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LPNC 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the principles related to pharmacology. It examines a variety of drug classifications and their effects on the body. The course places emphasis on use of the nursing process in drug administration and includes drug calculations.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

LPNC 101 PRACTICAL NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

Fall, 8 credit hours

This course examines the evolution of nursing including current trends and introduces the health care delivery system to the student. Communication techniques, including documentation, are explored. Legal and ethical considerations and the role of the LPN within healthcare are examined. Students utilize the nursing process and critical thinking in providing nursing care to clients who are at various points on the health-illness continuum. Students develop skills fundamental to the practice o f nursing and apply theoretical content in the long-term care setting. A final grade of “C” or better is required to progress to LPNC 102 and 103.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

Corequisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217), Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102) or permission of instructor.

LPNC 102 PRACTICAL NURSING: SPECIALTY POPULATIONS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces students to assessment and nursing care concepts focusing on maternity, newborn, pediatric, and mentally ill clients. The nursing process and critical thinking skills are utilized to adapt nursing concepts and procedures to these special populations. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Drug Dosage Calculations and Pharmacology (LPNC 100), Practical Nursing Fundamentals (LPNC 101); corequisite: Practical Nursing: Medical-Surgical Nursing (LPNC 103); or permission of instructor. Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

LPNC 103 PRACTICAL NURSING: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING

Spring, 8 credit hours

Students will utilize critical thinking and the nursing process in learning about fundamental disease processes and the LPN’s role in prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and the restoration of health in the adult client. Concepts related to safety, emotional support, communication, client teaching, and pharmacology are integrated throughout the course. Students utilize the nursing laboratory to enhance their psychomotor and critical thinking skills in practicing advanced nursing skills. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to apply theory/lab in the medical-surgical units of acute care hospitals. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, twelve hours clinical per week.

Prerequisite: PN Fundamentals (LPNC 101); corequisite: Practical Nursing: Specialty Populations (LPNC 102); or permission of instructor. Practical Nursing Certificate Majors only.

NURS 100 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course provides basic information on the profession of nursing. A historical perspective of the nursing profession is presented, with current and future trends in nursing discussed. An overview of therapeutic communication, stress management, critical thinking, problem solving, data collection and infection control are included. The course also offers opportunity to build drug dosage calculation skills. This course is intended for potential nursing majors. One hour lecture per week.

Pre-requisites: Beginning Algebra (MATH 100) or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

NURS 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

Fall, 6 credit hours

This course provides the student with knowledge and skills basic to nursing. Clinical experiences assist students in applying NURS 101 theory to client care. Skills performed in the nursing laboratory on campus facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical setting. This course is open to nursing students only. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

NURS 103 PHARMACOLOGY I

Fall, 1 credit hour

This introductory pharmacology course will explore the basic principles surrounding pharmacology. Topics include: medication administration, cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to pharmacology, patient education, reduction of medication errors, and the nursing care involved in administration of drugs used to treat nutritional, eye, and ear disorders. One hour lecture per week, NURSING MAJORS ONLY or permission of instructor.

NURS 104 PHARMACOLOGY II

Spring, 1 credit hour

This pharmacology course explores the various classifications of drugs, and their associated nursing care, used to treat psychiatric, reproductive, and bone/joint disorders. The course also examines commonly used drugs during pregnancy, those used to control pain. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 103 Pharmacology, I NURS 101 Fundamentals of Nursing

Corequisites: NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing, NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing

NURS 105 NURSING SEMINAR

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course serves as an introduction to the nursing program. It includes differentiating a program of study from individual courses; clarifying expectations; learning study skills and test taking strategies; practicing stress and coping techniques; and enhancing organizational and time management skills. Students explore critical thinking within the context of nursing. The seminar format provides an opportunity to apply critical thinking to current coursework. Attendance with active participation in discussions is expected. Attendance is required in this course because of the importance of dialogue in thinking and learning. The different viewpoints shared during the seminar will help expand the thinking of all participants.

Prerequisites: Nursing Students Only

NURS 106 MATERNAL CHILD NURSING

Fall, 4.5 credit hours - 7 week course

Concepts from nursing fundamentals are adapted to the nursing care of the family. The course emphasizes utilization of all components of the nursing process in caring for individuals, within the context of family and community, during the childbearing period and in providing preventive and restorative care to children of all ages. Beginning with the childbearing individual and then the child from conception to adolescence, concepts of pregnancy, labor and delivery, post- partum, newborn, child growth and development from infancy through late adolescence will be presented. The student will build on skills using the nursing process and critical thinking to meet maternal/child health care needs within the family system, well child and acute care settings. Clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals, community agencies and public health clinics. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: BIOL 217 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, NURS 101 Fundamentals of Nursing, NURS 103 Pharmacology I, NURS 105 Nursing Seminar, ENGL 101 or 102

Corequisites: BIOL 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II- minimum grade of"C" required, NURS 104 Pharmacology II, NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing

NURS 107 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING

Fall, 4.5 credit hours - 7 week course

This course offers an examination of concepts and theories related to psychiatric and mental health nursing within the context of the therapeutic relationship. Aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are addressed as a basis for promoting and sustaining optimum mental health functioning. Emphasis is placed on relationship- centered care, teamwork, quality and safety for diverse patient populations with psychiatric disorders. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: BIOL 217 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, NURS 101 Fundamentals of Nursing, NURS 103 Pharmacology I, NURS 105 Nursing Seminar, ENGL 101 or 102

Corequisites: BIOL 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II- minimum grade of"C" required, NURS 104 Pharmacology II, NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing

NURS 200 PHARMACOLOGY III

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course explores classifications of drugs used to treat skin, neuromuscular, cancer, blood, respiratory, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte, blood disorders, viral infections, bacterial infections as well as agents used to modify the human immune system. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 104 Pharmacology II, NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing, NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing

Corequisites: NURS 201 Medical-Surgical Nursing I

NURS 201 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

Fall, 10 credit hours

Course content focuses on application of nursing process to care of pediatric and adult patients experiencing medical-surgical conditions along the health-illness continuum. Topics covered include those related to acute/complex respiratory, endocrinology, gastrointestinal, oncologic, musculoskeletal and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders. Students apply their learning to clients in medical-surgical clinical settings. Skills performed in the nursing laboratory on campus facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical setting. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing, NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing

Corequisites: BIOL 209 Microbiology, NURS 200 Pharmacology III, PSYC 225 Human Development or PSYC 220 Child Development

NURS 202 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

Spring, 10 credit hours

This course focuses on application of nursing process to care of pediatric and adult patients experiencing medical-surgical conditions along the health-illness continuum. Topics covered include those related to acute/complex cardiovascular, neurologic, hematologic, integumentary, immunologic, sensory, reproductive, emergency, and disaster events or disorders. Students will apply their learning to clients in medical-surgical clinical settings. Skills performed in the nursing laboratory on campus facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the clinical setting. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing, NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing, NURS 201 Medical Surgical Nursing I, BIOL 209 Microbiology, PSYC 225 Human Development or PSYC 220 Child Development

Corequisites: NURS 204 Pharmacology IV

NURS 203 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN NURSING

Spring, 1 credit hour

Students explore and analyzes socio-economic and political variables that affect professional nursing and healthcare. Students examine the professional growth and transition of the student nurse, current issues in healthcare, nursing management, and career development. This course is open to nursing students only. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 201 Medical Surgical Nursing I

NURS 204 PHARMACOLOGY IV

Spring, 1 credit hour

Students explore the various classifications of drugs, and their associated nursing care, used to treat immune, cardiac, endocrine, renal, and nervous system disorders and emergency preparedness. NURSING MAJORS ONLY.

Prerequisites: NURS 200 Pharmacology III, NURS 201 Medical Surgical Nursing I, NURS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing II

Corequisites: NURS 202 Medical-Surgical Nursing II

NURS 300 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS IN NURSING

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course examines the historical development and evolution of nursing theory and its interrelationship to research and professional nursing practice. The course includes critical thinking activities used to conceptualize, apply, analyze, and synthesize knowledge related to specific nursing theories and their importance in nursing education, practice, and research. A group project that incorporates the students’ knowledge of nursing theory and nursing theorists will be used to demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the RN-BS program or permission of instructor.

NURS 302 LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE

Spring, 3 credit hours

The student will examine the legal and ethical issues related to health care as they impact the health services managers involved in health care decision making. A variety of commonly experienced legal situations and ethical dilemmas will be discussed, including professional liability, patients’ rights, abortion, AIDS care, informed consent, organ transplantation, health care delivery and resource allocation and issues related to death and dying. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: NURS 301

NURS 303 HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN NURSING

Fall, 4 credit hours

This course will provide the student with knowledge and skills basic to health assessment in nursing. The course emphasizes critical thinking skills required for accurate collection and analysis of client health information and provides opportunities for enhancement of physical assessment skills. Students will be responsible for finding a qualified preceptor (with the approval of the course instructor) in order to successfully complete the clinical portion of this course. Two hours lecture per week and 45 hour preceptorship.

Prerequisite: Students must be admitted into the RN-BS program or permission of instructor.

NURS 304 HEALTH PROMOTION and RESTORATION

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides the student with knowledge of the major individual and community models and theories that guide health-promotion interventions across the life span. This course presents information that enhances the students’ ability to provide holistic health promotion and preventive care. The planning, implementing and evaluating of health promotion, prevention, and restoration activities for individuals, families, and communities is stressed. Relevant community based clinical experiences, integrated throughout the course provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate evidence-based health promotion care to diverse and vulnerable populations. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300)

NURS/DHYG 370 RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

Fall, 3 credits

This course provides an intense comprehensive study of the scientific research process utilized in the social and health sciences. Students will be trained to be critical consumers of published research and will be expected to complete a research project. Topics that will be covered include the underlying theory of research; critically evaluating research; measurement; sampling techniques, establishing causation, surveys, qualitative approaches, field research, and data management and presentation. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Enrolled in RN-BS or B. Tech in Dental Hygiene program. Statistics (MATH 141) or equivalent coursework.

NURS 400 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the conceptual basis for the application of leadership and management principles. The student gains a better understanding of the application of these principles in the management and coordination of health care delivery systems. Exploration of the critical components of leadership and management in diverse health care settings and application of course content enhances the coordination of quality client care and the role of the nurse as a leader and manager. Two hours lecture per week and 45 hour preceptorship.

Prerequisites: Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300), and Public Health Issues (NURS 301), Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (NURS 302), Health Assessment in Nursing (NURS 303). Health Promotion and Restoration in Nursing (NURS 304) or permission of instructor.

NURS 402 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING

Spring, 4 credit hours

This course will examine public and community health theory and practice as they relate to the Registered Professional Nurse. Public health principles, epidemiology, and community health nursing theory will be utilized by the student in conducting a community health assessment and implementation of a service-learning project within the community.

Prerequisites: Conceptual Frameworks in Nursing (NURS 300), Health Assessment in Nursing (NURS 303), Research Methods (NURS 370)

NURS 403 TRANSCULTURAL NURSING

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course provides the student with an overview of the influence of culture on health care practices and in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, groups, and communities. Increased awareness of culturally diverse nursing care and a sound understanding of the impact of cultural beliefs, values, and practices upon health and health care delivery is a direct outcome of this course. The student explores and reflects upon their own cultural beliefs related to health and health care delivery and examines client behaviors, cultural perspectives, and barriers to transcultural communication. Knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity to diverse cultural values and meanings are an interwoven theme throughout the course content. Two hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Research Methods in the Social and Health Sciences (NURS 370), senior level status or permission of instructor.