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2014 - 2015 AAS - Nursing Program Information

Also see, Associate of Arts - Nursing Field of Study an academic transfer program.



Program Options:
AAS – Nursing (RN)
Nursing (RN) Bridge for LVN / Paramedic / Medic
MSAA – Health Professions
             
Certified Nurse Assistant Track (CNA)
           Phlebotomy Track (PHLEB)

MSAA – Patient Care Technician



Collin’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program prepares students to make application to the Texas Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse. The Nursing curriculum is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Students must meet eligibility requirements for licensure as established by the Texas Board of Nursing. If an individual has reason to believe he/she is ineligible for licensure, he/she may petition the board for a declaratory order. This should be done prior to entering the program. Contact the Program Director for further information.

Collin County healthcare facilities support the ADN program. Several healthcare facilities throughout the Metroplex are used for the clinical experience. The role of the nurse continues to change in an evolving healthcare system.

Students planning to transfer to another college or university for completion of their Bachelor’s Degree should check with the Collin academic advisor prior to beginning this program to verify course transferability.

For students interested in transferring to a BSN program, please see the Associate of Arts - Nursing Field of Study.


FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES / CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS STATEMENT
After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities - with or without accommodations - for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information on the Nursing website www.collin.edu/nursing. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.


ACCREDITATION
The Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) . They may be contacted at:
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404.975.5000
    www.acenursing.org


SCHOLARSHIPS
Various scholarships are available to students when they have been accepted into the Nursing Program. Most scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Other types of monetary support are available through the college’s Financial Aid Office.


ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Nursing Program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Registration is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained from the Health Sciences Office, the Nursing Office or the Nursing website: www.collin.edu/nursing.

  • Complete pre-entrance course requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Earn a GPA of 2.5 or greater on all courses applicable to the Nursing program
  • Submit official copies of all college transcripts
  • Complete the PSB (Nursing School Aptitude Exam) prior to the Jan. 31 or July 31 deadline with a satisfactory result
  • Successful completion of drug screen, background check and physical / mental competencies, and dental exam
  • Completion of immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) *

 
*    It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Director. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before the first clinical visit.

Health Insurance – All nursing students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.  

Placement in mathematics and English courses is based upon the results of each student’s assessments and subjects completed before admission.


Nursing (RN)

The Nursing curriculum allows for deep learning and promotes higher level clinical judgment. Students focus on generalities of specifically identified concepts and then apply those concepts within the context of specific priority exemplars. A great advantage of concept-based learning, from a curriculum point-of-view, is that it provides an efficient content management process. Nursing concepts are divided into two categories: Health Care Concepts, and Professional Nursing Concepts. These concepts are learned in the classroom and applied using sound clinical judgment in practical settings such as the campus hospital and Health Sciences Simulation labs as well as in local healthcare facilities.


AAS – Nursing (RN)
60 credit hours

PREREQUISITES
BIOL      2401       Anatomy and Physiology I1
BIOL      2402       Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL      2420       Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

PSYC     2301       General Psychology1
RNSG     1161       Clinical I – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     1170       Introduction to Nursing Concepts
RNSG     1171       Professional Nursing Concepts I
RNSG     1271       Professional Nursing Competencies
RNSG     1471       Health Care Concepts I

Second Semester
PSYC     2314       Life-Span Growth and Development
RNSG     2172       Professional Nursing Concepts II
RNSG     2361       Clinical II – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     2572       Health Care Concepts II


SECOND YEAR
First Semester

ENGL     1301       Composition I
RNSG     2173       Professional Nursing Concepts III
RNSG     2362       Clinical III – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     2573       Health Care Concepts III

Second Semester
HUMA   1301       Introduction to Humanities I
                               (See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
RNSG     2174       Professional Nursing Concepts IV (Capstone)
RNSG     2363       Clinical IV – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     2574       Health Care Concepts IV

1.  No course substitutions

Note: The communication competency is met throughout the degree.



Nursing (RN) Bridge for LVN/Paramedic/Medic
60 credit hours

PREREQUISITES
BIOL      2401       Anatomy and Physiology I1
BIOL      2402       Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL      2420       Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
PSYC     2301       General Psychology1
PSYC     2314       Life-Span Growth and Development

                Nursing faculty will determine the application and approval process.
                Students accepted into the Grant Pilot Bridge Program will receive credit
                for the following courses:

                RNSG-1161, RNSG-1171,
                RNSG-1471, RNSG-2172 and
                RNSG-2572


FIRST YEAR
Summer

RNSG     1163       Clinical – Nursing Transition from LVN/Paramedic
RNSG     1170       Introduction to Health Care Concepts
RNSG     1172       Professional Nursing Competencies
RNSG     2371       Concept-Based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice


SECOND YEAR
First Semester

ENGL     1301       Composition I
RNSG     2173       Professional Nursing Concepts III
RNSG     2362       Clinical III – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     2573       Health Care Concepts III

Second Semester
HUMA   1301       Introduction to Humanities I
                              (See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
RNSG     2174       Professional Nursing Concepts IV (Capstone)
RNSG     2363       Clinical IV – Nursing – Registered Nurse Training
RNSG     2574       Health Care Concepts IV

1.  No course substitutions

Note: The communication competency is met throughout the degree.



Marketable Skills Achievement Awards
Courses used in these awards, except HITT 1305 and HPRS 1271, are only offered through dual-credit at select high schools.   Please contact the Health Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Office at the Central Park Campus (CPC), Room B122G, or call 972.548.6678 for additional information.



MSAA – Health Professions –Certified Nursing Track (CNA)
9 credit hours

HITT      1305       Medical Terminology I
HPRS     1271       Introduction to the Healthcare System 1
NURA    1160       Clinical – Nursing Aide and Patient Care Assistant
NURA    1301       Nurse Aide for Health Care

1.   May substitute HPRS-1204

Note: Some of the courses in this award program may require prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions.





MSAA – Health Professions –Phlebotomy Track (PHLEB)
11 credit hours

HITT      1305       Medical Terminology I
HPRS     1271       Introduction to the Healthcare System 1
PLAB     1323       Phlebotomy
PLAB     1360       Clinical – Phlebotomy

1.   May substitute HPRS-1204

Note: Some of the courses in this award program may require prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions.




MSAA – Patient Care Technician
This award requires successful CNA, PHLEB and EKG course completion.

14 credit hours

DSAE     1340       Diagnostic Electrocardiography
ECRD    1111       Electrocardiography
NURA    1160       Clinical – Nursing Aide and Patient Care Assistant
NURA    1301       Nurse Aide for Health Care
PLAB     1323       Phlebotomy
PLAB     1360       Clinical – Phlebotomy

Note: Some of the courses in this award program may require prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions.




Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.

Nursing Lab
Contact Information

Dean, Academic Affairs - Nursing:
Donna Hatch, MSN, RN
CPC - E302
972.548.6772

MSAA Contact:
Health Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Office
CPC - B122G
972.548.6678



Academic Advisor:
Tori Hoffman
CPC - D117E
972.548.6779

Lisa Gibbs
CPC - D117F
972.548.6778

Department Website:
http://www.collin.edu/nursing