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Program and Course Offerings
2015-2016

Overview
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.
• 3 hours lecture / 2 hours lab weekly.
• Co-requisite: NU 101, NU 1101A
• Minimum passing grade is a C+ (77)
• Students who do not achieve the minimum grade will not be allowed to advance to: HE 102, NU 102, NU 2102A

HE 102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
The study of the human organism relating 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 systems. 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.
• 3 hours lecture / 2 hours lab weekly.
• Prerequisite: HE 101
• Minimum passing grade is a C+ (77)
• Students who do not achieve the minimum grade will not be allowed to advance to HE 221, HE 213, NU 105, NU 2105

HE 213 Microbiology
This course is designed for nursing students and emphasis is placed on microorganisms that are pathogenic to humans and those which are of public health significance. Class lectures correlate the physiological and biochemical activities of microorganisms with the infectious disease cycle, physical and chemical methods of control, modes of action of antimicrobials, and nonspecific and specific defense mechanisms of the host. The student will survey causative agents, methods of transmission, mechanisms of pathogenicity, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for common and newly emerging infectious diseases. The role of the healthcare professional in the transmission of infectious disease will be a major focus. 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, medical journals are used to prepare presentations on current research topics in microbiology.
• 3 hours lecture / 2 hours lab weekly.
• Prerequisite: HE 102, HE 221, NU 105 and NU 2105. Co-requisite: NU 210, NU 3210A
• Minimum passing grade is a C+ (77)
• Students who do not achieve the minimum grade will not be allowed to advance to: NU 220 and NU 4220A

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.
• 3 hours lecture / 1 hour review weekly.
• Prerequisite: HE 102, NU 101 or NU1101B
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)
• Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade will not be allowed to advance to: NU 210, NU 3210A, and HE 213
• Pharmacology may be repeated one (1) time only. A second failure will result in dismissal from the SH/BHSN program.

MA 130 College Mathematics with Nursing Applications
This course provides an understanding of basic college level mathematic concepts for students who do not intended to progress to college algebra of other conceptual courses in mathematics. The emphasis in this course in on developing practical skills using basic mathematics to solve practical problems in a nursing curriculum.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Co-requisite: NU 101, NU 1101A
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)
• Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade will not be allowed to advance to NU 102, NU 2102A
• College Mathematics for Nursing Applications may be repeated one (1) time only. A second failure will result in dismissal from the SH/BHSN program

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.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77).

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.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Pre-requisite: NU 105, NU 2105B
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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 abilities to understand the mechanics of writing, including punctuation, grammar and spelling.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

EN 102 English II
In this course students apply critical reading, writing and critical thinking skill to analyze and develop ideas in written and oral form. Through interdisciplinary reading assignments, a series of papers and an oral presentation, students will evaluate and formulate their own arguments in response to ideas presented in class. In addition, student will continue to develop their research techniques and their abilities to understand the mechanics of good writing.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Pre-requisite: EN 101
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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.
• 3 hours class weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

Fisher College Elective Courses
(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.
• 3 hours lecture weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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.
• 3 hour lecture weekly.
• Prerequisite: MA 130
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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.
• 3 hour lecture weekly.
• Minimum passing grade is C+ (77)

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+.

 

Weekend/Evening Division
NU 1101A and NU 1101B Conceptual Basis for Nursing Practice A and B
Two semesters of the day division NU101course. These courses introduce 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 and well-defined health care needs. Day, evening and weekend hours may be used for clinical / classroom teaching. Clinical placements may be one week days and / or evenings or Friday evenings or every Saturday or every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Semester hours: 30 lecture, 120 clinical / simulation laboratory/ATI
• NU 1101A: Co-requisite: HE 101
• NU 1101B: Prerequisite: NU 1101A

NU 2102A and NU 2102B Family Health
Two semesters of the day division NU102 course. These courses focus 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. Students expand the nursing process to support families as they adapt to life changes. 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 Friday evenings or every Saturday or every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Semester hours: 30 lecture, 120 clinical / laboratory, each section
• NU 2102A: Pre-requisite: NU 1101B, HE 102, MA 130
• NU 2102B: Prerequisite: NU 2102A,

NU 2105 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. Semester hours: 24 lecture, 58 clinical / laboratory, self directed computerized NCLEX practice sessions with remediation.
• Semester hours: 24 lecture, 58 clinical / laboratory, self directed computerized NCLEX practice sessions with remediation.
• Pre-requisite: NU 2102B, HE 102, PS 105. Co-requisite HE 221

NU 3210A and NU 3210B Adult Health I
Two semesters of the day division NU 210 course. Nursing 3201 A and B promote 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. 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.
• Semester hours: 30 lecture, 120 clinical / laboratory, each section, self directed computerized NCLEX practice sessions with remediation.
• NU 3210A: Prerequisite: NU 2105, HE 221.
• NU 3210B: Prerequisite: NU 3210A.

NU 4220A and NU4220B Adult Health II
Two semesters of the day division NU 220 course. These courses continue to promote the thought that the mind and body are inseparable and include physical, intellectual, emotional, sociocultural, and environmental parts. Nursing 4220 A and B integrate 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, 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.
• Semester hours: 30 lecture, 120 clinical / laboratory, each section self directed computerized NCLEX practice sessions with remediation.
• NU 4220A: Prerequisite: NU 3210B, HE 213
• NU 4220B: Prerequisite: NU4220 A.

 

Weekend/Evening Division Curriculum Plan
Semester One
* Human Anatomy & Physiology I
**College Mathematics with Nursing Applications
NU 1101A Conceptual Basis for Nursing Practice, A

Semester Two
* Human Anatomy & Physiology II
*English I
NU 1101BConceptual Basis for Nursing Practice, B

Summer Session I
* Introductory to Pharmacology

Second Year
Semester Three
* Human Development
NU 2102A Family Health A

Semester Four
*Psychology
NU 2102B Family Health B

Summer Session II
NU 2105 Care of the Older Adult

Third Year
Semester Five
* Introduction to Microbiology
NU 3210A Adult Health I A

Semester Six
* English II
NU 3210B Adult Health I B

Fourth Year
Semester Seven
* Ethics
NU 4220A Adult Health II A

Semester Eight
* Public Speaking
NU 4220B Adult Health II B

* Fisher College courses

Fall and Spring Semesters are 15 weeks, with 1 week finals and class/clinical make-up and the Summer Sessions are 6 weeks, with 1 week finals and class/clinical make-up.