Professional Nursing A.A.S.

69 credit Associate of Applied Science program

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Program Description:
The Nursing A.A.S. program prepares students who are nursing assistants to complete a program of study after completion of required pretechnical courses in professional nursing that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).

The Nursing AAS/Advanced Standing LPN Track Program is a 69-credit program designed for licensed practical nurses who wish to further their education and become a registered nurse.

Change in Nursing Program Acceptance Process:
Effective for January 2015 students starting the process for acceptance into any LSC nursing program has changed.

Students wishing to start the AAS Nursing or AAS Advanced Standing LPN Track programs In January 2015 and thereafter must complete an application to the program meeting new specific due dates and new requirements.

Students wishing to start the Practical Nursing Diploma program in August 2015 and thereafter must complete an application to the program and meeting new specific due dates and new requirements.

All students will need to complete an entrance application and TEAS test. Students will then be ranked in combination of their TEAS score and cumulative GPA on the pre-technical courses.

Policy 3.41.1 Nursing Programs Admissions outlines the application process, steps involved, and timeline deadlines for applications for fall and spring semesters.

Link to Policy - http://www.lsc.edu/policies/3-41-1-nursing-programs-admissions/

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Program Accreditation:
The Nursing A.A.S. Program and the Nursing A.A.S./Advanced Standing LPN Track Program are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). ACEN - 3343 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 850 - Atlanta, GA 30326 - Phone: 404-975-5000 - http://acenursing.org/ If you have questions or concerns, please contact ACEN or Dr. Sharon Tanner at 404-975-5000.

Program outcomes include:
• Adapt to the diverse and ever-changing roles of the professional nurse in a variety of health care systems.
• Integrate critical reasoning and evidence based practice while providing safe and competent care to clients in all stages of development and at any point in the health/illness continuum.
• Utilize the nursing process in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan.
• Interact effectively with clients, peers, and members of other health care disciplines utilizing written and oral communication and by utilizing current technologies.
• Provide nursing care that is reflective of the ethics and values of the nursing profession and to be mindful of each client’s inherent worth and dignity.
• Assess patterns and activities that may lead to unsafe practice.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ADN14002Introduction to Professional NursingThis course introduces the professional nursing student to the history and theories of nursing, nursing as a profession, levels and roles of nursing, health care systems, evidence-based practice, legal and ethical issues, client-centered care and clinical decision-making. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14105Nursing Care of the AdultThis course covers nursing care of the patient with basic to complex disorders in the following systems: cancer, cardio-vascular, endocrine, gastro-intestinal, hematological, integument, musculo-skeletal, neurological, renal, reproductive, respiratory, and sensory. Drug therapy and diet therapy are integrated throughout the systems. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (5 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14203Nursing Interventions IThis course includes both a lecture and lab component. The lecture portion covers foundational nursing theory and care including the patient's medical record, documentation, pre and post operative nursing care, communicating with the physician and other members of the health care team, the immune response, inflammation vs. infection, wound healing, and the body's response to hot and cold applications. The lab portion will facilitate student demonstrations, practice, and test outs of designated nursing skills related to the lecture material. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on the program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14303Medication InterventionsThis course covers techniques of administering medications and the use of medication reference materials. Math skills, terminology, and abbreviations needed to interpret medication orders are stressed. This course includes medication theory and administration of gastrointestinal, topical, and injectable medications including care of the patient with an IV. Students may not progress to Semester III clinicals without successfully completing the course. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14403Health AssessmentHealth Assessment students learn to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination. The development of a holistic database reflecting an understanding of developmental, sociocultural, environmental, sexual, and family influences is emphasized. Further emphasis is placed on the development of communication skills that enhance data gathering techniques, health teaching, and referral skills. Complete health examinations focus on the identification of normal patterns and functions of adults and children. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14501AD Clinical IThis course covers the clinical application of nursing care principles for the beginning professional nursing student. The course focuses on beginning assessment skills, safety, therapeutic communication, organization, documentation and patient-centered care for chronic and/or stable conditions. Students will engage in self-reflection and skills-based simulation. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN14602AD Clinical IIThis clinical course introduces the professional nursing student to patients with increased complexity of stable acute/chronic conditions. This course expands on the principles of communication, documentation, organization, assessment, and patient-centered care. The student is introduced to medication administration, prioritization, clinical decision-making, and patient teaching. Students will engage in self-reflection, high-fidelity simulation, evidence-based nursing practice and concept mapping. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24201Nursing Interventions IIThis laboratory course will facilitate student demonstrations, practice, and test outs of designated nursing skills. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24302Behavioral Health NursingThis course introduces students to managing care for clients with psychiatric healthcare needs. An emphasis is placed on client-centered care through holistic assessment, therapeutic relationships, advocacy, health promotion, and the use of the interdisciplinary team. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses on program planner and concurrent enrollment in current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24321Behavioral Health ClinicalThis course introduces students to the care of stable clients with psychiatric disorders. The clinical experience focuses on client-centered care through clinical decision-making, advocacy, health promotion, management of care, and therapeutic relationship. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24502AD Clinical IIIThis nursing course expands upon concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in previous nursing coursework. The clinical is centered upon management of care for patients with acute and chronic health conditions. The student is introduced to team leading and delegation, intravenous therapy, and higher level nursing skills. Students will engage in self-reflection, high-fidelity simulation, evidence-based nursing practice and quality improvement. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24602AD Clinical IVThis nursing course expands upon concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in previous nursing coursework. The clinical is centered upon management of care for patients with multiple and complex healthcare needs. The course introduces active collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team, promotes increased independence in team leading and delegation, and furthers intravenous therapy, and higher-level nursing skills. Students will engage in self-reflection, high-fidelity simulation, evidence-based nursing practice and quality improvement. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24702Family NursingThis course introduces the complex human needs of the family, newborn, and pediatric patient with an emphasis on nursing process during acute and chronic disruptions to health. The role of nursing is taught based on the principles of growth and development and health promotion and prevention. Classroom incorporates assisting women and children using therapeutic communication, technical skills, and professional behavior. Emphasis is placed on collaborating with families to optimize health care delivery using the systems approach. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24721Family Nursing ClinicalThis nursing course is intended to build upon the concepts, knowledge, and skills gained during nursing program and Family Nursing lecture. The student will care for obstetric and pediatric patients in clinical and/or simulation utilizing the concepts of holistic, family-centered care to optimize outcomes in maternal-child health. Emphasis is placed on the health-wellness continuum and process. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24802Advanced Nursing CareThis course covers nursing care of the patient experiencing complex to critical disorders of the following systems: advanced cardiopulmonary, GI accessory, renal, burns, immune, neurotrauma systems, and multisystem organ failure. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24803Advanced Nursing CareThis course covers nursing care of the patient experiencing complex to critical disorders of the following systems: advanced cardiopulmonary, GI accessory, renal, burns, immune, neurotrauma systems, and multisystem organ failure. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24823Advanced Nursing Care ClinicalThis nursing course expands upon concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced during the nursing program and integrate advanced concepts discussed in previous nursing coursework. The clinical is centered upon provision of safe, quality, evidence-based patient-centered care for a group of patients by performing nursing interventions that are appropriate for diverse patients with multiple and complex healthcare needs. This clinical also focuses on autonomy, team management, healthcare system improvement and clinical decision-making. Quality improvement, self-reflection, and high-fidelity simulation will be utilized throughout this course. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN24902Leadership and Community NursingThis course will incorporate the concepts and skills involved in professional nursing leadership. Concepts such as delegation, accountability, scope of practice, liability, professional leadership and communication, and nursing management will be reviewed and applied. The role of the professional nurse working with populations is examined, and the principles of community assessment will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on evidence based practice, holistic health promotion/illness prevention and interventions that incorporate concepts and principles of self-determination, community empowerment, epidemiology, and cultural diversity/spirituality. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses and concurrent enrollment in all current semester courses.) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADN26001Clinical Capstone ExperienceThis nursing course expands upon concepts, knowledge, and skills gained throughout the nursing program. The clinical is centered upon management of care for patients with multiple and complex healthcare needs. The course focuses on advocacy, quality improvement, and case management with the interdisciplinary team. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all nursing courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BIOL11703MicrobiologyThis course includes study of classification, structure and function of microbes with an emphasis on microbes that cause disease. Topics include microbial metabolism and growth, control of microbes, microbial genetics, and basic laboratory techniques used to study microorganisms. The course is intended for Liberal Arts students and/or students in health fields. MTC Goal areas: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: BIOL1120 or BIOL1005 or BIOL1002 or test out; college level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BIOL21703PathophysiologyA more in-depth study of human physiology across the life span as it is affected by the disease process, the body's attempts to compensate, and integration of systems to maintain homeostasis. Includes cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, renal, immunological, endocrine, and neurological disruptions. Where relevant, environmental, cultural, and ethical influences on health are included. Critical thinking is emphasized. (Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL1141 or BIOL1160 with a grade of C or better, or instructor consent; college-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
COMM11003Introduction to CommunicationThis course introduces students to the concepts, models, and theories of human communication and their application to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
HPER13022NutritionThis course covers an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition. Course content includes: the role of nutrients in the maintenance of normal health, the effects of nutrition on disease, nutrition in the human life cycle, food behaviors and diet planning. Students complete a self-analysis of their own diets. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
PSYC11353Lifespan Developmental PsychologyA scientific, theoretical, and personal examination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the life span. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: PSYC1120 highly recommended; college-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SOC11113Introduction to SociologyThis course involves both an explanation of and active practice in using the sociological perspective to examine the world around us. It introduces Sociology as a discipline and sociological ways of understanding human social interaction and processes such as socialization, deviance, culture/society, and social change. This class teaches the use of Sociology in class via small-group exercises and the use of computers to explore questions about the social world. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavior Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing as identified in Placement Test results) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
COMM1105 or ENGL1109 may be substituted for COMM1100


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 71 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Courses:
*ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00
BIOL1005 Introduction to Cell Biology 1.00
*BIOL1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
*BIOL1141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.00
*ENGL1106 Composition I 3.00
Current CNA Registration, CMA Registration, or Military Medic0
Current CPR/First Aid Certification

NOTE: Prior to taking any ADN courses, all pre-technical courses listed above must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Cumulative GPA of asterisk (*) courses must be 3.0 or better.

You will need a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid is required for all clinical courses. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement. Background Study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.