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Nursing Associate Degree Program Code 105431

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay campuses. The first year of the program is also offered at the West Regional Learning Center-Shawano. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. For information in Shawano: (715) 524-2418. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Graduates plan, provide, and evaluate patient care. They act as liaisons between physicians, other health care workers, and the patient. They supervise other health care providers.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program who becomes a Registered Nurse in a variety of health care settings will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

STAFF NURSE: is responsible for making nursing diagnoses and treating human responses to actual and potential health problems in health care facilities and insurance areas.

CHARGE NURSE: assumes the same responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in addition to directing the work flow and coordinating and managing the provision of care of patients and other staff in a medical facility.

Program Outcomes

. Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care.
. Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
. Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making.
. Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
. Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
. Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
. Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances, and participate in p.m. clinicals.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.

Accreditation

The Nursing-Associate Degree program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326
(404) 975-5000 FAX: (404) 975-5020

The Nursing Associate Degree program is approved by:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
1400 East Washington St.
P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608) 266-2112

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

After completion of second semester, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a Practical Nurse

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 79; Reading Comprehension, 95: Sentence Skills, 103. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or wait list status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. One semester of college Chemistry with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better. NWTC course that would fulfill Chemistry requirement; 10-806-134.

One semester of college Biology with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Biology with a "C" or better. NWTC courses that would fulfill Biology requirement: 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Attend mandatory orientation.
. Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program..
. Complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements. Recommended completing between program orientation and program start.
. All students must successfully complete a DHS approved Nursing Assistant course prior to program entry.
Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Flexible Learning Option

A part-time evening/weekend track is available. This option is scheduled over eight-semesters, including three summers.

Note

. Graduates are eligible to apply for direct transfer of credit in the Bachelor of Science completion nursing programs at the University of Wisconsin and private colleges and universities.
. Individuals with criminal records may be ineligible for licensure. Individuals with abuse records may be ineligible for employment in nursing homes.
. Licensed Practical Nurses may receive advanced standing for nursing courses in the first year of the program.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Nursing Associate Degree program in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.

SUMMER SEMESTER

* 10-806-186 Intro to Biochemistry
4
** 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
FIRST SEMESTER

*10-543-101 Nursing Fundamentals
2
*10-543-102 Nursing Skills
3
*10-543-103 Nursing Pharmacology
2
*10-543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice
2
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
*10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER

*10-543-105 Nursing Health Alterations
3
*10-543-106 Nursing Health Promotion
3
*10-543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan
2
*10-543-108 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt
2
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
*10-806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology
4
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
THIRD SEMESTER

*10-543-109 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 1
3
*10-543-110 Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con
2
*10-543-111 Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice
3
*10-543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills
1
*10-806-197 Microbiology
4
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

*10-543-113 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 2
3
*10-543-114 Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts
2
*10-543-115 Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice
3
***10-543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition
2
10-809-196 Intro to Sociology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
13

TOTAL CREDITS
70

Curriculum Note
*No final grade lower than a "B" is acceptable in the nursing or natural science courses marked with an asterisk. A student must repeat the particular course with "B" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
*** Must complete 10-543-115, Advanced Clinical Practice, with a "B" prior to the start of 10-543-116, Clinical Transition.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-543-101 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS ...focuses on basic nursing concepts to provide evidenced-based care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Nursing-AD program; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; Corequisites: 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology)

10-543-102 NURSING SKILLS ...focuses on development of evidence-based clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematical calculations and conversions related to clinical skills. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Nursing-AD Program; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; Corequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology)

10-543-103 NURSING PHARMACOLOGY ...this course introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Nursing-AD Program; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; Corequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-104 NURSING: INTRO TO CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this introductory clinical course emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Nursing-AD Program; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; Corequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-102, Nursing Skills; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-105 NURSING HEALTH ALTERATIONS ... elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. It applies theories of nursing in the care of patients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply evidence-based nursing interventions. It will also introduce concepts of leadership and management. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-102, Nursing Skills; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology; 10-543-104, Nsg Intro to Clinical Practice; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisite: 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-106 NURSING HEALTH PROMOTION ...this course focuses on topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. We will cover nursing care of the developing family, which includes reproductive issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and the child. Recognizing the spectrum of healthy families we will discern patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors applying mental health principles. An emphasis is placed on teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Nutrition, exercise, stress management, empowerment, and risk reduction practices are highlighted. Study of the family will cover dynamics, functions, discipline styles, and stages of development. (Prerequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-102, Nursing Skills; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology; 10-543-104, Nsg Intro to Clinical Practice; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisites: 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communiction; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology; 10-801-136, English Composition I; 10-809-188, Developmental Psych)

10-543-107 NURSING CLINICAL CARE ACROSS LIFESPAN ...this clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic interventions to patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized. (Prerequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-102, Nursing Skills; 543-103, Nursing Pharmacology; 10-543-104, Nsg Intro to Clinical Practice; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisites: 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communiction; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology; 10-809-188, Developmental Psych)

10-543-108 NURSING: INTRO TO CLINICAL CARE MANAGEMENT ...this clinical experience applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management, and team building. (Prerequisites: 10-543-101, Nursing Fundamentals; 10-543-102, Nursing Skills; 10-543-103, Nursing Pharmacology; 10-543-104, Nsg Intro to Clinical Practice; 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology; 10-809-188, Developmental Psychology; Corequisites: 10-543-105, Nursing Health Alterations; 10-806-179, Advanced Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-109 NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS 1... prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as patients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort(Prerequisites: 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-110 NURSING: MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ...this course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups. (Prerequisites:10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication)

10-543-111 NURSING: INTERMEDIATE CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this intermediate level clinical course develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. A focus of the course is developing skills needed for managing multiple clients and priorities across the lifespan. Using the nursing process, students will gain experience in adapting nursing practices to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds. (Prerequisites:10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisites: 10-806-197, Microbiology; 10-543-109, Nsg Complex Hlth Alter 1; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-809-198, Intro to Psych)

10-543-112 NURSING ADVANCED SKILLS ... focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Content includes advanced intravenous skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic electrocardiogram interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion. (Prerequisites:10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology)

10-543-113 NURSING: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS 2 ... prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, reproductive systems and shock, burns and trauma. The learner will also focus on management of care for patients with high-risk perinatal conditions and high-risk newborns. (Prerequisites: 10-543-109, Nsg: Complex Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Concepts; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology)

10-543-114 NURSING: MANAGEMENT/PROFESSIONAL CONCEPTS ...this course covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice. (Prerequisites: 10-543-109, Nsg: Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Concepts; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology)

10-543-115 NURSING: ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this advanced clinical course requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized. (Prerequisites: 10-543-109, Nsg: Complex Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Concepts; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nsg Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequisites: 10-543-113, Nsg: Complex Hlth Alterations 2; 10-809-196, Intro to Sociology)

10-543-116 NURSING CLINICAL TRANSITION ...this clinical experience integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. The course promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation, and works collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered. (Prerequisites: 10-543-109, Nsg: Complex Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Concepts; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequisites: 10-543-113, Nsg: Complex Hlth Alterations 2; 10-543-115, Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice; 10-543-114, Nsg Mgmt & Prof Concept; 10-809-196, Intro to Sociology)

10-806-186 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY ...covers organic and biological chemistry necessary for application within Nursing and other Allied Health careers. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the structure, physical properties and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids and acids. Discussion of biological functions and their relationship to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-179 ADVANCED ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...normal human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, Gen Anatomy & Physiology, with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.