Nursing

Eric Mason, EdD, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean Health Sciences/Nursing - Program Director
Phone: (419) 995-8265
Email: mason.e@RhodesState.edu
Office: 224A Cook Hall

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed for qualified men and women interested in providing patient care as members of the health team. The curriculum is a blend of general education, nursing courses and applied education courses providing the graduate with the skills necessary to effectively serve patients and their families. 

Various community health care settings are utilized for students to apply the nursing process in identifying and meeting needs of patients. A nursing laboratory and a simulation laboratory contain equipment for practicing skills and provide settings for independent study as well as instructor-supervised study. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. Upon licensure, the RN is able to work in acute care, long-term care and community health care agencies to apply competent nursing care that is patient-centered. The RN will be able to provide collaborative evidence-based care through principles of quality and safety and informatics.   

The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Ste. 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Mission Statement

The Associate Degree Nursing Education Program serves to change lives, build futures, and improve communities by providing an opportunity for students with diverse learning needs to obtain an affordable, quality entry level professional nursing education, and thereby, meet the community’s need for nurses.

Additional Information

Due to limited clinical practice opportunities, evening and/or weekend clinical experiences in the Nursing Programs may not be available each term. Specific qualification information for each nursing program is found within the program section. Any questions pertaining to these criteria should be directed to the Office of Advising and Counseling or to the Division of Health Sciences.

Some applicants may choose to extend their course of study beyond the recommended plan due to academic deficiencies, employment commitments, or personal choice. If a student extends their course of study, the student is responsible to notify the Nursing Department.  

Reentry or Admission for Clinical Placement

Applicants seeking reentry or admission for placement in a clinical course will be accepted on a space-available basis according to the following priorities:

  1. Rhodes State College students in good standing will be ranked by GPA and may be re-admitted into the appropriate Nursing course based on GPA.
  2. Transfer students in good standing.
  3. Re-admission may or may not be granted based on candidate review.
  4. Basic science courses must be completed within the previous five-years (some exceptions may apply).
  5. Students who are out one year or more from a Nursing Clinical course are evaluated on an individual basis to ensure competency in previous coursework.  Contact the Nursing Department for additional information.  

Availability of space for the above applicants will not be known until grades have been reported for the term immediately preceding the desired term of re-enrollment. Applicants will be notified of placement in time to register.

Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code 4723 and rule 4723-5-12 of the Ohio Administrative Code, students who reenter or are readmitted to an Ohio school of nursing must “meet the curriculum requirements effective at the time of readmission.”

Associate Degree Program Completion

The student is expected to complete the clinical nursing coursework within five years of beginning the first semester of the nursing clinical program.

Tech Prep Partner

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Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

Registered Nursing Program Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHours
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COM 1110 English Composition 3
DTN 1220Principles of Nutrition 2
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
BHS 2110Growth and Development: Lifespan 2
 Term Hours12
Second Semester
NSG 1520 Foundations of Nursing 8
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BHS 1711Pathophysiology for Healthcare 2
 Term Hours14
Third Semester
PSY 1010 
   or SOC 1010
General Psychology
   or Sociology
3
NSG 1523Adult Health I 6
NSG 1524Care of Childbearing Family 3
 Term Hours12
Second Year
First Semester
BIO 1400Microbiology 4
NSG 1721Pharmacology for Nursing 2
NSG 2521Psychosocial Nursing 3
NSG 2522 Adult Health II 6
 Term Hours15
Second Semester
NSG 2525   Essentials of Nurse Practice 9
MTH 1260
   or MTH 1151
Statistics
   or Quantitative Reasoning
3
 Term Hours12
 Total Hours 65

 Portfolio Course

 Capstone Course

See here for Portfolio and Capstone information.

Note: Students may elect to take general education courses and sciences prior to beginning the first nursing clinical course. 

NSG 1320 — Foundations of Nursing Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
5 Credit hours  

Introduces the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing program. Focuses on the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice evidence based, quality and safe patient centered care utilizing teamwork and collaboration and informatics to formulate patient centered nursing decisions. Integrates foundational nursing concepts, the nursing process and nursing skills to promote critical thinking and safe patient care. The student builds upon knowledge acquired from general education and applied general education course work. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to Nursing Clinical Program
Corequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 1711, BHS 2110.

NSG 1323 — Adult Health Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
3 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult clients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, and physiological safety (hormonal and sensory). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and basic health related course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to client in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1324 — OB Advanced Standing for LPN
2 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child-bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor, and delivery, postpartum care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. Emphasis is placed on client centered care and collaboration which includes valuing a partnership with the childbearing family. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and basic health related course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to clients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1326 — Psychosocial Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
2 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual are explored through the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of patients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, patient centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for the students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1421 — OB Transition for LPN to RN
1 Credit hour  

Provides the opportunity for the LPN student to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child- bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, DTN 1220, PSY 1010
Corequisites: BHS 1711.

NSG 1423 — Medical-Surgical I for the LPN to RN
6 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult patients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), circulation (shock), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, physiological safety (hormonal and sensory) and health concerns related to the surgical patient (peri-operative nursing care). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. In addition, legal and ethical aspects are emphasized in regard to the scope of practice for the registered nurse. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to practice safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG-1423C, NSG-1423L, BHS 1711.

NSG 1424 — Psychosocial Transition for LPN to RN
1 Credit hour  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual are explored through the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self esteem, and self actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of clients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, client centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, DTN 1220, PSY 1010
Corequisites: BHS 1711, NSG 1421, NSG 1423.

NSG 1520 — Foundations of Nursing
8 Credit hours  

Introduces the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing program. Focuses on the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice evidence based, quality and safe patient centered care utilizing teamwork and collaboration and informatics to formulate patient centered nursing decisions. Integrates foundational nursing concepts, the nursing process and nursing skills to promote critical thinking and safe patient care. The student builds upon knowledge acquired from general education and applied general education course work. Psychomotor skills competency demonstration and clinical opportunities promote critical thinking while providing students the opportunity to give safe nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to Nursing Clinical Program
Corequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 1711, BHS 2110.

NSG 1523 — Adult Health I
6 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult patients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, and physiological safety (hormonal). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 2110, NSG 1520
Corequisites: BIO 1120, PSY 1010, NSG-1523C, NSG-1523L.

NSG 1524 — Care of Childbearing Family
3 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child-bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and collaboration, which includes valuing a partnership with the childbearing family. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 2110, NSG 1520
Corequisites: NSG-1524C, NSG-1524L.

NSG 1721 — Pharmacology for Nursing
2 Credit hours  

Focuses on the general principles of pharmacology. Selected drug classifications related to the neurological, circulatory, urinary, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immune systems and process are discussed. Health care considerations appropriate to individual drug classification will be emphasized. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Nursing program or permission from Chair or Dean of Nursing.

NSG 1990 — Independent Study in NSG
1-8 Credit hours  

Allows the student who has completed at least one clinical nursing course in the nursing major. The student will have opportunities to explore various assigned nursing related topics. A variety of instructional delivery techniques are used to emphasize nursing topics such as lecture, online learning, small group work, simulation, and etc. At the discretion of the instructor, various clinical opportunities in structured settings may be required. "C" grade policy applies.

NSG 2521 — Psychosocial Nursing
3 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual in the context of the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of patients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, patient centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships in scheduled laboratory and clinical experiences. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for the students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 1711, NSG 1523, NSG 1524, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG 1721, NSG-2521C, NSG-2521L, SOC 1010.

NSG 2522 — Adult Health II
6 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the adult patients. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of physiological safety (immunity-oncology), elimination (bowel and bladder), oxygenation (circulation), and activity and mobility. Emphasis is placed on collaboration among the health care team, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking skills. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from applied general education courses. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to practice safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 1711, NSG 1523 or NSG 1423, NSG 1524 or NSG 1421, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG 1721, NSG-2522C, NSG-2522L.

NSG 2525 — Essentials of Nurse Practice
9 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult and pediatric patients. Characteristics of the adult individual are studied with a focus on common health problems that include the human need of physiological safety (neurosensory/eye/ear). The pediatric individual is studied with a focus on common health problems that include the human needs of oxygenation, nutrition, elimination, physiological safety, activity/mobility and communication/cognition. Topics related to individual emergencies, trauma, bio-terrorism and disaster nursing are discussed. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, leadership, management and delegation as the student prepares to transition into practice. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical experiences are provided for students in a variety of structured settings to practice safe and competent nursing care. This capstone course concludes with a role-transition experience. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: NSG 1721, NSG 2521 or NSG 1326, NSG-2521C, NSG-2521L, NSG 2522, NSG-2522C, NSG-2522L, Background check (fingerprint)
Corequisites: MTH 1260, NSG-2525C, NSG-2525L.

April Bates, MSME, MSN, BSN, AAS
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8348
Office: CK 234G
Email: bates.a@rhodesstate.edu

Robin Borchers, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8273
Office: CK 234G
Email: borchers.r@rhodesstate.edu

Martha Butler, MSN, BSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8191
Office: CK 234K
Email: butler.m@rhodesstate.edu

Lisa Chaney, MSN, AAS
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8844
Office: CK 234F
Email: chaney.l@rhodesstate.edu

Mary Coleman, MSN, BSN, AAS, RN
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8233
Office: CK 230A
Email: coleman.m@rhodesstate.edu

April Fischer, MSN, BSN
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8812
Office: CK 232E
Email: fischer.a@rhodesstate.edu

Christina Frymyer, MSN, AAS
Instructor

Joel Harris, MEd, BA, AAS
Coordinator, Patient Simulation Lab and Associate Professor
Phone: 419-995-8849
Office: CK 201A
Email: harris.j@rhodesstate.edu

Melissa Harvey, MSN, AAS, RN
Coordinator, Practical Nursing Certificate Program and Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8347
Office: CK 230C
Email: harvey.m@rhodesstate.edu

James Hoffman, MSN, BSN, BS, AAS
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8245
Office: CK 234B
Email: hoffman.j@rhodesstate.edu

Petra Linnon, MSN, BSN, RN
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8328
Office: CK 232K
Email: linnon.p@rhodesstate.edu

Jacqueline Martz, DNP, MS, BSN, AAS, RN, CNS
Professor
Phone: 419-995-8848
Office: CK 230E
Email: martz.j@rhodesstate.edu

Barbara Overman, MSN, BSN, AAS, RN
Coordinator, Nursing Laboratory and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8217
Office: CK 230B
Email: overman.b@rhodesstate.edu

Tammy Segovia, MSN, BSN, AAS, RN
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8203
Office: CK 234H
Email: segovia.t@rhodesstate.edu

Monica Slattman, MSN, MSEd, BS, AAS, RN
Professor
Phone: 419-993-7405
Office: CK 234C
Email: slattman.m@rhodesstate.edu

Rhonda Sparrow, MS, BSN, BS, RN
Nursing Clinical Coordinator and Professor
Phone: 419-995-8807
Office: CK 230F
Email: sparrow.r@rhodesstate.edu

David (Justin) Thornton, MSN, BSN, AAS
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8365
Office: CK 234D
Email: thornton.d@rhodesstate.edu

Amy Yahl, MSN, BSN, AAS
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-8046
Office: CK 203A
Email: yahl.a@rhodesstate.edu

 

Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Major

  1. All students who apply for acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing Program have their name placed on a qualified list after they meet the Associate Degree Nursing Program’s Acceptance Requirements, which are stated in the College catalog. Names are listed in order on the qualified list using the date on which documentation was received, verifying that admission criteria have been met. In the event that two or more students qualify on the same day, the date of application to the College is used to rank the students.
    1. All students seeking acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program must complete the ACT to qualify for acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
    2. Students who did not score at or above remediation-free levels on the placement test, or did not meet the high school criteria, may qualify for acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing Program by successfully completing the respective developmental course(s).
    3. If the student must complete developmental courses, he/she must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible to apply for entrance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Developmental education courses do not count toward graduation.
    4. Students must be 18 years or older prior to entering the first clinical nursing course.
  2. Acceptance into the first Associate Degree Nursing Program clinical course may occur in fall or spring semester. Students are notified of acceptance approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. The program will continue to accept students until all seats are filled.
  3. Two seats in either fall or spring will be designated for Tech Prep and/or College Credit Plus students who have met the minimal qualifying criteria by June 30 and who have graduated from a Tech Prep program during May or June of that same year. Tech Prep students will be listed on the qualified list in the order in which they met all qualifying criteria, using the date on which documentation was received, verifying that all criteria have been met. In the event that two or more Tech Prep students qualify on the same day, the date of application to the college will be used to rank the students. Tech Prep designated seats may rollover to the next term if no qualified Tech Prep students are available. These two seats will then be filled by Tech Prep designated students, as they are listed on the qualification list, irrespective of high school graduation date. Remaining seats will be given to students as they are listed in numerical order on the program’s qualified list. Up to 25 or more seats may be competitively awarded through an Accelerated Clinical Entry opportunity.
  4. If a student has been convicted of a felony and/or a misdemeanor, he/she may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore, preventing the student from completing the program. A criminal conviction or guilty plea may also prevent the student from obtaining a license or certificate in his/her chosen healthcare profession.
  5. To meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, students with objections/refusal to receive required immunizations or have convictions of certain felonies, misdemeanors, or drug-related offenses will be ineligible for admission into clinical experiences and may be dismissed from the program.  Positive drug screens will result in dismissal from all clinical courses. Any student who refuses/fails to cooperate, or complete any required drug screen will be considered “positive” and will be dismissed from the program. All students may be subject to random drug screens throughout the program.   

Acceptance Requirements

Applicants must meet Acceptance Requirements before being place on the program's qualified list.  Names are placed on the qualified list using the date on which documentation was received, verifying that acceptance requirements have been met. In the event that two or more students qualify on the same day, the date of application to the college is used to rank order these students.  All students must meet technical standards.  Applicants who do not meet the qualification requirements should meet with an advisor in the Office of Advising and Counseling to plan a course of study. 

  1. General College requirements (see General Admissions Procedures.) 
  2. Attend mandatory Nursing Program Student Orientation.
  3. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  4. Must be remediation free in math, English, reading, and science. 
  5. College cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  6. Certificate of completion of state-approved nurse aide training course.
  7. Declaration of Nursing as the major course of study.

Additional Requirements After Entry into the First Clinical Nursing Course

  1. Evidence of sufficient physical and mental health to engage in the practice of nursing.
  2. Current American Heart Association or equivalent certification in CPR.
  3. Completed health and immunization form.
  4. Criminal background check.
  5. Drug screening prior to second clinical nursing course.