Academics

Course Descriptions

Nursing (NURSE)


NURSE 101  Introduction to Computers in Nursing  (1)
Introduces use of computers in nursing. Familiarizes students with computers and hospital computerized information systems. Students explore a computer-based hospital information system; learn to apply the nursing process in nursing care development; and practice precise and accurate patient documentation. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
NURSE 102  Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing  (3)
Introduction to clinical drug therapy emphasizing the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of drugs. Major content areas include basic concepts of pharmacology, groups of therapeutic drugs, prototypes of drugs, commonly prescribed individual drugs, drug effects on body tissues, and applying the nursing process in relation to prescribed therapy regimens. PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in Practical Nursing program or instructor's permission.

NURSE 103  Drug Therapy and the Nursing Process  (2)
Focuses on the relationship of the nursing process and drug therapy. Includes the principles of medication administration and evaluation of the patient. Presents major drug classifications with related nursing implications. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 102 or instructor's permission.
NURSE 104  Nursing 1-Fundamentals  (6)
Introduces the health-illness continuum, and integrates concepts of basic health and nursing process throughout each unit. PREREQUISITE: Completion of pre-admission requirements.

NURSE 105  Community Lab 1  (4)
Taken concurrently with NURSE 104, this laboratory experience in both long term and acute care settings provides students basic nursing skills, including patient/client assessment, basic hygiene and assistance with activities of daily living. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in NURSE 104 and instructor's permission.
NURSE 106  Nursing 2  ()
Students study diseases through the identification of the relationships and similarities of health problems. Students apply information to all age groups. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 104 and 105 and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 107; and instructor's permission.

NURSE 107  Nursing 2 Community Lab 2  ()
Lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 106 in various healthcare settings. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 105 or instructor's permission; and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 106.
NURSE 109  Nursing 3 Community Lab 3  ()
A lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 110. Provides opportunity to learn basic to more advanced nursing skills including patient/client assessment, basic hygiene and assistance with activities of daily living. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 105, 107 or instructor's permission.

NURSE 110  Nursing 3  ()
Study of diseases through the identification of the relationships and similarities of health problems. Students apply this information to all age groups. PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in the Practical Nursing Program; NURSE 106; and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 109; or instructor's permission.
NURSE 112  Nursing 4  (6)
Study of the concepts of mental, physical, and emotional health of the mother and baby. Covers complex health problems through the life span focusing on mental illness and complex medical conditions. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 109 and 110; or instructor's permission; and enrollment in the Practical Nursing program.

NURSE 113  Nursing 4 Community Lab 4  (6)
A lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 112. Provides opportunity to learn more advanced medical surgical nursing skills, as well as mother/baby care. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 109 and 110; or instructor's permission; and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 112.
NURSE 114  Principles and Practice of Intravenous Therapy  (2)
Provides the novice and experienced nurse with the basic knowledge and awareness of the skills necessary to initiate and monitor intravenous therapy. Methods of instruction are both didactic and practical. PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in Practical Nursing program or instructor's permission.

NURSE 116  Nursing Issues and Delivery Systems  (3)
Introduces the concepts and skills to assist the nurse to remain flexible in the ever-changing nursing care scene. Provides a brief historical overview of nursing practice and identifies trends and nursing issues of the future. PREREQUISITE: NURSE 104.
NURSE 122  Health Professionals CPR with AED  (1)
Provides the nurse assistant and practical nurse students with the basic knowledge and skills for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for the health care professional, including the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator). Follows the American Heart Association protocols. PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in Practical Nursing or Nurse Assistant program.

NURSE 127  AIDS/CPR Safety/Infection Control  (2)
Intended for nurse assistant, practical nurse and other personnel in health care settings who need an update in AIDS/HIV and CPR/AED training. Follows American Heart Association protocols.
NURSE 194  Special Studies-Nursing  (1-6)
Enables students to pursue areas of special interest in the nursing field such as gerontology, adult critical care, pediatrics, and fetal monitoring.

NURSE 198  Independent Study-Nursing  (1-10)
Students are responsible to meet with a Nursing advisor and agree to a specific objective contract which identifies unit of credits, and learning experiences to be completed. This contract is filed with the Dean of Instruction, Health Sciences and Education. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
NURSE 200  Nursing 5: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing  (4)
Advanced medical surgical nursing focuses on the application of the nursing process in the care of adults with medically complex health impairments. Nursing theory and evidenced-based concepts utilized will promote and maintain safe and effective health care with culturally diverse patients. Emphasizes the prioritization of care through collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team, patients, and their families.

NURSE 201  Nursing 5: Community Lab Nursing  (6)
Community lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 200 in a variety of health care settings. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 200 and instructor's permission.
NURSE 202  Advanced Pharmacology  (2)
Focuses on pharmacologic principles, indications, nursing implications, and dosage calculations related to drug therapy in the care of individuals with complex health care needs. Emphasizes placed on medications used for clients who have acute or chronic cardiovascular, oncology, or neurological conditions, and individuals with multi-system dysfunction. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and instructor's permission.

NURSE 203  Transcultural and Community Nursing  (2)
Provides students with an in-depth study of the humanistic and scientific practices in nursing. Focuses on the differences and similarities among cultures with respect to human care, health, and illness, based upon cultural values, beliefs, and practices. This knowledge is used to provide culturally-specific or culturally-congruent nursing care to individuals, families, and the community. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and instructor's permission.
NURSE 204  Nursing 6: Nursing of Childbearing Families  (4)
Nursing interventions focusing on health promotion, restoration, and support to childbearing families. Focuses on the care, counseling, and education of childbearing families. Didactic and clinical learning opportunities focus on nursing practice with expectant mothers, neonates and their families. Provides the theoretical basis for the nursing management of developmental and pathological human responses related to healthy and high-risk childbearing families. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and successful completion of NURSE 200, 201, 202, and 203; and instructor's permission.

NURSE 205  Nursing 6: Community Lab  (6)
Lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 204 in campus lab and clinical settings. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and successful completion of NURSE 200, 201, 202, and 203; and instructor's permission.
NURSE 206  Professionalism and Leadership in Nursing  (2)
Focuses on current nursing issues with an emphasis on legal, ethical and political processes on professional nursing care and health care delivery. Responsibility for continued professional development is emphasized with an opportunity to explore management and leadership within an area of interest. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and instructor's permission.

NURSE 207  Nursing 7: Mental Health Nursing  (4)
Course furthers the student's knowledge in psychiatric function and those associated disorders commonly encountered in nursing practice. Covers illness, illness prevention, and health promotion for individuals, families, and groups experiencing actual or potential alterations in mental health. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and instructor's permission.
NURSE 208  Nursing 7: Community Lab  (6)
Community lab experience planned concurrently with NURSE 207 in a variety of health care settings. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and concurrent enrollment in NURSE 207 and instructor's permission.

NURSE 209  Introduction to Nursing Informatics  (2)
Introduces nursing students to the application of computer technology to the health care profession. PREREQUISITE: Unencumbered Practical Nursing License and instructor's permission.
NURSE 294  Special Studies in Nursing 2  (1-6)
Enables students to pursue areas of special interest in the nursing field such as neonatal intensive care, adult critical care, advanced pediatrics, and advanced fetal monitoring.