Course Descriptions

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  • The Nursing Assistant Training Program is an 80.5-hour course approved by the state of Michigan, Department of Public Health. The course consists of classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction. The major emphasis is on long-term care with integration of concepts from acute care and home health care. Classroom hours will focus on theory, while laboratory hours will focus on attainment of skills which are necessary for the nursing assistant to possess. Clinical hours will focus on implementing skills obtained in the laboratory and will take place in a long-term care setting. [36-44.5-80.5]
    Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED; and a COMPASS reading assessment score of at least 62, or a "C" in STSK 98 or 99; and current TB test
  • NURS 136
    2.00 CR
    The Transition combines independent study, selected skill competencies, and online discussions to accomplish learning. This course is designed to assist students to begin the transition from licensed practical nurse (LPN) to registered nurse (RN). The professional responsibilities of the LPN and RN are examined and compared. Major emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process as a tool for assisting patients to meet their biopsychosocial needs. Critical thinking skills are explored in relation to managing patient care. This course is required for LPN Advanced Placement applicants only prior to entering nursing courses. [24-24-48]
    Prerequisites: LPN Advanced Placement admission
  • NURS 141
    6.00 CR
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the nature, art and science of nursing through the use of the nursing process. Core concepts include the characteristics and behaviors of professional nursing, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, caring, and communication. The clinical portion of the course includes learning activities related to the core concepts in a lab or clinical setting. The lab and clinical setting will include the practice and demonstration of Fundamental Nursing Skills. [64-96-160] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: admission to the Nursing Program
  • This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process. The course is organized by medication classification. It explores indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions for selected drugs. Specific nursing responsibilities related to drug administration are emphasized. Concepts from this course will be utilized throughout the nursing clinical experiences.
    Prerequisites: admission to the Nursing Program
  • This course is designed to focus on the nursing care of clients with acute to complex alterations in health. This course builds on the content of NURS 150. Emphasis is placed on providing and managing nursing care utilizing clinical decision making skills. Students will apply the nursing process, function as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and provide comprehensive care to clients experiencing health concerns in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care and community.
    Prerequisites: completion of level I nursing courses or a "C" or higher in NURS 136
  • NURS 276
    5.00 CR
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the therapeutic environment providing support to clients, throughout the life span, with various behavioral disorders. Emphasis will be on communication skills, caring, and providing a safe environment. Clinical experience is provided in various community mental health agencies. [48-96-144] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: successful completion of Level I Nursing courses or NURS 136
  • This course building on the content of NURS 272 and NURS 276, and continues to focus on nursing care of clients with altered health states of an increasingly complex nature. Emphasis will be on critical thinking and decision-making skills. The clinical focus in this course is complex care management with a variety of clinical sites utilized.
    Prerequisites: completion of level I nursing courses and a "C" or higher in NURS 272 and NURS 276
  • This course is designed to introduce the student to beginning leadership and management concepts. Focus is on delegation, prioritization and mentorship. Clinical experience will be gained in a variety of setting. 48-144-192] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: completion of Level I Nursing courses