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Course Descriptions and Numbering System

The course numbering system is an independent system developed by the college’s administration. The alphanumeric identifier is used by student, faculty and administration to indicate which part of the program the student is attending. The alpha characters identify the subject matter and the numeric characters identify the course number. Additionally, some courses contain a suffix code, where SL = Simulation Lab Component; C or CL = Clinical. All online courses are indicated on the program specific description pages as well as the individual course details.

General Education & Prerequisite Sciences

Course Descriptions

BSC 201 Anatomy and Physiology l

This course is the first of a two-course sequence. It is the study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. The interrelationships among the systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis is highlighted.

  • 3.0 credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Co-requisite: BSC 201L
BSC 201L Anatomy and Physiology l Lab

The lab portion of this course allows the students to examine body parts as they relate to selected systems of this course. The students will diagram and identify body parts and discuss their function.

  • 1 Credits (30 e-lab clock hours)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Co-requisites: BSC 201
BSC 202 Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is the second part of a two course sequence. It is the study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics). The interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis is highlighted.

  • 3 credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L
  • Co-requisites: BSC 202L
BSC 202L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

This lab allows the students to explore human system components and basic physiology. The endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics) systems will be studied.

  • 1 credit (30 e-lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L
  • Co-requisites: BSC 202
MCB 201 Microbiology

This course covers basic microbiology and immunology. The role of microorganisms in the environment and in human disease is discussed. Topics include: bacteria structure and growth, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry of microorganisms. Medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology are emphasized.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC201, BSC 201L
  • Co-requisites: BSC 202L
MCB 201L Microbiology l Lab

The lab covers the basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microorganisms, and the role of microorganisms in the environment and in human disease.

  • 1 Credit (30 e-lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L
  • Co-requisites: MCB 201
PSY 201 General Psychology

Students will be introduced to the field of psychology and gain an introductory understanding of human behavior and how heredity, environment, learning, intelligence and human diversity impacts mankind.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
CHM 101 General Chemistry

The course provides students with an introduction to chemistry. Key concepts including: atomic structure, bonding, acids and bases, and organic reactions will be explored.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L
  • Co-requisites: CHM 101L
CHM 101L General Chemistry Lab

This course complements and consolidates the theoretical knowledge acquired in CHM 101. Students will demonstrate techniques to carry out experiments safely, obtain data accurately, and manipulate data correctly.

  • 1 Credit (30 e-lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L
  • Co-requisites: CHM 101
ENC 101 English Composition

This course is designed to introduce students to the writing, reading, and thinking skills necessary for success in college and in their future career. Topics will include: reading comprehension, grammar, the writing process, citing sources, and writing effectively to communicate ideas.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Co-requisites: none
MAC 101 College Algebra

This course is an introductory course. Topics include: laws of exponents, factoring, inequalities, linear and quadratic equations, roots, complex numbers, and logarithmic functions. This course will provide the student with the concepts and skills necessary to advance to statistics.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Co-requisites: none
PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy

The students will be introduced to the different philosophical theories to help them develop precise and thorough reasoning skills. The view of many famous philosophers, including, but not limited to: Plato, Aristotle, Rene Descartes, and others.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Co-requisites: none

Associates In Science Degree Nursing Courses

Course Descriptions

The proposed nursing curriculum includes specific clinical experience and theoretical instruction as outlined in s. 464.019 (1)(f)(g), F.S.

NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing

This course facilitates transition from the role of Practical Nurse to that of Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). Nursing process is used as the framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Students’ critical thinking skills, math, and dosage calculations knowledge is enhanced using a holistic, evidence-based approach. Students learn about holistic health care and application of the nursing process to clients and families focusing on concepts of immunity, metabolism, oxygen, perfusion, culture, and comfort, specifically comfort at end-of-life. Students expand learning about pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication and teaching. Through laboratory and clinical experiences students expand assessment and intervention skills with emphasis on interventions for adult clients in acute care facilities.

  • 7 Credits (75 Theory Clock Hours, 60 e-Lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101
NUR 102 Behavioral Theories in Nursing

This course will build on previously learned mental health concepts and interpersonal skills. The role of the professional nurse in providing safe, holistic, evidence-based care to clients with behavioral health disorders will be emphasized. Content includes psychosocial assessment skills, therapeutic approaches and communication skills to meet various psychosocial needs of clients and families, and crisis intervention. Clinical experience will include a continued emphasis on the nursing process in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the emotionally ill individual.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101
NUR 103 Advanced Pharmacology I

This course focuses on basic drug classification, concepts, and principles of pharmacology with emphasis on the use of the nursing process to develop a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy. The student will also examine the nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy. Drug calculation will be evaluated for competency.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
HUN 200 Nutrition for Health Care Professionals

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 202 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care I

This course focuses on advanced nursing skills used when providing safe, competent, and holistic evidenced-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. The clinical experience gives the student the opportunity to learn and practice history-taking and physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, the use of clinical assessment tools and current technologies, and nursing documentation. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality entry level RN nursing care.

  • 7 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 203 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care II

This course is the second in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. This course provides knowledge for nursing of older adults with complex acute health problems focusing on maintaining or restoring health of acutely ill clients. The needs of older adults returning to the community and community health care issues will be addressed.

  • 6 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 204 Obstetrical & Pediatric Nursing Care l

Builds upon prior learning and knowledge about obstetrical and neonatal nursing care with an increased emphasis on advanced concepts including labor & childbirth, complications of childbearing, and common female reproductive conditions. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of women during labor & childbirth and care of neonates.

  • 6 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 205 Community Health Nursing

This course prepares RN students for practicing public health and community health nursing by applying public health theories, community collaboration, prevention and health promotion and protective nursing care to the individual, family, and community.

  • 4 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 206 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. The student will apply the theories of effective leadership and management, within a selected health care area utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, ethical decision making, communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions.

  • 5 credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 205
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 207 Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing

This course allows you to transition from the role of student nurse to graduate nurse. The student is introduced to the professional competencies and the scope of practice of Associate Degree Nursing. The content includes leadership and management skills, communication techniques, ethical and legal responsibilities, professional growth, and preparation for licensure.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 205
NUR 407 Licensure Preparatory Course (NCLEX Review)

This course will help prepare the student for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) by developing effective test-taking strategies and techniques. Theory and clinical review and case studies will be included.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: All General Education, Prerequisite, and all Nursing Core Courses
  • Co-requisites: None

LPN to BSN Bridge Program - Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree

Course Descriptions

The proposed nursing curriculum includes specific clinical experience and theoretical instruction as outlined in s. 464.019 (1)(f)(g), F.S.

NUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course facilitates transition from the role of Practical Nurse to that of Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). Nursing process is used as the framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Students’ critical thinking skills, math, and dosage calculations knowledge is enhanced using a holistic, evidence-based approach. Students learn about holistic health care and application of the nursing process to clients and families focusing on concepts of immunity, metabolism, oxygen, perfusion, culture, and comfort, specifically comfort at end-of-life. Students expand learning about pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication and teaching. Through laboratory and clinical experiences students expand assessment and intervention skills with emphasis on interventions for adult clients in acute care facilities.

  • 7 Credits (75 Theory Clock Hours, 60 e-Lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101
NUR 102 Behavioral Theories in Nursing

This course will build on previously learned mental health concepts and interpersonal skills. The role of the professional nurse in providing safe, holistic, evidenced-base care to clients with behavioral health disorders will be emphasized. Content includes psychosocial assessment skills, therapeutic approaches and communication skills to meet various psychosocial needs of clients and families, and crisis intervention. Clinical experience will include a continued emphasis on the nursing process in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the emotionally ill individual.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101
HUN 200 Nutrition for Health Care Professionals

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 202 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care I

This course focuses on advanced nursing skills used when providing safe, competent, and holistic evidence-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. The clinical experience gives the student the opportunity to learn and practice history-taking and physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, the use of clinical assessment tools and current technologies and nursing documentation. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality entry level RN nursing care.

  • 7 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 203 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care II

This course is the second in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. This course provides knowledge for nursing of older adults with complex acute health problems focusing on maintaining or restoring health of acutely ill clients. The needs of older adults returning to the community and community health care issues will be addressed.

  • 6 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours,135 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 204 Obstetrical & Pediatric Nursing Care l

Builds upon prior learning and knowledge about obstetrical and neonatal nursing care with an increased emphasis on advanced concepts including labor & childbirth, complications of childbearing, and common female reproductive conditions. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of women during labor & childbirth and care of neonates.

  • 6 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 304 Obstetrical & Pediatric Nursing Care II

This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate prior learning and knowledge about pediatric nursing care with an increased emphasis on growth and development, family dynamics, health promotion, and cultural influences. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of children, adolescents, and their families.

  • 4 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
NUR 206 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. The student will apply the theories of effective leadership and management, within a selected health care area utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, ethical decision making, communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions.

  • 5 credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 205
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 207 Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing

This course allows you to transition from the role of student nurse to graduate nurse. The student is introduced to the professional competencies and the scope of practice of Associate Degree Nursing. The content includes leadership and management skills, communication techniques, ethical and legal responsibilities, professional growth, and preparation for licensure.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
STA 300 Statistics for Health Care Professionals

This is an introductory course in statistics and computing. The course focuses on obtaining and understanding data, probability, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, linear regressions, and the application of statistics to improve healthcare quality and outcomes. Statistical concepts related to epidemiology, biostatistics, health surveillance, screening, and the distribution of disease are explored.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: MAC 101
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 302 Professional Seminar

This course presents the history and roles and theories of professional nursing. The core values of MWCC SON are introduced, and students reflect on how these values impact their own practice through development of a professional philosophy. The course reviews the history of nursing and includes an analysis of its current impact on society. It presents nursing theories as the base for professional nursing practice. The course also provides an overview of the roles of the BSN nurse. Students will explore role socialization issues in structured and other settings within nursing practice.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Admission to BSN Program
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 305 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurses

This course provides the foundation for safe, effective, drug therapy and the role of the nurse in health promotion, disease prevention, and management. The different classifications of drugs, their physiologic and chemical basis of operation within the human body will be explored. The course also presents the methods of delivery of drugs, how to properly administer complex pharmacologic treatments and the interactions different drugs may have with each other, foods, other therapies, and the environment.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 306 Principles of Pathophysiology

In this course the student will study pathology and general health management of diseases across the lifespan. The content builds on basic anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry content obtained from earlier courses. Topics include: etiology, symptoms, and physical and psychological reactions to disease.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 201, BSC 202L, MCB 201, MCB 201L, CHM 101, CHM 101L
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 303 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care III

This course is the third in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. Incorporating concepts from the NUR 202 and NUR 203 this course focuses on adults with complex health problems, including oncology. Emphasis is given to judgment and professional values relating to the roles of provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the health care team and clinical experience will provide opportunities to apply the nursing process in the holistic care of adults.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 403 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care IV

This course builds upon the knowledge acquired in NUR 202, NUR 203, and NUR 303 and focuses on the role of the nurse in providing safe, competent, and holistic evidenced-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. Emphasis is on the advanced application of the nursing process, and the successful completion of clinical experiences within acute care and community settings. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality nursing care.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 310 Global Health Promotion

This course includes social injustice issues related to health care around the world. Discussions will be related to health care access, poverty related to health care, and human rights. Social injustice increases the prevalence of risk factors, which leads to health inequities. The course will look at promoting access to justice, especially for the most vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Admission to BSN Program
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 410 Health Care Law and Policies

This course is designed to provide an overview of development, challenge and opportunities of the nursing profession as related to policy and economics. Emphasis is on examining national and global health care needs and social justice in relationship to health care systems and policy.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
NUR 411 Health Informatics

This course provides an overview of informatics for the post-licensure nursing student. This course integrates practice, education, and research with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, and research decision making and their use in Evidence Based Practice. Current trends and issues in nursing and managing healthcare information are all examined. It is assumed that students have basic computing and word processing skills for this course.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
HUN 200 Nutrition for Health Care Professionals

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101
NUR 402 Community Health Nursing (Practicum)

This course prepares RN students for practicing public health and community health nursing by applying public health theories, community collaboration, prevention and health promotion and protective nursing care to the individual, family, and community. The course instructor works with student to connect with an agency to complete a project.

  • 5 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 404 Nursing Research

This course will introduce the research process with the emphasis on developing skills to perform research. Students will gain knowledge in the areas of research methods, critical appraisal of research, and the concepts of evidence-based practice.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 405 Disaster Management for Nurses

This course will identify the responsibilities of each nurse in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist event. Multiple scenarios will be presented, and nursing actions identified.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
NUR 406 Integration of Nursing Process (Capstone)

Students will develop a capstone project to improve an aspect of health care, utilizing knowledge from previous courses, including research and evidence-based practice, leadership, quality and safety.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403, NUR 404
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 407 Licensure Preparatory Course (NCLEX Review)

This course will help prepare the student for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) by developing effective test-taking strategies and techniques. Theory and clinical review and case studies will be included.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: All General Education, Prerequisite, and all Nursing Core Courses
  • Co-requisites: None

ADN to BSN Bridge Program - Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing

Course Descriptions

The proposed nursing curriculum includes specific clinical experience and theoretical instruction as outlined in s. 464.019 (1)(f)(g), F.S.

NUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course facilitates transition from the role of Practical Nurse to that of Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). Nursing process is used as the framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Students’ critical thinking skills, math, and dosage calculations knowledge is enhanced using a holistic, evidenced-based approach. Students learn about holistic health care and application of the nursing process to clients and families focusing on concepts of immunity, metabolism, oxygen, perfusion, culture, and comfort, specifically comfort at end-of-life. Students expand learning about pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication and teaching. Through laboratory and clinical experiences students expand assessment and intervention skills with emphasis on interventions for adult clients in acute care facilities.

  • 7 Credits (75 Theory Clock Hours, 60 e-Lab Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101
NUR 102 Behavioral Theories in Nursing

This course will build on previously learned mental health concepts and interpersonal skills. The role of the professional nurse in providing safe, holistic, evidence-base care to clients with behavioral health disorders will be emphasized. Content includes psychosocial assessment skills, therapeutic approaches and communication skills to meet various psychosocial needs of clients and families, and crisis intervention. Clinical experience will include a continued emphasis on the nursing process in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the emotionally ill individual.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 201L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 201, CHM 201L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101
NUR 202 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care I

This course focuses on advanced nursing skills used when providing safe, competent, and holistic evidenced-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. The clinical experience gives the student the opportunity to learn and practice history-taking and physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, the use of clinical assessment tools and current technologies, and nursing documentation. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality entry level RN nursing care.

  • 7 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 203 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care II

This course is the second in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. This course provides knowledge for nursing of older adults with complex acute health problems focusing on maintaining or restoring health of acutely ill clients. The needs of older adults returning to the community and community health care issues will be addressed.

  • 6 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 204 Obstetrical & Pediatric Nursing Care l

Builds upon prior learning and knowledge about obstetrical and neonatal nursing care with an increased emphasis on advanced concepts including labor & childbirth, complications of childbearing, and common female reproductive conditions. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of women during labor & childbirth and care of neonates.

  • 6 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Clock Hours, 135 Clinical Simulation Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 304 Obstetrical & Pediatric Nursing Care II

This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate prior learning and knowledge about pediatric nursing care with an increased emphasis on growth and development, family dynamics, health promotion, and cultural influences. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of children, adolescents, and their families.

  • 4 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
NUR 206 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. The student will apply the theories of effective leadership and management, within a selected health care area utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, ethical decision making, communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions.

  • 5 credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 205
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 207 Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing

This course allows you to transition from the role of student nurse to graduate nurse. The student is introduced to the professional competencies and the scope of practice of Associate Degree Nursing. The content includes leadership and management skills, communication techniques, ethical and legal responsibilities, professional growth, and preparation for licensure.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
NUR 207 Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing

This course allows you to transition from the role of student nurse to graduate nurse. The student is introduced to the professional competencies and the scope of practice of Associate Degree Nursing. The content includes leadership and management skills, communication techniques, ethical and legal responsibilities, professional growth, and preparation for licensure.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC 101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
STA 300 Statistics for Health Care Professionals

This is an introductory course in statistics and computing. The course focuses on obtaining and understanding data, probability, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, linear regressions, and the application of statistics to improve healthcare quality and outcomes. Statistical concepts related to epidemiology, biostatistics, health surveillance, screening, and the distribution of disease are explored.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: MAC 101
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 302 Professional Seminar

This course presents the history and roles and theories of professional nursing. The core values of MWCC SON are introduced, and students reflect on how these values impact their own practice through development of a professional philosophy. The course reviews the history of nursing and includes an analysis of its current impact on society. It presents nursing theories as the base for professional nursing practice. The course also provides an overview of the roles of the BSN nurse. Students will explore role socialization issues in structured and other settings within nursing practice.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Admission to BSN Program.
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 305 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurses

This course provides the foundation for safe, effective, drug therapy and the role of the nurse in health promotion, disease prevention and management. The different classifications of drugs, their physiologic and chemical basis of operation within the human body will be explored. The course also presents the methods of delivery of drugs, how to properly administer complex pharmacologic treatments and the interactions different drugs may have with each other, foods, other therapies, and the environment.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 306 Principles of Pathophysiology

In this course the student will study pathology and general health management of diseases across the lifespan. The content builds on basic anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry content obtained from earlier courses. Topics include: etiology, symptoms, and physical and psychological reactions to disease.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 201, BSC 202L, MCB 201, MCB 201L, CHM 101, CHM 101L. Co-requisites: None
NUR 303 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care III

This course is the third in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. Incorporating concepts from the NUR 202 and NUR 203 this course focuses on adults with complex health problems, including oncology. Emphasis is given to judgment and professional values relating to the roles of provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the health care team and clinical experience will provide opportunities to apply the nursing process in the holistic care of adults.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 90 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 403 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health Care IV

This course builds upon the knowledge acquired in NUR 202, NUR 203, and NUR 303 and focuses on the role of the nurse in providing safe, competent, and holistic evidenced-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. Emphasis is on the advanced application of the nursing process, and the successful completion of clinical experiences within acute care and community settings. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality nursing care.

  • 5 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Simulation Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303
  • Co-requisites: none
NUR 310 Global Health Promotion

This course includes social injustice issues related to health care around the world. Discussions will be related to health care access, poverty related to health care, and human rights. Social injustice increases the prevalence of risk factors, which leads to health inequities. The course will look at promoting access to justice, especially for the most vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisite: Admission to BSN Program
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 410 Health Care Law and Policies

This course is designed to provide an overview of development, challenge and opportunities of the nursing profession as related to policy and economics. Emphasis is on examining national and global health care needs and social justice in relationship to health care systems and policy.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
NUR 411 Health Informatics

This course provides an overview of informatics for the post-licensure nursing student. This course integrates practice, education, and research with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, and research decision making and their use in evidence-based practice. Current trends and issues in nursing and managing healthcare information are all examined. It is assumed that students have basic computing and word processing skills for this course.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
HUN 200 Nutrition for Health Care Professionals

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101
NUR 402 Community Health Nursing (Practicum)

This course prepares RN students for practicing public health and community health nursing by applying public health theories, community collaboration, prevention and health promotion and protective nursing care to the individual, family, and community. The course instructor works with student to connect with an agency to complete a project.

  • 5 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours, 45 Clinical Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
  • Co-requisite: None
NUR 404 Nursing Research

This course will introduce the research process with the emphasis on developing skills to perform research. Students will gain knowledge in the areas of research methods, critical appraisal of research, and the concepts of evidence-based practice.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 405 Disaster Management for Nurses

This course will identify the responsibilities of each nurse in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist event. Multiple scenarios will be presented, and nursing actions identified.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403
NUR 406 Integration of Nursing Process (Capstone)

Students will develop a capstone project to improve an aspect of health care, utilizing knowledge from previous courses, including research and evidence-based practice, leadership, quality and safety.

  • 2 Credits (30 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Prerequisites: BSC 201, BSC 201L, BSC 202, BSC 202L, MCB 201, PSY 201, CHM 101, CHM 101L, ENC 101, MAC101, NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 202, NUR 204, NUR 303, NUR 403, NUR 404
  • Co-requisites: None
NUR 410 Health Care Law and Policies

This course is designed to provide an overview of development, challenge and opportunities of the nursing profession as related to policy and economics. Emphasis is on examining national and global health care needs and social justice in relationship to health care systems and policy.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
NUR 411 Health Informatics

This course provides an overview of informatics for the post-licensure nursing student. This course integrates practice, education, and research with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, and research decision making and their use in evidence-based practice. Current trends and issues in nursing and managing healthcare information are all examined. It is assumed that students have basic computing and word processing skills for this course.

  • 3 Credits (45 Theory Clock Hours)
  • Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 302
NUR 412 Professional Role, Development, and Transition to Practice

This course will review and expand on the basic principles of nursing management and leadership learned in the associate nursing degree program and through work experience. Quality improvement, healthcare policy and outcome measures will be reinforced. Theoretical framework and critical thinking strategies will be introduced to advance the role of the professional nurse through the health care delivery system. Focuses on the synthesis of this knowledge to develop innovative and creative approaches to nursing practice.

  • 4 Credits (60 Theory Clock Hours) Prerequisites: All General Education, Prerequisite, and all Nursing Core Courses

Clinical Information

Externship Assignment and Conduct

Students must successfully complete all externship or practicum requirements in order to complete the program. Externships are a cooperative effort among the school, the students and the externship facilities. Students do not displace existing externship site personnel. The school maintains general liability insurance on all students and faculty while at externship sites.

Externship assignments are typically made throughout the didactic portion of the program. Students must adjust their schedules and personal lives in order to complete the externship course. Students must be prepared to travel to their externship assignments.

Based on externship site availability, students may be required to complete their externship at more than one site. Students who decline two sites may be required to withdraw from the program. In such an event, the school makes no assurances as to if or when other sites will be available.

This may extend a student’s expected graduation date. In the event of such an extension, students are expected to make use of the simulation labs at least eight hours per week as scheduled by the Dean of Nursing. Students must be in good academic standing and fulfilling all financial obligations owed to Meridian West Central College.

If the site or the school determines that the student is not reliable for any reason, including absences, the student may be removed from the site and may be dismissed from the program. In any case, if a student misses three or more days of externship due to non-medical reasons the student may be dismissed from the program.

Students are required to attend 100% of required clinical externship hours. MWCC School of Nursing’s holidays, vacations and make-up days do not apply to students on externship. If a student misses clinicals and does not supply a doctor’s note or a note from a hospital verifying a medical emergency, the student must pay $45 per hour to make up each hour of clinical time. Clinical Instructor must certify all required attendance hours.

Externship Conduct

Upon completion of online academic preparation, each student must complete an externship in a hospital, clinic and/or long-term care facility as part of his or her nursing program. The Clinical Administrative Support personnel will arrange all externships. The extern site is not obligated to employ the student following completion of the externship.

During the externship, students are given the opportunity to put their theory and simulations training into practical application under actual employment conditions. While on externship, the student is under the supervision of the Clinical Instructor, the training facility, as well as that of the school. Externship assignments will correspond with the completion of required coursework. All program and catalogue requirements apply including dress code, name tags, drug use, etc. Additionally students must abide by the rules and regulations of the site to which they are assigned. This includes rules governing confidentiality of medical information associated with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

While on externship students must comply with the following extern regulations:

  1. The school will assign you to an externship site. The school cannot guarantee a particular office or geographical location, though we will consider your request when making assignments.
  2. You will be expected to work your assigned shift hours. Clinicals take place from Monday through Sunday, typically starting at 7 a.m. depending upon state laws, a certain amount of time is required for lunch. Lunchtime is not included in your total externship hours.
  3. Externship is a part of your education. You will not be paid and will be withdrawn from the program if the facility reports that you were asking for or receiving pay. Certain extern sites may require that you be tested for drug usage and/or be checked for any criminal background prior to accepting you as an extern.
  4. You must meet the objectives on the externship check off list and your midpoint evaluations. An unsatisfactory evaluation from the healthcare facility may require you to serve an additional externship period, or return to school for additional training, or result in your termination from the school.
  5. As part of externship requirements you are responsible for completing and submitting forms and documents as required. Extern time sheets must be handed in to the Clinical Instructor by the student at the end of business Friday or uploaded on the clinical page first thing Monday before noon. Midterm evaluations must be completed and delivered to the school at the halfway point of your externship.
  6. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Clinical Instructor has completed and signed all evaluations and time verification sheets, and that the Dean of Nursing has received them upon completion of your externship. Providing the College with inaccurate data regarding externship attendance or performance is grounds for expulsion from the school.
  7. It is your responsibility to attend scheduled meetings, including site interviews, before and during your externship. You may be required to conduct a teleconference call with the Clinical Director of Education during your externship at the direction of your Clinical Instructor.
  8. Students are expected to behave in a professional manner at all times. Any conduct, which reflects discredit upon the student, the school, or the site, will subject the student to termination from the school.
  9. If you are going to be late or absent, you must notify the healthcare facility and the Clinical Instructor. Violation of attendance policy will result in probation or withdrawal from school.
  10. Immediately notify your Clinical Instructor if any problems are encountered during externship. Never walk off the site without first notifying your Clinical Instructor.
  11. Tuition payments must be kept current in order for the student to be permitted to attend clinicals.
  12. If you are terminated from an externship site, the Clinical Instructor will evaluate the circumstances of your termination and a decision will be made regarding your status as a student. You may be withdrawn from school at that time. If you are allowed to continue to extern and are terminated from another site, you will be withdrawn from school.

Criteria for Assessing Student Performance While on Externship

Students must demonstrate passing scores in his/her courses including practical written exams and simulation lab exams prior to being assigned an externship. During the externship course, each student will be evaluated in the areas of professional performance and appearance, attendance and practical skills. To complete the externship course successfully, a student must satisfactorily perform each of the procedures outlined in the training plan and demonstrate satisfactory work habits. If, when evaluated, the extern is unable to perform certain procedures properly, the student will be required to return to campus for additional training in the areas in which the student is deemed to need more preparation. During the externship course, the student may be required to contact the Clinical Director of Education for weekly scheduled meetings with the Clinical Instructor in order to gain better practical skills.

If the student’s work habits are not satisfactory on the first evaluation, the Clinical Instructor will confer with the student at that time. If work habits are still unsatisfactory at the end of the externship period, the student may be required to serve an additional externship. A student may only repeat the externship once. If failure of the externship occurs twice, the student will be withdrawn from the program.