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PROGRAM GOAL: The purpose of the associate degree nursing program is to prepare students for eligibility to apply for the Registered Nurse National Council Licensing Examination.

The nursing program is fully approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Institutional membership is maintained in the NLN Council of Associate Degree Programs and the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P. 404.975.5000
F. 404.975.5020
www.acenursing.org

Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study, students receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing which enables them to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of this examination, the Registered Nurse (R.N.) License is received.

This program will articulate into a baccalaureate degree program in nursing at all universities in the State University System.

Before beginning this program of study, students should obtain a program application packet from the Division of Health Sciences containing a current listing of admission and course requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

(The items below are listed only as a general guide. Students should obtain a current application packet for the complete listing of entry requirements.)

  1. Application to Gulf Coast State College must be completed prior to applying for the associate degree nursing program.
  2. Submit the completed nursing program application to Health Sciences Division.
  3. Submit all previous school transcripts (including high school/GED and all previous colleges) to the Office of Admission and Records for evaluation.
  4. Submit proof, as outlined in the application packet, of college level competency in reading and English.
  5. Successfully complete, with a "C" or higher, BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L (Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and Lab), as well as College-level Math (prefix of MAC, MGF, or STA).
  6. Successfully complete the nursing school entrance exam. (Registration process, study information, and minimum scores are contained in the nursing application packet).
  7. Schedule appointment with assigned nursing faculty Advisor.

It should be understood that admission to the nursing program is a selective process. The satisfaction of minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission. When space is limited, preference may be given to students within the community college's assigned district.

Deadline for Selection: All entry requirements, as outlined in the program application packet, must be completed by the appropriate deadlines for the two start dates each year. The deadline for the fall start date is the last working day of February and the deadline for the spring start date is the last working day of September.

Requirements after Conditional Acceptance:

  1. Satisfactory fingerprint / criminal background check.
  2. Copy of Valid CPR certification. Either the American Heart Association Health Care Provider Life Support Course or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer is acceptable.
  3. Completion of physical examination (with satisfactory results), including copy of immunization form.
  4. Satsifactory 10-panel drug screening.

Refer to Nursing Student Handbook for retention, dismissal, and readmission policies.

Transfer Credit: Academic courses taken at other colleges are transferable provided credit and laboratory hours correspond with those required at GCSC. CLEP credits are acceptable for transfer according to college policy. The possibility of transferring nursing courses can be determined only after a review of the individual's transcript and course outlines. Advanced placement students are admitted on a space-available basis.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES CH
Communications Area 3
•+* ENC1101, English I  
Humanities Area 3
Humanities  
Mathematics Area 3
+* Approved college-level mathematics (MAC/MGF/STA)  
Natural Sciences Area  
+* BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
* BSC2085L, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
+* BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II 3
* BSC2086L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Social Sciences Area 3
Behavioral Sciences
•* PSY2012, General Psychology  
MAJOR COURSES
+* MCB2004, Microbiology 3
* MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
* HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
* DEP2004, Developmental Psychology 3
+*# NUR1022C, Foundations of Nursing Practice 3
+*# NUR1210C, Basic Care of the Adult 4
+*# NUR1213C, Intermediate Adult Care 10
+*# NUR1142, Introduction to Pharmacology 2
+*# NUR2420C, Maternal-Infant Nursing 4
+*# NUR2310C, Nursing Care of the Child 4
+*# NUR2520C, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4
+*# NUR2214C, Advanced Adult Care 11
     

TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 72
 
* Minimum grade of "C" required.
+ Prerequisites required.
# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

LPN-to-ADN ARTICULATION

PRIMARY ADVISOR: Debbie Brzuska (913-3317), Martha Ruder (913-3314)

AREA OF CONCENTRATION: This program is designed to facilitate the transition from the role of licensed practical nurse to registered nurse. LPN applicants may earn up to 17 credits of nursing based on competency testing results.

The Nursing program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State College and the satisfaction of minimum requirements do not automatically guarantee admission.

Before beginning this program of study, students should obtain a program application packet from the Division of Health Sciences containing a current listing of admission requirements.

Application Process: Complete application process as noted in the LPN-to-ADN program articulation.

  1. Official transcripts from high school, any vocational school, and college must be sent to Enrollment Services.
  2. A current copy of the applicant's nursing license must be on file in the Health Sciences Division.
  3. Copy of valid CPR certification.  Either the American Heart Association Health Care Provider Life Support Course or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer is acceptable.
  4. Current education certificates in the Health Sciences file for HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Medical Errors, Infection Control, HIPAA, and IV Therapy.

Minimum Requirements for Admission to LPN-to-ADN Articulation:

Prior to entering NUR 1005C Nursing Transition, students must follow the checklist for students seeking LPN transition admission as outlined in the LPN-to-ADN articulation packet.

Beginning with the class starting Fall 2016, applicants must successfully complete the HESI A2 Pre-Admission Exam for RN programs.  A minimum score of seventy-five percent (75%) for each of the four components is requiredIt is comprised of exams that are academically oriented, consisting of math, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.

Requirements for completion of additional cognate courses will be determined based on placement of applicant within the nursing sequence.

Students choosing Option 8A in the articulation packet are required to take Excelsior College Mobility Exams. Official results from the following mobility exams must be sent to the registrar's office and a copy sent to the nursing department BEFORE the applicant can enroll in NUR 1005C. Guidelines for awarding of credit once accepted into the program are as follows:

Excelsior College Mobility Exam and Number:

Fundamentals of Nursing (403)
GCSC Credit: NUR 1022C
Minimum Required for Credit: Grade of "C"
Maximum Semester Hrs. Credit: 3

Adult Nursing (554)
GCSC Credit: NUR 1210C, NUR 1212C
Minimum Required for Credit: Grade of "C"
Maximum Semester Hrs. Credit: 9

Foundations of Gerontology (407)
GCSC Credit: NUR 1281C
Minimum Required for Credit: Grade of "C"
Students choosing Option B in the articulation packet are required to enroll in NUR1000C (Nursing Transitions, 5 credits). Content of the previous practical Nursing content areas of Foundations of Nursing Practice, Adult Nursing, and Foundations of Gerontology will be validated in this course.

Maximum Semester Hrs. Credit: 5

Scheduling Options:

The Traditional scheduling option allows the student to merge into the third semester of an existing weekday RN class. Once selected, this option will allow students to complete the RN program in two semesters. Students may be selected to enter the Traditional option during either fall or spring semesters.

The Weekend option at the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe selects one class of students twice yearly. Once selected, this option will allow students to complete the RN program in two semesters.  Classes meet for 6 hours on Friday afternoons with a clinical component of 12.5 hours on Saturday or Sunday.

Additional Information:

  • Retention and Dismissal Requirements - Refer to Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Readmission Requirements - Refer to Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Transfer Credits - Refer to associate degree nursing designated curriculum.
  • Graduation Requirements – Refer to associate degree nursing.
  • Course Curriculum – Refer to associate degree nursing.

Upon conditional acceptance into the nursing program, students must also submit:

  1. Satisfactory fingerprint / criminal background check.
  2. Medical examination with satisfactory results and copy of complete immunization record, including Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver, and PPD or medical denial of symptoms.
  3. Satisfactory 10-panel drug screen.

PERIOPERATIVE NURSING

GOAL: This course is designed to introduce the nursing student or registered nurse to Perioperative Nursing with a focus on the Intraoperative component. This course includes an introduction to the patient's perioperative experience, roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse; principles and practice of sterile technique; sterilization and disinfection; operating room hazards; and an introduction to surgical technique.

Course completion must be achieved within one semester. A second course is available through cooperative education for "hands on" experience in the operating room – NSP2290. This course is offered in cooperation with clinical affiliates. NSP2290 offers advanced training in the area of surgical nursing for any second through fourth term current nursing student or as an open enrollment class to any licensed registered nurse. This course is a requirement for local hospitals for employment in the surgical area.

COURSES CR
#* NSP2290, Periop Nursing Theory 3
#* NUR2290L, Periop Lab/Clinical 3

GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPIC NURSING

Goal: These courses are designed to introduce the nursing student or registered nurse to endoscopy (gastroenterology) nursing with a focus on the intraoperative component. This course includes an introduction to the patient's gastroenterology experiences. Roles and responsibilities of the gastroenterology nurse along with the principles and practices of gastroenterology practice are covered.
Course completion is achieved within one semester for each course. The second course provides "hands on" experience in gastroenterology nursing. This course is offered in conjunction with clinical affiliates.

COURSES CR
#* NSP2230, GI Endoscopy Nursing Theory 3
#* NUR2230L, GI Endoscopy Nursing Lab and Clinical 3

REGISTERED NURSE FIRST ASSISTANT

Goal: This set of courses are designed to introduce the certified perioperative nurse (CNOR) eligible registered nurse or advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) to the perioperative specialty of surgical first assisting with a focus on the intraoperative component. Roles and responsibilities of the RNFA along with the principles and surgical techniques of first assisting practice are covered. Course meets the requirements of AORN and the Florida Nurse Practice Act. Certification is available for the Registered Nurse through the Competency Credentialing Institute, Inc. (CCI) provided all application requirements are met. Course completion is achieved within one year for both courses. The second course provides "hands on" experience in gastroenterology nursing. Students complete an on-site lab experience. Exact dates are available from the Coordinator of Surgical Services.

COURSES CR
#* NSP2290, Periop Nursing Theory or proof of certification as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) 3
#* NSP2090 ,RNFA Nursing Theory 3
#* NSP2090L, RNFA Nursing Lab and Clinical 3

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