Curriculum

Program

Program of Study

Trinity Health System School of Nursing is a hospital-based Diploma School of Nursing offering a 2-year nursing-focused curriculum. Concepts from the biological, behavioral, and social sciences provide the knowledge base for the nursing courses.

The School of Nursing disclaims any responsibility arising from Acts of God, labor disputes, etc., which are beyond the direct control of the School administration and resulting in the School’s inability to comply with its normal projected academic calendar. Nor is the School responsible for continuing its program under such circumstances by providing the student with alternate experiences (practical and/or didactic) at other institutions.

Program of Study

Curriculum

Curriculum Plan

Fall

Fall Semester (15 Weeks)

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N200  Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 9 90 75 60
*BIO112  Anatomy/Physiology 4 45 0 45
Totals 13 135 75 105

Spring

Spring Semester (15 Weeks)

♦ Entry Point for LPN to RN Advanced Placement

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N201 Nursing Care of the Adult I 10 105 120 15
*BIO203 Principles of Microbiology 4 45 0 30
Totals 14 150 120 45

Summer

Summer Semester (9 Weeks)

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N202 Nursing Care of the Adult II 7 60 127 8
*PSY101 General Psychology 3 45 0 0
Totals 10 105 127 8

Fall

Fall Semester (15 Weeks)

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N203 Maternal – Child Nursing 9 90 125 10
*PSY205 Human Growth and Development 3 45 0 0
Totals 12 135 125 10

Spring

Spring Semester (15 Weeks)

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N204 Nursing Care of the Patient in Crisis 9 90 125 10
*SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 45 0 0
Totals 12 135 125 10

Summer

Summer Semester (9 Weeks)

Course Credits Hours
Theory Clinical Lab
N205 Transition to Professional Practice 6 45 132 3
Totals 6 45 132 3

Notes

THSSON Courses

  • 15 lecture hours = 1 credit
  • 45 clinical/lab hours = 1 credit

*EGCC Courses

  • Lecture Courses: 15 contact hours = 1 credit hour
  • Science Labs (BIO203): 30 contact hours = 1 credit hour
  • Practicum (BIO112) and Clinical Courses: 45 contact hours = 1 credit hour

The term “credit” assigned to nursing courses is for grading and/or financial purposes only.

Nursing

Nursing Sciences

Nursing Sciences

N200 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
9 Credits

This course is designed as a foundation for nursing practice. Didactic and clinical emphasis is placed on basic nursing concepts, assessment, principles, and skills relative to the maintenance of the homeostatic balance of the adult patient. Introduction of basic concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, mathematics, and nutrition is essential for comprehension and treatment of alterations in organ and system function. Communication, health team, community, nursing process, scientific base for nursing practice, patient/client and family, health teaching, and legal and ethical standards are unifying concepts of learning that serve as the cornerstone for this foundational course. This course consists of 90 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

N202 Nursing Care of the Adult II
7 Credits

Through concurrent didactic and clinical/laboratory activities, this course continues to prepare the student to provide patient-centered care of the adult medical-surgical patient experiencing acute or chronic alterations in health. This course integrates concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences, diet therapy, pharmacology, advanced mathematical concepts, along with preventative and rehabilitative health care across the health-illness continuum. Selected topics of study include nursing care related to sensory, reproductive, hepatic, integumentary, mobility, and gastrointestinal disorders. This course consists of 60 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

N204 Nursing Care of the Patient in Crisis
9 Credits

This course prepares the student to meet the comprehensive needs of patients/clients, and families in crisis. Course content focuses on the application of the nursing process to individuals with acute physical/mental health disorders as well as long-term management/rehabilitation. Body system crises are blended with mental health concepts to provide a comprehensive view of patient/client/family needs. Pharmacologic concepts are detailed with specific nursing implications for delivery and patient teaching. Clinical experiences are selected to enhance mastery of psychomotor skills, critical thinking, and collaboration necessary to provide holistic care of the patient/client in crisis. The course consists of 90 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

N201 Nursing Care of the Adult I
10 Credits

Through concurrent classroom and clinical/laboratory activities, this course prepares the student to provide patient-centered care of the adult medical-surgical patient experiencing acute or chronic alterations in health. This course integrates concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences, diet therapy, pharmacology, advanced mathematical concepts, along with preventative and rehabilitative health care across the health-illness continuum. Selected topics of study include nursing care related to neurological, cardiac, respiratory, endocrine, renal, neoplastic, hematological, and peripheral vascular disorders and issues related to patients undergoing surgical procedures. This course consists of 105 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

N203 Maternal-Child Nursing
9 Credits

This course utilizes a family-centered approach to prepare the student to provide nursing care to the childbearing family and the pediatric patient/family. Utilization of the nursing process is stressed with emphasis on the child bearing family, common childhood illnesses and the resultant nursing diagnosis as they impact the health and well being of the childbearing family and pediatric patient/family. This course builds upon and enhances selected content from the natural and behavioral sciences, pharmacology, preventative health care, nutrition and communicable diseases as they relate to the childbearing family and the pediatric patient/family. This course consists of 90 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

N205 Transition to Professional Practice
6 Credits

This course assists the students to synthesize acquired knowledge and skills for transition to the professional practice of nursing. Didactic and clinical components of the course focus on leadership roles and management functions in provision of quality nursing care. Concepts of leadership and management are applied through preceptorships with professional nurses in a variety of select practice learning environments. Preparation for the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is augmented through classroom seminars, review sessions, and computerized examinations. This course consists of 45 theory and 135 combined clinical and laboratory hours.

Sciences

Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences

Social Sciences

BIO112 Anatomy/Physiology
4 Credits

This course focuses on the normal structure and function of human cells, tissues, and body systems. It is designed to meet the needs of those students majoring in nursing. Theory content is amplified in related laboratory activities.

Theory 3 hours – Lab 3 hours

PSY101 General Psychology
3 Credits

This introductory course in psychology covers the foundations of human consciousness, senses, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, development, and psychological disorders/treatment. As a survey course specific emphasis is placed on a detailed presentation of many of the noted historical and contemporary figures who have shaped this field of study. In addition, students will be exposed to the experimental method and other research methods used by psychologists. Course may require participation in outside classroom activities/events that relate to the course outcomes.

Theory 3 hours

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific study of human group behavior. In so doing, it addresses the methods of scientific research, the nature and functioning of culture and society, the impact of the social environment on individual behavior, and the interrelationships among social institutions such as family, education, religion, economics, and politics. Course may require participation in outside classroom activities/events that relate to the course outcomes.

Theory 3 hours

BIO203 Principles of Microbiology
4 Credits

This course details the relationships between microbes and our lives. Topics that will be covered in detail include: the interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans; the classification of bacteria, viruses, and other organisms; host defense mechanisms; and antibiotics. Additional topics include microbial cell biology and genetics, microbial evolution; and, microbial diversity. Laboratory investigations will reinforce the lecture materials and introduce the students to; staining procedures; light microscopy; selective and differential media, antibiotic sensitivity and the use of dichotomous identification keys.

Theory 3 hours – Lab 2 hours

PSY205 Human Growth and Development
3 Credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the major historical and contemporary theories of human life-span development from birth through adulthood and their applications in educational and counseling settings. Emphasis is placed upon cultivating students’ ability to relate theoretical materials to real-life experiences and observations. Course may require some hours of observation and report. Course may require participation in outside classroom activities/events that relate to the course outcomes.

Theory 3 hours

Prerequisite: PSY101

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