Associate of Science in Nursing Degree - Claremont & Keene

Course Requirements

Program prerequisite requirements: Licensure as a Nurse Assistant (LNA) in New Hampshire, BLS/CPR.

Program prerequisite courses: high school Algebra, Chemistry, and English

ID Title Class Lab Credits

Fall Semester (year 1)

SCIC201 Anatomy & Physiology I
(HS Chemistry)
3 3 4
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
ENGC102 English Composition
(Accuplacer)
3 0 3
NRNC116 Nursing Care I 
(LNA)
3 12 7
NRNC105 Nursing Seminar I 1 0 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
PSYC114 Human Development
(PSYC101)
3 0 3
SCIC202 Anatomy and Physiology II
(SCIC201)
3 3 4
NRNC117 Nursing Care II
(NRNC116)
4 15 9
Fall Semester (year 2)
MTHCxxx Math Elective*
(Accuplacer)
3/4 0 3/4
SCIC205 Microbiology
(SCIC 201)
3 3 4
NRNC215 Nursing Seminar II
(NRNC105)
1 0 1
NRNC220 Nursing Care III
(NRNC117, PSYC114, LPN Advance Placement)
4 15 9
Spring Semester (year 2)
ENGCxxx English Elective (ENGC102) 3 0 3
HUMCxxx Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
NRNC225 Nursing Seminar III
(NRNC215)
1 0 1
NRNC230 Nursing Care IV
(NRNC220, SCIC205)
4 18 10

* MTHC Elective Option - It is highly recommended if you are planning to continue your education in a RN to BSN program that you take MTHC106.
Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.
The Associate in Science in Nursing Program requires 67 credits for degree completion. Clinical Hours and Affiliation Sites are subject to change.

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) Program prepares the student for beginning level of practice and for National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RN).  Graduates are prepared to enter the nursing profession as safe and effective health care professionals who contribute to the health and wellness of their communities. Upon graduation, students are qualified for immediate employment in a variety of healthcare settings that include hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics.

The nursing curriculum provides a contemporary and quality education and is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Questions on State Board of Nursing requirements can be addressed to http://www.nh.gov/nursing.

Values of competence, holism and integrity give meaning and direction to the student’s developing RN role. Using the nursing process, evidence-based knowledge, the registered nurse role, and the wellness continuum, graduates use critical thinking to practice as a novice graduate registered nurse.

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program offers four sequential clinical nursing courses which students complete over two years.  Each course integrates classroom learning with simulation laboratory activities and faculty supervised clinical experiences to prepare students to provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, and groups. The nursing program follows Patricia Benner’s novice to expert model of skill acquisition and self-care framework, faculty guide students to develop the capacity to provide increasingly complex nursing care.

Students integrate nursing knowledge with liberal arts courses that focus on life and social sciences, humanities, mathematics, and English to grow personally and professionally. Many students complete the general education courses prior to admission into the nursing program. Students must successfully complete 68-69 college credits to meet graduation requirements for the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

Learning experiences take place in a variety of setting that include classrooms, nursing skills laboratory, hospitals*, healthcare agencies, long-term facilities and community settings.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to these facilities. The program adheres to NH Board of Nursing educational standards for clinical supervision. Each faculty teaching in the classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical setting holds a Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN).  Each group of eight (8) students is supervised by a nursing faculty in clinical. 

Students must earn a grade of B- (80%) or higher in each nursing course to progress within the program.  Required science courses (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology) and the liberal arts courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. Introduction to Psychology, Human Development, and science courses must be current within five (5) years or admission to the nursing program.  The science and liberal arts courses may be transferred to RVCC from another college with a grade of “C” or better.  The nursing program courses must be completed within five (5) years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.

Students will be required to take and pass a basic med-math exam in the first nursing course.  A student who does not earn a 100% on this exam by the third attempt cannot progress in the program.  Students participate in mandatory ATI assessment each semester and NCLEX Readiness Examinations while in the program.  At the end of the nursing program all students will attend a NCLEX review course.  A fee is assessed for this testing and review course through your tuition charges.

After acceptance in the program, students are eligible for RN to BSN options through agreements with a number of colleges and universities.  Currently, the RVCC Nursing Program has affiliation agreements with the University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University, the University of Vermont, Rivier College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and Southern New Hampshire University.  More information on the RN to BSN options can be obtained from the Nursing Department Chairperson. 

Admission Program Requirements
•  Complete the Accuplacer Assessment or show evidence of successful college level math and English course work
• Complete the College Application and fee
• Provide evidence of high school or college credits in algebra, chemistry and English with grades of “C” or better
• Meet minimum score requirements in all four sections on a single Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) assessment.
• Submit two letters of Professional Reference on forms provided by the nursing program

Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete.  Students are strongly advised to apply early and complete all application requirements on or before the established deadline of December 31st.  Students are notified of acceptance by March 1st.  Student selection for available seats is competitive and is based on a point system selection policy. Once accepted, students must be prepared to start the nursing sequence in fall semester.

The selection process includes a review of all requirements submitted in the application and the ATI TEAS scores. There are not substitutes or exceptions for the required TEAS assessment.  TEAS scores are valid for 24 months and a remediation and permission is required for retakes.  TEAS may be taken 3 times in a calendar year, with 6 weeks between attempts.  Registration dates and fees for the TEAS can be found on the website: www.atitesting.com

Students may request a transfer of credits from courses taken at other accredited colleges and universities.  The Vice President of Academic Affairs makes final determination of transfer credits.  In order to transfer, science courses, Intro to Psychology and Human Development must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” and be current within the last five (5) years.  Applicants are required to mail official transcripts (sealed) to the Office of Admissions at RVCC.

* Clinical Affiliation sites are subject to availability

Additional Requirements

• LNA/LPN – Students must show proof of current NH licensure as a Nurse Assistant or Practical Nurse to meet admission requirements (active, current NH Licensure to be kept current throughout program). Those in LNA training have conditional acceptance however, they must possess NH licensure prior to August 1 or they forfeit their place in the program.  Certificate of completion from a NH Board of Nursing approved NA course may be required.
• CPR – Students must show proof of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HealthCare Provider Certification Level C by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Provider Level Certification by the American Red Cross (ARC) no later than July 1. Only AHA or ARC courses with skill check by a qualified instructor are accepted for recertification.  Initial CPR must be a full 6 hour course with skill check.
• CORI – Criminal Offense Record Investigations may be conducted, as well as any other requirements requested by clinical sites throughout the program. Any fees are at the expense of the student. If the investigation reveals a history of a felony or selective misdemeanors, the Board of Nursing may bar initial licensure. Students with known discipline on a nursing license may be denied progression in the program.
• TRAVEL – Transportation to and from clinical sites is the student’s responsibility.
• MEDICAL INSURANCE – Students are required to carry medical insurance with a minimum of Accident coverage to participate in clinical.  Documentation required by July 1. CCSNH insurance is available and information can be obtained at the College. Proof of insurance is due no later than first day of fall semester
• MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION – Upon acceptance, students must show proof of medical history and physical exam, current within two (2) years of entrance and proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella.  Also, students must show proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDap) within ten (10) years of admission to the nursing program and immunity to Hepatitis B or a signed waiver.  Each fall, students must show proof of influenza vaccine.  Annual Tuberculosis screening indicating non-exposure is required no later than July 1, prior to starting the nursing program.
• TECHNOLOGY – Students must be familiar with Microsoft word, PowerPoint, and web navigation.

Technical Standards for Nursing Students
All students in the River Valley Community College (RVCC) nursing programs 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. 

These attributes must be demonstrated with or without reasonable accommodation as described under the American’s with Disabilities Act. 

The qualifications established by the faculty include but are not limited to the following essential technical standards:

MOTOR SKILLS
1. The ability to perform full range of motion of body joints, fine motor movements of the hands, and the ability to stoop and bend.
2. The ability to elicit information from patients by palpitation, auscultation, percussion and other assessment maneuvers.
3. 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, lifting and turning clients, providing hygienic care, assisting patients in activities of daily living and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
4. The ability to lift up to 40 pounds of weight on a daily basis.
5. The ability to carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds on a daily basis.
6. The ability to push or pull an occupied wheelchair, stretcher or patient bed on a daily basis.

SENSORY/OBSERVATION/COMMUNICATION
1. The ability to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.  This requires functional use of the senses of vision and hearing.
2. 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.
3. The ability to closely examine images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment.
4. The ability to observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing nursing assessment and intervention or administering medications.
5. The ability to use spoken and written English to communicate in a coherent manner with individuals of all professions and societal levels.
6. 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.
7.  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.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT/BEHAVIORAL
1. The ability to utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families.
2. The ability to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.
3. The ability to recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect ones perceptions and relationships with others.
4. The ability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways.
5. The ability to learn and abide by professional standards of practice.
6. The ability to engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all patient including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised patients, and vulnerable adults.
7. The ability to maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels.
8. The ability to adapt effectively to changing environments, especially those with high tension levels.
9. The ability to respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Option – Keene

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is also available at the RVCC Academic Center in Keene.  Admission to the Keene program occurs every other year depending on sufficient number of qualified applicants, instructors, and clinical sites. Admission requirements to the nursing program at the Keene site are identical to those at Claremont. At the Academic Center in Keene, students can also access a full range of college services. The student services include financial aid, academic advisement, Accuplacer Assessment, admission counseling, computer labs, college library databases, and tutoring.