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Curriculum

Practical Nurse Curriculum

Three Semester Curriculum
Admits Spring & Fall Semesters / Day Only

Taken Prior To Admission

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

BIO 201 (Complete prior to program admission) 3 1   4 6
BIO 202 (Complete prior to program admission) 3 1   4 6
Term Total 6 2   8 12

 

First Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

MTH 116 Mathematical Applications or Higher Level 3     3 3
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 2 1 6 12
NUR 103 Health Assessment   1   1 3
NUR 104 Intro to Pharmacology 6 1   1 3
Term Total   4 1 11 21

 

Second Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

ENG 101 English 3     3 3
NUR 105 Adult Nursing 5 1 2 8 14
NUR 106 Maternal and Child Nursing 4   1 5 7
Term Total 12 1 3 16 24

 

Third Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

NUR 107 Adult / Child Nursing 5   3 8 14
NUR 108 Psychological Nursing 2   1 3 5
NUR 109 Role Transition for the Practical Nurse 2 1   3 5
Term Total 9 1 4 14 24

Program Totals
Credit Hours:   49 Hours
Contact Hours:  1296 Hours

Four Semester Curriculum
Admits Fall Semester / Day Only

*Prerequisite: BIO 103 or Satisfactory Performance on ACS approved placement exam.

First Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

MTH 116 Mathematical Applications or Higher Level 3     3 3
ENG 101 English 3     3 3
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology 3 1   4 6
NUR 104 Intro to Pharmacology   1   1 3
Term Total 9 2   11 15

 

Second Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 2 1 6 12
NUR 103 Health Assessment   1   1 3
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 3 1   4 6
Term Total 6 4 1 11 21

 

Third Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

NUR 105 Adult Nursing 5 1 2 8 14
NUR 108 Psychological Nursing 2   1 3 5
Term Total 7 1 3 11 19

 

Fourth Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

NUR 106 Maternal and Child Nursing 4   1 5 7
NUR 107 Adult / Child Nursing 5   3 8 14
NUR 109 Role Transition 2 1   3 5
Term Total 11 1 4 16 26

Program Totals
Credit Hours:   49 Hours
Contact Hours:  1296 Hours

Mobility LPN to Associate Degree Nurse Curriculum 

Prerequisite Courses:

  • MTH 100 or Higher Level Mathematical Applications (3 credit hours)
  • *BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • ENG 101 English Composition (3 credit hours)
  • **NUR 200 Nursing Career Mobility Assessment (6 credit hours) 

Total Prerequisites:  20 credit hours

Third Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

PSY 200 Psychology 3     3 3
BIO 220 Microbiology 2 2   4 6
NUR 201 Nursing Through the Lifespan 3   2 5 9

Term Total

8 2 2 12 18

 

Fourth Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

SPH 106, SPH 107, or SPH 116 Speech 3     3 3
PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 3     3 3
NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II 3   4 7 15

Term Total

9   4 13 21

 

Fifth Term

Course

Theory

Lab

Clinical

Credit

Contact

Humanities Elective 3     3 3
NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III 4   2 6 10
NUR 204 Role Transition for the Registered Nurse
(Preceptor 5:1)
2   1 3 7

Term Totals

9   2 12 20

Program Totals:

  • Total Credit Hours: 57
  • Total Contact Hours: 1320 (88x15)
  • General Education: 30
  • Nursing Hours: 27

*BIO 103 or Satisfactory Performance on ACS approved placement exam is a prerequisite for BIO 201 (4 credit hours)
**NUR 200 is required for those students who did not graduate from the Alabama College System standardized curriculum within the past two years.
**Only those student who did not graduate from our standardize curriculum will be given 15 non-traditional credit hours after completion of NUR 200.

 

NUR 101 Body Structure and Function
This course provides students with basic knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body.  Major content focuses on the interrelations among the organ systems and the relationship of each organ system to homeostasis.  Medical terminology is integrated throughout course content.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of body systems, their interrelationships and associated medical terminology.
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing
This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students learn concepts and theories basic to the art and science of nursing. The role of the nurse as a member of the healthcare team is emphasized. Students are introduced to the concepts of client needs, safety, communication, teaching/learning, critical thinking, ethical-legal, cultural diversity, nursing history, and the program's philosophy of nursing. Additionally, this course introduces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. Skills necessary for maintaining microbial, physical, and psychological safety are introduced along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. At the conclusion of this course students demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.
NUR 103 Health Assessment
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn and practice history taking and physical examination skills with individuals of all ages, with emphasis on the adult. The focus is on symptom analysis along with physical, psychosocial, and growth and development assessments. Students will be able to utilize critical thinking skills in identifying health alterations, formulating nursing diagnoses and documenting findings appropriate to nursing.
NUR 104 Introduction to Pharmacology
This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. This course introduces students to basic principles of pharmacology and the knowledge necessary to safely administer medication. Course content includes legal implications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, calculations of drug dosages, medication administration, and an overview of drug classifications. Students will be able to calculate and administer medications.
NUR 105 Adult Nursing
This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process.  Emphasis is placed on providing care to individuals undergoing surgery, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and common alterations in respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastro-intestinal, cardiovascular, endocrine, and integumentary systems.  Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts are integrated.
NUR 106 Maternal and Child Nursing
This course focuses on the role of the nurse in meeting the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and developmental needs of the maternal and child client. Course content includes antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care, complications of pregnancy, newborn care, human growth and development, pediatric care, and selected pediatric alterations. Nutrition, pharmacology, cultural diversity, use of technology, communication, anatomy and physiology review, medical terminology, critical thinking, and application of the nursing process are integrated throughout this course. Upon completion of this course students will be able to provide and manage care for maternal and pediatric clients in a variety of settings.
NUR 107 Adult/Child Nursing
This course provides students with opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the life span in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on providing care to individuals experiencing complex alterations in: sensory/perceptual reproductive, endocrine, genitourinary, neurological, immune, cardiovascular, and lower gastrointestinal systems. Additional instruction is provided for care for clients experiencing burns, cancer, and emergent conditions. Nutrition, pharmacology, therapeutic communication, community, cultural diversity, health promotion, error prevention, critical thinking, impacts on maternal and child clients are integrated throughout the course.
NUR 108 Psychosocial Nursing
This course is designed to provide an overview of psychosocial adaptation and coping concepts used when caring for clients with acute and chronic alterations in mental health in a variety of settings. Topics include therapeutic communication skills, normal and abnormal behaviors, treatment modalities, and developmental needs. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to assist clients in maintaining psychosocial integrity through the use of the nursing process.
NUR 109 Role Transition for the Practical Nurse
This course provides students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills necessary to transition from student to practicing nurse. Content includes a discussion of current issues in health care, practical nursing leadership and management, professional practice issues, and transition into the workplace. Emphasis is placed on NCLEX-PN test-taking skills, computer-assisted simulations and practice tests, development of a prescriptive plan for remediation, and review of selective content, specific to the practice of practical nursing.

 

LICENSURE AS A NURSE

Licensure is the process whereby a legal authority grants permission to a qualified individual to perform certain activities that are declared illegal to perform without a license.  The right to practice nursing is not an absolute or unqualified right.  It is a right that is certainly subject to the regulatory power of the state.  The state's interest is the protection of the public.  In Alabama, the Alabama board of Nursing is the agency authorized to grant the legal right to practice nursing to individuals who meet predetermined criteria.

The Alabama Board of Nursing is created by the nurse Practice Act (Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended, Section34-21-1 et seq).  The legislature has delegated to the Board the responsibility for determining eligibility for initial licensing and re-licensing, approval and supervision of nursing education programs, and enforcement of the law and rules that regulate nursing practice.  The Alabama Board of Nursing grants two types of nursing licenses: a license to practice professional nursing as a registered nurse (RN); and a license to practice practical nursing as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

In Alabama, licensure is mandatory in that an individual must obtain a license before practicing within the scope of practice for a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.  In addition, licensure is required to identify oneself as a nurse or to use the title of RN or LPN.

 

LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

To determine whether a candidate for licensure is competent to practice nursing safely and effectively, the Board administers the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN)

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR RN/LPN LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

Qualifications for licensure by examination include:

  • High school graduation or equivalent

  • Good moral charter

  • Successful completion of requirement for graduation from a Board approved registered nursing program (for RN licensure) or practical nursing program (for LPN licensure)

  • Not in violation of Code of Alabama, 1975,  Section 34-21-25, or Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code 610-x-8-01 and 610-x-8-05

While an applicant may meet the above qualification, final approval to take the licensure examination and become licensed in Alabama is subject to action by the Board of Nursing.

 

GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF LICENSE

Grounds for denial of a RN or LPN license by examination includes but are not limited to:

  • Conviction of a felony

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude or gross immorality

  • Conviction of a state or federal law relating to controlled substance( may be misdemeanor or felony)

  • Failure to show good moral charter as pertaining to nursing

  • Abuse of or addiction to alcohol or other chemicals

  • Mental incompetence

  • Unprofessional conduct

  • False representation of facts on application for licensure

(Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 34-21-25; Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code610-x-8-01; 610-x-8-05)

 

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