Nursing Degree (NU) and (NUE) (selective)

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. MWCC nursing graduates have historically achieved a high passing rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and have been successful in obtaining employment. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN; 343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 800-669-1656, ext. 153 or website www.acenursing.org.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
BIO199 Anatomy and Physiology I*

4

    Prerequisites: BIO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098,  or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

ENG101 English Composition I*

 

3

    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

NUR111 Foundations of Nursing

7

    Prerequisite: MAT126 or higher

Co-requisites: BIO199, ENG101, PSY105 (or prerequisites)

PSY105 Introduction to Psychology*

3

    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

BIO204 Anatomy and Physiology II*

4

    Prerequisites: BIO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098,

or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

BIO205 Microbiology*

4

    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement; BIO099 (or placement), BIO109, BIO199 (formerly BIO203), or BIO115 with grade of C or better

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

NUR113 Nursing Care of Children and Family

4

    Prerequisite: NUR111

Co-requisites: BIO204, BIO205, PSY110 (or prerequisites)

NUR114 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

4

    Prerequisite: NUR111

Co-requisites: BIO204, BIO205, PSY110 (or prerequisites)

PSY110 Human Growth and Development*

3

    Prerequisite: PSY105

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

ENG102 English Composition II*

3

    Prerequisite: ENG101

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

NUR220 Medical Surgical Nursing, Part I

6

    Prerequisites: NUR113 & 114 or NUR115 & NUR116; BIO204, 205, PSY110

Co-requisites: NUR230; ENG102, SOC103 (or prerequisites)

NUR230 Psychiatric Nursing

4

    Prerequisites: NUR113 & NUR114 or NUR115 & NUR116; BIO204, 205, PSY110

Co-requisites: NUR220; ENG102, SOC103 (or prerequisites)

SOC103 Introduction to Sociology*

 

3

    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

NUR204 Trends in Nursing

3

    Prerequisites: NUR220, NUR230; ENG102, SOC103

Co-requisites: NUR222; PER126/130, Humanities and Business Electives (or prerequisites)

NUR222 Medical Surgical Nursing, Part II

9

    Prerequisites: NUR220, NUR230; ENG102, SOC103

Co-requisites: NUR204; PER126/130, Humanities and Business Electives (or prerequisites)

PER126

 

Fitness and Wellness *

2

    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

  Humanities Elective*

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE (Preferred elective HUM212)
  Business Elective*

3

    Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS, CJU234, CJU252 (Preferred electives include CIS127, MAS102, MGT105)
                                                                Total: 72 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program is selective and can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Application deadline: The application deadline is January 15. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited. (See page 20 of the college catalog.)

Requirements for consideration: Applicants must meet certain academic standards. See page 20 of the college catalog for specific details or refer to the program application available on our website or through the admissions office.

Helpful hints: Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete some of the general education requirements prior to beginning nursing courses.

Transfer options: Students should obtain information on the program they wish to transfer into to determine if MWCC courses will be accepted as transfer credit. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Admitted students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 22). Drug testing may be mandatory at some clinical sites.

Please note: All BIO, MAT (prerequisite), and NUR courses require a grade of C+ to be eligible for promotion to the next level. Also, BIO199, 204, and 205 credits cannot be more than five years old.

Career options: RNs in hospitals, sub acute units, extended care facilities, medical offices, rehabilitation centers, and home care.

Earning potential: $47,710 to $69,850.

*These courses must be taken concurrent with or prior to, the nursing courses specified for that particular semester.

Program Competencies for NU, NUE, and NUP

Upon graduation from this program students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Provide nursing care through independent and collaborative application of the nursing process.
  • Use caring interventions when providing nursing care to a diverse population across the lifespan.
  • Manage the delivery of nursing care to groups of clients.
  • Communicate accurately and effectively by oral, written, and/or electronic means.
  • Use therapeutic skill in all aspects of nursing practice.
  • Implement a teaching plan based on the learning needs of the client and/or significant others.
  • Advocate for the rights of clients.
  • Assume responsibility for lifelong learning.
  • Function within the ethical and legal framework of the Associate Degree in Nursing.

Technical Standards* for NU, NUE, NUP, and PN

*For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 66.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information verbally or in a printed format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.