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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Nursing

Objectives

The objective of the Nursing program is to help graduates prepare to become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) after successful completion of the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination). The program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.

Areas of study include nursing values and roles, fundamental nursing concepts and techniques, adult health nursing, gerontological nursing, mental health nursing, maternal child nursing, critical care nursing and pharmacology, with nutrition and dosage calculation integrated throughout the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Graduates may pursue careers as Registered Nurses, caring for patients across the life span in a variety of health care areas ranging from intensive care nursing to community based settings.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of the catalog for information relating to admission requirements and procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the nursing lab to develop nursing care skills, as well as school equipment such as networked computer systems and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15-30 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117
Composition I+

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE127
College Mathematics I+

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE150
Survey of the Sciences+

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the physical sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology and earth science to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science.

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4
GE217
Composition II+

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE257
Microbiology+

This is an introductory course in microbiology, emphasizing fundamental concepts and principles with practical application. Prerequisite: GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent

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4
GE258
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyI+

This course provides a systems focused study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics build from a foundation in structural organization, basic chemistry, and the study of cells and tissues to system structure and function. These systems include integumentary system, bones and skeletal tissues, joints, muscles, nervous system, special senses, and the endocrine system. The course includes a wet laboratory component.

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GE259
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyII+

This course is a continuation of the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Building on the foundation of structural organization, basic chemistry, and the study of cells and tissues, and study of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sense, and endocrine systems, this course focuses on the maintenance of the body via the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, as well as metabolism, acid-base balance, fluid and electrolyte balance, and nutrition. This course includes a wet laboratory component. Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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GE265
Ethics in Society+

This course provides a practical framework and a personal method for ethical thinking and decision-making on issues in contemporary society. Students will analyze some of the major ethical dilemmas of the modern world. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

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4
GE291
Sociology+

This course introduces the theories and methods sociologists use to explain and predict the dynamics of the contemporary social world. Through this study, the students will employ a "sociological imagination" as they make observations, gain insights, and make predictions that can influence their choices about their own social interaction. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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GE347
Group Dynamics+

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE375
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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Subtotal 44.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
NU100
Nursing Roles I

This course provides the foundation upon which all subsequent nursing courses are taught. Covered are the concepts and principles related to, and the components of, the roles of the professional nurse (provider of care, manager of care, and member of the nursing profession), competent evidence-based nursing practice, therapeutic communication, nursing values, health promotion and maintenance, and the nursing process, within the various health care delivery systems of acute, long-term, and community environments. Strategies for success in the nursing program are presented. Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional

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NU110
Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I

This course builds on the concepts and principles taught in Nursing Roles I and introduces basic nursing skills and techniques based on the roles and values of nursing within a nursing process framework. Nursing skills are developed, applied, and practiced in the nursing skills laboratory. Technology is used to reinforce application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisite: NU100 Nursing Roles I; Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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NU120
Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques II

This course introduces intermediate nursing skills and techniques based on the roles and values of nursing within a nursing process framework. Nursing skills are developed, applied, and practiced in the nursing skills laboratory. Technology is used to reinforce application of content. Prerequisites: GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I; NU110 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I, Prerequisites or Corequisites: GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, NU121 Dosage Calculations, NU205 Pharmacology

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NU121
Dosage Calculations

This course builds on basic math concepts to introduce step-by-step approaches to the calculation and administration of drug dosages. The course incorporates the ratio and proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis methods. Technology is used to present and reinforce application of content. Prerequisites: GE127 College Mathematics I, NU110 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I

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NU130
Adult Nursing I*

This course introduces the principles of caring for selected adult patients with medical-surgical health care needs related to problems with mobility, gastrointestinal function, protection, excretion, or reproduction. Evidence-based nursing care is focused on health promotion, maintenance, restoration of optimal living and/or supporting a dignified death. Nursing skills and techniques are developed and demonstrated in both the nursing skills laboratory and in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce course content. Prerequisites: GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, NU120 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques II, NU121 Dosage Calculations, NU205 Pharmacology

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NU205
Pharmacology

This course introduces pharmacological principles, emphasizing actions, interactions, and adverse effects using the nursing process framework to address nursing implications for each drug classification. Prerequisites: GE127 College Mathematics, GE258 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, NU110 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I; Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE259 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

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NU230
Adult Nursing II*

This course introduces the principles of caring for selected adult patients with medical-surgical health care needs related to problems with oxygenation, cardiac output, tissue perfusion, neurological conditions, emergencies, burns, or regulation and metabolism. Evidence-based nursing care is focused on health promotion, maintenance, restoration of optimal living and/or supporting a dignified death. Nursing skills and techniques are developed and demonstrated when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce course content. Prerequisite: NU130 Adult Nursing I; Prerequisite or Corequisite: GE257 Microbiology

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NU240
Gerontologic Nursing*

This course introduces the general principles of caring for the older adult. It begins with an overview of wellness in the older adult, then looks at the physiological and psychological disorders common to this age group. Evidence-based nursing care is focused on health promotion, maintenance, restoration of optimal living and/or supporting a dignified death. The student learns about the special needs of this patient population while providing nursing care in a variety of settings. Technology is used to reinforce course content. Prerequisite: NU230 Adult Nursing II

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NU250
Mental Health Nursing*

This course introduces the principles of mental health and caring for patients experiencing problems of a psychological nature. Evidence-based nursing care is focused on health promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal living. Nursing skills and communication techniques are developed and demonstrated when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce content learned in the course and to provide additional application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisites: GE375 Psychology, NU230 Adult Nursing II

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NU260
Maternal Child Nursing*

This course introduces the principles of providing evidence-based nursing care for the childbearing family and for children. Care is focused on health promotion and maintenance, prevention of illness, restoration of optimal living and common health problems of the childbearing family and children. Nursing skills and communication techniques are developed and demonstrated when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce content learned in the course and to provide additional application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisites: GE375 Psychology, NU230 Adult Nursing II

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NU270
Critical Care Nursing*

This course introduces the principles of providing nursing care for patients with multiple health-related issues. Evidence-based nursing care is directed at illness prevention, disease management, restoration of optimal living, and/or supporting a dignified death. Nursing skills and communication techniques are developed and demonstrated when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce content learned in the course and to provide additional application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisites: GE375 Psychology, NU230 Adult Nursing II

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NU280
Nursing Roles II*

This course explores advanced topics related to leadership and management principles and current issues applicable to the roles of the professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. Transition from the role of student nurse to registered nurse is discussed. Also includes an overview of, and preparation for, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Prerequisites: NU230 Adult Nursing II and must be taken in the last quarter of the Nursing program

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Subtotal 61.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB133
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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Subtotal 4.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
109
Subtotal 109.0

Notes

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with the fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

*This course includes a clinical component that must be sucessfully completed by the student at one or more medical care facilities that are assigned to the student by the school.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.