Nursing (RN Track)

Associate of Science, 75 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Classes and Labs are in Austin, MN. Clinicals are in Austin, Albert Lea & Owatonna
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall 2018
COURSE PLAN: 5 semesters for AD at Riverland into a seamless progression to 3 additional semesters for attainment of BSN through Metropolitan State University on the Riverland campus in Austin, MN
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

The program is designed as four years of full-time study, with the first two semesters devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses required for admission to the nursing program. Successful completion of five semesters leads to an Associate of Science (AS) Nursing degree offered by Riverland Community College and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The MANE curriculum continues for three additional semesters leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by a collaborating university, Metropolitan State University. The intent is that all courses, in a variety of formats, will be offered on a Riverland Community College campus.

Required Core Courses (35 credits)

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NURS2700
Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion (RN Track)

This course introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Prerequisite: Co-requisite: NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse. (9 Cr - 4 lect; 3 clinical; 2 lab)

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NURS2720
Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse (LPN to RN Track)

This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of the LPN as they transition to the professional role within nursing. Emphasis is placed on health promotion through the lifespan and incorporates theories related to evidence-based practice, quality and safety, communication, collaboration, clinical decision-making/reasoning, informatics, assessment, caring, and health- illness continuum. Prerequisite: Co-requisite (4 Cr - 3 lect; 1 clinical/lab)

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NURS2750
Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse

This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client. Prerequisite: Co-requisite: NURS 2700 Foundations of Nursing Health Promotion. (2Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab, 0 other)

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NURS2800
Chronic and Palliative Care

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life experiences. Emphasis is placed on understanding the lived experience of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities. Prerequisite: Co-requisite NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I (7 Cr - 3 lect; 3 clinical; 1 lab)

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NURS2820
Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse

This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. Prerequisite: Co-requisite (3Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab, 0 other)

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NURS2850
Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I

This course introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronicity and End of Life to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisite: Co-requisite NURS 2800 Chronic & Palliative Care (2Cr - 2 lect)

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NURS2900
Acute and Complex Care Illness

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care. Prerequisite: Co-requisite Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II (7Cr - 3 lect; 3 clinical; 1 lab)

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NURS2950
Nursing Leadership I

This course focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum. Prerequisite: Co-requisite (3 Cr - 2 lect; 1 clinical)

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NURS2920
Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II

This course will facilitate ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute and Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Co-requisite Acute and Complex Care (2 Cr 2 lect)

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MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BIOL2021
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Basic concepts in biology are covered in the first part of the course including the scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, cell division, genetics, and DNA structure and function. The second part of the course includes histology and the integumentary system, as well as the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 1101, 1121 or 1201. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2022
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the second semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. Acid-base and fluid balances, human embryology and development are also covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 2021. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2040
General Microbiology (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course is designed to provide an overview of major concepts in microbiology. Thematic areas to be studied include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, prokaryotic metabolism (including growth and nutrition), microbial genetics, microbial classification, isolation, and identification, and microbial roles in the disease process, environment and industry.  Laboratory exercises will stress the microscopic study of microorganisms and the application of culturing and identification techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on safe laboratory practice.  Prerequisites:  BIOL 1091 or BIOL 2021.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 2 lect, 2 lab)

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CHEM1121
General, Organic, and Biochemistry (Goal 3 & 10)

This is a laboratory science course covering the principles of general, organic and biological chemistry with emphasis on chemical applications in biological systems.  Topics include the scientific method, atomic theory, chemical bonding, organic functional groups, biological chemicals, and metabolic processes.

      MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) or ENGL1102

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PHIL1130
Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course introduces the student to fundamental ethical principles developed throughout the history of philosophy through the study of classical and modern writings. Students are encouraged and challenged to apply such principles to contemporary issues. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1105
General Psychology (Goal 5 & 7)

This course introduces the student to general topics in psychology and is designed to provide an overview of the field of psychology and human behavior.  Topics include psychology as a behavioral science, the scientific method, biological foundations of behavior, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, lifespan development, social psychology, stress and coping, and a brief overview of psychological disorders and therapies.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 7/HD); (4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1240
Developmental Psychology (Goal 5 & 9)

This course explores human growth and development from the prenatal through adult life stages, including aging and death.  Students will examine the interaction between genetics and environment on the individual’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.  In addition, family, culture and cohort influences will be explored.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1200
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1 & 7) or SPCH1310

This course focuses on communicating more effectively in personal, social, and professional environments and examining the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication. The course also addresses such topics as self-esteem, listening, effective language, nonverbal communication, assertiveness, leadership, conflict, cultural communication, and computer-mediated communication. Human diversity issues and cultural/intercultural factors and how they affect human communication are examined. MnTC (Goals 1/CM 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Any MnTC Course
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Metropolitan State University Courses (MANE - 46 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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MATH1110
College Algebra (Goal 2 & 4) OR

This course covers the basics of college level algebra emphasizing understanding of the basic principles through investigation. The topics covered range from a basic algebra review to exploration of linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions along with a study of rational expressions, inverse relations, function operations, complex numbers, and systems of equations. Prerequisites: MATH 0670 with grade of C or better or appropriate placement test score. MnTC (Goals 4/MA and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MATH2021
Fundamentals of Statistics (Goal 2 & 4)

This course is an introduction of basic statistical methods including sampling, analyzing a research study, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing of means and proportions, Chi-square, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression. The use of statistical software is included in this course. Prerequisite: Math 0660 or Math 0670 or qualifying score on placement test.
MnTC (Goals 4/MA and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)

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NURS 406 Nursing Care of the Family
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NURS 416 Epidemiology for Nursing
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NURS 446 Nursing Informatics
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NURS 459 Population Based Care
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NURS 464 Nursing Leadership II
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NURS 485 Global Health Prospectives for Nursing
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NURS 490 Integrative Seminar & Practicum
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WRIT 331 Writing in Major
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Upper Division Goal Area electives
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Last Updated: December 6, 2016