The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum prepares entry-level nurses to provide direct client care in acute and extended care facilities. The graduate is eligible to apply for the NCLEX (licensing examination) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).
The length of the nursing program may vary from one to three years. LPNs may receive advanced placement and typically complete the nursing course work in two semesters (LPN to RN). Students with no previous nursing course work usually complete the program in two years (four semesters). Prerequisite course work is required for admission into the two-year nursing program (contact the Admissions Office or the Nursing Department for more information on the nursing admission policy). A student may also opt to take the program over two-and-one-half or three years, allowing one or two semesters for prenursing and elective courses and time for extracurricular activities, employment or family responsibilities. Total hours required in the nursing program range from 71 to 76 depending on the student’s academic preparation and competencies.
The Hesston College nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing in the General Information section of the catalog.
Required Program Courses: 56 hours (grade of C or better required):
Core nursing courses: Nursing Foundations I (7 hours), Foundations II and Maternal/Child Nursing (8), Acute Care Nursing I (8), Acute Care Nursing II (8), Clinical Pharmacology I/II (2+2), Integration Seminar (3).
Support nursing courses: Anatomy and Physiology (5), Microbiology (4), Principles of Nutrition (3), Developmental Psychology (3), Pathophysiology (3).
General Education Notes: for nursing students, Speech Communication or Interpersonal Communication meets the oral communication requirement, Dosage Calculations within Nursing I meets the mathematics requirement, General Psychology meets the social science requirement, Anatomy and Physiology meets the natural science requirement, Principles of Nutrition meets the self-care and responsibility requirements and Acute Care Nursing II meets the integration requirement. Introductory Chemistry is required of students who have not completed one year of high school chemistry with a grade of B or better in the last five years. Prior to the first term of the two-year program, students must complete Anatomy and Physiology. Integration Seminar is required if comprehensive knowledge benchmark is not met in Acute Care Nursing II.
First Year Fall Program courses
Nursing Foundations I
College Writing I
Spring Program courses
Foundations II and Maternal/Child Nursing
Clinical Pharmacology I
Principles of Nutrition
Second Year Fall Program courses
Acute Care Nursing I
Clinical Pharmacology II
Spring Program courses
Acute Care Nursing II
Speech Communication or Interpersonal Communication
Note: Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology are prerequisites for the Nursing program. Students choosing a three-year plan of study focus on general education courses during the first year.
*Integration Seminar is required for students who have not met the nursing comprehensive knowledge benchmark in Acute Care Nursing II.