Academic Catalog

Nursing RN Option Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAS-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 202Pharmacology I3
NURS 206Pharmacology II3
NURS 207Complex Medical Surgical I3
NURS 212Caring for Women & the Childbearing Family4
NURS 217Client Care: Management Practice I4
NURS 219Complex Medical Surgical II3
NURS 220Caring for the Complex Pediatric Patient4
NURS 223Complex Medical Surgical III3
NURS 228Complex Physical Assessment and Skills6
NURS 230Complex Mental Health Nursing4
NURS 238CAPCapstone Clinical5
NURS 240Perspectives in Professional Nursing3
NURS 242Client Care: Management in Practice II5
 Technical Credits50

Pharmacology I

Item #
NURS 202
Total Credits
3

Examines the nursing process as it relates to pharmacology. Basic math skills necessary for safe dosage calculation are reviewed. Course includes pharmacology principles, drug action, interaction, adverse effects and legal considerations. Nursing implications of drug classifications are emphasized. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
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Pharmacology II

Item #
NURS 206
Total Credits
3

Examines the nursing process as it relates to pharmacology. Addresses groups of medicines related to patient diagnosis. Nursing implications of pharmacological interventions are emphasized.

Prerequisites
NURS 202, NURS 207 and NURS 228.
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Complex Medical Surgical I

Item #
NURS 207
Total Credits
3

Using a conceptual framework of systems, review course focuses on the principles of nursing process in relation to complex medical/surgical issues related to selected physiological systems in a diverse population. This course will include the differentiation of role between LPN and RN. This course provides the foundations of critical thinking, the change process, role transition, and provides further knowledge on the nursing process. The student is introduced to the concept of the RN as provider of care, manager of care and professional member of an organization.

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
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Caring for Women & the Childbearing Family

Item #
NURS 212
Total Credits
4

Focuses comprehensively on the family-centered approach to maternal and newborn care through the continuum of women’s health, using cognitive analytical skills, applying culturally diverse concepts, identifying evidence-based practice and using contemporary theories. 

Prerequisites
NURS 206, NURS 217, NURS 219 and NURS 230.
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Client Care: Management Practice I

Item #
NURS 217
Total Credits
4

Provides the opportunity to examine and evaluate current clinical experiences and competencies in the acute hospital setting of adult and pediatric clients. 

Prerequisites
NURS 202, NURS 207 and NURS 228.
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Complex Medical Surgical II

Item #
NURS 219
Total Credits
3

Using a conceptual framework of systems review, this course focuses on the principles of nursing process in relation to complex medical/surgical issues related to selected physiological systems in a diverse population.

Prerequisites
NURS 202, NURS 207 and NURS 228.
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Caring for the Complex Pediatric Patient

Item #
NURS 220
Total Credits
4

Focuses on care of the pediatric patient from infancy through adolescence. Emphasizes health assessment and promotion with consideration given to cultural perspectives and perspectives of the individual, family and community. Definitions of health and quality of life issues are discussed. 

Prerequisites
NURS 212, NURS 223 and NURS 242.
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Complex Medical Surgical III

Item #
NURS 223
Total Credits
3

Using a conceptual framework of systems review, course focuses on the principles of nursing process in relation to complex medical/surgical issues related to selected physiological systems in a diverse population.

Prerequisites
NURS 206, NURS 217, NURS 219 and NURS 230.
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Complex Physical Assessment and Skills

Item #
NURS 228
Total Credits
6

Focuses on the acquisition of skills needed to obtain a complete physical health assessment of a client. Emphasizes the importance of therapeutic communication in performing a health assessment. Also emphasizes the nursing process and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
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Complex Mental Health Nursing

Item #
NURS 230
Total Credits
4

Focuses on mental health throughout the lifespan with integration of multicultural beliefs and practices. 

Prerequisites
NURS 202, NURS 207 and NURS 228.
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Capstone Clinical

Item #
NURS 238CAP
Total Credits
5

An individual immersion assignment intended to strengthen students’ clinical skills and enable the final transition from LPN to RN. The clinical objectives will be determined by careful assessment of the collective work experience as an LPN, the further education acquired within this program, the Nurse Practice Act and documented skill standards. 

Prerequisites
NURS 212, NURS 223 and NURS 242.
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Perspectives in Professional Nursing

Item #
NURS 240
Total Credits
3

Focuses on professional role development and contemporary issues in nursing, such as licensure and legal aspects of nursing practice, ethical issues in professional relationships, professional development through participation in professional organizations, and advocacy through political activism. Covers theories and concepts of leadership and management, as well as issues of quality and cost effectiveness of care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and emerging care delivery models. 

Prerequisites
NURS 212, NURS 223 and NURS 242.
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Client Care: Management in Practice II

Item #
NURS 242
Total Credits
5

Provides an opportunity to examine and evaluate current experience; determine clinical proficiencies; and, through the process of portfolio development, expand clinical expertise in the community. 

Prerequisites
NURS 206, NURS 217, NURS 219 and NURS 230.
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This page was last updated on July 22, 2015.