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Curriculum


Degree Plan


Academic Prerequisites

Course Title

Semester Hours

English 1

3

English 2, Speech, or Spanish

3

Chemistry

3-4 Lab preferred

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4* Must have a lab

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4* Must have a lab

Microbiology

4* Must have a lab

Introduction to Psychology

3

Human Growth & Development

3

Human Nutrition

3 or 4

US History up to 1876

3

American Government

3

Elective

3

Total Prerequisite Hours

39-41


CSON Coursework

Course Title and Number

Semester Hours

Class Hours

Laboratory/Clinical Hours

Weeks

Semester I

Nursing 100 Learning Strategies

Nursing 101 Medical/Surgical 1

Nursing 102 Pharmacology 1

Nursing 103 Pathophysiology 1

.5

13.5

2

2

8

108

30

30

328

4

19

19

19

Total

18

176

328

19

Semester II

Nursing 201 Medical/Surgical

Nursing 202 Pharmacology II

Nursing 203 Pathophysiology II

15.5

2

2

140

30

30

330

19

19

19

Total

19.5

200

330

19

Semester III

Nursing 301: Family Centered

Care of Specialty Populations

(Maternity/Pedi/Mental Health)

15

120

360

19

Semester IV

Nursing 401 Advanced Nursing

and Leadership (Management/

Critical Care)

15

120

360

19

Program Totals

67.5

616

1378

76

Advance Credit Program for Licensed Vocation Nurses who upon successful completion of the course receive credit for Semesters I and II.

Courses in the School of Nursing are identified by a multiple digit number. The following diagram illustrates the meaning of each digit.

Covenant School of Nursing Course Descriptions

NURSING 101: Medical/Surgical Nursing I

Nursing Science 101 introduces the student to the fundamentals of nursing. The individual is presented as a whole person (body, mind, spirit) whose life style has been disrupted by illness. The application of the nursing process guides the student through the concepts of basic needs in health and illness. The development of interpersonal communication, cognitive and technical skills along with an understanding of ethical and legal issues provides a sound foundation for student learning and progression of their nursing education. The clinical instruction is coordinated with the formal classroom and simulated laboratory experiences. The student is encouraged to participate as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide total care. Clinical experiences become more self-directed as the semester progresses.

Nursing 102: Pharmacology I

The focus of Nursing 102 is to help nursing students acquire and apply the scientific body of knowledge known as pharmacotherapy to the use of medications in the management of illness and the maintenance of wellness in the adult client. The nursing student is introduced to and will explore principles of pharmacotherapy in the context of classifications, application to wellness, and use of pharmacotherapeutic agents in the treatment of specific disease processes within the framework of the nursing process - assessment, analysis, planning, intervention and evaluation.

Nursing 103: Pathophysiology I

The focus of Nursing Science 103 is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of pathophysiology. The alterations brought about by a pathophysiological state that results in illness or disease are explored in order to achieve a better understanding of the care for the individual. The concept that the individual as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being whose life style has been disrupted by disease and/or illness is considered. This course begins the study of selected organ systems. These studies provide a foundation for student observations and a framework for actions taken in the planning and implementation of care of the client in Nursing 101.

Nursing 201: Medical/Surgical Nursing II

The concept of the client as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit) whose life style has been disrupted by illness is continued. Clinical instruction is coordinated with formal classroom instruction. Clinical conferences are planned to supplement both clinical and formal instruction. Nursing process principles are utilized to develop plans of care based on client needs and concepts of the health-illness continuum. The student continues to participate as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide total patient care. Emphasis shifts to evaluation and modification of care, teaching and discharge planning. Clinical experience continues to become more self-directed as the semester progresses.

Nursing 202: Pharmacology II

Nursing 202 is a continuation of Nursing 102 designed to help nursing students acquire and apply the scientific body of knowledge known as pharmacotherapy to the use of medications in the management of illness and the maintenance of wellness in the adult client. The nursing student is introduced to and will explore basic principles of pharmacotherapy in the context of classifications, application to wellness, and use in the treatment of specific disease processes within the framework of the nursing process.

Nursing 203: Pathophysiology II

The focus of Nursing Science 203 is to provide a meaningful insight into the mechanisms that maintain the human body with its boundaries and explain the dynamic aspects of the disease process. The alterations brought about by the pathophysiological state results in disease or illnesses are explored. The concept that the individual as a bio -psych o-social - spiritual being whose life style has been disrupted by disease and/or illness is broadened through the study of pathophysiology. It is essential to know that disease is dynamic and the manifestations may vary from person to person and change from day to day. The knowledge can then be incorporated into the nursing process directing the care of the client.

Nursing 301: Family Centered Care of Specialty Populations

This course is an introduction to Maternal/Newborn, Pediatrics, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Special emphasis is placed on the biologic, psychologic and sociologic factors affecting these special populations in each unique individual, their family and their community. The clinical component of Nursing 301 seeks to apply scientific concepts and evidenced-based nursing practice in a variety of planned learning experiences. These experiences include but are not limited to acute care, long term care, community care and community resources. This course provides the student the opportunity to develop in the role of maternal/ newborn, pediatric, and psychiatric/mental health care team member. At the completion of this course the student should be competent to function in these areas in a beginning nursing position.

Nursing 401: Advanced Nursing Leadership

Advanced Nursing and Leadership is a study of the problems encountered by persons in altered health states in a variety of clinical settings. The course is structured to build on general nursing courses while preparing the student to provide nursing care to meet the specific complex needs of the client and family. The course facilitates transition from student to registered nurse role. Concepts, theories, and application of leadership and management modalities are incorporated. Current trends in health care delivery, legislation, ethics, and employment are discussed. Emphasis is placed on utilization of evidenced-based nursing practice in situations in which critical thinking, decision making, thorough assessment and timely nursing interventions are expected outcomes. This knowledge facilitates the student's development of cognitive, psychomotor, and effective abilities needed to function as an accountable nurse generalist capable of critical thinking, independent judgment, and self-direction. Career selection, career mobility, and the nurse's responsibility for continued professional growth are discussed.