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The Nursing Associate Degree is a 70 Credit program. In addition to our full-time option that can be started in either the fall or spring term, we offer a fifteen-term, part-time option that starts only in the fall term with courses that are taken on nights and weekends.

NURSING FUNDAMENTALS (10543101)

2.00

Prepares the learner to provide evidence-based care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan by focusing on basic nursing concepts. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored with emphasis on patient safety, communication, and the nursing process. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for providing safe and culturally competent nursing care for patients with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid and electrolyte balance.

NURSING SKILLS (10543102)

3.00

Develops evidence-based clinical skills and physical assessment skills across the lifespan. Content includes mathematical calculations and conversions related to clinical skills. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach.

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NURSING PHARMACOLOGY (10543103)

2.00

Introduces pharmacological principles including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, physiological adaptation to medications, medication administration, and safety. This course emphasizes safe medication handling and administration utilizing the nursing process as a guiding framework.

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NSG: INTRO CLINICAL PRACTICE (10543104)

2.00

Applies basic nursing skills and the nursing process in meeting the needs of diverse clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on performing basic nursing skills, the formation of nurse-client relationships, communication, data collection, documentation and medication administration.

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GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (10806177)

4.00

Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication in the clinical setting.

Student is highly recommended to have completed two semesters of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry with a "C" or better. Student is required to take the Pre-General A&P Assessment upon enrollment. All third attempts for enrollment require Dean/Assoc. Dean approval.

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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (10809188)

3.00

Developmental Psychology is the study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Human Growth & Development

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

NURSING HEALTH ALTERATIONS (10543105)

3.00

Elaborates beyond the basic concepts of health and illness as learned in Nursing Fundamentals to introduce the learner to common acute and chronic diseases. The learner will apply the nursing process to care for patients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply evidence-based nursing interventions. A brief introduction to the concepts of leadership and management will be included.

NURSING HEALTH PROMOTION (10543106)

3.00

Explore topics related to health promotion for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. Nursing care of the developing family including reproductive issues, perinatal concerns, and care of the newborn and child, will be covered. The spectrum of healthy families will be examined, with emphasis on family dynamics, teaching and supporting healthy lifestyle choices, nutrition, and risk reduction. Patterns associated with adaptive and maladaptive behaviors will be evaluated applying mental health principles.

NSG: CLIN CARE ACROSS LIFESPAN (10543107)

2.00

Develop clinical experience application using nursing concepts and therapeutic communicative interventions to clients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to concepts of teaching and learning. Extending care to include the family is emphasized.

NSG: INTRO CLINICAL CARE MGT (10543108)

2.00

Applies nursing concepts and therapeutic nursing interventions to groups of patients across the lifespan. It also provides an introduction to leadership, management and team building.

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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ADV ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (10806179)

4.00

Examines normal human anatomy and physiology using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Cellular metabolism and the individual components of body systems will be explored. Continued examination of homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and blood and integration of genetics to human reproduction and development are also included in this course.

NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERAT 1 (10543109)

3.00

Prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and hematologic systems as well as patients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance and alterations in comfort.

NSG: MENTAL HEALTH COMM CON (10543110)

2.00

Prepares students to evaluate the delivery of community and mental health nursing care. Specific health needs of individuals, families and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups.

NSG: INTERMED CLIN PRACTICE (10543111)

3.00

Develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. A focus of the course is developing skills needed for managing multiple clients across the lifespan and priorities. Using the nursing process, students will gain experience in adapting nursing practice to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds.

NURSING ADVANCED SKILLS (10543112)

1.00

Develops advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Content includes advanced intravenous skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic electrocardiogram interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion.

MICROBIOLOGY (10806197)

4.00

Investigates historical perspectives of microbiology, microscopy, characteristics of procaryotic and eucaryotic microorganisms, control of microbial growth, microbial genetics, and classification of microorganisms, principles of disease, epidemiology, immunology and pathogenic microbiology.

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERAT 2 (10543113)

3.00

Prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary and the reproductive systems and shock, burns and trauma. The learner will also focus on management of care for patients with high-risk perinatal conditions and high-risk newborns.

NSG: MGT & PROFESS CONCEPTS (10543114)

2.00

Integrates nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the registered nurse. Emphasis is placed on the principles of prioritization, delegation, supervision, collaboration, legal practice, ethical dilemmas, economics in healthcare, management of a team, and evidence based practice.

NSG: ADV CLINICAL PRACTICE (10543115)

3.00

Integrates concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized.

NURSING CLINICAL TRANSITION (10543116)

2.00

Integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. The course promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation and works collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

ECONOMICS (10809195)

3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

Have Questions?

If you have further questions regarding our Credit for Prior Learning options, please contact Student Records at studentrecords@ntc.edu or 715.803.1023.