Anatomy and Physiology (51 clock hours) An interactive, multimedia training course will be utilized to meet the learning objectives at the student’s own pace. It provides for introduction to human anatomy and physiology including review of each of the following body systems:  body tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, digestive system, nervous system, somatic and special senses, endocrine system, the heart, vascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, urinary system, and reproductive system. This course also reviews basic medical terminology.  A step-by-step programmed study to assist the student in learning and building a functional medical vocabulary is included.


    Fundamentals of Nursing (182 clock hours) - Provides for the development of competency-based skills, attitudes and concepts and their application to patient care.  Concurrent classroom and clinical laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the course.


    Personal and Vocational Concepts (40 clock hours) This course is designed to acquaint the student with information for personal as well as vocational growth.  The student will gain a working knowledge of communication and legal and ethical issues.  Cultural and spiritual needs of patients will also be explored.  Time will be given for personal goal setting, learning style evaluation, time management studies, and stress management skills.  The roles and responsibilities of the LPN will be explored.  The need for the LPN to relate in an ethical manner to the patient and other members of the health care team will be addressed.


    Growth and Development (44 clock hours) This course covers the physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial growth and development during the life span; newborn through the older adult.  The characteristics of growth and development at each stage and the influence of heredity and environment on growth and development are covered.  Community resources and daily living are discussed in relation to the patient and the family.


    Nutrition (44 clock hours) This course incorporates basic principles of good nutrition and its relationship to optimal health.  The characteristics, functions, recommended daily allowances, and sources of each nutrient are reviewed, along with the changing needs of the individual during life stages.  The relationship of diet to disease processes will be explored in appropriate OB, Pharmacology, and Medical/Surgical units.


    Pharmacology (71 clock hours) Provides an introduction to the science of pharmacology and medication safety, including evaluation of client response to medications.  Topics include drug classifications, side effects, drug interactions, documentation, and the nursing process. A basic math review is included and drug calculations are also introduced in the course. Students will be required to pass a basic math test (85% or higher, and may use a basic calculator) and a drug calculations/injection site test (100%, no calculator) before the end of the course.


    Concurrent classroom and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the following coursework:

    Medical-Surgical Nursing I (Theory - 48 clock hours/Clinical - 73 clock hours) This course is designed to further develop nursing fundamentals skills and knowledge with an emphasis on disease processes and nursing management.  Beginning with the simple concepts identified in Fundamentals of Nursing, this course progresses to the more complex analysis and care planning involved in the care of clients with nursing needs.  Principles of nutrition, patient care, application of the nursing process, and problem solving are integrated through theory and practicum.  The identification of signs and symptoms are incorporated with nursing management of the pre and postoperative surgical patient.  Common nursing problems of total patient care will be included throughout the clinical experiences.  Geriatric Population, pharmacology and nutrition will be included as they relate to diseases studied.


    Medical -Surgical Nursing II  (Theory - 56 clock hours/Clinical - 73 clock hours)  This course is designed to further develop the nursing skills and knowledge gained in Medical-Surgical Nursing I with an emphasis on specific disease processes and nursing responsibilities of those disorders.  The nursing process is integrated throughout the course and used for the development of critical thinking.  Geriatric population, pharmacology and nutrition are included in each disease process and/or system. 


    Medical-Surgical Nursing III (Theory - 56 clock hours/Clinical - 73 clock hours) This course is a continuation of Medical-Surgical Nursing II.  More complex systems are covered including geriatric population, pharmacology related to the disorders, and nutrition.


    Geriatric Nursing (Theory - 49 clock hours/Clinical - 63 clock hours)This class is divided into two sections, which make up one course. Geriatrics is the care of the elderly.  Discussion includes the aging process, death and dying, special geriatric needs, drug therapy, common physical difficulties, and sociological considerations.  Clinical experiences will provide hands-on experiences in working with geriatric clients.


    Nursing Leadership (Theory – 24 clock hours/Clinical – 40 clock hours) This course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of fundamentals acquired in Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing courses.  It introduces concepts of leadership for first-line nurse manager/caregivers.  Skills for organizing time are presented and basic management levels and styles are identified.  The learner is introduced to key leadership strategies, including decision-making, time management and delegating authority.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing and distinguishing power and authority, peer relationships and the importance of effective communications.


    Mental Health Nursing (Theory - 27 clock hours/Clinical – 16 clock hours) This course is designed to provide the nursing student with a fundamental knowledge of the various mental disorders, the basic treatment, and nursing care of each.  It reviews the basic dynamics of personality structure and development of behavior, recognizing behavioral manifestations as an expression of needs.  Emphasis is placed on the role of stress and emotions in mental health and illness.


    Maternal/Newborn Nursing (Theory - 33 clock hours/Clinical - 14 clock hours)  This course covers the fundamental knowledge necessary to provide competent, basic maternal and newborn care for the uncomplicated Obstetrics and Newborn client.  Obstetrics clinical experiences will provide hands-on experiences.


    Pediatric Nursing (Theory - 30 clock hours/Clinical-60 clock hours) The major focus of this course is nursing care of children within the family structure.  Normal growth and development concepts are built upon as we discuss disorders common to each age group and the effects that illness will have on the child.  Pharmacology is included with emphasis on the differences between adult and pediatric dosages and methods of administration.  Nutrition will also be included as it relates to diseases studied.


    IV Therapy (Theory - 40 clock hours/8 clinical hours) This course includes didactic and clinical experiences required to meet the criteria for IV Therapy certification as outlined by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.  It provides for instruction to prepare participants to perform limited intravenous fluid therapy treatment in accordance with Missouri Rule 4 CSR 200.6010


    Personal and Vocational Concepts II (Theory - 21 clock hours) This course is designed to prepare the student for the expectations of the working environment.  The concepts explored in Personal and Vocational Concepts I will be further examined.  Resume writing, interview skills, and work practices will be discussed. Preparation for the NCLEX-PN exam will also be provided.