ADN Fall Full-Time Program

The Fall Program is designed for students who would like to complete the ADN program in a six-quarter, full-time format. Typically, classes and labs are offered during the day. Clinical hours may vary depending on a facility’s schedule availability. New students start in fall quarter and do not take nursing classes during the summer quarters. Applicants who wish to attend part-time should apply to the Spring part-time program instead.

The application for the Fall Program opens in March and closes in April. All coursework that is used for application review must be completed by the end of the winter quarter before applying, and the grades must be included on unofficial transcripts. If admitted, additional prerequisites must be completed by the end of summer quarter, before beginning in the program. Testing must be completed within one year of applying.

Students who complete the Fall Program according to schedule will graduate in spring of their second year and will be eligible to apply for the summer or fall start of Bellevue College’s RN-BSN program.

Fall Sample Education Plan and Schedule

The ADN Program is a cohort program. Admitted students will take the same classes with their cohort each quarter. This sample education plan is for informational purposes only. Any changes to an education plan must be discussed with your nursing program advisor and approved prior to implementing the changes.

If admitted students haven’t previously completed ten credits of approved humanities or social science, they will need to take those in addition to the nursing classes in order to graduate. Students can check their progress towards graduation by running a Degree Audit.

Class dates/times are subject to change, and classes will not necessarily be offered at the same time every year. If you would like to see past examples of when nursing classes have been offered, please refer to Bellevue College’s class schedules.

Fall Full-Time Program – Year 1

NURS 120: Nursing Fundamentals – 6 credits

The Nursing Fundamentals course provides students with foundational concepts related to nursing practice. This course introduces essential principles of health and wellness, medical terminology, med-math, health assessment, and the nursing process. Formerly known as NURS 100X. Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

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NURS 121: Nursing Fundamentals Clinical – 6 credits

In this course fundamental concepts and principles of nursing practice are reinforced, and students apply these in laboratory, clinical settings and simulated situations. Course graded credit/no credit. Formerly NURS 100Y and 100Z. Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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NURS 122: Nursing Care of the Adult Client I – 6 credits

This is the first of two courses applying nursing theory; quality and safety; and evidence based care concepts to individual, adult clients. Professional interactions and teamwork are emphasized. Formerly known as NURS 101X. Prerequisites: NURS 120 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 121 with credit.

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NURS 123: Nursing Care of The Adult Client I Clinical – 6 credits

This course is the clinical component of NURS 122. Students implement the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation for adult medical-surgical patients. They apply nursing theory, identify physiological changes in these patients, and develop a professional nursing identity. Course graded credit/no credit. Formerly NURS 101Y and 101Z. Prerequisites: NURS 120 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 121 with credit. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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NURS 124: Nursing Care of the Adult Client II – 6 credits

This is the second of two courses applying nursing theory; quality and safety; and evidence-based care concepts to adult clients with acute and chronic health dysfunctions. Developing professional interactions are emphasized. Formerly NURS 102X. Prerequisites: NURS 122 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 123 with credit.

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NURS 125: Nursing Care of the Adult Client II Clinical – 6 credits

This course is the clinical component of NURS 124. The students gain experience in medical-surgical settings applying nursing theory and quality and safety concepts to clients with acute and chronic health dysfunctions. Students also further develop a professional nurse identity. Formerly NURS 102Y & NURS 102Z. Prerequisites: NURS 122 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 123 with credit. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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No nursing courses are offered in the summer for the full-time program. Students may take corequisites if needed.

Fall Full-Time Program – Year 2

NURS 252: Nursing Care of the Behavioral Health Client – 3 credits

Focuses on the nurse’s therapeutic role in maintaining and enhancing behavioral health. Students learn to meet the needs of clients with challenged emotional and/or cognitive abilities that impair their day-to-day functioning. Formerly NURS 221X. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 125 with credit.

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NURS 253: Behavioral Health Clinical – 2 credits

Provides experience in acute inpatient psychiatric facilities and various community-based mental health programs. Students practice the nursing process in providing client-centered care. Formerly NURS 221Z. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 125 with credit. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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PSYC 260: Psychosocial Issues In Healthcare – 5 credits

This course explores the determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of healthcare. Students become familiarized with the social and psychological attributes contributing to individual, familial and community level functioning, and how it shapes health providers’ perception and expression. Allows for application of concepts from previous courses in psychology and sociology to the direct care of clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 120, NURS 121, NURS 122, NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125 OR with permission of the Associate Dean of Nursing.

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NURS 254: Nursing Care of The Pediatric Client – 4 credits

This course focuses on the nurse’s role of health promotion in the pediatric patient and family emphasizing expected growth trends and overall assessment data. Differences in adult and pediatric nursing are highlighted to promote safety and minimize risk. Opportunities for reflective practice, clinical reasoning development, and collaborative teamwork are integrated into learning activities. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a C or better, and satisfactory completion of NURS 125.

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NURS 255: Nursing Care of The Pediatric Client Clinical – 4 credits

This course provides students the opportunity to engage in health promotion of the pediatric patient and family. Students apply developmental theory and principles of pediatric safety to deliver family-centered care. Students also gain confidence in articulating nursing priorities and developing clinical reasoning and reflective practice in the care of pediatric patients. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a C or better, and satisfactory completion of NURS 125. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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NURS 256: Nursing Care of The Maternal Client – 2 credits

This course focuses on the nurse’s role in the care of the maternal patient and family and highlights the normal physiological and emotional changes related to pregnancy. The nursing process is implemented and evaluated in the context of overall assessment data. Opportunities for reflective practice, clinical reasoning development, and collaboration are integrated into learning activities. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a C or better and satisfactory completion of NURS 125.

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NURS 257: Nursing Care of The Maternal Client Clinical – 2 credits

This course provides students the opportunity to engage in health promotion of the pregnant mother and newborn. Students gain confidence in articulating nursing priorities, developing clinical reasoning, and continuing reflective practice. This course focuses on clinical observations, as well as in-hospital experience in labor/delivery and mother/baby care. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a C or better, and satisfactory completion of NURS 125. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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NURS 260: Transition to Professional Nursing – 3 credits

This course explores the determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of healthcare. Students become familiarized with the social and psychological attributes contributing to individual, familial and community level functioning, and how it shapes health providers’ perception and expression. Allows for application of concepts from previous courses in psychology and sociology to the direct care of clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: NURS 120, NURS 121, NURS 122, NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125, or permission of the Associate Dean of Nursing. Recommended: PSYC& 100 and PSYC& 200.

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NURS 261: Pre-Professional Nursing Preceptorship – 4 credits

This course assists in the transition from nursing student to the role of professional nurse in the clinical setting. The students, working with a registered nurse (RN) preceptor, develop their ability to prioritize and delegate care for multiple patents while using concepts of health information technology and evidence-based practice to assure quality and safety. Formerly NURS 222Z. Prerequisites: NURS 254 and NURS 256 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 255 and NURS 257 with a grade of Satisfactory or Credit. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

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PHIL 263: Ethics and Policy in Healthcare – 5 credits

Explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of healthcare professions. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the (ADN) Nursing program.

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Last Updated May 5, 2021