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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

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An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing and a career as a Registered Nurse are available to students who successfully complete the requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum. As members of the nursing profession, registered nurses are accountable for their own nursing practice. The Associate Degree Nurse utilizes more complex nursing knowledge and skills to assess, plan, provide, evaluate and manage nursing care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and a variety of community-based healthcare settings.

The Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and, in addition, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 866-747-9965. The Practical Nursing program, scheduled to begin in Spring 2018 at the Boone campus, is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, River Point Business Park, 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-281-3255.

Upon successful completion of the nursing curriculum, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse Licensure (NCLEX-RN).

For more information about the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing program, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/nursing/Pages/welcome.aspx.

All nursing and liberal arts support courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or above. In order to progress to the next semester, these courses must be successfully completed in the semester identified or in a previous semester.


Program Details

Location: Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton and Urban

Selected liberal arts courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Associate Degree Nursing Starts:

Ankeny, Boone - Fall and Spring semesters

Carroll, Newton, Urban - Fall term only

Students who start a program on one campus will not be permitted to transfer to another campus mid-program. For example, a student starting the Nursing program in Boone must complete the program in Boone.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Nursing program.
  2. Attend ADN Nursing information session, registration meetings and a Nursing program orientation for ADN levels.
  3. Submit proof of high school graduation, HiSET (formerly GED) or equivalent
  4. Successfully complete the ACT with a minimum composite score of 20, OR successfully complete the COMPASS with a minimum score of 81 reading and 70 writing, OR successfully complete the ACCUPLACER with a minimum score of 73 reading and 82 writing.
  5. Complete ALEKS Math Assessment.
  6. Submit proof of completion of 120-hour State of Iowa approved Certified Nurse Aide Program or equivalent.
  7. Submit proof of successful completion of Nurse Aide written (NRAO 858) and skills (NRAO 859) tests for placement on the Direct Care Worker Registry. A transcript indicating you passed both tests, or a Registry card will serve as verification.
  8. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in required program support courses and cannot be on Academic Probation.
  9. For English Second Language students: Current DMACC Policy for International Students and the Admissions department for the TOEFL and/or the ESL COMPASS required scores.
  10. Entry Requirement courses
    1. Anatomy and Physiology***(BIO 168  ) 
    2. Intro to General Chemistry*** (CHM 122  ) 
    3. Intro Biology w/Lab*** (BIO 104  ) 
    4. College Algebra (MAT 121  ) equivalent or MAT 157  
    5. Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111 )

***Entry Requirement Science courses. The following conditions apply:

  • A grade of C or better (not C-) is required for all courses.
  • Course work in the above sciences***: Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Biology, must be recent; that is no more that 5 years old.
  • Before an applicant can be placed on the wait list, the Registrar will evaluate recentness of science course work to determine eligibility for the wait list.
  • Science credits earned more than 5 years prior to consideration for placement on wait list are not acceptable and will have to be repeated before the applicant may be placed on the wait list, unless a score of 50% or higher is achieved on the Science portion of the ATI TEAS. In this case, the 5 year will be waived.

11. Complete required Nursing program ATI TEAS admissions testing with a minimum adjusted individual total score 60% in all four assessment areas: reading, mathematics, english and language usage, and science. Only 3 attempts permitted to achieve the required ATI TEAS composite score. A wait time of 30 days between attempts is required.


Additional Requirements:

Criminal background checks must be completed by each student. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participating in clinical education experiences. Results of the criminal record/child and adult abuse registry checks will be released to the Department of Human Services, which will determine if the crime or founded abuse warrants prohibition from clinical education experience. Students unable to participate in clinical education will be unable to complete the Nursing program.

Proof of immunizations and annual TB testing are required of all Nursing students. A physical exam must be completed within one year prior to program entry. Completion of the Student Health and Immunization Record form and current certification by either the American Heart Association (CPR for the Healthcare Provider) or American Red Cross (CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider) are required prior to beginning Term 1 of the program. Proof of a current seasonal flu vaccination is required of all Nursing students prior to the start of the clinical agencies set deadline.

The Nursing program utilizes www.castlebranch.com to perform criminal background checks, track immunizations, health records and CPR certification of each student after their acceptance into the program. Students must wait for directions, which will be provided at the required Nursing Registration meeting, before requesting their background check and uploading their CPR and health records. Students are responsible for the cost of this service and any related expenses

*In accordance with DMACC’s contract with affiliated agencies, results of the criminal record/child and adult abuse registry checks will be released to contracted agencies only upon their request.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed in Semesters 1-5, meet the progression requirements and have a grade of “C”  (not C-)or above in all ADN and pre-requisite/co-requisite courses in the curriculum. In order to progress to the next semester, these courses must be successfully completed in the semester identified or in a previous semester.

Semester 3

Option 1 - Select 1

Total Credits Required to Complete the AAS Degree - 66*

*Program total credits do not include 18 entry requirement credits.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
CastleBranch Immunization Tracker and Background Check Fee  82        
Nursing Textbooks (approximate) 700     500  
Uniforms, Shoes, Equipment 400     150  
Testing Fees & Simulation Supplies 110 50     60   25
Curriculum Support, Assessment and Review Course 450     450  
History/Physical Exam 240        
BCLS Certification   60     60    
Licensure Exam Fee         350
Graduation Pin         30-115

Approximate total for the program: $13,683-$13,768**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

To learn more about Nursing as an occupation, the kind of work you will do and the skills you need, visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/nursing/Pages/welcome.aspx.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Make decisions and accept accountability for own actions and the actions of others.
  • Be able to perform required nursing care skills (see attached performance standards).
  • Function effectively in an emergency or crisis situation.
  • Use judgment and problem-solving skills to plan, supervise and provide care to patients.
  • Be self-directive in identifying and pursuing learning needs.
  • Be flexible and have ability to prioritize and change from one task to another rapidly.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through participation and student organizations and other professional activities.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Take required liberal arts support courses in advance when possible.
  • Strengthen study and academic skills prior to entry (math ability, speed and level of reading, problem-solving skills, ability to manage and organize large amounts of information from multiple sources, test-taking skills).
  • Plan ahead to have own transportation and to resolve conflicts between personal responsibilities (family, finances, etc.) and Nursing program demands.
  • Family support is important.
  • Restrict work; homework and required class preparation/activities are demanding.
  • Clinical rotations while in the program may be days or evenings.
  • Baccalaureate degree completion is available at four-year colleges/universities.
  • Criminal background checks will be completed on each student. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participating in clinical education experiences. Students unable to participate in clinical education will be unable to complete the Nursing program.
  • Average starting salary $67,490 (2015 US Department of Labor).

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574, dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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