Western Nevada College

Nursing Program/Degree

Associate of Applied Science

WNC's Associate Degree Nursing Program is intended for students seeking careers as a registered nurse. The curriculum is sequenced and progresses in complexity. It integrates knowledge from the bio/social sciences, humanities, and is intended to prepare graduates to pass the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and to function as registered nurses in diverse care settings. Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

The nursing program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, ph: 404-975-5000. Applicants are advised that eligibility for licensure may be affected by the existence of a criminal record, a history of alcohol or drug abuse, and mental or physical illness that may interfere with the practice of nursing. Applicants are encouraged to directly contact the Nevada State Board of Nursing at 1-775-687-7700 or 888-590-6726 should there be a concern regarding eligibility for licensure.

A limited number of qualified students are admitted as first semester students utilizing the selection criteria outlined below. The nursing program requires that pre-and co-requisite courses be completed with a grade of "C" or better (a grade of C- or lower will not be accepted). Students admitted to the program are required to attend one day mandatory orientation sessions scheduled for late spring or early summer and prior to the start of classes.

Salary: $66,580–$89,920 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: High growth, especially in home health care & nursing homes

Good To Know: Hospital nurses tend to earn more than nurses in doctors' offices; may include working days, nights, weekends or holidays

WNC Academic Division: Nursing and Allied Health

Total Requirements: 72 Units (Credits)

Course Requirements
Prerequisite Courses* 21 Units (Credits)
BIOL 223* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 224* Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 3
or MATH 126 Precalculus I  
or higher MATH course  
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Choose one (4 Units/Credits):
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
BIOL 190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 190L Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab  
NOTE: Current CNA certification, or completion of NURS 129 or NURS 130 is required within five years of the date of application to the nursing program
* BIOL 223 & BIOL 224 must be completed at the same college or university at an institution if not completed within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Science prerequisites must be completed no more than five years prior to the semester of application to the nursing program.
Note: Statute of Limitation for science courses is five years by the date of application to the nursing program.
First Year: Fall Semester Courses 13 Units (Credits)
ENG 102* Composition II 3
NURS 136 Foundations of Nursing Theory 3
NURS 137 Foundations of Nursing Laboratory 1
NURS 138 Foundations of Nursing Clinical 2
NURS 147 Health Assessment Theory 2
NURS 148 Health Assessment Laboratory 1
NURS 152 Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing I 1
* Indicates corequisite. Corequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of the nursing program
First Year: Spring Semester Courses 15 Units (Credits)
NURS 149 Mental Health and Illness Theory 3
NURS 151 Mental Health and Illness Clinical 1
NURS 153 Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing II 1
NURS 165 Medical Surgical Nursing I Theory 3
NURS 166 Medical Surgical Nursing I Laboratory 1
NURS 167 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
BIOL 251 General Microbiology 4
* Indicates corequisite. Corequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of the nursing program
Second Year: Fall Semester Courses** 12 Units (Credits)
NURS 263 Nursing Care Childbearing Family Theory 2
NURS 264 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Laboratory 1
NURS 265 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical 1
NURS 270 Advanced Clinical Nursing I Theory 3
NURS 271 Advanced Clinical Nursing I Clinical 2
U.S./Nevada Constitutions Course
(PSC 103, HIST 111, or CH 203 recommended)*
3
*See the Associate of Applied Science page for more information on courses fulfilling the general education requirement
Second Year: Spring Semester** 11 Units (Credits)
NURS 266 Pediatric Nursing Theory 2
NURS 267 Pediatric Nursing Laboratory 1
NURS 268 Pediatric Nursing Clinical 1
NURS 276 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory 3
NURS 277 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 2
NURS 284 Role of the ADN Manager of Care 2

Note: The sequence of some courses for the second year fall and spring semester may be altered. Completion of Biology 223, 224 and 251 fulfills the science general education requirement for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

* Indicates corequisite. Corequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of the nursing program.

Mission and Outcomes

Mission: The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs. To accomplish this mission, the curriculum incorporates the National League for Nursing core components of nursing practice that are essential to the work of registered nurses. Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgment, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in nursing will be expected to demonstrate the ability to:

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