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College Catalog Fall 2006 - Spring 2007
Nursing - AAS

The Field

Nursing involves the care and counsel of the ill and injured, the maintenance of health, and the prevention of illness. Delhi's Nursing programs prepare graduates to become Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses.

In New York State, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) must practice under the supervision of a doctor or a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses may practice in a greater variety of settings, and with more autonomy. Such care is dependent on knowledge of the liberal arts and biological, physical, and social sciences. Therefore, the Nursing programs require instruction in these disciplines.

The Instructional Program

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year program. Practical Nursing is a one-year certificate program. Delhi's Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 / 1-800-669-1656. To be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for registered nursing, students must complete the Associate Degree in Nursing. Students completing the one-year certificate program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination for licensed practical nursing.

The curriculum is also designed to provide options for career mobility. Advanced placement is possible for successful graduates of many BOCES and hospital-based practical nursing programs. Students desiring advanced placement are considered on an individual basis after the admissions process to the College is initiated. This process includes a challenge by examination of Nursing courses in the first year of the Nursing program.

Students who do not meet admission requirements for the Nursing program may take courses to meet these requirements in a pre-clinical program. Students in the pre-clinical program take prerequisites for the Nursing program and space the educational process out over one or two additional semesters.

Delhi's Nursing programs provide individual attention to meet the needs of a diverse group of students, including recent high school graduates and adults seeking career changes and advancement. To help students acquire and develop skills, the program provides a skills laboratory, computer laboratory, and video programs.

The Nursing programs consist of a combination of theoretical and clinical courses. Classroom, laboratory, and actual clinical settings are used for educational purposes. The goal is to educate students to deliver optimum total patient care in uncomplicated situations. Students learn to take responsibility for their clients and to make mature decisions with regard to the physical and psycho-social needs of each client. The combination of classroom instruction and clinical experience gives students many opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. Clinical rotations are provided at several hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' offices, and mental health facilities.

Full- and part-time study within the Nursing curriculum is available.

The Medical-Surgical Nursing courses are sequential in a fall/spring continuum and must be taken in correct order with a clinical component.

If part-time study is pursued, a student must complete program requirements within a specified number of semesters. To qualify for graduation, all students must earn a grade of 75% or better in each Nursing course, a grade of 70% or better in all other required courses, and a Pass in all clinical courses. Program graduates are eligible to take the appropriate exam for licensure. Nursing is a licensure program and has special requirements for entry and licensure. This information should be utilized when making career choices. Conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual's right to be licensed. Applicants with concerns should contact the Albany Licensing Bureau at 1-800-342-3729.

Transportation to clinical sites is the responsibility of the individual student. Because of the clinical component, special uniforms, health requirements, and immunizations are required of Nursing students. Students will receive information about this after they are accepted into the program.

Partnership for Nursing Opportunities

SUNY Delhi, Hartwick College, and Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown have joined forces to provide attractive and affordable paths to both associate's and baccalaureate degrees in Nursing, as well as employment with a major regional healthcare provider. The program is sequential and begins with entrance in the A.A.S program in Nursing at Delhi. After completing the first year of study, attaining a certificate in Practical Nursing, and passing the LPN exam, a student is eligible for employment at Bassett Healthcare. The student can then work full time and continue on through a specially designed educational program leading first to an associate's degree in Nursing from Delhi and then to a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Hartwick College. Special financial aid is available to program participants. For additional information, contact Delhi's Enrollment Services Office at 1-800-96-DELHI.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0622

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 ALHT 100

Introduction to Healthcare 

3

 NURS 110

Fundamentals of Nursing 

4

 NURS 120

Nursing Clinical I 

4

 BIOL 220

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

 

 

or

3

 PSYC 100

Introductory Psychology I

 

 

Total

18

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 NURS 102

Nursing through the Lifespan 

3

 NURS 115

Medical/Surgical Nursing I 

4

 NURS 125

Nursing Clinical II 

4

 BIOL 225

Human Anatomy and Physiology II 

 4 

 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

 

 

or

3

 PSYC 100

Introductory Psychology I

 

 

Total

18

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 BIOL 230

General Microbiology

4

 NURS 200

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

4

 NURS 220

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 

 

 

or

3

 NURS 255

Maternal/Child Health Nursing 

 

 NURS 230

Nursing Clinical III

4

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective*

3

 

Total

18

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 NURS 210

Medical/Surgical Nursing III

4

 NURS 220

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 

 

 

or

3

 NURS 255

Maternal/Child Health Nursing 

 

 NURS 240

Nursing Clinical IV

4

 ENGL ___

English Elective 

 

 

or

3

 LITR ___

Literature Elective 

 

 PEDH ___

Physical Education

1

 PSYC 210

Developmental Psychology

3

 

Total

18

Degree Requirements: 72 credit hours, a grade of 75% or better in each Nursing course, a grade of 70% or better in all other required courses, and a Pass in all clinical courses.

Admissions Requirements

Program Objectives

At the completion of the Nursing A.A.S. program, graduates will have assumed the following behaviors:

  1. Are prepared as effective providers and managers of nursing care and members of the nursing profession and practice nursing within the parameters of the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework of the NLN educational outcomes of associate degree programs and competencies.
  2. Are able to function in acute and long-term care settings in community-based agencies and client homes.
  3. Use effective problem solving/critical thinking concepts for client care through the nursing process.
  4. Incorporate principles of bio-psychosocial, behavioral science, and human systems in nursing practice.
  5. Assume responsibility for their personal and professional growth and continued lifelong learning.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for their own actions, demonstrate responsible citizenship, and function as responsible members of the nursing profession.
  7. Promote health, wellness, and client advocacy.
  8. Function as accurate and safe entry-level professional nurses, and as collaborative members of the healthcare team.
  9. Communicate effectively, orally, in writing, nonverbally, and with the use of technology. Establish interpersonal relationships and interact in a facilitative manner, reflective of value, dignity, and the worth of each individual in a culturally diverse society.
  10. Assist the client to promote, restore, and maintain a high-level wellness on the health-illness continuum by assessing client's physiological and psychosocial modes. Manipulate the internal and external environments in an effort to effect a positive change to the client's position on the health-illness continuum and provide caring, therapeutic nursing intervention.
  11. Provide information, support, and purposeful teaching to clients, significant others, and members of the healthcare team.

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Last Updated: 8/3/08