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Nursing Program

Program Planning Guide

Associate Degree in Nursing

(135 credits, including prerequisites) Practical Nurse Certificate (98 credits, including prerequisites)

Program Coordinator: Rita Summers 360-596-5285 Associate Dean of Nursing: Laurie Choate, RN, MN 360-596-5298

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is designed for persons interested in becoming a Registered Nurse as defined by Washington State law (RCW 18.79.040 and WAC 246-840-700). The Practical Nurse Certificate option is designed for persons interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (RCW 18.79.060 and WAC 246-840-700). The South Puget Sound Community College Nursing Program is conditionally approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Upon receiving licensure, graduates may be hired as nurses in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, medical offices, long-term care facilities, and community health agencies. Employment opportunities are high and well distributed throughout the state and the nation, especially in rural areas. PROGRAM OUTCOMES: South Puget Sound Community College believes that all students need to develop a broad range of abilities that will not only make them more effective in their professional pursuits but will enhance their capacity to relate well to others in their daily lives. All college programs support the development of the following college-wide abilities: Communicate effectively, Think logically and critically, Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data, Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world, and Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences. Graduates of SPSCCs Nursing Program are prepared to use their skills in critical thinking and data analysis as well as their understanding of relationships and responsibilities to Provide integrated nursing care, Participate professionally, Communicate effectively, and Pursue continuous improvement. LENGTH OF PROGRAM: The Associate Degree Nursing Program takes approximately three years (one year of required science and general education requirements and two academic years of nursing course work). The Practical Nurse Certificate option takes approximately two years (one year of required science and general education requirements and one academic year of nursing course work). APPLICATION PROCESS: Before applying for admission to the program, there are several requirements (steps 1-4) to complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials and required documentation are received by the published application deadline. 1. 2. Apply to SPSCC: If you are not already an admitted student at SPSCC, you must become one. Apply online to obtain a Student Id Number. It is free to apply to the college. Complete the Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses must be completed to qualify for admission to the ADN program at SPSCC. Official transcripts of prerequisite coursework must be received prior to the application deadline. Notes on Prerequisites and General Education: Based on placement testing, students may need to complete basic skills and/or pre-college English and math in order to complete prerequisites.
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Anatomy and physiology and microbiology courses must have been completed within 7 years of the application deadline. Although general education courses may be taken after admission to the Nursing Program, students are encouraged to complete as many of these courses as possible prior to entering the Nursing Program. Summer quarters are also good times to take general education courses. Communications, humanities, and social sciences courses may be chosen from the course list for direct transfer degrees. Attend an Online Nursing Information Session: Apply for Admission to the ADN Program: To apply to the ADN program at SPSCC, you must submit a Nursing Program Application along with a non-refundable $25 application fee.

Application period: April 1 through June 30: Applications for 2014-2015 admission to the ADN program will be accepted starting on April 1, 2014. No applications will be accepted after June 30, 2014. Application materials, dates of nursing information sessions, and information about the lottery process are available online at ADMISSON PROCESS: Qualified applicants who have met the above requirements (steps 1-4) by the application deadline are entered into the nursing lottery, which selects students for the nursing program. Ten slots in the program will be specifically drawn for students who took 20 or more credits of their prerequisites at SPSCC. Applicants selected in the lottery process will be required to provide proof of immunizations and be cleared through background checks before being admitted to the program. ADDITIONAL COSTS (dollar values are approximate and subject to change): Total Estimated Additional Costs: $9,000/year SPSCC Placement test (Accuplacer Computerized Placement Test) SPSCC ADN Application fee (non-refundable) Health examination and immunization requirements HIV/AIDS class CPR class Uniforms, shoes, name tags (Watch with sweep hand, stethoscope, gait belt) Malpractice insurance, per year Health insurance per quarter (if not private health insurance) Fees for standardized testing, per quarter Graduation ceremony (cap and gown) School pin (optional) RN state license application National licensure examination RN PN state license application (optional) National licensure examination PN (optional)

25.00 50.00 Cost Varies Cost Varies Cost Varies 275.00 16.00-20.00 39.00 90.00 -150.00 25.00 35.00-100.00 100.00 200.00 100.00 200.00

Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodations for the application should call SPSCCs ADA coordinator in the human resour ces office, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia WA 98512, (360-596-5360). Students who need disability accommodation should contact Disability Support Services in Building 22, second floor, email or call (360)596-5306. It is the policy of SPSCC that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Students applying for Financial Aid are required to submit a FAFSA application on the web and the SPSCC data sheet. For any questions refer to or email to DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students seeking an Associate Degree to complete a diversity course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for su ch listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class. OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLIANCE STATEMENT: South Puget Sound Community Colleges equal opportunity policy prohibits discrimination in our services and in employment against any person on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability except in the case of a bona fide occupation qualification. South Puget Sound Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: The Nursing Program is rigorous, and our faculty advises that students work no more than 20 hours per week while in the full-time Nursing Program. All nursing courses must be completed with a C or better to continue in and complete the program. Immunizations: Once admitted to the Nursing Program, proof of immunizations must be provided. Two of the three doses of Hepatitis B must have been received before the start of the nursing program. Information regarding healthcare requirements will be provided with offers of admissions from the Nursing Program. Immunization requirements may change based upon clinical site requirements. Background Check: A criminal history clearance is required by state law RCW 43.43.830 to participate in client care at clinical facilities. Some clinical facilities require national background checks as well. Your background check must be cleared in order to continue enrollment in the nursing program. Examples of crimes for which an individual will be denied clearance: Crimes against another person such as murder, manslaughter, assault, rape, sexual abuse, child abandonment or neglect. Conviction within seven years for a crime against property such as first degree offenses including burglary, arson, criminal mischief, robbery, or forgery. An extended history of arrests and convictions demonstrating habitual disregard for societal rules. CPR Card: All students must complete a BLS Health Care Provider Card C (CPR for Health Care Professionals) before the first day of class. The card must be current to meet clinical agreement requirements. New Student Orientation: Students admitted into the program are mandated to attend three days of orientation held prior to the start of the first quarter. Additional information about the orientation will be sent to you after acceptance to the program. During this orientation you will also be taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Essential Skills: SPSCC encourages all interested and qualified individuals to apply to the nursing program and does not discriminate or deny admission to students with disabilities. Nursing students must meet the following essential skills to progress through the program: Ability to grasp scientific concepts, set up and answer basic math & algebra problems. Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment. Verbal and written communication sufficient to effectively interact with clients, peers, and others. Ability to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, remain on feet for extended periods of time, and lift up to 40 pounds. Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Hearing sufficient to monitor and assess clients, e.g., hear heart and breath sounds and use a telephone. Visual acuity and color discrimination sufficient to read fine print, to observe and assess clients, e.g., identify skin tones such as pale, ashen, grey, or bluish. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment, e.g., palpate peripheral pulses. Computer literacy Transfer of Nursing Courses Policies: If you have begun a nursing program at another college and wish to transfer some of the nursing courses you have taken into the South Puget Sound Community College Nursing Program, you will need the following information: Transfer policies refer to students enrolled in state-approved nursing programs. Students may request to transfer into the Nursing Program winter or spring quarter during the first year if space is available. Prospective transfer students must make an appointment to meet with the Associate Dean of Nursing. Students must be in good standing or eligible for re-admission at their former school. Students must have all nursing courses evaluated by the nursing faculty.

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Course BIOL& 241 BIOL& 242 BIOL& 260 CHEM& 121 ENGL& 101 MATH& 146 PSYC& 200



Prerequisites for 1 Year Program Admission

Human A & P 1 ("B+" or better) Human A & P 2 ("B+" or better) Microbiology ("B" or better) Intro to Chemistry ("B" or better) English Composition I ("B" or better) Introduction to Stats ("B" or better) Lifespan Psychology ("B" or better) 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 35



General Education Courses Associate Degree, Practical Nurse Certificate

BIOL& 160 BIOL& 211 Communications Humanities Social Sciences General Biology w/Lab OR Majors Cellular Selected from DTA list Selected from DTA list Selected from DTA list 5 10 5 5 25 2 5 1 1 1 3 3 5 2 1 1 4 5 2 1 1 38 2 5 2 1 1 2 3 5 2 1 1 4 6 2 37


Core Requirements Associate Degree, Practical Nurse Certificate

NURS 111 NURS 112 NURS 113 NURS 114 NURS 115 NURS 116 NURS 121 NURS 122 NURS 123 NURS 124 NURS 125 NURS 131 NURS 132 NURS 133 NURS 134 NURS 135 Integrated Nursing Care I Theory Integrated Nursing Care & Assessment I-Lab/Clinical Integrated Nursing Care I Pharmacology Ethics and Policy in Health Care I Psychosocial Issues in Health Care I Nutrition in Health Care I Interated Nursing Care II Theory Integrated Nursing Care & Assessment II-Lab/Clinical Integrated Nursing II-Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Ethics and Policy in Health Care II Psychosocial Issues in Health Care II Interated Nursing Care III Theory Integrated Nursing Care & Assessment III-Lab/Clinical Integrated Nursing III-Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Ethics and Policy in Health Care III Psychosocial Issues in Health Care III

Placement Math English Reading Official Evaluation Prepared By: Transfer of Credit College/University Credit

Additional Core Requirements - Associate Degree

NURS 211 NURS 212 NURS 213 NURS 214 NURS 215 NURS 216 NURS 221 NURS 222 NURS 223 NURS 224 NURS 225 NURS 231 NURS 232 NURS 233 Integrated Nursing Care IV Theory Integrated Nursing Care & Assessment IV-Lab/Clinical Integrated Nursing IV-Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Ethics and Policy in Health Care IV Psychosocial Issues in Health Care IV Nutrition in Health Care IV Integrated Nursing Care V Theory Integrated Nursing Care & Assessment V-Lab/Clinical Integrated Nrsg V Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Ethics and Policy in Health Care V Psychosocial Issues in Health Care V Nursing Transition Into Proctice Preceptorship Capstone Project









Total Credits Transferred:

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