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Associate of Science in Practical Nursing
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Associate of Science in Practical Nursing

Total Credit Hours: 75


About Associate of Science in Practical Nursing
The mission of the Nursing and Allied Health Department is to generate locally educated and licensed nurses to work in the various health care provider agencies on Guam and the Pacific region. The Guam Community College Nursing Program is committed to providing career guidance and education in the nursing field to those students from Guam and the Pacific region who desire to become Practical Nurses. Upon completion of program requirements, students will earn and Associate’s Degree in Practical Nursing and will be eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Licensure is granted through the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners.
 

Academic Advising

 

To ensure success, an academic advisor is available to guide students in our programs. Meeting with our counselors or an academic advisor is the first step in starting an educational plan for any of our programs. The counselors are located in the Student Services & Administration Building 2000. The Nursing Department is located on the second floor of the Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Building 3000. For more information contact the Administrative Assistant Tara Pascua, tararose.pascua@guamcc.edu or the Nursing & Allied Health administrator Dorothy-Lou M. Duenas, MSN, RN, dorothylou.duenas@guamcc.edu for assistance.


APPLICATIONS TO DECLARE IN A.S. IN PRACTICAL NURSING ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. THE FIRST PRACTICAL NURSING COHORT HAS BEEN SELECTED. APPLICATIONS FOR THE SPRING 2021 NURSING COHORT WILL BE SELECTED BY SUMMER 2020.



REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM
Students can declare in the A.S. in Practical Nursing Program, but to enter into the Nursing Cohort (NU Level Courses) you must complete the following:

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Must take the NLN PAX Exam (Pre-admission Assessment Exam)

  • One Page Essay “Why I Want to Be a Nurse”

  • General Education Requirements are highly recommended to complete before applying into the Nursing Cohort.



Below are the required courses for the A.S. in Practical Nursing.
Please see the Nursing & Allied Health Department for more information.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Course #

Course Name

Credits

EN110

Freshman Composition

3

MA110

Finite Mathematics

3

EN125

Intro to Human Communication & Speech

3

SI131/L

Anatomy & Physiology A/Lab

4

CS151

Windows Application

3

PY120

General Psychology

3

 

Total

19

Technical/Core Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

SI106

Dosage Calculations for Practical Nurses

1

SI150

Introduction to Microbiology /Lab

4

HL202

Nutrition

3

ED220

Human Growth & Development

3

NU160

Pharmacology

4

NU230

Maternal Newborn Concepts & Skills

3

NU250

Mental Health Nursing

3

NU280

Nursing Trends

1

SI132/L

Anatomy & Physiology B/Lab

4

HL120

Medical Terminology

2

HL131

BLS for Healthcare Providers

1

NU110

Nursing Foundations

8

NU220

Adult Medical Surgical Nursing

8

NU240

Pediatric Nursing Concepts & Skills

3

NU292

Practical Nursing Clinical

6

NU281

NCLEX Review & Transition

2

 

Total

56

 

Program Total

75


Recognizing the necessity for students to succeed in the complex and rapidly changing workplace, Guam Community College offers a general education curriculum that introduces students to major areas of knowledge and methods of inquiry. All degree programs require an interdisciplinary general education component that promotes the development of intellectual skills that enable students to become effective learners and informed citizens. Critical thinking, the use of language and computation, appropriate social skills, global awareness and respect for diverse opinions are among the learning outcomes provided in the general education requirements of each program.
 
Guam Community College believes that general education provides the academic foundation necessary for students to achieve their life goals. General education is intended to offer students a breadth of quality student learning experiences, encourage their respect for cultural heritage, promote their ethical and responsible social behavior and facilitate their life-long learning.
 
The General Education program strives to foster student learning and skill development in civic engagement, critical thinking, understanding of the relationship between the individual and society, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and written communication.
 
Guam Community College believes that high quality general education opportunities for all citizens are necessary for democratic principles and practices to exist and for a sound economy to flourish. The College continually scrutinizes the general education curriculum in order to assure that all degrees and certificates granted by the College support this vision of general education and that it serves as a means to inspire hope, opportunity and responsibility in all its constituencies.
 
Requirements for General Education follow the options described below. Students declared prior to fall 2010 will follow the requirements indicated in the applicable catalog in which they first declared their major program at the College.
 

Notes on General Education requirements

Students are advised to check the requirements for their specific programs before taking General Education courses.
Courses chosen to meet the general education requirements may not be used to meet the technical requirements of a student’s specific degree program.
 
The list contains courses with pre-requisites, so students should make their choices carefully and thoughtfully. Students may consult a counselor or an academic advisor for guidance in choosing any of the course options listed.
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs require different levels of coursework to meet General Education requirements, please review the individual programs for more information.

 

General Education Requirements

English Composition (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

EN 110

Freshman Composition

3

EN 111

Writing for Research

Mathematics (3-4 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

MA 110A

Finite Mathematics

3

MA 161A

College Algebra & Trigonometry I

4

MA 161B

College Algebra & Trigonometry II

4

Natural & Physical Sciences (4-6 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

SI 101/101L

Introduction to Chemistry (3) & Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (1)

4

SI 103/103L

Introduction to Marine Biology (3) & Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 105/105L

Introduction to Physical Geology (3) & Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 110/110L

Environmental Biology (3) & Environmental Biology Laboratory (1)

4

SI 130A/B

Anatomy & Physiology I (3) Anatomy & Physiology II (3)

6

SI 141

Applied Physics I

4

Social &Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

SO 130

Introduction to Sociology

3

PY 120

General Psychology

PY 125

Interpersonal Relations

PY 100

Personal Adjustment

HI 121

History of World Civilization I

HI 122

History of World Civilization II

Computer Literacy (3 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

CS 151

Windows Applications

3

CS 152

Macintosh Applications

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-4 Credits)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

ASL 100

American Sign Language I

4

ASL 110

American Sign Language II

4

CH 110

Chamorro I

4

CH 111

Chamorro II

4

JA 110

Beginning Japanese I

4

JA 111

Beginning Japanese II

4

EN125

Introduction to Human Communication and Speech

3

EN 210

Introduction to Literature

3

HU 120

Pacific Cultures

3

HU 220

Guam Cultures & Legends

3

PI 101

Introduction to Philosophy

3

VC 101

Introduction to Visual Communications

3

TH 101

Introduction to the Theater

3

Minimum General Education Requirements

19




Career Opportunities...
Opportunities for employment in the healthcare industry are increasing on Guam and nationwide. Whether you want to work in a hospital or nursing setting, an ambulance, a clinic, or any healthcare related area, GCC’s Nursing & Allied Health Department is here to help you succeed. We employ qualified faculty who are experts in their area of instruction and work together to provide students with the best education available. Successful completion of our programs provide the opportunity for both local and national certifications.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
 
  1. Utilize established standards and practice guidelines to help client restore, promote and maintain physical and mental health throughout their lifespan.
  2. Apply therapeutic communication with patients, patient support-persons and members of the health-care team.
  3. Employ evidence-based decision making to deliver safe and effective client care and to evaluate client outcomes.