Course Descriptions

The hours listed in the catalog are based on an 16 week session. Nursing courses are scheduled in 8 week blocks, doubling weekly lecture and lab hours listed.

108 Nursing Skills Laboratory I - .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass Only)

Corequisite: Current enrollment in the Nursing Education program.
This course is intended for first year students pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. It provides students an additional opportunity for practice and mastery of designated psychomotor skills. There is a review of related theoretical concepts and supervised practice of basic client care skills that are concurrently presented in the regular program. AA/AS; CSU.

140 Foundations of Nursing - 2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Biology 205, 230 and 235, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 141 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 and Mathematics 96, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6, W6 and M50.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course provides an introduction to nursing and the roles of the associate degree nurse, the nursing process, critical thinking, knowledge and foundational skills necessary for beginning level assessment and interventions (procedures) for adults. It also introduces the learner to the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing program. The emphasis is on meeting the client's basic needs throughout the life cycle. Introductory skills of client care are practiced in the skills and simulation laboratories with supervised clinical experiences in a variety of health settings. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

141 Pharmacology for Nursing - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 140 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 and Mathematics 96, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6, W6 and M50.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course introduces basic concepts of pharmacology. Legal, ethical, psychological, cultural and age-specific aspects of drug therapy are presented. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

142 Medical Surgical Nursing I - 2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 140 and 141, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
The course is an introduction to nursing concepts and practices as they relate to the young adult through geriatric adult in the medical surgical environment. Through utilization of the nursing process, the student begins to recognize alterations in physical and physiological functioning or illness and formulates age-appropriate nursing interventions. Selected psychomotor skills associated with the basic human needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy are studied and practiced. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

143 Pharmacology for Nursing II - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 142.
This course provides supplementary instruction on pharmacologic intervention for medical surgical disorders. Emphasis is placed on drug categories and medications used in medical surgical nursing care environments. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

144 Medical Surgical Nursing II -2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 142 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course develops the first year nursing student's knowledge and skills as they relate to the adult noncritical moderately complex medical-surgical client. Through utilization of the nursing process, the student recognizes alterations in functioning or illness and formulates age-appropriate nursing interventions. Psychomotor skills associated with moderately complex needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy are studied and practiced. The impact of multiple nursing diagnoses on client outcomes is introduced. This course is offered to nursing students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

145 Pharmacology for Nursing III - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 144.
This course emphasizes drug categories and medications used in acute medical/surgical environments. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. AA/AS; CSU.

146 Maternal-Child Health Nursing - 2.25 hours lecture, 6.75 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 142 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course focuses on integration and application of the nursing process as it relates to the nursing care of the childbearing family, children and their families. Emphasis is on the concepts and skills related to ageappropriate, family centered care. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of pediatric and obstetrical settings. This course is offered to nursing students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

147 Pharmacology for Nursing IV - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 146.
This course emphasizes drug categories and medications used in Reproductive Health, Obstetrics and Pediatrics. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

206 Nursing Skills Laboratory II - .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass Only)

Corequisite: Current enrollment in the Nursing Education program.
This course is intended for first year students pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. It provides students an additional opportunity for practice and mastery of designated psychomotor skills. There is a review of related theoretical concepts and supervised practice of advanced client care skills that are concurrently presented in the regular program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

235 LVN to RN Transition - 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Biology 205, 230, and 235, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6. Mathematics 96 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M50.
Limitation on Enrollment:This course is not open to students with previous credit for Nurse Education 201. Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course focuses on the theory and application of the concepts of physical assessment, nursing process, critical thinking, disease processes and nursing competencies in the professional roles of clinician, teacher, leader and advocate. Emphasis is on assisting the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to integrate into the Associate Degree Nursing program. This course is offered to students accepted into the LVN to Registered Nurse (RN) step up program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

240 Medical/Surgical Nursing III - 2 hours lecture, 7.5 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 144, 146 and 235, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment:Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course assists the learner to synthesize and correlate nursing knowledge and skills in providing care to multiple clients who have complex, multisystem illnesses. Focus is for the learner to predict client needs and priorities, and evaluate outcomes of care. Associated psychomotor skills are integrated and practiced. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second year of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU and/or private colleges and universities.

241 Pharmacology for Nursing V - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Nursing Education 240.
Limitation on Enrollment:Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course is an elective supplement to NRSE 240, Medical Surgical Nursing III. Emphasis is placed on drug categories and medications introduced in NRSE 240, used in treatment of acute Medical/ Surgical pathologies. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

242 Mental Health & Gerontological Nursing - 2.25 hours lecture, 6.75 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 144 or Nursing Education 146 or Nursing Education 235 each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment:This course is not open to students with previous credit for Nursing Education 203. Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course is an introduction to Mental Health/ Psychiatric and Gerontological Nursing using the nursing process to promote psychosocial and physiological integrity. Emphasis is on therapeutic interaction and communication, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of settings. The student also explores interventions to increase the client’s functional abilities with emphasis on lifestyle and physical changes. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second year of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

243 Pharmacology for Nursing VI - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or current enrollment in Nursing Education 242.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course is an elective supplement to NRSE 242, Mental Health and Gerontological Nursing. Emphasis is placed on drug categories and medications introduced in NRSE 242, used in psychiatric/mental health and gerontological environments. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

244 Medical Surgical Nursing IV - 2.25 hours lecture, 6.75 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 240 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent; Nursing Education 242 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
Medical Surgical Nursing IV focuses on advanced application of the nursing process in the care of critically ill adult and geriatric clients. The student organizes and discriminates data to establish priorities of care. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize refinement of clinical decision-making, psychomotor skills and management of client care in professional nursing practice. This course is offered to students in the final semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

245 Pharmacology for Nursing VII - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Nursing Education 242 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent; Nursing Education 244.
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This course is an elective supplement to Nursing Education 244, Medical Surgical Nursing IV. Emphasis is placed on drug categories and medications introduced in Nursing Education 244, used in critical care environments. A nursing process approach to the principles of medication administration and dosage calculation is included. This course is offered to students enrolled in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

246 Leadership in Nursing - 2.25 hours lecture, 6.75 hours lab, 4.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing Education 240 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent; Nursing Education 242 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Nursing Education 205. Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
The course focuses on the transition from student to staff nurse, emphasizing the responsibilities of planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating client care. Principles of leadership, delegation, time management, decision-making, collegial communication, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and change are included. The clinical preceptorship experience requires the application of all previously learned concepts and skills. Acute care, long-term care or community settings are utilized. This course is offered to the students in the final semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Occupational Work Experience in Nursing Education - Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.), 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Nursing 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, and 107, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
A work-experience course authorized by the Board of Registered Nursing whereby a student is employed by or volunteers at a clinical site with which the Nursing Education Program has a current affiliation agreement. The clinical site supports the objectives of the course and provides direct supervision of students through RN mentors and preceptors. The student applies previously learned nursing theory and clinical skills to the performance of client care. The combined maximum credit for all Work Experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

290 Independent Study - Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 Units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from Program Director for registration.
This course provides students with an opportunity for additional research and academic or clinical experience in a particular area of nursing. This course may be taken four times with different content for a maximum of six units. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.

 

last updated: 07/20/12