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Current ADN Nursing Program Ending Spring 2015


Welcome to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nursing Program!

 

Thank you for your interest in our programs! Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers nursing programs at both the Cambridge and the Coon Rapids campus. An Associate of Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion. The two program options currently running are:

  • 2-Year Nursing Program: designed for students with no previous nursing experience.
    • 30 General Education credits
    • 34 Core Nursing credits - these core courses must be completed sequentially
  • LPN Mobility Program: designed for current LPNs seeking to become registered nurses.
    • 30 General Education credits
    • 22 Core Nursing credits - these core courses must be completed sequentially

See the program guidesheet here.   Nursing Student Handbook here.

Coursework in the program includes lectures, on-campus labs, and clinical experience at health care facilities.  Both programs prepare students for beginning professional nursing practice.  Upon completion of the programs and following graduation, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN).  The programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Application to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nursing Program is a separate process from applying to the College; to apply to the Nursing Program, you must first be an Anoka-Ramsey student.  This program is intended for current LPNs seeking their ADN.

The following are required to apply to the LPN Mobility program:

  • Nursing Program Application
  • ACT score of 19 or above
    • Official* ACT scores must be sent with your application
    • Waived with an earned bachelor's degree
    • Log on to www.actstudent.org for more information
    • The "Plus Writing" portion is not required
  • Official * transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Transcripts must be sent with your application unless it is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.
    • The University of Minnesota is not part of the Mn SCU system.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 from all colleges
  • Biology 2113, Anatomy and Physiology 1, or equivalent.
    • Within 7 years of program start date
    • Please see "Required Coursework" for more information
  • Graduation from a state-approved LPN program
    • Must be within 2 years OR have the equivalent of 6 months recent full time experience 
    • Sample letters verifying equivalent of 6 months recent full time experience are listed under "Forms I Need"
  • Current State Board of Nursing Practical Nursing license in good standing
  • Official transcript/ACT scores must be attached in unopened, sealed envelope.

 

Calculating Your Rubric Score for the Spring 2014:

 Criteria        

 Score
Example                

 Cumulative* GPA: point-for-point (minimum to apply: 2.75; maximum possible:4.0)    
*See below to learn how to estimate your cumulative GPA

 3.25 (GPA of 3.25)

 ACT Composite Score: score divided by 10 (minimum to apply: 19/score of 1.9; maximum possible: 36/score of 3.6)
**Applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree or higher will automatically be awarded 2.5 points, equivalent to a score of 25 on the ACT.  Evidence of a score greater than 25 may be submitted to receive a higher score.

2.3 (ACT score of 23)
 Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2113) completed: .5 points

 .5 (A&P I 
completed)

 Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2114) completed: .5 points  .5 (A&P II completed)
 # of 30 required General Education credits completed: divided by 10 Points are only earned for the general education courses required for the nursing program  2.4 (24 gen. ed. credits completed)
 Anoka-Ramsey student with 12 earned credits-add one point  1.0 (14 earned credits at A-R)
 Admission Score:
(Minimum score to apply: 6.0; Maximum score possible: 12.6
 9.95

Estimating Your Cumulative GPA

  1. Add all POINTS from all colleges and universities     
  2. Add all GPA Credits from all colleges and universities
  3. Divide POINTS by GPA CREDITS:
    29+76+16=121 CUM. GPA = 2.81
    8  + 31+4= 43

Other information to consider:

  1. NC (No Credit) grades - All "NC" grades must be converted to "F" grades.  GPA must then be recalculated (add the amount of credits the course was to the number of GPA credits).
  2. If courses were taken under quarter system, GPA points as well as GPA credits must be converted from quarters to semesters.  Multiply both points and credits by two-thirds (2/3).
  3. Some colleges show 1 credit on transcripts for a course that transfers as 4 credits (i.e.: Gustavus Aldophus' Psychology for PSYC 1110). In this case, multiply GPA points and GPA credits by 4.

If you are accepted into the nursing program, you will receive a very important letter regarding your orientation.  it is critical that you read this letter or risk forfeiting your spot in the program.

The items listed are required to be turned in by November 15, 2013 to the nursing program data manager.  These criteria are not needed prior to applying.

  • Professional CPR Certification
    • Must be BLS for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association
  • Nursing Math-Two options available
    • Test out for Nursing Program Requirement with a score of 90% set up by appointment with the testing center
    • Complete the course, MATH 0110, with a letter grade of "A"
  • Anoka-Ramsey Health Form
    • Includes making sure immunization records are current and all documentation is turned into the Nursing Data Manager along with the completed Health Form
  • Criminal background check
    • Students may complete the background check as soon as they are admitted

General Education Curriculum (30 credits)

Course Number

Title

Credits

BIOL 2113             

Anatomy & Physiology I**

4

BIOL 2114

Anatomy & Physiology II**

4

BIOL 2201

Microbiology**

4

ENGL 1121

College Writing & Critical Reading*

4

PSYC 1110   

General Psychology

4

PSYC 2235

Lifespan Psychology*

4

SOC 1111

Introduction to Sociology

3

SPCH 1110
SPCH 2220

Introduction to Speech Communication or
Interpersonal Communications

3


**Review the Official Program Guide Sheet and talk to an Academic Advisor
*Course has prerequisite, talk with an Academic Advisor
The following coursework will be completed once accepted into one of the Nursing Programs:
*Coursework needs to be completed with a "C" or better

 

Two Year Option (34 credits)

Course Number

Title

 Credits

 NURS 1180

 Health Assessment                                            

 3 CR

 NURS 1181

 Foundations of Holistic Nursing

 3 CR

 NURS 1182

 Nursing Interventions I

 2 CR

 NURS 1280

 Pathophsiological Phenomena for Nurses I

 2 CR

 NURS 1281

 Holistic Nursing care I

 3 CR

 NURS 1282

 Nursing Interventions II 

 3 CR

 NURS 2380

 Pathophsiological Phenomena for Nurses II

 2 CR

 NURS 2381

 Holistic Nursing Care of Special Populations

 3 CR

 NURS 2382

 Nursing Interventions III

 3 CR

 NURS 2480

 Pathophysiological Phenomena for Nursing III

 2 CR

 NURS 2481

 Holistic Nursing Care II

 3 CR

 NURS 2482

 NursingInterventions IV

 3 CR

 NURS 2584

 Pharmacology for Nurses and Related Health 
 Professionals

 2 CR


LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Mobility Option

 

Course Number

Title

Credits

NURS 1280          

Pathophsiological Phenomena for Nurses I

2cr

NURS 1281

Holistic Nursing care I                                           

3cr

NURS 1283 LPN Transition to RN

2cr

NURS 2380

Pathophsiological Phenomena for Nurses II

2cr

NURS 2381

Holistic Nursing Care of Special Populations

3cr

NURS 2383

LPN Transitions Nursing Interventions

2cr

NURS 2480

Pathophsiological Phenomena for Nurses III

2cr

NURS 2481

Holistic Nursing Care II

3cr

NURS 2482           Nursing Interventions IV                          

3cr        

Course Descriptions-General Education Curriculum

BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1106 or successful completions of the Biology Competency Exam

Intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology.  Includes the following topics: introduction to anatomy and physiology, tissues, integument system, skeletal system, articulations, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, and endocrine system.  Laboratory work will include limited animal dissection.  Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 2113

Intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology.  Includes the following topics: cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, nonspecific defense and immunity, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluid/electrolyte and acid/base balance, and reproductive system.  Laboratory work will include limited animal dissection.  Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 2201 Microbiology 4 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1106

Study of general microbiology including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and mycology.  The course covers aspects of microbial ecology and epidemiology, including host-pathogen interactgions and environmental influences on growth and reproduction.  The course emphasis is on bacteria: principles of control and culture, genetics and metabolic processes, and microbiological techniques.  Three lecture hours and two 90-minute laboratories per week.

ENGL 1121 College Writing and Critical Reading 4 credits

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in ENGL 0950 or achievement of required score on English placement test

Provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking.  Course content includes the writing process, essential composition skills, and critical reasoning in various rhetorical situations.  The course requires effectively reasoned and supported essays including an argumentative research paper.

PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4 credits

Psychology is the science concerned with behavior and mental processes.  Psychology deals with environmental, biological, social and individual forces that help to describe, explain, predict, and control behavior.  This course is a comprehensive introduction to psychology.  The course examines the history of psychology, the brain, the senses, hypnosis, ESP, drugs, sleep, child and adult development, language, diversity, conflict and the diagnosis and treatment of emotional problems such as ansiety, schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, and suicide.  This course presents a broad survey of basic concepts, issues, theories, classic experiments, and new discoveries in the fiel of psychology.

PSYC 2235 Lifespan Psychology 4 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110

This course would serve as an introduction to the science of lifespan psychology emphasizing physical, psychological, cognitive, and social development from conception through death.  The concern is with those aspects of human behavior that change from childhood to death and with the factors that account for those changes.  Students who take this course are advised not to take PSYC 2215 or PSYC 2225 because of the overlap in content with those courses.

SOC 1111 General Sociology 3 credits

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior in groups and social forces that shape society and to the social construction of reality.  Special attention is given to the application of sociological ideas and analysis. Topics include methods of research, major sociological theory, culture, socialization, group dynamics & interaction, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions such as the family.

SPCH 1110 Introduction to Speech Communication 3 credits

Designed to help students become more effective communicators in a variety of contexts.  It introduces students to fundamental elements and models of communication, basic communication theory, inter-personal communication, small group communication, and public speaking.  Students will perform at least one speech, participate actively as a member of an audience, and help make a small group presentation.

SPCH 2220 Interpersonal Communications 3 credits

Study of one-to-one communication each of us participates in every day.  Designed to help students recognize and understand their communication habits, as well as those of others, in an effort to learn better communication skills for improving interpersonal relationships.  Primary areas of study include language and perception, self-concept, listening, conflict, and nonverbal communication.

Nursing Credits (Can be taken after official acceptance to the Nursing or LPN Mobility Program)

NURS 1180 Health Assessment 3 credits

Co-requisite: NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to the first day.

This course focuses on the skill set required to perform a comprehensive health history and physical exam.  Emphasis is on communication skills which facilitate the development of a holistic data base for health assessment across the lifespan.

NURS 1181 Foundations of Holistic Nursing 3 credits

Co-requisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to the first day.

This course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing.  Phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health are examined within a holistic model of care.  Emphasis is on health promotion and illness prevention with emphasis on the stable older adult population.

NURS 1182 Nursing Interventions I-Clinical 2 credits

Co-requisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, BIOL 2113, MATH 0110 or successful completion of nursing math test-out prior to the first day.

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care to the older adult.  Emphasis is on skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.

NURS 1280 Pathophysiological Phenomena for Nurses I 2 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113 and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out
Co-requisites: NURS 1281, NURS 1282, BIOL 2114

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic processes involving stress responses, immune function, cellular proliferation, fluid/electrolyte and acid/base disturbances and specific disease states in the adult population.  As a basis for nursing practice, students will link manifestations, diagnostic studies, complications and disease management modalities to specific pathologic processes and disease states.

NURS 1281 Holistic Nursing Care I 3 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113 and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out
Co-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1282, BIOL 2114

This course expands student understanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environment health within a holistic model care.  Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in adults experiencing illness, linking the pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.

NURS 1282 Nursing Interventions II-Clinical 3 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1180, NURS 1181, NURS 1182, BIOL 2113 and MATH 0110 or equivalent test-out
Co-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, BIOL 2114

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care in the acute care setting.  Emphasis is on continued skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.

NURS 1283 Transition to Professional Practice 2 credits

Co-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, BIOL 2113

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic mathematics, college reading, college writing, and mastery of first and second semester nursing content.

This course focuses on the needs of the student returning to the academic environment and is intended to expand the knowledge and skills of the LPN.  This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences needed for the role transition from LPN to the professional practice of an RN.  Students must be concurrently enrolled NURS 1280 and NURS 1281.

NURS 2380 Pathophysiological Phenomena for Nurses II 2 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282, BIOL 2114 or NURS 1283, BIOL 2114
Co-requisites: NURS 2381, NURS 2382, PSYCH 2235

This course focuses on pathophysiologic processes and disease states in specialty populations as a basis for nursing practice.  Students will link manifestations, complications, diagnostic studies, and disease management modalities to specific processes and disease states.

NURS 2381 Holistic Nursing Care of Special Populations 3 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282, BIOL 2114 or NURS 1283
Co-requisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2382, PSYCH 2235

This course expands student undertandstanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health within a holistic model of care.  Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in special populations, linking the pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.

NURS 2382/NURS 2383 Nursing Interventions III-Clinical 3/2 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 1280, NURS 1281, NURS 1282, BIOL 2114 or NURS 1283
Co-requisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, PSYCH 2235

This clinical course introduces the student to the professional discipline of nursing while providing care for individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing physical and/or psychological health concerns.  Emphasis is on continued skill development in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.

NURS 2480 Pathophysiologic Phenomena for Nurses III 2 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, NURS 2382
Co-requisites: NURS 2481, NURS 2482

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic processes in specific disease states in the adult population as a basis for nursing practice.  Students will link manifestations, complications, diagnostic and disease management modalities to specific pathologic processes and disease states.

NURS 2481 Holistic Nursing Care II 3 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, NURS 2382
Co-requisites: NURS 2480, NURS 2482

This course continues to expand student understanding of the phenomena affecting functional, physiologic, psychosocial and environmental health within a holistic model of care.  Emphasis is on promoting, protecting, and restoring health in individuals and populations experiencing illness, linking pathophysiologic processes to nursing management.

NURS 2482 Nursing Interventions IV-Clinical 3 credits

Pre-requisites: NURS 2380, NURS 2381, NURS 2382
Co-requisites: NURS 2480, NURS 2481

This course integrates knowledge of the clinical practice of nursing while providing care across the lifespan in a variety of settings.  Emphasis is on skill mastery in communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, health education, collaboration and care management while developing a professional practice framework.

NURS 2584 Pharmacology for Nurses and Related Health Professionals 2 credits

Pre-requisites: NURStudent enrolled in a nursing program, RN or LPN licensure, enrollment in the Clinical Research Certificate program or instructor consent.

This course introduces the health professional student to the principles underlying pharmacology.  A framework for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics will be developed including pharmaceutical and regulation, major classifications and clinical management.

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