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Nursing Program/Degree
Associate of Applied Science

Increase in differential fees for nursing students

A differential fee will be instituted fall 2015 for students admitted into the nursing program. The fee will be $60/credit for all nursing courses except for NURS 130. The fee will be in addition to the regular tuition fee charged at the college.

Program Details

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 (NSBN) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 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 NSBN 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 C- or lower grade will not be accepted). Students admitted to the program are required to attend two mandatory orientation sessions (one full day each) scheduled for late spring or early summer, and just prior to the start of classes.

Academic Skills Testing

The Academic Skills Test for the 2016-17 selection criteria, for entrance into the nursing program for fall 2017, will be the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) Admission Assessment examination. Students must complete the HESI exam at WNC during the spring 2017 semester to be considered for admission for the fall 2017 nursing program.

There will be no minimum score required on any areas of the HESI exam for the fall 2017 nursing program admission. Students will be given 0 – 4 points depending on their overall score.

Further information regarding the HESI exam and dates it will be offered will be posted by the end of fall 2016 semester.

Salary: $67,400–$93,380 / 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


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 Outcomes:

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

  • Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to make competent nursing decisions to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Communicate and document accurate information about patients in a concise and clear manner.
  • Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families.
  • Collaborate with patients, families and health care personnel to achieve positive patient outcomes.
  • Integrate research findings that guide (or lead to) best practice and quality improvement.
  • Apply the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the holistic needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within professional practice standards and the legal parameters of the profession
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with all populations in the healthcare environment.
  • Provide and manage care through the efficient and effective use of human, physical, financial and technical resources to meet patient needs.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability through identification of self-learning needs and ongoing professional development.
  • Apply principles of teaching and learning to empower patients and families to effectively participate in healthcare decisions and health maintenance .

A minimum of 71.5 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Prerequisite Courses*21 Units (Credits)

BIOL 223*Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224*Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 101Composition I3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics3
or MATH 126 Precalculus I
or higher MATH course
PSY 101General Psychology3
Choose one (4 Units/Credits):
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I4
BIOL 190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 190LIntroduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

NOTE: Current CNA certification is required for admission into the nursing program.

Successful completion of NURS 129 or NURS 130 will be accepted in lieu of current CNA certification if completed 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 if not completed at an institution 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.

Corequisite (Non-Nursing) Courses

BIOL 251*General Microbiology4
ENG 102*Composition II3
U.S./Nevada Constitutions Course
(PSC 103, HIST 111, or CH 203 recommended)*

Note: Corequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of the nursing program. See the Associate of Applied Science page for more information on courses fulfilling the general education requirement.

Completion of Chemistry 121 or Biology 190/190L, 223, 224 and 251 fulfills the science general education requirement for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

First Year: Fall Semester Courses10 Units (Credits)

NURS 136Foundations of Nursing Theory3
NURS 137Foundations of Nursing Laboratory1
NURS 141Foundations of Nursing Clinical2
NURS 147Health Assessment Theory2
NURS 148Health Assessment Laboratory1
NURS 152Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing I1

First Year: Spring Semester Courses11 Units (Credits)

NURS 149Mental Health and Illness Theory3
NURS 151Mental Health and Illness Clinical1
NURS 153Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing II1
NURS 165Medical Surgical Nursing I Theory3
NURS 166Medical Surgical Nursing I Laboratory1
NURS 167Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical2

Second Year: Fall Semester Courses**12 Units (Credits)

NURS 156Foundations of Pharmacology in Nursing III1
NURS 261Nursing Care of the Family from Conception through Adolescence (Theory)4
NURS 262Nursing Care of Family from Conception to Adolescence (Lab/Clinical)2
NURS 270Advanced Clinical Nursing I Theory3
NURS 271Advanced Clinical Nursing I Clinical2

Second Year: Spring Semester**7.5 Units (Credits)

NURS 276Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Theory3
NURS 277Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical2.5
NURS 284Role of the ADN Manager of Care2


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.