Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

All practical nursing courses integrate theory and clinical experience. Failure to receive a satisfactory grade in either theory OR the clinical experience portion of the course will result in a failing grade. All practical nursing major field courses must be passed before proceeding to the next level. Students taking the BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 sequence or BI 108 & BI 109 sequence, and Math, MT 129, must earn grades of "C" or higher in those courses to enter or progress in the nursing courses.

PN 101 Practical Nursing I 4-9-7
This course provides the student with knowledge of fundamental concepts in communication and helping processes to be utilized within the role of the LPN. Major concepts will be Orem's self-care theory, the wellness-illness continuum and health care delivery. Students will be introduced to basic nursing interventions and concepts of nutrition, ethical/legal issues of nursing, and mental health. Simulated clinical laboratory and clinical experiences will provide opportunities for mastering basic skills. Clinical sites are in long term care settings. (Corequisites: BI 108, EN 101 and PY 105) Students who are taking the BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 sequence instead of BI 108 and BI 109 must complete BI 195 by the end of PN 101. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in BI 195 to progress to PN 102.

PN 102 Practical Nursing II 3-12-7
This course describes nursing care that promotes wellness in clients throughout the lifespan. The nurse, within the LPN role, provides this care utilizing the nursing process. Building on Orem's universal self-care requirements learned in Practical Nursing I, the student will be introduced to developmental self-care requirements from conception to old age. Content will include: womens and child health, health deviations, alterations in immune, hematology, and respiratory function. The concepts of pharmacology, nutrition, ethical/legal issues, and mental health will be integrated throughout the course. Learning opportunities will be provided in a variety of clinical settings to facilitate integration and application of theoretical knowledge. Clinical sites are in medical/surgical settings. (Prerequisites: PN 101, BI 108; corequisites: BI 109, PY 220) Students who are taking the BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 sequence instead of BI 108 and BI 109 must complete BI 196 by the end of PN 102. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in BI 196 or BI 109 to progress to PN 103.

PN 103 Practical Nursing III 4-15-9
This course describes nursing care for clients who have self-care deficits associated with well defined health deviations. The LPN, applying ethical and legal standards, provides this care via the nursing process. Content includes alterations in cardiovascular, endocrine, mobility, elimination, neurosensory and gastrointestinal function. The concepts of pharmacology, nutrition, ethical/legal issues, and mental health will be integrated throughout the course. Additional topics will include: scope of practice, licensure, and management skills. Learning opportunities will be provided in a variety of clinical settings to facilitate integration and application of theoretical knowledge. Clinical sites are in rehab and long term settings. (Prerequisites: PN 101 and PN 102; minimum of “C” or better in BI 108 and BI 109; corequisite: MT 129) Students who are taking the BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 sequence instead of BI 108 and BI 109 must complete BI 202 by the end of PN 103. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in BI 202 and MT 129 in order to graduate.

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