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Course Catalog & Descriptions

Download the 2012-2013 Course Catalog


Anatomy and Physiology

In keeping with the School’s conceptual framework and Benner’s Model of Novice to Expert, Body Structure and Function introduces the student to the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Theory is presented from the simple to complex to promote a sound foundation for application to nursing courses.  Students in this didactic function continue at the novice level and demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Practical Nursing I

In keeping with the School’s conceptual framework, and Benner’s Model of Novice to Expert, Practical Nursing I is an introduction to nursing and the concept of disease and illness. Students in this didactic and clinical course are novice and demonstrate beginner level knowledge and skills. PN I course content includes theory of health care and nursing  principles and skills necessary to assist individuals in meeting these needs.  Use of the nursing process in the care of the medical/surgical client is introduced.  Concepts and skills increase in complexity as the semester progresses.

Human Growth and Development

This course is presented so that content evolves from infancy through the geriatric years, studying the basic principles of human physical and psychosocial growth and development.  Emphasis is placed upon normal growth and development patterns and resulting needs of individuals within the life span.  This course falls in the first semester of the course of study at IGH, while students are gaining a foundation of knowledge in basic anatomy & physiology and an introduction to nursing.  Knowledge will be utilized as students progress to more specialized courses, in keeping with the conceptual framework of Benner’s Model of Novice to Expert.

Practical Nursing II

Practical Nursing II builds from previous course and clinical  content.  In keeping with Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing conceptual framework and Benner’s Model of Novice to Expert, students are introduced to the care of the individual with more complex health needs within the medical/surgical areas. Added emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary to apply the nursing process as well as those skills needed to make sound practical nursing judgments. The areas of mental health, orthopedics, gynecology and community health, are more specifically explored.  Students in this didactic and clinical course have achieved advanced beginner knowledge and skills. While needing help with priority setting, students will demonstrate competence with basic level skills.

Practical Nursing III

Practical Nursing III is the capstone course of the curriculum. Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and professional nursing. This course is designed to prepare the student for the graduate role. Trends in nursing, leadership skills, employment opportunities, ethical legal issues, and advanced medical-surgical skills are presented. Students work and study collaboratively as case studies are prepared and presented to faculty and peers. The use of advanced theory and skills is incorporated into this course.