The Registered Nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and proficiencies to provide safe and effective bedside nursing care within the scope of practice of registered nurses. Students are instructed in the provision of nursing care for clients through the lifespan. Clinical experiences are provided at area hospitals and healthcare agencies in adult health, maternal health, child health, orthopedics, geriatrics, psychiatric and other areas of nursing practice.
The program’s curriculum consists of five consecutive semester and begins each fall semester. It is a limited entry program in which applicants must meet minimum requirements by the specific deadline date to be considered for admission.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and enter the workforce. Employment opportunities are vast and can occur in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical offices, urgent care centers, home healthcare, industry, schools, and long term care facilities.
ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM NURSING PROGRAM MISSION/PHILOSPHY
CONCEPT BASED CURRICULUM
Nursing Mission Statement
The mission of the nursing programs of the Alabama Community College System is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. We seek to provide full and equal access to opportunities for educational success to meet the community needs.
We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession, blending science with the use of evidence based practice and clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered cared.
We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes. We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex.
Nursing is guided by standards of practice and standards of professional performance. Standards reflect the values and priorities of the nursing profession. Therefore, we have integrated competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and National League for Nursing (NLN) into our philosophy as part of our core values.
NLN competencies for nursing are central to the conceptual framework. The related QSEN competencies for graduate nurses define the knowledge, skills and attitudes that the graduate nurse should possess to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. (QSEN)
Human Flourishing- Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. (NLN def)
- Patient-Centered Care – Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. (QSEN def)
Nursing Judgment- Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patient within the family and community context. (NLN def)
- Safety – Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (QSEN def)
- Informatics – Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. (QSEN def)
Professional Identity- Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (NLN def)
Teamwork and Collaboration – Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. (QSEN def)
Spirit of Inquiry- Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questions underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities. (NLN def)
Evidence-based Practice – Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care. (QSEN def)
Quality Improvement – Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. (QSEN def)
PROGRAM OUTCOMES (click title expand)
- Performance on Licensure Exam
The most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
- Program Completion
Each program will determine program completion rate based on the program demographics. Program completion is defined as the percentage of students admitted who graduate in no more than 150% of the time of the stated program length beginning with the first required nursing course as delineated below:
AAS in Nursing – seven semesters (eight semesters for part-time tract)
AAS in Mobility LPN/Paramedic with NUR 209 – four semesters
AAS in Mobility LPN/Paramedic without NUR 209 – three semesters
PN Certificate – four semesters
- Job Placement
Each program will determine the job placement rate based on the program's demographics. Job Placement is defined as the Percentage of graduates employed in a position for which a nursing program prepared them.
- Graduate and Employer Surveys
Graduate and employer surveys are not mandated. Programs may continue to use the surveys as additional tools for assessing and evaluating program outcomes.
Reference: ACCS Nursing Concept Based Curriculum Program Guide, May 19, 2018
- Performance on Licensure Exam
PROGRAM GOALS (click title expand)
Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:
- Manage quality, safe, evidence-based, skilled, and patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process.
- Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
- Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Develop and integrate individualized teaching plans and incorporate teaching and learning principles.
- Participate in collaborative relationships with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve patient care.
- Incorporate professional, ethical, and legal principles into entry-level nursing performance.
- Demonstrate leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
- Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.
MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENT (click title expand)
- Complete and submit a college application to Trenholm State Community College, if not currently enrolled (can be submitted online).
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
- A completed Trenholm State nursing application must be submitted to the Director of Nursing, P.O. Box 10048, Montgomery, AL 36108. No applications will be accepted after the deadline for submission.
- Official results of the ACT (minimum of 20 composite score national) must be submitted to the Registrar’s office with a copy attached to the nursing program application. The writing component of the ACT is not required for consideration of admission to the nursing program.
- Take the ACCUPLACER placement examination as indicated (exceptions may apply).
- Provide one form of state identification.
- A minimum 2.5 GPA is required on nursing academic core classes inclusive of: English Composition I (ENG101), Intermediate College Algebra (or higher level math - Pre-Cal, Finite Math, or Statistics) (MTH100), Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO201) & II (BIO202), Microbiology (BIO220), Human Growth & Development (PSY210), Speech (SPH106), and a Humanities elective (Art or Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Theater, Religion, or a foreign language).
- Eligibility is required for English Composition 101, Math 100 (Intermediate College Algebra) and BIO 201.
- Good standing with the College including a minimum overall, cumulative GPA of 2.50.
- Must meet the Essential Functions for nursing. Once accepted to the nursing program the essential functions document must have the signature and date of view of medical personnel (e.g.MD, DO, NP). The requirements for meeting essential functions for the nursing program can be requested periodically during the nursing program as indicated. If a nursing student cannot meet the essential functions requirements, the student may be withdrawn from the nursing program.
Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing program.
Alabama Board of Nursing
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
The Trenholm State Community College Associate Degree Nursing program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2526. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lesleyan Jackson, NLN CNEA Administrative Coordinator, no later than August 22, 2019.
Debra Lett, PhD, MSN, MPA, RN
Director of Nursing Programs