course will cover pharmacological agents used in the treatment of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of wellness. Special consideration in the course will be given to drug administration, monitoring of physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of agents, and interactions and adverse effects of each drug classification.

HSC205 Human Body in Health and Disease I

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This course focuses on the interrelationships of anatomy, physiology, and pathology with chemical and microbiological consideration for students in the health care field. The course utilizes a body systems approach to focus on diseases and
implications on health. Students learn to recognize the causes, signs and symptoms of diseases of the major body systems as well as the diagnostic procedures, usual treatment, prognosis, and prevention of common diseases. The course covers, among other things, the study of the structure, function and disease related to cells, tissues, glands, the integumentary system, the muscular-skeletal system and cardiovascular system.

HSC206 Human Body in Health and Disease II

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This course is a continuation of Human Body in Health and Disease I. It covers the study of the structure and function and relationship of disease on the nervous, respiratory, digestive system and endocrine systems, as well as development,
metabolism, electrolytes and acid base balance. In addition, the course explores the human body and disease with respect to growth and development, male and female reproductive systems and heredity disease.

HSC207 Human Body in Health and Disease III

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Through laboratory exercises and experiments this course builds and expands on the coursework in Human Body in Health and Disease I and II. This physiology lab activities allow for interactive exploration of the human body and systems utilizing a virtual lab.

HUN201 Nutrition

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This course is designed to provide students with information relative to the nutritional needs throughout the lifespan and diet therapy for various disease states. The course reviews how the energy producing nutrients (vitamins, minerals and water) are metabolized and utilized by the body and focuses on the expanded role of nutrition in health promotion, disease prevention and as part of the therapeutic regime in the treatment of disease processes. Major concepts in this course include guidelines
for nutrition, the food pyramid, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and diet therapy. Appropriate assessments relative to nutrition will be determined utilizing Roy’s Adaptation Model. Students in this course will also be presented with case studies and teaching plans focusing on the scientifically based nutritional needs of various client scenarios including pregnancy,
obesity, diabetes, gout, celiac disease, cardiovascular and kidney disease.

MAT202 College Algebra

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This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of algebra. The course explores the concepts of real numbers,
polynomials, algebraic functions, linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, integer exponents, factoring, quadratic equations and simple rational expressions.

NUR221 Nursing II: Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing

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This course focuses on health management, maintenance and prevention of illness, and deviations from the normal state of health for the adult client. The course explores, among other things, the nursing care and nursing interventions for illnesses and diseases affecting the integumentary, respiratory, cardiac, vascular, hematology, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems. Concepts of client care, treatments, pharmacology, diet therapy and interdisciplinary healthcare roles and responsibilities are discussed throughout the course. Content is presented from a patient-centered approach utilizing Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) and Evidenced Based Practice to systematically and holistically assess patient status.

Practicum experiences in this course may be provided in acute, sub-acute, long-term care and/or community-based settings. The provision of the client care in the practicums include implementation of the nursing process, performance of focused assessments, demonstration of critical thinking, and assistance with patient education. To reinforce active and independent learning and nursing skills this course may incorporate interactive computer-based programs and simulation exercises throughout the practicum experience.

NUR222 Nursing III: Psychiatric Nursing

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This course focuses on the basic principles and practices related to psychiatric nursing care. Students explore care for psycho-biological disorders throughout this course, including nursing interventions related to depression, schizophrenia, and somatic, dissociative personality, and bipolar disorders. The course also examines mental health nursing care related to distinct client populations, such as eating disorders, sexual violence, anger and substance abuse considerations for adolescents and adults, and Alzheimer, dementias and Parkinson’s disease for geriatric adults. As part of the course, students utilize Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) and Evidenced Based Practice to address the physiological and psychological needs of the client and understand the needs of the individual and family in their efforts to adapt to stressors.

As part of the practicums in this course, students apply the nursing process and implement nursing interventions that promote, maintain and restore mental health across the lifespan. The practicums also reinforce nursing principles related to therapeutic communication, psychopathology and interdisciplinary relationships. The practicums may occur at psychiatric medical facilities, in acute care or long term care settings and/or simulation labs.

NUR223 Nursing IV: Care of Women and Children

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This course introduces students to principles and concepts relevant to pre- and post-natal maternal nursing care, as well as, the care of children from infancy to adolescence. The course explores care of individuals and families from pregnancy to birth and from infancy to young adulthood. Emphasis is given to normal growth and development and nursing interventions
that promote women and child health. Utilizing Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) and Evidenced Based Practice students investigate the biological, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the mother, child and family.

Laboratory sessions and observational and/or hands-on practicums may be conducted as part of this course. These experiences may occur at the college or at select healthcare and day care agencies. The practicums will reinforce care across the lifespan and nursing concepts related to communication, healthcare roles, and cultural, emotional and physiological
based nursing care essential for the care of women and children. The practicums may occur at psychiatric medical facilities, in acute care or long term care settings and/or simulation labs.

NUR224 Nursing V: Advanced Concepts of Medical-Surgical Nursing

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This course focuses on disorders, diseases, and the care of adult clients with musculoskeletal, neurological, sensory, immune, and oncological problems. The course incorporates concepts of evidenced-based client care, legal, professional and ethical standards, teamwork and collaboration, and safety and quality improvement of the professional nurse while providing care to clients with high acuity medical/surgical conditions. Roy’s Adaptation Model (RAM) is utilized to implement the nursing process of patient assessment, needs identification, intervention, implementation and evaluation, and pharmacology.

The primary practicum emphasis in this course is with the adult patient in the acute health care setting. Application of knowledge and skills may occur in the nursing skills laboratory or in acute, sub-acute and/or chronic health care facilities and community-based experiences. Students are expected to demonstrate principles of prioritization, leadership and delegation throughout the practicum experiences.

NUR225 Nursing VI: Leadership and Delegation

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This course examines nursing leadership and management roles. The course incorporates conceptual framework and critical thinking decision-making models to assist the professional nurse with interdisciplinary interactions. The course explores concepts related to management strategies and application of best practices to promote standards of care. Other topics reviewed in the course include maintaining competency, handling of moral dilemmas, advancing one’s career, writing a resume, and becoming licensed.

NUR226 Nursing Seminar

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This course focuses on preparing for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). Students are required to demonstrate integration of the learning from multiple disciplines and the nursing knowledge and skills necessary for licensure and entry level practice. Demonstration of licensure and entry level practice readiness will be accomplished through completion of interactive nursing exercises and mock exams. To assist students in reaching the objectives, the course incorporates lecture and laboratory exercises utilizing third-party preparation tools (such as NCSBN learning extension) and a directed self-study program.

NUS211 Healthcare Foundations

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This course begins the student journey into the discipline of healthcare. Students are introduced to the history and profession of healthcare, including the legal and ethical bases for practice, the role of healthcare providers, diversity and cultural issues and the healthcare provider role as a communicator, teacher and manager of care. The course also explores and focuses on the healthcare process, communication and documentation.

Knowledge and skills acquired in this course are reinforced through laboratory and/or clinical instruction and practice focused on adult care in community and long-term care based settings.

NUS214 Transitions and Health Assessment

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This course is designed to assist the student to transition from LPN to RN education. Students will determine the differences between the LPN and the RN roles in healthcare to assist with successful transition to the new role. The course also explores reinforces and fortifies critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills by refining the assessment, documentation, and diagnostic reasoning skills of students. The course utilizes focused assessments to explore normal and abnormal medical conditions of clients and develop appropriate interventions.

Through the practicum in this course, students will apply health assessment concepts, skills and techniques to deliver patient care to the adult clients in the lab.

PSY201 Life Span Development

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This course studies cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of individuals and families throughout the lifespan. The course explores the seven major periods of life-span development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood) and the cultural, social and religious influences in each phase of development. The course also provides an overview of the significant biosocial, cognitive, and psychological events for each major period of development, as well as, how they impact human development. Students will be introduced to a variety of developmental theories, including Freud, Erickson, Piaget, Maslow, Kolhberg, Havighurst, and others.

SOC201 Sociology

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This course introduces the study of culture in today’s society. Specifically, the course reviews basic sociological concepts,
social processes and structural and functional aspects of social groups, including religious, cultural and societal values and beliefs. The course also explores the social and cultural meanings of death, funeral customs, mortality and morbidity statistics, contemporary issues and modern treatment of dying persons (including hospice), and processes of grief and bereavement.

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