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Develop tomorrow's leaders in the Allied Health Profession.


The mission of the Allied Health Department is to provide quality educational programs and to enhance the educational and employment opportunities of the students in the allied health professions.  The Allied Health programs and services ar student centered and are focused upon maximizing access to and success in the student's educational and career goals.


  1. Prepare students with the current knowledge and skills necessary for employment utilizing practitioner faculty, experiential curricula, and state-of-the-art facilities.
  2. Respond to the changing  needs of the health care community by providing continuing education for persons whose skills need upgraded, knowledge broadened or who seek career advancement.
  3. Prepare students through a prescribed course of study to transfer to 4-year instututions or to advance training.

Nursing Program

Hutchinson Community College mission is to expand the tradition of excellence through learning and collaboration.  The nursing program is committed to the HutchCC mission by preparing graduates who embrace the idea of lifelong learning and enter the profession as safe nursing generallists caring for a diverse population in a global society.


Philosophy is a statement of beliefs developed by the faculty that serve as the basis of curricular development. The core concepts include health, nursing, nursing education and the Associate Degree Nursing graduate.

The faculty believes that persons are unique systems having physiological and psychological needs and potentials.  These needs and potentials influence the ability to achieve optimal health and well-being throughout the life span and the extent to which persons require or benefit from nursing care.

Health is a multifaceted dynamic state that evolves from the interaction of persons and environment.  Health comprises physiological and psychosocial well being. Elements of health can exist even in the presence of illness or disease.

Nursing is an art and a science concerned with prevention of illness as well as the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. The goal of nursing is to assist persons to maintain optimal physiological and psychosocial well-being.  Nursing practice includes diverse roles that supports the dignity, individuality, and well-being of persons.

Nursing education is a dynamic process that supports the learner’s development in critical thinking skills, creativity and self-direction.  Learners change or reorganize their thinking and/or behavior as a result of acquiring new knowledge, skill and attitudes (QSEN, 2015).  Learning takes place through experience, which is the interaction between the learner and what is leaned.  Each learner has individual needs and potentials and is responsible for their own learning.

The associate degree registered nurse provides, unique, comprehensive assessment of the health status of the individual client, families, or group, and then develops and implements a plan of care, specific to the situation.  The nurse assists in the promotion of health, in coping with health problems, in adapting to and/or recovering from the effects of disease or injury, and in supporting the right to a dignified death.  The associate degree registered nurse is accountable for abiding by all applicable federal, state, and territorial statues related to nursing practice. 

(Adapted from NCSBN NCLEX-RN Examination Detailed Test Plan booklet, April 2016)

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Utilizing caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.

2.  Implement professional standards and scope of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frame works. 

3.  Collaborate with clients and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize client outcomes.

4.  Formulate safe and effective clinical judgments guided by the nursing process, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice.

5.  Manage care and provide leadership to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.

6.  Generate teaching and learning processes to promote and maintain health and reduce risks for a global population.

7.  Demonstrate effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with our healthcare team members.

Program Outcomes

Licensure Pass Rate: most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.

Completion Rate: 75% of students admitted will complete the program in 150% of the program timeframe.

Job Placement Rate:  Within six (6-12) to twelve months of graduation, 90% of Traditional program graduates completing the survey will be employed in the profession of nursing.   Within six (6-12) to twelve months of graduation, 90% of EMT-P respondents completing the survey will continue employment in EMS and/or be working in the profession of nursing.  Within six (6-12) to twelve months of graduation, 90% of LPN respondents completing the survey will be employed in the profession of nursing.