Nursing

The Nursing Program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Patient Care, a Certificate in Practical Nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing--LPN Bridge Option.   Upon completion of one of the programs, students are prepared for positions in a variety of healthcare settings. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies to prepare for the National Licensure Exams.

Patient Care Certificate (PCC)

The Patient Care Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 Nurse Assistant Theory & HEA 116 Nurse Assistant Practicum meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
HEA 115Nurse Assistant Theory 3
HEA 116Nurse Assistant Practicum 2
Spring
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
BIO 115Human Biology 4
Patient care electives (see list below)  4-6
 Total Credits: 26-28

Patient Care Electives

Credits
HEA 117Acute Care CNA Training3
HEA 118Home Health Aide2
HEA 119Rehabilitation Aide Training3

See the Nursing general information for technical standards.

Mission

The mission of the Patient Care Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 Nurse Assistant Theory & HEA 116 Nurse Assistant Practicum meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

Helpful hints

This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.

Special requirements

Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance, and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (for Selective Program Requirements, please click here.)  Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodation. HEA courses require a grade of C+ or better to be eligible for progression to the subsequent courses.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Practical Nurse Certificate (PN) (selective) (January entrance)

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) participates in direct and indirect nursing care, health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning, and rehabilitation. LPNs work under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists. MWCC’s Practical Nursing Certificate provides short-term education leading to a rewarding healthcare career. The college credits earned in this program may be applied toward a nursing degree. The PN Certificate program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN; 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA  30326 (404) 975-5000 or website-http://www.acenursing.org/. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). See the selective admissions section in the front of the college catalog for application requirements.

Requirements for consideration: The application deadline is September 1, with classes starting in January. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited. Applicants must have completed MAT 126 Topics In Mathematics (C+ or better) and meet certain academic standards. See Selective Program Requirements for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Year 1
SpringCredits
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 13
NUR 102Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing 11
BIO 152Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
Summer
NUR 104Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics 8
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
Fall
NUR 106Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse 13
 Total Credits: 45
1

These courses must be taken concurrently or prior to the nursing courses specified for that particular semester

2

BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) and BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II may be taken in place of BIO 152 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology. Grade must be a C+ or better.

3

Recommended completion prior to program application

4

Recommended completion prior to program application (advised within 1 year of application)

See the Nursing program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete some of the general education requirements prior to beginning nursing courses. Limitations of clinical sites necessitate traveling some distances.

Transfer options

Special requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements for Nursing Programs). Additional tuition applies for this program. Some clinical facilities may require drug testing.

Please note

All BIO (BIO 115 Human Biology, BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203), or BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II), MAT 126 Topics In Mathematics (prerequisite), and NUR (NUR 102 Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing, NUR 104 Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics, and NUR 106 Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse) courses require a grade of C+ to be eligible for promotion to the next level. Also, BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) and BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II credits cannot be more than ten years old at the time of admission.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Nursing Degree-LPN Bridge Option (NUP) (selective)

MWCC offers currently licensed LPNs (in good standing, with one year of work experience) a bridge program to complete requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing. Credit is given for the first semester NUR 111 Foundations Of Nursing of the associate degree program allowing applicants to enter second semester nursing courses. Interested candidates must meet minimum requirements for consideration and apply by the deadline. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate nursing program, placed the program on warning, and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2016.  ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA  30326 (404) 975-5000 or website-www.acenursing.org.  Applicants must hold current licensure as an LPN in good standing with the Board of Nursing, with one year work experience. Students selected for the LPN to ADN Bridge Program will be given an ATI exam on Maternity and Pediatrics. Those not meeting the required level will be required to take NUR 115 Family Centered Nursing Care in May/June. Demonstrated proficiency through NLN examinations in Maternity (OB) and Pediatrics may also be considered for exemption from NUR115.

Prerequisite Semester
NUR 111Foundations Of Nursing 7
ENG 101College Writing I 3
BIO 199Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) 4
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
Year 1
Spring
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
NUR 116LPN to RN Transitions 4
BIO 204Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 205Microbiology 4
Maymester/Summer I
NUR 115Family Centered Nursing Care 4
Summer II
NUR 230Psychiatric Nursing 4
ENG 102College Writing II 3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology 3
Fall
NUR 220Medical Surgical Nursing, Part I 6
Year 2
Spring
NUR 222Medical-Surgical Nursing Part II 9
NUR 204Trends In Nursing 3
PER 126Fitness And Wellness 1, 22
Humanitites Elective 1, 3 3
Business Elective 1, 4 3
 Total Credits: 72
1

These courses must be taken concurrent with or prior to the nursing courses specified for that particular semester

2

PER130 is recommended for transfer

3

ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC or THE
Preferred elective: HUM 212 Medical Ethics

4

ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, LAW, MGT or MKT

Preferred electives include: CIS 127 Computer Technologies, MGT 105 Leadership And Management For The Health Care Professional

Application deadline:

The application deadline for May enrollment is December 15. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited.  See Selective Program Requirements for Nursing.

Requirements for consideration:

Applicants must meet certain academic standards. See Selective Program Requirements for Nursing for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Helpful hints:

Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete most of the general education requirements prior to beginning nursing courses.

Special requirements:

Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check. See Selective Program Requirements for Nursing. Some clinical facilities may require drug testing.

PLEASE NOTE: All BIO and MAT (prerequisite courses) require a grade of C+.

All NUR courses require a grade of C+ to be eligible for promotion to the next level.

Also, BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203)BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 205 Microbiology credits cannot be more than ten years old at the time of admission.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Nursing Degree (NU) and (NUE) (selective)

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. MWCC nursing graduates have historically achieved a high passing rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and have been successful in obtaining employment. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate nursing program, placed the program on warning, and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2016.  ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA  30326 (404) 975-5000 or website-www.acenursing.org.

Year 1
FallCredits
BIO 199Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) 1,24
ENG 101College Writing I 1,23
NUR 111Foundations Of Nursing 7
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 1,23
Spring
BIO 204Anatomy and Physiology II 1,24
BIO 205Microbiology 1,24
NUR 113Nursing Care Of Children And Family 4
NUR 114Nursing Care Of The Childbearing Family 4
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 1,23
Year 2
Fall
ENG 102College Writing II 1,23
NUR 220Medical Surgical Nursing, Part I 6
NUR 230Psychiatric Nursing 4
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology 3
Spring
NUR 204Trends In Nursing 3
NUR 222Medical-Surgical Nursing Part II 9
PER 126Fitness And Wellness 1,32
Humanities Elective 1,4 3
Business Elective 1,5 3
 Total Credits: 72
1

These courses must be taken concurrent with or prior to, the nursing courses specified for that particular semester.

2

Recommended completion prior to program application

3

PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer

4

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC or  THE
Preferred elective: HUM 212 Medical Ethics

5

Business Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, LAW, MGT or MKT

Preferred electives include: CIS 127 Computer Technologies, MGT 105 Leadership And Management For The Health Care Professional

 

Application deadline

The application deadline is January 15. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited. (See Selective Program Requirements for Nursing.)

Requirements for consideration

Applicants must meet certain academic standards. See Selective Program Requirements for Nursing for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Helpful hints

Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete some of the general education requirements prior to beginning nursing courses.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Admitted students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements for Nursing Programs). Drug testing may be mandatory at some clinical sites.

Please note: All BIO, MAT (prerequisite), and NUR courses require a grade of C+ to be eligible for promotion to the next level. Also, BIO 199 Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203), BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIO 205 Microbiology credits cannot be more than ten years old at the time of admission.

Career options/Earning potential

Please click here for career options.

 

Student Learning Outcomes for PN

Upon receipt of a Certificate of Completion from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to meet these Program Competencies that guide the nursing curricula and practice:

  • Patient-Centered Care - Provide holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preference, values, and needs and respects the client or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care.

  • Professionalism - Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of standards-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.

  • Leadership - Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals in a way that will facilitate the achievement of shared goals.

  • Systems-Based Practice - Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of the health care system and the ability to effectively call on microsystems resources to provide care that is of optimal quality and value.

  • Informatics and Technology -Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

  • Communication - Interact effectively with clients and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance client satisfaction and health outcomes.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration - Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development.

  • Safety - Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

  • Quality Improvement - Collect data to monitor the outcomes of care processes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

  • Evidence-Based Practice - Use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions.

Student Learning Outcomes for NU, NUE, and NUP

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to meet these Program Competencies that guide the nursing curricula and practice:

  • Patient-Centered Care - Manage holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preference, values, and needs and respects the client or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care.

  • Professionalism - Validate accountability for the delivery of standards-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.

  • Leadership - Organize the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals in a way that will facilitate the achievement of shared goals.

  • Systems-Based Practice - Support an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of the health care system and of microsystems resources to provide care that is of optimal quality and value.

  • Informatics and Technology - Evaluate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

  • Communication - Relate effectively with clients and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance client satisfaction and health outcomes.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration -Collaborate effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development.

  • Safety - Assess risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

  • Quality Improvement - Analyze data to monitor the outcomes of care processes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

  • Evidence-Based Practice - Integrate the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions.

 

Technical Standards1 for PCC, PN,  NU, NUE, and NUP

1

For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering the nursing program must be able to demonstrate the ability to

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  4. Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  6. Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  7. Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  8. Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, hardness/softness.
  9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  10. Read measurement units with or without corrective lenses.
  11. Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  12. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  13. Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  14. Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  15. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  16. Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

HEA Health Sciences Courses

HEA 101. Health And Disability In The Older Adult. 3 Credits.

This course explores the relationship between the aging process and the development of disability in older adults. Factors contributing to disability will be addressed with emphasis given to understanding the normal aging process, the present healthcare system and its impact on older adults, the disablement process, and the development of skills in identifying disability risk. Students will be encouraged to discuss their own perspectives and experiences with the subject area and to work in a team with their peers during online discussions, as well as individually on course projects. At the completion of this course students will have gained new insights into the aging process as well as a better understanding of factors that can lead to disability in older adults. Open to all health professions students. Students must have access to an internet able computer with modem speed of at least 56K. If not already equipped, free downloads for Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Windows PowerPoint Reader will be made available prior to initiation of the course. An online tutorial regarding use of the MWCC online learning site is available, and its use is strongly recommended.

HEA 102. Health Ministries. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of health ministry within a faith community. Concepts basic to beginning this ministry will be discussed as will be topics such as a history of church involvement in health care, the whole-person approach to health and models of health ministry. The role of the nurse in the health ministry of a faith community will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of division dean. The target audience for this course is nurses and health care professionals as well as nursing students. Other students will be accepted with approval of the division dean.

HEA 103. Medical Interpretation. 4 Credits.

The goal of this course is to provide students with principles, methods, and competencies (both knowledge and skills-based) essential in the delivery of effective, reliable, and comprehensive interpreting in the clinical and human service field. It develops a theoretical and practical understanding of the multiple roles of the interpreter as well as the related ethical, cultural, and linguistic challenges in this evolving field. It explores contemporary issues in the field of medical interpretation including immigration trends, legal mandates, and certification.

HEA 104. Foundations Of Nursing Success (Formerly NUR 099). 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the basic concepts that form the foundation of nursing practice. It involves cooperative learning opportunities for exploring the practice of nursing and preparing students for the process and rigors of nursing education. In addition, this course will assist students in developing strategies to improve basic academic skills, study habits, time management, and concept of self with an aim of improving the likelihood of success once accepted into the nursing program. Through presentations, group work, lecture and discussion, fundamental knowledge for beginning nursing education is provided. Concepts integral to nursing practice, such as ethics, integrity, and requirements as stipulated in the Nurse Practice Act are also introduced. Prerequisites: MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

HEA 105. Critical Thinking For Health Care Providers. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce and explore techniques of critical thought and reasoning. It will serve as an essential foundation for health care providers in evidence based practice. Prerequisite: ENG 102.

HEA 115. Nurse Assistant Theory. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with the theory and laboratory practice to safely care for clients in healthcare settings under the guidance of an instructor in a practicum course. Combined with successful completion of the practicum course, these students can safely care for clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HEA 116. Nurse Assistant Practicum. 2 Credits.

This course provides students the opportunity to practice and refine the nurse assistant theory and skills learned in the theory course. Students, under the supervision of a licensed nurse, will provide safe, basic care to clients in long term care settings. Students must have completed immunization record, including signed date of Hepatitis B series and negative PPD. Prerequisite: HEA 115 with a grade of C+ or higher.

HEA 117. Acute Care CNA Training. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare Certified Nursing Assistants for employment in an acute care hospital setting. The curriculum provides a review of skills attained in the Nursing Assistant Training course including an emphasis on specialized acute care areas. These areas include medical, surgical, orthopedic, psychiatric, pediatric, and obstetric emphasis. This course offers a classroom and clinical competence based training, whereas each student participant will complete the required classroom, laboratory, and clinical training. Prerequisites: HEA 115, HEA 116 or current Certification as a Nursing Assistant in good standing, current CPR.

HEA 118. Home Health Aide. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare Certified Nursing Assistants for employment in a home-like setting. The curriculum provides a review of skills attained in the Nursing Assistant Training course including a focus on providing care to individuals in their homes. This course will emphasize the importance of maintaining a safe and clean environment, recognizing emergencies and responding to such emergencies, and the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of those individuals served by the Home Health Agencies. This course offers a classroom and laboratory competence based training, where each student participant will complete the required classroom and laboratory training. Prerequisites: Current CPR certification, Certification as a Nursing Assistant, HEA 115, HEA 116.

HEA 119. Rehabilitation Aide Training. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to serve as a rehabilitation or fitness aide in an outpatient, sub-acute or fitness center setting. Students will learn clerical and clinical skills necessary to provide support within a fully supervised setting. Prerequisites: ENG 101.

NUR Nursing Courses

NUR 102. Fundamentals Of Practical Nursing. 11 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the role of the practical nurse in assisting to identify and meet the self-care needs of clients, patients, and families/significant others. The framework for this course is Orem's Theory of Universal Self-care Requisites. Opportunities will be provided to learn and to begin to use theory to determine and implement appropriate nursing interventions. Content will include family theory and dynamics, diversity, communication skills, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, teaching/learning, theory problem-solving process, levels of prevention, legal and ethical nursing practice, caring behaviors, and mental health nursing. Students will have the opportunity to practice and learn skills in a classroom laboratory environment. Clinical experience is provided in area hospitals, subacute and rehabilitation settings, and long-term care facilities. Corequisites: BIO 115, PSY 105 and admission into the Practical Nursing program.

NUR 104. Maternal Child Nursing Summer I Maternity Summer II Pediatrics. 8 Credits.

This course focuses on the developmental self-care requisites of culturally diverse individuals across the lifespan. Content and skills developed in Fundamentals of Practical Nursing will be expanded to assist NUR 102 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing students to care for this client population. This course is divided into two components of nursing care needs: maternity and pediatrics. The clinical component of the course includes experiences in maternity and pediatric settings. Prerequisites: BIO 115, NUR 102, PSY 105.

NUR 106. Contemporary Nursing for the Practical Nurse. 13 Credits.

This final nursing course will assist the practical nursing student in learning to care for groups of adult patients, ranging from wellness management to those recovering from specific disorders or injury, including mental health issues to those individuals experiencing end of life issues. The course expands on previous learned information and introduces students to the principles of management within their scope of practice. Students employ the nursing process to deliver safe, comprehensive, individualized care in order to meet the self-care requisites of the assigned patient population. This course provides opportunities for clinical experiences in acute, sub-acute, and long-term care as well as outpatient and community based care. The goal of nursing care is to prevent illness, promote comfort, protect and restore health to unique individuals. Emphasis is placed on the expected role of the novice practical nurse in various health care settings. Prerequisites: NUR 104, ENG 101, PSY 110.

NUR 111. Foundations Of Nursing. 7 Credits.

This course introduces students to the concepts of nursing, nursing education, healthcare, and the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on basic nursing skills. Students develop an individualized client assessment focusing on these functional health patterns: health maintenance; nutrition metabolic; elimination; and activity/exercise. Clinical experiences are provided in long term care settings. Core components and competencies are introduced. These include professional behaviors, communication, critical thinking, collaboration with others, managing time, assessment, basic interventions, and teaching/learning. Prerequisites: MAT 126 or higher. Corequisites: BIO 199, ENG 101, PSY 105. Fall.

NUR 113. Nursing Care Of Children And Family. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the human needs of clients, nursing process, and core components introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned classroom and clinical experiences ranging from care of the child in extended care to a variety of child health practice areas in the community, students have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to the care of the child and family in diverse settings. Students are introduced to concepts from the bio-psycho-social sciences that apply to caring for the child at varying stages of development. Common childhood illnesses are discussed. In addition to developing collaborative plans, students are guided through the process of developing an individualized nursing care plan for a selected client. Prerequisite: NUR 111. Corequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, PSY 110. Spring. Service learning component.

NUR 114. Nursing Care Of The Childbearing Family. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the human needs of clients, nursing process, and core components introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned classroom and clinical experiences in labor and delivery, newborn nursery, and postpartum, students have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to the care of the childbearing client. Student are introduced to concepts from the bio-psycho-social sciences that apply to the childbearing client. In addition to developing collaborative plans, students are guided through the process of developing an individualized nursing care plan for a selected client. Prerequisite: NUR 111. Corequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, PSY 110. Spring.

NUR 115. Family Centered Nursing Care. 4 Credits.

This course builds upon the understanding of the basic needs of clients as gained in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing. Through planned learning experiences with childbearing families and their children, infants through adolescence, students have the opportunity to study nursing problems related to inter- and extra-personal stressors and reactions during the childbearing and childrearing developmental stages. The course is based on the premise that the purpose of the family is to create and maintain an environment that will promote the physiological, developmental, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual variables of its members. Throughout the course, the opportunity will be provided for students to apply the principles of the biological, social, and physical sciences in planning, giving, and evaluating individual care. Prerequisite: NUR 116.

NUR 116. LPN to RN Transitions. 4 Credits.

This hybrid course assists with the transition from the role of the LPN to the RN roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing as an associate degree nurse. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of clinical competence and critical thinking in the planning and documentation of care for clients in a variety of health settings. Learning experiences are provided through independent study and simulation in the campus nursing lab setting. Prerequisites: BIO 199, BIO 204 (or corequisite), BIO 205 (or corequisite), ENG 101, NUR 111, PSY 105, PSY 110 (or corequisite). Summer.

NUR 131. Pharmacology For Nurses. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce and instruct nursing students on basic pharmacology through a nursing process approach. Content will prepare students for the NCLEX exam and entry into practice, provide continued education for practicing nurses and health care providers, and encourages ongoing education related to nursing practice in understanding the complexity of medications. This course may serve as a foundation course for bachelor degree preparation in nursing. Prerequisites: MAT 126 or higher, NUR107 or NUR 111 or equivalent, or permission of division dean. Online web.

NUR 204. Trends In Nursing. 3 Credits.

This course facilitates the transition from nursing education to practice. An historical perspective is presented to encourage students to understand the influence of nursing history on contemporary practice. Content is structured such that current issues in nursing are discussed. Students participate in small group work and present a brief learning unit to the entire class. This activity reinforces teaching, learning, collaboration, communication, and professional behavior roles of the nurse. Concepts basic to the performance of entry level nursing are discussed. These include the healthcare delivery system, leadership/management, delegation, conflict, time management, advocacy, political action and ethical/legal principles. Service learning is a required component. Prerequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, NUR 230, SOC 103. Corequisites: NUR 222, PER 126 or PER 130, humanities and business elective. Spring.

NUR 220. Medical Surgical Nursing, Part I. 6 Credits.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Part I focuses on the nursing care of clients with common recurring health problems. The organizing structure is based on human needs, the nursing process, the life cycle, and the three interrelated roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. The health problems discussed include fluid and electrolyte imbalances, care of the client in the post-operative setting, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine dysfunction. Emphasis is placed on continuing care needs of individual clients, implications of aging, and acute care skills. Concomitant clinical experiences are selected to enable the student to develop the knowledge and skill required to provide the nursing care needed by individual clients. Prerequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, NUR 113 and NUR 114 or NUR 115 and NUR 116, PSY 110. Corequisites: ENG 102, NUR 230, SOC 103. Fall.

NUR 222. Medical-Surgical Nursing Part II. 9 Credits.

This course focuses on the nursing care of groups of clients experiencing common recurring health problems. The organizing structure is based on human needs, the nursing process, life cycle and the three interrelated roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Life cycle concepts are reinforced as important considerations in planning client care. The health problems discussed include gastrointestinal, neurological, hematology/oncology, renal, reproductive and sensory dysfunction. Emphasis is placed on developing skill in managing the care of more than one client, participating in the planning for the continuing care needs of clients in the acute care and subacute care settings, and the refinement of nursing skills. Prerequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, NUR 230, SOC 103. Corequisites: PER 126, NUR 204, humanities and business elective. Spring.

NUR 230. Psychiatric Nursing. 4 Credits.

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to the care of clients who are experiencing mental health problems. Students are introduced to basic concepts of psychiatric mental health nursing. Clinical experiences are provided to allow students to apply these concepts to the care of clients with psychiatric/mental health problems. Students perform assessments utilizing selected psychiatric nursing tools. Core components and competencies introduced in NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing are developed. Prerequisites: BIO 204, BIO 205, NUR 113 and NUR 114 or NUR 115 and NUR 116, PSY 110. Corequisites: ENG 102, NUR 220, SOC 103. Fall.