Nursing

Nursing (Traditional Track)

A.S.

Nursing Program Philosophy: The core of the Inver Hills MANE Nursing Program belief system is to provide a quality student-centered education which promotes life-long learning. Faculty believes in facilitating an intellectual learning environment through the use of evidence based practice, innovative teaching strategies, and role modeling.

Students and faculty advocate for the community; understanding the diverse needs of the people we serve. We believe health is a dynamic process and vacillates individually and collectively. We believe nursing uses integrative knowledge and caring which requires a holistic approach that embraces the dignity and strength of each individual.

The Nursing program at Inver Hills is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

General Requirements For The A.S. In Nursing
  1. At least 64 credits.
  2. A grade of C or better in each required nursing and liberal arts courses.
  3. Must maintain a grade of C or higher in all college coursework and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status to progress in the nursing program.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

2024-2025 Required Courses

Nursing Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
  NURS 2701
Fundamentals of Nursing
6

Course Outline
Credits: 6
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 informed evidence to deliver safe preventative care guided by aesthetic, ethical, and self-knowledge. 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.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2721
Nursing the Childbearing Family
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Introduces the role of the nurse in health promotion and maintenance with special emphasis on pregnancy, birth, newborn and family adaptation. This course will have a lab and clinical component with variable hours to allow for hands on experience with childbearing families.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2731
Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
1

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Introduces the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as applied to nursing. Introduction to explore theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2741
Nutrition Concepts for Nursing
1

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Introduces the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role of nutrition 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, genetics and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2801
Nursing Lifespan Health
6

Course Outline
Credits: 6
This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic and/or end-of-life disruptions of health across the lifespan. Emphasis is on exploring client and family responses to actual or potential health alterations. The pathophysiology and nursing care of selected disease processes are explored. Focus is placed on developing and applying the empiric, ethical, aesthetic and self-knowledge required when providing nursing care to clients with chronic and/or end-of-life conditions. Provides a comprehensive understanding of chronic disease processes while facilitating critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Evidence-informed practice is emphasized as a basis for safe and efficacious quality nursing care.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2701 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NURS 2731 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
  • NURS 2741 Nutrition Concepts for Nursing

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2811
Mental Health Nursing
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the nursing care of clients with Mental illness. It Identifies major mental illness conditions and their accompanying symptoms as well as available treatments. Theories and concepts related to mental illness are discussed. The cause of mental illness are discusses as well as the overall health impact of the illness on individuals and communities.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2701 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NURS 2731 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
  • NURS 2741 Nutrition Concepts for Nursing

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2821
Nursing Care for the Aging Adult
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
Focuses on the nursing care of the aging adults with emphasis on improving the quality of care of older adults. Ageism is discussed and facts are separated from myths regarding aging. Health conditions prevalent in older adults are examined and nursing care to mediate the conditions will be identified. Adult protection, advocacy, and placement are also discussed.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2701 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NURS 2731 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
  • NURS 2741 Nutrition Concepts for Nursing

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2851
Nursing Pharmacology
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
Explores theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. The framework is expanded upon for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2731 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2025

  NURS 2901
Lifespan Health II
9

Course Outline
Credits: 9
Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health across the lifespan. The emphasis is on exploring clients and family responses to actual or potential health alterations in acute, urgent, and emergent settings utilizing critical thinking and analysis of disease processes. The pathophysiology and nursing care of each disease process is explored with increasing depth and complexity in this course for a comprehensive understanding of the disease process. Focus is placed on applying the empiric, ethical, aesthetic and self knowledge required to provide nursing care to clients with a complex and/or unstable condition. Evidence-informed practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of lifespan developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care guides ethical decision making in delivery of care.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2801 Nursing Lifespan Health
  • NURS 2821 Nursing Care for the Aging Adult
  • NURS 2851 Nursing Pharmacology

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

  NURS 2921
Integrative Studies and Transition to Practice
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
In this capstone course, student progression to the professional nurse role is facilitated by focusing on synthesizing acquired knowledge to improve critical clinical reasoning. Chinn and Kramer?s theory of emancipatory knowing is examined as an integrative guide to practice and lifelong learning in the discipline of nursing. In addition, essential leadership knowledge and analytic skills necessary for success as a professional nurse are explored in relation to praxis.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2801 Nursing Lifespan Health
  • NURS 2821 Nursing Care for the Aging Adult
  • NURS 2851 Nursing Pharmacology

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Nursing Curriculum 34

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
  ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:
  • ENG 0108 Workshop for Writing and Research Skills

Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  COMM 1100
  COMM 2230
  COMM 2240
Interpersonal Communication    OR

Small Group Communication    OR

Intercultural Communication
3

Interpersonal Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Small Group Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Introduces students to the practice and theory of communicating in small group settings. Working in groups is an integral part of living in today's society. Community and workplace situations require us to be able to lead, participate, and follow effectively. Participating in this course will assist students in developing the leadership, conflict management, problem solving and discussion skills necessary to function in group settings. Students will apply small group communication theory in small, task-oriented groups and develop presentation skills to showcase their understanding of what it means to be an effective group member. Evaluating the effectiveness of their own and others' group communication behaviors is also required.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2025

Intercultural Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 08
Explores factors that influence communication between individuals of different cultures. In our global society we are increasingly called upon to communicate in a variety of intercultural contexts. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural orientation and communication behaviors. Identifying their own cultural biases and assumptions will help students increase their awareness and tolerance of individual and group differences. Students will learn to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in interpersonal contacts and identify skills for interacting with people from culture groups other than their own. Students may not earn credit for both COMM 1114 and COMM 2240.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  BIOL 1120
  BIOL 1154
Exploring Biology    OR

Principles of Biology I
4

Exploring Biology
Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces non-majors to important biological concepts and serves as a pre-requisite for Nursing and other allied-health programs. There is an emphasis on the molecular and cellular levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include chemistry of cells, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution and ecology. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry which includes learning how to propose testable hypotheses and carry out experiments to test them. Students learn the proper use of microscopes and safe handling of lab chemicals and other lab equipment while conducting hands-on experiments. This course serves as a prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BIOL 2201) and Microbiology (BIOL 2205 & 2305). It also aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Principles of Biology I
Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces important biological principles and is intended for biology and biology-related majors. This course is the first of a 2-semester course series and, also serves as a prerequisite for other biology courses that are part of the Biology Transfer Pathway. There is an emphasis on molecular and cellular levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include chemistry of cells, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry where students learn to propose and test hypotheses, as well as analyze, synthesize and communicate results. Students also learn the proper use of microscopes and the safe handling of chemicals, tools and other lab equipment while conducting hands-on experiments. Prereq: Requires one year HS chemistry or a college chemistry course.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  BIOL 2201
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function and homeostatic mechanisms of the body. Systems and topics covered include anatomical terminology, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, and endocrine systems. Lab component will hands-on experience with tissue specimens, as well as dissections of organs and a representative mammal. This course meets Human Anatomy and Physiology Society learning outcomes and aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  BIOL 2202
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Covers anatomy and physiology of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function and homeostatic mechanisms of the body. Systems and topics covered include cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, acid-base and electrolyte balance, reproductive systems, and development. The lab component will include hands-on experience with models, histology slides and one or more representative animal specimens. This course meets Human Anatomy and Physiology Society learning outcomes and aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 2201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  BIOL 2205
Microbiology
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Surveys microbial groups, microbial cell structure, nutrition, growth, control of growth, metabolism, genetics, evolution, epidemiology, infection, transmission and pathogenesis, and interactions with host organisms. Through hand-on experience, students will develop competence in in microscopy, aseptic technique, as well as in culturing, staining, enumeration, identification, isolation, safe handling and biochemical testing of microorganisms. Intended for students pursuing careers in nursing or similar health professions. This course aligns with American Microbiology Society curriculum guidelines as well as the test plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  PSYC 1101
  PSYC 1210
Introduction to Psychology    OR

Lifespan Development
4

Introduction to Psychology
Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 05
Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology with Lab (PSYC 1201). Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or successful completion (grade of C or above) of ENG 99/Read 93

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Lifespan Development
Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Presents an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan. Explores the research and theories relevant to the psychological study of human development from conception to death. Applies these issues to general and clinical populations. PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201 recommended.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

  PHIL 1130
  PHIL 1112
  BIOL 1114
Biomedical Ethics    OR

Ethics    OR

Critical Issues In Human Biology
3

Biomedical Ethics
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 09
Introduces students to philosophical reflection on ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine and health care. We will examine several major ethical theories, critiques of these theories, and alternative approaches to ethical decision-making. We will investigate a range of specific ethical issues/topics through the lens of these theories and approaches. Applied topics may include enhancement technologies, euthanasia and physician assisted death, end of life care, abortion, systemic injustice in healthcare, distribution of scarce resources, healthcare consumerism, research ethics, patient rights and consent, and reproductive technologies.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Ethics
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 09
Examine major classical and contemporary ethical theories, and in light of these theories, addresses some current contentious topics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Critical Issues In Human Biology
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 09
Intended for majors and non-majors interested in critical and ethical issues related to human biology. Ethical decision-making surrounding current biological issues will be examined. Topics such as evolution, human research subjects, biotechnology, antibiotic resistance, or other emerging science issues may be examined. Students will understand the process of science, be able to distinguish science from non-science, and critically analyze claims. Students desiring a traditional lab may take BIOL 1110 concurrently or following completion of BIOL 1114.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 30
Total Credits: 64