Nursing Requirements

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Total Required Nursing Credits:  36 - Click Here to Download the Course Description Catalog 

NC104- Essentials of Nursing Care:  Health Safety

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours:  3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:  5 weeks

Course Description:  This concept prepares the nursing student for the basic foundation of nursing beginning with the nursing process and writing careplans,  understanding the need for appropriate communication and the legalities behind appropriate charting, how to help a patient cope with stress and the ability to assist them with stress management, understanding how to prevent infections by understanding the immune system, and focusing on the safety of the patient from all aspects including biological, environmental, psychological and physical. 


NC105- Essentials of Nursing Care:  Health Differences

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  12 parts

Live Classes:  4 weeks

Course Description:  This concept is focusing on the homeostatic mechanisms for a patient to include intake and output which is nutrition and elimination, knowing the implications of deficiencies of necessary vitamins and minerals, the ABCs which is oxygenation and fluid and electrolyte imbalances, the basics to acid-base imbalances, common medication pharmacology, drug and fluid calculations, and how well the patient is capable or incapable of performing their ADLs by examining their tolerance to activity and mobility as well as their sleep and rest patterns.  The content is covered in 12 video parts or 4 weeks of live instruction.  (LPN/LVNs are exempt from NC105)


NC106- Essentials of Nursing Care:  Chronicity

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:  5 weeks

Course Description:  This concept focuses on the various ages from birth to death both physically, psychologically, and cognitively.  It focuses on health promotion and maintenance as well as beginning to understand chronic illnesses from both the patient and nurse perspectives.  In order to communicate effectively with all age groups there will be an age specific review of how to interact with the patients and their family through some of the happiest and saddest events occurring in their lives.  This area will also focus on understanding cultures and teach the nursing student on how to be more culturally sensitive when treating the patients.  The content is covered in 15 video parts or 5 weeks of live instruction.


NC107- Essentials of Nursing Care:  Reproductive Health

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:  5 weeks

Course Description:  This entire concept is focused around sex, sexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases then the focus switches to pregnancy,  physiologic and psychologic changes a pregnant woman will go through during the entire pregnancy, what to expect throughout the entire pregnancy from tests to complications to caring for an infant.  It will also take you through the birth process, caring for a normal newborn to caring for a medically complicated newborn and educating the parents to be regarding genetics and congenital anomalies.  Throughout this course you will be learning about nursing assessments, interventions, and management to be able to provide the most continuity of care.  The content is covered in 15 video parts or 5 weeks of live instruction.


NC211- Health Differences Across the Lifespan 1

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:   5 weeks

Course Description:  This concept reviews some of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems focusing on complications and disease processes that can arise and how to effectively manage the patient with those types of complications.  Each section will cover pharmacology for the specific disease processes as well as treatment and prevention.  It will also cover abnormal cellular growth which are the various types of cancers, the medical management to include the physiological and psychological complications that can arise and nursing interventions needed to effectively manage the patient.  The content is covered in 15 video parts or 5 weeks of live instruction.


NC212- Health Differences Across the Lifespan 2

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:  5 weeks

Course Description:  This concept focuses on metabolic and regulatory mechanisms which means the other organs that have not yet been discussed: the brain, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, endocrine system, and urinary or renal system.  When discussing all of the organs, there will be a review of the anatomy and physiology of the organs.  When reviewing the brain, behavioral responses and theoretical concepts will be discussed as well as psychobiological disorders and psychiatric emergencies of all ages and the legal and ethical issues surrounding psychiatric disorders.  The content is covered in 15 video parts or 5 weeks of live instruction.


NC213- Health Differences Across the Lifespan 3

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  15 parts

Live Classes:   5 weeks

Course Description:  This concept is focusing on tissue trauma and musculoskeletal dysfunctions, as well as neurological dysfunctions and infectious communicable diseases.  Each subject that is focused on will cover basic anatomy and physiology, factors that influence the dysfunctions, medical management to include pharmacology, effective communication, the nursing process and the nurses role, and assist the nurse in factoring in cultural differences to promote the best possible care of the patient.  The content is covered in 15 video parts or 5 weeks of live instruction.


NC214- Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 3 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  12 parts

Live Classes:  4 weeks

Course Description:  This concept is the final nursing concept therefore bringing together the history of nursing, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues with nursing, how the health care system functions financially, the organizational structure of the healthcare system and the interdisciplinary team.  It also focuses on the nursing degrees, the educational process and the associate degree registered nurse’s position in the healthcare setting as well as specialized degrees and certifications.  The content is covered in 12 video parts or 4 weeks of live instruction.

Clinical Requirements

 FCCA (Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment)

Exam:  ECE

Credit Hours- 4 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  N/A

Live Classes:  N/A

Course Description:  The FCCA is a computer based exam that is graded as pass or fail.  Students are eligible to take the FCCA only after successfully completing all the nursing exams.  The three part exam covers; Head to Toe Assessment and the Nursing Process, Managing Multiple Patients, Participating in Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams.  Students are eligible to enroll to take the CPNE when two of the FCCAs are complete.

CPNE (Clinical Preparation Nursing Exam)

Credit Hours- 8 (After successful exam completion)

Video Lessons:  N/A

Live Classes:  N/A

Required Textbook:  Mosby's Guide to Nursing Diagnosis 2nd Edition (Paperback)

 

  *Be sure to check with your state board of nursing for any additional clinical requirements or restrictions in your state for Excelsior College.  Click here for state restrictions and contact information to your board of nursing.

*Note on Supplemental TextbooksSupplemental textbooks for the nursing classes are not required but are suggestions to use for reference.  The only required book is the Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis 2nd Edition for the CPNE.  For a list of EC suggested text books Click Here.