Nursing

Career

The program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore Maryland, 21215 (410.585.1900). The program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404.975.5000). Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to take the examination for registered nurse licensure.

Graduates are prepared to give competent, safe nursing care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes and other comparable health agencies under the supervision of more experienced practitioners, and with experience and further preparation, should be able to assume increasing responsibility in nursing. High school preparation for the nursing program should include algebra, advanced biology, chemistry and data processing. Enrollment in the nursing program is limited by the availability of clinical facilities.

Admission to the program is competitive and, generally, priority is given to residents of Frederick County. Applications for admission to the nursing program should be completed by February 1 for the day option (fall admission) or September 15 for the evening/weekend option (spring admission). This includes applying for admission to the college through the Welcome Center, completion of placement tests and arranging an interview with the allied health advisor. See pages 9-10 or www.frederick.edu/nursing for more information on the selective admissions process.

The associate degree nursing program is seldom completed in fewer than three years by full-time students. Because of prerequisite courses and the demands of clinical experiences and family responsibilities, most students will be enrolled in the program for four years. Students who drop out for any reason may be readmitted on a space available basis and should contact the director of nursing education as soon as possible.

Information about tuition, fees and completion time may be obtained from the Welcome Center or the allied health advisor. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may prohibit students from taking the nursing licensure exam. Please see the director of nursing education prior to enrolling as a nursing major to discuss options. Students are required to obtain criminal background checks before starting clinical coursework.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses in the nursing program.

If the student’s knowledge of biological and chemical principles is deficient, BI 55 (Preparation for Allied Health) will be required.
Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
SO 101–Introduction to Sociology 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth & Development 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  or  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ or  
CMSP 107–Career Communications ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health  or  
BI 203–Elements of Microbiology 4
PE/Health Elective 1
Other Requirements  
NU 101–Introduction to Clinical Nursing ‡ 6
NU 210–Reproductive Health Nursing 3
NU 211–Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7
NU 212–Medical-Surgical Nursing II 4
NU 213–Medical-Surgical Nursing III 4
NU 214–Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 4
NU 215–Nursing Care of Children 3
NU 216–Preparation for Practice 2
Total 70

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. NU 101 fulfills this requirement.

Career

A certificate approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to take the PN licensure exam. Graduates are prepared to give competent, safe nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. The licensed practical nurse (LPN) works in a team relationship with the registered nurse in providing care based on knowledge, judgment, and skill and on principles of the biological, physiological, behavioral and sociological sciences.
The clinical portion of the practical nursing curriculum is completed in one year but because of prerequisite courses, demands of clinical experiences and personal responsibilities, the entire curriculum will take at least two years. (See pages 9-10 for application information.) Contact the allied health advisor for specific prerequisites for NU 101, NU 210 and NU 211.
Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may prohibit students from taking the nursing licensure exam. Please see the director of nursing education prior to enrolling to discuss options.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses in the practical nursing curriculum.

Gainful Employment Information

Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Developmental mathematics through intermediate algebra via placement testing 
or coursework (MA 82)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
ED/PS 208–Human Growth & Development 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health 4
Other Requirements  
NU 101–Introduction to Clinical Nursing 6
NU 210–Reproductive Health Nursing 3
NU 211–Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7
PN 112–Nursing Throughout Developmental Stages 8
PN 113–Issues in Practical Nursing 1
Total 43



Selective Admissions

Admission to FCC’s nursing programs is competitive and priority is given to residents of Frederick County. Applications for admission to the nursing program should be completed by February 1 for the day option (LPN and fall RN programs) or September 15 for the evening/weekend option (spring RN program). This includes applying for admission to the college through the Admissions Office, completion of placement tests and arranging an interview with the Allied Health Advisor.
 

TEAS

Information and frequently asked questions about the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam will be posted on this link no later than June 20, 2014.  Please refer back after June 20th to get registration and testing information about the TEAS.

 

Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Certificate

Enrollment in the clinical portion of the associate degree nursing (ADN) program and the practical nursing (PN) certificate is limited by the availability of staff and facilities. To be considered for admission, students must:
  1. Complete and submit an application for admission and provide proof of residency.
  2. Complete and submit a separate application for the ADN clinicals or PN clinicals by February 1 preceding expected fall semester entrance and September 15 for expected spring semester entrance. Clinical applications are available online at www.frederick.edu/nursing. Residents of Frederick County are given priority consideration for admission.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities to the Welcome Center.
  4. Complete FCC’s assessment testing unless otherwise exempted.
  5. Arrange for an appointment with the allied health advisor (recommended).
  6. To be included in the pool of applicants for admission to the clinical portion of the nursing program (ADN), students must complete all required developmental coursework, complete BI103, BI 104, and BI 120 by the end of the semester in which they are applying and send all official college transcripts from other colleges and universities to the Welcome Center by January 25 for day option and September 15 for evening/weekend option.
  7. A point system is used to select candidates for admission to the clinical portion of FCC’s nursing programs (ADN, LPN, and LPN-to-ADN Transition). Each program has its own separate pool of applicants, and students may apply only to one program in any given semester. Points are assigned for non-clinical courses completed, residency, a math aptitude test, cumulative grade point average (GPA) and grades in the prerequisite science courses. Honors courses count for an extra half-point per credit in the cumulative GPA calculation. Any course(s) being repeated must be completed by the end of the January term in order to count in the GPA calculation for the day option or summer semester for the evening/weekend option. If a student is completing a prerequisite science course during the application semester, the midterm course grade will be applied to the point scale (including transfer courses). Students will be allowed to repeat any pre-requisite science course one time only, including withdrawals, audits, and transfer credits. Repeats before Fall 2012 are not counted in the repeat limit. All science prerequisites must be completed within 5 years of application.
  8. The students with the highest point total are offered admission to the clinical portion of the ADN program. Students with equal point totals will be ordered by GPA from highest to lowest.  If an accepted student declines his/her seat in the program or fails to meet the spring or summer course requirements, the next eligible student with the highest score is offered admission to the program.
  9. Once grades have been posted in May for day option and January for evening/weekend option, transcripts for those accepted conditionally will again be evaluated. Any student who dropped a course or failed to earn a “C” or better will be re-evaluated. If, after re-evaluation, a student’s new point total falls below the cut-off score for the ADN clinical class, he/she will not be eligible for the clinical portion of the program and the next qualified candidate will be admitted.
  10. Students not gaining admittance to the ADN clinical class and wishing to be considered for the next clinical class must re-apply and will compete within the general applicant pool.
  11. A student who fails NU 101 and wants to return to a future clinical class will be offered the opportunity to join the pool of applicants for the following year.

Criteria for Admission to the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 ADN Clinical Class and Summer 2015 LPN to ADN Transition Program


NOTE: BI103/104/120 may each be repeated only once, including withdrawals, audits, and transfer credits. Course attempts from prior to fall 2012 are not counted in the repeat limit. Students repeating any of these courses more than the allowed number of attempts will not be awarded any points for the applicable course, regardless of grades earned. All sciences must be completed with a grade of C or better within 5 years of the application deadline.

Associate Degree Nursing Admissions Criteria  Possible Points
BI103 (Anatomy & Physiology I)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
BI104 (Anatomy & Physiology II)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
BI120 or BI203 (Microbiology)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
Math Aptitude Test  
• 95% or higher: 2 points, 90% 1 point 1/2
Cumulative GPA (including transfer credits)  
• 3.5 or higher: 2 points  
• 3.0 - 3.49:  1 point 2
Prerequisites completed or in progress:  
• EN101 1
• Mathematics General Education course 1
• PS101 1
• SO101 1
• ED/PS208 (Human Growth & Development) 1
• Arts General Education course 1
• Humanities General Education course 1
• Speech course: CMSP103 or CMSP105 or CMSP107 1
Frederick County Resident • 3 points 3
Total possible points: 38/39
 

Criteria for Admission to the PN Clinical Class Possible Points
NOTE: BI103/104/120 may each be repeated only once, including withdrawals, audits, and transfer credits. Course attempts from prior to fall 2012 are not counted in the repeat limit. Students repeating any of these courses more than the allowed number of attempts will not be awarded any points for the applicable course, regardless of grades earned. All sciences must be completed with a grade of C or better within 5 years of the application deadline.  
BI103 (Anatomy & Physiology I)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
BI104 (Anatomy & Physiology II)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
BI120 or BI203 (Microbiology)  
• 8 points for A, 7 points for B, 6 points for C  
• midterm grades are counted for courses in progress  
• course must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline 8
Math Aptitude Test  
• 95% or higher: 2 points, 90% 1 point 1/2  
Cumulative GPA (including transfer credits)  
• 3.5 or higher: 2 points  
• 3.0 - 3.49:  1 point 2
Prerequisites completed or in progress  
• EN101 1
• ED/PS208 (Human Growth & Development) 1
Frederick County Resident • 3 points 3
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 29/30



1. What types of programs are available?

Frederick Community College offers many different levels of nursing education. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is offered in the Continuing Education (non-credit) Department, 301-846-2405. The Practical Nursing Certificate Program (PN) and the Associate Degree (RN) Nursing Program (including LPN-to-RN Transition Program) are offered through academic (credit) programs. If you are interested in the CNA course, you need to complete a Continuing Education registration form. If you are interested in the PN or RN program, you need to fill out an admissions application and take placement tests. Contact the Welcome Center at 301-846-2431 for information on applications and placement testing.

 

2. How long does it take to complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program?

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program takes one semester to complete and is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The program runs 3-4 days/week. For a schedule of the Continuing Education classes, call xx.

 

3. How long does it take to complete the Practical Nursing Certificate (PN) program?

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program (LPN) takes approximately two years to complete the entire program (if the student does not have previous college credits). There are two educational components in the Practical Nursing Certificate Program. In the pre-requisite stage, students must complete all developmental course work, 12 credits of science courses, and (to be competitive) English Composition and Human Growth & Development. These courses can be completed part-time or full-time, evenings, days or weekends.

The second educational component, the practical nursing clinical segment, is one full year (September through August), part-time days only, consisting of classes and clinical experiences. There is also a 1-credit summer course on dosage calculation before the fall clinical courses start, from which students may be exempt if they pass a dosage calculation test.  Some evening clinical experiences are available. Required classes meet in the fall, spring, and summer semester). There are no evening LPN classes available. Graduation is in late July.

4. How long does it take to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) program?

The Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN) takes approximately three to four years for a full-time student to complete the entire program (if the student does not have previous college credits). There are two educational components in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. In the pre-requisite stage, students must complete all developmental course work and the 12 credits of science courses. These pre-requisites can be done part-time or full-time, evenings, days or weekends.  It is highly advised that all 37 credits (11 courses total) of general education (non-nursing) courses be completed prior to entering the clinical component, in order to be competitive for admission to the clinical program. The second educational component, the nursing clinical segment, is two (2) years, part-time consisting of nursing classes and clinical experiences. Some evening clinical experiences are available.

There are two class options for the Associate Degree (RN) Program. The Day Option consists of nursing classes and clinical experiences during the day. A few evening clinical experiences are available for the day students. The Evening Weekend Option consists of classes during weekday evenings and clinical experiences on weekend days.
The Day Option begins every August. The Evening Weekend Option begins in January every year.
RN majors in the Day Option may elect to take the PN certificate summer semester on a space-available basis. Upon completion of the summer semester, the student is eligible to take the LPN licensure exam.

5. Will classes taken at another college transfer?

A student who has completed any or all of the general education (pre-requisite) courses required in either of the nursing programs may transfer those courses into the program from an accredited college or university. Only grades of “C” or better may be applied toward the nursing programs. Previous clinical nursing courses may be transferred into either of the nursing programs provided they meet the objectives and content requirements of the course. Transfer credit for nursing courses is at the discretion of the Director of Nursing Education and the Transfer Services Specialist. Completion of prior clinical nursing courses does not guarantee advanced placement into either the RN or PN clinical programs.

To obtain an evaluation of your college credits, the student must request an official transcript to be sent from the transfer school. The Transfer Services Specialist will evaluate the credits and transfer in any courses that may equate to FCC courses in the major. The maximum number of credits accepted as transfer to FCC is 45.

 

6. What prerequisites are required for the Nursing Programs?

For the PN program, students must complete developmental courses* and the following college-level courses before being admitted into the clinical component.
BI103 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BI104 - Anatomy & Physiology II
BI120 - Microbiology for Allied Health
 
These additional courses must be completed prior to graduation. It is highly advised that they be completed prior to entering the clinical component.
EN101 - English Composition I
ED/PS208 - Human Growth & Development
 
For the RN program, students should complete all developmental courses (see next section) and the following college-level courses before being admitted into clinicals:
BI103 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BI104 - Anatomy & Physiology II
BI120 - Microbiology for Allied Health
 
These additional courses must be completed prior to graduation. It is highly advised that they be completed prior to entering the clinical component.
EN101 - English Composition I
PS101 - General Psychology
ED/PS208 - Human Growth & Development
(ED/PS208 may be titled Life Span Development at other colleges)
SO101 - Introduction to Sociology
CMSP103 or CMSP105 or CMSP107 - Communications Elective
General Education: Math Elective
General Education: Humanities Elective
General Education: Arts Elective
Any PE or Health course (PE 108 or HE102 are recommended)

 

7. What are developmental courses?

Developmental courses are pre-college-level courses that may be required to bring your English and math skills to college level. The need for developmental coursework is determined by the college placement tests. For those students with little or no college background or those who have been out of school for several years, the following preparatory (developmental) courses are available.
BI55 - Preparation for Allied Health (Science course)
EN50, 50A - Writing Skills I and II
EN51, 52 - Effective College Reading I and II
MA81, MA82 - Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra

 

8. When do the Nursing clinical classes begin?

Nursing clinical classes begin during the fall semester for the Day Option and spring semester for the Evening Weekend Option.

9. How do I apply for admission into the clinical component?

Applications for both the Day and Evening Options can be found on the FCC web site www.frederick.edu. Applications are also available in the Welcome & Registration Center, the Counseling & Career Services Office, and the Nursing Program Office (L-114).

Applications may be submitted to the Allied Health Office (L-114) or the Welcome Center.  Applications are not accepted via fax or email.

 

10. When is the application deadline for the Nursing clinical class?

For both the LPN and the RN Day Option, the clinical class application deadline is February 1. The Evening Weekend Option of the RN program application deadline is September 15th prior to the January start date. Admission into the nursing programs is competitive and selective and based on a point system.

 

11. How does the Point System work?

Points are given for the general education (non-nursing) course completed, GPA and Frederick County residency. Students with the highest point totals will be admitted to the clinical component.


12. What if I am already a LPN and want to become an RN?

The LPN to RN Ladder Program allows FCC graduates of the PN Certificate Program to continue into the second year of the Associate Degree Program once they have completed the required general education courses. Admission into the second year must occur within two years of completing the PN Certificate Program. PN Graduates who do not enter the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program within two years of completing the PN Certificate Program may enter the Associate Degree Program via the LPN Transition Program. For more information, contact the Allied Health Advisor or the Director of Nursing Education.

LPN’s with an active unencumbered Maryland LPN license who did not graduate form FCC may enter the second year of the Associate Degree Program after completion of the LPN Transition summer program.

 

13. How can I transition from RN to BSN?

A new state wide RN to BSN articulation model became effective September of 2003. This model allows students to transfer 70 non-nursing credits from a community college. Nursing credits will not be transferred. However, individuals with an active, unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license articulating to the baccalaureate level are awarded a minimum of 30 upper division nursing credits in the program they are entering. All Maryland state 4-year colleges and universities and many Maryland private college and universities offering RN programs adhere to this articulation agreement.
For more information, contact the Allied Health Advisor 301-846-2652 or The Director Of Nursing Education 301.846.2524.

14. Which healthcare facilities are utilized for the clinical experiences?

Frederick Community College Nursing students currently complete clinical experiences at the following sites:
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Carroll County General Hospital
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Montgomery General Hospital
  • Citizens Nursing Home
Clinical sites may vary from semester to semester.

 

15. What other requirements are there for nursing programs?

  • Prospective students need to be aware that nursing involves contact with communicable diseases. Students must attend a yearly seminar on universal precautions for blood-borne pathogens and other hazards as required by OSHA.
  • Uniforms are required for clinical learning experiences. All students must wear the official school uniform.
  • Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association Health Care Provider Course)
All students entering nursing programs must meet the following health requirements:
  • Physical exam
  • Screening test for tuberculosis (annual)
  • Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps titre and immunization, if necessary
  • Varicella (chicken pox) titre and immunization, if necessary
  • Hepatitis B screening, vaccine if necessary, or written waiver
  • Any specific requirements of an agency
The Maryland Board of Nursing prohibits nursing students from taking care of clients if the student compromises client safety. In accordance with this law, the instructor is obliged to dismiss students from a unit if a condition exists which compromises client safety, such as fatigue, substance abuse, physical illness, emotional instability, or inadequate preparation for clinical experience.

Any student who is under the influence of any chemical substance (drugs or alcohol) may be terminated from the nursing program.

Conviction of a felony may prohibit the student from gaining licensure.
See the next page for a list of essential functions which nursing students must be able to perform in order to succeed.
All students are required to undergo drug screening and background checks.


16. Will conviction of a felony or misdemeanor prohibit me from entering the nursing program?

No it will not. However, conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may prohibit the student from taking the licensure exam. Each case is decided on an individual basis by the Maryland Board of Nursing at the time of application for licensure. Please see the Director of Nursing Education prior to enrolling as a nursing major to discuss the options.

Summer Ladder Program

Students who complete the first two semesters of the associate degree nursing program may opt to take the practical nurse certificate summer courses (PN 112, PN 113) on an elective basis. Completion of the summer courses will allow the student to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) for practical nurse licensure. For an explanation of the benefits of the summer ladder option, contact the allied health advisor or the director of nursing education.

Practical Nursing Ladder Program

Graduates of the PN certificate may apply to continue into the second year of the associate degree program once they have completed the required general education courses. Admission into the second year is competitive and must occur within two years of completing the PN certificate. Graduates who do not enter the second year of the associate degree nursing program within two years of completing the PN certificate may enter the associate degree program via the LPN transition program. For more information contact the allied health advisor or the director of nursing education.

RN To BSN

Frederick Community College participates in the Maryland Articulation Model that was revised in fall 2003. A maximum of 70 non-nursing credits will be accepted. Transfer of nursing credits will not be necessary as 30 upper division nursing credits will awarded by the baccalaureate institution based on a valid unencumbered Maryland nursing license.

LPN To ADN

Transition courses (LPN to ADN) have been developed to allow an LPN to complete the ADN program in a shorter amount of time. The LPN must first complete all general education requirements of the ADN program. Admission to this program is competitive and is based on the same point system for the ADN program.

See director of nursing education or allied health advisor for further information.
  1. Demonstrate the internalization of the Neuman Systems Model as a framework for providing nursing care at the generalist level to client systems across the lifespan and with any degree of alteration in wellness.

  2. Prioritize nursing care for client systems experiencing stressors from the internal and external environments.

  3. Use critical thinking skills to assist the client system to attain, maintain, and retain client system stability.

  4. Provide safe, competent prevention/interventions utilizing evidence based practice and the nursing process.

  5. Therapeutically communicate with the client system during primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention/interventions.

  6. Employ effective oral and written communication skills with members of the health care team while considering the influence of one’s own internal and external stressors.

  7. Provide client system education to strengthen normal and flexible lines of defense.

  8. Apply legal and ethical standards of nursing while caring for client systems who are retaining, attaining, and/or maintaining the goal of system stability.

  9. Reflect on the impact of one’s own behaviors, attitudes, and values in helping the client system deal with physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual stressors.

  10. Demonstrate internalization of professional workforce behaviors.

  11. Articulate the value of continuing education, responsibility for one’s own learning, and professional organization membership.

  12. Delegate care of client systems to appropriately prepared health care personnel.

In accordance with the policies of many of our clinical facilities as well as in compliance with the recommendations of the National Council, State Boards of Nursing and the Maryland Board of Nursing, Frederick Community College’s Nursing Program requires all nursing students to have a criminal background check and drug screening.  This background check and drug screening will be completed PRIOR to full admittance to the program and may be repeated during the program as deemed necessary. 
 
All students must be successfully cleared via this background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities.  If a student is not successfully cleared, the student may not enter the clinical setting and, therefore, will be unable to meet the Nursing Program’s requirements. 
 
If, during the program, a student tests positive for an illegal or un-prescribed drug, the student will be immediately terminated from the program.
 
Program applicants are advised that the Maryland Board of Nursing as well as other State Boards of Nursing may deny licensure to any individual they deem to be unsuitable for the practice of nursing.  Examples include, but are not limited to, falsifying application information, habitual intoxication and/or narcotic addiction, convictions or “nolo contendere” pleas for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude, whether or not appears of other proceedings are pending or in progress (Maryland Nurse Practice Act).

Students Applying for Admission to Clinicals


If you are applying to the clinical portion of the nursing program, you will need to take the Math Aptitude Test as part of the admission criteria. NOTE: The Math Aptitude Test is scheduled AFTER the nursing application deadline. Please see the information regarding TEAS (which is schedule BEFORE the nursing application deadline) as an additional criteria for admission to the nursing program. Students do not take the test before or when they apply for nursing clinicals.  Students will be notified on the nursing website when the testing dates are scheduled.
 

Admission to Clincals Math Aptitude Test

 

If you are applying to the clinical portion of the nursing program, the Math Aptitude Test is one of the criteria used for admission. Students applying for clinicals must contact the Testing Center (301.846.2522) in advance to schedule an appointment to take this test. Testing is held in February for fall ADN admission, March for LPN-to-ADN Transition admission and September for spring ADN admission.

The test can only be taken once per admission cycle and points are earned based on the results. Currently, 2 points are earned for a score of 95-100% and 1 point is earned for a score of 90%. No points are earned for less than 90%. Please refer here for all the requirements concerning the point breakdown for ADN admission. Please refer here for LPN-to-ADN Transition admission criteria


Medication Safety is of the utmost concern as you pursue your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Your math skills will assist you to be successful in the nursing program and your career.


The principles that will be tested include:
  • Convert measurements within the metric system
  • Calculate household measurements
  • Convert household to metric measurements
  • Calculate proportions
  • Solve an algebraic formula/equation for x
  • Solve multiplication and division problems with decimals
  • Solve problems that include fractions
  • Convert minutes to hours and calculate time (including international time)
  • Solve word problems
  • Perform normal rounding
 
The following conversions must be learned in order to do well on this test:
 
1 fluid ounce = 30 milliliters 1 ounce = 28.35 grams 1 hour = 60 minutes
1 teaspoon = 5 milliliters 1 foot = 0.3048 meters 1 minute = 60 seconds
1 tablespoon = 15 milliliters 1 gram = 1000 milligrams 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
1 cup = 240 milliliters    

Downloads and Links

Exam Schedule

The Math Aptitude Test for Fall 2015 ADN clinical admissions will be administered in February 2015. The Math Aptitude Test for Summer 2015 LPN-to-ADN Transition will be administered in March 2015.  After December 15, 2014, applicants must call the Testing Center at 301.846.2522 to schedule the test. You must bring a photo ID with you. Testing should take between 30-60 minutes to complete.

The dates/times are as followed:

DAY

DATE

TIME

Wednesday

February 11

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday

February 12

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday

February 13

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday

February 14

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Monday

February 16

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday

February 17

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

The dates/times are as followed for Summer 2015 LPN-to-ADN Transition clinical admission:

DAY

DATE

TIME

Thursday

March 26

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday

March 27

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday

March 28

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Monday

March 30

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday

March 31

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Clinical Students


If you are currently enrolled in courses beginning with a NU designation, you will need to take the Math for Medication Safety test prior to the start of each semester.

Math for Medication Safety 
  • Practice Exam  
  • Exam Schedule (see below)
  • Free Internet Links for Dosage Calculation Practice (see below)
All clinical nursing students enrolled in the fall 2015 semester are required to pass the Math for Medication Safety Exam with a 95% on or before January 20, 2015 or will be dismissed from the program. It is in the student's best interest to take the exam as soon as possible (avoid waiting until the last moment). 

The Math for Medication Safety Exam is a proctored online format. Only approved nursing calculators can be used during the exam. Blank paper will be provided. If a student is unsuccessful on the first attempt, the online program will provide feedback for any missed questions. Students not meeting the standard of 95% after 1 attempt must contact the nursing program office (L-114; 301.846.2524) before being able to take a second attempt. After two unsuccessful attempts, the student must complete a remediation packet. Students needing remediation should email Jane Menker for further information. Failure to succeed on the third attempt will result in the student's withdrawal from the program. Readmission to the program in a future semester is on a space available basis.

In order to prepare for this format, a practice exam is available for your review. It is extremely important that you visit this site PRIOR to taking the Math for Medication Safety Exam to gain familiarity with the format.

There will be 20 dosage calculation problems on each exam. Content review should include:

1.       Conversion between units of measure (metric and household)
2.       IV flow rates and infusion times (including international time)
3.       Interpreting drug labels and calculating dosage from the label information
4.       Reconstitution of drugs from a powder including calculation of dose

All exams will be given in the Testing Center. Students must call the Testing Center (301.846.2522) to schedule a date/time. Appointments will be accepted starting on November 24, 2014 for the fall 2015 semester. Appointments will be accepted starting on July 14, 2014 for the fall 2014 semester. The last exam will be administered 30 minutes prior to the end of the session. Students will be required to show a picture ID and all electronic devices will be turned off and placed in the front of the room.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Jane Menker via email: jmenker@frederick.edu

Exam Schedule for Spring 2015 Semester:

Only clinical nursing students enrolled in NU101, NU210, NU211, NU212, NU213, NU214, NU215 and NU216.  Students are required to call the Testing Center (301.846.2522) to schedule the test after November 24, 2014
 
DAY DATE TIME
Wednesday January 14 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday January 15 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday January 16 9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday January 17 9:00am – 10:30am
Tuesday January 20 9:00am – 6:00pm


Downloads and Links
Free Internet Links for Dosage Calculation Practice
 
·        DosageHelp.com
·        Test and Calc

Students can review content pertaining to the Math for Medication Safety test prior to attempting the exam. A review of dosage calculations is available free on the intranet at the above sites. In addition, students should be able to calculate infusion times in hours/minutes and answer questions in international/military time.
Test of Essential Academic Skills Version 5 (TEAS V)

The Frederick Community College Associate Degree in Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and LPN to ADN programs now require applicants to complete the nationally-normed test for nursing students known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  Applicants will not be considered for admission to these three programs until they have placed into the category of Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary (See Table 2).  If a student does not complete the TEAS test, their application will not be evaluated.  Please read all of the following material before registering to take the TEAS V.

Frequently Asked Questions about the TEAS

WHAT IS THE TEAS?
  • The TEAS is a multiple-choice test used to measure student testing ability in the areas of math, reading, English, and science.  The version of the TEAS that FCC administers is the TEAS V.  The TEAS test is created by a nursing education company called Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).  For more information about ATI, please visit www.atitesting.com
  • Because many LPN applicants will take the TEAS before they take a Math course, the score for the mathematics portion of the TEAS will not be considered.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE TEAS?
  • Students who wish to apply for admission to FCC's Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program (including LPN-RN applicants) or Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate program must take the TEAS before the admission deadline for the respective program. 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE TEAS?
  • Students must register for and take the TEAS test prior to their appropriate application deadline.  Ideally, applicants should complete the TEAS prior to submitting their application to the program.
  • It is recommended that students wait to take the TEAS until after developmental level courses are complete.  This will not be possible for a small number of Practical Nursing applicants due to the timing of the LPN admission cycle.  In the case of such students, simply wait to take the TEAS until as many developmental courses as possible are complete.  The TEAS must still be completed prior to the application deadline.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE TEAS?
  • Students will need their FCC ID number, a credit card, internet-access, and an e-mail address to complete the online registration. 
  • The application online can be found online at www.atitesting.com and the applicant will need to create an account.  It is important to remember the username and password, as it is needed to access the TEAS on test day.

WHEN IS THE TEAS OFFERED?
  • Please refer to the ATI website at www.atitesting.com for testing dates and locations..
  • More TEAS dates will be scheduled after January 4, 2015 for Fall 2015 applicants.  Students must complete the TEAS before the application deadline of February 1st.
  • Follow the Registration Instructions below to see more details about test dates and times.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TEAS V:
  • Click on the following link and follow the directions below to register and pay for the TEAS test on the ATI website, or copy and paste www.atitesting.com into your browser.
  • On the right, above the log-in fields, click on the link and follow the instructions to “Create an Account with ATI.”
  •  Continue on the website for choosing the institution where the exam will be taken.
  • Drop down menus will appear.  Select "Maryland" in the state field and "Frederick" in the city field and click the "NEXT" button.
  • You should then see the upcoming dates the TEAS will be offered here at FCC.  Click the "Register" link next to the date on which you wish to take the TEAS V.
  • A summary will appear and the applicant can verify the order is correct, then continue and pay for the TEAS appointment with a credit card. 
  • When prompted, choose "ADN" for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing or RN program and "PN" for the Practical Nursing Certificate program.  Ignore any other option that may appear.

WHERE SHOULD I GO ON MY SCHEDULED TEST DATE?
  • Tests are held on the main campus at the FCC Testing Center, L-104.  Nursing applicants should report to the reception desk in L-104 15-minutes before the scheduled appointment.  If unfamiliar with the campus, please call 301-846-2522 for further directions or to have concerns addressed prior to arriving on campus.

HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
  • Nursing applicants should allow four (4) hours to take the test.  Please arrive early, as tests will start promptly at the scheduled times.  Nursing applicants will not be allowed to test upon late arrival, and will forfeit testing fees.  Nursing applicants are able to reschedule by following the Registration Instructions listed above.

 WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE TEST?
  • Nursing applicants must arrive to the Testing Center with a valid Photo ID with signature (US Government or US State issued ID such as a driver’s license), FCC student ID number, and a copy of your ATI e-mail confirmation as proof of payment. No other items, such as cell phones or food/drink, are permitted.  Writing materials will be provided by the FCC Testing Center for calculations. Calculators are not allowed during the TEAS test.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
  • The cost of the test is $70.00.  Students are required to pre-pay and pre-register for the TEAS test (see registration instructions above).  Payment is made online at the time of registration and can be made by credit or bank card.  Non-FCC students applying to other programs must pay an additional $30 upon arriving at the Testing Center for their appointment.  The FCC Testing Center accepts cash, check made payable to FCC, and credit or bank cards.

WHAT IF I'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE TEAS AT ANOTHER SCHOOL?
  • TEAS V scores that are less than two years old are valid.  Nursing applicants must log into the ATI website and request that a copy of previous scores be sent to the FCC Testing Center.  FCC Testing Center contact information is available by clicking here.  Nursing applicants are responsible for indicating on the application that scores from another institution will be sent to FCC.
  • TEAS 3.0 or TEAS 4.0 scores are not valid for admission to the three nursing programs at FCC.
  • If TEAS V scores are more than 2 years old from the application deadline, the test must be taken again.

WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE MY TEAS V SCORES?
  • When scores meet the minimum requirements:  A copy of the results must be submitted to the FCC Testing Center. When taking TEAS V at the FCC Testing Center, students will receive a printed copy of their scores soon after completion of the test.  Nursing applicants may request a personal copy of the results.  These will be verified with ATI once your score becomes official.  If the TEAS was taken somewhere other than FCC, students must request an official copy of their scores from ATI. ATI charges $27 for a transcript request and can be paid by credit or bank card.  Visit www.atitesting.com and log in.  Students need to attach exam results to the nursing clinical application.
  • When scores DO NOT meet the minimum requirements:  Nursing applicants will not be considered for admission to any of the three nursing programs.  Review materials are available for studying and applicants may retake the TEAS at least 30 days after their previous attempt.  See below for information about studying for and retaking the TEAS V.

HOW CAN I STUDY FOR THE TEAS?
  • ATI offers a study manual and two practice assessments for the TEAS V.  These study materials can be found on ATI 's website.  For information about study materials, click on "ATI Product Solutions" and "Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)."
  • Students may also visit the FCC Bookstore to purchase TEAS V study materials.
  • Copies of the ATI Official study manual are available on reserve in the FCC Library L-200.  These copies cannot be checked out of the library and students should refrain from marking up the manuals.
  • There are other websites that offer TEAS prep material.  (Simply search online for "TEAS test prep" or "TEAS practice questions").  Students should take precaution, as many of these options are not specifically geared toward the TEAS V.
  • In general, first-year level classes at FCC should also be good preparation for the TEAS.  The Science portion of the TEAS does require some knowledge of general cell biology, basic chemistry, and topics covered in Anatomy & Physiology.

HOW OFTEN CAN I TAKE THE TEAS?
  • Students can only take the TEAS V twice during each admissions cycle. There is an admission cycle in the fall and spring semester each Academic Year.  Please consult the Nursing Department website for application due dates.
  • Tests must be paid for each time it is taken.  It is possible for a nursing applicant to take the TEAS V twice in each testing window, as long as the applicant schedules an appointment for one of the days offered in the beginning of the testing window dates. 
  • Students can only take the TEAS V once during any 30-day period.  Students who wish to take the TEAS V a second time must wait at least 30 days after the first attempt.

HOW LONG IS MY SCORE VALID?
  • FCC will accept TEAS V scores up to 2 years old.  TEAS scores that are more than 2 years old will not be considered.  The nursing applicant must test again to be considered for admission.

WHY DOES FCC REQUIRE THE TEAS TEST?
  • The TEAS V is used as a part of the admissions process in most Nursing programs across the nation.  The minimum scores to be accepted into FCC’s nursing programs have been determined by a committee of Nursing educators and assessment specialists and supported by peer-reviewed evidence. 

TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS VERSION V (TEAS V)
  • This test measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science and English.
  • All RN, PN, and LPN to AND Transition applicants must take this test before their application is submitted.  Applicants must score Proficient, Advance or Exemplary for their application to be included in the evaluation pool of candidates.  A copy of the TEAS result MUST be attached to your application.


Table 1
Academic Preparedness Categories and Descriptions
 
Category Description
Exemplary Exemplary scores generally indicate a very high level of overall academic preparedness
necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. Students at this level are not
likely to require additional preparation for the objectives assessed on TEAS.
Advanced Advanced scores generally indicate a high level of overall academic preparedness
necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. Students at this level are not
likely to require additional preparation for the objectives assessed on TEAS.
Proficient Proficient scores generally indicate a moderate level of overall academic preparedness
necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. Students at this level may
require additional preparation for some objectives assessed on TEAS (see Topics to
Review section of the score report).
Basic Basic scores generally indicate a low level of overall academic preparedness necessary
to support learning of nursing-related content. Students at this level are likely to require
additional preparation for many objectives assessed on TEAS (see Topics to Review
section of the score report).
Developmental Developmental scores generally indicate a very low level of overall academic
preparedness necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. Students at this
level will require additional preparation for most objectives assessed on TEAS (see
Topics to Review section of the score report).
 


Table 2
ATI Recommended Cut Scores and Percentage of Students in Each Category
 
Category Cut Percent of Students in Each Category
(N = 878)
Percent of Students in Each Category or higher
Exemplary 90.7% 1% 1%
 
Advanced 78.0% 16% 17%
 
Proficient 58.7% 47% 64%
 
Basic 41.3% 29% 93%
 
Developmental Less than 41.3% 7% 100%
 
 

Nursing (RN) Prerequisites Flow Chart

Nursing (LPN) Prerequisites Flow Chart

Nursing (LPN to RN) Prerequisites Flow Chart