Apr 27, 2018  
2015-2016 College Catalog 
    
2015-2016 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


* Indicates common course numbering across Connecticut Community Colleges.

∞ Appropriate placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

 

Nursing

  
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    NUR* K101 - Introduction to Nursing Practice °


    8 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisites: BIO* K211 ; BIO* K212 ; ENG* K101  or ENG* K101S .
    Corequisites: BIO* K235  and PSY* K111 .
    The student will focus on concepts basic to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process, communication skills, and nursing prac­tice procedure acquisition. Clinical and laboratory experiences offer opportunities to integrate theoretical principles and demonstrate caring and competence in beginning professional role development. Theory: 60 hours Clinical: 180 hours.
  
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    NUR* K102 - Family Health Nursing °


    8 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisites: NUR* K101 ; BIO* K235 ; ENG* K101  or ENG* K101S ; PSY* K111 .
    Corequisites: NUR* K103 ; PSY* K201 ; SOC* K101 .
    The student will focus on issues affecting the family, including childbearing, childrearing, geriatric care and intermediate health care needs of limited duration. The medical surgical health problems include care for the client in the perioperative period and the client experiencing orthopedic and simple genito-urinary conditions. The course addresses several psychiatric disorders: anxiety and cognitive disorders, common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. The student will have clinical rotations that provide experience caring for the childbearing family as well as caring for medical-surgical clients across the lifespan. Theory: 60 hours Clinical: 180 hours.
  
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    NUR* K103 - Pharmacology for Families across the Lifespan °


    1 CREDIT HOUR
    Prerequisites: NUR* K101 ; BIO* K235 ; PSY* K111 .
    Corequisites: NUR* K102 ; PSY* K201 ; SOC* K101 .
    The student will focus on the safe use, pharmacological principles, indications and nursing implications related to drug therapy when caring for individuals and families. Emphasis will be placed on medications used with perinatal, neonatal, pediatric, geriatric and peri-operative clients. The course will stress the general characteristics of selected medications and will include indications, pharma­cokinetics, side effects, adverse effects, contraindications, administration, nursing implications across the lifespan, client education and relationship to prior learning. Theory: 15 hours.
  
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    NUR* K108 - Perspectives of Nursing °


    3 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisite: ENG* K096  placement∞ or completion of ESL* K063  with a “C#” grade or higher.
    This course will enable students to assess their potential to complete the nursing curriculum as well as give students an introduction to nursing roles, skills and responsibilities. Emphasis will be on defining the role of the nurse and exploring baseline skills such as problem solving, interpersonal relations, mathematical calculations and basic medical terminology. Site visits will be included in the course to observe various health care settings and the role of the nurse within those settings. Perspectives courses are most appropriate for degree students enrolled in any of the career programs, including Liberal Arts or General Studies students. This course is not open to students who have completed any nursing course. This course satisfies the College’s First-Year Experience requirement.
  
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    NUR* K130 - LPN to RN Transition I °


    1 CREDIT HOUR
    Prerequisite: Charter Oak State College NUR 190: LPN to RN Articulation Bridge Course.
    This course is the final component of the CT League of Nursing LPN to RN Articula­tion plan for the CT Community Colleges Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) which prepares LPNs to enter into the CT-CCNP in the second year of study. Students enrolling in this course have been accepted for admission into the CT-CCNP and have chosen the option to enter the third semester. This course builds upon the content of Charter Oak State College NUR 190: LPN to RN Articulation Bridge Course by providing and integrating content that is specific to the CT-CCNP curriculum. Upon successful completion of Charter Oak State College Nursing 190, this course and the CT-CCNP prerequisites and concurrent general education courses up to the second year of study, articulation credits are awarded per the escrow model and the LPN advances to NUR* K201  and NUR* K202 . Clinical: 45 hours (Clinical and laboratory distribution is at the discretion of the college attended).
  
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    NUR* K131 - LPN to RN Transition II °


    1 CREDIT HOUR
    Prerequisites: Charter Oak State College NUR 190; NUR* K130 ; BIO* K235 ; PSY* K111 ; PSY* K201 ; SOC* K101 .
    This course represents a mechanism to award credit equivalent to the first year of CT-CCNP to the LPN who has successfully completed the CT League for Nursing Articulation Plan for LPN to RN.
  
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    NUR* K201 - Nursing Care Of Individuals And Families I °


    9 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisites: NUR* K102 ; NUR* K103  (or for LPN Articulation NUR* K131 ); PSY* K201 ; SOC* K101 ; BIO* K211 ; BIO* K212 ; ENG* K101  or ENG* K101S .
    Corequisites: NUR* K202  and ENG* K102 .
    The student will focus on holistic care of individuals and families across the lifespan with a variety of health care needs. The needs of clients experiencing endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular conditions and selected mental health disorders are examined. Bioterrorism as a health care issue will be addressed. Clinical laboratory experience provides the student an opportunity to administer care to a diverse population of clients in a variety of acute care and com­munity health care settings. The student will utilize critical thinking, caring, profes­sionalism and communication skills in the care of the client. Emphasis is placed on provision of safe and competent care and development of the professional role as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. Over the semester, the student is in­creasingly challenged with more complex client assignments in the clinical area. Theory: 60 hours Clinical: 225 hours.
  
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    NUR* K202 - Pharmacology for Individuals and Families with Intermediate Health Care Needs °


    1 CREDIT HOUR
    Prerequisites: NUR* K102 ; NUR* K103  (or for LPN Articulation NUR* K131 ; PSY* K201 ; SOC* K101 ; BIO* K211 ; BIO* K212 ; ENG* K101  or ENG* K101S .
    Corequisites: NUR* K201  and ENG* K102 .
    The student will focus on pharmacologic principles related to the care of individuals and families across the lifespan with intermediate health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on medications used for clients who have endocrine, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and psychiatric conditions and clients who are survivors of bioterrorism. Theory: 15 hours.
  
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    NUR* K203 - Nursing Care of Individuals And Families II °


    8 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisites: NUR* K201 ; NUR* K202 ; ENG* K102 .
    Corequisites: NUR* K204 ; NUR* K205 ; a Humanities or Fine Arts elective.
    The student will focus on the holistic care of individuals, families, and groups with complex health care needs. The student will incorporate critical thinking, caring behaviors, professionalism, and communication skills when providing nursing care in a variety of acute, long-term and/ or community settings. The student will have an opportunity to manage a multi-client assignment with an emphasis on safe and competent practice. An observational experience with a visiting nurse agency, a dialysis unit and/or a cancer center will be provided. Theory: 45 hours Clinical: 225 hours.
  
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    NUR* K204 - Pharmacology for Individuals, Families and Groups with Complex Health Care Needs °


    1 CREDIT HOUR
    Prerequisites: NUR* K201 ; NUR* K202 ; ENG* K102 .
    Corequisites: NUR* K203 ; NUR* K205 ; a Humanities or Fine Arts elective.
    The student will focus on safe use, pharmacologic principles, indications and nursing implications related to drug therapy in the care of individuals, families, and groups with complex health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on medications used for clients who have acute and chronic renal failure, oncology and neurological conditions, and multi-system dysfunction and clients who choose an alternative therapy. Theory: 15 hours.
  
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    NUR* K205 - Nursing Management and Trends °


    2 CREDIT HOURS
    Prerequisites: NUR* K201 ; NUR* K202 ; ENG* K102 .
    Corequisites: NUR* K203 ; NUR* K204 ; a Humanities or Fine Arts elective.
    The student will explore the basic principles of management, leadership and collaborative relationships as they relate to providing safe and competent care. The focus is on the utilization of critical thinking skills to make decisions, priority setting, delegation, legal parameters of nursing practice and ethical issues. The student will expand the concept of caring to the profession of nursing through collegial and interdisciplinary communication. The course facilitates the transition of the student into the profession and his/her role in contemporary nursing practice. Theory: 30 hours.