How much can I work?
We realize that you may need to work. However, this is a full-time program whether it is hybrid or blended. You will need to ensure that you have enough time to complete your assignments and study. There are also other activities that will make demands on your time. For instance, we expect students to attend all skills labs, simulation experiences, clinical experiences. The program requires remediation as well, if necessary. We highly recommend that you not work at all during the first course in the program. This course, ASN 200 Transition to Professional Nursing, is a very intense 2 week long course. You will be on campus more during this course than at any other time in the program.
How many clinical experiences, lab experiences, and simulation experiences are there?
During each course you will attend clinical experiences. Plan to be in clinical at least one day each week. This applies to both the hybrid and blended formats. There may be exceptions when you would have two clinical days in one week. The majority of our clinical experiences are 12 hours, with some exceptions.
During both ASN 200 and ASN 210, you will have lab experiences. The lab experiences in ASN 210 will be in the first 2 weeks of the course. The program schedules lab experiences throughout the program if necessary for clinical make-up time. It may also do so if the faculty feel that it is necessary to assist the student with any needed competencies.
- The program schedules the simulation in ASN 215, ASN 225, and ASN 235 to support the attainment of clinical competencies in these courses. The program may schedule simulation labs at other times as needed throughout the ASN program.
Can I complete my clinical experiences close to where I live?
The OTC ASN program is a pre-licensure program. This program is subject to the Minimum Standards of Approved Programs of Professional Nursing from the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Each clinical experience needs to meet certain requirements. The program schedules clinical experiences at hospitals based on availability and whether there is qualified clinical faculty to lead those experiences.
What is remediation?
The standards for entry to professional nursing have gotten increasingly difficult. The NCSBN designed the NCLEX-RN exam to ensure that each person taking the exam meets the minimum standard of safe practice. The NCLEX exam tests the ability of the applicant. The student must demonstrate they can use critical thinking and clinical reasoning at a safe entry level of practice. In order to try to help students reach the aptitude necessary to be successful on their first attempt of the NCLEX-RN exam, the ASN program requires that each student remediate. Students must complete remediation on any exam on which they scored below the passing standard.