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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Diploma Requirements

    CS 122: ACADEMIC STRATEGIES FOR THE PRACTICAL NURSING PROFESSIONAL (3 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the purpose and processes of university education. Emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills to support academic achievement. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their interpersonal communication and team-building skills. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 101: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught basic principles and skills to understand medical terminology. Topics include basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and plural rules, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation for all body systems. Students are taught medical terms for anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures, and pharmacology. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 102: CONCEPTS OF NURSING (3 Credits)

    The course provides students with an introduction to the nursing process, the role of the practical nurse, and the concepts of teamwork and culturally competent care. The course introduces students to the ethical issues commonly encountered in providing care to clients. Students are taught about the impact of changes in health care delivery systems on the resources and care provided to clients. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 103: GERIATRIC NURSING (3 Credits)

    This course teaches students to apply the nursing process and provide appropriate nursing care to the older adult population. Students examine the theories related to aging, the physical and psychosocial changes that occur with age, and the nursing practices that support client safety and promote health and healing. Students are taught the role of the practical nurse in addressing the issues faced by older adults and their caregivers in the final stages of life. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    NR 101 and NR 102

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 120: CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY (6 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught classifications, sources, actions, side effects, and adverse reactions of commonly used medications. Topics include medication contraindications and accurate dosing. Emphasis is placed on medications, procedures, regulations, and issues related to the administration of drugs. Special attention is given to the administration of medications for the pediatric and geriatric patient populations. Students have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate competency in basic medication administration skills and procedures. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    MM 212, NR 101, and NR  200

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 130: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING (9 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamental practical nursing principles and skills, including the clinical knowledge needed to work as a practical nurse. The course focuses on using an interdisciplinary approach for providing care to adults across the life span. The nursing process is introduced to provide students the framework for adapting and implementing care plans. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and the ability to apply the roles of the practical nurse in the client care setting. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    NR  102

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 140: NORMAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3 Credits)

    This course provides the practical nursing student with information and principles of normal growth and development of the client, from the infant to the young adult. Theories by such researchers as Erikson and Piaget are discussed. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their link to common events and adaptations. The use of critical thinking to make problem-solving decisions about medical-surgical health care needs is presented with references to the normal growth and development of all clients. Cultural and spiritual aspects of client care as well as loss, grief, and the dying client are included in this course. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 150: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING (11 Credits)

    In this course, students are introduced to critical thinking and problem-solving skills to assist in caring for medical-surgical patients. Students are also taught pre- and post-operative care skills, principles of managing pain, and basic oncology care. Topics include diseases and disorders of the body systems. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, health promotion, the health-wellness continuum, and care of medical-surgical patients with selected common diseases and disorders. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice in basic practical nursing procedures in medical-surgical settings. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required: NR 120 and NR 130

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 160: MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the role of the practical nurse in addressing the needs of clients in psychiatric and mental health settings. Students are also taught how to support and protect clients during mental health situations in both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric clinical settings. Topics include principles of health promotion, mental health theory, maintenance, ethics, and restoration across the life span for the client with mental health problems. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice in nonpsychiatric settings. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required: NR 140

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 165: ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I (9 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught critical thinking and problem-solving skills to assist in caring for medical-surgical patients. Students are also taught pre- and post-operative care skills, principles of managing pain, and oncology care. Topics include diseases and disorders of the body systems. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, health promotion, the health-wellness continuum, and care of medical-surgical patients with selected common diseases and disorders. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice in basic practical nursing procedures in medical-surgical settings.
 (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    NR  150

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 170: MATERNAL INFANT NURSING (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the role of the practical nurse in addressing the needs of childbearing families. Topics include health promotion, ethics, communication, and complication management for the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum patient and the neonate. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice of fundamental nursing skills in maternity and obstetrics settings. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required: NR 160 and NR 165

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 180: PEDIATRIC NURSING (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the role of the practical nurse in addressing the health needs of children and their families. Topics include ethics, communication, and decision-making skills related to health promotion, maintenance, and restoration for the pediatric population. Emphasis is placed on caring for children with normal and abnormal growth and development. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice of fundamental nursing skills in pediatric settings. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    NR 160 and NR 165

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 185: ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II (4 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to assist in caring for medical-surgical patients. Students are also taught pre- and post-operative care skills, principles of managing pain, and oncology care. Topics include diseases and disorders of the body systems. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, health promotion, the health-wellness continuum, and care of complex medical-surgical patients with common diseases and disorders. Through structured clinical assignments, this course is designed to provide practice in practical nursing procedures in medical-surgical settings. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required: NR 165

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 190: ROLE TRANSITION (5 Credits)

    The course provides students with the opportunity to apply the nursing process. This is the final course in the degree plan, and students participate in identifying adaptations to the care plan and its implementation. Students use principles of health promotion, maintenance and restoration, and physiological integrity to address client health care needs. Clinical experiences are based on nursing procedures, skills, and critical thinking learned in previous nursing courses. The student applies knowledge of leadership roles in a clinical facility. The course expands on the ethical issues commonly encountered in providing care to clients. Students are taught about the impact of changes in health care delivery systems on the resources and care provided to clients. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    NR 160 and NR 165

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

    NR 200: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems; and special senses. Other topics include the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, as well as metabolism, acid-base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 84
    Total Program Credits: 84

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  • * Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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