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2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Nursing: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 69 credits minimum

Nursing Division
Jordan Campus General Information
(801) 957-4073
Division Office (801) 957-6260
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising JHS 047, (801) 957- 6215
Health Science Admissions JHS 047, (801) 957-6363

Program Faculty
Associate Professors − Beverly Anderson, Debora Jackson, Julie Rowsey

Program Description
The nursing program is a selective admission program that takes two years to complete once accepted. It is recommended that the student declare a Pre-Health Science major prior to applying to the program. Successful completion entitles the student to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and eligibility to test for a Registered Nursing license.  Completing the additional General Education requirements needed for an Associate of Science Degree (AS) or Certificate of Completion will further the students readiness to transfer into a four-year institution for the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Career Opportunities
The Nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN).  RN’s manage and provide care in various healthcare areas including acute care, long-term care & community settings.

RN-BSN Options: SLCC students who have completed an Associate of Science degree or Certificate of Completion, in addition to the AAS degree in Nursing, have an option to pursue RN to BSN training at a variety of 4 year institutions, (which includes transferring to the University of Utah under a formalized agreement).

The University of Utah and most institutions offers the RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science Nursing) degree via an “on-line” format.

Interested students should consult with SLCC Nursing Advisor, Deron Hutchinson, at (801) 957-6215 and or the nursing program advisor at the institution they plan to pursue their RN to BSN training.

Program Entry Requirements
Applying to the SLCC Nursing program does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Applicants are selected for admission to the nursing program via a merit based/competitive admission process. Note that the Nursing program is restricted in the number of applicants we admit per admissions cycle. We accept 80 students twice per year.

Applicants are admitted into the nursing program without discrimination or harassment based on beliefs, sex, national origin, age, or marital status. Students with disabilities can be admitted to the nursing program if they can meet nursing program performance objectives with reasonable accommodations.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student.
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.   Send to:
    SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808
  4. Also submit a transfer evaluation request form located at:
    This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
    The following (5) courses and corresponding labs must be completed before applying to the nursing program. Each graded course or lab must be completed with a C grade or better. Prerequisite requirements are as follows:
  6. Documentation of CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course.OR documentation of MA (Medical Assisting) experience.
    Current CNA or MA certification and or patient care experience is preferred, but is not a mandatory for admission requirement.
  7. ATI TEAS V Proctored Assessment.  This test is purposed to assess the academic and intellectual readiness of prospective nursing students. The minimum acceptable score for each category is as follows:
    Reading 48%, Mathematics 47%, Science 34%, and English/Language Usage 40% with a minimum overall score of 42%.
  8. Required Support Courses: Although not mandatory, it is strongly urged they be completed before applying for the nursing program. Support courses not completed before admission to the nursing program must be completed prior to beginning the 3rd semester of the nursing program (with a C or better).
    Required Support Courses must be completed prior to beginning the third semester and include:
  9. An application for the nursing program can be found on MyPage under the Student Tab within the Health Sciences Portal and Program Admissions drop-down menu.

Additional information relating to the application criteria for the nursing program can be located at: and by consulting with the SLCC Nursing Advisor.

Estimate Cost for Students
Course Fees: $1750
Textbooks (Required and Recommended):$1400

Estimate Time to Completion
Nursing Courses 2 years. (Note: Additional semesters are needed to complete prerequisite application requirements prior to acceptance).

Specialized Accreditation
The Salt Lake Community College Associate of Applied Science degree is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC., ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone (404) 975-5000.

The program provides both general and technical education for all nursing students, including practical nurses to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing.

Specific information will be given to accepted students by program faculty regarding testing sites that have been approved by SLCC for both drug-screening test and criminal background check. The expenses of these requirements are additional student costs.

The clinical placement agencies make the final determination about accepting students for placement in their facility, and may decline to have students placed at their facility, based on the criminal background record of the student. The latter may cause the student not to be able to complete all of the program requirements.

In addition, if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern it will be the responsibility of the student to contact the licensing agency and seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession.

For students who choose to complete their LPN licensure, the Program offers a Preparation for NCLEX-PN Examination course (NURS 1250 ) at the completion of the first semester.

Students accepted into the nursing program must meet the same health and safety requirements as the participating clinical facilities require of their own employees.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically and Creatively
5 - Civic Engagement
6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy
1. Student recognizes 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. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
2. Student functions effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
3. Student integrates best current evidence in clinical practice using patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
4. Student uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
5. Student minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
6. Student uses information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

No (CM) required. The philosophy of the Nursing Program contains communication as a curriculum thread. Courses integrate communication into content presented in the classroom and clinical settings. Students learn basic communication skills in the beginning level courses. Additional content is added with each course, including group dynamics, group communication, therapeutic and non-therapeutic patterns of communication.

No (HR) required. Human Relations training is embedded within the Nursing curriculum. Human needs and interpersonal relationships are constant with each patient/nurse relationship and are threaded throughout the nursing curriculum.

Distribution area credits are fulfilled by completing courses required as prerequisites for the Nursing program.

Elective Courses:

The courses below are specific for LPNs entering into the program and for students wishing to take the practical nursing certification exam.  They are not required.

Graduation Map

Advising Notes

To maintain a position in the program after starting nursing courses, students must be continually enrolled and complete all core nursing courses in sequence, as well as maintain a grade of C+ or better in all courses.

The program also offers an Advanced Placement option. This is for students who have completed a practical nursing program and are licensed as a practical nurse in Utah.  The following admission criteria must be met before the applicant will be accepted into the program.

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student.
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.  Send to:
    SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808
  4. Also submit a transfer evaluation request form located at:  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  5. All general education and science support classes must have a “C” or better.
  6. Complete NURS 1130 Pathophysiology  with at least C+ or better.
  7. Copy of current LPN License.
    SLCC retains the right to re-evaluate or retest students coming from non-ACEN accredited programs and nursing programs that differ from SLCC.
  8. Online application is found on MyPage, Student Tab, Health Sciences Portal, Program Admissions

For specific information regarding admission requirements, please go to the website at

The following courses must be completed before beginning the nursing program.  Courses must be completed with a C grade or better.

Additional Program Notes

It is strongly recommended that the student request to take NURS 1130 Pathophysiology  prior to beginning the nursing courses. This process is posted on the nursing website under the tab “pathophysiology”

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