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Nursing Associate Degree Bridge from Paramedic Associate Degree

Program Code: 105431PB

As a nurse, you make a difference in the lives of your patients. You plan, provide, and evaluate patient care. You act as a liaison between physicians, other health care workers, and the patient. You also supervise other health care providers. Why choose the ADN program at NWTC ? Quality – NWTC ADN graduates take the same national licensing exam that graduates from four-year colleges and universities do, and NWTC graduates consistently score above the national average. Success – NWTC nursing graduates report greater than 90 percent job placement as RNs within six months of graduation. Expertise – classroom, lab and simulation instruction, extensive clinical experience at area hospitals, extended care facilities and clinics, and service opportunities like work at the N.E.W. Clinic at NWTC all provide hands-on patient care experience that helps make NWTC graduates effective on the job. This program is accredited by the ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program who becomes a Registered Nurse in a variety of health care settings will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

STAFF NURSE: is responsible for making nursing diagnoses and treating human responses to actual and potential health problems in health care facilities and insurance areas.

CHARGE NURSE: assumes the same responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in addition to directing the work flow and coordinating and managing the provision of care of patients and other staff in a medical facility.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.) College Transcript (if applicable).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• One semester of college Chemistry with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better. NWTC course that would fulfill Chemistry requirement; 10-806-134.
• One semester of college Biology with a "C" or better OR two semesters of high school Biology with a "C" or better. NWTC courses that would fulfill Biology requirement: 31-806-312, Anatomy Structure/Function; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology.
• All students must have completed Intro to Biochemistry (10-806-186) with a "B" grade or better (prerequisite of Chemistry with a "C" grade or better).
• Completion of General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) with a "B" grade or better.
• Completion of Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-179) with a "B" grade or better.
• Completion of Oral/Interpersonal Communication (10-806-196).
• Completion of Developmental Psychology (10-809-188).
• Completion of English Composition (10-801-136) or Written Communication (10-801-195)..
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
• Copy of state or national paramedic licensure.
• One year of Paramedic work experience (must provide proof from employer).
• Must attend mandatory orientation.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Nursing Associate Degree program in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-543-127 PARAMEDIC TO ADN THEORY 1... nursing process implemented to relate care of patients throughout the lifespan with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, skin integrity, and fluid/electrolyte balance and related principles of pharmacology. (Prerequisite: Accepted in Paramedic-RN Bridge program; Corequisite: 10-543-128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2)
10-543-128 PARAMEDIC TO ADN THEORY 2... nursing care of the developing family, including reproductive and mental health issues, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, the newborn, and child. Integrated understanding of related pharmacology. Study of family dynamics and grief/loss. (Prerequisite: Accepted to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; Corequisite: 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1)
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
SECOND SEMESTER
10-543-129 PARAMEDIC TO ADN CLINICAL... introductory clinical emphasizes basic nursing skills and application of nursing process to clients and families across the lifespan. Emphasis placed on assessment, relationships, communication, data collection, documentation, and medication administration. (Prerequisites: Acceptance to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1; 10-543128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2; Corequisite: 10-543-130, Paramedic to ADN Clinical)
10-543-130 PARAMEDIC TO ADN SKILLS... basic nursing skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Includes medication calculations, aseptic technique, wound care, tracheostomy care, suctioning, management of enteral tubes, medication administration, enemas, ostomy care, and catherization. (Prerequisites: Acceptance to Paramedic-RN Bridge program; 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1; 10-543128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2; Corequisite: 10-543-129, Paramedic to ADN Skills)
SEMESTER TOTAL
4
THIRD SEMESTER
10-543-112 NURSING ADVANCED SKILLS ... focuses on the development of advanced clinical skills across the lifespan. Content includes advanced intravenous skills, blood product administration, chest tube systems, basic electrocardiogram interpretation and nasogastric/feeding tube insertion. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology)
10-543-109 NSG: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS 1... prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and hematologic systems as well as patients with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base imbalance, and alterations in comfort(Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology)
10-543-110 NURSING: MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ...this course will cover topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups. (Prerequisites:Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication)
10-543-111 NURSING: INTERMEDIATE CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this intermediate level clinical course develops the RN role when working with clients with complex health care needs. A focus of the course is developing skills needed for managing multiple clients and priorities across the lifespan. Using the nursing process, students will gain experience in adapting nursing practices to meet the needs of clients with diverse needs and backgrounds. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-105, Nsg Health Alterations; 10-543-106, Nursing Health Promotion; 10-543-107, Nsg Clin Care Across Lifespan; 10-543-108, Nsg Intro to Clinical Care Mgmt; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-806-179, Adv Anatomy & Physiology; Corerequisites: 10-806-197, Microbiology; 10-543-109, Nsg Complex Hlth Alter 1; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-809-198, Intro to Psych)
10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology OR 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-543-113 NURSING: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS 2 ... prepares the learner to provide and evaluate care for patients across the lifespan with alterations in the immune, neuro-sensory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal/urinary, reproductive systems and shock, burns and trauma. The learner will also focus on management of care for patients with high-risk perinatal conditions and high-risk newborns. (Prerequisites:Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-109, Nsg: Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Conc; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology)
10-543-114 NURSING: MANAGEMENT/PROFESSIONAL CONCEPTS ...this course covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the RN. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the RN practice. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-109, Nsg: Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Conc; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology)
10-543-115 NURSING: ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE ...this advanced clinical course requires the student to integrate concepts from all previous courses in the management of groups of clients facing complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills using the nursing process in making clinical decisions. Continuity of care through interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized. (Prerequisites:Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-109, Nsg: Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Conc; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nsg Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequisites: 10-543-113, Nsg: Hlth Alterations 2; 10-809-196, Intro to Sociology)
10-543-116 NURSING CLINICAL TRANSITION ...this clinical experience integrates all knowledge learned in the previous courses in transitioning to the role of the graduate nurse. The course promotes relatively independent clinical decisions, delegation, and works collaboratively with others to achieve client and organizational outcomes. Continued professional development is fostered. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Nursing-AD program; 10-543-109, Nsg: Health Alter 1; 10-543-110, Nsg; Mental Hlth & Comm Conc; 10-543-111, Nsg: Int Clinical Practice; 10-543-112, Nursing Adv Skills; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequisites: 10-543-113, Nsg: Complex Hlth Alterations 2; 10-543-115, Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice; 10-543-114, Nsg Mgmt & Prof Concept; 10-809-196, Intro to Sociology)
SEMESTER TOTAL
10
TOTAL CREDITS
33
Curriculum Note
Students must earn a "B" or higher in all 10-543-xxx and 10-806-xxx courses. A student must repeat the particular course with "B" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.

Program Outcomes

• Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care.
• Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts.
• Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision making.
• Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and health care settings.
• Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness.
• Lead the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan.
• Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, and mitigate error, and support decision-making.

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Accreditation

The Nursing-Associate Degree program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326
(404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org
The Nursing Associate Degree program is approved by:
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
1400 East Washington St.
P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608) 266-2112

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to purchase a uniform, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances, and participate in p.m. clinicals.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine. Students may be required to complete drug testing by clinical agencies.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Note

Graduates are eligible to apply for direct transfer of credit in the Bachelor of Science completion nursing programs at the University of Wisconsin and private colleges and universities.
Individuals with criminal records may be ineligible for licensure. Individuals with abuse records may be ineligible for employment in nursing homes.
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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