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Registered Nursing

Clark State Community College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

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

The Registered Nursing (RN) program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000; approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing,17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410; (614) 466-3947;

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.

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

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences while working with patients, families, and other health care providers.
  • Manage nursing care for individuals and small groups of clients with common and recurring health problems.
  • Use the nursing process to provide holistic care for individuals across the life cycle.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to make nursing care decisions.
  • Develop and implement health teaching plans for individuals and small groups to assist them in achieving maximum health potential.
  • Display professional behaviors and practice within the ethical/legal framework of nursing.

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 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

A Nursing Pathway program has recently been developed. In this program, students are enrolled at Wittenberg for the first year and take general education courses. In the second and third years they take nursing program courses at Clark State and complete their associate degree in nursing. Students remain Wittenberg students as well during this time 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 information about the program will be made available to perspective students as soon as it is available in summer/fall 2015

Clinical Requirements

Prior to entering the first clinical nursing course (NUR 1170) students must have current professional CPR provider status 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 they enter the first clinical nursing course. Second-year students must update health requirements prior to taking clinical courses. Additional information about these clinical requirements is provided at the nursing program orientation.

Students will be billed for liability insurance for each year of clinical courses.

Progression Requirements
In order to enroll in NUR 1170 and progress to subsequent clinical 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. 

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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Options

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, 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.

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

Course Title Credits
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
NUR 1120 Pharmacology and Drug Calculations 3
NUR 1170 Basic Nursing Concepts 7
ENG 1112 English II 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
NUR 1172 Adult Nursing I 7
NUR 1174 Behavioral Health Nursing 4
BIO 1131 Microbiology 3
MTH -- Math Elective** 3
NUR 2272 Children-Family Nursing 3
NUR 2274 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 2276 Adult Nursing II 5
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 2278 Adult Nursing III 7
NUR 2279 Nursing Capstone Clinical 2
NUR 2280 Nursing Review 1
  Total Credit Hours 73

*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 course must be repeated.

** Students may choose from MTH 1050 Math for Today's World (prerequisite CPE 0700), MTH 1060 Business Math (prerequisite CPE 0500), or STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I (prerequisite CPE 0700). 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.