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Licensed Practical Nursing

Course Descriptions

NURS 114: Pathophysiology

Credits: 3.0

Introduction to the human body's physiologic responses to complex health disturbances in body systems and at a cellular level. Emphasis on application of scientific knowledge to the nursing process. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission. Corequisites: NURS 115, NURS 118.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:


NURS 115: Nursing Foundations

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to fundamentals of nursing care. Provides theoretical background, introduces nursing process. Emphasis on cultural awareness and critical thinking in nursing care. Lab practice for basic skills. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): Admission to the program. Permit code required. Corequisites: NURS 114, NURS 118.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of members of the health care team, with an emphasis on nursing roles. [REASON]
  2. Define the legal scope of practice for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. [REASON]
  3. Explain how nurses obtain and manage health information and the related legal and ethical implications. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate competence in basic navigation of an electronic medical record. [ACT]
  5. Describe the legal and ethical basis for nursing documentation. [REASON]
  6. Describe critical thinking and the nursing process and discuss how they are used in data analysis and nursing care planning. [REASON]
  7. Identify theoretical models of health and illness. [REASON]
  8. Discuss the principles of basic nursing care for clients with alterations in functional health patterns. [REASON]
  9. Review and correctly perform basic nursing procedures in a laboratory setting. [ACT]

NURS 118: Communication in Nursing

Credits: 2.0

Introduction to principles of therapeutic communication with clients/ families and professional communication with the health care team. Focus on patterns of communication, cultural influences and common communication barriers. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): Permit code required.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the elements of a therapeutic nurse-client relationship. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and apply ethical and legal standards relevant to communication in the healthcare setting. [REASON]
  3. Describe communication techniques required to implement and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients and families. [REASON]
  4. Discuss cultural and social differences in communication with clients and with health care professionals. [EXPLORE]
  5. Develop strategies for client education to promote health and wellness in a variety of healthcare situations. [ACT]
  6. Apply knowledge of legal standards to communication with the healthcare team in oral, written, and electronic formats. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Give examples of communication techniques required to implement and maintain collaborative professional relationships with members of the health care team and to promote teamwork. [COMMUNICATE]

NURS 123: Health Assessment

Credits: 3.0

Introduction to client assessment techniques with emphasis on wellness throughout the life span. Teaches systems approach for obtaining a health history/performing a physical exam, use of nursing process. Lab practice for assessment skills. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 114, NURS 115, NURS 118. Corequisite: NURS 124, NURS 125. Permit code required.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of effective communication techniques and interview skills to obtain a health history. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Employ methods and techniques used in physical examination correctly and efficiently. [ACT]
  3. Use diagnostic equipment safely and correctly. [ACT]
  4. Conduct a complete head to toe physical exam on a well adult. [ACT]
  5. Recognize abnormal findings and age related changes in the physical exam. [REASON]
  6. Organize and document data legibly and efficiently using correct medical terminology. [REASON]
  7. Apply critical thinking skills to analyze client/case study data and identify nursing diagnoses. [REASON]
  8. Use the nursing process at a beginning level to develop a plan of care for clients from case studies. [REASON]
  9. Respect cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality in all aspects of data collection. [EXPLORE]
  10. Demonstrate professional behavior in all interactions with peers and clients. [EXPLORE]

NURS 124: Clinical Skills Lab 1

Credits: 2.0

First in a two-course series teaching basic and intermediate nursing procedures. Emphasis on critical thinking, skill performance, documentation, communication, and teamwork. Lab practice and simulation. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: NURS 114, NURS 115, NURS 118. Co-Requisite: NURS 123 and NURS 125.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define the roles of licensed practical and registered nurses in decision making and the delegation of nursing care. [REASON]
  2. Correctly demonstrate basic and intermediate nursing procedures in a laboratory setting. [ACT]
  3. Integrate beginning critical thinking skills, physical assessment skills, and communication techniques to evaluate client condition before, during and after procedures. [REASON]
  4. Describe universal precautions and demonstrate a beginning understanding of infection control principles while performing skills. [REASON]
  5. Use beginning communication skills and understanding of legal principles to document procedures and changes in client condition in both oral and written formats. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Practice skills with respect for privacy, cultural and social differences, and confidentiality. [EXPLORE]
  7. Demonstrate safe handling of medical equipment and proper body mechanics when performing procedures. [ACT]
  8. Explain the importance of teamwork in providing safe, effective nursing care. [REASON]
  9. Use the nursing process at a beginning level to plan and provide care in lab practice and simulations. [ACT]

NURS 125: Nursing Foundations Practicum I

Credits: 2.0

First in a two-course series teaching basic nursing care of clients in skilled nursing and outpatient settings. Emphasis on communication, assessment skills, basic procedures, beginning use of nursing process to plan/deliver care. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 114, NURS 115, NURS 118. Co-rerequisite: NURS 123 and NURS 124.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss the legal scope of practice of members of the healthcare team and the concept of appropriate delegation. [REASON]
  2. Use the nursing process at a beginning level to plan, implement, and document nursing care. [ACT]
  3. Perform and document health assessment using beginning techniques for collecting and documenting data. [ACT]
  4. Safely perform basic nursing procedures adhering to legal and regulatory standards and agency policies. [ACT]
  5. Demonstrate beginning professional communication skills in both oral and written format when interacting with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Work collaboratively with peers and members of the healthcare team to provide safe beginning nursing care. [ACT]
  7. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]

NURS 126: Principles of Medication Administration

Credits: 1.0

Introduction to mathematical principles involved in dosage calculation and medication administration. Provides information on routes of administration and pharmacologic principles. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 123 NURS 124, NURS 125. Co-requisite:NURS 127, and NURS 128.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Correctly calculate drug dosages, enteral feeding rates, and IV flow rates. [REASON]
  2. Describe routes used for drug administration and the nursing implications associated with each. [REASON]
  3. Explain the pharmacologic principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. [REASON]

NURS 127: Nursing Foundations Practicum II

Credits: 2.0

Second in a two-course series teaching nursing care of clients in skilled nursing and outpatient settings. Emphasis on continued development of communication, assessment skills, intermediate procedures, use of nursing process to plan/deliver care. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125. Co-requisite: NURS 126 and NURS 128.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the legal scope of practice of members of the healthcare team and the concept of appropriate delegation. [REASON]
  2. Use the nursing process at an intermediate level to plan, implement, and document nursing care. [ACT]
  3. Perform and document health assessment using effective techniques for collecting and documenting data. [ACT]
  4. Safely perform beginning to intermediate nursing procedures adhering to legal and regulatory standards and agency policies. [ACT]
  5. Demonstrate intermediate level professional communication skills in both oral and written format when interacting with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Work collaboratively with peers and members of the healthcare team to provide safe nursing care. [ACT]
  7. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]

NURS 128: Clinical Skills Lab II

Credits: 2.0

Second in a two-course series teaching intermediate to advanced nursing procedures. Emphasis on continued development of critical thinking, skill performance, documentation, communication, teamwork. Lab practice and simulation. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125. Co-requisite: NURS 126 and NURS 127.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles of licensed practical and registered nurses in decision making and the delegation of nursing care. [REASON]
  2. Correctly demonstrate intermediate and advanced nursing procedures in a laboratory setting. [ACT]
  3. Integrate intermediate level critical thinking skills, physical assessment skills, and communication techniques to evaluate in client condition before, during and after procedures. [REASON]
  4. Employ universal precautions and demonstrate appropriate infection control principles while performing skills. [ACT]
  5. Use intermediate level communication skills and knowledge of legal principles in written and oral documentation of procedures and changes in client condition. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Practice skills with respect for privacy, cultural and social difference, and confidentiality. [EXPLORE]
  7. Demonstrate safe handling of medical equipment and proper body mechanics when performing procedures. [ACT]
  8. Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with team members to provide safe, effective nursing care. [ACT]
  9. Use the nursing process at an intermediate level to plan and provide care in lab practice and simulations. [ACT]

NURS 130: Mental Health Nursing

Credits: 5.0

Introduces concepts relating to emotional, mental, and behavioral disturbances and disorders. Emphasizes theory related to mental health, mental illness, and psychosocial nursing. Includes clinical practicum. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125, NURS 128.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the practical nurse within a multidisciplinary mental health care team. [REASON]
  2. Discuss normal mental health principles and well as mental health problems. [REASON]
  3. Identify the components of a therapeutic nurse client-relationship. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate effective use of therapeutic communication skills with clients and families. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Use the nursing process to collect and analyze physical and mental health data to plan/provide care in a professional mental health setting. [ACT]
  7. Apply principles of social and cultural diversity to provide care which is non-discriminatory, empathetic, and culturally sensitive. [EXPLORE]
  8. Give examples of legal and ethical issues related to the care of clients with mental illness. [REASON]
  9. Identify nursing care principles designed to empower clients and families dealing with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and dementia. [REASON]
  10. Explore current mental health nursing theory and research. [REASON]
  11. Discuss medications commonly used in clients with mental illness. [REASON]
  12. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]

NURS 132: Gerontology

Credits: 2.0

Introduces concepts/processes of assessment, comprehensive care and health promotion for geriatric clients. Explores the nurse role as change agent in geriatric care planning, delivery, and health promotion. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 114, NURS 115, NURS 118.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define aging using social, psychological and biological principles. [REASON]
  2. Discuss political, cultural and emotional factors impacting older adults. [EXPLORE]
  3. Employ assessment tools and strategies developed for geriatric clients to collect and analyze data. [ACT]
  4. Give examples of appropriate nursing theories which promote risk reduction, health and wellness in older adults. [REASON]
  5. Use the nursing process to analyze data and plan nursing care for older adults. [REASON]
  6. Utilize information technology to access resources to support health and wellness education for older adults. [REASON]
  7. Display sensitivity to social and cultural diversity, privacy, and confidentiality when interacting with older adults. [EXPLORE]
  8. Communicate effectively with older adults, their families, and with members of the healthcare team. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Examine current research findings related to health care of the aging population. [REASON]
  10. Identify external support systems used by older adults. [REASON]

NURS 133: Pharmacology for Nurses

Credits: 3.0

Presents pharmacologic concepts using a systems approach. Emphasizes client safety, nursing implications, compliance with therapy, client information literacy, and cultural awareness across the lifespan. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 126, NURS 127, NURS 128.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the legal and ethical standards related to the administration and documentation of prescribed medications. [REASON]
  2. Identify the mechanism of action, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, and nursing implications of major classes of drugs. [REASON]
  3. Utilize information technology to access current, reliable information regarding prescription medications. [REASON]
  4. Integrate communication skills and pharmacologic knowledge to plan and implement client education regarding medications. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Incorporate critical thinking skills, assessment data, and pharmacologic knowledge to plan nursing care surrounding medication administration. [REASON]
  6. Apply knowledge of dosage calculation and pharmacologic principles across the lifespan. [REASON]
  7. Discuss the effects of social and cultural differences on medication administration, non-compliance with therapy, substance abuse, alternative therapies, and client teaching. [EXPLORE]

NURS 135: Nursing Care of Families

Credits: 5.0

Introduces physiologic and psychosocial changes surrounding normal pregnancy, birth, child growth and development, social and cultural awareness, and diverse approaches to parenting. Includes clinical practicum. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: NURS 123, NURS 124, and NURS 125.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the role and scope of practice of the practical nurse in the nursing care of families. [REASON]
  2. Discuss normal pregnancy, birth, and childhood growth and development. [REASON]
  3. Incorporate social and cultural differences into the assessment of family structure and dynamics. [EXPLORE]
  4. Integrate knowledge of family structure and dynamics in all aspects of nursing care. [REASON]
  5. Use nursing process to analyze assessment data, to plan and deliver care to child bearing and child rearing families. [ACT]
  6. Utilize information technology to access resources to support health education for the family. [REASON]
  7. Demonstrate effective use of therapeutic communication skills with families. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]

NURS 141: Medical Surgical Nursing I

Credits: 5.0

First in two-course series using a systems approach to examine adult health and illness. Focus on altered functioning related to disease states, critical thinking, nursing process, cultural awareness, integration of pharmacologic principles. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 132, NURS 133, NURS 135. Co-requisite: NURS 142.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe etiology, pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, medical and nursing management of common disease processes. [REASON]
  2. Use the nursing process to analyze data, identify nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan of care for adults with medical surgical disorders. [REASON]
  3. Integrate knowledge of pharmacology, lab results, and diagnostic findings into client data base. [REASON]
  4. Consider social and cultural differences when planning nursing care. [EXPLORE]
  5. Apply legal and ethical principles involved in caring for the client and family. [REASON]
  6. Identify therapeutic communication techniques that promote client and family involvement in care. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Utilize information technology to access current information and research available on medical surgical disease processes and nursing care. [REASON]

NURS 142: Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum I

Credits: 5.0

Clinical practicum focusing on application of nursing process and delivery of nursing care to clients with chronic illness. Emphasis on basic/intermediate nursing skills, medication administration, communication and critical thinking. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 132, NURS 133, NURS 135. Co-requisite: NURS 141.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the nurse in the delivery of care in a multidisciplinary setting. [REASON]
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge of pathophysiology, medical and nursing management, and the nursing process to safely plan and implement nursing care for 1-2 adult clients with chronic medical surgical disorders. [ACT]
  3. Use technical skills, legal guidelines, and communication skills to obtain, organize and record data in the health care setting. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Incorporate communication skills and nursing strategies that are consistent with cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual influences on client health. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Integrate principles of caring, ethical responsibility, and respect for human dignity into nursing care. [REASON]
  6. Collaborate with healthcare team using interpersonal and communication skills. [ACT]
  7. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills to develop teaching strategies, promote health and wellness, and manage care for clients and families. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Use critical thinking skills, theoretical knowledge, and legal principles in safe and accurate administration and documentation of medications. [REASON]
  10. Display developing organizational skills, priority setting, time management, and accountability in delivery of care. [ACT]
  11. Safely perform basic to intermediate nursing procedures adhering to legal and regulatory standards and institutional policies. [ACT]

NURS 151: Medical Surgical Nursing II

Credits: 5.0

Second in a two-course series using a systems approach to examine adult health and illness. Focus on altered functioning related to disease states, critical thinking, nursing process, cultural awareness, integration of pharmacology. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 141, NURS 142.Co-requisite: NURS 152.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Recognize etiology, pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, medical and nursing management of common disease processes. [REASON]
  2. Use the nursing process to analyze data, identify nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan of care for adults with medical surgical disorders. [REASON]
  3. Integrate of pharmacology, lab results, and diagnostic findings into client data base. [REASON]
  4. Incorporate social and cultural differences when planning nursing care. [EXPLORE]
  5. Apply legal and ethical principles involved in caring for the client and family. [REASON]
  6. Integrate therapeutic communication techniques that promote client and family involvement in care. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Utilize information technology to access current information and research available on disease processes and nursing care. [REASON]

NURS 152: Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum II

Credits: 4.0

Clinical practicum focusing on application of nursing process and delivery of nursing care to clients in acute care settings. Emphasis on mastery of complex skills, medication administration, communication and critical thinking. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 141, NURS 142. Co-requisite: NURS 151.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of the nurse in the delivery of care in a multidisciplinary setting. [REASON]
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge and nursing process to safely plan and implement direct nursing care for 1-2 adult clients with medical surgical disorders in an acute care setting. [ACT]
  3. Demonstrate proficient use of technical skills, legal guidelines, and communication skills to obtain, organize and record data in the health care setting. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Incorporate effective communication skills and nursing strategies that are consistent with cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual influences on client health. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Integrate principles of caring, ethical responsibility, and respect for human dignity into nursing care. [REASON]
  6. Collaborate with health care team using effective interpersonal and communication skills. [ACT]
  7. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills to develop teaching strategies, promote health and wellness, and manage care for clients and families. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Demonstrate proficient use of critical thinking skills, theoretical knowledge, and legal principles in safe and accurate administration and documentation of medications. [REASON]
  10. Display organizational skills, priority setting, time management, and accountability in delivery of care. [ACT]
  11. Safely perform intermediate to complex nursing procedures adhering to legal and regulatory standards and institutional policies. [ACT]
  12. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]

NURS 210: Transition to Practice

Credits: 3.0

Explores origins and history of nursing, process of professional development. Emphasis on legal and ethical aspects of health care and skills needed to transition to practice. Prepares students for the job market and licensure examination. This course is to be taken in the final quarter of the program. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 151, NURS 152. Co-requisite: NURS 220.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the practical nurse as a member of the health care team. [REASON]
  2. Discuss ethical, legal, political, cultural, and philosophical aspects of nursing practice. [EXPLORE]
  3. Apply scientific/nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills via the comprehensive exam. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills with peers and instructors. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate understanding of collaboration. [ACT]
  6. Describe the nurses' responsibility for professional development and career advancement through continuing education, degree progression, and technical literacy. [REASON]

NURS 220: Medical Surgical Nursing Preceptorship

Credits: 3.0

Clinical externship course combines the concepts and skills learned throughout the practical nursing program. Emphasizes leadership skill development, independence, time management, and mastery of the nursing process to manage care for clients in skilled nursing facilities. Permit code required.Prerequisite(s): NURS 151, NURS 152. Co-requisite: NURS 210.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking and organizational skills to make staff assignments and manage care on a nursing unit in a skilled nursing facility. [REASON]
  2. Communicate effectively with clients and families. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Communicate to the health care team in both oral and written formats incorporating professional communication skills, medical terminology, and legal principles. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Apply the nursing process to plan, prioritize, and deliver care to a group of clients on a nursing unit in a skilled nursing facility. [ACT]
  5. Collaborate with the health care team to ensure that client care is delivered safely, correctly, and in a timely manner. [ACT]
  6. Integrate communication skills and nursing strategies that are consistent with the cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual influences on the staff, clients, and families. [EXPLORE]
  7. Display sensitivity for cultural and social differences, privacy, and confidentiality when planning and providing care. [EXPLORE]