International Nurse Graduate Courses (ING)

International Nurse Graduate Courses (ING)

Program Overview

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts recognizes the contribution of international nurses to the nursing profession. The Academy has developed a program for international nurse graduates seeking to complete the areas of deficiencies identified by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Courses in medical-surgical nursing, maternal and newborn, pediatric nursing, and mental health nursing are offered for international nurse graduates who are required to complete the necessary coursework to be eligible to apply for a California National Council Licensure Examination. The courses provide a comprehensive introduction to nursing practice and the health care system in the United States.

Costs and Fees

*All Students must take the Transition Course.  The Total Program cost is the sum of the Transition Course and one or more of the below chosen courses.

Transition Course Fees
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable)$750.00
Transition Books $50.00
Transition Course Tuition Fee$8,000.00
Total Course Cost$8,900.00
Medical-Surgical Nursing Course Fees
Medical-Surgical Books$75.00
Medical-Surgical Tuition Fee$16,000.00
Total Course Cost$16,075.00
Maternal & Newborn Nursing Course Fees
Maternal & Newborn Book$25.00
Maternal & Newborn Tuition Fee$7,200.00
Total Course Cost$7,225.00
Care of Children Course Fees
Care of Children Books$25.00
Care of Children Tuition Fee$7,200.00
Total Course Cost$7,225.00
Mental Health Course Fees
Mental Health Books$25.00
Mental Health Tuition Fee$6,400.00
Total Course Cost$6,425.00

Course Goals and Objectives

RN 180 LVN to RN Transition Theory and Lab Course (47 clock hours = 3 Semester Units Theory, 68 clock hours = 2 Semester Units Lab

  1.   Describe the various roles of the registered nurse in the healthcare delivery system.
  2.   Identify the evolving practice opportunities for nurses in various practice settings.
  3.   Identify the characteristics of the nursing profession.
  4.   Differentiate between licensed practical/vocational nurses and registered nurses.
  5.   Explain the nursing responsibilities related to legal and ethical aspect of the profession,

       delegation, and confidentiality.

  1.   Identify conceptual and philosophical foundations of professional nursing practice.
  2.   Define evidence-based practice.
  3.   Explain the purpose and phases of nursing process.
  4.   Define clinical judgment in nursing practice.
  5. Discuss factors creating successful or unsuccessful communication.
  6. Evaluate helpful and unhelpful communication techniques.
  7. Identify key aspects of collaboration.

Skills Lab:

  1.   Demonstrate accuracy in mathematical calculations related to safe and efficacious administration of fluids and medications.
  2. Demonstrate understanding and skills in performing health history and physical assessment
  3.   Demonstrate an understanding and ability to perform basic and complex nursing skills in the care of acute and chronically ill patients utilizing critical thinking skills.
  4.   Demonstrate accurate documentation related to assessment and performance of skills.
  5.   Apply knowledge of theory and principles from nursing and related sciences across the life span to selected nursing skills and procedures through use of the nursing process.

RN 304 Medical/Surgical III Theory-Advanced Med/Surg (3 Units, 45 clock hours)

  1.   Identify specific phenomena for actual or potential patient needs which are relevant to nursing care of the acutely ill and chronically ill adults with respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.
  2.   Identify clinical manifestations, nursing care, and collaborative problems of commonly seen medical or surgical related to respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.
  3.   Explain purpose and nursing care of commonly used procedures and interventions in medical or surgical conditions related to respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.
  4.   Apply knowledge of physical and behavioral sciences to discern probable consequences of medical, surgical, and/or nursing interventions related to respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.
  5.   Apply critical thinking to develop priorities in nursing approaches to patients with various medical or surgical conditions in various states of diagnosis and treatment related to respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.
  6.   Explain scientific rationale for selected nursing interventions related to respiratory, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal system disorders.

RN 305 Medical/Surgical III Clinical-Advanced Med/Surg (2 Units, 90 clock hours)

  1.   Communicate therapeutically with individuals and families who are experiencing advanced health disruptions related to chronic respiratory, cardiac, neurology, musculoskeletal system disorders
  2.   Plan and implement individualized patient care using the nursing process.
  3.   Provide nursing care to adults with advanced medical, surgical, and nursing diagnoses.
  4.   Provide scientific or empirical rationale for all nursing actions related to chronic respiratory, cardiac, neurology, musculoskeletal system disorders.
  5.   Demonstrate increasing proficiency and autonomy with selected psychomotor skills.
  6.   Demonstrate theory-based interventions with increasing proficiency in the management of patient care.
  7.   Collaborate with other healthcare providers in the delivery of safe, high quality nursing care.
  8.   Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for own learning experiences and performance.
  9.   Apply legal and ethical standards in the delivery of nursing care.
  10. Demonstrate initiative in pursuit and selection of learning activities.
  11. Apply personal philosophy of nursing and approach to patient care.
  12. Demonstrate increased integration of knowledge from courses in previous semesters.
  13. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with patients, families, and all healthcare providers to promote health and healing.
  14. Utilize current research and evidence based practice in the clinical setting.
  15. Demonstrate professional leadership behaviors including advocacy, delegation, resource utilization, & collaboration with other healthcare providers.

RN 402 Medical/Surgical IV Theory-Complex Med/Surg & Leadership (3 Units, 45 clock hours)

  1.   Identify specific phenomena and identify actual or potential patient needs which are relevant to nursing care of adults with multiple health disruptions.
  2.   Identify clinical manifestations, nursing care, and collaborative problems of complex medical or surgical conditions in adult populations.
  3.   Apply critical thinking and develop priority in nursing approaches to patients with complex medical or surgical conditions in various states of diagnosis and treatment.
  4.   Explain scientific rationale for selected nursing interventions.
  5.   Identify the importance of nursing leadership role in health care system
  6.   Critically examine selected nursing practices:
  7.   Adapt nursing practices to the age and developmental stage of the adult.
  8.   Relate selected nursing research findings to the nursing care of individual clients.
  9.   Analyze alternative nursing actions.

RN 403 Medical/Surgical IV Clinical-Complex Med/Surg & Leadership (2 Units, 90 clock hours)

  1.   Communicate therapeutically with individuals and families who are experiencing complex health disruptions.
  2.   Plan and implement individualized patient care using the nursing process.
  3.   Provide nursing care to adults with complex medical, surgical, and nursing diagnoses.
  4.   Provide scientific or empirical rationale for all nursing actions.
  5.   Demonstrate increasing proficiency and autonomy with selected psychomotor skills.
  6.   Demonstrate theory-based interventions with increasing proficiency in the management of patient care.
  7.   Collaborate with other healthcare providers in the delivery of safe, high quality nursing care.
  8.   Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for own learning experiences and performance.
  9.   Apply legal and ethical standards in the delivery of nursing care.
  10. Demonstrate initiative in pursuit and selection of learning activities.
  11. Apply personal philosophy of nursing and approach to patient care.
  12. Demonstrate increased integration of knowledge from courses in previous semesters.
  13. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with patients, families, and all healthcare providers to promote health and healing.
  14. Utilize current research and evidence based practice in the clinical setting.
  15. Demonstrate professional leadership behaviors including advocacy, delegation, resource utilization, & collaboration with other healthcare providers.

RN 300 Maternal Newborn Theory (3 Units, 45 clock hours)

  1.   Identify normal physiologic and psychosocial changes during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
  2.   Describe normal fetal and infant growth and development from conception to one month of age.
  3.   Identify basic nursing assessments to be made under the following circumstances:
    • The pregnant woman during each trimester of pregnancy
    • Intrapartum woman during the three stages of labor
    • The postpartum woman from childbirth to six weeks postpartum
    • The fetus during pregnancy and delivery
    • The newborn from birth to one month of age
    • The father and siblings of the infant during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period
  1. 4.    Examine common client problems (nursing assessment and collaborative problems) during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
  1.   Identify major learning needs and teaching strategies for educating childbearing women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
  2.   Describe selected complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period and identify critical nursing assessments and interventions associated with prevention, early detection and/or treatment of complications.
  3.   Identify critical nursing assessments and interventions associated with the prevention, and/or early detection of complications in the newborn.

RN 301 Maternal Newborn Clinical (1.5 Units, 67.5 clock hours)

  1.   Perform complete assessments (and written documentation) of the normal newborn correctly identifying (a) normal and abnormal characteristics, and (b) relevant nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems.
  2.   Perform complete assessments (and written documentation) of the postpartum woman correctly identifying (a) normal and abnormal findings, and (b) relevant nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems.
  3.   Participates in the assessment of antepartum and laboring women, correctly identifying (a) normal and abnormal findings, and (b) relevant nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems.
  4.   Assess the psychosocial and learning needs of childbearing women and family members (fathers or significant others and siblings) during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
  5.   Assess parent/caretaker coping behaviors and strengths.
  6.   Based on nursing assessment and diagnosis, implements appropriate nursing interventions toward promoting growth and development and healthy outcomes for women, their infants and other family members.
  7.   Implement appropriate teaching strategies and evaluates learning outcomes for childbearing women and their families.
  8.   Participate in coaching and comfort measures for women and significant others during labor and birth.
  9.   Anticipate potential common complications in the childbearing woman and newborn infant by implementing appropriate preventive measures and assessments aimed at early detection.
  10. Apply selected research findings and evidence-based practices to the nursing care of childbearing women, infants, and other family members.
  11. Demonstrate caring behaviors and effective communication with maternity clients, families and members of the health team.
  12. Identify common ethical dilemmas and legal issues in maternity nursing.
  13. Demonstrate professional behavior.

RN 302 Care of Children Theory (3 Units, 45 clock hours)

  1.   Identify the stressors of childhood which are life threatening or cause major disruption in child development and health and well-being.
  2.   Describe the influences of health disruption factors on the developmental process of infants and children.
  3.   Explore the biopsychosocial, cultural and developmental effects of selected major health disruptions for children and their families.
  4.   Assess the physical characteristics of all systems in infants and children of various ages and evaluate the normalcy of these findings.
  5.   Analyze selected health disruptions in terms of alterations which occur in affected children and their families.
  6.   Examine parental, family and sibling stress when a child experiences major health disruption.
  7.   Formulate nursing decisions based on knowledge of the child’s condition, age and life situation.
  8.   Identify therapies, surgeries and nursing interventions which are life-saving, restorative or palliative.
  9.   Assess a child and their family’s ability to learn new information involved in the optimal adaptation to major health disruptions.
  10. Formulate nursing interventions which encourage optimal adaptation to major health disruptions.

RN 303 Care of Children Clinical (1.5 Units, 67.5 clock hours)

‌‌‌‌1.    Utilize current theory and evidence based practice guidelines to analyze, plan and implement nursing care for infants and children of various ages.

  1.   Perform and document an ongoing assessment and evaluation of the child and family’s progress and monitors the effectiveness of nursing care.
  2.   Perform and document complex nursing procedures with infants and children who experience major health disruptions.
  3.   Teach new adaptive measures and counsel children and families who are coping with major stress.
  4.   Assess parameters of the child’s health disruption with regard to the family unit while providing support and information.
  5.   Implement protective interventions and provide age appropriate nurturance for children and families with major health disruptions.
  6.   Collaborate with professional colleagues and student group to develop and provide continuity of care.
  7.   Demonstrate professional behavior.

RN 400 Mental Health Theory (2 Units, 30 clock hours)

  1.   Identify biopsychosocial and cultural factors that influence severe mental illness across the life span.
  2.   Examine selected theories and research underlying psychiatric nursing care of the major mental illnesses across the life span.
  3.   Formulate psychiatric nursing interventions that facilitate mental health adaptation appropriate to inpatient and community settings.
  4.   Describe community resources for nursing referral of individuals and families for mental health maintenance, promotion and rehabilitation.
  5.   Describe common uses of psychopharmacology in the treatment of mental illness and organic brain syndromes.
  6.   Differentiate between effective and non-effective communication patterns.

RN 401 Mental Health Clinical (2 Units, 90 clock hours)

  1.   Demonstrate caring behaviors and therapeutic communication skills including empathy and facilitation, with clients and their families who are experiencing psychosocial stress.
  2.   Apply biopsychosocial and nursing theories and the nursing process into case management components while caring for consumers of psychiatric-mental health services in the acute care and community settings.
  3.   Demonstrate professional behaviors of safety, responsibility and accountability, team membership, appropriate hospital and community behavior, and positive communication with consumers, families, staff, peers, and instructors.
  4.   Incorporate cultural, developmental, socioeconomic, and other individual client differences (physical and psychological) into the service plan, nursing care plan, client care activities, and development of community resources.
  5.   Demonstrate interventions for stress and anxiety reduction, recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration, and health education with consumers and caregivers.
  6.   Practice the select psychiatric-mental health nursing roles including counselor, collaborator, consultant, teacher, case manager, and direct care provider.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:
General Admission Requirements for all Programs

To be considered for admission into the nursing courses, ALL applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Official Transcript and evaluation of courses from an approved credential evaluator.
  2. Official Letter from the California Board of Registered Nursing stating the candidate’s specific area of deficiency.
  3. Applicant must meet the following admission policies of Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts: immunization, health screening, background check, and CPR certification (See Policies of Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in the School Catalog and “Admissions”).
  4. Applicants must submit a completed application. It is recommended that interested applicants fill out

the application with the admissions advisor.

  1. Applicants must have graduated from high school, or earned a GED and be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicant must pay all applicable fees, as per the current published fee schedule prior to the issuance

of an enrollment contract or make other payment arrangements acceptable to the school.

  1. Applicant must pass the written Competency Exam for Basic and Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing with a minimum score of 75%.
  2. Applicants will be asked to pass an interview with the Nursing Program Director or Associate Program

Director in person or via Skype, if necessary.

  1. Applicant must submit a 2-3-page written essay on why they have chosen professional nursing as a

career

  1. Applicant must submit 3 letters of recommendation to the nursing program. These may come from employers, immediate work supervisors, health-related facilities at which the applicant has done volunteer work or faculty from previous college/university coursework. These letters of recommendation must be submitted on formal organizational stationery.
  2. Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria:
  • Personal Interview
  • Written Essay
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

** If enrollment openings are fewer than applicants that meet the admission requirements applicants will be asked to pass an interview with the Nursing Program Director or Associate Program Director.

Course Descriptions

Course NumberTitleClock HoursSemester Credit Hours
RN 180LVN To RN Transition Course Theory and Lab120.05.0
This course introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse and framework of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on various roles of the registered nurse, legal and ethical responsibilities, nursing process, critical thinking, and evidence based practice delivering competent care to diverse demographics of multicultural clients throughout the lifespan. Lecture contents includes the role of the registered nurse, care of the adult, maternity, and pediatric clients. Lab component of this course focuses on utilization of nursing process, critical thinking, application of theory to skills in various patient case scenarios. The following skills competencies focused in this course: dosage calculation, assessment, intravenous administrations and central venous access, medication administration, nasogastric feeding, foley catheter insertion, tracheostomy care and suctioning.
RN 300Maternal Newborn Theory45.03.0
Comprehensive maternal and newborn care beginning with preconception planning, and including risks occurring in pregnancy and post-partum, maternal and newborn complications, male and female reproductive problems and needs, and family needs and problems during the maternity cycle. Concepts of nutrition, cultural variations, and safety of mother and newborn are integrated throughout. Therapeutic use of drugs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and immediate postpartum period are included.
RN 301Maternal Newborn Clinical67.51.5
This course is taught at a clinical site. This course applies theoretical content of patient-centered care of mothers and newborns. Emphasis is on assessment, teaching and clinical interventions to promote healthy outcomes for families.
RN 302Care of Children Theory45.03.0
In-depth identification of various diseases affecting the child through young adult including physical and developmental maturation. Cultural variations and family interactions are explored. Disease prevention, health maintenance and appropriate therapeutic interventions such as pharmacologic agents and nutrition are included.
RN 303Care of Children Clinical67.51.5
This course is taught at a clinical site. This course applies theoretical content into practice with attention to patient centered, quality care. Interaction with family members facilitates the student’s ability to recognize family dynamics and their effects on the developmental process. Advanced skills necessary to care for the pediatric patient are achieved through simulation. Application of the nursing process to optimize patient and family outcomes are emphasized.
RN 304Medical/Surgical III Theory-Advanced Med/Surg45.03.0
This course provides basic medical/surgical theory related to respiratory, cardiac, neurologic, and musculoskeletal disorders. Develop an understanding of the dynamic sequence of biologic, psychologic, and sociologic changes which occur through older adulthood. Usual growth and development patterns as well as disruption in critical periods of development are presented and help the development of nursing insight which will enable safe, effective patient-centered care.
RN 305Medical/Surgical III Clinical-Advanced Med/Surg90.02.0
This course is taught at a clinical site. Integration and practical application of the advanced medical/surgical theory course caring for selected groups of patients with multiple health disruptions. Students apply the nursing process to optimize patient outcomes.
RN 400Mental Health Theory30.02.0
This course addresses theories and principles of psychiatric nursing. Biopsychosocial foundations of behavior, communication and psychopharmacology are emphasized. Patient relationship and use of effective and non-effective communication is addressed. The nurse’s role in the prevention and early identification of psychiatric disorders of children, adolescents, adults and older adults and the treatment modalities of mental illness and organic brain syndromes are studied.
RN 401Mental Health Clinical90.02.0
This course is taught at clinical sites. This course facilitates the application of theory into clinical practice in the care of selected patients who may experience psychological stress, neurobiological disorders, and high-risk situations such as homelessness, family violence, child abuse, HIV and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Students apply the nursing process to optimize patient outcomes.
RN 402Medical/Surgical IV Theory-Complex/Critical Care Med/Surg & Leadership45.03.0
This course incorporates previous medical-surgical nursing theory with emphasis on the integration of pathophysiology, nutrition, pharmacology and psychosocial components of safe and individualized care for patients with complex medical-surgical health disruptions. Focus on holistic care to patient with burns, heart failure, acute respiratory distress, shock and multiple organ dysfunction, and traumatic brain injury. Leadership and management in nursing are explored as they relate to management of complex medical-surgical health alterations.
RN 403Medical/Surgical IV Clinical-Complex/Critical Care Med/Surg & Leadership90.02.0
This course offers integration and practical application of the advanced medical/surgical theory course caring for selected groups of patients with multiple health disruptions. Students apply the nursing process to optimize patient outcomes.
Total735.028.0

Financial Aid

Financial aid is unavailable for these courses. For more information, please contact our Admissions Team at 559.222.1903.

Job Outlook and Salary for RNs in California

Available at the Following Campuses

Fresno

06 Jan

Transition Course Start Date

03 Feb

Core Program Start Date


Program Length & Schedule Vary Depending on Number of Courses Required


18-33 Weeks

9-28 Semester Credit Hours

235-730 clock hours

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