RN Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview
The Nursing Program consists of four academic semesters with a prerequisite semester of general education requirements. The prerequisite semester courses must be completed before applicants can begin the nursing courses. Nursing courses in the curriculum (those with a NURS prefix) must be taken in sequence. Students who have family and work responsibilities often find it beneficial to complete as many of the required general education courses as possible prior to entering the Nursing Program. Because the nursing Program is rigorous, students are strongly discouraged from working more than 20 hours per week. All courses in the nursing curriculum plan must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Corequisite General Education Courses
The general education courses for a level are corequisites, meaning that the course must be taken at the same time as, or prior to, the nursing (NURS) courses listed for that level. The general education courses that are corequisite for one level in the curriculum plan become prerequisite to the next higher level.

Class, Clinical and Lab Activities
During the first two semesters students spend between four to seven hours in lecture classes, two and one-half to three hours in a nursing lab at the Southeast Campus and six to 12 hours in off-campus clinical agencies, each week. These hours are not included in the 20 to 25 hours/week the student needs for studying and reading. Therefore, for students who must work or have other obligations, the faculty recommends that they complete as many of the general education courses as possible before beginning the nursing courses.

Schedule Planning
So that students can plan their schedules, the faculty will inform them as early as possible regarding the days and times they must be in class, in labs and at clinical agencies. Many of these activities are conducted during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the first two levels. However, in levels three and four the majority of clinical are evenings (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.; and weekends 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In most of the courses students will also spend time going to a hospital to obtain data that they need to plan the nursing care they will provide the following day.

ADL (Activities of Daily Living ) NURS 2991
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course early in the application process. For PCT or GT students this course is waived. CNAs are permitted to challenge this course by demonstrating competency in specified nursing skills prior to beginning nursing classes. (Students completing the PCT or GT/CNA program or ADL course at TCC complete the competency assessment during these courses and do not have to schedule an additional competency assessment with the Nursing Division.) The prospective student will sign up in the Nursing Certificate Office (MC 501) for a specified time to demonstrate competency. Students who do not successfully complete the skills competency assessment will be required to complete NURS 2991, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Nursing Skills prior to starting nursing classes.

CNAs who choose to challenge the ADL course: At your scheduled time you will be required to demonstrate three of the following competencies:

  • Vital signs (BP, pulse, respiration, temperature)
  • Bathing (bed, bath, shower, whirlpool)
  • Transferring and ambulating (dangle, assist with cane, walker, crutches)
  • Positioning and turning client in bed
  • Perineal care and changing of adult briefs
  • Feeding
  • Client grooming (mouth and eye care, dressing client, brushing hair)
  • Application of restraints (vest, belt, side rails)
  • Handwashing
  • Care of bedfast clients (making occupied bed, bathing, etc.)

It is strongly suggested that you review the following videos which are available to view in MC 2000.

  • Vital Signs RT 73.5 M67B1 1095369
  • Bathing RT 73.5 M67B1 1095364
  • Bathing RT 73.5 M67B1 1095364
  • Body Mechanics RT 73.5 M67B1 1095366
  • Hygiene and Personal Care RT 73.5 M67B1 1095368
  • Bed Making RT 73.5 M67B1 1095365
  • Apply Restraints RT 73.5 M67B1 1095365
  • Medical Asepsis and Infection Control RT 73.5 M67B1 1095367

Note: It is noted that the expected performance of a nursing student providing basic skills and care may be different than what is expected in the role of the CNA in the community. These videos will demonstrate our expectations for success as you move into a professional nursing role.

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