“When you’re a nurse, you know that everyday you touch a life or a life will touch yours.” WMCC is proud to provide an ACEN accredited, high-quality, comprehensive, student-centered nursing education. During the two-year Registered Nurse program, our expert faculty will prepare you on campus through classroom lectures and our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Off campus clinical rotation experiences also occur throughout the program at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other social service agencies throughout northern New Hampshire.
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.
- Meet college requirements for admission. Please submit all official high school and previous college transcripts to the WMCC Admissions Department.
- Achieve a minimum Total Score of 60.0% or better on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS). Applicants will be allowed three (3) attempts and the test scores are valid for a period of two (2) years. Contact the WMCC admissions office for exam dates and cost.
- 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.
- Two professional references, work or education related.
Applications are not complete until all 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.
Selection is determined by the Nursing Admission Rubric which evaluates applicable college courses and grades, the ATI TEAS score 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.
All students accepted into the Nursing program will:
- Submit required clinical compliance documents, including proof of required immunizations and immunity.
- Possess and maintain personal health insurance.
- Acquire and maintain current Basic Life Support-Healthcare Provider certification.
- Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening.
- 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:
- Has successfully completed a practical nursing program from an accredited school or college.
- Provide evidence of a current unencumbered LPN license and recent practice.
- Meet all college requirements.
- Provide evidence of completion of Anatomy & Physiology I.
- Provide evidence of Human Growth & Development with a C or better.
- Achieve a 77% or better on a drug calculations test.
- Take ATI Practical Nurse Comprehensive Predictor and achieve 68% or better.
- 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.
Transfer into the nursing program may be an option only if there is space available in the program. Transfer requests are evaluated individually based on qualifications and seat availability. Contact the Nursing Program Coordinator for further information.
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.
Please refer to the nursing program’s web page under the Accreditation/Approval tab: https://www.wmcc.edu/program/nursing/
Prior to meeting all program course requirements, matriculated nursing students may be eligible to apply to the NHBON for additional licensure after successful completion (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of “C+”) of the following nursing courses:
- Nursing I: Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
- Nursing III: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
The nursing program maintains RN-BSN articulation agreements with Franklin Pierce University, Granite State College, Rivier University and Southern New Hampshire University providing an opportunity for degree and career advancement.
Program available in Berlin.