Associate Degree Nursing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy you have indicated an interest in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. This "Question and Answer" page will give you some information about the program. It may also raise additional questions which can be answered during a counseling session.

Cordially,

Patricia Schrull, MSN, RN, MBA, MEd, CNE 
Director, Associate Degree Nursing Program

Dr. Richard McCarbery 
Allied Health & Nursing Counselor 

What personal characteristics are needed to be successful in the field of nursing?
Students who are successful in nursing are emotionally mature, academically able, self-disciplined and willing and able to devote a considerable amount of time to their program, and highly motivated. They enjoy working with and serving people. As with all professions, a high standard of professionalism will be expected of you, both as a student and throughout your nursing career.

What basic academic skills are needed in Nursing?
Students who are successful in nursing have good skills in verbal communication, reading, writing, mathematics and science. High school algebra or a college equivalent is required.

What can I do if I have not had these courses or my skills are weak?
The admission process involves an assessment of your reading, writing and math skills. LCCC offers developmental coursework for students whose assessment results indicate a need to strengthen their skills in any of these areas. A Counselor or Advisor will assist you in selecting which, if any, courses you may need.

What are the requirements for program admission?
The pre-admission criteria for this program are that you must have:
(1) a high school diploma or G.E.D. (2) a course in high school Chemistry, or its equivalent, with a grade of “C” or higher, and (3) a course in high school Algebra, or its equivalent, with a grade of “C” or higher.

If you have completed college-level work, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a “C” or higher in all completed science courses.

When you have met or completed the pre-admission requirements, request to file a Program Application (PA) in the Counseling Office, CC 240, or the Connections Center, CC 106. Upon verification of your having met or completed the requirements, your name will be placed in the program admission pool. Each spring and fall semester, applicants are selected from the pool to begin the NURS (clinical) sequence.

How long will it take to be admitted to the program?
The length of time it takes to be admitted to the program will vary depending upon each student’s academic background. Some students complete the pre-admission requirements while still in high school. They are eligible to file a PA and gain entry to the program admission pool immediately. Other students complete the preadmission requirements by enrolling in developmental courses here at LCCC. These students are delayed in filing a PA and gaining entry to the program admission pool.

How long will it take to complete the program?
This will vary for each student depending his/her academic background. If you have developmental courses to complete or other unmet pre-admission requirements, the length of time that it takes you to complete the program will be extended.

However, once a student has been selected from the program admission pool, the NURS (clinical) sequence will take four regular semesters plus one summer session (two academic years). It is not possible to “double up” on the NURS courses and shorten the time.

The program also requires the completion of the following program
support courses:

BIOG 121 ____ ENGL 161 ____ PSYH 151 ____
BIOG 122 ____ ENGL 162 ____ PSYH 251 ____
BIOG 251 ____ SOCY 151 ____ SDEV 101 ____
(The College Experience)

The completion of the program support courses prior to enrollment in the NURS courses is strongly recommended but not required.

When does the NURS (clinical) sequence begin?
Students are admitted to the NURS (clinical) sequence twice a year, in the spring and fall semesters. It is important that you are flexible regarding the semester that you are willing to begin your first NURS course.

How will I know when program space is available?
Students selected to begin the NURS (clinical) sequence will be notified by mail. The notification will include detailed instructions regarding the registration process. There are additional program admission criteria (a physical exam, fingerprinting, etc.) requiring documentation. Your notification will include the appropriate forms and detailed instructions on how to fulfill these criteria. All students admitted to the program must be certified as a Health Care Provider, not Heart Saver, through the American Heart Association.

Can I re-enter the program if I withdraw?
If you have not completed the first NURS (clinical) course and wish to withdraw, you should immediately file a new PA to have your name placed in the program admission pool again.

If you have completed the first NURS (clinical) course or beyond and wish to withdraw, you must see the Allied Health and Nursing Counselor immediately to arrange for re-entry.

Proficiency students, re-admits and transfers from other programs are re-admitted as places are made available. Students should not withdraw from the NURS (clinical) courses without discussing their situation with the nursing faculty and Allied Health & Nursing Counselor. Formal withdrawal procedures must be followed.

What facilities are used for the NURS (clinical) courses?
The nursing program is currently using the following hospitals: Cleveland Clinic, Northcoast Behavioral Health Care, Deaconess, EMH Regional Medical Center, Fairview General, Lakewood, Community Health Partners, Lutheran Medical Center, St. John West Shore, Southwest General, Nord Center; and selected assisted living facilities, and community facilities.

Will I be able to choose the hospital?
Tentatively, yes. You will be given a choice of program agencies from those available at the time you register. Availability does have an impact which may limit your choices.

Will I have all of my NURS (clinical) courses at one hospital?
No. Different hospitals are used for different courses as you progress. Additionally, clinical experiences are planned in community facilities.

Is transportation provided to the hospital?
No. Students must provide their own transportation. Some agencies require parking fees.

Does the college have baby-sitting services?
Yes. Inquiries should be made at the Child Care Center, ext. 4038.

How is the first semester of the nursing program set up?

Basic Nursing Concepts (NURS 115) requires the following:

  • 4 hours of lecture (2 days per week)
  • a college laboratory component (2 hours per week). When you register for your first semester, you will have the opportunity to choose from a list of available times. The laboratory experience includes independent study at home, in the library and practice time in the laboratory. These independent activities require hours beyond the scheduled 2 hours per week and will vary according to individual needs.
  • a clinical component of one day (8) hours per week. In addition, students spend one to two hours per week at the clinical agency in preparation for their clinical day.

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (NURS 114) has a two-hour (daytime) lecture and two-hour scheduled laboratory per week.

Will I be able to schedule the support courses at times near or convenient to my NURS (clinical) classes?
Because the schedule of NURS (clinical) courses cut across many hours, LCCC offers the support courses at a variety of times, using a number of instructional methods and technologies. Support courses are offered days, evenings and weekends during the fall, spring and summer semesters. In addition to traditional instructional methods some support courses are offered via Cable TV, Interactive Telecourses, and the Internet. Consult a Counselor or Advisor to see which option best meets your individual situation.

What suggestions do you have that would increase the likelihood of my being successful in nursing?

First: Make up whatever deficiencies you have in the basic skills of reading, writing, math and science. A Counselor or Advisor will identify any developmental courses you might require.
Second: It is recommended that students complete their science requirements no more than one academic year prior to admission to the NURS (clinical) courses. It is required that students achieve at least a grade of "C" in all science courses. Remember, the support courses must be taken before, or along with, the nursing courses. Some students prefer to take most support courses prior to beginning the NURS (clinical) sequence.

Students who are still in high school should consider the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) or Credit-in-Escrow program as a way of taking some support courses at LCCC while they are still in high school. Your high school counselor can advise you if he or she feels this would be a good option for you.

With what courses should I begin and how many?
This should be discussed with your Counselor or Advisor, taking into consideration your educational background, work and personal obligations, and the semester in which you intend to begin the NURS (clinical) sequence.

Are there courses that must be taken before other courses?
Yes. These courses are called prerequisites and they are marked with this symbol (>) on the curriculum guide. Course prerequisites are listed in the LCCC catalog which can be obtained in the Connections Center.

Is it possible to proficiency any of the NURS (clinical) courses?
The ACCESS program allows Licensed Practical Nurses advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Requirements for admission can be obtained in Counseling or the Connections Center.

NOTE: Transfer students seeking admission to this program must meet all of the program pre-admission requirements listed previously. Additionally, in order to receive any NURS transfer credit toward the Nursing program at LCCC, transfer students must have earned a “C” or higher in all science and nursing courses in their previous institutions(s).

Can I work while I am in the program?
A general guideline for the nursing program suggests that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) should work no more than 16 hours per week. Many nursing students find that they are not able to work at all while they are taking nursing courses.

How many hours of outside study will I need per week?
A general college guideline indicates that, on an average, students need two to three hours of outside study for each hour in class.

How much does the program cost?
Cost of the program includes application fee for admission to LCCC, tuition, laboratory and other special fees, books, uniforms, supplies such as stethoscope and bandage scissors, and a graduation fee.

In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to have a medical examination before beginning the program; this includes immunizations and lab tests. There is also a fee for the state licensing application and licensing examination.

The total cost is approximately $7500.00 for Lorain County residents.

Is financial aid available for nursing students?
Depending upon income and assets, any student may be eligible for federal or state grants and loans. As soon as possible, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also called a FAFSA) and submit it to the Financial Aid Office or Connections Center for electronic processing. The FAFSA form is available in the Financial Aid Office and the Connections Center.

Is there a student nursing organization at LCCC?
Yes. The Student Nurses Association (S.N.A.) meets monthly and can be a strong source of support and encouragement to you. During the first week of class you will receive specific information about S.N.A.

What accommodations are there for students with special needs?
The Office for Special Needs (OSN) exists to serve the needs of students with physical, learning and/or emotional challenges. If you need special accommodations or assistance, contact the OSN located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 115. Theo Scott is the Coordinator and can be reached at ext. 4058.

If I have a criminal record, will that affect me getting a nursing license?
A criminal record may affect your licensing. Please see the Ohio Board of Nursing website at
http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/ for further information.


 

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