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Curriculum

The Carthage Technical Center Practical Nursing program is organized into three trimesters. The program runs January thru December, Mondays-Thursdays with occasional Fridays for testing/ skills labs, and possible make up days for inclement weather. View the information below for the curriculum schedule and course descriptions. 

 

Starting second trimester, scheduled clinical days will be Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

First Trimester (14.75 Weeks)

NU 100 Anatomy and Physiology / 88.5 clock hours—This introductory course covers the normal basic structure and function of the human body.  Basic chemistry, medical terminology, body systems and their integration, and laboratory experiences will be incorporated into the course.

 

NU 101 Nursing Fundamentals with Lab & Medical Terminology / 225 clock hours—This course lays the foundation for the student learner to begin to acquire the skills to adequately care for the physical, psychosocial, and emotional needs of the client based on the nursing process and evidence-based practice.  The course reviews fundamental nursing principles, skills, and assessment techniques while enabling the student to begin his/her development as a practical nurse.  Theory, laboratory and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the Fundamentals of Nursing course.  Anticipating the holistic need and cultural diversity of the individual is included.

 

NU 102 Personal and Vocational Concepts / 44 clock hours—This course is developed to equip the student with knowledge and skills that will encourage personal, as well as professional growth and success within the nursing profession.  Legal and ethical standards, communication techniques, professional character traits, learning styles and personal goal setting are emphasized.  Students will be introduced to techniques to assist with time management and dealing with stress in the healthcare setting.  An understanding of the importance of caring for one’s self physically and emotionally, along with strategies to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, will be incorporated.  An overview of the history of nursing, the nursing process and current trends in the profession will also be included, including the importance of evidence-based practice and cultural considerations.

 

NU 103 Growth and Development / 44 clock hours—This course explores human growth and development throughout the life-cycle including physical, psychosocial and emotional development from newborn to the older adult.  The effects of hereditary, social, and environmental factors are explored.  Discussion regarding cultural diversity and the needs of the patient from a holistic viewpoint are integrated.  Application of growth and development considerations when providing nursing care are discussed based on evidence-based practice.

 

NU 104 Nutrition & Health Maintenance / 44 clock hours—This course is a comprehensive review of the relationship between balanced nutrition and health maintenance and prevention.  The nursing process is utilized to give direction in planning nursing care of the individual based on his/her changing physical and psychosocial needs, cultural diversity and stage in life. The role of the nurse as caregiver and educator is emphasized and founded on evidence-based practice.

 

NU 105 Pharmacology I / 29.5 clock hours—This course equips the student with a foundation in the understanding of medications and their role in the care of the client.  Educational and cultural patient care considerations are discussed.  The student is expected to meet appropriate psychomotor, cognitive, and affective competencies related to safe medication administration utilizing the nursing process and evidence-based practice.

Second Trimester (15 Weeks)

NU 112 Intravenous Fluid Therapy / 42 clock hours (weeks 1-2) - This course is an intensive two week curriculum that includes classroom instruction scheduled Monday – Friday the first week followed by clinical skills check-offs and the final exam the second week.  The curriculum is designed to prepare the practical nursing student to gain the knowledge and skills to perform intravenous therapy as outlined in Missouri Rule 4 CSR 2200.6040 and requires the student to perform at least one successful initiation of IV therapy with supervision of an RN who is the clinical instructor or the preceptor.  Students are also required to pass a written final examination and perform several IV therapy skills to be awarded Intravenous Therapy Certification.  

 

NU 106 Pharmacology II / 28 clock hours (weeks 2 – 15) —This course will build on the fundamentals of medication administration introduced in Pharmacology I.  Medication administration considerations for the adult, older adult, maternal/newborn and child nursing care will be incorporated into the curriculum.  Discussion regarding cultural and educational considerations is included.  The student will be expected to continue to develop his/her psychomotor, cognitive, and affective competencies related to safe administration utilizing the nursing process and evidence-based practice. 

 

NU 108 Maternal Health and Newborn Nursing / 98 clock hours (weeks 2-8)—This course provides the student with an understanding of the conception, development and delivery of a newborn.  The nursing process and evidence-based practice is utilized to address the physical, psychosocial, and emotional needs of the maternal patient through these stages, as well as for the newborn.  Psychosocial and multi-cultural dynamics of the family are considered.  Common complications of pregnancy are also incorporated into the curriculum.

 

NU 109 Nursing Care of the Child / 98 clock hours (weeks 2-8)—The focus of this course is the nursing care of the child.  The understanding of the child’s normal growth and development is the foundation for further study regarding the diseases and disorders common to each age group.  Basic physiological, psychosocial, emotional and cultural needs are explored utilizing the nursing process and evidence-based practice. Pharmacological nutritional, safety, and health promotion considerations are incorporated into the course.

 

NU 110 Nursing Care of the Adult I / 196 clock hours (weeks 9-15)—This course is designed to continue to provide development of fundamentals nursing knowledge and skills while providing holistic care to the medial surgical adult patient.  Evidence-based management of disease processes related to various body systems and patient assessment will be emphasized with the expectation of consistent use of the nursing process to address the physiological, psychosocial,

emotional and cultural needs of the client.  Strategies that enhance critical thinking and problem solving activities are incorporated into the curriculum.

Third Trimester (14 Weeks)

NU 107 Pharmacology III / 28 clock hours (weeks 1 – 14)This course will build on the fundamentals of medication administration introduced in Pharmacology I.  Medication administration considerations for the adult, older adult, maternal/newborn and child nursing care will be incorporated into the curriculum.  Discussion regarding cultural and educational considerations is included.  The student will be expected to continue to develop his/her psychomotor, cognitive and affective competencies related to safe medication administration utilizing the nursing process and evidence-based practice.

 

NU 111 Nursing Care of the Adult II / 196 clock hours (weeks 1-7)This course is designed to continue to provide development of fundamental nursing knowledge and skills while providing holistic care to the medical surgical patient.  Evidence-based practice and management of disease processes related to various body systems and patient assessment will be emphasized with the expectation of consistent use of the nursing process addressing the physiological, psychosocial, emotional and cultural needs of the client.  Strategies that enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills are incorporation into the curriculum.

 

NU 113 Nursing Care of the Older Adults / 98 clock hours (weeks 8-14)This course focuses on the specialized needs of the geriatric client.  The physiological, psychosocial, emotional and cultural adjustments are explored as they relate to aging utilizing the nursing process and evidence-based practice.  The nurse’s role as a client advocate as well as caregiver is emphasized.

 

NU 114 Community Health & Mental Health / 98 clock hours (weeks 8-14)This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to care for the client who is experiencing an alteration in mental health.  The course explores the various mental disorders, associated behaviors, therapeutic interventions as well as the application of the nursing process and evidence-based practice in planning and implementing patient care.  Personality dynamics, cultural diversity, behavior development and the concept that abnormal behavioral manifestations are an expression of needs are presented.  The role of stress and its effect on emotional and mental balance is discussed.  Clinical experience will provide the opportunity for application of the principals of care of the patient with alterations in mental health, enhancing the student’s understanding of the process of moving through the mental health-illness continuum.

 

NU 115 Nursing Leadership & Management / 14 clock hour (weeks 8-14)This course fosters the development of leadership qualities in the practical nursing student including decision making, time management, delegating authority and reinforcement of the nursing process.  Leadership skills that assist in functioning as a viable member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team with an emphasis on effective communication skills and holistic care of the patient are incorporated.  The course includes observation of a practical nurse functioning as a charge nurse in the medical surgical and/or long-term care setting and will emphasize the importance of professional growth and development, the nursing process and evidence-based practice.  Discussion regarding the important role nursing theory has played in the development of the profession will be explored.