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									                   ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM
                              Associate Dean for Nursing: Nancy Novak, RN, MN
                                           Phone: 253-566-5358

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares the student for a career as a Registered
Nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum, the student is awarded an
Associate in Applied Sciences Degree and is eligible to take the National Council
Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nursing. This program is approved by the
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.* Course sequencing, prerequisites,
and core requirements require students to attend classes over at least a three-year period
to attain an Associate Degree in nursing.

Generic Student Option
The nursing courses in the generic program are taught in a six-quarter sequence over a
two-year period, excluding summer. The program is open to both men and women and
admits a class in the fall quarter and a class in spring quarter.

A part-time option is also available for those students who will be more successful attending
school half-time. Students attend theory classes one quarter, followed by the clinical portion
the next quarter. Due to this split, students attend classes during summer quarter in
addition to the usual academic year (fall-spring). Entry to the part-time option occurs only
once a year with the spring quarter enrollment.

Advanced Standing for LPN Option
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) desiring to become Registered Nurses may apply for
advanced standing in the program. LPNs are admitted into the program two times a year,
summer and winter. The students are required to take a LPN Articulation course that is a
transition course into either 3rd or 4th level, depending on what level of assessment the
student is placed. There are full-time and part-time opportunities available in the program.

A graduate who has completed the Associate Degree in Nursing may “bridge” into a
Bachelor’s Degree program at a four-year institution. Additional prerequisites required for
the individual Bachelor’s Degree program may also be completed at TCC. Interested
students are encouraged to contact the four-year college or university of their choice to
obtain more detailed information.



* National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, NYC, NY 10006
Application and Admission Requirements
Students must apply to both the nursing program and the college. These are separate procedures.

College Admission and Assessment

There is a separate application process for the college, which will include a College Assessment Test.
This test will evaluate skills in reading, writing, and math. It is scheduled through the Assessment
Office in Building 7 at (253) 566-5093 and takes approximately two hours (test fee $15.80). After the
test is evaluated, the prospective student will meet with an advisor to discuss the results and which,
if any, remedial classes may have to be taken before beginning non-nursing courses. College
application packets are available from the Enrollment Services in Building 7, phone (253) 566-5001.


Pre-Application Prerequisite Courses
Students must take a select number of General Study courses before applying to the nursing
program. These courses are designed to provide the nursing student with a strong foundation in
the Sciences and Humanities before entry into the nursing program. Some courses are used in the
application selection process, and other courses are not.

Prerequisite Courses (Application Factored Courses)

The prerequisite courses must achieved a letter grade and must be completed with at least a “C” (2.0)
grade. Each prerequisite course must be successfully passed within two attempts of taking the
course to achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher. These attempts include all withdrawals as well as grades
below 2.0 and include all colleges attended in the last five years. An overall cumulative GPA of 2.5
is required in the above prerequisite courses.
Note: The GPA must be a true 2.5 and not rounded up from 2.45.

1.      College Freshman Composition, ENGL& 101*

        * Students placed in ENGL& 102 by assessment must demonstrate proof of competency to substitute
        ENGL& 102 grades for ENGL& 101.

2.      General Psychology, PSYC& 100

BIOL& 100, CHEM& 110 (or high school chemistry), and MATH 99, 97 or TMATH 100 are
required to enter the following courses:

3.      Survey of Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM& 121
4.      General Microbiology, BIOL& 260 (no more than 10 years old)
5.      Anatomy and Physiology: BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 (12 credits) (no more than 10 years old)
        or BIOL& 251, BIOL& 252, BIOL& 253** (15 credits) (no more than 10 years old).

        ** All Anatomy/Physiology series must be completed before the application date. A&P series from
        other schools must be at least 10 credits in length and include a lab component to the course work.



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Course work completed at other colleges must be evaluated by Tacoma Community College
Enrollment Services Department. Applicants are urged to request official transcripts from the
originating college be sent to the TCC Records Office as early as possible. The applicant must
apply to the college and submit the “Evaluation of Credits and Transcript Review Request” –
Appendix A, with the official transcripts being evaluated. Please send transcripts to Enrollment
Services in Building 7. Do not send transcripts directly to the nursing program. Also, students are
encouraged to submit their applications as soon as the prerequisites are completed. Students
do not need to wait until the deadline date to submit an application.


Additional Prerequisite Course

Psychology 206 (Developmental Psychology: Life Span) – Must be completed before entering
the program (but not before submitting an application). This course is not used in the scoring
process. For advanced standing applicant, this course may be taken the same quarter as the
articulation course (N130 or N210).


Non-Nursing Support Courses

SOC& 101 (Survey of Sociology) or ANTH& 206 (Principles of Sociocultural Anthropology),
a Speech course and a Computer Literacy course–Must be taken before completing the program.
A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required in these courses. It is recommended that these courses be
completed prior to entering the program to keep the academic load manageable. Due to the
sequencing of courses, students may find it difficult to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing in a
two-year time frame. Typically students take at least three years to complete all course work for the
degree. It is recommended that students complete non-nursing support courses before program entry
to prevent conflict with clinical scheduling.

1.      SOC& 101 (Survey of Sociology) or ANTH& 206 (Principles of Sociocultural Anthropology)

2.      One of the following Speech classes:
         CMST& 101 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
         CMST& 220 (Public Speech Communication)
         CMST 110 (Multicultural Communication)
         CMST 120 (Small Group Communication)
         CMST 130 (Interpersonal Communication)

3.      Computer Literacy Course (at least 1 credit) – Choose one of the following:
         LS 102 ***
         CU 101
         CU 102
         CU 103
         CU 105

        *** A special section of the course is offered during the first quarter of the Nursing Program.
        It is highly recommended to take this course in conjunction with the nursing program.


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Admission Requirements

Once prerequisite courses are completed to be considered for the program, applicants must
submit the following:

1.      Completed Health, Justice & Human Services Application Form (attached).

2.      Evidence of completion of the specific scored prerequisite courses with a grade of
        “C” (2.0) or better in each course. Each prerequisite course must have been
        successfully passed within two (2) attempts of taking the course. These attempts
        include all withdrawals, as well as grades below 2.0, and include all colleges in the
        last five years.

3.      Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the scored prerequisite courses.

Additional Requirement for Advanced Standing LPN option

4.      Verification of current LPN unencumbered license in the State of Washington.

5.      An official transcript of completion of an LPN program of study.

6.      Unofficial transcript of ATI Mobility Exam, if taken.

All applicants must be fluent in the English language (both verbal and written), and possess
the physical and emotional ability to complete the program. Further information regarding
these requirements is available upon request.

         Admissions policies are subject to change. Applications will be accepted under the terms in
         place at the time an application is received by the Health, Justice and Human Services Office.
         It is the responsibility of the pre-nursing student to keep up-to-date on any changes, which may
         affect their qualifications for acceptance.

Nursing Transfer Students –
A transfer student is defined as an individual seeking matriculation directly into a nursing course from
another nursing program preparing students to become registered nurses. The student will provide
documentation of good standing in the program they are leaving as well as materials of nursing
courses successfully completed. In conjunction with the college residency requirements for the AAS
degree, transfer students will be accepted up to and including the fourth level of the full-time program.
Transfer students will be offered admission based upon completed courses and on a space available
basis only after in-program and returning students have been placed.




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Application Procedures

All completed* applications are evaluated as follows:

* A completed application is one for which all official transcripts from schools other than TCC have been received by the Enrollment
Services by the application deadline.

1.       Acceptance will be determined by a scoring system using the grade point average (GPA)
         in the six to seven specified prerequisite courses.

2.       Students will be admitted based on the highest GPA in the scoring system.

GENERIC STUDENT APPLICATION

3.       Applications may be submitted on a continuing basis and will be accepted for each class
         with the application guaranteed consideration date of:

            July 1st – for the following fall (September) class.
            January 2nd – for the following spring (March) class (full-time and part-time options).

4.       Applicants will be notified of acceptance status the week of:

            August 1st – for the following fall (September) class.
            February 1st – for the following spring (March) class.

ADVANCED STANDING FOR LPN APPLICATION

5.       Applications may be submitted on a continuing basis and will be accepted for each class with
         the application guaranteed consideration date of:

            April 1st – for the following summer (June) Articulation course entry. (4th level entry only)
            October 1st – for the following winter (January) Articulation course entry. (3rd/4th level entry)

6.       Applicants will be notified of acceptance status the week of:

            May 1st – for the following summer (June) Articulation course entry.
            November 1st – for the following winter (January) Articulation course entry.

7.       TCC does not utilize a wait list. A small list of alternates is compiled to fill no-show
         vacancies. Alternates for student slots will be notified of their alternate status.

8.       If a student is offered admission in a specific quarter but chooses to decline, the student
         may not defer admission to a future quarter. The student’s file will be returned/archived
         and the student may re-apply in the future.




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9.      If an applicant is not admitted into the first class for which s/he is applying, the applicant
        has a choice either to have the application returned and to reapply at a future time, or to
        have the application held once in the candidate pool for the next quarter that the
        program starts. If an application has been returned, it is the prospective student’s
        responsibility to keep up-to-date regarding admissions policy changes.

10.     TCC-Bates Articulation Program: Currently, space is not available to admit a
        substantial number of the highly qualified students applying during each admission
        cycle at TCC. A specific number of students will be selected during the admission
        process to immediately begin the Bates Technical College LPN program. Upon
        graduation and licensure these specific students are guaranteed slots in the LPN-
        Articulation course at TCC. Please note: students offered admission to this program
        must be prepared to begin the LPN program within 2-3 weeks of notification.
        Guaranteed return to TCC is for selected students only; all LPN graduates of Bates
        Technical College do not receive automatic admission to the TCC program. See
        Advanced Standing for LPN sections of this packet.

Applicants are cautioned that due to the limited class capacity and large numbers of applicants,
there are usually more applications than spaces available. One additional prerequisite must be
completed prior to entering the program (Psych 206). It is suggested that the additional non-
nursing support courses be taken during the period prior to scheduled entry.

Each application will be carefully screened for completeness. Students are responsible to ensure
that their application is complete prior to submission. All official transcripts from other schools/
colleges must be evaluated by the Tacoma Community College Registration and Records Center
(see Appendix A). If the application is found to be incomplete (minimum prerequisites or admission
requirements not completed) upon review after the deadline, the material will be returned to the
student.

Students interested in the Nursing Program should attend an information session. These
meetings (lasting approximately 1½ hours) are conducted on a regular basis to give applicants an
opportunity to gain more information regarding the nursing profession and application procedures,
as well as to ask some other questions. Please check the TCC website for the listing of nursing
information sessions (http://www.tacomacc.edu/academics/areasofstudy/nursingrn.aspx).


Application Scoring System

Entry into the Nursing Program is based upon a scoring system and grade point average ranking of
applicants. To calculate the student’s admission score, multiply the numerical grade and the number
of credits for each prerequisite course. The result is called the “course grade points.” The grade
points are divided by the number of credits to calculate the GPA admission score. Students are
ranked for admission based on the highest to the lowest scores (see Appendix B).

In the event that more than one student has the same score and not all students can be admitted with
that score, a lottery system will be used to determine selection. All students with the same score will
be placed in the lottery; succession of position of those students will be drawn at that time.



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Advanced Standing for LPNs

LPN placement in the nursing program is based upon knowledge of care for the childbearing family.
This content is taught in the 3rd Level of the ADN program. Students are categorized for potential
level entry before scoring of applications. Competency in this subject material is measured by
the ATI Mobility Examination. Applicants who choose to take the ATI Mobility Exam “RN Maternal-
Newborn Nursing Care” and “RN Nursing Care of Children” do so at their own expense. If the
student surpasses the cut score, s/he will begin the nursing program after the completion of the 4th
Level Articulation course (NURS 210). If the exam scores are below the cut score, the student will
need to begin the program after the completion of the 3rd Level Articulation course (NURS 130).
A student may opt not to sit for the Mobility Examination and begin the program at 3rd Level, if space
is available. However, there are fewer full-time slots available for entry into 4th Level (full-time) than
into 3rd Level (part-time).

Prerequisite courses do not have to be completed prior to taking the ATI Mobility Exam. Call
(253) 566-5358 to schedule yourself to take the test. A fee is charged for each examination. Should
a student not surpass the 60% score, the exam may be repeated only once.

The LPN Articulation Course (Nursing 130 or 210) is taught at least once per year and must be
completed satisfactorily (with a grade of “C” or better) prior to beginning the regular nursing courses.
Students must be informed of acceptance into the nursing program prior to taking this course.


Clinical Requirements for In-Program Students

The protection of vulnerable populations is paramount in nursing. In order to complete the required
clinical rotations, once accepted into the Nursing Program students must provide the following
documentation prior to starting nursing classes:

 Health Clearance – Documentation of current immunizations for:

   TB test TB Skin Test
    2-step TB Test, if not tested in the last 12 months
    New + TB results→ F/U by healthcare provider (chest X-ray & symptoms check), may
       also need to complete health questionnaire for facilities
    History of + TB results→ provide proof of chest X-ray (lifetime, except if symptomatic)
       and submit negative symptom check past 12 months. If no proof of + TB Test available,
       then re-test with 2-step TB Test.
    History of BCG vaccination→ test with 2-Step TB Test

   Hepatitis B
    Proof of immunity by vaccination or titer.
    Negative titer→ must repeat vaccine series. Student will be allowed in clinical during
      repeat series
    Considered a non-responder to vaccination after 2 complete vaccine series and titer negative




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   MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    Proof of vaccination (2 doses) or proof of rubella, rubeola, and mumps immunity
     by titer

   Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    Proof of vaccination or proof of immunity by titer
       If born after 1994, student must have proof of 2 doses of varicella vaccination.

   Tetanus
       Vaccination within last 10 years
       Tdap required if immunized after 6/1/07

   Flu vaccine
     Proof of vaccination

 Current CPR - Healthcare professional level

 AIDS Education Certificate - Seven (7)-hour course (available at TCC Continuing Education
  or as part of HT 170).

 Fire safety training module - Module by NCPD #1 acceptable

 Blood borne pathogens training module - Module by NCPD #1 acceptable

Insurance
    Personal Health/Accident
    Vehicle

Professional License (CNAs & LPNs)
   Current
   Unencumbered
   Washington State

Information regarding health clearance procedures will be sent to those accepted into the program.
Note: These requirements are subject to change.

 Proof of Health Insurance – Required by clinical sites.

 Background Check and Disclosure Form – Provided by the Health, Justice, and Human
  Services Office. Certain conviction history excludes persons from healthcare employment. If you
  have any prior convictions, even if you believe they may be sealed, please consult with the
  Associate Dean for Nursing or the Division Dean.

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for dependable transportation to and from the clinical site.
Dependable child/dependent care is also necessary.




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Essential Requirements for Nursing Students

It is the belief of the nursing faculty that the profession of nursing is a highly respected one. The
reasons for this are many, but a great deal of it has to do with the fact that clients put their lives in our
hands. Clients place their trust in nurses and we, in turn, must be worthy of that trust.

In order to become a member of this trustworthy profession, there are several requirements that are
essential. These have to do with responsibility, accountability, knowledge, skill, and safety. The
Nursing Program has the responsibility to the public to assure that its students and graduates are
competent in all of these areas at the appropriate level.

An important characteristic of all nursing professionals deals with responsibility. The Law Relating to
Nursing Care states in WAC 246-840-700, “Each individual, upon entering the practice of nursing,
assumes a measure of responsibility and public trust and the corresponding obligation to adhere to the
standards of nursing practice. The nurse shall be responsible and accountable for the quality of
nursing care given to clients. This responsibility cannot be avoided by accepting the orders or
directions of another person.” Nursing students, as well as graduates, are held to this law.

The profession of registered nursing also requires the acquisition of nursing science knowledge and
technical skills. The educational process to achieve the Associate Degree in Nursing requires
assimilation of these, as well as the development of judgment for appropriate decision-making.

With the acquisition of this knowledge, students and graduates must be able to function as safe
practitioners. Client safety is a major concern for establishing requirements for capabilities of students.
In order to safely function in the role of a student and/or registered nurse, one must exhibit physical,
cognitive, and behavioral abilities that are required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the
Nursing Program. In addition, there are professional attributes that are required by the profession.
All of these are every bit as important as the knowledge and skills.

The Nursing Faculty feels an obligation to socialize students into the profession beginning with the
point of entering the program. Students will be held to all the Essential Requirements as stated below:

1.      Observation
         Use of the physical senses (e.g., ability to visualize color changes in the skin, hear the heart
          and lungs, feel masses, etc.).

2.      Communication
         Effective communication (reading, writing, speaking) including the ability to process and
          communicate information in a timely, succinct, yet comprehensive manner.
         Demonstration of responsive, empathetic listening to establish rapport, recognition of the
          significance of nonverbal responses, etc.
         Fluency in the English language (as it is the only language used in health care in the U.S.).

3.      Intellectual, Conceptual
         Information acquisition.
         Data organization and coming to an appropriate conclusion.
         Measuring, calculating, reasoning, prioritizing.
         Demonstration of comprehension, memorization, analyzing, and synthesizing material

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           Problem-solving.
           Making a correct judgment in seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.
           Following directions consistently and accurately.

4.      Behavioral/Social
         Integrity, honesty.
         Empathy, compassion.
         Responsibility.
         Sensitivity to cultural differences, tolerance.
         Humanitarian concern, altruism.
         Functioning effectively under stress.
         Flexibility, adaptation to an unpredictable environment.
         Functioning as a team member.

5.      Motor
        In order to be successful in the TCC Nursing Program, a student must be able to consistently
        perform certain physical and mental tasks in a variety of settings. A general job description for
        a nursing student is available upon request. It was developed to assist in outlining these basic
        requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to determine what, if any, accommodations
        would need to be made. This information must be provided in writing to the Program Chair in
        advance. This needs to be done to allow adequate time to determine reasonableness of
        accommodations and to make necessary arrangements.

        A temporary disability will be handled in the same way as a permanent one. A written release
        from a primary care provider may be required to clear the student to perform all tasks.

Students must meet all minimum requirements of all clinical agencies with which the nursing
program affiliates.




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Tuition and Miscellaneous Costs – Associate Degree Nursing Program

Figures are estimates only and are subject to change. Tuition as of fall 2007

Tuition (2007/2008): full-time program
    Resident – $830.10 per quarter (12 credits).
       Check with admissions for pricing for more or less than a full academic load (12 credits).
    Non-Resident - $2,554.70 per quarter for 12 credits.
       Check with admissions for pricing for more or less than a full academic load (12 credits).
    6 quarters of nursing courses ($830.10 x 6 = $4,980.60 Total - Resident Tuition)
    4 quarters of nursing courses (LPN) ($830.10 x 4 = $3,320.40 Total - Resident Tuition)

Tuition (2007/2008): part-time option
    Resident – $462.30 per quarter (6 credits)
    Non-Resident - $1,492.50 per quarter (6 credits)
    11 quarters of Nursing courses for generic part-time students
       ($462.30 x 11 = $5,085.30 Total -Resident Tuition)
    8 quarters of Nursing courses for LPN part-time students
      ($462.30 x 8 = $3,698.40 Total -Resident Tuition)

Approximate Miscellaneous Costs:
   Course miscellaneous fees ............................................ $250
   Books .......................................................................... $1,200
   Nursing course packets .................................................... $30
   TCC patch ..................................................................... $3.80
   Name tag............................................................................ $5
   CPR card …………………………………………….... $20 - $60
   AIDS workshop ................................................................ $50
   Immunizations ................................................................ $350
   Watch with second hand ........................................... Variable
   Uniform...................................................................... Variable
   Shoes ........................................................................ Variable
   Stethoscope .............................................................. Variable
   Health insurance ....................................................... Variable
     Washington State Community Colleges student insurance
     Plan: http://www.summitamerica-ins.com

Testing Fees ............................................................................ $350

Graduation and Registered Nurse Licensing Fees:
    WA State Licensing fee .................................................... $70
    NCLEX Exam ................................................................. $200
    Graduation certificate .................................................. $10.50
    Graduation regalia (optional) ............................................ $25
    Passport photo ................................................................. $10
    Nursing pin (optional) ........................................... $70 – $200


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Program Curriculum – Associate Degree Nursing
The following courses, or their equivalent, are required for completion of the ADN Program. All students are required to
complete most non-nursing courses prior to submitting an application, one before beginning the nursing program, and the
rest before graduation. Typically, students complete all the required non-nursing courses prior to admission to nursing
classes.

Course Title                               Course No.                                               Credits
* Chemistry ………………………………………….CHEM& 110 ..................................................5
* Psychology ………………………………………...PSYC& 100 ..................................................5
* English ……………………………………………..ENGL& 101 ..................................................5
*+Anatomy and Physiology ………………………..BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242 ...............................12
                                              or BIOL& 251, 252, 253 ........................15
*General Microbiology ……………………………..BIOL& 260 ....................................................5
** Developmental Psychology: Life Span ……….PSYC 206 .....................................................5
*** Computer Course ………………………………LS 102 or CU ................................................1
*** Sociology or Anthropology …………………….SOC& 101 or ANTH& 206 ............................5
*** Speech …………………………………………..CMST& 101, CMST& 220, CMST110,120,130 ...5

  * Prerequisites are required before submitting application – Scored courses for admission.
  ** Non-nursing prerequisite course that must be completed prior to entering the Nursing Program.
  *** Non-nursing course required prior to end of nursing program.
  +Equivalent A&P series from other colleges are acceptable. At least 10 credits of A&P are required for admission

The Nursing courses in the program are sequential over six (6) academic quarters, excluding summer:
Course Title                                                                                          Course No.             Credits______
FIRST YEAR:
Nursing I: Caring for the Well Client ............................................................... NURS 111/112 ...... 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Interventions I: Assessment .............................................................. NURS 113 ............. 1 (Lab)
Nursing Focus I: Gerontological Nursing ........................................................ NURS 141 ............. 1 (Theory)

Nursing II: Caring for the Client with Minor Deviations from Wellness ............ NURS 121/122 ...... 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Interventions II: Basic Skills .............................................................. NURS 123 ............. 1 (Lab)
Nursing Focus II: Pharmacology I .................................................................. NURS 142 ............. 1 (Theory)

Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ............................................... NURS 131/132 ...... 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Intervention III: Advanced Skills ........................................................ NURS 133 ............. 1 (Lab)
Nursing Focus III: Pharmacology II ................................................................ NURS 143 ............. 1 (Theory)

SECOND YEAR:
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ................................... NURS 211/212 ...... 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Focus IV: Leadership and Management ........................................... NURS 241 ............. 2 (Theory)

Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems ................................. NURS 221/222 ...... 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Focus V: End of Life Care ................................................................. NURS 242 ............. 2 (Theory)

Nursing VI: Trends and Issues ....................................................................... NURS 243 .............     2 (Theory)
Nursing Preceptorship: Manager of Care ....................................................... NURS 232 .............            8 (Clinical)
Nursing Seminar in Care Management ........................................................... NURS 231 .............            1 (Theory)
Preparation for RN Licensure .......................................................................... NURS 233 .............   1 (Theory)

Elective Courses:
Nursing: Advanced IV Skills .......................................................................... NURS 260 ............. 1 (Theory/Lab)
Nursing: Summer Internship .......................................................................... NURS 261 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Nursing: Dosage Calculation .......................................................................... NURS 262 ............. 1 (Online Theory)

           Total Non-Nursing Credits ................................................................. 48-51
           Total Nursing Credits ........................................................................ 72

           TOTAL CREDITS – DEGREE PROGRAM ................... 120-123
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Program Curriculum – Generic Part-time
Please see full-time program curriculum for non-nursing courses. Students selected for admission spring are given
the opportunity to choose the part-time program. When all full-time slots are filled, the remaining part-time slots will
be selected from the applicant pool. This option contains the same rigor as the full-time program; it is not meant to
accommodate a full-time employee’s need for less school hours.

The Nursing courses in the program are sequential over eleven academic quarters, including summer:
Course Title                                                                                   Course No.                      Credits______
First Quarter (Level 1)
Nursing I: Caring for the Well Client ............................................................... NURS 111 ............. 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus I: Gerontological Nursing ........................................................ NURS 141 ............. 1 (Theory)

Second Quarter (Level 1)
Nursing I: Caring for the Well Client ............................................................... NURS 112 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Nursing Interventions I: Assessment .............................................................. NURS 113 ............. 1 (Lab)

Third Quarter (Level 2)
Nursing II: Caring for the Client with Minor Deviations from Wellness ............ NURS 121 ............. 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus II: Pharmacology I .................................................................. NURS 142 ............. 1 (Theory)

Fourth Quarter (Level 2)
Nursing II: Caring for the Client with Minor Deviations from Wellness ............ NURS 122 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Nursing Interventions II: Basic Skills .............................................................. NURS 123 ............. 1 (Lab)

Fifth Quarter (Level 3)
Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ........................................ ……NURS 131 ............. 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus III: Pharmacology II ................................................................ NURS 143 ............. 1 (Theory)

Sixth Quarter (Level 3)
Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ........................................ ……NURS 132 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Nursing Intervention III: Advanced Skills ................................................. ……NURS 133 ............. 1 (Lab)

Seventh Quarter (Level 4)
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ............................ ……NURS 211 ............. 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus IV: Leadership and Management .................................... ……NURS 241 ............. 2 (Theory)

Eighth Quarter (Level 4)
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ............................ ……NURS 212 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Elective ..................................................................................................... ..................................... 1

Ninth Quarter (Level 5)
Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems ......................... ……NURS 221 ............. 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus V: End of Life Care .......................................................... ……NURS 242 ............. 2 (Theory)

Tenth Quarter (Level 5)
Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems .......................... ……NURS 222 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Elective ..................................................................................................... ..................................... 1

Eleventh Quarter (Level 6)
Nursing VI: Trends and Issues ................................................................ ……NURS 243 .............                2 (Theory)
Nursing Preceptorship: Manager of Care ................................................ ……NURS 232 .............                       8 (Clinical)
Nursing Seminar in Care Management .................................................... ……NURS 231 .............                       1 (Theory)
Preparation for RN Licensure ................................................................... ……NURS 233 .............              1 (Theory)

Elective Courses:
Nursing: Advanced IV Skills ................................................................... ……NURS 260 ............. 1 (Theory/Lab)
Nursing: Summer Internship ................................................................... ……NURS 261 ............. 5 (Clinical)
Nursing: Dosage Calculation ................................................................... ……NURS 262 ............. 1 (Online Theory)

            Total Non-Nursing Credits .......................................................... 48-51
            Total Nursing Credits ................................................................. 72

            TOTAL CREDITS – DEGREE PROGRAM ............. 120-123

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Program Curriculum – Advanced Standing Entry for LPNs (Full-time)
The following courses, or their equivalent, are required for completion of the ADN Program. All students are
required to complete most non-nursing courses prior to submitting an application, one before beginning the
nursing program, and the rest before graduation. Typically, students complete all the required non-nursing
courses prior to admission to nursing classes.

Course Title                               Course No.                                               Credits
* Chemistry ………………………………………….CHEM& 110 ..................................................5
* Psychology ………………………………………...PSYC& 100 ..................................................5
* English ……………………………………………..ENGL& 101 ..................................................5
*+Anatomy and Physiology ………………………..BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242 ...............................12
                                              or BIOL& 251, 252, 253 ........................15
*General Microbiology ……………………………..BIOL& 260 ....................................................5
** Developmental Psychology: Life Span ……….PSYC 206 .....................................................5
*** Computer Course ………………………………LS 102 or CU ................................................1
*** Sociology or Anthropology …………………….SOC& 101 or ANTH& 206 ............................5
*** Speech …………………………………………..CMST& 101, CMST& 220, CMST110,120,130 ...5

   * Prerequisites are required before submitting application – Scored courses for admission.
   ** Non-nursing prerequisite course that must be completed prior to entering the Nursing Program.
   *** Non-nursing course required prior to end of nursing program.
   +Equivalent A&P series from other colleges are acceptable. At least 10 credits of A&P are required for admission



The Nursing courses in the program are sequential over three to four academic quarters, excluding summer:

Course Title                                                                                       Course No.                      Credits______
First Quarter
Level 3 Articulation Course....................................................................... NURS 130 .................... 3 (Theory/Lab)
Level 4 Articulation Course....................................................................... NURS 210 .................... 3 (Theory/Lab)

Second Quarter - Level 3 entry point
Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ........................................ NURS 131/132 ............. 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Intervention III: Advanced Skills ................................................. NURS 133 .................... 1 (Lab)

Third Quarter - Level 4 entry point
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ............................ NURS 211/212 ............. 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Focus IV: Leadership and Management .................................... NURS 241 .................... 2 (Theory)

Fourth Quarter Level 5
Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems .......................... NURS 221/222 ............. 10 (Theory/Clinical)
Nursing Focus V: End of Life Care .......................................................... NURS 242 .................... 2 (Theory)

Fifth Quarter Level 6
Nursing VI: Trends and Issues ................................................................ NURS 243 ....................     2 (Theory)
Nursing Preceptorship: Manager of Care ................................................ NURS 232 ....................            8 (Clinical)
Nursing Seminar in Care Management .................................................... NURS 231 ....................            1 (Theory)
Preparation for RN Licensure ................................................................... NURS 233 ....................   1 (Theory)

Elective Courses:
Nursing: Advanced IV Skills ................................................................... NURS 260 .................... 1 (Theory/Lab)
Nursing: Summer Internship ................................................................... NURS 261 .................... 5 (Clinical)
Nursing: Dosage Calculation ................................................................... NURS 262 .................... 1 (Online Theory)

           Total Non-Nursing Credits .......................................................... 48-51
           Total Nursing Credits ................................................................. 39-50

           TOTAL CREDITS – DEGREE PROGRAM ............. 87-101

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Program Curriculum – Advanced Standing Entry for LPNs (Part-time)
Please see full-time program curriculum for non-nursing courses. Students selected for admission winter are
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typically placed in the 3 level, part-time option. Students applying for summer entry may have full or part-time
option depending upon space available. When all full-time slots are filled, the remaining part-time slots will be
selected from the applicant pool. This option contains the same rigor as the full-time program; it is not meant
to accommodate a full-time employee’s need for less school hours.

The Nursing courses in the program are sequential over six to eight academic quarters, including summer:

Course Title                                                                                       Course No.                      Credits______
First Quarter
Level 3 Articulation Course....................................................................... NURS 130 .................... 3 (Theory)

First Quarter - Level 3 (Caring for the Family entry point)
Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ........................................ NURS 131 .................... 5 (Theory)

Second Quarter - Level 3
Nursing III: Caring for the Childbearing Family ........................................ NURS 132 .................... 5 (Clinical)
Nursing Intervention III: Advanced Skills ................................................. NURS 133 .................... 1 (Lab)

Third Quarter - Level 4 (Caring for the Acute Ill Client entry point)
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ............................ NURS 211 .................... 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus IV: Leadership and Management .................................... NURS 241 .................... 2 (Theory)

Fourth Quarter - Level 4
Nursing IV: Caring for the Client with Acute Problems ............................ NURS 212 .................... 5 (Clinical)
Elective ..................................................................................................... ..................................... 1

Fifth Quarter - Level 5
Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems ......................... NURS 221 .................... 5 (Theory)
Nursing Focus V: End of Life Care .......................................................... NURS 242 .................... 2 (Theory)

Sixth Quarter - Level 5
Nursing V: Caring for the Client with Chronic Problems .......................... NURS 222 .................... 5 (Clinical)
Elective ..................................................................................................... ..................................... 1

Seventh Quarter - Level 6
Nursing VI: Trends and Issues ................................................................ NURS 243 ....................           2 (Theory)
Nursing Preceptorship: Manager of Care ................................................ NURS 232 ....................                  8 (Clinical)
Nursing Seminar in Care Management .................................................... NURS 231 ....................                  1 (Theory)
Preparation for RN Licensure ................................................................... NURS 233 ....................         1 (Theory)

Elective Courses:
Nursing: Advanced IV Skills ................................................................... NURS 260 .................... 1 (Theory/Lab)
Nursing: Summer Internship ................................................................... NURS 261 .................... 5 (Clinical)
Nursing: Dosage Calculation ................................................................... NURS 262 .................... 1 (Online Theory)

            Total Non-Nursing Credits .......................................................... 48-51
            Total Nursing Credits ................................................................. 39-50

            TOTAL CREDITS – DEGREE PROGRAM ............. 87 - 101




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ELIGIBILITY TO WRITE THE NATIONAL LICENSING EXAM FOR
REGISTERED NURSES

Registered Nurses are licensed by the State of Washington. In order to be eligible to write the
licensing exam, students must:

1.   Graduate from a State-accredited nursing school.
2.   Be a high school graduate or hold a GED with passing grades at the high school level.

Applicants must file their intent to take the exam 60 days prior to the expected date, with a form
supplied by the Associate Dean for Nursing. The exam fees must be paid at the same time.

Graduating students must answer the following questions, which are excerpted from the Nursing
Practice Law:

1.   Do you have a medical condition, which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession
     with reasonable skill and safety? If yes, please explain.

     “Medical condition” includes physiological conditions or disorders, such as, but not limited to orthopedic,
     visual, speech, and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis,
     cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental retardation, emotional or mental illness, learning disabilities, HIV
     disease, tuberculosis, drug addiction, and alcoholism.

     1a.     If you answered “yes” to question 1, please explain whether and how the limitations or impairments
             caused by your medical condition are reduced or eliminated because you received ongoing
             treatment (with or without medications).
     1b.     If you answered “yes” to question 1, please explain whether and how the limitations and impairments
             caused by your medical condition are reduced or eliminated because of your field of practice, the
             setting or the manner in which you have chosen to practice.

If you answered “yes” to question 1, the licensing authority (Board/Commission or Department as appropriate)
will make an individualized assessment of the nature, the severity, and the duration of the risks associated with
an ongoing medical condition, the treatment ongoing, and the factors in “1b” so as to determine whether an
unrestricted license should be issued, whether conditions should be imposed or whether you are not eligible for
licensure.

2.   Do you currently use chemical substance(s) in any way, which impair or limit your ability to practice your
     profession with reasonable skill and safety? If yes, please explain.

          “Currently” means recently enough so that the use of drugs may have an ongoing impact on one’s
           functioning as a licensee, and includes at least the past two years.
          “Chemical substances” includes alcohol, drugs or medications, including those taken pursuant to a
           valid prescription for legitimate medical purposes and in accordance with the prescriber’s direction, as
           well as those used illegally.

3.   Have you ever been diagnosed as having or have you ever been treated for pedophilia, exhibitionism,
     voyeurism or frotteurism?



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4.   Are you currently engaged in the illegal use of controlled substances?

        “Currently” means recently enough so that the use of drugs may have an ongoing impact on one’s
         functioning as a licensee, and includes at least the past two years.
        “Illegal use of controlled substances” means the use of controlled substances obtained illegally
         (e.g., heroin, cocaine), as well as the use of legally controlled substances, not taken in accordance with
         the directions of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

 If you must answer “yes” to any of the remaining questions, provide an explanation
 and copies of all judgments, decisions, orders, agreements, and surrenders.


5.   Have you ever been convicted, entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere or a plea similar effect, or had
     prosecution or sentence deferred or suspended, in connection with:
     a. The use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs?
     b. A charge of a sex offense?
     c. Any other crime, other than minor traffic infractions (including driving under the influence and reckless
         driving)?

6.   Have you ever been found in any civil, administrative or criminal proceeding to have:
     a. Possessed, used, prescribed for use or distributed controlled substances for legend drugs in any way
         other than for legitimate or therapeutic purposes, diverted controlled substances or legend drugs,
         violated any drug law or prescribed controlled substances for yourself?
     b. Committed any act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption?
     c. Violated any state or federal law or rule regulating the practice of a healthcare profession?

7.   Have you ever been found in any proceeding to have violated any state or federal law or rule regulating the
     practice of a healthcare profession? If “yes,” explain and provide copies of all judgments, decisions, and
     agreements.

8.   Have you ever had any license, certificate, registration or other privilege to practice a healthcare profession
     denied, revoked, suspended or restricted by a state, federal or foreign authority, or have you ever
     surrendered such credential to avoid or in connection with action by such authority?

9.   Have you ever been named in any civil suit or suffered any civil judgment for incompetence, negligence or
     malpractice in connection with the practice of a healthcare profession?

Students who answer “yes” to any of the questions, should make early application to the
Washington State Nursing Commission. The Commission acts on each case individually at the
time of application for licensure

A dishonest answer to any of the questions is grounds for revocation of a license in and of itself.




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                                                              Appendix A

                                                             DATE OF REQUEST__________________


                      REQUEST FOR EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDITS
                             Send Official Transcripts to:   Tacoma Community College
                                                             6501 South 19th St.
                                                             Building 7, Enrollment Services
                                                             Tacoma, WA 98466-6100

PROGRAM APPLIED: NURSING


NAME____________________________________________________________________________

PREVIOUS NAME(S)________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS_________________________________________________________________________

CITY______________________________STATE______________ZIP_________________________

TCC STUDENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER _____________-_____________-__________________

PHONE NUMBER: CELL/HOME/WORK (______) __________________________________________

LIST ALL SCHOOLS TO BE EVALUATED________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

REMARKS: __________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________


PLEASE NOTE: *Students must submit an application to Enrollment Services before an
evaluation can be completed.

Evaluations generally take 2 – 6 weeks to be completed. Please be sure to allow enough time before
program deadlines. (See individual program packets for dates.)
A copy of the evaluation will also be mailed to the student.

A maximum of 60 credits will be accepted towards a degree or certificate that the student is pursuing.
Tacoma Community College does not release or certify copies of transcripts from other institutions.
Transcripts submitted to Tacoma Community College are part of the official file and will not be returned
to the student.
* Thereafter a student identification number shall be assigned.
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                                            APPENDIX B


Scoring System for Entry
                                                CREDIT CHART

                   Numerical                                   Per 4.5
Letter Grade                     Per 5 Credits Per 4 Credits               Per 6 Credits
                      Grade                                    Credits
      A                4.0            20.0         16.0         18.00           24.0
      A-               3.7            18.5         14.8         16.65           22.2
      B+               3.3            16.5         13.2         14.85           19.8
      B                3.0            15.0         12.0         13.50           18.0
      B-               2.7            13.5         10.8         12.15           16.2
      C+               2.3            11.5          9.2         10.35           13.8
      C                2.0            10.0          8.0         9.00            12.0
      C-          C- and below are not considered




                                                  SAMPLE

                                      NUMERIC                  GRADE
                 COURSE                             CREDITS
                                       GRADE                   POINTS
BIOL& 241/242
                                          3.7          5        18.5
   Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL& 251/252/253
                                          3.3          5        16.5
   Anatomy & Physiology
CHEM& 110
                                          3.0          5        15.0
   Inorganic Chemistry
BIOL& 260
                                          3.3          5        16.5
   Microbiology
ENGL& 101
                                          4.0          5        20.0
   Composition
PSYC& 100
                                          3.3          5        16.5
   General Psychology
                                                      30        103        3.43
                             TOTAL

                                           Admission Score (GPA)


The Grade Point Average of the listed courses is the scoring system number. Values are taken to the
second digit to the right of the decimal point. Scores will not be rounded. The higher the number, the
higher the candidate is on the list.


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_____________________
Date Received (Office use only)


           Health, Justice & Human Services Program Application
Program (check one)
 Administration of Law & Justice                          Health Information Technology  Paramedic
 Nursing (Generic Entry)                                  Human Services                      Pharmacy Technician
 Nursing (Advanced Standing)                              Medical Billing Specialist          Radiologic Science
 Diagnostic Medical Sonography                            Medical Transcriptionist            Respiratory Therapy
 EMT Basic                                                Paralegal – Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
 EMT Recertification                                      Paralegal – Preferred Pro-Certificate
 Health Information Technology

Applying for? (Please complete this section completely) Academic Year: _________
                  Generic Entry: Fall ______ / Spring ______ (FT/PT preference if applicable)
                  Advanced Standing Entry: Summer ______ Level 4 (FT), refer to page 7.
                  Winter (In order of preference):Level 3 (PT) ____ Level 4 (FT)____ Either____


Last Name                         First Name                  Initial                      List All Previous Name(s)

                                     /                                _____
TCC Student Identification Number*                (SSN Optionally included)                 Male           Female

(      )                            (       )        ________________________                                          /
Home Phone #                         Work/Message Phone #                                          Date of Birth       / Place of Birth

(____)___________________(____)____________________________________________________
Cell Phone #                            Pager #                         E-mail Address (Print clearly)

________________________________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address                                      City                                  State                   ZIP Code

    _______________________________________________________________________________
Alternate Address (if above is temporary)                     City                                 State           ZIP Code

________________________________________________________________________________________________
Person to Contact in Case of Emergency                                 Phone #


Name of High School                                  Location                                      Graduation Date

Highest grade completed if not a graduate                                                  GED


*Attained after formally accepted into Tacoma Community College.
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All Colleges/Universities Attended (also list if attended TCC)
         Name of Institution                                                                    Graduation
                                                     Location                      Credits      Date/Degree




Official Transcripts Sent to Transcript Evaluator?              Yes  No

I consider myself to be a member of the following ethnic group

   White                         African American          Native American             Hispanic
   Hawaiian                      Samoan                    Guamanian                   Latino
   Vietnamese                    Japanese                  Chinese                     Korean
   Eskimo                        Aleut                     Multi-Ethnic                Other:

Your answer to the above question will permit the Health, Justice and Human Services Office to accurately
complete State and Federal census forms.

Most recent work experience (last 3-5 years)
                                                                                                 Dates
                 Job Title/Type of Work                            Employer
                                                                                                Employed




Official, sealed college transcripts must be sent to Transcript Evaluator. A copy of professional
certificates/licenses must be submitted to the Allied Health Office with the application.

I understand that failure to submit transcripts or meet program requirements will delay and possibly
void the application process. My signature confirms the accuracy and truthfulness of information
contained in this application.


Signature                                                               Date

Please Forward Application to:        Nursing Program
                                      Tacoma Community College
                                      Health, Justice, & Human Services Division, Bldg. 19-70
                                      6501 South 19th Street
                                      Tacoma, WA 98466-6100

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