Nursing Associate in Science

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The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formally NLNAC) and approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON). Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON) for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Prior to meeting all program course requirements, the matriculated Nursing students may be eligible to apply to the NHBON for additional licensure after successful completion (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of “C+” ) of the following Nursing courses:

  • Nursing I: Apply for additional licensure as a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
  • Nursing III:  Apply for additional licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The New Hampshire Board of Nursing’s licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301. Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formally NLNAC) 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000, Fax (404) 975-5020.

Requirements

Admissions Criteria
A review of all COMPLETED Admission files will begin in March. Nursing program applications must be completed by February 28 to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete an application for the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts if seeking transfer credit.
  4. Provide proof of completion of high school algebra, biology, and chemistry or equivalent with a grade of “C” or greater or proof of registration in a course with projected date of completion by June 30th of the current year.
  5. Complete the ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance exam* with minimum or greater adjusted individual scores as indicated in each of the four areas of the test:​
    • Reading - 73.8
    • Math - 70.0
    • Science - 54.2
    • English and Language Usage - 63.3
    • Applicants are permitted to take the TEAS V exam 3 times per 12 month period. Test dates must be at least 6 weeks apart. Exams must be taken no later than two weeks prior to the application deadline.
  6. Provide two professional references on the official form provided by The College (Alternative formats are not accepted).
  7. Special Consideration points are given to applicants who have completed both Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II prior to the February 28th deadline with a grade of “C+” within the past 5 years from the time of acceptance.

*The ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance Exam is designed to identify areas that may need strengthening before a prospective student begins the major course of study in Nursing. To receive information regarding the ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance Exam or to register for a specific exam date, contact ATI at www.atitesting.com .

ATI TEAS Testing Dates

Clinical Requirements
After acceptance and prior to the first week of classes, all nursing students must:

  1. Submit a current (within 1 year prior to beginning first Nursing course) GBCC Health Report Form including all required health screening and immunizations.
  2. Submit documentation of initial and/or annual testing for Tuberculosis (TB).
  3. Submit documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine or a signed waiver.
  4. Submit documentation of Influenza vaccine or a signed waiver by October.
  5. Possess and maintain personal health and accident Insurance.
  6. Possess and maintain professional liability insurance (purchased at The College).
  7. Possess and maintain certification from either the American Red Cross: CPR for the Professional Rescuer Course or the American Heart Association equivalent. No other certifications will be considered.
  8. Complete a criminal background check through approved vendor. Students may be required to perform more than one criminal background check throughout the course of the program based on clinical facility requirements. Participation in clinical experiences may be restricted or denied based on results of criminal record check and therefore would affect the ability of the student to meet course objectives and successfully complete the program.
  9. Complete drug testing through approved vendor. Students may be required to perform more than one drug test throughout the course of the program based on clinical facility requirements. Participation in clinical experiences may be restricted or denied based on results of drug testing and therefore would affect the ability of the student to meet course objectives and successfully complete the program.

Technical Standards
This program is physically strenuous and requires some heavy lifting. Individuals must be able to meet the general health demands of the program in order to satisfy course/clinical objectives and the requirements of the field.

Nursing Program Suspension Information
Students matriculated in the Nursing program who are withdrawn or who do not successfully achieve the minimum grade in the major theory, science and other co-requisite courses as outlined in the program course sequencing will be Program Suspended from Nursing.

Nursing Readmission Policy
Students matriculated in the Nursing program who withdraw or are Program Suspended may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the Nursing program one time only. Students who have failed a Nursing course because of unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are not eligible for readmission to the Nursing program. Readmissions are contingent upon space availability. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. In order to be reconsidered for admission, the student must:

Submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission consideration to the Chair of the Department of Nursing. In this letter, briefly and generally outline the reason(s) you were previously unable to continue in the program and identify the Nursing course to which you are requesting readmission. Students who have requested readmission consideration will be ranked according to their Nursing course average. As space availability is determined, students will be readmitted based on their ranking order. Students will then be notified of the status of their request, in writing by the Admissions Department. Students who are granted readmission will need to complete and submit a new Application for Admission to the College. Additionally, students will have to successfully complete course content, competency testing, and other requirements determined by faculty once they have been notified of their readmission status

Advanced Placement or Transfer
In addition to the admissions requirements (excluding item #5 the ATI TEAS V Preadmission Entrance Exam), students seeking Advanced Placement or Transfer must have completed all prerequisite coursework by examination, challenge or transfer credit.  ATI examinations are available for the challenge process and are necessary to meet Nursing core course requirements.

Advanced Placement: A student must be a currently licensed practical nurse (LPN).  In addition, in order to be considered for advanced placement into NURS211, Nursing III, a student must successfully complete the ATI LPN Step Assessment: LPN to RN examination. A minimum or greater adjusted individual score of 58.3% is required on this exam within the past two years in order to be granted credit.

Students accepted for advanced placement into the senior year are required to take NURS200 Advanced Placement Seminar prior to the start of the senior year. Nursing Advanced Placement applications must be completed by May 1st to be considered for acceptance in the fall Nursing III class. In addition to meeting all requirements, admission is on a spot-available basis.
 
Transfer: In order to be considered for Transfer from another Nursing program into NURS 112, Nursing II, students must have successfully completed (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of “C+”) a Nursing Fundamentals course while matriculated in another nursing program and the ATI Fundamentals exam A minimum or greater adjusted individual score of 66.4% is required on this exam within the past two years in order to be granted credit. Nursing Transfer applications must be completed by December 1st to be considered for acceptance in the spring Nursing II class. In addition to meeting all requirements, admission is on a spot-available basis.

Nursing Transfer Credit Policy: In addition to specific nursing course transfer policies noted above and other Great Bay Community College transfer credit policies, a minimum grade of C+ (76.67) must have been achieved in Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology within a five year period from the time of acceptance into the Nursing program in order to have these courses meet the Nursing curriculum requirements.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
NURS111 Nursing I 6 9 9
Classroom 6, Lab 9, Total 9
BIOL110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 17

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
NURS112 Nursing II 4 15 9
Classroom 4, Lab 15, Total 9
BIOL120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
PSYC210 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
NURS211 Nursing III 4 15 9
Classroom 4, Lab 15, Total 9
BIOL210 Microbiology 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Total Credits 17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
NURS212 Nursing IV 3 18 9
Classroom 3, Lab 18, Total 9
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 19

Total Overall Credits : 69

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