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Program of Study

Program of Study

The Nursing Program consists of a four-level sequence of Nursing Process Courses (I, II, III & IV), NUR 106 (Principles of Drug Administration), NUR 103 (Calculations for Pharmacology), in addition to courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Each level of the Program consists of two Nursing Process courses that must be completed before a course at the next level is taken.

The two Nursing Process courses in a level may be taken concurrently or in succeeding semesters. An exception is NUR 111, which must be successfully completed before, or taken with, NUR 113. In either case, the liberal arts and science co-requisites for each Nursing Process course must be taken before or concurrent with the specific Nursing Process course.

Nursing Process courses at RCC are offered in the fall and spring semesters; courses in liberal arts and sciences may be taken in any semester in which they are offered including the shorter, more intensive summer and winter sessions.

  • Students may complete the Nursing Program on either a full-time or part-time basis and as either day or evening students.
  • If students enroll in a daytime clinical laboratory in the first Nursing Process course, they must continue in a daytime laboratory throughout the Program unless space is available in the evening section at the time of registration for the next semester.
  • If students enroll in an evening clinical laboratory in the first Nursing Process course, they will have the opportunity for evening clinical placements in subsequent semesters provided successful completion of each Nursing Process course is achieved each semester. Otherwise, such placements are on a space-available basis each semester.

Each Nursing Process course has three components:

  • Classroom learning: Students study the theory of nursing including the use of the Nursing Process as it relates to the basic health needs and common health problems of individuals.
  • Nursing Simulation Laboratory learning: Students learn nursing procedures necessary for the care of patients with the health problems they are studying.
  • Clinical learning: Students apply the principles learned in the classroom and Nursing Simulation Laboratory to provide direct nursing care to patients.

In each Nursing Process course classroom instruction consists of a 2.5 hour lecture, one day/evening each week. The clinical component is scheduled one day/evening per week per course. One class hour is 50 minutes based on a 15-week semester model. Classes/clinicals offered less than 15 weeks have class model hours adjusted accordingly.

In Nursing Process courses students will learn the three roles of the Associate Degree Nurse:

  • Provider of care
  • Manager of care
  • Member of the discipline of nursing

As students learn these roles, they will have the opportunity to care for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in acute and chronic in-patient and community-based settings.

NUR 111 Nursing Process IA
An introduction to the nature of nursing, the holistic nature of the patient and concepts of health. The nursing process, with its related skills of observation, taking a health history, doing a physical assessment, using therapeutic communication and health teaching, is presented as the basis of nursing practice. The nursing process is applied, through the use of case studies and clinical experiences to meeting the basic needs of patients for nutrition, elimination, body defense and psychological regulation. Clinical experiences are focused on the elderly patient in community and long-term care settings. Basic nursing skills are learned in the nursing laboratory.

NUR 113 Nursing Process IB
The nursing process is applied to meeting the basic health needs of patients in the areas of body defense, mobility, gaseous transfer and chemical regulation. Laboratory experiences are provided in the nursing laboratory as well as in a variety of community and long-term care settings.

NUR 141 Nursing Process IIA
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of the adult patient with health problems related to the needs for psychological regulation and nutrition. Laboratory experiences are provided in the nursing laboratory and in mental health settings in the community. Current AHA Basic life support professional certification is a requirement of this course.

NUR 142 Nursing Process IIB
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of the adult patient with health problems related to the needs for elimination and mobility. Laboratory experiences are provided for students in the nursing laboratory and in orthopedic-rehabilitation settings in the community.

NUR 231 Nursing Process IIIA
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of patients during the maternity cycle. Normal physiological, psychological and social changes are considered, as well as health problems due to deviations from the normal. Laboratory experiences are provided in maternity settings in the community and in the nursing laboratory.

NUR 232 Nursing Process IIIB
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of adult patients with health problems related to the need for body defense and the respiratory component of gaseous transfer. Laboratory experiences are provided in the nursing laboratory and in acute care and other medical-surgical settings in the community.

NUR 241 Nursing Process IVA
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of adult patients with multiple health problems, at least one of which is related to the need for chemical regulation and/or the cardiovascular component of gaseous transfer. Laboratory experiences are provided in the nursing laboratory and in acute care and other medical-surgical settings in the community.

NUR 242 Nursing Process IVB
The nursing process is applied to meeting the needs of patients across the life span with multiple health problems. Normal physiological, psychological and social changes are considered, as well as health problems due to deviations from the normal. Laboratory experiences are provided in pediatric health-care settings in the community and in the nursing laboratory. Also included is a capstone management of care experience.