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Associate Degree in Nursing

Course Descriptions

A grade of “C” must be maintained in all required courses to continue in the ADN program.

NUR 100 Medication Administration .5-0-1
Safe, effective nursing care requires basic knowledge of mathematics, as well as the ability to utilize numbers and measuring systems. Students will learn basic principles and methods for medication administration. This course reviews basic math operations before introducing more specific concepts. Topics covered are as follows: drug measures, medication labels, syringe utilization, insulin administration, medication administration systems, other dosage calculations, and documentation of medication administration. Corequisite: NUR101. (FA)

NUR 101 - Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 4-6-6
The objective of this course is to help the student to develop a firm foundation for basic nursing practice through demonstration, direction, mentoring, and support. In this first course, the student learns to use the nursing process and draws on basic scientific principles, to organize, prioritize, and provide safe care. a dditional focus is placed on interpersonal communication, cultural sensitivity, and appropriate use of health care terminology. The student is also introduced to ethical and legal concepts, and is encouraged to begin to develop self-assessment and professional accountability. Prerequisite: Current BLS certification for the professional, admission to the associate degree in nursing program. Corequisites: NUR100 and BIO205. (FA)

NUA111*
NUR 111 - Mental Health Nursing 3-4-4

This course addresses the physiological and psychosocial integrity of the client with a specific focus on the psychosocial aspects. Self-assessment and self-awareness are encouraged to enhance self-development and foster therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on multicultural diversity. Consideration is given to clients past and present patterns of behavior as they impact on alterations of mental well being. Communication skills are further developed using theories of interpersonal relationships as a foundation. Student communication evolves from basic to therapeutic. With assistance a student learns to provide a milieu that is both safe and therapeutic. Students use the nursing process as a tool for critical thinking in organizing, prioritizing, and managing individual plans of care. Students are assisted to address ethical and legal dilemmas in their roles as client advocates. ADN Program Prerequisites: PSY101. ADN Program Prerequisites or corequisites: NUR100, NUR101, and BIO205

NUA 112*
NUR 112 Adult Health Nursing I 4-8-6

The objective of this course is to assist the student to integrate prior knowledge and utilize more advanced scientific principles. Students will apply these principles to provide more complex care to adults in selected settings. The student will be assisted to utilize interpersonal communication skills and integrate cultural awareness into client care. Additional focus is placed on organizing and prioritizing care. Students are assisted to further develop self-assessment skills and professional accountability, and to address ethical and legal dilemmas in their roles as client advocates. ADN Program Prerequisites: Current BLS certification, NUR101, and BIO205. ADN Program Corequisites NUR111. Accelerated ADN Program Prerequisite: BIO206. Accelerated ADN Program Corequisite: NUA200, NUR112 (SP) and NUA112. (SU)

NUA 200* Professional Perspectives 2.5-.5-3
his course focuses on making the transition from a licensed practical nurse to a registered professional nurse. Role development of the registered nurse as a provider and manager of care and a member of the professional nurse community are emphasized. Communication skills utilizing technology, providing supervision, advocacy, and collaboration will be expanded. Students will learn to consider ethical, legal, financial, and cultural issues while organizing, setting priorities, and delegating nursing care. Social and political influences on nursing practice and health care delivery will be explored. Accelerated ADN Program Prerequisites: NUA 111, NUA 202, NUR 204, and BIO 206. Accelerated ADN Program Corequisites: NUA 112 (SU)

NUA202*
NUR 202 Maternal-Child Studies 3-4-4

This nursing course focuses on guiding students in applying the nursing process using tenets of critical thinking with childbearing/ childrearing families. Concepts of human development, family community systems, safe-protective care environment, therapeutic communication, health, education, and culturally-specific health care are emphasized and applied to clients in a variety of maternal-child settings. Ethical/legal issues pertaining to obstetric, gynecologic, and pediatric clients are explored. At this level, students provide increasingly complex care, moving toward more independent practice, and increasing professional accountability. Along with care in the clinical setting, emphasis is placed on collaboration with families and members of the healthcare team. Further emphasis is placed on guided professional development and self assessment. Accelerated ADN Prerequisites: Admission to the accelerated ADN program, and BIO206. Accelerated ADN Program Corequisites: NUA204, NUA111, and BIO206. (SP)

NUA 204*
NUR 204 Managing Intravenous Therapies .5-1-1

The ability to perform intravenous therapy related skills, manage client issues related to intravenous therapy, and incorporate the values of safe, ethical practice is absolutely critical for the practicing registered nurse. In this course, associate degree nursing students will begin to acquire intravenous therapy skills in the lab and classroom. Topics include: ethicallegal issues associated with intravenous therapy, fluid and electrolyte balance, intravenous solutions and equipment, central venous access devices and care, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), blood products and administration, principles of infection control/asepsis, potential complications of intravenous therapy and prevention, and intravenous medication administration. This course is not intended as an IV therapy certification course but as a component of the associate degree nursing program. This course does not meet the requirements for the Missouri State Board of Nursing IV Therapy certification. ADN Program Prerequisites: NUR111, NUR112, and BIO209. Accelerated ADN Program Prerequisites: Admission to the Accelerated ADN program, NUA111, NUA112, and BIO209. (SU)

NUR 206 Nursing Issues 2.5-2-3
This third semester course further develops the concepts of the associate degree professional nursing roles as a manager of care and a member within the discipline of nursing. Communication skills in the use of technology, providing supervision, advocacy, and in collaboration will be expanded. Organizing, setting priorities, and delegating while considering ethical/ legal, financial, and cultural issues will be discussed. Social and political influences on nursing practice and health care delivery will be explored. Prerequisites: Current BLS certification, NUR111, NUR112, and BIO209.

NUR 210 Nursing of Women and Newborns 3-4-4
This course is designed to provide a basis for beginning-level competence in maternalnewborn nursing. The primary emphasis of the course is the nursing process in the child-bearing cycle of development. Prerequisites: NUR111, NUR112, and BIO209. Corequisites: Co-requisite: PSY205 and BIO206.

NUR 212 Child Health Nursing 3-4-4
This course is designed to provide a basis for beginning-level competence in nursing of children. The primary emphasis of the course is the nursing process in the child-rearing cycle of development. Prerequisites: NUR111, NUR112, NUR210, and BIO209. Corequisites: PSY205 and BIO206.

NUA 220*
NUR 220 Adult Health Nursing II 7-12-10

This course considers the more complex and challenging dimensions of safe, effective, multicultural adult health care. The objective of this course is to move the student to an entry level of independent practice. Critical thinking and clinical judgment are refined to provide therapeutic interventions to groups of clients in a variety of settings. The breadth and depth of therapeutic communication is further expanded. Organizing, prioritizing, and collaborating skills increase while the student learns to delegate. Upon conclusion of this course, the student will independently demonstrate a level of accountability and integrity within an ethical legal framework that is in keeping with an entry level of practice. Students will independently practice self-assessment and commit to ongoing professional development. ADN Program Prerequisites: NUR111, NUR112, NUR204, BIO206 and PSY205. ADN Program Corequisites: BIO206 and PSY205. Accelerated ADN Program Prerequisites: NUA112 and NUA200.

*Courses with an NUA prefix are only taken by students in the Accelerated Associate Degree Nursing Program.