Nursing

Program Outline

The Nursing Associate Degree program prepares students to work as entry-level nurses in doctors’ offices, acute care and rehabilitation settings, long term care facilities, ambulatory and community centers, medical centers and hospitals, among others. The applied science portion of the program has two major components: the theory/didactic/lab component and the clinical externship component. The general education portion of the program includes coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, English, math, developmental psychology, microbiology, and nutrition. Emphasis in this portion of the program is placed on enhancing students’ academic and interpersonal skills.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in Belleville, NJ and Jersey City, NJ is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN) has granted Candidacy Status to the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Eastern International College in Belleville, NJ. Since the ADN program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure and sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). However, since state licensure requirements are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible for licensure in New Jersey, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The program has a total of 78 semester credits, with 27 credits in general education and 51 credits in vocational/program major course work. The curriculum outline is below:

General Education Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

BIO 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy & Physiology II

4

ENG 101

English Composition I

3

ENG 102

English Composition II

3

MAT 103

College Math

3

PSY 102

Developmental Psychology

3

MIC 101

Microbiology

4

NUT 101

Nutrition

3

TOTAL

27

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

NUR 101

Introduction to Nursing

3

NUR 102

Fundamentals of Nursing

6

NUR 103

Health Assessment

2

NUR 104

Pharmacology I

3

NUR 105

Pharmacology II

2

NUR 106

Concepts in Gerontology

2

NUR 107

Nursing Theory and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NUR 201

Adult Health I

6

NUR 202

Adult Health II

6

NUR 203

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

3

NUR 204

Obstetrical Nursing

3

NUR 205

Pediatric Nursing

3

NUR 206

Concept Synthesis Capstone

3

NUR 207

Senior Clinical Practicum

6

TOTAL

51


TOTAL CREDITS: 78
Length of Program: 2 Years

Course Descriptions

ENG 101 English Composition

3 Semester Credits

This course further introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, group analysis, formal essays, and research projects. Proper paragraph and essay structure is emphasized throughout the course.

ENG 102 English Composition II

3 Semester Credits

This course gives students practice in the essentials of writing, with an emphasis on persuasive writing and oral presentations. Extensive reading and writing are combined with oral presentations, class work and activities to encourage students to assess and respond from their own perspective to notable people, debates, and events in society. Students will learn to write powerfully and credibly, and deliver argumentative speeches for a variety of audiences.

Prerequisite: ENG 101

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. Prerequisite: BIO 101

MAT 103 College Algebra

3 Semester Credits

This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, and graphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations.

Prerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam

MIC 101 Microbiology

4 Semester Credits

This course focuses on the study of microbiological concepts and techniques central to the health professions. Topics include anatomy and physiology of microbes, microbial classification, principles of microscopy, sterilization, disinfection, immunology, chemotherapy, epidemiology, disease transmission, pathogenicity and virulence in relation to microbes.

NUT 101 Nutrition

3 Semester Credits

This course is an introduction to general nutrition with an emphasis on the principles relating to human health. The course provides students with an understanding of the basics of the science of nutrition at various stages of the life cycle. Food sources of energy, nutrients and their consequences to health will be explored. Terminology and scientific resources pertinent to the nutrition field will be introduced.

PSY 102 Developmental Psychology

3 Semester Credits

This course centers on the scientific study of psychological changes across the lifespan (birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood). Students will examine the development of motor skills and other psycho-physiological processes; cognitive development involving areas such as problem solving, moral understanding, and conceptual understanding; language acquisition; social, personality, and emotional development; and self-concept and identity formation. Development will be considered from the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial perspectives.

NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing

3 Semester Credits

This course provides a historical overview of how nursing developed and how it has transformed into contemporary roles in an ever changing health care delivery system. Students are introduced to basic concepts of the nursing profession, the role of provider of care and the basic physiologic and higher level needs of man. This course is designed to provide a foundation for all subsequent nursing courses. There is specific emphasis on the non-clinical aspects of nursing.

Prerequisite: 12 credits of general education coursework towards degree progression

NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing

6 Semester Credits

This course will focus on the concepts, skills, and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making. The course provides opportunities to develop the competencies necessary to assist individuals in meeting their health care needs, with emphasis on safe, legal, and ethical issues pertaining to the nursing process. The course will emphasize critical thinking, the establishment of a culturally-sensitive therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, the development of the student’s beginning comprehension of the patient’s physiologic and psychological responses to health and illness, and an understanding of the patient’s Self-Care Deficits at various points on the health-illness continuum. At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.

Prerequisite: NUR 101 and all General Education courses except MIC 101

Co-requisites: NUR 103

NUR 103 Health Assessment

2 Semester Credits

This course focuses on the development of interviewing skills and physical examination skills to provide the learner with a systematic method for collecting data using the nursing process. Students will learn the psychomotor skills necessary to complete physical, psychosocial, and spiritual assessments. The learner will apply these skills to collect a comprehensive database, demonstrate a complete physical examination, and create a plan of care. This course will begin with a discussion of optimal self-care behaviors through Self-Care Agency, then focus on deviations from those behaviors with assessment results for the healthy individual used as a reference point. The importance of assessment of cultural aspects of health will be emphasized. Students will have lab experiences in the Nursing Learning Laboratory where health assessment skills can be practiced. Students will utilize critical thinking skills in identifying health alterations, formulating nursing diagnoses, and documenting findings appropriate to the practice of nursing.

Prerequisite: NUR 101 and all General Education courses except MIC 101

Co-requisites: NUR 102

NUR 104 Pharmacology I

3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in clinical pharmacology on which to build. Key concepts in clinical decision making and medication safety are discussed. The course emphasizes pharmacological concepts, drug-body interactions, and nursing care measures to ensure safe and efficacious medication administration and patient education.

Prerequisite: NUR 101

NUR 105 Pharmacology II

2 Semester Credits

This course builds on the previous course, Pharmacology I, and provides more advanced concepts in clinical pharmacology to further develop a foundation for clinical decision-making and medication safety. Emphasis is placed on advanced medication therapy, medication administration in patients with multiple morbidities, specialty medications, and medication administration across the lifespan and with special patient populations.

Prerequisite: NUR 104

NUR 106 Concepts in Gerontology

2 Semester Credits

The focus of this course is to assist students in knowledge and application of key concepts of gerontology. There is specific emphasis on normal again processes as well as integration of holistic concepts, evidence-based practice, and challenges in the care of an aging population. Relevance of Self Care Deficit Theory concepts to the aging process will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: NUR 102/103

NUR 107 Nursing Theory and Evidenced-Based Practice

3 Semester Credits

This course emphasizes research and evidence-based competencies necessary to critically critique nursing research studies. Learning assessments focus on best practice in research utilization informing nursing practice decisions, based on the evidence, and incorporating research findings into professional nursing practice. Application and utilization of technology in the research process is explored.

Prerequisite: NUR 101 and ENG 102

NUR 201 Adult Health I

6 Semester Credits

Using the foundation of Self-Care Deficit Theory and the nursing process, the course focus is on the chronic problems of adult patients associated with common, non-emergent disorders. The acute aspects of these diseases are also discussed. Selected general medical-surgical settings will be used for clinical practice in the management of patients in which students will learn nursing interventions appropriate to their care. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team. Pharmacology principles and rationale are expected during supervised medication administration. Individualization of patient care is developed through the formation and implementation of patient-centered care plans. The student is expected to function progressively as a contributing member of the nursing team while caring for assigned clients with needs of varying complexity in the acute care setting. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, and cultural concepts are integrated with the nursing process and Self-Care Deficit Theory to form the foundation of comprehensive care planning.

Prerequisite: NUR 102, NUR 103, NUR104, and all General Education courses

NUR 202 Adult Health II

6 Semester Credits

This course is the second of a two-course sequence in which the focus is on acute problems with associated emergent disorders and their effect on the adult patient. Chronic, long-term impact associated with these disorders is also addressed. The use of effective interpersonal communication skills with patients, their families, and members of the health care team is expected. Pharmacology principles and rationale continue to be applied during supervised medication administration. Students will develop and implement patient-centered care plans. The student is expected to function progressively as a contributing member of the nursing team while caring for assigned clients with needs of moderate complexity in the acute setting. Clinical assignments will be made that will provide an opportunity for students to enhance critical thinking and priority setting skills. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, and cultural concepts are integrated with the nursing process and Self-Care Deficit Theory to form the foundation of comprehensive care planning.

Prerequisite: NUR 201, NUR 203, NUR 105 and all General Education courses

NUR 203 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with fundamental concepts in nursing care of patients with selected psychiatric-mental health disorders. There is emphasis on nursing process and foundations of evidence-based clinical decision in providing developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive care in a variety of health care delivery settings. Concepts from Self Care Deficient Theory will be examined for relevance to the care of psychiatric patients.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NUR 201

NUR 204 Obstetrical Nursing

3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the normal physiologic processes for nursing care and actions in the care of the childbearing woman, the newborn, and the family. There is specific emphasis on scientific bases for maternal child nursing, nursing process in nursing care, communication in providing safe and effective care with inter-professional collaboration, integration of evidence-based practice, education of the child-bearing family, critical thinking, and the impact of cultural diversity related to childbearing families.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NUR 202; Co-requisite: NUR 205

NUR 205 Pediatric Nursing

3 Semester Credits

This course emphasizes the major concepts of acute and chronic care for the pediatric patient in diverse and ever changing health care delivery setting. There is emphasis on communication with patients, families, peers, and other members of the inter-professional health care delivery team in a variety of health care delivery settings in care of pediatric patients with selected acute and chronic health care conditions focusing on developmental milestones.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NUR 204

NUR 206 Concept Synthesis Capstone

3 Semester Credits

The theoretical component of this course will reinforce and complement prior knowledge developed throughout the nursing curriculum. Students will utilize the nursing process and critical thinking skills to review previously acquired nursing concepts. Students will participate in an NCLEX review that will assist them in preparing them for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The course focuses on a review of content using a variety of methods with an emphasis on the case study approach. Emphasis is placed on test-taking skills, computer-assisted simulations and practice tests, development of a prescriptive plan for remediation, and review of selective content specific to professional nursing practice. The HESI Exit Exam will be administered to allow students to assess their areas of strength and weakness as they prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Results will permit students to develop a remediation plan specific to their needs.

Prerequisite: All NUR courses except NUR 107;

Co-requisite: NUR 207

NUR 207 Senior Clinical Practicum

6 Semester Credits

This course is designed to provide senior nursing students with an opportunity to apply nursing concepts across the curriculum in a culminating practicum during which they function with a nurse preceptor in a designated clinical setting. The overarching goal is to provide students an opportunity to critically think and apply nursing concepts as they transition from the student nurse roll to nursing practice. The course provides a foundation for the novice nurse entering practice and there is specific emphasis on the leadership role as it pertains to safe delegation of nursing care and managing multiple patients within a health care system utilizing health care informatics and technology to shape and inform decision making. There is opportunity to examine and assess nursing competency and skills needed to function and communicate as a practicing nurse in a safe, effective, and cost-efficient manner with guidance and oversight by a nurse.

Prerequisite: All NUR courses except NUR 107;

Co-requisite: NUR 206