The RCC Nursing Program is an Associate of Applied Science nursing program that has received the highest recognition of any RCC program in its field. It was created by a group of clinical nursing specialists that had realized that many nurses entering the workforce had little or no prior experience with the field of nursing. Their goal was to develop a curriculum that would prepare those nurses for a career in the medical field by providing practical experience with clinical training, along with an advanced education in the latest research in nursing.
RCC is an affiliated member of the Oregon Association of Clinical Nurse Educators (OACCN) and provides a competency based curriculum developed jointly by clinical nursing faculty from OHSU and nine community school nursing programs. With the most advanced technology and continuing education programs available today, the RCC nursing program has developed a curriculum that meets the needs of current and future nursing professionals.
The RCC nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs and the National Council Licensure Examination Board (NLLEB). The program also participates in the Oregon Health Professions Partnership (OHP), which supports an online nursing degree program.
One of the most exciting aspects of attending the RCC nursing program is the hands-on clinical training component. This training is supervised by nationally recognized nurses and consists of the knowledge, skills, and techniques that are required to administer and care for patients. This training program is also considered the premier teaching method in the United States.
The RCC nursing program has two main components, clinical-preparatory. The clinical component includes classroom training and clinical experiences in the RCC's state of the art clinical laboratory. A pre-licensure clinical-preparatory program is also offered to assure a nurse graduates with a thorough understanding and practical skills.
The clinical-preparatory part of the RCC program requires a variety of clinical experiences in both hospitals and clinics. Students will be evaluated on both theoretical and practical nursing skills. Each student will complete two clinical-preparatory years and one clinical-integral year, as part of the full course curriculum.
After completing the clinical-preparatory program students can then progress into the clinical-integral year, which is composed of clinical and practical onsite clinical rotations. in state-of-the-the-art hospitals and clinics. These clinical-integral years include both inpatient nursing experiences, along with onsite clinical experience. Students will complete a portfolio of clinical practice in collaboration with registered nurses who will act as clinical mentors.
After successfully completing the clinical-integral year, students are encouraged to take the exam that demonstrates their competency in the nursing field. Upon completion of the clinical-integral program, a nurse may then enroll in the state approved Registered Nurses Credentialing Program.
Students in the RCC nursing program are required to have completed their undergraduate programs in order to complete the program. The program also requires at least six years of relevant experience that includes working as a nurse, and working with pregnant women, children, and the elderly. In addition, students must have completed a minimum of two years of graduate education and at least two years of post-graduate education in nursing.
The RCC nursing program also has a specific nursing core curriculum, which consists of all the required courses in addition to clinical rotations and clinical experiences. This core curriculum will enable you to understand the fundamentals of nursing.
Many students attend the RCC nursing program after completing a bachelor's degree and want to become registered nurses but lack the appropriate training. The RCC nursing program was designed to meet these students in an accelerated way. In addition, the program allows students to complete the program in less than five years. In addition, the program helps to ensure you are certified in as little as two years.
Although this nursing program is available online, there is no campus-based program; however, you are able to complete the coursework in your home. You are able to complete your RCC nursing coursework in two semesters, as opposed to the traditional four years it normally takes.