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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Nursing
All nursing courses are offered at Saint Michael College of Allied Health a minimum of twice a year. Prerequisites may be taken at the student’s convenience to be completed before or at the completion of the Nursing Program.

Provides instruction in the writing process with a focus on self-expressive and expository essays, and includes practice in the conventions of standard written English, reading responses, and incorporation of sources into essays with appropriate documentation.

Provides instruction in the writing process with a focus on persuasive and argumentative essays, and includes practice in developing a distinctive style, methods of effective reasoning, and library and on-line research. A formal research project is required. (Prerequisite: EN101).

Explores the structure, function, and taxonomy of microbes, including bacteria and viruses, and their relationships to health and disease. Format includes substantial laboratory work and written reporting.  Microbiology students are introduced to the major microorganisms and their effects on the human body. The infectious process with application of infection control measures used in the work setting is also emphasized.

Provides practical applications of mathematics and includes selected topics from consumer math to algebra. Topics include integers, percentages, interest, ratios and proportions, the metric system, probability, linear equations, and problem-solving.

Introduces students to the fundamental principles of human anatomy and physiology and the relationships of all the body systems and their functions. The structure and functions of each system of the human body are emphasized with an emphasis on how the body maintains homeostasis.

Continues the study of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIO 201and 202 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work.

This course studies the relationship of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion and absorption of nutrients, carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamin, and mineral requirements, additives, food fads, diets, and world hunger. Nutrition, food as nutrients and the nutritional needs of the human body to maintain optimum health is accentuated. The role of the nurse in diet modification is also contained in this course.

Presents research and theories regarding human growth and changes throughout the life span. Students explore factors that affect personality, cognitive, and physical development from psychological and socio-cultural perspectives.

Introduces some of the basic principles of drug actions and provides the student with the foundations of dosage calculations. Major classifications of drugs, and their actions, adverse effects and application to the nursing process are addressed in this course.

Introduces the basic foundations of professional nursing. The development of critical thinking, nursing process and fundamental skills will be taught in this class in order to provide students the nursing skills and theory necessary to provide safe basic client care. Basic skills, concepts, models, and information related to health, nursing, communication, and aging are addressed. The course is to be taken concurrently with N102. (Prerequisites: All science courses, English 101, and Developmental Psychology, all with a minimum grade of “C”).

This clinical course provides lab and clinical experience and gives the student hands-on clinical experience in support of the theory taught in NUR 101. Techniques move from simple to complex and will parallel the instruction students have learned in theory. It is presented concurrently with N101. This course may be used for the transition course for those students with a current practical nursing license. The course contains 48 hours of class/laboratory and 96 hours of clinical skills experience. (Prerequisites: All science courses, English 101, Developmental Psychology, and NURS 101, all with a minimum grade of “C”.)

Presents concepts and skills related to the nursing care of adults with common acute and chronic health problems. A Basic foundation of health promotion and illness and practice as well as the foundations of medical surgical nursing will be presented. Physiologic and psychosocial foundations of care will be presented in this course.  These concepts as well as those presented in nutrition and pharmacology will be built upon as students study the management of clients with specific system disorders . Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in theory and skills both in the laboratory and clinical setting. This course is composed of 170hours of class/laboratory and 118 clinical hours.(Prerequisites:  All science courses, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, ENG 101, NUR 101 and102, all with a minimum grade of “C”)

Presents further concepts and skills related to the nursing care of adults with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, medical and surgical treatment, and the use of the nursing process to promote needs fulfillment in a variety of clinical and community settings. Health problems for specific system disorders as well as multisystem disorders and disorders which require intensive or emergency care are covered. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in theory and skills both in the laboratory and clinical setting. This course is composed of 170hours of class/laboratory and 118 clinical hours. (Prerequisites: All science courses, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, ENG 101, NUR 101 and102, and NUR 201, all with a minimum grade of “C”)

Begins with a theoretical focus on maternity and women’s and family health. Instruction in gynecology, obstetrics and care of the newborn will lead in to instruction in holistic care for pediatric clients. Students will build on concepts taught throughout the course and the program and be able to apply these to care of a pediatric client.  Promotion of wellness, illness prevention, and care of clients with acute as well as chronic illnesses throughout childhood will be taught. This course is composed of 260 hours of class/laboratory and 120 clinical hours in a variety of pediatric and obstetric settings.  (Prerequisites: NUR 101, 102, 201 with a minimum grade of “C”)

Students in this course will learn the process of psychiatric nursing.  Theory on mental illness, psychotherapeutic medications, therapeutic milieu and current trends will provide the foundation for care of the client with acute and/or chronic psychiatric illness. Content will be presented related to clients demonstrating anxiety, rituals, dissociative patterns, somatization, withdrawal from reality, depression or mania, aggression, pathological suspicion, and abuse of food, chemical substances; and people with characteristic behaviors of borderline or antisocial personality disorder This course is composed of 180hours of class/laboratory and 60 hours of clinical in a mental health setting.  (Prerequisites: NURS 101,102,201, with a minimum grade of “C”)

This course provides the student with knowledge concerning the new graduate’s entry into the workplace as an RN. Current leadership and management techniques are examined, as are management skills, and the legal, economic and ethical issues which impact the Registered Nurse as a professional. Basic concepts of nursing informatics are presented. The RN’s role in delegation of responsibilities will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the student’s transition into a professional role. (Prerequisites: NUR 101, 102, 201, with a minimum grade of “C”)

Presents concepts and skills related to the nursing care of older adults with common health problems being cared for in the community as well as in various facilities. Emphasizes physiological changes and diseases processes associated with aging, as well as clinical manifestations, medical and surgical treatment, and the use of the nursing process. Health problems related to the aging process and their effects on various body systems are emphasized. Students are expected to apply theory from medical surgical nursing and adapt it to health problems in the elderly population being cared for in a variety of settings. This course is composed of 144 hours of class and 40 clinical hours. Clinical will focus on caring for the elderly client in a residential or community-based setting.  (Prerequisites:  NUR 101, 102, 201, all with a minimum grade of “C”)

This course is set up to meet the specific needs of the student preparing to take the Comprehensive Examination and the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN Test Plan and application process are explained. A review of nursing theory and test-taking strategies are provided. Hands-on practice with the computer adaptive test-taking method is provided. A standardized RN comprehensive exam will be used as the Final Exam in this course. VATI-RN and NCLEX RN 10,000 are used to help students review for the RN Comprehensive Exit Exam which is part of this course. (Prerequisites: All program courses including nursing courses with a minimum grade of C and a passing score on the standardized Medical Surgical Comprehensive Exam given at the end of MS II. The student is currently meeting financial obligations).

The Policies in the Student Catalog/Student Handbook can be changed at any time during the program to reflect current situations and practice in education and healthcare. The Administration is responsible for informing the students at Saint Michael College of Allied Health of the changes in a timely manner. The new Policy will be distributed to the students. The student will keep a copy of the changed policy and a signed copy will be kept in each student’s individual record.