Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Program and Course Offerings
The following section presents the academic and nursing courses of both the day and weekend/evening divisions. All course descriptions include semester hours for lecture, clinical/laboratory and NCLEX sessions. Curriculum plans for both the day and weekend/evening divisions follow and include semester hours of instruction for class, laboratory, clinical and NCLEX sessions. Students in both the day and weekend/evening division must follow the published curriculum plans.
Definition: Clock / Credit hours: Clock hours represent a 50 minute hour and credit hours are driven by a pre-determined ratio of theory hours to clinical / laboratory hours.
• Nursing courses may or may not serve as direct credit transfer at other colleges and universities.
Academic Courses: Fisher College
HE 101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I: The focus of this course is to provide a strong foundation for students preparing for a career in nursing. It is an intensive course designed to stress correlations between the structures and functions of the various body systems. Each system discussed is treated from microscopic to macroscopic levels of organization. Topics include: organic molecules, the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, skin, bones, muscles, the nervous system, special senses, and the endocrine system. Homeostatic imbalances that result in disease will be discussed. Laboratory work includes the microscopic examination of tissues, dissections of preserved organ specimens and the cat, and the investigation of various human physiological processes.
HE 102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II: The study of the human organism relating to structure and function is intensified in this course. Topics include: blood, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, water and electrolyte balance, and reproductive system. Since this course is designed for nursing students, common health problems will be introduced to explore the underlying concepts of normal function as they apply to the basic processes of pathogenesis. Specimen dissection continues to be an integral part of the course.
HE 213 Microbiology: This course is designed for nursing students and emphasis is placed on the role of the healthcare professional in the prevention of infectious disease. Class lectures correlate the structure, function, growth, and development of microorganisms to the modes of action of various antimicrobials and physical and chemical methods of microbial control. The student will survey causative agents, methods of transmission, mechanisms of pathogenicity, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for common and emerging infectious diseases. The innate and adaptive defense mechanisms of the host will be explored. Laboratory deals with the use of the microscope, aseptic techniques, antibiotic resistance, antibiotic susceptibility, and the physiological, nutritional, and environmental needs of microbes. In addition, peer-reviewed journals will be used to prepare presentations on current topics in microbiology. Minimum passing grade is a C+ (77).
HE 221 Pharmacology: This course will expand the student’s knowledge of pharmacological concepts and their significance in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. Emphasis is placed on pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacotherapeutic information about the specific drug classes used in providing patient care throughout the lifespan. Pharmacological nursing implications and interventions will be explored. Special areas of study include: the integration of teaching and learning principles into the nursing care plan, the roles of the members of the health care team in the safe delivery of medications, and the legal and ethical nursing considerations of drug therapy and drug administration.
MA 130 College Mathematics with Nursing Applications: This course provides a review and understanding of basic college level mathematics concepts for nurses and other health science careers who do not intend to progress to college algebra or other conceptual courses in mathematics. The emphasis in the course is on developing practical skills using basic mathematics to solve practical problems in the context of health sciences.
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology: An introduction to the scientific study of behavior. The introductory readings and lectures demonstrate how psychology has emerged as a distinct social science. The following areas are studied: the nervous system and its relationship to behavior, the sensory processes, learning, cognition, testing, and individual differences.
PS 105 Human Development: This course will introduce the student to the life-cycle study of human development from conception to death. It will include physical, emotional and cognitive development at each significant developmental stage. This life-cycle approach will emphasize the works of Elkind, Erikson, Piaget and Levinson.
EN 101 English I: This course is a skills-based introduction to critical reading, writing, and critical thinking. Through interdisciplinary reading assignments, in-class work, and a series of papers, students will develop an approach to analyzing and responding to ideas presented in class in writing and orally. In addition, students will develop their research techniques and their ability to understand the mechanics of writing, including punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
EN 102 English II: In this course, students apply critical reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to analyze and develop ideas in written and oral forms. Through interdisciplinary reading assignments, a series of papers, a research paper, and an oral presentation, students will evaluate and formulate their own arguments in response to ideas presented in class. In addition, students will continue to develop their research techniques and their abilities to understand the mechanics of good writing.
PH 103 Ethics: This course examines major theorists and theories regarding ethical decisions. Students will explore how these theories apply to contemporary moral issues, both societal and individual, such as gene altering,
abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, sexual relations, cheating and business conduct. A library component will be included.
CM 105 Public Speaking: An introductory course in communication and oral presentation skills. Students will explore the theory and process of human communication. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication, organization of
thinking and material,, and techniques of public presentation. A library component will be included.
Fisher College Elective Courses
Please note: Elective Courses not applicable towards SH/BHSN Diploma
SO 121 Social Justice, Race and Gender Issue in American Society Open elective for Day or Evening Division: A sociological introduction to the historical and current influence of race, ethnicity, gender and class on individuals and families, regarding inequality of social status, political power, access to education, health care housing other human services, career opportunity, and economic well-being. Examines both theoretical approaches and empirical evidence regarding the ways inequality is created, maintained, and over come in society, and the harmful effects on individuals, families and society as a whole. Topics addressed included: the social causes of racial, ethnic, gender and class discrimination in American society; the nature of oppression and historical and current social justice and liberation movements seeking to combat it; individual and institutional forms of social injustice; social conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, segregation, and inequality of opportunity; social constructions of race and gender roles; and the responsibilities of the healthcare and human services professionals in combating injustice.
MA 121 Basic Statistics: Open elective for Day or Evening Division An introduction to the basic elements of pre-calculus statistics. Topics of central tendency, measures of variation, sampling techniques, basic probability theory, statistical inference, and linear correlation and regression. A library component is included.
FL 110 Conversational Spanish for Nurses: Open elective for Day or Evening Division This course will help students in nursing and the healthcare professions develop their ability to communicate with members of the Spanish speaking community through spoken and written modes. The long term goal is to help students attain a level of Spanish fluency that enables them to provide accurate and effective healthcare service to their Spanish speaking clients. Students will practice the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing through participation in simulation scenarios. In addition, the role culture plays in shaping patients’ perceptional and understanding of healthcare will be explored. A library component is included.
SO103 The Family: Open elective for Day or Evening Division This course presents an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural view of the family. Readings from history, anthropology, human growth and development, and sociology will be studied. A number of popular beliefs and myths will be examined critically. A library component is included.
HS303 Substance Abuse: Open elective for Day or Evening Division Provides an introduction to the study of the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled drugs, of addiction to them, and rehabilitation counseling. Examines the sociological, psychological, and biological bases of abuse and addiction, and the effects of drugs on the brain and normal human functioning. Reviews the most commonly abused drugs and the characteristics of persons most likely at risk for abuse or addiction. Reviews different theories of addiction, including the biological, psychodynamic, social learning, and socio-cultural. Develops skills in intervention, assessment and the administration of screening tests, diagnosis, treatment selection, and referral. Reviews relapse-prevention and community-based education programs. Explores substance abuse policy in the United States in its social, cultural, historical, economic, and political contexts. Examines contemporary debates regarding drug control and legalization.
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Courses
Each nursing course has two components, class and clinical, each of which must be successfully completed to pass the course. All course objectives must be met in order to pass a course. Clinical components of nursing courses are evaluated on a pass / fail basis. A passing grade for nursing courses and exams is 77% or C+.
NU 101 Conceptual Basis for Nursing Practice: Nursing 101 introduces contemporary nursing and nurses’ roles in health care delivery systems. Concepts of human beings and health include the relatedness of physical, intellectual, emotional, sociocultural and spiritual aspects that compose the whole person. Nursing interventions assist students to promote, maintain and restore the maximum strengths of patients and families. The nursing process is taught as a systematic, problem-solving method that assists students to help patients adapt to both internal and external environmental demands. Students develop nursing skills in the simulation laboratory. At Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital and community affiliations, students care for patients with basic, well-defined health care needs. Day, evening and weekend hours may be used for clinical / classroom teaching. Clinical placements are two week days.
NU 102 Family Health: Nursing 102 focuses on the concept that the family is the basic unit in society and that children grow both individually and as part of a family. Concepts include developmental tasks of families during the parenting process and families experiencing common medical and surgical disorders. Nursing interventions assist students to promote, maintain and restore family health to ensure cycles of optimal childbearing and childrearing and overall health. At Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital and community affiliations, students care for healthy families during child bearing years, as well as children and families experiencing acute and chronic illnesses. Day, evening and weekend hours may be used for clinical / classroom teaching. Clinical placements may be two week days and / or evenings or Friday evenings or every Saturday or every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.
NU 105 Care of the Older Adult: This course focuses on the concept of aging as a complex and natural process. Concepts of aging, family impact, health promotion, risk reduction, health restoration and maintenance of functional ability in the older adult will be examined. Application of the new information will allow students to holistically assess, plan specific nursing interventions, implement, and evaluate optimal nursing care to older adults. At the Brockton Hospital Transitional Care Unit and local short-term, sub acute older adult agencies, students care for older adults and their families. Clinical placements are for one eight hour day or evening shift each week for six weeks. In addition all students spend 8 hours in the simulation lab and 2 hours ATI Practice Assessment with focused review.
NU 210 Adult Health I: Nursing 210 promotes the thought that the mind and body are inseparable and include physical, intellectual, emotional, sociocultural, and environmental parts. Concepts of human caring and human relationships are related and contain clinical empathy. Students apply the best current evidence to choose nursing interventions which assist patients in promoting, maintaining, and restoring optimal levels of wellness. Students apply the nursing process to provide safe basic nursing care with minimal risk of harm to self and others. At Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital and local community affiliations, students care for patients and families dealing with frequently occurring illnesses. Clinical placements may be two weekdays and/or evenings.
NU 220 Adult Health II: This course continues to promote the thought that the mind and body are inseparable and include physical, intellectual, emotional, sociocultural, and environmental parts. Nursing 220 integrates ideas of holistic nursing and challenges of caring for those patients who have complex emotional and physical needs. Students synthesize nursing interventions to promote, maintain, and restore the optimal level of wellness of their patients in acute care, psychiatric, and community settings. Classroom and clinical experiences guide students to integrate the best current evidence and enhance clinical expertise. At Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital and local community affiliations, students are offered the opportunity to provide high quality, safe nursing care with minimal risk of harm to self and others. Day and evening hours may be used for clinical/classroom teaching. Clinical placements are two weekdays and/or evenings.
Day Division Curriculum Plan
* Human Anatomy & Physiology I
* Human Development
* College Mathematics with Nursing Applications
NU 101 Conceptual Basis for Nursing Practice
* Human Anatomy & Physiology
* Introductory to Psychology
NU 102 Family Health
* Introduction to Pharmacology
NU 105 Care of the Older Adult
* Introduction to Microbiology
* English II
NU 210 Adult Health I
NU 220 Adult Health II
* Fisher College courses
Fall and Spring Semesters are 15 weeks, with 1 week finals and class/clinical make-up and the Summer Session is 6 weeks, with 1 week finals and class/clinical make-up.