NURSING Associate of Applied Science Degree – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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NURSING Associate of Applied Science Degree – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing prepares the licensed practical nurse (LPN) as a professional registered nurse (RN).  The professional nurse practice is based upon nursing and related sciences to promote, restore, and maintain the health of human beings.  Critical reasoning is developed to manage complex patients in healthcare agencies and the community.  Graduates of this program are generalists with the necessary academic preparation to pursue further nursing degrees and continuing professional development.  The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing has initial approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, Jefferson City, MO 65102; (573) 751-0293; www.pr.mo.gov.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is a three-semester program.  Students will participate in clinicals at approved healthcare agencies that may include local hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and area schools.  Upon successful completion of the program and approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing, students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Enrollment in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is limited, and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for specific application requirements, forms, and deadline.

Students who are admitted to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program should be aware that they will be subject to drug screening.  Criminal background checks will be required prior to clinical placement.  Per Missouri law, persons who have been convicted of or pled guilty to certain felony offenses may be prohibited from holding any direct patient care positions.  This could prevent placement in and completion of clinical education courses, which are required to complete the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing one year LPN to RN degree program.

A 75% or better must be maintained in "Core Curriculum" courses and a "C" or better in all other courses in order to continue and graduate in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

Program Mission

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program is to provide licensed practical nurses education mobility and a transition path to a professional registered nurse.  The professional registered nurse contributes to comprehensive healthcare through critical reasoning in the use of the nursing process, clinical competence, quality outcomes, and patient advocacy.  Partnership with the community through healthcare, governmental, and accrediting agencies to assist the program in providing learning environments in which students build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, state, and national health issues.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

    • Ability to transition from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a professional Registered Nurse.
    • Skills to be a safe and effective practitioner as a professional Registered Nurse.
    • Individual growth in their personal, professional, and community lives.
    • Skills to meet the objectives of the Missouri State Board of Nursing through collaboration with peers, nursing faculty, advisory committee members, and cooperating agencies.
    • Ability to assume a role as a member and manager of both the nursing and healthcare team.
    • Clinical reasoning skills within the scope of the professional Registered Nurse.
  • Competency in professional nursing procedures.
  • Knowledge and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a professional Registered Nurse.
  • Ability to contribute to the profession of nursing through life-long learning, safe patient management, and evidence-based practice producing quality outcomes.
    CORE CURRICULUM    
      Credit Hours  
NUR 200 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3  
NUR 205 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 3  
NUR 210 Medical Surgical Nursing in the Adult Client 3  
NUR 215 Medical Surgical Nursing in the Adult Client Clinical Education 3  
NUR 220 Mental Health Nursing 2  
NUR 225 Mental Health Nursing Clinical Education 2  
NUR 230 Women and Child Care Nursing 3  
NUR 235 Women and Child Care Nursing Clinical Education 2  
NUR 240 Managing and Delegating Care in Professional  Nursing Practice 3  
NUR 245 Capstone with Nurse Leadership Application 2  
    SUB-TOTAL 26  
         
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS    
General Education Requirements 19  
     
Must Include:    
MAT 115 College Algebra 3  
             OR    
A mathematics course approved by the Nursing department chair.    
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4  
May Not Include:    
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4  
  SUB-TOTAL 19  
       
  PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS    
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4  
PSY 161 Health Psychology 3  
SCI 151 Microbiology with Lab 4  
  SUB-TOTAL 11  
         
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS    
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1  
    SUB-TOTAL 1  
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program for students to earn a grade of 75% or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses and a “C” or better in all other courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 57

 

NUR  200  Transition to Professional Nursing Practice.  This course focuses on the role transition of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to that of a professional registered nurse (RN).  The roles of the RN as a provider and manager of patient-centered care and as a member of the professional nurse community are emphasized.  Communication

skills build on previous knowledge including the use of technology.  Concepts of responsibility, accountability, delegation, advocacy, and collaboration will be discussed and articulated.  Students will learn to reflect and synthesize information based on ethical, legal, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, financial, and cultural considerations while organizing, prioritizing, and delegating nursing care.  Social and political influences on nursing practice and healthcare delivery will be explored.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program and ASC 104, ASC 106, PSY 161, and SCI 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  205  Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice.  This clinical course is designed to transition the licensed practical nurse (LPN) student to the professional registered nurse (RN) role.  The student will learn concepts and advanced nursing interventions including medication and intravenous management to provide safe, quality patient-centered practice in a variety of healthcare settings.  Emphasis is placed on developing professional skills in assessment, implementation and evaluation of nursing interventions, technologies, and quality outcomes.  Concepts build on previous knowledge to enhance professionalism and utilization of appropriate communication, documentation, life-span considerations, and evidence-based practice.  Physical assessment, infection control, patient education, nutrition, safety, advanced medication administration, and nursing skills are presented and practiced in the skills lab and with simulation.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program and ASC 104, ASC 106, PSY 161, and SCI 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  210  Medical Surgical Nursing in the Adult Client.  This didactic course transitions the licensed practical nurse (LPN) nursing knowledge and skills to that of the professional registered nurse (RN).  The student will focus on the pathophysiology, nutrition, and medications related to complex medical surgical conditions.  Medication administration and intravenous therapy will be emphasized.  Students will expand their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills by utilizing assessment, health data, cultural competence, and the nursing process in the application of safe, evidence-based practice, and quality nursing care.  The student will gain organization, prioritization, and collaboration skills while learning to function more independently.  Accountability and integrity within the ethical legal framework of entry-level registered professional nursing practice will be self-assessed while fostering a commitment to ongoing professional development.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program and ASC 104, ASC 106, PSY 161, and SCI 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 215.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  215  Medical Surgical Nursing in the Adult Client Clinical Education.  This clinical course transitions the licensed practical nurse (LPN) nursing knowledge and skills to that of professional registered nurse (RN). Students will apply concepts of pathophysiology, nutrition, and medication knowledge related to complex medical surgical conditions.  Medication administration and intravenous therapy will be emphasized.  Students will demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in managing assessment, health data, cultural competence, and the nursing process in the application of safe, evidence-based practice and quality nursing care.  Students will also utilize organization, prioritization, and collaboration skills while learning to function more independently.  Accountability and integrity within the ethical legal framework of entry-level professional nursing practice will be self-assessed while fostering a commitment to ongoing professional development.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program and ASC 104, ASC 106, PSY 161, and SCI 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 210.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  220  Mental Health Nursing.  This course focuses on the transition of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to that of a professional registered nurse (RN) in the care of clients with mental health disorders.  The physiological and psychosocial integrity of the client with a specific focus on the psychosocial aspects of mental health disorders will be explored.  Consideration is given to clients’ past and present patterns of behavior as they impact on alterations of mental well-being.  Communication skills are further developed using theories of interpersonal relationships.  With assistance, a student learns to provide a milieu that is both safe and therapeutic.  Students use the nursing process as a tool for critical thinking in organizing, prioritizing, managing individual plans of care, and collaborating with the healthcare team.  Students are assisted to address ethical and legal dilemmas in their roles as client advocates.  Self-assessment and self-awareness are encouraged to enhance self-development and foster therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on multicultural diversity.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 225.  2 credit hours.

 

NUR  225  Mental Health Nursing Clinical Education.  This clinical course focuses on the transition of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to that of a professional registered nurse (RN) in the care of clients with mental health disorders.  The physiological and psychosocial integrity of the client with a specific focus on the psychosocial aspects of mental health disorders will be explored in mental health agencies.  Consideration is given to clients’ past and present patterns of behavior as they impact on alterations of mental well-being.  Communication skills are further developed using theories of interpersonal relationships.  The student learns to provide a milieu that is both safe and therapeutic.  Students use the nursing process as a tool for critical thinking in organizing, prioritizing, managing individual plans of care, and collaborating with the healthcare team.  Students are assisted to address ethical and legal dilemmas in their roles as client advocates.  Self-assessment and self-awareness are encouraged to enhance self-development and foster therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on multicultural diversity.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 220.  2 credit hours.

 

NUR  230  Women and Child Care Nursing.  This course focuses on the transition of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to a professional registered nurse (RN) in the care of women, infants, and children.  Students apply the nursing process using the principles of critical thinking with childbearing and/or child-rearing families.  Concepts of human development, family community systems, safe-protective care environment, therapeutic communication, health, education, and culturally-specific healthcare are emphasized and are applied to clients in a variety of mother-child settings.  Students provide increasingly complex care, moving toward more independent practice, and increasing professional accountability.  Ethical and legal issues pertaining to obstetric and infant clients are explored.  Along with care in the clinical setting, an emphasis is placed on collaboration with families and members of the healthcare team as well as professional development and self-assessment.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 235.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  235  Women and Child Care Nursing Clinical Education.  This clinical course focuses on the transition of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to a professional registered nurse (RN) in the care of women, infants, and children.  Students apply the nursing process using the principles of critical thinking with childbearing and/or child-rearing families.  Concepts of human development, family community systems, safe-protective care environment, therapeutic communication, health, education, and culturally-specific healthcare are emphasized and are applied to clients in a variety of mother-child settings.  Students provide increasingly complex care, moving toward more independent practice, and increasing professional accountability.  Ethical and legal issues pertaining to obstetric and infant clients are explored.  Along with care in the clinical setting, an emphasis is placed on collaboration with families and members of the healthcare team as well as professional development and self-assessment.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  Concurrent:  NUR 230.  2 credit hours.

 

NUR  240  Managing and Delegating Care in Professional Nurse Practice.  This course focuses on the role transition of a licensed professional nurse (LPN) to that of a professional registered nurse (RN) as a provider and manager of patient-centered care.  As a member of the professional nurse community, communication skills build on previous knowledge including the use of technology.  Concepts of responsibility, accountability, delegation, advocacy, and collaboration will be discussed and articulated.  Students will learn to reflect and synthesize information based on ethical, legal, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, financial, patient-centered care, and cultural issues while organizing, setting priorities, and delegating nursing care.  Social and political influences on managing nursing practice for self, healthcare team, institution, and community care delivery will be explored.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NUR  245  Capstone with Nurse Leadership Application.  This clinical capstone course focuses on the role transition of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to that of a professional registered nurse (RN) as a provider and manager of patient-centered care.  As a member of the professional nurse community, communication skills build on previous knowledge including the use of technology and collaboration.  Students will select a nursing mentor to further explore nursing strategies in managing care with the assistance of the instructor.  This learning experience will afford the student the opportunity to formulate objectives and goals and allows students to observe management and delegation in practice for a group of patients and nurses.  Students will then reflect on the experience, write a reflective paper, and present the paper to a team of instructors and mentors who will provide feedback to the student.  Prerequisites:  NUR 200, NUR 205, NUR 210, NUR 215 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.