Course Descriptions

Healthcare Administration & Management, AAS

PNR 120 KSPN Foundations of Nursing 4 Cr Hrs

Utilizes the nursing standards of practice based on biology, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural principles to meet the needs of clients throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on basic nursing skills, patient safety and therapeutic communication. Concepts and skills are enhanced in subsequent courses. 

PNR 121 KSPN Foundations of Nursing Clinical 2 Cr Hrs

Explores the art and science of nursing in this clinical course. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, cultural and spiritual awareness, communication, data collection, performance of basic nursing skills and documentation. Principles of safe medication administration are introduced. 

PNR 122 KSPN Pharmacology 3 Cr Hrs

Introduces the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications and the effects of selected medications on the human body. The nursing process is used as the framework for ensuring safe and effective nursing care for clients across the lifespan. 

PNR 123 KSPN Medical Surgical Nursing I 4 Cr Hrs

Focuses on the effects of disorders of selected systems throughout the lifespan and applies the nursing process in meeting basic needs. Health promotion and maintenance, rehabilitation and continuity of care are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse is incorporated throughout. 

PNR 124 KSPN Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 3 Cr Hrs

Simulated and actual care situation of selected systems throughout the life span, utilizing acute and long-term care settings. Emphasis is placed on critical-thinking and clinical decision-making skills. 

PNR 126 KSPN Medical Surgical Nursing II 4 Cr Hrs

Focuses on the effects of disorders of selected systems throughout the lifespan using the nursing process in meeting basic needs. Prevention, rehabilitation and continuity of care are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse is incorporated throughout. 

PNR 127 KSPN Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 3 Cr Hrs

Uses simulated and actual care situations of selected systems throughout the lifespan, utilizing acute and long-term care settings. Emphasis is placed on critical-thinking and clinical decision-making skill development. Principles of leadership for the practical nurse are implemented, as well as multitasking management skills for transition as a practical nurse. 

PNR 130 KSPN Maternal Child Nursing 2 Cr Hrs

Focuses on pre- and post-natal maternal nursing care, as well as the care of children from infancy to adolescence. Emphasis is given to normal reproduction and frequently occurring biological, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the child-bearing and child-rearing family. 

PNR 131 KSPN Maternal Child Nursing Clinical 1 Cr Hrs

Applies concepts from PNR 130 KSPN Maternal Child Nursing. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process and meeting the basic needs of the maternal child client. 

PNR 132 KSPN Gerontology Nursing 2 Cr Hrs

Explores issues related to the aging adult using the nursing process as the organizing framework. Also discusses the impact of ageism, alterations in physiological and psychosocial functioning and the role of the practical nurse in caring for older adult clients. 

PNR 134 Role Development 2 Cr Hr

Expands the leadership and management skills necessary for personal and career growth and development. Assignment, delegation, teamwork and conflict management are emphasized. Provides opportunities to acquire additional knowledge in areas of concern. Builds on areas of strength to improve chances of being successful on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX- PN). 

PNR 135 KSPN Mental Health Nursing 2 Cr Hrs

Explores basic concepts and trends in mental health nursing. Therapeutic modalities and client behavior management are discussed. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process and meeting the basic human needs of the mental health client. 

PRN 136 Transition to Nursing 2 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to provide skills to enhance the success of the practical nurse student. It will include study skills, time management, social awareness skills,  an introduction to critical thinking, APA format, review of PN policies and procedures, and learning in a hybrid/online format. Prerequisites: CNA certificate, ALH110, BIO106, BIO150, CED115, PSY101, PSY120, CPR001

PNR 170 Healthcare Practice Management 3 Cr Hrs

This course explores the overall perspective of health service organizations and the associated managerial role. The student will be able to utilize practical building blocks for managerial growth. The student will discuss the involvement of future roles for healthcare providers and outside forces that impact management of a healthcare component.

PNR 175 Healthcare Management Research 4 Cr Hrs

This course explores management issues, funding and actual provision of healthcare by various entities. The student will research and discuss the role of management in healthcare. The student will complete projects that expand on specific areas of individual interest in administration and management. Prerequisites: Successfully completed all requirements for the technical certificate.

PNR 180 Healthcare Issues  3 Cr Hrs

This course explores current issues in healthcare and the impact of those issues on society. The student will discuss specific pieces of legislation, regulatory initiatives, public concern issues, funding and actual provision of healthcare by various entities. The student will complete projects that expand on specific areas of individual interestPrerequisites: Successfully completed all requirements for the technical certificate.

ALH 110 Principles of Nutrition 3 Cr Hrs

Studies the health of the individual as related to food and its assimilation in the human body. Principles of normal nutrition, food values and adequate nutrient allowances for growth and maintenance is examined. 

ENG 101 Composition I 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of students. The emphasis is on fundamental principles of written English in structurally correct sentences, paragraphs and expository themes. Critical analysis of essays will be used to aid in developing the student’s thinking, support of thesis and style. Students are introduced to the basic components of research by writing a documented essay in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Prerequisite:  EBS110 English with a minimum grade of “C” or better or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

MTH 112 College Algebra 3 Cr Hrs

This course is an introduction of algebraic functions and some transcendental functions with application in business and life, natural and social sciences. Topics include solving equations, zeros, rational functions, matrices, exponentials and logarithms and systems. Additional topics are included as time permits. Students must furnish their own TI-83 or TI-83 PLUS graphing calculators. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of “C” or better in MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

BIO 150 Anatomy & Physiology 5 Cr Hrs

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory work includes tissue examination, basic physiological experiments and structural identification of all organ systems. 

SPH 101 Public Speaking 3 Cr Hrs

Covers fundamental basics to all good private and public speaking experiences and elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise and understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.

SPH 111 Interpersonal Communication 3 Cr Hrs

Improves individual communication skills. By understanding the elements of effective communication, students are able to create environments that bring out the best in themselves and others. In addition, students learn how to better turn ideas and feelings into words, how to listen more effectively, respond more appropriately to what others have said and, most important of all, how to maintain and develop good interpersonal relationships with their families, their peers and fellow workers. Emphasis is placed on small-group activities, interviewing skills and verbal and non-verbal communication.

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Cr Hrs

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. Course includes history, basic theories and biological bases of behavior, development, cognitive processes, individual awareness, motivation, emotion, personal adjustment and social psychology. 

PSY 120 Developmental Psychology 3 Cr Hrs

A study of individual development from conception through death. This includes the general areas of biological, physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development at each stage of life. Prerequisite: PSY 101 General Psychology.