The course numbering system is an independent system developed by the college’s administration. The alphanumeric identifier is used by student, faculty and administration to indicate which part of the program the student is attending. The alpha characters identify the subject matter and the numeric characters identify the course number. Additionally, some courses contain a suffix code, where SL = Simulation Lab Component; C or CL = Clinical. All online courses are indicated on the program specific description pages as well as the individual course details.
This course is the first of a two-course sequence. It is the study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. The interrelationships among the systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis is highlighted.
The lab portion of this course allows the students to examine body parts as they relate to selected systems of this course. The students will diagram and identify body parts and discuss their function.
This course is the second part of a two course sequence. It is the study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics). The interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis is highlighted.
This lab allows the students to explore human system components and basic physiology. The endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics) systems will be studied.
This course covers basic microbiology and immunology. The role of microorganisms in the environment and in human disease is discussed. Topics include: bacteria structure and growth, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry of microorganisms. Medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology are emphasized.
The lab covers the basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microorganisms, and the role of microorganisms in the environment and in human disease.
Students will be introduced to the field of psychology and gain an introductory understanding of human behavior and how heredity, environment, learning, intelligence and human diversity impacts mankind.
The course provides students with an introduction to chemistry. Key concepts including: atomic structure, bonding, acids and bases, and organic reactions will be explored.
This course complements and consolidates the theoretical knowledge acquired in CHM 101. Students will demonstrate techniques to carry out experiments safely, obtain data accurately, and manipulate data correctly.
This course is designed to introduce students to the writing, reading, and thinking skills necessary for success in college and in their future career. Topics will include: reading comprehension, grammar, the writing process, citing sources, and writing effectively to communicate ideas.
This course is an introductory course. Topics include: laws of exponents, factoring, inequalities, linear and quadratic equations, roots, complex numbers, and logarithmic functions. This course will provide the student with the concepts and skills necessary to advance to statistics.
The students will be introduced to the different philosophical theories to help them develop precise and thorough reasoning skills. The view of many famous philosophers, including, but not limited to: Plato, Aristotle, Rene Descartes, and others.
The proposed nursing curriculum includes specific clinical experience and theoretical instruction as outlined in s. 464.019 (1)(f)(g), F.S.
This course facilitates transition from the role of Practical Nurse to that of Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). Nursing process is used as the framework for critical thinking and problem solving. Students’ critical thinking skills, math, and dosage calculations knowledge is enhanced using a holistic, evidence-based approach. Students learn about holistic health care and application of the nursing process to clients and families focusing on concepts of immunity, metabolism, oxygen, perfusion, culture, and comfort, specifically comfort at end-of-life. Students expand learning about pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication and teaching. Through laboratory and clinical experiences students expand assessment and intervention skills with emphasis on interventions for adult clients in acute care facilities.
This course will build on previously learned mental health concepts and interpersonal skills. The role of the professional nurse in providing safe, holistic, evidence-based care to clients with behavioral health disorders will be emphasized. Content includes psychosocial assessment skills, therapeutic approaches and communication skills to meet various psychosocial needs of clients and families, and crisis intervention. Clinical experience will include a continued emphasis on the nursing process in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the emotionally ill individual.
This course focuses on basic drug classification, concepts, and principles of pharmacology with emphasis on the use of the nursing process to develop a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy. The student will also examine the nursing implications relative to the utilization of drug therapy. Drug calculation will be evaluated for competency.
This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.
This course focuses on advanced nursing skills used when providing safe, competent, and holistic evidenced-based care for clients with complex physiological imbalances. The clinical experience gives the student the opportunity to learn and practice history-taking and physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, the use of clinical assessment tools and current technologies, and nursing documentation. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality entry level RN nursing care.
This course is the second in the series of courses focusing on the concepts of medical-surgical nursing. This course provides knowledge for nursing of older adults with complex acute health problems focusing on maintaining or restoring health of acutely ill clients. The needs of older adults returning to the community and community health care issues will be addressed.
Builds upon prior learning and knowledge about obstetrical and neonatal nursing care with an increased emphasis on advanced concepts including labor & childbirth, complications of childbearing, and common female reproductive conditions. The clinical focuses on the application of nursing concepts in the therapeutic care of women during labor & childbirth and care of neonates.
This course prepares RN students for practicing public health and community health nursing by applying public health theories, community collaboration, prevention and health promotion and protective nursing care to the individual, family, and community.
This course focuses on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurse’s role. The student will apply the theories of effective leadership and management, within a selected health care area utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, ethical decision making, communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions.
This course allows you to transition from the role of student nurse to graduate nurse. The student is introduced to the professional competencies and the scope of practice of Associate Degree Nursing. The content includes leadership and management skills, communication techniques, ethical and legal responsibilities, professional growth, and preparation for licensure.
This course will help prepare the student for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) by developing effective test-taking strategies and techniques. Theory and clinical review and case studies will be included.
Students must successfully complete all externship or practicum requirements in order to complete the program. Externships are a cooperative effort among the school, the students and the externship facilities. Students do not displace existing externship site personnel. The school maintains general liability insurance on all students and faculty while at externship sites.
Externship assignments are typically made throughout the didactic portion of the program. Students must adjust their schedules and personal lives in order to complete the externship course. Students must be prepared to travel to their externship assignments.
Based on externship site availability, students may be required to complete their externship at more than one site. Students who decline two sites may be required to withdraw from the program. In such an event, the school makes no assurances as to if or when other sites will be available.
This may extend a student’s expected graduation date. In the event of such an extension, students are expected to make use of the simulation labs at least eight hours per week as scheduled by the Dean of Nursing. Students must be in good academic standing and fulfilling all financial obligations owed to Meridian West Central College.
If the site or the school determines that the student is not reliable for any reason, including absences, the student may be removed from the site and may be dismissed from the program. In any case, if a student misses three or more days of externship due to non-medical reasons the student may be dismissed from the program.
Students are required to attend 100% of required clinical externship hours. MWCC School of Nursing’s holidays, vacations and make-up days do not apply to students on externship. If a student misses clinicals and does not supply a doctor’s note or a note from a hospital verifying a medical emergency, the student must pay $45 per hour to make up each hour of clinical time. Clinical Instructor must certify all required attendance hours.
Upon completion of online academic preparation, each student must complete an externship in a hospital, clinic and/or long-term care facility as part of his or her nursing program. The Clinical Administrative Support personnel will arrange all externships. The extern site is not obligated to employ the student following completion of the externship.
During the externship, students are given the opportunity to put their theory and simulations training into practical application under actual employment conditions. While on externship, the student is under the supervision of the Clinical Instructor, the training facility, as well as that of the school. Externship assignments will correspond with the completion of required coursework. All program and catalogue requirements apply including dress code, name tags, drug use, etc. Additionally students must abide by the rules and regulations of the site to which they are assigned. This includes rules governing confidentiality of medical information associated with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
While on externship students must comply with the following extern regulations:
Students must demonstrate passing scores in his/her courses including practical written exams and simulation lab exams prior to being assigned an externship. During the externship course, each student will be evaluated in the areas of professional performance and appearance, attendance and practical skills. To complete the externship course successfully, a student must satisfactorily perform each of the procedures outlined in the training plan and demonstrate satisfactory work habits. If, when evaluated, the extern is unable to perform certain procedures properly, the student will be required to return to campus for additional training in the areas in which the student is deemed to need more preparation. During the externship course, the student may be required to contact the Clinical Director of Education for weekly scheduled meetings with the Clinical Instructor in order to gain better practical skills.
If the student’s work habits are not satisfactory on the first evaluation, the Clinical Instructor will confer with the student at that time. If work habits are still unsatisfactory at the end of the externship period, the student may be required to serve an additional externship. A student may only repeat the externship once. If failure of the externship occurs twice, the student will be withdrawn from the program.