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NURSING FAQ

Nursing FAQ

Q?

What are the prerequisites for the Nursing program?

A:

For the Traditional RN Program:

The prerequisites are Human Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition I, and Psychology that must be completed with a C or better before the application deadline.  It is recommended that students complete Human Growth and Development, Public Speaking,  General Microbiology, Nutrition or Sociology if possible before starting the program. 

For the LPN to RN Traditional Program:

The prerequisites are Human Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition I, Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Public Speaking, Medical Terminology, General Microbiology (may be taken during 1st semester of the program), and Nutrition or Sociology, that must be completed with a C or better before the application deadline, along with being licensed in the state of Kansas, CPR Certified at the healthcare provider level and IV Therapy certified.

Q?

I have heard that Human Anatomy and Physiology has a prerequisite course, what is that?

A:

At HutchCC, before you can take A&P you must either take a college level Biology course (General Biology, Biology I or II, or Microbiology), or you can take Basic Concepts for Allied Health.

Q?

What is the required GPA for Nursing?

A:

Your overall college GPA must be 2.0. You must have at least a 2.75 GPA in the required general education courses of Human Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition I, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Medical Terminology, Public Speaking OR Interpersonal Communication and General Microbiology.

Q?

What is the Kaplan Admissions Exam and when do I take it?

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You must successfully complete (per program benchmarks) the Kaplan Admissions  Exam before you are eligible to submit an application to the program.  This exam will consist of: Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Critical thinking .The  exam must be taken during an application period from September 1 through January 30 and it is not transferable to other application periods.  The Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams, 7th Edition study guide is available at any HutchCC Bookstore location or at www.amazon.com.

Q?

When do I apply to the Nursing program?

A:

For both the Traditional RN and LPN to RN Traditional programs, the application process starts September 1st and ends January 30th. You must successfully complete the Kaplan Admissions Exam (per program benchmarks) to be eligible to submit an application.  See "Application Checklist" for more details.

Traditional RN Application Checklist: http://www.hutchcc.edu/docs/dept8/adn/RN-Checklist-for-applications.pdf

LPN to RN Traditional Application Checklist: http://www.hutchcc.edu/docs/dept8/adn/Check_list_for_applicants_LPN_to_RN.pdf

 

Q?

Do I have to write an essay, schedule an interview or submit references?

A:

You do not have to write an essay, schedule an interview or submit references for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Q?

How many students are accepted each year?

A:

The Traditional Nursing Program accepts 40 students per year (fall semester only).

Q?

What is the job placement rate for nurses?

A:

We have 100% placement rate for those students seeking a job after completing the NCLEX-RN.

Q?

What is the NCLEX exam?

A:

The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Register Nurse) is a computer-adaptive test of entry-level nursing competence. Passing the exam is required of candidates for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) by all US state and territorial Boards of Nursing.

Q?

What is the average income for Nurses?

A:

According to the State of Kansas Occupational Job Outlook a new graduate averages $22.00 per hour. This is dependent on what kind of facility, geographical location of the state and if the person takes benefits. Our program specific survey shows a range of $16.00 to $20.00 per hour on average.

Q?

After I graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing program can I go on to earn my Bachelor's degree in Nursing?

A:

Yes. Kansas has many four-year universities that offer Bachelor's degrees in Nursing. See your HCC advisor for further details.

Q?

How is the HutchCC program Accredited?

A:

The Nursing program at HutchCC is Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN).

ACEN: http://www.acenursing.org/

KSBN: http://www.ksbn.org/

 

Q?

How many hours will I spend in class per week?

A:

Typically the student will average 6 hours of nursing theory, 3 hours of lab and 12 hours of clinical per week. This does change depending on which semester the student is in.

Q?

How does clinical work and what are the hours?

A:

Clinical Hours vary depending on the semester the student is enrolled in. For instance in Semester I the student does 4 hours two days a week but also have 3 hours of simulation per week. In semester II the student has 12 hours of clinical two days per week and 3 hours of simulation lab per week. The time does increase with each semester. In the last semester the student does 16-24 hours of clinical per week depending on what clinical agency they are in at the time.
 

Q?

Where are the clinicals done?

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Clinical sites: We stay within Reno county for most clinical experiences but students are required to travel as far as Larned and Wichita. Examples: Promise Regional, Larned State Hospital, Via Christi St. Francis Campus, Via Christi St. Joe Campus, Hutchinson Clinic, Holy Cross School, Early Education Center and Wesley Towers to name a few.

Q?

How many hours do I need to study once I am accepted into the program?

A:

Typically we recommend that students plan two hours of study time for every hour of classroom/lab time. This will vary with each student but this is the average.