Associate of Science Degree

Nursing (104 Credit Hours)

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.

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
AP2530
Human Anatomy and Physiology I+

This course introduces students to anatomy and physiology of the human body using a systems approach, focusing on the integumentary system, bones and skeletal tissues, joints, muscles, the nervous system, special senses and the endocrine system. This course includes a laboratory component.

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4.5
AP2630
Human Anatomy and Physiology II+

Building upon Human Anatomy and Physiology I, this course focuses on 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 laboratory component. Prerequisite: AP2530 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent

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4.5
EN1320
Composition I+

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
EN1420
Composition II+

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research. Students study how to make strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
MA1210
College Mathematics I+

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
PY3150
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioral, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, information gathering and analysis to practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
SC2730
Microbiology+

This course introduces students to the microbial world, including the structure, functioning and diversity of microorganisms. This course includes a laboratory component

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4.5
SO2550
Sociology+

This course introduces the theories and methods sociologists use to explain and predict the dynamics of the contemporary social world. Emphasis is on sociological perspective, culture, social inequality, social change and institutions. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 36.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
NU1210
Nursing Roles I

This course offers a foundation upon which subsequent nursing courses are taught and serves as the transition course for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) entry. Students will study 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. Prerequisite or Corequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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2.0
NU1220
Medical Terminology/Dosage Calculations

This course introduces medical terminology and 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. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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1.0
NU1320
Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I

This course builds on the concepts and principles 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. Prerequisites: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent, AP2630 Human Anatomy and Physiology II or equivalent, NU1210 Nursing Roles I or equivalent, NU1220 Medical Terminology/Dosage Calculations or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: SC2730 Microbiology or equivalent

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4.5
NU1421
Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques II*

This course builds on the concepts and principles in Nursing Roles I and Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I. The course introduces intermediate nursing skills and techniques based on the roles and values of nursing within a nursing process framework. Nursing skills are developed and practiced in the nursing skills laboratory and expanded upon in a clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce application of content. Prerequisites: PY3150 Psychology or equivalent, NU1320 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques I or equivalent; Corequisite: NU1426 Pharmacology or equivalent

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6.0
NU1426
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. Corequisite: NU1421 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques II or equivalent

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4.0
NU2530
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 when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce course content. Prerequisite: NU1421 Clinical Nursing Concepts and Techniques II or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: SO2550 Sociology or equivalent

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8.0
NU2630
Adult Nursing II*

This course introduces 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: NU2530 Adult Nursing I or equivalent

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8.0
NU2740
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, health 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 taught in the course and to provide additional application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU2630 Adult Nursing II or equivalent

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5.0
NU2745
Gerontologic Nursing*

This course introduces 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. Students are taught about special needs of this patient population while providing nursing care in a variety of settings. Technology is used to reinforce course content. Prerequisite: NU2630 Adult Nursing II or equivalent

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5.0
NU2810
Nursing Roles II*

This course explores advanced topics related to leadership and management principles, and 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 professional nurse is discussed. Prerequisites: NU2740 Mental Health Nursing or equivalent, NU2745 Gerontologic Nursing or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU2840 Maternal Child Nursing or equivalent

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2.0
NU2840
Maternal Child Nursing*

This course introduces 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 in the nursing skills laboratory and when providing direct care in the clinical setting. Technology is used to reinforce content taught in the course and to provide additional application of content through patient care scenarios. Prerequisite: NU2630 Adult Nursing II or equivalent

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8.0
NU2899
Nursing Capstone

This course integrates the principles of evidence-based nursing practice into the care of patients with complex illnesses. The course focuses on demonstration of competencies consistent with program outcomes and development of management skill in caring for multiple patients. In preparing for the professional nurse role, nursing leadership principles, transition to practice, career planning and lifelong learning are explored. Students have the opportunity, in the nursing skills laboratory and clinical setting, to collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in practicing the professional nursing role. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the program of study except NU2810 Nursing Roles II or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU2810 Nursing Roles II or equivalent

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10.0
Subtotal 63.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

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

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4.5
Subtotal 4.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
104.0
Subtotal 104.0

Notes

+In this program, this(these) course(s) 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 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.