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Associate in Applied Science



Practical Nursing - Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Campus:MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Director of Nursing Programs: Evelyn Claiborne 816 604.4262
Program Coordinator: Christina Dewberry-Heard 816 604.4175
APPLICATION PERIOD
Applications will be accepted March 1st  through March 15th during normal business hours for a fall start date (August), and September 1st through September 15th during normal business hours for a spring start date (January).  The application period ends at 4:30 p.m. the last day of the application period.
Office hours: Monday thru Thursday 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3pm.

Practical Nursing Classes

BIOL 109 - Anatomy and Physiology - 6.00 credits

Prerequisite: CHEM 105. Structure and function in the human body and mechanisms of homeostasis.

BIOL 110 - Human Anatomy - 5.00 credits

Structure and function in the human body.

BIOL 210 - Human Physiology - 5.00 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 110 and CHEM 105. Functions of the human body as revealed by cells, tissues, organs, and systems in terms of underlying physicochemical processes.

CHEM 105 - Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences - 5.00 credits

The principles of general, organic, and biological chemistry for health science students.

PNUR 100 - Personal and Vocational Concepts - 1.00 credits

Prerequisites: HLSC 108 or 109 & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. An introduction to the role of the student in the program and the role of the practical nurse, including history, nursing trends, health care teams and health care delivery systems. The impacts of social, cultural, ethnic and spiritual issues on health care as well as ethical and legal responsibilities are presented.

PNUR 103 - Fundamentals of Practical Nursing - 10.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 109 or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210 with a C or higher & Admission to the PN Program. The Fundamentals of Practical Nursing course introduces the student to the role of the practical nurse in the provision of basic nursing care to diverse populations across the life span. Professional communication, critical thinking, theory concepts, the nursing process and evidenced based practice are taught. Clinical experiences allow the learner to apply knowledge and skills introduced in the lab and classroom. The concepts introduced and incorporated into the care of individuals are: basic needs; biological, nutrition, psychological, social and spiritual, hygiene, physiological functioning, safety, cultural diversity, societal influences, developmental stages and principles of teaching/learning.

PNUR 110 - Pharmacology - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 103 & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. Introduction of basic pharmacology information for safe administration of medications by the practical nurse. Calculating accurate dosages for safe administration of medications and understanding the legal and ethic responsibilities related to medication administration is required. Drug classifications, common drugs to each class, usual dosage, and mechanism of action, side effects, contraindications, cautions, nursing implications and patient educational needs are presented.

PNUR 128 - Mental Health Nursing - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 110 & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. Basics for understanding mental illness and its treatment, nursing theory, therapeutic modalities and clinical applications for the major DSM-IV-TR disorders will be presented. The role and functions of the LPN (guided by scope of practice & standards) in addressing a client's psychosocial needs in mental health practice settings will be introduced. Assessment, therapeutic communication, nursing approach and pharmacologic interventions will be emphasized. Clinical component of course allows student opportunity to develop a skill set to use in diverse practice settings to meet client needs.

PNUR 132 - The Childbearing Family - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNUR 110 & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. This course is an introduction to maternity and pediatric nursing. Prenatal development, prenatal care, nursing care during labor and birth with a focus on the family after birth is integrated into the course. Nursing care using basic nursing skills in caring for the term, preterm and post-term newborn is included in the course and clinical components. Care of the hospitalized pediatric client and health care adaptations for the child and family is taught. Common pediatric disorders, illnesses, and diseases are reviewed by body systems. Medication administration and pediatric dosage calculations are incorporated. The clinical component allows the student the opportunity to further develop nursing knowledge using evidence based practice, assessment skills, self-awareness, and demonstrate competency of nursing care.

PNUR 136 - Venous Access and Intravenous Infusion - 1.50 credits

Prerequisites: PNUR 110 & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. This course will prepare the student practical nurse to perform limited intravenous fluid therapy treatment using the knowledge, skills, and competency required to perform such therapy safely and in accordance to Missouri Rule 4 CSR 200.6010.

PNUR 138 - Nursing of the Adult I - 8.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 110. This course prepares the student to care for the adult client with needs ranging from simple to complex in a variety of settings. This course teaches nursing related to the body systems of: respiratory, cardiac, special senses, urinary and musculoskeletal. Common diseases and disorders of each system along with the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, medical and pharmacological management, and nursing management are emphasized. The nursing process and critical thinking are utilized to identify nursing problems, patient/client goals, planning, intervention and evaluation that meet the patient/client needs.

PNUR 144 - Nursing of the Adult II - 8.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 138 with a grade of C or higher, Admission to the Practical Nursing program. This course prepares the student to care for the adult client with needs ranging from simple to complex in a variety of settings. This course teaches nursing related to the body systems of: endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal, reproductive and integumentary. Common diseases and disorders of each system along with the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, medical and pharmacological management, and nursing management are emphasized. The nursing process and critical thinking are utilized in a leadership capacity to identify nursing problems, patient/client goals, planning, intervention and evaluation that meet the patient/client needs.

PNUR 146 - Leadership - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 138 with a grade of C or higher & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. This course focuses on leadership principles needed for the practical nurse (PN) to function in an effective manner in the leadership role. Concepts and theories of leadership, communication, group process, legal responsibilities, ethical issues, decision-making, cultural competence and health care trends will be discussed.

 

Last Modified: 2/3/17