Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

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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

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

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

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

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

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

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

MAT122 College Algebra

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

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

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

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisites: 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.

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

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisites: 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 Fee: $1,004.00

PNN117 Nursing Clinical I

1 credit – 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

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisites: 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.

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

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions, BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and ENG105 Composition I.

Co-requisites: 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.

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

Pre-requisites: 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-requisites: PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

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

Pre-requisites: 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-requisites: PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

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

Pre-requisites: 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-requisites: PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, and PNN217 Nursing Clinical II.

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

Pre-requisites: 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-requisites: PNN214 Basic Health Alterations A, PNN215 Basic Health Alterations B, and PNN216 Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan.

PNN311 PN Issues and Trends

1 credit – 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

Pre-requisites: 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.

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Linda Butler
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Program Advisor

Valerie Millsap
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Dean

Candace Croft
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319-296-4432
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