Nursing Course Descriptions
Fundamentals of Nursing: This course is aimed at equipping the new nursing student in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. The course begins with nursing history and a survey health care past and present. It progresses to cover aspects of direct patient care and individual nursing skills. Topics of patient’s nutritional needs are addressed at length as well as the end of life needs of the adult patient. Course emphasis will be on application of the nursing process while caring for an adult, the practical nurses professional responsibilities and limitation in the varied healthcare settings. The development of study skills is aimed at enabling the student to be successful in this course and those that follow. The clinical component will consist of direct patient care in the geriatric setting. 295 clock hours
Anatomy and Physiology: This course provides the student with an introductory study of the structure and function of the human body. This course enables the student to obtain an understanding of the human body in relation to health care. It is interactive and hands on. 90 clock hours
Medical-Surgical Nursing: This course covers the illness continuum of the adult client in a medical surgical setting. Course material will emphasize the nursing role in patient care using the nursing process as well as an awareness of the physiological, psychosocial, safety and comfort needs of clients an emphasis on adult disease, illness and injury diagnostic methods, pathophysiology, treatment and pharmacological management will be presented. Patient education needs covering health promotion and maintenance are integrated into the course content. Course emphasis will be on application of the nursing process while caring for an adult, the practical nurses professional responsibilities and limitation in this setting. The further development of study skills will enable the student to be successful on their NCLEX PN exam and progress on to higher levels of study if desired. The clinical component will be addressed in various clinical rotations the final semester of study. 230 clock hours
Maternal Child Health: This course is an integration of growth and development, obstetrics and pediatrics. It begins with an exploration of the physical, social and developmental changes occurring infancy through adolescence. It will transition into understanding the physical, psychosocial and behavioral changes of the expectant mother and family. Normal and abnormal processes of pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care of the mother and child will be explored. The third section of the course will be dedicated to the wellness and illness continuums of childhood (infant through adolescents). It will include the description, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, illness, and injuries in the pediatric setting. Course content will explore the practical nurse’s role as a member of the maternal child health care team in its varied settings. Course emphasis will be on application of the nursing process, the practical nurse’s professional responsibilities and limitations, and the further development of study skills to enable the student to progress on to higher levels of study. The clinical component will be addressed in various clinical rotations. 120 clock hours
Pharmacology: This course takes a systems approach to the study of medications used in the treatment of patients. Calculating dosage, safe medication administration and nursing implications are part of the course content. Course emphasis will be on application of the nursing process, the practical nurses professional responsibilities and limitations in regards to medication administration, and the further development of study skills to enable the student to progress on to higher levels of study. The clinical component will be addressed within various clinical rotation the final semester of study. They include but are not limited to medication administration during lab simulation and under the direct supervision of an instructor in the varied clinical settings. 80 clock hours
Mental Health Nursing: This course teaches theories of personality development and therapeutic communication. Psychiatric disorders and the s role in the treatment plan are discussed. This course is introductory in nature and utilizes several community mental health speakers. 30 clock hours.
****Additionally the student is required to participate in 45 minutes a day of structured study &/or lab practice time. This time must be taken at the school with a formal sign in and out with the staff.
Comprehensive Review: At the end of regularly scheduled courses, time is allotted to allow the student to start with review for the NCLEX PN exam. Computer assisted programs, as well as faculty, are available during this time. This is a mandatory component of the course. Additionally a review class is offered by an outside entity. 20 hours.
Clinical Rotation: Clinical rotations are done at a variety of locations and settings. This design allows the nursing student to experience and apply the nursing process in a variety of settings reflective of the practice settings available to the LPN. All clinical rotations requiring a comprehensive patient evaluation & care are under the direct supervision of the RN BOCESunit R.N. Student limitations during preceptor ship rotation are defined by the individual facility/BOCES agreements and may vary. All preceptor rotations are under the direction of the Nursing Coordinator. Clinical grades use a 1-4 rubrics. 295 hours acute and 40 geriatric.
***STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.