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Program Course Descriptions


NSG101 Nursing 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: BIO103 and PSY102 and CMP101
Prepares the student to view persons holistically using Maslow's Human Needs Theory and the nursing process. Students are introduced to the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies for nursing practice. Didactic, laboratory and clinical practice experiences provide the framework for the student to assimmilate the knowledge, skills and behaviors which are considered basic to nursing practice across the lifespan. Evidence based knowledge and sensitivity to age, gender, culture, race, health disparities, socioeconomic status and spirituality are introduced with special consideration given to the older adult. Content draws upon the knowledge from the biophysical and psychological sciences, which are taught concurrently. The Nursing Skills Laboratory is an integral part of learning, providing the student opportunities to observe, practice, plan and demonstrate clinical skills. Correlated clinical experiences are offered in diverse health care settings.
NSG102 Nursing 2
Pre: NSG101, NSG104, BIO103, PSY102, and CMP101
Co: BIO104 AND PSY118
Prepares the student to become a provider of care to the childbearing and childrearing family. The student will perform a comprehensive health assessment guided by Maslow's Human Needs Theory and the nursing process. The focus is on the biophysical, cultural, emotional and social factors involved in nursing practice across the lifespan. Didactic, laboratory and clinical practice experiences provide the basis to apply acquired knowledge, skills and behaviors. A family centered approach is emphasized with utilization of the nursing process and Nurse of the Future Competencies. Under the guidance of the faculty, students use evidence based knowledge with sensitivity to age, gender, culture, race, health, disparities, socioeconomic status and spirituality. Correlated clinical experiences are provided in diverse health care settings. Collaboration with members of the health care team is introduced.
NSG104 Introduction to Pharmacology
Pre: Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course introduces basic principles of pharmacology identifying the legal and scientific principles of safe medication and immunization administration. Specific drug classifications will be studied including actions, indications and nursing interventions. The emphasis is on the use of the nursing process for safe medication administration. The student will participate in simulation medication administration experiences.
NSG105 Pharmacology and the Roll of the RN
Pre: NSG101, NSG104, BIO103, CMP101,PSY102
This course builds on the basic principles of pharmacology from Foundations of Nursing (NSG101). The emphasis will be on the drug classification system, pharmacodynamics and therapeautic actions of drugs and the use of the nursing process for the safe and effective administration of medications.
NSG201 Nursing 3
Pre: NSG102, NSG 105, BIO104, PSY118, CMP 2 Elective
Co: SOC106 AND BIO110
Prepares the student to practice nursing within the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks using Maslow's Human Needs Theory and the nursing process. Didactic, laboratory and clinical practice experiences provide the framework for the student to develop the knowledge skills and behaviors for nursing practice, guided by the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies. Emphasis is placed on the health care needs of the adult and older adult patient. Under the guidance of the faculty, students use evidence based knowledge with sensitivity to age, gender, culture, race, health disparities, socioeconomic status and spirituality to care for one to two patients in diverse health settings. Collaboration with members of the health care team is fostered.
NSG202 Nursing 4
Pre: NSG201, BIO110, SOC106
Co: NSG203 and Nurse Education Directed Elective
Prepares the student to practice nursing within the legal, ethical and regulatory framework using Maslow's Human Needs Theory and the nursing process. Didactic, laboratory and clinical practice experiences provide the framework for the student to build on their knowledge, skills and behaviours for nursing practice, guided by the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies. Emphasis is placed on the care of the adult in the community and mental health settings. Nursing management, leadership and delegation skills are developed. Under the guidance of the faculty, students use evidence based knowledge with sensitivity to age, gender, culture, race, health disparities, socioeconomic status and spirituality to care fo a patient or groups of patients in diverse health settings. The learner builds competence with leadership, management and delegation and collaboration with health care team members.
NSG203 RN in Contemporary Society
Pre: NSG201, BIO110, SOC106
Co: NSG202 and Nurse Education Directed Elective
Prepares students to make the transition into the role of the professional nurse by critically examining issues and trends in Professional Nursing Practice. The professional role of the nurse is explored from a historical, economic and political perspective. Emphasis is placed on helping the student to make the transition to membership within the discipline of nursing. Students are expected to read critically and analytically on topics that impact nurses in contemporary practice settings. Topics include legal responsibilities for practice, ethical issues, leadership and the development of the professional role.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective(s)
or  SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
MAT143 Introduction to Statistics
Pre:Communications and Mathematics Proficiency and CEAR 54 or above, or SATM 510 or above, or Math Module 8 or above, or MAT 110 with C or better or MAT002 with a C or better.
This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and the basic laws of probability as used in business, social science, or education. Topics examined are: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, normal distributions, confidence intervals, sampling, introduction to hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression. Other topics such as chi-square distribution and F-distribution will be covered as time permits. The course emphasizes the practical understanding and use of concepts and procedures essential to statistical analysis (statistical software may be used at the instructor's discretion for solving applied problems). Fulfills open, liberal arts and mathematics electives.
PHI120 Medical Ethics
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Recent developments in the bio-medical fields have led to considerable moral perplexity about the rights and duties of patients, health professionals, research subjects, and researchers. This course presents a brief introduction to ethical theory and a set of diverse, carefully selected readings (pro and con) on some of the most contemporary issues in bioethics. Some of these issues that will be analyzed and discussed are the following: abortion and infanticide, the problems of birth defects, euthanasia, psycho-surgery, behavior and genetic control, and the claim to health care. Fulfills open, liberal arts and humanities electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
or  LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
or  SPN101A Elementary Spanish 1: Health Professions
Elementary Spanish 1 for the Health Professional focuses on the acquisition of essential medical vocabulary used by health professionals at work settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, doctor's offices and clinics when dealing with Spanish-speaking patients and personnel in the United States. It also discusses Hispanic customs and traditions relevant to healthcare. It prepares students to use basic grammatical structures correctly emphasizing in basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classroom activities are reinforced by assigned work using multimedia materials. Fulfills open, liberal arts, humanities, and modern language electives.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
or  SPN102 Elementary Spanish 2
Pre: SPN101 or SPN101A
Elementary Spanish 2 is a continuation of SPN101. This course continues its emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through dialogues, role playing situations and open-ended speech. Introduces new grammatical structures, increases the use of the language and enhances appreciation of cultural differences. Classroom activities are reinforced by assigned work using multimedia materials. Fulfills open, liberal arts, humanities, and modern language electives.
OPN ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
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