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 and introduces higher levels of cognition including clinical reasoning and clinical judgment. Also addressed are the philosophy of associate degree nursing, outcomes of the LPN to RN Completion Program, and the scope and standards of practice for the professional RN.  Critical concepts upon which the curriculum is based are discussed and include patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, informatics, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, leadership, and professionalism. In addition, the results of entrance testing provide a blueprint for the LPN student to use for content review and remediation.  

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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 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Skills (4)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

 

The course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual assessments. Laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment and perform a head to toe assessment at a prescribed competency level. This course will also develop student skills in relation to advanced nursing skills needed to provide patient-centered care to patients with complex and multisystem disorders. 

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NUR 230 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course focuses on the care of adult and older patients with complex medical/surgical health alterations. Emphasis is placed on helping patients and their families cope with alterations in body functions. Concepts pf pharmacology and parenteral therapy, health promotion and education, evidence-based practice, and inter-professional collaboration will be integrated throughout the course. Intermediate and complex clinical skills, as well as priority setting, clinical judgment, and tenets of legal and ethical practice are integrated throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on enhancing time management, organizational, and priority-setting skills when providing care to patients with multiple needs. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe, quality care to patients. 

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NUR 235 Advanced Mental Health Nursing (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course focuses on the care of patients across the lifespan experiencing cognitive, mental, and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on management of patients facing emotional and psychological stressors as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis interventions, therapeutic communication, anger management, and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to patients in selected mental health settings. 

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NUR 240 Nurse as Manager of Care (2)

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of a professional nurse. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues and management concepts, as well as quality improvement, conflict management, error mitigation, resource management, and leadership with a focus on prioritization and delegation. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a needs assessment of a community, identify an issue, and develop a change project that they present back to the community and their peers. 

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

Prerequisite: Admission to LPN to RN Completion Program

This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of mothers, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on high-risk pregnancies, family dynamics, pediatric disorders, and the promotion of healthy behaviors in patients. This course builds on the advanced medical-surgical course by looking at the complex intrapartum and pediatric patient with a focus on co-morbidities and their effect on human development.  

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NUR 250 Professional Nursing Practicum (4)

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

The purpose of this course is to provide the student the opportunity to function as a contributing member of the interprofessional team and collectively apply the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses. Students will be given the opportunity to provide care to patients with multisystem disorders in complex care settings that is safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, and focused on providing positive patient outcomes. They will also be expected to make clinical judgments using clinical reasoning skills. Emphasis is placed on demonstration of professional behaviors, communication that supports information exchange, collaboration and conflict mediation, ethical comportment, and the ability to effectively use leadership skills.  

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