Nursing (NURS) Courses

NURS 140  2 Units  
Vocational to Professional Nurse  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This course prepares Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) to transition into the Registered Nursing (RN) program. This course is a first-year course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of patient care for diverse adult patients. This course includes role transition content, nursing process, standards of practice, and critical thinking in nursing. A challenge examination covering first semester medical-surgical nursing content will determine eligibility for placement within the first or second semester of the program. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 150  4 Units  
Foundations of Nursing  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This course focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and the evaluation of patient care for diverse adults including older adults ages 65 and over by focusing on universal practices including physical assessment, safety, infection control, hygiene, body mechanics, activity/exercise, nutrition, pain management, cultural awareness, communication and documentation. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 151  5 Units  
Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing  

Lecture: 45 contact hours
Lab: 135 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 150

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This course is a first-year course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and the evaluation of patient care for diverse adults including adults ages 65 and over, nursing care and administration of medication for patients with the basic healthcare needs in pulmonary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine body systems, as well as patients undergoing general surgery and/or requiring wound care. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 160  4 Units  
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family And Newborn  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 150 and NURS 151

Corequisite: NURS 161

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This course is a first-year nursing course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of patient care for childbearing families. Maternity nursing also focuses on the biophysical aspects of human reproduction, assessment and management of the antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods, and newborn care. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 161  5 Units  
Beginning Medical Surgical Nursing  

Lecture: 45 contact hours
Lab: 135 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 150 and NURS 151

Corequisite: NURS 160

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This is first-year course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of patient care for diverse adult patients including adults ages 65 and over with selected healthcare needs in respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine body systems. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 250  4 Units  
Nursing Care of Children and Their Families  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 160 and NURS 161

Corequisite: NURS 251

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This is a second-year course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of patient care for diverse pediatric populations and their families. Pediatric nursing also focuses on a family-centered approach to the nursing care of infants and children. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 251  5 Units  
Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing  

Lecture: 45 contact hours
Lab: 135 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 160 and NURS 161

Corequisite: NURS 250

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This is a second-year course that focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of patient care for diverse adult patients including adults aged 65 and over with selected healthcare needs in neurological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, genitourinary, immunological, cardiovascular, and endocrine diseases. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 260  4 Units  
Mental Health Nursing  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: NURS 250 and NURS 251

Corequisite: NURS 261

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This course focuses on the nurse’s role in the collection of assessment data, identifying the relevance of the data collected, the analysis of patient/client priorities, the implementation of nursing interventions, and evaluation of care for diverse adult including adults aged 65 and over with mental health disorders. Psychiatric nursing also focuses on neurobiological theories, risks and interventions for suicide, substance abuse, and other mental health disorders. Application of KSAs will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

NURS 261  5 Units  
Complex Care and Leadership  

Lecture: 45 contact hours
Lab: 135 contact hours

Corequisite: NURS 260

Limitation on Enrollment: Registration is limited to students who have completed program prerequisites and have been accepted into the Nursing Program.

This is a second-year nursing course that builds upon previously learned knowledge, skills and attitudes while focusing on the application of the nursing process, discrimination of data, and identification of care priorities in order to manage complex needs of adults including adults ages 65 and over, critically ill or injured adults with single or multisystem failure. Complex Care and Leadership provides learning opportunities for leadership, community outreach, and disaster nursing. Correlated clinical experiences provide the senior student opportunities to assume nursing responsibilities in complex care areas and to function as part of an inter-professional team. Application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes (K-S-A) will occur in the hospital, on-campus skills laboratory, and simulation settings. The course also reviews graduate responsibilities for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) application and professional employment/licensure responsibilities.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only