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Term I

INTEGRATED SCIENCE

#1DNT01, #1ENT01 | 75 hours

This course introduces the beginning student to the basic concepts of microbiology, basic nutrition, and structure and function of the healthy human body. Content provides a solid science foundation necessary for application in subsequent nursing courses.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: None

HUMAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT & BEHAVIOR

#1DNT02, #1ENT02 | 45 hours

This course examines the theories, concepts, and trends related to human life cycle from birth to death. Emphasis will be placed on physical, psychosocial, emotional and cognitive development of the individual, including factors influencing changes that occur during each life stage. The course includes specific age related health issues to assist the student in role related responsibilities.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: None

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

#1DNT03, #1ENT03 | 40 hours

This course provides a review of basic arithmetic necessary for solving simple computations in dosage and solutions. Instruction in the metric, household systems of measurement, and of conversion from one system to another is included. Instruction and practice in solving problems of divided dosage is provided. Emphasis is placed upon basic information of commonly used drugs and principles of safe drug administration.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: None

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

#1DNT04, #1ENT04 | 170 hours (class & lab)

This course introduces the student to nursing theory, principles and practice. Course sequencing progresses from simple to complex. The nursing process is used as the framework for theory, laboratory and clinical experiences. The course includes concurrent classroom and laboratory components. Emphasis is placed on providing safe and effective nursing care.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: – Clinical Practice I

CLINICAL PRACTICE I

#1DNC01, #1ENC01 | 100 hours

This supervised clinical practice is closely correlated with Fundamentals of Nursing and takes place in a variety of stable adult settings. Activities related to providing basic patient care and of developing an appropriate nurse-patient relationship are practiced. Emphasis is placed upon the safe performance of technical skills based upon accepted principles and daily clinical objectives.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Nursing

Term II

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD, ADULT, AND AGED

#2DNT05, #2ENT05 | 160 hours

This course provides the essential information for the nursing care of patients with health problems resulting from alterations in various body systems. Emphasis is placed on providing safe and knowledgeable nursing care to patients of various age groups and utilizing critical thinking within the nursing process. Clinical pharmacology, clinical nutrition, and nursing trends as well as concepts of growth and development and mental health are integrated throughout this course. The role and responsibility of the Practical Nurse as an accountable health care provider in a variety of settings is developed.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Nursing, Integrated Science, Introduction to Pharmacology, Growth, Development and Behavior

CLINICAL PRACTICE II

#2DNC02, #2ENC02 | 270 hours

This supervised clinical practice closely correlates with Nursing Care of the Child, Adult, and Aged theory. A variety of settings are used in providing a diverse clinical learning experience. The utilization of the nursing process is emphasized.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Nursing, Integrated Science, Introduction to Pharmacology, Growth, Development and Behavior, and Nursing Care of the Child, Adult, and Aged

Term III

ADVANCED CONCEPTS OF PRACTICAL NURSING

#3DNT06, #3ENT06 | 50 hours

This course focuses on the theoretical foundation of family centered care, mental health and well-being, and professional topics related to the role and responsibility of the LPN. Strategies for health promotion and health life style behaviors are emphasized. Current concepts of family centered care including safety, health promotion and wellness, communication and community resources will be stressed throughout the course. Content regarding pregnancy, parturition, puerperium, and care of the newborn including the principles of grown and development are applied in family centered health teaching. The course includes discussion of common professional issues focus on on preparation for NCLEX-PN, seeking employment, transition to the workplace, continuing education in nursing and professional responsibilities of the LPN.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Nursing, Clinical Practice I, Integrated Science, Introduction to Pharmacology, Growth Development and Behavior, Nursing Care of the Child, Adult, & Aged, Clinical Practice II.

CLINICAL PRACTICE III

#3DNC03, #3ENC03 | 170 hours

This supervised clinical practice takes place in a variety of structured health care settings. The student practices the role of team leader incorporating the principles of leadership, delegation, and supervision. Students plan and provide multi assignment patient care, interact purposefully with other disciplines and actively participate as a member of the health care team. This supervised clinical experience provides the student an opportunity to apply the nursing process to individuals from newborn through adulthood. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and the use of community resources.

Pre-requisite/Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Nursing, Clinical Practice I, Integrated Science, Introduction to Pharmacology, Growth, Development and Behavior, Nursing Care of the Child, Adult, & Aged, Clinical Practice II, and Advanced Practical Nursing

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