Nursing
The registered nurse is a licensed health care professional able to work in hospitals, clinics, acute care, physicians' offices, emergency centers, long-term care facilities, and home health care agencies. Registered nurses work with patients from birth through old age in a variety of health care settings, including medical/surgical, obstetrics, mental health, long-term care, and in the community. They design care plans, perform patient assessments, administer medications, give injections, serve as advocates for patients, and refer patients to the proper resources. Critical-thinking and decision-making ability, as well a life-long commitment to learning, are important assets in this demanding but rewarding profession.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, and are qualified to take the National Council Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. With additional credits, an Associate of Arts degree may be granted. (Students interested in transferring on to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, please refer to the Clark College to WSU Vancouver Direct Transfer Agreement.)

Clark College's Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

NLNAC
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
www.nlnac.org

Preliminary Requirements


To apply for the program, complete the Clark College Application for Admission and Statement of Intent forms. Return to the Clark College Welcome Center with the non-refundable program application fees (subject to change). For the current fee amounts, please visit the Nursing website at www.clark.edu/clarknursing.

Send all official college transcripts to the Credential Evaluations Office for complete transcript evaluation.

The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 applicable GPA (with at least a 2.0 in each program class) to qualify for selection to the Nursing program:

  1. CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry (formerly CHEM 111)

  2. BIOL& 251L Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II, III

  3. BIOL& 252L (formerly BIOL 231, 232, 233)

  4. BIOL& 253L

  5. BIOL& 260 Microbiology (formerly BIOL 240)

  6. NUTR 103 Nutrition

  7. PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (formerly PSYC 211)

  8. ENGL& 101 Composition 1 (formerly ENGL 101)

  9. ENGL& 102 Composition 2 (formerly ENGL 102) or ENGL 109, Writing About the Sciences (formerly ENGL 113)


  • There is a seven-year (7) limit on all science/social science courses (numbered 1-7 above) at the time of program entry.

  • The following courses must be completed with a 2.0 or higher grade point prior to graduation:
    • Humanities Elective 3 credits

    • PE Activity 1 credit


Final Program Admission


Upon completion of preliminary requirements, an evaluation will be completed and the applicant will be notified by the Credential Evaluations Office of additional procedures necessary for program consideration.

Acceptance into the Nursing Program is limited and competitive. It is based on the total points accumulated in the criteria previously outlined (see "Calculate Your Nursing Points" on the Clark College Nursing website).

Upon Acceptance
  1. Upon notification of acceptance, students must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit within the deadline stated in the acceptance letter.

  2. Immediately notify the Clark College Nursing Program office at 360-992-6075 if for any reason your acceptance to the Clark College Nursing Program decision changes.

Mandatory Orientation


A mandatory orientation will be held for admitted students and invited alternate students. Attendance is required, or the next eligible alternate student will be given the assigned placement in the program. Students will be informed of the orientation date, time, and location.

Physical Exam and Proof of Immunizations


Accepted students and invited alternate students must submit proof of a physical exam and of the following immunizations by the stated deadline or their space will be given to the next eligible alternate.

You must provide evidence of:
  1. Tdap

  2. Chickenpox history or varicella immunization

  3. MMR immunizations or titer

  4. PPD (TB test) or QFT-G if positive PPD

  5. Hepatitis B immunizations (at least #2 in the three-part series before start) or titer

Criminal Background Check


All accepted students are required to complete and pass the FBI, Washington State Patrol/Oregon State Patrol (depending on state of residence) criminal background check process. The criminal background check requires a fee and the applicant's social security number.

Disability Statement for Health Occupations


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
Nursing (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Physical Education (1 credit required)
Health course waived
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
Additional Program Prerequisites
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
4 cr.
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
4 cr.
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
4 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
NURS 110
FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
3 cr.
NURS 111
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
4 cr.
NURS 113
PROFESSIONAL NURSING SKILLS I
2 cr.
NURS 114
NURSING SKILLS PRACTICE I
1 cr.
NURS 115
NURSING COMPETENCIES AND SIMULATION
2 cr.
NURS 120
NURSING CONCEPTS I
2 cr.
NURS 121
NURSING CONCEPTS IN PRACTICE I
4 cr.
NURS 125
NURSING COMPETENCIES AND SIMULATION
2 cr.
NURS 126
PROFESSIONAL NURSING SKILLS II
1 cr.
NURS 127
NURSING SKILLS PRACTICE II
1 cr.
NURS 130
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING
2 cr.
NURS 131
NURSING CARE OF THE EMERGING FAMILY
4 cr.
NURS 132
NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD
4 cr.
NURS 133
FAMILY CENTERED NURSING SKILLS
1 cr.
NURS 210
NURSING CONCEPTS II
3 cr.
NURS 211
NURSING CONCEPTS IN PRACTICE II
8 cr.
NURS 212
NURSING SKILLS PRACTICE III
1 cr.
NURS 220
NURSING CONCEPTS III
2 cr.
NURS 221
NURSING CONCEPTS IN PRACTICE III
4 cr.
NURS 222
MENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS
2 cr.
NURS 223
MENTAL HEALTH IN PRACTICE
4 cr.
NURS 230
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP
2 cr.
NURS 231
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE
8 cr.
NURS 232
PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 112

Program Progression


In order to progress from one course or quarter to the next after beginning the Nursing program, student must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Knowledge: Integrate relevant theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Clinical Judgment: Demonstrate effective problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Caring: Integrate principles of diversity, holism, stewardship, dignity, and respect to reflect an environment of caring.
  • Teamwork and Interprofessional Collaboration: Model open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate personal accountability, ethical practices and continuing competence in nursing.
  • Patient Safety: Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both clinical system effectiveness and individual performance.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Nursing - WSU Vancouver Direct Transfer Agreement (AA)
Students who complete the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at Clark College may choose to continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Washington State University Vancouver. The following additional courses are required to meet graduation requirements for the Clark College/WSU Vancouver Direct Transfer Agreement.


Additional Coursework
MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
or BUS 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
or BUS 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Oral Communication
5 cr.
Humanities (2 subject areas with an academic focus)*
15 cr.
Total Required Credits: 31
*See the Humanities section of the Associate of Arts Degree Requirements in section B of this catalog for a list of qualifying courses.

General Information


Selection criteria are subject to change. For complete updated information, please refer to the application, available online at www.clark.edu/clarknursing, or by calling the Admissions Office at 360-992-2105.
Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) (I-BEST) (CERT)
I-BEST pairs English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors with career and technical education instructors in the classroom to concurrently provide students with literacy education and workforce skills. I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must first complete all levels of basic education before they can begin workforce training.

The I-BEST Nursing Assistant Certificate is specifically designed for students who test below college level in reading or math. This program requires CASAS testing and requires a multi-step process before students can enroll.

I-BEST NAC classes run approximately 10 weeks (8 weeks in the summer) and are on a Monday-through-Friday daytime schedule.
Major Area Requirements
NAC 103
NURSING ASSISTANT FOUNDATIONS/CLINICAL
9 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
Note: ABE/GED 071 is required of all I-BEST NAC students. It provides extra support for students who have tested below college level in reading or math.
Total Required Credits: 10
Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) (CA)
The Nursing Assistant Certificate program provides instruction in basic nursing skills, including CPR and First Aid for the Healthcare Provider, HIV/AIDS, and clinical training in a long-term facility. After successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, students are eligible to sit for the State of Washington Nursing Assistant examination for State certification. Students receiving their certification will be eligible to apply for employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home or community health agencies.

Participation Requirements


  • 18 years of age or older

  • High school diploma or GED is recommended, but not required

  • Proof of 2-step TB test or clear chest x-ray within 6 months upon acceptance into the program.

  • Clear criminal background check

  • Upon successful selection, attendance at mandatory Nursing Assistant Orientation

NAC - For Credit Requirements


  • All applicants must submit the following three (3) items to the Clark College Welcome Center, PUB 002, by the stated deadline on the Statement of Intent form in order to be considered for the quarter's NAC class.

  • Application for Admission to (if not already a student at) Clark College
  • Statement of Intent form
  • Criminal Background Check

Classes are held at the Clark Center at Washington State University, Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center in east Clark County. Clinical skills training is in a supervised client care setting in the Clark County area.
Major Area Requirement
NAC 103
NURSING ASSISTANT FOUNDATIONS/CLINICAL
9 cr.
Total Required Credits: 9