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Restricted Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2013-2014*/** 

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

**Because Program requirements for application generally change from year to year, it is important to note that the information listed on this page is for the stated academic year only.

MHCC Dean of Nursing
Janie Griffin: 503-491-6701 - Room BCAH 130 

Mt. Hood Community College is a partner in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). The curriculum is competency based and addresses the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidenced-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 illnesses; end-of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers. Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon Health Science University, School of Nursing.

The OCNE curriculum is designed as a four-year course of study, the first year devoted to pre-admission requisites and/or pre-program courses (45 credits) required before starting the nursing program in the second year. The second and third year of designated study will be taken at MHCC. Total credits required to complete the program are a minimum of 132. Upon completion of the MHCC Nursing Program requirements, the students will earn an Associate of Science (AAS) degree and will be eligible to apply to take the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (RN-NCLEX). Licensure is granted through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The student may elect to continue for the fourth year of study, leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, offered by OHSU.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professional attitude necessary to practice in the role of the registered nurse
  • Practice nursing along the health continuum of health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic disease management and end-of-life
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary health care providers, clients and families in planning and delivering health care
  • Employ the nursing process to document the core competencies of critical thinking and scientific inquiry to provide evidence-based care
  • Integrate knowledge of cultural diversity, legal aspects and ethical principles to provide and/or manage client care in a variety of health care environments
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for competency in nursing practice through lifelong learning, professional development, and self-care practices
  • Provide nursing care that demonstrates accurate understanding of human behavior, roles, and relations
  • Utilize technology to find, retrieve , plan, and implement evidence-based nursing care
  • Demonstrate ability to delegate nursing care to appropriate personnel and provide supervision of basic nursing skills

Applying to the Nursing Program: Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. All admitted students must pass a criminal background check prior to entering the program. Specific requirements and application packets are available at the MHCC web page; Program information sessions are offered on a regular basis; dates and place are listed on the website Students are encouraged to address further questions about the program and/or requirements to MHCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Office 503-491-7315.

The Nursing program accepts applications from Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) into the second year of the program. Acceptance is contingent on space availability, completion of all required prerequisites and LPN-RN Bridge course. See MHCC website at for complete information and attend a Nursing information session. The nursing program does not accept transfer students from non-OCNE schools. The Nursing program offers a part-time nursing program (9 terms). The part-time curriculum is offered every other year. The part-time program will not be offered for the 2014-2015 school year.

Students are eligible to be considered for admission to the nursing program after completing 30 credit hours of courses from the Required Pre-program Courses listed below. The 30 credits must include BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I and either MTH095 (or higher) or placement into MTH105 (or higher, except MTH211) on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) by the application deadline.

Note: All Required Pre-program Courses must be completed with a “C” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Required Pre-program Courses (2013-2014) 


BI112  Biology for Allied Health
(or acceptable transfer biology with genetics)
BI231  Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI232  Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BI233  Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
FN225  Nutrition 4
MTH095  Intermediate Algebra with Right-Triangle Trigonometry (or higher) 5
PSY201  General Psychology
(or a Social Science requirement)
PSY237  Human Development 4
WR121  English Composition 4
WR122  English Composition: Critical Thinking or
WR227 Technical Report Writing 4 
  Humanities requirement 3
Minimum Required Pre-program Course credits to apply (must include BI231 and MTH095) 30
All Required Pre-program Course credits must be completed before starting the Nursing (NRS) courses 45*

Please see the Nursing Program application packet for complete details,

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

Note: A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all program courses.

Nursing Course Requirements 
First Quarter (Fall or Winter)  Cr 
NRS110A  Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-A 5
NRS110B  Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-B 4
NRS230  Clinical Pharmacology I 3
BI234  Microbiology1,2  4
Second Quarter (Winter or Spring) 
NRS111A  Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I-A 2
NRS111B  Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I-B 4
NRS231  Clinical Pharmacology II 3
NRS232  Pathophysiological Processes I 3
WR123  English Composition: Research3,4  (3)
Third Quarter (Spring or Fall) 
NRS112A  Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I-A 2
NRS112B  Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I-B 4
NRS233  Pathophysiological Processes II 3
HPE295  Health and Fitness for Life
(or any 3 hours of HE. HPE or PE)3
MTH105  Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
higher, or elective3, 5, 6 
Fourth Quarter (Fall or Winter) 
NRS221A  Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-A 4
NRS221B  Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-B 5
  Humanities requirement6,7,8  3
  Elective7  3


Fifth Quarter (Winter or Spring) 
NRS222A  Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life-A 4
NRS222B  Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life-B 5
  Humanities requirement6,7,8  3
  Social Science requirement or elective6,7,8  3
Sixth Quarter (Spring or Summer) 
NUR224A  Integrative Practicum I 9
  Elective6,7,8  3
  Total Credits9 99-102 

1 BI234 must be completed before second term of the nursing curriculum.
2 If Microbiology credits were used to meet 45 credits for pre-program admission, the social science or humanities course omitted from the first 45 credits must now be selected.
3 General education courses in the first year may be completed during summer term prior to the beginning of the program or during the summer term prior to the fourth quarter.
4 WR123 is not required if students have completed WR121 and either WR122 or WR227, 4 credits each, since summer 2010 or have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. WR123 may cease to be offered beginning summer 2013.
5Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) in the pre-admission process and have not completed a mathematics course must take at least MTH095 (or higher). Students who plan to continue to earn a BSN should select MTH105 or MTH111. Students who do not plan to continue to OHSU and who have completed MTH095 or higher must take any humanities, social science or science/mathematics/computer science distribution requirement, see page 10.
6 Students who plan to continue through to OHSU must be aware that to earn their bachelor’s degree, they must have:
a. Two years of the same high school foreign language, or two terms of college-level foreign (including American sign language) language credit, or a foreign language proficiency examination
b. MTH243 Probability and Statistics
These classes can be applied toward elective requirements.
7 Students must have a minimum of nine credits of college-level social sciences and nine credits of humanities to meet program requirements for completion of the program. PSY237 cannot be used to meet this requirement. See page 10 of the printed catalog.
8 While MHCC allows three credits of skill-based humanities toward the AAS degree, OHSU does not accept them toward the BS degree.
9 Total Credits include 13 credits of general education courses required for the AAS degree that are included in the Required Pre-program Courses (MTH95, WR121 and either PSY201 or PSY237.)

‡ See pages 20 of the printed catalog.

Accommodations are available by following the procedures established by MHCC Disabilities Services Office

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