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The North Central State College catalog is neither a contract nor an offer to contract. North Central State College reserves the right to make changes in any material contained herein as deemed necessary without notice.

Associate Degee Nursing (RN) Degree Courses


BIOL 1101 - Nutrition 2 Credits; 2 Lecture Hours BIOL 1101 is an introductory course to the principles of nutrition and its relationship to health. Included are practical applications in daily life as well as nutritional assessments of individuals. Emphasis is on essential nutrients, their supply and function, as related to an individual's well-being. Health promotion and chronic disease are explored in relation to today's society. Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp Course Syllabus
BIOL 1550 - Microbiology 3 Credits; 2 Lecture Hours; 2 Lab Hours This course is designed for allied health and nursing majors. It explores the major groups of microorganisms and the role they play in the environment and in disease. The host-parasite relationship, human immunity to disease, epidemiology, and the control of microorganisms are also addressed. Laboratory exercises provide the student with the basic techniques of microbial identification, microscopy, sterile technique, and basic infection control. Day - F, Sp Evening - F Course Syllabus
BIOL 2752 - Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours This course is a continuation of BIOL 2751. It includes the study of structure and function of blood and the cardiovascular, lymphatic/immunity, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. Day - Sp Evening - Sp Prerequisite(s): Take BIOL-2751; Minimum Grade C- Course Syllabus
CHEM 1030 - Chemistry 3 Credits; 2 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours The course is to give the Allied Health and Nursing student an appreciation and understanding of general inorganic chemistry. Includes atomic and molecular structure, molecular forces, properties and states of matter, naming of chemical compounds, types and behaviors of solutions, types of reactions, acid base chemistry, carefully chosen organic topics with their applications to specific health problems. Laboratory exercises will enhance and reinforce lecture topics. Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp Prerequisite(s): Take CHEM-1010; Course Syllabus
COMM 1010 - Speech 3 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp, Su Course Syllabus
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I 3 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. Prerequisite(s): COMPASS writing score of 69 or above OR ACT 18-21 AND eWrite score of 6 OR WRIT0090 with minimum grade of C. COMPASS Reading score of 80 OR READ0080 with a minimum grade of C. Note: Students who have taken DEV 116 and ENG 100 in the past must be retested and placed according to test results. Course Syllabus
ENGL 1030 - English Composition II 3 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours This is a course in argument and research writing. Students read issue-based works and write summaries, responses, and an argument and research paper. Students learn to organize research projects, find and evaluate sources, incorporate ideas and quotations from sources, document their sources in MLA and APA style, analyze and use argumentative strategies and persuasive appeals, and prepare and revise effective, coherent papers. Prerequisite(s): Take ENGL-1010 with a minimum grade of C- or better. Course Syllabus
PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp Course Syllabus
PSYC 2010 - Human Growth and Development 3 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours This course presents an overview of the total life span of human growth and development from conception through old age. It begins with a study of the major theories of human development and includes an examination of the dynamics of human growth in five areas: physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral. The developmental tasks and behavioral characteristics of eight stages of human growth are examined, ending with a brief treatment of death and dying. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp Evening - F Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-1010 Course Syllabus
RNUR 1010 - Basic Concepts in Nursing 6 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours An introduction to fundamental nursing skills, interpersonal communication and relationships, safety in practice, ethical/legal issues of nursing practice including nursing roles and boundaries, awareness of developmental levels, medication administration guidelines/techniques/calculations, IV assessment and calculations, OR protocols and procedures pre-, intra- and post-operative care, pain assessment & management, teaching and learning, and cognitive development with a focus on critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and physical assessment skills; safe, hygienic client care; skills performance; emotional, spiritual, and cultural concerns; infection control, surgical wound healing, medical and surgical asepsis and excretory stressors. Stress adaptation/wellness, documentation, computer research, and community nursing resources are all integral aspects of the course. Utilization of all aspects of the nursing process is emphasized in classroom, clinical and laboratory experiences. Extended care facilities and acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate gerontological and beginning medical-surgical nursing theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - F Course Syllabus
RNUR 1030 - Pharmacology 2 Credits; 2 Lecture Hours Pharmacology PNUR 1030/RNUR 1030 provides an introduction to the study of drugs. Content also includes classifications of drugs, dosage calculations, legal aspects of drug administration, and preparation and administration of drugs. Uses, actions and side effects of selected drugs will be studied as well as associated nursing care and implications. Semesters available: Day - F Course Syllabus
RNUR 1050 - Intermediate Concepts in Nursing I 7 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours; 12 Lab Hours; 3 Lab Hours This course focuses on the response of clients to respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, endocrine (diabetes, thyroid, and parathyroid), fluid balance, and vascular stressors. Extensive emphasis is placed on meeting basic human needs, restoration of wellness, health maintenance, and promotion. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication, client teaching, developmental level tasks, cultural influences, and ethical/legal issues of nursing practice are also integrated throughout the course. Acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate intermediate medical-surgical theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - Sp Prerequisite(s): Take RNUR-1010, RNUR-1030, PSYC-1010, BIOL-2751 Course Syllabus
RNUR 1070 - Intermediate Concepts in Nursing II 5 Credits; 2 Lecture Hours; 9 Lab Hours; 2 Lab Hours This intermediate course utilizes and builds on basic skills and knowledge of RNUR 1010 and 1050. The focus of study is on the utilization of the nursing process emphasized in classroom and clinical experiences as it relates to meeting basic human needs. Acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate intermediate medical-surgical theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - Su Prerequisite(s): Take RNUR-1050 Course Syllabus
RNUR 2030 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing I 8 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours This course is designed to assist the student to integrate and build on concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Emphasis of study is upon utilization of the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health for individuals who present immediate and complex nursing needs. Critical thinking will be utilized in the exploration of theoretical content and clinical experiences. The focus of study is on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of nutrition and elimination, safety and security, oxygenation, activity and rest, and mental health and behavioral adjustments. Health promotion in growth and development is a strong component of the course. Skills of self-evaluation, organization, discharge planning and referral will be developed. Knowledge regarding therapeutic communication, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated into the course. Clinical experiences are planned to work with children, adolescents, young adults and child-bearing clients. Clinical experiences are planned in community agencies with preceptors. Some evening clinical experiences may be scheduled during the quarter. Group leaders are expected to make clinical assignments the day prior to clinical experience. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp Prerequisite(s): Take RNUR-1070 or RNUR-1125 Course Syllabus
RNUR 2050 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing II 8 Credits; 3 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours This course is designed to assist the student in integrating and expanding concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Critical thinking will be utilized in implementing the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health and behavioral adjustment for individuals with complex nursing needs. Theoretical content and clinical experiences will focus on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of mental health and behavioral adjustment, oxygenation, nutrition and elimination, and safety and security. Skills of self-evaluation and work organization will be developed. Knowledge regarding basic and therapeutic communication concepts, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated in the course. Clinical experiences are planned which allow the student to meet the course objectives in different settings (acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and community agencies) and may include different shift times. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp Prerequisite(s): Take RNUR-1070 or RNUR-1125 Course Syllabus
RNUR 2070 - Nursing Trends and Transitions 2 Credits; 1 Lecture Hours; 3 Lab Hours; 3 Lab Hours A study of the complex processes that occur and influence the student's transition into nursing practice. Reality shock, the changing healthcare delivery system, as well as legal and ethical responsibilities and issues are included. The role of health care organizations as they relate to the practice of nursing is covered. The nurse's role in the political arena is explored. Delegation as an integral part of nursing care delivery is examined. Requirements for initial and continued licensure and employee expectations are included. Semesters available: Day - Sp Prerequisite(s): Take RNUR-1070 or RNUR-1125 Course Syllabus
ELECTIVES There are also 2 elective courses required for this degree. Please check with your academic advisor for a current electives list.

 

 

 

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