Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program (AAS)
Required program credits: 30
Minimum required credits for AAS: 62
The Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to be a 1+1 nursing program in which completion of the first year of the program meets the requirements for a practical nursing certificate and completion of the second year of this program meets the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. Students must be an LPN with an unencumbered USA license or be in the final process of completion of the Dakota Practical Nursing Program. The Dakota Associate Degree Nursing curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge, abilities, and skills to practice nursing independently and interdependently through application of the nursing process to provide safe nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, the individual is qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, as required by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing for licensure as an RN.
Employment opportunities include acute care centers, long-term care facilities, clinics, outpatient offices, industry, and community agencies. Graduates may transfer many of the credits earned in the associate degree program to a baccalaureate nursing program. The Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program is offered in collaboration between four colleges: Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota College-Bottineau, and Williston State College. For additional information, click here.
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION:
For current Dakota Practical Nursing Students:
1. Successful completion of the first year of the Dakota Nursing Program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite and program courses.
2. Proof of current CPR training for health care providers.
3. Submission of appropriate forms available from the nursing department by the designated date.
4. Successful completion of the preadmission examination. Please schedule with the Administrative Assistant for Health & Wellness.
FOR ALL OTHER APPLICANTS:
1. Unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the United States.
2. Proof of current CPR training for health care providers.
3. Admission to WSC, as well as completion of a formal application to the Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the ADN program. Application forms for admission to the Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program may be obtained from the Nursing Department after January 10th.
4. Successful completion of the preadmission examination.
5. Completion of the following courses, each with a grade of "C" or better and an overall GPA of at least 2.75:
• ENGL 110 | COLLEGE COMPOSITION I
• PSYC 111 | INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
• BIOL 220 | ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I L/L
• BIOL 221 | ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II L/L
• PHRM 215 | INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY*
• PSYC 250 | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
• UNIV 100 | COLLEGE STRATEGIES or UNIV 101 | COLLEGE TRANSITIONS as determined by College Advisor
* Must be within seven years of ADN admission
6. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite and program courses.
7. For those of whom English is not their native language (including international and/or U.S. residents), additional language proficiency requirements must be met by successfully passing the TOEFL exam.
8. Prior to entering class all students must pass a drug screening exam and criminal background check.
9. Completion of candidate interview.
Application forms for admission to the Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program may be obtained from the Nursing Department in January. The Admissions Committee will review the application and qualifications of each individual. All applicants must pass a background check and drug screen.
Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance status. The number of students admitted will vary by location.
Students must complete the 30 credits with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Students will be able to:
- Teamwork & Communication - Collaborate with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize effective communication, caring behaviors, and management of client needs.
- Professionalism & Leadership - Adhere to professional standards and scope of practice as an associate degree registered nurse while pursuing professional growth and acting as a leader and change agent within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
- Client-Centered Care - Provide culturally competent care and advocate for clients while promoting their self-determination and integrity.
- Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Judgment - Implement nursing judgment to make safe, effective, and evidenced-based decisions that integrate science and the nursing process in providing holistic client care.
- Quality Improvement & Safety - Incorporate a spirit of inquiry to make evidence based clinical judgments and management decisions to improve the safety and quality of care across a variety of systems.
- Informatics - Integrate current technology to support decision-making and manage information in the delivery of client care.
HPER | WELLNESS ELECTIVE (2 credits)
MICR 202 | MICROBIOLOGY (3 credits)
MICR 202L | MICROBIOLOGY LAB (1 credit)
NURS 224 | PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT (2 credits)
NURS 225 | ALTERATIONS I NHEALTH I (3 credits)
NURS 226 | MATERNAL CHILD NURSING (3 credits)
NURS 227 | CLINICAL APPLICATIONS I (4 credits)
NURS 228 | ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH II (4 credits)
NURS 229 | HEALTH PROMOTION & PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING (2 credits)
NURS 237 | CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II (5 credits)
NURS 259 | ROLE TRANSITIONS (1 credit)
*In addition to the above program specific requirements, please see the general graduation requirements for CTE programs.
Upon completion of the second year, students will be eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Students must have an e-mail account and reliable high-speed Internet. Some course components may be offered in an online format. Classes will be presented using a variety of technology.
Clinical experiences are supervised by WSC nursing faculty. Clinical experiences will be provided at CHI St. Alexius Health - Williston Medical Center and various local clinics, the North West Human Services Center, and at other specified locations.
Opportunity for validation of student achievement of specific course objectives by alternate methods is provided by the Nursing Department. Nursing faculty will review each situation on an individual basis. For further information, contact the Nursing Program Coordinator.