Nursing: Registered Nursing (R.N.)
The faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing program upholds the mission of North Idaho College in its committment to student success, educational excellence, community engagement, and lifelong learning.
The mission of the nursing program is to provide the opportunity for eligible individuals to acquire the education necessary for entry into the profession of nursing as a registered nurse. In collaboration with the healthcare community, the program strives to provide competent, caring registered nurses who are committed to lifelong learning. The curriculum includes general education courses in the arts and sciences and nursing courses, which provide nursing theory in the classroom and clinical experiences in health care agencies.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to:
1. Act in accordance with professional values, ethics, legalities, and standards.
2. Collaborate effectively with others in planning, providing, and evaluating care within the health care system.
3. Apply the nursing process in practice using scientific and nursing knowledge and critical thinking in problem-solving, decision-making, and clinical judgment.
4. Practice nursing in a safe, competent, and caring manner which meets the multidimensional health care needs of individuals, families, and communities.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Passing the examination qualifies the individual to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in any state. The program prepares the graduate for employment in entry level positions in a variety of health care settings and areas of nursing practice. The program is designed as a transfer degree and will satisfy core requirements at Idaho public colleges and universities which offer RN to BSN programs.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Inquires can be made by contacting the above agencies at: Idaho Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 83702, Boise, ID 83720-0061, (208) 334-3110, www2.state.id.us/ibn/ibnhome.htm, and/or Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, 3343 Peachtree Road N.E. Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326 or www.acenursing.org.
The Associate Degree Nursing program has a selective admission process requiring specific prerequisite courses. See below for details regarding specific requirements. It is highly recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor as they begin planning their pre-nursing coursework. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are eligible to apply for advanced placement. LPNs must meet the same admission criteria as other program applicants. Applicants desiring advanced placement should meet with the chair of the Nursing Advanced Placement Committee for advisement.
In addition to the regular college admissions requirements, students applying for the Registered Nursing program need to complete a Nursing program application, which consists of:
1. Application for admission to NIC (if not already complete). New and former students must complete the formal admissions process as listed for Degree Seeking (Matriculating) students.
2. NIC admission application fee (if not previously paid).
3. Associate Degree Nursing program application.
4. Official high school and college transcripts.
5. Results from the entrance exam (see application packet for information on scheduling the exam).
6. Applicants who have attended any other nursing program must submit a recommendation from an instructor or administrator of that program.
Application forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office and on the NIC website two months prior to the application deadline.
1. High school diploma or GED.
2. Applicants must have a valid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from any state and submit it by the application deadline. The only acceptable documentation will be a copy of the state issued certificate.
3. Evidence of completion of an approved medical terminology course with a grade of C/2.0 or higher within three years prior to application to the program.
4. Prerequisite courses: The coursework must be successfully completed prior to the term for which application for admission is made. See application packet for specifc deadlines:
a. Algebra: Demonstrate competency in algebra above the MATH-025 level. Competency can be demonstrated through ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores from testing within two years prior to application or by completion of MATH-025 or MATH-108 or a math course from the Math list for the North Idaho College A.S. degree with a grade of C/2.0 or better.
b. BIOL-227 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
c. BIOL-228 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) d. ENGL-101 (English Composition)
5. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required. The required GPA is calculated on all courses which meet the nursing curriculum requirements for the North Idaho College associate of science degree.
6. A minimum grade of C/2.0 must be earned in each of the courses which are a part of the nursing program curriculum.
7. Lab science courses which were completed more than seven years prior to application to the program must be repeated. Applicants who completed Anatomy and Physiology more than seven years ago with the required grade(s) of C/2.0 or better may repeat it or complete an approved pathophysiology course with a grade of C/2.0 or better.
Enrollment in the Nursing program is limited. Because of the number of applicants, completion of all admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program. Candidates for admission are selected from the pool of qualified applicants using a point-based process. Students with the highest point total will be accepted until the designated enrollment limit is reached. An alternate list will be developed using the same process.
Specific information on the selection process and point system are available two months prior to the application deadline and can be obtained from the NIC Admissions Office, (208) 769-3311, or from the Nursing (R.N.) homepage at www.nic.edu and clicking on Instructional Programs.
1. The additional coursework required to meet the A.S. degree requirements that is not completed at the time of admission to the Nursing program, must be completed no later than the sequence identified in the nursing curriculum in order to meet prerequisites for nursing courses. All required courses must be completed by the end of the program.
2. The Admissions Office will determine transferability of courses from other colleges.
3. The Nursing Department will determine if previous nursing credits will be acceptable for transfer.
4. Advanced placement is available for Licensed Practical Nurses. Applicants must meet the same criteria and deadlines as other program applicants. For further information, view the Nursing (RN) homepage by going to the college website at www.nic.edu and clicking on instructional programs or contact the NIC Division of Health Professions and Nursing at (208) 769-3329 for specific guidelines and further information. 5
5. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance into the nursing program. Violations which appear on the criminal background check may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program.
6. Students with visible body art may be denied access to clinical sites, which could result in the inability to complete the program.