What is your Nursing Curriculum?

  1. I am curious as to what the curriculums are at the Nursing School you are or will be attending.

    Here is mine for community college Associates Degree Nurse.

    We must complete the following pre-nursing pre-req's before we can apply:

    Anatomy
    Physiology Or a combo anatomy/phsiology course
    Sociology
    English 1A
    Math 1
    Microbiology
    Chemistry

    The Curriculum for the Nursing program is as follows:

    First Year Program:

    First semester
    RN 1 Introduction to Nursing Theory and Process
    RN 2 Clinicals for above

    Second Semester:
    RN 5 Perinetal and Adult reproductive Health Nursing
    RN 6 Clinicals for above
    RN 21 Transcultural Nursing
    RN 9 Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Nursing
    RN 10 Clinical for above
    RN 15 Nursing Leadership

    Second Year

    Third Semester
    RN 3 Intermediate Med/Durg Nursing
    RN 4 Clinical for above
    RN 13 Nursing of INfants and Childre
    RN 14 Clinical for above

    Fourth Semester
    RN 7 Advanced Med/Surg Nursing -A
    RN 8 Clinical for above
    RN 11 Advanaced med/surg Nursing B
    RN 12 Clinical for above
    RN 19 Work experience as elective.

    And that's the whole nursing program. We also need to complete some courses for our general Ed requirements: Polysci2, 2 PE courses and 1 Humanities.

    As I read about others, I see where they are doing advanced A & P and Micro in their Nursing programs. IS this BSN coursework or will I do this again in one of the curriculum courses stated above?

    I'm really interested to know how other schools do this.

    Hugs!

    MaryRose
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Achoo!
    Pre-req's before you apply

    Algebra
    Chemistry

    You also need to get your CNA before you start the program

    Co req's- you can take these before you start the program
    A&P I
    A&PII
    Micro
    Psychology of Human Relations
    Developmenta Psych
    Sociology
    English Cmposition
    Comm skills II
    2 electives

    First year
    Intro to nursing skills
    Intro to nursing and nursing assesment
    Core concepts of nursing assesment
    Nursing and Health Care

    Second year

    Transition to nursing practice I
    Transition to nursing practice II
    III and IV
  4. by   LPNtoBSNstudent
    Here is what I had to have prior

    Sociology
    Psychology
    Philosophy (was my elective)
    Art History (a humanity elective)
    College Algebra
    PE (2 credits)
    Speech (an elective)
    Business Statistics
    English comp I, II, and 300 level
    Anthropology
    Microbiology with lab
    Chemistry with lab
    Biology with lab
    Physics with lab
    Anatomy and Physiology I and II-with labs (but I had this before the LPN program)

    If not an LPN then had to take Nutrition and Human Growth and Development (I had them in the LPN program-or before)

    Then once in the program...
    Semester I
    Family Health
    Nursing Concepts
    Fundamental Patho/Pharm
    Health Assessment
    Nursing Technologies I, plus clinicals (in a long term care)

    Semester II
    Advanced Patho/Pharm
    Nursing of childbearing families
    Nursing of childrearing families
    (peds and OB clinicals)
    Med Surg nursing
    Technologies II

    Semester III
    Technologies III
    Advanced Med Surg
    (clinicals for med surg)
    Professional Leadership
    Nursing Research Methodology
    Nursing IV Practicum (critical care)
    Nursing elective

    Semester IV
    Community/Public Health Nursing
    (clinicals for above)
    Mental Health Nursing
    (clinicals for above)
    Capstone Practicum

    LPNs also did not have to take the nursing tech I and II or the clinicals for those.

    Hope that info helps someone! Good post!
  5. by   sagelola
    I am in a BSN program at CSU, Fresno. Prior to entry in the program we have to have completed the following 9 courses:

    Intro to General Chem w/lab
    Human Anatomy w/lab
    Human Physiology w/lab
    Microbiology w/lab
    Nutrition and Health
    Intro Psychology
    English Composition
    Communication course (we can pick from 4)
    Sociology or Antrhopology course (can pick from 3)

    In addition to these, there are three other non-nursing courses we have to take those being:

    Philosophy (morals & ethics)
    Lifespan development
    Statistics

    When we get into the program the courses go as follows:

    Semester 1
    Basic concepts & care of the Elderly client
    Practicum in basic concepts nursing
    Basic Skills in nursing
    Pathophysiology for nurses

    Semester 2
    Basic concepts in nursing
    Practicum in basic concepts clinical nursing (med surg & intro peds)
    Advanced Skills in nursing
    Physical Assessment

    Semester 3
    Psychosocial nursing
    Practicum in phsyc nursing
    Concepts of Acute illness in adults
    Practicum in Acute illness in adults
    Pharmacology

    Semester 4
    Nursing of childrearing family
    Practicum childrearing family
    Nursing of childbearing family
    Practicum childbearing family
    Nursing Theories and reasearch

    Semester 5
    Concepts of complex clinical nursing
    Practicum Complex clinical nursing
    Concepts community health nursing/home health
    Practicum comm health/home health
    Advanced skills assessment

    Semester 6
    Leadership & health care economics
    Leadership & clinical management
    Senior project

    In addition to all the above classes there are lower division ge requirements as well as upper division ge requirements. Also, any prereqs for some of the classess, too. As you can see, it takes us about 5 years to complete the entire program.
  6. by   manna
    I'm not in yet, but the BSN program where I'm hoping to get accepted works as follows:

    Pre-reqs:
    English comp 1-2
    Chem 1 w/lab
    History of civilization 1-2
    HK and HKC (P.E. type activity courses)
    General psych
    College Algebra
    Ethics or Philosophy
    Microbio w/lab
    Geography, Economics, or Government
    A & P 1-2 w/labs
    Electives (6 hours)
    Speech
    World Geography, World Literature or Foreign Language
    Literature 1
    Fine Arts (6 hours or 3 housr and Lit 2)
    Nutrition

    Whew - then

    Summer semester (before junior year):
    Intro to Basic Nursing Skills
    Nursing Informatics
    Concepts Utilized in Professional Nursing

    Junior year
    Pharmacology (fall)
    Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (fall)
    Care of Individuals (fall)
    Care of Individuals and Families Experiencing Chronic Health Problems(spring)
    Concepts of Care Concerning Women and Children: Developing Families (spring)
    Sociocultural Responsibility in a Global Society (spring)
    Leadership and Management for the Professional Nurse (spring)

    Senior
    Theory and Research I (fall)
    Community Practice I: Care of Groups, Aggregates and Communities (fall)
    Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute Health Alterations (fall)
    Leadership and Management for the Professional Nurse II (fall)
    Theory and Research II (spring)
    Care of Individuals Experiencing Complex Health Alterations (spring)
    NCLEX Tools and Measurement (spring)
    Preceptorship (spring)
  7. by   twarlik
    I'm in a BSN program. We had to have the following pre-reqs completed before starting in the nursing program:

    A&P 1 & 2 w/ labs
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Statistics
    Chemistry
    Microbiology w/ lab
    Human development
    Nutrition

    The actual program is five semesters (one is a summer term) and looks like this:

    Term I
    Introduction to Family and Community Nursing
    Values, Roles and Issues in Professional Nursing
    Pharmacology for Professional Nursing
    Nursing Competencies for Professional Practice
    Nursing Competencies for Professional Practice - Lab
    Nursing Assessment of the Well Family
    Nursing Assessment of the Well Family - Lab

    Term II
    Research Process for Professional Nursing
    Nursing for the Aging Family
    Mental Health Nursing
    Mental Health Nursing - Lab
    Nursing the Adult Family I
    Nursing the Adult Family I - Lab

    Term III (Summer)
    Nursing the Adult Family II
    Nursing the Adult Family II - Lab
    Nursing and the Healthcare System
    Nursing Elective (our choice)

    Term IV
    Community Nursing: A Synthesis of Care
    Community Nursing: A Synthesis of Care - Lab
    Nursing the Adult Family III
    Nursing the Adult Family III - Lab
    Nursing the Childbearing / Childrearing Family
    Nursing the Childbearing / Childrearing Family - Lab

    Term V
    Professional Nursing Leadership
    Professional Nursing Leadership - Lab
    Public Health Nursing
    Public Health Nursing - Lab
    Professional Nursing Internship

    It's a total of 64 credits. Intersting to see the differences in everyones programs.
  8. by   Ruylupez
    We have to have General Biology and Chemistry finished before starting, then we have:

    First Semester
    BIOL 141 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4
    HLTH 133 Elements of Nutrition - 2
    PSYC 131 General Psychology - 3
    NURS 128 Integrated Study Skills - 2
    NURS 151 Nursing Process and Basic Needs I - 2
    NURS 152 Nursing Process and Basic Needs II - 6

    Second Semester
    BIOL 142 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4
    BIOL 241 Microbiology - 4
    NURS 153 Community-Basic Psychiatric Nursing - 3.5
    NURS 154 Family & Home-Centered Nursing - 3.5
    NURS 141 Psychomotor Skills for Nursing - 1


    Summer Semester
    PSYC 232 Child Psychology - 3
    SPCH 145 Public and Private Communication - 3

    Third Semester
    ENGL 131 First Year English I - 3
    NURS 250 Basic Nursing Process Application I - 3.5
    NURS 251 Basic Nursing Process Application II - 3.5
    NURS 142 Pharmacology for Nursing I - 1
    NURS 143 Pharmacology for Nursing II - 1
    SOCI 131 Introduction to Sociology - 3

    Fourth Semester
    ENGL 132 First Year English II - 3
    NURS 252 Advanced Nursing Application I - 4.5
    NURS 253 Advanced Nursing Application II - 4.5
    NURS 144 Nursing Leadership & Management - 1
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - 3

    All of the classes that do not have the NURS prefix can be taken before starting the program and most people do complete some or all of them before taking the nursing classes.
  9. by   MryRose
    Quote from sagelola
    I am in a BSN program at CSU, Fresno. Prior to entry in the program we have to have completed the following 9 courses:

    Intro to General Chem w/lab
    Human Anatomy w/lab
    Human Physiology w/lab
    Microbiology w/lab
    Nutrition and Health
    Intro Psychology
    English Composition
    Communication course (we can pick from 4)
    Sociology or Antrhopology course (can pick from 3)

    In addition to these, there are three other non-nursing courses we have to take those being:

    Philosophy (morals & ethics)
    Lifespan development
    Statistics

    When we get into the program the courses go as follows:

    Semester 1
    Basic concepts & care of the Elderly client
    Practicum in basic concepts nursing
    Basic Skills in nursing
    Pathophysiology for nurses

    Semester 2
    Basic concepts in nursing
    Practicum in basic concepts clinical nursing (med surg & intro peds)
    Advanced Skills in nursing
    Physical Assessment

    Semester 3
    Psychosocial nursing
    Practicum in phsyc nursing
    Concepts of Acute illness in adults
    Practicum in Acute illness in adults
    Pharmacology

    Semester 4
    Nursing of childrearing family
    Practicum childrearing family
    Nursing of childbearing family
    Practicum childbearing family
    Nursing Theories and reasearch

    Semester 5
    Concepts of complex clinical nursing
    Practicum Complex clinical nursing
    Concepts community health nursing/home health
    Practicum comm health/home health
    Advanced skills assessment

    Semester 6
    Leadership & health care economics
    Leadership & clinical management
    Senior project

    In addition to all the above classes there are lower division ge requirements as well as upper division ge requirements. Also, any prereqs for some of the classess, too. As you can see, it takes us about 5 years to complete the entire program.

    Wow! That is quite a program! I am taking my nursing program thru Fresno City College and have most of the same pre-req's. I am taking A & P separately so they will transfer to CSUF later if I decide to continue. My thoughts are to continue taking courses for the the BSN program if I have to wait for my Lottery spot to be picked.

    What semester are you in and how do you like it?? Where did you do your pre-req Microbiology? I am trying to see who in our area is really good for this class. I am taking A & P thru Gray in Madera, I hear she is fabulous and am hoping to find a great teacher for the Micro too.

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  10. by   S.N. Visit
    My college offers an LPN-ADN program.

    Level 1
    Term1

    Medical terminology
    nutrition
    nursing essentials
    anatomy
    anatomy lab
    general psychology

    [B] Term II

    Health Career foundations
    pharmacology
    nursing essentials II
    Nursing clinical I
    Nursing Adults I

    Term III

    maternal child nursing I
    nursing clinical II
    mental health nursing
    growth & development
    Intro to gerontology

    Term IV

    College writing I
    nursing adults II
    Vocational development
    nursing seminar I
    Nursing clinical III

    end of practical nursing program

    Level II
    Term V


    Mental health nursing II
    nursing clinical IV
    advanced nursing theory
    general micro-biology

    Term VI
    Humanities or fine art elective
    nursing clinical V
    maternal child nursing II
    phsiology
    physiology lab

    Term VII

    computer essentials
    nursing clinical VI
    advanced nursing adults I
    intro to sociology

    Term VIII

    Fundamentals of speech
    nursing seminar II
    nursing clinical VII
    Advanced nursing adults II
    nursing trends

    end of ADN program
    Last edit by S.N. Visit on Mar 5, '04
  11. by   treddrn
    Now that I have read this thread......I am more convinced that my school was a "bootleg" program!!! *smile* I didn't have to take Chemistry, Microbiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and community based nursing. Those who struggled through the nursing program would probably do better if they had the courses I just listed. Oh well, the school still manages to make it very difficult and you have to sacrifice a lot of your time and life in order to pass.
  12. by   Altra
    The curriculum at my diploma program:

    pre-reqs: chem & bio w/labs, and college algebra

    Fall 1:
    A & P I w/lab
    Intro to Psych
    Nursing Concepts I w/clinical

    Spring 1:
    A & P II w/lab
    Microbiology w/lab
    Nursing Concepts II w/clinical

    Summer 1:
    Med-Surg Nursing w/clinical
    Nutrition

    Fall 2:
    Computer Applications
    College Writing I
    begin rotation through 8 weeks of each of the specialty areas: critical care, maternal-child, pediatrics & psych/MH nursing. Each is an entire semester course w/clinicals crammed into 8 weeks.

    Spring 2:
    College Writing II
    continue rotation through specialties

    Final 8 weeks:
    Nursing Leadership/Trends w/clinical

    It's 22 months. The other 33-month option, which I chose, is to take A&P, micro, nutrition, psych, soc, and the computer class the first year and then continue w/the nursing courses. You end up w/about 66 credits to transfer to a BSN program if you wish.

    Good luck to all!

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