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Nursing, Practical

31-543-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Full Time 30 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

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

A career as a practical nurse can be a rewarding opportunity to provide caring medical support to individuals and families across the lifespan. You’ll learn how to assist with health assessments and medication administration, and will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience to develop your clinical skills. You’ll also learn about drug classifications and their effect on the body, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles. An emphasis on critical thinking and communications will help you become a skilled nurse who is able to adapt to a variety of environments and work with diverse patient populations. Under supervision, you’ll be able to manage and direct care in various healthcare settings. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council of State Board's licensing exam to become an LPN.

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.

    Occupational Specific (19 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Nursing Fundamentals
    31-543-301
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31543301
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course focuses on basic nursing concepts to provide evidence-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 Practical Nursing program; 10801136, 10809188, 10801196, and (10501153 or 10806177) with a C or better; Coreqs: Nursing Skills 31543302; Nursing Pharmacology 31543303; Introduction to Clinical Practice 31543304; ATI-Fee 94543007
  • Nursing Skills
    31-543-302
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31543302
    • 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 admission to the Practical Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Introduction to Clinical Practice (31543304); ATI-Fee (94543007)
  • Nursing Pharmacology
    31-543-303
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31543303
    • 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 admission to the Practical Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Introduction to Clinical Practice (31543304); ATI-Fee (94543007)
  • Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice
    31-543-304
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 31543304
    • 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 admission to the Practical Nursing program; Coreq: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Introduction to Clinical Practice (31543304); ATI-Fee (94543007)
  • Nursing Health Alterations
    31-543-305
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31543305
    • 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: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice (31543304)
  • Nursing Health Promotion
    31-543-306
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31543306
    • 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: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice (31543304)
  • Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan
    31-543-307
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 31543307
    • 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: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice (31543304) Coreq: Nursing Health Promotion (31543306)
  • Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Care Management
    31-543-308
    2Credit
    108
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 31543308
    • 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: Nursing Fundamentals (31543301); Nursing Skills (31543302); Nursing Pharmacology (31543303); Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice (31543304); Coreq: Nursing Health Alterations (31543305)

    Occupational Supportive (11 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Body Structure and Function
    10-501-153
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10501153
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces the basic normal anatomy and physiology of the human body essential for nursing practice. Medical terminology is introduced and plays a significant role in the course. Medical Terminology (10-501-101) is recommended but not required.

  • 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.
  • 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
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