Academic Catalog

Nursing Classes

Nursing Assistant Theory

Item Number
NAC 108
Credits
5

The Nursing Assistant Certified program prepares students to take the state examination for nursing assistant certification licensure. All three courses in the program must be successfully completed for students to be eligible to take the state examination. This course provides an introduction to the role and responsibilities of being a nursing assistant and meets the theory requirements for Washington State Nursing Assistant training. 

Prerequisites

Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds.

Nursing Skills Fundamentals

Item Number
NAC 111
Credits
2

This course covers instruction and practice of nursing assistant skills. Students will not be allowed to participate in the final skills exam unless attendance for all clinical hours has been fulfilled. 

Prerequisites

Documentation of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 50 pounds, and “No Record On File” from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. Successful completion of NAC 108.

Unit Based Clinical Experience

Item Number
NAC 114
Credits
2

This course includes clinical experience in a long-term facility under the supervision of an instructor. 

Prerequisites

Documentation of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Students must have “No Record On File” related to crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. Successful completion of NAC 111.

Nursing Assistant Theory I

Item Number
NAC 126
Credits
3

Introduction to the role and responsibilities of a Nursing Assistant. Includes the following topics: resident/work environment, infection control, special needs of the elderly, communication and interpersonal skills, body systems (introduction to key anatomical, physiological and pathological terms), documentation responsibilities, residents’ rights, long-term care setting, legal/ethical issues, and stages of death and dying. This course will meet the didactic portion of Washington State and Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for Nursing Assistant Training. 

Prerequisites

Current immunization, ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds and "no record on file" for crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol, qualifying scores on the CASAS assessment.

Fundamentals of Nursing

Item Number
NURS 117
Credits
4

Explores the health care system and the profession of nursing, with emphasis on care with a diverse population of clients. Introduces the beginning practical nurse student to essential nursing concepts such as therapeutic communication, infection control, patient safety, patient education, evidence-based practice, scope of practice, legal and ethical issues, principles of caring, promotion of comfort and the nursing process. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Practical Nursing program.

Medical/Surgical Nursing I

Item Number
NURS 120
Credits
3

Focuses on the use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Nursing interventions, pharmacological considerations and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Practical Nursing program.

Pre-Pharmacology

Item Number
NURS 122
Credits
2

Prepares students to calculate drug dosages in order to accurately prepare and administer medications to a varied client population. Basic principles for client safety are reviewed. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Practical Nursing program.

Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills I

Item Number
NURS 123
Credits
5

Provides laboratory demonstration and supervised practice of nursing skills discussed in NURS 117 and NURS 120. Students will demonstrate competence in selected skills, using principles taught. During laboratory practice, students will use simulated equipment and classmates as patients. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Practical Nursing program.

Mental Health Nursing

Item Number
NURS 124
Credits
3

Focuses on the continuum between mental health and illness and the therapeutic nurse-client relationship. Selected mental disorders will be discussed, with emphasis on nursing interventions, common interdisciplinary treatments, and services available for clients in inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Practical Nursing program.

Pharmacology in Nursing

Item Number
NURS 125
Credits
3

Presents pharmacological concepts and principles for preparation and administration of medications along with related client assessment and teaching. The role and responsibility of the practical nurse in drug therapy is emphasized. Students are prepared to participate safely and effectively in medication therapy. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123, and NURS 124.

Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills II

Item Number
NURS 126
Credits
3

Students will demonstrate competence in selected nursing skills using simulation equipment or other nursing students as clients. Students will also have a clinical experience focusing on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation and client teaching. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123, and NURS 124.

Contemporary Maternity Nursing

Item Number
NURS 128
Credits
3

Focuses on the care of childbearing women and their families through all stages of pregnancy and childbirth as well as the first six weeks after birth. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 130, and NURS 131.

Nursing of Children

Item Number
NURS 130
Credits
3

Presents the principles necessary for students to care for clients throughout the age continuum with special emphasis on developmental stages and how they impact self-care. Common diseases and disorders related to each developmental stage are explored. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123 and NURS 124.

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

Item Number
NURS 131
Credits
3

Focuses on use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Pharmacologic and nutritional consideration and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123, and NURS 124.

Medical/Surgical Nursing III

Item Number
NURS 133
Credits
4

Focuses on the use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Pharmacologic and nutritional considerations and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 130, and NURS 131.

Medical Surgical Nursing IV

Item Number
NURS 145
Credits
4

Using a physiological systems approach, this class focuses on implementation of the nursing process in care of a diverse population of clients with health disturbances.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 128, NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.

Clinical Practicum I

Item Number
NURS 149
Credits
5

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care, acute, and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medications to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focuses on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation, and client teaching. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 130, and NURS 131.

Clinical Practicum II

Item Number
NURS 153
Credits
5

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care, acute, and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medications to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focuses on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation and client teaching. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 130 and NURS 131.

Issues & Trends in Nursing

Item Number
NURS 154
Credits
2

Prepares students for entry into nursing practice. Emphasis is on concepts of leadership, role of the practical nurse, and nursing laws governing practice. Career opportunities, preparation for licensure and opportunities for further education in nursing are explored. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 128, NURS 133, NURS 149, and NURS 153.

Clinical Practicum III

Item Number
NURS 161
Credits
4

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care and acute and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medication to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focus is on safe nursing practices, nursing process, communication and practice in providing complete care for two or more clients. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 128, NURS 133, NURS 149, and NURS 153.

Clinical Practicum IV

Item Number
NURS 164
Credits
4

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care and acute and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medication to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focus is on safe nursing practices, nursing process, communication and practice in providing complete care for two or more clients. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.

Nursing Concepts IV Lab

Item Number
NURS 205
Credits
4

Utilizes a concept-based approach to learn, practice, and demonstrate competency on identified nursing skills within the scope of practice for the Registered Nurse. 

Prerequisites

Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare

Item Number
NURS 229
Credits
2

Utilizes a concept based approach and focuses on the emotional, mental and social well-being of the client, throughout the life span within a diverse population.

Prerequisites

Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.

Nursing Concepts IV

Item Number
NURS 231
Credits
3

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on assessment, clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice, and managing care.

Prerequisites

Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.

Nursing Concepts V

Item Number
NURS 243
Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on provision of comfort, mobility, health wellness and illness, safety, development and elimination.

Prerequisites

Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.

Ethics and Policy in Healthcare

Item Number
NURS 244
Credits
2

Utilizes a concept based approach to address ethical issues and policies in healthcare.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.

Nursing Concepts VI

Item Number
NURS 245
Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health- and illness-related concepts of infection, inflammation and immunity.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.

Nursing Concepts VI Clinical

Item Number
NURS 246
Credits
3

Provides students with opportunities to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of basic nursing care and comfort of clients, with acute and chronic illnesses, pharmacological, and parenteral therapies, and pain management.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.

Nursing Concepts VII

Item Number
NURS 248
Credits
3

Utilizes a concept-based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health- and illness-related concepts: reproduction, tissue integrity, oxygenation, and perioperative care.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.

Nursing Concepts VIII

Item Number
NURS 250
Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health- and illness-related concepts: perfusion, digestion, acid-based balance, fluid and electrolytes and metabolism.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246 and NURS 248.

Practical Capstone

Item Number
NURS 252CAP
Credits
4

Provides students with an opportunity to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of care, within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse, in a mentored clinical experience.  Each student will be assigned a preceptor to work with for a minimum of 145 hours. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246, and NURS 248.

Nursing Concepts IX

Item Number
NURS 254
Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues.  The focus of this course will be on health- and illness-related concepts: intracranial regulation, sensory perception, thermoregulation, and cellular regulation.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246, and NURS 248.

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