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Nursing, Paramedic to ADN Pathway

10-543-1PARA Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

If you’re currently a practicing paramedic in the state of Wisconsin and want to continue your education to become a registered nurse, this program is designed for you. You can apply the credits from your paramedic diploma to give you a head start. Then continue your hands-on experience using a wide range of clinical skills, health assessments and medication administration. Our state-of-the-art health simulation environment gives you access to a variety of life-like training opportunities to build your confidence and skills. 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

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 (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Paramedic Capstone
10-531-923
1Credit
36
18
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Provides the student with a final opportunity to incorporate their cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills through labs and scenario-based practice and evaluations prior to taking the National Registry written and practical examinations. Technical skills attainment for each student will be complied and/or documented within this course as required by the DHS-approved paramedic curriculum.
Prereq: Paramedic Cardiology (10531916); Coreq: All Term 2 courses
Paramedic to ADN Theory 1
10-543-127
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explore how the nursing process is implemented to relate care of patients throughout the lifespan with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, skin integrity, and fluid/electrolyte balance and related principles of pharmacology. (Prerequisite: Accepted in Paramedic-RN Bridge program; Corequisite: 10-543-128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2)
Prereqs: 10801136, 10801196, 10809188, 10809198, 10809196, 10806177, 10806179; Coreq: Paramedic to ADN Theory 2 - 10543128 and Microbiology 10806179
Paramedic to ADN Theory 2
10-543-128
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Nursing care of the developing family, including reproductive and mental health issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and child. Integrated understanding of related pharmacology. Study of family dynamics and grief/loss. (Prerequisite: Accepted to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; Corequisite: 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1)
Prereqs: 10801136, 10801196, 10809188, 10809198, 10809196, 10806177, 10806179; Coreq: Paramedic to ADN Theory 1 - 10543127 and Microbiology 10806179
Paramedic to ADN Clinical
10-543-129
2Credit
108
0
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Nursing care of the developing family, including reproductive and mental health issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and child. Integrated understanding of related pharmacology. Study of family dynamics and grief/loss. (Prerequisite: Accepted to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; Corequisite: 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1)
Prereqs: 10543127, 10543128, 10801136, 10801196, 10809188, 10809198, 10809196, 10806177, 10806179, 10806197; Coreq: 10543130
Paramedic to ADN Skills
10-543-130
2Credit
54
27
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Basic nursing skills and Physical Assessment across the lifespan. Includes medication calculations, aseptic technique, wound care, tracheostomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, medication administration, enemas, ostomy care and catherization. (Prerequisites: Acceptance to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1; 10-543128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2; Corequisite: 10-543-130, Paramedic to ADN Clinical)
Prereqs: 10543127, 10543128, 10801136, 10801196, 10809188, 10809198, 10809196, 10806177, 10806179, 10806197; Coreq: 10543129
Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1
10-543-109
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Term 2 courses - 10543105; 10543106; 10543107; 10543108; 10801196 OR 10801198; 10806179; Coreqs: Term 3 core courses - 10543110; 10543111; 10543112; Docucare Fee
Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con
10-543-110
2Credit
36
72
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Term 2 courses - 10543105; 10543106; 10543107; 10543108; 10801196 OR 10801198; 10806179; Coreqs: Term 3 core courses - 10543109; 10543111; 10543112; Docucare Fee
Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice
10-543-111
3Credit
162
0
N/A
162 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Term 2 courses - 10543105; 10543106; 10543107; 10543108; 10801196 OR 10801198; 10806179; Coreqs: Term 3 core courses - 10543109; 10543110; 10543112; Docucare Fee
Nursing Advanced Skills
10-543-112
1Credit
36
18
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Term 2 courses - 10543105; 10543106; 10543107; 10543108; 10801196 OR 10801198; 10806179; Coreqs: Term 3 core courses - 10543109; 10543110; 10543111; Docucare Fee
Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2
10-543-113
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: Term 3 courses - 10543109; 10543110; 10543111; 10543112; 10809188; 10806197 Coreq: DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts
10-543-114
2Credit
36
72
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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: Term 3 courses - 10543109; 10543110; 10543111; 10543112; 10809188; 10806197 Coreq: DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice
10-543-115
3Credit
162
0
N/A
162 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Developmental Psychology; Microbiology Coreq: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Clinical Transition
10-543-116
2Credit
108
0
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Developmental Psychology; Microbiology Coreq: Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2; Nursing Management & Professional Concepts; Nursing Advanced Clinical Practice; DocuCare Fee

General Studies (27 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: 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
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-177
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. 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
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
English Composition 1
10-801-136
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Adv Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-179
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. 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. Can't enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR enroll in multiple sections in the same term
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
Microbiology
10-806-197
4Credit
108
108
108 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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 (806177) or A&P 1 (806195) with a C or better grade AND 1 credit of hs chemistry or Gen Chemistry (806134) with a C or better grade. Cannot enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR be enrolled in multiple sections within the same term.

Electives (3 Credits)

Expected Competencies


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