About the Nursing Program

Nursing student in SIM lab

Nursing Students in SIM lab

Attention Students - Clark College is in the final stages of adopting the new state-wide "Nursing Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement" (Nursing AA-DTA/MRP Degree). Note: We must still receive the appropriate approvals. If approved, changes will take affect for the February 15, 2017 application deadline for Fall 2017 start. See below for the proposed requirements and point system.

Clark College's Associate degree Nursing Program is the largest in Washington state. Clark’s program offers entry level RN education with more than 250 currently enrolled students who provide clinical care in almost every major hospital and medical center in the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan area. Students are mentored by approximately 13 full-time and 20 part-time faculty and are employed everywhere in Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland area.

Clark's nursing program is located at Clark College at Washington State University Vancouver. New, state-of-the-art laboratories are used for teaching nursing students, including a simulation lab for creating life-like clinical situations for student assessment and response.

As you consider applying to the Clark College Nursing Program, it is important that you, as a candidate, understand the requirements of the program and the profession. Students in the Nursing program, as well as nurses working in the health care field, experience extended periods of great physical exertion that include long hours of walking, standing, reaching, bending, and twisting. Nurses move and lift patients and other equipment weighing over 25 pounds.

National accreditation by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd. NEACEN Seal
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

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Degree Options

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 as 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

ACEN
Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
www.acenursing.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 Enrollment Services 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

  2. BIOL& 251L Human Anatomy & Physiology I

  3. BIOL& 252L Human Anatomy & Physiology II

  4. BIOL& 253L Human Anatomy & Physiology III

  5. BIOL& 260 Microbiology

  6. NUTR 103 Nutrition

  7. PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology

  8. ENGL& 101 Composition 1

  9. ENGL& 102 Composition 2 or ENGL 109 Writing about the Sciences

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

  • The following courses must be completed with a 2.0 or higher 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 Clark College Nursing program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on a point system that includes science GPA, applicable GPA, Washington state residency, and other factors. For more information on the criteria and calculating your points, please refer to "Selection" on the Nursing program website at www.clark.edu/clarknursing.

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

    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.

    Physical Exam and Proof of Immunizations
    Accepted students and invited alternate students must submit proof of a physical exam and proof of immunizations by the stated deadline or their space will be given to the next eligible alternate. For a list of immunizations, please visit the website at www.clark.edu/clarknursing.

    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.

    NAC
    Students must have active NAC prior to enrolling in the Nursing Program.

    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.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
Physical Education (1 credit required)
 
Health course waived
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
(Placement of MATH 090 or higher will satisfy this requirement)
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
(Lifespan Psychology also fulfills the Human Relations Requirement)
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
Additional Program Prerequisites
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
5 cr.
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
5 cr.
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
NURS 110
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING CONCEPTS
3 cr.
NURS 111
FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING
4 cr.
NURS 113
LIFESPAN ASSESSMENT CONCEPTS
2 cr.
NURS 114
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION I
1 cr.
NURS 115
NURSING SKILLS LAB I
2 cr.
NURS 122
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING
2 cr.
NURS 123
FAMILY-CENTERED CLINICAL NURSING
5 cr.
NURS 124
INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
1 cr.
NURS 127
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION II
1 cr.
NURS 128
NURSING SKILLS LAB II
2 cr.
NURS 135
MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS 1
3 cr.
NURS 136
MEDICAL-SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING I
6 cr.
NURS 137
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION III
1 cr.
NURS 138
NURSING SKILLS LAB III
2 cr.
NURS 241
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS II
3 cr.
NURS 242
MEDICAL/SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING II
8 cr.
NURS 251
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS III
2 cr.
NURS 252
ADVANCED HOLISTIC CLINICAL NURSING
8 cr.
NURS 253
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CONCEPTS ADVANCED
2 cr.
NURS 261
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITION TO PRACTICE
2 cr.
NURS 262
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SENIOR PRACTICUM
8 cr.
NURS 263
PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
1 cr.
NURS 264
CAPSTONE NCLEX PREPARATION
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 117
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Teamwork and Interprofessional Collaboration: Model open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Pre-Nursing -DTA/ MRP (AA)
This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper-division Bachelor of Science, Nursing (entry-to-practice/basic BSN pathway) by completing a broad selection of academic courses. Many students transfer to the BSN program after completing the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program (RN-to-BSN pathway); however, this agreement is not applicable to and does not alter those ADN-to-BSN articulation agreements.

Students planning a career pathway in Nursing should seek advisement from Clark College's Advising Department early. Besides this degree, Clark has several consortial agreements with regard to degrees in Nursing.

This pathway streamlines preparation for the basic BSN pathway across the state. It does not, however, address the issue of significantly inadequate capacity (faculty, clinical opportunities, etc.) at the BSN level relative to workforce needs or current student interest. Due to high interest and limited space in BSN programs, admission to all BSN programs is highly competitive, with many qualified applicants finding themselves on waiting lists for admission.

This document represents an agreement between the following baccalaureate institutions offering an entry-to-practice/basic BSN program and the community and technical colleges system. Baccalaureate institutions party to this agreement include: University of Washington, Seattle; Washington State University; Northwest University; Seattle University; Seattle Pacific University; Pacific Lutheran University; and Walla Walla University. The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing (WSU-ICN) is a consortium whose members include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga, and Whitworth. Associate degree transfers to WSU-ICN are admitted through WSU, but not through the other consortium institutions. EWU participated in the development of this agreement.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AA degree path has these differences from the MRP defined below:
  1. Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework, and
  2. Clark's Social Science distribution requirement stipulates that students take courses from at least three different departments.
Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students are responsible for researching and preparing for specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions as early as possible prior to transferring.
Generic DTA Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
10 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirements
5 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
15 cr.
2. Social Sciences
15 cr.
3.Natural Sciences
15 cr.
C. Electives
27 cr.
Elective Courses
MRP Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. English Composition
10 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
5 cr.
5 quarter credits Statistics (a course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics)

Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.

B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
15 cr.
5 quarter credits of Public Speaking
10 quarter credits of other Humanities

Consistent with the requirements in all DTA degrees - no more than 10 credits per discipline area, 5 credits maximum in world languages or ASL. No more than 5 credits of performance/skills classes are allowed.
2.Social Sciences
15 cr.
  • 5 quarter credits, Introduction to Psychology

  • 5 quarter credits, Human Development across the Life Span

  • 5 credits from the Sociology discipline
3. Natural Sciences
35 cr.
35 credits with at least 25 credits lab-based:
  • 5 quarter credits General Biology, the course prerequisite to Anatomy/Physiology

  • 10 quarter credits Anatomy and Physiology with lab

  • 5 quarter credits Inorganic Chemistry with lab

  • 5 quarter credits Organic/Biochemistry with lab (when Organic + Biochemistry are separate courses, both are required)

  • 5 quarter credits Microbiology with lab

  • 5 quarter credits Human Nutrition

C. Electives
10 cr.
Up to 10 additional quarter credits of which a maximum of 5 credits may be in college-level courses as defined by the community college, and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.
Clark College Equivalents
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
 
MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
and MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
 
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING Fulfills oral communication requirement
5 cr.
10 quarter credits of other Humanities, 5 of which can be CMST
2. Social Sciences
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
5 credits in Sociology
3. Natural Sciences
 
BIOL&100
SURVEY OF BIOLOGY
5 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
(BIOL 164 & BIOL 165 preferred)
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
5 cr.
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
5 cr.
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
CHEM&131
INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM
5 cr.
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION *
3 cr.
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
Up to 10 additional quarter credits of which a maximum of 5 credits may be in college-level courses as defined by the community college, and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.

Students need to consult with the transfer institution to determine which course is "fully transferable."
Notes
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
 
ENGL&102 is REQUIRED at Northwest University and Walla Walla University.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
 
UW Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the additional class in college algebra or pre-calculus (at UW Seattle, a class in Logic also serves for the additional class).

Students should make sure that the receiving institution will accept the business statistics sequence prior to starting.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
 
In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their nursing curriculum.

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). Credits in the humanities distribution area provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the humanities choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.
2. Social Sciences
 
Northwest University requires Cultural Anthropology and does not accept a course in the sociology discipline as a substitute. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Cultural Anthropology if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The credits in sociology provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the sociology choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.
3. Natural Sciences
 
Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for these natural science requirements.

Northwest University requires 2 credits of Genetics as well. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Genetics if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.

At the time of application, when some of the coursework may not yet be completed, UW Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for 3 out of the 7 courses or 2.8 for 4 out of the 7.

*Students need to be aware that Clark College's nutrition class is only 3 credits, not the required 5 credits.
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
See notes under humanities, social science and natural science.

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The elective credits provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible course selection or select courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.
Total Required Credits: 90
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
Nursing - Transfer to WSU Vancouver (AA)
Students who complete the Nursing program at Clark College may choose to continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Washington State University Vancouver. The following courses are required to meet graduation requirements for the Clark College/WSU Vancouver Direct Transfer Agreement (Associate in Arts).

For information regarding the application process, preliminary requirements, and final admission process, please visit the Clark College Nursing website at www.clark.edu/clarknursing.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
and MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
Physical Education Activity (1 credit required)
Health course waived
 
Oral Communications (5 credits required)*
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
5 cr.
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
5 cr.
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
NUTR 103
GENERAL NUTRITION
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
NURS 110
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING CONCEPTS
3 cr.
NURS 111
FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING
4 cr.
NURS 113
LIFESPAN ASSESSMENT CONCEPTS
2 cr.
NURS 114
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION I
1 cr.
NURS 115
NURSING SKILLS LAB I
2 cr.
NURS 122
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING
2 cr.
NURS 123
FAMILY-CENTERED CLINICAL NURSING
5 cr.
NURS 124
INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
1 cr.
NURS 127
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION II
1 cr.
NURS 128
NURSING SKILLS LAB II
2 cr.
NURS 135
MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS 1
3 cr.
NURS 136
MEDICAL-SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING I
6 cr.
NURS 137
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION III
1 cr.
NURS 138
NURSING SKILLS LAB III
2 cr.
NURS 241
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS II
3 cr.
NURS 242
MEDICAL/SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING II
8 cr.
NURS 251
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS III
2 cr.
NURS 252
ADVANCED HOLISTIC CLINICAL NURSING
8 cr.
NURS 253
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CONCEPTS ADVANCED
2 cr.
NURS 261
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITION TO PRACTICE
2 cr.
NURS 262
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SENIOR PRACTICUM
8 cr.
NURS 263
PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
1 cr.
NURS 264
CAPSTONE NCLEX PREPARATION
1 cr.
*Can apply to Humanities
Total Required Credits: 142
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • 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
  • Knowledge: Integrate relevant theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Clinical Judgment: Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making.