Description

 Program Goals and Objectives 

  • Incorporate principles from nursing, behavioral and physical sciences to provide competent care to clients of different ages with different bio-psychosocial needs.
  • Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, nursing care, and rehabilitation of clients.
  • Differentiate the role of the Vocational Nurse within the medical team.
  • Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Vocational Nurse.
  •  Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care within the scope of Vocational Nurse practice.
  •  Demonstrate organization, prioritization, delegation, and collaboration with healthcare professionals using effective communication.
  •  Prepare the Associate Degree student with the knowledge, skill, and ability to administer safe, ethical, competent nursing care as a beginning practitioner in a variety of settings.

 

Program Outline and Course Descriptions 

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours 

Semester Credit Hours

GE 020A

Human Body in Health and Disease I with Lab

75

4

This course is the first in the series of two courses to cover the human organ systems’ structure and function. In both the lecture and the lab, the basics of structures and functions of the human body will be discussed. Between GE 020A and GE 020B, topics on all individuals major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease. This course is the prerequisite for GE 020B-Human Body in Health & Disease II. This is a General Education Course.

GE 041

General Microbiology with Lab

75

4

This course presents basic concepts of microbiology; practical applications to medicine, public health, and the environment, with laboratory techniques in isolation, enumeration, and identification of microorganisms. 

GE 222

English Reading and Composition

45

3

This course includes training in expository-argumentative composition, emphasizing work on clear and effective sentences and the organization and development of paragraph and essay.

GE 112

Algebra I

45

3

This course is equivalent to second year high school algebra, including exponents, radicals, logarithms, systems of linear equations, complex numbers, and quadratic equations. 

GE 202

General Psychology 45 3

This course presents basic methods and concepts of psychology, which have broad academic relevance and which can be applied to the study of psychology as well as other academic disciplines. 

GE 020B

Human Body in Health and Disease II with Lab 75

4

This course is the second in the series of two courses to cover the human organ systems’ structure and function. In both the lecture and the lab, the basics of structures and functions of the human body will be discussed. Between GE 020A and GE 020B, topics on all individual major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease. Prerequisite: GE 020A- Human Body in Health & Disease I. This is a General Education Course. 

GE 031

Nutrition in Health & Disease

45

3

This course covers the nutrient needs for maintaining positive nutritional status, including diets to fit specific health needs and primary nutritional care. 

GE 110

Critical Thinking

45

3

This course explores the mechanisms of and obstructions to critical thinking. Students will examine principles and fallacies in myriad types of arguments and rhetoric. This course will include the evaluation of all components of persuasive communications. 

GE 201

Introduction to Sociology

45

3

(Designed for general education or those students majoring inone of the behavioral sciences)

This course introduces human interacton from the sociological perspective and through the utilization of sociological concepts, theories, and principles.  Topics include culture, socialization, organizations, deviance, stratification, institutions, population, and social change.

GE 240

Public Speaking, Basics of Effective Communication

45

3

This course offers an introduction to communication in the interpersonal relationships, group interactions, and formal speaking, with skill development in listening, speech preparation, and oral presentation.

Total

540

33


Program Information, Length and Schedule

 

The expected program length is 30 weeks to complete all 33 semester credit hours of online General Education courses, after receiving transfer credit for 57.5 semester credits of a prior Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program. Graduates will earn 90.5 semester credit hours and an Associate of Science Degree in Vocational Nursing.