Course Descriptions

VNSG 1119. Leadership and Professional Development.                         1:1:0 

Study of the importance of professional growth. Topics include the role of the licensed vocational nurse in the multi-disciplinary health care team, professional organizations, and continuing education. (16 contact hours) Prerequisite: Successful completion of all second semester courses. [Offered summer semester.]

VNSG 1126. Gerontology.                                                      1:1:0

Overview of the normal physical, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of the aging process. Addresses common disease processes of aging. Makes exploration of attitudes toward care of the elderly. (16 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1133. Growth and Development.                                 1:1:0

Study of the basic aspects of growth and development throughout the life span. Focus on growth and development of the individual’s body, mind, and personality as influenced by the environment. (16 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1160. Clinical I - Practical Nurse (LVN).                       1:0:6

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Ninety-six (96) clinical hours. Prerequisites: Admission to program, VNSG1505, liability insurance, student uniform, and completion of the Hepatitis B immunization series. [Offered at Wharton, Oak Bend, and Bay City clinical sites in fall semester.]

VNSG 1661. Clinical II - Practical Nurse (LVN).                        6:0:24

 A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Three hundred seventy-eight (378) clinical hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. [Offered spring semester at Wharton, Oak Bend, and Bay City clinical sites.]

VNSG 1231. Pharmacology.                                                              2:2:0

Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects are surveyed. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. (32 contact hours) [Offered spring semester.]

VNSG 1234. Pediatrics.                                                                         2:2:0

Study of childhood diseases and childcare from infancy through adolescence. Focus on the care of the well and the ill child utilizing the nursing process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. (32 contact hours) [Offered spring semester.]

VNSG 1238. Mental Illness.                                                                   2:2:0

Study of human behavior with emphasis on emotional and mental abnormalities and modes of treatment incorporating the nursing process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all second semester courses. (32 contact hours) [Offered summer semester.]

VNSG 1304. Foundations of Nursing.                                                3:3:0

This is an introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness. (48 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1327. Essentials of Medication Administration.                    3:3:0

General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs are introduced. Instruction includes various systems of measurement. Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1330. Maternal-Neonatal Nursing.                                              3:3:0

Utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family is studied. Emphasis is placed on the bio-psycho-socio-cultural needs of the family during the phases of pregnancy, childbirth, and the neonatal period including abnormal conditions. (48 contact hours) Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. [Offered spring semester.]

VNSG 1423. Basic Nursing Skills.                                                            4:3:5

Mastery of entry-level nursing skills and competencies for a variety of healthcare settings. Utilization of the nursing process is the foundation for all nursing interventions. (128 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1429. Medical-Surgical Nursing I.                                                   4:4:0

Application of the nursing process is used in the care of adult patients experiencing medical-surgical conditions in the health-illness continuum. A variety of health care settings is utilized. (64 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1432. Medical-Surgical Nursing II.                                                   4:4:0

This is a continuation of Medical-Surgical Nursing I with application of the nursing process to the care of adult patients experiencing medical-surgical conditions in the health-illness continuum. Includes a variety of health care settings. (64 contact hours) Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. [Offered spring semester.]

VNSG 1505. Health Science.                                                                            5:4:2

An introduction to the general principles of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and microbiology that are necessary for understanding body processes and basic principles underlying health promotion and therapeutic interventions. (96 contact hours) Prerequisite: Admission to program. [Offered fall semester.]

VNSG 1661. Clinical II - Practical Nurse (LVN).                                          6:0:24

A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement are the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Three hundred seventy-eight (378) clinical hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. [Offered spring semester at Wharton, Oak Bend, and Bay City clinical sites.]

VNSG 2331. Advanced Nursing Skills.                                                          3:1:2

Mastery of advanced level nursing skills and competencies in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process as a problem-solving tool. (64 contact hours) Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-semester courses. [Offered spring semester.]

VNSG 2661. Clinical III - Practical Nurse (LVN).                                        6:0:23 

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Three hundred sixty-eight (368) clinical hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all second-semester courses.   This course is the culminating evaluative course that assesses the outcomes of the vocational nursing major. All students must complete this course with a grade of 75% or better.

(Capstone Course) [Offered summer semester at Wharton, Oak Bend, and Bay City clinical sites.]

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