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Practical Nursing Curriculum Requirements
Pre-nursing students planning to enter the Practical Nursing (PN) program are advised to take the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) prerequisite courses simultaneously with the PN prerequisite courses if they have intentions of enrolling in the ADN program in the future. The schedule below is purely a sample of what a pre-nursing student's schedule may look like and can be modified to fit students' needs if necessary. An exception is Human Anatomy & Physiology I, which must be taken as a prerequisite to Human Anatomy & Physiology II. All students are advised to register for classes with nursing program advisors or nursing faculty at each campus. A list of these contacts can be found on the "Meet Our Faculty and Staff" page.
|BIO168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|HSC113 Medical Terminology||2|
|EDU160 Human Growth & Development||3|
|HSC172 75 hr. Nurse Aide Training Course (if not already completed)||3 or CE credit|
|BIO173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|BIO186 Microbiology (RN prerequisite)||4|
|SOC110 Introduction to Sociology (RN prerequisite)||3|
|ENG105 Composition I (RN prerequisite)||3|
|PSY111 Introduction to Psychology (RN prerequisite)||3|
Practical Nursing applicants must complete 4 of 5 general education courses with a "C-" or higher prior to entry. The first three (3) courses completed must include: BIO168, Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hrs); BIO173, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hrs); and HSC113, Medical Terminology (2 credit hrs). The 4th course may be either BIO151, Nutrition (3 credit hrs) or EDU160, Human Growth & Development (3 credit hrs). The 5th course, however, MUST be completed by the end of the first semester of the PN program.
Applications for the Practical Nursing program are accepted throughout the year, with a new class beginning each fall and spring at MCC and each fall at ECC. Your Nursing Admissions Folder must be complete by March 15 for Fall admission or October 15 for MCC's Spring admission. However, qualified applicants with completed admissions folders will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis prior to these deadlines.
When student has been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program, each student will take the following courses as listed below. Marshalltown Community College (MCC) begins a new class each fall and spring semester. A new class begins only in the fall at Ellsworth Community College (ECC).
Practical Nursing core course schedule sample for students who attend ECC
|Fall Session||Credits||Spring Session||Credits||Summer Session (6 wk)||Credits|
|PNN126 Fundamentals of Nursing||5||PNN423 Intro. to Maternal/Child Nursing||4.5||PNN524 Adult Client III||3|
|PNN231 Pharmacology||3||PNN521 Adult Client I||5||PNN523 Nursing Care of the Older Adult||2|
|PNN402 Mental Health||1.5||PNN522 Adult Client II||3.5|
|Elective if full-time student status is required OR Human Growth & Development OR Nutrition if left to complete from PN prerequisites.||3|
Practical Nursing core course schedule sample for students who attend MCC
|Practical Nursing, August Start||Credits||Practical Nursing, January Start||Credits|
|First Semester||First Semester|
|PNN126 Fundamentals of Nursing||5||PNN126 Fundamentals of Nursing||5|
|PNN231 Pharmacology||3||PNN231 Pharmacology||3|
|PNN402 Mental Health Concepts||1.5||PNN402 Mental Health Concepts||1.5|
|Second Semester||Summer Session (6 weeks)|
|PNN423 Intro. to Maternal/Child Nursing||4.5||PNN917-M01-EC Nursing Care of Adult Client I-A||4|
|PNN521 Nursing Care of Adult Client I||5||PNN917-M02-EC Intro. to Maternal/Child Nursing I||2|
|PNN522 Nursing Care of Adult Client II||3.5|
|Summer Session (6 weeks)||PNN522 Nursing Care of Adult Client II||3.5|
|PNN523 Nursing Care of Older Adult||2||PNN524 Nursing Care of Adult Client III||3|
|PNN524 Nursing Care of Adult Client III||3||PNN523 Nursing Care of Older Adult||2|
|PNN917-M01-EC Nursing Care of Adult Client I-B||1|
|PNN917-M02-EC Intro. to Maternal/Child Nursing II||2.5|
|Total Program Credit Hours||43.5||Total Program Credit Hours||43.5|
Gainful employment reporting
Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible certification program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided here represents only one year’s data but will be updated as more information becomes available.
For MCC’s Practical Nursing program, of the 40 program completers in FY12 who responded to a survey, 20 were employed in a related or unrelated field and 18 decided to continue their education at the time of the survey, for a respondent placement rate of 95%. It took the completers two terms to finish the program for an on-time program completion rate of 5%. Of the 40 completers, the median loan debt was $8,306.
College cost information can be found online at http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/financial_aid/costs.html.
If you have questions about the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please contact Angie Redmond at 641-844-5712. Additional information about practical nursing and practical nursing careers can be found on the O*Net website at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2061.00 .
Practical Nursing Course Descriptions
BIO168: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) – Introduces the structure and function of the human body, with an emphasis on cell and tissue organization, and the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous system.
BIO173: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) – The structure and function of the human body, with an emphasis on the endocrine, cardiovascular, pulmonary, urinary, digestive, and respiratory systems.
HSC113: Medical Terminology (2 credits) – Medical terms related to medical science (describing human body and functions). Emphasis on building a medical vocabulary through understanding of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Also emphasized is accurate spelling and pronunciation.
EDU160: Human Growth & Development (3 credits) – Examines physical, social, and cognitive development from conception to death, utilizing current research.
BIO151: Nutrition (3 credits) – Understanding and implementing present-day knowledge of nutrition. Use of food for health and satisfaction of the individual and the family.
PNN126: Fundamentals of Nursing (5 credits) – Orients the student to nursing and the nursing process. Develops technical skills used within the scope of practical nursing in Iowa and enhances knowledge and professionalism in the use of interpersonal communication and professional and medical ethics.
PNN231: Pharmacology (3 credits) – The coursework provides an introduction to the study of drugs which affect various body systems. Various pharmacological classification, dose ranges, actions, side effects, and methods of administration of common-prescribed medications will be studied. The foundation for safe and effective drug preparation and dosage calculations will be a focus.
PNN402: Mental Health Concepts (1.5 credits) – Explores the basic mental health areas for practical nurses, with a focus on the mind and body connection that exists in each person. Course work develops the mental health variables of assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental illnesses. Correlation between the psychological and medical-surgical venues are emphasized in the nurse-patient relationship.
PNN423: Introduction to Maternal/Child Nursing (4.5 credits) – This course includes health teaching related to the study of family centered nursing care. Maternity focus: The study of preconception; pregnancy and major complications; the birth process; postpartum nursing care; and newborn care. Students learn about contraception; infertility; common neonatal birth defects; and differentiate principles of newborn care for preterm infants, term infants, and post-term infants. Pediatric focus: Emphasizes the application of principles of human growth and development to provide nursing care to families with infants, children, or adolescents. The study of nursing care for the prevention and treatment of common pediatric disorders is highlighted. The clinical component is in acute care obstetrical and pediatric settings.
PNN521: Nursing Care of the Adult Client I (5 credits) – Applies a systematic approach for the comprehensive coverage of the nursing care of adults with disorders requiring medical and surgical management. Each unit covers a body system and begins with assessment, age-related changes, diagnostic tests and procedures, and common therapeutic measures that are related to the body system discussed. Specific disorders and nursing care are then discussed. Students continue to develop skills using NANDA terminology and the nursing process. There is an associated clinical component in an acute care setting.
PNN522: Nursing Care of the Adult Client II (3.5 credits) Continues the systematic approach for the comprehensive coverage of the nursing care of adults with disorders requiring medical and surgical management covered in Nursing Care of the Adult Client I. There is an associated clinical component in the acute care setting.
PNN523: Nursing Care of Older Adults (2 credits) – This course is designed to assist students to assume their role as a member of the health care team. It presents an overview of the normal processes of aging and gerontological nursing. Includes the study of health promotion for well elderly as well as the study of common problems and disorders of aging. Includes an introduction to MDS. Identifies ethical issues relating to elders and the Human Genome Project. Reviews pharmaco-therapeutics and laboratory data considerations in the elderly. The clinical component includes an emphasis on elder assessment and rehabilitation.
PNN524: Nursing Care of the Adult Client III (3 credits) – Continues the systematic approach for the comprehensive coverage of the nursing care of adults with disorders requiring medical and surgical management covered in Nursing Care of the Adult Client I & II. There is an associated clinical component in the acute care setting and a preceptorship experience.
Practical Nursing students must complete clinical rotations while in the program. The total number of clinical hours required for the entire Practical Nursing program is 309 hours broken down between six different clinical rotations and a preceptorship at the end of the program. Each student will gain clinical experience in the areas of Medical Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Geriatrics in both the hospital and long term care settings. Clinical rotations are taught by full time nursing faculty and adjunct clinical nursing faculty.