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Nursing RN Option Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAS-T Degree

Associate Degree in Nursing
Associate in Applied Science - T Degree

Graduates of this program are educated in the duties and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code.

The program is designed to meet the needs of LPNs who desire additional education to progress to the role of a Registered Nurse. The student will receive the AAS-T degree upon successful completion of all prerequisites, nursing courses, and general educational courses required. Students must receive a “B-” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. After receiving the degree, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

The RN Option program complies with all the guidelines set forth in WAC 246-840-575. The curriculum contains theory and clinical experiences in the areas of medical/surgical nursing, obstetric nursing, nursing of children, and psychiatric nursing. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for students to have direct involvement in and accountability for nursing care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for the student to demonstrate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care of diverse individuals and groups.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

All prerequisites must be completed before you apply.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Application Process

There is often an extensive waitlist. Applications are accepted as space allows. Please check the college website for updated information.

Physical Activity Requirements

This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations.

Employability Requirements

Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure.

Program Length

This four-quarter program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

Admission Dates

Fall quarter.

This is a full-time evening program with clinical rotations on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday). The preceptorship could happen during evenings and/or weekends.

No part-time option is currently available. This is an academically rigorous program that requires a high degree of ability to read, understand and critically think about and apply complex concepts in order to provide quality patient care. Students can expect 3-4 hours per week per class for homework and study (e.g., 15-20 hours a week for five classes) in addition to actual class time. It is strongly recommended that students not work more than 20 hours a week while in the nursing program to allow for adequate study time.

Prerequisites

CPTC courses with an “&” in the course name are transferable to other Washington State educational institutions. Students must complete the following:
(1) General education courses
(2) Certifications
(3) Required immunizations

1. General educational courses: Students must receive a grade of B (3.0) or higher in the following required prerequisite courses:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition (5 Cr.)
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 and (5 Cr.)
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 (5 Cr.)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (developmental psychology) (5 Cr.)
  • CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry (5 Cr.)
  • And one of the following math courses: MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I, or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics, or MATH& 151 Calculus I.

Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language is required.

2. Certifications and background check(s): The student must have an active, unrestricted LPN license in Washington State and 500 hours of verified employment experience as an LPN. Students are required to pass a national and local background check with a result of No Record on File. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must maintain a current CPR for the Healthcare Provider training that includes adult, child, infant, and AED under the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Online CPR courses are not accepted.

3. Documentation of Immunizations: Documentation will be required by June 25 of the year the student is expected to start.

Immunization requirements are based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies and may change. Please check the college website for current requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NURS 204PN to RN Transition1
NURS 229Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare2
NURS 231Nursing Concepts IV3
NURS 239Nursing Concepts IV Lab3
NURS 243Nursing Concepts V4
NURS 244Ethics and Policy in Healthcare2
NURS 245Nursing Concepts VI4
NURS 246Nursing Concepts VI Clinical3
NURS 248Nursing Concepts VII3
NURS 250Nursing Concepts VIII4
NURS 252CAPPractical Capstone4
NURS 254Nursing Concepts IX4
 Technical Credits37

PN to RN Transition

Item #
NURS 204
Total Credits
1

This is a self-paced course that offers the introduction to the transition process of the Licensed Practical Nurse to the Registered Nurse student.   Students will be provided an opportunity to remediate on skills and knowledge learned in Practical Nurse training.  Students will be introduced to the scope of practice decision tree. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in identified practical nurse skills and knowledge before continuing into the RN program.

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
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Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare

Item #
NURS 229
Total Credits
2

Utilizes a concept based approach and focuses on the emotional, mental and social well-being of the client, throughout the life span within a diverse population.

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.
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Nursing Concepts IV

Item #
NURS 231
Total Credits
3

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on assessment, clinical decision making, evidence based practice, and managing care.

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.
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Nursing Concepts IV Lab

Item #
NURS 239
Total Credits
3

Utilizes a concept based approach to learn, practice and demonstrate competency on identified nursing skills within the scope of practice for the Registered Nurse. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.
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Nursing Concepts V

Item #
NURS 243
Total Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on provision of comfort, mobility, health wellness and illness, safety, development and elimination.

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NURS 204.
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Ethics and Policy in Healthcare

Item #
NURS 244
Total Credits
2

Utilizes a concept based approach to address ethical issues and policies in healthcare.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.
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Nursing Concepts VI

Item #
NURS 245
Total Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts of infection, inflammation and immunity.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.
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Nursing Concepts VI Clinical

Item #
NURS 246
Total Credits
3

Provides the student with opportunities to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of basic nursing care and comfort of clients, with acute and chronic illnesses, pharmacological, and parenteral therapies and pain management.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.
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Nursing Concepts VII

Item #
NURS 248
Total Credits
3

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: reproduction, tissue integrity, oxygenation, and perioperative care.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 229, NURS 231, NURS 239, and NURS 243.
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Nursing Concepts VIII

Item #
NURS 250
Total Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: perfusion, digestion, acid based balance, fluid and electrolytes and metabolism.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246 and NURS 248.
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Practical Capstone

Item #
NURS 252CAP
Total Credits
4

Provides the student with an opportunity to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of care, within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse, in a mentored clinical experience.  Each student will be assigned a preceptor to work with for a minimum of 145 hours. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246 and NURS 248.
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Nursing Concepts IX

Item #
NURS 254
Total Credits
4

Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues.  The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: intracranial regulation, sensory perception, thermoregulation and cellular regulation.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 244, NURS 245, NURS 246 and NURS 248.
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This page was last updated on March 11, 2016.