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

Dwight Juba
djuba@lorainccc.edu
(440) 366-4736

Julie Minarczik
jminarcvzik@lorainccc.edu
(440) 366-7614

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, along with science knowledge and critical thinking abilities.

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) completion of Psych 151, Math 168, A&P I, as well as a score of 75 or greater on the HESI Admissions Exam.

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 prerequisite 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. 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 preparation and performance.

How long will it take to complete the program?
Once a student has been selected for the program admission, 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 122 ____ ENGL 161 ____ 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 progression.

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, and transfers from other programs are re-admitted as places are 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, long-term health care facilities, 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?
No, assignments for Clinical Experience will be made thru the Allied Health & Nursing Division. This will include day and evening as well as 12 hour opportunities.

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 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 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 $12,000.00 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 College Center, 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. A criminal record may affect your admission into the program.

More Facts:

  • Did you know that the need for more registered nurses will be at an overwhelming number by 2022? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) in a recent occupational outlook report, it is projected that approximately 500,000 more nursing positions will be needed to meet the growing demand as well as another 500,000 nurses to replace the baby boomers who are expected to retire within that same timeframe. Couple these numbers with the repercussions of the Affordable Care Act and one can see that the demand for registered nurses has never been greater.
  • In an effort to meet the growing demands in healthcare, nurses’ salaries are projected to increase from a $45,000 - $48,500 annual starting range to greater than $51,000 in the next few years. In the State of Ohio, the average median range for a registered nurse is $60,590 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013).
  • The majority of nursing faculty in the Associate Degree Nursing program @ Lorain County Community College possess a doctoral degree and some have had examples of their work published.  The faculty are dedicated to the success of their students and to maintaining proficiency in the most up-to-date changes within healthcare today.
  • The Associate Degree Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


 

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