Curriculum Plan

 1 Year Day Program

Late September – January    February - June    July - September 
Anatomy & Physiology                
* PVC                                             
Nutrition  
Growth & Development 
Fundamentals of Nursing 
Fundamentals of Nursing clinical
IV Therapy  
theory
theory
theory
theory
theory
clinical
theory 
* (continues throughout school year) 
 
Nursing of Adults
Nursing of Adults I & II
Pharmacology
Administration of Medications
IV Therapy
Mental Health Nursing
Maternal & Newborn Nursing
Nursing of Children
Nursing of the Elderly
Nursing Management
Career Observation
 theory
 clinical
 theory
clinical
clinical
 theory
 theory
 theory
 theory
 theory
 clinical 

 
Administration of Medications 
IV Therapy
Mental Health Nursing
Maternal & Newborn Nursing
Nursing of Children
Nursing of the Elderly
Nursing Management
Home Health/Hospice
Phlebotomy
Reviewing for the NCLEX-PN  
clinical
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
theory  


CURRICULUM PLAN
2 Year Evening Program

1st & 2nd Year

Late September – May    Late September – May    October - January 
Anatomy & Physiology 
* PVC 
Nutrition
Growth & Development 
Fundamentals of Nursing
Fundamentals of Nursing
IV Therapy theory 
theory
theory
theory
theory
theory
clinical
theory  
* (continues throughout the two years) 
 
Nursing of Adults - I 
Nursing of Adults - I 
Pharmacology - I
Administration of Medications
IV Therapy
Career Observation  
theory
clinical
theory
clinical
clinical
clinical 

 
Nursing of Adults - II
Nursing of Adults - II
Pharmacology - II
Administration of Medications
IV Therapy
Mental Health  
theory
clinical
theory
clinical
clinical
theory 

         
February – March    March - August    August – September 
Nursing Management
Maternal & Newborn Nursing
Nursing of Children
Nursing of the Elderly  
theory
theory
theory
theory

 
Administration of Medications
IV Therapy
Nursing Management
Mental Health Nursing
Maternal & Newborn Nursing
Nursing of Children
Nursing of the Elderly
Phlebotomy
clinical
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical 
clinical

 
Review for the NCLEX-PN  theory 


CURRICULUM PLAN

A series of selected experiences are essential to the achievement of the philosophy and objectives of the program. The curriculum meets the Minimum Standards for Approved Programs of Practical Nursing as outlined by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. These standards are prepared for use as a framework of basic requirements within which flexibility in implementation is possible. The program curriculum includes: 

A. Units of Instruction in the Classroom
Anatomy & Physiology
Fundamentals of Nursing
Nutrition
Personal and Vocational Concepts
Growth and Development
IV Therapy
Nursing of Adults   
  Pharmacology
Mental Health Concepts
Maternal and Newborn Nursing
Nursing of Children
Leadership/Management Concepts
Nursing of the Elderly  

B. Supervised Clinical Experiences 
Fundamentals of Nursing
Nursing of Adults
Administration of Medications
IV Therapy
Maternal and Newborn Nursing  
  Nursing of the Elderly
Mental Health Nursing
Phlebotomy
Nursing of Children 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Anatomy & Physiology 

Anatomy & Physiology introduces the student to the principles of normal structure and physiological function of the complex human body. This course is the foundation from which the students build an understanding of abnormal states and conditions of the body. Medical terminology is also stressed in this unit of study. The material is presented and evaluated through classroom lectures and discussion, reading, workbook assignments, unit tests, and a final comprehensive examination. 

Fundamentals of Nursing 

In Fundamentals of Nursing the student is taught the basic nursing skills and their underlying principles. The information and skills presented in this course provide the framework for developing the initial competencies required for all the other aspects of clinical nursing practice. The nursing practice taught is based on the nursing process, which requires the student to develop skills in problem solving and decision making. The holistic approach of patient-centered care, evidence-based nursing practice, and cultural sensitivity in nursing care are supported in the content. The course includes classroom lecture and laboratory nursing skill activities. There is also supervised clinical experience at Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center.

Nutrition

Nutrition is the study of food, nutrients, and electrolytes as related to the growth and maintenance of the human body. It is concerned with the action and balance of nutrients in relation to health and disease and the process by which the human body processes and utilizes food substances. Nutritional needs across the lifespan as well as cultural and ethnic differences in nutrition are included. The class consists of classroom lecture, demonstrations, and group 

 

Personal and Vocational Concepts

Topics contained in this course include adult students in a nursing education setting, nursing history and trends, the roles of the practical nurse and the professional nurse, the legal and ethical aspects of nursing, and skills related to finding and keeping a job. Personal and Vocational Concepts is a discrete entity in the curriculum and continues throughout the entire school year(s). The class consists of classroom discussion, classroom projects and presentations, take-home assignments, and a mock job interview. 

Growth and Development 

In this class, the students will learn about the normal growth and development stages that occur from infancy to older adulthood as well as the cultural and spiritual aspects of family development and relations. The course includes classroom lecture, group activities, group discussions, and student presentations.

IV Therapy 

In the theory and clinical aspects of this course. the students will learn the basic principles of IV therapy and will be able to perform the skills related to the IV Therapy needs of their clients. 

Nursing of Adults 

This course integrates Anatomy & Physiology, Fundamentals of Nursing, Nutrition, Growth & Development, and Personal and Vocational Concepts with new and related theory including: 

  • Common diseases and disorders related to each of the body systems
  • Diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Surgical procedures and other treatments
  • Nursing management and considerations
  • Nursing process and care-mapping for each assigned patient
  • Specific nursing care to form a complete concept of patient-centered care

This course consists of classroom theory that emphasizes diseases, surgical and medical problems, and related nursing care as based on the nursing process. The goal of this course of study is to prepare the student academically to skillfully and safely care for the medical-surgical patient.

In the clinical setting, the goal for the student is to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of patient-centered care and evidence-based nursing practice, function as an effective team member, utilize the nursing process, develop individualized nursing care maps, and give direct hands-on patient care.

Pharmacology and Administration of Medications

In this course, the practical nursing students are introduced to the major classifications of medications and their actions, and the correct techniques of administering prescribed medications to clients. The course includes classroom lecture and discussion, student presentations, videos, and skills lab. Administration of medications to clients in the clinical setting begins during the Nursing of Adults clinical rotation.

Phlebotomy

This is a one-day clinical experience in the lab at Southeast Hospital or Saint Francis Medical Center. The goal is to provide the SPN a hands-on experience in drawing blood using correct phlebotomy technique. 

Mental Health Concepts 

This course is designed to provide the practical nursing students with a fundamental knowledge of mental health concepts in a variety of health care settings. The goal of this unit is to provide the students with a framework of knowledge that will aid in the planning and delivery of nursing care to clients with major and minor mental health disorders. Each student will have one observation day on the Psychiatric Unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital.

Maternal and Newborn Nursing

This course consists of classroom lecture/discussion and clinical experiences that provides learning opportunities in basic maternal and newborn nursing. This includes prenatal care, labor-delivery-recovery, postpartum care, care of the newborn, and patient teaching related to maternal and newborn care. 

Nursing of Children 

This course consists of classroom lectures and clinical experiences in various pediatric settings. Possible settings include: hospital, physician’s office, rural clinic, and daycare. Emphasis is placed on studying diseases and disorders of children and the normal and abnormal growth and development of children. 

Nursing of the Elderly 

Nursing of the Elderly class and clinical provides the practical nursing students with knowledge and experience with meeting the needs of the elderly. Through classroom lectures, videos, group discussions and activities, the students will learn the different aspects of care needed for the elderly. Clinical experience in both acute care settings and long term care settings will enhance the students knowledge and skills. Observations on an Alzheimer’s unit and on Home Health and/or Hospice visits are included.

Leadership/Management Concepts (Nursing Management)

This course is designed to provide the practical nursing students with a fundamental knowledge of nursing management. With the expanding role of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the LPN is required to possess management skills. To keep the role of the LPN viable and capable of meeting the challenges of employment, it is essential to know how to coordinate, and collaborate with members of the health care team, plan and deliver patient-centered care, and develop cultural competence in health care situations. 

Through classroom lectures, videos, group discussions, and activities, the students prepare for the extended Nursing Management clinical experience with a preceptor. By the end of this clinical rotation, the student will demonstrate the ability to organize and manage the care of a full patient load of a GPN/LPN.