LPN Course Descriptions

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NO10 - Fundamentals of Nursing (9 credits)

Fundamentals of Nursing is offered in the first semester. This course introduces the student to the universal self-care requisites of individual patients. Emphasis is placed on the beginning use of the nursing process and the development of skills in meeting universal self-care needs. The student is introduced to the profession of nursing, the nurse's role within the health care system, the identification of health deviations in the adult and basic concepts of evidenced based practice. Clinical skills are demonstrated and evaluated in the simulated laboratory setting. Clinical performance is then supervised in the acute and long term care settings.

Co-Requisites: NO11 - Anatomy and Physiology, NO13 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy, NO14 - Growth and Development and NO15 - Introduction to Pharmacology.

NO11 - Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology is provided in the first semester. This course provides the student with the knowledge of the normal structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and systems, including the interrelationships of the body systems.

Co-Requisites: NO10 - Fundamentals of Nursing, NO11 - Anatomy & Physiology, NO14 - Growth and Development and NO15 - Introduction to Pharmacology.

NO13 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy (1 credit)

Nutrition and Diet Therapy is provided in the first semester. This course focuses on the basic principles of nutrition. It explores the role of nutrition and its correlation to healthy bodily functions. Students learn essential nutritional requirements across the life span.

Co-Requisites: none

NO14 - Growth and Development (2 credits)

Growth and Development is provided in the first semester. This course acquaints the student with the major developmental stages across the life span, focusing on normal growth and development patterns. This course delineates how physical, emotional, social and cultural factors may affect personality development. The students learn variations in approaching health maintenance and prevention of illness across the life span.

Co-Requisites:NO10 - Fundamentals of Nursing, NO11 - Anatomy & Physiology, NO13 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy and NO15 - Introduction to Pharmacology.

NO15 - Introduction to Pharmacology (2 credits)

Introduction to Pharmacology is offered in the first semester. This course provides the student with general principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. In addition, it provides the nursing student with knowledge regarding safe medication administration and medication dosage calculations.

Co-Requisites:NO10 - Fundamentals of Nursing, NO11 - Anatomy & Physiology, NO13 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy, and NO14 - Growth and Development.

NO20 - Psychiatric Nursing (6 credits)

Psychiatric Nursing is offered in the first half of the second semester. This course is designed to provide the student with nursing and pharmacological concepts surrounding mental health. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process, a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship and therapeutic communication techniques with hospitalized individuals with various psychological deviations. Clinical performance is faculty supervised on mental health units, with both acute and chronic patient populations.

Prerequisites: NO10 - Fundamentals of Nursing, NO11 - Anatomy & Physiology, NO13 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy, NO14 - Growth and Development and NO15 - Introduction to Pharmacology.

NO21 - Medical Surgical Nursing I (12 credits)

Medical Surgical Nursing I is offered during the second half of the second semester. This course provides the student with evidenced-based, theoretical and clinical knowledge concerning the application of the nursing process in the care of adults with chronic and acute illnesses. Students continue their pharmacological studies and by completion of this course, will have experience with all routes of medication administration, documentation and be able to apply principles in a safe and effective manner. Supervised clinical experiences are provided in the simulation labs, acute care nursing units and long term acute care units.

Prerequisites:Successful completion of the first semester courses and NO20 - Psychiatric Nursing.

NO30 - Maternal and Child Health Nursing (11 credits)

Maternal and Child Health Nursing is provided in the third semester. This course provides the theoretical knowledge for the family-centered approach to the childbearing patient and pediatric patient. The student uses the nursing process to integrate nursing principles and skills to assist the childbearing patient and the pediatric patient. Normal physiological and socio-cultural factors related to the childbearing and pediatric population are emphasized in this course as well. Supervised clinical experiences are provided through the utilization of the simulation labs, pertinent hospital specialty units and other appropriate community facilities.

Prerequisites:Successful completion of the first and second semester courses.

NO41 - Medical Surgical Nursing II (8 credits)

Medical Surgical Nursing II is offered during the fourth semester. This course is designed to continue to provide the student with the evidenced-based, theoretical and clinical knowledge concerning the care of adults with chronic and acute illnesses. In addition, concepts of leadership and management within the practical nurse role are emphasized. The student takes on a more autonomous role in the clinical setting, while still be under the direction of a clinical instructor. Clinical experiences include increasing complexity in patient situations while continuing to emphasize and develop critical thinking skills, prioritizing, appropriate delegation, pharmacological studies, reporting, documentation and the interdisciplinary team approach. Clinical experiences are provided in the simulation labs, acute care nursing units and long term acute care units.

Prerequisites:Successful completion of the first and second semester courses.