Nursing: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

Award: Diploma
Academic Year: 2015–2016

Prerequisites

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits—The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions

2 credits—This course introduces the student to the healthcare system and provides an opportunity to explore a wide variety of health careers/professions. Content includes a broad overview of the state and federal regulations governing healthcare. Students will explore ethical and legal responsibilities within the healthcare system including expectations for professional behavior. Also included are the standards for HIPAA, infection control, and hazardous communication. Students will receive child and dependent adult abuse training and certification. Basic infection control protocols and vital sign skills will be conducted.

Lecture Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

PNN100 Nursing Assistant

3 credits—This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities (NF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective resident/client care. This course parallels PNN-132 Nursing Fundamentals I.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $553.50

Semester 1

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits—The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT122 College Algebra -OR-

5 credits—Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Prerequisite(s): MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

Math Elective 3 credits

PNN115 Introduction to Nursing

4 credits—Introduction to nursing is the initial course for the student entering the profession of nursing and begins with an introduction to the history of nursing and nursing as a profession. Components of the nursing process are described and utilized with implementation of nursing technologies. The student will learn aspects of infection control, hygiene, safety, body alterations, therapeutic communication and healthcare prevention.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab, and MAT122 College Algebra.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab

2 credits—This course provides the student with knowledge and practical application of basic nursing skills while incorporating concepts learned in Introduction to Nursing. Students learn and practice basic nursing skills in personal care, Infection control, safety, vital signs, sterile technique, patient safety, documentation, and medication administration. There is major emphasis on the critical elements of nursing procedures and the scientific rationale for performing the procedures correctly.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab, and MAT122 College Algebra.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $1323.00

PNN117 Nursing Clinical I

1 credits—This course provides students with an introduction to clinical nursing. Emphasis is placed on utilization of the nursing process as a basis for clinical decision making and development of critical thinking. Nursing professionalism and basic nursing skills such as infection control, hygiene, asepsis, vital signs, and physical assessment are introduced.

Lecture Hours: 0 Clinic Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab, and MAT122 College Algebra.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology

3 credits—This course introduces students to the basic principles of pharmacology and medication administration. The student will focus on the safe use, pharmacological principles, indications, and nursing implications related to drug therapy when caring for individuals and families across the life-span. General characteristics of selected medications including pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, side effects, adverse effects, contraindications, and administration will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab, and MAT122 College Algebra.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

Semester 2

BIO151 Nutrition

3 credits—This course will introduce students to the science of nutrition. The course will examine individual nutrients; their structure and function in the human body; nutrient composition of food; and selection of food to meet nutrient needs, maintain health, and satisfaction. Students will understand and apply present day knowledge of nutrition to dietary patterns and needs of selected individuals and groups. The course is an advanced beginning course in human nutrition designed for students with a science background.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A

3 credits—This course builds on the knowledge attained in previous course work. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to clients and families across the lifespan, in a variety of settings. The content is organized according to body systems, focusing on nursing implications for clients with predictable health problems, as well as related health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Systems included in this course are: Musculoskeletal; Integumentary; GI/GU; Renal.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab and MAT122 College Algebra.

Co-requisite(s): PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B

3 credits—This course builds on the knowledge attained in previous course work. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to clients and families across the lifespan, in a variety of settings. The content is organized according to body systems, focusing on nursing implications for clients with predictable health problems, as well as related health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Systems included in this course are: hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab and MAT122 College Algebra.

Co-requisite(s): PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan

2 credits—This course builds on the knowledge attained in previous courses, emphasizing health promotion and maintenance across the lifespan. Exemplars from maternal-child nursing and mental health nursing will be used in demonstrating the integration of principles of the nursing process and health care agencies. Cultural, ethical and legal challenges will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab and MAT122 College Algebra.

Co-requisite(s): PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

PNN217 Nursing Clinical II

4 credits—This course is a study of nursing care of clients. The course stresses clinical and theoretical application as applied to clients throughout their life span. Emphasis is on the nursing process to develop critical thinking skills to implement a plan of care with a holistic, individualized approach in a structured clinical setting. The clinical experience will provide application of critical thinking skills, prioritizing, theoretical and legal issues, documentation and collaboration with other members of the healthcare team

Lecture Hours: 0 Clinic Hours: 192

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PNN115 Introduction to Nursing, PNN116 Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab, PNN117 Nursing Clinical I, PNN207 Introduction to Pharmacology, BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab and MAT122 College Algebra.

Co-requisite(s): PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, and PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

Semester 3

PNN311 PN Issues and Trends

1 credits—This course is an overview of the role of the licensed practical nurse in Iowa. This course introduces students to the history, educational preparation, legal and ethical requirements, and cultural and spiritual sensitivity. Levels of practice, career opportunities, and beginning the job search are addressed.

Lecture Hours: 16

Prerequisite(s): PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

PNN341 Nursing Practicum

1 credits—This course provides students with experiences and opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in performance of skills and application of the nursing process; caring for clients in local health care facilities.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PSY111 Introduction to Psychology, PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition, PNN161 Introduction to Client Care, PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I, PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II, PNN103 Nursing Calculations, and BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology.

Other Requirements: Completion of all first semester Practical Nursing courses with a C or higher.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

Math Electives

MAT102 Intermediate Algebra

4 credits—This course will prepare the student for College Algebra and Trigonometry or other equivalent course work. Topics include properties of real numbers, linear and quadratic equations, graphs of polynomial functions, systems of equations, polynomial and rational expressions, inequalities, integral and rational exponents, radicals, and complex numbers.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in MAT 063 Elementary Algebra or COMPASS Algebra score 42-65.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits—This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits—This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits—This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT122 College Algebra

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits—This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits—This course is the first in a calculus sequence. The course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives and applications of differentiation, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT134 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits—This course is a continuation of MAT-210 Calculus I. The course covers topics including integration techniques related to surface areas and volumes, infinite series, conic sections, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT210 Calculus I or equivalent

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT219 Calculus III

4 credits—This course is a continuation of MAT-216 Calculus II. The course covers topics including integration and differentiation techniques related to vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector analysis.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT216 Calculus II or equivalent

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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