NURSING

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Department
Members
Lucille Krull, Dean; Heidi Hart, Trudy Klein, Launa Rae Mathews, Verlene Meyer, Dora Sue Redford, Karen Tetz, Fred Troutman (on leave), Lynn Wagner, Lois Whitchurch.
 




The School of Nursing offers a four-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. The purpose of the program is to prepare professional nurses to function in a variety of settings and to provide a foundation for graduate study.
 
The freshmen and sophomore years of the nursing curriculum are taken on the College Place campus and include a combination of general studies, nursing cognates, and nursing courses. The junior and senior years are taken on the Portland, Oregon, campus. A limited number of students who have completed the required prerequisites and admissions procedures can take sophomore nursing courses during the summer term on the Portland campus.
 
The Portland campus is located adjacent to the Portland Adventist Medical Center. The nursing education building houses teachers' offices, classrooms, and the library. The Howard F. Hansen Hall is the residence for students on the Portland campus.
 
The School has contractual agreements for student clinical experience in a variety of settings, including community hospitals, service agencies, home-care and extended care facilities, and schools.
 
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in the jurisdiction of choice.
 
ACCREDITATION
The School is an agency member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and is fully accredited by the Board of Review of that body. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and by the Oregon Office of Educational Policy and Planning.
 
ADMISSION
Applicants will apply for admission to the college through the admissions office. See the admission requirements in the Admission to the College section of this Bulletin. Additional requirements are listed below for each student category.
 
Once admitted to the college and prior to entering the first clinical nursing course, each student must be accepted to the School of Nursing as a nursing major.
 
Each nursing applicant or student is subject to a security check. The School of Nursing reserves the right to deny admission or remove students from the nursing program who have records of misconduct, legal or otherwise, that would jeopardize their professional performance. State licensure boards reserve the right to deny licensure in their states if applicants have committed a felony.
 
The following requirements must be met for all categories of nursing applicants:
1. 
Have a grade-point average of 2.50 or greater.
 
2. 
Submit to the School of Nursing a two-page essay entitled "Why I Have Chosen to Become a Baccalaureate Nurse" (typed and double-spaced).
 
3. 
Have a satisfactory score on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.
 
4. 
Have a satisfactory score on the California Critical Thinking Skills Test.
 
5. 
Have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or a MELAB score of 85 for those whose native language is not English.
 
6. 
Have a physical examination. Submit documentation for proof of the physical examination, signed by a licensed health care provider, to Student Health Services for College Place, Washington, campus or to the School of Nursing for the Portland, Oregon, campus.
 
7. 
Have completed immunization records as required in the School of Nursing Student Handbook. Submit immunization records to Student Health Services for College Place, Washington, campus or to the School of Nursing for the Portland, Oregon, campus.
 
8. 
Obtain health insurance. Provide a copy of your health insurance card or other documentation to the School of Nursing. Proof of health insurance will be required yearly.
 
9. 
Prior to taking clinical coursework, a student must obtain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification for health care providers. Submit a copy of your CPR-health care provider card to the School of Nursing. An updated card will be required yearly.
Category 1, Basic Nursing Applicant: College Place, Washington, campus. This category requires the student to meet the above admission requirements to receive admittance into the nursing program.
 
Additional admission requirements must be met for each of the following categories in the nursing program.
 
Category 2, Summer Entry Applicant; Portland, Oregon, campus. Students who have completed prerequisite general studies and cognate courses may apply to the School of Nursing to take sophomore nursing courses during the summer term on the Portland campus. The student must meet this additional requirement:
Be admitted to the college as a student in good standing. Admission files must be complete by February 1 to be considered for the summer nursing program. Students will be notified of acceptance status to the School of Nursing after April 15. Once accepted, a $300 (U.S.) non-refundable fee, applied toward tuition, is required to secure a place in the program.
 
Category 3, RN Plus Applicant. The applicant must be a nursing graduate from an accredited community college or diploma program and hold a current registered nurse license in Oregon. Enrollment may be full or part-time. Placement in the program is individual and determined by transfer credits and/or by successful completion of optional validation examinations. The student must meet these additional requirements:
1. 
Have a registered nurse license in the State of Oregon. Submit a copy of this license to the School of Nursing.
 
2. 
Submit to the School of Nursing a letter of recommendation from the director of the school of nursing from which the applicant graduated; or from the employer if applicant is more than five years from graduation.
 
3. 
Have a satisfactory score on validation examinations, necessary for clinical placement.
Category 4, Transfer Student from Another Nursing Program. The applicant must be enrolled in good standing at an NLN-accredited baccalaureate school of nursing or have been enrolled in good standing within the past two years. Transfer students will be evaluated individually and accepted on a space available basis. The student must meet this additional requirement:
1. 
Submit to the School of Nursing a letter of recommendation from the director of the school of nursing from which the applicant is transferring.
 
2. 
Submit syllabi of all completed nursing courses to the School of Nursing.
Any student with a grade-point average less than 2.50 will be placed on conditional progression status and reviewed quarterly for continuation in the program. If a student is dismissed for academic reasons, readmission to the School of Nursing is contingent upon meeting the following criteria: 1) meet all admission requirements and 2) complete all outstanding work including NLN standarized examinations.
 
A student who receives a W or who receives a grade lower than C in any nursing course or a C- in any required cognate course is required to repeat that course. Permission to continue as a nursing major after the second W or second grade lower than C in a nursing course is granted at the discretion of the faculty in response to student petition.
 
A passing grade in a course cannot be achieved without the successful completion of the clinical portion. An unsatisfactory clinical grade or a grade below C in the theory portion of any clinical course requires that the total course be repeated, both theory and clinical, prior to further progression in the program.
 
National examinations are given after completion of designated nursing courses. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory score will result in remedial studies which may include satisfactory completion of Nursing 100.
 
Students who are judged to be unsafe practitioners may be removed from the clinical area and are subject to dismissal as nursing majors.
 
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
The School of Nursing Student Handbook is available to all nursing students. Students have the responsibility to acquaint themselves with its contents and are held accountable for all policies therein. Students are responsible for their own transportation to agencies used for educational experience. The use of a car is essential for each student to reach clinical sites. Transportation costs, including auto insurance, are the student's responsibility. Students must maintain at least the minimum state required auto insurance and provide proof to the School of Nursing.
 



The department offers these degrees and majors.

Degrees
* MAJOR IN NURSING (Bachelor of Science)



Courses
* NURSING (NRSG)


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