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. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) serves as an additional resource for information regarding required tuition, fees, and length of program. The National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. Phone: 1-800-669-1656.
The School is a member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is fully accredited by NLNAC. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission and by the Office of Degree Authorization for Oregon.
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. A separate nursing application should be submitted with the application to the college.
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:
||Have a grade-point average of 2.50 or greater.
||Submit the completed School of Nursing application along
with the application to the college.
||Have a satisfactory score on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.
||Have a satisfactory score on the California Critical
Thinking Skills Test. Scores of 13 or above are given priority.
||Have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 213
(computer based test) for those whose native language is not English.
||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.
||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.
||Obtain health insurance. Provide necessary information on
the WWC health care insurance plan form, required yearly, or whenever
health insurance is charged.
||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. Current CPR certification must be maintained while enrolled in the nursing program.
||Prior to taking clinical course work, students must purchase
the standard School of Nursing uniform, available at the School of
Nursing office. (The uniform is the same for both campuses.)
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. The
School of Nursing Admissions Committee begins reviewing applicants
on February 15 and continues until the class is full. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA above 3.0. Students will
be notified of acceptance status to the School of Nursing. Once
accepted, a $300 (U.S.) non-refundable fee, applied toward tuition, is
required to secure a place in the program.
Category 3, Registered Nurse (RN) Plus Applicant. The applicant must be a nursing graduate from an accredited 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:
||Have a registered nurse license in the State of Oregon.
Submit a copy of this license to the School of Nursing.
||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
A. Licensed RN's more than 5 years from graduation and
successful completion of the NCLEX-RN must achieve a satisfactory score
on the necessary validation exams.
B. Licensed RN's who have graduated from an accredited
school of nursing and passed the NCLEX-RN within the past 5 years are
exempt from further validation testing.
Category 4, Transfer Student from Another Nursing Program. The
applicant must be enrolled in good standing at an accredited 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
||Submit to the School of Nursing a letter of recommendation
from the director of the school of nursing from which the applicant is
||Submit syllabi of all completed nursing courses to the
School of Nursing.
Category 5, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Applicants having a
valid LPN license and satisfactory completion of required prerequisite
courses may take a standardized examination to validate nursing
knowledge and receive advanced standing as a junior level student.
PROGRESSION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
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.
A student who receives a W or who receives a grade lower than C in any nursing course or required cognate course is required to repeat that course. Permission to continue as a nursing major after a W or a grade lower than C in a nursing course is granted at the discretion of the faculty in response to student petition.
Readmission to the School of Nursing is also contingent upon meeting the following criteria: 1) meet all admission requirements and 2) complete all outstanding work including standardized examinations. Readmission is not guaranteed.
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 must enroll in remedial studies. All junior level standardized tests must be passed prior to entrance into any senior nursing classes.
During the last quarter of the senior year, a standardized comprehensive nursing examination is given. A passing score must be achieved on this exam to graduate. Graduation will be delayed and the student will not be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN until a satisfactory score is achieved.
Students who are judged to be unsafe practitioners may be removed from the clinical area and are subject to dismissal as nursing majors.
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.
Some clinical agencies require a state and/or federal security check. Students are responsible for any fee.