Nursing - Diploma and AAS

You’re compassionate, detail-oriented and know how to handle stressful situations. You would make an excellent nurse! Earn your Practical Nursing Diploma and find entry-level nursing jobs or go for your Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) qualify for all sorts of nursing jobs in facilities large and small.

Nursing is one of the most trusted healthcare professions. Those interested in entering nursing should be caring and compassionate, responsible, detail-oriented and have the ability to manage stress in dealing with patients and families with acute and chronic diseases. 

The majority of the nursing workforce today consists of LPN's (Licensed Practical Nurses) and RN's (Registered Nurses). SCC's nursing program offers an educational program for each of these options. 

Licensed Practical Nurses work primarily in long-term care settings, physicians' offices, clinics and home health care. Nursing professionals work daytime, evening, night, and weekend hours. 

Upon completion of the requirements of the nursing program for the practical nursing diploma option (first three semesters) the student is eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for practical nursing. Successful completion of the NCLEX-PN will allow the individual to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Diploma requirements the student may also advance to the Associate Degree Nurse career option. Students receiving the PN Diploma and passing the licensure examination may work as an LPN while pursuing the Associate Degree in Nursing. 

The Associate Degree in Nursing builds upon the foundations of practical nursing. The associate degree nurse is responsible for the management of patient and family nursing care in which the needs are more complex. The associate degree nurse also utilizes the nursing process, advanced clinical skills, and leadership to promote and facilitate health across the lifespan. The associate degree nurse works in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, home health care, long-term care facilities, and community and public health settings. 

Upon completion of the requirements of the nursing program for the associate of applied science degree the student is eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN will allow the individual to practice as a Registered Nurse. 

PREPARATORY NURSING 

Many students prep for Nursing by completing the related courses before enrolling in the PNN courses. Before enrolling in any of the preparatory courses, please review the offerings with an Enrollment Specialist. 

Developmental Psychology 
English Composition I 
Introduction to Psychology 
Introduction to Sociology 
Microbiology 

Admissions standards apply for this program. Please contact the Enrollment Services Office for details. 

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the handbook.  View the Program Handbook

Program Outcome and Accreditation Information

West Burlington campus, Keokuk campus

Curriculum Sequence

Prerequisite Course Title Credit
BIO-168 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 4
BIO-173 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BIO-186 MICROBIOLOGY 4
TOTAL 12
Summer Semester I Course Title Credit
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
PNN-160 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING PRACTICE 2
PNN-220 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING I 2
TOTAL 7
Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
PNN-534 NURSING I 12.5
PSY-121 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
TOTAL 15.5
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
PNN-311 PN ISSUES AND TRENDS 1
PNN-535 NURSING II 12
TOTAL 13
Summer Semester II Course Title Credit
ADN-145 ROLE TRANSITION 1
ADN-221 PHARMACOLOGY II 2
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
TOTAL 6
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ADN-641 NURSING III 14.5
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
TOTAL 17.5
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ADN-311 RN ISSUES AND TRENDS 1
ADN-642 NURSING IV 14
TOTAL 15

BIO-168 - HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

The first of a two-semester sequence providing a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body for college transfer and/or allied health prerequisites. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection of selected organisms as well as the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. It is highly recommended that a student complete this series (BIO-168 and BIO-173) at SCC in order to maintain transferability to four-year institutions.

BIO-173 - HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

Second of a two-semester sequence continuing the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body for college transfer and/or allied health prerequisites. Includes the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection of selected organisms as well as the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. Prerequisite: BIO-168 with a minimum grade of C.

BIO-186 - MICROBIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

A study of microbial populations and their relationships to the human in health and diseases. 

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

PNN-160 - INTRODUCTION TO NURSING PRACTICE

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course provides the student with an introduction to nursing concepts and principles. From a historical perspective, the student will explore the roles and challenges of the nurse in the health care continuum. The curriculum strand of the nursing process is introduced and serves as the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills. Other curriculum strands introduced include communication, stress and adaptation, wellness, professional accountability, information technology, time management and priority setting. Prerequisite: Certification in Iowa CNA 75 Clock Hours. Corequisite: PNN-220.

PNN-220 - PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING I

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course introduces the student to the basics of pharmacology. Principles of drug administration, including dosage calculation and routes and techniques of administration are presented. Legal/ethical considerations, as related to drug therapy, are discussed. An overview of drug classifications, drug actions, common adverse reactions, and nursing interventions are included. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities in drug therapy, including safe administration of all drugs. Corequisite: PNN-160.

PNN-534 - NURSING I

Lecture: 8

Lab: 2

Clinical: 10.5

Credit: 12.5

This course builds on concepts previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach is utilized in providing nursing care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. The course emphasizes selected common and chronic alterations in health and includes essential content in fundamental nursing concepts and care. An opportunity is provided for students to apply theoretical knowledge, to utilize the nursing process, and to practice nursing techniques in clinical settings. Prerequisites: BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-186, PNN-160 and PNN-220.

PSY-121 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A systematic study of life-span development. Individual differences in behavior as well as cultural norms are considered in relation to heredity and environment.

PNN-311 - PN ISSUES AND TRENDS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is an overview of the role of the licensed practical nurse. Ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse are identified. Levels of practice, licensure, career opportunities, and beginning the job-seeking skills are addressed. Opportunities for professional growth are explored. Prerequisite: PNN-534. Corequisite: BIO-186.

PNN-535 - NURSING II

Lecture: 8

Clinical: 12

Credit: 12

This course continues to incorporate concepts previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach is utilized in providing nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. This course emphasizes selected common and chronic alterations in health and includes essential content related to maternal-child care. An opportunity is provided for students to apply theoretical knowledge, to utilize the nursing process, and to practice nursing techniques in clinical settings. Prerequisite: PNN-534. Corequisite: PNN-311.

ADN-145 - ROLE TRANSITION

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course allows associate degree nursing students to explore the role expectation of the registered nurse and facilitate the transition from practical nursing to registered nursing. An emphasis is placed on health education and advanced application of the nursing process. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Practical Nursing Diploma or LPN license.

ADN-221 - PHARMACOLOGY II

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course focuses on concepts of pharmacology with special emphasis on the role of the nurse in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy through the use of the nursing process. Understanding how drugs work and their relationship to expected outcomes and possible adverse reactions is explored. Recognition of safe dosage ranges, potential interactions, patient factors that affect drug actions, and safe administration techniques are included. The education of clients about their drug therapies is a crucial component. Prerequisites: PNN-160, PNN-220, PNN-311, PNN-534 and PNN-535. Corequisite: ADN-145.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

ADN-641 - NURSING III

Lecture: 9

Lab: 1

Clinical: 15

Credit: 14.5

This course integrates concepts and strands previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach is utilized in planning and providing nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. This course emphasizes selected acute and complex alterations in health and includes advanced content related to maternal-child care. An opportunity is provided for students to expand their theoretical knowledge, to broaden the application of critical thinking to the nursing process, and to develop their nursing skills in clinical settings. Prerequisites: ADN-145, ADN-221. Corequisite: PSY-111.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

ADN-311 - RN ISSUES AND TRENDS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course assists the associate degree nursing student to begin the transition to an autonomous nursing practice. Career development, opportunities, and challenges of the registered nurse are explored in relation to changing health care trends. Principles of leadership and management are introduced. Prerequisite: ADN-641.

ADN-642 - NURSING IV

Lecture: 9

Clinical: 15

Credit: 14

This course integrates concepts and strands previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach continues to be utilized in planning and providing nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan (pediatrics, adult and geriatrics). This course emphasizes selected acute and complex alterations in health and includes advanced content related to mental health. An opportunity is provided for students to expand their theoretical knowledge, to extensively apply critical thinking to the nursing process, and to continue to refine their nursing skills in clinical settings. Prerequisite: ADN-641, Corequisite: ADN-311.

Kristi Schroeder - Dean of Health Professions/Director of Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5100 (WB) or (319) 524-3221 ext. 1979 (Keokuk)

Email: kschroeder@scciowa.edu
RN, Augustana Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, University of Phoenix
MSN, University of Phoenix

Tiffany West - Clinical Coordinator-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5218

Email: twest@scciowa.edu
BA, Luther College
BSN, Western Governors University
MSN Ed., Western Governors University

Kimberly Hinson - Assistant Professor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5267

Email: khinson@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Western Governors University
MSN Ed., Western Governors University
CEN, Certified Emergency Nurse Certification

Leeanne Humiston - Professor-Nursing, (319) 524-3221 ext. 1981

Email: lhumiston@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN Ed., Clarkson College

Deanna Kline - Professor-Nursing, (319) 524-3221 ext. 1980

Email: dbkline@scciowa.edu
BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
MSN Ed., Walden University
CCRN, Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification

Tamika Miller - Instructor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5264

Email: tmiller@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN Ed., University of Phoenix

Cole Roberts - Professor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5131

Email: croberts@scciowa.edu
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN Ed., University of IA

Nancy Roed - Associate Professor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5223

Email: nroed@scciowa.edu
LPN, Southwestern Community College
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN Ed., Walden University

Trisha Thomann - Associate Professor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5206

Email: tthomann@scciowa.edu
BSN, St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
MSN Ed., Walden University

Jeanie Titus - Professor-Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5260

Email: jtitus@scciowa.edu
ADN, Carl Sandburg College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN Ed., Clarkson College

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