The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum
The College offers a 4-year basic program for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The curriculum provides for a common two-year program to all health-allied courses and allows a student to shift on the third year to their preferred course. The Associate in Health Science Education (AHSE) is the two-year common course offering by the College developed in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722 or the “Higher Education Act of 1994” and CHED order No. 59, series 1996. The AHSE program constitutes the general education component of all baccalaureate degrees leading to the Health profession.
The AHSE is envisioned to equip its graduates with competencies in primary health care needed to land jobs as health aides or community health aides. Certificates of completion are awarded to those who successfully complete the common 2-year course.
The first level is focused on the study of physical, biological, social science and humanities. The fusion of science and humanities is envisions to build a solid foundation in acquiring an understanding of oneself in relation to his /her environment.
The second level provides a more intensive and deeper insight cognizant to the concept of man as a bio-psychosocial-cultural being. Specifically, the second level focuses the study on health's common stress of life from womb to tomb and one's roles and responsibilities in the family, community, health care delivery system and the nursing profession. At the end of the 2nd year level, the student shall have acquired knowledge, skills and attitude for basic nursing practice in the care of the individual, the family and the community utilizing the health care process in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness.
The 1st semester of the 3rd level is concentrates on the study of maternal & childcare and basic human function as means of laying the groundwork for the 2nd semester study of the illness state of a person. The 2nd semester of the 3rd level examines the concept of illness particularly from the social, epidemiological, ecological, economic as well as cultural facets. An emphasis is given to pathological processes and coping techniques of the individual, the family and the community, all of which are considered intrinsic components of the nursing process. This is with the end view of acquiring the competencies required in the care of a sick client.
The 1st semester of the 4th level extends the nursing care of a sick client to include the promotion of health in prevention and control of illness and disabilities, cure and rehabilitation. The 2nd semester of 4th level is focused on the acquisition of competencies necessary in the professional practice. Students work independently and/or in collaboration with others in the promotion of health, prevention and control of illnesses and disabilities in hospital and/or community setting.
Different settings allows students to showcase a composite set of skills such as:
1) initiating nursing actions in cases of emergency situations where the physician is not immediately available;
2) applying results of research studies related to nursing;
3) possessing necessary attitudes for his/her personal and professional growth; and
4) analyzing the legal aspect of nursing practice.
At the end of the fourth level, the student is deemed able to deliver nursing care services utilizing the nursing process; demonstrate skill in basic research, leadership and management as a beginning nurse practitioner in varied settings.
Clinical resources of the home-base hospital is supplemented by affiliation with the Philippine Tuberculosis Society and San Lazaro Hospital for the students to acquire more skills in the care of patients with disturbances in immunologic and inflammatory response. To facilitate learning about maternal and child care (i.e., care of a pregnant woman, a woman in labor and delivery and newborn care), students are exposed in the special areas of Quirino Memorial Medical Center and East Avenue Medical Center. Competencies in caring for a client with disturbances in locomotion and coordination are enhanced through the affiliation at Philippine Orthopedic Center. Students are also deployed to the National Center for Mental Health in order to strengthen their knowledge, skills and attitudes in caring for clients with maladaptive patterns of behavior. The Department of Health, DepED and the Antipolo Community lying-in, and the Opera Maria Domenica are also utilized to further apply community and family health nursing knowledge and skills. Exposure trips to various tertiary health agencies such as the Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center, Kidney Center Foundation of the Philippines, and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center are provided to give more meaningful learning experiences to the students.
Related learning experiences are planned in advance by the faculty and cover the required number of hours per week in each service as specified in the curriculum. The faculty also ensures that co-curricular activities of the students are harmonized with the academic schedule such as classroom lecture, demonstration and related learning experience. All Related Learning experience (RLE) are provided under the supervision of a clinical instructor/tutor.