Diploma in Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

BI 222 Basic Anatomy & Physiology

Four semester hours
(Three credit hours class; one credit hour lab) Basic Anatomy & Physiology is designed to learn important concepts about human anatomy and physiology in preparation for their degree course work. This course is an essential foundation. There are no prerequisites for the course.

NUR 100 Drug Calculations

One semester hour
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills for accurate medication. An in-depth review of basic math is provided. The student will learn systems of measurement, conversion within and between systems and dosage calculations. The concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence-based practice and quality improvement are discussed in relation to the practical nurses role in medication administration.
Prerequisite: NUR 101.
Co-requisite: NUR 110 and BI 122.

NUR 101 Introduction to Practical Nursing

Two semester hours
This course presents introductory concepts for the practical nurse. The course emphasizes the accountability and responsibility of practical nurse caring consistent with the code of ethics. The concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based nursing practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics and professionalism are introduced.
Co-requisite: BI 222.

NUR 110 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults I

Six semester hours
This course expands on the concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based nursing practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics and professionalism. As a member of the health care team, the student applies the nursing process to care for the adult/geriatric client utilizing basic practical nursing skills within a nurse caring framework. The basic principles of pharmacology are introduced as the student learns the role of practical nurse in administering medications to the adult/geriatric client.
Prerequisites: NUR 101 and BI 222.
Co-requisites: NUR 100 and BI 122.

NUR 130 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults II

Nine semester hours
(Four credit hours class; one credit hour skills lab; four credit hours clinical lab) This course presents concepts related to the practical nurse caring for adults across the lifespan with acute and chronic medical conditions. The concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based nursing practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics and professionalism are expanded. This course builds upon the student’s knowledge of basic nursing skills and normal anatomy and physiology. Pathophysiology of disease conditions is introduced. The principles of pharmacology, gerontology and mental health are integrated through the course.
Prerequisites: NUR 110, NUR 100

NUR 135 Practical Nurse Caring for Women and Children

Six semester hours
This course presents concepts of family-centered health care of women and children. The course addresses the care of women from child-bearing age through menopause and children from conception through adolescence. The student gains knowledge and skills in caring for women and children in a variety of settings incorporating safety, teamwork, informatics and professionalism. The student will assist the licensed professional by collection reporting and recording data utilizing the nursing process in providing client-centered care. The basic principles of pharmacology, drug administration, pathophysiology, and growth and development are integrated throughout this course.
Prerequisites:, NUR 130,.
Co-requisite: PY 200.

NUR 142 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults III

Four semester hours
(Two credit hours class; two credit hours clinical lab) This course presents concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration and safety for the practical nurse caring for adults with acute and chronic health problems and uncomplicated surgical procedures. Pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, mental health and gerontology concepts are integrated throughout the course. Critical thinking and therapeutic nursing interventions are emphasized, utilizing best current evidence in the planning of care for adults in the acute, sub-acute and/or extended care setting. Behaviors that support a professional caring relationship is explored.
Prerequisites: NUR 135, and PY 200.

NUR 161 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults IV

Six semester hours
(Three credit hours class; three credit hours clinical lab) This course expands on the nursing concepts of quality and safety with a caring and holistic approach. This course presents concepts relevant to acute/chronic multisystem disorders for patients in a variety of settings. Basic principles of leadership/management and the role of the LPN are introduced. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the student coordinates and manages the care of clients in a variety of health care settings utilizing informatics and an evidence-based approach to promote quality patient outcomes.
Prerequisites: NUR 142