Highland Community College

Health Science

BS 240 Emergency Medical Training - Basic (12)

This course is designed to provide training for giving medical care to patients in the pre-hospital setting. The course will offer instruction and practical experience for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for certification and practice as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) in Kansas.

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BS 241 CPR - Basic (1)

This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to provide emergency care using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED).

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BS 244 Emergency Medical Training - Intermediate (6)

Prerequisite: EMT-B Certification

This course is designed to provide advanced training for giving medical care to patients in the pre-hospital setting. The course will offer instruction and practical experience for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for certification and practice as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) in Kansas.

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HS 109 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals (3)

This course introduces the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, and the effects of selected medication on the human body. The course will cover drug classifications, use of generic name drugs, trade drugs, and drugs to treat various body systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the actions of the drugs, such as absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs by the body, and matching drugs to common conditions and laboratory findings. This course does not meet the current requirements for nursing.

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HS 112 Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals (3)

Prerequisites: BS 104, BS 105, BS 109 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course is designed for the Allied Health student to study diseases and disorders that affect the various body systems. This course will focus on diseases of each body system including cause, diagnosis, and treatment. This course does not meet the current requirements for nursing.

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NUR 101 Introduction to Health Careers I (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to different Health Careers and opportunities. Students will learn a broad set of standards that include the knowledge and skills that the vast majority of health care workers should have.

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NUR 102 Intro to Health Careers II (3)

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Health Careers I.

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NUR 105 Nutrition Assistant (1)

This course is designed to train individuals who are paid by a facility to feed residents of an adult care home or who is used under an arrangement with another agency or organization. A paid nutrition assistant will provide assistance with eating to residents of an adult care home based on minimum data set assesment of functional capacity screening, and the resident's current care plan or negotiated service agreement. The paid nutrition assistant will provide assistance with eating to residents without complicated feeding problems. These services will be provided under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse on duty in the facility.

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NUR 201 Certified Nurse Aide (6)

Prerequisite: Program Coordinator Approval

This course is based on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Certified Nurse Aide Curriculum Guidelines (90 Hours) and prepares individuals to take the State certification exam.  The course focuses on the responsibilities of the nurse aide working as a member of the health team in caring for residents of long term care facilities.  The course includes basic anatomy and physiology, communication skills, measurement of vital signs, and procedures to help meet the hygiene, nutrition, and rehabilitation needs of older individuals.   Students who successfully complete this course and pass the State exam will be qualified to become a practicing Kansas Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

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NUR 202 Medication Aide (5)

Prerequisite: Program Coordinator Approval
Trains Certified Nursing Assistants to acquire an understanding of the responsibilites associated with drug administration and to be aware of drug reference resources and uses of reference resources. Procedures for checking the patients condition and for preparing, giving, and recording medications are included.

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NUR 203 Medication Aide Certification Update I (1)

Prerequisite: Program Coordinator Approval
Provides continued certification for the Certified Medication Aide.

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NUR 220 LPN to RN Transition (1)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course prepares the licensed practical nurse to perform as a registered nurse by expanding the LPN knowledge base and exploring the scope of practice of the RN. The course begins with a review of nursing process, communication, client teaching, and critical thinking. Also covered are the philosophy of associate degree nursing as well as the philosophy and objectives of the LPN to RN completion program. The course emphasizes the scope and standards of practice for the professional RN.  In addition, the results of entrance testing provide a blueprint for the LPN student to use for content review and remediation.  This course addresses program outcomes 1, 5, and 7.

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NUR 222 Nurse Aide II: Acute Care Environment (2)

This course provides additional knowledge and experience intended to advance existing nursing skills and competencies. The course will focus on skills needed by the certified nurse aide in the acute care setting.

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NUR 225 Advanced Nursing Skills (4)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

 

The purpose of this course is to prepare the LPN to conduct a thorough health assessment of clients, provide IV fluid and pharmacologic therapy, and perform advanced skills in the areas of airway management, sterile practices, wound and ostomy care, dialysis patient care, and cardiac monitoring in preparation for clinical experiences. The course will include lecture, discussion, simulation and skills lab work. This course addresses program outcomes 1- 5 and 7.

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NUR 230 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course will focus on the client’s need for physiologic integrity.  The course will cover  emergency and complex care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapy management, safe and effective care environment, physiologic adaptation, and health promotion and maintenance.  Critical thinking, the nursing process, caring, therapeutic communication, documentation, and teaching/learning strategies are integrated throughout the course.  The course will use lecture and discussion combined with clinical applications and practice.  This course addresses program outcomes 1-7.

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NUR 235 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (3)

Prerequisite: NUR 220

This course will focus on the client’s need for care and support in times of stress, crisis, or acute or chronic mental illness.  The course will examine selected mental illnesses and their treatment modalities, care for clients with dependencies (substance and non-substance), care for clients in crisis, and care for clients and families experiencing end-of-life.  Critical thinking, the nursing process, caring, therapeutic communication, documentation, and teaching/learning are integrated throughout the course.  Clinical experiences for this course could include a dependency treatment facility, in-home health or nursing care facility for end-of-life care, a facility dedicated to acute care of those with mental illness, or a correctional facility for care of clients experiencing stress or crisis.  The course will use lecture and discussion combined with clinical applications and practice.  This course addresses program outcomes 1-7.

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NUR 240 Nurse as Manager of Care (2)

Prerequisites: NUR 220, NUR 225, NUR 230, NUR 235

This course focuses on the principles of management used in professional nursing.  The course covers client and staff safety as well as legal and ethical issues pertaining to management.  Also covered are topics in delegation, client, time, and resource management, evaluation, client and community teaching, and communication skills with a multidisciplinary health care team.  This course addresses program outcomes 4, 5, and 6.

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NUR 245 High-Risk Maternal-Child Nursing (2)

Prerequisites: NUR 220, NUR 225, NUR 230, NUR 235

This course focuses on nursing care for the high-risk maternal, newborn, and pediatric client.  The course will cover emergency and complex care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapy management, safe and effective care environment, physiologic adaptation, and health promotion and maintenance. Critical thinking, the nursing process, caring, therapeutic communication, documentation, and teaching/learning are integrated throughout the course. This course addresses program outcomes 1, 2, 4, 6, 7.

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NUR 250 Professional Nursing Practicum (4)

Prerequisites: NUR 220, NUR 225, NUR 230, NUR 235

This course focuses on making the transition from novice to advanced beginner competency as a professional nurse. The course experience includes managing and providing care for a culturally, economically, medically, developmentally, and socially diverse clientele in a variety of clinical settings.  Students will develop and implement plans of care using critical thinking and the nursing process, employ therapeutic communication, support physiologic and psychosocial integrity, and promote a safe environment for clients.  Students will spend a minimum of five clinical days each in OB, ER, ICU, and acute care settings.  Other clinical time will be assigned to meet the individual needs of each student. This course addresses program outcomes 1-7.

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