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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 1101/1301 and NURS 1105. NURS 1101 and NURS 1105 must be taken immediately preceding or within one semester of NURS 1111/1311.

It is recommended that students applying for the Evening Program complete 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 1101/1301.

The student is expected to assume responsibility for his/her own health in the event of illness, accident, or exposure to communicable disease.

All students in the Darton State College nursing program must have health insurance. Students who do not have health insurance must purchase a USG student health insurance policy (SHIP). Fees for the USG SHIP will be added to student tuition each semester. Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e., through parent plans, family plans, or employer-sponsored plans) can easily opt out of the plan by applying for a waiver though a secure online process. Once the information has been verified and approved, a waiver will be processed and posted to the student’s Darton State College student account. The waiver is only available for a specific time frame; therefore, students must apply in a timely fashion or they will be billed for the USG SHIP. Waivers are valid for 12 months; students must reapply each year to avoid being charged for the USG SHIP. Students who fail to submit credible health insurance and opt out online will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the system-wide student health insurance plan. This charge will post to the Darton State College student account. Professional liability insurance is also required and is included in student fees. Professional liability insurance is also required and will be included in student fees.

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 dismissal from the program. Students who earned less than a “C” in two or more nursing courses must wait a period of five calendar years before they will be considered for admission to Darton State College’s nursing program. If accepted to Darton’s program no transfer credit will be given for prior nursing courses. 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.

Students must have a grade of “C” or better in all nursing core courses.

Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider course before or during NURS 1101/1301. 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 (or 2313), and NURS 2115. At the minimum, a student must demonstrate 100% accuracy on one written/computer evaluation of dosage calculations each semester. A maximum of three opportunities per semester will be provided to score 100% proficiency. The first two math exams will occur prior to the last day to withdraw from a course without penalty (drop day). If a student chooses to take the 3rd math exam after drop day, and does not score 100%, he/she will receive a clinical failure for calculation of medication dosage. If the student drops prior to the 3rd attempt (before drop day), he/she will be eligible to register for the course again, provided all 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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