NURSING

College of the Canyons offers two Registered Nursing Programs that are approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

RN Program
Nursing is an art and science incorporating knowledge from the behavioral, biological and physical sciences. It has a holistic concept of health in which the physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human functioning are interrelated, interdependent, and of equal importance. Offered is an Associate Degree in Nursing with a program of clinical components in which the student cares for patients in the acute-care setting, sub-acute setting, and home setting. The program prepares the students for an entry-level position in the health care setting. An RN (Registered Nurse), after taking a national examination, may move directly into the position of beginning staff nurse. The program prepares the student for this test.

LVN-RN Career Ladder Program
Nursing is an art and science incorporating knowledge from the behavioral, biological and physical sciences. It has a holistic concept of health in which the physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human functioning are interrelated, interdependent, and of equal importance. This program is for students already possessing a LVN license and experience as an LVN that allows them to complete a series of courses providing advance standing due to credit for their experience. Offered is an Associate Degree in Nursing with a program of clinical components in which the student cares for patients in the acute-care setting, sub-acute setting, and home setting. The program prepares the students for an entry-level position in the health care setting. An RN (Registered Nurse), after taking a national examination, may move directly into the position of beginning staff nurse. The program prepares the student for this test.

Specific Career Ladder Requirements:
LVN to RN applicants must have completed an approved LVN program. Copy of California LVN license must be provided with application.
The following requirements are due prior to beginning the LVN to RN Program:
• Proof of approved I.V. certification course
• LVN to RN students are required to work as an LVN Proof of a minimum of 4 months of employment as an LVN.

An additional 30 unit option is available to LVN’s.
30-Unit Option:
The Career Ladder Student may also choose a "30 Unit Option" plan. The LVN who chooses the "30 Unit Option" must have met the microbiology and physiology requirements with a grade of C or better. The applicant must then take Nursing 109, 126, 234, and 240.. Upon satisfactory completion of these classes, the applicant would be eligible to apply to take the RN licensure examination. NOTE: Students who complete this option (30 units) will take NCLEX-RN as a non-graduate. This status will not change even if student goes on to obtain a degree. There is no restriction to practice within California. The student may have difficulty in transferring to another state or territory. The student may also have difficulty applying to a college/university for an advanced degree.
Applicants to this curriculum alternative must meet with the Program Director for objective counseling that includes admission process, course requirements, and the advantages/disadvantages of this route to licensure. TEAS test is required, but results will not deny admission to the program.. The applicant is not required to meet college admission requirements.

RN AND LVN TO RN NURSING PROGRAM PREREQUISITES :
1. English 101 (3 units or 5 quarter units)
2. Anatomy (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
3. Physiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
4. Microbiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
5. Eligibility for Math 070: Intermediate Algebra

The College of the Canyons Registered Nursing Program is committed to servicing the community by providing the highest level of nursing education to all qualified students. The ability to enter the nursing program shall not be hindered by issues of age, sex, religion, ethnic origin, race, or socioeconomic status. Open access shall be the means by which all program participants are selected, all information disseminated, and all selection procedures are determined. Therefore, the following serves as a selection process outline for any, and all, nursing programs at College of the Canyons which require a specific selection process: applications, selection information, and individual program brochures are openly distributed from the Allied Health Office and are provided to any person requesting such data. Potential and current applicants are requested to attend a Nursing Information Session. These sessions are given once each semester. Information covers general campus information and provides specific data pertaining to selection requirements of the nursing programs The counseling department determines transferability of non-nursing courses. The Director of Nursing and/or Assistant Nursing Program Director determines the transferability of nursing courses.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR RN AND LVN TO RN PROGRAMS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
To be considered for entrance, all prerequisites and previous nursing courses must be completed with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Completing the prerequisites, however, does not assure admission into the program.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR RN PROGRAMS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.

SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY:
Scholastic eligibility is determined through a statewide approved formula which calculates the student’s probability of successfully completing the ADN program. The formula uses the following criteria:
• Core Biology GPA – all Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken at the college level.
• Core Biology repetitions – the number of times a student has repeated a Core Biology course including withdrawals.
• English GPA – all credit English course grades regardless of the level of the course.
• Overall GPA – the college GPA as it appears on college transcripts excluding non-credit and not-for-credit courses.
• Students must have a minimum required score of 70 to be eligible for admission.

To be more competitive for admission, students are encouraged to:
• Complete all courses without repeating or withdrawing.
• Earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all Biology courses
• Earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all English courses
• Earn a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA

ASSESSMENT TEST:
Qualified applicants will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment test. Students must rank at the required level to be eligible for admission into the program. Currently, this is a 62% composite score on TEAS test (version V) based on the California Community College Chancellor’s Office recommendation. Valid photo ID must be presented at time of test. See nursing website for updates which reflect current state guidelines and regulations.

RN Applicants:
Final selections are made using both multi-criteria screening and random selection. Qualified applicants not selected must reapply in order to be considered. The Allied Health Division Office does not retain applications or transcripts.

Students not meeting eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to reapply for random selection.
If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is no longer eligible to apply to the program.

LVN to RN Applicants:
Applicants accepted into the program will first enroll in the Transitions into Nursing course, Nursing 109. Upon completion of Nursing 109, the student will be placed on a waitlist to progress in the program on a space-available basis.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Follow current application process as outlined at www.canyons.edu/nursing

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Students may apply to the RN program by transfer or challenge. Students are not allowed to transfer into the first semester; students must enter first semester as a generic student. Students are only eligible to be considered for transfer if they have been in a nursing program within 12 months of the day their application is accepted and are eligible to re-enter their previous program. Students who have been out of a nursing program for more than 12 months must apply as beginning students. Student must provide letter from Director of previous nursing program stating student is clinically safe and eligible to return to their program. The Director of Nursing determines how the applicant's previous courses correlate with the COC Nursing Program curriculum and determines what portion of the program must be taken in order to complete the nursing program at COC. The Director of Nursing has the right to accept or deny any transfer. Approved applicants MUST attend a mandatory orientation and complete Nursing 109. Upon completing Nursing 109, approved applicants will be placed on a waiting list until an opening in the appropriate course becomes available. Transfer students who have previously failed another RN program will only be allowed one entry into the COC RN program. Follow current application process for transfer students as outlined at www.canyons.edu/nursing. Students advised by the BRN to take specific courses to obtain a license must also take the TEAS exam with any necessary remediation, attend a mandatory orientation and complete Nursing 109.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL Nursing Students:
Once admitted to any of the RN programs, the student must comply with the following requirements:
• Proof of vaccination followed by positive titers for Hepatitis B (or signed waiver), rubeola, rubella, mumps
• Proof of Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Tdap) and annual flu vaccinations
• Negative mantoux or chest x-ray documentation for Tuberculosis clearance.
• An annual physical examination. The first physical with functional abilities verification must be within six months of beginning classes
• Current CPR certificate (American Heart Association for health care providers)
• Student Registered nurse malpractice insurance.
• Clear Background check and OIG/GSA clearance
• Clear 10 panel drug test
• L. A. City Fire Card

New curriculum below is approved to begin Fall 2011.

Associate in Science Degree: Nursing – Registered Nurse
Nursing science is an art and science incorporating knowledge from the behavioral, biological, and physical sciences. It has a holistic concept of health in which the physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of human functioning are interrelated, interdependent, and of equal importance.

Offered as an Associate Degree in Nursing with a program of clinical components in which the student cares for patients in the acute-care, sub-acute, and home setting. The program prepares the students to take the national licensure exam and for an entry-level Registered Nurse (RN) position in the health care setting.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 61
 

    Units
NURSNG-112 Foundations of Nursing 4.25
NURSNG-114 Fundamentals of Nursing 6.50
NURSNG-124 Beginning Medical Surgical Nursing 5.75
NURSNG-126 Psychiatric Nursing 3.75
NURSNG-234 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.75
NURSNG-236 Maternal Child Nursing 5.50
NURSNG-240 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Leadership 8.50
     
Plus eight units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-201 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOSCI-202 Introduction to Human Physiology 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOSCI-205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8.0
     
Plus eleven units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-221 Introduction to Microbiology 5.0
ENGL-101 English Composition 3.0
OR    
ENGL-101H English Composition - Honors 4.0
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3.0
COMS-105H Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Honors 3.0
COMS-223 Small Group Communication 3.0


Associate in Science Degree: Nursing – Career Ladder LVN to RN
Nursing science is an art and science incorporating knowledge from the behavioral, biological, and physical sciences. It has a holistic concept of health in which the physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of human functioning are interrelated, interdependent, and of equal importance.

This program is for students already possessing a license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and experience as an LVN, which provides them advance standing due to credit for their experience. Offered as an Associate Degree in Nursing with a program of clinical components in which the student cares for patients in the acute-care, sub-acute, and home setting. The program prepares the students to take the national licensure exam and for an entry-level Registered Nurse (RN) position in the health care setting.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 43
 

    Units
NURSNG-109 Transition Into Nursing 4.0
NURSNG-126 Psychiatric Nursing 3.75
NURSNG-234 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.75
NURSNG-240 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Leadership 8.50
     
Plus eight units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-201 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOSCI-202 Introduction to Human Physiology 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOSCI-205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8.0
     
Plus eleven units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-221 Introduction to Microbiology 5.0
ENGL-101 English Composition 3.0
OR    
ENGL-101H English Composition - Honors 4.0
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3.0
COMS-105H Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Honors 3.0
COMS-223 Small Group Communication 3.0


The current curriculum outlined below will continue through its cycle with all of the currently enrolled cohort of students.

Associate in Science Degree: Nursing – Registered Nurse (Students enrolled in Program prior to Fall 2011)

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 61
 

    Units
NURSNG-110 Fundamentals 8.0
NURSNG-111 Pharmacology 2.0
NURSNG-120 Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing 4.75
NURSNG-122 Maternal Newborn Pediatric Nursing 5.25
NURSNG-220 Psychiatric Nursing 4.0
NURSNG-222 Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing 5.5
NURSNG-232 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing 9.5
     
Plus eleven units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-221 Introduction to Microbiology 5.0
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
ENGL-101 English Composition 3.0
OR    
ENGL-101H English Composition - Honors 4.0
     
Plus eight units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-201 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOSCI-202 Introduction to Human Physiology 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOSCI-205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-105 Speech Fundamentals 3.0
COMS-105H Speech Fundamentals - Honors 3.0
COMS-223 Small Group Communication 3.0

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the student is required to take six units of the American Institutions requirement and meet the Math graduation requirement in order to obtain their associate of science degree from College of the Canyons. The physical education and diversity requirements have been waived for the RN students. Students must complete ALL requirements for the associate degree before the student will be allowed to apply for licensure. Consult with a counselor to determine the exact courses needed to complete the degree.

In order to receive an associate degree, RN students must complete all nursing education courses and all general education requirements with a grade of “C” or better. All requirements for the completion of the nursing program must be fulfilled before the student will be allowed to apply for licensure.


Associate in Science Degree: Nursing – Career Ladder LVN to RN (Students enrolled in Program prior to Fall 2011)

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 43
 

    Units
NURSNG-103 Nursing Bridge 2.0
NURSNG-220 Psychiatric Nursing 4.0
NURSNG-222 Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing 5.5
NURSNG-232 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing 9.5
     
Plus eleven units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-221 Introduction to Microbiology 5.0
ENGL-101 English Composition 3.0
OR    
ENGL-101H English Composition - Honors 4.0
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
     
Plus eight units from the following options:  
     
BIOSCI-201 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOSCI-202 Introduction to Human Physiology 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOSCI-205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-105 Speech Fundamentals 3.0
COMS-105H Speech Fundamentals - Honors 3.0
COMS-223 Small Group Communication 3.0

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the student is required to take six units of the American Institutions requirement and meet the Math graduation requirement in order to obtain their associate of science degree from College of the Canyons. The physical education and diversity requirements have been waived for the RN students. Students must complete ALL requirements for the associate degree before the student will be allowed to apply for licensure. Consult with a counselor to determine the exact courses needed to complete the degree.


GENERAL INFORMATION
Accrediting and approval agencies for Registered Nursing and LVN-RN Career Ladder Programs:

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING ACCREDITING
COMMISSION (NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
P: (404) 975-5000
F: (404) 975-5020

BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING (BRN)
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
(916) 322-3350
Link to RN NCLEX pass rates is posted on nursing website.


CERTIFICATES
The Nursing Department offers certificates in health related fields. Students gain experience caring for patients in a variety of community settings. State and local requirements apply to all programs, and students must meet all mandated requirements.

Certificate of Specialization: CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant
Upon completion of this course and a state test for certification, the student will be able to function as a certified nurse assistant in a skilled nursing facility providing basic patient care for residents. The CNA works under the supervision of a licensed vocational nurse or registered nurse.

Program Requirements:

Units required for certificate: 6
 

    Units
NURSNG-050 Nurse Assistant Training 6.0


NURSNG 045 BASIC EKG INTERPRETATION
Units: 1.50
27.00 hours lecture maximum
Provides basic EKG interpretation including basic principles, normal sinus rhythm, dysrhythmias of focal origin and rhythm blocks. Designed for practicing nurses, student nurses, and those seeking to become a monitor technician. Offered credit/no-credit or pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 050 NURSE ASSISTANT TRAINING
Units: 6.00
63.00 hours lecture maximum, 135.00 hours lab maximum
Recommended Preparation: ENGL-081
Prerequisite: TB test and physical exam within the last six months. Proof of vaccination for Hepatitis B (or signed waiver), rubeola, rubella, mumps, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus required. In order to register, a packet must be picked up in the Nursing Office. Forms must be completed and submitted to the instructor on the first day of class.

Presents the fundamental nursing skills needed to care for the hospitalized patient. Includes clinical practice in a skilled nursing facility with emphasis on the role and responsibilities of the nurse assistant, safety principles and infection control, basic patient care skills, and emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the patient. Upon completion, the student will be eligible to take the California test for certification.


NURSNG 061 INTERPRETATION OF LABORATORY TESTS
Units: 1.00
18.00 hours lecture maximum
Provides an in-depth review and analysis of laboratory values and integration of the nursing process across the life span. Offered credit/no-credit or pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 089 SUCCESS IN FUNDAMENTAL NURSING
Units: 1.00
18.00 hours lecture maximum
May be taken two times for credit
Co-Requisite: Nursing 112 and Nursing 114.

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG 112 & 114.


NURSNG 092 SUCCESS IN BEGINNING MEDICAL/ SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 0.50
9.00 hours lecture
Co-requisite: NURSNG-124

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG 124. Units do not apply to the associate degree. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 093 SUCCESS IN MATERNAL NEWBORN AND PEDIATRIC NURSING
Units: 0.50
9.00 hours lecture
Co-requisite: NURSNG-236

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG-236. Units do not apply to the associate degree. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 094 SUCCESS IN PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
Units: 0.50
9.00 hours lecture
May be taken two times for credit
Co-requisite: NURSNG-220

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG-220. Units do not apply to the associate degree. Offered pass/no-pass only. Units do not apply to the associate degree.


NURSNG 095 SUCCESS IN INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL/ SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 0.50
9.00 hours lecture
Co-requisite: NURSNG-234

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG-234. Units do not apply to the associate degree. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 096 SUCCESS IN ADVAN. MED/SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 1.00
18.00 hours lecture maximum|
Co-requisite: NURSNG-232 or NURSNG-240

Expands on students' critical thinking skills focusing on content from NURSNG-232 or NURSNG-240. Units do not apply to the associate degree. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 120 BEGINNING MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 4.75
CSU 45.00 hours lecture maximum, 121.50 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-110 and NURSNG-111

The second in a series of medical/surgical nursing courses. Examines the care of adult and elderly patients with diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, genitourinary disorders, and disorders of the reproductive system. Expands the understanding of the impact of physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual dimensions on patients' ability to provide selfcare Students apply the nursing process at a beginning level to the multifaceted needs of patients.


NURSNG 122 MATERNAL NEWBORN PEDIATRIC NURSING
Units: 5.25
CSU 54.00 hours lecture maximum, 121.50 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-120

An integrated course in the care of mother/baby dyads and pediatric patients. Content covers normal and high risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, and common pediatric disorders. The developmental dimension of individuals is more heavily emphasized in the
application of the nursing process. The role of the family in enhancing self-care is explored. (Formerly NURSNG-106 and NURSNG-106L)


NURSNG 130 NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICE
Units: 2.00
CSU 108.00 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-124

Provides additional clinical practice to students emphasizing beginning and intermediate medical/surgical skills. Not appropriate for students who have completed a nursing program. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NURSNG 206 OPERATING ROOM NURSING
Units: 5.00
CSU 90.00 hours lecture maximum
Theory of operating room nursing. Encompasses three areas of perioperative nursing care: preoperative assessment and planning, intraoperative implementation, and postoperative evaluation.


NURSNG 210 NURSING INTERNSHIP
Units: 3.00
CSU 153.00 hours lab maximum
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: NURSNG-120.

Clinical internship giving students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the nursing program in a sponsoring acute care facility with an assigned preceptor. Students must attend scheduled clinical conferences held by the assigned College of the Canyons nursing faculty member. Students must work 153 hours to receive credit. Offered pass/no-pass only. May be taken four times for credit.


NURSNG 212 PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Units: 1.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture maximum
Designed to develop an in-depth review and synthesis of physical assessment skills and knowledge covering the life span. Integration of the health history, physical examination techniques, and the nursing process is emphasized. Offered pass/no-pass only. May be taken two times for credit.


NURSNG 215 PHARMACOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture maximum
Presents in-depth pharmacological principles, including drug classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, legal and ethical issues, patient and family education, and dosage calculation.(Formerly NSCOL 275)


NURSNG 220 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
Units: 4.00
CSU 45.00 hours lecture maximum, 81.00 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-122 and PSYCH-101/101H.

Focuses on the dynamics of children, adolescents, and adults undergoing psychological stress. Presents a comprehensive overview of psychiatric diseases as well as the applicable nursing care. The multifaceted needs of patients are examined, but the psychological dimension is more heavily emphasized when applying the nursing process to help patients achieve self-care. (Formerly NURSNG-200 and NURSNG-200L)


NURSNG 222 INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 5.50
CSU 54.00 hours lecture maximum, 135.00 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-220.

The third in a series of medical/surgical nursing courses. Examines the care of patients with cardiac, respiratory, and neurological diseases. The dynamic interrelationship between the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual dimensions is more fully explored than in previous courses. Use of the nursing process emphasizes focusing and prioritizing care to help patients achieve self-care. (Formerly NURSNG-202 and NURSNG-202L)


NURSNG 232 ADVANCED MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 9.50
CSU 99.00 hours lecture maximum, 216 hours lab maximum
Prerequisite: NURSNG-222.

The fourth in a series of medical/surgical nursing courses. Examines the care of patients with complex multisystem issues. Also examines renal, immune, endocrine, and oncology disorders. Management and leadership skills are used to meet the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual needs of patients in a variety of settings. Students apply the nursing process to help a wide range of patients achieve self-care. (Formerly NURSNG-204 and NURSNG-204L)


NURSNG 242 CRITICAL CARE NURSING II
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture maximum
Recommended Preparation: For RN or LVN students.

A study of current concepts of critical care nursing of disease processes for each of the major body systems: pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, renal, endocrine, hematological, immunologic, gastrointestinal and multisystem. Critical care equipment and procedures related to the care of these clients will be discussed. Psychosocial and ethical and legal aspects of critical care nursing will be addressed.


NURSNG 244 EMERGENCY ROOM NURSING
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: NURSNG-222 or RN, LVN license.

Presents current concepts of emergency room nursing practice related to trauma and major medical/surgical emergencies, including special populations and legal and regulatory issues.


NURSNG 246 DISASTER NURSING AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: NURSNG-222 or RN, LVN license.

Prepares nurses for major public health emergencies, including tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, infectious disease outbreaks, and biological, chemical, and radiological events. Covers information that is applicable to any catastrophe, including legal and ethical issues, psychosocial impact, crisis communications, and care of children during disasters.


Curriculum effective Fall 2011

NURSNG 109 TRANSITION INTO NURSING
Units: 4.00
CSU 31.50 hours lecture, 121.50 hours lab
Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program.

Designed to assist all transfer, returning, and LVN to RN students to successfully integrate into the Registered Nursing Program, including the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address health problems of adult and elderly patients as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the nursing profession. Emphasizes a patient centered approach by focusing on their multifaceted needs and the integrated concepts of person, health, nursing and environment.


NURSNG 112 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
Units: 4.25
CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 121.50 hours lab
Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program.

Presents the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for socialization to the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the nursing profession. Prepares the student for patient centered nursing by focusing on the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan and the integrated concepts of person, health, environment, and nursing.


NURSNG 114 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
Units: 6.50
CSU 63.00 hours lecture, 162.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-112

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide basic care to adult and elderly patients as a professional nurse at a fundamental level. Emphasizes a patient centered approach by focusing on their multifaceted needs and integrated concepts related to wellness and heath alterations of mobility and protection.


NURSNG 124 BEGINNING MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 5.75
CSU 63.00 hours lecture, 121.50 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-114

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for non-complex health problems of adult and elderly patients at a beginning level. Emphasizes a patient centered approach by focusing on their multifaceted needs and integrated concepts related to wellness and alterations of oxygenation, tissue perfusion, nutrition, elimination, metabolism, and sexuality.


NURSNG 126 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
Units: 3.75
CSU 40.50 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-114 and PSYCH-101/101H

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for health problems of psychiatric patients across the life-span at a beginning level. Emphasizes a patient centered approach by focusing on their multifaceted needs and integrated concepts related to wellness and psychological health alterations.


NURSNG 234 INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING
Units: 4.75
CSU 45.00 hours lecture, 121.50 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-124 and NURSNG-126

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for complex health problems of adult and elderly patients at an intermediate level. Emphasizes management of patient centered care by focusing on the multifaceted needs of patients and integrated concepts related to wellness and alterations of oxygenation, tissue perfusion, elimination, mobility, sensation, cognition, and sexuality.


NURSNG 236 MATERNAL CHILD NURSING
Units: 5.50
CSU 58.50 hours lecture, 121.50 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-234

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for health problems of the pediatric, newborn, maternal patient and their families at the intermediate level. Emphasizes management of patient and family centered care by focusing on the multifaceted needs of the family and integrated concepts related to wellness and alterations health.


NURSNG 240 ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING AND LEADERSHIP
Units: 8.50
CSU 72.00 hours lecture, 243.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: NURSNG-234 and NURSNG-236

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for complex and multi-system health problems of the adult and elderly patient at an advanced level. Manages groups of patients and provides leadership for patient centered care by focusing on their multifaceted needs and integrated concepts related to wellness and alterations of oxygenation, tissue perfusion, elimination, mobility, sensation, and cognition. Prepares the student for transition into practice.


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