Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Associate Degree Nursing Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Year: 2015–2016

Semester 1

ADN121 Transition to Professional Nursing

2 credits—This course focuses on the associate degree nurse as transition occurs from the licensed practical nurse role to the registered nurse role. Major units in this course include an overview of ethical, legal and professional role/responsibilities of the registered nurse, history of nursing, nursing process and critical thinking, as well as an introduction to APA writing style and research.

Admission without conditions to the Associate Degree Nursing program for the current semester.

Lecture Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

ADN122 Advanced Nursing Skills

2 credits—This course provides supervised practice of advanced nursing skills in a laboratory setting. The student is assisted in gaining skill and accuracy through demonstration, supervised practice and evaluation

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Co-requisite(s): ADN123 Physical Assessment

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ADN531 Advanced Adult Health Nursing I.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

ADN123 Physical Assessment

2 credits—This course covers basic physical assessment with history taking and data collection, analysis and planning for care, nursing interventions and documentation.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program. This course begins the 3 year time limit for completion of the ADN curriculum. A minimum grade of C in BIO168.

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ADN122 Advanced Nursing Skills.

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ADN531 Advanced Adult Health Nursing I.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $1214.00

ADN281 Diet Management

1 credits—This course continues the study of food nutrients and body utilization for good health. There is emphasis on special diets, food exchanges, socio-economic and cultural implications of nutrition.

Lecture Hours: 16

Prerequisite(s): Admission without conditions to the Associate Degree Nursing program.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

ADN531 Advanced Adult Health Nursing I

6 credits—This course is a study of the concepts of health and illness and of the nursing process in providing comprehensive nursing care for adults requiring advanced medical and surgical care. The content includes a review of shock, stress, immunity, fluid, electrolyte, acid base, eye, ear, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive and musculoskeletal disorders. Clinical experiences are provided in selected acute care settings.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ADN122, ADN123, and ADN315.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $957.00

BIO163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology -OR-

4 credits—An introduction to the principles of human anatomy and physiology beginning with the cellular/biochemical level of organization and progressing through a comprehensive study of organ systems emphasizing homeostasis. This is a one-term transfer level class designed for students entering allied health fields or biological sciences. (To be applicable to any health career program, successful completion with a grade of "C" or better is required.) Each student must enroll for one laboratory section.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I -AND-

4 credits—The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions. To be applicable to any health career program, successful completion of both BIO-168 and BIO-173 with a grade of ?C? or better is required.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab

4 credits—The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in BIO168.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

Semester 2

ADN331 Issues in Nursing Management

2 credits—This course focuses on the study and application of the managerial and leadership aspects of professional nursing, including leadership styles, delegation, budgeting, group process, supervision, and evaluation. Preparation for the licensing exam is also included.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): All first semester ADN nursing courses (with the exception of ADN281), ADN121, ADN122, ADN123, ADN531.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

ADN410 Advanced Nursing in OB and PEDS

5 credits—This course provides comprehensive care for childbearing and pediatric clients in wellness and illness with special emphasis on health interruptions and variations and the nursing process needed to meet these variations. Clinical experiences are provided in selective acute care and community settings.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Valid Iowa LPN license. A minimum grade of C in ADN122, ADN123, ADN315, and ADN531.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

ADN532 Advanced Adult Health Nursing II

6 credits—This course is a continuation of Advanced Adult Health Nursing I. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process in providing comprehensive care of the complex medical-surgical adult patient. The content includes cardiac, peripheral vascular, digestive, hematologic, oncologic, urinary and neurologic disorders. Clinical experiences are provided in acute care and community settings. Selected experience in the nurse manager role is included.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): Valid Iowa LPN license. A minimum grade of C in ADN122, ADN123, ADN315, and ADN531.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $957.00

BIO185 Microbiology w/Lab

3 credits—This lecture-laboratory course emphasizes a survey of general topics needed by students entering careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring a background in microbiology. The course covers aspects of microbial function, nutrition and growth, metabolism, energy procurement, medical genetics, genetic engineering, control using physical and chemical agents, host-parasitic relationships as well as beneficial roles of microorganisms. Coordinated laboratory exercises enhance and support the lecture topics.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

Semester 3

ADN477 Psychiatric Nursing

5 credits—This course focuses on the study and application of modern concepts of psychiatric nursing and effective interactions with people. The student will respond therapeutically to clients with maladaptive behaviors through utilization of the nursing process by applying the principles of mental health and psychiatric nursing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Valid Iowa LPN license. A minimum grade of C in ADN123 and ADN315.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
319-296-4457
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