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The mission of the Department of Nursing at Nashua Community College is to provide students the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science in Nursing, which prepares them to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses, for employment in entry-level positions in nursing, and for further education and professional development.

 

 

 

All Applicants for Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program

Applicants seeking admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program must meet all general admission requirements of the College, attend a Nursing information session as well as provide evidence of the following:

  • High school or college credits in biology, algebra, chemistry, and English with grade of C or better.

  • High performance on the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). The TEAS V is a standardized admission test from Assessment Technologies Institute™ (ATI). Test performance is measured relative to the applicant pool, by a minimum score over the fiftieth percentile in each of the subcategories on the test. The test subcategories are: Reading, Math, Science, and English/Language Usage. (see www.atitesting.com for more information about preparing for this test).

  • Two letters of professional reference on forms provided by the College.

  • Ability to meet the Health, Character, and Technical Standards for the ASN Program (please see below).

  • An applicant who has attended another nursing education program within the past five years must also submit a letter of reference from the director of the nursing program at the previous school.

  • Nursing program applications must be completed by January 31st to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.

  • Applicants meeting the above requirements will be ranked according to TEAS scores and previous college grade in Anatomy and Physiology I, using a point ranking system. TEAS V Science category scores over the 60th percentile rank will receive an additional point on the admission ranking scale.

General Admission Requirements

  • High School transcript or GED

  • Application form with non-refundable $20.00 fee

  • Take Accuplacer if required

ESOL Applicants
ESOL applicants must attain a minimum score of 83 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) as advised by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org).

Selection Criteria
Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Are New Hampshire residents.

  • Have a greater number of non-nursing courses completed relative to the applicant pool.

  • Attain higher scores relative to the applicant pool on the TEAS V and TOEFL iBT (if required), using the admission ranking scale.

  • Attain higher scores relative to the applicant pool on the TEAS V and TOEFL iBT (if required), and in previous coursework.

  • Demonstrate relatively balanced strengths in Reading, Math, Science, and English on the TEAS V.

  • Have a history of academic and / or work success.

  • Submit a satisfactory background check when directed by a letter of conditional acceptance to the nursing program.

  • Have basic experience in health-related employment.

Admission decisions will be made by the Vice President of Student Services and the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing. Enrollment capacity is limited and admission is competitive. Qualified students who are not accepted in the initial selection process may be assigned to a prioritized waiting list based on the above criteria. They may be subsequently admitted if an opening becomes available prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The waiting list will be discarded once classes begin. Students still desiring admission must then reapply following the above procedure. Highly qualified students who have taken few or no non-nursing courses may be offered admission to a three-year program of study.

Transfer Credit
Transcripts of previous college credits may be submitted to be evaluated for transferability. Science and Nursing credits must be no more than five years old with a minimum grade of B-.

Licensed Practical Nurses

  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with college credits in nursing completed in the past five years and with current nursing practice may be able to challenge by exam up to eight credits in nursing.

  • Other college courses may be evaluated for transferability.

  • The LPN may earn 4 credits applicable to NURN130 by taking the ATI Fundamentals of Nursing exam and scoring a minimum of Level 2. Satisfactory performance on a simulated patient care experience in the nursing laboratory may earn 4 credits applicable to NURN120. * The LPN applicant must request ATI exam for advanced standing by May 1 in order to be exempt from NURN120 and 130.

  • Graduates of practical nursing programs who meet criteria for admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing Program and have not yet taken NCLEX-PN may be considered.

  • All general admission requirements of the College and admission requirements to the nursing program must be met, including scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills.

Health, Character, and Technical Standards for the Associate in Science in Nursing Program
Technical standards have been established to inform the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession. Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards listed below should contact program officials to discuss individual cases. All academically qualified candidates will be considered for admission provided the technical standards for classroom and clinical experiences can be met with reasonable accommodations.

The College must ensure that patients / clients of clinical affiliates are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and rapidly changing circumstances that characterize the responsibilities of patient / client care. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with patients, their families, agency staff, faculty, and classmates.

Applicants must be in good physical and mental health to meet program objectives.  Attendance at classes and clinical experiences is expected.  An additional clinical fee may be charged for any clinical make up time.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation to all clinical experiences. Technical standards are listed below.

  1. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs, physiological signs, understand instructions, identify emergency signals, assess body functions, and engage in telephone conversation.

  2. Sufficient visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment, interpret data, ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print / writing, and do fine calibrations.

  3. Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend, and exchange information and ideas in English verbally, non-verbally, and in writing, and to interact clearly and logically with patients, family members, physicians, nurses, faculty, peers, and other ancillary medical personnel.

  4. Sufficient tactile ability to assess pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement.

  5. Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately in emergencies or unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

  6. Sufficient emotional intelligence to exhibit empathy and compassion, to maintain productive relationships in classroom and clinical settings, and to integrate direction, instruction, and criticism into behavioral changes.

  7. Sufficient strength, endurance, and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: participation in lengthy classroom activities; fine and gross motor skills to carry out procedures; ability to safely and frequently handle, lift, and/or carry equipment and patients up to thirty pounds; stamina to complete an eight to twelve hour work shift; and ability to perform CPR.

  8. Sufficient information technology skills to complete assignments according to program standards.

  9. Applicants with latex allergies are advised to seek professional medical consultation.

Upon Acceptance
It is understood that acceptance is conditional upon submission of satisfactory evidence in the form of the following documents no later than August 1st.

  • Evidence of current health status (student health form).

  • A transcript demonstrating the completion of the completion of SCIN201 Anatomy and Physiology I with a minimum grade of B- and PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology.

  • Immunity or immunization against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella, hepatitis B, and Tdap. Annual influenza immunization is required for all nursing students.

  • Two-year certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the healthcare provider level (American Heart Association, CPR for the Professional Rescuer).

  • Mantoux testing to assess for prior tuberculosis exposure.

  • Personal medical insurance. Students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining current accident/health insurance and must provide documentation of insurance coverage yearly. If health insurance information changes during the academic year, the student must notify the department of nursing immediately.

In Addition:

  • A fee for nursing liability insurance will be assessed in the second semester tuition bill. Additional fees apply for nursing students. These may include but are not limited to: Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI) testing package, Criminal Background Check Fees and DocuCare Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software license fee.

  • Additional requirements include uniform, stethoscope, watch with a second hand, textbooks, skills lab kit and supplies for lab practice, and testing materials. There will also be occasional fees for field trips, as well as for end-of-program activities and licensure. A list of additional costs for the program is available upon request.

  • The Background Check, which may include drug/alcohol screening, is due within thirty days of receipt of conditional acceptance. Instructions will be provided. Random or pre-clinical drug/alcohol screening may occur at any point throughout the program. The cost of any drug/alcohol testing is borne by the student.

Criminal / Legal Records
Licensing regulations differ among states and may restrict licensure of applicants who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Suite 16, Concord, NH 03301 or to the Board of Nursing in the state in which licensure is desired. An annual Background Check which may include drug screening may be required prior to attendance at clinical agencies. Please contact the Board of Nursing in the state in which practice is planned regarding licensure requirements, since there are differences among states. Completion of the program does not guarantee RN licensure.

Criteria for Progression in the Program
The curriculum includes a general education component that supports courses in nursing. Students must earn a minimum grade of B- in Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Human Growth and Development, and in all nursing courses in order to progress in the program. Courses in nursing are taken sequentially and most of them include a clinical component. Degree requirements must be completed within five years of entering the first nursing course. Students must anticipate a schedule of three to five days a week for the nursing courses with a possibility of evening clinical assignments. Employment of more than twenty hours per week is discouraged due to the commitment required for success in the program. Many students choose to take most or all of the non-nursing courses prior to beginning the first course in nursing. Students who do not meet criteria for progression may seek re-entry at the point of last success on a space-available basis. A student may be granted only one opportunity to re-enter the program.

Continuing Education
Graduates of the program are encouraged to earn the Bachelor and/or Master of Science in Nursing. Articulation agreements are maintained with Franklin Pierce University, Granite State College, Plymouth State College, Rivier University, Southern NH University, St. Anselm’s College and St. Joseph College of Maine.  Students planning to continue their education toward the Bachelor’s or Masters of Science in Nursing should plan their program of study with an academic advisor from the Department of Nursing. Further information can be obtained from the respective programs or from the Chair of the Department of Nursing.

Upon completion of the degree in Nursing, graduates will be able to:

  1. Plan and deliver safe individualized care to patients by integrating the nursing process and pertinent nursing knowledge, principles of teaching / learning, and preferences of patients or legal designees across the lifespan, diversity of culture, and the levels of prevention.

  2. Practice collaboratively on the multi-professional health care team using principles of leadership across the disciplines and throughout the health care system to influence and facilitate conflict resolution and the establishment and achievement of shared goals.

  3. Support a culture of continuous quality improvement by using data to monitor outcomes; identifying and reporting actual or potential problems; collaborating with the multi-professional team throughout the health care system; and developing evidence-based strategies for optimal practice.

  4. Use health care system resources and technology, including information technology, time, policies and procedures, materials, and equipment, to coordinate and deliver individual and / or population-focused care that is effective and efficient.

  5. Communicate clearly in goal-oriented, culturally-sensitive, caring, concise, and timely ways using written, verbal, non-verbal, and electronic modalities.

  6. Demonstrate accountability for professional practice using legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and participate in activities that contribute to life-long learning.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
P. 404.975.5000
F. 404.975.5020
Website: www.acenursing.org

NURSING (2 Year Curriculum Plan)

Prerequisite:  for NURN 120 and NURN130:
    CL LAB CR
SCIN201 Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
PSYN101 Intro to Psychology 3 0 3
        7
FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
ENGN101 College Composition I 4 0 4
SCIN202 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
PSYN201 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
NURN120 Fundamental Nursing Skills** 0 12 4
NURN130 Concepts for Nursing Practice** 4 0 4
        19
SPRING SEMESTER
NURN140 Nursing Care I:  Concepts and Skills 4 15 9
NURN230 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
SCIN215 Microbiology 3 3 4
General Education:  Group E Elective (MTHN106 preferred) 4 0 4
        20
SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
NURN220 Nursing Care II:  Concepts and Skills 4 18 10
General Education:  Group A Elective 3 0 3
        13
SPRING SEMESTER
NURN240 Management of Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 4 18 10
General Elective:  Group F and G Elective 3 0 3
        13

Total 72 Credits

** LPNs may challenge by exam

NURSING (3 Year Curriculum Plan)

FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
SCIN201 Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
ENGN101 College Composition I 4 0 4
General Education:  Group E Elective* 4 0 4
        12
SPRING SEMESTER
SCIN202 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
PSYN101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
General Education:  Group A Elective 3 0 3
General Education:  Group F or G Elective 3 0 3
      13
SUMMER
SCIN215 Microbiology 3 3 4
        4
SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
PSYN201 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
NURN120 Fundamental Nursing Skills 0 12 4
NURN130 Concepts for Nursing Practice 4 0 4
        11
SPRING SEMESTER
NURN140 Nursing Care I:  Concepts and Skills 4 15 9
NURN230 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3 0 3
        12
THIRD YEAR - FALL SEMESTER
NURN220 Nursing Care II:  Concepts and Skills 4 18 10
        10
SPRING SEMESTER
NURN240 Management of Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 4 18 10
        10

Total 72 Credits

*MTHN106 suggested
 

Nursing Application Checklist

Nursing Reference Forms

TEAS V Testing Schedule (2014-15) to be determined.