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Practical Nursing - Course Descriptions

Academic Life Skills PRC 1000 15 hours

Academic Life Skills is designed to provide the foundation needed for success in school while preparing for certification or licensure in the chosen healthcare field. It includes a program-specific orientation and introduction to available school resources. Topics of instruction include: time and resource management; study techniques; note taking and test taking skills; critical thinking and problem solving; communication; cultural diversity; ethics; professionalism; and safety.

Core Medical Terminology PRC 1010 45 hours (Pre-requisite Course)

Medical Terminology course is designed to develop in the students a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper uses of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances students' ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in healthcare.

Technical Anatomy and Physiology PRC 1020 120 hours (Pre-requisite Course)

Anatomy and Physiology course is the study of the structural complexity of the human body and its intricate functional mechanisms. The areas studied will be an integration of biology and chemistry and will include, but are not limited to: organization of the body, chemical basis for life, cells & tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, blood, circulatory system, lymphatic & immune systems, respiratory systems, digestive system & metabolism, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Long-Term Care (LTC) PRC 1030 108 hours

Basic Nursing Skills course is designed to introduce students to basic nursing care for long term care patients. This course consists of 84 hours of didactic learning in which students will identify roles and responsibilities of a nurse assistant while learning basic care skills. The students will be able to identify normal and abnormal findings of basic skills. The course consists of 24 hours of long term clinical experience in which students will perform skills learned in the didactic portion of the course.

Introduction into Nursing PRC 1040 40 hours

This course focuses on use of nursing and related concepts by practical nurses as providers of care and members of discipline in collaboration with health team members. Emphasis is placed on the Concepts of Adult Learning; Communication; Professionalism; Nursing Ethics and Law; Holistic Care; and Health Care Delivery Systems.

Fundamentals of Nursing PRC 1050 160 hours

This course is an introduction to nursing care. Topics include safety; asepsis; focused assessment; documentation; nursing process; admission, transfer and discharge; pain, comfort and sleep; geriatric care; basic nutrition; mobility; care of the dying patient; therapeutic procedures and surgery; wound care; heat and cold; phlebotomy; respiratory care; urinary care; digestive care and skills competency. Emphasis will be given to practical nursing student developing critical thinking skills, recognizing legal/ethical responsibilities, acting as a patient advocate, maintaining positive patient/ colleague relationships, and by implementing appropriate standards of care.

Clinical I Basic Nursing PRC 1060 80 hours

Clinical Nursing I is an introduction to the clinical setting. It provides an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge and skills acquired in theory to the holistic care of the patient. Care will be provided to patients across the lifespan with a focus on the geriatric. Supervised clinical experiences may be provided in long term care, acute care and extended care facilities. These experiences include mastery of basic nursing skills.

Pharmacology and Intravenous Therapy Skills PRC 1070 66 hours

This course provides instruction in basic pharmacology and medication administration skills, including IV therapy, as well as skills needed for safe and effective medication administration. A brief introduction to fluid and electrolyte balance will be included. Content includes components of medication preparation and administration including the essential knowledge needed to adequately contribute to the assessment and evaluation of the effect of medication on clients across the lifespan.

Maternal Newborn Nursing 40 hours

Maternal Newborn Nursing is designed to familiarized the student with the holistic approach to care for the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patient and the neonate. The normal processes of conception, fetal development, labor and delivery, postpartum period, and family involvement will be included. The course includes the care of the normal patient and newborn as well as those with complications.

Pediatric Nursing 40 hours

Pediatric Nursing course expands upon the concepts learned in Medical Surgical Nursing to address disorders specific to pediatric patients. The student will be able to relate normal growth and development, concepts of wellness and needs of the hospitalized child. The physical, emotional, social needs of the pediatric patient and their family will be explored.

Mental Health Nursing 40 hours

This course presents an introduction to Mental Health Nursing. The course provides an introduction into mental health care and prevalent mental health disorders.

Medical Surgical Nursing I 102 hours

The Medical Surgical I course addresses disorders while incorporating concepts from previous courses.  This course focuses on deviations of health in adults. Student will learn how the nursing process guides the holistic care of the individual.  The body systems included in this course are: Integumentary; Musculoskeletal; Respiratory; Cardiac; Vascular, Hematology and Immune.

Clinical II Medical Surgical Nursing Part I 204

Clinical Nursing II focuses on the care in a diverse patient population across the lifespan. It provides an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge and skills acquired in theory and clinical courses. Clinical rotations may include: long term care, community health, and acute care. The clinical experiences may include maternal-newborn, pediatric and mental health nursing.

Medical Surgical Nursing II 102 hours

Medical Surgical Nursing II continues to address disorders while incorporating concepts from previous courses. This course focuses on deviations of health in adults. Student will learn how the nursing process guides the holistic care of the individual.  The body systems included in this course are: Sensory: Neurology; Digestive; Endocrine; Urinary; Reproductive and Oncology.

Clinical III Medical Surgical Nursing Part 2 216 hours

Clinical Nursing III focuses on the care in a diverse patient population across the lifespan. It provides an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous theory and clinical courses. Clinical rotations may include: long term care, community health, and acute care. The clinical experiences may include maternal-newborn, pediatric and mental health nursing

Transition to Practice 39 hours

This course provides concepts related to the transition from student licensed practical nurse.

Clinical Nursing IV- Leadership Clinicals 96 hours

Leadership and delegation skills are enhanced as the student functions in the role of team leader. The course assists the student to prepare to independently assume the role of the LPN in professional practice. A preceptor rotation assists in the completion of this transition.