Course Descriptions

General Education Courses

These are the course descriptions from courses offered at our affiliated academic institution – Mercy College.

Written English & Literary Studies I  
ENGLISH 111 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with the skills required to write unified, coherent, and well-developed essays organized in a specific rhetorical mode. Students will read fables, folktales, fairy tales and myths and write and revise essays in the rhetorical modes of definition, classification, and simple argumentation. Students are required to pass a uniform exit exam in which they are asked to write an essay on one of three assigned topics based on the class textbook readings.
Written English & Literary Studies II  
ENGLISH 112 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ abilities to think logically, read analytically, and use library resources effectively in order to organize, write, and revise five- paragraph expository essays. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:1) formulate a thesis, 2) develop the outline into a coherent essay, including substantial introductory, supporting, and concluding paragraphs, 3) write and revise causal analysis, comparison/contrast, and argumentation essays, 4)recognize different levels of diction and such rudiments of good style as vivid language, conciseness, and variety, 5) use grammar, sentence structure, and the mechanics of writing correctly, 6) find and use basic library resources, such as a library catalog, a periodicals index, and a reference work.
Introduction to Sociology  
SOC 101 3 credits
Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as related to group membership. Major areas of study in sociology: basic structure of human society and of smaller groups, transmission of culture and regulation of behavior, acquisition of the social self; violations of norms, stratification by class, race, ethnicity, sex, and age, major social institutions, populations dynamics, and socio-cultural change.
Introduction to Psychology  
PSYN 101 3 credits
An introduction to the science of psychology, including a review of the major historical perspectives, methods of research, and contemporary theory and knowledge.  Major areas of study include the biological basis of behavior, emotion and motivation, learning and conditioning, human development, personality an abnormal behavior.
Developmental Psychology  
PSYN 233              3 credits
A consideration of human development and behavior throughout the lifespan, birth through death; childhood, adolescence, and the adult years; emphasis on normal growth and development focusing on the critical issues involved in each state of development including cultural influence.

Science Courses

These are the course descriptions from courses offered at our affiliated academic institution – Mercy College.

Transfer credit for science courses in Anatomy and Physiology I & II Microbiology and Nutrition taken earlier than five (5) years prior to acceptance, will not be accepted for admission.
Transfer credit for A&P and Microbiology will not be given if the applicant cannot provide documentation that the course contained a lab component.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 130)
Credits                                                         4
Lecture:                                                45 hrs.
Lab.                                                45 hrs.
Anatomy and Physiology I is designed to provide an introduction to the structure and function of human systems. The organization of the body is studied from the molecular and cellular level to the tissue, organ, and systems levels. Major focus is on the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems. Laboratory work examines cellular function, histology, gross anatomy, and neuromuscular function and relates to lecture material.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 131)
Credits:                    4                     
Lecture:                                           45 hrs.
Lab.                                           45 hrs.
Pre-Requisite:                                          BIOL 130
A continuation of the first semester. Students will continue their survey of the organ systems of the body, which will include circulation, immunity, digestion, respiration, osmoregulation, hormones, reproduction and development. Laboratory sessions will relate to material covered in lectures and will include dissection, observation, and experimentation.
Microbiology with Lab (BIOL 265)
Credits                                                         4                                                  
Lecture:                                         30 hrs.
Lab.                                         45 hrs.
Pre-Requisite:  BIOL I30 or H.S. Biology and Chemistry
A study of the classification, morphology, metabolism, genetics, and ecology of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria. Discussion of aspects concerning control, disease, and immunity.
Nutrition (BIOL 117)
Credits                                                                  3                               
Lecture:                                                45 hrs.
Pre-Requisite:                                             H.S. Biology
A study of the basic biological concepts and scientific methodology as exemplified in the study of the material comprising the human diet: energy sources, vitamins, minerals and other essential molecules, and how dietary needs reflect physiological conditions ranging from aging to exercise to disease. This is a prerequisite for second year courses at Cochran.

Nursing Course Descriptions

Math Dosage and Calculation for Nursing (Nur 100)
Placement: First Semester, First Year
Credits: 1 credit
Lecture Hours: 15 hours
Clinical Hours: N/A
Pre-Requisites: Bio 130 Anatomy and Physiology I
Bio 131 Anatomy and Physiology II
This Math Dosage Calculation for Nursing Course introduces the student nurse to the math principles necessary for nursing students to correctly calculate medication doses. Students will learn theoretical concepts and practical application of skills required for correct calculation of medications.  This course includes a review of basic mathematics, methods of calculation, and systems of measurement.  The student will also learn heparin drip calculations and be introduced to principles of pediatric dosage calculations based on weight, and safe dose ranges.
Nursing Basics (Nur 101)
Placement: First Year, Spring or Fall Semester
Credits: 7.5
Lecture Hours: 4 credits (60hrs)
Clinical Hours: 3.5 credits (157.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: Bio 130 Anatomy and Physiology I
Bio 131 Anatomy and Physiology II
Co-Requisites: Bio 265 Microbiology
Basics introduce the students to the theory and practice of nursing. The nursing process, a systematic and dynamic means of providing nursing care, is introduced. Assessment, including the collection of information from multiple sources, to provide a comprehensive data base for nursing care is implemented. The concept of caring, as defined by Watson, is incorporated into all aspects of nursing practice. Effective communication demonstrating care, compassion and cultural awareness is emphasized. Learning experiences are provided in the campus laboratories and a variety of diverse clinical settings.
Medical Surgical Nursing ( Nur 102)
Placement: First Year: Spring or Fall Semester
Credits: 8.5
Lecture Hours: 5 credits (75hrs)
Clinical Hours: 3.5 credits (157.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: Nursing Basics 101
Co-Requisites: Nutrition (BIOL 117)
Medical Surgical Nursing 102 is designed to expand the use of the Nursing Process, nursing theory, and caring interventions to the adult in the acute care setting. Watson’s theory of caring is incorporated into the clinical component when the students develop individual concept maps that focus on patient needs on all levels of health, wellness and disease. Critical thinking skills provide the foundation for clinical decision making in providing individualized safe effective nursing care. Effective communication skills, essential elements of the teaching and learning processes are implemented and integrated into the acute care setting.  Individualized clinical experiences are provided for the student to provide caring interventions within the standards of nursing practice to become an effective member of the health care team in acute care settings.
Maternity Nursing (NUR 201)
Placement: Second Year: Fall or Spring Semester
Credits: 4.5
Lecture Hours: 3 credits (45hrs)
Clinical Hours: 1.5 credits (67.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: Medical Surgical Nursing (NUR102)
Maternity Nursing is designed to provide nursing theory and skills needed to promote the comfort, health and safety of the mother and newborn during the childbearing process.  The course is family-centered and utilizes the nursing process to meet the needs of the childbearing family.  The Human Patient Simulator is utilized to supplement class and clinical practice. Relationships among family members, the newborn, health care providers, and community are discussed.  Clinical settings provide an opportunity to integrate and correlate theory by caring for mothers and newborns.  Emphasis is placed on communication, providing patient education, and facilitating continuity of care following discharge. The science of caring as postulated by Jean Watson integrates biophysical theory with knowledge of human behavior to promote health.  Watson’s concept that health is the unity and harmony within the mind, body, and soul is woven throughout the maternity cycle.
Nursing of Children (NUR 202)
Placement: Second YearFall or Spring Semester
Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 3.5 credits (52.5hrs)
Clinical Hours: 1.5 credits (67.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: NUR 102 and PSYN 233 (Developmental Psychology)
Nursing of Children is designed to give the student opportunity to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary for the nursing care of children and families in the acute care and community settings.  Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process, as a tool for critical thinking, in the care of children with health problems from infancy through adolescence.  The course considers normal patterns of growth and development with physiological and psychological factors that impact these expected developmental patterns.  Students integrate Watson’s theory of caring in the performance of therapeutic and supportive nursing care in various clinical settings.
Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (NUR 203)
Placement: Second YearFall or Spring Semester
Credits: 7
Lecture Hours: 4.5 credits (67.5hrs)
Clinical Hours: 2.5 credits (112.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: Medical Surgical Nursing 102
Advanced Medical- Surgical Nursing is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn and process an increased level of complexity necessary to care for the acutely ill adult aging patient.  Building upon previously integrated knowledge, this course utilizes the nursing process to expand upon and synthesize select pathologies.  Emphasis is on assessment, critical thinking skills and communication techniques with patient, family and the interdisciplinary team.  Opportunity is provided for increased self-direction in the utilization of the nursing process and accountability for nursing practice. Individualized psychosocial, spiritual and caring needs are considered in relationship to circumstances surrounding acute care practice standards.  Varied acute care and community clinical settings provide opportunities to integrate theory and performance objectives while demonstrating patient advocacy and support.  
Psychiatric Nursing  (NUR 204)
Placement: Second YearFall or Spring Semester
Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 3.5 credits (52.5hrs)
Clinical Hours: 1.5 credits (67.5hrs)
Pre-Requisites: PSY 101 and NUR 102
The Psychiatric Nursing Course uses Watson’s Caring theory as a framework to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary to assess, plan, intervene and evaluate clients with behavioral health issues.   Bio-psychosocial approaches are emphasized.  Development of insight, self awareness and therapeutic communication skills based on authenticity and regard are fostered.  This will enable the student to become an articulate and caring member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
Trends in Nursing ( NUR 205)
Placement: Second YearFall or Spring Semester
Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 2 credits (30hrs)
Clinical Hours: N/A
Pre-Requisites: NUR 203 and two NUR 200  Level courses
This course describes the social, political, legal, economic ideological and cultural influences in decision making in the health care delivery system. Identification of theories of power, influence, empowerment, leadership, change and communication provides students with a background to assume a position of professional self advocate and client advocate with a sense of professional responsibility and accountability. Emphasis is placed on incorporating the concept of caring, as defined by Watson, into all aspects of nursing process.