Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

Course Requirements
Program Pre-requisite Requirements: Licensure as a Nurse Assistant in NH, BLS/CPR Program Pre-requisite Courses: High School English, Algebra and Chemistry
ID
Title
Class
Lab
Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
Anatomy & Physiology I
3
3
4
Introduction to Psychology
3
0
3
College Composition#
3
0
3
Nursing Care I 
3
2 lab
10 clinical
7
Nursing Seminar I
1
0
1
Spring Semester (year 1)
Human Development
3
0
3
Anatomy & Physiology II#
3
3
4
Nursing Care II
4
2 lab
13 clinical
9
Math Elective*
3/4
0
3/4
Fall Semester (year 2)
Microbiology
3
3
4
Nursing Seminar II
1
0
1
Nursing Care III
 
4
2 lab
13 clinical
9
Spring Semester (year 2)
Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective
3
0
3
Nursing Seminar III
1
0
1
Nursing Care IV
4
2 lab
16 clinical
10
* MATH Elective Option - It is highly recommended if you are planning to continue your education in a RN to BSN program that you take MATH106.
# Co/Prerequisite Required. See Course Descriptions.
 Clinical Hours and Affiliation Sites are subject to change.
For more information about this program please contact Kathy Aldrich at kaldrich@ccsnh.edu or 603-542-7744 x5323.
 
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. The program has full approval from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information on the ACEN accreditation contact http:// www.acenursing.org/.
 
NURSING PROGRAM MISSION
To facilitate students’ achievement of personal and professional goals and assist them in becoming responsible and contributing members of the nursing profession and their communities.
 
Nursing Program Outcomes
  • The first-time pass rate for RVCC nursing graduates is equivalent to, or exceeds the national pass rate for firsttime test takers who are graduates of associate degree nursing programs.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of students will graduate from the RVCC Nursing Program within 3 years of the initial admission into the program.
  • Within six months of graduation from the RVCC nursing program, 90% of graduates will be employed as Registered Nurses.
 
NCLEX Pass Rates
 
 
 
 
2015  
2016     
2017
2018
RVCC  
N/A    
92.31% 
92%
100%
NH   
87.02%  
90.31%  
90.85%
97%
National 
84.51%
84.56%
87.11%
89.41%

               

 
* 2015 - no graduating class for the nursing program       
2017 National Pass Rate for Associate Degree Programs 84.24%
 
Program Completion Rates (150%) Graduates
2014
2015 
2016   
2017
2018 
95.7% N/A*
77.4%  
87.5%
87.05%
 
Job Placement Rates

Graduates

2014   2015 
2016  
2017 
2018 
87% N/A*
100% 
100% 

100%

              
Program Information
 
The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing consists of science, general education, and nursing courses. The nursing courses are sequential and must be completed within five years of entrance into the program. Each nursing 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 in a variety of healthcare settings. The nursing program is offered at the Claremont and Keene campuses. Learning experiences may vary in time, location, and may include days, evenings, and/or weekends. Students admitted into the Nursing program must achieve a minimum grade of B-  80%) or higher in the nursing theory courses and a grade of “Pass” in the work-based learning clinical courses in order to continue in the program. All general education courses must be achieved with a grade of “C” or higher.
 
Admission Process
 
Applicants interested in the Nursing Program should contact Kathy Aldrich, the Admissions Counselor to begin the process. kaldrich@ccsnh.edu or 603-542-7744 x 5323.
 
Applications are not reviewed until complete. Students are advised to apply early and complete all application requirements on or before the deadline of December 31st. Students are notified of acceptance by March 1st. Student selection for available seats is competitive and based on a point system. (See website for full details). Once accepted, students must be prepared to meet all nursing program requirements by July 1st in order to begin the nursing sequence in fall semester.
 
Students may request a transfer of credits from courses taken at other accredited colleges and  universities. The Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs makes final determination of transfer credits. In order to transfer general education courses, they must have a minimum grade of “C” or better. Science courses must be current within the last 8 years. Applicants are require to provide official  transcripts to the Office of Admissions at RVCC in order for the transfer process to occur.
 
Admission Program Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Licensure – current NH licensure as a Nurse Assistant or Practical Nurse.
  • CPR – American Heart Association (AHA) or American Red Cross (ARC) healthcare provider.
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND RECORD – A NH and federal criminal background record is required. Any fees are at the expense of the student. A history of a felony or selective misdemeanors, may deny entrance into the nursing program.
  • DRUG TESTING – Drug testing may be required prior to the start of any work-based clinical learning experience. Any fees are at the expense of the student.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE – Students are required to carry medical insurance to participate in clinical.
  • MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION – Current physical exam, with immunizations and vaccinations. See website for complete list.
Technical Standards
 
All students in the RVCC 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. 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. The qualifications established by the faculty include but are not limited to the following essential technical standards:
  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals and telephone conversations.
  • Sufficient 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.
  • Sufficient 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 cope with variations in workload and stress levels.
  • Sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: manual dexterity to operate and handle equipment, moving and transferring of patients, and performing CPR.
  • Ability to utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families.
  • The ability to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.
  • The ability to recognize that one’s own values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect ones perceptions and relationships with others
  • The ability to learn and abide by professional standards of practice.
  • The ability to self-reflect, be accountable, and willing to acknowledge limitation of knowledge or skills.
  • Be willing to accept guidance and feedback from individuals in supervisory positions.

Additional information regarding the Nursing Program can be found by clicking here.

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