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Curriculum

Course Descriptions:

            First Level

     Aria Health School of Nursing

Nursing 110 - Foundations of Nursing I
225 hours: 75 hours theory, 150 clinical
Introduces students to concepts and skills integral to the practice of professional nursing.  The course explores aspects of nursing related to health; wellness and illness; cultural diversity; stress management; and the individual, family, and community.  Nursing 110 also introduces the nursing process and therapeutic communication, and places emphasis on skill building. Students gain experience in both the clinical laboratory and clinical settings.

Nursing 111 - Foundations of Nursing II
225 hours: 75 hours theory, 150 clinical Builds on the learning acquired in Foundations
of Nursing I and introduces concepts and skills related to medication administration, pain, perioperative care, oncology nursing, end-of-life care, oxygenation, and professional roles and issues.
The student will again have experiences in both the Nursing Arts Laboratory and selected clinical settings.  Foundations of Nursing II places emphasis on refining skills within the context of caring for the individual and in a manner that supports the development of critical thinking skills and professional behaviors.

    Pennsylvania State University 

BIOL 129 - Mammalian Anatomy
Anatomy of a mammal, with special references to that of man.
(Students who have passed BIOL 142 may not take this course.)

BIOL 141 - Physiology
Normal functions of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems.
(Students who have passed BIOL 142 may not take this course.)

BIOL 142 - Physiology Laboratory
Experiments demonstrating basic physiological principles with special reference to man. 
(Students must take BIOL 141 as a prerequisite of, or concurrent with, this course.)

BIOL 297 - PATHO - Intro to Pathophysiological Concepts
The course will cover the alteration of basic physiological processes associated with the disease state.

CHEM 101 - Introductory Chemistry
Selected principles and applications of chemistry. Prior study in chemistry is not assumed.

ENGL 15 - Rhetoric and Composition
Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.

Math 35 - General View of Mathematics
Survey of mathematical thought in logic, geometry, combinatories, and chance.

MICRB 106 - Elementary Microbiology
Importance of microorganisms in public health and disease, as well as in agriculture and industry - a descriptive course for nontechnical students.

MICROB 107 - Elementary Microbiology (laboratory)
Selected techniques in recognizing and enumerating bacteria, as well as effects of chemical and physical agents on microorganisms.
(Students must take MICRB 106 as a prerequisite for, or concurrent with, this course.)

NUTR 251 - Introductory Principles of Nutrition
Nutrients, food sources, and physiological functions as related to human growth and well being throughout life, as well as current nutrition issues.

PSYCH 100 - Psychology
Introduction to general psychology, as well as the principles of human behavior and their applications.

                    Second Level

    Aria Health School of Nursing

Nursing 210 - Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing
270 hours: 90 theory, 180 clinical
Provides an overview of pathophysiologic concepts of selected medical-surgical disturbances. Diagnostic tests, treatment modalities, and nursing interventions relevant to client health state will be discussed.  Nursing 210 facilitates nursing-skill development in the clinical setting, where students will perform procedures related to the medical-surgical client.  The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and use of the nursing process.

Nursing 211 - Family Nursing 270 hours: 90 theory, 180 clinical
Introduces the student to the biopsychosocial aspects of the family, utilizing a holistic approach and including review of the obstetrical, pediatric, and mental health client.  The family serves as the basic unit of study for this course, and students in Nursing 211 will view the experiences of wellness and illness as family-centered events.  The student also explores the effects of stress and adaptive behaviors on the family's physiologic and psychosocial well being.

    Pennsylvania State University Courses

BIOL 200 - PHARM - Intro to Pharmacologic Concepts
Designed to present the basic concepts of pharmacology and its relationship to the patient-care process. The course will include discussion of major drug classifications, pharmaceutical preparation, and the biological implications relevant to therapeutic agents.

HDFS 129 - Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
Introduction to concepts about, theories of, and research on human development as it occurs over the life span and in context.  Students will be introduced to the developmental tasks and challenges unique to each stage of human development, from the womb through infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, middle age and old age.  HDFS gives attention to the central role of families and family life, and to how families and family behavior are influenced by communities, the larger culture, and other social and economic forces.

NURS 468 - The Process of Patient Education in Nursing
Explores the relevance of patient education in healthcare settings. Emphasis on the nurse's role, teaching/learning process, and trends in delivery of patient education. Review of how the nursing process supports clients, families, and communities with educational needs.

NURS 251 - Health Assessment
Designed to broaden the student's knowledge and skills in health assessment. The student will learn the methods of interviewing patients for completing a health history, and the tools and techniques necessary to conduct a physical examination.

PSYCH 470 - Abnormal Psychology
Causes, dynamics, and symptoms of neuroses, psychoses, behavior disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and mental retardation.

SOC 1 - Introductory Sociology
The nature and characteristics of human and social life.

STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics
Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.
(Students must take two units of algebra as a prerequisite.)

CAS 100 - Communication, Arts, and Sciences
Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

NURS 357 - Nursing Informatics
An introduction to computers and nursing informatics focusing on applications to the nursing profession.

ENGL 202A - Writing in the Social Sciences
Instruction in writing persuasive arguments about significant issues in the social sciences.
(Students must take ENGL 15 as a prerequisite for, or concurrent with, this course.)

                             Third Level

    Aria Health School of Nursing

Nursing 310 - Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
270 hours: 90 theory, 180 clinical
Explores the concepts of nursing care for acutely ill individuals, manifesting complex, multi-system health problems.  The goal of this course is for the student to participate in restoring patient health, using evidence-based practice while prioritizing care of acutely ill individuals.  Attaining this means thinking critically, using the nursing process, and taking advantage of an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach.  Communication is an integral part of these nursing endeavors; therefore, Nursing 310 emphasizes effective oral and written communication.  Although Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing directs attention to immediate health problems, it also encourages students to view the client as part of the family and community.  Students will apply knowledge of psychosocial and developmental tasks to care of the individual and family.  Discussion includes the effect of critical illness on the client and family.

Nursing 311 - Nursing Leadership/Community Health
270 hours: 90 theory, 180 clinical
Teaches the concepts and process of leadership, and the management of care for individuals, families, and communities within the healthcare-delivery system. This course provides students the opportunity to identify, analyze, and synthesize concepts of management as they apply to professional practice. The course will explore prevention; restoration, rehabilitation, and maintenance of optimal health state and function; and the influence of community and environmental issues upon the health of populations. Nursing Leadership/Community Health also explores components of care evaluation and modification, teaching for health maintenance, and home-healthcare management.

Nursing 312 - Senior Seminar
40 Hours
Senior seminar prepares students for the National Council Licensing Examination - Registered Nurse. (NCLEX-RN). Due to the changing nature of nursing and the focus of the examination, the administration and faculty of the Aria Health School of Nur are committed to providing every graduate with the tools required to ensure NCLEX success. The course will review the NLN diagnostic test for predicting success, as well as the principles and design of the test, and will cover practice testing sessions, articulation with a national review course, obtaining a faculty mentor, and utilizing individual test scores to develop each student's unique preparation plan.

Nursing 410 - Capstone
202 hours; 10 seminar, 192 clinical
A culminating experience in which students synthesize and apply nursing knowledge, in preparation for transition into professional nursing practice.  Capstone offers opportunity to connect theory to practice, using the critical-thinking and psychomotor skills gained during the nursing program.  The student will apply critical thinking to the professional role, participate in interdisciplinary collaboration, and integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge.  The capstone experience will foster professional development through self-directed and interactive learning, as well as the self-awareness that comes through identifying and receiving feedback on strengths and weaknesses.

 

    Pennsylvania State University

BIOL 297 C - Integrative Pharmacology
Reviews the basic concepts of pharmacology, including as they relate to the pathophysiological changes associated with the disease state. This course emphasizes early diagnosis of adverse drug reactions; potential dangers of drug interactions; and the relationship of the various classes of therapeutic agents to the disease state.

 NURS 200 W - Understanding and Applying Nursing Research
Introduction to methods and philosophy of emirical inquiry as applied to research in nursing and application to practice.

Humanities Requirements.  Please choose from the list of humanities requirements below.  
Note: Students pursuing the additional Associate Degree in Letters in Arts and Sciences (Associate of Arts with their RN), are required to take two arts and an additional humanities requirement from the list below.

Arts Requirements:

MUSIC 9 - Introduction to World Music
An overview of the music of India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, and the Middle East.

THEA 100 - The Art of the Theater
Survey of the history, craft, and art of the theatre, to support an informed appreciation of theatrical events.

General Ed Requirements:

PHIL 10 - Critical Thinking and Argument
Study of principles of effective thinking, including deductive and inductive inference, and use and misuse of language and reasoning.

PHIL 103 - Ethics and Social Issues
Review and discussion of ethical issues such as war, privacy, crime and punishment, racism, sexism, civil liberties, affirmative action, abortion, and euthanasia.

Music 09 - Introduction to World Music
An overview of the music of India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, and the Middle East.

 


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