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Practical Nursing Curriculum Requirements
Pre-nursing students planning to enter the Practical Nursing (PN) program are required to take the following prerequisite courses:
- BIO 151 Nutrition (3 credits)
- BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
- BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
- BIO 186 Microbiology (4 credits)
- EDU 160 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
Within these prerequisite courses, applicants will need to earn a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
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.
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).
- PNN110 Fundamentals of Nursing I (3 credits)
- PNN111 Fundamentals of Nursing II (3.5 credits)
- PNN231 Pharmacology (3 credits)
- PNN403 Mental Health Concepts (2 credits)
- PNN412 Introduction to Pediatrics (2.5 credits)
- PNN424 Introduction to Obstetrics (2 credits)
- PNN520 Nursing Care of the Adult Client I (4 credits)
- PNN523 Nursing Care of Older Adults (2 credits)
- PNN525 Nursing Care of the Adult Client II (4 credits)
- PNN530 Nursing Care of the Adult Client III (3.5 credits)
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Practical Nursing Course Descriptions
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.
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.
BIO186: Microbiology (4 credits) – This course presents a survey of microorganisms, their structure, metabolism, growth characteristics, and replication. It will also emphasize their importance to the health sciences, biotechnology, and the environment. The lab will include procedures for manipulating, identifying, counting, and culturing microorganisms.
EDU160: Human Growth & Development (3 credits) – Examines physical, social, and cognitive development from conception to death, utilizing current research.
PNN110: Fundamentals of Nursing I (3 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.
PNN111: Fundamentals of Nursing II (3.5 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) – Introduction to the study of drugs which affect various body systems. Various pharmacological classifications, dose ranges, actions, side effects, and methods of administration of commonly-prescribed medications. Foundation for safe and effective drug preparation and dosage calculations will be a focus.
PNN403: Mental Health Concepts (2 credits) – Nursing skills related to an understanding of mental health care and the promotion of mental wellness.
PNN412: Introduction to Pediatrics (2.5 credits) – This course includes health teaching related to the study of family-centered nursing care. 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 a variety of pediatric settings.
PNN424: Introduction to Obstetrics (2 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.
PNN520: Nursing Care of the Adult Client I (4 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.
PNN523: Nursing Care of Older Adults (2 credits) – 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 pharmacotherapeutics and laboratory data considerations in the elderly. The clinical component
includes an emphasis on elder assessment and rehabilitation.
PNN525: Nursing Care of the Adult Client II (4 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 and associated clinical component in the acute care setting.
PNN530: Nursing Care of the Adult Client III (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 II. There is an associated medication pass clinical component in a setting in which students pass medications to a group of assigned patients and a preceptorship experience in which students complete 48 hours of clinical in a one-on-one situation with a LPN or RN in a facility assigned by the faculty.
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 283.5 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.