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Associate Degree Nursing Program Guide

Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.)

Admission Information for Spring 2022

  • Application Deadline:
    • April 15 for Fall Application
    • September 25 for Spring Application

ALERT! This Program guide is UPDATED each semester.

The information within this document contains the official Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) admission and curriculum policies, as well as procedures for application. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes posted on the nursing website.

Associate Degree Nursing Programs at Two Locations:
Downtown Campus, physical address: 110 W Chestnut Street, Building A-South, Room 442, Louisville, KY 40202

NEW: Shelby County Area Technology Center, physical address: 230 Rocket Ln, Shelbyville, KY 40065 (Hybrid, evening program)

STEPS to Apply to the College and the Associate Degree Nursing Program

1.  Applying to the college: An applicant’s first step is to apply to the college. Applying to the college is a separate process from applying to the program. You can apply to the college online and select the “Start Your Application” link, then follow the directions from there. When selecting a major, use either Health Sciences Technology or Associates in Applied Sciences. Once you are accepted & enrolled into the A.D.N. Program, we will change your major to Nursing.  If you are a student that has not taken any classes for one or more semesters, you must apply to the college again, in order to be eligible for enrollment and for your KCTCS email account to be activated.  If you are currently enrolled at another KCTCS college, transfer of your Home Campus to JCTC must be done AFTER the current semester grades are posted. 

2.  NLN Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN):  Register to take the PAX-RN exam. See Info

3.  Preadmissions Conferences (MANDATORY to attend one): It is necessary to attend a preadmission’s conference in order to receive an application to the program.  It is important that you register using an active email address. You also need a student ID; therefore, if you do not have one, please apply to the college first.  It is necessary to remain for the entire session.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will have to register for another conference.

Only students who are ready to apply to the Nursing program should attend one of the mandatory preadmission’s conferences. You must attend a Preadmission’s Conference within six months of the application deadline.  If you are not yet ready to apply to the A.D.N. Program or if you have transcripts from another college to be evaluated, please see an advisor in the Advising Center and they will let you know which classes will transfer, that are required for the nursing program.  However, it is ultimately the Admission’s Office that approves transfer credits.  The Advising Center office hours are posted on their web page.  Appointments with the advisors can be made by emailing to jf-advisingcenter@kctcs.edu. The Advising Center is located in the John T. Smith Library, Building B, room 215, (physical address is: 622 S. First Street; however, the front of the building faces Second Street).   

To register for the conference, for applying to the Downtown Campus, please select this link https://jctc.me/ADNDowntown   

You only need to attend one preadmission’s conference and please be on time.

  • Downtown Campus only, Tuesday, 7/27/2021 at 4:30 pm, includes if you are an LPN or going to be by 12/8/2021.
  • Downtown Campus only, Wednesday, 8/18 and 9/15/2021 at 5:00 pm, includes if you are an LPN or going to be by 12/8/2021

To register for the conference, for applying to the Shelby County Campus and only if you are already an LPN, please select this link https://jctc.me/ADNShelby 

  • Shelby Campus only, Wednesday, 8/4 and 9/1/2021 at 5:00 pm, only if you are an LPN or going to be by 12/8/2021

4. An Academic Program Plan (APP) is a form that lists all the classes you have taken towards the A.D.N. program. The APP shows your nursing GPA, which must be a minimum of 2.75 to be eligible to apply. Once you have attended a preadmission’s conference, you will receive a signed Academic Program Plan (APP) by email; from one of our nursing faculty/advisors by the application deadline. Students will not need to submit the APP to the nursing staff for their application file, since we will also receive a copy from the advisor. Staff are not allowed to accept APP’s from students.

5. Complete all prerequisite courses: See Info

Applying for the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Deadlines for submission of an application, for admission to the A.D.N. Program

  • September 25 for applying to the following spring semester (classes beginning in January, ending in May)
  • April 15 for applying to the fall semester (classes beginning in August, ending in December)

Applications that are received early are very much appreciated.

Applications that are received late will only be reviewed after on-time applications are considered.

Who Can Apply:

Admission to the program is open to all qualified students.  Students seeking entry to the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) Associate Degree Nursing Program (A.D.N.) must submit a completed application, with copies of all supporting documents attached. (Applications are made available only at the mandatory preadmission conferences).

Required Psychomotor Functions:

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions.  Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess sufficient: 

  • Visual acuity such as needed in the accurate preparation and administration of medications and for the observation necessary for client assessment and nursing care.
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, Doppler’s, fire alarms, etc.
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, required in meeting health needs.
  • Communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest.
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement care for individuals.

Rank Order for Criteria of Acceptance

Ranking for admissions would be based on total points from this chart, 32 points maximum.

Admission Criteria       
 

PAX Score

  • Composite
Verbal
 

1 pt

  • 105
50%
 

2 pts

  • 110
50% 
 

3 pts

  • 115
55%
 Nursing Course GPA  1 pt 2.75  2 pts 3.0  3 pts 3.5
 

Pre-requisites

  • Nurse Aid
  • Math
  • Bio 137
Psy 110
 

1 pt for each course completed prior to application deadline

(4 pts max)

 

 

 

 

 

Co-requisites

  • Eng 101
  • BIO 139
  • BIO 225
Humanities
 

1 pt for each course completed prior to application deadline

(4 pts max)
   
 

Grades in science courses

  • BIO 137
  • BIO 139
BIO 225 
 

5 pts – A

3 pts – B

(15 pts max)

**course points awarded for the initial attempt only
   
 Previous Degree  1 pt Associate  2 pts Bachelors or higher  

Meeting the minimum requirements allows students to be included in the qualified applicant pool, but does not guarantee admission.

Regular Admission Status

Students applying for admission to Jefferson Community & Technical College Associate Degree Nursing Program must submit proof, with the application, of the following minimum criteria to qualify for the applicant pool:

  • Validation/documentation of Kentucky Board of Nursing State Nurse Aide Registry (SRNA) licensure. License must be posted on KBN’s web site by last day of spring or fall finals. Recommend keeping SRNA current throughout the nursing program in case of need to apply for readmission.
    • Or Health Science Technology - HST 104-Basic Skills I Clinical with a grade of C or higher. (The HST 104 course includes CPR certification). If taking HST 104, it is not required to take the state board exam, unless you want to work as a Nurse Aide.
  • Completion of all Pre-Application Requirements.
  • RN Pre-admission Exam (PAX-RN) score report with a minimum composite score of 105, and a verbal percentile rank score of 50 or higher, from National League of Nursing (NLN).
  • Must have a minimum of 2.75 nursing GPA (not cumulative GPA).

Priority Admission Status

Same requirement as above for Regular Admission and the following:

  • To qualify for ‘priority admission status’ applicants must have completed all pre-application requirements and all co-requisite General Education courses with at least a 3.0 Nursing GPA, at the time an application is submitted.
  • All requirements must be complete at the time of application and required documentation submitted along with the application.
  • Mark the appropriate box towards the top of the application indicating that you are applying as a candidate for Priority Admission Status.

Notification of application status to students will be made by email, using the student’s KCTCS email addresses and/or Personal email address; no information will be given over the phone or to a student in the Nursing Division Office. Notification of the status of an application may be emailed up to one month before the beginning of the semester, depending on the applicant pool, program resources, and meeting dates of the Selective Admissions Committee. Generally, students will be notified within the month of May for fall semester application and within the month of October, for the following year’s spring semester application.

Degree Obtained:

The Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) is awarded upon successful completion of the program. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse.

Accreditation:

Jefferson Community & Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), (404)679-4500.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is further accredited by the, 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404)975-5000
 
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree in nursing program is accredited. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

The A.D.N. Program also meets the regulations of the Kentucky Board of Nursing.  

Discrimination Statement:
Jefferson Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

NCLEX Pass Rate available at www.kbn.ky.gov, 2020 is at 96%

Job Placement Rates: : 2020, 99% or respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

Pre-Application Requirements

  • Attend a preadmission’s conference
  • PAX-RN Minimum Score:
    • NLN RN Pre-entrance exam minimum score of 105 composite and 50 on Percentile Rank in the Verbal category.
    • A hard copy of scoring report must be submitted with the application.
  • State certification:
    • from Kentucky Board of Nursing for State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) or HST 104 Basic Skills Clinical (HST 104 course includes CPR certification).
  • BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hours),
    • completed within 10 years of semester admitted to A.D.N. program, with a grade of C or better.
    • Transfer credit from another college must include a lab and be approved by the A.D.N. Program Coordinator.
  • PSY 110: General Psychology (3 credit hours) or equivalent.
  • Math at an AA or AS Quantitative Reasoning or higher (such as MAT 146 or MAT 150):
    • grade of C or better.

For a “regular admission,” this curriculum plan will be followed for a full-time student.

Program Courses and Co-Requisite Courses

First Semester

  • NRS 101 - Nursing Care I (9 credit hours)
    • *BIO 139: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours), within 10 years, Grade of C or better

Second Semester

  • NRS 102 - Nursing Care II (10 credit hours)
    • *ENG 101:  Writing I (3 credit hours)

Third Semester

  • NRS 203 - Nursing Three (9 credit hours)
    • *BIO 225: Medical Microbiology (4 credit hours), within 10 years, Grade of C or better

Fourth Semester

  • NRS 204 - Nursing Four (10 credit hours)
    • *Heritage/Humanities (3 credit hours)

*Co-requisite General Education Courses

If general education and co-requisites classes, (in italics above), are not completed prior to applying to the Nursing Program, these courses must be taken before or along with the semester under which the class is listed.  Applicants are highly encouraged to complete as many as possible (especially biology courses, which must be taken in sequence) before entering nursing classes or during the summer semester, if it falls prior to the semester the classes are required.  All General Education courses have online options available, but KCTCS biology class sizes are very limited and fill up quickly.  Students can be enrolled in pre-requisites in the Fall semester and still be eligible to apply for the following Spring semester.  Students can be enrolled in pre-requisites in the Spring semester, but not Summer semesters and still be eligible to apply for Fall semester.  

In order to qualify for Priority Admission status, all pre-application requirements and all co-requisite coursework must be completed with the grades posted to your transcript by the application deadline.  Your Nursing GPA must be a minimum of 3.0 and on the PAX-RN score report, you must have a Composite Score of 105 or higher and a Verbal Percentile Rank Score of 50 or higher.  Recommend submitting an application by the deadline, then when grades are posted, notify the administrative assistant to change your application to priority status.

NLN Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN)

The PAX-RN is a National League for Nursing (NLN) standardized, computerized test that measures proficiency in Verbal ability (comprehension and vocabulary), Math, and Science at the 12th grade level. All three sections must be taken on the same assigned date.  Each section has 40-70 questions and the cumulative time limit is 3 hours for the exam, calculated at 1.3 minutes per question.  There is no limit to the number of times you may take the exam; however, you cannot test twice on the same day.     

There are PAX Study Guides and Videos. Select PAX Study Guide and Videos on the website.

Applicants must take this exam, and score a minimum of 105 composite, with a minimum of 50 in the Verbal Percentile Rank to be considered for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC).  Results can be printed anywhere from 45 minutes to 6 hours following the computer-based exam, or retrieved from the NLN website for up to one year after the exam, free of charge.  This means you must remember your username and password.  A printed copy of the results must be submitted for application to the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program; results are not sent to the college.  

NLN testing services has launched a new website www.nlntest.org that will allow our institution to utilize remote proctoring.  The cost of the exam is approximately $55, subject to change without notice.  Please utilize the Student Guidebook, which has all system requirements, directions to complete the steps below with screenshots, information regarding user agreements and an FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions.  Please be aware that the exam must be completed by September 23, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

  1. Create new account
  2. Set up your password
  3. Login to the site again
  4. Click "Buy Exam"
  5. Select the PAX Hyflex Proctorio (exam named Pre-Admission Exam Verbal) then you must start the exam immediately.  Or you may schedule the exam at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Downtown Campus. 
  6. Pay with credit card (cost for exam and proctoring is approximately $55.00; subject to change without notice)
  7. Click on "My Assessments"

 

PAX Hyflex Proctorio Schedule
Name of PAX Date Registration Period
Pre-Admission Exam Verbal Thursday, 9/9/2021 at 9:00 AM Friday 9/3/2021 at 12:00 PM – Tuesday 9/7/2021 at 11:59 PM
Pre-Admission Exam Verbal Thursday, 9/9/2021 at 1:00 PM Friday 9/3/2021 at 12:21 PM – Tuesday 9/7/2021 at 11:59 PM
Pre-Admission Exam Verbal Wednesday, 9/22/2021 at 9:00 AM Friday 9/3/2021 at 11:28 AM – Monday 9/20/2021 at 11:59 PM
Pre-Admission Exam Verbal Wednesday, 9/22/2021 at 1:00 PM Friday 9/3/2021 at 9:29 AM – Monday 9/20/2021 at 11:59 PM

REQUESTS FOR TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER NURSING PROGRAM

Students requesting to transfer into the Jefferson Associate Degree Nursing Program from another nursing program, including credit for previous nursing coursework, must provide proof of passing grades in all previously attempted nursing courses, (passing grade as established by the nursing program where the grade was earned). Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program, and who have earned a failing grade in any nursing course will not be accepted for admission into the A.D.N. program at Jefferson. However, you may apply as a new student starting at the beginning of the A.D.N. program. Potential candidates must meet all admission requirements of the Jefferson A.D.N. Nursing Program as outlined in this Program Guide. If it has been more than three years since initial enrollment in the first nursing course in any registered nursing program, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses.

Beginning summer 2015, Jefferson Community and Technical College will no longer conditionally admit transfer students; students will be required to submit ALL official, postsecondary transcripts to the Admission’s Office prior to enrollment at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Jefferson will require official transcripts even if the student does not plan to use the coursework to satisfy the requirements for the Nursing Degree for the Nursing Program. Prospective students must also submit an online application to the College. Applying to the college is a separate process from applying for the Nursing Program.

Requirements:

Three months prior to the expected date of enrollment:

  1. Potential candidates must provide a written letter stating the reason for transfer, and anticipated placement within the program.
  2. Proof of regional academic accreditation of any college(s) previously attended for which the student is requesting transfer credit.  (Credit from proprietary, non-regionally accredited schools is not eligible for transfer credit.)
  3. Informal/unofficial transcripts from all previously attended colleges.
  4. At least two months prior to the anticipated entry date:
    • Submit a Nursing Transfer Admission Packet, which includes:
      • From the previous nursing program: overall nursing program curriculum plus individual course objectives, course outlines, syllabi, and skills/competency list from all nursing courses completed at the previous nursing program. Please note that there is no standard curriculum for nursing programs or nursing courses, so this information is crucial to establish compatibility of the previous nursing courses with those of Jefferson and to determine how much, if any, nursing course credit can be granted to the student.
  5. At least two letters of recommendation from the previously attended nursing program. The letters must be signed, dated, and printed on the school letterhead; one from the Nursing Program Director and one from a recent Clinical Instructor, indicating that the student is in good academic and financial standing. These may be emailed directly to: JF-NursingInfo@kctcs.edu

  6. Acceptance of any Transfer Student will be dependent upon available resources, comparability of previous nursing courses, vacancy in the receiving course, and results of a nursing pre-admission exam (NLN Pre-admission Exam-PAX-RN). This information may not be available until a few weeks before the beginning of any given semester.

  7. Proof of being on the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) State Registry as a Nurse Aide (SRNA).  Recommend keeping SRNA current throughout the nursing program in case of need to apply for readmission.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

(Upon acceptance into the A.D.N. Program)

Once an applicant is accepted into the Nursing Program, official copies of all previous transcripts, must be requested by the student from the original school and sent, unopened, to the Jefferson Admission’s Office. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all previous transcripts are on file with the Registrar at Jefferson. (Please DO NOT send official copies of transcripts to the Nursing Office; once they are opened by anyone other than the Admission’s Office, they are no longer official and will have to be resent.)

Mandatory Orientation All students that are accepted to the A.D.N. Program are required to attend orientation, which is held one day, the week prior to the start of classes.  Students will be notified of the specific date in their letters of acceptance, which are emailed to their KCTCS and personal email addresses.

Criminal Background Check (BC) and Drug Screening (DS)

There are specific codes that must be used with CastleBranch and they will be given to students when they are accepted.  

All incoming nursing students will be required to complete a national Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening according to the Allied Health & Nursing Division Policy and Procedures.  The policy and directions for this procedure will be supplied in the acceptance packet, for admission.  Failure to comply with this requirement by the designated deadline may result in dismissal from the Program.

The cost is $61.20 through CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance tracking solutions company.

  • Completion of criminal background check (instructions and a deadline date will be specified in the students’ letter of acceptance to the Program, which is sent by email). If clinical placement is not possible due to a criminal record, the Program Coordinator will notify the student by email and the student will be permitted to withdraw rather than failing the course due to the inability to fulfill course requirements.
  • Completion of required drug screen (instructions and deadline will be specified in the students’ letter of acceptance to the Program, which is sent by email).
  • Failure to comply by the specified deadlines may result in the student’s removal from the class roster.

Immunization and Physical Examination Requirements

This is a one-time fee of $25.00 and the account belongs to the student for life, which is used to track verification of Immunizations and additional documentation such as CPR certification. Documentation is uploaded to CastleBranch.

Once the student is admitted to the program, they must submit a Physical Examination form and verification of immunizations, which must be signed by the health care provider.

Do not submit immunization records along with your application; they will not be processed by the Nursing Division Office. They will be uploaded to CastleBranch by the student.

  • Influenza during flu season, between August 30th and October 1st; documentation of vaccination will be required by October 15th each fall semester or upon entry into the program in the spring semester
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • TB (Tuberculosis) screening-Two-Step:  step one, vaccine given then read after 48-72 hours, step two, repeat step one between seven to twenty one days (not one day earlier and not one day later)
  • TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA and PERTUSSIS (Tdap)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): series of 2 doses, 4 weeks apart or results of a Varicella titer, with verification of immunity (positive result).  
  • Hepatitis B vaccination (series of 3 doses, 2nd dose due one month after 1st dose; 3rd dose is due approximately 5 months after 2nd dose).  Or (series of 2 doses of Hepsaliv-B given at least 4 weeks apart).  The student may attend clinical once the series is started with the first dose.
  • Physical Assessment on JCTC’s form (will be on page 3 of the immunization packet when notified of acceptance).
  • COVID release and potential COVID Vaccine requirement.  We anticipate our healthcare facilities will be requiring the COVID vaccine starting with Fall 2021 semester and you should anticipate this becoming a requirement.

Total cost for CastleBranch BC, DS, and uploading of documents is $86.20. Detailed information regarding CastleBranch will be included in the students’ letter of acceptance to the A.D.N. Program, which is sent by email.

Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR certification.

The only two levels of CPR accepted are from American Heart Association (Healthcare/BLS Provider) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer). Please note that HST 104 course includes CPR certification.

Costs/Financial Information

The fee schedule may be found in the Kentucky Community and Technical College catalog. In addition to tuition, nursing students are responsible for associated costs such as transportation to clinical sites, payment for liability insurance, books, internet access, software /electronic access to class resources, national computerized exams, lab kits and uniforms. Nursing students must have access to a computer and to the internet. Coursework cannot be managed using only a Smartphone. Students are responsible for maintaining acceptable financial standing to remain in nursing classes. Nursing faculty or staff cannot negotiate with the Financial Aid office on behalf of any student.

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Requirements

The Kentucky Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny a nursing graduate the right to take the NCLEX-RN (licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse) if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involved acts bearing directly on the qualifications or the ability of the graduate to practice nursing. These are listed on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website. Questions about prior convictions should be directed to KBN.

NURSING COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • NRS 101:  Nursing Care I
    • 9 credit hours
    • Lecture:  5 credit hours (75 contact hours)
    • Clinical:  4 credit hours (180 contact hours)
    • Establishes the foundational knowledge for competency based nursing practice within the context of the contemporary health care delivery system by introducing the nursing process and basic nursing concepts as a framework for organizing care delivery. Introduces the four competencies of nursing practice including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). Applies problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the care of patients across the life span and of diverse cultures with actual or potential alterations in health due to common acute and chronic health problems. Includes the application of the nursing process to meet the needs of patients at the practical nursing level.
    • Pre-requisites:
      • Admission to the Nursing Program; Proof of active status on Kentucky Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry or its equivalent; BIO 137 and Quantitative Reasoning Course at AA/AS Level with a grade of “C” or better; PSY 110. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BIO 139 with a grade of “C” 
    • Components: Clinical, Lecture
    • Attributes: Technical 
  • NRS 102:  Nursing II
    • 10 credit hours
    • Lecture: 5 credit hours (75 contact hours)
    • Clinical: 5 credit hours (225 contact hours)
    • Includes the application of problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the care of patients across the life span and of diverse cultures with actual or potential alterations in health due to common acute and chronic health problems. Provides care of patients during the childbearing cycle focusing on common health alterations in the reproductive process. Strengthens the four competencies of nursing practice including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) while higher level skills are introduced. Includes an integrated clinical practicum of direct patient care in a health care facility or health care organization to facilitate the transition from student role to LPN practice. 
    • Pre-requisites:
      • Pre-requisite: NRS 101 with letter grade of “C” or better. Pre-requisite Or Corequisite: ENG 101
    • Components:  Clinical, Lecture
    • Attributes: Technical
  • NRS 200
    • 3 credit hours
    • Lecture:  3 credit hours (45 contact hours)
    • Facilitates the transition of licensed practical nurses into the nursing mobility program by building upon previous knowledge, attitudes, and cognitive and psychomotor skills using strategies of adult learning. Strengthens the four competencies of nursing practice including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). Orients the student to the philosophy and organizing framework of the ADN Program and assists the practical nurse to make the role transition to registered nursing. Essential concepts and beginning problem-solving skills required for registered nursing practice are emphasized. Nineteen credit hours in nursing will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.
    • Pre-requisites: Admission to nursing program; BIO 137, BIO 139, and Quantitative Reasoning Course at AA/AS Level with a grade of “C” or better; ENG 101, PSY 110.
    • Components:  Lecture
    • Attributes: Technical
  • NRS 203:  NURSING III
    • 9 credit hours
    • Lecture:  5 credit hours (75 contact hours)
    • Clinical: 4 credit hours (180 contact hours)
    • Applies problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the care of diverse patients/families across the life span with actual or potential alterations in health due to complex acute and chronic health problems. Emphasizes leadership, management concepts, clinical decision-making, knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Introduces the RN responsibilities in relation to the four competencies of nursing practice including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). 
    • Pre-requisites:
      • NRS 102 with a grade of “C” or better. Pre-requisite Or Corequisite: BIO 225 with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Components:  Clinical, Lecture
    • Attributes: Technical
  • NSG 204: Nursing IV
    • 10 credit hours
    • Lecture: 6 credit hours (90 contact hours) 
    • Clinical: 4 credit hours (180 contact hours)
    • Integrates previous knowledge and skills into the development of the associate degree nurse. Focuses on the four competencies of nursing practice including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) with an emphasis on leadership, management, clinical decision-making, collaboration, knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Applies problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the care of diverse patients/families across the lifespan with actual or potential alterations in health due to complex acute and chronic health problems. Includes an integrated clinical practicum of direct patient care in a health care facility or health care organization to facilitate the transition from student role to RN practice.
    • Pre-requisite:
      • NRS 203 and BIO 225 with a grade of “C” or better. Pre-requisite Or Co-requisite: Heritage/Humanities.
    • Components:  Clinical, Lecture
    • Attributes: Technical

*Any concurrent courses may be taken prior to the required semester.