Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Nursing - LPN/RN

Nursing

2172 Linn Hall

319-398-5563

319-398-4989

www.kirkwood.edu/nursing

Entry time
Fall, Spring, Summer
(evening/weekend program begins each fall)

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (4 terms plus prerequisites)
Diploma
1 year (2 terms plus prerequisites)

Accreditation
The Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, River Point Business Park, 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685; 515-281-3255; http://www.iowa.gov/nursing.

Program Description: The first two semesters of the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs are identical and provide a core of knowledge and skills that are common to both nursing roles. Kirkwood nursing classes cover medical, surgical, geriatric, maternal-child, mental health and home health nursing over the five-semester program. Patient care skills are learned in a supervised lab setting. Clinical experience begins in the first semester. Students receive clinical experience in all of the major areas of nursing and complete their clinicals in area hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, mental health facilities, home health agencies and a variety of specialty clinics.

Additional requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 in pre-requisites with Minimum C in each course EXCEPT: minimum B- in Introduction to Nursing and Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • May take each pre-requisite course only twice
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II courses must be taken within 5 years of entry into the nursing program and must be 3 credits didactic course with a 1 credit lab
  • Introduction to Nursing must be taken within 2 semesters of entry into the nursing program
  • TOEFL IBT ot TOEFL of 84 with a minimum Speaking score of 26 for those who have not graduated from a high school or college in the United States
  • Certified Nursing Assistant OR Health Support Professional
    • Certified Nursing Assistant demonstrated by the following:
      • Certificate of completion of an Iowa CNA course (with completion of the clinical component of the course)
      • Listing in the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Direct Care Worker Registry as eligible
      • NOTE: Students may obtain CNA training through Kirkwood's Continuing Education

OR

  • Health Support Professional demonstrated by the following:
    • Certificate of completion of all Health SUpport Professional (HSP) modules in the Iowa Prepare to Care Direct Care Professional Career Pathway.
    • Listing in the Care Book as an HSP
  • Compliance Requirements:
    • Criminal and Dependent Adult Abuse and Child Abuse Background Checks
    • Immunizations
    • Current certification for American Heart Association Health Care Provider in CPR
    • Administrative requirements
    • NOTE: Students must provide immunization paperwork for specified immunizations and pass a Criminal and Dependent Adult Abuse and Child Abuse Background Check prior to admission to the program. Failure to pass these background checks, complete the immunizations or administrative requirements will prevent admission to the Nursing Program.
  • NOTE: Nursing courses with a clinical component may NOT be taken by a person:
    • Who has been denied licensure by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
    • Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction.
    • Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Career opportunities: hospitals; long-term care facilities; home health care; Hospice; nurse educator; public health; clinics; school nursing; military; correctional nursing; wellness centers; occupational-industry.

Nursing Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I**

4

BIO-151

Nutrition**

3

ENG-105

Composition I** OR

3

ENG-120

College Writing**

 

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology**

3

SOC-110

Introduction to Sociology**

3

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Humanities or History/Culture Course**

3

 

 

19

Term 1

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II**

4

BIO-186

Microbiology**

4

HSC-189

Introduction to Nursing***

4

PSY-121

Developmental Psychology**

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication** OR

3

SPC-112

Public Speaking**

 

 

 

18

Term 2

PNN-228

Foundations of Nursing I***

6

PNN-280

Pharmacology I***

2

PNN-290

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan***

2

PNN-721

Foundations of Nursing Clinical I

2

 

 

12

Term 3

PNN-229

Foundations of Nursing II***

4

PNN-282

Pharmacology II***

2

PNN-446

Nursing Care of the Growing Family***

4

PNN-723

Foundations of Nursing Clinical II

2

 

 

12

Term 4

ADN-171

Concepts of Nursing I***

5

ADN-176

Advanced Concepts in Mental Health Across the Continuum***

4

ADN-740

Concepts of Nursing Clinic

3

 

 

12

Term 5

ADN-180

Advanced Concepts of Nursing***

4

ADN-183

Advanced Concepts in Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing***

4

ADN-760

Advanced Concepts of Nursing Clinical

4

 

 

12

Total Associate Degree Nursing credit hours

85

Optional

ADN-924

Honors Project

1

Nursing Diploma Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

BIO-151

Nutrition**

3

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I**

4

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology**

3

 

 

10

Term 1

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II**

4

HSC-189

Introduction to Nursing***

4

PSY-121

Developmental Psychology**

3

 

 

11

Term 2

PNN-228

Foundations of Nursing I***

6

PNN-280

Pharmacology I***

2

PNN-290

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan***

2

PNN-721

Foundations of Nursing Clinical I

2

 

 

12

Term 3

PNN-229

Foundations of Nursing II***

4

PNN-282

Pharmacology II***

2

PNN-446

Nursing Care of the Growing Family***

4

PNN-723

Foundations of Nursing Clinical II

2

 

 

12

Total Practical Nurse credit hours

45

Optional

PNN-924

Honors Project

1

*Courses may be taken before beginning the Nursing technical and clinical portion of the program. They should be completed prior to or during the semester they are listed in.

**Completion of courses with a minimum of a C required prior to acceptance.

***Completion of courses with a B- minimum required.

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