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Nursing - Associate Degree (RN) Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


ADN  150 - Concepts of Professional Nursing

Prerequisite: ENG 101, BIO185, PSY 101, MTH097 or equivalent, MDR 103 and admission to the program. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 186 & PSY 211.

Concepts of Professional Nursing is a course that introduces fundamental nursing concepts, including patient assessment, necessary for safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care across the lifespan with a focus on diverse patients with uncomplicated healthcare conditions. Includes integrating legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Introduces caring, quality improvement, and communication used when interacting with patients and members of the interprofessional team, and relates clinical reasoning/nursing judgment, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. Includes fundamental principles of pharmacology and basic dosage calculations. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory, and/or simulation, and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  152 - Adult Health Nursing I

Prerequisite: ADN 150, (BIO 224 Concurrent)

Adult Health Nursing I builds on Concepts of Professional Nursing, provides for the acquisition and application of basic medical/surgical nursing theory applied to adult patients, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring and clinical reasoning/nursing judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse adult patients of all ages experiencing uncomplicated acute and chronic conditions requiring medical/surgical interventions. Incorporates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Includes principles of pharmacology and dosage calculations used in the care of adult patients. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratory and/or simulation, and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  252 - Adult Health Nursing II

Prerequisite: ADN 152. (BIO 224. Concurrent enrollment in SOC 101)

Adult Health Nursing II builds on Adult Health Nursing I, focusing on concepts of nursing applied to the care of patients experiencing complicated chronic and acute health conditions, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/nursing judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care. Integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Includes principles of pharmacology and dosage calculations used in the care of adult patients. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and/or simulation, and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  254 - Childbearing Family and Children

Prerequisite: ADN 152, BIO 224. Concurrent enrollment in SOC 101.

Childbearing Family and Children applies nursing theory to the care of the childbearing family and children. This is a course that incorporates communication, collaboration, caring, and clinical reasoning/nursing judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to women, the newborn, the family, and children. Integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Includes principles of pharmacology and dosage calculations applicable to the maternity patient, newborns, and children. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratory and/or simulation, and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  256 - Adult Health Nursing III

Prerequisite: ADN 252, AND 245, SOC 101. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 108, Group II Humanities elective.

Adult Health Nursing III course builds on the previous Adult Health I and II courses, focuses on concepts of medical/surgical nursing theory applied to the care of adult patients experiencing complex acute and chronic health conditions, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring and clinical reasoning/nursing judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care. This course integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Principles of pharmacology and dosage calculations applicable to the adult patient with complex healthcare issues are also presented. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory, and/or simulation, and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  257 - Behavioral Health Nursing

Prerequisite: ADN 252, AND 254, SOC 101. (Concurrent enrollment in SPE 108, Group II Humanities elective)

Behavioral Health Nursing provides for the acquisition and application of psychiatric and mental health nursing theory, incorporating communication, collaboration, caring and clinical reasoning/nursing judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care. Integrates evidence-based practice, quality improvement, professional standards, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Includes principles of pharmacology and dosage calculations applicable to patients requiring psychiatric/mental health interventions. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of healthcare settings.  Fee.

ADN  258 - Transition into Practice

Prerequisite: ADN 252, AND 245, SOC 101. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 108, Group II Humanities elective.

Transition Into Nursing Practice course provides an advanced comprehensive synthesis of all concepts, content, and nursing skills taught throughout the program, evaluating complex patient situations and nursing care. The course evaluates concepts related to the nursing student transitioning into professional practice and role related expectations within the contemporary healthcare environment. This course also enables the individual student to recognize areas that need enhancement prior to entering professional practice. Includes a review for the NCLEX-RN and strategies for success.  Fee.

For more information, please contact Mary Long at 708-596-2000 ext. 2512.

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