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 three 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+ (76.67) 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 clinical 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 2015 NCLEX-RN pass rate for the WMCC nursing program is 92.86%. The 2015 alumni 12-month employment rate is 93%. Due to the brief hiatus in 2014, at which time the nursing program underwent a complete overhaul and redesign, there were no program graduates in 2016.
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:
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1. Meet college requirements for admission.
2. Achieve a Total Score of 58.7% (Proficient) or better on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS). 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. Two professional references, work or education related.
4. Applications are not complete until all of the above-mentioned documents are in place. To qualify for early admission, applications must be completed by February 1st. If there is remaining availability after this review, applications completed by April 1st will be considered for admission.
5. Science courses must have been completed within five (5) years from beginning the Nursing courses. Transfer credits will only be awarded for grades of C+ or better for Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology. For Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology courses more than five (5) years old but less than eight (8), the student may take the corresponding Excelsior College exam and be given credit if they receive a C+ or better. Please contact the Nursing Program Department Chairperson for further information regarding this option.
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 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 clinical simulation supplies.
Admitted students will receive an information packet with specific details regarding program requirements.
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. Has successfully completed a practical nursing program from an accredited school or college.
2. Provide evidence of a current unencumbered LPN license and recent practice.
3. Meet all college requirements.
4. Provide evidence of Anatomy & Physiology I with a C+ or better.
5. Provide evidence of Human Growth & Development with a C or better.
6. Achieve a 77% or better on a drug calculations test.
7. Take ATI Practical Nurse Comprehensive Predictor and achieve 68% or better.
8. Demonstrate competency in specified skills such as: assessment including vital signs, medication administration, and sterile technique.
A meeting with the Nursing Program Department Chairperson 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. Readmission requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, must occur within one year of exiting the program and are contingent upon space availability. Students who have failed a Nursing course because of unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are NOT eligible for readmission to the nursing program. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. In order to be reconsidered for admission, the applicant must:
• Submit a written letter requesting admission to the Nursing Program Department Chairperson. The letter should include a brief outline of the reason(s) you were previously unable to continue in the program, identify which course you are requesting readmission to and your plan for successful completion of the program.
Students who have applied for readmission will be ranked according to their Nursing course average. As space availability is determined, students will be readmitted based on their ranking order. Students will then be notified of the status of their request, by Admissions.
WMCC offers pathways to Bachelor’s and/or 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 Program Department Chairperson.
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:
- The ability to perform full range of motion of body joints, fine motor movements of the hands, and the ability to use proper body mechanics.
- The ability to elicit information from patients by palpitation, auscultation, percussion and other assessment maneuvers.
- 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, turning clients, providing hygienic care, assisting patients in activities of daily living and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- The ability to use lifting equipment appropriately and safely.
- The ability to push or pull an occupied wheelchair, cart or gurney on a daily basis.
- 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.
- 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.
- The ability to closely examine images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment.
- The ability to observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing nursing assessment and intervention or administering medications.
- The ability to use spoken and written English to communicate in a coherent manner with individuals of all professions and societal levels.
- 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.
- 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.
- The ability to utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families.
- The ability to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.
- The ability to recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect one's perceptions and relationships with others.
- The ability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways.
- The ability to learn and abide by professional standards of practice.
- 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.
- The ability to maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels.
- The ability to adapt effectively to changing environments, especially those with high tension levels.
- The ability to respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies.
The Nursing program at White Mountains Community College achieved Candidate Status in June of 2017 through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
|Level 1 First Year|
|BIOL114W||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3||2||4|
|NURS110W||Nursing Success Seminar||1||0||1|
|PSYC112W||Human Growth & Development||3||0||3|
|BIO115W||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3||2||4|
|Total for Year||33|
|Level 2 Second Year|
|HUMA212W||Legal and Ethical Issues||3||0||3|
|MATHW||Mathematics (Statistics recommended)||4||0||4|
|Total for Year||36|
|Total for A.S. Degree||69|