Health Services

Intended Program Outcomes:

This two-year A.A.S. degree in nursing will prepare the student to sit for testing and licensure as a registered nurse and to be effective in the workplace in the following areas:

  • Basing nursing activities on practice as dictated by the theories and concepts from nursing and the natural and behavioral sciences, thereby effectively employing assessment and intervention skills, caring and relational skills for client advocacy, and teaching skills for health promotion and restoration
  • Working dependently and interdependently with qualified health professionals and members of the health team in defining, planning, implementing, and evaluating the total health plan for individuals consistent with their graduating scope of practice and skills in communication, cultural respect, management, leadership, and teaching
  • Being accountable for his/her own decisions, judgments, and nursing practice by using critical thinking skills, moral and ethical responsibility, and responsibilities management skills
  • Exhibiting personal and professional growth by using critical thinking and knowledge integration skills to acquire new knowledge and new experiences with the continual expansion of scientific knowledge and technology

Registered nurses (RNs) use their knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to help individuals, families, and groups with health needs. RNs care for and work with people to help them become healthier or to regain health after illness or surgery. Nurses teach health practices to clients and other health care providers, and frequently supervise the work of nursing assistants and practical nurses. RNs also administer medications and perform treatments for patients. Nurses work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care, schools, industry, clinics, and patients’ homes.

About the Program
BMCC is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and offers a competency-based curriculum jointly developed by nursing faculties from the eight 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 BMCC and OHSU nursing programs. The program is designed as four years of full-time study, with the first year (although it may take longer than one year) devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses (48 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 BMCC. The OCNE curriculum continues for four additional terms leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by OHSU. See the BMCC Nursing Sample Program of Study at http://www.bluecc.edu/department_nursing.

The first five terms after admission to the BMCC Nursing program are identical for the associate and bachelor’s degree courses. Term six offers students the ability to complete the AAS degree at BMCC and provides the educational eligibility for NCLEX-RN licensure testing or can be used to begin the coursework for the BSN. The latter option allows transfer to an OHSU campus without additional competitive application process to complete coursework for the bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing and then become eligible for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Students who complete the AAS degree at BMCC and pass the NCLEX-RN exam also have the option to complete the upper division nursing courses for the bachelor’s degree from OHSU in a distance-education format with clinical experiences completed locally. Options available for baccalaureate completion can be found at http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-nursing/programs/unde....

The Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN, 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Portland, OR, 971-673-0685, www.oregon.gov/OSBN).

Entry Requirements
As part of their training, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their success.

Program admission occurs once per year. Deadline for submitting program application material is February 17, 2014, or the first business day thereafter, for fall term 2014 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 30 credits) must be in the Registrar’s 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 Registrar 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 BMCC course, the applicant must contact BMCC’s Registrar’s office for a transcript evaluation 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 48 credits) and be accepted into the Nursing program.

Accepted students must undergo a criminal history background check prior to entering the program and will be required to undergo facility-specific background checks while in the program. Students may be required to undergo drug screening. Information regarding the background checks 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/infant/child, one- and two-person, with AED; course must have been successfully completed prior to admission to nursing courses and maintained throughout the program). The CPR course must comply with the recently revised American Heart Association standards (compression, airway, breathing sequence rather than the previous airway, breathing, compression sequence). 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 BMCC campus in Pendleton and clinical practicum in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington 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 2014-2015 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 advising 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 a “C” or better grade.

Students must complete all courses on this advising 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. Licensure applicants with a history of chemical dependence will be required to have a drug and alcohol counselor assessment. Contact the OSBN (http:www.osbn.state.or.us) with any questions.


BI2318 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BI232 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BI233 Anatomy & Physiology III 4
BI234 Microbiology 4
CH104 or CH1102 Chemistry (or higher) 4-5
MTH0958 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 4-5
FN225 Nutrition 4
PSY2013, PSY202, or PSY203 General Psychology 4
SOC204 General Sociology 4
or SOC205 General Sociology/Institutions and Social Change (4)
PSY2373 Human Development 4
COM111 Fundamentals of Speech 4
or COM115 Intercultural Communication (4)
WR121 - WR122 English Composition  (must satisfy the old WR121-WR123 sequence) 8
 Note: Can take WR122 or WR227 Technical Report Writing (4)
Computer Literacy4 0-4
Prerequisite/Preparatory Credits to be Eligible to Apply 30
All Prerequisite/Preparatory Credits to be Completed Before Admission to
Nursing Courses, Minimum of:
NRS110 Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion 9
BI149 Human Genetics5 3
Any lower division transfer elective 3
 1st - FALL TERM Total Credits 15
NRS111 Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I 6
NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
NRS232 Pathophysiology I 3
Any college-level (100 or 200 numbered) transferable humanities, social science or science electives6 3-4
1st - WINTER TERM Total Credits 15-16
NRS112 Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I 6
NRS231 Clinical Pharmacology II  3
NRS233 Pathophysiology II  3
1st - SPRING TERM Total Credits 12
NRS221 Nursing in Chronic Illness II/End of Life 9
Any college-level (100 or 200 numbered) transferable humanities, social science or science electives6 6
2nd - FALL TERM Total Credits 15
NRS222 Nursing in Acute Care II/End of Life 9
Any college-level (100 or 200 numbered) transferable humanities, social science or science electives7 6
2nd - WINTER TERM Total Credits 15
NRS224 Integrative Practicum 9
Any college-level (100 or 200 numbered) transferable humanities, social sicence or science electives7 3
2nd - SPRING TERM Total Credits 12

2Prerequisite for BI231, Human Anatomy and Physiology. MTH070 or higher required for most chemistry courses.

3PSY201 Prerequisite for PSY237, Human Development

4Can be met by passing CS120, BA131, ED235, AGR111 or by taking BMCC's IC3 (computer literacy) exam and receiving a passing average score of 75% or higher.

5BI149, Human Genetics, can be taken prior to admission to the nursing program but is not required for admission.

6Students who plan to continue through to OHSU must be aware that to earn the bachelor’s degree from OHSU, they must have two years of the same high school-level language, or two terms of college-level language, or pass a language proficiency examination. College-level foreign language (including American Sign Language) credits count toward degree requirements. A minimum of 9 credits of humanities is required for the OHSU degree. Students planning to transition to OHSU must have 132 credits of prerequisite and program required courses by the completion of the AAS degree in order to meet the 180 credit requirement by the completion of the Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Nursing from OHSU. Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to complete MTS243 Probability and Statistics soon after the prerequisite math course.

7Student may earn AAS and take NCLEX exam or transfer to OHSU to complete BSN.

8Must be completed by end of fall term, 2013.

Courses required for the A.A.S. Nursing (courses in bold taken prior to admission to program.  
BI149 Human Genetics 3
COM111 Fundamentals of Speech 4
or COM115 Intercultural Communication (4)
MTH095 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 5
PSY201 General Psychology 4
or PSY202 General Psychology (4)
PSY237 Human Development 4
NRS110 Fundamentals of Nursing-Health Promotion 9
NRS111 Foundation of Nursing in Chronic Illness I 6
NRS112 Foundation of Nursing in Acute Care I 6
NRS221 Foundation of Nursing in Chronic Illness II/End of Life 9
NRS222 Foundation of Nursing in Acute Care II/End of Life 9
NRS224 Scop of Practice/Integrated Practicum 9
NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
NRS231 Clinical Pharmacology II 3
NRS232 Pathophysiological Processes I 3
NRS233 Pathophysiological Processes II 3
SOC204 General Sociology 4
or SOC205 General Sociology (4)
WR121 English Composition 4
WR122** English Composition 4

** English Composition series must include research component i.e.: WR121-WR123 or WR227 (if all 3-credit courses, OR WR121 and WR122 as 4-credit courses to include research component.

For additional information and specific dates regarding the 2014-15 nursing admission process, please refer to our Nursing program webpage at http://www.bluecc.edu/departments_nursing.

(Information based on the 2013-14 BMCC Academic Catalog)

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