Overview

The Nursing Program offers the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, in preparation for the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. 

Accreditation Statement

The associate degree nursing program at Lakes Region Community College meets the state education requirements for a Registered Nurse license in the state of New Hampshire. Lakes Region Community College has not determined if the associate degree nursing program at Lakes Region Community College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON). Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON) and Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The New Hampshire Board of Nursing’s licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301.

The associate degree nursing program at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC)  located in Laconia, NH is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the LRCC associate degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The mission of the Lakes Region Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare compassionate health care professionals whose practice is holistic, scientifically based, and technically competent.  The mission is to provide all students with a quality education that affords each graduate the opportunity to enter the healthcare profession in their community and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree

First Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
NURS132LNursing I5129
BIOL145LAnatomy and Physiology I324
ENGL100LEnglish Composition404
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101
 Total131418

First Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
NURS142LNursing II3158
BIOL146LAnatomy & Physiology II (co-requisite)324
PSYC125LIntroduction to Psychology303
PSYC126LHuman Growth and Development303
 Total121718

Second Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
NURS222LNursing III5129
BIOL241LMicrobiology (co-requisite)324
PHIL227LEthics Issues303
 Total111416

Second Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
NURS232LNursing IV81212
 Mathematics Elective (MATH216L Statistics recommended)303
 English Elective303
 Total141218
 
Total Credits for First Year: 36
Total Credits for Second Year: 34
Total for A.S. Degree: 70

Graduates of the LRCC nursing program will be prepared to achieve the following Learning Outcomes:

  1. Deliver safe, legal, and ethical patient-centered care to the culturally and developmentally diverse patients using the nursing process.
  2. Practice collaboratively throughout the healthcare system on a multi-professional healthcare team to achieve shared goals using principles of communication, leadership, and management.
  3. Support a culture of continuous evidence-based quality improvement by using data to monitor outcomes and identify and report actual or potential problems.
  4. Use health care system resources and technology to coordinate and deliver individual and/or population-focused care that is safe, effective, and efficient.
  5. Demonstrate professional accountability using legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines.
  6. Participate in activities that contribute to life-long learning.

Lakes Region Community College Nursing Student Achievement Outcomes

 Class of 2015Class of 2016Class of 2017Class of 2018 

Class of

2019

LRCC NCLEX-RN Examination Pass Rate (First time test takers)93.30%93.75%100%100% 

100%

National NCLEX-RN Pass Rate84.51%84.56%87.12%88.29% 88.18%
NH NCLEX-RN Pass Rate87.02%90.31%90.85%96.7% 95.68%
Program Completion80.0%68%45%63% 62%
Graduate Job Placement Rate92.00%100%100%100% 100%

Admission Requirements for Level 1 Applicants

  1. Complete high school or college level Algebra, Chemistry with a lab and Biology with a lab with a grade of C or better.
  2. Complete a Nursing application (Available after September 1)
  3. Have official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended sent directly to the admissions office
  4. Meet all general college admissions requirements
  5. No findings on a National Criminal Background Check
  6. No findings on a BEAS check
  7. Successfully complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance Exam.  Exams are scheduled to be held at LRCC on: November 7, December 5, and January 16 (Snow Date January 23).   Register online at ATI Testing.
  8. Early application deadline is December 15.
  9. Regular application deadline is February 1.

TEAS

  • The TEAS may be taken three times in one year starting with the date of the first exam
  • Each attempt must be at least six weeks apart
  • TEAS scores are valid for two years
  • The following minimum scores are required in each of the four sections:
    • Reading 74.5
    • Math 68.8
    • Science  55.3
    • English  66.7
  • Registration and payment for the TEAS is done at atitesting.com
  • The TEAS exam is offered at multiple locations including LRCC. Exams are scheduled to be held at LRCC on: November 7, December 5, and January 16 (Snow Date January 23).   Register online at ATI Testing.
  1. Write an essay that addresses each of the following items and email it to the nursing department chair at mpasquali@ccsnh.edu

Nursing Essay Directions

  • Describe an experience (s) that inspired you to become a nurse.
  • Describe the qualities that you value in a nurse.
    • The essay should be Word Processed
    • 12 font
    • 1 inch margins
    • A minimum of 300 words to a maximum of 500 words
    • Double spaced

The essay will not be reviewed until your application to the Nursing Program is complete.

Program requirements for incoming students

  • Attend a designated orientation session
  • Obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer certification
  • Pass a national criminal background check, prior to the first semester of attendance
  • Complete a Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services(BEAS)State Registry form with no findings prior to the start of attendance
  • Pass a Division of Children, Youth and Families Name Search
  • Submit proof of immunizations
  • Submit proof of a negative result of a two-step Tuberculosis (TB) test or TB blood test
  • Submit proof of current health insurance that meets the accepted health insurance criteria set forth by the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSH)
  • Submit documentation of a health exam completed within the past 12 months.
  • Pass an annual drug screen
  • Make up all clinical and class hours missed for any reason at the discretion of the faculty

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may apply to the Lakes Region Community College nursing program to earn an Associate’s degree in nursing. LPN applicants who successfully meet all of the admission requirements may be eligible for admission on a space available basis

Admission Requirements for LPN to ADN Pathway Applicants

  1. Meet with the nursing department chair.
  2. Meet all of the admission requirements for a Level I student except for completion of the TEAS exam.
  3. All nursing courses must have been completed with a grade of B- or better.
  4. The LPN program must be accredited by ACEN
  5. Meet all the co-requisite requirements for the first semester of the nursing program.
  6. Hold an unencumbered New Hampshire LPN license
  7. Complete the NLN NACE I exam with a minimum grade of 74%
  8. Meet all admission criteria by December 15 for admission in to the spring semester (Nursing II).

NACE I test scores are valid for a period of two years. Contact the nursing department chair at mpasquali@ccsnh.edu for test dates and further information about the NACE I exam.

Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Microbiology must be completed within  five years of starting the nursing program with a minimum grade of a C. If any of these required science courses have been completed greater than five years before starting the nursing program, they must be re-taken.

Granite State College

An affordable pathway from the Community College System of NH to Granite State College has been created for  graduates of the Lakes Region Community College nursing program to earn their Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at the same cost per credit as community college tuition: $215 per credit.

Southern New Hampshire University

The partnership between Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and Lakes Region Community College  creates a transfer friendly  pathway for graduates of the Lakes Region Community College nursing program to earn their Bachelor of Science degree at a tuition savings specifically for the Community College System of NH. Students may apply for dual enrollment to SNHU while currently enrolled in the Lakes Region Community College nursing program..

For more information, contact the nursing department chair. 

Technical Standards

Patient safety must be maintained at all times. During learning experiences students are expected to behave in an ethical manner, demonstrate emotional stability and sound judgement. Students must be able to accept direction from a supervisor or faculty member and establish appropriate interpersonal relationships with patients and their families, colleagues,  members of the healthcare team at each clinical site, and faculty and staff at LRCC.

The following expectations have been established to provide guidance to students as to what is required to function successfully in the LRCC nursingprogram and the profession of nursing.

  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and to understand instructions, emergencysignals, and telephone conversations.
  • Sufficient visual acuity to observe patients, manipulate equipment and interpret data. Visual acuity must be adequate to ensure a safe environment, identify color changes, read fine print/writing and, content in the electronic medical record (EMR) and calibrations.
  • Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas, verbally and non-verbally, and to interact clearly and logically with patients, families, colleagues and members of the healthcare team.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruption, respond to unexpected situations and to cope with variations in workload and stress levels
  • Sufficient strength, motor coordination, and dexterity to operate equipment, move and transfer patients, and perform CPR
  • Sufficient computer skills to work within the college Learning Management System and an Electronic Medical Record.
  • Travel Policy: Transportation to and from the college and all clinical sites is the responsibility of the student

Applicants who think they may be unable to meet one or more of these expectations must contact the nursing department chair prior to applying to the nursing program.

Transfer into the LRCC Nursing Program

Transfer into the LRCC Nursing Program is available on a space available basis. Transfer credit will be based on course content, program hours, and credits earned. A student who has exited from another nursing program for unsafe practice or unprofessional behavior is not eligible for transfer into the Nursing program at LRCC.

Admission Requirements for Transfer students

  1. Meet with the nursing department chair.
  2. Meet all of the admission requirements for a level 1 student except for completion of the TEAS exam.
  3. Nursing courses being transferred in must be from a program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  4. All nursing courses being transferred in must be completed with a minimum grade of B-

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Program Contacts

Amy Tremblay

atremblay@ccsnh.edu

Laura Zakorchemny

lzakorchemny@ccsnh.edu

Laura Rodgers

lrodgers@ccsnh.edu

Martha Pasquali

mpasquali@ccsnh.edu