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2018-19 Nursing Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 511601
Fall Term 2019 Program Admission
Courses for this Program

About the Program

RCC is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and offers a competency-based curriculum jointly developed by nursing faculties from the eleven community college and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) consortium partners. The core competencies address the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidence-based practice; relationship-centered care; interdisciplinary collaboration; assisting individuals and families in self-care practices for promotion of health and management of chronic and acute illness; end-of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers.

Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to RCC and OHSU nursing programs. The program is designed as four years of full-time study, with the first year devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses (45-credit minimum) required for admission to the restricted (limited) admission Nursing program. Successful completion of the second and third years leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nursing degree offered by Rogue Community College. The OCNE curriculum continues for four additional terms leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Nursing (BS,N) offered by OHSU.

The first five terms after admission to the RCC Nursing program are identical for the associate and OHSU bachelor's degree courses. Term six offers students the ability to complete the AAS degree at RCC and provides the educational eligibility for NCLEX-RN licensure testing. Students who complete the AAS degree at RCC and pass the NCLEX-RN exam also have the option to complete the upper division nursing courses for the bachelor’s degree through OHSU (the OHSU bachelor’s requirement of statistics may be completed at RCC but 15 credits of upper division non-nursing courses must be completed through other colleges or universities). Click for options available for baccalaureate completion.

The Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, OR, 971-673-0685,

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the nursing program are:

Base personal and professional actions on a set of shared core nursing values, including social justice, caring, advocacy, protection from harm, respect for self and others, collegiality, and ethical behavior; notice, interpret, respond and reflect on ethical dilemmas using ethical principles and frameworks as a guideline.

  Develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, and self-care.

Engage in intentional learning, developing self-awareness of learning and effects on client care, seeking new, relevant knowledge and skills.

Demonstrate leadership in nursing and health care to meet client needs, improve the health care system, and facilitate community problem solving.

Collaborate as part of a health care team, receiving, using and giving constructive feedback.

Practice within, utilize, and contribute to the broader health care system.

Practice relationship-centered care, based on empathy and caring, deep understanding of the care experience, and mutual trust and respect for the autonomy of the client.

Communicate effectively and therapeutically, with attention to elements of cultural influences, and using appropriate modalities and technologies.

Make sound clinical judgments through noticing, interpreting and responding, using best available evidence, frameworks and systems to organize data and knowledge; accurately perform skills while maintaining patient and personal safety.

Locate, evaluate, and use the best available evidence.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success; e.g., NUR100 (course for re-entry students only). Students who have failed any two nursing courses (RN level, any program) are disqualified from applying for entry or re-entry to the RCC Nursing Program.

Program admission occurs once per year. Deadline for submitting program application material is February 15, 2019, or the first business day thereafter, for fall term 2019 admission (see program website and/or application packet for more information). Transcripts showing satisfactory completion of the math and Anatomy and Physiology I prerequisites and at least 22 other credits of the prerequisite/preparatory courses (minimum of 30 credits) must be in the Enrollment Services office by the application deadline to be considered eligible. All prerequisite/preparatory courses must have been taken with a letter grade and completed with a “C” or better. Consortium partner schools will use shared standards in a point system and a set of core criteria for evaluation and selection of candidates to the consortium curriculum, but selection processes, acceptance decisions, and admissions will occur at individual schools. Application to the Nursing program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all completed prerequisite/preparatory courses. Contact the Nursing Department or see the Nursing website for information regarding the application and selection process.

If an applicant has taken an equivalent course elsewhere which has a course number, title, or credit hour different from the RCC course, the applicant must contact RCC’s Enrollment Services office for a transfer credit evaluation, or the appropriate department chair to obtain a course substitution, as far in advance of the application deadline as possible. To be admitted into nursing courses students must complete all required prerequisite and preparatory courses (minimum 45 credits) and be accepted into the Nursing program.

Accepted students must undergo a criminal history background check and urine drug screen prior to nursing clinical experiences or their acceptance will be rescinded. Information regarding the background check and drug screen requirements can be found on the program’s website and will be provided to students before fall nursing classes begin. Accepted students will also be required to complete by a specified deadline a CPR Health Care Provider course (adult/child/infant, one- and two-person, with AED, course must have been successfully completed within two years prior to admission to nursing courses; online CPR courses are not acceptable). Information regarding required immunizations will be provided in the acceptance letter.

Internet and email access is an integral part of all nursing courses and access to a computer (at home or at the college) will be required on a daily basis. Nursing students attend classes at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass and clinical practicum in both Josephine and Jackson Counties and will need reliable transportation. See the program website and/or program information for progression policies.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to nursing students admitted to the program during the 2019-20 academic year. The program of study, graduation requirements, and courses are under constant review and are subject to revision. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. If required courses (i.e., clinicals) are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program, receive their degrees, and meet the educational requirements to apply to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). The OSBN screens all applicants for licensure and may deny licensure to or place on probation applicants with convictions for certain crimes. Contact the OSBN with any questions.

For more information regarding the program, selection process, and points contact the Nursing program:

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-956-7308
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7308
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711