Nursing (LPN and RN) Curriculum Guides and Course Descriptions

Licensed Practical Nurse

The Practical Nursing (PN) program is a one-year certificate program focused on completion of the Practical Nurse curriculum. The 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 is required for acceptance into the LPN program.

Required Licensed Practical Nurse Courses

course code course title credit hours
NSPN-101 KSPN Foundations of Nursing 4
NSPN-106 KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical 1
NSPN-121 KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I 4
NSPN-126 KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical 2
NSPN-131 KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration 2
NSPN-141 KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II 4
NSPN-146 KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical 2
NSPN-151 KSPN Maternal Child Nursing  2
NSPN-156 KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical 1
NSPN-161 KSPN Care of Aging Adults 2
NSPN-171 KSPN Mental Health Nursing 2
NSPN-180 KSPN Leadership, Roles and Issues 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.

  • Kansas LPN license, or multi-state LPN license recognized by the state of Kansas, or a Kansas Paramedic license is required for acceptance into 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.
  • An active Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate is not required for incoming paramedics accepted into the Registered Nurse Program, but is highly recommended.

RN Program Coursework

  • See prerequisites listed above.
  • BIOL-204 Microbiology taken within the last five years.
  • 15 LPN credit hours will be awarded toward the RN Associate Degree.
course code course title credit hrs
NSRN-200     Bridge Course 1
NSRN-205 Health Assessment 2
NSRN-222 Maternal Child Nursing II 3
NSRN-224 Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical 1
NSRN-235 Advanced Nursing I 4
NSRN-237 Advanced Nursing I Clinical 2
NSRN-241 Mental Health Nursing II 3
NSRN-246 Advanced Nursing II 4
NSRN-248 Advanced Nursing II Clinical 2
NSRN-260 Leadership and Management in Nursing 2
NSRN-250 NCLEX-RN Review Course 2

Course Descriptions

NSPN-101.  KSPN Foundations of Nursing. 4 Hours. This course provides an introduction to practical nursing and roles of the practical nurse as well as profession- and client-related care concepts. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. The theoretical foundation for basic data collection and nursing skills are presented and an introduction to the nursing process provides the student with a framework for decision making. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisite: KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Students must be successful in both KSPN Foundations of Nursing and KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-106.  KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical. 1 Hour. This course provides an introduction to the skills required to practice nursing. The theoretical foundation for basic data collection and nursing skills are presented and the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a clinical laboratory setting. Students are also given the opportunity to apply the nursing process to client-related situations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisite: KSPN Foundations of Nursing. Students must be successful in both KSPN Foundations of Nursing and KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-121.  KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I.  4 Hours. This course focuses on the care of adult clients experiencing common medical/surgical health alterations with predictable outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with alterations in cardiac output and tissue perfusion, oxygenation, regulation and metabolism, and integument. Principles of pre-and post-operative care and IV therapy are also addressed. Prerequisites: KSPN Foundations of Nursing and KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Corequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical. Students must be successful in both KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-126.  KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical.  2 Hours. This course focuses on the care of adult clients with common medical/surgical health alterations. The clinical laboratory experience gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts from Nursing Care of Adults I and implement safe client care in selected settings.  Prerequisite: KSPN Foundations of Nursing and KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Corequisites: KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical. Students must be successful in both KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-131.  KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration.  2 Hours. This course provides an introduction to the principles of pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on nursing care related to the safe calculation and administration of medications to clients across the life span. Prerequisites: KSPN Foundations of Nursing and KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical. Corequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical. Students must be successful in KSPN Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Safe Medication Administration in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-141.  KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II. 4 Hours. This course focuses on the care of adult clients experiencing common medical/surgical health alterations with predictable outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with alterations in cognition and sensation, mobility, elimination, immunity and hematology, and reproduction. Principles related to emergency preparedness are also addressed.  Prerequisite: KSPN Mental Health Nursing. Corequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical. Students must be successful in both KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-146.  KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical.  2 Hours. This course focuses on the care of adult clients with common medical/surgical health problems. The clinical laboratory experience gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts from Nursing Care of Adults I and II and implement safe client care in selected settings. Students are also given the opportunity to practice leadership skills while managing a caseload of clients.  Prerequisite: KSPN Mental Health Nursing. Corequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II. Students must be successful in both KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-151.  KSPN Maternal Child Nursing.  2 Hours. This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of childbearing women, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on care of the pregnant woman and newborn, normal growth and development, and common pediatric disorders.  Prerequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical. Corequisite: KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical. Students must be successful in both KSPN Maternal Child Nursing and KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-156.  KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical. 1 Hour. This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of childbearing women, newborns, and children. Students observe the uncomplicated birth process and practice postpartum care as well as care of the newborn in the clinical laboratory setting. Common pediatric diseases and the growth and development process is the focus of child-related clinical laboratory experiences.  Prerequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults I Clinical. Corequisite: KSPN Maternal Child Nursing. Students must be successful in both KSPN Maternal Child Nursing and KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-161.  KSPN Care of Aging Adults.  2 Hours. This course is designed to explore issues related to aging adults. Course content addresses the impact of ageism, alterations in physiological and psychosocial functioning, and the role of the practical nurse in caring for older adult clients across a continuum of care.  Prerequisite: KSPN Maternal Child Nursing and KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical. Corequisites: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical. Students must be successful in KSPN Care of Aging Adults in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-171.  KSPN 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 client with a mental health disorder.
Prerequisite: KSPN Care of Aging Adults. Corequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical. Students must be successful in KSPN Mental Health Nursing in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSPN-180.  KSPN Leadership, Roles, and Issues. 2 Hours.  This course provides orientation to leadership roles of the LPN and related responsibilities. It also introduces issues to students that they will encounter in the workplace.  Prerequisite: KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II and KSPN Nursing Care of Adults II Clinical. Corequisite: None. Students must be successful in KSPN Leadership, Roles, and Issues 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: Health Assessment. Students must be successful in the Bridge Course in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-205.  Health Assessment.  2 Hours.  This course will focus on developing and demonstrating the applicable skills to complete a comprehensive health history and physical assessment of the adult client. Significance of normal and abnormal findings is emphasized.  Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Nursing Program. Corequisite: Bridge Course. Students must be successful in the Health Assessment course 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: Health Assessment. 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-224.  Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. 1 Hour.  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: Health Assessment. 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-235.  Advanced Nursing I.  4 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. The student is expected to integrate knowledge gained from previous learning experiences and apply safe and effective care for clients with select advanced medical and surgical problems. The role of the registered nurse in evidence-based nursing practice is emphasized throughout.  Prerequisites:  Maternal Child Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing II Clinical. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing I Clinical. Students must be successful in both Advanced Nursing I and Advanced Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-237.  Advanced Nursing I Clinical.  2 hours.  This course builds on previous concepts of medical surgical care to adult clients and focuses on complex diseases of adults in acute and critical care settings. Advanced Nursing I Clinical is an experiential learning practicum of Advanced Nursing I. Emphasis is on providing advanced therapeutic nursing care for adult medical surgical clients. 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 I. Students must be successful in both Advanced Nursing I and Advanced Nursing I Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-241.  Mental Health Nursing II.  3 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. Prerequisites: Advanced Nursing I and Advanced Nursing I Clinical. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in Mental Health Nursing II in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-246.  Advanced Nursing II.  4 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. The student is expected to integrate knowledge gained from previous learning experiences and apply safe and effective care for clients with select advanced medical and surgical problems. The role of the registered nurse in evidence-based nursing practice is emphasized throughout.  Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing II. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing II Clinical. Students must be successful in both Advanced Nursing II and Advanced Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN-248.  Advanced Nursing II Clinical.  2 Hours.  This course builds on previous concepts of medical surgical care to adult clients and focuses on complex diseases of adults in acute and critical care settings. Advanced Nursing II Clinical is an experiential learning practicum of Advanced Nursing II. Emphasis is on providing collaborative management of clients with complex health care needs.  The course is designed to prepare the student for a leadership role as a critical care team member that serves to restore adult health.  Prerequisite: Mental Health Nursing II. Corequisite: Advanced Nursing II. Students must be successful in both Advanced Nursing II and Advanced Nursing II Clinical in order to progress in the Nursing Program.

NSRN 250.  NCLEX-RN Review Course. 2 Hours. 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 II and Advanced Nursing II 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-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 II and Advanced Nursing II Clinical. Corequisite: NCLEX-RN Review Course. Students must be successful in Leadership & Management in Nursing in order to progress in the Nursing Program.