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Nursing Pathway, LPN to ADN

10-543-1PATH Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 71 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 are currently a practicing LPN 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 19 credits from your practical nursing program to give you a major jump start. Then continue your training with the latest procedures and technology. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience with 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. Electives allow you to pursue specific areas of interest. 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 (39 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
LPN to ADN Pathway
10-543-118
1Credit
36
0
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Designed to promote success for licensed practical nurses entering the third semester of the ADN program. Concepts are reviewed and then expanded upon. The course emphasizes five learning plans: calculating mathematical problems, physical assessment, fluid and electrolyte balance, nursing process, and nursing skills.
Prereq: General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177 with a C or better
Nursing Fundamentals
10-543-101
2Credit
36
72
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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: Admission to Nursing program and 10806177, 10801136, 10809198 with a C or better; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals 10543101; Nursing Skills 10543102; Nursing Pharmacology 10543103; Intro to Clinical Practice 10543104; ATI-Fee 94543003; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Skills
10-543-102
3Credit
108
54
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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 admission to the Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (10543101); Nursing Skills (10543102); Nursing Pharmacology (10543103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10543104); ATI-Fee (94543003); DocuCare Fee
Nursing Pharmacology
10-543-103
2Credit
36
72
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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 admission to the Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (10543101); Nursing Skills (10543102); Nursing Pharmacology (10543103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10543104); ATI-Fee (94543003); DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice
10-543-104
2Credit
108
0
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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 admission to the Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (10543101); Nursing Skills (10543102); Nursing Pharmacology (10543103); Introduction to Clinical Practice (10543104); ATI-Fee (94543003); DocuCare Fee
Nursing Health Alterations
10-543-105
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Coreq: Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Nursing Introduction to Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nursing Health Promotion
10-543-106
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Coreq: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Clinical Care Across Lifespan; Intro to Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan
10-543-107
2Credit
108
0
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Coreq: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Care Management; DocuCare Fee
Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt
10-543-108
2Credit
72
36
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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: Nursing Fundamentals; Nursing Skills; Nursing Pharmacology; Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice; Coreq: Nursing Health Alterations; Nursing Health Promotion; Nursing Clinical Across the Lifespan; DocuCare Fee
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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

Suggested Electives (5 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Holistic Health for Health Care Providers
10-501-106
1Credit
18
36
N/A
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.
Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
10-501-109
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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.
People Skills for Health Professionals
10-501-151
1Credit
18
36
N/A
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.
Healing the Dying
10-501-150
1Credit
18
36
N/A
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides practical guidance in the care of the dying person for professional health and social care providers.

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