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Registered Nursing

Clark State Community College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

The Registered Nursing (RN) program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing,17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410; (614) 466-3947; www.nursing.ohio.gov and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Graduates are prepared to function in beginning staff-level registered nurse positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and comparable health care facilities as members of a health care team.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing, a graduate will be able to:

  • Patient Centered Care: Engage in professional nursing practice, providing holistic, individualized, compassionate care that is patient centered and culturally, and developmentally appropriate across the lifespan.
  • Communication, Teamwork, and Collaboration: Utilize effective communication with nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, respect, and shared decision making.
  • Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement: Incorporate a spirit of inquiry through the utilization of current best evidence to make clinical judgements for quality improvement.
  • Safety, Informatics, and Technology: Integrate informatics and technology to guide nursing judgement in making clinical decisions that minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
  • Leadership and Professionalism: Transition to the role of the professional nurse, incorporating legal, ethical, and professional standards

Technical Standards
Specific attributes, characteristics, and abilities are essential to practice nursing. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students who enter the nursing program must be able to perform (with or without reasonable accommodations) these Essential Functions, which are linked to this program page on the College's web site.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the essential functions should contact the College's Office of Accessibility to request reasonable accommodations.

Students are asked to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to perform the Essential Functions of the Student Nurse when applying to the program. These Essential Functions are also reviewed at the program orientation session. Attendance at this session is required for all students who have been accepted to start the nursing program's technical courses.

Admissions Requirements:
The RN program is a space limited program that admits students twice a year in fall and spring semesters. In addition to applying to the college, students must apply to the program. Minimum grade point average, reading, writing, math, and science requirements must be met prior to applying to the RN program. Completion of the minimum requirements and application to the program does not guarantee admission to the program. Entry to the nursing program is competitive and based on academic achievements. Detailed information about the RN program’s competitive admission criteria, process, time line, and forms are available in the Petitioning/Application Process for Health programs area of Clark State’s web site.

Clark State/Wittenberg University Associate Degree/Bachelor Degree Pathway Admission Option
 In this program, students are enrolled at Wittenberg for the first year, take general education courses, and apply to Clark State's nursing program once they have met Clark State's nursing program's application requirements. In the second and third years they are enrolled in Clark State's nursing program. At the end of the third year they will have completed their associate degree in nursing at Clark State and are elibilble to take the national RN licensure exam. During the second and third years students remain Wittenberg students as well with regards to housing and student services and activities. In the fourth year, they take nursing courses at Wittenberg and obtain their bachelor's degree in nursing. 

Additional Program Requirements
Prior to starting the program, students must have current healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/BLS) certification and current state-tested nurse aide credentials or have satisfactorily completed MST 1181 or its equivalent within the past two years. Additional information about these requirements can be obtained from academic and faculty advisors.

Students must also meet health requirements, show proof of health insurance, and meet criminal background check requirements before starting the program. Drug screens are also required prior to clinical assignment at some agencies. Second-year students must update health requirements, criminal background check, and drug screen (if required by clinical agency) in accordance with program and clinical agency policies. Additional information about these requirements is provided at the nursing program orientation sessions that are required for all students who have been accepted to start the program. Students must complete these requirements at their own expense. Students will be billed for liability insurance for each year of clinical courses as part of a course fee.

Progression Requirements
In order to enroll in NUR 1130 and progress to subsequent nursing course, students must have successfully completed all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an associate degree, Registered Nursing students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and have a grade of C or better in all courses in the curriculum. 

Licensure
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Licensure is mandatory for practice as a RN. Candidates for licensure in Ohio must obtain a criminal background check and disclose information related to any prior felony or misdemeanor, crimes involving gross immorality or moral turpitude, violation of a drug law, and/or recent diagnosis or treatment of a psychotic disorder. The Ohio Board of Nursing will determine whether the candidate may take the licensing exam.

Student Achievement Data

The nursing program publishes student achievement data that is required by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The data includes the graduates' success on the licensure examination, program completion rates, and employment rates. 

Licensure Examination Pass Rate - Performance on the licensure examination for first-time test-takers 

  • 2016 first-time test-takers from all cohorts  (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 84.68%
  • Traditional RN Day, December 2015 graduates = 80% 
  • Traditional RN Day, May 2016 graduates = 87%

Program Completion Rate - Percentage of students who graduate within a defined period of time. The definition used by ACEN for the program completion rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.

  • All cohorts  (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 66.66%
  • Traditional RN Day Cohort  = 62%                                                                                                                     

Job Placement Rate - Percentage of graduates, responding to a graduate survey, who were employed in a position for which the program prepared them six (6) to twelve (12) months after graduating,.

  • 2016 rates for all responding graduates (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 100%

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Option

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing are prepared to obtain licensure and employment as a registered nurse.  Graduates are also prepared to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. A number of colleges and universities have designed bachelor's nursing completion programs for associate degree prepared registered nurses. Clark State has articulation agreements with a number of area BSN completion program including Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Urbana University, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University, Students are encouraged to refer to the transfer section of the catalog, the transfer guides area of the college's web site, and their academic advisor for more information about these programs.

Curriculum Plans and Course Formats
The program schedules are designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory requirements. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory education courses, will require additional semesters of study.

The curriculum plan that follows is for the fall semester start. The spring semester start varies somewhat in the sequencing of courses. Contact the Health, Human, and Public Services Division office for a copy of the spring semester start curriculum plan.

Many non-nursing and some nursing (NUR) courses in the curriculum are available in both traditional and online/hybrid formats.

Download the curriculum plan for this major.

Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Course Title Credits
Summer
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
 
Fall
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
NUR 1110 Dosage Calculation 1
NUR 1130 Basic Nursing Concepts 6.5
 
Spring
ENG 1112 English II 3
NUR 1132 Adult Nursing I 6.5
NUR 1134 Behavioral Health Nursing 2.5
 
Summer
BIO 1131 Microbiology 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
 
Fall
MTH -- Math Elective** 3
NUR 2234 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2.5
NUR 2236 Adult Nursing II 6.5
 
Spring
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 2232 Children-Family Nursing 2.5
NUR 2239 Adult Nursing III 8
 
  Total Credit Hours 65

*BIO 2121 and BIO 2122, or the equivalent must be successfully completed within five  years of entry into the first clinical nursing course. If older than five years, the courses must be repeated.

** Students may choose from MTH 1050 Math for Today's World (prerequisite CPE 0650), MTH 1060 Business Math (prerequisite CPE 0500), or STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I (prerequisite CPE 0650). Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) should choose a math course that will satisfy the BSN program requirements for their school of choice.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.