- Why Go into Nursing
- Immunization/CPR Information
Why Should You Go into Nursing?
A Registered Nurse (RN) is an allied health care professional who works with physicians and patients in a variety of settings. Nurses are an essential part of the health care team in the delivery of preventive and restorative health care. The continuing demand for nurses creates many career opportunities for nurses.
The Nursing Program at Linn-Benton Community College prepares its graduates for employment in nursing by emphasizing current concepts in nursing theory and practice, developing clinical skills, computer skills, critical thinking skills, and work ethics, particularly in regard to patient care and safety, accuracy, professionalism, and continuing education.
Students acquire clinical experience in a variety of clinical sites. The on-campus Nursing Skills Lab is a primary learning resource for skill acquisition. The skills lab utilizes individual learning stations and human simulation mannequin (HSM) scenarios. Within the surrounding community, our students put into practice clinical education in several agencies including public health agencies, long-term care, and hospital facilities.
Students should be familiar with basic computer skills such as cutting and pasting, e-mailing, and sending attachments via e-mail. Microsoft Word is the standard word processing software that is utilized in the Nursing program.
This six-term program begins in the fall of each year. The first and second years of the program take place during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Students are assigned to clinical facilities beginning in the first term of enrollment. In the sixth term, students are assigned to work one-on-one under the supervision of a nurse preceptor and begin the process of assuming full responsibility for patients in their care.
STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE NURSING PROGRAM SHOULD READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION LINKS (BEFORE CLICKING ON THE TOPICS BELOW, OPEN YOUR GMAIL OR GOOGLE ACCOUNT TO VIEW THE FILES):
For students intending to further pursue a Bachelors or Masters of Science degree in nursing, Linn-Benton Community College Nursing Program has an articulation agreement with the following universities:
Program Accreditation / Approval:
The LBCC Nursing Program has been approved to provide nursing education by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. National Accreditation is an elective process that schools of nursing may undergo and the LBCC Nursing Program does not hold national accreditation at this time.
The LBCC Nursing Program was approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) in 2013 for the maximum 8 year approval. OSBN Approval Report. For inquiries, OSBN may be contacted at (971) 673-0685.
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon and from nurses who are represented by collective bargaining and those not represented.
Registered Nurses Median Earnings: $59544.79 Annual Openings: 7473Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.The typical education level for this career is an Associate degreeThe median hourly earnings for this career is $28.62/hr
Oregon law and clinical affiliates require all students enrolled in health care programs to provide documentation and dates of immunizations. Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program are required to submit official documentation from a health care practitioner, physician or medical clinic* verifying the following immunizations have been given:
Hepatitis B - Students must submit documentation of a Positive Hepatitis B titer (antibody blood test).
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - Students must submit documentation of two (2) doses of MMR or a positive titers.
Varicella - proof of two (2) varicella vaccinations, OR proof of a positive titer.
Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD) - Students must provide annual negative results of tuberculosis either through a skin test OR blood test.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP) - Students must provide documentation of a TDaP vaccination and update it every 10 years.
Additional Required Information
CPR Card - Students in the Nursing Program are also required to provide a photocopy of a current American Heart Association BLS CPR certification for healthcare providers.
CPR cards must be kept current for the duration of enrollment in the Nursing Program.
*Documentation must be a photocopy of the provider of care's proof of services and must be on an official immunization card, or be on your provider's letterhead, or be a copy of an original immunization document and must include the following:
- Your name
- Agency or provider administering the injection, test, etc.
- Name of injection, test, etc., and results if applicable
- Date of injection, test, etc.
Nursing students take several post-tests and a comprehensive final exam during each course. Students must complete all tests with an accumulative score of 75% or above and complete 75% of all available points in order to continue in the program.
Students will take a preparatory exam to help them assess their strengths and weaknesses prior to taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for state licensure.
Graduating students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Graduates who successfully complete the exam receive a Registered Nurse (RN) license and are then eligible to apply for employment in the State of Oregon.
The pass rate for LBCC's students taking the NCLEX-RN exam:
For more information regarding the licensure process or questions concerning criminal history and background checks, you may visit the Oregon State Board of Nursing website.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply for the Nursing Program?
Dates for accepting application for the Nursing Program varies from year to year. Generally applications are accepted in early spring, and the program begins in the fall.
Where can I get an application?
All program application information can be found in the application bulletin. The application also shows the prerequisites and the point system.
Are there any tips for applying?
- Do not wait until the final days of the application period to begin accumulating necessary application material.
- Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- It is the applicant's responsibility to read all application information completely and thoroughly. It is also the sole responsibility of the applicant to verify completeness of the application and receipt of all required documentation before the application deadline.
- All applicants are notified of results approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
- After applicants are notified of acceptance, they must respond by the deadline given or the place in the class will be given to the next eligible applicant.
- Be sure to keep the Admissions Office informed of any changes in address, telephone, or e-mail: (541) 917-4811.
- Applying to more than one program may increase your chances of getting in to a nursing program.
Do I need to request an official transcript from LBCC in order to complete the application?
No, all those transcripts will be accessed through the Admission Department. Classes that are from other colleges need to be reviewed by the Transcript Evaluator in Admissions. An official transcript from any colleges outside of LBCC needs to be submitted with the required application. Transcripts for classes in progress during winter term must be submitted to Admissions at the end of winter term.
How do I obtain Pre-Nursing Advising?
- Academic Planning and Pre-Nursing Advising: Lorraine Lara is the LBCC Academic Planning Assistant for the nursing program, you need to call (541) 917-4923 or go to tinyurl.com/LorraineLara to make an appointment to meet with Lorraine either in-person or over the phone.
- High School Counselor: Make an appointment to speak to your High School counselor to plan your program of study.
How long will I have to wait to start the Nursing courses?
Length of time it takes to get into the program varies by individual. Prior course work at LBCC allows you to register earlier than new students. Class availability is greater for students who are returning. It may be difficult to get all of the classes you want every term. Also, depending on your College Placement Tests (CPT) score, you may need to take an additional class or two in order to get to the level of class that is required in areas such as math and writing. It typically takes one to two years to get into the nursing program.
Once I have applied, how will I know that I am accepted into the Nursing Program?
Prior to submitting your application for the Nursing Program, we advise that you meet with a counselor to ensure that all entry-level requirements have been met towards eligibility. Once you have applied and have met all minimum requirements, you will receive an email indicating the number of points you have received towards admission. After all qualified applicants' points have been evaluated and finalized, email notifications will be sent to let you know whether you have been selected for admission to the Nursing Program. Students who are admitted to the program will then be required to complete all Post-Admission Requirements by the deadlines stated in the admission materials in order to remain admitted to the program. Refer to the program's application bulletin for information regarding application/admission timelines.
What coursework can I take while I am waiting on the Alternate list?
You are encouraged to take any non-nursing courses specified in the curriculum. It will make your course load lighter when you do get into the Nursing Program.
What is the 5-year rule?
Specific math and science coursework that is older than 5 years may need to be retaken in order to demonstrate current competency. Refer to the program's application bulletin for information on which courses have a 5 year time limit.
Why do I have to have a Criminal Background Check?
Oregon law requires health profession students to complete specific administrative requirements, including a criminal background check, to maintain admission and to be eligible for clinical placements. Oregon law prohibits any person with a history of felony, conspiracy to commit a felony, or some misdemeanor charges/convictions from practicing in health care. Students with felony or misdemeanor criminal records which result in the exclusion from nursing assistant certification may not be able to complete the program of study required for nursing licensure. In addition, if exclusion from a clinical site results from a criminal background check, the student may not be able to complete the requirements of the Nursing Program. Only the program approved criminal background check will be accepted. Instructions on how to complete the program approved criminal background check will be provided to admitted students.
I heard that I have to take CPR classes. Is that part of the Nursing Curriculum?
You will need to submit a copy of a current American Heart Association BLS CPR certification for healthcare providers. You will need to keep the AHA BLS CPR certification current while you are in the program.
Are there scholarships available for Nursing Students?
Yes, there are many scholarships available to students entering the nursing profession. Requirements vary. You should first complete the FAFSA through the Financial Aid office. Local organizations, hospitals and health care agencies, and community foundations have scholarships available to nursing students. Other sources of nursing scholarships are available on www.discovernursing.com. There are additional scholarships available for students currently enrolled in nursing (NUR) courses in the Program. These are listed in the Financial Aid offices and posted in the Nursing Department. In addition, some of the local healthcare agencies will assist you with tuition reimbursement if you are currently their employee.
What exactly do you do during clinical? Where is clinical? Do I have a choice in placement?
Clinical experiences are a required part of all nursing education programs. You will be caring for patients of all ages and in various stages of health and illness. Clinical experiences are generally scheduled for 2-3 eight hour shifts or 1-12 hour shift per week. Clinical times will vary by term and are conducted at local health care agencies that are generally within a 20-40 mile radius of the college. Students may request clinical placements, but many factors are taken into consideration in assigning clinical placements. Generally, clinicals are scheduled to coincide with varied hospital shifts, and may include 7pm-7am shifts.
What is the cost of the Nursing Program?
Nursing students pay the same tuition rates as other students per credit hour. For all courses with clinical components, there is contact in excess of credit hour fees as delineated in the college class schedules. The cost varies year to year depending on how much tuition fees are. The initial term is the most expensive because uniforms, stethoscopes, watches, shoes, and books are all needed. First year expenses typically (this is only an estimate) range between $7,500 and $8,500.
Will there be an Orientation to the Nursing Program?
Yes, once you have been accepted, there will be a scheduled orientation to the Nursing Program. This will include presentations about the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Program, the curriculum, uniforms, Nursing Policy, and course calendars.
What is the difference between a nurse with an Associate Degree (ADN) and the nurse with a Bachelor degree (BSN)
Many nursing positions at an entry level have no discernable differences in job duties and requirements. At some facilities, a pay differential may be part of the contract. Having a BSN is required in many specialized positions, such as administration, public health, certification, and schools of nursing. In addition, there is always a philosophical discussion about BSN as the professional entry into practice that goes on nationally and within many nursing organizations.
I want to earn my BSN. Can I do that at Linn-Benton Community College?
LBCC does not have a BSN program; however, we have articulation partners: Linfield College and Northwest Christian University both have RN to BSN Programs. Contact those programs for specific information on BSN completion programs in which you could enroll after you complete your Associate Degree and have your RN License.
What kind of a schedule should I expect in the LBCC Nursing Program?
Typically, a nursing student is in the classroom 5-6 hours per week. Clinical hours vary from 12 to 18 hours per week depending on the term. Other classes may be arranged to meet the full-time requirement of 12 credits.
Do you accept Practical Nursing (PN) students into the program?
Yes, on a special admission, space available basis. As a PN, you will submit an Advanced Placement Application to the Admissions Department. In order to be eligible for placement, you must complete all of the non-nursing program requirements, such as Anatomy and Physiology (BI231, BI232, BI233.) Once the Admissions Office determines that you have met the eligibility, you will be contacted by the Nursing Department to schedule a set of examinations given during final's week of spring term. Upon successful completion of the exams, if space is available, you will be admitted.
What is the pass rate for LBCC on the NCLEX-RN exam?
What other classes would you recommend to help me be successful in the nursing program?
Medical terminology, computer skills, Study skills, eliminating self-defeating behaviors. Depending on your area of interest, child development classes, psychology classes, administration courses.
Why does LBCC require a nursing assistant certificate for admission to the program?
Basic care skills are required of all nurses. These skills are best acquired in a nursing assistant program. This program allows the student to experience health care as a career choice. In addition, the body of knowledge required for nursing is increasing at an exponential level. In order to allow the student time and exposure to other more difficult areas of content, the basic skills are required for entry. CNA training is available at most long-term care facilities and most acute care facilities. However, because of the interest in health care, access to these programs is limited. An opening for a program may take you 3-4 months of waiting. You can visit the LBCC Nursing Assistant website about information regarding LBCC Nursing Assistant classes: www.linnbenton.edu/nursing-assistantSummer is the most popular time for students to enroll in the Nursing Assistant classes. We recommend you plan ahead to schedule this course earlier during the academic year
What level of math is required for Nursing?
Math 095 or College Algebra is the minimum level of math required for admission. The math must be taken within the last five years.
Can a student with disabilities enter the program?
LBCC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission to its programs. Provision of direct health care is required to meet the objectives of the core nursing courses. Some disabilities are easily accommodated and others are more difficult. A minimum standard for physical and mental requirements is available to the applicant upon request in the nursing office. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disabilities at (541) 917-4789 for accommodation requests.
Why doesn't LBCC increase the size of the nursing program?
The need for nurses is projected to be sizeable over the next several years. Therefore it seems logical to just increase the size of the program. However, when there is a shortage of nurses, there is also a concurrent shortage of qualified nursing faculty and nursing facility staff. Patient safety must be ensured by adequate supervision and oversight of the care the students give. Quality of the education experience must also be considered related to students we enroll. There is also a regulatory requirement that our students be supervised on a 8:1 ratio of students to staff, which make the program expensive to run. Our policy is to admit students based on adequate funding, staff, mentors, and care facility resources.
Can I work while I am enrolled in the nursing program?
The nursing program is an intense program for students. Students often find working, even part time, difficult while enrolled in the Nursing Program. For many students, employment while attending school is necessary. Jobs with flexible schedules are desirable in these circumstances. Students must be able to adjust their work schedules to accommodate their school schedule. Students are encouraged to work no more than 20 hours a week, as study data indicates a decrease in student GPAs related to increased workload hours. Student loans and scholarships are plentiful. Please take the time to investigate them before you start the program.
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