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Advanced Placement Policy for Practical Nursing Programs

The advanced placement procedure for students entering NUR courses is congruent with the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College academic policy and procedure for transfer of credits and RCCC policy and procedures (see RCCC catalog). In addition to the general college requirements, students applying for advanced placement to the PN program will

  1. Notify the director of nursing education of this request in writing.
  2. Be considered for advanced placement for NUR 102 and NUR 103 only. This policy is in accordance with the RCCC course residency requirements. A student must complete 25% of the total number of credit hours required for RCCC graduation (see RCCC catalog).
  3. Provide the director of nursing education with the following information for college transfer applicants:
    • Official transcripts from an approved school of nursing.
    • Submit course descriptions and school catalog concurrent with transcript dates in order to compare current course content with transfer courses.
    • Placement in the NUR course sequence will be determined by the Director of Nursing Education after reviewing transcripts and NUR course records.
    • Course records will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the NUR course placement.
    • Demonstration of competency assessment for entry. Competency assessment testing will involve taking the comprehensive final exam from the last NUR prerequisite course of credit with a grade of “C” or better (within one year). An 80% competency attainment is required on the assessment test.
    • Perform a satisfactory lab skills assessment to validate competency, inclusive of 100% attainment on a medication calculation test. (Evaluation criteria will be made available. Directives for competency assessment testing and lab skills performance will be provided).
  4. RCCC re-entry applicants will:
    • Be required to demonstrate competency assessment testing. Competency assessment testing requires taking the comprehensive final exam from the last NUR course they received credit (within one year). An 80% competency attainment is required on the assessment test.
    • Perform a satisfactory lab skills assessment to validate competency, inclusive of a medication calculation test. Lab skills evaluation criteria is in accordance with the laboratory evaluation procedure (Nursing Student Handbook).
  5. Begin course placement as determined by the director of nursing education after evaluation of previous course content completed satisfactorily.
  6. Advanced placement will not take place within the same semester from the ADN to PN program.
  7. Satisfy related course requirements for designated semester of entry.
  8. Satisfy competency standards of a grade of C or better in all courses required for the program.
  9. Satisfy PN admission criteria and graduation requirements in effect at the time of entry/re-entry. Applicants applying for re-entry whose academic record validates satisfactory performance (80%) in all content areas in previous NUR courses will be exempt in satisfying the ADN/PN admission criteria and graduation requirements in effect at the time of entry/re-entry. Applicants who demonstrated academic difficulty (score below 80%) will be required to meet with the director of nursing education to determine entry/re-entry placement and pre-requisites for admission. Final approval for admission must be based on availability of space.
  10. Follow the competency standards when re-entering the nursing program.
  11. Entry or re-entry is based on availability of space.
  12. Sign a contract outlining all requirements of the advanced placement agreement with the course coordinator.

 

Revised July 28, 2011

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