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The program is designed to meet needs of practicing LPNs who desire additional education to progress to the role of a Registered Nurse. The combination of previous experience and further education via lecture and clinical practice prepares the student to assume the role of a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings. The student will receive the AAS-T degree upon successful completion of all prerequisites, nursing courses, and general educational courses required. After receiving the degree, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
RN Option program complies with all the guidelines set forth in WAC 246-840-575. The curriculum contains theory and clinical experiences in the areas of medical/surgical nursing, obstetric nursing, nursing of children, and psychiatric nursing. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for students to have direct involvement in and accountability for nursing care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for the student to demonstrate assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care of diverse individuals and groups. Finally, history, trends, and legal and ethical issues pertaining to the nursing profession will be presented as a separate course; however, the concepts will be incorporated throughout.
This four quarter program is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. A capstone clinical experience with a practicing Registered Nurse as preceptor will allow immersion into the role of the RN during a regular working schedule.
Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance.
Deadlines for submission of prerequisites will be June 25th of the year your class is forming.
Prerequisites: Students must complete the following:
(1) General education courses
(3) Required immunizations
2. Certifications and background check(s): The student must have an active, unrestricted LPN license in Washington State and 500 hours of employment experience as an LPN, verified by either documented work hours or a letter from your supervisor with a signature. Students will be required to pass a national and local background check with a result of No Record on File in order to continue in the program. Students must have current CPR for the Healthcare Provider training that includes adult, child, and infant, and AED under the guidelines of the American Heart Association (online CPR course not accepted).
3. Documentation of Immunizations. Documentation will be required by June 25th of the year student is expected to start. Immunizations are not required to submit an application. Immunizations include: Hepatitis B series plus positive titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria(Tdap), TB: (1) 2-step TB screening, OR (2) Quantiferum Gold TB test, or (3) history of past three years TB testing or (4) negative chest X-ray report with annual free note from physician. Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection and positive titer), Varicella (2) immunizations or positive titer. Seasonal flu and H1N1 are also required. Immunization requirements may change, based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies.
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (20 credits):
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.
Admission Dates: Fall quarter