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Course Descriptions


NURS-099   Transition into Nursing I
1 Credit

At the completion of this course the student will utilize major theoretical and clinical constructs required of a student in the Howard Community College Nurse Education Program. The course will focus on the framework  of Responses to Stress and  its application  to written  assign- ments, the approach to theory and to clinical functioning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nurse Education Program at a level higher than NURS-122/NURS-123. (1 hour  weekly)

NURS-103   Transition into Nursing II
6 Credits

At the completion  of this course, students will be capable of applying theory to provide safe care for patients with common  health problems. Se- lection of nursing actions is directed at variations resulting from five major categories of patient responses to stress (immobility,   obstruction, infection,  bleeding and alterations in percep- tion).  Prerequisites: Admission into the LPN Pathway and completion  of BIOL-107, BIOL-204, CHEM-103, ENGL-121, PSYC-200, and MATH-122, MATH-138 or higher. (4 hours theory, 2 hours lab weekly)

NURS-122   Foundations of Nursing
8 Credits

The student will develop and attain attitudes, knowledge and skills, both interpersonal and psychomotor,  which  are necessary to assist the patient in meeting health care needs. The curriculum framework and influence of the stress- adaptation process on basic needs and nursing care is emphasized. The student will select gen- eral nursing actions and develop competencies required to deliver safe, technical nursing care to patients in long-term and acute care settings. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the ADN Program or PN Certificate option. Specific admis- sion criteria exist for the accelerated program. Prerequisites for ADN Nursing Program: BIOL-107, BIOL-203, CHEM-103, MATH-122, 138 or higher. Pre- or corequisite:  BIOL-204, PSYC-200. Prereq- uisites for PN Certificate  track: BIOL-107, BIOL-203, MATH-105.  Pre- or corequisite: BIOL-204, PSYC-200. (5 hours  theory,  3 hours  lab weekly)

NURS-134   Family Centered Nursing I
4 Credits

This course introduces the student to contempo- rary perspectives on the health care of women and the childbearing  family. Students will develop competencies required to administer safe, techni- cal nursing care to patients with both common and complex health care needs. Utilizing the curriculum framework, the student will examine patient responses to stress and will select nurs- ing actions to meet patient needs. Prerequisites: NURS-122  or NURS-123, BIOL-204,  PSYC-200. Pre- or corequisite: ENGL-121 and PSYC-101. (2.75 hours theory, 3.75 hours lab weekly)

NURS-135   Medical-Surgical Nursing I
4 Credits

Building on theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies from NURS-122 or NURS-123, the student will develop competencies required to administer  safe, technical  nursing  care to pa- tients experiencing complex health problems. Utilizing the curriculum framework, the student will examine patient responses to stress and will select general nursing actions to meet patient needs.  Prerequisites:  NURS-122 or NURS-123, BIOL-204,  PSYC-200. Pre- or corequisite: ENGL-
121 and  PSYC-101. (2.5 hours theory, 4.5 hours lab weekly)

NURS-140   Advanced Concepts in
Practical Nursing
5 Credits

This course will prepare the practical  nurse student to provide care for individuals of all ages experiencing  more  complex  health care problems resulting from the major responses to stress. The student will explore the role of the practical nurse in health care and utilize the steps of the nursing process to provide safe nursing care to a small group of patients. Experience in managing the care provided by auxiliary nursing personnel will be integrated into clinical assign- ments. Successful completion  of this course includes success on the exit examination. Pre- requisites:  NURS-134, NURS-135, PSYC-101, and ENGL-121. (3 hours  theory,  6 hours  lab weekly)

NURS-170   Nursing Co-Op Work
3 Credits

See COOP-201-202 Cooperative  Education  Work
Experience I and II.

NURS-230   Trends in Nursing
1 Credit

This course provides the nursing student with an over view of the current trends and issues occur- ring in nursing and health care including health care financing and economics, the health care delivery system, legal and ethical issues, health policy and politics. Students will be challenged to examine how these issues and other current events shape nursing practice. Prerequisites: NURS-134 and NURS-135. (1 hour  theory  weekly)

NURS-234   Family Centered Nursing II
4 Credits

Building on theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies   from  NURS-134, the student  will gain greater proficiency  in caring for patients within the family unit. Nursing care is most effective when it is delivered with the belief that the family is the patient. The child is an essential member of the family unit. The cur- riculum framework will help students examine responses to and nursing inter ventions to meet the needs of the child and family. Students will develop competencies required to administer safe, technical  nursing care with an emphasis on caring for children  with a holistic approach to the family  unit. Prerequisites:  NURS-134, NURS-135, and PSYC-101. Pre- or corequisite: SOCI-101. (2.75 hours theory, 3.75 hours lab weekly)

NURS-235   Nursing Care of Patients in
Community and Mental Health Settings
4 Credits

This course will introduce students to psychiatric mental health nursing and community-based nursing  practice.  Students will examine con- cepts specific to community and mental health nursing and apply the nursing process to clients experiencing  an alteration in perception and clients requiring community  support ser vices. Students will develop competencies  required to administer  safe, technical  nursing care to patients. Prerequisites:  NURS-134 and NURS-135 or NURS-233 and  NURS-234, PSYC-101. Pre- or corequisite:  SOCI-101. (2.15  hours  theor y, 5.5 hours lab weekly)

NURS-240   Medical-Surgical Nursing II
8 Credits

Building on theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies from previous nursing courses, the student will gain greater proficiency  in caring for patients experiencing complex health problems. Students will utilize the curriculum framework to plan and provide patient-centered care. Theoreti- cal study and clinical application of knowledge will also focus on leadership and management in nursing to promote quality patient care out- comes. Students will demonstrate competencies required to administer safe, technical nursing care and gain experience  in managing care for a small group of patients. Upon successful completion of this course, to include success on the exit examination, students will be prepared to assume entry-level roles as associate degree nurses in caring for patients with diverse health needs. Prerequisites:  NURS-234, NURS-235. Pre- or corequisite:  NURS-230 and Humanities,  Arts
& Literature Core Courses. (4.7 hours theory, 9.9 hours lab weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST