Nursing AAS

Work Force Ready Degrees

 

NURSING - ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing is designed to provide education to prepare the student for practice as a registered nurse. The curriculum follows the criteria for the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model and is specifically constructed to promote career mobility between nursing educational levels. Upon satisfactory completion of the associate degree sequence with a minimum of “C” in each course of the prescribed curriculum, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Successful completion of the OJC nursing program requirements for graduation will also entitle the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing is designed to be completed in two (2) years of full-time course work, plus a series of prerequisite courses prior to application to the program.

OJC Nursing Admission Procedure

 1. The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying to OJC is free and can be completed online at: www.ojc.edu/apply_ojc.aspx or a print copy can be downloaded from that site. Student must be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate.

2. Complete required pre-admission courses (Pre-requisite Courses) with a grade of C or higher for each course and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the five listed courses. A higher GPA will receive a higher admission score. The science courses must be completed within seven years of the application date of the program.

Required Pre-Admission Courses (Pre-requisite Courses)

English Composition I (3 credits)

Human Growth & Development (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

3. Apply to the nursing program at OJC using the Online Application available at www.ojc.edu/currentstudents/departments/nursing/nursingapplication.aspx.

4. Provide official transcripts confirming completion of Pre-requisite courses and GPA to the OJC Nursing Department.

5. Complete the Accuplacer Reading and Math tests within six months of application to the Nursing Program. The minimum Reading score is 80. Minimum Math score is Elementary Algebra (EA) 61. Higher scores on each test will receive a higher admission score. To schedule contact the Student Services Office at 719-384-6831.

6. Evidence of permanent residence in the OJC Service area of Bent, Otero and Crowley counties is not required but will receive points toward admission.

7. A clear criminal background check and urine drug screen (information will be provided upon application). See the Disqualifying Offenses document for more information at www.ojc.edu/currentstudents/departments/nursing/Disqualifying_Offenses10.pdf

8. Evidence of State Nurse Aide Certification or honorable military service is not required but will receive points toward admission score.

9. Attendance at a Pre-Nursing Information session with the Nursing Retention Specialist. Call 719-384-6878 to schedule.

10. All admission criteria must be submitted to OJC or the Nursing Office by the Nursing admission deadlines. For the full admission criteria and admission deadlines go to www.ojc.edu/AssociateNursing.aspx.

11. A deadline will be set and students who have completed all of the admission criteria will be admitted from the top score down until all slots are filled. To fill any vacant slots, a second and third deadline will be set and remaining and newly qualified applicants will be considered and admitted from the top scores again until slots are filled. Admission deadlines are posted on the OJC website at www.ojc.edu/AssociateNursing.aspx

For LPNs entering the second year of the ADN Program

1 Complete steps 1-4 on the previous pages.

2. Complete Pathophysiology (BIO 216) with a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling in the ADN program.

3. Provide a copy of your LPN license.

4. Provide official transcripts of your LPN program courses. If your Practical Nursing (PN) program was completed more than ten years prior to application additional testing may be required.

5. A clear criminal background check and urine drug screen (information will be provided upon application). See the Disqualifying Offenses document for more information at www.ojc.edu/currentstudents/departments/nursing/Disqualifying_Offenses10.pdf  

6. Complete the NUR 189 LPN to RN Transition course with a grade of C or higher if LPN was completed prior to April 2007. Contact the OJC Nursing Office for the dates of the next scheduled NUR 189 course.

7. All admission criteria must be submitted to OJC or the Nursing Office by the Nursing admission deadlines. For the full admission criteria and admission deadlines go to www.ojc.edu/academics/academicprograms/associatenursing.aspx .

8. A deadline will be set and students who have completed all of the admission criteria will be admitted from the top score down until all slots are filled. To fill any vacant slots, a second and third deadline will be set and remaining and newly qualified applicants will be considered and admitted from the top scores again until slots are filled. Admission deadlines are posted on the OJC website at www.ojc.edu/academics/academicprograms/associatenursing.aspx .

Contact the OJC Nursing Department for further details at 719-384-6898.

OJC Nursing Graduation Requirements

A. The graduate must fulfill all requirements of the College for graduation.

B. The graduate of nursing must pass all program courses with a minimum grade of “C.”

C. The graduate must be competent in all critical nursing skills pertaining to the scope of practice for a registered nurse.

D. The graduate must be competent in calculations of medications. The student is required to pass a medication administration proficiency examination each semester at 100 percent mastery in order to progress to the next semester of the ADN program. (See the Nursing Student Manual for further information.)

Legal Requirements for Registered Nursing Licensure

During application for licensure, the student must answer the following questions:

A. “Have you ever been convicted of a crime or have you ever accepted a court plea of guilty or nolo contrendre? Have you received a deferred judgment or deferred prosecution?”

B. “Are you now, or were you for the 12 months preceding the date of this application, addicted to any controlled substance; a regular user of any controlled substance without a prescription; and/or habitually intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquor?”

If any question is answered “yes,” the student needs to meet with the director of the Nursing Department for counseling because the Colorado State Board of Nursing has specific requirements for licensure.

Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum (Traditional)

Subject to change without notification. Contact the OJC Nursing Dept. office for the most current information.

Freshman Year - (Students without previous nursing education)

Admission Requirements

Credits

BIO 201
BIO 202
ENG 121
PSY 235

Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
English Composition I
Human Growth and Development
(All with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.)

4
4
3
3

First Semester  

NUR 109
NUR 112
HWE 100
BIO 204
MAT 103

Fundamentals of Nursing
Basics Concepts of Pharmacology
Human Nutrition
Microbiology
Math for Clinical Calculations

6
2
3
4
3

Second Semester  

NUR 106
NUR 150
BIO 216

Med-Surg Nursing Concepts
Maternal - Child Nursing
Pathophysiology

7
6
4

Third Semester  

NUR 206
NUR 212
NUR 211

Advanced Concepts of Medical Surgical Nursing I
Pharmacology II
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

6.5
2
4

Fourth Semester  

NUR 216
NUR 230
Elective:

Advanced Concepts of Medical Surgical Nursing II
Transition to Professional Nursing
GTE Humanities or Social Behavioral Science

5
4
3

Other  

NUR 169
NUR 189

Transition into Practical Nursing
Transition from LPN to AD/RN

4
3

Recommended Courses  
The following courses are recommended to complement the required nursing program courses. Students are encouraged to register for these courses as their schedule will allow:

CHE 101
CIS 118
ENG 122
HPR 178
PSY 101
PSY 102
SOC 101
COM 115

Intro to Chemistry
Intro to PC Applications
English Composition II
Medical Terminology
General Psychology I
General Psychology II
Introduction to Sociology I
Public Speaking

5
3
3
2
3
3
3
3

 

Nursing Curriculum for Evening and Weekend Schedule

Subject to change without notification. Contact the OJC Nursing Dept. office for the most current information.

Admission Requirements

Credits

BIO 201
BIO 202
ENG 121
PSY 235

Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
English Composition I
Human Growth & Development
(All with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.)

4

3
3

Summer Semester  

MAT 103
HWE 100

Math for Clinical Calculations
Human Nutrition

3
3

Fall Semester  

NUR 109
BIO 204
Elective:

Fundamentals of Nursing
Microbiology
GTE Humanities or Social Behavioral Science

6
4
3

Spring Semester  

NUR 112
NUR 106
NUR 150

Basics Concepts of Pharmacology
Med-Surg Nursing Concepts
Maternal - Child Nursing

2
7
6

Summer Semester  
NUR 169 Transition into Practical Nursing
  (Required only for those interested in obtaining their LPN license)
BIO 216 Pathophysiology
Fall Semester  

NUR 206
NUR 212

Advanced Concepts of Med/ Surg Nursing I
Pharmacology II

6.5
2

Spring Semester  

NUR 211
NUR 216

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Advanced Concepts of Med/Surg Nursing II

4
5

Summer Semester  
NUR 230 Transition to Professional Nursing 4

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