Nursing (NURS)

NURS-194  Pharmacology & Dosage Calculations for Nurses  

3.5 Units (LEC 56-63)

This course provides nursing students with a methodical approach for calculating medication dosages, selecting and administering drugs, and monitoring the patient's response to drug therapy. Content includes general principles of pharmacology, legal, ethical, and safety aspects of medication administration and drug calculations. Drug information includes pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinethics, contraindications and precautions, adverse side effects and drug interactions. Also includes patient variables (health status, life span/gender, diet, lifestyle/habits, environment, and culture in relationship to drug therapy).

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-212  Foundations of Nursing  

4 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 96-108)

This course provides an introduction to nursing and the roles of the nurse, the nursing process, critical thinking, knowledge, and basic skills necessary to administer beginning level assessment and intervention/procedure for adults. The emphasis is on health promotion in wellness settings. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of health settings that focus on health maintenance and promotion.

Prerequisite: Admission requirements to the RN program.

Corequisite: NURS-194.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-214  Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing I  

4 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 96-108)

This course introduces concepts/practices relating the non-critical young adult through geriatric adult in the medical/surgical environment. Utilizing the nursing process, the student will begin to recognize alterations in functioning or illness and formulate age appropriate nursing interventions. Selected psychomotor skills associated with the basic needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy will be studied/practiced. This course introduces the first year nursing student to concepts and practices relating to the adult patient in the Medical/Surgical environment.

Prerequisite: NURS-212 (with a grade of C or better).

Corequisite: NURS-194.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-222  Nursing Care of Children & Families  

3.5 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 72-81)

This course focuses on the integration and application of the nursing process as it relates to the nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis is on the concepts and skills related to age-appropriate family centered care.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-224  Beginning Medical-Surgical Nursing II  

5 Units (LEC 40-45, LBE 120-135)

This course develops the first year nursing student's knowledge and skills as they relate to the adult non-critical, moderately complex medical/surgical patient. Through utilization of the nursing process, the student will recognize alterations in functioning or illness and formulate age-appropriate nursing interventions. Psychomotor skills associated with moderately complex needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy will be studied and practiced. The impact of multiple nursing diagnoses on patient outcomes will be introduced.

Prerequisite: NURS-214 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-226  Nursing of Childbearing & Families  

3.5 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 72-81)

This course will enable the student to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, effective, culturally sensitive physiological and psychosocial care using the nursing process and family centered approach for childbearing clients and their families. Clinical experiences emphasizes refinement of critical thinking, decision making, psychomotor skills and management of care for evidence based practice in the roles of professional nursing.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-232  Role Transition  

3 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 48-54)

This course is an advanced placement (bridge) course for the LVN to RN student who will be transitioning into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The course will focus on the theory and application of concepts of physical assessment, the nursing process, critical thinking, relationship of homeostatic mechanisms to fluids and electrolytes and nursing competencies in the professional roles of clinician, teacher, leader, and advocate.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program and Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Corequisite: NURS-572.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-234  Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing III  

5 Units (LEC 40-45, LBE 120-135)

This course will synthesize and correlate nursing knowledge and skills in providing care to multiple patients who have complex, multi-system illnesses. Focus will be for the students to predict patient needs and priorities, and evaluate outcomes on care. Associated psychomotor skills will be integrated and practiced.

Prerequisite: NURS-224 or NURS-232 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-236  Mental Health Nursing  

3 Units (LEC 24-27, LBE 72-81)

This course provides an introduction to Mental Health Nursing using the nursing process to promote psychosocial integrity within the context of the health illness continuum across the life span. Emphasis is on therapeutic interactions and communications, biopsychosocial, rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of mental health settings.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program or the LVN-RN Transition Program or the 30 Unit Option Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-238  Gerontology and Community Nursing  

2 Units (LEC 16-18, LBE 48-54)

This course builds on previous knowledge and skills in applying the nursing process to older adults living in the community. Gerontological nursing theory is stressed with emphasis on lifestyle and physical changes that occur with aging, the process of initiating health referrals for the older adult, and the outcome criteria for evaluating the aging individual's response to teaching and learning. The student will also explore interventions to increase the older adult's functional abilities.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or LVN-RN Transition Program or 30-Unit Option Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-244  Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing IV  

4 Units (LEC 32-36, LBE 96-108)

This course focuses on advanced application of the nursing process in the care of critically ill adult and geriatric patients. The student will organize and discriminate data to establish priorities of care. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize refinement of clinical decision making, psychomotor skills and management of patient care in professional nursing practice.

Prerequisite: NURS-234 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-248  Preceptorship  

2.5 Units (LBE 120-135)

This course provides the senior nursing student the opportunity to integrate and apply previously learned skills/knowledge in the role of graduate nurse and prepare for professional responsibilities in employment. The student will participate as a pre-licensed preceptee member of the healthcare team and assume responsibility for a group of clients under the direct supervision of a qualified registered nurse. Students use critical thinking skills in their role of advocate, leader, and manager of patient care.

Prerequisite: NURS-244 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-571  Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab (formerly NURS-071)  

0.5 Units (LAB 24-27)

This course introduces students to the foundation of nursing psychomotor skills and simulation of a patient care environment. Basic safety and the nursing process are introduced. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly NURS 071)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-572  Basic Medical Surgical Nursing Skills Lab (formerly NURS-072)  

0.5 Units (LAB 24-27)

This course develops basic psychomotor nursing skill performance in a simulated patient care environment. Psychomotor nursing skills will be applied to simulated patients with non-critical, moderately complex disease processes and co-morbidities. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly NURS 072)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or NURS-571.

Corequisite: NURS-232.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-573  Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab (formerly NURS-073)  

0.5 Units (LAB 24-27)

This course examines the second year nursing student's application of intermediate nursing skill performance in a simulated patient care environment. Psychomotor nursing skills and the nursing process will be applied to simulated patients with complex, multi-system disease process. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly NURS 073)

Prerequisite: Admission to Associate Degree Nursing program or NURS-572.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-574  Advanced Nursing Skills Lab (formerly NURS-074)  

0.5 Units (LAB 24-27)

This is focused on the application of the advanced psychcomotor skills and the nursing process in the care of critically ill patients and geriatric patients. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly NURS 074)

Prerequisite: NURS-573.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-584  Nursing Skills Lab - Certified Nursing Assistant (formerly NURS-084A)  

0.5 Units (LAB 24-27)

This course provides the opportunity for students enrolled in skill-based certified nursing program to practice and master skills necessary for safe patient care. Materials used include practice medical supplies, equipment models, manikins, multimedia, computer-based instruction and clinical supervision. Offered as pass/no pass only. (formerly NURS 084A)

Corequisite: NURS-585.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-585  Certified Nursing Assistant (formerly NURS-085)  

6 Units (LAB 96-108, LEC 64-72)

This course provides training in fundamental nursing skills and theory. The course is designed to meet department of health curriculum requirements while preparing the student for the state examination in nurse assistant certification. The course includes both theory and clinical training. (formerly NURS 085)

Corequisite: NURS-584.

Transfers to CSU only

NURS-586  Home Health Aide (formerly NURS-086)  

2 Units (LAB 24-27, LEC 24-27)

Home Health Aides work in a variety of health care settings, but are found predominantly in the field of home care. The general topics of study include medical and psychosocial needs of clients, personal care services, and nutritional requirements in home settings. Clinical sites vary each semester. (formerly NURS 086)

Prerequisite: Must have a current CNA (certified nursing assistant) license.

Other Enrollment Criteria: State mandated health and security checks.

Transfers to CSU only