Nursing RN Program Curriculum and Coursework

At FVI School of Nursing, we want our nursing graduates to be fully prepared to enter the healthcare workforce. The nursing (RN) courses we offer at our accredited nursing school in Florida provide a comprehensive education that stresses both classroom learning and real-world experience. In less than two years, our graduates will be ready to pass the NCLEX and begin their nursing careers.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program was designed to progressively develop student knowledge, skills and competencies as they advance through the degree plan. These nursing (RN) courses have been developed to build on previous experiences and allow students to apply knowledge, skills and competencies in a progressive and cumulative fashion.

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RN Courses

Course #Course TitleSemester credits
TERM I
ENC1101English Composition3
MAT1101College Math3
PSY2012General Psychology3
BCS2085Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab4
TERM II
HUM1205Human Diversity3
BCS2086Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab4
MCB2010Microbiology and Lab4
TERM III
NUR1000Nursing Concepts9
NUR1100Pharmacology for Nursing3
TERM IV
NUR1500Nursing Concepts II12
TERM V
NUR2100Nursing Concepts III12
TERM VI
NUR2500Nursing Concepts IV (Capstone)12

A Balanced Nursing Education

The curriculum of our nursing RN program takes a balanced approach to nursing theory and real-world application. The first term is spent on general education classes to fulfill RN course requirements before progressing to nursing concentration courses. In the subsequent terms, students will start focusing on RN certification courses and working towards their degree.

As students advance through the RN course requirements, they will be given numerous opportunities to perform lab work and hands-on clinical training. This extensive clinical experience allows students to build confidence by practicing nursing skills and clinical judgement in both controlled environments and clinical settings.

Our RN courses are also supplemented with NCLEX exam preparation reviews and practice tests from the start of the nursing RN program to the end. The NCLEX review courses prepare nursing students for the current NCLEX and NextGen NCLEX which is coming soon. The FVI School of Nursing team is committed to giving graduates the best chance of passing on their first attempt!

RN Courses

Anatomy and Physiology I & II

This course provides a comprehensive look at the human body’s structure and functions. Topics include the organization of the body, characteristics of anatomical terminology, how the body maintains homeostasis, the relationship of chemistry to anatomy and physiology, as well as cell function and division. The skin, skeletal system, muscles and nervous system are examined. Sensory organs and the endocrine system are also covered. Several diseases and disorders are discussed, as well as the cause, detection, and treatment of them. Students will also perform and complete labs with accompanying assessments as a lab component of this course.

Microbiology and Lab

This course teaches microbiology as it applies to the healthcare field. Students will study pathogenic microorganisms and their role in human disease, human immunology, symptoms and treatment of microbial infection, and prevention measures against microbial infection. This course will provide an understanding of recognition, treatment and prevention of microbial pathogenesis. Students will also complete experiments, track and record results, answer lab-based questions, and complete lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirements of the course.

Pharmacology for Nursing

This course introduces the student to the basic principles of pharmacology and safe administration of medication throughout the client’s lifespan. A review of the body structure and function, as well as legal aspects of nursing practice, will be reviewed. Basic pharmacological concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will be discussed as bases in medication administration to all categories of clients, from pregnancy, newborn, pediatrics, and geriatrics, using the nursing process and evidenced-based nursing practice. The course will cover medication classifications for common medical-surgical conditions, diseases and illnesses including contraindication, side effects, adverse effects, and most importantly nursing care and management of clients taking the medications, drugs, and herbal preparations.

  • Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN Exam using the NCSBN NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
  • Prerequisites: ENC1101, MAT1105, PSY2012, BCS2086, HUM1205, MCB2010

Nursing Concepts I

This course introduces the student to the integrated process and basic concepts of client needs, across the lifespan, including the family, and community. Students will develop general knowledge and skills related to providing basic nursing care to clients from varied backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Emphasis is given to the development of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. The nursing process and evidence-based practices are taught in detail as the bases of nursing practice. Foundation of medical surgical nursing, geriatrics, pediatrics, and obstetrics concepts of health, wellness, illness cultural and spirituality are introduced. The nursing practice of informatics and documentation is integrated into the care of clients, family, and community. Focus will be placed on role development, legal aspects of practice, health teaching and counseling skills. Concepts of patient safety, asepsis and infection control, hygiene and personal care, wound care, nutrition, pain management, oxygenation, fluid and electrolyte balance, bowel and urinary elimination, cognition and sensation, sleep, sexuality, perioperative nursing care, and public health and community based nursing will be taught in detail.

  • Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN Exam using the NCSBN NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
  • Prerequisites: ENC1101, MAT1105, PSY2012, BCS2086, HUM1205, MCB2010

Nursing Concepts II

This course develops the skill, knowledge, and competencies of the student in the safe care of clients with medical-surgical related acute and chronic related illnesses and injuries across the client’s lifespan. Concepts relating to nursing care and management of diseases of the cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and neurological are emphasized in the course. To link relationships between neurological disorders, students will be introduced to mental health concepts across the lifespan.  Applying knowledge from previous course work, the student will build interpersonal relationships and demonstrate effective communication skills.  Common mental health disorders, substance abuse, domestic abuse and violence, crisis intervention, coping with stress, and suicidal assessments are covered in the course for all categories of clients.

  • Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN Exam using the NCSBN NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
  • Prerequisites: ENC1101, MAT1105, PSY2012, BCS2086, HUM1205, MCB2010

Nursing Concepts III

This course allows the student to apply and analyze the care of clients with medical-surgical related acute and chronic related illnesses and injuries across the lifespan.  More specialized medical and surgical conditions are covered in the course such as care and management of clients with cancer, burns, sensory deprivation, and emergencies. The student will provide care to the client, family, and community demonstrating competency and leadership while reinforcing health promotion and maintenance concepts. Specialized care of obstetrical, newborn and pediatric clients in various healthcare environments will also be introduced.  The student will apply knowledge and skill to the care of the client and family with a focus on safe care, health education, growth and development principles, and legal aspects of practice.

  • Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN Exam using the NCSBN NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
  • Prerequisites: ENC1101, MAT1105, PSY2012, BCS2085, BSC2086 HUM1205, MCB2010, NUR1000, NUR1100, NUR1500

Nursing Concept IV (Capstone)

This course allows the student to analyze knowledge, skills and competencies acquired through previous course work. The student will identify areas requiring further development in the care of the client across the lifespan with a focus on the integrated process, client needs, and quality and safety in healthcare. Concepts of medical surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, family, community health, nutrition, human growth and development throughout the lifespan, body structure and function, interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts, pharmacology and administration of medication, legal aspects of practice, leadership skills, professional role and functions, health teaching and counselling skills, and personal concepts are reviewed. Prevention of Medical Errors, Florida Laws and Rules, Recognizing Impairment at the Workplace, Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, and Human Trafficking are covered in the course as required for registration by the board of nursing.

  • Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN Exam using the NCSBN NCLEX-RN Blueprint.
  • Prerequisites: ENC1101, MAT1105, PSY2012, BSC2086, HUM1205, MCB2010, NUR1000, NUR1100, NUR1500, NUR2100.