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The Associate Degree Nursing Program 
prepares students for entry-level positions in the nursing profession. Completion of the ADN Program qualifies graduates to receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN). The ADN qualifies the graduate for the National Council Licensure Examination  (NCLEX-RN).

 

This Program is approved by: 
The Maine State Board of Nursing
161 Capitol Street, 158 State House Station,
Augusta, Maine 04333-0158
Tel: (207) 287-1333
Website: http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/

This Program is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Website: http://www.acenursing.org

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PROGRAM MISSION

The purpose of the Nursing Program is to educate graduates who will function competently as entry level Associate Degree nurses. The curriculum is designed to provide students with learning opportunities which integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical practice. Students will be encouraged to review, assess, and analyze information in order to make sound clinical judgments, to think conceptually. Graduates of the Nursing Program are prepared to provide safe and compassionate nursing care to individuals and families in a variety of acute, long-term, and community health care settings.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the ADN Nursing Program, the graduate is expected to:

    1. provide holistic care, utilizing the nursing process, to individuals and families across the life span and the wellness-illness continuum
    2. provide safe and ethical care based on research, using information and technology to support decision-making and improve quality
    3. demonstrate legal and ethical accountability for the delivery of caring and competent nursing care using professional communication with interdisciplinary team members.

Click here for a checklist outlining this program's admissions requirements.

FOR LPN TO ADN APPLICANTS:

To be considered for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program, LPN applicants must first be admitted to the College (refer to General Admission Requirements) and designate Associate Degree Nursing as their curriculum. Computer literacy is essential.

EDUCATION

 LPN applicants must submit official transcripts which provide proof of the completion of a State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing program similar to practical nursing programs in the State of Maine. Applicants must have graduated with a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from their practical nursing program.  All LPN applicants enter the Nursing program in the second semester of the Nursing curriculum:

To enter the 2nd semester nursing course (NUR122), the Licensed Practical Nursing applicant must have completed:

BIO213, ENG101, and MAT117 with a minimum grade of "B" and,

have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

ADMISSION TESTING

Admission testing, recommended developmental course work, and required re-testing must be completed before applicants are admitted to the Nursing Program. This requirement is met by successfully completing the ATI-TEAS Exam. The Exam may be taken a total of three (3) time (the original test session plus two (2) re-takes).  Each Exam re-take includes all subtest scores and may only be taken after a 45-day waiting period. Registration is completed in the MYKV Student Portal - Admissions Tab, My Application. Free preparatory sessions are offered through the Learning Commons—453-5084 or cjohnson2@kvcc.me.edu The minimum required composite score on the TEAS Exam is the 70th Percentile.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

LPN applicants are required to complete a current course in Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. This certification must be maintained throughout the Nursing course of study to maintain program eligibility. 

IMMUNIZATIONS

LPN applicants are required to provide proof of immunization against tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (titer) and Hepatitis B (series and titer), and a negative test for tuberculosis (TB) annually, initially using the two-step method. Flu vaccination is highly recommended.

FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS:

Transfer applicants must meet the current Nursing Program admission requirements. Additionally, they must submit a letter of reference from the Chairperson of their former nursing program. Clinical nursing credits must be approved by the Chairperson of the KVCC Nursing Program and cannot be more than one year old.

Graduation Requirements - ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE NURSING DEGREE

PRE-REQUISITE Courses

*minimum grade of "B" required

 

CREDIT HOURS

BIO213

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

ENG101

College Composition

3

MAT117

College Algebra

3

 

TOTAL PRE-REQUISITE CREDITS

10

FIRST SEMESTER

 

CREDIT HOURS

NUR118

Foundations of Nursing

9

 

TOTAL FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

9

SECOND SEMESTER

 

CREDIT HOURS

BIO214

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

NUR122

Nursing Across the Lifespan I

9

PSY101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

TOTAL SECOND SEMESTER CREDITS

16

THIRD SEMESTER

 

CREDIT HOURS

BIO219

Microbiology

4

NUR224

Nursing Across the Lifespan II

9

PSY215

Developmental Psychology

3

 

TOTAL THIRD SEMESTER CREDITS

16

FOURTH SEMESTER

 

CREDIT HOURS

COM104

Introduction to Communication

3

NUR227

Nursing Across the Lifespan III

7

NUR229

Transition into Nursing Practice for the ADN

2

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Humanities Elective

3

SOC101

Introduction to Sociology

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOURTH SEMESTER

18

 

TOTAL CREDITS

69

NUR126*

LPN Transition to the ADN Role*

1

*Required of all licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and must be taken concurrently with NUR122 (2nd semester).

Students must complete 69 credits in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Applicants to the Nursing Program should be aware that nursing at the Associate Degree level involves the provision of direct care to patients. A student in the Nursing Program must have the knowledge and ability to effectively assess a patient’s biopsychosocial needs. Furthermore, the student must be able to analyze data to state a patient’s problem, comprehensively plan independent and collaborative interventions, implement the plan of care, and evaluate the care given, as well as the patient’s response to the care. Therefore, the student must have observational, communication, motor, cognitive, psychosocial, and behavioral abilities sufficient to carry out the above responsibilities. Technological accommodation can be made available for some disabilities in some of these areas, but a student must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not permitted since a student’s judgment would be influenced by someone else’s observations.

 

In order to meet the Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes,

applicants must have the following abilities and skills:

  1. A visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify: cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients; read small print on medication containers, physicians’ orders, monitors, and equipment calibrations.
  2. A hearing ability with auditory aids to: understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients and telephone orders; take/hear blood pressure, heart, lung, vascular, and abdominal sounds with stethoscope.
  3. The physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, transfer, move, and reposition patients, and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces.
  4. Effective communication in verbal and written form by speaking clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient’s conditions, and implementing health teaching. Write legibly and correctly in patient’s chart for local documentation.
  5. The manual dexterity to use sterile techniques to insert catheter, withdraw blood, and prepare medications / administer medications (oral and parenteral routes).
  6. The tactile ability to palpate pulses, determine warmth and coolness, detect enlarged nodes and lumps.
  7. The ability to function safely under stressful conditions and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment inherent in clinical situations involving patient care.

 

Kennebec Valley Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

Nursing Graduate Achievement Outcome Data

Achievement Data

Nursing Class:

May, 2013

(36 Graduates)

Nursing Class:

May, 2014

(41 Graduates)

Nursing Class:

May, 2015

(31 Graduates)

3 Year Average

         

Percentage of Nursing Graduate Success,

1st Attempt,

on the NCLEX-RN

(Licensure Examination)

85.71 %

National Mean

(Associate Degree)

81.43 %

85.37 %

National Mean

(Associate Degree)

79.26 %

93.54 %

National Mean

(Associate Degree)

82.00 %

88.21 %

National Mean

(Associate Degree)

80.90 %

Percentage of Students

Completing the Nursing Program

in 3 Academic Years

(150%)

72 %

80 %

83 %

78.33 %

Percentage of Nursing Graduates who obtained employment

within 6 months of graduation

91 %

93 %

100 %

94.67 %

NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The Nursing Programs three-year mean for the RN licensure exam pass rate is at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.

At least 70% of entering students complete the Nursing Program within three (3) years.

At least 80% of ADN graduates report employment in nursing within 6 months of graduation.

Are you someone who:
▪           enjoys working with people
▪           has a strong background in math and the sciences
▪           has good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
▪           has the ability to remain calm in emergency situations
▪           can deal with high levels of stress
▪           can problem-solving using common sense and thinking skills
▪           has very good written, oral, and computer communication skills
▪           has an affinity for machines and computers
▪           is patient, persistent, tolerant, and flexible
▪           has confidence in decision-making skills?

Do You…    

Like a challenge, have a positive attitude, work well as a team player, demonstrate a healthy work ethic, have good organizational and observational skills, dedicated to a job well done, and most of all, ready to work hard to achieve your professional goal?

If yes…

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at KVCC might be the program for you!   

Nurses help very sick people return to health and help keep people healthy by preventing disease. Nurses are concerned with the physical aspects of health and illness, as well as the psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of people of all ages. Nurses also provide care and comfort to patients as they die.

Many RNs work in hospitals, but nurses are also employed in other practice settings such as people's homes, clinics, nursing homes, schools, hospice, the military, and corporations/health related industries. As professionals who are responsible for coordinating patient care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (including weekends and holidays), nurses spend much time in direct patient care. Nurses must be able to assess a patient's condition to prevent complications, interpret laboratory findings, monitor equipment and maintain life support machinery, counsel grief-stricken families, communicate effectively with other health care professionals, and make the right decision about a patient's situation using sound judgment, in a calm, organized manner.

For more Information on the Nursing Profession, visit:

The Maine State Board of Nursing (MSBN) protects the public's health and welfare by assuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. The MSBN achieves this mission by outlining the standards for safe nursing care and issuing licenses to practice nursing.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses’ associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

The National Student Nurses' Association's (NSNA) mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. The ACEN accredits nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical).

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing (NLN) is the organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its individual and institutional members. The National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.