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Changes to Whatcom's nursing program prerequisites
WCC’s nursing program added prerequisites (effective spring 2016 application for fall 2016 start), all of which must be completed prior to the program application deadline.
New prerequisites include General Biology (BIOL& 160) and General Psychology (PSYC& 100). Most students have already taken or plan to take these to move on to classes such as Microbiology (BIOL& 260) and Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200). Additional new prerequisites include five (5) credits of any Oral Communications (OC) course. The nursing program recommends, but does not require, Interpersonal Communication (CMST& 210), Public Speaking (CMST& 220) or Small Group Communication (CMST& 230). Finally, applicants must also have 10 credits of Humanities courses. These include subjects such as art, music, philosophy, film, etc.These additional prerequisites will not count toward your RN application score and do not require a specific, minimum grade. This change may have an impact on your academic plan as well as your Financial Aid status, including adding summer courses to finish in time. If you have questions or would like to review your course history with an advisor, please call 360.383.3080 to schedule a planning appointment.
Whatcom’s nursing graduates eclipse national licensing pass rate
WCC's nursing program is dedicated to fostering and nurturing the caring, compassion, clinical reasoning, problem solving, and lifelong learning skills needed by leaders in professional nursing. Students who complete the nursing program at Whatcom Community College earn an Associate in Nursing - Direct Transfer Agreement / Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) and are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).
Graduates of Whatcom Community College’s nursing program consistently pass the NCLEX at rates far above the national average. For three of the past four years, 100% of WCC nursing graduates passed their exam on the first attempt. During that same time period nationally, first-attempt pass rates ranged from 79% to 89%.
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These stellar results are a reflection of the academic rigor of the program curriculum, the caliber of the faculty members, and the commitment of the students. Further evidence of this are the program completion and job placement rates.
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International Student Health Mentor Project
Whatcom’s Student Nurses of Whatcom (S.N.O.W.) club has been working on a project with International Programs in which second year nursing students are paired with international students to help the latter learn how to navigate the health resources available to them in the community and, through quarterly workshops, develop good health and nutrition habits and stress-coping mechanisms, among other skills that are particularly helpful while living abroad.
What are the standards to be successful in the nursing program?
Students of Whatcom Community College's nursing program must be able to meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of the program requirements. Students must be capable of meeting these skills requirements in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. There are no substitutes for these essential skills. The applicant must also be able to perform these skills throughout the course of the program. The essential functions include: Observation, Communication, Motor, Intellectual/Conceptual, and Professional Conduct. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for details.
It is the policy of Whatcom Community College to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these required standards, if requested by the student. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis and will be provided as long as it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program, impose undue hardship, expense or difficulty, or is unduly disruptive to the educational process. Reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that WCC will work with students with disabilities to determine whether there are ways the college can assist the student toward completion of the tasks.
Are there any special requirements for students in the nursing program?
The nursing program is full-time, very demanding and requires significant study time. Faculty highly recommends that students admitted to the program limit their outside obligations, particularly work hours. The first five quarters average 18 hours per week in the classroom with an expectation that students work up to 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter is full-time clinical assignments scheduled at 40 hours per week.
Health care workers are required to have current CPR, TB tests, measles vaccination, and hepatitis immunization. Students are also required to undergo drug screening and a national criminal history background check. Students are required to have these completed and current before entering into clinical experiences.Uniforms are necessary. The student is responsible for dressing according to the policy in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. A name tag and a watch with a second hand are also required for each clinical experience.
Can I take my nursing prerequisites online?
Yes! Many prerequisites are offered through Whatcom Community College, Washington Online and other colleges around and outside of Washington State. Check with your academic advisor to make sure a prerequisite course will transfer to the Nursing program.