Introduces the student to the advanced role of the associate degree nurse and the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring within the self-care framework. The course expands on the concepts of nursing knowledge and caring to support growth and development over the life cycle. The emphasis of the course is on universal, developmental, and/or health deviation self-care requirements. The student focuses on the educative/supportive and partially compensatory nursing systems and employs effective therapeutic communication to care for patients with selected self-care deficits throughout the life cycle. Professional, ethical, and legal standards of nursing practice are utilized to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle. Planned learning experiences provide the student with the opportunity to coordinate environmental and technological resources in the delivery of patient care. Opportunities for analysis of principles and concepts of nursing knowledge are provided through Clinical Resource Center experiences and patient care assignments in various settings. To facilitate the teaching/learning process, ongoing evaluations occur through interactions between student and faculty. Clinical sites include mental health and medical/surgical settings. Students enrolled in this course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. Students enrolled in this course will be charged $615 to help cover the costs associated with ATI online practice and proctored assessments and tutorials, detailed individualized remediation plans, and end-of-program testing to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. (Prerequisites: ENGL 101C, PSYC 105C, PSYC 220C, BIOL 195C, and BIOL 196C.)

All 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 Nursing major field courses must be passed before proceeding to the next level. A grade of C or higher is required in BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, BIOL 202C, and a math elective (MATH 120C or higher) to enter or progress in the nursing courses.