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Clark's nursing program is located at Clark
College at Washington State University
Vancouver.

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.

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Nursing Work Environment

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed healthcare professional with a dynamic and essential role on a healthcare team. Registered nurses work with patients from birth through old age in a variety of healthcare 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 traits to have for a rewarding career in the Nursing field.

Applying to the Nursing Program

As you consider applying to the Clark College Nursing Program, it is important to 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 physical demands 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

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3343 Peachtree Rd. NEACEN Seal
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020 

In compliance with ACEN guidelines, Clark College publishes annual program outcomes. View the report here.

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 Arts Nursing DTA/MRP degree, and are qualified to take the National Council Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Clark College's Associate Degree in 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

About the Program
For Financial Aid purposes, the Associate Degree in Nursing DTA/MRP is open enrollment which enables all students who wish to pursue this degree to complete the “Nursing Degree Requirements” (courses in the areas of English, Biological Sciences, Psychology, etc.). The “Nursing Degree Requirements” provide the foundation for the subsequent “Nursing Core” classes (classes with “NURS” prefix). Due to clinical space limitations, although the program of study for the nursing transfer degree is open enrollment, there is a competitive application process for students to be able to begin the “Nursing Core” classes. The instructions in the Nursing Program Guide explain the nursing transfer degree requirements and the competitive application process to be able to begin the Nursing Core classes.

The Nursing Program Guide is posted on the Nursing website at www.clark.edu/clarknursing.

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.
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 term credits Statistics (a course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics)

Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.

B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
15 cr.
5 term credits of Public Speaking
10 term 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 term credits, Introduction to Psychology

  • 5 term 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 term credits General Biology, the course prerequisite to Anatomy/Physiology

  • 10 term credits Anatomy and Physiology with lab

  • 5 term credits Inorganic Chemistry with lab

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

  • 5 term credits Microbiology with lab

  • 5 term credits Human Nutrition

C. Electives
10 cr.
Up to 10 additional term 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 term 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.
*
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
Up to 10 additional term 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:
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (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)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain 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)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. (GE)
Nursing (AA)
Nursing Degree Requirements
Communication Skills
10 cr.
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills
 
MATH&146
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
5 cr.
Humanities
10 cr.
Social Science
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Science
 
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH (or Higher Level Chemistry Course)
5 cr.
BIOL&160
GENERAL BIOLOGY W/LAB
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
BIOL&241
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
5 cr.
BIOL&242
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
5 cr.
NUTR&101
NUTRITION
3 cr.
Nursing Core Requirements
First Term
 
NURS 110
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING CONCEPTS
2 cr.
ENGL 112
ETHICS AND POLICY IN HEALTHCARE I
2 cr.
NURS 113
LIFESPAN ASSESSMENT CONCEPTS
2 cr.
NURS 114
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION I
1 cr.
NURS 115
NURSING SKILLS LAB I
2 cr.
Second Term
 
NURS 122
FAMILY-CENTERED NURSING
2 cr.
PSYC 122
PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE I
1 cr.
NURS 123
FAMILY-CENTERED CLINICAL NURSING
4 cr.
PSYC 124
PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE II
2 cr.
NURS 127
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION II
1 cr.
NURS 128
NURSING SKILLS LAB II
2 cr.
Third Term
 
NURS 135
MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS 1
3 cr.
NURS 136
MEDICAL-SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING I
5 cr.
NURS 137
NURSING SKILLS APPLICATION III
1 cr.
NURS 138
NURSING SKILLS LAB III
2 cr.
NUTR 139
NUTRITION IN HEALTHCARE II
1 cr.
Fourth Term
 
NURS 241
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS II
3 cr.
NURS 242
MEDICAL/SURGICAL CLINICAL NURSING II
8 cr.
NUTR 240
NUTRITION IN HEALTHCARE III
1 cr.
Five Term
 
NURS 251
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS III
2 cr.
NURS 252
ADVANCED HOLISTIC CLINICAL NURSING
8 cr.
PSYC 253
PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE III
2 cr.
Sixth Term
 
NURS 261
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITION TO PRACTICE
1 cr.
ENGL 273
ETHICS AND POLICY IN HEALTHCARE II
3 cr.
NURS 262
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SENIOR PRACTICUM
6 cr.
NURS 263
PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
1 cr.
NURS 264
CAPSTONE NCLEX PREPARATION
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 135
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.
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)