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Nursing: Registered Nursing (R.N.)
Associate of Science Degree

Transfer Program                                                             ments, students applying for the Registered Nursing program
The faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing program upholds                  need to complete a Nursing program application, which
the mission of North Idaho College in supporting student                     consists of:
success, teaching excellence, and responding to the needs of the              1. Application for admission to NIC (if not already complete).
community.                                                                       New and former students must complete the formal admissions
                                                                                 process as listed for Degree Seeking (Matriculating) students.
The mission of the nursing program is to provide the opportu-                 2. NIC admission application fee (if not previously paid).
nity for eligible individuals to acquire the education necessary              3. Associate Degree Nursing program application.
for entry into the profession of nursing as a registered nurse.               4. Official high school and college transcripts.
In collaboration with the healthcare community, the program
                                                                              5. Results from the entrance exam (see application packet for
strives to provide competent, caring registered nurses who
are committed to lifelong learning. The curriculum includes                      information on scheduling the exam).
general education courses in the arts and sciences and nursing                6. Applicants who have attended any other nursing program must
courses, which provide nursing theory in the classroom and                       submit a recommendation from an instructor or administrator
clinical experiences in health care agencies.                                    of that program.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demon-                   Application forms may be obtained from the Admissions Of-
strated the ability to:                                                      fice and on the NIC website two months prior to the applica-
  1. Act in accordance with professional values, ethics, legalities,         tion deadline.
     and standards.
  2. Collaborate effectively with others in planning, providing,             Admission Requirements
     and evaluating care within the health care system.                       1. High school diploma or GED.
  3. Apply the nursing process in practice using scientific and               2. Applicants must have a valid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
     nursing knowledge and critical thinking in problem-solving,                 certificate from any state and submit it by the application dead-
     decision-making, and clinical judgment.                                     line. The only acceptable documentation will be a copy of the
  4. Practice nursing in a safe, competent, and caring manner                    state issued certificate.
     which meets the multidimensional health care needs of indi-              3. Evidence of completion of an approved medical terminology
     viduals, families, and communities.                                         course with a grade of C/2.0 or higher within three years prior
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure                    to application to the program.
Examination (NCLEX-RN). Passing the examination qualifies                     4. Prerequisite courses: The coursework must be successfully com-
the individual to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in any               pleted prior to the term for which application for admission is
state. The program prepares the graduate for employment in                       made. See application packet for specifc deadlines:
entry level positions in a variety of health care settings and areas               a. Algebra: Demonstrate competency in algebra above the
of nursing practice. The program is designed as a transfer degree                     MATH-025 level. Competency can be demonstrated
and will satisfy core requirements at Idaho public colleges and                       through ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores from testing
universities which offer RN to BSN programs.                                          within two years prior to application or by completion of
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Ida-                          MATH-025 or MATH-108 or a math course from the
ho Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League                          Math list for the North Idaho College A.S. degree with a
for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Inquires can be made by                           grade of C/2.0 or better.
contacting the above agencies at: Idaho Board of Nursing, P.O.                     b. BIOL-227 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
Box 83702, Boise, ID 83720-0061, (208) 334-3110, www2.                             c. BIOL-228 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II), and/or National League for Nurs-                      d. ENGL-101 (English Composition)
ing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road N.E. Suite                    5. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required.
500, Atlanta, GA, 30326 or                                         The required GPA is calculated on all courses which meet the
The Associate Degree Nursing program has a selective admis-                      nursing curriculum requirements for the North Idaho College
sion process requiring specific prerequisite courses. See below                  associate of science degree.
for details regarding specific requirements. It is highly recom-              6. A minimum grade of C/2.0 must be earned in each of the
mended that potential applicants meet with a nursing advisor                     courses which are a part of the nursing program curriculum.
as they begin planning their pre-nursing coursework. Licensed                 7. Lab science courses which were completed more than seven
Practical Nurses (LPNs) are eligible to apply for advanced                       years prior to application to the program must be repeated.
placement. LPNs must meet the same admission criteria as                         Applicants who completed Anatomy and Physiology more than
other program applicants. Applicants desiring advanced place-                    seven years ago with the required grade(s) of C/2.0 or better
ment should meet with the chair of the Nursing Advanced                          may repeat it or complete an approved pathophysiology course
Placement Committee for advisement.                                              with a grade of C/2.0 or better.
Admission Procedures                                                         Additional Information
Application deadlines: August 5, 2011 for acceptance into
                                                                             Enrollment in the Nursing program is limited. Because of the num-
spring semester 2012. Jan. 27, 2012 for acceptance into fall                 ber of applicants, completion of all admission requirements does not
semester 2012.                                                               ensure acceptance into the program. Candidates for admission are
                                                                             selected from the pool of qualified applicants using a point-based
In addition to the regular college admissions require-                       process. Students with the highest point total will be accepted until


Nursing: Registered Nursing (R.N.) Continued
Associate of Science Degree

the designated enrollment limit is reached. An alternate list will         Program Requirements
be developed using the same process.
Specific information on the selection process and point system             General Education Requirements (see pages 52-53)
can be obtained from the NIC Admissions Office, (208) 769-                 Area of Study                                                 Credits
3311, or from a nursing faculty advisor two months prior to                Arts and Humanities (2 disciplines)                              6
the application deadline.                                                  Communication                                                    3
  1. The additional coursework required to meet the A.S.                   English Composition                                              6
     degree requirements that is not completed at the time of              Laboratory Science 1                                             0
     admission to the Nursing program, must be completed                   Mathematics                                                    3-5
     no later than the sequence identified in the nursing cur-             Physical Education Activity and Dance                            2
     riculum in order to meet prerequisites for nursing courses.
                                                                           Social Science (2 disciplines) 2                                 0
     All required courses must be completed by the end of the
                                                                           Social Science and Arts and Humanities                           3
  2. The Admissions Office will determine transferability of               Program Requirements
     courses from other colleges.                                          Course No.          Title                                     Credits
  3. The Nursing Department will determine if previous nurs-               BIOL-250            General Microbiology                           4
     ing credits will be acceptable for transfer.                          NURS-190            Nursing Practice I                             8
  4. Advanced placement is available for Licensed Practical                NURS-195            Nursing Practice II                            8
     Nurses. Applicants must meet the same criteria and dead-              NURS-290            Nursing Practice III                           8
     lines as other program applicants. For further information,           NURS-295            Nursing Practice IV                            9
     view the Nursing (RN) homepage by going to the college                PSYC-101            Introduction to Psychology 2                   3
     website at and clicking on instructional pro-
                                                                           SOC-101             Introduction to Sociology 2                    3
     grams or contact the NIC Division of Health Professions
     and Nursing at (208) 769-3329 for specific guidelines and             Elective Requirements
     further information.                                                  Courses 100-level or higher                                        0
  5. A criminal background check will be required upon accep-                              Total Credits (minimum) 74 including prerequisites
     tance into the nursing program. Violations which appear
                                                                           Recommended Course
     on the criminal background check may result in denied
     access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete
                                                                           NURS-198            Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum            1
     the program.
                                                                               This General Education Requirement is partially met by the Program
                                                                               This General Education Requirement is met by the Program Require-

                                                                           A grade of C or 2.00 GPA or better is required in each nurs-
                                                                           ing course and general education course that is part of the
                                                                           nursing curriculum. General education courses must be
                                                                           completed with the required grade in the sequence listed to
                                                                           meet prerequisites and progress to the next nursing course.
                                                                           Achievement of a designated score on a standardized
                                                                           NCLEX-RN Predictor Exam is required for graduation from
                                                                           the program. For students who wish to continue their educa-
                                                                           tion in nursing, BSN completion programs are available
                                                                           through colleges in Idaho, Eastern Washington, and through-
                                                                           out the country.


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