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Practical Nurse

Course Descriptions
DATC Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2017, Required Hours: 900)

NRSG 0000 - Practical Nursing General Education Courses 0 Hours
Completion of this course recognizes the general education requirements have been met for graduation from Practical Nursing. The following general education courses are available from a college or university with regional accreditation.  
NRSG 1005 - Orientation to Practical Nursing 60 Hours
This course is designed to prepare students entering the DATC Practical Nurse Program for clinical rotations within the community. Students will be introduced to the DATC Philosophy of Nursing, which is based on QSEN Competencies. Professionalism, scope of practice, and the nursing process will be emphasized. Clinical preparation will include completion of immunization requirements and current CPR certification, review of program policies and procedures, and demonstration of competence in dosage calculations and medical terminology. This course should be taken the semester immediately prior to N1027 Principles of Nursing Across the Lifespan.  
NRSG 1025 - Nursing Care of Diverse Populations 60 Hours
This course introduces students to caring for patients and families from a variety of diverse populations. Emphasis will be given to developing culturally and ethically competent nursing care. Principles of therapeutic communication will be presented. An introduction to caring for patients with common mental health disorders in a variety of healthcare settings will also be included.  
NRSG 1026 - Fundamentals of Nursing Care Practice 120 Hours
Patient-centered care will be emphasized as students learn basic nursing skills associated with the care of patients with medical and surgical conditions. Patient safety will be emphasized as students learn the administration of medications. The students will practice in a simulated-lab setting and pass off these skills before applying them in the clinical rotation associated with the Principle of Nursing Across the Lifespan course.  
NRSG 1027 - Principles of Nursing Across the Lifespan 270 Hours
Developmental concepts throughout the lifespan are the framework for this course. Beginning with genetics, all aspects of growth and development from fetal development to geriatrics are examined. Childhood growth and development will emphasize safety principles and care during hospitalization. Young adult growth and development will include a discussion on human sexuality. Adult growth and development will include perinatal nursing and the care of women, infants, and families during the childbearing process. Geriatric growth and development will focus on the aging population and the many life and health adjustments associated with this period of life. This is both a didactic and clinical course where the concepts learned in the other foundational courses will be applied in clinical settings and simulated labs.  
NRSG 1028 - Patient Focused Care 300 Hours
This course builds upon principles of nursing presented in first semester foundational courses. Utilizing evidence-based research, students will learn medical and surgical practices as they apply to both adult and pediatric patients. This didactic and clinical course is designed to provide experience in caring for patients in acute-care settings. Student will use the nursing process to assess, plan, and evaluate their nursing interventions.  
NRSG 1029 - Pharmacological Nursing Care 90 Hours
This course will continue to focus on the safe administration of medications, including dosage calculations. Categories of pharmacological agents will provide the framework of organization for this course. Information regarding desired effects, side effects, contraindications, patient education, methods of administration, and the effects of age on reactions to medications will be included. Nursing responsibilities associated with the administration of pharmacological agents will also be emphasized.