Nursing

Tammy Segovia, MSN/Ed, RN
Nursing Program Administrator
Phone: (419) 995-8203
Email: Segovia.t@rhodesstate.edu
Office: 234H 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, basic education/applied education and nursing technical courses providing graduates with the skills necessary to competently and safely care for patients and their families. 

Various community healthcare settings are utilized for students to apply the nursing process in identifying and meeting the 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 healthcare agencies to apply competent patient-centered nursing care. 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, 17 S. High St., Suite 660, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 466-3947, and 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

Students will be assigned to day or evening or weekend clinical experiences in the Nursing Programs (Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), LPN to ADN Transition).  Specific qualification information for each nursing program is found within the program sections. Any questions pertaining to these criteria should be directed to the Office of Advising or to the Nursing office. 

Some students may choose to extend their course of study beyond the recommended plan due to academic deficiencies, employment commitments, or personal choice. If a student chooses to extend their course of study, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Nursing office.  

Admission or Reentry for Clinical Placement

Students submitting an application for admission or reentry into a nursing clinical course will be reviewed and a decision made by the Program Administrator (or designee) and faculty based on space-availability and the following criteria (see the Associate Degree Nursing Admission Requirements for detailed admission criteria):

  1. Rhodes State College students in good standing and those that meet admission or reentry requirements for the nursing program may be permitted to register for the appropriate Nursing course.
  2. Transfer students in good standing and those that meet admission requirements may be permitted to register for the appropriate Nursing course.
  3. Admission or reentry may or may not be granted based on application review.
  4. Science courses must be completed within the previous five-years (exceptions may be granted by the Program Administrator).
  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 office for additional information.  

The 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 admission or reentry. 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.

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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: BHS 2110, BIO 1120, DTN 1220, PSY 1010 or SOC 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: BHS 2110, BIO 1120, DTN 1220, PSY 1010 or SOC 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 or SOC 1010
Corequisites: BHS 1711.

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.

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, NSG-1523C, NSG-1523L, PSY 1010 or SOC 1010.

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 or SOC 1010
Corequisites: NSG 1721, NSG-2521C, NSG-2521L.

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 or SOC 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 1151 or MTH 1260, NSG-2525C, NSG-2525L.

 

Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Major

  1. All students who apply for acceptance to the ADN program must meet the "Acceptance Requirements", which are stated in the College catalog. Upon receipt of an application for admission, the advisor in the Office of Advising and Counseling will review the application with the student to verify that admission criteria have been met. In the event that two or more students meet "acceptance requirements" on the same day, the student's cumulative GPA will be used to rank the students.
    1. All students seeking acceptance into the ADN program must be remediation-free to qualify for acceptance.
    2. Students who did not score at or above remediation-free levels on the placement test(s), or did not meet the high school criteria (if applicable), may qualify for acceptance to the ADN program by successfully completing the respective developmental education course(s).
    3. If the student must complete developmental education courses, he/she must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible to apply for entrance into the ADN program. Developmental education courses do not count toward graduation.
    4. Students must be 18 years of age or older prior to entering the first clinical nursing course.
  2. Acceptance into the first ADN program clinical course may occur in fall or spring semester. Students are notified of acceptance prior to the beginning of the semester. The program will continue to accept students until all seats are filled or the first day of classes whichever occurs first.
  3. Tech Prep and/or College Credit Plus students must complete a Nursing program application and meet all "acceptance requirements" prior to the first day of the first nursing clinical course. 
  4. Up to 10 or more seats may be competitively awarded through an Accelerated Clinical Entry (ACE) opportunity, if applicable.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 may 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 Requirement Criteria" before being accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.  Students are required to submit a completed nursing application to the Office of Advising and Counseling. The applicant and an advisor from the advising office will review the application and verify that "Acceptance Requirement Criteria" are met. 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. Also, all applicants must meet the Nursing Technical Standards.

Criteria

  1. General College requirements (see General Admissions Procedures.) 
  2. Completion of the Nursing Program application. 
  3. Complete the ATI TEAS Nursing Entrance exam or an equivalent entrance exam (Program Administrator or designee will determine if another entrance exam will be an acceptable substitution) with a composite score of 60% or higher (or equivalent score on a substitution entrance exam as determined by the Program Administrator or designee).
  4. Attend mandatory Nursing Program Student Orientation.
  5. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  6. Must be remediation free in math, English, reading, and science. 
  7. College cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  8. Certificate of completion of state-approved nurse aide training course.
  9. 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.