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NRS 101|Basic Pharmacology Math

1–3 Credits

Drug dosage calculations. Emphasis is on mathematic computations for various forms of drug administration utilizing metric and household measures. This course must be completed with a 2.0 or better before advancing to NRS 102, 121, and 123.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: admission to the Nursing program.

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NRS 102|Pharmacological Classifications I

1 Credit

Provides new information as well as supplements, reviews, and reinforces information previously provided on the pharmacology of drugs introduced in Nursing I. Students review drug classifications and pharmacological principles associated with medication administration while relating this information to corresponding patient diagnoses as well as understanding related nursing implications. This course must be completed with a 2.0 or better before advancing to NRS 103, 131, and 133.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 101 and 111/113 with a 2.0 or better and concurrent enrollment in NRS 121/123.

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NRS 103|Pharmacological Classifications II

1 Credit

Provides new information as well as supplements, reviews, and reinforces information previously provided on the pharmacology of drugs introduced in Nursing I and II. Students review drug classifications and pharmacological principles associated with medication administration while relating this information to a corresponding patient diagnoses as well as understanding the related nursing implications.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 102 and 121/123 with a 2.0 or better and concurrent enrollment in NRS 131/133.

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NRS 111|Nursing I

1–7 Credits

This is the first theoretical course in the associate degree nursing curriculum. Theoretical concepts include the fundamentals of nursing care and the introduction of the nursing process. Concepts of health needs across the lifespan; diversity, equity and inclusion; nutrition; ethics and policy; basic pharmacological principles; and beginning professional communication techniques are presented. Emphasis is on quality, safety, health maintenance, professional responsibility, and the organizations that affect the practice of nursing.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: admission to the Nursing program.

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NRS 113|Nursing I Lab

1–4 Credits

Formerly NRS 1111

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 111. This is the first clinical course in the associate degree curricular sequence. This course provides for the application of theoretical concepts to nursing care for adult patients in the long-term care setting. Students are introduced to basic nursing care practices. Emphasis is on therapeutic communication and application of the nursing process.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: admission to the Nursing program.

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NRS 121|Nursing II

1–5 Credits

This course builds on the theoretical concepts presented in NRS I. Learning experiences are directed toward increasing student knowledge of nursing care of individuals experiencing basic alterations in health. Emphasis is on the introduction of alterations in physical and emotional health throughout the life span. The nursing process is used as a framework for the development of knowledge. Students are introduced to nursing literature.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 101 and 111/113 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 123|Nursing II Lab

1–5 Credits

Formerly NRS 1211

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 121. This clinical course provides for the application of introductory theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults and children in the acute care setting. Emphasis is on collaboration with members of the healthcare team and continued application of the nursing process in developing individualized plans of care. Nursing informatics is introduced as a method for documentation and communication.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 101 and 111/113 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 131|Nursing III

1–5 Credits

This course builds on the theoretical concepts from NRS I and II. Learning experiences provide further exploration of physical illness throughout the life span. Emphasis is on alterations in gastrointestinal, cardiac, and fluid balance. Maternal child nursing concepts are introduced. There is a continued emphasis on the use of the nursing process and nursing research to plan, deliver, and evaluate nursing care. Concepts of patient education strategies are introduced through the formation of a patient teaching plan.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 102 and 121/123 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 133|Nursing III Lab

1–5 Credits

Formerly NRS 1311

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 131. This clinical course provides for the application of theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults, children, and the family unit. Emphasis is on caring for multiple clients in the acute care setting and in health facilities outside the acute care model. There is expanded application of the nursing process to promote adaptation and wellness in developing individualized plans of care.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 102 and 121/123 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 135|Nursing Trends Lab

1–2 Credits

Formerly NRS 1351

A campus laboratory experience designed to allow nursing students to gain proficiency in nursing skills before actual practice in the acute care setting. Students enrolled in the Nursing program register for this pass/fail class quarters 1-3.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: enrollment in the Nursing program.

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NRS 141|Practical Nursing

1–5 Credits

This optional theory course is offered to students desiring to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate of completion. Emphasis is on theory and practice at the Practical Nurse level in the acute care setting. Legal and professional roles of the LPN are explored. Students satisfactorily completing this course are eligible to take the NCLEX LPN exam.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 103 and 131/133 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 143|Practical Nursing Lab

1–6 Credits

Formerly NRS 1411

This optional clinical lab course is offered to students desiring to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse certificate of completion. This course provides for application of theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults and children in the acute care setting. Team-leading and delegation principles are introduced and students participate in structured team-leading activities. Community health nursing is introduced.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 103 and 131/133 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 145|First Year Clinical Elective

6 Credits

This optional clinical lab course is offered to students desiring to obtain extra clinical experience before starting the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. This course provides for application of theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults and children in acute care setting.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: a grade of 2.0 or better in NRS 103, 131, and 133.

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NRS 151|Advanced Placement

1–11 Credits

The LPN advanced placement process is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who seek to further their education and advance in the nursing profession. This program begins summer quarter and students are admitted on a space available basis. The course provides the opportunity to orient students for transition into the RN program the subsequent fall quarter. The program recognizes knowledge previously obtained from other practical nursing education programs. All students requesting entrance into the LPN Advanced Placement program must have graduated from an accredited Practical Nursing program and passed the LPN NCLEX examination. Students must also hold an unencumbered Washington State LPN license and have current experience in acute care. The advanced placement program builds on the practical nursing foundation by broadening theoretical knowledge, enhancing nursing skills, and increasing critical thinking to prepare the LPN for role change responsibilities.

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NRS 201|Pharmacological Classifications III

1 Credit

Provides new information as well as supplements, reviews, and reinforces information previously provided on the pharmacology of drugs introduced in Nursing I, II, and III. Students review selected drug classifications and pharmacological principles associated with medication administration while relating this information to a corresponding patient diagnoses as well as understanding related nursing implications. This course must be completed with a 2.0 or better before advancing to NRS 221/223.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 103 with a 2.0 or better and concurrent enrollment in NRS 211/213.

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NRS 211|Nursing IV

1–5 Credits

This theory course is the first course in the second year of the associate degree curriculum. Learning experiences are directed toward expanding the student's knowledge of nursing care of individuals experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process in delivery of care to children and families, clients with mental health problems, and those with respiratory and immunological disorders. Concepts of evaluation of nursing research will be introduced.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 103 and 131/133 or advanced placement standing with an active LPN license. Continuation in the Nursing program requires a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all nursing courses and a 2.0 or better in all supporting courses.

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NRS 213|Nursing IV Lab

1–5 Credits

Formerly NRS 2111

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 211. This clinical course provides for application of theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults and children in acute care and psychiatric settings. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care for patients across the lifespan. During the psychiatric nursing rotation, emphasis is on developing interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills and caring for the mentally ill client.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 103 and 131/133 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 221|Nursing V

1–5 Credits

This course builds on the theoretical concepts presented in NRS I, II, III, and IV. Learning experiences are directed toward increasing the student's knowledge of nursing care of individuals experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process in the delivery of care to individuals experiencing complex health issues associated with neurological, cardiac, oncological, and reproductive illnesses. Concepts of advanced leadership, delegation, and research are expanded.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 201 and 211/213 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 222|Professional Issues I

1 Credit

One-credit class providing an overview of nursing management and leadership, legal issues in nursing, job search, nursing delivery systems, and role transition issues related to moving from a nursing student to professional nursing practice.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in NRS 221/223.

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NRS 223|Nursing V Lab

1–5 Credits

Formerly NRS 2211

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 221. This clinical course provides for application of theoretical concepts to the nursing care of adults and children in acute care and psychiatric settings. Emphasis is on implementing delegation/leadership skills and utilizing the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care for patients across the lifespan. During the psychiatric nursing rotation, emphasis is on developing interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 201 and 211/213 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 231|Nursing VI

1–5 Credits

This course builds on the theoretical concepts presented in NRS I, II, III, IV, and V. Learning experiences are directed toward increasing the student's knowledge of nursing care of individuals experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process in the delivery of care to individuals experiencing complex health issues including reproductive, high risk maternal/newborn endocrine, and renal disorders and those requiring emergent care. Concepts of leadership and delegation are reinforced.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 222 and 221/223 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 232|Professional Issues II

2 Credits

Two-credit class providing an overview of nursing management and leadership, legal, ethical and professional issues related to nursing practice, and the nurse's role in the changing healthcare environment. Students will explore multiple specialty roles within the nursing profession.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: NRS 222 and 221/213 with a 2.0 or better and concurrent enrollment in NRS 231/233.

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NRS 233|Nursing VI Lab

1–8 Credits

Formerly NRS 2311

Clinical lab to be taken concurrently with NRS 231. This is the final clinical learning experience of the associate degree curriculum. This course provides for application of theoretical concepts to the care of adults and children in acute care and community settings. A preceptor experience is offered during this quarter. All students are expected to progress towards competence in thinking critically, using the nursing process, performing nursing skills, providing leadership, and delegating care at an associate degree nurse entry level. Students will also participate in various community service events.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: NRS 222 and 221/223 with a 2.0 or better.

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NRS 235|Nursing Trends Lab

1 Credit

Formerly NRS 2351

A campus laboratory experience designed to allow nursing students to gain proficiency in nursing skills before actual practice in acute care settings. Students enrolled in the Nursing program register for this pass/fail class quarters 4 and 5.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: enrollment in the Nursing program.

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NRS 299|Special Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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NRS 301|Nursing Roles, Dimensions, and Perspectives

3 Credits

Facilitates the transition of Registered Nurses with an Associate degree in Nursing to the role of a BSN graduate. Introduces students to the philosophy, theory, and roles of the professional nurse in the context of contemporary and future professional nursing practice. Analysis of social, economic, and policy issues affecting the practice of professional nursing with emphasis on strategies for advancing the profession.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 315|Healthcare Informatics/Information Technology

5 Credits

Provides an introduction to health information technology and to the science of informatics as applied to healthcare. Emphasis is placed on how healthcare facilities use information technology to select and utilize electronic information management systems and to integrate data from patient health records. Topics of study include: use of computer networks, system protocols and policies, data and system architecture and congruency, communication and legal issues, basic computer security and safety, mobile applications, multi-system integration, stand-alone applications, data collection methods and integrity, legal document compliance, and consistent documentation to prevent errors.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program. This course is cross-listed with HCAD 315. Students completing NRS 315 may not receive graduation credit for HCAD 315.

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NRS 320|Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

5 Credits

Examines the nature of inquiry, basic research concepts, language, and processes. Content in process focuses on how research contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves nursing practice, and enhances professional development and professional accountability. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are compared and are analyzed to enhance understanding of the research process. Legal and ethical issues are explored. Students utilize evidence based practice to guide decision-making in nursing practice.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 350|Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment

5 Credits

This course builds upon the RN's knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease, pharmacologic intervention, and health assessment of an individual by examining issues that affect families and communities on a local and global scale. Emphasis is on the role of the Bachelor's-prepared RN in assessing families, communities, and populations, identifying barriers to treatment, and developing interdisciplinary solutions. Major topics include family, community, and population assessment, determinants of health, health disparities, vulnerable populations, genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 399|NCLEX Exam

35 Credits

NRS 410|Nursing Leadership and Management

5 Credits

Enables students to practice within complex heathcare systems and to assume the roles of provider of care; designer/manager/coordinator of care; and member of a diverse and global health care environment. Major topic areas include: provision of complex systems, change theory, conflict management, conflict resolution strategies, negotiation, relationship building, group roles/group dynamics, and concepts of teamwork. Management and organizational theories and concepts are studied, evaluated, and applied.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 420|Populations and Global Health Nursing

3 Credits

This course examines nursing as part of the larger healthcare delivery system. Emphasis is on identification of cultural, social, political, and epidemiological factors related to health, illness, health promotion, and disease prevention that impact local, national, and global healthcare.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 421|Populations and Global Health Nursing Practicum

2 Credits

This course presents clinical concepts of community health nursing and the multiple determinants of health in local healthcare settings. Students participate in selected clinical based activities in various community agencies as interdisciplinary provider, designer, and manager in the process to provide competent care, promote health protection, and provide assistance with health maintenance and restoration to a diverse population within the community.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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NRS 460|Leadership Capstone

2 Credits

In collaboration with a nursing faculty and clinical preceptor, students plan and implement an evidence-based project consistent with the professional leadership role. Students use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice to promote patient-centered nursing in a complex healthcare environment. This course culminates with an evidence-based project that is presented to peers and the community.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program.

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