What minimum prerequisites will apply to the nursing program when the application process re-opens?
ENG 121 English Composition
HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition or HWE 100 Human Nutrition
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
These courses must equal a 3.0 grade point average and ALL “BIO” courses must be completed within seven years, both at the time of application and when the student is accepted into the program. Any CLEP, DANTES or testing instrument with a “pass” grade will be awarded a grade of “C” for purposes of Nursing Program prerequisites.
Candidates will also be required to have a current Certification for CNA. At www.arapahoe.edu, click on Departments and Programs and scroll to Nurse Aide for information You may have additional credentials (EMT, paramedic, medical assistant etc.) but must ALSO have the CNA. The only certification that may be substituted for CNA is LPN.
Applicant must attain the basic skills assessment score(s) for college requirements.
If I complete the prerequisites, how else can I prepare while I am waiting to apply:
Five additional courses may be completed prior to application and/or admission. These courses are not required to apply to the program, but may be completed prior to beginning the nursing program. They are required for the ADN degree.
NOTE: THERE MAY BE TIME LIMITS FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSES.
- MAT 103 - Math for Clinical Calculations (first semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within one year of acceptance into the nursing program.
- BIO 216 - Pathophysiology (second semester nursing program curriculum course). Suggested to be taken within two semesters of acceptance into the nursing program. Must be completed prior to starting third semester.
- BIO 202 - Anatomy and Physiology
- BIO 204 - Microbiology
- Elective - Humanities/Social Science must be selected from the Guaranteed Transfer Course list.
What documentation will I need for required immunizations?
- CPR for healthcare provider – two-year certification
- Vaccinations or proof of immunity to rubella and rubeola (measles and German measles), hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), a TDAP shot within ten years of participation in the program, an annual TB.
- Immunization and health assessment document may be found in the nursing program application.
How much does the program cost?
The program costs approximately $16,000 including tuition, books, fees and lab fees, liability insurance, testing fees, uniforms, immunizations, certifications, criminal background check, and random drug screens. Personal health insurance may also be required. This information is subject to change. Go to www.arapahoe.edu for up-to-date tuition and fee information.
What is a typical schedule like?
The nursing program is full-time, days. You are typically on-campus three to four days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. You attend four full-time semesters and are told each semester the classes for which to register. There are no lecture classes during the summer semester. A schedule may include lecture classes two days per week, up to three clinical shifts per week and additional lab assignments.
Clinical shifts may be 8 (eight), 10 (ten) or 12 (twelve) hours and may be days or evenings, any day of the week. Some clinical shifts may occur in the summer semester. The schedule for clinical shifts is subject to last-minute changes. Shifts are scheduled at area health care facilities.
Is it possible to work while I am in this program?
The nursing faculty recommends you do not work while you are in the nursing program. If you must work, try not to work more than 20 hours per week. Flexibility in scheduling work commitments is necessary to accommodate course requirements. Clinical schedules will change twice each semester.
Are there scholarships available for nursing students?
To apply for the N-OADN scholarship for students pursuing a professional nursing education, visit AfterCollege. You may contact the ACC Financial Aid office for more information regarding scholarships.