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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Prepares the nursing student for completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program. The student will explore the history of nursing to gain further insight into the profession. Emphasis is on maintaining a positive attitude, developing efficient study skills, time management, organizational tips, and establishing effective test taking strategies. The student will be introduced to:  use of the computer, library services, APA format, and principles of research and information retrieval via the internet.
 
Introduces concepts of caring, human needs, and the nursing process.  The roles of the registered nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be introduced. Concepts of critical thinking and evidence based practice will be integrated throughout the course.
 
Introduces the student to beginning nursing skills.  The roles of the nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing will be explored.  The student will demonstrate nursing skills such as:  sterile glove placement, catheter insertion, sterile dressing changes, vital signs, assessment, nasogastric tube placement, medication administration and intravenous placement.  The student will discuss and demonstrate problem solving strategies and care associated with each skill.  P/Q grading
 
ADN-111 Nursing Concepts 1, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts I is a class/lab/clinical course that introduces the role of the registered nurse considering history, trends and comportment through a caring perspective. The roles of the registered nurse will be discussed related to safety, legal implications, and collaborative practice throughout the client’s lifespan.  The nursing process and health promotion will be introduced related to human needs and the physical assessment.  The conceptual focus includes oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, tissue integrity, mobility, sensory alterations and pain. The student will practice and perform nursing skills in the lab and clinical settings while caring for simple client conditions.
 
ADN-129 Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program, 2 cr.
Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is a lecture/lab course that facilitates the role change from a practical nurse to a registered nurse.  Concepts of critical thinking and the nursing process, human needs, and caring as they relate to the registered nurse will be integrated throughout the course. The student will demonstrate the following skills as they relate to the role of the registered nurse: assessment, nasogastric tube insertion, intravenous insertion and care, and intravenous medication administration.
 
ADN-212 Nursing Concepts II, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts II is a class/clinical course that builds upon nursing concepts related to human needs with an emphasis on a safe and effective environment.  The student will demonstrate caring behaviors while learning about physiologic adaptations related to perioperative, comfort, pain, infection, fluid and electrolyte, acid/base, metabolism, oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, digestion, and mobility as related to the Medical-Surgical client throughout the lifespan.  The nursing process will be utilized throughout the course while applying principles of teaching and learning. Prerequisite: ADN-111 (C or better).
 
ADN-213 Pharmacology Applications, 4 cr.
Pharmacology Applications is a class/lab designed to provide the learner knowledge of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmcotherapeutics as it relates to the client lifespan. Major drug classifications will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on application of these agents. Medication administration including oral, parenteral, enteral, and intravenous therapy will be discussed and applied. Prerequisite: ADN-111 (C or better).
 
ADN-314 Nursing Concepts III, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts III is a class/clinical course that enhances the concepts of critical thinking, complex nursing interventions, and nursing skills using caring behaviors throughout the client’s lifespan. The student will relate concepts of physiologic human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, developmental and pediatric alterations, intracranial regulation, immunity and inflammation, fluid and electrolytes, cellular regulation, and sensory perception. The role of the registered nurse will be discussed related to maintaining a safe and effective environment through health promotion strategies in case management, utilization review, and quality improvement. Prerequisite: ADN-212 and ADN 213 (C or better).
 
ADN-413 Behavioral Health Concepts, 4 cr.
Behavioral Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces foundational nursing practice for the client with human needs of behavioral health and/or mental illness.  The student will display caring behaviors while using critical thinking, evidence based practice, and the nursing process to promote a safe and effective environment for clients with behavioral health issues.  The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing through communication, health promotion, and maintenance strategies as the student cares for behavioral health clients in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: ADN-212 and ADN-213 (C or better)
 
ADN-414 Maternal Newborn Concepts, 4 cr.
Maternal Newborn Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces nursing skills necessary while caring for clients with reproductive and family planning health promotion and maintenance needs.  The student will provide a safe and effective environment, use the nursing process, demonstrate critical thinking, evidence based practice, and communication while providing care for the human needs of maternal newborn clients. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing as the student cares for maternal newborn clients in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: ADN-212 and ADN-213 (C or better)
 
ADN-415 Nursing Concepts IV, 7 cr.
Nursing Concepts IV is a class/clinical or class/preceptorship course that prepares the student for entry level nursing practice by focusing on nursing judgment and assimilation into the profession. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse as the provider and manager of care with simple to complex client conditions throughout the lifespan using evidence based practice interventions while demonstrating positive communication. Management of simple to complex human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, intracranial regulation, mobility, inflammation/infection/ immunity, tissue integrity, cellular regulation, and comfort/psychosocial. Through management of various clients, the student will explore contemporary nursing practice topics.
 
ADN-467 Mental Health Concepts, 5 cr.
Mental Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that provides an overview of the nursing process utilized in care of clients with mental health needs, addressing assessment, health promotion, illness prevention, and crisis management.  The student will develop nursing skills necessary to provide individualistic care to clients with mental health needs.  The nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for a variety of mental health clients.  Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice are utilized in the classroom and clinical setting.  Current issues related to mental health care across the lifespan in multicultural populations will be explored. Prerequisite: ADN-564
 
ADN-468 Women's Health Concepts, 5 cr.
Women’s Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces topics of reproduction, sexuality, family planning and antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care. The student will develop nursing skills necessary to provide individualistic care to clients experiencing reproductive needs including childbearing.  The nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing will be explored as the student cares for childbearing clients.  Critical thinking and evidenced based practice will be integrated throughout the course.  Current issues related to reproduction and childbearing in multicultural populations will be explored. Prerequisite: ADN-564
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