1 BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE A Road Map to the Nursing Admission Process Presented by Nurse Education, Practical Nursing, Admissions and Enrollment Advising/Counseling, & Assessment Departments
2 Contact Information NURSE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Mary Folan, Chairperson, Registered Nursing Program Office G telephone: Deborah Westaway, Professor, Registered Nursing Program Office B-137F telephone: PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM Demetra Phair, Coordinator, Practical Nursing Program Office G telephone: ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT Jacalyn Angelo Health Programs Admissions Coordinator Office B-203 telephone: ADVISING/COUNSELING DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT CENTER Office B-218 telephone:
3 Topics covered in this session 1. Levels of nursing education 2. Program options at BHCC 3. The Assessment Center 4. The admissions process 5. Pre-requisite requirements 6. Nursing entrance exam TEAS-V 7. New students to BHCC 8. International students
4 Levels of Nursing Education Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Performs routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. CNAs observe patients physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or medical staff. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): Certificate takes about 1 year and includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). LPNs provide care under their own license to complex stable patients LPNs supervise nursing assistants and hold leadership positions in physician offices and long term care settings. Associate Degree Nurse (ADN): Training may take about 2-3 years and includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). RNs provide care to complex unstable patients. RNs often are in charge nurse positions or leadership roles in hospitals and other health care settings. Bachelor s Degree Registered Nurse (BSN): Training may take about 4-5 years and includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). The first two years are spent completing general education requirements. BSNs provide care to complex unstable patients in hospital settings. BSNs can work in any health care setting and often hold charge or leadership roles in hospitals and hospital systems.
5 Levels of Nursing Education Master s level (MSN) : allows a nurse to specialize in a particular area of advanced clinical practice or research. An MSN is required to teach Nursing at the Associate degree level. example: Nurse Practitioner A Nurse Practitioner is a nurse who has completed a Master s degree in a specialized area of clinical practice. Nurse Practitioners can order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, and can prescribe medication in all 50 states. Doctoral level: Prepares nurses for careers in health administration, clinical research, and advanced clinical practice. A Doctorate is required to teach Nursing at the BSN and MSN levels.
6 Some differences between RNs and LPNs Pay LPNs make approximately 60% of RN pay Work Setting LPNs work in stable, less acute settings Market Demand Equivalent Skill Level Equivalent hands-on skills Education 10 months instead of 2-5 years
7 The Practical Nursing Program Bunker Hill Community College Full time, 10-month certificate program in practical nursing Prepares graduates to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses) Incorporates general education courses, nursing courses, and 3 semesters of clinical placements in Boston Area and suburban hospitals and healthcare agencies Has initial approval by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing Seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
8 Where do LPNs work and what do they do?
9 The Practical Nursing Program New program starts every September Full-time, rigorous program of study Classes meet Monday through Friday days Consists of classroom, lab and clinicals that meet from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
10 Pre-requisites for the Practical Nursing Program Attend an Information Session Possess a high school diploma or GED Achieve a reading level of 10 th grade or higher on the CPT (College Placement Test) or a score of 98 on the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) Complete the following courses with a C or better: 1. One year of high school chemistry w/lab or one semester of college chemistry w/ lab 2. MAT 094/097 Fundamentals of Algebra or placement 3. BIO 203 Anatomy/Physiology I w/lab (within past 5 years) 4. BIO 204 Anatomy/Physiology II w/lab (within the past 5 years) 5. ENG 111 College Writing I
11 Co-requisites for the PN program 1. NUR 100 Drug Calculations 2. PSY 101 Principles of Psychology 3. PSY 213 Human Growth and Development
12 The Registered Nursing Program Bunker Hill Community College Full time, 2-year Associate Degree In Nursing (ADN) Prepares graduates at the Associate degree level, eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) Incorporates general education courses, nursing courses, and 4 semesters of clinical placements in suburban hospitals and healthcare agencies Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
13 Registered Nursing Program Options Day Option Evening Option Weekend Option New programs start each September and January. Consists of lecture, lab and clinicals that normally occur between 7am and 3pm depending on the year and semester in program. Sometimes weekend and evening clinical times occur. New programs start each September and January. Consists of lecture, lab and clinicals that normally occur between 4pm and 10:30 pm depending on the year and semester in program. Sometimes day or weekend clinical times occur. Starts in September only Consists of lecture, lab and clinicals that will occur between Friday afternoon and Sunday until 7 p.m. Very rigorous program. Classroom, lab, and clinicals take up the whole weekend each week. Hybrid Option New program begins in January only Rigorous program where content is learned online Labs and tests are done on campus Clinical is done on one weekend day 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
14 Pre-requisites for the Registered Nursing Program Attend Information Session Possess a high school diploma or GED Achieve a reading level of 10 th grade or higher on the College Placement Test (CPT) or 98 on the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Complete the following courses with a C or better: 1. One year of high school chemistry w/lab or one semester of college chemistry w/ lab 2. MAT 094/097 Fundamentals of Algebra or placement 3. BIO 203 Anatomy/Physiology I w/lab (within past 5 years) 4. BIO 204 Anatomy/Physiology II w/lab (within the past 5 years) 5. ENG 111 College Writing I 6. NUR 100 Drug Calculations (with a grade of B- or better) 7. Students interested in the Hybrid option must have completed at least three credits of pre-requisites online/hybrid
15 Co-requisites for the Registered Nursing Program 1. ENG 112 College Writing II 2. BIO 205 Microbiology w/ lab (within last 5 years) ** 3. PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology * 4. PSY 213 Human Growth and Development ** 5. SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 6. Quantitative Thought (Area 4) eg. MAT 195 College Algebra or MAT 181/183 Statistics * This course must be completed before PSY 213 ** These courses must be completed before NUR 211 (Nursing III)
16 Department of Admissions and Enrollment Services Helps to determine your starting point for beginning your college level coursework at Bunker Hill Works with you to create a plan of study that helps you to succeed in completing the nursing prerequisites Provide referrals to other student service offices Offers convenient day, evening, and weekend hours Provides assistance with course selection and scheduling
17 Assessment Center Administers the College Placement Test at no charge, with no appointment necessary. (10 th grade Reading level or a score of 98 on the LOEP Level of English proficiency is required for application to Bunker Hill nursing programs.) Assessment Center is located in room B-118 (telephone: ) Administers the TEAS-V (Test of Essential Academic Skills-V)
18 Nursing Programs Application Cycles September Admission: Applications with all supporting documents will be accepted between first week of October and the first week of January for the RN program, and between first week in September through mid-may for the PN program. Proof of completed pre-requisites must be submitted with the application. January Admission: Applications with all supporting documents will be accepted between June 1 and early September. Proof of completed pre-requisites must be submitted with the application. ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!
19 Application Process Complete Nursing Program application with proof of completed prerequisites, high school diploma/ged, and submit application to Admissions and Enrollment Services in person (B-203) or by mail Receive date to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS-V) (see next slide) Application and TEAS-V scores are reviewed by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee
20 Nursing Admission Test (TEAS-V) After finishing prerequisites and submitting a complete application, students are invited to take the entrance exam: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) Test is taken by computer Test is timed There are four sections: Reading, Math, Science and English. You must score 47.6% or more in Reading, 46.7% or more in Math and 36.5% or more in Science to be considered for either nursing program If a student has a documented disability, contact the Disability Office (Andrea Schwartz, telephone: ) for information on obtaining accommodations Each candidate may take the TEAS-V once per application cycle The BHCC bookstore carries a TEAS-V review manual. The manual is on Reserve at the BHCC Library. It is recommended students prepare for this challenging exam Online review website for TEAS-V (www.atitesting.com)
21 Summary of Application Process Student attends an Information Session Student takes College Placement Tests (CPT) or Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Student visits Admissions and Enrollment Services Student completes the pre-requisite courses Student submits application during the appropriate admissions cycle with the necessary documents Enrollment Services reviews each applicant s file that is submitted by the appropriate deadline and arranges a date to take the TEAS-V TEAS-V scores and grades for completed pre-requisite courses are submitted to Admissions/Selection Committee and applications are reviewed
22 Additional Requirements Students accepted to the nursing programs must also complete certain other requirements: Criminal Offense Record Inquiry (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) clearances American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification Health clearance by the Health Services Office (room E-154, telephone ) Malpractice insurance A grade of 78% is required in each Nursing course
23 Next Steps Apply to the College as a General Concentration major. If you are accepted into one of the nursing programs, your status will change at that time Once you are accepted into a program of study, if you are considering Financial Aid, COMPLETE YOUR FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid at and apply as soon as possible. It takes 4-6 weeks to process your application Take the College Placement Test in Reading or the Levels of English Proficiency (required for all applicants) and Math if needed Newly accepted students will attend a Start Smart Orientation (Advising is located in E-235) where advising staff will help you create a plan of study
24 International Students It is very important for international students to meet with an advisor in the International Center as soon as they arrive on campus. International transcripts must be assessed by the Center for Educational Documentation (CED). Course equivalencies are assessed and a report is given to you. Take the CED report to a Transfer Counselor, in room B202 to be evaluated. Timing is a very important issue for international students. If you are were a practicing nurse in your home country, please see the WELCOME BACK CENTER (B-207).
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