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Nursing

For information about admission requirements, students are required to attend a Nursing Information Session facilitated by the Office of Admissions and the Director of Nursing.

The Nursing Program prepares students to provide direct care to patients in acute care, long term care and other structured settings. The program consists of science, general education and nursing courses. Nursing courses include classroom, simulation lab and clinical experiences. Learning experiences and clinical practical may vary in time and in location, and may include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classroom and clinical components of the nursing courses must be completed concurrently. All nursing courses must be completed within four years from the date of entry into the first nursing course.

Students admitted into the Nursing program must take nursing courses in sequence, and must achieve a minimum grade of "C" (73.33) in all major theory and science courses (Nursing, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Microbiology) and a grade of "Pass" in clinical courses in order to continue in the program.

Program Goal

The mission of the nursing program is to provide high-quality education and clinical evidence-based practice which enables students to achieve career and life goals through the application of knowledge, judgment and skills necessary to practice as a registered nurse.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Utilize knowledge, judgment and skills to practice nursing safely and competently
  • Utilize intellectual, interpersonal and psychomotor competence when providing patient care
  • Utilize the nursing process to assist patients to attain, maintain and retain health
  • Collaborate as a member of the healthcare team
  • Practice nursing within a legal and ethical framework

Admission Requirements

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about our programs, prospective nursing students must attend a Nursing Information session as part of the application requirements. Applicants who attend receive specific nursing application packets and step-by-step submission instructions for priority processing.

Completed nursing program application packets must be submitted no later than by February 1st to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.

Submission of a completed application packet (obtained at a Nursing Information Session) is the responsibility of the nursing candidate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates must complete the college admission requirements and provide documentation of the following criteria for admission consideration:

  • Attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session.
  • Complete an online application for the program.
  • Proof of satisfactory completion of high school algebra, biology and chemistry with grades no lower than a C. If transcript indicates a numerical grade point average with no grade equivalent, a minimum of 73.33 is required.
  • Two professional references on forms provided by the college.
  • Complete the ATI TEAS test with an Adjusted Individual Score of or greater: Reading: 73.80%, MATH: 70%, Science: 52.10%, English: 63.30%. Applicants are permitted to take this test three times in a calendar year; no sooner than six weeks between attempts. Test scores are valid for a period of two years.

Please note that for MCC applicants who were former nursing students, the Director of Nursing reserves the right to contact former nursing program to verify that the student left in good standing.

Only completed application packets receive priority processing and review. Failure to adhere to the process outlined above will delay the application review. Due to the substantial amount of documentation associated with this program, we may be unable to immediately confirm receipt of separately mailed documentation.

Selection Criteria

Admission to the nursing program is very competitive. Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on applicable college courses and grades, ATI TEAS scores and references. Special consideration points are given to applicants who have completed both Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II prior to the February 1st deadline with a grade of "C" or better within the past 8 years from the time of acceptance.

Qualified students who are not accepted in the selection process may be assigned to a prioritized waiting list based on the above criteria. They may be subsequently admitted if an opening becomes available prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The waiting list will be discarded once classes begin. Students still desiring admission must reapply for the following year.

Upon Acceptance

It is understood that acceptance is conditional upon submission of satisfactory evidence in the form of the following documents no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

  • Submit a report of a current (within 1 year prior to beginning first Nursing course) physical examination, including all required health screening and immunizations (as indicated on the physical examination form).
  • Possess and maintain personal health insurance. When enrolled in the nursing program, students must notify the Director of any changes with healthcare coverage.
  • Possess and maintain professional liability insurance. This professional liability insurance coverage is purchased through MCC's Bursar's office.
  • Acquire and maintain certification in BLS for Healthcare Providers.
  • Complete a criminal background check (cost to be incurred by student). MCC’s background check is due within 21 days after attending the mandatory nursing program orientation. Students will repeat the NH State Police criminal background check prior to their senior year.
  • Complete drug testing through college's approved vendor. Students may also be required to provide an additional criminal background check and drug testing throughout the course of the program based on clinical facility requirements.

Pathway for NH Future Nurses Program

This new partnership between MCC and Franklin Pierce University (FPU) allows students to earn a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from FPU in one year after completion of their Associate Degree in Nursing from MCC. Students accepted into the Pathway Program will take courses that meet the requirements of both colleges during their first three years at MCC, receive their ADN and be eligible to take the RN state board exam (NCLEX-RN). During their fourth year they will complete their Bachelor Degree in Nursing at FPU. To learn more, students must attend a Pathway for NH’s Future Nurses Information Session. Dates and times can be found at www.mccnh.edu/admissions/information-sessions.

Advanced Placement for LPNs Into Hybrid NURS112M

Prospective students must attend an LPN-RN Nursing info session. A & P II and Microbiology must be completed by May 31st. Applicants must be a currently NH licensed LPN and successfully complete the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) I: Foundations of Nursing with a required overall percent correct score of 74% or better. Applications and required documents must be completed by December 31st.

Transfer Into NURS112M

Transfer into NURS112M is an option only if there is space available in the program. In order to be considered for transfer from another nursing program, students must: have permission of the Director of Nursing, have successfully completed (a minimum course grade "C") a Nursing Fundamentals course within the past 2 years and successfully complete the following: Excelsior College examination; #403: Fundamentals of Nursing with a grade of "C" or better.

Advanced placement and transfer students accepted into NURS112M must attend Nursing Process Seminar prior to the start of NURS112M and must have completed all prerequisite coursework by examination or transfer credit.

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to specific nursing course transfer policies noted above and other MCC transfer credit policies, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology must be taken within an eight-year period from the time of acceptance into the Nursing program.

Readmission Policy

Students matriculated in the Nursing program who withdraw or do not achieve the required minimum grade in the Nursing or science courses and are not able to continue in the Nursing program may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the Nursing program one time only. Readmissions are contingent upon space availability. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. In order to be reconsidered for admission, the student must:

  • Meet with the Director of the Department of Nursing.
  • Submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission to the Director of the Department of Nursing. In this letter, briefly outline the reason(s) you were previously unable to continue in the program, identify which Nursing course you are requesting readmission, and your plan for successful completion of the program.

Students who have requested readmission will be ranked according to their Nursing cumulative course grade average and clinical standing. As space availability is determined, students will be readmitted based on their ranking order. Students will then be notified of the status of their request in writing by the Director of the Department of Nursing. Students will have to successfully complete course content, competency testing and other requirements determined by faculty once they have been notified of their readmission status.

Students who have failed a Nursing course because of unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are not eligible for readmission to the Nursing program.

Accreditation

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) - formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON). Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to the NHBON for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). MCC’s NCLEX pass rates can be viewed at www.nh.gov/nursing. The NHBON’s licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the NH Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301, (603) 271-2323. Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) - formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlantic, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

Employment / Transfer Opportunities

Prior to meeting all program course requirements, matriculated nursing students may be eligible to apply to the NHBON for additional licensure after successful completion (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of "C") of the following nursing courses:

  • Nursing I - Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
  • Nursing III - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The nursing program maintains articulation agreements with Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Granite State College, New England College, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, St. Anselm College, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Walden University, and articulation and dual admission with Franklin Pierce University and Southern New Hampshire University. Further information on application for dual admission can be obtained from the Director of Nursing at MCC.

Technical Standards

MCC must ensure that patient safety is not compromised by students during learning experiences. Therefore, the student is expected to demonstrate emotional stability and exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and appropriate interpersonal relationships with peers, staff, and patients and their families.

The following technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the profession of nursing. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact the Director of Nursing to discuss individual cases.

  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals and telephone conversations.
  • Sufficient visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and interpret data: visual acuity sufficient to ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print/writing and calibrations.
  • Students must have sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas verbally and non-verbally and to interact clearly and logically with patients, family members, physicians, peers and other medical personnel.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, respond appropriately in emergencies or unexpected situations, and to cope with variations in workload and stress levels.
  • Sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities: manual dexterity to operate and handle equipment, moving and transfer of patients; and performing CPR.
  • Travel Policy: Transportation to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the student.

Nursing Degree Program

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
NURS111M Nursing I 6 12 10
BIOL110M Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
FYE100M First Year Cornerstone 1 0 1
PSYC110M Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
  Total 13 15 18
 
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
NURS112M Nursing II 4 15 9
BIOL120M Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
PSYC210M Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
  Total 10 18 16


Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
NURS211M Nursing III 4 15 9
BIOL210M Microbiology 3 3 4
ENGL110M College Composition I 4 0 4
  Total 11 18 17
 
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
NURS212M Nursing IV 3 18 9
  Mathematics Elective - Choose one: (MATH145M or MATH202M*) 4 0 4
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Total 13 18 19
Total Credits - 70

* Students who wish to continue their education toward the Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing degrees are encouraged to complete MATH202M as the mathematics requirement.

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