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  Oct 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 College Catalog 
  
2017-2018 College Catalog

Nursing (RN) AAS


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Setting the standard of nursing excellence for our community, TCC’s Nursing Program has provided Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma with thousands of excellent nursing professionals. TCC offers two nursing tracks ranging from three to four semesters, including Nursing Career Mobility (LPN/Paramedic to RN) Track, and Traditional Nursing (RN) Track.

Tulsa Community College offers an Associate Degree Nursing Program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The Program challenges students in an environment that facilitates personal and professional growth, educational mobility, and a pattern of life-long learning. Five Core values of the TCC Nursing Program include: Caring; Diversity; Collegiality; Integrity; and, Excellence. Nursing education is a dynamic, collaborative process in which responsibility for outcomes is shared between faculty and student. All theory, lab, and clinical courses follow a concept-based delivery method and competency/standard-based assessment and evaluation process. Six program outcomes include: Patient Centered Care; Teamwork and Collaboration; Best Practice; Quality Improvement; Safety; and Informatics. All nursing courses incorporate the six program outcomes, while student learning outcomes for each individual course integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to the patient population served and essential for entry level practice.

Together, courses taken for the general education requirements and those taken for the Associate Degree in Nursing will ensure that graduates of the TCC Associate Degree Nursing Program have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully meet the requirements for entry into the nursing profession set forth by respective professional nursing accrediting/governing bodies. Upon successful completion of all required courses and TCC graduation requirements, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Prospective students interested in the Nursing Program should contact the Department of Nursing office (918-595-7075) or access the Nursing Program web page (www.tulsacc.edu/nursing).

Traditional Nursing (RN) Track

The Traditional Nursing Track admits one new class each spring. This track consists of five semesters to complete an Associate Degree, with most courses offered during the daytime hours. Courses in the Traditional Nursing Track are offered using classroom, lab, and clinical activities as well as blended on-line resources. Students who have successfully completed NURS 2221 , NURS 2222 , NURS 2231 , and NURS 2232  may be eligible to sit for the practical nurse licensure exam prior to completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing. Applicants for practical nurse licensure must also hold a high school diploma or a graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.) [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].

Nursing Career Mobility (LPN/Paramedic to RN) Track

The Nursing Career Mobility Track admits one new class each fall semester at the Owasso Campus and one new class each spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus. This track allows for completion of nursing courses in as few as three semesters. To facilitate the progression of working students, courses in the Nursing Career Mobility Track are offered using classroom, lab, and clinical activities as well as blended online resources. Clinical rotations are offered at varying times conducive to part-time and full-time working conditions. Students in the Nursing Career Mobility Track must have access to a personal computer with broadband or DSL IP (Internet Service Provider). A student who is an LPN may be eligible to receive advanced standing based upon completion of a selected maternal-child standardized exam with a score of B or better in lieu of taking NURS 2221 , NURS 2222 , NURS 2231 , NURS 2232 .  A student who is a Paramedic is required to successfully complete NURS 1471  .

Applying to the Nursing Program

All potential nursing students must have two (2) applications on file: (1) the application to the College must be on file in the TCC Student Completion Services office; and, (2) the application for the Nursing Program must be submitted to the Department of Nursing office, Metro Campus. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Prospective students interested in the Nursing Program should contact the Department of Nursing office for an application and curriculum plan or access the Nursing Program web page (www.tulsacc.edu/nursing) for more information regarding application to the Traditional Nursing Track and/or the Nursing Career Mobility Track.

Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens.  Please check with the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for current requirements.

 Application Deadline Summary

  Request for Substitutions/Exceptions Due Application Due Semester of Enrollment
Traditional Nursing Track August 1 September 1 Spring/January
Nursing Career Mobility
Track: Owasso Campus
March 1 April 1 Fall/August
Nursing Career Mobility
Track: Metro Campus
August 1 September 1 Spring/January

Note: If an application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

Application to Traditional Nursing Track

The Traditional Nursing Track admits a new class each spring. Selected classes are held at both Southeast and Metro Campuses. Applicants become qualified for admission based on achievement of Nursing Program admission criteria submitted by the application deadline date. Admission criteria are listed in the Program application. Deadline for submitting the completed nursing application must be met by SEPTEMBER 1 for admission the following spring. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day. All applicants are notified of their admission status, in writing, within approximately 4 weeks of the application deadline date. The admission decision is based on a ranking process (See Traditional Nursing Track application packet). Students who are accepted to the Nursing Program must meet the following program and curriculum prerequisites prior to beginning nursing courses:

  1. Earn required minimum scores on the pre-admission exams. Students who score a 12.9 or below on the Nelson Denny test and are accepted into the Nursing Program will be given conditional acceptance and will be required to take the Advanced Reading Workshop for Nursing Student Success at the TCC Reading Lab prior to the first semester of the Nursing Program. If the Nelson Denny score of the student is still below 13.0 after completion of reading remediation, the student will be granted provisional admission. (See Traditional Nursing Track application packet for specific information related to nursing pre-admission exams).
  2. Complete the following prerequisite general education classes with a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

ENGL 1113 - Composition I 
BIOL 2134 - Human Anatomy (L)  
CHEM 1114 - Principles of Chemistry (L)  
BIOL 1224 - Introduction to Biology for Majors (L)  
PSYC 1113 - Introduction to Psychology (S)  

  1. Provide documentation of current CNA certification or an acceptable substitute. (See Traditional Nursing Track Application Packet for specific details).
    NOTE: *Substitution requests for the CNA certification requirement are due by AUGUST 1. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day. Substitution requests should be submitted in a written letter that is included with the formal application to the program (See Traditional Nursing Track application packet).
  2. Submit ALL previous official transcripts to the Student Completion Services office prior to application deadline. Please remember that it may take several weeks to have your transcripts reviewed.
  3. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. Any request for exceptions are due in writing and must be submitted with the formal application by AUGUST 1. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day. NOTE: To stay eligible for selection in the application pool your GPA must be maintained. Otherwise, you will become ineligible and your application will be returned.
  4. Students must make a minimum of “C” in all courses required in each semester of the degree plan for continued enrollment and graduation in the Nursing Program. See course descriptions for pre- and co- requisite course requirements. A Curriculum Degree Plan Sheet for the Traditional Nursing Track is available in the Department of Nursing office and at www.tulsacc.edu/nursing.
  5. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program one must make application to the Nursing Program, in addition to the College application. To remain in the program, the student must be in “good standing” at TCC.
  6. See Traditional Nursing Track application packet for specific requirements related to criminal background check, health record requirements, and CPR certification. Drug screening will be required upon entry to the program.
  7. Potential students need to be aware that they may not be approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination if they have:
    1. Been arrested/convicted of any offense including a deferred sentence.
    2. Been declared judicially incompetent.
    3. Ever been convicted of a felony.
    4. Ever had disciplinary action taken against another health related license. Those needing other information regarding this topic can obtain a copy of Guidelines for NCLEX on the Oklahoma Board of Nursing website.
  8. Applicants who previously attend a nursing program (LPN or RN) at TCC or elsewhere, must submit completed application by the Exception/Substitution deadline. The application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Attach official transcripts from the LPN and/or RN school in a sealed envelope. Attach a letter addressing any grade of “W”, “D”, or “F” you received for any Nursing courses.

Application to Nursing Career Mobility Track

The Nursing Career Mobility Track admits one new class each fall semester at the Owasso Campus and one new class each spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus. Applicants become qualified for admission based on achievement of Nursing Program admission criteria submitted by the application deadline date. Admission criteria are listed in the Program application. The deadline for submission of application for the fall semester at the Owasso Campus is APRIL 1. The deadline for submission of application for the spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus is SEPTEMBER 1. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day. All applicants are notified of their admission status, in writing, within four (4) weeks of the application deadline date. The admission decision is based on a ranking process (See Nursing Career Mobility Track Application Packet). Students who are accepted to the Nursing Program must meet the following program and curriculum prerequisites prior to beginning nursing courses:

  1. Earn required minimum scores on the pre-admission exams. Students who score a12.9 or below on the Nelson Denny test and are accepted into the Nursing Program will be given conditional acceptance. They will be required to take the Advanced Reading Workshop for Nursing Student Success at the TCC Reading Lab prior to first semester of the program. If the Nelson Denny score of the student is still below 13.0 after completion of reading remediation, the student will be granted provisional admission. (See Career Mobility Nursing Track application packet for specific information related to nursing pre-admission exams).
  2. Complete the following prerequisite general education classes with a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

BIOL 1224 - Introduction to Biology for Majors (L) 
BIOL 2134 - Human Anatomy (L) 
BIOL 2154 - Human Physiology (L) 
CHEM 1114 - Principles of Chemistry (L) 
ENGL 1113 - Composition I 
ENGL 1213 - Composition II 
PSYC 1113 - Introduction to Psychology (S)  

  1. Provide documentation of current unrestricted licensure as an LPN in the State of Oklahoma, or National Paramedic Registration.
  2. Submit ALL previous official transcripts to Student Completion Services prior to application deadline. Please remember that it may take several weeks to have your transcripts reviewed.
  3. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. Any request for exceptions are due in writing and must be submitted with the formal application by MARCH 1 for the fall semester at the Owasso Campus and by AUGUST 1 for the spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus). If the application deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.
  4. Students must make a minimum of “C” in all courses required in each semester of the curriculum degree plan for continued enrollment and graduation in the Nursing Program. See course descriptions for pre- and co- requisite course requirements. A curriculum degree plan for the Nursing Career Mobility Track is available in the Department of Nursing office and at www.tulsacc.edu/nursing.
  5. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program one must make application to the Nursing Program, in addition to the College application. To remain in the program, the student must be in “good standing” at TCC.
  6. See Nursing Career Mobility Track application packet for specific requirements related to criminal background check, health record requirements, and CPR certification. Drug screening will be required upon entry to the program.
  7. Potential students need to be aware that they may not be approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination if they have:
    1. Been arrested/convicted of any offense including a deferred sentence.
    2. Been declared judicially incompetent.
    3. Ever been convicted of a felony.
    4. Ever had disciplinary action taken against another health related license. Those needing other information regarding this topic can obtain a copy of Guidelines for NCLEX on the Oklahoma Board of Nursing website.
  8. Applicants who previously attend a nursing program (RN) at TCC or elsewhere, must submit completed application by the Exception/Substitution deadline. The application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Attach official transcripts from the RN school in a sealed envelope. Attach a letter addressing any grade of “W”, “D”, or “F” you received for any Nursing courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Patient-Centered Care: the student/graduate recognizes the patient as the source of control & full partner in providing compassionate & coordinated care based on respect for the patients’ preferences, values & needs.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: the student/graduate functions effectively within nursing & interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect & shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Best Practices: the student/graduate integrates best current evidence with clinical expertise & patient/family preferences & values for delivery of optimal healthcare.
  • Quality Improvement: the student/graduate will use data to identify errors & hazards in care & monitor the outcomes of care processes & use improvement methods to design & test changes to continuously improve the quality & safety of healthcare systems.
  • Safety: the student/graduate minimizes risk of harm to patients & providers through both system effectiveness & individual performance.
  • Nursing Informatics: the student/graduate uses information & technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error & support decision-making.

Careers

Search careers in Nursing at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.


Student Organizations

Student Nurse Association; Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society; Student Nurse Christian Fellowship


Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Nursing Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 38


Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 35


Traditional Nursing Track


Career Mobility Track


(Students in the Career Mobility Track who satisfactorily complete the NURS courses below are not required to complete the correspondingly designated NURS course(s) in the Traditional Nursing Track. Students should refer to the Career Mobility semester plan for further clarification.)

Total Credit Hours: 73


+Prerequisite course for program

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