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PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM - DC CAMPUS

Practical Nursing (Certificate Program/ 14 months)

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (A.A.S/ 24 months) – currently pending the District of Columbia Board of Nursing initial approval.

Saint Michael College of Allied Health offers a Practical Nursing Program consisting of 1604 hours of theory and clinical practicum.  The length of the program is 14 months during the day and 18 months for the evening.  Upon completion of all the requirements of the certificate program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses [NCLEX-PN].  The course of study includes two phases, as shown on page 10.

The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide entry-level nursing education to men and women from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Upon completion of the practical nursing program, the community and Washington D.C. metro area will be provided with practical graduate nurses that are competent, qualified, dedicated, and caring to practice nursing in this culturally diverse environment.

  1. Relationship-Centered Care: Demonstrate respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, value diversity, integrity, mutual trust, civility, self-determination, and regard for personal preferences and desires.
  2. Nursing Judgment/Evidence-Based Care: Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when prioritizing care, implementing interventions, reporting changes, and promoting the health of individual patients across the lifespan.
  3. Professional Identity: Advocate for the LPN/LVN’s unique role contributing to equal access to safe, high quality, affordable health care, with a special emphasis on management of long-term, chronic care for underserved and other vulnerable populations.
  4. System Based Care: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is an optimal
  5. Safety: Describe processes used in understanding causes of error and allocation of responsibility and accountability.
  6. Informatics/Technology: Utilize information technology to improve patient care outcomes.
  7. Teamwork/collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and the interprofessional healthcare team, to achieve quality patient care through open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.
  8. Quality Improvement: Participate in quality improvement by providing input into the development of policies and procedures and effectively using resources to achieve patient care outcomes.
GENERAL ADMISSION STATEMENT

Enrollment in Saint Michael College of Allied Health Practical Nursing Program is open to applicants 17 years of age and older. The student must be 18 years old before taking the National Licensure Examination. All the rights, privileges, programs, and activities are made available to all students regardless of their religion, gender, race, color, and national origin.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Application forms can be obtained from Saint Michael College of Allied Health located at 1106 Bladensburg Road, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-2512. Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael College of Allied Health Practical Nursing Program after completing the following requirements.

  • Submit proof of high school education: diploma, transcript, or GED
  • Obtain a minimum score of 76% on Reading Comprehension and 70% on Math on Entrance
CANDIDATE ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and documents for admission. Successful applicants who are granted admission into the Practical Nursing Program are notified in writing. The successful applicants are required to return a signed copy of the application form and $75.00 application fees to the school’s admissions office two weeks before the start of classes. Admission is granted to qualified applicants who have met all the admission criteria and standards published in the catalog.

  • Eligibility for graduation requires that all students complete all course requirements and maintain a passing grade of 76%.
  • The student must also fulfill all academic and financial requirements.
  • Complete Virtual ATI NCLEX-PN Review before taking the Exit Exam.
  • Sit for HESI Exit Exam and earn a 900 composite score or ATI Exit Exam with a passing score of 76 %. SMCAH may also use other standardized Norm-Referenced tests, and students will be informed of the passing score before the exam.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING - DC CAMPUS​

Enrollment in Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is open to applicants who have graduated from an accredited high college or have obtained their GED. Students must be 18 years old before taking the National Licensure Examination. All rights, privileges, programs, and activities in the program are made available to all students regardless of their religion, gender, race, color, and national origin. The college plans to admit its first cohort of the associate degree in nursing in spring 2020 and plans to enroll students twice a year, fall and spring semester.

Students are required to complete a total of 70 credits for graduation, which includes 43 nursing credits and 27 support, general education, and elective credits. The nursing education program includes the study of the biophysical and psychosocial sciences as well as the nursing applications. The College prepares men and women for national licensure to practice professional nursing in acute, chronic, ambulatory, and home health care settings. The length is 24 months for the day program and 36 months for the evening program. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in nursing, graduates will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.

To provide the healthcare community and the District of Columbia with professional nurses who are competent, qualified, caring and dedicated to practice professional nursing in a culturally diverse population.

Application forms can be obtained at Saint Michael College of Allied Health 1106 Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) after successfully completing the following requirements

  • Provide an official, translated high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED
  • Achieve a Reading Comprehension Score of 75% or higher and a math score of 75% or higher on the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam. The Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) uses a 50 item Math exam, which focuses on the math needed for calculation of drugs and solutions. This exam indicates students’ basic math skills at the eighth and ninth grade level. Evolve considers a score of 75%-79% satisfactory for applicants to an RN program and the college adopts this recommendation. The Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) also tests reading comprehension with health-related scenarios. This exam tests reading comprehension at the eighth to ninth-grade level. Evolve considers a score of 75%-79% satisfactory for applicants to an RN program and the college adopts this recommendation. The program admission assessment is administered after the students have completed the 27 general education credits.
  • In order to be admitted directly to the nursing program, students must provide an official translated transcript of 27 credit hours of pre-nursing courses listed below from a national or regional accredited institution. Submission of an official transcript of 27 college credits will exempt an applicant from providing an official high school transcript but must show proof of high school diploma completion for Financial Aid Eligibility.
    • Anatomy and Physiology, I with Laboratory (4 Credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory (4 Credits)
    • Microbiology with Laboratory (4 Credits)
    • English Composition I (3 Credits)
    • Research and Literature (3 Credits)
    • Philosophy (3 Credits)
    • General Psychology (3 Credits)
    • Developmental Psychology ( 3 Credits)
    • College Mathematics (3 Credits)
  • Submit a completed application form and application fee.
  • Transfer students must maintain a 2.5 GPA from previous colleges/universities. Science courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, College Math, and Microbiology courses completion time must not be older than five years at the time of admission to the college. Advanced standing will not be granted to an applicant who has withdrawn from other nursing programs.
  • Have all non-English credentials and transcripts translated and evaluated by SMCAH approved Credential Evaluation Agencies:
  • Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203.  Telephone:  (414) 289-3400 Email: eval@ece.org Web: ece.org
  • World Education Services (WES), Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087. New York, NY 10274-5087 Telephone: (212)966-6311. Web: wes.org

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and documents for admission.  SMCAH admissions committee is made of 3 to 4 nursing faculty members who work together to make decisions about who is accepted as part of the next matriculating class.

The Selection Process includes the applicant’s academic history, such as prerequisite and college-level coursework, pre-admission test results and references. To be seriously considered, applicants must

  • Achieve a Reading Comprehension Score of 75% and a math score of 75% on the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (higher scores carry more weight in the selection process).
  • Earn A’s and B’s in all prerequisite coursework Exam (higher grades carry more weight in the selection process).
  • Earn A’s and B’s in academic courses relevant to the Nursing program curriculum (especially A&P, Microbiology, and College Mathematics).
  • Evaluate recommendations from individuals who know the applicant’s strengths, particularly as related to becoming a nurse.

Successful applicants who are granted admission into the Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) are notified in writing. The successful applicants are required to return a signed copy of the application form and $75.00 application fees to the school’s admissions office two weeks before the start of classes. Admission is granted to qualified applicants who have met all the admission criteria and standards published in the catalog.