Nursing Application Requirements
Information regarding the program, the application process and pre-nursing academic advising sessions is available at www.clackamas.edu/nursing
Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the nursing program after completing 30 credits of the Required Preparatory courses listed below. BI-231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I must be completed and math competency must be demonstrated prior to submission of program application.
- Minimum Required Preparatory Course credits to apply: 30
- Required Preparatory Course credits prior to starting NRS course work during the first term of nursing program: 45
Completion of all Required Preparatory courses must be with a letter grade of C or better. Plus and minus grade will not be factored into the GPA calculations. If a course has been taken more than once, the most recent grade received will be the course considered. Application to the nursing program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all completed Required Preparatory courses.
Nursing (RN) Preparatory Required Courses
Course List Code Title Credits BI-231Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 BI-232Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 BI-233Human Anatomy & Physiology III4 BI-234Introductory Microbiology4 FN-225Nutrition4 MTH-095Algebra III4 PSY-215Introduction to Developmental Psychology4 WR-121ZComposition I4 WR-122ZComposition II4 Arts & Letters, Social Science, or Natural Science electives13
- The following courses or their equivalents will meet the eight credit minimum writing requirements:
- WR-121Z Composition I, WR-122Z Composition II and either WR-222 English Composition or WR-227Z Technical Writing when each course is three credits each
- WR-121Z Composition I and WR-122Z Composition II when each course is four credits
- Completion of WR-121Z Composition I and WR-122Z Composition II as a part of a previous bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university is considered equivalent to completion of the writing series.
- Students may need to take elective credits in order to meet the 45 credit Required Preparatory courses minimum required for entry into the nursing program.
- At least 6 credits must come from Social Sciences
- See list below for approved Required Preparatory courses and elective courses
Note: Courses listed above may have prerequisites. See course descriptions for those requirements.
- MTH-095 Algebra III or higher
- 4-5 credits MTH-095 Algebra III or higher with a C or better.
- Note: MTH-098 College Math Foundations does not meet the math competency
- Placement into MTH-105Z Math in Society/MTH-111Z Precalculus I: Functions as determined by CCC placement test dated after 6/15/13. (No credit given)
- Completed MTH-095 Algebra III can be applied toward the 45 credits of Required Preparatory courses as a science course.
- MTH-095 Algebra III credits will not count toward the BS degree.
Applicants should consider completing math through statistics, which will be required for entrance into the OHSU Bachelor’s degree program.
Plan of Study Grid First Year Summer Term OptionCredits Select one of the following: 4-5 General Biology for Health Sciences 1 Credits4-5 First Term Select one of the following: 4-5 General Biology for Health Sciences 1 NRS-110 Foundations of Nursing – Health Promotion 5 NRS-110C Foundations of Nursing – Health Promotion Clinical 4 NRS-230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3 PE-185 Physical Education 2 1 Credits17-18 Second Term NRS-111 Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I 3 NRS-111C Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I Clinical 3 NRS-231 Clinical Pharmacology II 3 NRS-232 Pathophysiological Processes I 3 Credits12 Third Term NRS-112 Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I 2 NRS-112C Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I Clinical 4 NRS-233 Pathophysiological Processes II 3 Arts & Letter, Social Science or Natural Science Electives 3 Credits12 Fourth Term NRS-222 Nursing in Acute Care II & End of Life 4 NRS-222C Nursing in Acute Care II & End of Life Clinical 5 Arts & Letter, Social Science or Natural Science Electives 6 Credits15 Fifth Term NRS-221 Chronic Illness II and End of Life 4 NRS-221C Chronic Illness II and End of Life Clinical 5 Arts & Letter, Social Science or Natural Science Electives 6 Credits15 Sixth Term NRS-224 Integrative Practicum 2 NRS-224C Integrative Practicum Clinical 7 WR-222 English Composition 3 4 Arts & Letter, Social Science or Natural Science Electives 4 Credits17 Total Credits92-94 1
BI-112 meets the Biology with genetics requirement and must be completed prior to start of second year of nursing program.
Current Basic Life Support (AHA) is required throughout the nursing program and meets PE requirement.
Required only if eight credit writing requirement not previously met.
- All courses must be passed with a C or better.
- Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core nursing curriculum is intended to be completed in two academic years for an AAS degree.
Nursing (RN) Program Electives
Note: All electives must be taken at the 100 level or higher unless otherwise noted.
Arts & Letters
- Courses must be at least three credits.
- ASL, FR, GER, SPN (other world languages are accepted; languages must be 200 level)
- ART, DMC, ENG, HUM, J, MUP, MUS, PHL, R, TA
- COMM (courses numbered COMM-126 and above)
- WR (except WR-101 Workplace Writing, WR-121Z Composition I, WR-122Z Composition II, or WR-227Z Technical Writing)
- Courses must be at least three credits.
- ANT, EC, GEO, HST, PS, PSY, SOC, SSC, WS
- Courses must be at least three credits.
- ASC, BI1 (except BI-160 Bird Identification & Taxonomy, BI-163 Malheur Field Trip, BI-165C Natural History of the Oregon Coast), CH (except CH-150 Preparatory Chemistry), CS,
- ESR, G, GS, MTH (MTH-095 Algebra III accepted), PH, Z
Baccalaureate of Science Degree with a Focus in Nursing
After receiving the AAS degree in Nursing, students who wish to continue on for their baccalaureate degree may do so through co-admission at OHSU. Students who plan to continue through to OHSU must be aware that to earn their Baccalaureate of Science degree with a focus in Nursing, they must have:
- Two years of the same high school world language, or two terms of college-level world language credit (includes American Sign Language) or a world language proficiency examination.
- STAT-243Z Elementary Statistics I
Course work for a Baccalaureate of Science Degree with a focus on Nursing through OHSU will include the following Nursing classes:
- NRS-410: Population-Based Care
- NRS-411: Epidemiology
- NRS-421: Leadership & Outcomes Management in Nursing
- NRS-4242: Integrative Practicum I ++
- NRS-425: Integrative Practicum II
At least 15 credits of elective credit must be taken at the upper division level (300/400 level) for the BS program. These can be taken under a co-enrollment agreement with PSU, Oregon Tech, EOU, or SOU.
BI-112 General Biology for Health Sciences meets the Biology with genetics requirement and must be completed prior to start of second year of nursing program.
NRS-224 Integrative Practicum articulates to OHSU for substitution of NRS-424.
Nursing Assistant Options
Being a certified nursing assistant can be a fulfilling, life-long vocation or the first step in your health care career. Information sessions will be held once a term. The schedule of info sessions can be found on the webpage.
Nursing Assistant I (CNA 1)
Clackamas Community College Nursing Assistant course provides the student with the skills to perform basic level nursing care. Certified Nursing Assistants are defined by law as people who assist licensed nursing personnel in the provision of nursing care. Content includes: introduction to health care facilities, communication, basic body structure and function, patient needs, preventing infection, body mechanics, and much more. This course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Class times may vary from term to term. Clinical hours begin the sixth week of the course and are normally done at local Skilled Nursing Centers. Approximate length of the course is 11 weeks.
Upon successful completion of this course, students may apply for the Oregon State Board of Nursing certification exam for nursing assistants (CNA 1). The cost of the course will include pre-registration requirements such as criminal background check, American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Professionals, immunizations and UA drug screen. Course costs also include tuition, textbooks, name badge, state exam fee, and a watch with a second hand, uniform and shoes.
Reading & Writing Competencies:
You will need to prove competency levels in reading and writing. Competency in reading and writing is measured by CCC placement test(s) or previous college coursework (unofficial transcript). Placement exam scores must be at least WR-121Z Composition I to be eligible to apply or an unofficial transcript indicating WRD-098 Introductory College Reading & Writing 2 was taken with a C or better.
You must be at least 18 years of age. High school students may apply with written authorization from their high school counselor. (Proof must be provided.)
Before you will be permitted to enroll you must attend the Nursing Assistant Mandatory Orientation. Specific details can be found in the college’s Schedule of Classes and online at https://www.clackamas.edu/academics/departments-programs/nursing-assistant-1-and-2.
Certified Nursing Assistant II (CNA 2)
This course is designed to prepare students to perform routine and acute nursing assistant tasks for clients in the following venues: hospital, long-term and skilled care facilities and the community. Instruction incorporates concepts of safety and preventing complications, communicating client responses to the nurse, and documenting/recording outcomes of client care. By Oregon State Board of Nursing regulations, the course is restricted to those who hold a current, unencumbered Oregon CNA 1 license and have their name listed on the CNA Registry. Also, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in CNA 1 skills during lab sessions. This course meets the minimum state requirements with 36 hours of lecture, 22 hours of lecture/lab, as well as 30 hours of clinical experience.
Before you will be permitted to enroll you must attend the Nursing Assistant II Mandatory Orientation. Specific details can be found in the course schedule and online. For more information, email: [email protected].