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PN Certificate Course Descriptions

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RCC is a stacked program and for the first two semesters of the nursing program, the PN and AD Nursing Students are togetherFirst Semester of Nursing Program

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First Semester

NUR 103 Fundamentals of Nursing

This course provides students with foundations to the art and science of nursing.  Students are introduced to the nursing process, basic human needs, basic nursing care of the adult client.  This course includes lecture, lab, clinical, and simulation.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, Introduction to Statistics eligible
Co-requisites: NUR 110 Pharmacology 1, NUR 105 Role Development 1, Anatomy & Physiology II

NUR 105 Role Development of the Nurse

This course is designed to introduce the novice nursing student to the role of the nurse.  The nursing student will utilize components of the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC) tool kit to gain knowledge and begin skills within the ten areas of nurse competency. 

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, must be Introduction to Statistics eligible
Co-requisites: NUR 110 Pharmacology 1, NUR 105 Role Development 1, Anatomy & Physiology II

NUR 110 Pharmacology for Nursing 1

This online/lab course is an introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing.  Common topics that will be discussed will include names of medications, classification of drugs, indications and contraindications for use, clinical calculations, adverse effects and nursing implications. The course is designed to be taken concurrently with Fundamental Nursing (NUR 103).

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, Introduction to Statistics eligible
Co-requisites: NUR 103 Fundamentals of Nursing, NUR 105 Role Development 1, Anatomy & Physiology II
Note: Admissions to these courses is determined through a selective admissions process. See admissions information for further details.

Second Semester

NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing I

This course builds upon the framework presented in Foundations of Nursing.  Students focus on therapeutic nursing interventions for the adult client with common health problems.  The course includes lecture, lab, clinical, and simulation. 

Pre-requisites: NUR 103 Fundamentals of Nursing; NUR 110 Pharmacology for Nursing 1; NUR 105 Role Development 1; Anatomy & Physiology II
Co-requisites: NUR 120 Pharmacology for Nursing 2, NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College)

NUR 120 Pharmacology for Nursing 2

This online course expands upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to safely manage client pharmacology within the scope of nursing practice.  The student will apply pharmacology concepts to the management of client cases provided within NUR 200 and NUR 201. 

Pre-requisites: NUR 103 Fundamentals of Nursing; NUR 110 Pharmacology for Nursing 1, NUR 105 Role Development 1; Anatomy & Physiology II
Co-requisites: NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing I; NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College)

NUR 201 Bio-Behavioral (Mental Health) Across the Lifespan

This course provides students with principles and concepts of mental health, psychopathology, and treatment modalities related to the nursing care of patients and their families. This course includes lecture, clinical, and simulation.

Pre-requisites: NUR 103 Fundamentals of Nursing; NUR 110 Pharmacology for Nursing 1, NUR 105 Role Development 1; Anatomy & Physiology II
Co-requisites: NUR 200 Med-Surg 1; NUR 120 Pharm 2; NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College)

Third Semester & Final Semester

PNC 202 Maternity Child Health

This course focuses upon the role of the Practical Nurse in caring for clients and families experiencing childbirth, newborn, and pediatric child care needs.  The primary emphasis is on basic human needs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum period, and the pediatric client.  This course includes lecture, clinical, and simulation.

Pre-requisites: NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing 1; NUR 120 Pharmacology for Nursing 2; NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College).
Co-Requisites: NUR 230 Pharmacology for Nursing 3; PNC 203 PN Capstone-Role Development

NUR 230 Pharmacology for Nursing 3

This online course expands upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to safely manage client pharmacology within the scope of nursing practice. Students will continue to identify medications that are administered for the promotion and maintenance of health across the lifespan and in specialty groups.  The student will apply pharmacology concepts to the management of client cases provided within PNC 203 and PNC 202.  

Pre-requisites: NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing 1; NUR 120 Pharmacology for Nursing 2; NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College).
Co-Requisites: PNC 202 Maternal Child Health; PNC 203 PN Capstone-Role Development

PNC 203 PN Capstone-Role Development

This course examines current legal responsibilities and accountability of the Licensed Practical Nurse.  The student will design an evidence-based practice (EBP) project that assists individuals, families, groups, or the community meet basic human needs and promote quality of life within the student’s clinical setting. Students will also prepare for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam by identifying their strengths and areas of concerns.  This course includes didactics, clinical, simulation, and use of the computer lab.

Pre-requisites: NUR 200 Medical-Surgical Nursing 1; NUR 120 Pharmacology for Nursing 2; NUR 201 Bio-behavioral (mental health) Across the Lifespan; Microbiology (General College).
Co-Requisites: PNC 202 Maternal Child Health; NUR 230 Pharmacology for Nursing 3