Jul 04, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Nursing A.D.N.


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Associate Degree Nursing

This two-year program is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as registered nurses.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program, the applicant must:

  1. Have graduated from high school or have earned a GED.
  2. Submit a completed application form with all college transcripts to the Admissions and Student Records Office and a departmental application form to the nursing director by the admission deadline.
  3. Have a composite score of 18 or better on the ACT if out of high school less than two years, and have completed courses recommended by the test with a “C” or better, OR
  4. Have taken the required English and Math placement tests and have completed courses recommended by the test with a “C” or better. If students have successfully completed college-level Math or English courses, they will not be required to retake them.
  5. Currently enrolled or have completed ENGL 1010  with a “C” or better.
  6. Currently enrolled or have completed ZOO 2040 /ZOO 2041  (or their equivalents), and current within the last five years, with a “C” or better.
  7. Currently enrolled or have completed MATH 1400  with a “C” or better.
  8. Currently enrolled or have completed HMDV 1300  with a “C” or better.
  9. Currently enrolled or have completed HLTK 1300  with a “C” or better.
  10. Have a degree grade point average of 2.5 or higher for admission, or readmission.
  11. Achieve a “Proficient” level on the ATI Test of Essential Skills (TEAS ®) as required for the application process.

Other Information:

  1. Students are admitted twice a year.
  2. Withdrawal from one or more courses without advisor input may delay program admission and/or progression.
  3. There are requirements the first semester nursing students must meet (insurance, vaccinations/proof of immunity, etc.). The DON will provide that information upon admission to the program.
  4. It is the policy of the H.E. Stuckenhoff Department of Nursing to minimize the risk of an allergic/anaphylactic reaction to latex, identify those at risk and provide a latex safe environment.
  5. There will be no admission/readmission to the nursing  program when a student has any of the following:
  • Failure to meet course outcomes based on clinical performance.
  • Two failures and/or withdrawls in nursing courses. Nursing Department re-admission and re-entry policies apply.
  • Demonstrated violation of professional ethics by being under the influence of alcohol and/or in violation of the Controlled Substance Act when on duty (documented by appropriate attestations of observations filed with the program director).
  • Demonstrated violation of the Casper College or Nursing Student Code of Conduct
  • Inability to meet Health Science Core Performance Standards or clinical accessibility requirement.

To maintain ongoing enrollment in the nursing program, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Provide evidence of immunizations/immunity as required by the program or agencies providing clinical experiences;
  2. Test negative on any drug or alcohol screening required by agencies providing clinical experiences;
  3. Provide evidence of current health insurance and maintain the health insurance while in the nursing program;
  4. Complete specified background check prior to the first semester of the program, and repeat if requested during the program;
  5. If driving to clinical sites, provide evidence of current car insurance and maintain care insurance while in the nursing program;
  6. Have evidence of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification beginning the first semester of classes, and maintain current certification throughout the nursing program.
  7. Must have a 2.0 or better grade point average for each semester and a “C” or better in all nursing, allied health, and laboratory science courses to progress in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Optional PN Certificate:

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the first two semesters of the nursing program, students will be awarded the PN Certificate .  Students who receive this certificate are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and apply for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Prerequisite for the PN Certificate is admission to the Casper College nursing program.

Each applicant who is admitted to the ADN program will be sent information concerning uniforms and other items necessary prior to entrance. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical facilities.

Transfer into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is dependent upon space available and the congruence between the previous program and Casper College’s ADN Program. Transfer status will only be considered into the third semester of the nursing program. Students interested in transferring must notify the director of nursing prior to March 1 for fall transfer and October 1 for spring transfer. The student evaluation will be sent to the student’s previous nursing program to be completed by the director or a nursing faculty member.

Generally, Casper College will accept general education courses from accredited colleges. Refer questions about specific courses to the registrar. Nursing courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the nursing faculty and director. Students interested in pursuing this option should submit course syllabi and outlines to the director for consideration as early as possible. Applicants will be required to fulfill all recommendations made at the time of applying for transfer. This includes attaining the required score on the departmental entry and math competency exams. Following completion of the entry and math competency exams, applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency of selected technical nursing skills. Applicants not meeting the passing score on exams/checkouts will not be eligible for transfer.

 

Recommended Curriculum


Graduation Requirements:


A minimum of 60 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Information ” and “Degree Requirements .”

Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate Degree in Nursing.

LPN Advanced Placement


Advanced Placement for LPNs

Licensed practical nurses who wish to enter the ADN Program as Advanced Placement LPNs at the second level of the program must submit their application to the Director of Nursing.  Application dates are posted on the Nursing Program Website. Advanced placement admission will be contingent on space available. Further information on the program and the application process can be found in the Guide to Advanced Placement Education for the LPN, also found on the website.

Preference for advanced placement will be given first to qualified LPNs who received Casper College’s PN certificate, then to LPNs from Wyoming or other programs.  Transfer students are given preference following advanced placement students.

To be eligible for advanced placement, students must:

Have completed a state-approved practical nursing program;

Provide the director with a copy of their LPN license;

Be actively employed as an LPN for 12 months or longer;

Meet all of the admission requirements for the nursing program as listed in the current catalog;

Meet the departmental and community agency requirements as listed in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Have completed the following courses or their equivalents:

For admission into the third semester of the Nursing Studies -NRST curriculum through spring 2017:

ZOO 2040  - Human Anatomy /ZOO 2041  Human Anatomy Lab 

ZOO 2110  Human Physiology 

PSYC 1000  General Psychology 

For admission into the third semester of the ReNEW - NURS curriculum, beginning fall 2017, must have completed the following courses or their equivalents:

ENGL 1010  English I: Composition                                 

MATH 1400  Pre-Calculus Algebra   

ZOO 2040  Human Anatomy and ZOO 2041  Human Anatomy Lab 

HMDV 1300  On Course                                                  

HLTK 1300  Nursing Boot Camp                                   

ZOO 2110  Human Physiology                                      

PSYC 1000  General Psychology                                                                                                             

Made an appointment with Director to discuss transcripts and determine general education courses necessary for degree attainment.

There will be no admission/readmission to the nursing  program when a student has any of the following:

Failure to meet course outcomes based on clinical performance.

Two failures in required NURS, NRST (nursing), or HLTK courses. Nursing Department re-admission and re-entry policies apply.

Demonstrated violation of professional ethics by being under the influence of alcohol and/or in violation of the Controlled Substance Act when on duty (documented by appropriate attestations of observations filed with the program director).

Demonstrated violation of the Casper College or Nursing Student Code of Conduct

Inability to meet Health Science Core Performance Standards or clinical accessibility requirement.

Submit the Application for Admission as Advanced Placement LPN to the director of nursing. Application dates and are posted on the Nursing website.

Make arrangements with the Director of Nursing to take two the following tests:

The ATI PN Comprehensive Predictor This 180-item test offers an assessment of the LPN Advanced Placement candidate’s comprehension and mastery of basic principles.  Candidates have three (3) hours to complete this assessment. The PN Comprehensive Predictor can be taken twice in one application cycle. It is recommended that the candidate review and/or remediate content areas falling below the application standard prior to retaking the exam.

The departmental math competency exam, which takes about one-half hour and is free.

The Skills test.

Pass the required background check and drug and alcohol screen testing.

Further information on testing and the passing standards for application to the program can be found in the Guide to Advanced Placement Education for the LPN on the Nursing website. 

Admission to advanced placement standing is dependent upon space available in the third semester of the nursing program. Therefore, the number of applicants selected each year will vary.

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