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In accordance with the mission of the college, the mission of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, student-centered nursing education, with a fundamental focus on current clinical and educational evidence-based practice which enables students to provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. The nursing faculty believes this should happen in an environment of civility, collegiality and mutual respect. The nursing education program provides an avenue for students to achieve career and life goals through the application of knowledge, critical thinking, clinical judgment and interpersonal skills necessary to practice as a registered nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Plan and provide holistic, safe, effective and culturally appropriate care via the nursing process, through shared decision making to a diverse population throughout the lifespan recognizing the individuals’ beliefs, values and preferences and utilizing the principles of communication, engagement, caring, presence, accountability and service within a legal and ethical framework.
2.  Practice collaboratively and effectively within nursing and multi-professional health care providers using principles of communication, leadership and delegation across the disciplines to influence teambuilding and establish shared goals.
3.  Integrates and applies best current evidence based practice in the planning of care for optimal health and wellness outcomes and use these outcomes to improve quality and safety of nursing and healthcare systems.
4.  Utilize healthcare systems resources to plan, organize and deliver care within those systems and subsystems, maximizing access and utilization of available information and technology to provide comprehensive care while minimizing risk of harm.
5.  Interact effectively with patients, families and colleagues using therapeutic communication skills, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to minimize conflict, enhance patient satisfaction and optimize outcomes.
6.  Demonstrate accountability and professionalism in the nursing role using legal, ethical, regulatory and humanistic principles and participate in leadership and spirit of inquiry that contribute to lifelong learning, professional growth and the body of nursing knowledge.

Program Description

The nursing program at WMCC prepares students to provide direct care to patients, in acute, long-term, ambulatory and mental health settings. The program consists of nursing, science and general education courses. Nursing courses include classroom, simulation lab and clinical experiences. Learning experiences and clinical practical may vary in time and locations.

The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classroom and clinical components of the nursing program must be completed concurrently. All nursing courses must be completed within four years from the date of entry into the first nursing course.

Students admitted into the nursing program must take nursing courses in sequence, and must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (77.67) in all major theory and science courses (Nursing, A&P I/II, and Microbiology), and a C (73.33) in all other general education program requirements, as well as achieve Pass/Satisfactory in both simulation lab and clinical courses to continue in the program.  

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Prior to meeting all program course requirements, students may be eligible to apply to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing for additional licensure after the successful completion of Nursing I (LNA) and Nursing III (LPN).   

The New Hampshire State Board of Nursing may restrict licensing of candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal action.  Questions about licensing restriction should be addressed to:

121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: 603-271-2323


Program Outcomes

1. The first-time pass rate for nursing graduates is equivalent to, or exceeds the national pass rate for first-time takers.
2.  Seventy percent (70%) of students who begin the sequence of nursing education courses will complete the program within 3 years.
3. Ninety percent (90%) of graduates will express satisfaction with their educational preparation through qualitative and quantitative measures at six and twelve months after graduation.
4.  Ninety-five percent (95 %) of graduates’ employers will express satisfaction with graduates’ preparation for the workplace through qualitative and quantitative measures at six and twelve months after graduation.
5.  Within six months of graduation seventy percent (70%) of graduates will be employed as Registered Nurses and ninety percent (90%) of graduates will be employed as Registered Nurses at twelve months after graduation.

Admission Requirements

1.   Meet college requirements for admission.

2.   Successfully complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Version V, with the minimum adjusted individual scores of:  Reading 73.8; Math 70.0; Science 52.1; English and Language Usage 63.3.  Students are allowed to test every six weeks but no more than three times in a calendar year.  Test scores are valid for a period of two (2) years. The cost of the TEAS is $70.

3.   Provide the admissions office with documented credit for high school biology with lab, Algebra I and chemistry with lab, with a minimum grade of C. The high school requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Department Chair if the student has completed college level course work in Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology and/or Mathematics with a C+ or better.

4.   Submit a one page essay answering the question: Why do I want to become a nurse?

5.     Submit an admissions application that is complete when all of the above-mentioned documents are in place. A review of all completed applications will begin in February. Nursing program applications must be complete by December 31 to be considered for early acceptance in the fall class. If the class is not filled when the review is complete, we will continue to accept completed applications and conduct a second review during the spring semester.

6.     Science courses must have been completed within the previous 5 years. Transfer credits will only be awarded for grades of C+ or better for Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology.

7.     Candidates who do not meet admissions requirements may be evaluated on an individual basis for evidence of competence based on recent college level academic performance.

*Applicants who have been former nursing students please note that the Nursing Department Chairperson will contact the former nursing program to verify that the student left in good standing.

Call the Admissions Office for more information on the Excelsior College Exam or for a schedule of courses.

All students who are accepted into the Nursing program will:

1.     Submit a completed health record, including proof of required immunizations.

2.     Provide proof of health insurance.

3.     Obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support-Healthcare Provider certification.

4.     Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening.

5.     Purchase lab supplies, course materials, liability insurance and program uniform. Pay the nursing clinical surcharge of $350 per semester.  Additionally, students will pay a nursing resource fee to cover the cost of computer-based learning and assessment as well as lab supplies.

6.    All incoming nursing students will be required to take and pass a math competency as a clinical prerequisite. If the student does not pass the math competency with a minimum of 85%, they will not be allowed in clinical and therefor will be removed from the nursing program.

*The above criteria (#1-4) must be completed prior to the first day of class.

LPN to RN Completion Pathway

Licensed Practical Nurses wishing to advance their education and complete their Associate of Science in Nursing may enter the second semester of the nursing program pending seat availability after meeting the following criteria:

1.     Have a current valid LPN license

2.     Meet all college and program admission requirements

3.     Achieve a Level 2 on the ATI Fundamentals Proctored Assessment

4.     Complete ATI Drug Calculations Modules and score ≥85% on the drug calculations test.

5.     Taken all prerequisites and general education courses required at point of entry.

6.     Prove competency in specified skills such as; assessment including vital signs, medication administration, and sterile technique.

A meeting with the Nursing Department Chair is highly encouraged to ensure the student is prepared for entry into the second semester of the first year.

Nursing Readmission Policy

Students matriculated in the Nursing program who withdraw or do not achieve the required minimum grade and are not able to continue in the Nursing program may be eligible for readmission consideration.  Students who have failed a nursing course due to a clinical unsatisfactory may be readmitted at the discretion of the program Department Chairperson. Readmissions are contingent upon space availability and are limited to one time. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Readmission is contingent upon successful completion of clinical skills competencies and the students’ written plan for successful completion of the program.

Transfer Opportunities

WMCC offers pathways to a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing through its partnership with many colleges and universities throughout New England. Further information regarding application and transfer guidelines can be obtained from the Nursing Department Chairperson.

Technical Standards

Essential Qualifications of Nursing Students

All students in the WMCC Nursing program must be able to perform diverse, complex, and specific functions and skills. Technical and professional standards for nursing are essential duties which speak to a student’s ability to participate and be successful in the nursing program. These attributes include but are not limited to personal and professional skills, physical agility, medical safety and other requirements that individuals must possess in order to be eligible for satisfactory completion of the program of study as well as for the desired field of nursing. The qualifications established by the faculty include but are not limited to the following essential technical standards:


  1. The ability to perform full range of motion of body joints, fine motor movements of the hands, and the ability to stoop and bend.
  2. The ability to elicit information from patients by palpitation, auscultation, percussion and other assessment maneuvers.
  3. The ability to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to patients in all health care settings including emergency treatment: e.g. transferring, lifting and turning clients, providing hygienic care, assisting patients in activities of daily living and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  4. The ability to lift up to 40 pounds of weight on a daily basis.
  5. The ability to carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds on a daily basis.
  6. The ability to push or pull an occupied wheelchair, cart or gurney on a daily basis.


  1. The ability to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. This requires intact, functional use of the senses of vision and hearing.
  2. The ability to perceive the signs of disease and infection as manifested through physical examination, including from images of the body surfaces, palpable changes in various organs and tissues, and auditory information.
  3. The ability to closely examine images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment.
  4. The ability to observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing nursing assessment and intervention or administering medications.
  5. The ability to use spoken and written English to communicate in a coherent manner with individuals of all professions and societal levels.
  6. The ability to convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems presented; explain alternative solutions; and give directions during treatment and post-treatment.
  7. The ability to process and communicate information on the patient’s status with accuracy in a timely manner to members of the health care team.


  1. The ability to utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly completes all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families.
  2. The ability to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.
  3. The ability to recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect ones perceptions and relationships with others.
  4. The ability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways.
  5. The ability to learn and abide by professional standards of practice.
  6. The ability to engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all patient populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised patients, and vulnerable adults.
  7. The ability to maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels.
  8. The ability to adapt effectively to changing environments, especially those with high tension levels.
  9. The ability to respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies.
Level 1 First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
BNUR110 Nursing Success Seminar 1 0 1
BNUR111 Nursing I 4 12 8
BPSY112 Human Growth & Development 3 0 3
BBIO114 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  Semester Total     16
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
BNUR112 Nursing II 5 12 9
BBIO115 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 4
BENG120 College Composition 4 0 4
  Semester Total     17
  Total for Year     33
Level 2 Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
BNUR211 Nursing III 5 15 10
BBIO211 Microbiology 3 2 4
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
  Semester Total     17
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
BNUR212 Nursing IV 4 15 9
BHUM212 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 0 3
BENG English Elective 3 0 3
BMAT Mathematics (Statistics recommended) 4 0 4
  Semester Total     19
  Total for Year     36
  Total for A.S. Degree     69

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