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.
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)
state.id.us/ibn/ibnhome.htm, 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 www.nlnac.org 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 www.nic.edu 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
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
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.