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Nursing - Associate Degree

Campus Location:

Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Fall, Spring

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Description:

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the healthcare needs of patients and clients. This comprehensive program includes specific nursing courses as well as core course requirements in the areas of communication, science, math and social science. Classroom activities are closely correlated with selected learning experiences in hospitals and other healthcare settings. After successful program completion, graduates are eligible to write the National Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

This program participates in a state-wide articulation program which facilitates transfer of ADN graduates to four-year institutions within Iowa for the advanced study of nursing.

Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person who has been denied nursing licensure by a board of nursing; whose nursing license is currently probationary, suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction; or whose nursing license/registration is currently probationary, suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Nursing - Associate Degree

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

The ADN program is a ladder-concept program. In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, and prior to acceptance into the Nursing program, students must have successfully completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, Introduction to Nutrition and Dosage Calculations with a C- or above. In addition, students must successfully complete the HESI A2 admission assessment with a minimum score of 80 in reading and math. Once completed, students will be accepted into the Nursing program. Students who graduate from the NICC Practical Nursing program are eligible to complete the sophomore year to achieve an AAS in nursing. Students must meet the admission requirements for entry into the Associate Degree Nursing program. Admission requirements are: Cumulative GPA of 2.2 in all Practical Nursing core courses (as noted by *) and achieve a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination (effective with May, 2015 PN graduates).

Advanced-standing students who are current LPNs can articulate into the sophomore year only after meeting program requirements. Advanced standing students must successfully complete the HESI E2 PN Exit examination with a minimum score of 850 as an entry requirement to the ADN program.  Also required are space availability and district wide head of Nursing approval. A licensed practical nurse seeking admission will need to provide proof of current licensure and complete ADN:146, BIO:165, BIO:167, BIO:170, BIO:172 and a life-span growth and development course prior to starting their sophomore year. The advanced-standing students will begin course work with ADN:146. All nursing students are required to attend a program orientation prior to entrance into the program. Notification of dates and times will occur after acceptance to the Nursing program.

Nursing Concepts is in term one of the Nursing program and is the first clinical course.

The College has contracted the services of Certified Background to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:

  • Background check - includes a nationwide criminal history search and child, dependent adult and sex offender registry checks.
  • Health records - physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
  • Training - CPR (American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer), mandatory reporter of child and dependent adult abuse, HIPAA and blood borne pathogens.
  • Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post incident/accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance free throughout the program.
  • Certification of completion of a 75-hour Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course from a community college or an approved CNA course provider.
  • Documentation of the written and skill competency test for the CNA registry.

A student who fails to meet this deadline will forfeit his/her seat, and it will be offered to another student. The student will then be placed at the bottom of the wait list.

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.

Note: Background checks will be evaluated per the NICC program compliance policy and by the Iowa Department of Human Services, if applicable. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.

All students enrolled in a healthcare program will be required to complete a drug screen prior to entrance into a clinical rotation with a clinical affiliate. Random drug screens will also be conducted on students while enrolled in
the program.

Note: A positive report on the criminal, dependent adult abuse, child abuse background screening or drug screen may prevent you from acceptance into clinical and completion of the program.

You may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. Please be aware of the following physical demands during your clinical education courses. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. For clinical assessments, visual and hearing acuity is essential. Travel to clinical sites in outlying areas is required at times throughout the program. Students are responsible for any travel costs. You will need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the NCLEX licensure exam. The Iowa Board of Nursing will no longer review criminal history prior to application for licensure. Students are required to complete each program level within three years.

Students are required to pass the established benchmarks on the HESI exam in order to graduate from the program. The established benchmarks are stated in the annual District-Wide Policy and Procedure Manual for the Administration of Nursing Programs.

Students who plan to enter the NICC Associate Degree Nursing program must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.2 in all Nursing core courses (as noted by *) and achieve a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination as an admission requirement to progress into the ADN program (effective for May, 2015 PN graduates).

View the Nursing Program Admission Checklist.
 

Nursing - Associate Degree

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 82 (including nursing admission requirements)

View the printable Ed Plan (ADN-PN Fall Entry).

View the printable Ed Plan (ADN-PN Spring Entry).

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
PNN:179 Intro to Nursing Care of Adults I 3.0
PNN:183 Intro to Nursing Concepts 6.0
PNN:204 Pharmacology Medications 1.0
PSY:121 Developmental Psychology 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
PNN:181 Intro to Nursing Care of Adults II 5.5
PNN:242 Intro to Maternal Child Health 3.5
PNN:312 Application of the Practical Nurse Role 3.75

Note: LPN students entering 2nd level only are required to take ADN:232 Transitioning from Practice into Associate Degree Nursing (1.75 credits).

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
ADN:332 Intro to Associate Degree Nursing 3.5
BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology 3.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
ADN:470 Advanced Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 3.75
ADN:472 Advanced Nursing Care of Children 3.75
ADN:478 Psychiatric Nursing Care 5.0
ENG:106 Composition II  3.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
ADN:525 Comprehensive Nursing Care of Adults 10.25
SOC:110 Intro to Sociology 3.0

Note: The following year rules exist for nursing program course work. If exceeded, the course(s) will need to be repeated. Nursing courses identified with an ADN or PNN prefix and Anatomy and Physiology courses cannot be greater than five years old. Introduction to Psychology cannot be greater than ten years old.

Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College. Students are encouraged to use the online GPA calculator to track their GPA.

PN students who plan to enter the NICC Associate Degree Nursing program must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.2 in all Nursing core courses and achieve a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination as an admission requirement to progress into the ADN program.

Classes are scheduled two or three days per week on campus. Clinical experiences are scheduled the remaining days in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings and can occur on either the day or evening shift.

RN to BSN Course Work

The Iowa state-wide articulation plan for nursing education allows Iowa community college credit from an ADN degree to be accepted in transfer for half (a total of 64 hours) of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) at an Iowa college or university program. Clarke University, Dubuque; Upper Iowa University, Fayette; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, have such programs as do other schools in the state. There are also distance learning options around the country. Most require that you have attained your RN license. For further information, contact your NICC advisor.

Nursing - Associate Degree

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$40,968  - $49,276

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)

1,355

Employers of Calmar Alumni

Aase Haugen Homes Inc., Decorah, IA
Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA
Central Community Hospital, Elkader, IA
Community Memorial Hosital, Sumner, IA
Country Winds Manor, Cresco, IA
Covenant & Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, IA
Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA
Cresco Medical Center, Cresco, IA
Eastern Star Nursing Home, Decorah, IA
Elkader Care Cetner, Elkader, IA
Good Samaritan, West Union and Postville, IA
Green Lea Manor, Mabel, MN
Gundersen Lutheran, La Crosse, WI
Hillcrest Home Inc., Sumner, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Mason City and New Hampton, IA
Mollen Medical Center, Scottsdale, AZ
New Aldaya Lifescapes, Cedar Falls, IA
NHNRC/IA Hospice, New Hampton, IA
Northgate Care Center, Waukon, IA
Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, IA
Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, IA
Palmer Lutheran, West Union, IA
Palo Alto County Hospital, Emmetsburg, IA
Regional Health Services of Howard Co., Cresco, IA
Samaritan Bethany, Rochester, MN
St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI
Ultimate Nursing, Newton, IA
Veteran's Memorial Hospital, Waukon, IA
Waverly Health Center, Waverly, IA
Wellington Place, Decorah, IA
Wheaton Fransican Healthcare, Waterloo, IA
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA

Employers of Peosta Alumni

Above and Beyond Home Healthcare, Monticello, IA
Accurate Home Care, Moline, IL
Agrace Hospice Care, Madison, WI
Anamosa Long Term Care, Anamosa, IA
Auburn Multi Care, Auburn, WV
Biolife Plasma Services, Dubuque, IA
Cedar Center Psychiatric Group, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, Dubuque, IA
Ellsworth Municipal Hospital, Iowa Falls, IA
Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Dubuque, IA
Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg, IA
Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA
HCR Manor Care, Dubuque, IA
Iowa City Veterans' Hospital,  Iowa City , IA
JoDavies County Health, Galena, IL
Lafeyette Manor, Darlington, WI
Long Term Care Facility, Milwuakee, WI
Luthor Manor, Dubuque, IA
Manor Care, Waterloo, IA
Manor Care Nursing and Rehab, Platteville, WI
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA
Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Pattison Sand Company, Clayton, IA
Regional Medical Center, Manchester, IA
Rockford Public Schools, Rockford, IL
Sisters of Charity, Dubuque, IA
Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA
Trinity Home Care, Dubuque, IA
Ultimate Nursing Services
Upland Hills Health, Dodgeville, WI
Valley Point, Moline, IL
Women's Wellness Center, Dubuque, IA

Sample Job Titles

Assistant Director of Nursing
Charge Nurse
Charge RN
Clinic RN
ER Nurse
LPN
Nurse
Nurse Supervisor
Occupational Health and Safety
Private Duty RN
RN
RN Charge Nurse
RN Supervisor
RN/Case Manager
RN/Charge Nurse
RN- Emergency Room
Staff Nurse
Sub School Nurse
Unit Secretary/CNA

Nursing - Associate Degree

Additional Information:

The ADN program is a ladder-concept program. In addition to the college admission requirements outlined, and prior to acceptance into the Nursing program, students must have successfully completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab , Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, Introduction to Nutrition, and Dosage Calculations with a C- or above. Once completed, students will be accepted into the Nursing program. Students who graduate from the College's Practical Nursing program are eligible to complete the sophomore year for completion of an AAS in Nursing. Advanced-standing students who are current LPNs can articulate into the sophomore year only after transcript review, space availability, and district wide head of Nursing approval. A Licensed Practical Nurse seeking admission will need to provide proof of current licensure and complete ADN:146, BIO:165, BIO:167, BIO:170, BIO:172 and a life-span growth and development course prior to starting the sophomore year.

The advanced-standing students will begin course work with ADN:146. All nursing students are required to attend a program orientation prior to entrance into the program. Notification of dates and times will occur after acceptance to the Nursing program. Nursing Concepts is in term one of the Nursing program and is the first clinical course.

Students may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. For clinical assessments, visual and hearing acuity is essential. Travel to clinical sites in outlying areas will be required at times throughout the program. Students are responsible for any travel costs. You will need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the NCLEX licensure exam. The Iowa Board of Nursing will no longer review criminal history prior to application for licensure. Students are required to complete each program level within three years.

Exit requirements

Students are required to pass the established benchmarks on the HESI exam in order to graduate from the program. The established benchmarks are stated in the annual District-Wide Policy and Procedure Manual for the Administration of Nursing Programs.

RN to BSN Course work

The Iowa state-wide articulation plan for nursing education allows Iowa community college credit from an A.D.N. degree to be accepted in transfer for half (a total of 64 hours) of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) at an Iowa college or university program. Clarke College, Dubuque; Upper Iowa University, Fayette; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, have such programs as well as other schools in the state. There are also distance learning options around the country. Most require that you have attained your RN license. For further information, contact your NICC advisor.

Contacts

Sue Schneider, RN, MSN, CCRN
Director of Nursing
800.728.7367, ext. 273
schneiders@nicc.edu