Level 1 Curriculum

Course Number 121

Mathematics for Nursing

This course is designed to review basic arithmetic skills needed by practical nursing students in solving dosage calculations problems. After successfully passing a Basic Mathematics test with a minimum score of 75%, the student must also successfully pass a dosage calculation test with a minimum score of 75%.
Course Number 131


This course is designed to educate the student on the central role diet plays in the growth, development, maintenance, and repair of the body. By studying the roles of the six basic nutrients in the daily diet, the student will be able to make safe and economical food choices for patients. Through discussion of the nursing process and Daily Food Guides, the student develops a basic ability in the selection and planning of diets necessary for normal development and maintenance of health.
Course Number 134

Human Growth and Development

This course presents an overview of one's growth and development throughout the life cycle. During each life stage, one's general physical, psychosocial, and sexual development is discussed and integrated with Erikson's developmental tasks and Freud's developmental stages. Emphasis is placed in identifying the norms found in each phase of development. The effects of changing environments and hereditary factors on one's development are examined. Specific life stages are emphasized in nursing courses 434, 435, and 436.
Course Number 140

Clinical Experience

This clinical experience is spent in adult client contact situations. The student has supervised clinical experiences on long-term care divisions and is introduced to the role of the practical nurse in the healthcare team. The nursing process and nursing procedures taught in course 162 will be practiced in the clinical area.
Course Number 143

Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the study of the normal structure and function of the adult body beginning at the cellular level and continuing through the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. The interaction between the physical and physiological processes, and the need to maintain homeostasis are stressed. Basic planes, positions, and directional terms are presented. The course serves as a foundation for Anatomy and Physiology II.
Course Number 162

Introduction to Patient Care

This is a course of correlated theory, as well as laboratory and clinical practice, planned to present concepts basic to clinical nursing. The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the practice of nursing, and to give a solid foundation of basic knowledge and skills on which to build in future courses.