Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why Dordt College and not another nursing program?  

A. Our program is one of 90 programs of study on campus contributing to a vibrant learning community. Campus and educational activities work hand-in-hand allowing for many opportunities within and outside the classroom. The primary focus of the nursing faculty is to shape, nurture, and challenge students, providing a personal, God-glorifying learning experience.
 

Q. When will I start in the nursing program? 

 

A. Nursing students apply for admission into the program simultaneously with their application to the college. As soon as the admission criteria are met, the student will be notified; there is no waiting list. The program has an established plan of study relieving students of the burden of planning out eight semesters of classes.

 

Q. What is clinical and what’s it like? 

A. Fun! Sometimes scary. Interesting. Eye-opening. Stressful. These are student words used to describe the clinical experience.  Initially, students will spend time in the skills lab or simulation studio. When ready, students will experience providing direct patient care in a variety of facilities offering medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric, and public health nursing care. Although students may have a favorite area of clinical, these expansive experiences expose students to a wide variety of practice settings and the many possibilities for their emerging vocation. 

Q. What are nursing skills? 

A. Every Registered Nurse learns basic skills to provide safe nursing care to patients. One example is taking a blood pressure and understanding what the numbers indicate. The skill of properly administering medications and other treatments is critical to the patient’s recovery and the nurse continually assesses and evaluates the patient’s status. The Registered Nurse monitors the patient’s psychosocial status and assesses for any emotional needs. They coordinate and facilitate patient care requirements and interventions among numerous providers in the healthcare setting.

Q. How do I get to the clinical facilities? 

A. Students may travel to the clinical sites either together as a group, using a college vehicle or sometimes in their own vehicle. Students may form their own carpools depending on clinical and class schedules. Mileage reimbursement to clinical sites may be submitted and the driver will be reimbursed. Although the reimbursement does not cover the entire cost of vehicle maintenance, we feel this is a huge benefit that our students enjoy (and there is always the perk of an occasional stop for ice cream after a tough clinical day).       

Q. Can I be involved in co-curricular activities and the nursing program? 

A. Yes! We encourage students to be fully involved in the Dordt College experience! Students involved in co-curricular activities must communicate their schedules with their instructors, coaches, and directors ahead of event times, and they need to be excellent time managers.

Q. When can I start working as an RN? 

A. When you have completed your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree at Dordt College you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), the national licensing exam taken by all student nurses. After successful completion of this exam, you will be eligible to be licensed as an R.N. in whichever U.S. state you choose.