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Fitchburg State College (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing at Fitchburg State College (FSC) prepares individuals for professional nursing practice through an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree majoring in nursing. We offer an innovative and cutting edge graduate program leading to a Master of Science with a concentration in Forensic Nursing; the student graduates as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). A RN with a Masters Degree in Nursing, upon successful completion of the forensic courses, can earn a Certificate in Forensic Nursing.

The basic BS curriculum is designed for the high school graduate seeking a 4-year college experience. This 124-credit nursing program provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Accepted applicants are admitted as freshmen Nursing Pre-Majors. After finishing Spring semester of freshman year, students who have successfully completed all prerequisite courses are automatically admitted into the nursing major. They begin nursing courses and clinical in sophomore year. Graduates from the nursing program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in any state.

The R.N. curriculum provides the opportunity for educational mobility for U.S. licensed Registered Nurses (RN) through the acceptance of transfer credits, CLEP testing and challenge examinations.

The graduate curriculum consists of 16/17 credits in core nursing courses, 15 credits forensic nursing courses and 6 criminal justice credits for a total of 36/7. Core courses are taken on campus and forensic courses are taken on-line.



School name:Fitchburg State College Department of Nursing
Address:160 Pearl Street
Zip & city:MA 01420 Massachusetts
Phone:978.665.3144
Web:http://www.fsc.edu/nursing/
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HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is designed to teach what Florence Nightingale called "the habit of observation." It provides a foundation for assessment and nursing diagnosis, integrating physical assessment skills, the nursing process, interviewing techniques, health history taking, diagnostic study interpretations, environmental evaluation, and concepts of growth and development. The clinical component looks at practicing health assessment techniques.

PATHOPHARMACOLOGY I
This is the first course of a two-course sequence, which integrates basic concepts from pathophysiology and pharmacology. The content focuses on alterations in physiology that produce clinical responses in the body. Theories of stress, adaptation and systems provide the basic for understanding how the body adjusts or fails to adjust to disease processes.

PATHOPHARMACOLOGY II
This is the second course of a two-course sequence, which integrates basic concepts from pathophysiology and pharmacology. The content focuses on alterations in physiology that produce clinical responses in the body. Theories of stress, adaptation and systems provide the basis for understanding how the body adjusts or fails to adjust to disease processes.

FOUNDATIONS
This course is designed to be the foundation for nursing knowledge and clinical laboratory experiences. Content emphasis is placed on professionalism, caring, communication, cultural considerations, spirituality, sexuality and health promoting activities. Students will complete on-campus laboratory experiences focusing on basic skills.

MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I
This course teaches core concepts in the nursing care of adults with common health alterations. The development of critical thinking skills is emphasized. Nursing care is presented using a nursing process framework. Clinical experience occurs in sub-acute care agencies.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD BEARING FAMILY
This course for registered nurse students examines current concepts and nursing interventions for the care of prenatal, intrapartal, and postpartal women and neonates. (RN students may exempt by exam).

CORE CONCEPTS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course teaches psychiatric and mental health nursing concepts for individuals experiencing health alterations. Course work will teach the student to identify contemporary and historical explanations and the etiology and treatment of individuals experiencing psychiatric and mental health disorders. Students will analyze the influence of culture, society, values, beliefs, perceptions and environment on the behaviors exhibited by individuals, families, groups and providers with psychiatric and mental health issues. Clinical experience occurs in acute and/or community care agencies.

MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING
This course teaches the theoretical foundation and clinical experience to care for the childbearing family. Health promotion of the developing family is emphasized in both community and hospital settings. Care of the high risk mother and neonate are included. Concepts of family theory and dynamics are expanded. Clinical experience occurs in acute and/or chronic care agencies.

MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II
This course teaches the nursing care of adults with acute medical and surgical conditions. Holistic care of clients with respect for diversity is stressed. The nursing process is used as a framework to guide content. Clinical experience occurs in acute care agencies.

CONCEPTS OF NURSING I
This is one of two courses designed to provide advance placement for the registered nurse student that can be taken either semester or concurrently with Nursing Concepts II. The evolution and development of theoretical models of nursing as well as other historical precedents are investigated. The focus of the clinical component is utilization of the functional health pattern format to assess the health status of clients and the development of a nursing history.

CONCEPTS OF NURSING II
This is one of two courses designed to provide advance placement for the registered nurse student that can be taken either semester or concurrently with Nursing Concepts I. Selected nursing diagnoses within the format of functional health patterns are addressed. Students are provided the opportunity to explore the interdependence of the multiple elements of the nursing process applied to selected case studies.

TOPICS: PORTFOLIO PREPARATION
Introduces registered nurse students to the concept of portfolio preparation for advanced placement. Assists students in development of professional portfolio.

PEDIATRIC NURSING
This course teaches a theoretical base and clinical experience in caring for infants, children and adolescents. The focus is the major and most common disorders of infants, children and adolescents. The nursing process is the basis for providing care in a variety of settings. Health promotion aspects of preventing or alleviating health problems are addressed Clinical experience occurs in acute care agencies.

NURSING CARE OF THE MENTALLY ILL CLIENT
This course for registered nurse students examines current concepts and nursing measures in the care of clients with selected alterations in mental health. (RN students may exempt by exam).

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD
This course for registered nurse students examines current concepts and nursing measures in the care of children from infancy through adolescence. (RN students may exempt by exam).

NURSING CARE OF THE ADULT
This course for registered nurse students examines current concepts and nursing measures in the care of adult clients with selected common health problems. (RN students may exempt by exam).

NURSING RESEARCH
This course prepares students as knowledgeable research consumers. Nursing students identify and explore research problems in nursing practice.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
This course teaches systems concepts as a basis for applying the nursing process with aggregate clients in the community. Special emphasis is placed on nursing care of vulnerable populations including the homeless, people of poverty, minority populations, women and children, and older adults. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are sued when applying the nursing process in a variety of distributive care settings. Clinical experience occurs in community agencies.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN NURSING
This course examines strategies for success as a college student and nursing major and the development of critical thinking in professional practice. This course is provided for students who need additional support for developing these skills.

CHRONIC ILLNESS
This course teaches the application of nursing process with individuals and families in the home health care setting. Emphasis is placed on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

SELECTED NURSING PRACTICUM
This capstone course offers opportunities for in-depth exploration of an area of nursing interest. Nursing process with clients experiencing complex health problems, leadership and management principles, and professional issues are integrated into clinical practice. A preceptor model is used to facilitate increased independence in professional practice.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE
This course teaches concepts underlying professional career development in nursing. The roles of the nurse as manager of client care, as part of a health care institution hierarchy, and as a member of a professional collective are explored.


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