Practical Nursing Diploma

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Practical Nursing Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
  • Introduction to Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing I
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Nutritional Principles in Nursing
  • Gerontologic Nursing
  • Practical Nursing II
  • Psychosocial Nursing
  • Practical Nursing III
  • Family Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Capstone

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. The theoretical basis for nursing judgment, patient-centered care, growth and development, and basic physiological concepts are presented. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork, communication, and nursing informatics as it pertains to the healthcare infrastructure. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of nursing skills in order to successfully complete this course.

Pre- or Co-requisite:Introduction to Practical Nursing

Course ID: PN111
Credits: 6


None

Course ID: PN108
Credits: 2


This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the functional ability and nursing judgment required to meet basic health and wellness needs. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as oxygenation, cardiovascular integrity, tissue integrity, and infection control. Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance will be introduced within this course. The theoretical bases for Education and Health Promotion, as well as Pain Management, are presented. The student must demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Basic Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles for Nurses

Course ID: PN129
Credits: 6


Pre- or Co-requisite: Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: PN138
Credits: 3


Prerequisite:none

Course ID: NU117
Credits: 4


This course is comprised of a theory component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively support the Functional Ability of the aging adult. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Neurological Adaptation, and End-of-Life Integrity. This course will continue to build on concepts required to meet basic health and wellness needs that are specific to the aging adult, Communication, as well as Nursing Ethics and Law as it applies to this specific population. Students are expected to apply Nursing Judgment and Critical Thought to principles presented in this course throughout concurrent and future Nursing Lab and Clinical Experiences.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

Pre- or Co-requisites:Basic Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles in Nursing

Course ID: PN148
Credits: 3


This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities developed in Practical Nursing I. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Surgical Integrity, Pain Management, and Glucose Regulation. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance, Elimination, Mobility, and Infection Control. The theoretical basis for Nursing Judgment, as it relates to Communication and Teamwork in the Clinical Setting, is required for successful completion of this course. The student must also demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisite:Practical Nursing I

Course ID: PN146
Credits: 6


This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focuses on the care of clients with mental health and behavioral disorders across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Motivational Wellness, Psychosocial Integrity, Addiction, and Violence. Special emphasis will be placed on Nursing Judgment related to Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork, and Communication when approaching this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as it applies to pharmacologic therapies in this setting, will be introduced. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing I

Course ID: PN155
Credits: 4


This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are completing their development of the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required for the Practical Nursing Role. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Neurological Adaptation, Cellular Regulation, Holistic Therapy, and Crisis/Disaster Nursing. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on Thermoregulation, Cardiovascular Integrity, Tissue Integrity, and Infection Control. The theoretical basis for Nursing Judgment, as it relates to Quality Improvement, Patient-Centered Care, and Leadership in the Clinical Setting is required for successful completion of this course. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan in order to successfully complete the series.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing II

Course ID: PN161
Credits: 6


This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the Practical Nurse in a Family Health Clinic, Pediatric Clinical Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be introduced. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism and Nursing Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Practical Nursing II

Psychosocial Nursing

Course ID: PN192
Credits: 4


Prerequisite: Practical Nursing III

Course ID: PN197
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

English (Required Courses)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communications Elective (Choose One)

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Courses)

  • College Algebra
  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4


This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 12

Major and Core Credits: 50

Total Diploma Credits: 62

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