Nursing (430)

Nature of Profession

Registered nurses (RNs) care for the sick and help people stay healthy. They observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress. Other duties may include administering medication, assisting in convalescence and rehabilitation, instructing patients and their families in proper care and helping individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Program Design

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (404-975-5000) and has full approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing. The program is designed to be completed in five semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Admission to the nursing courses requires written acceptance by the Nursing Department according to the admission requirements listed in the nursing information packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the nursing courses. Continuation in the nursing program requires a minimum grade of "B" in all NURS courses and a minimum grade of "C" in all other required courses including prerequisites.

Admission Pathways

There are two separate pathways regarding the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, each with their own unique admission criteria.

For Individuals who are NOT Practicing LPNs

Applicants who are not current practicing LPNs should follow the Nursing Program Admission Criteria.

For Individuals who are Practicing LPNs

Applicants who are current practicing LPNs should follow the Nursing Transition Pathway Admission Criteria.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor may disqualify a candidate from being certified by the State of Ohio (as outlined in Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code). Learn more about Eligibility for Clinical Placement.

Nursing Program Admission Criteria

Fall Semester (Central or Mt. Orab Campus) Entry Deadlines

  • Application and required documentation must be received in Nursing Office on or before — February 28 (or last business day of month)
  • Application available online beginning — January 1
  • Application and required documentation accepted — January and February
  • Notification sent via email on or before — March 31

Note: Practical Nursing courses will be held on Central and Mt. Orab Campuses. The ADN program (2nd level) Nursing courses will be held on Central Campus only.

Entry to the program is competitive and is based on academic achievements and testing scores. The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to the deadline for a student to apply for the program (completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission):

  • 1. Completed Nursing Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. Proof of SSCC acceptance
  • 3. High school graduate or GED certificate recipient
    • High school seniors must submit a letter of support from their high school administrator verifying their upcoming graduation, followed by the submission of an official final high school transcript to the nursing department by July 1st.
  • 4. SSCC course listing (if SSCC courses taken or transfer courses used for prereqs)
  • 5. Completed TEAS score in PROFICIENT, ADVANCED or EXEMPLARY categories (within 24 months of application — Program Entrance Exams are offered at Southern State’s Testing Center)
  • 5. Completed high school chemistry or CHEM 1120 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"
  • 6. Completed high school algebra or MATH 1117 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"
  • 7. Completed high school biology or BIOL 1104 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements of the above courses.

Application Submission

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents. Application packets must be mailed or hand delivered to the Nursing Office; faxed packets will not be accepted.

  • 1. Nursing Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. Proof of acceptance to Southern State (acceptance letter, course listing or copy of student ID)
  • 3. Official high school transcript verifying graduation or GED certificate
    • High school seniors must submit a letter of support from their high school administrator verifying their upcoming graduation, followed by the submission of an official final high school transcript to the nursing department by July 1st.
  • 4. SSCC course listing (if SSCC courses or transfer credit is used to meet prerequisite requirements)
    • Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted).
    • Transfer coursework must be evaluated by SSCC Director of Admissions and posted to SSCC transcript prior to nursing application to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 5. Copy of ATI-TEAS test showing minimum scores listed above

Incomplete applications will not be considered. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Nursing Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Non-nursing courses may be completed prior to entry into the program or during the appropriate semester of the nursing program.

Nursing Program Curriculum – Practical Nursing (Level I)

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1105 Success for Allied Health Professionals 1
BIOL 2205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
NURS 1101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NURS 1115 Pharmacology I 2

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2206 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NURS 1105 Maternal Newborn Nursing 4
NURS 1120 Medical Surgical Nursing I 6
PSYC 1111 Life Span Human Development 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
NURS 1113 Trends in Nursing 2
NURS 1121 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5
Level I Total: 43

Upon completion of Level I courses (semesters 1-3), the student will be eligible to apply for the Practical Nursing Certificate and would also qualify to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

Associate Degree Nursing (Level II)

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 2201 Transition to Professional Practice 1
NURS 2210 Advanced Health Assessment 2
NURS 2220 Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Fifth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 1107 Ethics in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 2205 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NURS 2221 Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing II 6
– – – – – – General Elective* 3

* This course must be a non-technical course. Recommended courses are: ENGL 1102, MATH 1160, BIOL 2210, CHEM 1124, SPTH 1115, any course with FNAR prefix. HPER 2261 is a recommended course but is only 2 credits. MAST 1115 is a recommended course but cannot be used for the general elective course. If preparing for BSN completion, please contact school of choice for program requirements.

Note: PHIL 1107 will be accepted as a substitution for NURS 1107 for any student accepted into the Nursing program for Fall 2015 or before. If PHIL 1107 has not yet been completed, the student should complete NURS 1107.

Level II Total: 27
Program Total: 70

A student completing both levels will be eligible to apply for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and would also qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

Nursing Transition Pathway Admission Criteria

The Nursing Transition pathway is available for those individuals who are already practicing LPNs and wish to complete the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree.

Summer Semester Entry Deadlines

  • Application and required documentation must be received in Nursing Office on or before — January 31 (or last business day of month)
  • Application available online beginning — December 1
  • Application and required documentation accepted — December and January
  • Notification sent via email on or before — February 28

The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to the deadline for a student to apply for the program (completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission):

  • 1. Completed Nursing Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. High school graduate or GED recipient
  • 3. SSCC course listing and Practical Nursing program transcript
  • 4. 500 hrs work exp as LPN within past 24 months-see below
  • 5. Unrestricted Ohio nursing licensure w/med adm priv
  • 6. Completed the following prerequisites with minimum grade of "C":

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements of the above courses.

Application Submission

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents. Application packets must be mailed or hand delivered to the Nursing Office; faxed packets will not be accepted.

  • 1. Nursing Transition Pathway Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. High school transcript verifying graduation or GED certificate
  • 3. SSCC course listing – Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted).
    • Coursework from other colleges must be evaluated by SSCC Director of Admissions and posted to SSCC transcript to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 4. Transcript from Practical Nursing school
    • If vocational or non-credit PN program was completed, prerequisite credit may need to be articulated. Articulated credit request form must be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office and credit must appear on SSCC transcript prior to application submission.
  • 5. Letter from employer documenting 500 hours of work experience as a licensed Practical Nurse within the past twenty four months
    • Applicants graduating from PN program within nine months of potential acceptance (February) are not required to present proof of work experience.
  • 6. Copy of nursing licensure verification page (printed from Ohio Board of Nursing) showing unrestricted license and medication administration privileges

Incomplete applications will not be considered. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Nursing Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Non-nursing courses may be completed prior to entry into the program or during the appropriate semester of the nursing program.

Nursing Transition Pathway Curriculum

All courses must be completed in this sequence during or before the semester shown.

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 2200 LPN to RN Bridge Course 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 2201 Transition to Professional Practice 1
NURS 2210 Advanced Health Assessment 2
NURS 2220 Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 1107 Ethics in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 2205 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NURS 2221 Advanced Concepts in Medical-Surgical Nursing II 6
– – – – – – General Elective* 3

* This course must be a non-technical course. Recommended courses are: ENGL 1102, MATH 1160, BIOL 2210, CHEM 1124, SPTH 1115, any course with FNAR prefix. HPER 2261 is a recommended course but is only 2 credits. MAST 1115 is a recommended course but cannot be used for the general elective course. If preparing for BSN completion, please contact school of choice for program requirements.

Note: PHIL 1107 will be accepted as a substitution for NURS 1107 for any student accepted into the Nursing program for Fall 2015 or before. If PHIL 1107 has not yet been completed, the student should complete NURS 1107.

Program Total: 30

A student completing both levels is eligible to apply for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and would also qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

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