Academics

Nursing, Registered (APNURS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Description

The WCC Nursing Program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Credit earned in the nursing program can transfer to a BSN completion program. Learning opportunities are in the classroom, simulation lab, clinical setting and community. Students will be prepared to succeed in a dynamic healthcare environment.

For more detailed information regarding the health care programs at WCC, please visit health.wccnet.edu .

Articulation

Chamberlain College of Nursing, BSN degree;
Concordia University - Wisconsin, RN-BS-Nc degree;
Davenport University, BSN degree;
Eastern Michigan University, BSN degree;
Siena Heights University, BSN degree;
University of Michigan - Flint, BSN degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges/.

Admissions Requirements

WCC uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. Each year, approximately 80 students are accepted to the program for a Fall and Winter semester start (40 per semester). There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. Applicants are required to meet all admission criteria and will be ranked based on a point system. The best qualified applicants will be selected for admission to the program. Student residency will be a weighted factor in the process. Details regarding WCC's Admission to High Demand Programs policy including priority levels are on WCC's Board of Trustees page: www.wccnet.edu/trustees/policies/2005/. Details regarding WCC's point scales that are used to calculate points are on WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page: www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/.

Prerequisite and program requirements along with WCC's point system and scales are reviewed annually and subject to change. Students are expected to meet the prerequisite and program requirements of the catalog term for the semester in which they first begin the program.

Students are encouraged to completed required support courses prior to beginning the program. This is a full-time program; no part-time option is available.

Requirements for application are:
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Program prerequisite courses:
a. Academic Math Level 3 or MTH 160 or MTH 167 or any math level 4 or higher course.
b. BIO 111 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
3. Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.7. Only transcripts that provide an admission requirement course will be included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
4. Current or expired Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certification, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic license in the state of Michigan.
5. Pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills, ATI-TEAS Version V (5.0) nursing.wccnet.edu/teas/, by achieving the following minimum scores based on the current TEAS version:
Math proficiency - 60 percent or higher
Reading proficiency - 70 percent or higher
English and Language Usage proficiency - 60 percent or higher
Science proficiency - 45 percent or higher
If repeated TEAS test attempts are needed to meet required scores, the highest subject score from each attempt will be applied towards admission requirements. Students are allowed an unlimited number of attempts.
6. Signed Abilities Statement. WCC reserves the right to request, before or during the program, that students successfully demonstrate the specific physical and cognitive abilities related to the Nursing program.
7. Criminal background check clearance (refer to Information Authorization form in the admission packet).
8. Residency verification.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application and acceptance to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page: www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/ . Completed and signed applications must be submitted to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office in the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building during the dates indicated on the application.

Continuing Eligibility

-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses.
-All Registered Nursing (NUR) courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C+/2.3 and all support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0.
-Students are required to adhere to rules of the ANA Nursing Code of Ethics.
-Additional criminal background checks may be conducted at any time during the program. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable drug test and/or criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time will result in dismissal from the program. Any cost, if indicated, for these checks is the responsibility of the student.
-Students should be aware that the Michigan Board of Nursing may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
-Students in the Nursing program will be required to purchase special uniforms and supplies throughout the duration of the program.
-Students are required to submit health records annually while in the program between May 1 and July 25 and must complete any other health requirements as designated by the clinical sites.
-Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Contact Information

Division
Health Sciences
Department
Nursing and Health Dept
Advisors
Susan Travis

Requirements

(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Credits
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function 5
HSC 101 is strongly recommended but not required. 0
Current or expired C.N.A. certification, EMT or Paramedic license. 0
BIO 111 is taken prior to admission to the program. 0
Total 5
First Semester
Class Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I * 4
COM 101 or Fundamentals of Speaking *
COM 102 or Interpersonal Communication *
COM 200 Family Communication * 3
MTH 160 or Basic Statistics *
MTH 167 or Math Applications for Health Science
Any Math Level 4 or higher course 3 - 4
BIO 147 Hospital Microbiology ** 1
BIO 212 Pathophysiology: Alterations in Structure and Function * 4
Total 15 - 16
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
HSC 147 Growth and Development * 3
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing 2
NUR 106 Fundamentals of Nursing - Lab and Clinical Practice 4
NUR 115 Pharmacology 3
Total 12
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
HSC 138 General and Therapeutic Nutrition * 2
NUR 123 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 3
NUR 124 Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Practice 2
NUR 131 Nursing of the Childbearing Family 3
NUR 132 Nursing of the Childbearing Family - Clinical Practice 2
Total 12
Fourth Semester
Class Title Credits
NUR 223 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 3
NUR 224 Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Practice 2
NUR 255 Mental Health Nursing 3
NUR 256 Mental Health Nursing - Clinical Practice 2
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology * 3
Total 13
Fifth Semester
Class Title Credits
NUR 231 Nursing of Children 3
NUR 232 Nursing of Children - Clinical Practice 2
NUR 283 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 2
NUR 284 Medical-Surgical Nursing III - Clinical Practice 3
NUR 290 NCLEX-RN Preparation 1
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care * 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required
71 - 72

Footnotes

*Courses noted may be taken prior to admission to the Nursing program, but no later than the scheduled semester.
**If you are planning to pursue a BSN degree, it is strongly recommended that you take BIO 237 Microbiology, in place of BIO 147.
BIO 147 will not transfer to a four-year university.

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