Nursing AAS

The Nursing Program is committed to the preparation of caring  professional nurses who employ critical thinking skills and the nursing process  in meeting the human needs of clients in a variety of health care settings.  Students develop competence in the art and science of nursing within an  integrated curriculum which incorporates seminar, classroom, the College  Nursing Laboratory, and clinical experiences. Graduates of this Accreditation  Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC, accredited Nursing  Program are prepared to complete the National Council Licensing Examination -  Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). In addition to practicing as a Registered Nurse,  graduates may also transfer credits to degree programs beyond the Associate in  Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing.

Career Pathway

Accreditation and Approval

    Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    http://acenursing.org/

    The Nursing Program is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of Nursing’s Approved List of Professional Nursing Programs with FULL approval status.
    P.O. Box 2649
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Admission Guidelines

The Nursing Program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Courses required by the Nursing Program curriculum (see Sequence of Courses) are taught throughout the year. Three classes are admitted each academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Changes in the curriculum and admission requirements for the Nursing Program may occur between the time the applicant applies to the College and the time of acceptance into the Nursing Program. Applicants must meet any new requirements for the class in which acceptance is offered.

Admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program is very competitive and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admittance. After submitting the College application, applicants are advised to take non-nursing courses required by the Nursing Program curriculum (see Sequence of Courses) prior to submitting the online Petition for Admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program. The online Petition for Admission demonstrates the applicant’s attainment of the Nursing Program Special Admission Requirements and Sequence One courses (see Sequence of Courses). Admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program is highly competitive and is based on a point system and ranking procedure. Points are awarded based on place of permanent residence, number of required Nursing Program courses completed, courses completed at Montgomery County Community College, courses completed successfully on the first attempt, course grades, score on the admission exam, length of time at the college, course grades, and the date of application. A Total Point Score is derived for each applicant and used in ranking applicants who submit a completed online Petition for Admission for a given admission cycle. The website https://mc3.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-sciences/nursing provides a link to the online Petition for Admission and more detailed admission guidelines and procedures. To learn more about the Nursing Program, call 215-641-6551 (Central Campus) or 610-718-1906 (West Campus) for dates and location of Nursing Information Sessions. *Students may petition for admission to the clinical component of the nursing program a total of three times. Students who are unsuccessful in their petition for admission to the clinical component greater than three times are encouraged to meet with a career advisor in the Student Success Center.

Due to class size limitations, the College does not guarantee continuous enrollment between non-clinical courses and nursing clinical courses: i.e., A student may complete the required non-nursing courses and have to wait a period of time until there is space available in nursing clinical courses.

Progression in Nursing

Candidates for the A.A.S. Degree in Nursing may progress within the program and be recommended to the PA State Board of Nursing for licensure and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN examination if the following requirements have been met:

  1. Minimum grades of “C” in all nursing and related science courses.
  2. Complete each sequence of the Nursing Program curriculum as identified under Sequence of Courses.
  3. Complete all sequences of the Nursing Program curriculum within eight semesters from the date of first enrollment in the Program’s clinical component.
  4. Demonstrate consistent safe clinical practice.
  5. Abide by the policies and procedures outline in the Nursing Student Handbook.
  6. A student may only repeat two courses with an NUR prefix. Should a student need to repeat a third NUR course, they will be dismissed from the program. (As per the Nursing Student Handbook a student may request to repeat a third NUR course, permission will be given on an individual basis based on safe clinical performance and recommendation by a faculty committee)

Note: A student who withdraws from the clinical component of the Nursing Program and seeks readmission at a later date must successfully complete the requirements in effect when readmitted.

Licensure Considerations

The PA State Board of Nursing may refuse, suspend or revoke any license in any case where the Board shall find that the applicant...

  • Has been convicted or has pleaded guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere or has been found guilty by a judge or jury of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, or has received probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition in the disposition of felony charges, in courts of this Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or country;
  • Has committed fraud or deceit in securing admission to the practice of nursing or to the College’s Nursing Program;
  • Is unable to practice professional nursing with reasonable skill and safety to clients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition or physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination, so long as such dependence shall continue. For a complete list of reasons why the PA State Board of Nursing may refuse a professional nursing license to an applicant, refer to section 14 of the Professional Nurse Laws P.L. 651, No. 99. All questions related to licensure are to be directed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
    State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649.

 

Admission

Special Admission Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program must present credentials in accordance with the following requirements:
A. Submit a completed College application indicating Nursing as the intended major (Pre-Nursing)
B. Submit high school transcript or GED score. Applicants must have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units including:

  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra, with a grade of "C" or better).
  • 2 units of science (1 unit of biology and 1 unit of chemistry with a minimum grade of “C”) with related laboratory or equivalent. Applicants without high school biology and/or chemistry can satisfy this requirement by completing BIO 121 and/or CHE 121 with a grade of “C” or better.

C. In addition, one of the following must also be submitted:

  1. ACT score composite of a minimum of 18
  2. SAT score of a minimum of 1000
  3. College transcript indicating at least eight (8) credits of lab science courses with a minimum grade of “B” in each course and six (6) credits selected from the Nursing curriculum with an overall minimum recalculated grade point average of 2.5.

D. Complete all science courses within 10 years prior to enrollment in the first nursing clinical course, except Anatomy and Physiology I & II, which must be completed within 5 years of enrollment.
E. Take the College’s Placement Tests in English, Mathematics, and Reading and complete any required developmental courses with a grade of “C” or better.
F. Complete the Admission Exam for Nursing (student is responsible for payment of the exam prior to completing the exam). The exam assesses the student’s ability to meet the rigor of the nursing program and assesses the students' abilities in: math, English, reading, language and science. A minimum score must be obtained for admission. Students may complete the Admission Exam for Nursing a total of two times for each admission cycle. Students may take the exam twice per admission cycle, with a minimum of 30 days between exam attempts.
G.  Submit official college transcripts for credit evaluation before registering for any course at the College.

  1. Any student interested in transferring to the College’s nursing or pre-nursing program from another academic institution must submit their application and official transcripts by the following dates, students who miss the deadline will need to wait until the following semester to register for classes and/or petition for admission to the nursing program;

    • Fall Admission- March 1
    • Spring Admission- August 1
    • Summer Admission- November 1
  1. Students may submit transcripts even if courses are still in progress. Please note that the student must submit an updated transcript with completed course grades no later than one week prior to the course start date. Failure to submit an updated transcript by the course start date will result in the student losing their seat in the class, the student will then need to register for the class the following semester.
  2. Transfer students are also required to complete and submit a “Transfer Form”.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  1. Applicants considered for advanced standing include transfer students who were in good standing from collegiate professional nursing programs or diploma nursing programs, and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). All advanced standing applicants must submit documents for credit evaluation and determination of placement in the Nursing Program. (See G above for deadlines for transcript submission and other transfer requirements)
  2.  Advanced standing applicants must meet all Special Admission Requirements and have successfully completed the equivalent of all courses in Sequences 1 and 2 of the Nursing Program curriculum.
  3. Complete the Advanced Standing Placement Exam in the Testing Center.
  4. Applicants submit a completed Petition for Advanced Standing Admission https://mc3.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-sciences/nursing). Admissions for advanced standing applicants is on a space available basis.
  5. LPN applicants:
  1. Must have graduated from a Practical Nurse Program and hold an unencumbered licensure as a practical nurse.
  2. Submit LPN transcript and any other college transcripts.
  3. Receive credit for NUR 110.
  4. Must complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 131, BIO 132). A minimum score of “B” may be used to meet Special Admission Requirements (8 credits of lab science courses with a minimum “B” grade in each course).
  5. Before registering for NUR 050, Nursing Role Transition, schedule the Nursing Placement Test for LPNs by calling 215-641-6646. 
  6. Before Petitioning for admission complere the TEAS exam (Beginning with the May petition cycle for Fall 2017 admission).

    Note: All Sequence 3 courses must be completed prior to enrollment in NUR 211.

Program

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance to the clinical component of the Nursing Program, students are required to:

  1. Attend the mandatory Nursing Program Orientation.
  2. Purchase student liability insurance annually (approx. $35).
  3. Purchase the Nursing Program uniform, uniform lab coat, shoes, name pin (approx. $300). Note: no ear gauges, piercings other than the ear lobe, or visible tattoos are permitted while in uniform.
  4. Purchase nursing laboratory supplies (approx. $55).
  5. Assume all responsibilities for transportation to and from the healthcare agency to which they are assigned for clinical experience.
  6. Have a physical examination, which includes, but is not limited to; documentation of selected vaccinations, a urine drug screen, and a test for tuberculosis, within six months prior to entering the Nursing Program’s clinical component and annually thereafter. Students with a positive ppd will be required to have the Quantiferon Gold test for Tb.
  7. Maintain current CPR certification until the completion of clinical nursing courses by passing American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider
  8. Submit documentation of an Annual Influenza Vaccination.
  9. Submit application for Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Clearance and PA Criminal Record Check annually (approx. $75.).  NOTE: a Child Abuse History, Criminal Record and/or an FBI Record may exclude the student from participation in the clinical component of the Nursing Program, or from taking the NCLEX exam as regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Students with a positive criminal background are required to meet with the Director of the Nursing Program prior to starting the clinical component of the program.
  10. Complete summative standardized examinations during and at the completion of the Nursing Program (approx. $50 each).
  11. Attend a Mandatory NCLEX review course (approx.. $300)

Philosophy

Philosophy

The Nursing Program subscribes to the Mission and Philosophy statement of Montgomery County Community College. The Nursing faculty has developed and adheres to the following beliefs.

A person is an individual in interaction with the environment. Within this environment, bio-psycho-social-spiritual requirements are necessary for survival and well-being and are known as needs. Health is a homeostatic process which integrates these multiple needs across a wellness-illness continuum. Health involves the ability of the individual to balance internal and external factors to achieve an optimal level of wellness. When this balance is disturbed, a health need may occur.

Nursing is a dynamic process which is both an art and a science. It utilizes critical thinking in the application of knowledge and skills within the context of a professional, caring relationship. Nursing is unique in its ability to provide a comprehensive view of client health needs which requires collaboration with the client and health care team and coordination of available resources. It focuses on human responses to actual and/or potential health needs by utilizing the nursing process and involves a holistic, goal-oriented approach which is adaptive to the needs of the individual, family and community.

The role of the associate degree nurse within the framework of nursing is to provide comprehensive care to diverse clients in a variety of healthcare delivery systems, grounded in evidenced-based practice. The associate degree nurse demonstrates the knowledge, skills, competencies and values inherent in three essential roles: member within the profession of nursing, provider of care, and manager of care.

The teaching-learning process is an interactive process between a teacher and one or more learners in which specific learning objectives or desired behavior changes are achieved. The faculty believe in the concept of a career-ladder approach to nursing education, allowing multiple potential entry points in academic preparation. This preparation should include a core of courses where the student is introduced to the arts and sciences as well as to basic nursing skills and knowledge. Faculty are committed to the idea that the education of the associate degree nurse should be accomplished in institutions of higher education where a balanced distribution exists between nursing and non-nursing courses. This milieu allows students and teachers from multiple disciplines and diverse backgrounds to interact in an atmosphere conducive to learning. In implementing this belief, the nursing faculty established protocols which expedite the movement of practical nurses into advanced standing in the associate degree program, and agreements with colleges/universities that facilitate graduates' progress in their further education.

Curriculum

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the program, each graduate will be able to

  1. Integrate critical thinking when incorporating knowledge from the sciences and humanities in the delivery of nursing to clients.
  2. Utilize the nursing process in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan.
  3. Implement the roles of the associate degree nurse in a variety of healthcare delivery systems.
  4. Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.

Curriculum

Courses in the Nursing major are listed in sequential order. Some courses are required prior to taking other courses. In those cases where a non-nursing course (courses with a prefix other than NUR) is listed in a given sequence, it must be taken with or prior to the Nursing course listed in the same sequence.

Sequence 1 - Prior to Petitioning for Admission to the Nursing Program Clinical Component

BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
MAT 106 Math Applications* 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
NUR 106 Concepts of Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 3
(13 credit hours)

Sequence 2 - After Acceptance to the Nursing Program Clinical Component

BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology  3
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing* (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
(15 credit hours)

Prior to Admission to the Nursing Program Clinical Component for Advanced Standing into Sequence 3 or 4

NUR 050 Nursing Role Transition (grade of "Pass" required) (this course does not yield credits toward the degree) 3

Sequence 3

BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
PSY 206 Human Development- A Life-Span Approach 3
NUR 112 Nursing Care of Clients with Uncomplicated Health Care Needs* (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
(15 credit hours)

Sequence 4

ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 211 Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs
(minimum grade of "C" required)
8
(14 credit hours)

Sequence 5

Elective Core Goal 6 and Core Goal 7: combined course 3
NUR 212 Nursing Management of Client Care (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 213 Professional Issues in Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 2
(13 credit hours)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT: 70

* If a student tests out of MAT 106, it is strongly suggested that student takes MAT 131 Introduction to Stat I
**

Strongly recommended that 6-week summer science courses NOT be taken concurrently with summer clinical nursing courses.

Note:
  • In order to maximize the student’s learning there are times when course requirements may necessitate irregular scheduling, adjustments in section assignments, or changes in placement for clinical experience. Students will be informed of any changes as promptly as possible.
  • Students may repeat two NUR courses. Should a student need to repeat a third NUR course, they will be dismissed from the program. (As per the Nursing Student Handbook a student may request to repeat a third NUR course, permission will be given on an individual basis based on safe clinical performance and recommendation by a faculty committee)

Revised: 11/16, 8/16, 6/16, 3/16, 10/13, 5/11, 2/11, 7/10, 2/07

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