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The nursing profession deals with people: sick, injured, and well. Both registered nurses and practical nurses are an integral part of the health care team working in conjunction with various professionals to improve health care.

Where You Could Go

One hundred percent of NC State grads seeking employment in nursing are employed. In fact many Nursing graduates are employed before they graduate. Many are encouraged by their employers to continue their education.

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online.

Job Demand

There is a shortage of nurses locally and nationally, due to an aging workforce and an increased demand for medical services. Work settings could include: Hospitals, Extended Care Facilities, Doctors’ Offices, Private or Home Nursing, School Nursing, Hospice, Patient Education, Community Agencies.

Licensure

NC State graduates of both Associate Degree Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs consistently score above the national average on their licensure exams.

An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report/FBI background check and drug screening is required in order to begin the clinical sequence.

Program Outcomes

Year: 2016
Graduates: 64
NCSC NCLEX Pass Rate: 83.87%
Ohio NCLEX Pass Rate: 81.12%
National NCLEX Pass Rate: 84.56%
Completion %: 59%
Entering/
Graduating:
108/64
Year: 2017
Graduates: 64
NCSC NCLEX Pass Rate: 84.38%
Ohio NCLEX Pass Rate: 84.96%
National NCLEX Pass Rate: 84.38%
Completion %: 60%
Entering/
Graduating:
106/64
Year: 2018
Graduates: 62
NCSC NCLEX Pass Rate: 90.63%
Ohio NCLEX Pass Rate: 86.88%
National NCLEX Pass Rate: 86.88%
Completion %: 62%
Entering/
Graduating:
99/62
Year: 3 Year Average
Graduates: 63%
NCSC NCLEX Pass Rate: 86.29%
Completion %: 60%

Year One

Fall Semester

BIOL 2751 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is an in-depth study of the principles of human anatomy and physiology. It includes the study of structure and function of the body as a whole and study of cell biology, histology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and nervous systems plus the special senses. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: High school chemistry with minimum C minus (C-) grade or CHEM 1010 with minimum C minus (C-) grade; AND ENGL 0040,
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2751L

PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS015. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

RNUR 1010 - Basic Concepts in Nursing

An introduction to fundamental nursing skills, interpersonal communication and relationships, safety in practice, ethical/legal issues of nursing practice including nursing roles and boundaries, awareness of developmental levels, medication administration guidelines/techniques/calculations, IV assessment and calculations, OR protocols and procedures pre-, intra- and post-operative care, pain assessment & management, teaching and learning, and cognitive development with a focus on critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and physical assessment skills; safe, hygienic client care; skills performance; emotional, spiritual, and cultural concerns; infection control, surgical wound healing, medical and surgical asepsis and excretory stressors. Stress adaptation/wellness, documentation, computer research, and community nursing resources are all integral aspects of the course. Utilization of all aspects of the nursing process is emphasized in classroom, clinical and laboratory experiences. Extended care facilities and acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate gerontological and beginning medical-surgical nursing theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 6
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 1010C and RNUR 1010L

RNUR 1030 - Pharmacology

Pharmacology PNUR 1030/RNUR 1030 provides an introduction to the study of drugs. Content also includes classifications of drugs, dosage calculations, legal aspects of drug administration, and preparation and administration of drugs. Uses, actions and side effects of selected drugs will be studied as well as associated nursing care and implications. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (minimum grade of C-) or qualifying placement test scores and High School Chemistry or CHEM 1010  (minimum grade of C-)

Spring Semester

BIOL 1101 - Nutrition

BIOL 1101 is an introductory course to the principles of nutrition and its relationship to health. Included are practical applications in daily life as well as nutritional assessments of individuals. Emphasis is on essential nutrients, their supply and function, as related to an individual's well-being. Health promotion and chronic disease are explored in relation to today's society. (TAG# OHL016)

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2

BIOL 2752 - Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL 2751. It includes the study of structure and function of blood and the cardiovascular, lymphatic/immunity, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BIOL 2751; Minimum Grade C-
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2752L

PSYC 2010 - Human Growth and Development

This course presents an overview of the total life span of human growth and development from conception through old age. It begins with a study of the major theories of human development and includes an examination of the dynamics of human growth in five areas: physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral. The developmental tasks and behavioral characteristics of eight stages of human growth are examined, ending with a brief treatment of death and dying. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS048. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take PSYC 1010

RNUR 1050 - Intermediate Concepts in Nursing I

This course focuses on the response of clients to respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, endocrine (diabetes, thyroid, and parathyroid), fluid balance, and vascular stressors. Extensive emphasis is placed on meeting basic human needs, restoration of wellness, health maintenance, and promotion. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication, client teaching, developmental level tasks, cultural influences, and ethical/legal issues of nursing practice are also integrated throughout the course. Acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate intermediate medical-surgical theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 7
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 12
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1010, RNUR 1030,
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 1050L and RNUR 1050C

Summer Semester

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

RNUR 1070 - Intermediate Concepts in Nursing II

This intermediate course utilizes and builds on basic skills and knowledge of RNUR 1010 and RNUR 1050. The focus of study is on the utilization of the nursing process emphasized in classroom and clinical experiences as it relates to meeting basic human needs. Acute care units in the hospital setting are utilized for clinical rotation to integrate intermediate medical-surgical theory with practice. Semesters available: Day - Su

Credit Hours: 5
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 9
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1050
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 1070C

STAT 1010 - Probability and Statistics

This course provides the student with an overview of probability and statistics. Probability terminology, concepts and rules are emphasized in solving probability problems. Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, charts, tables and diagrams are used to summarize data. The student is introduced to the binomial, Poisson, hyper-geometric, normal and t-distributions. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression are used to make conclusions concerning population parameters from sample data. This course meets the requirements for OTM Introductory Statistics TMM010.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Year Two

Fall Semester

BIOL 1550 - Microbiology for Health Professionals

This course is designed for allied health and nursing majors. It explores the major groups of microorganisms and the role they play in the environment and in disease. The host-parasite relationship, human immunity to disease, epidemiology, and the control of microorganisms are also addressed. Laboratory exercises provide the student with the basic techniques of microbial identification, microscopy, sterile technique, and basic infection control. (OTM approved course for Natural SciencesTMNS) Day - F, Sp Evening - F

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 1550L

RNUR 2030 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing I

This course is designed to assist the student to integrate and build on concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Emphasis of study is upon utilization of the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health for individuals who present immediate and complex nursing needs. Critical thinking will be utilized in the exploration of theoretical content and clinical experiences. The focus of study is on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of nutrition and elimination, safety and security, oxygenation, activity and rest, and mental health and behavioral adjustments. Health promotion in growth and development is a strong component of the course. Skills of self-evaluation, organization, discharge planning and referral will be developed. Knowledge regarding therapeutic communication, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated into the course. Clinical experiences are planned to work with children, adolescents, young adults and child-bearing clients. Clinical experiences are planned in community agencies with preceptors. Some evening clinical experiences may be scheduled during the quarter. Group leaders are expected to make clinical assignments the day prior to clinical experience. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1070 or RNUR 1125
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 2030C and RNUR 2030L

RNUR 2050 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing II

This course is designed to assist the student in integrating and expanding concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Critical thinking will be utilized in implementing the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health and behavioral adjustment for individuals with complex nursing needs. Theoretical content and clinical experiences will focus on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of mental health and behavioral adjustment, oxygenation, nutrition and elimination, and safety and security. Skills of self-evaluation and work organization will be developed. Knowledge regarding basic and therapeutic communication concepts, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated in the course. Clinical experiences are planned which allow the student to meet the course objectives in different settings (acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and community agencies) and may include different shift times. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1070 or RNUR 1125
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 2050C and RNUR 2050L

Spring Semester

CHEM 1030 - Chemistry

The course is to give the Allied Health and Nursing student an appreciation and understanding of general inorganic chemistry. Includes atomic and molecular structure, molecular forces, properties and states of matter, naming of chemical compounds, types and behaviors of solutions, types of reactions, acid base chemistry, carefully chosen organic topics with their applications to specific health problems. Laboratory exercises will enhance and reinforce lecture topics. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CHEM 1010 or high school chemistry AND MATH 0084 with a minimum grade of C-.
Required Concurrent Course: Take CHEM 1030L

RNUR 2030 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing I

This course is designed to assist the student to integrate and build on concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Emphasis of study is upon utilization of the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health for individuals who present immediate and complex nursing needs. Critical thinking will be utilized in the exploration of theoretical content and clinical experiences. The focus of study is on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of nutrition and elimination, safety and security, oxygenation, activity and rest, and mental health and behavioral adjustments. Health promotion in growth and development is a strong component of the course. Skills of self-evaluation, organization, discharge planning and referral will be developed. Knowledge regarding therapeutic communication, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated into the course. Clinical experiences are planned to work with children, adolescents, young adults and child-bearing clients. Clinical experiences are planned in community agencies with preceptors. Some evening clinical experiences may be scheduled during the quarter. Group leaders are expected to make clinical assignments the day prior to clinical experience. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1070 or RNUR 1125
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 2030C and RNUR 2030L

RNUR 2050 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing II

This course is designed to assist the student in integrating and expanding concepts and skills learned in previous nursing courses. Critical thinking will be utilized in implementing the nursing process to maintain and/or restore optimal level health and behavioral adjustment for individuals with complex nursing needs. Theoretical content and clinical experiences will focus on the stress-adaptation process as it relates to the basic human needs of mental health and behavioral adjustment, oxygenation, nutrition and elimination, and safety and security. Skills of self-evaluation and work organization will be developed. Knowledge regarding basic and therapeutic communication concepts, diet therapy, pharmacology, developmental levels/tasks, community health and resources, culture, and ethical/legal boundaries are integrated in the course. Clinical experiences are planned which allow the student to meet the course objectives in different settings (acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and community agencies) and may include different shift times. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1070 or RNUR 1125
Required Concurrent Course: Take RNUR 2050C and RNUR 2050L

RNUR 2070 - Nursing Trends and Transitions

A study of the complex processes that occur and influence the student's transition into nursing practice. Reality shock, the changing healthcare delivery system, as well as legal and ethical responsibilities and issues are included. The role of health care organizations as they relate to the practice of nursing is covered. The nurse's role in the political arena is explored. Delegation as an integral part of nursing care delivery is examined. Requirements for initial and continued licensure and employee expectations are included. Semesters available: Day - Sp

Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Required Prerequisite Course: Take RNUR 1070 or RNUR 1125

Total Credit Hours: 65