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NURS 110: Nursing Assistant

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at MATH 092 or higher
AND
-Placement at ENGL 098 or higher

The course prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals, and private homes. Basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity will be the focus of this course. The course contains a variety of skills which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must submit to authorization for a Live Scan fingerprint (required by Illinois law); a physical exam, TB testing; and a uniform purchase. NURS 110 meets federal and state guidelines for nursing assistant training, and students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the competency evaluation required for nursing assistants. Students must register with an advisor 8 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 112: Introduction to Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Acceptance into the ADN program
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 113, 117, BIOL 181, and PSY 101
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course focuses on the development of the individual as a nursing student and the conceptual and theoretical aspects of nursing practice and health care using Orem’s self-care model. The student will explore the evolution of professional nursing and the foundation of the science and art of nursing. A basic understanding of moral problems and a variety of resolutions, as well as gaining insight to health care delivery issues, understanding the legal parameters of nursing care, and exploring the influences of nursing politics will be developed. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 113: Medication Principles for Nurses

Prerequisite(s):
-Acceptance into the ADN program
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 112, 117, BIOL 181, & PSY 101
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course is designed to provide nursing students with a systematic review of medications and various methods of calculating dosages. Students will develop an understanding of basic pharmacology principles and calculation methods to safely administer medications. Topics include basic pharmacology, systems of measurement to safely calculate dosages, and basic medication administration principles. Critical thinking applied to safe administration of medications will be emphasized throughout the course. This course does not fulfill the general education mathematics requirement(s) for either the A.A. degree or the A.S. degree. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 117: Fundamentals of Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Acceptance into ADN program
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 181, NURS 112, 113, & PSY 101
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course in nursing fundamentals builds upon expanded knowledge and skills acquired as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Orem?s self care model will be utilized by the student to develop and begin using critical thinking pathways. Scientific principles and clinical skills increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experience focuses on continued development of dexterity and proficiency of psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area provide students with the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skill in the provision of direct client care. 8 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 122: Community-Based Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, BIOL 181, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 134, 135, BIOL 182, & ENGL 101

This course introduces the student to the practice of community health nursing using Orem’s self-care model. The focus is on foundational knowledge required to practice in community settings, including communication, teaching and learning, health promotion, and disease prevention. Quality management and use of power, politics, and public policy will be explored in creating and maintaining new health care delivery systems in the community. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 134: Nursing Individuals with Chronic Health Problems

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, BIOL 181 and PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 122, 135, BIOL 182, and ENGL 101

The focus of this course is on the nursing care of clients with the most commonly experienced alterations of perfusion, oxygenation, nutrition, elimination, regulatory processes, and integumentary problems. Orem’s self-care model will be utilized by the student to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with chronic health problems. Clinical skills, based on scientific principles, increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experience focuses on continued development of dexterity and proficiency of psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area will afford students the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skill in providing nursing care. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 135: Nursing Childbearing/Rearing Families

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, BIOL 181 and PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 122, 134, BIOL 182, and ENGL 101

This course of obstetrical and pediatric nursing focuses on the family utilizing Orem’s self-care model. A beginning application of critical thinking pathways will be developed in this specialized content area. The campus laboratory experiences focus on the assessment of the pregnant individual, the newborn, and application of growth and development principles. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in the clinical area, as well as the community, provide students with the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skills. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 136: Practical Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 122, 117, 134, 135, BIOL 181, 182, ENGL 101, and PSY 101 with a grade of C or better

The focus of this course is the provision of nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic health problems of the most commonly experienced alterations in sexuality, immunologic responses, mobility, sensori-neural processes, and mental health. Orem’s self-care model will be used as a foundation for nursing practice. Students are provided a faculty-supervised opportunity to utilize the nursing process, nursing skills, and theoretical knowledge in an acute care setting. The standards of practical nursing as set forth by the state of Illinois are presented. After successful completion of NURS 136, the student will be able to proceed to NCLEX-PN examination. This is an 8-week course which meets 18 hours for 6 hours credit. (Lec 3 Lab 3) 6 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 165: IV Therapy for LPN’s

Prerequisite(s):
-Currently a State of Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The course is designed to provide LPNs with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely administer intravenous therapy under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. Content to be covered includes basic anatomy and physiology, use of equipment, the processes of venipuncture, maintenance and discontinuance of intravenous flow, as well as the legal aspects of intravenous therapy. The course includes faculty-supervised laboratory application of selected skills in an acute care setting. This course meets 2.5 hours for 2 hours credit. (Lec 1.5 Lab .5) 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 231: LPN to RN Transition

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 113, 117, 134, 135, BIOL 181, 182, ENGL 101 and PSY 101, all with a grade of C or better
AND
- Advanced placement as an LPN into the nursing program
AND
-Placement at college level Math

The course focuses on the transition of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to the new role of a nursing student preparing to become a registered nurse. The practice of nursing and the conceptual basis of practice will be addressed as well as legal and ethical issues and the health care delivery system of today. Student development will be addressed in understanding nursing as an art and science with scholarly activity promoted. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 232: Leadership & Management in Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, BIOL 181, 182, ENGL 101, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 240, 241, BIOL 191, and ENGL 102

The need for awareness of economic, political, and regulatory forces that impact the delivery of care will be considered in light of the nursing role in the management of care. Students will examine systems and mechanisms of case management, effective delegation, teamwork strategies, and evaluation of allied personnel. They will explore change theory as a means to develop personal strategies to facilitate and support changes in health care delivery that will result in quality outcomes for clients. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 240: Mental Health Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, BIOL 181, 182, ENGL 101, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 232, 241, BIOL 191, and ENGL 102

The focus of this course is provision of nursing care to children and adults with alterations in mental health. Orem’s self-care model will be used to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with acute and chronic mental health problems. Case studies and audiovisuals will be used in the campus laboratory to enhance student learning. Planned faculty-supervised clinical experiences in a variety of community settings in addition to observational experiences will provide students with the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skills with individuals of varying problems and age groups. This is an 8-week course which meets 12 hours for 4 hours credit. (Lec 2 Lab 2) 4 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 241: Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, BIOL 181, 182, ENGL 101, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 232, 240, BIOL 191, and ENGL 102

This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with alterations in mobility, regulatory processes, sensori-neural processes and sensory deprivation. Orem’s self-care model will be utilized by the student to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with acute health problems. Scientific principles and clinical skills increase in complexity. Campus laboratory experiences enhance the development of increased dexterity and proficiency of techniques. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide students with the opportunity to implement their accrued knowledge and skill in providing nursing care. Clinical experiences are completed by observational experiences in specialty areas. This is an 8-week course which meets 12 hours for 4 hours credit. (Lec 2 Lab 2) 4 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 242: Contemporary Nursing

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, 232, 240, 241, BIOL 181, 182, 191, ENGL 101, 102, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 245, 246, COMM 101 & SOC 101

This course is designed to reinforce previously learned concepts and introduce new concepts that are essential for entry into the practice of professional nursing. There will be an emphasis on the characteristics of health care delivery worldwide. Student development will be a continuing focus as students evaluate strategies to secure positions in nursing that are compatible with personal capabilities. Legal requirements for entry into practice will be reviewed. Elements of role transition will be examined as well as techniques of professional collegial relationships, networking skills, and life long learning. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 245: Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, 232, 240, 241, BIOL 181, 182, 191, ENGL 101, 102, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 242, 246, COMM 101 & SOC 101

This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with acute alterations in oxygenation, perfusion, nutrition and sexuality. Critical thinking pathways will be applied holistically utilizing Orem’s self-care model when caring for individuals with acute health problems. Campus laboratory experiences allow the student to practice more complex psychomotor skills. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide the student the opportunity to implement a more sophisticated knowledge base and skill level. The students also plan and deliver a supervised group health teaching project in the community. Clinical experiences are complemented by observational experiences in specialty areas. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. (Lec 2.5 Lab 2.5) 5 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 246: Nursing Care of the Individual with Complex Health Problems

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of NURS 112, 113, 117, 122, 134, 135, 232, 240, 241, BIOL 181, 182, 191, ENGL 101, 102, & PSY 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in NURS 242, 245, COMM 101 & SOC 101

This course in medical-surgical nursing focuses on clients with complex alterations in nutrition, regulatory processes, and immunological functioning. Critical thinking pathways will be chosen using Orem’s self-care model when caring for individuals and families with complex health problems. Faculty-supervised campus laboratory and clinical experiences will provide an opportunity for students to analyze the depth and breadth of the nursing role in complex situations in health care. Planned faculty-supervised experiences in acute care facilities provide students with the opportunity to implement leadership and management concepts with their peers, as well as providing care to individuals with complex health problems. This is an 8-week course which meets 15 hours for 5 hours credit. 5 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

NURS 250: Adult Health Assessment

Prerequisite(s):
-State of Illinois RN or LPN license OR
-Completion of NURS 241
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

A course in the health assessment of the adult client using a systems approach, while providing a foundation for assessment and diagnosis utilizing the nursing process. Campus laboratory experiences with partners will provide students the opportunity to implement their knowledge and skills in assessing the adult client. This course meets 3 hours for 2 hours credit. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

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