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					                          INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
                 of the INCOMING CLINICAL CLASS OF FALL 2013
                                    to the
      REGISTERED NURSE (RN) ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE (AAS)
                                      at
                    RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE


CONTENTS
  I.   OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
  II.  APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE (PRE-CLINICAL)
  III. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO NURSING COURSES (CLINICAL)
  IV.  ADMISSION TO CLINICAL NURSING COURSES
  V.   OTHER INFORMATION


I.    OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM

The Registered Nurse (RN) program at Raritan Valley Community College is a rigorous 68-70
academic credit program involving non-nursing and nursing academic courses. Students completing
the program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing and qualify to take the RN-
NCLEX RN exam for Registered Nurse Licensure.

Applicants should be aware that the program:
    will require a substantial commitment of time and energy;
    makes holding a job (part-time or full-time) extremely difficult;
    necessitates significant changes in lifestyle and household responsibilities.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of applications for Nursing Program, only applicants who live
or work in Somerset or Hunterdon County are eligible for admission at this time.

II.     APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE (PRE-CLINICAL)

To be accepted at Raritan Valley Community College, applicants must submit to Enrollment Services
all of the following items:
         A. Completed RVCC admission application indicating Nursing (Day or Evening/Weekend) as
              the intended program of study
         B. RVCC Application fee

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            C. All OFFICIAL transcripts from:
               1. Any prior college attended
               2. High School showing graduation or proof of high school equivalency (GED)
            D. Immunization record showing two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella and 3 doses of
                Hepatitis B according to State of NJ Dept. of Health requirements (for full time students)
            E. Signed Acknowledgement Form stating that they have read this packet- “Information for
                Applicants to the Registered Nurse Associate Degree Program at RVCC”

*You cannot complete the next step until your application to the college is complete.

III.        APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO NURSING COURSES (CLINICAL)

Applicants must have a complete RVCC application on file and meet each of the following
requirements in order to be considered qualified for admission to clinical courses:

       A. Complete college-credited laboratory science courses in BIOL-124 & BIOL-125, with a grade
          of “C” or better in each course. Each course must be four (4) college credits.

                     Nursing program policy states: “A student shall be dismissed from the Nursing
                     Program if they fail two required science courses, two nursing courses, or one science
                     course and one nursing course with a grade of D, F, W, or AU after the 10th day of
                     class.” This means that any two (2) D, F, AU or W grades in BIOL-124, BIOL-125 or
                     BIOL-133 may also disqualify an applicant.

       B. Complete any developmental course required in reading and writing, including ESL (English
          as a Second Language) courses.

       C. Complete mathematics through Elementary Algebra (MATH 020 at RVCC). Intermediate
          Algebra is recommended, but not required.

       D. Demonstrate computer literacy by successful completion of CISY 102, 103, 105 or
          equivalent. Applicants may take the Technological Competency proficiency exam in the
          Testing Center to satisfy this requirement. This requirement must have been completed within
          seven (7) years prior to application, as per the Computer Science Department Policy. Older
          courses will not be accepted for transfer.

       E. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher at RVCC. Applicants with prior college
          experience only from a school other than RVCC must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75
          from the last college attended. Those with a lower GPA may qualify by completing at least
          six credits at RVCC with an overall GPA of 2.75 or above.

       F.    Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies
             Institute (www.atitesting.com) at RVCC or submit ATI TEAS Version V results if taken
             elsewhere. Results must be from September 2011 or later and the ATI TEAS Version V test
             must contain all four scores of the test (English, Math, Reading & Science) for Fall 2013
             admission. TEAS may be taken once every 4 months.

       G. Attend a Nursing Information Session to obtain an Application to Clinical.


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When all of the above requirements are met, the applicant must submit the Application to Clinical,
including acceptable proof of residency and a clear criminal history background check done through
www.adamsafeguard.com, to the Nursing office (H-200 or H-220).

Each student prior applying to the clinical nursing program must complete a Criminal History
Background Check (CHBC). Any record containing serious charges will be evaluated and the student
will be contacted. The results need to be attached to the clinical application – background checks
should be done no later than 6 weeks before the admission deadline date to be able to have their
clinical application evaluated and processed. The CHBC must be done through
www.adamsafeguard.com

Early Admission applications for RVCC students and transfer students must be submitted by
February 1. These applications will be considered for seats 1- 70 for the Day program and 1- 20 for
the Evening/Weekend program. Any RVCC student who completes prerequisite courses at RVCC in
the Spring semester may apply for Late Admission by May 17 to be considered for the remaining
seats. Any student who applied for Early Admission but did not get a seat will automatically be
reconsidered for Late Admission, as long as they are not a transfer student. New transfer students are
NOT eligible for Late Admission. To be an established RVCC student, the student must have taken 6+
credits here at RVCC. RVCC must also be the most recent institution the student has attended. If an
Application is received before all of the requirements are completed, it will be sent back to the
applicant.

IV.    PROCESS FOR ADMISSION TO CLINICAL NURSING COURSES (NURS 101)

       A. All applicants who have submitted an Application to Clinical and are qualified (see
          section III) will be evaluated for admission. Applicants will be evaluated and ranked based
          on selective criteria including overall GPA, grades in Anatomy and Physiology I and II,
          and results from the ATI TEAS testing. If more than one student has the same ranking
          score, the student’s date of application to RVCC as a nursing major will be used to
          determine placement on the list. Applicants will be notified of their admission status within
          45 days of the deadline date.

       B. Seats in NURS 101, Foundations of Nursing, will be offered to the highest ranking
          applicants (90 for the Day program and 30 for Evening/Weekend program). All applicants
          who are offered a seat must fulfill the admission requirements (in section C, below) or they
          will forfeit the seat.

       C. Admission Requirements

              1. Health Maintenance Meeting- Any student who does not attend a health maintenance
                 meeting, after being prompted to do so, will automatically forfeit their seat. Several
                 meetings will be offered to provide incoming students with information concerning
                 the requirements before beginning clinical courses, such as:
                  Professional Liability Insurance – the student must submit proof of malpractice
                     insurance
                  Health Maintenance and Immunizations Form - the student must submit a
                     satisfactory and complete Health Maintenance and Immunizations Form
                     including urine drug screening, to the Nursing Student Services Specialist by the
                     deadline given at the meeting

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               2. Pharmacology Calculation Placement Test – the student must complete the test
                  before beginning NURS 101: Foundations of Nursing. Enrollment in a
                  Pharmacology Calculation course in the first half of the Fall semester is required for
                  students who do not pass with the required satisfactory score on the Pharmacology
                  Calculation Placement test.

               3. Prompt Registration – Registration forms and information will be sent in May. The
                  student must register for FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING (NURS 101) in person
                  during the specified registration period. Anyone who does not register by the
                  deadline indicated in the registration mailing will forfeit their seat.

               4. Maintain 2.75 GPA and adhere to nursing policy regarding 2 failures (D, W, F, AU)
                  in any required science courses. Any student whose GPA falls below 2.75 or who
                  earns 2 unsatisfactory grades may be removed from the Admission List.

        D. Qualified students who are not offered a seat in NURS 101 at notification time will remain
           on the admission list for the current year and will be offered admission if seats become
           available, until the first day of Fall classes. If seats become available, students will be called
           in sequence. If a student does not respond to an offer of admission within two weeks, the
           student will be removed from the list and the next student will be called. Students may also
           be removed if their GPA falls below 2.75, or they are placed on academic alert, suspended
           or have any other college action taken against them while on the list.

        E. Any student who is not admitted to NURS 101 may reapply to be considered for the next
           admission year. Students may take steps to improve their ranking, such as taking courses
           (Microbiology and Chemistry are recommended) or retaking the ATI TEAS Version V
           (with all 4 parts of test).


V.      OTHER INFORMATION

        A. OUT OF COUNTY APPLICANTS: Qualified applicants who live or work in Somerset and
           Hunterdon Counties have priority for admission to clinical at all times. Due to the high
           volume of nursing applications, only applicants who live or work in Somerset or Hunterdon
           County are eligible for admission at this time.

        B. ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER OF RECORD: The College will use the address and
           phone number of record listed on the student’s application. It is the student’s responsibility
           to ensure that the Office of Enrollment Services receives a copy of the Change of Personal
           Information Form if any changes occur.



     Revised 01.15.13: nml




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