Nursing (LPN and RN) Curriculum Guides and Course Descriptions

Licensed Practical Nurse

The Licensed Practical Nurse program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level nursing positions with various health care organizations, including doctor's offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. The program is designed to allow completion of the NCLEX-PN Examination and preparation to continue in the Registered Nurse associate degree program with the option to transfer to BSN programs at area universities.

Required Licensed Practical Nurse Prerequisite Courses

course code course title credit hours
BIOL-203 Anatomy & Physiology
*taken within the last five years
5*
PSYC-101 General Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Developmental Psychology 3
MATH-102 Intermediate Algebra or
higher level math course
3
ENGL-101 English Composition I 3
SPCH-111 Public Speaking 3

An active Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate.

Required Licensed Practical Nurse Courses

course code course title credit hours
NSPN-100 Foundations of Nursing 4
NSPN-105 Foundations of Nursing Clinical 1
NSPN-120 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
NSPN-125 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
NSPN-130 Nursing Pharmacology 3
NSPN-140 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
NSPN-145 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 2
NSPN-150 Maternal Child Nursing I 2
NSPN-155 Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical 1
NSPN-160 Gerontology Nursing 2
NSPN-170 Mental Health Nursing 2

Registered Nurse

The Registered Nurse program is a two-year associate degree program focused on completion of the Registered Nurse curriculum. The program prepares graduates for entry level nursing positions with various health care organizations, including doctor offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. The program is designed to allow completion of the NCLEX-RN Examination and the Associate of Applied Science degree with the option to transfer to BSN programs at area universities.

  • Completion of a Practical Nursing Program, or National Standard EMT-P Curriculum is required. Students must be a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Paramedic to apply for the RN program.
  • LPN's from out-of-state may be required to take additional course work to meet Kansas standardized curriculum requirements prior to admission into the RN program.

RN Program Coursework

  • See prerequisites listed above.
  • Active Kansas LPN License or Kansas Paramedic License is required.
course code course title credit hrs
NSRN-200     Bridge Course 1
NSRN-212 Mental Health Nursing II 2
NSRN-222 Maternal Child Nursing II 3
NSRN-227 Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical 2
NSRN-230 NCLEX-RN Review Course 1
NSRN-242 Advanced Nursing 6
NSRN-245 Advanced Nursing Clinical 3
NSRN-260 Leadership and Management in Nursing 2
     
ADN General Education Corequisite Course
BIOL-204 Microbiology 
*taken within the last five years
5

Course Descriptions

NSPN-100. Foundations of Nursing. 4 Hours. This course utilizes the nursing standards of practice based on principles of biology, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural to meet the needs of clients throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on basic nursing skills, patient safety and therapeutic communication. Concepts and skills are enhanced in subsequent courses. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisites: Foundations of Nursing Clinical and Nursing Pharmacology. Students must be successful in both Foundations of Nursing and Foundations of Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-105. Foundations of Nursing Clinical. 1 Hour. This course explores the art and science of nursing in this clinical course. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, cultural and spiritual awareness, communication, data collection, performance of basic nursing skills, and documentation. Principles of safe medication administration are introduced. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Nursing Pharmacology. Students must be successful in both Foundations of Nursing and Foundations of Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-120. Medical Surgical Nursing I. 4 Hours. This course focuses on the effect of disorders of selected systems throughout the lifespan and applies the nursing process in meeting basic needs. Health promotion and maintenance, rehabilitation and continuity of care are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse is incorporated throughout. Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Corequisites: Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical and Nursing Pharmacology. Students must be successful in both Medical Surgical Nursing I and Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-125. Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical. 2 Hours. Simulated and actual care of selected clients throughout the life-span; utilizing acute and long-term care settings. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills. Prerequisites: Foundations of Nursing and Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Corequisites: Medical Surgical Nursing I and Nursing Pharmacology. Students must be successful in both Medical Surgical Nursing I and Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-130. Nursing Pharmacology. 3 Hours. This course introduces the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, and the effects of selected medications on the human body. The nursing process is used as the framework for ensuring safe and effective nursing care for clients across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisites: Foundations of Nursing, Foundations of Nursing Clinical, Medical Surgical Nursing I, and Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical. Students must be successful in Nursing Pharmacology in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-140. Medical Surgical Nursing II. 4 Hours. This course focuses on the effect of disorders of selected systems throughout the lifespan using the nursing process in meeting basic needs. Prevention, rehabilitation and continuity of care are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse is incorporated throughout. Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing. Corequisite: Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in both Medical Surgical Nursing II and Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-145. Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical. 2 Hours. This experience uses simulated and actual care situations of selected systems throughout the lifespan, utilizing acute and long-term care settings. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and clinical decision-making skill development. Principles of leadership for the practical nurse will be implemented, as well as multi-task management skills for transition as a practical nurse. Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing. Corequisite: Medical Surgical Nursing II. Students must be successful in both Medical Surgical Nursing II and Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-150. Maternal Child Nursing I. 2 Hours. This course focuses on pre- and post-natal maternal nursing care, as well as, the care of children from infancy to adolescence. Emphasis is given to normal reproduction and frequently occurring biological, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the child-bearing and child-rearing family. Prerequisites: Nursing Pharmacology, Medical Surgical Nursing I, and Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical.  Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical. Students must be successful in both Maternal Child Nursing I and Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-155. Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical. 1 Hour. This clinical course applies concepts learned in Maternal Child Nursing. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process and meeting the basic needs of the maternal child client. Prerequisites: Nursing Pharmacology, Medical Surgical Nursing I, and Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical. Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing I. Students must be successful in both Maternal Child Nursing I and Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-160. Gerontology Nursing. 2 Hours. This course is designed to explore issues related to the aging adult using the nursing process as the organizing framework. Also discussed are the impact of ageism, alterations in physiological and psycho-social functioning, and the role of the practical nurse in caring for older adult clients. Prerequisites: Maternal Child Nursing I and Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical. Corequisite: Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in Gerontology Nursing in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-170. Mental Health Nursing. 2 Hours. This course explores basic concepts and trends in mental health nursing. Therapeutic modalities and client behavior management are discussed. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process and meeting the basic human needs of the mental health client. Prerequisite: Gerontology Nursing. Corequisite: Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in Mental Health Nursing in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-200. Bridge Course. 1 Hour. This course is required for all Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) and Paramedics matriculating into the Coffeyville Community College ADN Registered Nursing (RN) program. Emphasis is focused on the change in role, responsibility, and accountability when moving to an RN scope of practice. Critical thinking, math review, nursing process, essential nursing concepts, and Intravenous Therapy Skills, therapeutic uses, and complications will serve to bridge the transition, and prepare the student to enter third semester RN coursework Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in the Bridge Course in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-212. Mental Health Nursing II. 2 Hours. This course explores complex concepts in mental health nursing and focuses on providing specialized care to mental health clients in crisis. The nursing process will be applied with emphasis on critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective communication and interpersonal skills. Prerequisite: Bridge Course. Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in Mental Health Nursing II in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-222. Maternal Child Nursing II. 3 Hours. This course introduces the student to a greater depth and breadth of understanding Maternal Child Nursing. As a continuation of Maternal Child Nursing I and Maternal Child Nursing I Clinical, this course expands on previous concepts of care and delves into high-risk maternity, newborn, and pediatric nursing care. Emphasis is on advanced therapeutic nursing care for maternal child, pediatric, and adolescent patients. Maternal Child Nursing II prepares the student to become a member of a specialized maternal child and pediatric team that serves this specific population to promote, maintain, and restore health. Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing II. Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in both Maternal Child Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-227. Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. 2 Hours.  This course introduces the student to a greater depth and breadth of understanding of Maternal Child Nursing. Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical is an experiential learning practicum of Maternal Child Nursing II. Emphasis is on providing advanced therapeutic nursing care for maternal child, pediatric, and adolescent patients. Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical prepares the student clinically to become a specialized maternal child and pediatric team member that serves this specific population to promote, maintain, and restore health. Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing II. Corequisite: Maternal Child Nursing II. Students must be successful in both Maternal Child Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN 230.NCLEX-RN Review Course. 1 Hour. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the latest National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) test plan for the RN graduate. The course will review all body systems as well as test-taking strategies, study skills, and stress management techniques. Prerequisites: Advanced Nursing and Advanced Nursing Clinical. Corequisite: Leadership & Management in Nursing. Students must be successful in the NCLEX-RN Review Course in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-242. Advanced Nursing. 6 Hours. This course builds on previous concepts of medical surgical care to adult patients and focuses on complex diseases of adults in acute and critical care settings. Emphasis is on providing specialized acute and critical care through advanced therapeutic nursing care for problems of oxygenation, renal functioning, regulatory endocrine mechanisms, shock, burns, multiple organ dysfunction, and emergency and disaster nursing to restore adult health. Prerequisites: Maternal Child Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing Clinical. Students must be successful in both Advanced Nursing and Advanced Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-245. Advanced Nursing Clinical. 3 Hours. This course builds on previous concepts of medical surgical care to adult patients and focuses on complex diseases of adults in acute and critical care settings. Advanced Nursing Clinical is an experiential learning practicum of Advanced Nursing. Emphasis is on providing advanced therapeutic nursing care for problems of oxygenation, renal functioning, regulatory endocrine mechanisms, shock, burns, multiple organ dysfunction, and emergency and disaster nursing to restore adult health. The course is designed to prepare the student clinically to become a critical care team member that serves to restore adult health. Prerequisites: Maternal Child Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing. Students must be successful in Advanced Nursing and Advanced Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-260. Leadership & Management in Nursing.  2 Hours. This course is a leadership course for the Registered Nurse program. Emphasis is on current issues, trends, and principles of health care leadership and management. An assigned project will serve to directly engage the student in professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: Advanced Nursing and Advanced Nursing Clinical. Corequisite: NCLEX-RN Review Course. Students must be successful in Leadership & Management in Nursing in order to progress in the Nursing Program.