Dalton State 2014-15 Catalog

Associate Degree Nursing Program

Dalton State College offers a nursing program leading to the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (RN). This program provides persons with the knowledge and clinical expertise necessary to give direct nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. Some clinical experiences involve out-of-town travel and may include evening hours. Prospective students should be aware that all clinical sites are tobacco free areas and smoking is prohibited. The program of study includes general education and nursing theory, and provides opportunities to care for patients of all ages. This program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020. www.acenursing.org). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

There are specific practices and/or acts delineated in the Nurse Practice Act which might prevent a candidate from being granted a license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Clinical facilities used by the program require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before they are allowed in the facility. Based on the information obtained, these facilities can refuse student access. Failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete the program. For more information, contact the Chair of the Associate Degree Nursing Department.

Pre-Nursing Requirements

  1. Admission to Dalton State College and exit (or exempt) all areas of Learning Support.
  2. High School graduate or G.E.D. equivalent.
  3. SAT, ACT, or Compass scores for placement into one of the following plans designed to meet the needs of persons with varying capacities and backgrounds:

-Plan I: total SAT 970 or above, or ACT composite 21 or above, or Bachelor’s degree, or for non-traditional students (those without SAT or ACT scores), test scores above exit scores in all learning support areas. Students shall complete Biology 2212, Math 1111, and English 1101 (10 hours) prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence.

-Plan II:   total SAT 870-960, or ACT composite 19-20 or for non-traditional students, test scores above exit scores in two learning support areas. Students shall complete Biology 2212, 2213, Math 1111, English 1101, and Psychology 1101 (17 hours) prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence.

-Plan III: SAT 860 or below, or composite below 19 on ACT, or for non-traditional students, test score above exit score in one or none of learning support areas. Students shall complete Biology 2212, 2213, 2215, Math 1111, English 1101, Psychology 1101, and one other general education course (24 hours) prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence.

  1. Non-traditional students will be placed in a plan based on Compass scores.
  2. Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher will be placed in Plan I.   
    Students meeting the above criteria are not guaranteed admission to the Nursing program. Since enrollment in the Nursing program is limited, those students meeting pre-nursing requirements will be evaluated by the faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing Department and the most qualified students will be selected.  The selection process takes place in February with students being notified by mail of their status in the class by the end of March annually.

Selection Criteria

  1. SAT, ACT or Compass scores.
  2. Completion of courses in the applicable plan (I, II, III).
  3. Dalton State College G.P.A. of 2.75 or better. If Dalton State College grades are 2.75 or better, transfer grades will be included using the HOPE GPA.  The HOPE GPA will be used for ranking purposes.  The overall GPA must be at least 2.75.
  4. Completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Application (found on the Department of Associate Degree Nursing web page on the DSC web site) between November 1 - February 1 annually.
  5. Number of applicable hours toward the nursing degree.
  6. 60th percentile overall on the Composite portion with no less than the 50th percentile in Math, Verbal, and Science on the Pre-Admission Examination (PAX) RN.  The Composite score is used in the selection criteria.  Only two attempts will be allowed for consideration into the nursing sequence.  Scores must be obtained by the end of the calendar year (December 31).

Students must have been accepted to the college by the end of the calendar year (December 31) to be eligible for class consideration. Initial selection of each freshmen class will be made after the February 1 application deadline. The GPA must remain at 2.75 or better to keep a place in the class. Students selected will begin nursing courses the following fall semester. For admission and retention in the nursing program, each student must meet stated performance standards. To obtain a copy of these standards contact the Chair of the Associate Degree Nursing Department.

Former nursing students desiring to re-enter the nursing sequence and transfer students will be considered on a space available basis and MUST meet the current catalog requirements. This includes the current GPA Standard under Selection Criteria. Students withdrawing from the nursing sequence must notify the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Nursing to be eligible for re-entry into the program.

The following documents must be submitted each year the student is enrolled in a nursing class:

  1. Physical examination report, with documentation of required immunizations (including influenza).
  2. Dental examination.
  3. CPR certification (American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association Health Care Provider).
  4. Background check and drug screen (on initial entry into nursing sequence)
  5. Please be advised that there are additional costs for uniforms, equipment, testing, liability insurance, books and other items as needed. 

Students must maintain at least a “C” average while enrolled in the nursing program and shall earn at least a “C” in all nursing, math, and biological science courses, or the course shall be repeated. Science and/or nursing courses shall have been taken within five years of admission, readmission, or transfer into the program, or they shall be repeated. Students may repeat only one nursing course for academic reasons. Students are ineligible to enter, re-enter or remain in the nursing sequence if unable to pass any of the required biological science courses or College Algebra after two attempts. Students must graduate within four years of entry into the nursing sequence. Students must also comply with all Associate Degree Nursing Department policies and Dalton State College policies.

To meet the needs of persons with varying capacities and backgrounds, three alternate curriculum plans have been developed.

Plan I

Designed for applicants whose total minimum score is 970 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or who have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT, or who have earned Bachelor’s degree, or for non-traditional students with Compass test scores exiting Learning Support classes. Students shall complete the following prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence:

BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
MATH 1111College Algebra3
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
Total Hours10

Plan II

Required for applicants whose total SAT scores are between 870-960, or who have an ACT composite score of 19-20; or for non-traditional students with Compass test scores exiting all but one Learning support classes. Students shall complete the following prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence:

MATH 1111College Algebra3
BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Hours17

Plan III

Required for applicants who achieve less than 860 on the SAT, or who have a composite score of less than 19 on the ACT, or for non-traditional students with Compass test scores exiting one or none of the learning support classes. Students shall complete the following and one other general education course prior to consideration for admission to the nursing sequence:

MATH 1111College Algebra3
BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 2215KMicrobiology4
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
One other general education course:3
Total Hours24

Because the nursing program is time consuming and challenging with both theoretical and clinical components, students are encouraged to complete as many of the general education requirements as possible before entering the nursing sequence. Most of the nursing courses have one to two, full day clinical components as well that make it difficult to schedule other classes around except in the evenings. It is also highly recommended that the following are completed before entering the nursing sequence:

BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 2215KMicrobiology4
Total Hours12

LPN TO RN OPTION

Credit-by-Examination:

Dalton State College Department of Nursing offers Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) the opportunity to earn up to 10 semester credit hours by examination for the following first year nursing courses:

NURS 1111Basic Nursing Care6
NURS 1112Pharmacology2
NURS 1113Nutrition2
Total Hours10

To be eligible to take the exam for credit, the Licensed Practical Nurse shall:

  1. be admitted to Dalton State College.
  2. be accepted for admission to the first nursing course in the program, NURS 1111.

To receive credit:

Nursing 1111 & 1113

  1. Achieve a score of at least the 60th percentile on the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I PN-RN (cost: approximately $55.00).
  2. Satisfactorily complete prerequisites for NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113.

Nursing 1112

  1. Achieve a score of at least the 60th percentile on the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I PN -RN (cost: approximately $55.00).
  2. Satisfactorily complete prerequisites for NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113
  3. Achieve a satisfactory score on the Pharmacology Exemption Exam.

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Department of Nursing

Curriculum Grid

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOL 2213K4BIOL 2215K4COMM 11103
NURS 11116PSYC 11013HIST 2111 or 21123
NURS 11122NURS 11148POLS 1101 (or Elective)3
NURS 11132  
 14 15 9
Total Hours: 38
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 20119NURS 20129
HIST 2111, 2112, or POLS 11013NURS 20131
or Elective
  
 12 10
Total Hours: 22

 Total Credit Hours: 60

NURSING

Associate of Science in Nursing

Prepares students for licensure as a Registered Nurse. This degree requires proof of computer literacy.

General Education
BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I *4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 2215KMicrobiology4
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
ENGL 1101English Composition I *3
Humanities Elective **3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
Theatre Appreciation
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
MATH 1111College Algebra *3
POLS 1101American Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Field Courses
NURS 1111Basic Nursing Care6
NURS 1112Pharmacology2
NURS 1113Nutrition2
NURS 1114Nursing Care across Lifespan I8
NURS 2011Nursing Care Lifespan II9
NURS 2012Nursing Care Lifespan III9
NURS 2013Nursing Issues1
Total Hours70
*

Courses must be completed before entry into the nursing sequence.

**

Satisfies the Global Perspective requirement.

Courses

NURS 1111. Basic Nursing Care. 3-2-6 Units.

A foundation course that introduces nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care and simulated settings. (Career Course)(F)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2212K, MATH 1111, ENGL 1101.
Corequisites: NURS 1112, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.

NURS 1112. Pharmacology. 2-0-2 Units.

Introduces pharmacological concepts including drug classifications, mathematical calculations, and principles of drug administration. Satisfies the computer literacy requirement. (Career Course)(F)
Corequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.

NURS 1113. Nutrition. 2-0-2 Units.

Introduces basic nutrition concepts of digestion, absorption and metabolism. Concentrates on essential nutrients including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Addresses nutritional needs from infancy through adulthood and includes eating disorders. (Career Course)(F, S, M)

NURS 1114. Nursing Care across Lifespan I. 3-14-8 Units.

A foundation course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses common well-defined health alteratins and incorporates the child-bearing family and individuals with mental health issues. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, mental health, community based and simulated settings. (Career course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, BIOL 2213K.
Corequisites: BIOL 2215K, PSYC 1101.

NURS 2011. Nursing Care Lifespan II. 3-17-9 Units.

A continuation course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses relevant well-defined health alterations. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, community based, and simulated settings. (Career course)(F)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, NURS 1114, BIOL 2215K.

NURS 2012. Nursing Care Lifespan III. 3-17-9 Units.

A culmination course that concentrates on nursing concepts and skills related to the care of multicultural individuals across the lifespan. Addresses complex well-defined health alterations. Involves team management of patients and health care workers. Requires clinical applications using evidence-based practice in a variety of health care, community based, and simulated settings. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 1111, NURS 1112, NURS 1113, NURS 1114, NURS 2011, BIOL 2215K, and all general education courses.
Corequisites: NURS 2013.

NURS 2013. Nursing Issues. 1-0-1 Unit.

Discusses current issues in nursing, prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam, and facilitates the transition from student to health care professional. Satisfies the computer literacy requirement. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 2011 and all general education courses.
Corequisites: NURS 2012.

NURS 3000. Health Assessment. 2-2-3 Units.

A study of theory and skills needed to holistically assess the health of individuals across the life span. An introduction to a comprehensive assessment of groups/communities is included. This course includes 2 hours of lab practice.(S, M)
Prerequisites: RN licensure or permission of instructor.

NURS 3001. RN-BSN Nursing Examination. 0-0-19 Units.

19 hours of credit granted upon successful completion of NURS 4000.

NURS 3100. Perspectives on USA Health Sys. 3-0-3 Units.

This multi-disciplinary course focuses on nursing, business, and social perspectives of the American health care system. Issues related to safety and quality, access, finance, and politics will be emphasized.(F)
Corequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 4000.

NURS 4000. Evidenced-based Practice. 3-0-3 Units.

This course focuses on the understanding and use of nursing theory, nursing research, and evidence-based practices in clinical decision making regarding care of individuals, groups, and communities.(F)
Corequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3100.

NURS 4100. Mgmt/Leadership-Groups/Comm. 3-9-6 Units.

A study of leadership/management theory and skills needed to effectively deliver safe and client-centered nursing care in a variety of settings including acute care, community health care, and international health care settings. This course includes clinical experience in leadership and community health arenas.(S)
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3100, NURS 4000.
Corequisites: NURS 4200.

NURS 4200. Nursing Capstone. 3-0-3 Units.

A course designed to allow students to explore, discuss and begin to resolve issues in professional nursing and health care. In this course, students will complete a senior thesis project.(S)
Corequisites: NURS 4100.

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