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Nursing Associate Degree Program Requirements

Photo: Nursing students in Downtown AlbanyAll students must be admitted to the Nursing Program before enrolling in NURS 1101 and NURS 1105. NURS 1101 and NURS 1105 must be taken immediately preceding or within one semester of NURS 1111.

It is recommended that students applying for the Evening Program have completed all the core courses required for nursing prior to enrolling in NURS 1101 and NURS 1105.

Students will be required to submit a completed health form which documents satisfactory health status prior to any clinical experience. These forms will be available after enrollment in NURS 1101.

The student is expected to assume responsibility for his/her own health in the event of illness, accident, or exposure to communicable disease. Evidence of health insurance is required prior to any clinical experience. Professional liability insurance is also required.

Students must have a grade of C of better in all science courses and all nursing courses. More than one D and/or F in nursing courses will result in permanent dismissal from the program. A WF is considered F. Students who fail a nursing course must repeat both the theory and the clinical components of the course. Students will be readmitted to the course based on available space.

Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to remain in the nursing program.

A grade of C or better is required in ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, BIOL 2111, BIOL 2112, and BIOL 2115.

Students must successfully complete a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course (either American Red Cross or American Heart Association) before or during NURS 1101. This certification must include Photo: Nursing student learning CPRCPR for the adult, child, and infant (CPR for the Healthcare Provider) and must be maintained throughout enrollment and updated as necessary.

Any nursing course presented for graduation that was completed three calendar years or more prior to anticipated date of graduation must be successfully challenged or repeated for credit.

Students must have completed all core courses required in the nursing program prior to enrolling in the last semester of the nursing program.

Students will demonstrate clinical competency of 100% accuracy in computation of medication dosages (medication math test) in NURS 1111, NURS 1112 (or 1311), NURS 2111 (or NURS 2311), NURS 2113, and NURS 2115. A maximum of three opportunities will be provided prior to the last day to withdraw from a course without penalty. If a student is unsuccessful on all three attempts, he/she will receive a clinical failure for calculation of medication dosages. If the student drops the course, he/she will be eligible to register for the next semester of nursing, provided that all of the other entry requirements are met and space is available.

The Division of Nursing reserves the right to discontinue, at any time, the enrollment of a nursing student if, in the judgment of the Dean of Students, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the nursing faculty, the student does not appear to have the necessary qualifications for a nursing career.

Photo: Nursing Student taking Blood PressureThe faculty, staff, and students in health care programs shall uphold professional and ethical standards.

A student may withdraw only once from any given nursing course and no more than three times throughout the duration of the nursing program.

Core performance standards* for admission and progression in the nursing program are:

  1. Critical-thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment as evidenced by the ability to identify the cause/effect relationships in clinical situations, and develop nursing care plans.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families, and groups from various social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds as evidenced by the ability to establish rapport with patient/clients and colleagues.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for verbal and written interaction with others as evidenced by the ability to explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, and document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.
  4. Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces as evidenced by the ability to move around in a patient’s room, work spaces, and treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care as evidenced by the ability to calibrate and use equipment and position patients/clients.
  6. Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs as evidenced by the ability to hear monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, and cries for help.
  7. Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care as evidenced by the ability to observe patient/client responses.
  8. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment as evidenced by the ability to perform palpation, functions of physical examination, and/or those related to therapeutic intervention such as insertion of a catheter.

*Taken from the Southern Regional Education Board, Council on Collegiate Education For Nursing, “The Americans With Disabilities Act: Implications for Nursing Education (March 1993)”, updated 2005.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Darton College will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Students must disclose their disability to the Office of Disability Services before academic accommodations can be implemented.

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