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Restricted Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*/**

*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 (46 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 Applied 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 at Program information sessions are offered on a regular basis; dates and places are listed on the website at 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 third quarter of the program. Acceptance is contingent on accepted transferable practical nursing courses from an accredited practical nursing program, and passing the MHCC nursing program pharmacology, NRS230 and NRS231, courses and pathophysiology, NRS232 and NRS233, courses, all with a grade of “C” or better. Admission for the LPN-RN cohort is contingent on space availability. Information and curriculum plan for the LPN to RN program can be found at The nursing program does not accept transfer students from non-OCNE schools.

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 (2014-2015)



Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology

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
  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 46

Please see the Nursing program application packet for complete details,

1 Students who have completed MTH095 (or higher) more than 7 years prior to application, must take the math placement test. Students with a minimum of MTH095 older than 7 years, but who place into MTH105, must complete 30 credits to apply and 46 credits before starting the nursing (NRS) courses by selecting a humanities or social science requirement (see page 10 of the printed catalog.)

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. Internet and email access is an integral part of all nursing courses and access to a computer (at home or at the college) will be required on a daily basis.

Nursing Course Requirements
First Quarter (Fall or Winter) Credits
NRS110A Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-A 5
NRS110B Foundations of Nursing - Health Promotion-B 4
NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I 3
BI234 Microbiology2,3 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
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)4
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
higher, or elective4, 5, 6
Fourth Quarter (Fall or Winter)
NRS222A Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-A 4
NRS221BL Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life-B Lab 2

Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life - B Lab

  Humanities requirement6,7,8 3
  Elective7 3


Fifth Quarter (Winter or Spring)
NRS221A Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life-A 4

Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End of Life - B Clinical


Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care II and End of Life – B Clinical

  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 98-100

2 BI234 must be completed before second term of the nursing curriculum.
3 If Microbiology credits were used to meet 46 credits for pre-program admission, the social science or humanities course omitted from the first 45 credits must now be selected.
4 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.
5Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) in the pre-admission process and have not completed MTH095 (or higher) in the past must take MTH105 (or higher as indicated by placement score). Students who have placed into MTH105 (or higher) and have MTH095 (or higher) on a college transcript, may select any humanities, social science or science/mathematics/computer science distribution requirement. Students who plan to continue to earn a BSN must complete a minimum of MTH105 or MTH111.
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.
7Students 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.
8While MHCC allows three credits of skill-based humanities toward the AAS degree, OHSU does not accept them toward the BS degree.

‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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

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