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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 and Therapy, 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 successive semesters. In either case, the 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 session in which they are offered including the shorter, more intensive summer and winter sessions.

  • Students may complete the Nursing Program on either a full- 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 clinical 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 section 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.

 

Part-time students must plan their course work so that Nursing Process courses are taken in consecutive semesters. This is to ensure the student’s best preparation possible for the NCLEX-RN examination.

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 skills 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 skills 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 in 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.

 

Nursing Process IA (NUR 111)

Presents fundamental concepts related to basic human needs, health assessment, health maintenance, the nursing process and the profession of Nursing. The focus is on wellness in a variety of community long-term care settings.

Nursing Process IB (NUR 113)

Presents the fundamentals of nursing care within the context of basic human needs through the application of the nursing process. The focus is on promoting the optimal level of health in long-term geriatric and community settings.

Nursing Process IIA (NUR 141)

Focuses on caring for individuals with common health problems related to the need for psychological regulation and nutrition. In-patient and community psychiatric settings are used for the clinical experience.

Nursing Process IIB (NUR 142)

Focuses on caring for individuals with common health problems related to the needs for mobility and elimination. Acute care, rehabilitation facilities, and settings in the community are used for the clinical experience.

Nursing Process IIIA (NUR 231)

Presents the nursing care related to meeting the basic needs of women and the childbearing family. The clinical component includes postpartum, labor, delivery, newborn nursery, and a variety of experience in community settings.

Nursing Process IIIB (NUR 232)

Focuses on the nursing care of patients with common health problems related to the need for body defense and the respiratory component to the need for gaseous transfer. Clinical experiences are provided on acute medical-surgical units in local hospitals and in community settings.

Nursing Process IVA (NUR 241)

Involves the nursing care of patients with common health problems related to the need for chemical regulation and the cardiovascular component of the need for gaseous transfer. Clinical experiences are provided on acute medical-surgical nursing units and in community settings.

Nursing Process IVB (NUR 242)

Focuses on the nursing care of pediatric patients and on the leadership and organizational skills needed to manage the care of any group of patients across the life span. Clinical experiences are provided in pediatric units, in long-term care facilities and in community settings.