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Practical Nursing

Course Descriptions

PNC 103 Basic Nutrition 2-0-2
This course introduces the novice practical nursing student to basic principles of nutrition. Concepts include nutrients, food sources, weight management, food safety, government recommended food guides, and cultural aspects of nutrition. Integrated concepts include age-related factors and the role of the LPN related to nutritional management of the client. Prerequisite: BIO205 and MTH010 or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or placement score for MTH011 or higher. Corequisites: PNC110, PNC120, PNC125, PNC128, and BIO209. (FA)

PNC110 Personal Vocational Concepts I 1-0-1
This course introduces the novice practical nursing student to the role of the college student and the practical nurse as a member of the health care team. Concepts include organizational skills, study methods, Learning styles, interpersonal communication, and legal, ethical, theoretical, and historical aspects of practical nursing. Prerequisites: BIO205 and MTH010 or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or placement score for MTH011 or higher. Corequisites: PNC103, PNC 120, PNC125, PNC128, and BIO209. (FA)

PNC111 Nursing Care of Adults I 8.5-10-11
This course combines theoretical and clinical experiences to provide the practical nursing student with entrylevel competencies in providing nursing care for adult clients with physical and psychosocial needs. Concepts include: intravenous therapy; understanding basic fluid and electrolytes; health care of clients with alterations in the cardiovascular system and respiratory system; surgical care of patients; patient care of clients with: pain, diabetes, and infection; health care of clients with alterations in immunity and the musculoskeletal system. Integrated concepts include nutrition, pharmacology, age-related changes, cultural considerations, and leadership and management responsibilities. Prerequisites: BIO209, PNC103, PNC110, PNC120, PNC125, and PNC128. Corequisites: PNC123. (SP)

PNC113 Maternal Newborn Nursing 3-4-4
This course is designed to give the practical nursing student a beginning level of competency in maternal-newborn care. Primary emphasis is placed on preparing the individual to function in prenatal care, labor, delivery, postpartum, and newborn care in a family-centered environment. A clinical component is included to give the student an opportunity for practical application of classroomacquired knowledge and skill. To maintain enrollment in this course, the student must earn at least a “C” in BIO209. Prerequisites: PNC111 and PNC123. Corequisites: PNC114, PNC122, and PNC126. (SU)

PNC114 Personal Vocational Concepts II 2-0-2
This course introduces the practical nursing student to the role of the graduate practical nurse. Concepts include life-long learning, securing and maintaining employment, nursing organizations, the NCLEX-PN exam, cultural considerations, leadership and management skills, and the scope of practice for the practical nurse according to the Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Section 335.066, RSMo. Integrated concepts include leadership and management skills for the practical nurse. Prerequisites: PNC111 and PNC123. Corequisites: PNC113 PNC122, and PNC126. (SU)

PNC120 Foundations of Nursing I 2-4-3
This course combines theory and laboratory experiences to provide the novice practical nursing student with entry level skills designed to perform basic data collection and assist the client in meeting activities of daily living. Knowledge and skills compare similarly to those taught in a certified nurse aid course. Concepts include hygiene, environmental cleanliness and safety, rest and sleep, positioning and ambulation, sensory perception, intake and output, and vital signs. Integrated concepts include age variations in client care, cultural considerations, and the role of the LPN on the health care team. Prerequisites: BIO205 and MTH010 or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or placement score for MTH011 or higher. Corequisites: PNC103, PNC110, PNC125, and BIO209. (FA)

PNC122 Nursing Care of Adults II 8-8-10
This course continues theoretical and clinical experiences to provide the practical nursing student with entry level competencies in caring for adult clients with physical and psychosocial needs. Concepts include: health care of clients with alterations related to electrolyte imbalances and gas exchange, hematology, integumentary system, neurological system, elimination, digestion, endocrine, male and female reproductive disorders, and disorders of the eye, ear, nose and throat. In addition, concepts related to oncology and end of life care will be covered. Integrated concepts include nutrition, pharmacology, agerelated concepts, cultural considerations and leadership and management responsibilities. Prerequisites: PNC111 and PNC123. Corequisites: PNC113, PNC114, and PNC126. (SU)

PNC123 Nursing Care of Children 3-4-4
This course provides PN students with a beginning framework to deliver pediatric care. A brief review of child growth and development is included. The major focus is on the fundamental principles of the nursing care of children, prevention of disease, and the more common disease conditions of pediatric clients, including signs and symptoms, etiology, diagnostic measures, and usual treatment and nursing care. It includes theory, clinical practice, and clinical conference. Prerequisites: PNC103, PNC110, PNC120, PNC125, PNC128, and BIO209. Corequisite: PNC111. (SP)

PNC 125 Medication Administration 1-2-2
This course is designed to prepare the student to administer medications with concern for safety, accuracy, and attention to physiological factors. It includes basic mathematics review as it relates to dosage calculations. Prerequisite: BIO205 and MTH010 or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or placement score for MTH011 or higher. Corequisites: BIO205, PNC103, PNC104, PNC105, and PNC106. (FA)

PNC126 Mental Health Nursing 2-0-2
This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of mental health concepts and interactional techniques for the beginning practical nurse. The roles emotions and stress play in the behavior of the client and client’s family are discussed for the nurse’s better understanding of his/her own behavior. Therapeutic communication is the foundation of this course in viewing the psychological and physical aspects of mental health maintenance and deviations. To maintain enrollment in this course, the student must earn at least a “C” in BIO209. Prerequisites: PNC111 and PNC123. Corequisites: PNC113, PNC114, and PNC122. (SU)

PNC128 Foundations of Nursing II 5-2.5-6
This course combines theory and laboratory experiences to provide the novice practical nursing student with entry level skills designed to perform basic data collection and assist the client in meeting activities of daily living. Knowledge and skills compare similarly to those taught in a certified nurse aid course. Concepts include hygiene, environmental cleanliness and safety, rest and sleep, positioning and ambulation, sensory perception, intake and output, and vital signs. Integrated concepts include age variations in client care, cultural considerations, and the role of the LPN on the health care team. Prerequisites: BIO205 and MTH010 or higher with a minimum grade of “C” or placement score for MTH011 or higher. Corequisites: PNC103, PNC110, PNC125, and BIO209. (FA)