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Course Descriptions

Practical Nursing Program

HCE 120 Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology

90 Hours
Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for students enrolled in a healthcare program. The focus of this course is on essential concepts of body structure and function and concepts of disease processes, including but not limited to: inflammation, infection and common pathologic disorders. This course includes principles of chemistry and microbiology and their relationship to disease processes. The transference of course content knowledge into healthcare situations will be emphasized. The content includes the study of medical terms using a word-building approach, medical abbreviations and symbols, basic grammar as it relates to medical terminology and introduction to basic structures.

LPN 210 Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts

206 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology,

This course introduces the student to the role of the practical nurse in the provision of basic nursing care to diverse populations across the life span. Including but not limited to history of nursing, legal and ethical issues, the nursing process, cultural competence; significance of communication, documentation, reporting, the healthcare delivery system, the healthcare team; health promotion and maintenance, complimentary alternative therapy, growth, and development. The role of the practical nurse as a member of the healthcare team is emphasized. Infection control, physical and psychological safety, health promotion, infection control, communication, documentation, cultural diversity, nutrition, and fluid/electrolytes balance are taught. Additionally, basic nursing care skills related to promoting personal hygiene, promoting comfort, activity, and rest, promoting proper nutrition and elimination, wound care, enteral feeding, promoting respiratory and cardiovascular function, caring for the immobilized client, applying bandages and binders, admission, transfer, discharge, medication administration, and physical assessment skills. This course introduces psychomotor skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. Students are taught selected nursing skills; given opportunity to practice selected nursing skills; and provide return demonstration of selected skills in a supervised lab environment with the use of a Procedures Checklist.

HCE 140 Pharmacology

80 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts,

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 medication administration and practice exercises are incorporated throughout this course. The pharmacologic basis of clinical practice and medication administration is performed and evaluated.

LPN 220 Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts

188 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts,

This course prepares the student to care for the adult client with needs ranging from simple to complex in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on providing care to individuals undergoing diagnostic tests, emergencies, surgery, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and common alterations in respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, hematology, musculoskeletal, neurologic, sensory, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary systems, and related conditions including cancer. Common diseases and disorders of each system along with the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, medical-surgical, pharmacological management, and nursing management are emphasized. The nursing process and critical thinking are utilized to identify and prioritize nursing problems, patient/client goals, planning, intervention, and evaluation that meet the patient/client needs.

LPN 250 Mental Health Nursing – Skills and Concepts

54 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts,

This course is designed to provide an overview of psychosocial adaptation and coping skills used when caring for patients with acute and chronic alterations in their mental health. Topics covered include developmental human needs, advanced therapeutic communication skills, normal and abnormal behaviors, and mental health treatment modalities. Pharmacology, therapeutic communication, and cultural concepts are integrated throughout this course

LPN 230 Maternal-Newborn Nursing – Skills and Concepts

50 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Mental Health Nursing – Skills and Concepts,

This course provides a foundation in the nursing care of the childbearing family. The focus is on normal and abnormal pregnancy, physiological and psychological changes experienced, family dynamics and care of the normal newborn. The nursing process is used in identifying and meeting the needs of the childbearing family to facilitate optimal functioning. The impact of psychosocial and cultural values and practices of the childbearing family are explored. Legal and ethical issues are addressed. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, and cultural concepts are integrated throughout this course. Students are taught selected obstetrical skills; given opportunity to practice selected skills; and provide return demonstration of selected skills in a supervised lab environment with the use of a Procedures Checklist

LPN 260 Pediatric Nursing Skills and Concepts

50 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Mental Health Nursing – Skills and Concepts,

This course provides a foundation in the nursing care of the pediatric patient. The focus is on human growth and development, pediatric care and selected pediatric alterations. The nursing process is used in identifying and meeting the needs of the pediatric patient and family to facilitate optimal functioning. The impact of psychosocial and cultural values and practices of the childbearing family are explored. Legal and ethical issues are addressed Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, and cultural concepts are integrated throughout this course. Students are taught selected pediatric skills; given opportunity to practice selected skills; and provide return demonstration of selected skills in a supervised lab environment with the use of a Procedures Checklist.

LPN 360 Integrated Nursing Concepts

138 Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Maternal-Newborn Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Mental Health Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Pediatric Nursing Skills and Concepts,

This course is designed to assist the practical nursing student in the integration of concepts learned from previous courses taught throughout the program. Knowledge is reinforced and integrated from Foundations of Nursing; Adult-Health/Medical-Surgical Nursing, the physical and health sciences, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Mental Health, and Cultural Concepts. Concepts of priority setting, decision making, delegation and supervision are integrated in the provision of care. Course content includes the legal and ethical rights and professional responsibilities of the nurse as it relates to nursing practice, nursing management of individuals undergoing diagnostic tests, emergencies, surgery, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and common alterations in musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, hematologic, musculoskeletal, neurologic, sensory, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine, reproductive and integumentary systems including related conditions, such as cancer. Test taking skills and strategies are also employed. Critical thinking skills and nursing concepts learned in this course will better prepare students for success on the NCLEX-PN Licensure examination. Standardized exams are integrated throughout this course and are a percentage of your final grade for the course.

LPC 100 Clinical Practicum I – Basic Nursing Care (Not counted toward GPA)

Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts,

This is the first of three clinical practicums that is focused on providing basic nursing caring to the chronically ill in a long-term care setting. Student will be introduced to collecting data, assisting with physical assessment, documenting, and effective communication skills. Students will apply principles of infection control, communication techniques, and the skills to safely care for clients. These skills include bathing, dressing, assisting to eat, grooming, and toileting, lifting and moving while using proper body mechanics.

LPC 300 Clinical Practicum II – Physiological Integrity (Not counted toward GPA)

Hours
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Clinical Practicum I – Basic Nursing Care (Not counted toward GPA),

This is an introductory to intermediate clinical practicum for practical nursing students. The student will apply the basic nursing skills and concepts acquired in previous theory and clinical courses. The nursing process is used as the framework for meeting the self-care deficits of adults, promoting physical and psychosocial health, and assisting clients to regain optimum level of function in structured clinical settings. Theoretical and clinical content focuses on applying nursing care within the practical nurse student role including the collection of data, identifying normal from abnormal data, assisting in the planning of care, providing personal care with minimum assistance, introduction to administering medications via Intramuscular, subcutaneous, oral, Ng/Gt, providing tracheostomy care, and wound care. The students will utilize basic therapeutic communication skills to meet the psychosocial needs of clients. The students will evaluate the patient’s response to treatments and will accurately document responses and outcomes. The application of related nursing theory to the geriatric patient care skills is utilized.

LPC 310 Clinical Practicum III – Physiological & Psychosocial Integrity across the Lifespan (Not counted toward GPA)

Hours
Prerequisites: Clinical Practicum II – Physiological Integrity (Not counted toward GPA), Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology, Foundations of Nursing Skills & Concepts, Adult Health/ Medical-Surgical Nursing – Skills and Concepts, Pharmacology, Clinical Practicum I – Basic Nursing Care (Not counted toward GPA),

This is an advanced clinical practicum for the practical nursing students to perfect skills acquired from previous clinical practicums. This course focuses on use of nursing/related concepts by practical nurses as providers of care/members of discipline in collaboration with health team members. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, wellness/illness patterns, entry-level issues, accountability, advocacy, professional development, evolving technology, and changing health care delivery systems. The students will utilize therapeutic communication skills related to mental health nursing care and assist patients to regain optimum level of psychosocial function. Students will also assist in providing care to the childbearing family and interact with well children in an out-patient care setting. Upon completion, students should be able to use the nursing process to promote/maintain/restore optimum physical and psychosocial health for diverse clients throughout the life span to using the nursing process. The clinical experience provides opportunities for beginning transition from student to practical nurse.