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Nursing - RN Associate Degree

10-543-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 65 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they 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 a 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. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's examination to become a registered nurse.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (38 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Nursing Fundamentals
    10-543-101
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10543101
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course focuses on basic nursing concepts to provide evidenced-based care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients.

    Prereq: Active in Full-Time Nursing, 10806177, 10801136, 10809198 with a C or better; Coreq: 10543102, 94543003. OR Prereq: Active in Part-Time Nursing, 10806177, 10801136, 10809198 with a C or better; Coreq: 94543003.
  • Nursing Skills
    10-543-102
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10543102
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course focuses on development of evidence-based clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematical calculations and conversions related to clinical skills. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing; Coreq: 10543103. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543101; Coreq: 10543103.
  • Nursing Pharmacology
    10-543-103
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10543103
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course 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.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing; Coreq: 10543104. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing; Coreq: 10543102, 94543033.
  • Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice
    10-543-104
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543104
    • Credits: 2.00

    This introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing; Coreq: 10543101; 94543033. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543102; Coreq: 10543105; 94543033
  • Nursing Health Alterations
    10-543-105
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10543105
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. It applies theories of nursing in the care of patients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply evidence-based nursing interventions. It will also introduce concepts of leadership and management.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543101; Coreq: 10543106. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543103; Coreq: 10543104.
  • Nursing Health Promotion
    10-543-106
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10543106
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course focuses on topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. We will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families we will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyles choices for individuals of all ages. 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.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543102, 10809188; Coreq: 10543107. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543104, 10809188; Coreq: 10543107.
  • Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan
    10-543-107
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543107
    • Credits: 2.00

    This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543103; Coreq: 10543108, 94543033. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543105; Coreq: 10543106, 94543033.
  • Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt
    10-543-108
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543108
    • Credits: 2.00

    This clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543104; Coreq: 10543105. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543105; Coreq: 10543112, 94543033.
  • Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1
    10-543-109
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10543109
    • Credits: 3.00

    Complex Health Alterations I prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as patients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543105; Coreq: 10543110, 10806197. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543108, 10543110; Coreq: 10543111, 10806197.
  • Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con
    10-543-110
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10543110
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. 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.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543106, 10801196 or 10801198; Coreq: 10543111. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10801196 or 10801198; Coreq: 10543108.
  • Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice
    10-543-111
    3Credit
    162
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 162
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543111
    • Credits: 3.00

    This intermediate level clinical course 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 across the lifespan 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: Full-Time Nursing, 10543107; Coreq: 10543112, 94543033. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543112; Coreq: 10543109, 94543033.
  • Nursing Advanced Skills
    10-543-112
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10543112
    • Credits: 1.00

    This course focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Content includes advanced intravenous skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic electrocardiogram interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543108, 10806179; Coreq: 10543109. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543107, 10806179; Coreq: 10543110.
  • Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2
    10-543-113
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10543113
    • Credits: 3.00

    Complex Health Alterations II prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, reproductive systems and shock, burns and trauma. The learner will also focus on management of care for patients with high-risk perinatal conditions and high-risk newborns.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543109, 10806197; Coreq: 10543114. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543109, 10806197; Coreq: 10543115.
  • Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts
    10-543-114
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10543114
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the registered nurse. Emphasis is placed on preparing for practice as a registered nurse.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543110; Coreq: 10543115. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543113; Coreq: 10543116.
  • Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice
    10-543-115
    3Credit
    162
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 162
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543115
    • Credits: 3.00

    This advanced clinical course 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.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543111; Coreq: 10543116; 94543033. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543111; Coreq: 10543113; 94543033.
  • Nursing Clinical Transition
    10-543-116
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10543116
    • Credits: 2.00

    This clinical experience 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.

    Prereq: Full-Time Nursing, 10543112; Coreq: 10543113. OR Prereq: Part-Time Nursing, 10543115; Coreq: 10543114.

    General Studies (27 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • English Composition 1
    10-801-136
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801136
    • Credits: 3.00

    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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR not pursuing a degree.
  • Gen Anatomy & Physiology
    10-806-177
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806177
    • Credits: 4.00

    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: Read – ACPL 80+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Rd 20+, TEAS 50+ OR 10836123 OR 10801195/10801136 (C or better); Sent – ACPL 83+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Eng 18+, TEAS 50+, HS GPA 2.75+ OR 10831103; 1cr HS Chem OR 10806134 (C or better); 1 Gen A&P enroll per term
  • Developmental Psychology
    10-809-188
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809188
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Prereq: Intro to Psychology (10809198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Adv Anatomy & Physiology
    10-806-179
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806179
    • Credits: 4.00

    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 10806177 with a C or better AND 1 credit of HS chemistry or General Chemistry 10806134 with a grade of C or better.
  • Microbiology
    10-806-197
    4Credit
    108
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10806197
    • Credits: 4.00

    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: General Anatomy and Physiology 10806177 with a C or better AND 1 credit of HS chemistry or General Chemistry 10806134 with a grade of C or better.
  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Sociology
    10-809-196
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809196
    • Credits: 3.00

    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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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