Course Descriptions

This course is designed for LPN’s who advance place into the second semester of the ASN program. Mathematical accuracy is a crucial component of modern nursing. This course will help the student become comfortable with medication and IV calculations. The course is designed specifically to help students improve their basic math skills and apply those skills to clinical practice. The course will offer step-by-step rules, explanations and examples, followed by practice problems and exercises that test and reinforce the student’s knowledge.
1 Credit Hour (Online)

Co-requisite: Anatomy & Physiology I, Psychology and Oral Communication
The Art and Science of Nursing Practice presents didactic concepts and clinical/laboratory practice and clinical experiences emphasizing therapeutic nursing interventions, cultural awareness, technical nursing skills, and knowledge basic to nursing practice. Also discussed is the history of mental health nursing and contemporary practice, including practice models. Learning unfolds from the wellness/illness continuum emphasizing health promotion and holistic care. Learning focuses on assessment of basic human needs, including physiological needs such as hygiene, nutrition, oxygenation and urinary/bowel elimination and psychosocial needs such as self-esteem, spirituality, culture, and sexuality. The nursing process is utilized for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation and teaching of the client and family. The concepts of caring, culturally competent care and various nursing roles are presented. Common health problems as they relate to mobility, sensory perception, and stress and adaptation are discussed. Basic health assessment, critical thinking/reflective thinking skills and techniques of medication administration are presented and practiced. The student will become comfortable with medication and IV calculations. Basic math skills will be reviewed and applied to clinical practice. Step by step rules, explanations and examples, followed by practice problems and exercises that will test and reinforce the student’s knowledge will be offered. The tasks associated with the development of a therapeutic interpersonal relationship are emphasized. Therapeutic communication skills will be practiced in the lab and clinical setting. Legal, professional standards and ethical principles related to nursing, the rights of clients and families, and the importance of the Illinois Nursing Practice Act and Rules are emphasized. In addition to the learning laboratory, clinical experiences occur in acute care client settings.
8 Credits: 6 Credits Didactic, 2 Credits Clinical/Learning Laboratory (1 Credit Mental Health)

Prerequisites: NUR 101, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Psychology Cluster Requirement and Oral Communication
Co-requisite: Anatomy & Physiology II; Human Growth & Development
This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Nursing 101: The Art and Science of Nursing Practice, and Anatomy and Physiology I. Adult Health Nursing presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences to allow the student to apply the nursing process to the care of the adult client who is experiencing common health problems that are acute or chronic in nature as well as to clients with acute and chronic mental health needs and problems. Mental health problems dealing with cognition, mood, anxiety, and substance abuse are discussed. Learning is directed toward problems requiring therapeutic nursing interventions of a well-defined nature leading toward providing culturally competent care. The client is seen as a valued member of a family, social network, and community. Technical skills such as IV access, urinary catheterization, NG insertion, and dressing changes will be introduced. Interpersonal skills, communication skills (written and oral), family theories, group process and assessment skills are strongly emphasized. Previously learned technical skills will continue to be practiced and refined. Medication administration will continue to be emphasized. The concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, legal and ethical considerations and problem-solving are integrated. The course will introduce the student to the evolving roles of the nurse as a provider and manager of health care and as a member of the health care team. Clinical experience occurs in the acute care, peri-operative, medical surgical skilled nursing, mental health, and community-based health facilities.
9 Credits: 5.5 Credits Didactic (1.5 Credits Mental Health) and 3.5 Credits Clinical/Learning Laboratory
(0.5 Credits Mental Health)

Prerequisites: NUR 101 or NUR A101; NUR 102 or NUR A102; NUR 212 or NUR A212; Anatomy & Physiology I; Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology
Human Diseases Processes provides the student with a scientific background and understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the assessment of diverse client populations. The course will emphasize functioning at the cellular level and will augment the student’s ability to correlate various disease states with clinical manifestations, common diagnostic tests and therapeutic, evidence-based nursing interventions. Disease processes such as fluid-electrolyte imbalance, homeostasis, hemodynamics, acid-base imbalance, infective disorders, immune disorders, and genetic considerations will be emphasized.
3 Credits: 3 Credits Didactic

Prerequisites: All first year nursing and general education courses. Concurrent enrollment in NUR 200, and Sociology
Life Span I is the first of two courses that presents didactic concepts and clinical experiences that examine the health status of individuals throughout their life span. There is focus on health maintenance as well as management of acute and chronic health problems. Both the physical and mental health needs of the client are considered. There is an emphasis on family involvement, especially in the care of children. Culturally sensitive care giving and cultural maintenance are emphasized. The student will learn how to manage individuals and groups of patients with increasingly complex health issues. Clinical experiences are in the acute care setting as well as the community environment.
9 Credits: 6 Credits Didactic (0.5 Credits Mental Health, 1.25 Credits Pediatrics), 3 Credits
Clinical/Learning Laboratory (0.5 Credits Mental Health and 0.75 Credits Pediatrics)

Prerequisites: All first year nursing and general education courses. All second year, first semester nursing and general education courses
Life Span Nursing II is the second of two courses that presents didactic and clinical experiences that examine the health status of individuals throughout the life span. The focus is on health maintenance, management of acute and chronic health conditions and critical care, emergent care and neurological conditions. In addition, the course focuses on the transition of the learner into the practice role of the RN. The concepts of leadership and management will be provided and leadership/management skills will be applied in the clinical setting. Transitional testing will be completed in preparation for the national licensing examination.
8 Credits: 4 Credits Didactic (1.25 Credits Pediatrics), 4 Credits Clinical/Learning Laboratory (0.75 Credits Pediatrics)

Prerequisites: All first year nursing and general education courses, NUR 200, and Sociology
Maternal and Newborn Health presents didactic and clinical experiences that emphasize families during childbearing. Pregnancy is considered a normal developmental occurrence; however, risk factors and selected health problems that may occur during the child-bearing experience are considered. The nursing process is utilized when giving nursing care during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods. The social, cultural, economic, sexual, physiological and psychological aspects of childbearing are considered. Nutrition, pharmacology, legal standards, ethical principles, critical thinking, and communication are integrated. Historical aspects in relation to contemporary trends and issues are discussed. Physical assessment skills related to fetal well-being and the mother and newborn are presented. Clinical experiences include the birthing unit, mother-baby care in the acute care setting, as well as related
community experience.
4 Credit Hours: 2.5 Credits Didactic, 1.5 Credits Clinical/Learning Lab

Prerequisites: All first year first semester nursing courses and general education courses. Concurrent enrollment in NUR 102. Requests to take this course prior to meeting all prerequisites must be made in writing and submitted to the course coordinator. The course coordinator will approve or deny the request by writing on the student request. A copy of the written request will be placed in the student’s academic file.
This web-assisted course is designed to present the principles underlying pharmacology and their
relationship to the registered nurse’s role in drug administration. This course builds on nursing skills, math, and the natural sciences (especially knowledge of anatomy and physiology) to explore the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Emphasis is placed on how drugs are utilized and processed in the body, the body’s reaction to these drugs, and potential drug interactions. Further studies of major drug categories will be used with drug prototypes as examples of these basic concepts. The student will apply basic pharmacological principles to new situations in order to improve the effectiveness of drugs and prevent/minimize the complications of drug therapy. Course concepts include the principles of drug action and the nursing process as it applies to the therapeutic use of drugs (including safety and patient education).
1 Credit (Web-Assisted)