Nursing Program Plan of Study


Associate in Applied Science (72 credit hours)

Departmental Requirements: 39 Credit Hours (LPN)
LPN students may receive advanced standing credit for NURS 1128 and NURS 1322 and may take the CLEP exam to exempt them from NURS 1229.
NURS 1128 Foundations of Nursing
Introduces the student to the roles of the nurse as a provider of care, a manager of care, and a member within the discipline of nursing. As a provider of care, the student learns to assist the client to meet his/her needs when health fluctuates on the wellness-illness continuum. An overview of the nursing process is presented as a method for planning care for clients throughout the life span along with the significance of providing culturally competent nursing care. Emphasis is placed on establishing nurse/client relationships and therapeutic communications. Skills associated with the role of the nurse are the primary focus. Admittance to the nursing program is required. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 1322, unless previously taken NURS 1322 and passed.
NURS 1133 LPN to RN Transition (LPN only)
Designed to provide career mobility for the eligible licensed practical nurse, and provides an introduction to the nursing process with a focus on man’s adaptation to meet his basic needs. Skills in interpersonal relationships and physical assessment are developed with special emphasis on nursing process, communication, values clarification and role change. A review of dosage calculation methods also occur. Pre-requisite: NURS 1229, LPN’s only.
NURS 1229 Nursing Care of Families
The student utilizes theoretical knowledge, nursing process and clinical skills to meet the individual needs of the client during the developmental processes of pregnancy, birthing, post-partum, pediatric care, and psychiatric/ mental health nursing. Growth and development and the management of common disease/ abnormality processes of these components are addressed. The students explore coping assistance and psychological considerations and abnormalities, including cultural factors. The role of the student, as a member in the profession, is expanded through the recognition of: 1) accountability, 2) identification, and 3) the desire for personal and professional development. Clinicals, laboratory skills, and theory are incorporated to enable the students to plan and provide safe, quality nursing care for clients and their families in the above specified settings. The clinical component utilizes theory content from NURS 1229, Nursing Care of Families. Prerequisite: NURS 1128, NURS 1322.
NURS 1322 Nursing Dosage Calculation
Math for Nurses is designed to introduce the nursing major to the mathematical skills essential for calculating medication dosages. Content includes conversion between metric, apothecaries, and household systems of measurement; calculation of oral and parenteral dosages; intravenous flow rate calculations; pediatric calculations; and intensive care calculations. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 1128 required, must pass both courses.
NURS 2129 Nursing Care of Adults I
The student utilizes theoretical knowledge, nursing process and clinical skills to meet the biological-psychological-sociological needs of individual adults experiencing medical-surgical disorders. Theory related to an expanded assessment is presented and emphasis is placed on the students functioning more independently when providing client care within an interdisciplinary framework. Professional growth and personal accountability are stressed. The clinical content utilizes theory content from NURS 2129, Nursing Care of Adults I. Theory and campus laboratory skills enable the student to plan and provide care for clients with acute and chronic illnesses in clinical setting. Prerequisite: NURS 1229.
NURS 2229 Nursing Care of Adults II
Focuses on the provision of advanced care for adult clients in complex settings. The student demonstrates an internalization of the nursing process in the coordination of care for individuals and groups of clients. In the roles of provider and manager of care the student provides the opportunity to practice accountability for their own nursing judgments and actions. The clinical component utilizes theory from NURS 2229. Selected clinical experiences provide management and critical care opportunities for the student to apply concepts, principles, and skills acquired in related theory classes. Prerequisite: NURS 2129, co-requisite: NURS 2222.
NURS 2222 Nursing Capstone Seminar
The student uses the nursing process to analyze current trends and issues influencing nursing, and examines the impact of social and technologic changes in relation to the nursing profession and discusses ethical and legal issues; analyze concepts common to effective leadership and management; and assist in NCLEX-RN preparation. Co-requisite: NURS 2229.
General Education Requirements: 33 credit hours
For general education and interdepartmental course descriptions, see the School of Arts and Sciences courses.
Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
PSYC 1113 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 2583 Developmental Psychology
English (6 credit hours)
ENGL 1113 Freshman Composition I
ENGL 1213 Freshman Composition II
History (3 credit hours)
HIST 1483 U. S. History To 1865 or
HIST 1493 U. S. History Since 1865
Nutritional Science (3 credit hours)
NSCI 1113 Introduction to Nutrition
Political Science (3 credit hours)
POLS 1113 U. S. Government
Science (12 credit hours)
BIOL 2104 Human Anatomy
BIOL 2114 Human Physiology
BIOL 2124 General Microbiology
Recommended Electives
CHEM 1314 General Chemistry
CS 1013 Computer Literacy and Applications
HUM 1013 Humanities I
HUM 1033 Humanities II
HUM 2243 Native Peoples of North America
HUM 2453 Introduction to Film
MATH 1513 College Algebra
NURS 1132 Pre-Nursing Preparation
Designed to promote success in the nursing program. Students are assisted in evaluating their own learning styles and discovering their most effective study methods. An explanation of cognitive levels of test questions is included, with emphasis on application-style questions found in nursing course exams, as well as in the national licensure exam, and exercises in critical thinking are integrated. Exposure to the use of nursing informatics and time management skills further enhances the student’s probability of success in the nursing program. Student must be in good academic standing and completed all remedial coursework prior to enrolling for course.
NURS 2002 Pharmacology in Nursing
Designed to present basic concepts and principles of pharmacology and terminology used in pharmacology as related to the role of the nurse. Included are sources of drug manufacturing, introduction to drug classifications, and the usage of drugs in the health status of individuals throughout the life span. Other related concepts include legal and ethical responsibilities and considerations, and utilization of the nursing process when administering medication therapy. Pharmacology is also integrated throughout the nursing curriculum. Pre-requisite: NURS 1128, (Only students accepted into the OSUIT Nursing Program may enroll, Nursing Elective.)
NURS 2303 Medical Terminology II
Focuses on development of competence in medical terminology, including root words in light of anatomy, physiology, and pathology; procedures of body systems, diagnostic procedures, abbreviations, documentation guidelines, and pharmacology.
SPAN 1113 Elementary Spanish I
STAT 2013 Elementary Statistics