NSG-117: Medical-Surgical Nursing 1

Health and Human Services
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Medical-Surgical Nursing 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
152.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
152.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
BIO-233, BIO-234, ENG-131, HCS-131 or CIS-100, PSY-131, One of the following Math courses: MATH-115, MATH-131, MATH-141, MATH-165, MATH-175, or MATH-180. All with a minimum grade of C or instructor permission.
NSG-101, NSG-116
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the first semester nursing student to the role of the professional nurse as the provider of care for adult clients and a member of the profession. Explains how to utilize critical thinking skills in a systematic, problem solving process as a framework for providing care. Provides a framework for best practices, to think critically, assess factors that influence safe and effective care delivery, and integrate theory with care of clients. This course includes supervised clinical agency/laboratory practicums. Course comprised of four hours of theory and six hours of clinical/lab per week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Caring
  2. Clinical Decision Making
  3. Communication
  4. Culture
  5. Diversity
  6. Evidenced Based Practice
  7. Health
  8. Illness
  9. Safety
  10. Wellness
  11. Elimination
  12. Ethics
  13. Sleep
  14. Nutrition
  15. Infection
  16. Inflammation
  17. Legal
  18. Nursing Process
  19. Oxygenation
  20. Patient Education
  21. Perfusion
  22. Professionalism
  23. Spirituality
  24. Tissue Integrity
  25. Mobility
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Locate and begin to use evidence based research to improve client outcomes.
  2. Utilize effective strategies to communicate, including computer based charting, with clients and other members of the health care team.
  3. Begin to apply the nursing process and standards of care to manage ill or injured adult clients and to promote health and wellness.
  4. Identify cultural diversity using the professional nursing values of legal, ethical and caring behaviors for the adult client.
  5. Explain effective strategies to collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide quality care and maintain client safety while reducing the risk of harm to the client.
  6. Utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make sound clinical judgement.
  7. Demonstrate advocacy for the adult client to facilitate the client's autonomy and full partnership in their care.
  8. Demonstrate competency in the learned technical skills used to care for clients in clinical, utilizing cognitive and psychomotor skills.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessments of academic achievement may include , but are not limited to skills demonstration, written assignments, research papers, case studies, multiple choice testing and hands-on clinical practice.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Other Exam
Skilled Demonstration
Minimum Departmental Exam Score
Other Exam Details

Fundamental HESI exam with score 900 or higher. Maximum number of attempts: two. Students must also perform skill demonstrations

Skilled Demonstration Details

Level 1 Skills demonstration, given in department by department faculty. Faculty will assess demonstration and determine satisfactory completion based on evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in The School of Health and Human Services office. Maximum number of attempts on each skilled demonstration: two. Students must also take an exam.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2024
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date