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Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, student-centered nursing education. The fundamental focus exemplifies current clinical and educational evidence-based practice, which enables students to provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Student Outcomes

  • Demonstrate well-planned safe and effective culturally-appropriate patient-centered care using the nursing process.
  • Utilize the principles of communication, engagement, caring, presence, accountability and service within a legal and ethical framework.
  • Practice collaboratively within nursing and with multi-professional health care providers.
  • Incorporate best current evidence-based practice in the planning and implementation of care for optimal health and wellness.
  • Utilize healthcare systems resources to plan, organize and deliver care.
  • Interact effectively with patients, families and colleagues using therapeutic communication.
  • Demonstrate accountability and professionalism in the nursing role using legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.
  • Participate in leadership and spirit of inquiry that contribute to lifelong learning, professional growth, and the body of nursing knowledge.

Program Purpose

The nursing program prepares students to provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities in acute, long-term, ambulatory, mental health, and other structured 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 a grade of “Pass” in clinical to continue in the program.

Admission Requirements

  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 (per ATI Policy).  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 Coordinator for further information regarding this option.

Selection Criteria

Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on applicable college courses and grades, the ATI TEAS scores and references. Qualified students who are not accepted in the 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. Students desiring admission in the future must reapply.

Upon Acceptance

All students accepted into the Nursing program will:

  1. Submit required clinical compliance documents, including proof of required immunizations and immunity.
  2. Possess and maintain personal health insurance.
  3. Acquire 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 fee each semester. Additionally, students will pay a nursing resource fee to cover the cost of computer assisted learning and assessments as well as clinical simulation supplies.

LPN to RN Completion Option

Licensed Practical Nurses wishing to advance their education and complete their Associate of Science in Nursing may transfer into 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 completion of Anatomy & Physiology I.
  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 Coordinator is highly encouraged to ensure the student is prepared for entry into the second semester of the first year.

Transferring Into NURS112W

Transfer into NURS112W is an option only if there is space available in the program. Returning WMCC nursing students have priority. In order to be considered for transfer from another nursing program, students must: have permission of the Nursing Program Department Chairperson and have successfully completed (a minimum course grade C+) a Nursing Fundamentals course within a year of transferring.

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.

Program Accreditation:

The nursing program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and achieved Accreditation Candidate Status in June of 2017 through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp

Employment & Advanced Educational Opportunities

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:

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-2323 or https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing

The nursing program maintains articulation agreements with colleges and universities throughout New England. Further information can be obtained from the Nursing Program Coordinator.

Program Outcomes

The 2017 NCLEX-RN pass rate for the WMCC nursing program is 100%.  The 2017 alumni employment rate is >95%

Technical Standards

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. WMCC must ensure that patient safety is not compromised by students during learning experiences. Therefore, the student is expected to demonstrate emotional stability and exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and appropriate interpersonal relationships with peers, staff and patients and their families.

The following technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the profession of nursing. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards must contact the Nursing Program Department Coordinator to discuss individual cases.

  • Adequate strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: manual dexterity to operate and handle equipment, moving and transfer of patients; and performing CPR.
  • Adequate hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals and telephone conversations.
  • Adequate visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment and interpret data; visual acuity sufficient to ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print/writing and calibrations.
  • Adequate speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas verbally and non-verbally and to interact clearly and logically with patients, family members, physicians, peers and other medical personnel.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, respond appropriately in emergencies or unexpected situations and to cope with variations in workload and stress levels.
  • Ability to maintain mature effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.

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 First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
BIOL114W Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
NURS110W Nursing Success Seminar 1 0 1
NURS111W Nursing I 4 12 8
PSYC112W Human Growth & Development 3 0 3
  Semester Total 11 14 16
 
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
BIO115W Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 4
ENGL120W College Composition 4 0 4
NUR112W Nursing II 5 12 9
  Semester Total 12 14 17
  Total for Year     33
Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
BIOL211W Microbiology 3 2 4
NURS210W Nursing III 5 15 10
PSYC111W Psychology 3 0 3
  Semester Total 11 17 17
         
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
HUMA212W Legal and Ethical Issues 3 0 3
NURS214W Nursing IV 4 15 9
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Mathematics (Statistics recommended) 4 0 4
  Semester Total 14 15 19
  Total for Year     36
  Total for A.S. Degree     69