Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

NURSING

P100 – Strategies for Success in a Nursing Program2 units

Prerequisite: None.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the nursing program. The student will be given an overview of the program requirements and expectations, and he/she will acquire information and skills that facilitate student success once admitted into the program. Students will also explore nursing career options which will guide the development of their educational plan. (A/CSU) PC-Area A

 

P120 – Fundamentals of Nursing4.5 units

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 45 hours, total laboratory 108 hours. This Level 1 course introduces the concepts of the professional nurse, nursing skills, beginning leadership, health care environment, growth and development across the lifespan, basic physiologic and human needs in health and illness, and providing a safe environment. Beginning critical thinking skills are emphasized, within the framework of the nursing process. Correlated clinical experiences are provided with adult patients who have basic health problems with predictable outcomes. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are introduced and integrated throughout the course. (A/CSU)

 

P121 –Medical-Surgical Nursing 14.5 units

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 45 hours, total laboratory 108 hours. This Level 1 course introduces medical surgical nursing concepts and practices as they relate to adult clients across the lifespan. Using the nursing process as the framework, the student will begin to recognize alterations in function or illness, and formulate age appropriate nursing interventions. Correlated clinical experiences are provided with adult patients who have basic health problems with predictable outcomes. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are introduced and integrated throughout the course. (A/CSU)

 

P122 –Pharmacology3 units

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 54 hours. This Level 1 course provides the foundation knowledge base related to pharmacology in nursing, including both theoretical and mathematical aspects. The course uses the nursing process as the framework, and addresses the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of care, and member of the profession. Fundamental principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, legal and ethical issues, and nursing responsibilities are covered. Information regarding intravenous drug administration is limited to pharmacokinetics. The drug classes most commonly used in clinical practice are presented. Additionally, information regarding basic mathematical calculations related to medication administration is introduced. (A/CSU)

 

P123 –Medical-Surgical Nursing 24.5 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 45 hours, total laboratory 108 hours. This Level 2 course focuses on the development of the knowledge base and skills to care for patients across the lifespan, in various settings, who have higher acuity and more complex nursing needs. The nursing process is the framework for identification and treatment of health problems, and other concerns. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize clinical decision making, patient care management, including prioritization of care, and development of psychomotor skills. Leadership and management knowledge and skills are integrated in both the theory and clinical components. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated throughout the course. (A/CSU)

 

P124 –Obstetrics-Maternity Nursing3 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 27 hours, total laboratory 81 hours. This Level 2 course provides a foundation for theoretical and technical knowledge base while caring for the contemporary family centered childbirth. Parent/newborn issues are viewed from a nursing process approach for the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal client. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize clinical decision making, patient care management, including prioritization of care, and development of psychomotor skills. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated in both the theory and the clinical components. (A/CSU)

 

P125 –Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing3.5 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 36 hours, total laboratory 81 hours. This Level 3 course provides an introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, using the nursing process as the framework to promote biopsychosocial integrity within the context of the health illness continuum across the life span. Emphasis is on therapeutic interactions and communications, biopsychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self. Correlated clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of mental health settings. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated in both the theory and the clinical components. (A/CSU)

 

P126 –Medical-Surgical Nursing 35.5 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 45 hours, total laboratory 162 hours. This Level 3 course focuses on the application of previously learned knowledge as well as the development of more in depth knowledge for adult clients across the lifespan who have more diverse and complex disease states. The nursing process is the framework used in this course to present topics, such as leadership, critical thinking, pharmacology and safety. Correlated clinical experiences are provided with adult patients who have increasingly complex outcomes. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated an analyzed throughout the didactic and clinical experiences. (A/CSU)

 

P127 –Pediatric Nursing3.5 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 27 hours, total laboratory 108 hours. This Level 2 course provides a foundation for pediatric nursing using growth and development concepts as a framework for presenting problems and special concerns of the pediatric client. Communication, anticipatory guidance, response to hospitalization, legal and ethical issues and health care of pediatric clients are discussed. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize clinical decision making, patient care management, including prioritization of care, and development of psychomotor skills. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated in both the theory and the clinical components. (A/CSU)

 

P128–Medical-Surgical Nursing 47 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 54 hours, total laboratory 216 hours. This capstone course focuses on the integration of knowledge and skills, through analysis and synthesis. The nursing process is used as the framework for providing nursing care to clients who have critical and complex medical conditions. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize refinement of clinical decision-making, formulating and revising priorities of care, psychomotor skills and patient care management. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated to promote success in transitioning from student to entry level Registered Nurse. (A/CSU)

 

P129–Gerontology-Community Nursing2 units

Prerequisite: Appropriate standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program or evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 18 hours, total laboratory 54 hours. This Level 4 course integrates previous medical surgical knowledge and leadership skills as it applies to the aging adult. The Nursing process framework is used to explore the lifestyle and physical changes that occur with aging, apply the process of initiation health referrals and propose the outcome criteria for evaluating the aging individual’s response to teaching/learning. Correlated clinical experiences will emphasize the application of interventions that will increase the older adult’s functional ability. The roles of Provider for Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated throughout the didactic and clinical experiences. (A/CSU)

 

P170–Role Transition: Bridging Nursing Theory to Practice2 units

Prerequisite: LVN or RN Licensure; or nursing student with evaluation of skills and knowledge as outlined per the Program Policy of Granting Credit for Previous Education and/or Experience.

Total lecture 27 hours, total laboratory 27 hours. This Level 3 course is designed for the LVN who is pursing licensure as an RN or the RN who wants to update skills to re-enter the workforce. The focus is on the development of critical thinking skills, physical assessment, the nursing process, role transition, and clinical skill competencies. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession are integrated throughout the course. The lab correlated with the didactic portion and provides an opportunity for application of concepts in the Nursing Skills Lab. (A/CSU)