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  • Course description

    This Associate of Science in Nursing degree program is approved by the Ohio State Board of Nursing to prepare students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to begin a professional nursing career. Students are provided a foundation of general education including courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, mathematics, and humanities as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in a healthcare environment. Theoretical and practical instruction is complimented with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse. Students will participate in planned clinical and laboratory experiences that will complement classroom learning and will stress health promotion as well as disease processes.



    Program Objectives 

    Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to function as a beginning level staff nurse in a variety of health care facilities to include hospitals, long-term care agencies, physician's offices, clinics, out patient surgical facilities and other community organizations and to work as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. 

    2. Provide accurate patient assessments and appropriate health care interventions as a member of a treatment team. 

    3. Function as a safe practitioner, using critical thinking and communication skills to act as a patient advocate and educator. 

    4. Understand and utilize nursing related medical and technological equipment. 

    5. Exhibit leadership qualities in diverse health care settings. 

    6. Demonstrate a full understanding and practice of accepted ethical and legal standards. 

    7. Understand the unique needs of diverse populations in regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and lifespan issues while promoting health and wellness in order to facilitate positive growth and development. 

    8. Think critically both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis; write and speak effectively; use basic computer applications; and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society. 




    SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

    This nursing program is a selective admissions program which means not everyone who applies is accepted. The selection is based on multiple factors including high school or college grade point average and the score on the applicable nursing admissions test (normally the national Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS). The best qualified applicants are offered admission into the program. Students enrolled in other Herzing degree programs may apply to be placed on an alternates list and may be offered a position in the nursing program if a nursing student drops or does not meet the requirements for continuation in the nursing program. 


    GENERAL EDUCATION PREREQUISITES 

    The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C+" (76%) for a student to be continued in the nursing program.

    • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (or Body Structure and Function with Lab)
    • Microbiology (if required)
    • College math (if required)
    • Chemistry (BSN only)

    All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of "D" or better to be continued in the nursing program.

    A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the nursing program in a future cycle.

    Potential Job Positions
    Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses and will be prepared for entry-level positions as a Registered Nurse.

    PROGRAM LENGTH:
    The length of the program will be five (5) academic semesters of full time study - accelerated program plan.

    PROGRAM CONTENT:
    A minimum of 72 credit hours are required for graduation.

    REQUIRED COURSES:
    All courses, 49 semester credit hours, are required.

    MO 144 Medical Terminology
    This course introduces the foundations of the language of medicine and develops medical vocabulary through the study of the structures, functions, diagnostic procedures, pathology, and treatment procedures of the body systems. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    NO 103 Health and Illness throughout the Lifespan
    This course will focus on health promotion for clients across the lifespan. Normal changes related to growth and development will be covered. Changes related to the normal aging process will be explored. The student will gather client data, identify nutritional needs, and assist with nursing care plans and reinforcing teaching plans for the healthy family, pregnant woman, newborn, and developing child. Exposure to healthy behavior patterns will allow the student to recognize maladaptive and adaptive patterns of behavior. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: PS 101 Psychology.

    NO 106 Fundamentals of Nursing I
    This course introduces the student to the art and science of nursing care, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in fundamentals and medicalsurgical nursing. The science of basic nursing emphasizes health promotion, nursing process, ethical/legal aspects, health across the life span, critical thinking, nursing skills, up-to-date clinical information, nursing care plans, risk factors, individual education, family involvement and other related areas. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 106L Fundamentals of Nursing I Lab.

    NO 106L Fundamentals of Nursing I Lab
    This is the lab portion of NO 101. 1.0 clock hour, 30 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 106 Fundamentals of Nursing

    NO 107 Fundamentals of Nursing II
    Fundamental nursing care is directed toward the adult in acute and chronic settings, to include the home, hospital, assisted living facilities, nursing centers and veterans facilities. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context, by identifying and utilizing cognitive and technical skills as they relate to the care of the adult. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 106 Fundamentals of Nursing I. Co-requisites: NO 107L Fundamentals of Nursing II Lab.

    NO 107L Fundamentals of Nursing II Lab
    This is the lab portion of NO 107. 1.0 credit hour, 30 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 107 Fundamentals of Nursing II.

    NO 108 Fundamentalsof Nursing II Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 107. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 107 Fundamentals of Nursing II.

    NO 109 Adult Nursing Systems I
    This course introduces the student to the concepts of medical-surgical nursing, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in medical-surgical nursing. Students are prepared for the vast opportunities in modern health care delivery and nursing practice. The science of adult medical-surgical nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education and other related areas. Basic medical-surgical nursing care is directed toward the adult in acute and chronic settings. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to patient care. 3.0 credit hours, 45 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 107 Fundamentals of Nursing II.

    NO 110 Adult Nursing Systems I Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 104. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 109 Adult Nursing Systems I.

    NO 111 Therapeutic Use of Self PS 101
    This course focuses on the communication process within the health care setting. Students are encouraged to utilize self awareness skills as they explore complex topics of diversity, culture, end of life issues, boundaries and professionalism. 1.0 credit hour, 15 clock hours. Prerequisite: PS 101 Psychology. Co-requisite: NO 111 Therapeutic Use of Self Lab.

    NO 111L Therapeutic Use of Self Lab
    This is the lab portion of NO 109. 1.0 credit hour, 30 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 111 Therapeutic Use of Self.

    NO 112 Pharmacology
    This course provides instruction in the study of human diseases with focus on the symptoms, signs, causes, and diagnosis of disease. Additionally, students will learn about pharmacology, drug categories, and pharmacological treatment related to human diseases. 2.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None

    NO 208 Nursing Management
    This course covers nursing management and professional issues such as health care economics, quality control and legal and ethical dilemmas that the student will encounter in the professional registered nurse role. Course activities will prepare the student for the transition into the nursing practice. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 220 Health Deviations in Older Adulthood.

    NO 210 Adult Nursing Systems II
    This course introduces the student to continue the concepts of medical-surgical nursing as begun in ANO104 Adult Nursing Systems 1, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in medical-surgical nursing. Students are prepared for the vast opportunities in modern health care delivery and nursing practice. The science of adult medical-surgical nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education control and mobility; digestion and elimination; reproductive and sexual disorders; physical and mental integrity, the integration of body systems and other related areas. Basic medical-surgical nursing care is directed toward the adult in acute and chronic settings. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to patient care. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 109 Adult Nursing Systems I.

    NO 211 Adult Nursing Systems II Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 210. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 210 Adult Nursing Systems II.

    NO 212 Adult Nursing Systems III
    This course continues with medical surgical nursing in a critical care setting. Complex patient needs are addressed. The nursing process is used to prioritize care within the scope of nursing practice. Critical thinking and managing total care of clients that are in critical care settings are performed. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 210 Adult Nursing Systems II.

    NO 213 Adult Nursing Systems III Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 212. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: No 212 Adult Nursing Systems III.

    NO 214 Maternal/Newborn Self-Care Requisites
    This course introduces the scientific basis for maternal-newborn and women's health. It demonstrates and features the application of the nursing process. Physiological and pathophysiological processes are presented and the reasons behind professional nursing care and the identification of problems are examined. Legal topics to include Standards of Care, informed consent and refusal of treatment are discussed early in the course along with ethical issues to facilitate quality of care. Maternal-newborn and women's health are practiced in a variety of settings and the methods to ease transition into these facilities and to improve continuity of care are explored. There is an emphasis upon family, culture and community, as well as the support and involvement of the nurse during childbirth, child rearing and in the maintenance of female health. 1.0 credit hour, 15 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 210 Adult Nursing Systems II.

    NO 215 Maternal/Newborn Self-Care Requisites Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 214 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 214 Maternal/Newborn Self-Care Requisites.

    NO 216 Psychosocial Self-Care Requisites
    This course assists students in defining the principles and concepts of mental health, and in refining communication skills applicable to this area of nursing. Psychopathology and treatment modalities related to the nursing care of clients and their families are studied. This area of nursing is built upon previous nursing courses and on social and behavioral sciences. Therapeutic problem solving and clinical decision making for clients with alterations in psychosocial integrity are experienced by students in mental health acute care facilities, community mental health centers, and selected community mental health agencies. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: ANO 111 Therapeutic Use of Self.

    NO 217 Psychosocial Self-Care Requisites Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 216. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 216 Psychosocial Self-Care Requisites.

    NO 218 Health Deviations in Childhood
    This course introduces the student to the concepts of pediatric nursing, and subsequent courses are built upon the concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Students prepare for the vast opportunities in modern health care delivery and nursing practice. The science of pediatric nursing emphasizes health promotion, assessment, care plans, risk factors, genetics, pharmacology, ethics, patient education, family involvement and other related areas. Basic pediatric nursing care is directed toward the child and adolescent in acute and chronic settings. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology and psychosocial context as it relates to care of the child. 1.0 credit hour, 15 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 210 Adult Nursing Systems II.

    NO 219 Health Deviations in Childhood Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 218. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 218 Health Deviations in Childhood.

    NO 220 Health Deviations in Older Adulthood
    This course introduces the older adult on a continuum from normal aging to health deviations, defines and identifies the diversity of the older client and studies the characteristics of this population as seen in the United States. The student learns to develop critical thinking skills, utilize educational resources, and investigate biological, sociological and psychological theories applicable to the aging client. The family unit is emphasized and alternatives in are explored. Legal and ethical concerns to include elder law and abuse are considered. Nursing assessment, diagnosis, interventions, evaluations and documentation are applied through this course. 2.0 credit hours, 30 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 212 Adult Nursing Systems III.

    NO 221 Health Deviations in Older Adulthood Clinical
    This is the clinical portion of NO 220. 1.0 credit hour, 45 clock hours. Co-requisite: NO 220 Health Deviations in Older Adulthood.

    NO 222 Directed Clinical Practicum
    This course is a clinical preceptorship in an acute and chronic setting where the student will synthesize nursing skills and critical thinking to perform safe patient care. The role of the Associate Degree nurse is stressed in physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial context as it relates to the care of patients. 2.0 credit hours, 90 clock hours. Prerequisite: NO 212 Adult Nursing Systems III.

    SC 145 Anatomy and Physiology I
    This course will provide students with information about Anatomy and Physiology relating to each of the following body systems: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular/joints, Nervous, and Blood and Lymphatic systems. 3.0 credit hours. Co-requisite: SC 145L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab.

    SC 145L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
    This course will provide students with information about Anatomy and Physiology relating to each of the following body systems: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular/joints, Nervous, and Special Senses. Biochemistry, cellular biology, and histology will be integrated into each body system. Laboratory experiences provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states. Co-requisite: SC 145 Anatomy and Physiology I.

    SC 165 General Microbiology
    This course will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of microbiology by evaluating the impact the microbes have on science and technology, how microbes process their hereditary information and regulate their growth and reproduction, and finally how microbes interact with their environment and other species. The course will explore the various microbial life forms that comprise the sciences of bacteriology, mycology, and virology. The course will focus on the impact microbes have on our lives and the cause and effect of microbial disease. 2.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None. Co-requisite: SC 165L General Microbiology Lab.

    SC 165L General Microbiology Lab
    This is the lab portion of SC 165. 1.0 credit hour. Co-requisite: SC 165 General

    SC 245 Anatomy and Physiology II
    This course will provide students with information about Anatomy and Physiology relating to each of the following body systems: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine, Special Senses, Urinary, and the Male and Female Reproductive systems. Biochemistry, cell biology, and histology will be integrated into each body system. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: SC 145 Anatomy and Physiology I. Co-requisite: SC 245L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab.

    SC 245L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
    This course will provide students with laboratory practicum of Anatomy and Physiology relating to each of the following body systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine, Urinary, and the Male and Female Reproductive systems. Biochemistry, cell biology, and histology will be integrated into each body system. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: SC 145L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab; co-requisite: SC 245 Anatomy and Physiology II.

    General Education Requirements
    Students enrolled in associate degrees must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in general education.

    EN 104 English Composition I
    This course introduces the principles and practices of developing effective communications by using reflective critical thinking in the writing and reading processes. Topics include understanding the writing process; applying essay development patterns; using research techniques; and writing essays, summaries, reports, and research papers. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    EN 106 Information Literacy
    This course introduces the principles and practices of information literacy by using reflective critical thinking in the research and writing processes. Topics include understanding the research process; evaluating resources; using research techniques; outlining, providing in-text citations; understanding APA style, and using appropriate voice in writing formal research papers. 1.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    EN 116 Speech
    The course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to develop speaking and presentation skills in a variety of situations. Topics include the elements and structure of speeches, researching topics and developing presentation materials, analyzing and responding to audience characteristics, learning effective speech techniques, and delivering different types of speeches. Microsoft PowerPoint is used as a presentation tool. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    IS 102 Computers and Application Software
    This course provides an introduction to operating systems, browsers, and email as well as word processing, presentation, spreadsheets, and database applications. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    MA 107 College Algebra
    This course focuses on the concepts and applications of algebra. Topics include an arithmetic review; operations with algebraic expressions; solving linear and quadratic equations; factoring algebraic expressions; and using exponents, powers, roots, ratios, and proportions to solve problems. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    PS 101 Psychology
    This course introduces psychology that focuses on understanding human behavior. Topics include the scope of psychology; biological foundations and the brain; the concepts of sensation, perception, conditioning, and learning; the nature of memory; motivation and emotion; states of consciousness; personality theories; dealing with health and stress; developing coping strategies; and social psychology. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    HU 101 Critical Thinking
    This course is designed to introduce the theories and application of critical analysis with emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Topics include the foundations of arguments, value assumptions and ethical decision making, reality assumptions and deductive arguments, inductive arguments and generalizations, reasoning errors, the power of language, the impact of media power, and persuasive speaking. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    Personal Development Courses
    A minimum of two semester credit hours is required.

    PD 100 Student Success Skills
    This course provides instruction in the both theory and practice of personal growth that lead to successful life experience. Topics include research in critical self-analysis of student habits and attitudes; and psychological impediments to successfully setting and achieving personal goals. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 120 Personal Financial Management
    This course deals with the concepts of personal financial planning and financial control. Topics center on critical self examination of student planning techniques through analysis and research of personal financial legal documents, checking accounts and banking services; income tax procedures; savings methods; investment planning; risk management and insurance; and credit records, credit law, and the cost of credit. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 150 Client Services
    This course provides a critical examination of issues embedded in the practice of providing client service. Topics include research about best practice in customer service and communication techniques; psychologically based methods for dealing with the management of customer complaints; and the roles of a customer service employee and supervisor within ethical boundaries and common business practice. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 200 Career Development Seminar
    This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to apply critical self-examination techniques and processes for developing a career path and an awareness of the need to embed life-long learning into career management. Topics include career planning research, job searching, developing career search documents, and refining interview and communication skills within an awareness of psychological boundaries implicit in this process. Successful completion of this course requires the creation of a professional resume suitable for e-mail. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

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