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Nursing - Associate Degree

10-543-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

From the fundamentals to the latest procedures and technology, this degree prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. You’ll learn to provide care to people of all ages with common physical and mental health problems. Your high tech training includes plenty of hands-on experience with a wide range of clinical skills, health assessments and medication administration. In addition to significant emphasis on patient care, you will also learn about drug classifications and their effect on the body, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Throughout your training, you’ll practice critical thinking, leadership, team building and accurate communications, which will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of environments and with diverse patient populations. Electives allow you to pursue specific areas of interest. Upon completion, you will be eligible to take the state board examination to become a registered nurse.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (38 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Nursing Fundamentals
10-543-101
2
Focuses on basic nursing concepts needed to provide care to diverse patient populations. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. Nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid/electrolyte balance.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Nursing program; Corequisites: Nursing Fundamentals (10-543-101); Nursing Skills (10-543-102); Nursing Pharmacology (10-543-103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10-543-104); ATI-Fee (94-543-003); DocuCare Fee
Nursing Skills
10-543-102
3
Focuses on development of clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematic calculations and conversions related to clinical skills, blood pressure assessment, aseptic technique, wound care, oxygen administration, tracheostomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, basic medication administration, glucose testing, enemas, ostomy care, catheterization, and techniques to obtain health history.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Nursing program; Corequisites: Nursing Fundamentals (10-543-101); Nursing Skills (10-543-102); Nursing Pharmacology (10-543-103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10-543-104); ATI-Fee (94-543-003); DocuCare Fee
Nursing Pharmacology
10-543-103
2
Introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Nursing program; Corequisites: Nursing Fundamentals (10-543-101); Nursing Skills (10-543-102); Nursing Pharmacology (10-543-103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10-543-104); ATI-Fee (94-543-003); DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice
10-543-104
2
Emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation and medication administration.
Prerequisite: Full admission to the Nursing program; Corequisites: Nursing Fundamentals (10-543-101); Nursing Skills (10-543-102); Nursing Pharmacology (10-543-103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10-543-104); ATI-Fee (94-543-003); DocuCare Fee
Nursing Health Alterations
10-543-105
3
Elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness; applies theories of nursing in the care of clients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. Provides an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. Introduces concepts of leadership, team building, and scope of practice.
Prerequisites: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisite: Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Nursing Introduction to Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Health Promotion
10-543-106
3
Covers topics related to health promotion in the context of the family; nursing care of the developing family. Emphasis is on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles and stages of development.
Prerequisites: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisite: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Intro to Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan
10-543-107
2
Applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. Provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized.
Prerequisites: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisite: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt
10-543-108
2
Applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of clients. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building.
Prerequisites: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Corequisite: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Across the Lifespan; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1
10-543-109
3
Prepares the learner to expand knowledge from previous courses in caring for clients with alterations in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort.
Prereq.: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Nursing Intro Clinical Mgmt Coreq.: Mental Health Community Concepts; Nursing Intermediate Clinical Practice; Nursing Advanced Skills; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con
10-543-110
2
Covers topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care, specific health needs of individuals, families and groups will be addressed. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups.
Prerequisites: Nurse Health Alterations; Nurse Health Promotion; Nurse Clinical Care Across the Lifespan; Nurse Intro to Clinical Mgmt. Coreq: Nurse Complex Health Alterations 1; Nurse Intermediate Clinical Practice ; Nurse Advanced Skills; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice
10-543-111
3
Develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. A focus of the course is developing skills needed for managing multiple clients and priorities. Using the nursing process, students will gain experience in adapting nursing practice to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds.
Prereq: Nurse Health Alterations; Nurse Health Promotion; Nurse Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Nurse Intro to Clinical Mgmt. Coreq: Nurse Complex Health Alterations 1; Nurse Mental Health and Community Concepts; Nurse Advanced Skills; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Advanced Skills
10-543-112
1
Focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills. Content includes advanced IV skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic EKG interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.
Prereq: Nurse Hlth Alterations; Nurse Hlth Promotion; Nurse Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Nurse Intro Clinical Mgmt. Coreq: Nurse Complex Hlth Alterations 1; Nurse Mental Hlth Community Concepts; Nurse Intermediate Clinical Practice; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2
10-543-113
3
Prepares the learner to expand knowledge and skills from previous courses in caring for clients with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary and the reproductive systems. Focuses on management of care for clients with high-risk prenatal conditions, high-risk newborns and the ill child. Synthesis and application learned concepts will be evident.
Prerequisites: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 1; Nursing Mental Health and Community Concepts; Nursing Intermediate Clinical Practice; Nursing Advanced Skills Corequisite: DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts
10-543-114
2
Covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice.
Prerequisites: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 1; Nursing Mental Health and Community Concepts; Nursing Intermediate Clinical Practice; Nursing Advanced Skills Corequisite: DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice
10-543-115
3
Requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized.
Corequisite: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Clinical Transition
10-543-116
2
Integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. The course promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation, and works collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered.
Corequisites: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2; Nursing Management & Professional Concepts; Nursing Advanced Clinical Practice; DocuCare Fee

General Studies (27 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188
3
Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.
Prerequisite: Intro to Psychology (10-809-198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-177
4
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. (This course also provides the foundation, and is prerequisite to, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.)
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >=18 OR Program Prep; 2 semesters of HS Chemistry OR Gen Chemistry (10-806-134) with C or better. Can't enroll in multiple sections of Gen A&P in the same term.
Adv Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-179
4
Examines human anatomy and physiology using a body systems approach with emphasis on interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Lab experimentation includes analysis of cellular metabolism and individual components of body systems (nervous, neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, and urinary). Continued examination of homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and blood; and integration of genetics to human reproduction and development are also included in this course.
Prereq: General Anatomy and Physiology (10-806-177) with a C or better AND 2 semesters of HS chemistry or General Chemistry (10-806-134) with a grade of C or better. Can't enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR enroll in multiple sections in the same term
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Microbiology
10-806-197
4
Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role of microbes in the environment, industry and biotechnology. Students have the following flexible lecture options: in-class, Webcast, podcast or Interactive Television.
Prereq: Gen A&P (806-177) or A&P 1 (806-195) with a C or better grade AND 2 semesters of hs chemistry or Gen Chemistry (806-134) with a C or better grade. Cannot enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR be enrolled in multiple sections within the same term.
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
English Composition 1
10-801-136
3
Designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Suggested Electives (5 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Basic Electrocardiogram Interpretation
10-531-168
1
Provides learner with a general understanding of the heart and some of the dysrhythmias associated with cardiac problems. Explores topics as cardiac anatomy and physiology, electrophysiology of cardiac cells, an introduction to electrocardiograms, basic cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias, treatment protocols and cardiac drugs. Provides a basic introduction for registered nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and other health professionals who will care for patients with dysrhythmias.
Holistic Health for Health Care Providers
10-501-106
1
Introduces health care providers to the concept of holistic health practices. Analyzes holism and the holistic model for health care. Relates concepts to the health care provider as an instrument of healing. Explores the dialectic relationship of health-wellness-disease illness. Selected holistic modalities, therapies and healing arts will be explored.
Nursing - Independent Study
10-543-117
1
Focuses on an area of nursing that is not offered during clinical rotations and provides the student with the chance to gain occupational experience through observation and in-depth study. Course instructor consent required and is only available to FVTC ADN students. Delivered primarily over the Internet with some clinical activity.
Prerequisites: Nursing Health Alterations (10-543-105); instructor consent required
Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
10-501-109
2
Prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of the medical record, perform risk management procedures, and examine legal and bioethical issues.
Healing the Dying
10-501-150
1
Provides practical guidance in the care of the dying person for professional health and social care providers.
Phlebotomy Essentials
10-513-100
4
Examines the collection of blood specimens for laboratory analysis, the phlebotomist's role in medical laboratories, medical terms, infection control and safety, basic anatomy/physiology, communication and professional behaviors. This course stresses demonstration and practice of laboratory skills.
Phlebotomy Clinical
10-513-101
2
Provides 108 hours of supervised, clinical phlebotomy experience and uses a variety of clinical settings including a hospital, clinic and blood center. Satisfactory completion of this course and Phlebotomy Essentials (10-513-100) qualifies the student to participate in national certification examinations for phlebotomy.
Prerequisite: Phlebotomy Essentials (10-513-100)
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
People Skills for Health Professionals
10-501-151
1
Explores professional/social interaction skills required for healthcare workers. Investigates values, ethical dilemmas, helping roles, assertiveness skills, communication with special populations, death/dying issues and stress management interventions. Participate in reflective self-study group discussions and service learning experiences. Develop a professional portfolio for future employment use.

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