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Some of the things you need to know

About the Associate Degree in Nursing program:

  1. FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY AT THE MACC FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID. APPLY IMMEDIATELY TO DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY.
  2. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a two year program.
  3. The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The Missouri State Board of Nursing allows the college to admit 50 students per year. Beginning Fall of 2019, 25 students will be admitted in the fall and 25 students will be admitted in the spring.
  4. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council of Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. The State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Section 335.066, provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure to practice nursing. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensing exam. Satisfactory performance on this examination will qualify the student for licensure as a registered nurse. The State Board of Nursing may deny you the privilege of sitting for the exam if you have ever been convicted of a crime or have an addiction to drugs.
  5. Please be advised that clinical facilities request criminal background checks, drug screens, and health insurance for nursing students doing clinical practicums in their facilities. This will be at the student’s expense.
  6. A great deal of material is covered in a short period of time, this requires a dedicated student. We recommend 2 hours of study for every 1 hour of class time. It is recommended that student nurses be employed no more than 16 hours per week.
  7. Clinical experience is an extremely important part of your education. Clinical experience is mandatory. All absences must be made up. If more than 20% of clinical is missed, it will be necessary for you to drop that course. The course can be repeated if you are doing satisfactory work and are in compliance with policies outlined in the ADN Student Handbook.
  8. There are two critical skills in the ADN program and they are for intravenous therapy and medication administration. These two courses must be successfully completed to progress within the ADN program.
  9. We use several health care facilities in our area. Transportation to and from clinical is your responsibility (students can car pool).

    Clinical sites are subject to change. Current sites may include the following:

    Adult Nursing I & II and Obstetrics/Pediatrics

    • Moberly Regional Medical Center - Moberly
    • Audrain Medical Center - Mexico
    • Columbia Regional Hospital - Columbia
    • Boone Hospital - Columbia
    • University Hospitals & Clinics - Columbia
    • Northeast Regional Medical Center - Kirksville
    • Samaritan Hospital - Macon

     

    Mental Health

    • Valley Hope - Boonville
    • University of MO Psychiatric Center

     

    Fundamentals of Nursing

    • North Village Park Nursing Home – Moberly
    • Moberly Regional Medical Center – Moberly
    • Lenoir Health Care Center - Columbia
    • Loch Haven Nursing Home - Macon
    • Samaritan Memorial Hospital - Macon
    • Boone Hospital Center – Columbia

    Additional sites are used for 1-day observations. Students may be required to attend educational workshops (usually one per nursing class). The fee for these workshops may vary from free to $80.00. Transportation to all clinical sites/workshops is the responsibility of the student.

  10. Most of the health care facilities that we use for clinical experience are or soon will be smoke free environments.
  11. Clinical times and hours vary with each course. While most clinical are during the day, there are some evening and weekend clinical. There is a nursing course lab fee and it is assessed per credit hour.
  12. Be aware that a standardized test fee is required each semester.
  13. A fee will be charged to students each year to allow them access to an internet, electronic documentation system that will be used with clinical lab time.
  14. Grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Contact Student Services and Financial Aid as early as possible to ensure the best chance of securing aid.
  15. Proper uniform and other equipment needed will be discussed the first week in class.
  16. Professional Malpractice Insurance is required of all nursing students. The insurance is obtained as a group policy by MACC. The college can certify 100% coverage to the clinical facilities. This policy only covers you as you function in the student nurse role and NOT while working in any other capacity.
  17. Clinical facilities require current proof of BLS (basic life support) certification. Each student is responsible for obtaining certification prior to entering the clinical area. The BLS certification must be an American Heart Association CPR course for health care providers.
  18. If accepted, a physical exam, 10 panel urine drug screen + oxycodone, additional criminal background checks, and immunization information are required.
  19. The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is an active professional organization here at MACC. All students are encouraged to join.
  20. Upon acceptance to the nursing program each student will be assigned an ADN faculty advisor. Please feel free to contact your advisor about any problems or concerns.