ADN Program

BIO 210: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3.0 Credit Hours)

This course begins with in-depth study of the cell and progresses to cover the underlying processes of disease. The course also includes a systematic survey of diseases within body systems; the anatomy and physiology of each system; and the alterations of the system brought about by disease.

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the ADN Program, BIO 110, BIO 111
Corequisite(s): - none -


BIO 220: GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4.0 Credit Hours)

This laboratory course is an introduction to the morphology, physiological diversity, classification, and significance of microbes, enabling students to make informed decisions by developing their scientific literacy; it integrates biological issues with personal and social implications, including the role of micro-organisms in health and disease. Students will use a variety of live microbial cultures in hands-on laboratory investigations. Students will also learn about interactions between microbes and other organisms, with emphasis on the relationships between microbes and humans as seen in medicine, scientific research, and industry.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 111
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 111: PHARMACOLOGY (4.0 Credit Hours)

This course covers the pharmacological principles through the nursing process and drug therapy. Students will learn about pharmacological considerations across the life span; considerations of culture, legalities, and ethics. Student will also be presented with prevention of and responses to medication errors. Students will also learn how to manage patient medication education. Nursing content will also include the use of a pharmacokinetic bridge to the nursing process – assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning – goals and outcomes, implementation, and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 111
Corequisite(s): BIO 210


NUR 113: NURSING HEALTH ASSESSMENT (2.5 Credit Hours)

This course prepares students to take a health history and to conduct a health assessment on individuals with varying ethnicities and diverse groups with and without health issues. Students will learn to synthesize large amounts of patient information using appropriate equipment and supplies with skill; to motivate patients and their families about how to mobilize resources for health maintenance. Students will also continue to learn and begin to use therapeutic communication skills while conducting health assessments.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 210, NUR 111
Corequisite(s): BIO 210


NUR 115: ADVANCED NURSING SKILLS (0.75 Credit Hours)

This course prepares students to perform advanced nursing skills and procedures required of the professional nurse including IV procedures (PICC, CVP, transfusions, medications); administration of controlled analgesic and substances; oxygenation and transfusions; and parenteral nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom and practice in the laboratory.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 210, NUR 111
Corequisite(s): NUR 113, BIO 220


NUR 116: NUTRITION (2.0 Credit Hours)

This course introduces students to the principles of basic nutrition, guiding students through the life span by discussing the nutritional needs of each group. This course explores community nutritional issues and will enable the student to explore nutritional needs and care in persons with different medical conditions.

Prerequisite(s): - none -
Corequisite(s): BIO 210, BIO 220, NUR 111


NUR 117-1: ADULT HEALTH NURSING I (7.25 Credit Hours)

The first course in this two-part adult health nursing sequence organizes the principles and practices of conditions connecting the biological, psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. Students develop patient-centered nursing care for persons suffering with altered immune responses, gastrointestinal/fluid and electrolyte imbalances, problems with oxygenation and ventilation, cardiovascular diseases, and impaired hematological syndromes. Students learn perioperative care along with factors that impact health and wellness.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 220, NUR 113, NUR 115, NUR 116
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 118: PSYCHIATRIC NURSING (4.0 Credit Hours)

This course presents the promotion and maintenance of the highest level of mental health across the life span, representing the principles and practices of psychiatric and mental health nursing. Theories of therapeutic relationships and environment will be introduced. Legal and ethical issues will be explored as they relate to psychiatric nursing care. Students will explore the concepts and nursing care involving substance abuse and the gamut of psychiatric diagnoses and conditions as well as psychotropic drugs. Clinicals will provide opportunities for students to put the theory information into practice.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 220, NUR 113, NUR 115, PSY 201
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 211: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III (5.0 Credit Hours)

This final course of the medical-surgical nursing sequence will build on the theories presented in the previous courses with the addition of legal and ethical issues. Students will learn to develop nursing care for persons with conditions that affect the following body systems: vision and hearing, musculoskeletal, endocrine, digestive, excretory, and reproductive. The skill of total patient care will be developed and practiced with patients and their families. Advanced nursing skills to administer total patient care will be practiced in the lab/clinical setting as students continue to use contemporary research/evidence to support practice.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 220, NUR 116, NUR 117
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 211-1: ADULT HEALTH NURSING II (5.5 Credit Hours)

This second course in this two-part adult health nursing sequence builds on the principles and practices of conditions connecting the biological, psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. It applies pathophysiological mechanisms of disease processes specific to the following body systems: Endocrine, Urinary, Reproductive, Neurological, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, and Immune. Students explore legal and ethical issues and patient-centered nursing care in a variety of settings, including critical care settings.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 117-1
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 212: MATERNITY NURSING (3.5 Credit Hours)

This final course will focus on the utilization of the nursing process and critical thinking in the care of childbearing families. Students will investigate contemporary approaches to maternity nursing including family, culture, community, and home care. Course content will include: health assessment and promotion, reproductive issues, a complete study of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum periods. Physiologic adaptations of the newborn will also be covered. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for the application of knowledge and skills in the care of childbearing families.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 117, NUR 117-1
Corequisite(s): NUR 211 or NUR 211-1


NUR 213: PEDIATRIC NURSING (3.5 Credit Hours)

This course will incorporate the objectives set out by the Healthy People 2010 and will focus on children, their families, and the nurse. Topics will include pediatrics care in contemporary society, influences on the child’s health, therapeutic communication skills/relationships with children and their families, and health assessment of children. A review of the growth and development of children along with investigation of special needs and health dysfunctions in children through each body system will be presented.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 117, NUR 117-1
Corequisite(s): NUR 211 or NUR 211-1


NUR 214: LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT (4.0 Credit Hours)

This course incorporates all the nursing concepts and skills acquired in the Associate Degree Nursing program while it facilitates the transition from the role of student to the role of professional nurse, including the legal and ethical responsibility and accountability of the profession. Students will continue to use the nursing process and critical thinking skills to explore concepts/skills of nursing management and leadership including delegation, supervision, responsibility and authority. Students will explore contemporary nursing trends in both the clinical and non-clinical roles of the professional nurse; as well as health care delivery today, including issues of legality, economics, and politics. Career opportunities and professional growth will be presented as students prepare to enter the workforce. Students will develop a “capstone” project as the culmination of their student nursing experiences.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 118, NUR 211 or NUR 211-1, NUR 212, NUR 213, SOC 101, SPE 101
Corequisite(s): - none -


NUR 215: CAPSTONE (1.0 Credit Hours)

This course guides students by reviewing and assessing their nursing knowledge; preparing them to successfully pass the RN licensure exam. Students focus on one specific content area weekly, moving from a pre-assessment quiz, to an online practice assessment, followed by an in-depth review to address areas of weakness, and ending with a post-assessment assignment.

Prerequisite(s): NUR 118, NUR 211 or NUR 211-1, NUR 212, NUR 213, SOC 101, SPE 101
Corequisite(s): NUR 214


PSY 201: LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY (3.0 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge about human development over the life span. It focuses on emotional, physical, and social needs from birth to death. Students taking this course will be prepared to work with clients with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds and will allow for them to serve the holistic needs of their patients.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (CLEP Exam Credit Accepted)
Corequisite(s): - none -


SOC 101: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3.0 Credit Hours)

This course provides full coverage of sociological concepts in a student-friendly manner, and threading two basic ideas throughout; 1) sociology is a rigorous, scientific discipline and 2) a basic knowledge of sociology is essential for understanding social interaction in many work and social settings. It progresses from a specific to a general analysis of society – each part introducing increasingly comprehensive factors necessary for a broad-based understanding of social organization.

Prerequisite(s): - none - (CLEP Exam Credit Accepted)
Corequisite(s): - none -


SPE 101: INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH (3.0 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to improve students’ abilities to express themselves and to listen to others for a variety of purposes in both professional and personal settings. Students will develop skills in preparing, delivering, and evaluating formal speeches as a means to better formulate, engage in, and assess their day-to-day oral communication.

Prerequisite(s): - none -
Corequisite(s): - none -

Spring 2018 Semester

Classes begin on Jan 8.
Application Deadline is Dec 29.

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