Southern Union State Community College

Nursing Course Descriptions

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ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (ADN) Old curriculum (Prior to fall 2015)
ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (ADN) Pilot curriculum implemented fall 2015
LPN TO RN MOBILITY 
PARAMEDIC TO RN MOBILITY 
PRACTICAL NURSING
NURSING ASSISTING (NAS)
 

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program (Old curriculum)

NUR 102. FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING.  6 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program.
COREQUISITES: NUR 103, NUR 104, BIO 201 and MTH 100

Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students learn concepts and theories basic to the art and science of nursing. The role of the nurse as a member of the healthcare team is emphasized. Students are introduced to the concepts of client needs, safety, communication, teaching/learning, critical thinking, ethical-legal, cultural diversity, nursing history, and
program’s philosophy of nursing. Additionally, this course introduces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. Skills necessary for maintaining microbial, physical, and psychological safety are introduced along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. At the conclusion of this course, students demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.

NUR 103. HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 1 hr.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program.
COREQUISITES: NUR 102, NUR 104, BIO 201 and MTH 100 or higher level math

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the opportunity to learn and practice history taking and physical examination skills with individuals of all ages, with emphasis on the adult. The focus is on symptom analysis along with physical, psychosocial, and growth and development assessments. Students will be able to utilize critical thinking skills in identifying health alterations, formulating nursing diagnoses and documenting findings appropriate to nursing.

NUR 104. INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY. 1 hr.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program.
COREQUISITES: NUR 102, NUR 103, BIO 201 and MTH 100 or higher level math

Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individu als throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. This course introduces students to basic principles of pharmacology and the knowledge necessary to safely administer medication. Course content includes legal implications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, calculations of drug dosages, medication administration, and an overview of drug classifications. Students will be able to calculate and administer medications.

NUR 105. ADULT NURSING. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of NUR 102, NUR 103, NUR 104, MTH 100 or higher level math and BIO 201.
COREQUISITES: NUR 106, BIO 202 and ENG 101.

Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on providing care to individuals undergoing surgery, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and common alterations in respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, endocrine, and integument systems. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts are integrated.

NUR 106. MATERNAL AND CHILD NURSING. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of NUR 102, NUR 103, NUR 104, MTH 100 or higher level math and BIO 201.
COREQUISITES: NUR 105, BIO 202 and ENG 101.
Course Description: This course is designed to utilize the nursing process to focus on the childbearing and childrearing stages of the family unit. This introductory course focuses on the role of the nurse in meeting the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and developmental needs of the family during antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, infant, and childhood. Course content includes aspects of growth and development, health teaching, health promotion and prevention. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to provide and manage care of the childbearing and childrearing family in a variety of settings.

NUR 201. NURSING THROUGH THE LIFESPAN I. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to ADN program and successful completion of NUR 105, NUR 106, BIO 202, AND ENG 101.
COREQUISITES: PSY 200 AND BIO 220.

Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students manage and provide collaborative care to clients who are experiencing selected alterations in gastrointestinal, reproductive sensory, and endocrine systems. Additional instruction is provided for oncology, mental health, teaching/learning concepts, and advanced dosage calculations. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts are integrated.

NUR 202. NURSING THROUGH THE LIFESPAN II. 6 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 201, BIO 220 and PSY 200.
COREQUISITES: SPH 107 and PSY 210.

Course Description: This course builds upon previous instruction and provides additional opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students manage and provide collaborative care to clients who are experiencing selected alterations in cardiovascular, hematologic, immune, genitourinary systems. Additional instruction is provided for psychiatric disorders, and high-risk obstetrics. Teaching/learning concepts, advanced dosage calculations, nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts are integrated throughout this course.

NUR 203. NURSING THROUGH THE LIFESPAN III. 6 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 202, SPH 107, and PSY 210.
COREQUISITE: Approved Humanities Elective
Course Description: This course builds upon previous instruction and provides additional opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students manage and provide collaborative care to clients who are experiencing selected alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological systems. Additional instruction is provided for selected mental health disorders, selected emergencies, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and related disorders. Teaching/learning concepts, advanced dosage calculations, nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts.

NUR 204. TRANSITION INTO NURSING PRACTICE. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 202, SPH 107 and PSY 210.
Course Description: The course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to transition from student to registered nurse. Content includes current issues in the health care system, nursing leadership and management, legal and ethical issues, transition into the workplace, and NCLEX-RN preparation. Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry into registered nursing practice. 

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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program (Pilot curriculum- implemented fall 2015)

NUR 112. Fundamental Concepts of Nursing. 7 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to nursing program
COREQUISITES: MTH 100, BIO 201
Course Description: This course provides foundational knowledge of nursing concepts and incorporates clinical decision making to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: nursing domain, health care domain, individual domain, assessment, and pharmacological concepts.  

NUR 113. Nursing Concepts I. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 112, MTH 100, and BIO 201.
COREQUISITES: ENG 101, BIO 202

Course Description: This course reinforces foundational knowledge of nursing concepts across the lifespan and incorporates clinical decision making to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: homeostasis; perioperative care; oxygenation and infection; nutrition and inflammation; perfusion; metabolism; and mobility.

NUR 114. Nursing Concepts II. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 113, ENG 101 and BIO 202. 
COREQUISITES: PSY 200, BIO 220

Course Description: This course reinforces concepts of nursing and incorporates clinical decision making across the lifespan to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: sensory perception, intracranial regulation, sexuality, reproduction, elimination, perfusion, oxygenation, elimination/nutrition/inflammation, metabolism, immunity, cellular regulation, and basic concepts of emergent care.

NUR 115. Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 113, ENG 101 and BIO 202. 
COREQUISITES: PSY 200, BIO 220

Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to collaborate with various members of the health care team in a family and community context.  Students utilize clinical reasoning to assimilate concepts within the individual, health, and nursing domains. 

NUR 211. Advanced Nursing Concepts. 7 hrs
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 114, NUR 115, PSY 200 and BIO 220
COREQUISITES: PSY 210, SPH 106 OR 107
Course Description: This course provides opportunities for students to integrate advanced nursing care concepts within a family and community context. 

NUR 221. Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 211, PSY 210 and SPH 106 or 107
COREQUISITES:  Approved Humanities Elective

Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate graduate competencies through didactic and preceptorship experiences necessary to transition to the profession of nursing. Content includes various topics within the nursing and health care domains.

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LPN to RN MOBILITY PROGRAM

NUR 209. Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students. 10 hours
PREREQUISITE: Admission to nursing program
This course focuses on application of nursing concepts to assist health care professionals to transition into the role of the registered nurse.  Emphasis in this course is placed on evidenced based clinical decision making and nursing concepts provided in a family and community context for a variety of health alterations across the lifespan.

NUR 211. Advanced Nursing Concepts. 7 hrs
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 114, NUR 115, PSY 200 and BIO 220
COREQUISITES: PSY 210, SPH 106 OR 107
Course Description: This course provides opportunities for students to integrate advanced nursing care concepts within a family and community context.

NUR 221. Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 211, PSY 210 and SPH 106 or 107
COREQUISITES:  Approved Humanities Elective
Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate graduate competencies through didactic and preceptorship experiences necessary to transition to the profession of nursing. Content includes various topics within the nursing and health care domains.

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PARAMEDIC to RN MOBILITY PROGRAM

NUR 209. Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students. 10 hours
PREREQUISITE: Admission to nursing program
This course focuses on application of nursing concepts to assist health care professionals to transition into the role of the registered nurse.  Emphasis in this course is placed on evidenced based clinical decision making and nursing concepts provided in a family and community context for a variety of health alterations across the lifespan.

NUR 211. Advanced Nursing Concepts. 7 hrs
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 114, NUR 115, PSY 200 and BIO 220
COREQUISITES: PSY 210, SPH 106 OR 107
Course Description: This course provides opportunities for students to integrate advanced nursing care concepts within a family and community context.

NUR 221. Advanced Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 211, PSY 210 and SPH 106 or 107
COREQUISITES:  Approved Humanities Elective
Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate graduate competencies through didactic and preceptorship experiences necessary to transition to the profession of nursing. Content includes various topics within the nursing and health care domains.

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PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM (PN)

NUR 112. Fundamental Concepts of Nursing. 7 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to nursing program
COREQUISITES: MTH 100, BIO 201, PSY 200
Course Description: This course provides foundational knowledge of nursing concepts and incorporates clinical decision making to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: nursing domain, health care domain, individual domain, assessment, and pharmacological concepts.  

NUR 113. Nursing Concepts I. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 112, MTH 100, BIO 201 and PSY 200.
COREQUISITES: ENG 101, BIO 202, PSY 210

Course Description: This course reinforces foundational knowledge of nursing concepts across the lifespan and incorporates clinical decision making to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: homeostasis; perioperative care; oxygenation and infection; nutrition and inflammation; perfusion; metabolism; and mobility.

NUR 114. Nursing Concepts II. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 113, ENG 101, PSY 210 and BIO 202. 
COREQUISITES: SPH 106 OR 107

Course Description: This course reinforces concepts of nursing and incorporates clinical decision making across the lifespan to provide evidence based nursing care.  Content includes but is not limited to: sensory perception, intracranial regulation, sexuality, reproduction, elimination, perfusion, oxygenation, elimination/nutrition/inflammation, metabolism, immunity, cellular regulation, and basic concepts of emergent care.

NUR 115. Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of NUR 113, ENG 101, PSY 210 and BIO 202.
COREQUISITES: SPH 106 OR 107
Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to collaborate with various members of the health care team in a family and community context.  Students utilize clinical reasoning to assimilate concepts within the individual, health, and nursing domains. 

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NURSING ASSISTING (NAS)

NAS 100. LONG TERM CARE NURSING ASSISTANT. 4 hrs.
Note: This course is not offered for college credit at Southern Union. No prerequisites required.
This course fulfills the seventy-five (75) hour Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for training of long-term care nursing assistants in preparation for certification through competency evaluation. Emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required of the long-term care nursing assistant. Upon completion of this course, the student should demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations and clinical skills. 

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