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LPN To RN Transition Program

Standard College trains and educates students for careers in the healthcare field as Registered Nurses in the LPN to RN Transition Program. Upon successful completion of the requirements of this program and after passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, the graduate will have the knowledge, skills and values necessary to seek employment as a Registered Nurse in a variety of health care settings.

NUR 102 Transitions in Nursing Practice

4 Credits
Prerequisites: English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101,

The course provides the foundational understanding of the role of the RN in the provider of care, member of the discipline and manager of care as the student transitions into the courses of the Associate Degree Nursing program. The course will build on the LPN’s prior knowledge and competencies will build on these competencies. It introduces the foundational nursing concepts of nursing practice, including patient assessment, necessary for safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care to diverse adult patients with uncomplicated conditions. Includes legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse and introduces caring, quality improvement, and communication used when interacting with patients and members of the inter-professional team. The course relates clinical reasoning/clinical judgment, the nursing process, and evidence-based nursing practice. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings.

HLT 103 Pharmacology for Nurses

3.5 Credits
Prerequisites: English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, Health Sciences Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Transitions in Nursing Practice, Fundamentals Skills And Concepts Validation Course,

This course is study of the interaction of chemicals within living organisms that produce biological effects. Emphasis is on the general principles of drug actions, interactions and adverse effects that form the basis for understanding the actions of specific drugs in relation to body systems. Principles of math specifically related to dosage calculation and practice exercises are incorporated. The pharmacologic basis of nursing clinical practice and medication administration is performed and evaluated.

NUR 202 Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I

5.5 Credits
Prerequisites: English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, Health Sciences Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Fundamentals Skills And Concepts Validation Course, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

This course is the first of a series of adult health nursing courses. Building on previous courses, this course provides for the acquisition and application of basic adult health nursing, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/clinical judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse adult patients experiencing chronic and acute conditions, requiring medical/surgical interventions in variety of settings. The course uses all components of the nursing process with increasing degrees of skill; it incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. It includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care and nursing care related to infectious, immunological, lymphatic, oncological, hematological, cardiovascular, sensory, respiratory, integumentary, and pre/intra/post-operative care. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings

NUR 202C Clinical Practicum I: Chronicity

Credits
Prerequisites: Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Pharmacology for Nurses, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, Health Sciences Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Fundamentals Skills And Concepts Validation Course, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

The clinical practicum focuses on the application of the nursing process in providing nursing care. Students will demonstrate appropriate assessment skills, analyze data, formulate nursing diagnoses, and develop a plan of care. The student will use evidence-based nursing interventions with the goal of meeting the diverse health needs of vulnerable adult patients from young adulthood to older adults in long-term care setting to regain optimum level of function. Nutrition, communication skills, legal, ethical, and cultural concepts, as well as, pharmacology and medication administration are integrated throughout this course.

NUR 302 Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II

5.25 Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Clinical Practicum I: Chronicity, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, Health Sciences Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Fundamentals Skills And Concepts Validation Course, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

This course builds on the first Adult Health Nursing course, focusing on concepts of adult health nursing applied to the care of acutely ill patients incorporating communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/clinical judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care. The course uses all components of the nursing process with increasing degrees of skill; it integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. It includes math computational skills, basic computer instruction related to the delivery of nursing care and nursing care related to gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, neurological, reproductive, regulatory, endocrine disorders; emergency care, and nursing management principles. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings.

NUR 302C Clinical Practicum II: Acute/Complex Care/Community

Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Clinical Practicum I: Chronicity, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, Health Sciences Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Transitions in Nursing Practice, Fundamentals Skills And Concepts Validation Course,

The student will be able to successfully demonstrate the ability to utilize psychomotor and nursing care skills to treat more complex and advanced adult health and medical-surgical conditions and assist patients to regain optimum level of function with family support. The clinical experience, utilizing professional nurse mentors, emphasizes complex decision making through collaborative practice in high acuity and critical care settings. The student must demonstrate increasing autonomy and assume an assignment that more closely approximates a realistic workload for the novice nurse by developing skills in delegation, prioritization, and management of care as an integral part of the inter-professional team.

NUR 203 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

4 Credits
Prerequisites: Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, Pharmacology for Nurses, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

This course is designed to provide the foundation for entry level competence in mental health nursing across the lifespan. It provides for the acquisition and application of mental health nursing theory, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/clinical judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients experiencing common mental health conditions/disorders. Incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings.

NUR 203C Clinical Practicum: Mental Health Nursing

Credits
Prerequisites: Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

This course offers the clinical practicum to apply related nursing theory to the application of mental health nursing skills, by using the ANA Standards of Practice, the nursing process, nursing diagnoses and evidenced-based practice to assess, critically analyze, and identify outcomes to assist selected patients and their families with mental healthcare needs. The students will utilize therapeutic communication skills related to mental health nursing care and will assist patients to regain optimum level of function and to involve the patient’s family in the process to return to optimum functioning. Students will evaluate the selected patient's response to therapeutic and pharmacologic treatment and will document responses and outcomes. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to interact with the mental health patients using evidenced-based practice in the nursing process.

NUR 303 Maternal-Newborn-Pediatric

4.5 Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101, Transitions in Nursing Practice,

This course applies nursing theory to the care of the childbearing and childrearing family. The course incorporates communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/clinical judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to women, newborns, and children. It integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings.

NUR 303C Clinical Practicum IV: Maternal-Newborn-Pediatric

Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, Maternal-Newborn-Pediatric, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101,

This course offers the clinical practicum to apply related nursing theory to the application of maternal-child-pediatric-adolescent nursing skills, by using the nursing process, nursing diagnoses and evidenced-based practice to assess, critically analyze, and identify outcomes to assist patients and their families in these populations with selected healthcare needs. Emphasis is placed on providing nursing assessment, psychosocial support and nursing care for mothers, fathers, siblings, children, and adolescents up to age 18. The students will utilize selected nursing skills related to maternal-child-pediatric-adolescent nursing care and will assist patients to regain optimum level of function by involving the patient’s family in the process to maintain optimum functioning. Students will evaluate the patient's response to therapeutic and pharmacologic treatment and will document responses and outcomes. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to interact with selected maternal-newborn-child-adolescent patients using evidenced-based practice in the nursing process. Clinical assignments are selected and made to correlate with theory being presented in the NUR 303 classroom content.

NUR 400 Community-Based Nursing

3 Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101,

This course presents theories and concepts related to community-based nursing and public health sciences within the framework of critical thinking and the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on the patient and family in areas of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the lifespan in home and community settings. This course incorporates the community as a broad focus to understand the individuals, family, and community as the recipients of health care delivery in a multicultural society. Students have the opportunity to utilize concept-mapping to provide evidenced-based nursing care for specific populations in selected community-based structured and unstructured settings.

NUR 402 Introduction to Nursing Management and Leadership

3 Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, Maternal-Newborn-Pediatric, Community-Based Nursing, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101,

This course presents exploration of more complex leadership principles in the role of the RN as a manager of healthcare teams, organizations, financial resources, information technology, human resources, and oneself as a member of the healthcare profession. Concepts presented include application of knowledge, judgment, critical-thinking skills, and professional values within a legal and ethical framework. This course focuses on the students’ development of clinical judgment; leadership skills; knowledge of the rules and principles for delegation of nursing tasks; Involvement of clients in decision making and a plan of care; Participation in quality improvement processes to measure client outcomes and identify hazards and errors.

NUR 403 Integrated Concepts

3 Credits
Prerequisites: Pharmacology for Nurses, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing II, Maternal-Newborn-Pediatric, Clinical Practicum: Mental Health Nursing, Clinical Practicum I: Chronicity, Community-Based Nursing, Introduction to Nursing Management and Leadership, English Composition, Intro Psych, Math, A&P I and II, Micro, NUR 101, Speech Communication,

This course is a culminating course that applies all program concepts to a variety of patient populations experiencing multiple healthcare issues. This course applies the program student learning outcomes to a wide variety of patient populations and conditions, requiring students to demonstrate a broader perspective for the application of nursing theory. The student demonstrates ability to achieve all program student learning outcomes to the care of diverse patient populations with multiple healthcare issues in the nursing simulation laboratory and in the theory classroom using complex case studies. The course provides both a comprehensive content review and test taking strategies for students preparing to graduate from the LPN to RN Program and take NCLEX-RN® Exam. The Client Needs areas from the current NCLEX-RN Test Plan are integrated throughout this course to include Management of Care; Safety and Infection Control; Heath Promotion and Maintenance; Psychosocial Integrity; Basic Care and Comfort; Pharmacological and parenteral