• Nursing Curriculum

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    Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018*/**

    *Because Program requirements for application generally change from year to year, it is important to note that the information listed on this page is for the stated academic year only.

    **Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Nursing page.

    Mt. Hood Community College is a partner in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). The curriculum is competency based and addresses the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidenced-based practice; relationship-centered care; interdisciplinary collaboration; assisting individuals and families in self-care practices for promotion of health and management of chronic and acute illnesses; end-of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers. Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing.

    The OCNE curriculum is designed as a four-year course of study, the first year devoted to pre-admission requisites and/or pre-program courses (45 credits) required before starting the nursing program in the second year. The second and third year of designated study will be taken at MHCC. Total credits required to complete the program are a minimum of 127. Upon completion of the MHCC Nursing program requirements, the students will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and will be eligible to apply to take the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (RN-NCLEX). Licensure is granted through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Some institutions and agencies require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for employment. To this end, the student may elect to continue for the fourth year of study, leading to a BSN, offered by OHSU or transfer to any other four-year university that accepts MHCC courses.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Practice nursing along the health continuum of health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic disease management and end-of-life
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary healthcare providers, clients and families in planning and delivering healthcare
    • Demonstrate integration of knowledge, skills and professional attitude necessary to practice in the role of the registered nurse
    • Integrate knowledge of cultural diversity, legal aspects and ethical principles to provide and/or manage client care in a variety of healthcare environments
    • Demonstrate professional behaviors in the practice of nursing
    • Utilize technology to find, retrieve, plan and implement evidence-based nursing care

    Applying to the Nursing program: Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. All admitted students must pass a criminal background check prior to entering the program. Specific requirements and application packets are available at the MHCC Web page at mhcc.edu/Nursing. Program information sessions are offered on a regular basis; dates and places are listed on the website at mhcc.edu/NursingContact/. Students are encouraged to address further questions about the program and/or requirements to MHCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Office, 503-491-7315.

    LPN-RN Advanced Placement

    The Nursing program accepts applications from Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) into the third quarter of the program. Acceptance is contingent on accepted transferable practical nursing courses from an accredited practical nursing program, and passing the MHCC nursing program pharmacology, NRS230 and NRS231, courses and pathophysiology, NRS232 and NRS233, courses, all with a grade of “C” or better. Information and curriculum plan for the LPN to RN program can be found at mhcc.edu/HealthProfessions/. LPN-RN applications are accepted every other year. Next admission will be 2019. The nursing program does not accept transfer students from non-OCNE schools.

    Application Requirements 2018-2019

    Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the nursing program after completing 30 credit hours of courses from the required pre-program courses listed below. The 30 credits must include BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I and either MTH095 (or higher) or placement into MTH105 (or higher, except MTH211) on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) by the application deadline.

    Note: All Required Pre-program Courses must be completed with a “C” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

    Required Pre-program Courses - (2017-2018) Credits
    (Program pre-requisites known at the time of catalog printing;
    please see application webpage, mhcc.edu/NursingAppy/ for updated requirements.)
    BI112 Biology for Health Professions
    (or acceptable transfer biology with genetics)
    BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
    BI234 Microbiology 4
    FN225 Nutrition 4
    MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right-Triangle Trigonometry (or higher)1 5
    PSY237 Human Development 4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking or
    WR227 Technical Report Writing
    Humanities requirement 3
    Minimum Required Pre-program Course credits to apply (must include BI231 and MTH095) 30
    All Required Pre-program Course credits must be completed before starting the Nursing (NRS) courses 45

    Please see the Nursing program application packet for complete details, mhcc.edu/NursingAppy/.

    1Sudents who have completed MTH095 (or higher) more than 7 years prior to application, must take the math placement test. Students with a minimum of MTH095 older than 7 years, but who place into MTH105, must complete 30 credits to apply and 45 credits before starting the nursing (NRS) courses by selecting a humanities or social science requirement (see page 11 of the printed catalog.)

    Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

    Note: A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all program courses. Internet and email access is an integral part of all nursing courses and access to a computer (at home or at the college) will be required on a daily basis.

    Students admitted to the nursing program who are not CNAs must take a 24-hour skills workshop offered by the nursing program before beginning the program.

    Nursing Course Requirements
    First Quarter (Fall or Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    NRS110A Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-A 5
    NRS110B Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-B 4
    NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
    Social Science requirement 3
    Second Quarter (Winter or Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    NRS111A Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I-A 2
    NRS111B Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I-B 4
    NRS231 Clinical Pharmacology II 3
    NRS232 Pathophysiological Processes I 3
    Third Quarter (Spring or Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life
    (or any 3 hours of HE. HPE or PE)2
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
    higher, or elective2,3,4
    NRS112A Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I-A 2
    NRS112B Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I-B 4
    NRS233 Pathophysiological Processes II 3
    Fourth Quarter (Summer or Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    NRS222A Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-A 4
    NRS221BL Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-B Lab 2
    NRS222BL Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life - B Lab 1
    Humanities requirement4,5,6 3
    Social Science requirement7 3
    Fifth Quarter (Fall or Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    NRS221A Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life-A 4
    NRS221BC Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life - B Clinical 3
    NRS222BC Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life – B Clinical 4
    Humanities requirement4,5,6 3
    Social Science requirement or elective4,5,6 3
    Sixth Quarter (Winter or Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    NRS224A Integrative Practicum I 9
    Elective 4,5,6, 7 5
    Total Credits 100-1018

    2General education courses in the first year may be completed during summer term prior to the beginning of the program or during the summer term prior to the fourth quarter.
    3Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) in the pre-admission process and have not completed MTH095 (or higher) in the past must take MTH105 (or higher as indicated by placement score). Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) and have MTH095 (or higher) on a college transcript, may select any humanities, social science or science/mathematics/ computer science distribution requirement. Students who plan to continue to earn a BSN must complete a minimum of MTH105 or MTH111.
    4Students who plan to continue through to OHSU must be aware that to earn their bachelor’s degree, they must have:
    a. Two years of the same high school foreign language, or two terms of college-level foreign (including American sign language) language credit, or a foreign language proficiency examination
    b. MTH243 Statistics.
    These classes can be applied toward elective requirements.
    5Students must have a minimum of nine credits of college-level social sciences and nine credits of humanities to meet program requirements for completion of the program. PSY237 cannot be used to meet this requirement. See page 11 of the printed catalog.
    6 Skill-based humanities courses are not allowed. See skill-based notation in AAOT course list of the printed catalog.
    7Electives may include humanities, social science, natural science or mathematics.
    8Total credits include general education requirement credits included in the pre-program requirements.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Accommodations are available by following the procedures established by MHCC Disabilities Services Office