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Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing

Clark State Community College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

This program is available at the Beavercreek and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.

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.

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 

  • 2019 first-time test-takers from all cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 77.0%
  • Traditional RN Day, December 2018 graduates = 76.75%
  • Traditional RN Day, May 2019 graduates = 80.55%

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.

  • 2019 All cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 75.13%
  • 2019 Traditional RN Day Cohort = 52.45%

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.

  • 2019 rates for all graduates (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 95%

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 programs including Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Western Governors 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.

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Outcomes and Curriculum

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, culturally, and developmentally appropriate across the lifespan.
  • Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration: Utilize effective communication with nursing and interprofessional 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.
Course Title Credits
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
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
ENG 1112 English II 3
NUR 1132 Adult Nursing I 6.5
NUR 1134 Behavioral Health Nursing 2.5
BIO 1131 Microbiology 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
MTH -- Math Elective** 3
NUR 2234 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2.5
NUR 2236 Adult Nursing II 6.5
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 are required to take STT-2640, Elementary Statistics (see course descriptions for prerequisites), or its equivalent. If transferring in a statistics course, it must be an OTM (Ohio Transfer Module) course.

The program schedule is 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 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.

Academic Requirements

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 Technical Standards, which are linked to this program page on the College's web site.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the technical standards 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 Technical Standards of the Student Nurse when applying to the program. These Technical Standards 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. Applicants must complete the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  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 Evening program’s competitive admission criteria, process, timeline, and forms are available on the Admissions Space Limited Programs web page.

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 at a community college 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 and drug screen requirements before starting the program.

Students must update health requirements, criminal background checks, drug screens 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. 

All students enrolled in NUR 2239 are required to enroll in the Virtual ATI NCLEX review. 

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

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 higher in all courses in the nursing curriculum. 


The Registered Nursing (RN) program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing,17 South High Street, Suite 660, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3466; (614) 466-3947; and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326