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 that differentiates individually and collectively. We believe nursing uses integrative knowledge and caring that requires a holistic approach embracing the dignity and strength of each individual.

As a student in the Nursing (Traditional Track) A.S. degree program, you will complete the Nursing Curriculum (35 credits) and the General Education Curriculum (40 credits) for a credit total of 75.

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

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.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Nursing Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
NURS 2700
Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional
9

Course Outline
Credits: 9
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. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2750 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

NURS 2750
Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
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. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program, concurrent enrollment in NURS2700 or NURS2720 and BIOL2202 (unless successfully completed BIOL2202 previously).

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

NURS 2800
Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing
7

Course Outline
Credits: 7
Focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. 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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better. Concurrent enrollment in NURS2850.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2700 Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional
  • NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

NURS 2820
Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2700 Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional
  • NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

NURS 2850
Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
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 Chronic and Palliative Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2700 or NURS2720 and NURS2750 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS2800

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2700 Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional
  • NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

NURS 2900
Acute and Complex Care for Nursing
7

Course Outline
Credits: 7
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 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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2920.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2700 Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional
  • NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing
  • NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

NURS 2920
Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
Facilitates 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 & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS 2820, and NURS2850 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in NURS 2900.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing
  • NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

NURS 2950
Nursing Leadership I
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NURS2800, NURS2820, NURS2850 with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care in Nursing
  • NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Nursing Curriculum 35

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: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2201
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
See Catalog for course prerequisite
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:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2202
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
See Catalog for course prerequisite
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:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2205
Microbiology
See Catalog for prerequisite. BIOL 2305 may be substituted to fulfill this requirement.
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:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

PSYC 1101
Introduction to Psychology
4

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:
  • Fall 2022

PSYC 1210
Lifespan Development
PSYC 1215 combined with PSYC 1220 may be substituted for PSYC 1210
4

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:

  • Fall 2022

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ANTH 1110
ANTH 1130
ANTH 2130
SOC 1127
Cultural Anthropology    OR

Introduction to Biological Anthropology    OR

Introduction to Medical Anthropology    OR

Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender
3

Cultural Anthropology
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 08
Introduces students to the anthropological subfield focused on human culture. Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by individuals as a member of society. Examines the tension between the claim that culture can be both universal as well as particular. This class offers a broad survey allowing for this comparison of universals and particulars around the world, including larger concepts of identity, cultural manifestation, operation of institutions, and issues of inequality and globalization.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces the biological anthropology field, one of the four sub-fields within anthropology. Sometimes called physical anthropology, biological anthropology is the study of our collective human origins. Students will accomplish this through three main areas: study of biological evolution, including the forces of evolution and cellular biology; comparing primate and human physical and behavioral practices; and by examining hominid evolution from groups beginning four to five million years ago through today as they are shaped by environmental and cultural stimuli. Study will be done through a variety of in class discussions and lectures as well as simulated or dry lab activities. Additionally, students will learn how modern cultural implications impact our evolution and environment today. May be paired with ANTH 1131 to fulfill a lab science requirement.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 08, 09
Growing specialization within anthropology, medical anthropology draws upon socio-cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology to understand those factors that affect human health and illness. This course introduces students to this field of study and the cross-cultural, political and ethical considerations involved in solving real-world problems related to human health and illness. Through the examination of case studies students will learn ways to apply principles of medical anthropology to solve contemporary issues facing our communities. Prerequisites: None, but ANTH 1110 or ANTH 1130 recommended, but not required.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Describes and analyzes selected inequality relationships in the United States. Topic areas will include economic inequality-poverty; ethnic inequality-racism; and gender inequality-sexism. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard 12a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

PHIL 1112
BIOL 1114
Ethics    OR

Critical Issues In Human Biology
3

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:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

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:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 40
Total Credits: 75
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.