Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Credits Required: 70 (2016-2017 Academic Year)
The Community College of Beaver County Nursing Program offers an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to become a Registered Nurse. The nursing curriculum includes general education as well as nursing courses. Students receive clinical laboratory experience in a variety of hospitals and health related agencies in the Beaver, Allegheny, and Lawrence County areas as part of each of the nursing courses. Audio-visual, interactive video and computer laboratory activities, demonstrations, skills practice in the College’s nursing laboratory, and small group discussions supplement the nursing content.
This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has full approval status from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurisng. The ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326/Telephone: 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org, is a source of information regarding tuition, fees, and length of nursing program.
The ADN graduate receives an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The graduate participates with other members of the health team in planning and giving safe care in a variety of healthcare settings. With work experience and on-going education, the graduate may develop the ability to assume responsibility for administering and/or directing the care of a group of patients and possesses the foundation to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
Please Note: The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing may refuse, suspend or revoke any license in any case where the Board shall find that the applicant:
• Has been convicted or has pleaded guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere or has been found guilty by a judge or jury of a felony or a crime or moral turpitude, or has received probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition in the disposition of felony charges, in the courts of this Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or country;
• Has committed fraud or deceit in securing his or her admission to the practice of nursing or to nursing school;
• Is unable to practice professional nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition or physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination, so long as such dependence shall continue.
For a complete list of reasons why the Board may refuse a professional nursing license to an applicant, please see the RN Law on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website.
Graduates will be able to
- Pass the NCLEX exam.
- Be employed in a related field or continue their education.
- Practice the role of the professional nurse within the ethical and legal framework of nursing.
- Provide compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient's cultural preferences, values, and needs, with recognition of the patient or designee's right to make decisions affecting their care.
- Utilize the nursing process in decision making to meet the needs and resolve complex health care problems of patients and families.
- Practice safe and competent nursing care relevant to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to promote optimal recovery and health maintenance.
- Utilize clinical reasoning to prioritize patient care needs and to delegate appropriately to other health care personnel.
- Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual trust, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.
- Integrate theory and evidenced-based research in clinical practice for the delivery of optimal health care and patient/family teaching.
- Demonstrate understanding of the quality improvement processes in health care systems, including data collection, analysis, implementation and evaluation of quality and safety initiatives.
- Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, support decision making and promote cost efficiency.
- Utilize resources for continuous learning to promote personal and professional development.
First Semester - 17 Credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
This course is a basic study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include levels of organization, body divisions and cavities, basic biochemistry, cell structure and metabolism and histology. Structure and physiology of the following systems include integumentary, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and urinary. Fluid and electrolyte balance is also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Recommended completion of BIOL100 -Principles of Biology with a letter grade of "C" or better; CHEM105 - Principles of Biologic Chemistry with a letter grade of "C" or better; or one year of biology and one year of chemistry in high school with letter grades of "C" or better within ten years of enrolling in this course. 3-2-4
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
The purpose of this course is to prepare the beginning nursing student to meet basic human needs, as identified by Maslow, for adult clients in the clinical setting. The focus is on the concepts basic to the nursing curriculum. The individuality of man, the concept of health, and nursing as a discipline are explored. The nursing process is introduced and opportunities are provided to practice beginning skills in applying the nursing process to the adult client. Co/Prerequisite: BIOL201 Co/Prerequisite: PSYC106 4-9-7
Human Growth and Development
This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3
Second Semester - 17 Credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
This course is a continuation of BIOL201. Structure and physiology of the following systems are included: nervous and its divisions – endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, and reproductive. Other topics including the composition of blood, immunity, human genetics, and development are also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: BIOL201 3-2-4
The purpose of this course is to prepare the nursing student to deliver holistic nursing care to adults with health alterations arising from a disruption in homeostasis. The focus is on introducing the concepts of medical-surgical nursing to clients in need of assistance coping with health problems, or recovering from the effects of disease or injury. The theoretical component is implemented utilizing clinical assignments and observational experiences. Prerequisite: NURS170, BIOL201 Co/Prerequisite: BIOL202 4-9-7
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
Third Semester (Summer Session) - 8 Credits
Microscopic forms of life are considered with emphasis on bacteriology as it applies to numerous areas in industry, health, and sanitation. Laboratory activities consist of staining and culturing techniques as are used in identification of various organisms and analysis of water, food, and dairy products. The microscope will be used for observation of microbes. Prerequisite: BIOL102 or BIOL115 or BIOL202 3-2-4
The emphasis is on using the nursing process with greater depth in assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. The student will be given the opportunity to continue to administer medications as an integral part of nursing care with increased responsibility for intravenous medications. The student will be caring for an increased number of clients. Opportunities to develop more skill and speed in the implementation phase will be provided. Prerequisite: NURS171 2-6-4
Fourth Semester - 13 Credits
This course is divided into three 5-week specialty care rotations. There is flexibility in the scheduling of the sessions and the order of the rotations will vary from one student group to another. During the 5-week sessions the students will be applying the nursing process to clients across the life span. Three of the following four specialty areas will be included in this course: A) Nursing care of children in the pediatric settings B) . Nursing care of adults in critical care settings C.) Nursing care of adults and children in mental health settings D). Nursing care of the childbearing family in the maternity settings The fourth specialty area will be included in NURS 276. Emphasis will be placed on decision making and establishing priorities for care among these diverse client populations. The student is expected to provide all nursing care for which they are theoretically prepared in each of these clinical laboratory settings. Prerequisite: NURS270, BIOL 215, Co/Prerequisite: WRIT102
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.
Fifth Semester - 15 Credits
This is the final clinical nursing course in the ADN program. The course is divided into three 5-week rotations:A. Remaining fourth specialty area not included in NURS275 B.Nursing care of the adult in the long term setting C. Nurse in transition from student to graduate. There is flexibility in the scheduling of the sessions, and the order of the rotations will vary from one student group to another. Students will complete the final specialty care rotation which was not a component of their NURS275 course. During this course they will also have the opportunity to apply the nursing process to a larger number of clients in both acute care and long-term settings. There will be increased emphasis on the role of the nurse as a member of the healthcare team. Prerequisite: NURS275 Co/Requisite:NURS278 , Pre/Co-requisite SOCI101 5-15-10.
This course provides an overview of the perspective of health as evolving and as defined by the community. It presents the concept of community health nursing as the nursing of aggregates. The course attempts to raise a consciousness regarding social injustices that exist and how these may prevent the realization of health as a right for all. The course addresses the application of the community health nursing process to aggregates in the community. Students will be provided the opportunity to take a field trip to a community health agency to enhance their internalization of these nursing care concepts. Co/Prerequisite: NURS276 2-0-2
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3