Below is a list of course descriptions for the LPN Program at the Illinois College of Nursing.
Anatomy and Physiology I
This course will introduce concepts of normal body structure and function, human growth and development and principles of nutrition. Focus will be applied to the structure and function of cells, tissues, the integumentary, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is a continuation of Biology 110. This course will continue to examine normal body structure and function, human growth and development and principles of nutrition specifically for the respiratory, cardio-vascular, reproductive, urinary, digestive and endocrine systems and how it relates to nursing.
Fundamentals of Nursing
This course is an introduction to basic nursing concepts and skills. Utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the nursing process and Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, students learn the concepts necessary for the planning and implementation of competent, ethical, legal and holistic nursing care. Concepts included in this course are principles of safety, nutrition, and introduction to causes of illness, rehabilitation, pharmacology, community resources, and personal and vocational development.
Geriatric & Mental Health Nursing
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the care and management of the aging client. Focus will be applied on the aging process including physiological and psychosocial needs, and common acute and chronic conditions affecting the aging client. Principles of nutrition and pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
This course gives an introduction to medical surgical nursing and pharmacology. The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the management of common acute and chronic, medical and surgical conditions. Principles of pharmacology as it pertains to medical surgical nursing will also be presented in the course.
Maternal/Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the care and management of the female client, child bearing women and newborns. The course will focus on the normal and abnormal growth and development of the female client from puberty/adolescence, normal and abnormal pregnancy, labor and delivery, the puerperium and the newborn. Principles of normal growth and development, psychosocial considerations, conditions related to the female reproductive and urinary systems, nursing care of mother and infant throughout the maternity cycle and pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the care and management of the pediatric client. The course will focus on common illnesses occurring in childhood. Principles of pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required for safe, legal, ethical and effective medication administration, which includes knowledge of drug names, classifications, safety categories, indications, actions, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse reactions and side effects, interactions, routes of administration, dosage, availability, patient assessment, lab test considerations, implementation, patient/family teaching and evaluation. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process as it is related to pharmacology.
Role Transition for the Practical Nurse
Please note: This class is 60hrs in length and you must attend ALL 60hrs as scheduled. No make-up hrs available.
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition from student to a practical nurse. Test-taking strategies, anxiety reduction techniques and a comprehensive review to prepare for the NCLEX-PN as well as employability skills, such as resume writing, job selection, and interview strategies are provided in the course. Upon completion, a comprehensive examination (Exit Exam) will be given to determine student readiness for the NCLEX-PN. This course is comprised of theory instruction to meet the educational objectives of the course. Homework, reading assignments, examinations including the comprehensive Exit Exam and mock interviews will be included in the course to supplement classroom teachings and will be incorporated into each student’s grade.