This program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. LCOOCC and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire offer students a chance to combine the unique curriculum and instruction of a tribal college with the first-class education of a premier school of nursing. This combined approach allows students to enter the exciting field of nursing well prepared to serve the healthcare needs of Native American people. Students enrolled in this program will spend their first two years at LCOOCC and earn an Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Nursing. Once the coursework is successfully completed at LCOOCC, the student will then transfer to UW-Eau Claire or to the College of St. Scholastica to complete their final two years to obtain a Bachelor of Science After graduation from UW-Eau Claire or St. Scholastica, students are eligible to take the national licensing (National Council of State Boards of Nursing: NCLEX-RN) comprehensive exam to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.
As a Pre-Nursing student, you should have:
* The ability to work quickly
* Above average math and English skills
* Good manual dexterity and visual acuity
* The ability to respond in stressful situations
* A desire to help others in need
* The ability to set priorities for accomplishing numerous tasks
* The ability to pass a standard background check, which is required for state licensure as a Registered Nurse
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSIONS TO UW-EAU CLAIRE AND THE COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA SHOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH THE ALLIED HEALTH FACULTY AT LCOOCC. APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE AT 715-634-4790 ext. 170. INTERESTED PERSONS MAY REQUEST A COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT/INFORMATION BROCHURE
PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION
The following qualities and experiences may help prepare you for entry into this program:
* In high school, taking the college preparatory track emphasizing the sciences
* The ability to focus on established goals
LCOOCC's Pre-nursing program does not require, but strongly recommends students to complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Course (HTH 110 - 6 credits) as well as CPR Certification. The CNA course, while not needed to graduate from LCOOCC, is required in order to gain acceptance to any four-year nursing program.
Students who complete the Associate Degree in Pre-Nursing should be able to:
* Matriculate into a School of Nursing
* Demonstrate diverse perspectives on Health Care Issues in relation to Human Growth and Development
* Demonstrate diverse perspectives in Microbiology
Upon graduation from LCOOCC, the student planning to matriculate to a four-year nursing program will be able to:
* Begin a program at UW-Eau Claire or St. Scholastica whereby he/she will learn to synthesize knowledge of humanity and nursing to promote, maintain, and restore the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities
* Incorporate the decision-making process in designing, implementing and managing the care of individuals across the life span
* Promote adherence to professional nursing standards as care provider, teacher, manager, and researcher as a member of the discipline
Registered Nurses (RN’s) are the largest segment of the health care work force. RN’s come from every socio-economic class, every state, and every neighborhood in America. This diversity grants them a special understanding of the people under their care. Currently, Native American/Alaskan Natives comprise only 0.4% of the RN population. The nursing program offered through LCOOCC and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and The College of St. Scholastica has the capacity to increase the number of Native American nurses currently practicing.