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The hours listed in the catalog are based on an 18 week session. Certain Nursing courses are scheduled in 9 week blocks. 

 
071 Foundation of Nursing Skills Lab - .5 – 2 units, Lab 24-108 (Pass/No Pass Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 214
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN program.
This course provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the skill based Registered Nursing courses to practice and master skills necessary for safe patient care. Materials used include practice medical supplies, equipment models, mannequins, multimedia computer based instruction and clinical supervision. NOTE: TBA (to be arranged) hours are included in the total hours listed above. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS.
072 Basic Medical-Surgical Skills Lab - .5 – 2 units, Lab 24-108 (Pass/No Pass Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 222, NURS 224 and NURS 226 
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the skill based Registered Nursing courses to practice and master skills necessary for safe patient care. Materials used include practice medical supplies, equipment models, mannequins, multimedia computer based instruction and clinical supervision. NOTE: TBA (to be arranged) hours are included in the total hours listed above. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS.
073 Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab - .5 – 2 units, Lab 24-108 (Pass/No Pass Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 234, NURS 236 and NURS 238
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the skill based Registered Nursing courses to practice and master skills necessary for safe patient care. Materials used include practice medical supplies, equipment models, mannequins, multimedia computer based instruction and clinical supervision. NOTE: TBA (to be arranged) hours are included in the total hours listed above. This course is offered to students enrolled in the third semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS.
074 Advanced Nursing Skills Lab - .5 – 2 units, Lab 24-108 (Pass/No Pass Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 244
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the skill based Registered Nursing courses to practice and master skills necessary for safe patient care. Materials used include practice medical supplies, equipment models, mannequins, multimedia computer based instruction and clinical supervision. NOTE: TBA (to be arranged) hours are included in the total hours listed above. This course is offered to students enrolled in the fourth semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS.
194 Pharmacology & Dosage Calculations for Nurses - 3.5 units, Lecture 56-63 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN program.
This course provides nursing students with a methodical approach for calculating medication dosages, selecting and administering drugs, and monitoring the patient’s response to drug therapy. Content includes general principles of pharmacology, legal, ethical, and safety aspects of medication administration and drug calculations. Drug information includes pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacology dynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse side effects and drug interactions. Also includes patient variables (health status, life span/gender, diet, lifestyle/habits, environment, and culture in relationship to drug therapy). This course is offered to nursing students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
212 Foundations of Nursing - 4 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 96-108 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN program.
This course provides an introduction to nursing and the roles of the nurse, the nursing process, critical thinking, knowledge, and basic skills necessary to administer beginning level assessment and intervention/procedure for adults. The emphasis is on health promotion in wellness settings. Clinical experience will provide opportunities for students to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of health settings that focus on health maintenance and promotion. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
214 Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing I - 4 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 96-108 (Grade Only)
Prerequisites: NURS 194 and NURS 212 (with a grade of C or better)
Corequisite: NURS 071 Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission-must be admitted to ADN program.
This course introduces concepts/practices relating the non- critical young adult through geriatric adult in the medical/surgical environment. Utilizing the nursing process, the student will begin to recognize alterations in functioning or illness and formulate age appropriate nursing interventions. Selected psychomotor skills associated with the basic needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy will be studied/practiced. This course introduces the first year nursing student to concepts and practices relating to the adult patient in the Medical/Surgical environment. This course is offered to students enrolled in the first semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program.  (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
222 Nursing Care of Children & Families – 3.5 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 72-81 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 072 Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to program.
This focuses on the integration and application of the nursing process as it relates to the nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis in on the concepts and skills related to age-appropriate family centered care. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
224 Beginning Medical-Surgical Nursing II - 5 units, Lecture 40-45, Lab 120-135 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: NURS 214 (with a grade of C or Better)
Corequisite: NURS 072 Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN program.
This course develops the first year nursing student’s knowledge and skills as they relate to the adult non-critical, moderately complex medical/surgical patient. Through utilization of the nursing process, the student will recognize alterations in functioning or illness and formulate age-appropriate nursing interventions. Psychomotor skills associated with moderately complex needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy will be studied and practiced. The impact if multiple nursing diagnoses on patient outcomes will be introduced. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program.  (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
226 Nursing of Childbearing & Families – 3.5 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 72-81 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 072
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN program.
This course will enable the student to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, effective, culturally sensitive physiological and psychosocial care using the nursing process and family centered approach for childbearing clients and their families. Clinical experiences emphasizes refinement if critical thinking, decision making, psychomotor skills and management of care for evidence based practice in the roles of professional nursing. This course is offered to students enrolled in the second semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program.  (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
232 Role Transition - 3 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 48-54 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: Licensed Vocational Nurse
Corequisite: NURS 072
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to LVN-RN program.
This course focuses on the theory and application of concepts of physical assessment, the nursing process, critical thinking, relationship of homeostatic mechanisms to fluids and electrolytes and nursing competencies in the professional roles of clinician, teacher, leader and advocate. This course will serve as a bridge for the LVN to the role of Associate Degree Nursing Student and for the advanced placement student transitioning from other Associate Degree Programs. This course is offered to students in Spring Term prior to entering third semester ADN program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
234 Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing III - 5 units, Lecture 40-45, Lab 120-135 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: NURS 224 (with a grade of C or better)
Corequisite: NURS 073
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course will synthesize and correlate nursing knowledge and skills in providing care to multiple patients who have complex, multi-system illnesses. Focus will be for the students to predict patient needs and priorities, and evaluate outcomes on care. Associated psychomotor skills will be integrated and practiced.  This course is offered to students enrolled in the third semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
236 Mental Health Nursing - 3 units, Lecture 24-27, Lab 72-81 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (with a grade of C or better)
Corequisite: NURS 073
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course provides an introduction to Mental Health Nursing using the nursing process to promote psychosocial integrity within the context of the health illness continuum across the life span. Emphasis is on the therapeutic interactions and communications, biopsychosocial, rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to participate in the therapeutic activities in a variety of mental health settings.  This course is offered to students enrolled in the third semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
 
238 Gerontology and Community Nursing - 2 units, Lecture 16-18, Lab 48-54 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: NURS 073
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course builds on previous knowledge and skills in applying the nursing process to older adults living in the community. Gerontological, nursing theory is stressed with emphasis on lifestyle and physical changes that occur with aging, the process of initiating health referrals for the older adult, and the outcome criteria for evaluating the aging individual’s response to teaching and learning. The student will also explore interventions to increase the older adult’s functional abilities. This course is offered to students enrolled in the third semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
244 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing IV- 4 units, Lecture 32-36, Lab 96-108 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: NURS 234 (with a grade of C or better)
Corequisite: NURS 074
Limitation on Enrollment: Special Admission - must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
The course focuses on advanced application of the nursing process in the care of critically ill adult and geriatric patients. The student will organize and discriminate data to establish priorities of care. Correlated clinical experiences emphasize refinement of clinical decision making, psychomotor skills and management of patient care in professional nursing practice.  This course is offered to the students in the fourth semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
248 Preceptorship – 2.5 units, Lab 120-135 (Grade Only)
Prerequisite: NURS 244 (with a grade of C or better)
Corequisite: None
Limitation on Enrollment: Special admission – must be admitted to ADN or LVN-RN program.
This course provides the senior nursing student the opportunity to integrate and apply previously learned skills/knowledge in the role of graduate nurse and prepare for professional responsibilities in employment. The student will participate as a pre-licensed preceptor member of the healthcare team and assume responsibility for a group of clients under the direct supervision of a qualified registered nurse. Students use critical thinking skills in their role of advocate, leader, and manager of patient care. NOTE: TBA (to be arranged) hours are included in the total hours listed above. This course is offered to the students in the fourth semester of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.
 
Detailed course descriptions are listed in the MSJC Catalog.
 
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