Lorain County Community College Catalog
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Course Descriptions

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  Course Credit Hours (Contact Hours)
    NURS 100 , FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 4 (7)
  This course introduces the core organizers of the ADN program framework which include: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, informatics, and professional identity. It further introduces the beginning student to selected core concepts: sensory/perception, elimination, oxygenation, mobility, perfusion, metabolism, nutrition, tissue integrity, stress/coping, comfort, communication, leadership, health care delivery, economics, and legal. These concepts will then be integrated throughout the nursing program of study. The focus of this course is also on basic health assessment and development of basic psychomotor skills to safely provide care in laboratory and clinical practice settings. The student will utilize the nursing process to identify nursing interventions for meeting basic human needs. Lab and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program Concurrent: ALHN 113 and BIOG 122
 
    NURS 101 , TRANSITION TO REGISTERED NURSING I 3 (4)
  This course is designed to enable the Access student to explore integrative concepts to nursing and to assist the student in the transition from licensed practical to registered nurse. Students refine and update previous learning in addition to defining goals for a successful transition into the registered nursing program. Combined with classroom and nursing laboratory experiences, the student learns through application of concepts. The student demonstrates skill in problem-solving through use of the nursing process with a focus on client assessment, in the planning of nursing care, role transition and therapeutic communication. Laboratory required. (A special fee will be assessed). Prerequisites: PSYH 151 and high school chemistry or CHMY 161 with a grade of C" or better.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Nursing program and BIOG 121, PSYH 151 and high school chemistry of CHMY 161 with a grade of "C" or better
 
    NURS 103 , TRANSITION TO REGISTERED NURSING II 3 (6)
  This course is designed to provide the Access Nursing student with the additional theory application and skills to assist in the transition into the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum. Students will build upon previously learned concepts, principles and skills derived from the NURS 101 course. The Nursing Process will be utilized to assist in the integration and application of concepts related to care of patients in a variety of health care settings or simulated laboratory environments. Emphasis will also be place on the continued development of skills related to patient/family education, communication and critical thinking in the practice setting. At the end of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to organize care and manage time effectively when providing care for one or more adult patients. Laboratory and clinical required. NURS 101 must be taken as the prerequisite to the course. A special fee will be assessed.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 101
 
    NURS 114 , HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING 3 (4)
  Introduction of nursing process concepts and health assessment skills including history taking and physical examining by the practitioner in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health in clients. Laboratory required. (A special fee will be assessed). Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission into the associate degree nursing program
 
    NURS 115G , BASIC NURSING CONCEPTS 7 (12)
  The student will focus on the role of the professional nurse as provider of care for persons in need of promotion, maintenance and restorations of optimal health. The concept of caring will be introduced. The nurse as communicator and educator will be emphasized. The nurse as manager and collaborator will be introduced. The physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of the person and family during the health-illness transitions will be discussed. Functional health patterns will be discussed. Concepts related to communication, transcultural nursing, perioperative nursing, infection control, principles of teaching-learning, pain management, nutrition, mobility, death and dying, pharmacology, and mathematical calculations will be addressed. Laboratory and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed.) Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Concurrent: NURS 114.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission into the associate degree nursing program Concurrent: NURS 114 and BIOG 121
 
    NURS 116 , MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING 2 (7)
  This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in providing safe, patient and family-centered care for perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric patients and their families in lab and a variety of clinical settings. The focus of this course is on human growth and development, health promotion for the perinatal and child-rearing families and the incorporation of evidence-based practices in the formulation of coordinated nursing care. This course continues to build on the concepts of elimination, oxygenation, mobility, metabolism, nutrition, reproduction/sexuality, immunity, sensory perception, cognition, and legal issues as they relate to the perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric patient and their families. Application of the nursing process with consideration for perinatal/neonatal and pediatric patients and their families is included in this course. Clinical required. (a special fee will be assessed)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIOG 122, NURS 121 and NURS 123 Concurrent: NURS 118
 
    NURS 118 , GERIATRIC NURSING 1 (1)
  This course focuses on the basic concepts of safe patient-centered care associated with aging in the community (locally and nationally) with an emphasis on the well elderly patient, the promotion of health, and illness prevention. These concepts include: mobility, nutrition, reproduction/sexuality, immunity, cognition, coping and stress, comfort, leadership, healthcare delivery, and legal issues. Common health concerns are also discussed and evidence-based nursing approaches are integrated with a team approach to support nursing judgment and planning for care of the aging patient. Clinical experiences in a community setting is required. Clinical required. (A special fees will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIOG 122, NURS 121 and NURS 123 Concurrent: NURS 116 and PSYH 251
 
    NURS 121 , NURSING CONCEPTS I 4 (7)
  This course focuses on the continued growth of the nurse¿s professional identity through safe, evidence-based care for patients with acute and chronic health problems, with predictable outcomes in a variety of practice settings. This course builds upon the concepts of elimination, oxygenation, mobility, perfusion, metabolism, nutrition, tissue integrity, sensory perception, stress/coping, comfort, communication, leadership, health care delivery, and legal. This course introduces the concepts of reproduction/sexuality, cognition, and immunity. Application of the nursing process with consideration of scope of practice and regulatory/financial implications in various health care settings is also included in this course. Lab and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program Corequisite: NURS 123 Concurrent: ALHN 113, BIOG 122 and NURS 100
 
    NURS 122 , NURSING CONCEPTS II 4 (7)
  This course emphasizes nursing considerations with respect to selected core concepts in providing safe, complex care for patients with acute and chronic health problems within a family and community context. This course further builds upon the concepts of elimination, oxygenation, mobility, perfusion, metabolism, nutrition, immunity, tissue integrity, sensory perception, cognition, stress and coping, communication, leadership, economics, and legal issues. Content focuses on the continued application of the nursing process and the role of the nurse related to prioritization of assessment data and coordination of care, including delegation, supervision, and assignment principles. Lab and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed.)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIOG 122, NURS 121 and NURS 123 Corequisite: NURS 124 Concurrent: PSYH 251
 
    NURS 123 , PHARMACOLOGY I 2 (3)
  This course will introduce the student to basic pharmacologic concepts including drug classifications, safety, dosage calculation utilizing dimensional analysis, and methods of medication administration. Lab required. (A special fee will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program Corequisite: NURS 121 Concurrent: ALHN 113, BIOG 122 and NURS 100
 
    NURS 124 , PHARMACOLOGY II 1 (1)
  This course identifies concepts and clinical aspects of drug therapy which emphasize the nurses¿ role in pharmacological administration and safety. The focus is on parenteral therapies that include SQ, IM IV and piggyback, medication calculations and the classifications of commonly prescribed medications, as well as selected complementary and alternative drugs. Within each classification, a few drugs are selected for study in terms of their mechanism of action, therapeutic use, and side and adverse effects. Lab and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 123 Corequisite: NURS 122 Concurrent: NURS 116, NURS 118 and PSYH 251
 
    NURS 126 , MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING 3 (5)
  This course assists the student in applying the nursing process to clients and families who enter the health care system for childbearing or problems related to the childbearing process. The nurse's role in health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for beginning families is included. Clinical sites will include inpatient, ambulatory settings, and home care. (A special fee will be assessed.)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 114 and NURS 115 or NURS 131 and BIOG 121 and PSYH 151
 
    NURS 128 , COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING I 6 (10)
  This course will focus on the role of provider of nursing care to promote, maintain or restore the optimal health of the client in an acute care/skilled facility. Particular emphasis will be placed on the care of the compromised older adult. Concepts of medical surgical nursing will be applied via the nursing process. Content presented is organized according to the functional health patterns and focuses on the acute and chronic problems related to perceptual, musculosketal, neurological, integumentary, gastrointestinal and reproductive concepts. In addition, roles of manager of care, profession will be addressed. Emphasis will also be placed on the continued development of skills related to client/family education, communication and critical thinking in the practice setting. Laboratory and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed). Laboratory and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed.) Concurrent: NURS 125, BIOG 122, PSYH 251.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 114, NURS 115, BIOG 121 and PSYH 151 or NURS 131, BIOG 121 and PSYH 151 Concurrent: BIOG 122 and PSYH 251
 
    NURS 129 , BEHAVIOR HEALTH NURSING 3 (5)
  Emphasis on development of the provider of care role in addressing the impact of acute and chronic behavioral health problems with the adult patient. The provider of care role will focus on restoration and maintenance of mental health. In addition, the roles of manager of care and member of the profession, as they relate to behavioral health nursing, will be explored. Clinical required.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 114, NURS 115, BIOG 121 and PSYH 151 or NURS 101 or NURS 131 and BIOG 121 and PSYH 151 Concurrent: PSYH 251
 
    NURS 131 , TRANSITION TO REGISTERED NURSING FOR THE CERTIFIED PARAMEDIC 6 (9)
  This course is designed to enable the student to explore integrative concepts in Nursing and to assist the student in the transition from paramedic to registered nurse. The role of the Associate Degree nurse in health promotion, maintenance and restoration is presented. Students initiate the use of the nursing process. Students refine and update previous learning in addition to identifying goals for a successful transition into the registered nursing program. Combined with classroom and nursing laboratory experiences, the student learns through the application of concepts. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve problems through the use of the nursing process with a focus on fundamental nursing skills in the care of adult clients. (A special fee will be assessed.)
Prerequisite: Completion of EMT-P program, BIOG 121, PSYH 151 and high school chemistry or CHMY 161 with a grade of "C" or better
 
    NURS 136 , MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING - ACCESS 2 (2)
  This course assists the student in applying the nursing process to clients and families who enter the health care system for childbearing or related to the childbearing process. The nurse's role in health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for beginning families is included. (A special fee will be assessed.)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 101, BIOG 121, PSYH 151
 
    NURS 137 , CHILD HEALTH NURSING - ACCESS 2 (2.5)
  Emphasis on development of the provider of care role in promoting wellness of the child and family and in maintaining and restoring the health of the pediatric client experiencing common health problems.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 101
 
    NURS 193 , DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS FOR NURSES 2 (2)
  This course will provide LPN or RN students with the needed mathematical skills to successfully calculate medical dosages without memorizing formulas. When the concept of Dimensional analysis is understood, the LPN or RN student will be able to achieve the correct calculations for the administration of pills, injections, IV medications and medication dosages dependent on a patient's weight. This course is geared towards students anticipating admission into the nursing programs for students already enrolled in a nursing program.
 
    NURS 210 , COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING II 8 (15.5)
  This course will focus on the role of provider of nursing care to promote, maintain or restore the optimal health of the client in an acute care facility. Concepts of medical surgical nursing will be applied via the nursing process to the care of the adult client with acute and/or chronic problems. Content presented is organized via functional health patterns and focuses on cardiovascular, hematological, endocrine, renal and respiratory concepts. In addition, roles of manager of care and member of the profession will be addressed. This course will allow the student to continue developing skills related to client/family education, communication and clinical reasoning in the practice setting. Laboratory and clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 129, NURS 126, NURS 128, NURS 136, NURS 145
 
    NURS 213 , COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING III 4 (8)
  This course will focus on the role of the provider in caring for adult clients with complex health problems. Concepts include: critical thinking skills in the delivery of multidisciplinary care, use of health care concepts in the synthesis of a plan of care and strategies in facilitating the family/significant others into the plan of care of a complex client.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 210
 
    NURS 214 , CHILD HEALTH NURSING 3 (4.5)
  Emphasis on development of the provider of care role in promoting wellness of the child and family and in maintaining and restoring the health of the pediatric client experiencing common health problems. There is opportunity for application of content through clinical laboratory experiences in the acute care and community setting.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 210
 
    NURS 215 , CONCEPTS PROFESS NURSING PRACTICE 4 (10)
  This capstone course addresses health promotion, maintenance and restoration with clients in a variety of health care settings. Advanced concepts of nursing are applied as the student transitions to the role of member of the profession. The role of the nurse as manager of care is emphasized. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on the health care delivery system, health care organizations and nursing management at the unit level in planning/evaluating, budgeting, and managing care for groups of clients. Opportunities for planning and delivering nursing care under the supervision of clinical faculty or a preceptor are included. (IN1, IN2, IN3, IN4, IN5)
Prerequisite: Prerequsite: NURS 210 Concurrent: NURS 127 or NURS 137 and NURS 213
 
    NURS 221 , NURSING CONCEPTS III 4 (7)
  This course allows the student to apply nursing knowledge in the provision of safe, quality care to patients with complex health problems resulting in unpredictable outcomes. The student will continue to build on previously acquired knowledge of selected core concepts, nursing skills and the development of nursing judgment to formulate a collaborative plan of care. The course builds upon the concepts of elimination, oxygenation, mobility, perfusion, metabolism, nutrition, reproduction/sexuality, cognition, health care delivery and legal. Prioritization while providing care to two to three patients in acute and community based practice settings will be emphasized. Clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 122 and NURS 124 Concurrent: CHMY 161
 
    NURS 222 , NURSING CONCEPTS IV 4 (7)
  The focus of this last semester clinical course integrates human responses to complex acute and chronic health care concerns within both the physical and psychosocial context of family and community. Clinical judgment and reasoning skills are further developed within complex health care systems. Emphasis is placed on application and evaluation of safety, evidence-based practice, and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team as related to selected core concepts. This course further builds on the core concepts of elimination, oxygenation, perfusion, metabolism, reproduction/sexuality, immunity, and tissue integrity. Clinical required. (Special fees will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CHMY 161, NURS 221 and NURS 223 Concurrent: BIOG 251
 
    NURS 223 , PHARMACOLOGY III 1 (1)
  This course integrates the development of a comprehensive approach to the clinical aspects of drug therapy and the nurses' role. The focus is on advanced medication calculations, including heparin therapy, and on classifications on commonly prescribed medications as well as selected complementary and alternative drugs. Within each classification, a few drugs are selected for study in terms of their mechanism of action, therapeutic use, and side and adverse effects. Psychiatric medications with be highlighted. Laboratory required. (A special fee will be assessed.).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 124 Corequisite: NURS 224 Concurrent: CHMY 161
 
    NURS 224 , BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NURSING 3 (5)
  This course focuses on providing safe, evidence-based and best practice nursing care, in a variety of settings, for patients with acute and chronic behavioral health issues. Building on previously learned therapeutic relationship and communication skills, the students will address their collaborative role with patients and with the multi-discipline treatment team in planning and evaluating patient care. Pertinent legal-ethical issues relative to behavioral health will be addressed as students further develop their professional identify. Clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed).
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 121 Corequisite: NURS 223 Concurrent: CHMY 161, NURS 122 and NURS 124
 
    NURS 225 , MANAGER OF CARE/CAPSTONE 4 (8)
  This last semester course will assist students in the integration of theory and practice as they approach the completion of the nursing program and transition into the role of professional nurse. This course completes integration and advanced application of the core concepts: communication, leadership, health care delivery, economics, and legal implications of nursing practice. The focus is on leadership and the associated skills and knowledge to practice as a contemporary professional nurse. The theory and clinical emphasis additionally assimilates the core organizers of the curriculum: patient centered care, safety and quality improvement, evidence based practice/nursing judgment, informatics, professional identity, teamwork and collaboration which culminates in the senior capstone experience. Clinical required. (A special fee will be assessed)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CHMY 161, NURS 221 Corequisite: NURS 226 Concurrent: BIOG 251
 
    NURS 226 , NURSING CONCEPTS SYNTHESIS 1 (1)
  This course focuses on review of concepts required for licensure and entry into the practice of professional nursing. This course completes integration and advanced application of the core concepts: communication, leadership, health care delivery, economics, and legal implications of nursing practice. Content includes review of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) test plan, assessment of individual readiness, and remediation. A variety of assessment tools are used to review for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Seminar required. (A special fee will be assessed)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 221; Corequisite: NURS 225; Concurrent: BIOG 251
 
    NURS 287 , WORK-BASED LEARNING I - NURS 1 (1)
  This course provides supervised work experience with approved employer(s) in an area related to the student's program. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with work experience. Students will be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies. Activities are coordinated and evaluated by college personnel. Course will be graded on the S/U basis.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Divisional approval
 
    NURS 288 , WORK-BASED LEARNING II - NURS 1 (1)
  This course provides supervised work experience building on experience in Work-Based Learning I with approved employer(s) in an area related to the student's program. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with work experience. Students will be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies. Activities are coordinated and evaluated by college personnel. Course will be graded on the S/U basis.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 287
 
    NURS 290 , CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF NURSING THROUGH SIMULATION 2 (3)
  This course will focus on exposing the nursing student to realistic hospital based situations in which they will apply assessment and clinical decision making skills utilizing communication, teamwork and management of care for the simulated patient.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: NURS 115
 
    NURS 297 , RN FIRST ASSIST 5 (7)
  This course is for perioperative Registered Nurses who will assume the expanded role of the first assistant in surgery. The course meets the standards of the Association of Operating Room Nurses and its Core Curriculum for the RN First Assistant. The Ohio Board of Nursing approves this course in preparing the Registered Nurse as first assistant in surgery. Upon successful completion, the participant is eligible for the Ohio Board of Nursing credential as an RNFA. Prerequisites: CNOR certification is required Must be a Registered Nurse with a minimum of two years of operating room experience in the scrub and circulator roles, American Heart Association Health Care Provider.
 
    NURS 298 , RN FIRST ASSISTANT II 5 (10)
  This course is the second course in a two part series for registered perioperative nurses who will assume the expanded role as RN First Assistant in surgery. Content includes surgical anatomy, surgical technique and first assisting considerations in a variety of surgical specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive, thoracic, vascular and cardiac surgery. First assistant skills are included. Lecture and clinical components are required.
 
    NURS 299 , INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES IN NURSING 1 (1)
  An in-depth study of areas of Nursing presented by discussion and/or individual research and reading. Topics will vary. Repeatable up to a total of four (4) credit hours.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Divisional approval