Curriculum

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Associate Degree in Nursing | Learning Competencies

Prerequisite courses must be in progress or completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students are encouraged to contact the Nursing program advisor for scheduling sequence.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Prerequisite

  Course Title Credits
GenEd: CS COLS 1000® Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
  ZOO 2010^ Anatomy and Physiology I 4
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition  3
GenEd: QR MATH 1400+ -OR HIGHER- College Algebra 3
      Prerequisite Credits 13

Program

  Course Title Credits
  NURS 1100* Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion 5
  NURS 1115* Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion:Clinical One 5
  ZOO 2020*^ Anatomy and Physiology II 4
      Semester Credits 14
  Course Title Credits
  NURS 1200* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Chronic Illness 5
  NURS 1215* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Chronic Illness:Clinical Two 5
  PSYC 1000* General Psychology 3
  MICR 2240* Medical Microbiology 4
      Semester Credits 17
  Course Title Credits
  NURS 1980* Practical Nursing Role Exploration 2
      Semester Credits 2
  Course Title Credits
  NURS 2300* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness 5
  NURS 2315* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness: Clinical Three 5
GenEd: CV CO/M 2010* Public Speaking  3
      Semester Credits 13
  Course Title Credits
  NURS 2400* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness 5
  NURS 2415* Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness: Clinical Four 5
 GenEd: WY POLS 1000* -OR- American and Wyoming Government 3
 GenEd: WY HIST 1211* -OR- U.S. to 1865 3
 GenEd: WY HIST 1221* -OR-  U.S. from 1865
 GenEd: WY ECON 1200*  Economics, Law, and Government
      Semester Credits 13

Total Credits: 70
With Optional PN Course: 72

* This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+ If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

® See page 37 of the catalog for exceptions to the COLS 1000 course requirement. Any approved college seminar course will satisfy this requirement.

^ Program Comments

Additional Program Prerequisites –
 TEAS Entrance Exam with a passing score at the National Mean. (within the last three years).
All students admitted to the nursing program are expected to carry their own personal health insurance.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Acceptance into the program is conditional based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screen. Instructions for completion will be provided once a student is accepted into the program.

Students will also be subject to random and for cause drug screening throughout the program. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in a clinical assignment and will result in dismissal from the program.

Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation. See School Policy at lccc.wy.edu/academics/divisions/HSW.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.


Learning Competencies

Upon graduation the ADN student will have met the program goals to be able to:

  • Provide care for patients as dynamic biopsychosocial spiritual individuals striving to meet human needs of oxygenation-circulation, nutrition-metabolic, sensory-security, and self-concept.
  • Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, physical and behavioral sciences to augment nursing theory as a basis for critical thinking in evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Utilize the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the care to promote patient's optimal health considering cultural/diversity needs and growth and developmental tasks
  • Operationalize the role of the associate degree nurse utilizing the nursing core components: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care.
  • Assume responsibility for life-long learning (scholarship) and self-development including evidence based practice, technology, and informatics
  • Function in self directed roles within the nursing process framework to meet individual needs of a patient and family or a group of patients.
  • Implement the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve quality and safety of the heath care systems in which they work.
  • Utilize informatics by using information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.