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Metropolitan Community College Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

Director of Nursing Programs: Gina Taylor, DNP, MSN RN

Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute, Office hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Contacts:
MCC-Penn Valley Program Coordinator: Crystal Oldham MSN, RN-BS

Application Periods:
September 1 to 30, 2021: MCC-Penn Valley
March 1 to 30, 2022: MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods|St. Joseph
September 1 to 29, 2022: MCC-Penn Valley
March 1 to 30, 2023: MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods|St. Joseph
September 1 to 29, 2023: MCC-Penn Valley


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. (MOTR LIFS 100LA)

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. (MOTR LIFS 150LP)

CHEM 105 - Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences - 5.00 credits

Prerequisite: MATH 31 or higher with a minimum grade of S (or C) or appropriate placement score. The principles of general, organic, and biological chemistry for health science students. (MOTR CHEM 100LHP)

PNUR 100 - Personal and Vocational Concepts - 1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Chemistry 105, Biology 109 (or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210) with a C or higher and admission to the practical nursing program. Introduction to the role of the practical nurse

PNUR 103 - Fundamentals of Practical Nursing - 7.00 credits

Prerequisites: Chemistry 105, Biology 109 (or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210) with a C or higher & Admission to the practical nursing program. Introduction to the role of the practical nurse in the provision of basic nursing care to diverse populations across the lifespan. Clinical experiences provide knowledge and skills.

PNUR 110 - Applied Pharmacology I - 2.50 credits

Prerequisite: Chemistry 105, Biology 109 (or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210) with a C or higher & Admission to the Practical Nursing program. Introduction of basic pharmacology information for safe administration of medications by the practical nurse for the following body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and immune.

PNUR 111 - Applied Pharmacology II - 2.50 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 138, PNUR 110 with a C or higher. Continuation of basic pharmacology information for safe administration of medications by the practical nurse for the following body systems: central nervous, digestive, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and drugs that affect the general health of the body.

PNUR 128 - Mental Health Nursing - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 110, and PNUR 138 with a grade C or higher. Introduces the role of the practical nurse in caring for patients with mental illness including treatment addressing psychosocial needs.

PNUR 132 - The Childbearing Family - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 110, and PNUR 138 with a C or higher. An introduction to maternity and pediatric nursing including: prenatal development, prenatal care, nursing care during labor, and birth with a focus on the family after birth.

PNUR 136 - IV Therapy - 1.50 credits

Prerequisites: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 110, and PNUR 138 with a grade C or higher. Principles of IV therapy and pharmacology including the initiation, monitoring, regulation, and maintenance of an intravenous access device, site, and flow rate, administration of IV fluids, and administration of IV medications included in the scope of practice for the practical nurse. Students will be certified in intravenous therapy as allowed by the Missouri Nurse Practice Act.

PNUR 138 - Medical Surgical Care of Adult Patient I - 8.00 credits

Prerequisite: Chemistry 105, Biology 109 (or BIOL 110 and BIOL 210) with a grade of C or higher and admission to the practical nursing program. Adult Patient I is the first of two medical-surgical courses with a clinical component. This course will provide the student the basis of knowledge to assist in meeting the needs of the whole client. Addressing disease processes in the following body systems: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Genitourinary, Integumentary, and Reproductive.

PNUR 144 - Medical Surgical Care of the Adult Patient II - 8.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 110, and PNUR 138 with a grade of C or higher. Adult Patient II is the second of two medical-surgical courses with a clinical component. Students assume nursing roles in meeting client needs by demonstrating skills in: implementing care plans, critical thinking, and the nursing process. Addressing disease processes in the following body systems: Musculoskeletal, Neurovascular, Sensory, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Metabolic disorders.

PNUR 146 - Leadership - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PNUR 100, PNUR 103, PNUR 110, and PNUR 138 with a grade of C or higher. Introduces leadership principles needed for the practical nurse to function in an effective manner in any setting.