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ENGL 1313 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I – SEARK

(Prerequisite: Score of 19 or above on the ACT Test or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1013 Basic English; Co-requisite: READ 1213 Developmental Reading, if required.) This course includes instruction in fundamentals of communication, selected readings, paragraph and essay development, and written reports. A minimum grade of “C” is required for passing and for graduation credit.

 

ENGL 1323 ENGLISH COMPOSITION  II – SEARK

(Prerequisite: English 1313 English Composition I). This course includes further study of principles and techniques of expository and persuasive composition, analysis of texts, research methods, and critical thinking. A minimum grade of “C” is required for passing.

 

PSYC 2303 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY – SEARK

(Prerequisite: None) This course focuses on the human experience within the physical and social environment.  Topics include application of the scientific method, the relationship between brain and behavior, social and personality development, motivation, emotion, social cognition and interaction, consciousness and maladaptive behavior.

 

BIOL 2454 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I – SEARK

This is a lecture-laboratory course designed to cover the structure and function of the following systems: the cell, tissues, skin, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

 

BIOL 2464 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II – SEARK

(Prerequisite: BIOL 2454 Human Anatomy & Physiology I). This is a lecture-laboratory course designed to cover structure and function of the following systems: circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive.

 

BIOL 2474 MICROBIOLOGY – SEARK

This course covers the fundamentals of microbiology, with particular emphasis on the impact of microorganisms on humans.

 

MATH 1233 TECHNICAL MATH – SEARK

(Prerequisite: Placement by ACT math score of 15-16, COMPASS Algebra score of 21 or higher or MATH 1003 Fundamentals of Mathematics with a grade of “C” or better.) This Technical Math course is designed for students enrolled in Computer Network Technology (CNET), Registered Nursing, and other technical career programs. The following skills will be covered throughout the course: arithmetic, algebra, measurements, statistics, geometry, and nursing skills such as calculating dosage and reading labels and syringes. Students will learn how to perform operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers. They will solve ratios, percentages and proportions, convert from one unit of measurement to another, study probability and statistics, and geometry. The nursing students will also cover Roman Numerals, time, apothecary measurements and conversion, and dosage. CNET and other Technical Studies students are required to master Modules 1-7 and 15-16 with a grade of “C” or better. Nursing students will be required to master Modules 1-7 and 15-17 with a grade of “C” or better. NOTE: This course is designed for students enrolled in Associate of Applied Science Degree or Technical Certificate programs ONLY and may not be transferable. (Offered in fall and spring only)

COMP 1123 INTRO TO COMPUTER – SEARK

(Prerequisite: None) This course introduces microcomputer hardware, software, their applications and terminology to the beginner, and provides a hands-on training in Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office.

 

N101 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING – SON

Foundations of Nursing  is a 16-week course.  There are two theory days per week and there are two clinical days per week.  Content provides an introduction to the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills basic to the pursuit of a successful career in professional nursing.  The biopsychosocial-spiritual needs of patients/ clients are explored in the context of the nursing process.  The role of the nurse and the practice of nursing are examined from a historical perspective, including the impact of current socioeconomic issues and trends.   The value of a commitment to patient safety, comfort, caring and advocacy are discussed as a basis for ethical and legal practice and accountability.  Content in this course allows the student to gain knowledge of nursing as a practice-oriented discipline, including application of the nursing process, problem solving and critical thinking.  The importance of maintaining optimal health for the hospitalized patient is emphasized.  Concepts and content will cover basic components of patient care in the acute setting, and selected physiological and social interaction needs.  Concepts focused on in this course include: comfort, nutrition, physiological needs, hygiene, psychosocial, communication, elimination, safety and asepsis.  Guided clinical and laboratory experiences afford opportunities for integrating theory and practice in the hospital setting.

 

N201 MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING  – SON

This course allows the student to expand basic fundamental nursing concepts in the care of the medical-surgical adult patient. Human needs concepts, which are integrated in the course, include protection, oxygenation and tissue perfusion, mobility, sensation and cognition, nutrition, metabolism, bowel elimination, urinary elimination, and sexuality. Disorders of specific body systems requiring medical-surgical management are included.   The nursing process is used as the problem-solving approach for safe and effective care of patients with medical-surgical problems. Content includes pathophysiology, fluid & electrolyte and acid-base imbalances, diagnostics such as laboratory findings, pharmacology, legal aspects, psychosocial implications and patient teaching principles, asepsis, therapeutic communication, legal aspects, pain management, and stress adaptation. Selected medical-surgical units, the surgery department, as well as home health agencies, and a gerontology clinic are used for the clinical component of the course.

 

N202 MENTAL HEALTH NURSING – SON

Provides the student with a broad-based understanding of the concepts of mental health and the cognitive, behavioral, emotional and perceptual impairments that constitute mental illness. Contemporary trends in the psychobiological sciences are presented in the context of the advances in psychopharmacology and other treatment modalities to prepare the nursing student for the professional role. Clinical experiences are selected to teach the student to analyze the health care system and the resources available to individuals and families. Opportunities are provided for the student to enter into collaborative working relationships with clients and to use the nursing process to promote, maintain and restore mental health. The basis for intervention is the nurse-patient relationship, which requires development of therapeutic communication and interpersonal skills.

 

N203 MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING – SON

Instructor selected guided learning experiences in prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn areas are provided. These experiences will enable the student to attain knowledge of essential maternity nursing and health supervision of the mother and baby. An expectant mother will be followed through labor and delivery and post-partum, with one home visit to be made by the student. Contemporary maternal/newborn trends are studied to prepare the nursing student for his/her role.

 

N204 NURSING OF CHILDREN – SON

A study of the well, ill, and impaired child including principles of growth and development from infancy through adolescence. The nursing process is used to meet the needs of children and their families in restoring and maintaining health. Consideration is given to the care of the ill child in an acute care environment.

 

N301 CRITICAL CARE/PHARMACOLOGY – SON

This course focuses on the critically ill patient with complex problems. Emphasis is placed on acute medical and surgical situations necessitating critical interventions in crisis situations requiring an expanded knowledge base. Patient problems relating to oxygenation, fluid and electrolytes, acid-base balance, neurological, cardiovascular and other life threatening conditions are stressed. The Emergency Department, Coronary Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Express Admit, Cath Lab, and local ambulance services are utilized.

 

N302 LEADERSHIP/TRANSITIONS – SON

Concepts of behavioral sciences applicable to nursing leadership and management, development of leadership skills, effect of leadership styles and group development are studied. Trends, issues, ethical and legal aspects of nursing and career opportunities are explored as the student prepares to make the adjustment from student to graduate. Participation in the delivery of nursing care, observation of hospital and nursing committee meetings and various leadership situations will assist the student as a professional person and member of the community. Pharmacology facilitates the acquisition, comprehension, and application of knowledge related to drug therapy. Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to competently manage the care of a group of patients.

 

 

 

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