LPN Program Curriculum Course Descriptions

General education and science courses are offered through St. Peter's University.

BI-171 - Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) (First semester course)

Prerequisite: None

Emphasis on the structure and function of the major systems of the human body and its variations from the normal. The cellular, embryological, and genetic basis of structure and function are also considered. Includes laboratory. (3 lecture hours/3 laboratory hours).

BI-172 - Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) (Second semester course)

Prerequisite: BI-171 with a minimum grade of C

Emphasis on the structure and function of the major systems of the human body and its variations from the normal. The cellular, embryological, and genetic basis of structure and function are also considered. Includes laboratory.(3 lecture hours/3 laboratory hours).

PS-151 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) (First semester course)

Co-Requisites: none

Exploration of the methods and applications of psychology; introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior. (3 lecture hours).

PS-235 - Life Span Development (3 credits) (Third semester course)

Co-Requisites: PS-151 with a minimum grade of C

Comprehensive examination of the basic principles, stages and aspects of human growth and development from birth to senescence. (3 lecture hours).

CM-116 - Introduction to English Composition II (3 credits) (First semester course)

Co-Requisites: None

Introduction and practice in writing and reading English prose with special emphasis upon individual development. The course progresses from personal experiences to critical writing and research and includes individual instruction and mandatory laboratory work (in CALL) in English grammar spelling and sentence structure. Special use is made of peer group discussion and other non-traditional teaching techniques. (3 lecture hours).

Practical Nursing Course Descriptions

First Semester (15 weeks Fall semester course)

PN 100- Introduction to Nursing (2 credits)

Prerequisites: Acceptance into Practical Nursing Program; Co-requisite: BI-172- Anatomy and Physiology II

This is an introductory course for the student who is entering into the nursing program. The course emphasizes the role of the practical nurse, the scope of practice, and different levels of education for a nurse and the understanding of the roles in the health care system. The course is also designed to assist students with strategies on how to be successful in a nursing program; time management skills, medical terminology, medication math, and test taking skills. Professionalism in health care will be discussed. Development of critical thinking skills will be emphasized throughout the course. (2 lecture hours).

Second Semester (15 weeks Spring Semester Course)

PN 101- Concepts of Practical Nursing Practice I: Foundations (10 credits)

Prerequisites: PN-100 with a minimum grade of C; Co-requisite: PS- 235- Life Span Development.

This course will introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of nursing practice and the application of the concepts with a focus on wellness and health promotion across the lifespan. The application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratories and clinical settings. The clinical setting will be at affiliated long term care facilities. (8 lecture hours/6 clinical laboratory hours).

Third Semester (15 Weeks Summer Semester Course)

PN 102- Concepts of Practical Nursing Practice II (8 credits)

Prerequisites: PN-101 with a minimum grade of C.

This course builds on the first semester courses to further refine the concepts of nursing practice with application to the care of diverse adult patients with reproductive disorders, the reproducing family, and the care of a pediatric client. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratories, simulation, and a variety of clinical settings. (5 lecture hours/9 clinical laboratory hours).

Forth Semester (15 weeks Fall Semester Course)

PN- 203- Concepts of Practical Nursing Practice III- (12 credits)

Prerequisites: PN-102 with a minimum grade of C.

This course builds on the previous nursing courses to further refine and apply the concepts of nursing practice in the care of diverse clients with uncomplicated/complicated acute and chronic conditions and mental health disorders across the lifespan. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in the nursing laboratories, simulation, and a variety of clinical settings. (8 lecture hours/12 clinical laboratory hours).

Practical Nurse Organizational Plan