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PN Certificate Program Requirements

Practical Nursing Certificate Program

Certificate: Practical Nursing

The practical nursing certificate program is designed for students who seek careers as licensed practical nurses. The program is designed to prepare graduates for the National Council Licensing Exam in Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). There are pre-requisite courses that must be completed before a student can be accepted to the practical nursing program. Satisfactory completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission to the program.

The program requirements include:

  • MAT 099 Intermediate Algebra eligible (by college placement test)
  • SCI 101 General Biology I eligible ( by college placement test)
  • ENG 101 English Composition I (pre-requisite for SSI 112 General Psychology)

The two pre-requisite courses for practical nursing include:

SSI 122 General Psychology 3 Credits
SSI 209 Human Growth & Development 3 Credits
Total:   6

Due to limited space in these career education programs, nursing has competitive admission. The practical nursing certificate program currently admits 16-24 students to a full-time day program each September.

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health offers group information and advising sessions every month from August to May for students interested in the nursing programs. Advanced placement for Licensed Practical Nurses is available. Contact the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at 617 541 5313 for the times and locations of these meetings.

Advising suggestions for academic success:
Nursing students find nursing course work to be very challenging. Students are advised to complete required general education credits, to work part-time for full-time study, and to have support systems in place BEFORE entering a nursing program.

General Education courses – other than pre-requisites
Practical Nurse Certificate Program

  • SCI 101 Introduction to the Human Body I*
  • SCI 102 Introduction to the Human Body II*

* Anatomy and Physiology I and II can substitute for Human Body I and II NUR 101 Learning Strategies for Success in Nursing is a suggested elective course prior to admission for either program.

Admission to the nursing clinical program does not guarantee clinical placement. Prior to beginning clinical practice, students will be required to submit CORI/SORI requests. The outcome of the C.O.R.I. may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience.

Immunizations

All RCC nursing students must provide documentation of the following immunizations to Student Health Services prior to the start of classes:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) - (mumps & rubella)
  • Measles (two doses)
  • Diphtheria,/Tetanus Booster (within last 10 years)
  • Hepatitis B. Vaccine - (completion of series of three)
  • Varicella vaccine x 2 or positive antibody titer or a positive history of varicella as documented by physician.

Good Moral Character
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, sections 74 and 74 A require that all applicants for initial licensure by examination furnish satisfactory proof of good moral character. This information includes, but is not limited to, the absence of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or professional discipline of a trade or professional license or certificate for a minimum of five (5) years before the date of submission of the license application.

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program has the full approval of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Program Requirements

Admission Criteria:

  • High School Diploma or GED and submission of an application to the college
  • MAT 099 Intermediate Algebra (eligible only)
  • SCI 103 General Biology I (eligible only)
  • ENG 101 English Composition I (pre-requisite for SSI 112 General Psychology)

Prerequisites   Credits
SSI 122 General Psychology 3
SSI 209 Human Growth & Development 3
Total:   6
Upon completion of the above requirements the student may apply for admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate Program. (see note below)
Fall Semester:    
SCI 101* Introduction to the Human Body I 3
PNC 101 Introduction to Practical Nursing 12
Spring Semester:    
SCI 102 * Introduction to Human Body II 3
PNC 102 Practical Nursing II 12
Summer Semester:    
PNC 103 Practical Nursing III 9
Total:   45 

*Anatomy and Physiology I and II can substitute for Human Body I and II

The program requires a specific admission exam (TEAS exam) as part of the nursing admissions criteria. Pre-requisite course work should be completed or in the process of completion prior to taking this exam. This exam can be taken only once in a given year period.

AD Nursing Program Requirements

Associate of Science in Nursing Program

Degree: Associate of Science
Major: Nursing

The associate of science degree in nursing is designed for students who seek careers as registered nurses. The program is designed to prepare graduates for the National Council Licensing Exam in Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The program articulates with many baccalaureate nursing programs for graduates desiring further nursing education. There are pre-requisite courses that must be completed before a student can be accepted to the associate degree nursing program. Satisfactory completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission to the program.

The pre-requisite courses include:
- Math 099 eligible
- English Composition I (ENG 101)
- General Psychology (SSI 122)
- Anatomy and Physiology I (SCI 201)

The associate degree nursing program admits approximately 40 students to a full-time day program each September and a smaller cohort of students to an evening full-time program every January. Potential nursing students are urged to complete as many general education requirements as possible before beginning the nursing clinical sequence, including Anatomy and Physiology II, English Composition II, Human Growth and Development. Call the Assessment and Placement Office at 617 427-0060, extension 5138, for information about CLEP exams, college placement tests, and nursing admissions exam.

The nursing faculty offers group advising sessions every month for students interested in the nursing programs. Contact the Health Sciences Division at 617 541 5313 for the times and locations of these meetings.

Advanced placement for Licensed Practical Nurses is available. Please contact the Health Sciences Division, AD Nursing Program Coordinator, for details.

Criminal Offense Record Information (C.O.R.I.)
Admission to the nursing clinical program does not guarantee clinical placement. Prior to beginning clinical practice, students will be required to submit CORI/SORI requests. The outcome of the C.O.R.I. may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience.

Program Requirements

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing 2010-2011

Nursing Prerequisites ***

10 credits

 

MAT 099 eligible

   

3 credits

ENG 101

English Composition I

 

3 credits

SSI 122

General Psychology**

 

4 credits

SCI 201

Anatomy and Physiology I *

 
       

Nursing Clinical Sequence

60 credits

First Semester:

 19 credits

9 credits

ADN 150

Foundations of Nursing

 

4 credits

SCI 202

Anatomy and Physiology II

 

3 credits

ENG 102

English Composition II

 

3 credits

SSI 209

Human Growth and Development

 
       

Second Semester:

 15 credits

11 credits

ADN 151

Nursing in Health and Illness I

 

4 credits

SCI 204

Microbiology

 
       

Third Semester:

 13 credits

10 credits

ADN 252

Nursing in Health and Illness II

 

3 credits

Elective

(i.e.,HUM,SCI, MAT-100 level or above)

 
       

Fourth Semester:

 13 credits

10 credits

ADN 253

Nursing Across the Life Span

 

3 credits

ADN 254

Issues in Professional Nursing

 
       

Total:

70 Credits

 

* See RCC’s course catalogue for a full description of courses and a list of prerequisites. College Biology II is the prerequisite to A&P I. Microbiology also has pre-requisite courses.

** Enrollment in or successful completion of English Composition is pre-requisite to General Psychology at Roxbury Community College.

Nursing courses are sequential. The successful completion of each course is a pre-requisite for the next level course.

***The program requires a specific admission exam (TEAS exam) as part of the nursing admissions criteria. Pre-requisite course work should be completed or in the process of completion prior to taking this exam.

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AD Nursing Course Descriptions

ADN 150 - Foundations of Nursing - 9 Credits

This course provides students with foundations to the art and science of professional nursing. Students are introduced to nursing process, basic human needs, the nurse-client relationship, health care delivery systems, and critical thinking skills. Students are also introduced to the roles and responsibilities of the associate degree nurse. This course includes hospital/health care facilities/community experiences, selected observations, and use of the computer and skills lab.

Pre-requisites: English Composition I, General Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I
Co-requisites: English Composition II, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II

Note: Admissions to this course is determined through a selective admissions process. See admissions information for further details.

ADN 151 - Nursing in Health and Illness I - 11 Credits

This course builds upon the framework presented in Foundations of Nursing. Students focus on therapeutic nursing interventions for the adult client with common health problems. Students use critical thinking skills to meet the health care needs of adult clients. This course includes hospital/health care facilities/community experiences, selected observations, and use of the computer and skills lab.

Pre-requisites: Foundations of Nursing, English Comp II, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II

ADN 252 - Nursing in Health and Illness II - 10 Credits

This course builds upon Nursing in Health and Illness I. Students focus on health promotion and therapeutic nursing interventions for clients with complex physical and mental health problems. Students demonstrate critical thinking skills utilized in nursing practice. This course includes hospital/health care facilities/community experiences, selected observations, and use of the computer lab.

Pre-requisites: Nursing in Health and Illness I, Microbiology
Co-requisites: Elective

ADN 253 - Nursing Across the Life Span - 10 Credits

This course builds upon all previous nursing courses. Students focus on health promotion, therapeutic nursing interventions, and management of care for groups of clients across the life span. Students provide nursing care to geriatric clients, pediatric clients, and the childbearing family. Students fully integrate critical thinking with the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed for professional nursing practice. This course includes hospital/health facilities/community experiences, selected observations, and use of the computer lab.

Pre-requisites: Nursing in Health and Illness II, Elective
Co-requisites: Issues in Professional Nursing

ADN 254 - Issues in Professional Nursing - 3 Credits

This course focuses on concepts and issues pertinent to professional nursing practice. The course is designed to facilitate the transition from student nurse to entry-level practitioner. Discussion topics include: manager of care responsibilities, professional attributes, legal-ethical responsibilities, lifelong learning, and the role of the associate degree nurse within the current health care and nursing profession. A variety of learning activities promote critical thinking and enhance creative problem-solving.

Pre-requisites: Nursing in Health and Illness II, Elective
Co-requisites: Nursing Across the Life Span

PN Certificate Course Descriptions

PNC 101 - Practical Nursing I - 12 Credits

Students are introduced to the role of the practical nurse in the health care setting. This course concentrates on the fundamental skills and principles necessary to provide basic nursing care. Students are introduced to the critical components of the nursing program: Emphasis is placed on developing assessment skills; recognizing own caring behaviors, developing cultural self-awareness, and beginning the process of developing critical thinking skills. Clinical experience with adults in a non-acute setting and nursing skills lab complement the classroom teaching. This is the First course of a three-course sequence.

Pre-requisites: SSI 35 - 122 General Psychology; SSI 35 - 209 Human Growth and Development

Co-requisites: Introduction to the Human Body I (SCI 101) Or Anatomy & Physiology I (SCI 201)

Program Clock Hours:
- Classroom 7 hours/week
- Lab 3 hours/week
- Clinical 14 hours/week

Total Course Credits: 12

PNC 102 - Practical Nursing II - 12 Credits

This course emphasizes the role of the Practical Nurse in the health care delivery system. Students care for adults with uncomplicated medical/surgical disorders. Emphasis is placed on the unique aspects of caring for the older adult. Drug and diet therapies are integrated. Stages of growth and development for the adult and older adult are explored. Basic mental health concepts are introduced. Students learn to distinguish caring behaviors among professionals, recognize culturally sensitive nursing care and use the nursing process to problem-solve. Adult and geriatric clients in acute and long-term clinical setting are utilized. Clinical and nursing skills lab components are designed to correlate with classroom instruction. This is the second course of a three-course sequence.

Pre-requisites: PNC 101 Introduction to Practical Nursing and SCI 101 Human Body I (or Anatomy and Physiology I)

Co-requisites: SCI 102 Human Body II (or Anatomy and Physiology II)

Program Clock Hours:
- Classroom 7 hours/week
- Lab 3 hours/week
- Clinical 14 hours/week

Total Course Credits: 12

Policies:
Attendance: The policy regarding class and lab attendance is found in the Roxbury Community College Nursing Student Handbook.
Academic Honesty: The policy regarding academic honesty is found in the Roxbury Community College Nursing Student Handbook.

PNC 103 - Practical Nursing III - 9 Credits

This course prepares students for entry into the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on integrating clinical skills and developing qualities of leadership and responsibility. Students care for medically stable adult clients with complex medical-surgical disorders and for groups of residents in a long-term care facility. Drug and diet therapies are incorporated into the course. Basic concepts of maternity and pediatric nursing are introduced. Students practice caring behaviors, implement culturally sensitive nursing care, and apply the nursing process to clinical situations. The clinical component is designed to correlate with classroom instruction. This is the third course of a three-course sequence.

Pre-requisites:
- PNC 102 Practical Nursing II
- SCI 102 Human Body II (or SCI 104 Biology II or SCI 202 Anat & Phys II)

Program Clock Hours:
- Classroom: 9 hours/week (average)
- Clinical: 24 hours/week

Total Course Credits: 9