This course covers the basics of normal human anatomy and physiology in relation to health and the effects of disease processes. An integrated organs-systems approach is used to include terminology and concepts pertaining to homeostasis, cell biology, and biological chemistry. Topics covered in this course include the organization of the body, cells, tissues, and the characteristics of the blood. The integumentary, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems will also be explored. This course includes a laboratory component to enhance learning with emphasis on selected lecture topics. 

Anatomy and Physiology II is the second course in the second semester sequence of anatomy and physiology. This course is a continuation of the study of structure and function of the human body and the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis, the ways in which the body maintains health and the effects of disease processes. The special senses, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition and metabolism), urinary, fluid and electrolyte balance along with acid-base balance, and reproductive systems will be examined. Genetics and heredity will also be examined in this course. The physiological effects of aging will also be integrated into the discussion of each body system. 


This course is specifically designed to assist nursing students to prepare for the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Council Licensure Examination for the practical nurse (NCLEX-PN) with the goal of being successful on the examination to be eligible for licensure as a licensed practical nurse. This course provides the student opportunities to assess the level of preparedness for the exam, and to identify any weak areas in the student’s knowledge and clinical judgment. Computer operations involving online test taking and test taking strategies will be presented. Guidance in preparing the NCLEX-PN Examination application to the Ohio Board of Nursing will be provided. The course also involves an on-site review course taught by an experienced consultant in NCLEX preparation. 

Content stresses that healthy nutrition is required and utilized to promote, maintain, and restore health. This course will present the principles of good nutrition and how the body uses nutrition for growth, development, maintenance and restoration of health. The basic principles of chemistry, microbiology, and biology are discussed to enhance the practical nursing student in developing a scientific foundation pertaining to nutrition. Metabolic stress, physiologic adaptation, nutritional needs including enteral and parenteral nutrition support and the nurse’s role related to health and illness throughout the lifespan are emphasized. Application of the nursing process is integrated in the required course textbook and throughout the course. Healthy People 2020 objectives pertaining to nutrition, ChooseMyPlate.gov, nutrient resources, government resources, and community-based nutrition information resources are also discussed. 

The Medical Dosage Calculations course provides nursing students with the essential information that is the basis for accurate dosage calculations and safe medication administration. Critical thinking skills are applied to real-life patient care situations to emphasize the importance of accurate dosage calculations and the avoidance of medication errors in a just culture of practice. Abbreviations, examples, and medication dosage calculation problems comply with current standards of practice from The Joint Commission and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. 

This course will prepare the student nurse to administer prescribed medication therapies safely within the scope of practice for a practical nurse. The six rights of medication administration will be taught. Identifying the major classes of drugs and the nursing implications will be discussed. Adverse and side effects of various drugs will be examined. The drugs affecting the central nervous system, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and gastrointestinal systems will be examined with emphasis on the mechanism of action, use, adverse effects, and dosages. Hormones and steroids will also be explored. Medication administration to various age groups will be discussed as well. Patient teaching related to medications will also be reinforced.


General Psychology will provide an introduction to the study of theories and applications of psychology. The course will cover an overview of functioning of the nervous system including development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, emotions, cognition, intelligence, personality, consciousness, motivation, stress, and social processes as applied to the behavior of humans. The course will also emphasize components of human caring essential to the nurse’s role. 


Nursing Fundamentals is an introductory course that is designed to establish the foundations of basic nursing knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for beginning nursing students. This course presents nursing concepts for individuals across the lifespan. Additionally, the concepts of health, environment, person, and nursing are presented as the core structure of this nursing course. Critical thinking, communication, and 

adaptation are introduced as concepts that are essential to nursing. This course combines theory with a laboratory nursing skills component. In the skills lab hand washing, isolation precautions, medical and surgical asepsis, body mechanics, obtaining vital signs, physical assessment, specimen collection, urinary catheterization, medication administration, and other nursing skills will be practiced. 


Medical-Surgical Nursing focuses on nursing practice with adults experiencing a variety of acute and chronic alterations in health. Health promotion strategies and health care principles are examined based on body systems with emphasis on usual presenting symptoms. Common disorders of the various body systems involving neurologic, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems will be covered and will address medical treatment, surgical procedures and aseptic technique, preoperative care, and complications associated with surgery. Community resources will also be identified. 

End-of-life care will also be explored including ethical, legal, and sociocultural concerns. Care of the adult and family and family life processes and adaptation are discussed. Pharmacotherapy is also emphasized. Application of the nursing process occurs throughout the course. 

Clinical experiences in providing and documenting patient care are integrated throughout the course. The student will receive supervised nursing practice to enhance the learning process. Clinical experiences are planned to provide opportunities to apply theoretical concepts and nursing skills in clinical practice with guidance and direction, supervision and evaluation by the nursing instructor or a teaching assistant. 


This course explores basic concepts and trends in mental health nursing. Therapeutic modalities and patient behavior management are discussed. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process and meeting the basic human needs of patients with mental health problems. An overview of maternal/obstetrical nursing and associated care will be presented. Geriatrics will also be examined as a population with diverse needs. 


This course provides an overview of pediatric nursing and child health with regards to common illnesses, major health issues, and maintaining wellness. The practical nurse’s role in supporting and guiding health outcomes of the child and family will be examined. 


This course will explore the issues pertinent to entry into professional nursing practice such as the influence of one’s own needs, behavior, values, and communication skills. It includes a study of the roles and competencies of the beginning licensed practical nurse integrated with team building, accountability, relationship skills, and coping strategies for career-related stressors. Legal aspects of nursing are explored with an emphasis on the Nurse Practice Act and the licensing role of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Resume development will be completed. 


In this course, the student will focus on the practical nurse’s role in the performance of intravenous (IV) therapy procedures. Theory in intravenous therapy administration is provided in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Students will review fluid and electrolyte balance. The principles of infection and infection control measures will be discussed. Students will be instructed as to various IV infusion systems. Peripheral intravenous therapy will be discussed and demonstrated. Complications of IV therapy such as phlebitis, catheter dislodgement, occlusions, thrombosis, and others will be discussed. Systemic complications will also be presented. Calculation of IV infusion rates pertaining to electronic and gravity infusion will be performed. Documentation of IV insertion and any complications will be discussed and practiced.