Description

The Nursing Program is for those students who desire to become Nurses. This program is open to enrollment by students with no prior nursing or allied health education or experience. It also offers transitional enrollment options for those with a valid, active, unrestricted LPN license from the state. Students will be taught to demonstrate professional and caring behaviors, utilize therapeutic communication techniques, perform holistic assessments, assess the strengths and resources of patients and families, coordinate care for patients and families, teach necessary health information to consumers of health, apply mathematical calculations to safely administer medications, collaborate with members of the healthcare team and apply critical thinking and the nursing process consistently.

Objectives

This program prepares students for an entry-level position as a Nurse. Students will be exposed to professional nursing encompassing legal and ethical decision-making in the promotion of health in the community. Students will demonstrate the use of the nursing processes to meet multiple health needs for adults and children in a variety of health care settings, communicate therapeutically with families, groups and individuals, synthesize and communicate relevant data effectively and concisely, and utilize management skills and concepts to plan and coordinate patient care. Students will assume the role of the associate degree nurse as a member of the health care team and will integrate the theoretical content of general education classes with nursing theory and practice.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submit Application
  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D. , or equivalent
  • Pass Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam by obtaining the minimum proficiency level score of 60 on the TEAS
  • Submit written essay
  • Interview with Nursing Program Director and/or Panel

Prerequisites:

  • Provide documentation of health examination within 6 months prior to starting Nursing Program Core Courses
  • Provide TB test within one year of starting Nursing Program Core Courses or Chest X-ray Documentation within two years of starting Nursing Program Core Courses. (Must be renewed if date expires at any point during the program)
  • Provide Current Immunization Documentation as required by program and clinical sites
  • Abuse registry clearance
  • 10 Panel Drug Screen within 6 months prior to starting Nursing Program  Core Courses
  • Level II Background Check and fingerprints
  • Possess a current eight hours American Heart Association CPR Certification prior to starting Nursing Core Courses for those entering with a valid, active, unrestricted LPN license from the state and prior to the Nursing program core courses for all other students
  • Graduates of Southeastern College’s Practical Nurse Program may provide proof of a valid, active, unrestricted LPN license from the state within 90 days from the start of his/her first general education course. Failure to provide a valid, active, unrestricted license within 90 days will result in withdrawal of the student from the school.
  • Medical insurance is required prior to the first day of beginning general education courses.

Nursing, Associate of Science Degree

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
Course Outline

To receive an Associate of Science Degree in the Nursing program, students must complete 43.5 semester credit hours in their major and 30.0 semester credit hours in general education courses for a total of 73.5 semester credit hours. This Associate of Science Degree program can be completed in 25 months for all full-time students.

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Core Courses: 43.5 credit hours

Credit Hours
NUR 1023C: Fundamentals of Nursing I* 5.0
NUR 1140C: Nursing Pharmacology 4.0
NUR 1209C: Transition to Nursing 4.5
NUR 2421C: Maternity Nursing Care 4.0
NUR 1211C: Basic Adult Healthcare 8.0
NUR 2230C: Advanced Adult Healthcare 8.0
NUR 2310C: Pediatric Nursing 4.0
NUR 2817: Nursing Roles Practicum 6.0

* Upon admission to the program, 5.0 credit hours will be awarded for this course upon proof of a valid, active, unrestricted Florida LPN license.

Students will only be allowed 1 retake of a Nursing Program core course and only a total of 2 different Nursing Program core courses may be retaken.

General Education Courses: 30.0 credit hours

Credit hours in parenthesis indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline. The courses listed are not all inclusive.

AML 1000**: American Literature OR 3.0
ENL 1000**: English Literature 3.0
BSC 2085: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BSC 2085L: Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1.0
BSC 2086: Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
BSC 2086L: Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1.0
CGS 1060: Introduction to Computers 3.0
DEP 2004: Lifespan Development 3.0
ENC 1101: English Composition I 3.0
MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra 3.0
MCB 2010: Microbiology 3.0
MCB 2010L: Microbiology Lab 1.0
SPC 1017: Speech 3.0

** Non Pre-requisite general education course, must be completed prior to graduation.

Students will only be allowed three (3) attempts to retake a General Education Course when a grade of D, F, F., or W has been attained.

Nursing, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
Course Outline

To receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in the Nursing program, students must complete 42.5 semester credit hours in their major and 30.0 semester credit hours in general education courses for a total of 72.5 semester credit hours. This Associate in Applied Science Degree program can be completed in 25 months for all full-time students.

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Core Courses: 42.5 credit hours

Credit Hours
NUR 1123C Fundamentals of Nursing* 4.5
NUR 1240C Nursing Pharmacology 4.0
NUR 1309C Transition to Nursing 4.0
NUR 2521C Maternity Nursing Care 4.0
NUR 1311C Basic Adult Healthcare 8.0
NUR 2330C Advanced Adult Healthcare 8.0
NUR 2410C Pediatric Nursing 4.0
NUR 2917C Nursing Roles Practicum 6.0

*Upon admission to the program, 4.5 credit hours will be awarded for this course upon proof of a valid, active, unrestricted South Carolina LPN license.
Students will only be allowed 1 retake of a Nursing Program core course and only a total of 2 different Nursing Program core courses may be retaken.

General Education Courses: 30.0 credit hours

AML 100** American Literature OR 3.0
ENL 100** English Literature 3.0
BSC 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BSC 205L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1.0
BSC 206 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
BSC 206L Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1.0
CGS 106 Introduction to Computers 3.0
DEP 204 Lifespan Development 3.0
ENC 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 103 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
MCB 201 Microbiology 3.0
MCB 201L Microbiology Lab 1.0
SPC 101 Speech 3.0

**Non Pre-requisite general education course, must be completed prior to graduation.
Students will only be allowed three (3) attempts to retake a General Education Course when a grade of D, F, F., or W has been attained.

Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 1123C Fundamentals of Nursing: 4.5 credit hours

This course will provide a foundation for the nursing program. The course will introduce the history and practice of nursing, including standards of nursing practice, legal aspects of practice, and concepts basic to nursing that are applied throughout the curriculum. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition, human growth and development throughout the life span, body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. Critical thinking as embodied in the nursing process is emphasized, including in-depth study in a classroom setting and application in skills laboratories and clinical settings. Normal functional health patterns are explored in the context of the physical, biological and social sciences. Laboratory components include practice in basic nursing assessment skills, such as completion of health history, physical assessment techniques and common nursing skills that support basic human needs. Principles of safety, asepsis and infection control are emphasized throughout. Opportunities for application of basic nursing skills clinical experiences are provided in ambulatory and long term health care settings. Clinical settings may include but are not limited to acute care, long-term care and community settings. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 1140C; Prerequisite: All Required General Education Courses)

NUR 1240C Nursing Pharmacology: 4.0 credit hours

This course presents essential concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied to nursing practice. Emphasis is on fundamental application of the nursing process to the care of patients/clients receiving pharmaceutical agents. The knowledge and skills required for safe, effective administration of therapeutic drugs are an integral part of this course. The course contains a number of critical skills related to dosage calculation and medication administration that must be performed without error to achieve a passing grade for the course. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 1023C, NUR 1209C; Prerequisite: All Required General Education Courses)

NUR 1309C Transition to Professional Nursing: 4.0 credit hours

This course focuses primarily on basic medical-surgical nursing care of adults who are acutely or chronically ill. The course builds upon learned concepts and skills introduced in prerequisite nursing and general education courses. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition, human growth and development throughout the life span, body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. A continuation of dosage calculations is evident. The pathophysiological basis for diseases along with the patient’s/client’s adaptive responses are explored and discussed. Secondary/acute care settings, particularly hospitals, are utilized in this course. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 1140C; Prerequisite: NUR 1023C, All Required General Education Course)

NUR 1311C Basic Adult Healthcare: 8.0 credit hours

This course focuses primarily on basic medical-surgical nursing care of adults who are acutely or chronically ill. The course builds upon learned concepts and skills introduced in prerequisite nursing and general education courses. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition, human growth and development throughout the life span, body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. A continuation of pharmacology and administration of medications is evident. The pathophysiologic basis for diseases along with the patient’s/clients adaptive responses are explored and discussed. Didactic and clinical content related to complex concepts and skills associated with medical-surgical nursing are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Secondary and tertiary care settings are primarily utilized for clinical experiences, including general/acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 2421C; Prerequisite: NUR 1023C, NUR 1209C, NUR 1140C)

NUR 2521C Maternity Nursing Care: 4.0 credit hours

This course focuses primarily on maternity nursing care, with exposure to common problems associated with the health of mother, newborn and family. Concepts and skills learned in previous courses are integral to this course, with emphasis on developmental theories relating to the care of the family unit. Dosage calculations related to maternity care are emphasized. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and women health concepts; nutrition, human growth and development throughout the life span, interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. Primary, secondary and tertiary care settings may be utilized for clinical experiences, including outpatient care and hospitals. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR1211C; Prerequisite: NUR 1023C, NUR 1209C, NUR 1140C)

NUR2330C Advanced Adult Healthcare: 8.0 credit hours

This course continues medical/surgical content from NUR1211C (Basic Adult Health Care). It builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in this course, including continued integration of the concepts central to the practice of nursing. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition, mental health concepts; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. A continuation of pharmacology and administration of medications is evident. Didactic and clinical content related to complex concepts and skills associated with medical-surgical nursing and mental health nursing are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Mental health nursing components include the further development of student communication skills, and conceptual abilities as related to the dynamics of human behavior and therapeutic responses. Didactic and clinical content related to the critical care setting are reviewed. Secondary and tertiary care settings are primarily utilized for clinical experiences, including general/acute care hospitals; psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 2310C; Prerequisite: NUR 1211, NUR 2421C).

NUR 2410C Pediatric Nursing: 4.0 credit hours

This course focuses primarily on the interrelated dynamics of pediatric families; with exposure to common recurring and complex problems associated with the health of the pediatric patient/client within the family unit. Concepts and skills as presented in previous courses are integral to this course, with emphasis on developmental theories relating to the care of children. This course will provide theoretical instruction and clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition, human growth and development throughout the life span, body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. Dosage calculations related to pediatric patients / clients are emphasized. Primary, secondary and tertiary care settings may be utilized for clinical experiences, including outpatient care, hospitals and pediatric programs (which may include outpatient, inpatient and community care). Outside work required. (Co-requisite: NUR 2230C; Prerequisite: NUR 1211C, NUR 2421C)

NUR 2917C Nursing Roles Practicum: 6.0 credit hours

This course requires students to utilize previously learned skills, attitudes and behaviors. Didactic and clinical content include but are not limited to the development of: leadership and delegation concepts, time management, collaboration, prioritization, principles of legal responsibilities and ethical decision-making. Classroom content also includes preparation for success on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The clinical component is designed for students to demonstrate readiness to assume the role of a safe, entry-level, professional registered nurse. This course will provide clinical application in personal, family and community health concepts; interpersonal relationship skills, health teaching and counseling skills. A continuation of pharmacology and administration of medications is evident. Clinical oversight may include experiences with faculty and/or an approved RN preceptor in an affiliated facility. Facilities may include but are not limited to acute care, skilled nursing, and community settings. A continuation of dosage calculation mastery is expected. Outside work required. (Prerequisite: NUR 2230C, NUR 2310C)

General Education Course Descriptions

AML 100 American Literature: 3.0 credit hours

This course explores select American literary texts. Historical background and social forces, which shape literature, are emphasized. Literary genres and elements are explored. Outside work required.

CGS 106 Introduction to Computers: 3.0 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of operating personal computer equipment including the basics of word processing, database management, electronic spreadsheets and presentation graphics. Outside work required.

BSC 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I: 3.0 credit hours

This course provides basic structure, function and chemistry of the body. Topics include terminology, chemistry, cell biology, tissues, cellular respiration and body systems including skeletal, muscular, respiratory, reproductive and integumentary systems. Outside work required.

BSC 205L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab: 1.0 credit hour

Laboratory experience includes microscopic observation, experimentation, study of anatomical models and dissection. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: BSC 205)

BSC 206 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: 3.0 credit hours

This course continues BSC 205 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I), with emphasis on circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, nervous and urinary systems. Topics include blood, sense organs, nutrition and metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance. Outside work required. (Prerequisite: BSC 205)

BSC 206L Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab: 1.0 credit hour

Laboratory experience includes microscopic observation, experimentation, study of anatomical models and dissection. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: BSC 206)

DEP 204 Lifespan Development: 3.0 credit hours

Explores human development and examines theories and empirical studies dealing with human cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development in the context of a lifespan. Explores emergent and controversial topics relevant to a student’s home and work environment. Outside work required.

ENC 101 English Composition I: 3.0 credit hours

This course is designed to develop students’ writing skills in order to achieve professional life advancement and obtain skills for life-long learning. These skills include writing clear, well-developed paragraphs, essays, and research papers. This course teaches the principles of pre-writing, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing paragraphs and essays. It includes basic research and documentation methods. Outside work required.

ENL 100 English Literature: 3.0 credit hours

This course explores select British literary texts. Historical background and social forces, which shape literature, are emphasized. Literary genres and elements are explored. Outside work required.

MAT 103 Intermediate Algebra: 3.0 credit hours

This course covers topics such as factoring; operations with rational expressions, absolute value; exponents, radicals and roots; linear and quadratic equations and linear inequalities and graphs, all with applications. Outside work required.

MCB 201 Microbiology 3.0 credit hours

Prevents pathogens and the diseases they cause. Topics include morphology, behavior, characteristics, and activities of common microorganisms and techniques of identification, culturing, staining, counting, and isolating microorganisms. Outside work required.

MCB 201L Microbiology Lab 1.0 credit hours

Laboratory experience builds upon activities presented in MCB 201 and includes identification of characteristics of common micro-organisms and culturing micro-organism activities. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: MCB 201)

SPC 101 Speech: 3.0 credit hours

The student will be instructed on preparation and delivery of different types of speeches, as well as learn techniques to improve interpersonal communication skills, with emphasis on effective communication techniques and working in teams in order to develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. Outside work required.